Sunday, June 26, 2016

Black and White Sunday: When Nola Met Sugar

Nola meets Sugar at BlogPaws

We fly home today; I am still sick (that time of the month, for me, means crippling cramps, nausea/stomach issues, headache and body aches), and am not looking forward to this long flight. We have a bitch of a layover in Houston. Cannot wait to go home though!

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Friday, June 24, 2016

BlogPaws, #2

Hi, everyone,

Today's post recaps yesterday's BlogPaws events. The day overall went better - I wasn't as sorely tempted to hop on the next plane back home due to sheer exhaustion and being overwhelmed. ;) Still, I can't wait to go home, haha. Not to say I'm not enjoying myself, but Nola and I are both so. so. tired. Like full body drained exhausting.

Yesterday we had a brunch, then went to a 3 hour workshop (Legal Dos and Don'ts), then Nola needed a break so we headed back to our room for an hour or so for a quick nap and some yoga, then happy hour and then dinner. As I'm writing this, we're getting ready to go to bed, and I'm debating skipping breakfast so I can sleep a little more. :p Aside from that, I believe there's 3 workshops for us tomorrow and a short visit to the exhibit hall, then retiring early.

"I has some brunch?"

Spencer from Spencer the Goldendoodle

In Legal Dos and Don'ts

Mr. N from Tenacious Little Terrier

Getting some love from Sarcastic Dog's writer Allison 

Pee break

Meeting Boca from Rubicon Days

Sleeping. The stroller has been invaluable 

Meeting Sugar from Sugar the Golden Retriever. Nola looks chubby, since she's been eating all day the past two days!


With a Wellness Rep

Exhibit Hall

Yappy hours

Wanting some dinner

Evening walk. There's so many rabbits here!

Love her

Ready for Bed

Thursday, June 23, 2016

BlogPaws, #1

Hi, everyone,

We arrived in Phoenix yesterday after a long, harrowing day of travel. The hotel is lovely, and it isn't as hot as I was anticipating. Nola's handling it all well, though we're both completely overwhelmed and exhausted. It's a great event, and I'm very grateful to our sponsor, Wellness, for the opportunity. However, I'm excited to go home. :) Nola and I are both introverts that get drained by crowds easily. Plus, our bodies are two hours ahead of Phoenix time, so 8 here is 10 our time!

Here are a few pictures from yesterday's events. We got to see some fun friends, including a few that have been so helpful and welcoming. :) I don't think I'll be commenting too much until we head home, since I am drained and need the evenings to just...recharge and have some quiet time. We'll be back to our regular commenting schedule next week.

American Animal Hospital Association tea

Tired Noly.

Shasta! His momma has been amazing to us.

Sleepy pup.


Nola was so good at dinner. I really appreciated a gluten free pasta option! It's a bit harder to eat outside of home when you don't eat sugar though, so this made my belly a little upset.

A bunny on the grounds!

It's important to stay hydrated out here! Nola's been diligently drinking electrolyte water.

She's a little bloated from all the snacks she had on the flight here.

How NOT to use a pee pad. :p

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Wordless Wednesday: We're Off!

We're flying to BlogPaws this morning! We should get into Phoenix around noon, and then we'll relax for a bit before the chaos starts. :D Follow our trip on Facebook and Instagram under the hashtag #DachshundNolaDoesBlogPaws. Links are in the sidebar!
Wish us luck!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Our BlogPaws Packing Lists

Hey, everyone!

We're nearly ready for BlogPaws 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona! This will be our first conference, first trip anywhere on the west side, and our first plane voyage. I'm nervous and excited! And anxious. Very, very anxious. Just check out yesterday's post and see!

I used this post as my packing check list, but I figured I would share it here! Perhaps I'm weird, but I really enjoy seeing what other pet parents pack when they travel with their animals. :D This is a more detailed post than Friday's general list, with a few added things y'all mentioned!

Nola's Packing List

  • 1 bag of Primal freeze dried food (beef; last week was duck!)
  • 2 large bags of treats
  • 1 bag of assorted chews (bully sticks, a cow ear, a braided bully stick, a chicken foot, a Kong, ect) to keep her busy during workshops and help her ears pop on the flights
  • Joint supplement and digestive support (she's a good traveler, but it's still a stressful experience and I want to help her out as much as possible) 
  • Electrolyte mix
  • Water bottle 
  • 2 collapsable bowls
  • 1 roll of Earth Rated poop bags + poop bag holder
  • Dremel
  • 2 new Skineez tug toys (has to be new, or the diva won't play)
  • 1 leash...and an extra 
  • 5 collars
  • 5 ID tags 
  • 2 harnesses
  • Sling carrier
  • Stroller
  • Baitbag & clicker
  • Pee pads
  • Sleepypod carrier
  • Pawz boots
  • Thundershirt
  • Rescue Remedy and calming treats, for the flight and just in case
  • Pet wipes
  • Her blanket
  • Health records
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste

Luckily Nola is small, and all but her stroller fits with plenty of room in my  suitcase. :p

My Packing List

  • Camera + 18-55mm lens and backup SD card
  • Laptop
  • Notebook and 3 pens
  • Business cards. Lots of em
  • Chargers for phone, Kindle, camera, and laptop
  • 2 pairs of jeans
  • 2 t-shirts
  • 2 tanktops
  • 2 pairs of dressy shorts
  • 2 blouses
  • 1 causal dress
  • 1 dressy dress for the Nose to Nose awards ceremony and dinner Saturday evening
  • 2 jacket/cardigan
  • 3 clutch purses (because wardrobe changes)
  • Kelly Moore camera/laptop bag
  • 3 pairs of shoes: ballet flats, running shoes, and heels
  • Jewelry
  • 2 pair pajamas 
  • Socks
  • Bras/panties
  • Running clothes (Phoenix is 2 hours behind us, and I'll be up around sunrise while there. Nola and I need morning exercise, or we'll never be able to handle a busy conference :p)
  • Bathroom stuff: shampoo, conditioner, body wash, razor, coconut oil (best moisturizer ever for sensitive skin), poof, toothbrush & paste, mouthwash, feminine hygiene products, sun screen
  • Cosmetics: eyeliner, eyeshadow, concealer (stress breaks me out. Sigh), powder, mascara, lip gloss, tinted lip balm, lip gloss, lipstick, eyelash curler
  • Hairbrush, bobby pins, ponytail holders, clips
  • Phone
  • Wallet with ID and money
  • Earbuds
  • Kindle loaded with new books
  • Small first aid kit with bandaids/basic medication, ect. Will be shared between me and Nola
  • Snacks. My metabolism burns through food like crazy, resulting in me needing to eat every two hours or so. If not, hanger sets in. No one wants to see me hangry. It's not pretty.
  • Portable charger

Have I missed anything??? I think I overpacked....but oh well!


- Dachshund Mommy


Monday, June 20, 2016

A Chicken With Its Head Cut Off #BlogPaws

Hey, everyone!

We leave for BlogPaws Wednesday morning, and I am in a bit of a tizzy getting everything ready and planned, not to mention trying to map everything out in my head for the conference. Between checking and rechecking our packing lists, filling my phone calendar with event times and schedules, emailing fellow bloggers and event coordinators about meeting up (and completely screwing up dates and making a fool of myself), and all that, I feel like a chicken running around with its head cut off. I'm excited, nervous, elated, and going stir crazy with anticipation. To help clear my head, I figured I would share it here. Who knows? Maybe one of my fellow attendees is feeling the same way. :)

I'm an anxious person. I always have been, and it's been a struggle to manage since I was in my early teens. With a good diet (without refined/added sugars or gluten. Seriously, if you have anxiety, try cutting those out), lots of exercise, a good sleep schedule, calming hobbies and activities (reading, photography, grooming the dogs, coloring, ect), and a good support system, I can handle things with relative ease. Nola is absolutely invaluable when it comes to helping me.
However, in times of stress or when I'm confronted with new things, it feels like I'm balancing on a tightrope, on the verge of teetering off into a free fall of worry and fear that chokes me. It can be good and exciting things -like BlogPaws - or something less pleasant. It's really any heightened situation, and it can be exhausting. Let me show you a brief peek inside my head these past few days:

Anxious Amanda: "Oh my god, Nola is going to do nothing but bark through this entire event. She's going to bite someone. She's going to forget everything we've ever worked on. She's not going to let anyone touch her and I'll be 'that' person."

Sane Amanda: "Wow. Okay, first off: she is not a reactive dog. She hardly ever barks without reason, and I can count on one hand the times she's barked in public in the last 4 years (we aren't going to talk about the first 18 months of our life together. That was difficult. ;P). 
Two, she has never, not once, shown any sign of fear or aggression. To anything. And she's been around a lot! She's not going to bite anything but food.
Finally, she has her Canine Good Citizen award, a leg towards her Rally Obedience novice title, she's been everywhere with you for five years. How many times has she blown you off in those five years? Once."

Anxious Amanda: "We've never flown before. I only have a slight clue of how to navigate the whole flying experience. What if Nola panics? What if I panic? This is terrifying."

Sane Amanda: "We've never flown before. I can read, and I can ask directions. We'll both be fine; Nola is happy in her carrier and happy with me, and I've always wanted to fly. This is exciting!"

Anxious Amanda: "What if I act like a twitchy, neurotic spaz at the conference? I don't know anyone. I'm going to say something uncouth and look like an idiot. I've been blogging 5 years, but I still feel like a newbie in the "professional" blogger world.

Sane Amanda: "Fake it till you make it! I know a handful of people, and even more pets. Nola is adorable and is the perfect ice breaker, and these are "my people". It'll be fine. I may feel like a newbie, but I'm a newbie that's ready and willing to learn. That's more than half the battle."

"The woman is my full time job. Just call me Valium. Or ValiNola. Nolium?"

So...yeah. That's what's been going on with us the past few days. In reality, I know I can handle it and I know I will have a fucking blast. I'm just telling myself that, and crossing my fingers that everything goes smoothly.

If I see you at the conference and make a fool of myself...this is why! ;)

- Dachshund Mommy

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Black and White Sunday

Nikon D3300
35mm lens
ISO 400

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