Sunday, November 23, 2014

Black and White Sunday

Nikon D3300
35mm lens
ISO 800 
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Friday, November 21, 2014

Dachshund Nola Reviews: Kentucky Bluebird

Hi, all! Today we have a review of Kentucky Bluebird, a husband and wife business in (you guessed it) Kentucky offering a wide array of organic pet beds, as well as a few products for people. All their pet beds are free from adhesive, chemicals and glues, so not only are they safe for your pet, they're infinitely better for the environment.

Kentucky Bluebird has beds, crate mats, and duvet type covers you can stuff for your dog (or can choose to have stuffed for you for an additional fee). We were sent the final, and really enjoy it! Ours is sized so two king size pillows fill it perfectly. It's made from 100% organic fabric, and it's sturdy enough so as not to catch on nails or dog tags.
Quite possibly my favorite thing about the zipper on the back. This is where you stuff the bed, and I love how it closes up completely. The dogs have had other "stuff" beds, and the bottom/where you stuff it would always be just this pocket style flap of fabric. Well, since Nola is a Dachshund, this would be her favorite place to burrow into. I'd be in a panic because she'd be asleep inside the bed and I couldn't see her. That's thankfully not a concern for this!

I have absolutely no complaints about this bed or the company. It's durable, organic, the dogs both love it, easy to wash and stuff, has a zipper, the company has excellent service and fair prices for the quality. If you'd like to get your own Kentucky Bluebird bed, you can use the code BLOG14 to save 10%. Here is a link to their Facebook page if you'd like to follow them: Kentucky Bluebird.

Dachshund Mommy

Monday, November 17, 2014

There Goes The Neighborhood

If you've been following our adventures for a while, you've undoubtedly heard me blather on about how smart Nola is. I am not exaggerating when I say she is the smartest dog I've ever met. Not only is she smart in an obedience/training sort of way and emotionally intelligent, she is an incredible problem solver and puzzle worker. She's very easy and enjoyable (for me - I've been told she'd make others pull their hair out!) to train since she is so tenacious on finding the best way to work through a problem, but she doesn't always use her powers for good.

Case in point, Friday morning, just before noon. The weather was bright, sunny, and quite cold for us Floridians (about 58-60 for the high, and breezy. It's cold for us, trust me.). I had a dental appointment in another city about an hour and a half away, and since the weather was so nice I decided to bring Nola along with me, and leave her in the car while I had the quick cleaning. Yes, I know how to safety leave my dogs in the car, and she was perfectly fine the entire time. ;)

Anyway, after that was over we stopped to pick up some Indian food for an early lunch. For the remainder of this story, keep in mind that Nola loves spicy food. Loves it. We ate, and their was a good amount left over, so it got put into a zip up koolie bag similar to the one below, and put in the back of the car (an SUV).

After lunch, I stopped in at my favorite thrift store for a minute, and again left Nola in the car. She is unrestrained when left alone in the car, as I wouldn't want her to tangle her self. I found a few books, a pair of jeans, and a couple of blankets for Pike's crate. I check out, and walk back to the car. Nola's smiling Dachshund face is pressed against the driver's side window, and I smile back at her before going around to the back of the car to put my finds away. Lo and behold, what do I find? Over half the Indian food eaten. What do I not find? Any damage to the bag it containing it. Miss Nola had simply found the quickest way to open it: tugging open the zipper. Dumfounded, I look up at the very smug little Teckel smirking at me from the front seat. Not for the first time, I've been outsmarted by 10lbs of terror.

"I regret nothing, not even my tingling tongue from all those yummy spices."

Crates, handle doors, car windows, cabinets, lids, zippers...what will she open next?