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Thursday, January 29, 2015

52 Snapshots of Life: Week 5

5th Thursday, which is good enough for me!


Nikon D3300
35mm lens
ISO 200
Auto WB

This is one of our eight new chicks. This one will grow up to lay blue or light green eggs; we have several of these already and their eggs are stunning!
Every mid to late winter we get a few chicks to help replenish the flock. It's too cold to get them most places just yet, but since North Florida is relatively warm (to's cold as a well digger's asshole to me) chicks are for sale in most feed stores. It took me forever to come up with a photo for this prompt!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Olivia, In The Style Of Taylor Swift

"Cuz the haters gonna hate hate hate hate hate and the playas gonna play play play and I'm just gonna shake shake shake shake, I shake it off, shake it off!!!"

Now you have that godforsaken song stuck in your head all day. Whoops.

Monday, January 26, 2015

The Fantastic Four

This squeaky pig toy we received in our January PetBox has been a hit!

The treats, too.

Liv is almost 7 months old now!

My prettiest pup.

She's a great teacher. Showing Linc how to recall.

I can't believe he's almost one!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Black and White Sunday

Nikon D3300
18-55mm lens
ISO 800 

Join me and my co-host Sugar for the Black and White Sunday Blog Hop! Grab the badge and link up!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Dachshund Nola Reviews: Ruffwear Front Range Harness

Hey, everyone! Today I have a review for one of my all time favorite companies: Ruffwear. Ruffwear makes high quality and incredibly durable products for dogs of all sizes. They offer jackets, collars, harnesses, backpacks, toys, beds, bowls and everything in-between. I have several of their products for the dogs, and they are my go to company for harnesses and rough and tumble coats.

Today's review is on their newest harness, the Front Range. It's an easy on, easy off harness for everyday wear. It can be used as either a back clip or front clip, comes in four colors (grey, pink, orange and blue) and five sizes (from a 13" girth to a 42" girth!). It has reflective piping and was quick to dry after the beach on Sunday.
This harness came out a few months ago, and while my review is later than most I took quite a while to test them out on my dogs. As I mentioned, we have quite a few Ruffwear items and they have set a very, very high standard for me, especially their other harness, the WebMaster. I wanted to be certain that this harness would live up to my expectations of Ruffwear, and it more than surpassed them!

First off, the sizing. This has been the first harness that both Nola, Pike and Olivia can wear. I have Ruffwear's other harness, and while the measurements are the same, that one only fits Nola. It hits Pike's erhm, junk in an unfortunate way (although it's admittedly hilarious to walk him walk in it) and Olivia isn't chesty enough yet for it to fit well, even when sized right.
The Front Range doesn't hit anywhere near the belly for Pike, fits better in the chest for Olivia and is adjustable for Nola's deeper chest and thin neck and head. Do you know how impossible it is to find a harness that easily fits three very different dogs? It's amazing!

I'm normally not a fan of front clip harnesses. I don't like the way most pull across the shoulders, and I've never needed to use one. Olivia is way too short and doesn't pull much (she's only 6 months old though), Lincoln is too young and small, Nola doesn't pull and Pike HATES to walk more than a foot in front of me. However, I love the way the Front Range is cut. Doesn't impede shoulder movement and while I was unsure of the front clip at first, given it's reinforced nylon webbing instead of metal, it's very sturdy.

I'm probably not the best to test that feature though, as neither of my dogs that can test it are pullers, but I do like having it for a bit more control if need be!

The ID pouch holder is really cool. My crew wear collars even when I use a harness, but the option is super handy. It's a tight nylon string tucked into a securely Velcroed pouch. Nola and Olivia took turns wearing this harness at the beach, and not even the sand working into the velcro made it open.

It's a bit difficult to adjust, and Pike's longer fur does cling to the inner lining, but other than than I am thrilled with it! 5/5 stars!

You can even pull a Nola and use them as ear muffs.

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