Monday, April 21, 2014

Hoping You Guys Can Help Us Out

     Hey, y'all! Dachshund Mommy here today. I hope everyone had a safe and happy Easter! We visited with some family and lazed around for most of the day. I eagerly waited for today to come, since Miss Nola has a special new collar that should be delivered this afternoon. Ah, the life of an addict! ;) :p
New bling

    I have two questions I've been pondering and researching for the past few weeks, and I'm hoping to get some insight for you, my lovely viewers. One is a fun - albeit incredibly expensive - topic and the other isn't quite as enjoyable. We'll get to the not-so-fun part first.

     Nola has been on Comfortis, which is an oral flea preventative, since late last summer. It's been working incredibly - until now, that is. If you don't know, Nola is allergic to fleas (in addition to several foods), so flea prevention is a year round problem and issue for us. We're also in Florida, so you can imagine the fun in that! That's why I was so excited, and consequently so disappointed, with Comfortis. It worked so flawlessly up until about two months ago that Nola had no scratching, no bumps, and not a single flea. Now I've seen 4 fleas feeding on her and she's almost constantly itching. If she didn't have flea allergies, I probably wouldn't even be able to tell that Comfortis' effectiveness has waned. Alas, it only takes one flea bite to set off a reaction in an allergic dog. :(
I probably won't take her off the Comfortis for several reasons. First, it's working for the most part, i.e. keeping away an infestation or even a mild case of fleas. Two, there's no nasty topical that sits on her sensitive skin and gets all over the house. Third, there's no issue of it washing off.

     I'm looking into using essential oils to help keep away the few fleas the Comfortis isn't getting. From what I've read, it seems to be the safest and most effective way to take care of a problem such as ours.  I'll also be getting some brewer's yeast (no garlic; she's too small to take the minimal risk of giving it) and possibly some diatomaceous earth and seeing if that does anything. I sound like such a hippie, but I've exhausted the conventional/traditional methods so what the hell. Has anyone used things like this with their dog? How did it work? Is there anything you'd suggest doing?

     And now for the better topic: I'm saving for a new camera and lens! I've loved my Nikon D3100, but it has several glitches that I've been struggling with the past 10 months or so, and I've finally decided to bite the bullet and get something new. I'm already set on the lens I'll get (35mm f/1.8 Nikkor), but I'm not sure on the body. I want to stick with Nikon, since I already have one Nikkor lens, I'm familiar with shooting on them and they feel better in my hands. I'm thinking either the D3200, D7000/7100 and D5300. Also looked a bit into the D90. What do you shoot with, and for any other photo enthusiasts, what would you suggest and why?

Dachshund Mommy

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Charlotte Saturday

A few people have asked if Charlotte was Nola's daughter, so I figured I'd clear that up now. No,  Mousy was not Nola's daughter, or in any way related to her. Nola is a spayed female and has never had a litter. :)

Friday, April 18, 2014

PetBox: March and April

     Hey, y'all! I'm a SpokesDoggy for PetBox, a pet subscription box for your dog or cat, so here's what I've thought of them so far. March was crazy busy, so we missed posted about it then. Ooops!

     First up, the March box. I absolutely loved this! Everything in it was incredible. It had:

  • Skineez tug toy, which is my favorite kind of toy ever.

  • Organic Oscar shampoo and conditioner, which turns out to be one of the only shampoos I can use on my sensitive skin.

  • BOGO (Buy One Give One) sample bag of kibble. I'm on home cooked, but these make great training treats!

  • GRIN: Joint Treats. Tasty!

  • Vetericyn Wound Care Spray. Thankfully we haven't needed to use this, but with four active dogs in the house and living on a mini farm, it's bound to come in handy.

    This box gets a 5/5 star rating!

     Now, April's box. In contrast with March's box, I wasn't a big fan of this box. There was one thing that is the most incredible invention ever, but everything else is just really...meh. This box contained:
  • VIVAMUNE Healthy Chews for gut, skin and joints. Contains soy, which I'm allergic to. Even if I wasn't, Mom doesn't feed us (or herself) any soy.

  • Little bow tie, unsure of where it's from. Cute, and Auggie liked it.

  • GRIN Dental Chews. I've been sent three PetBoxes so far, and all of them have had GRIN products. Decent treats with okay ingredients, and they're tasty.

  • Urine Off! Spray. Always a good thing to have on hand.

  • The Fifth Paw. OMD this is the coolest thing ever! You attach it to your leash and you can clip your poop bag holder, keys and used poop bags to it. No more carrying a bag of warm dog poop in your hand. This was the only thing I (well, actually it was more Mom's thing than mine...) were really happy with.

  • Life Is Pawfect, The Petographer. Little book of dogs dressed up and posed. Not Mom's thing, and I obviously can't do anything with it.

     This box gets a 2.5/5 rating. 

     The first PetBox we were sent was nice, the second phenomenal, and the third was bleh. Interested to see what next month brings!

Kisses and Tail Wags,
Dachshund Nola

Disclaimer: I'm sent free boxes in exchange for honest reviews and advertisement. All opinions are totally my own.