Today I’m joining the Follow Up Friday blog hop as a co-hostess. You know — the blog hop that lets you wrap up your week and takes you right into the weekend. In my case, it’s a wrap up of nearly a month…oh well, that’s what happens when you get lazy.
VACUUM CLEANER WOES
After weeks of procrastination (and unabashed, unashamed laziness), I finally checked out www.bestvacuum.com and after three separate conversations with their sales/technician guys, decided on one that would work for me. It’s the SEBO X-4 Upright. I’d been considering the Miele Dog & Cat, but the darn thing weighs more than Ducky; and I have a hard enough time carrying her when I need to. At least with Ducky, I can distribute her weight to make it easier on my back and arms. A vacuum cleaner isn’t nearly as pliable as my dog. Anyway, when I mentioned that I needed a machine that wasn’t heavier than my dog and didn’t need constant dog hair removal breaks, I was told about the SEBO. Number One, it weighs about the same as my Oreck; and Number Two, it has a removable roller brush to make it a heck of a lot easier to get the dog hair off. I said “is it easy to remove and replace, even for someone who is not mechanically inclined?” The yes response sold me. My new vacuum cleaner is waiting for me to put it to use. I’ll let you know at some point how the first use goes.
INSPIRED BY GOLDEN WOOFS
Once again I found myself inspired by Sugar’s “Tasty Tuesday” blog hop post this week. After receiving a quick reply to my question about making the layered sweet potato frosty bones, I decided to try making them myself that afternoon. I had to do some grocery shopping anyway on Tuesday morning, so I bought two fresh sweet potatoes along with the other items on my list. I followed the recipe, used my paw-shaped molds, and made some sweet potato frosty paws for the girls. I figured between the plain yogurt and the sweet potato, the treat would help settle Callie’s tummy, and wouldn’t hurt Shadow or Ducky either. Callie, I believe, was reacting to the heat and humidity of the day. After a late afternoon s.l.o.w walk around the back yard, she seemed to feel better. I had Sam (aka hubby) stop at the grocery store on his way home from work and pick up some Fresh Pet chicken “pate” — the stuff in the sausage roll — for Callie. As soon as she ate she was back to her normal, happy self again. Around 9:30, I gave each of my girls a frosty paw which they happily devoured. Callie has been fine since.
Well, Ducky Doodle is — by my best guess — just plain bored with her Wobbler. Or maybe it’s the food she’s bored with. Anyway, she prefers to eat out of a “big girl’s bowl”, especially if all she’s getting is the kibble she’s been eating since the third week after she joined the family. So, until I can get a third slow-feed bowl, I’ll put Ducky’s food in Callie’s or Shadow’s bowl after they finish eating their meals. So far, she hasn’t had an upset tummy from eating too fast. She had been sick on Friday last week, as I shared on Facebook, so I kept her home on Saturday to let her rest. I had figured the heat had gotten to her some — and it probably had — but when I called the daycare folks on Saturday morning so they wouldn’t worry about her, Amanda told me that she had caught Ducky chomping on some mulch out in their yard. The little demon dog must have ingested more of it than they knew. She’s so quick when she wants to be, I’m certainly not blaming them for it. She’s still very much a puppy and part Black Lab at that; so she’s going to try to eat everything if we don’t catch her at it despite a million and one games of “trade me” to teach her not to. 🙂
For several weeks now I’ve been saying I have to get back to reading the course material for my CEP course on working with shelter dogs. Well, since I’ve taken a “sabbatical” from helping Julie (my externship mentor trainer) until the week after Labor Day, this would be a good time to start. I just have to stop being so darn lazy. I’m not going to lie and say I’m ashamed of myself for it because I’m not ashamed. I’ve just gotten too complacent with every aspect of life and that’s not good. So, back to getting out of bed at 6:30 “in the blessed a m” (to quote Colonel Potter in the M*A*S*H episode I watched the other night). No more playing the iPod version of solitaire for 2 or 3 hours after hubby goes to sleep. Sigh…
Thank God it is Friday! It means I can sleep an extra half hour tomorrow morning. And, thank YOU, Jodi at HeartLikeADog for allowing me to co-host the blog hop with you! It has indeed been both an honor and a pleasure!
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