Sorry that Sadie and I haven’t been around as much as we should be lately. Life has gotten really busy, and as you can see in the photos, boxes are involved. No, Sadie and I are not moving, but we’ve been helping out quite a bit. Sadie’s Uncle has just moved from out of state and will now be living downstairs from us! Although it’s been a lot of work packing up his old place and making room for everything here, Sadie is extremely excited. Instead of seeing her Uncle every few months and at holidays, Sadie now gets to play with him every single day!
When you are putting sunglasses on a dog and trying to take pictures of the cuteness, you would assume that your most difficult challenge will be keeping the sunglasses on your dog. But as these bloopers prove, Sadie is a very well behaved model and I seem to be the one causing the problems. What good are sunglasses on your dog if your camera woman can’t seem to focus the camera or keep your dog in the frame? While Sadie stayed nice and still, apparently that day I was unable to stop from moving the camera all over the place, messing up the photos.
Every dog deserves a treat once in a while. It’s a great feeling to see your dog smile when you give them a tasty treat. But it’s an even better feeling when that treat has added benefits to your dog’s overall well being. Recently our friends at Chewy.com let us try just such a treat – EarthBites treats from Earthborn Holistic.
EarthBites are a line of all natural, holistic treats. They come in a variety of flavors ranging from cheese to peanut to fish to chicken. All of the Earthborn Holistic EarthBites treats are moist treats, meaning they are soft enough to hide medicine in and they will not irritate a dog with sensitive gums/teeth. Also they are relatively small and break cleanly and easily, making them a great choice for training both small and large dogs. Plus they are grain and gluten free, contain added vitamins and minerals, and are made in the USA. Adding to all that goodness are two extra special varieties with added benefits that I’d like to mention – the Skin & Coat and the Hip & Joint, which Sadie personally taste tested.
As the name suggests, the EarthBites Hip & Joint, in addition to being a tasty holistic treat, also provides your dog with an added boost of glucosamine and chondroitin. My little Sadie has some hip and knee issues that she was born with, and it’s very important for her to have daily sources of glucosamine and chondroitin to keep her joints moving freely and painlessly. I’ve noticed that Sadie responds especially well to chondroitin, which isn’t always present in many joint care treats and supplements, as most people believe that the glucosamine is more important. But for Sadie’s sake these EarthBites treats have the perfect combination of both supplements. I feel great rewarding her with one of these treats, knowing I’m making my pup happy with a tasty snack while also providing a treat that’s healthy and beneficial to her overall well being.
EarthBites treats from Earthborn Holistic can be found at Chewy.com in six different varieties for $5.99.
This post is part of the #ChewyInfluencer blog hop hosted by Oz the Terrier and Sugar the Golden Retriever.
I received a free product for my dog to try in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own based on personal experience with the product.
This week’s #52Snapshots of Life theme is technology. For my photos today I decided to try out a new gadget I bought Sadie. It’s an attachment that hooks onto a dog’s or cat’s collar and shines a little laser point at the ground. Since Sadie acts like a cat half the time, I thought she would enjoy playing with and chasing a little laser beam all over the floor. It’s a cute concept. Since the laser is attached to the collar, the beam moves when your pet does, so your pet can basically entertain themselves by chasing around a beam that they are moving themselves. So I attached the little device to Sadie’s collar and pointed out the light to her. She looked at it for like a minute, then got bored and went to find a ball. Oh well. I’m thinking the laser can still be useful, especially since you can change it to blinking or flashing lights instead of just the one little beam. If I set it to flashing on her collar and send Sadie out to use the bathroom at night, I can keep an eye on her by following the flashing light. So technology doesn’t always work the way you want it to, but it’s always pretty useful in the end.
Sadie is almost three years old now and has gone up and down countless flights of stairs. But there is one particular set of stairs she’s never traversed on her own – the main stairs up to the second floor apartment where we live. Sadie is fine with the stairs in the office because they’re carpeted. She’s comfortable with the brick steps up to the front door and even with the rugged wooden steps off of our back deck. But shiny, slippery, interior wooden stairs were out of the question. If she was a bigger dog I may have worked on convincing her to try those stairs. But since she’s small enough to carry and I knew we would be getting those stairs carpeted eventually, I decided to err on the safer side and just carry her up and down those slippery steps. But now the time has finally come. We just had carpet installed on ‘the’ stairs. All I need to do is convince Sadie that the stairs are now safe and she will no longer be carried up or down them anymore.
I started the process at the top of the stairs. Big mistake. I spent valuable time trying to convince Sadie to step off the landing, but she just wouldn’t go. Eventually I took her off the landing and placed her on the top step to get her moving downward, but she just stood on that top step and refused to move. After more negotiations, which Sadie won, I gave up and carried her down the stairs. We went outside for a potty break. When we came back in, Sadie stepped up to the bottom step, then looked back at me. All I said was “Go ahead” and she shot up those stairs like a bolt of lightening. I couldn’t have been more proud of her.
But going down the stairs was still a problem. Sadie did not want to step off the landing. I tried luring her down the stairs with food, but Sadie has never been very food motivated. I tried throwing a squeaky ball down the stairs, hoping she would chase after it, but she just stared sadly at me until I went and got it for her. Just when I was running out of ideas, the doorbell rang. Sadie raced down those steps without a second thought, wanting to know who was at that door. All it took was that one distraction for Sadie to finally stop thinking about how scary the steps were and start thinking about what’s exciting at the bottom of them. From then on, Sadie happily goes up and down the stairs with ease. I can’t believe I went so long having to carry her, because life is so much sweeter when I can have free hands on the stairs.