Blogs I Love!! Carrots ‘N’ Cake

This is Tina and her pup Murphy

It’s that time again! I get a chance to share with you one of my favorite blogs. Today’s spotlight is on Carrots ‘N’ Cake.

CNC has become my go to for workouts and recipes. She has rekindled my love for cooking with fresh vegetables and made me fall in love with brussel sprouts. I generally eat healthy but this blog gives me tons of great ideas and I enjoy reading her stories and the fact she posts her and Mal’s (her hubbs) grocery list. Mal and her seem to have a great time and he does not seem to mind that she documents so much of their life on the blog. Tina has the great ability in her writing to make everyone feel welcome. She writes about family; but it’s not all my husband this, and my husband and I that. I appreciate that. She shows that there is more to life than OMG, I’m married! I have stopped following several blogs because of that reason…as a habitually single girl…that gets annoying quick. Don’t think I’m all bitter and stuff but seriously, it’s annoying. As I always say, “Seinfeld relates to life in so many ways” check out this video, Elaine runs into a similar issue. 

Anyway, back to the blog. Another great thing about the blog is that she incorporates a great deal about Murphy. Murphy is her much loved pug. Like me, Tina loves her pup and I enjoy seeing what Murphy gets into next. I like to think that he and Andy are distant friends 🙂

Check out Tina, Murphy and Mal at Carrots ‘N’ Cake

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Andy Chronicles: Andy’s Favorite Things

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Andy’s ready for a ride in the car.

I often get asked about Andy and what he likes–especially since he has such particular taste. My little guy is bourbon barrel full of laughs and each day he does something greater than the day before. I try to stick to Andy eating a pretty natural foods and treats. He has a chicken allergy, so I try to keep him away from all poultry. All of the items listed here are items I have purchased with my own money and have won the praise of my very particular pooch.

Food

After several attempts at finding the right dry food Andy has settled nicely into EVO Small Bites-Red Meat Formula. I only know one place in Louisville, KY which sells this particular brand and that is Rainbow Market. I frequent the St. Matthews Location.

I like to mix a little wet food into Andy’s diet too. When I do I use EVO 95% Beef  or

Tripett Lamb or Beef Green Tripe

I also sometime make food myself for Andy using ground lamb, veggies, and brown rice.

Treats

Wellness WellBites are his fav! They are soft and Andy will do anything for one of these. His other favorite is a locally made treat that your pup can share with you 🙂

 Little Eatz are wonderful! They are human ingredients that you can share! At $3.99 a bag they are worth it!

Andy eats the Petite Lite.

Shampoo and Conditioner

The Hansen products are Andy’s product of choice the Banana-Nut Shampoo and the Cherry Re-Moist Leave in are what I like to use on his delicate, dry skin and super soft white fur. The are natural products and they smell AMAZING…truthfully, I have used the leave-in before and my hair was shiny and soft after 🙂

There you have it, Andy’s favs! As I mentioned before, Andy had a rough life before he came to me and I try my best to make his life as comfortable as possible…I think I’m doing okay 😉

Does your pooch have a favorite? If so, please share.

The Andy Chronicles: Meet Andy

My puppy-duppy-luppy, my Andito-blito-splito, my buddy, my sheeky!  All the names I call him and so many more… I am surprised he actually knows real name…Andy.  Andy is my foster pup which I have had for almost a year.  He is what I have deemed a Shwestie (Shih-tzu/Westie).  He is almost 3-years old (his birthday is May 30).  This little guy is amazing.  I took him in for temporary foster but he has yet to find a home and we have become practically inseparable.  He is the opposite of everything I wanted in a dog petite, white, and a shedder.

I wear lots of black so this is a problem and I hate having to vacuum 2-3 times a week…uggh!  But, he is worth it. Andy is a character all his own.  He loves the ladies and children but is deathly terrified of men and has space issues with other dogs (they can’t get too close).  This comes from his past of being abused and crated with several other dogs in a puppy mill. 

Other than those few things he is great!!  He adores kids…not teenage boys.  Loves girls and women.  He is house trained and loves being the man of the house.  He has two besties; his cousins Bean and Tank 55 and 65 pound boxers, respectively.  Andy is around 18 pounds. 

He is such a character, I have decided to introduce him to the blog and start his own segment, The Andy Chronicles.

Stay tuned!

Update: Maggie

This is by far the hardest post I have written. I was shocked at my reaction to turning over Maggie to her new owners. Perhaps it was because I don’t feel as though I had a proper goodbye with her or just maybe I got more attached to her than I did my other fosters. I think her back story had a lot to do with my need to take care of her and protect her from everything. I worried constantly if she had enough food (the week-and-a-half that I had her she gained 2 whole pounds!), water, and if she was comfortable. Also, her personality came  through; she went from a shy pup afraid of letting anyone near her to going up to everyone and everything (including mothering ducks 🙂 she learned that lesson fast). She also began to push the limits. She began to walk more confidently and sleep more securely.

As I lose the battle to holding back tears typing this out I am happy that Maggs went to loving home where she has an elder sister dog to play with and a very loving mom and dad that instantly fell in love her…quite frankly it is very easy to do.

I am on my third day without her and I am still blubbering like an idiot but again…I am happy for her.

Check out these vids of Maggie vs my work boot.

Update: Maggie and Me this Weekend

This was my first weekend with Maggs!  She is a doll and getting very comfortable with people, other dogs, and MY SHOES!!  She has moved 30 percent of my shoes  from the bedroom to the living room.  She has come a very long way in a week and I am so proud of the progress she has made with trusting those around her and branching out.  She still refuses to walk on a leash and as  compromise will walk along with me. 

This weekend we went to her appointment to the vet in hopes of getting her girlie parts fixed but because of the fluid still in her lungs from being dumped over a bridge she was unable to have her procedure. We will try again tomorrow or Wednesday.  I also heard a bit more of her story. Apparently, the kindness of a homeless man is what saved Sweet Maggs. He heard her cries for help and tried to save her and her brothers and sisters but only she survived. (on a side note: The following weekend after Maggs and family were dumped someone else decided to follow suit and dump their pups as too…SICK! However they were caught and will be prosecuted–AWESOME!)

Another exciting thing happened to Maggs this weekend…SHE GOT A BATH!! Due to her dry skin I felt sorry for the girl and gave her a bath using Shea Moisture Deep Cleaning Black Soap Shampoo and Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa Conditioner both items I use and love and it left her hair shiny, soft, and smelling great and also curbed the itching 🙂 The entire time she shook and was basically freaking out. It took her about 45 minutes after the bath to calm down.  After the bath she would not leave the doorway of my bedroom 😦 but being the trooper she is she came around after napping wrapped in a towel under some heat.

Hopefully she will get to go to her new family this week and play with her new sister and be loved on by her new mom and dad.

She played and slept hard the rest of the weekend!

Meet Maggie!!

I have done it again.  I am fostering another pup this one came with a horrifying story so I could not say “no”.  Maggie is probably the most well-behaved pup I have ever fostered.  She is very sweet, loving, and loves to stay close.  I am foster her through Woodstock Animal Foundation in Louisville, KY.  I got the call for Maggie last week while I was in Atlanta.  originally from Eastern Kentucky, Maggie and all her brothers and sisters were thrown over a bridge and left to die.  Out of the bunch Maggie was the only survivor. 

It breaks my heart to hear stories like this of just plain cruelty.  I can’t imagine or understand the thought process behind this behavior.  When I met Maggie she had no name and was very timid.  I felt so bad that all I wanted to do was hold her close and show her all the love she had never received.  Now more than 24 hours later Maggie has been by my side like flies to horse poo!  She has met the entire staff here at work and they have all showered her with so much love and treats! Although she has a bed here at the office she stays right under my chair as I work.  She wags her tail and greets everyone as they stop in to see what she is up to and walks the hall as if she is on staff. We are very attached.

Yesterday I skipped my training at Fleet Feet Louisville and took a jog through the park with Maggie in tow (she refuses the leash and instead runs along with me). 

Maggie is a lot of  fun and is really annoyed by the puppy in my bathroom mirror 🙂

 

Teddy and Mattie

Mattie: So cute but so naughty

Teddy: Most handsome pup around

I have this habit of taking in dogs that have been given up and finding them homes.  So far, I am 2 for 2.  This may stem from the fact that I love dogs and believe they should have a safe, stable, and loving home.  So, not to get too preachy…I love doing it but it gets expensive (as I pay for cleaning them and vetting them out of my pocket) but totally worth it when they find forever homes.