Saturday, April 18, 2009

Beach Dog

Here's Roxy sticking her toes in the Atlantic for the very first time. She was a bit freaked out by the waves at first. But she waded in with me pretty deep and even sat down in the water for a marshmallow! Seka on the other hand would rather have all of her other toes amputated than stick one of them in the ocean.

-- Post From My iPhone

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Art Therapy

It's spring break and I'm on vacation at the beach. Yes, the weather is good. Yes, I'm getting a tan. Yes, I've had a massage. Yes, I've had awesome meals. Yes, I've slept late. Yes, I've had drinks with umbrellas in them.

So, why am I a little blue? I miss my girls.

It sucks that people can take screaming, crying, cracker crumb spreading, children to stay in hotel rooms, not to mention fine dining establishments, but when it comes to pets it is total drama to find a place that will take a dog over 15 pounds, much less two of them. So my girls are staying at a fabulous place about two hours away from us that is for Greyhounds only, of which I will write more about later this week. But for tonight, I thought I'd share the make-shift art therapy session that I used to help me get over the hump of missing my babies.

These artistic creations were crafted on BeFunky. It's a free service that allows you to upload your own pictures and apply various filters to the piece to create a funky, fresh piece of art. It was a lot of fun trying out all of the options. I used a wicked old photo of Seka showing off her pearly whites and applied the Warhol filter. And since Roxy is such a character, I used one of the cartoon filters on one of the very first pictures I ever took of her.

So, until the day the world wises up and realizes that dogs are less likely to destroy a hotel room, vomit on the floor, wipe poop on the walls, and cause less noise than an 18 month old child, I'll have to learn how to comfort myself when we leave the girls for an extended time.

Bartender, another hair of the dog please...

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

QVC Wanna Be

I've always wanted to work for QVC as on-air talent. I think it would be so much fun thinking of ways to make anything from light bulbs to porcelain dolls interesting, entertaining and necessary. I watch QVC regularly when I'm home alone (which is a lot) and their hosts fill my quiet house with a friendly, knowledgeable voice. If they ever needed a pet specialist, I would so apply for that job!

So, when the fine folks at the FURminator, contacted me to take a sneak peek at their new deShedding tools that you can use in the bath, I jumped at the chance to produce my own QVC-esque review of their product.

Now, I've never used any of the FURminator products. I have greyhounds, and we all know that they shed minimally. Well, that's what I thought until I threw them in the bath tub and used the TubNub on them! This rubber grooming tool helped to remove enough hair to cover another greyhound! And for those of you with black greyhounds, the TubNub helped me rinse Seka totally clean of all the soap residue, which causes the flakiness that you typically see the day after their bath. This is a bath miracle in and of itself, since I've tried everything (including apple cider vinegar) to stop this next day flake fest.

The deShedding Shampoo and Solution smell awesome and helped Roxy stop the constant, annoying itching she goes through this time of the year. I totally believe it is the combination of the Omega 3 & 6 fatty acids in the Shampoo and the Aloe & Oatmeal in the Solution that has put an end to the itching. Getting rid of all that dead hair that was floating around in her undercoat had to help too!

Putting an end to their spa evening, my girls enjoyed getting a quick dry with the FURminator's Microfiber towel. While the size is a tad small, it does a lot of work, soaking up a ton of water. I think this would be a great towel to keep in your car if your dog likes to take a dip in a local pond. This towel can soak up all the unwanted water before your pup jumps back in the car, and the bright green towel doesn't take up a lot of room in the trunk, like that old beach towel you've been carrying around.

So, now that I've got my taste of QVC-like fame, I'll do more product reviews from time-to-time. I've got to figure out how to position my web cam so Roxy and Seka can get in on the action as well. I wish I had kept the out takes so you could have seen Roxy interrupting me with her own reviews. Maybe next time we'll do a blooper reel.