Set Up And Test Dog~FitDog Friday

When you train for hunt test competitions you need to set up your training tests. You need to set up holding blinds (for throwers or remote launchers to hide behind), need to set up blinds (stations set up with just birds to practice handling skills yours and your dogs for blind retrieves) and set up decoys out in the field to distract the dog running. There are many different things you can use to set up a training test and many different ways to set up a training test. Since Nellie is retired from competitions but still hunts she doesn’t get to train with us on a regular basis since my car only holds two dogs so when we are at home training she gets to be the set up dog as well as the test dog because everyone needs a test dog to run first and make sure there are no “bugs” with the test you set up for the other dogs running. If there are now is the time to change the set up.

This day we were setting up blinds at the pond so Nellie got to walk along with carrying her bumper after she retrieved it from me throwing it.

Ok mom throw the bumper already! I will throw the bumper in the pond to give Nellie some swimming exercise which is great exercise for a older dog with joint issues.

She still likes to fly into the water.

Blazing a trail through the pee soup.

Nellie you need to leave the bumper there for the other dogs.

After we set up the blinds at the pond we set up a test in the marsh and Nellie got to be test dog for the live flyer we were shooting during this training test.

Here I go, here I go.

I got it.

 

Since Nellie is 10.5 years old we don’t want her to have to do difficult tests but she still needs to get out there and get some exercise and why not be set up and tests dog because there has to be one and she fits the job perfectly.

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Raise Your Paw If Your Happy~Black And White Sunday

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Superstar! Celebration And A Giveaway~Wordy Wednesday

Today is April’s Fool’s Day with a Wordless Wordy Wednesday. There’s no joke about it the SS gang is a SUPERSTAR with a hugh celebration and giveaway. Are you dying to find out why today is so special? Has anyone figured out what could possibly have us celebrating?

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Today marks 1000 post for the Sand Spring Gang!

Do ya believe it??? 1000 posts!

It all started back on November 17, 2011 when I started this blog to keep a diary of my last litter I had with Nellie which happened to be the litter I kept a precious girl from, The Gloryous one! I didn’t blog much in the beginning but now I am working on trying to blog once a day for the second year in a row.

If you would like to go back in time here is my very first blog post which you can read  here.

I think this is a big deal and since we are superstar’s the gang would like to have a giveaway. We are giving away 2 Easter Baskets.

The Easter Baskets will contain some Norman’s Kisses Hand To Paw Cream, Chapstick, a paracord collar and leash, some Jones Natural Chews along with some miscellaneous stuff.

The give away will be going on for one week click the rafflecopter below to enter.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Remember to download the Pose A Pet App for your phone to help take great pictures, make flyers for animals in need and help support CRROW – Chesapeake Retriever Rescue Of Wisconsin as they will get half the proceeds from the downloads this week. Read my blog post here about this great App.

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Raspberries~Wordless Wednesday

Stop back tomorrow on Thursday Barks And Bytes to find out why I’m giving the raspberries.

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I Wanna Be A Cowboy~Beef Hearts @Chewy.com

Chewy White Ding dong Chewy.com calling. We got our monthly sample from Chewy.com. Today we are sampling

Evanger’s Beef Hearts Freeze-Dried Dog & Cat Treats, 3.5-oz tub

Riding on the range, I’ve got my hat – on, I’ve got my boots – dusty. I wanna be a cowboy and you can be my cowgirl’s. Riding on the chuck wagon, Following my man. His name is Gman I wanna be a cowboy and you can be my cowgirl’s. Looking like a hero, Because I called Chewy.com, Chewing on my beef heart. Out on the horizon, I shared with my cowgirl’s. I wanna be a cowboy and you can be my cowgirl’s.

Some nice big pieces.

Glory taste testing, it’s a hit! She took it and ran.

Nellie laid right there and enjoyed her tasty snack.

Gambler chewing that nice big beef heart piece.

Evanger’s Beef Hearts Freeze-Dried Dog & Cat Treats, 3.5-oz tub

Because of the palatability and wholesomeness of these treats, they are excellent for finicky pets or pets with food sensitivities, as well as for use as a training reward or food mixer. Key Benefits

  • Grain and Gluten Free
  • Only 1 ingredient
  • Nutrient dense

Evanger’s Beef Hearts Freeze-Dried Dog & Cat Treats, 3.5-oz tub on sale now at Chewy.com for $6.61 a 45% savings. What’s not to love about a one ingredient treat that the dogs go gaga over? Why Chewy.com? Because: Chewy.com has more than 300 brands to choose from and is ready to fetch it and ship it, direct to your doorstep, anytime of the day. Have a question regarding the best food for your pet? Call us 24/7 and our helpful customer service team at Chewy.com is ready to listen. Chewy.com lives and breathes pets. Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Chewy.com’s dedicated staff is committed to providing quality pet products to our customers in a fast and easy way. That’s why we have warehouses located throughout the country – so the products are delivered quickly and efficiently. Bottom line, Chewy.com delivers pet happiness – and there’s nothing really better than that. Their products are 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed (if your not happy call them and they pay for shipping the item back), they have expert pet care and product advice, over 200 of the best pet brands and 24/7 customer care. Another great benefit of Chewy.com is they have autoship for your pet food needs and orders under $49.00 are a flat rate shipping cost of $4.95. Chewy.com 200 SW 1st Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 1-800-67-CHEWY I was compensated (1) 3.5 oz tub of Evanger’s Beef Hearts for a honest review from Chewy.com. chewy untitled

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Bales And Banks~FitDog Friday

This last week the SS gang got to take a walk  run to the creek for some jolly ball fun. Glory is in the stage where she has to carry something around no matter how far away we go from home. She really wanted to haul her favorite piece of firewood but I made her leave that at home so she grabbed the jolly ball. Once we were at the creek Gambler took over possession of the ball and we did some exercise drills.

Gambler going up and down the creek banks with the jolly ball.

Glory getting the jolly ball and taking it for a run.

Gambler doing some drills on top of a hay bale.

Look at me up here!

Awe shucks, can we do some more?

Nellie being Nellie and finding stuff to eat instead of hanging with the gang.

Once back at home Gambler did some snow bank drills.

A fun day was had by all!

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Winter Isn’t Over Yet~Wordless Wednesday

So get your snow gear on!

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Pssst~Wordless Wednesday

Nellie you should of cleaned the wax out of your ear before the chewy.com photo shoot.

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Class Is In Session~Chewy.com

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Ding dong Chewy.com calling. We got our monthly sample from Chewy.com.

Class is in session today. Students Gambler, Glory, Nellie and MK have something to learn and share with you all.

Class in in session, where are our students?

Don’t be a dunce, listen to your teacher and eat healthy.

Does giving your dog real rawhides scare you?

There is an alternative, SmartBones by SmartChips~Peanut Butter Chews.

SmartBones SmartChips Peanut Butter Chews Dog Treats, 12-pack

Many veterinarians are concerned with the potential health risks associated with dogs consuming rawhide. Rawhide-free SmartChips chews made with real chicken, vegetables and other healthy ingredients dogs love provide your canine companion with needed chewing exercise and great taste. These chew treats are the healthier alternative to regular rawhide treats which may cause intestinal blockages. SmartBones are 99.2% digestible, which is higher than the digestibility of premium dog foods (85% digestibility). Smart chews for smart dogs!

Key Benefits

  • SmartChips Chew Packs are perfect for small to large dog breeds – each chip measures approximately 3 inches long
  • Nine out of 10 dogs prefer SmartBones over rawhide treats
  • Safe – rawhide-free
  • Made with real, dried chicken breast
  • Chewing activity promotes healthy dental care
  • Fortified with vitamins and minerals
  • Great taste dogs love – available in chicken and peanut butter

MK please stop disrupting the students, class is going on right now.

Ok students you can eat your treats now.

Nom, Nom, Nom

Gambler taste testing.

Glory taste testing.

Nellie taste testing.

The chews are somewhat hard, it took the dogs a fair amount of time to chew them up. They couldn’t just eat it down, they had to work at it which was nice. They loved the taste and wanted more right away.

The gang gives the SmartChips a A+ and 16 paws up.

Gambler loved them so much he had to help himself to more.

MK thinking these should be made for kitties.

SmartBones SmartChips are on sale right now with Chewy.com 12 pk bag $6.99 which is a 26% savings.

Why Chewy.com?

Because: Chewy.com has more than 300 brands to choose from and is ready to fetch it and ship it, direct to your doorstep, anytime of the day. Have a question regarding the best food for your pet? Call us 24/7 and our helpful customer service team at Chewy.com is ready to listen.

Chewy.com lives and breathes pets. Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Chewy.com’s dedicated staff is committed to providing quality pet products to our customers in a fast and easy way. That’s why we have warehouses located throughout the country – so the products are delivered quickly and efficiently. Bottom line, Chewy.com delivers pet happiness – and there’s nothing really better than that.

Their products are 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed (if your not happy call them and they pay for shipping the item back), they have expert pet care and product advice, over 200 of the best pet brands and 24/7 customer care. Another great benefit of Chewy.com is they have autoship for your pet food needs and orders under $49.00 are a flat rate shipping cost of $4.95.

Chewy.com

200 SW 1st Avenue

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

1-800-67-CHEWY

I was compensated 1 bag of SmartBones SmartChips for a honest review from Chewy.com.

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Chef Gambler’s King Cake~Tasty Tuesday

Happy Fat Tuesday! Today Chef Gambler will be making King Cake. He would like to thank his buddy Miss Harper Lee for making this yummy cake in January and was happy she shared her recipe with us all. You can view Miss Lee’s fun post and recipe here.

Check it out it’s Miss Lee.

The ingredients.

Ingredients: (I modified Miss Lee’s a little bit)

2/3 cup bananas, mashed

1/2 butter, softened

3/4 cup water

3 large eggs

2 cups whole wheat flour (I used regular flour)

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon dried ginger

2 teaspoons cinnamon

Frosting: instead of using Miss Lee’s yogurt and honey frosting, we made really runny powered sugar and water frosting and we couldn’t make the cool purple color instead did dark green, green and yellow.

Glory thinking she needs to help out since Chef Gambler gets to make the cake.

MK not missing out on the fun.

Before we start I best taste the butter and make sure it is ok.

Chef Gambler here, checking to make sure the ingredients are correct.

Lets get down to business.

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 F. Whisk the dry ingredients together in a large bowl and set aside. Beat together the bananas and butter in a medium bowl until creamy. Beat in water and then eggs one at a time. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and combine. Pour the batter into a prepared Bundt pan and bake for 35 minutes.  (per Miss Lee)

Beater licking time.

Miss Lee says we should hide a treat instead of a plastic baby in the cake.

Nellie stepping in to make sure I’m doing it right.

Yup I agree Nellie, it is done right.

This cooking is hard work, I best sit a spell.

Ta Da, time to frost.

I think you missed a spot with frosting.

It’s ready for the taste test.

Are we ever going to get out of these giddy ups and eat the cake?

Nom, nom, nom.

More nom, nom, nom.

Cousin Oakley trying it out.

Cousin Chloe eating her share.

Thank you Miss Lee for your recipe again. We had fun making this cake and so far it is 3/4 the way gone and no one has gotten the “treat” yet. What would make this even better is if we were down visiting you during Fat Tuesday and all the festivities.

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