MK Deserves Some Puter Time~Happy Flag Day

Happy Flag Day!

MK’s Puter Time!

Today is also World Pet Memorial Day.

A TIME TO REMEMBER —————— They come into our lives for such a short time a time we wouldn’t trade not even for a dime Then before you know it the years have flown by and then all of the sudden we’re saying good-bye

It wasn’t that long ago we said our good-byes we held on to you tight as you closed your eyes Your spirit has flown home on the wings of a dove into God’s loving arm’s; in heaven above

Over the days we’ve shed many tears but the memories we have will live on for years We feel your presence and we know that your near you’re keeping us safe and calming our fear

We think about memories from years past when you were young and strong and ran so fast we remember all the great times that we all had how you always made us happy never made us mad

They were the best and happiest years we had we’ll always look back on them and never be sad We look forward to the time we’ll be together again and we thank the Lord for such a great friend

Now you run and play up in Heaven above cradled in God’s arms covered with his love Playing by the Bridge waiting for the day we come down thru the meadow to the bridge to stay

The love that you showed us we’ll never forget because to us you’re one very special pet You’re like a star in the dark of night always watching over us with the Lord’s light

So now we take time to remember our best friend who will always be with us even to the end We’ll always remember you the way you were one big lovable huggable pile of fur

John Quealy

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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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It’s All About MK…No Chessies~Thursday Barks And Bytes

It’s all about MK, MK….No Chessies, It’s all about MK, MK….No Chessies.

Poor MK hasn’t gotten much lime life on the blog so today it’s all about her and not the chessies.

MK loves to hang out outside. I did find out the reason she want’s to be out their is probably to meet up with her boyfriend the striped cat that lives at my brother in laws house. I will see him dart off across the field to the line fence and he is traveling a ways from home so it must be to meet MK. MK also had a abscess last summer so it must of been from him. One of the many reasons to keep your cat indoors but do I listen or does MK? Nope, it’s a do as I say moment and not as I do. She is as photo genetic as the chessies so it’s all about MK today.

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Thursday Barks And Bytes

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The co-hosts for Barks And Bytes are Linda from 2browndawgs and Jodi from Heart Like A Dog
The Barks:
Who is this cute little Labrador puppy?
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This cute little bug checking out MK is my Grand Niece Mia. My niece Brittany and her boyfriend got their first puppy together. She is turning 8 weeks old on Friday and I got to puppysit for the first time Sunday afternoon. She was a joy to have and she got along well with the Sand Spring gang. MK was a little taken back because Mia had more energy then she did and she chased her a lot. Even know this little girl is not a curly dog we will be helping her owners train her and hopefully when she gets bigger hunt over her.
Mia with her first frozen pigeon at 7 weeks.
For Memorial Day I posted up some pictures of  the American Legion memorial where my dad’s brick in memory is. When I went there on Friday the brick wasn’t in place yet so I took Grandma back on Monday and the brick was in place. Here are the pictures I took that day.
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That little flag I left behind for my dad. Thank you for your service dad.
Gamblers first AKC MH test.
Last Saturday we took Gambler to his first Master Hunter test. John handled Gambler as I don’t like to get up in front of people and perform plus Gambler acts better when John is running him. Last year when John started running him we had issues with him wanting to bring the birds back to me in the gallery. I thought he was over that but it showed on Saturday that he still loves his momma and wants to bring me the birds. The land triple was first and Gambler did very well retrieving all three marks until he was on the way back from the third mark you can see him do a loop and swing wide to come my way as John blew his whistle and called him in. He then set him up for the blind retrieve and you can see Gambler looking my way and then his mind goes to mush and it was all over then. Here is the video so you can see what he did and didn’t do. Gambler ended up failing on his land blind so thank you for your donation.

We have Gambler entered into another Master Hunter test this coming weekend, so I will be hiding and hopefully he will be listening better.

EXCITING NEWS……………………………..

Just got Glory’s OFA Hip’s and Elbow’s back. She has normal elbows and EXCELLENT hips!

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I never imagined that Glory’s hips would come back as a excellent. That is the highest rating that OFA is really particular about giving out. I am super excited to have my first excellent in my Sand Spring lines. Now the wait begins for another 6 months to pass before she can be bred and hopefully have a litter of puppies.

The Bytes:

Outtakes of MK and our Chewy.com photo shoot.

More treats please!

More treats please!

Hey, someone pick this up please.

Hey, someone pick this up please.

I'm outta here!

I’m outta here!

Mia and MK meeting for the first time.

Stop back tomorrow for FitDog Friday and see what the gang has been up to.

 

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Black And White Sunday~Best Friends

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Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mom’s out there to children with 2 legs and 4!

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Thursday Barks And Bytes~HomeAway™ Travel Organizer Kit

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The co-hosts for Barks And Bytes are Linda from 2browndawgs and Jodi from Heart Like A Dog

The Barks:

I got a surprise email the other day from none other than The Great And Powerful Oz, I was super excited to see that I won a give away he was doing a few weeks ago. His post was on HomeAway™ Travel Organizer Kit by Solvit you can read the whole post here describing this really cool bag. I so wanted to win this bag. I am a bag nut, you name it….computer, purse, shopping I have it. What I don’t have is a really cool dog bag until now. I just went through my backpacks and put Gambler and Glory’s therapy stuff into one of my old leather backpacks that I used to use as a purse. It really wasn’t cutting the mustard. I think this HomeAway™ Travel Organizer Kit by Solvit is just the right bag I need for our therapy visits and our upcoming hunt tests.

It's like a little brief case.

It’s like a little brief case.

This bag will fit all your travel items for a dog or a cat.

This bag will fit all your travel items for a dog or a cat.

MK photo bombing.

MK photo bombing.

Hey guys whatcha doing?

Hey guys whatcha doing?

This looks like a really cool bag can I have it?

This looks like a really cool bag can I have it?

Step away from the bag kitty.

Step away from the bag kitty.

This was one of the best give away’s. I can’t wait to put all my stuff into it.

Speaking of give away’s. Gambler invites you to stop back next Tuesday on May 11th for his 3rd Birthday. He will be giving 3 sets of something really cool his mom makes away.

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The Bytes:

If you didn’t get a chance to see MK debut on the new SlimKitty blog hop on over and check her story out.

John taking MK back to the house.

John taking MK back to the house.

The gang was outside and I was taking photos of them with some new treats that they got to try out for a review and of course MK couldn’t be left out she had to come photo bomb the pictures. Here John is taking MK and her toy back to the house. After I snapped this picture he said right away “you better delete that picture”. LOL nope! Evidence that he does love the cat.

882389 Did you see my new Rescue Angel picture on my sidebar. If you click on the picture it will take you to Chesapeake Retriever Rescue Of Wisconsin’s online cafepress store where a number of items are for sale with different pictures of the Sand Spring crew. A portion of the sales will go back to CRROW.

Stop back tomorrow and see what G & G did for their FitDog Friday this past week.

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Black And White Sunday

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Stop back this Thursday on Thursday Barks And Bytes to find out about the very cool pack we won and how MK had to photo bomb.

I also invite you tomorrow to check out SlimDoggy’s sister site SlimKitty that was newly launched last month. MK will make a guest appearance. SlimKitty is a site that will be a resource to help you keep your kitty fit and healthy.

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Thursday Barks And Bytes~A Treat and A Award

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The co-hosts for Barks And Bytes are Linda from 2browndawgs and Jodi from Heart Like A Dog.
The Barks:

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to win a give away going on over at Barking From The Bayou. Melissa did a review on Little Eatz gourmet goodies for dogs and humans which was fantastic, you can read it here,  so I entered the give away in hopes that I would win as I really wanted to try them as they are for humans too. Guess what????? I won!!!!!!

Can't wait to try these treats.

Can’t wait to try these treats.

Hey Gman did you try one already?

Hey Gman did you try one already?

Give me it!!

Give me it!!

nom nom gman approved.

nom nom gman approved.

nom nom Nellie approved.

nom nom Nellie approved.

nom nom Glory approved.

nom nom Glory approved.

Even mom approved! The Cinnamon Crunch was great.

Even mom approved! The Cinnamon Crunch was great.

The dogs loved these treats and so did I. So far I only tasted the cinnamon crunch and it was delish. I think these treats will be great to keep in the truck on training or hunt test days so I could give the dogs a treat and if I am hungry I can have a snack too. Thanks Melissa for the give away and the yummy treats.

Sand Spring received another award and how excited I am about it.

Given by PawedBlog

Given by PawedBlog

This award was so nicely given to us by our friends over at Pawedblog. Thank you so much for thinking of us and letting us join in on Nerissa hugh accomplishment!

The award is brand-spanking new and created by Nerissa. It is called the ‘Yoo Hoo! YOO HOO! Award’ and is all about celebrating the welcome of 100,000 blog visitors (woah can you IMAGINE?). CONGRATULATIONS Nerissa!

There are a couple of rules for accepting this awards and they are:
– Firstly, post the award on your blog and thank the blogger who gave it to you.
– Secondly, visit at least three of the blogs that are receiving the award along with you and leave a
  comment.
– Thirdly, tell us all three things you have to celebrate.  You know, three things for which you are
  thankful.
– Lastly, pass along the award to seven other bloggers and let them know you have done so.
(Source: Nerissa)

So, here are OUR three things to be thankful for:

1. I am thankful for life, I am so happy to be part of this world and all it has to offer.

2. I am thankful for my animals, they make my life complete.

3. I am thankful for my husband John who works hard each day so I can work part time and enjoy the free time with my animals.

I would now like to pass this award on to seven of my blogville pals in no particular order:

1. 2browndawgs

2. heartlikeadog

3. ownedbyahusky

4. oztheterrier

5. dogsnpawz

6. talkingdogs

7. browndogcbr

Hope everyone enjoys their new award as much as I do.

The Bytes:

MK finally got outside after a long hiatus being kept inside during our long winter months. She enjoyed her time outside.

Hi Gman whatcha doing?

Hi Gman whatcha doing?

Whatcha looking at?

Whatcha looking at?

Maybe I should go check it out.

Maybe I should go check it out.

It's just Nellie. Hi Nellie!

It’s just Nellie. Hi Nellie!

Sniff my butt Nellie.

Sniff my butt Nellie.

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Thursday Barks And Bytes~A Little Bit Of Everything

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The co-hosts for Barks And Bytes are Linda from 2browndawgs and Jodi from Heart Like A Dog.
The Barks:
First off I want to give a couple of shout out’s to a couple of blog’s I follow. First is a big thank you to Russel over at Russel Ray Photos. One day on his blog he offered a free reflection photo art of one of your photos for the first 20 people that commented on his blog. I jumped at the chance as his work is super cool and love everything he does with his photos. He just opened up his online store of Photographic Art where you can go and purchase his work.
This is the photo I sent Russel:
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This is what Russel did with my picture:
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Second I want to give a shout out to Jackie Bouchard over at Pooch Smooches. She has a hilarious blog about her life and her dog Rita. She is also a author and has two books published. Rescue Me, Maybe which is her second book published and her first book What The Dog Ate which I just finished reading. You can head on over to Amazon and get a kindle copy of this book for only $2.99. What a steal for such a great book.
MY DEBUT NOVEL This was a fabulous book, once I started reading it I couldn’t put it down. She kept me on my toes and wanting to know what happened next. It was a light fun read about relationships and of course dogs. You can read all about the book on her blog here.
I won a contest! Ann over at Pawsitively Pets had a St. Patrick’s day instagram contest for a chance to win a petbox, #petbox, #luckofthepetbox. Of course I had to enter Gman in his Irish costume. This is the one I submitted.
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We were so happy to hear that we won. We never got a petbox before so we were super excited to find out about it. Yesterday the petbox arrived.
The dogs are wondering if the petbox is for them or for MK.

The dogs are wondering if the petbox is for them or for MK.

When can we open it?

When can we open it?

As you can see from the video Gambler was super excited to get the petbox in the mail. He wouldn’t let me open it nicely to display the contents nicely to you so you get the Gambler way.

Super excited to have the box opened.

Super excited to have the box opened.

What kind of goodies are in here?

What kind of goodies are in here?

Look at all the cool stuff we got!

Look at all the cool stuff we got!

Thanks Pawsitively Pets!

Thanks Pawsitively Pets!

We loved the BOGO Bowl dog food.

We loved the BOGO Bowl dog food.

Even MK loved the food.

Even MK loved the food.

Nellie and the skinny toy.

Nellie and the skinny toy.

Thank you again Pawsitively Pets for such a great prize.

The Bytes:

While reading my blogs and having my morning Chai Tea Glory decided she wanted to say Hi and read 2browndawgs blog today.

Hi Thunder, Storm and Freighter!

Hi Thunder, Storm and Freighter!

Bear with me if I posted this up already as I have short term memory loss. I want to tell you all how excited I am to have gotten an invitation to the UKC Premier Top Ten Invitational for the second year in a row. This makes two years in a row that my boy Gambler was the #1 Chesapeake Bay Retriever in the 2013 UKC Top Ten Dog and Breed Standings. He finished his year with 16 points. When I did a search for the most points I could only search as far back as 2007. In the past years I found one Chesapeake that had more points than Gambler two different years. So that would make Gambler the #3 dog with highest points. I am unable to go to the Premier this year. It saddens me but I guess sometimes in life you have to choose what adventures you can go on. Money is really limited right now with my wrist surgery so I am saving my penny’s to take both Gambler and Glory to Canada again this fall for a snow goose hunt. I think Gambler will much rather hunt then dance around a ring, what do you think?

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MK wanted to share a couple of video’s of her:

Last weekend we cleaned out the wood duck houses down by the creek so of course I had to take my camera with.

Stop back tomorrow for our FitDog Friday post which happens to be their ONE year Blog Anniversary. Congrats!

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Thursdays Barks And Bytes~MK And Bloopers

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The co-hosts for Barks And Bytes are Linda from 2browndawgs and Jodi from Heart Like A Dog.
The Barks: Usually MK is the Bytes of this post but today since she had her first very own Chewy.com review which you can read here, she get’s the barks spot.
Since I took a gazillion pictures for the review I finally switched things up a bit and added some effects to the pictures. Usually I don’t do this as I want the pictures to be the way I took them but for something different I added effects. I think they turned out quite cool, what do you think?
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I don’t know which one is which but these were a variation of black pencil, charcoal, colored chalk, colored pencil and pencil.
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This one was a swirl effect.
Chewy.com bloopers.
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I touch you!

I touch you!

Gambler of course trying to get the cat food.

Gambler of course trying to get the cat food.

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The Bytes:

Come back tomorrow and see what we have been up to for FitDog Friday and see how our Resolve to Move Your Mutt is going.

Come back tomorrow to see what we were up to!

Come back tomorrow to see what we were up to!

 

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