Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Did You See That?

Well, hello there Wednesday... time to get wordless!  (Doggy Parents, if you didn't catch our Bravo Crunchy Delights review yesterday, be sure to check it out)

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Beer brewed with cucumbers? Yes, please, I'll have another... Delish! #beer #craftbeer #CapeAnnBrewingCo #cucumber #Gloucester #yumo

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Day 13 #SoakPhotoChallenge Knitting Bag. These are the 2 #projectbag I have with me at the race track today. #dellaQ #PawsOffMyKnitting and #ammeesbabies bags. #love #getyourkniton #knitstagram #racing


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Ready to race #uslegends #8 #BeechRidge #inex #racecar

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I found it, I found it!!! #pumpkin #pumpkinspice @chobani #greekyogurt #chobani

New addition has arrived. Not sure if Sophie approves yet... #dogstagram #8 #HooliganMotorsports #uslegends #houndmix #adoptdontshop #rescue #racecar

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

REVIEW: Bravo Crunchy Delights

Bravo Crunchy Delights

Where to Find: Bravo Pet Foods


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The Lapdogs recently had the opportunity to try Bravo Crunchy Delights and I think it's safe to say, they were delighted!

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Bravo Crunchy Delights are oven baked in the USA, using all natural ingredients.  Currently available in four flavors - Beef, Chicken, Duck and Turkey - they do not contain any added hormones, antibiotics, artificial preservatives, flavors or colors.  Each recipe includes a different mix of wholesome ingredients, such as oats, chickpeas, quinoa, broccoli, green beans, squash, cranberries, and cane molasses - but the #1 ingredient in each recipe is real, premium meat or poultry.  As a dog parent who pays very close attention to the labels on my furkids' treats, I can really appreciate this! 

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We received a bag of the Turkey Crunchy Delights for review. Ingredients are turkey, oats, chickpeas, turkey liver, turkey hearts, broccoli, green beans, squash, turkey gizzards, quinoa, cane molasses, cranberries, salt, mixed tocopherols (preservative), and rosemary extract.  I think the Lapdogs thought someone took Thanksgiving and mixed it all up, into one delicious bite!  They gobbled them up and begged for more. 


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You may recognize Bravo as a leader in the fresh-frozen and raw pet foods.  The family-owned business located in Manchester, Connecticut offers over 125 different items for dogs and cats and is continually looking to expand it's line.  Crunchy Delights were a no-brainer addition.  According to Bravo co-founder Bette Schubert, "We set out to create super premium treats that are natural, nourishing and delicious.  We think that means using only the finest, freshest ingredients - starting with real meat or poultry.  And that's exactly what we did."  Indeed Bette, that is what Bravo did -- and bravo to you for doing so! 

The Lapdogs give Bravo Crunchy Delights their official 16 paws up seal of approvalWe haven't handed one of those out in awhile, as we're trying to be a little more selective to show off some "above and beyond" products.  This doggy Mama will certainly be adding Crunchy Delights to our regular treat rotation.

Disclosure: Matrix Partners sent a bag of Bravo Crunchy Delights to Lapdog Creations, free of charge for review purposes. I was not compensated for this review and all opinions expressed are my own.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Fiber Arts Friday: This & That

Happy Fiber Arts Friday!  While I have no right to be casting on new things (except Christmas gifts, of course), I seem to have raging startitis and severe knitting-add these days.  Maybe it's the cool fallish temps that have finally graced our presence here in New England, but I just want to sit and knit.  How about you?

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That colorful little number above is Painted and was actually cast on in June, but got tossed aside.  It's a fun knit and I'll probably end up working on it here and there all through winter, since I have some other projects that I'd like to get finished first. 

I like big balls, and I can not lie... That's a #Madelinetosh worsted #yarncake on top, 2 balls of #BrownSheepCompany Burly Spun below... Which I found 3 knots in, ugh!! #knitterproblems #knitstagram #yarn #knitting

I Instagrammed the picture above with the caption "I like Big Balls and I can not lie..." And just to show you how big those balls of Brown Sheep Burly Spun really are, that's a yarn cake of Madelinetosh worsted sitting on top.  I bought the Burly Spun to make these leg warmers a few years ago.  I think it's time to cast on....

Day 2 #SoakPhotoChallenge Designer. I cast on this Christmas gift from a pattern in 101 Designer One-Skein Wonders yesterday! #knitstagram #Madelinetosh #getyourkniton #dpns #handknit #GiftKnitting #knitting #instaknit

As for that yarn cake of Madelinetosh, I've cast on a Christmas gift for someone special... but that's all you're getting on that one.

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I saved my current can.not.wait.to.wind.and.cast.on. for last.  The yarn is last month's Yarn Box shipment - 3 skeins of Erin from Imperial Yarn, a super squishy, 100% wool that looks and smells amazing!  Yarn Box included a pattern for a cowl & hat set, but I wasn't really loving it, so I started searching for what to make.  I knew I wanted to use at least 2 of the colors, but preferred to find something using all 3.  I found a scarf pattern that I was all set to make... until Challah popped up in my Facebook news feed and I knew it was the right pattern for this yarn!  I have to get this one started really soon... and yes, it's for me!

I could go on and on with other projects on the needles, but we'd be here all day... and well, I want to go knit!  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Bretagne, Last known 9/11 Ground Zero Search Dog

Today marks a time that none of us will ever forget.  And while we all remember, we also move forward.  

If you haven't already read the amazing story of Bretagne, the last known surviving Ground Zero search dog, click here.  This is one story you don't want to miss!   

An exhausted Bretagne takes a break at Ground Zero in September 2001.
An exhausted Bretagne takes a break at Ground Zero in September 2001
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Bretagne (pronounced "Brittany") and all of the other hero search dogs of 9/11 put smiles on the faces of firefighters and search crews during an extremely difficult time.  Now, at 15 years young, she needs a little helping paw from us.

Denise Corliss and Bretagne the search dog at Ground Zero in 2001.
Denise Corliss and Bretagne take a break together at Ground Zero in 2001
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Bretagne is currently in the running for the American Humane Association's annual Hero Dog Awards - in fact, she's one of just 8 finalists!  And now, Bretagne needs our votes!  Online voting is open here until September 15th.  Won't you take just a few moments to click over and vote for this amazing hero?

Oh, and you can vote once per day from now until the 15th!  Let's show Bretagne and her human, Denise Corliss, how much we appreciate them.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Teutul, Teutul, Teutul

Happy Wednesday!  It's feeling like fall this week and I love it... now, let's get wordless!  (in regard to today's title... as I was pulling photos for today, he seemed to pop up in every one)

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How cool is this guy? He hung around letting me take pics for quote awhile #dragonfly #beautiful #love #insects #summer #newengland #wings

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Wound this #madcolorfiberarts baby up last week... Now to decide what to #knit #knitstagram #yarnwinder #yarn #knitterproblems #MadeinNH #love

Tut giving some moral support to big brother Zeus while he sits after breakfast #dogstagram #seniordog #megaesophagus #ilovemydogs #brothers #instadog #mybabies #ilovemyseniordog #ilovebigmutts #bigdog #labmix #coonhoundmix

Alice Cooper #newengland #Massachusetts #AliceCooper

Day 3 #SoakPhotoChallenge Stitches. #knitstagram #knitting #handknit #socks #getyourkniton

Screw this 80-90 degree crap... I SEE fall! #trees #clouds #sky #newengland #fall #foliage #newhampshire


Tuesday, September 09, 2014

REVIEW: The Honest Kitchen Quickies Pure Dehydrated Icelandic Haddock Dog Treats

The Honest Kitchen

Quickies Pure Dehydrated Icelandic Haddock Dog Treats

Where to Find: Chewy.com


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If you know the Lapdogs at all, you know how much they love their friends over at Chewy.com - and how fast their tails wag when one of those Chewy boxes arrives on our doorstep!  We're a little late in posting about our August goodie due to Zeus' health issues, but never fear.... we're ready for Tasty Tuesday!

2014-08-12_06-02-32We received a package of The Honest Kitchen Quickies Pure Dehydrated Icelandic Haddock Dog Treats. While the name sure is a mouthful, these yummies are the tiniest, cutest, heart-shaped bite-size treats my big babies have ever gone bonkers for!  Seriously, I should have taken video for this review.  Ya ain't seen nothin'... until you've seen a 4-pack of 60+ pound dogs drool, woof and dance for treats this small!  I guess that means they really pack a good punch when it comes to flavor!

2014-08-12_06-01-09As a dog Mom, I appreciate that the ingredients are simple: 100% dehydrated haddock.  And as a native of Gloucester, Massachusetts, I can't help but smile when giving my dogs haddock (after all, I was raised on the tasty whie fish)!  Of course, this means they are a perfect option for any dog with chicken/beef/lamb food allergies.  I originally chose Quickies as our product to review because I'm always looking for quality fish-based treats for Sophie.  I had no idea I'd find one that all four dogs would love so much (did I mention the size? Even 100-pound Zeus was begging for them)!

Made in the USA, Quickies are packaged in an eco-friendly tube that can easily fit in your pocket, making them great for training or rewarding any time.  The scrumptious bites are high-protein, low-carb and have just 1.1 calories!

Working on a #dogtreat #review for the blog! Teeny tiny heart shaped #haddock treats from #TheHonestKitchen and @chewy The dogs are going NUTS for them! #dogstagram #seniordog #happydog #rescued #adoptdontshop
We will certainly be adding Quickies to our regular treat rotation, as we have with other treats from The Honest Kitchen that we've had a chance to review.  I really like the company and feel good about giving my dogs their products.  Not only do they use top quality ingredients in their products, they are committed to reducing their carbon pawprint and to giving back.  Each month, The Honest Kitchen donates a portion of their sales profit to a different charitable organization. They call it pawlanthropy.

Head on over to Chewy.com and grab some Quickies for your own pampered pooch!  Not only will you find several other offerings from The Honest Kitchen, but thousands of other products as well.  Remember, 1-2 day shipping is always FREE on orders of $49 or more!  Restock your treat basket just in time for fall!

Disclosure: Chewy.com sent a package of The Honest Kitchen Quickies to Lapdog Creations, free of charge for review purposes. I was not compensated for this review and all opinions expressed are my own.