Boy, oh boy has it been a long week but seems like it went by so fast!

Can you believe it’s been FOREVER since we’ve done a F.F.F.?!

We just loved this one…let’s see if you can figure it out!  He’s canine counterparts do a pretty good job of giving it away early though.  ;D

Thought you’d like this one!

And in other great news today (other than it’s Friday), I became an Auntie today!

Pictures coming soon!

Have a good weekend everyone!

 

It’s seriously been WAAAAY too long since we’ve done a Funny, Furry Friday around here!

Honestly, I don’t even remember the last time we’ve posted one!

So here’s our long overdue, cute video featuring an ordinary dog (a puppy in this case) being extraordinary…introducing adorable Chi, Boo, at the beach, having the time of her life!

So stinkin’ cute!

She looks exactly like Bubbs when he was a baby!

This video makes me miss having a puppy in the house!

Adorable, Boo!

5th Annual Helen Woodward Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon 2010

This past weekend was the 5th Annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon 2010 Fundraiser Benefit at North Beach (a.k.a. Dog Beach) in Del Mar, CA!  Dogs of all sizes, shapes, and breeds battled the surf to raise money for the Helen Woodward Animal Center, and brought in over $93,000, with Surf Dog Ricochet coming in First Place as the Top Fundraiser, and 2nd Place in the Large Dog Heat!  Congratulations, Ricochet!  You did it again!

The event’s main goal is bring about awareness and raise funds for orphaned pets, while promoting responsible pet ownership.  We love events such as this, and with such a great cause!

Although Ricochet took First as the Top Fundraiser, another dog named Abbie (and came in 3rd Top Fundraiser last year) stole the show, and caused a huge upset when she took First Place overall with her awesome Surfing moves!  No body gets in Abbie’s way while she’s surfing because she’ll just take ya out!

Watch the video below to see it all in action, and the smooth move that took out the competition, and moved Abbie into First Place!

Congrats, Abbie, Ricochet, & to all the other talented dogs who participated in the 2010 Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon!

To view some great action photos of the event, visit photogallerybymichael.com!

Thanks, Carly for sending us these great photos, video, &  info about the event!

We can’t wait until the 6th Annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon 2011!

“Mom, what IS this thing you’ve got on me now?!”

GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!

Notice anything different in the photo above?!  Yep, that’s right…Bubbs is sportin’ a new harness, courtesy of PoshPuppyBoutique.com!  He’s not so sure, but we think he looks absolutely handsome, don’t you?!

We couldn’t have been  happier when Posh Puppy Boutique contacted us to do a product review, and when we went over to their site to chose an item we were so overwhelmed with choices!  We knew we wanted to review something that would be useful, practical, and something Bubbs needed, but we still didn’t know exactly what that would be.  Soon after we had added half the items on the site to our ‘Wish List’, we finally spotted it!  A HARNESS!  That was something useful, practical, and something Bubbs definitely needed.  So, just as if it was meant to be, a harness was on it’s way.

Before I tell you a little bit about the harness we chose from Posh Puppy, I thought I’d tell you a little bit about why Bubbs needed a harness, and why a lot of smaller breed dogs (and medium and large dogs too) can benefit from using one too.

If you ever came across Bubbs and I at the dog park, you’d probably never forget it.  Bubbs, at the sight of another canine, which usually catches me off guard and I don’t have the leash locked, would come running, frantically barking, and at full speed no less.  Then you’d see me…frantically running, at full speed about 10ft. behind trying to get him to stop before he chokes himself on the retractable leash, or before I owe you hundreds of dollars in vet bills.  Usually, we catch up to him, apologize to you for the scare, and we sometimes even offer to pick up any poop your dog may have dropped during the event.  He’s only 11lbs., but in his eyes, and along with most other Chi’s, he’s the biggest dog in the yard and he WILL be sure to let you know it.  Typical ‘Little Dog Syndrome’.  Yes, he has a problem, we admit it.

Even those these incidents are few and far between these days (we avoid them at all costs), I’m still a little anxious when we’re out in public together, and my eyes are always peeled (as are his, but since I’m quite a bit taller I have an advantage) for potential victims.  Because I’m his mom, I do always worry about him, want to do everything I can to make sure he has what he needs and wants, and of course, to keep him from harms way, and THAT is why he needed a harness.

“What’s that moving over there?”

Harnesses are very beneficial for little dogs, dogs who have a tendency to jerk and take off running unexpectedly, dogs who tend to escape their leads, and dogs who require more control while on the  move (i.e. Bubbs = all 4).  He’s a little man and that makes him a lot more fragile and prone to injuries if something unexpected were to happen.  While wearing his regular collar and leash, pulling puts a lot of strain on his neck, throat, and upper back (as with all other dogs).  Imagine the strain it puts on him when he takes off unexpectedly and I have to unexpectedly stop him or the retractable leash runs out.  Not good.  I definitely wanted to put an end to all of that.  I wanted more control while we were out walking together, I wanted to end the “Cacking” & “Hacking” when the leash became tight around his neck, and I wanted to certainly lessen the chances of him hurting himself.

So when Posh Puppy Boutique offered to send us an item for review on the blog, we were so delighted they had the cutest, comfiest harness we ever saw!  We were so excited for it to arrive, and for Bubbs to try it out!  Now, I’ve worked in the veterinary field and have had my fair share of experiences with harnesses, and let me tell you some of them are so difficult to put on!  I was slightly worried about that.  I was also slightly worried about whether it would fit him okay, since he is sometimes in between SM-M sizes (he’s a larger Chi, but evenly proportioned).  Believe me, I had my fingers crossed!  When it arrived, I opened it and panicked.  Oh, no!  This is not going to fit!  It looked so tiny!  I opened it fully and extended the strap to as far as it would go…*please fit!  oh, pleeeeeease fit!*

*Snap.*

*Sigh of Relief*

A PERFECT FIT.

I could fit two fingers underneath the neck, and under each strap.  Perfect!  And, I could put it on with NO HASSLE!  Perfecto!

So we went for a walk to try it out, and let me tell you, the immediate difference you can feel from a harness vs. a standard collar/leash set is incredible.  You DO have so much  more control, and you can feel it.  You don’t feel them pulling you, there is no straining, that is no “hacking” sound, and you’re both more relaxed.  You have more control, yet he feels as if he has more freedom.  We are immediately in love with our new harness.

*Relaxin & chillaxin in the yard!*

Posh Puppy Boutique has a LOT of harnesses to choose from, but we picked the Cozy Sherpa Harness because of the extra padding for comfort.  I wanted to avoid any irritation underneath his front legs and around his neck, plus it will provide some extra warmth when it starts to get a little colder here.  The harness allows us to walk comfortably, confidently, and a little less anxious (well, for me anyway).  The straps are durable, as is the D-ring for the leash attachment on the back, and can be trusted.  He can sleep in the harness without being uncomfortable, and with the extra sherpa padding, we can avoid any skin irritations.  The only thing I’d change is to add a little padding to the backstrap, but despite that, it’s basically the perfect harness for us, and we couldn’t be more happy with it!

Check out this video below of Bubbs getting used to his new harness!    Don’t be alarmed, he does this anytime he’s wet after a bath, or if you put ANYTHING on him other than his collar.  No Chi’s were harmed in this video!

(My fiance, Lowell, filmed it from his iPhone so I apologize for the poor quality, but you’ll get the idea!)

Yes, we’re pretty biased, but we think he’s the cutest Chi ever.

Posh Puppy Boutique Cozy Sherpa Harness REVIEW:  (out of 5 stars)

  • COMFORT = (4.5 out of 5)
  • DURABILITY = (5 out of 5)
  • HASSLE = (4.5 out of 5)
  • FIT = (5 out of 5)
  • STYLE = (4 out of 5)

For an OVERALL RATING:

  • / (4 out of 5)

So now that you know all about our new Cozy Sherpa Harness, and what we think about it, don’t you want one too!?!  Well, since they are just awesome, PoshPuppyBoutique.com has so kindly offered to sponsor a giveaway to purchase one for your pup, or any other item that strikes your fancy from their great site!  One lucky winner will be randomly chosen to receive a $25 Gift Certificate to PoshPuppyBoutique.com, and we couldn’t be more excited for all of our readers!

To Buy It:

Cozy Sherpa Harness

To Win It:

  • Leave a comment on this post on why your dog needs a harness!

For additional entries: (must come back to this post and comment each time to receive your additional entries!)

  • Leave a comment on this post with a link to the item you’d purchase with your $25 GC to PoshPuppyBoutique.com if you’re the lucky winner! (1 entry)
  • ‘Like’ our Facebook Page and leave the comment on our Wall, “We want (insert item link from PoshPuppyBoutique.com) from Posh Puppy Boutique!” (1 entry)
  • Follow us on Twitter, and Tweet this giveaway with, “Enter $25 GC #giveaway to PoshPuppyBoutique.com, from @Alldogblog!  http://bit.ly/poshpuppyGC (1 entry)  *You can tweet once a day, but be sure to come back each day and leave a comment on this post!

Contest Rules:

  • Open to U.S. Residents 18 years of age and older only.
  • Winner will be chosen randomly using Random.org (Be sure to leave individual comments for each entry, comments compiling multiple entries will not be valid and deleted.).
  • Contest ends September 30th, 2010 at 11pm Eastern Time.
  • Contest rules are subject to change without notice.

We can’t wait to see what little gems you guys find over at Posh Puppy!

Also, we’d like to give a HUGE shout out to everyone over at Posh Puppy Boutique for allowing us to review such a great item from their site, and also sponsoring a giveaway!  We couldn’t have had a better experience working with all of you, and I hope to stay in touch in the future!  Hope you enjoyed the review too!

*Disclosure:  My opinions are my honest and thoughtful reviews and were not influenced by any source, and may differ from others.  I received one Cozy Sherpa Harness product to facilitate the review, and was not monetarily compensated in any way.

Yesterday was Patriot Day, and to honor those who lost their lives on 9/11 and those who have fought to keep our country safe, I wanted to do a little post to show my gratitude, and say ‘Thank You’ for everything you’ve done for Bubbs and I.  We are so thankful to have the freedom to do and say what we wish on our blog and in our personal and daily life.  I’d like to share with you my military family,  active members who do their part to keep my freedom alive.

Thanks, guys!  Bubbs & I love you, miss you, and hope everything is going well!  We salute you!

This is my soon-to-be Sister-in-Law Kelly, her husband Scott, and their lovable lab/border collie, Bear (Not pictured:  Bella the Cat).  They just recently moved to Oklahoma so Scott could finish his Officer training and begin his military career in the U.S. Army.  I miss them dearly and wish we could live closer to each other!

And, this is my cousin Mark, his wife Monica, and Ollie and Sadie the Weinas (Not pictured:  Abbie, their beautiful daughter).  I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting Monica or these two gorgeous dogs in person, but I follow her blog, Adventures of M-Squared, and never miss a post.  They currently reside in Italy where Mark is in the U.S. Air Force and is gone for weeks and months at a time.  Monica is a stay-at-home-mom to their daughter Abbie and all the fur-kids.  She’s an amazing mom, and her blog is full of amazing photos of their life thus far!

These two families are Active military who are very close to my heart, and I wanted to share them with you because I came across a little video the other day that inspired me to write this post.  This video immediately made me think of Scott & Kelly, and Mark & Monica, and their dogs.  It also brought me to tears as I watched.  I was happy, sad, and filled with emotions as I thought of how this happens in their lives, but also everyday all over the country at the homes of all military families with canines.

This little video pulls at my heartstrings…

If you don’t have tears in your eyes…

If you liked this video, check out these other dogs greeting their soldier dads after being gone for long periods of time:  R & R Welcome, Dog Hugs A Soldier Coming Home!, and a Dachshund Homecoming.  Each one brought tears to my eyes, and makes me so thankful that Lowell is here with me everyday, and that we have these amazingly strong men and women who fight for us, our freedom, and our country, and also the wives, husbands, children, and pets who support them.

To all of our military families out there, a big ‘Thank You’ from me, and kisses from Bubbs for all that you do.

We’ll Never Forget.

We can’t believe it’s Friday again, we’re having a hard time keeping up!  Can you believe it’s almost Fall already!?  We LOVE IT!  Enjoy this week’s Funny, Furry Friday!

It’s PABLO the Chihuahua, and he obviously had a late night…

Typical Chi, under the covers!

So cute!

Can you believe it’s Friday already?!

These weeks are flying by, the Summer has flown by, the leaves are beginning to fall, and we can feel a chill in the air at night.  We LOVE it!

Check out this beautiful English Bulldog just relaxing and enjoying her favorite show, Family Guy!

The person filming her is just barely containing themselves!

She looks so relaxed and just enjoying herself!  Just an ordinary Bulldog doing what they do best!

Happy, Funny Furry Friday!