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From the Same Litter May 30, 2009

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dug_dog dixie noseThe first time I saw the trailer for Disney Pixar’s UP, I knew that the character of Dug the Dog had to be based on Dixie Belle.  I watched this clip and there’s not a single doubt in my mind.  I mean, look at them… Now if I can just find one of those talking collars.

Empire of Fur March 8, 2009

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pledge-fabric-sweeperYou know how there are those pesky things in your house that you will try absolutely anything to get rid of?! Pet hair is that pesky thing for us. We have a dog and two cats, and they leave hair “tumbleweeds” floating throughout our house and a not so gorgeous fur coat on our couch. We are vacuum maniacs and big fans of Dyson! When I saw the commercial for the Pledge Fabric Sweeper, I figured why not give it a shot. It’s basically the same concept as those red velvety lint brushes from the 80’s. I thought it might be a quicker alternative to whipping out the vacuum for every stray animal hair. I have to say that it works pretty good…not perfect, but good enough. The only crappy thing about it is that once it’s full you have to toss it; however, it takes a lot to get it full. At the rate we’re going, I figure it could take a good month to get a toupée’s worth of hair.

Chick to Chick January 13, 2009

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3dogschickI usually give Dixie cookies made from natural ingredients. I’ve been ordering Cheese Treats from Happy Tails out of Columbia, SC, and paw print cookies from My Doggy out of NY. However, I like to change it up. I search for everything through Etsy, so why not dog treats?

Sweet success. I discovered 3 Dogs and a Chick. Owner Nicole and her three pups live in Ft. Walton Beach, FL, and serve up homemade, healthy, and all-natural dog treats. I snagged up a variety pack which Nicole baked fresh on Friday and I found resting comfortably on my front porch on Monday afternoon.  I selected the Apple Honey paw prints, BBQ’d Squirrels, Doggie Doodles (like the human Snickerdoodle counterpart), and Aloha Biscuits (pineapple soft cookies). Each variety smelled delish (and, no, I didn’t give ’em a try myself) and were unbelievably soft.  I haven’t pegged Dixie’s favorite. She basically gobbles each of them up with equal vigor leaving only the tiniest crumbs and a large puddle of drool.

Why Dixie, What Big Ears You Have October 22, 2008

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Bice Designs - Little Red

The time had come for me to get Dixie a new collar, and of course my first stop for shopping was Etsy. While there are a lot of cute Etsy shops offering pet items, I decided on the collars at Bice Designs. Not only do they offer a variety of designs, but they also embroider your pet’s name and phone number on the collar at no extra charge. I opted for the Little Red Riding Hood design. It was just too cute to pass up. I also like the Buzz-n-Bumble design and the Power Tie options (you can even send them your own men’s tie…a great “green” option for using those old ties stashed in the back of your closet). They are not dog exclusive, so if you have a kitty who needs a new collar you should check out their products.

Sleep Fairy August 17, 2008

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Sundays are typically lazy days around the Moore household. After going to church and brunch, we sit around reading the paper and drinking coffee. We may do a little laundry and miscellaneous house cleaning. We take Dixie for a long walk, and we make our weekly grocery store run. Today, however, we had a little visitor! The sleep fairy stopped by our house and sprinkled magic dust right on top of Casey and Biscuit which apparently rendered them helpless. At least they had each other, right?!

Pretzel Dog July 30, 2008

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No, I’m not talking about one of those things you can get at Auntie Anne’s. I’m talking about my ridiculous dog. We got two new recliners and a sofa from La-Z-Boy about two weeks ago. I love them! If you don’t think recliners are cool, well, technically they probably aren’t. However, they are the most comfortable chairs that you will ever sit in. Just ask Dixie. She has proceeded to contort herself, like the Cirque du Soleil dog that she is, into a pretzel while enjoying the comfort of our new recliners. The only downside…she typically gets stuck and needs human assistance to free herself. We may have to cordon off the recliners with caution tape when we’re not at home!

So Appropriate July 16, 2008

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Prior to leaving for vacation, Casey and I headed to the bookstore to pick up some reading materials. While he was fretting over what smartypants book he was going to read, I decided to wander aimlessly through the store towards the magazine section. I passed by the display for the canvas totes and personal journals and something caught my eye. I own a basset hound and feel that it is the best breed out there…call me impartial. That being said, anything basset hound-esque appeals to me. There was a black canvas tote with a basset hound print on the front. I thought, “So cute.” Then I read the text directly under the picture and immediately took it to the checkout because I couldn’t leave the store without this bag in my possession.

“Well, Susan, this is a fine mess you are in.”

Walking Fiasco July 15, 2008

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On Sunday, we took Dixie for a walk. Allow me to set the scene…
It was pretty toasty outside, so I was wearing flip flops.
I was carrying a water bottle in one hand and her leash in the other hand.
Toasty weather typically means that the sun is shining, so I was wearing my sunglasses.

Dixie saw a rabbit. I did not see said rabbit.
Sixty pound dogs that are six inches off the ground have a low center of gravity and a lot of pull.
Since flip flops have zero traction, water went everywhere. I went flying and so did my glasses.
See the result below.

FYI…pictures from our trip to Florida have been loaded into the Flickr sidebar.

The Greater Good of Medical Advances January 12, 2008

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Last night, I was watching Nightline and they did a story on the use of stem cells to improve joint issues suffered by animals. It was quite intriguing and currently this procedure has only been used in horses and dogs. Basically, fat deposits are taken from the animal and sent off to a company (Vet-Stem) who extracts the stem cells. The extracted stem cells are then injected back into the ‘patient’. There is little chance of rejection since you’re using cells from the patients’ own body. Owners have reported seeing vast improvement in their pets within the first month. Ain’t technology grand?!

Is Corn the New Plastic? November 28, 2007

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As consumers, we try to be conscious of the environment by taking reusable bags with us on shopping trips. All of this effort to eliminate the use of plastic bags got me thinking. What about other types of plastic that we use in our everyday lives? As a dog owner, my part time job is picking up poop. Each time I roll out a plastic poopie bag, I question why I bother to take reusable bags to the store when I’m still throwing some other form of a plastic bag into the trash. So I did a little research and discovered BioBags. These bags are made from a cornstarch product called Mater-Bi and are 100% biodegradable and compostable. And what about garbage bags? BioBags also has a line of kitchen and lawn trash bags.

The one drawback to going green is the cost. Typically, environmentally-friendly products tend to be a little more pricey than run-of-the-mill products. However, I was able to find these BioBags at drugstore.com for a very affordable price.

If you use resealable sandwich/storage bags or plastic wrap on a regular basis, you may want to consider a PVC-free version. Greenfeet.com features various PVC-free kitchen storage options at consumer-friendly prices.