Monday, January 21, 2019

Change a Pet's Life Day Jan 24

My pets make a big difference in my life.

Ernest, Petey and Zeke
If you love animals, I think you'll agree!
We don't need a special day to understand this...but I love this holiday coming up, Change a Pet's Life Day. That's because this is a day to celebrate how amazing pets are, and to remind us all to give back.

This year Thursday, Jan 24 is  Change a Pet's Life Day. The day was created for nationwide recognition of homeless pets in need of happy forever homes, which is an awesome way to change a pet's life. And I can think of other ways to give back for all the great things pets do for us, and change their life too.

photo by Roy Gumpel

Here are some ideas:

1. Sign your pet up for a class--Work on their obedience/manners class, or give them a challenge with agility, Rally-O, or another sport. Having something to engage their body and mind will improve their life.

2. Enrich your pet's environment--especially if you leave your pet home while you're at work. Give your pet some interactive toys, place a cat tree by a window, play some music or turn on the television while you're away.

3. Volunteer at a shelter or rescue group. There are many jobs you can do which will help change pets' lives.

4. Give a dog some exercise--Commit to giving your dog a nice walk at least once a day. Do you like to run? Some shelter dogs would love to run with you! Help an elderly neighbor by walking their dog. Keep dogs healthy by keeping them fit!

Change a pet's life...and I think it's going to change your life too.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Ernest and Petey Say Chewy is for the Birds! #ChewyInfluencer

Ernest and Petey think Chewy is really for the birds! Yes they do! Because we opened this box from Chewy the other day. They're used to finding their delicious food, tasty treats and sometimes even toys. But this time.....

What are we supposed to do with THIS??
Yes....bird seed!!
They were not impressed.
But me? I was excited to discover that Chewy now carries black oil sunflower seed. Ernest and Petey are not the only critters that need feeding around here. We've seen evidence of many little visitors in our yard.

Look at all our friendly (hungry) visitors!
I love watching birds. And I even like squirrels! So we started feeding our feathered friends. But they eat a lot! Okay, and the squirrels help.

Step right up to the buffet.
Going out and buying bird seed is no fun. We have to make a special trip to the garden store, and then lug a heavy bag of seed through the store and into the back of the car, up the stairs, and into the metal can in the mudroom. Now, ordering it with Chewy, it is delivered right to my door! I love the convenience. I guess they won't refill my feeders for me, too.

We chose Wagner's Four Season 100% Black Oil Sunflower Seed Wild Bird Food. The seed has an extra thin shell that is easy for birds to consume. When I opened the bag I noticed that the seeds were clean and free of sticks or dust or other debris that you sometimes see in bags of shelled seeds. But the big question--did the birds like it?

beautiful finches

Every perch is full.

Tufted titmouse

Male cardinal


Some enjoy the leftovers on the ground.
more finches
 As you can see, we had lots of visitors. They loved the seed. In fact, we have to refill every morning. Good things Chewy keeps delivering. I love knowing that we're helping the birds survive in the very cold winter. And as a bonus, I find watching them a relaxing and rewarding hobby.

Full Disclosure: #ChewyInfluencer. We were provided one 20-pound bag of black oil sunflower in exchange for our honest review. This in no way influenced my review. Opinions expressed here are 100% my own.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Your pet's resolutions?

New Year Resolutions

     Ernest- To help the first grade kids                        Pete- To bark less and to
     of Blessed Sacrament School improve                     pass my TDI therapy dog
     their reading and nurture their love                       test this year.
     of books.....and dogs!

What are  your pet's new year resolutions? Share in the comments.
and Happy New Year!