Monday, January 26, 2015

Mondays With Madam Star

I know Mondays can be tough.  Maybe this smiling face from cousin Madam Star will help you get through...

Wednesday, January 14, 2015


Recently Coco has been paying extra close attention to her, um, private area.  Bill says that's what dogs do, they lick their privates.  And I suppose this is true.  But how do you know when regular ol' lickin' has turned into problem lickin'?  I'm thinking a little trip to the vet may be in order.

UPDATE: Coco went to the vet and had her anal glads expressed.  All tests came back negative, so we are keeping an eye on her hoping expressing her will do the trick.  

PS, she is still licking and I'm starting to think Daddy was right.  But I'd never tell him that.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

My Ball Fanatic

While on Winter Break, I decided to clean under our bed--a task that was long overdue, trust me.   Of course I had a little brown helper.  Coco was right there with me the whole time...a little bit scared and a lot curious.

After an hour or so of cleaning, I had unearthed 7 balls from underneath the bed (and a mountain of other crap I won't mention).  I can assure you that neither Daddy nor I put these balls under there.  My little brown helper is the culprit.

I have no idea how she gets all these balls under there! And it seems like we are forever dragging them out anyway; I don't know how we let 7 of them get away from us.

I realized that much of our lives revolve around balls: throwing, rolling, finding, hiding, tossing, squeaking, tugging, cleaning off.  I can't turn around without seeing a ball.  I can't get into bed without rolling onto a ball.  I dream about giant balls demanding to be thrown.  I've got a serious ball fanatic on my hands.

What's your dog a fanatic about?

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Sissy Gets Spoiled By

Last month our favorite friends at asked if Spooky would be interested in trying Divine Duos from Wellness.  I was excited for Sissy to get to try something new and such good quality (we are big fans of the folks at Wellness).

This chicken pate and diced turkey was perfect for Spooky!  It was described as,"savory pate topped with cuts in gravy."  Just as much as Coco is crazy about crunchy treats, Spooky goes nuts for food with gravy.  The trouble for Spooky is that food with TOO much gravy makes her tummy upset--let's be honest that's trouble for the whole house.  Divine Duos was perfect because of the mix of pate and cuts of turkey bits under the gravy.

So this month, it was Sissy's turn to get a little spoiled (but don't worry, Coco still insisted on licking the plastic container!)

If you think your furry friend will love Divine Duos as much as Sissy did, check out  Once we started using their autoship, we will never buy dog or cat food any other way.  It is such a lifesaver.  (You can thank me later.)

Thursday, January 1, 2015

It Is Good To Be Back!

December was a very busy month for us.  It usually is.  Working in education means that during the ends of semesters, life gets almost unbearable.  That's what happen last month.  But don't worry, I'll provide a rundown so no one feels left out.

  • Coco had a nasty boo boo on her paw that we are pretty sure turned out to be an insect bite.  It looked gross, but only required a single visit to the vet, a little ointment, and monitoring by mommy.
  • Madam Star came over for a few visits. Fun was had by all.
  • Mommy watched too many hours of Magnum P.I. on Netflix to unwind. Fun was had by all.
  • Mommy went to visit family for a long weekend and returned to find this note:
  • Coco's big sister's came over to visit for Christmas.  Coco's niece, Scout, came too and they played until they were pooped.  
  • Coco got many Christmas presents.  It is true, everyone loves her. 

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Coco Is #Thankful for TropiClean Fresh Breath Dog Treats

I know we are a few days past Thanksgiving, but since a) Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and I don't see anything wrong with celebrating a little longer, and b) Christmas always infringes on Thanksgiving's time anyway, I'm going to take the liberty of extending Thanksgiving just a little and tell everyone what Coco is thankful for.

Finally we found a treat that Coco is especially excited about.  For the first time she is begging for treats.

In the beginning of November, sent Coco a bag of TropiClean dog treats to try.  Before I knew it, she was sitting by the treats whining for them before bedtime, when we came home from work, and in the morning when she woke up.  The bag of treats was gone in no time, before I even had a chance to write a review.

So, when her autoshipment of food was scheduled to come from Chewy, I added another bag of TropiClean treats, so I could actually write my review (which in a nutshell is Coco is CRAZY about these treats).  Needless to say, I've got a very happy little brown dog on my hands.

So this Thanksgiving, Coco has a new bag of her absolutely favorite treats, and I can bribe her to do just about anything, including (but not limited to) taking out the trash and mowing the lawn.  No kidding, I have never seen her savor treats more than the TropiClean treats.

Cleans her teeth, freshens her breath, AND she loves them?  I'm thankful for TropiClean Fresh Breath treats...and!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Coco Catches An Armadillo, Again

This morning Coco woke us up with incessant barking, howling, really.  I knew there was a varmint outside our bedroom window.  We'd seen the signs of tunneling and digging earlier, and I knew there some little critter up to no good.  But I guess this morning Coco caught wind of the little thing and it was case closed.

Coco yelped and hollered until it was time to get up and go potty, then she made a beeline for the suspected varmint site.  She hunted around awhile but came up empty pawed.  We went for a very short potty walk and came straight back to find an armadillo right next to our house.

Don't let this innocent face fool ya, especially if you are an armadillo. 
This completely incensed Coco.  No armadillo was going to dig around her house.  And to prove her point she cornered the nasty thing, grabbed it in her ferocious jaws, and when Mommy yelled her name, promptly dropped it and started to bark until it scurried away.  

This is an armadillo common in Florida.  I didn't have my camera handy this AM to capture the lucky one that Coco snagged. 
At least she didn't go in for the kill!  That'll teach those armadillos to dig in her yard.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Check Out This Cake!

Friday was daddy's birthday, so I made him his favorite dessert, Boston Cream Pie.  I found the easiest recipe on The Girl Who Ate Everything's blog.  You must check it out! This is the first thing that I've ever baked that turned out like the picture-well really close to the picture, anyway.

Of course I had help.  Coco was there every step of the way to make sure her daddy's birthday dessert was up to par.

I can always count on Coco for moral support.  And a little drool.  The Boston Cream Pie was so good, but much to Coco's dismay, she didn't get to try any.  Daddy had a good birthday, and I get to eat some of the leftovers! 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

My Favorite Faces of Coco

Sometimes I forget how much I love this little brown face! How is it possible that one face can bring us so much joy?

Monday, October 13, 2014

Mommy and Daddy Enjoy Vacation; Coco and Madam Enjoy Grandma Lucy's Pumpkin Treats

Last week mommy and daddy went on vacation, and Coco got to stay with cousin Madam Star and her mummy.
on vacation in Pigeon Forge, TN

 While we were gone, Coco got a package from; she was nice enough to share the contents with her cousin. Inside was a bag of Grandma Lucy's Pumpkin Treats. They both loved these organic, baked pumpkin treats. Coco of course doesn't care that they are made with organic, human grade ingredients, but she does love the pumpkin flavor!  They are a little sweet, so I'm only giving them to her as a very special treat, which makes her love them even more.  The treats are shaped like cute little bears and after reading the ingredient list, I couldn't help but taste one myself (actually pretty good).

even sissy was trying to get some! look how big the bag is!

Coco, Madam Star, and I all highly recommend Grandma Lucy's Pumpkin treats.  And they are on sale right now at!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

The Versatile Blogger Award: A Major Award

OK, so my award didn't arrive in a giant wooden box, and it doesn't glow electric in my window at night, but I'm just as proud of it as Ralphie's father from A Christmas Story.  The Versatile Blogger Award really is a major award and thanks to Yoda's mama from Yoda the Pit Bull for nominating me!  If you don't frequent Yoda's blog, you should because Yoda couldn't be any cuter!  And Roberta's style is refreshing.  You will want to check them out, for sure.  And look what they gave me:

Isn't she a beaut? Here are the rules for accepting the award:
Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
List 7 things about yourself.
Nominate 15 blogs for the Versatile Blogger Award.

Here we go.  7 things about Brandi...

1.  I studied creative writing in college.  It didn't prepare me to write a blog about dogs.
2.  I love Westerns, but not Spaghetti Westerns.  I hate those.  
3.  I like routine.  The more routine, the better. 
4.  I didn't originally want to get a dog, but am thankful every day that Bill talked me into it!
5.  I never wear any make up.  Ever. 
6.  My favorite season is summer because it is so hot.  Florida days never get too hot for me!
7.  I hate winter.  70 degrees is too cold for me.  I am miserable at 65.  Miserable. 

Now the 15 blogs I am nominating for the major award.  These are blogs that I follow regularly because I think they are entertaining, informative, and just plain great.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Coco Takes AND Leaves Nature's Variety Instinct Treats

I have to admit, Coco has just about no standards when it comes to treats, except for one: treats must be crunchy.  When asked me to review Nature's Variety Instinct treats, I knew Coco would be thrilled; they looked pretty hard.

I was right.  These treats are super crunchy and Coco loves them! We got the lamb and spinach flavor, which smells good enough for me to eat.  They snap in half perfectly, so I can take just half on a walk.  Since these have a strong smell, they are perfect for "Hide The Treat" which is one of Coco's favorite games.

Don't let the picture fool you, I thought Coco was going to take my hand off getting at these treats the first time I tried to put them down.  Lucky for me she has a good understanding of "leave it."