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, Chewy.com 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 Chewy.com!



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 Chewy.com; 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 chewy.com!

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 chewy.com 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."

Thanks chewy.com!


Sunday, September 14, 2014

If Money Were No Object...

Daddy always says that I spoil Coco.  OK, so this is probably true.  But what if money were no object, how would I spoil her then?  What would our lives look like?  People often daydream about how things would change if they were spending money to improve their own lives, but what about if we were just focused on improving our dogs', without worrying about how much it would cost?  Mine and Bill's--and Coco's--would look something like this...

We would live in this house
so Coco could have lots of room to run around free of fence and leash.  In the back of our house we have one of these
And for when Coco is ready to come inside from a day of running free and swimming, she can get a bath here
When she is ready to go to bed, she will can rest her little brown head in her comfy, stylish bed like this one

Of course I wouldn't be working because I'd have to be a full-time dog mommy.  But don't worry, I'd still want to blog!  How would you spoil your dog if money were no object?

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Coco Gets Spoiled!

Recently Coco became a Spokesdoggy for Petbox, which means that now she gets to tell you all about how great it is when your doggy gets a petbox in the mail, and that she gets her very own petbox.  And trust me, she thinks it is pretty darn great.  Look at all the loot from her petbox!


If you want to spoil your pup, go to getpetbox.com and enter Coco's code for 10% off!

Code: DeathByChocolateLab

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Best TV Dogs

Recently I took an online quiz to find out which fictional duo me and Coco are.  The results? Snoopy and Woodstock: always by each other's sides.  I had my fingers crossed for Scooby Doo and Shaggy (my childhood favorite).  I had forgotten all about Snoopy!  Here is my list of TV's favorite dogs...

Lassie.  What's that Lassie?  Timmy fell in the well? Lassie is one of the most well-known TV dogs.

Snoopy.  It is so easy to love Snoopy.  We all know dogs like Snoopy, dogs who aren't quite convinced they are actually dogs...I have one myself.

Buck from Married with Children. Buck was always my favorite character on the show. The rest of the show? Eh.

Brian Griffin from The Family Guy.  This is why I love Brian.




Rin-Tin-Tin, beloved German Shepherd from the 50s and 60. He was brave, tough, and an American Classic.


Santa's Little Helper from the Simpsons--"He's a loser.  He's pathetic.  He's...a Simpson."

Scooby Doo. Who doesn't love this goofy, scardey cat?


Who is your favorite TV dog?

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

What Type of "Security" Dog Do You Have?

Our friends at dropcam shared this cute infographic with us and asked this question: what kind of PUPtector do you have? After talking it over it over with Daddy, we decided that Coco is a Fence Hopper, always ready to bolt out and protect us from a world full of pesky varmints.  This happens on a daily basis.  We let her out back to go potty and she ends up chasing any number of tiny to mid-sized creatures.


One time Coco escaped to puptect us from the mail carrier.  He was walking up to our door to deliver a package, but Bill's daughter accidentally left the door cracked.  Coco took the opportunity to "Fence Hop" and scare the poor guy half to death.  Kristin walked outside to find the mail carrier holding the package in Coco's face, while Coco barked her head off.  Coco, like a good girl, came when called and all was well.  In Coco's mind mission was accomplished.  


After learning a little about dropcam this is what interests me: with the dropcam home security system you can keep an eye on your home (and your pets) while you are away.  They offer cloud recording and with the app you can receive custom alerts and control your cameras from any device.  

Even with Coco's Fence Hopping, I'd love to get a dropcam system.  Now just to convince Daddy...

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Coco Gets Schooled By The Best Trainer in Tallahassee: Bruce From Groovy Dogs

Since we have been having trouble with Coco, and it seems as though our training her ourselves wasn't doing much good, we decided to get a professional trainer for her.  I am so glad we did!  Bruce from Groovy Dogs has helped us take Coco from neighborhood hooligan, to model citizen (almost) in a matter of weeks!



Specifically, we were having trouble with Coco mauling visitors when they came in the front door, just about knocking them over with her excitement (or disdain, depending on the visitor).  And of course on walks, where she was lunging and barking at strange people and dogs, so that she was getting a bad name around the neighborhood.  Both behaviors were embarrassing, but more importantly, made me feel like I was failing her.  Both Bill and I knew that we had to do something.

I contacted Bruce and with just a few easy to implement strategies for us to practice, he had Coco in shape in no time!  I mean, really it took just a few sessions at the door before Coco let Madam's Mommy in without jumping on her.  This was a miracle.

In addition, after practicing Bruce's method of walking with Coco, she can now let strangers pass without any anxiety at all!  What we had been trying to correct for almost a year, with Bruce's help, we managed to almost eradicate within a few weeks.

I was hesitant about getting a trainer for Coco, but for the life of me now I don't why.  Coco is happier (she gets more walks), we are happier, and I'm sure our neighbors are happier (some have even commented on how good she is behaving).

If you are considering a trainer, I would highly recommend it (if you are in Tally, look Bruce up!).  It was one of the best decisions we ever made!