Must have durable toys for your large dog

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It can be hard and expensive to find durable toys for your dog. I know this from experience. Since getting Jake, our Lab and Great Dane pup, I have spent a lot of money on toys that sometimes only last a few hours. What makes finding toys hard for us is that they don’t last. Jake can rip through just about anything. He loves the plush toys with a squeaky but they only last about one hour in our house, before the squeaky is dead and the stuffing is all over the house.

Here are a few of my favorite toys that have worked well for Jake and have lasted quite some time.

1. The classic KONG

The classic Kong dog toy is the toy that Jake has had the longest. This is his go to toy. We like to fill Jake’s Kong up with peanut butter and Wet Noses Organic Dog Treats.

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2. The Jolly Ball

Jake’s favorite back yard toy. My husband and Jake love to play soccer with this ball and it is the only large ball that Jake has not destroyed.

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3. KONG Jumbler Football

Caution: I can only take this toy is small doses. It does squeak and boy does Jake love it. The only squeaky toy I have found that has lasted more than an hour with him.

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I hope this helps on you quest to find toys that will stand the test of time with your dog. I am always on the look out for durable toys for Jake, so leave a comment and let me know what indestructible toys you have found!

“Allergic to Everything, Jake” Finds Something He Can Finally Enjoy

Jake featured in Freshpet’s Tails of good!!

Jake had been at the Southwest Washington Humane Society for just over two months before his now owner, Rachel, came to visit him. “He was a little skinny

Source: “Allergic to Everything, Jake” Finds Something He Can Finally Enjoy

Looking back on our trip to Montana

I have had travel on my mind a lot as of late. Trying to figure out where and when my next trip will be. This has brought up memories of my past travel. Today, I can’t get Montana off of my mind.

It has been just over a year since our trip to Montana. On the Montana agenda was visiting West Yellowstone, the small town of Bigfork and of course visiting with family in Bigarm. This trip was extra special because of the people we were with. We had my dad, aunt and family from Australia with us.

The first thing on the agenda was spending a little time the family and enjoying the view in Bigarm MT, before getting on the road to West Yellowstone.

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Family siting on the porch enjoying the view of Flathead Lake, MT
The view!
The view!

After a nice evening with the family, we were off to the small town of Bigfork. I just loved it here. Such a cute town with great shopping and good fudge. This town is a must if you are in the Flathead Lake area.

My Florin enjoying Bigfork.
My husband enjoying Bigfork.

Next on the agenda was the main attraction, West Yellowstone! We only spent 2 nights in West Yellowstone. You really need more time. There is so much nature to see as well as lots of good shopping in town.

 

On our way to Yellowstone. Big Sky country!
On our way to Yellowstone. Big Sky country!

In West Yellowstone, we stayed at the Moose Creek Inn, in one of their cabins. This was perfect for us. It had one bedroom and a living area with a bed as well. The staff here was very friendly. If I go back to West Yellowstone this is a place we would stay again. It was also conveniently located next to the main shopping area and Taqueria Las Palmitas, a Mexican food truck that is a must try.

Okay, now on to the park. We did a day tour in the park. It worked out great for us with the large party we had and the time schedule. The Park was wonderful, if you have not been in it, it is a must! Add it to you list of places to travel now!  We can not wait till we get the opportunity to return and explore more.

A photo with my dad.
A photo with my dad.

 

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My wonderful husband at Firehole Falls.
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Buffalo!
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The colors you will see are amazing!
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Deep clear blue water.

I think the photos of the park speak for themselves. You must get out to Yellowstone! Life is too short not to get out and see the world!

Frozen yogurt for your pup

The weather is warming up and it is time to think of ways to keep my pup cool. One thing that he loves is home made frozen yogurts. Here is how I do it.

I like to use natural things that I have in my garden or things I already have in my pantry. This can be hard at times, with all of my dog’s allergies.  What I made up for him tonight is peanut butter and blueberry frozen yogurt. YUM!!

Yummy frozen yogurt for you pup!
Yummy frozen yogurt for you pup!

 

Here is my recipe.

  • 1 cup Greek Yogurt
  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • Handful of fresh or frozen blueberries

 

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I put it all in a food processor until it is blended together. I then put the mixture it paper cupcake cups and place them in the freezer.

For me this makes 6 frozen yogurt cups.

I sometimes change the recipe by using apple sauce in place of peanut butter.

I hope your pup enjoys this as much as mine does!

Jake Dog Update

It has been some time since I have written anything about Jake. We have had him for about a year and it has been some journey. In my last post I wrote that Jake was on a high protein, gluten free diet. This was true then and is still true now, just not the same protein.

An unhappy pup. Losing his hair and just not feeling good.
An unhappy pup. Losing his hair and just not feeling well.

Tired of having to put him on expensive, short term medications and seeing him in pain, shortly after that post we had Jake’s vet administer an allergy test. The vet and I decided an allergy test would be well worth it.

It turns out Jake is allergic to almost everything! This is not a joke. The vet said it was one of the worst she had seen. He has both food and environmental allergies. There was not much I could do about the environmental allergies, unless I put him in a bubble, so it was on to conquering his food allergies.

On the night we found this out, my husband and I spent all night searching for food. He is allergic to rice, peas, wheat and many proteins. Turns out, all the doggy kibble we looked at had rice, peas or wheat in it. I found a roll of food by Freshpet Vital, that he could eat for a day or two until I could find him kibble. Man did he love the Freshpet Vital roll.

Jake gets his new food. Not very excited about it.
Jake gets his new food. Not very excited about it.

With his vet’s help, we finally found a kibble that he is not allergic to. It is made out of Kangaroo! It has to be shipped to our home. Jake did not love it at first, but it has grown on him.

We also put him on custom made allergy shots. This is the only thing I could think of that would help him with his environmental allergies.

Jake just 3 weeks ago, waiting for us to set up camp. Looking great and feeling wonderful.
Jake just 3 weeks ago waiting for us to set up camp. Looking great and feeling wonderful.

Yesterday I took Jake to the Vet for a checkup. He is doing great! The vet said this is the best she has seen him. I was so happy. It looks like all of this time and money has paid off. He is looking good and feeling so much better. He will have to say on his allergy shots and still has a very strike diet. He is so happy and so are we.

Getting on track.

I have always heard that successful people are very organized. I would not say we are unorganized as a family but I can see where we can improve. I have come up with a tiny experiment that my husband I will try out for the month of June. I have made a chore list, yes a chore list. The list contains weekend projects that we are constantly procrastinating on and house chore/ cleaning. I am trying a new thing where I space out my cleaning chores. So I don’t spend my whole Saturday stressed trying to clean the house because I have “let things go”. Of course we still have our everyday small chores like dishes and laundry. My hopes are that this will remind us to get the big things done and in the long run give us more time to do the things we enjoy. Also, less stress.

As part of this month’s new chore list I have also scheduled time on my calendar every day to get myself on track. This includes going to bed every night by 9:30pm and getting up every day at 6:00am. I have time on my calendar to sit and wright for my blog.  Most importantly time for exercise, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Last of all we have been getting crazy with eating out, so we will scale this back to one night a week. I am thinking Wednesday night will be best for takeout. Of cause this is flexible for when we want to go have dinner with friends.

Please stay tuned I will let you know how this method works for us!

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Time Management during the Holidays!

Merry Christmas Everyone! It has been awhile since my last post. Things get so crazy during the holidays, time just flies by and the things you enjoy doing go to the back burner.

This year I have made a list of ways to manage my time. You know things I need to remember to not get too far behind and make sure I am making time for me.

First thing on my list was to Prioritize- don’t set goals that are impossible to meet.

Next, limit how much time you spend planning holiday events- What this looks like for us this year. Going out to dinner with friends and not stressing over having them over. Also, this year will be staying home on Christmas day, no travel stress for us.

And last, take time to enjoy the rewards of my hard work.

Don’t get me wrong this is a work in progress. But for the most part I have stuck to my list. However, I got a little behind on my blog. 😉

Happy Holidays Everyone!!

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