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Hi everyone! It’s Millie & Walter here. We wanted to make sure we got in on Dory’s “No Tricks Just Treats for Shelters” blog hop. It was kind of a trick that lead to us having these treats to donate.

Hey Millie look what Chewy.com sent us by accident What do you mean by accident?

Hey Millie look what Chewy.com sent us by accident
What do you mean by accident?

You may remember from our post yesterday that we received our monthly treats from Chewy.com to taste test. Well the very next day we found another box from Chewy on our doorstep and we hadn’t ordered anything. There were these two bags in the box. One is Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Boost Mixers Lamb Formula Freeze-Dried Dog Food Topper and the other was Wellness CORE Pure Rewards Grain-Free Beef & Venison Jerky Bites Dog Treats.

What do you think we should do with these? Aren't we going to do a taste test?

What do you think we should do with these?
Aren’t we going to do a taste test?

Our mom sent an email to Miss Sydney at Chewy.com and she said we could review them or we could give them away to a friend or shelter.

What did you say mom? We have to give these away?

What did you say mom?
We have to give these away?

Mom said that since Dory is hosting this fun event encouraging all of us to support our local shelters and rescue groups that it would be a good idea if we gave these to our rescue, Big Dogs Big Hearts.

I was really looking forward to tasting these jerky bites. Do you think the foster dogs will like these mom?

I was really looking forward to tasting these jerky bites.
Do you think the foster dogs will like these mom?

Well mom thought the dogs in foster care with our rescue would love to have these. We bet the foster pawrents can use them to do some training with them.

Okay mom.  I guess it's okay to give these away.

Okay mom. If you think that is the best thing to do we will give them away.
We know how much the rescue dogs will enjoy them although I was so looking forward to trying the jerky.

Our mom said they will be delivered to our rescue the next time she can get to one of their meet and greet events at our local pet store. We know it’s the right thing to do and are happy to join Dory in this great Halloween tradition she has.

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Hi everyone, it’s Millie & Walter here!

It’s time for this month’s Chewy.com review. This month we are reviewing Get Naked Super Antioxidant Dental Chew Sticks Dog Treats. That sure is a mouth full of a name. There are other flavors available too.

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We chose the large size and we weren’t disappointed. These treats are made in the USA and are filled with all kinds of good stuff. You can click on the image above to read more about them.

Those look real big They smell great too

Those look real big
They smell great too

You can hand them over now mom We can't sit here much longer

You can hand them over now mom
We can’t sit here much longer

Of course our mom also made us do a down stay before we could have the treats.

Come on mom, say it already! I'm not looking until she says "Okay".

Come on mom, say it already!
I’m not looking until she says “Okay”.

Our mom finally let us have them. You can see how much we liked them in the video below.

If you can’t see the video you can go here to view it.

We really loved these treats! You can see from the video they took a long time to eat and that’s with our mom editing out some of it. There is no question this is an 8 paws up (because that is all the paws we have) great treat and we recommend them to all our friends.

Note from our mom: Millie and Walter loved these chews but the bag only had 6 treats in it. At the current sale price of $8.99 per bag that comes to about $1.5 per treat (the regular price is $12.99). I usually don’t usually comment about the prices but this would be a bit steep for regular use for us.

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This month we are joining Oz the Terrier and Sugar the Golden Retriever for their Chewy.com blog hop.

Disclaimer: We received one bag of Get Naked Super Antioxidant Dental Chew Sticks Dog Treats from Chewy.com to review. We did not receive any monetary compensation for this review and will receive no additional benefits for barking about the product or the company. The opinions in this review are the honest opinions of ours.

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Hi everyone! It’s Millie here. After a long play session outside on a cool, crisp autumn day there isn’t anything that is much better to do than snuggle with your dad.

You make a great pillow dad

You make a great pillow dad

Here is a little video showing just how relaxed I am. If you turn the volume up you might here a little snoring too.

If you can’t see the video you can go here to view it.

All of us hope you are having some great snuggles on this Sunday too.

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Hi everyone it’s Cindy here. Today I’m joining the Hookin on Hump Day blog hop to show you one of my latest crochet creations.

I’ve been working on this for quite a while but couldn’t show you because it was a gift for my sister and she hadn’t seen it. My sister was here for a visit a few weeks ago and got to see it then. I’ve finally finished the whole collection and will show it in a few posts. There are 17 pieces in all so I thought I would space it out a bit.

Today I will start with the core figures. You may have guessed by the post title that it is a nativity.

Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus

Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus

When I was visiting my sister last February, for my nieces wedding, I gave her a choice of a couple things I thought she might like that I wanted to make for her. She had pinned a couple of crochet nativities that I saw and that was what she decided on. Her reasoning was that with her first child getting married she was hoping to be a grandma soon and wanted to have a child friendly nativity to share with her grandchildren.

I used the pattern from, surprisingly, Let’s Knit Magazine, a magazine published in the UK. The pattern was published in two parts and is available online for free. The first part can be found here and contains the Mary and Joseph patterns.

Mary & Joseph

Mary & Joseph

Part two can be found here and contains the patterns for Baby Jesus, two shepherds, a sheep and the three wise men.

Mary, Joseph & Baby Jesus

Mary, Joseph & Baby Jesus

If you aren’t a hooker you might not know that patterns written in the UK use different terms than those written in the USA (here is a nice article about that). The first thing I had to do was convert the pattern to US terms. I also modified the pattern slightly for the arms of the figures. The pattern calls for the hands to be made separately from the arm and then sewn together. I didn’t want to be fiddling with sewing all those hands onto the sleeves so I adjusted the pattern to do the arms in one piece.

The yarn I used was different from what the original pattern called for. I used Knit Picks CotLin™ for this project. Since I used this yarn for the birds I made last year I had some of the colors needed already and it was easy to find the rest of the colors I needed.

Knit Picks CotLin Yarn colors for Mary, Joseph, Jesus and the manger Top: Cashew, Brown Sugar (discontinued color), Swan Bottom: Linen, Hydrangea

Knit Picks CotLin™ Yarn colors for Mary, Joseph, Jesus and the manger
Top: Cashew, Brown Sugar (discontinued color), Swan
Bottom: Linen, Hydrangea

Above are the colors I used for these figures. When I started the project I bought one skein of each color and as you can see I almost ran out of the light skin color “Linen”. I did run out of the “Brown Sugar” and was very disappointed to find out, when I went to order more, that the color had been discontinued! I still needed some of the “Brown Sugar” for one more figure. At first I checked Ebay for any but the only listing I found was charging a gouging price of $13.99 a skein (regular price is $2.99)! Then I remembered the social network for yarn enthusiasts called Ravelry.

It took me a while to find it but there was a way to find people who had yarn they are willing to sell. You have to be a member and then you can click on “Search” and select “Stash”. You should also select the “Will Trade or Sell” check box. Luckily I found someone that had not just one but 5 skeins of Brown Sugar CotLin™ at a very reasonable price! Of course even though I only needed one skein to finish my work I bought all 5. That way if I want to do more amigurumi I will have that shade of brown to use.

My sister was thrilled with how everything looked and as of this writing the set is on its way to Michigan thanks to my mom who is visiting there. As luck would have it my sister is going to be a grandma soon too. My niece isn’t due until late January so she will have it to use next Christmas and for many Christmas’ and grandchildren to come.

Stay tuned for the next installment on an upcoming Hookin on Hump Day. I hope I didn’t put some of my non-hooking blog friends to sleep with this post. If you are interested in seeing more crochet creations please visit the Hookin on Hump Day blog hop.

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I didn’t receive any compensation for any of the commercial links but include them for anyone that is interested in finding the products.

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Hi everyone! It’s Millie & Walter here. We have a bone to pick with our mom. Do you know what day today is? Well if you keep up with the Blogville birthdays you will know that today is Walter’s birthday.

I’m 4 years old today!

That’s not all that is special about today. Do you know what else happened 4 years ago today besides Walter being born? Maybe this will jog your memories (for those that knew us then).

This was taken my first days in my forever home.

This was taken my first days in my forever home.

Look at me now!

Look at me now!

If you guessed that it’s Millie’s Gotcha Day you would be right. Once on this day mom baked us a cake to celebrate.

Mmmm...that smells great! Are we done with the pictures now?

This was a tasty blast from the past.

This time our mom says she can’t bake anything for us and she is claiming that it’s because her oven is broken! We’ll let her explain.

Hi everyone. It’s Cindy here. Back in the beginning of August our oven went dark.

Notice no clock showing on the oven.

Notice no clock showing on the oven.

We tried to get it repaired but there are no parts available for a 21 year old oven. When we went to buy one the sales person suggested we have an installer come first to make sure we were ordering the right size oven. Well since we have our cook top installed just above our oven it would have been next to impossible to find an oven that would fit under a 21 year old cook top. The only solution was to replace both of them. I won’t go into the boring details but there were delays in securing the cook top and as of now we have the new oven in our garage…

New oven...still in the box.

New oven…still in the box.

…and it will finally get installed this coming Thursday (along with the new cook top)! Mom Cindy out!

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Let’s celebrate!

Well we guess we will just have to find some other way to celebrate today but we hope our mom makes us a cake for her first time baking with the new oven.

We think since there isn’t going to be a cake today we should at least get extra treats.

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