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Hi Everybody it’s Millie here!

As you heard we had a ton of snow this past week. I love to bury my head in the snow and sniff around under there.

Since I’m a black dog in a snow storm no editing was needed for these pictures.

Today we would also like to remember one of the hosts of the Black & White Sunday blog hop. The sweet Sugar the Golden Retriever who took her journey to the Rainbow Bridge this week. She was loved by all who met her and will be sadly missed.

I’m participating in the Black & White Sunday blog hop.

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I’m also joining The Cat on My Head’s Sunday Selfie Blog Hop.

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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 Newman’s Own Organics Lamb Digestive Care Snack Sticks Dog Treats. There are other flavors available too.

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Mom thought these would be good for us. According to the Chewy website “Each stick has tons of fiber from pumpkin, which is a natural digestive aid. These treats are also loaded with probiotics that support healthy digestion.” They are also made in the USA and we know how important that is to all of us.

The sticks are broken in a wide variety of sizes.

I’ll take one of the big ones mom

The sticks are broken in a wide variety of sizes and our mom wanted to break them up even smaller.

Those are kind of small pieces mom.

Those are kind of small pieces mom.

We'll be happy to take anything you want to give us though.

We’ll be happy to take anything you want to give us though.

Finally our mom put one for each of us on the floor and, as usual, made us wait before we could eat them.

We're waiting!!!

We’re waiting!!!

I don't want to take my eyes off it

I don’t want to take my eyes off it

She finally said, “Okay!” and we went to work. Check out our video to see how the taste test went.

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

I might have been unsure at first but now I love them. Hey wait your turn Millie!

I might have been unsure at first but now I love them.
Hey wait your turn Millie!

These are great!

These are great!

These treats are even soft enough that you can break them into smaller pieces if you really want to but we don’t recommend it. Why do our pawrents always want to break our treats in half?

As you can see in the end we both really loved these treats! We have to give these treats 8 paws up (because that is all the paws we have) and we recommend them to all our friends.

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

Disclaimer: As #ChewyInfluencers we received one bag of Newman’s Own Digestive Snack 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 & Walter here. We’re excited that tomorrow is the big K-oss Valentine’s Day party over at Murphy & Stanley’s blog.

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If you remember a couple of weeks ago I asked my girl Tuiren if she would go with me. I also asked if her brother Fenris might want to escort Millie. Well they both said yes! Not only that they also sent us a couple of very lovely Valentine’s Day cards.

I love you too Tuiren!

I love you too Tuiren!

I will be your Valentine Fenris.

I can’t wait to dance with you Fenris.

We are getting spruced up for tomorrow and can’t wait to spend time with our special Valentine’s. See you all there!

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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 Merrick Power Bites Real Beef Recipe. There are other flavors available too.

Merrick Power Bites bag - front and back

We eat Merrick Texas Beef kibble every day and we have always loved anything Merrick makes (so far). These treats are grain free, gluten free and made in the USA. There are lots of other good things crammed into those tiny treats too. You can read the label or hop over to Chewy.com with the links above to read all about it.

Those sure are tiny treats. I sure hope we get more than one little piece.

Those are tiny treats.
I sure hope we get more than one little piece.

Those treats are smaller than our mom’s thumbnail!

Please hurry with the treats. I don't think I can hold out much longer.

Please hurry with the treats.
I don’t think I can hold out much longer.

Finally our mom put one for each of us on the floor and, as usual, made us wait before we could eat them.

We can't wait much longer mom!

We can’t wait much longer mom!

We sucked those tiny treats up so fast our mom couldn’t get any pictures. She was more generous the second time (we got two!). We also did a short video of the box opening and our second sampling of the treats.

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

These treats are great for training as they are so tiny. They are even soft enough that you can break them in half if you really want to but we don’t recommend it because they are so small already. Why do our pawrents always want to break our treats in half?

As you can see we both really loved these treats! We have to give these treats 8 paws up (because that is all the paws we have) and we recommend them to all our friends.

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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 Merrick Power Bites Real Beef Recipe 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 Walter here. Have you heard about the Valentine’s Day K-oss Party that Murphy and Stanley are hosting?

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The dead lion to get your pictures in is February 1st so it’s not too late. I just hope I’m not too late to ask my special girl Tuiren if she wants to go with me.

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Do these red leaves look like rose pedals?

Tuiren I would be very happy if you would go to the Valentine's Day K-oss Party with me.

Tuiren I would be very happy if you would go to the Valentine’s Day K-oss Party with me.

I sure hope she says yes.

P.S. Do you think if Fenris doesn’t already have a date that maybe he could go with Millie? I wouldn’t want her to feel lonely if we are doing couples things. It’s okay if he doesn’t want to go or already has a date. I’m sure Millie would be happy to go solo if she can’t find a date.

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Hi Everybody it’s Millie here!

Hey mom, I'm bored!

Hey mom, I’m bored!

The weather has been terrible for getting outside to play in our yard. This is the face I give my mom or dad when I want them to do something for me. Do you think they can make it snow so we can play in the white fluffy stuff?

We are participating in the Black & White Sunday blog hop.

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We are also joining The Cat on My Head’s Sunday Selfie Blog Hop.

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Hi everyone it’s Cindy here. Today I’m joining the Hookin on Hump Day blog hop to show you some baby rattles I made recently. I haven’t been able to let you see my recent crochet creations because I have mainly been working on some things for a baby shower for my niece. The shower was the weekend after New Year’s day so now I can show you what I’ve been making.

This week I will show you the rattles I made and in upcoming Hookin on Hump Day installments I will show you the other items I made including an afghan. I wanted to make a rattle to go with the afghan and I found a cute pattern in one of my magazines, Crochet! Presents Gifts to Go – Spring 2013.

Butterfly Kiss Rattle

Butterfly Kiss Rattle

The afghan is made in the sage green color that is the body of the butterfly and I picked other yarn colors that would go well with it. All the yarn for the butterfly is Bernat Satin. The secret of how to make the rattle make noise was as simple as a cat toy (as described in the pattern instructions).

This is what makes noise in the rattle.

This is what makes noise in the rattle.

These come in a package of four so I had three left over and I didn’t know what I would do with them. I thought I might make a few more butterflies and donate them somewhere but just before Christmas I received a text message from my sister (the grandma to be) with the following picture attached and the message, “Liz just sent me this…apparently hinting!”

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My sister is a very accomplished knitter but she doesn’t crochet and since these were crochet she figured I might be able to make them. Luckily I had already finished everything I was planning on making for the shower but just couldn’t resist adding these too, after all I had three left over cat toys to use for something. I went to the website where you can purchase this set, hoping to find a pattern to purchase, but of course there wasn’t one. Thanks to the Google Machine I was able find free patterns for all the veggies. The next thing I did was check my stash of yarn and was happy that I had all the colors I would need for all four veggies.

Veggies anyone?

Veggies anyone?

I used worsted weight yarn in a variety of brands from Redheart Super Saver to Caron One Pound. I wanted to use worsted weight to make sure the rattles were big enough to fit the balls inside. For those that might be interested I will let you know where I found all the patterns.

As usual I didn’t follow the patterns exactly in some places. One in particular was the tomato that called for you to sew some yarn around the outside of it to make indentations to look more like a tomato. I didn’t think that would be safe for little hands so I omitted it. I also didn’t like the way the stem and leaves on the tomato were made and modified it to be crocheted more like the eggplant stem was made.

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To finish the project I also went into my stash to whip up the little market bag to put the toys in. I’ve made enough bags now that I can practically do them in my sleep. I just had to figure out how big to make it.

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I also added a lining just to keep all the seams neat. If you have been keeping count you realize that I had only 3 cat toys left for my rattle inserts but made 4 more rattles. Before I started my last veggie, the tomato, I asked Charlie if we had any empty film canisters around. Being former Kodak employees and film users it wasn’t hard to find one.

Not my picture but this is what I used.

Not my picture but this is what I used.

Next thing I did as go to the junk drawer (doesn’t every house have one of these?) and pull out a couple of lock washers.

Also not my picture but this is what I used.

Also not my picture but this is what I used.

I popped a couple of washers inside the film can and stuffed it into the tomato. Here is a little video showing you the rattles in action.

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

I hope you enjoyed seeing the baby rattles I made for my Grand Nephew to be. His due date is January 28th so he should be here soon.

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

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