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Hi everyone it’s Cindy here. Today I’m joining the Hookin on Hump Day blog hop to tell you about a new afghan I made.

Grenoble Matelasse Afghan

This is a project that I’ve worked on, off and on, for the past couple of years and I decided at the beginning of the summer that it was time to finish it. The design is from a collection from Priscilla’s Crochet. She can be found on her website or on Ravelry. This afghan is from her Matelassè collection and is the same collection that I used for the baby blanket I made last year.

The afghan is made up of octagon and square motifs.

The pattern is called Grenoble and consists of octagon motifs that are joined together using a flat braid join. In between the octagons the spaces are filled in with square motifs.

This afghan has a nice texture

I wanted this afghan to be big enough to cover Charlie so I finished it using 9 x 6 octagon motifs. The final size is about 72″ x 50″. I used Caron Simply Soft in Dark Sage and it took 14 skeins to complete it at this size.

Even the back is attractive.

One of the things I like about this pattern is that the back looks nice too. The textured style uses a lot of front post and back post stitches which creates a very dense fabric. It makes an afghan that is very warm and cozy to lay under.

Close up of the back of the afghan

The pattern is well done and easy to follow but I found reading the words to remind me what to do for each round became tedious. To make it easier I made a chart of the pattern for the octagon. It was much easier to figure out where I left off if I put the project down for a little while after I created the chart.

The edge is finished with a very simple stitch pattern

After all the octagons and squares were put together the edge is finished with a simple stitch pattern that mimics the style of the flat braid join used to put all the blocks together. I’m happy with the way the afghan turned out and like all the Matelasse patterns I’ve done so far. I wish you could see the color in real life because the pictures don’t really do it justice.

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Hi everyone! It’s Millie here. First Walter wants me to thank everyone for his birthday wishes. Okay now that that is over I can tell you what I’m thankful for.

I’m thankful for my forever family

That’s right! Today is my 6th Gotcha Day! I don’t think I could really say just how happy I am to be with my pawrents and Walter. I was a little scared that first day I was here but I haven’t felt that way ever since. My pawrents would tell you that I am quite the mischief maker and have been from day one.

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

That is one of my pawrents favorite video of me. I just couldn’t figure out why that dog wouldn’t play with me.

I love unmaking the bed

I’ve unmade the beds in our house so many times and wrecked so many sheets now that my pawrents block off the second bedroom and don’t let me upstairs by myself. When we are up on the bed we are usually close together.

You can often find Walter and I snuggling on the bed

One of my favorite things to do is hang out in our yard but when I can’t be out there I like to watch the activity from my favorite window.

This windowsill comes in handy when you get tired.

There is nothing better than laying under my favorite tree

As you can tell I feel that I live a charmed life and am so grateful for my forever home. Unfortunately the rescue Walter and I came from is no longer in business but I am so glad they were around to help me get here.

My best guy sent me this lovely card

I have to give a shout out to my boyfriend Fenris and his family for sending me this lovely card. Today we are joining Brian’s Thankful Thursday blog hop. You should stop by his blog to see what others are thankful for.

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Hi everyone! It’s Walter here. Today is a big day for me. I turn 6 and my mom told me that means I’m officially a senior citizen.

So I have a little grey on my muzzle. Does that make me a senior citizen?

I had a little grey on my chin when I was a little pup too.

I sure am a lucky pup to have landed in my great home.

I have the best back yard to hang out in

I have the best sister to play with.

There is nothing better than wrestling in the snow

Sometimes we take a break and just hang out together

My pawrents spend lots of money on toys just for me.

I love to steal the used milk cartons out of the recycling bin

My favorite is the freeze dried liver container

I get some real toys too but I’m not a picky guy and I’m happy with whatever I can chew on or play with.

I love when my dad plays fetch with me

I love to snuggle with my pawrents

The first few months of my life weren’t very good but since I found my forever home life couldn’t be any better. I also have a great girlfriend (and her family) that sent me this beautiful card.

Thanks Tuiren and family

I sure don’t feel like a senior citizen and can still jump straight up from a stand still to look my mom in the eyes. Like they say you are as young as you feel.

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Hi everyone! It’s Millie and Walter here! It’s time for our Chewy.com review.

What’s in the box this month?

Here’s a look at what was in the box.

Stella & Chewy’s Beef Wild Weenies Freeze-Dried Raw Dog Treats
Grass Fed Beef Recipe

It’s a bag of Stella & Chewy’s Beef Wild Weenies Grass Fed Beef Recipe. There are other flavors of treats available too.

According to Chewy.com:

“These Stella & Chewy’s Beef Wild Weenies Freeze-Dried Raw Dog Treats are made with real grass-fed beef right here in the USA and contain zero grains, gluten or artificial ingredients. Each tasty treat is made up of 97% beef and organs and serves as a high-protein reward that will have your canine companion drooling with delight.”

Some of the key benefits of these treats are:

  • Freeze-dried treats are crafted with 97% grass-fed beef and organs for a high-protein treat dogs love.
  • Pack real raw nutrition and taste to satisfy your pup’s natural craving for meat.
  • Made without added hormones, antibiotics or artificial ingredients.
  • The perfect reward for dogs on a limited ingredient diet.
  • Grain-free, gluten-free and made right here in the USA with ingredients you can trust.

Let’s see what we thought about these treats.

Those treats look like a nice size

I sure hope mom doesn’t try to break them into smaller pieces

We’re waiting!
Maybe if I don’t look at it I won’t be too tempted.

Check out the video to see how we liked these treats.

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

Thanks mom…I would love to have another one

Walter says he isn’t quite sure why he didn’t try to eat the treat right away because when given a second chance he wolfed it right down.

Thanks for giving me another treat to try mom

We both loved Stella & Chewy’s Beef Wild Weenies and give them 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 Koru Bear for the Chewy.com blog hop.

Disclaimer: As #ChewyInfluencers we received one bag of Stella & Chewy’s Beef Wild Weenies 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 sorry we’ve been MIA this past week but our mom, aka our secretary, was away for a few days visiting her sister and family in Michigan. Rest assured that we’ve been reading all your blogs even if we didn’t have time to leave a comment.

We know that our last post was to remember Blogville’s former Mayor Miss Madi. It was sad to learn about her crossing the Rainbow Bridge but today we are here to celebrate her life and have some fun.

Come Laugh With Us

There are two things Angel Madi liked a lot. The first is the color red and the other thing is her boxes. A few years ago there was a blog party to celebrate Madi’s love for boxes.

A Soft & Crafty box for Madi

We just know she would have loved this box. It would make a perfect condo for any kitty. With some holes cut for windows and if you tipped it on its side you could open one of the flaps for a great front porch.

There is one thing about Madi (well most cats for that matter) that us dogs are very jealous of and that is their ability to prowl around the kitchen counters. Us pups usually get scolded if we even think of putting our paws up there but kitties all over get to explore all they want up there. One of our favorite pictures of Madi is of her jumping down from the kitchen counter.

Is she doing a front paw stand?

It looks like she is standing on her front paws or doing a head stand. One of the things we love the most about this picture is that you get to see those cute spots on her back legs.

We know that two posts in a row about our friend Angel Madi might seem a bit much but she and her mom and dad are very special to all of us. We’re so glad that her mom is going to keep blogging and will include Angel Madi whenever she feels the need to pop by.

Please stop by the blog hop hosted by our friends at Living Laughing Barking in our Backyard to see all the tributes to our special kitty friend Angel Madi.

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It’s with heavy heart that we share the news that all of Blogville’s BFFF (Best Feline Friend Forever) Madison D. Cat has crossed the Rainbow Bridge.

She was the life of many a Blogville party and taught us all how to dance (that girl could twerk like no other). She fought a courageous battle with kidney disease with the help of her pawrents this past year and lived to 16 ½ years old.

You can visit her blog here to leave some kind words to her pawrents.

We will miss you dear Madi and hold you in our hearts forever. Our paws are crossed for you pawrents as they cope with this sad time.

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Hi everyone! It’s Millie and Walter here! It’s time for our second Chewy.com review of the month.

What else was in the box this month?

Here’s a look at the second item that was in the box.

Solid Gold Beef Bone Broth with Turmeric Dog Food Topper

It’s a pouch of Solid Gold Beef Bone Broth with Turmeric Dog Food Topper. There are other flavors of Bone Broth available too.

We’ve never seen a container like this before.
It smells great whatever it is.

According to Chewy.com:

“This delectable topper is made with real, human grade beef bone broth and is rich in naturally occurring collagen, as well as vitamins and minerals essential for overall wellness. Added turmeric provides an aromatic and flavorful treat that even the pickiest eaters will love. Plus, this broth is easy for pet parents to use— simply add two tablespoons to your dog’s food as a tasty topper, use to moisten dry food for dogs with sensitive teeth, add to water for added flavor and to encourage proper hydration or serve on its own as a tasty treat.”

Some of the key benefits of the bone broth are:

  • Holistic, natural food topper is ideal as a tasty and nutritious meal addition, hydrating treat or for moistening kibble for dogs with sensitive teeth, like puppies or seniors.
  • Slow-simmered beef bone broth with turmeric provides an aromatic and flavorful addition to your dog’s meal.
  • Rich in collagen—a protein essential for gut health and the strength and maintenance of bones, joints and nails, which occurs naturally in beef bones.
  • Human grade beef broth is crafted with simple, recognizable ingredients you and your dog will love!
  • Easy to serve in a convenient, resealable pouch—simply shake, pour and serve.

Let’s see what we thought of the bone broth.

Measure out a couple of tablespoons per meal

We got to taste it from the spoon first

That tastes great. Can I have some more?

This really makes my dinner taste even better than before.

Good to the last drop!

Check out the video to see how we liked the bone broth on our kibble.

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

We both loved the Solid Gold Beef Bone Broth and give it 8 paws up (because that is all the paws we have) and we recommend them to all our friends.

Our mom wants to say a few words about the packaging. Hi everyone! It’s mom Cindy here. I just wanted to say that this was the first pouch with a pour top that I’ve ever used. The flexible pouch is a bit difficult to handle and when I went to pour some out onto the spoon the first time it came out very fast and Millie got a bit more than the 2 tablespoons recommended (not that I think it would be bad for her). So my word of caution is if you haven’t handled a flexible pouch to pour a liquid out of to be careful it doesn’t handle like a rigid bottle.

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This month we are joining Koru Bear for the Chewy.com blog hop.

Disclaimer: As #ChewyInfluencers we received one Solid Gold Beef Bone Broth with Turmeric Dog Food Topper 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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