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Hi everyone! It’s Millie & Walter here. Yesterday was a special day for both of us. Five years ago Millie first set foot in our home.

Foster Parents Michael & Darcy watch as Charlie has Millie sit for a treat.

I was kind of scared at first and when my foster pawrents left I cried myself to sleep. Funny thing is that when I woke up I didn’t cry anymore because I knew I was staying here forever.

Also five years ago Walter was born (okay we don’t really know when he was born but it is a close approximation). His life didn’t start out too well but a few months later he would be here in his forever home too.

This is one of the first pictures taken of me in my new home so it’s the closest thing to a puppy picture we have.

Yesterday we had a little celebration.

There were a couple of big bones and mom added some whipped cream down the middle.

I’m trying not to stare.
Maybe if I don’t look I won’t be tempted.

Eventually our mom let us have our treats. Here is a video of all the action.

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

We both took our bones to the grass where it was easier to chew on them.

It takes a lot of concentration to break this huge bone.

It’s tough to get my mouth around this thing.

We both worked hard on those bones but our pawrents took them away after we had eaten about half of them. They said they were worried about what it might do to our tummies and they promised that we would get to finish them soon.

What a great way to celebrate 5 years in my forever home.
And a great way for me to celebrate 5 years of life.

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Hi everyone, it’s Millie & Walter here! We are here to do this month’s Chewy.com review.

Walter worked hard to get the treats out of the box

We are reviewing Fruitables Whole Jerky Strips Chicken Tenders. There are other flavors available too.

According to the Chewy website these treats come with a warning.

“Warning — Fruitables Whole Jerky may cause your dog to drool, tremble, howl, and show a sudden increased interest in everything you are doing — don’t worry, these reactions are perfectly natural! Whole Jerky Roasted Chicken Tenders Dog Treats starts with the highest quality sliced whole chicken tenders that are then slow cooked to bring out a savory roasted aroma and flavor that drives dogs wild!”

You can read more about them on the Chewy.com website. These treats are made in the USA too and we know how much we all appreciate that.

Some of the pieces are quite large

You aren’t going to break that in half are you mom?
I sure hope not.

Sigh…you did break that piece in two.
The pieces are pretty big though.

We finally got to try a couple of pieces. Take a look at our video that we took. You sure can see how much we loved these treats.

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

We both think these treats are great and even got another piece to try.

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 Koru Bear for their Chewy.com blog hop.

Disclaimer: As #ChewyInfluencers we received one bag of Fruitables Whole Jerky Strips Chicken Tenders 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 Cindy here. Today I’m joining the Hookin on Hump Day blog hop to show you a clutch purse I made. One of the other reasons I haven’t blogged much this summer was because I had a family wedding to attend and along with being away for that I also did a bit of sewing for wedding gifts and made this clutch to go with the dress I wore.

I found this pattern in the April 2015 issue of Crochet World magazine called Rendezvous Clutch. It worked up to the perfect size to hold my phone and a few essentials. I wasn’t sure at first if I would add the flower details but decided that it was too plain without them. It also helps to weigh down the flap so it stays closed.

The original pattern called for a zipper across the top but it didn’t call for a lining. With the way the crochet fabric had fairly large holes in it I decided to add a lining so nothing would fall through and you couldn’t see what was in the clutch. Speaking of the crochet fabric, it is made with a special stitch called “Crossed Double Crochet” that is well described in the instructions. At first it was a bit awkward to do but it got easier once you got used to it.

To make the bag perfect I added a couple of pockets, one with a zipper, to the lining. The pattern was very easy to follow and the bag worked up to the same size as the pattern description.

I used about 1 1/2 skeins of Lily Sugar ‘n Cream cotton yarn. Usually I don’t enjoy working with cotton yarn because it seems kind of sticky but this time I used a Clover Soft Touch Crochet Hook and the yarn slid easily around my hook.

Picture from Crochet World Magizine
April 2015

I’m real happy with the way my bag turned out and hope I have some other occasion to use it sometime.HOHD-Badge

I receive no benefit from any of the links in this post but have provided them for informational purposes to my readers.

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Hi everyone, it’s Millie & Walter here! Sorry we haven’t been around much. We’ve been trying to read all your posts but haven’t been able to comment on all of them. We will explain why at the end of the post.

Right now it’s time for this month’s Chewy.com review. We are reviewing CANIDAE Life Stages Bakery Snacks with Lamb, Wild Rice & Sweet Potato. There are other flavors available too.

Let’s see if I can open this bag

According to the Chewy website these treats are “… made with just 7 nutritious main ingredients, this recipe pairs savory lamb with easily recognizable foods like wild rice and sweet potato. These healthy dog treats make training and treating a snap, especially since they’re great for dogs of all ages, breeds and sizes.”

Those look yummy!

Each treat is scored in the middle so you can break them in half but we don’t recommend that.

They are a solid treat but are easy to crunch into smaller pieces.

Waiting is the hardest part

We finally got to try a couple of pieces. Take a look at our video that we took. You sure can see how much we loved these treats.

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

We both think these treats are great!

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 Koru Bear for their Chewy.com blog hop.

Disclaimer: As #ChewyInfluencers we received one bag of CANIDAE Life Stages Bakery Snacks with Lamb, Wild Rice & Sweet Potato 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.

Now we promised to tell you why we haven’t been around much.

That picture above is part of the cause. Our mom’s old computer (on the right) was starting to act up too much so she bought a new one. She has been working on moving all her files and applications to the new computer and we have to tell you there have been a few HBO words coming out of her mouth in the past few days. Whenever you upgrade to a new operating system (even though they are both Windows machines) things don’t always work as they used to. We just wanted to let you know that we are trying to catch up now that our mom thinks she almost has everything moved over like she wants and hope to get to post a bit more than we have been recently.

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Hi everyone, it’s Millie & Walter here!

It’s time for this month’s Chewy.com review. We are reviewing Caru Soft ‘n Tasty Baked Bites Rabbit Recipe Grain-Free Dog Treats. There are other flavors available too.

According to the Chewy website these treats “…use only carefully selected ingredients, which is why their Rabbit Recipe Grain-Free Dog Treats are made with real rabbit, blueberries and cranberries. These delicious bite-size treats are grain-free and baked in small batches to lock in exceptional aroma and flavor.”

This is a tough bag to open

Each treat is about 1 inch square.

They are soft enough that they can be broken into smaller pieces but we don’t recommend it.

We finally got to try a couple of pieces.

The waiting is the hardest part.

Take a look at our video that we took. You sure can see how much we loved these treats

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

These are so tasty!

I’ve got my eyes on the prize

We both think these treats are great! We have rabbits around our house but our mom and dad never let us catch any. After tasting these treats we know those bunnies are very tasty.

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 Angel Sugar the Golden Retriever for their Chewy.com blog hop.

Disclaimer: As #ChewyInfluencers we received one bag of Caru Soft ‘n Tasty Baked Bites Rabbit Recipe Grain-Free 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!

It’s time for this month’s Chewy.com review. We are reviewing Natural Balance Beef Formula Dog Food Roll. There are other flavors available too.

Here are pictures from every side of the roll
(Don’t forget you can click on the picture to make it bigger)

According to the Chewy website these treats “…are formulated to be meaty tasting and full of delicious flavors that no dog can resist. These delicious rolls are packed with high quality nutrition and the finest ingredients.”

Use this food as a full meal, a topper or cut it up for treats

The roll is soft and cuts easily with a knife.

We only get those little pieces?

That sure looks tasty

We finally got to try a few pieces.

Hey Millie! You are supposed to wait!

Take a look at our video that we took during our second tasting. You sure can see how much we loved these treats

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

Let go of the treat and you won’t lose any fingers

These treats are fantastic

We both got 4 treats each and boy were they great!

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 Angel Sugar the Golden Retriever for their Chewy.com blog hop.

Disclaimer: As #ChewyInfluencers we received one Natural Balance Beef Formula Dog Food Roll 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 Cindy here. Today I’m joining the Hookin on Hump Day blog hop to show you a sunhat I made for my mom for Mother’s Day. We all know that as our parents age it becomes more difficult to find things to gift them at holidays and birthdays. When the Summer 2017 issue of Crochet! magazine arrived I glanced through it as usual and when I saw the pattern for the Sheer Southern Style Sun Hat by Kathy Lashley I just knew I had to make it for my mom.

My mom loves to wear hats, especially in the summer, so since Mother’s Day was a few weeks away I set out to find the yarn. When I do a pattern for the first time, that you must do to the same size as it’s intended (unlike an afghan for instance), I like to use the same yarn that is called for in the pattern. The yarn used for this pattern is Omega Sinfonia DK-weight yarn. Fortunately I found a local source and went to acquire the yarn. The pattern calls for the colors Navy, White and Blue Orchid. The store didn’t have any of the Blue Orchid but the Light Teal was a great substitute since it was the same value color as the Blue Orchid.

No hat is complete without a proper hat box. Since this hat pattern uses millinery wire to keep the brim from flopping I wanted to give it to my mom in a box that could be used for storing it properly. I looked all around (Michael’s, JoAnn’s, etc.) and couldn’t find anything wide enough for the wired brim. A quick perusal in our basement found a box that stored a vacuum hose for Charlie’s wood shop that was the perfect size for the hat. He was very gracious in giving up the box for the hat but I couldn’t have my mom’s hat sitting in a “tool” box.

This is one of those boxes that comes apart and opens to a flat piece of cardboard. I rummaged in my wrapping paper supply and found this great floral and two solid colors that all went together (even if they weren’t bought as a set). With a bit of spray adhesive, scissors, and tape I had a proper hat box. The only thing left to finish off the gift was a flower.

I couldn’t find one pattern that fit the bill so I took three patterns and combined them to make the above flower. The main pattern is called Blossom Posy and I did the whole pattern using the white for the center and the light teal for the petals. I wanted to make the flower a little bigger and so I used a modified version (by not doing the “extended single crochet”) of the final round of the Cheerful Crochet Flower pattern to add the white around the outside. The last thing I added was a covered button to fill in the middle of the flower with the navy colored yarn. The reason I wanted to fill in the middle was because I added a pin to the back and I didn’t want that to show through the hole in the center of the flower. With the pin back the flower can be worn as a lapel pin if desired.

I love the way the hat and flower came out. My mom was very surprised and happy with the hat and has worn it many times already. We have an outdoor wedding to go to this summer and she said the hat matches her dress.

The hat pattern was very easy to follow. I had never worked with this yarn before and found it a bit sticky to use. It is a nice 100% cotton but as you pull it out of the skein it kind of sticks to itself and can sometimes get tangled. This wasn’t too much of a problem that I would use this yarn again if I found the right pattern for it. When I went looking for the millinery wire I did a search on Etsy and found Kathy Lashley’s shop by accident. I didn’t even realize at first that the Etsy shop where I purchased the wire and joiner was owned by the woman who wrote the pattern.

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I receive no benefit from any of the links in this post but have provided them for informational purposes to my readers. The pictures of the hat were taken with a form under the crown. It doesn’t stay up on its own.

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