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Hi everyone! Today is Millie’s 5th birthday*. It’s hard to believe that the little, floppy eared, bundle of spunk that came to us at 5 months old is 5 already.

Millie on her first day in her forever home

She showed her true nature on her first day here when she decided to pick a fight with one of our garden statues.

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

That looks perfect dad. Can we get it please?

She had her daddy wrapped around her little paw right from the start but seriously who could resist those eyes?

I’m cute huh?

For a while both of her ears were floppy…

…but eventually her right ear started to straighten up.

Her love for snow became apparent during her first winter.


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

In April of 2013 she welcomed Walter with open paws.

What’s daddy eating?
I don’t know but he better give me some first.

Right from the start Millie has been the happiest when she is hanging out in her backyard.

I love laying under my favorite tree

Of course she enjoys sharing her yard with Walter too.

Millie has some quirks that always make us smile.

This is what Millie does every day after breakfast. It took setting up a “hidden” camera to get it on video. If you can’t see the video you can go here to view it

One thing Millie does real well is snuggle.

You call this snuggling? I say she is hogging the bed.

Her favorite place to snuggle is right next to her dad.

A Charlie Sandwich with Millie up close to her dad

Did I mention how much she likes the snow…

…or how much she enjoys hanging out in the yard under her favorite tree?

With all the work going on in the kitchen right now there won’t be much of a celebration but we will make it up to her when the project is finished. We would like to thank Madi and her mom for sending such a sweet birthday card to Millie.

Don’t tell dad that Madi came for a visit

She also received one from Walter’s sweetie Tuiren and her family.

Thanks to our friends for sending such thoughtful cards.

Happy Birthday Millie! We love you!

* We really don’t know when her birthday is but today is a close approximation.

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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 L.I.T. Limited Ingredient Treats Sweet Potato & Chicken Formula Dog Treats. There are other flavors available too.

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According to the Chewy website these “Limited Ingredient Treats are designed with a limited number of protein and carbohydrate sources. Scientifically formulated to provide high quality nutrition and optimize skin and coat.” They also “…are often recommended by vets for dogs with allergies and stomach problems.” Last but not least these tasty treats are made in the USA and we know how important that is to all of us.

Oh look! Chewy sent a nice brochure with this box.

The treats are a hard biscuit that is kind of difficult to break into smaller pieces. That’s good so your pawrents won’t cheat and give you a smaller piece.

We’re waiting mom!

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

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

As you can see in the end we both really loved these treats! Mom let us try another one.

These are very tasty! Yum!

You can let go now mom!

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 Natural Balance L.I.T. Limited Ingredient Treats Sweet Potato & Chicken Formula 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 Fromm Four-Star Nutritionals Grain-Free Lamb with Cranberry Recipe Dog Treats. There are other flavors available too.

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According to the Chewy website these treats are “A grain-free oven-baked treat made with lamb, cranberries, apples, vegetables, and parsley, these delectable treats lead the way to happy tails.” They are also “Produced in small batches for superior quality in Wisconsin” and we know how important that is to all of us.

First you have to get the treats out of the box

I don’t know why mom took the bag away and wouldn’t let me open it for her.

I’ll just shred the paper while you open the bag mom

A nice size hard biscuit

The treats are a hard biscuit that is kind of difficult to break into smaller pieces.

Those look good mom…now hand them over!

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

The usual waiting thing

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.

As you can see in the end we both really loved these treats!

Third time’s the charm…hand over that treat!

These taste 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 Sugar the Golden Retriever for their Chewy.com blog hop.

Disclaimer: As #ChewyInfluencers we received one bag of Fromm Four-Star Nutritionals Grain-Free Lamb with Cranberry 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 Millie & Walter here. We’ve just finished a crazy week (or so). Let’s catch you up.

It all started last Wednesday night, March 8th. Our area in Rochester, NY was experiencing a very nasty wind storm. The gusts were predicted to be around 60 mph but the highest gust registered that day was 84 mph! Needless to say by 7:30 pm we lost power. Mom and dad gathered some lights and candles and we all settled down in the bedroom hoping the power would come back soon.

Hooking by Headlamp

It was too early to go to bed so mom did some crochet with the help of her headlamp. We finally turned off the lights and went to bed around 9:30 pm. By 7 am we were awake and cold. Thanks to our gas fireplace we didn’t stay cold for long. Mom was worried about the food in the fridge and freezer so she got our generator going and then we had some lights too. Luckily our power came back on by about 3 pm.

Our Oma wasn’t so lucky she lost power the same day as us and after spending a couple nights with friends came to our house on Saturday since her house was still without power.

Oma you give good pats

We enjoyed having an extra pair of hands around to pet us and one more plate to lick clean after each meal. Oma was lucky to get her power back late the next day so she went home after dinner Sunday.

All was calm around here for about 24 hours and then Snow Storm Stella made her way to us. It snowed for about 48 hours straight and when it was all done we had over 26 inches (about 66 cm) of new snow on the ground! That’s 3rd on the all time list for continuous snow in March for our area.

Look at the snow drifts on our patio and roof!

We didn’t let a little snow stop us from enjoying a our time outside though. Dad had to clean some snow off the roofs below our skylights.

The snow was over mom’s knees.

And mom had to fill up the suet feeder for the birds. It was still snowing and blowing so hard it was coming down sideways.

I’m going to catch you Millie

We did what we usually do and had a blast dashing through the snow.

I have to break a trail to the big tree

You can see how deep the snow is but that didn’t slow us down at all.

Good work on the roof dad

Here is a video of some of our action.


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

I love to just sit in the snow

Millie just loves to sit in the snow waiting for Walter to come out and play with her but sometimes she would just take off behind the plantings to explore.

Where did she go?

We didn’t let Stella slow us down and had a great time playing. It was quite cold at around 15° F (-9° C) so the snow was a very fine, dry powder.

Will this be our last storm of the season?

As you can see we made the most of a crazy week. It’s been a couple of days since all that snow fell and our temps have climbed to the upper 30’s (3-4° C). All that snow has started to melt and the snow pack has shrunk to about 6-8″.

This might not be our last snow of the season but we sure don’t expect to get that much again until next year. After such a mild February this March has been quite wild so far.

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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.

Newmans Own Digestive Snack Sticks - Front Back of bag

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!

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 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!”

farmers-market-veggie-rattle-set-spearmint-love

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.

veggie rattles in tote bag

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.

veggie rattles in tote bag 2

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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