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Hi everyone, it’s Millie & Walter here!

It’s time for this month’s Chewy.com review. We are reviewing Merrick Backcountry Great Plains Real Steak Patties Dog Treats. There are other flavors available too.

According to the Chewy website these treats “feature a hearty, wood-smoked taste that dogs go wild for. These treats are grain-free with no gluten ingredients and have real beef as the first ingredient.” These tasty treats are made in the USA and we know how important that is to all of us.

How do I get this bag open?

The treats are a soft patty that is unfortunately easy to break into smaller pieces.

Look at that large patty!

I can’t wait to get my chompers on that patty.
That looks like quite a mouthful.

Why did mom tear the treat in half?

I was really hoping for a whole patty

We can’t believe it but our mom ripped the patty in half and we only got half each. Finally she put the pieces 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 half piece each.

You can let go now mom!

I was really hoping for a whole piece

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 Merrick Backcountry Great Plains Real Steak Patties 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.

P.S. If you were hoping for an update on our kitchen don’t worry it will be coming soon. Our mom wanted to get our Chewy review done by the end of the month and that is today.

Hi everyone. It’s Cindy here. First I want to apologize for not visiting your blogs lately. I was away over the weekend visiting family for a wedding shower and was very busy for a few days before that finishing my gift. I’ve been trying to keep up with the reading but probably won’t have time to comment on many.

Now let’s get on with the kitchen renovation update.

After the tile floor was finished the crew went to work installing the cabinets. I don’t have too many pictures of that work because it was quite a mess with cabinets all over the floor.

Here is a view of the kitchen with the cabinets installed.

The cabinets are Dynasty by Omega with the Ultima door style. The wood is cherry with the sage finish. We have a few cabinets that will have glass installed later so don’t think the doors are missing.

The next step was to have the templates for the granite created.

I was only able to sneak one picture of the man from Rocky Mountain Granite working. If you haven’t had this done let me explain. What he is doing is taking corrugated plastic and precisely cutting them to the size needed. He then screws the pieces together to make one continuous template. You can see the one for the other wall in the foreground of the above picture. Later we will go to their shop and layout the templates on the granite pieces we picked out.

The next step was to install the crown molding, base trim and the knobs we selected.

There was a slight problem with the upper cabinets because they had been installed too close to the ceiling. The crew measured the distance between the lower and upper cabinets to determine the height but forgot to check that there was enough room for the trim. This slowed them down a bit because they had to take all the upper cabinets off the wall and re-hang them almost an inch lower. Being vertically challenged this doesn’t bother me one bit.

Above is where our new refrigerator will go.

Hey mom! When will all this work be done?

The new microwave is installed but not plugged in yet. We are farther along than this post but I will show you more in another post.

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.

Hi everyone! It’s Cindy here with the next update on our kitchen renovation. There have been a couple of changes since my last update.

While the crew was away for the weekend Charlie (with a little help from me) was able to get the ceiling and walls painted. You can also see in the picture above that the old flooring has been removed. We were hoping that we would have been able to keep our existing floor but unfortunately that didn’t work out. The laminate tiles that were there had been glued in place (even though it wasn’t necessary) so instead of just being able to pop them out they broke when it was tried.

This sent Charlie and I scrambling to find flooring that would work well at the transitions to the family room and dining room as well as coordinate with our granite counter top and cherry cabinets.

We were able to find a closeout porcelain tile that has a nice range of colors that mimics some of our granite colors.

Yesterday most of the tile was laid in the kitchen area. The old floor also went into the back hall, powder room and laundry room. We didn’t want to have too many different floors on the first floor so the tile is being laid through that area too.

The tiles are 1′ x 2′ and they didn’t put them all the way to the wall in most places since they are just being covered by cabinets. The same thing is true for the patchy paint job you see above. The wallboard does have a coat of clear sealer to help preserve it as well.

 We love the tile and are excited to have the cabinets coming tomorrow!

Stay tuned later this week as we celebrate a special day for our special girl and another kitchen update.

Hi everyone! It’s Cindy here to give you an update on our kitchen renovation. I will also give Walter some room at the end of the post to let you know how he thinks things are going.

As you can see, the wallboard is up and the crew has started putting mud on the walls.

One of the things we are most excited about with our renovation is that we will finally have a vent hood that is exhausted outside.

Vent Hood Exhaust Roughed In

Here is a view of the vent from the outside

Vent hood exhaust just above window

Once the vent is painted it won’t stand out so much.

The replacement cedar siding is up. Now we just have to wait for some warmer and drier weather so Charlie can stain it. We have an appointment next week to have the landscaper come to make plans for moving the steps to the new location of the door.

Now I’ll turn it over to Walter.

Hi everyone! It’s Walter here.

Those men sure do make a lot of noise sometimes

I can’t believe Millie can sleep through this

What was that?

Here is a little action video so you can here how noisy it was. You might want to turn up your speakers a little.

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

As you can see I’m a little more concerned about the work going on in the kitchen than Millie is. To be honest this video was taken on the first day of work. Now that we are about 2 weeks into the project both of us are not as nervous or barky as we were the first day. We do bark at them when they come in first thing in the morning but we settle down much quicker. The crew are very nice and when they have taken their breaks and are hanging out on the patio we sometimes go out and get some pets and have even given a few kisses here and there.

Zzzzzzzzzz…

When the work is done at the end of the day we all crash on the big bed and take a little nap. All this snoopervising work is exhausting!

This weekend our dad gets to paint the walls and ceiling and early next week the cabinets will be installed so stay tuned.

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.

Click on the picture to get a closer look

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.

Hi everyone. It’s Cindy here. As many of you guessed on Monday we started a renovation project on our kitchen. The first day was noisy and messy but exactly as we expected it to be.

Day 1 complete with lots of debris

Unfortunately the dumpster didn’t make it on site until day 2 so most of the debris from the rip out was left in the kitchen to be hauled out the next day. We are donating our cabinets to our local Habitat for Humanity ReStore so they are being stored on our front porch until they can be picked up next week.

In addition to the debris making its way to the dumpster on Tuesday things started shaping up.

The ceiling extension is roughed in

Some of the electrical changes have begun

One of the biggest changes we are making in the new kitchen to allow us to expand the working area is to remove the door (seen in the middle in the picture above) and change the window (on the far left above) to a sliding door.

View of east wall from outside

The other change is that the window over the sink is moving and getting bigger. Today was out with the old window and door and in with the new ones.

View of east wall from inside at the end of day 3

You can see the new window (far right in above picture) and the new slider at the far end of the same wall. In the middle you can see the new studs where the old door came out.

East wall from the outside

After this project is complete we will get our landscaper in to move the step to where the new door is.

Some of the fun things that we have to put up with is having our refrigerator in the family room.

It is a little noisy when the fridge runs while watching TV but it sure is convenient to get a drink. Walter is sure the plastic on the door into the kitchen (see all that blue tape?) is evil because it wiggles and makes a funny noise. He refuses to walk past it and will go through the living room to get from the foyer to the family room.

We are doing well with our temp kitchen that we set up in the dining room.

The left side of the China cabinet (seen above) holds some cooking supplies.

The China cabinet that was in the kitchen was moved into the dining room and comes in handy to hold some food and cooking dishes. The appliances that are being reused are also waiting in the dining room for installation in the new kitchen.

The dining room table holds the coffee maker, microwave and toaster as well as giving us space to work

The light fixture has been raised so at least I don’t bump into it and Charlie has gotten better at avoiding a collision too.

This is an exciting adventure and we can’t wait for it to be done. Unfortunately it will take 4-5 weeks for the work to be completed. Before we started I made lots of dinners that I put in the freezer so we can easily microwave them and we don’t have to get take out every night.

The dogs are doing as well as can be expected. Millie is taking it all in stride and enjoys our daily visits with the work crew. Walter on the other hand was near a basket case on the first day and still doesn’t like some of the loud noises coming from the kitchen. Of course there is the above mentioned plastic on the door that freaks him out too. They both are doing better but certainly aren’t getting their usual amount of nap time during the day which causes them to crash after the crew leaves every day.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing what is happening in our home so far. I will be posting updates periodically so stay tuned.