Sunday, July 6, 2014

The Joy of Surprise Giving & Kindness

Pixel Blue Eyes smiles big as she lays next to her special delivery present
One of my favorite sayings is "Good things come in small packages". I've always thought it meant me when I found my Mommy, but it has many meanings. Last week it had a more literal context for me in the form of a package.

Choco is so pretty & has a warm smile. (Photo from her Instagram account)
My friend Choco, a beautiful chocolate lab girl, and her Mommy make pretty collar bows for dogs and cats. Choco is called the "world's friendliest dog" and with good reason. She is SO sweet and friendly. We became fast friends, especially since we both love our Mommies, we love smiling and we love pretty girl stuff. One day clear out of the blue (but during an especially tough tail nub pain time) Choco asked if I liked pink. Well of course I said yes! She asked if she could send me something. Next thing I know, a special delivery from Canada came in the mail. I was SO excited!

Pixel Blue Eyes is all smiles sitting next to her present and card from Choco
When I opened it up, there was the prettiest handmade card and a pretty little wrapped package. It put an instant smile on my face!

Mommy and I read the card together that Choco sent. It was very kind of her and her Mommy to send such a nice surprise. I like doing things for others, because it just feels good to make others feel special. Well this time I was the one who felt special!  No matter who you are, it's always nice to get an unexpected gift.
Inside the wrapped gift was a lovely collar bow with pink sequin and silky ribbon for me to wear.
Pixel Blue Eyes smiles big as she wears her pretty pink collar bow
It certainly made me feel special and look pretty. Thank you sweet Choco for my wonderful collar bow! Every time I wear it I will think of you my friend.

As you can see, Mommy took some photos with her good camera and some with her phone camera. Here's a special collage Mommy made from all the photos she took with her cell phone.

Now, I can't wait to return the favor. Why don't I start with getting sweet Choco more friends. Just visit her Twitter and Instagram pages to become a friend, and make sure to tell her I sent you.

Have you ever gotten a little surprise that made you smile? Have you ever given a little surprise or done something special for another? Leave a comment below and tell me all about it.

Did you know that I'm on Twitter and Instagram too? Come by and say hi friends!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

"Pixels Through History" Postcard on #WordlessWednesday

Found this postcard that has images of my great, great, great Grammy Pixelina and my great, great, great,  GREAT Aunt Pixel "Thomasina" Jefferson.
Grammy Pixelina was a part time Princess just like me,  but times were tough so she had to take a job selling flowers. But she never went without her feather boa. Don't worry though,  the birds sold their feathers to her to make a little cash.
As for my great (times 4) Aunt Pixel "Thomasina" Jefferson, she traveled the country doing re-enactments of the Civil War, reprising her role many times as an under cover foot soldier for our founding fathers.
Do you have any fun ancestors with stories to tell (real or imagined)? I'd love to hear them in a comment below.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Dashing His Way to Fitness with #HillsPet - Meet Dash from "The Philly Dog" Blog

Dog weight loss can be a difficult goal to achieve. You've seen me blog about it before, sharing my own past experience with extra weight, and the challenges that come with trying to help your pet lose weight. Many pet owners love giving extra food and treats to their beloved pets to show how much they love them. But when the pet gains extra pounds, it can put a real stress on their bodies, and make it hard for them to live an active, healthy life. So trying to force the weight loss by withholding food and treats, and trying to increase exercise is not always ideal. Today I want to share with you a real life doggie weight loss success story, all thanks to my friends at #HillsPet!

Dash, an adorable 9 year old male Yorkshire Terrier from "The Philly Dog Blog", and his Mom took part in the #Hill's® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution weight loss trial. Dash was a husky 12 pounds at one time in his life. Now, while that sounds pretty small, when compared to what his ideal weight (8 lbs) should be for his size, Dash was extremely an overweight dog with his little body under great stress from it. His Mom Rebecca began noticing he was overweight about 3 years ago, and said that at times during his heaviest, he actually waddled when he walked. Dash definitely needed some help to get more 'dash' in his step.

But before we talk about his successful weight loss with #Hills Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution pet food, let's learn a bit more about Dash. I want to share what his Mom says about how they met:
"I got Dash from a breeder. When I arrived, Dash came running up to me. When I picked him up he literally wrapped his paws around my neck. Sold! He was 2 years old at the time and she had been
showing him (I think she stopped because he wasn’t winning). But he was a total winner in my eyes!"
Dash's name fits him well, for he loves to play fetch with his orange ball (and only his orange ball), play tug of war and chase squirrels. His mom loves playing fetch with him as well. She cherishes their walks together, and cuddle time is always a favorite for them. Of course, it's a favorite for me and my Mommy too!
When asked about Dash's quality of life with the extra weight he carried about, Rebecca said that Dash's collapsing trachea had gotten a lot worse and his luxating patellas (knee joints) popped out a lot more often, which can be painful. The excess weight had an effect on activity as well. He couldn't play fetch for as long as he used to, he didn't want to go for walks, and he slept more.

In the past, Rebecca would just try withholding treats and food to try to shed the pounds off Dash. As you can see in this video, Dash didn't want to dash much at all. He'd just meander through the yard instead.

Mom Rebecca said that this is her first time using a diet product for her boy. What makes Hill's® Prescription Diet® Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution so special is that it activates your pet's metabolism to regulate appetite and burn fat. It wasn't long before things started changing once Dash was on the Hill's Metabolic Weight Solution formula.

Dash had been used to a raw food diet, so initially he had a tough time switching to a dry kibble and treats style of food. He eats the food, but does so reluctantly and the treats take some extra cajoling for him to eat them. However his Mom still has piece of mind knowing she doesn't have to worry so much about what exactly he can and cannot eat.
The weight started slowly coming off.
At last weigh in, he only had one more pound to lose before reaching his ideal weight of 8 pounds. Isn't that fantastic?

While eating Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution, an obese pet’s metabolism changes to act more like that of a lean pet.

Rebecca says she's extremely pleased with the success of the Hill's Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution pet food. Obviously Dash is enjoying having more pep in his step too! His Mom says he is acting more like a puppy again and has much more stamina. She is so happy that Dash is playing fetch again and that he enjoys walks much more.

Let's watch this video of Dash as he 'dashes' to get his favorite orange ball.

Want to learn more about Dash's successful weight loss journey with Hill's Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution dog food? Visit "The Philly Dog" blog to read about how Dash was able to quit the overweight dog's club and read more about Dash's before and after results. Make sure to leave him a congratulatory message.
To hear more first hand testimonials about Hill's Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution pet food, visit their Facebook page and enter the name of the food in their special search engine.

This post is sponsored by Hill’s. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Hill’s Prescription Diet Metabolic Food, but Pixel Blue Eyes only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. 
Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Joy of a Spa Day - Pixel the Fashionista Gets Her Hair Done

Mommy sure knows how to spoil her girl! After getting overheated outside on Sunday, Mommy said I could use a little extra pampering, so she treated me to a special Pixel Spa Day. "Really Mommy? That would be wonderful!" I exclaimed with excitement and my special "I love you" smile.

I'm not too keen on baths, but I wanted to try this luxurious new shampoo and conditioner Mommy got for me that smells divine. It's made by my friends at Dog Fashion Spa, who believe in quality life for dogs.
Since I have long pony tail ears, and my fur is actually hair, I was all excited to try it. One of the many cool things about this dog hair product line is that it is free from things like sulfates, harsh chemicals and odd smells. They spent years creating just the right formula.

"Are you going to try it in your hair too Mommy?" I asked. I know she was tempted, but she said she wanted to focus all on me. We started with a nice warm soak for me in the tub. As soon as she poured that shampoo out, I could smell the gentle, soothing aroma. First the shampoo, then the conditioner. She gave me the most wonderful body massage as she worked. I felt pampered indeed!

Once I was done getting my hair washed and conditioned, Mommy wrapped me in towels and whisked me to the bedroom for drying. I gave her the "sad Pixel face" because I knew she was going to need to use the blow dryer to warm me up while drying me off. Again, not too crazy about the blow dryer either, but the warm air is SO soothing, plus I get little treats all through the process. The sad face did it's job for me, because out popped that wonderful bag of treats.

"Today is spa day Pixel, so you get extra treats while we get you all warm!" Mommy saying that was music to my ears! I couldn't help but grin with a little sass at what she said. Sad puppy dog eyes works every time!
Incidentally, Mommy tends to not wash my face during bath time as she's afraid she'll get soap in my eyes when she tries to rinse my head with a shower sprayer, so she washes my face separately (and frequently) with a washcloth and wonderful smelling shampoo. After Mommy got me all dry and warm with the blow dryer, she then brushed my hair, head to tail, ears to paws, with a soft boar's hair bristle brush. It made my hair feel even silkier than it already was. I felt like a new dog after all that special spa treatment!

Okay, are you ready to see this pampered pooch become the Dog Fashion Spa Fashionista I was meant to be? Drum roll please......

We ended my special spa treatment day with a mini fashion show and photo shoot. I felt just like a true "Fashionista", a young lady who makes her own fashion statement. And my hair is so silky soft, fluffy and pretty now. You have got to try my shampoo and conditioner set. As a matter of fact, this week, Dog Fashion Spa is offering FREE SHIPPING on their Shampoo and Conditioner set.
Don't miss out. Oh, and be sure to give them a "LIKE" on their Facebook page or follow them on Twitter. They take dog pampering spa care very seriously!

Monday, May 26, 2014

The Joy of Playing Outside & Playing It Safe in the Heat

I've always loved playing outside with Mommy and my toys. I feel it is important that my toys get to experience the great outdoors with me. We live in the mountains, and even as summer creeps up on us, our highs are only around 75-80 degree Fahrenheit right now. I'm still a young pup at 6 1/2 years old, I am very fit (I exercise regularly), I'm at my perfect weight and I've always had boundless energy. But I've started to show an inability to take the 'heat' outside. Let me tell you what happened this weekend.

Sunday I told Mommy I wanted to take my good friend Lion L. Ritchie outside to play on the back deck. So the three of us ventured out there for a little game of throw and chase with Lion L. and a Kong Wubba. The sun was shining and it was only around 78 degrees. We were in a sunny spot on the deck and Mommy threw Lion L and the Kong Wubba for me to catch or go chase them. 
Mommy (of course) was taking photos and caught this GREAT series of photos of me running and catching Lion L. in mid air!! Don't you just love the look on his face as he's flying across the deck?! Lion L. Ritchie was even MORE surprised after I caught him. I immediately brought him back to Mommy. 
She was highly impressed with my amazing feat and she took several photos as I returned to her. Then she saw that my tongue was just about dragging the ground. I am not a 'panter' like many dogs are. In fact, I almost never do it...unless I am really hot. I mean seriously overheated. Although the photos of me with my tongue hanging out seem normal, I am in serious distress. 

I couldn't help but just stand there. Mommy called me to her right away, but I only took a couple steps. Mommy scooped me up and immediately took me inside. She tried to get me to drink, but I refused. She had to do some serious cajoling to get me to drink some cool coconut water with plain water mixed in. I only drank a little bit, but then choked on it. Finally, she made me stay still with her in the cool air conditioned living room until I felt better. 

Mommy was trying to figure out why I was getting overheated so quickly. We'd barely been out there 10 minutes. But you can see I was in distress in this photo to the left because my head is low, I have a far off look as my tongue continues to hang really far out of my mouth. NOT the typical Pixel face! This has happened a few times in the last couple of weeks and Mommy was perplexed. After some thoughtful discussion with the family, we realized that part of it has to do with the fact that I need to re-acclimate to the coming warmer temperatures, and the other part (perhaps the most significant) is due to the medications I am now on. In the last year, I've had to go on several medications to help me stay well. It makes perfect sense that medications, whether you are human or canine, can affect your ability to tolerate certain things. It can change your body chemistry and so it is something to be aware of for your beloved pets. I'm certainly no expert, but I feel it's important to talk about

Helpful Tips to Remember:
1. All types/breeds/sizes of dogs can be at risk for heat exhaustion, heat sensitivity or heat stroke.
2. It can happen quickly, so always keep constant tabs on your animal companions.
3. It does not matter whether the dog has no hair, short hair or long hair, anyone can be overcome by the heat.
4. Always keep your pet well hydrated

Here's are some warning signs:
1. Extreme panting, tongue hanging far out of the mouth.
2. Loss of interest in running, walking, playing, etc. Your pet might lay down suddenly or refuse to come when called.
3. Thick mucus, bright pink or red tongue (more than normal).
4. Nausea and vomiting (get them to the vet immediately).

What to do if your pet is overcome by the heat:
1. Move the pet into a cool environment immediately. If you can't do this...
2. Move the dog to a shaded area outside and cool the dog down with water, such as from a water hose. Getting at least the feet wet can be helpful.
3. Give your pet cool fresh drinking water. Put ice cubes in it if you have them.
4. Placing cool wet towels around your pet's neck, and around the groin area can help the cooling process. An electric fan blowing on them can help increase the cooling process.
4. Take your pet to the vet if breathing at all is affected.

I'm certainly no expert, nor am I a doctor. I'm just a little dog that has experienced heat sensitivity and the unpleasant feeling it brings. So watch your pet carefully for any signs of heat stroke or heat sensitivity. It doesn't have to be very hot outside for a dog to become overheated. Just having the sun shining on them on a temperate 75 degree day can be too much, just as it was for me on Sunday.

Remember that us pups can only release body heat through panting and through our keep us on the cool side and we'll have a great summer together!

And don't forget my new Pixel Blue Eyes Heat Safety Tip:

When in doubt, DON'T TAKE US OUT!

I'm taking part in the Monday Mischief Blog Hop hosted by my friends Alfie's Blog, Snoopy's Dog Blog and My Brown Newfies. Go sniff around some other blogs below and see what they have to share.

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