Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Joy of Being Recognized for Your Work - Pixel is Chosen as a BlogPaws 2016 "Nose to Nose Award" Finalist!

Pixel Blue Eyes: Her Tails of Adventure is finalist for 'Best Written Pet Blog Post' at BlogPaws 2016 Nose to Nose Awards
Have you heard the news?? I am incredibly excited to officially announce here today that one of my most important and compelling blog posts has been chosen as a finalist in the 2016 BlogPaws Nose to Nose Awards! My article "Pet Medications and Xylitol: What You Don't Know Could Kill Your Petnow Could Kill Your Pet" has been chosen as one of four finalists for "Best Written Pet Blog Post". I am so honored, humbled, thrilled, excited, and just amazed that I was chosen among hundreds of incredible pet bloggers that were nominated. This blog post is a very special one I wrote last year on the dangers of Xylitol poisoning for your pet. You'll find out in the blog post exactly how close this hits to home and why it is so important that every single pet parent know about the dangers.


I've worked hard with Mommy from the moment I told her I wanted to start a blog, loving every minute of our time working on it. Except for those late nights when I work alone, Mommy and I do every part of the blog together, creating story ideas, taking photos, documenting my silly and fun adventures, doing research to bring important information to my dear friends, and planning out and writing our more serious informational blog posts...it's always Mommy and me doing our best to present an entertaining and informative blog. 




Three years ago Mommy and I went to our first and only BlogPaws Conference and it changed our lives for the better. We made so many wonderful pet blogger friends (friends like Deb Barnes of Zee & Zoey), learned so much and met a number of brands that we ended up working with.
I remember sitting in the audience during the awards show, seeing all the talented bloggers up there, thinking, "Wow, wouldn't it be amazing to even be considered a finalist? I wonder if Even with all we've done over the years, I never thought I'd be chosen as a BlogPaws Nose to Nose finalist. What a blessing and an honor to now be among those being considered for an award!! Maybe all those late nights pawing at the keyboard, trying not to wake Mommy, are finally paying off. 


There is a total of 12 Categories in the Nose to Nose Awards, including my category of "Best Written Pet Blog Post", and I'm so excited for each of the finalists in all the categories. Mommy and I have known several of them for years and we greatly admire their work. Other nominees are new to us, and we have become instant fans! Please take a few minutes to read the official 2016 BlogPaws Nose to Nose Announcements article. Take a little time to get to visit their blogs. You will love their humor, their pathos, their brilliant photos and their charm.  And don't forget to leave a comment or two to give some celebratory praise and paw clapping to these talented writers. They are ALL winners in my Pixel Blue "Eyes".









I hope you share in my joy and excitement friends over being a BlogPaws 2016 Nose to Nose Award Finalist. Mommy and me have full hearts and are still beaming! And for the sake of your pets, please be sure to read my blog post about Xylitol poisoning dangers. It just might save your pet's life. 

See you in Phoenix...

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Pixel the Weather Adventurer Extraordinaire Braves the Arctic Tundra Once More

Pixel Blue Eyes walking through thick snow 2016 - photo by Jenny Lewis
I never would have guessed that even as a Weather Adventurer Extraordinaire, I'd have another wild grueling weather adventure quite so soon after winter. I'd been traveling for miles and miles, walking for what seemed like days, weeks even. Nothing around me but endless white. I wasn't even sure where I was, but based on how overwhelmingly blustery, cold and snowy it was, I was pretty sure I was close to the Arctic Circle. I had to rely on my senses, my survival skills and my keen intellect to get me through.


Pixel Blue Eyes studying the terrain as she treks across the snow - photo by Jenny Lewis
Surveying the landscape, desperate for any signs of life, I could see I was all alone. The travel was treacherous, the days were long, and the hours passed slowly. I fought fatigue, worried about the perils of the wilderness, and wondered when the next big blizzard would hit. I was in the mountains, so the risk of an avalanche was extremely high. One wrong howl and I could be a goner. What if I came across a glacier that blocked my path? Or fell down a huge ice crevasse? All I could do was make my way through the cold and snow as best I could. I was hoping for the best, but was prepared for the worst.


Oh how I missed the comforts of home, the warm fireplace, soft fuzzy blankets, the small yet delicious meals every 3-4 hours. I could just imagine my little duckies missing me, all lined up against the window pane wondering, "When is Mommy Pixel coming home? Will we ever see her again??" "Don't cry little Duckies, I'll survive somehow, I promise," I thought to myself.

Pixel Blue Eyes' serious face covered in snow outside - photo by Jenny LewisAs I trudged through the snow that was almost up to my neck, choking me, blinding me and making it almost impossible to make the next step, I thought about my Mommy...my beloved Mommy, and wondered how she would get along without me if I didn't get through this snowy tundra adventure. I pushed on as hard as I could, focusing on making it home.

Pixel Blue Eyes closing her eyes in the snow, praying for warmth - photo by Jenny Lewis
But soon the freezing temperatures overtook my small delicate frame, and in spite of dressing for the weather, I became too weak to go on. All I could do was close my eyes and let fate overtake me. I stood there, frozen in the Arctic landscape, unable to move. What would happen to me now? Would I ever make it back home? It seemed like just the other day I was enjoying a warm Spring afternoon in my own front yard, watching the blooms of the beautiful Bradford pear trees wave in the gentle breeze. Hadn't I just sniffed my first tulips and sat in a garden filled with daffodils?

But suddenly, after being stuck in this frozen tundra for ages, the last wave of Arctic frost overtook my body, and I heard that final call of my name to "go home".

"Pixel. Pixel? PIXEL! Come on sweetie, we've been out in this blustery weather for about 5 minutes now and the snow flurries are getting a little stronger. We've got a light dusting on the ground now. Let's go home and get warm by the fire."

Pixel Blue Eyes was dreaming of the Arctic Weather Adventure the whole time - photo by Jenny Lewis
It was MOMMY!! She found me and I was saved!!! Thank goodness it turned out to all be just a daydream...because I'd forgotten to bring my compass and snow shoes!

REALITY CHECK FROM MOMMY: Here in the mountains of Virginia, we had warm beautiful weather up until Friday, then we suddenly nose dived into freezing cold temperatures with lows getting down to about 19 degrees Fahrenheit (-7 degrees Celsius) and snow flurries. We had lots of flurries, heavy winds gusting up to 40 miles per hour (34.75 knots) and cold temperatures, just not quite all the snow that Pixel imagined.

Did you have crazy weather this Spring? I'd love to hear about it friends!! Leave me a comment and tell me all about it.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Happy National Sweet Potato Day! Pixel Shares 5 Fun Facts About the Sweet Treat

It might seem silly to celebrate a root vegetable, but never has a root brought so much joy to my heart, or to the world (in my humble Pixel opinion). Sweet potatoes are incredibly yummy and so good for you, they are quite worthy of having a day of celebration all to themselves! Sweet potatoes are nutritious, easy to cook in a variety of ways, and go good with just about everything, including whatever you might be wearing. I'm wearing sweet potatoes from dinner on my chin right now to celebrate this festive occasion. But don't let me keep yammering on about sweet potatoes, let's get to the root of this distinguished tuberous vegetable.


The sweet potato is a super food!

5 Fun and Interesting Facts About Sweet Potatoes:

1. Although often called "Yams", Sweet Potatoes are not the same as Yams.
That's right. Yams are not sweet potatoes. Yams are white potatoes from the Caribbean, while the lovely, orange sweet potato is originally from South America. The sweet potato can, however, come in colors such as white and purple.
2. Sweet Potatoes are high in LOTS of Vitamins and Minerals.
Vitamins A, C, E, Potassium, Fiber, and Beta Carotene are just a few of the good benefits your body gets from this root vegetable, plus they are low calorie, making them an excellent addition to any meal of the day.
3. Sweet Potatoes are believed to have healing properties.
Doctors and healers use them to fight diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Medical experts say the benefits from sweet potatoes come not just from the pretty orange fruit we love to eat, but the entire plant, including the skin, the shoots, the greens and the leaves. So from tip to root, this sweet treat is of benefit to every single body, whether you are two or four legged!
4. Christopher Columbus LOVED sweet potatoes!
The world traveler was introduced to sweet potatoes in 1492 while visiting the Americas. He thought they were so delicious and amazing, he brought them back home across the ocean to England. Great thinking on his part.
5. The Sweet Potato was "domesticated" over 5,000 years ago.
In fact, the sweet potato is one of the oldest vegetables known to mankind! That is one faithful staple for dinner. I bet dog loving pet parents have been slipping a little big of sweet potato under the table to their beloved companions for thousands of years. Here's an interesting article from NPR talking about how the sweet potato crossed the Pacific before Columbus.

Sweet potatoes are fun to eat & they look good on your chin too!

I love them pureed in my food, mashed like regular potatoes and cut up into wedges and baked in the oven. I eat them every day! In fact, I wear them on my chin quite often as a matter of fact.

Do you like sweet potatoes? Tell me how you enjoy eating your sweet potatoes friends.







Learn More:

All About Sweet Potatoes
Dr. Axe.com - Nutritional Facts on Sweet Potatoes
Library of Congress - A Sweet Potato History

Monday, March 28, 2016

The Joy of Easter - Pixel Celebrates with Her Family & Her Peeps


Hi friends! Just hanging out with my peeps after an amazing weekend of fun. I hope you all had a great time celebrating the joy of Easter with your family and friends, sharing everything that this special day means and enjoying the day with laughter, food and a sense of renewal. We certainly celebrated all weekend long.






We started out the weekend by enjoying all the pretty flowers that are growing in our yard. It was such a pretty day with a blue sky and sunshine all around! I just had to stop and smell the flowers!










 The pear trees are in full bloom too, and looked gorgeous with the sun kissing each bloom. I wished I was a little bird so I could fly up in the tree and sit among the blossoms!











On Sunday morning my sisters and I were surprised with a basket full of Easter toys and goodies. So many new little friends to play with! It was such a fun time that we all had! I can't believe the number if little peeps and cute little squeakie fuzzy friends that showed up at our house. I guess they'll be hanging out with the duckies now.
Dixie, Sassy, Bella, Peanut and I played and played until we were exhausted. It was almost like Christmas!










And speaking of duckies, inside the big basket of toys was a special little friend for me, a round little duckie I'd never seen before. I knew he had to be for me so I gently picked it up immediately. He is very sweet and we became instant friends! He squeaks just like all my other duckies and rides on my back really well too. He is very special because he is made by the company who made all my other favorite duckies. Unfortunately they no longer make that model of duckie. I've been heartbroken for months over this sad, sad news, and Mommy has searched far and wide to find me a similar duckie friend. Well, this little guy is a direct relative of those duckies!! So I am a happy Pixel again. I still have my favorite duckies, they are just getting injured more and more each time I play with them, so I have to be extra careful. Now...I just have to come up with a good name for my new round duckie friend.
Do you have any ideas for a good name for him?

So, how was your Easter friends? Tell me something special about it in a comment.

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