Showing posts with label Pixel. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Pixel. Show all posts

Monday, February 26, 2018

No Easy Way To Say This - I Have Canine Dementia

Dear friends, for a few months now, Mommy and I, and our small family, have been dealing with a difficult reality that we've been reluctant to share. Not sure why. Perhaps we've been in denial, or maybe it was the fear that you'd think I'd lost my fun-loving Pixel ways. I'm still me, and Istill have those joyful times, but I'll get to my point... I have doggy dementia, medically termed "canine cognitive dysfunction syndrome", and I was officially diagnosed a few months ago. This is in addition to my seizures, neurological issues, liver issues,  and arthritis.
I was showing a lot of signs Mommy tried to explain away, but by December it just became overwhelming for both of us. I get lost in corners, under side tables and in the fridge door, I eat odd objects I shouldn't and sometimes I forget who Mommy is and where I am and I get scared, or I zone out and scare Mommy.
Mommy is doing everything she can for me, and she's keeping me as safe as possible, figuring out new ways to keep me out of "troubling situations". She works hard not to let me see her frustration but it's heartbreaking for her, I know it is, it's hard for me too. I'm only 10 years old.
Luckily there is a medicine for canine cognitive dysfunction called Anypril that we are trying for me. It helped my Uncle Happydog 5 years ago, so we insisted on  trying it as soon as we knew for sure I had it. I've been taking it almost a month now, and Mommy thinks it is starting to help me. I'm having more moments of clarity, less of the "lost look" in my eyes, more initiated playtime. I am also initiating more interactions with her. She was crying a lot over it, but taking action helped her a lot. Our family is so wonderful and helpful as we navigate this diagnosis. Mommy has  found a very helpful Facebook group for pet parents who have dogs with canine cognitive dysfunction and they are are a great support as well. 
I promise Mommy and I will be talking and sharing a lot more about this topic, our diagnosis and what you can do if this disease affects you.
As my friends and faithful readers, I just didn't want to keep you in the dark any longer. It's a dreadful disease, but no one has to go through it alone. And it doesn't have to mean our fun or adventures end. In fact, Mommy and I are taking this as an opportunity to do more, seek out exciting pet job opportunities with the blog, go to the beach, travel, and just have more fun. I hope you will have more fun too! Life is short, and you must seek to enjoy it with those you love every moment that you can.
Mommy and I have made the following  pact, shook paw in hand on it, and we'd like you to do the same with us. It's simple really, and it is inspired by Mommy Jenny's favorite composer and pianist, Yanni. She got to see him in concert and briefly interview him and hang out with his musicians twice in the 90s. He said the following words right before playing her all time favorite song called "Until the Last Moment". Follow the link to watch Yanni play it like she saw it then.
"Sometimes we get caught up in our troubles and our problems and we let life slip away, but life is precious, all of life, and one must try to take in as much of it as possible." ~ Yanni
So, let's all make a pact to take in as much of the joyful moments of life as possible, both big and small. Don't let life slip away. It can happen far too easily. I love you my friends, and I am always here to share a joyful moment with you! 
With much love, 
Pixel

Monday, February 13, 2017

Show Your Pet True Love With Expert Nutrition & Great Food #WeBelieveInNB

"How do I love thee? Let me count the ways..."

Pixel Blue Eyes smiling with paw in hand of her Mommy
"How do I love thee? Let me count the ways..."
Elizabeth Barrett Browning starts her love poem out with a simple question about expressing love and the different ways in which it can be shown. As St. Valentine's Day draws close, all I can think about is how much Mommy and I love each other, and the many ways that she answers that very question the poet asks.
This post is sponsored by Natural Balance® and the BlogPaws® Professional Pet Blogger Network™. I am being compensated for helping to share my thoughts about why we believe in Natural Balance as a quality food for me, a dog. "Pixel Blue Eyes: Her Tails of Adventure" only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Natural Balance Pet Foods is not responsible for the content of this article.



Pixel Blue Eyes smiling as she talks about Natural Balance nutrition
Mommy shows me in countless ways just how much she truly loves me. She's been my true love Mommy for 9 wonderful years, and she knows me inside and out. Of course we hug, cuddle, laugh, play, travel together, and learn new things together all the time. Taking care of my physical needs, including making sure I eat a properly balanced nutritional diet, is another important way to show her devotion.  













Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance Pet Food logo
Mommy knows how much I love good food and treats, but because of my allergies & delicate system, she has to be so careful about what she feeds me. Imagine our joy then, when we were invited a few months ago to partner with Natural Balance® and try their delicious Limited Ingredient Diet (L.I.D.) dog food, made from premium quality ingredients that goes through 9 safety tests before it ever gets put on the store shelves.
Pixel Blue Eyes standing next to her Natural Balance dog food and food bowl
I've been eating the Natural Balance Sweet Potato and Chicken Formula Limited Ingredient Diet since November and I love it! Just this one recipe has so many choices for my little palette to dine upon. There's the crunchy kibble that help keep my teeth clean, the soft canned food that looks and tastes just like a casserole, the finer chicken & gravy cups that Mommy pours on my food for special days, and then there's the delicious treats. They even have Jumpin' Stix treats with glucosamine in them! Oh my, this little girl has been so happy!! It has put more pep in my 9 year old step, and made me smile with every bite. As you can see, my latest open bag of kibble is well worn at the top from being accessed, haha! And I don't let a single morsel go to waste either. As a 'finder of lost kibble', if one goes rolling, I always make sure to hunt or chase it down so it won't get lost or lonely!
Pixel Blue Eyes smiling and talking as she faces the camera
Mommy sure does love me to give me such excellent food. But how can you as a pet parent find the best food for your pet? There are several things to consider in searching for and finding food with high quality ingredients that are safe for your beloved pet to eat. I have some great Pixel Tips that will help you to make the right decisions.

Pixel Top 5 Tips for Finding the Best Food for your Pet:

1. Know what your pet likes/dislikes as far as food and ingredients. Some pets can't handle certain meats, others are allergic to things like corn, wheat and soy.
2. Read the Ingredients! This is critical for all pet parents so they understand what is going into their pets. If you don't know or understand what an ingredient is, look it up.
3. Talk to fellow pet owners and read cool blogs pet blogs to find out what they feed their dogs and why. It's always helpful to speak to others about their experiences because it will help you make an informed decision.
4. Talk to your vet. Veterinarians are often a great source of information on nutrition for your pet, especially since they know your pet's medical needs, current weight and general health.
5. Talk to the Pet Food Representatives and Experts. Some pet food companies have on site expert nutritionists and veterinarian technicians who would love to help you find the right food for your pet. Natural Balance has an entire team Nutrition Experts to helping pet parents find the most appropriate food for their pet. You can chat with them as soon as you get to the site. They are so friendly and very knowledgeable. Mommy has spoken with them a few times about my allergies and need for a limited diet.


Show Me You Love Me with Great Tasting Food

Pixel Blue Eyes loves and trusts Natural Balance. #We Believe In NB. Pixel is looking up at her dog bowl, held in her Mommy's hand, filled with food in the shape of a heart.
I can't tell enough how reassuring it is for me to know that my one and only true love, Mommy, cares for me so much that she would spoil me with such amazingly good food! For Valentine's, she's been making little hearts in my food to make me smile even bigger. It's little things like this that makes life extra special. And it's one of many ways she shows me she loves me.
Image of Natural Balance dog treats, a new light blue squeaky toy and a hand-written card to Pixel from her Mom
She surprised me this morning with a special treat...my favorite Natural Balance L.I.D. Sweet Potato and Chicken Formula dog treats, an adorable squeaky toy and a homemade card. I am one very lucky (and very loved) pup! The L.I.T. treats taste sooo delicious, I can't wait to eat one (or two)!!


Reassured and Confident

Pixel standing on the floor beside her dog food and food bowlMommy is reassured knowing that Natural Balance has their Buy with Confidence Guarantee, and that they conduct stringent 9-point safety testing of every batch of food and treats that are made in their facilities. We don't have to worry about what is in the food I eat...we are confident knowing the only things in there are high quality ingredients and lots of love! Are you that confident about your pet food?


Some Important Questions to Ask Yourself...

Pixel with serious look on her face. Paw is in her Mommy's hand, and she is looking into the camera.
So now I must ask you to think about some things friends. Take my paw, look me in the eyes and ask yourself these questions:
1. Does your pet food have a "Buy With Confidence" Guarantee?
2. Do you know for a fact that your pet food company has a panel of Nutritional Experts just waiting to speak with you about all your pet's nutritional and dietary needs?
3. Does each batch of your pets' food have 9 separate safety tests performed by highly qualified microbiologists and chemists before it is purchased?
If  you aren't sure and are looking to make a change for the better with your pet's food, why not give Natural Balance a try. Start by talking to one of their Nutrition Experts about your pet. And read all about their Buy With Confidence Promise and 9 point testing, then tell me what you think about it in a comment below, on my Facebook page, on my Instagram page, or send me a tweet on my Twitter page! I'm everywhere and I'd love to have a conversation with you. We believe in Natural Balance and I know you will too!

Happy Valentine's Day!!
Don't forget to show your love to those you care about. 

Natural Balance is a very socially oriented company and they'd LOVE to hear from you!
Visit the following links to get connected and learn more about the quality of Natural Balance:
Natural Balance on Facebook
Natural Balance on Instagram
Natural Balance on Twitter

I love getting social with my friends too. Visit me on all my social media sites. 
I'd LOVE to connect with you!
Pixel on Facebook
Pixel on Instagram
Pixel on Twitter
Pixel on Pinterest
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Natural Balance. The opinions and text are all mine.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Sister Selfie Sunday: Jellie Learns To Love The Camera


I've been working real hard to help my sister Jellie get more comfortable in front of the camera. She's a real cutie patootie and should be photographed and celebrated as much as any other super model.
Problem is, she tends to freeze up, look away or just get super self conscious whenever the camera comes out. I keep telling her she's a natural beauty and that she's got a lovely smile, but I suppose we all have our insecurities. So, for today's "Selfie Sunday" I got some of our fur sisters in on the act.
Dixie Mae (the black and tan Dachshund) and Bella Boo (the copper Dachshund) really know how to work the camera! It certainly helped bring Jellie out of her shell a bit, and it was really fun doing group photos with them.
We let Jellie take photos of Bella and Dixie Mae to see how fun it was...this helped her feel more comfy in the group shots.

We put the camera back on the tripod, set the timer and took more group shots. Jellie's looking right in the camera now. Way to go Jellie!

In the end, Jellie was giving silly faces. It was hilarious! I think this last one could be a great music album cover don't you agree?
We had so much fun taking part in today's Selfie Sunday Blog Hop. It is hosted by my dear friend Janet Blue & her Kitties on their blog Cat on my Head. This is such a fun hop! I hope you'll visit some of my friends below to see their cool and entertaining selfies.

Monday, December 12, 2016

How to Show Your Dog Love & Build Confidence at Mealtime #WeBelieveInNB

Building Love and Confidence from the Beginning:



Mommy and I have an incredibly strong bond. We've been together almost 9 years now, and our hearts and souls are intertwined as one. I was very shy and sick when she first found me as a puppy. She and my vet worked to get me well, and every day Mommy did little things to build my confidence and help me to feel loved and happy.
This post is sponsored by Natural Balance® and the BlogPaws® Professional Pet Blogger Network™. I am being compensated for helping to share our thoughts about why we believe in Natural Balance as a quality food for me as a dog, "Pixel Blue Eyes - Her Tails of Adventure" only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Natural Balance Pet Foods is not responsible for the content of this article.

I've grown to become a very confident, happy dog. I make Mommy laugh all the time with my silly antics, my constant toothy smile, and my ability to play with one little toy for literally hours on end. She makes me smile with all the affection  and attention she gives me, the wonderful meals she feeds me, and that she's always ready to play with a toy at a moment's notice. We're basically best friends and soul mates! And every single day we show each other how much we love each other.

Showing Love With a Quality Pet Food:


One of the most important ways that Mommy shows me that she loves me is by feeding me the very best dog food she can. It makes me feel confident knowing I am so loved and cherished and that my quality of life is of such importance to her. Did you know that a high quality, premium food is a contributing factor to a dog's quality of life? That's why Mommy is a hard core, no-bones-about-it, research expert when it comes to finding me the best high quality food and treats. She wants me to love the food I'm eating, but there are important parameters that the food must meet for Mommy to feel confident in feeding it to me. I have special needs including a sensitive digestive system and allergies to certain foods/ingredients so I need a limited ingredient diet. There are some important attributes that Mommy feels are important in a high quality pet food.

Top 5 Attributes in a High Quality Pet Food:

  1. Premium Quality Ingredients
  2. Single Source of Protein
  3. Limited Ingredient Diet (L.I.D.)
  4. Supports Healthy Digestion
  5. Great Variety

With so many foods out on the market right now, it might be difficult to make any kind of wise decision on what is best to feed me, but there's one food that really stands out for Mommy and me. It's Natural Balance® L.I.D. Dog Food in my favorite recipe of Chicken and Sweet Potato. We've always known that Natural Balance was a good brand, but after hearing about their vast selection of limited ingredient diet recipes, their 9-Point Safety Test for each batch of pet food in their state of the art lab, and their Buy with Confidence™ Promise, we just had to try it.

Time to Go Shopping for a New Food:


About 3 weeks ago, we went to our local big box pet store to find me some Natural Balance dog food. When we got to the store, we were overwhelmed with the incredible variety of choices for the Natural Balance L.I.D. foods. Not only do they have different recipes for both differing taste choices or protein needs, but they also have a great variety of dog food types & textures for each recipe, so you can try some of each of just find the right one for your finicky pet.
I was literally salivating at the mouth. I never do that. Embarrassing! I can't believe Mommy took this photo! But I was just overcome with excitement at all the choices! She was overcome with joy at knowing she was about to purchase a healthy, nutritious dog food that is literally safety tested 9 times, and has that reassuring Buy with Confidence™ Guarantee. We read all about it and you should too! It'll make you want to try the food just like we did.

Mommy and I Made the Switch to Natural Balance:



Mommy and I decided to try a little bit of everything since it was all so nutritious and wonderful looking. I love variety in a consistent recipe, so she stuck to the same theme of my two favorite main courses, chicken and sweet potatoes. The official name of my favorite recipe is Natural Balance L.I.D. Sweet Potato and Chicken Formula.
We Trust the Buy With Confidence Promise!! #WeBelieveinNB!

Feeling More Playful, Having More Energy and Being a Little Sassy:


I've been eating it for 3 weeks now and I love it!! Mommy swears I'm more playful and energetic. I seem to have a little more energy and stamina outside when we play. Maybe it's because my food is made with the very best nutrition in mind. Natural Balance carefully crafts each formula with quality ingredients, including, fruits, vegetables and premium animal proteins such as chicken (like my recipe), salmon, lamb and venison.
It might have even given me a touch more sass and silly attitude. What do you think? I just turned 9 years young but who would know by looking at me right?
Okay, let's do a recap on the facts about this awesome food I've been eating so YOU can have your pet try it too!

THE FACTS ABOUT NATURAL BALANCE:


1. Natural Balance only uses Premium Quality Ingredients in their Limited Ingredient Diet pet foods.
2. Natural Balance tests every single batch of food not once, but NINE TIMES in a State of the Art Lab.
3. Natural Balance has a fantastic Buy With Confidence Promise to guarantee each customer satisfaction with their pet's food.
4. Natural Balance has a group of highly trained Veterinary Technicians on hand to speak with you when you contact them with any questions you many have about their products. You can chat online during the day on their website with one of their nutritional experts to help you find the perfect food for your pet!
5. Natural Balance pet food tastes DELICIOUS!!! That's coming straight from me of course.
Friends, you have GOT to try Natural Balance pet food! Go to their website and read about their
Buy With Confidence Promise.
Chat with one of their highly trained, extremely nice Nutrition Experts and then make the switch to a pet food that is made with premium ingredients. Natural Balance really cares about you and your pet! And they want to get social with you too!
Visit the following links to get social and learn more about the quality of Natural Balance:
Natural Balance on Facebook
Natural Balance on Instagram
Natural Balance on Twitter
I love to get social too. Visit me on all my social media sites. I'd LOVE to connect with you!
Pixel on Facebook
Pixel on Instagram
Pixel on Twitter
Pixel on Pinterest
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Natural Balance. The opinions and text are all mine.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Sharing Selfie Sunday With My New Sister Jellie


Hi friends!  I know it's been a while since you heard from me. I took a hiatus from blogging this summer and in that time, a lot of changes have occurred.
One of the best things to happen is that I now have a I now have a little sister named Jellie. She is a beautiful, sweet ball of energy and love who has blessed our family with immense joy.
Jellie and I have so much fun with each other! Today we "borrowed" Mommy's phone so we could take some photos together. Jellie can be a little camera shy, so we took some 'silly selfies' to get her feeling confident. By the end of her selfie session, she didn't want to give the camera phone back to Mommy!
I think Jellie is well on her way to being a supermodel. What do you think?
Have fun looking through our fun selfies posted below and tell me which ones are your favorite. And please give a warm welcome to little Jellie. She said she's looking forward to helping me on my blog.




Jellie and I are taking part in the Sunday Selfie Blog Hop, hosted by my good friend Janet Blue and her Kitties of "The Cat on my Head" blog. It's such fun! Check out the "meow mix" below of cute kitties and doggies.
So tell me...how was your Sunday friends? 

Monday, July 4, 2016

Pixel's Top 5 Tips for Keeping Pets Safe & Happy on July 4th

Happy U.S. Independence Day friends! 

I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday with family and friends. I'm reprising my role as "Patricia Henry" this Independence Day in honor of the occasion.
The July 4th holiday is perhaps one of the top summer holidays in the U.S. and people absolutely LOVE it! But your pets? Not so much.

Dogs Fear Loud Firework Bangs

Dogs especially have a terrible time in most cases dealing with the loud bangs, hisses and pops that fireworks make. And people love to play with fireworks. According to a recent Time.com article, it is estimated that people spend an average of over $100 getting various fireworks, with many folks spending a LOT more. That is a great amount of scary noise for dogs. We've had people in the neighborhood and around town popping off fireworks for days and so my sisters and I are constantly looking up at in the air, barking at the bangs (that's what I do), or in little Dixie Mae's case, running around like crazy, trying to dig and hide through the tub, wall or floor on her way to China to get away from the scary sounds. All us pups feel like we are under attack, just like our forefather's did back during the Revolutionary War.
Many dogs and cats end up getting so scared, they run out of the house or yard, leap out of their pet parents' arms or break free from leashes and collars, then get lost forever and end up in homeless animal shelters. What a horrible scary thought!!
This year, let's keep our pets extra safe!

Pixel's Top 5 Tips for Keeping Pets Safe:

1. Bring any outside pets indoors during the evening hours and if you hear ANY fireworks going off.
2. Have safe places that your pets can "hide in" such as "blanket/bed caves", special corners made up extra cuddly, or just let them cuddle with you on the couch or chair.
3. Keep the TV on to mute the sound of outside noises, bangs and fireworks.
4. If you open a door, make sure your pet is secure before hand so they do not run outside out of fear.
5.  If you want to play with fireworks, do NOT do so near your pet. Go to a friend's house, or have someone watch your pet at another location where they will not hear it. It's not worth scaring them, just to hear loud bangs. There are quiet fireworks out on the market, and they are actually more colorful I hear. What a cool idea!

One extra note for comforting a scared pet:  

Use of a warming/heating blanket, or putting blankets in the dryer to warm them up can be extra soothing when cuddling your scared pet.

I hope everyone has a safe and fun 4th of July, and I hope you pets enjoy it too! Just remember to keep their fears in mind, and everyone can have fun. 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Pixel's Chewbacca Hair and Helping Mommy Plan for Her Trip

You may have been wondering, "Where in the WORLD has Pixel been ever since announcing she was chosen as a BlogPaws 'Nose to Nose' Award finalist?"
Well, besides growing my hair out extra long to play the part of Chewbacca's sweet yet strong-willed sister in the latest Star Wars movie, I've been busy helping Mommy get prepared for her trip to the conference in Arizona at the end of this month. Problem is... I've been so excited about being chosen as a finalist for "Best Written Blog Post", I totally forgot that I'm a BLOGGER and should be blogging!!
Let me catch you up on our activities...basically it's all been about the trip. It's amazing all the things you need to do in order to travel across country in preparation for long distance travel, especially if you'll be gone for several days. And Mommy will be flying in a real life air plane...several in fact...so she is not too thrilled about that. The TSA has soooo many regulations. But everyone she's talked to has been super nice. She's very nervous about the actual plane ride and won't stop talking about it. I told her she's not allowed to cling to the stewardess' leg during the entire trip and that she can't "nervously eat all the almonds" on the plane. I'm thinking I might have to give her a Benadryl before the flight and ask the stewardess to hold her hand during take-off and landing. I mean, Mommy's never traveled without me before and she'll be lost without me.
Do you have any travel helps for Mommy since she'll be 'Pixel-less'? And maybe some helpful "plane ride" tips for Mommy? Please only good positive stories too....no horror stories of scary plane stuff. If you have to make something positive up, that's okay. She just can't take anything scary, BOL!
Oh, and back to my hair....anyone know where the "Star Wars Chewbacca's sister" tryouts are going to be held? I've got to keep busy while Mommy's away....

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.