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Dear Rufus

February 23rd, 2015 | Posted by Emily in Doggies! | Loss for words | Rufus | Smiling through tears - (15 Comments)

Dear Rufus,

1 month ago we said goodbye to you, and I still am having a hard time believing that you are gone. I constantly check the floor as I’m walking to make sure I don’t bump into you because you always loved to be underfoot. Whenever someone knocks on the door I wait to hear you bark and am sad when the house is silent. This weekend when we were cleaning the bathroom, a toilet paper roll fell onto the floor and I scrambled to pick it up because I know how much you loved to chew on tissues. It’s just weird because you are still so present to me, so when something happens and I remember you are gone, the pain of that day comes rushing back and it takes my breath away.

Rufus and Mom

Can I tell you something, Ru? I hate that I had to make the call to end your life. I wouldn’t wish that decision on my worst enemy… deciding the day I would say goodbye to my best friend was absolutely devastating. But seeing you decline was devastating too – seeing you panicked when you were awake and only finding solace when you were snuggled up next to me asleep. I don’t want to talk anymore about how sick you were though – I don’t want to remember you like that. Instead, I want to remember my favorite things… the stories I tell people about you with a huge smile on my face…for instance:

  • The day I brought you home to my apartment and you wouldn’t sleep and kept peeing everywhere, so in exasperation I took my blanket outside to the front lawn and attached a leash to your collar and wrapped the handle around my wrist and fell asleep while you pranced happily around me (of course, still peeing everywhere). I was 21 and clearly not ready for motherhood.
  • The time you walked right into a pond because the algae floating on top looked like grass. You were so startled and seemed genuinely offended that Daniel and I couldn’t stop laughing at you.
  • How you confused “down” with “roll over” so you just combined the two… but you rolled over with such fervor!
  • How you didn’t like very many people, but the people who you did let into your circle, you loved them with force.

I miss you, buddy. I miss your velvet-y soft ears. I miss having you curled up next to me in bed. I miss your soft kisses. I miss you.  I will never know another dog like you. You are one of a kind. I love you.

Love,
Your Mama

I’m Baaack! (As Told by Yeti)

November 26th, 2013 | Posted by Emily in Doggies! | Rufus | Silliness | Yeti - (8 Comments)

Everyone’s favorite furry secret agent is back on the job!

As you may remember, I faked my own death last year (briefly framing Polly Pocket for offing me) in an effort to protect my secret agent identity.

But one my identity was revealed, it was no longer safe for me to stay in Kansas City, so I departed for the land where all yetis feel most at home: The Pacific Northwest.  

I thought I could wander around Portland, Oregon unnoticed, but when I was looking to send home some sweet treats home to my bro Rufus, I happened to walk into NoPo Paws, which is owned by Sarah from Married with Dawgs.

Sarah insisted that she shadow a real live yeti secret agent, and so I obliged her as I checked out the many beautiful bridges of Portland, checked out a coffee shop, bought some stamps… ha ha… I was really just running errands and doing a little sightseeing! I totally tricked her!

Luckily she wasn’t too mad at me… she even let me crash at her place… maybe getting slobbered on by Hurley was her revenge? Or maybe it was the close call I had with Miss Maggie? Snuggling with Sadie was pretty cool… but nothing compares to my bro Rufus.

Anywho, I’m back in Kansas City now… snuggling with my bro Rufus and keeping a close eye on this Moby dude. Because honestly, this Moby character needs a whole HOST of yeti secret agents to keep his shenanigans under wraps.

Peace out,
Yeti

Moby, Turk, and Rufus are BACK with another Chewy.com review… and this time, they are going off pure instinct… Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Boost Minis that is!

There is a lot of nutritious ingredients packed into these tiny little pellets: Duck (Including Ground Duck Bone), Turkey, Turkey Liver, Turkey Heart, Pumpkin Seeds, Apples, Carrots, Butternut Squash, Ground Flaxseed, Montmorillonite Clay, Broccoli, Lettuce, Spinach, Dried Kelp, Apple Cider Vinegar, Parsley, Honey, Salmon Oil, Mixed Tocopherols, Olive Oil, Rosemary Extract, Blueberries, Alfalfa Sprouts, Persimmons, Inulin, Rosemary, Sage, and Clove. They are also the perfect size for training.

 After last months’ Chewy.com review of super nommable freeze-dried treats, Moby et. al weren’t too sure that these freeze-dried noms were going to pass their extremely high standards.

After explaining about all the nutrition benefits and pointing out that the main ingredient was duck, they all agreed to give these noms a shot.

What did everyone think? Turk seemed to like them as much as anything else. Same with Moby. But Rufus? Rufus went cuckoo crazy for these noms! He was jumping up and down and pulling out every trick in his (very limited) repertoire for a chance at these noms.

I can haz dance for a noms, yes?

He even braved breaking the rules by getting up on the table just for a chance at getting some noms.

So he was either very hungry, or these were some very tasty noms. 

TASTY!!!!

Personally, I like that the treats are sourced in the United States (in my hometown – Lincoln, NE!), grain-free, all-natural, and low-calorie. They are very small, which makes them great for training exercises. My only issues with them is that they crumble pretty easily, so they can be difficult to use when training on walks. But Rufus loves them, and it is a rare thing for him to go crazy over noms, so I guess I’ll let the crumbly thing slide.

Promise, mom?

Alright, now the people at Chewy.com are nothing if not super generous, so they have offered up an awesome giveaway to the readers of all the blogs that participate in the August product reviews. This month, there is not one, but three prizes! First prize is a $50 coupon code to Chewy.com, Second prize is a $25 coupon code to Chewy.com, and third prize is a Treat Prize Pack of the different treats bloggers got to review this month (including the Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Boost Freeze-Dried Treats!). Pretty exciting, huh? There are a bazillion ways to enter – just check out the Rafflecopter giveaway below! Giveaway is open through the end of August!

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* Thank you to Chewy.com for sending us a bag of Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Boost Freeze-Dried Treats to review!
** While we did receive a bag in exchange for the review, the thoughts in this post are our own.

We are dog bed aficionados around Casa Hawkins. But our newest bed takes the cake as far as dog beds go. I mean, its so comfortable, I would curl up on it! Friends… let me introduce you to the BuddyRest Deluxe Orthopedic dog bed. The BuddyRest bed is made of 4.5 pound high quality True Comfort® visco memory foam made right here in the U S of A!

 

Since Turk and Rufus are approaching elderdog status, I’ve had to start thinking about purchasing items that will make them more comfortable as they age. Rufus recently was diagnosed with bulging discs in his back and with as many walks as we’ve been giving Turk lately, his bones and joints have been getting quite the workout.

Why would their health issues affect our choice of dog bed? Well, the BuddyRest Dog Bed is veterinarian recommended because it relieves arthritis pain and reduces joint stiffness. According to their website, “BuddyRest beds conform to your animal’s body, evenly redistributing their weight across the surface. This eliminates the painful pressure points on their joints and hips. Memory foam is a proven technology that decreases pain and stiffness in your animal.” Yep. It’s like Dr. Scholls, but in bed form!

And while lots of dog beds claim to be the best, they don’t even compare to BuddyRest…and while all the joint relief and arthritis relief and awesome sleep for the pups stuff is awesome, I also love that there are a few perks for me too, such as:

  • Stays clean
  • Doesn’t smell over time
  • Doesn’t break down or get dips
  • Chew resistant
  • Prevents bacteria
  • Repels hair, stains and odors
  • 100% Waterproof
  • Keeps pet at optimal temperature
  • Easy to spot clean or machine wash 


When this bad boy arrived, I’ll admit, I was a bit intimidated. At 33 x 40 inches, it looked like a baby’s mattress. The dogs actually were a bit freaked out by it at first, too. But after a little while, the dogs claimed it as the prized bed of the house. Turk can now be found lounging on it on any given day, and Rufus has even been known to forgo the top of the couch for the BuddyRest. 

Besides all the health benefits and ease of cleaning, the thing I like the best about the BuddyRest bed is that you just buy one and you are DONE.

One BuddyRest bed will last for your dog’s entire lifetime. So while the price is a bit spendier than the typical pet store dog bed, you are getting the highest quality and since you are only buying one, you are actually saving money over time. And who doesn’t love saving money? Oh, and the beds are backed up with a 10 year warranty. That’s unheard of in the pet products industry.

So needless to say, we are big fans of the BuddyRest bed. Annnnnnd they are made just a few hours down the road from Kansas City in Wichita, KS! So do yourself a favor and check them out… especially if you have an elderdog… you won’t regret it!

** Our friends at BuddyRest were kind enough to give us a deluxe orthopedic bed to review. While we received the bed for free, the opinions in this review are our own. **

It is only natural that the art in your home will reflect who/what you love the most.  So it shouldn’t be a surprise that our art is very canine-centric.


But everybody knows that you aren’t set in the doggy art department until your dogs are immortalized in a Yellow Brick Home portrait… lucky for me, I was able to join the YBH portrait club recently!

The process of ordering a custom pet portrait from YBH is so much fun… Kim and I emailed back and forth to discuss what characteristics of Turk and Rufus I’d like her to focus on for their portraits. I asked her if she could capture the dichotomy of Rufus’ puppy-like mischeviousness  and his old man wiseness… and she totally nailed it.

For Turk, I asked if Kim could capture his salt & pepper face and bushy eyebrows. And… she nailed that too.

Amazing, right?! It blows my mind how much detail Kim is able to pack in a 4″x4″ portrait… how she was able to make the portrait look 3 dimensional… how she captured the sparkle in their eyes! I was really interested in Kim’s process so I asked if she wouldn’t mind snapping a few photos while she worked…

To say Kim is talented is a gross understatement. Kim’s got skilllllz, yo! I haven’t been able to stop staring at these little bad boys since they arrived at my doorstep last week. Honestly, it’s becoming a bit of a problem.

So I have two questions for you…

1. Which one is your favorite? Turk’s soulful eyes have me one second and then Rufus’ little smirk draw me in the next.

2. Have you ordered your pet’s portrait yet?

If you haven’t placed your order for a custom pet portrait just yet, I have a little surprise for you… Kim graciously offered Our Waldo Bungie readers a 10% discount off anything in her shop (including original paintings, art prints, gift certificates, and of course, custom pet portraiture!) with the code WALDOBUNGIE10 from now through Friday (June 7th) at midnight. Now I’m off to decide what I’m going to order next…