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Country Fair!


Sophie & Shamrock Saturday

You’ll find this funny, but I didn’t notice that there was a BarkBox on our doorstep until I was taking out the garbage out and spotted a black cat next to it… sniffing it. When he saw me, he darted in my direction! Friendly kitty!

I soon learned via his collar that his name was Diablo, but it took a little bit of coaxing to try to read the phone number off the tag. We do have a neighbor a few houses down {who we don’t know} that I’ve noticed a cat or two running around outside and they don’t seem to be phased by it. Perhaps Diablo was one of these kitties who is allowed to roam?

I called the 666 number {creepy for a cat named Diablo!} and left a message indicating where he was; that I was able to pet him, but not hold him for an extended period of time. I know that if it were my pet, I’d want someone to call. However, the owners never called back. I guess they are okay with him roaming the neighborhood.

Diablo didn’t get any part of this BarkBox, but Sophie and Sham were happy to!


I thought that this month’s theme would be picnic-related…


As a side note, when Rob threw something away the next day, he almost jumped at the sight of the ants! He then realized it was the Barbox paper in the trash.

But I was a bit wrong about the theme:


I found the comic entertaining with a “Sniffing Booth” and one animal saying to the other “Now you pet me!” in the Petting Zoo. There was also this for additional human entertainment:

IMG_6789But it was this part of the card that excited me most! 


Another multi-part toy for Sham. Oh how he adores these!


However, Shamrock did not see the novelty at first. I had to take the squeaky balls out for him… Three in total.


We’ve been playing Fetch with them every since. And one morning, he nibbled on the “crust” and I had to remind him that it was empty and his red balls were scattered around the house.

Shamrock did stop to smell…


… (and bite)… the flowers!


He likes his little bouquet. Nibbling on the petals brings him joy. But Sophie’s concern was what treats she could possibly get out of this box. It smelled like something for a reason!


I love that all treats are sourced and made in the USA. Sophie and Sham promptly received a beef jerky straight from the box that night; but we are saving the other BarkBox treats to bring on vacation…

Happy Saturday!

New Toys – And, yes, we named them.


Sophie & Shamrock Saturday

I rarely buy our dogs new toys. They have way too many! Each month, their beloved BarkBox brings them one or two new ones. I am grateful because Sham’s favorites seem to be the ones I’d never choose for him!

However, on my last trip to the pet store to pick up Sophie’s prescription dog food, I saw some Pound Puppies dog toys on clearance. Remember those? They had them in all different color combinations and even ones with extra furry ears to match Sham!IMG_6484

For just $2.50, I had to get it! But this meant I couldn’t come home empty-handed for The Jean. So I found the aisle where we once got her one of her favorite toys of her youth – Binky. {Yes, we name our dogs’ toys.} I have been unable to find this exact toy. It is a squeaky toy pacifier, which I have been able to find. But her favorite one was different – it had little nodules on it like this one, only yellow. She loved it because she would roll on it! We think she enjoyed the massaging of the nodules on her back. She also would squeak it and chew on it. Over time, it got gross and disintegrated.

That day, I finally found one close to the original for her!


Sophie Jean is not pictured in this photo; but trust me, she did roll on her new Binky! It is hard to tell from the photo, but the nodules are there, they just don’t protrude as much and the toy doesn’t squeak. We had to encourage her to roll on it again like she once did. Once we showed her what to do, she was all about it and so happy.

Sham, though, wasn’t as pleased with his new Mini-Me as I was.


Really, you want me to play with THIS?!

IMG_6484Then, I coaxed him a little. I tried to get him to chew on the ears. He always loves to nibble!


He squeaked it a bit…

…and that was about it.


I guess I’ll just have to leave it up to BarkBox to continue to select Sham’s toys. For now, I’ll just put Mini-Me under his chin like a little pillow. He doesn’t seem to mind that…


Happy Saturday!


The Paws



Shamrock & Sophie Saturday

We are just loving Shamrock’s fur cut. Look back at how shaggy and matted our Patchwork Dog was:


There, he looks very unhappy! He wasn’t, though. He’s always been a happy dog. The only thing that would make him unhappy was when I’d brush him. I would try to brush him daily; but the mats were too much for him to handle. We were constantly cutting them out instead.

But since we got him groomed and she cut him short, life has been a breeze!


I mean, just look at these cute paws!


I do brush him daily with this short fur cut and he still doesn’t like it. But I coax him with treats. And there are absolutely no mats! I thought there might have been after we came back from Chicago, without a few days of brushing, but there weren’t. It’s wonderful. Just look at those brown eyes!


And the other weird thing – Sophie started playing with Sham again! Not quite full-on like she used to. She’s a little more reserved, but THEY ARE PLAYING! And I am happy.

Happy Saturday!

Best BarkBox Ever!


Sophie & Shamrock Saturday

Okay, I really loved this month’s BarkBox theme! It’s April – the month when it starts to really feel like spring here in Minnesota. (Well, some days!). Also, baseball season begins! I don’t even like baseball. But I’ve learned to enjoy bits of it because my husband does.

And this month’s barkbox is naturally baseball-themed!


Okay, so I love the “Score” at the bottom. How stinkin’ cute!


I think this month was such a fun collection of items to go along with the theme…


Did you notice that this month’s chew is in the shape of a pretzel?!! Stadium eats!


Sophie and her dirty beard got it out of my hand the second I unwrapped it.


And seriously, the name of these treats… Love!


The mitt toy is cool, but I know Sham will take more to the Fire Ball because of all of the pieces he can nibble.


We love our pooches so much… and love that they can get fun finds like this every month. What will we do when our subscription ends? Probably re-subscribe. Sham’s favorite toys are ones I never would have even though about picking up for him in a store. You can get a free BarkBox added to your subscription this month when you sign up your pup. Just click here.

Happy Saturday!


Let’s Play


Sophie & Shamrock Saturday

Since Sophie stopped playing with Shamrock, there hasn’t been a whole lot of playing going on in our house. Well, Sham likes to chase Ball and nibble on random toys, while Sophie shakes up Blue Kitty; but there is no Together Play.

But when Gidgie Gumee visited this past week, guess what happened? Gidgie’s rollin’ around got Sham to start playing… {No sound required.}


Then, there was the most incredible doggie tap dance I’ve ever seen… {Sound makes this one even better!}


I will spare you the eight other videos I took of all the playing that took place, even the one where Sophie stepped in… not to play, but to break it up!

I think she was jealous… Because she finally initiated a little play with Sham again! It’s not full-throttle play like the past, but it’s a start!

Hooray! It’s been way too long. Happiness all around!

Happy Saturday!

New Boo!


Sophie & Shamrock Saturday


snarly pooch

We just haven’t been able to keep up with Shamrock’s fur lately. It’s the added Pekingese in him! No matter how many times we brush him or cut out all the little mats (patch work dog!), it is a never-ending situation. What’s more is that he brings everything in the house. From burrs, to sticks, to leaves, to snow. It just clings to him. I had almost an entire branch from a bush once. It was so common that I was going to start a new blog called Stuff Sham Brings In…

We finally took him to get groomed. I think Rob had been holding off because we did this to Benny years ago and they shaved him. He looked so uncomfortable and embarrassed! He was miserable for weeks until it started to grow out again.

So when Sophie had her own grooming appointment, we brought Sham along to ask the groomer what could possibly be done, short of shaving him. She was able to squeeze him in that day!

The result?

A new Boo!


Shamrock Bugaboo that is. 


He’s still soft as ever, but there are no mats or snarls. I’ve been brushing him every day since. {He still hates it, even when there are no mats!} But generally speaking, he’s a pretty happy guy.


And he’s trimmed nice and short underneath so he hasn’t brought in a single thing from outside – yet.


He almost looks like a puppy again!

When they got home, we opened this month’s BarkBox. Little Sophie Jean always get so excited and wants to tear into it right away.

This month’s theme?IMG_6270



There were no real puzzle toys, but we are stocked up with treats, chews and toys for another month!

Oh… and you can get one month free added to your subscriptions when you enroll your dog into BarkBox. Treats and toys delivered to your door every month. {Sophie and Sham get excited about every box that comes to the door now!}

Happy Saturday!