Monday, June 24, 2013

The Framing Games

 We finally had some good (sunny, hot) weather. The floor joists were finished last weekend.

 This weekend, they finished the decking.

A close up of the insulation.

 And some wall frames are up!

Coffee's First Show

On the move.
 Coffee, aka Beitshemesh Cafe Au Lait, Luther's granddaughter, went to her first show on Saturday.  She was a happy, silly, goofy puppy.... 

but she can move!

And the judge awarded her Best of Winners for her first point! 
Coffee was handled by my dear friend, Mari McAvoy. 

Sunday, June 16, 2013

It was time...

It was time... time to run at the rainbow bridge with the German Shepherds and Demi. At 17.5 years, Twister had a good life and deserved his dignity.

When he was given to me as a 4.5 month old kitten, I named him Sarek after the Star Trek character, the Vulcan, Spock's father. He quickly showed that he was a little tornado and had to much personality that would disgrace any Vulcan. The Helen Hunt movie had just come out, and hence his name change. His vivacious personality will be missed.

RIP Twister  (January 15, 1996 - June 16, 2013)

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Product Review - Orijen Regional Red Freeze Dried Treats from

While we are waiting for the weather to cooperate with us on the renovation project, graciously inquired if we would test a product for them!  We took them up on the offer!

The product sent to us to try is Orijen Regional Red Freeze Dried Treats.

My first impression when opening the package was that I wanted to try it myself...  the aroma was THAT GOOD!  The dogs (6 Cardigan Welsh Corgis and 1 Smooth Collie) were drooling in anticipation.   Every dog and the ancient cat (17.5 year old Twister, who thinks he is a dog) inhaled the treats! 

It is advertised that this size package does hold 60 treats and they were not wrong.  The package seemed small and light, weighing 2 oz.  and I took the time to count out 63 treats in the package prior to the taste test. As ingredients go, these treats are pure meat, and not just any meat.    Wild Boar liver, lamb liver, Angus beef liver, boneless wild boar, boneless lamb, boneless Angus beef.  Having one dog who is allergic to chicken, barley and venison, she too was able to enjoy these.

The guaranteed analysis states Crude Protein (min.) 50%, Crude Fat (min.) 40%, Crude Fiber (max.) 1%, Moisture (max.) 2%.  I would not recommend overfeeding this product due to the fat content, though they are low calorie (5 per treat) and carbohydrate free.  Plus, did I say how the dogs love them?

I showed the package to Leonard a bit later, as I wanted him to smell how good these treats smell.  How often can you say that about a dog treat?  At this time, 10 year old Sabrina was in his lap, doing contortions, to get to the treats! 

We have one dog who will not be named, who deems he is king of all he surveys, who really thinks it is quite beneath him to ever go in a crate.  He walks in   s l o w   m o t i o n   to his box whenever it is time.  With these treats in hand he ZOOMED into his crate for them!   I was impressed!

So, if you have a picky dog or want to give your dogs a pure meat treat from a trusted source (Orijen makes all their own products, they are not outsourced and they never use ingredients from China) I do recommend this product.  Their freeze dried treat line comes in 8 varieties: Regional Red, Original, Alberta Bison, Free Run Duck, Tundra, Wild Boar, Alberta Lamb and Black Angus Beef.

Our dogs (cat and people, too) here give Orijen Freeze Dried Treats THUMBS UP!  Plus the service from is wonderful!  Prompt shipping and great service!!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

A Beam

This, is now...

this!  The existing structure now has proper support.

Boggin Damage

If you have seen the new animated movie, Epic, you will understand the reference to "boggin" and rot.

This is what is left of the rotted sill that the living room and existing bedroom have been sitting on. Leonard has it jacked up, removed the rotten wood and is adding a new beam.