Two Collies and a Mutt

Two Collies and a Mutt: June 2012


Write a post, help a dog

"For every blog post about the campaign between now and June 30th, Pedigree will donate a 17 pound bag of food to a shelter."

Today (June 30th) is the last day to blog about Pedigree's charity campaign.
In blogging about their campaign and linking up with the linky list below, Pedigree will donate a 17 lb. bag of food to a shelter.

That means that,


Yup, this blog post will bring food to a shelter dog like Ella.

Ella was lucky enough to be snatched up at the young age of 2 months.

I know there's not much time left (sorry, I only just found out about this late last night), but if you have time, a blog, and want to help a shelter, then run and get to posting! Just blog about the campaign, you can post the "official" images, too, like the first image above. And/or this one below,

 Then link up with the linky list below!

P.S. You don't have to be a pet blogger to participate. Any blogger can participate!

Happy Saturday, everyone!
Have a great weekend!

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Spoiled Collie and a Fur Bunny

This is Petal,
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She is spoiled.

This is a Fur Bunny,
It's made of the undercoat from Lassie's neck.

This is Lassie,
He's hairy handsome.

(Thankfully you are not obligated to laugh at my awfur awful jokes)

Petal's not as spoiled (yes she is, don't believe that) as she is a spot thief. The moment you get up from your seat and walk a good four steps away, she'll be in your spot. Then when you come back for your spot she'll look at you with these innocent eyes as if to say, "What? I was here first." or, "Surely you wouldn't make such a sweet little Collie move?"
So you find someplace else to sit.

As for that Fur Bunny, it all came from Lassie's mane.
While he was on a train.
To Spain.
In the rain.
While he napped on the floor (a few weeks ago), I took the undercoat rake to him and made that lovely little Fur Bunny.
Then I took pictures of it, because, well, c'mon, who wouldn't take pictures of something like that?
I needed proof of the great amount of hair that came just from his neck!
His neck is so silky smooth now.

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Wordless Wednesday: Lassie


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Fake Kisses

Petal gives the best doggy kisses (but don't tell Lassie or Ella that I said that).
She'll lick your cheek so lightly and sweetly.
That is, when she is actually kissing you.
Sometimes she fakes it.
Really, she does. 
She'll lick the air right in front of your face, so lightly and sweetly, close enough to look as though she is kissing you, but really she is not.
What is up with that, Petal?

"Sometimes you don't taste good, so I pretend to lick you."

Do your dog(s) give kisses? Or do they fake it like Petal?
Ella will give kisses until you're blue in the face, unable to breathe. Lassie gives sweet kisses, when he's not busy licking the couch or floor or his paws, hah.

Happy Saturday!
Have a lovely weekend!


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Review: Nite Dawg Collar


With Summer upon us, we've been taking our walks in the early morning hours or late evening/night hours to avoid the heat. In the morning we wear sunscreen to protect us from getting sunburned (yes, the dogs, too! They wear sunscreen on their noses) and at night we take a flash light to protect us from going unseen. I had thought about getting a reflective collar for the dogs, but figured it wouldn't be very noticeable on the hairy Collies.
So when I got the opportunity to review the Nite Dawg Collar, an LED collar from SafetyGearOnline, I jumped at the chance.

"Look at this! I glow!"

Petal took it for a test walk and was glowing with pride as she wore it.
Ha. Ha.
It was perfect, even with her abundance of fur it glowed very brightly, illuminating her fur and making her highly visible.

It was a little after 8 PM when we started our walk and about 10 PM when we finished. It was good and dark even with the cars and street lamps, but Petal was easy to spot with her glowing red neck!
These pictures were taken after 9 PM (note that it wasn't actually as dark outside as it appears in these photos, the camera settings contributed to some of the darkness ;)).

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The Nite Dawg Collar has two settings, glow and flash.
The collar can be turned on by pressing the button near the D ring. Press it once and it'll glow, press it again to make it flash, and again to turn it off.
You can see the collar on both settings, glow and flash, in this video:

(If you're sensitive to flashing lights, ridiculously cute mixed breeds, or the color red, you may not want to watch this video ;)).

The light source is removable for resizing and washing the collar.
To resize the collar you simply remove the light source, adjust the nylon collar to the appropriate size for your dog, size the light source by lining it up with the collar and then cutting off the excess light source. Replace the light source back in the collar and you're done!

The Nite Dawg Collar is weather resistant and comes with a replaceable battery. They are available in three adjustable sizes, small, medium and large. SafetyGearOnline also offers an LED leash and other night safety collars.

All in all, it's a fantastic product. I have no complaints and I'd highly recommend it to anyone who ventures out into the night with their dog. It's a must have!

Disclosure: I was contacted by and was asked to review the Nite Dawg collar in exchange for one Nite Dawg collar. All opinions are entirely my own.

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Wordless Wednesday: Collies


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Peanuts & Petal

One night Petal wandered into the Occasionally Forbidden Room (one of the bedrooms) and wandered back out with some treasure.

I told her if she could get the container open herself, then she could have what remained of the peanuts.

It took some thought,

and some destruction,

but she eventually achieved her goal.

Mmmm, peanut sawdust.

She's such a nut.

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Ella's Hostage

*sniff* *sniff*

"Ella, can I please come out now?"
"No. Not until I get some peace and quiet. Or a cookie. Whichever comes first."

*sigh* "Mom! Ella won't let me out!"

The cage door was open plenty wide enough for Petal to get out, but Ella wouldn't allow it.
She did the same thing to Lassie just a day or so before she did it to Petal.
Every time they tried to sneak out while she was sleeping, she'd wake up just enough to give them the stink eye and they'd slowly back back into the cage.
I had to intervene on both occasions to free the poor Collie souls.
I guess Ella needed a break, so she waited until the unsuspecting Collies traipsed into the crate and then she trapped them for a little while before I decided the situation was venturing away from funny and into just plain sad.

P.S. Yes, that Kong toy use to have a head. A bunny head.
Actually, I think it's still there, barely hanging on, and de-fluffed.

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The Barkers Dozen

What is The Barkers Dozen?
It's a doggy bakery, of course!
They make delicious dog cookies that'll have your dogs drooling and performing all of their very best tricks.
They're the great company that helped to raise funds for Daffy.
They're also the sweethearts that sent my dogs free treats to thank us for blogging about their fundraiser.
They sent us five bags of goodies in four different, tasty flavors.
They're after my dogs' hearts!

Blueberry Bone-Anza (that's right, it's gluten free!) and Organic Carrot.

Organic Peanut Butter and Organic Chicken.


So far I've been unable to decipher a definite favorite among the dogs. They'll gobble any one of the four flavors up without dropping it (or a single crumb) on the floor.
When my dogs don't hesitate to take it from me or drop it on the floor and sniff at it first, I know it must be really good. Not a single crumb goes unnoticed or wasted.


I also know it's a good, healthy treat when I can actually read and pronounce all of the ingredients.
I like giving them treats without worrying about paying for it later.
(In the form of inconsistent poo.)
I don't like feeding them treats with strange ingredients that I have no hope in pronouncing. Lassie turns up his long Collie snout to such treats anyway.
If the dog won't even eat it, it can't be good. He eats poop!*


These cookies, however, are Lassie (and Ella and Petal) approved! They come running whenever they hear me opening up a Barkers Dozen bag or when they hear the word "Cookie!"
The Barkers Dozen has been added to our list of favorites, that's for sure.


Good to the last crumb!

*Lassie would like you all to know that he USE to eat poop, when he was a young and foolish pup.
But I would like you all to know that he's somewhat lying; he's a recovering cat poop-aholic.

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Wordless Wednesday: Waiting


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Today we walked along a walking/biking/jogging/running trail.


Ella stayed home because she prefers to do her leash walking without the company of Collies. And sometimes not at all.


Petal wore a backpack. She's a working dog, you see. ;)
It was filled with goodies and useful things.
And a few useless things, to try and make the weight even on both sides of the pack.


And after lots of walking, I got to see and enjoy a lot of this,


I hope everyone had a good day and wore those doggies out! ;)

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