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Fall Debate Tuesday - Week Two

The election is right around the corner, we hope you are getting to know both Christmas and I a little bit better! This week we have a question from Mayor Emeritus Madi and then five questions that I, Arty came up with!

Make sure you stop by and visit Christmas HERE, if you haven't, and get to know he and his Mama a bit better too!

Our First question from Mayor Emeritus Madi...

If elected as mayor, will either of you make any big changes in the mayoral cabinet or just see how it fits with your agendas?

Arty: Great question Madi! If elected, I (and Mabel) will be giving the previous cabinet the chance to hold on to their position. If they no longer would like to hold their position, we will open up the position to volunteers. We will also be revisiting the present cabinet and adding any appointments or committees as needed!

Christmas: I think our current mayorz have done a pawsome job with the cabinet, and I don't feel like any serious changes should be made. If current cabinet members would like to keep their jobs, then they're free to do so. But if they'd like to open up the position to others, than they'll be free to do so. I don't think a new mayor should automatically mean new members of the cabinet, and I think it's impawtent for cabinet members to have a choice when it comes to what they should do.

The "Unicorn Incident"
With Halloween coming up, what is your stand on anipals dressing up?
Arty: I think all animals should be able to make their own decisions about dressing up! This is a personal preference that shouldn't be regulated one way or the other. That being said, I don't mind dressing up. In most cases, Mama picks reasonable costumes (with the exception of the "Unicorn Incident"). Dory also likes to dress up. Now Jakey and Bilbo are the opposite and would much rather limit their dress up to simple ties or bandanas.

Christmas: It depends! I think doggies should speak up if they don’t like the ridiculous costumes their humans put on them, but of course some doggies enjoy them, so that’s totally fine. Of course the same logic applies to cats, but there are few brave souls who have attempted to dress up their cats, BOL. I actually go trick-or-treating with my mom on Halloween (I love being out and about with lots of people) and I love to wear my hot dog costume! My mom took me home in October last year, so I was just in time! My hot dog outfit actually feels like a jacket, so my mom has me wear it on cold days. In short, just make sure your peeps know what you think about the silly things they make you wear!

Let's Go Mama!!

Do you think we should regulate our peeps into taking us out for daily walkies?

Arty: Most definitely!! If our peeps are able to get around, they should be taking us on daily walkies! May I recommend you buy your peep a Fitbit or Apple watch?  We  here at Dory's Backyard have all been going on at least one walkie per day since our peeps got theirs!

Christmas: Yes! Unless a dog has health problems or is too old to the point where they get no enjoyment out of walks, I think taking your humans ob daily walks is a great thing. My mom tries to take me for at least one walk a day that’s about a mile or so long (walking is her favorite thing to do, especially ‘cause she can do it with me) and I think walkies give time to think and exercise and bond with your peeps. Oh, and the peeps will make it sound like they walk you, but don’t be’re the one walking your peeps!

Revisiting baths....For the record where exactly do you stand when it comes to baths?
Arty: This is a rough one. Like dressing up, I think all dogs should be able to make their own decisions on whether or not they need a bath!! I personally don't mind baths because I have to get one once a week for my allergies. The rest of  our pack would love it if baths were banished in Blogville furrever!

Christmas: I actually seem to like baths, and my mom bathes me every 25 days, unless I roll in something that smells really good to impress the ladies, like old dog poop or mud. Now, if you’re the type that doesn’t like baths but you’re peeps still bathe you, that means you haven’t trained your humans well enough. It’s impawtent to be calm and assertive and let your peeps know you’re the leader and they are the followers. Do followers force their leaders to take baths just because they rolled in something with a great scent? I don’t think so!

Stuff or Destuff?? What way to you like to play with your toys?
 Arty: If given my druthers, I would keep my toys stuffed and squeaky them all day long!! Unfortunately, Jakey is furrever stealing my toys and performing squeak-ectomies and creating snowstorms. Thank goodness  Mama picks up extra stuffies whenever she sees them on sale! I also like chewing on toys that have already been de-stuffed.

Christmas: My momma says it’s likely because I’m a hound dog and I’m bred for the hunt, but I love to destuff! Squeaky toys are no match for my Dachshund awesomeness. I actually do have one durable squeaky plush bone that I picked out the day my mom took me home. I know that when my mom says “squeaker” it’s time to play with it! The squeaker has survived...or at least for now!

Nap anyone???
Sleeping in the big bed...Pro or Con???
 Arty: That depends, if it is just Mama in the bed and there is plenty of room, I am a big fan of sleeping on the big bed with Dory and Jakey...BUT usually this only happens for weekend naps...Weeknights, the bed gets pretty crowded with Daddy and I would much rather sleep in my room where I can stretch out!

Christmas: My mom shares a room with her 5 year old sister, so she sleeps on the top bunk of a bunk bed, so obviously I don’t sleep with my peep. I also can’t be trusted out of my crate at night. I don’t have a chewing problem, I have a lifting my leg problem! Well, it’s not a problem, it’s just my way of saying this place is my territory! However, I do snuggle on the couch with my mom during the day and I think if you’re the kind of dog who has an accessible big bed and doesn’t pee everywhere, yes, make that big bed your bed! BOL!

Next week, make sure to tune in for a special Debate between our two Blogville Veep Candy Dates!! It will be broadcasted here AND
Christmas's - Paw Province
Oreo's - Oreo's Cookie Jar
Mabel's - Idaho Pug Ranch


Halo Healthsome Peanut 'n Pumpkin Treats #ChewyInfluencer

 Being a #chewyinfluencer is so much fun, but it is also a big responsibility!
Each month Sidney at sends us a product to review and they ask us to give our readers our honest to goodness opinion!! We aren't paid for these reviews either, we just get the product to try!
We always get them zippy fast!!

 This month Jakey and I (Dory) are hosting the review, this month.
Arty may join us later...but he was taking a nap when we started.

This month we are reviewing 
 Halo Healthsome Vegetarian Biscuits with Peanut 'n Pumpkin Grain-Free Dog Treats

Mama forgot to take a picture of the actual treat, but we want to let those of you who like us, don't do hard and crunchy treats,  these treats have a great combonation of crunchy/flaky. They are easily broken and/or chewed through.  
Look at the other reasons why both us pups and Mama like them:

  • Halo Healthsome treats are Made in the Good Ole US of A! 
  • They are baked (with canola oil) making them lower in fat
  • These treats  have parsley AND are just the right amount ofcrunchy, making them great for our teefies (and breath)
  • Halo treats are great for my(Dory) sensitive senior tummy!

I know...right now you are asking yourself,  so they are good for us..blah, blah...
"What do they taste like?"
After a slight altercation some discussion and coin flip it was decided that Jakey would taste them first.

 OMD, look at how he is savoring this Halo Healthsome Treat!

 I was drooling at this point...and let me tell you it was sooooo
worth the wait!!

 ...and look who woke up just in time for taste testing....
 Fair is fair though and we let Arty give them a try...

 ...and he totally loved the Pumpkin-y and Peanut-y 

We give these treats 12 Paws up for their total deliciousness!!!

We are joining the Blogger Network Blog Hop!! Thanks Sugar and Oz for hosting!


Black and White Peek a Boo Selfie Sunday!

 Where's Jakey????

 Jakey??? Where are you???


I know, I know...I am pretty cute, aren't I??

We are joining Nola and Sugar for Black and White Sunday this week!!
We are also joining The Cat on My Head this week for Selfie Sunday


Smiley Saturday with Arty

I'm smiling because we are doing our #ChewyInfluencer review photoshoot today.

Stay tuned Monday to hear all about it!


Flower Friday - Goodbye to Summer

With summer ending, Mama and I made one last trip to Sequoia Garden see the Dahlias before they are gone....

She spent lots of time watching this silly bee playing on a flower

Ummmm...MAMA, we are here to see the Dahlias!!

There are still dahlias blooming, but it seems there are more brown edges and wilting petals in the garden.

The Bell Flowers are blooming, but their stalks and leaves are mostly brown...

These yellow beauties seem to still be going strong...

...along with this pretty pink edged dahlia

You can see the wilting petals on the back dahlia...

...and on this sunrise colored dahlia...

This poor thing has definitely seen better days...

...but these pink petaled lovelies are looking great!

Mama and I put together a slide show of more flowers too!

We get to have snacks while we watch it, right Mama???

Click HERE and view on the video onYouTube

The good thing about the end of summer is the circle of life will help this year's blooms fertilize the grounds for more beautiful blooms next summer!

Hop aboard and show us the flowers blooming in your corner of the world (If you don't see the link here, please click HERE to go to our Hoppity page)!!


Thursday Travel Tails - New Mexico

 Welcome to Thursday Travel Tails!

 This week....
I, Black Jack Arty, Fastest (Pee)Shooter in the Southwest, will be telling you all about my adventures in New Mexico!!

Starting with the rest areas!!
I must say, the rest areas in New Mexico were pretty nice. Notice in the rest area above, they had a fenced area where I could run around LEASH FREE!! It was sooo nice to run around without having to worry about Mama pulling on the leash, or stopping to take pictures! I tell you, that woman can be a handful!!
Anyway, I digress, this is the only rest area we have seen in the many states we visited that a this type of area.  
From Mama: I usually wouldn't let Arty off leash in a "dog park situation", but there were no other dogs in the area and it was pretty clean!

 Although some of the rest areas had dusty dirt, most also had grassy areas to walk around in (like the one behind me in this picture). The grass was refreshing to my toesies after a VERY long time in the car (I may have been a tad bit tired and grumpy in these photos).

 We even saw our first alien at a rest area.  Here is the Metal Chicken from Planet Henpicked! 
Be very very afraid!!

 Mama and I always thought of New Mexico as desert-y area(and not in the greenies after dinner way) but, even in July,  these beautiful desert willow tree flowers were blooming!
Mama Here-Although the rest areas in New Mexico were clean and safe, they are not climate controlled and on a hot day they collect lots of flies/bugs. As you can tell, the grounds were also very well maintained!

Mama also made a short rest stop at McD's for some delicious French Fries before heading to the hotel!!

While driving through New Mexico on our way to Texas(and again on our way back) we stayed in the Roswell, La Quinta Inn and Suites. Located very close to the aliens and their space ships, I thought this would be a great place to relax and spend the night!

 The beds were very comfy!! Unfortunately, Mama woke me up WAY TOO EARLY when we were there!!

 Something about taking walkies before it got too hot! There was a nice sidewalk and plenty of grass for walking at this LQ!

...and OMD, Mama would not heel at all!! She wanted to constantly stop and take pictures of all the flowers we saw blooming!!
Mama here...this was a lovely LQ, and the newest one we have stayed at to date. The rooms were clean and updated with plenty of outlets. Let me take this time to mention that the one constant at ALL the LQ's where we stayed was the Wireless Internet. I ALWAYS had an excellent connection! I was able to upload pictures, live feed video and read photo intensive blogs with no lag!!

 While we were in New Mexico, I thought it would be a good idea to do some campaigning!
Aliens travel all over the universe, right?? Maybe they can help get my name out there!!


 I made sure to take advantage of any photo sessions they were ready to sit for! Can't hurt, right???

 New Mexico has some lots of pretty rock and scrub and big beautiful open skies!

 There were lovely mountains and plateaus.

 It was warm, but not too hot, and Mama and I took a couple of walks along the rocks.

 Of course, Mama found some Red Rock close to the New Mexico/Arizona Border. I think she has special radar for Red Rock, Covered Bridges and Lighthouses in her little Mama brain!


We had a great time driving through New Mexico and socializing with all the aliens. Daddy says he would really like to meet some aliens too, maybe we'll let him tag along next time!!

Next week, I will be back to show you all the fun Mama and I had while we were in Texas!!


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