One year ago this week, Bailie and I started our nose work adventure. Hard to believe how far we’ve come in one year! This photo was taken at our very first class. We were both clueless as to what we would be learning to do, and so was Mom. With a good year under our furs, we have the goal of getting some titles this year. Bailie and I are both on the first level of competition and hope to have our NW1 titles at some point this year. There are also element specialty trials we can title in and we will be working on those as well. Each of the four elements has their own title. The element competition is a bit different from the complete NW1 title as you can try for just one, two, three or all four elements and title in each one individually. I also hope to complete my ORT for clove, and Bailie wants to get her anise and clove done. It looks like we will be getting started with competition sometime between March and May if we can get spots. There are almost always more dogs than spots, but we will try until we get in. [Read more…]
Monday was a very exciting day for me and Mom as we were entered in our first nose work trial. Not only was it our first one, it was the first ever nose work trial to be held in Minnesota! If you have read my other nose work posts, you would know I planned on competing perhaps early next year as they say a dog needs to work with an instructor and odor for at least a year before going to a trial. Well, my nose has been really great lately, and my instructor said I could give the trial a shot if I wanted to even though I have only been working with odor for six months. Mom and I jumped at the chance. [Read more…]
Today is the one year anniversary of the FitDog Friday blog hop. It seems like it has always been around, but I guess not. I think this blog hop has been one of the forces that has help me find a direction for my blog and I am thankful for that. This may come as a surprise, but I love to have fun and be silly. I enjoy helping other dogs stay healthy through my crazy, fun adventures and FitDog Friday is a great tool for me. For my family, fitness is fun and it is a lifestyle. Now and then I get an email or comment like this one from a reader:
Hey Emma, because of your blog, our mom has been working hard at walking us a lot more. She said you wrote that good long walks help make your day calmer and happier! It sure is making our days happier. Keep up the great writing!! Your doodle friends in sunny, somewhat warm (!) Colorado.
Reading a note like this, makes Mom and I so very happy to know that I have helped other dogs and their humans find fun in staying fit and healthy! It gives my blogging work real purpose and meaning. [Read more…]
We are in a serious school mode at our house the past few months! As you know Bailie is in Obedience School. She finished level one and is now in level two. Hopefully she will pass that and move on to get her CGC. Bailie and I are in Nose Work 2, and last weekend Bailie took an intro to tracking class. Mom is really busy driving us around and helping us with all our homework! Today I wanted to tell you about what we are doing in Nose Work and then about Bailie and tracking. One other note…I keep forgetting to say a special thank you to Jodi at Heart Like A Dog. It was because of her posts about Nose Work quite a while ago that Mom started looking into the sport for us. We learn so much from our friends in Blogville, it is a wonderful community!
Remember the secret promo code – GBGV
Today I am going to howl about one of the greatest things since tennis ball flingers! I kind of feel like one of those TV infomercials, but what I am going to howl about is simply wonderful! When Mom was at Blogpaws, she stopped by the Critterzone table and was quite intrigued. These people claimed that their little box would take odors out of the air, and purify the air leaving it pretty much a neutral scent. There are no filters, things to be changed or updated, just plug it in and let it run they said. Every now and then you need to clean it by unplugging it and wiping it down, but that is quite simple to do, and they provide instructions.
Mom got home from Blogpaws, and those cats had the house stinking…you know how cats are…always so smelly, not like us dogs! Since I was not at Blogpaws, I could not tell Mom to buy one right then and there, so she had to order one, which she did. When it arrived, we plugged that baby in, let it run, and guess what? Within a few hours, no more cat box odor! It was amazing, and let me tell you, if you think a cat box smells bad to a human, try being a scent hound – really stinky!
Not only is this great for home odors, but they sell 2 different Critterzone units, and one can be used in the car! When you order you can either opt for the unit that plugs right into the wall, or you can get the one with a 10 ft. cord, and then order the car adapter. We went for the unit with the cord because we wanted the car adapter, and we needed to set it on the counter a few feet from the outlet.
We have the house smelling great now, but the car is a problem. Mom takes us dogs with her a lot, and many times we get wet, dirty, and generally “outdoorsy smelling”. Hard to believe, but many humans dislike that “outdoorsy aroma”, which is where the Critterzone with car adapter comes in handy! Just plug it into your cigarette lighter, and let it run – in no time your car is odor free!
Let’s not take a nap just yet, there are a few more things about the Critterzone I need to bark about. It helps reduce the allergens in the air! Having a house guest with a pet allergy? Crank your unit up to high, and let it clear the air in the guest room! Your Critterzone can also filter out germs if someone comes down with a cold, or the flu in your home. Use your unit to take the “musty” out of your basement, the “dinner smell” out of the kitchen – the uses are endless! We are going to get another unit or two now that we know how great they work!
One unit purifies about 800 square feet in your home, and yes, the unit is small, but it does a big job! Take a look at this short clip to see how this is possible.
Now for that secret promo code GBGV! If you go to the Critterzone site, and place an order, use the secret promo code GBGV at check out to get $10 off your purchase! Make sure you choose the right unit(s), the wall unit without the cord, or the corded unit, and don’t forget the car adapter. They do have a 30 day money back guarantee policy, but I wouldn’t return mine if they offered me Bully Sticks! If you have pets, you do have pet odor, but not for long if you get a Critterzone unit – why keep trying to cover the odor, when you can just eliminate it! In my review of this product I did not find any negatives, only positives.