Frodo and the Fridge

Frodo March 2015

Does your dog tap the fridge to request peanut butter?¬†Yes, Frodo is very spoiled. But he’s also well trained!

Since Frodo has a lot of issues with allergies, he frequently gets peanut-butter-topped-benadryl. What, you didn’t know this was a thing? It’s a thing. Trust me.

When it’s time for benadryl, all it takes is one of us getting the bottle out of the cabinet and he runs to us and sits down, eager to enjoy it. We made tapping the fridge and “finding” the peanut butter part of the game, so he’s thrilled to have his medicine.

Yes, Frodo is a very good dog…! It’s a joy to spoil him ūüôā

Lions Dog Park in Lake Havasu City, Arizona – 4 Paws Up

Our poor dog. In the last few weeks we have traveled through Arizona, Nevada, California, and now Arizona again – and in that time he has¬†not set his paws-to-grass. Thankfully he’s fairly adaptable and was able to adjust to rock gardens but still… he’s a dog! He likes grass! We were also quite busy moving out of one RV into another, in a very tight timeframe. I think Frodo was feeling neglected. It was way past time to get this dog to a DOG PARK!

Thankfully, we discovered Lions Dog Park in Lake Havasu City, Arizona!

Lions Dog Park in Lake Havasu City, Arizona

The off-leash area was HUGE, and very well cared for – and – it has grass. In Arizona! Real grass in a dog park! Sadly we’ve seen too many parks recently labeled “dog park” that were sand pits – um – that doesn’t count!

It was really awesome to have such a large area where we were allowed to let Frodo just be himself. He’s very well behaved and loves socializing (in the photo below, he had just greeted the man on the bench, before running back to us).

Frodo Having Fun

And Frodo makes friends everywhere he goes, this was just one of his playmates today.

Frodo and a Friend

Since Frodo got to run and greet people and dogs, he was able to wear himself out from play. It’s a great thing to see him tired from playing! A tired dog is a happy dog!

A Tired Dog is a Happy Dog

We may stay in¬†Lake Havasu City for a few days so I hope to have an opportunity to take him back to this park. If you are traveling with your dog, Lions Dog Park¬†a must-visit park! Frodo gives it 4 paws up! For real, he’s sleeping on his back snoring right now, all paws in the air. It was really nice to give him a good play day!

On a Cold Winter’s Day

It was cold today. I mean, really, really cold. I wanted to take my camera outside to play, but it was so cold, I realized I needed to Google for minimum operating temperatures for my camera Рwhich means Рwhat on earth was I thinking?

Back up. It was NOT time to go outside. No, it was time to stay inside, and snuggle with my dog. He’s a pro at snuggling, see? Perhaps, it was also a good time to play with Photoshop…

Frodo ChillingNo animals were harmed in the post-processing of this photo. 

2014: A Year in Review (Photo Journal)

When you have two photography enthusiasts in one household, you end up with a lot of photos. ¬†2014 is ending, leaving me with over 1000 photos in my Lightroom archives and that’s just the photos I kept. Most of what I take ends up in the trash bin. And of course, that’s just me – this doesn’t include the photos Dave takes as well! However Dave is more judicious with his shutter button, so he doesn’t have to hit ‘delete’ as often as I do.

With all these photos locked away in our computers, I thought it would be interesting to share some of our best photos from the year, but I wanted to keep the list to TEN. Do you have any idea how difficult that was? I see some interesting “Throwback Thursday” posts in my future where I intend to sneak some more in, but for the Top 10…. here they are:

March 29, 2014
March 29, 2014: Sharon, with a camera in hand (of course)! Photo taken by Dave.

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Wool Dryer Balls – As Dog Toys?

Static – please, please go away!¬†Yes, it’s winter. I know. But I can’t stand stiff, static-filled clothing. Since most dryer sheets aren’t safe for those of us lucky individuals with a corn-allergy (ahem), we just kind of live with the static.

Wool Dryer Balls

I was aware of dryer balls as a concept but hadn’t tried them, and besides, I thought they only came in plastic. Since I wasn’t eager to listen to non-stop thumping, I’ve ignored that option.¬†As it turns out, dryer balls are also available in WOOL! The dryer balls are JUST wool – nothing else. Since I have no issues with wool sensitivity, I thought we’d give them a try.

When we opened the package, our dog Frodo perked up, and went into his little beggar’s stance. He WANTED what was in the package. Dave held up one of the dryer balls so Frodo could smell it, and that’s all it took. He kind of went nuts. It’s a little tough to see in the picture, but he rubbed it all over his head. Really, he is a very intelligent dog, you’ll just have to take my word for it.

The joy of a new toy

So of course, being good doggie parents, we let him have one to play with – I mean, it can’t be any worse than the polyfill he ends up eating from his toys.

Wool Balls as a Dog Toy

So far, Frodo hasn’t managed to ingest any of the wool, so it’s already lasted longer than most of his stuffed toys – and he still totally digs it! I much prefer throwing a wool ball around the house for him to fetch than a tennis ball, so I’m a little excited he is so happy about his new “toy”.

And as far as what we purchased them for? Yes, they do actually reduce static and make clothes dry a little faster! So yes, we’re giving 4 paws up for Wool Dryer Balls in our house house!