Raewatch

Mommy has been my Mommy, protector, provider, guardian, advocate, best friend, exercise partner, shopping gal pal, photographer, nap buddy, fashion assistant, and many other roles since I was born. She loves watching me grow and evolve and she calls that “Raewatch.” Mommy has been on Raewatch since the day I arrived in her arms. In addition, when I run in slow-motion, it reminds her of the opening credits to the TV show Baywatch, which sounds just like Raewatch. Therefore, the theme of my 10th birthday is Raewatch. Everything related to my party and big day is going to be beachy and surfer-esque. Mommy made this video so we can relive our best memories and so you, too, can catch a glimpse of my first 10 years!

Since my birthday isn’t actually until October 26, I’m sure I’ll be writing a lot more about it!

XO- RH

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Unflavored Gelatin with Coconut Water Recipe (for Dogs)

Unflavored Gelatin with Coconut Water Recipe (for Dogs)It seems like fall is right around the corner but we’re still in summer mode here, listening to the Beach Boys and drinking coconut water! When I do that, it’s just like I’m on the beach…sort of.

This recipe has a different twist from the first two recipes that I posted. Instead of using water as the liquid in the gelatin, we used…COCONUT WATER to add flavor! It makes me feel like I’m vacationing in paradise!

I helped make the gelatin AND I taste-tested it. It’s extremely good and very easy to prepare!

Ingredients:

1/4 cup cold coconut water

1 package of unflavored gelatin

3/4 cup of boiling coconut water

Directions: Pour 1/4 cup of cold or room temperature coconut water into a Pyrex dish. Sprinkle the package of gelatin on top of the coconut water. Pour 3/4 cup of boiling coconut water on top of the gelatin and cold coconut water. Mix the ingredients until the gelatin powder has dissolved. Put the dish into the refrigerator for about 3 hours. Cut the gelatin into veterinarian-recommended sizes and doses. Enjoy!

NOTE: I AM NOT A VETERINARY PROFESSIONAL. CHECK WITH YOUR VET BEFORE FEEDING GELATIN TO YOUR DOG. CHECK WITH YOUR VET TO DETERMINE HOW MUCH GELATIN YOUR DOG SHOULD EAT PER DAY. 

I hope you enjoy this recipe! Let me know what you think. I’d love to hear feedback.

XO- RH

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Unflavored Gelatin with Cheese Recipe (for Dogs)

Unflavored Gelatin with Cheese Recipe (for Dogs)I couldn’t wait a full week to make more gelatin and I’m so excited to share this with you guys! Just a few days after my last YouTube video and blog post, I tried another recipe.

Mommy and I included cheese this time and, boy oh boy, do I love cheese! I’ve been eating this over the last few days and it is soooo good!

Ingredients:

1/4 cup cold water

1 package of unflavored gelatin

3/4 cup of boiling water

2 slices cheddar cheese, 2 slices Gouda cheese, 2 slices Swiss cheese

Directions: Pour 1/4 cup of cold water into a Pyrex dish. Sprinkle the package of gelatin on top of the water. Pour 3/4 cup of boiling water on top of the gelatin and cold water. Mix the ingredients until the gelatin powder has dissolved. Take the cheese slices and cut them into tiny bits. Stir the cheese into the gelatin mix until the pieces are evenly distributed. Put the dish into the refrigerator for about 3 hours. Cut the gelatin into veterinarian-recommended sizes and doses. Enjoy!

NOTE: I AM NOT A VETERINARY PROFESSIONAL. CHECK WITH YOUR VET BEFORE FEEDING GELATIN TO YOUR DOG. CHECK WITH YOUR VET TO DETERMINE HOW MUCH GELATIN YOUR DOG SHOULD EAT PER DAY. 

Visit my blog within the next day or 2 because I already have my next gelatin video ready to be uploaded! You won’t want to miss it!

XO- RH

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Unflavored Gelatin with Blueberries Recipe (for Dogs)

Unflavored Gelatin with Blueberries Recipe (for Dogs)I posted a few photos on Instagram and Facebook that have to do with making and snacking on gelatin because of the benefits that gelatin may provide for animal wellness. I promised to post a video and share the recipe with all of you. It was soooo good and I’m looking forward to having some more tomorrow!

In this video, I…I mean, my YouTube Production Assistant, describes how we made our gelatin this week. Don’t worry! It’s easy!

Ingredients:

1/4 cup cold water

1 package of gelatin

3/4 cup of boiling water

12-15 blueberries

Directions: Pour 1/4 cup of cold water into a Pyrex dish. Sprinkle the package of gelatin on top of the water. Pour 3/4 cup of boiling water on top of the gelatin and cold water. Mix the ingredients until the gelatin powder has dissolved. Take 12-15 blueberries and mush them until they are the consistency of baby food. Stir the blueberries into the gelatin mix until the blueberries are evenly distributed. Put the dish into the refrigerator for about 3 hours. Cut the gelatin into veterinarian-recommended sizes and doses. Enjoy!

NOTE: I AM NOT A VETERINARY PROFESSIONAL. CHECK WITH YOUR VET BEFORE FEEDING GELATIN TO YOUR DOG. CHECK WITH YOUR VET TO DETERMINE HOW MUCH GELATIN YOUR DOG SHOULD EAT PER DAY. 

I’m going to be sharing new recipes each week so stay tuned here AND subscribe to my YouTube channel. I hope you like my first video and recipe!

XO- RH

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National Dog Day 2014

Today is August 26, National Dog Day 2014. It also happens to my 9 year and 10 month birthday but that’s a different topic. National Dog Day is a really fun day because I’ve seen more photos of my friends today than on most days.

National Dog Day 2014 1

However, just like many holidays, National Dog Day really shouldn’t be different from any other day of the year. I’m celebrated 365 (or 366!) days per year. Mommy loves having the responsibility and honor of making sure that I feel special EVERY single day. She can be in a sad mood. She can be sick. She can be extremely busy. None of those things (or anything, for that matter) interfere with the way she cares for me. That said, she did get me a special little something to acknowledge today. She got me a Puppuccino from Starbucks and it was yum in the tum!

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On this day and every day, I wish you a very happy, loving, and fulfilling DOG DAY!

XO- RH (& Mommy, too!)

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My Photo Challenge for Mommy

dark & sad?

dark & sad?

A few days ago, I gave Mommy a challenge. Since we take a LOT of pictures, we use Instagram a lot. Our Instagram photos are taken with Mommy’s iPhone. Since we use her iPhone so much, she has been using her Canon 7D a lot less often than she should be using it and a lot less often than she wants to be using it.

When I really thought about this, I decided that I was going to challenge Mommy to post 1 photo of me on Instagram per day for the next 30 days using her DSLR. You can see more information about the challenge here.

dark and crooked mouth?

dark and crooked mouth?

When I challenged Mommy, I didn’t really know what I was doing. I kind of thought that I would just be encouraging her to use her 7D more. I didn’t realize that she TOTALLY forgot all of its function and settings! I don’t know if she realized that either. As such, I’ve been doing quite a lot of modeling.

Let’s take tonight, for example. Mommy and I went outside so she could take a photo for day 4 of 30. Can you guess how many photos she took before she got one that she wanted to post to Instagram? 6? 17? 29? 41? 52? 61? 70? Yes. She took 70 photos.

dark and...GREEN?

dark and…GREEN?

I figured I’d let this post serve as a bit of a “behind the scenes” glimpse into what really goes into each photo that Mommy posts as part of this challenge. The photos in this post are the “OMIGOD MOMMY WHAT ARE YOU DOING?” photos. The somewhat decent photos are the ones that I post to Instagram. The ones that are part of the photo challenge are labeled as such.

If you’d like to join us on this photo challenge, feel free. My username on Instagram is @raeganhuston and you can find my account by clicking this link.

XO- RH

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Life with an Instagram Addicted Brother, by Max

Hi everybody, my name is Max. You probably don’t know me, and that’s because this is my very first time writing a blog…actually, it’s my first time on a computer! If I have any typos, I’m sorry…my paws are slowly adjusting to these tiny keys.

You probably know my little brother, Koa. He borrows Mommy and Daddy’s phone to use this thing called Instagram, where he has apparently made thousands of new friends across the world in a few months. I have no idea how that’s possible. I can’t even make a friend at the dog park.

Anyway, Mommy and Daddy adopted me from the cold, terrible shelter last October. They decided my new birthday would be that day, October 25th.

So basically… I’ve been on this Earth for almost seven years now. Back when I was born, I didn’t have anything called Instagram or Facebook to keep track of cool pictures and videos of myself as I grew up. But nowadays, that’s what all these kids are doing!  I always see my little brother taking selfies, or Mommy taking boring videos of him playing with a toy. Who would want to see that?! Well, apparently a lot of people…

Koa always bothers me to take pictures with him. I don’t really know why…I mean, I live with him and he sees me every second of the day (if I leave the room for just a second, he starts barking…ugh, little brothers are such a pain), so why does he need so many photos!?

I’m an easygoing dog. I don’t even like toys. Mommy bought me one toy for Easter. She thought maybe I would play with it one day, so she bought it for me just in case. It was a blue rubber bunny, shaped like those candy Peeps you see all over Target (I’ve never been in Target, but Mommy says they are literally everywhere during Easter time).  I really did like my toy, but I didn’t show it by playing with it…I showed it by hiding it and always keeping it in my bed, because that’s the one place my little brother is NOT allowed to go!  Then one day that little guy stole my blue toy and kept it as his own… I didn’t mind it, but a couple months later, he ended up chewing on it too much and breaking it, so Mommy threw it away. Darn little brothers.

My point is, I don’t get why everyone needs to take pictures of everything and then post them! I mean, I live a great life without this Instagram thing. I was in a shelter for so long, stuck in a cage all day surrounded by noisy dogs. Now, I’m in my wonderful air-conditioned forever home, and I spend my days relaxing in bed and enjoying long walks outside. Now THAT’S living the life!

Your friend, Max

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Introducing Guest Blogger, Max!

Max on left

You guys! This is so cool! Do you all remember Koa? He and I met on Instagram. I’m like a big sister (not a bossy one) to him and he’s like a baby brother (not an annoying one) to me. I think he’s soooo cute! I mentioned him in a blog post or two and organized a Run for Koa (an international virtual run set for the date of Koa’s own first post-leg-amputation run).

Well, Koa has an older brother named Max! Max isn’t really into Instagram and I was curious about what he thought about Koa’s Instagram activity. I talk to Koa just about every day so either earlier today or yesterday I asked Koa if Max would like to do a guest blog post about his thoughts. He said yes! I was really excited!

Max on right

He wrote VERY quickly and did such an awesome job! I’m going to publish the post tomorrow but first I wanted to introduce Max to you so you know who he is when you see his article. As always, I hope you’ll welcome my new guest blogger with open arms and lots of enthusiasm!

I’ve already read Max’s post and I GUARANTEE that you’re going to love it as much as I do! Max said that he’s never blogged before but I’m not so sure that I believe him because he’s a fantastic writer!

Welcome to my blog, Max! I’m looking forward to publishing your post!

XO- RH

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My Dental Care

My Dental Care 1In November, Mommy made an appointment for me to get my teeth cleaned. Even though she brushed my teeth regularly, she knew that it wasn’t enough because my teeth were still dirty. When she made the appointment with the dentist, she knew I would need extractions. She was nervous about the anesthesia and possible infections but she really wasn’t worried about me losing teeth.

We both know dogs who have had ALL their teeth removed, despite every effort to keep them healthy. They’ve gone on to eat hard foods normally and their lives didn’t change at all. When the dentist called Mommy to tell her that I was out of the procedure, all she kept asking was, “Did she do OK with the anesthesia?” “Is she coming out of the anesthesia?” “What is she doing now? Has she opened her eyes?My Dental Care 2 Has she lifted her head?” “How were her vitals while she was under anesthesia?” On that day, I had 14 extractions.

I bet you’re thinking that I lost a LOT of teeth. I still have two thirds of my teeth so, seriously, it’s not a big deal. In fact, not having those teeth makes things SO much easier for us! My teeth were really cramped in my mouth and now they have more room. They’re also easier for Mommy to brush. As an extra bonus, my dentist asked Mommy on a date!

Some of you guys know that I’m looking for a Daddy and even sometimes embarrass Mommy about it. I’ve never had a Daddy before and I really want one. I gave the dentist 14 teeth and he gave Mommy dinner and wine. I was really happy with that arrangement. Not only did Mommy get to see if he was a potential Daddy but she also spent an evening with someone who really wanted to talk My Dental Care 3about my teeth and gums! Mommy knows that she’ll never again go out to dinner with someone who has ANY interest in talking about my teeth.

Anyway, back to my dental care…

When Mommy picked me up from my dental appointment, I was a little out of it. I was NOT in pain. I was a little confused but it wasn’t because I was hurting. The anesthesia just kept me kind of tired for about 18 hours. Mommy gave me painkillers as prescribed and we cuddled sooooo much which, of course, was a natural painkiller.

The dentist taught Mommy a lot:

  • My teeth need to be cleaned every day. Once a week isn’t enough. Imagine taking food and smearing a small layer of it on a countertop. Do that every day for 7 days and THEN wipe the food off. It’ll be tough to clean, right? Well, if you wipe the layer of food off every day, it’s pretty easy! We now pay greater attention to dental care and tend toMy Dental Care 4 my teeth every day.
  • The most important part of teeth cleaning is the friction against the tooth. It isn’t necessarily the type of toothpaste that you use (NO HUMAN TOOTHPASTE, THOUGH!!) or the type of toothbrush. In fact, my dentist recommended that Mommy wrap a piece of gauze around her finger, put some dog toothpaste on it and rub each tooth with the gauze. Mommy asked why he suggested that and he said that if you use your finger, you’ll definitely be able to make sure that you clean each and every tooth.
  • You can make your own toothpaste out of a paste of baking soda and water. We haven’t done this but it’s something that we’ll probably try at some point. Again, the most important thing is the rubbing motion against the teeth and gums.

My Dental Care 5Since I’m writing this post by request, I want to be as thorough as possible with how I take care of my teeth now. Essentially, I have two sets of dental products. One set is made by Arm & Hammer. I have their toothpaste, their dental gel, some of their toothbrushes (both a regular toothbrush and a finger brush), and their spray.

The other set is made by PetzLife. I use their oral care gel and their oral care spray. When I use the PetzLife products, I just use gauze, an Arm & Hammer toothbrush, or one of my Princess toothbrushes. I don’t have the PetzLife toothbrush but we might try it when I need to get a new one.

Here is our process for using the Arm & Hammer products:

  • Rub (usually with Mommy’s finger) the gel onto my teeth and gums. Wait a few minutes.
  • Brush my teeth with the toothpaste. Mommy usually puts a little bit of toothpaste on the toothbrush at a time. IfMy Dental Care 6 she uses too much, it makes a mess. Mommy knows the areas in my mouth that tend to get dirty so we pay special attention to those areas. If Mommy really feels like she’s missed an area or if she isn’t sure if she reached a certain tooth, she’ll wrap some gauze around her finger, put some toothpaste on it, and clean that tooth with gauze. If this is your first time with teeth cleaning, use the gauze. Rub each tooth and take notice of any light brown stuff that wipes off. Yuck, right?
  • Brush my tongue. This is easy because I constantly lick my toothbrush or gauze!
  • Make sure that there isn’t anything stuck in my teeth. If there is, Mommy flosses those teeth.
  • Finish off with the spray. Mommy makes sure to spray the upper and lower gums and teeth.
  • Withhold food and water for about an hour.

Here is our process for using the PetzLife products:

  • My Dental Care 7Mommy usually applies the gel to her finger and rubs it over my teeth and gums.
  • Then she puts the gel onto a toothbrush or gauze and rubs each tooth individually, paying special attention to teeth that look like they might have some build-up.
  • Brush my tongue. This happens naturally because I like the gauze, toothbrush, or Mommy’s finger a lot.
  • Make sure that there isn’t anything stuck in my teeth and floss as necessary.
  • Finish off with the spray. Spray directly onto the gums and teeth.
  • Withhold food and water for about an hour.

It probably isn’t necessary to use two types of products on my teeth. We usually use one for a few weeks and then switch. We want to give the active ingredients a real chance to work beforeMy Dental Care 8 switching but, at the same time, we don’t want to create any buildup from either of the brands. As Mommy says, it’s like how she cleans and conditions her hair. She switches her shampoo and conditioner every few days to make sure that she isn’t building up any product residue from a particular brand. Now that I think about it, she alternates between Colgate and Crest for her teeth!

This last part has NOT necessarily been vet approved but it works for me. Mommy has two dental scrapers. She does NOT use them as scrapers exactly but if her nails are weak and she needs to pick a bit of plaque off, she will VERY GENTLY use a scraper to remove it. We use this with EXTREME CAUTION as we would never want to scrape off any of my enamel. That said, they get into certain areas that are too small for Mommy’s nails. We use them very gingerly, almost like how a human My Dental Care 9would use a toothpick (not that Mommy has ever used a toothpick…haha…Can you imagine Mommy walking around with a toothpick in her mouth? LOL!!). 

I’m trying to think about any more information that I can share but I think what I’ve written just about covers it. Oh, I will write one more thing. There are a lot of dog toothbrushes for sale online and at stores. To be honest, my favorite toothbrush has always been a human child’s pink Princess toothbrush. They’re smaller than dog toothbrushes and Mommy and I actually think that they cover the surface of my teeth better.

This might seem like a lot of work but once you get into a routine, it really doesn’t take long. After my dental work, it first took us about 15 minutes every night.My Dental Care 10 We just weren’t in sync and everything seemed to take us forever. Now Mommy can clean my teeth in 5 minutes. She cleans them when she brushes her teeth before bed. My dental supplies are where her dental supplies are so we get ready for bed together. Keeping my things with hers helps us remember that my teeth need attention, too. I think that if Mommy kept my items somewhere else, she might get a bit forgetful. It’s pretty tough for her to forget, though, when she opens the cabinet and sees more of MY dental products than dental products of her own!

Good luck, everyone! Happy teeth cleaning! Cheers to healthy dental hygiene!

XO- RH

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My First Starbucks Puppuccino

My First Starbucks Puppuccino1I said I’d write this blog post a few weeks ago but I’ve been really busy (mostly with babysitting my cockapoo Aunt Molly Belle). I’m finally getting to writing now, though. It’s better late than never, right?

This post is about my very first Starbucks puppuccino. One of my Instagram friends inspired me to come up with a Dog Days of Summer Bucket List. Her list included getting her first Starbucks puppuccino. I loved the idea of a summer bucket list so I made one for myself and getting a puppuccino was one of the items on the list.

Mommy andMy First Starbucks Puppuccino2 I had to find a Starbucks that had a drive-thru because Mommy definitely couldn’t leave me in the car to get me my drink/snack. The drive-thru was about 10-15 minutes away so that’s where we went. Mommy got a skinny vanilla latte and she asked for a puppuccino for me. The barista at the drive-thru didn’t know what Mommy was talking about so she just asked for a cup of whipped cream, which is what a puppuccino is.

We paid, got our drinks, and pulled into a parking spot. That’s when the fun began! Mommy & I got out of the car. Her coffee was hot so that stayed inside the car. My puppuccino was ready to be enjoyed, though! Mommy opened the lid and let me My First Starbucks Puppuccino4have some little licks to see if I liked it. OF COURSE I LIKED IT! It was delicious!

Over the next few minutes, I thoroughly worked on my puppuccino. I was pretty neat about it but Mommy still used wipes on me after I was done. She put the wipes in the puppuccino cup, put the lid back on, and threw everything away. It was a REALLY fun (and clean!) outing!

I hope I get another puppuccino this summer and, from the way Mommy talks about it, I think I will! If you’ve never had a Puppuccino before (and if your belly can tolerate whipped cream), you should totally try one! They’re fabulous!

XO- RH

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