A Progressively Sleepy Puppy

Maddux just cannot keep his eyes open! 


Maddux's First Sleepover and Hockey Game

Last night we went to visit my friend Jen and her dog, Jenks. Toby has been to her place before, but not Maddux. 

We took Maddux and Jenks to the Albany Deviil's Pucks N' Paws event, where the dogs can attend the hockey game, and proceeds go to support a local rescue group. It was so much fun! 

Not only was it fun, but it was also a good experience for Maddux. The more experiences he has as a puppy, the better. He was so good --sitting on my lap for the whole game, and going great in Jen's car with Jenks. 

Speaking of Jenks, Maddux loves him. It was so cute to watch him want to play with him. At night, he even wanted to snuggle with him. 

It was also Maddux's first sleep over. I really did not realize this fact until after him, Toby and I were driving to Jen's. While he has been doing pretty well at home and my Dad's, he is still  6-month-old puppy. 

He did fabulous! Going to Jen's was like second nature to him. He quickly adjusted to her place and made himself totally comfortable. 

Although I did crate him when we went out to dinner and breakfast, he was out with us the rest of the time, and had no accidents and did grerat. 

It likely helped that Toby was with him at Jen's and that e had previously met both of them, but I was still prretty impressed at how chill he was. 


Maddux aka Bubba Is Playing in the Puppy Bowl

We have some super exciting news to share! Maddux is in the starting lineup for Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl. And, if you play their fantasy game, he is also draftable! 

That is his starting line up photo.

And, here he is on the fantasy page. 

And, if you go to create a teram, you can draft him! 

You might notice he has a different name. His original name was Bubba, but we changed it to Maddux. 

I will hopefully be able to share more detail, soon, but for now head on over to Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl page, and draft your team, as well as check out all the puppies in the starting line up! 


Maddux's First Christmas

Christmas time wirth Toby is so much fun. He absolutely loves to open presents. So, this year, having two little dogs able to open presents made me super excited. 

It was also Maddux's first Christmas, literally, not just with us. While Toby was born in December, we did not get him until April. Maddux, however, was born in June, so he got to celebrate his first Christmas with us. 

That is a lot of pressure! 

As you can see from the photos, I think he has lots of fun. I know his brother Toby did! 

There is really cute video of them opening their first presents on our Facebook page, too. At first Maddux had no clue what to do. Then, Toby would open the present and Maddux would take it and move it out of the way to go play with it. 

It was super cute. 

How was your Christmas? 



Growing up, my Mom's dog Zookie was never allowed on the bed. Technically, she wasn't allowed on the furniture either, but as she was well into her teens that changed, because my mom would let her sit with one of us. 

When I got Toby, I was still living full-time at my Dad's and I'm not sure when it was allowed, but I'd say after a erg short amount of time Toby was allowed up on the couch -- whether we were sitting on it or not. He was always slept in his crate until after he was neutered. It was about the same time he could sleep through the night, and that was when my bed became his.

With Maddux, he was pretty well crate-trained when I got him, and after two months with me, he is pretty well housebroken, too. Some accidents, but not many. The test for me was a week withou accidents while he was out and then we would try letting him sleep in bed with me and Toby. 

Well, that time was a few days ago. I was ridiculously nervous (is anyone surprised at that, really...lol) but everything seems to be going super well! 

They are still trying to figure out exactly how to sleep, but that's fine. Toby usually sleeps curled in between my stomach and my chest, or leghnth wise wth his leg on my leg and his paws around it. 

The first night Maddux slept at my feet. It worked well. But then the second night, he had to touching me and Toby so he layed between my face and Toby's butt. Last night, he curled in on the other side of Toby between him and my leg/stomach. 

I'm sure they will figure it out, but it's going a lot better than I thought it would. I tried to document the milestone, but try photographing a black dog in a dark toon and on brown sheets. So, here's my best shot.... 

For his part, Maddux has slept through the night and, it seems like, loves snuggling and sleeping in the bed. 

If you let your pets sleep with you, when did you start letting them?


Snuggly Maddux

I always say that Maddux is not very snuggly. 

This happened last night, and of course proves me wrong. 

He fell asleep in the top position for about an hour, and then moved into the other two positions half asleep in the duration of about 10 minutes. I was trying not to laugh and wake him up, but he was pretty funny. 


It's Starting to Look A Lot Like Christmas

As many of you know, I am not a big fan of dog clothing, but on a Black Friday trip to a pet store, I found some wearable items at a deep discount that I thought would make hilarious photos, which I am a big fan of. 

Getting them to stay still for these photos required my dad's help in some cases. But, the ridiculous amount I spent on these items were well worth it. 

Hope you enjoy these as much I did! 

I also bought them these collars, which try will be wearing throughout the holiday season. (More accurately likely, St. Patrick's Day when I remember to take them off) 

Maddux has on the red and Toby is wearing the green right now. But, I can't get them to stay still for a photo! :) 


Kurgo's Surf n Turf Dog Coat

We recently had the opportunity to select a Kurgo item to review. We chose their Surf n Turf life vest and coat in one. 

Living in the mountains and enjoying both winter and summer activities, one jacket that can satusfy both was very appealing to me. 

First, lets start with the quality of the product. It is good, and I usually find a lot of faults with many pet products. Thier size is spot-on. In most cases I have to get Toby a medium becuase he is long, and no matter what the size chart says, a small never fits him, even thiught that is really what he should be wearing.m

So when I ordered a medium and it arrived, and was way too big for him, I was really surprised. Their sizes are actually "normal." They were super nice and sent me the small, and It fit Toby perfectly. 

It covered his back and fit nicely around him. 

I really like the adjustable neck strap and the adjustable straps around the belly. It makes making sure it fits him properly a breeze. 

Another design element I really like is that it doesnt come too far up his neck when he sits. Sometimes, lifevests come right up to his chin and he looks totally uncomfortable. 

The vest, and coat, combo seems very sturdy. Since its winter, we clearly didn't get to use it in the kayak, but there are times, like when Toby decides he wants to take a random dip in the water and then feeaks out, that I need to pull him out using the handle on the top of the vest. When I tried it, it didn't feel like Toby was unsteady, or going to fall out of it at all. It held him nicely. 

What I really likeis that I can  easily remove the the flotation layer and it can be used as a wateproof coat. This, we did try, in all the recent rain, and it worked well. An added benfit, which I have not tried yet, but it is available is that the Kurgo Wander Coat can be inserted into the shell for extra warm during cold months. 

In addition to practical use, could see this being very beneficial on a long road trip, that included various climates.  It is one coast that solves multitude of problems. 


Pooping Tinsel

Toby has never had interest in a Christmas tree. Maybe it was because it was fake and never had a smell, but he could care less. From what I remember even as a puppy he was uninterested. 

Maddux, however is a different story. 

Maybe he just doesnt like the way I have it decorated, but he has successfully removed all the bottom garland pieces. Its a little hard to blame anyone else but him, when it comes to tree desruction.well, and, because I have caught him in the act several times. 

And, yes, he did poop tinsel, it was not just a creative blog post title.m
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