Monday, November 2, 2015

Harlow's First USDAA Agility Trial - advice needed!

Good Dog Agility sponsored USDAA agility trail this past weekend and I entered Harlow.  While we didn't place we definitely had a great time and I learned a lot!
Driving to the show...
Waiting our turn...
Making new friends...
Sleep pup!
So my question...

Harlow is EXTREMELY friendly and is easily distracted by people she wants to make friends with, which is just about everyone.  While she is getting better at practice, it really comes out in trials where she is seeing a lot of new faces.  Here is the important part:

Harlow prefers people to treats and toys.  Even if I have some tasty morsel or her favorite toy, she will always run over to people to make friends. 

Any suggestions on how I can redirect her enthusiasm?  She has a wonderful recall (except for in the ring) and just minutes before I went in with her we were practicing it.  Everyone I ask starts with "take a treat" or "grab a toy", and that just won't work with her.  Take a look at the video below - you'll see what I mean. 

If the video won't play, click on this link here.  Thanks, everyone!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Part 1 - Chewy Review reached out to us earlier this month and asked if we would do a special review for them on Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets FortiFlora Probiotic Dog Supplement.  After a little research on the product, we agreed.
Why did we agree?  

As Monty has gotten a little older, his stomach has gotten a little more sensitive.  While we are careful to watch what he eats, Monty sometimes helps himself to forbidden items.  Tissues are one of his favorites.  Additionally, loud noises (fireworks, thunder) scare him and his vet-prescribed meds can give him a marvelous case of the runs afterwards.

To my amazement, on the website, this product has received 231 comments, with 229 folks recommending this product.  I checked out a couple of other websites and saw that this product consistently brings in good reviews. 

This product is also amazingly affordable on the website.  Right now it is going for $20.26, with it's normal price being $25.99

Forti-Flora is a probiotic. If you are not too familiar, probiotics are live microorganisms that, when ingested, have beneficial effect on intestinal function by promoting improved intestinal microbial balance. The probiotic used in FortiFlora is Enterococcus Faecium SF 68. Nestle Purina has been conducting research in the area of probiotics since it opened in 1987 in Lausanne, Switzerland. It was one of the first research centers in the world to look at the molecular interaction of probiotic bacteria with intestinal cells. Since then, Nestle has published over 200 articles on it probiotics research.

FortiFlora helps to re-establish a normal microflora balance in the gastrointestinal tract. The beneficial bacteria help to nourish the intestinal cells ad protect against the colonization by pathogenic bacteria, which can cause diarrhea. In general, FortiFlora should be given once a day for 30 days.

 What did we get?

This product is amazingly easy to use!  In each box, there are 30 individual packets - one for each day.  The packets are small and are meant to be sprinkled over your dog's food.  We were a little worried about Monty eating it, since our boy is picky about his food, but he has no issues at all with it.
If you notice, this is Part 1 of this review. has asked us to take a month to evaluate it.  Monty has been using this product for several days now and we will be publishing Part 2 shortly.  Thank you, for giving us an opportunity to review this product!

...and of course - our handsome Monty thanks you!
Thank you,!

Disclaimer:  How Sam Sees It has not been compensated for this product review. We received a product to review.  We have no connection with the brand and were not influenced in our opinions. Our opinions are strictly our own.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Kitchen 56 and AZGRC

Yesterday we decided to join the folks at Arizona Golden Retriever Connection for brunch at Kitchen 56.  Since Monty is not fond of large crowds, we decided that he and Aaron would stay behind (watching a Walking Dead marathon - brrrr) and Harlow and I would head out to brunch.

Of course, Harlow couldn't wait for us to get there....  (Photo safely taken in our driveway!)
We dere yet, da Momma?
 She had special bows to wear...
Da scary ones!  Boo!
 It's always good to see everyone and their pups!
Being loved on - just like ours!
 Look at this handsome boy!  Just 9 months old!

Harlow got a little sad waiting for people to adore her.... (It was only 30 seconds!)
Nobody loves da Harlow.  Sigh...
 I told her to focus on her new friends...
Dis new puppy and da Princess get along well.

What's dat, da Momma?

Jasper - the incredibly cute puppy!
 Harlow gave him a crash course in being a prince...
Demand da treats at all times, little Princeling...
 Seriously, cute!

Harlow got lots of loving too!  (Despite the 30 second earlier when no one petted her!)
Dat's da spot!

Yessss, da chin....
 You can tell she was relaxed...
 ....and the smile returned!
 Have you ever seen a happier pup?
 Showing off her bows...
Love my happy girl!

Simon - Harlow really likes him!
 AZGRC recently rescued some lucky pups from Taiwan.  Just look at this smoochable face!

Of course, even the Princess gets tired - this is always a sure sign to wrap it up.  Our temps are still hovering around 90.  Brunch was wrapping up and Harlow was telling me it was time.
Need nap....
 I can always tell when she has had a good day.  Take a look in the backseat...
Still smiling!