I’m Playing Again!

I don’t know what’s come over me but all of a sudden, I have the urge to play with toys again for the first time since Macy got here (July 2015).

Not only have I been playing with toys again but I actually played tug-of-war WITH Macy for the first time ever.

Mom almost fainted.

Don’t mind the barking in the background. That’s just Molly freaking out because we were growling at each other. She’s protective!

Anywho, this is just a short post. Had to make sure everyone knew we were still here. I hope to post more this week.

*ear licks*

Sweet Relief!

Ladies and gentleman, pups, kitties, bunnies, guinea pigs, pigs, and all other friends, I, Noodle the Schnoodle, have an amazing announcement!

I got something that FINALLY makes my itchies stop!!!!

Those of you that know Sam and Ms. Monika over at Tails Around the Ranch might remember that they posted a homemade salve recipe a few weeks ago. Mom and I told them they should go into business making it and selling it to all the itchy pups of Blogville. Well, Ms. Monika, being the amazing Ms. Monika she is, sent me some of my very own salve! Not only did she send the homemade salve but she also sent a handmade card!

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When Mom sees me itching, she reaches for the salve and amazingly enough, I don’t run away. I always run away from creams, sprays, drops and ointments. Not this one. She puts it on and I let her! AND it works right away. I LOVE the smell of it, too! I sniff myself after it’s on🙂

So, Ms. Monika, this post is for you! Thank you from the bottom of my tiny Noodly Doodly heart for FINALLY giving me some relief!

Signing off,

Your Not-itchy-today Friend, Noodle

Raspberry Throwing/Tongue Curling Event

Welcome, everyone, to the Raspberry Throwing/Tongue Curling portion of the Pawlympics! For those of you who are unsure what a Raspberry Throw or Tongue Curl is, here’s what each looks like:

Me, Noodle, with a delicate, yet efficient Raspberry Throw. Take that, puparazzi!

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Here’s Macy doing an exquisite Tongue Curl:

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So, now that you know what you’re looking for, I present to you the pawthletes competing in this event;

Ray from A Dog’s Life? (Stories of me and him)

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Jessie from The Legacy Chronicles….

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and her brother Casey from The Legacy Chronicles:

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(Boxers seem to be excellent Tongue Curlers, don’t you think?)

Next up is my BFF, Purrince Siddhartha Henry from Purrince Siddhartha Henry an LadyMum’ss Purrfect Pad

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Sticking with our feline friends, here’s Madi from Madi and Mom Down Home in NC

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These are getting good!!!

Moving right along, we have Chester L. W. Spaniel from The Daily Bone….wp-1468359868097.jpeg

…and his brother, Joey Dog, also from The Daily Bone:

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*Let’s take a quick moment of silence for Joey Dog who passed since submitting his entry. We will miss you so much, dear friend!*

Next up, we have Zoey from Zoolatry:

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Here comes another feline entry from Yin of Alasandra, The Cats & Dogs:wp-1468359869860.jpeg

Watch out! Zaphod from The Hailey & Zaphod Chronicles is in the middle of a serious Tongue Curl!

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The competition is stiff!!!!

Holy guacamole! Easy from Easy Blog looks like he couldn’t choose which one to do so his tongue fell straight out!

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What’s this? A super duper side curl from Bailie of My GBGV Life:

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Uh oh! Here’s double trouble! Frankie Furter from FRANKly and ERNESTly Speaking

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…and his brother Ernie Von Schnitzel from FRANKly and ERNESTly Speaking:

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Who knew Blogville’s resident Judge and Attorney were such powerhouses????

Be on your best behavior, friends, because here comes Blogville’s Sheriff, Sarge from Sarge Speaks out:

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Oh my! Check out Katy from Sheltie Times with a teeny tiny tongue curl!

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So cute!

What’s this? More shelties???? Benji from Lassiter Chase and Benjamin the Shelties with an inner tongue curl while Lassie looks away in….embarrassment? There’s nothing to be embarrassed about here!

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WHOA! A huge tongue curl coming from tiny Hazel of The Idaho Pug Ranch:

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Oh! Oh! Oh! Royalty ahead!!!! It’s Princess Leah from The Princess Leah Diaries:

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I bet she just finished one of her amazing pupaccinos!

Speaking of royalty, here comes MY queen, Lexi of Lexi the Schnauzer aka the bestest girlfriend in the whole world:

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*swoon*

*ahem*

Sorry about that. She distracts me😉

You won’t believe who’s next. The cutest, fluffy in all the land, Dante of The Dante Diaries:

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It seems he is a tongue curling maniac!!!

Next up is our favorite margarita making pup – Ruby from Ruby the Airedale

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Check out Maggie from The Three Little Pugs

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Oh, not one  to be outdone, here’s Stella Rose, also from The Three Little Pugs

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It looks like the felines are coming through in full force:

Here’s Thimble (what a cute name!) from Four-Legged Furballs with a raspberry throw

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Fiona from The Cat on My Head

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Giulietta from The Cat on My Head

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Lisbeth from The Cat on My Head

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Astrid from The Cat on My Head

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Serious talent in that household!

Next up is Millie from Bird Brains & Dog Tales

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and her brother Walter from Bird Brains & Dog Tales

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Oh boy! Here comes the gang! Arty, Bilbo, and Dory from Dory’s Backyard

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Masters!

Right behind them is Oreo from Oreo’s Cookie Jar

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and Addi from Oreo’s Cookie Jar

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WOW!

Oh, the cats are at it again!

Shoko from The Canadian Cats

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and her sister Kali from The Canadian Cats

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OMD/OMC! Look at Mr. Buttons from Tomcat Commentary by Tim

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Rumpy Bump from Tomcat Commentary by Tim

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and Einstein from Tomcat Commentary by Tim

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Finally, we have an honorable mention. I was lucky enough to get an entry from Angel Mitch previously of Mitch and Molly. Blogville’s not the same without you Mitch❤

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What an EPIC event! Thank you to everyone who participated. You’re all winners here! Please, take your medal before you leave🙂

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They’re coming! They’re coming!

Everybody! Yoooo hoooo! Alert! Alert! The Blogville Pawlympics are coming THIS WEEK!

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That’s right. Friday, August 5th, will be the opening ceremonies, passing of the torch, and the lighting of the CAULDRON!

It’s SO exciting!!!

I will be hosting the Raspberry Throwing/Tongue Curling event on August 10th.

“What is a Raspberry Throw/Tongue Curl, Noodle?”

I’m so glad you asked, Mr. Voice-inside-my-head. You know when your siblings do something really stupid, or they want something you have, and you go “neener neener” at them like this:

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That’s a Raspberry Throw.

You know when your Mom/Dad/Puparazzi catches you mid-lip licking or mid-yawn, like this:

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That’s a tongue curl!

I know August 10th seems far away but no worries because there will be tons of other great events to check out.

Here’s the full schedule of events.

August 5 – Opening Ceremonies

August 6
FetchingZaphod 
SwimmingMurphy and Stanley
August 7
Silly Sleepy FurriesDougie and Zoey at Zoolantry
DiggingSarge
August 8
Pole Jumping Frankie and Ernie
Hurdles and Balance Beam –  Wyatt and Tegan
August 9
Sunpuddle NappingMadi
Channel SurfingChristmas
August 10
Raspberries/Tongue CurlingNoodle
Ear Flapping Chester and Joey at The Daily Bone
August 11 
BoxingCasey and Jessie
August 12
Tuneful FartingEasy
August 13
BasketballBenji and Lassiter
August 14
Gymnastic BathingToby’s Wrecking Crew
August 15
Sitting PrettyDory at Dory’s Backyard
Wabbit TrackingEmma and Bailie at My GBGV Life
 August 16
Bubble JumpingOreo at Oreo’s Cookie Jar
August 17
SnugglingMarg’s Animals
August 18
Synchronized Walking and LookingAddie @ Oreo’s Cookie Jar
August 19
Stuffy Deading Jakey at Dory’s Backyard
Freestyle NappingHailey
August 20
August 21 – Closing Ceremonies
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go get some rest because this is going to be CRAZY!
Happy Monday, friends!

Car Rides, Fights, and Hips

Having just finished 7 weeks of Obedience School, I have made a total of 14 car trips in those 7 weeks (2 each Saturday), plus a bonus 2 rides last Sunday. Mom and Dad say that I’m getting better but there’s still a lot of work ahead.

Mom, please don’t put up the videos.

Mom: Noodle, I told you I was going to if you didn’t settle down. 

*groan*

Okay, Mom took video last weekend of me in the car. Remember, this is me doing better!

On the way home, I slept in the grandbaby’s car seat:

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No pictures, Mom. I’m mortified.

Moving right along, I’ll now put Macy and Molly on blast. Those girls have been BAD! Really bad!

Last Saturday, they got into a huge fight. Macy is tired of Molly’s bullying and she tore Molly up. Each of them was bleeding in the end, Molly worse though as Macy has all of her teeth. Nothing that required stitches. Just a bunch of punctures that Mom shaved the fur around, flushed out with chlorhexadine, and packed with triple antibiotic.

On Tuesday, it happened again. At first, Macy turned to get away from Molly but when Molly went back for seconds, Macy lost her mind and turned psycho. Again, more blood, including Dad’s this time as he tried to break them up. Still, no stitches for anyone.

Since that fight, Macy and Molly have been separated. Each takes turns going from the bedroom to the living room/rest of the house.

Now, not only is it a pain for Mom and Dad because they have to keep the girls separated but it’s a pain for me because Macy is bursting with energy. She doesn’t have Molly to play with and you KNOW I refuse to play with her. So, we’ve been having to listen to her howl….and howl….and howl. It’s truly ridiculous.

And what’s better than a dog full of energy? A dog that’s supposed to be on restricted activity!

Yesterday Macy went to the vet for her annual check up, vaccines, and to have her “wonky” legs looked at. Here’s what her gait (Cool word, huh? Mom taught me that word!) looks like:

It’s a bit hard to see in this video but Macy is very bow-legged in the rear, favors her left leg, often stands on her tip toes on her right leg, and sometimes drags her feet.

The vet doesn’t believe it’s her hips but rather a ligament in her right knee. He said there shouldn’t be any “play” in that ligament and there is. Rather than jump into surgery or other tests which he doesn’t think are necessary right now, Macy is supposed to be resting (HA!) and taking anti-inflammatories for the next 10 days plus a joint supplement.

When Mom voiced her concerns over the “restricted activity” he said that she should try natural sedatives as Macy can eventually rupture the ligament if it doesn’t have a chance to heal. Then, surgery would be necessary and the surgery would fail entirely if she wasn’t quiet and resting afterward.

Yeah….keeping Macy calm and quiet. That’s like telling a fish it can’t go into water.

Wish us luck!!!

We did it!

Everybody! Everybody! EVERYBODY!

GUESS WHAT?!??!?!?

Macy and I did it! We graduated from Basic Obedience Class!!!

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Ummm, Mom? This says “Noodles”! I am only “Noodle”. No ‘S’. Does that mean I didn’t graduate?!

Luckily, Mom told me that it says Noodles just because the teacher liked to call me that and I did in fact graduate! Whew! All that hard work I put in. Thought it was for nothin’!

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Secret: I almost failed. During the test, I didn’t want to do a lay down and stay. Only a 2 second lay down. Mom knelt down and said, “Noodle! Don’t you dare do this to me.” I saw the look in her eyes and then I did such a good lay down/stay that I fell asleep and was still doing it long after everyone was done and back in their seats.

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Macy did perfect. No, that isn’t a typo. She really did great. Once the Gentle Leader goes on here, she transforms into a dog that listens…to everything. I wish she would wear it all the time!

This is a picture of Macy, me, and our friend, Jake, from this morning:

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We were all so tired from training so hard.

On September 3rd, I’ll be starting Intermediate Class. Although Mom wants Macy to continue, it’s what she called a “financial decision”. She and Dad plan on still working with Macy at home. The reason why I have to go is because throughout basic, there were a few commands that I absolutely would not listen to until the teacher made me do it. Then I did it right every time after. Mom says Miss Terah can do magic. So, I’ll go to class so the teacher can teach me and Mom will bring home the knowledge to Dad and Macy. Hopefully it works!

Oh, by the way, check out this silly blooper:

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BOL! Oh, man….

Anywho, I’ll be back tomorrow with more about what’s been up at our house but for now, I need to get some rest.

Happy Saturday!

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Storm after storm after storm

All it does here every evening is storm.

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It’s been storming so much that Molly’s even freaking out less. Don’t get me wrong – she still gets scared but she’s not trembling like an earthquake is inside her.

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“Hold me, Mom. I hear thunder.”

She’s pretty much fine now as long as she can sit near someone.

Mom has been wondering how a dog Molly’s age could still be scared of thunder in FL where it storms every afternoon in the summer. Maybe Molly lived outside her whole life and that’s why she was scared and is slowly getting better? As long as she gets better. That’s all that matters🙂

Saturday morning, Macy and I were super excited to go to Obedience School.

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We now know that when Dad comes home from the flea market on Saturday mornings, it’s time to go and we get so hyper that Mom loses her mind because it’s impossible to get our leashes on. So much for becoming obedient at Obedience School. BOL!

On Sunday, Dad was blowing bubbles for the littlest grandson. Macy and I had never seen them before. She loved them and I did not. Suspicious things those bubbles are!

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“Mmmm…Tasty!”

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“I’m watching you, thingy things!”

In an odd turn of events, I have nothing chaotic to report! Imagine that!

Happy Monday, friends!!!

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It’s My Birthday!

*Happy dance* *Happy dance*

It’s my 5th birthday, everybody!

When I woke up, Molly came into the room to play with me.

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Rawwwr! Attack of the Noodle Monster!

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Molly: I’m letting him win only because it’s his birthday. Noodle: Molly! Look at me, not Mom! Rawwwr!

We played for a little bit and then all the kids woke up. I ran into the living room to see if anyone had anything good to eat but they didn’t.

The littlest one gave me my breakfast (with Mom’s help). I’m totally loving the Duck and Potato recipe.

After breakfast, Mom left to go grocery shopping and when she came back, she had Duck and Potato treats for me! I was SOOOOOOOOOO excited because I haven’t had a single treat in a whole week. Can you even believe it?!

I’m a little bummed I can’t have ice cream this year or waffles but at least I have something!

The company was out of the house today so we all used the afternoon to catch up on some sleep.

When we woke up, I had my birthday photo shoot:

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Macy! Leave my hat alone! Mom!!! This table isn’t tall enough to keep me away from Macy!

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What’s in your hand, Mom?

Finally, Mom got the perfect picture and I got tasty Duck and Potato morsels.

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Oh, and my sweet Lexi sent me this wonderful card:

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(Beware, it may cause a ruckus in your house!)

Anywho, I’m off to go do birthday boy stuff.

Hope everyone is having a nice weekend!

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Company and Obedience School

Hello and Happppppppppppppy Fridayyyyyyy!

Things, as usual, are so busy!

Last weekend, Mom’s best friend, her husband, their son, and their dog came to visit. Yes, another dog was in this house! Benny (the dog) has been here before but that was when it was only Macy and me, not Molly, Macy, and me.

No worries, though, everything went well. Molly and Benny never had contact without a gate or door between them. Now, Macy on the other hand….her and Benny became fast BFFs. He has an energy level to match hers and they just had a blast.

Me? I stuck close to the kid. Kids always have yummy tastes on them and they drop all kinds of delicious stuff.

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They stayed until Saturday evening and it was a lot of fun seeing them all.

Speaking of Saturday, we have obedience school every Saturday morning.

As bad as I did the first week, I NAILED week 2!

Week 1 we were supposed to learn to heel on the left side and sit when told which would eventually become something called an “automatic sit”. Well, I just flat-out refused to sit. Not at class, not at home, nowhere. When we got to class on Saturday, Mom told my teacher, Miss Terah. You know what happened, she took the leash and 30 seconds later I sat. Know what happened after that? Mom got me to sit on the first try….then the second….third…and every try after. Mom says Miss Terah has magic.

So Saturday we learned “leave it” and “stay”.  Macy and I already knew “stay” so we were ahead of the others. “Leave it” was fun. All the dogs and their moms/dads got up and started walking in all different directions. If I turned my head to look at a passing dog, I was told “leave it”. Guess what? I rocked that command too!

So, here we are a week later (almost) and I have class 3 tomorrow.

In the meantime, we have new company coming tonight. Dad’s oldest daughter, her 2 sons, her boyfriend, and his daughter and son will be here soon. On Monday, everyone except Dad’s 2 grandsons will be leaving. They’ll be staying with us for the week. More yummies!

Mom: Noodle, you can eat any yummies right now. We’re trying to figure out what you’re allergic too. 

Mom, tell that to the kids and see how that works out for ya. BOL!

Anywho, I leave you with some snuggly pics in case you forgot what we look like….

…and a silly pic.

Have a great weekend!!!

Itchies, Gunshots, and Fireworks

Hello, everybody!

I know I left you all hanging wanting to know if Jax n Daisy resolved my itchiness. So here I am to fill you in.

I left off by telling you that Mom bought me a chicken-based food because she realized my itchies got bad when I started the lamb-based food. All secondary ingredients were the same. Well, a week in and the itchies were just as bad so Mom assumed it was some of the secondary ingredients, like maybe the grains. She was doing some research on food allergies and she realized that my super itchy spots were indicative of food allergies (base of tail, feet, ears, eyes).

She started looking into Limited Ingredient Diets and found Natural Balance Potato and Duck formula. The ingredients are actually very simple:

Potatoes, Duck Meal, Duck, Canola Oil (preserved with natural mixed tocopherols), Potato Protein, Potato Fiber, Natural Flavor, Dicalcium Phosphate, Salt, Salmon Oil (a source of DHA), Calcium Carbonate, Flaxseed, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Taurine, Natural Mixed Tocopherols, L-Carnitine, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Potassium Iodide, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B-1), Manganese Proteinate, Manganous Oxide, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Supplement, Biotin, Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Manganese Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6), Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Riboflavin (Vitamin B-2), Vitamin D-3 Supplement, Folic Acid.

The ingredients not in bold are just the supplemental vitamins and minerals. Nothing extra!

I’ve been on this food for 2 days now with no transition period and already my itchies are getting better.

The only problems with this food are it’s a bit expensive and it’s 375 kcal/cup (my previous food was 247 kcal/cup). That means a little less food for an already starving Noodle😥

I’m still relying on the Jax n Daisy to help me with my itchiness from seasonal allergies. Don’t think I’m done with them!

Now, I know you all are curious about the gunshots part of my post title. Well, as most of you know, we live in a fairly rural neighborhood. We have one neighbor who likes to target shoot every Sunday afternoon. This Sunday was no exception…EXCEPT instead of shooting for an hour, he shot for 3 1/2 hours! Poor Molly was losing her mind. Mom gave her 1/2 of a Trazodone to try to calm her down but she was still trembling. There were some fireworks on Sunday but nothing too crazy.

Come Monday, Molly was hung over from the Trazodone so Mom and Dad really didn’t want to give her anymore until necessary. Well, Mr. Shooty-Pants neighbor had a bunch of people over and shot for hours again which led right into fireworks. Molly got another 1/2 of a Trazodone and did a bit better, probably because she was loopy from the day before.

Some of you who have known me for awhile are probably wondering how I did since fireworks normally scare the daylight out of me. Well, guess what…this guy right here is all grown up. I wasn’t scared of nothin’!

Mom thinks it’s because Molly was scared enough for everyone. Guess no one will ever know the truth!

So there you have it. The major updates you all have been asking about🙂

Tomorrow I’ll be posting about our visitors we had this weekend and obedience school.

Hope everyone had a nice holiday weekend.

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