Pearl’s 4th of July Pet Safety Tips

Hey everyone! I’m Pearl! I’ve hijacked my mommy’s blog today to bring you my 4th of July Pet Safety Tips. If you are anything like my mommy, you love your pets a lot and want them safe. 4th of July can be scary for pets like me, but if you humans follow my 4th of July Pet Safety Tips your pets will be a-ok!

Hey humans! I hijacked my mommy's blog to bring you my 4th of July Pet Safety Tips! Read them, follow them, and pin them!

1. Keep your pet tags updated and take a recent picture. Mommy just recently updated my necklace because we just moved, but if your tags haven’t been updated in a while, get it done today. My friends and I get scared from fireworks, and my outdoor only friends tend to run away on nights like tonight. Keep their tags updated, write down your pet’s microchip number (in case you don’t know where you put it), and take a picture of your pet today in case your pet gets scared and runs off.

2. Don’t give us people food. I know I beg my mommy for a bite of hamburger every now and then, but mommy knows it’s not good for my stomach. If you’re having a BBQ, ask your friends not to “accidentally” give me food. I love people food, but I don’t love the way it affects me afterward. Also, make sure you keep lighter fluid and matches away from our reach when you BBQ. My friends and I love eating things we’re not supposed to, and matches or fluid can make me sick too. Once you use them, please put them away in a safe area so we don’t accidentally eat them.

3. Don’t spray us with bug spray. I hate flies and mosquitoes just like you do. They drive me crazy! I’m not allowed to have bug spray for humans though because it can make pets drool, vomit, have diarrhea, and even give me neurological problems. You can always use one for my canine friends, or put on a thin 4th of July shirt on us. I’m not going to lie- I love when mommy dresses me up like a human.

4. Leave your beer where we can’t reach. I can’t help it- I get thirsty sometimes- especially when I’ve been outside partying with mommy and her friends. BUT, please leave your beer, wine, and mixed drinks where my friends and I can’t reach. It can make us feel funny, go into a coma, or worse- go into respiratory failure. If your pet friend is big, make sure you put your drink up extra high!

5. Don’t use fireworks around us. I don’t understand why humans think these scary fireworks are fun, but I’m not one to be a party pooper (unless there’s a nice patch of grass close by! Har har.) If you know it’s time to start shooting fireworks, please put my friends inside. I’m extra curious (or so mommy says), and I like playing with things I’m not supposed to. If your pets are anything like me, they might get too close to fireworks and get burned or could eat them.

All in all- when in doubt, leave us at home. 

Loud noises also scare my friends and I because we have sensitive ears, so even though you might want to take me to the fireworks show with your human friends, it’s best to leave us inside at home. My mommy always has me on a leash or in her arms, but I’m a wiggle worm. Sometimes mommy calls me Houdini because I can get out of the stickiest of situations. Trust me, I’ll be a Houdini if I hear those loud fireworks, so please just leave my friends and I at home if you can. If you feel extra nice, leave the tv on or some calming music so we have something to listen to while you’re gone.

Sadly, I know not everyone is going to follow my 4th of July Pet Safety Tips. If one of my friends gets lost please follow these tips:

1) Immediately check with your local animal control agency first.

2) Put up flyers with a recent photo and detailed description of your missing pet.

3) Craigslist offers free lost and found pet postings.

Well there you have it my friends- my 4th of July Pet Safety Tips! I hope you and your pet friends have a safe and happy 4th of July! If you have any more tips that you love to use, leave them in the comments- my mommy loves those!

Pearl, the Benefits of Purina One Smartblend, and the 28 Day Challenge

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After being married a whole 2 months, I told Mathew that we needed to get a dog. I’ve always had a dog to welcome me home, and sometimes I felt lonely if Mathew had to work later hours or went hunting for the weekend. I knew for many years that I wanted a Maltipoo when I was able to afford my very own dog. Jessica Simpson’s dog, Daisy, was absolutely adorable, and I made it my mission to get our dog, Pearl, from the same place that Jessica did. Last December I even met Jessica Simpson and told her about Pearl and our connection with Maltipoos! Anyway, we picked up Pearl one Valentine’s weekend, and we’ve been in love with her ever since. There’s just one thing though, Pearl has beautiful white fur, but gets a red/brown tint to her fur because of her eyes. We’ve tried different foods, we’ve tried Angel Eyes…nothing has worked…at least, nothing YET.

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One reason I worry about Pearl is her eye health out of everything, because her eyes get that red tear staining. Pearl’s fur always looks wet by her face (no matter how many times I clean and dry her face per day). She used to not have that problem really badly, especially when we first got her. I mean, look at this adorable face from the day we got her in February 2012. Isn’t she just the happiest dog?

Pearl as a puppy, without red tear staining

But over time, Pearl began to get that awful red tear staining more and more. This was Pearl on her 2nd birthday this past December. Like I said, I’ve tried everything- different foods, Angel Eyes, buying eye wipes for dogs and cleaning her face a million times a day, but nothing has helped for a long period of time.

Pearl went to the groomer last Friday, and I actually took this picture earlier this week. This just goes to show you that even after a good scrubbing, it’s really hard to get those tear stains off of her face. It makes me really concerned, because I want her to be able to see well, don’t want gunk to get in her eyes, and I want her to constantly be happy.

I got really intrigued when I heard about the Purina One Smartblend line for dogs, because one of the things they boast in the 28 Day Challenge are “bright eyes”. Not only that, but the 28 Day Challenge mentions dental health, better digestibility, energy, great taste, and beautiful skin and coat. Purina One says that “after three weeks, your dog’s health is reflected in its bright, healthy eyes. Purina ONE dry dog food contains concentrations of vitamins E and A that help keep your dog’s eyes healthy, making sure he sees the world the way he’s meant to.”  They also state, “Healthy eyes are eyes that are, for the most part, clear of discharge, with clean lashes and eyelids. When your dog’s eyes look clean, it’s a sign that they’re getting the nutrients they need to help them stay healthy and work hard for your dog.”

Wow, right?! I’m sold. It’s hard NOT to try this product when it sounds too good to be true! Can this be the miracle Pearl needs?

I’ll be keeping you updated on Instagram with Pearl’s progress (#ONEDifference) and of course, bringing you many, cute and cuddly pictures of her (because you all know you want to see her face on your feed!) I really can’t wait to see the difference in her after the 28 Day Challenge has been completed. I’m really crossing my fingers that Purina One Smartblend and the 28 Day Challenge work for her. There are so many pictures on the Purina One website of adorable dogs and the differences their owners have been able to see in just 28 days. I’d love for Pearl to be one of those dogs as well!

Pearl and I would also love if you joined us in the challenge! If your dog needs better dental health, better digestibility, more energy, and beautiful skin and coat, we’d love if you took the 28 Day Challenge as well. Purina One is currently offering a $3 off coupon towards a bag of Purina One dog food.

Want to know more about Purina One and the 28 Day Challenge? Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (after you’ve printed your coupon, of course!)

Happies and Crappies 48: an Incredibly Long Week

The Vintage Modern Wife and Brunch With Amber: Happies and Crappies Link Up

Welcome to our 48th week of Happies and Crappies link up day! H&C wouldn’t have been around for so long if it wasn’t for you awesome ladies linking up, so Amber and I really appreciate you!

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1. It’s Friday and I have a half day at work today! It’s also pajama day, which makes things infinitely better as well. It’s been a seriously long week and for some reason I felt as if it was dragging by even though I was insanely busy. I am so excited though to give my students their Christmas presents today, considering some of my students may not even get Christmas presents this year. I got them all puzzles and tried to fit the animal to their personality, so I hope they love them.

2. I was so fortunate to have the opportunity to go to a blogger meet up last weekend and meet with Laurie and Jessica of Ruthie and Rose, Casey of Real Suburbia, and Adrian of Revelry Beauty. I’ll be blogging about it next week (since I will officially be on vacaaaaation!) and I can’t wait to tell you all the fun things we did!

3. I made an amazing dessert the other day using Pillsbury Gluten Free Cookie Dough! I can’t wait to share it with you this Monday! I haven’t shared a recipe with y’all in a while, so I am super psyched!

4. Today is Pearl’s 2nd birthday! It’s been 2 years since our sweet nugget was born, and I couldn’t ask for a sweeter and cuddlier snuggle buddy and nap partner. She is an absolute blessing in our lives and she brightens up our days! I got this picture of her last weekend. Yeah, she looks a little bit of a mess (she hasn’t had a haircut since before our accident in October because her fur needed to grow our), but we love her so much. I think we’ll be taking her to the dog treat store today and buying her a cupcake or something to celebrate.

Our maltipoo, Pearl


1. I didn’t post anything on the blog all week. Real life snuck up on me and I definitely didn’t have any time to write this week. I’m so ready for my break!

2. My work has been providing us breakfast every day for 2 weeks, and lunches just about every other day…and now I’m getting fat(ter). Definitely will be putting in time at the gym while I’m on break!

3. My hands and cuticles have been extremely dry the past week because of the weather. My cuticles are all ripped up and they hurt because they’ve been tearing up so badly! I’ve been putting lotion and cuticle oil but none of it is working. Do you have a favorite hand cream that you really love?

4. I haven’t wrapped any Christmas presents so my tree looks empty. So sad.

Now it’s your turn to link up! Tell us about the Happies and Crappies from your week!