Sam Tests Blue Dog Bakery Treats

Sam Tests Blue Dog Bakery Treats

Sam has a job. This past week Blue Dog Bakery asked Sam to taste test their Pumpkin and Gingerbread dog treats. Sam’s motto in life is “T-R-E-A-T-S” so it was no huge surprise that he took the job.  When the Blue Dog Bakery box arrives…Sam is on the job.

The BD box arrives Sam is on the job

The Pumpkin biscuits are made with real pumpkin for sensitive stomachs, whole wheat flour, and cane molasses for that wonderful fresh-baked smell.

The Gingerbread treats are packed with extra hygiene benefits, made to clean your dog’s teeth and freshen their breath.

Surrounded by BD treats...a happy taste tester

Sam is surrounded by Blue Dog Bakery treats…he’s a happy taste tester.  Sam decides to invite his cousin, Mason, to try Blue Dog Treats.  Of course, Mason comes over right away.

Mason hopped in the car and came over as soon...

Sam says share with relatives…even if they’re cuter than you.

Mason says cuteness is easy with Blue Dog treats

Definitely cuter than Sam, Mason likes the Blue Dog Bakery treats.

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Mason especially likes the Blue Dog Bakery Gingerbread treats, no grains involved. Sam loves Blue Dog Bakery treats….and he also loves his new job.

love my job

Sam, you dog.



Sam Breaks Out!


Sam has a fascination with the world outside his backyard. Everything outside his fence looks more fun than everything inside his fence.

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In the past, when Sam got bored, he ran up the playhouse ladder to the wooden landing on top. Like a giant bird, he gazed down on the world below barking occasionally just to let everyone know he was guarding the yard.

Sam also loafed on picnic table looking for crumbs left over from the latest cookout. Sitting up there on the picnic table made it easier for him guard the backyard with little effort.  Needless to say, Sam has an “elevated” view of himself.   sam-smiles-at-his-cleverness

But he took his boredom to a new level recently when he opened the gate and escaped to the world beyond his fence.

Sam’s humans weren’t sure how he’d done it…they speculated that he’d jumped the fence, but Sam would never try to scale a four foot fence. Sam says he’s smarter than that!

It wasn’t until one of his humans actually watched him hit the lock with his paw and pull the gate open that they knew how he’d done it.

Of course, they commented how smart he was, but Sam didn’t get any credit for being smart. He got scolded and sent inside. Sam thinks humans are hard to please. 

So, Sam’s human moved the lock so Sam can’t open the gate anymore. Sam hopes his humans are happy. He’s safely in the backyard….bored to tears, but safe.

                                                               Well, maybe….

Sam Gator Rolls


SamSam just got his nails clipped at the vet. The technician said something about him doing gator rolls and screaming when she tried to clip his front paws. Sam thinks she must be exaggerating. He’s never seen an alligator much less rolled like one, well not until today.

Sam says it was a natural defense mechanism that kicked in when he saw the nail clippers in her hand headed towards his front paws. He just lost it.

So Sam’s human got him some pills to help him relax before the next nail clipping session. The pills will help him forget how much he hates getting his nails clipped. The pills will also help him forget everything else…which his human thinks will be entertaining.

Sam thinks humans tend to over react.




Best Doggone Salsa Recipe



sam-smiles-at-his-clevernessSam doesn’t like salsa. But his humans do and we’ve taken over this blog to share one of our favorite salsa recipes with you. Why did we do this today?  Because summer 2017 is just weeks away and what is summer without salsa?  Not much fun in our opinion!  

Salsa is a staple at Sam’s house. Although Sam has never eaten it, but he has eaten half a tennis ball (Half A Tennis Ball Can Kill You).

Sam’s humans eat it all the time on tortilla chips or rice or salad. We’re as obsessed with salsa as Sam is with playing catch with the tennis ball.

Enjoy the salsa, but sh-sh don’t tell Sam!

Authentic Mexican Salsa

1 can of diced tomatoes

½ red onion-cut into quarters

2 teaspoons garlic powder

1-2 Tablespoons dried red pepper flakes

1-2 teaspoons black pepper

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon Mexican oregano

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1/4 cup canola oil

3-4 Tablespoons of dried cilantro

Place all ingredients into blender. Blend until chopped and mixed.

Chill and serve.











The Half A Tennis Ball Can Kill You


Sam has always lived his life on the edge. Recently, he took this to a new level when he ate half a tennis ball. Whether it was from real hunger or boredom, it was a dangerous choice. After several hours, his human owner knew he was in trouble and rushed him to the vet.

Long story short…it all came out in the end.

Sam has been recuperating nicely. He’s getting lots of teary hugs from his humans who thought they’d lost him for good. Sam is enjoying his celebrity.

He plays up his near death experience with deep sighs and distance contemplative stares into space. He’s thinking of writing his memoirs.

Basically, he’s “eating up” the attention. That’s okay with his humans, as long as he isn’t eating up tennis balls.


Life On A Leash


Sam’s best friend and confidant, Mason, is moving.Mason His human owners bought a condo and in just a few days they’ll leave their little apartment here at the farm and head to the city.

Because Sam’s been around the block a few times, he knows what that means for poor old Mason- life on a leash. Mason and Sam are free range dogs. They run and play in the large backyard full of kids, toys and sticks to chew on.

Life’s been free and easy for these two best dog friends. But life as Mason knows it, is about to change. No more wild and free, no more bark till you drop.  Mason and SAm playing

So, in an effort to help Mason adjust, Sam has some suggestions for him…..

Strive for cuteness when you go for a walk

Humans like cuteness,especially in dogs. Perk up your ears and trot happily-humans will stop to pet you and tell your owner how absolutely darling you are. This could come in handy later, especially if you’ve been bad-like accidentally barking at a cat or eating some flowers. Hopefully, the humans at the condo will remember how cute you were and will overlook your offense.

Heel, heel…just heel

Sam says if Mason remembers nothing else, remember what the word “heel” means. Humans like dogs that heel. Sam thinks that humans are control freaks. Human owners tend to say “heel” a lot, probably because they need to know they’re in charge. But Sam suggests that Mason just heel and let the humans get their control fix, it will make his life easier.

Stuff the barking

Humans don’t like barking dogs…they dislike dogs that bark so much they have coined a phrase about their feet-”oh, my barking dogs hurt, Elma.”(say this with a strong southern accent for effect) It’s quite humiliating to be compared to feet so Sam says stuff the barking. Instead choose a short little yap when someone knocks on the front door. Your human owners will be so proud of your guard dog skills. Humans really are easy to please.

Poop like you mean it

Pooping is treated in a very civilized manner in the city. City humans like to pretend that dogs don’t poop-they hide it with a quick clean up strategy. Tidy little green bags are made available on many street corners for your human owners to pick up your poop then throw it away. So, if you need to poop Sam says don’t worry, your human will get rid of it in a flash.

In his generosity, Sam decided to give Mason a going away gift- an 8 by 10 glossy print of himself.  Sam knows that his picture will cheer up poor old Mason when life on a leash gets too rough.

Sam heard politics is a dog eat dog...