The #Smithpuppies visit Santa at Northwest Arkansas Mall

The #Smithpuppies visit Santa at Northwest Arkansas Mall

Disclosure: This blog post was compensated by the NWA Mall and its management company. All opinions are my own.

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I love Santa. Let me just put that out there right now. I love seeing all the pictures of kids with Santa that I see from friends. Since we decided to not have children, I figured I would never get the opportunity to see my own kids in pictures with Santa. Last Monday, I got that chance.

Northwest Arkansas Mall has a great new Santa’s Village that they created last year and the set is gorgeous. They also started Pet Nights with Santa and it was so successful that they expanded it to two nights this year. Smart idea! I took our dogs, Flower and Jazzy, for the first night December 7. I saw dogs of all sizes and breeds, cats, a bird rabbits, and my friend’s house pig.

I took our dogs, Flower and Jazzy, for the first night December 7. I saw dogs of all sizes and breeds, cats, a bird, rabbits, and my friend’s house pig.

The Smith Puppies were a little uncertain of the ropes but they loved greeting all the different kinds of dogs we encountered while in line.
The Smith Puppies were a little uncertain of the ropes, but they loved greeting all the different kinds of dogs we encountered while in line.

I can’t tell you how psyched I was about this! Our dogs had pictures with Santa before but it was in a boring, white room and Santa was sitting on an ugly chair. Cute I guess, but just not the same. This set has it all. A fake fireplace with stockings, stuffed animals, a gorgeous couch for Santa to sit on, a giant tree, and poinsettias. I love looking at it every time I go to the mall.

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A “tail” of two #SmithKitties

A “tail” of two #SmithKitties

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MyCatMyMuse #CollectiveBias

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It’s no secret we love our pets. Our cats were our first pets and that makes them have a special place in my heart. Yes, the #SmithKitties even have their own social media hashtag. I would say that our cats continuously teach me how to love how someone needs to be loved.

Both John and I think it’s important to take care of our pets both for their healthy and safety, and our sanity. After all, a happy cat is a less destructive cat! We make sure they have the right kind of nutrition such as Purina Muse® Natural Cat Food and we make sure to provide the play stimulation they need. That’s pretty much where the similarity ends! Read More

Video: K9 Kannon great for dog owners with disabilities (or anyone with tired shoulders)

Video: K9 Kannon great for dog owners with disabilities (or anyone with tired shoulders)
Jazzy loves her K9 Kannon and I love it too because it lets me play fetch with her without getting my hands icky from dog slobber or wearing out my shoulders.
Jazzy loves her K9 Kannon and I love it too because it lets me play fetch with her without getting my hands icky from dog slobber or wearing out my shoulders.

 

I have been experimenting with doing more video and love using the new Twitter-based social media platform Persiscope (follow me at @JamiesThots).

I recently “scoped” about the K9 Kannon, which we’ve used for at least a year to play fetch with Jazzy, who needs up to two hours of exercise every day. She would do more if we had time! I redid the video and uploaded it to YouTube. I’m working to do more YouTube so expect more entries like this from me!

I’ve been meaning to blog about the K9 Kannon for a while now but just never felt like pictures did it justice. Video is great for showing the whole process! I had to turn my phone to the side so that’s why my face is chopped a little in the video. It’s only three minutes long … enjoy and please share!

 

Warmer weather Nudges us outside with the #Smithpuppies

Warmer weather Nudges us outside with the #Smithpuppies

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.
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The snow is gone and the sun is shining longer each day. I love warmer weather! I love being able to go outside more with our dogs and I love it when it’s better grilling weather. We’ve had a few good weekends with the #smithpuppies (yes, that’s their official hashtag) and I thought ya’ll might have fun seeing some of the photos. We also got to try some new Nudges Dog Treats that just came out. We tried the original Nudges last year and our dogs go nuts over them. The new Grillers and Sizzlers are even more amazing!

Check out what we’ve been up to and read a few of my tips for being prepared for more glorious outside time with your beloved woof baby.  Read More