Remember my humans took me out to breakfast at a really cool cafe in Pyrmont?
It’s called Savichees and it’s the perfect dogfriendly cafe: right by the waterfront, with lovely views across the harbour, and lots of space by the tables for giant doggies to stretch out. Plus the Staff Humans are all so friendly too – they even bring a bowl of water out esepcially for me.
My humans have taken me back a few more times since and I always love going there – they even know my “usual” now: a Strawberry & Ricotta Muffin!
Well, a couple of weekends ago, I took my friend, Boo the Black Dane there for breakfast – Look, he sure enjoyed a taste of my muffin! (Boo ordered one too – although he chose a different flavour).
It was a lovely sunny morning with a cool breeze, so after breakfast, I decided to show Boo one of my favourite walks in Pyrmont – starting out on the boardwalk, along the waterfront…
…past the view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge…
…and then looping round back to where we started!
* By the way, all these photos were taken with Hsin-Yi’s new smartphone (Samsung Galaxy SII ) – aren’t they good for a mobile phone machine? Almost all of Hsin-Yi’s Taiwan pictures were taken with her smartphone too (well, except for the super fancy close-up food shots) – and a lot of my Blue Mountains video was taken with it as well!
Well, you know Hsin-Yi is very fussy – the most important thing for her is to always have a good camera machine with her – she wouldn’t get any mobile unless it had a really good camera machine – it’s why she always turned her nose up at the iPhones (aside from not wanting to be an iSheep! ) – they take rubbish pictures! Even if you put all those fancy Instagram effects… She doesn’t care about all the other “apps” and stuff – she doesn’t play games anyway – but taking good pictures is really important!
So when she finally decided to join the Dark Side and get a smartphone back in July, she researched for a long time before she found something she was happy with! She really didn’t want to change from her old (“dumb”) phone – it was a little Sony Ericsson with a CyberShot camera machine and she really loved it (it was PINK! ) – but it did have a tiny little black & white screen and it was impossible, really, to surf the net; and the pop-up buttons made it very slow to text…
Now, she loves her new mobile phone machine. It is MUCH easier to send text messages with her new smartphone and it’s nice being able to get the internet when she is out & about, if she needs to check the address or phone number of some place…and it plays music (and they don’t have to only be downloaded through stupid iTunes!!) and it has the Kindle on it too, so Hsin-Yi can read her ebooks wherever she is…and she likes the calculator too, coz you know Hsin-Yi is rubbish at maths! And the best thing is – Hsin-Yi only has to pay a few dollars more of money paper each month to her mobile phone plan, to get this new phone! Oh – but do you know what Hsin-Yi thinks is the BEST thing about her new phone? She managed to put the ‘Fringe‘ theme tune as her ringtone!!!!!
Now, back in July, we got an email from the nice people at Blackmores saying:
“I am hoping Honey might be interested in trialling a new product range for us. In recent months, Blackmores launched a new range of daily pet healthcare treats, PAW by Blackmores Nutrasticks (www.nutrasticks.com.au). The new range includes daily healthcare treats for condition-related health concerns such as joint, skin and digestive health as well as a range of age related daily multivitamin healthcare treats for puppies, active & mature age dogs. We love working with like minded animal lovers and people who want to use only the best products for their pets, so I thought you would be the perfect person to trial these new products with Honey.”
Well, what with Hsin-Yi having to go to Taiwan and then us going away to the Blue Mountains and then my Glaucoma Sickie and other stuff…we’ve just had such a backlog of my adventures to catch up with on my blog (am still trying to catch up! Still have so many adventures I haven’t told you about yet – like my other weekend away and my visit to the Sydney Opera House and the Great Dane Fun Day…!) – so anyway, we’re finally getting round to posting about this now!
Blackmores sent us a big box full of goodies for me try…ooh, I was very excited. I wasn’t sure which one to try first! The Joint Health Nutrasticks? Or the Active Multi…or Digestive Health? They all smelled so yummy!
Nom…nyum..they’re really quite chewy…nom…nyum..it’s like toffee for doggies…!
Muesli, of course, rushed over to stick her little pink nose in my business as soon as she heard all the excitement…
…she was very jealous that there were only doggie treats and no kitty treats for her to try!
Well, I decided to be generous and let her taste a tiny little sliver of my Nutrastick…it’s mainly kangaroo meat, which we know Muesli loves! Muesli usually shares my treats – such as my liver ones and other training treats (and my humans think most doggie treats are OK for her to eat, if they’re just natural ones which are just mainly made of meat – me & Muesli are both eating the same meats on the Raw Diet anyway) – but we weren’t sure about these since they seemed to have special nutrients and stuff put in – so we weren’t sure if they were OK for kitties in large amounts. The packet said no more than 2 sticks per day for doggies over 60kg – so we thought we’d better play it safe and only let Muesli have a tiny little taste.
Well, that’s OK – all the more for me!
Mm, yum…well, I definitely give these Nutrasticks my Paw of Approval!
Hsin-Yi says she likes the fact that they’re soft – so you can easily break a stick up into several small pieces…but she isn’t so sure about the “only 2 sticks per day” rule (and only 1 stick if you’re a smaller doggie) – ‘coz then it means that you can’t really use them for training treats, ‘coz you’re worried about whether you’re giving too much (and what happens if you give too much? Or are they just saying that ‘coz they don’t want doggies to get fat? )…
But that’s OK! I guess you don’t have to use these as training treats – they can just be like the cookies or chews which you might get one or two a day – but you would know that these are super-healthy ones!
Blackmores did send a couple of other things in the box, which I was hoping Hsin-Yi wouldn’t see: a 2-in-1 Conditioning Shampoo and a Conditioning Grooming Mist. All stuff for the Yucky Bath Thing!
Sadly, the Grooming Mist is a bit wasted on me, with my short, ‘buzz-cut’ coat – but Hsin-Yi got very excited when she saw the Shampoo and quickly unscrewed the top to smell it. She chooses all my shampoos by smell – (the one we use at the moment smells like pina colada! ) – and Hsin-Yi really liked the lavender smell of this one, so she can’t wait to try it on me at my next Bath.
Nooooooo! GO AWAY, Yucky Shampoo!
Well, guess what? The nice people at Blackmores also said this in their message:
We would also love to provide your readers with the opportunity to WIN a prize hamper to the value of $150 through your blog. Each prize will include the reader’s choice of PAW Nutrasticks as well as other products from the PAW by Blackmores range.
So yes! I’m doing a GiveAway! (although unfortunately, Blackmores said it is only open to Australian doggies)
To enter and win a hamper full of Healthy-Yummy Treats like mine, all you have to do is:
1) Go to my Facebook FanPage: https://www.facebook.com/bighoneydog.blog – and click “Like”
(* If you or your human don’t have a Facebook account, that’s OK – you can skip this step – but otherwise, please do pop over to ‘Like’ me – am almost up to 1,000 Likes so please help me get there! )
2) Leave me a comment here telling me your (doggie) Name, Breed/Type, Age and your Favourite Smell in the world!
You have until midnight (Australian NSW time) on Mon 22 Oct to get your entry in – and I will announce the winner on Tue 23rd Oct.