Chewy Strong~Core Protein Bars #chewyinfluencer

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Ding Dong #ChewyInfluencer calling.


Gambler is Chewy Strong with Wellness CORE Grain-Free Protein Bars Turkey & Duck With Kale.

DSC_0533 Wellness CORE is based on the nutritional philosophy that dogs, given their primal ancestry, thrive on a diet mainly comprised of meat. These nutrient-dense protein nuggets are packed with quality animal protein, without fillers or grains, along with wholesome superfoods. Each tender bite delivers an incredibly healthy and exceptionally tasty way to treat your dog.DSC_0536 Grain-free, gluten-free, tender, bite-size bars
Perfect pairings of hearty proteins and delicious superfoods
No meat by-products, wheat, corn, soy or artificial flavors, colors or preservatives
Only 16 calories per treat
100% natural & Made in the USA!

What can Gambler do besides balance a box on his head? He can balance a Wellness CORE Grain-Free Protein Bars Turkey & Duck With Kale without eating it first. DSC_0541 The taste test.


When he did get to taste test it you didn’t have to tell him twice, he snatched it up quickly, being a hunter of turkey and duck he could smell the goodness right away. He did have to chew it a bit as it was a thick jerky like treat before he gobbled it right down. The bars were scored so you could give just one part of the bar or the whole bar.

FullSizeRenderPicMonkey Collage2Gambler works his core when he is out training for his hunt test competitions. PicMonkey CollageAfter training Gambler winds down with a Wellness Core Protein Bar.   DSC_0527Core Protein bars are on sale right now at a 5.5-oz bag is $6.81.


Because: has more than 300 brands to choose from and is ready to fetch it and ship it, direct to your doorstep, anytime of the day. Have a question regarding the best food for your pet? Call us 24/7 and our helpful customer service team at is ready to listen. lives and breathes pets. Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida,’s dedicated staff is committed to providing quality pet products to our customers in a fast and easy way. That’s why we have warehouses located throughout the country – so the products are delivered quickly and efficiently. Bottom line, delivers pet happiness – and there’s nothing really better than that. Their products are 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed (if your not happy call them and they pay for shipping the item back), they have expert pet care and product advice, over 200 of the best pet brands and 24/7 customer care. Another great benefit of is they have autoship for your pet food needs and orders under $49.00 are a flat rate shipping cost of $4.95. 200 SW 1st Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 1-800-67-CHEWY

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I was given one bag of Wellness CORE Grain-Free Protein Bars in exchange for a honest review.



We would like to thank out hosts Sugar The Golden Retriever and Oz The Terrier for this Chewy Hop.

Glory’s Scheduled Cesarean Section


We are six days into Glory’s scheduled cesarean section which took place at Veterinary Village on February 6, 2016. I chose to do a scheduled csec after talking in depth with Dr. Greer about Glory and what would be best for her and her puppies. Dr. Greer is my reproduction veterinarian for all my repro needs. I also consult my doctors where I work as a Veterinary Technician at Harmony Pet Clinic between us all we came up with a game plan. This breeding was a surgical AI using frozen semen that was also done at Veterinary Village, you can read that post here.

First we took into consideration that Glory didn’t have a “normal” whelp with her last litter. Glory gave birth to a dead puppy 5 hours after her last delivered live puppy. This puppy looked normal in all aspects except that it was dead. That constitutes not a “normal” whelp.

Second Glory’s due date landed on the weekend. If by some chance Glory had problems with her whelp and became distressed the reproduction clinic or an emergency clinic would be over a hour away that is not a good distance to have to travel with a bitch that is having problems delivering. The percentage of survival of puppies is higher with a scheduled csec than letting the bitch deliver naturally if the bitch becomes distressed and it turns into a emergency csec. This has been proven by Paula Moon study that she did “Perioperative risk factors for puppies delivered by cesarean section in the United States and Canada.” JAAHA 2000, Vol 36, N. 4, p. 359-368.

Third thing we took into consideration was that x-ray showed that Glory was going to have a large litter. Even know the x-ray shown that she was going to have at least 8 puppies Glory was very large which made me think she had more puppies in there than on x-ray for they were 8 really large puppies.

This decision is one that isn’t taken lightly and should be well thought out and discussed with your reproduction veterinarian. You know your dog and you know what you and your dog can handle so you need to do right is right for your pregnant bitch.

Without further adieu let me take you through Glory’s c-section experience.

Date: February 6, 2016 time to be at Veterinary Village 12 pm, time to leave Stancerville 11 am. Friends Tom and Irene (who own Josey from Glory’s last litter) arrived promptly at 10:45 am, we loaded up the van and were off on an adventure that we will never forget.

Supplies we took with.

Supplies we took with.

Supplies we took with: Comforter for Glory to lay on in the van, basket to bring the puppies home in, heating pad to keep the puppies warm, power inverter for the heating pad, blanket for puppies, towels for basket, notepad to keep notes, soda, cookies, camera, chocolate and chapstick for the vet staff.

Blood draw, catheter placement.

Blood draw, catheter placement.

Once we arrived at the clinic we checked in with the receptionist, Glory weighed in at 95.5#, we were then taken to our examination room where the pre-op stuff would take place. First Glory had her blood drawn for her pre anesthetic blood work which will check her internal organs check a complete blood count and a coagulation panel. While the blood work was being run on the in house chemistry analyzers Kassie one of the Veterinary Technicians placed the IV catheter. This would be for IV medications and for IV fluids during the procedure. She then received steroids through her catheter site as well as flush to   make sure the catheter was patient. An Adaptil collar was put on at this time. The collar which is a calming collar should be put on a couple days before any whelp. It has dog appeasing pheromones that help calm the mother.

ECG and shave.

ECG and shave.

While the steroids were incubating (needed at least 45 minutes) a ECG was taken of Glory’s heart to make sure it was beating correctly, they didn’t want any surprises in surgery if there was something that could of been detected before surgery. Her abdomen was then shaved so there could be a sterile surgical field lastly she was given a couple subcutaneous injections which were calcium, reglan and atropine. Calcium was given because it has been anecdotally reported to improve maternal skills and aids in uterine contractility. Reglan has been shown to improve lactation. Atropine will cross the placentas and aid in maintaining fetal heart rates. *taken from the book Dr. Greer wrote: Canine Reproduction and Neonatology. Published by Teton NewMedia.

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At 1:45 pm Glory was induced, intubated, hooked up to general anesthesia and IV fluids and prepped for surgery. When they are prepped a plastic drape is put down and only the incision area is scrubbed so the puppies are more apt to take to the nipples since nothing was put on them. Dr. Greer and Dr. Ahmann performed the c-section while Dr. Griffiths was monitoring the anesthesia as well as Glory and keeping track of the surgery as what puppy came out first and out of what horn of the uterus, what time the puppy came out and who it was given to in what color towel so the puppy could be kept track of from start to finish. Their were 4 support staff members handling the puppies as they came out. Heather and Cassidy are Veterinary Assistants, Cassie is a Technician and Dr. Greer/Griffiths daughter Katie was home for the weekend so she helped out also she is a nurse.

It’s show time, at 1:54 pm the first puppy was born, the last one was born at 1:59 pm.

The video shown what a well oiled team this is. Everyone had their duty and place.

Surgery report.

Surgery report.

Another puppy coming out.

Another puppy coming out.

The puppies were popping out like popcorn so more hands were needed on deck to help stimulate the puppies and get them warmed up and breathing good. The first stop for the puppies was at the puppy resuscitation center.

The more hands the merrier.

The more hands the merrier.

I thought the rubber maid container with heating pads inside of it was most clever. That way if you needed to let go of the puppy there was no chance of it falling off the table. There were heating pads in the bottom with a towel over it to keep the puppies warm. Each puppy came out and was put into a specific colored towel so they could keep track of who was who. At this table was where the puppy’s throat got suctioned out with a DeeLee Mucus trap, caffeine was given to help stimulate them, dopram was given if needed help breathing where oxygen was given too if needed. They stayed here until they were stable then were transferred to another table where another team member did their work on them.

Weight, id, umbilicus table.

Weight, id, umbilicus table.

At the weight, id and umbilicus table where the Dr’s daughter Katie was tying off the umbilical cords from the placenta using a sterile hemostat and suture material. Once tied off then the placenta could be cut off and the umbilical cord dipped in iodine. The puppy was weighed and a small spot of nail polish was placed on the head before it headed to the incubator to stay warm.

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The supervisor.

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Another puppy coming out and resuscitated.

The surgical suite.

The surgical suite.

While Dr. Greer was overseeing what what going on in the treatment room with the puppies Dr. Ahmann was suturing up Glory. Glory was done at 3 pm.

Glory in recovery.

Glory in recovery.

While Glory was in recovery the puppies were all doing well so I asked if the Dr. could remove their dewclaws right away so I didn’t need to make a trip back with them since I live a hour away. Each puppy had rear dewclaws that needed to be removed along with the fronts.

Removing dewclaws.

Removing dewclaws.

The technician holds the puppy pressing on the cephalic vein that goes down the leg at the elbow while stabilizing the leg for the doctor. A sterile surgical scissors is used to remove the dewclaw, kwik stop is applied and surgical glue is used to seal the incision. Once done the puppy was given to me to see if they wanted to nurse on Glory.

Trying to nurse.

Trying to nurse.

The puppies and Glory wanted no part of nursing. It was too soon for them so instead of taking any chances that they might not get Glory’s colostrum which is a valuable part for puppies to develop adequate passive immunity and should be given within 12 hours of birth Dr. Greer decided to get them started on fresh frozen plasma.

Giving plasma via tube feeding.

Giving plasma via tube feeding.

Since I needed to give the plasma once we were home via a feeding tube I needed a refresher course on tube feeding. I learned it in technician school but I haven’t had to do it in a very long time. Dr. Greer was explaining to me what I should do. You take a feeding tube and stretch the end of it to the last rib and the nose. You put a mark on the tube where the end of the rib landed. You then tip the head of the puppy down and insert the tube into the left side of the puppies mouth and guide the tube down the esophagus, once you get to the mark you made on the tube you hold the head in your hand while holding the tube and using your other hand you pinch the puppy to get it to cry, if it cries then the tube is in the stomach and not the trachea and then it is ok to administer the fluid. If you can’t get the puppy to cry then reinsert the tube.

That is a video of me tubing the puppy and giving it the plasma. Fresh frozen plasma can be purchased through HemoPet. The donor dogs have their health screenings so they are disease free so you don’t have to worry about introducing diseases. The tube feeding went well. Glory was recovered enough to go home with her pups so it was time to pack them up.

Time to go home.

Time to go home.

We took the puppies out of the incubator, placed them in their heated blanket and into the van we went.

Ice Cream for the ride home.

Ice Cream for the ride home.

On our way home we stopped for ice cream and of course I was busy texting my friends telling them all was well with everyone.

So far I am very pleased with my decision to do a scheduled c-section. I have the best well organized repro clinic a breeder could have. Since I am a technician and know how a facility should be run it was so nice to see this clinic being run that way. Everyone was so professional and took such good care of Glory and the pups. They all had their jobs and they did them well. I can’t thank the staff at Veterinary Village enough for allowing Tom, Irene and I to partake in such an amazing delivery. So far all 9 puppies are doing very well and so is Glory.


Barks And Bytes

We are joining Linda at 2browndawgs and Jodi at Heart Like A Dog for this great blog hop.


Eastwood Sisters Tour T-Shirts

This weekend I made my own Eastwood Sisters Tour T-Shirts. It was easy and fun when you read the instructions first! Note to other’s who want to make their own iron on transfers to put on things like t-shirts, bandannas, tote bags you should read the printing instructions completely before printing all the transfers that come in a package.

I bought my t-shirts and computer iron on transfer paper at Hobby Lobby. I used Transfer Magic Inkjet Transfer Paper.


Now going back to reading instructions, I have done transfers before and when I did them I needed to “mirror” the image so when you ironed it onto the t-shirt the image and writing was correct and not backwards. So I did what I did in the past, printed all 5 transfers and then went to iron them on the shirts and whoops I wasn’t suppose to “mirror” the image, I was to leave it the right way as that is how this transfer paper works. Gads! I just wasted all that ink and a whole package of paper! READ FIRST!

Now onto how I did this project.

IMG_4753First you want to pick your image and create your project. Read the transfer paper instructions and either “mirror” the image or leave it alone and then print out your design.


Lock up Gambler before you start your project or he will drag out a blanket and proceed to rip it.


Cut around the design and cut off the excess white paper.


Iron the shirt and let cool before you do the transfer. Iron on a hard surface not on a towel.


Read the instructions on how long you should iron over the transfer, times vary for full sheet transfers like this one I had to iron for 3 minutes.


Let the transfer cool for a bit then peel the backing off slowly.


Ta Da the final product.


I did 4 t-shirts today, I would of did 2 more but I ran out of transfer paper due to not reading instructions!

I also bought some tote bags from Walmart so I decided we needed tote bags for our show items.


you do the tote bag just like you do t-shirts, easy peezy.


I added the girl’s names and paw prints to the bags so we would know who’s was who’s. I used fabric paint for the names.


Josey got two bags as Tom can decide which bag he feels manly in and use for the show.


Preachers finished bag and t-shirts.

I think this project came out very well. Time will tell as to how the t-shirts hold up to the washer machine. The Eastwood Sisters tour will start in less than two weeks as they have a UKC show coming up on Feb 13-14, 2016. If they hit it big time maybe there will be shirts for sale to the general public.


One On One

This week at work Preacher got to have some one on one time again for some play exercise with her pal Weston the Rottweiler. Weston is a rescue rottie that my pal Teresa that I work with adopted a few months ago. Weston lives with his brother another adopted rottie Cyrus who is 8 years old. Both dogs train and compete in agility, lure coursing and carting. Teresa has no idea the up bringing of these boys but they sure have filled her life with tons of joy and love to be out there working. They are the sweetest boys you could meet. Preacher just loves her time with Weston as you can see from the photos.


The excitement is all in the eyes!

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I can take you Weston your Rottie butt has nothing on me!

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Preacher down, but not for long.

Sometimes the dogs just need some one on one exercise. That way they know it’s just the two of them and they can concentrate on each other vs worry about where the other dogs are and when someone else is going to do the sneak attack and bomb one of them. They had no troubles racing around in the snow and cold for over a half hour. They were tired pooches for the rest of the afternoon at work.


The fun and games continue every Friday with FitDog Friday, the weekly Blog Hop brought to you by To Dog With LoveSlimDoggy and Emma from Mygbgvlife to promote a healthy active lifestyle for pets (and their people, too!). Join in every Friday by linking up your FitDog story or visiting the blogs in the Hop.

Snow Snack

Snow Snack

Snow is nummy.

Snow is nummy.

Mom you have some on your face, let me get that!

Mom you have some on your face, let me get that! – Glory that is just my sugar it’s not snow!

There is something about snow that Nellie loves. When ever we are out side she is gobbling up the snow. At first when she did it a few years back I thought maybe she had a kidney problem or another disease that she needed water so she was eating snow to make up for it. I took her in and had bloodwork done and she was normal. No diseases to be had she just loves eating snow that much.

She makes a cute snow face doesn’t she? Do your dogs gobble up the snow too?

Nothing But Norman #125

Happy Saturday All!
Nothing But Norman

The WI duck hunting season is coming to a close. I only got out once to hunt ducks this fall, I did other hunting with the gang. We have public hunting grounds near our house that we will go to. The marsh isn’t very clean and back in 2008 when I went with Norman the water was down so it made it extra muddy. Norman looked like a black lab when we were done hunting. I couldn’t edit my photos, rotate or copy write them as for some reason I saved them in a read only feature.

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He was a very happy boy this day, me not so much as I had to bathe him when I got home.

Have a great weekend.

Nothing But Norman #102

Happy Saturday All!

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Last weekend on Fathers Day you might of seen my facebook pictures if your my friend on facebook, if your not my friend you can do so my searching for JoAnn Stancer (I think there is only one of me so easy to find). Since it was Fathers Day and Norman was a father to Nellie and Gambler I thought it would be nice to finally spread some of his ashes in my flower garden next to “his” blanket flower. I haven’t spread any of Norman’s ashes at my house since he has been gone. It’s nice to have him in my garden now. When I look at the flower I see Norman.

Gambler and Nellie, Norman’s kids. Norman is in the little cup.

Dad is that you?

Hi dad! It’s nice to see you again.

Dad is with us again.

Norman in is resting spot in my garden.

My friend Teri gave me a nice garden stake to put in my garden where I would put Norman’s ashes so I would never forget where he was. I put out the stake for the first time after I spread Norman’s ashes. What a lovely addition to my garden.

We are joining Ruckus The Eskie and Earl’s World for Sepia Saturday.


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#FuelTheCure With Zuke’s Loving Life Contest & Fundraiser

Today we are joining Oz The TerrierSugar the Golden Retriever for their part in Zuke’s The Dog And Cat Cancer Fund. They are helping to spread the word by hosting a Loving Life Contest & Fundraiser. All I have to do is write a blog post about my dog loving life with #FuelTheCure in the post title. How easy is that! Very easy for me because Gambler is always loving life so it’s no problem to show him off and help raise money for the Dog and Cat Cancer Fund. Zuke’s will donate $5.00 for each blog post.

Gambler was loving life the weekend he got his first AKC Master Hunter pass. Here are some photos my friend Kim S took of him while out in the field doing what he does best, retrieving birds and loving life while doing it!

What do you think? Is Gambler loving life?

If you would like to #FuelTheCure check out the contest by stopping over to Oz’s or Sugar’s blog and join in the fun while helping raise money for a great cause.

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Early Birthday Prezzie~Monday Mischief

Gambler turns 4 this Wednesday, stop back then to wish him a Happy Birthday and enter his Birthday Prezzie Pack giveaway. Since I won’t be able to spend time with him on his Birthday we had a little party before I left.

Birthday treats.

Oh look I got a mustache, I’m a man now that I am 4 years old.

Do you think there will be less mischief in Gamblers life now that he will be turning 4?

On a side note I wanted to let you all know that even know I don’t have any pictures yet but was told I have some coming, Gambler passed his first AKC Master Hunter test this weekend with John handling him. He finally broke the ice so hopefully he will continue to pass and achieve that title. What a great early Birthday prezzie to himself even know he doesn’t know it. Big treat’s for him when I get home.

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This is a Blog Hop. Thanks to Alfie’s BlogSnoopy’s Dog Blog , Luna, a Dog’s Life , and My Brown Newfies for setting up this hop. Please go to any of the sponsoring blogs to find out who else has been mischievous.

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Raise Your Paw If Your Happy~Black And White Sunday


We are joining Dachshund Nola & Sugar The Golden Retriever for the Black and White Sunday Blog Hop.

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