Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Fall Foliage in the Catskills

So I have heard that the mom likes to go to the Catskills in New York every year for leaf peeping hiking.  We went weekend before last but the foliage was not quite to mom's liking.  This is what it looked like.
Show me a boulder and I am on it.
I grab a power nap at every opportunity.

See, not a whole lot of colorfulness yet so the mom dragged me back last weekend.  OK, I went willingly.  VERY willingly.  I like me some hiking!  Look how much more leaf peeping there was to be had just one week later.

King of the World!

This hiking life becomes me.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Kurgo Seat Cover Chewy Review by The Mom #chewyinfluencer

Brodie's mom here to do this review because quite frankly, it's a product Brodie could care less about.  With all of the long drives to hikes this is something very useful and important to me. asked if we would like to review the Kurgo Dog Bench Seat Cover.  It was sent to us by free of charge in exchange for our honest opinion.
You  might recognize our old (I mean like 20 years old) L.L. Bean dog blanket.  It has served us well but required waterproof pads underneath to protect the seat.  It was time for a change.
There is actually a good reason I stayed with this old, threadbare LL Bean cover.  I had bought a waterproof car set cover a while back to replace it but the vinyl smell was so strong and hideous, I could not stand to have it in the car much less have Shawnee laying on it.  But I was pleased to see this Kurgo cover is BPA and Phthalate free.  All I noticed when I first I got in the car after installing the seat cover was a faint new smell that was not overpowering at all and I only noticed it twice, then no smell whatsoever.
The back of the box showing the various features.  Even though there are two storage pockets I have not used them yet but definitely would not put anything edible in them because that would just be asking for a disaster.  You will see what I mean in a bit.
The instructions look more complicated than it actually is to install the seat cover.  It does take a little time to get all of the adjustments right but once that is done it is the only time you need to do it.  I particularly like the fasteners labeled "E" - a tube on a cord that slips into where the seat crevice - does a fantastic job of keeping the cover in place.
And here we have the complete installation.
These pockets allow access to the seat belt fasteners.  So let's get Brodie a seat belt since this is now so easily accessible.
So here we are on our way to the Catskills in New York to go hiking, Brodie all decked out in his hiking harness and safely attached with a seat belt connected through the access pocket of the seat cover.
Unfortunately, in Brodie's case, this was not a good idea.  By the time we arrived he had chewed through both his harness and his new seat belt :(  Well, it's a great idea for most dogs.  Just not for Razor Jaws Brodie.  And this is why we will not be using the storage pockets for treats.
Because Brodie tends to get car sick, whether he eats before the ride or not, I just throw down a few towels and off we go.  There needs to be something to absorb the vomit or it just sits on top of the car seat cover.  (Sorry to make you visualize that.)
I'll spare you the actual picture of the vomit but with the dirty towel rolled up in the floor, you can see there is nothing on the seat cover and nothing soaked through to the car seat.  The top of the cover does get a wet spot so I just wipe the spot with a little bit of enzymatic cleaner and there has been no vomit smell in the car at all.

We have made two trips to the Catskills with the seat cover, a total of 10 hours of driving, and it has performed very well.  The seat cover does not move around, it contains what soaks through the towels and has cleaned up easily.  I haven't had to do a thorough cleaning yet but based on how it has held up through four vomit episodes so far, it shouldn't need a thorough cleaning very often at all.  We are heading out on a week long road trip soon and I am confident that this seat cover will do the job. 

Monday, October 2, 2017


Hi all.  Let me explain why you are seeing another new dog on the block.  What happened to Rocky?  Well, you see, Rocky was putting the bitey on people without warning and after being all happy, happy, happy.  He sent a vet tech to the hospital, almost bitied the boy and he did bitey the mom but not seriously.  So the V-E-T and the mom decided when Rocky's 10 day bitey hold was up that he was too dangerous and they sent him to heaven so he can come back as a better dog next time.  The mom thinks his peoples who put him in the shelter jail did know about this problem but tried to pass it off on somebody else to deal with.  Grrrr on them.
My mugshot from when I was at the shelter jail.
So the mom's friend is like a boss at the shelter jail where I was.  Some nice peoples found me running loose in Jersey City and brought me to the shelter jail.  The mom's friend told her she should check me out, that she could just see me being a hiking dog.  The mom named me Brodie, I am about 3-4 years old and I promise not to put the bitey on anybody.  What do you think?  Do I look like a good hiking dog?
Not the big mean city street but I think I can dig this.
What does a dog do with this?
A bear!  I saw a real live BEAR!
I think I'm liking this hiking business.
Hike #2
Starting to look like I belong here, no?
Meet the new hiking dog.