Tuesday, September 16, 2014

New Pet

Costco Exclusive

Do you have a Costco nearby? American Girl has released three Pet-House Sets exclusively for Costco (not sure about the other warehouse stores). The pups are not in the current catalog nor are they available through the AG website.

They do coordinate with the bed and collar sets. Fancy Pomeranian, Funky Terrier, and Preppy Sheepdog. All are super cute and it was hard to decide. Each kit contains a dog, the dog's toy, two feeding dishes, a book, and a cardboard dog house you get to color, decorate and assemble. Pretty decent for $29.99.

I don't have pictures of all three sets, but Rhonda at Living a Doll's Life has a really good one. The Funky Terrier is brown and white, marked like a Jack Russell. The Preppy Sheepdog is black and white more like an Australian Sheepdog than the long-haired, English Sheepdog. The Fancy Pomeranian is pale yellow. Buy one of these and all you need is the matching bed, collar set, and outfit. The extras from AG come to $56 and until September 22, 2014 AG is offering free shipping on orders of $50. [Looks like the princess and dreamy beds are back ordered, the funky bed is available.] Of course, you can design your own for much less.

Today, I'm reviewing the one that joined our family.

Fancy Pomeranian

Unboxing

The box is really cute. A nice big window so you can see the puppy and some of the accessories.
Everything that is included.
Back and one side panel.

The cardboard dog house is tucked behind the main scene in the box and contained in a plastic bag. not only can you color it yourself, but there are stickers and other things included too. More on this later. (The really white item you can see is the place mat...it's just a piece of paper. You can color and decorate it, but it is very flimsy. I didn't even know what it was at first.)

The scene slides out. Nothing is loose. Everything is really secure, but not too hard to release.

Pomeranian and accessories removed.
The raffia and plastic bands left marks in the fur, so I brushed and fluffed the puppy. She did lose some fur, but not noticeably. Her fur is nice and soft. Her body is solid like Meatloaf, but with limited articulation in the leg and neck joints.
A close up of the two feeding dishes. They are just like the ones that came with Meatloaf, but pink.
Here is the toy purse. The design makes it look like it might open, but it does not.
She holds it very well at her mouth. The magnet is strong. She can even hold the brush I used for grooming.

Her one paw features the AG star.
The book is really nice. Lots of pages and ideas and goodies specific for this pup. Only showing a few pages, it's a pretty thick book.




The one funny item is the passport. She has a passport and certificate of adoption, but not a shots record book or rabies certificate.

The Dog House

The dog house is made of nice thick cardboard. The house has a tab to secure the fourth corner. The balcony also attaches with tabs. The roof...does not. It just perches on top.

One drawback - neither the house nor the balcony stay square, so the roof does not fit flat. Looks more like the Shrieking Shack right now - all disjointed like that. I think after it is colored and gets some folding and unfolding it will finish more solidly.
doesn't matter to the pup...she likes her house.



Our New Pup!

According to the American Kennel Club, "the Pomeranian is a cocky, animated companion with an extroverted personality." And the breed name is derived from the geographic region of origin which is now part of Germany and Poland (although Woofpedia notes Iceland as the country of origin.) Queen Victoria kept and bred Pomeranians.

We don't have a name for her yet. Still thinking - Pom Pom keeps popping up, but that's the nickname for the breed. Any suggestions?

Thank you for stopping.

Best wishes,

Monday, September 15, 2014

Wildlife Watching

Nana Kestrel's Backyard

Melody, Kaya, both

Nana Kestrel and Great Auntie DiPawl went to Canada. While she was away, Xyra would visit and take care of her kitties and the wildlife out back.

She has lots of feeders.
But not just feeders - a place where the birds and other wildlife feel comfortable and can find food, water, and shelter.
One day we went along to help.
Well, to watch.
We saw chipmunks...



and bluejays...


and doves...

and cardinals...(sorry, this one is a little blurry.)
Can you find the cardinal in this picture? Look very closely.
and other birds...

 

and a really cool humming bird! Can you spot it here?
The humming bird is easier to see in here.
With so many birds around, there have to be some feathers for a project I'm working on. So I headed out to search. I found blue ones, dove grey ones, and a red one. So cool!


Do you like to watch birds? Do you keep a photo journal of them? What is your favorite bird?

Do you like to watch wildlife? What is the most interesting mammal you've encountered?

Thank you for stopping.

Best wishes,