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Sneaky Pete Beer!
September 5, 2011, 7:46 pm
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We were at a local liquor store the other day, and look what we found!

It's Petey!

Sneaky Pete Imperial Ale. I probably haven’t mentioned that we’re what some might call “beer snobs.” We generally drink Dogfish Head’s 60 minute IPA as our every day beer (although it’s Punkin Ale all the way right now, and I will probably drink it all before it’s even technically fall-just like I have every year), and try to pick up other craft brews when we can. I am thrilled to report that, not only is Sneaky Pete named after Petey AND have him on the front, but it is delicious. We saved the packaging to frame the front square, and we saved a bottle of the beer as well. We attempted to take pictures of Petey with the bottle. This did not go well:

My beer?

Apparently, my camera has difficulty auto focusing on a moving puppy and a beer bottle at the same time.

Stupid shiny label.


It doesn’t help that boyfriend has taught Petey to ask for beer.


You can find more about Sneaky Pete IPA here.


It’s HOT
July 21, 2011, 4:49 pm
Filed under: Cool Stuff, Miscellaneous, Product Reviews

I’m sure I don’t need to tell you that there’s a massive heat wave sweeping the nation this week. Right now, the Weather Channel website says it’s 92 but feels like 107. It is disgustingly humid and as soon as you walk out the door you are soaked and choking for air. The news is advising everyone to stay inside, check on their elderly family members and drink lots of water. So what do my dogs think of this weather? They *#(&$ love it! They have been sitting at the back door begging to go lay on the deck all morning. This is not happening. They are both black dogs and one is nothing but fur. I’ve tried bribing them with vanilla rawhide bones (their favorite) to no avail. Yesterday they slyly convinced me that it would be a great idea to go the dog park so they could go swimming. And by swimming, I mean Chomper swimming while Petey runs around for 15 seconds before coming back to make sure I’m still watching. He wants nothing to do with the water. This probably stems from him falling in the pool the day this picture was taken. He’s a great swimmer, but he doesn’t see the fun in it at all. So my choices are to let them boil out in the heat alone (because you couldn’t pay me to go outside today) or sit and try to do work while they stare at me, then out the window, then back at me. Right now, I’m dealing with the staring.

If YOU’RE the kind of person who wants to be out in this scorching oven of a day, there are some ways to keep your dog cool (you’re on your own!).

The classic option is the kiddie pool (this one is available at Toys R U ). Cheap, relatively durable and small enough to fit in even the smallest yards. Fill it with just an inch of water for dogs who aren’t big swimmers, and they’ll enjoy laying it to keep cool. Fill it with 2 feet of water (it holds 3) for dogs who enjoy a splash. Toss in a tennis ball or other water retrieving toy and stand back (or join in and get wet too).

If you want something bigger (and WAY more expensive) try this bone-shaped pool from One Dog One Bone. It’s a whopper at 85 gallons, but it’s a whopper in price at $359 too. Still, it’s awesome looking. They have a cheaper, paw-shaped one available as well.

Outward Hound makes this awesome bandana that cools your pet while she wears it. Toss it in the freezer for a few hours before you go out and it will stay cool for hours.

If a cooling bandana isn’t enough for your dog, try Ruffwear’s Swamp Cooler vest. Soak it in water and the evaporation will keep your dog cool. Bonus in that it’s easy to re-soak it as opposed to throwing the bandana back into the freezer.

If you’re looking for a cheaper way to help your dog stay cool, there are a variety of awesome frozen treats you can provide your dog. You can even make them yourself using a Kong, ice cube trays or a small bowl. Fill one of these with anything you can freeze. I often use diluted chicken broth and add in a few pieces of kibble or a couple of treats. If you’re using your Kong, plug the small end with peanut butter and sit it in a large cup so that it stays standing while it freezes. Other things you can add in for freezable fun:

Mashed or chopped up pieces of fruit or veggies (avoid grapes, raisins, onions and mushrooms)

Baby food that does NOT contain onion powder. Check the label carefully.

Cottage cheese. Use a small amount as dairy can upset some dogs digestive systems.

Chicken or beef bullion cubes, without onion.


Pieces of meat



Peanut butter


If you have a big dog, try filling his bowl with water and some of the above as well as a toy or two and freeze the whole thing. Run the bowl under warm water once it’s frozen and you can give the giant ice cube as a big frozen puzzle toy! You may have seen zookeepers do this with polar bears and other wildlife. It’s a great (and cheap) enrichment activity.

Or, if you’re like me, just stay inside and run that air conditioner!