Thursday, February 24, 2011

Thundershirts, A Trial.....

We are both terrified of thunderstorms.... The Momma thinks it is because of Hurricanes Ike and Rita.  We were living in Houston at the track we raced at when they came thru the area.  Maybe that is why, or maybe we have always been afraid... we are not telling, we just don't like thunder!

Well The Momma has tried a few things, melatonin seems to take the edge of the fear away if we are given the melatonin in time. In Texas during springtime storms pop up out of nowhere so sometimes it is too late to give pills and have them kick in in time.

What usually happens when a storm gets noisy is we begin to pace the house, shaking, drooling and whining.  We cannot be consoled by petting or hugging or being near The Momma or anyone else.  We only want to hide in the hallway where there are no windows.  So The Momma drags two beds in the hall for us and we stand on them to do our whining, shaking and drooling. If the storm is at night and lasts for 5 hours..... The Momma is up with us the entire time.

Well when The Momma found out about Thundershirts she was at the point where she would try anything (before going to prescription meds) and decided to give them a try.  We got them a few days ago and today we had our first storm come thru.

We had a TON of people ask us if they worked when we posted about them on Facebook because their dogs are afraid too.... so we decided to post our experience :)

Last night we ate wearing our shirts, to associate them with good things.  This morning The Momma knew the storms were forecasted so she went ahead and put them on us early and we ate wearing them again and got extra treats when she put them on us.  The storm that came thru was not bad at all, The Momma counted maybe 2 times that she heard thunder but we had some periods of high winds and heavy rain and the storm was also noisy just because of that.  Nelson laid on the sofa the entire storm (something he rarely does even when it ISN'T storming) with almost no reaction to the two thunderbooms. 

Bully was laying on his bed in it's normal spot during most of the storm, when the thunder sounded he stood up, walked over to The Momma and whined a few times.  He did not go to the hallway, and he did not start shaking or drooling.  after the two thunderbooms were done and a few minutes had passed he went back to his bed and laid down.

So what have we learned? We are not yet sure of the full effectiveness of the shirts just yet.  This was by no means a typical noisy Texas storm.  BUT The Momma sees that they do have a calming effect. Nelson in a Thundershirtless situation would have FLOWN off the couch and into his panting hiding routine at the first sign of thunder.

We have storms forecasted on Sunday too, we will report their effectiveness during that storm as well...... The Thundershirt site says that most dogs have an immediate calming response when the shirt is put on and usually a few more times of wearing it during stressful situations can increase the effectiveness.  We shall see! As of right now we are optimistic!

-Bully and Nelson

(B&N are wearing size large, they weigh 76 and 78 pounds and have a chest measurement of 32 inches, if they were much larger they would probably need the size XL)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Star Wars Trilogy

the good three, not those stupid prequels!

Cast of Characters
Obi-Wan Kenobi....... Stepper
Luke Skywalker......... Bully
Princess Leia.............. Fiona
Han Solo.................... Nelson
Darth Vader............... Cabby
Lando Calrissian......... Streamer

we had the streaming links posted here but it seems it may have been causing some people trouble with loading our page!!! We want everyone to still be able to come here without issue so we have changed the imbedded videos to outside links to each movie :) each link will take you to for viewing!

-Bully and Nelson

Wordless Wednesday

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Kung Fu Fighting



Round 3

our favorite! Awesome moves Bully!


-Bully and Nelson, Snow Boys

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Calendar is LIVE!!!

for those of you who have waited so patiently..... part of the reason this has taken so long is because it takes a MASSIVE amount of time to gather and edit all the pics... plus we were hope-hope-hoping for SNOW!!! so we could have the perfect picture for December and January ;) Well our wish for snow was granted and two of the pics from yesterdays post have made it onto the calendar!

here is a quick sneak peek


Pretty cool huh? now here is where it gets weird.... We LOVE our pirates picture.. you know the one, it is awesome! well the size of that pic is too small to fill the whole page of the calendar without getting blurry so we had to add a black border. so we are offering TWO versions of the calendar....Here is what October looks like in the ARRRG! version ---

We know that some of you may not like the smaller picture and black border (after all the BIG ones in the rest of the calendar) so we also have a PILOT version as well, in this version the pilots get the October spot-----

(don't worry, the pilots picture is also in the ARRRG! calendar version, but in the February spot, to celebrate the GALT Gala on February 26th which has an aviation theme!)

so click on each link and check out all the fabulous pikkies and choose which October version you like best and order accordingly! Thanks to everyone for your patience!

Pilots in October version
ARRRG! Pirates in October version

Bully and Nelson

edited to add- Order from our store by following the links above!!! if you order by searching cafepress for Bully and Nelson products THEY WILL CHARGE YOU MORE for every product! My set price for calendars is $18.99, the cafepress site price is $20! Our prices in our specific "Bully and Nelson" store are always lower!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Snow Day!

Hello Friends!!! It has been a while since we have been able to sit down and post a blog entry!  Today required us to stop and take it slow though because we got SNOW!!!

The Momma has been sick the last week or two, it seems to never end for her, the poor thing.  So she spent some of her sick time shopping for new collar ribbons online. Well on Saturday she got the last of her bokses of ribbons in and has over 40 brand new ribbons to add to the site! whew she has her work cut out for her, good thing we just supervise ;)

She ordered some ribbon special just for us (and some for Cabby too) so today while the snow was coming down heavy she sewed our new collars together! Then we got to show them off in the beautiful snow!

It was very cold so were only out there for a few minutes, The Momma was only able to get a few pictures.  So as soon as we got in we went straight to the fire to get all toasty again!

Well we have done a few updates to the blog, we took down our featured siblings that had been adopted (yay!) and now we have FOUR sets up! The GALT ones have not had pictures added yet but as soon as The Momma can get them photoshopped she will plug them in there and you can see the sibbies sweet faces.  If you are interested in a sibbie pair we have featured just click on their picture and it will take you to the site where you can find more info on them!

We also are pondering a calendar of our very own for this year, we have a poll up if you would like to vote, you can see it at the top right hand column.  The reason we are thinking of starting it on February is because by the time we get it set up and ready to order and you add shipping time January may be over, or darn close to it.  If the calendar started on February it would give you 2012's January in THIS January's place.

Hope you enjoyed our warm and cozy pictures! Stay tuned near the end of this month for our next picture contest!  The Momma has had it in the plans for a while now and just has not had the time! This contest will be open to hounds of ALL breeds!

Stay warm and loved <3
Bully and Nelson