Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Aaaaand We're Back!

First things first, Kelly and Gibson, Betty and Koda, and Karen and Butterball thank you so much for the wonderful treat reviews! I really hope you enjoyed your snacks. I hope to have the shop up and running within the next week or so.

Now to explain where we disappeared to the past two weeks. We went from Idaho to Utah, to Wyoming, to Nebraska, to Iowa, to Illinois, to Indiana, and Michigan. We then traveled back through Indiana, Illinois, and Iowa, but then we ventured to South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, and arrived back in Idaho. If you counted, that's 10 states in just over 2 weeks! Whew!

Now why would we make a crazy trip like that you ask? One of my best friends from high school got married. You may ask yourself, "Why would they drive over 2000 miles with two dogs?" Well we knew we wanted to spend some time with our families in Michigan and it's just too pricey to board the dogs for that long. Plus Bender IS an adventure dog, and this sure was one long adventure!

We did a bunch of touristy stuff along the way. We stopped by The Henry Ford in Detroit, "The Future Birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk" in Riverside Iowa, The Danish Windmill in Elk Horn Iowa, Wall Drug in South Dakota, The Geographic Center of the Country in South Dakota, The Aladdin Tipple in Wyoming, and Devils Tower in Wyoming! We also stopped by Western Michigan University to walk the dogs around campus.

The Dogs and I on campus.

Our beautiful campsite at sunrise at Lake Vermillion State Park in South Dakota

The Aladdin Tipple in Wyoming

Casey and the dogs in front of Devils Tower. Casey isn't angry it's just difficult to hold 2 dogs still in low light conditions in a busy parking lot.

Bender did surprisingly well in the car this trip. He only panted the first day, after that he sat like a lead brick on our laps. By the end he was even sleeping in the car! Yes, the only way Bender will sit in the car is if he can sit in the front seat on the passenger's lap. Let me tell you, 4 days in a car with a 35lb corgi on your lap isn't as fun as it may sound.

For those of you who aren't my Facebook friends you can see all of the July 2010 Roadtrip photos by clicking the link.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Peabody Snarflenubbins & Co.

This is a post for my taste testers, Gibson, Butterball, Koda, and Stanley. Your treats were shipped today! Expect them within 2-3 days (I'd say Tuesday due to the holiday weekend.)

They should stay fresh, you'll have to let me know. (It's all new to me!)

The treats you'll receive are in the only packaging I could find in my small town. Yup, dollar store brown paper bags. I'm looking into ordering tin tie bags with windows so you can see the treats and they'll stay nice and fresh.

Also, you have the quickest label C could whip up for me. The final label will look like this:

I'm shopping the labels around to printers to find out how much it will cost to print them up. I'm also having C make ingredient labels. (If you want to know what went into your treats, shoot me an email!)

The finished product after 2 days of baking.

Bender, my taste tester. "But I wants 'em ALL ma!"

You should be receiving a mix of Oatmeal Crunchies, Peanut Butter Bones, Beef 'n Barley Bones, Bark'n Banana Biscotti, Snickerpoodles, Apple Snackums, and Apple and Sweet Potato Snackums. (I sent enough so that if you like them you can share with your friends, although I know how difficult that can be fore little corgis!)

Also, unfortunately one of you won't get the Apple and Sweet Potato Snackums. I made the boxes up in our local Target parking lot while sitting in my front seat, and after I sealed all the boxes I discovered the lone bag of treats. I didn't want to rip open all the boxes, I'm sorry!

If you get the treats and decide you like them and you wish to donate $ to help start the ETSY shop (printing labels, buying bags, buying groceries to make treats, etc...) you can send $ via paypal! - any donation is appreciated.

Also, if you like them - spread the word! The more people that know the better!