Holiday Traditions

I was compensated for this post by Nutrish. However, all thoughts, opinions and anecdotes are my own.


Hey everybuddy! Mayzie here! Happy New Year’s EVE! Are you planning a big pawty tonight? We are…right after the humans go to bed. Teehee! I’ve even got my pawty hat on (which is really Smudge’s unicorn hat but he said I could have it…isn’t that nice of him?).

mayzie unicorn

I was wondering…do you and your family have any traditions for the holidays? We sure do. Our biggest and most traditional thing we do, though, is hop in the car and head to another place about 87 hours away called Oklahoma. Yep. We do this every single year.


See, mom and dad both grew up in this Oklahoma place and so all their human family lives there. And this is the one time of the year that they get to see all of their peoples.

It’s always a little kerazy cuz we go from place to place to place. We had FIVE Christmases in FIVE days, if you can believe it! But as you can see, it was super duper lots of fun!

fam christmas 1

Of course, MY very favoritest tradition is the super big stuffie toy I get from my Aunt Patti every year.

mayzie with stuffie

Isn’t she cute? I can’t wait to pull out all her fluff!

So what about YOU? What are your very favoritest howliday traditions every year? Tell me all about ’em in the comments!

Pets & Peeps: Spending Time Together

Disclosure: I was compensated by Nutrish for this post. However, all thoughts, opinions and experiences are my own.

Hi everybuddy! Well, first, I just want to point out that I, Mayzie, was the ORIGINAL Nutrish Ambassadog in this family. But it seems El Smudgo has been getting all the glory lately as DiploCat.

Honest, it really doesn’t bother me all that much. I’m pretty good at sharing. But when Nutrish asked us to write about how we spend time together, I told Smudge that this postie was ALL MINE.

Mayzie sash

Now there’s lots of ways that mom and dad and Ranger and me spend time together. We go for walks and we hang out on the couch and we go on picnics and we help mom work. All super funball times.

But as you guys prolly know, one of the Most Fun and Exciting things we do together is go on our Shall-Ay Adventures. When we’re off in our Shall-Ay, there’s no phones or tee-vees or ‘puters or anything. It’s just us, hanging out as a family, going for hikes and just relaxing. It’s GREAT!

Most unfortunately, it’s been awhile since we got to go Shall-Aying but I realized we never did share abouts our last trip. So I thought this would be the PAWFECT time to do it!

This last time, we went to a place called the Angel of Shavano campground near a town called Salida here in Collie-rado.


Gosh, was it ever pretty! It mighta been one of the prettiest ones we’ve been to so far. And you know what else was great about it? There’s something called the Colorado Trail that runs right through it!

colorado trail

Now the Colorado Trail is 500 miles long and goes all the way from Denver to Durango. So, um, we did NOT do that. We just did a teensy part of it but it was super duper cool! Well, actually, it was a little hot but we thought it was great!

mitch dogs colorado trail

The next day, all of a sudden the temperatures were WAY cooler and it got kinda rainy. So mom and dad said that we were going to drive to a place called Monarch Pass.

monarch pass

Monarch Pass is located on something called the Continental Divide at 11,312 feet. So we were WAY up there!


monarch pass overlookThey have what they call a “tram” that’ll take you all the way up to the tippy top of the mountain. And guess what? They let dogs ride, too! And guess what else? As soon as I saw that contraption, I told mom and dad and Brudder Ranger there was NO WAY they were getting me on it.

monarch pass tram

So since it was so nice and cool and cloudy, they let me and Brudder Ranger stay in the truck and they rode that kerazy thing to the top. When they got back, mom was all, “Oh, LOOK how beautiful it was, Mayzie! You totes shoulda gone.”

monarch pass view

Have I mentioned my mom is cuckoo??

Anyway, when we got back, we went on another little hike on the Colorado Trail and then konked out for the night.

The next day, it was bright and sunny again but we had to pack up and come home. I sure wish we coulda stayed longer.

Oh, well, mom says we’ve got another adventure coming up pretty soon and I can hardly wait to see where we go next!

Yep, spending time with our humans is pretty pawsome! I bet you love to spend time with yours, too!

Your turn: What do YOU like to do best with your humans? I’d love it if you’d leave me a comment and let me know!

Fine Dining from Nutrish and Rachael Ray

I was compensated by Nutrish for this post. However, all thoughts, opinions and anecdotes are mine.

Hey everyone! Smudge here! Remember how I told you that Miss Rachael Ray picked ME, Smudge, to be one of her DiploCats?

smudge the diplocat

Well, one day as I was fluffing up my DiploCat hat, the doorbell rings and there’s this big box addressed to “DiploCat Smudge.” I couldn’t wait to open it but unfortunately, without opposable thumbs, I HAD to. Sigh.

Anyway, when Mom FINALLY opened it for me, LOOK what was inside!

Nutrish for Cats

There was Nutrish for Cats dry and wet food, a bag of catnip, a human recipe for Mom and a gift card to buy the stuff in the recipe! And there was also a nice letter saying that the Nutrish peoples wanted both the cats AND the humans to have dinner on them!

So mom went out right away and bought the stuff for the nommalicious recipe. But, um, between you and me, Mom is no Rachael Ray in the cooking department. Here’s the recipe, along with a Most Gawjuss picture of how it’s s’posed to look…

rachael ray salmon recipe

And, um, here’s what Mom’s looked like…

Rachael Ray Recipe

But that’s okay, cuz Mom and Dad both said it was YUMM-OH!

Then it was time for us kittehs to try out OUR foodables. First, there was the Salmon and Brown Rice dry food. Now, Queen Abby and I only eat wet food but mom thought we might like it as treats. And boy, DO WE EVER! We line up as soon as we hear mom opening the jar where the Pellets of Deliciousness live.

cats nutrish dry

(Sorry for the blurry picture. Mom says it’s hard to hold the food in one hand, the camera in the other, and snap the photo while we’re both looking up at the same time. Whatevs. I mean, she has opposable thumbs. What is SHE complaining about?)

Then it was time to try the wet cat food. As you can see, this one is the Paw Lickin’ Chicken & Liver Recipe.

nutrish wet cat food


Mom wasn’t sure we’d eat it cuz we generally prefer the pate style of food and this one is all chunky with REAL chicken and stuff. But as soon as she put it down, Queen Abby and I licked our plates CLEAN!

smudge nutrish wet cat food

Nutrish for Cats isn’t only DEElicious, it’s healthy for us kittehs, too. They have REAL meat in them and there’s no by-products, artificial flavors or artificial preservatives! The dry food doesn’t have corn, wheat or soy in it, and the wet food doesn’t have any kind of grains. Both are just 100% tasty wholesome awesomeness!

Now that I have your tastebuds watering, if you are a kitteh OR a doggie and want to try Nutrish food or treats for your own self, just click on this linkie (or the picture below) to get some coupons and save your humans some green papers. You’ll be super happy you did!


DiploCat Smudge…over and out!

Cat-tacular Nutrish News!

This post contains sponsored links from Rachael Ray Nutrish.

Hey everyone! Smudge here.

Okay, so you know how the Rachael Ray lady asked Mayzie to be a Nutrish Ambassadog?

Mayzie sash

Well, that was all well and good but, ahem, between you and me, it kind of went to that big brindle head of hers. It got to where she refused to take off the ambassadog sash and she was always shining up her tiara. I know, I know. Doesn’t seem like Mayzie, right? But when there’s a tiara involved, strange things can happen.

Then the other day, the phone rings and guess who’s on the other line? Rachael Ray! (Note from mom: it was an email and it wasn’t from Miss Ray but around here, one learns not to fight it.)

So Mayzie’s all, “Oh! Miss Rachael is calling for ME! Wait a sec while I shine up my tiara.” But as it turns out, no! RR (that’s what I call her…RR) wants to talk to ME.

See, it turns out that she has developed a new food called NUTRISH for CATS and she wondered if I, Smudge, would be interested in being a Nutrish DiploCat!! Well, of course, I said yes!

rachael-ray-nutrish-for-cats-logoThe next thing you knew, a box arrived with my very own sash. No tiara but that was okay. I just went and found mom’s old graduation cap which totally makes me look uber dignified. Ranger says that DiploCats don’t wear graduation caps but how would he know? I mean, he’s a DOG.

smudge the diplocat

Anyway, we’re all super excited about this new cat food around here because…

1. It’s Super Wholesome

RR’s food was inspired by recipes that SHE makes for herself! Plus, it’s got yummy and healthy stuff like real meat and it doesn’t have by-products, fillers, or junk ingredients so it’s seriously good stuff.

2. It Comes in Wet AND Dry

Now here’s the thing…I REALLY love dry food. But then we found out I have a stone sitting around in one of my kidneys. (I have NO idea how it got there. I did NOT eat it, I swear.) So the vet guy says, “Smudge needs more water to keep that stone where it belongs and to keep others from showing up. You ought to think about adding wet food to his diet.” Which was A-OK by me. So it’s nice that RR came out with both kinds.


3. Rachael’s Rescue Rocks!

As Mayzie has told you in the past, RR donates some of the proceeds from the sale of her food to help animals in need. So far, Rachael’s Rescue has donated more than $6MILLION to help less fortunate four-leggers. So that means whenever you buy Nutrish food, YOU are helping make a difference in the lives of others. Pretty nifty, huh?

4. You Can Find It Right in Your Grocery Store

Okay, I don’t really care all that much about this but Mom seems to think it’s super duper pawsome that she can just pick up our food when she goes to pick up THEIR food. Humans get excited about crazy things sometimes.

Anyway, to find out where your human can buy it, click on this linkie here.

5. They gave us a coupon to give to you!

Now, as we all know, humans LOVE to save those green papers. So Nutrish gave us a coupon to give to you. All you have to do is click on this linkie — get a coupon here — and I’m sure it’ll just make your human’s day!

Whew…okay, you let me know if you have any questions. And in the meantime, I’m gonna go take a nap. Who knew being a DiploCat would be so exhausting? YAWN!


Disclosure: I received compensation for writing this post. However, opinions and anecdotes expressed here are mine.

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