Keepsake

July 6, 2012 § 10 Comments

I love a good deal. And so, ever since the Groupon phenomenon swept onto the shores of Singapore a couple of years back, I have been perusing the website on an almost daily basis in search of bargains. Many moons ago, there was an amazing deal from Photobook Singapore. For S$21 you can design your very own digital photo album, then have it professionally printed and bound into a hardcover book. As a scrapbook fanatic and avid bibliophile, this was one deal I could not pass up on! 

I had six months from the date of the Groupon purchase to complete and submit my digital photobook—easy peasy, I thought. Well, the months went by and in late June it occurred to me that I had yet to start on the photobook. With only days before the expiry of the Groupon, I went on a mad dash to piece together what would become the pages of the photobook. It was a race against time and for eight hours straight I was glued to the computer screen trying to figure out the software, manipulating photos, and keeping hydrated with lots of water while working through the unbearable afternoon heat. There were times during those long hours when I asked myself: “Why, oh why, did you fall for this Groupon temptation? Why didn’t you just go for that manicure deal instead. Heck, even that 1-for-1 buffet deal sounds pretty good right now.”

At last, the photobook was accomplished and with a click of the mouse it was sent off for printing. Then, it was just a matter of waiting for the finished product to arrive at our doorstep. Within a few short days, a package was delivered in the quiet hours of the night. Lil’ Miss Busybody was eager to help with the unwrapping of the package.

Ta-da! “The Adventures of Lil’ Miss Red Maple Leaf: The Story of Our First Year” …starring none other than the little nugget herself. I have to say, I’m quite pleased with the quality of the finished product. In fact, I was half expecting some of the images to come out grainy because I didn’t have the time nor stamina to make improvements. Somehow or other, everything seemed to work out in the end (which shows that even non-techies, like me, can miraculously churn out a decent photobook). Here’s a sneak peek into the pages of what has now easily become a favourite keepsake of ours…

Disclaimer: HAPPY.BARK.DAYS is an independent entity and was not paid to write this review by any of the commercial enterprises mentioned in the article.

Flight Of The Bumblebee

March 23, 2012 § 11 Comments

Poor Teddy. Teddy was munchkin’s birthday present. And, boy, did Lil’ Miss Maple love him… to death. Who knew that Maple’s lovebites could have caused Teddy to sprout cotton batting out from his nose. We certainly couldn’t let Maple continue on with this dangerous love affair, for fear of her swallowing some of Teddy’s cotton innards.

We had to find a more durable partner for Miss Maple, one that would survive her playful antics. And we did. The KONG Wubba (S$12.50 @ Polypet) passed the test and has proven that it could live up to our rough-and-tough furball. What has made the Wubba even more endearing, in Maple’s eyes, is that it squeaks when its middle is squeezed. *squeak, squeak, SQUEAK*

Unfortunately, for a small dog like Maple, it takes quite a bit of force to make the Wubba squeak. She knows the Wubba can spout all kinds of funny noises, and it frustrates her to no end that she can’t make it ‘speak’ with her jaws alone. That’s when the thrashing begins!

Feisty Miss Maple has learnt that if she slams the Wubba hard enough against the floor, it may let out a squeak.

We’re so pleased with the results of the Wubba. Mind you, we often have to initiate the play by exciting Miss Maple with the Wubba, as she will seldom pick it up on her own. But, once we have her hooked, she’ll go at it until she tires herself out. Here she is after a play session… Zzzz…

And, to give you a better idea of how Miss Maple entertains herself with the Wubba, check out her performance in the “Flight of the Bumblebee”! Have a buzzing great weekend, everyone :D

Disclaimer: HAPPY.BARK.DAYS is an independent entity and was not paid to write this review by any of the commercial enterprises mentioned in the article.

Something New From Something Old

November 10, 2011 § 10 Comments

The KONG has grown on me and I think I’m starting to become a fan of this wobbly, cone-shaped, rubber toy for dogs. What I like about the KONG is its versatility—you can stuff your pupster’s food in it to make mealtime a little more challenging, fill it with yogurt and toss into the freezer for a delectable KONGsicle, hide some treats in it then place inside a long sock for your pooch to remove, or play fetch with it outdoors.

Recently, I discovered another way to adaptively re-use Maple’s KONG toy. I had a bundle of packing rope that I was about to store away when the idea came to mind: Why not braid the rope into a sturdy cord and stuff the knotted end into a KONG toy? This oh-so-simple D.I.Y project hardly requires an instruction manual!

Ta-da! Now Miss Maple has a ‘new’ toss/chew toy that looks strangely familiar yet has a hint of intrigue that an inquisitive pupster like her will find irresistible. 

“That looks like my KONG, but is it?”

Maple gingerly stepped forward to investigate her new toy then, without further hesitation, pounced on it. Grasping the cord between her paws like a little lioness who had forgotten her table manners, Maple was thrashing her head side-to-side and wrestling with her fictitious ‘prey’. From a distance, my camera went click-click-click-click-click at rapid speed but to no avail. This mini lightening bolt was just too fast to capture on film.
Alas, with all that energy spent, our model finally provided a quiet moment of stillness… just long enough for me to snap a photo! I think this new toy will entertain Miss Maple for quite some time to come and, when the fun eventually does expire, it’ll be time for us to find yet another new innovation for the KONG.

Disclaimer: HAPPY.BARK.DAYS is an independent entity and was not paid to write this review by any of the commercial enterprises mentioned in the article.

The 7 Links Challenge

October 16, 2011 § 11 Comments

This post is one that I have been keen to work on ever since I received the challenge from our blogging friend, Didi, whose easy-to-relate articles in My Little Dog have endeared me to her adorable Whippet, George. But, as life would have it, urgent tasks and mundane day-to-day activities had a way of competing for my time—and so, this post was left to simmer on the backburner. Now, two months on, I am ready to get cooking again and take on the challenge! Follow me as we go back in time to visit some of our most memorable posts.   

1.) Most Beautiful Post

Maple on the Cover of Vogue Magazine!

If you have made it to Vogue like Lil’ Miss Maple has, then it must surely mean that you are beautiful (lol)! Check out this post for a link to a fun website that allows you to create illusional, yet almost realistic, images of fame—give it a whirl for yourself, or your furry friend. It promises to be a lot of laughs.

2.) Most Popular Post

The Birthday Girl

They grow up so fast, don’t they? In a blink of an eye, our little pipsqueak transformed from a rambunctious puppy to a demure lady (when she feels like it). Many thanks to all of Maple’s friends in the blogosphere who turned up for the celebration!

3.) Most Controversial Post

Rubber Ducks & Jumping Frogs

We were shocked when we brought home free sample packs of a particular shampoo brand that turned out to be illegitimate distributions. Well, we certainly didn’t hesitate to toss those out immediately. Now we have found a new shampoo product for Miss Maple that she loves and that we do, too! We hope to share it on our blog soon.

4.) Most Helpful Post 

Review: Orijen Puppy vs Acana Pacific

Selecting just the right kibbles formula for your pooch can be as challenging as finding a partner for life (well, almost). If Maple could have it her way, she would not stay in a monogamous relationship with any one particular brand of kibbles but, rather, try out a different variety every day of the week. So, how does one find the perfect match when the options are endless? Based on our blog’s statistical results, this post received the highest readership. I guess we’re not the only ones facing the same dilemma when it comes to food-shopping for Miss Maple.

5.) The Post Whose Success Surprised Me The Most

O Romeo, Romeo, Where For Art Thou? 

As the title suggests, this is a tale featuring Lil’ Miss Maple as the starlet who gets entangled in a love triangle. Although Maple’s romantic encounters helped to set the premise behind this post, the actual story is a documentation of our dining experience at a local doggie cafe. I guess when you toss some food and romance into the mix, it will make for a very surprising recipe.

6.) The Post I Feel Didn’t Get The Attention It Deserved

I Spy With My Little Eye

In this particular post, I attempted to capture photos (as if they were taken through Maple’s eyes) of everyday objects around the house that hold some kind of special appeal for the little tyke. It turned out to be a fun exercise and made me appreciate Maple’s world a little more! 

7.) The Post I Am Most Proud Of

A New Year, A New “Leash” On Life

With this first post, Happy.Bark.Days was born! But, more than it representing our inaugural step into the blogosphere, this post reminds me of how far we have come in accomplishing the list of 2011 New Year’s Resolutions. In the 10 months that Maple has been with us, there have been moments of pain (the kind you get when you’re pulling hair from your scalp out of sheer frustration) and pleasure (the kind that lifts your heart up after a long and difficult day). Raising a tough little cookie like Maple has not been the easiest of tasks, but it sure has been the most rewarding! 

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And, now, in the spirit of The 7 Links Challenge, we would like to pass this fun endeavor to 5 other blogging friends so that they, too, have the opportunity to take their readers down memory lane!    

  1. Bassa’s Blog (click here)
  2. Just Ramblin’ (click here)
  3. My Life With The Critters (click here)
  4. Raising Daisy (click here)
  5. Yuki and Rocket (click here)
 
 

Miss Maple on The Daily Toki

June 8, 2011 § 21 Comments

When Christine from The Daily Toki approached us with an invitation to participate in an interview, we couldn’t resist! We were utterly flattered by the request—our first ever interview—and we were happy to oblige the beautiful Miss Toki.

If you haven’t already heard of The Daily Toki, then you absolutely should skip over there pronto! Not only are the photos of Toki captivating, but the stories behind them are just as entertaining and endearing. Christine also writes very informative product reviews and feature articles that are most definitely worth your while to check out.

Thanks again, Christine, for your very gracious review of Happy.Bark.Days! You have totally made our week and little Miss Maple, here, can’t stop beaming :D

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