A dog and his girl, some crafts, cooking, and a whole lot of nonsense...

Friday, May 31, 2013


So it's no secret that Oscar and I are moving this next week!

I did this little crayon drawing about 6 months ago as a part of my good friend Michelle and I's pinterest motivational challenge. (You can read more about them here, here, and here)

Pinterest challenges were the brain-child of Michelle to try and get our butts in gear and start DOING some of the 100s of projects that we were pinning. We have only done 3 to date (Michelle has done 4! Ack!)

Anyway, I just wanted to share this and say that:
1.) I am SO excited to finally have a place to hang this!
2.) Can't wait to have space in my new craft room to start crafting again!!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Compressed Rawhide, a review

Ever since the boy was little, I'd say about 5 or 6 months old, he has been a hard core chewer. By this I mean that he has the natural doggie instinct to chew and chew and chew...and thankfully, not on shoes, table legs, etc.

We tried MANY different toys prior to finally settling on compressed raw hide bones, like the one he is snuggling with above. Most plastic and/or rubber toys he can shred into 1000 tiny bits in 5 minutes or less, thus wasting my time and money. String/knot bones and plush toys are the same way, and he sometimes chokes on the fibers if they get stuck in his mouth and throat. Greenies, Bully sticks, and other bones that are for chewing and eventually swallowing,  only last a few minutes as well. He just eats them like they are a snack.

 Even the toys that many Petsmart salesman tell me are for "strong chewers," or are "indestructible" are no match for my 14 pound wonder wiener!

Of course, I did my research prior to giving my pup the raw hides, and was met with mixed reviews. Some say that they are somewhat dangerous, because they can contain traces of toxins, left over from the cows. To that I say, OK sure, whatever. He runs around my grandfather's farm and all over our friend's property with cows and other animals. He is a country dog and has been exposed to other animals for most of his life, so I don't worry about that at all!

The other main argument against raw hides, is that they can cause GI or stomach upset when pieces of it break off and are swallowed. Naturally, I don't want to cause him more harm than good, but he only swallows TINY pieces during his one-hour-plus long chew sessions. The boy usually chews himself to sleep, and I check the bone, it doesn't get much smaller with one chew...usually about a 1/2 inch smaller over the course of a week or two. I feel like this is much safer than him chewing and swallowing an entire greenie bone and pooping green for 2 days, or swallowing the fluff out of a plush squeaker toy and hacking up stuffing all day.

All in all, I feel like I make the right choice by giving him these bones. He loves them, and the extent to which he can sit there and just chew for hours on end if he needs to really soothes him. The only complaint that I would have is that they can be very messy. The spot where he sits usually has a thin, slimy layer of goo from his slobber and the bone. If he is on the couch or my bed, I'll just put a towel under him and he is good to go. If he is in his own bed, then he just has at it.

What is your dogs favorite chewy? Anyone else have monster chewers?

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

It's a blog...about my dog!

Hi I'm Emily and this is a blog...about my dog, Oscar,  and a little bit about me (when he allows.)

You will read more and more about us as time goes on, but Oscar is a 4 year old mini-dachshund. Silver dapple in color, one blue eye...one brown. He is pretty much a super hero. No, I'm not just saying that. I have migraines so bad that I have passed out several times. Who licks his Momma until she wakes up, and barks until someone comes? That's right. Oscar Mayer Man! He loves compressed raw hide, cantaloupe, sleeping in momma's bed and watching Judge Judy.

I am a professional boo boo fixer, I craft in my spare time and sell Initials Inc. I love like crazy, and sometimes hold grudges a little longer than I should. I love good peoples and good times. I miss my grandma every day. I love being a doggie-momma, but can't wait to be a real baby momma. I love to make messes. I hate cleaning them up. I have irrational fears of revolving doors and glitter.

I have a bad habit of blogging, and naming my blog after things that change. You can find my previous, kick ass writing/pics/projects at

www.RosenberghFam.blogspot.com where I wrote about being a young, newlywed, crafty things, etc. Most of the "happy" newly wed stuff was complete crap...so ignore that. This blog became obsolete when Oscar and  I got the HELL out of a very unhappy situation and came HOME!! to Virginia to be with the people we love!

www.JustwWhemandOsc.blogspot.com is where you can find the post-divorce blogging and crafting. Just me and the Osc man...livin' it up. I don't really feel that "JUST Whem and Osc" is really appropriate anymore, because we have so many important people in our lives now. We have my family, and we have Christopher...my mouse, my jellybeanz, my backbone! We love him, and he loves us.