Shopping Around the World Goes to the Dogs

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This month Shopping Around the World is going to the dogs . . . at least for me. Take a look at the February list from my friends Bacon and Fozzie, our Shopping Around the World hosts:

  • Random condiment of your choice
  • Random frozen meal of your choice
  • Random dessert/something sweet of your choice
  • Random fruit of your choice
  • Random item of your choice

Do you see these three magical words–of your choice? Well, this month I got to make my choices, and my choices are totally about the things that I like. So let’s grab a cart and hit those aisles.

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Random condiment of your choice–VetriScience Perio Support; $32.00 for 16 ounces on Technically I guess this isn’t exactly a condiment. It’s actually a daily support formula for dental health and hygiene (that’s what the container says). My human mommy sprinkles this on my dinner every night and it has a super yummy scent and taste, so in my book it’s a condiment. I started using Perio Support about six months ago after I had my teeth cleaned. (You can click here to see my embarrassing photos from that exciting experience.) So far, so good. My teeth are a beautiful pearly white. And about that price . . . Mommy had a choice between the 4-ounce container for $16.00 and the 16-ounce container for $32.00. Mommy’s not a math wizard, but even she knew that the 16-ounce container was a much better deal . . . and she says that it will probably last at least four years!

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Random frozen meal of your choice–Frosty Paws; $4.29: As much as I wish that I could make a meal out of Frosty Paws, I know that it’s actually a treat, but humor me here. Frosty Paws are found in the ice cream treat section at the human grocery store. Each box contains four little cups of the most divine frozen creaminess you’ve ever licked. Mommy tends to buy these, put them in the freezer, and forget that they’re there. I think I’m going to have to start giving her some gentle reminders.

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Random dessert/something sweet of your choice: Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Dipped Dog Bones; $14.25 for a box of 12 on the website: Two of my favorite humans–Miss Gaye and Auntie Meredith–surprise me with these extra special treats, and I love them for that. This is what the website says about these sweet treats: “Our dog bones are dipped in a white chocolate flavoured confection which does not contain cocoa bean products or theobromine and are therefore safe for dogs.” This is what I say about these sweet treats: “They’re fabulous!”

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Random fruit of your choice–Bananas; 59 cents per pound: To say that I love bananas would be an understatement. I am totally and completely and absolutely mad for bananas. My human mommy and I have made a number of special treats with bananas: Banana-Peanut Butter-Yogurt Frozen Treats, Bow-WOW Banana Biscotti, and Banana-Oat Cookies to name a few. But my all-time favorite way to eat bananas is with my human daddy in the morning. By the way, you might have noticed the beautiful green leaves and bright pink flowers in the background. Daddy and I finished off the bananas earlier this week, so Mommy had to use an old photo. I hope this glimpse of spring made you smile.

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Random item of your choice: BarkBox; $72 for a three-month subscription: This is an unnecessary extravagance, and my mommy knows that. I don’t need to receive a BarkBox every month. I have more than enough toys; and I couldn’t begin to eat all the homemade treats that Mommy and I bake, so I share with all my friends. But I get so excited when my mailman, Mr. Leroy, rings the doorbell and delivers my special box every month. In fact, I’ve started to think that every box delivered to our house is mine. So, Mommy will continue my BarkBox subscription . . . at least for a little while.

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Photo from Bacon

That concludes our little shopping spree this month. I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing some of my favorite items in each of the categories. If you’d like to see what other bloggers around the world bought and how much they paid, click here to connect with Bacon’s blog or here to connect with Fozzie’s blog. Until next time, friends, I have some Frosty Paws to eat.

A Little Housekeeping with Harper Lee

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It’s time for a little housekeeping. Oh, goodness no, not that kind of housekeeping. I have a human who does that sort of thing for me. I call her Mommy. She’s constantly complaining about all the hair she has to pick up. Should I tell Daddy that he sheds too much? Probably not. No, back to my kind of housekeeping–catching you up on what’s going on in my life, which beats cleaning toilets any day.

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Photo from Bacon’s Blog

Shopping Around the World Reminder

Each time I do a Shopping Around the World blog post, at least one or two of my friends will say, “I wish I had known about this” or “I completely forgot about that.” Well, it’s time to mark your calendars for the next Shopping Around the World day: Friday, February 27. My friends Bacon and Fozzie host this international event. Everyone purchases the same items and we all compare prices from around the world. This month is “Random Choices Month” and these are the items:

  • Random condiment of your choice
  • Random frozen meal of your choice
  • Random dessert/something sweet of your choice
  • Random fruit of your choice
  • Random item of your choice

For more details, click here to connect with Bacon’s Shopping Around the World reminder post, and see you February 27.

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Mardi Gras Madness

This past Sunday, I enjoyed a little Mardi Gras madness at the Mystic Krewe of Mutts parade in downtown Baton Rouge . . . and I got to meet the very handsome Beauregard, also known to the Instagram world as @goldenbeauregard. Beau’s mom brought frozen ice balls, which were tons of fun, and I might have had a sip or two of beer. I gave Beau a kiss . . . or two . . . or three, and he slimed my head. It was total doggy bliss. Mardi Gras comes to a screeching halt this coming Tuesday and then it’s time to repent for Lent. I wonder if we have time to make one last tasty Doggy King Cake?

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Squirrel Obsession

I have a very, very good excuse for being slightly behind on reading your blogs and responding to your kind comments. I am absolutely and completely totally squirrel obsessed. Those pesky little creatures have been all over my holly tree, eating the pretty red berries and tormenting me daily. I have spent hours upon hours sitting under the holly tree and observing. They nibble for a while, and then they race across the roof, over the shed, and into the big oak tree. One day, one of those little fellas is going to slip and end up on the ground, and then . . . and then . . .  well, frankly I have no idea what I’ll do.

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Six by Six Update

Last month, I set a goal for myself: learn six tricks by the time I turn six years old in mid-March. I am happy to report that I am well on my way to meeting that goal (with a little help from the tuna treats that Mommy made to encourage my trick training). I have totally mastered spin, as you can see from the photo above. The last two days, I was brilliant at bow, and then today I tricked Mommy into thinking I’d forgotten that one. I don’t want to make this trick-learning thing too easy on her, and the more I “struggle,” the more tuna treats I get. There’s a method to my madness.

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Today we worked on sit up, which I like to call hover because I barely lift my front feet off of the ground and seem to be hovering rather than actually sitting up.

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Now if only Mommy can work on her photography skills so that she can get my entire body in the shot when I sit up. And maybe she can learn how to take and post videos by the time I turn six years old so that you can see me in action as I do my six by six. That would really be a trick. Perhaps her training needs to start soon.

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 Curling Up with a Good Book

And finally, I would like to thank my Sheltie friend Dakota (of Dakota’s Den fame) and his sweet mom for sending a copy of Fuzzy Logic by Susan C. Daffron to my mommy. Fuzzy Logic is the story of librarian Jan Carpenter who travels to her mother’s latest wedding (is it the sixth or seventh?) and reconnects with Michael Lawson, the obnoxious little neighbor boy who’s all grown up and pretty good-looking. Of course, dogs play a major role in this romantic comedy. (You can click here to read the full review on Dakota’s blog.) I entered my mommy in the drawing for one of two copies of Fuzzy Logic, and I won. Interestingly, the other winner was also from Louisiana–M.K. Clinton whose blog is called Barking from the Bayou. I think it just might be time to curl up with Mommy and dive into Fuzzy Logic. That actual housekeeping stuff can wait for another day.

Shopping Around the World–The Shaken Not Stirred Edition

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It’s that time again, friends. Time to join Bacon and Fozzie for a little Shopping Around the World. But first, I think I’ll just sip on this extra dry martini. What’s that? What do you mean I can’t drink a martini? Shopping is stressful business and I need a little something to help me unwind. Oh well, it was worth a try. Without further ado, here are the prices that my humans paid in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA, for the items on this month’s list: olives, light bulbs, air spray, lettuce, and an item of their choice. 

Olives–A 5.75-ounce jar of ShurFine (that’s our local store brand) Pimento-Stuffed Spanish Olives–$1.99: These are the least expensive olives at our neighborhood grocery store, but my humans say that they’re the best. The label says that this jar contains 11 servings. But at three olives per martini, I think my humans manage to stretch things a bit further than that.

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Light Bulbs–A four-pack of Sylvania Double-Life Soft-White 60-Watt Light Bulbs–$6.18: My humans really go through light bulbs. It’s like they’re afraid of the dark or something. And every time they get ready to replace a burned-out bulb, it seems that they don’t have the specific replacement bulb they need. So off to the store they go. My recommendation to you: Buy stock in a light bulb company. Oh, and Mommy told me that light bulbs are not treats, so I put my tongue back in my mouth.

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Air Spray–A 12.5-ounce can of Lysol Disinfectant Spray (Early Morning Breeze Scent)–$4.97: Mommy’s really more into candles than spray, but she does keep a can of Lysol under the sink for really stinky things. One can lasts forever. Mostly she uses it to spray the foam inside my beds when she washes the covers. Hey, wait a minute. Does that mean that she thinks I’m really stinky?

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Lettuce–A 5-ounce container of Whole Foods Market Organic Baby Romaine Triple-Washed Lettuce–$3.99: Although Mommy’s usually pretty frugal (I would say she’s a cheapskate, but she might see this blog post), she splurges when it comes to lettuce. She likes the convenience and the variety of the packages. I had a little taste of this fancy lettuce, and frankly I have no idea what she sees in it.

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Item of My Choice–Ladies Rubber Rain Boots–$27.99: Mommy bought these last weekend using a $5 coupon. I told you she’s cheap frugal. Rubber rain boots really come in handy when it’s been raining a lot and Mommy needs venture into the back yard to scoop my poop. And here’s a bonus for those times when she’s not paying attention to where she’s walking: The soles can be hosed off, if you catch my drift.

Whew, I made it through my shopping list. Are you curious about what my friends in all four corners of the world paid for these items? Click here to connect with Bacon’s blog or here to connect with Fozzie’s blog, and they’ll put you in touch with all the other shoppers. Now, about that martini . . . .

On the Seventh Day of Christmas: Shopping Around the World

Photo by Jewel McDonald

Photo by Jewel McDonald

And on the seventh day of Christmas . . . I am celebrating the time-honored tradition of the post-holiday sale with a little Shopping Around the World. Today, bloggers from near and far are joining my friends Bacon and Fozzie to let us know what they pay for five seasonal items: soup, a real Christmas tree, cold medicine, a hot drink, and a random item of each blogger’s choosing. So I sent my humans out into the world with their shopping list (actually, they just shopped in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA), and this is what they found.

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SOUP: Trader Joe’s Organic Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper Soup–$2.79–My human mommy loves this soup . . . so much so that I didn’t get even the tiniest little taste. There are four servings in each box. Simply pour the contents into a bowl, microwave for a couple of minutes, and enjoy. Mommy says it’s delicious.

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REAL CHRISTMAS TREE: Your Basic Five- to Six-Foot Tree from Lowe’s–$34.98–My humans and I go the fake route when it comes to trees, so the weekend before Christmas we set out on a mission to price real trees. We were shocked to discover that most places no longer had trees in stock. We were also shocked to find out how expensive real trees are. Mommy just purchased a new fake tree this year for less than $50, and it’s pre-lit. Sounds like we’re going to stick with fakes.

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COLD MEDICINE: Walmart’s Equivalent to Zyrtec–$4.47–When it comes to colds, Mommy’s a real believer in prevention. She washes her hands like a crazy person and takes Zyrtec allergy relief tablets when she needs them. This month she was feeling a little frugal so she bought the Walmart equivalent with 14 tablets. So far so good, knock on wood.

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HOT DRINK (CAN ALSO BE A HOT TODDY)–Catdaddy Spiced Moonshine–$19.99–Technically it’s not a hot drink . . . it’s not even a hot toddy . . . but my humans say that it really warms you up from the inside out. The bottle says that it has “hints of vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon.” Mommy says that it tastes like Christmas. It certainly has the ability to bring out the jolly in the humans.

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RANDOM ITEM–Gingerbread House Kit by Wilton, a Michael’s Exclusive–$8.99–Just before Christmas, Mommy was in Micheal’s craft center buying ribbon on sale when she spotted the gingerbread house kits, which were also on sale. She made her first gingerbread house–with my help, of course–last year, so naturally she had to make this random purchase. I have a feeling that gingerbread houses have now become a Christmas tradition in our home. One more item to add to the shopping list!

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Curious about what all of my friends from around the world paid for these seasonal items? Click here to connect with Bacon’s blog and he’ll put you in touch with all of the shoppers. Shop ’til you drop, friends!

How Much Is that Doggy in the Window?

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I am so excited to participate in Bacon and Fozzie’s Shopping Around the World extravaganza. Today, bloggers from every corner of the globe are letting us in on what they pay for five must-have items: toilet paper, a regular pack of ground beef, a store-bought pizza, a package of hot dogs, and a package of bacon. Last week, I sent my human mommy/blogging assistant/personal shopper to her favorite Target store in my little corner of the world–Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA–to pick up the items on our list. So here goes.

TOILET PAPER–A 15-roll package of Scott tissue–$12.79 + 9% tax = 13.94 (93 cents/roll)–I feel the need to explain why my Mommy purchased a package of toilet paper that’s practically big enough for me to hide behind. My humans have to use the “septic safe” toilet paper because we live in an old house with old pipes and Mommy prefers not to know the nice men from Roto-Rooter on a first-name basis. Normally, she buys what you would probably call a “normal” sized package; but this was the only size available on the day Mommy went to the store. There’s a distinct possibility that my humans will still be using this toilet paper as they ring in 2015.

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A REGULAR PACK OF GROUND BEEF–A one-pound package of lean ground beef–$5.49 + 3% tax = $5.65 (35 cents/ounce)–Thanks to this Shopping Around the World purchase, my humans enjoyed what they say are the very best homemade Sloppy Joe Sliders ever. Friends, you’ll just have to trust my humans on this one, because I didn’t get to enjoy even the teeny tiniest little bite. So unfair!

Archer Farms® Spinach & Feta Wood-Fired Pizza 14.8 oz

STORE-BOUGHT PIZZA–Archer Farms (that’s the store brand for Target) Spinach and Feta Pizza–$4.50 + 3% sales tax = $4.64 ($1.55/serving, which is 1/3 of the pizza)–This one was on sale, and Mommy has a hard time passing up a sale. It’s currently sitting in our freezer waiting for the start of American pre-season football.

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A PACKAGE OF HOT DOGS–Hebrew National 97% Fat Free Beef Franks (seven in the package)–$2.99 + 3% tax = $3.08 (44 cents per serving, which is one hot dog)–Mommy saved 90 cents on these because they were on sale. Big whoop, but Mommy seemed happy about her “bargain.” As you can see, I did get a teeny tiny taste of these franks . . . but just a teeny tiny taste. Hey, they’re practically fat free. Can’t a girl at least have one whole hot dog? Apparently not.

A PACKAGE OF BACON–Hormel Black Label Center Cut–$5.69 + 3% tax = $5.86 (73 cents/serving which is 2 slices from a 12-ounce package)–Because I love my sweet friend Bacon so very very much, I have asked Mommy not to include a photo of this item. I know it would simply be far too painful for him. I would like to point out, however, that bacon was second only to toilet paper when it comes to per-unit price. I’d say that puts you in some pretty good (and certainly extremely necessary) company, Mr. Bacon!

Are you interested to discover the price of these items all over the world? Click here to connect with Bacon’s Shopping Around the World post and then scan down to the comments to click on all the shoppers who are participating. Happy virtual shopping!