July 15, 2011

Saturday Pet Blogger Hop 7-15-2011 - Nitro And The Salem Farmer's Market

Lexi, Nitro, Tallulah, Bailey, and I are excited to participate in this weeks Saturday Pet Blogger Hop. Special thanks goes out to our Pet Blog Hop hosts, Life With Dogs, Two Little Cavaliers, and Confessions of the Plume! If you would like to read some entertaining pet blogger posts in the Saturday Pet Blogger Hop, just click on one of the host links above or click on the purple Pet Blogger Hop button on the right side of our homepage. Happy Pet Blog Hopping!

Nitro and I love going to our little Salem Farmer's Market on Saturday mornings. It is a great opportunity to do a little training with Nitro because there are so many distractions. For this reason, I do carry a "high value treat" in my bag. Usually I will cut up some lunch meat so I can get Nitro's attention if he becomes to distracted. He is so good about laying down when seeing another dog or small child. By laying down he is less threatening and more approachable. We have literally done hundreds of meet and greet dog introductions without even one incident because he lays down. It was great seeing more dogs at the Salem Farmer's Market this past weekend because it makes me happy we live in such a dog friendly town. The Salem Farmer's Market is also a great place to get homemade doggie treats from Paw Paws Dog Treats.
Below are a few photos I took this past weekend at the SFM.

Nitro just up the street from the Salem Farmer's Market. We were window shopping (me more then him).

The big sign at the Salem Farmer's Market

 I love the little shops near the Farmer's Market. They have lots of uniques and antiques.

There was a very pretty yellow lab when we got to the Farmer's Market and he was very close in age to Nitro. He spotted us all the way down the block and watched us as we approched the market. I think he was excited to see another dog to hang out with at the market.

Here is Nitro practicing his "meet and greet"...it really should be called "Nitro's makeout session" because he is such a lovebug when it comes to other dogs. He is such a good boy!

 Nitro giving kisses...

 The Farmer's Market venders have all kinds of farm fresh honey, baked goods, homemade jams and jellies.

This photo is a picture of Mrs. Yoder's fresh baked banana and pumpkin bread. I live for her pumpkin bread.

This little fellow is a Basset-Beagle mix. He was very handsome.

I think Nitro liked him because they were the same height (with Nitro laying down and the Basset mix standing).

I am currently on a no bread low carb diet so this was killing me. They also had a gentleman there dipping fresh baked donuts into a hot glaze. The sweet aroma was overwhelming. I even had to pull Nitro away from his table because all we could smell was the hot glaze and it smelled so good.

Oh my ...pound cake...have you ever wondered why they call it pound cake? No. I didn't think so.

These three Chihuahuas were shopping with their mommy and daddy at the market. I sure hope they picked up some Paw Paws while they were there visiting.

 My pups love Paw Paws and they are homemade right here in town. We love to support our local venders.

This is Meg Hibbert's new pup. He is a Great Pyrenees so that means he is going to be a big one when he grows up. Meg Hibbert is the reporter who interviewed my husband and I about Nitro. She did a great job writing a story about Nitro's new life in the first story in the Salem Times Register and then she also included us in a story about our new Salem Dog Park the city of Salem is planning here in town. Here is the Salem Times Register - Dog Park Story

Nitro just watching all the other dogs at the Farmer's Market. He has his new red wondervest his daddy ordered him on-line (it has flames on it so folks can tell he is a cool little boy).

I purchased some Hot and Mild salsa from Cooksters. It is so good. I put it on my eggs (still on a diet) and it makes eating eggs without toast very tasty.

Some of the downtown Salem Antique shops.

Such a sweet Golden...

Just chillin...

Even Nitro couldn't resist getting close enough to smell all the fresh peaches.

Mellons anyone?

Fresh veggies. I love to steam my veggies in my little steamer and have them with dinner whenever we cookout on the grill.

Downtown Salem Shops.

Here is a photo of Nitro shortly after we got back from visiting the Salem Farmer's Market. All that socializing got him all tuckered out. Happy Saturday Pet Blog Hopping! Thanks for stopping by for a visit. We love ya! Lexi, Christina, Bailey, Nitro and Tallulah


  1. Oh so many wonderful sights and smells. Those peaches look so good, and I need to remember that's a good place to shop for PawPaw's. Looks like you wore Nitro out! Have a great weekend. This weather is amazing!!

  2. Looks like a good time was had by all. But I have to say, I'm amazed you were able to stick to any diet at all with all that awesomeness around you!

  3. Great Photos and story. I didn't know about PawPaws. I will be over to check them out.


  4. What a wonderful resource you have for your town with all of the fresh fruit and vegetables. Is this Salem, Oregon?

    I loved the idea of teaching your dog to down while introducing them to kids and other dogs. Why had I never thought of that.

    And, what's a Wondervest?

    Dropping by on the blog hop today - and celebrating Petfinder's birthday by working at a Petco adoption event for Etowah Valley Humane Society. So many great dogs and cats that live there need their fur-ever homes. Paws crossed for lots of adoptions!

  5. It's such a sweet little market, isn't it? I'll bet those peaches smelled mighty nice, Nitro!


  6. What a great market! I'd love to be able to go shopping there!


  7. Christina, more great photos! I especially like Nitro photos. It looked like a nice outing.


  8. That looks like a really nice market--even to a PawPaws booth! Most of the ones in Portland, OR, have a "no dogs" policy so we haven't been able to take Sage. She loves going with me to all the businesses that do allow dogs though.

  9. What a great adventure! So many new dogs to meet. My mom person wishes that I was as well behaved as Nitro when I meet other dogs. Nitro looks like he is very well trained.

    Nubbin wiggles,

  10. We luv the farmers market! That is nice that your's allows pooches :)

    Wyatt and Stanzie