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Crunchy and freeze dried? Sign me up!

It is finally September! Cooler days are headed our way. It is about time. It has been a pretty good month. I got to go to the baseball game and coming up is my 13th 5k! Not too shabby for a pup that is only 6 years old. We have not done much else because mom got into some poison ivy (her first time ever!) and being itchy and blotchy is not her idea of fun, so I played nurse instead of having walkies or trips to the park. Snuggles are always a good thing.

Here is me at the game, I was a little unsure of why they kept changing pitchers. I am still a forever and raised royal pup.

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Onward to the important part of this post, the yummy stuff I got to test out. There were so many choices, it was hard to pick one. I decided to settle on some freeze dried treats. I have been on a total freeze dried kick lately. This month we go back to the Stella and Chewy’s brand. A brand we have come to know and trust.

This months selection is called Carnivore Crunch. IMG_3667

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It comes in Duck, Chicken, Beef, and Turkey. As you can see,  I got to try out the Duck recipe. The moment she showed me the bag, I was pretty dang interested.

The duck recipe contains 98% poultry, organs, and ground bone. It of course is grain and gluten free. What about the other 2%? Well that is Pumpkin Seeds and Tocopherols (which acts as a preservative) Our bag does differ from the bag show on Chewy’s website, it looks like the recipe was changed slightly. It now contains Fenugreek seed. We took a look at what that was and it can help us with inflammation, lower blood glucose level, improve digestion, and help with skin and coat problems.

Each treat is about 2.3 kcals, So it is perfect for those pups keeping the weight down or it can be used as a training treat. They are also the perfect size. Sometimes all you need is a one bite treat. (mainly because it means I can get multiple treats at in one sitting)

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Look at those yummy nuggets! I thought they were super tasty. I got to have five or six of them! The back of the package said that cats love them too. Mom offered a treat to Baby and Sam. They sniffed at it and then gobbled it up. Baby looked around for seconds. I am pretty sure that means he liked it. Mom even saw him trying to bust into the bag. That says a lot.

One thing that we really love about this company is their commitment to quality. Each batch is tested and those results can be found on their website. Recalls can be pretty scary when it comes to food or treats for dogs or cats. We can rest easy knowing that because the batch was tested, we do not have to worry about e coli or salmonella.  We were able to see that the batch tested negative for those bacteria’s.

So after testing this out and having to do all kinds of tricks to get them, I declare this to be worthy of 4 paws up. The kitties give four paws up as well.

We love the ingredients. Any treat that is mostly protein is always a plus in this house. We like that it is free of grains, fillers, gluten, artificial preservatives, or colorings. The size of the treat is perfect for all almost all sizes of pups and kitties. The low calorie amount makes it a great way to do training and not have to worry about over feeding of treats.

If you would like to look at all the other varieties of Carnivore Crunch, then click here.

Remember to look at all the other great things that Chewy.com has to offer. Super fast shipping and great customer service are a couple of the things that makes Chewy a great site to shop from.

Check out my instagram post here!

***********************we received this product at no cost to us in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are mine and mine alone*****************************

 

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Mixer or Meal? Why not both?

It is August which means, summer is winding down. HOOORAY!  It also means that I have a birthday! I turned six this year.  I had a fabulous party. I got my very own steak and my own birthday cake from  Three Dog Bakery. I would highly recommend their cakes. Mine was peanut butter flavor. I had lots of reasons to celebrate, one of them being my weight. When mom took me to get a bath, they had me hop on the scale, it read 46.8! Goal achieved!

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They say lime green is the new black. I make this color look darn good.

Anyhoo, back to the important stuff. What I got to try out this month. So many different choices. I went with my favorite brand of food/treats. Merrick Pet Care. You have seen me talk about their stuff before. It really is a brand we trust.  They have continued to come up with new recipes, ideas, and products for the best dog ever. (which is me in case you are confused)

I got to test out Merricks Backcountry Freeze Dried Raw. It comes in Chicken, Beef, and Salmon. I got to try out the Chicken recipe. Chicken is my absolute favorite. This can be used as a meal mixer or as a complete meal. It can also be used as a treat.

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As my loyal readers know, I’ve been on this dang diet forever. I was unable to have my favorite food, Backcountry Game Bird recipe because I needed a lower fat content food. This food mixer helps me get the raw bits I love with my crunchy food. You know those kids who eat the marshmallows first out of their cereal? Yeah, I am one of those kids, except the raw bits are my tasty marshmallows. I eat all of those first, then eat the kibble.

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Look at those big pieces of yumminess! Mom just tosses them on top of my food, because she knows I will just sniff and pick out the raw bits anyways.

What exactly is inside these meal mixers? The first five ingredients are deboned chicken, chicken liver, dried potatoes, potato protein, and chicken broth. It also contains fruits, veggies, vitamins, and minerals. When I was fed Backcountry kibble plus raw in my pre diet days, the yummy  bits were pieces of  raw poultry that had been freeze dried. The meal mixers contain other ingredients because it can be fed as a meal. They want to make sure we get all the nutrients we need on a daily basis.

If you do choose to feed this as a meal, make sure you add 1/4 cup of water to each cup of the raw bits.  After your human handles the meal mixers they need to wash their hands thoroughly since it does contain raw meat.

This is an excellent alternative to my Game Bird Backcountry recipe. It is very tasty and is nice to have something a little special in my bowl at meal times. We only used this as a meal mixer instead of a complete meal.

Mom likes that it is grain free and does not contain any artificial preservatives, colors, or flavors.

If you are thinking about going to a raw diet for your pup, this is a good way to start. It allows you to see what they think of a raw diet, before changing over.

I give this four paws up. I am pretty darn excited that I get to have raw bits again. I was pretty sad when I got switched to a food for chubby pups. I am also holding out hope that Merrick will create a chubby pup Backcountry kibble. That way I can keep my weight down and get that raw meat I love.

If you would like to read about the other meal mixers then click here

Want to see what else Chewy.com has to offer? Check out their website. They have just about whatever your pet needs.

Check out my instagram post to see me in action. It really  just confirms that I eat all the raw bits first.

******************************we were given this product at zero cost to us in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone***************************

Freeze Dried Fun

Hai! I am Bater, or Icky Kitty which is the silly nickname that the dog gave me. I have taken over the blog today. Lily is off at the vet to get a bath. HAHAHAHA They need to clean themselves like me. I only have have to see the vet to get stabs and teeth cleanings. I got to pick out something to try out this month, because I am always left out. I do not like wet food and the only toys I like are hair ties and my cat nip pouches from Three Dog Bakery.

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I saw that they had some freeze dried food from Stella and Chewy’s. I saw Lily enjoying the food toppers  she got from them and decided I needed to check them out as well. I am a very picky eater. I have been known to go on a food strike if I decide that my current food is no longer up to my standards. I will pretty much demand a new food. I am a cat, it is just what we do. Keeping those humans on their toes.

I got to try out Duck Duck Goose. Can you guess what protein they use? Duck and turkey.  I love turkey and duck. If I get food, I pretty much demand it contains poultry.  They also have Chick Chick Chicken, Tummy Ticklin’ Turkey, Yummy Lickin’ Salmon and Chicken, and Sea-Licious Salmon and Cod. Lots of great flavors to try out!

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Who needs a human when you have sharp teeth? I eventually let go and let mom open up the bag and let me take a sniff or two. I thought it smelled very tasty. I am not sure why it took so long to get the food into my bowl. This is a freeze dried food, so you need to add 1/2 cup of cold or warm (not hot) water to 1 cup of food. Wait one minute and then let us starting digging in. You can feed this to us dry, but make sure there is plenty of water available at meal times. I am a dry food kind of guy, so no water was added. With 3 kitties and one pup, we have lots of water bowls filled at all times. So having water available is never an issue.

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The chunks of food are bigger than I am used to, but I did not have any problems eating them. I did not stop eating until I was full. I really liked this food. It was very tasty and a nice break from my normal food.  I gobbled it up on my next meal time. I did attempt to try it once it had water added to it, but I was not impressed. I prefer my food to be dry and have plenty of water near by. When there was just a tiny bit left, mom just put a few pieces on top of my food.

This is the first time I got to try a freeze dried food, which made the humans a little nervous. I am notorious for hating things, so they were not sure how I would react to a different form of food. I surprised them by taking to freeze dried food like a pro. I have had food that had freeze dried bits added, which is super tasty, but just freeze dried bits is a whole different thing.

Long ago,  my human was uneducated about the quality of cat food. I was fed a food that probably would only get 1 or 2 stars on my pet food quality sites. She then started reading and researching and suddenly I was fed a food that did not contain a vegetable as the first ingredient. I am a cat, do you see a tiger stopping by the produce section first or the meat department? We like our meat, we have sharp teeth for a reason.

Stella and Chewy’s  Duck Duck Goose Dinner Morsels contain 98% poultry, nutrient rich organs, and bone. They also make sure we get all the vitamins and minerals we need to keep us happy and healthy. It is grain free, filler free, gluten free. They put in all the good stuff and keep out the bad stuff.

How can you be sure they keep out the bad stuff? They test each batch to make sure it does not contain any bacteria that could make us sick. When you go onto Stella and Chewy’s website, look at the top right corner. There is an area to enter in the lot number that is printed on each bag of food. Once the lot number is found, you can open a PDF file that shows the results of the tests.

So what makes freeze dried raw food better than plain ole crunchy food? Well, you see with regular food, there can be heavy processing of ingredients, so we get less of the good stuff we need to stay healthy, but with freeze-dried, you still get all that goodness. That goodness can make us have less allergies, maintain a healthy weight, have less tummy issues, keep our skin and coat looking pretty (you know that cats like looking pretty at all times), and make sure that we have a good appetite.

I am giving this food four paws up! It is a very high quality food that is super tasty.

Thanks for letting me steal Lily’s blog for the day. She isn’t all that bad. She lets me sleep on her bed sometimes in exchange for not ratting her out for getting on the comfy recliner.

You can check out her instagram and see a video of me!

If you want to see what else Stella and Chewy’s has to offer, then you should click here.

Chewy.com ships my food to me every 2 months, which means that I don’t have to worry about ever running out. You should look at their site if you haven’t already. They have lots of stuff and have super fast shipping and great customer service.

*********************we received this product at no cost to us in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts are mine and mine alone*****************************************

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walking and riding in style

Stepping outside, you can totally tell that it is July. It has been pretty hot here in Kansas City.  We usually have pretty warm to very hot summers. Walkies get limited in hot weather. My black fur does not like this heat. Which is why I like our winters, they are totally unpredictable. We can have days in the 70’s or days that are so cold, I am in a sweater for walkies. Why can’t it be winter? Walkies are so much better in the winter.

Speaking of walkies, this month  I saw a harness that I could test out. This harness is for walking and it also keeps me safe while in the car. It is made by a company called Kurgo. We had never heard of them, but reading a little bit about them, we learned that they are totally in the business of taking care of us canines. They have just about everything a dog could need for being out and about. Leashes, harnesses, car covers, coats, cooling coats, collars, booster seats, and so many other things.

The harness we got to try out is called is the Tru Fit Smart Harness with Enhanced Strength. It serves as a car harness and a walking harness. Keeping me safe while walking and riding in the car.

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My usual harness has a loop for the leash in the front. The Kurgo harness has a ring on the back for your leash as well as the chest area so you can use this as a no pull harness. The latter is the leash option that I am accustomed to, so that is what we used.  It has a padded chest plate for added comfort and protection. All the hardware is metal. no plastic pieces on the harness.

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See those two metal buckles on each side of me? That is what you use to secure the harness onto me. We highly suggest watching the video that is on Chewy and Kurgos website that shows just how easy it is to put the harness on to your dog. We are used to plastic quick snap buckles, so watching the video was a big help.

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Can you tell that I am a very serious model? Just waiting on one of those fashion designers to have me walk their runway show. Once mom got the hang of how to put on and take off the harness we were out the door and off to do some walkies. I was born ready to do walkies.

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The harness fits nicely. It has 5 adjustment points, so you can get a near perfect fit. I am a bit of a barrel shaped pup. So sometimes it is hard to find things that fit properly. Kurgo recommends sizing up if you fall in between two sizes. My chest is right about 28 inches and the medium harness goes up to 28 inches, so we went with a large harness that goes from 24 to 34 inches. If you look on  Chewy’s site or Kurgo’s site, they have a sizing chart to help pick out the perfect size for your pup.

I think it is a very comfy harness and I like the padded chest plate. I also liked that it did not rub under my arm pits like other harnesses did. Walking me was easy as pie according to mom. I only tried to pull once when I saw some people I wanted to say hi to, but was quickly corrected.

We mentioned that this is not just a walking harness, but a car harness as well. It has been crash tested for dogs up to 75 lbs. If you go here, you can read the crash test report on Kurgos website. Don’t worry, no actual dogs were used in the crash testing. When securing us in the car, use the provided carabiner to secure us in. There is a best and a good practice way to secure us in the car. The video I mentioned before also explains how to secure us using your cars seatbelt demonstrating both the best and good practice methods.

It was time take a car ride and test out the car harness feature. I had to get my flu shot, so we decided the short ship to get vaccinated would be perfect to see how it worked. We tried both the good and best practice. I preferred the good practice which allowed me to move a little bit, rather than the best practice which keeps me pretty restrained.  Make sure you do not clip the carabiner onto the leash hook, you have to clip it onto the harness itself.  Due to the high temps, no pictures were taken. Riding in the car with the AC blasting is one thing, but taking pictures while the car is parked is a whole different story.

We have been using this harness for about two weeks now. After using a harness with snap buckles for a very long time, we have found that we prefer the nesting buckle system that this harness uses. The Nesting Buckle System is based on the engineering for harnesses used by rock climbers and linesmen. This makes sure that it is safe as well as strong.

We really like this harness. It is very easy to put on and adjust. Having the ability to hook the leash in two different spots is a big plus. It is a little heavier than other harnesses, but we feel that is because it is made with metal instead of plastic pieces. We have only used this in the car twice, once to get my flu shot and the other for a very short dog park trip. It was very easy to buckle me in both times using the best and good practice methods.

We really like this as a walking harness. In just a few seconds, we can be out the door and walking. Mom thinks I walk differently using this harness. Different in a good way. I don’t zig zag as much. It could be that the old harness was not sitting right under my armpits, so I kept having to adjust how I walked so it would not bother me as much. She feels I have been walking more in a straight line the whole walk rather than part of it.

We have purchased different harnesses that say they are no pull harnesses and very few of them were actually no pull. This harness is one of those few. We feel it ranks very high in terms of no pulling. When she says walking me was a breeze, she really means it. She says it was as if I was not even attached to a leash, I was that easy to walk.

If you are looking for a sturdy harness that can be used for everyday walkies as well as being a great car harness, then look no further than the Kurgo Tru Fit Smart Harness. We highly recommend this product. It has become our new walking harness. Which is saying a lot, because we recommended our old harness to just about anyone that was looking for a good no pull harness.

If you want to learn more about this Harness, then click here.

You should also check out all the other great products that Kurgo has to offer on Chewy here.

If you think all those products are pretty pawsome, you should see all the other great things that Chewy.com has to offer. They have super fast shipping and seriously the best customer service.

Check out my instagram  post of me walking and doing my thing.

 

***************************we received this item to us at no cost in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts are mine and mine alone*******************************

 

 

 

Mary had a little lamb and boy was it tasty

Hi guys and gals, I’m Baby. I am one of Lily’s brofurs. Every once in a while Lily lets us pick out something to test out. She was feeling nice this month and let us pick out something to review. Bater aka icky kitty did not want to participate. He is more of a dry food kind of guy.  So just my brofur Sam and I are the taste testers this month.

We knew that Lily liked some treats from a company called Ziwi Peak. They are from New Zealand. Mom is pretty picky and only likes to buy treats and food made in the US, but she makes an exception for Ziwi Peak because of the high quality food and treats it provides for us kitties and pups.

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We were pretty excited when mom popped open the can, she could barely snap a picture or two before we were trying to dig right in.

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The recipe we tried was Lamb. When you look at the back of the can the first five ingredients are lamb, lamb broth, lamb liver, lamb lung,  and lamb kidney. That is a whole lot of lamb. Then after some chick peas, they have lamb tripe and lamb heart. You  practically get a whole lamb in one can. Well not really, I am pretty sure lambs are bigger than one of these cans. You also have some New Zealand Green Mussel, lamb bone, and dried kelp. When you really look at it, the can of food contains lamb, chick peas, mussel, and kelp. They do add some vitamins and minerals to make sure we get everything us mini lions need.

We devoured the can. Pretty sure it was a record of how fast we ate the food. We really liked this food. We are not huge fans of pate, but we had zero problems devouring this. Our usual food has 5.5 oz of food in each can, this can contains 6.5 oz. The extra ounce was nothing for us. We did not even bat a whisker at the extra amount. In fact we were pretty happy about it.

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Isn’t that a glorious plate? So much yummy goodness. That my furry pals is 93% meat, organs, and  NZ green mussels. This recipe is designed to mirror the whole prey nutrient dense diet using those very ingredients. We are tiny predators and we want to eat like our mighty feline relatives.

Ziwi Peak never includes grains, rice, corn, soy, potatoes, wheat, fillers, sugars, glycerin’s, rendered meals, preservatives, TSPP, BPA, guar gum, agar agar or carrageenan.  Not using any of those products helps keep the formula as natural as possible.

Their lamb is 100% single-sourced lamb which is  free-range and grass-fed on ethical and sustainable New Zealand farms; free of antibiotics, growth promotants and added hormones.

We know that is a lot of big  and sometimes confusing words, but what they are trying to say is that they want to make sure that they are providing the best possible food for us kitties by using only the best proteins and ingredients. Which is a very good thing. Quality food makes for a very happy and healthy kitty.

Sam and I give this food four paws up. We loved this food, we are hoping that mom gets more of it. Mom says she will, but it will just be in rotation and will not take place of our usual food. Sometimes we are being jerk faces and refuse to eat our regular food, so mom has cans of extra special food set aside that she knows we will eat. We definitely prefer this food to our normal food. It is very tasty and who knew that lamb could be so yummy? We usually eat just turkey or chicken. It is nice to have another protein for our supper time.

Ziwi Peak also offers recipes using beef, mackerel, venison, and rabbit. I think they should come out with a variety pack, so we could try them all!

If you are looking for a high protein food, that contains zero fillers, grains, or preservatives, then check out Ziwi Peak right meow. We are  pretty sure you will be purring rather than hissing after mealtime.

You can see what good eaters we are by checking out our Instagram post.

 

If you want to learn more about Ziwi Peak then click here.

To learn about all the other great things that Chewy has to offer check out there website here.

 

***********************We received this product at no cost to us in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts and opinions are mine and Sams***********************

5 ingredients served 3 different ways

Wow! Is it already June? Seems like this year is flying by. I would prefer it to move straight on to September. I am not a fan of hot weather. I do not like water, so no jumping in pools to keep me cool or have fun swimming in. I am a cool weather kind of pup. It has already been pretty hot here in the Midwest, so I have been staying indoors where the ac is going.  I have always been a fan of indoor fetch, so I get some exercise that way.  I am still on that darn diet, so any exercise is good for me.

This month, we let the stinky kitties choose something to test out. They are working hard on their review, so I went and decided to get mine done first. They are pretty excited to talk about the food they tried, but today is all about me! (like it isn’t about me every single day) I really liked the previous food topper I tried, so I decided to try a different brand out. This month I picked out Honest Kitchen’s Proper Toppers Grain Free Turkey Recipe. It also comes in fish, beef, and chicken.

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Proper Toppers contain 5 whole food dehydrated food ingredients. It also contains vitamins and minerals, so if you choose to feed this as a meal, you can assure that we are getting the nutrients we need. It also can be fed as a treat in addition to being fed as a meal or meal topper. The turkey toppers ingredients include Turkey, apples, pumpkin, blueberries, and chard.  Super yummy super foods that pups love.

These super foods not only have a lot of great vitamins and minerals, but they also have a lot of great health benefits. These super foods help aid in our digestive health, keep our joints happy and healthy, and the antioxidants support our immune system.

Proper toppers contain 90% meat! It also is 100% human grade and made in a USDA inspected facility. Even though it says human grade, it does not mean that humans should be eating this. It is meant to be given to us pups only. Each tablespoon has 44.9 calories. If using as a food topper, then give 2 tablespoons per 20 lbs of body weight. I would get 5 tablespoons.

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It does not contain a measuring device, but my humans have three million sets of measuring spoons and cups, so not a big deal.  5 tablespoons is just about 1/3 cup. We found a chart online that converted tablespoons to cups to make it easier to measure properly. If you do choose to feed this as a complete meal then splash a little warm water on top before serving.

We are just using this as a topper, so 5 tablespoons it is. (more or less, she did not measure the first time)

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I got to test out a few pieces as a treat first, to see what my thoughts were. I thought it was super tasty and wanted more. When it was time for breakfast, I got less than my usual amount to make up for the additional calories that the toppers would bring to the bowl.  I went straight for the toppers and ate all of those first. I then proceeded to walk away. I was hoping for more toppers, but mom nixed that idea. I can’t help that I find something I like and want more of it!

I really liked this food topper. It has a lot of tasty ingredients (no peas!). It contains zero ingredients from China , and because it is human grade, we can feel better that they are making sure we only get the best meat available.  While mom would not feed me this as a meal due to costs, she would give this to me as a meal topper and a treat.

I give this meal topper 4 paws up!

If you would like to learn more about this and other great products from the Honest Kitchen, then click here.

Don’t forget to check out all the other great things that Chewy.com has to offer. They have super fast shipping and the best customer service!

Be sure to check out my Instagram post of me enjoying the Proper Toppers!

 

*****************************I received this at no cost to me in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone***************************

 

You say stinky, I say super yummy.

These past few weeks have been very busy for me. I ran in 2 separate 5k’s, found out I am down 0.8 lbs from my last vet visit, and got my doggy Xanax for upcoming holidays where humans like to shoot off loud booming things that make me a very scared pup. My human and I got 3rd place in her age division in one of the 5k’s! I earned a medal in a 5k and that was totally the best feeling next to chin scratches of course.

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Clearly the medal was for me since it has a paw on the front of it!

Onward to the important part of this months blog. TREATS! We had lots of options to pick from this month and we decided to stick with what we know. We love Merrick Pet Care products and decided to try out one of the Backcountry Jerky Treats. We were sent Pacific Catch Real Salmon Jerky Dog Treats. They are long pieces of jerky that can be broken apart easily for portion control or to use for a long training session.

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These tasty treats have just four little ingredients.  They are made with deboned salmon, dried skim milks, mixed tocopherols (which acts as a preservative), and rosemary extract. Per the norm with Merrick, the deboned salmon is the first ingredient. That makes my tummy happy.  We like when treats have meat as the first ingredient.  Why bother calling it a salmon, turkey, chicken, beef, deer, etc treat if you are going to have a bunch of other stuff listed first.  If it is a meat treat, then show us the meat.

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The salmon jerky sure looked tasty, it was kind of hard to not grab the jerky while my human snapped some photos.

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When I smell something yummy, it is a little hard to control myself! I finally got to grab that piece of jerky and boy was it worth the wait! It was a little chewy, but very yummy. I bit it in half and enjoyed every single bite. I only got to have one treat because they are 78 kcals per treat. That of course is my whole daily treat amount. The good part is that because they can be broken up, they can last a long time.

Pros: grain free, limited ingredient, protein has the first ingredient, made in the USA, and all natural

Cons: I do not have any cons, but my human says that are super stinky and washed her hands like 7 times to get rid of the smell. (she hates all fish, so this might not be an issue for seafood lovers) and she wishes the calorie count was lower. However not everyone is like her and is a calorie counter when it comes to food and treats. I thought they had a fabulous smell, but she says I eat kitty poop, so I can’t voice my opinion on what smells good or bad.

Merrick jerky treats also come in Chicken.  If you want more information on these treats then click here!

Plus you should totally check out everything else that Chewy.com has to offer! They have super fast shipping and have pawsome customer service. We love them!

Check out my pawsome video of me enjoying the Salmon jerky on Instagram.

 

 

*******************************we received this product at no cost to us in exchange for out honest review, all thoughts are mine and mine alone*******************************

 

 

Ingredients may be small, but taste is big!

We all love eating treats. Some treats just have one ingredient like a dehydrated chew. It contains a meat or a veggie that is dried. Some treats have a zillion ingredients (most of the stuff I cannot pronounce or have any clue what it is), and then there are treats that contain a small amount of ingredients. Today is all about LIT (limited ingredient treats).

These treats are targeted to those pups that have allergy issues with ingredients. Pups that have sensitivities need yummy treats too and LIT treats can give them just that. These treats are grain free as well.  They are also aimed to help in digestive health.

This month had lots of different treats and food to choose from, we decided that since we like the idea of LIT, we would give  Natural Balance L.I.T. a try.

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Natural Balance L.I.T. come in two sizes Regular Breeds (14 oz) and Small Breeds (8 oz).  I got to try out the Sweet Potato and Venison flavor. The regular size has 30 calories a treat and the small one has 8 calories per treat. They come in six different flavors and the calorie content varies by flavor.

The Small Breed are packaged with smaller sized treats. As my readers know, I am on a stinky diet until pigs fly. So those smaller treats would be great because the flavor is still there, but I can have a few instead of just one!

We were sent the Regular Breed size.  The size is just right for  dogs that are my sized (50 ish pounds)

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See that focus? Eyes on the prize kids, eyes on the prize.

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They can be broken up, but might be easier to get the Small Breed size, if you are going for the lower calorie count.

These treats are pretty tasty and I kept begging for more. They are super crunchy. When you bite into the treat, little bits of the treats going raining onto the ground. So might  be easier to feed on a surface that is not a rug or carpet. I still licked it all up because I do not leave messes.

We like that they are crunchy, limited ingredient, grain free, offer two sizes, and that they have many flavors to choose from. Mom likes that they do not have any odor that is offensive to her nose. Some of my treats can be stinky to her, but wonderful to me.

We have tried other Natural Balance products and these rank just as high those other products. I give these treats four paws up!

We cannot think of any cons for this treat!

Check out my Instagram post and watch me in action crunching on these tasty treats.

You can learn about all the great LIT crunchy treats Natural Balance has to offer here

Remember to also check out all the great things that Chewy.com has to offer! They not only offer just about everything your pet needs, but also has the best customer service!

 

************************* we received this product at no cost from Chewy in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts are mine and mine alone********************************

 

 

 

 

Eating raw part duex

So earlier this month, I tried out some tasty raw treats. Now it is time to talk about raw food toppers. Raw food toppers go on top of our kibble or as a stand alone meal. Before I was put on my diet, my food had freeze dried raw bits included with the dry kibble. It was amazing and tasty. I would pick out all the raw bits first, then move on to the kibble part. Mom likened it to a kid eating the marshmallows out of the cereal first. I missed having that in my food.  They do not have a diet version of that yummy food. When I found out I could test out some freeze dried raw toppers, I said yes please!

The company that makes the topper is called Stella and Chewy’s, it is a company we have heard of, but have not tried. They make meal mixers, super blends, dog food, cat food, and dog treats. They are made right here in the USA. They get their proteins from the North America, New Zealand, and Australia. They make sure that only the best goes into their products. That is something that we like. Being picky about what we eat is not  a bad thing. It is scary how many recalls we read about, so making sure our food comes from a trusted source is a top priority.

I got to test out Grass Fed Beef Recipe Superblend. It has beef of course and a blend of nutrient rich super foods! It contains 90% beef, nutrient rich organs, and bones. Plus has lot of  fruits and veggies (no peas!!). Probiotics, minerals, and vitamins are also added to make sure we have a balanced diet.

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It comes with a scoop so that your human can measure  the right amount to give you. Each scoop is 75 kcal, so make sure the amount of dry kibble is reduced, so we don’t get overfed. If you are going to get this as a stand alone food, 2 tablespoons of  cool or warm water can be added to the freeze dried bits to re-hydrate.  The bits can be fed on their own, if that happens, we need plenty of fresh water available for us. Your human should wash their hands with hot water and soap after handing this product. They should also make sure our bowl get cleaned as well after we are done eating.

Raw food helps with digestion, our skin and coat, stamina and vitality, and helps out our chompers. Why not add some fun and tastiness to our already yummy kibble?

Mom showed me the bag and I sniffed and was very interested. I got to sniff the scoop of raw bits before it was added into my food. I really wanted to eat right out of the scoop!

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Mom added the scoop and I got to eating, I ate all the raw bits, then moved on to the kibble. What can I say, raw bits are really tasty and I want to eat that first.

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I says it is a compliment to the chef! It was very good and I even ate the freeze dried superfoods. Usually I only eat blueberries if they are in a muffin. This is definitely something that I would want added to the rotation.

I got to have this a few days in a row and each time I made sure to eat all the raw bits first before moving on to my regular food.  I really liked this and it comes in different proteins. They also have chicken and duck. For small breeds, they have a chicken version for them. I certainly would like to try duck and chicken. I love those proteins.

You know how earlier I said we are super picky about food? Well Stella and Chewy’s went one step further in earning my humans trust. You can enter in the lot number from the bag and get test results from harmful bacteria they test for. We did exactly that and our food tested negative for all that nasty stuff that so many things get recalled for. No listeria, salmonella,, or e coli was found in my bag of meal mixers. Having a company do that makes us see that they are serious about safety. We do not have to worry that later on something I ate could contain something that could hurt me.

So both mom and I were pleased with the meal mixers. I thought it was super tasty and cannot wait for my next bag to be ordered. Mom is happy that they go above and beyond when it comes to using quality ingredients and their level of food safety.

I give this four paws up! Click here to check out all the Stella and Chewy’s products that they have to offer.

Chewy.com offers a lot of other great products for dogs, cats, and other pets.They also have the best customer service! (trust me, they treat their customers like family)

Watch me in action trying out the meal mixers on Instagram!

 

****************this was given to me at no cost in exchange for an honest review, all opinions are mine and mine alone*****************

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Treats that the whole family err fur family can enjoy

I cannot believe it is already March! February just flew on by. It seems like only yesterday, we were talking about keeping our chompers healthy during Pet Dental month and now it is almost St. Patrick’s Day. I already have my bandanna on. Some hoomans like to eat corn beef and cabbage to celebrate the holiday, I just want snacks.

This month there were lots of snacks to choose from. I wanted to go with a very limited ingredient treat this time around. So limited that it actually only has one ingredient! We, meaning I picked out Primal Beef Liver Munchies. (click on the purple link to be taken directly to the Chewy site for these treats) It contains Beef Liver. It contains zero spices or flavorings, preservatives, grains, salt, or sugar. Nothing but beef liver. Sometimes you just want a simple treat and with Primal Beef Liver Munchies, you get exactly that.

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Primal treats are a very good source of protein. The bag indicates a min of  66% protein, that is a lot of protein. There is not a per treat calorie count, but the website indicates 130 calories per ounce and each bag weighs two ounces. There are a lot of treats in the bag. Mom figures under 10 calories per piece.

They are made from beef sourced in the USA, which is a total plus for us.  We prefer to buy stuff made where we live. The beef is free from antibiotics without any added hormones. That is something we really like.

The treats are bite sized and they are for cats and dogs! So my brothers can partake in some tasty goodness as well. You can see the both of us investigating the treats and seeing if it is something we might want to try. Spoiler alert, we tried and liked them!

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They come in all sorts of sizes, so that the tiny ones can go to the kitties and the bigger pieces can go right into my tummy.

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These treats are  freeze dried, but more importantly they are raw, so after your human gives you one or maybe ten if you are super lucky, make sure they wash their hands with soap and hot water.

Onward to the pros and cons from the three of us.

Mom says she loves that they are a single source of protein and they are good for both cats and dogs. One bag of treats can be given to all of us. She wishes that calorie count per treat was on the bag, but understands that the different sized pieces can make that determination difficult.

Icky kitty ate three of them in a row and would like them to be a little smaller. Even the small ones are a little big for his little mouth. He did not throw them back up like he does with most treats. So we know that he likes them and his sensitive tummy can handle them. (Sam kitty and Baby kitty are not fans of treats at all, so they were not included in the taste test)

I was very happy with these treats. I love raw treats. They are always super tasty. They usually contain just meat, so that is always a plus with me. I was not thrilled that I can share them with my brother. He should get his own treats!

The three of us all give paws and thumbs up. 8 paws for icky kitty and I and 2 thumbs up for mom.

Primal treats are welcome in this house, because they are quality treats and made in the USA. The raw liver munchies also come in turkey and pork. You can try all three and see which one you like best. You can see all Primal items that Chewy carries by clicking here.

Check out my Instagram post here and see me enjoying these tasty tid bits.

After checking out what Primal Products Chewy carries, why not check out everything else they have to offer? Remember you can save money on select items by auto-shipping! You can visit their website here.

*******************we were given these treats at no cost to us in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts are mine and icky kittys**********************