Tag: dogs

A Trio of Tastiness

Halloween has come and gone, time to get ready for the yummy holiday! So many tasty things to eat, but half of them are bad for us. I think they keep adding things to the list, so they don’t have to share. I only get a small amount of turkey and potatoes. I sure would like some stuffing, but nope it has onions and seasonings that are toxic to us. Guess that means  I should get extra treats to make up for everything I cannot have.

This month we had a pretty big selection of stuff to use from. The kitties are taking a break this month. So just me with your news of what is tasty and what is not.  I decided to try out some treats from a company called I and love and you.

We have not heard of that company, so of course my human needed to do some researching. Anything that goes into my tummy must be human approved. She looked up their website and read through it. Wow, they are a pretty amazing company. They make sure they provide us with best food and treats possible by using no grains or anything artificial and they use real meat as the first ingredient. If you thought that was pawsome, they also are pretty cool humans that are doing their part to keep the Earth happy and healthy. Their corporate HQ is powered by WIND! That is so cool.  Caring that much about people, the plant, and us, show us that they are a company we can trust.

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The treats we got to test from I and love and you, were a three pack! I got three different types of jerky bites to try out. WOW! Lots of variety to choose from. The three flavors were Beef and Lamb, Chicken and Duck, and Chicken and Salmon. Lots of different proteins to nom on.

They are small in size, but high in protein, Prefect to use as a training treat and perfect for dogs of all sizes. The beef is American Beef, the duck is form France (oo la la!), and the lamb is from New Zealand (we have had New Zealand lamb before and it is delicious!) The treats are made right here in the USA, which makes my human very happy.

They are limited ingredient treats. Only 7 ingredients in each flavor!

Chicken + Salmon: Chicken, Salmon, Glycerin, Brown Sugar, Salt, Natural Mesquite Smoke Flavor, Mixed Tocopherols (Natural Preservative).

Chicken + Duck: Chicken, Duck, Glycerin, Brown Sugar, Salt, Natural Maple Smoke Flavor, Mixed Tocopherols (Natural Preservative).

Beef + Lamb: Beef, Lamb, Glycerin, Brown Sugar, Salt, Natural Hickory Smoke Flavor, Mixed Tocopherols (Natural Preservative).

Meat as the first ingredient is the stuff we like to see in treats and food. My ancestors did not chomp on carrots all day long and I don’t want to either.

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They are look the same, but had different levels of tastiness. I really like the Beef and Lamb and the Chicken and Duck the best. The Chicken and Salmon was stinky according to mom, but I am not much of a seafood person, so I preferred the other two flavors more. They are super easy to eat, a couple bites and it is gone. They did not have a calorie per piece on the bag, but did indicate that there are 104 to 114 kcal per ounce in each bag. The bags each contain 4 ounces of treats.

I really liked these treats. Having three different flavors to choose from can make training sessions fun. Sometimes a gal can get bored of one particular treat and having three different ones to choose is a little more fun when it comes time to practice my skills.

If you are looking for a bite sized treat, that is grain free and has a lot of variety, then check out the treats from I and love and you. They get four paws up from me!

I liked them so much, I even stole the bag from the counter and helped myself. I was caught in the act though. Usually I blame the cats for any treats that end up on the floor with the bag ripped open. They have those tiny daggers.

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Be sure to look at all the other great dog and cat products that I and love and you has to offer. If you want to learn more about these treats and have your human order some, then click here.

While you are on the website, take a look around, Chewy.com has just about anything you need for your favorite pup or kitty.

 

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

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Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! Halloween is one of moms favorite holidays next to Thanksgiving. She loves being able to create costumes and have fun scaring people. Long ago mom and her brother got super scary masks and black cloaks.  They slouched over in chairs on their moms porch and waited. Spooky music played and spider webs adorned the doorway. They waited as the first victims errrr I mean kids walked up the steps to the door. As soon as they were close enough, mom and her brother sprang from the chairs and growled at the tiny humans. The kids got super scared and ran back to their parents.  Some of the parents had to come up and get the candy because the kids were too scared to come back up. They had lots of fun scaring kids most of the night.

Mom and dad do not have any human kids, so the only thing she can dress up on Halloween is either me or my brofurs. Icky kitty aka Bater tolerates it enough to snap a picture or two. I just like attention. I may look super serious in my pictures, but once someone starts petting me or telling me how cute I am, then the smiles are there.

2014 Halloween I was a Land shark, I had my very own Candygram that mom made and attached on to me. That year I did not place at all in the Petco costume contest. I was pretty bummed, but that just meant we had to work harder the next year.

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The next year, it was decided that mom would just make my costume. After lots of thinking, it was finally decided that I would be Harry err Lily Potter. I have issues with things touching my face. So no glasses or scar for me. I was actually named for Harry’s mum, so Lily Potter worked perfect. Mom did some thrift store, Etsy, and, fabric store, and Amazon shopping to get all the materials she needed. She found a grey sweater at the thrift store and then used felt from the fabric store to make that perfect Gryffindor sweater and scarf.  She was able to find an iron on patch for the crest on the school robes.

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We also had to create a scene for an Instagram contest. We created Kings Cross Station. I had my very own owl and luggage. I had everything I needed to board Hogwarts Express!

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We really liked this costume. Dad said it was spot on. We got 2nd place at the in-store contest. At least we placed that time! We did not win the instagram contest. That is okay. I looked darn good and that is the important thing.

2016 was a tough one again. Mom kept wanting to make me be a cop or prison guard and the kitties be the inmates. Getting three kitties to behave is almost impossible! It was finally decided that I would be Batman. I did not even need a mask. My ears are its own mask. The Instagram contest had a rule that your human had to be in the picture too. Mom was like AHHHHHHHH. I was going to be 1960’s Batman, and icky kitty was going to be Robin. That left mom with the Penguin, The Riddler, or Catwoman. Mom said heck to the no for spandex. It was decided that she would be the Penguin. Amazon, thrift stores, Etsy and the fabric store proved to be helpful in creating the costumes. Icky kitty was made of felt, a onesie, and some fabric. Moms was created from thrift store finds, fabric, and a little spray paint. Mine was from a dog shirt, some fabric, and an iron on patch.

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Then it all came together to form our non winning, but still pawsome group picture.  I did win first place in the in store contest!

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This year was the hardest to come up with. We thought and thought and thought. It was so hard to figure out what I should be. Then suddenly it just popped inside her head. She was like you can be a ninja turtle! I had my twitter pals vote for which one. Michelangelo won with 49% of the vote.

This was also the hardest to make. She used a doggy hoodie, some items from the hardware store, and the fabric store. I think I am the only doggy on the whole planet with a working set of wooden nunchucks! Dad helped mom make those. He is much better at power tools.

Mom made the shell and then used ribbon to make the hexagon design. She used stuffing in both the shell and the chest plate and then lots of sewing to put it all together. She tried using some velcro to keep the shell on the body, but it did not behave. She was able to use some snaps to keep the shell attached to the body. Snaps are your friend. The belt was snapped on as well.

I do not have a super cool mask, because of the whole touching my face thing. People could still totally tell that I was Michelangelo. I had my orange elbow bands, the M on my belt, and of course the nunchucks.

This year Mom did not have to be in the Instagram entry, but wanted to make a super fantastic scene, so she went as April O’Neil. Some trips to Target, the thrift store, and fabric store for some dye and poof! Her costume was done.

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We think this is out best entry yet. Plus I won first place in one in store contest and second in another.

Looking back, we love all of the costumes, but Lily Potter holds a special place in our heart since it was the first one that mom made.

We hope you enjoyed the Lily costumes of years past.

What are you planning on being this year? Let me know!

 

Riding in Style

This month has been crazy. Mom was very busy making our Halloween costumes. She prefers to make mine since I am weirdly shaped as she likes to call it. I am not a very long or tall dog, but barrel shaped. Costumes don’t always fit me properly. Two years ago I was Lily Potter (Harry’s Mum) and last year I was Batman. This year mom was having trouble thinking of a good costume. She finally decided on a Ninja Turtle. My Twitter pals voted on which one I should be. They decided on Michelangelo. It is a pretty pawsome costume. Mom even dressed up as the reporter April O’Neil!

How do I look?

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This month I got to try out this pretty cool seat cover that helps keep your car clean and it works with the harness I tested out a few months ago.

We actually used my hoo aunts’ car to test out this product, because moms’ car got attacked by a tree when a big storm came through. It hurt our house too.  The good thing is that no human or animal got hurt during the storm. My hoo aunts car is pretty similar in size to the Lily mobile, so we figured it would be a good substitute.

If you read our previous blog post about the Kurgo Tru Fit Smart Harness, then you know that Kurgo has videos with products so you wont have to worry about using one of their products together incorrectly. Using a product like a car harness incorrectly can possibly harm us, so we highly recommend watching the videos.

The product we tested this month is a Kurgo Heather Bench Seat Cover in a charcoal color.

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Mom made sure she read through the instructions and watched the video a couple times to make sure that she knew the proper way to put it on the seat. She found it to be super easy. They do a great job of writing written instructions.  She was able to have it up and running in under 5 minutes.

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The two flaps at the bottom are for seat belt access. Remember me mentioning abut my harness a bit ago?  This works with my harness. We can have access to the seat belt so that I can be properly buckled into the car.

There are two sets of clips that go around each of the headrests. There are also two plastic tubes that you push from the front of the seat into the back. This helps the seat cover from sliding off. There is one more additional clip that wraps around the back of the seat. This is optional, but we chose to clip it. There are also two pockets to store stuff, such as a leash, poop bags, or treats!

Feeling the fabric, you can tell that it is very sturdy and will protect your car seat. Moms seat is leather, so this seat cover and help protect it from nails poking holes in the seat. If you  happen to have a cloth seat like my aunts car, then you can prevent something like  dirt or mud from getting on the seat. The seat cover has piped edges,  so that if some dirt got on the cover, it would get caught by that. It is machine washable on the gentle cycle and should be hung to dry.

After she got the seat cover on and took some pictures, it was time for me to hop up in the car and get me buckled in.

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There are two different ways that you can secure your pup in the car. The way mom secured me in is the best way. The other way allows your pup to move a little bit more. I was strapped in nice and tight. I did not like that way. I like to be able to move a bit, but the best practice way is what will protect us best if there was a car crash.

I did like the way the car seat cover felt. It was quite comfy and did not feel scratchy or too rough on my fur. It looks very nice in the car as well.  The cover is 55 inches long, it should fit most vehicles.  It fit my aunts car quite nicely.  She has a Mercury Mariner and mom has a Suzuki Grand Vitara , or did have one.  😦

Mom really likes this seat cover and cannot wait to test it out on the next Lily mobile. She gives it two thumbs up and I give it four paws up. We are really loving products from Kurgo. They seem to know what pups and pup parents want in a product. Having a product that makes mom happy and me comfy is important.

We have a different seat cover that we received in monthly dog product box and found this seat cover to be far more superior in ease of use and sturdiness of the material.

If you want to learn more about this seat cover or other great Kurgo products then click here.

Don’t forget to look at all the great products that Chewy.com  has to offer, including Halloween costumes! Why should the humans have all the fun on Halloween?

 

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

 

 

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*****************************

 

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***************************

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*******************************

 

 

 

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********************************

 

 

 

 

Dogs, food, and a Worthy Cause

My usual brand of food is Merrick Pet Care. I have been eating their food for a long time now. They are always coming up with something new and tasty. My favorite line of theirs is the Backcountry food. You get raw bits in every bag of dry food. Plus the cans of food has some super tasty proteins like Rabbit, Venison, Duck, Salmon, and Lamb. I have tried them all and every single one of them had me going back to keep licking the bowl to see if I missed anything. At the Global Pet Expo, they introduced a new recipe in their Backcountry line. It is called Hero’s Banquet Stew.

This new recipe is a pretty special new recipe. It helps raise awareness for a cause they are very fond of. That cause is called K9s for Warriors. You see sometimes when soldiers come back home after protecting us, they have something called PTSD or TBI (traumatic brain injury). Well K9 for Warriors pairs up specially trained pups with these soldiers to help them. We all know that us dogs make things better and not as scary or stressful. These special dogs provide support and comfort to those who suffer from PTSD or TBI.

Although my humans never had to experience the awful things that these brave warriors experience. They do know that dogs make life better and are very calming. Waggy tails and a smile makes a big difference after a long day.  Shouldn’t those who fought to protect our freedoms deserve the same?

K9 for Warriors chooses pups from animal shelters across the country and then trains them.  They are then paired up with a warrior who spends three weeks training with their new pup. How pawsome is that? Everyone knows shelter pups make the best companions.

It may seem like a very simple thing, a person getting a dog, but it is so much more than that. This is improving the life of someone who defended our country, they deserve to be happy and safe. I am proud to support Merrick and this very worthy cause.

To make things even better, Merrick will make a donation for every Backcountry Hero’s Banquet item sold.

I was lucky enough to try out a can of the Backcountry Hero’s Banquet Stew.

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It has deboned beef as the first ingredient and it also contains lamb.  When you open up the can you see big pieces of meat, tasty green beans, and carrots. You know what you don’t see when you look inside the can?? Peas, yep this recipe only contains dried peas. No gross green balls of yuck.  Hey, there is a lot of humans that don’t like peas. I love a good green bean though, those long skinny beans are tasty.

This was a lick the bowl over and over again good. I usually only get to eat dry food. Canned food is a special treat. This one was super tasty. Canned food usually comes into two different types, a pate formula and one that contains chunks of protein and vegetables. I like the latter. I like seeing chunks of meat and veggies (except peas).

If you are a fan of canned food or Merrick, this will not disappoint you. Plenty of gravy, meat, and veggies to keep every pup happy. I will definitely want mom to put this one into my rotation of canned foods that she lets me have.

Make sure you buy this in July, so you can help those who have sacrificed so much for us.

You can learn more the recipes of Hero’s Banquet here

For information on K9 for Warriors click here

For information on the other products Merrick has click here