Tag: grain free

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

 

 

 

 

Crunchy on the Outside, Beefy on the Inside

Thanksgiving is just days away and soon it will be all about the turkey, but today we talk beef! This month I decided to stick with what I knew and I know that Wellness makes some pretty good treats. We have reviewed a few of their products and have not been let down. This month was no different. I got to try out Wellness Core Grain Free Marrow Roasts. They are crunchy biscuits that have real meaty marrow inside. They are only 11 calories a piece for the Hearty Beef Recipe. The Turkey recipe is 11 calories as well.

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The marrow roasts treats are grain free, contain no by products, and list the meat protein as the first ingredient. That is very important to us. Carnivores want meat. We cannot stress enough how important it is when choosing food and treats that meat is listed first. If I wanted some veggies,  I would hit up the salad bar. It does list peas and sweet potatoes as other ingredients. I suppose that is okay since I cannot actually see any of the veggies. Down with peas! I have a huge hatred of peas, but since I cannot see them, I deal.

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As you can see the treats are not very big, so they could work for many different sized pups. I was very excited when mom held out her hand and could barely sit still while she snapped a few pictures. I wasted little time scarfing down these tasty morsels. This is probably the first time that we can recall that my treat contained marrow. I have very picky hoomans and they will not let me have just anything without researching first that it is okay for me and that the product was made in a country that has deemed acceptable to them. These treats were made right here in the U S of A.

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I am not quite sure you can see the look of intensity that is on my face. I am in full on give me my treat mode. I did indeed gobble them up like they were the last treats on earth. If I am unsure about a treat, I will drop it and lick it a few times before I pick it back up and eat it. I did not do that at all with this treat. I immediately got to chewing and swallowing and looking at mom with my best head tilt for another treat or five! I give these four paws up and hope that the Savory Turkey Recipe finds its way to my tummy in the near future.

The treats are over my 5 calorie limit because of the diet, but because I am extra cute, mom made an exception. (in reality it just means I don’t get as many treats per day because of the higher calorie count)

You can find these treats on Chewy.com as well as a lot of other great Wellness items. Check out Chewy for all your dog and feline needs.

Watch a nifty vine video here of me first trying out the treats.

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

 

 

Good Ole Southern Cooking

Ahh, October is finally here. The month where it finally gets cooler and I can go for lots of walks without getting too hot. Cooler weather means stews, casseroles, and other yummy food to warm the tummy. This month we decided to go with a canned food instead of treats. It seems that at my last vet visit, I was told that I still needed to lose weight. I should be at my 1 year weight and that is 10 lbs lighter. So the diet lives on and treat calorie amounts are being written down so that I do not go over my daily amount of 800 calories. I am allowed up to 80 calories a day of treats. My dental chew alone takes up half that!

Anyways back to the more important stuff, food that I can eat. This month I picked out some yummy Merrick Pet Care food. I love their food, I have yet to find a food from them that I did not enjoy. This months selection did not disappoint. This months choice is called Smothered Comfort. I have to say that I love all the names Merrick comes up with to name the canned food. They all have such fun names.

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Smothered Comfort lists Chicken as its first ingredient, actually chicken is its first three ingredients! Lots of chicken in this food. It has a whole chicken thigh! Seriously, a whole thigh, now some of you might be a little worried that the bone could hurt our delicate tummy. No worries, the chef cooks the thigh to make the bone all soft and okay for pups. It is seriously the first thing I usually go for when mom sets a can of this stuff down. I like grabbing up the thigh and chomp chomp chomp. It is that delicious. Who wouldn’t want to have visible pieces of meat in their food?

After the super good chicken part, it also has sweet potatoes, carrots, apples, peas, potato, and blueberries. Plus all the vitamins and minerals to keep us healthy. I did not see any of the peas, so that was a good thing. I have a love hate relationship with  peas.  I hate them, but mom loves for me to eat them. It has 380 calories per can. Mom can feed me two cans of this and still have 40 calories left for treats or 1 dental chew. It is also grain free for all those pups who have allergies or sensitivities to grain. As far as i know, I am okay with grain. It is  nice to know if I were to have issues that I have tasty options.

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I am more of a stew kind of pup than pate.  I like and will eat the pate, but I do love lapping up the gravy when given stew type canned foods. Mom likes that she can see the ingredients.She prefers to see the stuff they put in my food.  Seeing the ingredients listed on a can is on thing, but it is another thing when you can spot the blueberries, carrots or the dreaded peas. It makes the hoomans feel a little bit better about what they are feeding us.

As you can see from the pictures, I wasted no time getting my mouth into that tasty goodness. I did not want to stop and pose for pictures, I wanted to just keep on eating, but I was patient until the puparazzi was done and I could eat at my own pace (which is speed of light) I give this four  paws up. It got my “eat it like it is running away”seal of approval. Plus it also received the “going back to the bowl to lick it over and over again to see if I missed a spot” seal of approval.

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Merrick is a brand we trust to always provide food that is tasty and good for me. They have so many different varieties and are always coming up with something new. They have so many proteins to chose from, I can eat a wide variety and not get bored. You can learn all about their food here or at Chewy.com

Check out me chomping down on Smothered Comfort in my vine video here

As always check out all the great things that Chewy.com has to offer, plus they offer auto ship, no more running out of food. Ask your hoomans first though. They tend to get upset when us pups get a hold of the credit or debit card.

***********************I did receive this food from Chewy.com at no cost to me in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, pictures, videos, are mine and mine alone**********************

Who is a good pup? I am!

I had so many different things to choose from this month to test out. The kitties had quite the selection as well. In the end,  it was decided that the kitties can wait and I get to test out some tasty treats.

We  decided to test out ZiwiPeak Good-Dog Treats. We had not heard of the company, but a quick read about them ensured that it was a brand we could trust.The Good-Dog treats come in 3 different varieties. Beef, Venison, and Lamb. We were sent the lamb.

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They contain 95% premium New Zealand meat. That is a lot!!! Seriously, if a treat contains meat, it better contain a lot of meat and not a bunch of filler ingredients. Remember, we are descendants of the mighty wolf. Wolves like meat, not a bunch of things that you need a dictionary to figure out what it is. The treats list 5 ingredients. FIVE! I am pretty sure most hooman treats contain twice that.

We know that my hoomans are pretty picky on what my treats are made with and how many calories they contain. These treats contain 4.5 kcal per treat. Mom prefers my treats be under 5 calories. I am still supposed to lose 4-5 pounds. When I get my bath or nails clipped at the vet, she weighs me.My last two nail clippings, the scale read 52.6 lbs. I am supposed to be 47. The yearly visit is approaching and we shall see what the vet says. I am hoping I get to just stay at 52 lbs. I think it suits me, plus it would mean I get more of those high calorie  treats.

These are a soft jerky treat that can very easily be torn for smaller pups or for training purposes.

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They smell very yummy to me and mom says they don’t stink. Not sure what actually stinks. I think everything smells delicious.

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I thought the treats were very delicious. I got to have three in a row! They are nice and chewy. I do love a good crunchy treat, but sometimes, a soft treat hits the spot.

ZiwiPeak Good-Dog treats are grain free, plus they contain parsley which can help cure that awful doggy breath that hoomans complain about. They are also air dried which helps keep the goodness inside the treat.

If you are looking for a soft treat that is low in calories, tasty, grain free, meaty, and friendly to pups young and old, then look no further. Try out a bag of Good-Dog treats!

If you would like to know more about ZiwiPeak treats and food, visit their site here to learn more.

You can find this product here and so many more items at Chewy.com 

Watch a super pawsome vine video of me performing my favorite trick speak in order to get one of these tasty treats! Just click right there ———> Speak!

 

 

**************************I received this item at no cost to me in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, ideas, etc, etc, etc, are mine and mine alone*********************

 

 

 

Supporting local businesses has never been so tasty

One day mom and dad went to buy popcorn from a place that is locally owned and operated. Dad says if a store sells dog stuff, mom will surely seek it out by using the force. Who knew a popcorn place would have treats for me??? They had all kinds of yummy dog treats. I first got to try some Peanut Butter squirrels. They did not contain actual squirrels, but were super tasty. Mom even took a small taste!! Then I got to try some Bacon Cornbread treats. They were super tasty. They are made by a local company called Porter’s Pet Pantry. Buying local supports our local community and that is always a good thing.

They sent mom a bag of their Beef Liver Slivers so I can try it out. I of course had to insist to mom that I need to write a review so my dog friends could hear all about these super tasty treats.

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Now you guys know that I can be a bit picky on treats. Sometimes I am a little unsure if I should try it out or not. Well this was not the case with these treats. As soon as mom handed me one and I gently took it from her hand (because you know if I did not, then I would be denied the yumminess) that treat was in my mouth and being crunched, chomped, and sent down into my tummy. I had to ask for another one right away. I had to be sure that the next one would taste just as good. I somehow got her to give me four treats in a row!

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Look at that treat! It is huge. They can be broken up pretty easily, so that if you are not a nice big dog like me, you can make tiny treats for those tiny pups that fit in handbags. You can also break them up to use as training treats. I  know lots of commands, but I still need to practice (according to the hands that feed and spoil me).

These Beef Liver Slivers are not stinky at all! I know for a fact that mom had to plug her nose once just to hand me these other treats she got for me. Not these, they smell like the jerky you buy at the store. I caught mom eyeing one. Hoomans, get your own tasty goodness. pfft.

Onwards to my likes and my hoomans likes. I like that they are super tasty and crunchy Mom likes that they  are grain free, locally made, not stinky, that they only contain four ingredients. (Beef Liver, Natural Smoke Flavoring, Citric Acid, and Vitamin E), and she likes that they come in a resealable bag.

If you are looking for a new training treat, good girl/boy treat, something to spice up the ole kibble,  or maybe a good bye treat to distract us when you are leaving to make the money to that buys us stuff. You should totally buy this treat.

I give Porter’s Pet  Pantry Beef Liver Slivers 4 paws up. You can find them on Amazon or you can visit their website Porter’s Pet Pantry which has other treats and toys!

Watch me enjoy the treats here on Vine

 

We will definitely be buying these when the bag is empty or almost empty!

Ok, now go buy some!

Remember treats are exactly that, a treat. We still need a balanced diet and of course fresh water.

 

******************We received these treats at no cost to us in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions, etc are mine and my hoomans**************

 

 

 

A Taste of fall in the Summer

As it gets closer to the fall months, I want to eat something that is hearty, filling, and makes me feel all warm inside. A good stew does just that. This month I had lots to choose from to test out. I have quite a few treats, so we decided to go with a nice canned food. Whole Earth Farms has dry and wet food for both cats and us dogs. The canned food I picked out to try is Hearty Chicken Stew, which is grain free, just in case that is important to you. The important part to us is the ingredients and the fact it is made right here in the USA.

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I see canned food and I start sticking my tongue out and all I want is a taste of whatever is inside. A girl needs canned food here and there because dry kibble just gets boring. Wet food is more of a treat for me than a dinner. I have been known to go on a hunger strike until a can is served to me again. It does not go over well sometimes.

Mom let me take a look at it before she put it in my bowl. Full of yummy chicken chunks, carrots, and my nemesis….peas. I am not a fan of peas. I will eat them last with the hopes that they will just disappear out of my bowl. Never happens, I still hold out hope though.

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Mom looks at labels way more on my food, treats, chews, etc, than she looks at her own food. If there are certain ingredients in my food, she will not purchase them.If you look at the ingredients on this food you would see that the first one is deboned chicken. Mom and dad both eat that every time they buy a rotisserie chicken! Who wouldn’t want a nice tasty chicken for dinner?  It also contains tasty chicken broth, and plenty of veggies.

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You can see those big chunks of chicken, carrots, and the very fibrous, but icky peas. (I know that I should really give peas a chance, but I do not like them!) If mom does not have to eat broccoli, then I should not have to eat peas. just saying. There is a good amount of gravy so each bite of food is covered in deliciousness. It was very tasty and I was excited when a couple days later, mom let me have another can.

I prefer the chunky style food over a pate. i like the chunks of meat and veggies I can see. Plus, mom feels the chunky ones are easier to put into a bowl! I gobbled this up and kept licking the bowl.Licking the bowl repeatedly is a sure sign that I enjoyed the meal.

If you want to see this pup in action eating this yummy food then click here!

I give this food 4 paws up! If you are looking for a quality food that is also priced decently, then look no further. Try out Hearty Chicken Stew. You can find this and other Whole Earth Farm products at Chewy.com Be sure to check out everything they have to offer. Food, treats, dental chews, and more!!

 

 

*************** this  product was provided to me by Chewy.com at no cost in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts on this and any other products I try are mine and mine alone***************