Tag: healthy

Chomping my Way to a Brighter Smile.

Did you know that February is Pet Dental month? A whole month devoted to making sure that our chompers are healthy and looking pretty. We need our teeth to be healthy, because poor dental health can lead to other problems. Mom likes having me around, so if a chewy a day can keep other issues away, then I am all for it.

We had lots of dental chew options to choose from this month. I picked out Greenies. I got to test out their regular dental chews. They have blueberry, weight management, grain free, hip and joint, and ones that gives us minty fresh breath!

One of the other reasons we chose Greenies is because they are made right here in Kansas City! We have even driven by the factory! It is close to the Lily hut. It even has a sign that says Greenies.



Mom chose the large size since I am 52 lbs. I could go with the medium size, but since I have giant chompers, we decided that the large would be better for me.



As you can tell, I have big chompers. The large size is big enough to clean those teeth and keep them pretty.

The large size in original flavor has 145 calories per treat. The other flavors and types vary in calorie content. We know from my diet days that this is way over my usual calorie amount for treats, but since it is for my chompers, mom makes an exception. They are made with soluble and all natural ingredients. They also contain added vitamins and minerals. That means we can have an easily digestible treat and get all the nutrients that we need to stay healthy.

Greenies dental chews have The Veterinary Oral Health Council Seal of Acceptance for plaque and tartar control. That mans that they think they are pretty good chews and they can totally help us keep our chompers clean and healthy.

The dental treats look like toothbrushes! The unique texture helps fight plaque and tartar.


Eyes on the prize ladies and gentleman. I like to stay focused when I am about to get a yummy chew. I have to give it a good lick to make sure it is something that I would like to eat. After a couple licks, I gently took it from moms hand and was off to my chewing spot. I like to make sure I pick a spot that provides maximum support so I do not drop the chewy.  I can eat these pretty fast, but still make sure that I am actually chewing the pieces I break off  and not swallowing them like I do with most other things. Make sure you keep on eye on us while we enjoy our chew. Swallowing whole chunks is bad and could hurt us.

I thought that these were pretty tasty. Mom just has to ask if I want a chewy and I will come running. I stare at her until she gets one out of the bag and hands it to me. I run off with the chew into my chewing spot. It makes me drool lots and I end up getting pieces everywhere. I am great at cleaning up and make sure that I do not leave any pieces anywhere. I have another chew that I enjoy, but I think they are both equally yummy.

Mom thinks it does a good job of making my breath not so doggy like. As if dog breath is a bad thing. I thought people live to smell puppy breath? Whatever. She feels that it is doing a good job of keeping my teeth pretty, which makes her happy and me happy that the vet thinks my teeth are looking good for a six year old pup.  She also likes that they are not as stinky as my other chews. Again with the smells. Humans sure are picky about smells.

I give these four paws up. I am hoping to try out other flavors of Greenies soon. I bet those Fresh and Blueberry ones are pretty pawsome.

If you want to look at all the products that Greenies offers, then click here.

While you are there, don’t forget to look at everything else Chewy.com has to offer. They offer super fast shipping, repeat delivery, and pretty pawsome customer service.


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



A Dandy Treat or a Way to Make a Meal Complete

It is a new year and we are hoping this year will be pawsome! We haven’t gotten much snow yet, which is lame. I am a snow dog, I need some snow! What is the point of getting fancy and stylish sweaters if you cannot wear them? Crossing my paws we get one good snowfall so I can do proper zoomies.

You know what is great after some proper snow zoomies? A protein filled snack. This month, there were lots of great choices to review. I decided that I wanted to try out a food topper. This food topper is from Wellness. I have tested out their treats before and they have always been pretty tasty.

This months selection is called Wellness Core Simply Shreds. The simply part means that it contains limited ingredients. It comes in four different flavors. Chicken, Beef, and carrots; Chicken, Salmon, and Pumpkin; Tuna, Beef, and Carrots; Chicken, Chicken liver, and Broccoli. I picked out Chicken, Beef, and Carrots.


It contains five ingredients! Just five! Chicken, Beef, chicken broth, water, and carrots. It is made with no grain, meat by-products, wheat, corn, soy, artificial flavors, colors or preservatives It does not contain potatoes, so pups with allergies can enjoy a tasty snack or meal topper. It comes in a tear away pouch, so it is super easy to feed as a snack or to top your food.


Each pouch of this flavor contains 47 kcals. Some of my chewy treats contain that many calories if not more.  So after a long walk or even one of our 5k’s, this is a great way to refuel. It is packed with protein and the carrots give us beta carotene to help protect against cataracts and heart disease.

As the name implies, the meat is shredded, so it can get all mixed in with your dry food if that is what you choose to do. I prefer to just have it right on top.


You can see the tasty chicken, beef, and carrots. The broth went to the bottom of the bowl and I went straight for that, after I ate all the topper of course. Mom wasn’t sure if I would be okay with liquid added to my dry food. I did not like when she added goats milk to my food. I did not have any issue with the broth.  I loved it. I moved my dry food around, so I could lick up all the broth.

I gobbled up the chicken, beef, and carrots pretty fast. I might have growled at one of the kitties for trying to get close to my tastiness. It is so tasty that everyone wants to have a bite. It is not a full meal, so it should only be used as a topper or a treat. We need to make sure we get all those essential vitamins and minerals we need to keep us healthy and happy.


Each of the different flavors contains 5 ingredients. This is the type of snack that mom and I both like. I like it because it is super tasty and mom likes the limited ingredients. She much rather give me a pouch of this, then a chewy.

I really liked these pouches. After two days of having it top my food, I was pretty much demanding that she add it to my food or else I did not want to eat it. Produce the goods lady.  It is a nice change to have wet food on top of the dry food. She did lessen the amount of dry food that she gave me to make up for the calories contained in the pouch. Even though I am not on a diet anymore, I still maintain a steady amount of calories per day. I would prefer to stay off the chubby puppy food.

After seeing how tasty this flavor is, I hope I get to try out the other three flavors. I give this meal topper/treat four paws up. Have your human get some ordered today. You wont regret it!

You can check out more info on the other Simply Shreds here.

Don’t forget while your there to look at everything else Chewy.com has to offer.


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


Pork! A singular sensation.

WOW! Where has the year gone? It is almost time for Santa  Paws and then BAM! The new year will be here before you know it. I think it has been a pretty good year. I cannot wait to see what next year brings us. Hopefully more treats, toys, and fun times with my humans.

The kitties are furiously working on their post about a scratching post. When there are three of them, it takes time to decide on what to say and who is going to write what. At this rate, it might be done in 5 years, Sheesh.

No surprise that I love treats. So this month, I picked out a treat that is made with a single ingredient. Yep you read that right, one ingredient.


It is called Tylee’s Human Grade Pork Jerky. It is made with pork sirloin. That is it folks. No preservative, no seasonings, no added anything. Just pork sirloin. Some of you may be thinking, but I like a little rosemary with my meat. Guess what, you will not miss it at all. Limited ingredient treats are pretty darn tasty. I love lots of those kinds of treats, but this single ingredient treat is AMAZING! I kept asking for more and more.

The jerky is made from the same pork that mom or dad would buy and  make for themselves. Even though it is human grade, only pups should be snacking on this tasty treat. Find your own salt filled jerky okay? I prefer mine all natural.

Tylee’s uses a natural drying process so that they don’t have to add anything to it to preserve it like some other jerky’s. They are dehydrated and thinly sliced, so they are perfect for anywhere. Plus since they are thinly sliced you can break them into small pieces and cut down on the calories for those of you watching your weight or trying to maintain your current weight.

Take a look at the size of this jerky! I only got big pieces for the review. All other pieces have been torn into smaller pieces to cut down on calorie intake and to make the bag last longer.


I know you are jealous of the tasty business that I got to have.

I thought these treats were pawsome. They were chewy and delicious. Mom really likes the idea of being able to make them smaller to cut down on calorie intake. I would really prefer the whole piece!

Tylee’s is made right in the United States, which is pretty important for pet parents when looking for healthy treats to feed their pups. The pork version is about 33 calories per piece, but can very due to size. They also come in  Turkey and Chicken. So you have three different proteins to choose from. I bet the Chicken and Turkey are delicious too!

I think that these are worthy of four paws up!  They are tasty, have zero added ingredients, and are made here in the USA!

Tylee’s also makes food for us pups too! You can check out their products here.

Don’t forget to look at everything else that Chewy.com has to offer.

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


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.


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.



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.


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

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.


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


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)



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.

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***********************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!


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.


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.


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.


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!



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.


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







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.


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.


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)



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.


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.


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.


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


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.



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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.


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)


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


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!


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