Just What The Doctor Ordered

Dr. Tim, that is!

Dr. Tim's

Yep, Chewy.com sent us these beauties to test a few weeks ago and Teton has been L-O-V-I-N-G them.

What the heck are these, you ask? They’re Dr. Tim’s Natural Turkey Chips for dogs and cats.

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Dr. Tim’s Natural Turkey Chips are comprised of just one ingredient – turkey hearts. They are the size and shape of dehydrated banana chips (which are also safe for your dog!) but are relatively soft and chewy so they are perfect for young and old dogs alike.

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Chewy.com carries these treats in a 4-oz container for $14.37. While this may seem a bit steep, I believe that this particular container will last us 2+ months with my feeding Teton about 1 of these chips per day.

I had never heard of Dr. Tim’s before Chewy.com sent me these treats for Teton, but they have a nice little assortment of food and treats for dogs and cats.

Well, I hate to blog and bounce but I have the day off since it’s Labor Day and I’m out to enjoy the sun!

Happy tails…

No Lederhosen Required

Hello! Henley P. here, everyone’s favorite Thundershirt wearing Westiepoo with a guest post.

Today we’re reviewing Merrick’s Brauts-N-Tots!

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(This is me giving my mom the stink eye and the Elvis lip.)

Our good friends over at Chewy.com sent Teton a swag bag of treats and snacks and fun stuff and Teton shared with me, in exchange for a review, of course. We’re familiar with Merrick, as I eat Merrick dog food, so we volunteered to try Merrick’s Brauts-N-Tots!

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Brauts-N-Tots are fun, braut shaped crunchy treats. Love a short ingredient list! Beef, sweet potatoes, potatoes, and carrots are the first ingredients. They are also grain free and gluten free, if you are looking for those kinds of snacks.

My mom usually only gives me one at a time, because I’m only about 14 pounds and don’t need a lot of treats. I tend scarf down soft treats, but I like to take my time with the crunchy ones. These treats are delicious. The only complaint is that they tend to break up in the bag, so by the time you get to the bottom of the bag, you have more half brauts than full brauts.

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(My Auntie Shannon thinks they look more like something that came out of the cat box, but I don’t mind!)

I think I still prefer soft treats, but I definitely like these when I’m looking for something to crunch on. Merrick’s Brauts-N-Tots are available at your local pet store or on Chewy.com, on sale, for $4.49! Thanks for sharing, Chewy and Teton!

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Happy tails…

Things I Like A Lot

Hi, all!

Here are some of my recent finds. Enjoy!

Vans ASPCA

These shoes. Must.Purchase.Now.

Art by Manda Custom Dog Portrait

These custom portraits by Manda’s Art Studio.

Natural Life Dog Chip Clips

Dog Chip Clips from Natural Life

Wake Up, Hug Dog Shirt

Loving this slouchy sweatshirt from Little Atoms Clothing.

Sign

This great sign that I can’t seem to find anywhere online. Darn it.

Chatham Dog House

The Chatham Dog House from Pottery Barn, which is on sale now.

Life Is Better With A Dog

This (along with all the other) shirt(s) from Animal Hearted Apparel.

So many sites to shop, so little time.

Happy tails…

Natural Balance Dental Chews

Dental hygiene is very important to us.

If you’ve been reading Her Dog Blog for a while, you know we’ve blogged about a few different types of dental chews including Greenies, and Blue Buffalo Blue Bones. We’ve even blogged about good ol’ toothbrushin‘!

I like giving Teton a dental chew 3-4 times a week because it keeps his teeth nice and clean and his breath smelling, well, less breathy. I’ve been alternating between Greenies and Zuke’s Z-Bones so when Chewy.com offered to send Teton a bag of Natural Balance Dental Chews we were happy to give them a go! After all, variety is the spice of life.

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Natural Balance Dental Chews contain a short list of ingredients (the ones we tried – Pumpkin & Chicken Meal with Papaya – are made of pumpkin, potato starch, papaya, chicken meal, parsley, alfalfa, and a small handful of other things) and are constructed in a manner that encourages your dog to take his or her time in chewing them. That’s where the teeth cleaning comes in!

It takes Teton about 7-8 minutes to eat one Natural Balance Dental Chew, which is about the same as a Zuke’s Z-Bone but a good 2-3 minutes longer than a Greenie. (Yes, I’ve timed him.)

Crazy Dog Lady

(And yes, I’m a crazy dog lady.)

Natural Balance Dental Chews come in a variety of flavors and they even offer a vegetarian version. I’m willing to bet your dog will like any flavor. ;-)

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If you’re looking for dental chews for the first time or want to mix it up and give your pooch something different, give these chews a try. They’re on sale now at Chewy.com.

Happy tails…

Bully Stick Shoppe

Happy Monday! Is that an oxymoron?

About a month ago the folks from Bully Stick Shoppe contacted me to see if Teton would like to try some of their bully sticks. Teton loves a good bully, so of course I accepted their generous offer.

Bully Stick Shoppe has been selling bully sticks for over 5 years. They pride themselves on their high sourcing standards which include only selling bully sticks that are grass fed, hormone free, and free range. I like Bully Stick Shoppe because they have an easy-to-shop selection of bully sticks from the US.

Bully Stick Shoppe sent Teton two different types of bully sticks to try – the Thick & Jumbo Bully Sticks and the Braided Bully Sticks. The Thick & Jumbo Bully Sticks are made in the US and the Braided Bully Sticks are from Brazil.

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The Thick & Jumbo Bully Sticks come in either the “thick” or “jumbo” size,  5-inch or 12-inch pieces and in singles, a 25-pack, or a 50-pack.

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(The “jumbo” bully sticks are the three on the far right and the others are considered “thick.”)

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Teton’s personal favorite, though, are the Braided Bully Sticks.

Teton is Unimpresses

I am unimpressed with your blogging abilities and would just like for you to give me one of those bully sticks.

The Braided Bully Sticks are a standard 12-inches and can be purchased in singles or in a 25-pack or 50-pack.

If you’re looking for a great price on high quality bully sticks, check out Bully Stick Shoppe.

Happy tails…

The Koolest Collar Around

Oh, my. It’s been a while.

Teton's Hot!

I didn’t intend on taking a break from blogging but life happens and I guess that’s just what I did! Rest assured that I have a line up of pretty awesome product reviews (bully sticks, dental chews, food, and more!) coming your way soon. :-)

Tonight, though…I have a PSA.

It’s hot.

Teton doesn’t like being hot. He’s got like, seven coats on at all times, so the whole heat thing doesn’t really agree with him. When he was a little guy I used to lay bags of frozen vegetables on him while he sprawled out on the floor and panted, but he’s not really into that anymore.

There are a handful of great cooling products on the market for dogs, but my favorite (and Teton’s favorite, I think) is the KoolCollar.

KoolCollar

The KoolCollar is an adjustable collar that you can fill with either ice cubes or reusable KoolTubes, which are gel tubes that you can freeze.

Here’s how the KoolCollar works:

KoolCollar Cooling Process

(source)

Seems pretty basic, right? I was mildly skeptical at first but this thing is a MUST for Teton when it’s hot out. For example, we just got back from a walk. It’s not insanely hot out, but there’s that whole seven coats thing that I mentioned above, so Teton was panting and his skin and fur were hot to the touch by the time we got home. I slapped his KoolCollar on and within 5-10 minutes his body temperature cooled off significantly.

I think it’s pretty apparent that Teton likes his KoolCollar because when I take it out of the freezer and hold it out, he often walks over to me and sticks his neck out so I’ll put it on.

If that’s not adorable, I don’t know what is.

KoolCollars are very reasonably priced even if you only use them a few months out of the year. For $18 – $20 you can snag one KoolCollar + 1 KoolTube and for $8 – $10 you can get a pack of three KoolTubes. (Price is dependent on size of collar.)

We keep all of the KoolTubes in the freezer and rotate through them so Teton can always have his KoolCollar on hot summer days and evenings.

If you’re looking for something to cool your dog off this summer, I highly recommend the KoolCollar. And no, this isn’t a sponsored post. ;-)

Happy tails…

Boom Sticks: A Post About Thundershirts

Hello! Henley P. here, Teton’s cousin. I’m here to talk about a very serious subject: Fireworks, aka Boom Sticks. My family doesn’t know too much about how I react to fireworks, because they haven’t had me for a full year. We had a few at New Year’s, but now that it is almost the Fourth of July and we live in an area where they are allowed, we are learning that I am not a fan of the fireworks.

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They started up last night around 11:00 PM. I was already sleeping in bed with my mom, but there were LOUD NOISES, so I started shaking, whining, panting, and trying to squish under the covers with my mom. So we got up and got my ThunderWorks ThunderShirt.

What is a ThunderShirt? According to the website, the ThunderShirt applies ”gentle, constant pressure [that] has a dramatic calming effect for most dogs and cats if they are anxious, fearful, or overexcited.” It’s the same idea as swaddling a fussy infant.

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The basic ThunderShirt is gray, breathable knit jacket, with several lines of Velcro to ensure a snug fit. The website has great directions, with diagrams, on how to fit the ThunderShirt on your dog, but once you do it a few times, it’s easy to get the hang of it.

Thundershirt Instructions

So, Mom put on my ThunderShirt, Instagrammed a photo, and we were off. After maybe, at most, 10 minutes, I was snuggled at my mom’s feet in my ThunderShirt with my stuffed monkey. No shaking. No whining. No squishing my mom to the edge of the bed.

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Mom was worried about leaving the ThunderShirt on while we slept, but ThunderWorks says it can be left on for extended periods of time and that some dogs wear the shirt all day while their people are at work. Mom fell asleep, but then when she woke up, about 2 hours later, she took the ThunderShirt off and I slept perfectly fine until it was time for breakfast in the morning.

ThunderShirts may not work for every dog, but they definitely work for me! I’ll probably be wearing it for the next week or so, until the boom sticks die down. ThunderShirts are available at most pet stores and online retailers for about $40. I’d recommend going to a store to try it on and have the staff show you how to get the best fit for maximum effectiveness.

Thanks for the guest post, Henley P.!

Happy tails…