Blue Buffalo Wilderness Wild Chews

Happy Saturday!

Teton is about like this today:

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Because he had a play date with his cousin, Henley Pretzel, yesterday.

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His play date consisted of a romp at the beach, a hike on the trail, a trip to his favorite pet store, and…a bath. But he’s trying to forget about that last thing. ;-)

Even though he’s wiped, I wanted him to try out our newest treat from Chewy.com – a Blue Buffalo Wilderness Wild Chews Knuckle Bone.

IMG_5405This chew (on sale for $7.99/$12.99!) comes in Wolf (8 oz) and King (20 oz) sizes. Teton isn’t a big dog so we got the Wolf size.

Blue Buffalo’s Wilderness Wild Chews are cleaned and wrapped so when you order one it will come in plastic as shown in the photo above.

IMG_5409Here’s the top side of the chew unwrapped…

IMG_5411…and the bottom side (hello, bone marrow!).

This is a pretty hearty chew. Teton could smell it even before I opened it and waited patiently for me to give it to him.

IMG_5408Like other chews, this one from Blue Buffalo has a note on the packaging that reads “IMPORTANT: Bone splinters and small pieces can pose a hazard. Please supervise your dog while he enjoys Wild Chews.” I always, always watch Teton when he has a chew. No matter how many times he’s had it before.

IMG_5417I wanted to love this chew…but in all honesty, it made me nervous. Teton isn’t a super aggressive chewer, but pieces of the bone started breaking off almost instantly once he got to work on it. The bone marrow is meant to be chewed on, and I’m fine with that, but bigger chunks of the outside of the bone were splintering and coming off and that made me one nervous dog mom. So, just a few minutes after I gave it to him, I “traded” him for something tastier and took it away.

Was I being too cautious? Maybe. Perhaps this chew would be better for smaller dogs who are less likely to hack off big chunks. I’m not really sure.

I think chews are a fantastic way to help your dogs oral hygiene and they’re a great alternative to things like rawhide, but I recommend going the route of fresh bones (yes, they can be gross but after a few times you won’t even notice it) or things like Himalayan Dog Chews and antlers. In my experience there is less room for error with those types of chews because splinters don’t happen quite as easily.

I think Blue Buffalo is a great brand I love many of their other treats (check ’em out here) for Teton. As always, thanks to Chewy.com for sending us this chew to try out!

Happy tails…

 

 

Life Lately + Grriggles Toys

Teton went on a boat for the first time in his life earlier this week.

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The first 10 minutes were probably the worst of his life and he spent them shaking on his dad’s lap, but after that initial “What in the hell are you doing to me, Mom?!” he was more or less happy as a clam cruising around the water.

His pal Milo (also known as Miles) didn’t have as traumatic an experience.

Milo on a Boat

It’s been hot here in good old Washington State, and I think it’s safe to say most dogs who have lived here their whole lives aren’t used to the heat. Teton wears his Kool Collar on the daily and I really believe it helps cool him off.

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It’s hard impossible to tell that he’s wearing it here, but he’s a happy cool little dude when it’s around his neck!

I took a few vacation days earlier this month and decided that Teton deserved a new toy since I was celebrating, um, being on vacation……..right.

T’s favorite toys are squishy, fluffy or furry toys that he can carry around the house and throw up in the air for himself. Knowing that, I picked this delightful little gem.

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It’s a purple pig. :-) The manufacturer is Grriggles and unfortunately I can’t find their official website, but I did find a handful of their products on Amazon.com. (Pretty sure the unicorn and dinosaur are must-haves.)

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Teton waited patiently for his new purple pig and played with it for a while after I gave it to him. (It’s been a while since he got a new toy.) It has one of those non-traditional deep squeakers which is fun (slash less annoying) and it’s round so it’s easy to throw and retrieve.

This particular toy may not get as much love as some of T’s other favorites, but it was reasonably priced at $8.95 so I’m good with that. New toys for the win!

Stay cool and happy tails…

Denali + Etsy Love

Whew. It’s been a hot minute.

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Teton says hello.

If you’re a dog parent (or dog lover) and you haven’t seen Denali yet, you need to. Yes, I cried. Like a baby. Yes, parts of it made me sad, but wow. What an awesome tribute. Check it out.

Denali from FELT SOUL MEDIA on Vimeo.

While you dry your eyes (and after you’ve smothered your dog with love for a few minutes), check out my latest Etsy finds. :-)

Burlap Dog Pillow

How cute is this pillow from Joanie’s Favorite Thing?

Dog Shirt

Yep. That pretty much sums it up. “I just want to hang with my dog” shirt from The Daily Tay

Dog Wall Art

Such a cute little print from Lucy Darling Prints.

Address Stamp

Lots of breeds to choose from on this custom address stamp from My Stamp.

What’s been your most recent Etsy find?

Happy tails…

Nutro Crunchy Treats

Happy Memorial Day!

Teton and I hope you are spending time with loved ones today and taking a moment to appreciate the sacrifices made by those who serve.

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We spent time with my family this weekend and today I planted vegetables while the husband installed a sprinkler system. Now we’re relaxing before a full week of work.

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(One of Teton’s favorite pastimes – making cardboard confetti.)

This week Teton has been munching on Nutro’s line of crunchy dog treats, sent to us by Chewy.com.

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Chewy was kind enough to send Teton two flavors – pomegranate and banana!

We decided to open the pomegranate flavor first because Teton has never tried pomegranate before. He isn’t a fan of fresh banana but he’ll do dried banana and I think he likes treats with banana in them but to be honest, I’m not totally sure. I guess we’ll find out!

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(Look closely at the treat closest to the bottom of the photo. You can see a chunk of real pomegranate in it!)

Nutro Crunchy Real Pomegranate Treats are a made in the USA treat with limited ingredients like pomegranate, oatmeal, chicken meal, and rosemary extract. They are free of wheat and corn.

Nutro makes these treats in six flavors – pomegranate, peanut butter, mixed berries, banana, apple, and carrots. I think Teton would like them all. ;-)

Nutro Crunchy Treats are small and have a biscuit-like texture but they are easy for Teton to chew so I think they’d be a good option even for older dogs that may have difficulty chewing hard treats. If you are training your puppy or adult dog, any flavor of these treats would be a great training tool since they are easy to stuff in your pocket and use as a reward.

If you are in the market for a new treat with a great ingredient list and fun flavors, you’re in luck because Chewy has all of the Nutro Crunchy Flavors on sale right now. They range from just $3.49 to $5.99 a bag.

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Thanks for letting us try another great treat, Chewy!

Have you heard of Wolfgang Man and Beast?

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I met them a year or so ago at a show and love their products. They have a really fantastic line of American-made leashes and collars for your dog plus shirts, bags, and other cool accessories for you.

I’ve been using their CamoFlag leash for the last year and love how it feels in my hand while I’m walking Teton. Plus, it gets a lot of compliments because of the unique design. Who says your dog’s accessories can’t be stylish?

Check them out!

Happy tails…

Earth Rated Poop Bags + Giveaway

*This giveaway is now closed.*

Happy Friday! :-D

I love and appreciate all the samples I get to review but sometimes the non-food products are the most interesting since I don’t get them that often. The product I’m most excited about lately are Earth Rated poop bags. (Yes, I am excited about poop bags.)

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Earth Rated sold me first on their presentation. What’s not to love about a care package that has a bandana for Teton right on top?! And as if that weren’t enough…

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…how about a notebook, sticky notes, pen, stickers, and a button to accompany the bag dispenser and bags themselves?

You may be asking yourself, “Why do I give a rip about poop bags?” or “Won’t my old Safeway bags do?” or maybe “Aren’t all poop bags created equal?” I’ve asked myself those same questions.

I don’t blame you if you don’t give a rip about poop bags. They’re a necessarily evil. I don’t love spending money on them anymore than the rest of the population, but I refuse to be the schmuck in my neighborhood or at the dog park who doesn’t pick up after their dog. Sure, your old Safeway bags will do the trick, but aren’t you transitioning to reusable grocery bags and quickly depleting your pile of old plastic bags? Hint hint hint. ;-)

All poop bags are not created equal. Most bags on the market are made of plastic and have a less than desirable impact on the environment. Also, if you’ve tried a variety of bags you know that some are made of cheap, thin material that breaks easily or even has holes in it prior to using. I’ll spare you the nasty details on that.

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Earth Rated offers a variety of bags including scented refill roles, handle bags, and my favorite – plastic-free refill rolls.

Here’s the best part about the plastic-free refill rolls: they’re compostable!!! Since they are vegetable-based, instead of tossing them in your garbage can you can compost them or chuck them in your yard waste. And, if you’re wondering, the fact that they are vegetable-based doesn’t mean they’re any less durable than their plastic counterparts.

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I’ve tried three or four different bag dispensers and this is one of my favorites. It’s easy to use and adjust (the velcro strap makes it easy to move from the leash to your belt to a backpack, etc.) and the bags are secure inside but easy to rip off before use. It’s not as bulky as some other dispensers, which is great if you don’t want something swinging around on the leash or getting in the way of the leash handle.

My husband and I have been using our Earth Rated dispenser and bags for a few weeks now. I’m happy to report there hasn’t been a single tear in any of our bags, our nostril hairs haven’t burned off from the poo smell since the bags are nice and thick, and we’re feeling good about ourselves for helping the environment one bag at a time. :-)

Would you like some Earth Rated bags of your own? Duh. Why wouldn’t you?

The kind and generous folks at Earth Rated have offered to send one Her Dog Blog reader (in the U.S. or Canada) their very own dispenser and refill pack plus some other goodies. You’ll have three ways to enter…

1. “Like” Earth Rated and Her Dog Blog on Facebook

2. Subscribe to Her Dog Blog by entering your e-mail address in the box to the right and clicking on “Sign me up!”

3. Leave a comment below telling me one way that you’re more environmentally conscious.

Make sure you leave a comment telling me which way you entered the giveaway and if you chose more than one option you’ll get an entry for each!

I’ll randomly select a winner next Friday, May 8th, at which time the giveaway will close.

Happy tails!

FURminator Dual Brush

Happy Friday! What plans do you have for the evening? I’ll probably be asleep on the couch by 8:17 PM so I’m sure your plans won’t top mine. ;-) Is it just me or does the exhaustion from the whole week hit on Friday at around 6 PM?

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(A little blurry but worth it since he’s such a happy puppy in this photo!)

As you know, Teton has luscious flowing locks. Surprisingly, they don’t take a lot of maintenance (thank goodness). He’s bathed about once a month and brushed no more than two times a month. We’re pretty lucky that his hair doesn’t get matted or tangled. And, bonus! His hair doesn’t smell like “dog.” Or at least, that’s what our friends tell us.

While keeping Teton’s locks in check isn’t too much of a challenge, keeping our floors dog hair free is. A Dyson was probably one of the best investments we made, but just vacuuming doesn’t always cut it. While I mentioned above that Teton is only brushed two times a month, I should specify that these brushing sessions are legit. Too legit, in fact, to quit. Seriously. We can’t stop or there would be a layer of Teton hair in every room of the house.

Are all dog brushes created equal? We haven’t tested many but this past week we got to try out the FURminator Dual Brush from Chewy.com.

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This particular brush from FURminator is two brushes in one. One side is a pin brush and the other is a bristle brush.

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Ok, just kidding. There’s one more photo.

The pin brush is for either long-haired dogs or to aid in working toward management of the undercoat, while the bristle brush is for smoothing the hair. You can use both sides on either long-haired or short-haired dogs.

The FURminator Dual Brush worked fine on Teton, but I would use it as more of a smoothing brush than one for his undercoat. To really get the loose hair out, this brush didn’t quite do the trick for us. (We’ve had more success with brushes like this one from Chewy.)

Who does this work well on?

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This guy. Biju! (Teton’s bestie.)

Short-haired dogs like Biju have very different hair than long-haired dogs like Teton. The FURminator Dual Brush was perfect for Biju because his short hair took less pull to come out with the pin brush than Teton’s long hair and the bristle brush smoothed his hair nicely.

If you’re in the market for a new brush or want to try something that’s made for a specific grooming purpose like detangling, check out Chewy.com’s Brushes and Combs assortment. All FURminator products are on sale (the Dual Brush is less than $10), too!

Happy tails…