MOD Paw’d Pet ID Tags

Happy Saturday! Is it me or is the weekend already going by way too quickly? Ugh.

If you’ve been following Her Dog Blog for a while, you know I love Etsy. About once a week I get sucked into the Etsy vortex and can’t find my way out for a few hours. It’s always worth it, though, because I find so, so many adorable things.

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Check out Teton’s new tag from MOD Paw’d!

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The kind and generous folks at MOD Paw’d contacted me and offered to create a custom tag for Teton, and the finished product is to die for!

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The tag we chose is called “The Donut” and is a completely customizable two-layered tag. It’s lightweight but not at all flimsy and the quality of the stamping is fantastic.

I opted to get a quote (“the mountains are calling”) on the second layer of the tag, and Teton’s name on the first. I love that it’s in all lowercase letters.

Check out some of my favorites from the MOD Paw’d shop!

Haley

The Haley

Zeppelin

The Zeppelin

Captain

The Captain

Daphne

The Daphne

Winston

The Winston

Champ

The Champ

If you are in the market for a new tag for your pooch, make sure you check out MOD Paw’d. Their customer service is superior and it was a pleasure working with them!

Disclaimer: Her Dog Blog was sent this product in exchange for our honest review and no compensation other than the product was received. 

Blue Buffalo Kitchen Cravings Savory Sizzlers

Happy Saturday!

Teton in the Snow

A few weekends ago we went snowshoeing and my husband took this picture of Teton. It reminds me of movie poster or something. Adorable and creepy and mysterious all at the same time. :-)

This week and last Teton has been mowing down Blue Buffalo’s Kitchen Cravings Savory Sizzlers.

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Our pals at Chewy.com sent them our way and I’m almost 100% positive that Teton could smell them through the bag and the box they came in.

The minute I opened the bag, they reminded me of Beggin’ Strips. But these treats from Blue Buffalo are so, so much better.

Here’s what they look like up close.

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That’s one piece ripped into three smaller pieces, which makes this a great treat for big and small dogs alike. Sometimes Teton gets a whole piece to himself and sometimes he splits one with his cousin, Henley Pretzel. Savory Sizzlers are a stronger smelling and softer treat, making them drool-worthy to your dog and easy to chew if you have one with sensitive teeth.

Why would you choose these treats over Beggin’ Strips? I’ll tell you why!

Here is the ingredient list for Blue Buffalo’s Savory Sizzlers.

Deboned Pork, Pearled Barley, Rye, Pea Protein, Potato Protein, Tapioca Starch, Vegetable Glycerin, Cane Molasses, Brown Rice, Brown Sugar, Oatmeal, Gelatin, Canola Oil (source of Omega 6 Fatty Acids), Dried Cultured Skim Milk, Cheese Powder, Bacon Fat, Natural Flavor, Salt, Sunflower Lecithin, Paprika, Potassium Chloride, Carrot, preserved with Citric Acid, Mixed Tocopherols & Oil of Rosemary

And here is the ingredient list for Beggin’ Strips.

Ground wheat, corn gluten meal, wheat flour, water, ground yellow corn, sugar, glycerin, soybean meal, hydrogenated corn syrup, bacon (preserved with sodium nitrite), salt, bacon fat (preserved with BHA and citric acid), meat, phosphoric acid, sorbic acid (a preservative), calcium propionate (a preservative), natural and artificial smoke flavors, red 40, yellow 5, blue 1, yellow 6, added color

I don’t know about you, but I have no clue what red 40, yellow 5, and blue 1 are. And I sure as heck don’t want my dog eating hydrogenated corn syrup if I don’t eat it myself. Also, why is the first ingredient not pork?!?!

If your dog is a fan of jerky-like treats, head over to Chewy.com and snag a bag of these.

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Happy tails…

Disclaimer: Her Dog Blog was sent this product in exchange for our honest review and no compensation other than the product was received. 

Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Boost Mixers

Happy New Year!

I didn’t get many dog-themed gifts for Christmas but I did get this gem from my parents:

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Aside from loving what it says, it’s probably the coziest sweatshirt I’ve ever owned. You can snag it here.

This last month Teton has been testing out a treat that our pals at Chewy.com sent us.

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Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Boost Mixers are very similar to Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Boost Minis that Teton tested (and loved) and I blogged about in 2014.

These tiny kibble toppers are freeze-dried and boast a fantastic ingredient list including turkey and turkey liver, pumpkin seeds, carrots, apples, butternut squash, salmon oil, and blueberries…just to name a few.

Teton LOVES freeze-dried treats. In fact, I think they may be his favorite of all the treats we’ve tried. They are easily chewed and digested and generally smell stronger than other treats, which I assume must make them tastier to dogs. ;-)

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Nature’s Variety Mixers are intended to be added to your dog’s kibble at each meal as an extra source of protein. I’ve found that they make great treats (especially at the vet’s office), as well, if you prefer not to add them to your dog’s food.

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Teton approves!

Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Boost Mixers come in a variety of flavors in both 6-ounce and 14-ounce bags. Check them all out here.

Happy (New Year) tails…

Disclaimer: Her Dog Blog was sent this product in exchange for our honest review and no compensation other than the product was received. 

 

Christmas Gift Ideas For Dog Lovers

Christmas is right around the corner!

If you’re shopping for a dog lover, here are some of my favorite gift ideas for the holidays…

Custom Pet Necklace

Custom pet necklace from tru.che

Dog Walker Mug

Dog Walker Mug from BarkShop

Pet Dogs Tee

This wonderfully perfect shirt from  Culture Flock Clothing

The Black Dogs Project

The Black Dogs Project, available on Amazon

Donuts

THIS SHIRT (which is incredible) from Treat Dreams

Dog Bone Necklace

Bone necklace from Hello Charms

Watercolor Paw

Watercolor Paw tee, available in five colors, from I Heart Dogs

Joules Rain Boots

These adorable Joules rain boots from Target

P.J. Salvage

P.J. Salvage flannel pajamas, available on Zappos

Happy shopping and happy tails…

 

Primal Jerky Organic Chicken Nibs

Hello and happy belated Thanksgiving!

I fell off the face of the earth for a bit when I got sick with the flu and a sinus infection a few weeks ago. Boo.

The only good thing about being sick and missing work and life is that your furry buddy hangs out with you all day.

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We’ve had Henley Pretzel at our house for the past four days. He and Teton have been doing a lot of this:

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We’ve tried a treat or two from Primal in the past but these are hands down the new favorite. These human-grade treats are made of just three ingredients – organic chicken, organic honey, and sea salt.

They are the perfect size for a little dog like Henley…

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The cost per bag at Chewy on these bad boys is $11.79 but this bag has lasted us a long time already and we haven’t even gone through half of it. Little treats like this are my favorite because they last a long time, don’t contribute to weight gain as much as large treats, and make good training treats.

Primal makes treats in a variety of flavors. Check them all out here.

While you’re on Chewy.com, make sure to sneak a peak at their Black Friday sale, which has been extended until they run out of goodies! I need to peruse the site, myself!

Happy tails…

 

Henley Pretzel’s DNA Test

(Alternative title: Henley Pretzel, you are NOT the father.)

This post is from Henley Pretzel and his mom and dad. Thanks, guys!

We know literally nothing about Henley’s background, aside from the fact that he’s some sort of Poodle/Terrier mix (we thought Westiepoo). So we decided to DNA test him!

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Enter the Wisdom Panel 2.0 Breed Identification DNA Test. We bought one on Amazon for about $75. The concept is pretty simple: You swab your dog’s cheek, activate your kit online, send the sample to the Wisdom Panel lab and they email you in 2 to 3 weeks with the results of the DNA test!

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The kit contains easy instructions. There are two swabs and you should swab your dog for 15 seconds on each one. They also recommend that you wait about 2 hours after food or treats before you swab your dog. After you get the swabs, give your dog a treat and then let the swabs air dry in the box. Then wrap the swabs back up in the plastic sleeve, activate your info online and put everything together in the self-addressed pre-paid box and send it on its way!

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(We don’t have any photos of the actual swabbing, because it took one person to hold Henley and one person to swab. It was kind of tricky to get him swabbed at first, but the second swab was a whole lot easier.)

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You’ll get confirmation when you’ve activated your kit, when the sample has been received, and when the results come in. There’s also an online status checker, so you can log in anytime to see where the DNA is in the process.

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The kit says it takes 2-3 weeks for results, but last night (about 8 days after the kit was received by Wisdom Panel), I got THE email! Results are in!

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And Henley, everyone’s favorite ThunderShirt wearing Westiepoo is . . . #notawestiepoo. Mic drop.

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He’s a WHAT?! Chihuahua and Mini Schnauzer mix?!! Wisdom Panel provided us with this whole genealogy chart showing his, um, pedigree.

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He’s got strong Chihuahua in him, all the way back to his great-grandparents. The other side in Miniature Schnauzer mixed with SOMETHING. Wisdom Panel couldn’t completely identify the SOMETHING, but they did provide some ideas, which includes strong terrier lines and Greyhound lines.

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Wisdom Panel also provides a snapshot of each breed, including physical characteristics and personality quirks. That way you can see what your traits dog inherited.

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So, what did we think? This certainly explains some things, like why Henley shakes when he’s nervous (Chihuahua genes) and why he tries to race dogs at the dog park (Greyhound genes). But still, so many questions! Terrier-Poodle mix suited him fine, but that’s obviously only a small part of him. A very small part.

We’d definitely recommend the Wisdom Panel 2.0 Breed Identification kit. It was quick and easy to do and definitely gave us some insight into little Henley. They give lots of great background info on the possible breeds that are involved and its fun to see what kinds of traits your dog inherited.

This is not a sponsored post and pretty sure Wisdom Panel 2.0 has no idea who we are. We just wanted to learn more about Henley and bought the kit on our own!

Happy tails…

West Paw Zogoflex Air Dash Frisbee

About a week ago, Chewy sent Teton a brand spanking new West Paw Zogoflex Air Dash Frisbee to test.

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This hearty frisbee is made in the USA of a durable foam. Teton isn’t a chewer, but if he were I don’t think I’d be worried about this toy holding up.

The Zogoflex Air Dash Frisbee isn’t your typical frisbee. It’s injected with something West Paw calls Air Technology that essentially means the center of the toy is air-injected and as a result can be flung further and will fly higher in the air when thrown.

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I’m not the best frisbee thrower apparently, but then again, Teton isn’t the best fetcher ever. Still, we had lots of fun with this toy at the park near our house.

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And when we weren’t throwing and catching the frisbee, it made a great tug-of-war toy. ;-)

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The Zogoflex Air Dash Frisbee is $17 on Chewy. If you’re looking for a new toy to throw for your dog in your yard or at your local dog park, this is a great pick!

Happy tails…