Wellness CORE Simply Shreds

Hello, again!

We rang in 2018 at an amazing little town here in Washington State that is not only beautiful but is also dog-friendly.

Here’s photographic evidence of both of these things.

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  1. Beautiful. Teton on a great (long) winter hike.

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2. Dog-friendly! Teton in the bike shop. ❤

For the month of January, we had the opportunity to choose from a few treats and food items available at Chewy.com.

Since Teton had tried (and enjoyed) a handful of Wellness products before, I thought we’d give the line of Wellness CORE Simply Shreds a try!

I always read the ingredients before choosing a food item for Teton, and I make note of the country of origin, as well. We try to only give Teton food and treats with limited ingredients that are made in the United States, Canada, or a few others countries (New Zealand, for example) that I’ve done some research on.

In the case of Wellness CORE Simply Shreds, I gave the ingredients a look, decided they were perfectly fine, and then that was that! I did not check the country of origin because it wasn’t loudly advertised like many “Made in the USA” treats and since the Wellness products we’d tried in the past were made in the U.S. I assumed this would be, as well.

I was, and still am (for the most part) pleased when I inspected the chicken, wild salmon & pumpkin variety of the Wellness CORE Simply Shreds that we received.

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This box of 12 (!) pouches holds in it a product with limited ingredients – chicken, chicken broth, water, salmon, and pumpkin – to be used as a topper for your dog’s dry food.

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(We’ve used a few already!)

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Inside each pouch is liquid, chunks of chicken and salmon, and pumpkin. It must smell great because Teton’s little sniffer goes nuts when I open the packet. As a Dog Mom, the odor isn’t so strong that it’s off-putting, which is nice.

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There is clearly more chicken than salmon in these (not surprising when you consider cost) but all in all, it’s probably something I, personally, would happily eat in a zombie apocalypse situation.

My one issue with Wellness CORE Simply Shreds is that, while Wellness the company is based in the U.S., this particular product is made in Thailand.

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Is this an issue? Maybe. Maybe not. But, it’s my fault for not being more Sherlock Holmes about this particular food item and confirming its country of origin before selecting it. That being said, however, Chewy.com very clearly calls out that this product is made in Thailand on the product page under “Questions & Answers.” I simply want to mention it here to remind you that you can never be too careful when selecting food for your dog! I’m about as nuts as they come and I made a mistake on this one.

I really love the idea of the Wellness CORE Simply Shreds and think that the execution is great. The ingredient list is phenomenal and the easy-to-open packets are great for dogs of any size (you could even split a packet between two dogs!). I’m sure this would be a great food to implement if you have a picky eater or, frankly, if you just want to treat your dog every once in a while.

At under $20 for the box of 12 pouches, the price is very palatable.

Thanks to Chewy.com for a new product to kick off 2018!

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.
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Blue Buffalo Santa Snacks

Happy Holidays!

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Last week this nerd made my dreams come true by letting me smother him while he sat on my lap for a good 20 minutes. ♥ It’s the little things.

Speaking of little things, the details in the treats I want to share with you today are what make them so special.

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These are Blue Buffalo’s Santa Snacks, AKA “Kringle’s Cookies,” and they’re our December treat from our friends at Chewy.com. I think we’ve tried more treats than your average dog and we’ve never had them in the shape of trees, stars, and gingerbread men!

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“The holiday biscuits YULE love sharing.” I mean, come on. Yes.

Santa Snacks are made, like all Blue Buffalo treats, without chicken or poultry by-product and are free of corn, wheat, and soy. This particular variety is baked with oatmeal and cinnamon, so it may as well be a bowl of human oatmeal.

Other great ingredients in Santa Snacks are pumpkin, flaxseed, carrots, and rosemary oil.

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Mrs. Clauss’s recipe. 😉

I love Blue Buffalo treats of the crunchy variety like Santa Snacks because they are crunchy without being so crunchy that it sounds like your dog is breaking teeth when he or she eats them. These make a crumbly mess but in the best way possible!

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Teton will be enjoying his Santa Snacks for the rest of this month and into January since the bag is loaded with treats.

Check out the entire assortment of Blue Buffalo treats on Chewy.com by clicking here.

Have a safe and happy holiday! See you next year!

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.

 

Zippy Paws Interactive Dog Toy

Hi. It’s me, Henley Pretzel. Your favorite chihuazer.

You might not know, but stuffed dog toys are MY JAM. Even when my parents got me from the rescue, they were told that I like stuffed animals the best. I could care less about a tennis ball, but give me a stuffed raccoon and I am yours forever.

My mom made a recent trip to Mud Bay, our local pet store, to purchase me some freeze dried chicken. Chicken is also my jam. My mom buys this chicken. In any event, while she was buying the chicken, she also made the best impulse purchase ever and hooked me up with Zippy Paws Burrow Squeaky Hide and Seek Plush Dog Toy, Elephant Cave version. You can find it on Chewy.com here

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The elephant cave is a small, fuzzy, and plush little dome-shaped toy with two holes in it. Inside the holes are three small stuffed elephants. Your parent shoves the stuffed elephants in the holes and then you have to try to get them out.

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My mom made me dinner and then set to work taking the tags off the elephant cave, so I could play with it after dinner. I was so excited to play with it, though, that I sat and ignored my dinner until she prepared the elephant cave for me.

You guys. The elephant cave is THE BEST. I grabbed it right away and threw it across the room, chased it down, and shook it. Then my mom showed me the elephants inside and I grabbed those and played with them, too. She showed me how to get the elephants out of the cave and I can do it if she starts to pull the elephant out of the hole, but I’m still working on doing it all by myself. Also, if you shake the elephant cave REALLY hard, sometimes the elephants fly out. I had so much fun with the elephant cave that I brought it to bed with me that night.

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The elephants are pretty small and seem slightly less durable than the cave itself. I might chew some of the elephant ears and trunk, but I see that you can buy replacement elephants online, so no worries there. I could also put some of my other toys in there if I run out of elephants.

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Turns out Zippy Paws makes a TON of these kinds of toys, including a stuffed block of cheese with mice inside! My mom ordered that one for me, too. If your dog loves stuffed toys and could benefit from the challenge of a puzzle, Zippy Paws might be for you. 

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BTW, Zippy Paws and Mud Bay have no idea who we are. My mom spent her own hard-earned money on this dog toy. AND IT WAS TOTALLY WORTH IT.

Happy tails…

Kurgo’s Cargo Cape

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, we watched Teton’s pal, Copper.

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Teton is definitely an only child if you catch my drift, but he and Cop are buds and I think it’s safe to say they had a great time together.

When ever I needed to leave the house and could, I took Teton and Copper with me.

Enter the Goosemobile.

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One of Teton’s many nicknames is Goose (or The Goose, Gooser, Goosen, etc.) so naturally when I started driving our Subaru Outback and taking Teton everywhere with me, I dubbed it The Goosemobile.

Since I’m a crazy dog lady, the middle seat of the Goosemobile, when not being used to transport human passengers, is covered with the Kurgo Wander Bench Seat Cover.

Before recently, the hatchback, where Teton and Copper spent most of their time and where Teton usually hangs out, was filled with an old dog bed and a few blankets. Now it still has the bed and blankets, but underneath is the Kurgo Cargo Cape!

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Kurgo’s Cargo Cape protects your car interior from wear and tear caused by scratches, dog hair, dirt, water, and all sorts of other things.

The cape is quickly and easily installed like all Kurgo products and stays put once it’s in place. That being said, however, because of the Cargo Cape’s unique and thoughtful features like the split zipper and easy-release buckles, it’s also quick and easy to adjust it to accommodate other variations in your vehicle.

One of the best features of the Cargo Cape is the bumper guard. Check it out.

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This heat duty material is fully waterproof and can be stored up or folded down as is shown in the photo above. It’s a super nice feature to have if your dog jumps in and out of the car and has a tendency to scratch the bumper, but I also think it’s great for other protection purposes like moving plants, tools, etc. in and out of your car.

As with all Kurgo products, the little things are the big things. Like the addition of mesh pockets on each side to hold leashes, towels, or other things your dog might need.

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Kurgo’s Cargo Cape has been a great addition to the Goosemobile. If you’re looking for something to protect the back of your vehicle, I highly recommend it. Especially with Kurgo’s lifetime warranty!

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.

 

Crazy Dog Walkies! Fit Bites

Happy Thanksgiving from this dweeb.

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He’s wearing his Ruffwear Sun Shower raincoat which I almost forgot we had and is clearly a necessity in Western Washington in fall/winter.

This Thanksgiving, Teton and his cousins will be munching on our November treats from Chewy.comCrazy Dog Walkies! Fit Bites.

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Crazy Dog, known for their training treats – aptly named Train-Me! – is based in California and produces a line of shampoos and grooming sprays in addition to their treats.

Walkies! Fit Bites are treats designed for active dogs and are in the shape of a tiny footprint.

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If that doesn’t sell you, I don’t know what will. Because, well, look at them.

Walkies! Fit Bites are as small as they look, which makes them great training treats, on-the-go treats, and treats for any size dog.

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The ingredient list is longer than some, but these treats have some great things in them like flax seed, salmon oil, and carrots. One of Teton’s top five favorite foods is carrots. If you’re wondering what the other four are, in no particular order…watermelon, cantaloupe, blueberries, and Spiderman Cheese Webs.

Walkies! Fit Bites come in three flavors – bacon, chicken, and beef. Note that all of the flavors are made with chicken cartilage, so these treats are not a good option for a dog who is allergic to chicken like Teton’s pal Copper.

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If you are searching for a new tiny treat to feed your dog, whether you’re working on training or would like something for activities like walking, hiking, or dog parking, all the Walkies! Fit Bites are available on Chewy.com and are $5 or less.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Dog Moms and Dads!

Happy tails…

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Planet Dog’s Link Toy

We love interactive dog toys. Teton especially loves them when they involve food (which most do).

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(Fall in the Pacific Northwest means that almost all walks end with a wet pupper.) 

I’ve been lucky enough to try a handful of different interactive treat toys since I started Her Dog Blog back in 2010. Some were toys I bought myself, and some have been toys graciously given to us in exchange for reviews. Planet Dog’s Holiday Link is the latter and it may be mine (and Teton’s) favorite!

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Here she is. Completely identical to the regular Link but with red and green accents instead of blue and orange, the Holiday Link is made in the USA of both non-toxic and recyclable materials. Like all Planet Dog products, the Link toys are 100% guaranteed whether they are chewed to the point of destruction or whether your dog simply doesn’t care for it.

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Each colored section of the Link can be pulled apart and put together in a variety of shapes, making it more or less difficult for your pup.

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There is a hole in each section for treats and you can load it up with as many or as few as you’d like. We use the Link as a treat toy only, but for those of you with dogs that inhale their food, this is a great option to get them to slow down and may help with digestion as a result.

Check out Planet Dog’s Link video…

…and some of the ways you can arrange your Link.

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Small treats work best, but you can certainly break larger treats into smaller pieces in order to make them fit. If you don’t have small treats, use bits of string cheese, blueberries, carrot chunks, or even a handful of your dog’s dry food.

The Link is our new favorite interactive toy for a few reasons. First, it’s back with a 100% guarantee. Second, it’s made in the USA (and it’s made from recyclable materials). Third, it can be morphed into a variety of shapes, making it like multiple toys in one. And lastly, it’s easy for Teton to understand and use but not so easy that he loses interest or has the treats out in mere seconds.

All of this for the cool price of $20.95 and I think this will make a great stocking stuffer (or early Thanksgiving present) for your pup.

Happy tails…

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Thundersnap & Dial-A-Distance Leashes

In the market for a new leash?

We’re hardcore Red Dingo leash lovers and have been for all of Teton’s life, but we recently added a new leash to the mix.

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This is the Thundersnap Leash from the folks who created the Thundershirt and yes, it’s 25% off right now. 😀

Tested to over 500lbs of force, the Thundersnap Leash is unique because of it’s clip, which attaches quickly and easily (and dare I say, in a snap) to the black cap attached to your dog’s collar.

In this instance, I think GIFs speak louder than words.

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The leash itself is a basic black leash but gets bonus points from us because it’s made of strong webbing and has reflective details. Safety first for those early morning and night walks, my friends!

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Don’t mind the eye roll. He was excited to walk. I promise. 😉

While I do think the snap mechanism on the Thundersnap Leash is a bit heavy and clunky, the ease of connecting the leash to Teton’s collar and/or harness makes up for that. It’s a fun to use and it works well if I need to quickly leash him up in the house or outside.

If you prefer a retractable leash over the more classic style, check out the Dial-A-Distance Leash.

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Not your average retractable leash, the Dial-A-Distance is designed to automatically brake at a length you choose from 0 to 15 feet.

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While we prefer the Thundersnap over the Dial-A-Distance, they’re both well made, well designed leashes that we recommend!

Happy walking and 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.