Merrick’s Pappy’s Pot Roast Dinner

This past week, Teton enjoyed Merrick’s Chunky Grain-Free Pappy’s Pot Roast Dinner wet food over his dry food.

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I love Merrick canned food for Teton and have been buying it for him in a number of their fun recipes since he was about a year old. He doesn’t get canned food over his dry food every time he eats, but it’s great to mix it up once in a while when that same old dry food gets boring.

Our buddies at Chewy.com sent us an entire case of this stuff! Teton isn’t complaining.

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(Observe Halloween bandana #1…monster mash.)

Merrick’s Paddy’s Pot Roast Dinner, aside from having the best name ever, is loaded with great ingredients like beef liver, potatoes, and carrots. It looks so much like real pot roast that one of the first reviews of it on Chewy.com is entitled “looks like pot roast.” 😀

Skeptical? Take a gander.

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This is the kind of food that the husband and I reference when we make statements like “Teton eats better than we do.”

Look at that beef. Those potatoes. The whole carrots.

Paddy’s Pot Roast Dinner is easily cut with a fork right out of the can, which is what I did with the carrots and potatoes before feeding it to Teton. One lick of the spoon before I set his bowl down and he was 100% on board, which is great because he’s been picky with his food lately and more often than not leaves it in the bowl for almost the entire day before eating it.

If you’re in the market for some canned food, give one of the Merrick flavors a try. Chewy.com has SO MANY flavors (check them out here) and they are just under $30 for a case of 12 cans. If you aren’t sure whether your dog can get through that many, split the case with a friend. Sharing is caring.

Paddy’s Pot Roast Dinner is probably Teton’s most favorite flavor but he also like Grammy’s Pot Pie, Cowboy Cookout, Turducken.

Big thanks to Chewy.com for hooking us up again this month!

Teton had a great October. Now that the weather is cooler he spent some days with his pals  Biju and Kyra at work.

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Pretty good life they’ve got, I think.

October comes to a close tomorrow with Halloween, so Teton will wear his glow-in-the-dark bandana (thanks, Auntie Morgan!) and steer clear of chocolate. 😉

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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.

Caru Real Turkey Stew

Happy Saturday!

This week, Teton has been enjoying Caru’s Real Turkey Stew on his breakfast and dinner.

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Caru’s line of stews are made in the U.S. with 100% human-grade ingredients and come in really unique and smart packaging.

Check it out…

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Voila!

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To close it back up, all you do is re-folds the flaps together and down. We kept ours in the fridge for a week and never had an issue with spillage. 🙂

This packaging is BPA-free and made from up to 70% paper. It’s so nice to have something that’s environmentally friendly and something that doesn’t require a lid or make me paranoid about slicing a finger open with.

Caru’s Real Turkey Stew looks and smells like something from a Campbell’s can! It’s pretty obvious that it’s made of human-grade ingredients by the chunks of meat, potatoes, and veggies in it.

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And if the way it looks isn’t enough, the ingredient list seals the deal!

Sometimes Teton is a diva and rejects his dry food so this type of topper is perfect since I only have to use a little to entice him to eat all of his breakfast or dinner. The bonus of only needing to use a little? It lasts longer!

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We’ve tried a handful of stews from brands like Natural Balance, Merrick, and Taste of the Wild, but I think the Caru line of stews is Teton’s favorite so far.

Check out Caru’s “Find Us” page to see where you can snag a box of stew for your pup!

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.

 

The Honest Kitchen’s Bone Broth

Happy Monday!

I made bone broth once. Not gonna lie, it made me feel pretty hardcore. I brought it to work and drank it for a snack. Yeah, never going to do that again. I felt like I needed a shower afterwards and I’m 92% sure I smelled like a barn when I was done drinking it.

Who wouldn’t care if they felt like they needed a shower after eating something or if they smelled like a barn? Your dog, of course!

It never even occurred to me to give The Little Blogger Dude (Teton) bone broth, but when Chewy.com offered me a sample this month I thought, well, sure! That makes sense!

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Meet The Honest Kitchen’s Bone Broth. 🙂

“They” say that bone broth is good for the gut because of the gelatin in it. Additionally, it’s loaded with glucosamine so it’s beneficial for joints. Bone broth also supports the immune system.

The Honest Kitchen’s Bone Broth has turmeric in it. Turmeric is all the rage lately for us humans, but for many of the same reasons, it’s great for dogs and cats. Turmeric helps the heart by lowering bad cholesterol and by helping to thin the blood. It also helps the liver metabolize fat and is considered to have cancer fighting properties.

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This 5-ounce tin will make roughly 10 cups of broth for your dog or cat. Making it is super simple…

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Inside each tin is a bunch of powder, which is the dehydrated broth and some other good stuff.

 

I grabbed a mason jar and measuring spoons to start.

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Then I filled the mason jar with hot (not boiling) water and scooped a tablespoon of the powder into it.

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After that, I whisked the powder up with a fork until it looked about like this:

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And I poured it into Teton’s bowl.

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Teton didn’t get it at first.

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But then he lapped it right up. 😉

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While this tin makes 10 cups, I doubt we’ll go through it too fast because I plan on just using this as a supplement for Teton, rather than giving it to him every day. He gets a raw bone for dinner twice a week so this is the perfect addition to his dinner on those evenings.

The Honest Kitchen’s Bone Broth is definitely different but I love how many benefits it boasts for Teton. If you’re looking for something new to infuse into your dog’s diet, give it a try!

Thanks to Chewy.com for letting us test this one out.

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.

Random Act of Kindness

Happy Friday!

Yesterday morning a package was dropped off at our door.

Inside was this…

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This random act of kindness is from the crew at Chewy.com and I can’t thank them enough. It’s been a pleasure working with them for the past two years.

This is actually the second painting I’ve received of Teton and I love it as much as the first.

Teton has been through some diet changes this past year (that’s a post for another time) but one thing has remained constant – he always gets a little special prize with his dry food to keep things interesting.

Whether it’s pumpkin, salmon oil, or canned food, I always give him something that has a great list of ingredients without nasty byproducts.

Canned dog food isn’t the most visually appealing, so take my word for it when I recommend Blue Buffalo’s Family Favorite Recipes canned food.

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Chewy.com has sent Teton canned food to try in the past, but Blue Buffalo’s line of unique flavors seems to be his favorite. How could he not love flavors like “Sunday Chicken Dinner,” “Backyard BBQ,” and “Shepard’s Pie?” (My husband and I joke that Teton eats better than we do!)

Blue Buffalo’s Sunday Chicken Dinner, along with their other Family Favorite Recipes, looks like homemade stew that you and I would eat. It has big chunks of meat and veggies and there really isn’t anything in it that I can’t identify.

Two to three times a week with his dry food, Teton gets a spoonful or two of Sunday Chicken Dinner mixed in. His sniffer goes crazy when I pull it out of the fridge and he doesn’t leave an ounce of anything in his bowl when he’s done.

Whether it’s canned food, freeze-dried food, or fish oil that you put on your dog’s dry kibble, Chewy.com has a robust assortment for you to choose from. Check ’em out!

Happy tails…

Dr. Harvey’s Relax Herbal Supplement

My little buddy doesn’t much care for the vet.

We just barely reach the vet’s office parking lot and he’s whining and yawning (a sign of stress) non-stop. Poor guy. I can’t say that I blame him, though. If someone stuck a thermometer up my butt every time I went to the doctor I think I’d be pretty stressed out, too.

The last time Teton was at the vet was a few weeks ago. It was a particularly stressful visit for him because, in addition to checking out all the regular stuff (temperature included), there was a lot of extra attention paid to his eye, which I thought was infected at the time (it wasn’t). He didn’t like having a bright light shone in his eye or fingers that didn’t belong to me pulling it apart to see if it was inflamed. But, when all was said and done, he did ok.

I knew Teton would be stressed out for the remainder of the day (his appointment was in the morning) because that’s just how he is, so when we got home from the vet I gave him a new calming supplement that Chewy.com sent us a while back. I’d been saving it for a particularly stressful time so this was the perfect opportunity to test the product and hopefully ease some of Teton’s anxiety.

For the record, Chewy.com didn’t ask me to review this product. They simply sent it my way as a kind gesture after I’d mentioned it in a previous blog post. Thanks, Chewy!

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Dr. Harvey’s Relax and Stress Herbal Dog Supplement

Dr. Harvey’s Relax Supplement is a powder that can be easily mixed into wet food or sprinkled onto dry food. It has a relatively short ingredient list and is free of preservatives, dyes and/or synthetic ingredients, salt, sugar, wheat, and corn.

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Teton only eats once a day, and that’s between 4:30 and 5:30 PM, so since I gave him the Dr. Harvey’s supplement earlier in the day, I chose to mix it into wet food. He only gets wet food every once and a while, so I knew it would be a special treat and that he’d be less likely to reject the supplement if it tasted or smelled strange.

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Taste of the Wild, in my opinion, makes some of the best wet food out there.

Turns out I probably could have spoon fed the supplement to Teton because it smelled delicious to him. His little sniffer started moving at hyper-speed immediately after I opened the jar.

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For Teton’s weight, Dr. Harvey’s recommends 2 scoops, so that’s approximately what I used. Well, Teton was pretty stressed, so I may have used 2 heaping scoops. 🙂

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Teton lapped this little concoction up in a matter of seconds. He loved it.

And, no kidding, after just 20 minutes, he was doing this.

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And continued to do so for the rest of the day.

To be completely honest, I was pretty skeptical of a calming supplement. There are a lot of a factors that could have contributed to Teton being relaxed and sleepy after his vet appointment but I wholeheartedly believe that Dr. Harvey’s Stress and Relax Herbal Dog Supplement works.

You can find Dr. Harvey’s Stress and Relax Herbal Dog Supplement at Chewy.com along with other products from Dr. Harvey’s. At just $10.17 for an 8-oz tin (my guess is that it will last us at least 6-8 months depending on number of stressful events), it’s very affordable compared to other calming products on the market.

If you give any of Dr. Harvey’s products a try, let me know how they work for your dog!

Happy tails…

Evanger’s Raw Freeze-Dried Treats

Helloooooo!

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Whew. That December…man, it really just gets away from you doesn’t it? It’s been FOREVER since I wrote a post.

I’ll be back after the first of the year (holy crap, it’s almost 2014) with some post-holiday posts, but tonight I want to introduce you to a new treat.

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Any guesses as to what it is?

Either we’re on a freeze-dried treat kick lately or free-dried treats are all the rage.

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Teton’s pals over at Chewy.com sent us these Evanger’s Raw Freeze-Dried Treats (Beef Lungs) to test in exchange for a review. Chewy.com carries over 200 brands of the highest quality dog and cat treats. It amazes me how many brands they have that I love and trust. It’s always exciting when we get to try something new!

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Evanger’s has a complete line of dog and cat products including dry food, canned food, and treats.

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I don’t think Teton had ever tried beef lungs before recently, but boy does he like them. Perhaps the pungent aroma has something to do with it.

These freeze-fried treats are straight up beef lungs. And that’s it. No preservatives, fillers, flavors, or other nasty things. And you don’t have to refrigerate them!

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I know what you’re thinking. That’s disgusting.

I’m not going to lie to you. It kind of is. They’re stinky and a little greasy and if you stare at them too long you might start thinking about where they came from, but here’s the thing…one look at your dog’s face when you pull the unopened container out of the box from Chewy.com and you’ll feel like the best Dog Mom (or Dad) on the planet.

Because, you see, even before opening the sealed plastic container Teton had stars in his eyes.

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Mom. Mom. I love you, Mom. You’re the best, Mom. Can I have one of those beef lungs, Mom?

They just smell that good.

Evanger’s line of freeze-dried treats comes in a variety of flavors including wild salmon, beef tripe, beef tongue, beef hearts, and beef liver. The 3.5 oz container ranges in price from $6.36 to $9.99.

Check out the entire Evanger’s line at Chewy.com and make sure you peruse the rest of Chewy’s assortment. I’ve got my eye on these gems…

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See you next year!

Happy holidays and happy tails…

Dinner for Dogs Giveaway

*This giveaway is now closed.*

Happy Tuesday! Hard to believe that it’s almost August, right?! I’m just happy that summer is here, the sun is out, and the days are long.

A few weeks ago, the folks at The Experiment contacted me to see if I’d like to check out the book Dinner for Dogs, which features recipes for home-cooked meals for your dog. I jumped at the chance because I love cooking for Teton and pet nutrition is something I love learning about.

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Dinner for Dogs author Henrietta Morrison concocted 50 recipes for every meal from breakfast to dinner and snacks in between. One of my favorite things about Dinner for Dogs is the detail that Morrison puts into her introduction. She covers calorie intake, dog food labels, and even poop(!) before outlining her many recipes.

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I love the content of Dinner for Dogs, but I also think it’s stinkin’ adorable! There are fun illustrations on each page that bring the recipes to life and make it a fun book to flip through. One of my favorite sections is the one on vegetables and fruits – what can I say? I love cartoon veggies.

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Last weekend I made a fun treat recipe.

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It’s been hot here (well, hot for a dog like Teton who has about 12 layers of fur) so I thought the Quick Doggy Ice Cream would be a nice treat to cool The Little Blogger off!

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This is definitely one of the easier recipes in Dinner for Dogs. If it doesn’t seem that exciting, don’t worry – there are tons more recipes that feature more unique ingredients.

After just a few hours in the freezer, the Quick Doggy Ice Cream cubes were ready to be devoured!

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And devoured they were.

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(This was a particularly fun recipe because I got to use fresh blueberries from my garden!)

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I can’t wait to make more recipes from Dinner for Dogs. Next on my list are the buckwheat pancakes. 😀

Now, as a reward for making it this far…

The Experiment has graciously offered to send a free copy of Dinner for Dogs to one lucky Her Dog Blog reader. Woot!

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To enter, leave a comment letting me know what type of recipe from Dinner for Dogs you are most interested in making for your dog – breakfast, dinner, or a snack.

To increase your chances of winning, here are a few extra ways to earn entries:

1. Like Her Dog Blog on Facebook

2. Follow Her Dog Blog on Instagram

3. Like The Experiment on Facebook

4. Follow The Experiment on Twitter

For each of these that you complete, leave an additional comment telling me that you’ve done so so I can account for each of your entries.

This giveaway will close next Tuesday, 7/30 and is only available to residents of the U.S.

Good luck!