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.


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


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.


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.


(We’ve used a few already!)


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.


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.


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…


K9 Natural Canned Food & Toppers

Happy summer!

Today was a perfect summer day in the Pacific Northwest. I got up early, went for a bike ride, came home to make a big breakfast, and am currently relaxing before the week starts!

It’s hot today, so Teton is wearing his Kool Collar. I can’t recommend this product highly enough, especially in the summer months.

Today, I have a new product to share with you and a new product reviewer.


Remember Milo (AKA Miles)?

Milo did me a favor this past week and tested the K9 Natural line of toppers and canned food.


The kind folks at K9 Natural sent this adorable bag of goodies, filled with two flavors of toppers and two of their canned food.


K9 Natural is a New Zealand-based company that makes food and treats for both dogs and cats. In addition to using only sustainable, free-range, and grass-fed ingredients, all of their products are grain free and do not contain fillers.

While they have everything from frozen food to treats, Milo tested their toppers and canned food!


Specifically, he ate the Beef Feast Topper and the Beef Feast Can.


And he loved them both!


Curious about K9 Natural nutrition stats? Check it out. All of their products are comprised of:

  • 90% meat from a single source protein
  • 5% New Zealand Green Lipped Mussels, Eggs
  • 5% fruits and vegetables, vitamins, minerals and oils
  • 0% grain, gluten, gmo, rice, potato or fillers

If you’ve been toying with the idea of feeding your dog raw food, I recommend K9 Natural. Their line of toppers and canned food are a great introduction to the brand and I’ve heard many good things about their line of frozen and freeze-dried food!

While K9 Natural is based in New Zealand, their products are available in the US, Canada, and a handful of other countries. If you give them a try, let us know what you think!

Big thanks to K9 Natural for sending us your toppers and canned food. Miles thanks you!

Happy tails…



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.


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.


(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.


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.



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. 😉


Happy tails…


Caru Real Turkey Stew

Happy Saturday!

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


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…





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.


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!


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…



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!


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.


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


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.


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


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


And I poured it into Teton’s bowl.


Teton didn’t get it at first.


But then he lapped it right up. 😉


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…


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.


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.


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…