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…

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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…

Dr. Harvey’s Relax & Stress Herbal Dog Supplement

Taste of the Wild Canned Dog Food

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!

The Great Pumpkin

It’s the great pumpkin!

Not that kind, though.

This kind.

It’s that time of the year again.

Heh. (If you don’t get the ermahgerd thing, just say it out loud to yourself and it’ll make sense. Then, go to this link and ermahgerd yer hert ert (your heart out). :-D)

Adding pumpkin (always go for the cans with no added sugar) to your dog’s food can be beneficial to his/her health for a multitude of reasons including:

  • Fiber – Pumpkin is loaded with fiber and fiber = regular (and healthy!) number twos

  • Vitamin A – Pumpkin is high in Vitamin A, which assists in the maintenance of healthy skin and coat

Plus, it’s tasty! And festive. 😉

If you’re looking for a new mix-in for your dog’s food, give some canned pumpkin a try. At $2-3 a can, it’s well worth it!

Put the Lime in the Coconut

Or in the dog bowl.

A few weeks ago I snatched up this bag of pet company CocoTherapy‘s Coconut Chips from a local pet store with a really nice assortment.

CocoTherapy makes a line of coconut products for dogs, cats, and birds.  Their products include these Coconut Chips and Coconut Oil.  Coconut chips like these are simply dehydrated flakes of coconut.

 

Coconut is one of those random foods that I like to eat myself, but that I wasn’t sure was safe for dogs.  Apparently, not only is it safe, it’s beneficial!

 

Coconut is a great source of fiber (even your pets need to stay regular!) and supports digestive health in your pet.  It’s also packed with antioxidants and may assist in the maintenance of healthy skin and fur.  (Check out all of the health benefits that CocoTherapy recognizes here.)

I like that CocoTherapy’s Coconut Chips come in a variety of shapes and sizes.  As they suggest on their packaging, you can give the larger pieces as treats and sprinkle the smaller pieces on top of your dog’s food.

If you get a package with mostly larger pieces, they can be easily broken for your sprinkling pleasure.

I paid somewhere between $6 and $7 for a 3-ounce bag of Coconut Chips, but Teton only gets them sprinkled on his food a few times a week, so while it may seem on the more expensive side, I’m comfortable with the price since he won’t go through it as quickly as some of his other treats.

CocoTherapy’s Coconut Chips are simple, healthy, and fun.  I’m not sure that I’ll buy them again, but that’s only because I want to figure out if it’s worth my time to dehydrate them myself.  I’ll keep you posted on my experience once I give it a shot!

A Taste of Mr. Chewy

Is it just me, or do you think of this when you hear the word “chewy”?

Well, there’s another Chewy in town.  Mr. Chewy!

A few weeks ago, the folks at Mr. Chewy contacted me with an offer to allow me try out their services at no charge in exchange for an honest review.  Before accepting, I perused their site to see if it was something I was interested in.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that Mr. Chewy carries many of the products that I already purchase and a handful more that I’ve been wanting to try.

Not too shabby there, Mr. Chewy!

Navigating Mr. Chewy’s site was easy.  The hardest part was picking what product I wanted!  I started in the Dog Treats section of the site and filtered by brand because I was eager to buy a few of those items that I had been itchin’ to try.  In addition to filtering by brand, you can filter by lifestage (senior, puppy, etc.) and specialty (gluten free, vegetarian, etc.).  Once you select a filter, you can sort your returned search items by a handful of criteria including price and newest to the site.

In addition to dog treats, Mr. Chewy carries a wide assortment of dog food, potty pads, flea/tick medication, and cat food, treats, and litter.  Mr. Chewy pricing is also competitive.  For example, Natural Balance Healthy Bones are $3.99 at Mr. Chewy and we’ve paid close to $5 elsewhere.

Shipping is free if you spend $49 or more, which, if you are stocking up for a month or two, is easy to do.

Mr. Chewy is located in Florida and since we live in Washington State I was a little worried that it would take forever to get our goodies, but in a short 5 days this was on our doorstep!

What did we snag from Mr. Chewy?

2 bags of Fromm’s Cranberry Liver Recipe treats

2 bags of Evo Wild Cravings Weight Management treats

1 case (12 cans) of Wellness Venison and Salmon Stew wet food

1 Merrick Doggie Wishbone Tendon

All for $49.94!

We’re stoked to try out these new treats and canned food from Mr. Chewy and even more stoked to have Her Dog Blog’s very first giveaway next week with that extra bag of Evo Wild Cravings treats.  😀

Mr. Chewy has a rock solid assortment with great prices, excellent customer service, and fast (and free if you spend $49 or more!) shipping.  My experience with Mr. Chewy was great, so if you’re the market for a new online food and treat source, head over to their site and check ’em out.