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.