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…

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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…

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…

DISCLAIMER: HER DOG BLOG WAS SENT THIS PRODUCT IN EXCHANGE FOR OUR HONEST REVIEW AND NO COMPENSATION OTHER THAN THE PRODUCT WAS RECEIVED.

Blue Buffalo Boo Bars

Halloween is right around the corner! Does your dog have a costume yet?

Teton will probably just rock one of his Halloween bandanas this year. He isn’t big on costumes. 😉

What he is big on, however, are Halloween treats.

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This month he’s been snacking on Blue Buffalo’s limited edition Boo Bars, which are made with some wonderfully basic Fall flavors like pumpkin and cinnamon.

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“So good, it’s like Mummy made them.”

I mean…

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These two chuckleheads love them.

Boo Bars are made in the USA and have a hearty ingredient list that includes oatmeal, pumpkin, carrots, flaxseed and cinnamon. They smell great and they’re adorable.

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One thing I really appreciate about Boo Bars is that, while they are crunchy, they aren’t so crunchy to the point that it sounds like Teton’s teeth are breaking or it’s hard for him to chew them.

All of the dogs in my family love them – Teton, Milo, Henley, and Basil! 4 paws up! Or, wait…16 paws up! 😀

If you’re looking for a fun little Halloween treat for your dog, check out Blue Buffalo Boo Bars on Chewy.com. They’re on sale for under $3!

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Happy tails…

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Fruitables Whole Jerky Treats

Throwback!

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Squeeeeeee! ❤

Teton, who is just as adorable now as he was then, has been eating some incredibly pungent treats from the Fruitables brand for the last couple of weeks.

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The Fruitables Whole Jerky Grilled Bison Strips were the first we opened.

I love that these treats are sourced and made in the USA (some companies make their treats in the USA but if you look closely they are sourced from other countries which can be sketchy town).

AND, I love that they’re made of one thing – bison!

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These jerky strips are broken up into a variety of sizes, which is awesome because it means that you don’t have to break them yourself (of course, you can if you want to!) and that you can pick the right size for your dog, specifically.

Teton likes a lot of treats, but you know he is pickier than most! He loves these because they’re extra pungent and very crunchy. In fact, he may have jumped into the air when I dangled these in front of him the other night. 🙂

The second bag of treats we opened were the Fruitables Whole Jerky Bites Alaskan Salmon.

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Equally as pungent (ok, more pungent), these treats are all the same size but are thick and crunchy like the bison strips.

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They’re also made and sourced in the USA and are made of just one ingredient – salmon!

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I really like the entire Fruitables line and I even buy this brand myself, although these two packages were sent to us from our friends at Chewy.com.

Check out their line if you’re looking for something new for your dog. And, don’t forget that Chewy.com has product videos on each individual product page if you want to learn more about a specific item.

Happy tails…

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Blue Buffalo’s Earth’s Essentials Apple Orchard Clusters

Friday! What’s up, friends? I hope you have some fun plans for the weekend and that you keep enjoying the summer weather as long as we have it!

Yesterday, I did a special thing.

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I got a little t on my arm for my Little T. ♥

I’d been wanting to get it for a while now but have been feeling all squishy and sappy lately about Teton and how much I love him, so I figured, why not now? I wish I’d been at the tattoo shop for longer because it’s pretty fun to walk out with a big piece of art on your body, but I love my little t and every time I look at it I feel my heart smile.

Last month’s treat from Chewy.com was Blue Buffalo’s Earth’s Essentials Apple Orchard Clusters Cranberry Crunch Recipe.

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Blue Buffalo has a good reputation and Teton has had a number of their treats in the past. Most of the treats we’ve tried from Blue Buffalo’s line are meat-based and Teton has loved them. These treats are made with just a handful of ingredients (none of which are meat) and as far as I’m concerned, they may as well be for humans.

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Naturally, Teton was excited to give these a try when I opened the bag (he’s no dummy). I actually tried one first since they’re basically little pieces of granola.

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They’re pretty good.

To me.

Teton, on the other hand, wouldn’t even entertain them. He sniffed them and then walked away. I tried a few times (on different days, even!) to get him to at least take one, but…nope!

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My sister’s puppy, Basil, took one for the team. Well, ok, he took the whole bag for the team. Because he’s the only dog out of all the dogs in my family who would eat these.

Kind of a bummer since the ingredient list is so legit! Oh, well. You can’t win ’em all.

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Good boy, Basil.

I recommend Blue Buffalo’s Earth’s Essentials Apple Orchard Clusters Cranberry Crunch RecipeBlue Buffalo’s Earth’s Essentials Apple Orchard Clusters Cranberry Crunch Recipe if you have a dog that loves fruit and crunchy treats. If you’re not sure, opt for a treat that’s nice and meaty. 😉

Happy tails…

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