Sunday, September 21, 2014

Black & White Sunday


Friday, September 19, 2014

September 2014 BarkBox Review

We received our September BarkBox yesterday!  Reviews of previous and/or current BarkBoxes can be read HERE .

 The Goods

Indigo Smokehouse Bacon StripsApproximate retail value $6.49 (for this size package.)  I am sure these will be well received, even by picky turd Faolan.

Pennant dog toy.  Unknown value.  Soft, crinkly toy that will not hold up to my dogs.  This is going in the donation box.

Barkworthies Sweet Potato Treats.  Approximate retail value $12.80. Not meat, but single ingredient treats.  I am excited to give these a try.  

12" Etta Says Crunchy Duck Chew.  Approximate retail value $1.99.  We are no strangers to the Etta Says company here, and they always prove to be a huge hit.  I am pleased to have received this.

Pet Project Skrubal.  Approximate retail value $15.99.  This is my favorite item in this month's box.  It is a heavy oblong toy, with grooves in it.  It does not seem to have any parts that Neeko or Bruce would easily get into their back teeth to chew on, and seems to large to be a choking hazard.  The one down fall is it's weight.  If a dog or person were to be hit with this, it would probably hurt. 

This month's BarkBox is decent.  Aside from the pennant toy (which seems quite cheap), I am pleased with all the items included.  To try BarkBox for yourself, and save 10% off your order, click HERE.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Recent Raw Meals

After the break are photos and examples of raw meals for dogs.  I feed mostly prey model raw, but do occasionally use some dehydrated raw and premade raw.

These are just a few photos of some of my dogs' meals over the last two weeks.

My crew mostly eats the same meals as each other, with the same portion sizes.

 I feed as much cut and protein variety as possible.

For additional photos of raw meals for dogs, click HERE.

Useful links:

How **I** Feed Raw

Raw Feeding Resources

Monday, September 15, 2014

Giving Back: DIY Dog Leash Holder and DIY Cat Scratch Post #PAW2014

I regularly make trips to Tractor Supply.  Although I like to say, "I live in the middle of nowhere" I do have two TSC's within 30 minutes of me.  I frequent them for cat food, chicken feed, other chicken and guinea fowl supplies, dog treats and toys, and items needed to maintain seven acres.

I love these Guinea Fowl, but sometimes they drive me nuts.
The TSC's local to me frequently offer low cost vaccine clinics, which I think is fantastic.  They offer a variety of products to to help people care for both livestock and their family pets, including high quality foods, leashes, collars, crates, toys, and health supplies.

Tractor Supply hosts a yearly event, Pet Appreciation Week (PAW), during which they celebrate people and their pets.  This year it takes place September 17-21, with in-store events on September 20.

I (Rebekah) was asked by Tractor Supply to create something for a shelter using supplies found at Tractor Supply, and was given a spending budget of $25.

I did not have to think twice about which shelter I would give my crafts to.  Greenfield-Hancock Animal Management (GHAM) in Greenfield, Indiana gave me a wonderful gift by allowing me to adopt Faolan.  I try to give back to them as much as I can.  The staff there is beyond amazing, and have become some very dear friends of mine.

What did $25 get me at Tractor Supply?

Shopping List
  • (1) 5.75" treated landscape timber-$10.49
  • (1) 500 foot roll of sisal twine-$5.99
  • (1) 3-pack of ceiling hooks-$1.99
  • (1) pack of screw eyes-$1.99
  • (1) 1.5 quart galvanized pail-$2.99
I came up with ideas for both cats and dogs using these items.  Instructions follow.

I began both projects by using a miter saw to cut up the landscape timber.  I cut 10 rounds of approximately 1/2" each, and a larger piece of approximately 18".

DIY Rustic Dog Leash Holder

This was quick and easy to make.  I staggered seven of the rounds I cut, and secured them using 1" nails.  I then screwed the ceiling hooks into the bottom of three front rounds, to hold the pail, leashes, treat bag, etc.  The pail can be used to hold dog treats, human treats, or whatever they see fit. I finished this by screwing eye rounds into the top, so it can be placed upon nails that are nailed into a wall.

This item could be painted or stained, but I personally like the rustic appearance of it.

DIY Rustic Cat Scratch Post

GHAM (and I) also have kitties, so I did not want them to feel left out.  

To make this, I secured three of the rounds to the larger piece of landscape timber using 2" nails.  I then secured the end of the sisal twine to the larger piece of the timber using a staple.  Next came the most tedious part of both of these projects-I wrapped the sisal twine around the landscape timber, creating three layers of twine, and secured the end using a staple.  

I had plenty of sisal twine left over, so I am thinking a shorter roll could have easily been used.

This can either be placed upright, or on it's side.

Nosy Juice kitty had to immediately check it out.
 I had a ton of fun creating these, and it is close to my heart because I am able to give them to a group of people who are very important to me, who work so hard to help the animals in their community.  

I was impressed by how easy it was to create projects benefiting a shelter using supplies from Tractor Supply, a small amount of money, and a bit of ingenuity.

This post is sponsored by Tractor Supply Company and the Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Tractor Supply Company, but My Rotten Dogs only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Tractor Supply Company is not responsible for the content of this article.