Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Honest Kitchen Perfect Form #ChewyInfluencer

I cannot recall the last time Bruce or Faolan had any gastrointestinal upset. (Not counting the occasional hunger puke from Bruce.) Neeko had a horrible time with GI issues as a puppy, which is what prompted me to switch to a raw diet for my dogs.

90% of the time, she has an iron gut. However, she will sometimes have a loose stool or two. I don't worry about it unless it happens for three consecutive poops.

If she has other symptoms, such as lethargy, signs of dehydration, or mucus or blood in her stool, I would seek veterinary attention. Otherwise I treat it at home. Sometimes I fast her and offer additional bone broth, or a bland diet - boneless chicken only.

I now have another choice if Neeko encounters GI upset - The Honest Kitchen Perfect Form from our friends at chewy.com.

I am a huge fan of all of their products, so I had no problem accepting this product. It contains papaya leaf, plantain, slippery elm, organic pumpkin seed, pectin, papain, and fennel.

  • Slippery elm coats and soothes the gut.
  • Papaya leaf helps to break down proteins, making them more easily digestible.
  • Plantains contain highly fermentable fiber, which is beneficial for good gut bacteria.
  • Fennel is said to aid digestion and help with stomach pain and bloating.
Perfect form comes in a powder. The powder has a pleasant, earthy smell, and Neeko was attempting to lick the dry powder when I let her smell it.

Simply mix equal parts powder with water based on your dog's weight to form a paste.

The princess readily ate it, and licked the bowl clean.

This makes a nice addition to the medicine cabinet. Perfect Form is made by a company I trust. It contains quality, whole ingredients, all of which provide benefit to a dog's gastrointestinal system. 

I was provided with complimentary product. All opinions are my own.

Monday, September 18, 2017

How Meguiar's Car Care Experts Help Me Keep a Clean Car, Even with Big Dogs

I know I am not the only one who has a car that gets "doggy" on occasion. Like many other owners, I enjoy taking my dogs in my car with me.

Dog friendly trips in your vehicle leave drool on the windows (and everywhere else), sometimes mud, dirt, grass stains, and, if there is water involved, the dreaded wet dog smell. Dogs can definitely take a toll on the inside of your car.

The car care experts at Meguiar's are ready to help you keep your car clean and odor-free.

BMW 840 ci

A few weeks back, I took Faolan on an adventure to a local park, where he promptly when swimming in some less than pleasant smelling stagnant water. The next evening, I had my nine-year-old nephew with me. This kid is brutally honest. He said "Your car smells funny..." It did smell funny, like pond water. Fortunately, there is Meguiar's Whole Car Air Re-Fresher. (Link to purchase.)  In just 15 minutes, you can permanently remove the wet dog smell from your car!

Dogs can be hard on leather. Drool, pressure, dirt, etc. Leather interior must be properly cared for. Clean the dirt and drool with Meguiar's Gold Class Leather & Vinyl Cleaner, and then condition it with their Leather Conditioner.  These products did amazing on this car's 23 year old leather!

Meguiar's leather cleaner review

Does your dog cause ground in dirt, mud, or worse stains in your carpet, cargo area, or fabric seats? Meguiar's Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner is the choice for immediately removing stains from these areas. 

Meguiar's car review

Dog drool marks are a constant for me. In the house, but even more so in the car. Dog drool marks on the inside of my windows, and the outside seem to be a constant. Meguiar's Perfect Clarity Glass Cleaner is amazing. It is by far the best glass cleaner I have ever used, and actually smells nice, as opposed to the strong ammonia smell we are all used to. I am using it everywhere now. In my car, on my home's windows and mirrors within my home. It removed the dog drool marks and made my car windows so clean that my camera couldn't even focus on them for the after shot!

Meguiar's glass cleaner results
Dog drool marks vanished with Meguiar's Perfect Clarity Glass Cleaner!
If you ride with your windows open, drool that lands on your car's paint can cause serious damage if not taken care of in a timely manner. To quickly handle the mess without having to wash your entire car, use a product like Meguiar's Ultimate Quik Detailer to easily remove the drool before it becomes a more serious issue.

I love how easy to use and affordable all of Meguiar's car care products are. I also love how easy they are to purchase. Find them at Walmart, AutoZone, and many other stores, along with various online retailers.

Any other tips for keeping a clean dog hauler that you can recommend?

This post is sponsored by Meguiar's. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Freon-Dependent Dog

The last two weeks we have had absolutely gorgeous weather. High temperatures in the 60's and 70's, with lows in the 40's and 50's. These comfortable temperatures are one of the many reasons I love fall.

The heat has returned. Today the high is 85°, with even hotter temperatures forecasted for next week. They are talking 90° and hotter. I am not happy about this. It's September!

When it is that hot, I don't like to be outside too much. Neeko is no different. She seems to be more sensitive to the heat than the boys do. Faolan can often be found laying in full sun when the temperature is too hot for my comfort. (My dogs have a dog door, and can be inside or outside depending on their choice.)

Bruce and Faolan like to be nosy neighbors from outside the house. Neeko prefers to be Mrs. Kravitz by looking out the front window.

Nosy neighbor.

Faolan likes to lay in the sun, while she prefers a cool, air-conditioned surface.

When I hand out bully sticks or other goodies, Bruce immediately runs outside with his. Neeko prefers to enjoy hers in the comfort of the house.

When it's warm like this, I practically have to drag her outside. She then acts pitiful, and makes me feel terrible. I don't really blame her. I get grouchy when it's hot. And I'm not wearing a thick, heavy fur coat. 

I know this will change when the weather turns cold. I regularly find her lying outside in the winter, with snow on the ground and a temperature of -10°.

So I will enjoy her company for the time being, in the comfort of our air-conditioned house. 

Friday, September 15, 2017

Chicken Chores

Last weekend was devoted to chicken chores.

I have a wonderful (and now completely predator proof) coop. But it was dull and boring. I decided it needed spruced up a bit.

What better way to spruce it up than to paint it barn red?

The coop before.

I know the big door is huge. There is hardware cloth covering the windows, and the glass panes slide over to close them. There is also hardware cloth along the top of the back wall and sides for ventilation, as well as the eaves in the front. The smaller door opens and closes via a light sensor, and now has a hinge on it and a catch to stop it if anything attempts to push the door up once it is closed.

The coop after

Isn't it adorable?!? The side walls of this bay are also being painted white, and it has really brightened it up. We learned the hard way that milk crates aren't meant to be stood on.

In addition to painting the coop, I put my handy extra dog crate to use again. I wrapped the bottom of it in chicken wire.

I purchased some four week old chicks earlier this year, and had sworn I wasn't going to go through the hassle of raising day old chicks this year.

I lied.

These babies are now about 6 weeks old, and were ready to be moved outside.

They will spend a week or two in the crate inside the chicken coop, so the big girls can get used to them, before being fully integrated into the flock.

I know the big girls will still pick on them, but I am hoping to lessen the severity of it with a slow introduction. I'll let you know how it goes. Chickens can be brutal.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Win Freeze-Dried Raw With the #StellaStackChallenge

Neeko is participating in a fun challenge from our friends at Stella & Chewy's!

Now through September 30, at 11:59 CT, enter to win $250 worth of Stella & Chewy's freeze-dried raw by entering the #StellaStackChallenge.


Post a photo or video publicly with your stack. Use #StellaStackChallenge and tag @stellaandchewys on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.

Three winners will be selected, and each will win $250 worth of Stella & Chewy's freeze-dried raw!

Please note that the #StellaStackChallenge is not meant to encourage overfeeding or discomfort for any dog. Make sure your dog is always having fun with challenge, and that you follow feeding guidelines for mealtime requirements.

My Rotten Dogs are Stella & Chewy's ambassadors. We are being compensated for helping to spread the word about Stella & Chewy's, but only share information we feel relevant. All opinions expressed are strictly our own. 
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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Traveling in Style - Molly Mutt Review and Giveaway

I regularly take my dogs along with me in the car. Be it on appointments for them, outings for them, or just running errands with me.

Keeping a clean car that carries three large dogs can be a challenge. They track mud, dirt, drool, and fur.

Attempting to pick fur out of my seats and/or cargo area is not something I consider a good time. It doesn't matter how good your vacuum is.

Molly Mutt is happy to help with a line of adorable cargo covers.

My favorite thing about these cargo covers is their multi-functionality. They are not only cargo covers, but also seat covers and hammocks.

With their easy portability, I think they would also make excellent picnic and outdoor event blankets!

Being used as a back seat hammock.
These covers measure 56" x 56", a very decent size. They have adjustable straps to fit over headrests and a grippy backing to hold them in place. They can remain in place as a backseat cover because they have openings for seat belts to fit through.

Derpy Faolan is all smiles about the new cover.
One of my favorite things about them - the absolutely adorable patterns. There are 8 to choose from, and I had a hard time selecting one. I ended up choosing "Amarillo by Morning."

The Giveaway

Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. One Molly Mutt cover will be given away to one winner. Must be a US resident aged 18 or older to enter. Winner will have 48 hours from initial notification to respond.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This post is sponsored by Molly Mutt. My Rotten Dogs only shares ideas and products that we feel are relevant. All words and opinions are strictly my own.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

She Needed a Bath Anyway

I like to do gross stuff, or things that make me dirty or sweaty, prior to showering. Not the reverse order.

I guess dogs aren't any different.

I took Neeko for a walk on the property last week. It was a nice, cool afternoon.

Instead of the creek, we walked the path to the pond. I have a small pond on my property, probably close to an acre in size. It is well-stocked with fish - bass, bluegill, crappy, some catfish. I don't fish in it often, but friends and family do, and they have little problems catching fish.

While walking the path to the pond, something caught Neeko's attention...

The remains of a largemouth bass. A good 15 feet from the water's edge. How it got there, I am not sure.

She (of course) proceeded to scent roll in it.

She's a lady! 
Smells so good.

I let her roll to her heart's content. She gave Faolan a run for his money, the passion she was displaying while scent-rolling in fish remains. She was having fun.

She needed a bath anyway, and promptly got one later that evening.