Thursday, March 23, 2017

My Rotten Cats: Taste of the Wild Rocky Moutain Feline #ChewyInfluencer

I feed my girls Juice and Noelle canned food daily. I do this for a few reasons. Canned food contains much more moisture than kibble, which is so important to cats. Cats do not have much of a thirst mechanism, so need to get plenty of moisture in their food. Another reason is because canned food is generally considered less processed than kibble. If I can't feed them raw, I am going to feed them high quality.

The girls were provided with some Taste of the Wild Rocky Mountain Feline canned cat food by our friends at

Juice looks thrilled.

Prior to switching my dogs to raw, Taste of the Wild was a regular in their dog food rotation. It is also a food I regularly recommend when friends are looking to feed their dogs a better food.

My kitties have little experience with Taste of the Wild. So I was excited to be able to offer them this food. 

Like all Taste of the Wild products, Rocky Mountain Feline canned food is grain free. Like all canned foods, it contains a great deal of moisture, in the forms of chicken and fish broth. This is a good thing in my opinion. It's first ingredient is salmon, and it also includes chicken, chicken livers, and venison. I can talk until I am blue in the face about cats being obligate carnivores. They require meat protein in order to survive. This product contains a good deal of it.

As I previously mentioned, moisture/water is exceptionally important to kitties. I am always looking for ways to get my cats to drink more water.

One of the ways I get my cats to drink more water is to pour water over their canned/wet food. This adds more moisture, and they are more likely to drink it because it takes on the flavor of the food it was poured over.

Look at her cute little tongue.
Juice (and Noelle) are enjoying this nightly currently. No noted refusal, and they always lick the bowl or plate clean. This is a top quality food with a good deal of meat that is grain free. The kitties are happy, and I am too.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Help Senior Dogs and #StandUp4Shelters with Stella & Chewy's

Neeko, Bruce, and Faolan are hoping you will join them this month and #StandUp4Shelters.

Throughout the entire month of March, Stella & Chewy's are donating $1 of their food, up to $20,000 to The Grey Muzzle Organization, and you can help!

"The Grey Muzzle Organization improves the lives of at-risk senior dogs by providing funding and resources to animal shelters, rescue organizations, sanctuaries, and other non-profit groups nationwide."

 How to participate

  • Take a photo of your dog or cat "standing up."
  • Post it publicly to social media - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.
  • Be sure to include #StandUp4Shelters and tag @stellaandchewys.
I lured all three of my dogs in the standing position using Stella & Chewy's Meal Mixers as treats!

If your dog or cat has physical issues that could cause pain or you have other concerns please do not encourage your dog or cat into a position that is uncomfortable for them. Instead, please take a photo with your dog or cat that you feel comfortable with and share that picture, using the same hashtag and tag.

This is a fun campaign to participate, and benefits the lives of senior dogs. Now that two of my dogs are considered seniors, I appreciate groups like this more than ever. It takes minimal time, and makes a difference!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Stella & Chewy's. The opinions and text are all mine.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Black & White Sunday

white shepherd in woods

On alert. Something caught her attention here. I'm not sure what it was. It could have been an animal, a leaf, anything.

Just prior to taking this photo, she decided it would be a good idea to roll in something foul. I'm not sure what that was either, and I probably don't want to know. Fortunately, the creek is thawed, and runs clean. She took a swim, I gave her a rinse. It was a bath, without the drama of a normal bath.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Irish for a Day

Some like to say that everyone is Irish for a day on St. Patrick's Day. Faolan most certainly is.

His name is Gaelic for "little wolf."

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Lucky Number 7

It's this girl's seventh birthday today.

I guess she is technically considered a senior dog now, which is difficult for me to accept. I want her to stay forever young, vibrant, sassy.

For her, age has brought about patience, and wisdom for lack of a better word. But she is still silly, funny, and a bitch at times.

There has been quite a bit of spoiling going on today. Unfortunately I had to work, but I stopped by our favorite little boutique, and picked up a bunch of goodies for her (and the boys.)

She chose to forgo dinner in favor of a bully stick, a tripe twist, some pastries, and cheese.  A dog only turns 7 once.

I hope that this year treats her well.

Happy birthday, pretty girl.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Oh The Things You'll Chew! Barkworthies Root Chews

My dogs like to chew. Unfortunately, they aren't terribly picky about what they will chew on. Fortunately, they don't destroy too many things.

They chew on things meant to be chewed on - bully sticks and other edible chews, toys, long lasting treats, etc. They also sometimes chew on things that aren't necessarily meant to be chewed on...

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Bruce isn't the only one who likes to chew on wood. Neeko and Faolan enjoy their fair share of it. I love fairly rural, so wood is in abundance.

Barkworthies has recently released Root Chews, a new, sustainable, natural wood chew for dogs.

They are available in three sizes.

Neeko couldn't wait for me to get the wrapper off, and was trying to help herself.

These single piece chews are sustainably harvest from the root of the arrack tree. Only a limited number are cut down each year.

The chews are of interesting shape and texture. Neeko has a sensitive mouth, so the way things feel are important to her and her enjoyment of chewing. These fit the bill.

They don't leave a mess, and almost seem to absorb some of the drool that sometimes occurs with a good chewing session.

They are nontoxic and contain some trace minerals. They don't splinter, don't smell, and are surprisingly light weight.

February is National Pet Dental Health, so many are on the look out for ways to keep a dog's teeth clean. Giving a dog appropriate items to chew and eat is one of the best ways to keep their dental health at its best.

Maybe now Bruce will stop chewing on 2x4's. And bricks. And anything else he can sink his teeth into. Doubtful.