Tuesday, May 26, 2015

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, in no particular order.

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, though they ate quite a bit of beef heart and chicken the last couple of weeks.

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

Useful links:

How **I** Feed Raw

Raw Feeding Resources



Saturday, May 23, 2015

May 2015 BarkBox Review

We recently received our May BarkBox.  I always joke that my dogs get more mail than I do. Reviews of previous and/or current BarkBoxes can be read HERE.

May 2015 BarkBox

The Goods

West Paw Bumi Zogoflex  Approximate retail value $14.99.  Very durable feeling, made in USA tug toy.  It bounces, floats, and is dishwasher-safe.  Bruce LOVES to play tug, and I cannot wait to try this out with him.  It will also be fun for water retrieval with Neeko and Faolan.







Green Bark Gummies Health and Vitality.  Approximate retail value $7.73.  These are "enhanced" treats, and while packaged as healthy, do not contain the greatest ingredients.  I have never heard of canola yeast, but this ingredient rules them out for Bruce.  They do contain chia, which is touted for it's OFA content, fish oil.  Based on the "dose" suggested on the bag, these would not last one day for all three dogs.



Etta Says 12" Crunchy Duck Chew.  Approximate retail value $4.99.  My dogs love Etta Says!  I say that every time we receive a product from them.  Now the difficult part is deciding which dog gets to enjoy this delicious treat.







No Grainers Jerky Chews.  Approximate retail value $7.98.  We have tried treats from this company in the past, and they went over well.  These are made in the USA with American sourced chicken.  They are each approximately 2" in length, but easily break into smaller pieces, and have a strong, but not unpleasant odor. The dogs have already enjoyed several of these.  





Silly Bums Bumblebee.  Approximate retail value $13.42.  This is really cute.  This line of toys are the back ends of various animals/insects, hence the name.  It is a plush toy that both crinkles and squeaks.  While it is darling, and I am happy with it, it does not feel durable enough for my dogs, so I will either gift or donate this toy.





Overall, I am pleased with this month's BarkBox, even though I won't use two of the items.  The Zogoflex toy is my favorite item, easily.  To try BarkBox for yourself, and get a free box added to your plan, click HERE.

I am a BarkBox subscriber.  I am not asked to review BarkBox.





Thursday, May 21, 2015

May 2015 Pet Gift Box Review

We recently received our May PetGiftBox!  Reviews of past and/or current PetGiftBoxes can be read HERE.

As I have mentioned in the past, I love how affordable PetGiftBox is, starting at only $17.99 per month, with free shipping.  They do not skimp on quality, though.

To save 25% off your first box, use coupon code myrottendogs.

This month's theme is Memorial Day, honoring and celebrating the Armed Forces.


As always, love the personalized touch!




The Goods

Pawtriotic Cranberry Recipe Dog Treats. Approximate retail value $8.35.  Wheat, corn, and soy-free treats made in the USA with simple USA-sourced human grade ingredients.  These are smallish crunchy biscuits made of rye, carrot puree, and cranberries.  Crunchy biscuits are some of Bruce's favorite treats, and these are of excellent quality.  The company contributes a portion of proceeds to charitable organizations.  I like them already!











Imagine This Patriotic Paw Print Magnet. Approximate retail value $5.99.  Cute car magnet that is made in the US.  I have actually never seen this design before, so I am impressed.








U.S. Army Canteen Dog Toy.  Approximate retail value $7.95.  Surprisingly durable squeaker toy that fits in very well with this month's theme.  I think Neeko and Faolan will very much enjoy playing with this.  It has the texture and squeaker that they both love.







America's Vet Dogs Dog Treats.  Approximate retail value $6.00.  I have purchased these treats before, and my dogs LOVE them.  These soft treats are made by Bil-Jac, and support America's Vet Dogs, an organization that provides various types of assistance/service dogs to disabled veterans.  These treats are slightly larger than a typical training treat, and my dogs go nuts for them.




U.S. Army Bear Recruit Toy.  Approximate retail value $7.95.  Super cute plush toy.  Unfortunately, I do not think it is quite durable enough for my particular dogs.  I know many veterans with dogs, and I am thinking that one of these dogs might enjoy this toy and play with it appropriately, so it will be gifted to them.






As usual, I am impressed with PetGiftBox.  The price compared to the value is unbeatable.  I love how they include products which help out other organizations.  Have you tried PetGiftBox yet?

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

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Homemade Chicken Treats for Dogs

easy homemade dog treats

I love making treats for my dogs.  I know what the ingredients are, where they are sourced from, and how they are prepared.  My dogs LOVE anything homemade too.

I have posted about dehydrating chicken hearts in the past, but then I did whole hearts.  This method works better for me for a variety of reasons.  By removing all fat, I eliminated the greasiness, and reduced the risk of them going rancid.  The smaller size means they can be easily used as training treats, and meant a much quicker dehydrating time.

The Process

1.  Using sharp kitchen shears, cut the fat cap off each heart, then cut each heart in half lengthwise. (I      saved the fat caps to be fed to my dogs as part of a meal.)

dehydrating chicken hearts for dogs, easy homemade dog treats

2.  Arrange pieces in a single layer on dehydrator sheet.

dehydrator dog treats

3.  Plug dehydrator in, and let it work it's magic.  It took my simple Presto Dehydrator five hours to         completely dehydrate the chicken heart pieces.


4.  Let cool, give to your dog, and watch her enjoy!


As with all homemade treats, I recommend storing these in the refrigerator, as they contain no preservatives.  As mentioned, removing all fat reduces the risk of them going rancid.  Another benefit of removing the fat cap is that there was no smell detected in my house during the dehydrating process.

I find satisfaction in making a wholesome training treat that my dogs are willing to work hard for.  If you enjoy making meaty treats for your dog, I highly suggest getting a dehydrator!