Saturday, October 18, 2014

October 2014 BarkBox Review

We received our October BarkBox this week!  Reviews of the current and/or previous BarkBoxes can be read HERE.

The Goods

Hare of the Dog Rabbit Jerky.  Unknown retail value.  Small piece of 100% rabbit jerky.  Jerky is always a big hit here, and rabbit is an unusual protein for us.  I am sure it will be well appreciated, I only wish it were larger.

Max & Ruffy's Pumpkin Patch Dog Treats.  Approximate retail value of $10.27.  Vegan dog treats that are also soy, corn, and wheat free.  Unfortunately, I do not see these going over well with my dogs, so I will gift or donate them.  We have received other treats from this company in the past that were moderately well received.

Sniky Snaks Cinnamon Crunch Bar.  Approximate retail value $3.13.  It's like a granola bar for dogs.  Based on the ingredients, I am tempted to eat it...

Dublin Dog Rip Van Fetcher. Approximate retail value $12.00.  My favorite thing in this month's box.  A durable rubber toy that floats, bounces, and has a hole for stuffing treats in it.  Neeko adores these types of toys, and I cannot wait to give it to her alone, while under supervision.  It is creepy and cute!

Butchers's Block Doggie Beef Chew.  Unknown retail value.  A made in the USA tendon type chew.  These are always appreciated.

Flash & Glow Ball.  Approximate retail value $7.99.  We have one of these, and they are much fun.  They light up and flash for several seconds after hitting the ground.  Good for supervised night time fun.

This month's BarkBox was alright.  Not spectacular, but I am not disappointed.  To try BarkBox for yourself, and save 10% off your order, click HERE.

I am a BarkBox subscriber.  I am not asked or encouraged to do these reviews.  All opinions are strictly my own.

Friday, October 17, 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

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Homemade Pumpkin Dog Treats

'Tis Fall.  Fall and Winter make me and my dogs happy.  It is the season of boots, sweaters, apples...and pumpkin everything!  Pumpkin pie, lattes, butter, bread, you name it.

Most dogs enjoy pumpkin, and it has some benefits for them, including:
  • Digestive support-the fiber in pumpkin can help temporary/situational diarrhea and constipation.
  • Immune health-pumpkin contains beta carotene and antioxidants that can promote a healthy immune system.
I decided to whip up some easy pumpkin dog treats (biscuits/cookies) for my pups, so that they could enjoy some seasonal goodness, using some Fruitables canned pumpkin.

The Ingredients
  • 1/2 can of pumpkin (regular canned pumpkin can be substituted, but NOT pumpkin pie filling.)
  • 1.5 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
The Process

Combine all ingredients and mix well.  It makes a heavy dough.  Flour your work surface and rolling pin.  Roll out dough to approximately 1/4" thickness.  Use cookie cutter to cut into desired shapes.  Preheat oven to 350 F.  Place cookies on cookie sheet, and bake for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, flip cookies using spatula.  Cook additional 20 minutes, then turn oven off, leaving cookies in oven for additional 20 minutes.  Cookies will be in oven a total of 60 minutes.  Remove from oven, let cool, and watch your dogs enjoy them!

What is your favorite flavor of Fall?  Do your dogs enjoy pumpkin?

This pumpkin for this post was provided by Fruitables, but Fruitables is not responsible for the content.