Sunday, July 27, 2014

Black & White Sunday

Last Sunday was National Ice Cream Day.  Bruce rarely gets to go on adventures outside the house, so we decided to take him with us to Ritter's to get some ice cream.  He obviously enjoyed it.

Saturday, July 26, 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

Thursday, July 24, 2014

12 Paws Up for PawPack! (PawPack Review)

Soooo...I am slightly addicted to dog subscription boxes.  But it's ok, we all have our guilty pleasures.

PawPack is a recently introduced subscription box, aimed at providing high quality, all natural treats, toys, and grooming products for dogs and cats.  The boxes can be customized, or a complete surprise.

I LOVE that 10 percent of their proceeds go to the care of rescued animals.  That's pretty awesome.

PawPack generously sent us a box of goodies with some of the awesome products they offer.

The Goods

Planet Dog Orbee Tuff Double Tuff toys.  Chew toys that can be easily stuffed with peanut butter, ground meat, or canned food.  What dog owner doesn't love this type of toy?  Not only that, they smell deliciously minty!

Ore Pet Fetch! toy.  A seriously funny canvas toy with a squeaker in it.  Doesn't seem super tough, so it probably won't hold up to my crew.  But it is really unique, and I am trying to choose which dog that I know who would enjoy this the most.  

Jax and Bones Good Karma Turtle.  Jax and Bones rope toys are some of Neeko's favorite toys.  Ever.  I am super excited about this, as is the princess.  These toys are all cute, and incredibly durable.  Like other toys, it should be played with under supervision.

Ore Pet Bag Clip.  It's a heavy duty bag clip, with a hole in the middle.  While I won't use this for kibble, I can think of plenty of other uses for it.  I'll probably put it on a bag of pretzels to start.  There's no shame in my game.  A magnet on the back would be awesome, and I think I am going to glue one on to it.

New Angle Gulpy Pet Water Dispenser.  We actually used to have a product similar to this, and it is a great idea for small dogs or dogs who don't drink 24 ounces of water at once (Bruce...)

A belt can be rant through the hole, or a carabiner attached to it for hands-free carrying.

Cloud Star Original Soft & Chewy Buddy Biscuits.  Small, soft treats that are made with peanut butter.  Three important (in my dogs' opinions) criteria met when it comes to treats.  These are yeast free, so even big Bruce can enjoy them.  And picky turd Faolan has already proven that these please his palate, so they are a win-win.

True Chews Chicken Premium Jerky Cuts.  Chicken jerky that is made in the US, so I am comfortable giving it.  These types of dehydrated meat treats always go over well, and I am sure that these will be no exception.  These treats can be cut with scissors to make them stretch even farther, or to be used as training treats.

Harry Barker Natural Refreshing Spray.  A between bath refreshing spray that is said to leave the coat feeling silky.  While I am not a huge fan of the scent, Les likes it, so it is a personal preference.  Knowing what he would do, I sprayed some on the rug to watch Faolan scent-roll on it.  Watching him scent-roll is always entertaining, and it typically means that he really likes the scent of something.

SnoutStik.  Chapstick-sized tube of nose balm for dogs.  The ingredients are good, and it smells good, so it is very hard for me not to try this on my lips.  This will come in handy in the winter, if any pups get dry nose.  I am thinking it would also work well on dry, cracked winter paws.  

Happy Tails Ear Wipes.  These lavender scented pads are made in the US, and designed to gently cleanse a dog's outer ear.  I always wipe out Neeko and Faolan's outer ears after they have been swimming, and will start using these pads to do so.  

Round Tree Organics Doggie Bar.  This vegan soap, with organic ingredients, smells amazing.  The label states it is gentle enough to use on your body, hair, and face, and I will probably do so.  Sorry, doggies, but I think I am keeping this one for myself.  There is just something so pampering about yummy smelling, good soap.

I am very impressed to the selection of products that PawPack sent us.  Most of them we have either never heard of or never used, which is great because I really enjoy trying out and learning about new products for my dogs.  There was a nice variety of toys, treats, grooming, and miscellaneous products, all of which seem to be very high quality.

PawPack subscriptions start at $32 per month, with free shipping.  International shipping is available for $5.  Check out PawPack online, on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  Tell them Rebekah from My Rotten Dogs sent you!

Do you subscribe to any dog or human subscription boxes? What is your favorite?

Disclaimer-I was provided with a complimentary PawPack.  All opinions are strictly my own.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Homemade Summer Squash and Zucchini Dog Treats

This time of year, many people, including myself, have zucchini and summer squash coming out of their ears.  I was making yet another loaf of zucchini bread when I thought to myself "I can make dog treats out of this!"

Zucchini and squash are both safe for dogs, and many dogs seem to enjoy them.  I tasted these treats myself after making them, and actually enjoyed them.  My dogs LOVED them, as they do anything homemade.

The Ingredients
  • 2.5 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 small zucchini, shredded
  • 1 small summer squash, shredded
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (optional)
  • 3 strips cooked bacon, crumbled (optional)
  • Other optional additions-chopped Brazil nuts, dried cranberries. 
Two squashes or two zucchinis can also be used, as opposed to one of each.
The Process

I had the bacon leftover from human breakfast, which is why I used it.

Cube squash and zucchini, and shred using a food processor, or grate using a cheese grater. 

 I know what went on with these vegetables during the growing process, so I left the skin on.  If you are not comfortable doing that, they are easily peeled using a potato peeler.

Combine all ingredients, and mix well.  Turn dough out on floured work surface (I am a huge fan of using parchment paper for this), and add more flour if dough seems wet or sticky.  

Roll out to approximately 1/2" thickness, and flour the cookie cutters.  Cut into desired shapes. Place cut cookies on parchment-lined or greased cookie sheet, and roll out remaining dough.  Repeat.

Place cookies in 350 F oven, and bake for 20 minutes.  After 20 minutes, flip the cookies over, and bake for additional 20 minutes.  After 40 total minutes of baking time, turn the oven off and leave the cookies in there for another 20 minutes.  Remove and let cool.

The finished product.
Like other homemade goodies, I store these in the fridge or freezer.  

It's a great way to use up the bumper crop of summer squash and zucchini, and treat your dogs at the same time!