Sunday, March 1, 2015

Black & White Sunday: Happy Birthday Neeko

Today is the princess's fifth birthday.  Where has the time gone?  My beautiful, funny, pushy, bratty girl has given me so much.


Just for fun, a crappy phone photo of her the night she came home.

It's hard to believe she was ever so little.

Happy birthday, sweet girl!




Saturday, February 28, 2015

February 2015 Expenses

It's the end of the month., and I have calculated my expenses for the previous month. Some months the numbers are low, others are a bit much.  Previous posts about expenses can give one an idea about how much it costs to care for three large dogs in the Midwest.

I do these posts for a few reasons.  I have seen a few other bloggers do them, and it is a good way for me to keep track and be accountable for dog related expenses.  Also, it is a fairly accurate example of the costs associated with caring for three large dogs.  Some argue that raw is expensive, but in my opinion and experience, it is no more expensive than feeding a good quality kibble


February 2015 Expenses

Food-$344.84
Health-$302.90
Treats/Toys-$40.00

Total-$705.74

Ouch.  Last month was relatively inexpensive, so this more than makes up for it.  Ouch...again.

Food was a large order from My Pet Carnivore, and some I and Love and You dehydrated raw.  From MPC we got beef tripe, lamb tripe, lamb hearts, beef kidney and liver, and a blend of bison tripe, lung and gullet.

Health expenses were the cost of Bruce's annual wellness visit with blood work, his prescription, and a heartworm test for Neeko.

Treats/toys was the PetBox.  I swear I am going to cancel it eventually.

Fortunately, most months are not remotely this expensive, and I count on having months like this once in a while.   

Thursday, February 26, 2015

February 2015 BarkBox Review

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

This month's theme is Mardi Gras, so the items have a Cajun, festive feel to them.


The Goods

Gulpy Pet Water Dispenser.  Approximate retail value $7.62.  I have actually purchased a larger version of this in the past.  Clever idea, and can be looped on a belt or tossed in a bag (it has a leak-proof valve) to be hands free.  Take the water with you!  My only complaint is that this one only holds 10 ounces, which is one large drink for any of my dogs.




Etta Says Chicken Pot Pie Little Bitz.  Approximate retail value $12.29.  I am a fan of this company.  These treats are small, soft, starch-based treats that are made in the USA.  They are yeast-free, and though the ingredient list is longer than I prefer, all ingredients are decent.  I am always on the lookout for soft treats that can be used as training treats, and these fit the bill.



Delca Jester Ball.  Approximate retail value $9.00.  Cute squeaky toy that works really well for the Mardi Gras theme.  Unfortunately, it does not feel durable enough to stand up to my dogs.








Petsafe Catfish Po' Boy Dog Treats.  Approximate retail value $7.  While I am sure these are stinky and that my dogs will LOVE them, I do not understand the need for liquid smoke in a dog treat.  Though that one ingredient is concerning to me, I will be offering these soft treats to my dogs.





Aussie Naturals Salmon Cigar Half Skin.  Approximate retail value $3.99.  A dehydrated salmon skin rolled into a cylindrical shape.  I know my dogs will love this, and I can picture all three of them scent-rolling on it.  The main question is-which dog gets to enjoy it??






Overall I am pleased with this month's BarkBox.  Two different soft treats that I am confident all of my dogs will enjoy, a practical water holder, a cute toy (that we cannot use) and a single ingredient bonus treat/chew.  To try BarkBox for yourself and save 10% off your order, click HERE.

I am a BarkBox subscriber.  I am not asked, nor encouraged to do these reviews.  All opinions are my own.