Sunday, April 26, 2015

Black & White Sunday-Happy Gotcha Day Bruce

Four years ago today, Bruce was officially adopted.  He came from a local rescue group, an owner surrender to a local Humane Society.  Though he is a rescue, I do know his lineage.

Bruce and I have had our fair share of ups and downs, but I often talk about how much he has taught me over these last few years.  Fortunately, we experience many more ups than downs nowadays.

He is labile, has fear aggression, resource guards, is incredibly strong, and overreacts.  But he is also funny, affectionate, smart, and very obedient at times.

He has changed the way I think, and has taught me that patience, love, and consistency are key.

Happy Gotcha Day, big boy!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

April 2015 BarkBox Review

Our April BarkBox came earlier this week!  Reviews of previous and/or current BarkBoxes can be read HERE.

This month's theme is Spring Bark, with a Spring and/or vacation feel to the items-strawberries, flowers, lamb, Easter Island, etc.

The Goods

Nature's Bits Oven Baked Soft Treats.  Approximate retail value $6.64.  Grain, gluten, and yeast-free treats that are made and sourced in the US.  Nice!  These are salmon-based, and contain strawberries and sweet potatoes, all items that my dogs like. These are not as soft as typical "soft" treats, but they are definitely not biscuits.  I have never heard of this company, but am happy to have received these.

BarkMade Flowers Bouquet.  Retail value $14.00.  This is quite cute, containing four individual flower toys. The flower portion of each toy is crinkly, and two of them have squeakers.  Unfortunately they do feel durable enough for my dogs, but I know some dogs who will certainly enjoy this.

Etta Says 7" Crunchy Elk Chew.  Approximate retail value $3.00.  My dogs LOVE Etta Says products!  I don't believe any of them have ever had anything containing elk, so this is exciting to me.  I know this will be much enjoyed by the lucky dog I choose to give it to.

PetProjekt Squeaki Tiki.  Approximate retail value $12.99.  Cute, soft, squeaky toy depicting an Easter Island Moai.  It is approximately 12", and made of non-toxic materials.  It doesn't feel incredibly durable, but I think Neeko and Faolan will enjoy supervised play with this.  

Sojos Simply Lamb Treats.  Approximate retail value $8.74.  My dogs (and myself) are huge fans of Sojos.  These treats are 100% raw, freeze-dried lamb.  My dogs are willing to work extra hard for treats like these, and I am very happy to have received them.

I am quite pleased with this month's BarkBox.  The toys are nice, even if my personal dogs won't be allowed to destroy play with one of them.  Both bags of treats are great, and I know the chew will be loved.  To get a FREE BarkBox with any plan purchase, click HERE.

I am a BarkBox subscriber.  I am not asked to do BarkBox reviews.

Monday, April 20, 2015

My Dog is an Opportunistic Ass

This post was supposed to be a review of the Merrick Power Bites we received from  But Bruce had other plans.

I took this photo.

I then made the mistake of leaving the room for a couple of minutes.  Stupid me left Bruce unattended with treats.  I know, I know.  I am sure anyone can guess what occurred.

I walked in on him finishing off the bag of treats.

That's residual paint on his paw.  It's a long story.  He's an ass. Read his tag.
He helped himself to the ENTIRE bag of treats.

Suffice to say, big boy enjoyed these.  Though I would have preferred that he had not eaten the entire bag.  They are small, soft treats that are salmon-based.  I am sure they were delicious to him.  Knowing Bruce, he would have eaten them all even if they weren't, because that is his MO.  If he has the slightest inclination that he is not supposed to have something or do something, that makes him want to have or do it even more.  He truly is a difficult dog, and after four years one would think that I'd have figured this out.  His resource guarding only makes everything more difficult.  But I love him.

Anyways, Bruce gave these treats four paws up.  They contain decent ingredients, and I am quite sure they would have come in handy as training treats for all three dogs if only Bruce knew how to share.

Live and learn.  Again.

Saturday, April 18, 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.

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

Useful links:

How **I** Feed Raw

Raw Feeding Resources

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Get the Party Started with Pooch Party Packs-Review and Coupon Code

Pooch Party Packs is a monthly subscription box service for dogs, which everyone knows I am addicted to...

Pooch Party Packs is a family owned business whose goal is to provide treats, toys, and other dog-related products to busy families.  No worries about shopping, just open the box!

It is easy to sign up-select your dog's size, and choose a plan.  Plans start at $29.99 per month.

COUPON CODE-Save 20% now through May 10 with the code "MOTHER20"

Pooch Party Packs is also running a giveaway with three winners.  Enter HERE.

I received the April Pooch Party Pack today!

One thing I immediately noticed is that no space was wasted in the box.

The Goods

JW Pet Darwin the Frog.  Approximate retail value $12.06.  Super cute, heavy, squeaky frog toy made of certified non-toxic natural rubber.  I am typically impressed with toys from this company, and this one seems like it will not be an exception.  These types of toys are Neeko's favorites, so I know she will love it.

Superior Farms Venison Ear Nik Knack.  Approximate retail value $5.93.  A nice sized, dehydrated venison ear.  Neeko has already enjoyed this, and LOVED it.  I was quite happy to receive this-an all natural, single ingredient chew, in one of my dogs' favorite proteins.

Doghouse Biscuits Little Bitty Cheese Bones.  Unknown value.  Five (yay!)  ingredient biscuits made by a small US company.  These contain whole wheat flour, cheddar cheese, vegetable oil, parsley flakes, and garlic powder.  I'd eat them.  I am certain all three dogs will like these, and I like that they are from a small business.

KONG Aqua Knot Seal Toy.  Approximate retail value $13.99.  I like pretty much everything KONG makes.  This is an adorable, minimally stuffed toy, that has knotted rope inside.  I certainly appreciate the minimal stuffing.  This toy will work well for gentle games of tug with both Neeko and Faolan.

Neeko enjoying a venison ear from this month's Pooch Party Packs box. Full review coming tonight on the blog!
Posted by My Rotten Dogs on Thursday, April 16, 2015

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