Friday, April 21, 2017

Changes



I have been a bad blogger. Bad about reading other blogs, bad about updating this one. Hopefully this will change soon.

I won't go into all the nitty gritty details, but I have been alone since the first of the year. I kept the animals, bought the house and the property.

I am getting used to new routines, responsibilities. I am not complaining in the least, just lots of changes.

I work full time. I am the sole and full time caregiver/keeper of three dogs, two cats, some chickens, a house, and seven acres. (That's a lot of yard work.) My stepfather has pretty much been in the hospital for two months straight, and has had two open heart surgeries. Fortunately he seems to finally be on the mend.

I have a new budget, new furniture, new priorities. My pets are still at the top.

Change is good, growth is good. My dogs have adapted to the change well, largely because I have always been 99% responsible for them. They have been a source of consistency for me, and I am truly grateful.

I have a wonderful family, wonderful friends. They have been nothing but supportive of me.

Winter has turned into Spring. Life goes on, and I am looking forward to it.


Thursday, March 30, 2017

My Rotten Cats - Instinct Raw Boost Mixers #ChewyInfluencer

I admit it, my cats don't eat a full raw diet.

I feed them high quality kibble and canned (which probably costs more than a raw diet.) They will eat some raw, but it is rare, and they have to be in the mood for it.

Like dogs, cats can benefit from some form of raw, and a variety of proteins in their diet. To me it seems easier to offer dogs "exotic" proteins, whether in the form of raw, kibble, or canned.

Our friends at Chewy.com sent the girls some Instinct Raw Boost Mixers to try out, in their rabbit formula.



To me, this accomplished two things - it offers the girls a form of raw, and provides them with an "exotic" protein.

These contain rabbit, pork liver, pork heart, and a variety of produce, and are designed to "mirror your cat's ideal ancestral diet."

They are freeze-dried nuggets of goodness. At first I thought they would be too big for my cats' mouths, but Juice and Noelle have had no problems chomping them down.


They are meant to be fed in addition to your cat's normal diet, but I do offer these stand alone on occasion. TIP - add warm water to them to ensure your cat stays adequately hydrated. (I know I am always pushing hydration in cats.)


My girls are definitely enjoying them. These are dual purpose in my house, as they also make wonderful training treats for the dogs!

Instinct RawBoost Mixers are a convenient way to add some raw to you kitty's diet.

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

Thursday, March 23, 2017

My Rotten Cats: Taste of the Wild Rocky Moutain Feline #ChewyInfluencer

I feed my girls Juice and Noelle canned food daily. I do this for a few reasons. Canned food contains much more moisture than kibble, which is so important to cats. Cats do not have much of a thirst mechanism, so need to get plenty of moisture in their food. Another reason is because canned food is generally considered less processed than kibble. If I can't feed them raw, I am going to feed them high quality.

The girls were provided with some Taste of the Wild Rocky Mountain Feline canned cat food by our friends at Chewy.com.

Juice looks thrilled.

Prior to switching my dogs to raw, Taste of the Wild was a regular in their dog food rotation. It is also a food I regularly recommend when friends are looking to feed their dogs a better food.

My kitties have little experience with Taste of the Wild. So I was excited to be able to offer them this food. 

Like all Taste of the Wild products, Rocky Mountain Feline canned food is grain free. Like all canned foods, it contains a great deal of moisture, in the forms of chicken and fish broth. This is a good thing in my opinion. It's first ingredient is salmon, and it also includes chicken, chicken livers, and venison. I can talk until I am blue in the face about cats being obligate carnivores. They require meat protein in order to survive. This product contains a good deal of it.


As I previously mentioned, moisture/water is exceptionally important to kitties. I am always looking for ways to get my cats to drink more water.

One of the ways I get my cats to drink more water is to pour water over their canned/wet food. This adds more moisture, and they are more likely to drink it because it takes on the flavor of the food it was poured over.

Look at her cute little tongue.
Juice (and Noelle) are enjoying this nightly currently. No noted refusal, and they always lick the bowl or plate clean. This is a top quality food with a good deal of meat that is grain free. The kitties are happy, and I am too.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Help Senior Dogs and #StandUp4Shelters with Stella & Chewy's



Neeko, Bruce, and Faolan are hoping you will join them this month and #StandUp4Shelters.

Throughout the entire month of March, Stella & Chewy's are donating $1 of their food, up to $20,000 to The Grey Muzzle Organization, and you can help!

"The Grey Muzzle Organization improves the lives of at-risk senior dogs by providing funding and resources to animal shelters, rescue organizations, sanctuaries, and other non-profit groups nationwide."


 How to participate

  • Take a photo of your dog or cat "standing up."
  • Post it publicly to social media - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.
  • Be sure to include #StandUp4Shelters and tag @stellaandchewys.
I lured all three of my dogs in the standing position using Stella & Chewy's Meal Mixers as treats!

If your dog or cat has physical issues that could cause pain or you have other concerns please do not encourage your dog or cat into a position that is uncomfortable for them. Instead, please take a photo with your dog or cat that you feel comfortable with and share that picture, using the same hashtag and tag.

This is a fun campaign to participate, and benefits the lives of senior dogs. Now that two of my dogs are considered seniors, I appreciate groups like this more than ever. It takes minimal time, and makes a difference!



This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Stella & Chewy's. The opinions and text are all mine.