Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Senior Cats Benefiting From #AvoDermNatural

My cats, or "my girls" as I like to refer to them as, are both considered senior cats.  Senior cats...How did that happen?!?  Juice turned 10 two months ago, and Noelle will be 10 next month.  It just seems weird to say that I have senior pets.

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My original goal during our six week feeding trial was just to see how Juice did on AvoDerm Natural®.  But both girls eat at the same time, from the same dish, so they both were able to enjoy it's deliciousness.  

Are you interested in what ingredients go into your pet's food?  I sure am.

I have tried multiple times to switch my girls to a raw diet like my dogs eat, but they won't have much to do with most of it.  Because of this, I focus on feeding them high quality, grain-free kibbles and canned food.

Noelle can be a picky eater, refusing to eat something if it doesn't please her picky palate.  Juice can be a puker, leaving a small pile of cat vomit for me to clean up if something does not sit right on her stomach.  Fortunately, I did not encounter either of these problems with AvoDerm Natural.

"Hey lady!  This food dish will not fill itself!"
Look at that shine on Noelle!!  Her fur has remained silky, soft, and so, so shiny.  I am sure this is due partly to the inclusion of superfood avocados in the food.  On a side note, does anyone else have a difficult time photographing black animals?

Both girls eagerly ate it up, and often purred while doing so.  Against all advice, I didn't transition the girls to this food, but switched them cold-turkey (no pun intended), and they did absolutely fine.  No vomiting, no stinky litterbox problems.

I love that this food is grain free, and made in the USA.  Their Revolving Menu for dogs allows dog owners to vary proteins in order to help avoid dog food allergies.  Purchase AvoDerm HERE.

Ah, Juice.  Juice has always been a bit heavy, while Noelle has always been slim and sleek.  In fact, one of my nicknames for Juice is "chunky butt."  Juice gained no weight while on this food.

"I'll just help myself.  K, thanks."
Juice also has a tendency to be lazy, and sometimes develops a bit of pinkness around her eyes and on her belly.  I have not been able to isolate a particular food or ingredient that causes this.  I went into this food trial confident that AvoDerm Natural would not exacerbate this problem, and could potentially help it.

I was right.  Juice has not had any increased pinkness around her eyes or on her abdomen.  I also believe her energy and activity levels have increased.

I don't keep many things on the mantle, because Noelle frequently jumps up there.  I very rarely see Juice up there, as it is five feet high, and well, Juice is a lazy chunk.  I have been pleasantly surprised to find her up there much more often recently.

I have written about how much I love avocados, and their benefits, and am happy to be able to offer them to my kitties in a highly palatable, nutritious kibble, from a company that is transparent in the formulation and creation of their products.

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Do you have senior pets?  What do you look for in their food?

Monday, November 23, 2015

November 2015 BarkBox Review

I am a BarkBox subscriber.  I am not asked nor encouraged to do these reviews.

We received our November BarkBox last week!  Reviews of previous and/or current BarkBoxes can be read HERE.

BarkBox no longer seems to have a theme with each month.

The Goods

Sawmill Creek Smokehouse Pig Ears.  Approximate retail value $1.40 each.  I know pig ears can cause GI upset in some dogs, but my dogs LOVE them, and have no problem with them.  The only problem here is that there are only two of them, and I have three dogs.  These are USA mad and sourced.

BarkMade Johnny Apple Seek Toy.  I am sure most have seen the unfortunate story of the dog who died after his tongue was suctioned to a toy.  This toy only has the one opening, and it suctioned itself to my palm.  It is going in the trash.  I am very disappointed that BarkBox sent this out.

Nature's Bits Bison Treats.  Approximate retail value $8.99.  We have received treats from this company in the past, and they were a hit.  These are oven-baked soft treats made with bison, apples, and peaches, among other ingredients.  They are made and sourced in the USA.  I am quite sure my dogs will enjoy them.

PetSafe Hive toy.  Treat or kibble dispensing toy with smalllish openings at either end.  This is a good-sized toy, but it does not feel particularly sturdy.  I will feel confident in either gifting this or donating it to the shelter, so that a dog appropriate for it can enjoy it.

Holiday Hamwich Treats.  Grain-free, honey baked ham biscuit type treats.  These treats contain relatively simple ingredients and are made in the USA.  I know for a fact Bruce will love these, as they fit all the criteria for his favorite treats-crunchy, meaty, and yeast-free!

I am not terribly impressed with this month's box.  The single opening toy is very disappointing to me.  I know all toys should be supervised, but accidents happen.  

To try BarkBox for yourself, and receive a free box with your subscription, click HERE.

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Black & White Sunday

This girl.  So regal, elegant.

We had a taste of winter yesterday.  About 1" of snow fell, but melted soon after.  Folks an hour north of me received 5+ inches of snow, and theirs stuck around.  It's cold today, high of about 30 F, but sunny and beautiful.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

November 2015 Pet Gift Box Review and Coupon Code

This month's Pet Gift Box arrived earlier this week, and as always, I was excited.  November and December are my favorite months of the year, because they include my birthday, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.  I love everything associated with the holidays.

Use coupon code "myrottendogs" to save 25% off your first Pet Gift Box.

To read about previous and/or current Pet Gift Boxes, click HERE.

Not surprisingly, this month's theme is Thanksgiving.

The Goods

Approximate retail value $9.49.  One ingredient-dehydrated sweet potatoes.  Perfect for the Thanksgiving theme, these treats look appealing to me.  These treats are made in the USA, and according to the package, sweet potatoes have the highest percentage of Vitamins A and C, folate, iron, copper, and calcium of any vegetable.  I did not know this.  I am pleased with these, and will offer them to my dogs as part of Thanksgiving festivities.

Grrigles Tom the Turkey.  Approximate retail value $12.49.  This company makes some seriously cute toys.  There was a pumpkin from them in last month's box.  Adorable, festive, medium-sized plush toy with a squeaker.  Not durable enough for my particular dogs, but I know several other dogs it would be appropriate for.

Weruva Pumpkin Patch Up.  Approximate retail value $1.25.  Pureed pumpkin as a dietary supplement for cats or dogs.  I have written briefly about the benefits of pumpkin.  It contains fiber, supports gut motility, etc.  This is another perfect item for the Thanksgiving theme. I will likely give each of my dogs some of this for their Thanksgiving dinner, though none of them have an GI issues.

Dog Days Treats Turkey Breast Jerky.  Another perfect item for this month's box.  Single ingredient-turkey!  My dogs go nuts for any dehydrated meat treat, and I am sure these will be no exception.  Another thing that is great about these is that they are sourced and made in the USA.  

Mirage Pet Products Holiday Bow Tie.  Approximate retail value $10.71.  Cute bow tie, but the colors seem to fit better with Halloween, to me.  The size is adjustable, and it has clip.  I can see Faolan rocking this for sure.

I am very pleased with this month's Pet Gift Box. Two quality treats, a supplemental food item, a cute toy, and some gear.  I look forward to celebrating Thanksgiving with my dogs with the help of Pet Gift Box.

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Naughty or Nice, All Dogs Deserve #BLUESantaSnacks

I consider my dogs members of my family, and if you're reading this, you probably consider yours
family, too.  Just like human family members, they sometimes struggle with making it onto the "Nice
List" as Christmas approaches.  Instead of sugarplums, they dream of healthy dog treats, including BLUE™ Santa Snacks, which make perfect stocking stuffers for dogs.

This post is sponsored by Blue Buffalo and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about BLUE Santa Snacks, but My Rotten Dogs only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Blue Buffalo is not responsible for the content of this article.

Are my dogs naughty or nice?  It depends on the dog, and the day...

Neeko is mostly nice.
Neeko is on the nice list.  She is gentle, a good listener (most of the time), and generally well-behaved.

Seeing as how Neeko is typically nice, I took her to Petsmart with me, in search of BLUE Santa Snacks.  I love Christmas, and everything associated with it.  I buy gifts for my dogs and the dogs belonging to my friends and family members.

The treats were easy to find, in their own display at the front of the store!  Neeko was more than happy to help me shop for them.  BLUE Santa Snacks can also be found online on the Petsmart website.


Faolan is also likely to make it on the nice list.  He is a sweet, happy-go-lucky, sociable boy, who listens most of the time.  He does have occasional moments of naughtiness, though.  His naughtiness typically inspires laughter in me.  He is looking forward to some BLUE Santa Snacks in his stocking.

BLUE Santa Snacks are healthy dog treats made with natural ingredients to celebrate the holidays and our special connection with our dogs.  And they smell delicious!

They are baked in fun, festive shapes, which I find absolutely adorable.  BLUE Santa Snacks are baked with oatmeal and cinnamon, and other high quality, natural ingredients.


Oh Bruce.  Anyone who reads here with any regularity knows that Bruce will be on the naughty list.  He just can't help it.  But his moments of niceness are incredibly sweet, and I love when he has them.
Bruce is well aware he is on the naughty list.  And because of this, he is not expecting any BLUE Santa Snacks from Santa.  So he decided to help himself to some, showing just how naughty he really is...

The smell of cinnamon, pumpkin, oatmeal and other delicious ingredients proved too much for him to resist, and his true naughtiness came through as he quickly knocked the basket over and snatched a bag for himself.  While I wouldn't recommend feeding a dog an entire bag of treats, I am not too concerned that he ate it, seeing as BLUE Santa Snacks are yeast-free, and made with quality ingredients.

These limited edition, holiday-themed treats make the perfect gift or stocking stuffer for the dogs in your life!

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Are your dogs naughty or nice?  Are you planning on buying them gifts for the upcoming holidays?

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Black & White Sunday


By this time the last three years, there has already been at least one snowfall here.  No such luck yet this year.  High of 62 F today, and sunshine.

I took this turd to the Great Indy Pet Expo yesterday.  We had a great time, he drew quite the crowd, and came home exhausted.

After he and I left, a wonderful friend of mine, who is director of animal welfare for a nearby county, called me.  The executive director of Indigo Mountain Nature Center will be in central Indiana for a seminar at Wolf Park, and will be staying with my friend.  She wants us to get together for dinner.

Indigo Mountain is a sanctuary in Colorado for bears, wolfdogs, and cats, and provides educational outreach as well.  I'm pretty excited.