Sunday, May 20, 2018

Letting Your Bird Spread it's Wings with The Aviator Harness and Leash #ChewyInfluencer

Until recently I did not that harnesses designed to allow pet birds to fly and explore the outdoors existed. The Aviator bird harness and leash does just that.

The Aviator is available in 8 sizes, designed to fit birds as small as parakeets, and up to as large as chickens, macaws, ducks, and geese, and every size bird in between, including parrots.

Our friends at sent us a harness for chickens, sized XXL.

My birds typically free range most of the time, but recently they have not. I am temporarily housing some pigs for my neighbors, and I am not sure how the pigs would react to a chicken in their pen, so my girls have been confined to their "run" area most of the time. They definitely miss the grass, bugs, and weeds.

I'm not going to lie, I am getting attached to the 4 pigs staying with us. The dogs are even getting used to them!

The aviator comes with the harness and leash as a one piece system, with the harness being 10 feet long, and extensions are available.

It includes a 45 minute instructional DVD, with information on fitting the harness, and safety tips. If sized and fitted appropriately, it is escape-proof.

After watching the DVD, I decided to try it out first on my adult Rhode Island Red, as she is a champion free ranger.

harness for chicken, harness for parrot, harness for parakeet, harness for duck

It took her several minutes to get used to it at first. Have you ever seen a cat in a harness? They sometimes flop over and are completely motionless and helpless. That was her initial reaction. It was honestly quite funny.

After a few minutes, she decided she was fine with it, and took to scratching, pecking, and eating vegetation and bugs, happier than a pig in ...

I had to keep up with her! Any sort of tension on the harness caused her to fall over and become helpless, so I ensured we kept a loose leash. My dogs love to pull, my chickens not so much.

Now your chicken can safely cross the road!!
(Sorry, I couldn't resist)

chicken harness, harness for chicken, chicken on a leash

This is actually a brilliant product. I have put it to good use during this time when I am not allowing my birds to free range, and it is a fun way to take a chicken on a walk, although the chicken gets to lead the way.

It is perfect for those with indoor pet birds who wish to allow their pets to experience the outdoors, and potentially flight, in a safe manner.

It is very important to watch the included DVD, and make sure the harness is fitted properly prior to use.

We are having quite a bit of fun with it here at my house, and I am certain my neighbors are laughing at me, but I'm ok with that.

Leashes and harnesses aren't just for dogs.

My Rotten Dogs is a Chewy Influencer. All opinions are strictly my own. 

Friday, April 20, 2018

My Rotten Cats - Weruva Cats in the Kitchen Pouches #ChewyInfluencer

I know, you have heard it from me a million times; cats need wet food. I often repeat myself regarding this. And I will continue to do so, because moisture is so important in a cat's diet.

Our friends at sent Juice and Noelle a variety pack of Weruva Cats in the Kitchen pouches and I was more than happy to accepts. Because, you know, I am a fanatic about giving cats raw or wet food.

The variety pack contains 12 pouches, 2 each of 6 different flavors, all fish or poultry based, though 1 does contain beef.

What I like about these pouches:

  • They have a high moisture content.
  • They have limited, simple ingredients - water, named meats, (gluten-free) tapioca starch as a thickener, sunflower seed oil as a fat, and vitamins.
  • My cats love them, and eat them with gusto.

I am comfortable and confident feeding these to my girls. 

One (minor) thing I didn't like is the consistency and packaging of the product made it difficult to get all of the food out of the pouch without cutting it, which isn't very convenient. I feel as though 10% or more of each pouch is wasted, because it is stuck in the pouch. 

Do your cats enjoy wet food?  Let us know in the comments!

Thursday, April 19, 2018


Hi all! We are still here, still alive. I figure 2.5 months is a long blogging hiatus to take for the time being. I have been active on Facebook and Instagram if you want to follow us there for more updates.

I figure it's time for an update on how things are around here.

Spring is here at the farm. Even though it is has snowed at least once a week since the official beginning of Spring last month.

Squinty faces and a drool bubble during a late season snow. 

Though none of them really act like it, I feel as if I run a senior pet retirement home. Both Juice and Noelle (my cats) are 12.

She really is 12 years old.
Bruce is 8.5, Neeko is 8, and Faolan is the young one at 6.5.

While Winter has seemed to last a while, there are some signs of Spring around. We have had some nice mild days, in which to enjoy hikes, mud, and the creek.

One sure sign of Spring (at least to a northern breed owner) is the annual blowing of the coat. As usual, Faolan is the first to start here, and so far the only one.

Over the course of two long brushing sessions, I completely brushed out his undercoat. I made another dog in the process, and he appears to have lost 10 lbs. I only wish Neeko were that easy.

The chickens are enjoying the new vegetation, bugs, and longer days.

One thing they are less thrilled about is the addition of 12 new chicks.

I got these babies about 7 weeks ago, and kept them inside with their Brinsea EcoGlow Warmer for the first 5 weeks here. I moved them outside into a small, enclosed coop setup near the regular coop. They can see the big girls, and the big girls can see them, but no mingling yet. I am hoping this acclimation system will work.

I am 99% certain one of these babies is a cockerel, so we will see how he turns out.

So that's what is going on with us. Nothing earth shattering, simple day to day life. But it's fun, and I like it.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

My Rotten Cats: Weruva Cats in the Kitchen #ChewyInfluencer

Hey, we are still alive over here! Follow us on Facebook to stay more up to date.

Myself, the dogs, cats, and chickens are all well. 

So our friends at sent the kitties some canned cat food this month. I know, I know, I am always preaching about the importance of wet food in a cat's diet.

In fact I left this comment in a Facebook group earlier today, when someone was asking whether to cut back on their cat's wet or dry food for weight loss.

That's where I stand.

As I was saying, Chewy sent the girls some Weruva Cats in the Kitchen wet food to try out, 12 cans, each weighing 3.2 ounces. The variety pack contains 4 recipes, 3 cans of each.

What I like most - all have a named broth and several named meats as the first several ingredients.

I also love the fact that my cats seem to be crazy about this food!

Unlike my dogs, they an share a plate.
Some of the formulas have a shredded meat in broth appearance, while others are more of a "pate" style. Either way, Juicekitty and Noelle are happy to eat them.

They are grain and starch-free, and can be a stand alone food.

Licking the bowl clean.

I am quite pleased with this variety pack. As stated, it provides protein and texture variety. It also provides much needed moisture, and the girls love it. It's a quality food, and I am happy to feed it.

We were provided with complimentary product. All opinions are my own. 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Help Spread Some #SeniorPetLove

Did you know that November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month?

As much as I don't want to think about or admit to it, I am the owner of two senior dogs (and two senior cats, too!)

Neeko, my princess, my heart dog, turned 7 earlier this year, officially earning the title of "senior."

She hasn't changed much since she was a puppy, but has become a little slower, a little calmer. I love her more with each passing year. She started me on this adventure, and I credit her with my passion for canine nutrition, love of photography, and general interest in all things dog. She is steady, solid, consistent.

Bruce is 8, the oldest, and my "grumpy old man." He too has become slightly calmer with age, and is becoming a distinguished grey-haired gentleman. Unlike Neeko, his body shows no evidence of slowing down with age, nor his personality. He remains as goofy as ever, and continues to live up to his nickname of "the jerk."

Senior pets have so much to offer us. They have weathered many storms, and mine love nothing more than a good meal and some good scritches.

Stella & Chewy's has partnered with The Grey Muzzle Organization to help raise awareness for senior pet adoption. 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.

During the month of November, Stella & Chewy's is donating food to the Grey Muzzle Organization. For every photo posted, they will donate $1 of their food.

To participate

  • Post a photo of your senior pet on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.
  • Use #SeniorPetLove
  • Tag the photo to @stellaandchewys.
This takes little or no time, gives you the opportunity to show off your senior pet, and helps senior pets in need!

My Rotten Dogs are Stella & Chewy's ambassadors. This post is sponsored by Stella & Chewy's but we only share information we believe in and feel to be relevant. 

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

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

My Rotten Cats: Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Minnows #ChewyInfluencer

I often preach about my love for single or limited ingredient treats for my dogs. The same holds true for my cats; the fewer ingredients, the better.

I couldn't resist the opportunity to let my girls try some cat treats with ONE INGREDIENT from our friends at

Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Minnnows contain just that - freeze-dried minnows. Nothing else. Little whole prey treats for my girls. VE does a "slow" freeze drying process, over 48 hours, and their treats are shelf stable. No refrigeration required!

Rare is the treat that they will take from my hand. These must be amazing!

They have a very faint fish smell, not overpowering at all. After a couple brief sniffs, the girls were eagerly devouring them.

I like that they are 100% meat, decent size, and don't crumble at all. They help to satisfy the kitties' carnivorous needs.

And the dogs love them too!