Saturday, August 1, 2015

July 2015 Expenses

It's the first day of a new month, so I just calculated my dog-related expenses for the previous month.  I do this for a few reasons-I follow others who do it, to hold myself accountable, and to track my expenses.  This is a fair estimate of what it costs to care for three large dogs in the midwest.

July 2015 Expenses



This month was a bit more expensive than the last few.  My main expense this month was food.  I placed two relatively large orders with My Pet Carnivore, purchased my usual chicken leg quarters from the grocery store, and a bag of  Grandma Lucy's Bison freeze-dried food.  The only health expense was Bruce's prescription, and grooming expenses included a DIY dogwash for Neeko and a new undercoat rake.

Monday, July 27, 2015

July 2015 BarkBox Review

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

We received our July BarkBox last week!  Click HERE for reviews of previous and/or current BarkBoxes.

This month's box has a circus theme.

The Goods

BarkMade Circus Elephant.  Retail value $11.00.  Cute, plush, squeaky toy.  Neeko has already enjoyed playing with it.  I didn't give it to her to play with, she helped herself to it from the box the night I received it...She enjoyed it.

Encore Firehose Dog Toy.  Retail value $15.00.  Click here for a similar toy.  Triangular shaped toy made in the USA of firehose material.  Circuses frequently feature "firemen."  This is a durable, waterproof toy that can be used for tug, toss, or water play.  It's shape means that it can also be thrown much like a frisbee.  I am happy with it, but wish it were just a bit larger.

BarkMade Chicken Biscuits.  Retail value $8.00. These are custom made for BarkBox by Healthy Dogma.  Made in the US with relatively limited ingredients, these treats are wheat, corn, soy and yeast-free!  I am sucker for packaging, and love this container, complete with it's circus-like feel.  I am sure my crew will enjoy these.

 FeelGood Trail Blazin' Bitz.  Approximate retail value $5.99.  We have received treats from this company in the past, and they were well received.  Canadian company which prides itself on how it sources it's ingredients.  These hard biscuit treats contain simple ingredients, and are liver based.  My dogs are fans of anything liver, so I am sure these will go over well, and I look forward to offering them to my crew.

6" Trachea Chew. Stated retail value $3.00.  We received this same chew in the January BarkBox.  I am a fan of dehydrated "meat" treats, and this certainly fits the bill.  Trachea is a natural source of chondroitin.  Neeko has actually already enjoyed this, once again helping herself to it.  She at least brought it to me to remove the wrapping.  

I am pleased with this month's BarkBox.  Some meat-based treats, a nice chew, and two decent toys. To try BarkBox for yourself, and receive a free month added to your subscription, click HERE.

Tuesday, July 21, 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, though they ate quite a bit of beef heart and chicken the last couple of weeks.

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

Useful links:

How **I** Feed Raw

Raw Feeding Resources

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Zuke's Supers-a Superfood Treat and a Super Giveaway

Zuke's kindly sent us their Supers line of treats to try out.  Three different treats with varying formulas containing a variety of fruits and vegetables, and other antioxidant rich ingredients.

They are corn, wheat, soy, and yeast-free, which is always a plus in my book.

From left to right-Super Greens, Super Berry, Super Betas. 
 The Super Greens formula contains alfalfa, spinach, green beans, broccoli, asparagus, cabbage, kale, and kelp, amongst other ingredients.  Not only are all these veggies nutrient-dense, they also contain various phytonutrients, chlorophyll, and anti-inflammatory properties. 

The Super Berry formula contains beets, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and cherries.  Blueberries are widely haled as perhaps the best superfood around, containing more antioxidants than any other food.  It is recommended that humans eat a diet with a wide variety of colors, so I am guessing that color variety for dogs is a good thing as well.

The Super Betas formula contains pumpkin, sweet potato, carrots, butternut squash and apricots.  Beta carotene, like all carotenoids, is an antioxidant, and a precursor to vitamin A.  Some research suggests that it may slow cognitive decline, along with many other benefits.

All three formulas contain cinnamon, rosemary, and turmeric.  I am a huge fan of turmeric, for a variety of reasons.  Cinnamon helps to regulate blood glucose levels, and rosemary has antiseptic, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties.  

The Taste Test

Faolan is a notorious treat snob.  He will sometimes sniff and make funny faces that don't meet his approval, or sniff and walk away.  If a treat is SUPER appealing to him, his little butt instantly hits the ground, and he sits there with his tail wagging before going into a down-stay.

Little boy LOVED these treats.  All three formulas.  He actually began demanding them during the initial taste test, by barking (like a brat) at me.  They are that good.

All three dogs love these treats.  I consider them high-value, and have already went through 1.5 bags of them.

The Giveaway!

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