Sunday, July 20, 2014

Black & White Sunday

I wonder what she sees.



Friday, July 18, 2014

July 2014 BarkBox Review

We received our July BarkBox today!  Reviews of previous and/or the most recent BarkBox can be read HERE.



The Goods

Healthy Dogma Coconut Flavor Barkers.  Approximate retail value $13.29.  Gluten and grain-free biscuit treats.  I think these sound tasty, and the ingredients are fairly limited and decent.  But...Bruce is allergic to coconut, and Faolan doesn't like most biscuit type treats.  These will be donated or gifted, though I am sure most dogs, including Neeko, would love them.





Mrs. Barksmith's Pina Colada Smoothie.  Approximate retail value $1.27.  These are a cute concept, and fun to give to my dogs.  We have received a couple of these is different flavors in past BarkBoxes, most recently in our April BarkBox.  Pop in the freezer, give to pup, watch pup enjoy.






Loopies Floppy Fish Bone toy.  Unknown value.  We have received another toy from this company in the past, also in our April BarkBox.  Cute toy.  Made in China...Boo.  It has at least one squeaky in it, and feels relatively tough.  I am still on the fence about whether or not I will offer this to my dogs.






Etta Says 12" Duck Chew.  Approximate retail value $1.99.  We have received many products from Etta Says in the past, and they all go over very well, no matter what the flavor.  The hard part is deciding which dog gets to enjoy this.








Bixbi Daily Essentials.  Guesstimated retail value for the size bag we got-$9.99.  Chicken breast jerky treats that are made AND sourced in the US.  Yay!  These also contain blueberries, cranberries, and reishi mushrooms.  This is easily my favorite thing in this month's box, and I know these treats will be a huge success with my dogs, even picky turd Faolan.  Jerky treats are always well-received here, and it is very nice to have some that I am comfortable offering to my dogs.









To me, this month's BarkBox was just okay.  I am disappointed about the toy being made in China.  The Healthy Dogma treats look great, but one of my dogs cannot eat them, and another probably won't eat them.  The smoothie is fun, and the duck chew is appreciated.  As mentioned, the jerky treats are easily the best item in the box for my household.

If you are interested in trying BarkBox for yourself, and want to save 10 percent off of your order, click HERE.

I am a BarkBox subscriber.  I am not affiliated with BarkBox, nor am I asked to do these reviews.  All opinions are strictly my own.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

DoggyLoot Products Review and Giveaway!



Doggyloot.com helps dog owners to find unique and tasty products for their dogs, with free shipping and no minimum purchase.  They sell everything from dog beds, dog supplements, to chews and customized dog products.  None of the treats/chews that they sell are made in China, and most are made in the USA.

Doggyloot can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Doggyloot sent us some single ingredient, all natural goodies to try out, and are giving away a prize package to one reader of approximately $150 worth of all natural dog products from Doggyloot.com!

The Loot



Most dogs enjoy chewing, and my dogs are no exception.  These tendon chews are a nice, reasonably long-lasting "snack" and provide my dogs with some chewing and dental benefits.  They are made in the USA, and unlike bully sticks, they have no odor.  They are slightly greasy, so I am giving these as outside treats.  I knew even before offering them that everyone would love them, and I was not proven wrong!



These lamb gullets are a nice little bonus treat.  Larger and more long lasting than a typical treat, and more satisfying as well.  They are also a natural source of chondroitin, and made in the US by Superior Farms Pet Provision.  Neeko got to try them first, and she woo-wooed me, and danced around.  Needless to say, these are a hit.

Pork Skin Rolls


These are not rawhide (which is not allowed in my house) but 100 percent digestible pork skin with no flavoring or preservatives added.  These rolls are good sized, 10" long and with a decent thickness.  Bruce was the first to try one out, and he couldn't have been happier about it.  Bruce is a power chewer, and never gives up on anything unless he has to.  I would say this lasted him about 20 minutes, which is pretty impressive.  He then looked at me as if to say, "That was tasty, can I have another?"

Beef Trachey Chewz


I chose to let picky Faolan be the first to try the Beef Trachey Chewz, made in the US by Clear Conscience Pet.  They are dehydrated beef trachea (a natural source of glucosamine, chondroitin, and collagen) and coated with organic flaxseed, dried tomato, spinach, and carrot.  If picky turd Faolan loves them, they must certainly be delicious!  This lasted him a respectable length of time (after he did his obligatory scent-rolling on it), and I am very pleased with them as well.

Pizzle Puffs


So cool.  It is kind of ridiculous how excited I am about these.  It is no secret that bully sticks are favorite here.  These treats, made in the US by Himalayan Dog Chew, are bully stick slices that have been puffed.  They do not have the normal bully smell, and are crunchy/crispy treats that my dogs ADORE.  Seriously you guys, it's like doggy crack to them.  Butts instantaneously hit the floor when these come out. 

Doggyloot has graciously provided us with a coupon code for readers to use as well.  Use coupon code ROTTENDOGS to save 20 percent off your next order!  That is a nice discount!

The Giveaway

You've seen my loot, and Doggyloot wants to give one reader their own prize pack of all natural chews and treats, valued at $150!  Giveaway open to US residents.  Enter using the Rafflecopter below.  If viewing from a mobile device, and would like to use the Facebook commenting option, scroll to bottom of screen and click/tap "View web version."

Disclaimer-This post and giveaway are sponsored by Doggyloot.com.  All opinions are strictly my own.





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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Fishy Fudge-Healthy, Homemade, Fish Dog Treats




Like many others, I enjoy making homemade treats for my dogs.  I have complete control over the ingredients and the quality of them.  Even Faolan, who is a notorious treat snob, always goes nuts for anything homemade. 

Fish based treats almost always go over well here, I am guessing because of the smell?

I originally found this recipe on Dogster several years ago, and modified it a bit to contain less sodium.

The Ingredients


  • 1 1/2 cups flour.  I use whole wheat, as my dogs do not seem to be gluten sensitive.  Other flours may be substituted, but keep in mind that sometimes the ratio of liquid or eggs to flour may change.
  • 2 cans boneless, skinless, no sodium added salmon in water.  Tuna can also be used.
  • 2 eggs.
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheese.
  • Optional-garlic powder, Rosemary, turmeric, etc. 
The Process

Mix all ingredients well.  It makes a thick dough.  Press into greased 8x8 or 9x9 square cake pan.  Bake at 350 F for 20 minutes.

I used three eggs because my chickens lay smallish eggs.
Let cool, then cut or break into pieces.  

What's nice about this is that it has the consistency of fudge, and small (or large) pieces are easily broken off.

The finished product.
This actually makes quite a large amount of treats.  I keep some in the fridge, and put the rest in the freezer.  

My dogs love them!

Is your dog a fan of fish or fishy treats?