Sunday, January 22, 2017

Black & White Sunday

The guardian. Faolan really is. He guards me from other dogs at times. From people on occasion. From things that smell funny to him.

Mostly he guards me from having a bad day. This boy always makes me smile or laugh.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Don't You Want Salmon to Love? Evanger's Wild Salmon Treats #ChewyInfluencer

What do dogs, cats, and ferrets have in common? They are all carnivores, and love meat. Evanger's recognizes this, and makes single ingredient meaty treats for our carnivore friends.

The nice folks at sent my crew some Evanger's gently dried salmon treats to try out.

These dehydrated treats contain just one ingredient - wild salmon. And they are made in the USA!

They easily break into smaller pieces. This along with the fact that they have a strong smell, makes them ideal training treats. My crew was willing to work for them. Before anyone asks - yes, Faolan did scent roll on them. Sadly, I did not get a video.

It took every last ounce of her self control not to snatch this treat right off of her paw.

The fact that they easily break/crumble is both good and bad. They don't hold up well in my jacket pocket. I learned this the hard way. Have you ever tried fishing fishy-smelling crumbs from the crevices of your pocket? It's not fun. But...this also means they can be crumbled over an animal's food to make something new or different more enticing to them.  It also meant that I was able to break them into smaller pieces so they were of the appropriate size to offer to my kitties.

I knew Juice was enjoying them when she made her snarfing/snarling noises while eating them.
My dogs enjoy fish, and it is difficult at times for me to source raw fish to feed them. Offering them single ingredient fish treats allows them to get their fish fix. Being able to offer my dogs and cats the same treats is a bonus. And you all know how much I get a kick out of watching Faolan scent roll on things.

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

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

For Healthier Pets Make a #RawFeedingResolution in 2017

I have been feeding Neeko and Bruce a full raw diet for nearly six years, and Faolan has been fed exclusively raw from the moment I adopted him 4.5 years ago.

Neeko was about a year old, and Bruce 1.5 years old when I first made the transition to a raw diet for them. Faolan was about nine months old when I adopted him.

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My initial raw feeding resolution many years ago came about because of a variety of reasons. I wanted to offer my dogs the best life possible. Neeko had chronic GI issues as a puppy and young dog, unrelieved by the most expensive and desired kibbles. Bruce had bald ears and was gangly. I took the plunge, and switched my dogs to a mostly homemade raw diet, and haven't looked back or had regrets since.

Everyone, and every dog has different experiences with raw feeding. The changes I initially witnessed astounded me. Neeko, who regularly had unexplained diarrhea and couldn't keep weight, developed a healthy, iron gut, able to tolerate any food offered to her. Bruce's ears filled with fur, and he put on some needed muscle. Faolan's thin, stiff, poor coat became soft, thick, and lustrous.

Neeko has bright eyes, a lovely coat, and a solid, healthy gut.

The things I witness every day keep me feeding raw. My dogs are all healthy weights, with good, balanced energy. They don't stink. They don't shed as much. Faolan and Bruce haven't had baths in over four years. My dogs each see the vet exactly once a year, for a wellness visit. No illnesses or unexpected vet visits. Their teeth are clean and their breath doesn't have a smell at all.

Clean teeth, no doggy breath, and well-furred ears.
I feed a mostly homemade raw diet, but I love the convenience and ease of Stella & Chewy's freeze dried raw. It makes the perfect breakfast for my crew, who are fed twice daily. They are complete/balanced meals, so I don't have to worry about my meat/bone/organ ratios being correct when I feed them. Plus my dogs love the taste, and I love being able to offer them variety in their diet.

I have recently made the resolution to incorporate more raw into my cats' diets. Cats are obligate carnivores, meaning they require meat protein in order to survive. My cats are picky beasts, but are loving their Stella & Chewy's.

I always encourage others to feed raw, even as a supplement to a kibble-based diet.

Stella and Chewy's wants you to make a raw feeding resolution in 2017 for your pets! They are encouraging all to try raw or incorporate more raw into their pets' diets. Follow @stellaandchewys on Instagram for a chance to win a free bag of their food.   For raw feeders share what you love most about feeding raw and encourage others to give raw a try. For those who’ve yet to try raw, share what has you most interested in giving raw a try or what your questions/concerns are. Be sure to include #RawFeedingResolution and #StellaAndChewys in your post. They will select posts from both groups of pet owners to receive a bag of their food. Contest ends on January 31, 2017.

If you feed any raw, what benefits are most important to you? If you haven't tried raw but are interested, what are your concerns?

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

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Black & White Sunday

Snow nose.

Neeko is the only one of my dogs who actually has a true snow nose, which is disguised in this photo by actual snow. The center of her nose gets pink in the winter months, and darkens in the summer.

It happens to many different breeds of dogs, though the exact cause is unknown. Many theories exist as to why. It does seem to occur more often in breeds with white or light coats, and northern breeds.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Black & White Sunday

He's pretty cute. He's super cute. Super sweet too. He gets excited. He loves food. He's empathetic. All in all, he's the perfect man.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

We're Alive

I'm here. The dogs are here. Life got hectic, work got hectic, the holidays came and went.

We haven't had much snow yet this winter, which disappoints me. It is currently brutally cold, the temperature is below zero. The dogs love it. Their is an ordinance in the city nearest me that states dogs must be brought indoors if the temperature is below 20 F. I have a dog door, and my dogs choose to be outside in weather such as this. They can come in whenever they like.

Diet wise, we are now Stella & Chewy's ambassadors, so they have been enjoying their freeze-dried raw goodness nearly every morning for breakfast.

I came into a nice venison score a couple of months ago, so they are loving the organic, free-range goodness of venison on the regular too.

Bruce hasn't done anything too ridiculous lately. I have taught Faolan how to "crawl." Smart boy that he is, he picked it up after only three lures/attempts. Neeko is Neeko. Pushy, bitchy at times, but steadfast and a good dog.

I need to catch up on my blog reading, and be a better blogger. These are two of resolutions for 2017.