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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Busy puppies are good puppies!

We have two active and busy 8 month old puppies, so when we read that Chewy.com was looking for a review of the Busy Buddy Jack dog toy we jumped at the chance!  When the box arrived from Chewy.com, Maizie asked if she could play with it first, and when that cute little face is looking at you, there is no way to say no!


Why is this toy fun for dogs?

Key Benefits

  • Durable nylon and rubber construction
  • Includes 4 Busy Buddy natural rawhide treat ring refills
  • Additional rawhide treat ring refills available separately
  • Great toy for dogs with separation anxiety
  • Dishwasher safe, top rack only


So it's easy to clean, very sturdy and dogs seem to really love this toy.  The toy twists apart, and rawhide rings can be added to encourage chewing.  While we don't give our collies rawhide, they still had fun with the Busy Buddy Jack, and they don't seem to miss the rawhide rings.


The girls have become very attached to this toy.  Sophie even tries to sneak outside with it!  So if you have a dog that enjoys chewing, and loves to play with toys, you should head over to Chewy.com and take a look at the Busy Buddy Jack toy!  Maizie and Sophie give it four paws up!


We were sent this toy for our honest opinion, we were not reimbursed for this review!


We Honestly love these, cross our collie hearts!

Every month we get to do a review for the awesome folks at Chewy.com. and this month we were sent a package of Joyful Jerky Filets by the Honest Kitchen.  We were so excited to try these, as we love The Honest Kitchen!



Why do we love The Honest Kitchen?  Because they make food and treats for dogs that are made with human grade ingredients!  Their slogan, found right on their website, says it all - "People food made especially for pets!"  The Honest Kitchen believes in making food and treats that contain only healthy, human grade whole foods, to make a positive difference in our pets' health and wellbeing. 



We were sent the chicken version, but before we open the package, let's take a look at the ingredients!

Ingredients:

  1. Chicken, Salt, Celery Juice Powder
  2. That's it, that's all you'll find in these limited ingredients dog treats!  That is something we love to see!

Sophie is ready to try these treats! But first, let's check out the key benefits:
                       

Key Benefits

  • Made with all-natural, cage-free, antibiotic-free chicken
  • Contains no glycerin filler, or any ingredients from China
  • Deliciously chewy treats your dog will love, can be easily broken into smaller pieces
  • Made with 100% human-grade ingredients for your peace of mind
  • Thinly sliced, then air dried to savory perfection
Sounds perfect, and with cage-free, antibiotic-free chicken, and no ingredients from China, these are treats that you can feel safe giving to your best friend!



Sophie is trying very hard to be a good puppy, and I have to tell you that I am very proud of her. Since she is just 8 months old, I took the opportunity to practice the "leave it" command during our photo shoot.  And I give her a lot of credit, because these treats smell REALLY good.  When we opened the package, these treats smelled just as good as any jerky treats I've ever eaten.  So it was understandably hard for her to wait, but she did it!


"Leave it....leave it"

"Please Mom, can I eat it now?!?"
"Go ahead Sophie!"




She loved these jerky treats, and so did all the other collies!  I really can't praise these treats enough.  Thank you Chewy.com for sending us the Honest Kitchen Joyful Jerky Filets, we will be ordering more to use during training, as bait at dog shows, and just as treats for our collies.  Everyone should give these a try, your dogs will thank you!


We were sent these treats in exchange for our honest review.  We were not paid for our review, and all opinions expressed were our own!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Christmas Gift Exchange

I've spent the last week sick, so I haven't been online, which is why this post is a little late.  The collies have been pestering me to get busy, because they wanted to thank their new friends Dante and Ziva for their Christmas gifts!



We participated in the Christmas Gift Exchange, hosted by Oreo, and we received gifts from Dante and Ziva, and their parents.  We didn't know these bloggers until the gift exchange, so it was a great way to meet new friends!  If you haven't discovered their blog yet, you should definitely head over there right away, just click here.





The collies all gathered around, except for Ryder, he decided he wanted to supervise this time.


They are such good sports, always willing to pose for pictures before they enjoy their treats.


And just look at those treats!  The collies loved all the great, yummy treats and the Christmas card was adorable!  



Thank you so much Dzdogs, we really loved all the gifts, and we hope you have a Happy New Year!  We hung your pictures on our fridge, and I can't wait to make dog cookies with our new cookie cutter and pot holder!  (what a cute pot holder!)  We are so glad we got to know you guys, and look forward to reading more of your posts in 2017!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

We celebrated both Christmas and a special birthday!

On Christmas  Day our pretty Holly the collie turned 11 years old.  So she spent the day being spoiled, just as every senior deserves!  Hope everyone had a Merry weekend...



With lots of time relaxing with loved ones...


And getting spoiled by Santa Paws!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Santa came early! (thanks Chewy.com)



The kitties have been very good this year, and thanks to Chewy.com, we had a new item for them to review.  Chewy.com sent us the Petstages Tower of Tracks cat toy, and what better time to review a toy then at Christmastime!



From the moment we pulled the Petstages Tower of Tracks Cat Toy out of the Chewy.com box, we couldn't keep them away from it!  They were curious kitties, and even though curiosity is in their nature, they were even more inquisitive than usual.



They had a lot of fun with this toy, and are currently playing with it as I am writing this review.  Ghost,who is under 2 years of age, seems to be enjoying the toy the most.  But even Pumpkin, who recently turned 5 years old, is playing with the Tower of Tracks.  We do not have any kittens, but I imagine they would have a great time playing with this toy too.



One of things I really like about this toy, is that the balls are enclosed within the tracks.  Which means they won't end up all over the house, where the balls will be either stepped on by us or chewed on by the puppies!  



The kitties and I both agree, this toy is great for cats of all ages.  It will entertain your cat, and I loved watching them play with it.  You can buy your Petstages Tower of Tracks at Chewy.com.  We want to thank Chewy.com for sending this toy and all the other items we reviewed this past year.  We are grateful to be part of your Blogger product review program, and can't wait to see what new items will be up for review in 2017.  We also wanted to offer our congratulations to Ms. Sydney on her promotion, we will miss you, and we look forward to getting to know Ms. Natalie.

 Chewy.com sent us this toy in exchange for our honest product review, we were not reimbursed for this review.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Have yourself a Merry little Christmas...

We know the next two days will be busy for many of you.  So the collies, kitties and I wanted to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas!



And if you haven't entered yet, you still have a little time!  Luv & Emma's giveaway


Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Wordless Wednesday, Almost Christmas!


Scarlett wants to wish everyone a Merry Little Christmas!  And she also wants to remind you there are a few days left to enter our first give away, you can find the details here!

Ryder spreads the love.

A couple winters ago, my mother fell in the snow and broke both of her arms, necessitating a six week stay in a rehab/nursing facility.  To cheer her up, I brought our collie Ryder to visit and work his magic.  He was such a hit, we brought him back a few times, and before long the other patients and residents were calling him into their rooms to visit.  The staff also fell under his charms and when I would show up to visit my mother without him, they would ask me to go get him!  All of which started me thinking about getting Ryder certified as a Therapy dog.  And this past summer, while we were at Sunnybank, I finally had him take the test, which he passed.



I had to wait for all his paperwork to go through, but finally in September, he was ready to start doing visits.  I contacted a few local nursing homes, and they all agreed to let him come visit.  But one Nursing home in particular was very enthusiastic, and even asked if they could put him on their weekly schedule!  They do a lot of activities for their residents, and were very happy to have a therapy dog stopping by the Nursing home.  It has been such a wonderful experience, and we can see how positively the residents have responded to Ryder’s visits.  Many of them light up when they see him coming down the hall, and one resident even had her family buy her a bag of dog cookies, so she has them to give to him when he visits.  And some of the staff look forward to his visits too, one particular lady keeps treats in her desk for him as well.



I recently planned a movie day, where I had Ryder and two other therapy dogs visit with the residents and watch an old Lassie movie with them.  It was a big success, judging by the smiles on their faces.  The staff even took pictures of Ryder and the other dogs with the residents, and printed them so the residents could hang them in their rooms.



We recently learned that the AKC, in order to encourage pure bred dog owners to pursue pet assisted therapy work, have made Therapy Dog titles!  Ryder is one visit away from earning his THDN.

Therapy Dog Titles
·         AKC Therapy Dog Novice (THDN) Must have completed 10 visits.
·         AKC Therapy Dog (THD) Must have completed 50 visits.
·         AKC Therapy Dog Advanced (THDA) Must have completed 100 visits.
·         AKC Therapy Dog Excellent (THDX) Must have completed 200 visits.
·         AKC Therapy Dog Distinguished (THDD)

Doing pet assisted therapy dog work has been a very rewarding experience, and it has so many benefits for the residents.  It can improve a patient’s social interaction and can improve their emotional health, as many are still sad after giving up their pets when they entered the facility.  Therapy dogs can also visit hospitals, hospice facilities, schools, libraries and sites of disasters.  To learn more about Therapy dog programs click on any of the following links:

AKCTherapy Dogs
Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs
TDI - Therapy Dogs Internatiional