Saturday, September 17, 2016

What the collies (and their Mom) think....

This month the collies were thrilled when they got a look at what Chewy.com sent them to review!  They are always excited when they spot the Chewy.com box arrive on our doorstop, they even line up in the front window to watch the UPS man hop out of his truck to make his delivery.    It's pretty funny when your dogs watch for the mail delivery each day!  So what did they us?



Chewy.com sent the collies an entire case of Wellness Core Grain-free canned dog food!




We received the Wellness Core Turkey Lovers Variety Pack.  They are 100% grain and gluten free, and full of high quality ingredients.  There are no meat by-products, artificial colors or flavors, no preservatives, corn or soy.  So far this all sounds pretty great to us!




But let's take a look at the ingredient list:
Turkey, Chicken & Turkey Liver: Chicken, Turkey, Chicken Liver, Chicken Broth, Chicken Meal, Turkey Liver, Sweet Potatoes, Carrageenan, Guar Gum, Carrots, Apples, Spinach, Parsley, Blueberries, Broccoli, Kale, Ground Flaxseed, Salmon Oil, Salt, Chicory Root Extract, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Potassium Chloride, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Cobalt Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Riboflavin Supplement, Sodium Selenite, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Potassium Iodide, Biotin, Vitamin D3 Supplement.
Turkey, Pork Liver & Duck: Turkey, Pork Liver, Turkey Broth, Duck, Chicken Meal, Carrageenan, Guar Gum, Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, Kale, Broccoli, Spinach, Parsley, Apples, Blueberries, Ground Flaxseed, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Chicory Root Extract, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Dried Kelp, Alfalfa Meal, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Cobalt Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Thiamine Mononitrate, Biotin, Vitamin A Supplement, Potassium Iodide, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement.

We love seeing how much meat is in this canned food, and other great ingredients like carrots, kale, broccoli, spinach, apples and blueberries!  But we were disappointed to see Carrageenan and Sodium Selenite added to this dog food.  Carrageenan is added to many canned dog foods to thicken the food.  It is linked to gastrointestinal disease, including gastrointestinal cancer.  Sodium Selenite can cause toxicity issues for dogs.  A safer supplement is Selenium yeast, as it does not cause toxicity in dogs.  This is a cause of concern for us, so we wouldn't feed this everyday or in large quantities.  But since we are only giving our collies a spoonful added to their kibble, we felt it was safe in such small doses. 


But how did it taste? The collies loved it!  They couldn't wait to dig in!  Always voracious eaters, their dinners have never disappeared so quickly!  And they licked their bowls clean, and then they licked each others' bowels too!


I really like what Wellness is trying to do with these Core varieties of canned food.  I love seeing quality meat, fruits and veggies included in the ingredient list.  There are so many dog foods available for our best friends, it's hard to know what to choose, what is safe and what isn't.  And Wellness is one of the dog food companies that is really striving to provide us with healthy alternatives for our dogs.  But until they remove the carrageenan and sodium selenite from their product we can only give them three out of four paws up.  We are hoping that Wellness will remove these from their products in the future, as they seem to really care about dogs and their wellness.


We want to express our gratitude to the awesome folks at Chewy.com.  They really care what their customers think of their products, and they send us these great items for free, for our honest opinion.  There are few companies that we respect as much as Chewy.com.  They love our dogs and yours, and are always looking for great, new products to offer to their customers.  Thanks Chewy!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Wordless Wednesday! (Video time!)


Since we don't have any new pictures....here is a video of Sophie at her first puppy social last night!


And Tate 2 weeks ago, seeing a lake for the first time!  Silly pup!

Friday, September 2, 2016

Sunnybank, then and now, always beloved

Tate, photo by Ron Sherr

On August 20th and 21st, we attended The Gathering at Sunnybank.  Our long time readers know what Sunnybank means to us, but for those who may not know, you can read all about Sunnybank in our previous posts by clicking HERE and HERE.  Sunnybank is a special place, and walking around the grounds can almost be a spiritual experience for collie lovers. And each year they come, from near and far they travel, to spend the weekend gathered together on the rolling hills of Sunnybank.  Humans and collies, young and old, newcomers and longtime friends, spend the weekend honoring our beloved collie breed and the memory of Albert Payson Terhune and his beloved Sunnybank collies.  

Ryder and his mom, Abby, at The Gathering


This year we were able to attend the Gathering on both Saturday and Sunday.  There were so many things to see, so many old friends to visit with, and even though it was very hot, we had a wonderful weekend.  On Saturday we brought Ryder and Abby, along with the puppies.  Ryder came because he had never been to Sunnybank, and because he was signed up to take the Therapy Dog test.  Abby came, because I was feeling very sentimental, remembering when I visited Sunnybank with her when she was just a young girl. (I don't think these pictures were from The Gathering though, I think they were from a puppy match held in October of 2007.)  She turns 10 years old next month, and loves to go everywhere with me, so I had to take her with me.  It always makes me anxious when I think of how quickly the years are passing for Abby and me.

Abby, standing next to the Fire Blue Lake, on the banks of Sunnybank.  



Abby then....


And Abby now...




So on Saturday we had Ryder take the Therapy Dog test.  I had been thinking of having him tested, because even though he hasn't taken the Therapy Dog classes, he always does whatever I ask of him and he has the perfect temperament for it.  The test is looking to see how a dog reacts to meeting new people and dogs, being in a crowd of people, and dealing with strange new things.  He was bumped by canes, crutches, walkers and wheelchairs, and he didn't care at all.  He greeted strangers politely, didn't pick up the cookie on the ground after I told him to "leave it," and passed each portion of the test with ease.  He was as perfect as always.  Which means that once our registration is processed, Ryder will be able to visit our local Nursing Homes for Therapy Dog visits!  I am so proud of my boy!


Recognize the spot Ryder is posing in?  It's the same spot where Abby posed years ago!


And on Sunday it was time for the puppies to come out and play!  We brought Sophie and Maizie, and Tate came too!  Tate is a big boy, but at 10 months old, he is still a puppy too!



Boy was it hot!  It was so hot, the puppies were melting!

Maizie, already a perfect little show dog, and she isn't even 4 months old in this picture!



Maizie, looking so sweet!



Sophie

Sophie is very serious, she has caught on to dog shows very quickly!

Sweet Sophie


Tate looking very grown-up!



And do you remember Sophie and Maizie's brother, Wyatt?  He is name is now Finn, and his family brought him to The Gathering too!

Photo by Ron Sherr

It was such a fun weekend, and it was so wonderful to see so many or our puppies at the match!

photo by Finn's dad, Steve Mierz
And as we drove home, I caught an exhausted little Maizie smiling in her sleep....maybe dreaming about Sunnybank or her future career as a show dog?


Wednesday, August 31, 2016

It's cookie time!

Anyone who has a dog knows a few things with absolute certainty.  The first, is that when you bring a dog into your home, into your family, and into your heart, you have a new best friend for life.  The second, is that you are now responsible for that dog's well-being and happiness.  They do miss you when you are gone, they wait anxiously for your return and they greet you with joy when you come home, and so it's important to make time to do things with your dog that he or she will enjoy.  And third, it doesn't take a lot to make them happy.  A nice long walk, where you aren't rushing them along, is something that will benefit you both.  Some toys to play with, and basic obedience training are both necessities for your dog.  And finally, routine veterinary check ups along with a good quality kibble and treats will keep your dog happy and healthy.





That's why I was so happy when I first discovered Chewy.com.  We buy our dog food from Chewy.com through their autoship program, and the food is delivered right to our front door!  So when they began sending us products to review for them, I was happy that they trusted us and valued our opinion!  This is a company that cares about it's customers, and they care about the dogs and cats that use their products.  They send us items to review, for free, for our honest opinion and we are excited to see which new items we will be asked to review each month!



This month we were sent Old Mother Hubbard Dog Treats.  Chewy.com sent us a bag of their Original Classic Assortment, which contained a variety of flavors.

Take a look at the Key Benefits:
  • Natural oven-baked dog biscuits
  • Made with all natural, wholesome ingredients
  • For dogs of all ages & sizes
  • No artificial preservatives
And here are the ingredients:

Whole Wheat Flour, Oatmeal, Wheat Bran, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, A Natural Source of Vitamin E), Chicken, Turmeric, Charcoal, Cane Molasses, Paprika, Paprika Extracts, White Cheddar Cheese, Eggs, Apples, Carrots, Garlic, Salt, Mixed Tocopherols (A Natural Preservative).

I liked the small size of these cookies, because I want my dogs to maintain a healthy weight, and because the puppies could enjoy them too.  But what about the taste?  Will picky dogs like them?  I'm not sure, but let's see what Ryder and Kori think...


Judging by the speed these cookies disappeared, I would have to say they sure seemed to enjoy these biscuits!


 So based on the ingredients, the reasonable price, and their enjoyment of these biscuits, we would definitely get these for the collies again.  Thanks Chewy.com for sending these cookies for our gang, they loved them!


It's in the bag!

Each month we get the wonderful opportunity to share our opinion about different dog and cat products sold by the wonderful folks at Chewy.com.  They send us these items for free, we receive no reimbursement for doing these reviews.  The collies love when their Chewy.com box arrives, they know it contains something special just for them.



This month we were sent Frisco Dog Poop Bags.  We were excited to receive these, as the collies love to take walks, and as responsible pet owners we want to leave nothing behind but pawprints.  They come in a nice dispenser that clips right onto your leash.  And even though the collies are sweet, their poop isn't.  So it's nice that the Frisco poop bags are lightly scented, to help mask odors, until we can reach a garbage can to dispose of them.  And the best part, they open easily!  I didn't have to stand there struggling to open the bag for 10 minutes , while the dogs cried to continue their walk!




And check out the Key Benefits:
  • Bag dimensions are 9 x 13 inches
  • Durable and leak-proof
  • Includes bag dispenser/holder and 15 bags
  • Dispenser fits most standard dog poop bag rolls
  • Available cucumber melon scented or unscented

In our neighborhood we have a lot of dog lovers, and nothing makes us happier than seeing dogs out walking with their people.  But nothing annoys us more than when people do not pick up after their dogs, as fecal matter can spread disease, and nothing can ruin a walk quicker than stepping in a pile of poop.  So we hope more people will take advantage of the great price of these bags, at under $2, Chewy.com makes these affordable for every pet owner!  The collies give these poop bags our highest rating, 4 paws!  So please pick up some Frisco Poop bags, and head out on an adventure with your best friend!  


Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Today is a special day...

We have so many posts to share, but today is all about three special collies.  They came into our lives 5 years ago today, following a Hurricane that devastated our area.  They have brought so much joy and fun into our lives, that we can't imagine our family without them. So we want to wish our Kori and Ryder, and their brother Luke, a very Happy 5th Birthday!  You can read about the story of their unusual birth by clicking here - click me!