Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Wordless Wednesday- Love is...


A new bed for an old man.

(My mother's collie, Chase, is 11 years old and getting a little stiff.  So when my daughter saw these giant, orthopedic dog beds on sale at Petsmart she had to get him one.  With the special sale, and our 15% off coupon, it was a great deal.  Chase loves his new bed, he spends all day relaxing on it and sleeps on it at night. )

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Kibble chat with the collies - What makes a good dog food good?

Have you ever spent time researching dog or cat food, trying to make the best choice possible for your best friend?  There are so many companies, and so many varieties that the process can be very confusing for the average pet owner.  Trying to determine what you want, and more importantly what you don’t want, in your pet food is a Herculean task of epic proportions.  There are websites that rank the pet foods available, and many do the research for you.  But even those are influenced by the people writing and maintaining the websites, so I wouldn't recommend relying completely on their opinions.  I would never tell anyone what they should feed their dog or cat, as there are just too many factors to consider.  Allergies, age of the animal, location, financial cost, and even the activity levels of the pets all need to be considered.  I know it all has my head spinning, so I’m sure many of you feel the same way. 
In my research, these are things that I am looking to see in my pet food, as well as the things I want to avoid:
  
  • We prefer a kibble with No fish or potatoes.  No fish, because some fish is preserved with ethoxyquin.   No potatoes because a couple of the collies have allergies to potatoes/sweet potatoes.
  • The food should be Free from artificial preservatives, flavors and colors.
  • It should be Grain-free.
  • The food should contain No ingredients from China or Thailand, because there is just too much risk.
  • No sodium selenite, as this is linked to toxicity in dogs and cats.  It is safer to use Selenium yeast.
  • No Copper sulfate
  • No Carrageenan, as this is linked to gastrointestinal disease and gastric cancer.
  • Each batch of food should be tested for bacteria (Salmonella, E. Coli and Listeria have been found in various dog foods and treats.)
  • In producing the food, we want a food that is not irradiated.  While irradiation may kill dangerous bacteria, chemical alterations to the food can occur and  the process destroys valuable nutrients. 
  • The meat should be sourced from humanely raised animals.
  • We do not want to see animal fat, animal digest, meat by-products, bone meal or meat meal, as any of these can be sourced from dead, diseased, non-slaughtered or even euthanized animals.
We have not yet succeeded in finding a dog food that meets all of our requirements, so we concentrate on finding the food that comes closest.    I have also begun cooking for my dogs, and replacing about a ¼ of their kibble with real homemade food a few nights a week.  This accomplishes two things, one it gives my dogs a variety of different foods so they are not stuck eating the same food day after day.  (Can you imagine eating a bowl of cereal three times a day for the rest of your life?  Does that sound appealing?) And two, it enables me to make sure they are getting good nutrition, without relying solely on a kibble produced by a Pet Food company/corporation.  Plus, the collies love it, they line up, drooling in anticipation of whatever meat, fruit and veggies I have added to their food that night.


So we are curious, have you found a food that meets all of your requirements?  Or are you still searching for that perfect food?  Are there things that you are looking for in a food, or things you are looking to avoid, that we haven't included on our list?

Goodbye sweet friend


We haven't know you for a long time, but your funny posts, and your kind comments on our blog will be missed.  We were so saddened by your loss, we just couldn't believe it.

Graphic by Ann of Zoolatry

For those who haven't heard, Blogville has lost an incredibly sweet and handsome boy.  Easy has crossed over to the Rainbow Bridge, and we will all miss him.  There have been so many losses in recent months here on Blogville, and each loss touches us all.  Good bye to our dear friends Easy, Teach, Ciara, Rory and Natasha, we miss each of you!  Hopefully you are all playing together at the Rainbow Bridge.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Cats and kittens love getting presents!


The collie cats here, and guess what?  We were sent another thing to review this month!  We are really feeling the love from Chewy.com this month!  Now we know, this is mainly the collies' blog, but every so often we get to stage a coup log on and voice our opinions.  And if there is one thing felines are known for, it's our strong opinions.  (Well, that and our intelligence, refined taste and beauty)  So what did our cat loving peeps at Chewy.com send us?  They sent us some Temptations Mixups Surfers Delight and a Snacky Mouse!



The Tempations Mixups Surfers Delight contains three flavors, salmon, shrimp and tuna!  With three yummy flavors we couldn't stop purring!  Have you ever met a cat that didn't love fish?  We are definite connoisseurs of all things fish!


And check out the Key Benefits:
  • No artificial flavors for an amazing taste your cat will love
  • Crunchy outer shell helps to control tartar and support dental health
  • Under two calories per a treat these little goodies make the perfect snack or reward that can be given daily
  • 100% nutritionally complete and balanced for adult cat maintenance
  • Treats come in a convenient lock and seal pouch or tub for maximum freshness
That sure sounds great to us, and to our Mom!  And there are other varieties, take a look HERE!



And don't forget the Temptations Snacky Mouse, it turns snacktime into playtime!  It's an interactive toy, that gives us our Temptations treats as we play! Can you say F-U-N?


Did you know Christmas and Chanukah are right around the corner?  We think these would be awesome gifts for your kitties this holiday season!  So what are you waiting for?  Today is Cyber Monday, so log onto Chewy.com and show your own kitties some love!

We were sent these items in exchange for our fabulous opinions, we were not paid any of the green papers for this review!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Because our dogs deserve to be rewarded for all they do...


We have a lot to be thankful for, including have been chosen by Chewy.com to review some of the products they sell.  Last month we were sent Wellness Core Pure Rewards Grain-free Beef Jerky Bites. Now it's obvious that the collies can't read, but they have come to recognize the Chewy.com boxes when they arrive.  Knowing that the Chewy.com boxes contain yummy treats and fun toys, a certain collie, who shall remain nameless, decided to help himself.  He chose the Beef Jerky Bites, and he ate the entire package of treats, without sharing with anyone else!



Since he ate them before I could get any pictures, I ran out and bought another package.  We brought them over to my Mom's house, and we shared them with my Mother's senior collie, Chase.  He loved them just as much as Ryder that other nameless collie.



We also had Miss Scarlett entered at a dog show this weekend, so we brought the Wellness Core Pure Rewards Grain-free Beef Jerky Bites with us and my daughter used them as bait in the ring.



And I was glad I had them, as they were the perfect "reward" for Scarlett when she won Best of opposite sex to best of variety!  I think it's safe to say the collies found these treats to be very delicious, but as a label reader, I was more concerned about the ingredients.  I was happy to see that not only are these treats grain-free, they are also free of meat by-products, artificial colors or preservatives. 

Ingredients:
  1. Beef, Dried Chicory Root, Lecithin, Salt, Dried Cultured Whey Product, Mixed Tocopherols added to preserve freshness, Rosemary Extract, Green Tea Extract Spearmint Extract.



So if you are looking for a healthy treat, that can be used in training or as a training reward, you should give these a try.  If your dogs are anything like my collies, they will love these!

The fine folks at Chewy.com sent us these treats for free, we were not compensated for this review in any way.

Friday, November 25, 2016

What can I buy my dog for Christmas?

Today we wanted to discuss a product made by Health Extension, a maker of holistic dog and cat food, as well as treats.  Health Extension is a company that strives to provide quality, healthy foods and treats.  According to their website, they never use by-products, gluten, wheat, corn, soy or  artificial flavors, colors or preservatives.  And their foods are made entirely in America, which is something we always love to see!


We first discovered this company at a local Pet expo.  We were attending the event with a few of our collies, so that we could participate in the "Meet the Breeds."  As we were wandering around the building checking out all the vendors, we were stopped at the Health Extension booth.  The representative told us about her products and she offered Ryder a sample of their Health Extension Bison Bites.  To say that Ryder devoured those treats does not adequately describe his reaction, he LOVED them.  He loved those treats so much, he kept stopping by the booth every time we passed by their table.  So we are very excited to do this review, to help others discover these fantastic treats, and this great company.



Health Extension Bison Bites are made with 100% all natural, free range Bison, sourced and made in the USA. So for those pet parents looking to keep your pets on a limited ingredient diet, you will be happy with these treats as Bison is the ONLY ingredient!



Ingredients:100% Free Range Bison

Guaranteed Analysis:
  • Crude Protein, Not Less Than 70%
  • Crude Fat, Not Less Than 5%
  • Crude Fiber, Not More Than 8%
  • Moisture, Not More Than 15%


Now when you open the bag of Bison bites the first thing you will notice is that these treats have a strong scent.  But they are made from 100% Bison, so that shouldn't be a surprise.  And that smell is very appealing to dogs, it always starts my collies drooling.  They all love these treats, from our youngest pups who are 6 months old, to our seniors who are 10 and 11 years old.  Even our pickiest collie loves them, and comes running when she hears the bag opening.



You can find these treats and Health Extension's other products at many of the smaller pet supply stores and you can find them at Chewy.com.  The collies give these treats their highest rating of 4 paws up.  They think your dogs will love getting these drool-worthy treats as a gift this holiday season!  In fact, they want you to remember them whether you are out fighting the Black Friday crowds or if you prefer cyber shopping, because dogs love getting gifts too! (especially edible ones!)


Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!




We are wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!


A collie's work is never done!









Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Thankful collies on Wordless Wednesday!

Tomorrow's Thanksgiving!  So we are making a list of what we are all thankful for:
comfy beds
snuggles on the couch
yummy food
and being in a family that loves us!