Friday, January 13, 2017

Pet Botanics Simply Salmon Strips & Cutlets - Product Review + Giveaway

Pet Botanics recently launched a "Black Label" line of dog treats, consisting of Simply Salmon Strips and Simply Salmon Cutlets. "Black Label" makes them sound extra fancy! But they are simply salmon jerky treats.
Pet Botanics Simply Salmon Strips and Cutlets

Pet Botanics Simply Salmon treats are:
  • made from fresh-caught Atlantic salmon from Norway
  • dried, smoked and packaged in the US
  • made with just 2 ingredients: 99% salmon + 1% sea salt (for smoking)
  • free from antibiotics, hormones, and artificial colors/flavors
  • hardwood smoked for flavor and aroma
  • rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

When you open a bag of Simply Salmon treats, you inevitably catch a whiff of strong fish smell. After all, they are 99% fish! The packaging does a great job of containing the smell (at least to human nose standards), which I greatly appreciate. Chewy's keen nose can still smell them through the bag, of course, and his nose knows that he wants them!

They come in two sizes: "Strips" and smaller, perhaps slightly thicker "Cutlets."
Strips vs. Cutlets

Chewy, of the "bigger is always better" philosophy, prefers the strips. Look at him eyeing those big ones:
Can I eat them yet?

He happily cruncha-munchas through them...
Yay, treat time!

and cutlets, too - cuz they're still fishy food! The cutlets are more of a one-bite treat for a large dog like Chewy.
But wait, there's more!

He always makes sure to get every last bit. That's a sure sign of a yummy treat!
Cleaning up the crumbs

I like the simplicity of the Simply Salmon treats, and the fact that they provide healthy omega-3s without artificial additives. Chewy likes the fishy aroma, the crunchiness, and the taste.

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Disclaimer: Cardinal Pet Care provided us with free bags of Simply Salmon Strips and Simply Salmon Cutlets for review purposes. We did not receive any monetary compensation for this post. All opinions expressed in this review are our own.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

When the Weather Outside is Frightful...We Go Shopping!

Chewy LOVES to go on adventures. He is always up for any sort of outing, especially if it includes a ride in the car. If you start putting on jackets and grabbing car keys or purses, he will follow you to see if he gets to come along, or sit by his leash to see if you pick it up.

When Chewy gets loaded into the car, we usually take him to the park for some fresh air and exercise. Chewy is rather nonchalant about braving the elements, and might even enjoy playing in some puddles, mud, and snowbanks. However, high winds are definitely not his thing. If garbage cans, screen doors, and other objects start banging around outside, his first instinct is to run back home. When the weather is too frigid, too stormy, or even too hot, we go explore some of our favorite dog-friendly stores so that Chewy can get some exercise and mental stimulation.

Of course, there are the big pet store chains, where Chewy can sniff all the food and treats,
Mmm this smells yummy!
  test out dog beds and crates,
This is comfy and cozy...
and even try on clothes.
Perhaps we can find a bigger size?

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Stewart Pro-Treat Raw Naturals Real Beef Freeze-Dried Dog Treats - Product Review

This month we tried Stewart Pro-Treat Raw Naturals Freeze-Dried Dog Treats from I like that they are:
  • made in the USA
  • made with healthy, human-grade ingredients
  • made with real meat, veggies, and fruits
  • grain-free
  • freeze-dried to lock in flavor and nutrients

The treats look like typical freeze-dried nuggets, shaped in what I interpret to be a heart. Or perhaps it is a steak. I would consider them to be bite-sized, unless you have a teeny tiny dog.

Chewy is a big fan of these treats. He thinks they smell and taste amazing, and will sit very nicely to get one (or two...or three). Here he is performing his disappearing treat trick: 

He hoovers them right up! Each shot was taken within milliseconds from each other. That's how much he loves them!

Disclaimer: We received a free bag of Stewart Pro-Treat Raw Naturals Real Beef Freeze-Dried Dog Treats in Real Beef Recipe from for review purposes as part of the Blogger Program. We did not receive any monetary compensation for this post, and all opinions shared above are our own.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Chewy's Rules of Dog Etiquette, Part 1

Chewy lives by his own particular set of rules. Some of his behaviors evolved from things we taught him to do, while others he just decided were proper for a pup!

Rule #1: Sit and you shall receive.

When Chewy was a puppy, we taught him to sit for food and pats. Now, he sits and stares at you to signal that he wants something, such as a treat from the treat jar, a toy from his toy bin (that he's too afraid to dig through on his own), or a bite of what you're eating.

I am sitting. Please share!

Rule #2: Counter surfing is prohibited, but sniffing is allowed.

Chewy has stolen 2 things off the kitchen counter in his lifetime, both when he was a young pup. The first was a single cooked chicken tenderloin from a whole plate that was meant for him, and the other was a ginger root freshly dug from the garden, which he chewed up and hid behind various pieces of furniture. He wasn't reprimanded for stealing from the counter because we didn't discover the thefts until later, but we did train him to stop standing up to check things out. Since then, he has reformed his pilfering ways and now sticks to only sniffing. He'll get his nose as close as possible while keeping all 4 paws on the floor, and if he smells something he thinks is for him, he'll apply Rule #1 and sit and wait.

I smell yum yums!
Rule #3: Don't overstay your welcome.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Wellness CORE Grain-Free Marrow Roasts - Product Review

It's [Chewy] time for another product review! 😄

We received Wellness CORE Grain-Free Marrow Roasts Dog Treats in Savory Turkey Recipe to try out. They are biscuits with a meaty marrow center, made with all-natural ingredients, without wheat, corn or soy.

Wellness CORE Grain-free Marrow Roasts
As always, the first test in our house is always administered by Chewy's nose, and Chewy thought it smelled DELICIOUS!

This smells good!
The Marrow Roasts are supposed to be "crunchy" biscuits with meaty marrow centers, but the ones we received had an outside that seemed more like a soft, chewy biscuit. My reasoning is that the marrow center was just too moist to keep the outer biscuits crunchy. Chewy doesn't mind, though, because they're still treats!

The treats in the bag were not cut all the way, so they were in strips of 2 or 3, and I had to snap them to produce individual treats. I would have preferred if they were already individually separated to avoid that extra step when treating, but it's not TOO big of a hassle. I'm sure Chewy would prefer to just be given a whole roll!

1 strip --> 2 treats!
It took Chewy a lot of self-control not to immediately eat these treats. You can see the longing in his eyes!

Notice the drool spots under Chewy's mouth as he eyes the treats!
Chewy hoovered up those treats and ate both in one mouthful. I assume he thought they tasted great! Now, whenever I reach for the bag, he immediately is on his best behavior, sitting up nice and tall and waiting patiently. That's a good sign of a high value treat!


P.S. For every Wellness product purchased at until December 19, 2016, a Wellness meal will be donated to feed a pet in need!

Disclaimer: We received a free bag of Wellness CORE Grain-Free Marrow Roasts Dog Treats in Savory Turkey Recipe from for review purposes as part of the Blogger Program. We did not receive any monetary compensation for this post, and all opinions shared above are our own.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Chewy's Tips for Being a Good Dog Host

The holiday season is a time for gathering with friends and family, and sometimes that includes dog guests, too! If your dog is comfortable welcoming other dogs into your home (some are not!), Chewy has some tips to ensure a merry celebration with furry, 4-legged friends.

Tip #1: Decorate with shatterproof ornaments, especially in areas within reach of dogs (and young children).
Hmm...are sparkly balls NOT for playing fetch?

Tip #2: Prepare a feast of healthy, dog-friendly delights for happy and content bellies.

Unseasoned, roasted turkey breast and veggies, and pies for dessert!

Tip #3: Have clean-up supplies on hand in case of accidents or territorial claims of the pee variety.

Please don't pee on my bed...

Tip #4: Show gratitude for any host gifts your guests bring.

Thanks for the Santa!

Tip #5: Share your belongings.

Including your toys,

your bed,

and your water bowl.

Tip #6: Plan activities to entertain your furry friends, such as preparing treat-dispensing toys.

Tip #7: Eat from your designated dinner bowl. No stealing food, no matter how slowly your guests eat!

 Tip #8: Take some time to snuggle with the human guests so they don't feel left out.

 Tip #9: Don't forget to have fun!

I'm gonna catch you!

We hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Weruva Pumpkin Patch Up! - Product Review

Pumpkin season is here! This month we received Weruva's  Pumpkin Patch Up! food supplement from

The product is just pumpkin puree in convenient, shelf-stable packets. There are only two ingredients: pumpkin and water (for processing). The simplicity of this product is refreshing, since so many dog foods and supplements contain a multitude of mysterious ingredients.

The benefits of feeding pumpkin
Each box of Pumpkin Patch Up! has 12 packets inside, and there are two sizes of packets available: 1.05 oz and 2.80 oz. Each packet is meant to be a single serving, and can be fed daily and even with each meal. When your pup has a mild case of tummy trouble, it is so convenient to open a packet of Pumpkin Patch Up! for each meal instead of opening a big can of pumpkin puree and then having to refrigerate or figure out what to do with any leftovers.

I think the pumpkin puree in the packet looks a little bit brownish, unlike the pretty, bright orange I get when I puree fresh pumpkins at home. However, there is a great variety of pumpkin flesh colors, so that could be a contributing factor.

Of course, Chewy thought it was delicious and did not care at all about aesthetics.

I like the convenience and simplicity of the product, but I do wish that it was made in the US. Our box says it is a product of Thailand. Chewy is happy to eat pumpkin (or anything) at any time!

Disclaimer: We received free boxes of Weruva Pumpkin Patch Up! from for review purposes as part of the Blogger Program. We did not receive any monetary compensation for this post, and all opinions shared above are our own.