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Bully Sticks Dog Treats- Review

Hi all, I more than happy to share my Canine Fur Babies Review of Bully Sticks Dog Treats with you all today. Yes my dogs tell me a lot, it’s just a shame they don’t like to speak in public to others.

Bully Sticks labelWhat had me excited about Bully Sticks by Best For My Pets:

  1. Bully Sticks AREN’T Made in China – they are made in Brazil and packaged here in the USA
  2. Bully Sticks are 100% Digestible – if your dog practically swallows his treats, rawhides and food whole, you don’t have to worry about it plugging his digestive track. When the digestive tract in dogs get blocked they can need emergency surgery as they would starve to death.
  3. Bully Sticks are ALL NATURAL – 100% Beef
  4. Bully Sticks are ODOR FREE!
  5. Bully Sticks are 100% Guaranteed – No Questions Asked (and the Guarantee goes beyond the Amazon 30 day limit).
  6. Best For My Pets (the makers of Bully Sticks) – A portion of their Proceeds and Send it Out To Pet Rescues in the USA!

Mr.Peanut Bully Sticks yummy dog treatTiny Dog Bully Sticks yummy dog treatMy Dogs may not be camera shy, but they don’t think you would understand their voices, like I do. It’s actually quite sad that I have to try and draw out of the dogs a previous action to show you on video or in pictures. They act cute when they think that only their Mommy or Daddy are watching, then we have to reproduce what the dogs have just done from time to time, so we can show you. This time around it is no different, except for while eating the Bully Sticks.

Mariah dogs bully sticks package and sticksTiny Dog wasn’t his usual nervous hyperactive self and just kept chewing away, not distracted by the flash of the camera and he loves chasing after the flash of the camera, the anti red eye light etc.

Now Mr. Peanut, I’ve never taken a treat away from him (well the occasional mouse caucus while we lived in apartments years ago…Yikes!) but he was upset that I was looking at him through the camera lens and kept trying to hide his treat from me. Must be pretty good if my dog, who is almost 13 years old, decides to suddenly hide his treat from me, like I was going to take it away. He must love the treat!

I went to move the package of Bully Sticks off from my husband’s TV tray and Tiny Dog decided that it was time for another treat! So cute how he begged and made noises for his treats… a good sign! I admit I had to recreate the begging for my camcorder, but after a short beg for the video, Tiny Dog decided at that time to be respectful and just come to my side to beg, away from the bag of treats. Lol

After my dogs had several Bully Sticks, I didn’t notice any diarrhea, as some of you may know Dachshunds have sensitive tummies and raw hides, for my long haired Dachshund, always caused him to get the runs. Not a problem with the Bully Sticks!  And Tiny Dog, had no problems with the Bully Sticks either.

Disclaimer: Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed the product mentioned above. I received this product for this review from Best For My Pet. I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return.. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. The photo’s used in this review were provided by the sponsor and me.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

I’ve Got Big Balls! Ice Ball Mold – Review

Ice Ball Mold Review

Howdy folks, today I wish to introduce you to an Ice Ball Mold, by StyloPhora. I received a package containing 3 of these unique ice molds. The molds are nice and cushy to the squeeze, seeming a little thinner on the very top. The molds have a line on them, so that you know where to stop filling them. And the package included a funnel and instructions.

My husband couldn’t wait to try them out and freeze some ice for us. Looking at the molds in the freezer, the ice went just up to the hole in the top when frozen, perfect! I used one of the ice balls on a flavored drink and one on Two Fingers of Whiskey for my husband.

Ice ball molds and supplies and frozen

Goodness Gracious Great Balls of ICE!

The ice seemed to melt more slowly than normal ice cubes and so it didn’t water down the drinks as fast, however the ice balls made the drinks cold quite quickly. Do I have to say it? Okay I will, the ice balls look so very cool! Not to mention that the Ice Ball Molds by StyloPhora are Giant! They appear to be about 2 1/2 inches big with my measuring tape. I've got Big Ice Balls

.Coffee Ice ball in glass of milk

Next I decided that I needed to make iced coffee. After I made coffee, I cooled it down quickly. I put the coffee into a glass measuring cup and put the measuring cup into a bowl of ice. Then once it had cooled nicely, I added it to the ice balls. Its not that the ice balls wouldn’t take hot coffee, but that I don’t want to put anything hot in the freezer and I was in a hurry to try this (other wise the refrigerator or let sit to cool would have worked). I decided it would be a great idea to take this coffee ice ball and place it in milk. YUMMY! 🙂 Just make sure the milk isn’t expired, lol, the one I did the first time was and I was shocked! Lol


I took one of the frozen ice balls and put it in the dogs water dish, I heard that they love to play with them in there. I filmed it after I chased the youngest of my dogs down 3 times as he stole the ice ball out of his water dish and brought it out onto the rug in the living room, dropped in on the wood floor rolling it around trying to get it into his kennel and once he picked it up and putting it on my husband’s recliner hoping to just lick it there. Lol Silly dog took advantage of the fact that my husband got up to assist me, placing the Ice Ball back in the dogs dish, so that I could film him playing with it. Lol

Leave it to the younger of our two dogs to cause a lot of laughter as he discovers a new “toy” to play with.

What is the secret to creating a perfectly clear ball of ice? When you order the Ice Ball Mold, you will receive a secret code so that you can learn how in a video. 🙂 I am currently writing this as I freeze a perfect Ice Ball without those air-bubbles that cloud up the ice. We will see if I managed to do it right? Well not 100%, I didn’t have one of the things used in the trick so I substituted another and I have to say to follow their instructions on this secret EXACTLY! I ended up with an oblong Ice Ball and most of the ice was clear, and we usually have that particular item around the house but we just used it up very recently. lol

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Petbrosia Dog or Cat Food Giveaway

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
Hi folks, I just received the “All Clear” from Petbrosia, allowing me to giveaway the wonderful customized food for your dog or cat!

If you win this wonderful giveaway you will be able to order yourself a free 3 pound bag of pet food customized for your favorite fur baby, be it feline or canine.

Petbrosia will want to know some of the details of that lucky pet, just like they did for me, your pets Age, weight, breed and they will develop customized formula just for your lucky pet.

You can read my review of the customized dog food that my dogs ate HERE.

And I mustn’t forget that they have a special coupon code for my readers, use the code:  BRL10 and receive $10 Off your First Purchase of Petbrosia Pet Foods!

My adding Petbrosia Customized Pet food to my dogs dish. $10 savings on my post and a post for a special giveaway is up and running too. :) Special Giveaway Rules:

This Giveaway is only available to The Lower 48 States, they do not ship to Alaska or Hawaii at this time.


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Petbrosia Review – $10 off savings

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

My Fur Babies and their Petbrosia Review:

Okay so I am a very helpful Mommy to my two fur babies, but I understand their body language, so I am “assisting them” on their Petbrosia Review.

As I am sure you can guess my two little boys were very lucky as they got to try a 10 lb bag of Petbrosia. The company that makes custom made food for your pets, I chose to get the formula custom made for Mr. Peanut.

How do they custom make their formulas?

I am adding the Petbrosia Dog food, the customized dog food to one of my dogs dishes. Save $10 with my code and also posted is a giveaway!They Take into account your dogs breed, age, and weight to create the food for your pet.

Here is a quote from Petbrosia about their ingredients:

Petbrosia uses only the highest quality ingredients, all-natural ingredients, grown and raised by farmers across America. You can be confident when feeding petbrosia that you pet is getting the very best

With all the scares in the news about products coming in from China for our pets, I’ve started checking labels carefully and trying to make sure (on a regular basis) that the dogs food was not made in China and I avoid the brands that have been listed in the past as having problems as they have in the past used ingredients that have killed people’s dogs.

Their products are also:

Made with Real free-run chicken and salmon.

Does not contain: Soy, gluten, corn, wheat or by-product meal (like bone meal)

Contains: Vitamins and supplements including Chondroitin and Glucosamine in every diet (these are the ingredients that you here advertised for humans as they aid in joint health).

I really liked the fact that Petbrosia let me create a pet profile for both of my pets, they even let me upload a picture. 🙂 The above info on your pet helps Petbrosia to find the pets key nutritional needs. Right after I finished both of my dogs profiles, I received a welcome email and then in a very short time (sorry can’t tell you how long, since I accidentally deleted the email, but I have the headers in my search so it was possibly 2 days time) I received the tracking number in a shipment confirmation, the box was sent to me via UPS. It’s always so handy knowing when to expect a shipment to arrive to your home. 🙂

The Delivery was very timely (via UPS) and it was fun to receive a big box of food for my pets as close as my doorstep!

I opened my box and found a lovely foil ziplock package full of Mr. Peanut’s customized food.

Mr Peanut eating petbrosia customized dog food... find my review here & a $10 savingsTiny Dog Eating Petbrosia

My dogs really enjoyed their new food and as instructed, we slowly worked the dogs into their new food… mixing a little of the usual food with the new to let their bodies adjust to the new one. Amazing how many people I’ve talked to didn’t know to do this with their pets, perhaps their pets don’t have sensitive bellies like my long-haired Dachshund “Mr Peanut.” While Mr Peanut was a puppy we switched foods and noticed he was sick for a while, not the case with Petbrosia at all.

One day I forgot to close the zip-lock type bag, (don’t misunderstand me, it’s one of the easiest zip lock bags that I have found in any product) and I found our younger fur baby, “Tiny Dog” begging as he looked up at the Petbrosia as it sat on the chair by the table. I laughed so hard and captured a picture of him doing so! But, of course, that picture ended up as one of the pictures on my computer that were destroyed when I cleaned out a Trojan and a virus that ended up on my computer… darn email sometimes!

Tiny Dog Begging for PetbrosiaI fed this new food to both my dogs, as it wouldn’t hurt Tiny Dog, I was sure and he did fine, this is the reason why, when I had only one 10 lb bag to choose from for one dog I chose the one for the dog that is more mature and was very slightly over weight.
We also received phone calls from Petbrosia they were very nice indeed as they called to check up on us, how the dog was enjoying his food and see if there were any questions etc. Nice to not get any pressure to buy with those phone calls… actually part of the reason we are seriously thinking about getting more in the future! That impresses me, when a company is so confident in their product that they just check up on you and they know that the product and the service just sells itself!

Now one thing the dogs both have perfumed the air with gas, this happened about 2 weeks into their eating the product, and it took about 4 days to subside. *shrug* My guess? Perhaps it was their bodies adjusting to their new food. I have to laugh and tell you about little Tiny Dog, when he releases gas he looks at his rear-end like it’s traitorous. Lol Tiny Dog is so comical at time that he just makes us laugh.

Filling Tiny Dogs bowl petbrosiaWe fed Tiny Dog about ¼ of a cup more a day, Mr. Peanut was on 1 Cup a day, and Mr. Peanut did lose a little weight in a month! Do they make special customized meals for People? Hmmm, nope… too bad, hubby and I could use losing a few pounds. Lol

Anyway, we are highly satisfied with the ease and convenience with Petbrosia’s Product and Service and we will be recommending it to our friends. The dogs seemed to love the food and it may just be the massive amount of weeds growing in the backyard, but the little treasures that I usually pick up from the yard, seems to have diminished… do I really have to spell it out? They seem to be pooping less… that is always the sign of a good highly digestible product when your pets leave less behind for you to clean up after. And isn’t that nice for you too? I would hope you agree! lol

Thank you to Petbrosia for entrusting me with this review, or should I say entrusting my fur babies with this review. Both my dogs give this 2 paws up and send doggie kisses and waggly tails to Petbrosia (their way of saying thank you).

OH and here is your special offer:

Order now and receive $10 Off your First Purchase of Petbrosia Pet Foods by entering the promotional code: BRL10


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Pork Chomps Healthier Than Rawhides – Review & Giveaway


Hi there friends, it’s the Dog Days of Summer and a great time to review more items for the dogs in our lives. I was fortunate enough to be contacted by a Representative of Pork Chomps by Scott Pet for some treats for our Canine Fur Kids. Needless to say my dogs really LOVE reviewing products for the blog and they have eagerly munched away joyfully on their treats.

Pork Chomps Logo: Premium Pork ChompsThese treats are very unusual, they act like the rawhides that can keep our dogs busy chewing away, however they are made of expanded baked Pork Skin. These are a healthy alternative to rawhide.

As usual I did my research on the new treats, reading through the documents that I was sent, as well as their Pork Chomps Website. I learned about the great health benefits for our dogs, with these treats.

From the Pork Chomps Website:

Showing the large variety of products in the Pork Chomps line

Pork Chomps are more digestible than rawhide because they are made from skin not hide. Rawhide was just an inexpensive byproduct of the cattle industry, and virtually has no flavor on its own. That is why most rawhide is basted, stuffed or sugarcoated, in order to interest pets. Pork Chomps are also better than rawhide chews for dogs because of Scott Pet’s proprietary, patented expanding process wherein 70% of the pork’s fat is removed, creating a more natural dog chew that is a cleaner product with reduced grease and odor.

Here are a few paragraphs about these dog treats in on of the documents that I received, that I thought were of most interest:

Pet parents have been searching for a rawhide-alternative chew that they can feel safe giving to their pets,” said Scott Pet President and C.E.O Mike Bassett. “So, we commissioned a first-of-its-kind study last year to prove that expanded, baked pork skin chews are more digestible than rawhide.”

Bassett said the study (located at, conducted by the University of Illinois Department of Animal Sciences and Department of Animal Sciences at Purdue University, found that Pork Chomps were 99.9% digestible compared to rawhide chews, which were only 50-85% digestible. Digestibility is imperative since dogs often times swallow large chunks of chews, which can lead to intestinal blockages if it isn’t completely digested.

In addition, the study showed that dogs that had eaten Pork Chomps products had reduced cholesterol and triglyceride levels – a health benefit that rawhide chews can’t provide, Bassett said.

Pork Chomps products are also better than rawhide chews because of Scott Pets’ proprietary, patented expanding process wherein 70% of the pork’s fat is removed, creating a cleaner, easier to digest product that has longer shelf life. The process also removes unsightly color from the pork skin while reducing odor and grease







I couldn’t wait for the treats to arrive, at last something that perhaps my dogs could really chew on, like a rawhide and wouldn’t make my dogs sick with diarrhea? Well we will see.

Pork Chomps Baked Pork Knotz 1I received the box of Pork Chews and when I opened them I admit that I was petrified at first, wondering what I was thinking when I said okay to them, as the chews look almost identical to rawhides. I’ve said it before and I will say it again, my dogs have sensitive tummies and they have problems with some foods, well this extends to raw hide chews too. They have a rough time (or should I say “ruff time” lol) with their digestion when it comes to rawhide chews, as a result they get a bad case of diarrhea. So we had to take the dogs off rawhides all together.

The box that I received had a great variety of Pork Chomps for my dogs to try out and I must say that, although my dogs are considered Medium size dogs, a majority of the chews are more than ample in size for them… I should have requested the small dog size for them instead. But they receive more carrots for little snacks during the day as a result, which is also very good for them. Lol

Pork Chomps Baked Pork Knotz test with Mr PeanutPork Chomps Baked Pork Knotz test with Mr Peanut











One day I realized that I could feed my dogs both a different treat so I fed Mr. Peanut (he’s a avid chewer and chews away on any large treat very fast) the Pork Chomp Knotz, which are pretty big. And I gave Tiny Dog the same, and though this was the second time he had this treat, Tiny Dog decided to guard it while on my lap after briefly nibbling at it. I thought I was being smart when I suddenly thought about Tiny Dog and the fact that his more of a nipper, trying to chew with his front teeth mostly and that his mouth was not nearly as large as his big brother, Mr. Peanut. So what did I do? I took the bone away and fed him one of the stick like ones Pork Chomps Baked Twistz and he went to town on it. Suddenly, there was a fight and Mr. Peanut won the prize he wanted the Twistz. Silly me, I didn’t think about the different flavor with the Twistz as it had sweet potato in it. Mr Peanut guarded his own while chomping at Tiny Dog’s treat, so we had to take both treats away. Mommy (me) learned her lesson on that day, from now on they get the same treat.

When I purchase more, I aim now for the smaller treats to accommodate the smaller mouth on Tiny Dog, since he will use his back teeth some, but he mostly nibbles and nips to the treats. If I had just the one dog, Mr. Peanut,  I would just go with the larger sized Pork Chomps as they are just perfect for him.

Pork Chomps sweet potato wrapped Tiny dog begging and Mr Peanut looking onI also tested the Pork Chomps and versus the rawhide with Mr. Peanut, since he is my big chewer. Mr Peanut, with the two at his side chose the Pork Chomps to work on. Nice, I can see why they say that it is preferred over rawhide’s 9 to 1, my older dog really prefers the Pork Chomp.

I found a huge list of retailers, that sell Pork Chomps, on their website

In their list they include Walgreens, PetSmart & Big Lots all of which aren’t too far away for me. This is a big plus being able to shop near me for the Pork Chomps and my Walgreens is really close, and where I buy mine currently. Yes I have bought these recently and I plan to check out the prices at Big Lots to see if I save even more.

They also have a promotion on right now in their online store for Free Shipping in the month of August! Yay! I won’t have to travel at all, and I can have them delivered to my door.

Pork Chomps sweet potato wrapped Tiny dog begging and Mr Peanut looking onIn Conclusion:

I have to say that this is a fantastic alternative to the raw hides! And I am aware that giving them something to chew on is good for their dental health and takes care of their instincts to chew as well, so it’s wonderful that the dogs have something good to chew on again. This not only is good for them but for me too as it keeps them busy and out of my hair for a time. And I don’t have to deal with any problems with their digestion and intensity of the dogs, looking for constant attention, when their belly’s were upset from rawhides.

And as far as my dogs are concerned, these Pork Chomps are “The Bomb!”

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2 U.S. winners 2 bags of Premium Pork Chomps each!

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Disclaimer: Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed this product. I received a dog treats for this review. I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return.. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. The photo’s used in this review were provided by Pork  Chomps and me.