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Rachael Ray Nutrish for Dogs – Naturally Delish Review

 

A while back I was invited to let my “Fur Kids” (my two dogs) test our some new dog food called Nutrish, that is by Rachael Ray.

Introducing my “Fur babies”, my 2 fur kids are Mr. Peanut (my 11 yr old Dachshund) and Tiny (my 3 yr old Min-Pin).

Mr Peanut, Mariah's Long haired Dapple DachshundTiny - Mariah's Little Min-Pin dog

 

 

 

 

When the dog food arrived and I realized that the dog food was soft, I was very concerned.

closeup Hearty beef stew rachael rays delish dog food

In the past there has only been one type of soft dog food that my dogs have been able to eat without getting diarrhea/dysentery. Until we recently discovered that one brand of dog food was okay for our dogs, we avoided canned soft dog food like the plaque. A friend sent us some canned soft dog food, saying that our boys needed to try it… even then we avoided feeding it to the dogs until a special occasion (last Christmas). It just figures doesn’t it, that the dogs go nuts over such a treat as soft dog food and usually that stuff made them sick.

See my dogs eating their nummy new soft food (below) note poor ol’ Mr. Peanut, getting gray in the face… he is 11 but his little brother “Tiny dog” is keeping him good and young! 🙂

Mr Peanut Eating Rachael Rays Dog food

Tiny Dog Eating Rachael Ray's Delish Dog Food

Now we know of two soft foods to feed our dogs that they won’t have a bad reaction to! Yay! Whew what a relief! And believe me I waited and waited for a couple of weeks,. avoiding feeding the Nutrish to the boys. I was so scared of the mess on their backsides and possibly accidents in my house.

the 4 flavors of Nutrish dog food by rachael ray

The Flavors of Nutrish Dog food that my little fur kids got to try?

Chicken Paw Pie, Savory Lamb Stew, Hearty Beef Stew and Chicken Muttballs. What fun names for dog food, and the look of the food? Looks good enough for people food. lol

rachael ray dog food in Hearty beef stew looks good enough to eat!

Nutrish, Naturally Delish is inspired by recipes from Rachael Rays’ kitchen. These are stews made with wholesome, simple ingredients with no wheat*, corn, or soy in the mix. Also there are no meat by-products or fillers, and no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives in this soft food.

*The Pasta in Chicken Muttballs is made with some semolina wheat flour however.

Well, if my dogs reactions to the food is any indicator, I’d say the taste must have been good, and the smell must have been wonderful too as they begged as soon as I peeled the foil like seal (that is under the plastic re-closeable lid) off the container.

Tiny and Mr Peanuts Dog dishes with Heartybeefstew by rachael ray's Nutrish

What can I say, I always liked Rachael Ray and her shows on the TV, not only does she make great people food but her dog food made my two fur babies happy! Thank you Rachael Ray!

The dog food comes in nice plastic containers that you can see the food through, the food looks a lot like a stew and that was so reassuring as this was the first soft dog food ever that really looked tasty even to me. lol I could see the bits of vegetables and meat in the gravy like sauce surrounding them, I found this so very refreshing!

close up of nice plastic container that houses Rachael Ray's soft dog food

Since Mr. Peanut and Tiny are both weighing between 13 & 16 pounds, I had them both split each container of food in half. If I had just one dog and it was small, the containers are resealable with their plastic lids, so take out what you need, place the lid back on it and store it in the refrigerator, until the pups next meal.

Did you know my dog Tiny is a rescue dog?

My husband and I rescued our dog Tiny 2 years ago, the poor 1 year old puppy was skin and bones, his eyes were dull (and always half closed, so sad looking), his coat was dull, he had worms and had been up for adoption for a long time before we found him. As if that wasn’t enough, poor little Tiny was shy and skittish too.  Today Tiny is at the perfect weight, his coat is shiny, his eyes are huge & twinkling. Tiny has become a huge part of our little family, and he’s not only sitting on our laps but loves to sit on the laps of our friends and family as he’s grown out of his shyness and has become more trusting of others. Why am I talking about my rescue dog? I am talking about this because Rachael Ray has created “Rachael’s Rescue” and 100% of the proceeds from the sale of Nutrish go to help these animals in need! The money goes to medical supplies, food and treatments for these unfortunate animals. You can find out more about the program at rachaelsrescue.org!

Disclaimer: Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed this product. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, Nutrish provided me with a free sample of this product to test. 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 for the free product. . 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 Me (Mariah Lockwood).

SureFlap,The Cat Door for your Microchipped Cat – Review & Coupon Code

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

Cat coming in through white Sure Flap Cat Door

Hi there friends, I really got lucky this time as I got to play with/test out The SureFlap Microchip Cat Flap/Cat Door. What a cool concept this pet door memorizes your Cat(s) Microchip(s), just make sure the microchip was placed in the neck area of your kitty. Once the SureFlap Memorizes the pets microchip it opens with ease for your pet and only your pet (or pets).

Sure Flap Logo Stated on logo Sure Flap Pet Care Innovation

I received the package in the mail in great condition, the only complaint I had was that the package that contained the screws was too thin a plastic and I found a screw jumping out at me as soon as I opened the package. Luckily all the screws were found and the box was complete with everything you or I would need in the box, except for the handy person with their tools to put it in, luckily for me I have one of those poor suckers (errrrmmm ummm, I mean “my sweet husband”) here for my very own, use… you will have to supply or find your own! I did read the instructions though and they seem quite complete and not hard to understand, nor to install.

How the Cat Door Microchip Operates shows a cat the door how it unlocks in response

Although I played with my small dogs, one of whom has a microchip and the other that does not and took the flap through its paces, I had a special someone in mind when my husband sounded a little resistant to putting in the flap for our pets. We will be getting my older dog a microchip soon too, however wishing to choose my battles, I will just need to slowly wear that poor man down, and in the mean time I have a special someone in mind who I think will go nuts over this as a gift. Honestly though I have two little dogs that love to go inside and outside all day long and it about drives me nuts, luckily they are dogs and I call and about 50% of the time they both come running… or they will come to the door and bark loudly to get my attention. Now if it were my old cat, I’d be luck that he’d ever come when I called, so otherwise he’d never get my attention while he was stuck outside… that’s why in Apartments we never let our Cats outside, if we could help it. lol

The door worked as planned with my dogs, one of my dachshunds’ who is a mixed breed has a microchip the flap did work for, although I think he’s still mad at me for playing with the door with him. And you thought cats could give you a look? You should have seen the looks that the youngest dog was giving me, I think it maybe a while before I make up for my giggling and trying to get him to step through the little flap doorway.

Side Profile of the back of the sureflap cat door

And of course he is not the only dog upset at me, the older dog, being the peace-loving pure bred little gentleman that he is, wanted to show the young dog what it was all about and couldn’t quite understand why the flap didn’t co-operate for him. Oh yes, I giggled even harder and longer now as my husband told my old dog (who’s always been my best buddy) not to worry, that “Daddy” still loves him (indicating that Mommy was mean and didn’t love him anymore… oh my husband loves to tease me).

Tears hit my eyes as I reflect upon the fun time playing with this door. It will be a while before anyone in this house forgives me, but hey, maybe I can get more work done online now? Oh okay, my darling husband and the old dog have forgiven me… the young dog, well he’s nuts (just like my husband is) anyway and loves me no matter what, but a girl can dream about some peace and quiet, can’t she? Ah well… the best laid plans…

Side Profile of the Front of the sureflap cat door in white

I have to say that the sure flap is sure impressive and they thought of things I never thought of with a pet door, I never thought that they could only to let them out or only let them in, I just figured they were always open both ways or, of course, being that I am not as dumb as I look, I knew that there had to be a way to lock the pet doors so they’d go neither in or out.

No need to plug in the sureflap

I do have to say that the batteries appear to be very easily accessed once the door would be mounted, so no concern there… other then if you hear your pets head hitting the door hard and find them on your floor shaking their head back and forth fast as those tiny little cartoon stars go around their heads. lol Just kidding… the batteries typically last 6 months of normal use and there is a flashing indicator that will flash at you to let you know it’s running low on battery power.

No need to plug in the sureflap

I would recommend the SureFlap Microchip Cat Flap for anyone that is looking for a way of keeping any pests out except for their own little furry cat friends. I talked to one of my brothers about this product on the phone and he told me he had to install something just like this for his cats, because mice and raccoons where getting in through the old cat door and eating the cats food in the barn. It’s sure nice to know that, if anyone is reading this, they won’t get this sort of surprise in their house, garage or barn if they seek out this product as it sure can save you some problems.

Cat Exiting through the Sure Flap Cat Door that is placed in a glass door

Well friends, I have been invited to share with all of you a coupon code to save 10% off from a purchase of your SureFlap Microchip Cat Flap, the code is: MOMBLOG12 use, this code upon check out on their website. Be  sure to use the above code soon, or bookmark this page to return to before May 31st, 2012. Enjoy!

Disclaimer: 

Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed this product. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, SureFlap provided me with a free sample of this product to test. 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 for the free product.. 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 SureFlap..

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

Crazy Critters – The No Mess Toy for Dogs Review & Giveaway

Hi there folks, I was lucky enough to be invited to run a review of a crazy critter for my dogs and I would like to share with you my experience.

Crazy Critters the No Stuffing Dog Toy

Some background information: Dachshunds are generally sweet dogs, but mine is vicious with the treatment of his toys. Its only minutes before the stuffing is all over my house and the squeaker is well chewed. It seems to me that my dog goes for the heart of the toy (the noise maker). My Dachshund seems to actually be “killing” his toys all the time now and quicker then he used to, he was an only “child” until we rescued a puppy from a shelter a year back… It makes me think that he is not only greedy and hasn’t learned to share, but that he destroys the toys so fast as he wants to keep it away from his little “brother.” Yes my dogs are my Fur Kids. lol

Our Rescue Dog, "Tiny"
Our rescue dog, “Tiny”… isn’t he a cutie?

When the crazy critter first arrived I took a look at it and the first thing I thought was how flat the toy was and I feared that the dogs will share this tearing it up so very fast. I understood that the toy was without the usual stuffing, which is the first thing I see, within minutes, out of every toy we pick up for the dogs. I suppose I never imagined how the toy without stuffing would look and feel.

I worry about the dogs chewing on the stuffing from the toys, the older dog likes to usually get to the squeaker and after a good chew he’d  then just for fun tearing the stuffing out. But the puppy, he not only tears out the stuffing, but he loves to chew on it…it’s dangerous to let him get away with that.So I was glad to know that the Crazy Critters are stuffing free.

I am also thankful that the toy is stuffing free, it will give the brushes on my vacuum cleaner a break. Ok, so it will give me a break as I will not need to clean the vacuum cleaner brushes of the dog toy stuffing. I will also tell you there is nothing like getting the remnants of the stuffing in the brushes and not noticing until you smell rubber and the belt to the brushes break… yes when you’ve had dog toys with stuffing around the house, you must not do what I’ve done in the past… wear your MP3 player listening to music while vacuuming, because you will miss the noise change in the vacuum cleaner

Next I noted the fact that I can actually feel the two squeakers in the toy and that is something I always looked for in the store, as I had noted that if I could feel the squeaker through the material it seemed that the older dog would go after the squeaker quickly as he must feel it in his mouth as easily as I could feel it with my fingers.

 

I presented the dogs with the toy, I noticed that it was surprisingly resilient to their tug-o-war with each other. After the tug-o-war was done I realized that toy is long enough that that they could both be at separate ends of the toy sharing it, that is until the older dog grabs it hard and curls the toy up under his face to hog it to himself.

Left is "Tiny" dog and to the Right is "Mr Peanut" playing tug o war with thier crazy critter
Tiny (on the left) and Mr Peanut on the Right… crazy critter in between as they play tug-o-war

 

When it came to tearing up the toy, it took a much longer time then usual for them to do, I believe that the lack of stuffing in the toy made it harder to get a good grip on the “skin” of the toy to tear at it. Other toys, the stuffed ones, would only last a few minutes at most with my dogs, even those made of some really tough material (I think it was fire hose material or some such) got teared up by my little dogs… this one lasted a whole day!

With this toy the squeakers were taken out, but thankfully, that was all I had to pick up from their vicious attacks on the toy. lol And today they still play with it… and the fun tug-o-wars still continue days later.

My conclusion, after a few weeks with this crazy critter in the house, I will be buying more of these, when the older dog (my long haired Dachshund) tears into this there will still be plenty of material left for their daily morning and evening tug-o-wars and there will not be stuffing all over my house. Yay, a solution for picking  up stuffing all the time and for saving my vacuum from remaining remnants of the stuffing clogging the brushes and I am also thankful that I will not be spending time tearing out the stuffing fragments from the vacuum cleaner brushes and I will not need to replace the belt on the vacuum cleaner as often as I have had to do in the past.

I highly recommend these Crazy Critters for Dog toys, especially if your dogs are as hard on toys as mine are. 🙂

Take a chance and win one for your pet! Have a good time with your pet!

Disclaimer:
Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed this product. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, Crazy Critters provided me with a free sample of this product to test. I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review in return for the free product. . 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 Myself & Video by Crazy Critters.
 
 


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Warning Dog Owners: FDA Warns about Chicken Jerky

WARNING… For people with Dogs!

 

QR Code to FDA Warning Dog treats Chicken Jerky from China

Animated Sad Puppy for FDA Warning Dog Treats Chicken JerkyThis is not the first time, as I realized after I heard about this warning and ran a search online for  the FDA link, that the FDA has put out a warning about Chicken Jerky for your Dogs! The last warnings about this Chicken Jerky for pets were in 2007, 2008… I Guess we best avoid any of these Chicken Treats of any kind that are imported from China, since this seems to be an ongoing problem. I’ve heard on TV that this could even cause Death! *sigh*

Now this is NOT just Chicken Jerky, my friends, this is also sold as Chicken Tenders, Strips or treats! The Symptoms could indicate kidney failure, so watch your dogs carefully if you’ve fed them these treats. here is a the FDA Report (below) and this is the link to the report for you: FDA Chicken Jerky Warning.

FDA Warnings Report for Chicken Jerky, Chicken Tenders, Chicken Strips or Chicken Treats. imported from China

I hope that none of you have had these problems with your dogs or have fed  your dogs these treats, I know my two dogs are a part of my family and I know the same goes of Joan with her dog. If you want to discuss this Warning, please do post in the comments area, and let us know if we need to send out prayers for your family pet.

(((hugs)))

Mariah “riah”