Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Vital Dog Food by Freshpet

Vital dog food from Fresh Pet

Following in JuLo's & Aj's footsteps, I also was able to review Vital dog food by Freshpet recently for their blogger program. I recieved four 2lb 'logs' of food:




I started w/the Salmon & Ocean Whitefish recipe, which Gibson OMG LOVED, but was definitely not a good one for me to try first. Let's just say, unless your dog has food allergies or you love the smell of fish on your hands, skip this flavor ;)

So, I will move on to the next one I tried, the Turkey recipe:

Vital dog food from Fresh Pet

Vital is a new brand for Freshpet, and it is their take on a grain-free dog food. Lots of protein, some veggies and vitamins, and none of that unhealthy stuff that dog's do not need. Very similar to Gibson's current food, so I definitely approve. It is gently cooked, which means that most of the nutrition will not be cooked out of the food, like a lot of dry dog foods. You can tell how fresh this stuff is by the fact that you cannot order it online since it always needs to be overnighted! It was one of the most urgent packages I have ever received. The fedex guy was even concerned about me getting it into the fridge right away! :)

Now onto the product itself:

Vital dog food from Fresh Pet

I really like that they have 1/4lb markers on the 'log' so you know where to cut. Very handy!

Vital dog food from Fresh Pet

The ingredients are very straightforward. For the turkey recipe, you get:

Turkey, turkey liver, spinach, blueberries, pomegranate, cranberries, carrageenan, broccoli, natural flavors, inulin, green tea extract

+ a lot of vitamins & minerals. It's always nice to know exactly what you are feeding your pup!

Vital dog food from Fresh Pet

I was much happier when I cut into this variety. It smelled pretty much like turkey lunchmeat and left no smells on my hands ;) You can see all of the fruits & veggies too, which never happens w/dry food.

So, at this point, Gibson is whining and drooling all over the floor because he KNOWS whatever it is he is smelling is for him. I cut up the food into bit sized pieces for him and wow, he just goes insane for it! He smushes his face down into the bowl and sucks up every last morsel in about 2 seconds flat. Gibson seal of approval!

Vital dog food from Fresh Pet

I decided to only mix the food into his normal food and then give some as a treat at lunchtime, because I did not know how it would affect his tummy at first. Plus, the closest place to buy it is 40 minutes away, which is not entirely convenient, so I did not want to make the complete switch. So with the extra food (since I only made it through about 1/4 of a log and it needs to be eaten or froze w/in 7 days of opening it), I cut it up into little pieces and froze it to use as treats! This works great!! Perfect for Kongs!

I would definitely recommend this food if it is sold in your area. If not to switch completely, but as an occasional treat or reward. I plan on stocking up if I ever see it in stores :)

Monday, March 29, 2010

Fun at the Dog Park

As promised, I took Gibson to a dog park on Saturday. It was the first time to this dog park, which is the closest one to our house (for now.. there is supposedly one opening up in our town this spring!). I never had taken him to it because I wasn't sure if it was any good or not... and if it was worth the 20+ minute drive. Over the winter though, a neighbor told me that she loved taking her pup there, so I decided that I would take Gibson there on the first nice saturday of the year.

Dog Park Fun

It was a pretty big park. There was a side for agility (although only 2 of the pieces of equipment were 'low' enough for Gibson) and another grassy side that was bigger for running around. When we got there, we went to the bigger side, and Gibson was immediately overwhelmed. He is so cute when he is around a lot of other dogs. He reminds me of myself as a kid actually. He stays back by his mom until he is comfortable and then he warms up to other dogs slowly. At first I thought he was just tired and not in the mood since he was not playing, which bummed me out, but he was just being shy. He'd actually go around and say hi to all the humans before the dogs.. haha. Well, then some of the other dogs were being big jerks by being really aggressive and barking in everyone's faces and humping anything that moved (Argh! Why do people take their mean dogs to dog parks!??). Gibson was actually whimpering! So, me and a few of the other small dog owners decided to make the agility area the small dog only area :)

Dog Park Fun

Once we separated, Gibson started coming out of his shell and he started zooming around in figure eights trying to get the other dogs to chase him.. or he would try chasing them. It was so cute. Every once in a while he'd come by to say, "Hi mom! I'm having a blast!", but for the most part he'd be by his doggy friends' sides. OH! AND we completed our first piece of agility equipment! The ramp thingie! Haha.. you know.. that... ramp. Well, anyways, I told him to hop up on it, and then I walked him up and over! It was fun :) I was proud :)

Dog Park Fun

Taking him around other dogs really makes me realize how sweet of a dog he is. Sure, Ben and I call him every derogatory word under the sun at home, but really, it's all in fun :) He is such a good, good boy.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Agility Woes Update

Well, after explaining my situation to them, I heard back from the agility place, and my choices are now down to three:

1.) Talk to the instructors and ask if I could get into class without it?
2.) Take a chance that they are bluffing and go to class hoping they don't ask for vaccination records?
3.) Just take more rally classes since that trainer is as against unnecessary vaccines as I am, even though I really didn't like rally..?
4.) Give up and just take Gibson to more dog parks that have agility equipment and have fun w/him on my own..?
5.) Take him to a herding class instead even though they are $30 a lesson?

Yup, you have to have the Bordetella vaccine. Oh well. There is one other place in the area that does agility, but it is at a groomers/boarding facility, so I KNOW that they require it too. Seems silly to me, but I will respect their policies... Maybe try again another day...

I've decided to take Gibson to a dog park today that we have never been to to cheer him up. Since, I'm sure he is so distraught over this whole situation ;) Hopefully I will get some good pics of him to share with you all. Thanks for all of your advice!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

More New Clothes

Well, I broke down and bought Gibson yet another collar from Big Doggy Bling :) I might have an addiction... But isn't it just darling!?

New Collar!

Yet again, Ben thinks it is ├╝ber girlie, just like he did the monkey collar. What do you think? I mean, sheesh, there are gators and it is blue! :)

Monday, March 22, 2010

Healthy Omega Treats

Omega Treats

Recently, I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to review a new kind of dog treat, called Healthy Omega Treats. They are a 'layered' treat that are rich in omega 3 & 6 fatty acids, which are good for a dog's skin and coat. I received the Duck, Cod & Sweet Potato variety, and here are the deets on those:

  • Healthy 5-layer treats add shine to your pet's coat
  • Excellent balance of protein, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants
  • Layered with codfish, duck, and sweet potato
  • No wheat, soybean, lecithin, BHA, BHT, ethoxyquin, artificial flavor, glutens or grains
  • low fat & low calorie

Omega Treats

I am a fan of these. The ingredients are healthy and Gibson, of course, loves them. They smell like real meat (very smelly! Just like dogs like 'em) and have a nice chewy texture (not just a one chomp and swallow kind of treat). They're pretty small, so they work well as a training treat. Gibson will do anything if he knows he'll get one of these (and with much enthusiasm!) . And then he'll go and sit by the counter where I keep them as a hint that he wants more :)


So, overall, I give the Healthy Omega Treats two thumbs up! I'll definitely be buying more in the future :)

Here are some places that I've found them online if you are interested in them:

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Bath Time: Then & Now

December 2008 (5 months old):

March 2010 (1 year 8 months old):

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Agility Woes

One of my New Years resolutions was to try out agility w/Gibson. I doubt he'll actually succeed in it, since he hates listening, but eh.. it sounded like a fun Saturday afternoon activity that could possibly be fun for the little guy (and tire him out). I decided to start seriously looking into it to see if there is a spring class starting soon (since running around in spring sounds like more fun than in the dead heat of summer). I was all ready to contact the training place in town to sign up, when I hit a road block: They require the Bordetella vaccine (aka Kennel Cough).

You may be saying to yourself, "SO....??", but I am really against this vaccine. Why? Well, for one, Gibson got really really sick from it. I never wanted to have him get it (since I was told that it was only necessary if you boarded your dog or took them to the groomers), but then a corgi meetup was planned in my area that happened to be at a boarding facility that required the vaccine. I would have DIED if I missed this meetup (I'm dramatic), so I sucked it up and took Gibson in to the vet to get the stupid drugs blown up his nose. We had a great time meeting other corgis, so it all seemed worth it, until about a week later when the symptoms began: Coughing, and more coughing, and mucus coming out of his eyes and nose, and constant sneezing and hacking up more mucus. He couldn't go on walks or play without having to stop to cough something up. Needless to say, it was horrible. When I took him to the vet, they told me it was almost a 100% chance that he developed Kennel Cough from a strain in the vaccine. Fantastic. Over $250 worth of vet visits and meds later, I decided never to give the Bordetella vaccine to Gibson again.

I also am against the flu vaccine if you must know :) I would tell you all the reasons why, but you'd probably roll your eyes at me and think that I'm crazy. The main reason that I don't like either though, is that they are not guaranteed to work and could possibly weaken your (or your dog's) immune system in the long run rather than build up an immunity.. At least, that is what I think...

So ANYWAYS, I looked around at other agility training places, and they ALL say that they require a Bordetella vaccine. So what do I do?

1.) Talk to the instructors and ask if I could get into class without it?
2.) Take a chance that they are bluffing and go to class hoping they don't ask for vaccination records?
3.) Just take more rally classes since that trainer is as against unnecessary vaccines as I am, even though I really didn't like rally..?
4.) Give up and just take Gibson to more dog parks that have agility equipment and have fun w/him on my own..?
5.) Take him to a herding class instead even though they are $30 a lesson?

I'm probably leaning towards #4, actually. What do you think? Am I crazy?? :)

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Pardon My Dust...

So, I decided that I was sick of the way the blog was looking, so I redesigned things a little... and that spawned into creating Yeah, a complete website! I hope this makes things a little bit easier to find, although I warn that it is still under construction, so it's not perfect yet :) Hope you like it!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Ultimate Corgi Butt

Ultimate Corgi Butt

I figured we should live up to our name... ;)

Don't you have an off button?

A few nights ago, I let Gibson out for his nightly potty. Rainy season has arrived, so I try to limit his times going out since it is disgusting outside. So, I let him out, and he immediately scurries over to the side of the house (where I can't see him from the door). I only have slippers on so, I daintily tip toe over to keep an eye on him, but it was too late. He was already running to the front yard. Normally, I would run after him in my slippers, but w/the mud.. not such a good idea. So, I ran in the house, grabbed my snow boots and ran out the front to find him. Luckily, he was right there in front, saying hi to his bff, Bingo, the dog who roams our neighborhood off-leash. Luckily, Bingo is a good listener, so I just told her to stay and she did so I could come over and grab my not-so-good listener of a dog. As I was walking back to the house, corgi-in-arms, Gibson heard Bingo's tags jingling and started HOWLING. HOWLING. Like, seriously. Like, he totally forgot that he was just saying hi to this jingling tagged friend of his and was now protecting us from whatever devilish fiend was going to come and kill his family.

And this howling lasted.... 2 HOURS.

2. Maybe longer.

He would not stop. He has howled before, but never like this. He sounded like a basset hound. He was protecting us. Only we did not want protecting. We wanted to watch 24.

We tried everything to get him to stop. Ignoring him. Telling him NO. Distracting him w/food. Putting him in his crate until he stopped. Taking him outside to investigate the yard and see that nothing was there. Telling him it's ok and petting him softly. NOTHING WORKED! It's like he was possessed.

When we finally went to bed, he was exhausted, but there was still a faint 'woof' coming from him until he fell asleep. He is quite the determined kid.

So, because of this, I've decided that we 1.) need to fence in our little yard asap. and 2.) that I needed to buy the longest flexi lead I could find and never let him out to potty without it until we got a fence. I know that this running off thing only happens once in a blue moon, but it is so frightening... So, I found a 23ft long lead on eBay that should be here soon. He is such a good boy most of the time, but those damn bunnies and neighborhood dogs aren't going away anytime soon....

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Remembering Fatty Fatterson

So, Ben and I spent last night hysterically laughing at photos and videos of Gibson from last March (We're going to be great parents, I know). Basically, because he was the fattest little puppy in the world! Like, seriously. Wow. He had no waist whatsoever and looked like a round little ball of corgi.

Haha, watch this video of him at the corgi meetup last year.. At 1:11, he's just waddling around while the other dogs are playing fetch.

And, his big ol' booty during Coal's visit...
Gibson & his Aunt

AND the super overweight ball of fluff trying to play with a lab...

Oy. Poor guy. I can't believe I let him get that fat!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Car Shakes Update

Well, last weekend Gibson and I made the 1.5 hour trip to my parents. I moved his car seat up the the passenger seat next to me to see how it would go. I had to carry him from inside the house to get him to go in the car, but he got in there. I tried to be as calm and soothing as possible...

The trip there went ok. He was still kind of shakey and had googley eyes, but he would lay down for periods at a time. A lot of times I would look over and think he was doing ok, but then I'd see that he was still shaking. At one point, a pebble came off a semi in front of us and hit the windshield and Gibson tried to jump out of the seat. I firmly told him no and that was the end of that. As far as a 'driving w/Gibson' experience goes, this trip was better than normal (no puppies in mommy's lap) but not as good as they were in the past (when he'd just go to sleep and relax).

Going home went much much better. I actually put a cardboard box underneath the seat to give it more support (Gibson's probably pushing the 'up to 25lbs' limit on the seat) and I think it did the trick! He seemed so much calmer and only shook for the first 5 minutes or so of the trip. He then would either look out the window or sleep! I know that being exhausted from 2 days of running his butt off played into this a little bit, but still! I'm hoping that this is a sign of things to come and MAYBE he'll associate the car w/good rather than bad....

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Calendar Corgi of the Month: Lucy!


Miss March

Name: Lucy
Blog: Craftstew
Corgi Mom: Lynn

Lucy Cuteness:



Lucy Sleeping

March Calendar Ideas
(it's a great time to take those photos for next year's calendar!)

-St. Patricks Day
-Spring Break/Vacations
-March Madness/Basketball

Note: Every month I'll be featuring the corgi of the month on the "Corgis (with blogs) Calendar" and giving tips on the types of photos I'll be looking for for the current month next year.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Sock Balls

Meet Mr. Sock Ball:

Mr. Sock Ball

I made him for Gibson last week. Why? Because I realized that my favorite wool socks had holes in both of the heels (whoops). Instead of tossing them, I rolled one up into the other and tossed it at Gibson..

Mr. Sock Ball
I can has this mommys??

He walked around w/it in his mouth looking guilty until I showed him that it was ok to have it. And then, he did his famous happy dance. Seal of approval for sure. What's not to love? It's the perfect size squishy ball and it smells like mommy's feet! Plus, no stuffing to pull out, woot!

Mr. Sock Ball
See ya, I'm outta here w/this guys

Since he wanted to keep it forevs, I figured i should sew it up. Yes, I sewed! Not too hard. I just kept rolling the socks up and twisting them into each other to make a very tight ball. Then, I just sewed the end shut. Voila! Of course, I thought of the fact that I could've put a squeaker in it right after it was done...which would have made it extra super fun. Oh well.. next pair of old socks, I'll be prepared :)
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