Monday, November 25, 2013

Ideal Balance Treats Giveaway!

Well, my blogging journey with Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ has come to a close.  What better way to end it than with a giveaway!  A treat giveaway to be exact.  More details at the bottom of this post :)

I've learned a lot from these past few months of writing for Hill's®.  Honestly, coming in, I didn't have the highest expectations, but what I've found is that the Ideal Balance brand is comparable to most of the higher quality dog food/treat brands out there!  Why? Well, let's focus on the treats for this one...

  • Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ treats are all natural.
  • Made with real chicken as the #1 ingredient.
  • Grain-free with no corn, wheat, soy, added artificial preservatives, colors or flavors.
  • Made in the U.S.A.
  • Hill’s has zero tolerance for Salmonella. 
  • Ideal Balance treats have appealing packaging with a window to view the treats.

Honestly, that's all I ever really want out of a dog treat for Gibson!  They've met all of my standards and then some!  And Gibson loves both of the varieties:

The Oven-Baked Naturals, come in three different flavors. Some fun combos too.. one is Lamb & Apricots!  Sounds yummy ;)  These are also small (which I love for a corgi that will eat everything in sight) and more like a cookie than the Soft-Baked treats below.
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These Soft-Baked Naturals  are tiny little soft bones that work great as training treats!  They come in 3 different flavors with healthy ingredients.  Beef & Sweet Potatoes? Yumm :)

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I can honestly say that Gibson loves these Hill’s Ideal Balance treats and as his mom, I can feel good about indulging him in such a healthy, high quality snack. I could go on forever about how much we love these treats, but enough about me and my Gibson – it’s time for you and your pups to try them for yourselves! 

GIVEAWAY 

Twenty lucky winners will receive a variety pack of 3 bags of Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ dog treats!

Just email me at ksteck23(at)gmail.com with your mailing address to reserve your spot! 

All treats have been spoken for!


Thanks, Hills®!
Author has been compensated for completion of this article. Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article. 

Friday, November 22, 2013

Nature's Variety Instinct - Grain Free Biscuits

It's time for my monthly Chewy.com review!  This month, I chose Nature's Variety Instinct - Grain Free Biscuits for Gibson to taste test :)
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They sounded great! I love anything grain free and the Rabbit Meal & Apples variety sounded yummy (for dogs).

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Not the most impressive list of ingredients but not bad:
Rabbit Meal, Tapioca, Garbanzo Bean Flour, Apples, Pork Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Pumpkinseeds, Montmorillonite Clay, Natural Vegetable Flavor, Dried Egg Whites, Guar Gum, Ginger, Inulin, Rosemary Extract, Dried Bacillus coagulans Fermentation Product

They are a good sized biscuit, comparable to most treats for small/medium sized dogs.
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Sounds good, right? Well, after this photo was taken..
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Gibson spit it out and walked away!  And he did it  3 or 4 times after that when I tried giving one to him!  Whaaaaa???  So strange.  Not sure if it was just the batch, or the flavor or what.. I decided to give them to my mom to see if her lab, Coal, would eat them and she does!  Funny thing is that she is super picky!!   So weird.... So picky dog loves them.. Dog who eats everything spits them out.. OK!

Anyways, they seem like a good product, just not for Gibson for whatever reason!!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Baking Corgis

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You may recognize this corgi character from Jen's blog, "My Dog Henry" (you may also recognize Henry from the 1st Annual Corgis with Blogs Calendar ;) ). I was so excited when I got it and couldn't wait to go bake some cookies!!  Along with the cookie cutter, Jen provides you with a recipe for sugar cookies and cookie icing (how thoughtful!).  The recipes look awesome, but I was in a hurry and wanted COOOOOKIES NOW, so I just ran to the store and bought a cheapo mix and a pouch of icing *holds head in shame*.    The result was still tasty and adorable :)

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The cutter works really well.  I didn't have much trouble cutting out the shapes and there wasn't really any sticking or anything.

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Into the oven with you!

They come out and get fat, it's so cute!
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I was kind of lazy when it came to icing.. this was about as creative as I came up with...
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I will have to be as awesome and Jen and decorate them like she did one day!  How adorable is this?

And for Christmas cookies, you could add a Christmas collar! Squee! that'd be so cute :)

You can buy this Corgi Cookie Cutter at Jen's Etsy store, here:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/168288344/corgi-cookie-cutter

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Balanced Nutrition

Balanced Nutrition is the Key to a Healthy Diet 
Have you heard the phrase “a little will do a little good; a lot will do a lot of good”? Has this phrase ever been true? 

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It’s scary to think about what would happen if we didn’t get enough of a basic need for life such as water, or if we got too much of a basic need for life such as sodium. That’s why I’m going to talk with you about why “balance” is the ideal approach to a nutritious diet. 

The best approach to just about everything in life is “balance” – work / life balance, and a balanced diet. Nutrients are essential to health for us and for our pets. We can control our diet choices, but our pets rely on us to choose for them. 

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So, what is precisely balanced nutrition and why is it so important? 

Let’s look at key nutrients that your pet’s body needs to maintain good health and energy. Those nutrients are protein, fats, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Sounds, reasonable, right? But, what if any one of these nutrients is too high or too low (a little will do a little good; a lot will do a lot of good)? 
Protein is a vital nutrient that helps support lean muscle tissue for adult pets. For growing puppies and kittens, protein nourishes growing muscle tissue. If a pet’s diet is too low in protein this could lead to poor growth. If a pet’s diet is too high in protein, this could increase the workload of the liver and kidneys to get rid of excess nitrogen. That’s because your pet’s body will only absorb a certain amount of protein – everything in excess must be processed by the liver and kidneys. You can see how over time this extra work could affect these organs. 

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Fats are very beneficial in your pet’s diet. Fats – in the appropriate levels – are excellent for healthy skin. Fats nourish the skin and make it soft. What’s more- fats help with a luxurious coat and contribute to shiny fur! We know what happens with too much fat: weight gain. But what if there isn’t enough fat? Potential for a dull, dry and flaky coat. 

Vitamins and minerals are also essential in your pet’s diet. Vitamins support the immune system; minerals help puppies and kittens grow strong muscles and healthy teeth. If the vitamins levels are deficient, your pet could experience fatigue or weakness. If the vitamin levels are too high, this could lead to organ stress. If the minerals are too high, your pet could be at risk for bladder stones. 

Fiber, we all love fiber! It’s great for healthy digestion, but if your pet’s diet is too low your pet could experience loose stools. Not good! How about too much fiber? Your pet could experience gas! Equally NOT GOOD! 

So the moral to the story is “balance.” Each of these nutrients is critical to survival. For optimal health, choose a food for your pet that provides proven, perfectly balanced nutrition. 

Find out more about a balanced diet at the Hill's Ideal Balance homepage!

Author has been compensated for completion of this article. Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article. 

Herbsmith Smiling Dog Freeze Dried Treats

Last month, Natural Pet Warehouse sent me some treats for Gibson to try out, and they are probably my favorite treats yet!
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We received Herbsmith Smiling Dog Freeze Dried Treats in Rabbit & Duck and Duck with Oranges.  Why do I love them so much?  Look at the ingredients:

Rabbit & Duck: Freeze-Dried Rabbit, Duck, Broccoli, Cranberry
Duck w/Oranges: Freeze-Dried Duck and Oranges

Like, holy crap, that's awesome.   The meat is all sourced from and processed in the USA.   They are a good sized little morsel as well...
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And Gibson loves them.....Nom!
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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Feelin' Frisky

I don't know if it's the weather cooling down, or the fact that I send his sister to daycare for a few hours a week that has got him excited.. but Gibson has been frrrrrrisky lately!

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He's spent about a year and a half pouting (since Hadley became mobile) and pretty much only wanting to play fetch as a form of play. This is the constant look I'd get..

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Well now's he's back to all of his old games again!  He wants to wrestle and play tug of war! And most surprisingly.. he wants to play his weird game again.. I don't know to explain his weird game.. He used to do it alll the time.  Basically, he chases my fingers around my back and under my legs.. it's weird.   I took a video of it years ago, which probably does nothing but make it look even weirder to you than I explained it haha. But here it is..



It's cute :)  I'm happy that he's finally getting back to his old Gibson self.  Or his G self (as Hadley calls him ;) )  
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