Thursday, December 1, 2016

How to Give Your Dog a Pill

When your dog is sick and you have to give medication, how do you get that pill down?

Maybe you do the sticking-the-pill-down-the-dog's-throat thing, where you hold his mouth closed, and rub his throat until the pill is swallowed. That's fine, but I find that my dogs often struggle and resist. So I do the hiding-the-pill-in-some-irresistible-food thing.

My dogs mainly eat dry food. But recently, offered me some awesome wet food to review--Natural Balance LID wet dog food tubs, and I thought--this would be a good food in which to hide Kelly's medication.

Kelly has been diagnosed with Cushing's disease. Together with her veterinarian, we have decided to try a regimen of Flax Seed hulls and melatonin.

I break open the flax seed capsule and sprinkle it over the wet food. I add the melatonin pill. Mix it up. Spoon it on top of Kelly's kibble. And she gobbles it right up! This makes administering her medication so much easier, and no struggle and resisting involved--as far as she knows, she's only getting a yummy treat!

Natural Balance LID wet food is all natural, grain free and contains a single source of protein. We used white fish and sweet potato variety.

Kelly could stand to gain a few pounds, so the extra calories in her food are okay. But if you are worried about calories, adjust the amount of kibble you feed, and use only a spoonful or two of the wet food mixed in.

One of the best things about ordering your pet's food on is that it ships fast. I usually receive my order in one or two days. And no running around to the pet stores and lugging bulky bags.

If you have to give our dog a pill, try hiding it in something yummy, such as Natural Balance LID wet food.

*Full Disclosure--I was given 24 tubs of wet food in exchange for my unbiased opinion. This in no way influenced my review. Opinions here are 100% my own.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Merrick Thanksgiving Dinner for your Dog from #Chewy

While you're planning your Thanksgiving dinner, have you decided what your canine family member will be eating for Thanksgiving? How about Merrick Grain Free Thanksgiving Day dinner? 

 sent us some to sample, and Kelly and Ike really loved it. Ingredients include turkey, sweet potato, carrots, apples, green beans, and peas. It's grain free, with no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. And everything about it says Turkey Day!

It's a fun way to share this special day with your special friend. Check it out on

Also, join the #ChewyChat twitter chat on December 8th at 2pm ET hosted by Golden Woofs and Oz the Terrier.

Ike and Kelly are Chewy Influencers and Chewy customers. To be honest, we never thought about having our dog food delivered to our home before we connected with I mean, it didn't seem all that inconvenient to stop at the pet food store. But then, when we found out that can deliver the food we use right to our doorstep, within just a couple of days after ordering, and all for the same price or less than the pet food store, I started thinking about what else I could do with all that time saved from going to the store! Plus, no more lugging heavy bags around...just from the front door to my pantry!

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FULL DISCLOSURE: We were provided with one case (24) of 5.5 oz cans of Merrick Thanksgiving Dinner dog food in exchange for our honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion. Opinions expressed here are 100% my own.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Ike's Halloween Costume

It's a bird....
It's a plane....

Happy Halloween!

What costume is your pet wearing this year?

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Quite Very Actual Adventures of Worzel Wooface Book Review

October Book Review

The Quite Very Actual Adventures of Worzel Wooface--Terribibble Twos
by Catherine Pickles
ISBN 978-845849-31-3
published by Hubble & Hattie

Would you like to know what's going on in a dog's mind? Do you like books told in the voice of a dog? Well, here is a book told in the "quite very actual" voice of Worzel Wooface. And I have to tell you that Worzel's voice is both unique and hilarious. Worzel is a Lurcher living in the Suffolk, England. (For those of us living in the U.S., a Lurcher is a mix of greyhound-type breed and another breed, in Worzel's case a terrier.)

The Terribibble Twos is the sequel to The Quite Very Actual Adventures of Worzel Wooface, Worzel's  diary of his first year of life. At ten weeks old he was surrendered to a rescue group, after having suffered abuse by his owner and another dog. His new owner, Catherine Pickles and her family--including five cats--nurture, love, and help smooth out Worzel's issues.

Here is an exerpt from the new book, where Worzel is learning to stay home alone:

"January 8
Mission Home Alone: Stage One
Mum's had a word about Mission Home Alone with the man who lives next door, and letted him know wot we're practicing, and sorry about the noise if it happens. Fred is a saint, Mum says, for puttering up with being our neighbour. He's also A Bit Deaf, which helps, happarently. Stage One for Mission Home Alone is that you should not do making a song and dance about going out. ..I was a bit confuddled about this at first."

If you're looking for a sweet, funny and insightful look at a rescue dog "with issues," be sure to check out Worzel Wooface!

Full Disclosure: We were provided with 2 copies of this book for our review. This in no way influenced my review. Opinions expressed here are 100% my own.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Do dogs have nightmares?

The evening was peaceful and quiet, just like most every evening, with my husband and I relaxing in the livingroom and our dogs napping on the rug. Suddenly our rescue golden retriever, Ike, started twitching and crying, a soft yelping sound. His paws moved. When we called to him, he awoke, looking around like "What are you waking me for?" Then he seemed fine.

Was Ike having a bad dream?

Research suggests that dogs dream.
1. Scientifically speaking, dog brains are similar to our brains. So if we dream, it seems likely that dogs dream.
2. EEGs indicate that dogs enter a deep sleep stage, just as we do.

Sometimes we surmise that our dog is dreaming about running in a field or chasing a squirrel. Ike's dreams, if that's what they are, seem like bad dreams. Usually not terrifying, but he cries and yelps. He is not a nervous or anxious dog otherwise, so other than gently calling his name to ease him awake when he cries out, we haven't needed to do anything.

We always awaken Ike, but experts suggest that you don't wake up your dog if he seems to be having a nightmare, in case he awakens confused and becomes agitated. I guess you just have to know your own dog and how he/she responds.

Apparently dog dreams are common. Does your dog have dreams? What do you imagine he is dreaming about? Do you think he's having a good dream, or does it seem like a bad dream like Ike?