Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Healthy Treats for Dogs #ChewyInfluencer

Top Ten about Nature's Variety Instinct Grain Free oven-baked dog biscuits:

10. Made in the USA
9. Natural
8. Grain free

7. Gluten free
6. No added sugar
5. Chicken meal is the first ingredient

4. Includes chickpeas, cranberries, pumpkinseeds and ground flaxseed
3. 25 calories a bisquit (medium sized biscuit)
2. crunchy!

1. My dogs love them.
 Even these two muddy dogs coming inside from playing want their treats!

I found one surprising fact: I noticed "montmorillonite clay" on the ingredient list and I thought What is clay doing in my dog's food? That doesn't sound good. When I looked it up, however, I found that montmorillonite clay facilitates high-quality pet foods to remain free of harmful chemicals. The clay acts as a detoxifier. It can strengthen bones and joints, boost your pet's immune system, and is gaining popularity with veterinarians. So it's always good to do a little research if you an unfamiliar with an ingredient. sent us a bag to try out and review and the dogs love them! These treats also come in Rabbit and apples, or Duck and sweet potatoes.

Full Disclosure: I was provided one 20 oz bag of Nature's Variety Instinct dog biscuits in exchange for my honest review. Opinions expressed here are 100% my own.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

My dogs' favorite toy.

My dogs chew.
A lot.
And to keep Petey from chewing this sneakers, slippers, rugs, dish towels and anything else not nailed down, I like to keep him stocked in chew toys.

Recently invited us to review the Benebone. We love being Chewy Influencers because we get to sample lots of good toys. So we got the Benebone, and my dogs haven't stopped chewing on it since! 

 I got it with Petey in mind, thinking older Ernest wouldn't be that interested. But he loves it too!

We got the jumbo size, bacon flavor. It also comes in peanut butter and rotisserie chicken flavor. The wishbone shape is just right for grasping with paws. And it really doesn't matter which end ends up in their mouth, or in both mouths!!

The Benebone is made of food-grade nylon and real bacon! So far, after constant chewing pretty much 24/7 by both dogs, the bone is still in tact. That is amazing!

As always, monitor your dog when chewing. Ernest and Petey didn't get any chunks off this yet, but if your dog does, you are advised to take the toy away. The toy is on the pricier side, but it is worth it since it may last longer than a few days (or minutes!).  Petey and Ernest definitely recommend the Benebone for strong chewers of all sizes and life stages.

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*FULL DISCLOSURE: I was provided with one Benebone for my honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion. Opinions expressed here are 100% my own.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Canine Cancer Survivor Becomes Therapy Dog

Mom, tell me again the story about how you chose me.
Ernest, we chose you because you needed us, and we needed you.

I'm so excited that Ernest's adoption story is shared on's Pet Stories. I've been a Chewy Influencer for years, reviewing and blogging about various products, so I was delighted to contribute this story to their site as well.

Canine Cancer Survivor Becomes Therapy Dog to Man With Alzheimer’s

This post is by Chewy Influencer Peggy Frezon.
Our first senior dog rescue was 11 years old when we adopted him. I shook my head and told my husband, “He’ll break our hearts.”

My husband looked at me and said, “But he needs us.”

So, we adopted the sad, skin-and-bones Golden Retriever, named him Brooks, and fell in love with him. And sure enough, he broke our hearts—but not before filling them with love and joy.

Brooks helped us find our mission—to give a loving home to abandoned senior Goldens. We’ve loved and lost a few. Then this May, our rescue group contacted us about a 9-year-old Golden who lived in deplorable conditions. Did we want him? We’d just lost two senior dogs. Could we open our hearts up to such pain again?

The answer was clear.
See the rest of the story at Canine Cancer Survivor....

In addition to publishing the story, sent Ernest a box of goodies, and they also sent Peppertree  Rescue, the amazing rescue group from which we adopted Ernest, Brooks, and our other dogs, a big box of two dog beds, toys, Kongs, and treats to share with foster dogs in their care. Here's what they got:

Thank you to for all they do to share stories of our love for our pets, and for recognizing the great rescue groups that help make families complete. Thank you Peppertree for helping us find Ernest, who has filled our home with so much love.
P.S. He's now 3 months cancer free!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Paws to Remember- a tearful and joyful celebration

I was leafing through the local Advertiser newspaper when I saw this notice. The event was one I knew well, but there was something else:

This is an annual event held at Nassau Vet--a night to remember the pets lost that year. I'd been to this event before, sadly, a few too many times. But what caught my eye was the dog in the picture. Our Brooks. Our first senior rescue, the one who started us on the journey of adopting senior goldens, and changed our life. The angel ornament pictured was our ornament we'd hung on the tree five years ago to remember him. Seeing his angel wings again was like a gift from heaven.

And now it was time to make another ornament--two more, in fact.

We'd lost our senior golden Ike this past March, and then our 16 year old spaniel Kelly 5 days later. We think of them every day, but most people know, the holidays are always especially emotional. Having a special night to remember and honor them at this time of year is comforting. We decorated our new ornaments and hung them on the tree in the veterinarian's lobby.

Ornaments we made for Ike and Kelly this year.
As we walked in the door, we were each given a bell on a ribbon. The room was dark with candle light and a beautiful Christmas tree adorned with angel wing ornaments. Before long, the room filled to overflowing. So many others missing a pet, just like us.

 It began with a reading from Dr. Lisa Dietrich, called If he wakes in Your arms about when it's time for a much-loved pet to go to heaven. Then other veterinarians read poems and short essays about loving and losing a pet. I was already having trouble keeping back the tears.

Next, the names of the pets lost this year were announced, and when each pet's name was read the families rang their bell. At each soft jingle I felt the depth of someone else's loss.

Finally, pet parents and family members stood up and shared stories and fond memories of their pets. Mike shared about Kelly's dementia, and how Ike became like a therapy dog to her in her final months. Some people told funny stories, most shared about the end, and each and every story showed how much we are all connected to the cats and dogs in our lives.

I think of Kelly and Ike all the time, but the evening helped me share and connect with other pet parents. It felt comforting to observe such understanding from the veterinarians at Nassau Vet who knew and cared for our pets so well over the years, and in many cases helped us gently say goodbye.

As we left, we drove past beautiful luminaria lining the long winding driveway.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Santa Snacks for Dogs #ChewyInfluencer

Do you get a stocking for your dog?
We do!
What do you think of this one?

I couldn't resist this one for Ernest and Pete!

Perfect for any good dog!

As a Chewy Influencer, we were excited to receive a sample of Blue Buffalo Santa Snacks. I thought they make the perfect stocking stuffer for Ernest and Pete.

Good doggy treats!

These Kringle cookies are baked with oatmeal and cinnamon, barley, carrots, pumpkin and flaxseed. There's no corn, wheat or soy. No chicken or poultry either--perfect for pets prone to food allergies.  Ernest and Petey give them a five jingle bell rating!

Okay, can I eat them NOW?!

Has your dog been a Good Dog? Stuff his stocking with Blue Buffalo Santa Snacks!

Full Disclosure: We were provided with one 8 oz. bag of Blue Buffalo Santa Snacks for our honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion. Opinions expressed here are 100% my own.