Monday, January 29, 2018

Wellness CORE Simply Shreds - Can It Help With Separation Anxiety? #chewyinfluencer

So friends, the mom picked Wellness CORE Simply Shreds for us to review together and Chewy.com sent it to us free of charge for our honest opinion.  We, (well, the mom) chose this because you see, I have separation anxiety and we are always looking for things to help with that.  Let me explain.
I take lots of anxiety pills (plus an antibiotic because I had a pain in my butt, yes an infected anal glad) so I need something extra yummy to get all of those meds in me.
I get car sick so on hiking days mom cannot feed me breakfast with my pills before we leave because I will hurl it up in th car.  We need something portable to take along so I can eat it with my medicines when we get to the hike.  It has to be something VERY tasty or I will spit the pill right out.
So we are packing this up with the hiking gear.
Here we are in the parking lot at the hike and OMD, what is this scrumptious aroma?
Give me my bowl!
Nom Nom Nom Nom Nom Nom
Uh oh.  One pill left and there was no getting it in me so mom says this food was a FAIL for taking pills on the road.  A thicker pate type of food works better for the pills.  So she says.
So we will try something else.  This is me home alone in my crate on 3 different medicines that well, apparently don't help much at all.  I have to be in my crate because I FREAK OUT if I am loose and mom pulls out of the driveway in her car.  She drove around the block once and came back and caught me starting mass destruction in the kitchen.  Yikes.  My crate is in the basement because I make such a mess in it with my bedding but it's dark down there and mom leaves a radio on for me.  And apparently a spy cam.  I mostly do this in the crate for 4 hours straight while mom is at work.  She works from home in the afternoons so I don't have to have crate time all day.

So, the mom's next bright idea was to use the Wellness CORE Simply Shreds to stuff my Kong with because well, I LOVE the taste and I always get something extra special frozen in my Kong for home alone crate time. (Note from mom:  On work days, half his food with pills for breakfast, the other half in a frozen Kong.)
Mixing it with kibble after mom squirted the juices everywhere opening the pouch.  Hey, I am not complaining.  I got to lick it up off the floor.
Stuffing it in the Kong and mom was saying words not fit for a dog's delicate ears because juices kept dripping out the other end.
OK, putting it with the already frozen Kong ...
... in the freezer.
Fast forward to the next day when mom left me in my crate with the Kong stuffed with frozen Kibble and Wellness CORE Simply Shreds...
Look at me calmly working that Kong, BOL.  Now it doesn't last for 4 hours but sometimes it gives me an hour of not freaking out.

So the bottom line is, mom is not fond of it at all.  She thinks there is way too much watery juice, it squirts out when opening the pouch even if  you cut it open with scissors, it's impossible to get all of the chicken shreds out of the bottom of the pouch and it comes in a pouch that is not recyclable.  Well, that is just her opinion and what does she know?  I pawsonally think it tastes super good.  So deal with mom, OK?

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

My Benebone #chewyinfluencer

Friends, this winter has been hideous, GRRRRR.  We had -10 wind chills and I did not even want to go out to pee.  We had not hiked in 3 weeks and my B&B was full of Howliday guests.  I had a bad case of the deadly cabin fever. 
Finally on Sunday the last of my howliday B&B guests left and I was free to do my Chewy.com review.
Hmmmm.  What is this?  It is a Benebone Wishbone Chew Bone that Chewy.com sent me free of charge in exchange for my honest opinion.
The mom wasn't sure about this because I am a hard chewer.  I killed a plugged in heating pad in 2 minutes flat.  Yes, made mincemeat out of it I did.  (But I did unplug it first, I am not totally stupid you know.)  OK so give me this bone with REAL BACON (drool!) and let me prove to you that I can make mincemeat out of this, too.
But you  know what?  I was a little confuzzled.  It was heavy and loud when I dropped it and I was not quite sure how to approach this.

At 11:30 AM I tried to warm up to this bacon-flavored delicacy but quite frankly, we thought this might be a huge fail.

Well, I tell you, it took me a full half an hour but once I got the hang of it, I really got into this Benebone.
Then at 1:15 PM, I needed a break from all that chewing.
This is one hour and 15 minutes of HARD chewing.
The mom is pleased.
Me, I am exhausted.  Good night.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

I Have a Drinking Problem #ChewyInfluencer

But wait, it is not what you might think.  My drinking problem is that I refuse to drink water on hikes.  The good news is I have no interest in drinking out of creeks and ponds where you can pick up all kinds of (ewwwwwww) nasty cooties.  But mom says an athletic dog has to stay hydrated and that means she wants me to drink on hiking breaks.  No thank you.
Hey, what is this Chewy.com sent me free of charge in exchange for my honest opinion (and Al's honest opinion, too)?  It is The Honest Kitchen Bone Broth and it comes in different flavors.  I requested beef.
Open it up!!!!!!!!!!
OK, so you need to mix it with water.  I tasted but there is no bone broth in there yet.
You have to nuke the water then stir in the powder. I snoopervised.
OK, I kind of jumped up and tried to taste some of that powder, too.  And I got caught.  Bummer.
Is it ready yet?  A dog could die of thirst here.
Mom even got out the good dog China for this.  Let's taste this stuff!


I would say this was a HUGE hit with both me and Al.
Look at all the good for you stuff in here.
Mom is mixing up some more.  It does stay a little chunky (the container says that's OK and I don't mind) but ...
... if you put in in your hiking hydration bottle ....
... and shake up up ...
... those clumps go away.
So let's take this on the road for the true test.  Will I drink it on my hiking break?
So here is my hiking bottle that mom kept in the fridge overnight with that yummy bone broth all mixed up.
Yum
So delish.
Wait Al, I'm still drinking.
OMD, that was so good.
Fine Al, you can have a turn but don't drink the rest of it.  We have more breaks to take.
Al!
Good thing Al is my buddy.
OMD, mom saved some for the end of the hike!
This is a winner!  I no longer have a hiking drinking problem.