From: Moving with Pets
During the second half of my first year of life, I was fed average kibble from a popular brand because the humans didn’t know better and weren’t well informed. When they discovered that the dog food they had been buying wasn’t great quality, they researched and found high quality brands for me to try, and ever since I’ve been very cautious in choosing the food I ingest. For the most part I have had positive experiences with the various dog food brands (ex. By Nature, Canidae, Merrick, Nutro) and dry food types such as organic, high-protein and grain-free that I have tried— no issues with my skin, coat or digestion whatsoever. But I do have to confess that a lot of times when I’m not in the mood to eat my kibble, which I’ve experienced with each and every dog food brand, I mask the kibble with toppings like shredded chicken or turkey to stimulate my appetite. Another thing I do to keep my taste buds excited is rotate foods so I don’t get bored. That’s why I’m introducing you to Spring Naturals, a relatively new pet food brand that I discovered last year via Instagram.
Made in USA and manufactured by Performance Pet Products, Spring Naturals has two lines of dog food: whole grain and grain-free, both available dry and canned. When contacted about Spring Naturals #BestofBreeds campaign, I decided to sample a grain-free formula rather than a whole grain formula as I prefer a diet that’s isn’t so rich in carbohydrates or starches, and was sent the grain-free turkey dinner. As you probably know, carbs and starches can cause weight gain problems if you don’t have a very active lifestyle, and the same is true for dogs (especially with my breed). Labrador Retrievers can easily pack on the pounds if not active enough. And while I consider myself more active than other Labs I’ve known, I certainly don’t spend as much time outside as I would like because the warm weather suffocates me and the hot pavement hurts my paw pads.
For both whole grain and grain-free dog foods, Spring Naturals claims to use real meat, poultry and fish, along with whole vegetables, whole fruits and whole grains like barley, quinoa and oats instead of meals or by-products. For instance, the Grain Free Turkey Dinner I tried is made with turkey, peas, dried eggs, chickpeas, carrots, apricots, berries, spinach, and even flaxseed and sweet potato, among a few other ingredients.
In addition to dog food, Spring Naturals also has a line of dog treats, and I got to taste two of them: grain-free beef and grain-free turkey & salmon treats. Deep down I would have preferred to try all four of their treat varieties, but I was happy with the ones I did taste.
The crunchy treats are most similar to jerky in the smell. Not so easy for the humans to break down, but it’s fun to bite, and I actually love it because that means I get a larger piece! Carnivore dogs that aren’t particularly fond of floury biscuits will absolutely love these treats.
Do you want to win treats like the ones above? Enter my giveaway (ending March 1)!
For a list of stockists and online retailers where you can find Spring Naturals products, click here.
Disclaimer: Needless to say, I try to feature only those products that I believe to be safe and made with high quality products. Financial compensation was not received for this post. Sample products were provided by Matrix Partners, Ltd. on behalf of Spring Naturals as part of Spring Naturals’ Best of Breeds campaign. Opinions expressed here are my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider.
Inside the February BarkBox :
- 3 Angus tendons from Heartland Premium, which are a ton of fun for heavy chewers like me.
- Large cotton Rope Tug & Toss Dog Toy from Harry Barker, which is the same green rope toy from Harry Barker I got for Christmas except larger.
- Cheese Please— Wisconsin cheese grain-free treats from Complete Natural Nutrition. The 100% cheese snacks are made in the USA.
- Max & Ruffy’s Natural Organic Treats in Strawberry & Carob flavor. Made with organic brown rice flour, organic strawberry, organic carob bean, organic coconut oil and organic maca (superfood)!
- Wild Pacific dog treats from Baker’s Best by FeelGood Treat Company. Made in Canada, these have salmon, blueberries and maple.
Click here to get $5 off your first BarkBox subscription.
Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. No financial compensation has been received for this post. Opinions expressed here are my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer.
February is Responsible Pet Owner’s month, so why not remind pup owners to pick up after their dogs and scoop that poop using the fashionable but environmentally friendly Metro Paws Poopy Packs dog waste bags. Each of the Poopy Packs contain eight rolls of 20 poop bags for a total of 160 poop bags. Designs go from stripe patterns to checkers, to bright colored and neutral.
Metro Paws also has a flexible, impact-resistant poop bag dispenser called Poop Case. Made of eco-friendly materials, the Poop Case comes with a roll of poop bags and clips on easily to the leash.
The Poppy Packs and Poopy Case can be purchased at various online retailers, including the Metro Paws shop, where you can make a one-time purchase or sign up to have them delivered to your home every month for six months or a year.
Disclosure: Sample product was provided by Metro Paws LLC. for Sawyer the Labrador to try, but financial compensation was not received for this post. Opinions expressed here are my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider.
The Westminster Kennel Club 138th Annual Dog Show kicks off today and to celebrate, Spring Naturals is taking to social media to showcase your favorite dog breeds, starting with the Labrador Retriever— one of the most popular dog breeds in the United States, and also breed-specific rescues like the Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida.
From now until March 1st Spring Naturals and I will be using social media to share fun facts about my breed. But that’s not all. I’ll be giving away FIVE bags of treats (sponsored by Spring Naturals), so be sure to follow me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, where I’ll be posting giveaway details. Also, don’t forget to follow @springnaturals!
For a quick entry, head over to Twitter (make sure you’re following me) and tweet the following:
To enter for a chance to win a bag of Spring Naturals treats via Instagram, be sure to do ALL of the following:
Follow @sawyerthelabrador and @springnaturals on Instagram.
Post a photo of your pup and tell me what makes your dog (or dog breed) special. Include @sawyerthelabrador and @springnaturals, as well as the hashtag “#bestofbreeds”.
- Make sure your account is public.
This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. A total of five winners will be be chosen by me (Sawyer the Labrador) and notified on February 13, February 17, February 21, February 25 and March 1, or shortly thereafter. Once entry details and personal information are verified, Spring Naturals will ship winner’s prize.
Photo credit: Matrix Partners, Ltd.
It was a good one.
I first fell in love with CANIDAE when I tried their sleek-packaged, high-protein Grain Free PURE dry dog food—made with seven to 10 ingredients at most— after reading a great review on Dog Food Advisor. My digestive system responded really well, and I know this because the consistency of my stool improves or worsens depending on the quality of the food I eat.
Canidae is of the highest quality dog food I’ve ever eaten, so tasting their treats was the next step for me.
I got around to tasting the brand’s Grain Free PURE Heaven biscuits with salmon and sweet potato (also available in duck and chickpeas flavor), as well as the Life Stages Bakery Snacks with lamb, wild rice, and sweet potato dog treats courtesy of CANIDAE Natural Pet Foods. And while both kinds are crunchy, the grain-free kind was my favorite because of the salmon and sweet potato flavor. Believe it or not, I find fish appetizing almost all the time despite its strong smell.
Lucky for me I don’t suffer from any food allergies, so I’m free to eat regular and grain-free formulas—though I prefer the latter— but dogs with sensitive stomachs will find that grain-free treats are better for them.
More photos below:
Disclosure: Sample product was provided by CANIDAE Natural Pet Food Company, but financial compensation was not received for this post. Opinions expressed here are my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider.
The great people at Pawduke sent me 12 samples of their treats— one of each of flavors and two seasonal mixes— and one by one, I tried them all.
Baked crisp to help keep teeth clean and control tartar build up, Pawduke All Natural Dog Treats are all vegetarian, soy/corn free, and either wheat-free or grain-free.
The wheat-free treats— made with rye flour, rice flour, oat flour, or a mix of those— are available in the following flavors:
- Peanut Butter (rye flour, rice flour, peanut butter, oatmeal, rice bran, flax, barley flakes, canola oil, whole dried eggs)
- Honey Berry (rye flour, applesauce, rice flour, oatmeal, rice bran, flax, honey, blueberries, cranberry fiber, whole dried eggs)
- Harvest Hearts (rye flour, oat flour, applesauce, oatmeal, flax, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, ground alfalfa, dehydrated apples, dried carrots, parsley)
- Apple Molasses ( rye flour, applesauce, rice flour, oatmeal, rice bran, flax, molasses, dried apples, whole dried eggs, cinnamon, natural apple flavor)
- Pumpkin (rye flour, rice flour, pumpkin, oatmeal, rice bran, flax, canola oil, whole dried eggs, cinnamon, ginger, mace, allspice)
- Seasonal Holiday Mix (pumpkin, apple molasses, and peanut butter).
The grain-free range includes four varieties:
- Grain-Free Peanut Butter (garbanzo bean flour, potato flour, peanut butter, applesauce, honey)
- Grain-Free Sweet Potato (garbanzo bean flour, potato flour, sweet potato, applesauce, cinnamon, honey)
- Grain-Free Banana Carrot (garbanzo bean flour, potato flour, applesauce, bananas, carrots, honey, cinnamon)
- Grain-Free Italian Herb (garbanzo bean flour, potato flour, tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, oregano, parsley)
- Grain-Free Trio (mix of grain-free banana carrot, grain-free peanut butter and grain-free sweet potato)
Out of the 12 samples, the only one flavor I wasn’t crazy about was Italian Herb, but only because it contains garlic, which some of you know can be detrimental to a dog’s health. However, I had never eaten grain-free treats made with potato flour or garbanzo beans (chickpeas), and I’m glad I did because garbanzo beans are high in protein, fiber and omega-3s. I also love that the treats are baked in different fun shapes and sizes, which makes them fun to eat and suitable for dogs of all sizes.
A great option for dogs with sensitive tummies, gluten allergies or a vegetarian lifestyle, Pawduke treats are sold at local pet stores in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.
Disclosure: Sample product was provided by Pawduke All Natural Dog Treats, but financial compensation was not received for this post. Opinions expressed here are my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider.
Ear infections are common for dogs with floppy ears, and I’m not the exception. My vet has repeatedly prescribed Otomax, a medication for ear infections, but that hasn’t always worked. At the end of the day, regular but constant ear cleaning is what helps keep healthy ears. The vet recommended I use Stratford Pharmaceuticals Ear Cleaning and Drying Solution (sweet pea & vanilla scent), which might be a great cleaning solution but certainly not easy to use.
Infections aside, cleaning my ears has always been a challenge of its own. Basically, seeing someone approach me with the ear cleaning solution bottle in their hands or just smelling the scent of it freaks me out. I either run around the house and/or try to hide in an attempt to not have my ears cleaned— and it always works, for me. So, the humans have had to deal with three problems. One being my constant ear infections, two being trying to give my ears the proper cleaning that they required while having a hard time because I don’t sit still or lie down, and three being able to apply the ear solution into my ear canal with me moving and without spilling.
Then I learned about PurOtic Extra Strength for dogs, a 99% natural light powder blue ear solution for dogs by Innovet Pet Products. In addition to helping break down the wax and eliminate the foul odor associated with ear infections, PurOtic Extra Strength helps prevent them. But what really makes it stand out is its bottle design. Turns out they came up with a soft, flexible silicone spray applicator that makes ear cleaning easy for both pets and owners. When sprayed directly into the opening of the ear canal, the solution goes exactly where it’s supposed to, and because each pull is a dose, you have better control of the amount of solution that goes inside. It’s amazing!
Here’s how to use PurOtic:
- Shake the bottle.
- Use unlock/lock button to release solution.
- Carefully insert tip of silicone dispenser into the opening of the ear canal.
- Spray two to five times in each ear.
- Massage ear and use gauze to carefully remove any excess discharge.
An anti-inflammatory, PurOtic Extra Strength for dogs is alcohol and sulfate free. It is made with purified water, docusate sodium (for earwax removal), tea tree oil (anti-inflammatory), lavender oil (fresh scent and pain reliever) and eucalyptus oil (antibacterial properties).
For cats, there’s PurOtic for dogs and cats, which is a regular strength solution that can be used by both dogs and cats. The solution is made with Oregon grape, yellow dock and green tea extracts and lemongrass fragrance oil since some essential oils can be harmful to cats.
I highly recommend this product to anyone who has a hard time cleaning their pet’s ears because there’s no hassle or mess with PurOtic.
PurOtic Extra Strength for dogs and PurOtic for dogs and cats come in two sizes, 4oz and 8oz, and can be purchased online.
Disclosure: Financial compensation was not received for this post. A sample product was provided by Innovet Pet Products in exchange for an honest review. Opinions expressed here are my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider.
Halloween and Thanksgiving are fast approaching, and people are eating pumpkin pie and sipping their pumpkin spice lattes. But what about dogs? Do we get to indulge in pumpkin-everything?
To our delight, Spoil Me Rotten Dog Biscuit Co. makes healthy pumpkin spice flavored treats. And to my surprise, they sent over a bag of their Pumpkin N’ Spice dog biscuits for me to enjoy just in time for the autumn festivities!
Enriched with omega-3 and made with oat and brown rice flour, pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger and flaxseeds, these gourmet treats are oven-baked in small batches in New York City. There is no soy, corn, wheat, filler, by-product or preservative used in SMR dog biscuit recipes, so dogs with dietary restrictions can satisfy their biscuit craving too.
The treats are packaged in a recyclable bag, which is labeled with its batch number, and there are about 20 pieces inside. Since they’re hand-cut, the biscuits have a homey, rustic finish. What I love the most about the crunchy biscuits? The cinnamon and ginger aroma that comes out as soon as you open the bag.
Other Spoil Me Rotten dog biscuit flavors include salmon tartare (salmon, sweet potato and parsley) and duck confit (roasted duck and thyme). For a list of retailers, or to shop online visit their website.
Disclosure: Financial compensation was not received for this post. Opinions expressed here are my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider.
You’re probably familiar with subscription boxes for dogs that include treats, toys and health products, or a combination of those. Well, how about a different kind of subscription for dogs? Think fashion and accessories.
Good Day Dog is a new dog collar subscription for the stylish pup. For $15 a month (shipping included), you’ll get a unique, quick release dog collar— available in small, medium and large— in the mail every month.
Themes are kept secret until delivered, but if the collar I got in the mail is any indication, then you’ll love surprising your dog with a new collar every month, or every so often. After all, a dog collar is the quintessential fashion accessory for a dog.
Made of nylon and cotton, this modern ‘Play in the Dirt’ collar is perfect for male and female dogs.
You can buy this and other past month’s or limited edition collars in the online shop for $25.
Carefully packaged and tied with a handmade customized tag, a Good Day Dog makes a great gift for pup parents and birthday dogs. Gift packages go from $30 for two months to $180 for six months.
To sign up, visit Good Day Dog. Instructions are straightforward (choose dog collar size, enter personal information, dog name and gender), but you do need a PayPal account. Collars are delivered on the last week of the month, and anyone who subscribes after the 15th of a given month receives his or her collar the following month.
Disclosure: Financial compensation was not received for this post. A sample product was provided by Good Day Dog in exchange for an honest review. Opinions expressed here are my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider.
How many times have you seen a dog with his head out the car’s window? or sitting in someone’s lap? Well, as cute as it may look, it isn’t safe!
Take a look at Dog Tipper’s infographic on four things your dog should never do in the car:
Like humans, dogs prefer a rotating menu, and I’m not the exception. I like to switch things up by trying different recipes, so when By Nature Pet Foods reached out to me about reviewing one of their products, I said: YES!
By Nature’s dry, organic dog food (chicken) caught my attention right away and that’s the one I chose to taste test and review. I had never eaten organic kibble and this seemed like a healthy choice. Besides, this formula received a 5-star rating by Dog Food Advisor.
The protein sources are organic chicken and all natural turkey meal. The grains are brown rice, whole barley, whole oats and peas, all organic. The fruits and vegetables portion of the formula include all organic cranberries, spinach, kelp, carrots and tomatoes. Also in this recipe: organic flaxseed and vitamins A, B12, D3 and E. There are no meat-by, poultry-by or grain-by products, or artificial preservatives/flavors/colors.
Many times I eat my kibble with a side of chopped or shredded chicken, or mixed with ground turkey because the kibble alone isn’t appetizing, unless I’m really, really hungry and I have no other choice. This time, I had no trouble eating the kibble and it’s probably because of its good flavor, but what is most remarkable is this organic food’s effect on my stool (poop). It may be due to the organic ingredients, supplements or vitamins— I don’t know, I’m no nutritionist— but it seems to be doing some good to my digestive system.
For now, the organic recipe only comes in chicken flavor, but it is appropriate for all life stages. The small kibble size makes it easy for different size dogs to eat. I’ve been eating By Nature’s dry, organic dog food for over a week now and have no complaint. I highly recommend it.
Disclosure: Financial compensation was not received for this post. A sample product was provided by By Nature® Pet Foods in exchange for an honest review. Opinions expressed here are my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider.
Inspired by Barley, a black lab mix, Barley Labs is an all-natural dog treat company. Made in Durham, North Carolina with recycled barley from Fullsteam Brewery, flour, eggs, and natural ingredients like peanut butter, pumpkin and cheese, these treats are crunchy and aromatic— yes, aromatic.
Barley (VP of Quality Control) was kind enough to send samples of their peanut butter and cheese flavors. While I enjoyed both, I do have to say the cheese treats made with real cheddar from The Cultured Cow Creamery were my favorite. The strong cheddar smell that is reminiscent of human food is truly droolworthy.