Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Product Review: Fruitables Vanilla Snowflake Flavor

We got to try Fruitables' new limited edition Vanilla Snowflake Flavor treats, and Chewy did not want to let them out of his sight! 


He is even on standby as I write this because the treat bag is on my desk. There are only a couple of drool spots on the floor so far...

Wutcha got there, Santa puppy?

These are the first and only treats made with real snowflakes (patent pending). Fruitables combined fresh, high altitude snow from the Rockies with their pumpkin granola and yogurt recipe, producing this crunchy and "creamy" treat. Each treat is only 9 calories, and can easily be broken into even smaller pieces for those pups who are watching their weight.

These are Reindeer Chewy snacks, right?

I like how the doggy on the bottom left of the package is also wearing a Santa hat! Very festive.

These treats are in the regular crunchy Fruitables flower shape, and they smell like vanilla ice cream. Like other Fruitables products, these treats are sourced and made in the USA.

Who wore it better? - Santa suit edition

Each bag of treats contains an estimated 300 snowflakes. Honestly, I thought this concept was a little silly (wouldn't you get the same thing by adding water?), but Chewy loves the treats, so all is well.

Reindeer Chewy and Santa Chewy approved!

Chewy liked these treats so much, he figured Santa Paws would love them, as well! Chewy was very thoughtful and left out a plate for him. Too bad Santa doesn't come for another few days...he might find that all his cookies were eaten by a certain "reindeer!"

Waiting for Santa Paws...zzz...

We give Fruitables Vanilla Snowflake Flavor 4 paws up! They smell great to the people nose, are sourced and made in the USA, and Chewy loves the smell, taste and crunch. At just 9 calories apiece, they make a great holiday treat.

4 paws up for Fruitables Vanilla Snowflake Flavor!

Disclaimer: We received one bag of Fruitables Vanilla Snowflake Flavor for review purposes. We did not receive any monetary compensation for this post. All opinions expressed in this review are our own.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Product Review: Look Who's Happy! Treats

Chewy recently got his paws on some Look Who's Happy! dog treats, and he was very impressed!
Look Who's Happy dog treats are:
  • Grain and gluten free
  • Free of animal byproducts, hormones, artificial preservatives, colors and flavors
  • Made in the USA (in their own plant in Gainesville, Georgia)
  • Made with USDA-inspected meats sourced from the USA, Canada, or New Zealand
  • Manufactured according to FDA food safety production guidelines
  • Independently tested for safety
  • Packaged in bags with a giant picture of a happy dog!

They currently have two lines of treats on the market. Tempt'n Tenders are chewy treats made from cage-free chicken and encrusted with carrot, pumpkin, sweet potato, or blueberry. Fetch'n Fillets are jerky treats made from whole muscle cuts of naturally raised beef, cage free chicken, grass fed bison, or grass fed venison.

We received Tempt'n Tenders Chicken with Sweet Potato Recipe and Fetch'n Fillets Chicken Jerky.

The Tempt'n Tenders (pictured above on the left) were in strips of various sizes, and were very easy to break into smaller pieces. The sweet potato crust left some particles on my fingers, but it was not sticky and rubbed off easily.

The Fetch'n Fillets (pictured above on the right) were also in a variety of sizes and shapes. They were a little bit more difficult to break into smaller portions, but it was doable.

Before I even cut open the treat bags, Chewy decided he needed to roll all over them like he does his favorite toys. It's his way of saying, "this is mine!"

I claim these in the name of Chewy!

He even ran off with the bag of chicken jerky once, and lied in the shade licking the bag. Licking soon turned to chewing, as he tried to open the bag for himself. The lack of thumbs made it rather difficult, but he managed to poke a couple holes in the packaging. This jerky must be super delicious, because Chewy does not typically try to chew open treat bags! His usual move is to lie there with a pouty face until I open it for him.

I'll take this to go, thanks!

Chewy loves both of these treats, and will behave very nicely to get them. They are rather aromatic and drool-inducing, and the meatiness must be extra motivating for him.

I tried to have him choose a favorite by placing both kinds in front of him and seeing which he picked first, but he seemed to value them equally. He would lick one first to claim it, and then move on to the other one. He does the same thing when I lay out a trail of all the same kind of treat: he licks each one, and then starts eating from the end. It's like how little kids lick the things they want so their siblings won't steal them!

How can I choose?

Chewy sure is happy about Look Who's Happy treats!

We give Look Who's Happy treats 4 paws up. They smell yummy, are made in the USA with natural ingredients, and even the tiniest piece gets Chewy in super obedient mode. Also, the packaging is sure to put a smile on your face!

4 paws up for Look Who's Happy dog treats!

Look Who's Happy dog treats are sold at independent pet supply stores. To find a retailer near you, visit their website. They are also available on Amazon.com.

Disclaimer: We received one bag each of Look Who's Happy Tempt'n Tenders Chicken with Sweet Potato Recipe and Fetch'n Fillets Chicken Jerky for review purposes. We did not receive any monetary compensation for this post. All opinions expressed in this review are our own.

Monday, December 1, 2014

A Chewy Thanksgiving Feast

Last year, Chewy and his doggy friends shared a roasted chicken on Thanksgiving. This year I bought a 12-lb turkey for Chewy's feast, but since his doggy friends couldn't make it, he got the whole bird to himself! We woke up early to roast his turkey, and he was still a bit sleepy...

*squeaky yawn* It's too early for cooking!

But he knew that yummy foods were in the making, so he was happy to be on standby in the kitchen. I washed his turkey and removed as much fat as possible, then patted it dry with paper towels. I placed the turkey on a wire rack over a bed of carrots, potatoes, and sweet potatoes, sprinkled parsley over everything for added flavor, and poured a little water in the pan for added moisture. I wrapped the wing tips in foil to prevent them from burning, and after pre-heating the oven to 325°, it was ready for roasting.

Can't wait!

I roasted the turkey a little bit longer than the conventional 15 min/lb to ensure it was thoroughly cooked, and it was ready in the afternoon. This left plenty of time to let it cool before dinnertime.

Yay, turkey!

Chewy knew it was HIS turkey, and kept waiting by the counter in hopes of being fed. There was an even bigger, more aromatic turkey for our people guests a few feet away, but he kept his eyes on this one.

I can smell you...

So close, yet so far!

Finally, at his 6:30 pm dinnertime, he got his Thanksgiving plate! He had a few slices of skinless turkey breast, potatoes, carrots, sweet potato, and pumpkin puree. He also got some fruit for dessert later on.

...can I eat yet???

Om nom nommmm

Chewy has a lot of leftovers, but I'm sure he is happy to eat turkey any day of the week! I cut apart the turkey meat and froze it to preserve freshness. They are labeled "Chewy's turkey" to avoid confusion.

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

The Challenges of Doing Yoga in Dog Territory

Chewy thinks yoga is a very fun activity. First off, there are the sticky mats.

Yoga mat time? Downward dog!

He thinks they're very comfy, and is always ready to sit the moment I roll one out.

For me? Don't mind if I do!

I'm ready!

Once I start working on yoga poses, he either wants playtime or snuggle time. He brings me toy after toy, often coated in slobber, and shoves them in my hand for a game of tug or fetch. Or he climbs under my plank or bridge, like I'm a Chewy-sized cave. Or he sits on me while I'm lying on the floor. Sometimes he lies in the path of my hands so he can get some pettings. But primarily, he is a mat hog!


So, I started rolling out 2 mats- one for me, and one for Chewy. I figured if Chewy hogged one, I could just slide over to the other one and continue what I'm doing. Chewy had other ideas. His preferred spot was across both mats.

He also discovered that sticky mats are great surfaces for chewing on toys.

By the end of every workout, the scene would resemble something like this:

Dog toys everywhere!

One time, I told Chewy to stay while I did my yoga, and it worked!

Stay? Okay...

Bored now.

Still bored.

Gonna back away now...

He did not seem very pleased with that plan of action. Perhaps next time I should stuff a Kong for him...but what if he decides the perfect place to work on it is on my mat?!

Rolling up the mats is always a challenge, as Chewy does not like to part with them.


Do you work out around your dog?

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween from this curious little bunny!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tasty Tuesday: Pumpkin Applesauce Dog Treats

Fall is a season for pumpkins and apples, so I made Chewy some treats combining the two. They are pretty easy to make: just mix everything together, form cookies, and pop into the oven. My recipe:

Preheat oven to 350°. 

Mix together the following until combined into a dough:
  1 cup whole wheat flour
  1 egg
  1 tbsp coconut oil
  1 tbsp flax seed
  1/2 tsp cinnamon
  1/4 cup sugar-free applesauce
  1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  1/4 cup oats

Form 1 tbsp balls of dough, and flatten onto a cookie sheet. Bake at 350° until the edges are lightly golden brown, about 12-15 min.

Watching over doggie cookies is a very important job.

Remove from oven and let cookies cool on a wire rack. Can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for no more than a couple days. Store in the refrigerator or freezer to maintain freshness.

Makes 18 tbsp-sized chewy cookies, but you can adjust size + baking time to your liking.

Cookie? Don't mind if I do!

I always find it difficult to tell if whole wheat cookies are "golden brown" because the dough is brown to begin with, so after they have cooled a little bit, I lift them up to see if the bottom is a bit more brown than the top, or if they are firm to the touch.

Also, this dough is rather sticky, so I wouldn't recommend using cookie cutters.