Sawyer The Labrador

  • Fruitables Skinny Minis Watermelon Flavor (Gluten Free)


    When was the last time you saw or heard of watermelon flavor dog treats? Well, turns out the latest flavor addition to the chewy Fruitables lineup is watermelon! The itty-bitty fruit treats, reminiscent of summer and under 3 calories each, are suitable for dogs of all sizes to enjoy year-round. And in case you’re wondering, they do smell like watermelon bubble gum (with a hint of pumpkin).

    Made in USA with pumpkin as the first ingredient, watermelon juice, oatmeal, brown rice, potatoes and a few other ingredients, these Skinny Minis are free of gluten, wheat, corn, soy and artificial flavors and colors. They do, however, contain brown sugar, canola oil and sorbic acid (to preserve freshness). Although the brown sugar, canola oil and/or sorbic are controversial, research suggests the adverse effect of these ingredients is the same affecting humans— unless consumed in large quantities, it’s unlikely any of these ingredients will be harmful to your dog.

    If your dog loves fruit— especially watermelon—this deliciously refreshing Fruitables variety is a must! “Watermelon is a crowd-pleaser any time of the year,” says David DeLorenzo, president of Vetscience LLC, creators of the Fruitables line. “This is one of the most fun Skinny Minis flavors we’ve developed to date and is just another example of our commitment to providing pet treats that are as interesting to all the senses as they are delicious and nutritious.”
    About Fruitables
    Combining aroma, taste and texture, Fruitables treats and holistic supplements use fruits and vegetables to create an amazing sensory experience for pets. Boasting “superfood” ingredients like pumpkin, sweet potatoes and blueberries, every Fruitables bite is healthy and beneficial. Best yet, all their products originate and are made in the USA. Fruitables is owned by Vetscience LLC, a Dallas based pet food company founded by veterinarians and nutritionists to leverage the goodness of natural nutritional ingredients in pet supplements and treats. For more information visit

    Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. No financial compensation has been received for this post. Sample product was provided for review purposes. 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.

  • Feeling Better— These Supplements Do Work.

    By the end of this week, it will be one month since I started taking Dasuquin with MSM, a joint health supplement by Nutramax Laboratories recommended by several of my Twitter followers and a vet. This week also marks two weeks since I started taking BONEO Canine Maintenance Formula, an all natural supplement by Bio Rep Animal Health that not only supports joint health, but also bone health.


    Dasuquin with MSM (for large dogs, 60 lb. and over): Rich in glucosamine hydrochloride, also contains methylsulfonymethane (MSM), sodium chondroitin sulfate and avocado/soybean unsaponifiables (ASU) powder.

    • Highly recommended for the high level of glucosamine. 
    • Also available in soft chews, which I should get next time.


    BONEO Canine (for dogs of all ages, sizes and breeds): Contains vitamins (B6, C, D3, E, K), minerals (calcium, magnesium, zinc, boron, manganese) and antioxidant synergists (quercetin, selenium).

    • Promotes new bone tissue formation.
    • Stimulates new cartilage production and maintain healthy cartilage and connective tissue function.
    • Supports joint function and mobility.
    • Protect against free radicals that cause damage to bone tissue.
    • Help ease discomfort associated with daily activity and reduce inflammation.

    At first I wasn’t thrilled about taking these supplements because they look and smell like… health supplements, which isn’t exactly appetizing. After a couple of days I got used to the routine and the treats that come along with the daily dose of chewable tablets, but what really made me happy were the great results in such short period of time. It didn’t even take finishing either bottle to notice the positive results. I’m completely and unexpectedly impressed and satisfied with both products.

    If your dog suffers from hip dysplasia or similar joint and bone deficiency, then I suggest you look into these supplements and ask your vet whether these could be an option for your dog.

    Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. No financial compensation has been received for this post. I paid full price for Dasuquin with MSM and received a complementary bottle of BONEO Canine courtesy of Bio Rep Animal Health. 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.

  • Grain Free & Gluten Free Treats from Merrick

    Merrick recently introduced four new all-natural, grain free and gluten free dog treats: Merrick Power Bites, Merrick Premium Dental Chews, Merrick Kitchen Bites and Merrick Jerky Chip Treats. Made in the US with limited US-sourced ingredients that are easy to recognize and not ingredients that are hard to pronounce or things we have no idea what they are, Merrick created chewy, crunchy and dental treats to suit every dog’s taste. I’ve had the chance to taste each new treat and here’s what I can tell you:

    Merrick Power Bites are the chewy treats whereas Merrick Kitchen Bites and Merrick Jerky Chip Treats are the crunchy kind. And the Merrick Premium Dental Chews are of course, dental chews. The treats are available in several flavors and they come in various sizes, shapes and textures.

    Merrick Power Bites are protein-packed, bite-size, star-shaped chewy treats that can be used for training and rewarding. They are the meatiest but smallest of the four newly introduced treats. Available in four flavors: Real Texas Beef, Real Chicken, Real Pork, Turducken, Real Salmon and Peanut Butter & Sweet Potato.


    Merrick Premium Dental Chews are the only dental chews I know that are all natural, grain free and gluten free. Most other brands are one or a combination of those, but not all four. Made without sorbic acid and sodium copper chlorophyllin, the dental chews are chicken flavored! Available in five varieties, there are three different shapes and textures: bones (Mini Brush Bones, Li’l Brush Bones, Big Brush Bones), straight asymmetrical sticks (Texas Toothpicks) and a wavy zig-zag kind of shape (Flossies). I’ve tried the Mini Brush Bones even though they’re meant for dogs 5-15 lb., and I’ve also tried the Texas Toothpicks and the Flossies (both for dogs 15 lb. or more). The bones are classic, but what you might not know is that the Texas Toothpicks can be broken into smaller pieces, which helps control the chewing pace. But if you want your dog to have more fun while chewing their dental chew, you might want to get the Flossies because they’re basically edible toys.


    Merrick Kitchen Bites are the most classic of the new dog treat lineup. They are oven-baked biscuits inspired by Merrick canned food and made with deboned meat, fruits, vegetables and flaxseed. They’re also shaped after the flavor (e.g. pie slice shape for the Grammy’s Pot Pie biscuits). Available in six flavors: Grammy’s Pot Pie, Brauts-n-Tots, Turducken, Cowboy Cookout, Wingalings Applewood Bacon, Wingalings Hickory Smoked.


    Merrick Jerky Chip Treats are oven-baked treats with a twist. They are a cross between cookie and jerky—- think chocolate chip cookies for dogs minus the chocolate plus jerky. The treats are very similar to the Castor & Pollux Organix Jerky Chip Cookies, except they are gluten free and grain free. Available in four flavors: Real Chicken, Real Beef, Real Salmon & Potato and Real Lamb & Potato.


    Verdict? Well, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have a preference. My favorite treats in order of preference are:

    1. Premium Dental Chews
    2. Power Bites
    3. Jerky Chip Treats
    4. Kitchen Bites

    I mean, how could I not put the dental chews on the number one spot? They are everything: super healthy, fun to eat, chicken flavored, they maintain my pearly whites and help with the not-always-great breath.

    Which of the new treats do you think would be your dog’s favorite? Have you treated them to any of Merrick’s new grain free treats? Send me a tweet @SawyerTheLab and let me know!

    Why grain-free?

    After reading extensively about the best types of dog food and diets, I learned that a grain free diet is one of the most recommended. It’s the way to go for dogs that are affected by food allergies (wheat, corn, etc.), sedentary lifestyles, or being overweight. In my case, the vet recommended I eat more protein and less fiber because that’s what’s healthy for me, but your dog’s needs may be different from mine. While fiber helps prevent constipation, too much of it causes nutrient absorption and water retention problems. Am I overweight? Depends on who you ask. Dog show people say I look good or that I could use a few more pounds. Meanwhile, the vet suggests I get rid off a few pounds given my hip condition. The less I weigh, the better.

    It only makes sense— since I’m already eating grain free kibble— that I also snack on grain free treats. And these new Merrick treats really do get my tongue and tail wagging!

    Disclosure: Press kit was provided by Merrick Pet Care, but no financial compensation was 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.

  • Green Bark Gummies Hip & Joint Dog Treats


    For a long time I was indifferent to hip-and-joint-specific treats and supplements because I had no reason to think I needed them. I felt young and healthy, but little did I know that I had a hip deficiency. Now I’m all about everything that helps hip and joint health. That’s why I want to tell you about Green Bark Gummies (Hip & Joint)— healthy but tasty gummy-bear-like treats that support the hip and joints. 

    Being a fan of their Skin & Coat gummies, it only made sense to try the Hip & Joint variety next, and I did. Made in USA with ingredients like fish oil, ground chia seeds, green tea and rosemary extract, kelp and alfalfa, the Hip & Joint Green Bark Gummies not only contain glucosamine, omega-3 and antioxidants, they also help freshen breath! What these treats don’t have is artificial flavors, wheat, corn, soy, added sugar or wheat gluten.


    I know that just like me, there are many other dogs that have trouble with their hip and joints whether it’s because they’re old, heavy or living with a medical condition. So what better than treats that are fun and healthy to eat? The texture of these is slightly different from the skin & coat variety as it is less gelatinous, but their chewy goodness is the same. The hip & joint treats are labeled as medium/large bites and they’re meant for dogs 30 lb. and over. They also recommend feeding two treats per 10 lb. of dog’s weight, although it is up to you. For example, I weigh about 95 lb. and could eat up to 18 gummies per day, which means I would finish a bag in just three days! However, I’ve been controlling myself and eating fewer treats than recommended because I’m not supposed to over-indulge. If it were up to me and I had no supervision, I’d probably just eat all of it at once.

    Green Bark Gummies are also available in two other varieties: Healthy Digestion (for dogs under 30 lb.), Skin & Coat (small and medium/large bites).

    Disclosure: This was a gift from Green Bark Gummies. 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.

  • Diagnosed with Hip Dysplasia

    On the evening of Monday, August 4th, I started limping and slightly raising my rear right leg. I had not been running, jumping or doing anything that could have caused an injury, so everyone first thought I pulled a muscle. The limping continued for 36 hours passed and that’s when it became alarming. I went to the vet and had the doctor check my limp and leg, and she said it didn’t look like I had any broken bones or ligaments, but that a couple of x-rays would tells us if there was something else that she didn’t pick up during the physical examination.  

    Out of six x-rays taken, one had hip dysplasia written all over it. Meaning that the head of the thigh, which should look perfectly round, doesn’t fit tightly into the pelvic socket because it’s deformed or flat. If you take a look at the image below, you can see how the ball and socket aren’t aligned correctly, and you can see how the right hip (left side when looking at picture) looks worse than the left hip (right side when looking at picture).

    Hip displasia is a very common condition for large breeds, especially those that are pure-bred, and Labradors come up high on the list. And while I knew it was likely I’d suffer from hip dysplasia, I didn’t think symptoms would show so early on at three years old, even though I now know of cases that involve puppies. According to the vet, it is likely that the condition is hereditary. 

    To cope with the pain and inflammation associated with my hip dysplasia, I’ve been taking Meloxicam by mouth, once a day for seven days. I also started taking Dasuquin with MSM, a supplement for joint health supplement. In addition to the supplement, I plan to lose weight so that my hips have less weight to carry. 

  • Review: Canidae Grain Free PURE Canned Dog Food


    I’ve been a picky eater since birth, and I’ve only eaten wet food twice in all three years of my life. So up until now, canned food has certainly been my least favorite food. That’s why I was hesitant when approached about tasting Canidae Grain Free PURE Elements and Grain Free PURE Sea canned dog food. All I could think of was stew-like canned dog food, which is something I never enjoyed. But then I thought about how much I’ve enjoyed eating Canidae Grain-Free PURE dry food and decided to give it a try.


    Wet but not soupy, this is not like those canned dog foods that have squared chunks of meat along with veggies and tons of broth. Instead, it resembles moist ground meat or a meat puree. The ingredients are mostly meat so it is a high in protein recipe without any fillers, dairy or eggs.

    Grain Free PURE Elements: The main ingredients are lamb, lamb broth, turkey, turkey broth, chicken, peas and sweet potato.

    Grain Free PURE Sea: The main ingredients are salmon, fish broth, sardines, mackerel, peas and sweet potato.

    First, I taste tested a can of the elements flavor by itself, which I found surprisingly tasty (watch video). Then, I tried a can of the sea flavor mixed with it’s bagged version. I found that the Grain Free PURE Sea dry food has a mild aroma that’s barely noticeable, unlike another brand’s salmon flavor kibble so smelly that merely opening the bag poses a challenge. However, the same can’t be said about the sea flavor canned food, says the human. The sardine smell is strong, but while some people find that off-putting, dogs don’t mind.

    The feeding instructions listed on the back of the cans recommend feeding one 13oz can for every 20 pounds of body weight per day, but if your dog is a large dog like me (90lb or more), you may want to mix a full can and a smaller quantity of the dry food— as pictured above— or you can feed the dry food as normal and add about 1/3 of can as a topping. In any case, cans can be refrigerated for up to 3 days so you can portion meals as you find appropriate depending on your dog’s weight and appetite.

    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.

  • Sawyer’s All-Time Favorite Dog Treats


    No day can go by without a treat whether it is a snack or a reward. And I sure have favorites, so I have compiled a short list of my all time favorite dog treats to share with you. 

    1. Zuke’s Z-Bones (giant)
    2. Greenies Original Dental Chews (large)
    3. indigo Smokehouse Strips by PetSafe
    4. Merrick Sausage Dog Treats
    5. Zuke’s Lil’ Links
    6. Spring Naturals Grain-Free 95% Beef Treats
    7. Polka Dog Bakery Cod Skins
    8. Green Bark Gummies
    9. Hill’s Science Diet Chicken Jerky Strips
    10. Castor & Pollux ORGANIX Jerky Chip Cookies

    Although it may come as a surprise, no biscuit made it to the list because I prefer chewy and meaty dog treats.

    What are some of your dog’s favorite treats? Tweet ‘em! I’m @SawyerTheLab.

  • Feeling Lucky!

    Yes! My photo was chosen among thousands of entries in the Steven Alan Dog Show Instagram Contest.

    Head over to the Steven Alan’s blog, The Journal, to find out what caught the judge’s eye.

  • Review: indigo Smokehouse Strips by PetSafe


    Summer is underway and the 4th of July is just around the corner, which means that everyone is either hosting a BBQ or going to one. And while people get to savor steaks, burgers, hot dogs and more, the dogs are left to watch, drool and hope for a nibble. But no dog should have to go through such torture as thou shall always keep a stash of dog treats on hand. So what better than the most succulent and meaty chicken jerky strips? 

    Now, I know there have been serious concerns with this kind of treats due to safety issues surrounding China sourced and China made food products, but luckily there are American companies sourcing and producing domestically. PetSafe is one of them, and I was sent a 6 oz. pack of their all-natural indigo Smokehouse Strips (chicken) to review.

    Inside the box, I found two vacuum-sealed pouches of the bite size chicken strips and a clear resealable bag as well. The jerky strips are made with real USDA-inspected meat and no fillers, wheat, corn, soy,  artificial flavors, color or preservatives. Since they are cured and smoked, the chicken strips have a smoky aroma that even the pickiest dog will find irresistible. And if you are wondering about the resealable bag that comes with them, that is meant to be used to maintain the freshness of the treats, which have to be refrigerated unless consumed within three days. Though I can assure you, they won’t last too long because your dog will be begging for more once he or she gets a taste. I, for one, would not stop following the human around the house after taste testing the 4-5 pieces I was allowed and, lo and behold, I got to eat 2 more pieces after dinner.

    What I love about indigo Smokehouse Strips:

    • They are made in the USA and inspected by the USDA.
    • The strips are pre-cut into a smaller size compared to the traditional jerky treats, which means smaller servings (less likely to overindulge) and portion control.
    • The smell and taste is mouthwatering.

    Available in two flavors (chicken and bacon), this is the perfect snack to give your dog, especially if they are the kind of dog whose palate is not easy to impress. So next time you’re jotting down your shopping list, remember to include PetSafe’s indigo Smokehouse Strips (or buy them online). Your dog will thank you with wet kisses and happy wags. 



    Disclosure: This post is not sponsored. Sample product was kindly provided for review purposes. 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.

  • New Castor & Pollux ORGANIX Jerky Chip Cookies


    What happens when you combine cookie dough and jerky? Jerky Chip Cookies— the equivalent of the chocolate chip cookies humans eat (by the way, remember chocolate/cacao is toxic to dogs so don’t let your dogs eat that kind of chip cookies)! A jerky lover, I could not believe my eyes when I got the new Castor & Pollux ORGANIX Jerky Chip Cookies in the mail a couple of weeks ago.

    Made with oatmeal and chicken primarily, this cookies have the USDA Organic seal and have no soy, corn or wheat in them. They also come in other flavors like beef, lamb and salmon, which I look forward to taste very soon. More importantly, they are made in the USA, so no need to worry about the safety issues that have been reported about jerky made elsewhere.

    The cookies are so good that I can eat 2-3 within a minute, but you what they say about treats… must “treat responsibly”.

    To purchase, just go to PetSmart store or its website.


    Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. Sample product was kindly provided by Castor & Pollux. 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.

  • Review: Playing in the Meadow by The Good Home Co. (Plus #PetsAtHome Photo Contest)

    Do you live with pets? Chances are you have to vacuum, mop the floor and/or wash your linen and bed sheets more frequently than those not living with pets. And if you happen to live with a heavy shedder like me, then there is even more cleaning, washing and vacuuming at home— especially from late fall to mid-late spring when I shed the most. That’s why when The Good Home Co. introduced me to their pet-safe line of cleaning products I had to give them a try. Not only because of the amount of cleaning that goes down at home, but also because I hadn’t given much thought to the harsh chemicals found in the cleaning products we use at home. Truth is, we usually end up using harsh products thinking they will clean the best, and completely forget that some products’ chemical residues can be toxic to people and pets as well.

    Inspired by pets, The Good Home Co. Playing in the Meadow line is formulated for homes with dogs and cats. The products include Laundry Detergent for Pet Clothing and Bedding, Eco Pet Stain Remover and an All Purpose Cleaner and Floor Soap— all 100% vegan and free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates and essential oils that are harmful to cats. The scent is fresh and reminiscent of breezy pastures.


    The Laundry Detergent for Pet Clothing and Bedding can actually be used for people and pet’s clothes, bedding, towels and other things that can be washed in the laundry machine such as washable pet beds, plush toys, dog leashes and collars. There’s so much use for this gentle laundry detergent that I can’t imagine not having it at home. During the day and at some point into the night, every night, I jump into the people’s bed and leave behind a stain or two— usually more—without fail. Then there’s the (fortunately washable) doggy bed. Between the excessive licking and humping, the doggy bed gets stinky and washing it with the Playing in the Meadow formula helps prevent the fabric from absorbing the unpleasant smell. It seems only appropriate to use a pet-friendly laundry detergent when so much dog-related laundry is been done.

    To make it easier when cleaning sheets and other type of fabric surfaces, there’s the Eco Pet Stain Remover which goes hand in hand with the laundry detergent. Basically, you spray the stain remover on the stained area about twice, rub or brush, wash off with water and let dry. Or, you can spray it on to loosen up the stains before washing it with the laundry detergent.

    Being a dog, I spend a lot of time lounging and sleeping on the floor so the non-toxic, high foam All Purpose Cleaner and Floor Soap (heavier on the soap side) is ideal to clean the crate and flooring throughout the house. To use, you just have to mix two tablespoons of the cleaner/soap per gallon of water. The 32 fl. oz. bottle is good to use 32 times and would last about two months depending on how often you clean the floor.


    For those who are not familiar with the brand, The Good Home Co. has an extensive range of household products such as dish and hand soaps, vacuum beads and even custom bubble bath! I was lucky to indulge in Playing in the Meadow custom bubble bath, and my only complaint is that there wasn’t enough foam, but I still loved being treated to a luxurious bath. I mean, how often do you hear about dogs enjoying bubble baths?


    Pets don’t always smell great and sometimes leave behind their stinky doggy odor in your bed sheets, pillows and even their own pet beds. Well, The Good Home Co. has a series of Sheet and Clothing Spray options that help freshen up the linens and pet bedding in between washes. Now, the light fragrance sprays are not part of the pet-line and they’re not available in the Playing in the Meadow scent, but they do come in a few other scents including Pure Grass which has a similar green, slightly grassier feel. I love having this product around because it does freshen up the air in the room and makes sleeping more pleasant. This is one of those products everyone should have at home because there’s nothing like fresh sheets.

    The Good Home Co. products speak to eco-friendly households, and I approve everything from the packaging to the delicate fragrances. Note that the fragrances will have a stronger scent when sniffed straight from the bottle but in reality, the fragrances are a lot lighter when used.

    All Playing in the Meadow products are on sale through Sunday, March 23rd on The Good Home Co. website (30% discount is applied automatically once the items are added to the cart). That’s not all. If you’re preparing for spring cleaning and want to stock up on The Good Home Co. eco-friendly household products, you’re in luck because you can enjoy 20% OFF EVERYTHING—except cases, which are already discounted—when you shop online using discount code SAWYER20 at checkout (valid thru Friday, April 11th).

    Photo Contest: Spring Cleaning with #PetsAtHome


    Does your dog or cat have muddy paws? Did it leave paw prints or some other mess on the floor or furniture? Perhaps your pets help you clean around the house, or just watch you do the hard work? Doesn’t matter! Snap a photo of your #PetsAtHome and share it to win The Good Home Co. Playing in the Meadow cleaning set of Laundry Detergent for Pet Clothing and Bedding, Eco Pet Stain Remover and an All Purpose Cleaner and Floor Soap. Here’s how to enter:

    • Twitter: Share your photo by tweeting the following: I want to win the @GoodHomeCo pet-safe cleaning products from @SawyerTheLab’s #petsathome contest!


    • E-mail: Send your photo to! Please include Spring Cleaning with #PetsAtHome - Photo Contest in the subject line of the email, and don’t forget to type your full name, pet’s name and shipping address in the body of the email.

    This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Contest begins at 11:00 a.m. EDT on Thursday, March 20th, 2014, and ends at 12:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, April 4th, 2014. This giveaway will have one (1) grand prize winner and five (5) runner-up winners. The grand prize winner will receive Laundry Detergent for Pet Clothing and Bedding, Eco Pet Stain Remover and an All Purpose Cleaner and Floor Soap from The Good Home Co. Playing In The Meadow line— all full-size products (approximate retail value: $53), and the runners-up will each receive a sample size Playing In The Meadow Eco Pet Stain Remover. Winners will be selected by Sawyer the Labrador based on creativity, quality of photo and overall awesomeness and notified on Monday, April 7th, 2014 or shortly thereafter.


    Grand Prize Winner—




    Cindy Vincent

    Patrick Petty

    Jane Petersburs


    If you’re a winner and entered via Twitter, please send your full name, address & handle to 

    Disclosure: Sample product was provided by The Good Home Co. for review. No financial compensation was 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.

  • thaMUNCHbox: Customized Assorment of Munchies for Your Dog


    Who says dogs don’t love to munch too? Well, there’s a snack box for dogs that lets you customize a box of munchies for your dog based on his or her preferences. It’s called thaMUNCHbox.

    For $16.99 (free shipping) you get to choose 5 varieties out of more than 20 options that include bones, sticks, chips and jerky, mostly made in USA. There’s no obligation to subscribe, and you can place an order whenever you want.

    I chose some classics I love like the bully tendon for my box, but also new things like the yaky puffs popcorn and tilapia jerky. I also got venison liver and a bully stick.






    Portions are generous so I’d say a box can last anywhere from 3 to 4 weeks depending on your pup’s snacking habits. If it were up to me, I’d be done with thaMUNCHbox provisions within a week, but that wouldn’t be too healthy, would it? In any case, these munchies are worth tasting, especially for foodie-type dogs.

    Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. Sample product was kindly provided by thaMUNCHbox for review. 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.

  • Moving with Pets: How to Keep Your Furry Companions Infographic

    Moving with Pets
    From: Moving with Pets

  • Spring Naturals Grain-Free Dog Food and Treats (Plus Giveaway)

    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. image

    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.

  • February BarkBox Reveal (Large)


    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.




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