Tasty Tuesday: Tasty Reviews

Today is our first time joining the Tasty Tuesday blog hop. This blog hop is hosted by Sugar the Golden Retriever and Kol’s Notes. Go check them out to learn more!

Before we tell you all about some super tasty treats, we must apologize to Chewy.com for the major delay in posting this review. I’m incredibly sorry to everyone at Chewy for the delay. I can’t thank you all enough for your kindness, patience and understanding. I hope you guys can forgive me for the delay in reviewing these products.

Now for the review. We have freeze dried dog treats, freeze dried dog food, and canned cat food. Yes, you read that right, cat food!

Let’s start with the treats.

These are Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Boost Minis from Chewy.com. Or chicken flavored freeze dried raw dog treats.

The ingredients are:
“Chicken (Including Ground Chicken Bone), Turkey, Turkey Liver, Turkey Heart, Pumpkinseeds, Apples, Carrots, Butternut Squash, Ground Flaxseed, Montmorillonite Clay, Broccoli, Lettuce, Spinach, Dried Kelp, Apple Cider Vinegar, Parsley, Honey, Salmon Oil, Mixed Tocopherols, Olive Oil, Rosemary Extract, Blueberries, Alfalfa Sprouts, Persimmons, Inulin, Rosemary, Sage, Clove”

They’re grain free, contain no corn, wheat, soy, or gluten. They come in a 3.25 ounce resealable (score!) bag.

Their size and the fact that they’re low in calories (only 2 calories per piece!) make them perfect for training! They can be crumbly, but nothing too bad. They’re soft and delicious (according to Petal, cousin Penny, and even the cat cousins; I did not try them, so you’ll just have to take their word for it).


Not only are they perfect for training, but they’re great to bribe a finicky pet to eat! Petal and Penny never need bribes to finish a meal, but Harriet the cat needs a bribe from time to time. She was absolutely bonkers for these treats. She even snatched them out of my pocket, which you can see here in this video:

Yeah, I helped her out a little. It was either help her or suffer her wrath. Eep.


Petal ADORED these treats, everyone did! I liked that they’re low in calories, made in the USA, came in a resealable bag, and were a huge crowd pleaser.

Also, for you cat owners, they do make cat treats too!

Next up is Orijen Freeze Dried dog food from Chewy.com. Petal tried the Tundra version which is made with a variety of venison, elk, bison, quail and steelhead trout.


Harriet wants to know why Petal gets all the good stuff.

We received a 6 ounce bag of medallions (approximately 12 medallions). Their key benefits, as listed on Chewy.com are:

Key Benefits

  • High-protein, low-carbohydrate formula
  • Freeze-dried to lock in flavor and nutritional value
  • Preservative-free
  • Balanced meal perfect for daily feeding
You can find the ingredient list here.
The feeding instructions only go up to a dog of 33 pounds with the suggestion of feeding an additional 1 1/2 medallions per additional 11 pounds. A 33 pound dog would eat about 7 medallions a day, Petal is just shy of 50. So Petal would need about 9.25 – 9.5 medallions a day. Since I didn’t want to use the whole bag in one day, I just gave Petal one mediallion a day in addition to her regular food (homemade).
Rehydrating instructions as listed on the side of the bag:
  1. Place Orijen medallions into a clean dish and break into quarters.
  2. Pour 1/4 cup of warm water over each medallion. Water should be warm to the touch but not hot, around 55°C/130°F is ideal.
  3. Stirring will speed hydration time.
  4. Medallions will rehydrate in 3-5 minutes and are best served when soft throughout.

I followed the instructions and found them to be true, though I only ever rehydrated one medallion at a time. I’m not sure if it would make a difference in time if you were to rehydrate several. I’m sure it wouldn’t so long as you added 1/4 cup of water for each medallion. For the sake of the photo I warmed a quarter cup of water in a tea kettle, but I’m sure warm water from the tap would work just as well.

Personally I thought they were a little bit stinky, but Petal L-O-V-E-D it. I gave her one every evening with her usual food until they were gone (so almost for 2 full weeks, but not quite). I was expecting, when she first tried one, for her to have a little bit of an upset stomach, just because it was new, but that never happened. Likely because she never ate more than one at a time, but even so, I was impressed.

This food would be far too expensive for me to feed to Petal exclusively and, I’ll be honest, I would never buy it for that purpose. However, I have no problem with the idea of buying it for her as an occasional treat to have with her usual meal, since she enjoyed it SO much. The ingredients are great, it’s a breeze to prepare, and Petal really loved it. Bu it’s too pricey for us to feed exclusively or on a regular basis.

Now for the cat food!

The cats of the house got to taste-test Nature’s Variety: Pride by Instinct canned cat food from Chewy.com.

By cats of the house, I mean two out of three of them, one of them is incredibly stubborn and won’t eat canned food unless it’s Friskies. Since he’s been living in this house much longer than any of us, he gets what he wants (most of the time).

The girls, however, were eager to taste this new food.

We got 4 3oz cans. 2 in the chicken flavor and 2 in the salmon flavor. 1 flaked and 1 minced in each flavor.


Pride is a grain-free and gluten-free cat food. There’s no corn, wheat, or soy and they’re made in the USA!

Plus check out the ridiculously adorable labels and flavor names. So. Dang. Cute.


The girls loved both flavors, but Harriet loved the chicken flavor best while Moonlight (Moony for short) simply loved going back and forth between the two flavors. She would take one bite of the chicken, then a bite of the salmon, then back to chicken, then back to salmon. It was too funny. They loved it so much that I added Nature’s Variety to their regular, daily diet. I added a different line from Nature’s Variety though, simply because it agreed with my budget better than the Pride line. If it wasn’t for that, I would’ve added Pride specifically.

The kitties simply loved this food. It was a huge hit. These finicky cats gobbled up every last meaty bite and licked up every drop of delicious gravy. It is on the pricey side if you have multiple cats though. Still, we would highly recommend it to our cat friends!

As for Chewy.com, we can not recommend them enough. They’re wonderful people for so many reasons. They’re generous and kind and fantastic to work with. I’m saying this as both a reviewer and a regular customer. I purchase from Chewy.com on a monthly basis. They have the best prices on the cat food we feed, the kibble cousin Penny eats and the supplements I give Petal. We also buy many of our other pet supplies from Chewy.

I’ve only had to contact customer service twice and both times they were very kind and very prompt. On one occasion I had to contact them about some canned cat food I ordered. The sent me the exact flavor and brand I had ordered, but it was canned dog food rather than cat food. I emailed them to let them know of the mix up and they promptly sent out the cat food and instead of asking for the case of canned dog food back, they told me to donate the dog food to a local shelter or rescue group. I was very touched by that and so was the rescue group I donated it to. They were very grateful and hopeful that the canned food would help bribe some of the dogs in their care to take their medications. Thank you Chewy.com!


Thank you  Sugar the Golden Retriever and Kol’s Notes!

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Disclosure: I was not compensated for this review. I received the products featured in this review free of charge for the sake of reviewing them. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and based on my own experience with the products and my own experience with Chewy.com.

Review: True Chews from Chewy.com!

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Today we are doing a review of True Chews from Chewy.com!

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“Open it, oh Thumbed One!”

The lovely folks at Chewy.com sent us 1 bag of Lils pig ears and 1 six inch bully stick to try.

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The Lils pig ears are for dogs 20 lbs and under. In our case they made the perfect sampling size!
There were three ears in the bag plus one teeny tiny one.

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They’re a pretty decent size. I bet a small dog would be in heaven and get lots of chewing time from it. Lassie and Petal finished them off in under 5 minutes. They LOVED them. I loved that they’re made in the USA. But the little hairs still on the ear made me cringe. My dogs have had pig ears before (usually when I take them to a pet store and they snatch one off the shelf or I tell them to “pick something!” That’s what they usually go for), but I’ve never noticed little hairs. Then again, I’ve never looked too closely either. 😉

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They’re a very messy treat. I was glad I had Petal and Lassie (trust me he got some, in fact, he got 2 of the 3; I just didn’t get any decent pictures) eat them on the kitchen floor/their dog cot.

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“Licking crumbs off the floor is a little difficult with an overbite.”

I gave the bully stick to Petal, since Lassie got 2 of the 3 pig ears.
It was a very thin little bully stick and it only lasted her about 8 minutes! Six inch bully sticks usually last my dogs somewhere between 20-60 minutes depending on thickness (yes, I hear you giggling ;P).

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Thin little bully stick.

These bully sticks would be perfect for little dogs/dogs that aren’t strong chewers at all. They wouldn’t be worth the money for us though. I expect the pricey chews to last a minimum of 20 minutes. This didn’t even last half that.
On the plus side, I didn’t notice any smell and I sat right next to Petal as she ate it.

Lassie & Petal give the pig ears 3 1/2 out of 4 paws up for deliciousness and being made in the USA. They’re a little pricey though.
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Petal gives the bully stick 1 paw up. It was tasty and made in the USA, but it was gone in a flash; not for strong chewers.
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While I wouldn’t buy True Chews’ bully sticks for my dogs, I would happily buy any of their other treats, and I do think their bully sticks would be the perfect size for soft chewers/small dogs.

Of course Chewy.com still has all our love. Our package arrived promptly and the goodies were packaged well.
The dogs get excited when a package from Chewy.com comes. Even the cats come running to see if it’s their usual order of food.

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“Hey, I know that Chewy bloke! He sends me food!”

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Discloser: I was sent one bag of True Chews Lils Pig Ears and one six inch True Chews bully stick from Chewy.com for review purposes. I was not compensated for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Petal and Harriet + Our shopping trip has been put on hold

Let’s address the second half of our blog title first, then you guys can enjoy the video I have of Petal playing with Harriet.

On Tuesday I showed you all my shopping list and had you guess what we were buying. I think everyone— or just about everyone— guessed supplies for weave poles, which is correct! I’m going to be making Petal her first set of weave poles and Lassie’s second set.
A few years ago my Mom and I built Lassie an agility course. He had a adjustable jump, a tire jump, weave poles, and a child’s play tunnel. It was tons of fun, but most of it got lost/broken/blown away when we moved. All we have left of it is the jump, which Lassie, and now Petal, still have fun with.
I think Petal would really enjoy weave poles though, so we’re going to make a new set.

Incase you’re wondering: we’re not going to get into agility competitively (at least not now, but I feel pretty confident in saying probably not ever, but who really knows, right?), for several reasons, we’re just going to have fun with it in our own backyard for the sake of exercise, mental stimulation, and just plain fun.

Anyway, on to the part where our trip to Home Depot for weave pole-making supplies has been put on hold.
Our car, our one and only car, decided it would rather not start on Tuesday morning. We got all ready to go, Collies in the car, Humans bundled up, and the car refused to start.
A family friend came over and confirmed that it wasn’t the battery, as we thought it was, and then he kindly towed it away to his shop to find out what was really going on.
Now I don’t speak car, at all, so bare with me, but I think it’s been said that the timing kit has to be replaced along with something else.
So here we are, on Thursday morning, still without a car. Hopefully we’ll have it back by tonight, because we really need to run a few errands and we have a day trip planned for tomorrow.
We’ll see.

Now onto the video!
I’m pretty sure I’ve shared a video of these two playing together before, but this one shows off the silly sounds Petal makes when she plays with Harriet, plus her pouting at the end when Harriet leaves.

It still makes me smile to see how well these two get along. I’ve never had a dog and a cat that actually enjoyed playing together. We have two other cats and they want mostly nothing to do with the Collies. Harriet, however, has been in love with them since she was a teeny, tiny kitten. She gets along better with the dogs than she does with the cats.

One more thing, ignore my Mom talking to my little sister and my Dad clanking dishes in the kitchen. They can’t keep quiet for nothing, even when recording a video was their idea. Haha.


When it’s cold outside…

We like to snuggle up and snooze inside.
Where it’s warm and dry.

Harriet stole my nice warm seat when I left to take pictures of Lassie and Petal.
Not fair.

They earn their keep around here by keeping me toasty warm.
And shooing Harriet off the couch for me. 😉

We’re hoping our day trapped inside will pay off with snow in the morning. We haven’t had snow since this day in November. It’s been snowing a little, off and on, since yesterday, but so far nothing has stuck around for long (except for the mud, ew).
We’re hoping for a blanket of snow to play in tomorrow.
For now, we’re going to go back to sleep.

Petal was actually snoring a few minutes ago.

Hope you all have a fun, warm, and possibly snowy, weekend!

An Instagram

It’s been a week since my surgery and while I’m not where I thought I would be with my recovery, I am feeling a whole lot better.
I’ve be able to get up and walk around a few times a day. I’ll admit that I get way too excited about being up on my feet for more than a minute or two and I often overdo it.
I’m overly eager to recover and get back to my usual routine.

But for now I’m taking things slow and entertaining myself with Instagram.
Enjoy this lovely Instagram of Petal and Harriet.


Pillow Mountain and Dryer Lint

Petal has always loved to lay on top of things.
Things like laundry baskets filled with laundry (preferably clean laundry).

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Or even a coffee table would do!

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But with her coffee table gone and the laundry basket is rarely left out anymore, she sticks to laying on top of the couch pillows. Which have always been her favorite (with the coffee table in a very close second) anyway.

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Just yesterday afternoon, after running many many laps out in the yard, she settled down for a nap in her most impressive place yet.


The pillow mountain.
The pillows had been fluffed and freshened up in the dryer with a fabric softener. This is why they were stacked up on the couch, they were waiting to be arranged nicely again.

But I guess Petal thought they were stacked like this to make a really super awesome bed just for her super awesomeness!


This stack of pillows was piled higher than the couch and Petal very nearly fell over the back of it several times. I kept reaching out to grab her, but she always steadied herself just in the nick of time. One of the pillows did fall off the stack, over the back of the couch and on to the floor, though. Whoops.

And speaking of fluffing pillows in dryers…
Check out what we found in the dryer today!

My oh my! That’s the largest bit of dryer lint I ever saw!

Note: We did not put the cat in the dryer. She put herself there. Seriously.

Petal & Harriet: Best Friends.




These two are such sweet friends!
They’re so entertaining and constantly making us laugh.
Harriet loves to clean Petal’s face and sneak up on her while she’s sleeping and bite her ear.
Petal’s not too fond of the biting, but she does enjoy the snuggles and the play time.
Petal loves to nibble on Harriet’s sides; it looks almost like she’s trying to tickle her!
(Or eat her, however you want to look at it)

I finally got a video of the two of them playing together.
You’ll have to ignore our commentary. ;]


The Saturday Pet Blog Hop!
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But it’s Saturday now!