First Hike – Fit Dog Friday

As you may already know, Collies are a herding breed. They were bred to herd sheep for hours and hours. In order to do this they needed to have a great deal of energy. Sometimes I feel like Petal has endless energy. Endless. I see it as a pro, rather than a con, most of the time. Having an active dog keeps me active. If I didn’t have an active breed I wouldn’t do much in the form of exercise or exploring outside. It’s just not as enjoyable for me without a four-legged walking buddy.

Petal on a hiking trail.

On Tuesday Petal went on her first hike on an actual hiking trail. She had a blast, to the point where she had a moment where she just took off like bullet and ran around with uncontrollable excitement. I had to put her leash back on her. It was great to see her having so much fun.

Walking behind Petal on the trail.

The hiking trail itself was short but we ended up walking to a local ice cream place which made our walk/hike a total of 7.8 miles. We were pretty much dead afterwards and Petal allowed me to skip our daily walk on Wednesday so we could sleep in and be couch potatoes.

Image of Petal resting her head in my lap after a 7.8 mile walk.

Another activity we like to do is play. We play indoors nearly everyday. Petal loves to run or hide or play keep away with a favorite toy. I was able to capture this silly video while we were playing inside several weeks ago. Petal was running up and down the hall, sometimes fetching her toy and sometimes running just for the sake of running. I grabbed my iPad Mini and started recording her (because she was being truly crazy and ridiculous). She comes running at me with great enthusiasm and slightly crazed look in her eye (the “omg! Must. Do. Zoomies!!!” look) and then suddenly she’s rebounding off my iPad Mini.

What the heck? I was laughing so hard.

Does your dog have endless energy? What do you do with your dog to burn some of that energy and stay sane?

Today we are participating in the Fit Dog Friday blog hop hosted by SlimDoggy, Peggy’s Pet Place and To Dog With Love.

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 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 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 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 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

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, 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 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!


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

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Collie antics + Too much fun with editing

Prepare yourselves for a dozen photos.
Okay fine, a little more than a dozen.
There’s 15 photos in this post.


I love watching these two play.
Though sometimes I have to step in because Petal gets a little too crazy for Lassie’s liking.

I used both Photoshop Elements and Photobucket to edit these pictures obnoxiously wonderfully.
Incase you were wondering. 😉

I hope everyone is enjoying their Friday!
Do you have anything fun planned with your pups this weekend?
We currently have no plans. Unless you count my small to-do list that I really should be working on tackling right now, but I’m blogging instead, because it’s more fun.

Are you in for a weekend full of fun?
Or a weekend full of chores?
Or maybe a lazy weekend!
Whatever you’re doing this weekend, do it well and enjoy. 😉

Just so we’re clear…

I may have been bragging about how well behaved Petal was the other day, but she doesn’t want you guys going and getting the wrong idea or anything.
She’s not a perfect angel ALL the time.
A dog has got to have some fun after all.
So this is Petal. On crack.
Not really, but she was being crazy last night and that’s not even the half of it, honestly.
This video is actually pretty mellow considering how wild she was last night. She was barking, digging at the bed, rolling around on it, snapping at moving feet, etc. She always calmed down when I pointed the camera at her though, but when I turned it off, she’d go crazy again.
And now I’m off to take her for a good walk/run, to ensure we don’t have that same crazy Collie on our hands again tonight. 😉
Happy Saturday! Have a lovely weekend!

Collie Soccer Video

I recently showed you all some pictures of Petal playing soccer. I also mentioned that I should record it sometime and a few days ago I did. I got several little clips on two different days of her playing soccer and I threw them all together in a quick little video.

Sorry about all the noise. It’s been insanely windy around here this week! Feel free to watch with your speakers off or on low, there’s not much to listen to anyway. ;]

Have a lovely weekend!