Book Review – Jack: K9 Warrior by Kevin Brett

When I was younger the only books I would read were books with animals in them. Preferably dogs. Preferably collies. Lassie Come Home was and still is one of my favorites. I just love stories about collies, so when I was given the opportunity to read and review Jack: K9 Warrior by Kevin Brett, I said yes, of course.

Jack: K9 Warrior book cover.

The first paragraph of the book description:

Most people believe dogs can only play a limited role in tactical situations; Dakota Dixon (DX to his friends) isn’t one of them. He also isn’t your typical Marine. A gifted, Native American dog whisperer with a vision, he’s on a quest to prove his connection with dogs will enable him to test the limits of K9 intelligence to train the ultimate K9 warrior. Seriously injured in the line of duty, he is discharged from the service and unable to attend an elite training school where he would have made that vision a reality. Now he must find a new path to prove his daring concepts and fulfill his spirit-destiny.
(Read more here.)

I’ve already read and reviewed Kevin Brett’s Jack the Christmas Collie and fell in love with mischievous and sweet Jack, the Barnes’ lovable collie, so I was excited to read his latest book.
Jack: K9 Warrior is a revised 1st edition, not a sequel to Kevin’s first book about Jack. A lot of the first book is in this revised edition, much of it is used as backstory. Jack: K9 Warrior is a whole new story, one with intrigue, adventure, and suspense. There are new and fun characters and a whole new, exciting plot.

My favorite character is, obviously, Jack the collie with Dakota Dixon, a young Marine Corps Lieutenant, at a close second. Dakota Dixon, or DX to his friends, reminded me a lot of myself. I was surprised, honestly, what could I have in common with a Marine? His personality was a lot like mine. DX is known to joke around to deal with stressful situations, I do that often. We also share a common love for dogs. I found DX easy to relate to, very funny, entertaining and brave.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Dakota, Jack and the Barnes family. There was a lot of action and suspense. There were moments I wasn’t sure which characters to trust, it kept me guessing and I enjoyed that. I was also pleased to see the story end exactly as I wanted it to. It’s a rare treat when everything that I want to happen for the end of a book actually happens. I do, however, wish that part of the ending had been a little more detailed. I had braced myself to cry (happy tears) and to feel really emotional, but I didn’t end up crying after all because what I thought was going to be an emotional moment ended just when I thought it was starting. Still, it was a good ending.

It’s a great story with great and inspiring life lessons. It’s a story that I would read again, which is saying a lot. I don’t often reread books.

If you like action, suspense, great characters, a heroic Collie and happy endings, then I think you’ll enjoy this book. You can get it in paperback on Amazon for $13.46

Image of Petal "reading" Jack: K9 Warrior written by Kevin Brett.

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Discloser: I was sent a free copy of Kevin Brett’s Jack: K9 Warrior to read and review. I was not compensated for this review. All opinions expressed in this honest review are entirely my own.

Tasty Tuesday – Newman’s Own Organics from Chewy

Woof! Hello! Petal here with a tasty treat review for all you canines. If you like a good crunch then you’ll love these treats!

Image of a ten ounce bag of Newman's Own Organics New Zealand Ranch Style Dog Treats in Lamb & Barley Recipe.
These are Newman’s Own Organics dog cookies. I got the lamb and barley flavor. I love lamb, which Mom thinks is weird because I was bred to herd and protect sheep. What can I say? I like what I like. Anyway. These cookies have some other great ingredients too: Organic Barley, Organic Lamb, Organic Carrots, Organic Apples, Organic Palm Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Organic Molasses.
All organic ingredients! Yummy!
These cookies are rectangle shape but are scored down the middle making them easy to break into two square cookies.

Petal's paws beside 1 whole New,an's Own dog cookie and 1 half cookie.

One whole cookie and half a cookie.

While they are a breeze to break in half, it is impossible for my (weak) human to break them any further. Which is PAWSOME because that means I get a whole square! But sometimes my stingy human snatches the bigger crumbs that I drop while we’re walking and makes me do extra tricks for them. She claims she only does this so that I can walk and eat at the same time AND still get to eat every last crumb, but if that were true she wouldn’t make me do more tricks for them.
Yeah, that’s right, I’ve got you all figured out Momma.

Petal's nose and paws next to her orange KONG Genius toy, stuffed with Newman's Own dog cookie.

My KONG Genius. His name is “Leo” apparently.

My rotten Momma also likes to hide my squares in my KONG Genius. Something about keeping my naughty self busy.
I don’t know what she could possibly mean by THAT, I’m an angel.

I do love my KONG Genius though. Being a Collie, I’m a natural born Genius, so this toy is a wonderful challenge for me. Pair it with these cookies and I’m busy for quite some time!

Petal's paws beside 1 whole New,an's Own dog cookie and 1 half cookie.

Overall, I love these cookies! Mom usually gives me one after every walk (she’s going to stick to the training size crunch treats for during our walk) and one in my KONG Genius when I need some busy work to do. If you’re interested you can find these treats on! Tell your human to order you some now while they’re on sale for $3.99! And don’t worry little dogs, Newman’s Own has some smaller sized treats if these are too big for you. :)

Thanks Chewy!

Discloser: We were sent 1 bag of Newman’s Own Organics dog treats from in exchange for a review. We were not and are not being compensated for this review. All opinions expressed here are my own based on my personal experience with the product.

Today we are participating in the Tasty Tuesday blog hop hosted by Sugar the Golden Retriever and Kol’s Notes.

Review: Canidae TidNips from

Today we have some super tasty treats to tell you all about. Our best buds at sent us (and by us I mean Petal) some yummy lamb treats made by Canidae. Back when Petal was a puppy she ate Canidae kibble with Lassie and Ella before we switched to Sojos and then homemade and now, temporarily, The Honest Kitchen. So we’re pretty familiar with the Canidae brand.

Canidae pet food logo

We received Canidae’s TidNips treats to review. TidNips are soft, chewy, meaty squares. They can easily be torn into smaller pieces (for training and/or small dogs) but don’t crumble.

Image of a 1 1/4 inch Canidae TidNip square.

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They come in the following three flavors…

Canidae TidNips treats come in the following 3 flavors: Lamb-Licious, Meaty-Licious and Chicken-Licious

As I said above we received the Lamb-Licious treats to try. I wasn’t totally sure of what Petal’s reaction would be to these treats as she hasn’t had much lamb in the past. I was sure she would eat them, rarely does she stick her nose up to a treat, but I wasn’t sure how interested she would be in them.

She LOVED them. Loved them. I used them as her high value treats for “sticky situations” (seeing other dogs while out walking) every morning for the past week and a half before I ran out (and promptly bought more). Rarely could she resist these treats. 95% of the time she stops barking and tugging towards the other dog in favor of this treat. She has been walking much more politely around other dogs lately. Now this isn’t all due to the treat (though having a high value treat for high stress/distracting areas IS important) of course, I’ve been working with her on this issue for awhile now, but these treats have been a great help so far.

Close up of Canidae's TidNips treat on Petal's paw.

Drooling in anticipation.

These treats are stinky enough to get Petal’s attention, but not so stinky that I cringe. They have almost a jerky-like scent. They’re corn, wheat and soy free. They’re made in the USA. Canidae also has a line of crunchy treats some of which are grain-free for those of you that are feeding a completely grain-free diet.

So far I have found that has the best prices for these treats ($5.79 on Chewy vs. $7.99 at Petco) especially if you’re already purchasing your dog or cat food from Chewy and spending enough to earn free shipping.

All in all we were very happy with these treats and have no complaints about them. Highly recommended!


Discloser: I was sent 1 6 oz bag of Canidae TidNips from free of charge in exchange for this review. I was not compensated for this review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own based on my personal experience with the product. Any images used in this review are not my own unless watermarked by me.