Review: Orijen Freeze Dried Treats from

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I love and was thrilled to work with them again for this review. has many brands of pet food to offer. They also offer treats, toys, clean up supplies, leashes, collars, and much more.
My favorite thing about would have to be their customer service. I order our cat food from them (it’s so much cheaper at than anywhere else, another plus!) and have had to contact customer service on two occasions and both times they were very prompt and incredibly kind. They didn’t make me want to pull my hair out and they didn’t make me feel like it was my fault. asked us to review Orijen Freeze Dried treats. offers Orijen’s dog food, cat food, and dog treats. Orijen’s foods and treats are made in Canada.
We were sent the Original flavor of their freeze dried treats. Here’s a description of them from

No lazy lap dogs here… these treats are just for the rough-and-tumble, ready-to-wag pups. Orijen Original Freeze-Dried Dog Treats are filled with tasty chicken, turkey, and flounder to provide your pet with a protein-rich snack that’s made without any preservatives, fillers, or artificial flavors. Each grain-free treat only has seven calories, and is freeze-dried to lock in all of the nutritional content and flavor. 5 Star reviews across the board!
Key Benefits

  • Made with high-quality protein sources
  • Preservative-free
  • Grain-free
  • Low-calorie, freeze-dried dog treats

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They’re basically the dog equivalent of cat nip (or crack).
My dogs went insane for these treats.
I’m not kidding. I could probably train them to back flip for them.
Look at this crazed look Lassie got in his eyes:
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And Petal, or Miss Talks A Lot, is more quick to end her loud conversations (complete with obnoxious “dancing”) with neighborhood dogs when I bring these treats on our walks. Which quickly made them a five star training treat in my eyes.

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Even Petal’s picky friend Pepper devoured half of one and then demanded the other half. This dog usually won’t take any dog treats from me.

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They’re soft treats. You can easily pinch smaller pieces off of it. They crumble easily and would probably work well to bribe finicky eaters to eat their dinner. That also makes them a bit messy though, but my dogs will happily lick up every last crumb.

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They don’t have a super strong odor (which is a big plus), but they aren’t something you want to go inhaling deep breaths of. Unless you’re a dog, of course.

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While my dogs love how these treats taste, I love that they’re high quality and the ingredients are simple:
Cobb chicken liver, turkey liver, boneless Cobb chicken, boneless turkey, boneless flounder.

That’s it! That’s all that’s in them.

They only down side to them is, they are rather pricey. Though I suppose that’s to be expected for a high quality treat.

The dogs give them 4 out of 4 paws for deliciousness.
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I give them 5 out of 5 hearts for their high quality.
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And 4 hearts for cost.
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Overall, we really loved these treats! We would definitely buy them and recommend them to our friends. Next time you’re in need for a high quality training treat, head over to!

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 Learning to back flip (just kidding).

Discloser: I was sent one bag of Orijen freeze dried treats from for review purposes. I was not compensated for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Fun with Petal and Pepper

Petal and Pepper had some fun at a friend’s house yesterday.
We ran, we played fetch, we rolled in the grass, we worked on some training and I even convinced Petal to run through the sprinklers with me.
“Your Collie willingly got wet?!”
Yes she did. Well, sort of. I bribed her.
With a couple pieces of a Zuke’s treat.

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“Can I have another treat?”

We played a few games of fetch with Petal’s favorite ball.

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And Pepper played a game or two or three of tug as well.

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Then I had a couple of very happy girls on my hands.

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I love it when Petal looks like she’s smiling a big cheesy grin with her eyes closed blissfully.

Now we’re having a sleepy, lazy Saturday (after we took our morning walk, of course).
What are you dogs up to this Saturday?

P.S. Only a few more hours to enter our KONG Treats giveaway!
Feel free to tell your friends!

Bits and pieces + We have a Winner!

We have a winner for our Vitacost $25 gift card giveaway!
Our winner is…

Dachshund Nola!
Congrats Nola!
I know I said I would have the winner email me, but since I have your email, I went ahead and emailed you. 😉
Thank you to everyone who entered!

Now for a few other things…
Earlier this week we had the pleasure of being featured on Healthy Paws blog!
We wrote up some of our favorite activities to do together for their “8 Active Pet Parents.” article.
You can read it here, if you’re interested, you may even recognize a few other dogs/blogs there!

We have a visitor…
Guess who arrived here just a few hours ago?
(excuse the crappy iPhone picture, I knew that if I got up to get the Canon, Pepper would follow and I would miss getting this picture)

Petal’s friend Pepper!
For the next 3 weeks we will have a Petal, Penny and Pepper in the house.
Oh yeah, and Pancake the cat who often goes by Panny.
Petal, Pepper, Penny, and Panny.
Yikes. I’m getting tongue tied already.
Should be fun though!

Hope you all are having a great weekend!


Some Instagrams for your weekend!

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1. Lassie has a cute face.
2. Petal likes chest scratchies.
3. Lassie and Petal cuddling.

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4, 5, 6
Petal will sleep anywhere. On a bucket. Under a blanket with me on a freezing cold morning. On her back with her head squished against my butt.

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7. Lassie was very sleepy after helping us babysit for a few hours.
8. Lassie makes an excellent face warmer. 😉
9. Mr. McHandsome.

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10. Petal thinks she should be allowed to gnaw on this pencil.
11. Lassie likes to play keep-away.
12. Pepper has been staying with us for a few days. Petal has had fun with her, but is feeling a little jealous lately. She was very upset the other night when she found Lassie on the couch, laying on one side of me, and Pepper on the other side of me. It’s usually Lassie on one side and Petal on the other. She did not appreciate this scene and she told me so with her Vanishing Ears act and some giggle-worthy moaning and groaning as she looked from Pepper, to me, and back again. I swear, if Petal could talk, she would’ve told me to push Pepper off the couch.
No worries Petal, Pepper goes home today. You’re still the baby girl of the house. 😉

Have a lovely weekend!

The Saturday Pet Blogger Hop!

Anything for a biscuit.

My dogs will do anything for a biscuit.

It’s true. The following photos are proof of my truthfulness.

My Collies will do anything for a biscuit.
And some camera time.
Because when you’ve got it, flaunt it.
And when your owner has treats, flaunt it in reindeer antlers…


Let’s meet Santa’s newest reindeers, shall we?

Meet Stud. 
Mr. Stud. 
Mr. Stud The Reindeer.
Santa’s most stunning reindeer.


Meet Santa’s naughtiest (but cutest) reindeer. Santa is always having to bribe her with extra carrots to just fly in a straight line, please!

Now don’t be fooled by the size of this reindeer. She can keep up with the best of them.
She also supplies the reindeer poop for the children who are too naughty for coal.

“Hey Santa, let’s visit my place first this year.”
“Uhh… no, turn around. We’re going the other way first.”

“This way?”
“No, just straight ahead, please!”

“I don’t know where the fun is in that, but if it means an extra dog biscuit, I mean carrot, then fine.”

“I’m a good reindeer, aren’t I? The best of the best.”
“Right you are. Your inflated ego really helps hold up the sleigh!”
“Excuse me?”
“Have a carrot! Ho, ho, ho!”
*grumbling* “I’ll give you a carrot.”

“Look! I’m Lassie and I think I’m sooooo awesome. I’m so awesome I fart glitter! Hehehee!”
“YOU shut up, Lassie!”
“Quiet down!”
“Sorry Santa.”

This is not the last time you will see these two in antlers.
As long as I have treats, they’ll wear them. 😉
Pepper on the other hand…

“Mom, if you happen to see this, please, please, please,”

“Never send me to stay with these people ever, ever, again! They’re all mad!”

Have a biscuit!
And a lovely weekend!

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Petal is 3!


Today Petal is 3 years old.
When the heck did that happen?
Probably while I was sleeping, because I’m pretty sure she was still this small just yesterday.

So far we’ve celebrated with a new toy, cookies, a mini photo shoot, and some crazy time play time outside with our houseguest, Pepper.
All things that Petal enjoys.


She was totally into ripping up that paper until she found the hidden cookie within, then it wasn’t so much fun anymore.

“All of that for one cookie? I don’t think so. You open it, human.”

I have to say, Pepper runs insanely fast. She kept up with Petal well.
There’s also something about watching a little dog run that is so funny, and adorable, to me.


They’re all snoozing as I type this, so I think it’s safe to say they’ve had a pretty good day so far. And seeing as Petal was the first to go down, I think she has had a good birthday.
I still can’t believe she’s three.

I’m so grateful to have this amazing dog in my life.
She makes me laugh and she makes me smile. She makes even the bad days brighter. She keeps me on my toes. She offers the sweetest snuggles and the silliest antics.

The morning after Ella passed away I was sitting on the couch, moping and losing myself in it all, in all the ‘what ifs’ and ‘I can’t believe… ‘ and Petal looked at me and then walked away. At the time, I didn’t realize how deliberate that look was, but thinking back on it, I can’t help but believe that it was very deliberate. At the time, I thought nothing of it until she came back with a packaged fish from the kitchen sink (where it had been defrosting in hot water). She just casually walked into the family room with the clear packaging swinging back and forth in her mouth and she looked right at me again, making eye contact with me and forcing me to come back into the present and out of my own guilt-ridden thoughts.
“Petal! What do you have?” I asked her.
She bowed her head and then jerked it upward as she released the package, sending it flying underneath the dog cot. Then she looked at me and I swear if dogs could talk she would’ve said, “Noooothiiing.” in a tone that should imply innocence, but really implies the exact opposite.
On a normal day this would’ve just been a silly, normal, thing to giggle at and then post on Facebook or here, on the blog, but since it wasn’t a normal day— it was far from a normal day— it meant more than that. Which probably sounds silly, but it’s all about the timing. I really needed that, that reason to smile and to laugh, and Petal gave me that just when I needed it the most. I think she knew it was what I needed. I don’t believe for a second that it was just a coincidence or that she was “just looking for a snack”* if that had been the case, she would’ve ripped open the packaging and eaten the fish, she certainly wouldn’t have shown it to me and then thrown it away.

So thank you, Petal, for being the sweet, loving, goofball that you are.


*If you want to believe it was “coincidence” or just my dog “misbehaving” that’s okay with me.
Just keep it to yourself. 😉



On Thursday Petal’s little friend, Pepper (a Cocker Spaniel/Poodle mix), came over and is staying with us until Sunday. Petal and Pepper have been playing nonstop and wearing each other out, it’s so nice! Haha.

These girls get along so well together and are about a year apart in age. They love to wrestle each other the most and sometimes they like to chase each other, too. But Pepper has a habit of biting at Petal’s ankles, which Petal doesn’t really like, so she ends up running with her butt tucked underneath herself and then she quickly sits down. It’s too funny.

They’ve been having a blast playing in the snow and wrestling in the kitchen. They’re so cute!


“Look Pepper! I’m an Ostrich!

Have a lovely weekend everyone!