Foodie Friday! PetCakes by Lucky Paws Enter to win!

Hi everyone! It’s Dakota!

Today I am happy to share with you a DELICIOUS treat I was lucky enough to try, PetCakes by Lucky Paws!

What are PetCakes?

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They are the FIRST EVER microwavable dog treats!  They were created by Melinda Kirk  (who is the founder and CEO), and  PetCakes are made of all natural and organic ingredients!  One of the coolest parts? They can be microwaved in LESS than 3 minutes! PetCakes achieved Best New Product of the Year 2010 at the Global Pet Expo!!

  • There is NO SUGAR, SALT OR PRESERVATIVES in their products!
  • They are made in the USA
  • They are also Veterinarian Approved!

I couldn’t believe my luck when Mom received some flavors to try:

  • PetCakes Kit-Original Carob-Organic Oat Flour, Organic Rice Flour, Wheat Germ, Ground Carob, Organic Flax Seed, Cinnamon, Baking Soda and Baking Powder
  • PetCakes Refills-Pizza flavor
  • PetCakes Refills-Spice
  • PetCakes Frosting Yogurt Flavor
  • and a purple pan to make 3 bones and a red Pet Lovers Pan (Rubine Red) that is the size of 1 large bone

Here is where Mom screwed up.

She made the Original Carob for my birthday and guess where the photos are? They are in her FRIED computer that we told you about a few days ago. Once Mom uploaded the photos from her camera the brainiac DELETED THE PHOTOS! So we don’t have those for you.

But…all is not lost!

Mom decided to make one of my refill packs so that she could take new photos for all of you!

The pack she made was PIZZA FLAVOR! YUM!

petcakes pizza box

Here is the list of ingredients in the Pizza flavor:Organic Oat Flour, Organic Rye Flour, Cheddar Cheese, Parmesan Cheese, Romano Cheese, Oregano Flakes, Baking Soda, Baking Powder

PetCakes couldn’t be easier to make!

You just mix one packet of dry mix, 1 tablespoon ketchup and 1/3 of a cup water.

petcakes mix in bowl

Then you fill the pan

(ignore the white stuff…Mom isn’t super bright and used too much cooking spray)

petcakes raw in pan

Then you microwave for 2 and a half minutes!

petcakes in microwave

Even my Mom can handle that!

Once they come out of the microwave you have to wait 10 minutes for them to cool.

petcakes finished in pan

petcakes pizza flavor finished

Then! Enjoy!!

To keep the treats fresh you can refrigerate them for up to 1 week or freeze for 2 weeks.

Dakota gives these 4 paws up!

Where can you purchase them for your dog? Click here and find out!

PetCakes also has cakes for CATS!

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Want to learn more about PetCakes? Visit Lucky Paws Online here

I saved the BEST for LAST! Our furiend, Melinda, was kind enough to offer my readers a GIVE-AWAY!

That’s right! THREE LUCKY WINNERS in the U.S. AND/OR CANADA are going to win:

  • ONE BOX OF PETCAKES ($10.00 value)
  • 1 REFILL AND ANOTHER PAN ($8.00 for refill and $5.00 for extra pan)
  • YOU CAN CHOOSE EITHER THE DOG VERSION OR CAT VERSION

HOW TO ENTER: You must tell me in a comment that you would LIKE to be entered and if you would like the dog version or cat version! That’s it!

The give-away starts NOW and will end on MONDAY APRIL 1ST, AT 5PM. WINNERS WILL BE SELECTED BY http://www.random.org and will be ANNOUNCED WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3RD.

Good luck!

Barks and licks and love,

Dakota

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KONG® NEW Premium Treats! ENTER TO WIN!

Hi everyone it’s Dakota! I can’t begin to tell you how excited I was when my furiends at KONG®  “one of the most trusted and capable names in the Pet Industry” , contacted me and asked if I would like to sample some of the treats from their NEW Premium Treat line!

click on photo to visit the KONG website

click on photo to visit the KONG website

Of course, I said “YES!”

The products that I was sent to review were the:

KONG Natural Jerky Beef 

click on photo to visit the KONG website!

click on photo to visit the KONG website!

KONG Natural Jerky Chicken

Click on photo to visit the KONG website

Click on photo to visit the KONG website

I was particularly excited to receive the above two items because I needed my jerky fix!  Mom and I have read about all the recalls of jerky items made in China and we needed jerky that was made in the good ‘ol U.S.A . that would be safe for me and  you!

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Each product in the Premium line was developed with specific attention to common pet needs including Oral Care, Skin & Coat maintenance and Allergy Concerns. KONG® Treats are Vitamin Enriched and contain extra anti-oxidants to help improve overall health.

KONG’S Natural Jerky Beef  Strips  and Natural Jerky Chicken Strips are part of the KONG Premium Treat line.

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They are SUPER great tasting too!!  They are also a treat  that my Mom can feel GOOD about giving me!

They are fabulous for treat time, training, rewarding and even for stuffing  KONG® toys!!

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At last! It was finally my chance to try them! The treats that are featured in this video are the KONG Natural Jerky Beef, (the Natural Jerky Chicken is also delicious and SAFE for you to enjoy as well!)

I bet you want some of these treats too, don’t you? Well our furiends at  KONG® are going to give SIX LUCKY PEOPLE IN THE U.S.A. treats for their DOG!

HOW TO ENTER: read carefully because these two steps are MANDATORY:

 LIKE KONG TREATS ON FACEBOOK

 tell them Dakota sent ya and tell ME in the comments on this blog that you did this

FOLLOW KONG TREATS ON TWITTER —

leave me a comment telling me that you did this

IMPORTANT!!

If you do NOT have a FACEBOOK ACCOUNT

AND YOU DO HAVE A TWITTER ACCOUNT

FOLLOW KONG TREATS ON TWITTER

ON THE LINK PROVIDED ABOVE

AND LEAVE A COMMENT TELLING ME YOU 

DO NOT HAVE A FACEBOOK ACCOUNT

BUT YOU FOLLOWED KONG TREATS

ON TWITTER

THAT WILL COUNT AS AN ENTRY

The give-away is open NOW…and will CLOSE at 5pm ET ON FRIDAY, MARCH 15TH.

WINNERS WILL BE CHOSEN BY WWW.RANDOM.ORG

AND WILL BE ANNOUNCED WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20TH.

GOOD LUCK!!

Barks and licks and love, Dakota

In full disclosure: I was not compensated for this review. I was sent a package of Natural Beef Jerky Strips and a package of Natural Chicken Jerky Strips for review purposes. All opinions are my own (and of course Dakota’s)

Foodie Friday! I have Frosty Paws!

Happy Furday everyone! It’s Dakota! Not only do I have “Frosty Paws” from our bitter and SNOWY Michigan weather, I was the LUCKY WINNER of a great give-away over at one of my favorite blogs, Dog Tested Mother Approved, a blog where they share “dog product reviews, tips and ideas” or, as they like to say, “the Tried and Chewed”. If you aren’t familiar with them, please check them out!

So, wanna see what I won?

Mom stole this photo from Dog Tested Mother Approved!! Click on the photo to visit them

Mom stole this photo from Dog Tested Mother Approved!!
Click on the photo to visit them

 

 

My actual winnings!!

My actual winnings!!

So what exactly did I win?

TWO coupons for a

FREE box of Frosty Paws by Purina

And a “Frosty Mascot” toy!

(TOY IS NOT  SUITABLE FOR DOGS)

Now, I have to tell you a funny story. Mom was at  the store last week and while she was looking for something decadent to  indulge in stuff her face with  for the Super Bowl, she stumbled upon the Frosty Paws in the human ice cream section! Of course she didn’t have her coupons with her, so she figured while she saw them in front of her face, rather than wait, she would buy a package for me. We hear Frosty Paws comes in peanut butter flavor and vanilla, Mom only saw the vanilla at our store, so she bought that one.

Mom decided that I could have my Frosty Paws while she and Dad were enjoying pigging out on their frozen yogurt.

WARNING!!! If you are a dog that inhales his food like I do, Mom has a warning for you! Be sure to thaw your Frosty Paws enough that you can mash it up in a bowl. WHY? Guess what I did??  Mom and Dad took the frozen treat out of the cardboard container and put it in my bowl, without thawing it a bit or mashing it up. Mom thought I would gingerly lick or nibble on it. Mom apparently forgot who she was talking about. I GRABBED THE ENTIRE BLOCK of frozen treat and ran while clenching the entire block between my teeth! I did my best showdog- lineage- prance around the living room, all the while STILL holding the frozen block of Frosty Paws with my teeth. I LOVED it so much that I had to take it to my special hide out under the dining room table where no human hands can reach me! Mom was screaming about how I would mess the carpet and Dad kept saying “Do you believe what he just did!!??” The best part? They never got it on video because I was too quick for them!

I ate that baby up AND licked every bit up from Mom’s beloved oriental fake rug!

Yeah, I know it is freezing cold in many places in the U.S., but join me in a delightful daydream. It’s mid-August, the “dog days of summer” and you are one panting hot dog! Let Frosty Paws transport you back to those days with its cold, delicious and tasty goodness!! Doesn’t matter if it is freezing cold out or boiling hot. I love Frosty Paws by Purina so much that I can eat them ANY TIME! When I do, it reminds me of this:

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Thanks Dog Tested Mother Approved for such a great give-away!

Barks and licks and love, Dakota

Beneful® wants you to “Play. It’s good for you” Enter to win a Beneful® “Play Pack!”

HAVE YOU PLAYED TODAY?

Think about it, when was the last time you actually stopped to PLAY? I don’t mean playing a game on the computer, but the kind of carefree, kick-off-your- shoes- twirl- round-and-round- on- the- grass- til-you’re dizzy kind of play that you did as a child. The kind of play that brings on belly laughs that actually bring tears to your eyes.  The kind of play that makes you feel exhilarated and  free!

It was probably some time ago wasn’t it?

I know for me it was. There’s this thing called “life” that often gets in the way with responsibilities such as kids, paying bills, going to work and the constant onslaught of  depressing news.  I know I don’t often make the time to actively play, and I bet that you don’t either!

 According to a recent survey on the state of play in the U.S., 82-percent of the total adults surveyed say they don’t believe Americans are experiencing enough play in their lives*.  Who better to inspire more play than our four-legged friends who bring smiles and spontaneity wherever they go?

 

Logo courtesy of the Purina Beneful Facebook page. Click on the photo to "like" them!

Logo courtesy of the Purina Beneful Facebook page. Click on the photo to “like” them!

To help Americans get more play in their day, Beneful® brand dog food is launching a digital video campaign that features some fun-loving dogs that spread random acts of play in the most unexpected places.

Two of my favorites are below:

This last video is my absolute FAVORITE!

The last video reminded me of when I attended the Meet Purina Pet Blogger Summit, and we had all convened in a meeting early in the morning. We were thrilled to be there and were delighted  to listen to an assortment   of speakers, but it wasn’t until 2 cats strolled into the conference room that the laughter, “ooohs and ahhhs”, and the giggles began! Purina “gets it”,  that is why they allow their employees to bring their pets to work!

Beneful® must know that if I am in need of play, Dakota must be too. Look at what they sent to us!

Click on the photo to visit the Beneful website!

Click on the photo to visit the Beneful website!

Isn’t this stuff just great? Dakota’s personal fave is the green tennis ball! He is all about the tennis balls!

It's not the same ball that he received but you get the idea!

It’s not the same ball that he received but you get the idea!

To inspire more play between you and your four-legged best buddy, Beneful®  would like to send you a Beneful® Play Pack like the one I received above!  (U.S. only please)! To enter all you have to do is leave a comment telling me how you are going to put more “play in YOUR day!”

DEADLINE TO ENTER IS MONDAY, DECEMBER 24TH

WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 26TH.

WAIT! THERE’S MORE!!

You can also  PLAY when you swing by PetSmart-if you purchase a 31-lb bag of Beneful and a 10 oz. Beneful Prepared Meal, you’ll  get a free toy with your  purchase (there will be a special display of tennis balls right by the Beneful display). Just one more way  Beneful is encouraging PLAY!

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We are also proud to tell you that  the dog-loving community of Lancaster, Pa., has plenty of reason to play, as local resident Angela Bauman and her German Shorthaired Pointer, Beau, have been named Grand Prize Winner of the 2012 Beneful® Dream Dog Park Contest.  Bauman wins $10,000 cash and a one-year supply of Beneful brand dog food.  In addition, her creative entry for her ultimate play destination will help serve as inspiration for a $500,000 renovation of a dog park in the Lancaster area!

That’s some exciting stuff!

Congratulations Angela and Beau!!

Now, what are you waiting for?

“Play. It’s good for you”

 

 

 

*About the Beneful “State of Play” Survey

The 2012 Beneful “State of Play” survey was fielded online by ORC International on April 16-22, 2012, among a sample of 2,024 American adults comprising 1,001 men and 1,023 women 18 years of age and older. The sample comprised 789 adults who own a dog.

 

In Full Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I am a member of the Purina Pet Blogger Panel and I was sent a Beneful® Play Pack for Dakota. I  was given information to share with my readers if I chose to. Purina did fully pay for all expenses involving my visit to Meet Purina, this past October.

Foodie Friday! Baking For Dogs: The Best Recipes From Dog’s Deli by Friederike Friedel

Last week I presented the book Cooking For Dogs, if you missed it click here . As promised, today I am here to share with you, the first book of the series (yes, I know I am backwards!) BAKING FOR DOGS, THE BEST RECIPES FROM DOG’S DELI by Friederike Friedel.

Book Cover Photo Provided By: http://www.schifferbooks.com

DOG’S DELI is a bakery for dogs’ baked goods in Carlstadt, Duesseldorf, Germany. A brown male Labrador named Billy, was the inspiration for DOG’S DELI.  Billy wouldn’t eat willingly which made him more difficult to train or “bribe”  which made cooking special meals a necessity and earned Billy his title of “official food taster/tester.”

As I mentioned in the earlier post, I love to cook but baking? Not-so-much. I consider myself to be “baking challenged.”

I was delighted when perusing this beautifully photographed book and reading the recipes because there were a number of them that I am definitely going to be trying. Here are a few that are on my MUST BAKE list!

  • Blueberry Scones-this screams Sunday morning or afternoon tea?
  • Cheese Sticks-the recipe for this sounds like a recipe that I have for humans!
  • Yogurt With Fresh Fruit-yes I know this isn’t BAKING, I told you I am baking challenged, remember?
  • Potato Chips With Parmesan-I just might be crunching on these with Dakota!

Now I am NOT one that would ever eat Liver, but Liver seems to be on the I LOVE IT list for many dogs!

Check these out!

LIVER DUMPLINGS

Photo by Thomas Schultze, provided by http://www.schifferbooks.com

Recipe from Baking For Dogs

 

 

From the author: Baking by following recipes from DOG’S DELI is child’s play. As a matter of principle, neither sugar nor additives, fragrances nor readymade products are used. You probably have most of the ingredients on hand at home. If you should get hungry yourself, go ahead and take a bite of one of your fresh-baked cookies.

I had hoped to make a few recipes and let you know how they came out, but due to time constraints (among other things!) I was unable to. As the months go on and I do make a number of the recipes from both books, I will be sure to share with you!

In the meantime, if you like to prepare wholesome, easy-to-make  dishes for your dog, this book definitely should be a part of your cookbook collection!

 

I am one LUCKY Dog! I have Rachael Ray Nutrish® Naturally Delish™ and guess what? YOU Can Too!

Hi my furry furiends!! It’s Dakota and welcome to “Foodie Friday!”

If you are a regular reader of my blog it will come as no surprise to you to read that not only are my Mom and I obsessed madly in love with all things Rachael Ray, but I, in particular have eaten her Nutrish dog food practically since the day my Mom brought me home 5 yrs ago!  I have featured it a few times on my blog (check my side bar!), why? because I GENUINELY love the Nutrish line and I BELIEVE in Rachael Ray. Mom does too!

Rachael Ray is a no-fuss, down-to-earth HOME COOK, not a fancy, uppity chef, but a REAL COOK who cooks REAL FOOD!   She is also a REAL COOK who loves dogs.

Rachael Ray likes her recipes to be “Simple” no-fuss. That’s why she worked with a team of pet nutritionists to create a line of food made with simple, natural and wholesome ingredients, you know, the kind that HER dog would eat!   Rachael Ray Nutrish® is a super premium food for dogs!

How excited were we when Rachael took her love of food, cooking and dogs and created a line of dog food that “foodies” and “dog foodies” would not only LOVE, but would feel comfortable feeding their pet?

Now I am thrilled to share with you, the NEW dog food on the block: in the Nutrish line:

Rachael Ray Nutrish® Naturally Delish™

click on the photo to visit nutrish.rachaelray.com

the FIRST natural wet food for dogs inspired by recipes from Rachael’s kitchen!

I could barely control my excitement the day that it arrived:

You would run away with it too if you saw the four hearty and healthy  flavors that it  comes in! The first is a “signature flavor”: Chicken Muttballs with Pasta (the pasta in Chicken Muttballs contains semolina wheat flour). When Mom opened it to serve it to me it reminded her of one of her favorite soups, (Italian Wedding Bell!) it looked THAT GOOD! The broth looked like a broth that your Mom would make!

click on the photo to visit nutrish.rachael.ray.com

The other flavors are:

Hearty Beef Stew

Savory Lamb Stew

Chicken Paw Pie—-(“Chicken Paw Pie” how CUTE is that??) Mom giggled when she saw that and when she opened it….Ohhhhh…well….see for yourself!

When Mom read the ingredients in the Chicken Paw Pie she couldn’t believe that not only did it contain chicken broth (like Mom makes!), but it has chicken, green beans, pineapple and SWEET POTATO!!! No wonder it’s so “delish!!”

All of the Rachael Ray Nutrish® Naturally Delish™ product line is made with:

  • simple, natural ingredients
  • No corn, no wheat, no soy
  • No meat by-products or fillers
  • No artificial flavors, colors or preservatives

Doggies, that is info for MOMS….what we care about is TASTE and I’m tellin’ ya Rachael Ray is all about food that tastes good and dog oh dog does this ever TASTE GOOD!

Mom and I also love that proceeds from sales of Nutrish go to “Rachael’s Rescue”

From the nutrish.rachaelray.com website:

What is Rachael’s Rescue?

Rachael’s Rescue was created for all of the forgotten pets — the ones that might not have someone who loves them as much as you love your pet. To date, proceeds from sales of Nutrish have gone toward food, medical supplies and treatments for animals in need. Many more shelters around the country need help, and through Rachael’s Rescue, together we can make a difference in the lives of many four-legged friends.

What are you waiting for!  Click here to find out where you can purchase Rachael Ray Nutrish® Naturally Delish™

And…you can ENTER OUR GIVE-AWAY!

Just leave a comment telling us which flavor interests you the most (U.S. only please) and we will pick a winner by using www.random.org.  DON’T DELAY!!  ENTER TODAY!! This is a quick  GIVE-AWAY! The deadline to enter is: MONDAY, AUGUST 6, at 11pm EASTERN. WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8TH!!!!

Ohhhh my doggy friends YOU could be saying Rachael Ray Nutrish® Naturally Delish™  is “what’s for dinner TONIGHT!!” (and tomorrow night, and the day after that and the day after that, ohhhh YOU get the POINT!!)

Barks, “Naturally Delish” licks and Rachael Ray love,

Dakota

This blog post is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Nutrish for BlogPaws. But….ALL opinions are 100% MINE and my TUMMY’s!!!

Tillman’s Treats By Natural Balance Compliments Of Mr.Chewy!!

Hi everyone! It’s Dakota, and today I am taking over MY blog to tell you about something delicious that I have wanted to tell you about for quite some time.

Mom and I were excited a few months back when we were contacted by Mr.Chewy (the online go-to for many of your pet’s needs such as dog and cat food and treats,  pet health products, etc.!). My brother, Cody had been contacted by Mr.Chewy last year and he was so happy that he blogged about his experience.

Now it’s MY turn!

For my review, I was one of a few lucky dogs who were chosen to taste a super delicious treat! Tillman’s Treats made by Natural Balance Pet Foods. Oh My Dog they are delicious! I gobbled them up so fast that I was too fast for Mom to take a photo of me enjoying them!

See Tillman on the package? Mom was so bummed because he was at BlogPaws and because Mom was sick she never got to meet him!

For those of you that may not know, Natural Balance Pet Foods was co-founded by Dick Van Patten who just happened to be the “Dad” , (Tom Bradford) on the cool TV show Eight is Enough. Mom watched that show all the time when she was in college back in the Stone Age, but I digress…

When Patten and his partners started Natural Balance in 1989 their goal was to create a pet food based on sound scientific principles, not marketing hype.  Their goal was to create a line of pet food that will “nourish your dog or cat through every stage of  life.”

Natural Balance Food Facts:

  • Natural Balance products provide all-natural, complete, and balanced nutrition.
  • They are used and respected worldwide by top trainers, breeders, veterinarians and kennels.
  • They contain no corn, soy, wheat, artificial flavors or colors.

You can read all about their products here.

In addition to their dry and canned pet food (which I did not try), Natural Balance offers a full range of healthy treats! You can choose from the soft snack that I had, Tillman’s Chicken and Veggie Training Tips,

 

or the oven-baked crunch of Turkey, Oats & Cranberry Healthy Bones. They have ya covered!

The cool part is Mr.Chewy offers the full line of Natural Balance food and treats for both dogs and cats, and they deliver directly to your doorstep!!  Kinda like ordering a pizza eh? From my pawsonal experience Mr.Chewy delivers so darned fast that he is ALMOST as fast as the pizza guy….almost! He runs a good close second!

If you want some deliciousness in your world and I KNOW that you do…start tapping that keyboard and visit Mr.Chewy NOW!

Barks and licks and love, Dakota

I would like to thank Mr.Chewy for giving me the opportunity to taste these delicious treats!! In full disclosure. I was not compensated monetarily for this post. I was given treat samples to taste/review. I did not try the Natural Balance  dog food.