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Published in: on July 25, 2012 at 1:00 am  Comments (26)  
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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.

 

Pet Food Marketing 101: What Consumers Should Know about Purchasing Pet Food

Martin J. Glinsky, Ph.D.

A Guest Blog By: 

By Martin J. Glinsky, Ph.D.

Chief Science Officer of SmartBones (www.smartbones.com)

Pet food products have changed significantly over the last 30 years, as have our purchasing patterns. In the 1970s, almost all pet food was purchased at the grocery store and there was not very much real difference between various brands. Corn, meat and bone meal, animal fat and vitamin/mineral fortification were common ingredients of almost all dry pet foods. Today, a significant amount of pet food is bought at pet food stores, mass market retailers, farm and fleet locations and even on-line (although this is fairly limited at the moment).

Pet food formulas have also changed dramatically. Categories now include: natural, holistic, organic, grain-free, hypo-allergenic (the FDA does not allow this terminology any more) and others. Ingredient listings often contain a variety of unique ingredients, including rice, sweet potatoes, omega-3 fatty acids, bison, real chicken, salmon meal, etc. Commonly, this segment is often referred to as the “high-end market.”

Dakota enjoying his SmartBone

From a business perspective, pet stores needed high-end pet foods, not available in mass retailers, in order to increase their margins selling pet food and allow them to make a profit. Pet owners would not pay 15-25% more for the same food sold at the pet store. Thus, pet food marketers kept developing more unique foods for this burgeoning retail segment.

This proliferation of brands and formulas is an area of intense marketing differentiation. Every brand is looking for an identity that key their marketing efforts. “No corn,” “no soy,” “no wheat” have become important formula attributes in this segment. While there is absolutely no data to support the notion that these three excellent grains are somehow “bad” for pets, the high-end pet food segment, needing to differentiate it from “grocery-store brands,” have developed and proliferated this false theory.

There is no doubt that many of today’s high-end pet foods do indeed possess some “performance characteristics” that many pet owners recognize and are willing to pay more for at their pet store. These include higher palatability, lower stool volume, and sometimes, “functional advantages” such as the association of increased levels of omega-3 fatty acids and a healthy immune system. On the other hand, using false and inflammatory statements to try and debase other products is an unscrupulous way to increase sales.

Dakota and his SmartBone

It is important to differentiate between sound nutritional concepts and marketing hype. Beware of those products that make claims or allude to concepts that seem overvalued. Contact these companies and ask them if they have scientific data to support their claims. The answer may surprise you, but it shouldn’t. Use common sense when choosing the best food for your pet. Pets, just like humans, require specific nutrients, not necessarily special ingredients, to obtain the nutrition necessary for a healthy life.

Published in: on April 12, 2012 at 1:00 am  Comments (12)  
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Help Nutrish Donate To Animals In Need!

 

“‘Tis the season to help animals in need!”
And right now, Nutrish is  donating $1.00 to Rachael’s Rescue for every new fan they get on Facebook*.

So, “like” their new page and help animals in need today!

 

 

We were not compensated for this post. Dakota has been eating Nutrish for nearly five years, we believe in Rachael Ray, Nutrish and her rescue so we wanted to help spread the word!

Barks and licks and love, Dakota

 

Rachael Ray’s “Just 6” and “Nutrish”, Are Just “Delish!!”

My friends, you have no idea how excited I am to have been given the opportunity to tell you about the most delicious and good for you dog food that I have ever tasted!

The food that I am talking about is Rachael Ray’s newest dog food, Just 6 AND her original dog food, Nutrish.

Let me give you a little background info. My Mom is a Rachael Ray freak.  She adores her. She has nearly all  her cookbooks, subscribes to her magazine and watches her show every day that she is able.

She loves Rachael’s down-to-earth heart and effervescent personality. She feels that Rachael is someone she can relate to because Mom considers herself to be a “home cook” and not a “cheffie” and that is how Rachael describes herself.

Rachael Ray is a huge animal lover. Specifically she loves dogs. Mom knew that Rachael cooked for her first dog and now her current doggy, and that all the meals she made for them were created out of  a passion for creating good food that is “good for you”  and a deep love of her doggy babies.

That is why when Nutrish first appeared  on the market, Mom was ecstatic. When Mom first purchased Nutrish she took the bag to the vet to have him check the ingredients. He gave it his approval and Mom never looked back. She has served me Nutrish ever since! I am one lucky doggie because I LOVE IT!

The bag is wrinkled because I  actually EAT this food!

I didn’t eat it just to do a product review

I am 4 years old and I have

been eating Nutrish for all of those tasty years!

I won’t ever do a review about another dog food

on my blog because I am a

Rachael Ray Nutrish & Just 6 dog

all the way!

Why Nutrish?

Here is what Rachael Ray says about it:

Nutrish has “Real meat — like chicken
or beef — as the first ingredient.  There are no fillers.  No junk.  Just lots of good,
wholesome stuff. How cool is that? And you know me.  I’m all about giving back,
so all of my proceeds from Rachael Ray Nutrish go to charities that take care
of animals who have no one else to look out for them.”

Now there is a new addition to Rachael’s dog food family and I am thrilled to have tasted that too!!  The “new kid on the block” is Just 6!

Here is the great gift package that I was one lucky dog to receive! Look at how beautifully wrapped it was! It even came with a super cute doggie bowl!

I was so excited I couldn’t wait to get my paws on it!

Why is it called Just 6? I am glad you asked that! Here is the reason:

“Rachael Ray Nutrish Just 6 doesn’t contain any corn, wheat or soy. Lamb meal is the number one ingredient, followed by five other wholesome ingredients. And Nutrish Just 6 has all the added vitamins your dog needs to keep him healthy and happy.”

  • Just six natural ingredients plus vitamins and minerals.
  • No corn. No wheat. No soy.
  • No by-product meal or fillers. No artificial flavors or artificial preservatives.
  • 100% complete & balanced nutrition for adult dogs.

Mom likes all of that healthy info but I LOVE how both Just 6 AND Nutrish TASTE! Let Mom worry about the good for you stuff,  just give me the food!

Even my brother,  Cody wanted to get in on the deliciousness!!

He knocked over the bowl and bag trying to rip it open!

Even after Mom straightened it, Cody still wasn’t giving up!

Don’t worry

It looks like Cody is eating Just 6

But he really isn’t!

Hey Rachael! How about making a cat food for  kitties too!!?? I bet they would love it as much as all of us doggies love Nutrish and Just 6!

Thanks for taking such good care of us Rachael. We love that you think about all the doggies in the world the way that you do!

Gotta go, Mom said she is going to the store this weekend and see if Just 6 is available in our area!

As Rachael Ray says every day when she ends her show:

“I’ll see ya, when I see ya!!”

Barks and licks and love, Dakota

My Mom and I were not compensated in any way for this review.  Mom buys and I happily eat Nutrish. All opinions are my own! Wait a minute!  I WAS compensated!! But not with money! I was compensated by being able to taste test Just 6! Feed me! That’s all the compensation that I need!  Dakota