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.

 

Winners Of SmartSticks and SmartChips!! Semi-Wordless Wednesday

Thanks to all who entered!!

The winners are:

Ann Marie Stelma-Graff

“am amasplace”

Laurie Bean

Sandra Moore

Mom will email you today

to get your addresses!

CONGRATULATIONS!

ENJOY YOUR PRIZES!

Barks and licks and love, Dakota

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REJUV-A-WAFER WINNER!!!

Congratulations to:

SNOOPY!!!!!!

You LUCKY DOG!!

you were picked by www.random.org

as the winner of a box of

YAY!!

Mom is going to email you!

We have your address (we think, lol!)

we will email you to make sure it is correct!

in the meantime

THANK YOU TO ALL WHO ENTERED!!

Please visit Snoopy at his blog right here:

Enjoy your wafers Snoopy!!

Barks and licks and love, Dakota

Cookie A Day-Give-Away! From Freshpet

Wow today sure is a TERRIFIC TUESDAY!!

 

Remember when I showed all of you the new ready-to-bake cookies for doggies that Freshpet has? If you missed that post you can read it right HERE!!!

I know many of you were interested in trying these cookies out for yourself and guess what? Now is your chance!!! Wanna know why?

Freshpet is having a Cookie-A-Day Giveaway on Facebook!!!! Want to know how YOU can enter to win? Hopefully if you click on the photo above it will take you to their Facebook Page if not, click here

 

Best of luck! Hope you win some cookies!!!! Oh and hurry up!!! The contest ENDS APRIL 7TH!!

 

 

Barks and licks and love, Dakota

 

 

 

We were not compensated for this post. We have reviewed Freshpet in the past and love their products and are helping them spread the word about their great contest!

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Cookies, Cookies, COOKIES! Freshpet FRESH Baked Cookies!

Doggies! Gather ’round your “compawters!” Have I got news for you!

Do you remember a while back when my Mom and I barked about Freshpet and how much we like their products? If you need a refresher you may click right here.

Mom and I were so excited when Freshpet contacted us a couple of weeks ago telling us about a new product they have. Freshpet told us they are the FIRST to launch

Ready-to-bake Cookies for DOGS!!

They asked Mom if she would like to try baking some for me and she jumped at the opportunity. I was a little dubious. You see, my Mom is an excellent cook but when it comes to baking, well, let’s just say, she’s all paws!

I waited for the package to arrive because I thought this was gonna be funny. Mom, baking? I gotta see this!

Last week my Sheltie-radar picked up a familiar sound at my door. It was the sound of the FedEx man and he had a package for us. I barked with all of my might with excitement and spun like a super-charged Sheltie when I realized what had arrived! Look!

Mom squealed with excitement. If you have never heard my Mom squeal it is somewhat reminiscent of a pig, but I digress.

I didn’t understand why she would become so excited with PACKAGING. Geeze…gimme the cookies! Who cares about packaging?

Mom explained that Freshpet is a first class company and that everything they do is done with attention to detail, perfection and class.

Freshpet’s philosophy is:

  • to use quality ingredients
  • to make food that is COOKED, not processed
  • to provide, FRESH, refrigerated food/treats/ COOKIES!

Our cookies arrived nice and cold. They were packed in the cooler shown above with ice packs and everything! We received all sorts of information about the cookies as well.  As far as I am concerned all of this “information” is just time-wasting stuff! All I care about are the cookies. You know how Moms are though. They like everything to be perfect and in my Mom’s opinion Freshpet is pretty darned perfect!

Freshpet even sent this really cool apron in Mom’s favorite color, Kelly green! Mom was embarrassed about how she looked today, you know with the time change and all and that she never brushed her hair today, and was dressed like a bum, she didn’t want to be on camera. So, mom recruited Dad to model the apron, that’s pretty funny cause all Dad knows how to make in the kitchen is oatmeal and coffee, yet again I digress.

Mom decided that today would be the day she would bake my cookies! I watched every move.

 

 

Mom opened the Dognation Oatmeal & Cranberry Recipe cookies to bake first. They  are available in select pet specialty stores. MSRP $4.99 to $6.99.  (12 oz. 18 cookies!)

Just as I was getting ready to laugh waiting for my Mom to bake, I realized there would be NO LAUGHING! These cookies need no measuring, no mixing. All you do is take the pre-shaped dough out of the refrigerator and place them on a baking sheet in the oven.

BUMMER!! This is too easy! I wanted to laugh and all that happened was the smell of these cookies baking was enough to make me lose what is left of my Sheltie mind! I thought I would go insane from the tantalizing smells dancing around the kitchen. Even Mom said she wanted to eat them. That’s no surprise Ms.Food Obsessed will eat anything not glued down.

Here are the directions for baking the cookies:

Baking Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350° F. Place cookies 2″ apart on ungreased baking sheet. Gently flatten each cookie with the palm of your hand. Bake for 10-14 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned. Cool completely on baking rack before serving. Store baked cookies in an air tight container for up to 14 days.

Easy Peasy! Ours took a little longer than 14 minutes to bake but Mom said that is probably because most ovens are set differently. Let’s just say they didn’t take long at all!

This is what they looked like when they were done!

How delicious do these look?

Freshpet’s New Ready to Bake Cookies are available in the pet food aisle (refrigerator).

They are:

  • 100% all natural
  • contain no preservatives
  • they are made of simple ingredients like crunchy peanut butter, whole oats and dried cranberries.

Mom likes that this is an easy and healthy way to do something special for me any day of the week without all the hassle of baking. Mom likes that this seems like an indulgent treat but it is healthy and is one that she feels good about giving to me.

We also received the Dog Joy Peanut Butter & Oatmeal Recipe which we haven’t had a chance to make.

 

What do I think? See for yourself!

I just couldn’t stand the suspense any longer!

 

Well, all of this talk about delicious cookies has made me pretty hungry. Think I am gonna go and tell my Mom I need some cookies and I need them NOW!

 

Barks and licks and Freshpet-cookie-love, Dakota,

 

 

We were not compensated for this post. Wait a minute! MOM wasn’t compensated. I WAS cause to me COOKIES are ALWAYS welcome compensation. But did we receive any green papers? Nope! All opinions are mine cause Mom can’t eat dog cookies, at least I HOPE not!

 

“Instinct” Raw Boost Bites From Nature’s Variety

Hi Guys! Brrrr!!!  It’s C-O-L-D here in Michigan! When the weather gets like this sometimes a guy just needs something to boost his vitality and health!

I was excited when Mom told me that a nice lady from Nature’s Variety asked if I would like to taste and review  new treats that they have on the market.

 

"Treats?" You don't have to ask ME twice!

The treats I was given to test and review were:

Instinct ® Raw Boost Bites

They say that “the purest form of pet nutrition is a wholesome raw diet. ” The Raw Boost Bites are pure and healthy, minimally processed treats.

  Dogs and (cats )can benefit from a boost of essential natural nutrients anytime and anywhere with new Instinct® Raw Boost Bites.  The convenient, freeze-dried bites offer the same nutritional benefits of other Instinct Raw varieties – helping with increased energy, digestive health, lean muscle – and are ideal for training, traveling and treating. Made for both dogs and cats, these healthy treats come in 4-ounce packages of great-tasting varieties including chicken, beef, lamb and venison.

The flavors I was given to try were chicken formula and lamb formula! I was particularly excited about the lamb because I had never tasted lamb before!

Needless to say I LOVED THEM!

What Mom likes (in addition to the benefits listed above) is when she read the side of the box the ingredients are easy to pronounce meaning they don’t have strange things added that aren’t good for us. Some of the ingredients in the lamb formula are:

Lamb, Lamb Heart, Lamb Liver, Pumpkin seeds, Apples, Carrots, Butternut Squash and a host of other good-for-you tasty things!

Since I don’t always go through treats as fast as you would think  (I don’t eat ALL day you know!) Mom asked about the shelf-life of the Raw Instinct Boost Bites. The nice lady from Nature’s Variety said that “no refrigeration is required if closed properly”

Mom loves the size of these treats because she can break them up and put them in my treat toys, and she doesn’t have to give me an entire treat at once (that’s good for HER but bad for ME! BOL!)

ABOUT NATURE’S VARIETY

“Nature’s Variety is an independent pet food company in the Midwest. Our purpose is to empower people to transform the lives of pets. Freedom from allergies, improved skin & coat, weight loss, reduced incidence of ear infections and healthier teeth & gums are just a handful of the amazing pet transformations that Nature’s Variety customers experience. MADE IN THE USA.”

Anyway, I LOVE my Raw Boost Bites, by Nature’s Variety and Mom and I are hoping that you check them out too!

To find a pet specialty store or veterinarian  near you that offers Nature’s Variety click here

I was not compensated for this review. (Well, the TREATS were GREAT compensation! BOL!) Seriously, Mom and I were not given any George Washington’s (if ya know what I mean!) Just delicious treats for me to enjoy and Mom to feel GOOD about giving me! Thanks Nature’s Variety!

Barks and lamb/chicken filled licks and love, Dakota

Win A THREE MONTH Supply Of SmartBones!!

You know how they say that “the third time is the charm?” Well, this is the THIRD time that I have featured SmartBones on my blog and I will tell you the reason!  Ever since the first time I tasted them they are my FAVORITE BONES!  I can’t control myself when they are in the same vicinity that I am. When I see a SmartBone I want ONE NOW! Check out the videos below that show me in Sheltie SmartBone Bliss!

Mom loved the “crinkly” packaging sound in the above video! Who cares about the sound? I just care about getting at those SmartBones!

What Are SmartBones?

SmartBones by PetMatrix, are chew treats made with chicken, vegetables and other healthy ingredients. These raw-hide free treats are perfect for the four-t0-five out of 10 consumers who prefer not to feed their doggies rawhide.

Who came up with this genius idea?

Martin Glinsky, Ph.D.,  that’s who!  Dr. Glinsky is considered one of the premier pet nutritionists in the country and is currently the Chief Science Officer at PetMatrix, creators of SmartBones and DreamBone chews.  He received his undergraduate education at Cornell University and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois, specializing in Animal Nutrition and Nutritional Biochemistry.

He has lectured extensively around the world on pet nutrition and dietary formulation and started his own pet food manufacturing company in 1980, specializing in holistic and organic pet foods. His expertise in formulating, manufacturing, analyzing and testing of nutritional products for pets is well known and respected.

Dr. Glinsky formulated, engineered and produced the first dry pet foods to incorporate fresh ingredients, the standard of the holistic pet food category today. He has been intimately involved with many of the best-selling holistic foods brands being marketed around the world.

Wanna know more?

SmartBones are 99.2% digestible, which is higher than the digestibility of premium dog foods (85% digestibility).

Chicken, vegetables and other healthy ingredients dogs will love are used in making SmartBones.

   SmartBones are the first treats of their kind to be enhanced with vitamins and minerals.

SmartBones are safer for dogs than regular rawhide treats, which may cause intestinal blockages.

SmartBones are environmentally friendly, whereas a toxic chemical process is needed to create consumable rawhide for treats.

  SmartBones are available in Peanut Butter (which is what I was eating in the video)  and Chicken Flavors.  There is also a Dental variety with additional teeth health benefits. (Mom PAWTICULARLY LOVES THESE!)

Four different sizes of SmartBones are available, based on a dog’s weight:

Small Dog (5-10 lbs) Mini SmartBones
Small – Medium Dogs (11-25 lbs) Small SmartBones
Medium Dogs (26-50 lbs) Medium SmartBones
Large Dogs (over 50 lbs) Large SmartBones

SmartBones are available nationwide and at www.SmartBones.com.

WAIT THERE’S MORE!!

I nearly forgot the GIVE-AWAY!!!

 ONE LUCKY DOG  (U.S. ONLY PLEASE) WILL WIN A  THREE MONTH SUPPLY (that’s SIX BAGS) of SmartBones of their own!

How can you win?

Just complete THESE  EASY  AND MANDATORY STEPS!

1)  Like  my  Facebook Page and give us a BARK OUT! (If you do not have Facebook you MUST state that in your comment)

2) Like SmartBones on Facebook and tell them that Dakota’s Den sent you! (If you do not have Facebook you MUST state that in your comment)

2) Leave a comment telling me and my Mom the WEIGHT of your dog  (so that we know what size bones to send you!!) AND  why YOUR dog is a SMART DOG!!!

IMPAWTANT: IF YOU DO NOT LEAVE A COMMENT ON THE BLOG ANSWERING THE ABOVE QUESTION YOU WILL NOT BE ENTERED.

ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY MIDNIGHT (EST) JANUARY 30TH, 2012

The WINNER will be announced Wednesday, FEBRUARY 1ST, 2012

So what are you waiting for!?

Start jumping, barking, and if you are a Sheltie (SPINNING!)  and ENTER NOW!

Good luck!!!

Barks and licks and love, Dakota

I was not compensated for this review. I was sent  SmartBones  months ago when I did my first review and because I love them so much and the readers were so excited about the contest, SmartBones wanted to do another give-away! I WAS given more SmartBones for me to enjoy and I can’t wait for YOU to enjoy them TOO!

I Love My SmartBones!

Hi Everyone!

I have to tell you my Mom has been REALLY behind the Eight Ball lately! Geeze!

She owes the nice man who represents SmartBones (which I ADORE) a HUGE apology!

You see a few months ago Mom featured SmartBones on my blog and a few weeks ago the nice SmartBone man sent me an early holiday present! He sent me a box of SmartBones of my very own!!!

I was beside myself with excitement!

Well Mom was going to shoot a new video of me enjoying my SmartBones because she wanted other doggies to put these on their Christmas and Chanukah lists because they make GREAT stocking and Menorah stuffers! (well you can’t actually stuff these in a Menorah but you get the idea!) You could get one smart bone every night of Chanukah!

Anyway Mom wasn’t able to shoot a new video of me for a variety of reasons:

1) She is a huge procrastinator

2) She never has the video camera available when I am doing something REALLY cute (well that is every minute of the day and who can carry around a video camera every minute of the day?)

3) My brother Cody and I keep taking turns being sick. First it was me and my eye trouble (which Mom STILL hasn’t written or posted Part II) Then Cody has to go and get sick a few days ago and we still aren’t sure if he is ok.

4) FOOTBALL. That isn’t an acceptable excuse since Mom isn’t a first string player (although she looks like she could be BOL!) but it HAS taken her away from the important task of helping me update my blog.

So, because I can’t shoot a video of myself (due to being all paws) and Mom is a lazy slacker (no presents for HER this year!) I have to update the earlier SmartBone  post that I wrote and I am posting it below.

THANK YOU to the nice man at SmartBones who is more thoughtful than my Mom! I love my SmartBones and doggy buddies you need to tell your Moms and Dads about these so you can get some too!

Here is the post! Enjoy!

 

Did you know that I am a “chewing machine?”

Some of the SmartBones that I received!

Oh yeah! If it’s chewable, (or not) I’m all over it!

I’ve been known to chew wood, cell phones, metal door stops, you name it.  It’s not all my fault, I come from a long line of “chewers!”

Did you know that it is important for dogs to chew?

When doggies lived in the wild, they used to tear through the skin of wild beasts to get at the meat! We doggies that don’t have to hunt for our food don’t get to do that. It isn’t good for our teeth not to be able to chew things! We get a build up of tartar which can lead to periodontal issues and disease.

Some doggies chew out of boredom (like me!) These pet chews are the perfect answer to that problem! YAY! You gooo Mom! Mom also likes that SmartBones offer nutrition and health benefits as well!.

You have no idea how excited I was yesterday when my Mom gave me a brand new product to try!

Mom gave me a SmartBone!

Wow was I ever excited!

What is a SmartBone you ask? Well, sit back, relax and I’ll tell ya!

SmartBones by PetMatrix, are chew treats made with chicken, vegetables and other healthy ingredients. These raw-hide free treats are perfect for the four-t0-five out of 10 consumers who prefer not to feed their doggies rawhide.

Who came up with this genius idea?

Martin Glinsky, Ph.D.,  that’s who!  Dr. Glinsky is considered one of the premier pet nutritionists in the country and is currently the Chief Science Officer at PetMatrix, creators of SmartBones and DreamBone chews.  He received his undergraduate education at Cornell University and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois, specializing in Animal Nutrition and Nutritional Biochemistry.

He has lectured extensively around the world on pet nutrition and dietary formulation and started his own pet food manufacturing company in 1980, specializing in holistic and organic pet foods. His expertise in formulating, manufacturing, analyzing and testing of nutritional products for pets is well known and respected.

Dr. Glinsky formulated, engineered and produced the first dry pet foods to incorporate fresh ingredients, the standard of the holistic pet food category today. He has been intimately involved with many of the best-selling holistic foods brands being marketed around the world.

Wanna know more?

SmartBones are 99.2% digestible, which is higher than the digestibility of premium dog foods (85% digestibility).

Chicken, vegetables and other healthy ingredients dogs will love are used in making SmartBones.

   SmartBones are the first treats of their kind to be enhanced with vitamins and minerals.

SmartBones are safer for dogs than regular rawhide treats, which may cause intestinal blockages.

SmartBones are environmentally friendly, whereas a toxic chemical process is needed to create consumable rawhide for treats.

  SmartBones are available in Peanut Butter and Chicken Flavors.  There is also a Dental variety with additional teeth health benefits.

Four different sizes of SmartBones are available, based on a dog’s weight:

Small Dog (5-10 lbs) Mini SmartBones
Small – Medium Dogs (11-25 lbs) Small SmartBones
Medium Dogs (26-50 lbs) Medium SmartBones
Large Dogs (over 50 lbs) Large SmartBones

Here is a video of me lovin’ on my SmartBone!

I have to get my Mom to order me more SmartBones, I didn’t even bother my Dad during football when I had this!

SmartBones are available nationwide and at www.SmartBones.com.

 

Mom and I received no compensation for this blog post other than SmartBones for me!!

Friday Fido Find! Freshpet Fresh Food For Pets! Look What I Got! And…Guess What YOU Can Get!

They must have thought of me when they came up with the term “Lucky Dog!”

Why?

Well I’ll tell ya!

Look at what I received in the mail! From FreshPet!

Freshpet sent me  3 (count ’em!) THREE  bags of goodies and a super high quality cooler made by Coleman to keep my goodies fresh  in when I am  on the go.   I bet Mom and Dad could steal it and use it should they go on a picnic! It came with 2 refrigerator cold packs! My Mom and I were simply overwhelmed by the generosity  of Freshpet and by the sight of these delicious looking snacks!

Just who is FreshPet?

Watch this video to learn more!

Can you tell how EXCITED I was to get my chops around this delectable goodie?

This bone is 100% all natural. It is a crunchy Brown Rice bone

The first item I tested was the DogJoy Fresh Bones! They are:

Crunchy brown rice bone with real chicken baked inside. A safer alternative to natural bones.

4.3 oz.

This bone was long-lasting and simply delicious!

My luck continued! Look what Mom gave me last night when I was having a full-blown bark-fest!!

Mom almost wanted to eat one too because they reminded her of beef jerky and Mom LOVES beef jerky!

These are:  Dog Joy Fresh Chews

Long-lasting chews made from free-range buffalo. Each hand-cut chew is slow roasted in its own juices. Maintains dental health naturally.

4.3 oz.

See how I have my paws? I do this when I am carefully holding onto something that I LOVE! My kitty brother tried to take this away. He’ll never attempt THAT trick again! BOL!

Do you believe I even received a THIRD item from Freshpet? I didn’t get to taste test this one yet but I am looking forward to enjoying these while I watch football with my Dad this weekend!

Yum!!! Sweet Potato!!! My Mom and I can't believe these wonderful flavors that Dog Joy has!! They are so unique and Mom thinks they look tasty enough for her to eat too!

” Dog Joy™ Sweet Potato Chews: The only ingredient is sweet potatoes, naturally full of beta carotene, vitamins and dietary fiber. Each slice is slowly baked to chewy perfection. Available in a 7.5 oz. resealable pouch.”

Mom and I are awfully impressed with Freshpet! I think I am going to work on Mom to switch me from the food I am now eating to this food!! Mom just used their STORE LOCATOR TAB on their WEBSITE and GUESS WHAT DOGGIES!!?? Mom just learned that Freshpet is available at EVERY store she shops at!!!

That’s enough to make me do Sheltie Spins the ENTIRE WEEKEND!!!

GUESS WHAT?

YOU can be joining me in doing my happy “Sheltie Spins” because the generous and wonderful people at Freshpet are offering to give ONE WINNER a GIFT BASKET FILLED with their products!!!! ( U.S. ONLY PLEASE) How cool is THAT?

How do you enter?

1) You MUST be a subscriber of this blog

2) You MUST “like” Dakota’s Den on Facebook  and leave a comment telling me why you want this food

3) You MUST “like”  Freshpet on Facebook and tell them you learned about their products on Dakota’s Den

ALL 3 STEPS MUST BE COMPLETED TO BE ELIGIBLE TO WIN!

DEADLINE TO ENTER IS THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29TH, 2011 AT MIDNIGHT EST

WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30TH, 2011!

GOOD LUCK!

So my barking buddies head over to Freshpet’s WEBSITE and check out all the healthy, fresh and delicious items they have to offer! I even saw a Sheltie featured on one of their items!! I think I am gonna have to try to steal that Sheltie’s modeling gig, don’tcha  know?

You can also find Freshpet on:

TWITTER

FACEBOOK

YOUTUBE

Barks and licking my chops with love and THANKS to Freshpet! Dakota

In full disclosure. Mom and I were not compensated for this review. Mom and I were given the products listed above to test/review. All opinions are strictly my own! Now go and check ’em out!

While you’re at it check out the other great give-aways at  “Doggies And Stuff” right here! Be sure to tell them that DAKOTA sent you!