Our 30 Day Nutro Ultra Dog Food Adventure…Halfway Through And Loving The Results

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As you all know by now, I am trying out Nutro Ultra dog food, courtesty of Chew.com,  with my senior dog Hermes and I thought I’d check in with all of you and let you know how we’ve been doing.

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You’ll all remember this handsome face…I mean…how could you not?  Hermes is my old dude that needed a little TLC in his life.  We embarked on a 30 day adventure trying out Nutro Ultra Senior Dry Dog Food and Nutro Ultra Senior Wet Dog Food a couple weeks ago and so far I am loving the results I’ve seen.  I did mention in the first post that the switch initially made him gassy, but after a few days that subsided and we started to see some major improvements in Hermes.

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Nutro seems to have reversed the signs of aging a bit which can be a difficult task for any product on a 13 year old dog.  The dander that Hermes was afflicted by has nearly vanished, and he seems to be much more comfortable with flake and itch free skin.  My family and I have also noticed a new-found level of energy that we hadn’t seen from Hermes and we’ve been thoroughly enjoying playing with this old man like he were a puppy…it’s one of the most adorable things you’ll ever see!  It also appears that when Hermes is settling in for a nap he is much more comfortable and gets to sleep much easier.  In the past, Hermes has had some trouble getting comfy for a nap and would roll around in the bed and make noises that I call his “old man groans” until he finally found a comfy position to lay in.  These days Hermes is having a blast playing around and getting right to sleep when he climbs into one of his dog beds.  It appears that my old man is living a better quality of life and it’s all thanks to Nutro!

***GIVEAWAY***

Thanks to the generosity of Chewy.com and Nutro, you have a chance to try out the Nutro formula of your choice!

One lucky winner will be able to chose the formula they’d like to try and have it shipped to them courtesy of Chewy.com!  Giveaway will begin 04/02/17 at 4 PM EST and will end 04/30/17 at 11:59:59 PM EST.  Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen.  All giveaway entries will be validated.  Winners are randomly selected.  Click the link below to enter:

Click here to enter the Nutro dog food giveaway!!

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Our 30 Day Nutro Ultra Dog Food Adventure…First Thoughts and Hopeful Expectations #Review #Giveaway

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I’m sure all of you know by now that I am an animal lover, and have a house full of furkids.  When Chewy.com offered me the chance to try out Nutro dog food for 30 days I was absolutely ecstatic!  I have a recently adopted senior pet that could really benefit from Nutro Ultra Senior dog food and I’m super excited to share this little experiment with you all.

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If you’re a frequent reader of my blog, I’m sure you’ll remember back in January when we added a new furbaby to our family.  When a local “rescue” was closed down by the county, there were 200 dogs needing immediate homes which is a big task to accomplish especially in our little tiny town.  I just knew that we had to help out, and although we could only adopt one, at least it was something.  I sought out the senior dogs as they are the most overlooked in adoption situations, sadly.  After my husband, myself, and my three children spent a couple hours meeting all of the dogs, we knew that “kennel #52” was our dog.  No dog should live without a name so before we even signed the adoption paperwork we named him Hermes…the perfect compliment to our other dog, Venus.  This sweet 13 year old has quickly become a great family dog, but I just haven’t been able to find a good food for him.

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I’m sure you can imagine that at 13 years old, there are a few issues with our handsome guy.  He’s got dander, he can’t see too great anymore, and he has a hard time going to the bathroom sometimes.  I can’t wait to see how the next 30 days go using Nutro Ultra Senior Dry Dog Food and Nutro Ultra Senior Wet Dog Food.

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I am pretty impressed with the quality of ingredients in Nutro Ultra Senior Dry Dog Food.  REAL CHICKEN is the first ingredient…what dog or pet-parent wouldn’t appreciate that?  This Nutro Ultra Holistic Superfood Blend contains the perfect mix of premium lean proteins, antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables, whole grains and healthy oils to help your dog be at his/her best.  Combined protein sources from high-quality natural and holistic ingredients ensure optimal Amino Acid levels and great taste for your dog.

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It should be no surprise that the Nutro Ultra Senior Wet Food is full of greatness as well.  Nutro’s natural wet dog food tastes great and helps provide the nutrients every senior dog needs.  You can clearly see the whole vegetables in the wet food which means you know exactly what your dog is getting.

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Hermes loves his wet and dry food served up to him mixed together and doesn’t like change much, so I decided that I will keep with his routine and mix the wet and dry together.  You can see that the new food went over really well with Hermes…he even licked the bowl clean which he never does, he lets my other dog do for him.

Today is day 2 on the Nutro Ultra Senior food and so far, so good.  Hermes is a little gassy today, but that’s something any pet parent should anticipate with a diet change.  I’m pretty confident that his gut will adjust in the next couple days and hopefully we’ll start seeing some benefits from the new food.

Key Benefits of Nutro Ultra Senior Food

  • Three lean animal proteins from farm-raised chicken, pasture-fed lamb and salmon provide unique and complementary Amino Acids that work together to promote strong, lean muscles. Precisely formulated with targeted levels of protein and fat to support the high energy levels of large breed puppies. Whole grains are nutrient-dense foods that nourish a healthy digestive system for proper nutrient absorption.
  • Premium natural diet made for senior dogs which contains just the right amount of protein, fat and carbohydrates. This product is also formulated to promote joint health while also helping maintain a lustrous coat and healthy skin.
  • This is a specially made natural diet made for senior dogs. Naturally sourced glucosamine and chondroitin, the nutritional building blocks of healthy cartilage, helps keep joints healthy. The right fiber balance from whole ingredients promotes an ideal digestive environment to help absorb available nutrients.
  • Made with absolutely no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. This is a high quality product that is produced in the manufacturer’s own facilities to ensure safety and quality.
  • Nutro’s dedicated team of experts tailor their formulas to your pet’s life stage and health condition. They only use natural ingredients that they directly buy and can trace back to their suppliers.

Chewy.com has also been generous enough to offer a giveaway as well!  The giveaway will run through the end of the month so you can follow along with our journey and have new chances to enter to win!

***GIVEAWAY***

Thanks to Chewy.com, one of you will have a chance to win a bag of Nutro dog food in your choice of formula.  One lucky winner will be able to chose the formula they’d like to try and have it shipped to them courtesy of Chewy.com!  Giveaway will begin 04/02/17 at 4 PM EST and will end 04/30/17 at 11:59:59 PM EST.  Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen.  All giveaway entries will be validated.  Winners are randomly selected.  Click the link below to enter:

Click here to enter the Nutro dog food giveaway!!

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Take Your Pet’s Meals To The Next Level With Mix-Ins From Chewy.com

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If you’re a pet owner like myself, you’ve probably heard a thing or two about Chewy.com, a great way to shop for your furkids with all of the convenience of never having to worry about running out of your pet’s favorites.  Chewy was founded by people with a serious passion for helping pets, and the result is a fabulous place where you can get just about anything you can imagine for your furry family members.  Chewy is THE place to go to make pet happiness happen.

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I received some fabulous mix-ins for my pets to try out and they were a pretty big hit!

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Stella & Chewy’s Superblends is a great way to kickstart your pups kibble.  These Superblends deliver a boost of superfoods with blueberries, strawberries and bananas.  The formula we tried with our dog, Venus, was Cage-Free Duck Duck Goose and she absolutely loved it!  There’s never been an easier way to pack your dog’s diet with nutrients, probiotics, and antioxidants than this.  This recipe gives your dog what they naturally crave and is made from 95% cage-free poultry plus 100% organic fruits and vegetables.

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Venus can be sort of a picky dog so I was interested to see how Stella & Chewy’s Superblends would go over with her.  To my surprise, she instantly knew something new was in her bowl and she went right for it.

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I figured Venus would eat around the fruit but she gobbled down every last bite and went off into a deliciousness induced trance, literally!

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I’m sure you all saw the cat creeping in the background while Venus gobbled down her deliciousness, now time for the cats to see what I have in store for them!  Chewy.com also provided us with a bag of Halo Mix’n Mores, another great addition to your pets existing meals.  Mix’n Mores are a great, convenient way to bring a meatier flavor to your feline’s meal.  The freeze-dried bits have more of everything your cat needs and shouldn’t be living without.  No grains, meals, or artificial ingredients here, just delicious morsels of meat pasteurized at a low temperature, crumbled, and then freeze-dried to create this perfect meal topper.

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We tried out Salmon and Turkey and I was right in assuming my fat little felines would enjoy it.  My ‘granny cat’ as I call her, Cheese (hey…it’s the name I adopted her with, haha!) couldn’t wait to see what I was mixing into her bowl.  I think she figured if it was half as good as what the dog got, she was in!  Elsa, my other cat, took a little coaxing but I think she was just unsure if something that tasty was for her, or if it was a mistake.  Once she knew these meaty morsels were fair game she couldn’t get enough of them!

Whether you’re looking for a convenient way to shop for your pet, looking to shop from a super huge selection, or just browse through food/treats/toys/supplies, Chewy.com is the best one-stop-shop around!

 

***I received these goodies free of charge from Chewy.com in an exchange for my honest review.***

 

Spoil Your Pooch This Valentine’s Day With A B & G Martin Luxury Dog Bed

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If you’re an animal lover like I am, you consider your pet to be a member of the family.  This Valentine’s Day, I can’t think of a better way to spoil your canine companion than with a B & G Martin luxury dog bed.  These premium plush pet beds are made from the best (and sustainable) materials that are animal-friendly such as faux leather and eco-friendly poly fill.

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I received a B & G Martin Microsuede Cognac With Honey Detail bed to try out with my sweet guy, Hermes, and I have to say I was really impressed with the quality of this bed!  Design and luxury meet perfectly in these B & G Martin pet beds!  The craftsmanship is superior, the materials are exquisite, and the finished product is something any pet will appreciate.

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You’ll want to keep your pets bed clean and fresh for them, naturally, and B & G Martin has made that just a little bit easier with their B & G Martin Fitted Linens that they also offer.  It’s so much easier to keep fido’s bed clean when you can take of the cover and wash it, which I really appreciate living in a dusty desert.

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Hermes took to his new bed immediately…just look at that smile!  A sweet old man like him deserves somewhere comfy to rest his head and the B & G Martin bed is the perfect addition to our home.  I couldn’t imagine a more deserving dog to rest in comfort and style than Hermes!  So far the bed has held its shape really well!  Hermes has been able to enjoy plushy comfort again and again without his bed going flat and hurting his old bones.  The bed size we ordered is the large, which measures 34L x 26W x 4H.  There are other size options so you can pick the one that’s just right for your pooch!

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(If you have a cat, be prepared for them to steal the bed when it’s not in use!  Elsa loves when the dogs go out to potty because then she gets to lay in the bed without sharing with the dog 🙂 )

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Aside from the top quality products, there is another reason that B & G Martin is close to my heart.  They work hard to benefit dog rescues and the less than fortunate pups that end up there.  Something you might not know by looking at my Hermes is that he’s had a hard life.  We adopted him just a few weeks ago from a defunct ‘rescue’ that was shut down due to unspeakable conditions.  (The above image is Hermes at RUFFF just before we pulled him out of the cage and gave him a forever home.)  At the ripe old age of 10, Hermes found himself at RUFFF due to his owner’s failing health.  He (and over 200 other animals) sat in cages never leaving for up to 12 years for some of them.  My poor Hermes was there for 3 years, exposed to the elements, being drugged during storms to keep him ‘calm’, and never left his little cage.  The reason all of these pets ended up at this ‘rescue’ is because of worldwide overpopulation.  There are so many pets with so few homes looking to adopt and there needs to be an end to the breeding of homeless pets!  With each dog bed purchased, a canine will be spayed or neutered with the proceeds in an effort to reduce overpopulation, eliminating the need for places such as RUFFF.  Each time an accessory, like the fitted linens are sold, a dog will receive vaccines that help prevent diseases like rabies and parvo.  Worldwide, dogs are receiving help with the help of B & G Martin and people like you.

(Let me make one thing clear, NOT ALL RESCUES ARE A RUFFF TYPE RESCUE!  There are SO many wonderful rescues out there that help animals without  putting them through the circumstances Hermes and many other animals endured.  This just happened to be an evil hearted person preying on innocent animals that were born into an overpopulated world.  With the help of B & G Martin, hopefully one day all pets will be spayed and neutered, and  live in happy loving homes.)

This Valentine’s Day, spoil your pooch with a B & G Martin bed of their own.

Read more about B & G Martin

And if you’re interested, just a couple of the hundreds of pieces of news concerning RUFFF:

Sheriff’s Office Shuts Down RUFFF, Fate Of 180 Animals To Be Decided

Sanctuary Watch: RUFFF Finally Closed Down

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

 

Give Your Dog A Treat This Halloween With Stewart Pet Freeze Dried Liver Treats #DogTreats #Halloween #Review #StewartPet

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Stewart Pet brand pet food products have a proud 40 year tradition of providing USA produced, nutritionally superior food and treats. Stewart is a company committed to providing wholesome, all natural, human grade ingredients manufactured in ways that maintain the natural uniqueness and integrity of what nature provides.

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When I got the chance to try out the Stewart Pet Pro-Treat Freeze Dried Liver Treats of course I couldn’t resist.  My dog, Venus, has an aversion to most dog treats (I don’t know why…she’s weird) so I was interested to see how these went over with her.  Venus was going bananas for these after just one bite.  As soon as she sees this container now she knows what it is and she starts doing her little happy prance until she gets one…and she’s a 90 lb dog so it’s a hilarious sight to see her dance for her Stewart Pet liver treats.

The Stewart Pet Pro-Treat Freeze Dried Liver Treats are made in the USA without additives or preservatives in a USDA inspection facility. These treats maintain the aroma, full-flavor and nutritional value of 100% raw liver.  Fresh, conveniently freeze dried and diced into reward size treats, Pro-Treat is an excellent reward and training tool. All natural Pro-Treat has been the preferred choice of trainers for over 40 years due to its convenience and palatability.  Stewart Pet treats contain only one ingredient and are perfect for dogs with allergies or those who are on limited ingredient diets.

Knowing what goes into my body AND my furbaby’s body is very important to me, and Stewart Pet has made it easy for me to trust that what I’m feeding my dog is good for her.

 

***This is a sponsored post, however all thoughts or opinions are my own honest and unbiased opinions.***

Laura Ashley Printed Pop-up Water-Resistant Pet Playpen #UniquePetz #Review

 

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The Laura Ashley Printed Pop-Up Pet Playpen is a genius idea to have around if you have pets.  The fold flat storage feature is really nice for smaller homes like mine so when it’s not in use it can go put up and out of the way.  The water resistant base is great for younger pets who haven’t been fully housebroken yet.  As soon as you open the box, your Laura Ashley pet playpen is ready to go.

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This playpen couldn’t have come at a better time for me!  I rescue and foster often, most recently I took in a pregnant mama cat who was going to be euthanized at the shelter.  Three weeks after welcoming mama into our home, she delivered 6 happy, healthy baby kitties.  Now that the babies are 4 weeks old, they’re starting to explore more and more every day, sometimes when it’s not convenient because there are also children and other pets running around.  The kitties settle down nicely in their little safe area, and I think mama kitty enjoys having a little break sometimes knowing they’re safe and sound.  The playpen has held up to the abuse of 6 kitties so far, so I don’t see why it wouldn’t work well for a small dog as well.

Product Features:

  • Folds flat for storage
  • Water Resistant base
  • No Assembly necessary
  • Built in loops on bottom to stake to the ground
  • Product Size: 29x29x17

 

***I did not receive any financial compensation, simply the product free to me in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion***

Spend Less And Enjoy More With Groupon #Groupon #Ad

***This is a sponsored post.  All thoughts or opinions are my own honest and unbiased opinions.***

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As a mother of three, I am always on the lookout for the best deals possible.  Groupon Goods are a great way to find just what you’re looking for without spending a fortune.  This Back-To-School sesaon Groupon was the first place I visited when looking for clothes, shoes, under garments and school supplies.

This holiday season, I will be digging through all of the Groupon Goods again in search of the best gifts to give this year.  Being the parent of a teenager means the electronics section will be my favorite place  to visit.  Everything form laptops, to notebooks, to headphones, video game console controllers, bluetooth speakers…you name it…Groupon has got it, and at a better price than you can find anywhere else.

Groupon even has the younger kiddos covered with lots of great toys for all ages!  Cool robots, ride on toys, doll furniture, books, anything you could want for you little on in one convenient spot…and all at unbeatable prices!

Whether you’re looking for Groupon Goods for the home, pet supplies, outdoor items, clothes, shoes, or even jewelry, Groupon has got it all.  Be sure to follow Groupon on Facebook and Twitter for the latest and greatest.