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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Chewy Blogger -- Halo Spot's Stew Wholesome Chicken Recipe Toy & Small Breed Dry Dog Food

Chewy.com

ABOUT CHEWY.COM
We’re dog and cat lovers who want only the best-quality products for our pets. And we’re always on the go. That’s why we created Chewy.com: a specialty pet retailer stocking the very best brands under one roof, with fast delivery right to yours.

Consider us your neighborhood pet store, but better. We’re knowledgeable and always ready to answer your questions. But you won’t have to lug that fifty-pound bag of dog food to your car because we’ll deliver it right to your door.
Having taken April off for Camp NaNoWriMo, I did not choose anything from Chewy. That being said, May was our eleventh month with Chewy. I chose two products for May, but I am splitting them up into two posts. Let's have a look at one of the products we were sent!


^^what we received -- morsels are NOT shown actual size^^

Halo Spot's Stew Wholesome Chicken Recipe Toy & Small Breed Dry Dog Food
Halo's meat based diets use only whole meat protein and say "NO" to meat meals of any kind in our dry dog food. This highly digestible, natural dog food provides nutrition made with butcher-quality chicken, whole egg, and farm-raised vegetables for all breeds and life stages, whether you have a puppy or a dog who’s ready for senior dog food. Halo’s small breed dog food is nutritionally balanced with the finest quality ingredients for a happy pet—inside and out.

Key Benefits
~Made with real chicken and other pure, natural ingredients with added vitamins, minerals and other trace nutrients
~Small kibble is designed for small mouths and the chewing action helps to clean your pet’s teeth
~Balanced omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids to support healthy skin and a shiny coat
~Added DHA omega-3 to maintain healthy brain function
~Meets AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for all life stages and formulated specifically for dogs between 2 and 25 lbs

As I've said before, Chase is a poultry dog. He will scarf down the chicken and turkey treats we give him with no hesitation.

So, when I saw this as an option in May, I requested it immediately.

Chase loves it. He'll munch on this throughout the day without any prodding, like with some other commercial brands we've tried. At night, the food dish is empty and he's actually looking to see if he dropped any out of the bowl! (I may or may not be guilty of sneaking him another pinch before bed. *giggle* )

As with most treat bags, these both have the ‘Ziploc’ style seals, and if not lined up properly, may not seal tightly. This is the MAIN issue I see disabled people having with these bags. However, The plus side to ordering from chewy.com is they deliver right to your door. For someone disabled, who maybe doesn't drive or relies on public transportation, this is completely helpful.

The Halo Spot's Stew Wholesome Recipe Toy & Small Breed Dry Dog Food is available at chewy.com in Grain-Free Whitefish & Salmon, Chicken, and Turkey, Duck, & Pheasant flavors. Please click the link above to see pricing.

FINAL THOUGHTS
I made another great selection in May! Chase loves his goodies from Chewy.com! He gets so excited when the 'blue box' arrives each month!
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: Yes

**I AM A BLOGGER FOR CHEWY.COM As per FTC guidelines, I received this product in exchange for an honest review. Only compensation I received is the product(s) mentioned above. All opinions are my own and your usage/results may vary.**

Chewy Blogger - Merrick Backcountry Wild Prairie Real Chicken Jerky Dog Treats

Chewy.com

ABOUT CHEWY.COM
We’re dog and cat lovers who want only the best-quality products for our pets. And we’re always on the go. That’s why we created Chewy.com: a specialty pet retailer stocking the very best brands under one roof, with fast delivery right to yours.

Consider us your neighborhood pet store, but better. We’re knowledgeable and always ready to answer your questions. But you won’t have to lug that fifty-pound bag of dog food to your car because we’ll deliver it right to your door.
Having taken April off for Camp NaNoWriMo, I did not choose anything from Chewy. That being said, May was our eleventh month with Chewy. I chose two products for May, but I am splitting them up into two posts. Let's have a look at one of the products we were sent!


^^what we received -- stick is NOT shown actual size^^

Merrick Backcountry Wild Prairie Real Chicken Jerky Dog Treats
Merrick Backcountry Wild Prairie Real Chicken Jerky Dog Treats are hearty jerky strips with a wood-smoked taste dogs go wild for. These treats are grain-free with no gluten ingredients and have real chicken as the first ingredient. Specially formulated to mimic the ancestral canine diet, Merrick’s Chicken Jerky Dog Treats are all-natural and packed with the meaty protein your dog craves.

Key Benefits
~Feature a hearty, wood-smoked taste that dogs go wild for
~These treats are grain-free with no gluten ingredients and have real chicken as the first ingredient
~Specially formulated to mimic the ancestral canine diet
~All-natural and packed with the meaty protein your dog craves
~No corn, wheat, soy, artificial flavors, colors or preservatives

As I've said before, Chase is a poultry dog. He will scarf down the chicken and turkey treats we give him with no hesitation.

After seeing how much he liked the True Chewz Grillers in January and the Purina Beyond Cutlets White Meat Chicken Grain-Free Dog Treats in March, I was sure he'd like these. And I was right; However, These do need to be broken up him. They are a bit tougher for him to pull apart and chew, so we need to break them into tinier pieces for him.

As with most treat bags, these both have the ‘Ziploc’ style seals, and if not lined up properly, may not seal tightly. This is the MAIN issue I see disabled people having with these bags. However, The plus side to ordering from chewy.com is they deliver right to your door. For someone disabled, who maybe doesn't drive or relies on public transportation, this is completely helpful.

The Merrick Backcountry Wild Prairie Real Chicken Jerky Dog Treats are available at chewy.com in Beef, Turkey, Chicken, and Salmon flavors. Please click the link above to see pricing.

FINAL THOUGHTS
I made another great selection in May! Chase loves his goodies from Chewy.com! He gets so excited when the 'blue box' arrives each month!
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: Yes

**I AM A BLOGGER FOR CHEWY.COM As per FTC guidelines, I received this product in exchange for an honest review. Only compensation I received is the product(s) mentioned above. All opinions are my own and your usage/results may vary.**

Monday, June 12, 2017

Maltesers Chocolate Candies

Maltesers Chocolate Candies

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
MALTESERS®, a UK favorite for 80+ years, is now in the USA! MALTESERS® feature a crispy, airy center, wrapped in smooth, mouth-watering, chocolatey delight.
So... I just turned 38 this past week. (Happy Birthday to me!) And while out doing some birthday shopping at Dollar General, I saw these. I was reminded of the Giant Maltesers Cake Barry and James from My Virgin Kitchen made a few months back.

When I saw them in the Clearance aisle, I decided to buy a bag.

The premise of these are similar to Whoppers candies, as in they are both a malted milk ball covered in chocolate. As a child, I LOVED Whoppers candies. Now, they don't really have the sane taste to them.


^^The bag and one individual ball^^

Where these differ from the Whoppers candies is how soft the candies are on the teeth. I seem to recall Whoppers candies nearly breaking my teeth. If I also remember correctly, Whoppers candies have a dark chocolate coating. Maltesers, however, are more of a honeycomb style center, with a milk chocolate coating, which seems to be creamier than regular milk chocolate. I'm not sure if Mars used the British recipe for the chocolate coating, or if it's the honeycomb center mixing with the chocolate coating to seem creamier.

I don't see disabled folks having too many issues with these. A pair of scissors may be needed to open the packaging. These are very easy to chew.

This is available from most national retailers, starting at $1.49 a bag. However, I was able to find this bag at Dollar General for $0.45.

FINAL THOUGHTS
A sweet, creamy and crunchy treat all rolled into a tiny little ball! Very delicious!
STARS:
WOULD RECOMMEND: Yes

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

#BehindTheBlogger -- Father of Mine

#BehindTheBlogger -- Father of Mine

Dear Daddy,

I miss you, even though I really have no clue who you are.

I didn't really get to know you. You were well into your 60s when I was born, and you died when I was only 6 going on 7.

This February marked 31 years since your death, and you know what I have to remember you by?

Pictures and bad memories. The pictures aren't that many, to be honest. You weren't a very photogenic man... what pictures I do have, I'd honestly be ashamed to show many people.

And the memories... These are memories a 6 year old shouldn't have.

Like, Trying to explain that you were sitting on the non-sitting furniture and accusing me of stealing the chair cushions (and no amount of ‘Daddy, you’re sitting on the end table!’ worked).

You running over my foot with the Toyota and falling to the Nelson's Corner shopping plaza's parking lot. How my little foot did not get broken with a Toyota Starlet (I think) running over it is beyond me.

You would drive drunk with me in the car to go pick Mommy up from K-Mart. I remember nearly getting t-boned because you were totally too drunk to drive.

The ONLY good memories I have is working in the garden, helping you weed and one of my favorite pictures... You and I, standing in the front yard in an old flower bed that Mommy eventually turned into a sandbox for me.

When you did pass away, it really didn’t affect me. I was mature for my age, and I kind of sensed it was coming. Looking back, you had undiagnosed Alzheimer’s with a slight case of dementia, and you were an alcoholic. I don't know how, but my little mind just had this 'sense' that when the EMTs wheeled you out that morning, you weren't coming home.

And the days that followed were a blur. Only thing that was memorable for me was seeing my sisters and my nieces and nephews, who I hardly ever saw. When I returned to school later that week, I couldn't understand why my teachers were fawning all over me... My dad was dead. Okay. I was fine with it. Life goes on.

It really didn't start bothering me until I was a teenager. I watched all my friends do father-daughter things with their dad, and *I* didn't get the chance. There was no 'asking Daddy for the credit card.' There was no Father-Daughter dances.

The CLOSEST I had to a 'father-daughter' event was the rainbow on Graduation Day. I KNEW it was you. There was a rainbow on my 7th birthday, my 1st birthday after you died. So, when I saw the rainbow hovering over 'Meteor Mountain' until I received my diploma and then it disappeared, I KNEW it was you.

And you know the saddest thing about this, Father of mine? The one day all little girls dream of... their Daddy walking them down the aisle... I'll never get to experience this. Oh, sure, I do have 'father figures' in my life now... There's Drake, who I call Dad, There's 'Grandpa Frank,' There's 'Papa Loveless... 'I'm sure I could ask any of them and they would JUMP at the chance.

But it wouldn't be the same; it wouldn't be you.

I'm not trying to be a 'Debbie Downer' here. I had a great life with Mommy. She filled both roles well. But she could only go so far in the 'father' role.

As I said in the beginning of the post, I do love you... and what I do remember of you, I do miss you. I just wish I had the chance to get to know you better.

Happy Father's Day in Heaven.

Love,
Your 'Little One'

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