De-stress Your Dog: PetSafe® Busy Buddy® Chamomile-Scented Calming Toys Review and Give-Away

Shetland Sheepdogs are wonderful dogs! They are sensitive, loving, gentle active, super intelligent and protective.  On the downside, most Shelties  are known to excel at barking.

Dakota is definitely true to his lineage! While he does not bark incessantly, he DOES bark at strange sounds, (sounds that are loud, and even something as simple as my whisking eggs for scrambling can send him into a frenzy). His biggest barking triggers are the vacuum and once a week he gets to exercise his “talent” by barking incessantly when the people who come weekly to clean our apartment/condo building arrive.

I have tried to distract him, play with him, anything to curb this behavior, not much has worked. I was excited when I was offered the opportunity to have Dakota test the PetSafe® Busy Buddy® Chamomile-Scented Calming Toys because we are huge fans of the Busy Buddy® line . We received the 2-Pack shown below.

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 “Designed to help with separation anxiety and stress, the PetSafe Busy Buddy Chamomile-Scented Calming Toys dispense food and assist with problem-solving by distracting your pet from the cause of their anxiety, such as thunderstorms, fireworks, vet visits or other stressful situations. The soothing chamomile scent helps reduce anxiety, while the patented Treat Meter randomly dispenses treats to keep dogs entertained and playing longer.”

When I opened the package I was pleased and surprised that the package contained not one, but TWO PetSafe® Busy Buddy® Chamomile-Scented Calming Toys as shown above. I was pleased that the scent was not overwhelming, and was quite pleasant.  I had been afraid that when I would open the package the scent would be overpowering. I couldn’t smell it at all until I put my nose right next to it to sniff. Perfect!  I also love the durability of these toys.

“Available in two sizes (small and medium), each kit comes with two different durable food/treat-dispensing chew toys, allowing pet parents to alternate between the two toys to provide variety and keep dogs interested and engaged. Training and behavior advice from professional dog trainers is also included.”

 Did They Work?

In complete honesty. MOSTLY. (After a minute or so Dakota ran to the door to bark, but DID return to play with the toy when called).  Also….I used them only once when the cleaning people arrived.  I would like to try these a few more times before I give my final verdict, but overall, yes I am pleased.

In the video below, if you turn up your volume you will hear the vacuum and notice that Dakota was completely focused on the PetSafe Busy Buddy Chamomile-Scented Calming Toy. 

Features

  • Patented Treat Meter randomly dispenses treats
  • 2 durable food/treat-dispensing chew toys
  • Training and behavior advice from professional dog trainers included
  • Great for thunderstorms, fireworks, vet visits, barking, and separation anxiety
  • Dishwasher safe, top rack only

The PetSafe Busy Buddy Chamomile-Scented Calming Toys are priced at $19.99 – $24.99 and are available for purchase on PetSafe.net.

 

About the PetSafe® Brand

PetSafe® Brand is an industry leader in the development of innovative pet behavioral, containment and lifestyle product solutions. PetSafe Brand is owned by Radio Systems®Corporation and headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn. For more information, please visit www.petsafe.net .

 

GIVE-AWAY!! Our friends at PetSafe have generously offered TWO of our readers who reside in the U.S. (and who are 18 and over) the chance to win the same 2-Pack of the PetSafe Busy Buddy Chamomile-Scented Calming Toys that I received. Entering is super easy, just enter on the rafflecopter below and good luck!!

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In full disclosure:I was not compensated for this post. I received a PetSafe Busy Buddy Chamomile-Scented Calming Toys 2-Pack in exchange for my always honest review.

A Dog Treat Give-Away from Zuke’s® !!!

Hi all! It’s Dakota and I am just spinning with excitement about what I have to share with you today! Many of you who have been long time readers of my blog  know quite well that when I LOVE something I STICK with it! I am that way with the food that I eat, and I am the same with treats! Sure, I will show you treats here and there that strike my fancy, or that I think you will be interested in learning about, (or both!!), but my FAVORITE things to share with you are food and treats that Mom has pawed out the cash for from her OWN pocket that were staples in our household, LONG before we were presented with the opportunity, (as we have been with Zuke’s,) to tell YOU about them! It is a pleasure to review and share with you products THAT WE USE EVERY DAY!!

Zukes Logo

Click the logo to visit the Zuke’s website!

Zuke’s treats, specifically Lil’ Links, have been a staple in our house for MONTHS AND MONTHS!!  (We purchase ours at Petco,  but they are available at many other places and online, check out their handy store locator.) We first discovered Zuke’s from reading blogs that we follow, (I honestly don’t remember whose it was,) but the more Mom and I read about Zuke’s the more we KNEW we had to try their treats. Once I tasted them, I was HOOKED! 

Why Zuke’s?

 

Photo and information courtesy of the Zuke’s website. Click on the photo to visit and learn more!!

Because  Zuke’s Loves Theirs and Our pets!

It started with a guy named Patrick and his dog named Zuke. Now two decades later, pets everywhere can live a healthy, happy, active lives thanks to Zuke’s.

Anyone who’s experienced an aha! moment can perfectly recollect the date, time and place that the proverbial light bulb went off. For Patrick Meiering, it was the Summer of 1995 on a hike in the Colorado Mountains outside Durango. Partrick’s trusty companion, a two-year-old chocolate lab named Zuke had become exhausted once they reached the summit. Patrick had an energy bar for himself, but nothing for Zuke so he broke off a piece of his energy bar and tossed it to him. Zuke perked right up and there it was, the moment Patrick realized that pets need healthy all-natural treats, just as much as people do. Patrick returned home full of inspiration and made the first Zuke’s treat, an energy bar called PowerBones. Now, 20 years later we have healthy, natural and nutritious treats for every dog, not just mountain climbers like Zuke.

 

The treats that Mom buys are shown below, I AM CRAZY about them!!! 

Zukes Lil Links Group

The treats in the photo are Lil’ Links and they are the treats that Mom uses to put in my treat dispenser when she and Dad leave the house. Mom says that the second she opens the bag, they smell SOOOOO good that SHE wants to eat them!!! Paws off Mom!!!

Zukes Dakota smiling by Lil Links

Why Lil’ Links?

  • real meat is the #1 ingredient
  • they contain healthy antioxidants
  • Every bite that is gobbled (and trust me, you WILL gobble these up!) includes antioxidant rich fruits, veggies, rosemary, turmeric and sage.

Zukes Dakota eyes on prize lil links

FLAVORS INCLUDE:

  • Duck & Apple Recipe
  • Rabbit & Apple Recipe
  • Pork & Apple Recipe
  • Chicken & Apple Recipe

Guess What? They are grain-free!

Never sourced from China!

Zuke’s treats contain only the highest quality, whole food ingredients they can find!!

They look like little sausages and are sooo aromatic!

Zukes Dakota Lil Links Love

They are great to use as a reward, or for putting in your treat dispenser like Mom does! (Mom breaks them in half and packs ’em in!!) The consistency is perfect because I have to work to get them out, and since I am a “working” dog, it is a way to make “work” FUN!!

There is even MORE FUN in store for you!!! Zuke’s has come out with a NEW line of treats, that are perfect to use for training and for small breeds!!! THEY ARE BRAND SPANKIN’ NEW and I am so excited to show them to you! They are super tasty too!

Zukes Tiny Naturals Group Photo

 

New Zuke’s® Tiny Naturals™ Grain-Free, Low-Calorie Treats are Perfect for Small Breeds

 Zuke’s® Mini Naturals™, the leading treat for dog trainers across the country, just got smaller… tiny in fact! At a new low-calorie count of less than 1 ½ calories per treat, Zuke’s® Tiny Naturals™ are designed for small breeds (but are also great for medium-sized dogs like me!!),  and are perfect for delivering rewards frequently when training. Little dogs have to be extra careful about the calories they consume, and these tiny treats are perfect for their tiny tummies!! Mom is going to be using these treats to encourage me to take more walks. She wanted something small that she wouldn’t feel bad about giving to me frequently while walking, because she doesn’t want me to get fat!

Zukes Dakota staring at Tiny Naturals in my hand

From Zuke’s® :  These highly palatable, moist dog bites come in an itsy bitsy size and are made with a mouth-watering formula that completely captivates dogs. Within seconds of catching a whiff of Zuke’s Tiny Naturals, Fido is focused, excited, and ready to learn. In addition, this naturally delicious treat is made in the USA and completely free of harsh additives, preservatives, and the common allergens grain, wheat, corn and soy.

 

 “Pet parents of small breed dogs have to be extra careful not to overdo calorie intake when training their four-legged friends. Zuke’s Tiny Naturals have the same delicious taste and high-quality nutrition of our popular Zuke’s Mini Naturals lineup but are designed specifically for the build of a small breed dog. Their tiny tummies need tiny treats, and that’s just what we set out to deliver.”

Zukes Dakota sitting by Tiny Naturals

 

Zuke’s Tiny Naturals  Are Available in Tasty Peanut Butter, Tasty Chicken, and Delightful Duck recipes.

 

About Zuke’s

Located in Durango, Colorado, Zuke’s is a leader in the natural pet treat category. Named after founder Patrick’s beloved Labrador Retriever, Zuke’s has been powered by passionate and adventurous pet lovers for over 20 years. Strong believers in being active and exploring the world with our dogs, the Zuke’s team has been creating trail-tested recipes from the earth’s best ingredients to fuel those adventures since day one. The company’s unwavering commitment to product quality has helped Zuke’s become a successful and philanthropic business. Zuke’s donates a portion of all sales to The Dog and Cat Cancer Fund (DCCF). Visit www.zukes.com for more information and find @ZukesPets on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

zukes Dakota are we done

Wait!!! Mom said I can’t eat my Zuke’s treats until I tell you about the most PAWESOME give-away that we have!! Our super nice friends at Zuke’s said we could have a GIVE-AWAY!!!

GIVE-AWAY!!!! ONE LUCKY READER WHO IS 18 AND OVER AND WHO RESIDES IN THE U.S IS GOING TO RECEIVE THE SAME VARIETY PACK OF LIL LINKS AND TINY NATURALS TREATS THAT I RECEIVED!!! (An Approx. $50 value) THAT’S A LOT OF TREATS!!!!!  ENTERING IS SUPER EASY!! JUST ENTER ON THE RAFFLECOPTER BELOW, GOOD LUCK!!!

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In Full Disclosure: I was not compensated in cash for this review/give-away. I was sent a variety pack of Zuke’s Lil’ Links and a variety pack of Zuke’s Tiny Naturals in exchange for my always honest review!! The fact that we received product that we already  buy ourselves is a plus!!

An EINSTEIN Pets All Natural Dog Treat Give-Away on Einstein’s Birthday!

Hi my furiends it’s Dakota and I am spinning with excitement about my blog post today! Many of you know that Shetland Sheepdogs are no slouches in the brain department. In fact, we rank in the top ten of the brightest dog breeds!     

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Being an intelligent sort, the quality of the treats that I eat are important to me. I was pawing around Facebook a few weeks ago and was elated when I found Einstein Pets!  The treats made by Einstein Pets are: “MORE THAN A TREAT.  EINSTEIN PETS ALL NATURAL DOG TREATS are made with the finest, fresh human grade ingredients (stuff that you can actually pronounce)” Even if you aren’t a Sheltie!!!

einstein pets logo

When I learned about these treats I just HAD to try them!!! I had to try them for another reason too. You see, EVERYONE that meets my Dad says he looks JUST LIKE ALBERT EINSTEIN!!   (so much so that Dad won an Albert Einstein look-alike contest on AOL!  Take a look at the photo below and see for yourself, my Dad is on the right hand side, obviously!)

einstein albert and lenny collage

See what  I mean? I had to tell Einstein Pets about my Dad! When I contacted them, they were the best of sports and laughed and laughed at the striking resemblance! They agreed that a Sheltie with an intellect such as mine with a Dad who looks just like Albert Einstein should certainly have a chance to try their treats! I was sooo excited!

 

After I tasted the treats and LOVED them,  I thought it was only appropriate for me to feature them TODAY which happens to be the REAL Albert Einstein’s birthday! It is also  celebrated as “Pi Day, honoring the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, otherwise known as the mathematical constant π.”     

Einstein Lenny and Dakota super silly

See? I TOLD you I AM SMART!! And, the fact that I chose to feature BRILLIANT treats on a BRILLIANT mans’ birthday makes me that much more brilliant, but I digress….

The day the box arrived I could barely contain my excitement!

Einstein born in the usa

When Mom helped me open the box I was even MORE excited!!! Look at all of the treats that I received!

Einstein Treat Display

The flavors I received were:

Turkey Bacon

PB’N Jelly Time

I YAM WHAT I YAM

The Great Pumpkin

Peas & Carrots

PRIDE-Turkey, Bacon, Banana & Peanut Butter

Cha Cha Coconut

The treats I tried first were the Cha Cha Coconut.  Oh were they ever AMAZING!!!!!

Einstein Treatology

EINSTEIN Pets All Natural Dog treats never contain any chemicals or preservatives, and are always made from scratch in small batches. All of the delicious recipes are created with the amazing Chia Seed for healthy bones, coat and teeth. 

FROM EINSTEIN PETS

MORE THAN A DOG. MORE THAN A TREAT

Einstein Pets has evolved from a basic idea that started with  a pure love for dogs. 

Our four-legged family members are MORE THAN A DOG. They are part of the family and deserve the benefits of good nutrition and a responsible diet.

All Einstein Pets products are created with love and passion for your pooch’s overall well-being. We will always strive to create fun and interesting products that value your four-legged family member’s health — inside and out. We consider not just your pooch, but also pet-parents who love them when we select our ingredients and create our original recipes.

All our treats are tested by Einstein’s mascot and Chief Tester, Abbey (West Highland Terrier) who takes on the arduous task of having to try everything first. You’ll find her regularly popping up and confirming her favorites either  on the website, on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

They are so incredibly tasty that while Mom was taking photos I made sure that I kept one pack under my paw for safe-keeping.

Einstein My Treats Paw on Treats

I know that many of you are headed off to Global Pet Expo this week, my furiends at Einstein Pets will be there! Be sure to visit them at their booth #5271  !!!

Einstein Lenny and Dakota 1

I am eager to go and have my treats and, I know you want to try some treats of your own, and if you live in the U.S.A you are in luck! Our furiends at Einstein Pets are going to give one lucky winner the same assortment of treats that I received…but…you will ALSO get a tote bag!!!! Entering is super easy, just enter on the Rafflecopter below, good luck!!!

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No money exchanged paws on this post. Just treats in exchange for my always honest review!!! Einstein Pets is not responsible for the content of this blog post or my Dad’s photos.

Book Review and Give-Away: The Changing Season by Steven Manchester

There is nothing that makes me happier than when I sit down with a book that I am about to read for a review, and the moment I read the first page, I am captivated, engrossed, and swept away into pages before me and eagerly anticipating the pages to come. It isn’t something that I experience often, but it IS something I experienced when sitting down to read The Changing Season by Steven Manchester.

Click the cover to visit the author's website!

Click the cover to visit the author’s website!

When Steven first approached me MONTHS ago asking if I would read his manuscript (the actual book will not be published until February of 2016), I hesitated because reading manuscripts of books isn’t always one of my most favorite things. Oftentimes due to the fact that they are in a “raw” form, they are replete with typos and grammatical errors. That certainly was NOT the case with The Changing Season.

Steven Manchester obviously not only has a passion for writing, but is a GIFTED writer. His descriptive and lyrical writing and thorough and intriguing character development is among some of the best that I have had the pleasure of reading.

The Changing Season synopsis from the author:

This was supposed to be a simple summer for Billy; one more lazy expanse of time before college began. He’d fill the hours playing with Jimmy-his canine best buddy-going camping and doing all the things he promised Jimmy they’d do before Billy left.

But that was before the accident that shook the entire town.

It was before the summer job that turned into something so much more than a way to get a paycheck.

And it was before Vicki.

This summer was destined to be many things to Billy, things he didn’t truly understand until now. But it was definitely not going to be simple.

An enormously touching, richly textured, deeply moving novel of new adulthood, The Changing Season is an experience to savor.

Allow me to touch on the sentence above. “enormously touching, RICHLY TEXTURED, DEEPLY MOVING novel of new adulthood.” is NO EXAGGERATION.  The Changing Season IS “an experience to savor.”

“I’ve been on this earth for more years than I care to admit. Trust me, the truth always comes out.” She smirked. “And justice is karma’s twin sister. They’re both bitches when you keep ’em waiting.”

The Changing Season is not a book where the canine is merely a “device” to make animal lovers want to read a book. Some of the most beautiful, poignant, touching and often funny moments, are conversations that Billy has with his beloved dog Jimmy, who shared his life with him since he was a little boy.

“The trick to a happy life is to expect change and then try to make each transition as smooth as possible.”

When I finished reading The Changing Season (and one evening I was so engrossed that I completely forgot a TV show that I watch RELIGIOUSLY was even on and I completely missed it one night this week!), I have to tell you I was SAD when I finished reading it. I literally was turning the pages in the back looking for more. IT IS THAT GOOD!

When you read The Changing Season, (and believe me when I say YOU MUST read this book), you will be transported back to a time of innocence, first love and lust, uncertainty about yourself and your own thoughts and desires, the excitement of new discoveries and experiences that lie ahead, instances of harsh reality, finding meaning in your life and answering the call of what you are MEANT to do with YOUR  life, all while sharing the most beautiful and unconditional love of your beloved canine friend.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR FROM THE AUTHOR!!

After returning home from a difficult tour of duty in Operation Desert Storm in 1991, I stepped back behind the walls of a Massachusetts penitentiary where I battled each day as a prison investigator. Needless to say, there was great negativity in my life at that time, and very little opportunity to heal from my wartime demons (or pursue my dreams of being published). I finally decided to return to college to finish my degree in Criminal Justice. During one of the classes, my professor, Barry McKee, detailed police work, but barely touched on other topics. I finally raised his hand and asked, “As the criminal justice system is so vast, what about the courts, probation, parole – corrections?” Barry smiled and told me to see him after class. I thought I’d done it! In his office, Barry explained, “Except from the slanted perspectives of inmates, there’s no real written material out there on corrections, or prisons.” Barry smiled again and then dropped the bomb that would change my life forever. “If you’re so smart,” he said, “why don’t you write it?” It was the last push I needed to get writing. Nine months later, I placed the first draft of 6-5; A Different Shade of Blue (under the pen name, Steven Herberts) on Barry’s desk. From then on, I was hooked. I was a writer.

Under the pen name, Steven Herberts, I wrote in newspapers, magazines, and even penned two collections of poetry. Once I’d found my true voice, I began, The Unexpected Storm: The Gulf War Legacy; an emotional account of the Gulf War that would heal my soul, and the souls of other suffering veterans.

Today, 20 years later, I have been blessed with a beautiful family; my wife, Paula, and our four children–Evan, Jacob, Bella and Carissa. From a professional perspective, I’ve written 16 books (with 12 in publication), and have contributed to more than three dozen international anthologies. My work has been showcased in such national literary journals as Taproot Literary Review, American Poetry Review and Fresh! Literary Magazine, as well as various magazines to include Angels on Earth, Obadiah, Titan, G.F.O. (U.K.), Skyline Literary, Alive Now, Dark Animus (Australia) and Spinnings Short Stories. Hundreds of my essays, poetry and short fiction have been contributed to Internet publications such as Zine5, New Mystery Reader, Wilmington Blues, Heartwarmers, The Murder Hole, Father’s World, and dozens of others.

My work has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, CBS’s The Early Show, CNN’s American Morning, BET’s Nightly News, Good Day Atlanta; in the New York Daily News, Newark Star Ledger, Boston Globe, Detroit Free Press, Providence Journal, Dallas Morning News, Orlando Sentinel, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, The Daily Oklahoman; and on 50+ nationally syndicated radio shows from coast-to-coast.

 

 

GIVE-AWAY:Steven Manchester has generously offered to give away AN EBOOK TO THREE WINNERS LOCATED  WORLD-WIDE AND ONE HARD COVER BOOK TO A READER WHO RESIDES IN THE U.S. (Dollar amount is not available due to the book not being released at the time of this review/give-away). Entering is easy! Just enter on the Rafflecopter below, GOOD LUCK!

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In full disclosure: I was not compensated for this review/give-away. I was sent a complimentary manuscript of The Changing Season in exchange for my honest review.

 

 

CanvasPop: Turn your photos into wall art! Enter to Win and Discount Code

Today it is my pleasure to tell you about my new “go to” site when I wish to turn a photo into wall art. My new favorite?

Click to visit their website!

Click to visit their website!

I first learned about CanvasPop when I was reading one of my favorite blogs:Welcome To Colleen Richman.com   where people could enter to win  a canvas print of their own from CanvasPop!

Guess who was the lucky winner?

You got it! IT WAS ME!!!

Before I show you the photo I entered and the finished product, let me tell you a bit about CanvasPop.

Before finding CanvasPop I had ordered prints from “the other guy” and I must tell you, my experience with “the other guy” paled in comparison to my experience with CanvasPop. For me, after working with CanvasPop and being BEYOND ECSTATIC with  the entire ordering/creative process, as well as the finished product, “the other guy” has been permanently kicked  to the curb!

The people at CanvasPop make prints that are:

“MADE WITH LOVE”

When my package arrived, just by looking at it I KNEW it was going to be fantastic!

canvas pop package

Things I Love About CanvasPop

YOU RECEIVE FREE DIGITAL PROOFS: mind you, I think I received two or three (because I made one change) and the proofs were sent to me in a timely manner.  When I made my change it was made efficiently and correctly with a pleasant attitude as well!

You work with your OWN PERSONAL DESIGNER, you aren’t shuffled around from person to person. When they say that superior customer service is a priority of theirs, they are NOT kidding!

CanvasPop Provides:

The best quality prints in the world at a great price. All hanging hardware is installed on the back of the canvas and they use high quality piano wire and rubber bumpers to protect your wall and they even include the nail! here is a photo of the back of my print:

Canvas Pop back of dakotas photo

HERE IS A VIDEO THAT SHOWS YOU THE PROCESS:

 

Now, here is the original photo that I submitted to have made into a canvas print:

dakota stunning use for wordless wednesday feb 18 2015

It is one of my all time favorites of Dakota. When I sent CanvasPop this photo, there is something else that sets them apart from the rest. They asked me to VERIFY that indeed was MY photo and that I had permission to use it. HOW COOL AND ON THE BALL IS THAT? That was something that immediately impressed me, I was dealing with people who THINK!! What a concept!!!

Here is the finished product, that was resting on our dining room table when I took this photo:

Canvas Pop Dakota photo finished

(I inserted the blog name on the right of this photo, they did not…the brown at the bottom is our dining room table), they also removed my blog name from the finished product, which is what I had asked them to do. Here it is hanging on our wall (the colored part in the back is our wall)

Canvas Pop Dakota on wall

I wish you could see it in person to see just how fabulous it is! I did NOT change the color here in any way, I wanted this photo to be as close as possible to what I received, and what I received is A ZILLION TIMES BETTER than how it re-produced on the blog. It is breathtakingly STUNNING in person.

FROM CANVASPOP:

WE LOVE WHAT WE DO AND IT SHOWS.

Since 2009, CanvasPop has been obsessed with one thing: providing customers with the highest quality canvas photo prints anywhere.

This obsession doesn’t just stop at the finished product, it is a focus of everything we do, from our world-class customer service to our amazing lifetime guarantee.
You can buy a canvas print or framed print anywhere but there’s only one place to print a CanvasPop. Over 100,000 satisfied customers trust us with their photos and precious memories

 

Because I am so insanely happy with my canvas print from CanvasPop, and because I believe in “paying it forward” (I won and one of you should win too, and I also wanted you to receive a discount for an order), the incredibly kind people at CanvasPop  created a 35% discount for  my readers!!! Just enter the code DAKOTASDEN35 WHICH WILL EXPIRE ON  Sept 30, 2015 and is applicable to the entire order of www.canvaspop.com

 

GIVE-AWAY: CanvasPop has provided me with a SECRET CODE that won’t be a secret once the lucky winner is chosen! The code which I will provide when they are selected, will get one lucky winner a 16 x 20 canvas stretched on a .75″ frame depth (which is the exact size of the canvas that I received, mine also wraps around the frame,  it is a fantastic size!),  and would include the cost of shipping within Canada, the USA and the EU as well. That promo is scheduled to expire an entire year from now. That expiration date is Sept 30 2016.  ENTERING IS SUPER EASY! JUST ENTER ON THE RAFFLECOPTER BELOW!!! COMPLETE EACH ENTRY OPTION TO UNLOCK MORE CHANCES TO WIN!!! GOOD LUCK!!!

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In full disclosure: I was not compensated for this review/give-away. I had won a 16×20 canvas and was so pleased with the end result that I offered to blog about it and asked if I could have a give-away for my readers. CanvasPop graciously and generously obliged.

Caru Pet Food – “Nourish with Love”!! Enter to Win! (U.S. and Canada!)

It has been a looong time since I have featured a different pet food on Dakota’s blog, but he recently pawed a “like” on the Caru Pet Food Facebook page and ended up being the lucky winner of a case of their scrumptious stews!

Look at this pawesome prize!!!

Look at this pawesome prize!!!

As it turns out, Dakota was the 1000th “like” (which he didn’t notice at the time). The kind people at Caru  had decided that whomever was the 1000th like should be a lucky winner of a case of assorted flavors of their stew!

Click to visit their website!

Click to visit their website!

I had seen Caru Pet Food featured on a few blogs, but I didn’t know much about them. From the moment I looked at their website, held the packages in my hand, opened them and served the chicken flavor to Dakota, I was so impressed that  I had to give them a shout out on his blog!

What Sets The Caru Products Apart?

Carefully selected, human grade ingredients. 

They start with USDA inspected poultry or meat, plus veggies and fruit that are responsibly sourced. Their stews consist of 100% human grade ingredients, processed and handled in accordance with FDA regulations for human food.

The Food Is Created In Small Batches.

This enables them to  have more control over the way their stews and treats are prepared. As a result, they look, smell and taste more like homemade!

They test EVERY SINGLE BATCH FOR  QUALITY AND FOOD SAFETY!!!

I used Dakota's stew as a "topper" on his current dry dog food. That made for an extra tasty meal! Look at the pieces of chicken and the veggies and the delicious gravy!

I used Dakota’s stew as a “topper” on his current dry dog food. That made for an extra tasty meal! Look at the pieces of chicken and the veggies and the delicious gravy!

Made in the USA. 

This point in particular is of high importance to me!!!!

NONE of their ingredients are China-sourced!

Ideal for dogs with food allergies. 

Thanks to the limited number of ingredients they select, their products are perfect for food-sensitive pups.

Responsible packaging.

Caru Pet Food Chicken in box

Their packaging philosophy is reduce, reuse and recycle. They make every attempt to minimize their carbon output by using “green” materials that are less resource-intensive to produce and transport.

Courtesy of Caru Pet Food

Courtesy of Caru Pet Food

Why do Caru natural stews come in Tetra Pak® cartons instead of conventional cans?

Protects freshness and taste without preservatives

BPA-free packaging

Made from up to 70% paper

Easy to open, serve, close, travel with and store

 

Did you know?

“Caru” means “to love” in Welsh? From Caru: Love, after all, is why we care so much about the nourishment we provide for our pets.   Read more about why the name “Caru” was chosen here.

What did Dakota think?

Caru Pet Food Dakota eating chicken

 Check out the look in his eye above as he gobbles down this stew! He wouldn’t take his eyes off of it!

Caru Pet Food Dakota no more chicken

Dakota kept looking at the bowl for MORE!!! He even stood next to me watching the bowl as I attempted to take a shot of how he had devoured every morsel!

Caru Pet Food Dakota and I reflected in empty bowl

I would say that Caru Real Chicken Stew was a hit!  Dakota hasn’t tried the other flavors he received, but he will be eating each and every one soon! I think we have found a wonderful addition to Dakota’s current food regime, and I think that Dakota thinks so too!

Caru Pet Food Dakota more chicken please

Dakota and I can’t begin to thank the incredibly kind people at Caru Pet Food enough for this amazing prize! We were NOT asked to do a review, but I was so impressed with everything about Caru Pet Food that it was my choice completely to feature them on his blog. I was NOT compensated for this post! Dakota received a case of Caru Stews and that was it!

I also wanted to share the goods!!!

GIVE-AWAY!!

I asked the wonderful people at Caru if I could have a give-away for my readers, and they agreed! One lucky winner  who resides in either the U.S. or Canada  is going to receive a CASE of Caru Stews, just like Dakota did! Entering is super easy, just enter on the Rafflecopter below, good luck!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

 

Can’t wait to see if you are the lucky winner and want to purchase Caru Pet Food? Click here to find a Caru retailer near you!