Lucky Friday! It’s A Vita Bone® Give-Away!

Hi All! It’s Dakota! Today might be Friday the 13th but today, is YOUR LUCKY DAY! I have been eagerly awaiting telling you about some tasty new treats that I was lucky to try!

One day, my Mom and I were pawing around the internet reading blogs, and we read about  Vita Bone®. I tapped my Mom’s arm and told her that I wanted to try them. Mom and I  were lucky when our comment was seen on Facebook and we were contacted asking if we would like to try some Vita Bone® Biscuits and Vita Bone® Chewy Sticks. It was my lucky day!

When my package arrived I couldn’t believe how generous my new friends were! I was sent a box of VITA BONE® Flavors Biscuits,  a box of Vita Bone® Biscuits, (Original),  VITA BONE® Beef Flavored Chewy Sticks  and VITA BONE® Lamb Flavored Chewy Sticks.

Vita Bone® Biscuits

 FROM Vita Bone® Vita Bone® Biscuits are made with natural ingredients and fortified with 23 essential vitamins and minerals. Our nutritious recipe also includes omega-3 and 6 fatty acids and glucosamine from natural sources like salmon oil and chicken. These essential elements help promote healthy skin, a well-conditioned coat, and joint health in your dog. Plus, the crunchy texture helps clean teeth and freshen breath.

They come in sizes that are perfect for whatever size dog you have, (small, medium or large).  I received Medium because they are for dogs over 20 lbs and I am around 25 lbs.

 

I didn’t try the original biscuits  yet, but I will! I DID try the:

Vita Bone® Flavors Biscuits

Vita Bone® Flavors Biscuits come in liver, beef, vegetable, cheese, chicken, and original flavors.  They are scrumptious!! As you can see in the photo below, even the medium-sized bones are generously sized so Mom breaks it up for me. It makes the tastiness last longer and makes them easier for me to eat.

Vita Bone® Chewy Sticks

As I mentioned, I received the Beef Flavored Chewy Sticks and the Lamb Flavored Chewy Sticks.  I haven’t tried the Beef Flavored sticks yet but I DID try the Lamb Flavored Chewy Sticks, (of COURSE I went for those first since Shelties LOVE to “herd” lambs/sheep!). I got to experience the taste of real lamb in every bite!  The sticks are easy to break into smaller pieces, which make them great to use for training, and you could put them in your favorite treat dispenser too!

About Vita Bone®

Vita Bone®is a family-owned company through and through and have been making pet food and treats in Ogden, Utah since 1972. They are passionate about pets, which is why they craft their own recipes and carefully source each ingredient. You can find out more about their brands at americanpetnutrition.com

Vita Bone® Gives Back!

Proud Supporter of:

All of us at Vita Bone® have dedicated our careers to the health and happiness of all pets because we know what joy they bring to families across the country.

We also know the joy and power pets have to change lives. That’s why we support Pet Partners, a non-profit dedicated to training and providing therapy animals to people in need.

Therapy animals give affection and comfort to people in hospitals, nursing homes, hospices, disaster areas, and more.

Pet Partners teams interact with a wide variety of clients including veterans with PTSD, seniors living with Alzheimer’s, students with literacy challenges, patients in recovery, people with intellectual disabilities and those approaching end of life.

 

I am certain you are going to love Vita Bone® Biscuits and Vita Bone® Chewy Sticks as much as I do!  Check out their store locator to see where you can purchase them. You can also:

ENTER TO WIN!!

 Our friends at Vita Bone® are generously offering TWO of our readers who are 18 and over and who reside in the U.S. the chance to win ONE BOX OF VITA BONE BISCUITS and TWO PACKAGES OF VITA BONE CHEWY STICKS. Entering is easy! Just enter on the rafflecopter below. Good luck!! 

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We were not compensated for this review/give-away. We were sent product to test in exchange for our always honest review.

 

 

The BEST New Holiday Tradition For 2014!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Rachael Ray Nutrish. All thoughts and opinions are my own.  As always, thank you for reading and supporting our sponsors.

Hi every kitty and woofie! It’s Dakota!!

I am so excited to see all of you!

Many of you know that I am a Sheltie that is of the Jewish persuasion, so instead of having a Christmas tree and all, I celebrate Chanukah. (The Festival of Lights).  We light our Menorah every night for eight nights, and if you are lucky you get presents all eight nights!

dakota holiday tradition post menorah on table

 

I know that  my kitty brother, Cody, and I don’t get presents all eight nights because Mom says we have too many toys, so I wasn’t quite as excited about Chanukah as I should have been.  Then, I sat myself down and said, “Chanukah and Christmas aren’t just about toys, they are holidays that are about giving to OTHERS too!” Well, as soon as I changed my thoughts, the most exciting thing happened! I am ECSTATIC to tell you about something that happened at my den the first night of Chanukah, that if I have anything to bark about it, it will be CERTAIN to happen EVERY year!

It all started when I was just sitting around being the perfect gentleman:

dakota holiday tradition post the perfect gentleman

you see, I KNOW when I think pawsitive and strike the gentleman pose, good things will happen! Sure enough, it worked!

My super Sheltie ears perked up at the sound of the UPS man leaving a package at our door! I was so excited I could barely contain myself. As it turned out, the package was for Cody, NOT for me. His Secret Paws partner had sent him a package!!

There was a beautiful card too! We were thrilled to learn that Cody’s Secret Paws partners were  Melissa and Truffles over at Melissa’s Mochas, Mysteries and Meows! 

dakota holiday tradition post card from melissa

Cody  had all sorts of gifts that were wrapped with his name on them! As Cody pawed through his presents, he told me that Melissa and Truffles had sent presents to ME TOO!! Woofies! I couldn’t believe my EYES!

dakota holiday tradition post wrapped packages from melissa

PRESENTS!! FOR ME!!!

Mom said that before I could open anything I had to put my yarmulke on and join Mom, Dad and Cody over by the Menorah and say the Chanukah Candle Lighting Blessing

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Once that was done I could have my presents!

dakota holiday tradition post sniffing package from melissa

Mom was impressed that I didn’t try to rip the festive gift wrap off my presents. I was so happy that I received something, that I wanted to savor the different scents. I had a feeling there was something super good inside!

The first present I opened contained a DUCK!

dakota holiday tradition post duck

Pretty cool isn’t it? 

Then the surprise of all surprises appeared!

See for yourself!

 I was so happy I could NOT stop SMILING!!

Melissa and Truffles must have known that there is NOTHING that makes me smile MORE than having my SOUP BONES, my reputation as a respected  Ambassadog for Nutrish is well-known around these parts, but I digress… Melissa knew that these bones would bring a HUGE SMILE to my face and sure enough, she was right!

dakota holiday tradition post smiling next to soup bone bag

I immediately struck my gentleman pose, Mom wasn’t giving me my Soup Bones fast enough, so I made sure I didn’t break my stare, “Come on Mom! Give me my Soup Bones! PLEAAASE!! “

dakota holiday tradition post next to soup bones on chair

Did she open them right away?

Noooo! She had the nerve to take a photo of them!

dakota holiday tradition post soup bones on table

I sat in shock, what was with this woman? Then, when I thought I couldn’t take the suspense any longer, they were mine, ALL MINE!!

I could smell the delicious aroma!!!

I could smell the delicious aroma!!!

dakota holiday tradition post sniffing soup bone bag

The delicious scent teased my ample Sheltie nose!

dakota holiday tradition post licking soup bone before taking out of bag

I just HAD to have a LICK!

I COULDN’T TAKE IT ANYMORE

I HAD TO HAVE THEM!!

THE HECK WITH BEING A GENTLEMAN!

I MOVED IN FOR THE KILL!

dakota holiday tradition post dakota grabbing soup bone super good

dakota holiday tradition post grabbing soup bone out of bag

Well, there you have it! I think that EVERY year moving forward, that I am gonna hang with Cody and his feline pals and make sure that he takes part in the Secret Paws event!

Gotta hand it to those kitties and their humans, they sure lived up to the hype of being rather intelligent! They knew just how to make this Sheltie’s holiday a special one!

Thanks to Melissa and Truffles for giving me the BEST CHANUKAH EVER!

If you celebrate Chanukah make your pawrents get you one Soup Bone for every night, if you celebrate Christmas ask them to put them in your stocking! I am certain that once you do, they will become a tradition at YOUR house too!!!!

Now, if you will excuse me, I have some important business to take care of:

dakota holiday tradition post eating soup bone

 

THEY ARE MINE!! ALL MINE!!!!!!!!

“See ya, when I see ya!!”

Barks and licks and Soup Bone Love,

Dakota

Crunchkins Give-away WINNERS!!

Thanks to ALL who entered our Crunchkins Give-away!!!

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Here are the LUCKY winners!!!

 

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TWO of the winners have blogs!! Be sure to visit them:

M.K. Clinton  Barking from the  Bayou

Tales and Tails

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS!!

PLEASE EMAIL YOUR COMPLETE MAILING ADDRESS TO:

cgittleman at mi dot rr dot com

 

Help Us Celebrate Dakota’s Birthday With a World-Wide Give-Away From Crunchkins!!

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Today is a special day indeed!

Today is Dakota’s 7th birthday!!

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I am having an incredibly hard time wrapping my head around the fact that he is seven. Where has the time gone? I remember the day he joined our family as if it was just yesterday. He has added fun, love, craziness, and YES, NOISE, (but in a good way), the likes of which I could have never imagined!

The day Dakota joined our family, he fulfilled my childhood wish of having a Sheltie of my own!

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I am especially happy

to have our friends at Crunchkins

sharing this most special day with us! 

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I bet you are wondering, “What are Crunchkins?” Well, I’m glad you asked!! Do you see the photos above: (Happy Birthday and I Love My Sheltie)?  Are they not the CUTEST cards EVER?! Well those are just TWO of the TONS of CARDS FOR DOGS that are made out of SAFE, PRESSED RAWHIDE!!

From the Crunchkins website:

The Crunchkins Tale…

It all started with a postcard… While bustling through another busy day at my Veterinary Hospital, I saw a kennel assistant giving treats and reading a postcard to a dog we were boarding.

“Hello Goldie,” she read aloud. Wish you were here! Mickey & Minnie say Hi.”  I chuckled and thought, “The dog doesn’t care about that paper card.”  

That’s when it struck me – there should be a product that has meaning to both humans and animals. I decided to design a greeting card that people could send and pets could enjoy.

Crunchkins was launched in 2001, offering safe, fun, cute and affordable treats for pets and the people who love them.  As a veterinarian, pet health & safety has always been my top priority. Crunch Cards are made from rawhide – carefully pressed and artfully decorated.  From Christmas to Birthdays or “Just BePaws,” each greeting and design is rendered in non-toxic inks, making the card completely edible!

I hope the special pet in your life takes a bite out of a Crunch Card today!

Stephen B. Hoy, DVM

Founder, Crunchkins, Inc

 

Crunchkins has a VAST assortment of cards  where you can:

Shop by Pet  (they even have CAT CARDS!)

Shop by Occasion 

Shop by Holiday

Shop by Breed

 

THERE IS EVEN A MUTT PACK!

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I was lucky enough to receive the Sheltie Breed Pack.  Dakota’s Dad and I cannot wait to present him with HIS own edible birthday card!! We think this is the most clever and adorable concept, it is great to have a card for a dog,

 that a dog actually wants!

Did you know that Crunchkins Cares?

They have a special page on their website where four cards are featured. If you purchase any of the four cards, a portion of the proceeds will go to the charity that is featured on the card.  To visit that page, click here

To “Like” Crunchkins on Facebook click here

To Follow Crunchkins on Twitter click here

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAKOTA!!

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IN HONOR OF THE

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Crunchkins is allowing us to have a GIVE-AWAY!! THE GIVE-AWAY IS OPEN WORLD-WIDE AND THERE WILL BE FOUR WINNERS!!!!! THE WINNERS WILL GET TO CHOOSE EITHER FROM A:

BREED PACK-for their favorite breed

MUTT PACK

Or if a Cat Wins (Heaven forbid!! lol) they can choose 4 different cards

 (PRIZES ARE BETWEEN A $10 and $15 VALUE).

TO ENTER, USE THE RAFFLECOPTER BELOW!!!

 

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In Full Disclosure: I was not compensated for this review. I was given a Breed Pack for Dakota and was offered a give-away to help Dakota celebrate his 7th birthday and in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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

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!