BlogPaws Bliss thanks to Nutrish®-Thankful Thursday

Before I write another word, I want to make it clear that this is NOT a commercial.  At the heart of this blog post is the belief in a brand, as well as the person behind it.

click on the logo to visit the Nutrish website for more deliciousness!

click on the logo to visit the Nutrish website for more deliciousness!

Long before I had Dakota’s blog, he was eating  Nutrish®. Why? Because I have been a fan of Rachael Ray’s from the time her first 30 Minute Meal shows aired on The Food Network. In those first shows she wasn’t the star that she is today. She was, by her own admission, a “home cook” NOT a chef. Her first shows were a tad awkward, she seemed tentative and reserved, a far cry from the bubbly, talk show host, magazine magnate and household word in the kitchen that she is today. What I saw in her then, and what I see and relate to now, was that she was and is REAL. She seems approachable, she drops food  “it isn’t a party until the food falls on the floor” and she burns toast. Yes, she burns toast. Just like you and me.

rachael ray

I knew that she used to test recipes on her first dog, a pit bull named Boo,  in her cozy cabin kitchen in the Adirondacks. She COOKED for her first  dog, she cooks for her current dog, Isaboo,  she cooks for her family. She is a home cook, like ME and like  many of YOU.

I own the majority of her cookbooks, I subscribe to her magazine, I watched nearly every episode of every show she has been on, beginning with  The Food Network and beyond.

Dakota became a part of our family in 2007, Rachael Ray began her dog food company, Nutrish®, in 2008.  As soon as  Nutrish® was available in Michigan, it was served to Dakota. He has eaten it ever since, long before his blog began in 2011.  It is the ONLY dog food that he is served.

Did you know that sales of  Nutrish® goes towards Rachael’s Rescue? Rachael’s Rescue was created for “forgotten pets”, for those that have no one to love them. 

There is nothing, and I mean NOTHING better than being given the opportunity of representing a brand that you LEGITIMATELY USE,  that you LEGITIMATELY BUY, you BELIEVE IN THE BRAND, AS WELL AS THEIR PRODUCTS.  Yes! I  AM yelling! I will shout it from the rooftops! Writing blog posts about a brand and products that you love  are not  a chore, you aren’t nervous about what you are going to say, or what the brand will think, why? Because you legitimately LOVE THE PRODUCT. When you love and believe in a product, the rest is gravy, whatever you have to say will come naturally, it comes from the heart, it comes from actually being a regular consumer of the product.

BlogPaws is another love that I first discovered in the fall of 2009. Without BlogPaws I wouldn’t know a thing about blogging. When I first discovered BlogPaws it was to me, a gift from the Gods!

BlogPaws 2013 Alyson and I Nutrish

Imagine my excitement when a brand that I LOVE approached me to be a “brand influencer”, and offered to sponsor my trip to BlogPaws 2013. I felt as if I had come full circle. I was ecstatic. It was a dream come true. I jumped on that opportunity the way Dakota jumps on his Rachael Ray Nutrish soup bones. If I had a tail it would have wagged. I wasn’t just on an airplane flying to BlogPaws, I was floating on air!

I took this from the plane!

I took this from the plane!

Meeting the Nutrish®team at BlogPaws was a true delight! They are just as warm and personable as the wonderful woman behind the brand that we are representing.  Having dinner with them and my fellow blogging friends who were also sponsored,  the night before the official kickoff of BlogPaws, was a treat whose flavor will stay in my mouth forever!  Especially due to the delicious Tiramisu we had for dessert!

BlogPaws 2013 Tiramisu with Nutrish

Without Nutrish® I wouldn’t have met and connected with other bloggers who were sponsored by Nutrish®for BlogPaws. Without Nutrish®I wouldn’t have FINALLY met fellow dog bloggers,  Jodi Stone of Heart Like a Dog, Sugar The Golden Retriever’s Mom, Rosalyn,  Jen from My Brown Newfies,  Carrie from Tales & Tails, Aimee and Chuy from Irresistible Pets,  the list goes on and on, and I apologize for not mentioning everyone!

Chuy of Irresistible Pets

Chuy of Irresistible Pets

Without Nutrish®I wouldn’t have experienced all that there is to experience at BlogPaws from the Professional Product Review session presented by Rose Hamilton (Pet360). Carol Bryant (of  BlogPaws and Pet360) and Jeff Davis.  Nor would I have been able to learn from, and enjoy the  down-to-earth and wise Kimanzi Constable who presented his workshop,  The Key to Marketing with Social Media, which I enjoyed immensely.

Jeff Davis, Carol Bryant and Rose Hamilton

Jeff Davis, Carol Bryant and Rose Hamilton

For those who have stuck around to read this blog-post-turned-into-a-tome, I thank you! If there is a brand that you would love to work with, I am here to tell you it is NOT all about the numbers. It is EVERYTHING about “doing more than is expected” (as I learned in the Professional Product Review session and was thrilled to learn that it  was something that I was already doing), and about partnering with a brand that you truly believe in, that you would use NO MATTER WHAT.

BlogPaws 2013 Dakota at Nutrish

Thank you Nutrish® for your wholesome food, treats, and bones, for making my Sheltie smile, and thank YOU for the honor of representing you at BlogPaws and beyond! YOU ROCK!

Rachael Ray’s “Just 6” and “Nutrish”, Are Just “Delish!!”

My friends, you have no idea how excited I am to have been given the opportunity to tell you about the most delicious and good for you dog food that I have ever tasted!

The food that I am talking about is Rachael Ray’s newest dog food, Just 6 AND her original dog food, Nutrish.

Let me give you a little background info. My Mom is a Rachael Ray freak.  She adores her. She has nearly all  her cookbooks, subscribes to her magazine and watches her show every day that she is able.

She loves Rachael’s down-to-earth heart and effervescent personality. She feels that Rachael is someone she can relate to because Mom considers herself to be a “home cook” and not a “cheffie” and that is how Rachael describes herself.

Rachael Ray is a huge animal lover. Specifically she loves dogs. Mom knew that Rachael cooked for her first dog and now her current doggy, and that all the meals she made for them were created out of  a passion for creating good food that is “good for you”  and a deep love of her doggy babies.

That is why when Nutrish first appeared  on the market, Mom was ecstatic. When Mom first purchased Nutrish she took the bag to the vet to have him check the ingredients. He gave it his approval and Mom never looked back. She has served me Nutrish ever since! I am one lucky doggie because I LOVE IT!

The bag is wrinkled because I  actually EAT this food!

I didn’t eat it just to do a product review

I am 4 years old and I have

been eating Nutrish for all of those tasty years!

I won’t ever do a review about another dog food

on my blog because I am a

Rachael Ray Nutrish & Just 6 dog

all the way!

Why Nutrish?

Here is what Rachael Ray says about it:

Nutrish has “Real meat — like chicken
or beef — as the first ingredient.  There are no fillers.  No junk.  Just lots of good,
wholesome stuff. How cool is that? And you know me.  I’m all about giving back,
so all of my proceeds from Rachael Ray Nutrish go to charities that take care
of animals who have no one else to look out for them.”

Now there is a new addition to Rachael’s dog food family and I am thrilled to have tasted that too!!  The “new kid on the block” is Just 6!

Here is the great gift package that I was one lucky dog to receive! Look at how beautifully wrapped it was! It even came with a super cute doggie bowl!

I was so excited I couldn’t wait to get my paws on it!

Why is it called Just 6? I am glad you asked that! Here is the reason:

“Rachael Ray Nutrish Just 6 doesn’t contain any corn, wheat or soy. Lamb meal is the number one ingredient, followed by five other wholesome ingredients. And Nutrish Just 6 has all the added vitamins your dog needs to keep him healthy and happy.”

  • Just six natural ingredients plus vitamins and minerals.
  • No corn. No wheat. No soy.
  • No by-product meal or fillers. No artificial flavors or artificial preservatives.
  • 100% complete & balanced nutrition for adult dogs.

Mom likes all of that healthy info but I LOVE how both Just 6 AND Nutrish TASTE! Let Mom worry about the good for you stuff,  just give me the food!

Even my brother,  Cody wanted to get in on the deliciousness!!

He knocked over the bowl and bag trying to rip it open!

Even after Mom straightened it, Cody still wasn’t giving up!

Don’t worry

It looks like Cody is eating Just 6

But he really isn’t!

Hey Rachael! How about making a cat food for  kitties too!!?? I bet they would love it as much as all of us doggies love Nutrish and Just 6!

Thanks for taking such good care of us Rachael. We love that you think about all the doggies in the world the way that you do!

Gotta go, Mom said she is going to the store this weekend and see if Just 6 is available in our area!

As Rachael Ray says every day when she ends her show:

“I’ll see ya, when I see ya!!”

Barks and licks and love, Dakota

My Mom and I were not compensated in any way for this review.  Mom buys and I happily eat Nutrish. All opinions are my own! Wait a minute!  I WAS compensated!! But not with money! I was compensated by being able to taste test Just 6! Feed me! That’s all the compensation that I need!  Dakota