Caru Pet Food Winner!!

Thanks to all who entered our give-away for a case of Caru Pet Food Stews!!!

Look at this pawesome prize!!!

Look at this pawesome prize!!!

It’s time to announce the lucky winner!!

HUGE CONGRATULATIONS TO:

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Oh my furiends are gonna LOVE these stews!!!!

My buddies Fenris and Tuiren have a blog too! Be sure to click to visit them!

CLICK ON THE PHOTO TO VISIT THEIR BLOG!!!

CLICK ON THE PHOTO TO VISIT THEIR BLOG!!!

Enjoy my furiends!!

Barks and licks and love,

Dakota

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!!

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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!

 

KROGER STORES AND MICHIGAN HUMANE SOCIETY TEAM UP TO FEED PETS IN NEED

Pet food drive at 41 Michigan Kroger locations will help keep families together

Forty-one Kroger stores are hosting a spring Pet Food Drive through Tuesday, April 28 to benefit the Michigan Humane Society’s (MHS) pet food bank and help keep families together. A pet food donation bin will be placed near the exit of each participating location for donations of dry and canned dog and cat food. Customers can select these items while they are there to do their own shopping and conveniently donate the pet food after checking out. MHS will distribute the pet food at no charge to qualifying low-income pet owners who otherwise might have to give up their companions. The MHS pet food bank relies on donations from the public.

Kroger Pet food Drive

 

“The ability to assist struggling families in keeping their beloved pets through programs like our pet food bank is priceless and only possible through the generosity of the community,” said Matthew Pepper, Michigan Humane Society President and CEO.  “We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with Kroger and their customers to help prevent pets from going hungry or losing their home.” 

 

Currently, more than 2,100 families depend on the MHS food bank and other services that help keep families together, such as an annual series of low-cost Protect-A-Pet vaccination and microchip clinics in Detroit.

 

 

 

“Kroger welcomes the opportunity to help low-income families feed their companion animals through the Michigan Humane Society pet food bank,” said Brandon Barrow, Community Affairs Manager, The Kroger Co. of Michigan. “We have kicked off a sale on our entire line of pet foods and supplies to assist customers with their donations to the Michigan Humane Society while helping them care for their own animals.”

 

Kroger offers a complete assortment of pet food, treats and accessories, with special sale pricing continuing through Sunday, April 19.

 

For a list of participating Kroger stores, visit http://www.michiganhumane.org/Kroger.

michigan-humane-logo

 

About the Michigan Humane Society

The Michigan Humane Society is the largest and oldest animal welfare organization in the state. MHS works to end companion animal homelessness, provide the highest quality service and compassion to the animals entrusted to our care, and to be a leader in promoting humane values.

 

About The Kroger Co. of Michigan

Incorporated in Michigan in 1909 and headquartered in Novi, The Kroger Co. of Michigan includes 18,000 associates, 123 Kroger stores, 64 fuel centers, 103 pharmacies and the Michigan Dairy.

 

Kroger, one of the world’s largest retailers, employs more than 375,000 associates who serve customers in 2,640 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 34 states and the District of Columbia under two dozen local banner names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, Harris Teeter, Jay C, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith’s.  The company also operates 786 convenience stores, 320 fine jewelry stores, 1,240 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food processing plants in the U.S. Recognized by Forbes as the most generous company in America, Kroger supports hunger relief, breast cancer awareness, the military and their families, and more than 30,000 schools and grassroots organizations. Kroger contributes food and funds equal to 200 million meals a year through more than 80 Feeding America food bank partners. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber’s Million Dollar Club.

 

Book:Health and Nutrition for DOGS and CATS:A Guide for Pet Parents by David G. Wellock, ENTER TO WIN!

As many of you know who have followed Dakota’s blog for some time now,  I consider myself to be a “dog hobbyist or a pet parent.”  Dakota is the first dog that I have had the pleasure of sharing my home and life with as an adult, and the only other dog that I shared my life with was a Boxer named Brandy when I was a toddler. As a “dog hobbyist or a pet parent” there are red-flag topics that I felt that I wouldn’t broach on his blog, and were better left to those in the dog blogging world that I consider to be “Dog Experts, (either by virtue of their “pedigree” or their life experience).” What topics are those?

Health and Nutrition

I have always felt if I were going to attempt to discuss my red flag topics it would boil down to regurgitating information from the internet, but much of that information is difficult to understand, and taking the time to peruse it? Much worse! For those of you who are like me, “dog hobbyists or pet parents” and need and would like information and guidance from those that ARE “in-the-know”, our prayers have been answered! Enter  the book Health and Nutrition for DOGS and CATS: A Guide for Pet Parents by David G. Wellock, which I am delighted to say was sent to me by the author, to share with all of YOU!

Click on the book cover to visit the publisher Rowman.com

Click on the book cover to visit the publisher Rowman.com

FROM THE PUBLISHER: Health and Nutrition for DOGS and CATS: A Guide for Pet Parents by David G. Wellock is timely, informative, and delivers sensible information on topics of importance to all pet owners.  From reading pet food labels to storing food, from understanding appropriate calorie intake to food allergies, David Wellock helps readers better understand the dietary needs of their dogs and cats.

David G. Wellock is a “seasoned expert in the care and feeding of dogs and cats. He provides fact-filled, no nonsense, understandable information on the topics pet parents need to know in order to purchase and prepare food and develop an appropriate diet for their furry charges.”

For me, this is not a book that I would sit and read the way I would a novel, rather,  it is an invaluable resource that I will refer to again and again. Take a look at a few of the chapter topics and you will see why:

  • The Rise of Pet Foods
  • Shopping for your Pet’s Food
  • How to Read a Pet Food Package
  • Nutrition and Osteoarthritis
  • Dental Details
  • Urinary Disorders
  • The Scoop on Poop

Want to know?

  • About grain-free diets?
  • Red-flag ingredients that should NEVER be in the food that you purchase

One of my personal favorites from this book is a list of:

Dave’s Table Scrap Rules:

  • Leftovers designated for your pets should consist of lean meats and veggies
  • All things in moderation
  • Portion control

Just to name a few!

What I love about Dave, (yes, “Dave!”  is that his writing style isn’t lecturing, condescending or “preachy”, his style is such that you feel as if you can have a conversation with him without feeling intimidated!)  also,  that after fourteen years in the pet food business (he had opened his own store!), he is “still learning about cats and dogs and their nutrition and health issues.” Dave says: ” Much of the knowledge I have acquired over these years has come to me as a result of interaction with customers and their pets. My store became my school, and my customers and their pets my teachers. My opinions are anecdotal rather than scientific, based on my experiences in dealing with thousands of customers and their pets. Hopefully whatever passes for wisdom and insight on the pages of this book will benefit you, my fellow two-footers, in your dealings with those furry family members sharing your life.”

There you have it, a book written for the “dog hobbyist” (as I like to refer to myself) or as Dave lovingly says “parent of a pet” or  “paropet.” A book written in language that even I can make sense of, I am certain that you will be able to as well!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: David G. Wellock is the owner/operator of a franchised Global Pet Foods store in St.Catharines, Ontario, Canada, where he currently resides. 

ONE LUCKY PERSON WHO RESIDES IN THE USA WILL BE ABLE TO ENTER TO WIN A SIGNED COPY (A $36 value!)!

HOW TO ENTER: just leave a comment telling me what your dog’s (or cat’s or pig’s or whatever!) favorite food is (the “favorite food” can be “people food” or commercial!) The give-away is open NOW and will end MONDAY JUNE 17TH AT 5PM. Comments that do NOT  follow the requirement will be disqualified. WINNER will be chosen by random.org and will be announced WEDNESDAY JUNE 19th. 

Good luck!

If you can’t wait to see who wins the contest, you can purchase Health and Nutrition for DOGS and CATS: A Guide for Pet Parents, in either hardcover form or as an ebook by visiting the publisher by clicking here, or visiting Amazon by clicking here, or visiting Barnes & Noble by clicking here. 

 

 

 

 

Tillman’s Treats By Natural Balance Compliments Of Mr.Chewy!!

Hi everyone! It’s Dakota, and today I am taking over MY blog to tell you about something delicious that I have wanted to tell you about for quite some time.

Mom and I were excited a few months back when we were contacted by Mr.Chewy (the online go-to for many of your pet’s needs such as dog and cat food and treats,  pet health products, etc.!). My brother, Cody had been contacted by Mr.Chewy last year and he was so happy that he blogged about his experience.

Now it’s MY turn!

For my review, I was one of a few lucky dogs who were chosen to taste a super delicious treat! Tillman’s Treats made by Natural Balance Pet Foods. Oh My Dog they are delicious! I gobbled them up so fast that I was too fast for Mom to take a photo of me enjoying them!

See Tillman on the package? Mom was so bummed because he was at BlogPaws and because Mom was sick she never got to meet him!

For those of you that may not know, Natural Balance Pet Foods was co-founded by Dick Van Patten who just happened to be the “Dad” , (Tom Bradford) on the cool TV show Eight is Enough. Mom watched that show all the time when she was in college back in the Stone Age, but I digress…

When Patten and his partners started Natural Balance in 1989 their goal was to create a pet food based on sound scientific principles, not marketing hype.  Their goal was to create a line of pet food that will “nourish your dog or cat through every stage of  life.”

Natural Balance Food Facts:

  • Natural Balance products provide all-natural, complete, and balanced nutrition.
  • They are used and respected worldwide by top trainers, breeders, veterinarians and kennels.
  • They contain no corn, soy, wheat, artificial flavors or colors.

You can read all about their products here.

In addition to their dry and canned pet food (which I did not try), Natural Balance offers a full range of healthy treats! You can choose from the soft snack that I had, Tillman’s Chicken and Veggie Training Tips,

 

or the oven-baked crunch of Turkey, Oats & Cranberry Healthy Bones. They have ya covered!

The cool part is Mr.Chewy offers the full line of Natural Balance food and treats for both dogs and cats, and they deliver directly to your doorstep!!  Kinda like ordering a pizza eh? From my pawsonal experience Mr.Chewy delivers so darned fast that he is ALMOST as fast as the pizza guy….almost! He runs a good close second!

If you want some deliciousness in your world and I KNOW that you do…start tapping that keyboard and visit Mr.Chewy NOW!

Barks and licks and love, Dakota

I would like to thank Mr.Chewy for giving me the opportunity to taste these delicious treats!! In full disclosure. I was not compensated monetarily for this post. I was given treat samples to taste/review. I did not try the Natural Balance  dog food.

 

Pet Food Marketing 101: What Consumers Should Know about Purchasing Pet Food

Martin J. Glinsky, Ph.D.

A Guest Blog By: 

By Martin J. Glinsky, Ph.D.

Chief Science Officer of SmartBones (www.smartbones.com)

Pet food products have changed significantly over the last 30 years, as have our purchasing patterns. In the 1970s, almost all pet food was purchased at the grocery store and there was not very much real difference between various brands. Corn, meat and bone meal, animal fat and vitamin/mineral fortification were common ingredients of almost all dry pet foods. Today, a significant amount of pet food is bought at pet food stores, mass market retailers, farm and fleet locations and even on-line (although this is fairly limited at the moment).

Pet food formulas have also changed dramatically. Categories now include: natural, holistic, organic, grain-free, hypo-allergenic (the FDA does not allow this terminology any more) and others. Ingredient listings often contain a variety of unique ingredients, including rice, sweet potatoes, omega-3 fatty acids, bison, real chicken, salmon meal, etc. Commonly, this segment is often referred to as the “high-end market.”

Dakota enjoying his SmartBone

From a business perspective, pet stores needed high-end pet foods, not available in mass retailers, in order to increase their margins selling pet food and allow them to make a profit. Pet owners would not pay 15-25% more for the same food sold at the pet store. Thus, pet food marketers kept developing more unique foods for this burgeoning retail segment.

This proliferation of brands and formulas is an area of intense marketing differentiation. Every brand is looking for an identity that key their marketing efforts. “No corn,” “no soy,” “no wheat” have become important formula attributes in this segment. While there is absolutely no data to support the notion that these three excellent grains are somehow “bad” for pets, the high-end pet food segment, needing to differentiate it from “grocery-store brands,” have developed and proliferated this false theory.

There is no doubt that many of today’s high-end pet foods do indeed possess some “performance characteristics” that many pet owners recognize and are willing to pay more for at their pet store. These include higher palatability, lower stool volume, and sometimes, “functional advantages” such as the association of increased levels of omega-3 fatty acids and a healthy immune system. On the other hand, using false and inflammatory statements to try and debase other products is an unscrupulous way to increase sales.

Dakota and his SmartBone

It is important to differentiate between sound nutritional concepts and marketing hype. Beware of those products that make claims or allude to concepts that seem overvalued. Contact these companies and ask them if they have scientific data to support their claims. The answer may surprise you, but it shouldn’t. Use common sense when choosing the best food for your pet. Pets, just like humans, require specific nutrients, not necessarily special ingredients, to obtain the nutrition necessary for a healthy life.