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Advent Calendar for Dog Lovers Day 18: Freshpet Giveaway

Kol's Notes Advent Calendar for Dog Lovers
Welcome to the Advent Calendar for Dog Lovers hosted by Kol’s Notes, Heart Like a Dog, My GBGV Life, My Brown Newfies & Bringing Up Bella.

Every day between now and December 24th, we’ll be giving away great prizes – plus every time you enter to win a daily prize, you’ll be entered to win our fabulous Grand Prize Package worth more than $800 featuring gifts from each of our 24 fantastic sponsors!

 

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Mama the Slug | Day 6 of the Freshpet #FridgeChallenge

Kol’s Note: I am writing about the Freshpet #FridgeChallenge as a part of a promotional campaign and I am being compensated for my time and for sharing my experience. However, all opinions are 100% my own.

It’s Day 6 of Mama’s Freshpet Fridge Challenge and, let me tell you, we are ready for this little experiment to be OVER.

One of my favourite things about my Mama is that she’s so full of energy. She’s always up to go for a walk, to throw the ball around for K9 Kamp or to head off on an adventure. Not this week. As the week has worn on, Mama has been getting progressively less and less active and has started spending more time perfecting her slug impression.

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Mama is one of those freak-shows that makes 90% of what she eats from scratch, using all sorts of fresh ingredients. She was determined not to reach for convenience foods this week, so she’s been whipping up all sorts of concoctions using shelf-stable healthy ingredients like beans, chickpeas and quinoa. Let’s face it though: it’s just not the same as fresh. She’s been eating a TON of carbohydrates and frankly, they’re weighing her down and making her sleepy, sluggish and (shhhhh!) is she looking a little chubby to anyone else? She eat a nice serving of dinner, but a few hours later? She’s fussy and snackish. If I tried that, she would tell me to go lay down, but when she does it? She just goes to get a snack. That’s why they call it a double standard. While she’s trying to still eat her veggies, sticking to only veggies that can be kept on the counter means she’s eating a lot of potato, sweet potato, squash, carrots and mushroom. She would love to have a nice salad with cool cucumber, a crisp bell pepper, cold grape tomatoes, and ohhhhhh, maybe a nice fresh piece of grilled chicken. This is what she fantasizes about.

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Clockwise from top left: Veggie Straws, Herbal Tea, Veggie Chili using canned tomato, dried Pineapple, Oatmeal with raison, craisins and apple chunks, Pumpkin Lattes, Veggie pasta, herb & cheese bun. Whoa, that’s a lot of carbs.

Mama was totally surprised by all the tasty recipes she found that she could eat without using fresh foods.

She even made a Pinterest board dedicated to recipes she wanted to try. (You can check it out here.) While all the recipes she tried were pretty tasty, they weren’t exactly the basis for a healthy diet. Carbs, carbs and more carbs. Tons of sugar. So much that she would get totally sugar high, then crash. Last night, we were in bed by 9 pm. NINE! You guys, I am a hip & cool puggle. I do not like to be in bed just when the fun is getting started.

PS – can we just talk about my chewy budget for a minute?

Um, Mama has been spending my chewy budget this week like she is in charge of it or something? Who the woof does she think she is? Since she can’t keep cream or Silvie’s special homemade Pumpkin Lattes, Mama’s been haunting the Starbucks. The guy there knows her name and order. Seek help Mama. You are clearly an addict. To my count, so far, her little latte addiction has cost me:

3 bully sticks

a bag of buffalo jerky

2 yak’s milk chews

a medium deer antler

a bag of carrots

a pack of raw meaty bones

and a pack of venison tendon chews.

What the woof?! She had better find a way to make this up to me. I am not impressed.

Tonight will be her biggest test of the challenge: she’s having a few people over. Normally, she uses company as an excuse to show off her culinary chops, but with no access to fresh food, she’s had to improvise. This is going to be the weirdest meal ever.

 

*sigh* Is Sunday yet? Check back tomorrow to hear how the party went and get Mama’s thoughts on what she’s learned, why she thinks fresh foods are so important and how this experiment affected her thoughts on pet food.

 

PS – don’t forget! You can enter to win a year’s supply of fresh food from Freshpet and a special mini-fridge. Go tell them why you couldn’t live without your fridge for your chance to win. (You can feel free to tell that that you saw us try to go fridge free and it scared the woof our of you.)

Tasty Tuesday Treat of the Week Giveaway: Freshpet Turkey Bacon

Confession time: After all the recent grossness, I didn’t feel like baking yesterday.

 
Even if I had been feeling the baking bug, who could I have fed it to? Certainly not Koly or Lu! I could have made snacks just for Fe, but let’s face it: that boy eats like a bird!
Besides, Felix was really happy to have a bag of the Freshpet Dognation Turkey Bacon all to himself!

Koly and Fe were such fans of the ones we got to review, that I knew I had to make sure we got more. These tasty treats aren’t available for sale in Canada yet, but luckily we live close enough to the Washington border to keep the Turkey Bacon coming!
 
Fe says, “I should always get all the Fresh Pet Turkey Bacon.
Those other two are hooligans.”
Since he doesn’t have to share with Koly and Lu, he’s decided to share some Freshpet Turkey Bacon with all of you! 


You could win this gift pack from Freshpet!
A Freshpet soft sided lunch bag cooler, two bags of FreshPet Turkey Bacon Treats*
and a Bacon Poet Magnetic Poetry set!
 
ENTER NOW!
 
 

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*A Canadian winner may receive a prize of Freshpet treats currently available in Canada.
Kol’s Note: Freshpet is providing the prize for this giveaway, but no other compensation was received. All opinions expressed are my own.
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Tasty Tuesday: Freshpet Turkey Bacon

Woofs, wags and apologies for the Tasty Tuesday Tardiness! the Mama (who is the worst blog assistant ever) may have locked herself out of my blog last night and she had to wait for the geeks to fix it for her. If I had a dollar for every time she screwed up, I’d be Top Dog.

I’m pretty sure bacon is one of Nature’s miracle foods. 

Seriously, those humans always talk about “Superfoods”, well I tell ya, they have got to be talking about bacon when they woof like that. Bacon is the eighth wonder of the world.

Once upon a time at Casa de Kolchak, the bacon flowed freely. Daddy snuck it to us off his plate, Nana actually cook an extra piece just for us pups and Mama? Mama watched with her judgey-face on.

Mama decreed that there would be no more bacon for dogs at Casa de Kolchak.

She had good reason to be worried, the bacon isn’t exactly good for dogs. It’s fatty, calorie laden and it could even put your dog at risk for pancreatitis. It had to be banned, but really? What a sad sad world it would be if a pup didn’t get a bite of bacon every now & again?!

Is Dog-Friendly Bacon even a thing?

Ohmiwoof! YES IT IS! Check. It. Out:

Freshpet Dognation Turkey Bacon Treats for Dogs
Mama, sitting me this close to turkey bacon treats 
and practicing “OFF” is practically abusive.
 
Holy woof, you guys!
 
When Freshpet asked if we wanted to try their new Turkey bacon dog treats, I’ll admit I was skeptical. How the woof were they going to make turkey taste like bacon?! I just didn’t think it was possible, but I loved the idea. Mama was excited to learn more about it too.


It doesn’t take a canine genius to guess that the Mama is not a fan of artificial preservatives.

Mama works hard to make sure the pups here at Casa de Kolchak eat good healthy foods. Lean meats, healthy veggies and only the very best treats. The Freshpet product was very appealing to the Mama for one important reason: it’s fresh food. the Mama is naturally very suspicious of any meat that doesn’t need refrigeration. The Mama wouldn’t chow on a steak after it spent a day or two on the counter and she just can’t see why she should make us do it. Everyone knows that food is better fresh.

Freshpet foods and treats are just that: fresh.

These treats were made with real ingredients that the Mama can pronounce too! No grain, no “fillers”. Just good food, right from the fridge.

Maybe too good. 

These treats smell amazing similar to bacon. In fact, just the other day, the Mama threatened to steal a few strips of my Freshpet Turkey Bacon to make herself a BLT! How rude eh?! Paws off, you thieving woman.

Great smell alone isn’t enough to make a doggy drool. Those treats had to be tasted and I couldn’t wait to get my paws on them.

Ohmiwoof, you guys. They are fantastic. 
 
I gobbled my first strip of Freshpet’s turkey bacon down in about 3 seconds. Then I prompted started throwing tricks to see what it was going to take to make that stingy Mama relinquish another piece. (The answer? 5 doggy push ups, 3 spins, 1 roll over, 1 very wiggly play dead and a Dance like a Trained Monkey trick.) I worked hard for that treat and I keep working hard every single time someone opens the fridge. The Mama says these treats are like magic. They can make me do anything.
 
Mama’s Note:  No seriously. The Casa de Kolchak dogs will drop everything for a piece of the Freshpet Turkey bacon. This weekend, Koly & Lu were wrassling like crazed hyenas and all I had to do was open the fridge door and I had two angelic pups sitting at my feet blinking at me with their big puggy eyes.
The nice folks at FreshPet even offered to let us have a giveaway to share their tasty product, but I dunno you guys! These treats might  be too good to share!
 
What do you think? Should we give some away?

Kol’s Note: Freshpet sent us two bags of Turkey Bacon in a super cool lunchbag cooler to try, plus they sent Mama a neato magnet kit to make Bacon Poetry (as seen above!) All opinions expressed in our post are 100% our own.

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24 Giveaways & Your Last Chance to Win Our Advent for Dog Lovers Grand Prize

The family has gathered, the turkey has been (mostly) eaten and the presents have been opened.

Christmas is such a wonderful day of the year, but can I tell you a secret? Even more than Christmas Day, I love those lazy, hazy days after the holiday, when you can relax and bask in the afterglow of all the excitement. These are the days where we snuggle, eat leftovers and take long walks in the woods at the lake house. We watch our favourite movies and catch up with all of our online friends.

We’re also wrapping up our Advent Calendar for Dog Lovers giveaways.

calendar For 24 days, we’ve been telling you all about some of our very favourite things: toys, treats, collars, jewelry and more.

We’ve got 24 amazing prizes, plus one lucky dog will win ALL 24 prizes. That pretty awesome, right?

This is your LAST CHANCE to get in on the action. All 24 giveaways are going to be open until 11:59 PM on Tuesday, December 31st.

We’ll be sending out a very special Woof newsletter on January 1st, welcoming the new year and announcing our winners. Can you think so f a better way to start 2014 than by winning a woof-load of prizes?

Yeah. I didn’t thinks so. It would be pretty awesome.

I also want to take a moment to acknowledge my totally amazing, super fantastic, all-around-tail-waggin’ great co-hosts: Heart Like a Dog, My Brown Newfies, My GBGV Life and Bringing Up Bella.

All month long, these awesome blogs have been helping us spread the Christmas cheer and we couldn’t be more grateful. If you aren’t following these blogs: go do it. Go do it now.

And now, with no further ado, just in case you haven’t been following along, here’s a recap of our totally awesome giveaways.

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Day 1: Sponsored by Artist AJ Emm

Win a custom illustration of your pet

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Day 2: Sponsored by GiftSkins

Win 2 rolls of custom printed pet themed wrapping paper

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Day 3: Sponsored by Yappy Hour Vineyards

Win a wine lover gift basket filled with goodies for you & your dog

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Day 4: Sponsored by For Love of A Dog

Win an “I Love My Dog” paw print and heart necklace
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Day 5: Sponsored by Dog Lover Gift Baskets

Win a gift basket of gifts for you and your dog

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Day 6: Sponsored by K9 Bytes

Win a collar & leash plus a fleece toy and treats for your dog

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Day 7: Sponsored by Blue Laamb Designs

Win a Kol’s Pal’s Laambie Locket with custom charms & dangle

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Day 8: Sponsored by FelliPet

You could win a modern, bright Kaleido Dog Bowl in Fuschia

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Day 9: Sponsored by Wags and Wiggles
Enter to win a $35 gift certificate to Wags and Wiggles on Etsy
 

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Day 10: Sponsored by Acadia Antlers

You could win 2 Merry Chris-Moose Stockings with Antler Treats

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Day 11: Sponsored by Paw Nosh

Enter to win a gorgeous, recycled glass dog bowl

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Day 12: Sponsored by Who I Am I Am

You could win t shirts for dog lovers

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Day 13: Sponsored by Winning Moves Game

Enter to win the Game of Life: Dog’s Life edition

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Day 14: Sponsored by Earth Rated

You could win a gift pack of Earth friendly poop bags

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Day 15: Sponsored by Unbreakoball

Enter to win durable, nearly indestructible dog toys

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Day 16: Sponsored by Chuckle Hounds

Enter to win a handmade collar & bow tie for your dog

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Day 17: Sponsored by P.L.A.Y. Pet Life and You

You could win a fun treat toy for your dog

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Day 18: Sponsored by Freshpet

Enter to win an “All You Can Treat” Gift Pack stuffed full with fresh food & treats for your dog

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Day 19: Sponsored by Happy Dog Box

You can win a one-month Happy Dog Box Subscription

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Day 20: Sponsored by Hartz for the Holidays

Enter to win Simpsons Dog Toys

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Day 21: Sponsored by Zigoo Pets

You could win Crinkits water bottle covers to make cool toys out of old water bottles

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Day 22: Sponsored by Planet Dog

Enter to win an Orbee-Tuff Snoop Treat Toy, a Glow for Good ball and East! Treats

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Day 23: Sponsored by Clear Conscience Pet

Enter to win meaty, cheesy tender Sliders treats

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Day 24: Sponsored by Cloud Star

You could win holiday Buddy Biscuits for your dog in a tasty gingerbread flavour

Don’t forget! Every time you enter one of our giveaways,

you’re also entering to win the awesome grand prize package

with all 24 amazing prizes!

 

If You Can Read This, Send Leftovers

I hear that my US friends are celebrating a holiday this weekend.

As my friend ‘Vie would say “It’s big chicken named after a country” day, but the rest of you probably call it Thanksgiving. This is the one time of the year that I’m a titch jealous of my American cohorts. You guys are going to have turkey this weekend. I love turkey… and mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes and brussels sprouts and all the trappings of the holiday. I love spending time with family and friends and I love thinking about everything we’re grateful for. We have a lot to be grateful for.

Why am I jealous? Well, here in Canada, eh, we celebrated our Thanksgiving back in October. While you’re tucking into a big meal, I’ll be eating the same old, same old. SEND LEFTOVERS.

With all those guests around, us dogs are sure to get slipped a snack or two.

Mama says company has good intentions, but bad judgement.

Want to make sure your dog snacks safe? Mama recommends putting out a bowl of pre-approved dog friendly snacks and let your loved ones know they are free to share anything from the bowl.

Work the eyes and you too can share a holiday meal.

Mama doesn’t believe in holding back the good stuff, so she’s put together a few tips to make sure if you do share a meal with your dog, it’s totally safe. Check it out:

Click here to read all of our dos and don’ts.

Even if you don’t snag a special meal on the big day, all hope is not lost!

Turn on those puppy eyes, whine a bit at the leftovers and try to talk your humans into whipping up some tasty treats!

Thanksgiving Thumbprint Cookies

Turkey & Kale Checkerboard Treats

Turkey & Rice Puggle Poppers

Turkey Tasties

 

 

And for all those humans out there. Watch out for the Mama.

She’s craving a turkey sandwich really badly. Be careful! You could put your lunch in the fridge at work and BAM! That turkey sandwich with a moistmaker? Gonzo. You could turn into a raving lunatic, like this guy.

Koly’s got your back though.

Do you know how Mama keeps her lunch safe in the fridge at work?

She keeps it in her Freshpet Lunch Bag.

She keeps it in her Freshpet Lunch Bag. Ain’t nobody gonna steal yo’ lunch, if they think it’s dog food. That Mama, she is crafty as woof, eh?

Thanks to our friends at Freshpet, we’ve got a lunch bag for one of you, plus some coupons for free Freshpet tastiness for your dog.

All you’ve got to do to enter, is leave a comment below telling us what you and your dog(s) are grateful for this Thanksgiving. You’ve got until midnight Thursday, Nov. 28th to get your entry in.

And don’t forget: SEND LEFTOVERS!

 

Kol’s Note: Freshpet sent us a lunchbag and some Freshpet free product coupons as a thank you for participating in the Freshpet Fridge Challenge. Since Mama already has a Freshpet lunch bag, she’s sharing this one with you guys because she’s a giver like that. Freshpet did not compensate us for this post and all opinions are our own.

3 Reasons Why Living Fridge Free is Not for Me

Kol’s Note: I am writing about the Freshpet #FridgeChallenge as a part of a promotional campaign and I am being compensated for my time and for sharing my experience. However, all opinions are 100% my own.

This week has been one of the most challenging weeks ever.

When Freshpet asked if I would try living without my fridge for a full week, I knew I could do it. What I didn’t know was just how hard it would be, how much it would affect me and how good that first taste of fresh food would be after a week of eating preserved goods.

It would have been easy to grab convenience foods, like packaged pasta, canned ravioli and pizza buns. The only problem is that I hate that stuff – or rather, I love it, but my body hates it. I have a lot of food allergies, including a few preservatives and most importantly, MSG, so reaching for pre-made food on a regular basis would have pretty much done me in. Instead, I committed to making healthy meals from scratch, using only ingredients from the pantry and veggies that I could store on the counter. I ate a lot of beans, lentils, and quinoa. I tried to eat as many plants as I usually do, but it was really hard. The kinds of plants that can be stored on the counter tend to be a little carb heavy: potato, sweet potato, beets, carrots, bananas, pears and apples. I think the lightest foods I ate all week were zucchini and mushrooms (both wilted a bit after a day on the counter.) After a while, all the starches started to taste the same: bland, boring and heavy. I missed the light and flavourful aspect that fresh food brings to my diet.

Reason #1 Fridge Free Living is Not for Me:

Fresh food just tastes better. I’m one of those people who believe that good food should just taste good.

This treat doesn't take great...but I'm eating it.

This treat doesn’t take great…but I’m eating it.

My high-carb, high sugar diet left me with low energy.

People, like dogs, can use carbohydrates to fulfill their energy needs. The trouble is that not all carbs are created equal. Starchy carbohydrates like the ones I ate all week: potato, sweet potato, and grains, like wheat and oatmeal work their magic really fast and are quickly broken down into sugars. They give you a spurt of energy, but that doesn’t last long. On the flip side, the fresh carbs I usually like to eat: spinach, broccoli, cauliflower and asparagus, digest slowly giving you a steady supply of energy for hours.

There were a lot of highs and lows in my energy this week and frankly, it’s left me pretty exhausted. Feeling how sluggish, head achey and tired I was while eating a diet rich in fast release carbohydrates made me seriously question the average canine diet. Kibble, even good kibble, tends to rely on quick release carbs to fulfill energy needs and to help the kibble bind together. No wonder our dogs nap so much! They’re burnt out.

Reason #2 Fridge Free Living is Not for Me:

Just because we can use carbs to fill our energy needs, doesn’t mean we should.

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I’m exhausted.

Besides my energy issues, much to my chagrin, I’m starting this month’s K9 Kamp fitness challenge, almost 2 lbs heavier than I was a week ago. I’m really going to have to kick it into high gear. Aside from making me feel totally lazy, all these carbs have gone straight to my waist. *just awful*

Breaking the Bank: How I Spent Kol’s Chewy Money

While I was super grateful (as were my family, friends and coworkers) to be allowed to eat out fresh foods, man! Is that ever pricey? I can live without most foods, but the idea of living without fresh coffee served with cream makes me want to poke my own eyes out. Real life confession:  I spent more than $60 on coffee this week. I should be ashamed of myself.

On the flip side, eating a diet devoid of things like fresh meat, cheese, dairy, eggs and fresh vegetables was significantly cheaper and in some ways, a lot easier. I can see why people reach for the pantry when money is tight or time is short. I can see why poverty and weight issues can go hand in hand. My fresh food diet can be pricey and cooking everything from scratch takes a lot of time. In all honestly, eating more pre-made food is something I may not have ever changed, if it didn’t make me feel so darn crappy.

Reason #3 Fridge Free Living is Not for Me:

Eating foods like box pasta, canned soup and kibbles might be convenient, but it doesn’t make us feel our best.

*YAWN* Time for another nap, I guess.

*YAWN* Time for another nap, I guess.

While I’m super glad that our Freshpet #FridgeChallenge is over, I’m really glad I did it.

Life has been super busy the last few months and I’ve been backsliding a little on my nutrition and cutting some corners. Going fridge free, all at once like this, was a huge eye opener and it reminded me not only how I want to feed myself, but also, how I want to feed Kolchak and Felix. We all feel better when we eat fresh and I’m determined to keep our diet that way, even if the cost means sacrificing in other areas. I’ll just have to cut back on those pricey lattes.

Bark Back: If you had to live fridge free for a week, what do you think you would miss the most?

Don’t forget! Freshpet is giving away a mini-fridge and a year’s supply of Freshpet food. All you have to do is tell them why you couldn’t live without your fridge. Click here to enter now. Plus, decode this week’s mini-challenge for your chance to win other prizes.

Fetch Friday: And the Emmy Goes to …Edition

If I left it up to the Mama, today’s Fetch Friday post would be all fresh foods.

Yogurt, cereal with cold milk, sorbet, peanut butter, chilled grapes, eggs, oh, the things she would eat if she wasn’t doing this Freshpet Fridge Challenge thing.

Too bad food and produce make for a pretty crummy fetch friday feature. 

Good thing I had a back up plan, since Mama proved to be totally useless. A few weeks ago, she refused to do anything. She parked herself on the couch in front of the TV to watch the primetime Emmy’s. She loves those tacky awards shows. She loves the dresses and the red carpet and the swag bags! Oh the swag bags. Mama is always dieing to know whats inside them.

Did you know that swag bags aren’t just for humans? 

Yeah, swag bags have gone to the dogs and some of our favourite stuff is in them. For example, did you know that that same jeweller that made our gorgeous “Walk in the Park” Handmade Bracelet, also made a special bracelet to go in the Swag Bags? Check it out:

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Gorgeous right? I’m absolutely in love with the lovely bracelets from For Love of a Dog and it’s a sure bet the press loved them too.  That got me wondering what other doggy delights were in those swag bags. Sue was kind enough to share some insider info with me. The Artisan Group has over 800 members and very few are selected to participate in any given event.  Even fewer create pet related products than most of the other categories of goods, so it’s super cool to see how many of our favourite shops were included.

While I don’t know for sure what items were in those bags, I do know who that I am in love with more than a few things from the featured shops. Here’s what I’m loving this week:

 

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1. Dog Collar Flair from Bow Wow Couture

Holy woof you guys. I want that flair so bad. These adorable collar decorations are sassy and fun. (Plus, Mama heard a rumour there is one that says “Everyday I’m hustlin'” and now she thinks we NEED these. We need ‘em you guys.

2. Veggie Dog Toys from Wags and Wiggles

We already know that this shop makes awesome leash bags because we have one and it rocks. We also think these durable dog toys are super cute and they look like lots of fun. Plus, it makes the idea of eating your veggies totally adorable.

3. Celebrity Collection Leash & Collar from 4 Black Paws

We love the bright fun polka dots in a fabulous green on a warm chocolate brown. Looking for another pattern? $ Black Paws has a ton of different fabrics to choose from which means your dog gets something truly unique.

4. Black Tutu Collar with Brooch from ShanB32Designs

This makes Mama want a little girl dog so bad it hurts you guys! It’s adorable!!!

That’s it folks!

With the help of a few great artisans & crafters, your dog can glam up just like like the stars. Sue from For Love of a Dog passed on another juicy tidbit: The Artisan Group has a giveaway going on right now for one of the Primetime Emmys celebrity swag bags! That’s right. You could win a swag bag exactly like those the celebrities received. Estimated retail value over $1400, filled with handmade goodies, including those adorable dog products! Enter here – THANKS SUE!

Get Fresh With Me: Ideas for Adding Fresh Foods to Your Dog’s Diet

Kol’s Note: I am writing about the Freshpet #FridgeChallenge as a part of a promotional campaign and I am being compensated for my time and for sharing my experience. However, all opinions are 100% my own.

It’s day three of the Freshpet Fridge Challenge and I’m not going to mince words: I miss my fridge. (Find out more about the challenge and why I’m participating by clicking here.) Unable to form coherent thoughts or string together basic sentences, I caved within an hour of waking on Sunday and headed to my nearest Starbucks for a latte. I’m greatful that Freshpet gave us a caffeine loophole, but a week worth of take out coffee is pricey and I’m dipping into Kol’s chewy budget to make it happen. According to Kolchak’s accounting, my caffeine habit has now cost him: a braided bully stick, a bag of venison jerky and a landjaeger stick. He is not amused.

It occurred to me yesterday that I’m not entirely sure Kolchak has ever even tasted tap water. He certainly wasn’t having any of it and I’ve already started filling the dog’s bowl from the water filter in the fridge. I’m more than a little jealous, as I confessed on the TwitterThe dogs have been eating a high quality dehydrated raw food, which they don’t mind, but last night, Koly was begging for a snack only a few hours after dinner. The added carbs in the dehydrated are filling at first but they leave him starving as the night goes on. He’s also C R A Z Y for a few hours after dinner, then he naps for the rest of the night. Is this normal?!?!

I can’t keep over feeding him like this and I’m going to go batty with the highs and lows in his energy. October is National Pet Obesity Month and K9 Kamp starts on Thursday, so tomorrow, the dogs will go back to their regular fresh diet and I’ll be going the rest of the Fridge Challenge alone. Whoever said “It’s a dog’s life” clearly never met my dogs.

My dogs are pretty darn spoiled lucky.

They have a Mama who is a total sucker willing to spend a pretty penny to feed them a fresh diet.  I genuinely beleive my dogs are healthier for eating this way and I think they’re totally worth it. It’s not always the most cost effective way to feed my pets though and like everyone, there are a lot of other expenses I have to budget for. I’m lucky to be able to spend that way. I know it isn’t realistic for everyone. It’s hard to give your dog a fresh diet when you’re already struggling to feed yourself and your family that way.n

So, what do you do if you want to add fresh food to your pet’s diet on a budget?

  • Add oomph with fresh food kibble toppers. Nothing jazzes up a boring kibble meal like a bit of fresh food on top. The best part is that it’s super easy to introduce your dog to a wide range of food this way – try steamed veggies or veggie purees, gently cooked meats, fruit, or even a bit of scrambled eggs. For a convenient option, you can even get fresh dog food rolls and serve diced up over kibble.
Dog friendly veggies, ribbon cut, then steamed.

Dog friendly veggies, ribbon cut, then steamed.

  • Become a part time fresh feeder. Since the beginning of time pet food companies have told us we should feed our pets the same food their whole lives. To that I say PISH POSH! We’re a huge fan of rotation diets and there is no reason you can’t feed fresh food as your dog’s main meals few days a week. To minimize stomach upset, ease into the transition, first adding fresh foods to your dog’s usual diet and then gradually increasing the amount. Once your dog’s digestive system has adjusted to the change, they should be able to handle part time fresh, no problem.
  • Snack fresh. If you aren’t ready or able to commit to a fresh diet, consider committing to fresh snacking. My dogs absolutely LOVE fresh snacks like carrot stick, snap peas, broccoli pieces, sweet bell peppers, asparagus, brussels sprouts, sweet potato, squash and more. They love these as much, if not more than cookies. If your dog is initially reluctant, try making a dog friendly dip by mashing fresh dog food rolls with a bit of water to make a paste or make meat & veggie treats, like Spinach Snacks. (Kol’s Note: You can make the spinach snacks with almost any veggie. Use your imagination!)

Spinach Snacks homemade fresh dog treats

 

  • Boost motivation with fresh food incentives. Let me tell you, there is nothing that motivates the Casa de Kolchak pups like fresh training treats. We use fresh dog food rolls diced up, bite sized chunks of fresh cooked meat and occasionally, when I’m not fooling around, low fat cheese. (I know, not the healthiest option, but holy woof! They love it)

Fresh food is the cornerstone of any healthy human diet, why not share that with your pets?

It is so easy to share fresh, healthy foods with your pets and  hang on to the convenience of a kibble diet. Your dog will love it, you can feel good about it and you’ll be helping your dog to be happy & healthy. Is there anything better than that?

Bark Back! Does your dog get  fresh foods? What is their favourite?

 

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