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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. 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.
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.)
It’s that time of year when we celebrate how thankful we are for all the good things in our lives.Our homes, our families, and of course, our pets. There are two sweet faces ’round Casa de Kolchak that I am ever so grateful for. It’s only natural that I want to include them in Thanksgiving. (Well, full disclosure: We’re Canadian ♥ with glowing hearts ♥ so we celebrated Thanksgiving back in October, but the boys totally got some turkey. I promise.) We search the great interwebs for some of the best posts on how to include your pet in the Thanksgiving celebration.
Need a thoughtful hostess gift for the dog lover hosting Thanksgiving or a special treat for your pooch?
Feeling like you need a reminder why you’re so darn Thankful for your dogs?
Thanksgiving is incomplete without Pumpkining ALL THE THINGS
Pumpkin Carrot Bites
by Pawsitively Pets
Need a Thanksgiving Giggle?
Who *doesn’t love a thumbprint cookie? (I really need to make these again!)
by Kol’s Notes
I secretly dream of serving buttered toast, ice cream sundaes, pretzels and jelly beans for Thankgiving.
Skip the vet visit.
by Kol’s Notes
Just in case you’re not 100% sure what is safe to share and what isn’t?
by Beagles and Bargains
If you have leftover turkey, your dog is begging you to make this
by Kol’s Notes
No leftovers? Bummer man. But it’s OK, Emma has you covered
by My GBGV Life
How do you celebrate Thanksgiving with your dogs?It’s Tasty Tuesday!
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.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.
Day 1: Sponsored by Artist AJ Emm
Day 2: Sponsored by GiftSkins
Day 3: Sponsored by Yappy Hour Vineyards
Day 4: Sponsored by For Love of A Dog
Day 5: Sponsored by Dog Lover Gift Baskets
Day 6: Sponsored by K9 Bytes
Day 7: Sponsored by Blue Laamb Designs
Day 8: Sponsored by FelliPet
Day 10: Sponsored by Acadia Antlers
Day 11: Sponsored by Paw Nosh
Day 12: Sponsored by Who I Am I Am
Day 13: Sponsored by Winning Moves Game
Day 14: Sponsored by Earth Rated
Day 15: Sponsored by Unbreakoball
Day 16: Sponsored by Chuckle Hounds
Day 17: Sponsored by P.L.A.Y. Pet Life and You
Day 18: Sponsored by Freshpet
Day 19: Sponsored by Happy Dog Box
Day 20: Sponsored by Hartz for the Holidays
Day 21: Sponsored by Zigoo Pets
Day 23: Sponsored by Clear Conscience Pet
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!
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:
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. 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.
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