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Pet Product Reviews: Milk Bone trail Mix for Dogs

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Milk Bone Trail Mix for Dogs

a review by Miss Sharon

Trail Mix is a brand new product from Milk Bone. Unlike other edible commercial dog products, these are all natural, with NO CORN, preservatives, or artificial flavorings.
Instead, you and your canine pal with find yummy morsels of oats, beef and sweet potato.
When I first saw the package I thought the sweet potato chunks were carrots, and this piqued my curiosity, since our vet keeps telling me to reduce our dog food by ¼ cup, and replace it with green beans or carrots. I thought maybe this was a creative way to get him to eat his veggies. And I was pleasantly surprised when he gobbled up every piece.
Then I checked the package and was even more amazed my dog was actually eating and enjoying sweet potato chunks!!!
The sweep potato chunks looked like dried carrots, the beef is a chewy morsel, and the oats are light and dark colored itty bitty tiny miniature milk bones.
Just like the package advertises, Trail Mix is both chewy and crunchy, and the chunks and morsels are all one bite snacks. No more leftover crumbs of dog snacks on your hard floor or in your carpeting!!!!

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The sweet potato and beef are soft and chewy, while the oats are hard and crunchy.
Trail Mix is perfect for a training reward, since every bite is bite size, with a variety of flavors and shapes.
I make my dog work for his snacks, so with these small bite size snacks, and others like them, which I will review soon, I have taught my Bowzer to catch his treats. Those he doesn’t catch, I get to toss it again. I give him 5-7 snacks each evening, which is hardly over working him; sometimes I make him jump for them. My desk has more dog and cat
treats in it, than office supplies!!!! All of my animals gather at my desk for snack time while mom works at home.
If you don’t think your dog will eat sweet potatoes, try playing a game like we do, though I don’t think you will have any problems, if my dog of all dogs, gobbled them up.
Trail Mix is yet another package where the manufacturer crams the bag full. I love these companies and products. In a day where cereal boxes are filled 1/3 of capacity, it is soooo
refreshing to find pet snacks crammed full of product.
The price is right, too, providing you shop at Target, WalMart, CostCo, or other retailer. Once again, I found PetSmarts sale price to still be higher than Target. Target has them
priced at $2.89 for a 9 ounce bag, and PetSmarts sale price was $4.49, regularly 4.99.
I also saw a jug of Trail Mix, which must have been the 3 lb mega-size, which is perfect for families with multiple dogs, or for a shelter or rescue organization, online for $13.99.
I didn’t see this size at Target.
You can print coupons if you visit http://www.milkbone.com/ . Plus you can view the different sizes of Trail Mix, and review their other dog and puppy products.
The best thing about Milkbone is that a portion of every MilkBone product sales is given to their charity which trains service dogs. You can read about that on their website, too.

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Bowzer and I give MilkBone Trail Mix 4 paws and two thumbs up.


Author’s Note: This pet product review is the sole work of Miss Sharon McDermitt, she was not compensated in anyway for her review.  You can read more of her reviews here, also her cat Neptune is the subject of a book that was just written, you can purchase the book here or you can follow Neptune & Mr. Moo & the rest of the furry family on facebook here.

Pets that Blog: Meet Cody & Dakota

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Introduce yourself:

Well for us…there are TWO of us! This interview was directed at me (Cody from Cat Chat) but I felt bad because my Sheltie brother has a blog as well so we are BOTH going to answer these questions.

Name:

Cody from Cat Chat and Dakota from Dakota’s Den

Age:

we both are six years old.

How you came into your parents lives:

CODY: I’ll answer first. I was adopted. I was adopted on July 28th, 2007 two weeks after mom’s “soul kitty” (Bobo) crossed the bridge at age 18. Mom was devastated. Bobo had been her only pet for those entire 18 years. Mom went to an adoption event that PetCo had right after Bobo died, she saw me but didn’t adopt me! She wasn’t ready. Then 2 weeks later she saw me and my litter mates at the PetCo adoption event. Mom picked my sister up first (because she looked like Bobo) but she didn’t like my Mom. Then Mom picked up my brother, same thing. Then Mom said “what about that gray one? Let me hold him’’ That was IT!! JACKPOT! I attached myself to my Mom’s lap and arms and didn’t let go. Then I attached myself to her heart and then she adopted me!

DAKOTA: for me it was different. Mom had always wanted a Sheltie, since she was a little girl. Bobo was an “only” pet and NEVER would have accepted another cat or dog. After Bobo crossed the bridge, Dad started a “Sheltie Search” We weren’t blogging at the time and didn’t know about pet transport or anything and there were no Sheltie rescues near our home. Dad and Mom bought me at 8 months old from a responsible breeder who was selling me because she couldn’t “show” me. Mom’s Sheltie dream was answered!

Why do you blog?

CODY: Mom lost her job in 2007 due to downsizing and was depressed. She saw the movie Julie & Julia and when she learned about blogging she said “I can do that!!” But she needed an assistant and she had me do quite a bit of the blog work. We started Cat Chat in October of 2009.

DAKOTA: I started my blog when people saw me on Cody’s blog and said that I needed my own blog too! I started Dakota’s Den in April of 2011.

What is your favorite post?

CODY: wow! I have A LOT of “favorites!” But it would have to be: a super old post from June 11, 2010. I hardly had any followers then, and this one deserves to be seen! http://opcatchat.blogspot.com/2010/06/cody-gets-his-say-his-rebuttal-to.html

My least favorite?

My first post on October 25, 2009. I had no clue what I was doing http://opcatchat.blogspot.com/2009/10/welcome-to-cat-chat.html

DAKOTA: my favorite of mine would be a recent one http://dakotasden.wordpress.com/2013/03/02/what-do-gentlemen-do/ And my least favorite would be: http://dakotasden.wordpress.com/2012/08/31/friday-find-ooo-la-la-cardinal-pet-cares-viva-la-dog-spa-dog-facial-wipes-you-can-win/ I LOVED the product but Hated how Dad humiliated me!

What is your favorite thing about blogging?

CODY AND DAKOTA I think we can both answer this one. Our favorite thing about blogging is all of the other dogs, cats, turtles, ferrets, rabbits, pigs, etc etc and their pawrents that we have met along the way. We have both made some fantastic furiends through blogging and that has been the biggest reward! Many of them will be furiends for life!!

What to you dislike about blogging?

Sometimes there is just too much pressure! Mom has us cutting back our schedule a bit because it is hard to post nearly every day of the week and keep up with the over 100 blogs that we follow. But we love it and hope that you like us too, we hope to keep blogging as long as we are able to.

Sneak peek on future posts?

CODY: ohhhh our excitement just passed! We had major give-aways in April that just ended.

DAKOTE: wait! I have one! I will be representing a special dog food brand at BlogPaws, stay soon to see who it is!

CODY: I will continue to be a Catvocate for World’s Best Cat Litter and I also am a member of the Purina Cat blogger panel.

What blogs do you read that you would like to share?

Oh wow!!!! TONS of them!!! You know what? Since we follow well over 100-200 blogs we really don’t want to list anyone, not because we don’t think they are great but because inevitably we are going to leave out some of our favorites and we do NOT want to hurt anyone’s feelings. If you see us commenting around the blog-o-sphere (and you WILL) rest assured that we like the blogs we are commenting on. We just follow WAY too many to single anyone out. If we are following you and leaving you a comment, then…we LOVE YOU!

What are you thoughts on spaying/neutering?

SPAYING/NEUTERING is a must!!! It is good for the dog, good for the cat and impawtant to help the unwanted pet population from continuing to grow!

Anything else you want to add about you?

Well, Cody and I are bummed that we won’t be at BlogPaws (it is too far from Michigan) BUT MOM WILL BE THERE!!! Mom is the head of the “Newbies” group for the BlogPaws conference and she is sooooooo excited to see everyone this May! It will be Mom’s second trip to BlogPaws, so she is excited about re-connecting with furiends and meeting new ones!

THANK YOU SO MUCH for taking the time to interview us today! It was fun!!! Kitty Kisses from Cody from Cat Chat 

And Barks and licks and love from Dakota of Dakota’s Den


Author’s Note: Photos were used with permission. Many many thanks to Cody & Dakota and their mom for taking time to answer the questions. You can visit them at Cat Chat and Dakota’s Den.

This article is a part of the Pets that Blog theme, for more interviews on blogging pets, click the image below. Many thanks to Miss Ann from Pawsitively Pets for the image. 

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Current Events: Two Sides of the Same Coin

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Two Current Events Related to Pets I wanted to touch base on:

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Kitten Thrown from  moving van in Tarpon Springs, FL

Click either of the below links for the full story:

Yes, this happened  on April 11, a kitten was thrown from a moving van three towns south of me. Thankfully someone saw this and picked up the kitten and got it to the vet. The poor little kitten was dehydrated, covered in fleas and has a limp. He will have to have his leg amputated but he will live.

They are still looking for the person who drove the maroon van that was spotted to have thrown the kitten out of the window.

Don’t worry this story has a happy ending, Smokey has a foster home.


Woman who says she couldn’t afford vet awaits sentencing

Click any one of the below links for the story:

This is a very sad story of unintentional neglect just one town south of me. A woman on a limited income didn’t take her dog to see a vet to take care of ongoing health issues, her dog Harley had tumors, heartworms and earmites.  By the time the dog was taken in by the authorities, the poor 14 year old chow mix was unable to stand without support and was helped to the Rainbow Bridge as there was nothing that could be done to help him at this stage.

The owner was sentenced to 6 months of house arrest, 200 hours of community service and 3 years of probation.

The article does have some additional information on where to get affordable vet care:

Options for more affordable animal care

Some clinics offer low-cost options for spaying, neutering and basic pet care:

  • PetLuv NonProfit Spay & Neuter Clinic, 7348 Broad St., Brooksville, (352) 799-9990
  • Planned Pethood, 5053 Gall Blvd., Zephyrhills, (813) 779-7000
  • Pasco Animal Welfare Society, 11720 U.S. 19, Suite 18, Port Richey, (727) 819-1910
  • Animal Coalition of Tampa, 502 N Gilchrist Ave., Tampa, (813) 250-3900

Breed-specific rescues, non-profit animal groups and local animal control agencies can also help.


It saddens to see pets suffering because people don’t have the funds to take care of their pets (as in Harley’s case) or simply don’t want their pets anymore (in Smokey’s case). Please please know that pets are a lifetime commitment, if you ever feel overwhelmed by their care or can’t afford it, there are options out there. Don’t let an animal suffer needlessly. You can always take the pet to a shelter and surrender them. That is the most humane thing to do.

I myself am guilty of not taking pet ownership seriously and that’s why I cannot stress enough to do your research before getting a pet, they depend on you for love, food, shelter and care.

Pets are not like toys that can amuse you and then you can toss them away, they have feelings and need care.

Always consider if you can afford a pet before getting one, this includes food, toys and vet care.

In all honesty my cats have seen the vet more than I’ve seen the doctor because I want them to be healthy, they can’t tell you when they are hurting or in pain or don’t feel good. That’s why you have to keep an eye out for any strange behavior.

  • Are they eating okay?
  • Are they doing their duty like normal?
  • Are they sleeping more than normal?
  • Are their eyes half closed?
  • Are they sneezing?

I want to also thank the many responsible pet guardians that not only take care of their pets, but take on the causes of others and those that take care of their pets special needs. I cannot thank you enough for going above and beyond when others would have given up. *hugs, snuggles & purrs* to all of you.

Oh and a big big thank you to Rumpy Dog for making more conscious and aware of animal welfare issues, please check out his blog. They have very great thought provoking posts.


Pets that Blog: Meet Bacon

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How old are you?

 I am now 18 months old.  I was born on September 15, 2011.  Mom knew it was meant to be because that is also her and dad’s anniversay – nice huh?  Mom and dad adopted me October 6, 2011.


Where did your name come from?

Mom has wanted a pet pig since she was little.  Her grandfather had a farm and she use to chase the pigs and pull their tails – it was cute when she was 5 – HEE HEE.  So she grew up wanting a pig and she *always* wanted to call him Bacon.

How did you come into your parents’ lives?

Mom had the opportunity to get a pig – finally a dream come true.  Her and daddy didn’t have children of their own and she wanted me.  She saw a picture of me and fell in love.  The moment I saw her, I fell in love.  I fell right to sleep in her arms.  It was meant to be.

How did the purr things react to you being in the house?

 PLOL (Pig laughing out loud).  They were hesitant at first.  I was only three weeks and weighed 1 pound when mom adopted me.  I was what they called a runt.  The cats were so much bigger than me… at first!  Hemi is a Hemingway cat with extra toe digits and Mouse Girl is a Maine Coon.  Mom held me a lot when I first came home to get used to the Hotel Thompson.  Then she started letting me explore by myself with the purr things separated.  Then she would let one purr thing out with me for us to get used to each other.  It took about three weeks but after that – boom – we are FAMILY!

Do you ever play with them?

Me and Hemi play all of the time.  We are constantly chasing each other and slapping each other on the behinney.  There are videos of us playing around.  He even sleeps on the sofa with me sometimes when me and mom are watching television.  Mouse Girl is the princess of the house – we get along and we tolerate each other.  Heck, she tolerates Hemi.  She is daddy’s little girl all the way!

Do you ever have staring contests with the purr things?

Sometimes we will stare each other for a bit.  My favorite thing is having a staring contest with mom.  Pigs can’t look at you straight ahead.  Did you know that?  It’s the way their eyes are positioned that they have to look at you at an angle.  Me and mom stare into each others eyes and it’s like we are reading each others thoughts.  It’s kind of neat.

What is your favorite snack?

Look at this body – I like ALL food.  I guess I would have to say my favorite though is watermelon.  I LOVE watermelon – the melon, the rind and the juice.  The juice I like to slurp down.  It’s kind of funny to hear me doing that.  Mom laughs every time.

What is your favorite thing to do?

 Of course, I love surfing the net, writing my blogs, answering my fan mail, sleeping and eating.  My favorite time of the day is after dinner.  That’s when it’s piggy-mommy snuggle time on the sofa.  I crawl up on the sofa and we watch television together.  Sometimes mom does her writing while I sleep.  She rubs my belly and massages my back during mommy-piggy time.  It’s the best!
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What myths would you like to correct about pet pigs?

 We are *not* dirty animals.  In fact, we are actually clean animals.  We are sociable animals and hate to be ignored.  We actually make great pets.  On the other hand, we do require a lot of attention.  We are, in fact, attention hogs – snort.  Daddy is always telling people that Mary had a little lamb but Junie (that’s mom) has a pig.  I follow her around just like a little puppy.

What kind of pig are you?

 I am a miniature pot bellied pig.

Is there anything else you would like to share about yourself or the Hotel Thompson?

Hotel Thompson is great!  I have my very own room – can you believe that?  When mom knew she was adopting me, she turned the guest room into my nursery.  I have my bed, my television with cable and Netflix and my potty pad in there.  I’m not too fond of nature – heck I’ve never been outside.  I was a runt when I was born so the caregivers took me inside and bottle fed me.  Mom picked that up when she adopted me.  Mom has tried several times to get me outside into our big back yard with the rabbits.  I don’t get nature.  I have everything I need right inside of the Hotel Thompson.  Don’t all pigs live this way?

Why do you blog?

It lets out my inner pig. I’m full of thoughts and questions. I like to share those with the world to let them know I’m more than just a handsome miniature pot bellied pig.

What is your favorite post?

All of them are kind of my favorites but I really do take a special liking to my Dear Bacon issues. Those are fun and keep me on my hooves with the questions.

What post do you like the least?

Well, you know any posting from the purr things at the Hotel Thompson when they go behind my back and post on *my* blog – snort.

What is your favorite thing about blogging?

Letting the world know that pigs are great pets, very loving and contrary to belief – are very clean!

What do you dislike about blogging?

Time. Sometimes there just isn’t enough time in the day to get out what I want to get out. I think I need a secretary

Sneak peek on future posts? (if you want to share)

Bashful is opening up more and getting more used to talking. He might be doing some special postings in the future about his life at the Hotel Thompson. He may even post about some field trips that he has planned. Journalist Rocky the Squirrel also has some specials coming up. Since spring has finally arrived, he’s been busy collecting nuts for his little home in the back yard.

What blogs to you read that you would like to share?

That’s really hard to name just a few – what if I leave out some? I love to read about other animals, humor, comedy, paranormal ghost hunting, mysteries – just to name a few 🙂 oohh, and don’t forget about piggilicious food. I love to read about food and look at the pictures!

What are you thoughts on spaying/neutering?

Responsibility is the key. My mom was responsible when she adopted me at such a young age. I don’t remember a thing. You can’t miss what you don’t remember – PLOL (Pig Laughing Out Loud). Seriously, humans need to take care of us animals. We can’t do it ourselves. If they took the time to let “us” adopt them, they need to take care of us.

Anything else you want to add about you?

I just hope the world gets my whacked sense of piggy humor and I make them laugh. That’s my goal in every posting on my blog!

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Author’s Note: Yes, that’s Bacon’s butt.. it’s pretty handsome as far as pig butt’s go. 🙂  Photos were used with permission. Many many thank you’s to Mr. Bacon, his mom and Sir Bashful for answering my questions. You can follow the adventures of Bacon, Bashful and all his other friends at the blog called Pig Love. 

This article is a part of the Pets that Blog theme, for more interviews on blogging pets, click the image below. Many thanks to Miss Ann from Pawsitively Pets for the image. 

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Pets that Blog: Meet NylaBlue

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Name:

Me name is Nylablue Sweet Feet

Age:

Me iz approx 12 yearz old now

How you came into your parents lives:

Me waz a Breeding Queen fer da first 5 yearz of me life. When me got sick me waz thrown out into the streetz n picked up by the Animal Control lady n taken to local Shelter. Me waz there fer only 1 day & her sister took me home that nite. There waz another cat there & a wild dog n me hated it! Me waz bred again n had another litter then me waz spayed n half me teeth removed as me had Peridontel Disease. In May 2006 these people were going to put me to sleep because the rest of me teeth were rotten n me had Chronic Cystitis n instead of treating me illnesses they were gonna kill me!!! Da Animal Control lady emailed me MUM TO BE n begged her to take me….So Mum came to see me twice not knowin how sick me was & she adopted me June 5th, 2006

Why do you blog?

Me blogz because Mum n me haz a friend wif bunnehs who let dem blog…it inspired Mum to let me have a go at it n me LOVES that me has a voice in the cyberworld.

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What is your favorite post?

“7 Yearz ago…Truibute to Mingflower frum Nylablue’……Mum’z bluepoint Sismese before me she had for 18 1/2 years!!

What post do you like the least?

‘Holy Katz’

What is your favorite thing about blogging?

Da best part of bloggin is all da new friends we have made around da world plus 4 of our old bloggin buddies are on WP wif us.

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What to you dislike about blogging?

NUFFING…blogging is FAB!!

Sneak peek on future posts? (if you want to share)

HHMM me n Mum hope to post about happy fingz in da future; we don’t really plan things…we just kind of let inspiration take us where it may…

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What blogs to you read that you would like to share?

Oh MY CAT dere are so many: Savannah’s Paw Tracks; The Misadventures of Misaki; Bailey the Boat Cat; My Mini Pet Pig; Chancy & Mumsy; My Three Moogies; Easy Blog; OneSpoiledCat; on the road with Animal Couriers (UK) & Long Life Cats & Dogs (South Africa) to name a few….

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What are you thoughts on spaying/neutering?

As a kitteh who waz bred until she almost died I am in favour of spaying & neutering not just to control the cat population but to keep KATZ healthy so they can live long & happy lives!!!!

Serene-NylaB

Anything else you want to add about you?

Me wuud like to add that altho me still haz health issues: Inflammatory Bowel Disease & Feline Herpes Virus my Hu’Mum haas never given up on me!! She n me Hu’man Dad (who livez in another town) have spent so much money to help me get better & keep me stable. They are totally devoted to me n it iz lovely to be so loved by Hu’manz instead of used for breeding & mistreated. Also me loves to go out in me Condo during da warm months & bask in da Sun…Mum believes me shuud be safe & still enjoy da outdoors.

Lub Nylablue xo n Mum Sherri-Ellen.

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Author’s Note: Many many thanks to Miss Nylablue and her mum Sherri-Ellen. Pictures were used with permission. 

This article is a part of the Pets that Blog theme, for more interviews on blogging pets, click the image below. Many thanks to Miss Ann from Pawsitively Pets for the image. 

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Pet Product Reviews: Friskies Party Mix (Crunchy) Cat Treats

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Pet products review, friskies party mix.


Author’s Note: This pet product review is the sole work of Miss Sharon McDermitt, she was not compensated in anyway for her review.  You can read more of her reviews here, also her cat Neptune is the subject of a book that was just written, you can purchase the book here or you can follow Neptune & Mr. Moo & the rest of the furry family on facebook here.

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Friskies Party Mix (Crunchy) Cat Treats

We just call it Party Mix, in our kittyland group on facebook; and it seems like every month they invent a new, yummy flavor cats love. To my deaf white cat every flavor of Party Mix is an addiction. I’m an enabler, I guess.
They have at least 5 flavors as I write this. By the time you find them at your store, Friskies will have a 6th flavor. They know people spend billions of dollars on our pets each year, and they want their share of our dollars.
From left to right, in my photo, we see Original in Orange, Cheezy Craze in yellow, Beachside Crunch in blue, and Picnic in green.
Party Mix is one of the few companies who really pack their bags full, until the zipper lock barely closes. I like this idea. It’s one of the reasons I began buying Party Mix over a year…

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Dear Boo – Special Edition

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My kitten boo steps in to help bacon answer some fan mail.

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My friends over at www.peacelovenwhiskers.com have stepped in to do a special edition of Dear Boo.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.  Boo has a sense of humor similar to mine, don’t you think?  Big thanks out to Boo and Christina for this special edition!  We hope that you will do it again in the future ((HOGS AND KISSES)) Bacon

 

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Dear Boo,
I heard you like to pounce on the other kitties in the house when you want to play with them. I tried to do with the same with my fellow squirrels, but they don’t like it as much, they kept dropping their food and running away chattering mean things at me. Do you think I overdid it?  Signed, Pouncing Red
 
Dear Pouncing Red,
I had no idea squirrels could pounce. I pounce all the time at my kitty brofurs and sisfur. I…

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