Wednesday, January 27, 2016

My Red Bandana- wordless Wednesday

Here is my red bandana. Mom says it's special because it identifies me as a Therapy Dog. I passed my Therapy Dog Test, submitted all my paperwork, and now I'm ready to work. Anyone need a hug?

Blogpaws Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Ike's Birthday Party!

Last Friday Ike turned nine. We had a little celebration at home with Ike, Kelly and Zeke. We didn't have hats and balloons, but I baked carob and peanut butter PetCakes. To my surprise, everyone used their birthday party manners and didn't squabble over the cake. But Ike's cake disappeared too fast!
Where's the cake, Mom?

Nom nom nom!

Uhhh Zeke...need some help?

Wanna share, Kelly?

Here's the video of all the action!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Happy Birthday Ike!

Today is a very special day!

It's not often that we are able to know the exact date of birth of our rescue dogs, but Ike happened to come to us with his veterinary records when we adopted him two years ago. His name was Buddy when we adopted him, but to us he is Ike. We couldn't be happier or more blessed to share our home and our lives with this sweet, laid back, loving boy. He's 9 years old today (although all last year I thought he was already 9! Even with records, I get mixed up!)  Happy Birthday Ike!

P.S. There is still time to enter to win a free Petzi pet cam that has video, sound, and allows you to launch treats to your pet from your phone!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Spoil Your Dog with Nutro Crunchy Mixed Berry Treats

As a #ChewyInfluencer, Kelly and Ike get the opportunity to sample a treat or toy each month, and we report back to you what we think. This month, Miss Sydney sent us an awesome bag of Nutro Crunchy Treats.

I'd been looking for just the right cookie to treat my dogs, without giving them too many calories. Because Kelly is strong-willed and refused to come in from the back yard when I called, I got into the habit of giving her a small treat every time she came inside. This has been going on for more than a decade, and of course Ike expects a treat too. When I open the back door, they run inside, sit in front of the treat jar, and look up at me patiently.

I need a small cookie that is big enough for Ike, but not so much that I'm going to make either dog fat. I also prefer crunchy treats for this job, since I like to keep them in a big jar on the counter, and soft treats would dry out.

Nutro Crunchy treats turn out to be just the ticket! They are healthy, no wheat, (which is great for Ike's allergies), 100% natural, and made with fruits and vegetables. We got mixed berry flavor. My dogs love the taste, and they are only 6 calories per treat. Although it may seem silly to treat them just for walking in the door, this way I don't feel guilty for piling on extra unhealthy calories.

*Full Disclosure: We were provided one 10 oz bag of Nutro crunchy treats in exchange for my honest review. Opinions expressed here are 100% my own.

We're excited to join the first Blog Hop, hosted by Golden Woofs and Oz the Terrier.  If you're interested in pet product reviews, check out the links here:

Monday, January 18, 2016

Petzi Treat Cam review and GIVEAWAY

Have you ever wanted to peek in on your dogs when you're not at home? See if they're barking, throwing a party, or napping comfortably? The good news is, you can! Petcams are great for checking in on your pet while on vacation or at work. My son uses one, and even had to rush out of the office once because he saw his new puppy eating its way through his living room couch. (He was able to get home before the whole couch was ruined!)

We are excited to have the opportunity to review the Petzi Treat Cam, AND I have one to give away to a lucky reader, too!

The Petzi Treat Cam allows you to ('see') video, ('speak') audio, (‘snap’) take pictures and (‘treat’) dispense treats to your pets remotely using any internet enabled device at anytime from anywhere. I was especially excited about the interactive features and couldn't wait to give it a try.
Petzi unit and plug, with tiny dog treat.

To be honest, I put off setting up the Petzi Treat Cam for quite some time, because I was worried it would be complicated and glitchy, like some tech products I've tried in the past. When I finally set to it, I was pleasantly surprised. Petzi is simple and quick, and you need no special technical skill to do it. Just set it up, download the app, plug it in and you're good to go.

Now let's look at the four features of Petzi:
1. SEE:
Video Quality: The camera has a GREAT wide angle lens. From where I set it up, it takes in the whole hall and part of the living room. This is where my dogs spend most of their time when no one is home (staring at the front door) so there's a good chance of seeing them whenever we check in. The picture is clear, the color bright. The night vision feature is a little grainy, but good enough to see your pet in the dark.

2. SPEAK: 
The microphone works quite well. It's loud and responsive. There is a delay- you hit the microphone button, speak, release the button, wait a second, and then it plays in your home. The dogs don't seem to recognize the voice as mine or respond to it very much though.

Ike is taking in the chime, but hasn't yet learned what to make of it.

3. SNAP:
Picture Capture Quality: The images are a bit fuzzy. I think stationary items come out quite well, but if your pets are moving they come out blurry. But I don't expect to use this camera for sharing  images as much as for viewing my pets when I'm away.

Here is an image capture from the camera. Wide view.

The treat launcher is a lot of fun. Once you press the treat button, the camera mechanism whirls and clicks, and before long a couple mini treats are launched out onto the floor to the surprise of unsuspecting canines (and felines!). A bell chimes when the machine turns on, and the dogs quickly learned that the noises meant a treat would soon be launched. They waited, ears cocked, until the Petzi spat out the goods. (Ike did better at this, as Kelly is 14 and her hearing is not what it used to be.) Sometimes one treat came out, sometimes three or four. You can use different miniature treats, and crunchy treats work best.

Kelly and Ike definitely enjoyed the treat launcher.


A Few Treat Considerations:
*The noise of the launcher is quite loud. If you have a skittish pet they may be frightened. Have them get used to the sound while you are home. Also, the treats come out with some force. If a pet gets too close, they will get hit, although I doubt it will really hurt them.

*Multiple pet families will have to judge if their pets can share or will squabble over food tossed on the ground. I was skeptical, because Kelly is bossy and we feed them in separate rooms. But I also know that Ike defers to her without fail, so that if there was an issue it wouldn't escalate. Well, the first few times we launched (while home to supervise) they did fine. But then the next launch, they were going for the same treat and Kelly went into her frenzy and barked her bossy "It's mine!" warning. As predicted, Ike just walked away. But I wouldn't want to set them up for a skirmish like that, especially when no one was home to monitor. When we are home, I would never throw food on the floor between them and have them go at it! One option is to only use the food launcher when we see just one dog in view. Or just use the camera and not the food launcher. Although that is the most fun of the Petzi.

Here is when Kelly decided the food was "MINE ALL MINE."

*Food Motivated Dogs- You will have to think carefully about where you place this. Kelly wasn't so curious, but Ike was VERY interested in this camera. Once he connects that there is food inside, it is likely that he will attempt to get at it. I wouldn't leave this camera anywhere he could reach or jump to.  Also, I could see him staring at it all day, awaiting the whirs that signify a treat launch!

Ike waiting for a launch.

Petzi Treat Cam features:
- EZ-PZ set up and intuitive interface
- Multiple mounting options (attach to wall, velcro to furniture, etc)
- A treat dispensing system that holds an ample amount, and allows you to use your choice of treats (providing they are small enough)

The food hopper full of treats.

- Treat level notification that alerts you when treats are running low so your never out
- HD camera delivers up to 720p video
- Low-light IR video capture
- Wide angle viewing with Pet motion detection
- extended range audio

We like the Petzi Treat Cam very much. It does just what you need it to do: provides a way to check in on your dog while your not home, with a broad view and decent video and audio quality. Plus, adds the unique and fun feature of launching treats to your pet from anywhere in the world!

-The Petzi is priced at $169.99 and is available on Amazon or at PetSmart stores.

And now, here it is! We're giving away one Petzi Treat Cam to a lucky winner. Enter here:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

*Full Disclosure: I was given one Petzi Treat Cam to review and one to give away in exchange for my honest review. This in no way influenced my review, and opinions expressed here are 100% my own.