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Scary Halloween Blue Buffalo Boo Bars with Pumpkin!

 

Blue Buffalo boo bars imageEverything’s turning up pumpkin!

Fall has definitely made an early entrance here in Minnesota. Temperatures are cooler, leaves are changing, and pumpkin flavored everything (nearly) can be found! The coffee shops all have their specialty pumpkin spice drinks available and yes, the pumpkin spice dog treats are available now, too!

Last week we talked about Greenies Pumpkin Spice Dental Treats and today Maui gets to try out the Blue Buffalo Boo Bars Limited Edition crunchy dog biscuits! Just in time for Halloween! Not only are they made with yummy pumpkin, but they are scary fun Halloween shapes!

It is super boosome that Chewy.com let Maui try these free of charge in exchange for her (and my) honest review of the product.

 

Blue Buffalo Boo Bars

Far be it from Blue Buffalo to be scared away from hitting the market with a limited edition Halloween dog treat! The fun Halloween design on the bag lets you know that these special pumpkin and cinnamon crunchy dog biscuits will likely not be around past All Hallows’ Eve (if they are, you might find them with a nice big discount).

Boo Bars only come in one flavor, which is the pumpkin and cinnamon. These treats are baked to a crunchy perfection for your furry, four-legged family members so they too can have a special treat while all the hooman kids anticipate their candy.

 

Boo Bars Howling Good Ingredients

These holistic dog biscuits are made from a howling good recipe with wholesome, natural, nutritious ingredients.

The top ingredients in these mini dog biscuits are:

  • Oatmeal
  • Barley
  • Oat flour
  • Pumpkin
  • Flaxseed
  • Cane molasses
  • Carrots
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon

The remaining ingredients are a natural preservative, oil of rosemary, and ingredients that provide calcium, vitamin C, and vitamin E.

A great thing about these crunchy dog treats is that they contain no chicken or poultry by-product meals! This is perfect for your dog if they have an allergy or sensitivity to chicken or poultry.

These bars also have no wheat, corn, soy, or artificial colors or preservatives! These ingredients can also be a problem if your dog has an allergy or sensitivity to them.

 

 

Pumpkin Is Good for Your Dog

We know that pumpkin is great for pies, bars, cookies, and of course roasting the seeds, but pumpkin is also great for your dog!

These treats probably don’t have enough pumpkin in them to make a huge difference to your dog’s diet, but just letting you know as an FYI, pumpkin can be a great food to feed your dog for several reasons!

Digestion:

Crazy as this may sound, pumpkin is a great food to give your dog if they have diarrhea or are constipated! It can help either one!

Urinary Health:

The natural oils in pumpkin seeds and pumpkin flesh are believed to help support a healthy urinary tract.

Skin and Coat:

Pumpkin seeds are high in antioxidants and essential fatty acids so they can help your dog have a shiny healthy coat and healthy skin.

Weight Loss:

Pumpkin is high in fiber so replacing a portion of their regular food at meal time with an equal amount of pumpkin can help them feel full but take in fewer calories.

 

Ingredient Sourcing at Blue Buffalo

Many of us are concerned with where pet food companies source ingredients used in our dog’s food and treats. I could not find anywhere on the BlueBuffalo.com website where they indicate the source of their ingredients but their website does say:

We work with only U.S. partners to manufacture our products according to our recipes and specifications. Product quality is our #1 priority. We have strict controls in place to make sure that our ingredients meet the highest quality standards.

 

How Many Calories Are in These Treats And How Big Are They?

Blue Buffalo indicates these little biscuits have 20 calories each.

The treats come in a few different Halloween inspired shapes but all are generally slightly bigger than a quarter, as you can see in this picture.

 

Blue Buffalo boo bars size

 

You’ll probably have to cut or break them into smaller pieces if you have a smaller dog.

If you’re anything like me, I tend to give Maui more than one treat at a time. I probably sound like a broken record but remember to decrease the amount of food you give your dog at mealtime if you give them a few of these treats during the day. Four of these treats add up to an extra 80 calories, and over time that adds up to extra pounds around the belly.

 

Things That Make Blue Buffalo Special

The Blue Buffalo Company has their Blue Buffalo Foundation. This foundation has:

  1. Raised over $2.5 million for pet cancer research and treatment. These funds go directly to universities conducting cutting-edge research into treatment and cures for pet cancer. In addition, funds also go to help pet parents fund the treatment needed for their pets with cancer.
  2. Awarded over $87,000 in scholarships to veterinary medicine students at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine.
  3. Partnered with the Animal Cancer Foundation to start the Canine Cancer Genome Project. This project will map common canine tumor genomes in search of critical information that can benefit pets and potentially humans with the same disease.

 

 

How Much Are Boo Bars and Where Can You Get Them?

Blue Buffalo is one of the biggest pet food companies in the world. That being said, you can find their products pretty much everywhere. Whether or not your local pet store or supermarket will have the Boo Bars, I cannot say.

Some retailers that do carry the Blue Buffalo Boo Bars, along with their prices are:

Chewy.com currently has them on sale for $3.99 a bag!

Target and PetSmart also have them on sale right now for $3.99 a bag!

Not knowing how long this frightfully good deal will last, you might want to snatch some up before the goblins take them all away!

What are People Saying?

Dogs are loving them!

Boo bar reviews

 

Pros and Cons

Maui is a treat lover and the mummy on the bag isn’t enough to scare her away from these delicious, crunchy treats. I kind of figured she would love these pumpkin treats since the pumpkin spice Greenies skyrocketed to the top of her favorite treats list.

Pros and Cons from Chewy.com Customers:

Pros

  • Don’t make her dog itch
  • Smell amazing
  • Dogs love them
  • Good price
  • Good ingredients
  • Fun shapes

Cons

  • A few picky eaters did not like them
  • Made one dog gassy
  •  Limited edition and only available a short while

 

Maui’s Final Decision

Maui was more than frightfully happy to gobble down a few of the Blue Buffalo Boo Bars! She was all in and gives these treats 2 paws up!

Mom (me) overall gives them a 7.5/10 for lack of transparency in ingredient sourcing but a 10/10 for cuteness and the joy Maui gets from eating them!

 

BOO!

Lynne and Maui

 

Has your dog tried these mummyliciously good treats?

Did your dog like the pumpkin cinnamon?

Maui would love to hear what her frens think!

 

 

 

8

The Best Treat Dispensing Dog Toys for 2018!

 

I love taking Maui to a pet store! She enjoys watching the small animals like guinea pigs, birds, and ferrets – super cute! My favorite part though is taking her down the dog toy aisle. She will literally pause and check out each little bin, sniff what’s in there, and then move onto the next one. Every once in a while she finds a toy that really sparks her interest and she will pick it up, bring it to me, and put it on my lap or just carry it to the check-out counter herself!

For some reason, I was thinking about all of her toys. She has plenty of stuffed, stuff-less, and chew toys but I want to get her something that will keep her busy when I’m working on the computer, watching a movie, that sort of thing. I realized what she really needs is a (or some) treat dispensing dog toys.

This type of toy is great because it is fun for your dog, gives your dog something to focus on, occupies their mind and time, and it gives them a delicious little treat – all at the same time!

Maui and I have put together a list for you of the best dog treat dispensing toys so you can check them out!

 

Benefits Of Treat Dispensing Dog Toys

Treat dispensing toys are a wonderful thing to have on hand. Not only do they give your dog mental stimulation and keep their brain engaged, but they also give your dog something appropriate to chew on. Some dogs have destructive chewing habits and giving them a toy that you want them to chew on could turn their attention away from the destructive chewing and focus it on appropriate chewing – potentially saving you from having to replace those favorite shoes or slippers.

Having something to focus on can reduce your dog’s anxiety and undesired activities associated with boredom.

The rubbing of the teeth on the rubber can also help keep your dog’s teeth clean.

 

Kong Wobbler

When you think of a durable toy our thoughts often go straight to the Kong brand. And for good reason! Kong has been around since the mid-1970s inventing innovative durable toys, chew toys, and treat dispensing toys for your dog.

The Kong Wobbler is the same shape as the classic original Kong toy but it is bigger and made to hold treats inside.

The Wobbler is designed to sit upright until it is nudged or pushed by your dog’s nose or paw. The unpredictable rolling and spinning movements cause treats to periodically fall out the toy. The crazy movement of the Wobbler keeps your dog intrigued and interested, especially once they realize there’s food inside!

Just unscrew the bottom of the Wobbler; insert treats or kibble into the Kong; screw the bottom back on, and watch your dog have crazy fun trying to get those treats out!

The Kong Wobbler is:

  • Made of high-strength, food grade polymer
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Safe for your dog to play with and chew on

The Wobbler is available in a small and large size (although they are both quite big)

  • The small measures 6 inches tall x 5.3 inches wide at the thickest part and can hold a ½ cup of food.
  • The large measures 7 inches x 6.5 inches wide at the thickest part and can hold 1 cup of food.

The Wobbler can also be used for mealtime to slow down the eating process. Just fill it with your dog’s kibble at mealtime and your dog will have to work at tipping the Wobbler in order to get some food to fall out. Only a few bits fall out at a time so it is great to slow down your fast eater!

No other toy holds up to the durability of a Kong and this Wobbler will provide your dog with hours of great play time!


 

Treat Dispensing Chew Ball

The Starmark Treat Dispensing Chew Ball was a favorite for my first Golden. She absolutely loved this toy and would bring it to us whenever she felt the need for a treat (which was fairly often).

This chew ball is incredibly durable and strong. Neither of my Goldens has damaged these balls.

Just slip a few pieces of your dog’s kibble or treats in the holes on the side of the ball and watch your dog chew away trying to get the delicious treats to fall out. I know firsthand this chew ball can keep your dog busy for fairly long periods of time. Lulu used to work on this ball for an hour at a time sometimes.

Starmark’s treat dispensing chew ball:

  • Rolls, bounces, and floats!
  • Encourages play
  • Can be used with your dog’s own kibble and treats or Starmark interlocking treats
  • Is free of vinyl, latex, and phthalates
  • Is dishwasher safe

This chewable, bouncy ball of fun comes in three different sizes:

  • Medium, which has a 2.75-inch diameter
  • Medium/large, which has a 3.5-inch diameter, and
  • Large, which has a 4-inch diameter

My Goldens love(d) this ball because it is soft and they really enjoy rolling it around trying to get the treats to fall out! Maui thinks your dog will love it, too!

 

Planet Dog Orbee-Tough Snoop Treat Dispensing Dog Toy

This toy looks amazingly fun and has won multiple awards. I just bought one for Maui!

It is translucent so your dog will see the treats inside but they will need to nudge, pounce, and nose to get those delicious rewards out from inside the toy!

The Snoop is kind of a bowl shape and you insert the treats through the center crevice. The treats tumble around inside as your dog rolls the Snoop around the room.

If your dog gets the hang of this and you want to give them an extra challenge, you can insert a 2.5-inch Orbee-Tuff ball in the center. The ball also holds treats but in order to get the treats from the Snoop, your dog will have to pull the ball out of the center!

This treat dispensing toy is intended to stimulate your dog’s mind and keep them active in energized play. It is not designed for heavy chewing.

The Snoop is available in blue or orange and is 5 inches in diameter.

You can pop the center of the Snoop outward and wash the inside of it by hand with soap and water or put it on the top rack of your dishwasher.

The Snoop looks totally fun! Your dog will love chasing after this squishy, rolly treat dispensing ball!

Buy from Amazon

 

Kong Extreme

Need something for a super voracious chewer? Kong has you covered (of course)!

The Kong extreme dog toy is designed for adult dogs and looks similar to the original Kong classic, but is made from the most durable strength Kong rubber. The Kong Extreme is designed for the most determined of chewers!

The original shaped Kongs are incredibly versatile and you can pack pretty much any type of treat in it for your dog. Stuff it with peanut butter, kibble, meat, whatever your dog loves, and watch them chew, roll, lick, and bounce this Kong to get their treats.

The Kong extreme is freezable, so you can pack it with your dog’s favorite treat, freeze it and give them even longer-lasting play!

Knowing there are voracious chewers of every size, the Kong Extreme comes in five different sizes:

kong Extreme sizes

As always, this Kong is:

  • Made of high-strength, food grade polymer
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Safe for your dog to play with and chew on

Need something to keep your super-chewer busy and keep them from chewing on things they shouldn’t? This dog toy is for you!

Buy from Amazon

 

Kong Puppy Treat Dispensing Dog Toy

Have a big chewer but they are not an adult yet? You know Kong has you covered for that, too!

Part of being a puppy is chewing on probably just about everything! Your puppy needs to keep busy and they have an innate need to chew. This means they will seek out things to chew on no matter if it is your shoes, furniture, clothes … anything. Fun for them, bad for you!

Giving your puppy a Kong puppy toy stuffed with a delicious treat will focus that never-ending energy and desire to chew on something you WANT them to chew on!

The Kong puppy toy is designed for beginning to light chewers and comes in light pink and light blue.

The Kong puppy is different because they are made out of the gentlest, all-natural rubber available within the Kong line of toys.

They come in four different sizes:

kong puppy sizes

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Here is a video showing you some different ways you can stuff a Kong to keep your puppy or dog busy so you can have a little downtime to yourself!

 

Everlasting Treat Series of Toys

This is not a single toy but a line of products that Starmark has developed. Their Everlasting Treat series of toys not only dispense small treats but they can also hold a delicious Everlasting Treat inside for your dog to chew on.

Your dog will have fun getting the little treats out and spend hours chewing on the delicious Everlasting Treat!

The everlasting treat series of toys includes the:

  • Everlasting Treat Groovy Ball
  • Everlasting Treat Ball
  • Everlasting Treat Wheeler
  • Everlasting Treat Bento Ball
  • Everlasting Treat Fireplug


 

The Everlasting Treat with dental ridges is designed to help keep your dog’s teeth clean and massage the gums. You can also get the Everlasting Treat without the ridges.

The Everlasting Treat sticks out from the toy a bit in order to give the dog access to chew. If your dog is exceptionally clever or a voracious chewer, you can insert the Everlasting Treat upside down for a tougher chewing challenge.

Each Everlasting Treat toy is made out of an incredibly resilient material that can stand up to powerful chewers. This resilient material is free of vinyl, latex, and phthalates, making it safe for your dog! The material will not rip even after it is cut with a knife (check out the video below)!

Each toy in the everlasting treat series comes in three sizes: small, medium, and large.

  • Large is recommended for dogs over 40 pounds
  • Medium is recommended for dogs under 40 pounds
  • Small is recommended for dogs under 15 pounds

These super tough yet soft, challenging, interactive treat dispensing AND holding toys are dishwasher safe! Gotta love that!

 

 

Supervised Play Time

A good rule of thumb is to always keep an eye on your dog when they are chewing on a toy (or anything).

Some toys vouch to be indestructible but I believe there will always be a dog somewhere that can prove that statement wrong. Pieces smaller than your dog’s mouth may prove to be a choking hazard.

It is best to keep an eye on your dog when they are busy with any sort of chew toy or treat.

 

Maui’s Thoughts

Maui can’t wait to try her Snoop ball! She told me to let you know we will post a video of her playing with it!

Don’t forget to come back and look for her video!

 

All hail the treats!

Lynne and Maui

 

Does your dog have a favorite treat dispensing dog toy?

Have you tried any of these?

Would love to hear about your dog’s experience!

Please share by leaving a comment below!

 

 

4

Tips to Find a Dog Groomer you Love!

 

When I was young our family had a little poodle named Tippy. For those of you unfamiliar with poodles, their hair just continually grows longer and longer. For this small poodlereason, it is necessary to get them groomed and cut regularly to keep their hair under control! My parents groomed Tippy at home so I was never introduced to the concept of professional dog groomers.

Having Golden retrievers has now definitely introduced me to the necessity of having to take my dog to a professional groomer. Lulu’s coat was smoother, thinner, and easier to manage so it seemed no matter where I took her, she got a good cut (most of the time).

On the other side of the spectrum, Maui’s coat is very thick, a bit curlier, and grows like weeds in the summertime! Her thick coat and long fur must be a bit more challenging to work with because I have a harder time finding a dog groomer near me that can give her a great, short enough cut so I will not need to bring her to the groomer more often than I go to the salon!

Here’s a bit about our journey to find an excellent local dog groomer and some pointers to help you find a great professional groomer for your dog!

 

The Initial Search

Initially, I took Lulu (my first Golden) to a local dog groomer recommended by Helping Paws (the service dog organization that brought Maui into my life). She groomed out of her home. It was not wheelchair accessible, plus it was a bit of a drive, so I opted to try and find something wheelchair accessible and closer to home.

I took to the Internet to find local dog groomers and discovered one super close to my daughters’ school. Having no knowledge of their reputation as a groomer, I just took the plunge and gave them a try.

Taking this plunge to bring Lulu to a groomer that I knew nothing about was a bit nerve-racking! It was like making an appointment for yourself at a hair salon with a stylist you have never met nor do you know how good of a job they will do! Once your hair is cut, it is cut, and you are stuck with it until next time!

 

cute dog with crazy hair

 

All was Good – For a While

This worked out splendidly! One of the groomers did a pretty good job, but then I was scheduled with a new groomer (Sandra) that did a fantastically perfect job!

I continued on with Sandra for grooming Lulu and then Maui and all was good …. until she left.

This amazingly wonderful groomer left this location. I felt deserted, how could she do such a thing! (Just kidding with you Sandra).

 

The Search Resumes

New groomers were in and out of that place after Sandra and all of them paled in comparison. It was time to start a new search and find a new dog groomer.

I probably went through five different dog groomers and none of them could give Maui a cut that even came close to looking as good as Sandra’s cuts.

Walking out of one groomer I noticed Maui’s big bushy tail was all jaggedly cut and uneven. I think my 14-year-old daughter could have done as good of a job and she’s never cut any things hair before!

Here’s a photo of Maui after a series of three or four insufficient grooming sessions. You can see she is heavy and thick with way too much fur. (Yes, she was trying to steal the Sojos meal topper bag).

 

Golden retriever needing grooming

 

The Long Haul

Thanks to the beauty of Facebook I was able to find Sandra at her new grooming location. I decided to make the 40-minute drive and bring Maui to her for what I know would be an excellent grooming.

I was not disappointed! Sandra did an amazing job … again! Maui looks like she lost 10 pounds! That’s how much fur Maui had on her!

From this point on, weather permitting (I live in Minnesota so winters can be brutal) Maui and I will be making that track up to see Sandra whenever she needs grooming.

 

What I Did Wrong

Looking back over this whole experience I realized I went about this whole process the wrong way. There is an easier, more organized way to find a dog groomer near you and most likely have a better experience than we did.

 

Tips on How to Find a Professional Local Dog Groomer

Ask Around!  

Ask your friends, family, neighbors, friends of friends, people you see on the street, people at the park, ask anyone! Any time you see someone with the dog that has a great cut, don’t be shy to ask what groomer they use. They would probably love to know that their dog looks great and they would be happy to share groomer information with you.

 

Groomed Golden retrieverTour the Grooming Facility 

Take a tour of any grooming facility you are considering. Do the dogs or employees look stressed? Is it organized, hectic, noisy? Make sure they keep it clean. Do employees seem happy to be there?

 

Are the Groomers Certified?

Some states require pet groomers to be certified and grooming facilities to be licensed. If this is the case in your state, be sure the facility you are considering has all certifications and licenses in place.

 

Are the Groomers Knowledgeable?

Pet groomers should have extensive knowledge of the type of animal they groom. They should be able to confidently answer questions about why and how often nails should be trimmed; off her advice to help with shedding; how to thin a coat; how often a dog should be bathed, etc.

If their answers don’t seem to quite make sense or they answer evasively, this could be a red flag. You want a groomer that has the expertise to make the grooming experience a positive and safe experience for your pet.

 

Knowledge About Breed Specific Cuts

If you have a breed of dog that generally requires a specific type of cut be sure the groomer you select has a good handle on what your dog should end up looking like.

If you have special requests on how you would like your dog groomed, explain this to your potential groomer and gauge their reaction. Make sure they are attentive to what you are saying and agreeable to your requests.

 

Ask What They Do to Calm a Nervous Dog

Many dogs get incredibly anxious when leaving home and being left at a groomer for a few hours can really intensify that anxiety.

A good groomer will know how to calm and soothe an anxious dog. See how your potential groomer reacts to this question and if you are comfortable with how they answer in what they say.

If your dog is not used to being in a kennel, try to find a facility that does not use them.

 

Be Sure You Understand Their Pricing

many professional groomers include bathing, nail clipping, anal gland expression, teeth brushing, ear cleaning, pad cleaning in the overall price. Others include these items separately, so if you want them to perform the services it will bump up the price.

If your dog has a super thick coat, mats, or needs any other sort of special services, be sure you know the price of any extra services before you schedule an appointment.

 

 

Trust Your Gut!

Along with all of this, be sure and trust your gut feeling.

If the facility doesn’t quite feel right to you; a groomer’s answer to your question seems evasive; the salon seems chaotic or unkempt; dogs or employees seem unhappy or stressed  – trust your gut!

If something doesn’t sit right with you, move on to the next place.

 

 

Final Notes

Keep an eye on your dog’s behavior for the next couple days or so after they are back from the groomer. Does your dog seem “not themselves” or have diarrhea (could be a result of excessive stress)?

Maui tends to get ear infections quite easily so I need to watch her for a couple weeks after grooming to make sure she doesn’t come down with ear infections due to wet inner ears.

 

Make sure both you and your dog feel good about where you bring them!

There are many groomers around, especially in bigger cities. You’re sure to find one that fits your needs and makes you and your pup feel at ease.

Here’s to looking pretty,

Lynne and Maui

 

Have you had an exceptionally great or horrible experience bringing your dog to the groomer?

Have any additional tips for looking for a great groomer?

Share your ideas and experiences with us below in the comment section!

 

 

14

Greenies Pumpkin Spice Dental Treats for Dogs!

 

It might technically still be summer outside, but I can tell the weather is starting to turn towards autumn. Leaves are just starting to change color and mornings are very brisk and cool. Besides a change in the weather, fall always instigates a craving for cold weather comforts.

I find myself gravitating more towards warm soups, steamy tea, and hot cocoa. Besides those obvious “warm me up” favorites, there is another fall comfort that cannot be ignored.

Pumpkin Spice!

Starbucks has already released their Pumpkin Spice Latte; Caribou Coffee has a Pumpkin Pie Cooler; Dunkin’ Donuts has a Pumpkin Iced Coffee and a Pumpkin Macchiato; Einstein Brothers have a Pumpkin White Chocolate Mocha, and ….. well, you get the idea!

With all of this pumpkin spice going on, why should dog treats be left out of the picture? They’re not! Greenies Dental Treats are getting into the game with their Limited Edition Pumpkin Spice Flavor Greenies Dental Treats!

Let’s check them out!

 

Greenies Dental Treats Pumpkin Spice Flavor

Greenies Pumpkin Spice flavor dental treats for dogs is a limited edition flavor! (Ummm, that means you better get some for your dog really fast.)

I’m not sure when they hit the market but we have been a frequent visitor of PetSmart the last few months and these greenies were there a couple weeks ago when we stopped in. I’m guessing they might last through sometime around Halloween, or perhaps just until supplies are gone.

The Pumpkin Spice Flavor Greenies come in all of the usual Greenies sizes him:

  • Teeny (for dogs that weigh 5-15 pounds)
  • Petite (for 15-25 pound dogs)
  • Regular (for 25-50 pound dogs)
  • Large (for 50-100 pound dogs)

 

 

Show Me the Ingredients

The ingredient list for pumpkin spice flavored Greenies is fairly long so this is a copy/paste from the Greenies website:

 

Greenies pumpkin spice ingredients

 

The ingredient list on these puppies is a lot longer than for most of the treats we review. Greenies start out with wheat flour and wheat gluten as the first two main ingredients, so definitely steer away from these if your dog has a gluten sensitivity.

They also contain natural poultry flavor, so keep this in mind if your dog has a poultry sensitivity or allergy.

They contain a lot of added minerals and vitamins, which is great!

 

Ingredient Sourcing

I searched high and low on the Greenies Dental Treats website and could find no indication of transparency regarding where they source their ingredients. That being said, it does not mean their ingredient sources are shady, it just means that they are not sharing.

Their website does indicate greenies are made in Kansas City

“with quality ingredients from around the world”.

Greenies is a MARS company and Mars abides by The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act. This Act boils down to treating everyone touched by their business

“with fairness, dignity and respect” and they seek “to promote and advance respect for human rights across our value chain – from farms to our suppliers’ factories to our own workplaces.”

 

Nutrition Information and Calorie Count

I purchased the large size Greenies treat for Maui as her ideal weight is 60 pounds. Taking a look at the calorie content of these treats, I will definitely have to cut back a bit on her food the days she gets these.

Calorie content for the large size pumpkin spice Greenies is 145 calories per treat!

 

 

Calorie content for the other sizes is:

  • Teeny: 26 calories/treat
  • Petite: 55 calories/treat
  • Regular: 90 calories/treat

Maui tends to put weight on easily so next time I purchase we will probably opt for the Regular size rather than the Large. It’s an easy way to control portion size and calories but still give her the great teeth cleaning benefits of a Greenie.

I was really surprised when I looked at the nutrition information to see how much protein these have!

 

 

Size and Appearance

Pumpkin spice greenies dog treatsAs dog owners, we probably all know what Greenies look like! That trademark toothbrush shaped green, chewy dog treat.

The pumpkin spice Greenies are no different.

The large size is about 4-5 inches in length. Since we did not purchase the other sizes, I’m unable to fill you in on their size.

 

Do They Smell Like Pumpkin Spice?

When I received these, the first thing that went through my mind is … do they smell like pumpkin spice?

Well … they might a little bit, but more than smelling like pumpkin spice, they smell like dog food to me. Maybe dog food with a very tiny hint of a pumpkin pie spice scent.

So don’t get too excited and think you’re going to be hit with the delicious aroma of a pumpkin pie when you open the bag.

 

What People Think of Them

The pumpkin spice flavor has not been out very long this year so reviews are limited, but the reviews that are in, are great –

4.6 to 4.9 / 5 stars on Chewy.com  (depending on the size of the treat).

 

 

The pumpkin spice flavor has a 4.2 / 5-star rating on Amazon.com!

The Greenies brand is hugely popular and well-liked. The regular greenies dog dental chews have almost hundreds to even thousands of reviews with 4-5 / 5-star ratings!

 

Price and Where to Get These Goodies

Greenies are so incredibly popular, they can be found probably at any online or brick-and-mortar pet supply store.

Here are just a few retailers and prices (for the Regular size pumpkin spice):

Chewy.com: $15.99

Amazon.com: $13.99

PetSmart: $15.99

Walmart: $15.99

Not sure why Amazon has them two bucks cheaper, but that is what the price is today! I would suggest if you are interested in giving these a try to snatch them up quickly (if you are a prime member, you get free shipping).

 

An Honest Thought

I have a memory from years ago, hearing about Greenies causing intestinal issues if your dog did not chew them well. This thought popped into my mind but I do not know how much validity there is to it (if it is true or not). Maui really chews these up so I’m not worried about her when she eats them. If you have a dog that does not chew their food well, you might want to look into the intestinal issues thing before trying these.

 

Pros and Cons

I personally have no cons regarding this product except for the non-transparency regarding ingredient sourcing. The dental chews are soft and chewy, so they will help get that tartar off Maui’s teeth.

Maui has absolutely zero cons about these Greenies! I tried to get our usual “pose with the bag” picture but she would not stop trying to get the bag open so I had to settle for whatever shot I could get!

Chewy and Amazon reviewer pros and cons:

Pros

  • Smell good
  • Great for teeth
  • Dog loves them

Cons

  • Some felt they were pricey (I find the price to be reasonable)
  • Smell bad (I don’t think they smell bad but don’t expect them to smell like your pumpkin spice latte)

Maui golden retriever with greenies pumpkin spice

The Verdict

The river of drool lets me know that these Greenies Pumpkin Spice Flavored Dental Treats are a huge hit with Maui! She tried to steal the extras that were sitting on the table as I was trying to take pictures!

Drool, drool, drool and paw way up for Greenies Pumpkin Spice!

Enjoy the beginning of fall,

Lynne and Maui

P.S. These treats were provided to us free of charge from Chewy.com as a member of their Influencer Program in exchange for an honest review and our honest opinions.

 

Were you able to find these Limited Edition Greenies?

What does your dog think of this new flavor?

Share your experiences with us in the comments below!

 

 

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Stella & Chewy’s Meal Mixers With Freeze-Dried Raw Meat & fruit!

 

Eating the exact same thing every day for breakfast and dinner has got to get boring! We, humans, get to choose what we eat every day for our meals and snacks, but our dogs just get to eat whatever it is we get them. That’s kind of a bad deal for them.

Luckily in recent years, dog food toppers and dog food mixers have become quite a popular thing! These dog food toppers and mixers are often made with real meat, fruits, and vegetables and are meant to be mixed with your dog’s regular dry or wet food. Talk about an awesome spruce up!

Today we’re going to talk about Stella & Chewy’s Meal Mixer SuperBlends! Awesome blends of freeze-dried raw meat in freeze-dried, nutrient-rich superfoods like strawberries, bananas, and blueberries!

 

Stella & Chewy’s Meal Mixer SuperBlends

These dog food toppers are each made up of 90% raw freeze-dried meat. SuperBlends mixers come in four recipe varieties:

  • Cage-free chicken
  • Cage-free chicken for small breed dogs
  • Grass-fed beef
  • Cage-free duck and goose

Stella & Chewy’s creates these drool-ishious dog food toppers by mixing their original 95% raw meat Meal Mixers with a special blend of 100% organic vegetables and fruit!

 

All varieties of Stella and Chewy's super blends meal mixers

 

About the Meat

The majority of the ingredients in the SuperBlends Meal Mixers are Stella & Chewy’s ‘regular’ Meal Mixers which are made from 95% meat, organs, and bone.

All raw freeze-dried proteins used in the Meal Mixers and SuperBlends are cage free, grass fed, and wild caught or farm raised. The proteins they use also have no added hormones or antibiotics!

Stella & Chewy’s obtains their meat proteins only from ranchers and farmers they trust. They are very transparent in where they obtained their animal proteins as can be seen from this clip from their website.

 

About the Fruit

Stella & Chewy Super Blends mixes in certified organic bananas, strawberries, and blueberries!

Their website indicates they only obtain ingredients

“sourced from farmers and ranchers that are recognized for their superior, human-grade quality ingredients and highest levels of food handling safety”.

 

 

Ingredients from China?

It seems dog food ingredients sourced from China are always getting a bad rap, but not without cause. China has had more than its fair number of food scandals. For this reason, consumers are often highly concerned about ingredients sourced from China.

So, to let you know …

Stella & Chewy’s indicates they source none of their ingredients from China!

 

Food Safety

Stella & Chewy's product safety testingStella & Chewy’s makes big efforts to source only high-quality, nutritious, wholesome, and safe ingredients. If you’re curious about your products safety testing, you can look it up on their website!

Enter the lot number of your product in the spot found in the upper right-hand corner of your website and you will be able to see the full product safety testing report from that product! I’ve never seen any other company as transparent and forthcoming with food safety information!

 

How to Feed

What is interesting about this dog food topper is you have the option of using it as a topper (an extra scrumptious bonus to your dog’s regular food) or as their entire meal!

 

Stella & Chewy's how to feed meal mixers

 

As a Dog Food Topper

Their website states to measure out a ¼ cup of the SuperBlends Meal Mixer; add it to your dog’s regular diet; mix it up, and serve.

Personally, I think the amount that you add will depend on the size of your dog. If you have a tiny little dog that only eats ½ a cup of food at a time (or something like that) adding ¼ cup of additional food onto that is an awful lot!

 

As a Complete and Balanced Meal

Stella & Chewy’s recommends rehydrating the super blends meal mixer in order to use it as their whole meal.

You can do this by adding 2 tablespoons warm water per ¼ cup of meal mixer.

Here is a feeding chart from their website for the cage-free chicken recipe SuperBlends Meal Mixers.

 

 

Calories, Calories, Calories

These meal mixers have a decent number of calories in them.

The website refers to a scoop as a ¼ cup, so with this in mind:

  • Cage-free chicken recipe = 60 cal/scoop
  • Cage-free chicken recipe for small breed dogs – 60 cal/scoop
  • Grass-fed beef recipe = 75 cal/scoop
  • Cage-free duck and goose recipe – 70 cal/scoop

An extra 60 – 70 calories for a large or extra-large dog probably wouldn’t amount to much, but for a small dog, that’s a lot of calories!

Be sure to decrease the amount of regular kibble or wet food you give your dog to compensate for the extra calories added by the dog food topper.

 

 

What Do People Think

Stella & Chewy’s is a well-loved brand!

155 Amazon reviewers give the Meal Mixer SuperBlends dog food toppers an average of 4.5 / 5 stars! Pretty darn good!

Some of those reviewers say:

 

 

Reviews on Chewy.com give the Stella & Chewy’s SuperBlends Meal Mixers 4.3 to 4.6 out of 5 stars!

 

 

Price, Size, & Availability

Not only is Stella & Chewy’s a well-loved brand but it is very popular as well!

You can find Stella & Chewy’s products at many sites online and at brick-and-mortar pet stores.

The SuperBlends come in 3.25 and 8-ounce bags. All flavor recipes accept the small breed blend also comes in 16-ounce bags.

Here are prices for the 16-ounce bag at a couple of my favorite online pet retailers:

Amazon.com – $37.99 to $39.98 depending on the recipe. The 8-ounce bag of the small breed chicken recipe is $19.99. Prime members get free shipping.

Chewy.com – $38.99 ($37.04 with AutoShip). The 8-ounce bag of the small breed chicken recipe is $19.99 ($18.99 with AutoShip).

 

Pros and Cons

Maui didn’t get to try this one yet (she’s pouting) so we’re going to let you know what some reviewers said online.

Pros

  • Dogs love it
  • Picky eater loves it
  • A dog with allergies was doing well on it
  • Non–eating dogs began eating again
  • Easy to hide pills in

Cons

  • Some reviewers felt the price was too high
  • A few dogs didn’t like it
  • Some found the freeze-dried protein pieces to be in crumbles

 

Freeze-Dried Pawsomeness!

These soft, yummy, flavor-boosting morsels of freeze-dried deliciousness are great additions to bring your dog’s regular dry or wet food up to the next level!

Freeze-dried morsels of beef or poultry mixed with delicious little pieces of banana, strawberry, and blueberry.

If you never tried a dog food topper before this one to be a great first choice! It comes in 3.25-ounce packages; a small bag to try out before spending the money on a big one.

 

Enjoy my frens!

Lynne and Maui

 

 

 

 

What is your dog think of these Stella & Chewy’s Super Blends Meal Mixers?

Let us know in the comments below!

 


 

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