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Flashy Friday! Week 2 -  "Spin" Whew! A whole week between posts, sorry guys! Like I've mentioned before we're pr...

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Merrick Fresh Kisses!

Merrick
Fresh Kisses

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"Smile!!"

All natural coconut and botanical infused double ended doggy chew brushes. Yum!!

Cause who doesn't love a fresh kiss!

"Pucker up buttercup!"

These chewy brushes are supposed to help clean teeth with their crazy wobbly shape, and with the help of their botanical oil infusion they are supposed to help to freshen breath as well as fight tartar/plaque build up.


While that sounds great, we only had four chews to work with so I'm not sure how well they work except the dogs loved them and they were quickly begging for more.

I love the all natural quality of these chews and that they are made in the US. However they were pretty soft and were quickly devoured so I'm not sure how much cleaning actually happened. If you have a small dog I think these would be perfect!  But being a large dog household I don't think they were quite hard enough to be truly effective.

Thank you Chewy!!





Friday, May 11, 2018

Silver Paw Pet Tags

Silver Paw Tags
Tough Tags for Adventure Dogs!
#FitDogFriday!

"We were sent Silver Paw Tags in exchange for an honest review. Dz Dogs only supports products that we feel are relevant to our readers. This blog contains NO affiliate links, all thoughts and opinions are our own."

Look what we received in the mail! Too small to be a dog treat...kind of looks like a jewelry bag. And just in time for Ziva's birthday!


When we were contacted by Silver Paws to test out their beautiful dog tags we jumped at the chance. Look at how beautiful they are!

Made in Maine, USA and started in 2010 - Silver Paw Pet Tags was inspired by two adventure dogs named Ruby and Jet who suffered from the same problem we suffer from. A sense of style and a rough and tumble high adventure lifestyle which sadly many tags don't hold up well to.

Either the contact info wears off, the tag turns black, or the loop wears through and snaps off.

Can you guess whose is whose?
I wish I had an example of the tags we have literally worn through and broken, but sadly when that happens and it has happened a couple times... all I notice is that it's gone when I go to clip a leash onto the collar. Thankfully both Dante and Ziva are micro chipped however I always want them to be able to call home should something happen.

With small, medium, and large tags Silver Paw has many different thick tags with stylish engraved designs to choose from, these definitely won't be wearing out in our lifetime! They are very deeply engraved in the front with their designs, and back with your contact information, and are guaranteed to stay readable for life.  

We ended up going with the size "medium" tags for both Dante and Ziva and they look great.

Made with yacht grade stainless steel due to it's unsurpassed hardness and non corrosive qualities these tags will stand up to anything you want to put them through including saltwater without dulling or changing in color.

All necessities in our case! The weather hasn't been quite warm enough to go swimming but it's definitely on the list, these tags claim to be beach/swamp/and field tested so we'll be putting them to the test on our upcoming summer adventures. We've already gone hiking and I like that they are quiet and don't clink around like some tags do. And they have been super easy to clean, I just rinse them under warm water when I clean Dante and Ziva's collars.

Speaking of which, I recently went to Boston to cheer on my mama who was running the Boston Marathon. She did great, which is awesome because if you were watching the news you would have seen it was the worst weather in about 20 years worth of the marathon. Constant 25 mph winds, with 40 mph gusts.. YIKES.  Anyways I came back with souvenirs for the pups! New collars, which of course needed new tags. And on top of that....

Guess who is five years old now?!


Happy Birthday Ziva!

I love how stylish and beautiful these tags are, which makes sense because the owner of Silver Paws got her start in jewelry before getting into engraving pet tags.


Ziva's Lotus Flower tag.
Go girl go! We recently tried out a new hiking spot which was awesome.


Thank you Silver Paw Tags! These are definitely our new favorite tags!

100% Dz Dog Approved!


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Monday, May 7, 2018

Stewart Raw Naturals

Stewart Raw Naturals
Fresh To Home Lamb Recipe.

"We were sent Stewart Raw Naturals from Chewy.com in exchange for an honest review. Dz Dogs only supports products that we feel are relevant to our readers. This blog contains NO affiliate links, all thoughts and opinions are our own."



Freeze dried food is one of our most favorite things!! We are always happy to try different brands, some brands are 100% freeze dried protein that may be mixed with freeze dried veggies and or fruits, and some like Stewart Raw Naturals is actually a mix of ingredients that is blended together and then freeze dried to provide a complete and balance meal.



One of the reasons we don't feed raw...among many reasons (we'll save that for another time) is you have to make sure your dog is getting all of the proper nutrients in their diet. This means researching all of your ingredients and knowing their nutritional breakdown and then tayloring it to your dogs diet.   No thank you. I don't have time for that. However freeze dried raw makes things a lot easier.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Adventure Is Out There.

Now go and get it!


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Saturday, April 7, 2018

Food Toppers! - Instinct

Food Toppers!
Part 2

"We were sent Instinct from Chewy.com in exchange for an honest review. Dz Dogs only supports products that we feel are relevant to our readers. This blog contains NO affiliate links, all thoughts and opinions are our own."


Why use food toppers?
When we travel, like recently when we visited family for Easter. Probably due to stress and excitement, Dante and Ziva tend to skip meals. Being an overbearing mama I hate it when they do this, although it's pretty normal having lived with them for so long. One great way I've figured out to get them to eat, is to entice them with a yummy treat...healthy of course, no junk food or people food. And freeze dried toppers have become a staple in our pantry, they fit the bill! A little bit on top of the pups regular food and BOOM next thing you know they've licked their bowls clean and are begging for more. Literally.


This time we tried - 
Instinct by Natures Variety
Raw Boost Mixers
Beef Recipe

If you've been paying attention you will remember that Ziva is intolerant to beef....oops. I'm a goof that was totally my fault for getting the wrong protein. So we kept it to a minimum...shhhhhh...don't tell her that Dante got more!!


They come in a variety of protein options so don't make the same mistake that I did.



What we liked about Instinct Raw Boost - 
  • Made from raw, whole food ingredients that were minimally processed to maintain nutritional value. They are freeze dried for longevity of course, so they keep a long time!
  • Smell's great, and no mess!
    Which of course makes it easy to give as a treat during training time.
  • Made with a single protein source, organ meat, and a variety of fruits as well as vegetables. For a healthy variety.
  • Made in the USA, all natural ingredients with no corn/wheat/soy/by products/ or artificial colors or preservatives.
This is definitely a great topper, we only use a small handful with each meal so one bag went a long ways in our house!

Thank you Chewy.com!
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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Food Toppers!! - Nulo

Food Toppers!
Part 1!

"We were sent Nulo from Chewy.com in exchange for an honest review. Dz Dogs only supports products that we feel are relevant to our readers. This blog contains NO affiliate links, all thoughts and opinions are our own."


We like to keep things fun and new at our house, offering lots of variety when it comes to toys, treats, and food.

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One of our favorite food toppers that we've discovered is - 

Nulo Freestyle
Freeze - Dried Raw
Salmon & Turkey Recipe

What we like about Nulo - 
  • Only two sources of protein! This is important when dealing with allergies, through trial and error we've discovered Dante has a chicken intolerance, and Ziva has a beef intolerance. Due to the digest upset these proteins cause they are strictly off our menu. Turkey and Salmon on the other hand? Bring it on!  83% of the protein is Slamon, turkey, organ meat & bone.
  • Includes probiotics to aid in digestion, along with an awesome blend of vegetables and fruit including pupkin, strawberries, blueberries, kale, spinach...
  • Freeze dried awesomeness! No fuss, no mess!  We toss a small handful it right on top.  


Extra Bonus?

It also works great as a treat!

Thank you Chewy.com!  
100% DzDog Approved




Sunday, March 25, 2018

Snow?!

Snow, Snow, GO Away..


Anybody else getting snow in February? 



Well, how about March?


We are! Part of us wants to do a happy dance - because boy do we love snow!


However, going to work in it (not quite enough to skip work for a "snow day") and being cold without playing in it takes all the fun out of it.

We're enjoying it while we can though! Lots of zoomies, followed by snuggle time.


And of course loving our awesome view in our new home!!

Gotta admit though, the view from our living room is killer!!

Hopefully soon our nice warm weather will be back! Right now it's kind of like Mother Nature is having cold flashes. Just when we think we might get a hike in....BAM more snow.

Anyways we'd love to hear how the weather is at your house! Let us know in the comments below! 

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Chewable February!

Yaky Churros!

"We were sent Yaky Churros from Chewy.com in exchange for an honest review. Dz Dogs only supports products that we feel are relevant to our readers. This blog contains NO affiliate links, all thoughts and opinions are our own."

Teefy February!!

I know...we're a bit late.. But what do you do to keep your pets teeth clean?



We do all sorts of things to keep Dante and Ziva's teeth pearly white without brushing. Mainly we offer lots of different chew options and tough treats to help keep their teeth clean and gums healthy.

This last month we were able to try out Yaky Churros! Thank you Chewy!


These are not to be mistaken for Himalayan Dog Treats which are known for being rock hard. These Churros are soft and break up into a bunch of small pieces during chewing to help clean teeth, which is great for seniors and young pups.


Dante and Ziva definitely approved of these! And with just four ingredients, and being grain free they had my stamp of approval as well.


Being power chewers these treats were definitely treats for Dante and Ziva, lasting maybe 30 seconds...  But Dante and Ziva didn't complain. In fact they just looked for more!

What We Liked?
- I think these would be great treats for young dogs and seniors who need something a little softer than your average chew.
- Only four ingredients!  Potato Starch, Cheese (made from pasteurized processed skim milk, salt, lime juice), Potassium Sorbate (a preservative), and Vegetable Glycerin.
- Unique shape to help break up and clean the small spaces in your dogs mouth.
- No offensive odor.
- Smoked sun-dried cheese? What's not to like!?

100% Dz Dog Approved!



Thursday, January 25, 2018

NaturVet Glucosamine for Dogs

Keep Moving!

"We were sent NatureVet Glucosamine from Chewy.com in exchange for an honest review. Dz Dogs only supports products that we feel are relevant to our readers. This blog contains NO affiliate links, all thoughts and opinions are our own."

One thing we have always taken seriously is the health and fitness of our dogs. Being overweight is just as bad for dogs as it is for humans, the biggest difference being that you get to choose what you put in your body whereas your dog gets to eat what you choose to give him/her, and you are in charge of also making sure your dog gets proper exercise.

I have a few pet peeves regarding this subject but we'll keep it simple for today.

What do we do to keep Dante and Ziva fit and healthy?

We Exercise!


We Rest.
Rest is important after a hard day of exercise.

We Eat Right!
We provide healthy food, treats, and Glucosamine Supplements for preventative care.


This month Chewy.com sent us NatureVet Glucosamine DS Plus MSM & Chondroitin soft chews to try.

One bottle is 120 - count and good for either cats or dogs.


A Few Things To Note - 


Like anything health related it is best to consult with your veterinarian if you have any questions, but also dig around and do your own research.

Why Do We Use Glucosamine?

When we first adopted Ziva she had a recurring limp that the rescue attributed to "growing pains" but after she lived with us a while her limp disappeared entirely and our new thought was that she was probably just playing too hard with the larger dogs at the rescue - our vet agreed, and we just took it easy on her baby joints taking care to not run her too hard when we played.

But after we got into agility her limp came back and after a trip to the vet we discovered that she has bad knees and the hard tight turns were potentially causing damage. On a good note, the vet said we caught it early and keeping her in shape would prevent a lot of potential future problems. She also recommended keeping Ziva on a supplement like glucosamine for preventative care.


Because she's kind of a ball monster when it comes to playing we have to monitor how long we play with her. She would probably literally pass out if we let her decide when to quit.

Look at those buff shoulders! Here at our new home she's getting a lot of hill sprints in.


We've tried a couple different types of glucosamine at this point and this particular one was kind of a strike out with Ziva.

Dante loved these soft chews!

Ziva on the other hand, definitely thought I was trying to trick her into eating medicine. Most of the time I could just pop the soft chew into her kibbles and she would eat it, but sometimes after she finished eating I'd notice all the kibbles were gone and what was left in her bowl was the soft chews. Naughty baby doesn't know what's good for her!

We tried a couple different games to combat this.

"The Mom Quick Switch"
Get the dogs super excited about catching some of their favorite tiny training treats and then slip in a glucosamine soft chew...Ya, that lasted all of once. Ziva caught it and promptly spit it out the second time round.

"Peanutbutter Fixer Upper"
Anything covered in peanut butter tastes better right? Well it's at least harder to spit out.

"Microscopic Mom Trick"
If it's broken up into microscopic sized bits then they can't spit it out right? Right.
Just not going to eat my dinner today mom, thanks but no thanks.


Everyone has their own preferences even dogs. We're going to finish our bottle but since getting Ziva to eat these soft chews has been a bit of a circus act I won't be using this particular product again.

Thank you Chewy.com 
for letting us try these out!




Monday, January 1, 2018

2017 A Year In Review!!

2017
A Year In Review

WOWZERS!! What a year! Now....where to begin.

OH right... we were living in a 19 foot trailer waiting to build our house!


It was a pretty crazy winter that rolled its way into spring, we had so much snow that we had to drop our awning to keep the snow from collapsing it, and even then we had to run outside every couple hours to knock the snow off! Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?

Somehow though we managed to do just fine, and the trailer stayed nice and cozy all winter.

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