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Friday, September 28, 2018

Why Use Seresto?

Seresto Dog Flea & Tick Collars

"We were sent this Seresto collar from Chewy.com in exchange for an honset 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."


Can you see it?  


It's the small thing grey band hiding under Dante's orange water collar. That's his Seresto collar!

What is a Seresto Collar?
To sum it up simply: Seresto is a lice, flea and tick collar for both cats and dogs it also aids in the treatment and control of sarcoptic mange. 

But it's way more than that. We've done the messy liquid flea meds and I hate them with a passion of all passions. It was messy, it was stinky, and it left a grease slick on the back of the dogs spine that lasted waaaaayyyy toooo long. It also got on everything, and usually after greasing it down the back of my dogs spines they would shake, and then it got all over everything including me. Thus this process was left to the outdoors only even in the winter it meant having the pups hang on the back deck until I was sure they weren't going to send it spraying all over my living room.  

Ziva with her Seresto.
We also tried different brands, and nothing seemed to really stop the ticks when we would go hiking. And trust me I've tried the natural methods too. Different topical essential oil sprays, I've tried rubbing dryer sheets on the dogs, natural herbal wipes, and praying to the tick gods to make them go away! Maybe my dogs just taste that good though...

Initially I was worried Seresto would cost more, but on the contrary it's a better deal. At least it is if you go to Chewy.com


Seresto lasts 8 months and costs $52.24 if you put it on autoship, which we've done so that it arrives every 8 months when I need to replace it. Whereas Frontline which we tried, costs $59.84 on autoship and only has 6 months worth of medicine.

And from our experience it works!

See his Seresto?
What do we like about Seresto?
- It's clean! No more nasty stinky greasy mess on your dogs back.

- It's waterproof, though swimming with it regularly does reduce the life of the collar. Usually we take it off when we go swimming or take a bath. But you don't have to!


- It's pretty safe. Every pet parent must make their own decisions about meds and treatments, but our vet likes Seresto and said that my dog could eat the collar and would end up sick from the plastic not from the medicine. Consult with your personal veterinarian about your pet, this is what works for us.

- It is a slow time released med that is absorbed through the skin, however just being in contact with the collar isn't enough to cause concern. That being said however it is recommended that small children limit contact the first day or so after putting on a brand new collar.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency - Source Here

Since using Seresto we've definitely noticed a decline in ticks that actually attach to the dogs. Sometimes the ticks still bite, but usually they are dead when we find them and they fall right off. Occasionally we have to pull one out, but it's loads better than before. This is definitely our favorite way to fight ticks. And usually I can tuck the seresto underneath their collars for pictures, sometimes though we just take them temporarily off.

Thank you Chewy! We love our collars!
Dz Dog Approved!


Thursday, September 20, 2018

New Pack Member!!

Welcome To The Dz Pack!!




Mom is making us a human!!
Welcome 
Baby N March 2019!!!



Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Dr.Tim's Natural Clean Tripe!

Dr. Tim's Freeze Dried Treats
Natural Clean Tripe!

"We were sent Dr. Tim's treats 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."


Who doesn't love tripe! Well...me for one, it's usually stinky. The dogs on the other hand super love it! In fact Dante put himself in a sit stay hoping - as I left the room with the bag - that I would come back and reward him.  Dz Dad was laughing so hard about it that I did indeed give in to his big brown puppy dog eyes and go back to give Dante a treat.

"Mom can't possibly say no to these eyes..."
What we love about these treats?

- 100% Freeze Dried Tripe, USDA inspected beef tripe from Wisconsin.
- Made in the USA in Wisconsin! We love to support US product when we can.
- Mess free and easy to break apart for training purposes.
- Scent free? Well, I can't smell it but the dogs certainly can.
- Re-closeable bag.



What would we change?
 - NOTHING -



The dogs happily work for these treats, they are definitely going on my list of must haves for high value rewards like recalls at night during potty time, and whenever someone else is house-sitting the dogs for us.  Dante and Ziva have become a bit accustomed to some of their other regular treats so I plan on hoarding this bag for a while and only pulling it out on special occasions when I really want to get their attention.



Sweet and simple we love these treats!

Thank you Chewy.com!
100% Dz Dog Approved!!






Friday, August 3, 2018

Health Extension Elk Antlers

Elk Antler Chews!

"We were sent Health Extension Elk Antlers 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."


Best treat ever!

It's been a month and so far the Dz pups have not finished off these treats. Instead, they seem to enjoy leisurely chewing. Rolling their eyes back, and savoring the antlers slowly as well as proudly carrying their prize through the house showing it off to anyone who pays attention.


While these treats are not cheap, they are all natural high quality USA antlers from free range elk.

Why antlers?
  • Antlers don't splinter.
  • Digestible, and high in iron, glucosamine, potassium, and calcium.
  • Long lasting and odor free.
  • These antlers were naturally shed and came from free range US elk.
Things To Note.
Depending on who you ask you're going to hear conflicting things regarding the safety of giving antlers to your dogs. Some dogs have been known to crack a tooth on such a hard chewing object, so this is definitely something to consider before giving one to your dog. If you have any concerns check in with your veterinarian. Dante and Ziva like to gently chew these and take their time, they don't seem to just CHOMP down so I'm not too worried about it. I wouldn't however give these to an aggressive chewer, that could definitely make for a cracked or broken tooth. 

But like any chew toy, always make sure you supervise your dog and definitely remove/throw it away when it gets small enough to swallow whole.


I love these, they've been a great break for me! I haven't had to purchase any chews all month, and I'm curious as to how long they will last. I'll keep you posted!



Thank you Chewy.com!!






Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Coastal Pups!

Mama's Vacation Buddies


Coast trip? Yes please!!

Sadly Dz Dad wasn't able to make it due to work, however that didn't stop us from going anyways. A family reunion at the coast sounded like a nice getaway from it all. From all the smoke that is.

There is normally a mountain right there...
The first night we camped on the Oregon Coast, it wasn't as restful of a sleep as I would have liked. When we first arrived at our campsite that we reserved online we discovered a woman there. The hosts forgot to put up our reservation sign so she thought it was available. To be nice we decided since she was on her own, and it was just myself with Dante and Ziva we opted to share the site and try to make new friends. She was good company for most of the evening, until she got through a whole bottle of wine and half a bottle of whisky BY HERSELF. I don't mind a drink before bed, but I've long ago decided that I'm too old to deal with the repercussions and hangovers from a night of heavy drinking.  After that I was left tending to a stranger and wishing that I had taken the opportunity to kick her out of my campsite when I had first arrived. Live and learn though right?

Being that we don't camp very often the dogs were up most of the night. Any tiny noise and Dante would make a quiet "boof" under his breathe. It's a noise kind of like an old man muttering to himself. Then Ziva would growl softly, I would "shhhhhh" them both and like clockwork every couple hours Ziva would get up and check on me by shoving her wet nose into my face.

It was a long night, and a very early morning. The dogs decided they were up at 5:30 am, I convinced them to wait until 6 before a very frustrated mama finally got up.

We then snuck out of camp I didn't want to wake my strange and obnoxious camp mate. Next order of business was coffee, and hitting the beach before my family was up and ready to meet for breakfast.

What a beautiful first morning though!! Clear blue skies, light breeze, and of course no one was on the beach at 6 in the morning.





Despite the lack of sleep, our family reunion was a lot of fun, and Saturday night when I was offered an RV to stay in with the dogs I jumped at the chance.



Sunday morning was another gorgeous day, a bit overcast on the coast but as soon as we got into town it was sunny and clear. It was a great way to exercise the dogs, they've been getting cabin fever since I won't let them run around like maniacs in the smoke.


We're definitely going to do this trip again! Hopefully soon and with Dz Dad. But I had a lot of fun camping by myself with the dogs, something that I haven't done before. And it was a great experience I certainly wouldn't mind if I had to go by myself again. Biggest takeaway from this weekend? No sharing campsites with random strangers in the future. All I need are my dogs, they are way better company.



Saturday, June 30, 2018

Blue Sizzlers!

Blue Buffalo Sizzlers
"We were sent Blue Buffalo Sizzlers in exchange for an hones review. Dz Dogs only supports products we feel are relevant to our readers. This blog contains NO affiliate links, all thoughts and opinions are our own."
This was a big hit this month with the Dz Dogs! The first ingredient being pork, and containing no chicken by-products, no corn/wheat/or soy, no artificial colors or flavors they loved it.



Although we usually stick to freeze dried treats with fewer ingredients this was a fun goody to add into the mix, kind of like a doggy appropriate candy bar. These treats smelled wonderful, broke apart easily into smaller bites, and Dante was more than happy to come running when called knowing that they were in my pocket.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Merrick Fresh Kisses!

Merrick
Fresh Kisses

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


"Smile!!"

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

Cause who doesn't love a fresh kiss!

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.

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.

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!
100% Dz Dog Approved!












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!




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