Nutrish Dog Food Passes the 4legged Taste Test

This post brought to you by Nutrish. All opinions are 100% mine.

If you’ve been reading Lessons From and For 4 legs for long you know nutrition for my 4legged friends is a vitally important subject to me.

While I’m pretty happy with what I feed now, I’m always on the lookout for new and healthy alternatives to feed the dogs. So when I tried this free sample of Rachael Ray Nutrish just 6 dry dog food I was happy to see the dogs loved it!

I had the Lamb Meal and Brown Rice Recipe to try. With no corn, wheat, or soy it has a leg up on many of the dog foods out there. With only 20% protein it makes a pretty good food for a reactive pup, like Maizey,  who may need a lower protein food.

Also available are chicken, beef and turkey recipes. With protein contents varying between 20% and 26% there is a good variety to choose from.

I always make sure a dog food has real meat as the first ingredient and that there are no meat by-products, fillers (such as corn). It’s also vital that it’s not packed with artificial flavors and preservatives. Nutrish meats all of these standards.

Rachael Ray Nutrish just 6 dry dog food meets the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials)  to be fed as an all life stages food so it’s a great choice if you have a puppy, adolescent (like Magnus) or an older dog.

For our trial we let Magnus the adolescent of the family try it and he loved it. We also fed it to Chloe our one year old, part time Poodle and Maizey, my two year old, but the most remarkable taste test came with our part time boy,  Charley.

Charley is a Poodle Shitzu mix and by far our pickiest eater. Would he turn up his nose at Nutrish as he does to so many other foods? The pictures show the story:  He loved it! 

In short the dogs give Nutrish two paws up and I give it a thumbs up for wholesome ingredients and offering a great free sample program. So why don’t you click over and let your pups try Nutrish, maybe they’ll love it as much as mine did!

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No More Magnus of the Mean Teeth

This post brought to you by Victor Pest. All opinions are 100% mine.

Magnus successfully had four baby K9′s pulled on Wednesday. It went well and he was quickly back to normal.

When I leave Maizey at the vet she never wants me to leave. It’s not so much fear of the vet, she rather likes him, it’s the whole, “I should be with my Crazymomlady at all times.” Makes a girl feel so loved.

Magnus is a different story. Going to the vet is yet another adventure to him. So when his favorite vet tech took him back with her, he just trotted along, happy as can be with nary a look back at me. 

Unlike his Princessface sister, his attitude is more, “See ya Crazymomlady, going with my fav lady here to be Mr. Popular!”

So am I complaining? In this anthropomorphized story am I disappointed? Not at all! I am thrilled with his outgoing, happy go-lucky attitude. 

As for his teeth? They weren’t coming out on their own. After they were pulled they were each about an inch long!

I was getting so used to all those teeth I had started thinking of ways to put them to good use. They use Rat Terriers for pest control, right? I guess now that Magnus of the Mean teeth doesn’t have all those extra’s I will have to call Victor for any rodent control needs.

Do you know how far pest control has come? I grew up in the country and it wasn’t uncommon to have a mouse or two invade the house. The solution? Well, not a pleasant one.

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Now pest control is armed with electronic pest chasers. Using sonic technology to keep your house safe and clean. This seems a much safer option for our pets too. No scary traps, (empty or full-eek!) for them to stumble across.

In the event I end up with a pest invasion I may pick up Victors whole Protect Your Space Combo Kit. But if you need some protection now check out this promotion! $99.99 with free shipping!

It has to be a much better plan than expecting Magnus the Destroyer to protect us, especially now his tooth count is down to normal!

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There’s More There Than Just Magnus

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Geile Leon. All opinions are 100% mine.

Being born at a puppy mill in Missouri is perhaps not the most auspicious start to life. But it doesn’t seem to have bothered Magnus any.

Then at eight weeks he was rescued by a wonderful lady who runs Flawdogs Adoption, a rescue who is committed to saving as many 4legged friends as possible and is seeing success. At least we count Magnus as one of their success stories!

They even brought him to me at the St. Louis airport, which was great since it let me fly in, pick him up and fly home all in one day. However it also meant I went all the way to Missouri without seeing more than the inside of the airport. Turns out I missed more than you may think!

Branson Missouri may not be some peoples first thought for a vacation destination, but if you do go there for a weekend getaway check out Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing. Not only is it a beautiful place to stay they have a great Fall in The City Package that includes dinner on the Showboat Branson Belle.

That’s not all you can enjoy at the Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel. Is shopping your thing? Then check out their deluxe shopping package, not only will you get a buffet breakfast for two maybe you can buy your 4legged friend a treat with the $25 gift certificate to the Tanger Outlet Mall.

I guess next time I fly to Missouri I will have to actually leave the airport and check out some of these great deals for myself!
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Joint Health In Dogs

This post brought to you by Marvelous Products. All opinions are 100% mine.

As anyone who has read for a while knows, I am very concerned with joint health in my 4legged friends.

Since Maizey has had both patella’s operated on, arthritis is a huge concern for her future. Of course the surgeon says that she should be fine until she is much older, but who would I be if I didn’t worry about it years in advance?

And you know “they” say, “an ounce of prevention is . . .” Well what ever they say, I’m going with the prevention thing.

So that’s why I am happy to try Glucosamine Chondroitin MSM for dogs. The Osteo-Pet Total Joint Care Formula has not only the Glucosamine and Chondroitin in it but is packed with all kinds of helpful things like Hyaluronic Acid, Green-Lipped Mussels, Boswellia and Essential Fatty Acids

I used to always give Meeka fish oil to supplement her fatty acids, but with the little dogs perhaps Osteo-Pet Total Joint Care could meet that need too. Of course the effective dosage for fatty acids is different for each dog, so that must be calculated carefully!

As always thinking of this, and everything else, makes me miss my Big Girl, if I still had her and these two little squirts I may need to buy the Value Size Glucosamine Chondroitin MSM for dogs.

No matter what size bottle I end up with I will be sure to use coupon code “OsteoPet33″ for a one time use 10% off coupon for anything in the Marvelous Products store. As it is I will start with one bottle and perhaps it will help keep Magnus from ever having a knee that looks like Maizey’s did after her surgery!

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Puppies Take Lots of Exercise

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It’s nothing new that puppies take lots of exercise. What somehow manages to slip my mind every time I have a puppy is how much exercise puppies make for ME!

I would never claim to be in the best of shape, but chasing around the scampering Magnus is really showing me just how pathetic I am. I’m getting so desperate I may even try the Playstation Move to get some exercise.

I have friends who love to workout using their gaming systems. Though I don’t even own a Play Station, if I did have a PlayStation®3 I could use a bundle package to add MOVE for for only $99.00.

My friends always say it’s good exercise for the whole family, I wonder if I could get the dogs in on this workout? Pilates for puppies? It could happen! I have a friend (whom I sure would rather remain nameless) whose little 4legged friend helps her while she does pilates. When she does a plank he jumps over her like she’s a modified jump. Very cute I’m sure!

Hmm. . . I’m not sure if that would work with Magnus 13 second attention span, I may have to stick to his mini wobble board and teeter. Still, for me it may turn out to be a good option!
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Princess Of The Shrill Bark Needs a Cell Phone?

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With all the excitement in our lives lately I can’t say I have felt much like talking on the phone, but we have been recently considering our phone options.

I’m pretty sure if Maizey was a teenage girl she would be the type that racked up my cell phone bills, thankfully the lack of opposable thumbs saves me from that, but if I did have to worry about it I may be using Boost Mobile.

One thing that would makes Boost good to keep up with Maizey’s insane amounts of talking is the Re-Boost method of paying on-line, in-person or even by the phone, if I could pry it out of her greedy little paws. They even have automatic payments which is a good option if you’re considering keeping your noisy 4legged friend in minutes and coverage.

Of course a large selection of phones is important since teenage girls need to keep up with the trends. I could even explore using a Blackberry. Which may be a good choice for me to keep up with all the 4legged lessons I have to post here.

Well I will have to talk it over with Maizey and decide the best way to fill all her cell phones needs, but Boost Mobile may just be the way to for us!
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Caregiving For However Many Legs You Have

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of NMEDA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Years ago when I worked 60 hours a week instead of playing with 4legged friends full time I was in home health care. I helped people who had Cerebral Palsy, were disabled from age or injury and for most of my working years I did hospice care.

It is incredibly hard and rewarding work. Lately around here I have been doing caregiving of the 4legged variety. I find it mostly just hard, especially as I feel the hospice part of our 4legged care is looming in the future.

All this has me thinking about the challenges of being a caregiver and the enormous challenges of having a disability. On the Training Levels Yahoo Group many are training their own service dog. And a challenge they have too! Yet they are really stepping up to the plate and asking for guidance to do so. But how unique their challenges are. I know how hard it has been for me to teach Maizey to LLW, can you imagine doing so with an electric wheel chair?

Perhaps we could all learn something from NMEDA. A non-profit group that helps educate people on equipment and safe driving for disabled persons.

Working in home health care I saw first hand how all equipment is not made equal. So it’s nice that they do personal interviews to help people be fitted for their personal needs.

Too bad they don’t do the same for our 4legged friends. One of the most important things you can do for a pup that has Degenerative Myelopathy is fit them for a supporting cart before they are paralyzed. Believe me it is complicated! Of course with Meeka’s further complications it doesn’t look like she will make it long enough to need a cart, but it’s always nice to know your options!

Who knows if that ends up being a need for her maybe I can find a company that is as informative as NMEDA!
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