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Block Pawty

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Sophie & Shamrock Saturday

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I am so incredibly sad.

This little girl…

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… will no longer play with this little guy…

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This has been the case ever since we got her wart removed. One of the reasons we got it removed was so that they could play happily without scratching it and making it bleed.

Now they don’t play at all.

I am not sure what happened. Did they get into a fight while we were out one day? Sometimes, if there is food involved, these two will get into a vicious-sounding, but virtually harmless battle in which we have to tear them apart. I wonder if that could have happened when we were not home?

Shamrock has tried to paw at Sophie to play, but she either walks away or snaps at him. I’ve tried to “make” them play {silly me}, but that only resulted in one of the viscous-sounding attack fights noted above.

I thought this meant Sophie might be in pain or ill. You know, a change in behavior can be a sign. However, she is back to playing with toys. She really hasn’t played with toys since we adopted Sham and she started using him as her play thang. They played All. The. Time.

It’s disheartening.

But they are both still loving their BarkBox. If they had known that it was about to arrive, they could have invited some friends to a Block Pawty! {Ha, ha! This month’s theme.}

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But would they really share this month’s contents?

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Their friend Finnegan just happened to visiting when it arrived. Finn was more than happy to take advantage of run off with the ice cream toy and take advantage of its wondrous squeaker!

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It was his favorite toy for the rest of his stay. {Well, maybe it remained second to Wooly Bully!} 

Of course, the treats have been tested and are S & S approved! So if your pup wants a monthly BarkBox, join here. You’ll get a free box added to your plan and will add an extra to Sophie & Sham’s, too!

Happy Saturday!

Cheers~
Carrie

 

Miss Lyla

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Shamrock & Sophie Saturday

Shamrock and Sophie are hosting another friend this weekend!

Meet Lyla…

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Lyla is an Italian Rat. Haha! She is a mixed breed dog with some Italian Greyhound and some Rat Terrier {I hope I got that right!} with, perhaps a blend of another breed or two. Check out those ears!

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Miss Lyla is still a little playful puppy that has made both us realize that Shamrock has surpassed his puppyhood! Lyla gives him a run for his money.

Isn’t she a doll?!

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She adores toys, as every little pup should.

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She loves to play tug and fetch, too! {That’s something neither of our pooches do very well.}

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And she loves to tear toys apart and rip all of the stuffing out! It’s so fun to watch! Here’s a bit of the aftermath…

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Rob is so happy to lighten Sophie and Sham’s overflowing toy bucket! I have been hoarding those for far too long…

At night, Lyla likes to cuddle up under the covers to go to sleep. The first time she did this, Sophie watched her with utter confusion. Her eyes followed the bump that was Lyla as she made her way down to my feet.

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Our family dog while I was growing up, Jerry, loved to sleep under the covers, too. It’s their short coats that make them want to get all warm and toasty! Our furry children could never handle that…

Then during the day, there sure has been a lot playing going on in our backyard!

Lyla seems to feel right at home chez Sham & Sophie, but I know she has two loving parents who miss her dearly!

Happy Saturday!

Cheers~
Carrie

 

 

The Abominable Snowman!

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Happy Sophie & Shamrock Saturday!

Remember back when I said I canceled all of my subscription boxes? Yes, that’s right, my subscription boxes. The one box that I didn’t cancel, though, belonged to them. 

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Sophie & Shamrock

How could I say, “no” to those a-dog-able faces? They get so excited every time a BarkBox arrives… Maybe next month, I’ll have to take a video. {Okay, so I tried that once and they ended up fighting. Ooops.}

January’s BarkBox theme was..

“Ice Age!”

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Here’s the loot from the Small Dog Box:

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Clockwise from Top Left:

  • Delca Corp Adorable Snowman {BarkBox Exclusive} Wait what? The tag says Abominable Snowman, but the insert card calls it the Adorable Snowman. I think “abominable” is more appropriate!
  • Complete Natural Nutrition Off-Leash Twigs – Grain-free chew made with turkey and pumpkin
  • BarkMade Wooly Mammoth – {BarkBox Exclusive}
  • Heartland Premium Rib – I’m a little nervous to give this USDA approved rib chew to my dogs. Must supervise. Or wait until one is at the vet so they aren’t fighting over it.
  • Aussie Naturals Salmon Skin Training Treat Nibbles – Rob is going to use these to teach one of the pooches a new trick? What would you like to see Sophie or Shamrock do?

Confession:

We name all of our dogs’ toys.

Maybe that should be the trick we teach them – to retrieve a toy by name. Shamrock loves new toys and usually becomes obsessed with them right after he gets them. However, he will continuously go back to this one. Sometimes they are obvious names like Blue Kitty or Monkey Stick

Other times, we have to be creative when we have two of something. For example, somehow, over the past couple of years, we’ve received two different whales. The first one became the Whale of Fortune! and the second one became Beluga.

And still other times, we like to be all Australian-like and just make the name cute by adding an “ie,” like with Chef Hedgie{A hedgehog wearing a chef’s hat.}

Well, it’s probably obvious that, from this box, we called the Wooly Mammoth toy, WoolySometimes we even call him Wooly Bully. But what to call the Abominable Snowman? Since abominable is a word that never rolls off my tongue, I finally came up with it – AbbieThat may not sound creative name to you, but it truly does have a dual meaning.

Because this abominable snowman has abs!

Abbie - the Abominable Snowman with Abs

Abbie – the Abominable Snowman with Abs

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Do you name your pet’s or kid’s toys and/or stuffed animals?

What’s the most creative name you’ve had?

Happy Saturday!

Cheers~
Carrie

They All Arrived on One Day

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Last Friday, these arrived at my doorstep:

photo 1Yes, all four subscription boxes arrived on the same day. Only I didn’t know it. I was hosting an Open House Wine Tasting and our first guest had to bring them in! Consequently, I actually waited until the next morning to open them. I was like a kid on Christmas morning!

So hear goes…. From Top to Bottom!

Love with Food

  • $10 + $2 shipping per month
  • Each box shipped = meal donated to a hungry child
  • Earn points for reviewing or referring toward product purchase

November’s {appropriate} Love with Food Box Theme:

There was a whole slew of coupons and inserts, as well as a recipe from Chef Ryan Scott:

And the contents:

November Love with Food Contents {clockwise from top left}:

  • Mighty Leaf Ginger Leaf Tea – Refreshing!
  • Arora Creations Indian Spice Blend – There is a recipe to make Indian-spiced green beans or asparagus. Can’t wait to try this!
  • Kukuruza Tuxedo Popcorn – Rob and I split this and we were in love {with the popcorn!}
  • Eat Natural Almond, Apricot and Yoghurt Bar
  • Laura Secord Maple Fudge – Reminded me of a caramel… sort of. YUM!
  • Dancing Deer Baking Co. Rosemary Sea Salt Shortbread – Rosemary may sound like a strange flavor for rosemary, but so hath one of my favorite desserts in all of the Twin Cities!
  • Sensible Foods Sweet Corn Crunch – I received this in what I believe was my very first Love with Food box. Loved it then, so I’m sure I will again!
  • Sweet Potato Popchips
  • And to the right… Green & Black’s Organic Dark Chocolate {70%}Dark chocolate. Duh.

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Birchbox

  • $10 per month (includes shipping)
  • Earn points for reviews and referrals toward product purchase.
  • Discounts on each month’s products for members.

November Contents

November Birchbox contents {clockwise from top left}:

  • Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter Pencil
  • Fatty Sundays Chocolate Covered Pretzel – Yummy Toasted Coconut. But a full-sized one one/container is about $32.
  • Beauty Protector Shampoo & Conditioner – samples sized, perfect for travel
  • Supergoop Daily Correct SPF 35 CC Cream – sample size

This month’s box = not that exciting.

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Bestowed

  • $19 per month (includes shipping)
  • All products chosen by a Registered Dietician

November Bestowed box contents {clockwise, from top left}:

  • Nektar Honey Crystals – I’ve received these before and love that they make honey portable for tea.
  • Crunchmaster Multi-Seed Crackers (full-size) – I’ve received these in other boxes, too, and love them. I love that Bestowed includes full-size products!
  • Perfect Fuel Chocolate
  • Wild Garden Hummus Dip – I’ve had this before and wasn’t a fan. I love hummus, but I’m just not thrilled with this stuff.
  • Eat Green Tea – Eat green tea?! Just sprinkle it on anything and get your green tea antioxidants. I liked it on my salad. They recommend it in smoothies.
  • Quest Bar Chocolate Peanut Butter
  • Skratch Labs Exercise Hydration Mix – I really liked the flavors
  • Salba Smart Chia Boost
  • ZICO Chocolate Coconut Water
  • And to the right… LifeIce – I put this in the freezer and forgot about it until now!

Obviously, I haven’t had time to try everything. And I really didn’t want to, because it’s one of the best put-together boxes in my opinion, but I canceled Bestowed. *GASP!* I decided it’s way too many foods to keep trying. I’m sticking with LWF for now because it’s cheaper and I’ve racked up rewards. But that may change soon, too, just because Rob and I are talking about more clean eating. Otherwise, I think I actually prefer Bestowed… by a small margin! I’d highly recommend it.

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Barkbox

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Anxious dogs!

Last year we wrapped the December Bark Box for Sophie & Benny and opened it for them on Christmas. We are planning to do the same this year. But here’s November’s Box:

November BarkBox contents {clockwise from top left}:

  • Bocce’s Bakery Truffle Mac & Cheese Dog Treats
  • N-Bone – I’m glad there were two! They chewed on the chair together, as you can see above.
  • Happy Howie’s Turkey Sausage Treats
  • Etta Says Chew – Not pictured. I’m not sure why. These are Sophie’s favorite, so I’m trying to find a time when I can give it to her without making Sham jeaouls.
  • P.L.A.Y Zucchini Toy – Not pictured. Shamrock stole it immediately. Of course, it’s his new favorite. {Until the next new toy comes around!} I liked that there was a zucchini muffin recipe for dogs included! I may attempt those this weekend.

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It’s not spring, but I’m doing a little spring cleaning! Today, I’m cleaning out my closet AND the office. All of this “stuff” sometimes makes me want to purge a few things. I’m actually looking forward to it.

What do you need to purge/organize this time of year?

Disclosure: I was not paid to review any products listed here and have purchased the boxes on my own. Referral links are imbeded in this post if you choose to try out a box.

Cheers,
Carrie

Happy Halloween BarkBox

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My photos for this month’s BarkBox, turned out all dark and scaaaarrrrryyyy!

There’s are good reasons for this.

  1. Halloween is approaching and such was the theme of the box.
  2. It was dark when we opened it. {But it’s dark when I leave for work and pretty much dark when I get home this time of year, though.}
  3. I’m not a professional photographer and, quite frankly, didn’t put in the effort in improving these photos. No apologies.

Here were the October BarkBox content for our “small dog” box:

Pet Qwerks Chevron Bear – I’m sorry. I have to call this toy Bucky the Badger! It looks so much like the Wisconsin Mascot! I got approval for this name change from my Michigan Alumnus husband. Of course, in true Shamrock-style, it was the first thing stolen out of the box. I had to retrieve it to get the photo below. It was a nice little birthday gift for him since he turned one on Wednesday. Happy Birthday, Shamrock!

photo 5Superior Farms Lamb Ear (not pictured) – Unlike Shamrock, who loves the toys, Sophie always sniffs out a chew from the box. Since Sham was already so busy with Bucky, I immediately unwrapped the lamb ear, to find TWO inside. SCORE! One for each of the pooches! Sham’s interest in his lamb ear helped me to retrieve Bucky for that photo above.

Your Dog’s Diner Mutt Meatball Treat Mix – What does that even mean? According to the instructions, you mix this with 1 lb of grand beef and an egg just like you would to form regular meatballs, and bake. Sounds like a bit of work to me for some dog treats! But maybe I should make them this weekend. I didn’t make a puppy cake, like I’d thought about doing for Sham’s birthday. Maybe we can celebrate with some meatballs. After all, I did make some for ourselves this week and we did not share with the pooches!

photo 2Baker’s Best Autumn’s Harvest Treats – There is rarely a complaint about treats in the box. In fact, there was only one time when Sophie was reluctant to take one, but ended up eating it anyway. This was not that time. 😉

photo 3Fruitables Dog Treats Share Pack – I almost shrieked with delight when I saw these! They are Halloween treat bags for dogs!!!! Perfect if you have any doggie trick-or-treaters (or should we say tricks-for-treaters?!) who stop by on Halloween. And we love the Fruitables-brand treats. Okay, so I’ve never eaten them, but they are some of the best-smelling dog treats ever. Nothing’s worse than handing your dog over a smelly treat or two and then having to wash your hands more than thoroughly so that you don’t smell like said treat. These treats are actually steering me in the direction to maybe even like Halloween.photo 1I have mixed emotions about dogs getting dressed up for Halloween. Part of me thinks that it is so cruel. But when I see the cutest costumes, the other half makes me think it’s so adorable! We dressed Sophie as a butterfly last year for the Spooky Tails 5k. She absolutely hated it. It was the first time I had ever dressed a dog in costume.

Look at my antennae!

Look at my antennae!

But Halloween might actually be fun if we dressed the pooches and walked through the neighborhood. Sham would bark at every kid and get pretty scared though, I’d imagine…

How about you? How do you feel about doggie costumes?

**Get $5 off your first month of BarkBox when you subscribe here. It is so much fun for our pooches and makes the perfect gift!**

Cheers~
Carrie

Another New Doggie Box Battle

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Subscription Box Saturday – Doggie Box Edition

Recently, I was offered a 2-month subscription to PetBox for $29 through Coupaw, a deal site for pet products. Let’s see how it stands up to our favorite BarkBox.

Here’s our September comparison.

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What: “Each box contains five to six items such as healthy treats, toys, grooming products, etc. Each month your PetBox will have five to six new items with a minimum retail value of over $60. These high quality items are each hand picked for your pet’s enjoyment. For each PetBox that we ship each month, we give $3 to help animal rescue efforts.”

Cost: $29 per month or as low as $19 per month for a 12-month subscription.

Our first box:

And the Contents:

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September PetBox Contents: Gourmet Select Carrot Crunch Treats, Petrodex Doggie Toothbrush and Toothpaste, Safemade Newt Chew, Doggie Sunscreen, PoopBags with dispenser, Nootie Daily Pet Spritz, No Grainers Soft Chews

Of course, Shamrock wanted Newt to jump out of the box as soon as possible, so he could play with him!

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Do you think it could be for this reason?

PB5I think it’s funny that “newt flavor* tastes like chicken.” Rob won’t be testing this out any time soon. Unfortunately, Newt lost a couple of legs in a matter of minutes. I think Shamrock wanted to get to the bottom of that Newt flavor!

I had never heard of Doggie Sunscreen before, so I am glad that included some information:

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It’s good, too, that we received the toothbrush kit. Once upon a time, I used to brush Sophie’s teeth. I don’t know how I got out of the habit. I’m sure that chicken flavored toothpaste from when she was a pup is no good now. At least they will have their own toothbrushes and I can start this habit again.

Overall, we liked the box. Not too shabby for the $14.50 I paid. However, the homepage states that the retail value is well over $60. I searched for these products online and came up with $36.96. Not a bad deal for those paying $29 for the box, but it doesn’t exactly meet the $60 claim. Here’s my breakdown. It was a quick online look-up. And when I saw a sale price, I ignored it and went with the regular price.

  • Gourmet Select Treats – $2.59 (7 oz bag)
  • Petrodex Toothbrush & Toothpaste Kit – $10.59
  • Newt – $4.29
  • Nootie Daily Spritz – $11.99
  • Doggie Sunscreen – $2.50 ($4.99 for two)
  • No Grainers Treats – $5
  • TOTAL = $36.96

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BarkBox:

What: “Each monthly box contains a combination of 4-6 treats, toys, and hygiene products that have been hand selected and approved by Scout, head product tester for BarkBox. BarkBox is dedicated to supporting the health and happiness of all dogs! That’s why we donate at least 10% of our profits to shelters, rescues and animal welfare organizations.”

Cost: $29 per month or as low as $19 per month for a 12-month subscription.

September BarkBox Contents:

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September BarkBox Contents: It’s Purely Natural Treats, Wagatha’s Tuscan Pizza Organic Dog Biscuits, VetraCare Liquid Bandage for Pets and….

Wait, that box is missing an item that Sham stole out of the box right away!

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That’s a cool koala rope toy, squeaker, animal toy all stuffed in one!

I have not seen promises as to how much the BarkBox claims to be worth each month, but I thought I’d check on these items just for comparison.

  • Aussie Naturals Koala Toy – $7.99
  • It’s Purely Natural Treats – $7.88
  • Wagatha’s Organic Treats – $10.95
  • VetraCare Liquid Banadage for Pets – $7.99
  • TOTAL = $34.81

You can always get $5 off your first month’s subscription of BarkBox by clicking on my referral link.

In case you are curious, here are the other doggie subscription boxes we’ve tried!

Since thinking about and spoiling my pooches makes me happy, tell me something you are/were happy about this weekend!

*Note: I have not been compensated to review either of these subscription boxes. I have purchased each subscription myself, using deals whenever they are offered through various deal sites.

Cheers~
Carrie

Doggie Box Going Out of Business

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Yesterday, I learned that Pawalla, a doggie box  that we once tried, went out of the subscription box service business.

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After our trial period, we didn’t continue with their service. But it’s still sad because the truth is that my dogs get excited about any doggie box that arrives at our doorstep.

Shamrock & Sophie tearing into their Spoiled Rotten Box

Shamrock & Sophie tearing into their Spoiled Rotten Box

But go back up to the top and read Pawalla’s notice a little more closely. They are pointing their subscribers in another direction to continue their services at a discount with BarkBox, which is still our favorite! Well, again, I’m not sure the pooches care. It’s just my personal preference based on all the boxes we’ve tried in terms of price, content and quality. It doesn’t hurt that they donate 10% to a local shelter or rescue.

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When I opened the August BarkBox, Shamrock did not miss a beat. He stole the toy right out of the box, something he’s been known to do lately. It took all I could muster to get it away from him to remove the packaging.

BB-WhaleYou can’t tell it in the photo here, but it’s a cute little blue whale. Rob likes ot call it the Whale of Fortune. Then he spins it. It has quickly become Shamrock’s (new) favorite toy. Well, at least since his favorite toy from the last box. It’s called Hear Doggy! because it’s a squeaky toy that we can’t hear, but do to it’s higher frequency squeak, supposedly dogs can.

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Here are the rest of the contents of the box. Notice that I couldn’t get the whale back long enough to photograph. 😉

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Barkworthies Beef Treats, Primal Freeze Dried Liver Munchies, Barkworthies Bully Flakes (food topper), Ice Pups

When I first posted this photo, I had no idea what movie was on in the background. But I found out. Can you guess? Seriously it’s not as bad as you’d think. 😉

Anyway…

The Ice Pups can be made into doggie ice cube popsicles, a cold liquid for a hot day or hot broth for a cold one.

As usual, the pooches are content. And we never run out of treats. Click here and scroll down to the bottom to find out how you can get a discount on BarkBox!

Do you give your pets cool treats for hot weather?

If so, what do you give them?

Cheers~