Wednesday, July 23, 2014

New Dog Book Author Raises Money for Stray Rescue St Louis

 Stray Rescue Founder, Randy Grimm, checks out the new dog book Travels with Casey by Benoit Danizet Lewis  ©StrayRescue

New York Times Magazine writer Benoit Denizet-Lewis worried that his dog, Casey, didn't like him very much.  So Benoit rented an RV, lured Casey inside with treats, and embarked on a 13,000 mile road trip designed to help them bond.  

Along the way they spent time with wolf-dogs in Appalachia, dedicated stray dog rescuer Randy Grim, got pulled over by a K9 cop in Missouri,  visited Cesar Millan and so much more.  The result is Travels with Casey: My Journey Through Our Dog-Crazy Country.
Benoit spent a full week with Randy Grim, founder of Stray Rescue of St Louis, his staff and volunteers, rescuing stray and feral dogs in East St Louis, one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in our country.  Randy has devoted his life to the dogs society has forgotten.

Benoit has set up a Dream at DreamFund to benefit Stray Rescue of St Louis.  All monies raised will go directly to rescuing, feeding, and rehabilitating dogs helped by Stray Rescue.  Benoit hopes to raise $5,000 by August 20, 2014.

Check out this video of Benoit's time with Randy Grim:

Contribute to the Dream for Stray Rescue!

We Need a Bigger Doggie Pool | Wordless Wednesday

Rudy seems to be saying:
  We need a bigger doggie pool!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Natures Recipe Dog Treats from Chewy | Product Review

As you can see, Rudy takes his job as a dog treat tester very seriously.  Actually, Rosie and Jeffie do, too.  All three are thrilled when that big brown truck delivers a package like this one:
They know a box from contains something great for them and that it is time to go to work!
This particular delivery from contained some yummy (their word, really) Nature's Recipe Oven Baked Chewy Dog Treats.  In fact, we received two packages to sample for this review.  

Rosie is ready to begin taste testing Nature's Recipe dog treats from

These are wholesome bite sized treats made with real meat with natural flavor.  Made with no artificial colors or preservatives.

Nature's Recipe Oven Baked Chewy Dog Treats come in three varieties:  Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Apples, Lamb with Carrots and Apples, and Venison

We received two packages of Nature's Recipe Oven Bakes Chewy Treats:
  • Chicken Recipe with Sweet Potatoes and Apples
  • Lamb Recipe with Carrots and Apples
Rosie is focused on the all important job of taste testing dog treats from
Nature's Recipe Chicken Chewy Dog Treats ingredients: Chicken, brown sugar, soy flour, dried potato, rolled oats, dried sweet potato, dried apple, glycerin, salt, natural flavor, garlic, citric acid (used as a preservative), minerals (calcium propionate, zinc propionate), natural mixed tocopherols (used as a preservative), rosemary extract.

Guaranteed Analyses:
Crude Protein  19% minimum
Crude Fat  9% minimum
Crude Fiber  3% maximum 
Moisture  20% maximum
Crude Fat  9% minimum
*No calorie information found.

Rudy can hardly wait to taste test Nature's Recipe Lamb Dog Treats from
Nature's Recipe Lamb Chewy Dog Treats ingredients:  Lamb, chicken, sugar, soy flour, dried potato, dried carrots, rolled oats, dried apple, glycerin, salt, caramel color, natural flavor, garlic, citric acid (used as a preservative), minerals (calcium propionate, zinc propionate), natural mixed tocopherols (used as a preservative), rosemary extract

Guaranteed Analyses:
Crude Protein  16% minimum
Crude Fat  10% minimum 
Crude Fiber  3% maximum
Moisture  20% maximum
*No calorie information found.

Jeffie loves Nature's Recipe Oven Baked Chewy Dog Treats from
Verdict:  Not only did the dogs like these dog treats, I liked them, too.  Made in the US with real meat and no artificial preservatives or colors.  These treats are a terrific size for my very large dogs, plus they're soft enough to be able to easily tear them into smaller bits for small dogs or for training.  The economically priced:  5.5 oz bags are $3.79 at

Nature's Recipe began offering pet food and treats over thirty years ago.  They believe that healthy nutrition is based on the embodiment of nature's perfection.  Their Oven Baked Dog Treats are distributed by Del Monte Pet Products, a division of Del Monte Foods, based in San Francisco, California.

There are lots of reasons to like
  • Fast shipping to our front door (free if our order is over $49)
  • Over 200 brands to choose from in pet food, treats, and supplies
  • Great prices and frequent sales
  • Easy to navigate web site and terrific customer service
  • gives back via their Shelter and Rescue Network
Canine verdict:  Rosie's tongue never lies. 
These dog treats are yummy!

 * We received two packages of Nature's Recipe Oven Baked Chewy Dog Treats from in exchange for our honest review of the product and service.  We received no other compensation - financial or otherwise.

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We're joining the Tasty Tuesday blog hop today.  This is a blog hop that celebrates good food, sponsored by Sugar the Golden Retriever and Kols Notes.  

Monday, July 21, 2014

July #Giveaway at For Love of a Dog Jewelry | Monday Mischief

Another Monday.  Another giveaway.  And this time the mischief is that I just couldn't decide what to giveaway.   

So...  I'm simply not going to make that decision.  You are!

Well...  actually, the lucky winner of this giveaway will be making that decision.

Giveaway Rules:
1. There will be one winner (chosen at random by Rafflecopter) and they will receive their choice of one pair of earrings from For Love of a Dog Jewelry.  

2. Winner's selection must be from current available stock on hand at

3. This giveaway is open worldwide.  However, those of you who live outside the US must agree to be responsible for all Customs/VAT fees.

4. The winner will be announced on July 31 here on this blog, plus the winner will receive an email from me that morning.   If I do not receive a response to that email within 24 hours, an alternate winner will be chosen.

You read that right!  Hmmm... what will it be?  WOOF dog bone earrings, lampwork dog bone earrings, meowing good cat earrings?  Something with an equestrian theme with lucky horseshoes?  Or maybe I have some of your favorite dog breed earrings in stock! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Thank you to Snoopy’s Dog Blog, Alfie’s Blog, and My Brown Newfies for hosting Monday Mischief! 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Adopt Bella a Labrador Retriever Vizsla Mix Dog In Kansas City

This pretty girl is Bella.  She's a Labrador Retriever and Vizsla mixed breed dog who is 4 years and 9 months old.  Her owner had to move out of town and could not take Bella along, so she's waiting at Wayside Waifs in Kansas City for a new loving home.

Here's what Bella has to say about herself:
I'm Bella and I'm looking for a new home. I'm a beautiful, playful, and affectionate, too. I just need a home and family, that's all, and then my life will be perfect.

I am a 4 1/2 year old, 61 pound, already housetrained and crate trained, Labrador Retriever/Vizsla mix. I came to Wayside when my owner was moving out of town and couldn't take me with her. We had been together for the past several months and I was with a friend of hers before that. My life has been sort of crazy lately, so I'd love a little stability and peace and quiet. Don't get me wrong though, I love to stay active and busy, but I'd just like a consistent routine of a daily walk or run or hike with my loved one. That's my idea of a great way to stay active. That's not asking too much, is it?

I love to spend time with my people! Wherever you are, I'd love to be with you. I'm a perfect combination of active yet chilled out and relaxed. I'm quiet and well behaved in my kennel at Wayside. And when you get me out, I love to play fetch and play with toys and spend time showing you my tricks. I already know 'sit', 'down', 'come', and 'shake', and I'd love to learn more! My previous owner described me as a playful and affectionate, sometimes goofy, lap dog who soaks up attention from my people. I'm looking for an owner who likes to have their dog by their side whenever possible. I even like to eat when you're near me! I was completely housetrained in my previous home and never bothered a thing in the house when I was left by myself. I slept through the night on my dog bed or with my owner and never made a peep. I do know how to jump a fence though, and I might do that or dig if I get bored alone in my yard. Please supervise me when I'm outside and don't leave me alone in the yard all day.

Please be patient and gentle and calm with me as I get acclimated to my new home. I've been through lots of change in my life and that can be tough for a dog who craves consistency and routine. I'll do my best to make you happy, once I figure out exactly what that means. So please offer me praise and treats when I'm a good girl. That will help me be the confident, well behaved dog I know I can be.

I'd love to be the only animal in my new home. I've lived with other dogs before, but that didn't always go so well. They didn't always want to listen to me and I didn't like to back down. So I'll need a home without other dogs or cats or other small, furry animals, please. I hope you don't mind me being your whole focus of attention! I promise to shower you with so much love that you'll be fine with just me! And please let me meet the whole family before we go home together, so that we can be sure we all get along great. I was recently adopted for awhile, but I didn't get along with the 4 year old in my home, so Wayside staff thinks I'll be happiest in a home without kids under the age of 10, just to be safe.

I just want to fit in. I want to belong. I want you to love me and feel like you need me in your life. I want your life to be better because I'm in it. I'll work every single day for the rest of my life to make all of that happen. I'm waiting for you now and I hope you come for me soon!
Love, Bella

Take a look at Bella's adoption video, then contact Wayside Waifs at 816-761-8151.  Bella's animal ID number is 22475764.   Bella's adoption fee is only $25.

Wayside Waifs is Kansas City’s largest no-kill animal shelter.   They are an independent, 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit humane society and animal welfare organization established in 1944.  Wayside Waifs is committed to finding homes for all adoptable pets. Wayside is the largest pet adoption center in Kansas City, placing over 5,400 animals each year in loving forever homes. Wayside does not euthanize adoptable animals, and there are no time limits for animals in our care. Only animals suffering from significant medical issues or those that pose a danger are humanely euthanized. Wayside Waifs is proud to be a part of Kansas City's no-kill community.
Talking Dogs blog is participating in the Tuesday's Tails blog hop hosted by Dogs N Pawz and Talking Dogs. This is the blog hop that features shelter pets.  Find a pet at your local animal shelter or rescue and join us!

Tuesday's Tails blog hop participants can post any day of the week and link up with a fresh blog hop linky every Tuesday.  Though targeted at adoptable pets, we also welcome blog posts regarding pet adoption, rescue organizations and adoption events.Fetch the new Tuesday's Tails Facebook page and give us a like! Please help spread the word about these beautiful animals via social media and let's find them forever homes! 
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