Wednesday, September 17, 2014

My Beautiful Boy | Wordless Wednesday

The Daddy recently informed me that I'd been favoring Rudy and Rosie with photos lately.  
OMD, can't have that!  So....

My beautiful boy, Jeffie.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Paws Up for Newman's Own Organics New Zealand Lamb and Barley Dog Treats from | #TastyTuesday

My dogs love it when UPS pulls down our lane.  Not only does it give Jeffie yet another chance to scare that guy in brown, but the dogs are always quite sure the delivery is for them.  Of course, it isn't, but at this point I sometimes wonder if they recognize a certain kind of box.

The ones from, of course!

This particular box contained a package of Newman's Own Organics New Zealand Lamb and Barley Dog Treats.

These are organic hand-crafted ranch style dog treats featuring New Zealand organic lamb or organic beef. The treats, baked in small batches, carry the USDA Organic Seal, as they are made with 95% organic ingredients. New Zealand is known for its sustainable farming methods. They don't allow any GMO crops to be grown in their country and their sheep and cattle ranches are multi-generational family owned. New Zealand's climate, fertile soil and relative isolation make it ideal for almost any kind of production, from sheep and cattle to crops and horticulture. Like Newman's Own Organics other dog treats, these are high in protein, naturally preserved and contain no wheat or corn, no artificial colors or flavor enhancers, and are free of added hormones, antibiotics and chemical additives.
Rudy loves Newmans Own Organics Ranch Style New Zealand Dog Treats from
These dog treats are scored so you can easily divide each into 2 treats.

According to these Newman's Own dog treats are:
  • Suitable for all life stages
  • High palatability
  • High in protein
  • Breakable, scored biscuit treat
  • Re-sealable pouch to keep freshness
  • No wheat or corn
  • 95%+ of ingredients are certified organic: barley, lamb, beef, vegetables
  • No artificial flavors, colors or preservatives
  • Certified by the Oregon Tilth
These breakable, scored biscuits are available in four flavors: Beef and Barley, Beef and Vegetable, Lamb and Barley and Lamb and Sweet Potato.  All are packaged in a convenient re-sealable pouch.

Ingredients:  Organic Barley, Organic Lamb, Organic Carrots, Organic Apples, Organic Palm Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, a Source of Vitamin E), Organic Cane Molasses.

Guaranteed Analysis:
  • Crude Protein......................9.0% (min)
  • Crude Fat..........................4.0% (min)
  • Crude Fiber........................4.0% (max)
  • Moisture..........................11.0% (max)

Caloric Value:  58 Kcal/Treat

A 10 oz bag is regularly priced $7.49 at, but is on sale now for $4.99
Rosie can't take her eyes off these Newman's Own Organics dog treats!

Jeffie, Rudy and Rosie loved these dog treats.  
Rudy doesn't want to miss a single crumb.

I loved the size and the way they easily break into two smaller treats.  I also appreciate the natural organic ingredients and that Newman's Own does not import any treats or treat ingredients from China.  Their Premium Treats are made in Canada using ingredients sourced in North America.  Their Snack Sticks and Dental Bones are made in the US with ingredients from North America.  The Ranch Style Treats, like these we taste tested, are made and sourced in New Zealand.

Jeffie's eyes say it all:  YUM!

Our verdict:  All Paws Up!

Newman's Own is a food company founded by actor Paul Newman and author A.E. Hotchner in 1982.  The company gives 100% of the after-tax profits from the sale of its products to Newman's Own Foundation (a private non-profit) when distributes the money to various educational and charitable organizations. Newman's Own Organics was created in 1993 by Newman's daughter Nell Newman and produces only organic foods including pet food. 

 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
  * We received one package of Newman's Own Organics New Zealand Lamb and Barley Dog Treats from in exchange for our honest review of the product and service.  We received no other compensation - financial or otherwise.
Talking Dogs is the official blog of For Love of a Dog Jewelry.

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.  

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Adopt Butler a Senior Lab Pit Bull Mix Dog in Kansas City

This handsome fellow is Butler.  He's a mostly Labrador Retriever mixed breed dog currently calling Wayside Waifs animal shelter home where staff believe there might be some Pit Bull Terrier, too.  Regardless of the breeds, Butler is a sweet boy who needs a forever home.  At over 7 year old, Butler is a senior dog, but he still has a lot of living to do.

Here's his adoption message:
Hello there, I'm Butler! I am a happy, sweet, loving dog, just searching for a brand new home to call my own. I hope maybe you will be my new family. I hope we will find each other and celebrate many happy years together as best friends and loyal companions. I need you in my life and hope you need me too.

I am a handsome, 7 year old, 51 pounds of pure sweetness, Lab mix. Staff thinks I might have a little Pit Bull Terrier as part of my mix, but it's hard to say. Whatever my heritage, I'm proud of the wonderful dog I am. I'm beautiful, both inside and out, with a lovely chocolaty color fur. And besides my good looks, I can't wait to show you my incredible personality and zest for life. Did you notice my adoption fee is half price, because of my senior status? I hope you won't pass me by because of my age though, because age is just a number and I've got lots of living left to do! In fact, I have some lost time to make up for. I think I had sort of a tough life so far, so I hope I will be spoiled and doted on in my new home.
I came to Wayside as a stray from Grandview, MO, and my owner was contacted, but never came for me. I imagine he misses me and I'm sure there's a good reason that he didn't come. Maybe he thought a new family is what I need in my life right now. In any case, I've forgiven him and am now ready to move on with my wonderful life. I seem to be at least partially housetrained, because I keep my kennel clean and try my best to hold it until I get outside. Please be patient with me though, when we get home, as I get used to my new routine with you. I'm already a volunteer favorite! They love my gentle and calm spirit and they think I am one pretty special dog! I walk just perfectly on my leash, right by your side, so proud to be with you. And I love to get out in the fresh air. I'm a friendly and social dog who loves to be near my people.
I'm treat motivated and very smart, so training me is a cinch. I already know how to sit, which I am happy to do, especially if you have a tasty treat. I do have sort of a hard mouth and sometimes I grab for my treat, but I'm working on that and it's an easy thing to teach me to take my treats gently. I love to learn and love to make you happy, so please teach me and show me when I do something you like, so that I can repeat my good behavior! In general, I like other dogs just fine and I'm appropriate in my play, but if you do have another, I'd love to meet them before we go home, to see how we do together. Same with all the people in the family. I'll probably be happiest in a home without kids under the age of 5, and I want to meet the whole family, please.

I'm a people pleasing, happy go lucky, tail wagging sort of dog who loves to be by your side. What more can you ask for? I will make such a wonderful addition to your life, if you'll just give me a chance. Please, I'm waiting for you now and am so ready for our new life together to begin.
Love, Butler

Take a look at Butler's adoption video and you'll see why Love Is In The Air is a perfect song for him.  Then give Wayside Waifs a call at 816-761-8151.  Butler's animal ID number is 22826602.  Remember, since Butler is a senior his adoption fee is half price!

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!
Talking Dogs is the official blog of For Love of a Dog Jewelry.  

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Dog Song by Billy Charne | Dog Song Saturday

Our song for today's Dog Song Saturday is a mournful country ballad by Billy Charne.  The Dog Song is from his 1972 album Billy Charne.  

Folk rock singer songwriter William Chernoff recorded this album as "Billy Charne" for the Sussex Label.  In The Dog Song he laments the life and death of his dog.

Sit. Stay. Relax and enjoy The Dog Song by Billy Charne.  Then fetch some more dog songs at Talking Dogs.  You'll be surprised how many barking good original songs about dogs and music videos we've collected over the years.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Travels with Casey by Benoit Denizet-Lewis | Book Review

One of my favorite animal rescue organizations is Stray Rescue of St Louis.  In late July, I wrote about the Dream at Dreamfund to benefit Stray Rescue which was set up by Benoit Denizet-Lewis, author of the book Travels with Casey.  When Benoit's publishers at Simon and Schuster saw my tweets, they offered me a copy of the book. 

Since I knew there would be no actual traveling for me this summer, I was delighted to take them up on their offer.  I figured it would be fun to vicariously travel the US with Benoit and his yellow Lab.

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.

"A moody Labrador and his insecure human take a funny, touching cross-country RV trip into the heart of America's relationship with dogs."
Part travelogue, part memoir and part informational, Travels with Casey made me laugh.  It made me cry.  It made me think a lot about dogs in general, but especially about my own dogs and my relationships with them.

I'd read some early reviews of this book that portrayed it as humorous.  It is, however, Benoit also tackles some very serious issue regarding canine health, pets of the homelessness, overbreeding, dog rescue and much more. 

At first I was disappointed.  I'd expected a light hearted story of a man and his dog hitting the road.  A compilation of their adventures together.

Instead I found a thoughtful examination of the relationship between this man and his dog.  As well as the human - dog connection as well.  Perhaps, as someone along the way suggested to Benoit, our dogs teach us to love.  I know mine have.

I'm delighted to thoroughly recommend Travels with Casey to dog lovers everywhere.

Travels with Casey ISBN-13: 9781439146934, published by Simon and Schuster,  is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and at other booksellers.

All the best books have trailers these days!

Benoit Denizet-Lewis is a writer with The New York Times Magazine and an assistant professor of writing and publishing at Emerson College.  He is the author of America Anonymous: Eight Addicts in Search of a Life and American Voyeur: Dispatches from the Far Reaches of Modern Life.  He has contributed to Sports Illustrated, The New Republic, Details, Slate, Salon, Out, and many others.  He lives in Jamaica Plain and Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Casey is an eleven year old Labrador / Golden Retriever mix who likes all
humans, most dogs, and some cats.

Disclosure:  I was given a hardback copy of Travels with Casey by Simon and Schuster without any request for a review or monetary compensation for promotion.  This is my honest opinion of the book.