Saturday, May 23, 2015

Some Gave All - Honoring Military Dogs | Dog Song Saturday

This Memorial Day weekend we're devoting Dog Song Saturday here at Talking Dogs to all of the amazing dogs who have stood by our soldiers for decades.  

Today we honor Military K-9s and, of course, also remember the people who have died while service in our country's armed forces.

The music video was put together by From the Heart Rescue and is accompanied by Some Gave All sung by Billy Ray Cyrus.

From the Heart Rescue notes:
  • 1914–1918: Dogs were used by international forces to deliver vital messages. About a million dogs died in action. Sgt Stubby, an American Pit Bull Terrier mix was the most awarded dog of World War I and became the first dog to be given a rank (of Sergeant) when he discovered and alerted the Allies to the presence of a German spy.
  • 1943–1945: The Marine Corps used dogs, donated by owners, in the Pacific theater to help take islands back from the Japanese. The Doberman became the official dog of the USMC; however, all breeds of dogs were eligible to train to be "war dogs". At the height of WWII more than 10,000 dogs from the United States were in action. Of the 549 dogs that returned from the war, only 4 could not be returned to civilian life. Many of the dogs went home with their handlers from the war.
  • 1966–1973: Approximately 5,000 US war dogs served in the Vietnam War (the US Army did not retain records prior to 1968); about 10,000 US servicemen served as dog-handlers during the war, and the K9 units are estimated to have saved over 10,000 human lives. 232 military working dogs and 295 servicemen/dog handlers were killed in action. It is estimated about 200 Vietnam War dogs survived the war to be assigned at other US bases outside the US; the remaining dogs were euthanized or left behind. 
  • 2011: United States Navy SEALs used a Belgian Malinois war dog named Cairo in Operation Neptune Spear, in which Osama bin Laden was killed.
Sit. Stay. Take a moment to reflect on these remarkable dogs and have a barking good Memorial Day holiday weekend.   Fetch more dog songs and music videos at Talking Dogs.  You'll be surprised at how many we've collected over the years.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Wellness CORE Protein Bars for Dogs from @Chewy | Product Review

When I realized that the folks who make Old Mother Hubbard dog biscuits are the same who make Wellness CORE Protein Bars for dogs, I could hardly wait to try them.  Old Mother Hubbard dog biscuits are the favorite around our house.  All three of my dogs love their crunchy goodness.

All three also love these protein bars! They're a part of the Wellness gourmet dog treats line and the whole point is healthy dog treats with no empty calories.

Wellness CORE is based on the nutritional philosophy that dogs, given their primal ancestry, thrive on a diet mainly comprised of meat. These nutrient-dense protein nuggets are packed with quality animal protein, without fillers or grains, along with wholesome superfoods. Each tender bite delivers an incredibly healthy and exceptionally tasty way to treat your dog.

Key Benefits
  • Grain-free, gluten-free, tender, bite-size bars
  • Perfect pairings of hearty proteins and delicious superfoods
  • No meat by-products, wheat, corn, soy or artificial flavors, colors or preservatives
  • Only 16 calories per treat
  • 100% natural
  • Made in the USA!

Wellness CORE Grain-Free Protein Bars come in four varieties:
  • Chicken and Turkey with Sweet Potates
  • Beef and Bison with Blueberries
  • Salmon and Whitefish with Pomegranates
  • Turkey and Duck with Kale
We received a bag in the Beef and Bison with Blueberries recipe.
Beef, Peas, Flaxseed, Natural Flavor, Bison, Cane Molasses, Salt, Broccoli, Carrots, Blueberries, Mixed Tocopherols added to preserve freshness, Dried Cultured Skim Milk, Rosemary Extract

Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein  not less than 26%
Crude Fat  not less than 18%
Crude Fiber  not more than 4%
Moisture not more than 20%
16 Calories per Treat

These treats are not a uniform shape.  Trying to halve them means they kind of come apart.  Plus, because of the irregular size of these treats, I had to use my judgement about the calories.  Jeffie and Rosie who are watching their weight, received the smaller bits.
Jeffie didn't care if these protein bars contained blueberries.
My dogs really love these tasty treats.  Even Jeffie, who does not like blueberries, would have liked to eat the whole bag. 

Our Verdict
Though I do wish they were easier to break into smaller pieces, I have to agree with my dogs:  PAWS UP for these healthy natural dog treats!
Sweet Rosie patiently waited her turn for these yummy treats.

Wellness CORE Grain-Free Protein Bars are on sale now at Chewy - $7.89 for a  5.5 oz bag

We also give Chewy our highest recommendation.
There are lots of reasons to like
  • Fast shipping to our front door (free if our order is over $49)
  • Hundreds of 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 bag of Wellness CORE Protein Bars from in exchange for our honest opinion of the product and service.  Talking Dogs only shares information about pet products we think our readers might enjoy.

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, May 17, 2015

Adopt #OceanBreeze a #Basset #LabradorRetriever #SeniorDog @WaysideWaifs in #KCMO

I admit I chuckled when I read the breed description for this beautiful boy.  Let's face it, it's an unusual mix.  You see, Ocean Breeze is a Basset Hound and Labrador Retriever.  He's also a senior dog that has found himself at Wayside Waifs animal shelter in Kansas City, Missouri.

Ocean Breeze is 7 years old and looking for a forever home.  You could call him a Bassador, but as he barks in his adoption message, he prefers Ambassador!  And it sounds like he knows what he's talking about.

Hello Everyone! I know what you're thinking...why am I named Ocean Breeze? Well, I've been wondering the same thing. Someone gave me that name and it does paint a peaceful picture. Don't you like an ocean breeze? And I'm a peaceful kind of a guy. After all, peace and wisdom come with age and I'm a mature gentleman.

I'm a black basset hound/labrador retriever mix...or a "Bassador." I prefer "Ambassador" because I like to meet and greet everyone I see, and I'm very polite. In fact I'm the good will ambassador for dogs my age, who are no longer puppies, but full of life and love. I'm seven years old and still have lots of energy and interests! I'll be wagging my big, lush tail when you come to meet me. (My tail is remarkable, if I do say so myself!) 

Exploring, walking on a leash, and sniffing my surroundings are my favorite things. It works for me, because I'm a low-rider and my nose is already close to the ground. I hope you like taking walks, because I'd be very happy as your partner. I'm a calm fellow, rather laid back, and eager to please. I know how to "sit" and "come" and enjoy all kinds of attention. A refresher course in basic obedience and house training might be something to consider. I'm up for anything because I'm just a happy, confident guy!

I was transferred to Wayside Waifs from another shelter which became too crowded. Boy I'm happy to be here, because I know this is a great opportunity for me to find my forever home. The people here say I'll make some lucky person an excellent companion. Being an ambassador, I get praised a lot around here. Praise and treats make me even happier. 

Right now I'm hoping I can become an ambassador in your home. I promise to keep things running smoothly and will try to make everyone comfortable! I'd love to meet all the members of your family and any other pets you have. Since I'm an older boy, I may do better with kids over 5, but we can see about that when you visit. I'll appreciate a safe, quiet place when I eat my meals in my new home. I know you will help work that out for me. Please come out to meet me soon. I just have a feeling that we'll be perfect together!

Lots of love from Ocean Breeze...the Ambassador of Wayside Waifs

Intrigued?  Contact Wayside Waifs at 816-761-8151.  Ocean Breeze's animal ID number is 27642808.

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 thnose 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 Tuesday's Tails Facebook page and give us a like and if you're participating in the blog hop, post your featured pets! Please help spread the word about these beautiful animals via social media and let's find them forever homes!

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Throw This Poor Dog A Bone by Memphis Slim | Dog Song Saturday

It seems to rain every single weekend this spring, so we're kicking off this weekend with some blues.  
Though this song is technically not about dogs, the lyrics are pretty clever for dog lovers.
Throw This Poor Dog A Bone is performed by blues legend Memphis Slim and available on (AmazonMP3 and iTunes)

The lyrics:
How come my dog's so calm
Man, whenever you're on the scene?
How come my dog's so calm
Man, whenever you're on the scene?
Man I just can't understand it
'Cause I know my dog is mean

Well, he bit my next door neighbor
Bit my father too
Growl at my mummy
Ate up my own shoe

How come my dog's so calm
Man, whenever you're on the scene?
Man I just can't understand it
'Cause I know my dog is mean

You've been coming around my house
When my wife is all alone
No, you don't know voodoo
My dog don't like no bone

How come my dog's so calm
Man, whenever you're on the scene?
Man I just can't understand it
'Cause I know my dog is mean

Well, I've got a good watch dog
With me he never failed
But every time you come around, boy
He just sit and wag his tail

How come my dog's so calm
Man, whenever you're on the scene?
Man I just can't understand it
'Cause I know my dog is mean

Now, he can see like an owl
He can hear you drop a pin
But what I want to know, boy
How the hell, did you get in?

How come my dog's so calm
Man, whenever you're on the scene?
Man I just can't understand it
'Cause I know my dog is mean

Sit. Stay. We're just going to let the raindrops fall while we relax to Throw This Poor Dog A Bone by Memphis Slim.  Fetch more dog songs and music videos at Talking Dogs.  You'll be surprised at how many we've collected over the years.