Monday, May 25, 2015

Adopt Drew a #SeniorDog #Akita Mix @HSMO in St Louis

This handsome fellow is Drew.  He's an 8 year old senior Akita mix at the Humane Society of Missouri.  Just look at those gorgeous blue eyes!

Drew walks nicely on a leash and would love to be your walking partner.  Staff and volunteers at the animal shelter report that Drew is a sweetheart.

Take a look at Drew's adoption video and then contact the HSMO Maryland Heights animal shelter at 314-951-1588 for more information.  Drew's animal ID number is A461752

Since 1870, the Humane Society of Missouri has been dedicated to second chances.  They provide a safe and caring haven to animals - large and small - that have been abused, neglected or abandoned.  Their mission is to end the cycle of abuse and overpopulation, assist in creating lasting relations hips between people and animals, offer world-class veterinary care, plus offer pet obedience and behavior programs.

HSMO operates three animal shelters in the St Louis, Missouri, area, plus Longmeadow Rescue Ranch in Union, Missouri, for abused and neglected horses, cows, goats, chickens and other farm animals.

We are 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!  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 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.