Sunday, August 30, 2015

Adopt Lucy a 5 yr old #LabradorRetriever #Pitbull dog @HSMO in #StLouis


This adorable girl is Lucy.  She's a 5 year old black and white Labrador Retriever / Pit Bull Terrier mixed breed dog. What a fantastic breed mix!

Lucy is looking for a quiet home and a new best friend who will help her feel safe and not be so shy around new people and situations.  Lucy does warm up to people and is a sweetheart when she gets to know you.

Take a look at Lucy's adoption video and then contact the Humane Society of Missouri - Maryland Heights animal shelter at 314-951-1588.  Lucy's animal ID number is A599096.



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! 
 


Talking Dogs is the official blog of For Love of a Dog Jewelry.  Handmade artisan jewelry gifts in pet themes including dogs, cats, and horses.  

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Stray Dogs Prayer by Heino Obenhaus | Dog Song Saturday

Welcome to Dog Song Saturday at Talking Dogs!  Today's featured dog song music video may require a tissue alert.  

A Stray Dog's Prayer is an original dog song and was composed by Heino "Bottleneck" Obenhaus.  The video that accompanies it was created by Heino with his own dog, Ginger.

Sit. Stay. Grab a tissue and enjoy A Stray Dog's Prayer.  Then fetch more dog songs at Talking Dogs. You'll be surprised at how many we've added to our collection.
A STRAY DOG'S PRAYER

Dear God please send me somebody who'll care!
I'm tired of running, I'm sick with despair.
My body is aching, it's so racked with pain
dear God I pray as I run in the rain.

That someone will love me and give me a home
A warm cozy bed and a big juicy bone.
My last owner tied me all day in the yard
Sometimes with no water and God that was hard!

So I chewed my leash God and I ran away
To rummage in garbage and live as a stray.
But now God I'm tired and hungry and cold
And I'm so afraid that I'll never grow old.

They've chased me with sticks hit me with stones
While I run the streets just looking for bones!
I'm not really bad God, please help if you can
For I have become just a "victim of man!"

I'm wormy dear God and I'm ridden with fleas
and all that I want is an owner to please!
If you find one for me God, I'll try to be good
I won't chew their shoes, and I'll do as I should.

I will love them, protect them and try to obey
When they tell me to sit, to lie down or to stay!
I don't think I'll make it too long on my own
Cause I'm getting so weak and I'm Oh so alone.

Each night as I sleep in the bushes I cry
Cause I'm so afraid God, that I'm gonna die!
I've got so much love and devotion to give
That I should be given a new chance to live.

So dear God please, please answer my prayer
send me somebody who will really care,
That is, dear God, if You're really there.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day - Celebrating Special Friends



Today is Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day - a special day for pet guardians to honor the memory of cherished pets who have passed on.

I've been blessed with many loving animal companions in my life, including equine, bovine, canine, feline and fowl.  Since this is primarily a dog blog, I've chosen to include my dogs in the graphic above, along with one very special cat.

I have no doubt that they'll be there to great me "on the other side."  And there is no doubt that I miss these sweet souls every single day:
  • My shelter dog, Benji, who lost a leg to cancer yet lived to a ripe old age. He joined me when I was in college and we grew up together.
  • My shelter dog, Sherman, a stroke survivor succumbed to old age. He was fully of mischief and honestly earned the nickname "Trash Dog."
  • My rescued Border Collie, Lizzy, who left me way too early. She chose me and I still feel the honor of that trust.
  • My shelter dog, Spanky, who lost his battle to mouth cancer. He knew no fear and brings to mind the word courage.
  • Sweet Petey who sometimes seemed more dog than cat.
  • My rescued dog, Tucker, the original Talking Dog. I strongly believe he was sent to us.  Thank goodness.
  • My heart dog Lucy.   Oh, Lucy.  She's the dog in my business logo and my heart still aches from the loss.
 My mind plays little videos of good times together. They may be gone from this earthly plane, but they still are with me.  My heart remembers and feels the love.




Established by Deborah Barnes in honor of her beloved, Jazz, Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day is a special day dedicated to honoring the memory of cherished pets worldwide.

Barnes has created a special event page on Facebook so that on August 28th people will be able to pay tribute to that pet (s) in any way that feels most comfortable to them, such as by posting a picture, writing a poem, or sharing a favorite story or memory. Barnes hopes this will become an annual event and rather than it being a day of sadness, she wants it to be “a celebration – a time to remember those pets we have lost with love and happiness – for however long or short their time on this earth was.”

Thursday, August 27, 2015

For Love of a Dog Jewelry Sale for #NationalDogDay and #RainbowBridgeRemembranceDay



We're celebrating National Dog Day and Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day with a HUGE sale on all Mutts Dog Jewelry and Rainbow Bridge Jewelry at For Love of a Dog!

Mutts Dog Jewelry includes necklace, bracelets and earrings with adorable mixed breed dog pendants and charms, as well as rescue, adopt, paw print and dog bone jewelry.

Choose a special Rainbow Bridge necklace or bracelet which can be personalized with your beloved dog's name.
One of the personalized Rainbow Bridge bracelets available  at For Love of a Dog.
One of the Rainbow Bridge necklaces available at For Love of a Dog.

 Remember, all of my jewelry items are handmade and one of a kind. When they're sold, they're gone.  Shop now for best selection.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Celebrate #NationalDogDay - Adopt a Shelter Dog


Today is National Dog Day.  This holiday is dedicated to celebrating dogs and the essential role they play in our lives.
 
Founded in 2004 by pet lifestyle expert and author Colleen Paige, National Dog Day was created to honor dogs and give them a special day to show appreciation for our long connection to each other, for their endearing patience, unquestioning loyalty, for their work, their capacity for love and their ability to impact our lives every day in the most miraculous ways.

National Dog Day is also a day to bring attention to the many dogs that are in shelters and rescues waiting for a forever home.  One of the best ways to celebrate this special day is by adopting a dog from a shelter or rescue.

My own shelter dogs, Jeffie and Rosie, encourage you to adopt your next best friend from an animal shelter or rescue.  In fact, your local shelter may be celebrating National Dog Day with reduced adoption fees.  Can't adopt right now?  Please consider donating to your local shelter.  Even $5 can mean a lot!


Rudy may not be a shelter dog, but he's got some good ideas to celebrate National Dog Day:
  • Donate blankets, pet food and toys to your local shelter or rescue.
  • Visit your local animal shelter and take a shelter dog for a walk.
  • Write your Congressman and ask that he/she support the ban of Puppy Mills and gas chambers in your state.
  • Order a dog shaped flower arrangement from 1-800-Flowers.com and enjoy a 10% discount by using the code GOODLIVING when you place your order.
  • Help an ill or elderly friend or neighbor by walking their dog.
  • Buy your dog a fun new dog toy.
  • Have a little party for your dog with treats, toys and extra cuddles.
 
Happy National Dog Day 
from all of us at 
Talking Dogs and For Love of a Dog Jewelry!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Adopt Woofie an #AustralianCattleDog Mix @WaysideWaifs in #KCMO

This handsome fellow is Woofie.  Don't you just love that sweet face and name?  Woofie is a 5 year old Australian Cattle Dog / Shepherd mix.

Woofie is crate trained, knows sit and come commands.  He had some hard time on the streets and tends to be fearful of other dogs.  He's hoping for a forever home with no small children or cats. 

Here's Woofie's adoption message:
I am an Australian Cattle Dog/Shepherd mix male dog of 41 lbs. I am medium in size and about 5 yrs. old. You will love my fur because it is dense and very fluffy and soft!

I have been without a home for a while and found on the street by a caring person that took me in. They hoped they could find my owner by themselves but that didn't come to be. This person wanted to add me to their family but they had too many other dogs already. I became crate trained and feel I am at least partially house trained. Being the smart dog I am commands of "sit", and "come" were easy for me to learn. Food really gets my attention for training purposes. My breed back ground and current behavior suggests I am a high energy dog and need attention and activity to keep me happy. So if you are an active outdoor person I would love to me you! My capacity for learning is limitless just give me a chance.
 I have been tested with other dogs here at the shelter and I find that it is over whelming. I tend to freeze up from fear and will growl to protect myself. Life on the street is unpredictable and so I carry that memory with me. I know that forever home is just around the corner! The new family needs to give me a little tenderness and go slow for me to gain confidence in myself and in them. When approaching me if I seem very nervous it is suggested that you make yourself look smaller by kneeling down to the ground or sitting. Humans are so tall! I have the great heritage of very intelligent dog bloodlines and would make an excellent companion.
To add to my back ground it is known that I have been around older children and did fine but I am not recommended for children under 5 years. No cats please or other small furry animals. Please bring your family and other dogs to meet me if you want to add me to your family so we can meet on neutral territory and become friends first.
Your friend, Woofie

Contact Wayside Waifs for more information about Woofie at 816-761-8151. Woofie's animal ID number is 28202926

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!

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



Saturday, August 22, 2015

Goodbye Love Song for a Dog | Dog Song Saturday

Kick off your weekend with Dog Song Saturday at Talking Dogs. 

Every Saturday we feature a new dog song music video. Some are original dog songs and some just for fun. 

You might want to grab some tissues for today's song.  Goodbye Love Song for a Dog is an original dog song composed by a dog lover in celebration of his dog.

Sit. Stay. Relax and enjoy Goodbye Love Song for a Dog.  Then fetch more dog songs at Talking Dogs. You'll be surprised at how many we've added to our collection.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Merrick Jerky Chip Dog Treats from @Chewy.com Product Review


Jeffie, Rudy and Rosie are always ready to try new dog products. So they were enthusiastic when Chewy.com asked if they'd like to give some Merrick Jerky Chip dog treats a taste test.  With Chewy's super fast shipping, in just a couple of days Jeffie got a chance to scare the FedEx man and take delivery of their package.

Merrick Jerky Chip Treats are oven-baked, all-natural dog cookie treats filled with protein-packed jerky chips as the first ingredient, made from real deboned chicken, beef, lamb, or salmon. Unlike many dog treats, Merrick Jerky Chip Treats are grain-free and gluten-free with no corn, soy or wheat. And, like all Merrick food and treats, Merrick Jerky Chip Treats are made in the USA with no ingredients from China. 

They come in four flavors: Real Beef, Real Chicken, Real Lamb + Potato, Real Salmon + Potato.  We received a 10 oz bag of Real Chicken Recipe treats.
Rudy was thrilled to get the first taste.
Ingredients:
Deboned Chicken, Dried Potatoes, Peas, Garbanzo Beans, Tapioca Starch, Pea Fiber, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), Dried Carrots, Brown Sugar, Dried Egg Product, Dried Apples, Caramel Color, Gelatin, Yogurt Powder, Salt, Cultured Skim Milk Powder, Mixed Tocopherols (a preservative), Rosemary, Sage, Thyme.

Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein (min.)14%
Crude Fat (min.) 10%
Crude Fiber (max.) 9%
Moisture (max.) 10%
31 kcal per treat 
Rosie demonstrates excellent treat begging focus.
The dogs really do love these dog treats!  They're generous in size (about 2" in diameter) and a bit high in calorie per treat, so I've been rationing them.  However, that's the only cautionary note.  I like that there are good healthy ingredients and that they're made in the US.





Merrick pet food and treat recipes use USDA inspected deboned meat and fresh produce for industry-leading levels of protein, glucosamine and chondroitin.  Merrick never imports ingredients from China.  All their food is handcrafted in their Hereford, Texas kitchen with ingredients from farmers they know and trust. In 2012 Merrick earned organic certification under the USDA National Organic Program for all of their Texas based manufacturing facilities.



We first reviewed Chewy.com online pet products over 3 years ago. We loved them then and we still do.  With over 300 brands of pet food and other pet products ready to ship with their super fast front door service, what's not to love.  Living in a rural area, I especially appreciate that I can purchase brands and products I can't find locally.

There are lots of reasons to like Chewy.com
  • 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
  • Chewy.com gives back via their Shelter and Rescue Network
Final verdict:  Lip smacking good!


* We received one package of Merrick Jerky Chip Treats Oven-baked Cookies for Dogs from Chewy.com in exchange for our honest review of the product and service.
 
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.  

Monday, August 17, 2015

Adopt TBone a Senior White Jack Russell Terrier Dog @HSMO in #StLouis

This cute boy is TBone.  He's a 10 year old senior white Jack Russell Terrier dog. Animal shelter staff and volunteers report that TBone has a big personality in that little body.  He's super friendly and loves people.  Though he may be a senior dog, he's got lots of energy for playtime and walks to do some exploring.

Take a look at TBone's adoption video below and then contact the Humane Society of Missouri.  TBone is at their St Louis City shelter.  His animal ID number is A597880



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! 
 



Talking Dogs is the official blog of For Love of a Dog Jewelry.  Handmade artisan jewelry gifts in pet themes including dogs, cats, and horses.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Lucky Dog Song by Brad Stubbs | Dog Song Saturday

It's Saturday, so time for a new dog song and music video here at Talking Dogs.  

Today we're featuring a cute original dog song called Lucky Dog by Brad Stubbs.  This song is available on the album Songs For Kids which is available on iTunes.

Stubbs notes that the dog in the accompanying video is his family's dog, Molly.  They rescued her when she was a lost puppy.  She sure looks happy now.

Sit. Stay. Relax and enjoy Lucky Dog and kick off your weekend every Saturday with Dog Song Saturday.  Every Saturday we share a new dog song.  In fact, fetch lots of dog songs here at Talking Dogs.  You'll be surprised how many we collected.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Adopt Popeye a #Pitbull Dog @WaysideWaifs in #KCMO | TuesdaysTails



This handsome guy is Popeye. He's a Pitt Bull Terrier mix and only a little over a year old.  According to shelter staff and volunteers, Popeye is a happy, smart, athletic boy.  Just look at that smile!

Here's Popeye's adoption message:
Hi there, I'm Popeye! I'll bet you noticed my big, beautiful smile! You'll find that I wear that a lot, because I'm a happy, playful boy and I love people. I'm 47 pounds of love and muscle, plus I'm outrageously handsome, smart and athletic. With all those things going for me, it's hard to believe I'm homeless, isn't it? Well...that won't be for long, because the word is getting out about what a great all around guy I am! Let me tell you more!

When I first got to Wayside, everyone here was impressed by my good looks and intelligence, and I acted very much like a happy, VERY energetic puppy. It was all fun and games for me, but for a dog of my size and strength, silly puppy habits are not always appreciated! Lucky for me, the expert staff here knew I was a perfect candidate for a training program here at Wayside that they call the "Peace Academy." 


 During my time in that program, I learned things that help me control my impulses. Brace yourself, because here are just a few of the commands I have mastered...sit, down, come, look, stay/wait, target, off, leave-it, drop-it, and touch! Whew....pretty impressive, isn't it? I graduated from Peace Academy with honors! I guess I'm bragging a little, but it will be important for us to practice these commands once we get home. This will help me focus my attention on what you want, and help me remember my manners!

Because I'm high energy and still have a bit of a rough play style, I'm looking for an active home with no kids under 5. Oh...I almost forgot to tell you how great I am in playgroups here with other dogs! The staff here describes me as "da bomb" in playgroups! In case you're not familiar with that term, it means I'm an awesome play mate, especially for dogs with a similar energy level. After a play session, I love cooling off in the kiddie pool.

I am sometimes a little serious about my food, so I'll need a safe place to eat, away from kids and other dogs. That's no big deal....nobody likes to be bugged while they're eating, do they?!

It's hard to learn perfect house manners when you're living in a shelter, so I'll probably need a refresher course in housebreaking once we get home. I'm smart and will do just fine once I get used to my new environment, and we get our routine established.
 
I don't mean to make you panic or anything, but word is getting out about how awesome I am, and there's a line forming in front of my kennel for people who want to make me a part of their family! You'd better come on out to Wayside - I am ready to go home with you NOW!!!
Love,Popeye 

Contact Wayside Waifs for more information about Popeye at 816-761-8151. Popeye's animal ID number is 27994871

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!

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


Saturday, August 8, 2015

Dog Lovers Antham by Jordan Sax | Dog Song Saturday

Kick off your weekend with Dog Song Saturday at Talking Dogs.  Today we have a beautiful dog song for you.  A dog lovers anthem, I'll Always Be Loyal to You by singer / songwriter Jordan Sax.

According to Sax this song "highlights our Creator's special personal love for each of us as written from a dog's point of view and passionately expresses their true feelings of devotion and love for their caretakers through thick and thin until the end and beyond."

I'll Always Be Loyal To You is available on Sax's  iTune album Child of Love

Sit. Stay. Relax and enjoy this dog lovers anthem.  Then fetch more dog song music videos here at Talking Dogs.  You'll be surprised at how many we've collected.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Evanger's Super Premium Duck and Sweet Potato Dinner from @Chewy Review




We love Evanger's pet food and treats at our house. In fact, we included their Organic Turkey Dinner for dogs in our Holiday Gift guide and we've reviewed Evanger's products, too.  Last year Jeffie began eating their senior dog food.  So when Chewy offered us a chance to try their Super Premium canned food, Rudy and Rosie were thrilled.


Chewy sent us a case of Evanger's Super Premium Duck and Sweet Potato Dinner canned dog food.  Each can is 13 oz. A case of 12 cans regularly costs $23.89, but is on sale at Chewy right now for $20.79


According to Chewy, Evanger's Super Premium Dinners are completely balanced, highly nutritious, great tasting innovative meals. This Duck and Sweet Potato Dinner features duck meat and golden sweet potatoes that are a wonderful source of fiber.

Key Benefits
  • Cooked in small batches
  • Easy digestibility for optimal health
  • No corn, wheat or soy
  • Suitable for al life stages
  • Made in the US 
Evanger's Duck and Sweet Potato Dinner is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages. Puppies, pregnant and nursing dogs may require 2-3 times above amounts, and reduced for less active or older dogs. Amount of food your dog requires depends on activity, age, environment and breed. Duck and Sweet Potato Dinner is certified Kosher cRc

Ingredients:
Duck, Chicken Broth, Sweet Potatoes, Liver, Guar Gum, Minerals (Calcium Carbonate, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Copper Sulfate, Potassium Iodide, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, Selenium Yeast, Manganese Proteinate), Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Niacinamide, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Acetate, Folic Acid, Riboflavin, Biotin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement)

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein, not less than 10%
Crude Fiber, not more than 1.5%
Moisture, not more than 78%
Crude Fat, not less than 8%
Calcium, not less than .30%
Phosphorus, not less than .28%


Jeffie's enjoys Evangers Classic Recipes Senior and Weight Management Dinner canned dog food as a topper on his kibble.  This Evanger's Classic Recipe is the original formula developed by Dr. Fred Evanger and contains no corn, wheat or soy. It is a simple meat-based formula for obligate carnivores.

My dogs love Evanger's canned dog food.  I love Evanger's pet food products, too and here's why:
  • Made in the United States by a family owned and operated company since 1935.
  • Free of harmful additives and preservatives
  • No soy, corn, wheat or by-products
  • Human grade ingredients
  • Every single product smelled good and looked good to the humans. (However, we did have to watch out for bones in the chicken thighs; cans do contain an appropriate warning)
  • Competitively priced for premium organic pet food
  • A VERY wide selection of food and treats: beef, chicken, fish, lamb and more.  Many recipes for pets with special needs.
I also love the story behind Evanger's.  Back in 1935, Fred Evanger bred, exhibited, and championed his Great Danes in international kennel clubs.  He believed that the key to his success in the show ring, as well as his dogs' health and the health of their offspring was due to nutritious food.  

In fact, he felt so strongly about it that he built a canning factory on his family farm so he could make a quality pet food. Even back then, Evanger's dog food was free of additives and preservatives.  In fact, he used crops and livestock raised on the family farm. 

In 2003, Evanger's was the first pet food company to create pet food packed by hand instead of machine by putting whole pieces of fresh meat and vegetables into the cans.  You read that right.  Open a can of Evanger's and you'll probably recognize the ingredients.  Yes, that's real shredded, pulled (organic) chicken.  OMD!  those are chicken drumsticks, alright!

In addition, many of their recipes are created especially for dogs with special diet needs:  food allergies, low fat diet, gluten free,  sensitive stomach, irritable bowel syndrome and more.  They also have a large line of Kosher Kosher pet food products, as well as healthy selections for cats.

I should note that I found no evidence of any recalls for Evanger's pet food products, however, there were some issues with the USFDA in early 2011 regarding  misbranding of ingredients, none of which constituted a health or safety issue.

We also give Chewy.com our highest recommendation.  With over 300 brands of pet food and other pet products ready to ship with their speedy front door service, what's not to love? Living in a rural area, I love that I can purchase brands and products that I can't find locally.  Chewy.com has great prices and there's always a sale going on some of our favorite products.  Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Chewy.com has warehouses located throughout the country to guarantee orders are delivered quickly.  Their website is super simply to navigate and their customer service is terrific.


    * We received one case of Evanger's Super Premium Canned Dog Food from Chewy.com in exchange for our honest review of the product and service.

    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, August 2, 2015

Adopt Katie a Senior Black #LabradorRetriever @HSMO in #StLouis


This lovely girl is Katie.  She's a beautiful black Labrador Retriever and a senior dog at 9 years old.  

Katie is a mellow girl. She loves to go for leisurely strolls and walks nicely on a leash. She has lots of love and snuggles to give a new best friend.

Take a look at Katie's adoption video and then contact the Human Society of Missouri at 636-530-0805. Katie is at their Chesterfield Valley animal shelter and her animal ID number is A598428.



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! 
 


Talking Dogs is the official blog of For Love of a Dog Jewelry.  Handmade artisan jewelry gifts in pet themes including dogs, cats, and horses.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

My Dog and Me by John Hiatt performed by The Graveyard Shifters | Dog Song Saturday

Kick off your weekend with Dog Song Saturday at Talking Dogs.  

My Dog and Me is an original dog song composed by singer and songwriter John Hiatt who plays a variety of musical styles including new wave, blues and country.  

The song is performed here by The Graveyard Shifters a Finnish band along with their video for Theme Music's Cats and Dogs week in 2013.

Sit. Stay. Relax and enjoy My Dog and Me. Scroll down below the video for the lyrics.  Go ahead.  Sing along!

 Fetch more dog songs and music videos at Talking Dogs. You'll be surprised at how many we've collected!
 


My Dog and Me Lyrics ©John Hiatt
She marked our trail up the back bone ridge
How many times can one dog pee
Keeps me high as an eagle when I'm on the skids
I guess you gotta come down eventually

Buddy, I coulda gone that extra mile
For an extra bark or an extra smile
'Cause I never felt so free
It was just my dog and me

Then she gives me that look like she'd lay down her life
No doubt she would in a minute, man
She'd face the bullet, oh, she'd face the knife
Just to keep my butt from the fryin' pan

Now she's runnin' up ahead to chase some deer
Comes back to tell me that coast is clear
It's a different world I see
When it's just my dog and me

And there's a rabbit on the run
Man and beast stand, sky and sun
Who's talking to the birds in the trees
Why it's just my dog and me

Now it looks like we've been makin' tracks
From the crack of dawn to the end of the day
So it's nice and easy down the devil's back
She wouldn't know any other way

Now it's over that ridge for one last mile
'Til we're fast asleep by the fire side
Dreamin' these dreams for free
Yeah, it's just my dog and me

I never felt so free
It's just my dog and me.