We’re a Work of Art!

Our friend, M. E. Bilisnansky-McMorrow, painted a gorgeous portrait of us!  We wanted to be sure to share it with everyone!

You can find more of her beautiful work at www.grounddogs.com


{Giveaway} KONG Premium Treats

We were recently contacted by Jaxx Pacific who let us know that they have partnered with Kong to create their USA Made, All Natural Premium Treat Line.  We were given a chance to try two of their newest products.

The dogs love their treats and I love the fact that Kong Premium Treats are Made in the USA and contain no wheat, corn or soy, no artificial colors or flavors, no animal byproducts or harmful preservatives.  They are an ideal anytime treat, training treat or KONG stuffing!  You can see the full line of Kong Premium Treats on the Kong website:  http://www.kongcompany.com/products/for-dogs/treats/

We received a package of each of the following:

kong-chicken-tendersKONG® American Chicken Tenders• Made in USA
• All Natural
• No Fillers
• No Additives

KONG® American Chicken Tenders are naturally nutritious and tasty. Made with 100% premium American chicken fillets, you can rest assured your dog is getting the very best. No dog can resist the wholesome goodness of KONG American Chicken Tenders.

kong-pumpkin-stixKONG® Pumpkin Stix• No Wheat, Corn or Soy
• No Animal By-Products
• No Harmful Preservatives or Colorants
• Contains Vitamins and Minerals

KONG® Pumpkin Stix are a delicious way for your dog to get the extra goodness they deserve. KONG Pumpkin Stix are made with Real Pumpkin which contains Vitamin A, C, E, K, Beta-Carotene, Fiber and extra Antioxidants. Additionally, KONG Pumpkin Stix  contain minerals such as manganese, magnesium, zinc, potassium, copper and iron and are high in essential fatty acids.

One lucky winner will receive one package of KONG® American Chicken Tenders -AND- one package of KONG® Pumpkin Stix!

This contest is open to residents of the US ages 18+ only. For complete rules, see the rafflecopter widget below.
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{Giveaway} Spring Naturals Dog Food

goodies_big[1]When I was contacted by Spring Naturals to review their grain free diet, it couldn’t have been better timing!  After a recent dog food recall, we found ourselves trying to choose a new brand of dog food for Lu, Wally and Phee.  While Wally and Phee have been doing great on the new food we chose, it seemed to cause Lu a lot of digestive upset and gas.  Since Lu also tends to put on weight very quickly, I wanted to find her something that was lower in calories than what the boys eat.  After looking at the ingredients and nutritional analysis, Spring Naturals seemed like a perfect fit.

We chose to try the Grain Free Lamb Dinner, which weighs in at 398 calories per cup and offers 5% fiber.  Fiber can be an important part of a weight loss or weight management diet.  With a dog like Lu, who tends to pack on the pounds overnight, a higher fiber diet is a great way to keep her full without adding calories.

Spring Naturals Grain Free Lamb Dinner offers the following benefits:

  • Real lamb is the first ingredient, plus a unique combination of protein sources like whole chickpeas, green peas and eggs
  • No beef, chicken, turkey, lamb or fish meals of any kind
  • No wheat, gluten, corn, soy, by-products, artificial preservatives, flavors or colors

Lu really seemed to enjoy the taste of the food and had no hesitation in diving right in.   The best part is that her gas and digestive discomfort have completely disappeared!  She’s been eating Spring Naturals for almost 3 weeks now and it seems to be agreeing with her very well.  We have since switched to the Grain Free Turkey Dinner with the same results.

Spring Naturals offers several varieties, with or without grains:

With whole grains:  Beef | Chicken | Salmon | Turkey | Lamb | Puppy | Senior

Grain free:  Beef | Chicken | Salmon | Turkey | Lamb

If you’d like to give Spring Naturals a try, enter our Giveaway to win a 4-lb bag of kibble, in your choice of variety!

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LuLu + Wally + Phee = THREE!

Phee - Then and Now

Phee – Then and Now

You may have noticed some long-overdue changes to our blog.  Though we never intended to keep him, Phee has been a permanent member of our family for over 2 months now.

Our journey with Phee started as any other foster does – a bridge to his forever home.  And though we kept trying to convince ourselves that he was not ours to keep, he made it quite clear that he wasn’t going anywhere.  Eventually, he wore us down.  ;)

At the end of March, Phee underwent cataract removal surgery, which was a great success.  He was able to see again and we were preparing for his adoption.

In April and May, we met with two different families who were interested in adopting him, but neither ended up working out.

Unfortunately, with cataract surgery often comes complications – one of which can be damage to the cornea.  Twice since his surgery, Phee developed an ulcer in his left eye, but each time it had healed.  Then at the end of May, the eye developed a melting ulcer.  Over 70% of his cornea had been dissolved in just 2 days, causing extreme pain and the potential for a rupture of the eye.  It couldn’t have been worse timing, as we had to travel to see my brother get married the following week.  Phee stayed with another SNORT volunteer while we were gone, who did everything she could to help save the eye, but it was not meant to be.  He ended up having his eye removed while we were away.

During his time away from us, he was inconsolable and cried almost non-stop.  When he came home, he flopped down on our bed, belly-up, and snored for hours.  We finally understood that this was his HOME.  We knew we could never put him through that type of transition again and so he officially became the third member of our Boston brigade.

Our journey with Phee has taken a very long, winding and bumpy road, but it led us to the right place in the end.  Phee has come so far in the past 8 months.  He has taught me that no matter how bad things look, there’s always hope for a brighter tomorrow.  He’s taught me never to give up, even when someone tells you that all is lost.  Despite all he’s been through, he is the happiest, sweetest boy.  He’s a true testament of perseverance and optimism.

I will admit that during the hard times I wondered if we did the right thing for Phee by choosing to save him, in spite of the vet warning us that he was a lost cause… But every single day, I see Phee’s gratitude in the crazy wiggle of his bum when he greets me at the door or feel it in the gentle kisses he gives me when we cuddle.  I saw a spark in him that December day and that spark has grown into a fire that warms my heart day in and day out.

My deepest wish is that Phee’s story will inspire people to look past the sick and injured shell that some shelter dogs have become and see the potential underneath.  And I truly hope people will come to understand that a pet with differences – like diabetes, blindness, deafness, or paralysis – can lead a completely happy, fulfilling life.

I put together a video of Phee’s recovery photos.  I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I have enjoyed being a part of it!

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