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04 Aug Posted by in Giveaway, Product Review | 14 comments

Wellness TruFood Review & Giveaway

Wellness TruFood Review & Giveaway

Disclaimer: This post and giveaway is brought to you by Wellness. All opinions are my own, and I only share products I think you will love!

Wellness Trufood Review & Giveaway

As you may know I’ve been thinking a lot about what I eat lately. Ok, honestly, I think about what I’m going to be eating ALL THE TIME. Last week I wrote post about how my mom chooses pet food for me to eat in my rotational diet, and I’ve even discussed the portion size I’m eating each day to keep my figure trim. Well today I wanted to share the line of dog food I recently started eating from one of my favorite companies, Wellness.

Wellness Trufood Review & Giveaway

I’ve been eating dry dog food from Wellness since I was just a puppy (and ate their puppy formula), and so has my best friend Trooper. Recently they came out with a brand new line, Wellness TruFood. TruFood uses fresh whole foods from farm, land and sea in their new treats, wet and dry dog and cat food.

Wellness Trufood Review & Giveaway

The TruFood dry dog food is packed with real ingredients and free of grain, wheat, potatoes and artificial preservatives, colors and flavors. They also slow-bake raw, whole-prey meats with grain-free fiber like peas, chickpeas and lentils which gives TruFood up to 70% more protein than similar foods.

Wellness Trufood Review & Giveaway

You can actually see some of the added veggies in Trufood, and because it’s meats are slow-baked, they caramelize, which makes it oh-so-tasty for us pups. I can attest, because mom says I started eating my meals much much faster once we switched over to TruFood.

Wellness Trufood Review & Giveaway

Before I dive into eating anything new, my mom and I always put on our analyzation glasses (we’re both farsighted) to make sure we’re choosing things that not only do I think taste good, but are healthy for me too!

Wellness Trufood Review & Giveaway

Here’s what’s inside the TruFood Dry Small Breed Formula (click image to enlarge). For more details on what I look for on the labels of my pet food, be sure to check out my recent post on Choosing the Best Dog Food.

Wellness Trufood Review & Giveaway

Trufood also comes in several baked treat formulas, like Protein Bites, and these CocoChia Bakes Cookies that I couldn’t wait to tear into.

Wellness Trufood Review & Giveaway

Wellness TruFood CocoChia treats combine whole-prey protein with antioxidant-rich superfoods, probiotics, coconut oil and chia seeds to deliver a nutritious grain-free treat.

Wellness Trufood Review & Giveaway

Hey mom, since these are so healthy for me it’s fine if I eat the whole box in one sitting right?

Ammo on the Farm

Thanks to Wellness for keeping me healthy, fit, and happy for all these years. I very much look forward to adding TruFood to my diet!

You can fetch the Wellness Trufood brand for cats and dogs from Amazon* as well as your local pet food stores. *affiliate link

And now for the best part….

Wellness Trufood Review & Giveaway

ONE WINNER WILL WIN A TRUFOOD GIFT BASKET! (available for cats or dogs)

Here’s HOW TO WIN:

No purchase necessary. To enter use the Rafflecopter widget below. You will be contacted via e-mail to claim your prize. All the winners will also be announced on this blog post once the giveaway ends. Open to USA and CANADA residents only. Winners must claim their prizes within 48 hours of being notified or prize will be forfeited. By entering you are agreeing to the terms & conditions set forth in the Rafflecopter widget (see below).

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31 Jul Posted by in Dachshund Life Struggle | 5 comments

If Only My Legs Were Longer…

If Only My Legs Were Longer…

We’ve all been there. With just a couple more inches, my whole world would be different….

It’s a real struggle.

Dogs & Cats Play // Cat Play Mat & Bully Sticks from Chewy.com

It’s a wonder I can even manage to do anything! #dachshundlifestruggle

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30 Jul Posted by in Play | 9 comments

Epic Wrestling Match

Epic Wrestling Match

My best bud Trooper and I know a thing or two about wrestling. After all we have been doing it since we were just wee pups.

Ammo & Trooper Wrestle with their new Outward Hound Toy

So when we get a new toy, like this Invincibles Snake toy our friends at Outward Hound recently sent us, we tend to go a little nuts with the wrestling!

Ammo & Trooper Wrestle with their new Outward Hound Toy

Ammo & Trooper Wrestle with their new Outward Hound Toy

Ammo & Trooper Wrestle with their new Outward Hound Toy

And when we’re all done wrestling, new toys make the perfect pillows!

If you’d like to snag one of these toys from Outward Hound, you can use code AMMO for 15% off your order thanks to our friends at Outward Hound!

Does your dog have a favorite toy that makes them go crazy with wrestling fever?Ammo the Dachshund // Blog Signature // Celebrity

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29 Jul Posted by in Health & Fitness | 25 comments

How to Choose the Right Food for your Dog

How to Choose the Right Food for your Dog

Choosing the right dog food for your dog can be an overwhelming process. There are so many choices these days, from grain free, to de-hydrated, to raw – how the heck are you supposed to pick one?

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While my mom claims to be no pet food nutrition expert, she thought it would be helpful if we gave you some handy tips as to how she chooses pet foods for me.

March Breakfast Barkbox // Ammo the Dachshund $5 off with code AMMO5

For starters I’ve been on a rotational diet since I was just a wee pup. What this means is that each time I get to the end of a bag of dog food, mom switches me to a different brand of food. Who wants to eat the same food every day of their life? Not me! Plus mom believes that different foods have different nutritional benefits, so rotating foods makes sure I get the best of all of them (at least thats the theory). This rotational diet may not work for all dogs, especially ones that may have sensitivities to certain things, or are on special dietary restrictions due to health reasons. So it’s best to know what might work for your own dog and your own situation.

Tips for Keeping your Pet Trim // Ammo the Dachshund

Now while many people might defer to their veterinarian for feeding recommendations, I’ve found that while vets are schooled in medical issues, most of them are not trained in pet nutrition. Many of them just recommend what’s suggested within their industry, and while that’s not to say it’s always a bad suggestion, my mom feels that doing her own research will provide me with the best choice in food.

March Breakfast Barkbox // Ammo the Dachshund $5 off with code AMMO5

So before I dive into what my mom looks for in a pet food, lets talk about the different types of dog foods:

Dry: The “kibble” most people are familiar with. It travels and stores well, but is considered a more processed food because the ingredients aren’t fresh.

Wet: What many people might call “canned food”, this food is kept moist and easy for most dogs to ingest. It is much more perishable because of this.

De-Hydrated: This is essentially raw foods that have been dehydrated to lock in the nutrients. It’s less processed than dry food, but can take time to prepare as it typically needs water to “plump up”.

Raw: Fresh whole foods in their purest form. Typically you have to buy meats frequently to maintain freshness, and ingredients have to be handled properly to prevent illnesses to your dog.

Homemade: Fresh ingredients that are selected by the owner, and made to their own specifications. You have to have a thorough knowledge of what your dog can eat and may need, and it does take a good bit of dedication to make.

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I have never eaten Raw or Homemade dog food, mostly because mom doesn’t know a ton about feeding these types, and more importantly because of my lifestyle. I sometimes eat dinner at home, other times on the farm, and frequently at work – so these types would not travel well or keep as fresh in these situations.

I’ve tried Wet food before (when I was a puppy), but I wasn’t a super big fan of it, not to mention it also doesn’t travel well either. My pal Trooper eats a scoop of it everyday in all his meals and loves it, so it may depend on your own dog.

What I do eat is Dry (which is what I have eaten since I was a puppy), and more recently I am testing out De-Hydrated food as well. In the coming weeks I will be reviewing some of my picks for both types of food, so stay tuned for that!

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So since I’m most familiar with Dry & De-Hydrated Pet Foods, lets talk about what my mom looks for when choosing a brand for me to eat.

Dog Food Ingredients

What to look for when choosing a pet food:

  • Small Breed Size: When possible I try to eat a small breed formula because as a small dog I need more calories to fuel my fast metabolism. Most small breed foods are formulated for this, and they also come in a smaller size which makes it easier for small dogs to chew.
  • Adult Food: Since I’m only 6, I like to pick a food that is formulated for adult dogs (if I were a puppy or senior dog I would look for something formulated for this). Different life stages require different formulas, and these types take that into consideration. When I turn double digits I may start looking into a senior formula.
  • Meat: As far as ingredients are concerned I always look to make sure the first ingredient in a pet food is always meat. Specifically avoiding any foods that list “meat-meal” or just “meat” (not specifying the type) and “by-product”. Whole meats are always my top choice in a food, but many dry foods that I have seen still contain products such as “chicken meal” or “fish meal”. Dry Foods are still processed so I think it would likely be pretty hard to avoid any type of meat meal if you’re feeding this.
  • Origin: I would never feed anything made in China due to all the issues we have been hearing about in the news lately associated with dog deaths and health issues. I prefer my food to be made in the USA and Canada.
  • Un-Healthy Ingredients: There are certain things that should not be in a dog food. See the chart above for some examples of what I wouldn’t want in a pet food.
  • Healthy Ingredients: There are many ingredients that are healthy and great for a dog to be eating (see chart above for examples).
  • Grain-Free: Grain Free foods simply means that the food does not contain any unhealthy fillers such as wheat, corn, soy, and barely. Some alternatives that are healthier for your dog would be a food that contains: white potatoes, green peas, sweet potatoes, carrots, and chickpeas. Research has showed that grains were never really part of the diet that our wild dog ancestors may have eaten. Many dogs have sensitivities to grains in their foods, but even if they don’t eating grain free may still improve their digestion and skin & coat health.
  • Protein: A high protein food can help with easier digestion and nutritional absorption. It can also mean better bathroom visits for your pet. So I look for a food that has a higher protein percentage.
  • Reviews & Recalls: I always check to see if a brand has any recent recalls, and I search the web to see what types of company reviews they have. Steer clear of any brands that might have a history of a lot of recalls, and bad customer reviews.

Can you spot which of these foods my mom wouldn’t feed me based on the ingredients?…. (click on the images to view them larger)

Pedigree Pet Food Label

 

Trufood Ingredients List

Without naming names, the second label pictured is a much better choice, and one of the brands I eat myself. You’ll notice with the yellow label the very first ingredient was Corn, followed by “meat and bone meal” (which doesn’t even specify what kind of meat it is), and also included a lot of dyes that weren’t healthy. Definitely a product I would be steering clear of personally.

Following these guidelines for choosing foods, my mom also does the same for any treats or cookies she feeds me.

Happy Thanksgiving // Ammo the Dachshund

While my search for great pet foods never really ends, here’s the current list of foods that I have been rotating through my diet:

Stay tuned for a few reviews coming up soon on my blog with some of these foods, I’ll also be giving away some pet food to some lucky readers too! *contains affiliate links

Tips for Keeping your Pet Trim // Ammo the Dachshund

For recommendations on how to keep your dog looking trim, you might want to check to check out one of my past posts on 5 tips for keeping your pet trim. Which also includes how much food I actually eat on a daily basis!

What brands and type of food do you feed your dog? Any recommendations you suggest and think I will love? Do tell!

Thanks to Reviews.com and the PetsMart Food Center for helping me with some great information for this post! Ammo the Dachshund // Blog Signature // Celebrity

Disclaimer: this post is meant to be a general guide for choosing dog foods. Ammo nor his parents are pet nutrition experts, and if you are unsure about what to feed you should always consult a vet or pet nutrition expert first. What works for Ammo may not work for all dogs, and feeding what we feed may not be recommended for all dogs and all situations. We are not responsible for any issues or illnesses that may result from feeding what we feed our own dog.

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28 Jul Posted by in D.I.Y, Giveaway, Product Review | 15 comments

Easy Frozen Dog Treats & A Giveaway

Easy Frozen Dog Treats & A Giveaway

Disclaimer: This post and giveaway is brought to you by Happy Lapper. All opinions are my own, and I only share products I think you will love!

Easy Frozen Dog Treats with Happy Lapper + A Giveaway

Lets face it, Summer is H O T! Which is why my mom helped me come up with a fantastic way to help you and your pup cool off this summer. These super easy DIY Frozen Dog Treats are the perfect way to spend a hot day!

Easy Frozen Dog Treats with Happy Lapper + A Giveaway

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

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Easy Frozen Dog Treats with Happy Lapper + A Giveaway

Now before we dive into how to make these frozen treats, I bet you’re wondering what the Happy Lapper is. It’s this super cool frozen dog treat holder designed and created for dogs by a small business owner in my home state of Pennsylvania! It makes eating frozen treats a snap for all the dogs out there, and I’ll show you just how to use it after I share how to make these 2 ingredient frozen treats.

Easy Frozen Dog Treats with Happy Lapper + A Giveaway

I decided to make 2 ingredient treats (all you need is bananas and peanut butter) because most frozen treats for dogs have yogurt in them. While yogurt is super yummy, I actually have a sensitivity to dairy (just like my mom who is lactose intolerant) so I tend to steer clear of the yogurt!

So all you need to get started is your 3 bananas and your 1/2 cup of peanut butter.

Easy Frozen Dog Treats with Happy Lapper + A Giveaway

Simply pop them in the blender and mix those two yummy things up into a fine paste! You’ll notice I was getting my treat making on outside, mostly because if you remember, my kitchen looks like this right now. But the great news is, you don’t even need a functioning kitchen to make these treats!

Easy Frozen Dog Treats with Happy Lapper + A Giveaway

Then simply dish out the mixture evenly into your cupcake liners (or whatever you choose to use) and pop them in the freezer until frozen.

Easy Frozen Dog Treats with Happy Lapper + A Giveaway

While you wait for your treats to freeze, it’s perfectly ok to lick the spoon. You can’t let any of the yumminess go to waste!

Easy Frozen Dog Treats with Happy Lapper + A Giveaway

The Happy Lapper Frozen Treat Holder was going to be a great addition to my upcoming snack. It’s also dishwasher safe and made from 100% non toxic materials.

Easy Frozen Dog Treats with Happy Lapper + A Giveaway

Once your treats are frozen you simply pop them into the Happy Lapper (I decided to leave mine in the cupcake liners, but you can also pop them out if you prefer).

Easy Frozen Dog Treats with Happy Lapper + A Giveaway

Then place the Happy Lapper on the floor for your dog to enjoy! The Happy Lapper has a non-skid base to keep it from moving around while your dog licks it. I can’t tell you how annoying it is to lick a treat and have it slide all around the house (or worse it slides so much you have to make your mom or dad hold it for you!).

Easy Frozen Dog Treats with Happy Lapper + A Giveaway

I’m such a nice guy, that I decided to share my frozen treats with my best pal Trooper.

Easy Frozen Dog Treats with Happy Lapper + A Giveaway

Trooper’s Happy Lapper got placed under the leg of a chair to keep it even more securely in place, and you could even have your mom or dad hold it down with their foot too. Mom thought this was a neat idea for dogs who might like to steal each other’s treats (of course I would NEVER do that), because you could put their treats under the leg of a chair at opposite ends of the house.

Easy Frozen Dog Treats with Happy Lapper + A Giveaway

Smarty pants Trooper also got creative and figured out how to hold his treat down himself. (I could have done that too if I had really wanted….he’s not the only smart one around here!)

Easy Frozen Dog Treats with Happy Lapper + A Giveaway

Trooper and I loved the Happy Lapper, and think it’s a great addition to your summertime frozen pet treats. You can even use it with store-bought treats*, or any homemade ones you might want to make for your pup (Pretty Fluffy has a great DIY E-Book out that has some yummy frozen treat recipes in it).
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You can fetch your own Happy Lapper for $12.50 and $4 flat rate shipping (no matter how many you buy!). These would make a great gift for all your dog friends this summer!

Check out the video of Happy Lapper in action.

And now for the best part…

Easy Frozen Dog Treats with Happy Lapper + A Giveaway

THREE WINNERS WILL WIN A HAPPY LAPPER FROZEN PET TREAT HOLDER!

Here’s HOW TO WIN:

No purchase necessary. To enter use the Rafflecopter widget below. You will be contacted via e-mail to claim your prize. All the winners will also be announced on this blog post once the giveaway ends. Open to USA residents only. Winners must claim their prizes within 48 hours of being notified or prize will be forfeited. By entering you are agreeing to the terms & conditions set forth in the Rafflecopter widget (see below).

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