Disclaimer: This post and giveaway is brought to you by Open Farm. All opinions are my own, and I only share products I think you and your dog will love!
With so many choices in pet food nowadays it can sometimes be overwhelming with choosing the best dog food for your dog. I’m lucky that my mom cares a whole lot about what I eat, and while she doesn’t claim to be any sort of pet nutrition expert, she does try to choose the healthiest options for me to eat. Recently I got the chance to try the brand Open Farm, a healthy pet food that is ethically raised and sourced.
Now the fact that mom even allowed to me to taste-test review the Open Farm food (which I have been eating as my daily food for the past few weeks now) is saying a lot about what she thinks of the quality. Because if we’re being honest here, I would never be allowed to test it if my mom didn’t think it was a-ok!
Now before I get into the ingredients part of this review, lets talk about the fact that everything inside this Open Farm bag is ethically sourced. What does that mean exactly? It means that all of the farms that they source their meat and poultry from are audited and certified in humane animal care by leading third party, non-profit organizations in the field, and their fish are exclusively ocean caught using sustainable fishing practices.
Now I can’t control the fact that I’m a dog and I was designed to eat meat, but I can do my part for animal kind by choosing to eat foods that were ethically treated. Which makes me and my mom feel a whole lot better!
Now sourcing ethically raised meats is great, but what about the quality of the actual food? Here’s whats in the bag I received:
MAIN INGREDIENTS: Humanely farmed turkey, humanely farmed chicken, ocean caught whitefish meal, russet potatoes, garbanzo beans (chickpeas), green lentils, field peas, coconut oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), ocean caught menhaden fish meal, tomato, apples, pumpkin, natural flavor, flaxseed, sun cured alfalfa, carrots, chicory root, salmon oil, salt, potassium chloride, choline chloride rosemary extract
VITAMINS: Vitamin E supplement, calcium pantothenate, niacin supplement, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid
MINERALS: Zinc proteinate, calcium carbonate, iron proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, sodium selenite, calcium iodate
You can read more about what’s inside by checking out the Open Farm Website.
So my mom (who is in charge of quality control for all of my food) admits that she did not look up every single ingredient in this food, and she certainly does not consider herself an expert in pet nutrition. What she does look for in the foods she chooses to feed me is that the main ingredients come from whole meats (instead of byproducts and ground up meal) and she prefers to feed me a grain-free diet (which Open Farm is).
Jeeze, so much talk about food and now I’m starving! Lets eat this stuff already!!
I had no problem munching down a bowl of Open Farm each morning and night – although I am a dog (and I’ll eat pretty much anything…including horse poop!) So it’s a good thing my mom picks out the healthy stuff for me, or who knows where I’d be!
It’s also good to know the poultry and meat are raised without the use of antibiotics and growth hormones, and the fish is always ocean caught, meaning it consumed a natural and antibiotic free diet. The fruits and vegetables are all locally grown and sourced close by to their manufacturing facility too. Open Farm recipes are free from artificial preservatives and flavors, and their recipes are preserved using mixed tocopherols, a natural preservative that also provides anti-oxidants.
And since I’m sure you’ll ask, Open Farm contains no ingredients from China. Almost all of our ingredients are sourced in Canada and the United States with the exception of coconut oil and certain vitamins and minerals that are not available in North America.
Since I’m pretty sure I could be a poster-dog for Open Farm now (I do spend my spare time on the family horse farm after all), so I’ve been practicing my super model pose for when they decide to make the next bag with my photo on it. *wink*
If you’d like to check out Open Farm for your furry friend you can check out their list of retailers on their website.
And now for the best part….
TWO WINNERS WILL WIN A 4.5lb BAG OF OPEN FARM HOMESTEAD CHICKEN & TURKEY RECIPE
Here’s HOW TO WIN:
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Sometimes when you’re a dog you just feel like you’re not being heard. Maybe it’s because humans and dogs don’t always speak the same language, and maybe it’s because they just CHOOSE not to listen to what we’re saying. Regardless, every once in a while I need to make a little noise about it….
So next time your dog “yells” at you, you better pay attention, because we have LOTS TO SAY!
Does your dog bark/yell at you too? What do you think he’s trying to say?
With a name like Ammo I always get questions about how I ended up with such an explosive name (for such a small dog). So I figured it was high time I shared the story of how I got my name.
I like to think I’ve really grown into my name over the past 6 years that I’ve had it, but my parents thought long and hard before they landed on “Ammo”.
In fact, it might help to show you a video of the VERY FIRST time I ever met my parents.
As you can see I really wasn’t too shy about asserting my personality! 😉
After meeting me, falling in love, and deciding I would get my forever home with them, mom and dad went home to contemplate what my new name would be.
Mom had picked out the name Ranger. She thought it was a strong name that sounded super cute with my soon to be best buddy’s name….Trooper! (Mom still says Trooper & Ranger would have been cute names).
Dad picked out the name Ammo. He said I looked like a little bullet because I was so long.
The wildcard name that almost came to be….Robot! Hehe, I like to think that would have been a pretty funny name to have too.
In the end I became Ammo. Mostly because my dad had never had a dog before (mom had) and it seemed only fitting that he get to name his very first fur kid (at least according to mom). So Ammo it was! And you know what, I think it’s pretty fitting. I’m fast, powerful, and explosive. I even found out later on (via a Facebook fan) that Amo means love in Italian. How cool!
Even though my name is Ammo, I’ve got lots of little nicknames around the house that mom and dad like to call me:
L’Amee (short for Little Amee)
Miami (short for My Amee)
How did your dog get their name? Does he/she have any fun nicknames too? Do tell!
Disclaimer: this post if brought to you by Chewy.com, but all opinions are my own and I only share products I think my readers will love!
My friends over at Chewy.com recently sent me a new toy. The KONG Squeezz Ball with Handle Dog Toy not only squeaks, but it’s perfect for tugging too! And even though it was well past my bed time….there was no way I was going to pass up the opportunity to take it for a spin.
Too tired to stand, but NEVER too tired to play with a new toy! How about your dog?
You can fetch the KONG Squeezz Ball with Handle Dog Toy from Chewy.com on sale for about $8!
Disclaimer: This post and giveaway are brought to you by Doggie Days Boutique. All opinions are my own, and I only share products I think you will love!
Have you heard of the Doggie Days Boutique? If you haven’t then you are in for a treat! The Doggie Days Boutique is a local, to my home state of Pennsylvania, online shop that carries unique, high quality products for pet lovers everywhere.
Recently they sent me this made in the USA, Gooby Luxury Aqua Leather Dog Collar to test out.
Now first, let me just say, “Gooby”, what a funny name! If only that, I was super excited to wear something around my neck stamped with the name Gooby!
Aside from having a silly name this collar is made of the SOFTEST synthetic and durable lamb skin material. This is great for dogs that might have really sensitive skin – in which a traditional collar might irritate their skin.
Or, ahem, dogs like me that have “dachshund pattern baldness”. (It’s a real condition, look it up!)
Now I know what you’re probably thinking, for a farm dog like me this pretty aqua collar is going to be RUINED on the farm. But guess what, it’s actually machine washable for all those time you roll in pony poop or dead animal smell (not that I would EVER do that).
And now for the best part…
ONE WINNER WILL WIN A $30 GIFT CODE TO DOGGIE DAYS BOUTIQUE
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). Good luck!
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Because sleep is highly underrated, I couldn’t leave you hanging this month without sharing my new collection of places that I like to sleep. Here’s a few of my napping spots from the past month…
Kinda gives you that groggy feeling doesn’t it? Can you spot the item that shows up the most in all of my napping pictures? (hint: it’s black and yellow*)
In case you missed any of my favorite spots from last month, be sure to check out my “Oh the Places You Sleep” Series!
The Ryerss Farm is a non-profit that cares for aged, and abused or injured horses by providing a home where they can spend their golden years out to pasture. The horses at Ryerss are never worked, go to auction or are used for experiments. They simply spend their days grazing and enjoying life with their friends on the farm.
My pal Minnow (who is an aged equine himself at 21 years young) was thrilled to be able to show off some of his painting talents for this organization.
Minnow drew quite a crowd when it came time for him to paint and show off a few of his tricks. Check out the video of Minnow painting at Ryerss on instagram.
I couldn’t let Minnow one-up me with his crowd, so every time I performed I tried to draw an even bigger crowd than him.
I pulled out all the stops by jumping through hoops and even showing off my most popular trick, playing dead!
I even dove through a solid hoop while wearing my stunt helmet! I think Minnow was impressed (don’t let his look of boredom fool you).
Eventually all that performing caught up to me – and this little super hero had to squeeze in some afternoon naps between shows.
Don’t worry though, my mom has a secret arsenal of Full Moon Real Bacon Treats* in her pocket (that we received from BlogPaws), that were just what I needed for revival before my next show.
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I’m never one to disappoint my crowd!
Even though my crowd might have been just a wee bit bigger than Minnow’s, we were both thrilled to be supporting this good cause….and generating a few smiles along the way!
If you’d like to check out some of my pal Minnow’s artwork, be sure to visit him over at PaintingPony.com
I know what you’re probably thinking….how can I STILL be recapping my week long road trip? Well, the fact is, there was so much to see and do that I’ve had lots to share. Like my adventures in; Washington, D.C., Shenandoah National Park, The Great Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg, TN, Nashville, Tennessee and the 2015 BlogPaws Conference. Well, today is the last adventure of my road trip, and it was one of my favorites! On the way home to Pennsylvania I stopped at the Knoxville Convention Center.
Being that it was a Sunday, the convention center was closed, but that didn’t stop me from exploring around.
Just outside the Knoxville Convention Center is the Sunsphere……the main purpose of my visit! The Sunsphere was constructed for the 1982 World’s Fair and served as the symbol to the Fair. It wasn’t until 2007 that it was renovated and reopened for the public.
Since there was no signs to say otherwise, and no one around to ask, I rode the elevator up the Sunsphere to the 4th floor observation deck to check out what all the fuss was about.
Not gonna lie, it was a long way down! I was more than happy not to get too close to the edge, just in case.
The 5th floor of the Sunsphere contains a restaurant and bar called the Icon Ultra Lounge. I didn’t attempt to go up there because the sign said reservations were needed – and I’m not even sure if they were open on a Sunday. And the 6th floor was for events.
Honestly I was thankful to have all 4 feet back on the ground, but there was a lot more to see in the World’s Fair Park, which had signs saying leashed pets were welcome as long as you picked up after them.
There was some beautiful waterways and according to their website it looks like they hold lots of fun events in the park.
Eventually I made my way to the Amphitheater, it was also constructed during the 1982 World’s Fair and was home to both country music and classical music concerts. The Sunsphere and the Tennessee Amphitheater are the only structures that remained after the World’s Fair. I would have put on my own show for everyone, only I forgot to pack my trick gear, and sadly I had no spectators.
Eventually I came across an outdoor fountain where lots of kids were enjoying it on a nice hot day. I wanted to join in too, but sadly it was one of the few areas off limits to dogs.
After exploring the World’s Fair Park it was time to get something to eat! So I found a pet friendly restaurant on the river, Calhoun’s!
Their deck overlooking the water was the perfect spot for a relaxing nap before my long long drive back to Pennsylvania.
And just as we were finishing up our dining experience, a big storm came rolling in. I have to say, the entire time I was gone I lucked out with all the weather. Every time I found something fun to do any storms seemed to clear and I had nice sunny days every time!
Eventually it was time for my fun to end and I headed towards home.
Even though my road trip adventures have come to an end, it’s always nice to be back in my home sweet home!
So what was your favorite part of my week-long road trip? Maybe it was the Bears in Shenandoah National Park, or the Elk in the Great Smoky Mountains, or perhaps my red carpet event in Nashville? What did you like best?
Disclaimer: This review & giveaway is brought to you by Earth Rated. All opinions are my own, but I only share products I think you will love!
Everyone poops. (including me) And thanks to my new friends over at Earth Rated my mom and dad now have an arsenal of poop bags to make clean-up a breeze.
Earth Rated bags are bigger, thicker, and totally leak-proof!
Earth Rated’s green colored bags contain an EPI additive, which helps them break down better than traditional plastic bags and are rated Biodegradable in Canada. (fyi these bags are not considered biodegradable in the U.S. due to new labeling regulations, read more to find out why). And the extra cool part is that these particular ones are lavender scented too!
The scent in the Earth Rated Bags is made from various types of plants, including spice plants, flowers and fruits and comply with standards set forth by the International Fragrance Association. Mom claims they smell much much better than the poo they will be holding, but being that I’m a dog, I may beg to differ on that one. Agree to disagree.
I also received a cute Earth Rated Dispenser, which has a handy loop for attaching to any type of leash, for on the go poop pickup!
There is a clip on the back that could be used to attach to a pocket in a pinch, but is actually designed to hold used bags.
Now before you read any further, if you might be eating breakfast, lunch or dinner (or any meal for that matter) then you may want to skip ahead to the end (where I have a fun giveaway), because how could I confidently recommend the Earth Rated Bags without testing them out myself….
To help me with the testing I enlisted the help of my pony pals!
Because both Trooper and I agree, pony poop smells a whole lot better than dog poop! (Plus mom thought pony poop might be a little less cringe worthy in photographs….but I guess it depends on who you’re asking!).
Now Trooper and I would probably prefer to do pony poop pick-up on our own (if you catch my drift), but for the sake of this review we allowed mom to test out the Earth Rated Bags. She found the bags to be much easier to open than some of the more traditional black bags you see on the market and could tell they were much thicker than the bags we had been using.
While I think in the future mom and I will probably be using a wheelbarrow and pitchfork to do most of the pony poop pickup, it’s nice to know I now have some bags that are strong enough for even the biggest messes!
And now for the best part….
ONE WINNER WILL WIN AN EARTH RATED DISPENSER + REFILL ROLLS
(in scented or unscented) + some swag!
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 below. Good luck!
Disclaimer: this post if brought to you by my friends at Peach Pet Provisions. All opinions are my own, and I only share products I think you will love!
You may remember my friends over at Peach Pet Provisions from their Park It Mat that I reviewed on the blog last year. Well recently I was thrilled to hear they were launching a brand-new product with the help of a fun Kickstarter Campaign!
Peach Industries sent me over one of their new Peach Pillow Beds in grey to take for a spin.
As you can see I barely made it all the way onto the bed before I was overcome with it’s super softness. Pillow Bed for sure! This thing is extra soft and comfy, so much so that mom and dad tried to steal it from me. Not gonna lie, I’ve already caught mom lounging on it in front of the TV.
Some fun facts about Peach Pillow Beds:
Not only that, but it also comes in 12 fun colors! Which one is your favorite?
The great news is that Georgia & Mike (the makers behind Peach Pet Provisions) have already reached their funding goal through the Kickstarter Campaign to get these beds into production!
You can still get in on the fun, help support a small business, and grab yourself some Peach Pillow Beds at a fantastic cost by funding their Kickstarter! The campaign ends June 30, 2015 at 7:00pm PDT – so don’t delay!