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If you’ve read some of my posts, then you probably know about my two fur babies…Zeke and Zihna – Zeke is about seven years old, a German Shepherd mix rescue, and the sweetest dog on earth and has been around since day one; we adopted Zihna in June, and she will be three years old tomorrow, and is a full-blooded German Shepherd. Zihna is high-speed, low-drag, moving nonstop and Zeke is move as little as possible.
With my two babies in mind, I was invited by BzzAgent to join their Eukanuba with 3D DentaDefense™ dog food campaign, and I was certainly excited because feeding my two 70-lb doggies quality dog food doesn’t come cheap.
BzzAgent graciously provided me with a coupon good for up to a 20-lb bag of dog food, so the hubby and I set out to the pet store, and we decided on the Eukanuba Adult Maintenance Dog Food. I was reading up on the benefits of the dog food and found out a very cool benefit to this food and an eye opening statistic about the general health of the dog population:
Did you know your dog may have dental health issues you can’t see? In fact, 85% of dogs have serious tartar build up by the age of three.* Plaque and tartar are often invisible to the naked eye, but with Eukanuba’s help, you don’t have to play pet detective to have a healthy, happy and smiling pooch.
Recommended by vets, Eukanuba with 3D DentaDefense™ keeps your dog in top condition from tooth to tail. Ensure your canine’s canines are healthy — feed your pup the only leading brand that provides complete nutrition and superior tartar protection in every adult and senior diet.
(*Source: Banfield Pet Hospital – State of Pet Health 2011 Report)
So here’s a couple pictures of Zihna, trying out her new dinner of Eukanuba Adult Maintenance Dog Food:
If you can’t tell from the pictures, Zihna thoroughly enjoyed her new Eukanuba dinner. Although Zeke didn’t make it into the photos, he also enjoyed his Eukanuba dinner.
The Eukanuba BzzAgent kit also contained a small black light and instructions on how to use the blacklight to check my dog’s teeth for tartar. So the hubby and I checked their teeth. I was surprised - Zihna’s teeth looked pretty good (much better than their initial condition from when we first adopted her – her teeth were terrible!) and good ole Zeke’s teeth looked pretty good for seven year old fellow..
After two weeks of feeding the Ukanuba to my dogs…
The tartar I did see on their teeth was diminished. Both have shinier coats, better digestion of their food, and I have also seen an increase in energy from them. Feeding the Eukanuba to my babies, I found this dog food to have many benefits over and above basic nutrition requirements of food alone.
I plan to continue to feed this Eukanuba dog food to my two German Shepherds. I would highly recommend this food for all dogs, especially if they are in need better oral care, or additional nutrients in their diet in general.
Do you have a puppy or are you planning on adopting one in the near future? The Petsmart New Puppy Starter Kit is for you!
Valued at over $130 (including the in-store coupons in the Kit), this $19.99 Puppy Stater Kit is one fabulous deal! The kit contains:
- Free Small Bag of Specialty Puppy food (up to $15 value)
- Free Puppy Bath, Brush, & More at the Grooming Salon (up to $10.99 value)
- Free One-Hour Puppy Orientation Training Seminar ($20 value)
- Two Free Doggie Day Camp Sessions (up to $25 value per session)
- Free Vet Consultation at Banfield (min. $34.95 value)
- Save $10 on Banfield Microchip
- Save $10 on Bayer K9 Advantix II six pack
- Save $10 on Bayer Advantage II six pack
- Save $5 on GNC Pets Puppy Multivitamins
- and much, much more!
Note: Note that all coupons included in the kit are valid in PetSmart stores only. Puppy Starter Kits are available for purchase online for US only (Promotion includes FREE Shipping!) Canada & Puerto Rico customers: Visit your local PetSmart store to buy your Puppy Starter Kit.
On Petsmart’s website, they also have a Petsmart Puppy 101 page where they very useful information on Health and Nutrition, Potty Training, Health Care, Grooming, Training and much more!
On the Puppy 101 page, you can also register your puppy, and Petsmart will email to you over $100 in Petsmart Coupons over a two to three month period. You’ll also find a Puppy Checklist to help you gather all the products you need when bringing home your new puppy.
If you have a new puppy or are planning to adopt one, please leave me a comment and tell me where you got your puppy, his breed, and how you decided on their name. Jon and I are in the process of adopting a German Shepherd Rescue from the Mid-Atlantic German Shepherd Rescue Organization. I’ll be posting about our journey for a new rescue dog soon!
Remember my posts about adopting sweet baby malamute Blake?
Well, at the end of March, Jon and I made the difficult decision to give Blake back the to breeder we bought him from. This was one of the most difficult decisions Jon and I have ever made. But, we made the decision that was in the best interest of Blake. We live in an townhome in an urban area, and Blake was growing much larger than the “typical” alaskan malamute. So, we made the decision that finding him a home where someone was home with home more often, and where he had a backyard with acres to run and play would be much better suited to his size and temperament. It broke my heart to let him go, but I know he is happier in a place where he has a round-the-clock companion and lots of land to run run free.
To sum it up, here’s the first picture we took of Blake when we first picked him up from the breeder. This August 13, 2011. He was such a cute little puppy, we had no idea that he was going to grow to so much so soon.
Typical Alaskan Malamute males grow to be about 90 pounds, but it’s not unusual to see larger males top 100 pounds or more. Blake was the biggest male of the litter, so we knew he was going to be a big boy, but we had no idea how big he was going to be.
As a puppy, Blake grew and was right on track in terms of size. He had no problems finishing his breakfast and dinner everyday. It was to watch, when we fed him, he acted like he had never eaten in his life. And if Zeke, our German Shepherd didn’t finish his food for dinner, Blake was more than happy to lend a helping hand =)
Wherever we took Blake, we received tons on compliments on how handsome he was, and how friendly he was. Blake definitively had a good temperament, beginning from puppyhood. He liked to play with all dogs, big and small. Going to the vet was always an adventure with Blake. He wanted to play with the other dogs, “demanded” attention from the staff =), and was the center of attention (of course!)
Here’s a photo on our way to the vet one day:
And then he grew like a weed! I don’t know what was in the food we were feeding him, but he shot up like a weed!
Here’s a photo from back in October 2011…he still looks like a puppy, but he’s getting bigger!
And a few more from Autumn 2011, talking a nature walk with my parents:
And then Blake at Christmas, check out how big he got (so quickly might I add!):
It was about this time we realized that Blake was going to be “bigger than the average bear.” Since Blake was a little puppy, I would hold him on my chest like little dog. The problem with that is, as he got older, he still believed he was a lap dog, and could still cuddle up with mommy and “plop” right down on top of me. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some good puppy cuddle time, but Blake got just a little too big for laying on me.
And as a puppy, we had to overcome housetraining, which meant during the day while Jon and I were at work, he was in his crate. Blake didn’t mind, he went into his crate voluntarily, because we taught him that his crate was his “home,” but we felt bad because Zeke, our German Shepherd, didn’t need to be crated during the day. We felt like we were putting him in jail, even though realistically we knew that wasn’t the case. Crating training, when done properly is a good thing for a dog. It gives them a secure, quiet, place to hang out at home, a personal den where he can find comfort and solitude while you (the owner) know he’s safe and secure (and not tearing your house to pieces while you’re away from home). Want to know how you’ve crate trained your dog correctly? They will go into their crate during quiet times to rest while you are at home, because that’s their own little bedroom. For more information on properly crate training your dog check out the The Human Society’s website HERE.
So, by Spring 2012, Blake was HUGE! He was only nine months old, but bigger than the average fully-grown Alaskan Malamute (and still thinking he was a lap dog, sweet doggy).
Zeke is about seven years old, and about sixty three pounds. So, he at this point he was outweighed by our PUPPY by about 30 pounds, and Blake always wanted to play. Zeke is getting old, acting like an old man, and didn’t want to be bothered all the time by his little brother.
So, here was Blake in March:
and my favorite picture:
What a sweet face! He is so precious, sweet, and so loyal. And when he’s with you, he gives you 110% of his attention – he’s completely focused on you, loving you, listening to you, trying to please you…
That’s why this was such a difficult decision for us.
But when we put in perspective — we live in an urban area, in a townhome, with a small backyard. Yes, we are lucky enough to have our home backup to a county park where we walk the dogs regularly, but Blake needs a place where he can just run free, not on a leash, especially being on the large size of a large breed.
Jon and I couldn’t bring ourselves to take Blake back to the breeder ourselves, so my Dad and Step Mom made the drive with Blake back to the breeder. They had to admit it was difficult for them to give him up too. They even contemplated keeping Blake, but the same issues arose — Blake need for expansive land to run and someone who could devote lots of attention to him. But, alas, they did it.
The breeder was impressed with Blake’s <beautiful> appearance, temperament, and good health. She noted how well took care of him (of course, my doggies are my babies!). She looked after him for a few days to get to know him, then put an ad out to find a good home for Blake.
I was very happy to hear she was being stringent in the interview process, so she could find the perfect home for Blake. It took a about a month and several interviews, but she found a good home!
A lady who was visiting her family in Pennsylvania (lives in Massachusetts) for the weekend saw the ad she posted for Blake, and came to see him. She fell in love with him instantly! (Of course, who wouldn’t!?!?). So, Blake went to his new home in Massachusetts. She is a single woman with a large fenced-in backyard and a nice home.
Once Blake’s new owner took him home, we heard back from her. This is what she had to say: Blake does really well in the car, and she takes him everywhere with her. Blake sleeps in the bed with her, but (not surprisingly!) takes up the majority of the bed – she’s working on getting him to sleep at the bottom of the bed (good luck with that, remember what I said about him liking to cuddle!), she bought a harness for him so she could control him better on the leash, she has been treating him with raw meat and fish, and last but not least…she took him to the vet and he weighed in at… 117 POUNDS! AT ELEVEN MONTHS OLD!
I am so glad Blake has a new, fantastic home, I am just sorry he couldn’t stay with us.
On Tuesday, February 28th, the International House of Pancakes will be celebrating IHOP National Pancake Day by serving FREE short stacks of pancakes between 7AM and 10PM. IHOP is raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network by asking those who dine on National Pancake Day to consider making a donation to the Children’s Miracle Network and other designated local charities.
The National Pancake Day began in 2006, and since then, IHOP has raised nearly $8 MILLION to support charities in the communities in which IHOP operates. For this year, 2012, IHOP has a goal to reach $2.7 Million in donations for this great cause.
Pork Chomps, a company that creates long-lasting chews that dogs love, made of baked pork skin, and only enhanced by Pork Chomps’ intense flavor stripz in peanut butter, bacon, chicken and pepperoni flavors.
Right now, they are offering a FREE Sample of their dog treats! Check them Pork Chomp’s Facebook page here.
In order to request a sample, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your Name, Address where you want the samples delivered, and the Number of Dogs you own along with their size (in pounds).
I just requested a sample for my doggies, and I can’t wait to get them in the mail and let Zeke and Blake enjoy their FREEBIE treats!
Posted by CrimmyLynn
Oh how life changes when you bring an eight week old puppy into the house! The past week has been one filled with adjustments, changes, and fun for everyone in the Miller household.
Right away when we brought Blake home, he was going potty on newspaper (what a blessing to have that house training started for us), so we are working on getting him to go on the potty pads ALL the time and getting used to a regular schedule of going outside to go potty as well. We make sure to treat him every time he goes potty outside as positive reinforcement.
For this first week, for a multitude of reasons, I have been sleeping on the couch in the basement with Blake. We tried over the weekend to bring him upstairs, but he doesn’t have 100% aim on the potty pads, and when we put him on the bed, it’s hard to get him to settle down. So two of the three nights we have tried taking him upstairs with us, I’ve ended up back on the couch. It’s comfortable, so I don’t mind too much. I also have to remind myself it’s temporary. He’s a baby and as much as we are getting used to him, he is getting used to us.
Zeke has been cautious when interacting with Blake. I can’t read his mind, but I can guess that the little one is getting on Zeke’s nerves a bit. Well, you can’t really blame Zeke. There’s been lots of change in the house over the last month, with our loss of Ty and adoption of Blake. Not to mention, Blake thinks Zeke’s tail is a play toy — I suppose that would irritate me too, a little puppy nibbling and pulling on my tail, and chasing me around like “PLAY WITH ME, PLAY WITH ME!” They bark at each other a lot…Zeke barks (I imagine he’s saying leave me alone!) and Blake barks (in this adorable, pretty big bark for such a little guy, c’mon, big brother, play with me please!)
A few days after we brought Blake home, he started having, um, bowel issues. I feel bad for the little tike because we haven’t been able corrected the problem completely yet. We had him on the same food he was on at the breeder, but perhaps all the change in his life is causing a little doggie IBS. So, I checked with the breeder, and she suggested feeding him boiled hamburger and rice, and giving him kaopectate. Being me, I had to check the the active ingredient in kaopectate, and its bismuth. And since I’m a bit thrift, and there is no generic I could find for kaopectate at the local pharmacy, we went with a generic bismuth (better known as bright pink Pepto-Bismul). If you’ve ever had to give liquid medication to a dog, you’ll understand we are having so much fun doing that twice a day. Speaking of feeding, the boy eats more than my full grown (65 pounds) Zeke! He eats a cup of food in the morning and a two cups of food in the evening; and he attacks it like we starve him, scarfing it up as soon as we put the bowl down. Yesterday, he got some rice on the top of his snout, and used that big ole paw to wipe it off and eat it! So cute!
When we first brought Blake home, he would only go down the steps, err, slide down the steps. In just a week he’s conquered going Up and Down the steps (and our steps are pretty steep) with ease. He’s even got a little bounce to him when he comes down, like a bouncy ball you drop down the stairs.
It’s amazing to think that in only a week, we welcomed him into our home, and he has learned so much!
Little Blake has some spunk. He’ll run around and around and around…and slip and slide on the basement floor like a crazed little puppy. Because he is! He loves to chew on his stuffed toys, and play tug of war with you. When he’s being sneaky, he’ll hid under the chair, because he knows we can’t readily get to him there. He paws and nibbles at you for attention. How could you not pay attention to that face??
So, that’s week ONE. We are looking forward to many, many weeks and years to enjoy with Blake.