Vacuuming has never been one of my favorite chores. When we first became a two-pet family, I got one of those robot vacuums. Before long, it had died. Even with daily (and sometimes twice daily) runs, it couldn't keep up with Barley and Soth's fluff. Eventually, I did a lot of research and found a reasonably priced, highly rated pet vacuum that I've been using for several years. With the addition of Rye, though, a person walking into my house might think that I don't own a vacuum at all.
For one thing, she destroys everything, so moments after vacuuming there are bits of rope toys or clumps of stuffing.
But she's also terrified of the vacuum. If I vacuum while she's free in the house, she hides under an end table and shakes. If I vacuum while she's in her crate, even after the vacuum has been put away for a while, she'll be in a corner of the crate shaking. It's heartbreaking. Combine that with my dislike of vacuuming to begin with, and vacuuming occasionally gets put off longer than it should
When our January Chewy.com review item came, I knew I had to vacuum. We couldn't possibly take good pictures for our review if there were little bits of toys and dog hair everywhere. Rye also wanted to dig into the package as soon as possible--even if the box was a little snow covered, so it needed to happen soon.
|I may have retouched the photo to make the carpet look clean.|
As soon as I saw the package of The Honest Kitchen Joyful Jerky Filets, I knew it would be great for helping Rye learn that the vacuum isn't awful.
|We took a couple pictures in the empty room that didn't need vacuuming first.|
|Lucky for Bar and Rye, it's for good and naughty dogs!|
The Joyful Jerky Filets are made with human-grade ingredients and only include beef, salt, and celery juice powder. If you're a beef jerky fan, these definitely look like they are good enough to eat yourself! (The package does include a disclaimer on the back that while these are human quality, they are intended for your pets and not you.)
The filets come in a variety of different sizes. There were some that were as big as my hand and others that were short or skinny. Regardless of their starting size, the filets were all easy to break up into tiny pieces, which makes them perfect for training.
|Please quit making me practice going to bed and just let me eat the snacks.|
First, I took the vacuum out of the closet and set it in the living room. Then Rye and I went into the kitchen, got the package out of the fridge, and started tearing up some little bits to stick in my pocket. As we walked back out to the living room, I tossed a few pieces near the vacuum but not right on top of it to get her more used to being around the vacuum.
Then I wheeled the vacuum as far away from Rye as possible, plugged it in, and started vacuuming on the opposite side of the room. As I vacuumed, I'd toss a piece down to her end of the room periodically. Within a few minutes, she was peeking out from behind the couch to see what I was doing.
Once I'd finished vacuuming the living room, I set up several bits in a semi-circle around the vacuum and let Rye pick them all up.
I put one on the vacuum, but she wasn't quite comfortable enough to take that one, but when I moved it to just in front of the vacuum she bravely went in for the snack. Hopefully, she'll eventually face the vacuum head-on like her sister does.
|I will sit and take a picture with this monster, but I won't get too close.|
These are great, high quality treats that the dogs both loved. I also loved that they were high quality, limited ingredient treats.
I only have two complaints. One is that the package recommends refrigerating the package once opened, which is probably a weird complaint. But I am definitely an out of sight, out of mind kind of person, so if the treats aren't in the drawer with all of the others or out on the counter, I'm likely to forget they exist and they won't end up in our treat pouch for class or be the treats I grab for an impromptu training session.
Also, the bag is only 3.25-oz., so with two greedy dogs it didn't last long (of course, if I forget about it in the fridge, it might last a little longer). Since we go through a lot of treats, I try to choose high quality treats that also come in high quantities, so this won't be one that is added to every order. While it won't become part of regular treat rotation, this is one all three of us loved enough that I'll absolutely be purchasing more for special occasions and training situations that require something high value. We highly recommend Joyful Jerky if you have a dog that needs a little something extra special for training or needs a little extra spoiling.
Disclaimer: We were provided with a package of The Honest Kitchen Joyful Jerky Filets from Chewy.com in exchange for our honest review, but all opinions are my own and we only share information we think is relevant and valuable to our readers. Chewy.com is not responsible for the content of this post.