The girls decided they should learn a little bit about this holiday. They started their research the good old fashioned way: with a book.
They learned that St. Patrick first entered Ireland as a captive and was forced to serve as a herdsman, but he held onto his faith even though his life was was not easy. After he escaped, he had a dream that he would return to Ireland to Christianize the country. He spent his life setting up monasteries in Ireland until his death on March 17, 461.
The girls thought this history was interesting, but they were more interested in what they'd been hearing about lucky charms and leprechauns, so they turned to more modern research methods.
They learned that leprechauns are little men--only 2 feet tall--who dress in green and make shoes. When the girls read that a leprechaun has to take you to his treasure if you catch him, they devised a plan. With two herding dogs on the job, they should have no problem catching one as long as they worked together. Now, all they needed to do was listen for the sound of the leprechaun's hammer.
They listened and listened--but they didn't hear any hammering. Eventually, they found a little man hiding in the closet. Since dogs see colors differently, they didn't believe me when I told them that he wasn't wearing green, but after thorough questioning, they determined he wasn't a leprechaun and didn't have any treasure.
They tried again with the little man who lives on our front porch, but he also wasn't a leprechaun--although he did threaten to pinch them if they didn't leave him alone.
They decided to focus on looking for lucky charms instead. They thought a four-leaf clover should be easy, but all they found were some normal three-leaf shamrocks in a box in the basement. They didn't seem edible or like much fun to play with, so the girls decided they weren't lucky after all.
They looked for rainbows, but found only grey skies.
They looked for a rabbit and thought they might be able to steal his foot--but the only rabbit they could find didn't have any feet.
Just when they were about to give up on their hunt for luck, the doorbell rang. The girls ran to the front window and watched as the FedEx truck drove away.
It was their lucky day! A Chewy.com box was on the front step!
Inside was something even better than a leprechaun's pot of gold: two bags of Primal freeze-dried Turkey Liver Munchies.
These are high value treats--which made it extremely hard to get any pictures once the Chewy box was opened!
One reason we love these treats is that they are single ingredient treats that contain know preservatives and are made in the USA. According to Primal's website, they source their proteins from ranchers across the USA who use natural, sustainable agricultural practices. All of that makes them high value and the girls are very excited to work for them--sometimes a little too excited--so they're great for tougher training goals.
The bags contain lots of treats of different sizes, which is always nice. With Rye, it's hard to do anything and break up treats at the same time, so being able to reach into a bag and get a lot of little treats for training. There are also plenty of bigger pieces that are easy to break into smaller pieces when I'm working with Barley or on the rare occasion that Rye has patience.
The only downside to these treats is that we can't use them in agility or obedience class because they crumble--as all freeze-dried meat treats do. Our training center requests that we don't use crumbly treats because they get ground down into the flooring and dogs will try to eat the expensive flooring. Even if crumbly treats were allowed, it's not fair to our classmates to be leaving little crumb trails of really desirable treats all over the floor when they're supposed to be doing their best to focus on class.
The girls don't see that as a problem at all. Their only complaint is that the packaging says they are for dogs and cats. Usually, the girls don't have to share their snacks with their brother, so they were not happy to see that there's no excuse for not sharing.
I, on the other hand, think that this is great! When I call the girls back inside, they always get a treat when they get in and sit, and Soth is often sitting by them, too. It always breaks my heart a little bit when he doesn't get something, too, so now he can get a little bite to eat with his sisters.
Overall, the girls think these treats are much more useful than any of the St. Patrick's Day objects they read about. They'll take a Chewy.com box over a pot of gold or a shamrock any day!
Disclaimer: We were sent two bags of Primal freeze-dried Turkey Liver Munchies from Chewy.com in exchange for our honest review as part of the #ChewyInfluencer program. All opinions are our own.