Saturday, December 22, 2018

Three Cheers for the Tri-Flyer

Last month, our friends at Chewy.com gave us a chance to try out a no-squeak tug toy that we were hoping would be a good reward at agility trials. Rye loved the toy, but was too nervous to play with it at trials and I didn't love that she kept going for the little handle that I was holding. This month, we had a chance to try another no-squeak toy with the All Kind Tug & Fetch No Squeak Tri-Flyer.

I chose this style of toy because all of the sides are identical and I thought it might save my fingers from those excited Rye teeth during intense games of tug.  


For the most part, Rye was content to tug on one of the other two sides instead of going for the one I was holding, but there were a few times when she still got me. I think because the middle of the toy is skinnier than the ends, we were both trying to get a better grip. 


Rye loves this toy! The surface is a rubbery material that's easy to hold onto (for dogs and humans who are battling slobbery surfaces!). The material is also nice and soft and the sides are all thin enough that it's easy to get her mouth around.


It's also perfect to tossing and fetching. It's soft enough that I can toss it in the house without worrying about hurting anything. With the rubbery body, it looks heavy and sturdy, but it's surprisingly lightweight.


The shape also makes it easy for Rye to hold onto while chewing on it. As usual, when she started gnawing on the edges, that was my cue to take the toy away and start another game of tug or fetch before she had a chance to destroy it. It stood up well to a little light chewing, but the description on Chewy says it's not for heavy chewers, so I don't think it would stand up to Rye's jaws of steel for long.


Right now, I think Rye will probably be too nervous for this to be a good reward at agility trials, either, but it's going to be perfect for playing in the yard in the snow! With the bright colors, it's going to stand out easily. We haven't had any snow since it arrived, so we haven't had a chance to test that element out, but it's going to be the first toy we grab on our next snow day.

We'll also continue to take the tri-flyer and last month's toy with us to agility trials--just in case. It's exactly the right toy to use for a reward at a trial--I'm just not sure that Rye is exactly the right dog to use a toy reward with!

Disclaimer: We were given one All Kind Tug & Fetch No Squeak Tri-Flyer toy from Chewy.com as part of the #ChewyInfluencer program in exchange for our honest review.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Mixing Up a Holiday Feast

When it comes to meal time, we're a kibble family. I hardly have time to cook for myself, much less for the pets, so we've spent a lot of time looking at different types of food and talking to our vet about the girls' needs and we've found food that we're all comfortable with. But back when I had foster dog Sal, he needed something a little extra while he worked on gaining back weight and strength and that process introduced me to dehydrated dog food. Ever since then, we've supplemented kibble with the occasional dehydrated dog food topper. 

This month, we got the opportunity from our friends at Chewy.com to try out a new brand of dehydrated dog food: I and Love and You's Stir & Boom dehydrated dog food in lamb. We've been a huge fan of I and Love and You's treats and regularly take them to agility trials and Soth ate their cat food for a while when we were trying to find something he'd eat consistently, so we were excited to try this product out.

Barley saw "homemade dog food' on the bag and got ready to get to work preparing a meal to share with her sister.


She couldn't believe that she didn't need the Kitchen Aid or her Pioneer Woman cookware to make a complete meal.


But the only thing you need to make this meal complete is a bowl, something to stir with, and water.


This Raw-Raw Lamb Boom Ba Dinner looks pretty typical of the other dehydrated foods we've tried. It looks like a bag of dirty with chunks of stuff in it. 


The back of the package has the recommended amounts based on your dog's size, but notes that ratio is 1:2 of dry food to water (or 1:1.5 if your dog likes things to be a bit thicker). You can also make extra and store it in the fridge for up to four days. Since we were just making it for a special "Mom Finished Grading Final Papers and We're Officially On Vacation" treat, we just went with the smallest serving size. 


You add water to the mixture, stir, and then wait for 15 minutes. As the water soaked in, I could make out the chunks of lamb and a few other ingredients like the carrots, but for the most part it looked like brown sludge (something that I've found with all dehydrated food--and something that only bothers me and not the dogs).

About halfway through the rehydrating process, I was surprised to see how soupy the mixture still was.


I was also surprised by how stinky this mixture was. Rye had been sleeping in the living room when Barley and I started mixing things up, but it didn't take her long to come check things out.


Fifteen minutes later, the mixture was still liquidy. All other dehydrated food that w'eve tried has been the consistency of grits by the time it's done rehydrating, so I was surprised to see how runny this was.


The girls did not care, though. They were ready to dive in regardless of the consistency. 


Often, I'll use dehydrated food to stuff Kongs, so the girls are occupied for a little while, but that was not a possibility with this mixture. I poured half into each dog's bowl and they were not amused that I made them wait to try it until I'd had a chance to take a picture.


Both dogs think this I and Love and You Stir & Boom food was good to the last drop. They licked their bowls clean and then swapped places to make sure the other one hadn't left anything behind in her bowl.


The ingredients in this are all things I'm happy to feed the dogs. In addition to the lamb, there's sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach, bananas, and a variety of vitamins and other tasty ingredients. The fat content is also only 11%, which is right about where I want food for Rye. Our 1.5-pound bag makes up to 10 pounds of food, so as a special treat, it will last us a long time! The consistency was really my only problem with it, so next time, we'll try the 1:1.5 ratio and see if that makes it thick enough that it could be a Kong filler. 

Stir & Boom from I and Love and You was a huge hit with both dogs, so we'll definitely be adding it to our dehydrated food rotation. With an easily resealable bag and the ease of mixing everything up, it's the perfect addition to Barley and Rye's diet.

Disclaimer: We were provided one bag of I and Love and You Stir & Boom food in exchange for our honest review as part of the #ChewyInfluencer program through Chewy.com.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Sniffing Success

This weekend, the girls and I participated in our first AKC Scent Trial. One of our agility classmates was the trial secretary and it was the club's first trial, so I think I felt a little more nervous than usual because I knew how nervous our friend was and we wanted everything to go smoothly for her.

I was also nervous because both dogs were entered and I wasn't sure what to expect. The last time they were both entered in a trial, Barley and I had been in several C-WAGS trials and we'd been to the trial site several times, so I had an idea how it would go. This time, I had no idea how things would go.

Surprisingly, things went beautifully.

Since they weren't resetting any of the courses, I could only run one dog per class. For the morning trial, Rye was entered in containers and Barley was entered in interiors. 

Rye found the hide in just over 9 seconds, so we qualified, but we ended up in 6th place, so we only got the qualifying ribbon. For interiors, they had a space set up like a laundry room with an ironing board, a few benches, a couple baskets with blankets. Barley loves to stick her head in laundry baskets and rub her face on clean towels, so we spent quite a lot of time sniffing the basket. Eventually, she worked her way over to a bench and found it. She wasn't speedy--finishing just under a minute--and we finished in 12th place.

The next trial would start at noon, so we had about two hours between getting our ribbons and our next courses. The week before, Barley and I had checked out a park with a memorial to Smoky, the first certified therapy dog, and it was only 15 minutes away, so we took Rye to see the statue and take a quick walk.



The afternoon was equally successful. The dogs swapped classes, so Barley ran containers and Rye ran interiors. Barley doesn't love containers. She doesn't find sniffing boxes all that interesting. The afternoon courses were a little slower than the morning courses, so Barley and I had a long wait before our turn was up. There were a lot of other dogs around and Barley was working really hard to stay focused on me. By the time we got into the containers course, Barley was exhausted. We crossed the start line and she had no interest in the boxes. The novice container's course is set up in two equal lines of boxes that are equally spaced, so I walked Barley down one side and up the other. She didn't even look at them. She just trotted along beside me and grinned at me. Occasionally, she'd sniff a box, but she was not into it at all. We got our 30 second warning and I pointed at a few boxes and asked her to search again. With 15 seconds left, she finally alerted on the correct box. 

Rye was up next in interiors. For this trial, the interiors course was set up in the Club's office. I had no idea how Rye would do. The only time she's ever searched outside of our house was our C-WAGS trial in October--and she was a little nutty then! I worried for nothing, though. She got in the office and went right to work. The hide was on a rolling desk chair with a trashcan right next to it. Rye spent a long time sniffing the trash can, but her alert is to lay down near the hide, so I waited her out. After several seconds, she moved on to the chair and quickly laid down. The judge praised me for my patience--which is something I have always struggled with when Barley and I are working. Our time was just over a minute, which was fast enough to come in 4th place.

On Sunday, we were up bright and early to head back to Cleveland for our second day of trials. In the first trial, Barley was up first in containers and Rye was in interiors. For the containers course, the start line was almost immediately after crossing the threshold into the room. Barley did start sniffing almost immediately, but she stopped in front of a box and wouldn't budge. She hadn't given it much attention, so I didn't really think that was the correct box, but she wouldn't move. I tried to get her to keep searching, but she planted her feet and grinned at me. She made it very clear that we were not going to look at any other boxes, so I called alert and she was one box away from the hide.

Rye's interiors search was set up similar to a garage. There were some chairs, a ladder, a bucket, a fan, and a few other random items. The hide was on the fan, and Rye went right to it and did a lot of sniffing, but she didn't lay down. After the trashcan the day before, I waited her out. She did a quick lap around the room, came back to the fan, and flopped down. We ended up in 6th place.

We finished even earlier with Trial 1 than we had the day before, so we went back to the park. We had a lovely 3+ mile walk on a section of the trail near a golf course and along the Rocky River. 



There was an overlook of a wetland area and the overlook had some incredible metal railings.



We got back for the afternoon trial with Rye searching containers and Barley searching interiors. Rye went in for her containers search and she got right to work again. She sniffed the row that the hide was on and she started to alert, bowing at one of the boxes. Then she went along the line and sniffed a couple more boxes, stepped on one and started to alert again. Then she did a wide arc back to the correct box and did her alert. All of that took about 18 seconds, and we ended up with 4th place again.

Interiors didn't go quite as well for Barley. This search was in the office Rye had searched on Saturday and there was a trashcan with some plastic wrappers of some sort right across the start line. Barley stuck her head in the trash can and did some serious sniffing. Her tail wasn't wagging, though, so I was pretty sure that wasn't the hide. I called her off the trash can and she sniffed a few other things, including the chair that Rye's hide had been on, but then she went back to the trash can. She still wasn't wagging her tail, but she was so into the trash can that I called an alert again. The hide was actually under a cabinet about a foot away from the trash can. 

Sunday just wasn't Barley's day. But she still walked away from the trial with two qualifying runs, ending up with one leg in containers and one leg in interiors. 


Rye got two legs in containers, two legs in interiors, and two fourth place placements.


Both dogs had a lot of fun and we're looking forward to trying another AKC trial soon. This was our last event of the year, so we're also looking forward to a few weekends of not setting an alarm. 

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Nostalgic Snacks from Chewy.com

Even though it's been cold and we've already had our first snow of the season, we haven't been quite ready to let go of fall yet. Chewy.com helped us hold on a bit longer with some Grandma Lucy's Organic Pumpkin Oven Baked Dog Treats.


The first thing I noticed is that I didn't love the packaging. I've mentioned in other reviews that I like packaging where I can see the treats before I open the bag. There are a couple pictures of the treats on the packaging--if you look by the word organic, there's a little bear beside it--but since we'd never had these treats before, at first it wasn't clear why that bear was there. 

Once I opened the bag, though, the treats looked almost identical to Teddy Grahams cookies which were some of my favorite snacks growing up (and if I'm honest, I can't turn down a good Teddy Graham now!), so they made me happy to look at them. It felt like I was getting to share one of my favorite snacks with the girls--and made me want to run out to the store to get some little bear treats for myself! 


One thing I was a little surprised by was that pumpkin was the fifth ingredient on the list of ingredients. I assumed it would be a little bit higher up on the list, but there were ingredients like flour, cane sugar, palm oil, and cane sugar syrup before pumpkin showed up. This list was a little different than the ingredients on the packaging in the picture on Chewy.com, which had pumpkin as the seventh ingredient. (I'm not sure if they changed recipes or not, but there were definitely some differences between the packaging we received and the packaging in the images on the website.) I was also surprised by the fat content, which was 16%. After Rye's pancreatitis episode a couple months ago, we've been trying to keep everything below 10% fat content. Usually, it's high value meaty treats with ingredients like duck that are higher than we'd like, so I was surprised that a treat with no meat in it would have 16% fat content.

The packaging also states that the treats are kosher and vegetarian, which aren't really things I look for in teats, but if that's important for your pets, these treats meet those requirements.


Regardless of what the ingredients were, Barley was ready to try them immediately.


Both girls really liked these treats. Barley especially likes them because I'm really limiting how many Rye gets because of the fat, which means Barley got to have a few extras while we took pictures. 

What I like best about these treats is that there are a ton of them inside the package. We use cookie treats for crate treats when I put the girls in their crates before I leave. There are some days when I come home between classes, so the girls get crate treats twice on those days, and usually they get two treats every time they go in. This package has lasted us all month and we still have plenty left. They're also easy to break up, which is what I usually do for Rye so she still thinks she's getting two treats but she's getting less fat. 

The treats are a big hit with the dogs, but because of the fat content, they probably won't become a regular part of our treat rotation. We'll definitely be looking into some of the other Grandma Lucy's flavors, though, in case there are other varieties that have less fat in them. 

Disclaimer: We were given a package of Grandma Lucy's Organic Pumpkin Oven Baked Treats in exchange for our honest review as part of the #ChewyInfluencer program from Chewy.com.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Fun and Games from Chewy.com

Since we started going to agility trials, I've wanted a silent tug toy for Rye to use as a reward after our runs. They've had a few at the vendors at some of the trials, but they either have balls that Rye could crush with one bite or rabbit fur that she'd just want to shred. When we had to opportunity to test out the Frisco Plush with Rubber Tug & Fetch No Squeak Dumbbell from Chewy.com, I was thrilled--it was exactly the toy we were looking for. 

Our trainer recently told us that for toy rewards, it's a good idea to choose a toy that isn't self-rewarding. If a dog has a toy that squeaks, they don't need a human to help make the toy fun--they can just squeak away and entertain themselves. With silent toys, the excitement comes from interacting with their human. In trials, you also don't want a toy that makes noise right by the ring because it's not fair to the other dogs that are working. 


We took it to Rye's adoption day trial in the middle of the month. First, I took her outside and tried to get her revved up with the toy. She didn't want anything to do with it. I tossed it in her crate so we didn't lose it. Then we tried again after one of her runs. Still no cigar. No matter what I did to try to engage her, she wanted nothing to do with it. As confident as Rye is on the course, she tends to get spooked easily off of the course and she usually wants to go right back to her crate as soon as she's done. I had hoped that play might help her feel a little braver, but she was just too nervous to be interested in a game of tug.

That doesn't mean that the dumbbell toy was a flop, though. Rye does enjoy a good game of tug at home. Rye has her own ideas of how tug toys should be used, though. She thinks she should get the handle.


I tried to convince her that she should tug on the actual dumbbell part, but she was not buying that at all and I had to be the one to tug on the dumbbell or risk losing a finger when she grabbed at the handle.


Even when we played fetch with the dumbbell, she still thought she should retrieve it by the handle rather than the actual toy part. Part of me thought that the dumbbell part might be a bit big for her to grab with her mouth--it's soft, but it's stuffed full and doesn't have much give. Really, though, I think Rye just likes to tug on the parts I'm holding onto because she usually goes for the handles on tug toys.

 

I was impressed by how durable this toy is. Even when Rye and I were both tugging on the handle, it stayed attached to the dumbbell. We've had other tug toys where the handle has broken off when we've played this way. That wasn't the case with this toy. 

Rye also likes to gnaw on things and she gave the handle a good gnaw in between games. I didn't let that go on for long because I've seen what happens when she starts sawing her teeth over a thin handle like this. For the few seconds that she was chewing on the handle while I took a picture, though, there were no ill effects. Not even a bit of fraying. 


Rye also likes to gnaw on thick seams like this toy has around the edges. Again, I didn't let that behavior go on for long, but they held up to a brief chewing session. Several of the reviews on Chewy.com said that this toy didn't last long with dogs ripping the handle and pulling out the stuffing, but I found as long as I stayed involved in playing with this toy with Rye, it held up well to a little bit of chewing between tosses and tugs. The toy was also big enough that Rye could get a good grip on it when she wanted to chew on it. 


So far, this toy hasn't quite served it's purpose at our house, but I'm not giving up hope. It's exactly what I wanted out of a silent tug toy, but Rye plays by her own rules. Rye definitely likes it at home where she's comfortable, so we're going to keep playing with it in hopes that one day she'll be comfortable enough to play with it at a trial, too. 

Disclaimer: We were provided one Frisco Plush with Rubber Tug & Fetch No Squeak Dumbbell toy in exchange for our honest review as part of the #ChewyInfluencer program through Chewy.com. 

Sunday, November 18, 2018

A Letter To My Dog's First Family

To My Dog's First Family:

I think of you often. When I fell in love with your puppy, the shelter told me you'd had to surrender her for personal reasons, either financial or health problems. I often wonder if you're ok and if things are better now. I wonder if you miss your puppy or regret your decision. I know that you loved her. That was obvious from the amount of training she'd had. It was clear you'd spent a lot of time working with her and nobody can spend even a tiny amount of time with her without falling in love with her.

I hadn't gone to the shelter to get her, but as soon as I saw her, I switched my application to her. It was love at first sight.


I've often wished I could ask you if she's always loved cats or always been scared of nature.


I've wished I could ask you where her original name came from. (It's now her middle name and gets used when she's her cutest, naughtiest puppy self.)

I've wished I could tell you how much she loves agility.


And scent work.


And barn hunt. (She keeps my calendar full.)


I've often wished I could tell you that she's happy and so very loved--by me and her dog sister and cat brother.


I've wished that I could tell you that she gave me a reason to smile when I was worried the world was falling apart.


I've wished I could tell you thank you.

Two years ago, I went to the shelter to add to my little family and I came home with your puppy. She's changed my world for the better and I'm so very thankful that you made the difficult decision that let her become a part of my life.

Friday, November 2, 2018

The Sniffin' Sisters

Last weekend, the girls and I did C-WAGS scent trial. When we did our summer scent league, our friend who owns the training center told us that they were going to have halloween ribbons at the October trial and being a sucker for all things seasonal, I wanted those ribbons!

It was a two-day trial with two runs each day. Barley needed two more qualifying scores after our summer league to earn her Level 2 title, so we entered in all four runs in hopes that we'd qualify in at least two.

This summer, we struggled with communication. Three minutes seems like such a long time when you're out there--but in real life, it seems like a really short amount of time, so I was rushing us many nights and not giving Barley as much time to explore all of the containers. I tried really hard not to rush us this time. On our first run, it seemed like Barley had found it pretty quickly, but we'd only passed two boxes, so I walked her around the whole room before coming back to that side. Eventually, we did find both hides although we had one fault (thankfully, in C-WAGS, you're allowed one fault) and we did qualify. 3 down, 1 to go. 


Our second run wasn't as successful. We found one, but had two false alerts, so we didn't qualify. For some reason, Barley didn't even want to go near the second hide--we walked by it several times and she didn't even sniff at it, so I was convinced it wasn't the hide. We had two more shots on Sunday, though. 

Rye also got to come along on Sunday for her very first scent trial. In C-WAGS, you can start in Level 1 or Level 2, but since this was Rye's first time ever sniffing outside of our house, I wanted to start with the most basic level. Since they don't reset the courses between dogs, you can only run one dog in one level anyway, so I couldn't have Rye and Barley in Level 2, which was another good reason to start with Level 1. We practice with Level 2 set ups at home--boxes and other containers, two hides, and birch and cypress hides--so I wasn't worried about Rye having only boxes and only one hide. Barley was not thrilled about having to share the spotlight with Rye, but I was excited to see how things would go for Rye.


I was a little worried that Rye wouldn't know what we were searching for because the trial was at the training center where she does barn hunt. She did want to look for the rats at first--they had the corner of the building with the stairs up to the room where the rats live blocked off, but Rye did run over to the barrier and sniff around it. Then she realized what she was looking for and she took off for the box. She was higher than a kite, so she was zooming around the room. She started to alert on several boxes--her alert is a down at the hide--by bowing in front of them, but since she didn't get her belly down on the ground, I waited for her to give me a clear alert. Eventually, it came and she ran to a box and pounced on the ground in front of it. I called alert and we qualified with no faults--and all of that took place in 12 seconds!


Our second attempt wasn't quite as successful. Rye was so pumped up after her first run that she bounced all over the room. She knew how happy I'd been when she finally laid down at a box in the first run, so she alerted on two boxes that were not the hide and we didn't qualify. She had every laughing with her enthusiasm, though. 

Barley was up next with her third Level 2 search of the weekend. We took our time and had a clean run (something that's only happened twice now) and earned our title. I'd told Barley that I just wanted her to do as well as she did on Saturday and get one qualifying run so we could earn the really fun Halloween ribbon--and she listened to me! 


The training center where the trial was held is a little small, so there isn't really good indoor crating space and dogs are crated in their cars. I had both dogs harnessed in and buckled into the backseat. Barley had been so good about tolerating that on Saturday, but by Sunday, I guess she had had enough. She stayed where she was supposed to during both of Rye's runs and while I did the briefing for her first run, but when I went in to the awards ceremony to get her ribbon, she unbuckled herself and climbed into the front seat. I had 5 bags of different types of treats--and when I got back to the car, I had one handful of treats left in our treat pouch. I'd really hoped that the front seat of our new car would remain dog-hair free for a few weeks, but now I have dog hair, treat crumbs, and I keep finding tiny pieces of treat bags all over the place. Maybe one day Mother Nature will give us a dry day so I can break out the shop vac and make the front of the car look pretty again.


Since that was our first run of the day, we were able to move up to Level 3 for our second run. That meant we had about an hour to kill while they took a break for lunch. I took the girls out for a quick walk at a nearby park. 

We got matching glow-in-the-dark bandanas when we checked into the trial!

We did our first Level 3 run when we got back. Level 3 is even more challenging than Level 2 because all four odors (birch, cypress, clove, and anise) can be used, there are 3 hides, and the hides can be in containers or on objects. We were the last Level 3 dog to go and all of the dogs before us came out saying how difficult the course had been. We found one of the three hides, but had two false alerts and didn't qualify. 


Overall, I was really proud of both of my girls. Barley and I communicated a little better than we did this summer--although we still have plenty of room to grow!--and Rye was her typical spitfire self and threw herself into working from the second we walked through the door onto the course. 

Our training center is going to have another trial in January or February, but before that, we'll be trying our hand paws at AKC scentwork in December. I have both dogs entered in the trial, so they'll alternate classes with one dog doing containers and the other doing interior so they'll each get 4 runs with 2 attempts in each class. Both dogs will be in Level 1--or novice--since we've never tried AKC scentwork before, so we can simplify our practice at home for the next few weeks and just focus on the birch odor. We're so looking forward to another weekend of fun--and since Barley will still have to be crated in the car (she had a bit of a meltdown and broke out of her crate at a scent seminar at this location in September), I'll be creating a treat fortress to make sure that we don't have the same sneaky behavior this time around! 

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Falling for Pumpkin Pour Overs

Since Rye has been battling pancreatitis for the last month or so, we've had to get a lot more selective about the food and snacks that come into the house. Thankfully, our friends at Chewy.com have lots of options to keep Rye from getting bored with her new low-fat diet. This month, we got the chance to try the new Pumpkin Pour Overs from The Honest Kitchen.


The hardest part of reviewing these pour overs was choosing which flavor to try! There are three different categories of pour overs: pumpkin, bone broth and superfood and each of those categories has different flavors like turkey, salmon, chicken, and beef. We chose the Turkey and Pumpkin Stew variety because that seemed like the perfect fall flavor.

I wasn't really sure what to expect from the pour overs before the arrived, but they arrived in a case of 12 5.5-oz boxes of stew. Usually, the packing of Honest Kitchen products has thorough instructions and detailed descriptions, but I was surprised to find that these packages were lacking some information. As usual, they listed all of the great ingredients from turkey and pumpkin to apples and butternut squash, but there weren't really clear instructions on how much to feed your dog. The feeding suggestions say that the box is about 2 servings depending on the size of your dog, but they don't give details about how many servings a dog should have a day or what size dog they had in mind for the serving size. 


The packaging suggests pouring the pour overs over the dog's food. We've used that method several times. There are still a few days when Rye doesn't want to eat and some days she'll wait until I come home at lunch before she shows any interest in eating her breakfast, but most days, if I pour a little of the pour overs on her breakfast, she'll eat it.

The dogs' favorite method, though, is freezing the pour overs so they can have them as a snack while I grade. 


The stew is pretty thin--much runnier than canned pumpkin--so it lives up to its name and is easy to pour over or into anything! There are also some chunks of turkey and apples that are easily visible in the stew, which is one of my favorite parts of any Honest Kitchen product--you always know what your dog is eating.


Because the stew is so thin, though, it's not perfect for all of our snacking needs. Sometimes I like to give the girls a stuffed snack and when they saw that I was pouring some of the pumpkin pour overs into their tuxes to put the in the freezer, they immediately wanted to have some right then and there, so I poured a bit into another one of their feeder toys.


Rye was so excited to get her pumpkin pour over snack that she couldn't even wait for me to hand it to her. She stole it while I was putting the leftovers in the fridge!


In the process, she splashed pour overs all over the kitchen floor and the living room carpet. Thankfully, Rye, Barley, and Soth were happy to help with the clean up and there's no evidence of the mess on the carpet. If you still live in a world where you can have nice things, I wouldn't recommend serving this in a way other than in a bowl or frozen. Thankfully, we departed the planet of nice things years ago, so we were able to laugh about this and decide to try other methods in the future. 

Rye likes the frozen method just as much as the room temperature version.

A lot of Honest Kitchen products say that they're for cats and dogs, but this one just lists dogs on the packaging. That didn't stop Soth from giving it a shot, though, and he loved it. I have never been able to get Soth to eat pumpkin before--and when he was having digestive issues, we tried many times. As soon as I opened the package, Soth was sitting right by the girls begging for a bite. Since the ingredients didn't seem to have anything that a cat couldn't have, I've let him have about a teaspoon or so of the stew every time I've prepared snacks for the girls.


All three pets love this! If I have any complaints, it's that the packaging is a little hard for me to open. You have to lift the side flaps and then tear off the perforated tab to open the package and I've struggled with tearing that piece off every time. Once it's open, though, it's really easy to close the box securely and store it. The leftovers can be refrigerated for up to three days. My pets aren't letting any of it sit around that long, though. The packages are recyclable and even after they've been completely rinsed, Rye is still trying to pull them out of the recycling bin. 

These pour overs have been great fall snacks that all three of my loves, even the pickiest of them, can't get enough of. Once again, the Honest Kitchen has given us a great product that I feel good about feeding my pets and the pets feel very good about gobbling up. 

Disclaimer: We were given one case of Honest Kitchen Pumpkin Pour Overs in exchange for our honest review as part of the #ChewyInfluencer program.