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Ditch the rawhides with a smarter choice from SmartBones

When we first moved from Hawaii to the mainland, during winter, our larger dog Kainalu quickly lost his dark tan; he went from completely black skin to almost completely white!  Needless to say, whenever the days grow longer and the summer heat starts up, the dogs take any chance they can to soak up the sun like they did back home.  Their favorite summer activity is now lying in the yard, soaking up the sun and chewing on a delicious treat.  So we were happy this summer to discover a brand of chews that’s safe, healthy, and that our dogs LOVE – SmartBones®!

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Here is some product information provided directly by SmartBones®:

  • PetMatrix is committed to providing the healthiest, tastiest, safest pet chews available. The Healthy Alternative to Rawhide®, SmartBones® chews are rawhide-free, highly digestible, and 100% delicious.
  • SmartBones®’ outer layer is made of wholesome, flavorful vegetables, including sweet potatoes, peas and carrots. This is then combined with an irresistible inner layer of real chicken, for a scrumptious taste dogs can’t resist!
  • Available in delectable recipes such as Chicken, Sweet Potato, Peanut Butter, and Dental your furry friend will have a variety of SmartBones to choose from.
  • Independent digestibility studies show that SmartBones® chews are highly digestible, and tests demonstrate that 9 out of 10 dogs prefer SmartBones chews over the leading rawhide chews.

SmartBones has developed dog treats that are a healthy alternative to rawhide, perfect for keeping your pets healthy and happy

SmartBones® is a perfect answer to the traditional rawhide chew, which are associated with a number of risks:

  • Rawhide is the inner hide from a cow or other animal that has undergone chemical processing to remove hair and other materials. The rawhide is then ground or used whole, and is formed into various dog chews shapes.
  • Many veterinarians are concerned with the potential health risks associated with dogs consuming rawhide. These health risks include: stomach & intestinal blockage and potential ingestion of toxic chemicals used to process rawhide chews.
  • In addition, there are serious negative environmental issues generated by the use of chemicals in processing rawhide products.

 

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SmartBones® is our new replacement for traditional rawhide chews.  They’re affordable, contain great ingredients, and the dogs go absolutely crazy over them!  It’s the first treat we’ve found that they love so much, they’ll do almost anything to get it – including staying still enough for pictures like the ones above.  The small treats are perfect for us for training, and the Stuffed Twists are their favorite snack.  Head over to SmartBones to get more information and find your dog’s favorite new treat, or visit them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

— Information was provided by SmartBones®.  Compensation and product samples were provided to me by SmartBones®.  All opinions are my own.

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Secret Life of Pets Quiz + more!

The Secret Life of Pets (Summer 2016) - I can't wait!

 

I don’t know about you but I’m certainly excited for the release of The Secret Life of Pets. Alex and Evan had their first movie theater experience a couple weeks ago and we can’t wait for our next!  They are just 3 1/2 and 5 so we have so many movies in our future!

My birthday is coming up (hint hint!) and these adorable Fandango collectible gift cards are now available! In celebration of the movie’s release, fans can now buy these gift cards for their favorite movie lovers (in both digital or physical form) at fandango.com/giftcards.

While you anxiously await the movie, check out this Exclusive Interview with The Secret Life of Pets Cast!

And my favorite… a fun quiz! This would be perfect to take with the whole family as you wait for the movie to start. I got Blu from Rio – who will you get? QUIZ: Who’s Your Movie Pet BFF?

 

My 5 year old loved his first experience at AMC theaters!

ThunderShirt – the shirt that calms dogs

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My dogs have two very different personalities, but they have one thing in common…anxiety.  That includes thunderstorms, household renovations, travel, and even our children being loud at times.  While Kainalu and Bella have different fears and ways of showing it, I wanted to give ThunderShirt a try.

ThunderShirt is a brand created by a dog owner who dealt with something many of us have been through – his dog shaking, barking, and being scared of thunderstorms and fireworks.  ThunderShirts are a simple, drug-free solution that have a big impact.

ThunderShirt - the shirt that calms dogs during thunderstorms and fireworks - perfect for my dog's anxiety!

There are a variety of styles available – sport, polo, and specialty sports team styles.  The small Pink Polo ThunderShirt fit Bella, my chihuahua pomeranian mix who is approximately 15 lbs, and the medium Classic ThunderShirt (gray) fit my stockier mixed breed Kainalu who is somewhere between 25 and 30 lbs.  Since the shirts are adjustable with velcro, you have a bit of leeway in case your dog’s weight fluctuates over time.

After using the shirts for about a month now, including the 4th of July and several thunderstorms, I am very impressed with how much they really do help.  I had my doubts in the beginning but once we tried them, my doubts were erased.  My dogs were much calmer during thunderstorms and hardly even seemed to bat an eye at hearing fireworks.

 

Bella's ThunderShirt helped her anxiety immensely during fireworks!

 

If your dog shows signs of anxiety in similar situations, I highly recommend giving ThunderShirt a try!  Visit ThunderShirt online or find them on Amazon.

Now I can’t wait to check out their other products!

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