Posts filed under ‘Food’

A gift from Pawalla; Boogie art!

Two days ago, a giant box arrived from a new Los Angeles company called Pawalla.  Boogie was very lucky to be selected to review a sample Pawalla monthly box. Just look at this! Wow.

Eric from Pawalla:

…our pet nutritionist constantly reviews foods from different brands, and selects her favorite all-natural products to put in our monthly box.  The products selected are also customized based on both the size and life stage of the pet (we offer a monthly box for both cats & dogs). So the idea is to help discover and try new products that have been vetted and recommended by a nutritionist.  If you do find something you especially like, we will also offer it for sale at a competitive price from our online store.

click to read: what came in our box

Not only this, the box comes with toys! The first thing I gave to Boogie was the Wapati Labs Elk Antler Chew. Boogie had never seen or smelt an antler chew before so this was a new and exciting thing. He loves it. And then he played with the KONG Traxx tire toy, got a piece of Sam’s Yam Sweet Potato Chew (remnants of which are now all over my rug) and some KONG chewy treats on our walk. Yesterday morning I opened up a can of Weruva Amazon Liver: Chicken & Chicken Liver in Pumpkin Soup to add a spoonful to Boogie’s usual breakfast and Boogie stood by the kitchen door, eyes wide open, perked up and waiting. He knew he was getting something different today. He loved that too!

This morning he sampled some Nutrisca Freeze Dried Chicken with his usual breakfast, and tomorrow maybe some Mulligan’s Beef Stew. I know there’s a rule about not switching dog food too dramatically to prevent upset tummies, so I am adding only tiny portions of the new food to Boogie’s regular THK and S&C food. We have a slight problem with stinky poots, but poops are fine.

The Pawalla Box seems to be an excellent way to try out new non-mainstream brands of dog food (and other goodies) that you might otherwise not know about, and I am happy to see that the selected foods are mostly holistic, grain-free and  made in the USA.  There is a list here of what comes in the monthly box.  $26 for all this  seems very reasonable! I think these boxes would make great gifts too.

**UPDATE – to all Boogie blog readers, use the coupon code BOOGIE20 to receive  20% off  the first month of your Pawalla subscription.**

In other news, I have been making more Boogie artwork available for sale. Check out  www.society6.com/LiliChin 
I sure wish I had an iPhone. (For a list of online places where I sell Boogie stuff, click here)

Boogie on Bongos, iPhone case

Boogie on Ukelele t-shirt

July 7, 2012 at 9:07 pm 6 comments

Photos from our Ice Cream Party

These pics are from a couple of weeks ago when Boogie’s neighbors came to visit for ICE CREAM. Recipe and reviews for The Pawfect Parfait are right here. It was interesting to observe that the ice cream became even more delicious to Boogie when there were other dogs interested in it. 🙂

June 21, 2012 at 7:11 pm 1 comment

Love, Tea and Ice Cream

It has been while since I’ve blogged about food. Over the past 2-3 years, I have been  partial to the ‘Varietal Feeding’ approach so Boogie has been eating homecooked meals, Stella & Chewy’s patties, Delifresh’s Vital, and The Honest Kitchen.

Not only is varietal feeding important from the standpoint of preventing boredom, it also helps to ensure that Fido will receive a broader spectrum of nutrition, including enzymes, amino acids and antioxidants, compared with when he eats one single processed food every day.

Many pet food manufacturers caution pet owners not to add anything to their products, claiming that doing so will throw off the balance of nutrients. But a modern, domestic canine’s digestive system is not so primitive that it cannot handle a varied diet. As variety is introduced to the diet, so the body becomes more robust, and even more able to derive benefit from new, fresh ingredients.

Three new foods to blog about this week!

1. The Honest Kitchen’s LOVE is a grain-free, gluten-free beef-based dehydrated dog food and it’s one THK flavor that Boogie hadn’t tried before. (Yes, he has tried all of them. I think his fave is FORCE)

How  cool is it that THK now uses resealable bags!

One thing I like about THK’s foods is their versatility. You can serve THK with other ingredients like cooked meats and veggies, use as a topping, or incorporate into baked doggie treats.

Tonight I served Boogie his first dinner of LOVE, hydrated with QUIET TEA and he finished up everything. Yep, he likes it. 🙂

2. The Honest Kitchen’s QUIET TEA .

Quiet Tea™ is designed for dogs and cats, to help promote calmness and alleviate anxiety, tension and excitability during stressful or over-stimulating situations caused by factors such as separation, thunderstorms, travel, or events.

I am still doubtful that Boogie would drink this tea because he doesn’t drink much of anything at all. Not even water. Example: yesterday I offered Boogie some kefir. He took a few licks and walked away. When I added a dollop of yogurt (which is essentially the same thing but in non-liquid form), he licked the bowl clean.

When I hydrated his food with this Quiet Tea, I was very surprised that Boogie did not stop eating and stare at me as he sometimes does “You expect me to eat this?” The tea has a very strong herbal smell … not a smell I imagine that dogs would enjoy, but what would I know.

Perhaps, I’ll make a Quiet Tea Sorbet.

3. Homemade doggie ice cream: The Pawfect Parfait. Click here for the recipe.  The ingredients are all safe for dogs and I consulted The Honest Kitchen recipe book to make sure.  The ice cream base is banana blended with raw honey and low-fat kefir. Boogie doesn’t eat banana (like I said, he is a picky eater… doesn’t like any fruit except watermelon) but when it’s all mushed up with yogurt I guess it’s no longer banana. Mixed in are sweet crispy bacon pieces and swirls of unsalted peanut butter. I almost added the rendered bacon fat to the ice cream  for extra bacon-y aroma, but decided against this… Don’t want my dog to get pancreatitis or get fat!

Empty clean bowl. I will take this as a sign that Boogie liked the ice cream! Yay.

UPDATE: We just had a visit from our neighbors –  Oliver, Piccolo and Benji. Four dogs at an ice cream party! Boogie is now over-the-limit for today.

June 8, 2012 at 12:37 am 2 comments

Mr. Chewy – review

A few weeks ago, Brent from MrChewy.com contacted me with a coupon that I could use to spend on Mr. Chewy products in exchange for a Boogie blog review, so this is it! My honest thoughts and all.

Mr. Chewy is a home-delivery pet food store.

Mr. Chewy delivers pet happiness by conveniently shipping 70+ brands of pet food and stuff (for free!) while ensuring at-risk animals’ lives are improved across the planet.

I have been receiving monthly shipments from Petflow  for a year now so I am familiar with the concept of ordering dog food in bulk and having it delivered with free shipping.  SO MUCH CHEAPER than buying from the local pet store.  *For treats and  fresh food items, I still get these at the pet store/supermarket.

Buying in bulk is not without its challenges. It took a couple of months for me to work out how many bags of food Boogie would need per month. In the beginning, I under-ordered and  had to return to the local pet store anyway, paying the higher prices. And if there were any shipping delays (in Petflow’s teething stages) or inconsistencies with processing & shipping times, I found myself in the same predicament.  I also found myself  rescheduling my shipments closer together or over-ordering to make up for these problems.

My first impression of Mr. Chewy: They carry a great range of dog food brands. All the ones Boogie and I like: The Honest Kitchen, Halo, Stella & Chewy’s, Zuke training treats. I love the way their products are categorized on the website – you can pick specialty diets (gluten-free, grain-free, limited ingredient etc) and different food forms (Canned, dry, dehydrated or food roll) Very easy to browse.

Secondly, I notice that though they carry less brands than Petflow, their food prices are cheaper than Petflow’s!  With free shipping, this is a bargain.

I placed my order last week, received my Fed Ex tracking number which had delivery scheduled for 1 week later, and am pleased to report that the order arrived on time.

Will I be ordering from Mr. Chewy again?

Here is my honest answer.

YES, if they weren’t located in Pennsylvannia or on the East Coast, or if they were closer to me. I am on the West Coast so it makes more sense for me to continue ordering from Petflow – who ship from Nevada in only a few days. (Easier for me to edit my order at the last minute if I need to) For East Coast folks or anyone who doesn’t care about instant gratification, YES I would recommend Mr. Chewy.  Great selection and prices.

Hint to Mr. Chewy: Could you please carry bully sticks and Bravo training treats?

Website: www.mrchewy.com

February 10, 2012 at 8:31 pm 2 comments

Trying out a couple of new doggie products

1. Freshpet VITAL dog food.

This is the same company that makes those Deli Fresh and Vital rolls that I have been using as training treats. (Thanks to Sarah for the recommendation!) I picked up this bag of Vital Complete Meal at my local pet store, from the fridge where they keep the other Freshpet bologna-type rolls.

At first I was a little concerned that there are so many different proteins in this food … seems like overkill to me… but we’ll see how Boogie does.  I like that this massive bag is only $10 (cheap compared to other  brands, and this stuff is fresh!) and being kibble-sized, they also work as high value treats.

2. Virbac Epi-Soothe Creme Rinse Conditioner

Poor Boogie’s skin is so itchy, dry and flaky.  Our vet recommended Virbac Etiderm doggie shampoo which is what I have bathing Boogie with once a week, but we have seen no improvements. The several weeks that Boogie was on antibiotics for staph, he stopped itching and his skin cleared up. A week after he finished the antibiotics, the itchies came back. There are now dry patches on his back legs, dandruffy bits on his coat, and bald spots on his butt. And his little nub of a tail is completely hairless from all that chewing and scooting on the rug.

My friends (parents of Popeye and Rosie) recommended this Virbac Epi-Soothe Conditioner. I am going to rinse and condition the Boogs twice a week (no shampoo) and hope for the best.

October 29, 2011 at 6:50 am 6 comments

Boogie, the celeb!

Check this out, Boogie and I are on Dog Milk! This is a very cool design-related website that always makes me want to spend money. 🙂

Here is the link to the article/interview: http://dog-milk.com/the-scoop-lili-and-boogie

Furthermore, we (and Boogie’s blog) have also been mentioned in Australian magazine A Dog’s Life.

Here is one of the scanned pages.

In other news, I haven’t made doggie ice cream yet and am reconsidering the BACON idea. I gave Boogie bacon as treats for a few days – he loved these of course but the tummy troubles and soft poo were not so good.  😦

July 6, 2011 at 6:54 pm 3 comments

Ice Cream for Doggies

If  you have been following me on Facebook/Twitter, you’ll know that I have been making a lot of ice cream.

A few weeks ago, Boogie and I visited the famous PhyDough Truck , makers of gourmet treats and ice cream for dogs!

Here is a crappy cellphone photo of Boogie eating a Ham & Peas Ice Cream.

He was thoroughly enjoying this until he saw a dog several feet away, watching him eat. And then Boogie became fixated on what all the humans around him were eating,  food scraps on the ground and the different meaty aromas  from adjacent food trucks. Suddenly his doggie ice cream wasn’t so interesting any more.

I was a bad mom. I gave Boogie tiny spoonfuls of my Blueberry Malt  and Pancake Breakfast ice creams and after that, Boogie knew he had been cheated. He wanted the sugar-dairy-loaded human version.

Here’s what I want to do – I want to make some ice cream for Boogie, at home. Well, not just for Boogie but for his doggie buddies too.

I googled some recipes and they seem kinda boring… peanut butter, yogurt, banana, honey. Very basic ingredients.

And so I am putting this question out there. To all you adventurous dog people who cook for your dogs, have you made a doggie ice cream with um… “meaty” flavors?  What ingredients are safe and healthy for dogs? Should I use lactose-free milk? Is it ok to use bacon fat? I’m open to recipes and tips!

June 16, 2011 at 8:33 am 7 comments

Cookie in the crate.

Every day before I leave the apartment, I call Boogie to his crate and I feed him a treat. Today as I was preparing for the outdoors, Boogie was already chillin’ out inside his crate so I said “Good boy”, shut the door and dropped a cookie in between the bars. This was no ordinary cookie treat….

This box of Classic Cremes came from the Three Dog Bakery and costs TEN BUCKS. Which is quite astounding when the human version  contains triple the amount of ingredients and costs about two bucks. I tasted one of these cookies  out of curiosity… wow, it looks and tastes just like the human version, only less sweet.

When I returned home an hour later,to my surprise, the cookie was still there in the crate, sitting next to Boogie!  Boogie rushed out of his crate to greet me then popped back in, grabbed his cookie and gobbled it up in 2 seconds. He SAVED the cookie for a happy occasion?

Is this  behavior really strange or do other dogs do this?  I mean… he didn’t bury it under anything. It was just lying there on the blanket in his crate…

Boogie: "More, please".

We then did a short “Leave It” exercise with another cookie.

Boogie was a good boy.

April 13, 2011 at 9:33 pm 5 comments

BRAVO training treats

Photographic evidence that this dog does NOT eat raw..


The bits of chicken liver meat on the floor around Boogie’s bowl are not 100% raw, but they are not fully-cooked. I mixed these liver pieces in with fully cooked chicken and veggies. Boogie sniffed the food, then looked up at me as if to say “What the heck is this?” and removed the liver pieces from his bowl. He eventually ate them up, after the bowl was already licked clean. (I know that he likes cooked liver though)

Freeze-dried raw is different… And I wish that BRAVO made freeze-dried or dehydrated dog food instead of the frozen raw kind that  hardcore dog people rave about, which Boogie will not eat. As I  posted previously on this blog, I am trying out different kinds of freeze dried/dehydrated dog foods. It’s a pity that most brands are so expensive compared to THK.

When I was at Clicker Expo, I received free samples of  freeze dried training treats by BRAVO and I was so impressed I ordered more via Amazon.com.

Boogie loves the Trail Mix formula which is a variety of freeze-dried beef hot dogs, turkey, buffalo and cheddar cheese pieces. *I* love these treats because the pieces are small and light (excellent value – you get hundreds of treats in each 4 oz bag), the ingredients are simple, the pieces don’t crumble, and my hands and pockets don’t stink.

 

February 7, 2011 at 5:11 am Leave a comment

A food experiment: Boogie’s choice.

There are FOUR different brands of dog food in my kitchen right now.  Out of curiosity, I conducted an experiment to see which one Boogie likes best, or eats first.

I presented Boogie with tiny portions of each meal…


Boogie: “Oh wow. The best dinner ever!”

Below is a video of Boogie’s smorgasbord experience. (sorry it’s so dark!)

The bowls from left to right are:

Bowl 1:  Sojos veggie mix & sauteed beef (with a bit of olive oil, garlic & peas) – *The Sojos is NEW to Boogie

Bowl 2:  Stella & Chewy’s Super Beef patty *NEW to Boogie

Bowl 3:  K9 Natural Lamb *Sort of familiar. Has been eating this on & off for a few weeks.

Bowl 4:  The Honest Kitchen (Keen) & a bit of canned tuna in water *Familiar to Boogie

NOTE: All the foods were freeze-dried/dehydrated in their packets, and required hydration with warm water. The Sojos veggie mix had been hydrated in my fridge for a few hours.

Observations: Hard to tell if Boogie has a top favorite. He dived straight into #1(human food!), finished this first but not completely… probably left the veggie bits behind. He tucked into #2 with relish, likewise with #4, and returned to #2 and #4 several times. #3 was the least interesting to him.

Anyone here feed Sojos or Stella & Chewy’s?

January 27, 2011 at 8:15 am 7 comments

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