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Moby, Turk, and Rufus are BACK with another Chewy.com review… and this time, they are going off pure instinct… Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Boost Minis that is!

There is a lot of nutritious ingredients packed into these tiny little pellets: Duck (Including Ground Duck Bone), Turkey, Turkey Liver, Turkey Heart, Pumpkin Seeds, Apples, Carrots, Butternut Squash, Ground Flaxseed, Montmorillonite Clay, Broccoli, Lettuce, Spinach, Dried Kelp, Apple Cider Vinegar, Parsley, Honey, Salmon Oil, Mixed Tocopherols, Olive Oil, Rosemary Extract, Blueberries, Alfalfa Sprouts, Persimmons, Inulin, Rosemary, Sage, and Clove. They are also the perfect size for training.

 After last months’ Chewy.com review of super nommable freeze-dried treats, Moby et. al weren’t too sure that these freeze-dried noms were going to pass their extremely high standards.

After explaining about all the nutrition benefits and pointing out that the main ingredient was duck, they all agreed to give these noms a shot.

What did everyone think? Turk seemed to like them as much as anything else. Same with Moby. But Rufus? Rufus went cuckoo crazy for these noms! He was jumping up and down and pulling out every trick in his (very limited) repertoire for a chance at these noms.

I can haz dance for a noms, yes?

He even braved breaking the rules by getting up on the table just for a chance at getting some noms.

So he was either very hungry, or these were some very tasty noms. 

TASTY!!!!

Personally, I like that the treats are sourced in the United States (in my hometown – Lincoln, NE!), grain-free, all-natural, and low-calorie. They are very small, which makes them great for training exercises. My only issues with them is that they crumble pretty easily, so they can be difficult to use when training on walks. But Rufus loves them, and it is a rare thing for him to go crazy over noms, so I guess I’ll let the crumbly thing slide.

Promise, mom?

Alright, now the people at Chewy.com are nothing if not super generous, so they have offered up an awesome giveaway to the readers of all the blogs that participate in the August product reviews. This month, there is not one, but three prizes! First prize is a $50 coupon code to Chewy.com, Second prize is a $25 coupon code to Chewy.com, and third prize is a Treat Prize Pack of the different treats bloggers got to review this month (including the Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Boost Freeze-Dried Treats!). Pretty exciting, huh? There are a bazillion ways to enter – just check out the Rafflecopter giveaway below! Giveaway is open through the end of August!

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* Thank you to Chewy.com for sending us a bag of Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Boost Freeze-Dried Treats to review!
** While we did receive a bag in exchange for the review, the thoughts in this post are our own.

We are dog bed aficionados around Casa Hawkins. But our newest bed takes the cake as far as dog beds go. I mean, its so comfortable, I would curl up on it! Friends… let me introduce you to the BuddyRest Deluxe Orthopedic dog bed. The BuddyRest bed is made of 4.5 pound high quality True Comfort® visco memory foam made right here in the U S of A!

 

Since Turk and Rufus are approaching elderdog status, I’ve had to start thinking about purchasing items that will make them more comfortable as they age. Rufus recently was diagnosed with bulging discs in his back and with as many walks as we’ve been giving Turk lately, his bones and joints have been getting quite the workout.

Why would their health issues affect our choice of dog bed? Well, the BuddyRest Dog Bed is veterinarian recommended because it relieves arthritis pain and reduces joint stiffness. According to their website, “BuddyRest beds conform to your animal’s body, evenly redistributing their weight across the surface. This eliminates the painful pressure points on their joints and hips. Memory foam is a proven technology that decreases pain and stiffness in your animal.” Yep. It’s like Dr. Scholls, but in bed form!

And while lots of dog beds claim to be the best, they don’t even compare to BuddyRest…and while all the joint relief and arthritis relief and awesome sleep for the pups stuff is awesome, I also love that there are a few perks for me too, such as:

  • Stays clean
  • Doesn’t smell over time
  • Doesn’t break down or get dips
  • Chew resistant
  • Prevents bacteria
  • Repels hair, stains and odors
  • 100% Waterproof
  • Keeps pet at optimal temperature
  • Easy to spot clean or machine wash 


When this bad boy arrived, I’ll admit, I was a bit intimidated. At 33 x 40 inches, it looked like a baby’s mattress. The dogs actually were a bit freaked out by it at first, too. But after a little while, the dogs claimed it as the prized bed of the house. Turk can now be found lounging on it on any given day, and Rufus has even been known to forgo the top of the couch for the BuddyRest. 

Besides all the health benefits and ease of cleaning, the thing I like the best about the BuddyRest bed is that you just buy one and you are DONE.

One BuddyRest bed will last for your dog’s entire lifetime. So while the price is a bit spendier than the typical pet store dog bed, you are getting the highest quality and since you are only buying one, you are actually saving money over time. And who doesn’t love saving money? Oh, and the beds are backed up with a 10 year warranty. That’s unheard of in the pet products industry.

So needless to say, we are big fans of the BuddyRest bed. Annnnnnd they are made just a few hours down the road from Kansas City in Wichita, KS! So do yourself a favor and check them out… especially if you have an elderdog… you won’t regret it!

** Our friends at BuddyRest were kind enough to give us a deluxe orthopedic bed to review. While we received the bed for free, the opinions in this review are our own. **

Turkey’s DNA results are in! After all the speculation as to whether he is or isn’t a pit bull, the answer is…

I could try to explain it but it might just be easier to let you see for yourself…

Would you be surprised if I told you I am not really surprised at all? Well, that’s not exactly true. The Beagle came totally out of left field. I mean, really?! Beagle?! But I actually told a friend when I was waiting for the results that I wouldn’t be surprised if Turk had some Weimaraner in him because it would explain why he was such a nervous dog. I mean, nervous in the way I’ve only seen Weimaraners be nervous. And the Am Staff… well, maybe it was wishful thinking, but I just knew he was going to be at least a little bit of a pit. He just had to be.

The breeds that were most present in the “mixed breed” portion of Turk’s genetic makeup were just crazy! I haven’t even heard of half of them.

So at the end of the day, the DNA test established what I already know: Turk is a big ol’ mutt. Our big ol’ mutt. And he is perfect just the way he is.

So what do you think? Did the DNA results surprise you at all? What did you think he would be?

When we adopted Turk as a 6 month old puppy (read my version here and Turk’s version here), I was told he was a Corgi mix. With my limited knowledge of dog breeds and Turk’s stubby little legs, I didn’t think to question the shelter’s assessment of his breed.

Then as Turk grew into an adult and gained weight, he was labeled a “pit bull” by our vet. At first that thought terrified me, then after doing a lot of research, I realized that pit bulls weren’t bad dogs at all, and eventually, grew into a pit bull advocate and foster mom.

My journey as a pit bull advocate, rescue volunteer, and foster mom is wrapped up pretty heavily in Turk’s pit bull-ness. But what if Turk isn’t a pit bull at all? We did DNA tests on former foster Polly Pocket and current foster Moby Wonderdog, and I’ve always wanted to do a DNA test on Turk too. I have always stopped short of doing the test though because of my fear that Turk would end up not being a pit bull at all. If Turk isn’t a pit bull, then my entire rescue journey has been based on a lie, right?

But really, it doesn’t matter to me what Turk is… what matters is that he is Daniel’s and my dog. He is our family. He was ours the moment he play bowed us through the chain-link cage at the shelter and he will be ours until he leaves this world. And I don’t need Turk to be a “pit bull” to validate my rescue journey. Even if Turk turns out to be a yorkie-doodle-poo, he will still be a honorary pit bull in my eyes. His big brown eyes were the key to opening my heart to a breed that has changed my worldview, introduced me to a whole new family in the blogging community, and given me a purpose.

I did finally let curiosity get the better of me and bought a DNA test for Turk, but I am not all that worried about what the results say, because it won’t change what Turk means to us… or how we see him. He is still our Turkeyman, through and through.

It is only natural that the art in your home will reflect who/what you love the most.  So it shouldn’t be a surprise that our art is very canine-centric.


But everybody knows that you aren’t set in the doggy art department until your dogs are immortalized in a Yellow Brick Home portrait… lucky for me, I was able to join the YBH portrait club recently!

The process of ordering a custom pet portrait from YBH is so much fun… Kim and I emailed back and forth to discuss what characteristics of Turk and Rufus I’d like her to focus on for their portraits. I asked her if she could capture the dichotomy of Rufus’ puppy-like mischeviousness  and his old man wiseness… and she totally nailed it.

For Turk, I asked if Kim could capture his salt & pepper face and bushy eyebrows. And… she nailed that too.

Amazing, right?! It blows my mind how much detail Kim is able to pack in a 4″x4″ portrait… how she was able to make the portrait look 3 dimensional… how she captured the sparkle in their eyes! I was really interested in Kim’s process so I asked if she wouldn’t mind snapping a few photos while she worked…

To say Kim is talented is a gross understatement. Kim’s got skilllllz, yo! I haven’t been able to stop staring at these little bad boys since they arrived at my doorstep last week. Honestly, it’s becoming a bit of a problem.

So I have two questions for you…

1. Which one is your favorite? Turk’s soulful eyes have me one second and then Rufus’ little smirk draw me in the next.

2. Have you ordered your pet’s portrait yet?

If you haven’t placed your order for a custom pet portrait just yet, I have a little surprise for you… Kim graciously offered Our Waldo Bungie readers a 10% discount off anything in her shop (including original paintings, art prints, gift certificates, and of course, custom pet portraiture!) with the code WALDOBUNGIE10 from now through Friday (June 7th) at midnight. Now I’m off to decide what I’m going to order next…