Pet Product Review – Dogs Love Kale™


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Today we are doing a pet product review on 7 different flavors (all pictured above) from the company Dogs Love Kale™. They have been featured in Modern Dog Magazine 2015 as a Fave Find and Winner of Eco Excellence Awards in 2015 for Best Pet Product; Treats. Dogs Love Kale currently features 8 different types of flavors that all contain kale(hence their name). Did you know that Kale is a superfood. It’s an antioxidant that contains essential vitamins including: beta carotene, calcium, vitamin K, vitamin C, and lutein. Actually my personal favorite type of salad to eat is Kale with sweet poppy seed sauce! YUM!

IMG_3811Come Connect with Dogs Love Kale!
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dogslovekale/
Email: info@dogslovekale.com
Website: http://www.dogslovekale.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/dogslovekale

Where can you get your paws on Dogs Love Kale Treats?
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Want to learn more about Dogs Loves Kale?
Check out our exclusive interview we did with them here:
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Let’s start this product review!

Appearance & Design
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Each treat bag from Dogs Love Kale features a peek-a-boo window that allows you to see the actual treat inside, the size, shape and color. I really like that they got creative with the style of their treats, not just a plain round or square treat, these are shaped like little hearts (their logo also has a few heart-shaped o’s in it as well).

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Smell & Taste Test
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Rolo was so excited to test out 7 different types of Dogs Love Kale treats! ♥ Apple Crisp ♥  Gobblers ♥  Tropical Delight ♥  Sweet Tater ♥  Punkin ♥  Moo Moo ♥  Chicka. I picked one from each bag and put them on the floor in front of him. I like letting him go at his own pace, smelling and picking out the ones he wants to eat first. As you can tell from the first photo he was sniffing my hand that has the treats in it and the last photo after he finished eating the treats he was smelling and licking the carpet just to get the very last crumbs picked up. He was not letting any of it go to waste. I’d have to say his favorite is the Apple Crisp, which is interesting because he doesn’t eat apples, maybe after this he will! I smelled each treat as I was putting them out onto the plate for the above photo and each treat was easily distinguished! I should try this blind folded, I bet I could get them all right!

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Creativity of Product
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Rolo is trained through positive reinforcement which also means get a lot of treats as we work on training & tricks. Dogs Love Kale has created delicious treats that are made with VERY LIMITED INGREDIENTS! There are no preservatives, no additives in these treats just an all natural, gluten & grain free treat! Here is some information about the 7 different Dogs Love Kale treats Rolo tested out;

  • Apple Crisp – Apples are full of antioxidants and vitamin C, which may help with degenerative conditions like joint disease.
  • Gobblers – Sweet Potatoes contain high amounts of amino acid that help to maintain healthy strong lean muscles for your dog.
  • Tropical Delight – Green bananas are really good for your dog’s coat, digestion and muscle tissue vs a ripe yellow banana. Coconut contains beneficial lauric acid, which boosts the immune system.
  • Sweet Tater – Sweet Potatoes contain high amounts of amino acid that help to maintain healthy strong lean muscles for your dog.
  • Punkin – Pumpkin is believed to support urinary health. It is also an excellent source of Vitamin A, beta-carotene, potassium and iron. These treats are also low-calorie.
  • Moo Moo – Carrots are low-calorie, high in fiber and beta carotene/vitamin. Carrots can reduce the risk of cancer and is good for your dog’s eyes.
  • Chicka –  Blueberries are an excellent source of vitamins including B-Complex. They help control blood sugar levels and may improve cardiovascular health for your dog. These are Low Calorie
    (Information Credit Above: http://www.dogslovekale.com)

Where can you get your paws on Dogs Love Kale Treats?
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Disclaimer: Confessions of a Rescue Mom received 7 bags of Dogs Love Kale treats for posting an honest review. The opinions expressed in this review are our own and were not influenced in any way. There was no monetary compensation.

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Business Spotlight – Dogs Love Kale™


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Today we have a two-part special for you! First we want to share with you some information about a company that we will be doing a pet product review on after. Let’s give a warm welcome to the company Dogs Love Kale™ !! Dogs Love Kale has been featured in Modern Dog Magazine 2015 as a Fave Find and Winner of Eco Excellence Awards in 2015 for Best Pet Product; Treats. Dogs Love Kale currently features 8 different types of flavors that all contain kale (hence their name). Did you know that Kale is a superfood. It’s an antioxidant that contains essential vitamins including: beta carotene, calcium, vitamin K, vitamin C, and lutein. Let’s get to know Dogs Love Kale;

*What is the name of this business?
Dogs Love Kale™

*Who is filling out this interview?
Paula Savarese & Dawn Ward

*How long have you been with the company for?
2 years

*How long has this business been around for?
2 years

*Why was it started?
We realized our dogs love kale after making kale treats for ourselves

*Do you have any animals?
♥ KC (maltese) His nickname is Chicka’ and that’s why we named our Chicken & Blueberry treats the same.
♥ Mossimo (shitese), Mossimo    aka: “K-Dog” is the rapper in the group. Here is a link to his video… https://youtu.be/YxmexHliLIw 
♥ Bake (shihtzu bichon) While visiting our co-packer, we found Bake running through 4 lanes of traffic. We tried to find his owner and luckily could not. It was love at first sight for all of us!

IMG_3816*What do you specialize in?
Limited Ingredient Dog Treats

*What makes your company different from other companies?
We use VERY limited ingredients that are all natural and full of vitamins and antioxidants including Kale.

*What is the company’s mission?
To make sure that people have a healthy choice for their pet’s .

*What is the price range?
$6.99-8.99

*If someone wanted to book an appointment with you how do they get a hold of your company?
Email is always the best info@dogslovekale.com

*Any special events coming up this year for you?
We will be at Global Pet Expo and Super Zoo
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*What inspires you?
Hearing when a dog crunches on one of our treats

*What do you plan to accomplish with your business in 2016?
We will be introducing 3 new flavors and we will be available in many many more stores.

*Do you do any charity work?
Yes

Come Connect with Dogs Love Kale!
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dogslovekale/
Email: info@dogslovekale.com
Website: http://www.dogslovekale.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/dogslovekale

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4Knines® Luxury Cargo Giveaway – WINNER ANNOUNCED


IMG_2769 Good Morning Friends! Today we are happy to announce the winner of the 4Knines® Luxury Cargo Liner! Let me tell you, this cargo liner is amazing and my vehicle and myself could not be happier with the quality of this product not to mention the friendly service from the team over at 4Knines. If you didn’t win this giveaway don’t let it stop you from getting your vehicle one, it will thank you!

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What did you Win?
One – 4Knines® Luxury Cargo Liner. I will be emailing the winner in just a few minutes, they have 48hours to reply or we will need to redraw through rafflecopter. So check your emails and get back to us ♥

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Giveaway Disclaimer: No purchase necessary. Giveaway is open to USA & Canada Residents Only, except where prohibited by law. Giveaway will run from January 4, 2016 until January 31, 2016. One(1) winner will be randomly selected and announced on our social media pages (Facebook, Twitter & Email). The winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize; failure to do so will result in forfeiture of the prize. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest do not sponsor, administer, or endorse this promotion.

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Book Review & Interview – Control On Leash by Michelle Huntting


IMG_3518Over this past month and a bit I have been reading the book “Control on Leash – Revolutionary Leash Walking Techniques For Dog Owners by Michelle Huntting” and now we are finally ready to share with you all our experience, plus we also have an exclusive interview with Michelle to share with you later on in the post. Rolo has always been a great walker especially on his leash and we keep up with that by constantly using positive reinforcement to remind him that he is doing a great job! Just because he can walk on a leash, we are always up for learning new techniques, tips and tricks and this book has just that. There is a lot in this book that I never thought to try with Rolo and I cannot wait to get outside with him in the summer and work on some of those new skills! (Hello Maternity Leave!)

“In Control On Leash Michelle Huntting explains in a fun, educational, easy to follow way, techniques to teach dogs polite leash walking. This book includes interesting information on biofeedback techniques, handling skills, and how to successfully communicate to your dog through body, voice, and leash positions, plus many other training exercises that you and your dog will benefit from. If you are a professional trainer, learn a new leash technique that will set your students up for success. If you are a pet owner, finally gain the beautiful leash walking skills, focus, and control you’ve always wanted” (Paragraph Credit: http://www.amazon.com/Control-Leash-Revolutionary-Walking-Techniques)

Control on leash has 16 chapters that cover everything from tools of the trade (do you know what types of training tools you should be using?) to daily exercises for focus and relaxation to go through with your dog (were not talking about sit-ups, push-ups or yoga, we mean step by step instructions to help build a better bond with your dog while also working on cues). One of my favorite activities do to at Rolo’s former shelter is dog walking. Volunteering as a dog walker is a great way to help with training these dogs. As you can imagine, a dog who walks nicer on a leash is more appealing than a dog who just jumps up and pulls, so its vital when talking these dogs out that you help work on their walk. This book has given me so much information to work on with these dogs, not just walking straight on a leash but actually working on some commands, like for instance; stay,leave it and working with a target stick.

New to owning a dog or a “veteran” dog owner like me, this is a great book for you to read. There are tons of new information that you never would have thought about trying in here with easy to read instructions and descriptive photos.  We completely recommend this book and give it two big thumbs up, or two paws up in Rolo’s case. Where can you find this book?? If you read down just a  little bit there is a list of all the places you can get your paws on it!

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Just like I had mentioned above, here is our exclusive interview with the Author of Control on Leash; Michelle Huntting! Welcome Welcome Welcome!

*What is the name of the book?
Control on Leash

*Who is filling out this interview?
Michelle Huntting

*What is your involvement with this book?
Author

*How was the book started an   d what was your inspiration?
As a cross over trainer 11 years ago, I was frustrated when I walked my own 3 dogs. Without the prong collar on, they were a hot mess and by the end of walk I was too. When I decided I wanted to do training without force early on in my career, I tried all the methods positive trainers were teaching at the time. I wasn’t experiencing success so I set out to find answers. Along my 7 year journey of putting this book together, I created a positive leash walking method that works and also found a missing link when it comes to controlling your dog outdoors.

*When was it released?
December 2013

*What is the cost of the book?
$24.99

*Who was it published by?
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

*Who was it written by?
Michelle Huntting

*Who was it illustrated by?
Variety of contributors

*Where can someone get a copy of this book?
www.amazon.com
www.barnesandnoble.com
www.booksamillion.com

Local Shops:
Alco Perry, Iowa
Bricks Street Books & Cafe Adel, Iowa
Natural Pet Essentials Charlottesville, Virginia
Carolina Pet Pantry Indian Trail, North Carolina
Planet Paws Pet Essentials, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

*How many pages is the book?
272 pages

*Who is the book targeted to?
Pet owners and professional trainers

*Come Connect with Michelle:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MissBellesSchoolForDogs/
Email: info@michellehuntting.com
Website: http://www.michellehuntting.com
Twitter: @mhuntting116
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/michellehuntting116/

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Keeping your pets safe while braving the cold weather


I don’t exactly live in the North Pole and the weather here isn’t bad all the time BUT there are a few occasions where we actually have colder weather then the North Pole! (not lying!). I am over protective when it comes to the elements, as we all should be, I make sure Rolo is comfortable and his body is protected to prevent any type of unnecessary injuries or trauma. Each breed is different, so be sure to assess the situation properly to ensure your pet is out of harms way.

North Pole -31°C feels like -38°C
Fort McMurray -32°C feels like -40°C
*weather from January 15-17, 2016
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Rolo loves the winter, me not as much but I will put up with it to take him for a little walk to stretch his legs and continue to aid him with his weight loss journey and of course the fresh air is good for us and our bodies. Here are some things you can do to help keep your pet safe from the cold elements;

  • Paw Butter:
    Rolo and I made our own paw butter to use on his feet using; coconut oil, shea butter, peppermint lavender and eucalyptus essential oils, beeswax and olive oil. Melted it all down, put it into little canisters and waited for it to harden. Its almost like chapstick for his paws and it keeps them moist which makes them not crack.  There are plenty of paw butter recipes available online.
  • Boots/ Waterproof Socks:
    Boots & waterproof socks are saviors! There are so many different types you can purchase. Ones with grips, ones that go higher up on their legs and just basic rubber glove looking ones. I like that they protect his feet not only from the cold elements BUT also things that could be on the streets including; salt, antifreeze, sharp objects etc. The type Rolo wears are made by RC Pets and they are the Canine Equipment Ultimate Trail Boots. Easy to get on, have grips on the bottom.
  • Washing & Wiping Feet:
    As I mentioned above in the boot section, salt, antifreeze and other items that can be harmful to your pet while outdoors walking. Rolo is a feet licker, not
    from allergies he just does it as a habit so I make sure if he is outside without his boots on that I take a minute to wash and wipe those feet off. I myself would not want him to ingest something that could be harmful to him. Just wet a cloth and wipe each paw off. Takes an easy two minutes to complete.
  • Jacket & Sweater:
    Rolo has a double layer of fur and he loves the outdoors, I always assess the weather before putting his jacket on him as I want him to be comfortable and not over heated, and not cold. He doesn’t mind wearing it one bit and there are so many different types of styles, sizes and materials out there to choose from.
  • Supervised Potty Breaks;
    As Rolo is outside in the wintertime I am always standing at the door watching him. We have a fenced in yard and he is to much of a sook to run away that I
    watch him for my own good to make sure he is ok and let him in as soon as he is done. In the summer time it is a little different as he likes to sunbathe in the yard and munch on grass like a cow, so I am a little more lenient during that season.
  • Pet Friendly Ice Melt:
    Ok before I got Rolo I did not know that such a thing existed! Like I mentioned above about your pet ingesting something harmful to them, well pet friendly ice melt is well just like the name suggests; pet friendly! Rolo & I actually purchased some for his former shelter; The Fort McMurray SPCA as a donation during Christmas Time as it gets slippery outside the building and there is always people coming in to walk to the dogs.1472961_666897886785795_1508288075228720897_n

We hope some of these tips help keep your pets safe while braving the cool elements outside. Be safe and use common sense♥

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Shepherd’s Pie {Doggy Edition}


There is no doubt about it that Rolo loves food! As I was making dinner last night for my husband and I, I decided to make Rolo what we were having too to give him a little change-up from kibble. Homemade shepherds pie, no pun intended! With being a vegetarian myself and my husband not, I always had to make separate ones anyways. The measurements below are for making all three of our meals, one small & one medium-sized meat shepherds pie and then a medium vegetarian (mine only had veggies and potatoes). I also marked Rolo`s with a dog treat R!

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Ingredients:
• Hamburger
• Flour (1 tbsp)
• Ketchup (2 tbsp)
• Corn (1 can)
• Peas  & Carrots (I buy the can that has both of them in together)
• Potatoes (5 large)

Directions:
1. Boil the potatoes & mash when soft
2. Fry up hamburger until fully cooked
3. Preheat oven to 350°
4. Add to the hamburger, ketchup, flour and veggies and mix
5. Scoop the hamburger mixture into an oven friendly bowl and press down
6. Top with mashed potatoes (about an inch thick) and push down to level.
7. Place oven friendly bowl into oven and bake for about 15 minutes or until edges brown on potatoes.

All I can say is, Rolo loved it!!!

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Pet Spotlight – Gucci


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Today we catch up with Stephanie, a friend I have known since before we were born (our dad’s were BFF’s). Let’s learn all about the pup in her life, Miss Gucci!  We are going to be posting pet spotlight interviews frequently, where we ask their pet parent(s) to answer questions about their pet(s). If you are interested in this please feel free to drop us a line. Contact information is located at the bottom of this page.

*What is your name?

Stephanie Mervyn

*Where are you from?
Fruitvale, but I now live in Castlegar

*What is your pet(s): (Age, Breed & Name)?
Gucci, 3 years old, American Bully (Blue nose pitbull)

*Any unique traits?
She has a pink heart on her nose, she also has many human traits, she sits like a human and sleeps like a human! She loves to be the little spoon.

*What made you go with this breed?
I used to own another pitbull and Gucci was given to me as a gift, but I fell in love with the breed after owning my first pitbull. They have such sweet temperaments and get a horrible reputation, but they truly are the softest and sweetest dogs.

*What are some interesting facts about your pet(s)?
Gucci had ACL surgery this past year and has recently tore her other knee. They say it is due to the breed and the way the dogs are bred to be so large, they end up having a lot of torque on their knees. At the age of 3 she has extensive arthritis, which is quite rare, but she battles through it and still acts like a puppy. She loves to play and exercise and cause mischief.

*What is your pet (s) favorite treat?
Gucci loves pig ears and bully sticks the most!

*What is your pet(s) favorite trick?
Shake a paw, she is a really good at shaking one paw and then the other paw.

*Where is your pet(s) favorite place to go?
Any park or snowshoeing up a mountain.

*Perspective on Adopting a Rescue?
I call Gucci my rescue dog, because she was quite abused by my ex boyfriend as a puppy when she would misbehave. When we broke up, I ‘rescued’ her and now she has a caring, love and positive home. I would love to adopt another dog to have a friend for Gucci, but I am waiting for the right timing.

*What’s your favorite thing to do with your pet(s)?
Honestly, have a nap and cuddle. Gucci loves cuddling and will often cuddle up close and have her head rest on me. We do love to be active and go for adventures together, like hikes and snowshoes!

*Does your pet like to travel? If so, where are some places it/they have been?
Gucci loves car rides. She has been around BC with me on various trips!

*Favorite website to get pet information from?
I often check the SPCA website and browse on any pet rescue sites.

*Do your pets (s) love to go for car rides?
YES!!

*What’s your favorite animal product?
I absolutely love my waist walker for hiking or snowshoeing with Gucci. She is a 90lb dog who loves to pull, so it helps get me up the hill, ha ha!

*Why do you think volunteering at an animal rescue/shelter is important?
Most of the animals just need love. That is all they ask for and they never asked to have a life in a shelter. The just want a loving family like any of us humans do.

*Anything extra you would like to add?
Gucci is my best friend and has been with me through so many of life’s tough moments. A dogs love is truly unconditional and they will adapt to any situation and help you get through it J

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