Organic Pet Boutique – Blueberry Energy Snaps [Product Review]


Today we are doing a sponsored pet product review on the Blueberry Energy Snaps from Organic Pet Boutique®.  In 2009, The Organic Pet Boutique was created with their mission “To Improve the Lives of Pets by Rewarding their Unconditional Love with the Very Best in Organic and Natural Pet Products.” after being scared by hearing companies issue alerts and recall various pet food.  (Quote Credit: Organic Pet Boutique’s Facebook Page)

organicpetboutique-15 Come Connect with Organic Pet Boutique:
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http://www.organicpetboutique.com/
Email:
sales@organicpetboutique.com
Twitter: @orgpetboutique
Youtube:
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Let’s start this product review!

Ingredients:
Organic Brown Rice Flour, Organic Oat and Barley Flours, Organic Oatmeal, Dried Wild Organic Blueberries, Organic Sunflower and Pumpkin Seeds, Cage Free Eggs, Raw Honey, Canola Oil, Organic Ground Nutmeg & Cardamom, Organic Flax Seeds, Vitamin E.

First lets talk about the product design & packaging. The treats come in a clear sealed bag with a label on the front and a label on the back.  Using the blue font with a little photo of a bunch of blueberries draws the eyes in and you know right away what flavor these treats are. As soon as I opened the bag I could smell blueberries as well as the oatmeal and small hints of honey. They really smell good and Rolo agreed with me as his ears perked up as I opened the packaging.organicpetboutique-16The treats were a good size for a big dog like Rolo but you can also break them up for your smaller dogs. Rolo decided he wanted to leave some cookie crumbles on the carpet but don’t worry he than proceeded to lick the carpet and clean up his mess. What a thoughtful boy he is saving his mom time from vacuuming. These treats are made in the USA with whole organic blueberries and are also wheat, corn & soy free for those pets with food sensitives. Overall they are a big hit in our house and I’m going to have to convince Rolo to save some of them for when two of his BFF’s come to visit in early February.
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On their website, you will also find 400+ pet products from organic pet food and treats for both dogs and cats, bully sticks, coconut oil, flea & tick treatments, stuff for the home..everything. This is a one stop shop online! So where can you get your paws on these Blueberry Energy Snaps? Find out by clicking Let’s Shop below.letshopDisclaimer: Confessions of a Rescue Mom received a bag of blueberry energy snaps from the organic pet boutique 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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Shelter Spotlight – GEARS


  Good Morning Pet Lovers! As  you may have seen from our updates on social media, we are heading to the Edmonton Pet Expo January 28-29th! I got in contact with some rescues attending this years event and I will be doing some social media promoting for them, because I love rescues! The third rescue we are going to spotlight is Greater Edmonton Animal Rescue Society also known as GEARS. We caught up with Liz Pankhurst the President & Co-Founder for a little Q&A session. Cant wait to checkout their booth! (photo credit: https://www.facebook.com/edmontonanimalrescue)

10389078_307707636090571_1396236383017333145_nCome Connect With GEARS;
Email: info@edmontonanimalrescue.org
Website: www.edmontonanimalrescue.org  (currently under construction)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/edmontonanimalrescue
Twitter: https://twitter.com/gearescue
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/gearsociety/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaFbhuFOuXyOwLca2mSuKbg
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gearsociety/
Snapchat: gearsyeg

*Where is the organization located?
GEARS is a foster home based rescue operating in the Edmonton area

*As we all know the Edmonton Pet Expo is coming up January 28 & 28th,
what types of things can we find at your booth?
We will have some new merchandise, a raffle for 2 Garth Brooks tickets, adoptable animals, and information on GEARS.

1913821_450874211773912_1375477244438310942_n*What types of animals do you have at your Animal Rescue/Shelter?
GEARS takes both cats and dogs of any breed and age into care.

*If someone wanted to become a volunteer, how could they?
Our volunteer process is very easy – we have an application form on our website where you can select which area/s you are interested in.  We are currently working on setting up regular volunteer orientations. (photo credit: https://www.facebook.com/edmontonanimalrescue)

*What types of items do you accept for donations?
We accept monetary donations, and as a CRA registered charity, can issue tax receipts for donations of $20 or more.  We also accept in-kind donations of both wet and dry food, kitty litter, pee pads, toys, gas cards, and items for silent auctions.

*Do you sell any shelter swag?
We currently have various clothing items available for purchase via urSTORE (http://urstore.ca/non-profits/ca/alberta/edmonton/gears).  We will also be selling some newly designed T-shirts, hoodies, sweat pants, lanyards, and key-chains at PetExpo!

14721540_562844223910243_8899778453792132518_n*What is the adoption process like?
The first step is to fill out an application for the available animal on our website http://www.edmontonanimalrescue.org/adoption-application/

Our adoptions team will process the application and approved applicants will be contacted to schedule a meet and greet with their family and the animal.   Provided the meet and greet goes well and we feel the applicant is the best match for the animal they have applied for, we then set up a date and time to finalize, which consists of the signing of the adoption contract and paying the adoption fee. (photo credit: https://www.facebook.com/edmontonanimalrescue)

*Anything else you want to add?
We are excited for our third year at PetExpo!

We look forward to stopping by your booth at the Edmonton Pet Expo!

Edmonton EXPO Centre (Hall A)
Saturday, January 28th (10am-6pm)
Sunday, January 29th (10am-5pm)
General (16+) $15
Youth (6-15) $10
Family Pass (2 General, 2 youth) $40
Children under 5 free

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Shelter Spotlight – BARS


Good Morning Pet Lovers! As  you may have seen from our updates on social media, we are heading to the Edmonton Pet Expo January 28-29th! I got in contact with some rescues attending this years event and I will be doing some social media promoting for them, because I love rescues! The second rescue we are going to spotlight is Barrhead Animal Rescue Society also known as BARS. We caught up with Sara who is  a member of the Communications and Feline Divisions, as well as the Event Coordinator. She says “We’re a tiny rescue and we all wear many hats!” for a little Q & A session. Cant wait to checkout their booth!

12472568_1068508033212884_8347153543359647030_n  Come Connect With BARS;
Email: admin@barrheadanimalrescue
Website: www.barrheadanimalrescue.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BarrheadAnimalRescueSociety/ (This is the BEST method to stay current on BARS stuff)
Twitter: @barsrescue
Instagram: @barsrescue


*Where is the organization located?

We were founded in Barrhead, hence the name, but we are now based primarily in Edmonton with a few foster homes in Barrhead, Spruce Grove, and some other rural areas near Edmonton. We actually have no “shelter” per say, we are 100% operated out of volunteer foster homes! ( Logo Photo Credit: https://www.facebook.com/BarrheadAnimalRescueSociety/)

*As we all know the Edmonton Pet Expo is coming up January 28 & 28th, what types of things can we find at your booth?
Kittens! We are hoping to have our “T babies” at the event, they’ll be about 2 months old by then. Also some pups, if we can. We’d like to bring our “box pup” whose story we’ve featured online lately, and Benz, who was surrendered to us with a shattered leg that he’d been suffering with for at least a month by the vet’s estimate… we have some sad puppy stories and we want to showcase these guys because they deserve ALL the loving. We are also hoping to have handmade cat toys for sale (things stuffed with catnip primarily), and we always do a raffle–this year it looks like there will be a cat tree in the raffle prize pack.

15826236_1294731700590515_2369595750902923053_n*What types of animals do you have at your Animal Rescue/Shelter?
Dogs, cats, and we are just starting a small animals program… we’ve adopted out three ferrets so far, and we’ve connected with the now defunct Alberta Ferret Society to try to revitalize ferret rescue in Alberta. We don’t do bunnies… we rely on our sister rescue Infinite Woofs for bunnies.

*If someone wanted to become a volunteer, how could they?
They can email volunteer@barrheadanimalrescue or visit our website at www.barrheadanimalrescue.org/volunteer to find and fill in our application form!

*What types of items do you accept for donations?
We are always willing to take blankets, food dishes, dog collars and leashes. We would LOVE to get donations of cat litter, although we ask that it’s unscented and clumping. Our intake home for cats uses paper pellets in the crate litter boxes, so donations of that is also very helpful for us! We are VERY grateful for those wishing to donate food, but we ask that they contact us to ask what is on our wish-list currently (our food-donation partners sometimes can help and sometimes can’t, so sometimes we REALLY need wet food, sometimes not, and sometimes we need certain brands of dry food in particular). And of course, gift card and cash donations are helpful too! Cash donations above $20 will be issued a tax receipt. Donations can be made via our website (www.barrheadanimalrescue.org/donate) or at any event we’re at, or by letting us know you’d like to send a cheque in the mail! (Event Photo Credit: https://www.facebook.com/BarrheadAnimalRescueSociety/)

*Do you sell any shelter swag? If so what?
We have a selection of apparel, although our merchandise team is in transition so our inventory is a bit thin at the moment. If people would like to see what we have on offer, we have an album on our Facebook page to peruse, and if they’d like to order something in particular they can ask us! (Kimberley: How cute is this t-shirt!)

12991039_1081384808591873_8146004424775531525_n*What is the adoption process like?
All adoptions begin with the Adoption Questionnaire (http://www.barrheadanimalrescue.org/application).

Dogs: The canine team reviews the application and will contact successful applicants to arrange a home check. Once the home check is complete, the selected adopter is contacted and the process (paperwork and fees) is finalized. We get a LOT of applicants per dog, especially on our puppies, so there may be some emailing back and forth to clarify answers or something. (Shirt Photo Credit: https://www.facebook.com/BarrheadAnimalRescueSociety/)

Cats: The process depends on whether the animal is being adopted as we have space in Meadows PetSmart for some cats. If through PetSmart: the application is filled out (on paper 99% of the time… most PetSmart adopters don’t check our kitties online before heading to store because… why would they?), the staff at PetSmart clarify anything to their satisfaction, and then the paperwork is filled out and fees are paid. If not through PetSmart: the application is filled out and submitted, and the feline team (and the foster home that the cat is living in) reviews the application. The applicant is contacted to arrange a time for a meet and greet and to complete the adoption (paperwork, fees) if desired.

Small animals adoption is still being formalized, but currently follows the same path as felines, except that we don’t have ferrets in PetSmart.

*Anything else you want to add?
We are 100% volunteer run! Related to that, every person in our rescue has a “day job” to attend as well. Our team is made up of some of the most dedicated people out there, but we sometimes can’t respond to public inquiries/comments right away because of these other commitments–if someone has submitted an application or sent an email and hasn’t heard back in 48 hours, they should definitely try again, but we ask for about 48 hours time to respond normally. (We usually respond within the day, but sometimes life changes all the plans.)

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Spike by Petcurean – Catfish, Venison, Turkey & Duck Flavor Treats [Product Review]


Today we are doing a pet product review on 4 different flavored Spike™  jerky treats from Petcurean. Petcurean was started in 1999 and to this day it is still owned by the two people who founded it in the Fraser Valley(hey! I was born there!)  which is located in my home province of  beautiful British Columbia! Petcurean products are sold exclusively through pet specialty retailers in Canada (I’ve found them around Fort McMurray at various pet stores), the United States, and plus more than 20 countries internationally (way to go petcurean!). We are very excited to be doing a review for them. Of course Rolo is already here drooling! I swear he can tell when I get a package and its for him.

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Check out our exclusive interview we did with them here:
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Let’s start this product review!

First lets talk about the product design & packaging. It’s bright and bold and the flavor easily stands out! On the front side what may look like just the logo in these photos, but it is actually a clear window, which you all know how much I love those! Giving you a real peek at what your pet will be chomping down on. After all, some pets can be picky with what their food/treats look like. On the backside there are little cheeky “Spike Says” quotes that made me giggle like “when all else fails, sit pretty”. All I can say is adorable! There was also another cute  note on the backside. I will only say a share a few words from it ” Please Note: This product contains lip quivering, bum shaking, uncontrollable drooling, tail-chasing….” (Quotes Credit: Petcurean Spike Treats I love how fun these packages! Definitely not just the type I am going to open and give to my dog without reading and giggling. This brand has personality, and I am loving it! Below you can see what the actual treats look like outside of the package as I doubt Rolo will let me get a good snap of him chomping down on a treat. All are quite similar but up close you can spot slight differences.
petcurean2All of the Spike jerky treats contain some super-foods like chia seeds, pomegranate and kale which are nutrient-rich, high in fibre and packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They also contain pumpkin which is good for that digestive tract and is also an antioxidant. They are also free from by-products, added growth hormones, glycerin and artificial preservatives, flavors or colors. Not to mention they are grain & gluten-free! As you can tell by Rolo’s hilarious faces, he is enjoying all 4 of the treat flavors with his crazy googly eyes. In the first photo, he was totally eating my hand along with the treat, thank goodness he is gentle.
petcurean1I absolutely love using time-lapse on my iPhone! Rolo & I had a little fun making this short video as I haven’t done one for treat eating before. Trust me, he CAN totally eat 4 decent sized treats that fast in real life too! I swear in this video he is saying, more, ok more, ok more..uhh.. mom..more? fine… insert sad face. Enjoy!

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Disclaimer:
Confessions of a Rescue Mom(Kimberley & Rolo) received 4 packs of Spike treats from Petcurean for posting an honest review on our blog. 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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