Review & Giveaway: Orijen Alberta Wild Boar Treats

THE REVIEW

Hey everybuddy! I know you’ve prolly seen a bunch of our furends doing reviews for the new Orijen treats. Reading those reviews made me drool so wow, was I ever happy when Chewy.com gave US the paw-portunity to do our own review!

mayzie ranger orijen bag

We chose the freeze-dried Alberta Wild Boar treats:

orijen front

Mom was super excited to read that there’s only TWO ingredients: wild boar liver and boneless wild boar.

orijen back

Now, we were wondering if they actually hired peoples to go out and hunt down these wild boar but it says on the package that the wild boar “is raised free-range on woodland farms.” We’re not really sure how that’s different from tame boar, but we’re not wild boar experts so we guess they must know what they’re talking about.

Anyways, that’s good and all, but what’s impawtant to us is how they TASTE!

Of course, mom tortured us made us exercise self-control first.

Once I grow opposable thumbs, woman, you are going to be SO sorry.

Once I grow opposable thumbs, woman, you are going to be SO sorry.

After about 87 hours, we FINALLY got to taste them.

NOM!

NOM!

Okay, before we go further, I wanna share with you my Treat Deliciosity Scale (patent pending):

ONE PAW – Yuck! I won’t even touch it.

TWO PAWS – Meh. I’ll eat it to be pawlite but truth be told, I’d rather have something else.

THREE PAWS – Yum! I think they’re really good and I’ll do some tricks for them inside but they prolly wouldn’t be enough to hold my attention out on a walk or something.

FOUR PAWS – OMD! OMD! I will do ANYTHING for these kinda treats! Inside, outside, doesn’t matter. I’ll even make up NEW tricks for them!

So, according to my  scale, I give these treats THREE PAWS. They’re yummy AND good for me. And even though I didn’t lose my brindle brain over them, I would definitely like it if mom bought it for us again.

Thanks, Mr. Chewy and Orijen!

Thanks, Mr. Chewy and Orijen!

THE GIVEAWAY!

Okay, now here’s YOUR chance to win some Orijen treats for your own self! All you have to do is go to the Chewy.com website and take a look at the eight different flavors of Orijen treats. Then just leave a comment telling me which one you would like to try! You have until Monday, July 22nd at 5 p.m. EST. We’ll announce the winner on Tuesday the 23rd! Good luck!

Disclosure: Chewy.com sent us these treats free of charge to review. However, the opinions and thoughts expressed here are totally and completely our own. The end.

Shall-Ay Adventure: Trinidad Lake State Park

Hey everybuddy! Remember last week when I posted THIS picture for Wordless Wednesday?

Mayzie Lake

Well, some of you thought that’s where we were going for the 4th of July. BUTT…we had already gone for another big howliday around here: Mom’s Birthday!

This time we packed up the Shall-Ay and headed off to Trinidad Lake State Park.

lakeview

We got there and picked out the nicest site for her that we could. Do you think we did a good job?

shallay view

Then I helped dad frost the cake that we made ‘specially for her.

mayzie cake

I offered to help him clean the spoon but he said it was chocolate so I couldn’t have any! (Between you and me, I think this is an old-dog’s tail that they tell us to keep all the chocolates to themselves.) But even so, I think it turned out pretty good (and we got some of the yellow part).

cake

Then we gave mom her pressies. Doesn’t she look happy?

mom pressie

This is one of the things we gave her.

im a good dog

It’s called, “I’m a Good Dog: Pit Bulls, America’s Most Beautiful (and Misunderstood) Pet” by Ken Foster. She says that she LUVS it and that it is just the bestest book with the Most Gawjuss pictures. We all give it 87 paws up.

After that, we did a little bit of relaxin’…

mayzie bed

A little bit of wildlife watchin’ (there’s an elk in this picture if you squint just right)…

elk

And a whole lotta super funballs time!

mayzie hole

ranger hole

mayzie ranger hole

mayzie wildlife blind

This is something called a “wildlife blind.” You were s’posed to stand behind it and look at wildlife.

I thought this view was WAY better!

I thought looking for wildlife this way was WAY better!

Brudder Ranger agreed!

Brudder Ranger agreed!

Gosh, it was fun! And on our last night there, we took a little hike from our campsite and Mother Nature treated us to THIS Most Magnificent Sunset over the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

sunset

I think this was a birthday mom will never forget, don’t you?

Saturday Smiley: Reunions!

Happy Saturday! Today we wanted to share these pictures of doggies who found their humans again after the tornado in Oklahoma. These are sure to make you wiggle and wag all over!

found

Reunited 1

Reunited 2

Reunited 3

Reunited 4

Reunited 5

All these reunions and the pictures are courtesy of the Animal Resource Center in Oklahoma City. Go check them out for more happily ever afters!

MayzieMom: The Power of BlogPaws

MayzieMom here! Mayzie was kind enough to loan me the blog today to tell you about my Big Adventure to BlogPaws last week.

blogpaws key

Well, I’m going to try anyway; BlogPaws is an overwhelming sensory experience that’s difficult to describe. But I’ll give it my best shot, both in words and pictures. So here, in no particular order, are my…

Top Four Takeaways from BlogPaws

1. Pets and Their People Rock

I’m an introvert. Now that doesn’t mean I don’t like to talk to people or socialize. I do. However, I usually prefer one-on-one conversations, rather than large groups. And BlogPaws was LARGE! Over 500 attendees this year. That’s enough to make any introvert want to curl up in the fetal position.

But guess what? People who love their pets are really, really nice. And pet bloggers are especially supportive of each other. Everyone was there to learn but also to give back. In the moments when my inner introvert started to feel frazzled, it seemed there was always someone (either human, canine or feline) reaching out to me with a warm smile or a kind gesture to pull me back from the brink of fetal-position-curled-uppedness.

The incomparable Garth Riley! (http://theworldaccordingtogarthriley.blogspot.com/)

The incomparable Garth Riley! (http://theworldaccordingtogarthriley.blogspot.com/)

nitro

Stunning Nitro from Deaf Dogs Rock (http://deafdogsrock.com/)

thing

Thing 1 and Thing 2

2. Connection and Common Passions Create Change

As many of you know, I took a journey from believing the media hype about pit bulls to being a staunch advocate for them. Although we only occasionally address these issues directly on the blog, it is my hope that we are changing hearts and minds by showing Mayzie and others like her as what they are: wonderful family dogs. And I certainly know that there are many others out there with the same mission.

I was fortunate to meet and spend time with some of these individuals at BlogPaws: Imelda from I’m Not a Monster, Frankie and mom from Frankie, I’m a Lover Not a Fighter, Lucy and dad from Lucy’s World, and Zoey and mom from Wishcuit and Zoey Says Stick It to Cancer. This was not planned. I just stumbled across them during one of the social events and Imelda graciously  invited me to join them for a happy hour. Before I knew it, I was surrounded by this amazing group of people, sharing stories about our four-leggers, discussing the challenges we face and how we can make the world better and safer for our dogs. I felt  energized by these inspiring, funny, passionate people, and it made me feel so hopeful about what the future holds for these kinds of dogs and their families.

Frankie I'm a Lover Not a Fighter

“Look deep into my eyes, lady, and gimme some of dat ham sammich.” ~Frankie

Adorable, adoptable Bullasset Moses. Available from the SPCA of Anne Arundel County (www.aacspca.org)

Adorable, adoptable Bullasset (pit bull/basset), Moses. Available from the SPCA of Anne Arundel County (www.aacspca.org)

3. The Importance of Purpose

There were many great sessions with an incredible amount of useful information. But the ones that stayed with me were the ones that emphasized the importance of purpose.

Steve Dale, a pet journalist and author, gave a keynote address in which he spoke about how wonderful things are for pets right now, but also how much work there still is to do. For instance, while people own more cats than any other animal, they don’t get the respect that dogs do. As a whole, they don’t receive the same level of veterinary care, and when cats go missing, only 2 percent are returned to their owners, versus 20 percent for dogs. This is the type of thing that we bloggers can help change. Whether we realize it or not, we are powerful and our voices have influence. Did you know that more people rely on bloggers for veterinary advice than on their veterinarians? We owe it to our animal companions to at least occasionally talk about these issues and to ensure that the information we’re putting on our blogs is accurate.

Carma Poodale (www.carmapoodale.com)

Carma Poodale (www.carmapoodale.com)

A Bunny Blogger

A Bunny Blogger

Along these same lines, Iain Langridge, the GM of Petfinder,  presented a session about being purposeful in the things we undertake. In other words, what is it that drives your blog, rescue or  business? He made the argument that being purposeful — instead of just having a purpose like making money — is the secret to success, and this clarity of purpose has helped make Petfinder what it is today. I have thought about this constantly since his session. I am purposeful when it comes to my volunteer efforts and this blog. But what is the larger purpose of my own business? After the session, I spoke with Tom Collins, one of the founders of BlogPaws, and he helped me begin to crystallize the purposeful direction of my business. I still have some work to do on it but I am grateful that this session started me down that path.

Petfinder

Don’t build your business around a purpose. Build it to be purposeful.

4. Cats and Their Bloggers Are Taking Over the World

I was astounded at how many cats were there with their assistants, and I think they took home the majority of the Nose-to-Nose Blogging Awards. However, BlogPaws is noticeably dog-centric and I’m pretty sure we dog bloggers think we have the corner on the pet blogging market. Nope. Uh-uh. It’s just what the cats want us to believe while they quietly work toward their goal of world domination. BlogPaws (and the rest of us) probably ought to start sucking up now.

triscuit

Adoptable Triscuit from Random Felines (randomfelines.blogspot.com). Resting up for World Takeover Day.

I want to thank the team at Pet360 and BlogPaws for creating this incredible event and for helping make change happen, one blogger at a time. I also want to thank, sincerely and from the bottom of my heart, the truly wonderful people at Nutrish for giving me the opportunity to attend. It’s an experience I’ll treasure forever.

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PeeS from me, Mayzie: I would also like to very much thank BlogPaws and Nutrish and all the other super cool sponsors from the bottom of my tummy for sending home this humongous bag of DEElicious goodies! YUM!

mayzie blogpaws bag

 

mayzie in bag

 

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