The Change, Part 1

This post is a follow-up to my teaser post from just before Thanksgiving, which you can find here.

Just a quick note about the reason for the change. After four months of continual disappointment in the quality of the food I’ve been giving the girls for nearly four years – a lot of “fours/fors” in there; hmmm – I decided I had to change. Not just for the dogs’ sakes, but for my own sake as well. I was finding myself dreading the process of preparing their meals on a daily basis. Plus, I was getting more BS every time I contacted the manufacturer to ask what they were doing to improve the quality.

So, what food have I chosen for my dogs? Well, after great reviews from my friends Jan – the Momz of the Wag-n-Woof Pets crew – and Maggie Marton – the author and owner of the Oh My Dog! Blog – I decided to give The Farmer’s Dog a try. I also asked our vet to check out the website and give me his opinion. When he gave his approval, I placed our trial order through the link in Jan’s review post.

The dogs are now on Day 7 of the transition. They both seem to be handling the transition quite well.

Ducky has been on a half new/half old mix since Saturday. I’ve seen some birdseed in her stools from the start; but that’s normal for her. The crazy little stinker likes birdseed, especially when it smells like squirrel breath. 🙃

Shadow started her half-n-half mix this morning. She’s only had one soft stool since before starting the transition; and that soft one was from the stress of hubby having a temper tantrum on Sunday afternoon. Otherwise, her “output” has been steadily improving.

Barring any unexpected backslides, I’m hoping to have both Ducky and Shadow fully transitioned to The Farmer’s Dog (turkey recipe) on Wednesday of next week. Then I can call Chewy and get a refund on the unused cans and kibble of the “old” food. Honestly? I wish I could make that call this week; but on the vet’s recommendation, I’ll play it safe.

Our First Reviews, Part 2


Well, here we are again. As I told you in Part 1, we decided to try two products for the March review. For “Part 2”, I was looking for a treat that I could give Shadow that wouldn’t aggravate her reflux issues. Through trial and error – and a lot of experimenting – I have found that she has the least trouble with soft treats without grains. But she misses the hard treats that she has to chew in order to savor and really enjoy.

I wanted to find a grain-free, made-in-the-USA treat that she could really enjoy. So when I found the Fromm Four-Star Nutritionals Grain-Free Parmesan Cheese Recipe Dog Treats, I figured they were worth a try. So, this is how they’re packaged:

The product description reads as follows:

“A grain-free gourmet treat, oven-baked with fresh Wisconsin parmesan cheese, vegetables, and a touch of oregano.”

Key Benefits:


Wisconsin parmesan 

Fresh vegetables and fruit 

100% USDA-inspected ingredients 

Made in Wisconsin in a USDA plant

These treats are about the size of a quarter and hard as a rock, but my girls don’t care. They crunch away and “vacuum” up the crumbs likety-split. (So fast I couldn’t even get a picture of my slower eater, Shadow.)  I took a couple of the treats out of the bag and took a picture of them. They actually look pretty tasty to me as dog treats go …  

The very best part? They DO NOT aggravate Shadow’s reflux! I’ve given her several of these treats over the past week and she hasn’t made that god awful sound she makes when the reflux is acting up on her. (And Ducky, my canine “Life Cereal Kid who eats anything” likes them too.)

Have you tried Fromm’s Four-Star Nutritionals dog treats? Head over to and get some for your dog.

Disclaimer: As a Chewy Influencer, I received one bag of Fromm Four-Star Nutritionals Grain-Free Parmesan Cheese Recipe Dog Treats from in exchange for an honest review. I received no other compensation for this post.


Ducky, Shadow, and I would like to thank Sugar the Golden Retriever and Oz the Terrier for hosting this Chewy blog hop.

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Our First Reviews, Part 1


Since this is our first review as a #ChewyInfluencer, please forgive us if we mess it up a bit. And I should warn you ahead of time that I took all my photos with the camera on my iPhone. My only computer that accepts SD memory cards is in Islamorada, Florida, being fixed by my brother so I can’t use my regular digital camera for reviews right now.

Anyway, I’ve been wanting to try The Honest Kitchen’s bone broth mix for a while but just kept putting it off. So when I received my first email from the Blogger Program with all the items available for review this month, I was delighted to see the bone broth mix on the list. I sent Sydney my request for it (and the product in my next review) and received it a few days later. Of course, the package arrived at the same time as my older brother so I never got around to testing the products until this past week.

Here’s what the package looks like….

 And the mix looks like this when you open the can…

So, I made a cup of the broth according to the directions, let it cool down some, and poured a quarter-cup’s worth into a bowl and set it down on the kitchen floor for Shadow to sample. She sniffed at the bowl and walked away. So I dipped a finger in the bowl and offered my finger to her to lick. She licked the broth off my finger a few times and then decided she’d had enough. But not to worry. I live with the canine version of Mikey, the Life Cereal Kid, who will eat anything. I called Ducky into my testing kitchen and placed the bowl in front of her….

 She Likes It!

Well, I decided to experiment with Shadow’s reaction to the bone broth this morning. I had saved some of the broth in a small container and put it in the fridge. I poured a little of the broth over her breakfast before I put her bowl down for her. At first she just sniffed at the food, but then she went back to the bowl and ate her entire breakfast!  Yay! Now I know what to add to her food when she’s being finicky.  Now I can honestly say that both of my dogs like The Honest Kitchen’s bone broth mix.

I don’t normally do reviews – I don’t want to monetize my blog – but after talking to the folks at’s Blogger Outreach department, I decided I could handle working with them. I’ve been buying Shadow’s and Ducky’s food from Chewy’s since shortly after our vet said she had IBD back in January of 2015. Their Customer Service department – in my opinion – is THE BEST ANYWHERE.  Chewy sent me one can of The Honest Kitchen Bone Broth in exchange for my honest review of the product. I was not otherwise compensated.

Ducky, Shadow, and I would like to thank Sugar the Golden Retriever and Oz The Terrier for hosting this Chewy Blog Hop.

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