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Wellness dog food review

Anyone who has seen out previous dog food reviews will know that Finley was our hoover dog who used to eat anything and everything ( possibly part of the reason that we lost him earlier this year) while Freddie is a very fussy pedigree pooch.

Freddie has been asked recently to try out a new food that is being stocked by Pets at home it’s called Wellness and is a grain free dog food. It contains no Wheat, Soya, Corn, Artificial colours, flavours or preservatives, so is better for your dogs digestive system as they are designed to eat a meat rich diet.

We were sent both wet and dry food as he currently is mix fed, here are our thoughts on Wellness Core dog food.

Wet food 
According to the Pets at home website the wet food it is available in 5 different flavours :-
– CORE Chunky Centres Flavoured with Beef, Lamb and White Sweet Potatoes.
-CORE Chunky Centres Flavoured with Chicken, Chicken Liver and Spinach.
-CORE Chunky Centres Flavoured with Turkey, Duck and White Sweet Potatoes.
-CORE Chunky Centres Flavoured with Lamb, Turkey and Kale.
-CORE Chunky Centres Flavoured with Tuna, Chicken and Kale.

We got two each of the chicken and beef flavours, each pot contained a smooth pate with a chunky centre. Freddie really enjoyed both flavours, he couldn’t get enough.
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I really liked the look of it, you could see the meaty chunks and could tell that it was proper meat, and I thought that the portion sizes were good for a dog of his size.

The pack of 4 x 170g is £7.95 so it’s more expensive than our regular dog food and with him needing to eat at least 1 pot a day it would cost us quite a bit to move him to this food full-time.

As it is grain it would be very good for dogs that suffer with allergies or sensitivities.

Dry food 

The Wellness grain free core dry food we received was ocean flavour and Freddie wasn’t so keen on it, he usually has chicken or beef dry food so he took some convincing to try it. I think that if we had tried the original he would have woofed it down (pun intended)

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Over the course of the last  week we mixed this with his old food as is suggested when changing any dog food. He had no problems with it at all.

It was quite small kibble pieces so very easy for a dog of Freddie’s size to eat, even if he wasn’t too keen on the flavour.

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The dry food comes in 4 varieties, Ocean, Original, Reduced fat and Small breed. Like the wet food it is all grain free so good for allergies but is high in proteins so very good for your dogs health.

Again this food is more expensive as it doesn’t contains the grains as fillers so a 1.8kg bag of the Ocean is £12.99 in Pets at home.

Overall I think that Wellness is a well made and though through dog food and would be great for a food sensitive dog.
If Freddie was ever ill I would consider buying this as it contains fewer allergens that could upset him.

 *Disclaimer : – I was sent a free sample of dog food for the purpose of this review, All opinions are my own (well Fred helped on this one) and are unbiased*

Pawsome box review take 2

We were recently sent another Pawsome box to review, we were lucky to receive one a few months ago which both our dogs loved.
You can read that review here.

This time Freddie got the summer pawsome box all to himself since we lost Fin in May.
He seemed really excited to see it when it arrived and couldn’t wait for me to open it, he even tried to help.

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I took a little video of my unboxing it with the help of Freddie. ( please excuse the lack of narrative, I’m not used to unboxing)

He seems to have really enjoyed all the things in the box. He loved the food elements – the cured sausage and rawhide pork roll.

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Each box contains slightly different products all based on one theme which you can read about in the accompanying booklet.
In our box there was:-

  • Mutt and Jeff cured sausage – Which contained a good number of lovely sized sausage that were easy to cut and he would do anything for one, so great for training.
  •  The rawhide pork roll – This lasted a few hours and kept him quiet, although he did insist on throwing it about before starting to eat it.
  •  A collapsible water bowl-I will keep this in the car for when we take him out.
  • A Frisbee- To be honest I haven’t really tried this one out with him as he is obsessed with the campervan at the moment.
  • The orange squeaky campervan – This he loved and so does C to be honest, its noisy and bright so easily visible in long grass if dropped.
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Although him or C sitting and squeaking it and laughing is annoying sometimes.

  • Multivitamin paste. It says to give about 2 cm’s for Freddie’s weight, he liked it but it took a while to convince him that he should even try it. I think its a good way to make sure that he is getting the vitamins that he might need as he can be a fussy eater.
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On the Pawsomebox website you can personalise your profile to let them know what your dogs are like, and they can then personalise the box for your size dog.

There are three types of plans:
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Monthly – You pay £19.90 each month and receive a box.
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3 monthly – You pay £56.70 in one lump sum which is works out at £18.90 a box for 3 months.
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Half-yearly – You pay 6 months upfront with a discounted rate per box of £17.90 and then receive 1 box each month for 6 months.
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Yearly –  You pay for twelve monthly boxes together for an even greater discount making it just £15.90 per box.
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Each box contains products worth £30, according to the website.
If its something that you are interested in and you think your dogs would benefit then you just need to go to their webpage and sign up.
They also do a purrfectbox for cats
*Disclaimer- I was sent a pawsomebox free for the purpose of the review, All opinions and photographs are my own. I have not been influenced in my opinions, they are all unbias*

Some very sad news

Yesterday morning Finley was lethargic and not himself again, he took himself out into the garden and laydown under a bush and refused to move, so we took him back into the vets.
He saw Nicky again who had helped him last time, she scanned his chest and found he had more fluid around his heart. She managed to drain about 80ml’s of blood from a the sac around his heart that was making him sick, he perked up but she asked to keep him for observation for a few hours.

We came home and discussed what we should do if it happened again as he was suffering and agreed that if this happened to him again that we would let him go as it would be best for him, it wasn’t fair to keep him with us if he was in pain and having difficulty even breathing.

At about 4pm I got a call to say that he had been fine and barking for the last few hours but had gone quiet at about 3.15pm, they rescanned him and there was more fluid around his heart.
She asked what we wanted to do, we could have had them drain it again but it would have probably refilled and meant he would have to go back again in only a few hours so we decided that the best thing for him was to let him go.

He had, had tests and scans but no one was able to find a cause for the fluid build up. We will probably never know what caused it to happen.

My dad was with him when he went, his suffering and pain was gone and so was he.

Yesterday was a very sad day.

I ended up spending the night on the couch with our other dog Freddie last night as he wouldnt settle, he had never spent a night away from Fin in the 6 years that we have had him.
The next few days will be tough and I know that I will be crying still for a while, but it will get easier over time.

Finley was only 7 years old but it was his time to go.

August 2008 - Finley joined me to get my A-Level results, he was so tiny then.

August 2008 – Finley joined me to get my A-Level results, he was so tiny then.

He knew he wasn't allowed on the furniture, but looked so cute.

He knew he wasn’t allowed on the furniture, but looked so cute.

Looking like an old man this year in the vets waiting room.

Looking like an old man this year in the vets waiting room.

 

sorry for radio silence

For the last 2 weeks I havnt really had a chance to write or post anything, It’s been a very busy time with an awful lot happening, it felt like a years worth of problems all in the space of a couple of weeks.

C was sick for a few days she was all out of sorts, she must have caught a vomiting bug from somewhere :(

We had to say goodbye to Dan’s Great Auntie Maggie on the 29th as well, she was a lovely lady who taken far too soon.

Then Finley was ill, he was fine all day on Wednesday the 29th, then he refused to eat his tea and was just laying in the Livingroom  its not the 1st time he has been sleepy and off his food and with C being ill I didn’t know if he had a bug or something too, I wasn’t feeling great either so had an early night. I got up in the middle of the night for more tablets and came down to get some and found Fin lay out one the hall floor and he wouldnt move. I let Freddie out and then Fin stumbled into the garden and basically collapsed. I had to get Dad to help me carry him in and we called the vets who said to take him straight in. We had to rush him in to the vets at 1.30 am and they couldnt hear his heartbeat. he was in cardiac shock. He had fluid drained from around his heart, was put on a drip and had scans and x-rays.

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Luckily he is ok at them moment but it is still a mystery as to what caused him to get so sick so quickly. I just hope that he doesn’t get it again as I don’t want to loose him.

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I have also had tonsillitis again, I should really see about getting my tonsils taken out as it happens far to often and makes me feel awful.

My mum is also ill with her stomach again, I really hope that she gets better quickly as I hate seeing her so ill. She is in a lot of pain and is unable to eat, it really affects her mood as well which is understandable.
I really wish that there was something that the doctors could do to prevent it.

My grandparents have also been ill, I swear our families need to be quarantined as we all seem to be sick at the moment.

I am going to try and get back into writing when I can I just havnt had a chance.
Please think about us and pray for good health.

xxx

Pawsome box review

As you may know form past posts as part of our family we have 2 dogs Finley and Freddie.

I was recently contacted by a company called Pawsome who do monthly packages for dogs. Now if your dog is anything like mine then they always bark at the postman! One of our poor postmen is scared stiff of our monsters, although I think that they would never hurt anyone, much more likely to lick him to death lol.

We received our USA themed pawsome box and I couldn’t wait to see what the boys thought of it.
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Our box included

  • A hot dog squeaky toy – This is actually a quite load squeaky toy and neither dog is to interested in it, until the toddler decides to sit squeaking it!
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  • A led light to attach to a collar – This is a great flashing light and very handy to be able to see the dog when they go out to the toilet before bed, although I now need another for the other dog.
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  • A rawhide baseball – Freddie claimed this straight away, and it was gone within the hour. Kept him entertained for a little while at least.
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  • A Rubber toy- C keeps giving this to the boys and Fin loves to throw it and make it bounce. It is still in one piece so it is durable and they have had it a couple of weeks now.

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  • A pack of chicken flavoured treats -These treats were well enjoyed by both dogs, the packs say they are 100% chicken and they feel quite nice, there weren’t many in the pack though especially when sharing between 2 dogs.
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  • A pack of bacon flavoured treats – These bacon strips were a good size and meant that it was easy for C to also give each dog treats.
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  • A guide to read all about the contents and more information about Pawsome and their theme. This time it was the USA, I would love to see what other themes they are going to send out.
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Overall it was a nice treat box and each item was appropriate for our dogs, as you can see for the above photo, there can be a few different things in the boxes when it comes to the toys.

Our dogs loved the treats, Fin kept trying to steal the bags of them from the box when I wasn’t looking, even opening the box to do so.

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On the Pawsomebox website you can personalise your profile to let them know what your dogs are like, and they can then personalise the box for your size dog.

There are three types of plans:
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Monthly – You pay £19.90 each month and receive a box.
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Half-yearly – You pay 6 months upfront with a discounted rate per box of £17.90 and then receive 1 box each month for 6 months.
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Yearly –  You pay for twelve monthly boxes together for an even greater discount making it just £15.90 per box.
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Each box contains products worth £30, according to the website.
If its something that you are interested in and you think your dogs would benefit then you just need to go to their webpage and sign up.
They also do a purrfectbox for cats
*Disclaimer- I was sent a pawsomebox free for the purpose of the review, All opinions and photographs are my own. I have not been influenced in my opinions, they are all unbias*

Pets at Home 30 Day Nutrition Challenge – part 4

Our 30 days are up and although Freddie has put on weight and is looking a lot healthier, Fin still needs to loose a fair amount.
Its a mixture of him stealing Freddies food and the toddler giving hers to him I think.

We are keeping them on the Wainwrights complete food as they seem to enjoy it and it is good for them, they are in much better body condition than they were on the supermarket own complete foods.

Talking to Sarah last week we agreed that we want Fin to lose his weight slowly over the next 6 months. So we will be going back again every couple of weeks to a month to see if they are still loosing, gaining or maintaining as they should.
The free health checks are brilliant and the scales are also in store to use if we wish. I really do recommend that health checks to anyone with a pet that they think might need a check over.

I love having a pet shop where the staff are so friendly and helpful and where we can take the boys in with us.

We need to pick up some special Christmas presents for them next time we are in for a check. We will get them some rawhide Christmas treats and they get new blankies every Christmas as well which I need to order.

Pets at Home 30 Day Nutrition Challenge – part 3

Today we are 2 weeks into our challenge and took the boys for their check up with Hannah.

The are both looking in great condition, shiny coats and good general health, We got both boys weighed again.
Finley although looking a lot slimmer at the waist, with more ribs visible and a more defined waist had only lost 0.2 kilograms. Where as Freddie who was a little underweight at our last appointment had put on a whopping 2.1 kg, He still has about another 3 kg to put on but is obviously doing very well.

Hannah suggested brushing Freddie’s teeth but I think I will get the water additive as it will be easier with both of them as I don’t think they will let me brush their teeth, I find it hard enough trying to do the toddlers twice a day!

Hannah also checked their microchips while we were there as I mentioned that I was going to ask the vet to check them at their next visit, just to make sure they hadn’t moved since last time.

Both dogs are loving the Wainwright’s food and we still have loads left in each of the 15 kg bags.

We have just started on our second box of each of the trays, ideally I’d like to move them over to just the dry food eventually but I’m not sure if they will eat just the dry food.

Freddie made a new friend in Pets at home today, A little hamster, he was fascinated my it and just stood watching him in the cage for about 5 minutes. He only left as we had to leave the shop and come home, or I’m not sure how long he would have stayed so still.

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We have booked in to go back again on the 1 st of December for another weigh in to check how both boys are doing.

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Pets at Home 30 Day Nutrition Challenge – part 2

We have been following the advice from Hannah for the last week and a bit, both dogs are really enjoying their food and we have clean bowls after each meal.

C seems to be trying to sabotage Fin’s weight loss by sneaking him food when we are not looking, she just loves to share with Finley, but even with the toddler sabotage he seems to be looking a little slimmer, you can see more of his ribs and his chest seems less bulky.

The problem is we don’t know what breed Finley is so we have no idea what shape he should be. I suspect he has staffie in him so the broad and bulky chest seems right.

Freddie is also loving the food and happily eats it all up quickly.

My only concern is the rubbish, When we had tins they could be recycled but the plastic trays cant be so our bin is getting more full.

We have a weigh in scheduled for next Monday, so I will update again on their progress and let you know how both of my lovely boys are doing.

xxx

Pets at Home 30 Day Nutrition Challenge – part 1

As you may know we have 2 dog, Finley and Freddie.
I have written about them a few times before and they have been very willing testers on occasions.

Pets are a big part of most families, they are another family member and deserves just as much recognition and care.

Recently I was contacted and asked if Finley and Freddie would like to take part in the Pets at Home 30 Day Nutrition Challenge.

So on Monday, D, C and I took Finley and Freddie to Pets at home in Speke for our appointment with the lovely Hannah.

Hannah performed a general health check for each of them. She checked teeth, eyes, ears, nails, skin condition, fur condition, and weight.
She asked us questions about their exercise routines and what they eat.

She told me that Finley is a little overweight, which I know as he is a glutton and eats everything!
She said that Freddie is perfectly in proportion and if anything could put on a little weight.

After getting them weighed she took us over to the dog food section and helped to explain what is the best food for each of them nutritionally, as they are fussy eaters they are both on a mixture of complete dry food and trays of meat.

Hannah suggested Wainwright Adult for both of them, as it contains high proportions of meat proteins. As well as Seaweed which is full of important natural trace elements, Brown rice which is a highly digestible carbohydrate and Alfalfa which helps to prevent smelly excrement. There is also Chicory root with added natural prebiotic that boost friendly bacteria to help maintain a healthy digestive system,
Calcium and phosphorus which helps balance levels to promote optimum growth, as well as added vitamins and minerals to help maintain general health and well-being. 

Finley has had Wainwright’s food before as that is the food he was on when we got him from the Dogs Trust as a puppy, I know that The dogs trust feed Wainwright’s to all their dogs as it a very good and nutritionally balanced food, What I didn’t know before talking to Hannah was that Wainwright’s is actually made by Pets At Home.

Finley is now on Wainwright’s light adult food ( RRP £41.99) which is for ages 1-7 years old, it has a formulation that helps them feel fuller so stops them eating so much and begging for food. As well as the Wainwright’s light turkey tray food (RRP £9.99)

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Freddie is now on Wainwright adult food ( RRP £41.99) which is for ages 1-7 years old, As well as the Wainwright’s Turkey trays. (RRP£9.99)

We chose to keep them on similar foods some once Fin has lost his weight we can swap him over and he will be on the same food as Freddie.

Hannah also provided us with two cups to measure out the dry food. Finley is on 335g a day over two feeds with half a tray with each, and Freddie is on 340g  a day over two feeds with half a tray with each.
I measured out the food once and put tape around to mark of the level of food they need, so I can just fill it to the line now.

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I started them off on Monday night by mixing some of the dry food with their regular tins and a little mixer as you need to slowly change a dogs food to prevent any upset stomachs.

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Today I started them on the trays as well and they love them.

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Hannah also suggested a water additive to help keep their teeth clean which I will definitely look at buying when we go for our next appointment to get them weighed and see if the diet is helping Fin’s weight loss.

I will be posting weekly updates about how both boys are getting on with the challenge.
Why not book your pet in for a free nutrition consultation at your local pets at home?

*Disclaimer – We were asked to take part in the Pets at home 30 day Nutrition Challenge in exchange for a free health check for both dogs as well as being provided with the food for the challenge. Everything that has been written in these posts are all our unbiased opinions and we have not been influenced in any way*

Identitag limited

One of my friends put up on facebook about finding a dog without tags or a coller on recently, they looked for the owner and ended up having to call the dog warden to come and collect the dog.
The dogs owner was a neighbour from up the road who ended up having to pay £50 to get their dog back.

In my opinion its a small price to pay to get a dog back safe and sound but I’d rather them have up to date with tags to make sure we can be located if anything happens.

I decided before we go away it was a good idea to get both of our dogs some new tags, Fin’s has gone missing and Freddies is now looking a little worse for wear.
Leagally they need to wear them when we go outside but I also wanted new ones incase they should escape while we are away, I want whoever finds them to be able to know where they belong and who too.

I ordered 2 new tags from Identitag limited for a total of £10.45 including with free postage.
You actually get a small discount on ordered of multiple tags 2-3 gets you 5% off.
I got their name, my name, our address, home and mobile numbers, as well as information about them being microchiopped etc.

I ordered them on Wednesday 13th August and they arrived on Friday Morning! I also got email updates when they were being shipped.

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They are a lovely size and contain all the necessary information, they look lovely on the dog’s collars.

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I would recommend Identitag to anyone who asks me, it was such a simple site to use, great communication and very quick delivery.