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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.

 

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 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.

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Harrington dog food review*

You may or may not know but in our (not so) little family we have 2 dogs. Finley is a nearly 6 year old rescue dog we got from the Dogs trust when he was a 16 week old puppy, and Freddie is a nearly 5 year old Hungarian vizsla who we got at 10 weeks old. We always want to give our dogs the best of everything whether its food, beds or treats.

So when I was the opportunity to try Harrington’s complete dog food, I jumped at the chance. I have heard of Harringtons and know that it is a good brand. Harringtons is pet food manufacturer who produce foods that are free from some of the nasty additives that can be added to other pet foods.

“It has been carefully formulated to provide wholesome nutrition and contains no artificial colours or flavours, no dairy, no soya and no added wheat.” Taken from the Harringtons website

The box arrived quickly and contained a 2kg bag of rich Lamb with rice. Which I couldn’t wait to give to my dogs. As well as a bag of cat food, which I have passed onto a friend and will get feedback from them as soon as possible and add it to this review. I want to feed Finley and Freddie the best foods we can, but they are very fussy dogs, although Fin is less fussy than fred. When it comes to food, it still is trial and error finding food they will eat.

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We currently feed them with a supermarket complete food with half a tin between them. They look at you like you are trying to poison them if you just give them dry food. So I swapped over to the Harringtons dry food, slowly as I didn’t want to make them ill by just swapping it completely straight away. They were apprehensive at first and weren’t too fussed about trying it. So I kept trying them with it over the next few feeds.

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Waiting for food!

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Eating!

They did eat it but not as enthusiastically as they do with the supermarket food. It is probably because it is a lamb flavored food, they usually have chicken or beef flavours, and have never been fussed with lamb. They did eat the food but I don’t think that I would buy it for them at the moment as they just didn’t want to eat it. Personally I have a feeling its because they are spoilt by getting left over food mixed into their regular food so expect it and don’t want to eat any plain kibble and have a preference for the cheap supermarket mixers. I know some dogs are just like that, They turn their noses up at the best or most expensive foods but will woof down value type foods.

Harringtons pet food is available in 2kg, 5kg and 15kg bags and is sold in a variety of shops in the UK, including some supermarkets, pet shops ( I know my local independent pet shop sells it) and also available online. Harringtons dog food is now also available to buy in France. They included a brilliant information book that explains all about Harringtons as a company and about their dog, cat and small animal feed ranges. How they are formulated and what is in them. So you can be clued up on what you are giving to your precious pets!

Harringtons are always looking for bloggers to review for them so contact me and I will pass on details for you as well.

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

27/01/14 – photo’s from last week ( in no particular order)

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Trying out my NYPD vest ( thank you Auntie Claire), Its a little big at the moment but I will grow into it ( even if auntie Danii doesnt want me to get bigger)

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Baby C trying on Grandad’s glasses

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Baby C decided to have a lay down with freddie dog and violet.

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Baby C playing in her box

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Thank you Auntie Claire, we love the books and vest!

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My icing! Thanks to my boyfriends great uncle I got this. Now i need to find reasons to bake!

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I was very lucky this week, I went to see strictly live with My boyfriends sister and mum. We had a lovely time and I had a lovely evening without Baby C that didn’t involve work!

Lunchtime

I do a mixture of baby lead weaning and traditional weaning. I do it because its what works for us, I believe that no one should be made to do something that they aren’t comfortable with.

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In our house there are 3 things that i couldn’t live without while weaning,

1 – Our tommee tippee magic mat and bowls, It easily sticks the bowl to the highchair meaning that I can give Baby C a bowl of food that she can’t pick up and throw, but by pulling the tab I can easily remove it for washing. 

 

2 – Dettol power and pure cleaner,

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It makes cleaning the highchair so much easier, and I know that it is clean enough that she can just eat off the tray when she does drop food on it. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3- Our dogs. 

ImageThey wait patiently for her to drop food, and love to eat the leftovers when she is finished. Never a crumb of waste with the hoovers on the job.