Spenser recently had the opportunity to check out some new jerky treats from Betsy Farms! Their company headquarters is located in Eagle, Idaho and their dog jerky is produced at their manufacturing facility in Springville, Utah, where it employs a unique dual heating process that eliminates potentially harmful bacteria. Since quality comes first for Betsy Farms, they use real poultry, which is pulverized, mixed with other ingredients, and cooked again. This helps assure product safety while avoiding the use of harmful ingredients. Thus, all Betsy Farms products are made here in the USA with ingredients sourced from right here too. This allows them to confidently stand behind the quality of each product they sell. Speaking of products, Betsy Farms currently offers jerky treat fillets that are available in three savory recipes: chicken, turkey, and duck. Each is made with wholesome ingredients and real poultry for protein that all dogs need. They’re also free of wheat, artificial colors, and artificial flavors. Spenser was sent the chicken and duck jerky to try!
Here are some photos of what we received, some shots of the jerky, and some pics of Spenser investigating his new yummies:
And here’s a video where I take a closer look at our package:
Here is some additional information about Betsy Farms straight from its FAQ page:
Q – What are Betsy Farms Jerky Recipes for Dogs?
A – Betsy Farms Jerky Recipes for Dogs are tasty and healthy treats your dog will love. These treats fillets are made in the USA with wholesome ingredients you can feel good about.
Q – Are there different varieties?
A – Yes, there are three varieties: Chicken, Turkey, and Duck. All use real chicken, turkey, and duck poultry.
Q – Does Betsy Farms Jerky Recipes for Dogs have ingredients I should be concerned about?
A – Betsy Farms Jerky Recipes for Dogs are made with wholesome ingredients and are free of wheat and artificial colors and flavors. Visit the product page for a full list of ingredients.
Q – Are Betsy Farms products safe?
A – If you’ve followed the news lately, you’ve noticed some concerns with imported pet treats, including dog jerky. Betsy Farms Jerky Recipes for Dogs have a unique process that first cooks the poultry at a temperature high enough to eliminate potentially harmful bacteria. Then, the poultry is pulverized, mixed with other ingredients, and cooked again. This helps assure product integrity while using wholesome ingredients your dog will love.
Q – Are Betsy Farms products made in the USA?
A – They are! As part of our commitment in providing quality treats your pet will love, we source ingredients and manufacture Betsy Farms products right here in America.
Q – Where can I buy?
A – Betsy Farms Jerky Recipes for Dogs are exclusively available at Walmart and Sam’s Club.
Here are some photos and videos of Spenser trying out his new treats from Betsy Farms!
First up, the chicken jerky:
And then, the duck jerky:
The verdict? Truth be told, the first time we tried to give these Betsy Farms Jerky Treats to him, Spenser turned his little beagle nose up at them – but it isn’t why you think! See, he has these little tummy issues every now and again, and he had just gone through a little spell. He was just being careful and picky, which are very anti-beagle behaviors when it comes to him and his food. And it’s hard to see him like that too – old age stinks! But we took these photos and videos the very next day, and you can see that he was back to his normal self! Out of the two, he looooved the duck jerky over the chicken jerky which, at the time, surprised me. But as I thought about it, it did make total sense. He gets a lot of chicken stuff around here and must have enjoyed the novelty of eating duck! As for me, I like knowing that I’m giving him a healthy treat. Also, be sure to check out the packaging because it tells you how many pieces to give to your dog based on their weight. You never want to feed your pet too much, even if it’s good stuff! If you purchase any of these products, please let me know what you think!
(Full disclosure – The opinions in this article are my own. I do not work for, or with, any brand mentioned in this article, nor do I have any official relationship with them. I have a relationship with GigaSavvy, for whom I create original editorial content.
July 8, 2014 | Comments Off
Sometimes Lulu just kills me with her cuteness! There have been many times that I’ve wondered how she hasn’t managed to fall off of that thing!
July 6, 2014 | Comments Off
My kitty furbabies love to congregate in the guest room on the third floor during the late summer afternoons. It gets so, so ridiculously hot in there that I don’t even want to walk in there sometimes! But if I want to find the majority of them, I just need to look in there. That’s Sam’s spot. Lulu likes to lay on the edge of the bed. Pacey likes to burrow into a cat bed that has a fleece blanket inside of it. I can’t even imagine how they can spend hours in there like that, yet they do! It’s still hard to go in there and not see Eva, who was always in there with them this time of year, either on her little blankets on the bed or in the cat’s trapeze. Kip, too, would usually have been on the floor. I like to think that they are still around sweating it up with their siblings, just in a new way now.
July 4, 2014 | Comments Off
My furbabies would like to wish you a Happy 4th of July! Have fun, no matter how you choose to spend your day, and please remember to keep your furbabies tucked safely inside tonight. Also, if you’d like to view all thirty-five photos that we took (gasp!), just click here!
July 3, 2014 | Comments Off
I hate summer. Heat and I have never gotten along. Who likes to sweat anyway? If someone likes to get sweaty for any reason, I distrust them. It’s just all kinds of gross. I actually get sweaty a lot because I spend boatloads of time on a heating pad for my back pain, and I just hate it for many reasons. I hate feeling chained to the bed, but it is one of the only things besides oxycodone that helps with the pain. And I hate when the sweat pours off of me. So, so, so gross.
And speaking of my back pain, nothing much has changed in that regard. Since it’s been a loooong time since I’ve written one of my “a day in the life” posts, I’m not sure where I’ve left of in regard to my medication woes. Right now I’m taking Opana ER generic. Initially there was an issue where that grumpy pharmacist I sometimes use said that the generic version of it was discontinued. This was untrue. This was after some miscommunication in which I went on fentanyl for a bit because my doctor and insurance weren’t writing down the same wording on the scrip when trying to get it covered for me. Anyway, now she keeps increasing my dosage while talking about taking me off of my oxycodone for Opana generic. She has such a hard-on for getting me off of oxycodone or at least giving me less of it and has ever since I started going to see her. Frankly, this has and still scares the shit out of me – because oxycodone is the only thing that takes the pain away, albeit for a limited amount of time. Nothing in the past seven years has even come close to doing what that has for me, and I’ve tried a bunch of stuff. What’s majorly confusing and distressing this time around is that Opana is supposed to be Oxycodone, only stripped down and more effective. I was told it’s made of the same stuff but that it enters your body quicker, is stronger, works better, and so on. But it isn’t doing any of that stuff for me. How can that be? And I’m obviously beyond frustrated. It’s like all these things that should work for my body or that work for everyone else just don’t work for me. So what does that leave me with? What am I supposed to do now? Because, really, I feel like a failure wrapped up in failure. My mood isn’t helping the situation any either. I’m sure it doesn’t help that my sleep schedule is all kinds of weird right now. The past few nights I’ve found myself wide awake until 3:00am, and I have the most attractive puffy bags under my eyes to match. I mean, I always have bags under my eyes, so this is some super impressive looking stuff. I am thinking about purchasing some hemorrhoid cream to help with them, a tip I heard on an episode of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. I always get sound medical advice from such quality television programming. Of course, further internet research says not to do that, but I bet Kyle Richards knows best.
I wear a lot of short nightgowns now because they are easy to hike up for the heating pad. I bought a few recently online that were sorta expensive, but I rationalized it that in general it’s just too much trouble physically for me to go actual shopping. I thought they were cute. Well, Mark complained about me wearing them all the time. I guess he wants me to greet him when he comes home from work in full makeup and heels with dinner on the table. Since that’s never happened in sixteen years, I don’t know what the hell he’s thinking. Besides, I’m totally tired of seeing that purple shirt and those gray shorts with the black stripe that he throws on all the time too. One of these days they are going to get intimately acquainted with the trash can. Speaking of Mark, he wants to umpire more. He also said that he’s thinking of trying to play fall ball this year. I thought he was done playing baseball because of his own back issues. Well, his back hasn’t been bothering him lately, so he wants to test it out in a low key fashion. I just worry about the damage it could cause, of course. He doesn’t want to give up the game he’s always loved, but he’s still a part of it when he umpires. Ugh.
I got another manicure last week, and this week I painted them on my own. It seems as if the color only lasts a week on me before I need to do it again. Is that normal? I don’t want to do it myself because fussing with my own nails makes me worry that I’m going to go down the wrong path again. I mean, I’m still going strong with both my nails and fingers. And I miscalculated when I wrote that post. It’s actually about six or seven weeks now this past Wednesday that I haven’t butchered them.
What I have been doing is watching loads and bunches of television. I bought and watched Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Vanderpump Rules in record time. I’m still keeping up with the Orange County and New York versions, as well as watching General Hospital daily. I loooved Playing House, though I thought their last episode was terribly weak. I also watch Gang Related every single week even though it is sooooo awful (well, maybe because it is sooooo awful). I also watched the red carpet for the Daytime Emmys with those chicks who knew nothing about the soaps, and it was really super annoying. I could have done a better job from my bed while doped up on pain meds! Now I’m wanting to buy last season’s Real Housewives of Atlanta, last season’s 16 & Pregnant, last season’s Teen Mom 2, and the Everwood series, but I should attempt to be sensible, especially if I’m constantly complaining about wanting to move. And I am constantly complaining about wanting to move. Mark recently said that we would reassess next Spring and that it would be most helpful if the housing market turned around by then. Ha! I’m back to twitching about wanting new furniture. He said we could totally get it if I want, but deep down I know that it makes no sense to replace this shit now because the dog could just scratch up the new stuff too, and the sizing of items between here and the eventual new home probably won’t match up. I know in some rooms it didn’t between our last house and here, so there’s that issue to contend with too. I’m just not a patient person at all, and I hate ugly, used things. Besides, it just wouldn’t be enough for me for here. I’d want to repaint and put up crown molding too. So I wait since it just doesn’t make any sense to do any of those things here. It would certainly speed things up if only I could work again and contribute more financially than just via disability.
And speaking of, we haven’t done much due to my being-in-pain situation. We’ve even cancelled a few babysitting opportunities. I’m tired of feeling stuck and like I’m disappointing him, but Mark does get out and do things. I just know that he’d like to do more. We really need to do something couple-y soon. I’m hoping that over this holiday weekend that we actually can. If that happens, I will be going out with an attractive giant bruise on my arm that I got from falling down the stairs! See, Spenser can’t always get up the stairs very well anymore, so the other day he was barking for me to come carry him, which is obviously so very great for my back. As I was going down to get him, I slipped. My feet came out from under me. The earth shook, and I banged my arm on the banister as I went down the stairs. Oh, and my back super appreciated the extra jolts to it!
July 2, 2014 | Comments Off
We previously reviewed the Bird Catcher Pro by Pets Can Play a few months ago and were lucky enough to be sent their updated version, the Bird Catcher Pro EX as well as a Guinea Fowl Peacock Feather 5 Pack, to review! At Pets Can Play, their team is passionate about developing some of the best interactive pet toys for both dogs and cats. They feel it’s important for pets and their owners to have a good time together. They know that playing helps your pet stay both physically and mentally healthy. Also, their products are made and manufactured in world class GMP certified facilities with environmentally-friendly materials and non-toxic dyes. Thus, while quality and safety are their primary focus for all pet toy products they develop, they are also focused on increasing the “FUN” factor for both pets and their owners who play with them. This particular Bird Catcher Pro EX has been modified to slide closed to basically the size of a pen, thus eliminating any storage issues. In addition, combined with the increased flex and bend of this six section pole, an even more realistic flight pattern for the feathers can be created! This product is available for purchase only on amazon.com.
Here are some photos of the Bird Catcher Pro EX wand both closed and extended as well as some photos of the Guinea Fowl Peacock Feathers:
And here’s a video where I take a closer look at what we received:
Here is some information about the Bird Catcher Pro EX from its description on amazon.com:
– NO MORE FIBERGLASS SPLINTERS hurting your fingers or your cat’s paws / mouth! This was one of the main issues plaguing other cat feather toys. The pole would bend to the point where the fiberglass fibers would begin to protrude and begin to irritate the skin. This is a non-issue with the Bird Catcher series toys which were developed to prevent these painful splinters while preserving the EXTREME FUN FACTOR for you and your beloved cats!
- STOP BUYING EASILY BREAKABLE CAT FEATHER TOYS! Our NEWEST, HIGHEST QUALITY CAT FEATHER TEASER WAND INNOVATION HAS JUST BEEN RELEASED! The Bird Catcher PRO EX! FIRST EVER, FULLY EXTENDABLE / RETRACTABLE 3 FOOT (92cm) Interactive Cat Feather Toy. ONLY AVAILABLE ON AMAZON USA!!! Takes the original Bird Catcher and Bird Catcher PRO to yet another level! Now this One-Piece Premium Fiberglass Pole (same level of strength, durability, and quality construction) can EASILY EXTEND for FUN PLAYTIME and RETRACT for EASY STORAGE! CATS ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS FEATHER TOY and CAT OWNERS LOVE seeing their cats in total JOY chasing, pouncing, and spinning through the air going after what they think is a REAL BIRD!
- BEAUTIFUL LARGER SOFT FELT PURPLE GRIP: Soft, It’s twice as thick as the Bird Catcher PRO and curved for better control and handling. Combined with the increased FLEX / BEND of this 6-section pole you can create an even more realistic flight of the feathers. Just pull the tip of the rod to fully extend it and connect the snap clip to the tip of the Bird Catcher PRO EX, and within seconds your cat will be ready for fun playtime (exercise).
- EASIEST STORAGE EVER! Place the retracted Bird Catcher PRO EX pole along with the feathers in the storage bag and store it safely in a cool, dry place where your feline friend can’t get to. Remember, they WILL be watching you and they WILL try to figure out a way to get access to the Bird Catcher PRO EX feathers when you’re away, so make sure you keep it in a safe place.
- Durable Bird Catcher Pro Black Storage Bag + Two (2) Ultra Guinea Fowl Feather Flyers (4 guinea fowl feathers in each refill – other refills only have 2) with extended attachment strings and snaps included. INVENTORY IS EXTREMELY LIMITED FOR THIS NEW RELEASE. You will LOVE the quality constructions & convenience! Your cat will love the flying feathers and playtime! All with a 30 Day Money Back Guarantee!
Here are some fun photos and videos of our kitty furbabies playing with the Bird Catcher Pro EX and the Guinea Fowl Peacock Feathers:
The verdict? We got this set a few months back, but we obviously held off on doing this review as well as a bunch of others while we were grieving Eva’s sudden and tragic death. We finally did get it out to play with it with the others, but playtime in general just isn’t the same without our Eva. She would have just loved this like she did their other one, so it was kinda tough on us in that regard. That being said, our four kitty furbabies had so much fun, as I hope you can tell in the above photos and videos! Whether it was playing with the feather itself, the string, or the end of the pole, there was something or multiple things at some point for all of them – and it just cracked us up! Though my boys were demonstrating some lazy play, Lulu was definitely playing for keeps and getting in tons of exercise while doing so. And I especially loved how foldable/collapsable this toy’s rod is. There’s nothing to get tangled up anymore in a drawer full of cat toys. Win/win all around! If you purchase this product, please let me know what you think!
(Full disclosure – Pets Can Play provided these items to us free of charge in exchange for a product review. Thanks!)
July 1, 2014 | Comments Off
Last week Spenser had the pinched nerve incident that quickly came and went, but then this past weekend he had tummy troubles again. Poor old man. On Friday the cleaner pointed out that he had thrown up. He was eating grass too. By Sunday he was holding the lower half of his body oddly like that time he was really sick. When he only eats part of his can of wet food, we know things aren’t great. But by Monday (yesterday) he was barking at me to open up a can for his lunch, and he woofed down the entire thing. So thankfully it didn’t last very long and he’s back to normal on all counts! Whew! Here’s a photo from Sunday of him curled up in bed with Mark.
June 30, 2014 | Comments Off
O-Cedar asked if I’d like to review their new & improved O-Cedar ProMist Microfiber Spray Mop, to get a pet mama’s point of view on it, which was very flattering, to say the least. O-Cedar has dedicated their 100-year history to taking the “work” out of housework with a constant focus on innovation. They were the first to produce a self-wringing mop, to market the first angle broom, and to introduce the first spray mop that offers both disposable and machine washable microfiber pads! Plus, each and every one of their products is designed to help get the job done quickly, easily, and with confidence. Also, something that’s neat about them, and goes somewhat unknown, is that they’re not only about making cleaning easier, they’re also committed to green manufacturing and eco-friendly products! With their new & improved O-Cedar ProMist Microfiber Spray Mop, you can choose your own cleaning solution to use, and it has a machine washable (up to 100 times) microfiber pad that traps dirt, dust, and hair and is effective on all hard floor surfaces, like vinyl, linoleum, wood, laminate, ceramic tiles, marble, and stone. This O-Cedar ProMist Microfiber Spray Mop is available for purchase at Target and Walmart stores and can be bought online at Amazon by clicking here.
Here are a few photos of the O-Cedar ProMist Microfiber Spray Mop:
And here’s a video where I take a closer look at what we received:
Included in the package:
- 1 New & Improved O-Cedar ProMist Microfiber Spray Mop
Here is some information about the O-Cedar ProMist Microfiber Spray Mop from its website:
The newest thing in next-level clean is here! With Microfiber Scrub Zones to help get the tough spots and one-touch bottle release for easy fluid replacement, a clean floor never looked so good.
This O-Cedar microfiber spray mop:
- refillable bottle allows you to choose your own cleaning solution
- uses millions of microscopic fibers to grab and hold dirt, dust, hair, and moisture
- features a one-touch bottle release for easy removal
- works great for any indoor floor surface
- can be used with washable or disposable microfiber pad refills
- for optimal performance, use no more than 2 tsp of cleaning solution
Features and Benefits:
- Machine Washable 100x
Use and Care:
Use no more than 2 teaspoons of your preferred cleaning solution with the ProMist Spray Mop. For best results, pour water into the bottle first, and then add 2 teaspoons of cleaning solution. Do not use bleach or wax based products and do not store any unused fluid in the bottle in between each use. The microfiber pad is hand or machine washable up to 100 times in warm water. Do not use bleach or fabric softener when laundering. (This makes the microfiber less effective). Lay flat to dry.
Other Info (from the packaging):
- comfort grip handle
- 360 degree swivel head
- wide-mouth refillable bottle
- 1-touch bottle release
- fine mist sprayer
- microfiber pad with scrub zones
Here are some photos and a video of us getting the cleaning solution ready to go into the refillable bottle and then attaching the bottle onto the O-Cedar ProMist Microfiber Spray Mop itself:
Here are some photos of the dirty floor we were going to be cleaning, a shot of how clean the microfiber pad looked at the start of the cleaning, and some photos of the floor getting cleaned with the O-Cedar ProMist Microfiber Spray Mop, plus a video to match:
Here is a photo and a video that shows how dirty the microfiber pad got after the cleaning and thus how well it did its job:
And I wanted to take two quick photos and a little video of the cleaning solution coming out of the mist sprayer:
Lastly, here are a few photos of how clean the floor got and a video of us showing how easy it is to remove the microfiber pad for washing:
The verdict? Speaking from the point of view of pet parents, we both liked how the New & Improved O-Cedar ProMist Microfiber Spray Mop worked for pet hair and general pet messes, not to mention for regular everyday life messes that need a quick cleaning. We tested it in the videos above in the area where Spenser comes in and out of the house to go potty, bringing in grass and dirt while dropping pet hair along the way. We use vinegar and warm water for cleaning all of our floors because we feel that’s the safest for our furbabies, and that worked out just fine for us with this product. We have a variety of floor types – tile in the entryway and bathrooms, linoleum in the laundry room, hardwood elsewhere – and it’s worked well on all of those. My cleaner mentioned that it has a long pole which is good for backs in general (not just my crappy back) and that she likes the grip on it because it won’t slip so easily out of anyone’s hands. I think it’ll definitely continue to come in handy for small tasks around here while we wait for our weekly cleanings. I also imagine that it would be great for cleaning up hairballs, but luckily we haven’t had to get it out for that just yet! If you purchase this product, please let me know what you think!
(Full disclosure – O-Cedar provided this item to us free of charge in exchange for a product review. Thanks!)
June 29, 2014 | Comments Off
Pacey adores his belly rubs! He’s our only cat who will fully show his belly and enjoy a little rub! He even lets Mark rub him, and he doesn’t trust Mark for anything at all. The girls don’t really care for it. Basia, in particular, is very sensitive about where she is touched. She can be having a good time, and then she’ll smack us out of the blue. I don’t think I’ve ever really gotten near Lulu’s belly for very long, and she and I are as thick as thieves. If we try to get near Sam’s, we might get in a pet or two, but then out come his giant panther paws and his teeth that he’s not afraid to sink into us. Eva was also a biter, but it was all in good fun with her. We always said she had a short trigger, but it wasn’t ever anything malicious. And she had the best pumpkin belly with those short, stubby legs, so who could resist touching that? Not us! And Kip looooved to sun his belly. We caught him sunning that big belly of his countless times. We could pet it a bit, but then he’d roll over just a little so as to only let us have partial access to that greatness. His belly also would swing from side to side when he ran. Yeah, I am a bit obsessed with their bellies!
June 27, 2014 | Comments Off
Spenser celebrates National Sunglasses Day! He wears Mark’s bike riding sunglasses well – like father, like son.
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