Memorial Day weekend approaches. This is a big deal in our house because it is the weekend of Lady's professional conference in the U.S. of A. This year, she is off to San Antonio, Texas. This means for the next 5 days the Man is in charge. We will fill you all in on our many adventures when she is back and will try to do a little visiting if she has a moment between conference, sight seeing, the bar, the big floods they are calling for there . . . . .
I was super excited to be asked to do a review for Nutrience Grain Free Food. As regular readers know, Zaphod can be very picky, so trying new foods with him can be risky. He is the one I use to judge foods and treats as Hailey will eat pretty much anything. As a person who found out 3 years ago she couldn't eat gluten, I am always interested in grain free options for my pups. I want to limit the amount of grains in their diet. This made me even more excited about testing this food. For this test I selected the Nutrience Grain Free Pork, Lamb and Venison Formula. For their website: "Featuring 3 premium and varied novel protein sources, such as pork, lamb and venison, along with regional fruits & vegetables, nutrient-rich botanicals, healthy fats and nutritional supplements. " To find out more about this specific food please go to: http://www.nutrience.ca/dog-food/nutrience-grain-free/dry-food/pork-lamb-venison-formula/ . I opened the bag, put it in their dishes and held my breath. Would the meat in the product outweigh the fruits and vegetables that Zaphod traditionally hates? What happened next was amazing. After polishing off ever last bite of his own food, Zaphod went over and started eating Hailey's with her. The Man and I were in shock. We were also shocked that Hailey, who was distracted eating, didn't freak out at him for this!
Zaphod sharing with Hailey
Since then at meal times when in the past Zaphod has waited across the room to be called over, he has now waits more impatiently to be fed.
We have a food that Mr. Picky Zaphod loves. How does Miss Hailey feel? “No Bad Anything.”
She seems to love it too!
I was actually due to pick up food this week and after the taste test of this, bought my pups a big bag!
We give Nutrience Grain Free Pork, Lamb and Venison 8 paws up!
First, to all our Canadian friends, Happy Victoria Day! We have been spending as much time as possible outside (when Lady has been home, she went into the city for a sleepover this weekend), even though the bugs are back. It has been lovely. Strangely, there have been hardly any fireworks . . . . We will just enjoy that.
As discussed previously on this blog, sometimes, someone has been peeing on the dog beds, that are impossible to wash. We took all your ideas and decided to go to the thrift shop to purchase some comforters for the pups. Easy to wash, easy to travel with, we don't care if they get ripped apart.
The one suspected of peeing
The one who didn't do it
The pups seem to have loved these new blankets. Particularly the one we currently have upstairs. However, someone, haven't decided if it is dog or cat, has peed on them and has started peeing on the bathmats.
We have been letting Hailey have access to the whole house at night so that Nin can sleep with us. We suspect some of it may be happening then.
Our solution has been to pick up the bathmats and to hope this is a phase that ends.
Before Christmas, I was asked if I would be interesting in learning about essential oils and reviewing the doTerra trio pack ( http://www.mydoterra.com/myhealthempowered/#/ ). As I have dappled in the world of "traditional" remedies I thought sure, one can always learn more!
One of the things I shared with my consultant Heather, was I was interested in another way to treat Hailey's anxiety. Of course, that was in the winter, when Hailey was calm. There was really no need to test them on her, so I did most of the testing on myself!
My trio package contained lavender, lemon and peppermint.
This is how I used them:
I live in my tub in the winter, but due to concerns about chemicals have given up bubble bath. I LOVED my lavender baths before bed! They were soooooooo relaxing and smelt so nice!
As my naturopath had recommended, and I wasn't doing, I added the lemon to hot water to drink. It aids in digestion. When I do this regularly, I have noticed a difference.
Peppermint is the one I used in the most medical way. I had a series of migraines over the winter and found that rubbing the peppermint on my forehead really did help. It took that edge off that drugs alone did not. I also found that rubbing it on my cramps was helpful. My only piece of advice is to make sure you really wash your hands after you have touched a spot with the peppermint. Peppermint in the eye burns!
My husband found using peppermint (when he didn't use too much) really helped with his sore muscles after a workout.
Since anxiety season has come again for Hailey, I tried the oils on her. First, she was not thrilled with having the drops put on her. Second, we did not notice a difference in her anxiety after the application. It could be she needs more exposure. It could be we didn't put enough. There are many reasons this may not have worked for her. However, I am happy to report that unlike when we tried medication for it, there were no undesired side effects.
I enjoyed trying my doTerra oils. I didn't have any allergic reactions or rashes or anything, something as a life long allergy sufferer I was concerned about. I found the peppermint to be helpful for pain. I found my consultant to be knowledgable and willing to put up with my millions of questions. It is definitely something I would still like to learn more about.
I was really excited when we won the Torus bowl from http://www.ownedbyahusky.ca. It arrived and I put it down and Phod ran right to eat and drank. Hailey was scared (after a few days she was fine) and Nin, well he didn't notice. A day or so later, Nin had his first "episode" and we had made the decision to leave both water bowls down. We didn't want to confuse him if he was already having problems.
One morning the old water bowl was out of water, and Nin went over and drank happily out of the Torus bowl. So we have been a one water bowl family every since!
It shows that even our old boy can learn something new!
Nin has had a seemingly good week. We haven't witnessed any more neurological events (although this doesn't mean they aren't happening). He seems himself, so we are just enjoying him! Thanks again for all your POTP.
This is the adventures of an average Lady, her Man, two dogs and a senior cat.
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