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Bacon: Man’s Best Friend’s Best Friend

 

 

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Are you a fan of bacon? I know several people who are so enamored with bacon that they are practically obsessed with the cured meat.

I like bacon, depending on how its served such as on a plate next to eggs or wrapped around a sea scallop. Yummy!

We have a bacon ornament we hang from our tree. I don’t remember how I obtained it but I find it amusing enough to hang it up on our tree year after year.

We’ve even tried bacon flavored candy canes. Ehh… they weren’t that good.

Bacon Candy Canes

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Do you know who really loves bacon – our dog, Espn (pronounced Es-Pin).

I love doing nice things for Espn, even giving him his favorite treats.

Espn has been ill the last few months (he has a fatal liver disease). Sadly, his tail has not been wagging as much as it used to, only because he doesn’t feel well. None the less, I still enjoy doing nice things for him whether it’s playing tug-of-war with his favorite toy or surprising him with his favorite treat.

I treasure each and every “woof yeah” moment with Espn. You know those special moments you and your dog have whether it’s over a treat, a toy or just something special. Especially when your dog is super excited about it where he would give you a “high five” if he had hands. LOL!

Here are some “woof yeah” moments with our dog Espn.

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“Woof Yeah!” Mom put a new cushion on the bench for me to sit on and check out what is going on outside.

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Mmmm… Whatever mom just fed me was yummy. Woof Yeah!

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Woof Yeah – SNOW!!!!!!

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Mom and Dad got a new rug for me to lie on. It’s all mine! No cats allowed. Woof Yeah!

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This is MY new bed/toy – not the cats! Woof Yeah!

 

Pup-Peroni has new Filet Mignon & Bacon Flavors treats that I think Espn will go crazy for. They are made from angus steak and pack a with (doggy) mouth watering bacon.

The soft and chewy treats are also great for Espn to enjoy. I can give him the entire stick so that he can play with it a bit, or I can break it up into bite size pieces. Either way I can’t wait for Espn to try them out.

Too bad we didn’t have these treats for International Bacon Day (yes, it’s a real day). I’m sure Espn would have loved that.

If you are interested in learning more about Pup-Peroni’s new Filet Mignon & Bacon flavored snack visit this link – http://bit.ly/Pup-PeroniBacon-SheScribes.

They will have your pup saying “woof yeah” too.

Do you like bacon? Does your dog like bacon?

Do you have any “woof yeah” moments with your dog? Feel free to share your “woof yeah” moments with me. I always love to hear from readers.

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Kimberly

*I will be receiving products samples and other goodies in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Treat your feline family member to SHEBA premium treats and entrées

 

Four of our five cats hanging out on my son's bed.

Four of our five cats hanging out on my son’s bed.

Our pets mean the world to my family. I cannot imagine a life without them. They are a very special part of our lives. Sometimes it seems like they are more “human” than they are animals. Case in point, our cat Anakin will hold an entire conversation with you (meowing of course) and he will “yell” at you if you sneeze (he hates it when people sneeze).

Our cat Bella is often the first to greet us when we come home – even before our dog Espn.

All of our pets, even our Goldfish “Fishy,” bring us so much joy and happiness.

When it comes to their health, happiness and wellbeing there is nothing we wouldn’t do for them.

When it comes to feeding out pets I am always cognizant of what they like, and don’t like to eat. After all, you wouldn’t serve your human family foods they don’t like, so why feed your pet foods they don’t like either.

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I know what types of foods and flavors all of our pets enjoy. For example, our dog Espn prefers chicken and turkey over meat. Bella loves Whitefish and Velcro enjoys anything with a cheese flavor. Our other cats – Anakin, Kitty and Padmé love all kinds of food.

Bella and Velcro need to eat separately from our other cats because I need to make sure they eat. Velcro needs to eat because he takes medicine he needs with food. Bella eats separately because the other cats tend to bully hear and will push her away and eat her food.

When you are feeding a single cat you don’t need a huge can of food. As you know, too much food can lead to obesity and other health issues. You need to be aware of the portion sizes that you feed your pets, just like you are aware of the portions you serve yourself and your family.

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I like to give Velcro and Bella SHEBA® PERFECT PORTIONS™ Cuts in Gravy entrées. They love the variety of flavors the entrées come in. I like that each “cup” contains just the right amount of food for each of them. Plus there is no concerns about storing the left overs. Simply snap off a portion, remove the foil, put the food in their dish or plate and serve.

Being individually packaged also helps to ensure their freshness.

I love their convenience. Our cats enjoy meals that are made with mouthwatering real meat.

The little containers each portion comes can be re-purposed too. I save them to use at work. They are the perfect size to fill with paint when the kids want to paint.

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SHEBA® also makes premium, protein rich treats that cats also love called SHEBA® Meaty Tender Sticks. They are also made from real meat, just like the SHEBA™ PERFECT PORTIONS™ Cuts in Gravy entrées. They are also individually portioned. One stick equals one serving of the treat. You could also split it up if you have more than one cat.

We just recently received some of the treats to try out with our feline family members.

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I like that the treats are a bit more “interactive” than most treats. With most treats you put them on the floor and your cat gobbles them up. With the Meat Tender Sticks you can use it like a toy to interact with your pet before they devour it.

The sticks can also be easily broken up into bite size pieces.

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Our cats seem to enjoy the variety of flavors the Meaty Tender Sticks come in too – flavors like salmon, chicken, turkey and beef – flavors most cats enjoy.

You can find SHEBA® PERFECT PORTIONS™ Cuts in Gravy entrées and SHEBA® Meaty Tender Sticks treats where ever cat food and treats are sold.

You can also learn more about SHEBA® foods and treats by visiting the brand’s website. You can also find the brand on social media (@ShebaBrand on Twitter and SHEBA Brand on Facebook). Check out what others are saying (and some cute cat pictures) with the hashtag #SHEBAFresh.

Have you tried SHEBA® PERFECT PORTIONS Cuts in Gravy entrées and/or SHEBA® Meaty Tender Sticks treats yet? If you have, what do you think about them? If you haven’t tried them yet, do you think you’ll pick some up for your cat the next time you go shopping? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

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Kimberly

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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Meet “someone special” on Petfinder and give a pet a “forever home” #MetonPetfinder

 

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Our adopted pets (Fishy is missing)

If you have been reading my blog for a while you know that we have a lot of pets – aka – the “mini zoo.”

Our “furbabies” include five cats – Velcro, Kitty, Padmé, Anakin and Bella. We also have a dog, Espn (pronounced Es-Pin) and a fish (Fishy).

All of our pets are adopted, with the exception of Fishy. We won him from the county fair.

We adopted our pets from our local animal shelter, except Velcro. He was a feral kitten that we took in when he was a baby.

We would never, ever, purchase a pet – not when there are thousands upon thousands of animals waiting for their “forever homes” at animal shelters across the country.

If there was anything we could do to help animals find homes, we would do it. That is why we fully support Petfinder.

Petfinder has been around for the past 20 year, helping to ensure that more adoptable pets find their forever homes. In fact, since 1996, Petfiner has helped to facilitate more than 25 millions adoptions through local animal shelters and rescue organizations. That is amazing! It warms my heart knowing that 25 million animals were able to find loving, happy, caring homes.

Petfinder goal is to encourage more people to consider adoption when considering adding a pet to their family. By removing barriers within the adoption process, Petfinder’s goal is to make the pet adoption process easier by connecting people with pets.

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Petfinder is super easy to use. Simply visit Petfinder.com. Next, select your location, the type of pet you are looking for, the breed (if you are looking for a specific one), age and gender. Once you have made your selections hit the “Find Pets” button and Petfinder will bring up all pets in your area that fit your criteria. In addition it will let you know what facility you can find the pet. In addition, Petfinder provides you with pictures of the animal and a description of the dog.

You can also narrow down your search such as special needs, house trained, size and even find pets that would fit in with your family if you have other pets or small children at home.

Petfinder also have more pets than just dogs and cats. On Petfinder you’ll find horses, rabbits, birds, small critters (hamsters, gerbils…), fish and barnyard animals.

I used to volunteer at our local animal shelter taking picture of the animals available for adoption. The photos I took were used in local publications, on the shelter’s website and social media pages and even Petfinder.

Here are just a few of my photo that appeared on Petfinder. These photos are a few years old. I stopped volunteering there when I went back to work (I simply didn’t have the time anymore). No worries though, someone else take photos and does an amazing job (her photos are very professional looking).

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I miss taking pictures of the animals. I wish I had the time to do it again. I had so much fun with the animals. When I took their pictures I also played with them, pet them and showered them with love and affection – exactly what these beautiful creatures need and deserve.

In honor of Petfinders 20th Anniversary, Petfinder is asking pet lover, pet parents, pet advocates and families with pets to join in on the celebration and help get $200,000 donated to 20 different shelters and rescue organizations.

Petfinder is asking people to help generate one million views of its #MetOnPetfinder anniversary video, by October 24, 2016. The video shows how adoptable pets have transformed the lives of their adopters. Once the goal is met, Petfinder shelter and rescue members will be granted $10,000 from the Petfinder Foundation to help them to continue to tend to pets in their care and help find them forever homes.

Check out the video.

 

Pet lovers, families and advocates are also encouraged to share their Petfinder adoption stories on social media using the hashtag #MetOnPetfinder. Since 25 million pets and millions of pet families can claim they #MetOnPetfinder (and average of 1.2 million pets per year) there should be a lot of heart warming stories be be shared.

I hope people will consider sharing their Petfinder stories on social media (remember to use the hashtag #MetOnPetfinder). I’ll be looking for them.

Please take a moment and view the video too. It’s for a great cause and it won’t take up much of your time.

For more information about Petfinder, or to find a pet that can use a loving, caring home, visit Petfinder.com. You can also check them out on social media – Facebook (Petfinder), Twitter (@petfinder) and Instagram (@petfinder).

Did you find your pet on Petfinder?

Are you looking to add a pet to your family? What type of pet are you looking for?

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Kimberly

*I have partnered with Purina and Petfinder to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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There is more to Evercare Lint Roller than meets the eye

 

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Do you keep lint rollers in your home? If you have a pet in your home you need something like a lint roller to remove stray pet hairs from your clothing. After all, seeing Fluffy’s snow white fur on your favorite suit at a job interview doesn’t necessarily make a good impression.

We have five cats and a dog. We know all about pet hair. It gets every where. It’s almost like a full time job just to keep on top of it. We have to constantly dust and vacuum, not to mention brush the hair off the pet bedding.

If you have hardwood floors you might even be familiar with the hair “tumbleweeds” – little clumps of pet hair that blows around on the floor. Until recently I didn’t even know how to handle the tumbleweeds except pick them up with my bare hands. They tend to “run away” from vacuums and cling to the broom. They were not easy to clean up.

We have had lint rollers in our home for as long as we can remember. One year as a joke we bought our son a five pack from one of the warehouse clubs we belong to. Our son won’t leave the house – even to go to school – without making 100% certain there is no pet hair on his outfit.

There is more to lint rollers than just removing stray hairs from your clothing. They can be used for other things – one of which is an unexpected use (and very handy too!).

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We have a variety of lint rollers from Butler’s Evercare Lint Roller collection. They come in different shapes and sizes as well as a few which have more to them that just a sticky roller.

Evercare Lint Rollers are great for picking up small things, like pins and needles. If you have ever dropped them on the floor – especially a container of them – you know how difficult they are to pick up.

Lint rollers can be used to aid you in picking up broken glass (just be careful when peeling off the sticky paper).

Lint rollers can also help you to pick up pine needless from your real Christmas tree. In fact, Evercare has a lint roller that is larger than average and comes in a pole to help you reach hard-to-reach places. It’s called the Extreme Mega Stick Roller. This roller can even be used to catch pet hair on the floor – like those “tumbleweeds” I mention earlier. This is PERFECT for tumbleweeds! I can even reach them under the table with this roller.

The surface of this is 10″ which helps you clean up a large area at one time. Replacement papers (roller) is also available.

Evercare makes another lint roller product that is a must have for pet owners. It’s called Evercare Fur Erase Roller. It’s two products in one. One side is the handy lint roller, the other side is a brush. You can use the brush to gather up as much hair as you can from your furniture or carpet, pick it up with your hands (as much as you can) then use the sticky part to collect the remaining hair.

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I have found this product to be especially helpful. We gave the cats our love seat (it has a cover on it) so that they would stay off the rest of the furniture. Needless to say the love seat gets covered in hair. We even refer to it as the “hair chair.” I hate cleaning it because of the hair. With the Evercare Fur Erase Roller cleaning it has been a lot easier.

Here is the unexpected use for Evercare Lint Rollers that I recently learned about – removing fleas and ticks off your pet. I would have never thought to do that.

When your pet has fleas and/or ticks it can be a nightmare. It’s hard to get them. You can brush your dog but the fleas will just jump away. However, if you run a Evercare Lint Roller over your pet you can capture many of the fleas. The paper is sticky so once they get caught in the sticky paper they won’t be able to jump away. The same would happen to ticks too (they are just as fast as ticks).

THANKFULLY our pets have not had fleas or ticks, so I haven’t been able to try it out, but I do think it’s an ingenious idea. I have even told a few friends about it and they think it’s a great idea too.

Pet Lint Rollers

Evercare has other products that you might be interested in as well.

Featuring 40 percent larger sheets, the Evercare Pet Plus Giant Lint Roller Extreme Stick guarantees that every spot in the room of the house is free of fur.  Consumers can choose from two comfort-grip handle designs-T shaped, ideal for maneuvering on stairs, or straight-handled for more standard jobs like removing dander and fur from chairs, drapes and lampshades.  The new lint rollers are also designed with an encapsulated, fresh linen scent.

The Easy Reach Lint Roller from Evercare Pet Plus is designed with a customized angled handle to remove pet hair from clothing in hard-to reach spots on the shoulders and back before heading out for the day.

The Extreme Stick Travel Roller is available in a smaller size, though is every bit as sticky as larger size rollers.  Pet owners can store it in a purse, luggage or car to easily grab when stepping out-for business or pleasureThese are so compact that they can easily fit in your purse, backpack or brief case.

I like that the brand offers different products to suit people’s needs. They are also affordable too, ranging in price from $1.49 (travel size) to $19.99 (Extreme Stick Mega Roller). Most products are $3.99 – $5.99. They can be found at many retail locations as well as online at Amazon and on Butler website, CleanerHomeLiving.com.

Do you use Lint rollers in your home? What do you think about using lint rollers for other purposes such as removing fleas and ticks and clean up tiny things around your home?

Feel free to comment and share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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July 11 is All American Pet Photo Day (giveaway ends 7/25/16)

 

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Did you know that July 11th is All American Pet Photo Day?

There are “days” for so many things. It’s impossible to keep up to date on them.

If you read my blog on a regular basis you know that we have a “mini-zoo” which consists of five cats, a dog who thinks he’s a cat and a Goldfish who fears the cats.

I take A LOT of pictures of our pets. Some of our pets are easier to photograph than others. My cats tend to shy away from the camera and our dog used to always be on the go-go-go so it was not easy to get good photos of him.

Here are just a few of the dozens (if not hundreds!) of photos of our pets.

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Fishy (Orange) and Wishy (Multi-colored – Wish passed away two years ago).

These are our cats (Padmé , Kitty, Velcro, Bella and Anakin) as well as our Goldfish Fishy (there are two fish in the photo – the white one, Wishy, passed away two years ago).

And then there is our dog Espn. Sadly, he is not doing well. He has something called Hepatocutaneous Syndrome. It’s a liver disease that there is no cure for. Even with aggressive and expensive treatment the best we can hope for is another six month with him. We don’t have the money for the treatments and we rather not have him have to go through twice a week infusions.

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Our beloved Espn.

Right now he’s home with us. We are hoping and praying that we can at least have the summer with him. Eventually we are going to have to put him down. I hope and pray that day is a long time off. I cannot deal with the idea of putting him down. Even typing it I can feel the tears welling up in my eyes.

We love him dearly. He’s only 9 years old too. He’s not old at all.

If you or anyone you know have (or had) a dog with Hepatocutaneous Syndrome and can shed any light on it and provide us with some hope that would be GREATLY appreciated. In the mean time I would love for people to send well wishes and prayers for a miracle to save our beloved dog and best friend.

One day all we’ll have to remember our beloved Espn by is pictures. Most of our pictures are in our computer and on our external hard drives. I want something more for him.

In honor of All American Pet Photo Day I am getting a framed photo of him from a company called Fidophile. Currently they are only doing photos gifts for dogs.

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Fidophile is a simple, easy to use,  way to celebrate and honor your beloved furry friend.  Simply logon to the website, upload one of your favorite dog photos, choose the breed of your dog, select one of six different beautiful wooden frame options, and within days your personalized photo frame will arrive ready to hang on your wall.

I will be getting one to review. When I’ll do I’ll share my thoughts about the photo, framing and overall quality of the product when it arrives. Be on the look out for that review.

If you would like to learn more you can visit the company online at Fidophile.com.

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In the mean time, in honor of All American Pet Photo Day, Fidophile would like to give a lucky winner a personalized framed photo of their four legged friend (similar to the one pictured above of the puppy).

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on July 25, 2016 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator. The winner will be contacted via email will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win this prize – or tell me about your dog/dogs.

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers. I will be receiving the same prize for free to review at a later time. Fidophile is providing the prize package. 

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Truly “Pawsome” fun and more for your favorite furry friend

 

Our dog Espn

Our dog Espn

If you are like me, our pets are a part of the family. Our pets mean the world to them and their health and happiness is our top priority.

Like most people, we love to spoil our pets whenever we can and shower them with a lot of hugs and kisses – not to mention plenty of belly rubs.

Our dog Espn LOVES to check out packages when I receive them. He knows that occasionally there is something in one of the boxes just for him. I think that is why he barks a lot at UPS and FedEx when they come to our door. I don’t think it’s so much the need to bark at the delivery person, but more so to alert me to the fact that we received a package and perhaps there is something for him in one of the boxes.

Thanks to Truly Pawsome, Espn finally receive his very own package – all for himself (he doesn’t have to share it with our five cats or fish).

Truly Pawsome is a monthly subscription box of 4-5 hand-selected natural, eco-friendly and quality doggie treats and toys.

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Truly Pawsome offers doggie parents the chance to select items by size of their dog, that way you ensure the toys and treats you receive are the right size for your favorite pup.

In addition, Truly Pawsome also offers different subscription plans. You can choose from 1 month, 3 months, 6 months or even a year (12 months).

Unlike its competitors, Truly Pawsome differentiates itself by offering free shipping and partnering with one canine rescue center, Rocket Dog Rescue, which receives 10% of all proceeds.

Truly Pawsome was created by Kelly Yuen. Kelly a proud pet parent to a puppy and senior pug. Her dogs help to influence her curation of each month’s box with an awareness of different needs of dogs as they age.

Truly Pawsome sent Espn a box to review. Well… he gets the fun of playing with the toys and enjoying the treats. I get to write the review.

When I first opened the box I noticed cute tissue paper featuring Truly Pawsome’s Pug logo design.

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Inside the box I found a plush toy, plenty of dog treats and a handy spray.

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Here are all the products I received in this month’s Truly Pawsome box.

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These are Espn’s favorite treats from this month’s package. They are Peanut Butter and Blueberry flavored treats. he can’t get enough of these.

Espn is a small dog (around 20 pounds) and these are the perfect size for him.

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To be honest we haven’t opened these yet. We take care of the wild rabbits (a couple and their two babies) that live by our condo. These treats are mad with rabbit and some how we feel it’s wrong to feed our dog rabbit.

It’s OK. These won’t go to waste. Our neighbor is going to take them for his dog.

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These remind me of animal crackers in the way they are deigns differently. These treats are thin and light – a perfect treat for your dog.

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I really like the idea of this liquid “cleaner” for dogs. It’s not always possible to give Espn a bath all the time. This spray is suppose to take place of a bath when one is not possible.

We haven’t used it on Espn as of yet due to health issues. I did check out the scent. It does have a pleasant scent to it. I think this would be great to get rid of the “wet dog” smell we get when Espn is out in the rain. I also plan on using it on his paws and his behind to keep those areas clean too.

Espn’s favorite product from the Truly Pawsome box is a plush “poop” that squeaks. Personally I’m not too keen on the design (it’s poop after all) but Espn doesn’t care. He love to chew on it, squeak it and even use it as a pillow.

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This is a cute idea and I know that Espn really enjoyed his own special package.

I like the quality of the products, as well as the variety.

If you would like to learn more about Truly Pawsome, visit TrulyPawsome.com. You can also check them out on social media. All of their links are found at the bottom of their website.

What do you think about Truly Pawsome? Does it look something your four legged friend would enjoy?

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Kimberly

*I received a free sample box to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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