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Milo’s Kitchen “Recall Your Favorite Doggy Moment” Contest (giveaway ends 2/10/16)

 

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Valentine’s Day is coming up! Did you know that one in five Americans would rather spend Valentine’s with their dog than a significant other? And it’s no wonder why – they’re loving, they’re loyal, and you don’t have to put on Spanx to go out with them.

Milo’s Kitchen – the makers of premium-quality, home-style dog treats – wants to celebrate all the furry soulmates out there this Valentine’s Day by sharing your (puppy) love connections. When you met your pooch was it love at first lick or did you take it one paw at a time? Did you fall for those puppy dog eyes or find yourself bowled over by that big, fluffy tail?

Recall the moment love blossomed between you and your pup for the chance to win the ultimate Doggy Date Night Essentials Kit from Milo’s Kitchen! Whether you’ve got a foodie Fido who savors his Steak Grillers or a ‘meat and potatoes’ kind of pooch who loves nothing more than some down-home Grilled Burger Bites and Sweet Potato Slices, Milo’s Kitchen has the snacks to make an un-fur-gettable Valentine’s Day for your pup.

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Now’s your chance to reward your four-legged companion for all he does for you. To enter: ‘Like’ Milo’s Kitchen on Facebook and share your favorite doggy memory in the comments section of this post. Then, enter below for a chance to win a 6-Month supply of decadent and delicious Milo’s Kitchen snacks, proudly made in the USA!

…Because as the saying goes, ‘Love means never having to say you ran out of dog treats.’

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on February 10, 2016. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

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Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers. Milo’s Kitchen will be providing the prize package.

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Hugs and (sloppy) kisses! You’re invited to a #DoggyDateNight Twitter Party on Feb. 3, 2016

 

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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, love is in the air – and pups can sniff it too!  That’s why I’ve partnered with Big Heart Pet Brands (makers of Espn’s favorite dog foods, including Milk-Bone, Pup-Peroni, Canine Carry Outs and Milo’s Kitchen) to invite you to the first-ever #DoggyDateNight Twitter Party!

Come celebrate with other dog lovers, show off your best puppy pics, and get treated to lots of cool surprises. Just cuddle up with your furry soulmate and tag your tweets with #DoggyDateNight to join in the fun!

For those are you unfamiliar with Twitter Parties, they are really fun and oftentimes, huge, live chats on Twitter that use specific hashtags to connect participants to the conversation stream.

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In preparation for the #DoggyDateNight twitter paw-ty, I found some great doggy outing ideas at TheNosePrint.com, a site with tons of paw-some tips, tricks and advice for dog parents. (It’s one of my go-to resources!)

With Valentine’s Day coming up, this #DoggyDateNight couldn’t have come at a better time. I’m excited to do something special for Espn. Though I’m fairly certain his idea of a dream date is feasting on some Milo’s Kitchen Steak Grillers. They are his favorite!

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Which is your favorite Doggy Valentine DIY Project?  Tell me in the comments below.  Plus, share a photo of your homemade doggy valentine at the Twitter Party and you could win an awesome prize!

I can’t wait to see you all at #DoggyDateNight on Wednesday, Feb. 3, from 8-10 pm ET (5-7 pm PT).

Please RSVP here to join the fun:  http://tweetvite.com/event/doggydatenight.

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Kimberly

*I have partnered with the brand to bring you this information. There was no compensated but I will be receiving free doggy treats for Espn in exchange for my participation. 

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Take the The Purina Pet Pledge for your chance to win great prizes

 

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When it comes to the New Year, most people make resolutions for themselves, such as to eat healthy, exercise more, get out of debt or get a new job.

Resolutions are very “self centered.” They involve ways we are going to improve ourselves. But what about others? Do we ever resolve to do something for the special people in our lives? Resolve to spend more time with an elderly relative? Resolve to spend more quality time with your children? Resolve to have more “date nights” with a significant other?

I’m sure some do think of others, but how many people resolve to do things when it comes to their four-legged family members? That’s right, I’m talking about your pet. Have you ever resolved to do something involving your pet?

I make it a point to buy our pets gifts for the holiday season, but I never thought about them as far as resolutions are concerned. I’m not one to make resolutions to begin with.

Our pets are already well loved and taken care of, but I admit there is more we can do. For example, I could pledge to brush our cats more often. Two of our cats have a hard time keeping up with their hygiene. One is too old and the other is too overweight, to keep their fur clean. As a result they tend to get knots and mats. Then we have to struggle to get them out. If we made and effort to brush them more often they wouldn’t get the knots or mats.

Our dog and cats.

Our dog and cats.

As for our dog, I think we can make an effort to take him on longer walks. Sometimes the weather, or simply a long day at work, makes us take him on shorter walks. It’s not his fault we’re exhausted from work. He deserves a good, long walk to get enough exercise. We can all make an effort to do that (my husband, myself and our teens).

Purina wants to think about your favorite four-legged family member this year, and pledge to do something good for them in 2016 (and beyond). It can be something like more trips to the dog park, new toys, a new bed or going for walks in new neighborhoods for a change of scenery.

Purina wants to encourage every pet owner to make a Pet Pledge for 2016.

Taking the pledge is easy. Simply visit PureLoveForPets.com and share your pledge with Purina. While you’re on their site, play their instant-win game to win a prize box or our grand prize – all geared to help you keep that Pledge:

  • Dog Prize Box – Dog Furminator, Kong toys, other dog-related accessories
  • Dog Grand Prize – Deluxe Dog Crate
  • Cat Prize Box– Cat Furminator, Kitty Hammock, toys, other cat-related accessories
  • Cat Grand Prize – Deluxe Cat Tower

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The instant-win game will run through Wednesday, February 17, 2016.

The PureLoveForPets.com website will feature information and tips on different Pet Pledges you can make and how to help keep them throughout the year.

In addition to taking the pledge and your chance to win great prizes, look for great Purina coupons in local Sunday newspapers TODAY (Sunday, Jan. 31st). 

I took the pledge but I didn’t win. That’s OK. I will play again daily. You never know. Our five cats would LOVE that cat tree.

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For more information about Purina, please visit Purina.com. Links to all of their social media pages can be found at the bottom of their website.

I hope you’ll consider making a pledge and entering the instant-win contest to win great prizes.

Will YOU be taking the pledge? What will you be pledging for your pet in 2016?

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Kimberly

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

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New Year’s Resolutions Have Gone to the Dogs, Literally.

 

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With 2016 finally here, I’ve already been planning about how to make this new year the healthiest one yet.

Although there are numerous ways I could improve myself and my health, what if I could also get my family involved including my furry family members, too?

Milk-Bone (the makers of our dog Espn’s favorite dog treats) recently conducted an original survey of 3,000 pet parents nationwide to find out which healthy habits families are pledging in the new year.

See the results below:

Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions for Pets and Their Pet Parents (% of pet parents who are interested in each pet-oriented resolution).

  • “I will spend more time with my dog.”  52%
  • “I will help my dog to have better health and wellness.”  42%
  • “I will take my dog on more trips with me.”  34%
  • “I will brush my dog’s teeth regularly.”  31%
  • “I will help my dog get more essential vitamins, nutrients, and supplements.”  30%
  • “I will help my dog become less anxious and stressed.”  29%
  • “I will not feed my dog food from the dinner table.”  25%
  • “I won’t leave my dog home alone for quite as long.”  23%
  • “I will help my pet lose weight.”  21%
  • “I will take my dog to dog training class.”  15%

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Of course, old habits die hard – which is why Milk-Bone has also fetched the best ways to make sure these resolutions stick.

Top Tips for Keeping New Year’s Resolutions

1.  “I will spend more time with my dog.”  52%

According to the survey, 44% of pet parents say that having a dog brings a family closer together.  Whether it’s taking Fido to a new dog park or adding a few minutes to your daily walk, you can easily increase quality time with your pup.

2.  “I will help my dog to have better health and wellness.”  42%

In addition to plenty of play and exercise, consider providing your pup a daily vitamin supplement, such as Milk-Bone Good Morning Daily Vitamins, which promote well-being, longevity and overall good health.

3.  “I will take my dog on more trips with me.”  34%

Taking your pup on vacation not only adds fun, but it also alleviates the worry of not knowing what’s happening wth him while you’re away. Be sure to bring his favorite toy or something he loves to keep him calm during travel.

Espn anxiously awaiting me to give him his Milk Bone Brushing Chew.

Espn anxiously awaiting me to give him his Milk Bone Brushing Chew.

4.  “I will brush my dog’s teeth regularly.”  31%

Weary about brushing your canine’s canines? Start a new daily routine and try a dental chew, such as Milk-Bone Brushing Chews — which clean teeth, remove tartar and fight dreaded doggy breath. This daily dental treat also comes in a new ‘Fresh Breath’ flavor (in stores Feb. 2016) for an even tastier clean.

5.  “I will help my dog get more essential vitamins, nutrients, and supplements.”  30%

Vitamins provide beneficial nutrients not found in regular dog food — which is why it’s a good idea for both of you to start the day off right with a daily vitamin supplement. Milk-Bone Good Morning Daily Vitamins support your dog’s immune system, brain, heart, and digestion.

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6.  “I will help my dog become less anxious and stressed.”  29%

If  you have a timid dog, the key to reducing his stress is by building his self confidence. Start by teaching him to respond to basic commands — it will make him feel more comfortable in his environment.

7.  “I will not feed my dog food from the dinner table.”  25%

Every dog loves (and often begs for) tasty table scraps. Next year, resist the urge and provide tasty pet treats instead. These Milk-Bone treats are ones that not only taste good but are (actually) good for them.

8.  “I won’t leave my dog home alone for quite as long.”  23%

If you can’t leave work early, consider providing a new furry companion for your pup.  Or perhaps you can arrange for a friend’s dog to make a house call.

9.  “I will help my pet lose weight.”  21%

Just like us, some pups could stand to lose a few pounds. Next year, make Fido your accountability partner and commit both yourselves to eating healthier, along with plenty of play and exercise.

10.  “I will take my dog to dog training class.”  15%

Experts are experts for a reason. Accredited dog trainers have tons of experience in teaching both pets (and pet parents) positive reinforcement techniques that are safe and effective.

Espn getting his daily Milk-Bone Good Morning Daily Vitamins

Espn getting his daily Milk-Bone Good Morning Daily Vitamins

Espn’s New Year’s Resolution for 2016

Of all these resolutions, the one that resonates with me is ‘brushing my dog’s teeth regularly.’ According to the survey, 40% of dog parents do this… and I’d love to do this more regularly.

Of course, brushing your dog’s teeth is one of those things that’s a lot harder than it sounds.  Thanks to Milk-Bone Brushing Chews, however, I don’t have to lift a finger.  (Well, maybe that’s all I have to lift.)  Basically, the Brushing Chew does all the manual labor in keeping my pup’s teeth clean and breath fresh.  Double win!

What resolution are you planning to make for you and your dog in 2016? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

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Kimberly

*I received free products in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation.

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9Lives’ Morris the Cat’s tips on how to “Sleep Like a Kitty” this winter

 

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The following is a guest post from 9Lives’ “spokescat,” Morris the Cat.

If you ask me, there’s one thing in the world that there’s just too little of, and it’s not love. I’m talking about

S-L-E-E-P. I’m always trying to get more of it and make the most out of what little time I do get.

So I had a thought… why not ask someone who’s truly an expert on the subject; someone who spends more time snoozing than most of us spend at work? I’m talking, of course, about Morris the Cat.

For those of you who don’t know him – or who’ve let sleep deprivation cloud your memory – Morris is the iconic spokescat for 9Lives cat food and has starred in over 50 commercials. When he’s not in front of the camera or chowing down on 9Lives, you can bet he’s napping in his trailer, ahem carrying case.

He’s taken time out of his busy schedule to answer some reader questions about the very im-purr-tant issue of sleep. What’s more, he’s offering fans the chance to win a Morris-shaped, human-sized plush bed AND a year’s supply of 9Lives cat food. Just go to his Live Well & Prospurr website to enter.

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Dear Morris,

I’ve been experiencing difficulties with falling asleep, tossing and turning once my head hits the pillow. I don’t get it because I feel tired all day at work; then I come home, brush my teeth, flip on the TV, and just… lie there. I’m hoping I can learn from the expert. Morris, what am I doing wrong?

Sincerely,

Sleepless in San Fur-nando

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Dear Sleepless in San Fur-nando,

Your case, unfortunately, is not at all uncommon. When you’re going all day long at the speed of a cheetah, it’s no wonder your mind darts around like a red laser dot at bedtime. Luckily, as a cat, I spend up to 140 hours per week sleeping and I can tell you there is hope! For starters, I notice you mentioned turning on the TV before bed. Cats don’t watch TV – this is partly because the majority of us can’t speak English that well, but mostly because it interferes with our snooze time. Scientifically speaking, the ‘glow’ emitted by an electronic screen enters the brain and slows the release of melatonin, the hormone that helps us sleep. So next time you want to turn on the tube before bed, try counting sheep instead – or better yet, mice!

Kitty hugs,

Morris

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Dear Morris,

I’m a cat but as you know, even animals have ‘spirit animals.’ Mine is an owl – a night owl to be exact. I love to play “catch the speck of dust” or “chase your tail in the middle of the bed” into the wee hours of the morning. My humans have no idea what they’re missing out on. They just lay there snoring and swat at me when I come too close. How can I make them see that daytime is lame, and the real party happens under stars (the stick-on, glow-in-the-dark kind)?

Yours truly,

Hyper Harry

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Dear Hyper Harry,

Sadly, this is a case you may not win. Humans need their sleep at night. You get to spend all day snoozing and they only get a few precious hours when the sun goes down. Your humans can, however, make sure that they understand why it is you’re pouncing about and provide things to make nighttime more fun. For instance, your humans could consider getting a kitty condo or put out bags or boxes for you to explore. For extra credit, they can hide treats around the house so you can go on a midnight scavenger hunt. Or, if you’re really lucky, they’ll bring home a kitty best friend for you to play with whenever you please. Other cats might be up at night because they get hungry, in which case their humans could try an automatic food dispenser to provide small meals throughout the night. Remember, the more you let your humans sleep at night, the more energy they’ll have to play with you during the day!

Kitty hugs,

Morris

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Dear Morris,

My cat and I are BFFs. We do everything together – play, eat, snuggle – we make a purrfect team. But in the bedroom, I prefer to have my space. My cat, on the other hand, thinks there’s no better place to sleep than right on my head! Why does she do this? I’m not all that fun when I’m sleeping.

Warmly,

Tired Tails

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Dear Tired Tails,

You have been bestowed a great honor. As cats, we don’t always wear our hearts on our paws, but one tell-tail sign we love and trust you is when we choose to make YOU our bed. Plus, you’re warm. And getting our warmth from you helps us to conserve our own energy for more important things like eating. The rhythm of your breath also creates a calming effect and the curve of your face, stomach, or legs perfectly forms to our bodies. Basically, you’re like a waterbed, heated blanket, and memory foam all in one! So the next time your cat goes to curl up on you, think of it as a compliment and drift off to sleep knowing you are loved… and you’re very comfortable.

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Thank you, Morris the Cat, for your wonderful nighttime tips! For more info on Morris’ mission to help cats and humans live well – including his initiative to donate one million 9Lives meals to rescue kitties – check out his Live Well & Prospurr website. And while you’re there, enter to win the limited-edition, human-sized Morris the Cat plush bed along with a year’s supply of 9Lives!

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Companion Wholesome Formula – Exclusive Dog & Cat food at Stop & Shop

 

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If you read my blog on a regular basis you know that we have an abundance of pets – five cats, a dog who thinks he’s a cat and a Goldfish that fears the cats to be exact. LOL!

Our pets are a very important part of our family. Sometimes I think they are more like furry, four-legged “people,” and not animals (except Fishy – he has no fur, or legs).

We love to spoil our pets and show them how much they mean to us. They have plenty of soft and comfy places to sleep – including the loveseat which we let them have so they would stay off the couch and my husband’s chair (we refer to it as the “hair chair”). They have a lot of toys (our dog even has his own toy box). They get groomed, visit the vet and a couple of them get special medications due to health issues they have. There isn’t anything we wouldn’t do for them to ensure that they have happy, healthy lives.

Finding pet food is never easy. First and foremost our cats all like different things. Our cat Bella is super picky when it comes to food, and she gets bored easily. She also prefers canned over dry food. My husband and I always joke about how she’s not into “xxx” food this week (but next week she will be). On the flip side, our cat Padmé doesn’t like canned food. She’ll only eat dry food.

Bella - our pickiest eater.

Bella – our pickiest eater.

I won’t get started on flavors… each seems to have their own favorite. Bella for instance (the picky one) LOVES turkey. Anything turkey flavored she’ll gobble up. She also likes Whitefish.

Our dog Espn (pronounced Es-pin) will eat lint! He’s not picky at all.

Our pets have tried a variety of foods over the years. Some they love, some they can’t stand, and some that are just so-so.

Do you have a Stop & Shop in your area? Stop & Shop is a grocery chain, primarily in the Northeast.

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Stop & Shop has an exclusive line of pet food called Champion Wholesome Formula. I had seen it in the store, but often overlooked it in favor of other brands I know our pets will eat.

Companion Wholesome Formula is the highest quality product on the market. It is all natural with no by-products and is made in the USA. The first ingredient is meat or poultry and has a blend of Omega and Omega 3. Companion is the one brand that can provide your pet with nutritious high quality products and keep your budget in
mind without having to compromise on the quality you want for your pets.

“Stop & Shop is pleased to provide our customers with high-quality, nutritious products for their favorite pet at great values,” said Arlene Putterman, Manager of Public and Community Relations at Stop & Shop New York Metro Division. “In this day and age of maximizing every minute of one’s daily schedule, Stop & Shop is taking the steps for pet owners to be more efficient with their time by taking care of their pet needs while grocery shopping.”

Stop & Shop sent me some of their Companion Wholesome Formula pet foods to try out with our “mini-zoo.”

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We received dog food and cat food, both canned/wet and dry.

Espn never has an issue with food. Like I said, the dog will eat anything. He’s not picky at all.

We have to be a bit careful with Espn. He has a sensitive stomach and some foods cause him to get very bad diareha. So we are cautious when giving him new foods.

He never had an issue with the Companion Wholesome Formula dog foods – thankfully. He just gobbled it right up every time we serve him some. He even liked the dry food.

Our cats also seemed pleased with the cat food. In fact, Bella is OBESSED (and I’m not exaggerating) with Companion Wholesome Formula grain free turkey & vegetables packaged wet food. You can even see the vegetables in it (peas and carrots).

It looks similar to the food pictured below (the picture is of a different flavor variety).

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She prefers the turkey variety over all other cat food – including the food she used to eat all the time up until the time we tried Companion Wholesome Formula. She will eat other foods, but she goes crazy for the turkey variety from this brand.

Thankfully Bella eats like a bird. One pouch translates into two servings for her. Otherwise each of our cats eats an entire pouch on their own.

The only negative I can think of is that the pieces are a bit large. I have to chop them up before serving them to Bella. She has a hard time with the larger pieces. My other cats seem to do OK with them.

Compared to other foods found right next to Companion Wholesome Formula foods, this brand is more “budget friendly.” Not only that, for the price you are getting a pet food made with…

No Soy
No Wheat
No Corn
No Chicken By-Products
No Artificial Flavors
No Artificial Colors
No Artificial Preservatives

Check out Companion Wholesale Formula compares to other popular brands.

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The major difference is the price – Companion Wholesome Formula is a lot more budget friendly compared to the others.

Now when I go shopping at Stop & Shop I make sure to stock up on Companion Wholesome Formula foods (especially Bella’s beloved turkey flavor).

There are more than 25 items including dog treats, and a variety of dry and wet food for both dogs and cats are now available at all Stop & Shop locations. Product assortment includes chicken breast jerky tenders, chicken & brown rice, lamb & rice, grain free turkey & vegetables, salmon & sweet potato stew and more.

To find a Stop & Shop location near you visit StopandShop.com. You can also find Stop & Shop on social media. All of their links are found at the top (right) of their website.

Do you shop at Stop & Shop? Have you tried Companion Wholesome Formula foods with your pet?

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples in order to do this review. I have also purchased the brand many times on my own at my own expense. The opinions expressed are my own and not influence in any way. 

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