Pooch and Mutt: In Review

Hello peeps and pups!
Way back when (I think before even Crufts!) The lovely folk at Pooch and Mutt asked if we would like to do a review for them, which y’know was a bit of a daft question giving that it entails food; but I put the proposition to the crew anyway and it was a resounding paws up (surprise, surprise).

Pooch and Mutt kindly offered to provide a tube of treats and a bag of food in our choice of flavour and benefit. Now, I have heard of the company before because one of my very good friends has had some products from them, but we have never tried them out ourselves and I didn’t know they did actual FOOD! So I popped over to their lovely website for a peruse (which, you can do here http://poochandmutt.co.uk/) and was excited by what I saw!

Lets talk about the food first.
My three terrors (yes terrors, not terriers, terrors) are fed on a kibble based diet anyway, so this was perfect and actually we are quite happy with our choice. We put a LOT of research into what was best, but they’ve been on the same thing for a few years now and since then we’ve definitely looked into the benefits of switching to grain-free. Pooch and Mutt food IS  grain-free so this seemed like the perfect opportunity to try it out.

The foods come in five different types:
Calm and Relaxed: A Turkey and Sweet Potato blend for dogs that tend to be anxious or excitable – (Ellie = Check)
Move Easy: Made with Scottish salmon for dogs with mobility issues or those that are highly active – (Errr hmmm possibly?)
Slim & Slender: Made with fresh, British, free-run chicken and sweet potato for dogs that are overweight – (Looking at you Myfie, sorry dude)
Fresh Breath: Ingredients as above, promotes breath freshness, oral hygiene and digestion – (Applies to all what dogs’ breath couldn’t use a little freshening?)
Digestion and Wind: Made with Scottish salmon and sweet potato, for dogs that have poor or sensitive digestive systems – (Triple DING!!!)

Yep, we went for Digestion and Wind… for the same reasons as why you would want your dogs breath to smell fresher, just… y’know, the other end. Also, Ellie does have a very sensitive tummy, she always has had so our other food is formulated for this and it helps to keep the others nice and trim (at least that’s the theory).

Eliie with food

We had read other glowing reviews for this stuff on the website before we ordered and many people had said that rather than changing their dogs diet completely, they added this to the food and even that helped. So that reassured me a little too, since changing over your dogs food should ALWAYS be done gradually and should never be a speedy, off-the-cuff thing.

Millie with food bag

The little pellets look quite similar to their existing food, and the pups did seem to be loving the smell… which yes, was decidedly fishy. I let them have a little taste straight from the bag, and it seemed to go down well.

Myfie with food and treats

So what was the outcome?
Well, Myfie and Ellie loved the stuff! They wolfed that first, after sorting it from the usual food. Millie, however, also sorted it from the other food but instead of eating it, she lined it up alongside her dish. She discarded it, basically. Nevertheless, I persevered because she CAN be a creature of habit so it could have just been that she needed to get used to it.
Despite initially eating what I gave her out of my hand as a treat, she stopped eating it that way too. Maybe she just isn’t a fish girl? I don’t blame her, I am not keen either.

Results-wise (and please do bear in mind it can take time to switch over a food) it WAS decidedly less, erm, gassy(?) in the evening… from the two Westies at least. The food, to me seemed to be high quality and good value for money (particularly compared to other high-end grain-free kibble brands). I definitely WOULD give it another chance, and consider swapping completely but it would have to be in another flavour.
Typical, Millie. Little Miss Fussy Pants.

So what about those treats?

Millie sniff biscuit
Now the treat tubes come in SEVEN different varieties. Four of which are the same as the foods listed above, in addition to:
Feel Good, Brain & Train and Puppy Development.

We opted for Fresh Breath, in a bid to rid smells from all, err, parts! 😉
All Pooch and Mutt dog treats are natural, ethical, low-calorie (like just 3 per biscuit) and gluten-free. They are hand-baked and in the shape of little mini bones, as you can see in the picture above! I was trying to take a picture for size comparison but apparently Millie thought the best way to do that was by having them in her mouth.

ellie treat box

Not that I want to spill any of her secrets here but, poor Ellie does have breath that smells a little fishy on occasion. So I really got these to see if they would make any difference to her! Did they? I’m not sure! Ellie would say they only work after eating the full box… nice try Ells!

Myfie treat tube

No, Myf! Not LITERALLY eat the box *eye roll*

Millie beg

But one thing IS for sure, all three pups absolutely LOVED these treats. See Millie up there? That’s her special beg she usually saves for Canine-Crack Dentastix. I loved the fact that they are so low calorie and good quality, despite them being small you really feel like you are giving them something special and worthy. I think the price is quite good too, £2.99 for 150 treats isn’t bad is it?

So, in conclusion?
Yeah, we’ll definitely be using Pooch and Mutt again. We’ll try all of the treats (that are appropriate) I think, and although the composition isn’t probably the same, the flavours should be. That would perhaps help with choosing a food? We’ll see… If you are looking for a high quality grain-free UK produced food? I would absolutely recommend you give these guys a try!

On a completely unrelated note, we all loved the packaging too! I’m a bit of a packaging snob, you all know that about me, so I appreciated that… for many more people though, I know it doesn’t make a big/any difference.

It’s worth noting too, that beside from the treats and food, Pooch and Mutt also do supplements. I am very interested in this, particularly as later in the year my little man will be not-so-little as he makes his journey into ‘Senior’ territory!

So… What do you think? Have any of you tried these goodies, or fancy giving them a go?

*DISCLAIMER: All views are our own, we have not and will not be paid for this review… nothing dodgy to see here!*

Advertisements

Black & White Sunday: Happy Mother’s Day

It was Mother’s Day here in the UK, today. For those of you who also celebrated, we would like to send you lots of love and schlurps… well, and to those across the pond who celebrate later, too, for that matter! We love you all!

I spoiled my very own Mummy today, of course, but I was surprised by my very own furry children too.

three mother's day

Firstly, they got me a lovely card and cleverly signed it themselves. But, better than that, they sat together and let me take a lovely picture! Trust me when I say, that’s rare.

millie plaque

They also got me this plaque with a warning lovely heart-felt message. You can tell by Millie’s face just how much the sentiment is felt here.

Flower sniffers

Lastly, the thoughtful bunch presented me with some flowers. Aren’t they gorgeous, I do LOVE tulips, such a happy flower.

myfie ellie sniff

And apparently they smell quite nice…

millie sniff

I actually think the pups mistook them for food, since I distinctly heard a little crunch before I managed to rescue them. Who were these for did you say, guys?
It doesn’t matter anyway, presents you can share are always the best kind and I would have been more than happy with the love and attention I get every day of the year.

Do you treat your mum on Mother’s Day?

nolasugar_bwbadge_pm
THIS IS A BLOG HOP! Black and White Sunday is lovingly hosted by
Sugar and Nola … Thank You! ❤

<!– start LinkyTools script –>

Powered by Linky Tools

Click here to enter your link and view this Linky Tools list…

 

Word-full Wednesday: Crufts Eve Links and Leads

ellie dreams of Crufts

It’s seems like ages since we started the competition to win some of Ellie’s tickets on Facebook and gave them away. But now Crufts is upon us! Tomorrow marks the start of the four-day spectacular and we cannot wait. Although Ellie won’t be joining us of course, she still has dreams of what it would be like to win something at this giant celebration of dogs. We both agree she would easily walk away with the doggy dancing crown. Ellie does the best pirouette you ever did see, and we WILL show you one day (furry promise). Myfie wonders if there’s an eating competition, and naturally Millie thinks she’d take Best in Show! What about you? Which prize would be yours for the taking, do let us know!

Anyway, since the pups do miss out on the actual event, like many of you who are from overseas, I thought it might be handy to give you some links. Of course, I will be going, but only for one day so I too will want to know what’s going on for the rest of the time.

My freind and I (this is an actual human! I do know some, honest) have chosen to attend on Friday… for, well, no particular reason. Crufts is a great days entertainment whenever you can make it. If there is anything you would like to know about more specifically, or anything you want us to check out please do let me know in the comments. I will be most happy to. For example, Myfie has asked me to take some pictures of some cute looking girls. Well, he actually wants me to find him a wife, because apparently these posh pups like a bit of ruff! But yeah, whatever Myfie, I can’t do magic.

cruftsyoutube

The action from the arena will be live streamed every day on YouTube, Huzzah! The arena is where all the ‘activities’ take place, the doggy dancing, the flyball and agility, demonstrations, breed judging… everything! Click on that there cute little picture link above, and be taken straight to the Crufts channel, subscribe and you will be able to see more than those of us who are attending will. Oh there’s such a sweet video right there on the home page, it gave me goosebumps!


For those of us in the UK, More 4 will be covering the event LIVE as usual with the lovely, Claire Balding hosting. You can also watch OnDemand and More4+1 should you miss it first time around.
I’m not sure if those outside of the UK can access this content, but what I think you WILL be able to do is vote in the ‘Friends for Life’ comp. You can view the entrants stories on the Crufts YouTube channel if you have difficulty doing so via the More 4 website, but cast your vote from here: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/crufts#vote – please have tissues at the ready for these beautiful stories.

Information as it happens will also be rolled out on the Crufts website: http://www.crufts.org.uk/
And if you can stand to listen to me bleating on about it, I will also be sharing information and fun bits and pieces via our social media channels 🙂

Lastly, I would love you to check out this very informative, and very serious press conference…

… My money’s on Fritz, what about yours?
Thanks for battling through this post, if we’ve missed anything please let us know!

 

BP_Wordless_wed_Hop_Logo_2014
<!– start LinkyTools script –>

Powered by Linky Tools

Click here to enter your link and view this Linky Tools list…

Black & White Sunday: PawsomeBox in Review

We’ve got something a bit different to share this Back & White Sunday… Hurrah! The lovely folks at PawsomeBox asked if we would like to review one of their boxes, so of course we put all our paws up and said we would be delighted!

That was back in January, and I had completely forgotten about it to tell the truth, so it was a lovely surprise last week when the postman knocked on the door with a bright blue parcel in his hand. I was REALLY excited, it was my birthday this week so I naturally thought somebody had treated me! Alas, no, this parcel was most definitely not mine. Except it was really because I would always much rather things went to the dogs, I liken the feeling to how parents tell you they feel on Christmas morning when gifting their children presents. My mum always used to say ‘I love to see your little faces light up’ and while it might be sad, it’s also true that I feel this way when I give my motley crew a present or treat. In fact, I’d put money on me being more excited about it than they are. But anyway, I digress, on with the review…

group pawsomebox

WHAT IS PAWSOME BOX?
I suppose I should give a little explanation, right? Pawsome Box is a subscription based home delivery service, for dogs. Every month, you receive a parcel full of goodies for your little furries (or big ones). You can tailor the box to suit your requirements, or rather your dogs’ requirements by filling out their profile when you sign up. There are a few different pricing plans available, but you can get your paws on one for as little as £15.90 per month, with the contents guaranteed to be worth more than this… up to £30 I believe. Simple, right? For more information though, give them a visit over here: https://pawsomebox.co.uk/

SO WHAT HAPPENED?
Well, once I discovered said box was for my trio I couldn’t wait to show them. And they just KNEW it was for them.  They were jumping up and clawing and their little tails looked as though they may wag off. So I set the box down to laugh at the fact they couldn’t watch them open it.

Ellie Myfie Pawsomebox opening
Look at them snouts and noses going to work… they’re having so much fun!

all in pawsomebox

Once I’d finished laughing at them they were done with the sniffing and exploring, I did just what Myfie’s face told me too… we opened it all up and investigated the contents.

pawsomebox

SO WHAT DID WE GET?
Each of the boxes are themed, and this being the box for February it was all about Valentines Day. The box did come after the day itself, but I am sure any self-respecting dog owner will agree, love is not just for one day of the year! I was pleased and I know the pups were, with the theme of love for our very first box. Ellie paw notes

The boxes seem to have a good balance of treats, toys and hygiene related surprises. Ellie and I quickly nabbed the ‘Paw notes’ newsletter before Myfie got hold of it, thinking it was a toy. Shredding paper is oh-so-much-fun dontcha know? This little magazine style newsletter is a really nice touch, it lets you know what your box is all about, and has theme related articles and trivia. Ellie seemed to really enjoy reading it.

ellie reading pawsomebox

BUT WHAT ABOUT THE GOOD STUFF?
Okay, okay… well naturally Myfie was straight in there for the food.

myfie treats pawsomebox
Hey! Myf… hows about you let us see what you actually have there, yeah?

myfie show treats pawsomebox

Much better. So as you can now see, we got some rawhide and chicken ball thingies which apparently tasted delicious! I like to think they chose this treat in particular because they knew the box was coming to a household with more than one dog. That’s a nice touch! There’s also a lamb flavoured stick treat there so I am counting on the fact that he can’t count. I do recall seeing both of these things in the local pet store so know them to be of high quality… not that it would matter much to Myf.

millie earbuds pawsomebox

Millie didn’t seem too impressed when I handed her these safety buds for cleaning out her ears… which I find odd, since she tries to eat the human ones if she ever finds any lying around. It might have had something to do with the fact she had just been groomed, though. It is just the buds, you can buy the cleaning solution separately.

Millie heart treats pawsomebox
Anyway, she perked up a little when she saw these cute heart-shaped training treats. Phew.

ellie pawsomebox squeeker teddy

Ellie bypassed the treats and went straight for the toys, as she always does… particularly if they are furry and squeaky. The little blanket was both of those things. It looked to me like something you would maybe give a puppy? It was like a comfort blanket with a head. Ellie tried to suckle it, but couldn’t get the angle quite right so she and Millie played tug with it instead and it is now in the ‘hospital’ awaiting major surgery.

ellie pawsomebox heart
This thing though, this thing is still going strong. It a heart-shaped, hard rubber (latex is it?) squeaker toy and all three of the little tinkers LOVE this. Why? Because it’s LOUD! and really irritating fun! Oddly this also finds its way into the hospital for frequent visits, we’ve no idea how it gets there (ahem!) perhaps it’s missing its old friend blanket bear?

And that’s our loot!

SO WHAT’S THE VERDICT?
Hmm. This is a tricky one. The thought of getting a little pick-me-up delivered in the post every month is so appealing. The pups were genuinely excited by it and knew it was for them. You could almost say it was worth the money for that feeling alone. It was a lot of fun watching their little faces as each item was pulled out of the box.
I don’t doubt the quality of the products in the box.  In fact I had a little squizz on Amazon to see if I could price some of the bits up online as I, personally hadn’t heard of some of the brands (which is part of the appeal, too). My research showed that actually, yes, you are making a saving if you were to buy these items individually. So it’s reassuring to know that you aren’t getting ‘ripped off’ in some way.

The downside though, (and I imagine this is true of every box subscription service, no matter the type) is that I probably wouldn’t have selected these items to actually purchase myself.
If I had just one dog, I can see it as something I would definitely consider. The amount of treats and product in there is about the level you would expect for the price I think, for them to get a good amount of enjoyment and time out of it until the next one arrives. For three dogs though, unless you had the money to buy them one each (which I DEFINITELY do not pups, so don’t even THINK about it), it probably isn’t something I would invest in.

Please do try it out for yourselves though, if you are interested. You don’t HAVE to sign up for the full year so if you want some box-shaped fun delivered to your door give PawsomeBox a try and let us know what YOU think.

DISCLAIMER: PawsomeBox did not pay us to review, nor did they influence us on what we should say.

nolasugar_bwbadge_pm
THIS IS A BLOG HOP! Black and White Sunday is lovingly hosted by
Sugar and Nola … Thank You! ❤

<!– start LinkyTools script –>

Powered by Linky Tools

Click here to enter your link and view this Linky Tools list…

 

 

Black & White Sunday: Winter Walkies

We love it here at Pawed Towers when true winter hits. We love walking in the darkness when the less braver souls come out to play. That’s just as well considering it gets dark so early this time of year. The pups seem, to me at least, to be more focused on what they are doing in the dark. It’s especially good for Ellie, she appears far less distracted and ready to bark at the littlest thing… of course, there is actually less out there to bark AT but that’s beside the point.

The bad thing is that photos are much harder to get, not only because of the light situation but because the pups seem far less inclined to stop what they’re doing and give me a little pose. Rude of them, I know!

Anyway, since this is what we have been doing a lot of lately we thought we’d share some of the photos with you… warts and all!

Ice Ice Myfie

Myfie seems to love the way that the ice crunches under his paws… I worry about his little pads, but apparently it’s fine for them to walk on!

Myfie Pee Mail

…and it doesn’t matter how cold it is there is always time to send and receive a but of pee-mail, right?

mucky myf bw

Myfie views the dirt he comes home with as a badge of honour!

Millie side ice

Millie is a proper little girlie, she likes to go out dressed to match the weather; sparkly top to match the sparkly ground!

millie sit ice

…and who cares if it’s cold? It makes the prettiest seat ever!

millie zoom

Sparkles are so much fun!

dark street

Do you ever wonder how much more than us pups can see?

ellie looks

Ellie loves to have a good look around on her evening walks!

elli look out

I sometimes wonder if she thinks she’s looking into the future!

ellie tongue!

Well, whatever she sees she looks happy about it, and you can’t ask for more than that!

Can anybody solve the riddle for us? Do you prefer a daytime or an evening stroll… and why?

nolasugar_bwbadge_pm

THIS IS A BLOG HOP! Black and White Sunday is lovingly hosted by Sugar and Nola … Thank You! ❤

<!– start LinkyTools script –>

Powered by Linky Tools

Click here to enter your link and view this Linky Tools list…

Crufts 2015: Win Some Tickets, Yay!

Crufts tickets graphics

It’s that time of the year again! The time of year where I start getting ridiculously excited and practically foam at the mouth. No, it’s not Christmas, but it does begin with the letter ‘C’… and it’s all about dogs so thinking about it, it might actually be my favourite time of the year! Yep, it’s CRUFTS! Ta Dah!

Well, it’s the run up to it at least, because the actual dates are Thursday 5, March – Sunday 8, March.

Crufts, as always is held at the Birmingham N.E.C. We’re lucky enough to be able to pop along ourselves again this year and even better than that… we get to invite you too! Some of you, at least, four to be exact.
Ellie is kindly offering to share a pair of her tickets with two lucky winners.

HERE ARE THE DETAILS OF THE COMPETITION:

✭ Competition entry is over on our Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/PawedCouture and the post is pinned to the top!
✭ Winners will be drawn on Sunday 22, February
✭ I will notify winners via Facebook and will need to obtain a postal address
✭ Tickets will be posted by Ellie the next day
✭ Due to timescale, I’m afraid this draw is for UK residents only (unless you happen to know you will be in the UK and able to attend on the dates AND you have a UK address for us to send tickets to).

HERE ARE SOME DETAILS ABOUT THE ACTUAL TICKETS:

✭ The competition is for a PAIR of tickets
✭ The tickets cannot be re-sold
✭ The tickets are valid for one day of your choosing from the four.
✭ If you choose to go on the Sunday, you cannot use this ticket to view ‘Best in Show’ in the arena, further costs will apply should you wish to see this. The ticket IS valid for the rest of the spectacular that is Crufts, though.
✭ You can’t take your own pooch I’m afraid 😦

Crufts2014_PL_Sun-K047a
HERE ARE SOME DETAILS ABOUT THE SHOW:

Crufts takes place from 5 – 8 March 2015 at The NEC, Birmingham
Show opening times each day: 8:15 – 19:30

2015 Group Schedule (who’s being judged on that day):
✭ Thursday 5, March – Gundog
✭ Friday 6, March – Working and Pastoral
✭ Saturday 7, March – Terrier and Hound
✭ Sunday 8, March – Toy and Utility

But, of course, Crufts is about way more than judging breed standards these days. It’s a PACKED day and you need a little bit of planing beforehand to see everything you want to. Here’s just a little bit of info about what you can expect:

✭ 22,000 dogs competing for the world-class title of Crufts Best In Show
✭ The Arena showcasing fantastic displays and competitions
✭ Good Citizen Dog Scheme training ring, the UK’s largest dog training programme
✭ Dog Activities Ring, where you can learn how to unleash your dog’s potential
✭ Over 400 trade stands with special show offers and exciting new products for you and your best friend!

Crufts2014_JS_8108

 

Crufts has competitions for everyone – kids, crossbreed dogs and more: http://www.crufts.org.uk/content/whats-on/
✭ Breeder’s Competition
✭ Eukanuba Friends For Life
✭ International Junior Handling
✭ Junior Warrant Competition
✭ Scruffts – Best Crossbreed

Discover Dogs / Finding the right breed http://www.crufts.org.uk/content/whats-on/discover-dogs-at-crufts/Get your paws on some actual fur!

If that’s not enough to convince you you’re missing out if you don’t pop along, why don’t you have a read about our day last year, here: https://pawedblog.wordpress.com/2014/03/11/crufts-2014-so-much-woof/
Don’t worry if you can’t make it though, particularly our overseas friends, we’ll be blogging along and boring you silly with this… lots! ❤

Don’t want to take the chance of missing out on tickets? or you’ve come to this post all disappointed because you didn’t win Ellie’s tickets?… I don’t blame you, worry not, click the link below and you can buy some right there.

2651_Web_255x175

PAWS CROSSED FOR OUR WINNERS!
Thanks for reading 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Black & White Sunday: Pup Takeover

Myfie: Hey guys 😀 It’s Myfie here
Ellie: And Me!
Millie: And most impawtantly, me!… do you see what I did there?

Myfie: Yeah hilarious, but I am in charge today! My idea and I’m the boss. So there, shush! Where was I?
Ellie: You were trying to sound clever.
Millie: He IS clever, Ellie. The cleverest… I ❤ you, Myfie.
Ellie: *Yawn* Can you just get on with it if you’re gonna do this please?

Myfie: Yeah so… Hi! Mum hasn’t posted for a long time
Millie: And we were worried our fans missed us!
Myfie: Ahem… No, we missed YOU guys in blogville and we wondered what you were all up to? Mum is being reeaaallly lazy just lately, and sulking loads
Ellie: MYFIE!! That’s so mean, you can’t say that!
Myfie: Well that’s what it’s looked like to me!

Ellie: Mum has been poorly, and she’s worried she’s let everybody down and she’s been a bit sad recently.
Millie: Tell them how ace we are though. We’ve been looking after her and everything for ZERO PUBLICITY.
Ellie: That’s our job, Millie! Our job is to love, that’s all.
Myfie: So what about the work in the Shed!?
Ellie: That’s… we do that because it’s fun! And if mum sells loads of collars, she’ll buy us many Dentastix (other brands are available 😉 )
Millie: I need to speak to my agent!

Myfie: Right so anyway, since mum has been ‘poorly’ and what not, we thought we’d just take to our paws and do this thing ourselves. And to be perfectly honest, we’ll do a much better job. We know how this thing works by now!
Millie: You’re so right, I ❤ you, Myfie. You’re the only thing I love more than myself.

Millie: Here’s my selfie…
Myfie & Ellie: NOT YET!!!

millie blogger

Millie: Why not?? Too many words without a picture of me! mum wouldn’t do it like this!
Myfie: Well it should have been ME first, I’m the writer!!
Ellie: Don’t mean to sound like a know-it-all but you should have put it at the top. I thought you said this was easy and you could do better?
Myfie: Know-it-all!

Myfie: Here I am, some sort of annoying stain next to me though. :p

Myfie Ellie Bloggers

Ellie: HEY! I wasn’t ready.
Myfie: Hehehehe. Can we have a treat now? This is done, right?
Ellie: Who’s gonna do THAT? Mum doesn’t even know we are doing this!
Myfie: I didn’t think of that 😦 … what was the POINT!? I’m outta here!
Millie: At least people got to see my our pretty face faces!

Myfie: Come on! Let’s go make big eyes at mum so we get treats anyway!
Millie: You’re a genius, Myfie. I ❤ you!

*Myfie and Millie, gone like a herd of elephants*

Ellie: OI! WE AREN’T DONE!! What about the editing and the posting and stuff??

Myfie: *from afar* Pah ha! You snooze, you lose!! Make sure my name is BIG!!

Ellie: *grumble, grumble*

THIS IS A BLOG HOP! Black and White Sunday is lovingly hosted by Sugar and Nola … Thank You! ❤

nolasugar_bwbadge_pm
<!– start LinkyTools script –>

Powered by Linky Tools

Click here to enter your link and view this Linky Tools list…