ACANA Dog Food from Creates Happy, Healthy, Shiny Dogs

K9Cuisine Natural Dog FoodThe fur-loving folks over at K9Cuisine have etched out an impressive little market corner for themselves with high-protein premium dog food brands that are made in the USA, and offer a variety of flavors with innumerable benefits. The top-of-the-line natural dog foods and treats at are reasonably priced and will surely provide your Fluffy or Rufus with the remunerations he needs.

We tried the new line of ACANA dog food from the dog-and-cat-lovers at after being sent a bag to try. It’s a quality dog food that Brisket, our 5-year-old Pittie mix, absolutely loved. (Good because we picked it from a massive line of K9Cuisine’s premium dog foods….) Brisket had been having trouble eating breakfast in particular – okay, she actually protested and started flat-out refusing to eat the plain dry Rachel Ray dog food she was accustomed to getting. Picky? Maybe. Waiting for dinner so there’s gravy in the foodAcana dog food review? Perhaps. Annoyed that there’s plain dry kibble in her bowl that’s no longer tasty or appealing? Me thinks so…The morning I mixed in the ACANA Singles Duck and Pear Formula, she inhaled her breakfast in less than four minutes. I was shocked to say the least! I was so happy, but shocked!

Over the course of the next month, we would notice that Brisket was super-shiny, undoubtedly from the duck. We also noticed that she actually ate her breakfast every day, which means, to her, the kibble is delicious. Brisket has terrible skin allergies and hot spots, too. She also suffers from anxiety. The ACANA formula coated her skin like baby oil, and she is itching and scratching much less now. She also lost five pounds from eating the famous limited-ingredient formula.

Retailing at under $75 for a massive 25-lb bag, which lasted us a month, you can’t go wrong on price with ACANA or with K9 Cuisine. ACANA’s tasty kibble is made right here in horse country, Kentucky, USA, with free-run Muscovy duck and real Bartlett pears. The ACANA dog food bags will actually tell you where, down to the county or city, each major ingredient came from! Cool! Check some of the other awesome features of the ACANA Singles Duck and Pear Formula:

  • -Biologically Appropriate™: rich in protein and limited carbs
  • -Wholeprey™ Single: duck flesh, liver, giblets and cartilage
  • -First ingredient from raw or Muscovy duck; formula is 50% free-run duck ingredients
  • -High Palatability: infused with freeze-fried duck liver
  • -Fresh and Local: Kentucky-grown veggies, fruits and botanicals make up 50% of the formula
  • -No grains, tapioca, gluten, potato or plant protein concentrates
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Brisket the Pittie in her fancy scarf after her ACANA breakfast!

One of the best results we found with this natural dog food is Brisket’s increased energy and happiness levels. She is going for an additional walk a day, is significantly more playful and is willing to spend time learning new commands more often now. Brisket is now more than willing to focus (OMG! Less ADD!) on the bunnies, squirrels and other small wildlife that fill the yard; she’s got more pep in her step on her walks (and they’re two blocks longer); and finally, Brisket lets me dress her up now, haha! (See picture)

If you’re looking to switch your Fido or Fluffy to a new food, I highly suggest you look into ACANA and what the specific protein-enriched, grain-free formulas can do for your pooch. Working with pet nutritionists, K9Cuisine even developed a simple online dog food rating tool that allows fans/customers to see how a particular dog food rates based on their formula. That tool is here: Though this tool is not all-encompassing (as there are many more factors to consider when choosing a food for your pet), it does serve as an easy-to-use tool that allows you to identify the overall nutritional value of the food and/or if you need to research the food even further. Trust me; you want to try this out. It’s not only an inventive idea, but a very helpful/useful tool in deciding what to feed your dog.

The other thing I’d laud about this brand, besides proven healthy and affordable food options and the food-finder tool, is their effort in the non-profit animalNebraska Humane Society welfare community; they’re quite active in helping shelters, homeless animals and rescue pets across the country. For example, this summer, K9Cuisine is donating over 1,700 pounds of pet food to the Nebraska Humane Society’s Pet Food Pantry, a free community resource designed to help pet owners that have fallen on hard times by ensuring the pets have what they need. I’m sure as pet parents you’ve noticed these types of new-fangled animal angels around your town – Cleveland has a handful of smaller pet food pantries at this time that I donate to. A great choice for a corporate donation in my eyes, The Nebraska Humane Society (NHS) has another program called Project Pet Safe worth applauding; it helps to keep pets in foster homes while families may be in transition due to domestic violence. Another winner is the non-profit’s AniMeals program, which delivers pet food to the elderly and disabled who are homebound or are otherwise unable to leave their homes.

fast-free-shipping-bannerFounded in 2007, was one of the first online pet retailers that specialized in providing only healthy food options for both dogs and cats. Since then, they’ve shipped tens of thousands of orders and have become a leader in online pet food delivery. And since then, K9Cuisine has built an extremely well-known reputation for unbeatable customer service as its associates pride themselves in treating all customers like family.

Brisket is one happy camper and now looks forward to meal times with gusto 🙂 Thank you K9Cuisine!

*All opinions herein are of the Administrator, JL Smith. doesn’t publish dishonest, distorted or distended reviews, nor does it perpetuate the spread of misinformation. This post was written in conjunction with K9Cuisine, and the Administrator received product compensation. Please email the Administrator with questions or concerns.

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Hallmark Channel Announces Kitten Bowl Super Bowl Sunday!

Special Features Forecasted: Caboodles of Kittens, Host-Animal Welfare Advocate Beth Stern, Special Emojis  and so Much More!

Hallmark Kitten Bowl


Everyone in my family knows that I love football. And everyone in my family knows that I am obsessed with the Denver Broncos (yes, this poses a problem living in Cleveland). However, everyone in the universe knows that I am wholly taken by the sight of a kitten…just one. So imagine me watching like 30 of them  run around and go nuts for an afternoon… #mykindaday

Yes, it’s time again ladies and gents, for the Hallmark Channel’s uber-famous Kitten Bowl (HOORAY! ), and I have all the important deetz for you.

Kitten Bowl III is this Sunday, February 7 at 12pm EST/11am CST, only available on the Hallmark Channel.

-The highly anticipated furry four-legged game is being hosted by one of my top three favorite animal welfare advocates this year, Beth Stern, with play-by-play announcers John Sterling and Mary Carillo. There’s also special guest appearances by Feline Football League (FFL) Commissioner Boomer Esiason (yeah the real one), Hallmark Channel’s Pet Ambassadors Happy The Cat & Happy The Dog, Kevin Nealon (yes, the actor and comedian), Brad Garrett (yes, the actor and comedKitten Bowl 2016 noon Hallmark channelian) and many more! I am definitely not missing this year not only for the sweet kittehs but also just to hear the banter between the hosts and guests, MOL!

-This year, the halftime show is cuter than ever. Why? Well a team of puppies are being introduced to the kitten-cat-letes. OMD can this get any syrupy sweeter…?

-Hallmark partnered with the Apple Store and Google Play to bring cat-aficionados and Kitten Bowl fans a whole host of Kitten Bowl cat emojis. They feature cat-letes like Coach John Hairball, Marshmallow (pictured), and Howie Longhair.

Marshmallow, Kitten Bowl-If you simply cannot wait for Kitten Bowl III, catch the Hallmark Channel’s Cat Center, weekly FFL highlights and updates hosted by John Sterling and Mary Carillo.

-Check the Kitten Bowl website for all kinds of awesome stuff like highlight reels of past years’ best moments, a Kitten Bowl preview video, player profiles, photos, and tons more fun stuff and good information about the hosts and about cat care. (It’s a very well-done website coming from someone who writes websites for a living…)

FINALLY, the most important thing of ALL: All adoptable kittens were provided by North Shore Animal League America (NSAL) and Last Hope Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation and have since found fur-ever homes.

Yay! <3

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#BetterWithPets Summit Better than the Rest

Exploring the best ideas for bringing people and pets closer together, the Purina-sponsored #BetterWithPets Summit that I attended earlier this fall/winter was purr-fectly paw-some. Purina really outdid itself in order to bring together the brightest minds in pet science, social media, pet culture and more to show how big, innovative ideas are improving the emotional wellness of pets and the people, ME AND YOU (!), who love them so dearly.

Better With Pets SummitA summit about how people and pets are better together, it was opened by a keynote from Purina’s own Dr. Arleigh Reynolds, whom I deeply respect and admire, that had me laughing, then crying, then laughing again. The keynote was followed by absolutely brilliant presentations from studied feline behaviorists, a session about how stress affects our pets, and another about raising pets and kids. Amazing content? YES! Amazing learning? YES! Paw-some panelists who were super-smart and super-entertaining? Check!

After that and a luncheon, the room opened up to a virtual playground for humans. Purina transformed the space into six immersive gallery experiences where humans could test their dog and cat senses in life-size exhibits. IT WAS AWESOME! Purina experts were available to provide insight; exhibits featured themes like Cognition, Nutrition, Healthy Environments, Reading Your Pet and more.Better with Pets 2015

Of all the pet conferences and social media conferences and learning conferences I have been to in my pet writing career (which is pry about 8-10), I must say Purina’s Better With Pets Summit is one of my top two favorites. Why? Because they think of things to discuss that no one else does, but that are pertinent, interesting, and deserving of conversation and some tête-à-tête a la pet bloggers, animal scientists, behaviorists, nutritionists, therapists, researchers and other animal devotees.

Stay tuned for a second post on my favorite parts of the Better With Pets Summit. And in the meantime, follow Purina for BWP updates and more on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. And don’t forget to use #BetterWithPets on social media to show your support and voice your opinion that our pets truly enhance our lives!

*All opinions herein are of the Administrator, JL Smith. This post was written in conjunction with Nestle Purina Pet Care, and the Administrator received compensation. never publishes dishonest, distorted or distended reviews, nor does it perpetuate the spread of misinformation. Please email the Administrator with questions or concerns.

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Military Dog Heroes…Touching Moments with their Human Commandos

Posted on December 17th, 2015 in Animal Pictures, Canine Corner, Dogs

Military Dog Pictures


Hero Dogs Photo

This is my human there are
many like it but this one is mine…


Funny dog pictures

Oh come on! We BOTH fit on this thingy, see!?


Hero Military Dogs

What an amazing wingman; this dog is responsible for sniffing out ALL of these. And saving his handler…


Hero Dogs


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Military Dogs


Hero dogs

Looks so fierce, yet something is sad in his face. He has perhaps seen too much for the day…


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Military Dog Heroes

He is receiving a medal for
his service to our Country…well deserved.


Military dog pictures

No words to describe this one…


Military dogs

Nor this one…
The loyalty/love is unwavering.


Military dog pictures

Every K9 soldier would give his/her life for their hooman partner, no questions. They’re angels of war…a bond far beyond what you and I may understand.


Dogs of the military

An Israeli soldier offers up some reward love to his pooch partner in the field.


Cute dog pictures

The love of a dog is the closest thing to the love God.


Military dogs

As flat as a pancake, on the prowl…!


military dog heroes

“He ain’t heavy he’s my brother!” The sharp, dried weeds and God-only-knows-what-else-on-the-ground were pry hurting this dog’s feet.


Military dog stories

This is the family of fallen Marine Cpl. Dustin Lee. They were allowed to adopt “Lex!”


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Why Our Dog Loves the Veterinarian (and How Yours Can Too!)

Posted on December 11th, 2015 in Canine Corner, Dogs, Pet Care, Pet Information

The veterinarian is to dogs what the dentist is to kids, right? Scary, uncomfortable and painful. Well, it doesn’t have to be! Our dog loves the veterinarian because we follow these simple steps:

Play Doctor

While it may seem silly, the best way to set your dog up for a happy visit to the veterinarian is to practice! If you’ve got a scale at home, practice leading her onto it and having her stand still. Reward her with a treat! Lift her up onto a table (if you can) and get her to stand still. Reward her with a treat! You see where this is going. Lift up her tail, manipulate her legs, examine her paws, praising gently and rewarding calm behavior, establishing the whole process as totally normal and harmless. Not only did this help our dog relax at the veterinarian, but it helps us when we need to examine our dog for real, clean a wound or pick out a thorn from his paw.Dogs and the Veterinarian

Chill out and stay positive.

Dogs are professionals at picking up on your energy. Knowing that your dog doesn’t like the veterinarian means you are anticipating her anxiety and even perpetuating it. We maintain a completely calm demeanor when we are leaving the house and driving to the office. Act as you would if you were taking your dog to the dog park—think we’re going to have a good time today! If your dog is very anxious and you are unable to overcome your own anxiety, it is best that you refrain from handling your dog during the examination. Let the veterinarian and technicians restrain your dog, as they are trained to be calm and effective.

Bring treats and a security blanket.

Veterinarian offices often have treats, but have you ever noticed that your dog doesn’t like them? My dog loves everything, but would turn up his nose at a treat offered by the vet because he was nervous and the smell was unfamiliar. Bring your dog’s favorite treats and a favorite toy. Comforts of home go a long way in calming your dog down. While you’re waiting, in the lobby and in the examination room, play with and praise your dog in order to lighten the mood. Give the office staff and care providers treats to offer your dog, particularly during scary situations, like when he steps on that wobbly scale or is lifted up onto the too-high exam table.

That’s how we got our dog to relax during veterinary visits, and because we committed to these simple techniques, now he loves it! One of the most important pieces is having a local veterinarian you and your dog both trust, one who is committed to helping your dog relax.

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