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Purina® Debuts Tasty New Waggin’ Train® Dog Treats; Win a Prize Package!

Posted on September 30th, 2015

Let Your Pooches Relish in the New Delightful Varieties from the Pet-People at Purina®

Real Meat and Chicken Jerky Create the Ultimate in Adult Dog Snacks

Dog Treat Giveaway for Three Lucky Readers

The Purina® Waggin’ Train® brand recently introduced three new jerky treat varieties for dog owners – Waggin’ Train Chicken Jerky Minis, Waggin’ Train Waggin Train LogoHomestyle Chicken Jerky Tenders, and Waggin’ Train Chicken Jerky Curls. We test-drove these puppies thanks to samples from the brand and boy did the Basset boys and canine Cricket savor the flavors! (Cricket decided to baste his first one to death, only finally biting into it after he licked it to really appreciate the delicious chicken flavor for nearly 10 minutes!)

Waggin’ Train’s new selections are real meat chicken jerky dog treats that are made with simple, high-quality ingredients. Did you all know that there’s consumer demand for more variety in satisfying dog treats that are properly priced and simply created? Yep. They did the research…So thanks Waggin’ Train for filing the gap! The new Waggin’ Train dog snacks are made with only the highest-quality ingredients and Purina uses perfectionist-style safety protocols; in addition, they’re reasonably priced, something I wasn’t expecting to be honest. For a 3-ounce package, you’ll find them from $3.49-$3.99. For the bigger 11-ounce bag, you’ll shell out less than $12. Remember, when fed according to the feeding guidelines on the back of each bag (which take your dog’s weight into consideration), your dog will get his worth as the bags will last quite a while.

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The New Varieties of Waggin’ Train Dog Treats

Curious at all? Well Cricket and the Basset brothers enjoyed all three new flavors and here is my breakdown as well as their opinions. Read on for the lowdown, so to speak (bark?), on these fantastically flavorful chicken jerky dog treats:

Waggin’ Train Jerky Minis – Made with just two simple ingredients! No way, Jose – cool! These paw-some pooch perfections are made with real white meat chicken and no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives are added. They’re also sliced in fun-size pieces, perfect for little to medium sized dogs.

Franklin Lamar Smith’s perspective: I may be slow and low, and I may have feeding issues, but wow, this is the bestest jerky treat Mom or Aunt Jaime has ever given me. I took it outside and just watched it for a while; then I licked it three times and turned it all around, then I devoured it with gusto. I love these Basset-sized Waggin’ Train Jerky Minis and that’s sayin’ a lot; I am a very picky eater and often won’t even take any treats at all (especially if they are guilt-treats because my mother or Aunt Jaime has to leave the house). BTW, these are the ideal size for smaller to medium dogs like Bichon and Basset (of normal size, not under-tall like me), etc.!

Waggin’ Train Homestyle Chicken Jerky Tenders – Made with real chicken that is slow-cooked and then covered in mini jerky bits of chicken so the dog treat is both crunchy and chewy. Neato! Again, these bad boys are made with real white meat chicken and no added artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

Cricket’s opinion: Perfect for bigger dogs, these meaty and chewy treats last me longer than most chew snacks. I like the aroma and enjoy savoring the flavors. I think I should get at least three more Waggin’ Train Homestyle Chicken Jerky Tenders a day! The best part? It’s like chicken times two! Whose brill idea was that? (I am an English Cream Golden Retriever so I can say “brill!” BOL!)

Waggin Train New Dog Treats

Cricket Inspects the Packages… BOL!

Waggin’ Train Chicken Jerky Curls – These 100% real treats are also made with just two simple ingredients and are then twisted into fun shapes that you can toss, flip or toss for fetch to your dog’s heart’s content! No artificial flavors or preservatives.

Boom-Boom’s basis for blessing: Perfect for medium to large dogs, these robust doggie treats are ideal for stubborn Bassets like me because they are chewy and delicious, fulfilling my chewing needs (I drool a lot after I finish one, too! Yummo!)! I like treats that take me a bit to get through – more than I like treats that I can devour and swallow whole. That’s why these are perfect!

*It’s a GIVEAWAY! Win Your Own Waggin’ Train Chicken Jerky Dog Treats!*

The fine folks at Purina have offered me the opportunity to do a wonderful giveaway with my readers here! If you’d like to be entered to win three free bags of the new Waggin’ Train Chicken Jerky Dog Treats, please enter by doing the following:

  1. Leave me a comment on this post telling me about your dog(s) and why you want to try the new Waggin’ Train treats. (Creativity is a plus on this one…)
  2. Tweet this post and please tag @ThoughtsFurPaws and use hashtag #WagginTreats
  3. Three winners will be chosen at random by Administrators and announced on Friday, October 9th at noon.
  4. Winners will be notified via email and Twitter; please do not use a fake email or spam Twitter account when commenting. You will be disqualified.
  5. Approximate value of prize package is $40.

Real Dogs. Real Treats.

For more information on or to interact with this awesome brand, visit Waggin’ Train on Twitter or check out the Waggin’ Train Facebook page.

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

#TropiCleanFresh Breath Drops Unleashed; Cricket’s Horrid Halitosis Ultimately Defeated!

Posted on September 27th, 2015

Experience how TropiClean® Fresh Breath Drops™ Quickly Squash Bad Dog Breath

Try this sensible natural dog breath remedy on your pooch!

*This post is sponsored by TropiClean® and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about TropiClean® Fresh Breath Drops™, but, as you know, only shares information that’s relevant to readers. TropiClean is not responsible for the content of this article. Please email the Administrator, JL Smith, with questions or concerns.

IT’S A MIRACLE! My lovable, laughable, 2-yo Golden Retriever, Jiminey Cricket has bad breath no more! I seriously can’t handle it! In fact he has tropiclean logoHORRIBLE breath no more! (Okay, so it’s not like anyone wants to get up close and personal and get an {unintentional on your end} French kiss from him, still, nonetheless, there’s a vast improvement between what we’re now calling Pre-TropiClean®-Breath and Post-TropiClean®-Breath.) I’m talking about the inventive, ingenious Fresh Breath Drops™ from the makers of one of the most reliable lines of pet health products you can find, TropiClean®.

TropiClean® Fresh Breath Drops™ are so simple to use: all you do is squirt three drops/sprays into 16-ounce of water when you refresh your pets’ water supply. It’s seriously like magic to me. Not even five days after Cricky’s first fill-up, we noticed his halitosis coming to a halt. BAD DOG BREATH BANISHED

Jiminy Cricket gets some pre-drop love!

Jiminy Cricket gets some close-up love now that he has the freshest breath!

FROM THREE DROPS EACH REFILL! I can’t tell you how happy this makes me.

The one thing that stands out the most, however, is the fact that that awful lasting bad breath Cricky had – that type of bad breath that just lingers on you after your dog bastes you with kisses – is now KO’d. Gone. Vanished. Extinct. I love it that that sticky-grossness that would accompany the terrible smell on your face (post-kisses) is now gone, too. I mean, don’t get me wrong, Cricket still drools and kisses but in a much more sophisticated and clean manner. BOL!

What’s impressive to me as well is that Fresh Breath Drops™ are made with good, all-natural, wholesome ingredients and are hence safe for both dogs and cats. (You can never be too careful if you ask me.) You can review the ingredients here. TropiClean® is proud if its sourcing, manufacturing and packaging and is confident enough to be crystal-clear-cut on its website. It’s totally awesome.

In addition, it’s pretty darn impressive that this natural pet products company actually did clinical trials on Fresh Breath

Cricky now has clean teeth and fresh breath, thanks to TropiClean Fresh Breath Drops. OMD!

Cricky now has clean teeth and fresh breath, thanks to TropiClean Fresh Breath Drops. OMD!

Drops. Wow, right? Tough to summarize here, I inspire you to take a gander at the web page above about the trials – it’s extremely interesting and will reinforce your belief in corporate responsibility/accountability (to me, that’s imperative with a pet care company yet seemingly difficult to find these days). One

conclusion in the trials noted that plaque and tartar were reduced by a whopping 43% after only two weeks of use
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All this brings me to my main point in this review: our new motto in the Smith household is “TropiClean = Bad Breath Bamboozled.” (Fans of alliteration we are.)

I highly encourage you all to try this fabulous dog bad breath buster – and be sure to give it a good go. Don’t just throw three drops in the water once or twice; give it a good week or so. It worked for Cricket, and I confidently promise it will have some good effect on your dog’s bad breath..

Learn more about TropiClean® Fresh Breath Drops™ now or jump online to the site to try them on your pooches/kittehs yourself! And don’t forget to check out the fun and helpful information that TropiClean has on Facebook!

Purina ONE® 28-Day Challenge Brings Buku “Differences”

Posted on September 17th, 2015

Purina ONE® 28-Day Challenge: Bassets Bask in Benefits of New SmartBlend® Formula

Coinciding Purina ONE® Difference Campaign Generously Aids Shelter Animals across U.S.

ONE LOGOWhat’s this I hear of a magical 28-day program where your dogs or cats are totally re-invigorated, feel healthier overall and get really, really excited – all because of their new pet food?

It’s the Purina ONE® 28-Day Challenge! And that’s pretty much how it went for us!

We were no strangers to the Purina brand, so we gladly took the Challenge for the Purina ONE® SmartBlend® with our two senior Basset Hounds, Franklin (aka Bean) and Ramsey (aka Boom-Boom).  And these Basset boys relished the opportunity to not only savor tastier chow, but to reap the other (health) benefits.

To demonstrate the positive difference smart nutrition can make, Purina is encouraging dog owners to take the Purina ONE® 28-Day Challenge. Thousands of dog owners have taken the challenge by switching to Purina ONE® SmartBlend®, and many have seen differences, including bright eyes, a shiny coat, increased energy and healthy teeth and gums.

Boom-Boom inhales his new ONE SmartBlend.

Boom-Boom inhales his new ONE SmartBlend.

So what’s the big difference? I should start by saying they’re actually plural – the differences I mean. And they are extensive and far-reaching.

The first one would be that there is not one morsel of food left in the food bowl at the end of mealtime. FABULOUS! The boys ate up every single tasty piece of SmartBlend® in their bowls for once (generally we have to give the Bassets a dollop of wet cat food on their puppy chow to get them to eat it. I know – spoiled. Well, no more thanks to Purina ONE® SmartBlend®!)

The second difference, while we’re characterizing them, is the significantly lessened bad breath of the Bassets. And thirdly, their coats are entirely less coarse; their fur feels much softer and there’s much less clumping by the rear end and tail.

The Purina ONE® Difference campaign celebrates those dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of dogs. The folks at Purina ONE are dedicated to making a positive difference for dogs as well. Through their partnerships with shelters across the US, they provide smart nutrition solutions to help dogs look and feel their best as they wait for their fur-ever homes, as well as resources to help change perceptions of shelter dogs and increase adoptions.

People can learn more about how Purina ONE supports shelters at, as well as take the
Purina ONE 28 Day Challenge at

For more information and to stay up-to-date on the latest announcements, promotions and more, follow Purina ONE on Twitter and Facebook. For a bit of extra fun, use hashtag #ONEdifference with your pet photos.


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

PetSafe Dog Fence Testing: Will Cricket Contain Himself?

Posted on September 16th, 2015

Well here we are; we are officially ready to launch my sweet, sassy, stubborn Golden Retriever, Cricket into the world of in-ground dog fences and thus, self-reliance, responsibility, and trust.Cricket Window Lookout

Wait, what?

Yes that’s right. Thanks to the generosity of the kind-hearted folks at PetSafe®, who suggested the YardMax™ Rechargeable In-Ground Fence™ training system/kit based on our yard size/shape and Crick’s space and play needs, we’ll be dipping our toes in to see if Cricket will sink or swim. We, my parents and I, aren’t sure if Cricket, who came to us from a background of at least neglect, will stay confined to his yard, sniffing the day away and whiling away the hours spying on chipmunks at the birdfeeder, or if he’ll bolt. It’s just that simple.

I have trained several dogs who were like-minded, i.e. extremely headstrong, including last fall when I worked with Frankie the rescue Husky. Frankie got off the leash on me not once, but twice (leash clasp was faulty and allowed him to pull through it). What did he do each time as soon as he felt the pulling pressure lessen? He took off in a mad sprint, scaring me half to death as he freely weaved his way through a four-lane road.

OMG… NEVER again.

The YardMax components...

The YardMax components…

Needless to say, I (and my parents) move with a bit of trepidation here. We are terrified that Cricket will run through the fence and get lost, never to be found.

Cricket has very rarely been off-leash outdoors in the (almost) year that we’ve had him. That’s the first time I’m admitting that – that I actually did let him off-leash I mean — and my Dad is going to kill me for doing so. On that note, Cricket’s off-leash experience includes only romps on the back deck a few times, perhaps two or three steps onto the pavers or grassy backyard. He did mindlessly wander off the deck when that happened; mind you those were both about 10-second experiences because I saw him go on the pavers and got scared. Cricket is about 2 now, and has the worst ADD. On the other hand, Crick is wicked smart. (He was a ‘Guide Dog School dropout’ so he had a ton of training early in life that he chooses to not use most of the time).

We trust PetSafe. And we trust that the fence works properly. It’s Cricket we don’t trust. And I suppose many other pet parents have gone through the same thing when attempting to incorporate something as huge as this into their pet’s lifestyle. The fact that Daisy, the three-year-old Boxer across the street, learned the ropes and fell into compliance with her PetSafe electronic dog fence is quite encouraging (mind you Daisy came from a breeder and had a wonderful rearing as opposed to Cricket’s big unknown…). The Collie a few streets away also does wonderfully with her PetSafe dog fence (I’ve sold quite a few of these fences, BOL, its comical to see all the little PetSafe flags around the neighborhood)!Flag Petsafe

So here we are. We’ve planted the wires. We’ve set up the flags. We’ve read the carefully planned and wonderfully thorough Training Guide that PetSafe offers with the fence. We’ve trained Cricket to know his name, nicknames, and to know “come,” (or at least I’ve tried on the latter and he seems to respond intuitively, pry because he learned “come” as a pup in Guide Dog School training). Finally, we’ve talked to experts at PetSafe and learned that this fear is all too common.

We’ve alas made the decision to put the PetHub Signal™ Tag on Cricky before we start any in-yard training to help be still our hearts, lol. That way, if he does bolt, we will be able to track him down for the most part.

Have you ever had a similar experience? What is your opinion of electric dog fences?

Stay tuned – in a couple of weeks I will update you all on Cricket’s training progress with his new dog fence!

Will TropiClean® Fresh Breath Drops™ Make My Dog’s Hellish Halitosis Stop?

Posted on September 11th, 2015

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This post is sponsored by TropiClean and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about TropiClean Fresh Breath Drops, but only shares information that’s relevant to readers. TropiClean is not responsible for the content of this article.

Please email the Administrator with questions or concerns.

Here I am, a few days away from receiving my TropiClean® Fresh Breath Drops™ in the mail, courtesy the bad-breath-battling pet care company, TropiClean®, and the BlogPaws Pet Blogger Network… Both organizations that I trust.

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Cricket the Big White Dog, Who Currently Suffers Hellish Halitosis

But do I have as much faith in Cricket’s unspoken-about chewing habits? Okay I know that sounds funny, but really, many times, plaque can be a build-up on your dog’s teeth of good stuff that he’s eating as much as bad. It can sometimes simply come down to, are we, as owners, doing enough to combat it? Well I’m going to find out.

I am sitting here wondering how three wondrous drops of this magical stuff in Cricket’s water bowl will eventually quell his bad breath. This is a two-yo Golden Retriever I’m talking about who swims, digs, ooches, bites, nips, chews, belly crawls, runs, snorts, sneezes and in doing so, gets all kinds of junk into his mouth. For example, the past two nights, we have walked into the house from a walk and Cricket did not want to get a drink, which is his usual immediate response post-walk. Why didn’t he want a drink? Because he fresh breath dropshad smuggled in acorns in his mouth, both nights! BOL!

So far, our regimen of cleaning Crick’s teeth includes giving him tough chewy bones (and multiple sticks outside). I guess we aren’t doing too much… And when it comes to TropiClean®, all you need is three drops in a 16-ounce water bowl: perfect solution!

What’s nice, too, is that the Fresh Breath Drops™ are made with natural ingredients and are safe for both dogs and cats.

So follow along with me over the next few weeks as I blog about Cricket’s progress with TropiClean®! You may learn something! (Or decide to battle your own pet’s bad breath!)

Click here to learn more about TropiClean® Fresh Breath Drops™. Click here if you’d like to try them out yourself! Finally, click here to follow the fun that TropiClean has on Facebook!