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Big Heart Pet Brands Offers Big Fall Fun for Pets This Holiday Season

Posted on November 14th, 2014

DIY Pet Projects, Seasonal, Creative Dog Craft Ideas & Videos Help Your Dog Give Thanks

#TreatThePups

∗Disclosure∗: Post sponsored by lunchbox™, but all opinions herein are those of the Author and Administrator of this blog, JL Smith. ThoughtsFurPaws.com never publishes dishonest, distorted or distended reviews, nor does it perpetuate the circulation of misinformation.

I don’t know abou#TreatThePups Dog Treat Gift Ideast you all, but in our fur-baby-run-household, Frankie Fancy-Face is getting on board for his second Thanksgiving (he was only 3 months old his first). And thanks to the kind folks at Walmart, who provide us dog devotees with safe and reliable pet products from Big Heart Pet Brands for #TreatThePups like Milk-Bone™ and more in their stores as well as online, this holiday season will be super furry and fun!

How so?

And what is #TreatThePups?

Dog Treat Gift Ideas

First things first. The first answer will have pet- and craft-lovers everywhere rejoicing – I have some seriously exciting dog craft ideas for Fido, thanks to Big Heart Pet Brands (which, BTW, entirely includes Milk-Bone™, Pup-Peroni® and Milo’s Kitchen®). This tempting and tantalizing trio of treats is ideal for any gifting you might be thinking of doing around this time period of first snows, giving thanks, and enjoying turkey-time and togetherness. BOL! A perfect dog treat basket may be the “Cornucopia of Treats” or the “Thanksgiving Treat Jar” as seen on the Walmart #TreatThePups webpage, or it could include what Frankie and I put together in his basket for Taco, his teeny-tiny doggie best friend who lives across the street. (Sometimes they stare out the windows through the blinds at each other longingly – it’s quite comical!) The homemade dog gift included Frankie’s faves…

Homemade Dog Treat gift

Tie a ribbon around a mason jar of treats with some other special enhancements! Voila!

Taco weighs about 8 pounds soaking wet so we got him itty-bitty things where we could, including the mouth-watering Milk-Bone Mini’s Flavor Snacks®. We also threw in some other must-haves: Milk-Bone Brushing Chews® Daily Dental Treats (these things are imperative for clean canine chompers), Original Beef Flavor Pup-Peroni® ($.50 an ounce = AWESOME!) and finally some Milo’s Kitchen® Chicken Grillers Dog Treats (yummo says Husky boss Frankie Four Paws…). We then took a few of each out of the box and put them into separate jars, then tied different color fall ribbons around the different jars of treats. Now Taco has four treat jars! (Okay, he got two and we gave two to other friends!)

Anyhow, with the amazing and mouth-watering variety of affordable treats available from Big Heart Pet Brands, you can make any dog’s day more worthwhile this Thanksgiving (he may need motivation from all the nap-inducing tryptophan in the turkey, BOL!). Plus, all the pet gift items are quite affordable! So who knows? Crafting tasty treats for special furry friends could turn into a new Thanksgiving/fall holiday tradition for you and your dog! Kinda like making Christmas cookies!

What’s the Deal with #TreatThePups?

Frankie Four-Paws, aka Frankie Fancy-Face or Fancy-Face Frank gives four-paws up to Big Heart Pet Brands and Mishka's video!

Frankie Four-Paws, aka Frankie Fancy-Face or Fancy-Face Frank gives four-paws up to Big Heart Pet Brands and Mishka’s video!

#TreatThePups is like the newest pet related hash tag that you need to pay attention to!  Created to nurture the bond between pets and people, the #TreatThePups page on Walmart offers so much for pets and their peeps. You can find the coolest crafts and all kinds of other ideas and fun content to help you include your pet in festivities this fall. Check it out for seasonal, DIY pet project ideas that are and totally reasonable in both effort and expense. (And, of course, rewarding in love and QT.)

On the #TreatThePups page, you can also watch funny videos (I mean, the Husky, c’mon… how cute can you be?) and read about tips and tricks for pet safety around the totally turkey-mongering holiday coming up (aka Thanksgiving). Personally, I found two articles to be helpful: one on pet manners when company is over and one about why dogs and decorations don’t mix.

P.S. for the hoomans, and a secret pee-mail to our canine companions: Frankie Fancy-Face advises that you absolutely watch the funny Husky video on the #TreatThePups page; it’s super cute and will give you a good chuckle. It’s called “Mishka’s Thanksgiving Day.” And he’s not biased. At all…

Get Creative with Your Canines this Halloween with Walmart’s Big Heart Pet Brands

Posted on October 19th, 2014

Premier Pet Brands Offer Fun Variety of Seasonal Ideas for Treat-Gifting Plus Howlin’ Halloween Instagram Photo Contest

 #TreatThePups

Disclosure: Post sponsored by Lunchbox, but all opinions herein are those of the Administrator of this blog, JL Smith. ThoughtsFurPaws.com never publishes dishonest, distorted or distended reviews.

Are you one of those dedicated dog-lovers who spend time making homemade puppy freezer pops to give to family and neighborhood dogs? Do you make your own dog food? Do you keep a dog treat bag in your car or purse just in case…? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then Walmart’s Big Heart Brands have a real treat in store for you – and the pooches in your life — this howlin’ Halloween season!

Halloween Treat- and Gift-Giving for Dogs: Make the Ultimate Treat Basket

Gift-giving is always enjoyable; the feeling of watching someone’s face as they open your gift is priceless. Well it’s the same sentimentality with gift-giving for dogs! Right? They hop up and down, smile, and get all animated when they know they’re getting something… So why not make up some Halloween doggie gift bags for the whimsical waggily-tails in your life?

With Big Heart Pet Brands, like Milk-Bone™, Pup-Peroni® and Milo’s Kitchen®, it’s really quite simple – and it’s a fun, creative way to show your love, appreciation and friendship. (Bonus:  being the random treat-giver in the neighborhood gets you in any dog’s good graces, too!) There are so many choices at Walmart.com; you can mix and match to make your Halloween doggie goodie bags more varietal!

Tips and Tricks for a Safe Halloween with Dogs

Everyone knows that dogs are part of the family. Walmart and Big Heart Pet Brands feel the same way as we do! This is particularly true on the famous All-Hallows Eve; after all, in years past, how many dogs have you seen romping around the neighborhood with the kids, dressed to the nines, politely protecting their people? But as much as our canine companions love to shadow us in costume and get goodies, there are dangers lurking that all dog-owners should be aware of. So let’s discuss this imperative part of the fall holiday: dog safety on Halloween.

  1. Tricks, But No Treats : Yes, we all love our dogs and their tricks, but they absolutely cannot have any human Halloween treats. Chocolate, especially dark chocolate, is extremely dangerous for dogs. Candy or sweets with xylitol, the artificial sweetener, also can cause serious issues for Fido.
  2. Doggie Dress-Up: Dog Halloween costumes are not recommended unless you know that your dog likes to wear them. For pets that prefer to go au naturale, suiting them up may cause undue stress. If you do dress up your pet, make sure the costume isn’t annoying or unsafe. It should not constrict the animal’s movement or hearing, or impede his ability to breathe, move or bark.
  3. Pumpkin Fun: Of course it’s great to carve and showcase pumpkins, but be extra careful with those candles that go inside to light them. Dogs can easily knock them over and cause a fire, or they can drag a costume piece near it, or even get burned or singed from sniffing it.

Instagram Halloween Dog Photo Contest!

Treat The Pups Banner 7

Who doesn’t love doggie dress-up? Well it’s time to show off your most delightful doggie Halloween pictures and enter for a chance to win a $5,000 prize! Big Heart Pet Brands is having a one-of-a-kind dog costume contest on Instagram, and I highly encourage you to enter, and to browse the hilarious photos already in the running! Simply use the hashtag #TreatThePups to enter the Tricked Out Costume Contest!

For more howlin’ good fun this Halloween, and to see an awesome video on making Halloween treat bags/gifts for pooches, check out the Big Heart Pet Brands dog treat bags video!

Temptations Tumblers™ are Tastily Tantalizing, Sponsored by Temptations

Posted on October 15th, 2014

Pun intended. Yes. These meaty, moist , and macho cat treats are the best Temptations yet according to Maxwell Anderson Smith and Tater Tot Turnbull. Two of the most reliable cats around the beat, Maxxy and Tatey had a grand old time batting these spherical, smelly-good treats around the hardwood kitchen floor before ultimately engorging. Designed to make snack time into play time, Temptations Tumblers™ were created to be round so when you toss them into the air, they spin away and give your cat-treat-crazy-cats a chance to hunt ‘em down, pounce, leap, turn, twist, dash and chase. And of course spy for a minute (if you’re Maxwell)…

Here, I’ll show you – watch this sweet-ass funny cat video; it accompanies the release of Tumblers™, which are now on store shelves for MSRP $1.50. The funny cat video will definitely give you a giggle – it’s like a show commercial featuring some seriously flexible felines! I know the first 20 seconds might seem confusing (the first 20 seconds don’t involve animals but I believe it’s meant to be that way), so don’t jump ship-stick with it if you want to see some outrageously awesome slow-motion cat antics!

Crunchy on the outside with a soft meaty center, and containing 30% protein, Temptations Tumblers™ will have your kitties chasing their tails for some more fun – and for some more meaty treaties…  The brand scored a four-paws-up with Maxxy and Tatey, and must be intent on shaking up everykitty’s favorite time of day! #TimetoPlayBall

Available in Tasty Chicken & Turkey and Savory Salmon & Tuna flavors, these new cat treats will surely have your cats “tumbling” all over the place like Max and Tate! Go check out Temptations Tumblers™  cat treats on Facebook!

#BestCatTreatEver

This post has been sponsored by the Temptations brand, but concerns the opinion of the Administrator of this blog. ThoughtsFurPaws.com never publishes dishonest, distorted or distended reviews. All opinions are of the blog owner, JL Smith.

Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ Treats are Nom-Nom Delish!

Posted on December 6th, 2013

As an Aunt to two wondrous Basset brothers (as we like to call them) and a Mom to three fabulous kittehs, I can’t deny that all of them provide me with the utmost in happiness. Whether the Basset boys are bounding to the door to see me when I come over or the kitties are purring away, covering my comforter in cat hair at bedtime, these animals of mine consistently are providing me with an immediate sense of pure joy. So naturally, I want to do the same for them.

Hills Crunchy Naturals Cat TreatsDon’t get me wrong, I’m pretty sure that I (and my sister) have raised two of the happiest dogs on Earth and some of the most grateful cats you’ll ever meet. But it’s important to me that I make a little extra effort to let them all know that I love them just as much as they love me. That’s why I’m always on the lookout for cool, new ways to “treat” my fur-babies.

My latest discovery is the new, all-natural dog treats from Hill’s® Ideal Balance™. They caught my eye in the store – literally – because you can see the treats right there in the bag! I love that because then I can get an idea of size, consistency, and overall appeal.

Ideal Balance treats are made with all-natural ingredients like real chicken and they’re grain-free! There is no corn, wheat, soy, and no added artificial preservatives, colors or flavors. What’s more, all of Hill’s Ideal Balance treats are manufactured locally, right here at home in the USA. I was happy to find that Hill’s carefully chooses high-quality ingredients, most of which are sourced from the U.S., with all meat and poultry coming from USDA-inspected facilities. Hill’s has zero tolerance for Salmonella, so I know I can treat my furballs – oops, fur-babies that is, with confidence.Hills II Oven Baked Naturals

They offer two varieties, “Soft-Baked Naturals” and “Oven-Baked Naturals.” How delicious does that sound? Both varieties have plenty of different flavors to choose from, like Chicken & Apples, Beef & Sweet Potatoes and Turkey & Cranberries.

And to think, I’d been “treating” my boys and girls of fur to some plain old, dry treats. Well, no more! I took the treats home and everyone swooned (puppy-style and kitty-style of course). The treats were easy on their digestive tracts and judging by their reaction, they taste great! I’ve never seen them so excited! And the bag that caught my eye in the treats aisle! It’s pretty cool, too. I just zip it up and toss it back on the shelf when I’m done. The next time I “treat” the girls, those little snacks are just as fresh as they were when I first opened the bag – and the girls are just as excited.

I was looking for a treat that would bring happiness and joy to my dogs and cats, and I can honestly say that these Hill’s Ideal Balance treats do just that! Plus, as their mom, I can feel good about indulging them in such a healthy, high quality snack. I could go on forever about how much we love these treats, but enough about me and my girls – it’s time for you and your pups to try them for yourselves!

I’m hosting a giveaway so YOU can try the awesome Ideal Balance dog treats or cat treats! All you have to do to enter is Tweet this post, then leave me a comment with the Tweet, and telling me why you think your pets would love Hill’s Naturals Pet Treats. I will pick 20 lucky winners, and you can choose cat or dog treats too! (Please let me know which you prefer in your comment entry.) Twenty lucky winners will receive a variety pack of 3 bags of Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ dog treats, or 3 bags of Ideal Balance cat treats (there is only one variety of cat treats, so all 3 bags will be the same…).

Let your pets try these tasty nom-noms for themselves: here’s the variety:

Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ Crunchy Naturals with Real Tuna cat treats

Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ Oven-Baked Naturals with Chicken & Apples dog treats

Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ Oven-Baked Naturals with Turkey & Cranberries dog treats

Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ Soft-Baked Naturals with Beef & Sweet Potatoes dog treats

IMPORTANT TAKEAWAYS!

–          Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ Treats are all natural

–          The dog treats and cat treats are made with real chicken as the #1 ingredient

–          These pet treats are grain-free and have no corn, wheat, soy, added artificial preservatives, colors or flavors

–          These pet treats are made in the USA

–          Hill’s has a zero tolerance policy for Salmonella

–          Ideal Balance pet treats have appealing packaging with a window so you can view them

 

Author has been compensated for completion of this article. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.

Hill’s® Ideal Balance™: Pet Nutrition Doesn’t Have to be Complicated… it’s Natural Now!

Posted on October 18th, 2013

Hill’s® Pet Nutrition is big on helping your fur-babies stay healthy, as is evidenced by their numerous formulas made specifically for certain medical conditions, and now, by their nutrient-based Ideal Balance™ recipe, which is chock-full of veggies, meat and all the other good stuff your cat or dog needs to lead a life emphasized by balanced nutrition.

Since our cats started eating Hill’s Ideal Balance (Poached Salmon wet food recipe) they seem to show more energy (for sure), and have harder stools and more frequent urination. They have also been more tolerant of each other in the household (behaviorally I mean, i.e., sometimes Sasha doesn’t get along well with the two younger guys {Tate and Max} because she’s 13 and they are 3 and they chase her all over the place all the time). The chase sessions have nearly ceased in recent weeks.

We think this is all due to the fact that proper nutrition = happy kittehs. Balanced natural meals = full bellies & fewer behavioral issues.Hills kitty w IB

But we do wonder, and we often hear this from our furball-owning friends, “Is Natural Enough?”

Is Natural Enough?

In the desire to feed our pets natural foods, we first look at the ingredients. While ingredients are important, it’s what is IN the ingredients that matters. Really, ingredients are vehicles for nutrients.

Here’s what I mean. Ingredients are chicken, vegetables, fruits, etc. Nutrients are what your pet’s body absorbs from those ingredients. And as ingredient quality increases, so does a pet’s ability to absorb and use the nutrients from those ingredients. No single ingredient makes a food better or worse. Too much of one nutrient (like protein) or too little of another (like phosphorus) can be harmful to a pet’s health. A pet food is a sum of its parts.

IB badge logoSo, the goal is to make a pet food with quality ingredients that deliver nutrients like protein, fat, carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins and minerals balanced in the right proportions to provide optimal nutrition for your pet.

The interesting thing about this whole topic is the idea that feeding your pet what they would eat in the wild is better for them. Dogs and cats need protein in their diet to meet their requirements for essential amino acids. The amino acid requirement for cats is higher than for dogs. However, once those requirements are met, additional protein beyond what the pet can use for energy is excreted.

A dog’s or cat’s energy requirements can also be equally met by carbohydrates. Using carbohydrates rather than protein to meet energy requirements has the benefit of controlling the level of minerals or other nutrients to avoid excessive levels that are not optimal for a pet’s health.

Therefore, a diet with a balance of proteins, carbohydrates, and vitamins and minerals from a variety of sources is ideal.

Comparing the food of dogs and cats in the wild to that fed to our pets misses the main point that optimum food in the wild is that which allows maximum reproduction as fast as possible.

So… the question is: Are there any natural dog or cat foods out there that have the ingredients you want PLUS the nutrients in the right balance?

Well, there may be others, but the new Hill’s® Ideal Balance® line of pet foods, as I mentioned before, is one that has surely caught my attention. In these foods, what you will find are natural ingredients that you want to feed your pet with 100% balanced nutrition. What makes me feel good about recommending this food is that Ideal Balance is a true natural pet food crafted by pet nutritionists who know how to perfectly balance natural ingredients for better health for your dog and cat.

See for yourself in this video featuring Hill’s Pet Nutritionist Kathy Gross, who chooses to feed Hill’s Ideal Balance to her own pets: dog video or cat video. Check out the Ideal Balance website for great information about finding the right Ideal Balance food for your pet, compare for yourself how Ideal Balance stacks up against the competition, and be sure to take advantage of the Try Me Free rebate!

Be sure to check out the following Ideal Balance formulas; click on them for more information.

Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ Natural Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Adult dog food

 

Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ Grain-Free Natural Chicken & Potato Recipe Adult dog food

 

Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ Natural Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Adult cat food

 

Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ Grain Free Natural Chicken & Potato Recipe Adult cat food

 

The key takeaways here?

–          Balanced nutrition is the key to good pet health.

–          Nutrient excess can lead to certain pet health conditions

–          Nutrient deficiency can lead to certain pet health conditions.

–          Good nutrition isn’t just about ingredients – it’s about the right balance of nutrients.

–          “Creating a natural pet food is one thing. Creating a perfectly balanced one to Hill’s high standards is quite another.” – Kathy Gross, Hill’s Pet Nutritionist

–          Natural ingredients do not guarantee optimum nutrition, precisely balanced nutrients does.

–          Hill’s Ideal Balance is 100% balanced nutrition for your pets guaranteed or your money back.

 

*Author has been compensated for completion of this article. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article. All opinions in this article are honest and belong solely to J.L. Smith, the Administrator and Author.