Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Midweek Munchies (#ChewyInfluencer)

Yesterday, the kitties shared their thoughts on some new treats they tested out as part of the Blogger Outreach Program. Now, today, it's pup Astrid's turn to test some goodies out. What did she go for today?

Pup Astrid tried out MerrickⓇ Fresh Kisses™ Double-Brush dental dog treats. The main reason I chose these treats for Astrid to try is that she is a very picky pup, but she has displayed previous fondness for the Merrick brand. She eats their moist food and dry food more consistently than any other brand we've tried for her. So, I figured she simply had to give these treats a try.

These MerrickⓇ Fresh Kisses™ Double-Brush dental dog treats are all-natural, and are infused with coconut and botanical oils to help keep teeth clean and breath fresh. That sounds great to me, but that's not what Astrid cares about when it comes to treats. She's all about that taste. Oh, and the texture. This girl doesn't like this thing called chewing, especially crunchy things, so that's always a test.

These treats aren't necessarily what I would call soft and chewy, but they're also not all that hard and crunchy. So, that was sort of promising. It was also promising that they immediately drew Astrid into the kitchen where I was photographing them. Of course, these treats also drew in another spectator.

Kitten Tonks is the ultimate snoopervisor around here. But, unfortunately for Tonks, that treat wasn't meant for her. Tonks was quickly lured away with her favorite moist food, and Astrid dug in.

In case you can't tell in these crisp, clear, stunning photos, Astrid loved the MerrickⓇ Fresh Kisses™ Double-Brush dental dog treats.

Uh-oh. Do you see that blurry little photobomber on the right-hand side of that photo?

Mmmmm. Doesn't that look absolutely scrumptious? Astrid sure thought so.

As a side note, if you look in the background of our photos, you can often get a glimpse of the endless play things all over the house. See that little pink soccer ball? There are quite literally over two dozen of those things floating around in our house here and there and everywhere. Tonks likes to play fetch with those balls, for hours and hours and hours. Oh, and don't forget that paper bag lying on the kitchen floor. That's also one of Tonks's favorite things in the whole wide world.

But, I digress. Back to the review.

Oh, hello again, Tonks. Despite that little calico's constant role as helicopter kitty in these photos, Tonks never even once tasted pup Astrid's new dental treats. Astrid had every last crumb all to herself. And she even came back begging for more. So, from Astrid, the MerrickⓇ Fresh Kisses™ Double-Brush dental dog treats get a solid four paws up!

(Disclaimer: As members of the Blogger Outreach Program, we received MerrickⓇ Fresh Kisses™ Double-Brush dental dog treats in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are our own. We only review products that we believe will be of interest to our readers, and we never recommend a product that we do not believe in.)

Warm and tasty wishes to all!

Our Doodle of the Day:

Our Tip of the Day:

Where we live, temperatures dipped as low as -20°F last night, and that's without taking into account the wind chill. The high for today is -6°F, and again, that is without wind chill. Today's tip is to find ways to exercise and entertain your furbabies indoors when it is cold outside. Walks and other lengthy outings can be a very dangerous thing in frigid temperatures. Frostbite and hypothermia can happen in a matter of a couple short minutes when temperatures reach as low as the ones we just mentioned. So, if your kitty or pup is used to walks, outdoor playtime, and so forth, find ways to improvise indoors on cold winter days.

You can of course play games with your kitty or pup, such as by grabbing a toy and initiating fetch. For some kitties and pups who might not be easy to engage in a game of fetch, sliding treats across the floor can be a good way to get them to move and exercise, with an incentive. Another way to play with your furbaby can be a game of hide-and-seek. Of course, only play such games with furbabies who enjoy them, and who do not become confused or agitated by having to chase or look for you.

What's more, there are also a large variety of interactive toys available on the market that can help keep a kitty or pup entertained and active when walks or time outdoors is not an option. One plain and simple option is an interactive treat dispenser. These popular toys come in many forms, and can be rolled around or otherwise played with all while dispensing treats. The list of interactive toys certainly doesn't end there, though. You know your furbaby best and might be able to guess what kinds of toys they like, so search for interactive toys accordingly. For example, does your kitty like to bat things around? If so, perhaps get them a ball track toy, and roll it a few times for them in order to attract their attention to it. There are also a number of other interactive toys that will toss, roll, wave, fling, flit, and otherwise move items around for your furbaby to chase. Do, of course, be very careful when selecting interactive toys. For example, do not leave your furbaby unattended with any toys that contain dangerous parts and pieces, such as strings. It is important to keep those kitties and pups happy and active even on cold winter days, but only do so with toys that are safe and sound.


Carry Loves Cats said...

Glad that this was a more successful taste test!

Eastside Cats said...

Glad that you enjoyed your treat, Astrid! Tonks has decided that he wants to be the star of the show, I'm thinking.

pilch92 said...

Great review Astrid. I am glad you found something she enjoyed. Cute drawing and excellent tips. Keep warm!

Catscue Cat Mom said...

Nice review Astrid - seems like a good product. Astrid and Tonks are looking darling today.

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

Tonks looks like such a happy little kitten! So glad Astrid enjoyed her new treats :)

World of Animals, Inc said...

Astrid, we are happy you enjoyed your treat. At least this went over way better then yesterdays test. Tonks, our little one at home plays fetch all day too with there ball. It really is a fun game. Thanks for the share. Have a great day.
World of Animals

Marg said...

Astrid,sure looks like you enjoyed those treats. Tonks, looks like you have learned how to be a part of all the pictures which is a good thing. You all take care and stay warm.

Cathy Keisha said...

Whoa those edible toothbrushes are big! If I were Tonks I'd start playing hocket with one.

messymimi said...

Isn’t it nice to find a winner of a treat!

meowmeowmans said...

Hooray for some nommy treats, Astrid! Tonks cracks us up ... so "helpful."

Stay warm, sweet pals. It's brutal outside!

The Island Cats said...

Astrid really enjoyed those!