Delicious Old Mother Hubbard Treats!

This month our friends from Chewy gave us the opportunity to try out the new Old Mother Hubbard Soft-Baked Treats.

When the box arrived in the mail (very quickly, as usual!) the Aussies knew it was for them right away.  And as you can see below, they wanted nothing to do with posing for a picture.  I have to admit, the cookies smelled like people cookies!  And they looked like oatmeal cookies!  I was a little tempted to try one myself, until the Aussies reminded me they were not going to share.




I was very impressed with the list of ingredients in these soft baked treats.  We could actually pronounce everything on the list!

 Ingredients listed on the packaging: Whole Wheat Flour, Honey, Canola Oil (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Apple Puree, Oatmeal, Cinnamon, Cane Molasses, Natural Vanilla Flavor.



Don’t they look good?  And let me tell you, they smell good, too!


Bailey had no patience.  She wanted the treat right away!




Dublin also loved them!  He even stuck his tongue out a bit in order to get his.


These treats were a big hit here with the Aussome Aussies!  We finished the bag in only a few days, using them as treats in Kongs and before going to work each day.  I love that they were easy to break apart, made from natural ingredients, and a great size.  The Aussies loved that they tasted delicious!  We had the Applesauce & Oatmeal flavor and we can’t wait to try the other flavors.


Thanks Chewy!  We really loved these treats!

Chewy White

*These treats were provided to me free of charge but all opinions are my own.




Wynsong Dream Treats Review

This month we are really excited that our friends at sent us the Wynsong Dream Treats to try. We chose the rabbit flavor because the packaging said that dogs and cats can eat them and our cat, Guinness, loves rabbit.

A treat that can satisfy both species in the house?  Perfect!

When the package came, the Aussies could smell the treats right away.


It’s a nice size bag of treats, but what’s really awesome is that the treats are huge!  We were expecting small training treats so we were shocked to see pucks the size of a person’s hand!  The packaging says the Aussies can even eat them for a meal sometimes!  Wynsong is a really cool company that makes holistic food and treats so we trust that the pucks are really nutritious.  They are packed full of nutrients and probiotics according to the list of ingredients.  What more can you ask for with a treat?

Check out the reactions when the first puck was taken out of the bag.


Look how big that puck is! Dublin can’t help but lick his lips when he smells the Wynsong Dream Treat!

We LOVED these treats!  They break apart easily for treating and they are definitely high-value treats. There are no crumbs either.  The Aussies swallowed them quickly and looked for more immediately.  Woohoo!

Even Guinness came running when he heard the bag rustling.  As you can see, he also loved the treats!


Thanks to for sharing these treats with us!  We loved them and can’t wait to finish the bag.  I think we will be trying some of the other flavors, too!

*Chewy sent us these treats for free and we agreed to review them.  However, all opinions are our own and were not influenced by anyone or any company.

Chewy White

Review: The Honest Kitchen’s Beams (New Favorites!)

A few days ago I  had a chance to go to one of our favorite sort-of-local pet stores.  Cats and Dogs Rule, Too is an awesome store in Princeton that carries lots of natural and healthy pet products.  I like to get there any time I’m in the Princeton area and they never disappoint.  I so wish they had a location closer to our house!

As I was wandering the aisles this time I happened to see a display for The Honest Kitchen.  While I feed the Aussies grain-free kibble, I’ve always been intrigued by THK.  We use puzzle toys for all of their food, so I don’t think I could ever switch entirely, but I have used a sample or two from L’Oreal’s Because Your Dog is Worth It event in their frozen Kongs.  But until recently I did not know that they also make treats.  I was excited to see that they carried Beams, an Icelandic catfish treat.  Apparently their are two sizes available, but our store only carried the “smalls” size so I grabbed that one. Beams are made from pure, wild-caught Atlantic Catfish skins, waters surrounding Iceland, dried into savory, chewy sticks.  They resemble jerky, but are not quite as soft.

When I came home and opened the box, the smell was almost overwhelming.  Make no mistake- these are pure fish!  But the Aussies smelled them a mile away and came flying down the stairs to investigate.


When I took out the first fish sticks (haha), they started going crazy.  It was a nice exercise in self-control to have to sit and pose for the above picture before I let them dig in.

These aren’t longterm chews, as the Aussies got through theirs in about 5 minutes.  But they are hard treats and I imagine they are great for their teeth.  They might cause fishy breath, but I think they make great dental treats.  And they are only 26 calories each! Definitely well worth it.  Plus, they are healthy.

Beams aren’t oily and there isn’t so much as a crumb left when the Aussies finish.  I’m pretty sure Bailey would learn to do somersaults for these, that’s how much she loves them.  When she finished hers she went and sat in front of Dublin, staring at him and willing him to share with her.  She did not succeed because Dublin enjoyed his just as much!



These were a huge hit in our house!  I think I will look for the larger version next time, as the Aussies are power chewers.  But we are all definitely big fans of The Honest Kitchen Beams!  Highly, highly recommended by the Aussome Aussies!

Review: August HappyDogBox

HappyDogBox is a subscription box I learned about from another blog and it immediately caught my attention.  HappyDogBox advertises that you will get 4-6 American made dogs treats in each box, which I love.   But here is the best part: right now, the first box is FREE.  Yes, free! All you pay is shipping and handling! I figured we had nothing to lose, so we dove in.

In order to receive your first box you are asked three questions that work to customize the box to your dog . Now here’s the only downside- after your first (free) box, you will be charged $29.99 a month. I wish they had a discount for a multi-month subscription.  Or at least a referral service.  The price is a bit steep for me right now, so I will probably try one more month before stopping.  They are a new company, so maybe they are working on these important details.

The first box came about 4 weeks after I ordered.  I never received an email telling me it shipped, so I was a bit surprised when it showed up one day.  I wasn’t sure what to expect when I opened it up, but the Aussies sure did.  They could not stop jumping up to get at the box.  Once I opened it, I realized why.


A look at the goodies


Trying to steal the spiral bully stick

The Aussies were clearly impressed by the contents of the box and so was I.  We’ve tried a lot of subscription boxes and lately I’ve noticed that some of them (Spoiled Rotten is the guiltiest) seem to contain the same treats that we received in the Barkbox a few months earlier.  It’s like a repeat knock-off a little too often for my taste.  But  HappyDogBox  was different!  There were entirely new products in this month’s box, with no repeats!


All in all, I really like  HappyDogBox .  More importantly, the Aussome Aussies loved it.  I think we will stick with this box for at least another month and in the meantime I will hope that they come up with a multi-month discount!

Review: Indoor Chuck-it Toys

Dublin and Bailey are super active.  I mean, of course they are- they are Australian Shepherds! We take lots of walks but in the house we also need some playtime.  Recently, we decided to try the Chuckit! Indoor Ball. To be honest, I didn’t have a lot of faith in a soft toy that the Aussies were expected to pick up and toss around. I assumed it would be in pieces in a few short days. Boy was I wrong! Months later, the indoor toys are by far Bailey’s favorite “in the house” toys and they still look brand new!

The toys are great for the house because they are very soft. We can toss them around and they don’t knock the lamps over, leave marks on the wall, or make a lot of noise. We can get into some pretty heated games and I never worry about the toys breaking something. (The dogs, on the other hand…ha). I recommend the Chuckit! Indoor Ball to everyone I know.

More importantly, Bailey recommends the Chuck-it Indoor line of toys.

Buy these toys!!  We love Chuck-it!

Buy these toys!! We love Chuck-it!



*We are just big fans and bought these toys on our own. We’ve purchased them from Doggyloot and our local Homegoods/Marshalls.

Doodie Packs!

I have to tell you all how much I adore Dublin and Bailey’s Doodie Packs. We ordered them at L’Oreal’s Because Your Dog is Worth It, Too and had personalization done.  We figured it was a good investment because they are multi-use.  Both Aussies can wear them on runs during hunting season, they can use them as jobs on walks, and Dublin can wear his on therapy visits.  I love that they are Made in the USA!  Kristin Elliott, the brains behind the Doodie Pack is an absolute sweetheart and went out of her way to make our packs awesome! (She measured each dog and shortened the straps on Dublin’s pack, which she did not have to do!)


What is a Doodie Pack? From their website:

Doodie Pack is a canine utility back pack designed to improve your quality of life and the relationship between you and your dog.

Supporting the philosophy that dogs need a job, Doodie Pack’s simple and easy to use multi-pocket design is endorsed by behavioral trainers as an effective tool in the training process.

Originally designed to carry bags of dog waste generated during your walks, Doodie Pack’s roomy pockets allow your dog to comfortably carry whatever you put in the pack up to the recommended 15% of your dog’s body weight.
Our lightweight and durable pack promotes K9 physical and mental wellness during a day hike, a run, or just your daily walk around town and “puts dignity back into your dog walk”…as it should be.

Available in 8 colors and 3 sizes, Doodie Pack fits dogs from 8 to 180 lbs.

We chose hunter orange because we do a lot of hiking during hunting season and I wanted to make sure they would be visible.  Plus, it goes with the Irish theme.  We had each dog’s name embroidered on the pack along with a shamrock (again, the Irish theme).  The Aussies have been wearing their packs a few times each week for the past two months and they are fabulous!  Dublin even managed to get his covered in mud last weekend and it rinsed clean, coming out as good as new.

The Doodie Packs have a very convenient grab handle on top which I have used more than a few times to corral running Aussies.  The expandable pockets on each side can hold keys, cell phones, waste bags, water bottles, and lots more! The reflective tape is great for walking at night and when your dogs are racing through the woods at twilight.  And best of all, the nylon is rugged and heavy-duty.  So far, my packs have taken a beating and still look brand new!

I highly recommend the Doodie Pack.  Be sure to check out their website!

Here are some photos of the Doodie Packs in action!

Bailey and Dublin wore theirs during their last CAT trial and they received many compliments on them!
Patricia Hart Zackman: CAT in Colts Neck 9-16-12 &emdash; CAT in Colts Neck, NJ
Patricia Hart Zackman: CAT in Colts Neck 9-16-12 &emdash; CAT in Colts Neck, NJ




*all opinions are my own.  I was not compensated for this review.  I just really love the Doodie Packs!