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Deep-Down Dog Peeps
As pet parents, we are all motivated by different factors when it comes to picking up pet treats and food. Sure, I’ve let cute packaging drive a purchasing decision or two, but generally I favor small producers and wholesome ingredients. These days, organic and human-grade ingredients are the go-to buzzwords for pet products.
Bay Woof recently received treats and food from Wet Noses, a small privately owned company in Monroe, Washington, of makers, farmers, and animal lovers “dedicated to using traditional food wisdom.” Wet Noses makes pet treats, soups, and foods.
Test dog Wiley got to try CBD Dog (Tr)EATS, Chicken Cacciatore Wet Noses Food for Dogs (which comes in a jar), Berry Blast Flavor Dog Treats, and Peanut Butter & Banana Flavor Dog Treats.
The grain-free CBD treats contained a hemp-based supplement that supposedly can help with anxiety, which Wiley has in urban settings. She gobbled up the peanut butter flavored ones, no problem, but her outdoor skittishness did not diminish. Other flavors include Pumpkin, Sweet Potato, and Hemp Seed & Banana. A 5-ounce bag containing 30 treats is $39.99 so pricey.
She shared the chicken cacciatore with her “cousin,” Memphis. Both had spoonfuls added to their kibble and licked their bowls clean without intestinal distress (which Wiley encountered frequently when younger). That food has no additives, preservatives, sugars, and artificial ingredients and also is available in Turkey & Sweet Potato, Chicken & Squash, Chicken & Rice, Chicken Cacciatore, Salmon & Cilantro, Beef & Greens, Turkey & Quinoa, and Beef & Barley flavors. The food comes in 16-ounce jars and retails for $14.99.
Wet Noses touts this food as good for all stages and breeds and say they particularly helpful for dogs with allergies and food sensitivities because they lack wheat, corn, soy, and dairy. Oh, they are made with responsibly raised meats free of hormones and antibiotics — also au courant pet food selling points.
Wiley has been sharing her Berry Blast Flavor Dog Treats and Peanut Butter & Banana Flavor Dog Treats (both come in 14-ounce packages for $10.49 and there are about a dozen flavors) with her canine pals, and they seem to like them, too. Learn more at Wet-Noses.com.
Be Safe Out There
Now here’s a couple of products that will help you and your dog stand out from the pack: vests, coats, and collars from Corky’s Reflective Wear.
First, for me, the human, a ladies training vest, in orange ($50, other colors available) with Scotchlite relective piping on the back, front, and sides of the garment, roughly outlining a human form. It’s wind-resistant, quick-drying, water-repellent, and warm, not to mention machine washable, so it’s my favorite outer wear for nighttime or pre-sunrise dog walking and running.
And for the dog, a reflective overcollar and a reflective jacket or coat. The overcollar fits right on top of Wiley’s normal collar. It’s thick and has a hole so it’s easy to attach her leash to the regular collar, and it’s easy to put on and take off. It’s quite visible (up to 1,000 feet). Find it in sizes extra-extra small to extra large; colors include pink, black, red, blue, orange, and green.
The fleece-like dog coat is weather-repellent, outlined with bright reflective material around the stomach, down the back, and around collar, and has holes to accommodate a collar or harness. The Velcro tummy cinch is as tough as Gorilla Glue to undo. The vest slips over the dog’s head. Find it in extra-extra small to extra large in pink, black, red, blue, orange, and green. Both collar and jacket, like the vest, are machine washable.
The products, made of “MiraFab,” have been honored for innovation. Learn more at www.CorkysReflectiveWear.com.
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