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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Trio Of Dogs Blend Their Voices...

A cacophony of howls by three beautiful dogs clearly channeling their inner wolf. It's probably a full moon, too.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Zuke's Latest Treats: Genuine Beef Jerky Trio Giveaway!

The latest in Zuke's amazing line of super high quality treats: Genuine Jerky Treats come in three different beef recipes (Original, Barbecue and Teriyaki)  and you can win a three pack for your best friend right here. See directions at the end of this post to enter!
You know we're a fan of Zuke's and have brought you a number of Zuke's treat giveaways in the past. Thanks to Zuke's generosity, we recently received three packages of Zuke's Genuine Jerky Beef Treats, one in each delicious flavor, for our review.  Zuke's is also graciously providing a three pack of these treats for our winner. We have received no other compensation for this post and the opinions are, of course, our own.

Here's my trio of treats—notice who's sniffin' things out already. Full disclosure: I've eaten almost a full bag, so I know how delicious they are!

You also know how Parental Unit loves to examine ingredients for both her food and mine with microscopic precision...Well, Zuke's got her attention with "100% Grass-fed New Zealand Beef" as the first ingredient, with only a few natural flavorings to add to the "crazy good" taste of pure dried beef. Although Parental Unit doesn't eat much meat, when she does, it's exclusively free-range and grass-fed—she's long known the superior quality, nutritional value and taste of pasture raised meat. And I, of course, deserve no less.

Parental Unit thinks these treats are so special she even set the table for me...The plate is holding a combination of  Zuke's Genuine Jerky Treat recipes.

She also thinks she's going to get away with giving me just one (hehehe). By the way, don't expect long jerky strips, these treats are presented in nicely-sized pieces, perfect for training...or just because.

                     Hmmm...here's what the plate looks like.

                                       I'll eat my fill!

Oops! Parental Unit waited for a good photo a bit too long...We're both happy I didn't drag the plate onto the floor!

But wait, there's more... Please take a few minutes to read Zuke's founding story and company philosophies—they're celebrating their 20th anniversary this year! Zuke's also donates a portion of every sale to the Dog and Cat Cancer Fund—#FueltheLove, #FueltheCure!

                         Now on to our giveaway!  

One lucky Bocci's Beefs reader will win a trio of Zuke's Genuine Jerky Beef treats!

                    Please follow the Rafflecopter directions.
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop!

Today's Wordless Wednesday theme over at BlogPaws is the almost-upon-us, BlogPaws Pet Blogging and Social Media Conference, just eight days away in super hip downtown Nashville! Will you be there?

Meanwhile, back at the Ohio ranch...the weather's been beautiful the last few days, and I've managed to take Parental Unit to the dog park almost every day. Way to get off your fat blogging butt, Parental Unit! Oops!

Now on to the BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop to see if our blogging buddies have made it to their parks.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Prep Your Pooch For The Dog Park!

                       Me and my new pal at the dog park.

We've written quite a bit about visiting dog parks, but we thought our friends at PetMD did an excellent job culling these "Top Five Tips" to prepare you and your dog for a dog park visit. Notice we said you and your dog! I have to admit that Parental Unit is hyper-vigilant while I'm at the park, and perhaps goes a bit overboard in making sure I stay safe—she tends to glare at those who don't follow the clearly marked dog park rules, for example. (Ahem...please keep your pooch leashed unless they're within the confines of the dog park itself.) But we think you can never be too careful. These strategies even propose that you have a planned "exit strategy", as in: where are the nearest veterinary emergency services, just in case...

Let us know what special precautions you take before you let your dog romp in the park. We'd love to  hear your tips!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Retirement Planning That Includes Your Dog

Retirement? Do I look like I need to retire? Fun photo of me by Rachel Lauren Photography

Full disclosure: The concept of planning for retirement has completely escaped Parental Unit. In fact, she's already cashed in two small retirement savings, so at this point, she'll be working...well, for a really long time. But enough about us! There are lots of smarter people out there who can and do retire, and increasingly, they want their pets with them.

This recent article in The New York Times is full of statistics that back up a trend that's been building for nearly a decade: retiring baby boomers are budgeting to include Fido and Fluffy in their golden years. One certified financial planner interviewed for the article said "He now includes pet budget lines in his financial plans for retirees." And that's just the beginning. Retirement communities are increasingly allowing pets, and for those taking off for the open road, RV style, campgrounds are adding pet-friendly accommodations at a breakneck pace. A spokesperson for Kampgrounds of America said that not only are all of their 485 U.S. sites pet friendly, about half now include Kamp K-9s, which include off-leash areas and agility courses—they've added 50 just in the last year.

RV enthusiast, Roxy, with his Parental Units. Photo by Jeff Swensen for The New York Times

The landscape of pet ownership is changing for the better, we think. We're becoming closer with our four-legged companions and treating them as full-fledged members of the family, soaring vet bills and all. When you think of yourself sailing off into the sunset, relaxed, happy and financially secure, do you envision your faithful dog beside you? Let us know!

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