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Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day Tribute To Our Human And Canine Heroes

            The SOFK9 Memorial in Fayetteville, North Carolina

As we pause this Memorial Day to remember our fallen human and canine soldiers, please take a minute to understand the Special Operations Community and their unique bond with dogs of war. The SOF K9 Memorial Foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to officially honoring the dogs of war: "Our dogs have saved countless lives and earned a hero's memorial." We couldn't agree more.

A hearty thank you, this Memorial Day, to both human and canine who have served or are currently serving in the United States military. Parental Unit would like to give a special mention to both her grandfather, Guiseppe DiMartino, who as a recent immigrant from Italy, fought in W.W. I, and to his first born child, Louis DeMartin, Parental Unit's late father, who fought in W.W. II.

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!

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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!

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