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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

  We're patiently waiting for Parental Unit to finish cooking dinner!

In the meantime, we'd like to wish all of our blogging buddies in the good ole' U.S. the happiest  of Thanksgivings. Rest assured that we are incredibly grateful for each and every one of you. Your friendship is our blessing today, and every day throughout the year.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop: Cop An "Attitude Of Gratitude"!

Today's BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop is sending gratitude vibes throughout the land on this Thanksgiving eve. Have you embraced an "Attitude of Gratitude" yet? We'd love to hear all about it!

Meanwhile, back at the Ohio ranch, I'm grateful that Parental Unit takes me for walks every single day—even if she doesn't always feel like it. And we get in a good number of day hikes throughout the year, too! For that, I can easily have an attitude of gratitude!

Now on to the BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop to see what some of our other blogging buddies are grateful for...

Monday, November 23, 2015

Dogs + Pumpkin = A Happy Thanksgiving For All!

Did you say pumpkin, Parental Unit? With Thanksgiving just days away here in the U.S., we're all going a little pumpkin crazy!
Both my personal cook Parental Unit and I love pumpkin, but neither of us learned until recently how good it is for dogs. Earlier this year, I had some, ahem, digestive troubles and nothing worked, including a special bland diet or withholding food for 24 hours. I thought I'd have to pay a visit to the vet and take antibiotics, but just a few tablespoons of plain pumpkin saved the day!

There are many ways pumpkin can benefit your dogs' health, including the aforementioned digestive troubles (it works like a miracle for both diarrhea and constipation), and even weight loss—you can feed your pooch a bit less of his or her regular food and substitute a tablespoon or so of pumpkin—the fiber helps keep Rover full.

It's important to use pure, cooked pureed pumpkin, not canned pumpkin pie mix, or at the other end of the spectrum, raw pumpkin straight from the, well, pumpkin. In addition to adding plain pumpkin to your dog's diet as a food topper, you can also add it to homemade treats. There are seemingly endless dog biscuit receipes that include pumpkin, but here's one from Rachel Ray that's nice and simple, and something a bit different from the Maryland SPCA that sounds delicious to us. And check out this entire Pinterest  Board full of pumpkin dog treat recipes!

 Keep in mind that Parental Unit has never made me homemade dog biscuits, so she can't vouch for any of these recipes. She vows to try at least once, though, and you'll be the second to see her handiwork (after my taste test!).

How many of you have fed your dog this beautiful orange fruit, either plain or disguised in a biscuit? Please let us know!

P.S. In the next day or so, we'll be bringing you a very special book review and giveaway: Dr. Jessica Vogelsang's charming and witty memoir, "All Dogs Go To Kevin. Everything Three dogs Taught Me (That I Didn't Learn In Veterinary School)" Hint: We loved it!

Friday, November 20, 2015

#BLUESantaSnacks Are On Every Dog's Holiday Wish List!

This post is sponsored by Blue BuffaloTM and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about BLUE Santa Snacks, but Bocci's Beefs only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Blue Buffalo is not responsible for the content of this article.

Raise your paws if your Parental Units give you wrapped gifts for the holidays, along with special food and treats whether you've been naughty or nice during the year Hey, mine does, too! (Humans are such forgetful forgiving creatures, aren't they?).

We also bet you join your humans on holiday shopping sprees because, you know, it's hip for pet parents to include their four-legged family members in as many of their daily activities as possible. That's why Parental Unit almost always takes me along on her shopping trips to PetSmart. Once she heard about BLUE Santa Snacks, the limited edition, holiday-inspired treats from the good folks at Blue BuffaloTM, we both rushed to our closest PetSmart to see what all the fuss was about.

What a holiday display! To the left: Parental Unit and me, bags of BLUE Santa Snacks; To the right: Cans of BLUE Santa Stew Holiday Feast. No, we are not part of the official Blue Buffalo display...

BLUE Santa Snacks are grain free dog treats baked to a delightful crisp and include dog-healthy seasonal ingredients like pumpkin, carrots and cinnamon, along with a satisfying boost of oatmeal, barley and flaxseed. And like all Blue treats, Santa Snacks have NO chicken or poultry by-product meals, wheat or soy. And they're even fashioned into holiday shapes like stars, Christmas trees and gingerbread men—guaranteed to get both you humans and us dogs in the holiday spirit.

There's no doubt that we dogs are officially part of our families, and it just so happens that at Blue Buffalo they say, "Love them like Family. Feed them like Family." And what better way to celebrate the holidays and foster that special bond with your dogs than to offer them healthy dog treats?

I bet if I give her my paw and stare into her eyes, this nice PetSmart lady will give me a treat...

Hoo boy, these look good!

Why not visit Blue Buffalo's website to learn more about BLUE Santa Snacks and BLUE Santa Stew and connect with Blue Buffalo on TwitterFacebook and Instagram? 
In the meantime, I'm going to sit right here until Christmas and wait for Santa to bring me more #BLUESantaSnacks—I am Santa's best friend, aren't I?

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop!

What has your dog or cat shredded played with lately? Check out the innocent cutie pie featured on today's BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday post!

Actually, I love playing with my toys and do a pretty good job not destroying them, but...just look at my blog's right sidebar for the long list of Parental Unit's "toys" I've destroyed:-)

Meanwhile, back at the Ohio ranch...I really prefer to just play!

Uh, unless I get caught with a few "items that are not my toys" while resting in my man cave...

Now off to the BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop to see what my pals have destroyed are playing with!

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