Monday, April 27, 2015

#RoyalCanin Takes the Guesswork out of Pet Nutrition

This post is sponsored by PetSmart, and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Royal Canin Pet Health Nutrition, but Lapdog Creations only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. PetSmart is not responsible for the content of this article.

2015-04-24_06-54-39All dog food is not created equal, and all dogs do not require the same nutritional formula.  As a multi-dog household who currently purchases two different dry dog food formulas, I have a little experience when it comes to those facts.  And, I will be happy to tell you that it has taken many, many years to learn about good pet health nutrition and to understand which formulas work best for each of my fur-kids.

PetSmart_Logo_CMYKBut, you don't have to endure the years of trial and error that I did! The experts at Royal Canin® have developed specialized formulas that take the guesswork out of the equation for both cats and dogs, according to breed and size. And, they are conveniently located at PetSmart® locations, as well as online at PetSmart.com.

"Royal Canin® is a global leader in pet health nutrition. In an industry that continues to adapt to popular trends in cat and dog food, our mission will remain the same; to constantly bring, through Health Nutrition and shared knowledge, the most precise nutritional solution for cats’ and dogs’ health nutrition needs, by building on constantly deepened scientific knowledge and Royal Canin’sroots in the feline and canine professional networks."
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Royal Canin Breed Health canine formulas are tailor made to address the issues of pure bred dogs.  Each formula not only features the best protein source and unique nutrients for that particular breed, but the kibble itself is also custom designed in size, shape and texture.  Plus, each breed specific recipe is available for both puppies and adult dogs.  Whether you've got a hungry, growing Boxer puppy or an adult German Shepherd to feed tonight, Royal Canin has got you covered. Learn more about the breed specific nutrition here

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Sunday morning greetings from the hounds... #dogstagram #muttstagram #dogsofinstagram #instadog
For those of you who might not need a breed specific formula (raise your hand if you're a proud parent of a mutt!), Royal Canin also offers sized-based nutrition formulas.  Whether you have a 5 pound chihuahua or a 150 pound mutt, these formulas are designed to cover all shapes and sizes - literally!  For very small and small dogs, check out X-Small or Mini.  For medium dogs, check out the appropriately named Medium.  Large dogs will benefit from Maxi, and giant dogs will want, what else... Giant.

Using Royal Canin's weight range, both Teutul and Sophie are just barely into the large dog weight range and require the Maxi formula.

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Royal Canin is a global company who's worldwide headquarters was built in 1968 in Southern France. This facility remains one of the world's most advanced pet manufacturing facilities today.

The company's US headquarters is located in St. Charles, Missouri, with manufacturing facilities in Missouri and South Dakota. All of the Royal Canin pet food distributed in the US is made in company-owned plants located either in the US or Canada. 

When it comes to your dog's (or cat's!) health and nutrition, feeding him a healthy, balanced diet couldn't be easier. Not only can you get individualized pet nutrition based on either breed or size, you can get it conveniently at PetSmart (click here to find the location closest to you) or online at PetSmart.com. Plus, when I was perusing the Royal Canin aisle at my local PetSmart, I noticed they are currently running a "Spend $50, Get $10 Coupon" deal!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Black & White Sunday: Nap or Shop?

Happy Sunday!  Be sure to take a cue from the hounds and get an afternoon nap in today...

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Or maybe a little online shopping is your thing?  Did you catch our PupJoy review (and coupon code) on Thursday? 

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Friday, April 24, 2015

#Craftsy Spring Flash Sale - Up to 60% Off!

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Now that Spring has officially sprung –– at least that's what we keep telling ourselves, although some parts of New England did see snow yesterday –– have you treated your stash to any fresh picks yet?

No, you say? 

Well, there's not better time than the present... and you can save up to 60% on top kits, fabric and yarn on Craftsy!

Florals, pastels and on-trend spring selections are just the beginning, so go ahead, pick yourself a beautiful bouquet of new supplies while the savings last.  And I know I don't need to remind you that a bouquet of supplies also makes a great Mother's Day gift!

Hurry, offer ends Sunday - shop now!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

REVIEW & COUPON CODE: PupJoy Box

Disclosure: PupJoy sent a one-time subscription box to Lapdog Creations, free of charge for review purposes. I was not compensated for this review and all opinions expressed are my own.

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Where to Find: PupJoy


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These days it seems it's all about the box. ...  All 'bout that box, 'bout that box, no parcel   ...
Uh, um, sorry 'bout that, let's get back to our regularly scheduled post...

2015-04-19_01-26-10It seems as though there is a monthly box for just about everything these days... candy, beauty products, yarn, snacks, jewelry, and yes, dog products. The trouble with some of these subscription services is that you get the exact same box full of stuff that everyone else gets. Whether you enjoy gummy candy while they like lollipops, or you only knit with lightweight yarn while they prefer bulky, you're all getting the same one-size-fits-all box. In my experience, this has been especially true when it comes to dog product boxes. Little, if any, custom options were available. It didn't matter if you were a doggy Mama with a little boy or a big girl, you got whatever they sent.

There's got to be a better way, right?

Enter PupJoy, the "better box."
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"A monthly box of bliss for your dog. Customized by you and hand selected by us, our innovative PupJoy Box resets the bar for dog subscription services, with fully customized ordering, concierge service and free home delivery. Your dog isn't a one-size fits all, or a three-size fits most; she's your best friend. So treat her to a personalized box today." - PupJoy




At PupJoy, it's all about customization and a modern concierge model that combines convenience, control and value.  The process I went through to create the Lapdogs' box was simple, yet left me feeling as though we were truly going to get a box of stuff we would use and enjoy - not more stuff to toss in the "donate" pile. 

The steps we took to get the box you see here were:
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  • Is this a gift order? Yes or No
    • No
  • Box Size: Uno (perfect for your only-child pup, 3-4 items) / Grande (ideal for big appetite or multiple dogs, 4-6 items)
    • Grande
  • Box Type: Treats, Toys & Accessories / Toys & Accessories Only / Treats Only
    • Treats, Toys & Accessories
  • Payment Plan: Month to Month ($39/mo) / 3 Months ($36/mo*) / 6 Months ($33/mo*) / 12 Months ($30/mo*) - *all multiple month plans must be paid up front
    • We received one month free for this review
  • Your Dog(s) Treat Preference: Gourmet (curated selections of artisan treats) / Grain Free Gourmet (grain free treats only)
    • Grain Free Gourmet
  • Preferred Collar Size: Extra Small (5-10") / Small (10-15") / Medium (15-20") / Large (20-25") / Extra Large (25-30")
    • Medium
  • Your Dog(s) Toy Needs: Egalitarian (good with all toys, low maintenance) / Inquisitive (so curious that I pull apart all of the soft ones to find out what's inside) / Sensitive (just soft and plushy for me - I snuggle, not destroy)
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    • Egalitarian

Once you complete those options, you are then asked to enter the name, birthday, gender and size of each of your furkids.  After you check out, all that's left is to wait by the mailbox for your customiized PupJoy box to arrive!

Inside of our Grande, Egalitarian, Grain Free, Treats Toys & Accessories PupJoy box, we found the following:

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1) Sam's Yams Bichon Fries. We are familiar with this brand of sweet potato treats, as we used to buy the large size "Big Boyz." They are Made in the USA from USDA-inspected sweet potatoes - yum!

2) Whole Life Freeze-Dried Fresh Pure Chicken.  This is a new-to-us brand and I loved learning about their "Farm to Friend" philosophy

3) Whole Life Freeze -Dried Fresh Pure Beef Liver. Normally I'd say if you're going to put 3 bags of treats in 1 box, I'd like to see 3 different brands... but the Lapdogs are hushing their Mama because they love these freeze-dried treats. I certainly can't complain, especially with these.

2015-04-19_01-29-024) Pet Flys Perfect World Pets Elephant. This squeaky little guy (or gal?) is not only adorable, it is for a good cause too!  Proceeds from the Perfect World Pets line help support homeless pets.

2015-04-19_01-29-555) Medium size blue collar from Bait Free. I have seen these in other posts about PupJoy boxes and it seems as though everyone else received a collar and matching leash, except for us. hmprf  Regardless, I love what Bait Free stands for - they donate 20% of proceeds to rescued bait dogs. I will be checking out this brand more!   

All in all, we loved our PupJoy box. Having the ability to customize a monthly subscription service on so many different levels is wonderful. The Lapdogs and I highly recommend PupJoy if you're thinking about getting a subscription for your pup. Of course, Tut wants me to remind you that subscriptions also make great gifts.

So... are you ready to give PupJoy a try?  How about if I told you that you'll save 10% when you click here?  Just use coupon code LAPDOGCREATIONS at check out for 10% off your order!  Your pup will thank you...

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

REVIEW: FROMM Cranberry Liver Low Fat Treats

Disclosure: Chewy.com sent a bag of FROMM Cranberry Liver treats to Lapdog Creations, free of charge for review purposes. I was not compensated for this review and all opinions expressed are my own.

FROMM Four-Star Nutritionals Cranberry Liver Low Fat Treats

Where to Find: Chewy.com


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2015-04-10_11-57-59It's no secret, the Lapdogs love their treats and our friends at Chewy.com have a habit of introducing us to some that are not only delish, but good for them as well.  

This month's pick was FROMM Four-Star Nationals Cranberry Liver Low Fat treats. These tiny little cookie treats were very well received, and because of their size and low fat content, I didn't feel guilty about giving my kids more than one.  (And, no, I didn't tell the kids they were "diet" treats... shhh!)    

I'm happy to report that we received our box from Chewy while Zeus was still with us and he was able to enjoy the job he loved so very much, reviewing cookies!  He absolutely loved these little morsels and gobbled up as many as Mama would give him.  Coming from a sick dog who started to get quite picky about which treats he wanted, that says a lot about FROMM!  

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Not only did the FROMM Cranberry Liver Low Fat treats get the Lapdogs' seal of approval, they also got mine.  As a concerned dog Mom, I'm very conscious of what my dogs eat, as I know many of you are as well.  FROMM treats are not only made in the USA, but they are made with 100% USDA-inspected ingredients... in a USDA-plant in Wisconsin!  These cranberry liver treats have just 5 simple ingredients: wheat flour, Wisconsin cranberries, chicken liver, salt and garlic powers.  How wonderful is that?  Not only is the list short and sweet, but I recognize and can pronounce each ingredient as well!  They smell amazing and obviously tasted just as good.

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If cranberry doesn't suit your dog's fancy, don't worry.  FROMM Four-Star Nationals treats are available in several different flavors, including Grain-Free Salmon with Sweet Potato, Grain-Free Chicken with Carrots & Peas, Low Fat Cheese, and Low Fat Liver.

2015-04-10_11-58-35Pick up some FROMM treats at Chewy.com for your pup today!  BONUS - all FROMM treats are currently 20% off, so act fast!  Plus, 1-2 day shipping is always free on orders of $49 or more at Chewy. 



*We also received a non-treat from Chewy to review this month, but we'll be telling you about that at a later date as we have not had a chance to play with it just yet.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Black & White Sunday: Cherish Every Moment

Happy Sunday-fun-day!  We hope everyone gets in a little fun or R 'n R today - or both, whatever you prefer.  Just remember to make the most of every single moment...

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Even if it's raining (hey, at least it isn't snowing, right?)!  Here's a little flash-back video to last July 4th... Lola's 12th birthday.  Three of my four kids obviously didn't let a little rain keep them inside (watch for the smart one at the end, dry and happy inside... ha ha).  Don't let anything rain on your parade...