Friday, March 31, 2017

Nola, Spoiled? Maybe! - Pets Deli Raw Food

Hey y'all!

Disclaimer: I am being compensated to share this product. I only share products and services I feel good about recommending to my readers, and all opinions are my own. 

In the past two or so years, I've become really interested  in nutrition and the impact that our diets have on our overall health, for both us and our pets. I always try and feed the best quality diet possible, but...I'm really lazy when it comes to any sort of meal prep. I can barely put together my own meals as it is. ;)
That's why I was so excited when Pets Deli contacted me and asked if we'd like to try out their fresh, raw diet. This will be my initial thoughts and experience with the website, and then in a couple of weeks I'll share how Nola's doing on it and my final thoughts. Let's jump right in!

Pets Deli is a European company that just became available in the US. They ship customizable frozen food right to your door, made with all USA sourced ingredients that are 100% human grade. They currently offer three different, single source protein meal options: chicken, turkey and beef. All are available in either with or without carb options, and chicken and beef are grain free carb options.

In the future, I'd like to see a few more protein options for any dogs that have allergies to the more common meats. I'd also like to see a third choice of a really meat heavy option with only one veggie source.

At this moment, Pets Deli is intended to be used as supplemental feeding only. That could be as a meal every couple days, an afternoon snack, or as a kibble topper. However, in April Pets Deli will be putting out a supplement powder that will ship with every box of food, and makes the food a complete and balanced diet that can be fed on its own.

The website experience was streamlined and very easy to follow. There were several options to customize the food choices, including the choice of either a 6 pack (12lb) or 12 pack (24lb) bundle, and the option to customize and combine all three different meal plans. The subscription plan can be easily configured and changed at any time, or paused or canceled at any time.

My favorite part, aside from the whole fresh food aspect, is the free shipping!

The food was shipped right to our front door, and was packed on dry ice. Even in the 90 degree heat, it was still nearly totally frozen upon arrival.

Nola was very eager to try out this food - no surprise there! She's your typical dachshund and loves to eat, so she isn't the best judge of food. Pike, on the other hand, is incredibly persnickety in everything, especially when it comes to food. When I offered him a bowl, and after he'd given it a careful once-over, he gave it a hesitant taste...and then another, and another. He finished the whole bowl, and seemed eager for more!
The cats were also incredibly interested, too. I'd like to see Pets Deli offer a cat line in the future!

So far there's been no negative side effects from this food. Nola's been getting some in the afternoons and it seems to really keep her feeling full and satisfied. Pike's been getting some to top his kibble; he gets tear stains a lot and I can't find what's triggering them, so I figured I'd see and if this would help him.

You can use the code NOLA50 for 50% off your first order from Pets Deli!


Monday, March 27, 2017

The World's Cutest Paws

We're currently at a little beach house enjoying some semi-downtime! 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Wordless Wednesday

Nola is so hard to keep weight on in the winter, despite doubling and sometimes tripling her usual intake. . These pictures were taken a few weeks ago, and she's slowly gaining weight as it's warming up, thankfully!

We were sent these in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. sent us these adorable Dachshund Slippers to try out! Because I'm a bit of a geek when it comes to these types of things, this was right up my alley.
The outside is soft and plush, with adorable floppy ears and even a little tail. They fit up to a size 12 women's/10 men's, but be aware if you have a narrow foot like I do that your foot pay slip out on occasion.
They have a gripper bottom to help prevent slipping, and are pretty comfortable to wear. Overall, I liked them!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Visiting The Botanical Gardens

There are koi the size of Nola in the pond under this bridge. She wasn't sure what to make of them!

The lock gate.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Little Dog, Big World: Apalachicola, Florida

Hey, guys!

A few weeks ago we took a day trip to Apalachicola, a little bay town that's just a couple hours form us. Of course Miss Nola came too, so I figured I'd share our little adventure!

Apalachicola is a historic small town nestled along the Gulf Coast of Florida. Established in 1813, it was once one of the biggest ports on the Gulf of Mexico, and still retains that old Florida charm. Quaint, if slightly dilapidated, the area is around 30 minutes from some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, on picturesque Saint George Island. We didn't head out that way this time around, since it was very chilly and windy, but it is an absolutely stunning place, and well worth the visit.

Beach side, circa 2012
Bay side (and 18 month old Nola), circa 2012

The area has several shops and galleries to explore, plenty of seafood dinning, a beautiful cemetery, historic homes, boating and fishing, and some cute accommodations, including a few historic bed and breakfasts. It's pretty much all doable on foot, too.

The historic cemetery is a stone's throw from the downtown, and contains some truly beautiful graves, including some dating back to the 1800s and all over them watched over by beautiful live oaks swathed in Spanish moss. It's peaceful, and while some graves show disrepair, it's fairly well maintained.

The downtown area is quite dog friendly, and we saw more than a dozen pups out and about with their peep, shopping, eating and walking along the docks. Fair warning: there's only one or two poop bag stations, so make sure to bring your own!

Bigger dogs can enjoy a pet boutique and outdoor dining, and smaller dogs take it one step further with lots of dog friendly stores. There's everything from fishing and other outdoorsy shops, to antique and book stores, to clothing stores and little-bits-of-everything establishments.
All we popped into were more than welcoming of Miss Nola so long as she was held by me, and a few were fine with her just being on leash, including a fly fishing shop that had their own canine residents.

Small dog friendly odds and ends store!

Small dog friendly (if carried) soap shop!
Small dog friendly fly fishing shop!

Cute (if crowded/cluttered) pet store!

This place was sort of interesting, but I'd avoid due to the owner's dogs. While not aggressive, they jump up and wouldn't leave Nola alone. 

While none were expressly advertised as dog friendly, asking politely before hand always guaranteed a yes. Good manners, from both you and your canine, will take you far!

If you're looking for some Old Florida charm, this is a good place to find it, and I highly suggest staying at Saint George Island if you do visit!