Friday, May 13, 2016

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Thoughtless Thursday #119: Orchid Bud

"Stop and bite the orchids!" Has anyone ever said that?

Monday, May 9, 2016

Getting a Little Assist to Daily Nutrition #NOWpetsSweeps

This post is sponsored by NOW® Pets and the BlogPaws® Pet Influencer NetworkTM. I am being compensated to help create awareness about NOW Pet Supplements but we only share information we feel is relevant to our readers. NOW® is not responsible for the content of this article.

How many of you humans take a daily supplement to complement your nutrition? We all want to live healthy and complete lives so that we can stay active and energetic throughout the day, whether it be at work, or out enjoying the weather outside. Even just having a nice day relaxing and watching TV shouldn't make you feel lethargic. Ruckus himself likes to keep well balanced in all the activities he partakes in.

We've taken some to help keep balance when we don't always eat balanced meals throughout the day, and we've thought about canine-versions of these as well. NOW® Pets provide dietary supplements that cover a wide range of areas for your pup, and Ruckus has tried some out to help him with his daily nutrition.

NOW Pets provided the following supplements for Ruckus to try:
  • NOW® Pets Weight Management: Designed to support proper weight and a healthy appetite. It is recommended for overweight dogs and contains natural botanical and Carnitine, a science-backed ingredient that helps with weight management
  • NOW® Pets Immune Support: Formulated to help support your pet’s immune system and innate response to pathogens, as well as help to enhance liver and kidney function.
  • NOW® Pets Joint Support: Formulated to help alleviate occasional discomfort associated with routine daily activity.
  • NOW® Pets Omega-3 Support: Formulated to provide the important omega-3 fatty acids dogs and cats need to help support joint health, normal brain function, and a normal immune response to seasonal challenges.
  • NOW® Pets Pet Relaxant: Formulated to promote relaxation and contentment during changes to the daily routine, which can include separation, travel, motion sickness and/or tension.
  • NOW® Pets Urinary Support: Formulated to help maintain normal urinary pH, which may help reduce occasional urinary crystal formation. It also helps maintain normal urinary tract function and may help support normal kidney detoxification processes.
  • NOW® Pets G.I. Support: Aids in reducing occasional loose stools due to transport, boarding, or dietary changes to your pet’s daily routine, and helps with occasional gastric distress.
Take a look at the set below, as Ruckus reads over the labels:
 Ruckus is carefully looking over his choices and getting ready for another day out at the beach.
We weren't ready to try all out at once, so we decided to start with two that we thought would help him through his day: GI Support and Pet Relaxant.

GI Support

*Warning* This section goes into the "everybody poops" category. If you are squeamish about reading about these kinds of things...please go to the next section!

Ruckus occasionally has loose stools, even with a consistent diet of his pet food and the regular snacks we give him. It's definitely an experience having to work with all that fur and deal with this situation! Some of you have pups that deal with this a little bit easier, but for Ruckus, it can be quite a journey with baby wipes. We started giving Ruckus the GI Support as part of a daily supplement routine to see how it would work over the next two weeks.

We noticed there was some improvement. He did have loose stools over the two weeks, but it seemed well reduced. As we continue trying it out over the next month, we hope to see a lot more improvement, but so far we are content with the results!

Pet Relaxant

Ruckus has a lot of neighbors in the backyard and can get excited, rushing around the grass and doing zoomies as he talks to them over the fence. This can be great fun, except when it's raining outside and he starts tracking mud inside the house! We think the change in weather can make him even more anxious to talk to his friends, so trying to keep him a little bit more calm would be nice.

We added the Pet Relaxant to his daily supplements. Again, we have been trying it over the past two weeks. He's still rather energetic when it rained twice over the time period, but maybe we just haven't been able to try it for a long enough time. We'll continue trying it out over the next month to see what turns out.

Now Pets is putting on a cool giveaway that also benefits an Animal Shelter. Read the following for details on how to enter:

#NOWpetsSweeps: April 18 - May 31, 2016

To enter the sweepstakes, either:

  1. Snap a pic of your pet (dog or cat only), and enter via the sweepstakes tab at
  2. Snap a pic of your pet and post to Instagram using #NOWpetsSweeps

For every entry, NOW will donate $1 to Best Friends Animal Society, up to $5,000. Four (4) entrants will win more than $350 in NOW® Products.

For more information on NOW Pets, check out the following links and social media accounts:

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of NOW Pet Supplements. The opinions and text are all mine.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Thoughtless Thursday #118: Hydrated thanks to @Athleta

Ruckus and I would like to remind everyone to stay hydrated! 

Special thanks to Athleta for the #fuelingamazingmovement.