Friday, April 28, 2017

Chewy.com: Tylee's Human Grade Dog Food: Final Thoughts

Here we are at the end of April already and Jimmy and Wilson have finished their third big bag of Tylee's Human Grade Dog Food.



They enjoyed this food quite a bit. There was never a moment of hesitation. They always dove right into their meals and licked their bowls clean! They always wanted more, the little pigs!

Over the course of the month, Chewy sent me three of the large 96 ounce bags. We had a small gap in feeding because I misjudged delivery times, and we finished the third bag on the 26th of April. So I probably would need four large bags to comfortably cover a month for my two Cardigan Corgis. These are not small dogs! Jimmy is 34 pounds and Wilson is somewhere over 40 pounds. So at $34.99 a large bag, it would cost me about $140.00 to feed both my dogs for a month. The auto-ship program can save another 10%. This is definitely less expensive than the pre-made commercial raw I feed, but definitely more than a large bag of quality kibble. We all have budgets to live by, so this food is probably not an option for everyone.

I don't think there is much else to say about this food. For my dogs, it was well accepted, the transition was smooth, it was easily digested, they didn't get gassy, and their stools stayed firm. These are all good signs of a quality food. Of course all dogs are individuals, and my experience might not be the same as yours.

On a non-food related matter, it does bother me how much packaging it takes to get one 96 ounce bag delivered. Two bags of food and the box gets even bigger to hold more dry ice. That part is a negative for me. Also, in my first review at the beginning of the month, I mentioned the neat little scoop that Chewy so nicely provided. Well you get one every time! I wish there was a way to not get one after the first one. I gave one to a neighbor, kept two, and still tossed one in the recycle bin. If I order another bag, that scoop will get recycled as well. I hate to waste them, but I only need a couple.

Before this 30 day challenge, I was a raw feeder. I will still be a raw feeder. I am a firm believer in the nutritional value of raw. However, I was very pleased with Tylee's. It is affordable for me and my dogs enjoyed it. I am sure it is a much better quality food than kibble. (I am no animal dietitian, nor do I play one on TV! My statement is purely personal opinion!)

So, all that being said, I did put my money where my mouth is!



While Chewy was still offering their BOGO special on Tylee's, I did buy a large bag of beef (and a large bag of chicken as my freebie). I think it will make great travel food since it keeps fresh for so long once thawed (so long as it is kept properly cold!). I am very happy to have this option when I hit the road!

Actually, I put my money where Jimmy's mouth is!!! LOL!


A HUGE thank you to Chewy.com for choosing Jimmy, Wilson, and me to test out and review their new food!

Now for my disclaimer:
I was not compensated in any way, other than to receive this product at no charge for my honest review. Chewy.com is not at all responsible for the content of this post. The opinions expressed are purely my own and those of my dogs!






Thursday, April 20, 2017

My NacBook!


Most  of you have probably heard of a MacBook. It's what Apple calls its laptops. Well, I just got a NacBook! I organized all my photos from the Nat'l Agility Championship, plus the photos from the professional photographer (Great Dane Photo), into a ShutterFly book....My NacBook!

Take a look!




Visit Shutterfly.com to create your own personalized photobook.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Chewy.com: Tylee's Human Grade Dog Food - Mid-month Update

As you may remember, Chewy.com offered us a month-long test drive on their new human-grade dog food brand called Tylee's. My first review can be found here in case you missed it.



Now that we have been using it for a couple of weeks, I have lots of observations!

Jimmy and Wilson are both taking part in this trial. Chewy sent me the largest bag which was 6 pounds. I used the little blue scoop they provided and used the bag's chart as a guideline.



Jimmy is about 34 pounds and Wilson is a tad over 40 pounds. That put us in the 2 to 2 3/4 cups per day range. Now Corgis were bred through the centuries to be all around farm dogs and part of that is to be easy keepers. Those old farmers of yore didn't want to waste much food on feeding the dogs. As a result Corgis don't need a lot of food to hold their weight steady, and mine especially since they are both seniors. I opted to feed less than recommended, at about 3/4s of a cup, morning and night. This seemed to be about right as they haven't lost or gained any weight. It's always good to use the package recommendation as a starting point but every dog is different so adjust the amount you feed up or down so your dog maintains a nice trim figure.

Feeding at this rate, the bag lasted us exactly one week. The packaging says that food will last 10 full days thawed in your refridgerator. I tested that out by thawing the whole bag. While we went through the bag quicker than 10 days, I can say it smelled just as fresh on day seven as it did on day one.

Now I have to say, as the first bag was running low, I under-estimated the delivery time on the next bag. As a result we had a slight gap in our feeding. The web site does mention that delivery times may vary, but I missed reading that. Bag #2 was shipped on a Friday afternoon and I received it the following Wednesday. This is something to keep in mind if you decide to buy Tylee's. Allow enough time so you don't run out!


Just so you feel confident ordering frozen food, here's the well-packed box lined with styrofoam to hold in the cold. Keep in mind, it is kept frozen with dry ice. Don't let your excited pet, who is happy to see the Chewy's box, come in contact with the dry ice. For that matter, don't touch it yourself either!

Gloves are a must!

Even after a few days in transit, there was plenty of dry ice left. The bag of Tylee's was still quite frozen! It's been unseasonably warm here in Northern Virginia so that bodes well for summer deliveries!

Even the dry ice bags have a dog theme!!!

For our second bag, I opted for the beef flavor. The fruit and veggie mix is a bit different but the overall scent of the food was the same fresh smell of cinnamon. I didn't worry about transitioning. Turkey to beef happens here all the time, so I knew my dogs would digest it just fine. Neither flavor made my dogs gassy (thank goodness!) and they have had nice firm poops that weren't very big. I won't share any photos of that! LOL! I'll just give Wilson his moment posing with the box.....



So everything is going well with this experiment. The dogs still seems to love it and lick their bowls clean. I'll do one final report near the end of April.

Now for my disclaimer:
I was not compensated in any way, other than to receive this product at no charge for my honest review. Chewy.com is not at all responsible for the content of this post. The opinions expressed are purely my own and those of my dogs!

Thank you Chewy.com for allowing me to sample new products and foods!




Friday, April 14, 2017

How Jimmy's Photo Shoots Go

I will NOT look at the camera!

Did she say Biscuit?

I'd better check!!!
























She lied! I will NOT look at the camera!

Have a great weekend, Everyone!
 Hope you really do get the biscuit!

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