Alpo Makes Dogs Happy at Mealtime

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Alpo contacted us to have a dog pawty and how could we not resist?!  Alpo is the brand that has been bringing dogs meaty happiness at mealtime for a very long time.  We were sent plenty of party supplies, treats and food to try out!!  It was a blast and each dog got to take home a goodie bag full of treats,food, toys, and more!

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The pawty guests!!!

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Lilly-Bob couldn’t decide what flavor was her favorite – she loved them all!

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Sawyer-Bob wanted to make sure that Alpo knew what his favorite flavor was!

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Each dog is licking their lips – save to say there was plenty of happiness and yuminess with ALPO today!

Happiness does start with Alpo at mealtime around here!

Recently Alpo shared a movie of dogs trying out the food for the first time – if you haven’t seen it please check it out HappyStartsHere!

Healthy Dog Treats – Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ Treats Giveaway

Treats!! Did you say treats?!  We can utter that word in our house without Haylie busting through the doggie door awaiting her treat.  Treats have always been a big part of Haylie’s daily food intake because having a baby in the house there is a lot of training that goes on.

Being that Haylie is large dog that means she eats a lot of treats, so I do want to feed her treats that are good for her.  Is there a healthy dog treat out there?  There is, and she loves them, Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ treats are all natural.

Things that I look for in a healthy dog treats is the ingredients, I want something that is made with real chicken as the #1 ingredient. Grain-free with no corn, wheat, soy, added artificial preservatives, colors or flavors.  Last but not least I want to make sure the healthy dog treats are made in the U.S.A.

Quality control is important these days with all the recalls going on but I feel safe know that Hill’s has zero tolerance for Salmonella.

I love that the Ideal Balance treats have appealing packaging with a window to view the treats.  I have bought treats time after time and get home to open them and they are the size for a Chihuahua not a lab and nowhere on the package does it say small bites.

Hill’s has offered twenty lucky winners will receive a variety pack of 3 bags of Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ dog treats, or 3 bags of Ideal Balance cat treats (there is only one variety of cat treats, so all 3 bags will be the same.)  Just another reason we love Hill’s!!!

Check out the yummy varieties of healthy dog treats they have to offer:

Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ Oven-Baked Naturals with Chicken & Apples dog treats

Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ Oven-Baked Naturals with Turkey & Cranberries dog treats

Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ Soft-Baked Naturals with Beef & Sweet Potatoes dog treats


To enter you must do the following in your comment:

  1. Leave me your email address – (yes I’m aware you fill out the form using your address)
  2. Tell me what the coolest trick is that your dog does for a treat

Author has been compensated for completion of this article. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.

Hills Ideal Balance Grain Free Dog Food

 Hills Ideal Balance Grain Free Dog Food

Grain free dog food is a must for many owners when they are shopping for their dog’s food.  Here at the Hound Girl home we don’t have to feed grain free, doesn’t mean we don’t feed it but it’s not a requirement.  When Fred was alive his diet had to be grain free in order to help with the seizures caused by his epilepsy, having limited ingredients was of vital importance to his diet.  This doesn’t mean that I was willing to compromise him having everything he needed.  Good nutrition isn’t just about ingredients – it’s about the right balance of nutrients.

Balanced nutrition is the key to good health and there is finally a grain free dog food out there for the dogs that need a special diet.   Natural ingredients do not guarantee optimum nutrition, precisely balanced nutrients do.

As ingredient quality increases, so does a pet’s ability to absorb and use the nutrients for optimum health.  Finding the right food for my dog Haylie is important to me because I want a food that has balanced nutrition all in one bowl.

Nutrient excess can lead to certain health conditions and nutrient deficiency can lead to certain health conditions.  I will admit that when I was feeding Fred a strictly grain free dog food diet I did worry that he was getting all the nutrients and balance in each meal.  Hills Ideal Balance has taken care of that by now introducing their grain free dog food.

Finding a balance of ingredients in a grain free dog food can be hard but with Hills Ideal Balance Grain Free you can be assured that your dog is getting the best.  They ensure there is the right balance of Protein, fats, vitamins and minerals.

I know personally that sometimes it can be hard to find a large variety of grain free dog foods and so you are probably very dedicated to your current grain free dog food but I urge you to just give this food a try.  Just try it!

Are you feeding your dog a healthy, balanced diet? Find out if your dog’s food contains properly balanced nutrition and how to make a change if it doesn’t.

Author has been compensated for completion of this article. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.


Unleashed by Petco is a One Stop Shop for Dog Owners

Unleashed by Petco – A Petco and a Dog Boutique all wrapped up in one!

Unleashed by Petco, I know I bet your first question is what the heck Unleashed by Petco is?! Unleashed by Petco is a smaller version of a Petco Store that focuses on the natural and holistic side of owning a dog and all the items you need to ensure your dog is healthy, happy, and stylish.

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As soon as I walked into Unleashed by Petco and I looked around I immediately felt like that I was in a dog boutique.  I had the better of two worlds wrapped up in one – Petco plus a dog boutique with specialty items.

Fun facts about Unleashed by Petco stores:

They do not sell animals – ie: gerbils, fish, birds etc.

They hold adoption events just like regular Petco stores

The Unleashed by Petco stores accept Petco coupons

The dog food they carry is focused on more of the natural, holistic and higher quality brands

Self-Serve Dog Wash

I was jumping up for joy when I saw this!  At the back of the store there is self-serve dog wash station that accommodate several dogs and their owner’s at once, so no waiting.  My local Petco Unleashed only charges $10 for the self-serve dog wash, to me that is worth every penny!  They provide everything you need for washing and drying your dog and not to mention they do the cleaning up.  The tubs are great for larger dogs – the side of the tub comes off so that the larger dog only has a slight jump up into the tub.  If your dog can’t jump up they have steps that your dog can use to get into the tub. 

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Dog Training

Unleashed by Petco stores offer dog training and it seems to be a big part of these stores.  The classes are small 2-3 dogs, I love that they are so small.  They have one trainer so you know that you are going to get to use the same trainer throughout your class.  The class price was very affordable and times were very convenient.  If your dog/puppy needs a little extra training and you are dreading a big class of dogs then head over to your local Unleashed by Petco and sign up for a small class to make sure you get the attention you need.

Petco Unleashed

 If you have followed Hound Girl for any length of time you know that we are huge Petco fans.  This store is a great alternative to larger Petco stores and the adorable boutique feel and look the Unleashed by Petco stores has makes me want to come back again.  I can’t wait to take my dog Haylie to go get a dog wash and then let her pick out a toy afterwards.  Happy Dog = Happy Owner.

I received a gift card in exchange for my honest opinion of a visit to the local Petco Unleashed in my area.

Natural Dog Food – Hill’s Ideal Balance

Natural Dog Food is Hill’s Ideal Balance

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Natural Dog Food to feed Haylie is important to me.  I want her food to be made in the USA, which at Hill’s the dry products are made in Hill’s owned and operated facilities in the USA.  This comforts me to know that I’m giving Haylie the best food possible.

If you are a dog owner I’m sure you have possibly run across a recall scare due to Salmonella at some point or another.  Hill’s standard is ZERO TOLERANCE Salmonella!  Can’t beat that!  Do you need some additional assurance? Well Hill’s conducts more than 60 quality checks on every batch of food, every ingredient can be tracked by batch or ingredient, within 24 hours, and more than 1000 Salmonella tests are conducted every month.

When I stop and think about all the time and research that I put into products for her it frustrates me because companies could make it so much easier for pet owners.  So many dog food brands don’t make the label easy to read and you have to visit their website to find out what ingredients or where the food is manufactured.  Hill’s makes it simple.  Ideal Balance is made with natural ingredients you can see right on the bag.  I’m not asking for much I just want a natural dog food, sourced in the USA and that gives her balanced nutrition.

Remember for all those dogs that might have some allergies that Ideal Balance has NO corn, wheat or soy!

Stop wasting your time trying to find a great natural dog food.  Here are two foods that we are currently feeding in the Hound Girl homestead this month:

Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ Natural Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Adult dog food

Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ Grain Free Natural Chicken & Potato Recipe Adult dog food

Haylie has been eating Hill’s Ideal Balance for several months and I couldn’t be happier.  Her teeth and coat look great, she has energy and I have the peace of mind that I made the right choice and that she is getting a balanced meal of natural dog food.

Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ is a natural pet food that provides perfectly balanced nutrition, guaranteed. It’s simple if you want the best for your dog.

Author has been compensated for completion of this article. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.

Balanced Dog Food- Hill’s Ideal Balance

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Dog Food… I know those two words can be very overwhelming.

I know as an experienced owner I personally get over whelmed when I walk down the rows of dog food brands when at the store.  Hill’s Ideal Balance makes it simple for dog owners when it comes to their pet’s food.

Why finding the Right Balance is Important When it Comes to Dog Food

Hill’s Ideal balance dog food allows you to give your dog balanced nutrition, which is the key to good health.  This dog food has the perfect balance because good nutrition isn’t just about ingredients – it’s about the right balance of nutrients.

Nutrient excess can lead to certain health conditions and nutrient deficiency can lead to certain health conditions.  Natural ingredients do not guarantee optimum nutrition, precisely balanced nutrients does.

“Creating a natural pet food is one thing. Creating a perfectly balanced one to Hill’s high standards is quite another.” –Kathy Gross, Hill’s Pet Nutritionist.

 Ready to try a new kind of dog food?

So you are curious which dog food flavors to try out?  Here are two that are Labrador tested and approved by our lab Haylie.

-Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ Natural Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Adult dog food

-Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ Grain-Free Natural Chicken & Potato Recipe Adult dog food

So you heard how much the Hound Girl homestead likes Hill’s Ideal Balance dog food and what their company stands for and you are curious….  The great part is that Hill’s Ideal Balance is 100% balanced nutrition guaranteed or your money back.

Check out the Ideal Balance website for great information about finding the right Ideal Balance food for your pet, compare for yourself how Ideal Balance stacks up against the competition, and be sure to take advantage of the Try Me Free rebate!



Author has been compensated for completion of this article. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.


Unleashed by Petco Supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Unleashed by Petco is doing to help the cause. During the month of October, 100% of the proceeds from sales of the Kyjen Breast Cancer Hedgehog Toy for Dogs will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. This cute, cuddly, pink and plush toy is a fetchable pal for your pup or an adorable keepsake for you.

BEGGIN’® – Week Long Sweepstakes



Dog Treat Brand Reaches One Million Fans and Launches “Fan Appreciation Week” Sweepstakes


ST. LOUIS (September 30) – Hamlet, the loveable Beggin’® mascot, isn’t the only one longing for Beggin’ on Facebook – one million other bacon and dog treat lovers are too! After just two and a half years on Facebook, Beggin’ is celebrating its million-fan milestone with a bacon-filled sweepstakes for those bacon-crazed fans. The Beggin’ “Fan Appreciation Week” Sweepstakes begins today on the brand’s Facebook page to thank fans for helping the brand become one of the first dog treat brands to reach the one million fan plateau.


The Sweepstakes, beginning September 30 and ending October 4, offers all of the brand’s Facebook followers the opportunity to enter for a chance to win distinctively designed Beggin’- and bacon-themed prizes, which will be revealed at the beginning of each day on the brand’s Facebook page. Beggin’ will award five total prizes (one prize per day) to fans during the entry period and each day’s prize will increase in monetary value, culminating with a one-of-a-kind experiential prize on Friday.


“The Beggin’ brand has always been about sharing our hilarious obsession for bacon with dogs and their owners, and Facebook has been a great place for people to join in the fun,” said Greg Stinson of the Beggin’ Brand Team. “We couldn’t be happier to be one of the first dog treat brands to reach this goal, and celebrate the moment by giving back to our fans who feel as passionately about Beggin’ and bacon as we do.”


To enter the Beggin’ “Fan Appreciation Week” Sweepstakes, please visit Follow the onscreen instructions and respond to the post on the brand’s wall to receive one (1) entry into the corresponding Entry Period.


For more ways to connect with Beggin’, follow Beggin’ on Twitter, watch clips on the brand’s YouTube channel, and download the Beggin’ Nosecam app to create your own hilarious videos from a dog’s point of view (iOS and Android versions available).


NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.  PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Open to U.S. legal residents of the 48 U.S./D.C. (excluding AK and HI) 18+. Begins 12:00:01 a.m. (CDT) 9/30/13 and ends 11:59:59 p.m. (CDT) 10/4/13. Odds of winning depend upon number of entries submitted. Void in AK, HI and where prohibited. Official Rules. Sponsor: Nestlé Purina PetCare Company, Checkerboard Square, St. Louis, MO  63164


About Beggin’

Beggin’® Strips transform treat time into Beggin’ Time with mouthwatering, bacon-flavored dog treats and snacks that bacon-craving dogs love. Beggin’ is manufactured and distributed by Nestlé Purina PetCare Company, a global leader in the pet care industry. Nestlé Purina PetCare promotes responsible pet care, humane education, community involvement and the positive bond between people and their pets. The North American headquarters for Nestlé Purina PetCare is located at Checkerboard Square in St. Louis, Missouri. Nestlé Purina PetCare is part of Swiss-based Nestlé S.A. — the world’s largest food company.

Pet Food Giveaway – Hill’s® Ideal Balance™


 Pet Food Gift Basket Giveaway – Hill’s® Ideal Balance™

Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ dry food, wet food, and treats are the trifecta of natural nutrition for your cat and dog. There is sure to be something for everyone.  When you feed Ideal Balance foods, you can be assured that your pet is getting natural ingredients in perfect balance.   Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ foods have NO corn, wheat or soy and no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

I love that Hill’s has me covered from dry food, wet food, and treats.  I love to keep Haylie interested and trying new flavors.  Try supplementing Hill’s dry pet food with one of the delicious varieties of wet food for an extra special and tasty meal for your cat or dog. Haylie loves to have a few spoons of wet food mixed in with her dry food.

Here is an example of what Haylie ate yesterday:


Grain Free Natural Chicken & Potato Recipe Adult

Braised Lamb & Vegetables


Oven-Baked Naturals with Turkey & Cranberries


Natural Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Adult

Poached Salmon & Vegetables Recipe


Soft-Baked Naturals with Chicken & Carrots

Offering your pet complete and nutritious meals every day eases your mind and satisfies your pet.  The variety that Hill’s has with their Ideal Balance line makes feeding time fun!  Remember treats aren’t just for dogs – cats love getting a special treat, too! Ideal Balance has natural treats for both dogs and cats.


Twenty lucky winners will receive a Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ Gift basket that includes the following:  There are dog and cat baskets available, US only.

To enter all you have to do is a leave a comment and tell me what ingredient in dog/cat food is your pets favorite.  Make sure to leave your email address in the comment so if you win I can contact you along with your preference of either a dog or cat basket!  20 winners will be chosen on 9/30/13.

Ideal Balance Dog Gift basket:

    • Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ Grain-Free Natural Chicken & Potato Recipe Adult – 3.5 lb bag
  • Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ wet food – 6 cans


  • Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ Treats – 2 bags variety


  • Dog bowl


  • Blanket


Ideal Balance Cat Gift basket:

    • Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ Grain-Free natural Chicken & Potato Recipe Adult – 2 lb bag
  • Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ wet food variety pack – 6 cans case


  • Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ Crunchy Naturals with Real Tuna


  • Cat bowl


  • Place mat


Author has been compensated for completion of this article. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.

Petco Halloween – Howl-oween Fun


Petco Halloween 2013

Petco Halloween products are some of my favorite things because Halloween is such a fun time of the year and it means fall is here!

Halloween is going to be big in the Hound Girl homestead this year because not only do I get to dress my dog up I get to dress up our baby!  We pass out candy every year and I have seen more and more dogs dressed up and our trick o treating with their families.  I have decided that this year when I’m at Petco getting Haylie’s costume I’m going to pick up some dog treats while I’m there to hand out to the dogs trick o treating!

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Petco has some adorable new costumes this year!  My favorite was the taco costume which comes in sizes xx-small to large, it will not fit Haylie but its still my favorite!  They have a football costume for all those manly boy dogs and they have a  devil costume with a tutu for all the girly dogs.  There are a few costumes that Petco has for the big dogs and I cant wait to head on over and get her the lobster costume, it comes in her size XX-Large!

Haylie might now enjoy dressing up for Halloween but I sure love dressing her up, if you were to ask Haylie what her favorite thing about Halloween is she would tell you its the Petco Halloween toys!!  I think the Petco Halloween toys are adorable and fun, we received a box of Halloween goodies and I put it on the floor because the next day I planned to take photos of the products.  The next morning I walked into the kitchen and found…the Frankenstein dog toy laying on the floor, I immediately took a photo of it because I knew the toy would be destroyed in hours.  I would love to say I cant believe that my dog helped herself to the box of goodies would be a lie…sadly this has happened before with Petco products we have been sent.  What can I say she has good taste and loves Petco too!

Petco Halloween

Later outside I found the Dracula toy who was missing a leg and the zombie girl dog toy with a nice hole in her head.  So, as you can tell she loves them and I love the selection of toys they have because there is everything from stuffed toys, ropes and cat toys in the Petco Halloween section, one stop shop!

When it comes to trick o treating you want to make sure you are safe while walking your dog, I know that we got our light up collar and leash from petco and we love the added safety it gives us when walking at night.

Petco Halloween costumes come in sizes from xx-small to xx-large, so head on over to your local Petco and check out the awesome selection.  Please make sure to have a safe Howl-o-ween and remember Petco is your one stop shop for all your pets Halloween needs.

I did receive products in exchange for my own personal honest opinion and review.

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