Thursday, June 30, 2016

Product Review: Hill's Ideal Balance Breakfast Medleys with Country Chicken and Egg

Hello Good pups and peeps of Blogville! Macy Blue here with another review. O.k. Momma, what did Chewy send me this month??

They sent you Hill's Ideal Balance Breakfast Medleys with Country Chicken and Egg Dog Treats.

Ummm Breakfast Medleys?? Wait... they make cookies just for breakfast???  Oh gimmegimmegimme!! Give it to the MacyBlue!... INCOMING....

Oh NOMnomNOM! Those are tasty...Oops! MOM! You forgot to do the product shots! Show them what the baggy looks like:

The cookies look like little waffles! Macy Blue LOVES waffles! Heh!

Momma, you shouldn't put that back in the touched it you know! I don't want your hand germs in my cookies, so...You should give me that one!   INCOMING!

That one was a bit HIGH, Momma! O.K. I'mma hoover the ground a bit  while Momma tells you the 'gredient stuffs!

Hill's Ideal Balance Breakfast Medleys with Country Chicken and Egg Dog Treats are regular priced on Chewy's site at 8.99 for 8 ounces which is a bit steep for my budget. And the treats are there are not that many of them. We typically buy a pound for 7.99 of our favorite treats on For those of you with deeper pocketbooks, they are made from good stuff and Macy really loved them.  On the plus side, they are on sale right now!!!

Here are the ingredients as listed on 
Chicken, Peas, Potatoes, Chicken Meal, Tapioca, Cane Molasses, Glycerin, Chicken Fat, Egg Product, Natural Flavors, Dried Skim Milk, Cinnamon, Citric Acid, Lactic Acid, Mixed Tocopherols for freshness.
 Back to Macy Blue to wrap it up:

There goes Princess Pocketbook again... sigh... Maybe we can get some at the sale.  [Who knew I got adopted by Kmart?? Sheesh]

Well, I sure loved them!  So let's hope!

Neither Creekhiker nor Macy Blue were compensated for this review. gave Macy Blue one case of Hill's Ideal Balance Breakfast Medleys with Country Chicken and Egg Dog Treats to devour...or not.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Throwing Shade

Throwing shade has a negative connotation in social media, but this is what it means to Macy Blue and me.

Macy's hellbow causes her to limp. Her desire to lead the pack while simultaneously exploring off trail causes her to over heat. She is prone to "sand naps." While we were in Louisiana, she could barely walk three blocks without a shade nap.  I often shield her from the sun...throw shade on help her cool off so we can catch up with our pack.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Product Review: Blue Buffalo Wilderness Bayou Biscuits Alligator and Catfish

Hello Good Pups and Peeps of Blogville! Macy Blue here. Momma has been busy busy again but I finally sat her down to type up my review for!

This month I'm reviewing Blue Buffalo's Wildness Bayou Biscuits Alligator and Catfish.

 Momma ordered these because of our Mississippi / Louisiana roots but they have LOTS of other flavors! Chicken, Salmon, Turkey, Salmon + Venison and Halibut, and ... DUCK! Momma says I cannot eat duck on account I am related to some... we got a visit from Drake the other morning. Momma tells me he is my brother-in-law. (I think he looks tasty!) But I digress...

So these are the Alligator / Catfish Bayou Biscuits:

Isn't the paw print cute??? And I gotta say, I eat homemade biscuits when we visit my granny but... these are so much better than hers! (Please don't tell her!)

Check out me catching one:

Yummers! Nom nom nom! Perdone mi chewish:

I'm gonna hoover the ground a bit while Momma tells you the details she wants your pawrents to know:

Hello, Creekhiker / Macy Momma here. Well, Blue Buffalo's Wildness Bayou Biscuits Alligator and Catfish.  are pawsome all around. They are a great high protein treat, Macy loves them and the price is average (and Chewy has them on sale with additional discounts for Autoship!).

Ingredients: Alligator, shrimp meal, potatoes, chicken fat, flaxseed (source of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids), catfish, salt, calcium carbonate, preserved with citric acid and mixed tocopherols, oil of rosemary.

 Key Benefits:
  •  Delicious real alligator, catfish and shrimp
  • Filled with high-quality unique proteins
  • 100% grain-free and gluten-free
  • Crunchy baked biscuits
  • Made with the finest natural ingredients
  • No artificial preservatives, colors or flavors
  • No corn, wheat, soy or chicken/poultry by-product meals
I would purchase these again for the girl! 

OMD! Did you hear that??? Princess Pocketbook likes these!!!! Whooo Hoooo!!!

 Macy Blue sez: It's Yummy!  I give Blue Buffalo's Wildness Bayou Biscuits Alligator and Catfish four paws up!

 Neither Creekhiker nor Macy Blue were compensated for this review. gave Macy Blue one case of  Blue Buffalo's Wildness Bayou Biscuits Alligator and Catfish  to devour...or not.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Necessary Conversation

Dealing with a shy, tender-hearted dog is still relatively new to me, making this so much harder to write. My previous three dogs were also shelter / rescue dogs. The two adult rottweilers clearly had a past but clearly appreciated me drawing a line in the sand for their guidance. I'm not saying I wasn't a pushover. Milly came to me understanding a litany of commands in both German and English. It took me about a week to surmise she would respond to the last one I tried! I made the switch to English only made when she failed to respond, I would show her. She quickly got the message that what Mamma says, goes.

Milly, Maggie and Mabel all tested me and pushed my limits in their first weeks with me. Eventually, I would feel threatened enough that I felt it was time to let them know I was the Alpha and I would pin them to the floor. Once that conversation was over with, the one exception being Mabel, it was never tested again.

Mabel Lou, as always, was a different story. She tested me throughout our twelve years and I would periodically remind her I was Alpha with a pin... usually in a play session that had gotten too rough. This happened maybe four times in twelve years.

And then there is the tender heart I live with now...

Macy is the oldest dog I've ever brought home. And the best behaved. Honestly, the worst thing I can say about her is I wish she stayed a bit closer on the trail. I wish her recall was better. But  she will often come when I, in exasperation, shout, "Find a good mom!" Then she will come find me...

She didn't want to get on the furniture... I taught her that. She allows me to work on the computer and do my thing... She never demands attention (I really should've known she wasn't a rotten!). She has come around to like petting, finally seeming to understand that my hand can mean good things. I have to remind myself to play with her! She seems to get that just because Mom is loud and boisterous doesn't not mean she is in trouble.  Macy does so many things right, but when I enter the room, her face will often flush with fear... What have I done wrong now?  Nothing my dear. You are beautiful, you are kind, you are sweet, you are important. I SEE you Macy Girl. I see YOU!  I tell her this daily.  It's nice to get lubs... Lubs don't have to hurt.

Except for the Biting:

Macy got into a cholla the other day. This one in her shoulder and many in the top of her head.  We were hiking alone and I knew I couldn't get them out of by myself. I phoned the hiking buddy and we stopped at her house. She had gloves and pliers ready. I removed my shoe lace to try and muzzle the girl.   Macy tries her best to bite us when we're trying to help.

I just couldn't seem to get the muzzle on her and before I knew what had happened, Macy had bit and scratched both of my arms.  She doesn't break the skin...but it's a frightening exchange and leaves me spent every time she tries this!

I think back on the pure bred rottweilers I've brought home as adults and the big powerful mix Mabel Lou was.  Collectively, the three of them snapped at me four times. I startled Milly awake... trying to put a sock on Maggie's cancer ridden foot and it HURT... Mabel with cholla twice.  but NEVER did they make contact! Not even that close. It was more of a "Hey, I don't like that but...ok..whatever...!" And it was over. 

Macy doesn't really bite that hard but my body parts are definitely ending up in her mouth!

Yep, I Have to Do This:

As she slid down from biting both my arms, landing in a "sit-pretty," she fell over. I found myself dropping with her, crawling up her body, no weight on her...just the threat of my body being up in her business. I calmly grabbed her throat, held her to the ground and in a low, calm voice told her, "I am your Alpha and forever Mom. I will never hurt you deliberately. It is not OK for you to bite me or your Aunties when we are helping you!"  She had been struggling but as I talked, she stopped. When she stopped, I caressed her and quickly got off of her. She stayed put for a second before her canine buddies rushed over to her and it was over.

That night she pouted and I fretted. Did I break my tender girl? A friend pointed out that if she was pouting, she was over it... I laughed and waited. By bedtime, she was cuddling for her usual two minutes and not a second longer.

A day later, my annual sinus infection hit with a vengeance. I had a fever of 102.5, crawling into bed, I was shocked Macy was joining me. She's slept with me for most of the last week, save for one night!

I hope we've turned another corner...

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Chewy Review: Blue Buffalo Wilderness Wild Rolls Beef Recipe

Hello good pups and peeps of Facebook er... BlogVILLE!  Long time, eh? Good help is so hard to find! Sigh!
But I did get my assistant / Momma to the keyboard in the knick of time for my Chewy Review! Thank goodness!

So what did send for review this month Mom???

They sent you a chub of Blue Buffalo Wilderness Wild Rolls Beef Recipe.

Gee Momma, beef sounds good and I like buffalo - not sure it's supposed to be BLUE... but...whatsa CHUB???

It's a convenient way to package moist meat products... You're gonna like this Macy Blue. Here: 

OOOOOhhhh! That IS good Momma!!! I think I need another...You know, to be totally objective!

All right Macy Blue! You don't have to give me the sassy eyes!

Momma, a girl's gotta do what she can to get a nibble around here! Why don't you let me hoover the ground for a bit and tell the nice peeps what's in this chub of wonderful??

O.K. M.B., Here 's what Chewy says about the Blue Buffalo Wilderness Wild Rolls: 

Product Description

Blue Buffalo Wilderness feeds your dog’s ancestral wolf-like spirit and his love of meat with Wild Rolls Beef Recipe Grain-Free Dog Food Roll. This soft-moist roll is grain-free and naturally preserved to deliver the smoky flavor of delicious beef in every bite. Wild Rolls make it easy to satisfy your dog’s primal instincts with a versatile food that can be served as a kibble topper or on its own as a fully balanced meal or flavorful treat.
Key Benefits

  • Grain-free beef food roll
  • Made with all-natural ingredients
  • Serve as a full meal, topper or treat
  • Suitable for adult dogs
  • No artificial preservatives, colors or flavors
  • No corn, wheat, soy or chicken/poultry by-product meals


Beef, chicken, pea flour, cane molasses, dried egg, beef broth, sugar, vegetable glycerin, potato starch, pea fiber, natural flavor, lactic acid, sodium lactate, salt, dried cultured whey product, sodium phosphate, potassium chloride, celery powder, choline chloride, ferrous sulfate, vitamin e supplement, mixed tocopherols, zinc oxide, vitamin A supplement, copper amino acid complex, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), manganese sulfate, niacin (vitamin B3), calcium pantothenate (vitamin B5), sodium selenite, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin (vitamin B2), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), potassium iodide, biotin, folic acid, oil of rosemary

Here's the Momma's take on it: While the product is soft when you first open it, it's pretty hard when stored in the fridge, as recommeded.  One of the reviews on the Chewy site says it's "spreadable." Ours was not, even before we put it in fridge. I tell you all of this because this old lady has two bad shoulders and two bad elbows... It was hard to mix into "Macy Blue Stew" - My own mix of wet food and kibble and warm water or broth. I found it easier to shave bits off with a knife. 

Additionally, it smelled "salty" and while they don't measure salt content in dog food, the sodium phosphate and potassium chloride are both pretty high on the list of ingredients. Likely a preservative but when it's the primary thing you smell, it seems excessive. 

On the plus side, it has a handy ruler on the package for feeding the right proportion of food. 

And finally, I'm always concerned about price. The non-sale price at the time of this writing comes to .47 / ounce. And this is on the 2.25 # roll. It's also available in a one # roll and costs considerably more per ounce. Compare that with one of the more expensive Blue Buffalo canned foods which comes in at .23 / ounce. And one of my more pricey current brands comes in at .13 / ounce. 

Because of my concerns about the salty smell and the price, this momma wouldn't purchase it.

There goes Princess Pocketbook again! Momma, I think the Blue Buffalo Wild Rolls Beef Recipe is sooooo tasty!!

Macy Blue sez: It's Yummy!  I give Blue Buffalo Wilderness Wild Rolls Beef Recipe four paws up!

So if you have a momma who has looser purse strings...maybe you pups can get some!  Geesh! I guess I got adopted by Dollar Queen!

Neither Creekhiker nor Macy Blue were compensated for this review. gave Macy Blue one case of  Blue Buffalo Wilderness Wild Rolls Beef Recipe  to devour...or not.