Mr Chewy Review

 We here at Big Paw love our pets – and good nutrition is key, of course.  So we were so happy to be selected to review Mr Chewy’s website. As a dog and cat mom – sometimes it can be hard to keep the pet food pantry stocked.  Especially with big hungry dogs and cats.  In fact, if you don’t fee the cats – you will get a paw slap in the face about 2AM.  We also have small children in the house, so running out and filing a shopping cart with a 40 lb bag of dog food and a million cat food cans can be not just a challenge but sometimes down right impossible.  So – off we went to test out this online pet food and more service. I was a little curious how the UPS delivery man would feel about my big old bag of dog food much less the state in which it would arrive.

I went online and selected my food.  Then I went to checkout. And wow – guess what – if you set up your food on auto…..you get an extra discount AND don’t have to think about it. Bonus.

Overall we were very pleased with the selection and ease of ordering.  Then the waiting began. Ding Dong! Wow that was fast.  A big brown box was delivered from a big brown truck.  And inside was my dog food – the huge bag all in tact and ready to go.

Let’s just say – I am going to set up an auto delivery…..SO much easier and hassle free.  Check  it out and see what you think!

About the Company
Who is Mr. Chewy?
Just an average dog with big dreams…

We asked ourselves: Can we create a household brand and sustainable business that will allow us to pursue our passion for helping animals? From that question, Mr. Chewy is born. Mr. Chewy is the spot for pet people. Mr. Chewy delivers pet happiness by conveniently shipping 70+ brands of pet food and stuff (for free!) while ensuring at-risk animals’ lives are improved across the planet. At-risk animals need a hero — and let’s face it — driving to the store and schlepping pet stuff bites. Unlike the big, corporate, profit-driven pet retailers, MrChewy.com is driven by pet happiness not the bottom line.

Where to go and how to buy
 Go to Mr Chewy.com  and select your section.  Oh – and did I mention – free shipping on orders over $49 – so you  even save the gas money on driving to the store!  Create and account and decide if you want auto deliveries (save more!)  or one time shipment…..and check out – and check that task off of your list.


Disclaimer: I was not paid or did not receive any compensation, but did receive samples to review and test out. The opinions in this post are soley mine.

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The Yorkshire Terrier: Canine Fashion Doll

A relatively young breed, only being about 100 years old, the Yorkshire Terrier is believed to have originally been bred for work in the mines, where these tiny lion-hearted dogs could catch the hoards of rats which infested the mine shafts. Others speculate that this tiny toy was the result of selective breeding, in an attempts to create a ferocious little hunting dog that was able to slip down badger and fox holes, flushing the prey out. Originally, the Yorkshire Terrier was a larger individual than what is seen in the modern Yorkies but, through selective breeding the smallest and most delicate members with one another, the breed has been conveniently downsized into the dainty toy sweetheart that we all know and love.

It is believed that the Yorkshire Terrier developed through a mixture of various terrier dogs, brought along by Scotsmen who were seeking work at various woolen mills in Yorkshire. The Skye Terrier and the extinct Clydesdale may have played a major role in the development of the breed, then being crossed with local terriers, such as the long-haired Leeds. Black and Tan Manchesters, Dandie Dinmont Terriers, and the Maltese may have also played key rolls in creating the unique little Yorkshire but, whoever was involved, the end result was a little dog that would not only work as a splendid rat chaser, but would later go on to become the fashion doll of the dog world.

Itís no wonder that the Yorkie has captured hearts, worldwide; wide and expressive eyes stare out from a delicate face as perked, v-shaped ears give this little angel a continual playful or curious expression. The Yorkieís coat is incredibly long, when properly maintained, and is both fine and silky, bearing more resemblance to fine human hair than a dogís coat. Jokes about walking wigs and mops abound, but few can resist the charm of these black and tan beauties. The ideal Yorkshire Terrier stands no more than 6-7 inches at the shoulder and should weigh no more than 7 pounds.

Yorkies are terriers and they carry that spunky attitude that is trademark to these kinds of dogs. Often suspicious of those they donít know, the Yorkshire Terrier may only be bite sized, but sheís not afraid to be aggressive towards strange dogs and other small animals. While they do get along with children, it is advised that they not be brought into a home with small children because Yorkies are so tiny and fragile that bones can break and serious injury can occur if they are dropped or fallen upon. Additionally, problems such as paralysis in the hindquarters, due to herniated disks and spine abnormalities can be seen in the breed, bitches often have problems whelping, and the very tiny variety, or ìteacupî Yorkies, can also suffer from serious health and behavioral problems.

Yorkshire Terriers can tend to lean towards being a high maintenance pet; not only is there that long and silky coat to contend with, but they are often difficult to train (particularly housebreaking), prone to neurotic behaviors, and can lean towards a snappish tendency if they are teased or surprised. This breed is also prone to tooth decay and should be fed mainly dry kibble, to help keep his teeth strong and healthy. Nevertheless, previous and current owners are strong advocates of the breed; you canít know one and not love them. They know how to wiggle right into your heart, just as quickly as they will wiggle onto your lap.

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Abyssinian: The Ruddy-Coated Mystery Cat

 Considered to be one of the oldest known breeds of cat in the world, the Abyssinian cat is an animal whose history is a swirling mix of speculation and intrigue. Bearing a strong resemblance to the same cats depicted in the sculptures and various artwork of the ancient Egyptian people, the Abyssinian is an elegant and lithe cat that possesses a lean muscled body, proud yet delicately arched neck, pronounced ears, and very captivating almond-shaped eyes. The Abyssinian cat is also known to have maintained the appearance of the African wildcat, felis lybica, which has been traced back and pinpointed as the ancestor of all modern-day domestic cats.

The Abyssinian cat has not gained his name from being from Abyssinia, as one might expect, however. Instead, she was given the title simply because cats of this breed, first exhibited in English cat fancier shows, were supposedly imported from the country of Abyssinia (now known as Ethiopia). While the true origins of this fascinating feline are obscured by time, it is said that a ruddy-coated cat won 3rd place honors at the 1871 Crystal Palace cat show and, upon further investigation, that the cat had been brought to England at some point during the Abyssinian war. There is also mention of them in the 1874 publication, “Cats, Their Points and Characteristics,” written by Gordon Staples. Featuring a colored lithograph of a reddish cat with ticked coat and lack of tabby markings around the face, neck and paws, this book also points in the direction of Abyssinia, stating that the cat had been brought to England during the end of the Abyssinian war, which would date this unique breed of cat back as far as 1868 in text.

Strangely enough, however, no written records can link today’s Abyssinian with these imported felines and, quite often, skeptics will claim that the Abyssinian cat was created when various silver and brown tabbies were crossed with native British cats that possessed coats which bore distinctive “bunny” ticking. Genetics work may point the Abyssinian cat off in an entirely different direction though – recent studies suggest that the origins of the Abyssinian cat may actually stem from somewhere off the coast of the Indian ocean or, perhaps, parts of Southeast Asia. Perhaps strengthening this theory is the fact that the oldest known identifiable member of this breed is actually kept in a taxi dermal exhibit in the Leiden Zoological Museum, of Holland. Sporting a red-ticked coat, this cat was purchased somewhere between the years of 1834 and 1836, and was labeled as ‘Patrie, domestica India,’ by the founder of the museum. This suggests that, while the breed may have been refined and promoted by English cat fanciers, that she may have originally made her way there via merchants and colonists who first made port in Calcutta, a major trading port along the Indian Ocean.

While the first Abyssinian cats arrived in England as far back as the early 1900ís, it wasn’t until the late 1930ís that quality cats of this breed were exported from Britain and used to found our modern-day American breeding programs. Considered to be superiority intelligent even amongst the cat world, the Abyssinian is known to be a people-cat; a little creature that is never happy to lounge about on a lap but, rather, wants to know what their human litter mates are doing and, most certainly, insists upon helping at every opportunity. Owners of Abyssinian cats are fond of saying that, once you’ve owned one of these unique little felines, you will never want another kind of cat – the Abyssinian cat is sure to become your favorite companion.

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The Adorable Pomeranian

The small size and glorious coat of the Pomeranian gives it an adorable appearance. The Pomeranian has a dense double coat, which stands away from the body giving the dog a ruffled or fringed look around the neck and chest. There are a variety of colors and patterns in the Pomeranian, which include brown, black, cream, tan and red as well as many variations. The Pomeranian weights approximately five to seven pounds and is classified as a toy breed due to its tiny size.

The Pomeranian is confident and curious by nature. Pomeranian’s are vivacious, intelligent and loyal. They do well in competitive shows. The Pomeranian is a sturdy little breed of dog. Despite their small size they are courageous and have good protective instincts. Pomeranian’s can make good watchdogs although they tend to be overly vocal. They have good hunting instincts as well.

The Pomeranian is generally a healthy breed of dog. Their average lifespan is approximately fifteen years although some have lived longer. Pomeranian’s are prone to certain health conditions such as cataracts, skin disease and dental disorders. Pomeranian’s do need to be brushed once or twice a week since their thick coats have a tendency to mat.

Pomeranian’s adapt well to most living environments whether country or city, apartment or house. Pomeranian’s make good companions but they may not interact well with children. Young children can be rough with pets and Pomeranian’s could easily be injured due to their small size.

Pomeranian’s are highly desired pets. They are one of the most popular dog breeds. Full-blooded toy They  can fetch a fairly high price. There’s no denying that they are good loveable pets. They get along well with people and even other pets in the household. Although they are energetic Pomeranian’s can be calm and quiet which makes them an ideal dog for apartment living. They require little maintenance although they do love attention and affection.

Pomeranian’s may not always be as obedient as some other breeds but they are quite intelligent and have strong unique personality traits. They  enjoy going for walks with their human companions. They don’t seem to mind being groomed. They will happily spend time playing with a chew toy. They can be quite social. They are loving and protective of their owners. They may be small but they can bark loud enough to alert you to the presence of a stranger.

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Cat Behavior – Alternatives to Declawing

When the cats start scratching the furniture, declawing is often the first thing that comes to mind, but there are many less radical alternatives to this sometimes dangerous and debilitating operation. While for some cats the choice is truly between declawing and surrender to a shelter, many other cats can learn to respect the furniture and claw only appropriate objects. It certainly pays to give these alternatives to declawing a try.

One of the most important things cat owners can do is introduce the cats in their lives to scratching posts, climbing poles and other appropriate scratching surfaces as soon as possible. Making these surfaces even more attractive by rubbing them with catnip is a great idea as well, as is placing the front paws on the surface and miming a scratching motion. Most kittens and many older cats will get the idea right away.

Of course providing good alternatives to scratching your favorite couch, chair or set of curtains is only half the battle. The other half involves training the cat to avoid scratching those surfaces. One of the handiest inventions for this purpose is a simple piece of adhesive plastic with a sticky surface. This special tape is applied to the furniture or other surface, and when the cat tries to scratch his or her paws stick. Cats dislike this intensely, and they quickly learn to avoid the source of their discomfort.

If it is possible to catch the cat in the act, a quick squirt from a spray bottle or spray gun can do the trick. This method uses the cat’s natural aversion to water to your advantage. This method works not only for unwanted claw sharpening but for keeping cats off the furniture, stove and other surfaces as well.

If all else fails, there may be yet another alternative to surgical declawing cat owners can try. Many pet stores and veterinary offices carry special nail tips which can be placed over the claws of the cat. These nail tips go on just like artificial fingernails, and they prevent damage when the cat performs its natural claw sharpening. These tips can last for months, needing to be put back on or replaced only after the cat’s claws have grown enough to dislodge them.

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Choosing the Best Dog For Your Children

At some point in every parent’s life, a child will ask “Can we have a dog?” Dogs can make wonderful companions for children but care should be taken when choosing a dog for your family. Any dog that is raised from puppyhood with children around may become reasonably accustomed to their presence, and some breeds are known to be especially fond of kids, but some dog breeds are not recommended as pets for families with small children.

The best dog for young children is one that was raised around children and is known to be fond of them. A younger dog (less than a year old) will have energy levels more closely matching your child’s; an older dog may not appreciate wild play. Have a supervised visit for the child and dog, and watch to see that the dog is not inattentive to the child or runs from him, and that the dog doesn’t overreact to having its ears and tail pulled, feet stepped on, and fur ruffled up. Of course, children should not be allowed to treat a dog this way, but you know kids, it’s going to happen eventually. Check the dog’s pain threshold by squeezing his paw. A dog with a high pain threshold will not yelp. Don’t take a dog that appears stressed, over-excited, or growls at children.

If you want to add a puppy to your family, choose one that is gentle and mildly submissive. Try to roll the puppy on his back to rub his tummy. If he allows you to do so, he will be a submissive dog. A puppy that won’t allow you to roll him over will have a more dominant personality and may consider your child his inferior. Avoid buying a puppy from a pet store. Many such puppies come from puppy mills and often are not tested for genetic defects, health or temperament problems. Choose a reputable dog breeder if you must have a pedigree dog. Mixed breed dogs often have the most even temperaments and combine the best qualities of their dominant breeds.

Adopting an adult dog without a proven track record with children should only be done by parents who have experience with dogs, who can supervise the dog and spot any signs of potential trouble. Don’t leave your children alone with the dog until you can trust them to get along.

Larger breeds of dogs are almost always more tolerant of children than toy breeds. If you have toddlers in the family, however, you may want to choose a smaller breed because a larger dog may playfully knock down a small child. Large dogs should be trained not to jump up on people. Labrador Retrievers are the most popular family dogs, but can be extremely energetic when they are young, and destructive as puppies. Boxers are very fond of “their people”, especially children, but are a powerful and energetic breed. Collies are great with people, very smart dogs, and not so wild as some larger breeds. Other larger breeds that are known to be fond of children are the Mastiff, Newfoundland, and Bloodhound. With have proper obedience training, Dalmatians, Great Danes, German Shepherds, Irish Setters, Old English Sheepdogs, and Irish Wolfhound can be good family pets.

Small to medium size dogs are a good choice if you want to avoid potential harm to either the dog or child. Beagles are great with children and make great family dogs but they tend to bark a lot. Basset hounds adore everyone but children should not be allowed to pick them up, as they need their long backs supported to avoid injury. Bichon Fries are small dogs that are able to keep up with rowdy children. Dachshunds, Chihuahua, Chow Chows, Pekinese, and Lhasa Apsos are often not very patient with small children.

Toy breeds are not generally recommended for families with toddlers. Little Bobby might just conk the tiny pooch over the head with his toy truck, possibly harming the dog and causing it to bite out of self-defense. If you prefer a toy breed for your family, choose the Pug, which is the largest of the toy breeds, and a very happy, high-energy dog.

Some breeds who are best with older children are Basenjis, Airedales, Fox Terriers, Yorkies, Whippets, Shih Tzus, Afghans, Standard Schnauzers, Rottweiler, Dobermans, Malamutes, Weimaraner, Shelties, and Manchester Terriers.

Studies have shown that children raised from infancy with pets in their home have less chance of developing allergies and asthma. If your allergic child asks for a pet, the answer doesn’t always have to be no. While no dog breed is truly non-allergenic, there are some breeds that are less likely to cause allergic reactions. Dogs with non-shedding, constantly-growing fur, that require regular grooming, may produce less allergy symptoms (Poodle, Bichon Frise). You can reduce the allergens in your home so your child can enjoy the rewards of pet ownership. Keep the child’s bedroom off limits to the dog, and remove carpets, upholstery, and draperies from the child’s room, replacing them with washable surfaces. Launder the bedclothes regularly and cover the mattress, box springs, and pillow with allergy-resistant coverings. Having an allergen-free environment at night can reduce daytime symptoms. Vacuum the carpets and upholstery in the rest of the home regularly. HEPA filters can remove most of the allergens from the air. Teach the child not to touch his face when playing with the dog, and to wash his hands with soap and water afterward.

Whatever breed you choose, teach your children how to behave around dogs. Many children are harmed by dogs of all breeds by mistreating them or not respecting the dog’s instincts to protect himself, his food, or his toys. Adding a dog member to your family will provide your children with a faithful companion, and give them a measure of love and acceptance not always found in human relationships.

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