Giveaway for the Dogs

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Smoothies make great snacks, but to make them into a meal, you’ve got to add a little something-something.


Oatmeal!  It gives smoothies a wonderful, gritty texture and turns them into a legit breakfast. Mmm!


This smoothie was the ultimate summer breakfast food.  It’s simply too hot out (it will feel like 103 at noon, according to the weatherman!) to eat a warm meal.




  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1 tablespoons Vega Shake & Go Vanilla
  • 1 cup rice milk
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 15 frozen organic cherries


A Giveaway for the Dogs


James is a very picky eater; Maggie is not.


Maggie will literally eat anything you put in front of her – once she gnawed on my fingers because they were covered in chicken grease (pre-vegetarian days) – but James turns his nose up at ANYTHING weird.  It took me forever to find a dog food he liked (Beneful, but only the red bag).  But lately, both of the dogs have been refusing to eat Beneful, wandering away with a half-full bowl.  It’s really frustrating because I have to stand over them and make them eat EVERY DAY.


Enter… Holistic Select.


Holistic Select’s PR company e-mailed me and asked if Maggie and James would like to review their dog food.  At first I was hesitant (if you’re a dog owner, you know what can happen if you suddenly change foods… if you catch my drift), but decided to go for it because Beneful had been causing so many headaches lately.  Plus, Holistic Select is packed with probiotics, natural enzymes, botanicals and Omega-3’s.


I mixed Holistic Select with Beneful for a few days to wean them onto the new food, and then switched entirely a week ago. The dogs LOVE this new food.  They woof it down (pun intended)!


And I love the ingredient list:  stuff like Oatmeal, Dried Beet Pulp, Flaxseed, Menhaden Fish Oil, Tomato Pomace, Carrots, Peas, Sun-Cured Alfalfa, Organic Quinoa, Blueberries, Apples, Cranberries, Dried Kelp, Yucca Schidigera Extract, and more.


Furthermore:  no explosive poops as I’ve encountered every other time I tried to change their foods.  MAJOR bonus.


We liked the product so much I asked if I could run a giveaway. If you’d like to receive a bag of Holistic Select, simply comment with your doggie/doggie’s name(s) and one of your favorite things about your pet.  I’ll pick a winner tomorrow morning randomly!


PS – To read some interesting thoughts on vegetarian dogs, check out this post and the comments.



  • Jenny June 17, 2010, 8:59 am

    i love my penelope and buster.
    and what i love most about them is the look they give me when they’re confused. so cute 😀
    also i love the way buster sighs as he lays down to take a nap….that sound means everything in his world is right and good 🙂

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs June 17, 2010, 9:00 am

    LOVE that smoothie!
    My dog is called Poppy, and my favourite thing – she’s finally learnt how to SIT!!

  • Anne June 17, 2010, 9:02 am

    YAY PUPPIES! We just got our little puppy, April, a week and a half ago. She’s a ball of energy. So far our favorite thing has been the silly things she does when playing fetch with her stuffed squirrel. She has ripped both ears off, and the head (which I sewed back on). She’s so freaking cute!

  • Amy June 17, 2010, 9:06 am

    This food looks great! I have a goofy greyhound named Lily who is way cute…however, her poops? not so cute! We’ve tried the raw meat diet, various dry foods, and nothing seems to be working. Looking at the ingredients list, I think this could work!

    My favorite thing about Lily? You mean I have to pick only one?? Well, she shoves her butt against my thigh when she wants a butt scratching and she chomps really loud when she is excited 🙂

  • Lauren (Clean Eats in the Dirty South) June 17, 2010, 9:07 am

    what a great giveaway! my puppy’s name is panda (Even though she’s brown and white) and one of my favorite things about her is how she acts when we come home. i love how dogs don’t seem to have any sense of time. its like we’ve been gone all her life! she goes crazy 🙂
    plus, she’s adorable straight outta the tub:

    • caitlin June 17, 2010, 9:08 am

      cutest… dog… ever.

  • Anne June 17, 2010, 9:07 am

    My dog’s name is Aleph (which is the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet.)
    My favorite thing about him is that he knows everything that the cat isn’t supposed to do and “punishes” her when she does anything naughty by chasing her around the house or gently play-biting her! Hilarious to watch! That, and he sleeps right next to me every night. 🙂 I love dog food with ingredients that are “people quality”…so many brands have preservatives and artificial colors that EVERYONE (dogs included) should avoid!

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday June 17, 2010, 9:09 am

    My doggie is Bagigis (a play on the Italian for peanut)

    She’s a cockerspaniel.

    I love taking her for walks– she’s my favourite walking companion.

  • Moni June 17, 2010, 9:10 am

    I have two pups, their names are Bailey (miniature dachshund) and Mr. Winston (pug). I LOVE both of them to pieces. My favorite thing about them would have to be how affectionate they are. Both of them love to cuddle and give kisses, which help me when my husband is gone on deployments. Second best thing to a loving husband are my loving doggies:)

  • Mary June 17, 2010, 9:12 am

    I have a 2yo Bernese mountain dog named Logan. She is basically awesome all around. Favorite things: she sleeps on her back with legs straight up in the air… she gives five (w. both paws) and barks on command… and she thinks she is a person. She’s had trouble with “digestive issues” in the past, so I have her on a combo of pedigree and Rx vet food. But would love to try Holistic Select!

  • Marilou @ Mostly Healthy June 17, 2010, 9:13 am

    I don’t have a puppy yet. Can’t wait though 🙂

    Oatmeal in smoothies? Never thought of it!

  • Julie P June 17, 2010, 9:14 am

    My dogs are Buster and Gidget (a chihuahua and a toy fox terrier). I love that Buster maintained his gentle baby nature throughout his ordeal with cancer and having his leg amputated any then having many complications. He is truly a sweetheart and acts like a baby! I love that Gidget is feisty and can run off a 120lb dog although she barely weighs 5lb!

  • JayhawkJen June 17, 2010, 9:14 am

    My pug is named Mr. Utley and he likes to be under a blanket when he is on the couch – no matter what the temperature is.

  • Angela @ Making Food for Friends June 17, 2010, 9:15 am

    I love my dog Toby Lerone! Here he is making friends with our cat, Nina, the week we adopted her:

    He’s the best cuddler in the world–one of the many things I love about him.

    • caitlin June 17, 2010, 9:16 am

      ohmigod cutest picture ever.

    • Christina June 17, 2010, 11:32 am

      OMG How CUTE is that?!

  • Jessica @ JJsVinBlanc June 17, 2010, 9:16 am

    My two beagles pups would love to try this, their names are Finley and Wilson. I love their big floppy ears, especially when the wind is blowing outside and it looks like they’re going to take off in flight. Love them!

  • Kim June 17, 2010, 9:17 am

    I have been having the same issues with my dogs walking away from food lately. What’s up with that? We started mixing in some raw carrots and cooked rice into their food but my German Shep still won’t eat the kibble, he just eats the good stuff!! I live in Canada so I’m not sure if this food is even available here but I’ll for sure have to check it out if I can find it.

    • Kim June 17, 2010, 9:19 am

      And a small detail I totally forgot, the dogs names! The picky German Shep is Whiskey which is our rescue dog and I also have a lab/husky mix named Tyson.

  • Liz June 17, 2010, 9:18 am

    What don’t I love about my pet? She’s a black lab named Nova. I think I love how doofy she is. That sounds mean but I mean it in the most loving way. She’s just goofy and funny and I love her!

  • Jenn @ LiveWellFitNow June 17, 2010, 9:19 am

    I wish I had a pup! I heart them more than anything. 🙂

    That smoothie looks delish my dear! I just had the reverse- oatmeal mixed with some chocolate protein powder + almond milk. So good so good.

  • Lauren @ Dragonflies Journey June 17, 2010, 9:20 am

    Riley is my loveable, nearly 6-year-old Rottweiler. He was Mike’s before I came into the picture but has adopted me as his mommy. Get that I didn’t adopt him? He is so protective of me and always makes sure I’m safe and ok. And whenever I cry or get upset, he comes over to me and licks the tears off my face…literally! He’s the best fur baby I could ask for.

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) June 17, 2010, 9:21 am

    Oatmeal makes smoothies stick to your ribs!
    LOL at explosive poops – bahaha

    Niko is my dog, and my favorite thing about her is that she loves to be snuggled. Makes my heart MELT.

  • Alicia at Poise in Parma June 17, 2010, 9:21 am

    Grady – my golden retriever – knows his tricks by word, number and hand signal! He’s my fuzz!

  • Rachel June 17, 2010, 9:22 am

    My dogs name is Sophie, she’s a beagle and the cutest thing about her is that she snorts when she’s happy…kind of like a pig haha! She’s actually been leaving half of her food in her bowl recently and we didn’t even think that maybe she was tired of the taste, this would be awesome to try this new food!

  • stacey June 17, 2010, 9:22 am

    My dogs are named Napoleon (Napo) and Nifkin. I love everything about them, but I guess one of my favorite things is that they both have their own special toy and when they are ready to go to bed, they usally come running into our bedroom with the favorite toys stuffed in their mouth. So cute!

  • Evan Thomas June 17, 2010, 9:24 am

    My dog’s montana and I love that he sleeps a lot because it’s easy to keep track of

  • Rob Runs (Slowly) June 17, 2010, 9:24 am

    I have two of the Greatest Danes on the planet, Apollo and Phoebe. Phoebe is my little tagalong, she follows me wherever I go (she’s come such a long way from when we rescued her a year and a half ago!) – my favorite thing about her is that her tail is CONSTANTLY wagging. Apollo’s just like me, lazy and goofy and clumsy. Unlike Phoebe and my husband Apollo and I are not morning people, my favorite thing about him is the way he curls up in bed with me and rests his head on my legs.

  • Carolyn @ lovinlosing June 17, 2010, 9:24 am

    When we switched from Nutro to Science Diet we nearly got gassed out of the house! LOL

  • Jennifer June 17, 2010, 9:25 am

    Buster is an 11 year old Bichon and he is the doggie love of my life. He is 10 lbs of pure lovin’!! The thing that makes me laugh about him is when he’s really serious about wanting something, he’ll “talk” to me in a really demanding tone. It’s hilarious!

    BTW, I love the Maggie & James stories.

  • Alisha June 17, 2010, 9:26 am

    Haha, oh Maggie, such eye’s. They look like they say so much, but from the way you talk about her, they say nothing at all, lol, love it.
    My dog is a mini poodle and his name is Benjamin Wallace Ward and my favorite thing about him is his booty and the way he stretches (such a yoga star). When I saw that picture of Maggie’s booty, I burst out laughing because thoughts of Ben came to mind – yeah the office prolly thinks I’m nuts 🙂 Some pet owners probably think their dogs bum is their least favorite part, but with Ben’s white curls and long legs to boot, his bum is so perky – very sexy I tell ya 😛

    • Caitlin June 18, 2010, 8:20 am

      hahaha the lights are on but no one is home.

  • Neely June 17, 2010, 9:26 am

    No dogs here. My cat Meowzers rules the house.

    One thing to note about choosing the right pet food… you want to make certain that the very first item on the ingredient list is the protein, but not “meal.” For example, “chicken”… not “chicken meal.” At least this is what I use as a guideline for Meowzers, who eats either Halo or California Natural.

  • Molly June 17, 2010, 9:27 am

    My dogs name is Cohiba (like the cigar)- chocolate lab, and he spends most of his days eating with my parents dogs, cheddar and corker (yellow and black labs).
    I used to be in love with Iams, but I want to change it up. Right now he is laying on the couch taking his after breakfast nap, but dont let that fool you- this dog has energy like you wouldnt believe. I love to take him swimming in one of our 10,000 lakes 🙂


  • brandi June 17, 2010, 9:29 am

    This dog food sounds great! We’ve been having a hard time finding a food that WE want to give Maggie, and one that doesn’t give her the runs 🙂

    I’d love to be able to try this and see how she does on it. We just recently had to get her off the Kirkland brand because she was getting really sick from it, so finding a good food that she likes and is healthy for her would be awesome!

    Something I love about Maggie is that she loves to cuddle when she’s sleepy. And it’s ridiculously cute.

  • Kimberly June 17, 2010, 9:29 am

    I have a 3-legged chocolate lab named Hazel. We adopted her from a local shelter, and she pretty much keeps us smiling full-time. One of my favorite things about her is how visibly happy she is to see us every time we walk through the front door–whether we’ve been gone all day long or we were gone two minutes to take the trash out or check the mail. Either way, it is obviously the high point of her day to see one of us come home to her.

  • Victoria June 17, 2010, 9:30 am

    My lovely doggy is Pepper. She’s a huge fur-ball and looks likes a wolf! The funniest thing about her is every time a ambulance goes by she howls along. She sounds JUST like the ambulance. Then when you look at her and laugh you can see the smile on her face as she continues to howl. It’s so cute and entertaining!

  • Marissa June 17, 2010, 9:30 am

    Is that a vegetarian dog food…?

    I don’t know; I don’t really agree with turning pets vegetarian. Its not their natural diet, after all. I remember one time I was watching Animal Planet and this vegan lady was feeding her cats rice and lentils… all the cats were sick and emaciated. It was awful. (110% NOT suggesting that you would ever do that to your dogs!! Just using that as an example for my viewpoint.)

    • Neely June 17, 2010, 10:08 am

      I believe dogs can be fed vegetarian diets but NOT cats. It can cause blindness, etc.

      Personally I would not feed a pet a vegetarian diet.

      • Neely June 17, 2010, 10:12 am

        I’m adding to this that there are indeed people that say you can raise a cat vegan… I am just not convinced. (Don’t want to start a feud with my comment).

    • Ari June 17, 2010, 12:13 pm

      My dog eats V-dog, because I just can’t deal with the meat in dog food, where it comes from and how it is processed, and he is happy, healthy, and energetic as can be. I think there’s a huge difference between feeding them regular people vegetarian food, like lentils, and feeding them vegan or vegetarian food that is specially formulated for dogs.

      • Jennifer June 17, 2010, 7:15 pm

        That is the same thing I feed my dogs, too. Although my dogs aren’t picky (well, one of them is), they both do pretty good on V-Dog.

        • Caitlin June 18, 2010, 8:21 am

          my dogs aren’t vegetarian but i don’t really see why they can’t be vegetarian. just like humans, they are omnivores and don’t “need” meat (especially factory farmed dog meat) to survive or be healthy.

          i haven’t switched them to a vegetarian diet because i just haven’t gotten around to it, though.

  • AutumnWings June 17, 2010, 9:30 am

    My dog’s name is Copper. He is 1 year old Rhodesian Ridgeback and I love it when he smiles (a big goofy smile) after a run with me!

  • Lindsay J June 17, 2010, 9:30 am

    LOVE this giveaway. I have three dachshunds. Bailey, Anderson and Colby. Bai and Anderson eat anything. Colby is the picky one. We’re on our third brand of dogfood trying to find something he wont walk away from. I too have to hover and wait for him to eat. I get excited if he eats half the bowl. My husband and I love the attention from our dogs. Each one has a distinct personality and we love each one of their quirks. We’re such animal lovers.

  • Jo @ Steamed Broccoli June 17, 2010, 9:31 am

    I’ve started putting oatmeal in my green monsters (thanks to your suggestion) and it makes such a difference and is much more filling!

  • Lee June 17, 2010, 9:32 am

    I have a 3-year old golden retriever named Murphy. The cutest thing about him is that he lays on his back when he sleeps with all his paws in the air.

    Are your dogs vegetarian?

    • Caitlin June 18, 2010, 8:21 am


  • Christine June 17, 2010, 9:32 am

    Do you ever find that the oats just sink to the bottom? That’s the only reason I don’t put oats in my shakes!

  • Kathryn June 17, 2010, 9:33 am

    My puppy is of my favorite things is how he cuddles up tight against me and then sighs when we are resting/taking a nap 🙂

  • Orla June 17, 2010, 9:34 am

    As i live in Ireland the shipping would be crazy so I take it I am not in the giveaway!!!
    Our dog Charlie is not a fussy eater at all but there are times that he will just not eat anything. In the past couple days he has eaten about 1 full meal (he usually gets 3 a day)
    It has been really really hot here in the past couple weeks spiking early this week and I reckon that he just didn’t have the energy to eat anything.
    Last night we gave him a double scoop as he was starting to show his ribs (if he is off his food for more than 2 days the weight drops off him) and mixed it with chicken (my boy still eats meat) and the dog wolfed it down.
    I reckon that just like us – when it is super hot- dogs also have no appetite and will eat when they are reall hungry or when given something different. Hope Maggie and James keep eating!
    As for smoothies, I haven’t had one in ages as my blenders are rubbish. on the lookout for a new (Read cheap good) one!

    • Orla June 17, 2010, 9:36 am

      Our dog is a boxer/rhodesian ridgeback cross. and I swear that my life has not been the same since we got him. In the best way ever!

  • kat June 17, 2010, 9:35 am

    CutCut is my rescue pup! He is such a sweet, spoiled baby! He has the cutest white gloves & I love watching him run in his sleep. When I found him on the street he was totally emaciated & didn’t know how to play with toys. Now he’s happy & healthy!

  • Lauren June 17, 2010, 9:35 am

    My furbaby Linus was a graduation gift to myself when I adopted him last Spring! He’s an amazing (quiet, believe it or not) Australian Silky Terrier, cousin to the yorkies. Linus is a super picky eater too and worries me sometimes. No explosives, but he’s still really picky.

    Something we love about our pup: he’s my best buddy. He’s a toy breed so he has the ability to be a cuddly little lap dog/cat but LOVES roughing it with me on Colorado trails/hikes (so basically I need to find the best fuel out there for my little mountain climber! 🙂

  • Jessica June 17, 2010, 9:36 am

    I have a 2-year-old mini Dachshund, Rosie. She is my furbaby in every sense of the term! 🙂 She LOVES to be outside on the patio, sniffing out chipmunk trails. She also loves stuffed squeaker toys. Her favorites are her Ducky, Froggy, and Monkey (itty bitty Kong-brand) and her Hide-A-Squirrels.

  • Amanda June 17, 2010, 9:37 am

    Houston (pronounced like the New York street) is my doggie – his unconditional love.

  • whitney dargle @ whitney's blogtastic blog June 17, 2010, 9:37 am

    This is Phyn.
    See! He loves to eat healthy! 🙂
    We call him many things:
    The Phyn Star
    Phyn Star Runner
    and PHYN DARGLE! (that’s when we really need him to listen up)
    My favorite thing about Phyn is his wonderful temperament. He’s kind to everyone and everything he meets (he’s even a little scared of the kitten next door). He has so much personality packed into his 9 pound body! I can’t imagine our family without him.

    • Brittney June 17, 2010, 9:54 am

      Your dog is really cute Whitney!

    • Angela @ Making Food for Friends June 17, 2010, 11:35 am

      Aww, what a little sweetheart! So cute!

    • Caitlin June 18, 2010, 8:22 am

      i want to cuddle him!

  • Tiffany J. June 17, 2010, 9:38 am

    My 2yr old lab Millie just came into my life and I can’t imagine life without her! One of the many things I love about her is how she snores…it makes me laugh.

  • Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place June 17, 2010, 9:38 am

    I have a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Sadie! She’s sooo picky with food. You have to literally spoon feed her the first few bites before she’ll even attempt to eat on her own. Even then it’s hit or miss. I’d love to try this new food with her!

    Something I love about her: She’s a total cuddle bug! she ALWAYS wants to be held or on your lap.

  • Brittany P. June 17, 2010, 9:40 am

    I have a 2 yr old hound/dachshund mix….her name is Corona & she is the funniest (and definitely cutest) looking dog you will ever meet! Super long dachshund body, big floppy hound ears, & real stocky like a hound. My favorite thing about her is that she is the perfect cuddle buddy!!!

  • kristen b June 17, 2010, 9:40 am

    My dogs name is Bella! She has the cutest little puppy dog eyes which makes it so hard when she gets in trouble! Great giveaway.

  • Kindra C. June 17, 2010, 9:40 am

    My puppy is named Rex. It’s a big name for a little dog. (Part schnauzer, part poodle.) My favorite part about him is his nose. It’s so cute and black–it’s the best when he wakes me up in the morning with his nose sniffing my hand! (Which is immediately followed by a kiss.)

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat June 17, 2010, 9:42 am

    My doggie’s name is Suzie and I love how affectionate she is. We nicknamed her the anti-depressant dog because she’s able to cheer anyone up 🙂

  • loreejo June 17, 2010, 9:42 am

    my 30# terrier mix is daisy(-lou) and my son has moved home for the summer bringing his lil 15# beagle riley(-may). i love it that daisy sleeps in the tiny dog beg, head hanging over, and riley sleeps in the big dog bed–like a queen perched on high!

  • Allison June 17, 2010, 9:43 am

    Pebbles and Rocky. Both dogs are rescues – Pebbles (a 5 year old we’ve had her 3 years) was adopted from an animal welfare group that rescued her from a shelter that euthanizes. Our newest addidtion Rocky is a fiesty 12 week old (we’ve had him 8 weeks – he was VERY young and already away from him mommy) that my PO husband fell in love with at a scene; Rocky was found in a car with narcotics.

  • Julie June 17, 2010, 9:43 am

    My pup is Basil. He’s a handful and like your dog, eats anything. Last night he got into the trash and ate half a bag of stale tortilla chips. what a mess. he could definitely use some better food!

  • Jen June 17, 2010, 9:44 am

    Amber would love to try this food! I’m very conscious of the food I feed my pup and while she’s eating a great food now, our local store is about to discontinue it : / This may be the perfect alternative for my boxer! The best thing about her is her unique personality!!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg June 17, 2010, 9:46 am

    Ella and Baxter would love that food!! I love how soft their ears are…easily one of my favorite things about both of them 🙂

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine June 17, 2010, 9:46 am

    My dog Indy died last year, but we’re in the market for a new one…I want to name it after one of the Harry Potter characters, depending on whether it’s a boy or girl and what kind of breed we decide on! Such a nerd, I know 🙂

  • Karen June 17, 2010, 9:49 am

    I have two dogs, Ava and Violet. There are so many things I love about them, but I think my favorite thing is watching Ava swim. She’s amazing; she can hold her breath and swim underwater. She likes to dive down to the bottom of the pond at the dog park and retrieve lost treasures–frisbees, balls, sticks, etc.

  • Katie June 17, 2010, 9:50 am

    My dachshund’s name is Samson and he cracks me up everyday. We call him our little wonder noodle because when he jumps off couches, he looks like super man.

    My favorite thing about him though is when I’m on the couch with him, he’ll stare at me and get really excited, then jump and nose butt me. That or he’ll jump on the top back of the couch and kind of sit on my shoulder like a parrot.

    He’s also a picky eater, he was fed vegetarian food and treats, but once I moved in with my boyfriend (whos a carnivore big time), my pup discovered bacon. Now he looks almost insulted when I give him his food…ugh meat snob!

    • Anne June 17, 2010, 10:57 am

      My dog does that same nose butt thing…lol! So cute!

  • Brittney June 17, 2010, 9:51 am

    Ooooh, I would love to get some Holistic Select for my baby Clyde! He’s the same way Maggie and James are- he’s constantly leaving food in his bowl and I have to sit on the floor and try to get him to eat. I’m always worried he’s not eating enough. My favorite thing about Clyde is when he first wakes up in the morning and rolls around on his back and acts all sleepy and cute 🙂 There’s a picture in the middle of this post of him doing that:

    P.S. Clyde is really looking forward to a play date with Maggie and James when you guys get to Charlotte! He loves other Dachshunds 🙂

    • Caitlin June 18, 2010, 8:23 am

      we are looking forward to it too!!

  • Katie @ peacbeme June 17, 2010, 9:51 am

    I have a basset hound named Deeter. He has a complete lack of brains but is hilarious. When any man (males only) sits down on our couch to relax. He does this little dance for like five minutes and then starts howling. He only does it to men! We can’t figure it out but his dance is hilarious, lots of butt wagging and spinning in circles. 🙂

  • Jacquelyn June 17, 2010, 9:51 am

    My family has 2 dogs – a soft-coated wheaten terrier named Teddie-Ann and an english springer spaniel named Finnigan.
    Teddie is kind of like the mother hen, while Finnigan is like a hyper little boy. Both of them are so sweet and excited to see anybody and they get along so well.

  • Jenny June 17, 2010, 9:53 am

    My dog is Otis, he is a brown, muttly fellow. It’s hard to pick just one thing I love about him! He has such an easygoing, excited to be alive, gentle personality. He quickly wins over everyone he meets, even people who don’t like dogs. People stop us regularly to ask what kind of dog he is because they want one just like him. He’s a great running buddy and is the inspiration for my own blog!

  • Janna June 17, 2010, 9:54 am

    Reese…and I love the fact that she sleeps on her back and snores like a grown man…SO cute!

  • Kelly June 17, 2010, 9:55 am

    My dog’s name is Gibson (! And I love that he can make me happy no matter how bad my day has been!!! 🙂

    (Holistic Select is a great food choice! Doggie nutrition is so important 🙂 Have you been to It’ll change the way you think about dog food!)

  • Katie B. June 17, 2010, 9:55 am

    I have 2 crazy dalmations–Pippy and Daphne. They are my babies! I love how curious they are…they always have know where I am and what I’m doing…I guess they are afraid they might miss something good 🙂

  • Lauren June 17, 2010, 9:56 am

    I have two dogs, Autumn (boxer/lab mix) and Snickers (scottie/schnauzer mix). They both have such funny personalities! Autumn will eat anything and has never met a stranger! She is also a leaner, so sometimes when kids try to pet her, she ends up traveling sideways because they keep having to take steps to keep their balance!

    Snickers doesn’t like everyone. In fact, he has his favorites. My favorite Snickers story is when he was a puppy, he had a stuffed bunny that was his favorite toy. He took that bunny with him wherever he went, and he slept with this bunny, too. One spring, he was on the back patio, and I heard him crying– yelping– so I rushed outside…And he looked at me like obviously he wasn’t crying because I wasn’t there. He wasn’t hurt, I couldn’t figure out what was wrong, so I went back inside. The crying continued for another few seconds, so I looked a little closer at the grass outside of the patio fence. There was a real bunny that was just standing still! Snickers was crying because the bunny ignoring him (that’s my explanation at least). A few minutes later, Snickers came inside and found his toy bunny. He promptly chewed off the tip of one ear on the bunny. The bunny is still missing the top half of his ear! Snickers showed him.

  • chantelle June 17, 2010, 9:57 am

    My husband rescued our Boxador, Jake, from a friend who found him injured and severely underweight and was taking him to the pound. Any dog that’s 70lbs and is ruled by two cats is awesome! He also has a major gathering habit (clothes, shoes, pillows, you name it), so I’m forced to keep a clean house.

  • Tammy @ Defining Wellness June 17, 2010, 10:01 am

    I used to work at a pet supply store that specialized in healthy pet foods. Holistic is a great food, and you have definitely done your dogs a favor providing them with all those nutritious ingredients. My dog’s name is Kai. She is a 10-year-old border collie/labrador retriever mix who I rescued from the SPCA when I worked there in high school. One of my favorite things about Kai is that she absolutely LOVES people. When we’re on a walk, she walks right past the dogs to their owners, wags her tail, and leans in against them to be pet. Everyone says how friendly she is. She follows me around the house, snuggles with me, and is ecstatic to see me when I come in the door. She licks babies on their heads and lets toddlers hug her. She is so sweet and unconditionally loving — she’s my best frien. She got me through my toughest days and shares in the joys of my best days.

  • Gwen June 17, 2010, 10:02 am

    My parents have two German Short Hair Pointers – Hunter and Trinka – and they have been REALLY picky about food lately! This would be something great to try. They are such loving dogs – they think they are lap dogs and each weigh nearly 60 pounds! They’ve been amazing for my parents this past year – they are totally the new kids 🙂

  • Marn June 17, 2010, 10:03 am

    My baby basset is named Louie and his droopy eyes and long ears make my heart melt!

  • Shannon June 17, 2010, 10:05 am

    My dog is Kobe and I also used to give him Beneful for years until he all of a sudden started turning his nose up at it. I now switched to a brand called Organix but he doesn’t seem to be so fond of that either! So I would love for him to try this new food 🙂
    One of my favorite things about Kobe is that he nudges my hand when he wants to be petted and he knows when I’m sad and will let me hug him without complaint 🙂

  • Katy(The Balanced Foodie) June 17, 2010, 10:05 am

    Oooo, this would be awesome! We’re fostering my sister’s dog, Leo! I’m already attached and am not looking forward to when he goes back to my sister. He’s SO cute! My favorite thing is at night he slowly inches between Adam and I rubbing his face as he does so then lays his head down and wags is tail almost asking us if he can move closer. I love it. 🙂

  • Rachel June 17, 2010, 10:06 am

    My boxer/lab mix is named Roland! We have been struggling finding a food that he likes. If we leave the room he gets scared and won’t finish his food. So I totally feel you on having to stand on top of dogs and make sure your dogs eat!

    My favorite thing about my baby Roland (he is 4 months old) is that he is SUPER affectionate and snuggly! Yay!

  • Julie June 17, 2010, 10:06 am

    Oh we have a houseful! A lab-mix named Remy (6yrs old), two golden retrievers named Olivia and Tanner (both 3yrs old) and a cockapoo named Bruce (14 months old).
    I love everything about my gang! Especially the fact that Bruce, who weighs 15lbs rules all the other dogs, who all weigh over 70lbs!

  • brittany June 17, 2010, 10:06 am

    I have a puppy (4 months old) Rottweiler named Daisy! She’s like a huge cuddly teddy bear and she’s VERY smart, she knows how to put away her own toys 🙂

  • Becca June 17, 2010, 10:08 am

    My pup’s name is also Maggie! She’s a beagel, daschund mix. She’s basically a genius (I’m not biased at all). But my favorite thing about her is the way she looks at me when I come home from a long day at work – she makes everything better.. Be still my heart, I love that animal.

  • Lisa June 17, 2010, 10:08 am

    I have 2 dogs..Cheyenne who is 6 and Angel who is 14!
    Cheyenne loves to cuddle and will eat anythinggg and angel is a snob when it comes to people and food haha I love her though!

  • Mellissa June 17, 2010, 10:11 am

    I feed Clifford very high end food, I figure if I eat healthy food so should my dog. My favorite thing about Clifford- his need to always be in the middle. He will force his way between two people if they are standing, sitting on the couch or laying in bed.

  • Dana June 17, 2010, 10:11 am

    My dog’s name is Charlie. He’s a one year old yellow labrador and I love taking him swimming in nearby lakes/creeks – he just loves being in the water!

  • Lauren June 17, 2010, 10:11 am

    My dog’s name is Beau (short for Prince Beauregard the 25th 🙂 ) and he’s a 12-year-old cocker spaniel. One of my favorite things about him is the way his legs twitch when he’s asleep and dreaming – so cute!

  • Laura June 17, 2010, 10:14 am

    My dog’s name is Glory and she’s a BEAUTIFUL Golden Retriever. Dog’s are kinda like kids, we all think are own are the most beautiful! LoL! Glory’s name has a little story behind it. She had a brother named Halleluia, AKA: Hal, (so they were Glory and Halleluia) and Hal now lives in Doggy Heaven. I love so much about Glory it’s hard to even know where to start! One of my favorite things is taking her on long walks with my husband…since we don’t have children yet, she’s like our little child…totally spoiled! She’s awesome!

  • 4shley June 17, 2010, 10:15 am


    I don’t need to be entered in the contest because I have a dog food I love and one of my dogs can only eat fish based foods, BUT I thought you might be interested in checking out this website with analysis of almost every brand of dog food I’ve ever looked up.

    You know, we try to be super conscious of what we put into our own bodies, with regards to good, healthy, ingredients. I personally have come to believe our dogs deserve the same thing. It’s amazing what we think we know, but don’t know about dog food. Also, the change in my dogs since putting them on a healthy dog food has been astounding – the most beautiful shiny coats they’ve ever had, wonderful poops (you know you want it firm and small when you have to pick the damn stuff up every day!), much better teeth, and plenty of other health benefits. Anyway, check it out if you have time. I love getting more information about what I’m feeding myself and my two pups.

    • 4shley June 17, 2010, 2:42 pm

      I guess fair warning to those who feed their dogs vegetarian diets (no judgement here) but the site I linked firmly believes in high meat & protein / low grain content as an ideal diet for dogs – so you might not get the review you’re looking for if vegetarian or vegan is your dog food preference.

      • Caitlin June 18, 2010, 8:23 am

        thanks for passing that along!

  • Christy June 17, 2010, 10:16 am

    We have two dogs both rescued from Pets n People here in Oklahoma. Mandy is a Chow/Retriver mix whose vocal cords were severed because her previous owner didn’t want barking dogs. She is gentle and sweet! Our other dog is named Hotdog. Bet you can’t guess what he is, yes thats right a Daschund! Daughter named him! Mandy is a picky eater too but Hotdog will eat anything in site!

  • Maribeth June 17, 2010, 10:20 am

    My two-year-old lab puppy is named Mauka. I love EVERYTHING about him! But the number one thing I love about him is that he is so affectionate and caring. He is really one of the sweetest pups you’ll ever meet. He loves everyone–all people and animals alike! 🙂

  • Lindsey June 17, 2010, 10:22 am

    We just recently adopted a black lab mix, and were so pleased when the first day we brought her home she became an instant member of the family. She had a goofy shelter name, so we re-named her Kona. She’s the sweetest dog ever, my favorite thing about her is that she can’t get enough love. She’ll lay in your lap and get all the love she can (even though she’s WAY too big for that!) <3

  • Katherine June 17, 2010, 10:23 am

    We have three pups – Jack is a resue from Mexico (he belongs to my daughter) and we have two King Charles Avery and Mazie. I love when I take an afternoon nap and just crawling into bed seems to scream, “Everyone in bed!” I will end up having all three snuggled up against me…love it!

  • kaylee June 17, 2010, 10:23 am

    I have 2 westie boys I adopted from OK Westie Rescue. Their names are Marshall & Sunny. I love so much about them that I can hardly narrow it down. With Sunny I love how he lays on the floor with his legs out behind him. SO CUTE!! With Marshall I love that he can NEVER remember how to jump! I mean, he is a dog! But everytime he tries to jump on the couch it takes him a few trys before he can. So funny!

  • Jess June 17, 2010, 10:24 am

    I am completely 100% infatuated with my Yorkie-Silky Terrier mix I rescued about a year ago – Scout! She is simply, in a word, wonderful. She loves to snuggle and be with you – no matter where I go! My favorite first memory of her was her little 7lb body trying to jump into the shower with me the first day I got her!

  • Tiffany June 17, 2010, 10:24 am

    My furbaby’s name is Roxy, and I love her more than ANYTHING (or anyONE heh) in the whole, wide world. She’s my <3.

    I am struggling to think of just ONE thing I love about her, but since I am forced to choose, I love how in tune she is with my emotions. If I'm having a bad day, I love when she stops what she's doing, jumps on my lap and just does what she can to make me feel better.

  • Shannon June 17, 2010, 10:25 am

    My husband and I have two dogs–he brought both of them with him into the marriage…talk about baggage ;). Trixie is a Maltese and Biddy is a chihuahua/dachshund mix and looks like she came out of a Dr. Seuss book. My favorite thing about them is that even though they’re little pipsqueaks, they go crazy (hair standing up and everything) if someone knocks on the door or if they hear a doorbell on TV. Cracks me up!

  • Edith June 17, 2010, 10:26 am

    My dog is Khan, and he has the most beautiful, velvet-y soft big ears you’ve ever seen/felt 🙂

  • Laurie June 17, 2010, 10:26 am

    I have a dachshund too! His name is Pepper and I love him so much! When I leave for work and then come back home, he will ‘grin’ at me and wags his tail non stop! He can be very picky about his dog food (like now). But, like Maggie he will eat anything you put in front of him! (usually people food). That dog food sounds great and healthy!

  • Nadine June 17, 2010, 10:27 am

    I have two dogs, both dachshunds–Flash and Emma, but they go by “Stinky” and “Poopy.” “Stinky” evolved over time, but “Poopy” earned her name by refusing to poop outside! My favorite thing about them is that they love each other. One time they escaped from the house while we were out to dinner. They stuck together and waited for us on the front porch.

  • Jenn June 17, 2010, 10:28 am

    My babies are Noodles and Lola. Both are pound puppies, so we’re not quite sure of their breed, but we think noodles is a chow/lab mix and Lola is akita/shepherd.

    I just started working from home, so my favorite thing about them is that they’re my office buddies. They think it’s their job to keep me company when I’m in my office.

  • Amanda June 17, 2010, 10:28 am

    I have a Norwich terrier. Her name is Vanilla and she is one year old. My favorite thing about her is her coloring, she is a blonde and the majority of her breed are darker in color, alot of people dont believe she is a Norwich.

  • Erin June 17, 2010, 10:29 am

    I have a greyhound named Phil. He’s sweet enough and fairly well-behaved but he’s definitely not a normal dog. Too aloof for my tastes. Plus, he has no interest in food! I’m at my wit’s end. Maybe he’d like this stuff…

  • Lizz (leadingthegoodlife) June 17, 2010, 10:29 am

    My dog’s name is Stella! I love her SO much more than I ever thought I could love a dog! One of my favorite things about her is that she loves to snuggle. And she is adorable. 🙂

  • Abbey June 17, 2010, 10:29 am

    I have a pug names Tank. If you know anything about pugs, you know that they are super loving dogs. He always needs to be right next to me, if not on me. He sleeps between my husband and I every night and I have woke up before with him laying on my pillow with his head resting on mine! Tank loves food and will eat basically anything. He also LOVES carrots. I couldn’t tell you the last time he had an actual dog treat!

  • mal June 17, 2010, 10:29 am

    my dog jersey is the best at cuddling!

  • Jillian June 17, 2010, 10:30 am

    I have a husky named Brooklyn and the best thing about her lately is how gentle she is with our brand new baby girl! Such a relief. That food sounds great!

  • Kristen June 17, 2010, 10:30 am

    Our pup’s name is Bruschi (pronounced Brew-skee, (named after Teddy Bruschi from the NE Patriots) but he has literally hundreds of nicknames: Bruey, Bru-Bear, Bruey Balooga, Bru-Berry…I know, I know. He’s the sweetest little dude ever, and my favorite thing is his dance that he does when I come home: He stands up on his back paws and claps his front paws together like he’s applauding. We’ve never taught him this trick and we’ve had him since he was a baby, so I have no idea where he learned it, but it’s adorable!

  • Sarah R June 17, 2010, 10:31 am

    We have a maltese named Lucy (she’s the princess) and a black lab named Abby. They could not be more opposite and I love them for that. I usually take Abby on a walk every morning and she’s gotten into the habit of following me from room to room in the morning until she gets to go on her walk. It’s like she thinks I’m going to leave without her or something.

  • Kristina June 17, 2010, 10:34 am

    oh, I LOVE when you have maggie photos!! (james, too… I’m partial to dachshunds…)

    my dachshund is Basil… he is almost 7, we adopted him from Oregon Dachshund Rescue when he was 5. one of my favorite things is that even with his tiny legs, he keeps up on WALKS – even 2 miles… (he’ll run in short bursts) this is Basil:

    • Caitlin June 18, 2010, 8:25 am

      i love basil!

  • Marci June 17, 2010, 10:41 am

    My puppy’s name is Lily. She is a 5 months old shih tzu. Here’s a picture
    She eats her meals out of my hand, and only out of my hand!

    My favorite thing she does is after she potties, she looks up at me with a look that says “hey mom, I did it! Now where’s my treat?!”

  • Janie June 17, 2010, 10:42 am

    My favorite thing about Charlie is that he greets me EVERY TIME I walk in the door. He could have just gone on a long run, played at the park for an hour, or be passed out on the couch, but as soon as I step into our apartment, his tail wags and he his little paws hit my knees. It’s the best thing to come home to. I look forward to it every single time I lock our front door. 🙂

  • alli June 17, 2010, 10:42 am

    hells bells! i’m sipping away at my oatmeal-less smoothie right now. i keep forgetting that you do that and i have been wanting to try it!
    i can’t remember where i got this smoothie recipe, it could be one of yours, but it is delicious:
    1c frozen strawberries
    1/2c frozen banana
    1c packed spinach
    1/2c milk (any varitey of course)
    1T almond butter
    1T unsweetened cocoa powder
    it’s thick, delicious and super filling 🙂

    we have a shih tzu named patch. my favorite story to tell about him was from the time my friend and her new baby came over. patch must have got jealous or something about the attention we were giving the baby because while we were sitting on the couch he took her binkie (it was just laying there). what was hilarious was that first he put it in the right way, and second, he wouldn’t drop it! eventually we got it from him then tried to see if he’d take it again, which he did! don’t worry, we kept the binkie 🙂

  • Janneke June 17, 2010, 10:44 am

    I’m blessed to share my bed with Reggie, a 3 year old lab/husky/whatever else came along that day mix. She’s a girl (despite the name ha) and my (our?) favorite thing is to cuddle up under the blankets. We usually spoon at night (boyfriend gets jealous on a regular basis). I LOVE it! Her steady breathing calms me down and lets me drift off to bed in no time!

  • Abbey June 17, 2010, 10:44 am

    My little muffin’s name is Frank (also referred to as muffin)
    and he is a puggle. One of my favorite things about him is how his upper lip gets stuck sometimes on one side of his mouth so his teeth are exposed and he looks a little wild.

    He’s also just the cutest freaking thing and I love him so.
    Good puggle lovin.

  • Lauren June 17, 2010, 10:45 am

    I loooooove Suzie. She’s a super sweet hound/sheppherd mix. When she sees me for the first time, after a day of work, she jumps like crazy, usually gets all 4 legs off the ground. Can you imagine if humans did that for one another? Such love!

  • Molly June 17, 2010, 10:46 am

    The food sounds great! My favorite thing about my dog (an Appenzell Mountain Dog), Annika, is that she will run on our treadmill, alone, for over 90 minutes. She barks in excitement as she runs. I only wish I found that much joy in running on the treadmill!

  • greenbean June 17, 2010, 10:48 am

    I looove that my dog, Lucy, is super friendly with all humans and other dogs. She’s just such an affectionate little thing. 🙂

  • Emilie June 17, 2010, 10:49 am

    my dog’s name is Jackson, my kids call him Jacksy, and he is the best dog because he LOVES my kids.

  • Kristy R. June 17, 2010, 10:49 am

    Our Golden Retrievers, Tuaca (10) and Bella (4), are amazing! I love it when they greet me at my car door after work; how silly they look when they scratch their backs in the grass by wiggling all around with their paws in the air (so cute); how they love boating and outdoor activities as much as my husband and I do. They make our little family complete! 🙂

  • Stina @ Girl Can June 17, 2010, 10:51 am

    My dog’s name is Maxwell (named after the Beatle’s song Maxwell Silverhammer.) He’s a Pekingneese mix whom I adopted on Earth Day this year. My favorite thing about him is that he loves to go running with me…now if only I could get him to slow down some!

  • Katie June 17, 2010, 10:52 am

    My dog’s name is Charley (after John Steinbeck’s “Travels With Charley”). I love that he acts like a puppy even though he’s almost 11. My friends say he has Peter Pan syndrome!

  • Nancy June 17, 2010, 10:54 am

    Bennie is the name of my little man, and he’s been in the kennel while we’ve been whooping it up in Mexico. I always feel bad leaving him there, so as a reunion gift and to make him healthier so we can be together longer, I would love to give him healthier food. I recently turned veg, so it should be a family thing, right

  • Bethany Herrington June 17, 2010, 10:58 am

    My pups are Radar (3 year old lab) and Sammy (12 year old mutt). Both rescue dogs and they are fabulous. I love how Radar sleeps at the foot of my 5 year old’s bed. Radar is only 3…so they’ll get to grow up together….and that just makes me happy.

  • Elizabeth June 17, 2010, 10:58 am

    My dogs names are Bob and Steve and I adore them both! Bob is such a little enforcer and barks when Steve is doing something bad. And Steve loves life!

  • Erica June 17, 2010, 10:59 am

    What a fun contest! You know I’m in 😉 My doggie’s name is Frank and I love that hes super lazy. He slows me down in a good way 🙂

  • Lizz June 17, 2010, 10:59 am

    Bumper is the poochy, he’s a Shih Tzu. He stays with my mom in Ohio but I love that everytime I come home (holidays mostly) he’s SO EXCITED to see me.

    He recently got switched because of food allergies that have made his ears more prone to infection. But, nothing in that list is one of his allergies! 🙂 We’re trying to find him a food he likes and will keep him healthy.

  • Julz June 17, 2010, 11:01 am

    Karolina, and I love that she’s so smart and loves to eat romaine lettuce, broccoli, and peanut butter!

  • mrschelles June 17, 2010, 11:02 am

    We have a house full of dogs. Two senior ladies and a young whipper-snapper. Baby and Ambie are our older ladies, and the newest addition to our family is Chloe. She is a little Chihuahua who thinks she is a German Shepherd. Of course the German Shepherd we have just looks at Chloe like shes crazy.

  • Katherine June 17, 2010, 11:03 am

    My dog’s name is Frankie Norbert and my favorite thing about him is that he is adventurous. I take Frankie to the river every week and meet him at the bank, his love of water cannot be control and I can’t keep up with him when water is around. It is amazing to see him swim and jump around in the water. It is so relaxing for both of us!

  • Jen C. June 17, 2010, 11:05 am

    I have two miniature schnauzers, Haley and Holly. Haley is always on the go. Holly is the sweetest little thing you’ll ever know. She is completely my dog.

  • Katrina June 17, 2010, 11:08 am

    aww my dog max only likes beneful too!!
    He’s a basenji, and a pound dog,and my everything. He is such a sweetheart, but a total scavenger. Ha he only likes beneful dog food, but somehow the trash ends up on par with this?

  • Kara M. June 17, 2010, 11:09 am

    My dog’s name is Moose, he’s a black lab mix (we actually call him the “The Wonder Dog”). I would say my favorite thing about him is the way he tries to take care of us when he’s knows something’s wrong. Whenever I’m feeling bummed, he comes up and sits right next to me and snuggles…Adorable!

  • Errign June 17, 2010, 11:10 am

    McKinley, my Australian Shepherd is so great, because he always wants to love me & be with me! He goes mountain biking, swimming, and hiking with me all the time – I love it! Plus, he’s just so darn cute!

  • Meg June 17, 2010, 11:10 am

    My dog’s name is Cara – she is the love of my life, and has been there for me for over fifteen years. She’s a doxie as well, and has the best spirit ever. My favorite thing about her is her ability to make ANYONE and everyone smile. She’s a heart puller 😉 for sure.

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter June 17, 2010, 11:13 am

    Grant is my dog’s name. He is a Bernese Mountain Dog and is such a cuddlebug.

  • Sarah for Real June 17, 2010, 11:13 am

    I don’t want to enter the drawing because I’m happy with Wellness brand food for my pup.

    But I wanted to applaud you for upping your pups food quality SO much by going with this more natural, holistic food. Beneful, like all other grocery store dog foods, is full of fillers like corn and wheat that dogs were never meant to consume. Like people food, dog food is a “you get what you pay for” situation.

  • Jennifer June 17, 2010, 11:17 am

    My dog’s name is Maddie and she is turning 5 next month. My favorite thing about her is that, even at 60 pounds, she loves to jump in my lap and cuddle. In fact, she cries when I stop scratching her ears or petting her head and often I have to get up and do something so she will stop bothering me. I love her.

  • Misty June 17, 2010, 11:17 am

    I have two dogs: a lab named Callie and a husky mix named Buddy. My favorite things about my doggies is the “puddin’ face” my husband and I call it. They give us the saddest face when we are about to leave the house or if we are not paying attention to them at the moment. It turns my heart into pudding!

  • Mary June 17, 2010, 11:19 am

    My pup’s name is Corbin, he’s a rescue lab I adopted from a shelter, My favorite thing about him is that he’s ever curious and even though he’s always getting into something, he acts as if he’s done nothing at all 😛

  • Laura June 17, 2010, 11:20 am

    Lucy, and my favorite thing about her is how she tils her head to the side when you ask a question. Such a pug! 🙂

  • mama June 17, 2010, 11:20 am

    my little 4 lb yorkie is named Bear and i luv that he wants to be with me everywhere i go, sit on my lap, sit next to my leg, follow me to the bathroom, outside, downstairs, everywhere!

  • Candice June 17, 2010, 11:22 am

    What a fun giveaway! Our little yorkie, Olive, has been having digestive problems with her food. I actually just wrote a post about the process of switching her food yesterday. I would love to win this food – the ingredients sound great!

    My favorite thing about Olive is that she follows us everywhere. She wants to be right by our side no matter where we are in the house. She also knows how to shake, lay down, roll over, sit, “go to bed,” “give kisses” and she only barks on command! I really never knew I could love an animal so much. Oh, and she has made my husband excited to have a baby now!

  • Lori June 17, 2010, 11:29 am

    We have a 1 yr old Mini Schnauzer named Millie. She’s the sweetest thing ever. One of our favorite things is to wake up and see her lying between us, on her back, with her head on the pillow! Too cute!

  • Jessica June 17, 2010, 11:30 am

    I have two dogs named Dawn and Malcolm. I love that they are both so friendly and I love Dawn’s high-energy lifestyle(Most of the time…).

  • Liz June 17, 2010, 11:33 am

    My dog is a 2.5 year old mutt named Leela. There are so many things I love about her….I’m such a sap! I love that she has tons of energy and is usually the fastest pup at the park.

  • Marcie June 17, 2010, 11:39 am

    My Lucy is a lover, not a fighter!

  • Bill June 17, 2010, 11:40 am

    Ralph is always happy to see me, no bad moods or grumps!

  • Megan June 17, 2010, 11:40 am

    I love my 2 year old mini dachshund named Frankie.. He looks very similar to Maggie but smaller! I love everything about Frankie.. but most of all is his unconditional love for everyone! Everytime I walk in the house he is as excited as the first day I took him home! <3 doxies!

  • Beth June 17, 2010, 11:41 am

    Nikki is awesome, always ready for a walk and motivates me to exercise

  • Noel June 17, 2010, 11:41 am

    Really love my baby Fletch, so cute and cuddly!

  • Carol June 17, 2010, 11:43 am

    My baby King can make me laugh no matter what, he’s been through so many boy probs and always makes sure I’m ok!

  • Kathy F. June 17, 2010, 11:43 am

    I am happy to read you switched your dog food! The first two ingredients listed in Beneful are corn (dogs cannot digest corn) and chicken-by-product. So basically the main ingredients are just fillers that aren’t good for dogs 🙁 When we got our puppy nearly 2 years ago my husband became obsessed with finding a holistic dog food for her, so we definitely did our research! The one you have selected sounds wonderful! I’m so happy your beautiful pups love it 🙂 Ours is named Tebow (yes, after Tim) and my favorite thing about her is the boundless amounts of energy she expels whenever we come home. Here she is during (rare) quiet time

  • Don June 17, 2010, 11:44 am

    My furdaughter Melissa is great, she absolutely puts a smile on my face every morning!

  • Carolyn June 17, 2010, 11:45 am

    Shadow totally rocks, he definitely has been inspired by your puppy training plan, he’s in bikini shape 🙂

  • Paige June 17, 2010, 11:45 am

    My dog Heidi thinks that she is much taller than she really is 🙂

    • Caitlin June 18, 2010, 8:26 am

      thats a great pic.

  • Carrie H June 17, 2010, 11:45 am

    My golden retriever is named Roman. I love SO many things about him: That he was my training partner for my marathon and is always up for a run — in fact, more often than I am!; that he has long, soft, fluffy (when clean, ha ha) fur that is so fun to pet; that he and I both miss the husband when he is away; his big brown eyes; that he loves peanut butter like I do; his loyalty; that he is a great listener — he never buts in to talk about himself … Okay, I could go on all day. I just love my Sir Golden Prarie Roman Akuma Guavagui King Kahameahmea Haderlie doggie! (He has a lot of nicknames, LOL.)

  • Kari June 17, 2010, 11:50 am

    I have a mini schnauzer named Brody and two cats, Chris and Snoop (from The Wire). Although the cats aren’t dogs (clearly) they do all eat the same food! This is not because I neglect to buy cat food, they simply prefer the Science Diet Lamb & Rice meal (small bites) to their cat food. Started when they were kittens – they would simply refuse to eat the cat food. It’s hysterical to see all three heads in the same bowl eating together. I’m SURE they would all love to try the new food:-)

  • Erica June 17, 2010, 11:50 am

    Chase and Jake are awesome! Jake is a mommy’s boy and likes to be the center of attention. Chase is sort of stuck up and only cuddles when he feels like it 🙂

  • Paula June 17, 2010, 11:54 am

    For anyone interested, here’s a helpful website for comparing your dog’s food and how to choose a better one:

    No, it’s not mine, but I know the lady behind it, and she’s put a lot of time and research into it, and has taught me a lot.

    Great giveaway and I’m happy to hear you’ve switched from Beneful!

    • Caitlin June 18, 2010, 8:27 am

      thanks for passing this along as well!

  • Emma June 17, 2010, 11:56 am

    Aww my dog’s name is Oscar and he’s a little 25 lb black mutt that I rescued last summer. I think my favorite thing about him is how when I wake up in the morning he’s snuggled next to my arm and is staring at me (kind of creepy I know-but if you saw his cute face you’d understand) he always patiently waits for me to wake up before jumping all over me. I love him!!

  • Lisa (I'm an Okie) June 17, 2010, 11:58 am


    I’ve got 2 dogs. Milla, who is a 2 year old chocolate and tan mini dachshund, and Eddie who is a 5 year old shepherd mix who I adopted from the shelter when he was 1.

    I love that Milla is so stubborn and has a mind of her own and I love that Eddie is fiercely loyal and is always buy my side.

  • Leila June 17, 2010, 11:58 am

    Rilo (named for Rilo Kiley-also the full name she goes by when she is in trouble) often refuses to eat until I sprinkle parm on her food. I love it when she dreams and makes the woowooowooo sound and her paws start “running.” I wish I knew what she was chasing, but I have a sneaking syspician it is our cat Rikka (poorly spelled shortening of Paprika ;))

  • Heather June 17, 2010, 12:00 pm

    We’ve got 2 pups. One old mix, named KC, who I love is still ornery and fiesty despite his old age and 3 legs! The other is a year old puggle, named Diddy. He is the most loveable, cuddly dog ever!!

  • Judith June 17, 2010, 12:01 pm

    Pari (short for Paris) is a Cockapoo/Bichon/Westie mutt that I rescued from the SPCA 3 years ago. A lovable brat, he was abused, so I give him a break. BUT the pickiest eater in dogland. Sometimes won’t even lick out my plates, but loves lettuce.
    Would be interested to try a new food for him, and have a healthy veggie dog!

  • Camille June 17, 2010, 12:03 pm

    I have a 3 year old Step-Dog named Oy. He is the biggest pushover you will ever meet and literally doesn’t not have a mean bone in his body. He is also a giant baby 🙂

  • JT (The Faux Foodie Girl) June 17, 2010, 12:04 pm

    My fur baby’s name is Brinkley. She is a 9 years old black cocker spaniel and she loves tennis balls and a little hockey stick that she uses to move the ball around. We even set-up a goal for her in the living room and every time she scores she gets a little treat!!!!!

  • Amanda June 17, 2010, 12:10 pm

    I love my pooch Atticus. There’s a whole lot to love of the 100+ pounds of him (he’s still such a baby at 1 1/2 years), but I am so impressed by his vocabulary. Any word revolving around food, he’s on it….eat, breakfast, lunch, dinner, hungry-you name it….

    On another note, maybe they changed the recipe for Beneful? We noticed a huge change in our pets when we were using Nutros a few years back. Changed the food and everyone’s a happy camper again.

  • Rachel @ TheRecipeBox June 17, 2010, 12:12 pm

    Begley is a miniature schnauzer named after my dreamy college professor, Dr. Begley!
    I could never pick just one cute thing about him… my favorite is that he lifts up his little paw to give you five whenever you have food, trying to get some for being so cute. He also brings his favorite toy to bed with him every night, he can’t sleep without it!

    • Caitlin June 18, 2010, 8:27 am

      it’s toto!

  • Emma June 17, 2010, 12:13 pm

    Abby, my six year-old papillon, and I would love to try this dog food! She is becoming rather bored with the one she is currently eating and there are too few really healthy choices out there.

    Abby is a bit of a ‘girlie’ dog, not quite believing that she is a dog at all. She grooms herself like a cat: licking her front leg and cleaning her face! Oh no – if she doesn’t think she’s a dog does this disqualify her as an entrant?!?

  • sals June 17, 2010, 12:14 pm

    My dog loves Holistic Select! I try to be as conscious of what I put into my dogs body as much as I’m conscious about what I eat. I have a 5-year-old dog named Scooter, and my favorite thing about him is that he loves to cuddle!

  • Amanda June 17, 2010, 12:15 pm

    I love that Callie looks like a mean/agressive german shepard pit bull mix but is really a big baby!

  • Christy June 17, 2010, 12:16 pm

    Roger, my dog, would love to try the new dog food! My favorite thing about him is that he seems to have a sixth sense when it comes to bananas. Even if he’s upstairs asleep, he somehow knows when we get out the bananas and he’s immediately there begging for a bite!

  • Susan June 17, 2010, 12:16 pm

    My Shih Tzu Buster isn’t picky, but I only want the best for him. I got him shortly after my mom died, and he filled a void that was too large to even describe. My fiancé, says he thinks my mom had something to do with me picking him out. (I chose him off the internet-simply by his photo) I must have looked at 1000 puppies online, and nothing really took my eye, but the minute I saw his face. I knew he was the one. I’ve never regretted a minute of it! He has such a caring and compassionate personality, you would never know he’s only 2. I couldn’t ask for more. And it never would have happened, but when my mom was spending her last days in hospice, a gentleman came into her room and showed us pictures of his Shih Tzu, and explained how the dog was good for people with allergies. I’ve always been allergic to dogs, but not with Buster. He’s been a godsend.

  • Erin June 17, 2010, 12:17 pm

    I have 2 PUGS–Winston Kirby & Walter Kleo. What don’t I love about my babies?!?!? They are the sweetest snuggle babies ever. They are my children 🙂

  • Kristina June 17, 2010, 12:21 pm

    My dogs are Cosmo (Shepherd/Rott mix) and Grace Kelly (Greyhound). My favorite things about them? That’s tough because I love everything about them. One of my favorite things about Grace is how happy and free she looks as she runs. I also love how Cosmo will collapse in our arms and turn into a pile of goo. He’s such a snuggler!

  • Kim June 17, 2010, 12:23 pm

    The favorite thing I like (love) about my dogs is that they do not let me be lazy! A few months before we welcomed our first dog, Ruger into our lives I found out I had R.A. (rheumatoid arthritis)..besides being physically ill…I also became depressed…when we got our (then) puppy…I didn’t have time to think of any of that…..just puppy training and puppy love….I swear…my dog Ruger (not 6) saved me in many ways….we loved him so much…we rescued another dog…Katie….they are Karelian Bear Dogs…

  • Megan @ Healthy Hoggin June 17, 2010, 12:28 pm

    My dog’s name is Yasha and she’s a white furball!

    Since I work from home, she is my only co-worker and keeps me company all day long! I’ve actually been looking for a better food for her, because she has terrible allergies, and I think a higher-quality food may help!

    Thanks for the review and giveaway!

  • Lauren B. June 17, 2010, 12:29 pm

    Our GSP’s name is Lola. We foster through a GSP rescue & our current foster’s name is Toby. My favorite thing about my dog(s) is that they are the perfect running companion. I know Lola will be ready to go at 5:30 am for our run.

    Toby & the rescue would benefit from a donation of dog food, as we operate strictly from generous donations & adoption fees (

  • carolyn~ June 17, 2010, 12:29 pm

    I would like to enter on behalf of my rescue puppy who is just 6 months old. Rocco is a chihuahua terrior mix and is the cutest dude ever. My husband and I are shocked how much we LOVE this puppy…I mean I knew I was an animal lover but had no idea. So, in general I love evertyhing about my cutie…I am already stressing about my upcoming vacation to Puerto Rico and having to leave him with family to watch. I am going to be like mother who leaves her child for the first time!

  • Benjamin June 17, 2010, 12:34 pm

    My pup Oliver hasn’t been feeling well and has been on steroids for an allergic reaction. We were told it would make him super thirsty and he would pee ALOT. To our surprise we woke up in the morning to find Ollie peeing IN THE BATHTUB.

    Smart pup, that is why we love him

  • Olivia @ Blissful Runner June 17, 2010, 12:41 pm

    Oats in smoothies are the BEST! Gotta love the “chew” factor! 🙂

  • Jenny June 17, 2010, 12:41 pm

    My pup is Kylee. I love to watch her swim and run; she’s incredibly speedy and muscular, and a joy to watch.

  • Gretchen June 17, 2010, 12:44 pm

    One of my dogs is Harli… she’s a dane and loves to lean and is so good with my kids… that’s my favorite thing about her!

  • Nicole, RD June 17, 2010, 12:44 pm

    I love it!!!!!!!! My dog’s name is LILY and I love that she likes to lay flat on her back and show off her flubby tummy that is patterned like a cow 🙂

  • kt June 17, 2010, 12:46 pm

    My dog is a German shepherd mix named Indie. I got him for my 13th birthday (and am in constant denial of his aging). I love that he completes my weekday runs with me as I’m training for a half! (Weekend long runs are a little much, but I have a training partner for those ;P)

  • Antoinette Church June 17, 2010, 12:47 pm

    My dog’s name is Comet and I love when I come home he soo excited to see me he kisses me like crazy!

  • Samantha June 17, 2010, 12:48 pm

    My husband and I have a Boston Terrier/Cocker spaniel mix named Molly. She’ll be a year old this coming August. Since I’m currently not working, she’s my little companion during the day! The thing I love most about her is how friendly and full of personality she is (which is also the thing that drives me crazy, since she gets so excited sometimes that she won’t listen to us and pees herself!). Here are a few pictures of her: http://samantha–

    • Caitlin June 18, 2010, 8:28 am

      she kind of has spots like maggie!

  • Ambre - The 3-Day Walker June 17, 2010, 12:51 pm

    I’d LOVE to enter the contest.

    I’m all for having my dogs eat healthier! 🙂 I have two – Oliver and Diego, and I love to run around with them outside, bring them to the dog park, and play fetch in my apartment. They are so much fun!! 🙂

  • Chelsea June 17, 2010, 12:58 pm

    I have a JRT/pug mix named Duke and my favorite thing about him is that he is half pug

  • Joey June 17, 2010, 12:58 pm

    Charlie & Suzie would love to try some food! They are my babies & I love EVERYTHING about them! 🙂 My favorites: when I first get home, they are so excited to see me, & before bed when they just want to snuggle.. the best! 🙂

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin June 17, 2010, 1:00 pm

    I’ve never had a smoothie as a meal because they’re never filling enough. That’s a great idea to add oatmeal though!

  • Megan June 17, 2010, 1:05 pm

    Awesome giveaway!!! I have a 1 year old chocolate lab named Cleo Grace (we wanted to give her a middle name like the rest of us, naturally). She also answers to Stinky, Puppydoodle, and Babygirl. She is a spoiled-silly ball of energy that makes all of us laugh every single day. Her talents include high fives, stealing shoes, and waking my stepdad up for her breakfast every single morning by being thisclose to his face and staring at him. We recently found out that she is afraid of cats – there was one walking on top of the fences lining the backyard and Cleo HID behind the deck, peeked out through the columns on the railing and growled/barked at her. The cat realized Cleo was, in fact, NOT a threat and continued along her merry way.

    This giveaway food sounds great!! I’m always looking for natural treats and whatnot for her – she loves a sweet potato and apple biscuit that a local dog store makes.

  • Suzanne June 17, 2010, 1:09 pm

    #1 thing is their love and snuggles. Nothing like it!

  • Hallie June 17, 2010, 1:10 pm

    Aww, so cute. My pup is Nina, and I love her because a) she’s so happy to see me when I come home b) she encourages me to exercise with her even when I feel lazy (since she’s a total spazz if she doesn’t get a long run/walk and c) when I’m sad and crying about something, she comes over and tries to make it all better by being cute…and it usually works!

  • Laura June 17, 2010, 1:16 pm

    My dog’s name is Finley. My favorite thing about him is that he “talks”. He doesn’t bark or whine, he makes this strange noise that sounds like he’s talking in a different language. It’s so cute and funny!

  • Farah June 17, 2010, 1:25 pm

    Hi Catlin,

    My little pup’s name is Folly – she’s 5 months and I LOVE her incredibly affectionate nature. SHe’s always so excited to see me – and so distrught when I leave her for work. Everytime I get home, we have to sit and cuddle for a good 20 – 30 minutes – with her just snuggling on my lap before we can go out for a walk!

    I’d love to try the dog food you recommended for her. She’s a picky eater but it sounds like she might like it!



  • Cynthia Gilliland June 17, 2010, 1:32 pm

    I have an 8 year old springer spaniel named Heather. She doesn’t play a lot, but once in a while, when she is in the mood, she will act very silly and it makes me feel happy.

  • Ashlee June 17, 2010, 1:35 pm

    My beagle Lucy is like your Maggie, will eat anything and everything! However my poor beagle baby gets ear infections for certian foods (had to try tons, before I found a few that work) And also gets doggy colitis! Very painful and annoying for her.
    So anyway my favorite thing about Lucy is when you are snacking or eating a meal she comes over with the sad eyes, and once she realizes thats not workings she sits, once that doesnt work she will try to give paw, once that doesnt work she lays down, so on and so on … how can you not give a little something for all that effort????

  • AdiFey June 17, 2010, 1:35 pm

    Hey!! I’m kinda new to you blog but I love it so far!! That smoothie sounds divine. I put a link to your blog in my latest post. 🙂

  • Astrid June 17, 2010, 1:38 pm

    My dog’s name is Malcom! We adopted him after meeting him at a guitar shop. He is surprising us by continuing to get bigger and bigger. He is already over 75 pounds!! My favorite thing about him is that he yodles and “Speaks” instead of bark.

  • melissa June 17, 2010, 1:39 pm

    My fur baby is named Weezey–yes… the rapper–I adopted him from my sister–loooooong story about that name LOL but I call him little man or weasel–and hes a daushaund too! he is just too funny, he has the sweetest personality—he knows where i keep the treats and he chases his tail and barks for one–so cute! he does alot of wacky things though when i think of it!

  • margo June 17, 2010, 1:50 pm

    Maddie and Zooey are my two mixed pups. Mad is my 20 lb Aussie mix and Zoo is my 48lb BC mix. I love their little personalities. Mad is smaller, but fearless and she has the biggest heart. Zoo is more cautious, but will not be left behind. They are fantastic little travelers. Anytime I hold a bag that makes noise they run up to me and “sit” just in case it is a treat to show that they are good and should have one, which I give into…

  • Theodora @ Losing Weight in the City June 17, 2010, 1:50 pm

    My little man (um, the only man in my life right now…) is Bailey, a little lhasa-poo. My favorite thing about him is how he nudges my arm over if I’m not putting my arm around him.

  • Martha June 17, 2010, 1:52 pm

    My pup’s name is Zilla, and she loves to snuggle! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Lauren @ Running Examiner June 17, 2010, 2:09 pm

    This dog food sounds amazing!

    My doggy’s name is Blake. His defining characteristics are sad (and manipulative!) eyes, an ever-wagging tail, and a love of snuggling, even when snuggling is not comfortable for his owners. (Mind you, he weighs 50 pounds).

  • A June 17, 2010, 2:13 pm

    Zahrah, Zafirah, Zayn and Zada are all Holistic Select hounds. (The Big Zs want the Little Z’s Puppy Nurture formula, while Zada wants the “big kid” food!)

  • Hanna June 17, 2010, 2:18 pm

    My dogs or Clover the Chihuahua and Betty the Boston Terrier.

    Clover is blue merle (think austrialian sherpherd) and I love it, because she is so different. Not your typical Chihuahua And she is the sweest dog you’ll ever meet. She’s always smiling:)

    We rescued Betty when she was 2..and her little quirk is that both of her eyes NEVER go the same direction, she often has to turn her head to the side so she can look at you fully:)

    • Hanna June 17, 2010, 2:20 pm

      I almost forgot! Clover is a very picky eater..adn we have to watch her while she eats or Betty will get in there and get. She’s get distracted easily, and if no one is in the room, she won’t eat she HAS to be where we are. Sometimes the cats tease her and she won’t

  • Stefanie B. June 17, 2010, 2:26 pm

    I have a French bulldog named Angus he is the love of my life! My favorite thing about Angus is his constant love!

  • Jessica June 17, 2010, 2:43 pm

    I have a boxer named Justice and he LOVES veggies. He gets so excited when he hears me using the salad spinner because he knows his mama will give him some lettuce. But my favorite thing about him is that he goes crazy with lemons. If you give him a whole one to play with he will bark at it and bite it and then keep barking. It’s so hilarious!

  • Colleen June 17, 2010, 2:51 pm

    My dogs name is Bela and my favorite thing about her is her underbite!

  • Cellabella June 17, 2010, 2:54 pm

    Yay! I’m such a dog food snob, I’m always scrutinizing the labels the same why I do for the stuff I eat. I figure it makes sense, why feed my little Bindi something I wouldn’t want to feed myself! I’d be interesting for her to try the Holistic Select and how she does on it. I love everything about Bindi, her sweetness, her spazziness, her cuteness, her naughtiness. I love our morning runs together and then when she cuddles in my legs for a nap. I also love that she loves fruit as much as I do (watermelon, mangos, bananas, apples, pears, cantaloupe… 🙂

  • Erika June 17, 2010, 3:02 pm

    Yay, what a fun giveaway. I have a 6-year-old Chihuahua named Juan Carlos and he’s pretty much the coolest guy around. He’s got so many funny little quirks about him, but I think my favorite is the way he likes to burrow into blankets and under people’s shirts when he’s sitting on their lap. His favorite spot is under my husband’s t-shirt while they’re watching TV…. so funny 🙂

  • Carol June 17, 2010, 3:15 pm

    Our rescue peek-a-poo constantly had ear infections. My chiropractor suggested our Holistic supplier in Edwardsville, IL. Since she went on lamb formula with restricted grains, she had only had one flare up. Our other rescue dog is a good brown dog, and her shedding has gone done on the same formula. What a great find, and at a third of the cost from the veterinanian’s office.

  • Kimberly June 17, 2010, 3:27 pm

    How fun! We have an adopted 8 y/o mixed breed named Lily. This doggie, literally, has saved my Mother’s life. My Mom suffers with a lot of health issues and can become quite depressed. Lily has been her companion and friend for my Mom. Especially during the times my Mom can barely get out of bed. Dogs, cats, animals in general are wonderful in that way. Lily gives my Mom a ginormous amount of love and care and will rarely leave my Mom’s side on those rough days! 🙂 Amazing.

  • Sydney June 17, 2010, 3:28 pm

    Awww! I also have a Maggie. She is a longhaired mini dachshund. I also have another dachs, Abby, and a supercharged Chihuahua named Juba. Last week Maggie caught a mole in the backyard… what a champ!

  • Laura June 17, 2010, 3:31 pm

    If this is open to UK readers please count me in, I’m in the process of adopting an Akita 🙂

  • Allison June 17, 2010, 3:43 pm

    My Black Lab/Border Collie mix is named Okie 🙂 She’s such a sweetheart and a little genius! Along with the countless words, commands, and tricks she knows, she responds to a few Spanish words! 🙂

  • Alex G June 17, 2010, 3:52 pm

    I’m fostering Ali. Before I brought her home, she’d been bouncing from one home to another and almost wound up in the wrong hands. She has a dietary issue which affects her skin – dandruff and severe alopecia and erythema ( We’d love to get her onto a healthy diet. Thank you for considering Ali. WOOF!

  • Shawn June 17, 2010, 3:54 pm

    I’ve got Lucy and Loki. Lucy didn’t eat more than 1 meal a day for a year until we got Loki. Now she eats breakfast and dinner and tries to eat Lokis breakfast too. Loki covers his food bowl up with the remnants of the bed he’s mangled to hide it from Lucy. So he doesn’t eat unless I trick him by putting hot water in it too. I’d love to try new food for him.

  • Katie June 17, 2010, 3:57 pm

    Our boxer is named Dasia 🙂

    I love how she howls when she hears sirens, and will stand by the kitchen (she’s not allowed in) and look back and forth at me and the treat bowl, trying to telepathically tell me something 😉

  • Allie June 17, 2010, 4:01 pm

    Our puppy is Oberon.

    I love how he loves to cuddle. When we get home from work every day, he tries to hold us down on the couch and force cuddle us.

  • giordin June 17, 2010, 4:44 pm

    My chocolate lab puppy eats holistic select too! He loves it! His name is Bodhi and he’s pretty much my favorite thing on the planet. My favorite part of every day is when I make my lunch and he comes into the kitchen and sits patiently because he knows that he always gets to lick my yogurt spoon. He has the cutest look on his face:

  • Yvonne June 17, 2010, 4:45 pm

    My dog is Fankie, the pug. My favorite thing about him is how soft and fluffy and sweet he is. I cant pick just one thing, lol. Im a little concerned about his current food, thinking of changing but know it will be more expensive. :-/

  • Kelly June 17, 2010, 4:45 pm

    My daschund’s name is Rascal and I just love how cuddly he is. He has such a big personality too. So smart. 🙂

  • Ali June 17, 2010, 5:06 pm

    My doggie’s name is Ava. She’s a chihuahua and I love that she will stay the size of a puppy forever!

  • Ellen June 17, 2010, 5:08 pm

    this is shane:

    he is a 15 year old sheltie. such a sweet old man, but still energetic and kickin’ despite it all! he is seriously the best dog, i don’t know what i’d do with out him.

    he’s pretty stinkin cute, too!

  • Rachel June 17, 2010, 5:09 pm

    My Boston Terrier is so snuggly at bedtime!

  • Heather June 17, 2010, 5:12 pm

    My dog’s name is David Suzuki and my favorite thing about Zuki is his underbite!!! He is half jack russel and half pug- soooo cute 🙂

  • Lauren @ Healthy Delicious June 17, 2010, 5:12 pm

    I have two dogs – Fala and Leonard. I love how they both have sch drastically different “personalities”

  • rebecca June 17, 2010, 5:34 pm

    my dog’s name is elvis and she is a pit bull/chocolate lab mix. she is the sweetest and most energetic dog i’ve ever met and gives the best kisses!

  • Lindsey June 17, 2010, 5:39 pm

    Lizzie is my little girl, a rescue cavalier king charles. Lizzie got all sorts of little personality quirks, but my favorite is how she lets me know it is time for breakfast. She will wake up around 5 am and move from wherever she is sleeping to lay on top of my head… definitely gets my attention

  • Woman&Warrior June 17, 2010, 5:58 pm

    Thanks for the awesome dog food giveaway. I did so much research on dog food, and for awhile was making my own concoctions of veg, fruit, meat and rice, just to give my little one healthy food to help her grow and be strong and healthy. I love so much about her, but most of all, I love that she reminds me that all people need love, affection, and loyalty. People react well when get these things–from dogs, and from people. I guess now that I’m writing it, I love that my dog makes me want to be a better person. 🙂

  • Laura June 17, 2010, 6:14 pm

    My dog’s name is Hannah and I love what a good buddy she is, she’ll accompany me anywhere and is just happy to be w/ me!

  • Erin C. June 17, 2010, 6:24 pm

    I have a beautiful five year old golden retreiver named Keira. There are many, many things that I love about her, but what I love most is her spirit. It was that spirit that helped her to recover from a rare embolism (stroke) seven weeks ago that left her with a paralyzed hind leg. She went through physical therapy and is now using that leg to walk, run and swim again. She’s got spirit, that’s for sure!

  • Kathleen June 17, 2010, 6:47 pm

    I love how my teacup chihuahua is a sun worshiper (she adores lying in the afternoon sun). Her name is Dolce Dior and she is the most precious thing basking in those golden rays!

  • Tyler June 17, 2010, 6:51 pm

    My puppy Max is an English Bulldog. He’s 5 months old. I LOVE his squishy little face and how he snorts when you give him treats!

  • Holly June 17, 2010, 6:58 pm

    We have a 1.5 yr old black lab mix named Charlie and my favorite thing about him is that despite his size and weight, he loves to snuggle up!

  • Christie June 17, 2010, 6:59 pm

    I have 2 dogs – Abbie and Lia. My favorite thing about Abbie is that she is so sweet and gentle and will let anyone pet, pull, tug, aggravate her anytime. My favorite thing about Lia is that she is soft and cute and she sleeps on her back 🙂

  • maren June 17, 2010, 7:06 pm

    Zeus! He is my Puggle. I love that he always wants to be close to me.

  • Melinda June 17, 2010, 7:09 pm

    Roscoe! My furkid- he is so funny when he sleeps under the covers like a human 🙂 And when he snores 😉

  • Melissa June 17, 2010, 7:16 pm

    Calvin my 6 yr old dalmation and Crosby my 3 yr old golden they are the loves of my lives besides my husband, also calvin farts like a human so maybe the food would help

  • Jena kml June 17, 2010, 7:19 pm

    I have 2 mini dachshunds named Claire & Gracieb [

    • Jena June 17, 2010, 7:24 pm

      Sorry about that – computer malfunction. Claire & Gracie are my dogs names and I love how happy they are to see me, even if I’ve only been gone a few minutes!

  • Jennifer June 17, 2010, 7:23 pm

    I have two pugs, Duffy (my girl) and Biscuit (my lil fat boy). 🙂 They are natural-born clowns! They will do anything for attention!

    For this story, you have to envision a cartoon: My oldest daughter(15) is sitting on the couch eating a snack. Biscuit is at the other end of the couch watching her. When my daughter turns her head to the tv, Biscuit scoots up a tiny bit – Daughter turns her head, Biscuit stops and looks very innocent! This goes on until finally Biscuit is almost right on top of her! LOL! Toooo funny!

    Duffy, well, there is too much to say about her. But what makes me laugh the most is that she gets the walking farts…a lot! Hahahahaha! Yeah, I think it’s time for her to get new food! 🙂

    I would post a pic, but I don’t know how! 🙁

  • Orianna June 17, 2010, 7:25 pm

    I love that my dog Ruby is athletic and keeps me active, and she has beautiful amber eyes that she gazes lovingly up at me with.

  • Michelle in Alaska June 17, 2010, 7:40 pm

    Awww…fun! I have an adorable dog named Max, he is shaped like your pups but looks like he has Australian Shepard in there too 🙂 My favorite thing about Max is that he “talks” back to myself, daughter, and fiance when we pet him and talk to him. He just makes the happiest sounds =D makes my day

  • Caitlin June 17, 2010, 8:30 pm

    One of my many favorite things about my mutt (yorkie/poodle/dauchsund mix) Buddy the Elf is that is he is afraid of the oven (long story – involves an incident with the smoke alarm, which he is deathly afraid of and now he associates the oven with the smoke alarm) so anytime we turn it on (which is almost daily) he runs and hides under the couch. He’s so little he can literally squirm his way under it and won’t come out until it’s off and we are sitting down to eat. He’s a cutie, even if he has anxiety issues 🙂

  • Jessica June 17, 2010, 8:52 pm

    Ugh, my dog is a picky eater too. She went through a phase where she wouldn’t eat anything at all, and lost some weight. The vet had us put her on wet food, because she would actually eat it all up – but we knew we couldn’t keep her on wet food forever, so we’ve been working to get her back on Science Diet Puppy. I would LOVE to have her try something new, especially since your picky eater seems to love it so much!

    My puppy’s name is Bailey. My favorite thing about her (aside from how excited she is to see me every morning and every evening) is how friendly she is to EVERYONE – she just cuddles right up and makes best friends right away, so it is fun to take her out to make new friends 🙂

  • BroccoliHut June 17, 2010, 9:19 pm

    I have two dogs, Fred and Chester. I love how Fred has the facial expressions of a crotchety old man, and how Chester jumps EVERY time my watch beeps.

  • Macrae June 17, 2010, 9:23 pm

    My dog is Odin (King of the Norse gods, I come from a family of Classic Majors!). He’s a German Shepherd and What I love about him is how he will walk by and tap us with his nose and then keep on walking to lie down or whatever. It is the sweetest acknowledgement from such a huge doggie!

  • Serena June 17, 2010, 9:25 pm

    My dog’s name is Keaton and he is a Bassadore(1/2 lab,1/2 basset hound.) He looks like a black lab except that he has the short legs of a basset hound, very cute! He is 16 years old and my favorite thing about him (besides that he is still alive and kicking)is the way he wakes me up in the middle of the night to let him out to potty. I have a bed from Ikea and it is low to the ground. Keaton will come up to my face and just stick his nose right in front of my face until I wake up. He doesn’t lick me or anything but its funny that he gets all in my personal bubble until it wakes me up.

  • Kelly June 17, 2010, 9:40 pm This is Spunkie. He certainly lives up to his name! This dog always keeps things interesting around the house.

  • Vanessa June 17, 2010, 9:51 pm

    My baby is a 9 year old Bichon Frise and his name is Snoopy. I love that he’s so affectionate and gets along so well with other dogs.

  • Leigh June 17, 2010, 9:58 pm

    My dog is Kregan. I love Kregan so much because even though she gets in trouble a good deal, she lives life to the fullest. No holds barred, full out in everything. She loves to the fullest, plays and runs to the fullest, drinks water to the fullest, etc.

  • Erin June 17, 2010, 10:08 pm

    My husband and I have a Rottweiler/Shepard mix named Moose. Her certainly lives up to his name. He’s HUGE!!

  • Lauren June 17, 2010, 10:08 pm

    I love reading all these cute dog stories! Their only fault is that they live such short lives. Good topic and give-away, Caitlin!

    • Caitlin June 18, 2010, 8:29 am

      i know 🙁 I wish dogs lived forever.

  • Blair June 17, 2010, 10:25 pm

    I have a curly coated retriever named Lily who’s barks like crazy at anyone within 100 feet of the house but I love her anyways! One of my new favorite hobbies is baking biscuits for her with ingredients like oats, pumpkin, peanut butter, etc. I’m a huge sucker and find it hard to deny her treats, so at least I know these ones are better for her than milk bones. As a bonus to me, I love to bake but try to only keep one batch of cookies around at a time so this way I get to enjoy my hobby without winding up with 1000 buttery treats tempting me in the kitchen! [A long way of saying, I love Lily for being my excuse to bake more!]

  • Meg June 17, 2010, 11:25 pm

    I have been trying to find a new food for my 2 pups! They won’t seem to eat anything (and keep it down) except for Science Diet – and I want something with more wholesome ingredients for them. This sounds great! 🙂

    My pups are two chihuahuas named Carmen Sandiego and Isabella. Carmen is a strangely phobic dog and always sits staring out the window waiting for thunderstorms. We call her our “weather dog” 🙂 Bella is a little chunk who loves to sleep on her back with her paws in the air and her tongue hanging out. She always stops mid-lick and falls asleep like that!

  • Marie June 18, 2010, 12:40 am

    Our fur baby is Saber, a 3.5 year-old Shih Tzu. My favorite thing about him is how adorably sweet he is, especially when he comes in for a kiss when I ask for them. He’s been GREAT with our 2.5 year-old twins and has adored them from the beginning.

  • Amy June 18, 2010, 4:45 am

    My “baby” is Bella. She is 6 months old tomorrow. She is a chihuahua but never got the memo that she’s a tiny lady. She thinks she is a big girl and even bosses our cats around. I think one of my favorite things about her is how she showers me with love when I come home from work with kisses and attention. Bella is a VERY picky eater and also tolerates Beneful but doesn’t love it. I would LOVE to try something she will eat without me having to bribe her or pretend to eat it myself!

  • Nicole A June 18, 2010, 6:56 am

    My little doxen/jrt Moe is not a picky eater whatsoever. I love the idea of feeding my dog wholesome food. My favorite thing about him is how I can walk into a room after only being done for a little while & its as if he hasn’t seen me in awhile. Definitely a momma’s boy. <3

  • Steph June 18, 2010, 7:53 am

    My dog’s name is Gracie!! My favorite things about her is her compassion and unconditional love 🙂

  • Lexie June 18, 2010, 8:00 am

    My dog’s name is Kailani. Plus, I live with my sister and brother-in-law who have 2 dogs, Tayo and Bella. I love everything about my dog, but especially love her overbite. Just looking at her with her teeth sticking out makes me laugh so hard!!

  • Vera June 18, 2010, 8:12 am

    We have three miniature dachshund. Buddy (smooth hair), Coco (long haired), and Toby (wired haired). The funniest thing is to watch them chase each other around and tumble over each other all in a big ball and then take off racing again, just to fall all over each other again.

  • vanillavivante June 18, 2010, 10:06 am

    My sheltie dog Arthur is a picky eater too! I’d love for him to try out this food.

  • Amanda@SenseiTalks June 18, 2010, 10:35 am

    My 7 yr old maltese’s name is Gepetto. He is almost 24 lbs which is HUGE for a maltese, but has the cutest personality. He won’t sit on our laps and likes to be alone but we do get him to do some fun tricks – all we have to say is “Who wants BEGGIN!!!” and he opens our closed pantry door, grabs the bag of Beggin’ Strips and brings it back to us…haha probably better to see it than me describing it but its HYSTERICAL!

  • eatingRD June 18, 2010, 1:34 pm

    What a great giveaway!! We have a basset named Buster and he absolutely LOVES holistic select fish formula. He had really sensitive, rashy, dry and allergic skin when we adopted him from the basset rescue, and it has done wonders for him. What I love about buster is that he has the funniest personality and pretty much sleeps all day 🙂 lol

  • Judith Greenberg June 18, 2010, 2:03 pm

    My dogs absolutely love their Holistic Select Radiant Adult Lamb recipe food. They are healthy, good stools, great coat.

    My dogs are Jupiter and Mateo. I love them both! They are great companions. My husband, dogs and I walk every morning. It is our favorite part of the day. The dogs are a pleasure on walks and we love how very social Mateo is. He loves to visit with all people and especially children.

  • Sophie June 18, 2010, 2:42 pm

    My pups cookie and toto are so adorable (although they kept me up all last night barking at a mystery of nothing….)

    I love that Cookie always looks like a doggie model. She looks up at you happy and anticipatory and is always up for cuddling! Toto is the doggie version of a socialite! He will run up to any dog, cat, squirrel, human and try to be friends! I love them both!

  • Courtney June 18, 2010, 11:06 pm

    That food likes a great choice for dogs! My dog is a siberian husky, and he’s been doing the same thing that you talk about. Eating a few nibbles of food, then walking away. He’ll graze occasionally throughout the evening, walking by every so often to eat a kernel or two, but will never eat the entire bowl of food at once. I’d love to try this new brand!!

  • Amber June 19, 2010, 1:35 am

    My dog’s name is Jake and he is Ah-mazing. He smiles like a real person -which he pretty much is 🙂 Here is a pic:

  • Jillian June 19, 2010, 7:35 am

    My dog’s name is Blue, he is a shelter rescued australian shepherd/blue heeler… And my favorite thing about him is that he’s deaf. Can’t hear a thing, but I’ve taught him sign language (at a year old he knows over 15 commands) and he is absolutely the SMARTEST dog I’ve ever owned. 🙂

  • Cheri June 21, 2010, 11:04 am

    Our yellow Labrador Wilson has severe food allergies. Everything from the common wheat and grains to chicken, pork, beef and turkey. After hundreds of money spent at Vet and on “holistic” type foods, Wilson has been on Holistic Select Anchovy, sardine and salmon dry. Finally a food that stands up to their claims of being natural without the added items he is allergic to. I was feeding him Natural Balance duck and sweet potato and all of a sudden his allergies came back full force, bleeding sores on feet, face and chin. I was told about Holistic Select and within a week, Wilson’s sores cleared completely. It is a shame that companies who say their products are for LID diets only, aren’t what they claim.

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