This month’s theme was “Breakfast” which is kind of adorable. But I’m gonna tell you right now – the hen/rooster thing freaks me out. I went to the bathroom in the middle of the night and it was still sitting in the box on top of Penny’s kennel just barely peaking out and my heart jumped a little. I don’t have the best relationship with chickens (they used to chase me to my car at an apartment I used to have in Vermont – terrifying), so the idea of having that thing around the house is unsettling. However, the idea of Penny ripping it to shreds is more appealing.
|This thing is going to haunt my nightmares.|
Anyway. This month we got a 50/50 split of treats and toys, with a couple packets of liquid vitamins. I’ve never used liquid vitamins before, and these make the claim that it will calm the puppy down – so I’m not sure what to expect, but we’ll find out soon enough!
Here are the details of this month’s contents:
- Quaker Pet Group Go Dog Hen Ball ($12.69)
- Pet Qwerks Fetch ‘n Floss ($9.99)
- Healthy Dogma Bacon Flavor Barker treats ($5.95)
- Hare of the Dog Rabbit Recipe Red Apple & Dandelion treats ($6.99 according to fidodogtreats.com – Hare of the Dog’s site appears to be down at the time of this post)
- Licks Zen Liquid Vitamins (about $2 each, based on monthly subscription costs)
She loves the hen ball. Loves it. The first thing she did was rip into the cloth tags (but really, that’s the first thing she does with anything with a tag) and then start rolling it around and chasing it. It has a pretty loud squeaker that sounds more like a horn, but she doesn’t chomp down on the middle hard enough to trigger the sound very often. The only problem with this thing is that it has this fur-type stuff on the outside, so she just sits there ripping it out so I have all this Penny-colored clumps of fur lying around the house which is mildly alarming until I remember it’s from the toy. As of today, this thing has pretty much had its feather plucked clean and it’s a little disturbing.
We haven’t tried the liquid vitamins yet, but that’s next on the agenda to see if it really does calm her down. On Tuesday and Thursdays the boyfriend doesn’t get home until late and it’s just mommy/doggy time once I get home from work. Because the poor thing has been alone all day, she’s basically a tornado of crazy and that will be the ideal time to give these vitamins a shot.
She’s a fan of the bacon-flavored treats, which doesn’t surprise me in the least. They’re medium sized – about the size of the treats I make for her myself, so that works out pretty well. She also enjoys the red apple and dandelion treats, and they’re small enough that I don’t feel bad using these during training sessions and giving her a few of them at a time.
The Fetch ‘n Floss chew toy doesn’t get much use – not yet, anyway. I don’t think she’s learned how to embrace the idea of a round chew toy that would be easier to hold on to than say… a stick. She likes to make things difficult! Such a drama queen.
All in all, this box was a success. Long term, the hen ball doesn’t hold up to her destructive jaws, but in the meantime she’s enjoying it and that’s really all I can ask for!
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