The Missing Link Ultimate Small Breed Product Review

The Missing Link Ultimate Small Breed Product Review

If you’re looking for a high quality nutritional supplement for your dog, you may want to check out products made by TheMissing Link® . Disclaimer: I was contacted by The Missing Link® and asked to provide an honest review of their Ultimate Small Breed Hip, Joint & Coat product in exchange for a free sample of the product. 

About The Missing Link®

In the early 1990s, veterinarian and researcher Dr. Robert M. Collett discovered that the food we were giving our pets was nutritionally deficient. It turns out that our modern ways of processing pet food was making it completely devoid of Omega 3 fatty acid. Just like with people, Omega 3 fatty acids are essential fatty cides and are critical to maintaining good health. These findings inspired Dr. Collett to create supplements for our pets that were made of quality ingredients from whole foods and food concentrates.

But Dr. Collett didn’t just stop with ensuring the supplements contained high-grade ingredients. He went a step further to develop and patent cold processing methods to avoid degradation and/or destruction of naturally occurring nutrients. After all, what good is a high-grade supplement if it doesn’t stay stable or goes rancid?

About The Missing Link® Ultimate Small Breed Hip, Joint & Coat

missing link small breed formulaThe Missing Link® Ultimate Small Breed Hip, Joint & Coat claims to target the nutritional gap between what “nature provides” and what is available in commercial pet foods:

  • Glucosamine to support healthy joints and flexibility.
  • Balanced Omega 3 and 6 to maintain healthy skin and coat.
  • Omega fatty acids help the absorption of fat soluble vitamins which nutritionally support:  intercellular health, energy levels, the immune system, and muscle, tendon & ligament function.
  • Dietary fiber to promote a healthy digestive system.
  • Phyto (plant) nutrients to support general health and nutrition.

 

The Missing Link® Ultimate Small Breed Hip, Joint & Coat contains the following ingredients:

Ground Flaxseed, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Freeze Dried Beef Liver, Cane Molasses, Rice Bran, Primary Dried Yeast, Sunflower Seed, Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Dried Carrot, Ground Beef Bone, Dried Fish Solubles, Freeze Dried Oyster, Ground Barley Grass, Dried Kelp, Zinc Methionine Complex, Lecithin, Selenium Yeast, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Niacin (Vitamin B3), Garlic, Taurine, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Thiamine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B1), Folic Acid, and Vitamin B12 Supplement.

Notice the lack of unpronounceable chemicals and preservatives?

I received an 8 oz bag of The Missing Link® Ultimate Small Breed Hip, Joint & Coat to test out on Imogene. The daily intake is to administer one teaspoon per 25 pounds of body weight. Since Imogene is only 8 pounds, I gave her 1/4 teaspoon once a day mixed in with her dinner. As you can see from the picture and video below, the supplement is in powder form and a bit grainy. It is recommended that you refrigerate after opening.

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As you can see below, Imogene happily ate her food. She didn’t seem to even notice that the supplement was mixed in! This is definitely a positive because she has refused to eat her food when I have added powdered supplements in the past.

SO – Would I purchase The Missing Link?

Absolutely. While it took about four weeks to see the effects of the supplement, the changes were truly astounding. Imogene went from being hesitant to go up stairs to literally bounding up the stairs. We have a little set of stairs next to the couch and she’s even been hesitant to use them – it usually takes her 3 to 4 attempts to get up them. Now, she runs up them. Seriously. She’s gone from a cranky old lady to a giddy little puppy in a month!

I’ve also noticed that she seems more interested in going on walks outside, which is nice to see. Her stools are also firmer and more consistent, which is likely from the high quality fiber sources in the supplement. While I have not yet noticed a significant improvement in her coat, Imogene is a Pomeranian mix who was shaved by whoever owned her previously. If you know anything about Pomeranians, you know that shaving their coat to the puppy cut absolutely ruins their coat and it never grows back properly. So, Imogene’s coat has always been a nappy mess but the supplement has helped reducing the dryness of her skin.

Truthfully, I wouldn’t have believed it unless I had seen it. I’ve reviewed many, many, many products for ThePhillyDog.com and I think I’ve gotten a bit jaded. I’m pleasantly surprised by The Missing Link and recommend you purchase this – hands down – for your dog. Simply put, it works.

Interested in trying The Missing Link products?

You can purchase The Missing Link® Ultimate Small Breed Hip, Joint & Coat  at most specialty pet supply stores. Average retail cost of an 8 oz. bag of is $14.99. For more information on The Missing Link products, check out their website or their Facebook page. Just remember, it’s important to also give your pet high quality pet food with any supplement.

How Lindy and Company Fights Homlessness With Treats

How Lindy and Company Fights Homlessness With Treats

What in the world do pet treats and homeless kids have in common? More than you think. A Dayton, Ohio area non-profit called Daybreak” came up with the brilliant idea to use pet treats to help out their homeless youth. How? Well, treat maker Lindy & Company employee homeless youth to make the treats – providing them with the skills set needed to not only succeed in maintaining employment but also develop life-building skills. Think about it – how hard must it be for a child who is homeless to ever get out of the cycle? When you don’t even have a permanent address, it can be hard to get any potential employers to even consider you. By providing a working opportunity at Lindy & Company, kids are getting skills, references, and a chance to change the course of their lives.

Lindy & Company Products Galore

In addition to having a fantastic mission, Lindy & Company has a plethora of treats to choose from. Is your dog a picky eater? Check. Looking for grain free? Yep, they have it. Gluten-free? Vegan? Look no further because Lindy & Company probably has fit. They offer 10 different lindy-and-co-peanutty_puppers_flavors with a variety of dietary options.

For this review, Imogene and Dash taste-tested the Gluten-Free Peanutty Puppers. Disclaimer: In exchange for an honest  and detailed review, Lindy & Company sent me a bag of treats to try and donated several bags of treats to include in our 2016 Philadelphia PAWS Mutt Strutt contest prize basket.

Ingredients

The bag of Peannutty Puppers contains:

brown rice flour, milk, peanut butter, baking powder, ascorbic acid (preservative), tocopherols (preservative)

The Taste Test

I’ve done more pet treat reviews than I care to admit – and after awhile I must say they start to run together. It’s probably not entirely fair to use my dog Imogene to do a product review taste test as the old lady only has 5 teeth left. But, she’s really a canine garbage disposal, so she’s good at weeding out treats that probably won’t appeal to any dog. tDash, however, is a picky boy, so I like to test on him for that very reason. That way, all of the bases are covered.

Imogene and Dash both immediately grabbed the Peanutty Puppers out of my hand and ran away with them. That’s a clear sign that the treat is a prized possession. Imogene, however, did not eat the treat. Although the treat is small in size and chewy, it might have been a little too hard for her. When I broke it in half, she happily chomped it down.

Dash, on the other hand, gulped the treat down and came right back for another. Interestingly enough, though, when I tried a week later he refused the treat. This may be due to the fact that I had recently bought some bully sticks and lungs, so he was holding out for those treats. Imogene, however, has continued to enjoy them.

Yep, I’d Buy ‘Em

Yep, I’d buy them. In fact, I think that Lindy & Company is kind of a game changer . . . why buy treats from Milkbone or Kong when you have a local business that is helping to change their community? Besides being able to support a good cause, you’re getting a high-quality product. Treats that contain real food, ingredients you can actually pronounce, and that your dog will actually enjoy eating.

And, in the spirit of full disclosure, I’d not only buy them I’d eat them. Yep, you heard right. I was stuck in traffic one day on the Schuyllkill expressway and absolutely starving. I had left the bag of Peanutty Puppers in the glove compartment. Since they contain ingredients that are in people food, I figured, why not? It’s really no different than a regular peanut butter cookie. The only difference? It was a little blander than the ones my mom makes. And definitely not as sweet.

While you can purchase their treats on their website, Lindy & Company has also expanded to retailers nationwide. Approximate retail value is $5.99. You can learn more about Lindy & Company by checking out their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.

 

 

E Z V I Z Mini Cam Product Review

E Z V I Z Mini Cam Product Review

The EZVIZ Mini Cam is a game changer for pet owners who have to leave their pets home alone. Since dealing with Dash’s separation anxiety, I’ve become anxious about leaving my pets home alone. My anxiety is now rubbing off on the newest addition to the family, adopted from City of Elderly Love, Imogene. She’s a little too clingy and has started refusing treats when she realizes I’m leaving. While I’m already starting some of the separation anxiety training (so it doesn’t get full blown like Dash’s), I wanted to be able to keep tabs on her with a wi-fi cam.

Introducing the E Z V I Z Mini

EZVIZ reached out to me and asked if I would be willing to write an honest review in exchange for receiving a Mini Cam (retail value approximately $70.00).The timing couldn’t have been better – with Imogene’s budding separation anxiety and a scheduled work trip, the wi-fi cam would be the perfect way to make sure she was okay. 

ezviz_mini_camEZVIZ’s mission is to make great quality video easy for everyone. While it is super tiny, it works just like any other wi-fi cam. The EZVIZ Mini technical specs are nicely broken down on the EZVIZ site. You can find the technical specs here if you’re interested. If you’re interested in the technical spec It doesn’t record continuously – when the Mini detects motion it begins recording in incremental periods. You can then watch the recording from your phone through the mobile app.

E Z V I Z Set Up

From my experiences with Dash, I’ve tried out three other security cameras and camera apps. All have been quite difficult to set up – especially when it came to connecting the camera to the wi-fi and computer. One I actually never managed to get set up – and actually tossed it in the trash. But the EZVIZ Mini was super easy to set up and I didn’t get frustrated at all. Even if you aren’t good with tech you’ll be able to set it up in a snap.

Since Imogene prefers to spend her days sleeping in the bathroom, I needed to be able to get a clear view of her while not invading anyone’s privacy (awkward – um, why do you have a security camera in your bathroom?). While the magnet base allows you to place the camera just about anywhere, I ended up sitting it on the floor to get the best shot. I then connected the camera to the house wi-fi and downloaded the EZVIZ app to my iphone. With a few adjustments to the angle, it was ready to record. By far the easiest camera set-up ever.

Every time the cam detects motion and will stop recording after 10 seconds when movement ends. The “shots” are kept in the mobile app gallery for review. You can even download the videos to your phone. Here’s an example of Imogene:

E Z V I Z Mini Cam Review

So….would I buy the EZVIZ Mini Cam? Absolutely. Here’s why:

  • Fits in the palm of your hand!
  • Great design – it’s not an ugly cam that won’t blend into your decor
  • Easily adjustable view (115 degrees horizontally and 130 degrees vertically)
  • Screen magnification (for those important close-ups – is she really sleeping? are her eyes closed?)
  • Microphone to record any barking
  • Night vision capability (up to 30 ft!)
  • Ability to install a Micro SD card for additional storage

What didn’t I like? Not one thing. I would absolutely purchase this camera. I could sit and watch Imogene all day on this thing. And that’s pretty much what I did. So much so that I ended up draining my phone battery (it becomes quite addictive checking in on your pets). To avoid killing your battery, you can set the notifications so that you only get an alert when the cam detects motion. The EZVIZ Mini is the perfect size and perfect set-up for someone who isn’t looking for anything super-technical, but needs enough features to add value. It retails for about $70 online (Amazon, Walmart) and there is cloud storage capability for an extra fee. I didn’t have a need for cloud storage, but it’s nice to have that option.

So, if you are currently looking for a basic wi-fi cam to be able to check in on your pets while you are away, I highly recommend the EZVIZ Mini. Whether your dog is suffering from separation anxiety or you’re trying to figure out which cat is peeing outside of the litter box, consider purchasing this model. And, while Imogene seems to be just fine when I’m not at home, being able to check in on her has eased some of my own anxiety.

Looking for more info on the EZVIZ Mini? Check out their site and Facebook page!

Okay. Back to watching Imogene.

 

Eureka Brushroll Clean Vacuum Review

Eureka Brushroll Clean Vacuum Review

I admit it: I hate vacuuming. Hate it. And I’m really particular about vacuum cleaners. I seem to go through them a lot and I’m not sure why. I manage to break a piece off or damage the roll or lose an attachment. It probably doesn’t help that Dash likes to attack it. So with two cats, a Pomeranian, a Yorkie, and 2 boys, you can imagine I have a lot of vacuuming to do.

I received a Eureka® Brushroll Clean™ bagless upright vacuum (eureka brushroll cleanerapproximate retail value $198) free of charge in exchange for testing the vacuum and posting an honest review of my experience with it.

The Eureka® Brushroll Clean™

As you can see in the image, theEureka® Brushroll Clean™ is an upright, bagless vacuum. The manufacturer claims that the suction and air technology in the vacuum gives it a powerful, deep cleaning on any floor. The Brushroll Clean Technology™ claims to remove tangles in the roll with the touch of a button, making tangled fur easy to remove.

It was super easy to assemble (just a few pieces) and I was quickly impressed by how compact and neatly it fit together. All of the attachments clip on to the vacuum itself so you don’t have to store them separately. The plug automatically winds and it has a washable filter (huge positive in my book). It doesn’t take up much space in the closet, which is also good.

But Does the Eureka® Brushroll Clean™ Work?

I purposely waited to vacuum the floor knowing that my new Eureka® Brushroll Clean™ was on its way – and timed it when I was going to groom Imogene. The main culprits to the fur problem? (From left to right) Imogene, Dash, Mabel, and Olivia:

collage of my pets

So…needless to say, I had plenty of fur for this product review test. See for yourself:


The suction was nothing short of phenomenal. It only took one pass over and everything was sucked up.

eureka_brushroll_bottomI also managed to get a pair of shoelaces caught in the vacuum cleaner (hint: to avoid this from happening, pick up the shoes instead of pushing them out of the way with the vacuum). I tangled up those laces pretty darn good. I started to pull on the shoe to get them out before I remembered the Brushroll Clean Technology™ – one press of the button and BAM – the shoes were released.  Quite impressive. By the way – it’s actually really, really bad to get these tangles and yank them out. By preventing the rush from rotating, the motor gets strained (and hot) which will eventually decrease how well it works.

What I Liked, What I Didn’t Like

Like I said, I’m picky about vacuum cleaners. I really hate heavy ones because I hate lugging them up and down the stairs. The Eureka® Brushroll Clean™ is heavy, which is disappointing. But I do love that it is bagless and the canister is large enough to vacuum my entire living room before having to empty the can. However, I noticed that when I vacuumed up the fur I had to physically pull the fur out of the canister (it didn’t just dump out on its own). That was kind of gross.

The other issue I had was that there are just too many pedals on the base of the vacuum: the power pedal – the release pedal, and the brushroll cleaner. And they are all next to each other – I kept missing one pedal for the other, and usually had to press on the power pedal twice to get it going because I didn’t push hard enough. I think it would be better if the power button switch was on the top of the handle instead.

The vacuum also lets you adjust for carpet fiber length and bare floor. However, I wasn’t sure how that gets determined and couldn’t find anything in the user manual to tell me.

eurkea brushroll clean hoseThe attachments, though, are great – there are a carpet/upholstery brushes and an extension tube. The only thing I don’t like is that you have to manually switch from floor to hose when you are using the attachments (see image right). I know that a lot of vacuums are made this way but I always forget to turn it back to floor afterwards. I vacuumed the entire dining room before I remembered I didn’t switch it back.

Would I Buy the Eureka® Brushroll™ Clean?

Maybe. I personally don’t like vacuums where you have to switch back and forth from vacuuming the floor to using the attachment hoses. For me, that’s a critical feature. If that wasn’t such an issue for me, then I would absolutely purchase this vacuum. The suction is exceptional and the brushroll clean feature is fantastic. No more pulling out strings of hair/fur. That feature in and of itself is worth it. And, I can honestly say my carpets have never been so clean.

 

If you’re interested in purchasing the Eureka® Brushroll Clean™, it is exclusively sold at Walmart. Or, you can…

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LINKS IT Pet Tag Connector Product Review

LINKS IT Pet Tag Connector Product Review

Recently the tags fell off of Dash’s collar! Not good. I had been using this tag connector to hold all of his tags and make switching in between collars easier. Since the tags managed to come off, I decided to start looking for a new one. I asked the manufacturer of LINKS IT® pet tag connector if they would be willing to send me a tag connector free of charge in exchange for an honest review. Here are the findings:

You can find the LINKS IT® pet tag connectors in many boutique pet stores and online at www.Links-it.com. Average retail value is $7.99 and they come in a variety of colors and sizes. If you’re looking for a sturdy tag holder that is easy to switch in and out of pet collars, I definitely recommend you check out this product!

Solid Gold Strikes Gold with Philly Dog

Solid Gold Strikes Gold with Philly Dog

Wayyyy back in the day, when I first started ThePhillyDog.com, I was working at a local Philly pet boutique (The Chic Petique) and learning everything I needed to know about natural dog food and pet care. It was at The Chic that I saw my first bag of Solid Gold dog food and decided Dash needed to try it out. I was so impressed by it that I had to write about Solid Gold Wee Bits. I remember thinking to myself, more pet owners need to know about this line of pet food!

The Solid Gold Line

And so began a bit of a love affair with the Solid Gold line of natural pet foods. While my cats have stayed tried and true to the Solid Gold Katz -N- Flocken® line, Dash has tried lots of different brands and foods (from homemade to canned to raw). With the newest addition to the Philly Dog family (Imogene), I’ve been a bit undecided about which food direction I wanted to take. Recently, Solid Gold reached out to me and asked whether I would be willing to put Imogene on a 30 day “taste test” of their Howling at the Stars™ canned food line and their Lil’ Boss™ dry recipe. Disclosure: In exchange for writing an honest review and hosting a giveaway, I received three (3) months worth of pet food for my time and effort.

While I first wrote about Wee Bits™ back in 2009, Solid Gold has actually been around since 1974! Truly innovative at a time when we were feeding our dog cans of Alpo mixed with bacon fat (I swear. Really). It was one Sissy Harrington McGill who was inspired by the overall quality of health in pets in Europe, which led her to create Solid Gold. Now that “natural” is all the rave in the pet industry, it really does amaze me that Solid Gold has been around my entire lifetime.

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The Taste Test…

Imogene received a case of Howling at the Stars™ Turkey, Ocean Whitefish & Sweet Potato Recipe (retails approx.  $35) and two 4 lb. bags of Lil’ Boss™ Turkey and Hearty Vegetable Recipe (pictured left, approx. retail value of $19.99 each). While the Howling at the Stars is formulated for dogs of any size and at any life stage, the Lil’ Boss is a dry food for small breed dogs (also of any age).

While the packaging has had a recent refresh, I was glad to see that the quality was still as good as always. The food is grain and gluten free, with no added corn, soy, artificial preservatives, flavors or sugar added. Which means it’s the kind of food I want my dog to eat.

But.

I warned the Solid Gold representative that Imogene is…well…picky. Like, the pickiest dog in Philadelphia. During her entire month in foster care and our first month together, she refused to eat anything but Pedigree (blech). She turned her nose up at Merrick, Nature’s Variety, Go Now!, Natural Balance, Evangers – and that’s just a few of the brands I tried. I spent a lot of money trying to get her to eat a better quality food.

lil_boss_dry_kibbleI was also a little hesitant about agreeing to review the dry kibble. She also only has 5 teeth and I was concerned she wouldn’t eat it. But, as you can see from the image to the left, it was perfect size for a small breed dog. Even one who only has 5 teeth.

 

 

So…Did she eat the food? Oh. Yes. She ate.

I get this same little dance from her every day at breakfast and dinner. What a relief! She inhales it. I’msolid_gold_howling_at_the_stars actually thinking of purchasing one of those slow feeder bowls to get her to slow down. When I first started feeding her, I was giving her the canned for breakfast and only the dry kibble at night. However, after about 3 weeks, she started picking at the dry. I noticed that despite the happy dance, she wasn’t gobbling it up right away. She would look at her dish, then look at me. So then I started mixing the dry with the wet – and she went back to gobbling it right up. Little bugger. She just prefers the canned! Apparently, she has me trained very well.

The only thing that bugged me? I had to open the cans with a can opener. No pull tabs. Maybe that’s just the ones I got. I’m incredibly lazy.

You can purchase Solid Gold at several online retailers and various brick and mortar stores. For a full list, check out their product/store locator here.

Want to try your luck before buying? Solid Gold is giving away to one lucky winner a 4 lb bag of food of the winner’s choice, a t-shirt, a tote bag, food scoop and more!

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