Thursday, May 24, 2018

Keeping Sunshine in Our Lives - a Review for #chewyinfluencer



Although I COULD say I was talking about HAPPINESS and OPTIMISM and so on, I was really talking about Sunshine the Cat, my elder sisteroid. She is 15 years old now and that means she is a very old kitty. Theoretically, she has a lot of good years ahead of her as many cats surpass 15 years. In fact, we know some 22 year old kitties. But time does take its toll on them and we are doing our best to keep SUNSHINE at the peak healthwise.

That is why we spend so much time researching foods for elderly cats and trying them out to see if they agree with her.

We decided to again try i and love and you because we really like the brand and because SUNSHINE likes most of the flavors. This is a fairly new cat food and they are coming out with new formulas ALL THE TIME. So when Chewy.com had a new formula to test for the May #ChewyInfluencer campaign, we decided to GO FOR IT. I am really glad we did.

For one thing, right off the bat, Sunshine the Cat really likes the food. She gets downright INCENSED of she is not served i and love and you with every meal. She knows FULL WELL that we get kibble in the morning and BOTH kibble and soft food in the evening. But she has been obnoxiously vocal about wanting the tasty i and love and you with each meal. Life can be so challenging, I say.

For another thing, in retrospection, Sunshine the Cat appears to be really thriving on the food. She has more pep than she has had and she even jumps up on her CONDO without a care in the world. She almost seems 5 years younger - I SWEAR!

So already you know we are gonna give i and love and you the Casa de Noodles Seal of Approval



But here are the facts about this food: I and Love and You Variety Pack Wholly Cow!, Savory Salmon & Purrky Turkey Pate Canned Cat Food, 3-oz, case of 12


  • It is grain-free and gluten-free because those are TWO Gs cats do not need
  • It is made from real meats, fish, and poultry and no by-products
  • It has responsibly sourced ingredients (that means well researched by the makers)
  • Its got vitamins, its got minerals, its got omega-6, its got antioxidents, its got 3 fatty acids - but it DOESN'T have a lot of fillers
  • Made with all stages of KITTIHOOD in mind, so young to old cats will thrive

That's a lot of well thought-out goodness for your pet. This is why we at Casa de Noodles love i and love and you, in general. From the first sample pack we tried, we liked it and we felt like conquering the world after eating it.


Ingredients
Wholly Cow: Beef, Beef Liver, Beef Broth, Cranberries, Spinach, Apples, Tricalcium Phosphate, Carrots, Natural Flavor, Sweet Potatoes, Alfalfa Meal, Ground Flaxseed, Guar Gum, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Taurine, Calcium Carbonate, Dl-Methionine, Choline Chloride, Cassia Gum, Xanthan Gum, Salmon Oil (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols), Iron Proteinate, Magnesium Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Niacin Supplement, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Biotin, Potassium Iodide, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Rosemary Extract.

Savory Salmon: Salmon, Chicken Liver, Salmon Broth, Chicken, Cranberries, Spinach, Carrots, Natural Flavor, Guar Gum, Sweet Potatoes, Alfalfa Meal, Ground Flaxseed, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Taurine, Dl-Methionine, Cassia Gum, Xanthan Gum, Salmon Oil (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols), Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin E Supplement, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Niacin Supplement, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Biotin, Potassium Iodide, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Rosemary Extract.

Purrky Turkey: Turkey, Turkey Liver, Turkey Broth, Cranberries, Spinach, Carrots, Natural Flavor, Sweet Potatoes, Guar Gum, Alfalfa Meal, Ground Flaxseed, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Taurine, Dl-Methionine, Cassia Gum, Xanthan Gum, Salmon Oil (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols), Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Magnesium Sulfate, Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Niacin Supplement, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Biotin, Potassium Iodide, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Rosemary Extract.

This is all GOOD FOOD that your KITTY is not going to get fat on (as long as you are feeding the recommended portions) because EVERY ingredient is good fuel for a kitty body to keep it strong and healthy and looking fine.

I think Sunshine the Cat looks very FINE, don't you?


**We received one 12 pack free of charge from Chewy.com for the purpose of trying the food and developing an opinion of it. We receive no monies in exchange for our HONEST opinions and all opinions expressed in this blog are our own. Period, end of report!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

And That's The Way We All Became. . .



Here's the story
Of a lovely lady
Who was bringing up ONE very lovely girl
Her little GIRL so loved the Dogs
Like their mother
Especially those called PUGS

It's the story
Of a group of cousins
Who all wanted a pet of their own
They were three kids
Living all together
In a one family home

'Til the one day when a PUPPY was available
And they knew that it was much more than a hunch
That this group must somehow form a family
That's the way we all became  Noodles bunch

The Noodles bunch, the Noodles bunch
That's the way we became the Noodles bunch


Monday, May 21, 2018

A Tale of Three TAILS

Photo by Emelia Hamilton


This is a tale of three tails - all different but all from the same family. We are (from left to right) Molly, Noodles and Sunshine.

We are all about the same size but very different weights. Two of us have fluffy tails. Two of is have curled tails. Two of us are dogs. Two of us are single digits, agewise. Two of us have the same huMom.

We ARE Casa de Noodles - furry and proud.

Photo by Emelia Hamilton



Friday, May 18, 2018

Royal Wedding is a Good Excuse to Dress Up




I am working HARD to get my WEDDING apparel in order in time for THE BIG DAY!

What BIG DAY am I talking about? AW, come on! You know




They've been in the news SO MUCH lately that I almost feel like they are family. So as such, I plan to get up at FIVE O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING in order to watch the nuptials.

Here is the game plan for my outfit. First of all, I gotta have a HAT



Next up, a DRESS


maybe some SHOES

We'll see what ACTUALLY happens in terms of dressing up for the wedding. BUT - I WILL do something.

I am so excited.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

It's Thursday and I Feel Like




Yes, you see it. . . LICKING. I loves loves loves to lick.
I lick my LIPS.
I lick my FUZZY BLANKIE.
I lick my PILLOW.
I lick the RUG.
I lick the FLOOR (with or without droppage).
I lick, lick LICK!!!

It drives my Mommys crazy.
It drives my Aunts CRAZIER!
Do I CARE?
Not one LICK.

I like to L-I-C-K.

How about you?

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Chew on That!!! #chewyinfluencer


I am NOODLES the PUG and I am a CHEWY.com INFLUENCER. I am proud to be a part of such a great family of influencers for such a GREAT company as Chewy.com. I am pretty sure most of you know about Chewy.com, especially since the company now has regular commercials running on television and radio. But for those of you who do NOT, and I am flummoxed as to how you would not know of them, follow any of the links in this post and you will go to the "Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory" of pet needs. And yes, it is a little like NIRVANA once onsite.

nir·va·na                          OR       
nərˈvänə,nirˈvänə/
noun
a state of perfect happiness; an ideal or idyllic place.



So OUR MAY NEWSLETTER came right on target and was filled with the most insanely wonderful snacks and foods imaginable. I seriously had a tough time narrowing down the choices. BUT since I had just finished a 30 Day Challenge with Rachel Ray Nutrish PEAK limited ingredient dog food, I was READY to sample some SNACK food for a change. But what to try . . . hmmmmm . . . uhhhhhh . . . . I finally spotted the PERFECT treat - GREENIES!
I know what you're thinking. You're thinking "But Noodles,  I have had Greenies before; so surely you have too." In fact, I think I have posted about them something like THREE times. So why, you ask, is this time any different? Look closely at the photo. It clearly shows this month's choice was for a VARIETY PACK of three DIFFERENT Greenies flavors: Original, Fresh (Minty), and Blueberry.
I don't know about you, but BLUEBERRIES get me to jump every - single - time!


We had to do the required POSING with the product and I have to say (and my face says it quite clearly) I was most anxious to TRY THEM ALREADY!!!!

More posing to show the product in ALL OF IT'S GLORY, We tried the BLUEBERRY first because, well, why try the ORIGINAL which we have had many many many times?
And wouldn't you know it, Lulu showed up about that time and was over for the weekend. And SHE joined in the fun.


I gotta say, we all loved, Loved, LOVED them and there was no puggy who put the treat down and walked away. Mine was gone in 2 seconds FLAT despite them being for a larger dog. Lulu finished hers in 25 seconds, almost as fast as me. But Molly . . . dear, sweet, toothless Molly (she has a couple of molars and her canines) savored that GREENIE for 15 minutes or more.

 While I have you captive looking at photos of Molly DAINTILY eating her Blueberry Greenie, I am going to give you the NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION and so on for GREENIES Variety.

GOOD TO KNOW:
 1. Helps to keep clean teeth and to freshen breath 
 2. Unique shape and texture scrubs even hard to reach areas
 3. Three flavors (Original, Fresh, Blueberry) a PUP is sure to love
4. Natural ingredients and highly digestible - I tested this and it is true. A Greenie will completely break down in plain water over a 12 hour period.
 5. Made in the USA and accepted by the Veterinary Oral Health Council 


NEED TO KNOW:
Ingredients

Original: Wheat Flour, Wheat Gluten, Glycerin, Gelatin, Oat Fiber, Water, Lecithin, Natural Poultry Flavor, Minerals (Dicalcium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Carbonate, Magnesium Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Selenium, Potassium Iodide), Dried Apple Pomace, Choline Chloride, Fruit Juice Color, Vitamins ( Dl-Alpha Tocopherol Acetate [Source Of Vitamin E], Vitamin B12 Supplement, D-Calcium Pantothenate [Vitamin B5], Niacin Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement [Vitamin B2], Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride [Vitamin B6], Thiamine Mononitrate [Vitamin B1], Folic Acid), Turmeric Color.


      

Fresh: Wheat Flour, Glycerin, Wheat Gluten, Gelatin, Oat Fiber, Water, Lecithin, Natural Flavors, Minerals (Dicalcium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride,Calcium Carbonate, Magnesium Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Selenium, Potassium Iodide), Dried Spearmint, Dried Apple Pomace, Choline Chloride, Fruit Juice Color, Vitamins (Dl-Alpha Tocopherol Acetate [Source Of Vitamin E], Vitamin B12 Supplement, D-Calcium Pantothenate [Vitamin B5], Niacin Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement [Vitamin B2], Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Pyridoxine                                    Hydrochloride [Vitamin B6], Thiamine Mononitrate [Vitamin B1],                            Folic Acid), Turmeric Color.



                                                           Blueberry: Wheat Flour, Glycerin, Wheat Gluten, Gelatin, Oat Fiber,                                                                                           Water,Lecithin, Natural Flavors, Minerals (Dicalcium Phosphate, Potassium                                                                               Chloride, Calcium Carbonate, Magnesium Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Amino Acid                                                                     Chelate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese 
                                                                 Amino Acid Chelate, Selenium, Potassium Iodide), Dried Blueberries, Dried Apple                                                                   Pomace, Choline Chloride, Fruit Juice Color, Vitamins (Dl-Alpha Tocopherol                                                                            Acetate [Source Of Vitamin E], Vitamin B12 Supplement, D-Calcium Pantothenate                                                                     [Vitamin B5], Niacin Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement                                                                     [Vitamin B2], Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride [Vitamin                                                                    B6], Thiamine Mononitrate [Vitamin B1], Folic Acid), Turmeric Color.



Needless to say, we loved the Greenies so very much. And we are gonna KEEP ON LOVING them for a while because with THREE flavors to choose from, we will not TIRE of the flavor. This is a Molly thing, not a NOODLES-who-will-eat-anything-all-the-time thing.

We give Greenies Variety Pack with Three Flavors the Casa de Noodles SEAL OF APPROVAL for being a tasty treat that is also GOOD for you.



** We received from Chewy.com free of charge a box of Greenies Variety for the sole purpose of trying the product and writing about it. We have received no form of payment for doing this post nor were we told what to say. All opinions expressed in A Bowl of Noodles belong to that little ball of fur known as Noodles the Pug.