Neoh and Nobo Review

- Review, Treats

A few weeks ago, Ember tried some Neoh and Nobo Banana and Turmeric treats, you can find our first impressions here.  Long story short she loved them, so when Neoh and Nobo officially launched I ordered the rest of the collection straight away.   Neoh and Nobo’s brand aesthetic is everything and their website is so fresh and modern, with plenty of information about their treats.   Along with information about the brand and treats, there is also information about how they are made, the ingredients they use along with their benefits and let’s not forget their eco seal (paw print) of approval.

 

Neoh and Nobo’s treats are all made with natural and ethical, not forgetting healthy ingredients and the brand is created in memory of their dog Neoh.  All the ingredients are human grade and ethically sourced, the treats are made in small batches which helps to ensure quality and the packaging used is environmentally friendly too.

All the treats are made with just 9 ingredients and are so unique and according to Ember as tasty as they sound.

 

These treats are made with butternut squash, vanilla beans and blueberries, they have many benefits including improving the digestion and nervous systems as well as metabolism maintenance.

These ones are made with beetroot, apple, cinnamon and of course papayas and pumpkin seeds.  These have benefits including healthy skin and coat, I love how you can see the pumpkin seeds in the treat.

 

Of course Ember’s all time favourite, made with Bananas, of course, along with carrots and molasses.  The treats are designed to help support the digestive system and a recognisable yellow, due to the Turmeric.

Peanut butter for dogs isn’t new, but the use of organic cinnamon and organic coconut makes Neoh and Nobo’s dog butter perfectly unique.  Ember loves treats which contain peanut butter, but I’ve always been wary of buying doggy peanut butter due to the ingredients.  However, Neoh and Nobo is created using just three ingredients, the other being Peanut butter, with no added nasties.

Ember was sniffing the jar as soon as I opened the parcel and it was no surprise, the peanut butter smells amazing.  I put a bit of it on half of a treat and Ember loved it, she came straight back for more and would have been more than happy to lick the peanut butter straight from the jar.

You can also purchase each of the flavours in the form of a dog biscuit bond, known as ‘The Big One’ which means they are perfect for special occasion presents or for on the go.  We will defiantly be trying these for our holiday.  Neoh and Nobo also have their White Bone Foundation where they donate funds to rescue organisations, such a big heart.

If you want to try some of their treats (you definitely should) visit their online store here.  You can also connect with Neoh and Nobo on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Why Vegetarian + Veggie Treats for Dogs

- Cruelty Free, Lifestyle

How exciting is it that there is a whole week dedicated to vegetarians!? Around a year ago I made the, maybe mad for some, decision to go vegetarian. I went from being a massive bacon and burger lover to being completely turned off by meat.  There are a few resins why I decided to go vegan and why I have begun to think more compassionately about the food I consume.  This isn’t going to be a ‘shoving my beliefs down your throats’ kind of post, but hopefully it will inspire someone.  Plus I’ve included some of Ember’s favourite veggie dog treats at the end. Read More

How Dogs Help Mental Health

- Mental Health

I’ve always been an anxious person and have suffered from panic attacks and OCD, stemming from when my dad was first diagnosed with blood cancer.  Before Ember came into my life, I had only heard about the healing powers of dogs, not just physical health but mental health too.  I had no idea how much Ember would change my life.  Just seeing her face and wagging tail is enough to brighten up any day.  She helps me get out of myself and I have met and spoken to a lot more people just thanks to her.  Plus she never judges me, no matter what I talk to her about.  I like to call her my therapist with 4 legs.  I owe her so much, for making my life so much more positive and happy, I want to make sure she knows just how much I appreciate her.

For Mental Health Awareness Week, I have compiled a list of ways dogs help improve humans mental health. Read More

Spring Harmony | Dogs and Wildlife

- Dog Life

Spring is the most enjoyable season for walks with Ember, I love being outside when the weather is warmer (hopefully soon, please). However, it is also the worst season and can become uncomfortable for dogs, owners and wildlife alike. Spring synergy with dogs and wildlife isn’t something which comes easy, but I’m fed up of being tarnished with the same brush as other, irresponsible dog owners.

Sarah from Twilight Bark wrote a post recently and her experience really resonated with me and inspired me to write this little post.  Go check out her open letter to dog owners here.

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Big Tick Project | Our Experience and Tips

- Awareness, Health

In August 2015 Ember picked up a tick on her stomach whilst we were on holiday in the New Forest.  Ironically, the same year in April 2015, the Big Tick Project was launched in the New Forest.  The Campaign was started to raise awareness about ticks and tick-bourne diseases in the UK, to help pet owners protect their pets and themselves.  Each year, veterinary practices collect data and complete a questionnaire to contribute to The Big Tick Project’s Campaign.  The information helps to make up a UK threat map, which shows the risk of ticks in local areas.  Find the map here, is your local area a high risk?  Mine is!  You can find out more about The Big Tick Project here.   The Big Tick Project are also sponsoring Dog Fest this year which will be taking place in June in Chesire and Hertfordshire, you can get your tickets here!

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Cruelty Free Dog Food | Our Favourite Brands

- Cruelty Free

Despite claiming to love and care about animals, many pet food companies test their food and elements of their food on lab animals.  These animals, many of whom are bred for the sole purpose of testing food, are subject to inhumane and invasive tests.

Of course, if food is going to be consumed by our pets some believe it is necessary for the food to be taste tested, for safety.  It is also a legal requirement for the food to be tested on live animals.  However, this does not have to be conducted in an inhumane feeding trial laboratory environment.  Check out this article (uncaged.co.uk) if you want to know more (warning it’s pretty upsetting).

However, so many companies now undertake their testing in much more humane ways.  These trials are not undertaken on lab animals, so therefore – no animal testing!  A common way for food to be taste tested by employee’s volunteering their pets.  There are a few rules which much be adhered to including the number of healthy dogs used, the length of the trial and the information recorded throughout.

Another way of ensuring your dog’s treats are ethically made is by buying from independent treat companies.  These treats are typically made from minimal ingredients and the finished treats are taste tested by the owners own lucky pups.

Here’s some of our favourite cruelty-free dog food and treat companies;

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Busters Bisquits

- Review, Treats

I first found Busters Bisquits on Instagram and was intrigued by the natural ingredients Romana uses to bake the treats. Named in memory of her beloved Buster, these treats are hand baked with love and attention in small batches in her kitchen.  I was so excited when Romana offered to send Ember a trial pack of their classic treat and their new Vegan biscuits.

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Stand Up for The Animals | #notfunny

- Awareness, Social Media

Join Battersea Dogs and Cats Home with their latest campaign #notfunny and help to be a voice for the voiceless.

 


The aim is the Campaign is to help to increase the maximum prison sentence for animal cruelty from six months to five years.  Battersea, along with a number of other campaigners, are in talks with key MPs to encourage the Government to make a change.   This is to have animal cruelty seen as serious as it really is and have the consequences reflect this.

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