Companies We Love | The Honest Kitchen

Generally speaking, we are big fans of Honest Kitchen in this household. They are a non-nonsense brand that emphasizes using fresh, clean ingredients.

I’ve been feeding Rufus their dehydrated dog food line off and on for years now. But since it can be a bit pricey, I try my hardest to make a 4lb. box last for as long as possible by supplementing it with his everyday dry kibble.


He’s constantly getting compliments on his soft and shiny coat, and I can’t help but think a lot of it has to do with all the good stuff Honest Kitchen packs into their formulas.

I'm so fancy.

I’m so fancy.

Oh, and bonus! The treats they offer are just as wholesome.


Simple ingredients that I can pronounce are a must for both me and my pup.


Yep, we are both big fans of this wonderful little big company.


And in case you haven’t caught on by now, these product reviews will never be taste tested accurately because this dude gets equally excited for anything and everything resembling food. If there’s ever a treat he DOESN’T devour, then I will be sure to let you know. But until then….enjoy yet another photo of Ru getting all excited about his noms.


Have you tried any of their products? What key ingredients do you keep an eye out for when it comes to feeding your pooch?

*Thanks to Chewy for the treats and thanks to Honest Kitchen for being super rad. 

(Almost ) Wordless Wednesday | Dog Walker Ed. Pt. 4

Just a few of the incredible faces I get to see on a regular basis. Hey that rhymed!


The Dynamic Duo! Seven legs between them, but a whole lotta get-up-and-go to spare.


Rufus #2. Such a sweet, gentle soul.


This guy. “Feed me my snacks while I lounge in the sun, servant.”


Bashful Beauty.


And because this blog wouldn’t exist without him, the #1 star of the show – always and forever.

Ru’s Fall Wardrobe | Handsome in Plaid

It was only a matter of time before I caved and got Rufus some seasonal gear. Dog bloggers and their love/obsession for dog paraphernalia can be kind of ridiculous, and I am no exception.

Bring on all the dog stuff and things!


In case you couldn’t tell by the super sweet note, this isn’t my first time purchasing from Eclectic Hound (this martingale collar is still one of my favorites). I just love Lara’s products. All of Ru’s collars have held up through multiple washes, squirrel chasing, and even a few mud rolls. Not to mention all of her styles are super cute. This one kinda makes me wish I had a little lady to dress up. Maybe someday…

I know what you’re thinking – “Ru could totally pull off a hedgehog print!” And believe me, I thought the same thing….untilI I suggested it to him and he gave me THE LOOK.


Say what???

I think we’ll stick to plaid and corduroy for now. :ahem:

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And while I have ventured out into the land of animal prints and mustache designs, plaid will always hold a special place in my heart. Let’s face it – this dude just screams hipster grunge dude. I did move him to the Portland area after all, so it was kind of inevitable.


He even has that slightly awkward moody thing going on.


And let’s not forget his uber uppity foodie attitude.

Just kidding – he’ll eat anything.

Who else is a crazy collar fan? Purchased anything lately? Enable me!

Soul Dog | Love, Loss, and Healing

I often refer to Rufus as my “soul pup” or “heart dog.” These phrases have always meant so much to me when it comes to describing our bond. And while I couldn’t have imagined that our relationship could be any stronger, it turns out I was wrong.


As I’ve already shared, life has been pretty hard lately. And while I’m doing better day-by-day, I still have my moments. Rufus can sense when I’m feeling low and has been incredible at reading my moods. Whenever I’m having a moment, he curls up in my lap or tries to get my attention by pawing at my arm or bringing a toy over to me. He knows when to try and help and he knows when to just be with me, making himself comfortable by my side for the long haul. He’s never seen me like this and I think he really is trying his best to “fix” the situation.


Our daily walks have always been something I look forward to, but now more so than ever. They’re a way for me to get out in the fresh air and focus on my surroundings while hanging out with my favorite dog, which is always a welcome distraction. I’m so thankful that I have these moments with him.

A dog’s love is so pure and unique from any other relationship we have. They’re loyal to a fault, they never judge, and they make life lighter in the heaviest of moments.


I owe him the world. Thankfully he’ll settle for peanut butter, a spot in the bed, and muddy hikes. How did I get so lucky?

Dog Product Review | Blue Buffalo Boo Bars (and thank you)

First of all, thank you all so much for your kind comments on my last post. August was a really rough month and I’m so glad it’s over. Now it’s time to pick myself up and keep on truckin’!

There's no rest when there are squirrels to be chased!

There’s no rest when there are squirrels to be chased!

How about a yummy season-appropriate treat review to kick off the fall months ahead of us? In the northwest, we’ve been lucky enough to have some 70 degree days recently and it’s been so nice! Fall happens to be my favorite time of year. So long, heat wave! (fingers crossed…)


Chewy sent over these adorably named bite-sized treats from Blue Buffalo. With limited ingredients, these little guys were a crowd pleaser. Pumpkin just happens to be one of Ru’s favorite foods and they smell exactly like you’d imagine! Pumpkin and cinnamon-y goodness. Seriously, they are pretty pleasing to the human nose too.


If your pup is a fan of pumpkin too, check out these treats by clicking here.


Thanks to Chewy for always being super awesome to us and allowing us to try out their amazing products. 

Life, Loss & Coping with Tragedy


After just a few short weeks back in Oregon, I found myself traveling back home to Illinois again last week.

This isn’t really the place where I share too much of the hardships I’ve been through, but when something this life-changing happens, it’s hard not to.


I lost my dad. It was completely unexpected and I’m left confused and heartbroken. For anyone who has been reading this blog for any amount of time, I’m sure you’ve read my tiny blurbs about my mother. She was my best friend and the woman who shaped me into the crazy animal lover I am today. I lost her at the age of 18 and it completely shifted my direction in life.

My parents were absolutely soulmates. They were together from the ages of 14 and 16 until the day she passed. It crushed my dad in so many ways to lose the love of his life.

My parents were absolutely soulmates. They were together from the ages of 14 and 16 until the day she passed. It crushed my dad in so many ways to lose the love of his life.

It’s been hard to cope with losing my dad but I’m just taking it one day at a time – the only way I know how to keep on moving forward. I am so grateful that I got to see him when I was home in July and that my last memories of him are happy ones.

That’s all I really want to touch on here. I just wanted to say something so that you didn’t think I’d fallen off the planet. I promise that future posts will be filled with happy puppy faces and hopefully some foster dog news in the semi-near future.

My happy place right now. He's helping me cope with this so much more than he'll ever know.

My happy place right now. He’s helping me cope with this so much more than he’ll ever know.

Take care of each other.