Monday, March 26, 2012

Mr. Chewy - Website Review

Mr. Chewy Logo

Today I shopped for the first time at Mr. Chewy's website.

At first glance, I felt welcomed by the lovable cartoon characters they have decorating their website like the one you see here (pictured right). They have vivid colors that make it easy to spot what you need. Mr. Chewy sells premium quality pet food as well as store brands you can find at your local grocery store. I would say the majority of the food is of the premium variety.

Navigating Through The Site

I wound up looking for food for both my dogs and my cat. It wasn't hard to find what I needed at all. It had dog food and cat food listed as sections in the navigation bar. Since I buy both canned and dry food for my pets, I was able to search by type with their index at the left.

When searching I was also able to sort items by Relevancy, Best Selling, Low to High, High to Low and Newest. Also, having the ability to sort by brand made it simple to find a particular brand. For example, I always wanted to try Tiki Cat for my cat and was easily able to find the variety pack.

I wound up getting the dogs a small bad of Taste Of The Wild dog food and a 12 pack of Candidae canned food. I also was able to pick up some Taste of The Wild dry food for Kat. They also had a visible search bar.

Checking Out

Checking out is very straightforward on their website. They offer you the choice of registering for a new account (which I did as a new customer) or logging in as a returning visitor. I had received a promo code which I applied before I tallied up my order. Lastly, their shipping is 1 to 2 days on most orders which means I won't be waiting as long as I would with other places.

Other Thoughts

I think the Mr. Chewy is a great website to go to when you're looking to purchase your dog food online. Their site is well-structured and easy to navigate. They have plenty of support available through chat, 800 telephone number or email. I also like that they have incentive programs for bloggers and referral programs that helps to benefit charities such as Best Friends. They also have an excellent return policy.

If there was anything I'd personally like to see would be testimonials of certain products linked to the products. Right now they have the star system which I found very helpful.

Learn More About Mr. Chewy

You can learn more about Mr. Chewy by visiting their website, Facebook page and Twitter handle.

Let's Discuss!

Have you been to Mr. Chewy lately? Where do you emjoy shopping online?

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Monday, March 19, 2012

CSI Miami

Last night, I was watching CSI Miami. I've never been a huge fan of the series, especially when they seem to recycle storylines from one show to another. Still, it's a good hour to spend listening while I work on my laptop.

Last night's show was very graphic for dog lovers. (For all of you who are fans of the show and missed last night's episode, this is a huge SPOILER!) A huge dog was unleashed on a man in a locker room. He was locked inside and a janitor unlocked the door and was killed by the dog as a result.

It turns out the man the dog was initially unleashed on was a pedophile, and the people responsible were abused by the man when they were children. While I understood the storyline, I didn't like the method they used to tell this story.

Many dogs are used and breed every day in this country and around the world to perpetuate violence. When I watch fictional shows, I watch the shows to escape. I enjoy a good cop story as much as the next person but I couldn't enjoy this. It may be a realistic scenario, but there are too many people out there who are afraid of dogs and expecting this to happen.

While the story turned out to be an interesting one, I was dismayed that they had an animal rescuer use the one thing he lived to protect as a weapon to injure another person, even if the person was evil. Maybe it was all too true to life for me, but if I wanted to see a story like that, I'd tune into Animal Cops.

I only hope this isn't a trend that other shows follow.

For all of you who saw CSI Miami last night, what were your thoughts on this?

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Friday, March 9, 2012

Justice Is Served! - $150,000 bail for man accused of torturing dogs and posting videos - WGN Radio

I'll never know what goes through the heads of some people, but it's a relief that these two didn't get away with it. Read the story link below for more. They explain it better than I ever could.

Note: Not for the faint-hearted

$150,000 bail for man accused of torturing dogs and posting videos - WGN Radio:

Thursday, March 8, 2012

The Most Popular Dog Breeds Of 2011

Every year, the American Kennel Club comes out with the top ten dog breeds adopted in the year. I find this useful because it tells you the direction of breeds that are more in demand. However, the flip side of that is they may wind up being adopted by backyard breeders and puppy mill owners. When you run into overbreeding, many times, the health of the dog is affected. Many overbred dogs can have hip dysplasia or other joint problems.

Looking at the dogs other than the top ten, also is good to find a less common breed.

Here are the top breeds of 2011:
  1. Labrador Retriever (pictured above)

    These dogs have taken the top spot for 21 years straight. They are a dog who can assist in search and rescue, walk the police beat and have the gentleness to be around a child.
  2. German Shepherd

    The German Shepherd is a working dog that makes a great companion. They are famous for being police dogs, detection dogs and family dogs. They are highly trainable.

  3. Beagle

    This is a dog that's more popular than ever. Jumping from #5 to #3, this breed provides an allure with their charming looks and unique personality, this is a dog who is gentle and loving. The independent spirit of this breed requires an experienced owner, that can keep it on its toes.

  4. Golden Retriever

    The golden retriever is a true beauty. Known for its lustrous coat, this is a dog that's a true family dog and known for being an excellent therapy dog as well. It isn't much of a watch dog but its gentle nature makes this dog an ideal family companion.

  5. Yorkshire Terrier

    This tiny pooch has all of the fierceness of a big dog being part of the terrier family. They are highly energetic, active and assertive. It's a must for the owner to be the alpha and strong pack leader in a house with this dog. They are a devoted companion and extremely protective on their pack.

  6. Bulldog

    Known for its intimidating looks and tenaciousness, it may surprise some that this dog is quite gentle in appearance. It has a unique combination of being gentle with children yet can be an intimidating guard dog who will protect his territory and family.

  7. Boxer
    The boxer gets along great with children and is devoted to family. It got its name from the way the dog would play certain games. He would move his paws as if he were boxing. Not only is this dog a great family dog, but also assists in military and police work. This highly intelligent animal needs a good walk each day to keep it mentally stimulated and does best with a dominant owner.

  8. Poodles

    Poodles are one of those dogs that come in a array of sizes. You can get a dog that's as small as 6 pounds (2.7kg)and as large as 70 pounds (31.75kg). They also have different temperaments. The Standard poodles are more relaxed where the toy and miniature poodles are more high energy. However, all of these dogs are intelligent and active. They need an adequate amount of exercise and are very much the companion. They are friendly towards strangers and are great with children.

  9. Dachshunds

    The Dachshund is known for its excellent temperament and lively personality. Coming in a variety of colors they have two sizes, regular and miniature. They are great with kids but can be a challenge to train for some owners. It's important to let them know who's boss. They don't require as much exercise as other breeds but are still happy with a daily walk.

  10. Rottweilers

    Rottweilers are known to be guard dogs. Their popularity has boomed as large dogs are climbing in popularity.They are very protective but will have a calm demeanor. This is a dog where pack order MUST be defined. Because of its large size, it's important to train and socialize it at a young age. They are friendly to visitors but at the first sight of danger, they're right on the situation. This is one of the reasons they are favored for police work, military work and customs patrol.

Other Dogs Of Note

Last year, the AKC added five breeds to the mix. This pushed the total number of breeds in the AKC to 173. The most popular newcomers were the American English Coonhound (#33), a descendant of the Foxhound and Finnish Lapphund(#104), a medium size shepherd dog best known in Finland for herding reindeer. Other additions included the Cesky Terrier (#106), the Entlebucher Mountain Dog (#146), on of the four Swiss Mountain Dogs. Also added were the Xoloitzcuintli (#155), that Mexican hairless dog and the Norwegian Lundehund (#170), a smaller spitz dog.

Large Leaps and Small Slips

There were two dogs who flew up the ranks in popularity. The Bernese Mountain dog climbed from #54 to #34 and the Belgian Malinois —famous for being police dogs— zipped from #94 to #74. Coonhounds fell in popularity. The one that had the steepest drop was the Black And Tan Coonhound (from #91 to #109).

Although, sometimes when dogs fall in popularity, that can be a good thing as breeders who are in it to make a quick buck will move on to another breed. However, most of the breeders who exist today do breeding to improve the quality of the breed, instead of trying to turn a huge profit. By knowing more about what breeds are out there, and what type of personality thye have, the better choice a prospective owner can make when it comes time to add a new member to the family.

Let's Discuss!

What is your favorite dog breed? Were you surprised with the top 10 rankings?

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