Happy New Year!

Staycations can be ruff… just take a look at the photo above. Bentley and Lambo took full advantage of my time off and enjoyed many naps on the ottoman as well as in the sunshine.

Santa was good to them; I headed to Chewy and bought them some treats and toys for their stockings. Chewy also sent over these delicious treats, Grammy’s Pot Pie, for the dogs to try out.

The Merrick Kitchen Bites Grammy’s Pot Pie Grain-Free Biscuits Dog Treats were the perfect compliment to Christmas Dinner. I love to reward my dogs for good behavior, and this week was no exception. They were just happy to have me all to themselves for 10 glorious days.

Merrick Kitchen Bites are all-natural, oven-baked biscuits based on Merrick’s innovative and award-winning classic can recipes. The dogs loved the can recipes!

Kitchen Bites start with real deboned meat as the #1 ingredient for a single source of high quality protein, then fresh fruits and vegetables, for a crunchy and healthy treat for dogs. Kitchen Bites are grain-free and gluten-free. These Grammy’s Pot Pie biscuits are oven-baked with real chicken, potatoes, peas and carrots.

The best part? These treats are on sale! Head over to Chewy and treat your dog today! Chewy ships fast and free (over $49)! They will be here before you know it!

Wishing you and your pets a very Happy New Year! Cheers to 2017!

*Financial compensation was not received for this post. A sample product was gifted from Chewy. All advice and opinions expressed are Bentley’s and Lambo’s.*

Tips For a Successful Dog Holiday Card Photo Shoot

Are you looking to capture that picture perfect moment for your Christmas card this year? Did you buy the cutest little Christmas outfit for your dogs?

Oh no? Just me then?

I’ve learned over the years that sweaters and costumes don’t go over well with Bentley and Lambo. Well, maybe just Bentley. Lambo will do anything I ask him to do really. Except sit still for more than 30 seconds. Bentley knows the tricks of the trade. He clams up whenever you put a sweater on him and ever since my first Christmas card photo shoot attempt, he is afraid of our Christmas tree.

Which brings me to this year’s Christmas card photo shoot…

Outtake#1
Outtake #1

 

This year, I made sure I was equipped with the correct gear for a successful dog photo shoot:

Treats? Check

Cute and comfy Christmas scarves? Check

Fancy camera + tripod? Check 

Beautiful day? Check 

How did I make this day a success, you ask?

Patience. A lot of patience. And some new treats to entice these two to stay put for a couple of minutes.

If you don’t want to give your dogs a stomach ache, I prefer to use a larger treat and dangle it in front of them. It sounds mean, but it really does work.  This year, I used Rachel Ray’s Nutrish Soup Bones. Made with real meat and veggies, these long-lasting chews have all the deliciousness of a wholesome soup bone with a tender, meaty center inside.

Rachel Ray Soup Bones

They had never had them before and this intrigued them even more. I took one out of the bag, let them smell it, maybe even have a lick.

Rachel Ray Soup Bones

I walked out on the grass, treat in hand, and they followed me like puppy dogs.

Rachel Ray Soup Bones - Lambo

Clearly, it took a ton of takes to get them in the right lighting and in the correct position, but after about 10 minutes, they were happy to just follow me around the yard, posing for picture after picture as I held this bone over my head.

Bentley and Lambo Holiday
Outtake #4530302

 

Bentley sat in the same stoic position for the full 10 minutes, while Lambo would sit, then get up after he saw me squat down to take the photo. Tail wagging, he was so excited for a new treat. But he wasn’t getting the treat until I got my damn Christmas card photo!

Christmas Card 2016
Christmas Card 2016

 

Every time I see this photo, I laugh. They are so serious, especially Bentley. Lambo is just counting down the seconds until he can get his reward.

I headed over to TinyPrints and scored 40% off my Christmas cards this year! They have a ton of sales, so after you are done shopping for your dogs, head over there and create a pretty Christmas card!

*Financial compensation was not received for this post. A sample product was gifted from Chewy. All advice and opinions expressed are Bentley’s and Lambo’s.*

Do you have any tricks up your sleeve when it comes to photographing your dogs? Please share! 

 

Thanksgiving Day Dinner

The house is filled with love and the wonderful smells of Thanksgiving infiltrate the air. You fill your plate with juicy slices of turkey and all the trimmings. The butter is melting off the mashed potatoes, the biscuits are hot and the cranberry sauce is sweet as pie. Could it get any better?

While we enjoy all the Thanksgiving fixings, Bentley and Lambo will be enjoying their very own Thanksgiving Day dinner.

Merrick Thanksgiving Dinner

Merrick’s Thanksgiving Day Dinner is prepared with turkey, sweet potatoes, carrots, green beans and Granny Smith apples. The best part? The cans are on sale! Stock up today and they will have “leftovers” all week long!

Lambo Thanksgiving

*Financial compensation was not received for this post. A sample product was gifted from Chewy. All advice and opinions expressed are Bentley’s and Lambo’s.*

2016 Howliday Guide: Five Gifts For Your Dog

Last year, I put together a fantastic gift guide geared towards some of the best gifts for your furry loved ones. I had such a great response, I wanted to curate another gift guide for this holiday season. Our dogs are such an important part of our lives, and I love watching them open their gifts on Christmas morning. Bentley carefully paws through the gifts, while Lambo wants ALL the gifts and often tries to take all the toys and treats to his bed. Either way, most of these will be on their list this Christmas!

Subscription Box

Kai Krates is a monthly subscription box that delivers high quality toys and treats that won’t break the bank. Their expert panel of dogs carefully test each product that goes out to ensure they are the perfect fit for your crate.


This affordable subscription box has two options: Treats & Chews Krate or Toys, Treats and Chews Krate. Every month, a new box full of the best products will be at your doggy door! Want to try? Use the code: breakfastwithbentley and get 10% off your first box!

Dog Bed

Your dog deserves to be comfortable while getting some shut eye. Chewy has a ton of affordable beds and mats that are machine washable and made with soft, luxurious material. Your dog will never want to get out of bed in the morning!

Dog Treats

Christmas is the perfect time to stock up on all of your favorite treats. These Caru Natural Soft n’ Tasty Dog Treats are Bentley’s favorite snack. They are nutritious and delicious!

Caru Wild Boar Treats

Dog Toys

It’s not a Christmas without some toys underneath the Christmas tree! Lambo is a powerful chewer and we have tried a ton of different types of toys to quench this thirst of his. Nylabone has been our favorite; the long-lasting bristles help to clean teeth, freshen breath, and promote oral health with every gnaw or chewing action.

Grooming Products

It’s important to keep your dog so fresh and so clean during these dry and cold winter months. Between the cold and the snow, their coat and paws need a little extra attention. Stock up on shampoo, brushes and paw pads to ensure your dog will be protected this holiday season.Bentley and Lambo Holiday

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