For so many of us, they are our co-pilots, our confidantes, our comfort on difficult days and trying times, our sunshine through rainy days and turbulent events; they are trusted friends, they are family, and they are more than a pet; more than a dog or cat. For me, this is currently Daisy and previously, Oliver, who I still miss and grieve for on most days.
Given the current state of the U.S. and other countries throughout the world, so many of us are spending more time than ever with our pets, serving as our “coworkers,” or our close companions throughout the entire day and night. Much to their delight, many of our furry friends are being walked and cared for even more closely than before and of course, with that comes a need to entertain and soothe them. With so many of us working from home or currently out of work, our furry pals may be in need of some occupying or distracting, since we can’t always serve as playmates at all times. When work or something else is requiring our full attention, thankfully, there are many toys, nourishing treats and foods, we can all provide to our pets to keep them content and at peace. Below, you’ll find some of Daisy’s favorites (food, treats & toys) she’s enjoyed through the years and currently:
Nulo FreeStyle High-Meat Kibble Lamb & Chickpeas Recipe: Almost two years ago, Daisy began enjoying Nulo after trying several different brands (samples were given at a local pet store). Each day, she enjoys this twice per day. It can be easily ordered via Amazon.com or Chewy.com (check local pet stores – this brand/variety can sometimes be tricky to find!)
Zuke’s Mini Naturals Training Dog Treats: At the same time Daisy’s food was discovered, these mini treats were suggested to my family and I by a local Pet Valu employee. This is Daisy’s all-time favorite treat in either the chicken or peanut butter ‘n oats flavors! (they are also available in other flavors) They are easy to find in local pet stores and online (i.e. Amazon.com, Chewy.com, Pet Valu, Pet Supplies Plus, Petsmart, etc).
Nutro Crunchy Treats: One of the first treats Daisy enjoyed after my family and I adopted her from an animal rescue, she is a big fan of these in the peanut butter flavor! Shaped like hearts, they are a great, small treat for her to enjoy on a regular basis. These are also available in other flavors like chicken, apple, mixed berry, etc. Like Zuke’s, they are also easy to find online and in-stores.
Wellness Crunchy Puppy Bites: Though she may not technically be a puppy anymore (once a puppy, always a puppy, right?!) Daisy has enjoyed these treats for years, as well. Tiny in size, they pack a flavor Daisy enjoys in the Chicken & Carrots flavor and they are also available in Lamb & Salmon; they are available both online and in-stores.
Pioneer Woman Waffle Dog Treats: As a big fan of the Pioneer Woman, a renowned blogger, TV cooking show host and cookbook author, I was thrilled to learn she was introducing her very own line of dog treats! Much of my surprise, I received a sample bag in the mail for Daisy to try! Shaped like waffles, these are available in two flavors: Bacon, Maple & Apple (this what Daisy received and loves!) and Chicken & Blueberry! Ever since Daisy first tried these, it’s breakfast anytime in our household!
Rachael Ray Dog Treats: Throughout the years, Daisy has tried and enjoyed numerous treats from renowned chef, TV talk show host and cookbook author, Rachael Ray! Included in her favorites are: Burger Bites, Turkey Bacon, Savory Roasters, Paw Pies, Meatball Morsels & Chicken ‘N Waffle Bites!
Halo Healthsome Garden of Vegan Peanut ‘n Pumpkin Dog Biscuits: Easy to break apart, Daisy has enjoyed these intermittently through the years. Made with the highest quality ingredients, these are crunchy biscuits for Daisy to healthfully snack on. Available online via Amazon.com and Chewy.com. (I’m unsure if these are easy to find in-stores)
Greenies Dental Treats: A win-win in my mind, Greenies is a treat Daisy loves (especially the teenie ones and seasonal flavors, like pumpkin spice!) and thoroughly cleans her teeth and maintains her oral health for a healthy smile, keeping her pearly whites pristine!
West Paw Dog Toys: Made in the USA, durable and with the highest quality materials, this is my go-to brand for dog toys for Daisy! They are made with tough materials that LAST (if they don’t, they replace them!) and are constructed in interesting and unique shapes and colors. They offer a wide variety and are always adding additional toys to their line-ups. They are available online, via Amazon.com, Chewy.com and in assorted stores. Currently, Daisy has:
Zogoflex Tizzi Interactive Treat Dispensing Dog Fetch Play Toy:
Zwig Squeezy Dog Stick Toy with Zogoflex Echo:
Zogoflex Qwizl Interactive Treat Dispensing Dog Puzzle Treat Toy:
Zogoflex Bumi Interactive Tug of War Durable Dog Toy:
Zogoflex Jive Durable Nearly Indestructible Dog Ball Chewy-Fetch Play Dog Toy:
Zogoflex Hurley Durable Dog Bone Chew Toy:
Zippy Paws: Another one of Daisy’s favorite dog toy brands, Zippy Paws feature fun, unique and creative designs for dogs to play with and enjoy! Offering everything from chewable wands (Daisy’s favorite!), to Elephant-shaped teethers (another one of Daisy’s favorites), and fluffy donuts and beyond, these toys are affordable and easy to find online and in select stores!
ZippyTuff Star Wand Dog Toy:
Elliot the Elephant Teetherz Dog Toy:
Mini-Donutz Dog Toy:
Unicorns Rainbow Puzzle Dog Toy:
Nylabone Dura Chew: Offered as the toughest variety in the line of chew boys by Nylabone, this is one of Daisy’s favorite boredom busters! Available in unique and vast flavors, these Nylabones last long and hold up against even the toughest chewers, like Daisy!