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Top Automated Pet Feeders

Take the stress out of routine pet feedings with these top automated pet feeders! Open the box, pop in some batteries, pour in your bulk dry food, set when your feeds should occur, and you’re good to go!

Check out my write-up here about what you should look for in a “store ‘n feed” dispenser, and start your search here:

1. PetSafe Healthy Pet Simply Feed Automatic Feeder

2. Petnet SmartFeeder

3. Crown Majestic Diamond Series V3

4. Home Intuition Portion Control 6-Meal Feeder

5. OxGord Automatic Electronic Timer Programmable Dog Feeder for Large to Small Dogs

6. Aspen Pet Lebistro Programmable Food Dispenser

7. Feed and Go Automatic Pet Feeder with Built In Webcam

8. PYRUS Automatic Electric Pet Dry Food Feeder with LCD Display

9. BABADIO Automatic Pet Feeder with Remote Controller

10. topPets Large Automatic Pet Feeder with Programmable Portion Control

11. GemPet SmartFeeder, Automatic Pet Feeder controlled With Your iPhone, Andriod

12. HoneyGuaridan A26 Automatic Electronic Pet Feeder with Voice Reminding and Programmable Timer

13. PetPal WiFi Automatic Pet Feeder

14. Animal Planet Programmable Electronic Pet Feeder

15. QPets 10 Lbs Automatic Programmable Pet Feeder

Be sure to leave your comments below with the pet feeder you use, and any helpful advice for fellow readers.

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Chewy.com shipping cartons leaving the distribution center with dog food and toys

Why I keep ordering from Chewy.com

Last week I came home to another pleasant surprise, my recent Chewy.com order!

As you can see from the picture below, we were all excited that it had arrived! Read more of our experience below!

Two dogs, a sheltie and shihtzu, smelling food and treats in a box from chewy.com

This is a repeat order from this great company. I browsed the site looking for a brand of food that wasn’t offered in the grocery store. Both dogs were getting picky, and it was time to change their food, but I had tried all the brands in the store and wanted to try something new.

After checking out the wide variety of brands available, I settled on a 5-pound bag of Nutro Adult (Lamb and Rice), a bag of Zukes Mini Naturals Roasted Chicken training treats, and a bag of Blue brand Blue Bits training treats.

They have a free shipping offer when your order reaches $49.00, but my order did not pass it. The shipping charge was only $4.95, less than if I had used a local delivery company to go to the pet store for me. The low shipping charge was surprising given that I had a giant bag of food. Regardless of how big your order is, or how many pounds of food you buy, your shipping charge for orders under $49.00 is $4.95. Shipping for orders over $49 is free!

Checkout was nice and easy, and I got a fancy postcard from them last year for being a customer! Its easy to get lost on Amazon with their extremely wide selection of products, but browsing Chewy.com was nice and easy because of their highly focused, curated, selection makes it nice and easy.

There are even helpful videos to give you more information about your favorite brands.

On the desktop site, hover over “Shop by Pet”, hover over the type of pet (dog, cat, bird, reptile, horse), and you will see the headings, Food, Treats and Supplies. It’s like the site knows me, and answers my questions of “how do I find” before I ask it.

The AutoShip selection gives you a 5-10% discount when you sign up to have products shipped to you on a regular basis. No need to “remember to buy dog food” because- it comes to you!

Will I be buying again? The answer is yes!

UPDATE: I just learned that Chewy.com has a philanthropic effort called the Chewy.com Rescue and Shelter Network. It is open to all registered non-profit organizations that specialize in assisting pets in need. Joining the Rescue Network is free, and gives non-profit organizations access to programs providing donations and fundraising opportunities. Check out their About Us page for the details!

Review – Storybook Wags and Whiskers Bakery


I like the idea of healthy, fresh, dog treats, but I can’t bring myself to fire up the oven and make any. I was searching Google for a local dog bakery and found this place: Storybook Wags and Whiskers. They are located at 8226 Brewerton Rd, Cicero, NY 13039. (315) 699-4149.


Founded in 2005, this family run bakery, pet supply store, and now doggy daycare has been a knowledgeable and unique fixture in the community. He brought the “dog bakery” concept from California after spending time living on the west coast.

The first thing you see upon walking into the store is the bakery showcase with a wide variety of fresh, hand-made healthy treats. Everything from bone-shaped oatmeal treats, to paw-shaped cheddar biscuits, to decorated “birthday cakes” for special occasions. All are made with pet safe ingredients and hand selected from the case upon ordering.

I selected “two of everything” with a treat for both my pups to enjoy the whole range. Not only did both dogs love eating everything, they are well made and have great eye-appeal to people.


Further in the store there is a wide variety of brands of food, fun toys and grooming tools. You can also see through the doorway of the daycare and see what the dogs are watching on TV today!

I was greeted immediately by Matthew, the owner upon entering, and told the story of how this is a family-run venture and how they share a passion for pets. Word has been spreading with several new customers in the past months. It no wonder why! With personal service, a wide selection of everything, and fresh baking, this is a win for every one (And dog) who walks through the door.

Check them out at their website: http://www.storybookwagsnwhiskers.com/ 
See an Interview with the Matthew: https://youtu.be/qXP6SCZvbs8  

Review – The Honest Kitchen

One day while browsing several dog blogs and the usual websites, I saw an ad for The Honest Kitchen. It caught my eye because who doesn’t want to feed their dogs natural “Human Grade” food? In reading the information on their site I was intrigued to learn that they make their food in a human food facility, and rather than the traditional dry kibble bits, their food is dehydrated and comes in pouches or boxes that you re-hydrate. It was an interesting point of difference and i thought it was worth a try.

My dogs are picky and they are used to their “Small Dog” formula, and i wasn’t sure how they would react to a new food, and one that needed preparation. It would obviously be a different texture than what they were used to. On the occasion that human food bits drop to the floor (while prepping vegetables, or preparing an evening snack), they will find the crumbs and eat them fast. Except when something like a gluten-free pretzel happens to land close to them. Dexter went over, smelled, it  – probably determined it was too healthy for him – and continued on his way. I wasn’t sure if he would eat something so “healthy”.

I ordered the Sample Bundle and some brochures “Product Flyer” and the “Little Book of Proper Food”; because I was curious and.. they are free.

The Product Flyer is exactly what it says it is, a pictorial representation of their product line: grain-free, whole grain, food for dogs and cats, from a variety of sources: chicken, turkey, beef, and fish or duck. They also have cleverly named dog and cat treats (Pecks, Smooches, and Nuzzles; how cute), and supplements to help with digestion. www.thehonestkitchen.com/truestories 

The Little Book of Proper Food tells more about the Human Grade Ingredients – where they are sourced, how they are gently prepared (dehydrated to preserve the nutrients) and their testing. They have a requirement from their suppliers to sign their “Human Food Grade Guarantee”, and perform in-house taste tests (!), quality control for yeast, mold, contaminants, and nutritional testing.

On to my experiencing preparing the product.

The Samples come in 1oz packages (packed in pouches printed with water-based inks) and the sample pack includes (as of my order date) a portion of Beef, Chicken, and Turkey. I also received a supplement pouch, though I have yet to try that.

The instructions are very simple, and there is a video on the website for demonstration. I will summarize:
1) Pour pouch contents into a dish
2) Add 1/3 cup of warm water; Stir
3) Wait Three Minutes the serve.

I used my Keurig for the warm water, measured it, stirred, and waited three minutes.

The pouch contents are a fine grind of lots of green ingredients, and there were several very small pieces of turkey. My sample pouch had about six turkey pieces. Due to the nature of the packaging and portioning, the amount of proteins you receive will vary. The recipe smelled very earthy; in a good way. You could tell from the smell that the ingredients are plant and vegetable based. I was immediately wondering if my dogs would eat it. Their normal food is dry, and smells like grain.

I mixed the water in and gave it a good stir, it looked like a Cup-of-Soup, but after my kitchen timer finished counting down three minutes, I stirred again, stuck my finger in to feel the temperature (I didn’t taste test myself); portioned it into two dishes and took some pictures.

Perhaps I added too much water, but the ingredients had re-hydrated and the texture had firmed up. The final texture was of thick pudding.

Now the real test; will the dogs eat it (and enjoy it)?

After a few apprehensive sniffs, they both dug in and licked their bowls clean! They had both eaten their breakfast just over an hour earlier, so they weren’t wolfing the food down out of hunger, it was because it tasted good! It is hard to saw whether they preferred the Turkey, hHicken or Beef, but all three were consumed quickly.

I think this product is great, has a great social and environmental message as well as the healthy eating aspect for our fur buddies (dogs and cats). The pouches make it so easy to travel with as it reduces the amount of bulk needed while traveling (especially long trips when lots of food is required). No more lugging giant bags of food from the grocery store (Honest Kitchen is sold in select pet stores) or storing food in giant bins, just have a box delivered to your door. Packaging is in 2-lb, 4-lb, or 10-lb boxes. There is a chart on the back of the box to show the equivalent Honest Kitchen portion to traditional dry food, and a calculation on how long a box will last you feeding at those rates.

The Natural Kitchen has all of the requisite social media links where you can share your stories, view others’, and learn more about the company or purchase directly from them.

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