Natural Stride Joint Supplements for Dogs – GIVEAWAY!

January 17, 2014 in Gear Reviews by amylaree

Natural-Stride-GiveawayFor the last few months we’ve posted about our experience with Natural Stride’s Hip & Joint Supplements for dogs and what a difference it’s made for Ezra as he’s recovered from canine ACL surgery.

Like all dog lovers, it weighed heavily on us when Ezra’s recovery seemed to stall. He struggled to get up from sitting and was quickly fatigued just walking around the block. But that all stopped when we got the chance to try out Natural Stride’s Hip & Joint Supplement formulas.

Now it’s time for a chance to try it for yourself – for free! (Seriously, who can argue with that?!)

But first a recap of why we love Natural Stride and are extremely proud to write about our experience:

  • Within 12 days we saw a huge difference in Ezra’s mobility — especially his easy from sitting to standing positions
  • Game changing improvement in his rehab without use of anti-inflammatory drugs!
  • Regular Strength Chews and Vet Strength Chews options to help your dog depending on the severity of your dog’s joint pain
  • Affordable for ongoing, daily supplements
  • 60 Day Money Back Guarantee — seriously, where else can you find that type of commitment to the quality of a product?

It’s been one heck of a journey this last year of rehab for our 100 lb dog. There were times when we were very discouraged about the outlook for Ezra’s mobility and quality of life. We all want the best for our four legged best friends and it was frustrating that the things we were trying weren’t working.

natural-solutions-logoBut that all changed once we started Ezra on the Natural Stride Hip & Joint supplements for dogs. Our big hearted guy isn’t where he was pre-surgery, but Natural Stride has helped him regain a huge amount of mobility — and most importantly he’s enthusiastic spirit is back.

 

Natural Stride Hip & Joint Supplement

Natural Stride Hip & Joint Supplement

In addition to the giveaway (fill out the form below to register!), Natural Stride is offering a 20% discount on all online orders for Marking My Territory Readers through 3/31/14.  Just visit the Natural Stride Website use coupon code “TERRITORY20” for any product (canine, equine & human!).

Be sure to follow Natural Stride online to learn more about all of their products:

 

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***This post is sponsored by Natural Solutions for Life on behalf of the BlogPaws Blogger Network. We am being compensated for helping spread the word about Natural Solutions for Life’s Natural Stride Supplement, but Marking My Territory only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Natural Solutions is not responsible for the content of this article.***

Joint Supplements For Dog ACL Recovery #NaturalStride

December 19, 2013 in Gear Reviews by amylaree

Narrow path at Cummins Falls Trail

The good ol’ days – Ezra healthy & happy on the trail.

As I wrote about last month, this year we had quite a few ups and downs as we worked with Ezra to rehab his knee after his canine ACL tear. While he still gave endless full-body-lean-into-you-til-you-fall-over hugs, just as his knee was hobbled, so was his spirit. Is there anything sadder than a dog that’s lost his get-up and go? It was especially bad when we had to leave him behind when we went on day hikes. Oh, the look of betrayal and dismay he would give us as we drove away and he knew he couldn’t join… it was too much!

Fortunately around September, there was finally a light at the end of this dog joint pain tunnel. When we got to try Natural Strides Joint Solutions supplements we finally found the spark that helped Ezra begin to get back to his old self.

With at least 200% more of the amount of inflammation-fighting active ingredients as our previous vet-recommened supplement, Natural Stride was the game changer in Ezra’s battle with his canine ACL recovery. With all the side effects that come from anti-inflammatories, we were grateful to exchange those pills for these new supplements. That was especially true after we got back a round of blood work that showed elevated levels in his liver. Yikes!

We let a couple of weeks lapse before ordering another round of the powder form of the supplement, but just as we were about to order the new batch, we received Natural Stride’s Hip & Joint Dog Chews. Just like the first time we started the powders, within about 10 days we saw the Ezra again become stronger. Now 3 months on with our Natural Stride regimen, Ezra continues to show improvement in strength, endurance and ease getting up and down.

natural-solutions-logoThe new Hip & Joint Chews are a convenient substitute for the powder and available in Regular Strength Chews and Vet Strength Chews. While we had no problem getting Ezra to lap up every speck of the powder form of the supplement, the chewable supplement is a lot more convenient. However, is is pretty hard and dense – more of a “crunch” than a “chew.” We just drop the chew in Ezra’s bowl of dry food and he eats it up with no problem, but if you’re concerned about the hardness of the chew, Natural Stride recommends microwaving it for a few seconds before giving it to your dog.

Natural-Stride-ChewsWhile it only took a few weeks to see the positive impact Natural Stride Hip & Joint Chews had on our aging pet with joint issues, the company offers a 60 day money back guarantee. None of the other supplements that we tried for Ezra had that type of guarantee – it’s a pretty impressive endorsement from the company that shows how strongly they believe in their product.

And because they want to keep the joints of dogs in all ages and stages healthy, Natural Stride is offering a 20% discount on all online orders for Marking My Territory Readers through 3/31/14.

Just visit the Natural Stride Website use coupon code “TERRITORY20” for any product (canine, equine & human!).

Tired of me yammering on about how much we love Natural Stride? Well they want to hear from you. Fill out this quick and simple survey on joint supplements, enter your email and get a free sample!

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***This post is sponsored by Natural Solutions for Life on behalf of the BlogPaws Blogger Network. We am being compensated for helping spread the word about Natural Solutions for Life’s Natural Stride Supplement, but Marking My Territory only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Natural Solutions is not responsible for the content of this article.***

Choosing Joint Supplements to Get Our Dog Back on The Trail #NaturalStride

November 20, 2013 in Gear Reviews by amylaree

post-dog-acl-surgery

Sad, sad post-surgery pup :(

When I first adopted Ezra from the pound he was a wee four month old pup — little did I know that in just a few years he’d be a rumbling, tumbling 100 lb pile of muscle, fur and love. Over the years Ezra’s gone just about everywhere with us — except trails that have tricky bridges or rickety stair cases (we learned our lesson with that one!).

But about a year ago, like many aging dogs, Ezra suffered a joint injury that has kept him pretty much off the hiking trails this last year. In what we can only assume was a mad dash sprint to the fence to protect his territory from the big, bad Post Office Truck, his ACL snapped, leaving him hobbled version on the powerful and energetic dog we had always known. Within a matter of days he was home recovering from major surgery and facing a tough road to his once strong and stable self.

After the first couple of months passed, our vet recommended a supplement that’s commonly prescribed for joint pain in dogs. We gave it to Ezra nightly for MONTHS without seeing much improvement. Despite frequent walks and doing our best to help him in his recovery, his enthusiasm was clearly dampened and he was spending most afternoons curled up in his favorite spot in the back yard.

Thankfully that sad version of our big boy has gone away and the credit goes to the new joint supplement for dogs, Natural Stride Hip & Joint Supplements for Dogs. We were selected to participate in a trail of this new supplement that the company claimed that we would see results within two weeks. “Yeah, right,” I thought. But they weren’t joking!

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Our healthy big boy loving life again.

Ezra went from starting to drag his leg at 3/4 mile in our walk to walking strong for 1.5 miles in 13 days of taking Natural Stride’s supplement. We were astounded.

We continued using the product for the rest of the month and could see his strength building, spirit returning and (finally!!) less pain getting up from sitting or lying down. After months of post-surgery struggle Ezra was returning to his former self.

Not only was he feeling better, but we felt great using a product that focused on fixing the problem, not just masking the pain (too much of those anti-inflammatories can do a number on a dog’s body). Natural Stride’s comprehensive joint formula is packed with Cetyl Myristoleate, Glucosamine HCL and Sulfate, MSM, Omega 3, Vitamin C, Yucca, and Hyaluronic Acid — all the good stuff to help heal joint pain in dogs without any of the questionable fillers or side effects of anti-inflammatory drugs that the vet had also prescribed.

He still is not strong enough to venture on to the rocky and unpredictable terrain of many trails, but the ease and comfort he now has just walking around the neighborhood gives us great hope that he’ll soon be returning to the trails in coming months.

Natural Stride Hip & Joint Supplement

Natural Stride Hip & Joint Supplement

And because they want to keep the joints of dogs in all ages and stages healthy, Natural Stride is offering a 20% discount on all online orders for Marking My Territory Readers through 3/31/14.

Just visit the Natural Stride Website use coupon code “TERRITORY20” for any product (canine, equine & human!). 

 

***This post is sponsored by Natural Solutions for Life on behalf of the BlogPaws Blogger Network. We am being compensated for helping spread the word about Natural Solutions for Life’s Natural Stride Supplement, but Marking My Territory only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Natural Solutions is not responsible for the content of this article.***

Product Review: Brown Beggars & The 144

September 30, 2013 in Gear Reviews by amylaree

Brown Beggars Sampler.

Brown Beggars Sampler.
Image source: SitStay.com

Ezra and Coltrane go bonkers when the UPS truck rolls up. You’ll find them up in arms with their mighty barks hoping to chase away the pesky delivery guy… but after we received two packages from SitStay, they may be changing their tune about the men & women in brown.  The arrival of the Brown Beggars Sampler and The 144 had them drooling and all too eager for the UPS guy’s next delivery.

The Brown Beggars Sampler and The 144 are two unique and impressive treat packages from the folks at SitStay. Aside from the packaging (which is adorable and surprising(!) – I thought we were getting architectural schematics from the long tube that arrived), the treats themselves are wholesome and far from the run of the mill stuff we usually find in the treats section of the pet store.

The Brown Beggars Sampler comes customized based on your dog’s size. Since Ezra and Coltrane are large and in charge, we got  the goodies for the large breed dogs, and what goodies they were! The sampler consists of 15-20 natural deli-style  bones, chews, patties & jerky (I think our sampler had 19 items – including pig ears!). There were half a dozen patties, several types of jerky and quite a few large bones — which Coltrane promptly began hoarding.

Brown Beggars Sample Pack

A few of the goodies in our Brown Beggars sample pack – those are pig ears in the middle!

Coltrane is a big chewer so the bones were a big hit with him. I gave each dog a chance to try out a few treats then went inside for a while. When I came back, they were both still chewing on the bones – it’s rare that we find a chew that lasts more than 3 minutes for Coltrane. My one concern with the samples that we received is that a few of the flat pieces (they were jerky items, I think) were a little tough on Ezra’s gums. He has sensitive gums and I did notice a little bleeding as he chewed on the flat piece, but it wasn’t really a cause for concern.

The 144

“Where will it end?!” Ezra wonders as he tries to swipe one of the strands of jerky from The 144.

In addition to the deli-style treats, we also received a package of Jump Your Bones Loin of Albacore Tune. And holy crazy dog! Ezra went berzerk for these treats. These seemed to be separate from the big bag of deli treats, but they were nonetheless a huge hit.

The next portion of our UPS delivery came in a long tube that I’m more accustomed to seeing filled with maps and posters instead of dog treats. But that’s where the 144 gets its name from – 144 inches of jerky goodness. The 144 consists of four, three-foot snap jerky sticks. We snapped off pieces and used these as behavior reinforcement training treats as well as their “go to bed” treats.

Overall, we were really pleased with SitStay’s Brown Beggars Sampler and The 144. In a time when there are so many different pet food recalls because of crazy over processing, it’s reassuring to know that we’re giving our dogs good stuff.

And it’s affordable. The Sampler runs $10.75 – $16.26 (varies based on the size of your dog) and The 144 is currently priced at $15.99 (that’s only $.11/inch!). We’ll definitely be ordering more of these treats and I’ve already got in mind that this will be our gift when friends or family gets a new dog.

Coltrane-Brown-Beggar-Sampler

Pretty much sums up how Coltrane felt about his first Brown Beggar Sampler experience.

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A very happy dog with a very big bone.

DISCLAIMER: This post is sponsored by SitStay.com. I am being compensated in the form of dog treats to share my thoughts on the Brown Beggers treats, but the opinions expressed on Marking My Territory are my own and I only share information I feel is relevant to my readers.

 

 

14 Essentials for Great Camping: Gear Recommendations

June 27, 2013 in Gear Reviews, Tips & Recommendations by amylaree

Make your campers happy with these camping gear recommendations.

Make your campers happy with these camping gear recommendations.

As we’re back from our first camping trip of the season, we thought it’d be a good idea to make a list (and check it twice) of our most essential camping gear recommendations to ensure that you’ll have a great trip in the great outdoors.

  1. Tent – Unless you’re a purist and want nothing between you and the stars (and the wind, rain, bugs and forest critters), you’re gonna want a good tent. There are a lot of options out there, but we recommend making sure they have these features: 1.) Breathable… you don’t want to be sweltering in a dome that won’t let any air through (we learned that the hard, sweaty way) 2.) Keeps the Rain Out – be sure to get a tent that comes with a Rain Fly, this extra layer goes on top of the tent to keep things nice and dry.  3.) Easy to Put Up & Breakdown -  This is critical… especially for those times when you arrive at the campsite after dark or you’re just too tired to deal with packing things back up before heading back to town in the morning. Our favorite tents have always been able to assemble in 5 – 10 minutes. 4.) Folds Up Nice & Tight - No one wants to lug and store a bulky tent, so it’s critical that it fold up into a nice, compact bag.
  2. Sleeping Bags - We’ve got three requirements for sleeping bags: 1.) Keeps you warm, 2.) Doesn’t take up a lot of space, 3.) It’s lightweight and easy to carry. We’ve got the men’s and women’s version of the North Face Cat’s Meow 20 Degree Sleeping Bag - they zip together so you can get nice and cozy on cold camping nights.
  3. Sleeping Pads – Your sleeping bag can be as cozy as possibly, but it still won’t be able to do much to cushion you from the cold, hard ground all night long. It’s amazing the difference you’ll experience with a good sleeping pad between you and Mother Nature’s floor. Our sleeping pad of choice is the Therm-a-Rest Trail Lite Sleeping Pad because it’s compact, self-inflating and durable.
  4. Ready for ZZZs: Cat's Meow Sleeping Bags and Thermarest Sleeping Pads

    Ready for ZZZs: Cat’s Meow Sleeping Bags and Thermarest Sleeping Pads in the Wild

    Leatherman / Swiss Army Knife - Do not leave home without a great multipurpose knife. Whether you’ve got to cut twine to hold up your tarp, open a can (or a bottle of wine!) or you just need something to spread PB on your PB&J sandwich, a Leatherman or Swiss Army Knife will make your life so much better when you’re out in the woods. For everything from setting up camp to cooking, you’ll be glad you’ve got a trusty tool like this.

  5. Headlamps & Lanterns – Flashlights are fine and good, but nothing beats the ease and convenience of a good headlamp. Of course it’s likely that you’ll blind your camping buddies a time or two just by looking at them, but it’s better to leave them seeing spots for a few seconds than to stumble through the campsite in the dark. Headlamps come in all shapes and sizes – we like the ones that have a tilt feature for the light (fewer accidental blindings) and brightness level options like the Petzl Tikka.
  6. Matches or a Lighter – A good camping experience means at least one good campfire, so unless you’re super-proud of your ability to rub sticks together, make a flint out of a rock or using your glasses & the sun to light up a flame, you’re gonna want matches or a lighter. I suggest both, actually.
  7. Camp Chairs – Some hardcore outdoorsy folks might consider camp chairs a luxury, but we don’t leave home without them. After a long day hiking and exploring, it’s nice to settle back into a comfy chair and just watch the fire flicker in front of you. Check out this post by Amelia over at Tales of a Mountain Mama to get a feel for the differences and things to look for in different camp chair styles.
  8. Camping Cookware: Stove, Pots & Pans

    Camping Cookware Essentials: Stove, Pots & Pans

    Camp Stove – While we cook most of our evening meals on the campfire, it’s no fun to wait around for the coals when it’s first thing in the morning and you’re HUNGRY. That’s why we love the camp stove for early morning breakfast prep. If you’re cooking for a crowd, there are larger two burner camp stoves, but we prefer the the smaller single burner MSR Whisperlite Camp Stove - it works great for two people and is easy to pack up and store. The small size also makes it ideal for backpacking.

  9. Cookware – A stove won’t do much good unless you’ve got some pots & pans to cook on! We love a nesting sets like this Texsport Trailblazer Black Ice Hard Anodized Cook Set - it’s got a frying pan and 2 sauce pans that are large enough to boil pasta. And the non-stick surface is a HUGE plus for clean up. It’s compact enough that you can take it backpacking, too.
  10. Kitchenware – After trying to scramble eggs with a plastic fork only to have the plastic melt into our breakfast (yuck), we quickly learned the importance of keeping a quality set of forks, spoons, knives and cooking utensils handy. Sure you can try to remember to pack all the utensils from your kitchen each time, but we found keeping a batch of utensils just for camping, like this Coleman Dining Kit, makes life a LOT easier. Oh, and never underestimate the usefulness of a spork! It’s the utilitarian camper’s favorite utensil :)
  11. Trash Bags- Campers’ first rule: Leave No Trace. Don’t forget to bring a stash of trash bags with you so you can keep your campsite tidy and more importantly, free of nighttime critters who like to forage on whatever you may leave laying around – especially if it’s yummy.
  12. French Press: Essential for the Camping Coffee Lover

    French Press: Essential for the Camping Coffee Lover

    French Press - No one wants to deal with an angry bear early in the morning… especially when it’s your caffeine-deprived campmate. For those coffee loving campers out there, you can’t go wrong with a French Press. Simply pour in your coffee grounds, add boiling water that you heat up on your camp stove, wait a few minutes then press! You’ll have a great cup of coffee to while enjoying your peaceful camp surroundings. The Thermos Nissan 34-Ounce Vacuum Insulated Stainless-Steel Gourmet Coffee Press is a great option – it’s not only shatterproof, but it’s also insulated to keep your coffee warm for a couple of hours. Next time we have to upgrade our French Press we’ll go with that one.

  13. Bug Repellent - Getting chewed up by mosquitos and other bugs can make for a miserable camping trip, so don’t forget to pack you favorite bug spray to spray on your skin, clothes and tent. We also love the Off! PowerPad Mosquito Repellent Lamp - the flame is safely contained within the lantern so there’s little risk of accidentally setting something on fire, but more importantly it works like crazy! We usually use a couple of these lamps on our campsite and have never had much of an issue with mosquitos.
  14. Great Food & Snacks - Ummm, do I really need to say more about this? Yummy food is the proverbial icing on the happy camper’s cake. In addition to the big meals of the day, be sure to stock on up plenty of chips, trail mix and granola bars. Check out our Camping Recipes page if you’re looking for unique ideas for your campfire meals.

If you’re interested in other types of camping gear, be sure to check out the Marking My Territory Gear Store. We’ve worked with Amazon.com to provide a great selection of products for camping, camp cooking and hiking

Have any questions about the gear we’ve recommended or think we’ve left something out? Drop us a line down in the comments section – we’d love to hear what you are your must haves for a happy camping experience!