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Open Farm is one of our newest and fastest growing brands! Over the past year they have went from having dog and cat kibble, to having treats, then Freeze-Dried food and now they have Rustic Stews and a recycling program!

Open Farm Rustic Stews is a wet dog & cat food made with 100% human grade ingredients with humanely raised meat, sustainably sourced fish, nutritious veggies and superfoods like coconut oil, pumpkin and turmeric. The best part about this wet food, compared to others is that it comes in a BPA Free, re-sealable tetra pak that are easy to serve and store!

Adding Open Farm Rustic Stew is a great way to increase the moisture content of any kibble, which is important for the overall health of any dog or cat.

Come in between June 1 – 30, 2018 and purchase Open Farm dog or cat kibble and receive a rustic stew tetra pak for free!

Open Farm just keeps everyone on their paws with their new products and new programs. They just released the first nationwide bag recycling program! As part of their environmental program, Open Farm has partnered with TerraCycle, a leader in the recycling industry, to launch the first North American pet food bag recycling program. Finding that 95% of pet food bags were not recyclable, Open Farm set out to find a solution for their packaging. They now provide customers with a free and easy way to recycle their Open Farm bags, converting them into brand new product instead of sending them into the landfill.

Bring in your Open Farm kibble or freeze-dried bags to recycle during the month of June and get a $5 coupon for Open Farm (expires 8/31/18).

Stop into any Two Bostons and we can show you all of the Open Farm line of pet food and treats!

 

When I moved Diesel over to a healthier diet, one of the first foods I tried was Stella & Chewy’s freeze dried. Here is the deal with this little bag of raw goodness.

A. It is EXACTLY like the raw frozen Stella & Chewy’s patty

and

2. It is EXACTLY NOT like the raw frozen Stella & Chewy’s patty

How can that be?

Well, it’s simple really. It is the exact same patty (and I do mean the exact one) but the process of freeze drying makes it amazingly easy to handle.

I’m talking like you-open-the-bag-and-you-have-lift-off-easy-to-handle.

For real. It truly doesn’t get easier to feed raw than this nifty product.

  • Forget having to remember taking your frozen patties out hours ahead of time.
  • Forget dealing with breaking up the meat (those of you who don’t eat or handle much meat, like myself, will appreciate this).
  • Forget having to change your form of feeding when you leave town so your sitter will feed your dog.
  • Forget having to bring a cooler with when you are traveling for your raw patties.
  • Forget hitting the gym so you can lift those heavy bags of frozen raw patties. (Well, you should still hit the gym, but just not to bulk up in order to pick up raw food.)

All those things are in the past!

Stella & Chewy’s freeze-dried patties can be fed right out of the bag. In a bowl, like a treat, on a boat, with a fox… oh, wait, never mind.

They crumble nicely and you can add them as a topper over kibble to enhance the flavor or add more protein. Fed that way, they can help your dog gain a bit of weight if needed.

They are processed very minimally and very healthy for your dog. And, if my assistant is any indication, your dog is going to L.O.V.E. them. In fact, there he is right there…say hi Diesel!

He says hi.

I also wanted to let you know that the fine folks over at Stella & Chewy’s take their food safety seriously. Each bag has this printed on the back:

Their facility has a crazy, super powerful air purifier AND they take all their equipment apart EVERY. NIGHT. to wash and sterilize. SO you can be sure you are giving your dog the highest quality raw food on the market.

And look here…

a lot number on every single bag, so that the fine folks over at Stella & Chewy’s can keep track of all their goodies.

So, if you’ve been skirting around trying raw for a while now, or if you are a tried and true raw food feeder, head on over to either store and stock up! You will not be disappointed.

Another reason we love Stella & Chewy’s is they give us the opportunity to give back! And, during the entire month of April, any bag of Stella & Chewy’s you purchase (freeze dried, raw, and treats) we will be donating 6% to Chicagoland Lab Rescue! So hurry in so you can help out and thanks!

You have this beautiful new puppy who has joined your family and I know you want that pup to have the best life possible. Or, you have had your dog for a while and you now realize that he or she would be happier and healthier on a higher quality diet.

We can help you decide what type of diet fits into your lifestyle and get you going on the right track. Stop by either of our stores or set up your free nutrition consultation with us by emailing nutrition@twobostons.com

That is a wonderful first step for you to take! However, you are going to want to consider something…

When switching your pet from a diet that includes grains and other additives, your pet may experience diarrhea…or constipation. You are going to want to consider adding Firm Up to your pet’s food.

Firm Up is a great product that helps with either of those problems. Pumpkin is one of the most nutritious fruits on the earth! It is loaded with disease fighting nutrients. Pumpkin is low in fat and rich in immune boosting nutrients. Shake some Firm Up on your dog’s food during the transition and you will quickly and effectively relieve both diarrhea and constipation, as well as other digestive issues in pets.

This amazing supplement made with 100% USA grown natural pumpkin flesh and apple fiber is effective. You may also want to consider Firm Up with Cranberry, which has the additional benefit of prevent bacteria forming on the walls of the urinary tract. This helps keep infection from developing. Plus the addition of cranberry packs a punch of powerful antioxidants!

So whether you are transition a new puppy over from a breeder or shelter diet, or 2013 is the year you have decided to get your beloved pooch on a more species appropriate diet, Firm Up is a supplement you need to know about.

 

Hi there, Liz here! Did you hear Stella & Chewy’s has made some changes to their cat freeze-dried product? With their new single pouch servings, you can easily try all the new favors to see what your kitty loves.

Our cats are pure carnivores and thrive on meat. Stella & Chewy’s is made with all raw natural meat, poultry and fish. They have no added hormones or antibiotics. They are also a completely grain-free diet, with no fillers, artificial preservatives or coloring. They are even sourced from USDA-inspected facilities…how great is that?! And, as if that isn’t enough, Stella & Chewy’s is actually a very local company, from Wisconsin.

Cats bodies are made up of about 60% water. It is essential that cat’s get plenty of water to stay hydrated. They do not tend to drink much water on their own, so it is our job as pet owners to sneak it into their diets as much as possible. With Stella & Chewy’s freeze-dried cat pouches, water is one of the ingredients needed to rehydrate the food. When fully hydrated, it feeds like a 3 ounce can.

It’s as simple as 1..2..3 to feed your kitty Stella & Chewy’s.

  1. Open the pouch and pour into a bowl the freeze dried food.
  2. Add 3 tablespoons warm water and wait one minute.
  3. Give to your feline friend and watch them devour the tasty food!

There are 6 new awesome flavors:

Duck Duck Goose Dinner

Heavenly Herring and Tuna Dinner

Sea-Licious Salmon and Cod Dinner

Chick Chick Chicken Dinner

Tummy Ticklin Turkey Dinner

Yummy Lickin Salmon and Chicken Dinner

(And don’t worry all flavors have just the right about of taurine, which is essential for your cat’s diet.)

What is great about these single serving pouches is that you can try a variety of proteins with your cat and keep a good rotation going in their diet. If you do find that your cat loves a certain one, these flavors will also be available upon request in 12oz bags as well.

 

Having a picky 18 year old ( yes an 18 year old!) cat, it is extremely important for me to find a great food that both me and Murphy approve of. With both amazing ingredients, and a great way to include water into his diet, Stella & Chewy has become a favorite in our household! Stop by and grab a single pouch and try it on your cat today!!

 

 

When I moved Diesel over to a healthier diet, one of the first foods I tried was Stella & Chewy’s freeze dried. Here is the deal with this little bag of raw goodness.

A. It is EXACTLY like the raw frozen Stella & Chewy’s patty

and

2. It is EXACTLY NOT like the raw frozen Stella & Chewy’s patty

How can that be?

Well, it’s simple really. It is the exact same patty (and I do mean the exact one) but the process of freeze drying makes it amazingly easy to handle.

I’m talking like you-open-the-bag-and-you-have-lift-off-easy-to-handle.

For real. It truly doesn’t get easier to feed raw than this nifty product.

  • Forget having to remember taking your frozen patties out hours ahead of time.
  • Forget dealing with breaking up the meat (those of you who don’t eat or handle much meat, like myself, will appreciate this).
  • Forget having to change your form of feeding when you leave town so your sitter will feed your dog.
  • Forget having to bring a cooler with when you are travelling for your raw patties.
  • Forget hitting the gym so you can lift those heavy bags of frozen raw patties. (Well, you should still hit the gym, but just not to bulk up in order to pick up raw food.)

All those things are in the past!

Stella & Chewy’s freeze-dried patties can be fed right out of the bag. In a bowl, like a treat, on a boat, with a fox… oh, wait, never mind.

They crumble nicely and you can add them as a topper over kibble to enhance the flavor or add more protein. Fed that way, they can help your dog gain a bit of weight if needed.

They are processed very minimally and very healthy for your dog. And, if my assistant is any indication, your dog is going to L.O.V.E. them. In fact, there he is right there…say hi Diesel!

He says hi.

I also wanted to let you know that the fine folks over at Stella & Chewy’s take their food safety seriously. Each bag has this printed on the back:

Their facility has a crazy, super powerful air purifier AND they take all their equipment apart EVERY. NIGHT. to wash and sterilize. SO you can be sure you are giving your dog the highest quality raw food on the market.

And look here…

a lot number on every single bag, so that the fine folks over at Stella & Chewy’s can keep track of all their goodies.

So, if you’ve been skirting around trying raw for a while now, or if you are a tried and true raw food feeder, head on over to either store and stock up! You will not be disappointed.

And, because we love you, and it’s Spring, but mostly because we love you, ALL Stella & Chewy’s products (freeze dried, frozen raw, and treats) will be 25% off for the entire month of April at Two Bostons~ yes, you read that correctly, ALL Stella & Chewy’s products will be 25% off for the ENTIRE month of April at Two Bostons.

 

Hi friends!  Erica here, from the Springbrook store.  You may remember me from my past write up about training my Bernese Mountain Dog puppy for the show ring using Salmon Paws jerky treats.  This time I will educate you about premixes.

What is a premix you ask?  A dog food premix, is a mixture of dehydrated or freeze dried vegetables, fruits, vitamins and minerals that is reconstituted with the addition of water.  To create a complete balanced meal for your dog you can add meat to a reconstituted premix for a delicious homemade meal.  Two Bostons carries four premixes, Preference by Honest Kitchen, Dr Harvey’s Veg- to-Bowl, Grandma Lucy’s Artisan Premix and SoJos Grain Free Mix.  I am going to focus on Preference by Honest Kitchen and SoJos.

First of all, you may be wondering why one would use a premix.  Premixes are great for raw feeders whom source their own meat, but want to make sure they are providing a balanced meal.  They are perfect for the dog that must have protein sources that cannot be found in prepared diets.  One may use a premix for a dog that is on a limited protein diet because you have complete control of how much meat you add to the mix.  They can be fed in addition to an existing diet to supplement your dog’s diet with fruits and veggies.  You may also choose a premix if you simply enjoy making homemade meals for your fur kids.   I have found a frozen patty of the mix to be a good teething aid for puppies.

Preference by Honest Kitchen is made of dehydrated fruits and vegetables as well as a custom vitamin-mineral premix with balanced calcium: phosphorus ratios.  The ingredients are 100% human grade and the mix is made in the USA.  To prepare the premix you simply add water according to the specifications on the box, stir well and hydrate for about five minutes.  Once the mix is hydrated the meat is ready to be added.  I am a raw feeder, so I choose to add various raw proteins.  I rotate between beef, turkey, chicken, goat and duck.  You may gently cook the meat as well if you choose.  A great benefit of using premixes is the flexibility it affords you in meal preparation.  Since I have multiple very large dogs, it is easiest for me to make very large batches of food from which I prepare patties and freeze in portioned out bags.  I can then simply remove the necessary amount from the freezer each day to thaw.

Sojos premix is similar to Preference.  The biggest difference is the length of time it takes to hydrate.  The package recommends letting the mix sit for at least an hour once the water is added.  I have found it is best to let it sit overnight.  The texture of Sojos is much courser than Preference.   Both premixes have great ingredients.

Now I am going to discuss the benefits of various ingredients that I find important to add to my dogs’ diets that are added to both of these premixes.  Sweet potatoes are an excellent antioxidant, a good source of fiber and have been proven to reduce inflammation.  Both Preference and Sojos use sweet potatoes in their recipe.  Next, we have alfalfa, which has many powerful benefits.  Among the many benefits are detoxification of the body, reduction of cholesterol and blood sugar levels and increased liver health.  Alfalfa is also rich in natural vitamins and minerals and is known for its antibacterial and antioxidant properties.  Both premixes add alfalfa, but it is much higher on the ingredient list in Preference.  Kelp is an essential addition to your dogs diet and both premixes use this ingredient.  Kelp is rich in iodine, which is critical for thyroid health.  Kelp promotes a thick lustrous coat and reduction in shedding.  Other great veggies, fruits essential vitamins and antioxidant properties are a part of both of these diets.

Whichever you choose you can be sure you are giving your furry friend a diet packed with the best nutrients to promote health and vitality.

So I feel as if I’ve given you useful information on what I did for my dog. But that’s just it…it’s what I did for my dog. My situation may not apply to you. It is always wise to put your pet on a high-quality grain free diet; however, you may be more the scoop and pour type. Even though reconstituting is as easy as making instant oatmeal to me, you may find that one step too many. And that’s ok. We all have different lifestyles.

That does not mean you cannot incorporate freeze-dried into your pet’s diet. I wanted to show you some other options in the freeze-dried variety.

Why Meg? Why is it so important to you that I know about freeze-dried food?

Well, for starters, if you are like me, I think many of you don’t have a ton of extra freezer space. You probably have more room available in your pantry or cupboard. Also, what do you do when you travel and the person who watches your dog does not understand the ease of feeding raw patties, or the importance of defrosting wisely? I’ve wondered many times what I’m going to do when my guy has to be left behind.

The following freeze-dried options will eliminate that worry for me. These are literally no fuss. Pour and go. Easy peasy lemon squeezey.

They can all be reconstituted…but here’s the beauty…they don’t HAVE to be! They can be fed right out of the container! Now you have the simplicity of kibble, but the nutrition value of a raw diet! How cool is that?

Now, since I have issues with my dog drinking enough water, I did not choose to go this route for his normal feeding schedule. You must be diligent that your dog drinks enough if you choose to use these products. They have roughly the same moisture content as kibble; however, they do carry excellent nutritional value and are, of course, grain-free.

The first up is by Stella & Chewy’s

This is literally their frozen raw patty in freeze-dried form.

The bag has a nifty feeding chart so you know how much to give your dog.

And this is what it looks like on the inside of the patty. They are easy to break apart for feeding.

The next one I want to show you is by Northwest Naturals:

 

These are, again, literally their frozen product, except freeze dried.

Here is their frozen nugget:

And here is their freeze dried nugget:

Notice the similarity? Thought so. They have a handy feeding chart on their package too, so you will know just how many nuggets to feed your furry friend.

The last one I want to show you is a new product to Two Bostons. It is by Nutrisca.

This is a great product for dogs with allergies. In fact, before I switched Diesel to a strictly raw and freeze-dried diet, I transitioned him from the yucky food he’d been on to the Nutrisca kibble. I wasn’t certain if I could commit to a full raw diet at that point, but I really needed to get his allergies under control. In any case, back to the freeze-dried Nutrisca…

This is what it looks like out of the bag.

And this is what it looks like after you break it apart.

I also wanted to show you what this looks like when you reconstitute it. So I dropped it in a bowl of water for you and put two pieces side by side. On the left, straight out of the bag and on the right, reconstituted with water:

This is what they look like when broken apart:

As you can see, when water is added this turns back into the consitency of an actual raw patty. Pretty cool!

Oh, and in case you were wondering, my “Assistant” was nervous that I wouldn’t get all the information documented correctly, so he stood by me (and I do mean literally stood by me) just in case. You really should thank him for his selfless service to you!