Rachael Ray Nutrish – Zero Grain dog food giveaway


We recently received a package from the team of Rachael Ray. I had to explain to Linus that he would have to get off of the box before I could open it… he was clearly pretty excited to get mail.

Inside, we found the new Nutrish Zero Grain dog food. Linus is a pretty talented trick dog, but he cannot yet talk and tell me what he likes and doesn’t like about any dog food. He also has a terrible nose, a weak appetite, and gets bored with food easily.


I was delighted when I opened the box and he wanted to dive right in – even trying to open the bag himself!

Here are some of the highlights about this dog food:

  • US farm-raised turkey is the #1 ingredient
  • Zero grains, glutens or fillers (making it more allergy friendly)
  • Zero poultry by-products meals
  • Zero artificial flavors, colors or preservatives


It’s no secret that Linus is spoiled rotten. I have no children and make a reasonable living so I can afford to make sure Linus has the best of everything. I recognize that there are a lot of people out there that love their dogs as much as I do, but can’t always afford top-of-the-line goods. It thrills me that there are options like Zero Grain now. This dog food is available in many grocery stores, as well as Walmart, and has an average retail price of $11.99 for a 6-pound bag or $24.99 for a 14-pound bag.

Also appealing to me is the fact that proceeds from every bag sold benefit Rachael’s Rescue, an organization that has helped raise more than $4.2 million toward food, medical supplies and treatments for animals in need.


I can’t tell you whether this dog food is right for your furry loved-ones, but I can recommend that you try it. I can also make it easier for you to do that by hosting a giveaway!

If you’d like to receive a free 6-pound bag of Rachael Ray Nutrish Zero Grain dog food, just leave a comment on this blog post before 12:00pm EST on 5/23/2013. The winner will be notified on Friday, 5/24/2013. Be sure to share this opportunity with your friends as well!

Good luck!

                             Linus’ mom

Update! Winner Chosen!

Everyone that commented was entered into a drawing using RandomPicker and the winner is…

Susan Nemitz

Congratulations! I’ve sent an e-mail to your gmail account to collect more info from you. Hope your dog enjoy Zero Grain!


Education: a “12 Months of Kindness” campaign essential

Inspiration hits in unexpected places sometimes.


Earlier this month, I spent a beautiful day at the Biltmore Estate (and the dog mom learned to keep our water separate). It’s spring in North Carolina. There are few things I enjoy more than being outside just taking in the sun, the breeze, and green grass under my paws.

It’s not unusual for people to stop me when I’m out and about. They want to know what I am (a poodle), how old (2), and “what do you call that color?” (red). There are usually lots of comments about how cute I am and how much I resemble a teddy bear. I’m not the cuddliest of dogs, but I’m always happy to welcome a friendly face with a grunt and a wiggle and if treats are involved I may even do a trick or two.

On this particular trip, a woman approached wanting to know if I shed. This is not an uncommon question either, but her reason for wanting to know caught my special interest. Her granddaughter has allergies and she had been researching “non-allergenic” dogs. You see, her son promised the 6-year-old a puppy if she could stop pulling her own hair out. I didn’t press for details, but it was clear from our brief conversation that her granddaughter was suffering; possibly from a mental illness.

Mental illness seems like a lonely thing to me.IMG_2656

I don’t know much about it and I suspect I’m not alone in that… which brings us to this month’s challenge in my “12 Months of Kindness” campaign: Educate.

The U.S. Surgeon General reports that 10 percent of children and adolescents in the United States suffer from serious emotional and mental disorders. Some horrific tragedies of late (like that in Sandy Hook) have put a spotlight on extreme conditions, but a great many people go undiagnosed and certainly misunderstood.

It seems to me one way to create a kinder world is to make an effort to understand each other. By educating ourselves and those around us, maybe people will feel less afraid to get the help they need. Maybe someone will more easily identify that their own child needs help. Or maybe our children will be less likely to make fun of a peer that is dealing with an illness. While you are online right now, please take a few minutes to research mental illness. This doesn’t cost you a thing and I’ll make it really easy for you: start with trichotillomania… the compulsive urge to pull out one’s own hair.

IMG_0916Shed some light on mental illness by posting a little tidbit about what you learned in the comments here on my blog or on my Facebook page. People may not read this whole blog, but they may take a moment to read your comments. You could be the inspiration someone needs.

Go now and spread the kindness friends!