Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Tricky Trainers Do the Trick - Giveaway




I have three smart dogs. Smart because they have figured out that they don't have to do tricks to be spoiled rotten.
I have tried, at times, to get them to do certain things, like sit, stay , lay down, roll over. But basically they look at me as if to say "hey, this ain't no circus". Now, they do mind. But it seems like that only happens when I am being stern and they know to "go get in your bed" or " get out of my chair, before I sit on your head". They will move, reluctantly, but they will move. Well, all except one little stubborn all white doggie who will remain nameless. He talks back. Always has to have the last word.

But the times, they are a changin'.

TRICKY TRAINERS HAVE ARRIVED !

Gosh I love these things. I have made my boys treats, but they have never gone crazy like this over anything I have made.Mikey and Ricky Pickles sit for a Tricky Trainer.
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Cloud Star sent a bag of the Cheese Flavor and the Salmon Flavor. And you know how when you read a food label the ingredients are listed in order of the amount, from the most to the least. Well in the Salmon ones...Salmon is the FIRST ingredient. WOW. No wonder Larry calls them "stinky trainers". My boys are nuts over these.Mikey "speaks" for a Tricky Trainer.

And the great thing is, I can actually pronounce everything in them. The only thing on the ingredient list I did not know was "tocopherois". So I looked it up.
It is a series of organic compounds consisting of various methylated phenols. Many of which have vitamin E activity. And are used in pet foods to keep oil from going rancid. Okay,I am good with that.
I love that they are small. So you can constantly reward without the fear of too much of a good thing.
Their products are also geared towards pets with allergies. It was Jennifer and Brennan's pup Samantha, back in 1998, who inspired starting Cloud Star. The first Buddy Biscuit was made for Samantha because of "allergy issues". They started making all her treats and food with just the goal of bring her back to health. In 1999 Jennifer was volunteering at an Animal Shelter that held a bake sale and instead of making something to sell for human treats Jennifer made up a few batches of the treats she made for Samantha and their other dog Nala. These treats were a hit, they started getting calls asking for more, and the rest is dogstory.

I first became aware of Cloud Star last year when I signed up on their facebook page and received a free fold-able water container that I keep in my purse. It has a handy pouch and is a really good size. They also sent me a bumper sticker with their motto "Wag More, Bark Less" and I just fell in love with that. It's a great motto for all of us. And this is printed on apparel and accessories they sell on their website.
They also have quite a few other treats, kibble and grooming products. (The Holistic Baked Kibble Dog Food is back after being out of stock due to being mentioned in Costco Connection magazine and thus bombarding Cloud Star with orders).


I like Cloud Star very much. I like that they give back at least 10% of their net profits to support and assist non-profits organizations that benefit animals, women, children and the environment.
I like that all their products are made in the USA (all ingredients are USA grown too) and I like that they truly care about animals.
Oh, and I like that my boys are crazy about Tricky Trainers.

(I received two bags of product for review purposes. I was pleased with the product very much so I wrote about it)

WIN SOME:
Cloud Star wants to send some Tricky Trainers to a lucky reader of this here blog.
To win a 3 pack of Tricky Trainers Liver flavor, Cheese Flavor and the Salmon Flavor please do the following:

MANDATORY ENTRY: Go visit Cloud Star and come back with something you like about their site, blog or products.

Extra Entries (do the MANDATORY first please): leave seperate comments for each,

  • Leave me a comment about your pet. Something funny they do. Or how wonderful they are, anything about your pet.- 1 extra
  • Follow my blog publicly, or tell me you already do - 2 extras
  • Subscribe in a reader - 2 extras
  • Tweet about this giveaway and leave me the link - 2 per day
  • Blog about this giveaway with a link back to this post - 4 extras

This giveaway ends at midnight April 3rd. Open to USA only.
Winner will be notified by email. And will have 48 hours to send me shipping info.
Please make sure email contact is in your comment or your blog profile if you have a blog.
Cloud Star will ship prize.

28 comments:

  1. OK #1 I didn't realize Cloud Star produced the Buddy Biscuits and my dogs have always loved them. Also used to buy their shampoo and loved it. But it isn't easy to find here anymore since World Market left. Guess I'll be visiting their website and ordering some! LOL

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  2. #3 I'm already a follower and just love the name of your blog!

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  3. #2 I have three large dogs who own the house and let us live here. They especially think they are entitled to the beds, frequently pulling down the covers to suit themselves. My Shadow loves to play the bowl game after he eats. He immediately picks up his bowl and takes it up on the couch to lick. I go and pretend to wrestle it away from him and he immediately jumps down and gets bowl #2 and off to the couch he goes. Once our older dog finishes eating, he gets bowl #3. Sometimes he puts one inside the other. He's a riot!

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  4. I don't tweet or twitter but just wanted to add - don't you just LOVE that WAG ALOT sticker that they have? We have one on the back of our car.

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  5. We like the Itty Bitty Buddy Biscuits, our pet supply store has them! They work well as training rewards too!

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  6. Our Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Sully, competes in several dog sports so we use all SORTS of different training treats! He will eat basically anything but LOVES peanut butter flavor!

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  7. I have never seen these treats but I will be on the lookout!! I love Cloud Star's story and the fact that they pay attention to sensitive skin issues. My jack russell has suffered from allergies all his life. We have tried shots, specific foods, blah, blah, blah. I would love to try this. Ike is my best buddy...and I feel he's had a rough life, always itching. I would sure like him to feel some relief!

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  8. I am already a follower Diane, you are my favorite Consumer alerter, recipe sharer, and all around great girl!

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  9. Hi Diane, I am not in for the contest just want to say hi, and i LOVE these pictures of your poochies! they are so cute :)
    Hugs,
    Susan

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  10. Hi, new to the blog, very cool! I grew up in S. Ohio and now live in LA. I love Cloud Star, I love that the owners adopted their dogs. I am a HUGE fan of adopting as opposed to buying dogs, and my own Arnold was an adoption. I love that they care about what they put into their food, it is so scary what can end up in our food and our dogs food these days, i feel i can trust could star. I love their motto too! So charming i have it on my car, and finally their Buddy wash leaves my doggy smelling great :)
    For the unmandatory bit, Arnold is no regular adoption, my husband and I were living in Beirut and we found him there and brought him back to the US with us, after being a street dog in a country unfriendly to canines in general we love to spoil him!
    Amanda
    amandascoggins04@gmail.com

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  11. Oh and I am now following publicly, via google ( I am pretty sure I am new to blogs)

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  12. We have a Jack Russel/Rat Terrier mix (from the shelter) who we are absolutely in love with! He has a lot of energy but he loves to cuddle in our laps at the end of the day :). He LOVES playing with his doggy toys and meeting new people--he's just perfect for us!

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  13. Shoot, I got so excited to tell you about our dog, that I forgot to do the mandatory entry first!! Anyway, we love Cloud Star's buddy biscuits!

    Sarah
    untenuredteacher at yahoo dot com

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  14. I subscribe in a reader, entry 2

    Sarah
    untenuredteacher at yahoo dot com

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  15. I subscribe in a reader, entry 1

    Sarah
    untenuredteacher at yahoo dot com

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  16. I love how it started because of the love between two newly weds and their love of animals. That is truly the perfect ingredient for a business to grow.
    amerskine at hotmail dotcom

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  17. My friend just adopted a dog from a rescue facility. I would love to win this for her...to show her how proud I am to have a responsible, caring friend. I have to do the responsible and not so fun thing by not having a dog because of our schedules and landlord...
    amerskine at hotmail dotcom

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  18. I follow you! :D
    amerskine at hotmail dotcom

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  19. I follow you! :D
    amerskine at hotmail dotcom

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  20. If I could I would have a house full of furry friends. The photos on the right side are killing me.

    I posted/linked your giveaway. It is on the left side of my blog where my readers look daily for giveaways. Thanks for the opportunity!
    amerskine at hotmail dot com
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  21. I posted/linked your giveaway. It is on the left side of my blog where my readers look daily for giveaways. Thanks for the opportunity!
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  22. I posted/linked your giveaway. It is on the left side of my blog where my readers look daily for giveaways. Thanks for the opportunity!
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  23. I posted/linked your giveaway. It is on the left side of my blog where my readers look daily for giveaways. Thanks for the opportunity!
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  24. I love that all of the names of Cloud Stars products are so cute and catchy...like Buddy Wash!

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  25. I I have 2 dogs, and they are my best pals. They even know when I am sick. One will lay on each side of me, until I get up, of course. They are my permanent, portable audience.

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