Believe it or not Bruce, our puppy, is two months shy of his first birthday!

We have settled in so well as a family with two dogs. It is amazing to see the similarities as well as differences between our boys. Max is Bruce’s great great uncle and they are both sweet, calm and gentle. Clearly it runs in the family. Everything I taught Max when he was a puppy he has passed on to Bruce. Honestly, we never spend time training Bruce because he just follows his lead. What a ham he is too! Bruce is cheeky but so was Max at that age. Funny kind of cheeky and so delightfully awkward too. Makes us laugh all the time.

Now there is one huge difference between the boys though. Food! It is on Bruce’s mind all the time. If I was to draw a speech bubble over his head it would have a treat in it for sure. Max has never been one to perk up for treats or sniff the counters to see what’s for dinner. But Bruce! I have caught him eating pineapple slices of Julian’s snack plate. He could eat all day every day.

I get asked a lot about what our dogs eat, where they sleep, how much grooming they take and how we trained them to be so obedient. Giving advice for me has always been hard because I am shy and feel like I am coming across as know-it-all. Everything that we do has worked for us. There is no right or wrong way to pet ownership much like parenthood. There are things that are widely considered sensible and there are gray areas that it would be foolish to say that people should be ashamed for choosing the shade off. One of many things that worked for us is that we only feed our dogs daily meals and occasional treats that are served as deserts after a meal. I have never given either of them a treat as a reward for their behavior. My dogs work for love and love alone. That is not to say I wouldn’t accept payment in chocolate for my services!

Because we never really give them treats we seem to buy the same ‘desserts’ for them at the local country store all the time. That is why I was so excited to get our first PetBox earlier this month! Max and Bruce were finally going to try some new treats and be rewarded for all the picture posing they do every day.

The box itself is fab.
( I have since reused it and it holds all the grooming items on the shelf in the garage ).

Love the detailing once you open the package. Very fancy!

And now onto the goodies:

There was a selection of treats and a packet of vitamins. I have never seen any of them. Looking at ingredients they are all natural which was such a pleasant surprise. Clearly PetBox scouts the market for healthy food options for pets. As I mentioned Bruce loves his food but Max is very picky so I made him chief food tester. He loved all but the doggie vitamins which as you may suspect Bruce ate with joy. That is huge because believe it or not Max spits out all the treats from the pet stores. So treats = two thumbs up.

There was a cute duck toy that boys have been playing tug of war with for days. I must say this is the first chew toy my Newfoundlands are yet to destroy. Stuffed toys and balls usually last maximum of 7.3 minutes around here. But the duck is still in one piece! Toy = two thumbs up.

In the box was also a lavender anti itch spray that smells lovely. I am yet to use it. Probably on myself during mosquito season 😉

So this is my honest review of the PetBox: I like it. A LOT! I think the fact that it is empty says my dogs like it too. And if you are like me and hate shopping in the stores you might find this monthly service a great way to spoil your pet. I like that each item featured in the box came with a coupon and suggestion where you can buy more of the product in the future. The best bit to me was that PetBox supports pet shelters by feeding a rescued animal with each box they ship. Win win. I love when someone else does all the hard work for me so I can spend my time doing what I want.

For all you eager to give PetBox a go make sure you use “NORTHWESTMOMMY” at the checkout for a 20% OFF your first order.

Disclaimer: This is not a paid review. We were kindly sent a box of goodies from PetBox in exchange for an honest review of the product. I tried my best to speak for my dogs based on the fact they ate everything with what seemed like great pleasure. I did not taste any of the products myself. Although cranberry smooches looked mighty fine.

Monday Listicles

Hi everybody!

I am so excited about this week. What a fun listicle to write. I have struggled with my name every since I left home. Because it is spelled Staša and that letter is not used widely I have been called the most bizarre versions. But I like it and I wouldn’t want to be called anything else. Not that I hear my name often. Most of us ladies turn into wives and moms and never get called our names again anyway, right?

Lets see what you would choose for yourself! And thank you Coletta for a great listicle idea this week.

Next week:

10 guilty pleasures ( Chosen by Phoebe ).

Make a list, check it twice, link it up. Read others. Have fun!



1. If I could have chosen my own name in Slovenian:

Zarja. (pronounced Zaria)
Meaning dawn.

2. If I was Muslim:

Meaning full of life.

3. If I was Jewish:

Mountain goat.

4. If I was Native American:

Meaning deer.

5. If I was a fabulous female spy:

Meaning unconquerable. Russian.

6. If I was Chinese:

Liu Yang.
Meaning ocean. Also fist Chinese female astronaut.

7. If I was Hindu:

Meaning Earth. Hindi.

8. If I was born in an african tribe:

Nala. Meaning successful.

9. If I was Japanese.

Sora. Meaning sky.

10. If I was male:

Hamish. Because I am positive I would have been Scottish with great legs for kilt.

Koo Koo Giveaway

Guess what?

Remember Koo Koo Kanga Roo? The super fun duo that sings and dances and gets the party started? Yep, those guys!

Well we have been having a whole lotta fun with their exercise video lately and the rock stars themselves send us a Dance-A-Long Party DVD to give away to a friend of ours!!

Wanna be that friend? JUST LEAVE A COMMENT BELLOW WITH A QUESTION YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO ASK BRYAN AND NEIL . They might even tell you if Unicorns are real and why their shoes are golden!
If you feel like you need to get to know them better before you start drilling these two celebrities you can find them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

You have until Sunday, 26th of January 7PM Pacific time to enter this giveaway. I will choose a winner with a help of an app ( naturally ) and send out the DVD anywhere in the world. I will also get the winner the answer to their question. Cause I am awesome like that!

Disclaimer: this is not a sponsored post. However the prize for this giveaway was a generous donation by the Koo Koo Kangaroo Band.