Friday, January 13, 2017

5 Steps to Planning for Blogging Success

In the days leading up to New Year's, I reflected on the year gone by.  The last few months of the year had a lot of chaos and pain for me.  It made me feel like the whole year was awful.  I was relieved to see 2016 end and ring in a New Year.  Then I read a business article on Goal Planning For The New Year that changed my perspective.  (this post contains affiliate links)

The article talked about the importance of reviewing your accomplishments from the prior year, acknowledging and celebrating them.  It reminded me not to judge the success of an entire year by a few lousy months.  It's important to look at the year in full and accurately assess your progress. So that's what I did.

Goal Planning for Blogging Success
It's important to closely review and properly take stock of last year's accomplishments.
I flipped through my calendar, my blog posts, and last year's goals to really take stock of the year.  I was surprised to see that 2016 hadn't been a bust at all!  In fact, I had accomplished quite a bit both professionally and personally, and got through some tough challenges.

It's easy to forget what you've accomplished through an entire year if you focus only on what you didn't accomplish and what the next thing is.  You can quickly lose sight of what you actually have accomplished in 12 months.  This energized me to take on the New Year,  and my 5 Step 2017 Blogging Plan began to take shape.

1. ASSESS LAST YEAR'S PROGRESS AND CELEBRATE ACCOMPLISHMENTS


I started by taking the time to really assess the results of my blogging efforts last year.  I identified my accomplishments and CELEBRATED THEM!   I literally wrote them out and reviewed each one, absorbing what I had accomplished.  I didn't let my mind jump to everything I still have left to accomplish or where I may not have achieved the success I hoped for.  This exercise surprised me. If you perform this exercise for yourself, it might surprise you too!

My 2016 accomplishments:

> On a personal level, we moved!  We had been living in Phoenix, AZ for over 9 years and were aching to get back to friends and family in New York.  This was a huge step for us, and the dogs! There are many challenges to moving clear across the country with two dogs.

We had to pack up, sell some furniture and other stuff,  and coordinate a cross country move with two dogs in tow.  Our house sold in just 2 days and we were off - Success!  I blogged about the challenges of moving with dogs, and provided some Tips For Moving With Pets.

> For the last few years, going to Alaska for the Iditarod sled dog race was at the top of my Bucket List.  Just when I was beginning to think we'd never get there, in March of 2016, we finally made it!  It was one of those trips of a lifetime.  We were there at the start of the Iditarod sled dog race and got to see those amazing canine athletes do what they do best - RUN!!

We also went on a glacier boat tour through beautiful Blackstone Bay.  We were lucky enough to actually see a glacier calving!  Calving is when a chunk of a glacier breaks off and falls into the ocean.  As the glacier begins to break, you hear what sounds like booming loud thunder!

Alaska was an incredible experience, one I'll never forget.

Blackstone Bay in Alaska

OK, enough about personal stuff, let's get to the blogging accomplishments!  

Along with many of my BlogPaws blogger friends I participated in the BlogPaws Boost Your Blog 10k Challenge.  It's a series of blogging challenges designed to help bloggers reach 10,000 blog page views per month - or to add another 10k blog views if their blog is already getting 10k views a month.  The goal was to reach 10,000 views per month by the BlogPaws Bloggers Conference in May, 2016.

I completed the challenges but fell short of  the 10k monthly blog views by the time the conference rolled around.  However, I hit 14,000 blog views per month by the end of 2016!  I was so bummed at having not made the 10k when I wanted to, I neglected to celebrate the fact that I did achieve my goal by the end of 2016, so I'm celebrating it now!

Another goal I had for 2016 was to significantly improve my photography skills by working on lighting issues and learning how to overlay text, and watermark photos.  Well what do you know, I accomplished my Photography goals!  My biggest challenge was that indoor photos I shot for my blog often came out so dark and shadowy they were unusable.  It was so frustrating, dark photos were the bane of my existence!

Included in the Blog 10k Challenge is a section on improving your photography. This challenge made all the difference for me. Aimee Beltran, BlogPaws executive team member and author of the blog Irresistible Pets recommended a simple Lighting Kit by Limostudio (LMS103)  for just $52 on Amazon.  This quality lighting kit is a great value.  It was the best photography investment I could have made!

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An inexpensive lighting kit dramatically improved my photography - no more DARK photos!
I have no doubt that the improvement in my photography had something to do with me being selected for two BlogPaws Ambassadorship campaigns.  An "ambassadorship" campaign is one where you grant exclusivity to a brand for a select period of time, such as 4 months.  During that time period you write several posts for the brand while agreeing not to accept campaigns for competing products.  This type of campaign pays a bit more due to the exclusivity aspect.  I feel very privileged to have been selected for both the Bravecto Flea and Tick Control (Merck Animal Health) #12Bravecto Ambassador Campaign AND the Natural Balance Pet Food #WeBelieveinNB Ambassador Campaign.  I love both of these brands and their products, and I loved working on these two campaigns!

Overall, earnings from my blog almost doubled from last year.  I'm glad I made more money but not nearly as much as I hoped.  2016 was filled with learnings and improving my blogging and social media skills.  In 2017 I'll be more focused on the revenue aspect of my blog.

Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them sponsored an event for the first time in 2016!   I even created a small swag bag giveaway item for attendees, which I've never done before.  The event was the #WIGGLEBUTTSUNCORKED GALA FUNDRAISER hosted, along with her spouse, by the incomparable Carol Bryant of the dog blog Fidose of Reality.  The funds raised at this gala went to the very worthy non-profit organization, NYC Second Chance Rescue.  Being a Wigglebuttsuncorked sponsor was a great experience for me.

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The swag bag item I created was this two sided card that lists monthly pet celebrations and awareness.  BONUS:  I had ordered enough cards to give out to brands I have worked with or would like to work with at the 2016 BlogPaws Pet Bloggers Conference!

Those were my most significant Blogging Accomplishments from 2016. After reviewing and celebrating these accomplishments, it's on to preparing for blogging success in 2017!

2. GET ORGANIZED FOR THE NEW YEAR

Isn't this always at the top of your list for the New Year?  It's always on mine, but after packing up an entire house and moving across the country, this was an enormous undertaking!  I couldn't find anything for weeks on end, despite the fact that I was diligent about labeling every box we packed.

I sorted through my home essentials and got those put away months ago.  However, my blog files and blogging paraphernalia were a mess.  It made sticking to my blogging plan difficult!  I'm used to a very organized work space.   The dogs' belongings were stuffed in various bags & boxes and I spent too much time searching for things.  I had only kept their daily essentials handy so I had to continually sift through all their things to find what I needed.

An organized work space is essential to planning & success
What a mess!  I can't believe how much stuff I have for the dogs!
After I pulled all their stuff out of boxes and bags I couldn't believe how many collars, leashes, apparel and other items I have for the dogs!   I'm ashamed to say a few items still had the tags on them.  What can I say, adorable pet products at PetSmart are simply irresistible!
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Having a clean and workable space is critical for planning and success.  These last few months of digging through everything to find my blogging files, dogs' belongings, and photo props and supplies were so frustrating!  I spent two days sorting through all of it, getting my space and supplies organized.  After sorting through the mess of dog's things, it translated to this neat, organized closet in the office (Cue the heavenly sounding music):

A neat, organized closet is essential
Voila!  An organized "dog closet"
I call this the "dog closet".  I hung up their costumes, coats & jackets.  I found this plastic organizer laying dormant in the basement, so I cleaned it up and pressed it into service.  I love when I can re-purpose something at no cost!  I put their sweaters in the bottom drawer, bandana's in the one above it and their collars and accessories in the top two drawers.  There's a top shelf in the closet which I use for my photo equipment, backdrops & such.  Now I can actually find everything!

I poured over my blogging files and papers and got them sorted into workable files and stored away. I organized my files into 3 sections:

1. Notes from BlogPaws conferences and other meetings & presentations
2. Collection of Campaign Summaries from blog campaigns I've worked on
3. Folder of clippings from my idea notepad.  I always carry it with me, you never know when an inspirational event, conversation, or random thought will spark ideas for blog posts.  I capture these for later review to see which ones I may be inspired to work into blog posts and add to my blog editorial calendar.  I also collect clippings of articles from bloggers I'd like to connect with.   I want to connect not only with other pet bloggers but with travel bloggers and mommy bloggers as well.  I write a lot about traveling with pets, so I love connecting with travel bloggers.  My Therapy Dog and I work a lot with kids who have trouble reading, so I like connecting with mommy bloggers.  It's a good way to expand my audience beyond just pet bloggers.

After I reviewed, culled and organized blogging items I can now access and utilize them.  I got rid of so much!  It's amazing how much crap you hang on to "just in case".  Am I right??

Organizing my office for 2017.
A neatly organized, cozy corner of my office.
I finally got my files and my bookshelf cleaned up with my most valuable dog books and dog magazines handy to inspire and educate me.   I keep some office supplies in the bottom drawer of the bookshelf too. When my eyes need a break from the computer screen, I can sit in the chair that's been in my family since the 1930's, and feed my head with ideas and information!

I went through all the stuff that had begun to pile up on my desk as well.  The mess was driving me crazy.  I cleared it off and put everything in it's proper place.  It's important to have a clean space in which to think clearly and write!  Now the trick is not to allow myself to lapse into using the desk as a storage surface, letting stuff pile up on it again.

5 Steps to Planning for Blogging Success
Phoebe is hard at work finalizing our 2017 Blogging Plans


3. GET INSPIRED TO BLOG 

We all need a little inspiration.  Aside from my dogs who inspire me to no end, one of the things that inspires me most is being part of the BlogPaws blogging community.  I've made a lot of friends, learned a ton, and gotten so much love and support from this community!  We help, support, and inspire each other to be the best bloggers we can be.  In this photo are some of the holiday cards I received this year from fellow BlogPaws bloggers.  I hung them up next to my desk so I can be reminded every day that I have wonderful blogger friends who are always there for me!

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Being part of a blogging community is inspiring and motivating!
My trip to Alaska and the Iditarod sled dog race definitely inspire me.  When I first got Icy, my Husky, I had done a lot of research on the Siberian Husky breed.  I learned about the Serum Run of 1925, where sled dog teams and their mushers rushed life saving serum to the town of Nome, Alaska. This is the event that inspired today's Iditarod Sled Dog race, which takes place every March in Alaska!  I am continually touched and inspired by that historical event.  I got the Iditarod 2016 poster you see in the above photo in Alaska last year.  They were giving them away at the starting line of the race, along with free selfie sticks!  I hung that poster up in my office so I can look at it as I work and feel inspired by Icy's breed, and by how incredible all dogs can be.

Another thing that inspires me tremendously is the Therapy Dog work I do with Icy.  Seeing her in action blows me away every time. She can melt even the most troubled heart.  We participate in children's reading programs, stress buster events at schools, and other events.  This year we had the opportunity to participate in some programs we hadn't been involved in before. We visited a local  homeless shelter, and visited  adults with mental health challenges and disabilities in our community.  Icy was wonderful with everyone, I'm always so inspired by her.



4. SET MY BLOGGING GOALS FOR THE NEW YEAR

Now that I've reflected on last year, gotten organized and I'm feeling inspired, it's time to nail down my blogging goals for 2017.   Goals should be ambitious but realistic.  As I started to formulate my blogging goals for the new year, the list kept growing.  It soon reached a length I knew was unrealistic.  Setting unrealistic goals can be overwhelming and demotivating, so I narrowed it down to 5 Specific Blogging Goals for 2017 that were Realistic and Achievable.  As I achieve these goals I can add others but I'll stay motivated if I focus on a smaller number of goals at one time.

MY 5 BLOGGING GOALS FOR 2017


1. Attend 2 pet industry events.
I've decided to attend the BlogPaws conference in May and Barkworld in October.  Depending on my budget, I may add Global Pet Expo in March as well IF I can swing it.


2. Work with Affiliates.
Towards the end of 2016 I dipped my toe into Affiliate Marketing.  I signed on with just one company to see how it works.  By January I signed on as an Affiliate Partner with 3 more companies. Learning how to best work with affiliates and how to be successful with affiliate ads is high on my list for 2017.  I'm excited to explore this new revenue potential!

3. Get at least 10 campaigns for my blog
This may seem super obvious, of course I want to work on more campaigns!  However, this goal is around negotiating campaigns myself and through new networks.  Specifically, campaigns in addition to those I may be selected for in the BlogPaws network.  I need to expand my sources for campaigns!

4. Improve my video skills and publish 5-10 new videos.
This is a biggie.  2016 was the year I significantly improved my photography skills. In 2017 I'll continue to build on my photography skills while focusing on my video skills.  My video skills need a lot of help!

Some experts were saying that 2016 was going to be the year of Video Marketing.  We definitely saw a big increase in online video last year, but it hadn't taken over.  However, 2017 is proving to be the year Online Video Marketing really dominates, especially on social media channels.  Hubspot.com reported that 55% of people watch videos daily (OMG I'm one of them!).  They also stated that  "by 2017 online video will account for 74% of all web traffic"  WOW!  So you see why improving my video skills is a key goal for 2017!

5. Grow my social media channels, especially Facebook.
I've outlined each of my social media channels and what I want my numbers to be on each channel by the end of 2017.   Lofty goals for sure but I'll do my best!  I plan to accomplish this by allotting a specified amount of time each day to work on the social media channel I want to grow.  I've decided 20 minutes per day per channel is a good chunk of time for me to spend solely on growing each channel.   I've worked out which days I'll work on each channel.   This will consist of not just posting, but sharing other peoples' content more and engaging with people on each channel.  I need to do more of that.

I'll measure the progress on my goals every 3 months to maintain focus on them.  Setting goals and not measuring your progress is a waste of time.  The end of the year will come and you'll have gotten totally off track.  I'm going to maintain focus on my goals and their progress so I can succeed!

5. GET BLOGGING!


Now it's time to Just Do It as they say ! I'm keeping my 5 goals top of mind as I plan my Blog Post Editorial Calendar.  I brainstorm ideas all the time, there are ideas and inspiration all around me.  I just need to capture them and create content that tells my individual stories.  

I schedule most of my posts for 3 or 4 months out.  I don't like to plan posts for the entire year in advance, opportunities and ideas crop up all the time so I like to be open and flexible.  I do, however, schedule seasonal blog posts and some pet related celebration/awareness posts further out.

It's mid-January and my Blog Post Editorial Calendar is coming along nicely, I have lots of interesting and informative blog posts to work on for the next few months!  Following these 5 Steps to Planning for Blogging Success has my 2017 Blogging Plan well underway!

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Snow Dogs in Tow


HAPPY WEDNESDAY!!!
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Uber driving my dogs around town like a pack mule!


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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Bring On The New Year!

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!

The holidays are over and it's time to plan for 2017!  

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I'm resting up and recharging my batteries.  I'm reviewing my 2016 blog progress, and finalizing plans for the year ahead!  I'll share my blog planning activities and goals in a blog post real soon so please stay tuned.  


Wishing you all Good Health, Much Love, Happiness, and Success in the New Year!!


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Friday, December 30, 2016

Goodbye 2016, Let's Ring In A New Year!

WE HOPE YOU ALL HAD A MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY HANUKKAH, AND ANYTHING ELSE YOU MIGHT HAVE BEEN CELEBRATING THESE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM DOGS LUV US AND WE LUV THEM!
Happy Holidays from Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them!
SANTA WAS GOOD TO ICY AND PHOEBE.  THEY GOT LOTS OF PRESENTS AND PLAYED 'TIL THEY DROPPED, ON CHRISTMAS MORNING!


Dogs' Christmas Presents!
Santa was really good to Icy and Phoebe this year!


Christmas with Icy and Phoebe
Santa had quite a haul for Icy and Phoebe this Christmas!
AS USUAL, ICY TRIED TO HOG MOST OF THE PRESENTS, BUT DON'T WORRY, PHOEBE SNUCK IN AND SWIPED A BUNCH FOR HERSELF TOO!

Icy is a bit of a toy hoarder!
Icy, attempting to hog all the Christmas presents!
A GREAT TIME WAS HAD BY ALL, BUT PHOEBE FOUND THE ENTIRE ORDEAL EXHAUSTING.  SHE HAS DECIDED TO NAP UNTIL NEXT YEAR (which is in 2 days)!

Phoebe is a pooped pooch after all the Christmas fun!
Poor Phoebe is exhausted after her Christmas!

ICY, PHOEBE AND I WANT TO THANK EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO VISIT US ON THE BLOG, SHARING OUR ADVENTURES WITH US AND BEING A PART OF OUR LIVES.  YOU ARE THE BEST!

Happy New Year from Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them!

WELL, CHRISTMAS AND HANUKKAH ARE OVER AND THAT MEANS ANOTHER YEAR HAS COME TO A CLOSE.  2016 WAS NOT THE BEST YEAR.  WE LOST A LOT OF INCREDIBLE PEOPLE, BELOVED MUSICIANS AND ACTORS AMONG THEM.  WE SAID A TEARFUL GOODBYE TO DAVID BOWIE, GLENN FREY, PRINCE, GEORGE MICHAEL, ALAN RICKMAN, CARRIE FISHER & HER MOM DEBBIE REYNOLDS THE VERY NEXT DAY, HARPER LEE (AUTHOR OF TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD), NANCY REAGAN, DORIS ROBERTS, PATTY DUKE,  GENE WILDER, FLORENCE HENDERSON, AND OTHERS.  TOO MANY TO MENTION HERE.  MANY OF THESE VERY SPECIAL PEOPLE LEFT THIS EARTH WAY TOO SOON!

WE HAD AN UNPRECEDENTED, TOTALLY INSANE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION THAT DIVIDED NOT ONLY OUR COUNTRY, BUT FRIENDS AS WELL.  I CANNOT IMAGINE LOSING A FRIEND OVER POLITICAL VIEWS.  FRIENDSHIP SHOULD TRANSCEND CRAP LIKE THAT, DON'T YOU THINK?  AS WE'VE SEEN, LIFE IS WAY TO SHORT FOR THAT!

My sweet Mama, not long before Alzheimer's took her from us at the age of 94.  I love you to the moon and back Mom, I miss you terribly.

I HAD MY OWN PERSONAL LOSS IN 2016.  I LOST MY BELOVED MOTHER IN MAY.  I'M SO GRATEFUL TO HAVE BEEN BLESSED TO HAVE HAD BOTH MY PARENTS WITH ME UNTIL THEY WERE IN THEIR 90's.  I KNOW I COULDN'T REASONABLY ASK FOR MORE THAN THAT.   I AM NOT ONE TO GRIEVE OUT IN THE OPEN, SO I'LL JUST SAY GOODBYE AND GOOD RIDDANCE, 2016!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
MAY 2017 BE A WONDERFUL, PEACEFUL AND HAPPY TIME FOR US ALL!

So tell us, are you happy to say goodbye 2016 and ring in a New Year, welcoming 2017, or are you sad to say goodbye to 2016?  Leave us a comment and share!

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Is it Christmas Yet??

ICY IS WAITING FOR SANTA IN A PLACE SHE KNOWS SHE CAN'T MISS HIM, RIGHT UNDER THE TREE!!

Icy is Waiting for Santa
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Saturday, December 17, 2016

100 Places to See With Your Dog - A Dog Friendly Brewery in Northport, NY

There's a really FUN trend that's starting up around the country, the Dog Friendly Brewery!  I was so thrilled when I discovered SAND CITY dog friendly brewery in the town of Northport, in Long Island, New York.  It's the town right next door to where we live in Huntington, Long Island!

A Dog Friendly Brewery, Long Island New York
Icy, hanging out at Northport, Long Island dog friendly Sand City Brewery
Even though I don't drink beer myself, of course I had to check this place out!  My husband is a bit of a beer connoisseur, at least that's what he tells me.  We decided to go last Sunday afternoon, taking Icy along with us.  Northport is a lovely, quaint town.  While many of Long Island's towns have become highly commercial and lost their old fashioned charm, Northport is one of the few towns left on Long Island that has maintained it's quaintness.  That's the thing I love most about Northport.  That, and the fact that it sits right on the water, overlooking the Long Island Sound.

One of two big, beautiful Christmas trees right at the water's edge in Northport, Long Island.
If the town's charm and beautiful water view don't win you over, the fact that they have a dog friendly brewery certainly will!  The SAND CITY BREWERY is a very unique place.  It's one of only two dog friendly breweries on Long Island, that I could find anyway.  Since they don't serve food, dogs are allowed INSIDE the brewery.  If they served any food, NY state law would prohibit dogs (other than service dogs) to enter the establishment.  It's standing room only, there are no chairs in the place.  They don't serve any food or soda, and they don't serve any alcohol other than beer.  This is truly a place for beer lovers!  (Oh, and Dog Lovers too!)

Icy and I head down the alleyway to SAND CITY BREWERY!
SAND CITY BREWERY is located at 60 Main Street but it's actually down a long alleyway, so you've got to look for it or you might miss it!  We thought it was pretty cool heading down an alley to get to the place.  If you or your pooch need some fresh air, they have an outdoor deck with benches along the fence you can sit on.  This time of year, there's a Christmas tree out on the deck too.

Me, John, and Icy getting some fresh air on the outdoor deck.
There were a couple of other dogs there as well.  Icy greeted them and they were all on good behavior, enjoying the attention they got from the humans.

Icy doesn't understand why this "dog" won't talk to her!  Hey, buddy!  Why won't you talk to me - what's the matter, cat got your tongue??

Although there are no chairs or stools to sit in, it's a fun place.  John and his friends tell me their beer is great too!

There are lots of great little shops and places to eat in Northport, Long Island.
Icy and I took a stroll down main street, window shopping and going inside some of the shops to say hello.  We walked in the park next to the water and took a stroll down the pier to take in the sight and smells of the water.  It was such a wonderful afternoon, we can't wait to go back!

Ahhhh, smell that beautiful salty air!!
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Monday, December 12, 2016

Natural Balance Pet Food's Buy With Confidence Promise #WeBelieveinNB

Our pets are so important to us.  Many of us consider pets to be part of the family, I certainly consider Icy and Phoebe to be family!  I love them with all my heart and soul and take great care of them.  I always want the best for my dogs, especially the food I feed them.  Just like people, dogs are what they eat.  The food they eat has a huge impact on their health, so I give my dogs the best high quality pet food I can.

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I completely trust Natural Balance® pet food.  Their food is made with Premium Quality Ingredients; High Quality Proteins, Vegetables, and Fruits!  

What's NOT in the food is just as important as what is in the food.  There are NO Artificial Flavors, Soy, Wheat, Corn, or By-Product Meals in Natural Balance pet food. 


This post is sponsored by Natural Balance® and the BlogPaws® Professional Pet Blogger Network™. I am being compensated for sharing our thoughts about why we believe in Natural Balance as a quality food for our dogs, DOGS LUV US AND WE LUV THEM only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Natural Balance Pet Foods is not responsible for the content of this article.

Take a look at the Natural Balance Buy with Confidence™ Promiseyou'll be so impressed.  I don't know of any other pet food company that goes to such great lengths to guarantee the quality and customer satisfaction of their food!

I have a special relationship with my dogs.  They love me unconditionally and enrich my life tremendously.  Icy and I are a therapy dog team and together we give back to our community.  When people meet Icy for the first time they can't help but smile and be comforted.  "She's so sweet!" is a comment we hear often when she meets someone for the first time.  What better way to give back to the community than with your pet by your side?

Our long walks, adventurous hikes, and bike rides are also part of the special time we spend together.  It gets me off the couch and keeps us both active.  It's also a great way for us to strengthen our bond and have FUN!

With such a full and active lifestyle, Icy needs to stay healthy and strong.  She needs a high quality food that's made with premium animal proteins like Chicken and Salmon, two of her favorites, as well as fruits and vegetables.   Here are some of the Premium Quality Ingredients in Natural Balance Pet Food:

Premium Quality Ingredients in Natural Balance Pet Food
The best quality pet food isn't just healthy and delicious, it's SAFE.  That's extremely important to me.  I'm very careful about what I feed my dogs.  Not only do the food and treats I give them have to be of high quality, I have to know it's safe for them to eat.

I know I can trust the quality of Natural Balance pet food.  In addition to premium quality ingredients, they go the extra mile in Safety Testing. They test every batch of food and treats in their state of the art lab, an ISO 17025 Accredited Laboratory, one of the most technologically advanced labs in the industry.  

They don't just do a one-and-done test, Natural Balance performs 9 different safety tests and makes their test results available online! I'm confident about the safety of Natural Balance pet food, and grateful to have that piece of mind.

Here's a list of the things Natural Balance tests their food and treats for:


You can see the test results of my bag of Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Diets (L.I.D.) dog food, Sweet Potato and Fish flavor in my earlier blog post.

Of course, in addition to quality ingredients and safety, the food I feed my dogs has to be DELICIOUS!!  As you can see Icy can't wait to get her Paws on her Natural Balance dinner!

Icy can't wait to get her paws on her Natural Balance dinner!
Give premium quality Natural Balance pet food a try.  If you're not sure which formula is best for your pet, one of the Natural Balance Nutrition experts can help.  You can phone, email, or Live Chat about your pet with one of their Veterinary Technicians.  Their Veterinary Technicians are highly trained and have a background in Animal Health Science.  They are well versed in the unique nutritional needs of pets and are committed to helping you find the perfect food for your pet!

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