Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Maddie’s Life

by Meghann on February 18, 2015

About a month or so ago Derek came across an article on USA Today about a woman who caught someone breaking into her house thanks to a free video app. She used the free video app (Manything) to watch her dog while she was at work and was surprised to see a man feeding her dog treats one afternoon. She called the police and was able to watch the police catch the intruder via the app. Pretty cool, right?

So, of course, we immediately downloaded the app so we could spy on Maddie and potentially catch a bad guy.


The app is pretty impressive, especially with the $0 price tag attached to it. It only requires an Apple device, a power connection, and access to WiFi. We set-up Derek’s iPad in the kitchen, turned the app to streaming, and were able to watch the feed via the website and other Apple devices (unfortunately Manything is not currently available on Android). There are also recording parameters you can put into place that will automatically record and save any of the live streaming if movement is detected. That way you don’t have to watch the live feed all day to know what your dog is up to.

So what does Maddie do all day? Well, pretty much what we expected – she sleeps.


Basically she curls up in a ball on the big couch and DOESN’T BUDGE from about 8:00am – 2:30pm-ish. That dog can sleep!

Around 2:30pm-ish, she gets up, stretches, and moves to the top of the chair and a half. She spends the rest of the afternoon staring out the door. We assume she’s waiting for us to come home, but she also has a great view of the neighborhood cats playing in the front yard, as well as the cars driving by.


We watched her for a week straight and it was the same story every day. The only thing that would change would be what part of the big couch she would sleep on. Sometimes it was on the pillow next to the arm rest, and other times it was on the top of the chair. Really it just depended where the blue snowflake blanket was, apparently that’s her favorite.

Have you ever used a doggie cam? Did your dog behave exactly as you expected?

Speaking of Maddie…. the Honest Kitchen recently sent some new dog food and treats for her to try.


The Honest Kitchen, makers of dehydrated, all-natural pet food and leader in the pet health food category, is one of only two pet food brands that has FDA approval to use the term “Human Food Grade” on its labeling, meaning the food is safe for human consumption. Founded by Lucy Postins 12-years-ago in her kitchen, her interest in natural nutrition and the raw food diet, combined with the food-related health issues her dog Mosi was experiencing, led her to investigate ways to make better pet food. Shortly after, The Honest Kitchen was born.

Maddie has a history of skin irritation that makes her sensitive to conventional dog food. She’s also picky with her dog treats, preferring treats that are chewy and meaty over Milkbone type treats.

I opened the Beams Dog Treats as soon as the box arrived a couple of weeks ago and immediately gave her one of the wild-caught Icelandic catfish skins. The smell was awful, but she immediately gobbled it right up.



The Zeal (grain-free fish dog food) was definitely different. The dehydrated dog food requires the addition of hot water to bring the food back to life.


You have to let the food/water mix sit for 3 minutes as the food rehydrates. Now, have you ever filled a dog bowl with food and left it on the counter for 3 minutes while a dog waits patiently by your side? Never. Maddie goes insane waiting! She knows her food is up there and can not comprehend why her food is still up there and I’ve moved my butt back to couch. Food?! Mom?! What about meeeeeee?!


In the end, the wait is worth is and she has no problem digging right in.




Again, that fishy smell is not pleasant, but Maddie loves the taste of it. My stinky, fishy girl.

Maddie has been eating Honest Kitchen for just under two weeks (after a trial of mixing it with her old food) and she gives it two paws up. The smellier, the better.



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