By Nature Active Defense+ Dog Kibble

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There’s not much that Bear loves more than reviewing a bag of dog food or dog treats. The way to that boys’ heart is absolutely through his stomach! ;) When we were asked to give the new By Nature Active Defense+ Dog Kibble a try, he jumped at the opportunity. This isn’t the first time we’ve reviewed or written about By Nature Dog Food- we reviewed their original formula back in 2013 and Bear did so well on it that we switched him to their food full-time after the review. After that Bear and Scooter both got the opportunity to review (and giveaway!) some of the By Nature Dog Treats that they love so much.


By Nature is back with a brand- new formula now, called By Nature Active Defense+. The By Nature Active Defense + formula is a grain-free dry food for dogs. It is made in the USA and the #1 ingredient is real, de-boned poultry, meat, or fish. There are three different flavors for your pet to choose from:

Turkey & Sweet Potato

Ocean Whitefish & Peas 

Pork & Sweet Potato 


There are also several options of the Active Defense+ Balanced Diet formulas which include high quality proteins, whole grains, fruits & veggies:

Lamb, Lentils & Duck

Ocean Whitefish, Green Peas & Herring

Pork & Sweet Potato

Turkey, Green Peas & Herring

By Nature has a team of pet nutritionists that have carefully chosen the best combination of natural ingredients that will give your pet a balanced set of nutrients. Using advanced dietary science, they have created an optimal blend to protect your pets health. The Active Defense+ pet foods have SuperFusion® Advanced Nutritional Blend, which is created to support your pet in all that they do.

We trialed with the Ocean Whitefish & Peas formula, and both the dogs happily devoured the kibble. I did notice it smelled a bit more ‘fishy’ than other fish blends we’ve tried. I’m taking that as a good sign that it’s of higher quality and containing more fish than other kibbles we’ve had in the past.

Disclaimer: SheSpeaksBark was provided with the By Nature Active Defense + dog food for the purpose of this review. SheSpeaksBark was not compensated in any way to write this post. All thoughts and opinions are exclusively my own, and we only share products and services on SheSpeaksBark that we feel are relevant to our readers. As always, thank you for supporting brands that make SheSpeaksBark possible!

{Black and White Sunday} Fuzzy Friend

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Introducing you to Bear and Scooter’s newest fuzzy friend….Locket. She’s our first foster dog since living in Oregon and we’re so excited to have her here!


Locket is a 4 1/2 month old havanese/poodle mix. We are fostering her for Panda Paws Rescue, which is the stuff of my dreams! Panda Paws Rescue specializes in medically needy and hospice dogs, and they are not only incredible at what they do, but I’ve also never seen a rescue hold themselves to higher standards than this one! Locket was brought to PPR because she was thought to have some sort of heart issues. It turns out that happily she does not! :)


These are Locket’s BEFORE & AFTER photos from her recent grooming appointment. She looks so much better with a cute hair cut and she has purple bows in her hair which take her after photos over the top- we have the full color version on Instagram if you want to see. 

{Black and White Sunday} Superbowl Sunday

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It’s finally here, Superbowl Sunday!

Bear and Scooter enjoy the excitement of game day and being surrounded by friends and all the good smelling food! Bear will be wearing his anxiety wrap during the game itself, because the cheering occasionally stresses him out. I’d put money on the fact that we’ll find Scooter snoozing in his Doodle Dome bed, like usual.


Who will you be rooting for this year? The New England Patriots or the Seattle Seahawks??

We’ll be cheering on the Seahawks from here in Portland! Wishing you all a Happy Superbowl Sunday!

Supplementing with the Best: Wag Lifetime Joint Care

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Aside from feeding your dogs and cats the best food you can afford, what else do you do to ensure their long term health? For us, it’s always been supplementation in one form or another. We’ve tried many commercial pet vitamin and supplement products, add our own healthy mix-in’s to the dogs meals, and even use some safe herbal supplementation on occasion. It’s always been a bit of a hybrid method over here, doing what works for the needs of each of our dogs, and changing as we become better pet parents, and educate ourselves even more each year about pet health.


Did you know that over 20% of American dogs are thought to suffer from arthritis from as early as 1 year of age? That equates to nearly an entire lifetime of aches and pains that our pups are silently suffering through. Sadly, studies have also shown a 38% increase in pet arthritis cases since 2007 alone! This rapid increase in arthritis cases is due to an inflammatory response in these animals bodies that is caused by stressors and toxins in the environment that we are all bombarded by on a daily basis. While I’m no expert on the subject, here’s one thing I do know: inflammation is a killer; for people, and for pets.


Wag Lifetime Joint Care is a premium pet supplement. Premium is not a word we just throw around here at SheSpeaksBark. Pet Research, the makers of Wag Lifetime Joint Care, use ingredients that are licensed, branded & patented to ensure your pets safety. This gives you, the pet parent, a firm peace of mind that your beloved pets are getting quality controlled ingredients. Ingredients used in pet supplements are only able to be patented and branded once they have undergone rigorous testing that confirms their effectiveness.


The Wag Lifetime Joint Care is a complete supplement; this means it addresses your dogs joints, bones, tendons and ligaments, unlike many other supplements on the market which likely focus on a single aspect of structural care. It’s been clinically proven to be 5x more effective than glucosamine & contdroitin. This incredible supplement also contains a patented blend of minerals which are bound with amino acids so they absorb into your pups bloodstream quickly, instead of being flushed out with waste- bound to salts.



The superstar ingredient in the Wag Lifetime Joint Care is actually something we’re all familiar with- eggshell membrane! That’s right, like from inside a chicken egg. Once I learned this little tidbit (after we’d been using the product with Scooter a bit) I was basically mind-blown and had a flashback to our days living in Kansas. We used to raise chickens then, and the dogs got A LOT of eggs- both raw and cooked in every form possible. When we’d hard boil the eggs (my favorite) we’d occasionally crush up the egg shells for calcium, and both dogs LOVED that weird little layer between the egg and the shell- the egg shell membrane! 


We love Wag Lifetime Joint Care because:

  • Tablet form is easy to use, store, and travel with
  • No mess, no odor
  • All natural, quality controlled ingredients
  • It is effective in as little as 1 week!
  • It is made in the USA
  • It can be used on dogs of all ages- puppies to seniors
  • A full 30-day money back guarantee if you don’t love it shows that they stand behind their product

Each bottle of Wag has 60 power-packed tablets. Pet Research company offers several different ordering options- including an auto-ship option to ensure your precious pups never run out of their Wag Lifetime Joint Care! The company pays your shipping too, hello awesome!


We were originally sent this product to try specifically with Scooter, to see if it could help with his limited range of motion (caused by his leg deformities) For those of you who don’t know, Scooter has fused kneecaps in his back legs. He can walk and run, although it is not the same way a dog with four normal legs does. He cannot really jump at all (more than a few inches at least) meaning that furniture and more has always been out of access for him. We were hoping that Wag Lifetime Joint Care could give him a greater freedom through more mobility. I’m happy to tell you that it’s been working well for Scooter!


We’ve caught him attempting the stairs recently, which is great progress, but it actually left us worried. They’re cement stairs that he and Bear use to access our backyard, as he goes up them though he is knocking his knees on each cement step. We decided he needed a greater amount of freedom indoors though, and purchased these fabric lined stairs (photo above) to give Scooter easy access to our furniture, seeing out the window, etc. After seeing how well the Wag Lifetime Joint Care tablets have worked for Scoot, we’re planning to get Bear on them immediately as well. We have had the honor to try out many types of supplements over the years, but this is the first product that has shown us such quick results. And possibly the biggest PRO yet, unlike some of the other supplements that we’ve tried, we haven’t reached a point where I feel as if the Wag Lifetime Joint Care has stopped being effective for Scooter either, which has happened to us with several products in the past. There’s nothing more frustrating than a product that works initially for your pet, and then who’s efficacy seems to die down just after you think you’ve found relief.


In fact, we love Wag Lifetime Joint Care so much, that we’ve signed up to become affiliates. Happily, the folks at Wag are also offering a Special Introductory Offer for SheSpeaksBark readers where you can get your first bottle for just $29.97 (it’s a $47.97 dollar value!) which, when taken into consideration with their full money back guarantee if you don’t love it (you will), means you have nothing to lose, and everything to gain by trying a bottle of Wag Lifetime Joint Care for your pups. Click here to get started! 


Disclaimer: SheSpeaksBark was provided with a complimentary bottle of Wag Lifetime Joint Care for the purposes of an honest review. SheSpeaksBark was not compensated in any way to write this post. All thoughts and opinions are exclusively my own, and we only share products and services on SheSpeaksBark that we feel are relevant to our readers. As always, thank you for supporting brands that make SheSpeaksBark possible!