Review: Eukanuba specialty food for Chihuahuas

November 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

Chanel the chuhuahua is full of chihuahua wisdomAs this Chihuahua’s owner/mom, I’ve always been pretty steady with the dog food I choose to give Chanel. All reported tidbit and snacks aside, we take great care of our tiny dog’s digestive well-being. It is a sad day around here when on occasion, our intrepid chica gets into something she should not eat and mopes around with a sore tummy. Breaks your heart.

Recently we were offered the opportunity to try out Eukanuba’s new Chihuahua Formula, and since Chanel has done well on Eukanuba since she was a puppy, we did not hesitate to test the new food.

The dry food packaging falls right in line with their well-recognized brand, showcasing an expressive Chihuahua. In my opinion, these dogs are seldom short on personality so they couldn’t go wrong there. And the sturdy package is easy enough to open.

But more importantly, the formula has been designed with specific issues that tend to affect this breed – joint problems, weight control and  sensitive digestive systems. As an owner of a Chihuahua, I can say these mini canines have no concept of their size and often defy their limitations without hesitation. They have great heart, if not such great strength, so finding a dog food that specifically supports their bones and joints is a must.

From the Eukanuba website, the ingredients list guarantees no fillers, and I like to know that the ingredient list is simple and focused on her health. Chicken and added sources of vitamins are the main components.

In the end, Chanel gave her new Eukanuba Chihuahua Formula the best testament herself. I know she is happy with her meal when she gets a little wacky and plays one of her favorite games with her food – the “toss and fetch the ‘treat’ ” game – showing she was excited and approved of the new fare.


Chihuahua Awakening

August 20, 2010 § Leave a comment

Big AHA moment in this Chihuahua’s life! I have seen the most glorious sight – a little piece of heaven right here on Earth. Actually, right in my kitchen. Mom was carrying me on our way to bed (yeah, she is still spoiling me to make up for the abandonment last weekend) when she decided to get a drink before checking in for the night. Only this time she didn’t put me down, beautiful multitasker that she is. So she walked right up to the ‘fridgerator big boxy thing and when she opened the door it was like “Laaaaaaaaaa” … and I heard the angels sing. I saw “The Light” and everything. It was beautiful inside!!! And there they were, all the yummies the humans get to eat! Cool and refreshing in the lovely soft glowy light inside of the ‘fridgerator boxy thing! Carrots, cheese, leftover rice and picadillo. Oh, it was all sooooooooo PREEEETY!! My little heart cried with joy. My spirit soared and I believe I found my new place of worship.

Chanel the Chihuahua Diva gets a peek inside the magic food box

My first up close and personal peek into the glorious 'fridgerator. It was beautiful!

But I played it cool. I did not want to appear too interested. I looked at her so innocently like “Oh, no, Momma I wasn’t staring at the left-over rotisserie chicken. Whatcha talkin’ about?  I hardly noticed there was food.” Then I added a big yawn and stretch to cover up really well. Heh, heh, heh! (Small evil laugh inside of la Chihuahua.)

Tomorrow as soon as they leave for work I go to train my Cato to help me with the kitchen step stool …

Chihuahua Diva food scene: Now this is a cuisine trend I could definitely dig into

August 11, 2010 § 1 Comment

Mom was making a quick lunch today for the kids today, and though I know I should not be too crazy about any food referred to as hot “dog,” Oooo, they smelled so good. Then humans went shopping and came home with some lovely ham croquetas and pastelitos from the Cuban bakery! Oh, the torture, yet nada for the Chihuahua.

So I ask you, how often do we have to sit and watch our humans eat, just hoping and waiting patiently for some morsel to drop our way. Well, wait no more, chicos! Finally, our day has come!! Lucky dogs in Australia get their own posh Chew, Chew, a specialty restaurant for dogs and cats! All organic goodness for our tummies. I mucho like that idea. Hey, wait, they deliver!! Hello, Sydney, I’ll have the chicken risotto to go! Si, si, muy pronto please.

And what about the new chain of pubs in the U.K. that offers a doggy menu. Lovely thought that one, neighborhood gathering places now serving the WHOLE family. Ooo, I’m feeling the Brit love. And hip, hip, Cheerios indeed! The report says will even be an ice cream truck for dogs in London. Mmmm, chicken sorbet topped with a biscuit. Simply Brilliant!!

Get my passport ready because I’m packing my bags, Amigos. Time for this Chihuahua to make some global tracks. Coming, Mom? Vamonos!

Chanel is ready to travel the world

Jet-setting it to catch me some doggy cuisine, baby!

Staying cool through the summer tips from the Chihuahua Diva

August 5, 2010 § 2 Comments

Don’t know about you, but I find the mid-summer weather here in Florida quite yucky. I know, I know, you’d say “but you are from the hot latin country, Chica!” The problem here is the humidity which does nothing for my smooth coat! Gurl, I just don’t likey the dampness and sweaties. Not my style. And I must never smell like anything other than spring blossom fresh! It simply doesn’t fit someone in my position.

A proper diva must remain calm, COOL and collected at all times. So I recommend some of my favorite pastimes to get through the summer heat:

1. Find a nice cool spot around the air-conditioned house and reach out to your pals. Give them a ring! Catch up on Facebook. Keep up on Twitter!

2. Napping. Bears may hibernate in the winter, but us tropical beauties can stock up on the beauty sleep when the heat is on.

3. Summer break movies with the peeps. While the kids are out of school or home from college, spend quality lap time enjoying family favorites. My favorites Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Legally Blonde, and Legally Blonde II, of course

4. Munching on the ice.  Mom slides one across the floor and I go crazy licking it and trying to pick it up. Ahhhh, very refreshing. Special treats straight from the magic cold food box (Mom refers to it as the ‘fridgerator) are also yummy. My favorites: baby carrots, little chunks of apple and blueberries. Does anyone have a good recipe for Cheerio popsicles? There must be one out there.

5. And, yes, a little dip in the pool as long as it is under my special terms, is delightful!

Take’s a look at some other anipal suggestions for staying cool! What are you doing this summer to stay cool?

Chihuahua food critic has some recommendations from the kitchen floor

June 4, 2010 § Leave a comment

Chanel the food critic offers up some advice

Vast culinary expertise from the kitchen floor

Like Mama, like daughter. Another aspect of our great relationship centers around our mutually finicky eating preferences. Dad has tried to inspire us to try new foods so many times. And we know it is coming when he starts with the usual, “you don’t know what you are missing!” But as Mom patiently explains,  one just “doesn’t miss things that never appealed to me.”

I’ll try to illustrate with some for instances:

On the way out with evolution

Chicken wings – So what’s with all the hullabaloo about chicken wings? Whole restaurants dedicated to this “delicacy?” And an assortment of flavors!?!?! I just don’t get it. No BBQ sauce is going to help much. Mom and I are of one mind here – when it comes to chicken wings, there is no use for them stringy, rubbery appendages soon to disappear in the evolutionary process. Even the chickens gave up on them a long time ago!!

Classic salads – Fur real, folks, everyone below humans on the food chain knows that God intended that for the bunnies. I’ll snack on a little clover now and then for fresh breath, but choosing to sit in front of a trough of green clippings, I just don’t see it. Daddy makes a whole production chopping, rinsing, draining, tossing. I say, leave it for the ruminants. Next!

Seafood – Boy, oh boy, this one is a real mystery. Think about it? When you are wondering if your milk has gone bad, or if the leftovers in the fridge are just a little too ripe, what do you do? Smell them. Nature kindly provided both humans and Chihuahuas with fabulous noses – and I think the intent was for us to be able to discriminate on what we eat. Now tell me, have you ever met a good smelling lobster? A fish? No offense, Daddy, but really?!?!?!? There ARE various good reasons why those creatures live under water. Open the windows, Dude!

arroz con frijoles

Heavenly Cuban feast

But really, I don’t see us as finicky at all. We just have more refined taste. May I offer some advice? Hang out in the kitchen with me when Mom is making some good rice and frijoles negros. And of course that Cuban staple wouldn’t be complete without some roast pork. Ahhh, from the sizzling sofrito to the final basting of the tender pork your mouth will be watering!

Or how about when Mom gets a little more international and whips up a divine lasagna, topped with perfectly baked, golden mozzarella. I love it when she is sprinkling the cheese just before putting it in the oven. Ah, the lovely soft cheese tumbling down off the counter like slow flakes. Don’t get me started.

And how about a thin, tender palomilla steak, grilling over low heat – the aroma, the light mist of the oil lightly flavored by the marinade raining down on the tile floor, just for me to savor.  Now we’re talking. This is real food.

So tell me that Mom and I don’t have this right? You make your choice. But I know whose feet I’m hanging around in the kitchen. Is it dinnertime yet?!?!?!

Good morning

February 19, 2010 § Leave a comment

Stretch, yawn … check.
Get my cute belly scratched, check.
See what the cat is up to, check.
Wait for mom to say “Blah, blah, blah … Coffee” to bolt for the kitchen, done.
Eat my breakfast, done.
Beg for cheerios, always.

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