This past Friday I went to World Of Dogs And Cats at Gallaghar Convention Centre in Midrand. Dogs were not allowed at the venue unless they were part of the show, so Gabi stayed home with her grandma. I went with a friend.
The Expo hosted several pet product – and charity exhibits and also featured several shows including Flyball and Agility. There also was a horse display for the first time in WODAC history and I saw there cutest little miniature horses. Seriously they can probably stand underneath a regular horse!
Most of the pet food companies gave away samples of their products and I also walked away with a frisbee and several applications of Spot On tick repellent from Bayer. Upon checking the expiration date on the Spot On today, August 2012, I discovered that I am NOT set for as long as I thought. Oh well I’ll just give some of it too friends.
We had lunch from the convention centre’s cafetria. The cashier rang up the wrong meal and over charged me R10. We after checking the receipt we pointed out the mistake. She called her manager to fix the problem, which he did, but no-one even said sorry. My sandwich was nice, but the hummus was laid on way too thick, which made it a bit sloppy to eat. We ate lunch as we were watching Flyball in the main arena.
I bought several raffle tickets from animal charities even though I wasn’t interested in all the prizes. I didn’t buy anything for Gabi except a few treats. From Animal Ambulance I bought cupcakes (for dogs) and from Pug Rescue I bought the more adorable lollypup, the stick is made from rawhide and the “sucker” is a dog biscuit decorate with carob on it. She was crazy about her lollypup!
I think that if I didn’t have little more than lunch more and nonviable plastic, I would probably have walked away with a few grooming products, toys and gadgets.
Gabi was very excited and glad when I got home… and extremely interested in bad ball full of edibles.
Vondi’s is a South African brand specializing in alternative nutrition and health for dogs. Their “health biscuits” for dogs were co-created by SA celebrity chef , Jenny Morris, and come in 4 flavours:
Rooibos & Mint (for skin allergies)
Rosehip & Devils Claw (for Arthritis)
Spirulina (for immunity and well-being)
Diatomaceous Earth (deworming)
I was lucky enough to win a hamper with all 4 flavours in a competition and was eager for Gabi to try them. There was a mix up with the mailing, but Vondi’s was more than willing to rectify the mistake and resend the package.
I gave the Rosehip & Devil’s claw to my friend’s golden retriever, Anja, who seems to be having problems with arthritis. As Murphy would have it, the package I intended to give away had a tear in the bag, so I had to give it to my friend in a plastic bag. On the plus side though it meant that Gabi could try one. She seemed to like it.
With the Di-Earth (deworming) biscuits I was a bit confused about how much to give her. I didn’t want to upset her digestion, so I decided on 1-2 biscuits a day. Whether or not it helped to keep worms away (she had already been dewormed a few months ago), I have no idea. She seemed to enjoy them and they’re probably a lot nicer than deworming tablets).
The Spirulina cookies are green in colour. The other 3 biscuit flavours should not be green. If your packet of biscuits is green, something’s off… Gabi seemed to love these biscuits a lot.
Were currently on the Rooibos & Mint biscuits. Once again Gabi loves them. I’m curious to see if it will improve her sensitive skin.
In general these are lovely reasonably priced, healthy dog biscuits. They’re thin, hard and a bit difficult to break, which makes them great for chewing. Gabi simply cannot gobble these up in two bites. They are made of natural ingredients and contain no preservatives or colourants. However, being preservative free means you probably shouldn’t keep an open pack in the cupboard forever.
I’d probably go with the Roibos & Mint and Spirulina varieties in future. I also like the fact that I’ll be supporting a Proudly South African product.