What’s In a Name? | #NutrishPets

Rachael Ray Nutrish has sponsored this post, but all opinions are my own.

What’s in a name? We’ve been thinking about names a lot the past week. John and I have just started work on a project revising a book titled Texas Towns which looks at the origin of the names of over 1000 Texas communities. Sadly the book’s author passed away several years ago so we’re honored the publisher asked us to revise the book and add maps to it, keeping his work in print for another generation of travelers.

In naming each of our pets, we struggled to pick names that both matched their personalities and held special significance for us. Irie, named for a Jamaican patois word that means “all’s good,” and Tiki were both adopted after we completed numerous Caribbean guidebooks so they were named accordingly. Our cat Inca was named after a trip to Argentina’s Puente del Inca; her golden eyes reminded us of these gold-tinted hot springs. Lucky was named for our former feral, Felix. And Ochi was named for Ocho Rios, one of our favorite destinations.

Being selective in a name choice might not just be because of personal preference but also because of something the ancient Romans called Nomen est omen or the name is a sign. Today often termed “Nominative determinism,” the idea is that people–or maybe pets?–grow up and evolve a particular way because of their name.

Similarly, some names are termed Aptronyms–a name that’s, as you might guess, apt. Take, for example, British and American meteorologists Sara Blizzard and Amy Freeze–or the fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt.

I think you’d also have to consider Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® PEAK foods a similar moniker. The pinnacle of quality, these natural foods, made with added vitamins and chelated minerals, are protein-rich and grain-free. With 30 percent protein, the food contains NO grains, glutens or fillers–and NO poultry by-product meal, artificial flavors, colors, or artificial preservatives.

It’s all designed to help your dog reach peak performance, however you might define that. At our house, that means the energy for our dogs to climb Hill Country overlooks…

…play and swim for hours…

…to walk the beach for miles then still have the energy to climb the dunes to a historic World War II overlook…

…or just to enjoy a leisurely stroll after a day of vacation fun…

With 30% high-level protein, PEAK lives up to its promise, delivering “nutrient-dense recipes to satisfy your dog’s instinctual cravings.™” The recipes are Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® PEAK Open Range Recipe™ (with Beef, Venison & Lamb) and Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® PEAK Northern Woodlands Recipe™ (with Turkey, Duck & Quail). Along with being safely cooked in the U.S., these recipes feature U.S. farm-raised turkey and U.S. farm-raised beef as their #1 ingredients accompanied by prime meats straight from the destinations known as world leaders among gourmands:

  • Venison and Lamb from New Zealand
  • Duck from the U.S.
  • Quail from the U.S. and France

Of course, in Irie and Tiki’s eyes, it all comes down to taste…

Both give PEAK a big paws up!

Another aspect of PEAK that’s a big hit in our house is the fact that this food–like all Nutrish foods–benefits homeless pets. Rachael’s Rescue® was created for all of the forgotten pets – the ones who might not have someone who loves them as much as they deserve.

A portion of proceeds from each sale of Nutrish is donated to The Rachael Ray Foundation, which helps animals in need through Rachael’s Rescue.

Through December 2016, Rachael’s Rescue has donated more than $17.5 million to pet charities and other organizations that do good for animals. The funds are used for food, medical supplies, treatments, and more for animals in need. Many more animals around the country need help, and through Rachael’s Rescue, together we can make a difference in the lives of many four-legged friends!

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Would you like to try Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® PEAK foods? We’ve got two coupons for one lucky winner to try two bags (up to six pounds each) of PEAK or another Nutrish dry food! Good luck!

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  • Jenna Allensworth

    I think Dexter would like the Northern Woodlands version because of the turkey and duck in it

  • desithebonde

    i think the kids would love open range

  • desithebonde

    we walk up to 6 mil a day and they go out in the 3 acr and play

  • Dawn Rasor

    I think northern woodlands.

  • Dawn Rasor

    We like to drive to the Lake Mi shoreline and walk around the little towns and boardwalks.

  • Marla King

    I think my dogs would like Open Range flavor.

  • Marla King

    Fetching her favorite tennis ball is what she likes to do most.

  • Maria Appleby

    I think she would prefer Northern Woodlands!

  • Maria Appleby

    She is a big, working dog (Malamute) and loves to walk, walk, walk! So I would say hiking!

  • regina elliott

    She would really love the Northern Woodlands!

  • Allison Hoffman

    northern woodlands

  • Allison Hoffman

    hiking!

  • regina elliott

    My Missy is 17 years old and I’ll be happy if she would walk any distance

  • Theresa Spaid

    They would like the open range one. They like their meat.

  • Theresa Spaid

    I would love if they would like to travel. Our new pup is afraid we will bring him somewhere he doesn’t want so gotta get them used to car and do some traveling.

  • Tracy W

    My boy, Kingston, would love either one! He loves to eat, lol, and I would be happy to feed him either of these flavors and this brand because I know it is healthy for him. I would probably prefer to feed him the Open Range but seriously, he would eat either one because he loves his meals!

  • Tracy W

    I would like Kingston to like to travel more often, he is very energetic so running, hiking, fetching, playing, he has NO problem with! He’s not found of traveling though so I really would like him to feel more at ease, excited, and energetic to take a few trips.

  • Carolyn Cheek- Massey

    I think Dallas would like Open Range best. We get our food at Pet Smart and have never tried Rachel Ray before.

  • Carolyn Cheek- Massey

    Dallas would like hiking or anything to do with running and playing. She’s young and so much energy.

  • Stephanie Phelps

    I think he would love them both but he would for sure love the PEAK Northern Woodlands.

  • jules mcnubbin

    i think my doggies would like the Open Range best. Thanks for the chance!

  • jules mcnubbin

    my dogs would love to be at their peak for hiking, they love going for walks!

  • Linda Szymoniak

    Actually, my pack would love both flavors. I think they (especially the boys) would be partial to the PEAK Open Range, though.

  • Linda Szymoniak

    With three dogs and three cats (all rescues), we don’t do much traveling. However, I love taking my dogs for long walks closer to home. After that, all three become total couch potatoes.

  • DJohnson

    My pet would love the PEAK Open Range.

  • DJohnson

    I would love the pup to be at his Peak for hiking.

  • Candice

    I think my dogs would enjoy the PEAK Open Range variety.

  • PEAK Northern Woodlands

  • hiking, all he wants to do is walk walk walk.

  • Kristen

    I think they’d like Open Range.

  • Marty C.

    Left to his own devices, my dog will happily feast on flattened road squirrels and treats from the litter box, so I think he’d be pretty happy to chow down on either flavor!

  • AnnaZed

    I think that Monty might like the PEAK Open Range.
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  • Cheryl Aisoff

    Sophie loves duck and beef and adores lamb, I know she would love either!
    I love Sophie to be at her peak chasing squirrels when off duty as my service girl!

  • Allison Swain

    They would like the Open Range. Thank you for the chance to win!

  • Helga

    They would enjoy the Open Range formula.

  • biggie55

    The Peak food would be Open Range and the activity would be hiking .

  • Wen Budro

    I think that the Peak Open Range would be their first choice. They both sound wonderful.

  • Wen Budro

    I would love for my dogs to be at their PEAK for hiking and traveling. Their health is super important to me always.

  • tannawings

    I think Odin would like the Open Range variety but he isnt too picky, he says he would try either 🙂

    ellen beck on form

  • arress

    I think my dog would like the Northern Range blend.

  • arress

    I want my dog at her peak for walking with me.

  • Andrea Williams

    I think our dog would like the PEAK Open Range the best.

  • mullin77

    Our boy Bailey would like the Northern Woodlands. Cathy Truman

  • mullin77

    Our boy Bailey would like the hiking as he loves to go for walks
    Cathy Truman

  • Cheryl Chervitz

    I have one that is allergic to lamb, so I would like to try the PEAK Northern Woodlands.

  • Cheryl Chervitz

    My Boston’s like to play fetch.

  • Lisa Williams

    Honestly I think my dog would eat both of them but I think his favorite would be the PEAK Open Range the most.

  • Lisa Williams

    My dog loves catching frisbees on the beach and running a ways then coming back to us then running again,he wants to sleep when he gets home.

  • Helga

    Sully loves to explore parks and track with his doxie nose.

  • Jodi Hoppe Wresh

    Max would love the Open Range Recipe!

  • Jodi Hoppe Wresh

    I would say Max loves to play fetch the most

  • Amanda Eagan

    Peak northern woodlands. They currently eat duck and once they tried canned quail and loved it.

  • Amanda Eagan

    I would like them to be at their peak for joining me on late summer day road trips/adventures

  • Steven Plummer

    Yes a good hike with the dog would be great!

  • Melissa S

    I think my dog would most like the open range the most.

  • Melissa S

    I would like my girl to be at her peak for hiking.

  • tannawings

    I would like Odin to be at his peak for longer walks. He is frosty faced now, and a bit slower. I am a bit slower too, maybe we both need it 🙂

    ellen beck

  • Marilyn Nawara

    I think my guys would enjoy the PEAK Northern Woodlands

  • Marilyn Nawara

    My dogs LOVE to go hiking.

  • Daniel Scott

    My dog, Artie would like the Peak Northern Woodlands.

  • Our dog would like PEAK Open Range

  • desithebonde

    dogs would love the open range

  • desithebonde

    we walk as much as possible

  • Jayedee Halpin Dewitt

    Would love to try the northern Woodlands variety. Thanks for another great giveaway!

  • Jayedee Halpin Dewitt

    My Cooper is a running fool so he’d be at his Peak fetching I’m sure!

  • blondtxen

    Northern peak woodlands

  • Margie Rohauer

    Claire is allergic to many things but she is able to eat Rachel Ray’s dog food

  • Margie Rohauer

    Claire enjoys running and she also enjoys Rachel Ray’s dog food

  • Roseanne Coggan

    Open range will be the best for my mountain hiking border collie

  • Mary W

    I think they would enjoy the Northern Peak Woodlands because it contains Duck – their favorite!

  • Mary W

    Chasing bad guys is the number one activity in our book. The dogs think that is their full time job and they are dedicated. No sidewalk is safe!

  • Northern Woodlands sounds awesome!

  • biggie55

    Northern Woodlands sounds the best for my dog. My cat eats any Rachel Ray i get her.

  • julie murphy

    My dogs would like the open range dog food.

  • Molly Pitcher

    Both of these look great. I think my dogs would really enjoy the open range one.

  • Christine Aiello

    Peak Open Range for sure!

  • Christine Aiello

    I think I would love Coco to be at her PEAK on fetching or hiking. She loves to travel already!

  • Big Sky

    Peak Open range would fit his need! thanks

  • Big Sky

    My dog is at his peak fetching. anything – whether it is his or another dogs toy!

  • sandy weinstein

    Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® PEAK Open Range Recipe in the venison. they love venison.

  • sandy weinstein

    they like to go running, they have never been hiking, the youngest loves to fetch.

  • Shannon Burrows

    Open Range

  • Susan Pertierra

    My guys would like the PEAK Open Range best.

  • Susan Pertierra

    Running, playing and fetching are the dogs usual activities they need to be at their peak for.

  • Sally Gearhart

    My girl would definitely like the Northern Woodlands better. It’s about the same main ingredients as her dog food now and she loves anything with duck.

  • Sally Gearhart

    I want my girl at her peak for hiking, running, fetching and she loves to go camping with us! We walk alot and she likes to run until she is just pooped. She’s a very active girl for the most part.

  • https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/26f208c4ace485ddc8e778c32222997d188e0fdf94454104ebb03ab2af109e99.jpg I think my girl would love the peak open range food! I recently was looking at this line in my local store because it just hit the shelves there!

  • I’d like my girl to be able to be at her peak for any exercise she is doing- we like hiking and visiting parks, but we are having to take it easy right now because she is being treated for heartworms 😔

  • Daniel Scott

    I want Artie to be at his peak for all the dog fundraising events we attend. This includes dog walks, hikes, lure coursing and agility.

  • nickie burke

    My dog would like the open range dog food.

  • Jennifer Reed

    I think my dog would prefer the Rachael Ray Open Range version the best.

  • Jennifer Reed

    I would like my Jack Russell Terrier to be at his PEAK for tennis ball catching.. his favorite thing to do.

  • Jill Hanson

    I think Open Range, but they would probably like either one o.k.

  • Jill Hanson

    I would like my dogs at their Peak for walking and traveling

  • hungrycoyote

    My dogs like the idea of an open range

  • Malissa Bennett

    My Cora likes Open Range

  • Jill Jackson

    I think Abi would love the Open Range food since she likes Beef, Venison & Lamb

  • Dana Matthews

    I think my Sadie would like Open Range the best.

  • Dana Matthews

    I’d like for Sadie to be at her peak for fetching.

  • Team Beaglebratz ————-

    Miss Maizie and Lady Shasta would love to try the Northern Woodlands Recipe of Peak.

  • Team Beaglebratz ————-

    Both Lady Shasta & Miss Maizie (Ladiez of Beaglebratz Manor) love their walkies/hiking. Miss Maizie loves to fetch almost anything – including fresh sticks off my forsythia bush. They need to be at their Peak for this.
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  • Michelle Catallo

    I think they (Mitzi and Eva) would both lean a bit more towards the Woodlands blends but, it truly is hard to say as they love all types of meat.

  • Michelle Catallo

    My dogs are definite hikers due to my kids and I always going on walks and hikes. Dogs love it and we are one big happy family doing it together.

  • Julie Terry

    I think both of my dogs would love the woodlands the best.

  • Julie Terry

    I would love to see both of my dogs at their peak when playing fetch with my daughters.