#Spon My Dog FINALLY wants to sleep in a bed thanks to the Brentwood Home Pet Bed! (Discount Code and Give-Away!)

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Brentwood Home, Dakota received the Brentwood Home Runyon dog bed in exchange for our honest review. All opinions are our own.

TEN…LONG…YEARS. Let me say that again, TEN…LONG…YEARS…that is how long it has taken me to find a pet bed that Dakota will use.  You name it, we tried it and Dakota would NEVER USE any pet bed that has entered our home, (other than a flat pad that was called a bed, but in my opinion was not a bona fide bed,  and even THAT was rarely used). Any and all pet beds that Dakota received were promptly given to family members and/or friends COMPLETELY UNUSED.

A few weeks ago I was contacted by a California-based company,

 

they had seen Dakota on Instagram and asked me if I  would like to review one of their new beds. After visiting the Brentwood Home website, learning about the company and  after having viewed  their beautifully designed beds, I experienced a moment of totally forgetting  who my dog is. I jumped at the chance to review one of their beds. I had completely forgotten that MY DOG DOES NOT, NEVER HAS and most likely NEVER WOULD  sleep in a dog bed.  I was setting myself up for a disaster, or so I thought. Throwing caution to the wind I chose the  Runyon Deluxe Pet Bed , size Medium  (34-inch X 24-inch), my color of choice, Mocha.  I chose the size based on Dakota’s size (28 lbs),  and I knew the color would go perfectly with our furniture, carpet, floors…and…DAKOTA!

When  Dakota’s bed arrived, I looked at the long, narrower than I expected,  rectangular box and thought “There is a BED in there?” When I opened the box there was a beautiful bed resting covered in TONS of protective, heavy plastic wrapping! It was Dakota’s new bed that I was certain he would NEVER USE!

The color was just perfect and exactly as I hoped it would be!

With Dakota being a senior dog, I love that the gel memory foam and orthopedic support foam that this bed has, helps relieve and prevent body aches, joint pain, hip dysplasia, and arthritis.  Dakota sometimes seems a little stiff when he awakens and stretches and I am hoping this bed will help with that. The Runyon model that I have, also has bolster edges for additional support when needed. I was extra thrilled because I hoped that I would no longer watch Dakota sleep using the dining room table base as his pillow.

With all of the amazing features this bed has I wanted to sleep on it! The furniture grade upholstery cover is easy to wash and stain resistant!  Of course, because the bed was meant for Dakota, it was NOT “cat-resistant.”

Yep, there was Cody just smiling and dreaming away on Dakota’s new bed! After a few days, Dakota still hadn’t tried it and I was panicking. I went into the Sheltie group I am a member of on Facebook and asked if their Shelties used beds. The overwhelming majority said “No”, they preferred the floor. We all came to the conclusion that Shelties are so furry that they travel with their beds attached to them!  I was discouraged, but not about to give up! For the next few days I gave Dakota his treat dispenser IN THE BED. Maybe that would work! Worst case scenario would be that Cody would end up reviewing the bed, but I was still not giving up. Then, one night as I was sitting in the dark, (without a camera), I caught a glimpse of a furry creature  laying on the bed, it was Dakota! I didn’t want to discourage him from using the bed so I didn’t get my camera. I prayed this wouldn’t be the only time that he used the bed. It wasn’t…………he has used it EVERY NIGHT SINCE!

Brentwood Home  has been making mattresses and home essentials with a team of local artisans and fabricators in Los Angeles. for over 30 years. From the beginning, they have obsessed over creating products using healthy and ethically-sourced materials, all inspired by their  love for the natural world and their home in California. Learn more

The ordering process at Brentwood Home is easy and the delivery is superb! Your new Brentwood Home Pet Bed has a warranty, and though I am doubting you would need it, they have easy returns. Their communication is fabulous!

Dakota thinks it is pretty funny that I thought he wouldn’t use his new bed:

I wish I had the words to convey just how ecstatic I am when I  see Dakota FINALLY sleeping in a bed, and a bed as stylish and of the high quality that his Brentwood Pet Bed is.  Thank you Brentwood Home! After TEN YEARS Dakota is FINALLY SLEEPING IN A BED!  Dakota also said that from the moment he saw his new bed he KNEW he would love it but wanted to make me nervous! Dakota also said that he wants his friends to experience the new Brentwood Home Pet Beds  because he knows that all of you will love them! There are TWO STYLES TO CHOOSE FROM! You can choose the Runyon as I did, or the Griffith. The Griffith bed does not have bolstered sides. 

DISCOUNT CODE: YOU CAN RECEIVE 15% OFF BY USING DISCOUNT CODE

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at checkout. (The code is good until December 31, 2017). PLENTY OF TIME TO GET (OR GIVE!!)  A NEW BED FOR THE HOLIDAYS!!

GIVE-AWAY!! OPEN TO U.S. residents only, 18 and over, (excluding Alaska & Hawaii, Brentwood Home does not ship internationally) One winner will get to choose the style, color and size bed they would like. (either Runyon or Griffith).  Entering is easy, enter on the Rafflecopter below and good luck!

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Pet Winery Has Holiday Cheer for Your Pets! (World-Wide Give-Away!)

Disclosure: I received products from Pet Winery for Dakota and Cody to review. I was not compensated monetarily for this post because in keeping with the spirit of “Giving” at Thanksgiving, I chose to waive my fee.  If in doubt about any product for your dog or cat to drink, ask your Veterinarian first, as I did!

There is nothing I love more than when I discover a company that  has quirky, fun and interesting products, AND they are a company that gives back!  The company I am featuring today, Pet Winery, is that company!  

The holiday season officially kicks off this week with the arrival of Thanksgiving in the U.S. Humans often  enjoy indulging in some holiday “cheer”, why should your pets miss out? Now, they don’t have to!

 

Pet Winery features PetWines, PetChampagne, DogBeer, Martinis and PetTEA for dogs AND cats! (Spoiler Alert: Cody will be featuring products on his blog with a give-away on December 1st.)

Pet Winery was founded to create healthy beverages and treats for your canine and feline friends. They are animal enthusiasts and work hard to make products that are vitamin enriched, healthy and safe for your best friend. They are located in  Florida and only use US organic products to ensure the highest level of quality. All products are produced in a food grade lab in an ISO7 clean room.

When Dakota and Cody’s products arrived I was just dying with how clever and adorable they are! Dakota received BarkBrew Beef Ale and Dog Pawrignon featured below:

BarkBrew Beef Ale: Beer for dogs! How funny is that? Available in 3 great flavors; Chicken Ale, Beef Ale, or Calm Ale (Salmon oil and Hemp oil.)

Dog Pawrignon: Champagne for dogs! Formulated so you can now pop bottles with your dogs! This 12oz bottle is the perfect drink. Blended with filtered water, a healthy dose of salmon oil (wild caught) and organic food coloring.

THE BOTTLES ARE SAFE, THEY ARE NOT GLASS.

I checked with my Vet first before allowing Dakota to taste both drinks (at separate times), and he said as with anything else, if it  is something your pet isn’t used to, giving an extremely small amount is the wise way to go. (Both bottles have suggested serving amounts listed on them)

Pet Winery Gives Back!!  Pet Winery Estates knows  “that every paw matters.” As a result, they  decided to work together with  Shelters, Rescues, Humane Societies, and other pet adoption agencies. Each month they  feature a different agency and donate a portion of their sales to them! By featuring a different agency each month you will get to find out who the agency is, what they do and their mission. You will get to know their team and meet some of their adoptable pets. By donating a portion of each purchase to the agencies featured, they are helping them continue what they do best, “finding homes for their Pawfriends.” How cool is that?

Your purchase will help them make a difference, so visit their website and make a purchase for your pets today! There is even a special for Black Friday 30% OFF WITH CODE: BLACKFRIDAY (*not available on bundle deals). 

NOT SURE WHAT TO BUY YOUR FAMILY AND FURIENDS WITH PETS? PET WINERY HAS GIFT CARDS so they can choose items for themselves!!

Photo Courtesy of Pet Winery

 Celebrating with your pets isn’t something that has to be limited to the Holiday season. Throughout the year we celebrate Gotcha Days, Birthdays, Anniversaries, new pet adoptions and so much more! How about keeping a bottle or two on-paw for the special events that take place throughout the year?

YOU KNOW your pet will THANK YOU!!

Dakota’s favorite of the two drinks was the BarkBrew Beef Ale. He absolutely LOVED it!! Now, we have a surprise for you!!

 WE HAVE A GIVE-AWAY!! ONE LUCKY READER WHO IS 18 AND OVER AND WHO RESIDES ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD WILL RECEIVE A $15 GIFT CARD TO PICK OUT WHAT THEY WOULD LIKE!! Entering is super easy, just enter on the rafflecopter below and MAKE SURE YOU COMPLETE THE MANDATORY ENTRY, IF YOU DO NOT, YOU WILL BE DISQUALIFIED. GOOD LUCK!!

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Dog Book for Children:”Too Licky” (Two Sisters’ Journey to Rescue the “Just-Right” Dog) by Gigi Giles & Ryan Giles, Illustrated by Cynthia Inks and a GIVE-AWAY!

In honor of Adopt a Shelter Dog Month we are happy to present to you a darling children’s book:

Photo Courtesy of “Too Licky” Click to visit their website!

I always feel a little uncomfortable presenting anything rescue oriented because the first question/comment I always think I will hear is: “What? You are featuring this and Dakota wasn’t adopted?” That’s right, no, Dakota was not adopted. Cody was. When Dakota joined our family he was referred to us by one of my “bonus daughters”. And…ready for this? Said “bonus daughter” not only manages a local rescue here in the suburbs of Detroit, but she has given homes to dogs and cats from her shelter that most would consider to be “un-adoptable.”

The bottom line to me is ALL dogs deserve a “furever home” and NO BREED should be discriminated against.

Gigi Giles and Ryan Giles, Photo Courtesy of Too Licky.com

What is “Too Licky?”

“Too Licky” is a children’s book about finding the ‘just right’ rescue dog.

Gigi Giles and Ryan Giles are the authors of the precious and important book: “Too Licky.” Back in April they launched a SUCCESSFUL kickstarter campaign to fund the creation of “Too Licky.”

Gigi and Ryan Giles with Sugar. Photo courtesy of Too Licky.com

Gigi and Ryan were born in Los Angeles and when their parents announced they were moving to Jacksonville, Florida, the “bargain” was to get a dog.

Gigi and Ryan Giles searched high and low to find the “right” dog. After months and months of searching they found her, the “just right” rescue dog – Sugar.

The first two years of her life are unknown. The only knowns are that Sugar and her three puppies were found as strays, were taken to a rural animal shelter, fostered by a volunteer and all four adopted into loving homes.

Sugar’s story isn’t over yet. It’s more like the bumper sticker, “who rescued who?”

Proceeds from each book sale go to help other rescue dogs like Sugar find their forever home.

Please join Gigi and Ryan in helping dogs like Sugar by purchasing a book, adopting a rescue or, both!

This darling book which was inspired by the book “Too Purpley!”  “Too Licky” features beautiful illustrations by Cynthia Inks (what an appropriate last name for an illustrator, right?) and those illustrations are EXQUISITE. The illustrations are vibrant, energetic and to me are reminiscent of artwork from the 70s (Pop art colors, etc), they are DELIGHTFUL! Each of the 21 illustrations are REAL DOGS from the rescue dog community, and each of those dogs  has a “story” that is shared in the back of the book. Cynthia is  a Florida native, (who also helped Gigi and Ryan find Sugar). There are also  forewords by well-known bully breed advocates and celebrity dog trainers. The book  also features tips for families on how to find their own “just right” rescue.

Huge kudos to Gigi and Ryan Giles for writing this darling book, sharing the proceeds and for giving “Sugar” such a special home! May you have many, many years of happiness together!! 

For more information on “Too Licky,” visit the website at www.toolicky.com.

“Too Licky” is now available on Amazon!

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GIVE-AWAY!! Gigi and Ryan are kindly offering two of our readers who reside in the U.S. (and are 18 and over) a chance to win their own copy of “Too Licky!” All you have to do is LEAVE A COMMENT THAT CLEARLY STATES THAT YOU WISH TO BE ENTERED! That’s it! The give-away is open NOW and will end at 5pm EST on OCTOBER 31st, 2017. WINNERS WILL BE CHOSEN BY random.org and will be announced ON OR AROUND NOVEMBER 1, 2017. GOOD LUCK!

Honor Your Pet With Pet Memorial Jewelry by My Flowers Forever & Bellabeads- World-Wide Give-Away!

Disclosure:We were compensated by My Flowers Forever/Bellabeads in product and a review fee,  to share info with YOU our readers.  As you know, we ONLY share information about products that we currently use, have used, that we would LOVE to use, and that would be of interest and value to YOU.

When I was contacted by My Flowers Forever/Bellabeads asking if I would be interested in featuring their Pet Memorial Jewelry, the timing could not have been more perfect. As many of you know who follow our blog, we have another blog that is dedicated to the memory of my “soul kitty”, Bobo. July 2nd marked the 10th anniversary of my beloved Bobo’s passing, and I felt that featuring this special jewelry on his blog and Dakota’s  would be yet another wonderful way of honoring him.  In case you missed the give-away that Cody did on HIS blog, you are in luck! Today we are offering you yet another chance  to win a custom-made piece of jewelry that will honor YOUR beloved pet, and IT IS A WORLD-WIDE GIVE-AWAY! 

ABOUT BELLABEADS/MY FLOWERS FOREVER.COM

Bellabeads, which began under the name Flowers Forever, was started in 1994 by the current owner, Cristina Segarra. What started out as a small business with just one employee, offering clients exceptional service and high quality designs, has flourished into a fully staffed memorial jewelry and flower preservation business, available to customers worldwide.  As Bellabeads continues to expand its services and product lines, we remain dedicated to providing customers with only the highest quality finished products. Every product sold is hand-made on location, with the utmost attention to detail. This ensures that your custom piece is not only one of a kind, but also perfect.

We are a company that makes memorial jewelry from pet ashes, pet fur and flower

petals. We have been in business over 20 years.

We ship worldwide, so it’s no surprise that we have created designs for clients as far away as Japan and from events as prestigious as The Presidential Inaugural Ball.

Photo Courtesy of My Flowers Forever Jewelry–Flower Petal Jewelry, Gates of Charleston Pendant

PET MEMORIAL &  REMEMBRANCE JEWELRY

Our friends at  Flowers Forever, understand that pets are more than just animals. They become your companion, your friend and part of your family. They share your laughs, your tears and your love.

Having to say goodbye to a pet is one of the hardest things to do. It can feel like there’s a hole in your heart that can never be filled. They believe that the only way to move forward is to reflect on the beauty of the life that you were able to share and memorialize this remembrance. 

Photo Courtesy of My Flowers Forever Jewelry–Pet Memorial Oval Pendant

That’s why they create beautiful memorial and remembrance jewelry for you. Each piece is handcrafted with love by their team of artisan jewelers and is one-of-a-kind. They use hair or ashes from your dearly departed pet to create memorial beads and pendants that you can wear, give as gifts, or pass down as treasured heirlooms.

For purposes of Cody’s review and to show you an example on Dakota’s blog, I was presented with the opportunity of having beads made that resembled Bobo’s coloring. I am unusual in the fact that I didn’t want to upset Bobo’s ashes by opening them and sending them, nor did I want to send some of his fur since I have so little of it left. That wasn’t a concern at all. The lovely people at My Flowers Forever & Bellabeads had me send a photo of Bobo that showed his coloring clearly, The picture above was done by Becart and is the photo that I chose. When my items arrived,  I could NOT have been happier with the results!!  They made two different variants of color for me.

Every memorial bead is handcrafted by their team of 5 highly skilled artisan jewelers specifically for each customer.  Each piece is completely different and one of a kind.  

This type of jewelry is made by using freeze-dried petals, which can be combined with a small amount of the ashes of your loved one if desired. This means you can use the petals of your most-loved flower or from the arrangement at their memorial. This can be further personalized by adding their initials or their name. You can pick an artisan piece that lovingly honors and celebrates them as an individual; a heart pendant, or a bracelet that is engraved with their name, an angel wing pendant or a memorial keychain with an engraved monogram. Whichever piece you select will stay with you and hopefully provide you with some comfort in difficult times. You can see more bracelets here. Questions? Visit their FAQ’S page to find answers!

Pictured above is the Double Ring Necklace Pendant which I adore. If you look at the color of the pendant and the bead above, you will see how closely it resembles the color of Bobo’s fur. 

When my jewelry arrived I wanted to cry. Not out of sadness but out of happiness. The items were sent beautifully wrapped/presented, (if you are giving them as a gift they are ready to go). The bead and pendant that I received in honor of Bobo’s 10th Anniversary at The Rainbow Bridge are items that I will wear and cherish forever. They are yet another way of somehow enabling him to still be close to me. I adore my items and you will too!

Photo Courtesy of My Flowers Forever Jewelry–Personalized Dog Bone Pendant

WORLD-WIDE GIVE-AWAY!! YOU are in luck! The kind people at My Flowers Forever & Bellabeads are offering ONE of my readers WHO RESIDES ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD a double ring pendant of their own! (An approximate $77 value). Entering is easy! Simply enter on the rafflecopter below and good luck!!!

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Keep your Pets Safe with the ASPCA Summer Safety Tips and Give-Away!

Hi  friends!! Today is the first day of summer here in the U.S. ! We had some crazy hot temps last week but thankfully it has cooled off a bit. With summer having arrived,  the hot weather will be setting in for good!

Many people with pets will be spending more time outside due to the warmer weather and that poses added risks. Everything from heat to fireworks. July 4th is right around the corner, (the fireworks cause many pets to escape and go missing), as a result  the ASPCA wants to remind pet owners of the IMPORTANCE of being sure that your pet has an ID. July 1st is also ID Your Pet Day. Your pet should have an ID tag with updated info, even microchips are great. Dakota has  a microchip, they are always a good idea.

The ASPCA has created this mini infographic with  super important safety tips to help keep your furbabies safe this summer:

 

GIVE-AWAY!!!

To help kick off summer, the ASPCA is conducting a GIVE-AWAY!!

 

THREE LUCKY READERS OF OUR BLOG WHO RESIDE IN THE U.S. AND ARE 18 AND OVER, WILL EACH WIN THIS COOL SUMMER GIFT PACK!!  ENTERING IS SUPER EASY, JUST LEAVE A COMMENT STATING YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE ENTERED. THAT’S IT! EASY PEASY!!! THE GIVE-AWAY STARTS NOW AND THE LUCKY WINNERS WILL BE CHOSEN BY RANDOM.ORG AND WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON OR AROUND JUNE  28TH. GOOD LUCK!!!

 

 

Give-Away! “The Dog Bed YOU Design!” the Petoji Hybern8 (as seen on Kickstarter!)

Petoji has sponsored this post, but all opinions are my own.

From the moment I was contacted by Petoji, (a company that specializes in premium dog gear),  asking if I would share their NEW line of dog beds,  Hybern8  (“The Dog Bed that YOU Design”) I was impressed. I was impressed with not only their products, but with the professionalism of this company. (And..they have a super cute Sheltie named Rory who is modeling in the video and some of the photos that I fell in love with!)  It is no wonder that their Kickstarter campaign met its goal in just a few days, but in order to offer more for YOU THEY STILL NEED YOUR HELP!

“Rory” Modeling Photo Courtesy of Petoji

While I did not receive an actual Hybern8 to review, after learning about this oh-so-comfy-looking bed, I knew that it would be of great interest to all of you. How could it NOT be? From everything I have read and seen, this bed looks so comfortable that I want to sleep on it. It also looks beautifully made.  It is our pleasure and honor to share information with you about this exceptional bed.

Hybern8 is “the most comfortable custom luxury dog bed ever.” It’s designed and manufactured by Petoji in Fort Worth, Texas.

  • The custom cover is removable and replaceable
    • You decide how it looks, YOU choose your favorite colors and patterns for each part of the bed. (They will provide at minimum 20 and up to 100 fabric options depending on campaign funding.) All customization selections will be chosen at the end of the campaign.
  • “It’s more comfortable that any other dog bed.”
    • Filled with Cloud9 filling, a synthetic down alternative found in high-end duvets and pillows. No one else uses a filling this nice for a dog bed, but our dog’s deserve the best!
  • Everything is 100% washable. The cover and the pillow can be washed and dried good as new.
    • Backed by guarantee. Petoji’s Stay Fluffy Guarantee ensures that if your pillow ever needs a lift, they will re-stuff it at no cost. How cool is that??? I have never, ever heard of anyone who will do that!

      Photo Courtesy of Petoji

  • Comes in 4 sizes
    • Mini for dogs up to 15 lbs, Queen for dogs up to 30 lbs, King for dogs up to 60 lbs, and Supreme for dogs up to 100 lbs.

      Photo Courtesy of Petoji

  • Petoji’s Active Breathe Shield is the “best water-resistant liner there is”.
    • The top layer is waterproof nylon, the bottom is a DWR coated polyester that lets the bed breathe. Your dog won’t even know it’s there.
    • Custom toy baskets: Petoji is also offering custom coordinating toy baskets made from the same Hybern8 materials.

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  • “Compared to other custom beds, Hybern8 has more customization options, better materials, at a much lower price. Other custom beds cost 200-300$ and they are nowhere near the same quality of material or manufacturing.”

 

WHAT IS KICKSTARTER?

  • Kickstarter is a crowdfunding platform, and by backing their project you are buying your bed in advance which helps them buy the machines they need, the best materials they can get, and hire the right people to produce Hybern8 in their own Texas facility. Projected shipments for the first orders is August. As a backer you are getting onto the ground floor and really playing a role in making this happen!
  • Petoji needs your help to bring this project to life! Help them achieve their goal of getting their own manufacturing facility up and running in Texas to produce Hybern8 and continue to develop more great pet products.
  • Kickstarter ends May 18th

    Doesn’t Rory look handsome on this bed? Photo Courtesy of Petoji

GIVE-AWAY!! 

USA only. 18 and over. ONE winner will be able to select their bed size and colors shortly after the Kickstarter campaign ends May 18th, and will receive the bed in line with Petoji’s production schedule. (projected to ship in August).By entering the giveaway you are agreeing to sign up for Petoji’s mailing list. Extra entries for Facebook sharing. Enter on the rafflecopter below and GOOD LUCK!!

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BE SURE TO STOP BY DAKOTA’S BLOG THIS WEDNESDAY, MAY 10TH to read about the Adventure Leash that Dakota received from Petoji!!