Molly Mutt Dog Bed: A LONG Overdue THANK YOU!

I am embarrassed by how long it has taken me to blog about the fabulous Molly Mutt Dog Bed that we won from a give-away that Zoe and Phoenix had way back in September!!

Part of the reason it has taken me so long to blog about this marvelous bed is because I was hoping and praying my “I-am-not-a-fan-of-dog-beds-“ Sheltie would actually SLEEP on it. That was NOT to be. This photo shows about as close as he got to sleeping on it.

Now, don’t get me wrong. MOST dogs would LOVE this bed. Dakota is just not a big fan of ANY dog beds.  I love this bed, our cat loves it (of course because it isn’t his)…but Dakota will not sleep on it.

The bed I won was the Dew In The Grass Water Resistant Duvet  and part of what drew me to it was the amazing color. Green happens to be my favorite color. The duvet comes rolled up as shown below:

How does it “turn” into a bed? So glad you asked! See the “Stuff Sack” on the left in the above photo? You fill that sack with old clothes, rags, towels, blankets, ANYTHING that you have that you want to use that will “stuff” the bed. I used a ton of old clothes, blankets, etc. It is super easy to get the duvet cover on after you “stuff” the bag…and everything zips closed. (You can remove the items to wash if you choose to and you can wash the duvet cover as well! “Wash cold, line dry!”)  I could still stuff mine way more than I did (and probably will), you have complete control of how “stuffed” your bed will be.

The concept is marvelous, the bed/duvet is extremely well-made. It is also WATER-RESISTANT!!! I chose the color I chose because it goes great in our living room. I just wish my finicky Sheltie would sleep on it!

Once again, Dakota’s aversion to sleeping on this bed, and pretty much ALL beds has NOTHING to do with the quality of the Molly Mutt beds. It’s just that I have a strange dog………….if your dog isn’t strange, you should definitely check out these beds!!

I would also like to thank Molly Mutt,  Zoe, Phoenix and their human for Dakota’s most pawesome prize….our cat LOVES to run into the room and jump on it and can often be found sleeping on it so thankfully one of my pets has good sense!!

The Wooly Snuffle Mat from PAW5 Is Great Indoor Fun for Your Dog!!

Disclosure:I was not compensated for featuring this product. I was sent a Wooly Snuffle Mat to have Dakota try.

 

Hi friends!!

While I was making the blog rounds in late 2016 I came across a great product from PAW5, that had me  intrigued!! That product is the Wooly Snuffle Mat! I  reached out to PAW5 to see if there was a chance that I could have Dakota try this product and I was ecstatic when they agreed! I was primarily interested in the Wooly Snuffle Mat for the times such as what we are experiencing in Michigan now, frigid temps that makes outdoor fun less than desirable.  I am an avid fan of  “brain-games” for Dakota that will not only occupy him but challenge his intellect. We have a few, but I am always looking to add more to our toolbox. Many of the brain-games we currently have do not engage Dakota’s sense of smell, and that was a huge reason why I wanted to have him test the Wooly Snuffle Mat.  I was NOT disappointed!

The Wooly Mat better known as “The Official Snuffle Mat”  is:

  • hand-woven from pre-consumer fabrics
  • encourages natural foraging skills
  • is fully machine washable
  • perfect for any breed, any age, any size

“An entirely unique experience, Wooly engages dogs’ powerful sense of smell as they snuffle, snort and sniff their way through dinner. Built to stimulate a dog’s natural foraging instincts by mimicking the hunt for food in grass and fields, Wooly feeds both their belly and their brain. This means you are giving your dog a fuller, more active and more rewarding day, every day.”

While many would use this fun, well-made and great-looking mat for mealtime, I chose to use it for TREAT time! I have some treats that are quite small, all I did was put the treats directly onto the top of the mat and Dakota went to town searching for them.  As you can see it was a huge hit!


To mix things up even more for my brilliant Sheltie-boy I was a “mean Mama” and put the Wooly Snuffle Mat on our coffee table to let Dakota forage there as well! Ok I am truly NOT mean, by moving it to the coffee table I just “upped” the degree of difficulty for my super intelligent Sheltie!

I LOVE the gray color because it works with all decor, I also LOVE the crazy, fun shape. My dream would be to see it even larger because I would love to use it as a mat too!

FROM PAW5:Your dog is going to thank you for adding a little enrichment to their day! No other product on the market is as engaging for their amazing sense of smell as Wooly. You’re also going to love watching them forage their way through dinner or snack time – a snuffle mat is a fun adventure for both of you – so enjoy!

 

 

 

Pet Products: Help Support The Kinn Kleanbowl On Indiegogo

Disclosure:I was NOT compensated monetarily  for sharing this information. I was sent a Kinn  Kleanbowl  in exchange for  promoting their campaign.

The average pet bowl has more than 1,000,000 dangerous germs that can harm pets, and take years off their life. In addition, when pets drink water from the average pet bowl, bacteria forms a biofilm around the bowl that cannot simply be washed away, water fountain carbon filters and paper food trays spread germs around rather than eliminate them, and dishwashers do not get hot enough to kill all germs. What’s more, these germs create odors that deter pets from eating or drinking from their bowl, and can make pets sick. Pets smell and taste the Kleanbowl germ-free health advantages, and prefer to drink and eat from a Kleanbowl vs. their ordinary pet bowl and water fountain, as you can see at the Kleanbowl Challenge,

Meet Kleanbowl The Healthier Pet Bowl

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“Experience Healthier, Guilt-Free Convenience”

The Kleanbowl features a germ-resistant stainless steel rim with an anti-skid rubber ring on the bottom to prevent moving and spilling, and secures the biodegradable Nourish-Pet Refill in place. The Nourish-Pet Refills are made from sugar cane fiber, so after each use, pet parents can recycle the biodegradable and soak-proof refill, and replace with a new one to ensure pets are drinking clean water for more effective hydration, as well as enjoy healthier meals.

The Kinn Kleanbowl has many germ-free health advantages including healthier hydration, nutrition and quality of life. Also, independent third-party research from Sterling Consulting and the Pet Sustainability Coalition show that using the Kleanbowl can help reduce consumers’ carbon footprint by reducing the use of electricity by 32%, reducing the use of water by 21% and reducing Greenhouse gases by 43% vs. washing ordinary pet bowls.

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Kinn® Announces Indiegogo Campaign

 for the New 32-Ounce Kinn Kleanbowl

Healthier Pets Create Stronger Bonds

Kinn, Inc. recently  launched an Indiegogo campaign (November 1st)  that will allow consumers to support the Kinn mission of creating a healthier, happier world for pets with the widespread production of a germ-free and eco-friendly 32-ounce Kinn Kleanbowl. By supporting the Kinn Indiegogo Page, consumers will help bring the 32-ounce Kleanbowl to retail stores, so pets of all sizes can enjoy the health benefits the Kleanbowl provides.

Kinn believes that Healthier Pets Create Stronger Bonds, and has a vision of a healthier world where all pets and their people have strong relationships. Kinn has been developing products in collaboration with veterinarians for more than 5 years, and has served over 600,000 healthier bowls of food and water to pets around the country with their signature line of 8, 16 and 24-ounce Kleanbowls. The new 32oz Kleanbowl addresses the need for a larger bowl for homes with large pets and multiple pets.

Kinn has completed an initial production run of the 32-ounce Kleanbowl and with the funding of the Indiegogo campaign, Kinn will bring the new product to retail so pets everywhere can enjoy healthier lives and relationships.

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 Visit the Kinn Facebook Page

About Kinn™, Inc.

Kinn™ supports an active lifestyle by focusing on the health, wellness and happiness of dogs and cats with products that offer people the ability to personalize and customize how they interact and care for their pets. With a commitment to premium product design and innovation, Kinn creates easy-to-use products that beautifully re-invent how people nurture their companion animals. For additional information on the company and products, please visit kinninc.com

 

PLEASE SUPPORT THE KINN KLEANBOWL

ON INDIEGOGO

The Impact

Your contribution will uniquely enable you to help make more pets healthier, while strengthening their bonds with other pets and their people.

Four Paws Up For The BendiBrush – The First Totally Bendable Brush For Dogs and Cats! Give-Away!

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When I was contacted by Anipure Pet Products asking if I was interested in trying out and reviewing the BendiBrush, the first totally bendable brush on the market for dogs and cats,  their intent was to have me try it out on Cody.  Those of you who know Cody, know that he is a short-haired cat. Being completely candid, MOST brushes would work well on him, there are a few that don’t, but for Cody brushing isn’t a challenge.

Then there is Dakota.

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For Dakota brushing IS a challenge for a host of reasons! The most obvious, is that he has abundant, thick, dense fur that is prone to tangling and matting, which often makes regular brushing unpleasant for him, and if he isn’t happy, it makes brushing unpleasant for ME as well. That translates to not brushing him enough between his grooming appointments, which in turn, makes it harder for the Groomer when he is brought in! Shetland Sheepdogs are “gifted” in a variety of areas, being blessed with lush, gorgeous fur is definitely one of them!

There was one brush I was supposed to review with Dakota that I ended up NOT doing because just the sight of it terrified him. That created a new problem. A dog that never loved being brushed to begin with, but tolerated it, was now terrified of being brushed at home. (Dakota has ALWAYS been fine at the Groomer).  I had a real problem on my hands.

NOT ANYMORE!

 

Enter:

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Photo courtesy of Anipure and BendiBrush. Click on the photo to visit their website and to order one (or two or three) for yourself and family and friends!

 

I admit when I first saw the BendiBrush I had my doubts. BIG DOUBTS! When I looked at it in the package I thought, “No way is this going to work on Dakota’s fur, no way.” I was WRONG. BIG TIME.

The BendiBrush is Designed by a professional groomer in conjunction with pet owners, the totally bendable body and corners contour to the shape of the pet’s body and is ergonomically designed to fit comfortably in the hand.

 

The BendiBrush Reaches Sensitive Areas

such as tails with ease!!!

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  Removes EXCESS UNDERCOAT.

* ROUNDED BRISTLE TIPS and MULTIPLE SIZE BRISTLES Prevents Scratching & Injury and helps to remove KNOTS and TANGLES.

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* ERGONOMICALLY Designed to Handle Comfortably and Groom Dogs and Cats Gently.

* GREAT BRUSH FOR PUPPIES and KITTENS.

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 See the Anipure Pet Products BendiBrush in action

displaying  how it works for dogs

REMEMBER WHEN I TOLD YOU

HOW SHETLAND SHEEPDOGS

ARE BLESSED WITH

AN ABUNDANCE OF FUR?

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* USE WET OR DRY For All Pet Sizes and Long or Short Hair Dogs and Cats.

I am beyond pleased to tell you that both Dakota and I could NOT be happier with our BendiBrush! I firmly believe that he will no longer be terrified of the thought of ME brushing him with some scary brush. Why? Because the BendiBrush is NOT scary! AND IT WORKS!!

Looking for a useful and PORTABLE gift for the pet lovers in your life that WORKS!? BendiBrush works like a champ (and remember, it fits COMFORTABLY in your hand too!)

GIVE-AWAY!! Anipure Pet Products has agreed to give-away ONE BendiBrush to a reader of our blog who is 18 or over and who resides in the U.S.A. (An approximate $21 value!) Entering is super easy! Just enter on the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

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ABOUT ANIPURE PET PRODUCTS:(www.anipurepets.com) is a lifestyle company for pets and the people who love them.  Started in 2014 by a licensed groomer and two pet owners, and inspired by Charlie and Maxi, the brand ambassadors.  A New York City based company, Anipure Pets develops, manufactures and sells innovative, natural and healthy pet products for dogs and cats.

 

In full disclosure: I was not compensated for this review or give-away. I was sent a BendiBrush to test/review in exchange for my always honest review.

My Dog Reacts to #SqueakNSnap

Hi and Happy Friday all!

A few weeks ago our friends over at 15 and Meowing had a pawesome giveaway and we won!!! The main prize was the   SqueakNSnap   , which I had heard about and desperately wanted to try!

What is SqueakNSnap?

The concept is genius, and using the SqueakNSnap is a breeze! It is super easy to use. Most of us who photograph children and pets know just how hard it can be to get them to look at the camera. SqueakNSnap is a cute little bear, with a button hidden in his belly, that when you plug the end of the cord that comes with it into your iPhone or Android phone headset jack or hole (with the camera app OPEN), each time you squeeze the bear’s belly, it makes a squeaky (hence the name) sound. The “squeaky” sound is nearly guaranteed to capture your child or your pet’s attention. With each “squeak” the camera “SNAPS!!” a photo!! Brilliant!! No more struggling to get the attention of your child or pet, they will automatically look in the direction of the camera, (most of the time!)

The only glitch that I thought of is, if you have an iPhone that came out BEFORE the new 7, the SqueakNSnap will work. Apple has removed the headphone jack from the new iPhones, but I have a feeling that SqueakNSnap will come up with something to compensate for that.

Here is a collage that depicts Dakota’s from when he first heard the “squeak” til when he came up close.

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It worked super well with Dakota, Cody, not as much.  (I think dogs are just more tuned into that “squeaky” sound).

I will use the SqueakNSnap until I get the new iPhone. One thing I learned is your first instinct is to keep squeezing the bear’s belly to get the attention of your pet, but each time you squeeze, the button in the bear’s belly, the SqueakNSnap  takes a photo. (I had about 20 of the same photo until I realized that, because stupid me was too lazy to read the directions FIRST before trying it.)

Dakota is my more reluctant “model” and it worked like a champ to get his attention, I definitely recommend SqeakNSnap if you have a hard to photograph pet or child.

I would like to thank Ellen again for ALL of the fantastic prizes we won, you can see the rest of them, (and Cody somersaulting into his bed……..here!)

 

Barking out my love for 4 Paws Pottery, “Pottery Inspired by Our Love of Pets” Unique Hand-Crafted Ceramics

4 Paws Pottery makes 

lead free, and microwave/dishwasher safe ceramic items for pets and pet lovers. They can also personalize their products with the names of your pets!!  You can find their full collection of pet ornaments, and their stamp gallery, at their website: www.4pawspottery.com!

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TRUE CONFESSION !! I have a major “thing” for hand-crafted ceramics. Looking back, I think it started as a child. Growing up in an artistic household, my parents had a love of hand-crafted items. From paintings, to drawings, to hand-crafted furniture, warm, cozy items filled our home. Our family had a deep appreciation for the time that is invested in any item that is handmade. In my mind, items that are hand-crafted are unique items that are to be cherished.

As I grew older attending art fairs throughout the year became one of my favorite hobbies. When I lived in Cleveland, a “must-attend” fair was the Boston Mills Art Fair that took place every July 4th weekend. I would grab a friend and head out, often returning with hand-crafted ceramic pie plates, casserole dishes and more, that to me, were much too pretty to use for how they were intended to be used.

As a blogger, when looking for items for Dakota and Cody, I also gravitate to hand-crafted. Truth be told, I am not a fan of cat or dog bowls that are stainless steel, or that have sleek modern lines. I am drawn to WARMTH. I am drawn to ceramics that are  hand-crafted with love, that can be personalized and  that make me feel all warm and fuzzy. Those are just some of the reasons that I LOVE the hand-crafted items made by 4 Paws Pottery.

I had contacted 4 Paws Pottery after having lusted over their pieces when I would see them on other blogs. When a bowl of Cody’s broke (NOT a bowl from 4 Paws Pottery),  I asked if I could review their bowls. Not only did they send me a bowl for Cody, but Dakota received a slow-feeder bowl that I had been wanting  for some time.

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Are these not the best ever?

I couldn’t be happier with Dakota’s Slow Feeder Bowl.  I have often worried because Dakota will frequently eat his food way too fast. I have seen a number of Slow Feeder Bowls, but while they were functional, their style didn’t please me…until I saw the Slow Feeder Bowls from 4 Paws Pottery.

The design of  their slow feeder bowls helps Dakota slow down as he eats. Slower eating means a better likelihood of Dakota  avoiding an upset tummy or even worse… bloat.

Take a look at the video below and see how this bowl DOES slow down Dakota’s pace!

 

Dakota’s bowl is not only functional, it is adorable and fun!!! Did you notice the ceramic bone shapes that are (firmly affixed to the bowl), that provide obstacles for your pet to work around in order to get their food!?

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This bowl features a natural/white base with a lip that is painted in a rich dark green glaze. Green happens to be my favorite color and the color of this bowl is delightful.

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They are also  lead free,

microwave/dishwasher safe!

 

 

CREATING THESE PIECES IS A  LONG PROCESS!!!


The process begins with freshly pugged stoneware clay that is thrown into shape on a flat disk called a batt. Using water, Candice uses her  hands, and kicking  wheel where she can bend the clay into a bowl, a jar, or even flatten it into a plate or jar lid. Freshly formed pottery is very wet and takes about 2 to 3 days to dry out for trimming.

When ready for trimming she uses a cheese wire to cut the piece from the batt, and then it goes back on her wheel. She trims all the excess clay away from the piece to make sure everything looks clean and smooth. She waits about an hour after each piece is trimmed to let it dry out a bit and then it heads for painting!

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After painting it dries for a few more days, and when dry it goes to the kiln! The first firing is the bisque which is a 3 day process. Then she does the final glass glaze which takes several hours, followed by loading the kiln for the final firing. This firing also takes 3 days.

Visit 4 Paws Pottery on Facebook!!! 

Hand-crafted items are special, pride in craftsmanship isn’t always present in our modern world, with the items at 4 Paws Pottery you can be certain that love, care, time, talent and great thought are put into each and every item!

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4 Paws Pottery can be found on Etsy and their main website. There you be able to find:

Bowls, plates, slow feeder bowls, treat jars, and more! You can get items for cats, dogs and small animals!

$10 OFF ANY PURCHASE OF $25 OR MORE

 FROM NOW THROUGH OCTOBER 31ST 2016

 BY VISITING 4 PAWS POTTERY ON ETSY 

AND  USING  COUPON CODE:  DAKOTA2016 

I could not be happier with my bowls and I am certain you will be too! 

In full disclosure: I received no compensation for this review. I received a custom-made bowl for Cody and one for Dakota in exchange for my always honest review!