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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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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

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

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!

 

Dog tested, Cat approved!! The TORUS Water Bowl by Heyrex

Logo courtesy of Heyrex.com

Logo courtesy of Heyrex.com

This post is long overdue!!

Back in April, I entered a contest on Love is being owned by a Husky for the revolutionary new water bowl from Heyrex, the Torus Water Bowl.

Photo courtesy of  Heyrex.com

Photo courtesy of Heyrex.com

Did you know?

TORUS was named the #1 best-selling dog water bowl in the USA, according to Amazon.com’s Dog Bowls Best Sellers List. Now that I own this bowl, I can see why!

After FINALLY setting up my bowl, (YESTERDAY, YES YESTERDAY and I had the bowl since late April or May!! My use of the word “finally” has nothing to do with  ease of setting up the bowl, it has EVERYTHING to do with my laziness and procrastination about finally having the time to do it and to blog about it! That is also the reason I have no photos of MY babies drinking from it.)

When I went to set it up, I must tell you that I kept TRYING to make the setup process hard, and TRUST ME, it was NOT!

The reason for my paranoia and skepticism was due to the fact that I have tried so many fountains that I can barely keep them all straight (yes, this is NOT a fountain, it is  a water bowl that filters and recirculates the water as your pet drinks it). I am using the fountains as a comparison because they all utilized filters and were much harder to put together than their claims. Guess where they all are now? You got it…….in the great fountain garbage dumpster in the sky!

Totally forgetting the fabulous review that Love is being owned by a Husky did, I kept thinking that the Torus water bowl needed batteries to operate (it doesn’t), I looked for cords, (it doesn’t require the use of any electricity AT ALL), I looked for confusing instructions, THERE IS NOTHING CONFUSING ABOUT THEIR INSTRUCTIONS. But…at first I did set it up wrong because I did NOT thoroughly read my instructions, I just assumed that I knew. After re-visiting the Husky blog and viewing  the fantastic collage and video that they had created, it was all CRYSTAL CLEAR!! (Just like the water now is in our bowl!!).  Because there is NO WAY I could have ever created a video as adorable as Jenna’s, (what better testers than THREE HUSKIES!!??), and with her permission, I am re-posting both the collage and the video below.

Set-Up is a BREEZE!

Collage courtesy of Love is being owned by a Husky. Click to see her entire review!

Collage courtesy of Love is being owned by a Husky. Click to see her entire review!

(Her video with her THREE Huskies testing the bowl are better than any video that I could create showcasing the same product).

 

Not just for dogs, the TORUS bowl is for cats too, providing pets with cool, clean and fresh, carbon-filtered water anytime the pet is thirsty.

Guess who used our Torus bowl first?

Our cat!! Cody!! The second the bowl was ready to go, Cody was the first one there giving it his whisker test seal of approval!! (You see, Cody will not drink out of his own bowls, he feels he MUST use Dakota’s.).

Dakota soon followed, and as promised, when Dakota began drinking, the water started re-circulating in the bowl!

The benefits of TORUS™

  • Auto-replenishes
  • Large water capacity
  • Travel friendly
  • Stored water protection
  • Sizes to suit all pets
  • Made from food-grade materials
  • Filters water
  • Water fill, flow and lock options
  • No mess, no spills
  • Ergonomic design
  • Multiple colors
  • 12 month warranty

 

Where conventional water bowls contain a limited water supply, which is further reduced by evaporation and spills, TORUS (Latin for ‘hollow circular ring’) stores water inside the walls to ensure an ample and automatically replenishing and self-dispensing supply – protected against dust and contaminates. The valve position, when locked, secures waters inside the walls, making it completely portable. Its soft rubber feet and low profile geometry make it perfect for travel because it won’t move around in vehicles.

 

Available in multiple colors, the prices are $59.95 (2 Liters), $54.95 (1 Liter), and $17.95 for a five-month filter supply (Thank you Torus for your generosity in also sending me a five-month supply of filters!)  TORUS is PBA-free, with a 12-month warranty, and no need for batteries or any power source.

I have to tell you, when they come out with a smaller bowl (which is in the works), I am going to purchase that one as well and hope that Cody will drink out of his OWN bowl!!  In the meantime, my LONG search for the appropriate  fountain or water bowl HAS FINALLY ENDED!!! I could NOT be happier with my Torus bowl! Thank you Love is being owned by a Husky, for the great give-away, and for your patience with how long it took me to blog about this!! I have to say, that the Torus Bowl is my FAVORITE pet product that I have reviewed thus far in 2015!! Oh and I was NOT paid to say that! I am absolutely in LOVE with this product!

 

Catch-a-Poo Winners!

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TWO LUCKY WINNERS!!!

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Hi all! It’s Dakota and today I have a super innovative product to show you! In full disclosure, I didn’t pawsonally test it, nor were we compensated for this feature/give-away, and we did NOT receive this product.  Last November when Mom was at the Miami-Ft.Lauderdale Pet Expo, Mom got to see it in action! She SAW with her own eyes that it WORKS!  Mom thinks this product is super cool! She got to talking to the gentlemen at the booth that were exhibiting the product, they were SUPER nice so  Mom told them if they wanted to be featured on my blog to give her a bark out and they did! So, today I am introducing you to the amazing Catch-a-Poo!

Click the photo to visit their website!!!!

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How did Catch-a-Poo come to be?

When Mom met the nice man from Catch-a-Poo he told her that  he started working on the Catch-a-Poo right after  his  Great Dane dog, “Buddy”,  joined his family!! For obvious reasons, he was determined to create a product that would catch the dog poo before hitting the ground!

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What is the Catch-a-Poo?

The Catch-a-Poo is a lightweight portable device that actually catches the

poo before it hits the ground. When retracted it is approximately 19 inches

long and when extended it is approximately 34 inches long. A flashlight

attaches to the handle for nighttime use. The weight of the Catch-a-poo with

the flashlight attached is less than one pound.

It works for BIG Dogs!!

IT WORKS FOR ALL DOGS!

The Catch-a-Poo eliminates the need to bend over and pick up dog poo with your

hand in a bag. It is great for the environment since it captures 100% of the

poo. The device fits multiple size bags and retails for less than $20. How can ya beat THAT?

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Get Social with Catch-A-Poo!

Visit their website and give ’em a like on Facebook!

Guess what?

It’s GIVE-AWAY TIME!

Yep!  Our new furiend at Catch-A-Poo is offering TWO of our readers who reside in the U.S. (our apologies to our International readers but shipping can be quite costly!) a Catch-A-Poo of their own! Entering is super easy! Just enter on the Rafflecopter below………….GOOD LUCK!!!

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