To All “Moms” Biological or Otherwise, YOU Matter! Happy Mother’s Day!

Quite often, some of the best Moms

are NOT biological, and 

they don’t have to be female.

Whomever or whatever it is

that you “mother” unconditionally,

YOU matter, YOU rock

We salute you and thank you!

Happy Mother’s Day!!!

 
And to Dakota’s FIRST Mama…..

The Adventure Leash by Petoji

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

On Monday, Dakota and I were pleased to share the NEW Petoji Hybern8 bed, Petoji’s Kickstarter campaign, AND A GIVE-AWAY TO WIN A HYBERN8 BED!! (Have you entered? Hurry, you do NOT want to miss out!)

Because I wasn’t able to receive one of the new beds, the incredibly kind individuals at Petoji allowed me to choose an ADVENTURE LEASH for Dakota. I was ecstatic! I knew immediately which one I wanted:

ADVENTURE LEASH

WATERPROOF | DIRT-PROOF

| NO STINK | ULTRA DURABLE

“Take your pup anywhere and everywhere. From the mountain tops to the oceans below, the Adventure Leash is ready for anything. Our special coated webbing protects your leash from water, dirt, grime, mildew, and abrasion. Best of all its easier to clean than your pup’s filthy paws!”

When we first got Dakota, he had a red cloth leash. I just love how he looks in red, but the cloth always became filthy. We no longer have that leash, it is long gone because the filth became too much to bear! There was no way at all to clean the cloth. I never got another red leash because I could never find one that I liked enough to replace it… until now. No more worries about a leash becoming filthy!

 

 

  • The Adventure Leash is waterproof, stink-proof, dirt-proof, and ultra durable
  • They have the lightest locking carabiner for a dog leash on the market, but still strong enough to hold up to 1,000 lbs.
  • Comes in 10 colors and 3 standard lengths
  • They also offer custom colors and lengths
  • I love everything about this leash, the look, the durability, the feel of it, the lock is amazing, as is the quality. Also, Dakota STILL looks darned good in RED!!
  • If you donate $40 or more to the Petoji Hybern8 Kickstarter campaign you can get the Adventure Leash and Collar set! What are you waiting for! Hurry over to the campaign, there is just a few days left!

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.

      Photo Courtesy of Petoji

  • “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!!

 

Please help “Marley Dog” in her Fight with T Cell Lymphoma by Jamie Meador

FROM DAKOTA’S DEN: I was contacted by Jamie on Facebook asking if there was any way at all that I could help spread the word about her precious Boxer, “Marley.” I didn’t hesitate. Boxers are close to my heart, we had one when I was a little girl. She joined our family before I was born and sadly she passed at the young age of 7. She was incredible as I am sure Marley is. If you can donate that is great, if not, sharing is also fantastic. I just deeply want to help Jamie get the word out about her beloved Marley. Thank you.

Photo Courtesy of Jamie Meador

Where should I begin to tell the story of our precious Marley Dog?

I know everyone says that their dog is the best dog ever, so I am not going to start with that, however I have had other pets in my lifetime and I have never had one that has touched me in the way she has. In my 37 years, I have never fought so hard for anything as I have been for her life since she got diagnosed with T cell lymphoma. I will never forget that day, but first let me back up for you to learn a little about Marley. We got her 9 years ago when she was 8 weeks old. I picked her because she was different and I didn’t want her to be left out. She is a pure-bred boxer and the runt of the litter.

Marley and I have a special bond, we are super close, she has always been a Momma’s girl. Marley is my “Soul Dog.” She has always watched movies with me, ate with me, went on car rides and field trips, followed me into every room of the house and of course sleeps with me with her head on a pillow and her body under the blanket. Every time I am going somewhere all she needs to do is give me that look and then she gets to go.

I’m going to fast-forward to March 2017. I will never forget the weekend of the 18th we noticed while lying in the bed with Marley that her lymph nodes were swollen and of course I start googling everything I could find on it and like most got scared of what I was reading. I took her into her local Veterinarian on March 20, 2017 and I had a bad gut feeling that something was wrong and they did a fine needle aspiration and came back in the room and told me it appears to be canine lymphoma and from there I broke down crying thinking, “why her?” and all the how’s and whys played over and over in my head.
You see I don’t handle death very well. I guess no one does but I really do not handle it well at all. I have experienced a lot of loss in my life and Marley has been my rock and my constant. She went through multiple moves with me, divorce and death. My granny passed away October 2016 and then my friend in December 2016 and now this, I asked God why.

 

Marley’s vet referred us to an Oncologist at Virginia tech in Blacksburg, VA. We went there on Wednesday March 22, 2017 it was me, my mom and my son with Marley.We were there all day and all of us had a few emotional breakdowns as it was confirmed that Marley had T cell lymphoma. We had several options and protocols thrown at us and it was very overwhelming and devastating. I was not aware of these things or I guess oblivious to the costs and how common this is.


I thought my dog would live an extremely long and healthy life.

I was heartbroken and I still am.

I didn’t have pet insurance as I never thought I would need it.

I knew  I had to do something,  I had to do treatment so I could say in the end I did all that I could to save Marley.

The big question is how would I afford it? I  immediately  began selling personal possessions,  I applied for loans and credit cards.

I knew I had to do something quickly.

I had heard of go fund me  but never had the need to use it until now.

I knew I had to swallow my pride and figured it was worth  a try.

I wanted to share her story all over the world.

I wanted people to be aware that yes, this can happen to you, and I wanted people to know the
importance of having pet insurance and how expensive this is to endure.


We have a long journey to go.

I want Marley’s life to be remembered for how strong she is, for how much
love she has given to those who have met her, for her happiness and for the great impact that she has
had on my life.

I can honestly say that if she weren’t with me through so many changes in my life and
obstacles that I don’t think I would have made it through loss, grief and through illnesses. Marley helped
my son with his anxiety and so much more.

I would give her an organ if I could. If love alone could save her
then I know she would live forever.

One day I know I will have to say goodbye to not just a pet but a soul
who has greatly impacted my life,  and I can never repay her for all that she has given to me however
maybe I can help others.

If you are reading this please I encourage you to purchase pet insurance if you do
not have it. I always paid as I went to the vet for wellness checks, immunizations etc. I didn’t think it could
happen to us, but it did.

If you take anything away from this story please spread awareness and always love
and hug your furbabies close, as you do not know when your last day with them will be.

Marley has inspired me and I hope she will inspire  you too. Please like Marley’s facebook page to follow her journey and to watch for her upcoming fundraising auction date.

She also has Instagram and is under marleysjourney17 We are  taking donations for her via Paypal at Jwow1980@icloud.com and her go fund me is link is below.

 

GO FUND ME

Thank you so much for reading and for caring.

Winner of the Animal Hearted: “Apparel and Gifts for Animal Lovers” Give-Away!

Thanks to all who entered our give-away!

Huge Congratulations

to the lucky winner

listed below!

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Pet People LOVE Animal Hearted: “Apparel and Gifts for Animal Lovers” Give-Away!

Animal Hearted Apparel has sponsored this post, both in product and monetary compensation, but all opinions are my own.


 is a clothing company with a conscience

They are passionate about animals. Not only do they make fun and creative clothing and accessories for animal lovers, they are dedicated to saving the lives of shelter animals. They donate 25% of proceeds from every order to a non-profit animal shelter or rescue. They have helped save thousands of shelter pets. When YOU place an order, you will help save thousands more!

Some of the  organizations Animal Hearted has worked with include the Humane Society of the United States, Animal Place Sanctuary, Give Me Shelter Cat Rescue, the North Shore Animal League, SPCA of Solano County, Mid Atlantic Pug Rescue, Yolo County SPCA, and German Shepherd Rescue of Northern California.

 

Animal Hearted Apparel carries an extensive and ever-expanding collection of tee shirts, sweatshirts, tank tops, and hats/beanies in unisex, women’s, and youth sizes.

When I was contacted by Animal Hearted founder, Aaron Seminoff, asking if I would be interested in selecting some items and writing about them for both Dakota and Cody’s blog, after reading about all the wonderful things they do for animals and seeing their quirky, fun, sometimes snarky, but full of so much love, products, I jumped at the chance!

As I mentioned, Aaron Seminoff, is the founder of Animal Hearted Apparel. He is a dedicated animal lover, photographer and musician. Aaron shares his life with two rescue dogs (Link and Zelda)

Photo Courtesy of Animal Hearted Apparel

and two rescue cats (Sheba and Abby)! Aaron also plays drums in a band, and loves to take his dogs hiking. With Animal Hearted, Aaron combines his creativity with his passion for animals to provide you with the best source for all of your animal-related products.

The shirt below is one of the dog-themed shirts that I selected for my husband as a special surprise. He LOVES IT!

I also found two more that are on my “wish list!”

The T-shirts that I ordered are  100% cotton  which I LOVE!! Another thing I love? I am rather “fluffy” which is a nice way of saying I am “zaftig” or “chubby”, and Animal Hearted is one of the few sites that has larger sizes that are TRULY LARGER SIZES. They are NOT those T-shirts with a size sticker that isn’t true to size. Animal Hearted T’s ARE TRUE TO SIZE. If you are “fluffy” like me, that is often hard to find and much appreciated!

CRISIS AVERTED!!

Poor Aaron!! When I was perusing the Animal Hearted website looking for dog shirts, I noticed that they have a category where you can purchase a shirt by breed. The breeds are organized alphabetically and I went directly to the letter “S” looking for Shetland Sheepdogs. There were none. That is where “poor Aaron” comes in. I emailed him (in a rather “animated” way), asking why there were no Shetland Sheepdog shirts and he told me they WILL be added at a later date. So why was a crisis averted? Because I noticed that you can make a CUSTOM PET TEE on the Animal Hearted site! I could have Dakota’s photo put on a shirt! My problem was solved!

If you didn’t watch the video, PLEASE DO!!!! Designing my OWN SHIRT with one of my favorite photos of Dakota could NOT have been easier! One of many things I loved about the process, that is reiterated in the video, is that you do NOT need photos that are perfect for them to look great on a shirt. That is rare to find indeed.

Once you have submitted a photo, you will be contacted by the Animal Hearted designers who are super professional, polite and friendly. Below you will see the photo they sent me to approve on the left and on the right is the shirt that I received.

See? I told you the crisis of not having Sheltie shirts was averted! I just made one myself! Now, I have a shirt that is unique, there is no baseball memorabilia that I could purchase, that will have Dakota on it! Now THAT’S special!!

Animal Hearted also has  bandanas, that are intended primarily for dogs, and I selected the one you see below for Dakota, but you just might see Cody make an appearance in it too! It is generously sized and just darling!

Speaking of Cody, if you want to see the cat shirts that I selected (and for EXTRA ENTRIES INTO THE GIVE-AWAY THAT WE WILL BE SHARING BELOW), go and visit his blog, he is having a give-away too!

Looking for A Gift For You

Or An Animal Loving Friend?

Animal Hearted has shirts, and Frisbees for dogs, as well as other animal-themed accessories like tote bags, stickers, phone cases, magnets, and key chains. There is so much to choose from that I am certain you will find the perfect gift for YOU or that special someone!!! And, you will be helping animals at the same time!!! They also have FREE WORLD-WIDE SHIPPING ON ALL ORDERS OVER $49 !!

Shop By Animal

Know someone who has:

  • Birds
  • Chickens
  • Ferrets
  • Fish
  • Frogs
  • Guinea Pigs
  • Hamsters
  • Horses
  • Rabbits

AND

  • Alpacas
  • Hedgehogs
  • Goats

Yep you read that correctly!!!! You can find items for those people too!

 And….you can

 SHOP BY BREED!! 

  • Bird Breeds
  • Dog Breeds
  • Cat Breeds
  • Goat Breeds
  • Horse Breeds
  • Rabbit Breeds

YOU CAN DO ALL OF YOUR 

ANIMAL LOVER GIFT SHOPPING

IN ONE CONVENIENT PLACE

AND HELP ANIMALS TOO!!

The shirt featured above, is a shirt that Animal Hearted added to my order that was a much appreciated  surprise!

I couldn’t be happier with my entire experience with Animal Hearted! From their superb communication, customer service, attention to detail, their appreciation of my business, and the items that I received, you can rest assured I will be ordering from them in the future.  You should do the same! But in the meantime,  ONE OF YOU will have the chance to try them yourselves!!!

WORLD-WIDE GIVE-AWAY!!

Aaron is generously offering a world-wide give-away where ONE PERSON who is 18 and over will be given a $30 gift card to their site to choose what they would like. Entering is super easy, just enter on the rafflecopter below and GOOD LUCK!!!! (Be sure to visit Cody’s blog to enter there too!)

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