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.

4+ Reasons that I LOVE Groovy Glove™ Help them on Kickstarter!!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Groovy Glove™. I was compensated to tell you about this exciting new product. Receiving compensation in no way influenced our opinion of this product. We pride ourselves on ONLY featuring products on our blog that we CURRENTLY use or WOULD use and we love to let YOU know about them too!

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Hey all you hip pups out there!!! I have a super “groovy” product to tell you about today! It is also LIVE on Kickstarter!!   

Often when I am drawn to a product the NAME is one of the first things to lure me in, in the case of Groovy Glove™ that was definitely true! It was the NAME of the product that made me want to learn more about it.  You see, growing up in the 60s and 70s, I know first “hand” about ALL THINGS “GROOVY!!” I was intrigued. The more I learned about Groovy Glove™ the more I knew it was a product that would solve a number of my housekeeping problems.

Introducing Groovy Glove™  – a revolutionary microfiber glove designed to clean in tough to reach places while keeping your hand clean.

 

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Why Groovy Glove™ ??

 Glove great for dogs! A glove allows you to clean between the toes and under the claws where dirt hides keeping whatever is on the paws from entering your home and car. Plus, it hangs on your door handle so it’s right there when you need it.

I had hoped to get photos of us wiping Dakota’s paws with Groovy Glove™, but unfortunately our weather did NOT cooperate! It’s been too mild here!!! That being said, there are going to be PLENTY of rainy days coming, I have started introducing Dakota to Groovy Glove™ because I KNOW we are going to be getting A LOT of use out of it!  I was thinking this morning about when our condo/apartment complex starts throwing salt down. Because Groovy Glove™ can be used on EITHER HAND it is going to allow me to get BETWEEN Dakota’s toes (where nasty salt can hide), and allow me to thoroughly remove it!

I have also been considering using Groovy Glove™ for the tear stains that Dakota gets far too frequently by his eyes. I have tried many things to remove them, most don’t work. I am going to try to dampen one fingertip of the Groovy Glove™ and because it is soft, I am certain that it will allow me to remove the tear stains far more easily.

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 Groovy Glove™  Saves YOU Money AND Protects YOU! Are you tired of using harsh chemicals, wearing latex gloves, wasting paper towels and money? Groovy Glove solves these problems by replacing the need to use any of the above. And just a bit of water helps you clean up the messiest spots.

Groovy Glove™  Can Be Used On Your Car! It facilitates cleaning in the nooks and crannies of the car’s interior. Plus, one or two gloves will remove wax from an entire car and clean in the cracks and crevices where wax likes to hide.

Groovy Glove™  is GREAT for Fragile Items! Many pet owners I know have TONS of knickknacks. Everything from framed photos, to delicate collectibles. Dust rags can be awkward and clumsy. Have you ever dusted a framed photo and had it come crashing to the ground? I HAVE!  With the Groovy Glove™  you can wipe with ONE FINGER if you choose to, or, you can pick the item up in your hand and get all of the nooks and crannies that a dust rag won’t reach! Rather than trying to clean with something clumsy and possibly damage delicate objects, the glove allows you to hold and handle them with care.

 

 

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Groovy Glove™  is constructed of the highest quality microfiber. The weave and split of the fibers are woven and split in such a way creating microscopic hooks that attract and hold dirt, water, mud and grime like a powerful magnet.

HAVE I TOLD YOU HOW SOFT

THE Groovy Glove™ IS?

The Groovy Glove™  microfiber is 100x finer than  human hair and 10x finer than silk. By using a thinner fiber, more are used to generate the fabric. More fibers result in a greater surface area thus increasing absorbency and cleaning power. Groovy Glove™’s  material absorbs up to 600% of its weight in liquids, dirt, and other elements. The cleaning and absorption properties of our quality microfiber are nothing less than exceptional.

Microfiber is environmentally safe and hypoallergenic. It is mechanically split without the use of chemicals ensuring that Groovy Glove™ is safe for you, your family and your pets.

 

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PetSafe® Busy Buddy® Chamomile-Scented Calming Toys Winners!!

Thanks to all who entered our give-away for the 

PetSafe® Busy Buddy® Chamomile-Scented Calming Toys!!!

HUGE CONGRATULATIONS TO

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De-stress Your Dog: PetSafe® Busy Buddy® Chamomile-Scented Calming Toys Review and Give-Away

Shetland Sheepdogs are wonderful dogs! They are sensitive, loving, gentle active, super intelligent and protective.  On the downside, most Shelties  are known to excel at barking.

Dakota is definitely true to his lineage! While he does not bark incessantly, he DOES bark at strange sounds, (sounds that are loud, and even something as simple as my whisking eggs for scrambling can send him into a frenzy). His biggest barking triggers are the vacuum and once a week he gets to exercise his “talent” by barking incessantly when the people who come weekly to clean our apartment/condo building arrive.

I have tried to distract him, play with him, anything to curb this behavior, not much has worked. I was excited when I was offered the opportunity to have Dakota test the PetSafe® Busy Buddy® Chamomile-Scented Calming Toys because we are huge fans of the Busy Buddy® line . We received the 2-Pack shown below.

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 “Designed to help with separation anxiety and stress, the PetSafe Busy Buddy Chamomile-Scented Calming Toys dispense food and assist with problem-solving by distracting your pet from the cause of their anxiety, such as thunderstorms, fireworks, vet visits or other stressful situations. The soothing chamomile scent helps reduce anxiety, while the patented Treat Meter randomly dispenses treats to keep dogs entertained and playing longer.”

When I opened the package I was pleased and surprised that the package contained not one, but TWO PetSafe® Busy Buddy® Chamomile-Scented Calming Toys as shown above. I was pleased that the scent was not overwhelming, and was quite pleasant.  I had been afraid that when I would open the package the scent would be overpowering. I couldn’t smell it at all until I put my nose right next to it to sniff. Perfect!  I also love the durability of these toys.

“Available in two sizes (small and medium), each kit comes with two different durable food/treat-dispensing chew toys, allowing pet parents to alternate between the two toys to provide variety and keep dogs interested and engaged. Training and behavior advice from professional dog trainers is also included.”

 Did They Work?

In complete honesty. MOSTLY. (After a minute or so Dakota ran to the door to bark, but DID return to play with the toy when called).  Also….I used them only once when the cleaning people arrived.  I would like to try these a few more times before I give my final verdict, but overall, yes I am pleased.

In the video below, if you turn up your volume you will hear the vacuum and notice that Dakota was completely focused on the PetSafe Busy Buddy Chamomile-Scented Calming Toy. 

Features

  • Patented Treat Meter randomly dispenses treats
  • 2 durable food/treat-dispensing chew toys
  • Training and behavior advice from professional dog trainers included
  • Great for thunderstorms, fireworks, vet visits, barking, and separation anxiety
  • Dishwasher safe, top rack only

The PetSafe Busy Buddy Chamomile-Scented Calming Toys are priced at $19.99 – $24.99 and are available for purchase on PetSafe.net.

 

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PetSafe® Brand is an industry leader in the development of innovative pet behavioral, containment and lifestyle product solutions. PetSafe Brand is owned by Radio Systems®Corporation and headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn. For more information, please visit www.petsafe.net .

 

GIVE-AWAY!! Our friends at PetSafe have generously offered TWO of our readers who reside in the U.S. (and who are 18 and over) the chance to win the same 2-Pack of the PetSafe Busy Buddy Chamomile-Scented Calming Toys that I received. Entering is super easy, just enter on the rafflecopter below and good luck!!

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In full disclosure:I was not compensated for this post. I received a PetSafe Busy Buddy Chamomile-Scented Calming Toys 2-Pack 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.

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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!