Pet Product Review: The Auto-close Pet Gate by Primetime Petz

Our home is a “bi-petual” household. We have a dog and a cat.  Throughout most of my adult life I only had cats,  when we added Dakota to our family I was faced with a few dilemmas.

Our cat, (Cody), was here first. He arrived three months before Dakota, his feeding spot was all set, his toys, cat litter, etc. all had their assigned spots.

One of the dilemmas I was faced with was what will I do if Dakota and Cody do not get along? It was important to me to provide a safe haven for Cody  where he could escape to for peace and quiet.

Yet another possible problem was I read horror stories about pet owners not being aware that small cat toys that can  easily be  ingested by a dog, can cause MAJOR problems requiring surgery, and may even cause death. I KNEW that I had to keep Cody’s toys AWAY from Dakota!

I won’t eat any cat toys or cat poop! I promise!

Dogs are also drawn to cat litter (and the “treats” that are in the box). Under no circumstances should either be ingested.

It was a no-brainer that we had to have baby gates. I searched everywhere for a gate that was practical, the perfect height, that was well-made and would suit our needs. Sadly, this is what we had to settle with for MANY years.

I had three of these. They are BEYOND ugly. They served their purpose but accumulated every bit of filth known to man (and beast). When guests came over I had a nightmare. Some were able to climb over the gate, others couldn’t, so I would be forced to remove it. Putting it back up when the guests would leave wasn’t fun, and often the gate wasn’t secure.

Then there was the laundry! The gate in the above photo is right by our washer and dryer. I cannot begin to tell you the “fun” I would have, a mountain of laundry in my arms, trying to climb over an awkward baby gate. I am lucky I didn’t fall flat on my face. To say it was annoying is a complete understatement!

Last year I was reading one of my favorite websites, Hauspanther written by founder Kate Benjamin, and saw a most beautiful and artsy gate that was made by Primetime Petz. I loved it! I have known Kate for many years,  through her website, through her work with Jackson Galaxy, the Cat Lounge at BlogPaws,  as well as her Hauspanther Collection which debuted on Primetime Petz last year. I left a comment and was ecstatic when Kate contacted me asking if I would like to review one of the Primetime Petz pet gates.

 

Kate had me measure the opening in our hallway where I wanted the gate to be. Unfortunately, the original gate that I had my eye on wouldn’t work, but Kate mentioned that the Primetime Petz new Auto-close Pet Gate would more than likely be perfect for our hallway.

Our hallway is wider than the above gate, but thankfully the Auto-close Pet Gate comes with 2 frame extensions that only are used if needed.

From Primetime Petz: The Auto-close Pet Gate, our own version of a swing-gate, is a functional and attractive tension-mount gate that easily attaches to doorways and hallways. Keep your pet safely contained to their designated area while providing you easy access to any space. It features a walk-through door which automatically swings shut and safely locks into place every time. Simply lift up on the door to disengage the lock and walk through. The gate takes care of the rest. The dual action locking mechanism provides superior security when not in use.

It is made with beautiful hardwood construction and their signature Walnut finish compliments any decor!

FEATURES:

  • Tension- mount design keeps gate securely in place
  • Fits openings from 29-42 inches wide
  • Optional 3 inch frame extensions (2) included
  • Closes and locks automatically for worry-free use
  • Rubber stoppers protect walls and frames
  • Recommended for dogs of all sizes

I also think it allows nosy Dakota to better see what is taking place in “Cat Land” where cat poop, cat litter and tiny toys reside. A mysterious place that he is not permitted to enter!

INSTALLATION:

Now this is where we experienced a SLIGHT (and I mean SLIGHT hiccup). I am not the person who installed the gate, nor was my husband. Neither of us are handy, so I enlisted the help of a dear friend who IS handy. I will NOT lie. When she first attempted to put the gate together she couldn’t figure it out. I called Primetime Petz to tell them about our confusion.  I am actually ecstatic that this happened because the help I received was SUPERB! The person I spoke to, went above and beyond. She emailed me step-by-step instructions that were crystal clear. (I did suggest that they have a video on their website that would better show how to install the gate because the directions included with the gate upon delivery ARE confusing, and she said they are working on that!). My friend was able to put the gate up and have it working in a half hour or so.

I could NOT be happier with this gate!!! Doing laundry is a BREEZE…..I am ecstatic that I can open the door of the gate and step right through without worrying that I am going to fall. It is attractive and well-made. It is slightly taller than our previous gate.  I was a little bit worried that Cody wouldn’t be able to jump over it easily. I worried for nothing. Cody hesitated one or two times, then the same day, I heard/saw him jumping over the gate like a champ (and he is almost 10 years old).

Did I mention that it is also darned attractive to look at? I am in love with the color and construction. When guests come over, the gate no longer has to be taken down, they can walk right through!!!

 

 PRIMETIME PETZ is the premiere designer and manufacturer of unique furniture-quality, all-wooden pet gates, kennels, and steps. Their products are made of 100% rich, beautifully finished, chew-resistant, hard wood that will compliment any decor. Their goal is to provide superior quality pet furniture that pets will enjoy and pet owners will feel proud to display in their home. Their collection features a variety of gates that offer solutions to almost any containment challenge. Their commitment to quality is unparalleled in the pet industry and they have made it their mission to provide you with cutting-edge designs that combine elegance and function for both you and your pet.

And…their CUSTOMER SERVICE IS SUPERB!!

If you are looking for a pet gate, The Auto-close Pet Gate from Primetime Petz should definitely be on your list!

Dakota thinks so too!

WHERE TO PURCHASE:

AMAZON

SAM’S CLUB

WAYFAIR

BED BATH & BEYOND

WALMART

AND MORE!!!

FOLLOW PRIMETIME PETZ!!

FACEBOOK

INSTAGRAM

 

In full disclosure: I received no compensation for this review. I was sent an Auto-close Pet Gate from Primetime Petz in exchange for my always honest review.

 

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.

Please Help Our Friends At Nipandbones.com

Hi everyone!

We wanted to join other bloggers and spread the word that our friends over at www.nipandbones.com are in danger of having to close their amazing website and we don’t want that to happen.

My Mom has pawchased a few things from them in the past and I have even tested a few, and we think they sell high quality merchandise and should stay in business!

Won’t you stop by and check them out? I am sure you will find SOMETHING for the special doggie or kitty in YOUR life!

Here is a video of one of the items that Mom pawchased for me there! They have all sorts of stuff! Please go and check them out! THANK YOU!!

 

Barks and licks and love, Dakota

Dachsies With Moxie Tapestries, Quilts and More! A Guest Blog By Agnes Bullock

My name is Agnes Bullock and I have an Etsy shop called Dachsies With Moxie Tapestries, Quilts and More.  I opened the shop last fall, after I began making pet portrait quilts and place mats for friends on Blogville. I am a novice, self-taught quilter who lives in Ohio with my husband Geoffrey and our five dachshunds, Ginger, Chip, Thai, Tasha and Anna Rose.

I learned to sew over thirty years ago in Home Ec, but hated it!  When I was honorably discharged from the Army in 1988, I bought a Singer sewing machine and tried teaching myself to sew- not until I moved back to NY four years later, did I finally conquer craft sewing and made wreaths and trees for my family for Christmas, and dipped my hand into the world of quilting. I became frustrated with that and gave up sewing for twenty years.  Fast forward to the summer of 2011- thanks to the friends that I was beginning to make via the blogging world (which involved pets), I found myself compelled to purchase a couple of dachshund related quilting patterns, and then suddenly I had the idea to take the photo of a friend’s dachshund and make a quilt from the photo! My very first creation was of Frankie Furter, the Mayor of Blogville, a gorgeous black and tan long-haired mini dachshund.

 

 

Utilizing the first photo, I made an applique pattern with the help of Adobe Photoshop, cutting and fusing the pieces to the background of the quilt top, then embroidered each piece in place.  I then completed the piecing the quilt top, then added the backing and batting before quilting and binding. Frankie was made as a thank you gift to new friends who have become a source of strength and inspiration especially since my husband was laid off without notice in mid August of 2011.

My second pet portrait quilt was for another Blogville friend, whose beloved dachshund, Twix, had crossed the Rainbow Bridge.  I again used a picture of Twix the Twixerrific, and cut and pieced away, completing the quilt and mailing it the same day as Frankie’s went out.  I simply wanted to help her Mom and Dad deal with the hurt of losing her so soon.

The response to Frankie’s quilt was huge- his Mom and Dad went crazy over it and she ordered a pet portrait of her daughter’s German Shepherd, Sarge!

Sarge was supposed to be a Christmas present, but was shipped off for Thanksgiving, and was loved by his peeps!  (I took pictures of every step of the way for Lana)

While I was working on Sarge, Lana was talking me into starting up a little cottage industry, making the pet portraits for Etsy- I was quite unsure, since I  am relatively new to quilting after a 20 year hiatus, and didn’t want to promise something that I could not deliver.  I also tried my hand at making place mats- one of our Blogville friends was loving the quilts and I wanted to surprise her and so the Miss Amber Da Weenie place mat line was born-

 

With the advent of the place mat line, I soon had my first order (not through Etsy- a direct commission)- Sarge’s Mom wanted a set of six place mats of Frankie for Christmas!  I found myself in the position of working on a gift for Lana, while working on another commission from Lana- who had ordered another quilt, this time with two portraits, of Frankie’s wives Ruby and Penny!!  On top of that, I was turning my hand to pillows to see if they would be feasible a  gift from me to Lana, a pillow of Ernie, Frankie’s puppy, and another of Frankie, which my dachsies insisted that I make!

I also participated in a couple of giveaways and auctions in Blogville, during November and December one for Pet Blogs United, and for Crossed Paws– both were of place mats that became Christmas presents! The Crossed Paws family also ordered a place mat for a friend in the United Kingdom-

I also received lots of encouragement from Blogville- Sugar the Golden retriever’s Mom created the banner for my Etsy shop and other friends gave me much-needed advice!

Right before Christmas, however, a tragedy struck our Blogville family- friends in Texas lost five of their pack to a terrible house fire just before Christmas.  These heroic animals, now called The Fearless Five, gave their lives warning their peeps and no one was lost.  Guero, Coco Chanel, Shelby, Lucky and Tiger perished saving their people, and will never be forgotten.  I had just received a large commission, from the White Dog Army, and I now found myself torn I wanted to make a queen sized memory quilt, but with the WDA order and Christmas didn’t think that I could handle the work load.  The Mom of the WDA, graciously allowed me to piece the top of the Fearless Five Memory Quilt.  Donations of fabric poured in from South America, the UK, Australia, Canada, and all over the United States.  A real quilter from NY, Cynthia Welch, volunteered her services and quilted and bound what became a king sized undertaking.

 

Accompanying the quilt were private commissions of love two pillows, a baby quilt, two bandanas for the surviving pack members, and two prayer shawls for the Mom and Grandmother of The Fearless Five pack.  All told, the quilt and these items reached our friends at the end of February.  Sixty people world-wide donated fabric to this undertaking without them, none of these gifts were possible.

Right after that, I started the White Dog Army commission- a large quilt, 70 X 55, with FIVE pet portraits!  My husband helped he is my right hand and he is in charge of fabric choice and pattern making without him, DWM would not be possible.  Sue received her birthday gift the weekend before and loved it.

Right now, I am working on three auction items a set of four place mats, a pillow and a quilt!  These will be shipping this month!

While I have not had any Etsy orders, I keep my hand in quilting and taking online quilting classes.  I make items for auctions and giveaways, and am hoping that my business starts to take off I can easily accommodate orders of up to three/four quilts a week plus 12 placemats per week. I am not limited to dog portraits cats, etc are welcome!  My current Etsy listings are linked below:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/84843774/dachsies-with-moxie-tapestries-quilts

http://www.etsy.com/listing/85335133/dachsies-with-moxie-tapestries-quilts?ref=v1_other_2

 

 

From Dakota’s Den: we were honored and excited to feature Agnes on Dakota’s blog. When we stumbled upon her and saw her work we were just overcome with how talented she is. We hope you enjoyed learning more about her as much as we did!

Meet Three Dogz LLC, Featuring Upscale Apparel And More! For Pet Lovers! And A Give-Away!

You know how they say a “good man is hard to find?”

Well, I  have the man, and finding him wasn’t nearly as much of a challenge for me as my eternal quest for high quality T-shirts and sweatshirts that showcase the love I have for my furbabies was. That is, until I found Three Dogz, LLC!

I am all about proudly displaying my love for my furbabies but I am choosy about what I will wear. Much of the merchandise I had run into on the web was poorly made,  was unoriginal, didn’t allow me to showcase my love of Shelties, (many sites have a limited list of breeds that you can have put on a T-shirt,  and Shelties seemed to never make the cut!) and came in your basic BORING colors of white, black, blue and red.

Deborah, Joseph and their "furbabies" Mimi, Rita and Carli

Guess what? Those days are gone! Enter Three Dogz LLC,  an Internet-based business which is  owned and operated by Deborah and Joseph LaRocque of Livonia, Michigan (which happens to be about 20 minutes from where I live!) and specializes in selling high-quality products for pet lovers!

Have a passion for dogs, cats or horses? You have found the right place!  When  you visit their website be sure you have a bowl of snacks and a beverage by your side,  because this is NOT a quick-hit-and-run-website. I am certain you will become as smitten and engrossed when viewing their website  as I was.  They have a  vast selection of merchandise that will make YOU wag YOUR tail in sheer delight!

You will find everything from:

"Ms.Zoe"

T-shirts (some with rhinestone, Zebra print, embroidery, etc.)

Sweatshirts

Pawprint Rhinestone Necklace

Jewelry

Pet Bandanas

Desk sets (including Bone shaped Paper Clips, pens/pencils, mouse pads)

Kids Apparel

Couples Apparel

Gift Wrapping Items

AND MORE!

Did I mention these items are quality? Oh I did? Well listen again, I have yet to find T-shirts or sweatshirts for the pet lover that were of such superb quality.

Are you a hard-to-fit-size? No worries. When I was a Plus Size my frustration level used to be through the ceiling. I would find a T-shirt I liked that was only available in a 1X, that is NOT the case here! Plus Sizes are welcome and abundant here in many of their designs!  Where were these guys when I was a 2X or 3X?

Deborah and I live so close to each other that we met for lunch and she  gave me  an adorable “Wild About Shelties” T-shirt to keep and review.  (I have to say that Deborah is every bit as unique and vibrant as the designs featured on her website! It was a complete joy to chat with her in person and to be able to completely see and  feel the love and pride she has for her high quality products).

Here is the shirt that I chose:

My Shirt!!!!

Example of same shirt, showing sleeves and different breed on front.

I was so blown away with the custom design (all Deborah’s designs are created by their own in-house designer and are unique to Three Dogz LLC), you can have YOUR favorite breed featured on your shirt as well (most breeds are available). Your color choices are practically unlimited!

After receiving the T-shirt I proceeded to order the Pet Parents Pledge Sweatshirt (I PURCHASED IT because I LOVE THEIR MERCHANDISE, it was NOT given to me) which is the best-fitting, softest,   most unique and  comfortable sweatshirt that I own! My husband mentioned last night that I need to buy more of them because he had never seen me look so good in a sweatshirt! The attention to detail from the paw prints INSIDE of the hood, to the tiny paw prints on the top of the hoodie are the cutest thing I have seen in quite some time! (Many color choices are available!)

I also ordered Bone-shaped paper clips, a “Dog Mom” embroidered tote bag (that I am giving  to a lucky girl in our family for the holidays, shhhh…don’t tell!)  and some note pads (as a thank-you for my order Deborah threw in a couple of extra items which I was just tickled to receive!)

I am thrilled to let you know that Deborah has generously offered to GIVE one of my readers a T-shirt of their choice!

How can you win?   NUMBER 1 IS MANDATORY. IF YOU DO NOT COMPLETE NUMBER 1 YOU WILL NOT BE ENTERED. (U.S. and Canada only please)

1) MANDATORY: Visit the Three Dogz LLC website, then come back here and leave a comment telling us which T-shirt design you would like to win if you are chosen by www.random.org as the lucky winner!

2) “like” Three Dogz LLC on Facebook and tell them that Dakota’s Den sent you!

3) DEADLINE TO ENTER:  MONDAY, DECEMBER 5th at 11pm EASTERN. The winner will be drawn by www.random.org and announced WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7th.

How cute are these dog bone paper clips?

Good luck!!