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

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




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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.


 “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. 


  • 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


About the PetSafe® Brand

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 .


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.

Dreams DO Come True!

Ribbet collage



May ALL of YOUR dreams come true!!

Barks and licks and love, Dakota


In full disclosure:I received a Busy Buddy from an Elf friend last Fall but was NOT asked to or required to do a review. I received no compensation to share this video or photos of the product.

July is Hydration Month! PetSafe Wants to Know:Is Your Pet Drinking Enough Water?

This is the human talking! When it comes to talking about water for HUMANS, I am an expert! Don’t think so? Ohhh wait til I tell you!

I have a condition called Medullary Sponge Kidneys, which translated, means, I have 100s of stones, ALL DAY, EVERY DAY! I found out I had this condition approximately 19 years ago when I was in the throes of a kidney stone attack. (You wouldn’t know if you have this condition unless you have your stones analyzed and have XRays and ultrasounds.)

Long story short, the only way I can manage my stones is by drinking LOTS AND LOTS of water! How much do I have to drink? Ready? While you “normal” people can get by on eight, 8 oz glasses a day, I have to drink 128 ounces per day (yes you read that correctly, 128 ounces!! In hot weather I am supposed to double that). Do I do that every day? No, but I am supposed to!

Our friends at PetSafe know that it isn’t only humans like me who don’t always drink enough water, our pets often face the same challenge! Thankfully, they don’t have to drink 128 ounces of water like I do, but DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH WATER YOUR PET NEEDS TO BE HYDRATED?

In honor of July being Hydration Month PetSafe has created this super infographic that lets you know how much water your pet needs and how to help them get it!

Drink up pals!!


Courtesy of PetSafe

Courtesy of PetSafe

PetSafe® Joins The Family Dog™ for Educational Campaign to Keep Kids Safe Around Familiar Dogs #stopthe77

Hi my friends! It’s Dakota and this week we wanted to help our friends at PetSafe share a special message in honor of National Dog Bite Prevention Week.

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), more than 4.5 million people in the U.S. get bitten by dogs each year, with children being by far the most common victims of dog bites and far more likely to incur severe injuries. Shockingly, the majority of these bites – a whopping 77 percent – come from a family or friend’s dog.

That didn’t come as a surprise to my Mom. She has sadly witnessed MANY times, kids pulling the family dog’s tail, jumping on the family dog, and rough-housing with it way too much. People don’t like being treated that way, nor do dogs.

I don’t live with children, I am not used to children and while being SUPER GOOD with them when they approach me, many children DO NOT approach or play with dogs in the right way. Many, many accidents could be prevented if children would be taught the proper way to approach and play with dogs and that would enable more dogs to NOT be turned over to a rescue. Children need to be taught how to show respect to ALL dogs, theirs and the dogs of their family’s and friends.




In honor of Dog Bite Prevention Week (May 17-23), kid-dog training and relationship experts Leah Hatley and Justine Schuurmans of The Family Dog™ have launched Stop the 77. Sponsored by PetSafe® brand, the three-part campaign aims to educate the public about how to really respect dogs and help keep kids safe around the dogs they know.

“The Stop the 77 campaign offers a brand new take on dog safety, just in time for Dog Bite Prevention Week,” said Michelle Mullins, CPDT-KA, KPA-CTP, Manager of PetSafe brand’s Training & Behavior Education Department. “We’re proud to jump on board and support The Family Dog in sharing this crucial message to parents and children alike.”

Mom and I LOVE the video for this campaign:


You can learn more about the Stop the 77 Campaign and help educate kids to respect dogs by visiting their website. The website features cool graphics and music videos that teach kids to respect dogs, understand what your dog is trying to tell you.

About the PetSafe® brand

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 or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

GOING TO THE BLOGPAWS CONFERENCE? Be sure to attend the Yappy Hour Thursday night, it is being sponsored by PetSafe!!




MHS asks for community’s support to save thousands of animal lives this year


In this season of caring, show your love to homeless animals by supporting the Michigan Humane Society’s (MHS) 2015 Valentine’s Telethon, presented by Purina. WXYZ-TV Channel 7 Action News anchor Alicia Smith will host the Telethon, which will air in commercial breaks throughout the day on Thursday, Feb. 12, from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Funds raised by the Telethon are critical to helping MHS rescue and care for thousands of animals in great need.

Alicia Smith and furry friend!

Alicia Smith and furry friend!

From Dakota: Last year my Mom worked a telethon for Michigan Humane and  so many of the kind people she met on the phone brought tears to her eyes!

“The Michigan Humane Society has numerous programs that are absolutely vital to the animals and pet owners in our community,” said CJ Bentley, Senior Director of Operations for MHS. “But without the community’s crucial support, we cannot help those who need us most. On February 12, please share the love and help us save animal lives throughout the year.”


The 19th annual MHS Telethon will feature adoptable pets and stories that show how your support can make a lifesaving difference for area animals who are homeless, abused or neglected.  As a private, nonprofit organization, MHS receives no government funding and is not affiliated with any national humane organizations, relying instead on the generosity of its supporters to save more animal lives.


Lifesaving donations can be made on or before Feb. 12, online at or by calling (855) MHS-GIVE (647-4483), 24 hours a day.


In addition to Purina, sponsors of this year’s Telethon include PetSafe,, Wendy’s-The O’Brien Foundation, Premier Pet Supply, Center for Computer Resources, Strategic Staffing Solutions, Bravecto, Heidebreicht Chevrolet and Grid4 Communications.


The Michigan Humane Society is the largest and oldest animal welfare organization in the state. MHS works to end companion animal homelessness, provide the highest quality service and compassion to the animals entrusted to our care, and to be a leader in promoting humane values.