Wednesday, February 14, 2018

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo's New Dog

The governor of the state of New York got a new puppy...and he's facing all the same issues that pet parents everywhere face.

Governor Cuomo held the large, squirming 14-week husky-shepherd mix in his arms at a press conference Tuesday. "This is Captain." He wanted to name him Excelsior, the state motto, but got outvoted by his family.

"This was the idea of my daughters, who had to have a puppy, had to have a puppy."
He added dryly, "They are nowhere to be found now."

The adorable dog has a gray face, white markings, and black eyebrows and rings around his eyes. His tail wagged and he seemed relaxed and curious during the press conference.

The governor also explained about house (or mansion) training. "He goes outside. He'll stay outside for any period of time he deems necessary and he will then come inside and urinate as soon as he gets inside He will only urinate indoors."  Captain also keeps the family awake with his nighttime howling. That's why they make puppies so cute, right?

I'm sure Captain will be a wonderful addition to the family and that the daughters will form close bonds with this adorable little guy.  All the best to Captain in his new home!

You can watch the governor's press conference here:

Monday, February 5, 2018

Good Night, Sleep Tight...Dog Bed Review and GIVEAWAY

Ernest and Petey love having their very own special napping places. We have several beds both upstairs and down. They always like trying out new ones, too.

We were invited to review a dog bed from Smiling Paws Pets. They carry pet beds for cats and dogs, along with other pet supplies. Would your dog like a new bed? We're giving away one free dog bed in the Rafflecopter below. So be sure to enter!

We received the Modern Dog Bed in size Large. The bed was too small for our adult golden retriever Ernest, but 9-month old Petey took to it immediately. It was actually on the small side for him too, but he loved rolling over atop the super-soft sherpa fabric.

Some of the pluses are that the bed is attractive, with a striped exterior and a brown sherpa interior. The bottom is a waterproof, slip resistant fabric. On the negative side is that the bed is more lightweight than I expected and the sides are not as sturdy as I thought they'd be. This hasn't detracted from Petey's enjoyment of the bed however.  He returns to it often for a cozy place to relax.

I think this bed is nice for the home or good for a lightweight travel bed. I haven't washed it yet, but it appears that it would machine wash well. P.S. If you don't win the dog bed, or if you want to check out one of the other products on the site, use this code to get 15% off your entire order. One per customer, valid until March 5th: Peggy15
So are you ready to win a Smiling Paws Pets dog bed of your own?!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Full Disclosure: We were provided one Modern Dog bed to review and one to give away in exchange for my honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion. Opinions expressed here are 100% my own.  

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Healthy Treats for Dogs #ChewyInfluencer

Top Ten about Nature's Variety Instinct Grain Free oven-baked dog biscuits:

10. Made in the USA
9. Natural
8. Grain free

7. Gluten free
6. No added sugar
5. Chicken meal is the first ingredient

4. Includes chickpeas, cranberries, pumpkinseeds and ground flaxseed
3. 25 calories a bisquit (medium sized biscuit)
2. crunchy!

1. My dogs love them.
 Even these two muddy dogs coming inside from playing want their treats!

I found one surprising fact: I noticed "montmorillonite clay" on the ingredient list and I thought What is clay doing in my dog's food? That doesn't sound good. When I looked it up, however, I found that montmorillonite clay facilitates high-quality pet foods to remain free of harmful chemicals. The clay acts as a detoxifier. It can strengthen bones and joints, boost your pet's immune system, and is gaining popularity with veterinarians. So it's always good to do a little research if you an unfamiliar with an ingredient. sent us a bag to try out and review and the dogs love them! These treats also come in Rabbit and apples, or Duck and sweet potatoes.

Full Disclosure: I was provided one 20 oz bag of Nature's Variety Instinct dog biscuits in exchange for my honest review. Opinions expressed here are 100% my own.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

My dogs' favorite toy.

My dogs chew.
A lot.
And to keep Petey from chewing this sneakers, slippers, rugs, dish towels and anything else not nailed down, I like to keep him stocked in chew toys.

Recently invited us to review the Benebone. We love being Chewy Influencers because we get to sample lots of good toys. So we got the Benebone, and my dogs haven't stopped chewing on it since! 

 I got it with Petey in mind, thinking older Ernest wouldn't be that interested. But he loves it too!

We got the jumbo size, bacon flavor. It also comes in peanut butter and rotisserie chicken flavor. The wishbone shape is just right for grasping with paws. And it really doesn't matter which end ends up in their mouth, or in both mouths!!

The Benebone is made of food-grade nylon and real bacon! So far, after constant chewing pretty much 24/7 by both dogs, the bone is still in tact. That is amazing!

As always, monitor your dog when chewing. Ernest and Petey didn't get any chunks off this yet, but if your dog does, you are advised to take the toy away. The toy is on the pricier side, but it is worth it since it may last longer than a few days (or minutes!).  Petey and Ernest definitely recommend the Benebone for strong chewers of all sizes and life stages.

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*FULL DISCLOSURE: I was provided with one Benebone for my honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion. Opinions expressed here are 100% my own.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Canine Cancer Survivor Becomes Therapy Dog

Mom, tell me again the story about how you chose me.
Ernest, we chose you because you needed us, and we needed you.

I'm so excited that Ernest's adoption story is shared on's Pet Stories. I've been a Chewy Influencer for years, reviewing and blogging about various products, so I was delighted to contribute this story to their site as well.

Canine Cancer Survivor Becomes Therapy Dog to Man With Alzheimer’s

This post is by Chewy Influencer Peggy Frezon.
Our first senior dog rescue was 11 years old when we adopted him. I shook my head and told my husband, “He’ll break our hearts.”

My husband looked at me and said, “But he needs us.”

So, we adopted the sad, skin-and-bones Golden Retriever, named him Brooks, and fell in love with him. And sure enough, he broke our hearts—but not before filling them with love and joy.

Brooks helped us find our mission—to give a loving home to abandoned senior Goldens. We’ve loved and lost a few. Then this May, our rescue group contacted us about a 9-year-old Golden who lived in deplorable conditions. Did we want him? We’d just lost two senior dogs. Could we open our hearts up to such pain again?

The answer was clear.
See the rest of the story at Canine Cancer Survivor....

In addition to publishing the story, sent Ernest a box of goodies, and they also sent Peppertree  Rescue, the amazing rescue group from which we adopted Ernest, Brooks, and our other dogs, a big box of two dog beds, toys, Kongs, and treats to share with foster dogs in their care. Here's what they got:

Thank you to for all they do to share stories of our love for our pets, and for recognizing the great rescue groups that help make families complete. Thank you Peppertree for helping us find Ernest, who has filled our home with so much love.
P.S. He's now 3 months cancer free!