Friday, July 19, 2013

Go Dog Go

Remember the Dr. Seuss book, Go, Dog. Go? That was always one of my favorites--and my kid's favorites when they were little.

Well a fit dog is always on the go, and Kelly is no exception. She likes to join us on outings and vacations whenever she can. Recently I purchased two items that I thought would be helpful for fit dog active outings. One deserves a PAWS UP and one gets a PAWS DOWN.


To Go Bowl
We have several different kinds of water bottles and travel bowls for Kelly, and they work great when we're outside and put the bowl on the ground. Not so well when we're in the car and want to give her a drink. Then I found the To Go Bowl. It fits in your car's cup holder. It's really handy for short rides or longer trips.

No more worries about the bowl tipping over and spilling
Fits easily in cup holders of all sizes
Includes a splash guard and cover
Easy and convenient!

There are a lot of pieces to this. While each piece is useful and increases the functionality of the bowl, it does make it difficult to keep all the pieces together and to store the pieces that you don't need. It would be nice if the pieces somehow stowed within each other or were adaptable without coming completely detached. For instance, it's easy to misplace the cover in your car!

Overall, I would not let the negatives deter you from considering the To Go Bowl. It's a handy little product and we use ours often.

Winnipet seat belt
I wanted to try a seatbelt for Kelly, and saw this one for a good deal on a pet product site that offers monthly specials. Unfortunately, I can't remember where I got it and I can't even find a website for the product. The seatbelt arrived with a hang tag that simply said "Winnipet, all love for it" (whatever that means) and offered no other identifying information including address, phone, website, bar code, etc. And no instructions on  how to use the seatbelt.

Positives: none

Negatives: To put it bluntly, it didn't work. You'd think, as simple as this seatbelt looks, that all you'd have to do is clip one end to your dog's harness, and slide the other end into the belt, and buckle! Well, when I put the slot into the seatbelt, it wouldn't latch. The design of the seatbelt doesn't allow for the buckle to fit properly into the other end. I tried the seatbelt in several different cars, but the result was the same. What a disappointment. I'd like to return it for a refund, but have no idea where to return it!

If you have recommendations of a seatbelt that actually works, I'd love to hear them!

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  1. Wow, that is some water bowl! We just drink when we stop. I wish I could suggest the seat belts we use but we bought them in Europe. We love them but have not seen any like them here. It is so important to be restrained in the car. Since we started wearing them as puppies, they are just another part of a car ride for us.

  2. Frankie and ErnieJuly 19, 2013 at 8:18 AM

    Our mom made our seat belt thingy HERSELF... she used an OLD Walkin String and Sewed snaps on them. They work GRRRREAT Just the right length fur each of us... and EASY to attach. They are not pretty butt they keep us SAFE and that is all that we care about.

    PeeS... We wonder WHY we have to type our name and email in every time we leave you a comment? Do you know if we can make it remember us?

  3. I really like that water bowl until I saw all the pieces - momz would lose them the first time she took it apart. Too bad about the seat belt.

  4. The bowl looks pretty good, we have a thirsty Milo for the car and love it!

  5. Bark and ChatterJuly 19, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    I hate getting stuck with useless products! :(
    Thanks for the info on the dish - I have been on the look out for a good travel bowl!

  6. The number of pieces would frustrate me, but it is a neat idea...I'm lucky in that Giz is a good drinker and I don't really have problems keeping him hydrated...we have a connector that came with our EzyDog harness that clips to the seat belt and has been useful

  7. Too bad about that seatbelt! Rocco rides in a crate in the car in the car. It keeps him safe and secure and also limits the dirt (if we've been out playing) to one confined place!

  8. I love the idea of that bowl. Looks pretty awesome, however my boy is so clumsy I'm sure he'd find some way to knock it over in my truck. Egads! Not a fan of seatbelts but I guess if I had a little guy, I'd look at all options. Excellent reviews and thanks for sharing some new products with us!

  9. Sure looks like way to many pieces
    Benny & Lily

  10. Jan K, Wag N Woof PetsJuly 19, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    That bowl does look great, though it seems like they could have made it with a few less parts! Oh, I hate it when I buy something and it has no instructions! And even worse that it didn't even work at all! I'd also like to know what a good seatbelt might be.

  11. We're going to take a long road trip to a hotter climate in a couple of weeks. Maybe I should get a bowl for the car ride....however, I worry that they will drink too much water and have an accident in the car. It's good to remind yourself to stop often though - not just to let the dogs potty but to give them a drink of water.


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