Friday, July 20, 2018

A toy that promotes animal adoption

What if a stuffed toy was more than a stuffed toy? What if it contained a little lesson on compassion and animal rescue, too?

Little Live Pet's Scruff-a-Luvs™ has recently been introduced at toy shows, and has been quite popular. According to news reports and bloggers, it is proving to be one of this year's hottest toys.

The toy starts out as a bedraggled matted fur ball......



  that "just needs a little love" to transform into an adorable puppy, kitten or bunny.
 
Inspired by viral videos of animal rescues and transformations, Scruff-a-Luvs™ are the heart-warming toys that need children to rescue them. The slogan reads, "Find us scruffy, make us fluffy." 


 What do you think? Would you buy this toy for a child you love?

Note: This is not a paid advertisement. I was not given a Scruff-a-Luvs™ toy, nor did I purchase one. 

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

A dog toy? No, a bird toy. #ChewyInfluencer

We review a lot of dog toys here, and occasionally a cat toy or two. But this BIRD TOY from Chewy.com was so adorable, we couldn't resist giving it a look. We don't have a bird to try this out at the moment, but based on our research about what birds like, the Super Bird Creations Foraging Bird toy is bright, interesting and definitely looks fun for birds!


Look at all those colors. Unlike dogs, birds see colors well. And the different shapes and textures and challenging and stimulating for birds. The wicker basket is filled with a beak-tastic variety of popsicle sticks, ice cream spoons, mini loofahs and more. Birds like to pluck, rip, tear, and chew these things apart. You can also hide treat inside to encourage foraging behavior and eliminate boredom.


The Super Bird Creations toy:
chewable
challenging
bird-safe
 This looks like a wonderful toy to help keep your pet bird mentally stimulated and having fun. What do you think? Does this look like a fun bird toy? If you have a bird, do you think he/she would enjoy this toy? What part of this toy do you think would be his or her favorite? What kind of treats could you hide inside for foraging?

*Full Disclosure:
We were provided with one Super Bird Creations Foraging Toy in exchange for our honest review. The opinions expressed here are 100% my own.





 





Friday, July 13, 2018

A Place to Carry Your Small Pet but not your Golden Retriever #ChewyInfluencer

A Dialogue in Which Ernest and Petey receive a Delivery

Scene: The doorbell rings. A package arrives from Chewy.com.  Since we're Chewy Influencers, Ernest and Petey know there is something exciting and usually delicious inside that box.

They proceed to jump and dig their toenails into my bare feet as I open the box.



 Ernest: What is this green thing Chewy mailed us? It doesn't smell like food.

Petey: Nope. I licked it. Yuck.

Ernest: Mom's unzipping it. It looks like a carrier of some sort. But I'll never fit in there. Why don't you try it, Petey? You're younger and smaller.

Petey: I'm not going to try it, it's not even big enough for that cat next door. You're always trying to get me in trouble. I'm telling Mom.



Ernest: Never mind. So it appears that this is the Kaytee Come Along Pet Carrier. It comes in three sizes: one is small enough for rats. The medium is for a guinea pig. And what's in this large one here? Look at the way the door flap zips right open. Hey, those are bunnies in there!



Pete: Yup, I like bunnies. Look how nice they fit in there. They seem awfully cozy inside their carrier.


Pete: Maybe they'd like to come out and play.


 Ernest: Hey Petey! You put the brown one back!



Ernest: That's better. Now let's see what we have here. Nice fabric. Sturdy nylon handle.



Petey: If I could read I'd know a little more about this thing, but it doesn't look like much fun for me.

Ernest: It's not supposed to be. Not everything is for us.

Petey: oh.


Ernest: That's a big mesh window on the side. Nice ventilation.

Petey: You and your big words. I just know that those bunnies have a good view.



Ernest: I think anyone who has a rabbit, guinea pig or even a bird could use this carrier. We give this carrier 4 Paws up! That means it's good. Check it out at Chewy.com and it'll be on your doorstep in just two days or so. Tell them Ernest and Petey sent you.

Petey: And speaking of sending things, next time I hope we get bully sticks.


Ernest: Or biscuits! Oh well, enough of this, let's go play.

Petey: Tag! You're it!

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Full Disclosure: We were provided one small pet carrier in exchange for our honest review. This in no way influenced our opinions. Opinions expressed here are 100% our own.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Don't forget to pack the Kong.

We love summer vacations and getaways....especially when we can bring along our goldens, Ernest and Petey. After many trips where we've developed a list of items to help us all have a successful trip. Along with extra long leads, collapsible travel bowls, and their own comfy beds, one thing we always remember to pack is some toys, including a Kong.

Ernest with the new loot. He doesn't look that into posing today.


Recently we all went on a weekend trip to visit family. As a #ChewyInfluencer, I was lucky enough to be provided with one Kong and one tube of Kong Easy Treat to review. We brought that, along with another Kong, on our trip. Petey and Ernest loved playing with the Kongs while we were busy visiting, and when we we went out and left them in a strange new room. It gave them something fun to do while we were out.

Petey always has a smile for the camera. Especially when there are treats involved.


Here are some ways a Kong can help you and your dog when you travel:

1. In the hotel: Give your dog a stuffed KONG right before you leave them in the hotel room. This will keep them occupied and help eliminate the stress of your exit.
2. On the road: Long car rides can be stressful for your pup. Fill a KONG with their favorite kibble and Easy Treat™ to keep them busy and make them feel more at home.
3. Out and about: Bring a KONG, kibble and Easy Treat™ as a reward to keep them occupied and happy while you have down time in crowded places.



Don't you love how Ernest holds the Kong with his paw?

What to stuff your Kong with?
peanut butter
canned pumpkin
mashed banana
canned dog food
Kong Easy Treat


You can also mix in some dog kibble and treats, fruits and veggies.
Another fun idea is to freeze the stuffed Kong before giving to your dog!

Pete has his own technique for proper treat removal.

When done, be sure to soak Kong and use a bottle brush or toothbrush to clean the crevices inside. (Or wash on top rack of dishwasher.)

Check out Ernest and Petey enjoying their treats!




Next trip, be sure to pack a Kong and some Easy Treat in your dog's travel bag! (You can find a selection of Kong sizes and shapes, along with treats and Easy Treat for stuffing at Chewy.com.)


Full Disclosure: We were provided with one Kong and one Easy Treat in exchange for our honest review. Opinions here are 100% my own.


Friday, May 11, 2018

Bob-a-lot of fun! A treat dispensing toy for your dog.

We have so much fun as #ChewyInfluencer, and this time we got to review a really great toy! Petey had so much fun with this. If you're looking for a toy for your dog that is a lot of fun and keeps him moving and active this is it! The Starmark Treat Dispensing Bob-a-lot!

Think Weeble that spits out treats. If your dog is food motivated, or just enjoys a puzzle, he's going to love this toy. Just unscrew the top, fill with treats, open the little door at the bottom and go! We tested this toy with Pete. He bopped it all over with his nose and paw. Loved it and got every bit of kibble out and had a bob-a-lot of fun!





  It's great for slow feeding and reducing boredom. You can even customize the difficulty level. This toy is sturdy too. Pete has carried it around in his mouth, batted at it, dropped it and chewed on it and it holds up!


Next we let Ernest have a turn.


Oh well, some dogs just don't know how to have fun.

Check out the Bob-a-lot on Chewy.com. They'll ship it off to you and your dog can be playing with it in a matter of days!


Full Disclosure: We received one Bob-a-lot toy in exchange for our honest review. Opinions here are 100% my own.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Many Pets Happy with Food Donation #ChickenSoupPets



Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food recently donated 3,854 pounds of their nutritious pet food to help feed rescue animals at the Humane Society of Scott County (HSSC) in Davenport, IA. The donation is part of the pet food company’s Fill A Bowl... Feed A Soul™ (FABFAS) program, a national campaign targeting the donation of one million meals to shelter pets annually.

 
Adoptable dog Looney






















“When searching for a rescue organization to assist, we often turn to our dedicated independent pet specialty retailers to help identify animal shelters or foodbanks in their neighborhood,” said Jeanne Blandford, Director of Marketing for Chicken Soup for the Soul PetFood. “In this case, we reached out to Theisen’s Davenport Store and manager Jim Gable.”

“Not only did Theisen’s direct us to the Humane Society of Scott County,” continued Ms. Blandford, “but because HSSC is a smaller rescue without a loading dock, Theisen's accepted the nearly two tons of pet food at their Davenport store and then delivered it directly to the shelter. They used their own staff and volunteers. That shows true commitment to the dogs, cats and the Davenport community as a whole.”

Volunteers unloading the donation.












Pamela Arndt, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Scott County thanked Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food and said, “Their donation of cat food came at the perfect time as our supply was getting low. The donation of grain free dog food is fabulous as we are seeing our dogs responding better on grain free food.”

Adoptable cat Ambrose

 





















About Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food
*Premium
*Holistic
*Real meats (chicken, turkey, duck and salmon), fruits, vegetables and herbs
*No corn, wheat, soy, artificial coloring, flavoring or preservatives
*Core and grain-free formulas
*Made in the USA

A rescued shelter pet is featured on every bag. A portion of all proceeds from the sale of Chicken Soup for the Soul pet food goes to help shelters and pets in need through Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Fill-a-Bowl ... Feed-a-Soul™ program. 
 
Like Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food on Facebook:
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Adoptable dog Looney available at the Humane Society of Scott County
Photo provided by Humane Society of Scott County

Adoptable cat Ambrose available at the Humane Society of Scott County
Photo provided by Humane Society of Scott County

Theisen’s employees and volunteers
Photo provided by Humane Society of Scott County

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Lady and the Tramp family movie night featuring #MoviesAnywhere and Petcube


We have one of those dogs who loves to watch movies. Petey reacts to dogs, cats, horses, and other animals on TV. As long as they are on the screen, he’s interested. As soon as they are off screen, he walks away. We enjoy family movies, especially when they are about dogs. Here's Petey watching the scene from Lady and the Tramp where the canines are crooning in "jail." 





This is a #sponsored post. 
Lady and the Tramp, a classic family favorite movie, is now available (released February 20th) digitally on Movies Anywhere. To help spread the word about the release of this heartwarming movie, we were given a code to view Lady and the Tramp on Movies Anywhere. I was intrigued to learn that this new movie streaming service allows you to watch movies any time from any location. In addition, we received a #Petcube pet cam, which allows us to view our dogs anytime from anywhere! What a fantastic combination! 

First… the movie.  Step one, we installed the Movies Anywhere app on our Apple TV 4k streaming device. Then we entered the digital code for the movie. And within minutes, we were watching our feature presentation! It was that easy. Petey and Ernest joined us in watching the movie. While Ernest mostly slept, there were many times Petey perked up at the activities on the screen.

Petey watches baby Lady while Ernest rests.
Of course my favorite part is when Lady and Tramp eat spaghetti. Even Ernest checked that out.

Who doesn't love this scene?

We enjoyed the ease of using Movies Anywhere. It’s available to use with amazon, google play, itunes and Vudu. It’s convenient because it keeps all your movies in one place, and you can access them on any device. We watched Lady and the Tramp at home on our television, but could also watch anytime (and anywhere!) on a tablet, Roku, Android, Amazon Fire or whatever. 

#LadyandtheTrampMA

 Because it works across a number of platforms it allows you to take your digital film library with you no matter what device or operating system you’re using. 
Now on to Petcube. This is an awesome, compact portable pet camera, so we can watch Petey and Ernest from anywhere too! Petcube is interactive and actually allows you to see, talk to and play with your pet. The device was super easy to install. The cube is small and looks attractive anywhere. The two way audio allows you to hear and talk to your pet. We have Petcube Play. This model also has a laser pointer you can use to play with your cat or dog from anywhere. I’m not sure if Petey and Ernest would respond to a laser pointer or not, but it will be fun to try. 



The most impressive part is that the picture quality is amazing.  It features a 1080p HD video and the nightvision works surprisingly well in low and no-light conditions. The lens has a 138 degree wide angle view. I could see my hall and livingroom from just one position.

Picture capture from the Petcube pet camera.
Our Lady and the Tramp movie night was a great success. Fortunately, the movie ends happily ever after. I recommend both Movies Anywhere and Petcube, which together make it easier for you to watch your movies and your pets anytime anywhere. Ernest and Petey agree. Now they need a nap. 
#promotion  #LadyAndTheTrampMA 

That was a good movie. Now, goodnight.

*FULL DISCLOSURE: We were provided with a code for one movie on Movies Anywhere and a Petcube play in exchange for my honest review. This in no way influenced my opinions. Opinions expressed here are 100% my own.

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?!
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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.  

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