Earth Rated Poop Bags + Giveaway

*This giveaway is now closed.*

Happy Friday! :-D

I love and appreciate all the samples I get to review but sometimes the non-food products are the most interesting since I don’t get them that often. The product I’m most excited about lately are Earth Rated poop bags. (Yes, I am excited about poop bags.)

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Earth Rated sold me first on their presentation. What’s not to love about a care package that has a bandana for Teton right on top?! And as if that weren’t enough…

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…how about a notebook, sticky notes, pen, stickers, and a button to accompany the bag dispenser and bags themselves?

You may be asking yourself, “Why do I give a rip about poop bags?” or “Won’t my old Safeway bags do?” or maybe “Aren’t all poop bags created equal?” I’ve asked myself those same questions.

I don’t blame you if you don’t give a rip about poop bags. They’re a necessarily evil. I don’t love spending money on them anymore than the rest of the population, but I refuse to be the schmuck in my neighborhood or at the dog park who doesn’t pick up after their dog. Sure, your old Safeway bags will do the trick, but aren’t you transitioning to reusable grocery bags and quickly depleting your pile of old plastic bags? Hint hint hint. ;-)

All poop bags are not created equal. Most bags on the market are made of plastic and have a less than desirable impact on the environment. Also, if you’ve tried a variety of bags you know that some are made of cheap, thin material that breaks easily or even has holes in it prior to using. I’ll spare you the nasty details on that.

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Earth Rated offers a variety of bags including scented refill roles, handle bags, and my favorite – plastic-free refill rolls.

Here’s the best part about the plastic-free refill rolls: they’re compostable!!! Since they are vegetable-based, instead of tossing them in your garbage can you can compost them or chuck them in your yard waste. And, if you’re wondering, the fact that they are vegetable-based doesn’t mean they’re any less durable than their plastic counterparts.

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I’ve tried three or four different bag dispensers and this is one of my favorites. It’s easy to use and adjust (the velcro strap makes it easy to move from the leash to your belt to a backpack, etc.) and the bags are secure inside but easy to rip off before use. It’s not as bulky as some other dispensers, which is great if you don’t want something swinging around on the leash or getting in the way of the leash handle.

My husband and I have been using our Earth Rated dispenser and bags for a few weeks now. I’m happy to report there hasn’t been a single tear in any of our bags, our nostril hairs haven’t burned off from the poo smell since the bags are nice and thick, and we’re feeling good about ourselves for helping the environment one bag at a time. :-)

Would you like some Earth Rated bags of your own? Duh. Why wouldn’t you?

The kind and generous folks at Earth Rated have offered to send one Her Dog Blog reader (in the U.S. or Canada) their very own dispenser and refill pack plus some other goodies. You’ll have three ways to enter…

1. “Like” Earth Rated and Her Dog Blog on Facebook

2. Subscribe to Her Dog Blog by entering your e-mail address in the box to the right and clicking on “Sign me up!”

3. Leave a comment below telling me one way that you’re more environmentally conscious.

Make sure you leave a comment telling me which way you entered the giveaway and if you chose more than one option you’ll get an entry for each!

I’ll randomly select a winner next Friday, May 8th, at which time the giveaway will close.

Happy tails!

FURminator Dual Brush

Happy Friday! What plans do you have for the evening? I’ll probably be asleep on the couch by 8:17 PM so I’m sure your plans won’t top mine. ;-) Is it just me or does the exhaustion from the whole week hit on Friday at around 6 PM?

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(A little blurry but worth it since he’s such a happy puppy in this photo!)

As you know, Teton has luscious flowing locks. Surprisingly, they don’t take a lot of maintenance (thank goodness). He’s bathed about once a month and brushed no more than two times a month. We’re pretty lucky that his hair doesn’t get matted or tangled. And, bonus! His hair doesn’t smell like “dog.” Or at least, that’s what our friends tell us.

While keeping Teton’s locks in check isn’t too much of a challenge, keeping our floors dog hair free is. A Dyson was probably one of the best investments we made, but just vacuuming doesn’t always cut it. While I mentioned above that Teton is only brushed two times a month, I should specify that these brushing sessions are legit. Too legit, in fact, to quit. Seriously. We can’t stop or there would be a layer of Teton hair in every room of the house.

Are all dog brushes created equal? We haven’t tested many but this past week we got to try out the FURminator Dual Brush from Chewy.com.

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This particular brush from FURminator is two brushes in one. One side is a pin brush and the other is a bristle brush.

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Ok, just kidding. There’s one more photo.

The pin brush is for either long-haired dogs or to aid in working toward management of the undercoat, while the bristle brush is for smoothing the hair. You can use both sides on either long-haired or short-haired dogs.

The FURminator Dual Brush worked fine on Teton, but I would use it as more of a smoothing brush than one for his undercoat. To really get the loose hair out, this brush didn’t quite do the trick for us. (We’ve had more success with brushes like this one from Chewy.)

Who does this work well on?

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This guy. Biju! (Teton’s bestie.)

Short-haired dogs like Biju have very different hair than long-haired dogs like Teton. The FURminator Dual Brush was perfect for Biju because his short hair took less pull to come out with the pin brush than Teton’s long hair and the bristle brush smoothed his hair nicely.

If you’re in the market for a new brush or want to try something that’s made for a specific grooming purpose like detangling, check out Chewy.com’s Brushes and Combs assortment. All FURminator products are on sale (the Dual Brush is less than $10), too!

Happy tails…

Life Lately + Dog CPR

Whaaaaaaaat? Yep. It’s me.

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And this guy. (He’s not as bored as he looks in that photo right now because he’s chewing on a raw bone.)

Teton just got a special delivery from his pals over at Chewy.com – a brush. Ok, so maybe he’s not as excited about it as I am (he doesn’t love being brushed) but once I’ve used it I’ll write up a full review in case any of you are in the market for a new brush for your pooch.

This post is entitled “Life Lately” but I don’t have many photos to share because I’ve been a real turd about taking pictures lately. Life has been busy lately (hence the lack of blog posts) but I have a lot to write about in regard to Teton’s diet. We have added a supplement to Teton’s diet, changed his food, and introduced raw bones as a meal alternative two times a week. Sounds chaotic…and it was at first. But, all is fab now and Teton is looking great and seems happy as a clam. (I’ll write more specifics soon!)

Today I wanted to share an infographic that I found about animal CPR. I recently took my CPR + First Aid training and asked the instructor about performing CPR on a dog. It’s invaluable to know how to perform CPR on an adult or child but I wanted to know how to perform it on an animal should I ever need to, as well!

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Hopefully you’ll never have to perform CPR on a pet but look this infographic over and keep it handy in case of emergency. And look for CPR + First Aid classes in your community or through your work. Everyone should now how to perform CPR!

Happy tails…

Halo Liv-a-Littles + Early Friday Favorites

Hello, and welcome to Thursday evening.

Friday can never come soon enough, can it?

This week Teton has been enjoying some Halo Liv-a-Little treats from Chewy.com. He’s had them before and they didn’t last long so we jumped at the chance to try a new flavor!

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We selected the wild salmon variety to test but these treats also come in beef and chicken. They are freeze-dried and made up of 100% salmon. That’s it.

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I love one-ingredient treats.

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Salmon is fantastic for your dog because it is high in omega 3 fatty acids which have been shown to support the immune system, joints, skin and coat!

Teton seems to love freeze-dried treats more than your average biscuit. I have a theory that they smell more pungent (in a good way) and are more fun to chew so that’s why he likes them. Who knows if I’m right but if Teton has the option between a dry dog bone and a freeze-dried treat he’ll go with the freeze-dried every time.

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Thanks to Chewy for these treats! Don’t forget that they have a huge selection of freeze-dried food and treats if you’re in the market for some new munchies for your dog.

Now, for a few early Friday favorites…

Dogs in Sunglasses

I’m in love with this Dogs in Sunglasses print from Wonderflies. I must have it.

DentaTreat

This is my newest (and most amazing) find for Teton’s rank breath. Well, this and raw bones. More to come in a later post but I can’t recommend Wysong’s DentaTreat enough.

Doggie Tops

Loving the tees from Doggie Tops! This is the Finnish Lapphund which has the same fluff-factor as Teton. :-)

Elena Shumilova

Check out photographer Elena Shumilova’s work here. I can’t get enough of it.

Dinosaur Collar

Gah! I love dinosaurs. If Teton didn’t have a thousand already I’d order him this one from Woof Couture.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Happy tails…

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!

I’m going to hop on the Friday Favorites bandwagon and try to start posting a handful of things I love every Friday. After all, posting cool shiz I find is the most fun kind of post anyway!

Sip Coffe Shirt

This incredible shirt from SunFrog Shirts. Only $19!

I'm Lost Tag

Ha! This amazing tag from sprout1world’s Esty page.

Dog Murphy Bed

This totally clever murphy bed for your dog. Love.

Dog Gloves

These very cute dog gloves, which are available on talkinglove’s Etsy page.

Octopus Toy

This silly octopus toy from Chewy.com. Teton loves floppy toys like this!

Cake Topper

Gasp! I’m already married but if I were re-doing the wedding I’d definitely need this adorable cake topper from Creative Butterfly.

Seat Extender

I’m kind of obsessing with getting a seat extender like this one from In the Company of Dogs for my truck. I have a hammock in the back seat now but I think Teton would like this better. And, after all, it’s all about him, right? ;-)

Happy tails…

Blue Buffalo Wilderness Wild Bones

How’s your weekend been?

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(Teton and his favorite treat, the Himalayan Dog Chew.)

Teton has had better weekends because this morning I gave him a bath.

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Doesn’t he look like a pissed off teenager? :-)

Yesterday he got to run around the family farm and he had all sorts of stank on him so into the tub he went. He’s not a fan but was a good sport.

After his bath he munched on a new dental chew that he’s trying – Blue Buffalo’s Wilderness Wild Bones.

Wilderness Bones 5Teton has had dental chews from Blue Buffalo before, but not this particular kind. I was really pleased with their original dental chew – Blue Bones – and even blogged about them on my old domain. But, after our friends at Chewy.com offered to send us Blue Buffalo’s new dental chew, we thought we’d venture away from our standby chews and give them a go!

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As far as ingredients, I’d say the Wilderness Wild Bones are pretty similar to most other dental chews on the market. The same goes for their price. A 10-oz bag that has seven bones is right around $17. Now, for those of you that just had a miniature heart attack, I have something to tell you. Dental bones are not cheap. It took me a good 6 months 5 minutes (remember who you’re talking to here) to get over the price tag, but with regular use, I really believe that Teton’s dental hygiene is vastly improved. However, keep the price in mind when making the leap to dental chews. This particular bag, for example, would only last you one week if you were to give your dog one bone a day.

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While the Blue Buffalo Wilderness Wild Bones are comparable in price and ingredients, I was disappointed with the time it took Teton to eat one. Other dental chews such as Zuke’s Z-Bones or Natural Balance Dental Chews take Teton up to eight minutes to eat, while the Wilderness Wild Bones only took him three. Regardless, it’s nice to mix it up and give Teton a variety of dental chews so he doesn’t get bored.

If you haven’t tried a dental chew or other hygiene-specific treat for your dog, check out Chewy.com’s entire assortment of dental care products by clicking here. They have everything from bully sticks (yes, those clean your dog’s teeth, too!) to poultry flavored toothpaste to tooth and gum wipes. Chewy is celebrating Dental Health Awareness month so a lot of their dental products are on sale!

Thanks to Chewy for letting us give the Blue Buffalo Wilderness Wild Bones a try!

Happy tails…