Henley P. here. How was your weekend? Mine was good, except I had to go to the groomer because Teton’s mom said I looked homeless.
Don’t worry – this is my before pic.
Here’s my after pic. :-)
Speaking of homeless, I was a homeless dog once. Yes, I am a rescue. I spent about 6 months on the mean streets of Stockton, CA., before I got rescued. Don’t ask my mom about it. She gets sad thinking about me all alone out there. I now live with a great family that gives me stuffed animals, treats, and daily morning half-mile walks.
So as a formerly homeless dog, I am always looking for ways to help other homeless dogs before they can be rescued. Enter Walk for a Dog by WoofTrax!
Walk for a Dog is an app that you have your human download to their smartphone (Apple or Android). They log in, set up their account and walking companion (that’s you!), and then select from any number of local animal shelters and rescue groups. My rescue group, People United for Pets Dog Rescue, is on the list.
Then, every time you walk your human, they log into the app and it tracks your walk. For every time you walk your human, a donation is made to the animal shelter you choose! EASY PEASY LEMON SQUEEZY.
Just dropping in to share this new and easy way to help out other homeless dogs!
Thanks, Henley Pretzel. Now, about that Hot Dog Collars giveaway!
The winner of the $50 gift certificate to Hot Dog Collars is…
Congratulations, Kayla! E-mail me at email@example.com and I’ll get you hooked up with your $50 gift certificate to Hot Dog Collars.
*This giveaway is now closed.*
I hope you had a good weekend. Aside from the constant downpour around these parts it’s been a great one for us.
I’d like to introduce you to Hot Dog Collars.
Typically I get offers to test food or treat products so I was stoked when the folks at Hot Dog Collars offered to send Teton some goodies in exchange for a review on Her Dog Blog.
Hot Dog Collars specializes in personalized products for your dog. Their vast assortment of products ranges from collars and leashes to beds and bowls. They were kind enough to send us four products to test:
1. Anchors Away EZ-Grip Dog Leash – This leash (and many other leashes at Hot Dog Collars) comes in a variety of sizes so you can order the perfect leash length for you rather than tying knots in your leash or always having to hold folded up parts of it while walking your dog. The handle is an ergonomically-friendly shape made of soft rubber so it’s pretty darn comfortable to hold in your hand. At just $11.95 you can snag a print you love to keep an extra leash in your car, backpack, etc. And, if you love this print more than anything, match your dog’s collar, harness, and even potty bells. :-)
2. Custom ID Personalized Dog Collar – Believe it or not, but I’ve never ordered Teton a custom collar before now! It was pretty fun to create. When creating a collar on Hot Dog Collars, you’ll get to choose the collar’s inner and outer colors, the text color, and a design like the football I had printed onto Teton’s. The only bummer is that you can’t preview your collar before ordering it, but this is exactly what I had in mind when I submitted my order so I guess there isn’t much room for surprise. These custom, made in the US collars are just $10.95!
3. Denver Broncos NFL Dog Tag with Custom Engraving – The husband is from Denver and loves the Broncos so Teton divides his devotion between Denver and Seattle. ;-) This NFL charm says “GO BRONCOS!” on the back and it’s a cute little addition to Teton’s collar. This would be a fun gift to give friend for their dog. You know, if you have any friends that are obsessed with football.
4. Dog Tag Circle Silencer - I’ve yet you put this tag silencer on Teton’s collar but when I do I’ll let you know what I think. I have a ton of friends that use these on their dog’s collars to keep them from jingling and jangling around. This one is particularly cool because it’s glow in the dark and any of you with completely black dogs know how difficult it can be to see them at night!
Hot Dog Collars has a ton of products, so start perusing! It may pay off since they’ve generously offered up a $50 gift certificate code to one of Her Dog Blog’s readers!
To enter to win this $50 code toward any purchase on Hot Dog Collars, leave a comment below telling me what you’d most like to purchase for your dog! For an extra entry, “like” either Her Dog Blog on Facebook and mention that you’ve done so in your comment.
I’ll randomly select one winner next Sunday, November 9th.
Big thanks to Hot Dog Collars for Teton’s goodies and for sponsoring this giveaway!
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This is my latest favorite picture of Teton because I think he looks like a puppy in it. :-)
Last week Teton got a bag of Solid Gold Tiny Tots Lamb Jerky Dog Treats from Chewy.com.
Tiny Tots are small, chewy treats that can be fed whole or be easily broken into smaller pieces.
They’re made in the USA (California, to be exact) and are loaded with great ingredients like lamb, brown rice, oats, cinnamon, rosemary, and liquid smoke. Have you ever cooked with liquid smoke? It’s pretty amazing what it can do for the flavor of meat, sauces, and yes, apparently even dog treats.
Solid Gold has a robust assortment of dog products ranging from treats to food to supplements. They even have canned beef tripe, which is supposed to be incredible for your dog’s digestive system. (Teton hasn’t tried it in canned form but he’s had treats with tripe in them.)
The Tiny Tots that Teton’s been drooling over for the past week are great because of their size and texture. We’re watching his weight more closely these days so he doesn’t get more than 1-2 treats a day (cruel, I know) but just one of these seems to satisfy him. They’re super chewy and as a whole, not so big that I feel I have to break them up. At the same time, though, if his buddies Henley P. and Milo are over, I can break one of these in half and they’re the perfect size for little boogers like them.
(Teton’s standard pose while I take pictures for the blog.)
Tiny Tots Lamb Jerky Dog Treats are on sale for $11.05 at Chewy.com now, so check them out if you want to try a new treat!
Make sure you check out the rest of the Chewy.com assortment, too, because you might find fun stuff like this Kyjen Halloween Hide-A-Pumpkin Dog Toy, the Fifth Paw Doody Free Leash Attachment, or the Kurgo Pet First Aid Kit (which I think I may need to buy).
Do you regularly clean your dog’s ears? Should you?
Sweet, sleepy Teton.
I’ve cleaned Teton’s ears since we first got him at 8 weeks old. Mind you, I only clean them once a month (after bath time) or unless the little dude is showing signs of irritation or excessive itching. He doesn’t like having his ears cleaned but he’s a good sport.
Teton’s ears have been cleaned with a handful of ear cleaning products ranging from generic pet store potions to fancy schmancy sprays and wipes. Wipes are generally the easiest but also the most expensive. Sprays completely freak him out (I wouldn’t really want something sprayed in my ears either, to be honest). That leaves liquids that can be applied to cotton balls or cloths, which seems to be the lesser of the evils (to Teton at least).
Regardless of whether your dog has had a history of ear infections, ear cleanliness is just as important for your dog as it is for you.
The ASPCA, in one of their articles on pet care, has the following to say regarding the care of your dog’s ears:
Because of the twisty, curvy design of a dog’s inner ears, it’s easy for parasites, bacteria and yeast to hide and thrive in them. This also means that any debris in the canal must work its way up to escape. Infections can result from trapped debris. Dogs with allergies are particularly vulnerable, as are those with floppy ears, like Cocker spaniels, basset hounds and poodles.
They go on to suggest these simple ways to prevent infection:
Your dog’s regular grooming/maintenance routine should include regular ear checks. This is especially important for dogs who produce excessive earwax or have a lot of inner-ear hair:
If your dog’s inner ears appear dirty, clean them with a cotton ball dampened with mineral oil, hydrogen peroxide or a solution formulated specifically for this purpose. Inner-ear skin is delicate, so allow your vet to demonstrate the proper method for cleaning your dog’s ears.
Do not clean your dog’s ears so frequently or deeply as to cause irritation, and take care to NEVER insert anything into your dog’s ear canal.
If your dog sprouts hair from his ear canal, you or your groomer may have to tweeze it out every few weeks to prevent problematic mats and tangles from forming. Please discuss with your vet whether this is necessary for your dog.