The Koolest Collar Around

Oh, my. It’s been a while.

Teton's Hot!

I didn’t intend on taking a break from blogging but life happens and I guess that’s just what I did! Rest assured that I have a line up of pretty awesome product reviews (bully sticks, dental chews, food, and more!) coming your way soon. :-)

Tonight, though…I have a PSA.

It’s hot.

Teton doesn’t like being hot. He’s got like, seven coats on at all times, so the whole heat thing doesn’t really agree with him. When he was a little guy I used to lay bags of frozen vegetables on him while he sprawled out on the floor and panted, but he’s not really into that anymore.

There are a handful of great cooling products on the market for dogs, but my favorite (and Teton’s favorite, I think) is the KoolCollar.


The KoolCollar is an adjustable collar that you can fill with either ice cubes or reusable KoolTubes, which are gel tubes that you can freeze.

Here’s how the KoolCollar works:

KoolCollar Cooling Process


Seems pretty basic, right? I was mildly skeptical at first but this thing is a MUST for Teton when it’s hot out. For example, we just got back from a walk. It’s not insanely hot out, but there’s that whole seven coats thing that I mentioned above, so Teton was panting and his skin and fur were hot to the touch by the time we got home. I slapped his KoolCollar on and within 5-10 minutes his body temperature cooled off significantly.

I think it’s pretty apparent that Teton likes his KoolCollar because when I take it out of the freezer and hold it out, he often walks over to me and sticks his neck out so I’ll put it on.

If that’s not adorable, I don’t know what is.

KoolCollars are very reasonably priced even if you only use them a few months out of the year. For $18 – $20 you can snag one KoolCollar + 1 KoolTube and for $8 – $10 you can get a pack of three KoolTubes. (Price is dependent on size of collar.)

We keep all of the KoolTubes in the freezer and rotate through them so Teton can always have his KoolCollar on hot summer days and evenings.

If you’re looking for something to cool your dog off this summer, I highly recommend the KoolCollar. And no, this isn’t a sponsored post. ;-)

Happy tails…

Boom Sticks: A Post About Thundershirts

Hello! Henley P. here, Teton’s cousin. I’m here to talk about a very serious subject: Fireworks, aka Boom Sticks. My family doesn’t know too much about how I react to fireworks, because they haven’t had me for a full year. We had a few at New Year’s, but now that it is almost the Fourth of July and we live in an area where they are allowed, we are learning that I am not a fan of the fireworks.


They started up last night around 11:00 PM. I was already sleeping in bed with my mom, but there were LOUD NOISES, so I started shaking, whining, panting, and trying to squish under the covers with my mom. So we got up and got my ThunderWorks ThunderShirt.

What is a ThunderShirt? According to the website, the ThunderShirt applies ”gentle, constant pressure [that] has a dramatic calming effect for most dogs and cats if they are anxious, fearful, or overexcited.” It’s the same idea as swaddling a fussy infant.


The basic ThunderShirt is gray, breathable knit jacket, with several lines of Velcro to ensure a snug fit. The website has great directions, with diagrams, on how to fit the ThunderShirt on your dog, but once you do it a few times, it’s easy to get the hang of it.

Thundershirt Instructions

So, Mom put on my ThunderShirt, Instagrammed a photo, and we were off. After maybe, at most, 10 minutes, I was snuggled at my mom’s feet in my ThunderShirt with my stuffed monkey. No shaking. No whining. No squishing my mom to the edge of the bed.


Mom was worried about leaving the ThunderShirt on while we slept, but ThunderWorks says it can be left on for extended periods of time and that some dogs wear the shirt all day while their people are at work. Mom fell asleep, but then when she woke up, about 2 hours later, she took the ThunderShirt off and I slept perfectly fine until it was time for breakfast in the morning.

ThunderShirts may not work for every dog, but they definitely work for me! I’ll probably be wearing it for the next week or so, until the boom sticks die down. ThunderShirts are available at most pet stores and online retailers for about $40. I’d recommend going to a store to try it on and have the staff show you how to get the best fit for maximum effectiveness.

Thanks for the guest post, Henley P.!

Happy tails…

Pet Naturals Hip + Joint for Dogs

Happy Friday!

Happy Friday

My little buddy hasn’t left my side today. Not like I mind. ;-)

You know how important glucosamine supplements and/or treats are to me. After all, I’ve posted about them three separate times.

Zuke’s Hip Action

Trader Joe’s Glucosamine Chondroitin for Dogs

NuVet Labs NuJoint Plus

While any good glucosamine supplement or treat has quality ingredients that provide support for your dog’s joints, I’m generally more apt to give Teton his glucosamine in treat form since it’s more exciting for him. (It’s the perfect morning treat!)

Zuke’s Hip Action has been our go-to treat for a while but I bounce between brands from time to time to see what T likes best.

I was recently contacted by Pet Naturals of Vermont, who asked if Teton would like to try their Hip + Joint treats.

Hip+Joint Collage

Pet Naturals of Vermont is a division of a family-owned company that’s been around since 1972.

Pet Naturals® of Vermont is a leader in the pet health industry as an innovative company driven by a mission to improve the lives of companion animals with natural alternatives to drug and chemical therapies. Pet Naturals® offers highly successful solutions for common pet health concerns with products made from natural ingredients in the form of a tasty reward. Pet Naturals® specializes in producing condition specific formulas that are complete and properly balanced with powerful ingredients for optimum health.


Pet Naturals Hip + Joint formula has high levels of glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM, and a host of other goodies that aid in the support of healthy joints, bones, and tissue.

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  • Glucosamine supports joints and aids in mobility and flexibility.

  • Chondroitin supports the proper structure and function of of healthy connective tissues and joints.

  • MSM is a source of sulfur, which helps maintain connective tissue function.


Giving your dog Hip + Joint on a daily basis provides joint support that may increase his or her quality of life by preventing joint, bone, and tissue problems.

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Each bag (starting at $7.69 on contains 45 bone-shaped chews. (Or, if you have an extra large dog there’s a bag that has 60!) If your dog is 25 lbs or less, he/she should have 1 chew per day. If he/she is between 25 and 75 lbs (which is where Teton lands), it’s 2-3 chews per day. And if your dog is over 75 lbs, he/she get 4-6 chews per day.

If your dog should get more than one chew per day, Pet Naturals recommends dividing them up between morning and evening.

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Your dog is sure to gobble these little gems up since they’re made with chicken liver and fish oil.

Teton is a pretty active dog. Along with his daily walk and weekly dog park romps, we often take him hiking or running with us. Last weekend we went on a 10.5 mile hike that had some pretty legit elevation gain. He hiked like it was nobody’s business and, while he was wiped out afterward, didn’t exhibit any signs of soreness.

We want Teton to hike, run, play, and snowshoe with us for as long as possible so Pet Naturals Hip + Joint treats are staying in our daily treat regimen.

Thanks to Pet Naturals of Vermont for sending these chews our way. Teton’s joints thank you, as well! ;-)


Mooooooom! Stop embarrassing me!!!


Happy tails…

Simple Solution Stain+Odor Remover and a Custom Portrait

Hello, friends!


After the dog park…

Teton loves the dog park. But only if his cousin Henley P. and/or his best friend Biju are there. Also, the dog park is exhausting. ;-)

Speaking of Biju, his mom gave me a pretty rad thank you gift for dog-sitting a few months back.

Custom Portrait

Yep. That’s a custom portrait of Teton. Pretty cute, eh?

It was crafted by Lili Di Prima, who has a shop on Etsy. Check it out by clicking HERE. She offers gift certificates, which is how I had this portrait done. I love it!

Something I don’t love, however, are stains. Just ask my husband. I’ll obsess about them for weeks, no…months. Teton is past the point of having accidents in the house (we got lucky, actually – that was never really an issue for him) but every once in a while we give him a treat that stains the carpet, a rug, or one of the blankets he lays on. sent me a bottle of Simple Solution Extreme Stain+Odor Remover recently and I’ve used it on a few treat-related stains in the last week.


Unfortunately, the photos I took of the stain before and after cleaning it with Simple Solution Extreme Stain+Odor Remover are hard to see, but trust me when I say that this stuff works wonders!

It’s super easy to use and it didn’t take me more than just a few minutes to work the treat stain out of our carpet.

Stain+Odor Instructions 1

At just $6.64 for a hunky 32-oz bottle, this is a really great value. I can’t imagine needing the 1-gallon bottle but hey, it’s nice to know that it’s an option!

This cleaner doesn’t have any freaky ingredients in it, which I love, and it smells much better than other pet-specific cleaners I’ve used around the house. Plus, it has a satisfaction guarantee so if it doesn’t work for you, no harm done. has a handful of other cleaning products from Simple Solution on their site as well as an entire section of Dog Cleaning & Potty Stuff. :-D


Thanks for the sample, Chewy!

Well, I’m off to snuggle this little monster.

Teton 1

Happy tails…

Life Lately and Petco News

Happy almost Friday! :-D

Have you read the recent news about Petco and Petsmart?  Last month they announced that by early 2015 they would no longer carry treats made in China. Way to be, Petco and Petsmart. Way to be.

Here’s an article with more information. What do you think? Do you shop at Petco or Petsmart or do you try to shop at smaller, local pet stores?

What have we been up to lately? Here are some recent photos!


“Helping” in the garden…

Ridin' Dirty

Ridin’ dirty in his auntie’s new car…

Edward Scissorhands

Snuggling up on the couch with a good flick (Edward Scissorhands)…

Darn This Stuff

Darn this stuff! (Best line ever.)

All Them Dogs

Dog parkin’ it with all of his buds…

Teton & Henley

Beachin' It

Hangin’ at the beach with Henley P. and a new friend…

Musher's Paw

Aaaaaand being thankful for Musher’s Secret because those darn rocks and barnacles at the beach can sure hurt a puppy’s paws.

Happy tails…

Nature’s Variety Prairie Oven-Baked Biscuits

Last month our buddies over at sent us Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Boost Minis to try and we’ve been hooked on them ever since. I’ve give these little nuggets to many of Teton’s dog pals and they’ve all gone crazy for them so I think that’s the sign of a treat that will become a staple in our house.

One dog in particular that loves the Raw Boost Minis is my parent’s new puppy, Milo.


Yep. That’s Milo. Too bad he isn’t cute, right?

Anyhoo, since we loved our first Nature’s Variety treats so much, Teton and I were happy to test another Nature’s Variety treat called Nature’s Variety Prairie All Natural Oven-Baked Biscuits.

Nature's Variety 1

I selected the Pumpkin & Cranberries flavor because I know Teton loves pumpkin and he hardly ever get cranberries so I thought it would be a nice change.

These treats, like all other Nature’s Variety treats, are free of corn, soy, wheat, and and all that other artificial junk that you don’t like feeding your dog. :-)

Made right here in ‘Merica, this particular flavor has only a handful of ingredients including oatmeal, pumpkin, cranberries, turkey meal, barley, cinnamon, and flaxseed.

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This is the kind of treat where, when you open the bag, you can instantly tell that they’re full of good, yummy ingredients! Y’all know that I like to test out Teton’s treats from time to time (hey, I’m a helicopter mom – what can I say?) and while I didn’t test these particular treats…I kinda wanted to because they smelled so good.

I don’t typically buy biscuits for Teton since discovering smaller training treats like Wet Noses Little Stars, Cloud Star Itty Bitty Buddy Biscuits, and Zuke’s Mini Naturals, but I really appreciate the size of these biscuits and think I would buy them again because of it.

They are roughly half the size of your “typical” biscuit which means they’re perfect for small, medium, and large dogs.

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Nature’s Variety Prairie All Natural Oven-Baked Biscuits come in four flavors: Bacon & Apple, Chicken & Cheddar Cheese, Peanut Butter & Bananas, and Pumpkin & Cranberries

A 1.12-lb bag will run you $6.99 and last you for quite a while!

Thanks, Chewy, for sending us these tasty treats!

Happy tails…

More from Best Bully Sticks



It’s been too long. Life’s been crazy and my spare time has been spent walking Teton in the evenings rather than blogging. But heck, here I am. :-D (Don’t worry – he’ll get a walk tonight.)

A little while ago I told you about some chews that Best Bully Sticks sent Teton. They were so generous in what they sent that I only told you about two of the chews – the spleen chips and the gullet cookies (mmmmm)!

Along with the spleen chips and gullet cookies, Best Bully Sticks sent us two 12-inch standard bully sticks and two gullet spirals.


 12-inch standard bully sticks


Gullet spirals

I think it’s really cool that Best Bully Sticks offers a variety of order options as they relate to quantity. You can order in singles or in bigger quantities like a 20-pack or even a 100-pack.

The standard bully sticks are odor free which is great for those of you who can’t stomach the smell of, ahem, bully. ;-)

(Check it out – Best Bully Sticks has an entire assortment of odor free sticks!)


I love how long these bully sticks are. Teton very rarely gets to eat an entire bully stick in one sitting; rather, I let him chew until he’s eaten about half of the stick and then I “trade” him for some other random treat and hide the other half of the stick until a later date. That way the chew lasts longer and I eliminate the possibility of an upset tummy.

If you’re wondering what “standard” means in regard to these particular bully sticks, Best Bully Sticks has a chart to help you choose what’s best for your dog!


And, if bully sticks aren’t your thang, these gullet spirals are definitely worth a try!


While they didn’t take as long for Teton to chew through as the bully sticks, they’re no joke when it comes to some good quality gnawing. Also, gullet is a good source of glucosamine which is beneficial for your dog’s hips and joints so this chew packs a mean punch!

Gullet Spiral

Blurry chewin’ photos are proof of good treats. ;-)

Gullet spirals are on sale now! Click here to buy a few.

Big thanks to Best Bully Sticks for sending all of these fantastic chews for Teton to try!

Pssst! Be sure to check out Best Bully Sticks on Facebook.

Happy tails…