Blue Buffalo Boo Bars

Halloween is right around the corner! Does your dog have a costume yet?

Teton will probably just rock one of his Halloween bandanas this year. He isn’t big on costumes. šŸ˜‰

What he is big on, however, are Halloween treats.

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This month he’s been snacking on Blue Buffalo’s limited edition Boo Bars, which are made with some wonderfully basic Fall flavors like pumpkin and cinnamon.

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“So good, it’s like Mummy made them.”

I mean…

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These two chuckleheads love them.

Boo Bars are made in the USA and have a hearty ingredient list that includes oatmeal, pumpkin, carrots, flaxseed and cinnamon. They smell great and they’re adorable.

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One thing I really appreciate about Boo Bars is that, while they are crunchy, they aren’t so crunchy to the point that it sounds like Teton’s teeth are breaking or it’s hard for him to chew them.

All of the dogs in my family love them – Teton, Milo, Henley, and Basil! 4 paws up! Or, wait…16 paws up! šŸ˜€

If you’re looking for a fun little Halloween treat for your dog, check out Blue Buffalo Boo Bars on Chewy.com. They’re on sale for under $3!

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Happy tails…

DISCLAIMER: HER DOG BLOG WAS SENTĀ THIS PRODUCT IN EXCHANGE FOR OUR HONEST REVIEW AND NO COMPENSATION OTHER THAN THE PRODUCT WAS RECEIVED.
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Fruitables Whole Jerky Treats

Throwback!

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Squeeeeeee! ā¤

Teton, who is just as adorable now as he was then, has been eating some incredibly pungent treats from the Fruitables brand for the last couple of weeks.

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The Fruitables Whole Jerky Grilled Bison Strips were the first we opened.

I love that these treats are sourced and made in the USA (some companies make their treats in the USA but if you look closely they are sourced from other countries which can be sketchy town).

AND, I love that they’re made of one thing – bison!

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These jerky strips are broken up into a variety of sizes, which is awesome because it means that you don’t have to break them yourself (of course, you can if you want to!) and that you can pick the right size for your dog, specifically.

Teton likes a lot of treats, but you know he is pickier than most! He loves these because they’re extra pungent and very crunchy. In fact, he may have jumped into the air when I dangled these in front of him the other night. šŸ™‚

The second bag of treats we opened were the Fruitables Whole Jerky Bites Alaskan Salmon.

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Equally as pungent (ok, more pungent), these treats are all the same size but are thick and crunchy like the bison strips.

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They’re also made and sourced in the USA and are made of just one ingredient – salmon!

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I really like the entire Fruitables line and I even buy this brand myself, although these two packages were sent to us from our friends at Chewy.com.

Check out their line if you’re looking for something new for your dog. And, don’t forget that Chewy.com has product videos on each individual product page if you want to learn more about a specific item.

Happy tails…

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SHOO Natural Products for You & Your Dog

It’s no surprise that Teton has quite the fur coat. Luckily for us, it doesn’t hold on to odors nor does it tangle or get matted. In fact, we only bathe Teton once a month and brush him every other week.

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With that being said, we’re always on the hunt for new and unique products and that includes shampoo and conditioner!

I’m guessing you haven’t heard of SHOO Natural, a brand of shampoos and conditioners, balms and scrubs, and a handful of other all natural products that are made for both humans and dogs.

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Or…maybe you have. But, I hadn’t. The SHOO Natural story is a fun one. Check it out here.

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We received a few goodies from SHOO, shipped to us from overseas, which was super exciting.

SHOO’s bread and butter are their line of shampoos and conditioners. We got our paws on the Eucalyptus Shampoo & Conditioner duo.

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As well as the Handcrafted Black Clay Medallion & Essential Oil, which is designed to help keep fleas and parasites away but also to aid in stress and anxiety reduction.

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All SHOO products are natural (and vegan!) and all can be used on both you and your dog.

While I haven’t tried the medallion yet (I may just use that on myself!), I can attest to the fact that the shampoo lathers amazingly well and smells fantastic and the conditioner left Teton’s hair smooth and luscious.

One of the things I love most about SHOO is how unique they are! Their products are made with quality ingredients but the icing on the cake is their fun design. I’ve never seen anything quite like it!

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Check out SHOO’s full assortment here and be sure to take a look at their fun bundles!

Happy tails…

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Kurgo Wander Bench Seat Cover

I love taking Teton with me everywhere I can. Luckily, (I think) he likes it, too. One of his favorite places to go is the “man store” (Lowe’s or Home Depot) but he’s not that picky and he’ll gladly take trip to the local pet store or to Grammy and Grampy’s house on the lake.

Sometimes, in the colder weather, he gets to sit in the front seat with the butt warmers on.Ā ā™„

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However, most of the time Teton is either in the back of the car or in the middle with a seat cover.

In my opinion, the best dog car seat covers are those made by Kurgo. And no, I’m not just saying that because they sent me one to review. In fact, I’ve purchase two Kurgo car seat covers in my lifetime because I think they’re that good.

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Along with the Impact Dog Car HarnessĀ they sent us a while back, Kurgo was kind enough to include their Wander Bench Seat Cover in Charcoal Grey.

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This waterproof, stain resistant, machine washable cover is a very reasonable $40 and has a universal fit that means it’ll work for most vehicles. It comes in three colors – Black, Hampton Sand, and Charcoal Grey – so you can easily match it to the interior of your car.

Once you open the Wander Bench Seat Cover, you’ll pull out a sheet of instructions on how to install it.

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Complicated, am I right? In truth, it wasn’t bad at all. I skimmed the directions and headed outside to install it in the Goosemobile, which took me about five minutes.

One of the best things about this seat cover (and all of Kurgo’s products) is the attention to detail in the little things like buckles, stitching, and pockets.

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The Wander Bench Seat Cover, once installed, is super secure. It barely moves once your dog (or kids, passengers, groceries, etc.) is sitting on it thanks to it’s under-seat and back-of-seat attachments. Curious about those? Check out Kurgo’s video.

I’m so happy with this seat cover from Kurgo. Teton is, too, because it means more car rides for him!

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Check out all of Kurgo’s car seat covers here. You can’t go wrong with any of these options!

Happy tails…

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The Awesome Car Safety Harness (That Didn’t Quite Work For Us)

Happy Sunday, friends. I’m pleased to say that I haven’t struggled with the Sunday night blues in a while. I think that’s because I generally enjoy Monday for some reason. Probably because motivation is at it’s peak on Monday. If you’re someone who suffers from the Sunday night blues, you have my sympathy. That whole working thing really gets in the way of living your life.

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Last month, the great people at Kurgo sent us a few products to test. I’ve used their car seat covers before and L O V E them, but was excited to try their Impact Dog Car Harness.

I drive a Subaru Outback (also known as the Goosemobile since one of Teton’s nickname’s is Goose) and when T is with me he’s either in the back of it or in the middle seat. Thinking about what might happen to his little body if I were to ever be in an accident with him in the car makes me instantly teary, so the idea of a safety harness is clearly something I believe in, hence why I was pumped to try it out.

As you know, Teton is all black and very fluffy, so that makes seeing a collar or harness on him preeeeeetty challenging. šŸ˜‰ That being said, here’s a detailed photo of the Kurgo Impact Dog Car Harness.

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And here it is on (a blurry-faced) Teton!

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The harness fit great. Sizes range from Small to XL and are based on your dog’s weight.

This is a legit harness. It’s heavy-duty. The webbing is strong and the buckles aren’t messing around. Before we even put this on Teton it was clear that the quality was top notch and well worth the $75 price tag.

Using the Kurgo Impact Dog Car Harness is pretty easy, at least once you get the hang of it.

I’m special when it comes to puzzles, and the first time we put it on Teton felt a little like a puzzle to me because of all the straps and buckles. But, after one time putting it on I’m confident the next few will be a breeze.

Here’s Kurgo’s video on how to use the Impact Dog Car Harness.

Teton wasn’t as happy to be strapped in as Maya was.

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Before we even hit the road, he went full dogatonic and laid down, utterly dejected.

Teton is a bit more sensitive than other dogs. Also, I think the fact that we’ve never restrained him in the car may have made this experience harder on him. With that, my advice to Dog Moms and Dog Dads out there is to use a safety harness or some sort of restraint in the car from the beginning, whether you get a puppy or a grown dog.

The Kurgo Dog Car Impact Harness is crash tested with a 130-lb simulated dog.

One.hundred.and.thirty.pounds.

Crash-tested.

That’s legit!

So, it may have not worked for Teton the first time we used it, but whose to say he won’t get used to it? If you love your pooch as much as my husband and I love Teton, it’s certainly worth giving this harness a try, especially if he/she is frequently in the car with you!

We’ll give the Kurgo Impact Dog Car Harness another try soon and let you know how it goes the second time around.

What awesome products have you found to keep your dog safe in the car? I’d like to hear about them!

Later this week, I’ll share another cool Kurgo product with you, so come back soon!

Happy tails…

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Blue Buffalo’s Earth’s Essentials Apple Orchard Clusters

Friday! What’s up, friends? I hope you have some fun plans for the weekend and that you keep enjoying the summer weather as long as we have it!

Yesterday, I did a special thing.

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I got a little t on my arm for my Little T.Ā ā™„

I’d been wanting to get it for a while now but have been feeling all squishy and sappy lately about Teton and how much I love him, so I figured, why not now? I wish I’d been at the tattoo shop for longer because it’s pretty fun to walk out with a big piece of art on your body, but I love my little t and every time I look at it I feel my heart smile.

Last month’s treat from Chewy.com was Blue Buffalo’s Earth’s Essentials Apple Orchard Clusters Cranberry Crunch Recipe.

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Blue Buffalo has a good reputation and Teton has had a number of their treats in the past. Most of the treats we’ve tried from Blue Buffalo’s line are meat-based and Teton has loved them. These treats are made with just a handful of ingredients (none of which are meat) and as far as I’m concerned, they may as well be for humans.

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Naturally, Teton was excited to give these a try when I opened the bag (he’s no dummy). I actually tried one first since they’re basically little pieces of granola.

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They’re pretty good.

To me.

Teton, on the other hand, wouldn’t even entertain them. He sniffed them and then walked away. I tried a few times (on different days, even!) to get him to at least take one, but…nope!

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My sister’s puppy, Basil, took one for the team. Well, ok, he took the whole bag for the team. Because he’s the only dog out of all the dogs in my family who would eat these.

Kind of a bummer since the ingredient list is so legit! Oh, well. You can’t win ’em all.

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Good boy, Basil.

I recommend Blue Buffalo’s Earth’s Essentials Apple Orchard Clusters Cranberry Crunch RecipeBlue Buffalo’s Earth’s Essentials Apple Orchard Clusters Cranberry Crunch Recipe if you have a dog that loves fruit and crunchy treats. If you’re not sure, opt for a treat that’s nice and meaty. šŸ˜‰

Happy tails…

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Anxiety and ThunderEase Products

Happy Sunday! I’m hanging on to the last months of summer and squeezing every last drop out of the weekends that I can.

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That’s what you think it is. A Teton mug cozy.

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Made by my sister who is insanely crafty.

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Teton is a little unsure of what to think, but I think he’ll warm up to it. šŸ˜‰

Today’s post is about anxiety. If your dog doesn’t suffer from anxiety and could care less about things like being away from you, thunder, or fireworks, you may not find this post interesting. But, if you’re one of the many who deals with anxiety, fear, and nervousness in your dog(s), hi. Let’s be friends. Because it’s a very real and stressful thing.

Teton was never an anxious puppy. He did great when we left him alone and didn’t seem to even notice thunder or fireworks. It wasn’t until he turned two that we noticed a fear of fireworks (we call ’em boom sticks) and since then it’s gotten worse each year. Now, at the age of eight, not only is he afraid of fireworks, he’s afraid of thunder, lightning, and whistles (even a referee’s whistle). (He even panics in the opening credits of Disney movies when fireworks shoot out over Sleeping Beauty’s castle.) While a bit harder to confirm, Teton also exhibits some anxiety when separated from us.

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You’re probably familiar with the ThunderShirt. We tried it for Teton a few years ago but it didn’t seem to help. Teton’s cousin, Henley Pretzel, has one that he wears regularly. Recognizing that things change over the years and sometimes the things that didn’t work before work now, I’ll probably order a new ThunderShirt for Teton at some point since his fear of thunder and fireworks has gotten so severe.

The point of me bringing up the ThunderShirt is this: a few months ago, the kind folks there sent me a box of goodies for Teton.

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We received four products from theirĀ line, but today I want to introduce you to two of them –Ā the ThunderEase for Dogs Diffuser Kit and the ThunderEase Dog Calming Spray.

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The ThunderEase for Dogs Diffuser Kit is a home diffuser that you simply plug into the wall in the room where your dog spends most of his or her time. The diffuser is designed to keep your dog calm and to aid in easing anxiety caused by thing like fireworks, separation anxiety, and fearfulness.

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The diffuser replicates pheromones that a dog’s mother emitted when he or she was a puppy in order to provide a sense of security and comfort.

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Each diffuser contains a 30-day supply and is easily replaced with a refill once depleted.

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I mentioned earlier that we think Teton may have some separation anxiety. While hard to confirm, I believe this is the case because he scratches at the carpets and rugs excessively (sometimes pulling material up and causing slight damage) when we are away from the house. Since that’s not something we can always control, putting the ThunderEase Diffuser in the room he spends the most time in while we’re away was a no-brainer.

Has it helped? Again, this is something that’s hard to gauge completely, but we believe it has, since there is less evidence of scratching and digging at the rugs and carpet. At any rate, I’m not naive enough to think that there isn’t the potential for disruptive things to happen while we’re away from the house like thunder, neighborhood kids screaming while they play, other dogs barking outside, etc. Anything I can do to help Teton be less stressed if and when these things happen is something I’m all about! Plus, the ThunderEase Diffuser is so easy. Open the box, attach the refill bottle, plug it in, and you’re done!

To up the ante, I’ve been using the ThunderEase Calming Spray in conjunction with the diffuser.

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ThunderEase’s Calming Spray is comprised of the same pheromones that are in the diffuser, but the great part about the spray is that it’s portable! You can spray it directly on anything your dog comes in contact with like a ThunderShirt, collar, blanket, dog bed, or even your car.

I love both of these products from ThunderShirt’s ThunderEase line because they’re all-natural, affordable, and easy to implement in Teton’s life. For many dogs, medication is the only thing that will work and/or the best thing for them, but I’d like to exhaust all of my other options before we get to that point for Teton.

If your dog struggles with anxiety or fear, check these two products out. And, if you have something else that works, I’d love to know about it!

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Happy tails…

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