Petcube Play Review

I’m pretty freaking stoked to share my review of the Petcube Play with you today. This is hands-down the coolest product I’ve received and I know you’re going to love it!

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The Petcube Play is an interactive camera that allows you not only to see what your pet is doing while you’re away from the house, but also to talk to and hear your pet through 2-way audio and play with your pet with a laser!

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You do all of this through your phone and the set up and use of the Petcube Play is insanely easy, which is a huge plus.

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Inside the Petcube Play is the camera itself, power adaptor, power cable, and a quick and easy start guide to get set up in a matter of minutes.

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Here is what the Petcube Play looks like unboxed.

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For size reference, here is is next to some votive holders. It’s fairly small, which is great if you’re someone who doesn’t like big electronics sitting in your living room or other area of the house.

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To get the most out of the Petcube Play, it’s recommended that you set it up wherever your pet spends the most time during the day. For Teton, that’s the living room, where he can watch for predators and protect the house.

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Once you’ve set up the Petcube Play itself, you’ll want to download the app. From there, it’s a few quick adjustments in your settings and you’ll be ready to rock!

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Aside from the live view (which you get to by simply touching the play icon above “herdogblog’s petcube”), one of the coolest features of the Petcube Play is Petcube Care. This feature (which you view by touching the heart/paw print icon) actually records and stores video from your Petcube when there is movement or sound detected. In the app settings, you can indicate whether you want to be notified of movement, sound, or both!

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I didn’t know what to expect when I first set up our Petcube Play. If I’m being completely honest, I initially thought, “Ok, I guess this is cool. But, I don’t really think I’ll look at it that often. And I bet the quality isn’t that great.” Another thing I know I said to at least three separate people was, “I’d never pay $200 for this.”

I was wrong. This thing is SO FREAKING COOL. And, yes, I’d pay $200 for it. Why? Three words. Piece of mind.

For example, the videos that follow were recorded by the Petcube Play early one morning after I’d left for work (which is why they’re in night vision).

How is that just not the coolest thing ever?!

I also took a screen shot from a video that Petcube Care recorded that makes me smile every time I look at it.

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Being able to see Teton at any time when I’m away from the house gives me the feeling I had when I used to bring Teton to work with me every day. It puts my mind at ease, brings my blood pressure down, and instantly puts me in a better mood!

You might be wondering what I think of the laser and 2-way audio.

With the laser, Teton has never been one to enjoy chasing, well…anything, so that’s not a feature that will get a lot of use. I know many cats that would thoroughly enjoy it, however!

As for the 2-way audio, I need to test it a bit more. Teton is one of those special dogs that gets very anxious if he can hear my husband or I but not see us. With that being said, my plan is to test the audio by talking to him through it when I’m in another room to see how he reacts and if his little heart can handle it. 🙂 As for listening on the other end through my phone, the audio is flawless!

The Petcube Play comes in three colors and retails at $199.

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Petcube also has a new product coming soon – Petcube Bites. Petcube Bites, instead of a laser, has the ability to fling treats to your pet either on demand or on a schedule. It will retail for $249 and you can pre-order it on the Petcube website today!

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I’m so excited about our Petcube Play that I’ve been telling practically everyone I know (and some that I don’t) all about it. If you’re in the market for a pet camera or if the idea of being able to watch and interact with your pet while you’re away excites you, check out Petcube. The quality is incredible, the set-up is a breeze, and it’s just plain FUN.

Huge thanks to Petcube for sending Her Dog Blog the Petcube Play! I never thought I’d love it as much as I do and now I can’t live without it!

Happy tails…

DISCLAIMER: HER DOG BLOG WAS SENT THIS PRODUCT IN EXCHANGE FOR OUR HONEST REVIEW AND NO COMPENSATION OTHER THAN THE PRODUCT WAS RECEIVED. 

Mother’s Day Gifts for Dog Moms

Mother’s Day is right around the corner! Here are some of my favorite gift ideas for the Dog Mom in your life. ♥︎

Dog Mom AF Shirt

Maybe the most perfect Mother’s Day shirt for a Dog Mom?

Dog Mom AF Tee from FarFetched Apparel 

Wags & Weights Mug White

My favorite mug of all time. Also available in black.

Coffee + My Dog Mug from Wags & Weights 

Dog Mom Hat

Dog Mom Hat 2

The best hat for dog walking.

Dog Mom Hat from Wags & Weights

Miss Moon Print

Any Miss Moon print is sure to please.

Miss Moon Was A Dog Governess Print from Janet Hill Studio

Small Bashful Puppy Jellycat

Everyone loves an adorable stuffed dog!

Small Bashful Puppy Stuffed Animal from Jellycat 

Dog Walker Crew Socks

Every Dog Mom can use another pair of socks. Especially if they’re this adorable.

Dog Walker Crew Socks from Hot Sox 

Frenchie Makeup Bag

Whether she has a Frenchie or not, this makeup bag is too cute to pass up!

French Bulldog Makeup Bag from Happy Bag Co

Dog Bone Necklace

Can’t go wrong with a necklace as adorable as these!

Dog Bone Necklace from Little Miss Lilyan 

Dog a Day Dessert Plate

Everything about these dessert plates are to die for.

Dog-a-Day Dessert Plates from Anthropologie 

No Holds Barked Shorts

How about some lounging shorts?

No Holds Barked Shorts from ModCloth 

Dog Mom Mug

Sigh. I have a thing for mugs.

Dog Mom Mug from Rosanna 

With that, Happy Mother’s Day to all of the Dog Moms out there! ♥︎ Your pups are lucky to have you.

Happy tails…

Orijen Original Cat Treats

In addition to Baron Henley von Pretzel, Teton has two cat cousins: Lilly and Oliver. Lilly is camera-shy, so the star of today’s guest post is Oliver.

Oliver is a ten-year-old Norwegian Forest Cat. He loves naps, crafting, and sunshine.

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Oliver also loves cat food and cat treats, so he was the perfect specimen to test Orijen’s Original Cat Treats, made with fresh free-run poultry and wild-caught monkfish.

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I caught Oliver on a Monday evening, in his natural habitat.

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Once I popped open the bag, we had immediate interest.

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Maybe a little too much interest.

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Orijen Original Cat Treats are freeze dried, which means they aren’t crunchy, but are softer. These are PERFECT for Oliver, because he’s had to have several teeth removed and isn’t too keen on crunchy treats. He definitely prefers wet cat food over dry cat food, just because it is easier for him to eat. Humans will love that these treats don’t actually smell like monkfish.

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I didn’t actually manage to get any shots of Oliver eating the treats because he wolfed them down so fast. And then knocked over the bag to help himself to an additional 3 or 4.

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Oliver gives the Orijen Original Cat Treats two enthusiastic paws up. He (apparently) loves the poulty-monkfish flavor combo and can easily eat these treats. We’d definitely try these again.

Thanks for the sample, Chewy!

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Oliver, in his younger days. He’s always been a fan of Chewy.

Happy tails!

DISCLAIMER: HER DOG BLOG WAS SENT THIS PRODUCT IN EXCHANGE FOR OUR HONEST REVIEW AND NO COMPENSATION OTHER THAN THE PRODUCT WAS RECEIVED. 

Primal Pork Liver Munchies

Happy Easter!

I hope you’re spending the day with loved ones and enjoying the  beautiful weather. ♥︎

We recently went to Europe (which is why I haven’t blogged in ages) and while we were there, my friend Melissa watched Teton for us. She always takes the most amazing care of him; I never have to worry about what he’s doing or how he is  because I know he’s having a blast!

While Melissa had Teton for us, she made this:

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And she made an adorable bracelet for me with Teton’s name on it. You might think you have a good dog sitter and I might be biased, but I think mine is the best. 😉

Last month, our buddies at Chewy.com sent us a new treat to test and now that we’re back I want to tell you about it!

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These are Primal’s Pork Liver Munchies freeze-dried treats for both dogs and cats. (I love it when treats can be for both, don’t you?)

This 2-ounce bag ($6.99) is loaded with freeze-dried treats containing just one ingredient – pork liver.

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They’re nice and smelly, so Teton loves them and your dog probably will, too. However, they’re definitely not as smelly as some other treats we’ve reviewed, so if you have a sensitivity to ultra-stinky treats, these likely won’t be an issue for you.

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I really love that these treats only have one ingredient.

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Teton and his little chompers (!) like these treats, but they don’t seem to be his favorite. That is, he doesn’t go quite as nuts when I pull out this bag as he does with other treats. One issue that I have with them is that, because they’re freeze-dried, they stick to his teeth and the roof of his mouth, which bothers him a bit. But, that may not be an issue for your dog. 🙂

As far as freeze-dried treats with limited ingredients go, Primal’s line of goodies is high on the list! Check out their assortment on Chewy.com here.

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Happy tails…

DISCLAIMER: HER DOG BLOG WAS SENT THIS PRODUCT IN EXCHANGE FOR OUR HONEST REVIEW AND NO COMPENSATION OTHER THAN THE PRODUCT WAS RECEIVED. 

Barkworthies Elk Antler

Happy weekend, Dog Moms and Dads!

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This little guy says hello. ♥︎

A few weeks ago, the kind folks at Barkworthies sent Teton an elk antler to review.

Barkworthies has quite the assortment of chews ranging from bully sticks to pork chews to  moose, elk, and deer antlers. Since Teton has tried a lot of different chews in the past, I wanted to see what he’d think of an elk antler since he hasn’t had one for five or more years.

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I requested a large split elk antler, which means that the antler is between 4 and 5 inches and has exposed bone marrow. As I said, Teton has had antlers in the past, and I remembered that he wasn’t as interested in the non-split antlers as he was in the split ones.

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Barkworthies antlers are naturally shed, sourced from the Rocky Mountains, and are one of the most durable chews you can get for your dog. Many dogs will happily spend hours working to get the marrow out of an antler. Because of this, they aid in dental hygiene as they clean your dog’s teeth while they chew.

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Teton was very curious about this chew at first. He licked and sniffed it a lot.

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Once he found the marrow he gave it a few minutes of gnawing…

…and then he walked away and laid down.

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#uninterested

So…plan B. I brought the antler to my friend to give to her dog, Copper.

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And he’s been obsessing over it ever since.

Some dogs just don’t like antlers. And, we all know that Teton can be a little picky when it comes to chews.

For us, chews like the Earth Animal No-Hide Chews and the Himalayan Dog Chew will be our go-tos, but for your dog, especially if he or she is a voracious chewer, antlers are definitely worth trying! They can be on the more expensive side but they last for a very long time and will do great things for your dog’s teeth and gums.

Thanks to Barkworthies for letting both Teton and Copper try your elk antlers.

Happy tails…

DISCLAIMER: HER DOG BLOG WAS SENT THIS PRODUCT IN EXCHANGE FOR OUR HONEST REVIEW AND NO COMPENSATION OTHER THAN THE PRODUCT WAS RECEIVED.

Ultimate Road Trip Guide for Traveling with Dogs – Guest Post by Woof & Whiskers

Hi, friends!

Spring Break is coming up for many, and if you’re like me, if you can take your dog, you will!

Kelly of Woof & Whiskers has a wonderful post about traveling with dogs. Check it out here.

To whet your appetite, her awesome infographic is below!

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Thanks to Kelly of Woof & Whiskers for sharing her blog!

Happy tails…

 

Earth Animal No-Hide Chews

What up, Sunday!!!

Aside from getting the Sunday night blues (something I’m actively trying to work on not getting), I love me a good Sunday. Sleeping in, grocery shopping, dog walks, food prep, donuts…ahhhhh. The good stuff.

Speaking of good stuff, I started another blog about fitness, food, and healthy living. It’s called Red Fox Fit and I’d love it if you popped over to take a look! Let me know what you think of my first post. 😀

Teton gets a raw bone every Sunday for dinner, so he loves Sundays, too.

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I promise he’s more enthusiastic about the raw bone situation than he looks in this photo.

We attribute Teton’s great dental health to eating raw bones in place of kibble twice a week. If you’re debating whether to give your dog raw bones or food, check out one of my posts on that topic here. Another way that we’ve kept Teton’s teeth clean and healthy is by continuing to give him chews as treats.

You know I love the Himalayan Dog Chew, but I’ve found a new treat that is just as awesome and wanted to share it with you!

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This is the Earth Animal No-Hide Dog Chew and it comes in chicken, beef, and salmon flavors. I snagged both the chicken beef flavors at our local pet store, Mud Bay, for Teton a few months back. Since then, this has been his favorite chew and I’ve been so, so happy with it!

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This chew is made of very basic ingredients like chicken, eggs, and banana and is completely digestible. Most importantly, it’s rawhide-free.

Rawhide bones – made (literally) of the inner layer of cow hides – are dangerous to feed your dog because they are taxing to digest and often become either stuck in the digestive tract or esophagus. It’s not uncommon for a dog to choke on large pieces of rawhide, either, especially if not monitored while chewing a rawhide bone.

The “answer” to rawhide has, in the past, been things like the Himalayan Dog Chew, antlers, or even raw meat bones from cows or bison. I’m all for those types of chews but the Earth Animal No-Hide Chews are great because they’re cheaper (!), they don’t leave a mess (raw bones are pretty bloody), and they last a long time (at least for Teton).

Speaking of Teton…

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I mean…

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Anywhats, if you’re looking for a chew for your dog, please give these a go because they’re L E G I T. And no, I wasn’t sent these to test; I actually bought them and continue to do so because Teton loves them so much!

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Have a wonderful week!

Happy tails…