Zippy Paws Interactive Dog Toy

Hi. It’s me, Henley Pretzel. Your favorite chihuazer.

You might not know, but stuffed dog toys are MY JAM. Even when my parents got me from the rescue, they were told that I like stuffed animals the best. I could care less about a tennis ball, but give me a stuffed raccoon and I am yours forever.

My mom made a recent trip to Mud Bay, our local pet store, to purchase me some freeze dried chicken. Chicken is also my jam. My mom buys this chicken. In any event, while she was buying the chicken, she also made the best impulse purchase ever and hooked me up with Zippy Paws Burrow Squeaky Hide and Seek Plush Dog Toy, Elephant Cave version. You can find it on Chewy.com here

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The elephant cave is a small, fuzzy, and plush little dome-shaped toy with two holes in it. Inside the holes are three small stuffed elephants. Your parent shoves the stuffed elephants in the holes and then you have to try to get them out.

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My mom made me dinner and then set to work taking the tags off the elephant cave, so I could play with it after dinner. I was so excited to play with it, though, that I sat and ignored my dinner until she prepared the elephant cave for me.

You guys. The elephant cave is THE BEST. I grabbed it right away and threw it across the room, chased it down, and shook it. Then my mom showed me the elephants inside and I grabbed those and played with them, too. She showed me how to get the elephants out of the cave and I can do it if she starts to pull the elephant out of the hole, but I’m still working on doing it all by myself. Also, if you shake the elephant cave REALLY hard, sometimes the elephants fly out. I had so much fun with the elephant cave that I brought it to bed with me that night.

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The elephants are pretty small and seem slightly less durable than the cave itself. I might chew some of the elephant ears and trunk, but I see that you can buy replacement elephants online, so no worries there. I could also put some of my other toys in there if I run out of elephants.

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Turns out Zippy Paws makes a TON of these kinds of toys, including a stuffed block of cheese with mice inside! My mom ordered that one for me, too. If your dog loves stuffed toys and could benefit from the challenge of a puzzle, Zippy Paws might be for you. 

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BTW, Zippy Paws and Mud Bay have no idea who we are. My mom spent her own hard-earned money on this dog toy. AND IT WAS TOTALLY WORTH IT.

Happy tails…

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Kurgo’s Cargo Cape

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, we watched Teton’s pal, Copper.

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Teton is definitely an only child if you catch my drift, but he and Cop are buds and I think it’s safe to say they had a great time together.

When ever I needed to leave the house and could, I took Teton and Copper with me.

Enter the Goosemobile.

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One of Teton’s many nicknames is Goose (or The Goose, Gooser, Goosen, etc.) so naturally when I started driving our Subaru Outback and taking Teton everywhere with me, I dubbed it The Goosemobile.

Since I’m a crazy dog lady, the middle seat of the Goosemobile, when not being used to transport human passengers, is covered with the Kurgo Wander Bench Seat Cover.

Before recently, the hatchback, where Teton and Copper spent most of their time and where Teton usually hangs out, was filled with an old dog bed and a few blankets. Now it still has the bed and blankets, but underneath is the Kurgo Cargo Cape!

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Kurgo’s Cargo Cape protects your car interior from wear and tear caused by scratches, dog hair, dirt, water, and all sorts of other things.

The cape is quickly and easily installed like all Kurgo products and stays put once it’s in place. That being said, however, because of the Cargo Cape’s unique and thoughtful features like the split zipper and easy-release buckles, it’s also quick and easy to adjust it to accommodate other variations in your vehicle.

One of the best features of the Cargo Cape is the bumper guard. Check it out.

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This heat duty material is fully waterproof and can be stored up or folded down as is shown in the photo above. It’s a super nice feature to have if your dog jumps in and out of the car and has a tendency to scratch the bumper, but I also think it’s great for other protection purposes like moving plants, tools, etc. in and out of your car.

As with all Kurgo products, the little things are the big things. Like the addition of mesh pockets on each side to hold leashes, towels, or other things your dog might need.

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Kurgo’s Cargo Cape has been a great addition to the Goosemobile. If you’re looking for something to protect the back of your vehicle, I highly recommend it. Especially with Kurgo’s lifetime warranty!

Happy tails…

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Crazy Dog Walkies! Fit Bites

Happy Thanksgiving from this dweeb.

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He’s wearing his Ruffwear Sun Shower raincoat which I almost forgot we had and is clearly a necessity in Western Washington in fall/winter.

This Thanksgiving, Teton and his cousins will be munching on our November treats from Chewy.comCrazy Dog Walkies! Fit Bites.

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Crazy Dog, known for their training treats – aptly named Train-Me! – is based in California and produces a line of shampoos and grooming sprays in addition to their treats.

Walkies! Fit Bites are treats designed for active dogs and are in the shape of a tiny footprint.

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If that doesn’t sell you, I don’t know what will. Because, well, look at them.

Walkies! Fit Bites are as small as they look, which makes them great training treats, on-the-go treats, and treats for any size dog.

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The ingredient list is longer than some, but these treats have some great things in them like flax seed, salmon oil, and carrots. One of Teton’s top five favorite foods is carrots. If you’re wondering what the other four are, in no particular order…watermelon, cantaloupe, blueberries, and Spiderman Cheese Webs.

Walkies! Fit Bites come in three flavors – bacon, chicken, and beef. Note that all of the flavors are made with chicken cartilage, so these treats are not a good option for a dog who is allergic to chicken like Teton’s pal Copper.

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If you are searching for a new tiny treat to feed your dog, whether you’re working on training or would like something for activities like walking, hiking, or dog parking, all the Walkies! Fit Bites are available on Chewy.com and are $5 or less.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Dog Moms and Dads!

Happy tails…

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Planet Dog’s Link Toy

We love interactive dog toys. Teton especially loves them when they involve food (which most do).

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(Fall in the Pacific Northwest means that almost all walks end with a wet pupper.) 

I’ve been lucky enough to try a handful of different interactive treat toys since I started Her Dog Blog back in 2010. Some were toys I bought myself, and some have been toys graciously given to us in exchange for reviews. Planet Dog’s Holiday Link is the latter and it may be mine (and Teton’s) favorite!

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Here she is. Completely identical to the regular Link but with red and green accents instead of blue and orange, the Holiday Link is made in the USA of both non-toxic and recyclable materials. Like all Planet Dog products, the Link toys are 100% guaranteed whether they are chewed to the point of destruction or whether your dog simply doesn’t care for it.

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Each colored section of the Link can be pulled apart and put together in a variety of shapes, making it more or less difficult for your pup.

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There is a hole in each section for treats and you can load it up with as many or as few as you’d like. We use the Link as a treat toy only, but for those of you with dogs that inhale their food, this is a great option to get them to slow down and may help with digestion as a result.

Check out Planet Dog’s Link video…

…and some of the ways you can arrange your Link.

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Small treats work best, but you can certainly break larger treats into smaller pieces in order to make them fit. If you don’t have small treats, use bits of string cheese, blueberries, carrot chunks, or even a handful of your dog’s dry food.

The Link is our new favorite interactive toy for a few reasons. First, it’s back with a 100% guarantee. Second, it’s made in the USA (and it’s made from recyclable materials). Third, it can be morphed into a variety of shapes, making it like multiple toys in one. And lastly, it’s easy for Teton to understand and use but not so easy that he loses interest or has the treats out in mere seconds.

All of this for the cool price of $20.95 and I think this will make a great stocking stuffer (or early Thanksgiving present) for your pup.

Happy tails…

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Thundersnap & Dial-A-Distance Leashes

In the market for a new leash?

We’re hardcore Red Dingo leash lovers and have been for all of Teton’s life, but we recently added a new leash to the mix.

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This is the Thundersnap Leash from the folks who created the Thundershirt and yes, it’s 25% off right now. 😀

Tested to over 500lbs of force, the Thundersnap Leash is unique because of it’s clip, which attaches quickly and easily (and dare I say, in a snap) to the black cap attached to your dog’s collar.

In this instance, I think GIFs speak louder than words.

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The leash itself is a basic black leash but gets bonus points from us because it’s made of strong webbing and has reflective details. Safety first for those early morning and night walks, my friends!

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Don’t mind the eye roll. He was excited to walk. I promise. 😉

While I do think the snap mechanism on the Thundersnap Leash is a bit heavy and clunky, the ease of connecting the leash to Teton’s collar and/or harness makes up for that. It’s a fun to use and it works well if I need to quickly leash him up in the house or outside.

If you prefer a retractable leash over the more classic style, check out the Dial-A-Distance Leash.

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Not your average retractable leash, the Dial-A-Distance is designed to automatically brake at a length you choose from 0 to 15 feet.

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While we prefer the Thundersnap over the Dial-A-Distance, they’re both well made, well designed leashes that we recommend!

Happy walking and happy tails…

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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. 😉

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! 😀

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…

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Fruitables Whole Jerky Treats

Throwback!

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Squeeeeeee! ❤

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. 🙂

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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