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. ♥

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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 Harness 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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Seatbelt opening detail. (Image source)

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Storage pocket detail. (Image source)

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…

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

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

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. ♥

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. 😉

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. 😉

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 their line, but today I want to introduce you to two of them – 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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Got Funk: A Wondercide Review

Hi.

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Teton gets a bath about once a month. After his bath, he gets a good brushin’ and a flea treatment.

I’m a huge fan of the Buddy Wash Original Lavender & Mint Dog Shampoo & Conditioner and have been buying it for years at my local pet store. I love that it’s a shampoo and a conditioner and it leaves Teton smelling great.

Being that I love Buddy Wash so much, I was a bit skeptical when I received a sample of shampoo from a brand called Wondercide.

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Wondercide sent us a bar of their Hypoallergenic Natural Shampoo Bar, which is made of some awesome ingredients like coconut oil, shea butter, and neem oil and leaf extract. I didn’t know what neem was until a few years ago when Teton had some gnarly dandruff, but I learned that it comes from a tree which originates in India and has a ton of amazing benefits for the skin. It’s super moisturizing, helps the healing process when irritated skin is present, and aids in the destruction of bacteria, viruses, and fungi.

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Some of the neem products I’ve used in the past for Teton had a strong smoky smell that wasn’t terrible but wasn’t exactly snuggle-worthy, either. Wondercide’s, though…smells fantastic! It’s fresh and clean while being subtle and cozy.

This bar is the average size of your typical bar of soap, but is pretty thick and hearty.

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When I first pulled it out of its box, I thought to myself, “Well, this will last about 1.5 shampoos with how furry Teton is.”

I was pleasantly surprised, then, to find that one bath left the bar looking almost as if it hadn’t been used!

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Almost. 😉

The bar sudsed up like a pro while I bathed Teton. It was much easier to use than I anticipated, having never used a shampoo bar before. I was able to either run the bar all along his body or to rub the bar in between my hands and then massage him with the suds.

It rinsed out with ease and didn’t dry out his fur or skin. I’m a fan!

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Along with our shampoo bar, Wondercide sent a bottle of their Fresh Dog Deodorizer Spray, which also has neem in it, along with lavender, cedar, and lemongrass. Yasssss.

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This stuff smells great and is super easy to use. Just spray it on between baths to freshen things up or (I love this) spray it on your dog’s bed or in other areas he/she spends time.

Bathing your dog too often can strip some of the good natural properties that are in their fur and on their skin. I like deodorizers like this one because if your dog isn’t due for a bath yet but has a little funk, you can use them in between washes. They’re also a nice thing to have on hand if your dog hates baths.

If you’re interested in trying out either of these Wondercide products, they are both on sale now on Wondercide’s website. Use coupon code DOGDAYS17 to save 17%!

Until next time!

Happy tails…

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Chicken Soup for the Soul Savory Snacks

Happy Sunday, friends!

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Teton is staying cool with his Kool Collar (that you can barely see under all that fluff) and I hope your dogs are staying cool in this warm summer weather, too.

These past few weeks he’s been munching on a brand new treat with a name you may recognize – Chicken Soup for the Soul!

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Chicken Soup for the Soul Savory Snacks come in three flavors – beef, chicken, and lamb. We opted for the lamb variety, which is loaded with great ingredients like brown rice, rosemary extract, and of course, lamb.

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These treats are soft and chewy, which makes them a great option for any dog, but especially for those with sensitive teeth or dental issues that prevent them from having harder, crunchier treats.

Plus, they’re heart-shaped which makes them at least 8% more adorable.

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Teton is a fan of the Chicken Soup for the Soul Savory Snacks and so are his cousins Henley, Milo, and Basil. 🙂

Thanks to Chewy for another great treat this month!

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Barkworthies Chicken Jerky + Life Lately

The weekend is in sight!

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Did I miss Shark Week? Teton is ready. I also need to be better about things this year and make sure I get the Great White Bite from Cold Stone…

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I mean…

(Update: Shark Week starts this Sunday, July 23rd!)

Teton has been my sidekick a little more than normal lately and I love that.

We stop for coffee together…

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Go to the gym together…

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And give my husband the stink eye together.

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Aren’t dogs just the best?

Speaking of how awesome dogs are, check out Teton’s buddy Copper and he in what might be one of the best photo collages I’ve ever put together.

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This photo = instant happiness

Now that I have all that goodness out of the way, I want to share a new treat from Barkworthies with you!

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The folks over at Barkworthies were kind enough to send Teton their Chicken with Cranberry & Blueberry Superfood Jerky late last month and he’s been munching on it since.

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These chews are made with minimal ingredients including chicken, blueberries, and cranberries.

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They’re a decent size but are thin and easily broken if you have multiple dogs and/or if you’re watching your dog’s weight.

Teton loves these treats! And Barkworthies has a ton of other treats, chews, bully sticks, and antlers. If you’d like to find some Barkworthies treats near you, check out their Find A Local Retailer link.

Thank you to Barkworthies for sending these treats our way!

Happy tails…

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