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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Meet Basil + Plato Hundur’s Crunch Fish Jerky Fingers

Happy Monday, friends! I’m trying to be one of those people that embraces Mondays and it’s working for me today. Check back with me next week to see if things are the same. 😉

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If you’re not in love with Mondays, here’s something that should cheer you up as long as you don’t have a cold robot heart. This is Basil, my sister’s new puppy. He’s a little bigger now (this was taken a few weeks ago and we all know how fast puppies grow) but still just as adorable and he and Teton are getting to be good pals. There are few things in life more amazing than puppies, am I right? ❤

Oh, here’s another cute puppy.

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Last month, Teton got another treat from his pals over at Chewy.com. This treat is quite literally the stinkiest one we’ve ever received! Which, of course, means that The Little Blogger is in L O V E with it.

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Plato Hundur’s Crunch Fish Jerky Fingers Dog Treats

These delightfully stanky treats are made up of just two ingredients – cod skin and golden redfish skin. Mmmm. Skin.

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A 3.5-ounce bag will run you $4.99 on Chewy.com and I recommend that you give one treat at a time, because this isn’t something you want to break in half or touch for longer than you have to.

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In addition to having a pungent aroma, these treats are thick and crunchy!

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If you aren’t squeamish around the smell of fish, I really like Plato Hundur’s Crunch Fish Jerky Fingers as a treat option. They’re a great source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which means they’re good for your dog’s skin and coat. It’s nice to mix things up from your regular chicken and beef treats, too!

Thanks to Chewy.com for another great treat.

More treat reviews and a fun product review coming soon. Someone got a sleeping bag for the summer and I can’t wait to share it with you!

Happy tails…

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We Leash

Does your dog pull when you walk him or her? Or, perhaps you have a dragger who doesn’t even seem interested in walks. Either way, last month I was introduced to an interesting product called the We Leash that I want to share with you.

I could try to explain the We Leash myself, but I think it’s easier to share their video. 🙂

The We Leash is undoubtedly one of the most unique leashes I’ve ever seen and I love that it’s designed to reduce the feeling of restraint while also promoting the connection between a dog and his or her Dog Mom or Dad.

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Available in two sizes – one for dogs under 40 pounds and one for dogs over 40 pounds – the We Leash can also be configured as a “regular” leash if for some reason your dog doesn’t hold his or her end on a particular day or for a period of time.

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As if the We Leash weren’t unique enough, you can also get one of three We Toys – a giraffe, aardvark, or chicken – or one of the We Binkies to aid in training.

We Toys and We Binkies attach quickly and easily to the We Leash and are free of stuffing and nice and floppy so that they can be easily held in your dog’s mouth at one end of the leash.

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(Close-up of the We Toy Aardvark We Leash attachment)

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(We Binkie in action) 

If you’ve been struggling to walk your dog and find that toys are a motivator for your pooch, why not give the We Leash and either a We Toy or We Binkie a try? If you do, I’d love to hear what you think!

Happy tails…

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