Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Dog Rocks - did they work for us?


So being new to the whole home-owner/having a lawn thing, we never had really given much thought to "burn spots" in the yard. As any seasoned lawn caretaker/dog owner will tell you, dog pee is the instant destroyer of beautiful, green, happy grass 😂 And Paddington, bless her, is not very creative about where she pees - choosing the same poor little patch every time (until she kills it, ha...).


Having spent a fair amount of time cruising the internet for solutions, we stumbled upon Dog Rocks. As per their packaging, the claim that these rocks added to your pet's water source will filter out impurities like tin and nitrates, which cause your dog's urine to be so caustic. Simply add them to your pets' water and let the rocks do their magic.

So... did they work? Well... not so much. Unfortunately after 8 weeks of us, our lawn is not looking any better and we have some new yellow spots. While the rocks never claim to fix dead grass, we were disappointed to see new spots pop up when Paddy moved onto greener areas of the lawn. There is a disclaimer on the package that warns that if your dog has a high protein diet these may not work, so we're curious if that could be what happened in our case.

That said... after we spoke to our lawn care company who recommended the best (and really only) thing you can do for keeping your lawn healthy is to douse the area after your dog pees with fresh water to dilute the urine. Sighhh... of course it couldn't be as easy as just adding rocks to your dog's water.

If you're still interested in checking out Dog Rocks, you can pick them up at your local Petsmart, or websites like Amazon and Chewy.com. They are a little on the pricey side ($27.54 currently on Chewy.com 😱), especially as they need to be replaced every two months.

What do you do to keep your lawn healthy with dogs in the home?


Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Yup You Stink Shampoo from HOWND!

Image provided by HOWND PR

While Paddington may consider herself a city dog, she has had her fair share of time out in the countryside. There she has discovered all kinds of delicious (i.e. DISGUSTING) smells to roll around in - including, but not limited to deer urine/poop, rakish water/mud, cow poop, and I'm pretty sure other stinky animal byproducts. If you've ever had a dog that has rolled in something gross, you know how next to impossible it is to get it out of their hair no matter how many times you shampoo.

That's why we were so intrigued to get an email about HOWND Yup You Stink Conditioning Dog Shampoo. This all natural product was designed to eliminate truly awful odors like skunk spray or fox poop (which I can only imagine must be really rank). Their formula contains eucalyptus and cedarwood essential oils (naturally flea and insect repelling) as well as argan oil, oatmeal extract and aloe vera leaf juice and contains gentle odor neutralizers.

Originally from the UK, stinky pups in the US can now purchase their products in the US from Amazon. It looks like they also have a wide range of hemp based treats and other goodies include a bowl wash and in-between bath spray!

Since it looks like most of their formulas are cruelty-free and vegan, we're definitely curious to check this one out! What are your favorite ways to get rid of really stinky stenches?


Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Does your pet eat better than you?

p.s. Almost 13 years old and still killing it! #QueenMorkie
If you are a pet parent and use social media, odds are you've been served up an ad at some point in time for a company that offers home delivery of fresh pet food. From The Farmer's Dog to Nom Nom Now, getting healthy, ready-to-serve meals from your pet is now easier than ever. With recipes that are prepared with human-grade ingredients and less preservatives/artificial stuff, there's no question in our mind that these businesses are ushering in a new area of pet dining!

While we are HUGE fans of serving Paddy food that is less processed, we have yet to find a service that meets our needs. Since she's so tiny, getting weekly or bi-weekly deliveries is a little bit overkill - especially as the portion sizes they recommend are way too much for our 7lb doggy. We did stumble up on Grocery Pup, which offers a la carte 3lb bag options, but we've got to figure out the freezer storage situation first (plus $70 is a lot for 6lbs of food).

Do you have a pet food delivery service that you love? We would love our readers to share any recommendations that they may have.


Wednesday, March 13, 2019

BARK x Target: Picnic Time Toys & Treats!

 

Spring is soooo close, and we cannot wait for warmer weather! On our most recent Target run we spotted some new seasonal goodies from the folks at Barkbox - check out these awesome picnic themed toys and snacks! 

While Paddy's toybox currently overflow-eth, we were so tempted to pick up the little ants on a leaf and the cheeseboard. Also, make sure to check your local store - most of the display featured buy one, get one 25% off for all marked BARK toys and treats.




Seriously, how yummy do the Blueberriest Pie and Charcuterie Board treats sound?! 






Friday, March 8, 2019

Hunt These: Rae Dunn Dog Bowls & Canisters

Here are two of our favorite finds which go perfectly with our Pioneer Woman doggy cookie jar! 

If you're an avid TJ Maxx, HomeGoods or Marshalls shopper, you are probably no stranger to Rae Dunn and her line of iconic white ceramics decorated with large letter writing. While these items rarely last more than a day on the shelves before they are snatched up by "Dunnies," we have had good luck lately finding pieces from her pet line!

Here are tips for how to get your hands on some of these super coveted pieces:
  • Head to your store right around opening time.  No joke, there is often a line outside of our stores at 9:30 and we have seen people sprinting to the Rae Dunn section. In good news, the pet themed stuff is normally with the pet accessories (including the pet mugs!), so make sure to hit that area up first!
  • Check your local buy/sell/trade sites. Though things are often marked up there, it will give you an idea of what's hitting in your area and if you should be looking out for new things. 
  • Swing by the clearance section! While Rae Dunn stuff is super hot right now, the pet things don't seem to be as popular and we've found some good pet bowls marked down.
In addition to cute "Dog Mom and Dad" mugs, we've also managed to find some really cute dishes and canisters for Paddington. And fear not - if you're a cat person, she also offers cat themed mugs and bowls.

Check out the TJMaxx website regularly as sometimes her products show up there, otherwise head to your local store's pet section to see if you can score some of these beauties. Are you a Rae Dunn fan?


Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Chicken 'n Waffles Treats for Dogs

Who doesn't love chicken and waffles? Maybe you've seen it already, but Post has introduced a Chicken and Waffles flavored cereal! And now even your furry friend can indulge, thanks to new Chickn 'n Waffle Bites treats from Rachael Ray's Nutrish line. Made in the USA, these treats feature USA farm raised chicken and zero gluten, fillers, or artificial flavors/preservatives/colors.

Currently available from Chewy.com for $10.99 for one bag.

While they're probably best sized for medium to larger dogs, we're tempted to pick up a bag and see what they're like! How cute are the little waffle and chicken pieces?

How often do you try new treats for your dog?


Monday, December 17, 2018

Disney Dogs x Dooney & Burke


Need a gift for the Disney dog lover in your life? Well look no further!

Can't believe we somehow missed the launch of these adorable Disney Dogs themed Dooney & Burke bags! This dog-centric print features classic characters like Lady, Tramp, Pongo, Perdita, Bolt, Nana, and even some other canine companions like the footstool from Beauty & the Beast.

The tote is already sold out, but you can still pick up the satchel or the crossbody bag from the Disney store online. There is also a really cute looking dress, but I am definitely not bold enough to pull it off. The bags rae expensive ($298 for the satchel 😱), but I'm hoping there might be some good pre- or post-holiday sales still!

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Bocce's Bakery 2018 Holiday Treats!


Now that shopping for Paddy is part of our daily routine again, we've been so stoked to see lots of new products from some of our favorite brands on shelves. We cannot get enough of the treats from Bocce's Bakery (search this blog, you'll see lots of posts), and we were so excited to see them on the shelves at our local grocery store!! Paddy is looking forward to trying out some of the new bone broth based treats, but this year we're definitely going to be snagging some of the limited-edition holiday flavors for her stocking.

If you're new to the brand, or already a hardcore fan, you're going to want to pick up their holiday treat sampler which includes their gingerbread, Santa's Cookies, and Holiday Bone treats! And, you don't even have to worry about wrapping them - every gift set comes in a cute little bag!

Head to their website to grab your pooch something yummy for under the tree!

xo

 

Monday, November 26, 2018

We're baacccckkk!

Hi There,

Remember us? Yes, we're still here! I know it's been forever, but life has been pretty crazy with moving AGAIN, our daughter starting school, and Paddington come back from an extended stay and her grand-pawrents' farm. But the good news is, is we're really committed to getting back into the swing of things, especially now that our chief tester and pooch is back with us full time.

Some of the things we're looking into for upcoming posts include DOGGY DENTAL HYGIENE, PET FOOD MEAL DELIVERY SERVICES, CBD for dogs, and more!

What do you want us to check out? What content excites you the most?

Thank you for your ongoing patience with us as we catch up :)


xoxo

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Target x BarkBox Couch Pawtatoes


Friends, Target & BarkBox have been KILLING it with their collaboration.


During the holidays they had some adorable toys and treats -- we took photos, but forgot to post.

However, while cruising the aisles of our local Target we spotted their newest "Couch Pawtatoes" series on shelves! We particularly love how tough their toys are and the hidden surprise inside most of them which adds to the fun.


The Chinese noodles and the little couch potatoes are our favorites! There also some themed treats to go along with the toys.

For all of those that do not have a Target near them, you can purchase the collection ($9.99-11.99) online too! What have you picked up?


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

For the dog who has everything.... Tiffany Pet Accessories

Stumped when it comes to the perfect present for the dog who has everything? This holiday season Tiffany has introduced some brand new pet presents that are sure to delight your furry friend -- after all, who doesn't love a little blue box under the tree? While these presents are on the $$ side, Tiffany's prices are pretty much on par with what we've seen from Louis Vuitton, Henri Bendel and other luxury shops. Not sure what the in-store availability is, but most of these items are currently in stock on their website.

 If stainless steel isn't going to cut it, these bone china dishes come in small ($125 and currently sold out), and large ($175). The inside features a bone with Tiffany written on it. 




Leashes and collars in Tiffany's colors are sure to get your doggy noticed at the park. Available in small ($200), medium ($225), and large ($250), each collar has the iconic "Please return to Tiffany" hardware. Leashes in small ($275) and large sizes ($300).

What do you think? Splurge or skip?

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Black Friday & Cyber Monday Pet Deals! (2017 Edition)


I know we've been MIA again... life has a funny way of sneaking up on you every now and then! How is it already Thanksgiving?! We went from 80 degree weather in October to all of a sudden the holidays right around the corner. To make it up to you for being so quiet, we've pulled together a round up of our favorite Barkista worthy Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals. After all, we know your pooch is at the top of your "nice" list this year, right? 😉

This is also a great time of year to stock up on treats, food and toys!

We'll keep you updated as we find more!

xoxo and happy shopping!

Barkbox- In celebration of Black Friday and Cyber Muttday (ha), score your first Barkbox for $5 (a $40 value).

Cuddle Clones - Get $75 off a custom plush clone of your pet! Use code CC75BFCM through 11/27.

Drs. Foster and Smith - Get a $50 gift certificate when you spend $125 (which, if you're stocking up on pet medication is easy to do!). Use code GR8GC50. Up to 50% off 100s of items on their site and free shipping.

Petco - Will be closed on Thanksgiving but your local store will have lots of activities on Friday, including giveaways and free antlers with any purchase! There is also BOGO 50% on certain brands of pet food. You can check out all the details in the Black Friday flyer here.

Petcube - If you've been waiting to invest in a pet camera, now is your chance to get your hands on Petcube's treat dispensing camera, the Petcube Bites, in an exclusive Snow White. While it will set you back a good $250, we've loved our first edition camera since they day we opened it up! Save up to $150 on a variety of Petcube cameras including the Petcube Bites ($179), Petcube Play ($149), and the Bites & Play bundle ($319).

Petsmart - Starting Friday, doorbusters will include some of their lowest prices of the year on food, toys, treats, etc. You can check out their flyer here.

Pridebites - Save 35% sitewide on personalized pet products and toys with code BF35 through 11/27. Signing up for their emails will also save you $10 on your first order.

Value Pet Supplies - Get 10% off all Valuepad Puppy Pads with CYBER17, plus free US shipping on orders over $29.

Whistle - Take $30 the Whistle 3 GPS Pet Tracker through Cyber Monday with code GIVETHANKS30 at checkout. Get free shipping and a 90 day return window.


Thursday, August 24, 2017

Raise a Glass to National Dog Day!

This Saturday, August 26th, is National Dog Day and ONEHOPE Wine wants to let you help dogs in need by drinking wine. Yes, you read that right. Drink wine, help dogs.

ONEHOPE encourages others to “serve and celebrate” National Dog Day with a bottle of wine, and a gift for both humans and pets alike. The best part…each product helps to fund pet adoptions:


Pinot for Paws Woof! Gift Box ($49) – Includes ONEHOPE CA Pinot Noir, Tennis ball, #WINENOT canvas bone dog toy, cotton rope toy, and gourmet treats. Every box helps fund 1 pet adoption.

California Pinot Noir ($19.99) – Every case funds 1 pet adoption 

And even if you're reading this and it's not National Pet Day anymore, what a great way to support a worthy cause any day of the week. These sets would make cool gifts for anyone in your life who loves dogs.

To date, ONEHOPE has helped more than 43,000 shelter animals find a forever home which is pretty awesome. We'll drink to that! 

Cheers!


*(Sidebar: I swear there is literally a holiday for everything... pretzels, ice cream sundaes...)

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Halloween is Here (Yes, you read that correctly...)

I cannot legit handle the fact that it's August and it's already cold and Halloween products are out on shelves. That said, we love it 😋

Let's be real, summer is not our season -- bugs, sweating, humidity -- give me a warm latte, turning leaves and a cool breeze and we're happy campers...

Cruising around Petsmart over the weekend we spotted these displays filled with TONS of pumpkin spice and fall flavored treats and goodies. We were particularly interested in the Apple Cider Donuts and Ghost Grub cookies from our regular fave, Bocce's Bakery.



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Are you ready for fall? Have you picked up any Halloween treats yet?

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

French Bullevard- Classy Collars for Canines


So I know it's been a while since we've talked fashion (there's just something about spending 18+ hours of the day chasing a toddler that kills any desire to have nice things...), but we just had to post about these spectacular collars from French Bullevard.

Designed and made in New York City and inspired by the founder's adorable Frenchie, Kumi, their collections are ever so chic and beautiful.

Our favorite collars are those more suited for special occasions and honestly are more jewelry than utilitarian-- check out the gorgeous Duchesse ($48), which features small glass pearls, or La Marquise ($42), which incorporates leather lacing (we are partial to the light blue, obviously!).

La Marquise

The Duchess

One day we'll be able to have nice things again.... but in the meantime there's no reason you shouldn't treat your pup to one of these stunning collars! Head over to their website to learn more about their story and check out the gorgeous collections.

xoxo

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