Sunday, January 29, 2017

The Farmers Dog - Custom Fresh Food

Many many moons ago, when Paddington was but a wee pup residing with us in NYC, we were introduced to the world of "fresh" dog food. The company, who has long since been out of business and whose name we have unfortunately forgotten, would mail to us frozen dinners made out of hearty organic ingredients and proteins that we would then heat up Lean Cuisine style for our pooch. While that business never took off at the top, circa 2007, it looks like the folks at The Farmers Dog have updated the idea to cater to the custom pet food craze. 2015 and 2016 saw the introductions of brands like JustRight by Purina, which provide customized dry blends designed to meet your dog's nutritional needs, but The Farmers Dog is one of the first we've heard looking to take this technology into the fresh food market.

Out of curiosity, we filled out The Farmers Dog questionnaire to see what our weekly cost would be, and it netted out at about $20/week for their beef recipe. It wasn't immediately clear how many times a day we'd be feeding Paddington or what a "daily" serving looks like, but according to their site instructions would come with our shipment.

We would definitely be curious to understand whether we could supplement the fresh food with some of P's regular kibble, since an "all-wet" diet has typically not been good for her (or her teeth) in the past.

Overall, The Farmers Dog has a pretty robust Q&A and we felt like a lot of our questions were answered, so we would highly recommend you check it out if this post has piqued your interest.

What are you feeding your pup these days? Custom blends? Off the shelf? Canned/wet?

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show "Barkets"

We've always associated January and the start of the new year with new resolutions, new goals, new diets, and of course-- the start of a new bracket season! Don't get us wrong... we are by no means sports experts, but there is something fun about filling out a bracket - whether it be for The Bachelor or the Super Bowl, we just can't help ourselves... (Ha, I bet you did NOT know that about us).

This is why were were SO EXCITED to get an email from the folks at Purina ProPlan about their Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show bracket.

YES! Finally a bracket we're actually qualified to fill out! Dog lovers can compete in this game of "barketology" to win $1 million*! (Side note, does this technically make it a "barket"?)

Simply visit and use your canine intuition to pick your group and overall "Best in Show" winner.

Hurry and don't delay -- the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show will air on February 13th and 14th at 8 PM EST.

Good luck!

*The prize will be split amongst all of the verified owners of a perfect bracket

Friday, September 16, 2016

Lindy's Bakery Treats for a Good Cause

While we were on leave we received a TON of mail about lots of new and exciting luxe and fancy products for your pup, but this one particularly stuck out because it combines a good cause with delicious snacks! 

In addition to making yummy gourmet treats, 100% of proceeds from the sales of Lindy's Bakery go to Daybreak- a nonprofit organization that provides emergency shelter, outreach programs, transitional housing, and other vital services to the US homeless and transient youth population. Your purchase helps to fund emergency shelter, housing, and support for over 500 homeless teens and young adults each year.

Featuring all-natural flavors, their treats even come in grain-free, vegan and gluten free options. Blends like Sweet Pea and Carrot Cake and Peanut Butter Bacon definitely sound yummy! 

To purchase their products, head to their website where bags range from $5.99 to $6.99.

Friday, August 26, 2016

We're Back and on the East Coast!

Still here and looking fabulous as always! 
What better way to celebrate fall and cool temperatures than to announce that we're returning to blogging!

The last seven months have been a little crazy - we welcomed another two-legged member to our pack, and moved cross-country.

Apologies if we owe you an email or response, we're starting to go through our inbox this weekend.

So excited to catch up with all of you and hope you are well!

Wags & Kisses,

Monday, February 1, 2016

Spotted at Kate Spade - Dalmatian Purses & Accessories for Spring 2016

Check out these adorable dalmatian themed purses and accessories for Kate Spade Spring 2016.* While the standout by far is the wicker bag, we were kind of surprised not to see any dalmatian themed jewelry or tech accessories.

While sadly all of these items -will- possibly break the bank, a girl can dream, right?

Here's to fingers and paws crossed that not all of these items get snatched up and some of them show up online during one of Kate Spade's regular online sales.

All of these items are online exclusives and available from Did you spot something you must have?

p.s. Is it just me, or is dalmatian spelled incorrectly in some of their product names? 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Cards Against Caninity

What's more fun than playing a game for a good cause? 

Our friends at Earth Rated (you may remember that we were big fans of the bio-friendly waste bags last year!), have created a 100 card expansion pack for the popular Cards Against Humanity game that gives back to deserving animal shelters.

How do you get your paws on a set of these hilarious cards? Head over to the Cards Against Caninity site to nominate your favorite shelter for the chance to receive a case of warm blankets (50 will win!). Nominating the shelter of your choice will also enters you for the chance to receive one of 1,000 printed packs of cards!

Head over to the Cards Against Caninity site today to give a shout out to your favorite shelter. The campaign runs through February 10th, so make sure to swing by today!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

A Special Barkzilla Announcement

If we've been a little quiet lately it's because we've been preparing for a new arrival!

This box isn't for me.... 
That's right-- we will be welcoming a new (two-legged) addition to our family in February!

While we do plan on continuing to blog about the latest and greatest for your four-legged bestie, you amy notice that posts are little bit fewer and far between as we get accustomed to our new schedule.

If you're worried about suffering from Paddington withdrawal, make sure to follow her on Instagram at @MissBarkzilla!

Thanks for all of your love and support!

Friday, December 18, 2015

2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffer - Minty Fresh Z Bones!

Need the perfect stocking stuffer for your pup? Check out these limited-edition Minty Fresh Z-Bones from Zuke's. Perfect for naturally freshening your doggy's breath, these bones do NOT contain wheat, gluten, cornstarch or synthetic cholorphyll. In addition to keeping your pup's mouth minty fresh, these dental chews help to polish teeth and massage gums.

Paddy is a big fan of the spearmint and fennel ingredients and has been working her way through her current bone for the past week. We love that these winter treats come individually wrapped (how cute would they look with a big bow!), and won't break the bank. In addition to sticking one or two in a stocking, they'd make the perfect little gifts for the dogs in your crew :)

Available for a limited time these treats are on shelves now at your local pet store!

Disclaimer: We were provided with samples for the purpose of review by Zuke's. For more information about our review policy, please visit our disclaimer page.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

2015 Holiday Gift Guide: For Fashionista Dog Lover

If you're like us, you can never have enough jewelry or dog-themed decor. These super cute Pampered Pups Jewelry Holders from Pottery Barn Teen meet both criteria and would make the perfect stocking stuffer for the glamorous dog lover in your life. 

They'd also make for a great Secret Santa gift! (Pssst, our favorite is the dalmatian bangle holder!)

Sold separately, ranging from $35-39, they're currently on sale! Available from

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Sleepypod Cloudpuff Blanket

Greetings! We hope you and your families had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

It's getting chilly here in So-Cal (okay, so it's in the 60s…), which is why we are EXTRA grateful for Sleepypod's new Cloudpuff Blanket and it is a MUST-HAVE for our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide!

Featuring one super-soft and fluffy side and a micro-suede backing, the Cloudpuff comes in two shades of brown and two sizes (medium and large). The medium is definitely sized for smaller dogs, and it fits very comfortably inside of our Sleepypod Air.  It did not take up too much space when laid flat on the bottom, and we also really liked how it could be easily folded up to double as a bolster or pillow.

While the Cloudpuff is intended as a travel accessory, we've also been bringing it with us to pilates (yes, Paddington comes with us to pilates…), as a cozy place for Paddy to sit and do her yoga stretches.  Our pilates studio has hard wood floors, and the micro suede side of the blanket prevents it from slipping around which is nice.

The Cloudpuff is also surprisingly easy to clean: we put ours in the washer on the hand wash cycle and then air-dried it, and it came out looking and feeling like new!

With the holidays right around the corner, this would make the perfect present for any road warrior pooch in your life. Available now from Sleepypod's website for $29.99.

Disclaimer: We received this item in exchange for a fair and honest review. For more information about our review policy, please visit our disclaimer page.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Pet Holiday Travel Packing List 2015

Like many folks, we are hitting the road this holiday and venturing cross-country to celebrate Thanksgiving with family. Since Paddington will be joining us (of course!), we wanted to share you our favorite travel must-haves and packing list. 

  1. Pet Carrier. An airline approved travel carrier. We are HUGE fans of the Sleepypod Air. We also own a Sleepypod Atom, which we prefer for shorter trips, but since we'll be taking a long plane ride want to make sure Paddy has more space to stretch out. You can read our review of both carriers here
  2. Travel Blanket. While Paddy actually doesn't mind traveling in the Sleepypod without any extra padding, since we're headed to colder climates, we're definitely going to be including the Sleepypod Cloudpuff Blanket, which is a new product for the brand. Our full travel review will follow, but we love that it is compact, snuggly, and the perfect size to put inside of our Air. 
  3. Travel dish. Though you'll have to purchase water AFTER security and you'll probably want to limit your pup's snacks and drinks while in transit, a travel bowl is very handy. We love this collapsable bowl from Good2Go, which we picked up at our local Petco. 
  4. SNACKS! We always try to pick in-flight travel snacks that will not leave Paddy searching for water, so nothing too salty and no chews. This trip we're packing the Zuke's Mini Naturals Pumpkin treats we recently reviewed (obviously, it being Thanksgiving and all), and these I Love and You Venison and Lamb bites. Love that both packages are re-sealable and can pack pretty flat. Don't forget to also pack enough of your dog's regular food for when you get to your destination! 
  5. Wipes. Messes can happen. We received these little travel-sized wipes in a Barkbox and love that we can attach them onto Paddy's carrier for easy access. 
  6. "Quiet Toys" - Normally we try to pick something that is not fluff-filled or going to disturb our in-flight neighbors. While Paddy doesn't typically play with them while in transit, she'll often use one as a pillow and I think likes to have something familiar with her on the road. We picked up this cute Thanksgiving themed toy from the Barkbox Shop though I think it is now sold out.
  7. Leash, harness + poop bags. The basics, obviously. When you take your dog out of their carrier to go through security, it's a good idea to have them leashed just in case. We typically un-harness and un-leash for the actual flight itself (since she's in her carrier), but you're definitely going to need all of these accessories when you walk pre and post flight. 

Hope this packing list is helpful-- safe travels this holiday season!

Did we forget anything? What is in your dog's travel bag? 

Disclaimer: We received some items mentioned in this post for the purpose of review. For more information regarding our review/sample policy, please visit our disclaimer page.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Zuke's Mini Naturals Pumpkin Patch Dog Treats

Can you believe it? Turkey day is right around the corner!

One of the trends we're loving is the move by companies to make limited-edition seasonal treats for our four-legged friends. After all, variety is the spice of life - no?

Just in time for this turkey-heavy time of year, Zuke's has put a new flavor of their popular soft snack-sized treats out on shelves. Pumpkin Patch Mini Naturals feature a delicious turkey and pumpkin recipe made from quality, lean protein. Containing pumpkin (one of those powerhouse veggies!), these treats are rich in carotenoids, beta-­carotene, alpha-­carotene, fiber, zinc, iron, vitamin A and potassium. Pumpkin is also known to be great for helping to correct diarrhea and constipation in dogs.

Don't mind if I do….

Personally, we're big fans - we like to spoil Paddy by varying her diet seasonally. While she definitely gets some canine friendly table snacks around the holidays, Zuke's Minis make it easier to control the portion size and feel confident that what she's eating is doggy diet/stomach appropriate. These soft treats are also great for reinforcing training since they weigh in at less than 4 calories per treat and can easily be broken into tiny morsels.

So, the real moment of truth… was Paddy a fan? YES! She definitely was interested in these treats from the moment we opened the bag.

Look! They're cute pumpkin shapes too! 
Available now on shelves from your local pet-retailer or online from

What are your pet's favorite holiday treats? 

Disclaimer: We were provided with samples by Zuke's for the purpose of review. For more information about our review policy, please visit our Disclaimer page.

Monday, November 9, 2015

2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Frontgate Faux Fur Jacket for Dogs

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It's that time of year again... Oprah has just released her holiday gift guide, which this year, includes several picks for the furry friends in your life. While in general we agree with O's taste, we can't decide how we feel about this faux fur jacket for Fido from Frontgate. While Paddington definitely does need a coat when it gets cold outside, we can't decide if it's fabulous for a pet to wear faux fur or not. It does look delightfully cozy, albeit a little odd....

If this piece of pet couture tickles your fancy, it's available with Prime shipping from Amazon for $39. Sizes range from small to XL and the coat is offered in either chinchilla or channeled mink (our personal pick).

What do you think? Would your pet accessorize with a faux fur coat?

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

2015 Holiday Gift Guide - PrideBites Customized Blanket

Oh my goodness - look at this cuteness!

"Oh my gosh, that's me!"
Our custom PrideBites blanket arrived in the mail earlier this week, and we're still getting over just how PERFECT it is! Not only is it super snuggly (and a great size for travel or lounging on her mat), but the likeness of our beloved Paddington is so spot on!

Hands down, this would make a perfect gift for the special dog and dog lover in your life. To get started, head to PrideBites' website, and they'll walk you through the process of choosing your custom fabrics and uploading the necessary glamour shots. There are lots of options and patterns to pick from, so each blanket truly feels customized.

Blankets on average cost about $50, and shipping takes a few weeks, so get those holiday orders in sooner vs. later!

Please excuse the mess!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Pizza Rat Dog Costume!

This year, we've been a little disappointed with some of the dog costumes out there for Halloween 2015. Fortunately, we found inspiration from a viral video snapped in our former hometown of NYC…

Introducing, Paddington Pizza Rat!!!

While we didn't go totally home-made on this one (sighhhh, I still don't know how to use a sewing machine), we did find/source the parts.

Here's what you'll need for your Pizza Rat costume:

1. Children's sized mouse accessories: We found this set on Amazon and then modified the tail and head piece for Paddington. Depending on how big your dog is, you could probably use adult sized accessories as well, or something that comes on a headband. We did like that this one uses an elastic which we were able to secure to Paddy's collar for a snug fit. The tail we attached using a bobby pin.

2. Pizza toy: While you could use a real piece of pizza… you'd have to snap those photos pretty fast (and I'm fairly confident that pizza is not good for humans or dogs). There are several variations on pizza themed dog toys out there -- again, Amazon has a fairly good selection. We went with the 8" slice from PrideBites, which was the perfect scale for Paddy.

We still can't help but giggle looking at these photos- Paddy really is the perfect little pizza monster. While we're not sure our fellow Californians will get it, we know the New Yorkers will :) Are you dressing your pup up this year?

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