Thursday, June 22, 2017

Pack a Picnic With Alessi's New PetNic Basket

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Planning a picnic this summer with your pet? While I wish we could say that we are (well, I guess there is still time since it's only June), we would definitely be bringing along this adorable PetNic basket from Alessi. Available in black, green and pink, the basket is made from thermoplastic resin and features a removable divider inside. Though it's not technically designed to hold food and water, I'd guess you could probably try using the top as a serving dish for your pup (like in the above photo). Big enough to hold snacks, water and a few toys, it's honestly ones of the cuter new pet products we've seen.

That said the price, $90, does make us want to howl a little. Though.... who is to say that this is just for pets? It looks like it could do double duty as a fun picnic accessory for toddlers or kids as well!

Available from Alessi's online store.

Happy picnicking!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Pebby: Your Pet's Robotic Babysitter


"Smart" pet toys seem to be the current trend and the Pebby aims to take internet connected pet devices to a new level.

Currently in "Kickstarter" phase, the Pebby is a wireless/Bluetooth enabled system that is made up of a ball, collar, charging "kennel" and mobile app. Like other similar toys, pet owners are able to watch, interact, and capture their pets movements/activities while away from home through the ball. Built from durable, shatterproof polycarbonate, Pebby is designed to withstand rough play and the occasional dip in the water bowl. It looks like you'll also be able to easily change the look of your ball  with magnetic caps in a variety of colors/patterns.


The part of the Pebby system that excited us the most is the charging "kennel" which wirelessly charges your ball. Simply drive the ball into the kennel and it will self dock and begin charging!


The least exciting part of the system has to be the collar, which serves to provide movement/activity tracking. If you don't already have a pet activity device this is a nice integrated add, but not sure if it's going to challenge any of the existing leaders in the market.

Pebby is currently offering a limited edition early bird special ($135) that is 45% off the retail price, so make sure to head over to their Kickstarter page if you're interested in learning more!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Global Pet Expo 2017

I swear, one of these years we're going to make it the 2017 Global Pet Expo. I seriously cannot imagine a more fun way to spend a few days than surrounded by tons of cool new pet products!

Even though we won't be in Orlando this week, here's a list of some of the booths you should swing by and check out. It seems like two of the big themes this year are "smart" Internet connected toys and premium/fresh/all natural pet food. There are going to be HUNDREDS of vendors at the Expo, but these are just a few of those that reached out to us in advance that caught our eye:

easyPlay Interactive Pet Toy - Booth 5876
An interactive toy that can be controlled by your smartphone, the easyPlay allows you to monitor your pet, reward them with treats and track their physical activity when you're not home. Featuring a treat dispenser and two-way cameras/microphones, it's an interesting spin on the traditional pet camera.

Portland Pet Food Company - Booth 5974
All-natural, human grade pet food seems to be the standard these days. The folks at Portland Pet Food Company are taking it to the next level with their shelf-stable, sustainably packaged meals for your pup. They make a variety of meals and food toppers that sound pretty tasty!

i and love and you - Booth 1291
This super premium pet food and treat company is one of our favorites! I'm sure they've got lots of excited previews planned for you. We particularly love their odor-less chews!

Under the Weather - Booth 5967
I know... "bland food" isn't something you typically advertise, but for all of those dog parents who have spent hours in the kitchen whipping up chicken and rice for their sick pets, Under the Weather is a convenient solution made of bland stuff and 100% human grade freeze-dried meats.

Well, maybe we'll see you next year Global Pet Expo! If you're going, drop us a line or send us a tweet (@Barkzilla) to let us know what your favorite products/services are! And hey... if anyone wants to send us a ticket next year...

Friday, February 24, 2017

Sea Bags: Pet Collection

If there's anything we can't have enough of, it's a good tote! Since plastic bags were/are no-go in California, we got into the habit of always having a reusable bag with us. Though we love the inexpensive ones from TJ's, there is something to be said for a reusable bag that is built to last AND stylish. While they are on the pricey side (OK, they're super $$), we are slightly obsessed everything the company Sea Bags makes. Their company takes recycled sails and turns them into highly functional, easy to clean bags that can take a serious beating. We particularly love how easy they are to clean - you can literally hose them down, let them dry, and they are as good as new!*

While checking out their site for a new summer beach bag, we spied an entire collection designed for pet lovers! Check out these super cute bags and placemats (seriously, such a good idea for pets!). They also offer collars and leashes, but these products caught our attention the most:


(Clockwise from Upper Left) Bucket Bag ($45), Chocolate Lab Tote ($150-$210), Paw Print Placemat (Small $15, Large $25), Paw Wristlet ($30)

Though on the pricier side, in our experience Sea Bags have definitely been worth the investment. In addition to these cute paw print adorned items, you can also create your own custom bag ( or choose from their seasonal designs. 



*Disclaimer... they may recommend a different cleaning process than the one we use hah...

Thursday, February 23, 2017

A Quick Update!

Hi friends! Hope you are all doing well! I'm sorry it's been a while since we've updated, but I'm not going to lie-- #MomLife is tough! Juggling everything has meant a little less computer time and a lot more "OMG what are you putting in your mouth?!" time.

Paddington is also currently staying with her grandparents as we're renting a house that doesn't have a fenced in yard. In fact... we had a pretty traumatic jailbreak and since then decided it might be best for her to enjoy a staycation with my parents' dogs. We miss her desperately but know that she's having a great time with her friends and most importantly is in a safe place.

Anyhow, despite P not being here, we think about her every day and are still on the look out for amazing pet products and services. While our hands-on reviews may be a little more spaced out, we definitely love connecting with our fellow Barkistas and the pet community.

Miss you lots!

XOXO,

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 www.dogshowbracket.com 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 katespade.com. 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 PBTeen.com.

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.
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