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!

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