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?

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