{Black and White Sunday} Bear’s Camp Duties

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One of Bear’s favorite tasks when we’re out camping as a family is to play the role of Camp Guard.

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Naturally, he does this task without our asking, and is more than thrilled to enact all of his self-imposed camp duties with a smile on his face.

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That is, until we pull out the Bravo Beef Trachea’s and he decides someone else is on guard duty for awhile ;)


Camping With Dogs

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When it comes to our whole camping with dogs routine, we’ve got things down to a pretty strict science at this point. All it really took was a few trips out with the dogs, and various types of gear, to get a good sense for what works, and what doesn’t for us.

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In our family, there are two main types of camping excursions:

*Car Camping- We’re more generous with our packing here, as we’re not worried about weight because we won’t be hauling it all on our backs and in our packs. We bring our larger 4 person tent (the orange one), and a cooler full of food/snacks/beer, and our camping chairs. The dogs have toys packed, all the luxuries they could want, and plenty of food and treats. This is how we typically camp with friends, and the boys love the social aspect of this type of camping a lot. Amenities like bathrooms and fresh water are available which is certainly convenient.

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*Dispersal Camping/Backpack Camping- Here we’re focused on packing light, and ONLY the essentials. We have pack our 2 person tent (the gray one), and Bear sleeps in the outer vestibule. Water is only a camelbak and our water bottles, and we take freeze dried food for the dogs (and usually ourselves!) because it’s incredibly light weight and nourishing. This is most often just our family of four, and a great way to reconnect with nature as we’re often not staying at a traditional camp site at all.

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I’m going to be starting a series of posts that cover various aspects of camping with dogs. If you have any questions at all about how we do things I’d love for you to submit them in the comments so we can work them into an upcoming post!

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Do any of you camping with your dogs? What have your experiences been like? 


{Wordless Wednesday} Scootie Screams for Ice Cream

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We were super excited to receive our recent PrideBites order just in time to embrace the Summer heat! The Ice Cream toy is one of the most adorable and we’re glad to have it as a part of our PrideBites collection. You can save 20% off your next PrideBites order by clicking through on our custom link below the photo!

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Diffusing Essential Oils for Pets

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Recently, my morning routine changed. The first thing I do in the morning, aside from letting the dogs out for a potty break, is to fill up our living room diffuser with an amazing blend to help us get going with our day. I’ve noticed that there’s been a significant impact on how easily we get going in the morning if we get our diffuser up and running first thing.  It’s made such a difference that I am actually willing to get the diffusers going before the morning coffee ;) As I’ve shared with you before, there are three main ways to experience the benefits of Essential Oils: Aromatically, Topically, & Internally. Diffusing essential oils is all about getting those aromatic benefits!

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 What to understand about diffusing essential oils:

  • What you breathe in affects your mood.
    • Essential oils can relax, soothe, uplift or invigorate you- all depending on the specific oil or blends you choose to diffuse.
  • Diffusing essential oils is a great way to cleanse and purify the air in your home.
    • It can also increase the oxygenation of the air.

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A few notes before beginning with a diffuser:

  • When you choose a diffuser, ensure it is a cool mist diffuser as heat should never be used with essential oils
  • The essential oils you diffuse must be Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade- that’s why I use & advise about doTERRA essential oils
  • Before starting your diffuser, be sure that your pets (mainly cats) have a way to leave the room if the don’t like the scent

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SheSpeaksBark’s Favorite Diffuser Blends:

  • Elevation & Wild Orange
  • Serenity & Lime
  • Balance & Wild Orange
  • Lavender, Lemon, Lime
  • Lavender- Both Bear & Scooter’s favorite- they will lay on the bed directly underneath the diffuser when lavender is going 
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Do you have any questions on how your pets (or yourself!) could most benefit from incorporating essential oils into your life?

Disclaimer: I am a wellness advocate of doTERRA essential oils. I am writing about my personal experiences with doTERRA essential oils only, and cannot recommend the use of any other brand for purity & quality purposes. I advise on the use of doTERRA essential oils because they are Certified Beyond Therapeutic Grade (CPTG) and because doTERRA is the only essential oils company that undergoes a voluntary third-party quality testing that gives me assurance in their product. Any purchases you make through my doTERRA store can result in a portion of commission to SheSpeaksBark. I am using both the Modern Essentials book and the Spoil Your Pets book (both pictured above) to guide my use of the oils for myself and my dogs.