{Black & White Sunday} Grand Adventurers

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We’ve been away from home the past week, taking a road trip with Bear and Scooter. We are very thankful to have put so much time into helping our boys learn to ride in the car happily, because they had such grand adventures this past week since they were able to come along with us on this trip! safe_carrideBW

Bear and Scooter are both restrained while we ride in the car, for their own safety. These boys are our children and we want to take the utmost care for their safety on the road. Scooter rides in a Sleepypod Mini, and Bear wears a Sleepypod Clickit Sport harness. We use a Kurgo seat cover and a Kurgo wander mat to keep dirt and hair somewhat contained, and to keep our Bear comfy for hours on end in the car.


Momma & Bear selfie time!! He was only a semi-willing participant ;)


We camped out most of the nights, something both Bear and Scooter adore- they love the tent! Both boys hang out on their beds near the fire pit while we set up the tent and get dinner going.

We will be sharing more of our adventures with you in the coming weeks! See some sneak peeks of the trip on our Instagram.

By Nature Active Defense+ Dog Kibble

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There’s not much that Bear loves more than reviewing a bag of dog food or dog treats. The way to that boys’ heart is absolutely through his stomach! ;) When we were asked to give the new By Nature Active Defense+ Dog Kibble a try, he jumped at the opportunity. This isn’t the first time we’ve reviewed or written about By Nature Dog Food- we reviewed their original formula back in 2013 and Bear did so well on it that we switched him to their food full-time after the review. After that Bear and Scooter both got the opportunity to review (and giveaway!) some of the By Nature Dog Treats that they love so much.


By Nature is back with a brand- new formula now, called By Nature Active Defense+. The By Nature Active Defense + formula is a grain-free dry food for dogs. It is made in the USA and the #1 ingredient is real, de-boned poultry, meat, or fish. There are three different flavors for your pet to choose from:

Turkey & Sweet Potato

Ocean Whitefish & Peas 

Pork & Sweet Potato 


There are also several options of the Active Defense+ Balanced Diet formulas which include high quality proteins, whole grains, fruits & veggies:

Lamb, Lentils & Duck

Ocean Whitefish, Green Peas & Herring

Pork & Sweet Potato

Turkey, Green Peas & Herring

By Nature has a team of pet nutritionists that have carefully chosen the best combination of natural ingredients that will give your pet a balanced set of nutrients. Using advanced dietary science, they have created an optimal blend to protect your pets health. The Active Defense+ pet foods have SuperFusion® Advanced Nutritional Blend, which is created to support your pet in all that they do.

We trialed with the Ocean Whitefish & Peas formula, and both the dogs happily devoured the kibble. I did notice it smelled a bit more ‘fishy’ than other fish blends we’ve tried. I’m taking that as a good sign that it’s of higher quality and containing more fish than other kibbles we’ve had in the past.

Disclaimer: SheSpeaksBark was provided with the By Nature Active Defense + dog food for the purpose of this review. SheSpeaksBark was not compensated in any way to write this post. All thoughts and opinions are exclusively my own, and we only share products and services on SheSpeaksBark that we feel are relevant to our readers. As always, thank you for supporting brands that make SheSpeaksBark possible!

The Essential Shine Shampoo

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Typically when we bathe Bear & Scooter, we use a shampoo first, and follow up with a coat conditioner. Bear’s coat seems to lack a certain luster and isn’t as enjoyable to pet post-bath without conditioner, and for Scooter, a pomeranian, it’s a pretty important way to tame those tresses.


What I recently learned though, is that not all pet shampoo’s are created equal. The Essential Shine Shampoo is a 5 in 1 product; which includes both a cleanser and conditioner. It leaves your pets hair soft and tangle-free. I love that you only need to purchase one bottle- saves on both expenses and storage!


Only having to apply a single product also keeps bath time to a minimal, and means I’m encouraged to bathe our boys more often. I noticed that this shampoo seemed to remove A LOT of dirt from Bear’s coat, that the water was much darker than usual, even though it hadn’t been too long since his last bath. We need to bathe him somewhat frequently to keep him itch-free. This shampoo is made in the USA and has no harsh synthetic fragrances. It simply smells ‘fresh’. All of the ingredients are derived from nature, and it’s a no-tear formula free of nasties that can be absorbed through your pets skin.



Quick Facts on Best Natural Essential Shine Shampoo:

  • MEA free
  • DEA free
  • No Sulfates
  • No Parabens
  • Eco-Friendly
  • Biodegradable
  • Made in the USA
  • Responsibly sourced, natural ingredients


Scooter is bathed far less often than Bear is, and we haven’t used it with him just yet. All in all we were very impressed with the Essential Shine Shampoo and how it worked with Bear’s skin & coat.

How often do you bathe your pets? Do they enjoy a bath like Bear does?

There is a ‘Mad March Hair promotion’ going on right now-  you can get a 20% off coupon (redeemable at Amazon) to try this shampoo for yourself! Just click here to get started on that.