{Product Review}-Window Bird Feeder

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My husband and I often joke that Scooter is a cat-dog. But we don’t mean this kind:

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Rather that Scooter is a dog, who has a lot of cat-like behaviors. Not uncommon among certain small breeds, but absolutely adorable none-the-less. One of Scooters favorite cat-like activities is his daily ritual of cleaning his face with his paws. The boy is a groomer! He also LOVES to watch birds out the window, much like a cat does. It’s like his personal live entertainment!

windowfeed2Birds, and bird watching are also a passion of mine personally, along with 51 million other Americans. Are you among them? We recently received a window bird feeder to review, and Scooter and I have been enjoying our bird watching at a whole new level! The Yellow Beaks Window Bird Feeder is see-through, made of clear plastic, and it attaches securely to a window with three suction cups. The bird feeder comes pre-assembled, with a built in perch, and your only duty is to attach it to a window of your choosing using the provided suction cups, and to fill it with bird seed. The birds will do the rest!

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In our apartment, we chose the big window in our living room to place our bird feeder. We spend the most time in this room as a family, and I can often be found writing there during the day. It seemed the most logical choice from a birds standpoint as well, because our living room backs up to some woods with a nice bit of tree cover that is always teeming with birds. It only took a few hours for us to have our first bird visitor- a sparrow- and they’ve not stopped coming since then!

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We recently moved, and the Yellow Beaks Window Bird Feeder was one of the first things that made it over to our new house. We set it up in a high window off our dining room that opens to the backyard. We’ve had some unique and beautiful birds come right up to the windows while we’re in the room and it’s a magical experience indeed. Both Western Scrub Jays and Pinyon Jays have been visiting us this week which has been really exciting for me. I haven’t been able to snap any decent photos of our new visitors, but I’m working on it!

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Aside from use in a home like ours, I can see the Yellow Beaks Window Bird Feeder being amazing in an office, or care-center type situation as well because so many people appreciate an up close look at our fine feathered friends. If you’re a cat owner (or live with a cat-dog like me!) then we’d highly recommend this product as well, your cat will get hours of entertainment and mental stimulation watching the birds, without ever a worry of a bird being harmed.

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Do you have a dog or cat who enjoys bird watching?

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


{Black and White Sunday} Scooters a lil’ squirt

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Scooter sometimes has the nickname of ‘lil squirt’ because he’s just so tiny! He’s the smallest dog my husband and I have ever had, by at least 40 lbs. We weighed him on our home scale last week- and he topped the scales at 4.3 lbs.

Do you ever weigh your dogs at home, or do they simply get weighed during their regular check ups? We weigh both Bear & Scooter at home on occasion- bi monthly or so, and it is a good way for us to keep tabs on their overall health.



{Book Review} Finding Fido

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The thought of Bear or Scooter going missing, or being stolen is one that I don’t let my mind entertain. To say I’d be devastated doesn’t even begin to cover it, and I know you all feel the same about your pets! Would you know what to do if your pet suddenly went missing? Where to begin? What to do first?

Finding Fido is essentially a Pet Parent’s guide to preventing the loss of a pet, as well as a guide on exactly what steps to take should that awful moment ever happen to you. Authors C.A Wulff and A.A. Weddle are the administrators of the Lost & Found Ohio Pets service and they collaborated on this helpful guide in order to address the sad reality of so many lost pets in America.

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[Book intro] Finding Fido is a book dedicated to teaching pet owners the practical steps they should take in the event that their pets become lost. As a former shelter worker, I know just how few pets really are reunited with their Pet Parents. If our pets were to become lost, it would be absolutely devastating. We may not even be able to think logically in order to act effectively to work towards their return. That’s why this book is great- it’s literally a step by step guide to finding your lost pet. Full of resources for Pet Parents to utilize, and all at the turn of a page.

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[The details]

As I stated above, this book was written as a guide for Pet Parents who have lost their pets. It also highlights precautionary measures to be taken before a pet is lost, as well as information on what to do if you locate a lost pet. Sadly, a lost pet is something that happens more often than you’d believe.

According to Finding Fido, there are currently some pretty scary statistics about lost pets:

  • 1 in 3 pets will go missing in their lifetime.
  • Only 22% of pets are ever reunited with their Pet Parents.
  • 52% of microchipped pets are reunited with their pet parents.
  • Most dogs are found within a 2 mile radius of their home.

This book shares vital information about lost animals with Pet Parents that could literally mean the difference between finding their pet, and not. Things like the fact that you HAVE TO go to the shelter in person and look at the strays. You cannot rely on the shelters front desk to have accurate information about the current animal intake.

In this book you will be presented practical information on the following topics:

  • Before you lose a pet
  • If your dog gets loose
  • When your pet goes missing
  • Boots on the ground
  • What to do if you find a stray pet

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[Final Thoughts] I think that Finding Fido is a great read for all Pet Parents and pet lovers. If you’re a first time Pet Parent or a long time, seasoned Pet Parent, there are tips and tricks in here that will be helpful to you! Everyone should read the sections entitled ‘Before You Lose A Pet‘ so that you can take all of the precautionary measures that are recommended, as well as ‘What to do if you find a Stray Pet‘ so that you’ll be best prepared as those events are always spur of the moment type things. As a former shelter worker, I know too closely the devastation a lost pet can have on a family. I felt as if I was pretty knowledgeable on the topic, but there were many helpful and informative tidbits of information spread through the book that were aha! moments of realization for me. I highlighted my copy with all the most helpful bits and will keep it on our office bookshelf where it’s easily accessed in case of a pet emergency.

[Bonus Info] 100% of the proceeds from the sale of Finding Fido go to benefit The Beagle Freedom Project which has a mission to rescue beagles that have been used in animal experiments and to give them a chance and a happy life in a loving and forever home.


{Black & White Sunday} A Sweet Sealy Recovery

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Bear recently had to undergo anesthesia at his new veterinarians office for a tooth extraction. He had cracked one of his front (small) teeth. I was lucky enough to be able to bring him home immediately after surgery because I have experience in helping animals post-op.

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Bear was so lucky to have his new luxurious orthopedic Sealy Pet Bed to recover on! He slept there, passed out in pure comfort all day.

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We’re sharing our full review of the Sealy Pet Bed (for dogs & cats) on PetParent.


Busy Little Bee

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We’re perhaps a touch early on this, but Scooter’s got a potential Halloween costume idea!

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He received this adorable custom bee sweater to review as part of our work with PetParent. It’s so cute and comfy for him that it will definitely be part of the consideration this year! Isn’t he an adorable little busy-bee?

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The package came to us from Bulgaria, and it was fun for us to receive an international package- Scooter posed with the envelope ;) See our full thoughts on the custom bee sweater here.

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Do you dress your pets up for Halloween or any other occasion?