Friday Round Up

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As you may remember, I announced last week that I’m the newest contributing blogger to Pet Parent. I couldn’t be more thrilled!

Each Friday, I’ll plan to feature a collection of my posts with Pet Parent as well as a bit of a round up of pet-related news that’s caught my eye that particular week. A fun collection of pet inspiration from across the net, all in one spot.

Spring is here, which means Summer isn’t too far to follow- now is a great time to get your pup a doggie life jacket if you don’t already have one- to ensure his safety weather wading, swimming, or boating are on the agenda. We still can’t get enough of the Sleepypod, and are sharing our love of all things plush pet carriers this week too.

Maybe you’re wondering about a breed with great vision, someone who’s always got your back? Maybe a dog with exceptional hearing is what you’re after? Or one of my personal favorites: best dogs for bachelors. I also did a few breed profile highlights, including the ever popular chihuahua, bulldog, and sheltie.


As if this wasn’t enough excitement for one week- I’ve got a bit more news! I’ve been writing for for several months now, and recently acquired a Friday Feature where my pet related articles will be posting each week.

Hooray!! Not all about dogs, and pretty product focused, these articles are a great way to stay in touch with fun, new, and innovated products in the pet market- while being eligible for discounts on all the products listed using the coupon codes offered from  Today’s post is all about prepping for your first puppy training class. 

Thanks for reading, and for all of your support! 

Have a lovely Easter Weekend!

Tin Shed Portland

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We’ve had our 2nd dog friendly dining experience in Portland (I still need to update you on our first one!) This one catered to the dogs’ dining needs though, where the first one didn’t, so I wanted to share a few details and our review of the place.

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The Tin Shed Garden Cafe in Portland has an outdoor dining deck where the pups can join their owners for dinner and make a selection off the menu themselves. It’s not really open air (or wasn’t when we went) but rather was ‘tented’ in and quite comfy despite the rainy/chilly day.

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It’s also a great location to meet up before/after doggie play dates which is what we did with Tenacious Terrier- we had an agenda for me to meet Onyxx prior to his mini-vacay at our place last month. The Tin Shed currently offers three different entree’s on their Dog Menu and we chose chicken and rice for the boys to split.


While we dined, there were anywhere between 5-8 different dogs in this outdoor dining deck and everyone did well in such close proximity-they were all just happy for their food! A few little yips, but all the people and dogs were happy to be in each others company. The staff seemed pleased about the pups’ presence and not just like they were tolerating the dogs too which always makes me quite happy and much more at ease.

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Scootie LOVED the chicken and rice meal that he and Onyxx split (big portions, little dogs!) It was such a fun and unique experience. When my husband is back from out of country I think the four of us will go (Bear was absent from this first visit) and really enjoy ourselves. We’re always looking for ways to incorporate the dogs into everything we do on the weekends and this will be a great option for us. It looks like they have a dogs eat FREE on Tuesday night special- fun stuff! Tin Shed also sells bandanas for $8 (100% of proceeds go to a dog friendly non-profit) and your pup gets half off their meals when they arrive donning said bandana- love their way of giving back!

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I really liked the food at Tin Shed too and look forward to going back for more. I need a mimosa next time! What I didn’t know until after my first visit was that their eggs, beef, and chicken are all free range, and as is the Portland way- everything is as locally sourced as possible. Yay! They also compost all the leftovers- it’s always been the little things that ‘get me’ For locals, Tin Shed makes a lot of great announcements on their facebook page so that’s a great way to stay tuned.

Would you take advantage of a dog-friendly dining experience if your town had something similar to offer? How dog friendly do you think your town is? 

Perfect Pet Parent

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It’s what we all strive to be right, the best pet parents possible for our dogs & cats? That’s the goal of Pet Parent as well.

“At petparent, our mission is to help pet lovers experience and enrich lives with their pets. Download the app and join the PetParent tribe.”

They’re a great new site featuring all things furry! Weather you need a city guide for dog friendly events, venues, and restaurants or are busy researching dog breeds-seeking your perfect canine companion- PetParent has got you covered. They’ve also got an impressive selection of recipes and product reviews.


You guys know I love a good ‘pet app’ and Pet Parent doesn’t disappoint. The app is already nearly as comprehensive as the website. It’s free, and you can download it here. If you do- add me- my user name is Kaitlin J.

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I started by setting up a profile for each of the boys- choosing their profile photo was a tough choice!

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Wanna know the coolest part?!

I’ll going to be contributing to pet parent each week with fun breed profiles, recipes, product reviews, and other great dog related articles. I truly couldn’t be more thrilled or honored. I’d love nothing more than for you to join in on all the fun!

If you’re interested, you can check out my first two articles, where I’m discussing two breeds that I adore: Boston Terriers & Yorkies. You can also keep up with Pet Parent on twitter, facebook, pinterest, & instagram.

Bear’s 12th Birthday

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Bear at age 11 (silver hat) compared to Bear at age 12 (gold hat)- as you can see, he’s worked hard on his gray beard this year!


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It’s really hard to believe that Bear turns 12 years old today! I adopted him when he was just 11 months old from a shelter that I worked at in high school. He was on death row at the time- which really puts it into perspective just how far he’s come!


Although Bear is the biggest stinker, with a stubborn streak a mile wide, he is OUR big stinker and we adore him :D He’s still so active and healthy for a senior dog that we feel truly blessed. We treasure all the time that we continue to have with our sweet Bear-Boy.


Bear will have a few special treats added to his meal today, and I’m going to get him to the dog park or an off leash area so he can do his favorite thing- meander around ;)


Does your dog have a birthday or adoptaversary coming up soon? Check out our bacon pupcake recipe- they’re perfect for special occasions!

How do you celebrate your dogs’ birthdays? Do they get special treats and gifts? A car ride or doggie play date? 

Pssst! This is a big week in our house! I have some exciting news to share with you all on Friday- I can hardly wait :D 

P.P.S- Have you entered our By Nature Mixed Berry Dog treats giveaway yet?