Trying out The Odin

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As a Pet Parent, there’s nothing I love more than finding a dog toy that is both engaging for my boys to play with, and beautiful to keep out around the home. When I heard about The Odin toy from Up Dog Toys, it was like taking in a breath of fresh air. Just take a look at the beauty built into this interactive dog toy….

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Pretty right?! We’re also enamored by the fact that The Odin toy hails from our beautiful Pacific Northwest- Seattle, Washington to be exact. The Odin toy is named after the designers very own Corgi who is clearly adorable and a great muse.

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We quickly discovered that The Odin was a toy that both Bear and Scooter can play with. Considering their 55 lb size difference, this isn’t always the case. I have noticed they both enjoy toys more that they can share, one gets excited to play with it as they watch the other!

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When you introduce The Odin to your dog, it is best to start them out with fairly small treat tucked inside. Scooter was happy to hear that his favorite Zukes treats were recommended as a great treat to start with! The small treats are easier for your pup to get out of the toy, and starting small will help them learn how to use the toy, and boost their confidence.

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Scooter set right to work using his paws to tumble the Odin toy about- getting his favorite treats right out. When it came to Bear’s turn, I needed to show him how to roll it around a bit, and then he took with it on his own, happy as could be. It’s important to keep an eye on your dog as they use the Odin toy (and with any toy!) and for pet parents to know that the flaps on the Odin are the weakest point- you should avoid allowing your dog to chew on the toy.

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Once your pup has figured out how to get their favorite small treats out of the Odin, you can make things more difficult for them by adding larger treats inside. The Odin toy is truly a good design! Not only can The Odin exist as a standalone toy with varying degrees of difficulty, but several Odin toys can also be connected together to really increase the challenge for your pup. I really love and appreciate a good toy that grows with your pup and works to constantly keep them mentally engaged!

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The Odin is also non-toxic, phthalate free & even dishwasher safe! Additionally, 1% of all proceeds from sales will go to help animals at Pasado’s Safe Haven. You can purchase The Odin for your pup here.

Disclaimer: SheSpeaksBark was provided with The Odin 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.


{Black and White Sunday} Beach Day in Manzanita, Oregon

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My parents were in town visiting last week and we took a day to visit the coast with Bear and Scooter. We visited the beach in Manzanita, Oregon, and had lunch up the road in Seaside, OR. Beautiful beach and beautiful weather- Bear’s smile shows how happy he was about it all.

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You can see photos of Scooter galloping on the beach on our Instagram! Wishing you all a wonderful Sunday!


Tasty Tuesday: Dogsters Ice Cream

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It’s been a warm summer here in Portland. We’ve had to get pretty creative with our solutions to keep the dogs cool & happy this season- so when we were offered a chance to try Dogsters Ice Cream Treats for dogs we jumped at the opportunity! As you can see in the first photo, the Dogsters Ice Cream Treats were shipped to us on dry ice in a BIG box- which Scooter couldn’t wait to pose atop!

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We have two flavors of Dogsters Ice Cream Treats for Dogs to share with you today- Mint as well as Peanut Butter & Cheese Flavor. Each box comes with four individual cups of ice cream- and the cups are nicely portioned to where I could let Bear and Scooter share one.

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The Dogster ice cream treats for dogs are:

  • Made in the USA
  • All natural ingredients
  • Low Fat
  • Low Calorie

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Here’s the best part! The Dogsters Ice Cream Treats for dogs are sold in grocery stores across the US & can be found in the frozen novelties section. Scooter heard that- and is pretty convinced I’ll be coming home with a fresh box each time we run to the store for groceries now 😉

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Truthfully, he may be onto something though as I’ve recently realized that the company who makes these delicious Dogsters Ice Cream Treats also makes one of MY favorite frozen snacks- Luigis Italian Ice!

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Have your dogs ever tried a frozen treat? Did they love it as much as Bear and Scooter do? 


Sharing Smiles: Barkday Blog Hop

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Sending some smiles out into the world on a Monday is never a bad thing….

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Today is Sugar the Golden Retriever’s 14th Barkday Celebration. Sugar is a sweet girl, and she also happens to be one of the only dogs in the dog- blogging world who’s actually older than our boy Bear! He’s 13)  But don’t let that trick you…she’s still as adventurous as ever and we know you’ll love following along. In fact, Sugar tried surfing for the first time just this past weekend!

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Bear shares a giant smile with Sugar- a photo from his first time riding an air tram- at the age of 13 years old. Scooter shares a big smile from playing and adventuring outdoors.

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Happiest of Barkday’s to you Sugar- BIG woofs and wags from Bear and Scooter on your special day!



Introducing a Raw Food Diet to Dogs

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Feeding Bear and Scooter a raw food diet is something I’ve been toying with for years. I’ve checked out books from the library, talked with friends about it, done my online research. You might say I’ve been slow to make the leap. In recent years, the raw food options on the market have really expanded. Not only have the new raw food options become easier to understand and accomplish on your own, they’ve also become more affordable over the years as raw food has changed from a fad to a widely acceptable way to nourish our companions.

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As we learned, there are a few solid guidelines to follow when first introducing your dogs to raw food.

  • Go Slow: It’s not advised to just replace their kibble with raw food out of the blue one day. Instead, start topping their kibble with some raw one day, and make it a gradual transition over the course of a week.
  • Add Probiotics: Probiotics will give your pups gut a jump start on digesting all the news foods you’re planning to introduce into their diet.
  • Keep it clean: Just like working with raw meat in the kitchen, you must keep things super sanitary when raw feeding your dog. This means washing their dishes after each meal, or using a compostable bowl that is changed out each time. Many pet parents use gloves to handle their pets raw food, and wash all utensils in the dishwasher for adequate sanitation.

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When it came to starting out with raw dog food, I was fairly interested in keeping things as simple, and clean as possible. When we discovered AllProvide pet foods it seemed too good to be true. AllProvide Fresh Pet foods are a complete meal packed into 1 pound portions packed in plastic; meats, fruits and vegetables all included. We were sent three flavors AllProvide fresh pet foods to try out, and I was thrilled to learn how simple feeding this brand of raw food would be! With this being our first experience trying anything other than freeze dried raw food,

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I really appreciate that AllProvide has created a raw dog food that can be fed two ways:

1. Nature’s Way (Raw)

OR

2. Freshly Cooked

This way pet parents who may have an ick factor associated with feeding their dog raw, red meat can still provide their dogs with the nutritional benefits associated with this diet. Additionally, some dogs, especially toy breeds, have been found to enjoy their food slightly cooked. A full list of ingredients and sourcing is available as well. We’ve found that both Bear and Scooter were excited and willing to give raw food a try as soon as we offered it to them.

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AllProvide makes their pet food in the USA, and uses all natural, human-grade ingredients. All of the meat they use is inspected and approved by the UDSA for human consumption. All of the 1 lb. portions are 80-95% fresh meat and bones which are ground together with natural supplements and nutrients so that you can feed your pet a wholesome, complete & balanced diet.

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New customers can enter code STARTERBOX at checkout and receive the AllProvide Starter Kit at a 50% discount! Additionally they’ve got a wonderful raw food calculator on their site that can help you determine how much raw food your dog or cat should be consuming, as well as how much that costs on a daily or monthly basis.

So where do you stand with raw food? Do you feed your dogs raw? Are you considering it? Or are you a kibble feeder for life? Leave me a note in the comments!


Keepin’ Cool with Cool Pet Pad

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As I’ve already shared with you this Summer, Bear is just one of those dogs who is always hot. We  don’t have air conditioning in our home, so naturally we have several tricks that we use to keep him cool and hydrated in the summer months. Needless to say,  I’m always on the lookout for new technology that could lend a cooling paw as well.

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The Cool Pet Pad by The Green Pet Shop is a revolutionary self-cooling cushion for your pet. It provides a constant cooling spot for your pet to lay, and relieves aching joints/bones. The great part is that the Cool Pet Pad doesn’t need water, electricity or refrigeration in order to cool your pup which makes it an extremely eco-friendly option for continued use. The cooling pad recharges automatically as well and is perfect for traveling in the car or for use in your pets crate.

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Bear was sent a medium sized Cool Pet Pad to review and our only complaint is that it’s not a bit bigger. Bear can’t sprawl out on this pad, but it does work for his chest area which is where it is most important.We’re of the mindset that having a bigger mat would be better than having one that is too small, as it would work more effectively to cool him down more quickly. The medium sized pad is surprisingly perfectly sized for Scooter to lay on- which he really enjoys doing in the car.

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For Bear, we place the cooling pet mat centered on his dog bed in front of the fan and he’ll happily lay there for hours on end. The cooling effect of the mat lasts for about 3 hours, and then recharges on its own after 15 minutes of non-use. The only rule for use with this cooling pet mat is that you can’t leave it in direct sunlight, or a heated environment (like your locked car sitting in the sun) or this will affect the performance of the cooling pet mat. We love that the mat folds up as we take it with us when we travel, and it’s easy to wipe down with a damp cloth.

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Is a cooling pet mat something you think your dog would enjoy? We’re wondering when they’re coming out with the human version so the whole family can hang out on cooling mats together 😉

Disclaimer: SheSpeaksBark was provided with the Cooling Pet Mat 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!