Dinnertime Games

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I know most parents encourage their kids NOT to play at the dinner table. But I’m a Pet Parent, and couldn’t feel more against that statement when it comes to my dogs. In fact, we encourage play time when it comes to their meals!

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I’ve all but done away with Bear’s metal food bowl completely in favor of other, better options. For the last three weeks, we’ve been feeding him twice daily exclusively from one of his food game bowls, of which he is acquiring a collection. It is SO NICE to have Bear’s meal time take longer than it takes me to leave the kitchen :) and he seems to be much more satisfied at the completion of his dinner having worked his mind to get to his food too.

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Bear has a Buster Bowl, Aikou Bowl, and Slo Bowl that we alternate his feedings from. He also has a massive selection of various kongs and kong-like products that we stuff and freeze for meals or fun snacks. Our hope is that keeping him mentally and physically engaged during feeding times like this will help to keep Bear feeling youthful as he ages.

Do you encourage your pup to play at meal times?

National Walk Your Dog Week

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Did you know that the first week of every October is dedicated as National Walk Your Dog Week?


National Walk Your Dog Week was founded in 2010 by Pet Lifestyle Expert & Animal Behaviorist Colleen Paige. She wanted to bring awareness to the increasing problem of canine obesity, and behavioral issues that stem from lack of exercise and mental stimulation. Walk Your Dog Week aims to educate and improve the health and well being of the dogs in America. A worthy goal, no? 


Bear, Scooter, and I are committed to taking (at least) one daily walk together this week to explore our new neighborhood. Today we took a mid day walk and it was a nice break for all three of us. We often like to take evening walks with their poppa and spend the time ‘catching up’ as a family.

How often do you and your dog go for walks together? Is it a daily outing that’s to be expected for you? 

Keeping Dogs Cool During a Summer Hike

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As I’ve mentioned, hiking with our dogs is one of our favorite activities. Even at 12 years old, Bear is an excellent hiking companion. He tires more quickly now, and sleeps like a log afterward, but still holds the same exuberance for getting out and exploring with us that he always has. We’re continually impressed with his excellent balance and agility!


As he’s aged though, he’s started to struggle more during the hotter days. We quickly realized how important it was to be sure we were keeping our dogs cool during a summer hike  So we’ve come up with a solution that’s been working out well to keep him out of trouble on a hike. He loves wearing his green dog pack, it gives him a sense of purpose. We simply stick a few ice packs in each side and let him wear it. It’s his very own cooling jacket- and he loves it!


Still doesn’t stop him from needing to take a splash in most every body of water we find. And show his gomer face to the world ;)


Happy Happy Hiker ^


Do you and your dogs enjoy hiking together? Do you take any precautions against the heat?