Biking With Dogs: Solvit HoundAbout Trailer

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This is the second product highlight in our Biking With Dogs Series, where we’ll be sharing both the gear we use and favorite spots we visit while enjoying biking with our dogs in and around the city of Portland. This post features the Solvit HoundAbout Trailer which we use to include both Bear and Scooter in our biking adventures. Where the Sleepypod Sidekick allows for Scooter to ride in front of my bike, the Solvit HoundAbout Trailer allows both dogs to be towed behind one our bikes for a fun experience all around.


That’s right, with the Solvit HoundAbout II Trailer, we can haul both Bear and Scooter together! It is awesome!! Formerly, both the boys would ‘pout’ when they’d see us pull out our bikes, knowing already that they wouldn’t be included in the adventure. Now when we grab our bikes, we are greeted with tail wags, and barks of celebration.


We have the HoundAbout trailer in the large size to accommodate big Bear, and were so happy to discover that it’s roomy enough for both boys! We recently learned that Zoie also loves going for a bike ride- something we weren’t sure she’d take to immediately. Just look at those smiles :)

Reasons we love the Solvit HoundAbout II Pet Trailer:

  • Lightweight, rust-proof aluminum – perfect for Portland’s rainy season!
  • Newer models have increased head room for larger dogs.
  • Ideal for senior or handicapped dogs we happen to have both!
  • Great way to include your dogs on an excursion longer than they’re able to walk.
  • Extra wide wheel base provides increased stability- originally our biggest concern- it was a non-issue!
  • Tons of pockets to hold all our pet gear!
  • Weather-proof fabric and materials make this great for all-season use!
  • Folds down for easy storage/transport when not in use.

DSC01904Although there is an opening at the front of the trailer, it’s important to only allow your pups to enter and exit out of the rear opening. We all appreciated the fact that both of these flaps are made of mesh, as it gave the dogs a great view, and it allowed me to keep an eye on them during the ride.


The smaller front flap is for air flow only, and also has a plastic screen which can be zipped over if you’re biking during rain and the bike is kicking up water or mud. Here in Portland, that particular feature is going to get some good use!

The durable wheels and wide wheel base provide a very stable trailer so that Bear can safely and easily get in and out on his own. The Solvit HoundAbout trailer includes several differently sized pockets that allow us to pack all our biking with dogs essentials.


Leashes, a bottle of water, collapsible bowl, flea spray, sunscreen, and bag of treats can all be stowed away safely inside, which means our pups are basically ready for anything at a moments notice! It’s nice having a place to store all their gear in case we decide to park the bikes somewhere and get out and walk- we’re prepped.


The Solvit HoundAbout Trailer has been a great way for us to get out and explore our city with our pups included. If you’re looking for a way to include your own pups in more of your adventures, we highly suggest you check this out as an option!

Until next time, we’re wishing happy bike trails to you!

October is American Humane Association’s Adopt a Dog Month

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In case you haven’t heard, October is the American Humane Association’s Adopt-A-Dog-Month!


Every October, American Humane Association encourages animal lovers to consider adopting a dog from a local shelter or rescue group in honor of its yearly “Adopt-a-Dog Month®.” This year, American Humane Association is launching a national initiative to bring awareness to a particularly important issue: The need to provide safe, loving homes for the thousands of older pets that often face the highest risk in animal shelters. Bear and Scooter are both senior dogs, and needless to say, senior pets are very near and dear to my heart.


Each year, an estimated 3- 4 million shelter animals are euthanized in the United States. Many potential pet adopters overlook older animals, but there are so many reasons why senior dogs make ideal furry family members:

  • They tend to be less rambunctious than younger dogs
  • They’re often already house-trained
  • They’re a great fit for people with busy lifestyles
  • They’re so grateful for a second chance
  • They love you unconditionally


Here are a variety of ways to celebrate Adopt A Dog Month:

Adopt from a shelter or rescue group
When you’re ready to open your heart and home to a new best friend, adopt from your local animal shelter or rescue group. Talk with shelter staff to find the perfect dog for you and your lifestyle, and remember that older dogs make excellent pets too.

Spay or neuter your dog
Have your dog spayed or neutered, thus preventing the possibility of unexpected, and potentially unwanted, puppies. Spayed and neutered animals have been shown to lead longer, healthier lives and have fewer of certain behavioral problems than animals who have not been spayed or neutered.

ID your pet
By putting identification on your dog, either in the form of a tag, a microchip or both, you will reduce the possibility that your pet will become one of the presumably “homeless” dogs that end up at your local shelter. Only 15-20 percent of dogs who enter a shelter are reunited with their owners. Make sure your dog is one of the fortunate few by outfitting him with proper identification!

Support your local shelter
Show the pets at your local shelter or rescue group that you care by donating time, money or supplies like pet food, leashes, beds and toys. Call the shelter to see what supplies or services are needed most. Even the smallest effort can make a difference.

As many of you know, both Bear and Scooter are rescued. Rescued is our favorite breed! We also love to volunteer for our local animal rescue organizations, and we also foster dogs on occasion for a special needs rescue in our area- Panda Paws Rescue.

Now I’m curious about you? Do you live with an adopted fur friend? Do you volunteer with your local shelter? Did anyone adopt a dog this month?? 

Vitamins For Fido? Milk-Bone Study Shows Dog-Loving Families are more Fit & Healthy

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We were approached by Milk-Bone recently to see if we’d like to check out their Doggy Health & Wellness Kit, which couldn’t have been better timing, as Zoie had just come into our lives, and was in need of some weight loss and improved wellness. You might remember that Zoie’s vet has suggested she loose 3 pounds, as well as to work on her overall oral health.


According to “Milk-Bone Human-Canine Health Study” — a survey of 3,000 U.S. dog parents conducted by Milk-Bone brand dog treats (in conjunction a partnership with Learndipity Data Insights) — humans and dogs positively impact the health of one another, from morning routines to physical fitness. In fact, 55% of dog parents say their lives are “full of happiness and joy,” compared to 39% of non-dog parents. For sure my dogs make my life much more full of happiness and joy! 


Zoie’s veterinarian’s suggestion of 3 lbs of weight loss has really given us a goal- its a lot for such a little girl! We’ve been doing daily walks, keeping her on a diet, and including lots of physical and mental stimulation in her life. Zoie’s vet also mentioned she needed to work on her teeth, which have quite a tartar build-up- a condition that is sadly very common in Pomeranians. The MilkBone Brushing chews have been a perfect way to Zoie to work on cleaning her teeth herself, as she and I continue to work on brushing her teeth traditionally as well.

The Doggy Health & Wellness kit included some great products to get us started with Zoie- Milk-Bone Brushing Chews, and Milk-Bone Good Morning Treats. Zoie has been enjoying one of the Good Morning Healthy Joints treats after she comes in from her morning potty break- & I believe the vitamins and nutrients found within will help her knee issue- which is mild case of luxating patella. Needless to say, since fostering Zoie, we’ve been thinking a lot about ways to keep our entire family fit & healthy while spending time together!


Here are three of the ways:

*DOGGY EXERCISE: 51% of dog parents say they get more exercise because of their dog — but still, 1 out of 3 pet parents wish their dog would get more physical activity. I can honestly say that our dogs, and the fact that we are a part of an online walking group (let me know if you’d like to join!), are basically the only reason I get out and about some days!


*PUPPY NUTRIENTS: 1 out of 3 pet parents are concerned that their dog isn’t getting enough of the nutrients they need. The pet food market is more confusing than ever, which is why I’m a firm believer in supplementation.


*PETTING SESSION CHECK-UPS: Pet parents conduct “well puppy” check-ups, as they would with their child. If a dog is rubbing his eyes, or has oily spots or bumps in his fur, something could be wrong. Being a pet parent to Pomeranians, a daily petting session check up is required to be sure there is nothing stuck in their fur, painful tangles, or more.


Do you give your dogs any vitamins or supplements? Have they been lucky enough to taste test any of these new releases from Milk-Bone?

Disclaimer: SheSpeaksBark was provided with the Milk-Bone Doggie Wellness Kit 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! 

Bravo Pet Foods: Freeze Dried Raw Diet- Homestyle Completes

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As I’ve mentioned several times throughout our Camping With Dogs Series, we’re huge fans of the Bravo Homestyle Completes– especially when we’re off adventuring and camping. This is freeze dried raw food that we simply re-hydrate when we’re ready, and feed right to our boys. Healthy & easy!


When it comes to meals made out of their Bravo Homestyle completes, even picky Scooter is always ready for a meal, which is something I am so very grateful for!  Doesn’t he just look so bossy in the photo above? Looking at me like I don’t know his bowl is empty- a very expectant face indeed.


The Bravo Homestyle completes are available in three flavors: Beef, Pork, & Turkey. Both Bear and Scooter love all three flavors. Because Scooter has a sensitive stomach, we allow his food to sit for 5-10 minutes to soak up- and he handles it a lot better that way.


I have found a lot of Bravo’s feeding tips (like the one above) to be especially helpful and informative. This tip in particular, about feeding meals at room temperature has been key in our house- Scooter most certainly thinks food is most palatable that way and it’s helped him to avoid some stomach discomfort that he used to get on occasion from eating cold or warm food.


Another huge bonus to the freeze dried food is that it’s lightweight enough for Bear to carry all the food in his own pack if we’re out traveling at the time. We carry the boys Sleepypod Yummy Bowls set ourselves, and that way they’ve each got a food dish plus a shared water bowl.


Why Homestyle Completes?

  • Raw meat or poultry is the #1 ingredient plus organs, garden vegetables and cranberries
  • No artificial preservatives, flavors or colors
  • Grain and gluten free
  • Made in the USA by a family-owned company
  • Tested for food safety before shipping

Bear weighs 55 lbs = 3 cups/day OR 1 1/2 cup breakfast + 1 1/2 cup dinner 

Scooter weighs 5 lbs1/2 cup/day OR 1/4 cup breakfast + 1/4 cup dinner 

See our introduction to the Bravo Raw Food Trial here, and our summary of the Bravo Frozen Raw Diet here.

Does the Bravo Homestyle Completes sound like something your pup might like to try?


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