{Black and White Sunday} Camp Sweater

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On our recent week long camping trip with the dogs, one of the products that we found we were most appreciative of was Bear’s Gold Paw Series Portland Pullover Jacket. Of course we love the name, but we truly adore this thing; easy on, easy off, warm enough but he was never too hot. We had some pretty chilly nights in the tent together, and Bear slept in the Portland Pullover jacket each night (one night we had snow on our tent in the morning!) with his Astoria Overcoat on top. He’d wear it well into the morning, while we packed up camp, past his breakfast time, and we’d finally take it off right before piling back into the car to hit the road again.

Do your pups (senior or not) need a little help staying warm while you’re out adventuring? 


Peanut Butter Apple Pupcakes

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We whipped up this batch of pupcakes in honor of Bear’s 13th Birthday, but really all of the credit goes to Bear’s daddy who researched recipes and did the mixing and baking. He’s a pretty awesome guy :)

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The ingredients and preparation for these Peanut Butter Apple Pupcakes couldn’t be simpler; they’re healthy for our dogs, and leave us feeling good as pet parents to make a home cooked treat for the boys’ enjoyment.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 an apple
  • peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

That’s it! 

We ‘frosted’ our Peanut Butter Apple Pupcakes with peanut butter and yogurt for the dogs to enjoy. 

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Bear was really excited when we woke him up from a nap to celebrate with his birthday pupcakes!

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First he gave them a good sniff…

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But we warned him that we’d need to remove the candles first…

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Finally! He goes in for his first bite…

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Then we let the littles share a few bites of pupcakes together as well…

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All in all, I think Bear had an awesome 13th birthday! Do you ever bake treats for your dogs? 

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Kinn KleanBowl

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Did you know that pet bowls are one of the dirtiest items in our home!?  In fact, the NSF did a recent study that declared pet bowls to be the fourth germiest item we keep in our home. I recently wrote an article outlining the importance of washing your pets dishes regularly, but admittedly this has been a hard habit to establish. The KleanBowl takes all the guilt away because they are getting a fresh dish each time- we simply recycle the Kleanbowl Nourish Pet Refils after each use.

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We have started experimenting with feeding raw food to Bear and Scooter this year, and needless to say, they are both huge supporters of this plan ;) One of the things a Pet Parent must think about when it comes to feeding their pets raw food is eliminating the risk of contamination. This is truly no different than keeping surfaces clean and tidy when we cook our own food.

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The Kinn KleanBowl is a recycleable/compostable bowl that gives me the peace of mind I am looking for when it comes to my cross-contamination concerns. Their patent pending design includes a stainless steel dish frame and replaceable bowl inserts. Having this bowl as a tool has helped us to make the transition to raw food much more smoothly.

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The Kinn Kleanbowl keeps your pets food fresh, clean, & germ-free. The bowl comes with a washable/re-usable metal bowl frame, and the recycleable/compostable bowl inserts can be purchased in multi-packs; they are disposed of after each use.

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The KleanBowl Nourish Pet Refills are made of 100% biodegradable/compostable sugar cane fibers which are a natural by-product of the sugar refining process. The Kinn KleanBowl won a lifestyle product of the year award in 2014.

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Disclaimer: SheSpeaksBark was provided with the Kinn Klean Bowl 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! 


Frankincense Oil for Dogs

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Now that we’ve got the introductions of doTERRA essential oils out of the way, I want to begin highlighting some of the individual oils, and oil blends that we have been using successfully with our boys. I’d also like to start by mentioning that not all essential oils are safe for dogs, and many of them are not safe for cats.  As you will see in our disclaimer below, I am using the guidance of some very well respected published resources to inform our safe use of doTERRA essential oils with Bear and Scooter. In light of a recent scary experience you may have seen me share on our Instagram or Facebook page, I wanted to take a moment to highlight one of Bear’s favorite oils, Frankincense. It also happens to be a favorite of mine ;)

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Health & Wellness Benefits of Frankincense Oil for Dogs:

    • Increase blood supply to the brain
    • Support brain health
    • Help fight brain fog
    • Promote mental clarity
    • Assist body in recovering from infection

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Using Frankincense Oil for Dogs:

*On a daily basis, Bear likes to enjoy the benefits of Frankincense oil aromatically- simply by coming over for a few good sniffs when I crack open the bottle (which I use topically as an anti-wrinkle solution!)

*He and Scooter also enjoy when I put a few drops of Frankincense oil in one of our diffusers on occasion.

*Some days, Bear shows a stronger preference for the Frankincense oil, and wants to lick it off my hands. Because of doTerra’s CPTG rating it is safe for him to enjoy internally as well, so I always allow him to do so.

*Frankincense oil is also safe to apply topically (on the skin) of our dogs, diluted with a bit of fractionated coconut oil (or other) first to avoid any potential tingling.

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In case you missed it, here’s the link to my introductory post on Essential Oils for Pets which provides a general over view of the various ways our pets can obtain the benefits from essential oils. Next time we’re talking about another family favorite- Lavender essential oil! :)

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Disclaimer: I am a wellness advocate for doTERRA essential oils. I am writing about my personal experiences with doTERRA essential oils only, and cannot recommend the use of any other brand for purity & quality purposes. I advise on the use of doTERRA essential oils because they are Certified Beyond Therapeutic Grade (CPTG) and because doTERRA is the only essential oils company that undergoes a voluntary third-party quality testing that gives me assurance in their product. Any purchases you make through my doTERRA store can result in a portion of commission to SheSpeaksBark. I am using both the Modern Essentials book and the Spoil Your Pets book (both pictured above) to guide my use of the oils for myself and my dogs. 

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Bear’s 13th Birthday

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Today we are celebrating Bear’s 13th Birthday! As we joked to him this morning, he’s officially a teenager! ;)

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He kicked his birthday off right, with a Best Bully Sticks chew at midnight, because his poppa and I were still up working. Seven hours later, after a good nap for him, he resumed his birthday with breakfast in bed.

We’ll be sharing more of the birthday festivities in the upcoming days. Today we focus on celebrating a great day with our goof!


By Nature Active Defense+ Dog Kibble

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There’s not much that Bear loves more than reviewing a bag of dog food or dog treats. The way to that boys’ heart is absolutely through his stomach! ;) When we were asked to give the new By Nature Active Defense+ Dog Kibble a try, he jumped at the opportunity. This isn’t the first time we’ve reviewed or written about By Nature Dog Food- we reviewed their original formula back in 2013 and Bear did so well on it that we switched him to their food full-time after the review. After that Bear and Scooter both got the opportunity to review (and giveaway!) some of the By Nature Dog Treats that they love so much.

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By Nature is back with a brand- new formula now, called By Nature Active Defense+. The By Nature Active Defense + formula is a grain-free dry food for dogs. It is made in the USA and the #1 ingredient is real, de-boned poultry, meat, or fish. There are three different flavors for your pet to choose from:

Turkey & Sweet Potato

Ocean Whitefish & Peas 

Pork & Sweet Potato 

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There are also several options of the Active Defense+ Balanced Diet formulas which include high quality proteins, whole grains, fruits & veggies:

Lamb, Lentils & Duck

Ocean Whitefish, Green Peas & Herring

Pork & Sweet Potato

Turkey, Green Peas & Herring

By Nature has a team of pet nutritionists that have carefully chosen the best combination of natural ingredients that will give your pet a balanced set of nutrients. Using advanced dietary science, they have created an optimal blend to protect your pets health. The Active Defense+ pet foods have SuperFusion® Advanced Nutritional Blend, which is created to support your pet in all that they do.

We trialed with the Ocean Whitefish & Peas formula, and both the dogs happily devoured the kibble. I did notice it smelled a bit more ‘fishy’ than other fish blends we’ve tried. I’m taking that as a good sign that it’s of higher quality and containing more fish than other kibbles we’ve had in the past.

Disclaimer: SheSpeaksBark was provided with the By Nature Active Defense + dog food 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!