{Black and White Sunday} Camping Comfortably

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Bear & Scooter sure were camping comfortably on our last weekend adventure! We headed out deep into the Tillamook Forrest in Oregon, parked our car, and hiked out a ways to set up camp.

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Bear was dubbed ‘Supervisor of Camp Set Up’ and dictated the entire tent set-up and general camp organization from the comfort of his QuikShade Pet Kennel. You may have seen in our recent Wordless Wednesday post, that Scooter barked out a few orders of his own! We had a great time camping with our dogs as we always do- more photos coming soon!



Nina Ottoson Pyramid Toy

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Bear loves a good food toy, and was so excited recently, when he was sent the Nina Ottoson Large Pyramid Toy to review. This toy is very similar to Bear’s Kong Wobbler toy, but it’s more challenging because the hole that the treats pass through is higher up making Bear work harder for each little reward. This particular toy rates as a level 2 toy on the Nina Ottoson Rating System which is a simple 1-3 scale, so two is a medium difficulty, appropriate for most dogs.

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It’s weighted base allows it to sit back upright after each tumble or toss. Your pup will enjoy playing with this toy both indoors and outdoors! Consider feeding your dog his meal out of the Pyramid Toy on occasion and see how dinner can be drawn out for a half hour or more.

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The Nina Ottoson Pyramid Toy is easy for me to fill up with kibble or small treats and pass off to Bear for enjoyment. He pushes it around with his nose, paws at it, and just wobbles it all around until a treat is released. He thinks it’s great fun! This toy comes in 3 different sizes so that dogs of all sizes can enjoy a food challenge of their own!

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Besides being a great way to extend dinner time, feeding games serve a lot of other great benefits for our pets as well:

  • Keeping senior pets like Bear mentally active and engaged
  • Strengthen the bond between pet and owner
  • A great activity and mental challenge for pets when the weather isn’t cooperative to outdoor play
  • If your pet is sick this can be a great way for them to easily pass the time
  • Pet parents can increase the challenge by freezing goodies inside of feeding toys before use
  • Feeding games encourage finicky dogs, like Scooter, to eat their meals more readily

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Disclaimer: SheSpeaksBark was provided with a Nina Ottoson Pyramid Toy 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!



Sleepypod Clickit Sport

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Bear is honored to be trying out the new Sleepypod Clickit Sport harness. The Sleepypod Clickit Sport is the worlds safest dog travel harness. Certified by the Center for Pet Safety with a 5 star rating for dogs up to 75 lbs. This product has also passed the 30 mph PPRS safety standards. The Pet Passenger Restraining System (PPRS) indicates a safety device that is designed to secure a pet in a vehicle and restrict any harmful movements that may result from a sudden stop or frontal vehicle collision.

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We love the Sleepypod Clickit Sport, because it features a unique 3-point contact system that works to absorb the force in a front car collision by dissipating the energy and helping to keep your dog in/on the car seat during an impact.

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Sleepypod Clickit Sport Features:

  • Easy to use, quick to secure your dog in the car
  • Strength rated for your pets safety
  • Works as a walking harness as well
  • Energy absorbing materials to protect your dog in the event of a crash
  • Reflective strips for increased night visibility
  • 3-point contact design spreads out any potential force of impact
  • Doesn’t require the baby seat LATCH anchors like the Sleepypod Clickit Utility Harness
  • Available in 4 colors: Jet Black, Strawberry Red, Orange Dream, Robins Egg Blue

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In our opinion, the folks at Sleepypod are the absolute experts in pet safety. The quality of products that they produce is far and above anything else we’ve ever encountered on the pet market. Not only are the Sleepypod products proven to be safe, they’re also extermely well designed, and incredibly beautiful to boot- literally the ‘whole package‘! If you’re interested in learning more about pet travel safety, please see this informative PDF produced by Sleepypod.

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How do you keep your pets safe in the car?

Disclaimer: SheSpeaksBark was provided with a Sleepypod Clickit Sport harness 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! 


Buster Dog Maze

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It’s no secret around here that Bear loves himself a good feeding game! In fact, he’s starting to accumulate quite the collection of feeder bowls to have his meals from. We love and use them all for different reasons. His newest, and most challenging feeder bowl is called The Buster Dog Maze.

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The grooves in the maze of the Buster bowl are deep. Bear can see and smell the food but it’s too deep for him to reach much of it easily. Instead, he’s got to figure out how to push the food around and get it out of one of the openings at either end. The size of kibble or treats you use with the Buster bowl essentially determine the difficulty of the challenge you present to your pup.

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This is by far the most challenging feeder bowl that Bear has. He loves it! We’ve realized that feeding him the small bits of kibble out of it causes him a lot of frustration, but bigger treats that he can focus on individually work really well. He get’s excited and happy when we pull this out of the closet! ;) This video does a great job of demonstrating the various uses of the Buster Dog Maze with your pup.

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Does your dog ever use feeder bowls, puzzle games, or interactive toys? 

Disclaimer: SheSpeaksBark was provided with a Buster Dog Maze 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!