Busy Little Bee

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We’re perhaps a touch early on this, but Scooter’s got a potential Halloween costume idea!


He received this adorable custom bee sweater to review as part of our work with PetParent. It’s so cute and comfy for him that it will definitely be part of the consideration this year! Isn’t he an adorable little busy-bee?


The package came to us from Bulgaria, and it was fun for us to receive an international package- Scooter posed with the envelope ;) See our full thoughts on the custom bee sweater here.


Do you dress your pets up for Halloween or any other occasion?

5 Tips for Going to the Beach with Dogs

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How many of you have had the opportunity to visit the beach with your dogs? 


We never had until we moved to Oregon. Since relocating here, we’ve visited the coast several times, always with the dogs in tow. Oregon is known for it’s many dog friendly beaches, many of which are also off-leash-something our boys love! We’ve learned a lot with just a few trips under our belts, so today I’m sharing my tips for going to the beach with dogs!

1. Pack right: Make sure you have leashes, pick up bags, a few treats, and your dogs favorite toy at all times.

2. Give your pet time to adjust: Especially on a first visit, the beach and all that entails (wind, water, blowing sand, so many new smells, strangers everywhere, etc.) can be a bit overwhelming. Stick to the outskirts and let your pup relax and take it all in before moving on. The few minutes of patience will really pay off in the long run.



 3. Be prepared for a little extra clean up: I’ll be honest, I live with a pomeranian, so I’m almost always prepared for a little extra clean up! We try to keep a few extra towels and our soggy doggy towel in the car to make for an easy clean up after we’ve had our fill of sun & sand.


4. Keep them leashed when appropriate: The Oregon coast varies between sand and rocky coast lines. When we’re on a sandy beach, we’re much more free with the dogs being off leash than we are on the rocky coastline. It’s so much easier to slip, get stuck in a tide pool, and just has a lot more hazards in general.


5. Bring your own water: Just as it’s not good for us, drinking sea water isn’t good for your dog either. He runs the risk of vomiting, diarrhea, and dehydrating if he consumes too much sea water, so pack your own, and offer it often and freely to your pup. We have two dog friendly water bottles and a collapsible water bowl that we always travel with. For long trips, we buy a gallon of water to keep in the car to have on hand for the boys- we’d rather have extra than not enough!


We practices these 5 simple steps each time we take our boys to the beach and we’ve always had a great time!

If your dogs’ been to a beach before- did they enjoy themselves? If they’ve never been- do you think the beach experience is one your pup would enjoy? 

These photos were taken at Rockaway Beach, OR (sandy beach photos) & Yachats, OR (rocky coastline photos)

{Black and White Sunday} Big Drinker

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Scooter may be little, but he can sure drink a lot of water if we’re outside and it’s warm out! We’ve been using this Dog Is Good dog water bottle lately, and absolutely love it!


The top comes off for easy cleaning, and can be flipped upside down to create a bowl as you see in our photo. The bottle also has a ball bearing system that is similar to a hamsters waterer for the bigger dogs to drink from. You can see our full review of this dog water bottle here.

{Black and White Sunday} Portie Pups

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I went on a puppy playdate a few weekends back- 7 week old Portuguese Water Dog puppies. Yep, pure heaven :D

Here’s a b/w of one of my favorite photos! Since he was black and white ALREADY this is a double black and white Sunday. I’ll post more photos from the portie pups play date soon…it’s so much cute.


Do you see how his nose is freckled? <3

Psst: Have you entered our giveaway for Nuvet Labs pet supplements yet? Bear and Scooter can’t get enough of them, we think your dog will love them too! Enter now to win these amazing supplements for your dog!

ORGANIX Jerky Chip Cookie

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Bear and Scooter are both feeling like such #ASmartCookie after trying these new ORGANIX Jerky Chip Cookie treats. We’ve been motivated as ever to practice our manners and commands these past few weeks having all these tasty rewards around. Scooter has little to no impulse control, so we’ve been focusing on that this week. As you can see, he’s getting better:


Castor & Pollux Natural Petworks is a leader in the organic and natural pet product market. The company is expanding their treat options and have come out with this new line of ORGANIX Jerky Chip Cookies for dogs. Bear and Scooter were lucky enough to be one of the first pups to get their crunch on with these amazing biscuits. We got four flavors to try: Oatmeal & Salmon, Oatmeal & Lamb, Oatmeal & Beef, and Oatmeal & Chicken. We’ve opened the first two flavors-both hits with both boys- and they smell good to me even!

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Bear’s trying to decide if this is heaven or torture ;)

Hard, biscuit type treats are a total hit or miss with Scooter. But we’ve tried both the salmon and lamb flavors with great success. I’m thrilled because I prefer to feed him a type of treat that will work towards cleaning his little teeth, so hearing him crunch away on these makes me happy. As you can see in the photo below, we put our paws together to try to give you a perspective on the size of these great biscuits. Bear says he needs a whole one every single time, but they’re also quite easy to break into fourths or smaller for a toy breed like Scooter. I like the round shape as well.

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These are oven baked treats made with organic whole grains with protein-packed jerky chips baked inside. There are also organic fruits and veggies but NO corn, soy, or wheat. Bear and Scooter only eat treats made in the USA, and these fit the bill here, also not using any ingredients from China. The bags are 10 oz each and sell for just $7.99 which is really affordable- those of you who’ve been in the dog treat aisle recently know what I’m talking about!

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I’m ready to paw-ty!

I can already tell that Bear & Scooter will have a tough time choosing which bag of ORGANIX Jerky Chip Cookies they’ll pack for their next weekend adventures. :D

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Finally, here’s an easy way to connect with Castor & Pollux on social media, they’re fun and active on facebook, twitter, and instagram.

I was sent the ORGANIX Jerky Biscuit treats from Castor & Pollux for Bear and Scooter to try out in exchange for an honest review on our blog. I was not paid to write this review. As always, all opinions expressed are my own & I only share products that I find relevant to my own fur family & that I think my readers would truly love. Thank you for supporting brands that make SheSpeaksBark possible.