Pet Lovers Christmas Gift Guide 2014

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Bear and Scooter have both shared their Christmas Gift Guides already, so I decided that it should be my turn now! I thought I’d do another gift round up with all the Pet Lovers out there in mind. Similar to Bear & Scooter’s Guides, these are all things I’d love to receive as gifts, and a few things I already own and love.  I hope they provide you a few good suggestions if you’re still looking to fulfill someones wish this year.

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  1. Drinkwell Pagoda Fountain- I’ve included a drinking fountain on my wishlist before, but this one is bigger, better, and more beautiful than any before! I adore the Himalayan blue color and think the modern design fits well with home decor. Pets are more encouraged to stay hydrated by the sound of running water.
  2. Animal Paw Wax Seal Stamp- I don’t send a whole lot of snail mail anymore, but when I do, I want to make sure it’s extra special. I’m pretty sure this paw print wax seal stamp would bring a smile to anyone’s face who’s lucky enough to open a letter its sealed.
  3. Snow Valley Heroes Book- We’ve reviewed some of author Robert McCarty’s books before, and this is another great book from the Planet of the Dogs series that is written with children and pet lovers in mind. This lovely Christmas story will keep the entire family enchanted all holiday season. It’s the true story of how dogs saved Christmas.
  4. ‘I Just Want to Drink Beer…’ Sweatshirt-  Because seriously, who doesn’t? Really no other explanation needed! 
  5. Custom Pet Portrait Pillows- Seriously, these pillows are the epitome of awesome! Each one is custom made from photographs of your pets, and they’re absolutely to die for. I love the large eyed kitties in the photo above, and how adorable is an armful of pet pillows anyway?

Here’s a few additional ideas that we rounded up a few years ago- the post might be old, but the gift ideas are still great!

What is on your Christmas Wish List this year? 


Scooter’s Christmas Gift Guide 2014

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Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, it’s full-on Christmas Season everywhere! Just like last year, we’ll be doing a separate Christmas Gift Guide for big and small dogs- Bear and Scooter’s versions. Our gift guides are typically composed of some of the boys’ favorite products we’ve discovered over the past year, as well as a few items on their personal puppy wishlists.

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  1. Sleepypod Air- It’s true that Scooter already has a Sleepypod Mini that he loves and adores. It keeps him safe in the car and we love the peace of mind it provides us as pet parents. A Sleepypod Air though, would allow Scooter to travel safely and comfortably with me on planes, and it’s compatible with the Sleepypod Sidekick (bike rack) which is actually on my Christmas Wish List this year because my husband and I bike together a lot through Portland, and taking Scooter with us would be wonderful!
  2. Fruitables Pet Treats- We’ve tried our fair share of Fruitables pet treats around here, and they’re always winners in our house! The different types of treats they provide give us all the ‘ammo’ we need to train and reward our boys. Crunchy biscuits, chewy jerky treats, greek yogurt, and more. Scooter really enjoys the Watermelon flavored skinny mini’s the most right now. Shop Fruitables pet treats if you’re looking for a healthy treat option for your pets.
  3. Epica Pet Brush- We just discovered this product this year, and highly recommend it to all of our other Pom parents out there. This brush has been revolutionary in our at home grooming routine, and has greatly helped Scooter overcome his fear of the brush in just short of two months. This brush helps to gently de-tangle your pets coat, and pull out the undercoat without pain or discomfort.
  4. Winter Pet Coat - The Winter Pet Coats from PetParent are new but they’ve already got us drooling! They come in three great color schemes, and look so cozy and comfy. Scooter can wear pet coats during the cooler season and especially likes to wear them if it’s raining or snowing to keep his coat dry so it doesn’t get all frizzy. He’s got two great coats already, but this warm and puffy option has caught his eye!
  5. Wondercide Evolv- We went ‘all natural’ on our flea/tick prevention about three years ago and we’ve never looked back. The discovery of the Wondercide Evolv spray has made staying all natural simple, and effective! We just have to remember to spray our pups every few days with a gentle, non-toxic spray, and they smell lightly of cedar as all the creepy critters are repelled away.

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Scooter actually ended up getting a few of the items from his gift list last year, and has been enjoying them fully- if you need more small dog gift ideas, be sure to check his 2013 list.

So that’s what has caught Scooter’s attention in the small-dog world as of late. What is on your pup’s wish list this year? 



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? 


Scooter loves his #Canine Caviar

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This post is sponsored by Canine Caviar and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Canine Caviar, but SheSpeaksBark only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Canine Caviar is not responsible for the content of this article.

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Canine Caviar’s food is unique because it is based on an alkaline diet. The funny part of this, is that I have been learning about the benefits of an alkaline diet for humans a lot recently, and had been implementing some changes into my own lifestyle. Now Scooter’s right on board with me on his new Canine Caviar diet. The reasoning behind a high alkaline diet is simple, the higher the oxygenation level of your blood, the harder it is supposed to be for diseases and cancer to take hold.

Scooter has really been enjoying his new kibble from Canine Caviar. He’s eating the Wilderness ALS blend and gives it 4 paws up! Canine Caviar kibble is higher in calories than other kibble foods, meaning that less food is consumed, and less waste is produced. Hello win-win! The high-calorie diet is also great for Scooter, who as a small breed dog, can have a tendency towards spikes and drops in blood sugar. This diet keeps him at a much more stable level and the kibble bits are perfectly sized for his smaller mouth.

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Since our switch to Canine Caviar, we’ve noticed that he’s also always ready and excited to eat now. We love that. Our food struggles with Scooter are something we’ve not been shy about here on the blog. He’s been on at least 20 different types of kibble in his 6 years for the simple fact that he stops eating all of them at some point- usually after just a few meals.

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As we mentioned in our Canine Caviar intro post, Scooter also received some extras in addition to his kibble. He loves all three of the items received- the Canine Caviar veggies, dried sweet potato treats, buffalo jerky, and buffalo stix. Feeding him the veggies with his meals makes me feel like a great Pet Parent, and I can tell he just adores them. Instead of soaking the Synergy veggie mix with water as suggested, we tried it the second time with low sodium chicken broth which Scooter loved even more.

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Canine Caviar has been crafting high quality pet foods since 1996 and their highest concern is making the best products possible while still keeping them affordable. The Canine Caviar formula is easily digested and works wonders an unsettled stomachs. The formula reduces itching, scratching, shedding, and hot spots. The kibble blend contains a fermentation culture that helps your pet digest and absorb the nutrients from their food.

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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? 


Introducing #CanineCaviar

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This post is sponsored by Canine Caviar and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Canine Caviar, but SheSpeaksBark only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Canine Caviar is not responsible for the content of this article.

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When we were asked if Scooter would like to try out Canine Caviar’s Holistic line of dog food we whole-heartedly said yes! Our struggles with keeping Scooter interested in his food are something I’ve written about a lot here. We’ve struggled with this for Scooter’s entire life. Because Canine Caviar’s food was so different from anything we’d yet tried, we were truly excited to give it a go.

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The box arrived, and the dogs did their little ‘it’s for us!‘ happy dance that always accompanies a box that they somehow know is destined for them. Then again, they do get all the mail around here! ;) Scooter practically launched himself into the box with excitement as I tried to open it up without cutting someone’s whisker. We had a few fun surprises inside the box that we weren’t expecting!

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So besides the CanineCaviar Wilderness kibble, we’ll also be sharing our thoughts on: dried sweet potato treats, Buffalo Stix, Buffalo Jerky, and the Synergy vegetable mix. With the exception of the Synergy Veggie Mix, all of the rest of these products are composed of a single ingredient- something that I as a pet parent just adore. The Synergy Veggie Mix is composed of a bunch of dehydrated organic veggies (peas, carrots, sweet potato, red/green pepper, pumpkin, celery, tomato, zucchini, broccoli, apple, cranberry, parsley, and beets) that you simply re hydrate and add to your dogs food. My boys LOVE their veggies, and Scooter just scarfs this Synergy Mix up!

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We will be sharing our full thoughts on these products on November 21st!