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!



National Seeing Eye Dog Day

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January 29th 2015 is dedicated as National Seeing Eye Dog Day.

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Guide Dogs, or Seeing Eye Dogs as they’re often called, provide support and independence to visually impaired individuals. Often, the companionship of the seeing eye dogs allows a visually impaired person to take many of their daily tasks back into their own hands. Suddenly a world that was always limiting a person is once again re-opened, and they’ve got a constant companion who is looking out for them at all times. The partnership between a trained guide dog and their person is something to behold, and it’s something I’ve always found incredibly powerful and fascinating.

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The Guide Dogs for the Blind is an organization based on the West Coast that is passionate about serving the needs of the visually impaired.  They are the largest Guide Dog school in North America, and provide services to students in the United States and Canada at no cost. The Guide Dogs for the Blind networks with dog breeders, raisers, trainers and more to provide highly skilled canines for service.

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I’ve wanted to be a puppy raiser since I was 9 or 10 years old, it’s just something I’ve always known I would do. I always hoped I’d be able to raise a puppy during my college years, but that just wasn’t in the cards for me at that time. Since moving to Portland though, the idea of raising a puppy for Guide Dogs for the Blind has come to the forefront of my mind again. The Guide Dogs for the Blind has campuses in both California and Oregon, and because I follow them on facebook, I often see postings of their ‘puppy truck’ deliveries.

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To make my recent temptation even worse, many of you probably know The Today Show has a Guide Dog Puppy In Training on set on their show. He’s been a part of the team for about two weeks now, and his name is Wrangler. He’s nothing short of adorable! Wrangler is on set of The Today Show each morning, but goes home with his own dedicated puppy raiser each night.

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I do realize that puppy raising isn’t for everyone. I also completely acknowledge how difficult it will be to give back a puppy after having raised him or her for over a year. (Typically puppy raisers are with their pups from 8wks- 12 or 14 months) I think the ‘attachment factor’ is the reason that more people don’t puppy raise, and I don’t blame them. But for me, taking on that loss is OK, because I really just want to be involved in the bigger picture. I just know how proud I would feel if the puppy we raised went on to become a serving companion to someone who truly relied on them.

Luckily, there are plenty of ways that anyone can help out the Guide Dogs for the Blind mission! You can start by spreading the word about what GDB is doing. Monetary donations in any amount are always appreciated, or you can show your support by shopping in their online store. Volunteer your time, or even consider signing up to be a puppy raiser, like I am!

So I’d love to hear…have any of you raised a puppy for GDB before? Would you consider it?? Why or why not?? 


{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!