Camping With Dogs

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When it comes to our whole camping with dogs routine, we’ve got things down to a pretty strict science at this point. All it really took was a few trips out with the dogs, and various types of gear, to get a good sense for what works, and what doesn’t for us.

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In our family, there are two main types of camping excursions:

*Car Camping- We’re more generous with our packing here, as we’re not worried about weight because we won’t be hauling it all on our backs and in our packs. We bring our larger 4 person tent (the orange one), and a cooler full of food/snacks/beer, and our camping chairs. The dogs have toys packed, all the luxuries they could want, and plenty of food and treats. This is how we typically camp with friends, and the boys love the social aspect of this type of camping a lot. Amenities like bathrooms and fresh water are available which is certainly convenient.

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*Dispersal Camping/Backpack Camping- Here we’re focused on packing light, and ONLY the essentials. We have pack our 2 person tent (the gray one), and Bear sleeps in the outer vestibule. Water is only a camelbak and our water bottles, and we take freeze dried food for the dogs (and usually ourselves!) because it’s incredibly light weight and nourishing. This is most often just our family of four, and a great way to reconnect with nature as we’re often not staying at a traditional camp site at all.

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I’m going to be starting a series of posts that cover various aspects of camping with dogs. If you have any questions at all about how we do things I’d love for you to submit them in the comments so we can work them into an upcoming post!

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Do any of you camping with your dogs? What have your experiences been like? 


Diffusing Essential Oils for Pets

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Recently, my morning routine changed. The first thing I do in the morning, aside from letting the dogs out for a potty break, is to fill up our living room diffuser with an amazing blend to help us get going with our day. I’ve noticed that there’s been a significant impact on how easily we get going in the morning if we get our diffuser up and running first thing.  It’s made such a difference that I am actually willing to get the diffusers going before the morning coffee ;) As I’ve shared with you before, there are three main ways to experience the benefits of Essential Oils: Aromatically, Topically, & Internally. Diffusing essential oils is all about getting those aromatic benefits!

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 What to understand about diffusing essential oils:

  • What you breathe in affects your mood.
    • Essential oils can relax, soothe, uplift or invigorate you- all depending on the specific oil or blends you choose to diffuse.
  • Diffusing essential oils is a great way to cleanse and purify the air in your home.
    • It can also increase the oxygenation of the air.

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A few notes before beginning with a diffuser:

  • When you choose a diffuser, ensure it is a cool mist diffuser as heat should never be used with essential oils
  • The essential oils you diffuse must be Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade- that’s why I use & advise about doTERRA essential oils
  • Before starting your diffuser, be sure that your pets (mainly cats) have a way to leave the room if the don’t like the scent

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SheSpeaksBark’s Favorite Diffuser Blends:

  • Elevation & Wild Orange
  • Serenity & Lime
  • Balance & Wild Orange
  • Lavender, Lemon, Lime
  • Lavender- Both Bear & Scooter’s favorite- they will lay on the bed directly underneath the diffuser when lavender is going 
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  • Purify

Do you have any questions on how your pets (or yourself!) could most benefit from incorporating essential oils into your life?

Disclaimer: I am a wellness advocate of 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. 


Will you help us #FuelTheCure ?

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Did you know that over six million dogs (and a similar number of cats) are diagnosed with cancer every single year? That’s a sad sad fact that we’ve got to work to change. We are our pets voices after all!

Zukes is challenging all dog lovers to ‘Lead the Pack’ in the fight against canine cancer with their #FuelTheCure campaign! This annual campaign strives to bring awareness to the issue of cancers in pets- which is currently the leading cause of death in companion animals.

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For each person who follows Zukes Pets on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, & tags their photos with #FuelTheCure between NOW and the end of June 2015; Zukes will donate $5 to the Dog and Cat Cancer Fund; a non-profit organization which is dedicated to understanding, treating, and preventing canine and feline cancers. Last years’ campaign raised a whopping $5,000, and this year they’re trying to double that total- $10,000 is the goal, so of course, we could use your help!

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Join us in posting your images on your favorite social media account & gives Zukes a like/follow while you’re there to ensure the donations happen. Together we can make a difference!

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Thanks to the generosity of the Zukes company, we’re also going to be hosting a giveaway today! The Zukes Skinny Bake treats are packed full of healthy ingredients, many of which have cancer fighting properties. One lucky winner will receive three (3) bags of Zuke’s Skinny Bakes for their pups to enjoy! Please use the rafflecopter widget below to submit your entries!

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Tips for Walking Your Dog in the Rain

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Many of you know that we live in the (often) rainy city of Portland, Oregon. When we first moved here, I spent time working as a dog walker, and have acquired a few great tips for walking your dog in the rain along the way. I’m going to share a few of those tips with you today.

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The older Bear gets, the less he seems to appreciate the rain. In fact, he will sometimes choose to not go outside for a potty break until after the rain stops. We keep their leashes and jackets hanging in the back porch area between the house and yard so that we can easily slip a jacket on Bear so he’ll go out. Scooter on the other hand doesn’t seem to mind the rain one bit. His coat tends to get frizzy and unmanageable if rained on frequently though, so it’s really in both dogs’ best interest to have a rain jacket to cover up with during the frequent showers.

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The RC Pets Packable Rain Poncho is great for us to strap onto the ends of Bear and Scooter’s leashes so we’re prepared  for showers popping up during our walks throughout the rainy season- sometimes we’ll simply throw them into our pockets too- if we’re already carrying a pickup bag dispenser on the leash.

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We also love these ponchos for all our backpacking and camping adventures with the dogs because they’re lightweight and easily packable we can always be prepared to protect the pups from the elements. Not having stinky wet dogs makes it much more pleasant to spend the evening in a tent together too :) We haven’t yet tested them during hours of downpour, and I’m not certain how long they would hold up, but for our needs thus far they have been working well.

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Aside from having a great poncho or rain jacket to protect your pup, there are a few other tips I can suggest to make walking in the rain a bit easier on all involved.

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Tips for Walking Your Dog in the Rain:

  • Avoid nylon leashes at all costs! I opt for leather or our Flexi Vario leash because it has a lighted band that makes me feel safer while we walk. Neither of these leashes get as gross or quality compromised as a nylon leash does when wet.
  • If you’re walking in an absolute downpour, it can be a good idea to have a few extra pick up bags in your pocket as it’s sometimes nice to work with a dry bag to begin with.
  • Don’t take treats on walks in the rain unless you’re working really hard with your dog on something. The tendency to become a sticky, gross, fragrant mess is too much.
  • Invest in a great waterproof rain jacket for yourself, you’ll tolerate much longer walks much happier. I have worn and loved this jacket for the past 2 years.
  • I didn’t know rain pants existed until after moving to Portland, but they’re an amazing invention! Ohh…and rain shoes too!! Seriously, you can’t make this stuff up!

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So how about you guys? What are your top tips for a tolerable walk in the rain? 

Disclaimer: I was sent the RC Pets Packable Poncho for review purposes. I was not compensated in any way for my opinion. 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 try love. Thank you for supporting brands that make SheSpeaksBark possible. 


Pet Keepers Secret Pet Odor & Stain Remover

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When you’re a Pet Parent, one of the extra products you must always keep on hand is a stain & odor remover. Simply because you never know what might happen when you’ve got pets in your home. Just as it’s important to have a stain & odor remover at all, it’s also important to have a stain & odor remover that is effective, but natural. We all know there is no reason to expose our pets or ourselves to any toxins unnecessarily. and this is something we really focus on in our home.

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Pet Keepers Secret is unlike other pet stain and odor removing products because:

  • Pulls out Stains Quickly- with much less scrubbing
  • Removes airborne pet odors, even skunk, with ease
  • Pet Safe
  • Environmentally Friendly
  • Composed of 100% Minerals
  • Multi-purpose product
  • Non-Toxic, VOC free

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We used this product most heavily during the time when we were fostering Locket- to clean up after her accidents and to keep the room odor free in general. Happily, our boys don’t have accidents in the house, but I do spray Pet Keepers Secret on the rare occasion that one of them vomits. I also inside of our garbage can each time we remove the bag to keep things fresh. Once a month or so- we spray the fabric of the indoor dog kennel too, juts to keep things fresh.

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Another thing we love is the eco-friendly shipping methods that Pet Keepers Secret uses. They ship you and empty bottle along with a packet of their stain & odor formula and you do the mixing yourself at home. The fact that they’re not paying shipping on essentially water weight really lowers their carbon footprint as a company- something we can totally get behind!

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Do you have a favorite pet stain and odor remover?? Are you interested in giving Pet Keepers Secrets a try in your own home? Simply enter our giveaway below!

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Disclaimer: SheSpeaksBark was provided with the Pet Keepers Secret for the purposes 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! 


Making Adjustments: Complete Dog Prebiotic & Probiotic Blend

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As you may remember from our Kinn Kleanbowl post, we’re experimenting with feeding the boys raw food (more on this soon!) As I’ve been learning, one of the first steps towards preparing your dogs for a transition between kibble and raw food is to get them started on a dietary probiotic. We were excited to try the Complete Dog Prebiotic & Probiotic blend because I really thought the bacon/cheese flavor would appeal to Scooter’s picky side.

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Having your pups on some sort of probiotic before transitioning to raw can help their bodies and digestive tracts accept the upcoming changes more readily. Our guts are our largest immune organ, so it only makes sense to treat them right! When you properly care for your pups guts, their bodies are able to be healthier throughout. Probiotic bacteria are full of microbes that produce enzymes and vitamins that boost the immune system function. They support growth of good bacteria, and inhibit the growth of bad bacteria as well as prevent infections and reduce digestive upset/issues.

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When we first started using the Complete Dog Prebiotic & Probiotic Blend, I was crushing up the little tablets in Scooters food.

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It didn’t take long for him to volunteer to just gobble one down on his own though!

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The Complete Dog Prebiotic & Probiotic is veterinarian formulated with 11 different probiotic strains and a prebiotic booster that makes those 11 probiotics more effective! All of this goodness is packed into a bacon cheddar chewable tablet.

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Complete Dog Prebiotic & Probiotics from Ample Nutrition are:

  • 100% natural
  • Made in the USA
  • Made with human grade ingredients
  • Contain 3 billion microorganisms in each tablet
  • NO soy, yeast, wheat, gluten or GMO
  • Ideal for both dogs and puppies

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Even if you’re not working to transition your pups to a raw food diet, probiotics could still be a good addition to their daily intake. Consider a probiotic supplement for your pets to enhance their overall well being.

A daily dose of probiotics will also provide your pup:

  • Digestive support and regularity
  • Immune Boost
  • Gut rebalance
  • Ease digestive issues stemming from food reactions, stress and more

Do you currently feed your pups a pre or probiotic blend? 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.