Busy Little Bee

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

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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?

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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.

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


Sun Protection for Dogs

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With all the hiking and adventuring we do with our dogs, it’s crossed my mind more than once that they should have some sort of protection from the sun for their noses. As my husband and I apply our own sunscreen, we’ve wondered what we could really do to protect the dogs. I knew human sunscreen wasn’t the answer, because some of the ingredients are toxic for pets. I’d never heard of a pet safe SPF on the market. Until recently.

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My Dog Nose It is a non-toxic, gentle balm that protects your dogs nose from the harsh rays of the sun. It is water resistant and can be used before your dog goes swimming or adventuring. Protecting your dog from the sun is important, they can get skin cancers too!

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See our full My Dog Nose It review here on PetParent.


Keeping Dogs Cool During a Summer Hike

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As I’ve mentioned, hiking with our dogs is one of our favorite activities. Even at 12 years old, Bear is an excellent hiking companion. He tires more quickly now, and sleeps like a log afterward, but still holds the same exuberance for getting out and exploring with us that he always has. We’re continually impressed with his excellent balance and agility!

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As he’s aged though, he’s started to struggle more during the hotter days. We quickly realized how important it was to be sure we were keeping our dogs cool during a summer hike  So we’ve come up with a solution that’s been working out well to keep him out of trouble on a hike. He loves wearing his green dog pack, it gives him a sense of purpose. We simply stick a few ice packs in each side and let him wear it. It’s his very own cooling jacket- and he loves it!

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Still doesn’t stop him from needing to take a splash in most every body of water we find. And show his gomer face to the world ;)

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Happy Happy Hiker ^

 

Do you and your dogs enjoy hiking together? Do you take any precautions against the heat? 


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? 

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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.

 

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 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.

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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.

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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!

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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)



Sleepypod Clickit Harness {Product Review}

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Do your dogs enjoy going for a car ride? Bear & Scooter love nothing more than to go for a ride in the car. 5 minutes, 5 hours, 5 days in the car- they don’t care- it’s all an adventure in their world! But what about keeping our dogs safe while logging all those miles behind the wheel?

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Scooter’s been riding in the car in style for awhile now, in his amazing Sleepypod Mini. I can’t even tell you the peace of mind it provides me, knowing my little bean isn’t just rolling around in the back seat at the mercy of every bump, & turn. My hubby and I joke that it’s his personal ‘roll cage’ that would keep him nice and safe if we were ever in an accident.

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Bear on the other hand has been ‘loose’ in the car for all of the 11 years we’ve had him. As we continue to take them more and more places with us, the need for a good seatbelt for him keeps emerging. There are plenty of dog restraint systems out on the market to choose from, but I’d never been convinced that any of them were actually worth the money or that they would work to restrain Bear if we were ever in a car accident. Many of them just looked so cheap and breakable! So instead I did nothing…. Except wait for the geniuses at Sleepypod to come up with a solution to my problem ;)

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They did. It’s called the Sleepypod Click It Harness, and it is awesome. If I could only use one word to describe it I’d have to choose QUALITY. So impressive. The Clickit harness is made from ballistic nylon and strength rated hardware & webbing. Me saying that it’s durable is almost an understatement.

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As you can see, the chest portion is super padded, for your dogs’ ultimate comfort. This is a harness & car restraint system (seatbelt) in one which is extremely handy for days that we take a trip over to the dog park, or go hiking. Bear can wear the click it harness for all of our regular activities, and then he just has to pop in the car as usual, and the only added step is that we buckle him in. We took some extra time to get the harness fitted right, and the tethers adjusted to the proper length, but after that initial time investment it’s been ready to go.

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The Sleepypod Click It harness has three points of attachment to keep your dog super safe while riding in the car. An adjustable side tether (both sides), and the seatbelt provides a third contact point. Bear is able to lay down and sit up when he is tethered into the car safely which makes him a very happy boy!

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The Sleepypod Clickit has an advantage over traditional one-point dog safety harnesses because it reduces damaging forces and keeps your dogs upper and lower torso restrained. The harness’ seat belt webbing absorbs the force and promotes even distribution to lessen the chance of injury.

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The Clickit harness is available in several sizing options & three different colors. If you don’t see the size for your pet- just know that they’re working diligently behind the scenes to provide both sizes for extra large, and extra small pups so everyone can take advantage of this amazing harness/seatbelt. Very small pets, like Scooter, should be secured in the car in a crash-tested carrier like the sleepypod mini, atom, or air.

The Clickit Utility dog safety harness was named the 2013 Top Performing Pet Safety Harness in a collaborative study (Subaru of America & Center for Pet Safety) to test the effectiveness of pet harnesses marketed with safety claims.

Disclaimer: Sleepypod provided SheSpeaksBark with a Sleepypod Clickit Utility harness to use for 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!


Happy Fourth of July

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Wishing all of you a safe & happy Fourth of July!

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This is the first time in years that handsome hubby and I won’t be with our boys on the holiday. We’re lucky they aren’t afraid of fireworks, and that they’re in safe hands while we’re out of town.

1 in 3 pets will be lost in their lifetime, and Fourth of July is a high intake day at animal shelters across the nation. Keep your pets indoors, play soothing music, try an anxiety wrap or calming essential oils.