LICK by Ty Foster

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Are you looking for a great gift idea for a pet parent or dog lover in your life this Holiday Season?


The LICK book by Ty Foster is a great gift idea to consider. The title of the book says it all- LICK features over 50 dogs being photographed mid-lick. The photos range from sweet & endearing, to downright hilarious and everywhere in between. I was happy to see there were a wide range of breeds represented in the book, and this also made it supremely difficult to choose a ‘favorite’ page in the book.


Scooter thinks it’s a great book to curl up with and have a good browse & I couldn’t agree more! It was fun to flip each page and be greeted with a new photo featuring pups licking their chops. There’s no text in the book, the photos do all the talking, but we could also see this being a book that a dog-adoring child would really enjoy.


Being a dog blogger, I’m sure it comes as no surprise to you that I really love these types of companion animal related ‘coffee table books’, and LICK is certainly one I’m proud to add to my collection.


The photographer & author of the book, Ty Foster, is internationally renowned for his work with dogs. He’s got some incredible collections of work on his website, and if you’re interested in seeing a Behind the Scenes look at how these LICK photos were captured, there’s a great blog post here.


LICK can be purchased directly from the publisher, or wherever books are sold.

Disclaimer: SheSpeaksBark was provided with The Lick book 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.

Sojos Simply Wild

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After transitioning our dogs onto a raw food diet, offering them raw food treats just seemed to make sense too. We were excited for the opportunity for the dogs to taste test three flavors of the new Sojos treats. Sojos Simply Wild treats are freeze dried, high protein treats that your pups are sure to go crazy for!

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Available in three tempting flavors: Venison, Wild Boar, and Salmon. Our dogs loved all three- but the salmon seemed to be the biggest hit- perhaps due to the fishy odor?

These are just the perfect type of treat to pack with us on a hike, or for one of our camping trips. The bag of treats itself is lightweight, but the treats inside are highly nourishing- the perfect way to keep energy levels high during our adventures.

We feel good feeding our pups Sojos Simply Wild treats because:

  • They contain no artificial preservatives, flavors or colors
  • Made with natural, USDA-certified meat
  • Batch made in the USA
  • 100% freeze dried raw meat is the only ingredient


Sojos is based out of Minnesota, and it’s a family owned business. Each batch is made one at a time, under a carefully controlled process. We have seen Sojos treats and food products in the store before, but this was our first experience trying them. Huge hit with our dogs- they wanted to devour even the tiniest crumbs from these treats!


Have your pups ever tried Sojos brand food or treats? 


Disclaimer: SheSpeaksBark was provided with the Sojos Simply Wild treats 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! 

{Black and White Sunday} Birthday at the Beach!

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This past weekend, we were fortunate enough to have another getaway to the Oregon Coast where we celebrated my birthday at the beach as a family. This is my favorite photo of Scooter and I from the weekend- and typically how we enjoy walks together these days.


It was an incredibly peaceful weekend- exactly what we were after! We rented a sweet little cabin nestled just behind the sand dunes, it was perfection! More photos to come in the upcoming weeks, but I’ve been sharing some fun photos and videos on IG in the meantime :)

Tasting the Flavors of Fall

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Do you dogs suffer from ‘selective hearing’ sometimes? I know mine do! On occasion, they’ll decide they just “can’t hear me” and forget that they’re supposed to be following my guidance on things.


I’ve found the magical cure for their feigned deafness is a simple crinkle of a Zukes treat bag! My dogs #WillWorkForFood!


Lucky for me, the Zuke’s Skinny Bakes treats were perfectly designed for these two food hounds! We love to reward good behavior with treats, but because these two are so food-focused, I’m constantly having to monitor their intake so they don’t gain weight. Low calorie treats just makes that job so much easier!


The Zuke’s Skinny Bakes are biscuit treats, which are a great to get the dogs to slow down and chew- they work to clean the pups teeth a bit due to the harder texture. These treats are only 10 calories each- and one of them goes a long way for a Pomeranian as we break them into smaller bits.  What they really love though, are the Zuke’s Mini’s. Happily, these favorite treats are now available as Naturals Pumpkin Patch treats- because who doesn’t love seasonal flavors!?

3DRENDER_MiniNaturals_6oz_PumpkinPatch_FRONTZuke’s® created these treats to pay tribute to all of the delicious foods that Fall brings us, and to celebrate the crisp cool weather of winter! The Pumkin Patch Mini Naturals are a jerky style treat that are shaped like pumpkins! They’re allergy friendly, and our go-to for training. In the matter of a few weeks, we’ve been able to get Zoie to come running when we ask- because we were sure to give her lots of Zukes treats as positive reinforcement. See video proof below 😉

We’ve never been more thankful to find 3 ½ calorie treats- as it’s really what has made working with Zoie on all her commands possible for us. As she’s on such a strict diet right now, having low calorie treats that she loves allows her to stay motivated without busting her diet. DSC02011 These treats must be delicious too! She’s willing to do most anything to get to them- and has learned to overcome a few of her fears in order to GET THAT ZUKES TREAT! 😉 The delicious turkey and pumpkin recipe features quality, lean protein and the powerful nutritional value of pumpkin. Rich in carotenoids, beta-­carotene, alpha-­carotene, fiber, zinc, iron, vitamin A and potassium, the popular orange fruit is great for helping to correct diarrhea and constipation in dogs. Zuke’s Mini Naturals have always been a treat we’ve been able to reliably use with Scooter- possibly the world’s pickiest eater :) Zuke’s treats are high quality, made in the USA or New Zealand, with NO ingredients being sourced from China. Additionally, a portion of proceeds from every sale go to the Dog and Cat Cancer Fund– gotta love a company who gives back!

 Would your pups like to give these great treats a taste test too?

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Disclaimer: SheSpeaksBark was provided with two pouches of Zukes Naturals Pumpkin Patch treats 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! 

October is American Humane Association’s Adopt a Dog Month

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In case you haven’t heard, October is the American Humane Association’s Adopt-A-Dog-Month!


Every October, American Humane Association encourages animal lovers to consider adopting a dog from a local shelter or rescue group in honor of its yearly “Adopt-a-Dog Month®.” This year, American Humane Association is launching a national initiative to bring awareness to a particularly important issue: The need to provide safe, loving homes for the thousands of older pets that often face the highest risk in animal shelters. Bear and Scooter are both senior dogs, and needless to say, senior pets are very near and dear to my heart.


Each year, an estimated 3- 4 million shelter animals are euthanized in the United States. Many potential pet adopters overlook older animals, but there are so many reasons why senior dogs make ideal furry family members:

  • They tend to be less rambunctious than younger dogs
  • They’re often already house-trained
  • They’re a great fit for people with busy lifestyles
  • They’re so grateful for a second chance
  • They love you unconditionally


Here are a variety of ways to celebrate Adopt A Dog Month:

Adopt from a shelter or rescue group
When you’re ready to open your heart and home to a new best friend, adopt from your local animal shelter or rescue group. Talk with shelter staff to find the perfect dog for you and your lifestyle, and remember that older dogs make excellent pets too.

Spay or neuter your dog
Have your dog spayed or neutered, thus preventing the possibility of unexpected, and potentially unwanted, puppies. Spayed and neutered animals have been shown to lead longer, healthier lives and have fewer of certain behavioral problems than animals who have not been spayed or neutered.

ID your pet
By putting identification on your dog, either in the form of a tag, a microchip or both, you will reduce the possibility that your pet will become one of the presumably “homeless” dogs that end up at your local shelter. Only 15-20 percent of dogs who enter a shelter are reunited with their owners. Make sure your dog is one of the fortunate few by outfitting him with proper identification!

Support your local shelter
Show the pets at your local shelter or rescue group that you care by donating time, money or supplies like pet food, leashes, beds and toys. Call the shelter to see what supplies or services are needed most. Even the smallest effort can make a difference.

As many of you know, both Bear and Scooter are rescued. Rescued is our favorite breed! We also love to volunteer for our local animal rescue organizations, and we also foster dogs on occasion for a special needs rescue in our area- Panda Paws Rescue.

Now I’m curious about you? Do you live with an adopted fur friend? Do you volunteer with your local shelter? Did anyone adopt a dog this month??