Pink Frog Leaps On To The Market

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Every dog owner has been there. Leash training.

Teaching your pup the proper etiquette of walking on a leash comes with its own challenges. Namely, pulling and escaping.

If I had been lucky enough to own one of Pink Frog’s sturdy walking sets back in those days I wouldn’t have been so paranoid about a sudden unexpected puppy escape!

Pink Frog Pet Products is a young and vibrant Canadian company located in Burlington, Ontario, that specializes in accessories for your furry friend. Now, thanks to Pink Frog, your pup can be walked safely AND stylishly. (Seriously, while taking photos for this post we were stopped by people walking by to say how cute Bachaesh looked in this harness and leash combo!)

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Pink Frog kindly sent us some of their amazing product line to try, along with their newest product!

 

You can identify a quality leash from assessing three main things:

  1. Is it sturdy? Pink Frog’s leashes are probably the sturdiest I’ve ever seen. They’re twice the thickness and width of your average nylon leash, they have a metal buckle and hardware that looks like it can withstand a great deal of adventure, and the handle is layered with neoprene to keep the leash from cutting into  your hand when your dog pulls.
  2. Does it help with safety? Safety is key! Pink Frog has brilliantly ensured that every edge of their leashes is carefully stitched with reflective tape to keep you and your pup safe on late night walks.
  3. Would you use it? I’ll be honest- I’m used to using a long, extendable leash for Bachaesh. But, wow! I really fell in love with this leash, and can see myself using it often! I felt like I had much more control over him, and when I’m in crowded places that’s just what I need.

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Of course, the pièces de résistance is Pink Frog’s newest product, launching April 3rd on Indie GoGo, their harness.

Pink Frog Harness, Give a dog a bone, sturdy harness, metal buckle harness,As you can see, just like their leashes, Pink Frog’s attention to detail and safety is very apparent. The thick nylon straps padded with neoprene provide stability and strength, while not impeding your pet’s movement or comfort. Your pup is free to wander without uncomfortable tugs around the neck.

The durable metal clasp is built to last, and the revolutionary design makes getting this harness on and off a breeze!

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Simply slip the opening over your dog’s head, and buckle up the strap behind his front legs, along his chest. No strap between the legs to fiddle with. Easy!

The front rests comfortably against the collar bone, while the under-strap and back support prevent your dog from twisting out of the harness.

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In addition to the reflective material and sturdy design, the harness includes a traffic safety handle- ideal for pulling your pup close at the last minute- and an adjustable under-strap to make the harness custom fit your pup.

I love this harness. At first, I was a little confused by it because it really is different from the other harnesses on the market.

Bachaesh is, ninety-nine percent of the time, a co-operative walker, however there have been times where he has backed out of his collar when spooked by a noise or another animal, or has escaped from a harness if he is adamant he does not want to go where I am going.

When I am crossing a busy intersection, the last thing I want to worry about is my precious pup getting out and standing in the road. I do not have that concern with this harness.

I found the Pink Frog harness incredibly easy to use, and as someone who takes her dog with her everywhere she goes, I appreciate anything that makes my life a little easier at 7am.

If you’re looking for a new way of walking, and you don’t want to have to sacrifice safety or style, be sure to visit Pink Frog online, and check their products out at your local pet store. There are a variety of colours available so that you can show off your pup’s vibrant personality!

To help support Pink Frog launch this great new harness aimed at keeping pets safe, please visit their fund-raising campaign on Indiegogo here. The campaign runs for 40 days.

Show them some love, and consider making a small donation. And while you’re at it, be sure to enter their giveaway HERE.

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Your Dog Wants You To Soup It Up

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Bachaesh and I brave the elements every day of the week  in the big city as we wait for public transit (because we’re environmentally friendly…and because this lady desperately needs a new set of wheels). I bundle him up in his toasty warm coat from Canada Pooch, and on particularly frosty days, even wrap him in his cozy blanket from Be One Breed.

When we get home on a chilly day, there’s no better way to get a tail wag than to serve Bachaesh a tasty bowl of Caru Stew, or their new Grass-Fed Beef Bone Broth.

For years pet owners have encouraged their picky eaters by making their dry food more enticing with a little chicken broth that they had in the cupboard, or by adding some broth to their water dish to encourage them to stay hydrated. The problem with this, of course, is that Chicken Broth for Human consumption often contains ingredients that can be harmful to your pet such as onions and spices.

Caru’s new Grass-Fed Beef Bone Broth is carefully simmered in small batches, and made with ingredients safe for your canine companion. They also package all of their stews and broths in BPA-free packaging.

I strongly believe that any food that we consume, or that our pet consumes, should be made of ingredients that we know, are familiar with, and that we can pronounce. On top of that, I personally try my best to consumer organic products whenever possible because we are already bombarded with so many chemicals in the world, that I’d at least like my fuel for the day to be as chemical free and nutrient rich as possible.

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With that being said, Caru’s Beef Bone Broth contains the following: water, Beef Bones, Organic Carrots, Organic Celery, Organic Parsley, Apple Cider Vinegar, Black Pepper, Bay Leaves and Thyme. Simple. 

The Beef Bone Broth is also grain and gluten free (perfect for pets with food sensitivities), and does not contain genetically engineered (GMO) ingredients

You can serve your pup some of this tasty broth, just slightly warmed (be careful it’s not too hot!) on its own, or over some dry food or cooked brown rice for sensitive tummies. On hot days, try freezing some in ice cube trays as a refreshing treat!

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I’ve been a big Caru fan since they first launched a few years ago, and since that time I can’t say anything but positive things about their food. Bachaesh has never once turned his nose up to a Caru product and he is the pickiest dog I have ever met.

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Caru’s full line of products are available at a number of international retailers, including Global Pet Food stores in Canada.

Note: If any of you are interested in learning more about the food that is consumed and the chemicals we absorb every day, I recommend that you watch The Human Experiment on Netflix. It’s a great documentary, full of eye opening information.

Pooch Patch a Godsend for Condo Dwelling Pet Parents

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It’s 1:30 am and you’ve stayed up a little later than you planned watching yet another episode of your favourite Netflix show. You’re bundled up in your PJs and ready to sleep but you just can’t shake the feeling that if you don’t take your pup out for a quick pee now, he’ll probably just end up waking you in the middle of your REM cycle in three hours.

It’s a conundrum I’ve faced since moving into a condo. Going from a home with a fenced in backyard to the high rise life of the GTA has been a transition not only for me, but for my dog, Bachaesh, as well.

Thankfully, the nice people at Pooch Patch reached out to us and dropped us off a little something to make those late night potty breaks a little less stressful.

Pooch Patch is a delivery service in the Greater Toronto Area that delivers a fresh piece of Ontario grown sod right to your door for your pup’s peeing convenience.

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For as little as $20 you can have a fresh piece of grass, complete with a tray, delivered for free weekly or bi weekly. The cardboard tray is completely recyclable and is waterproofed to avoid leakage.Simply remove the lid and place under the bottom of the tray and voila! You can even put two together for larger dogs.

We weren’t home when our Pooch Patch arrived so we picked it up from our concierge desk the next day without a problem.

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Along with our Pooch Patch we received some helpful tips to help make the transition to “balcony bathrooming”a little easier. Bachaesh is a very well behaved dog, so he knows that he shouldn’t be peeing anywhere that even looks remotely like a part of a house. By adding some “scent” to the grass it encourages him and lets him know that this spot has already been okayed as potty spot.

While I continue to ensure that he gets adequate walks throughout the day, the Pooch Patch is so handy for quick little pee breaks before bed or early in the morning. It’s even a great idea for dogs that have just had surgery or that have mobility issues.

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I think Bachaesh loves it most for another reason, though. From the moment I set that Pooch Patch down, Bachaesh was determined to use it as a lovely spot to lay. My balcony gets so hot sometimes that even candles have melted. I can see why a lovely piece of grass on hot summers day can be inviting, regardless of whether you’re on the ground or nine storeys up.

If you’re interested in trying Pooch Patch for yourself you can visit their website here.

 

 

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Our first bag of Nutram Sound S7 dog food is empty , and my  4 year old Shorkie isn’t the only one sad about it.

Over the past month Bachaesh has eaten exclusively Nutram S7 food as part of Nutram’s Optimum Transition Challenge. We transitioned him from eating kibble he’s been used to eating since he was a puppy to Nutram’s new Chicken and Brown Rice with Peas and Carrots recipe.

Bachaesh can be a very picky eater, so when we began participating in Nutram‘s OTC challenge I didn’t know what to expect. We started slowly. We gave him mostly his old food, with a little Nutram mixed in. Then we gradually increased the ratio of Nutram to other kibble until I felt confident Bachaesh could handle a full bowl of just Nutram. As I mentioned in my previous post, I was pleasantly surprised to find that not only did Bachaesh eat his new food, but he loved it! He would finish the serving of food I gave him and then sit in front of the bag of food as if to say “more, please!”

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Nutram’s S7 formula is jam packed with healthy goodness. You won’t find any hormone-laden meats here! Instead, Nutram S7 has flax seed and salmon oil to help bring luster and shine back to your dog’s coat, alfalfa to freshen breath, and pomegranate and turmeric help to boost your pup’s immune system with powerful antioxidants.  Peppermint helps to calm the stomach, while pumpkin aids in the digestive process, and chamomile keeps your pup calm and reduces indigestion.Take note, pet parents, as these are wonderful things to add to your own diet as well!

The age old adage has never been truer- You are what you eat! When you fill your pet’s food bowl with holistic, nutrient-rich foods they will begin to feel better, and be healthier. Over the past month of feeding Bachaesh Nutram, I’ve noticed he’s slimmed down a bit and now has more energy. He was never overweight, but he looks healthier now, and his fur is much softer and fluffier than it ever was before. He’s ready to take on the world one squirrel at a time!

It’s been incredibly easy to live a Nutram lifestyle. As a busy pet parent and blogger, I’m always on the go. Bachaesh goes everywhere with me (including on the bus!) and that means that I have to be prepared to have a nutritious meal for him when we get to our destination. Nutram’s kibbles have been specially formulated with small breeds in mind. Their al dente kibbles are much smaller than our former kibble, and that makes Bachaesh much more inclined to eat them in unfamiliar environments.   I can tell he prefers the bite-sized Nutram kibbles, and I don’t worry about him hurting his jaw trying to crunch on big kibbles anymore.

 

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I also love the sizing of Nutram’s packaging. One of their 6 lb bags is the perfect size to stick in the car if you’re heading out for the weekend, or even to stash in the pantry cupboard.

I am very happy with Nutram, and I am confident Bachaesh will be just as happy when we go pick up a new bag of Nutram S7 from our pet store later today.

If you’re interested in finding the Nutram formula that’s right for you, you can head on over to Nutram’s website and take their What’s My Nutram Number quiz. It only takes a minute or two, and it will allow you to find the perfect combination for your specific dog’s dietary needs- whether it be a food allergy or sensitivity, a senior pet, or a very active pet.

Join the Nutram OTC Challenge today! #NutramOTC

 

The Nutram Optimum Transition Challenge

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It’s that time of year when things become topsy-turvy. Things are changing. It’s out with the old and in with the new.

Bachaesh and I have moved from the quaint Tri-Cities to the hustle and bustle of the GTA.

Another part of our fresh start to spring is our participation in Nutram’s 30-Day  Optimum Transition Challenge.

Nutram wanted to challenge pet parents across Canada to lead a healthy lifestyle with their pets. Part of living a healthy lifestyle is ensuring that you eat a healthy diet. I’m a healthy eater- I am very particular with what I choose to consume-and I take just as much care when selecting a food for Bachaesh to eat as well. After all, you are what you eat!

Nutram nutritionists have developed all natural, holistic dry dog and cat food using wholesome ingredients, such as herbs, fruits, vegetables and digestible proteins from real deboned meats, grown without the hormones. What sets Nutram apart from other specialty food brands is its Optimum Combinations: certified holistic nutritionists have combined ingredients that work well on their own but have enormous health benefits when combined together (for example, turkey combined with chamomile has a calming effect on hyperactive pets). -via  Nutram’s Website

Transitioning your pet from their current nutrient-lacking food may seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. It takes about 30-days to have a smooth transition, slowly decreasing the ratio of old to new food.

As a pet nutrition blogger, I’ve reviewed a lot of food products for pets with help from my Shorkie. Bachaesh has always been a “selective” eater. He’s very particular about what he wants to eat, and he won’t settle for anything but the best.

Of course, he’s not reading the flashy packaging to make his decision. He can smell and taste the difference in the  quality of ingredients. The great thing about Nutram’s new line of food is that it is customizable to your dog’s specific needs- but more on this later!

I’m always concerned when a company offers to send us something to review because there’s a decent possibility Bachaesh just won’t like it, and that will be that. I didn’t have to worry with Nutram.

The first time I offered Bachaesh some of Nutram’s Sound Balanced Wellness food, he ate it all right away, and then waited for a second helping!

We have so much to share with you all on this journey, and we will be posting updates often in the coming weeks. Feel free to reach out to us in the meantime if you have any questions about our experience transitioning to Nutram.

Stay up to date with Bachaesh’s progress by following us on Instagram @giveadogaboneblog

 

Barkery Delights: A Love Story

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About four years ago, one of Elaine Rodriguez’ dogs, Girl, was beginning to exhibit the symptoms of old age. At fourteen years old, Girl was losing weight, her hair would fall in large amounts and she began walking less and less. Like many other Dachshund mixes, Girl’s back problems became one of her more prominent concerns.  Vitamins and joint supplement pills were just not cutting it, so Elaine began researching what else she could do to help her beloved Girl have a happier life.

 Elaine’s determination to find a healthier option began much like my own- by reading the ingredient panel of her dog’s food and feeling unsatisfied with the amounts of artificial, chemical and by-product content found in the food.

She began experimenting with healthy homemade food for both of her dogs. Within a week, Girl’s fur was shiny again. She was walking more, and she wanted to do something Elaine hadn’t seen in over a year- play!

Elaine figured that if her dogs were feeling better from eating her homemade natural dog food, why not try making dog treats that were preservative free and had no artificial colours in them as well?

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With this goal in mind, Texas-based Barkery Delights was born.

Elaine began baking up a storm, sharing her creations with neighbours, friends , and of course, their dogs. She honed her baking skills with the help of her doggy taste testers, and her family members who taste the human grade treats for quality assurance.

Elaine was able to extend Girl’s life for another three love-filled years. Elaine kindly shared with me the only photo she has left of Girl after her computer was wiped of its files after a bad virus. It was taken from afar on her last days while she was sleeping.

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“We had lots of pictures of her as she loved to catch bubbles, race with my daughter in the pool swimming, and loved to chase birds away from her back yard.  She really was an amazing dog.”-Elaine Rodriguez

Her adoration of her beloved dog lives on in her business, Barkery Delights.

Elaine was kind enough to send us her three treat options to review.

Barkery Delights’ treats are made with human grade ingredients and natural preservatives. They do not contain any artificial colouring.

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She currently offers Breakfast Parfait, Peanut Butter and Carob (a chocolate-like flavour that is safe for dogs to eat), and Cranberries Medley.

Her treats come in cute parfait tamper-proof containers, and retail for $7.00 US.

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The treats were well received by our pups! They know quality when they taste it.

I love that you can easily see all the goodness in each recipe: cranberries, sunflower seeds, oats.That also means that your dog can enjoy the individual flavours, rather than have it all blended together.

Whether your pup is a peanut butter lover (Xylitol free, of course!), or wants to start the morning off right with a Breakfast Parfait (plain yogurt, cranberries, blueberries, organic granola) Barkery Delights has a homemade biscuit with their name on it.

These treats are truly made with love and with your canine companion’s best interests at heart. At only $7 US ($9.28 CAD) per 6 oz container, these treats are such an affordable way to treat your dog.

Not sure which flavour your dog will love best? You can grab a sample of either for only $2.

Elaine is currently working with Amazon to sell her treats on their site, but in the meantime you can visit her website at www.barkerydelights.com, and visit her on Facebook.


 

Tasty One Ingredient Treats Delivered To Your Door

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There’s nothing worse than reaching for a bag of treats, to reward Fido, only to find the bag empty. You forgot to stop at the Pet Store, again! You’re a busy pet parent- balancing your career and family, making dinner, catching up on the latest episode of House of Cards.  Now you don’t have to remember to make an extra trip on the way home from work. You can have tasty treats delivered to your doorstep, regularly!

Treat and Repeat (a California based company) will be launching in the next two months, and when they do, you better be ready!

We talk a lot about the impact of a simple ingredient panel when making a decision about which treats to share with your furry friends. The simpler the ingredients- the better. Treat & Repeat’s delicious snacks contain a single ingredient only: meaty goodness.

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Treat & Repeat will be offering single ingredient Chicken and Turkey treats to begin with and plan to progress to more flavour options in the future, including nutritious organ meats.

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For only $21.99 US you can have a large tube of these all natural treats delivered to your door. They  also offer free shipping within the US.

I think this is a great idea for the busy pet parents out there. The last thing you want to do with your spare time is spend it in a store when you could be spending it outside playing fetch with your furkid.

Bachaesh really loved these treats and it’s no surprise why- they’re 100% meat. What I really liked about Treat & Repeat’s Turkey treat is that they break into smaller pieces easily, without sharp or jagged edges. When I leave for work in the morning I like to leave some treats for Bachaesh. But I worry that he may choke or hurt himself if the treats are too sharp or tough. I don’t have that concern with these treats.

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I’m really looking forward to Treat & Repeat’s launch, and I hope you’ll check them out on Instagram @TreatRepeat for lots of promotional discounts and contests.

P.S. Those super cool looking treat tubes would be awesome stocking stuffers for your pups next Christmas!

 

 

PupJoy- Tailored Subscription Box

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One thing my dog, Bachaesh, loves is getting mail. When we get packages delivered to the door his tail begins to wag, and he is filled with joy and excitement. That’s why I love subscription boxes for pets…and because it means I don’t have to go on a hunt at the pet store to find him some tasty, healthy snacks.

We recently came across a new subscription box for dogs called Pupjoy. Based in the USA, Pupjoy provides tailored subscription boxes for dogs based on a variety of criteria.

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Prices range from $23 to $44 USD, and Pupjoy ships around the globe. They offer free shipping within the USA and only charge $5 to ship to Canada. The best part: your box leaves their facility within 48 hours of ordering which means you get it fast!

Pupjoy was kind enough to send us one of their Organic boxes to review. We received our box in a matter of days- which I think is the fastest we’ve ever received a subscription box. I really appreciated that Pupjoy sent a tracking code when we registered for our box. Like my dog, I love getting mail and so I like being able to check for status updates on my shipments.

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Bachaesh photobombing the picture.

The first item we received in the box was a piece of naturally shed antler by Billy Wolf.

These antlers are great toys for any dog that loves to chew because they’re incredibly long lasting, odorless, and provide teeth cleaning benefits. You can feel good knowing that no animals were harmed in the harvesting of these antlers as they were naturally shed, and found in the wild. Size small (pictured) retails for $16.

As a puppy Bachaesh would spend hours gnawing away at the antlers we’d give him. It kept him occupied and kept our possessions safe from a curious puppy. I know this antler from Billy Wolf will keep him busy for a long time!

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Next, we received USDA Organic Cheese Pizza treats by Be Pawsitive,which retail for $12.95.

Bachaesh’s favourite treat by far is cheese, so needless to say, these tasty cheese pizza biscuits were a huge hit in our house.

Made with organic ingredients like flax seed, basil, dried tomato and cheddar, these biscuits are full of pizza pizzazz!

They’re also wheat, corn and soy free- perfect if your dog has a food allergy.
Be Pawsitive also helps give back to shelter pets.

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Nobody likes a smelly dog. Ewegurt’s Lemongrass shampoo bar is a fabulous way to keep your furbaby smelling fresh. (It smells soooo good!)

This shampoo bar uses ingredients like sheep’s milk yogurt, coconut oil and essential oils to cleanse your pet’s fur while leaving skin moisturized- no conditioner required.

At $6 a bar, this natural shampoo bar is incredibly affordable. It’s also available in peppermint and lavender.

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Bachaesh can sometimes be a picky eater, especially when it comes to dry biscuits. He usually prefers moist, meaty treats. So, I was pleasantly surprised to find that he really enjoys these gourmet organic dog biscuits from Bo’s Bones.

These cute “Lovin’ Heart” treats have a super short ingredient list- which I love because everything is a familiar ingredient. No fillers or preservatives, and yet they have a year-long shelf life.

They’re made with certified organic whole wheat bread flour, certified organic rolled oats,honey, spring water and free-range chicken eggs.

Simple and delicious. Dog treats shouldn’t be complicated.

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Lastly, Pupjoy sent us this adorable Penguin squeak toy from Fou Fou Dog which retails for $10 USD.  It’s such a cute toy for the winter season, and appears to be fairly durable.

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What I Love

I am very impressed with our Pupjoy box. Despite being shipped from the USA to Canada, our box reached us in record time!

The products in the box were very clearly well thought out and curated, and exceeded my expectations. I love that I can trust Pupjoy’s judgement on what products are healthy and suitable for my dog’s needs- saving me time and money at the pet store where I’d otherwise be reading the ingredient panel of every treat bag on the shelf.

Pupjoy isn’t just a subscription box business. They are committed to bettering the lives of animals in need. They donate 10% of your purchase price directly to your selected animal shelter, or to Animal League-the world’s largest no-kill rescue.

Additionally, Pupjoy donates $2 to fund Care Pack boxes. These are delivered free of charge to recipients undergoing breast cancer treatment, who as a result are severely limited in their means to care for the nurturing dogs by their side. They allow you to designate a recipient with your order.

The Verdict

We LOVE it! I think this may be the best subscription box we’ve come across so far in terms of quality, value, and shipping speed.

Whether your dog has a food senstivity (wheat/protein/corn/soy) or you’re just looking for healthier treat options (natural/ certified organic) Pupjoy has a curated box just for you!

I highly recommend trying  Pupjoy as your next subscription box purchase!

Define Planet

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Most people walk their dog a minimum of once a day, and that means that at least one poop bag gets used per day. Now, multiply that by 365. And then, multiply that by 6.4 million (for the number of dogs in Canada), or 80 million (for the number of dogs owned in the USA). That’s a lot of waste…and not just the poop kind.

But what are your alternatives? Either you leave your dog’s doo-doo and have a disgruntled neighbour to deal with the next morning, or you pick your dog’s poop up with one of those handy plastic bags! But even that’s not a fully viable option. Due to the sheer volume of plastic ending up in landfills everywhere, many communities are seeking to ban plastic bags! It’s already happened in many grocery stores.

What’s an environmentally conscious pet parent to do?!

Where does that leave you when it comes to doing your *ahem* duty as a pet owner?

Toronto-based Define Planet has you covered!

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No matter how big or small your dog is, Define Planet’s poo bags have got you covered! I fit three medium potatoes in this bag easily with room to spare. Trust me, you’re good to go!

I had the sincere misfortune once of attempting to pick up one of my dog’s daily deposits only to have the bag tear and, well, I think you know how the story ends.

From that moment onward I haven’t skimped on quality when it comes to poop bags. If the actual act of cleaning up the poop isn’t the worst part, then it’s definitely the oh-so-gut-heaving aroma that will get you. But fear not, pet parents! Define Planet has some lovely citrus scented bags to help quell that nausea!

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Define Planet’s bags are comparable in size to your standard poo bag, but the similarities stop there. Those thin, non-biodegradable, plastic bags are going head to head with Define Planet’s line of eco-friendly, EPI certified poo bags.

What is EPI? According to the EPI website, “EPI is the developer, licensor and distributor of Totally Degradable Plastic Additives (TDPA®). EPI’s technology has been designed to control and manage the lifetime of products made from the most common plastics used by modern society…TDPA®, when added to PE, PP and PS resins, causes the plastic to degrade at a controlled rate. The shelf life and service life of plastic products incorporating TDPA® can be customized ranging from a few months to years depending on the type and amount of TDPA® added to the plastic resin.” 

So, basically that means that the bags have been designed to degrade after a certain length of time and under certain conditions, at which point the only byproducts remaining will be carbon dioxide, water and biomass.

In addition to these regular bags, Define Planet also carries a compostable line of bags which are completely plastic free, made of certified corn-based materials. They’re also lightly citrus scented and leak proof, and their boxes and cores are made of recycled materials. Awesome!

 

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On top of providing great poop bags, Define Planet is also working hard to support grassroot charities. Currently they support Bigonbeagles.ca, Smilingblueskies.com, safehomeanimalrescue.org and bostonterrierrescuecanada.com They’d love if you’d nominate a charity you think they should support!

Define Planet carries a starter pack (2 rolls of bags and a sturdy, screw-base recycled plastic dispenser), just the DP DIspenser itself (with one roll of 17 bags), Refill Rolls (8 rolls/136 bags per box) and a Bulk Pack ( one big roll of 350 bags in a box dispenser)

Define Planet bags are new to market and will be in stores shortly. We’ll keep you posted when we just exactly where you can find these puppies!

In the meantime, check them out on Facebook! And don;t forget to pick up your dog’s poop next time you’re out– there’s no excuses now, you know exactly where to buy your bags from!

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Tackle the Winter Itch with Help From the Dead Sea

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As the temperature grows colder and the air dryer, we’re preparing for the drying effects that winter has on our pets’ sensitive skin.

Our pups love the snow– they love to play in it, roll in it and even snack on it! But long play times in the cold and the wet can take its toll on sensitive skin. Pepper, the Labrador Retriever, has especially sensitive skin when it comes to moisture. As a Lab, Pepper loves the water – whether she’s swimming in it, or it’s falling from the sky as rain or snow.

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After extended play sessions her skin becomes itchy, and she scratches at it incessantly. To help combat this issue we turned to SOOS, a shampoo for pets that uses two times concentrated minerals from the Dead Sea to soothe irritated skin.

SOOS products are paraben free, sulphate free and contain 97% natural ingredients like coconut oil, green tea, chamomile, tea tree oil, lavender and Vitamin E carefully selected to cleanse your pet’s fur and relax them at the same time. And… they’re cruelty free (no animal testing)!

We tested out two SOOS shampoos; Mineral Rich Mud Shampoo and Anti-Itch Shampoo.

What’s great about these products is that not only are they packed with nutrient-rich ingredients, but they’re safe for use on cats and dogs. If you’re an inter-species household, you’ll appreciate that your shopping list just got a little bit shorter!

The main difference between the two shampoos is their ingredient list. SOOS carries a number of shampoo and conditioner options for just about any skin care issue. Knowing a little about the properties that each natural ingredient is best known for  may help you narrow down which is best for your needs.

Mineral Rich Mud Palette

A few ingredients in Mineral Rich Mud shampoo.

The Mineral Rich Mud has a number of soothing ingredients from coconut and pumpkin seed oil to goat milk, honey and over 71 plant extracts. It also has the highest concentration of Dead Sea minerals and antioxidants out of all of the SOOS products.

Mineral Rich Mud is designed to aid in circulation, provide relief for chronic and irritated skin conditions, hydrate skin and coat, and promote cell detox and regeneration.

SOOS Anti Itch palette

While the Mineral Rich Mud is a good all-around shampoo for prevention and maintenence, the Anti-Itch Shampoo gets right down to the root of the problem (literally) and begins working right away.

SOOS’ Anti-Itch shampoo also has a long ingredient list of mostly natural ingredients aimed at quickly tackling dry and irritated skin, and promoting fast healing. The Anti-Itch shampoo utilizes ingredients such as tree tea oil, lavender oil, chamomile and vitamin E to soothe and cleanse the skin, while not stripping the natural oils from your dog’s coat. The best part is that it is gentle enough for frequent use if need be.

What I Love

The SOOS shampoos smell wonderful. If you’ve read any of my other shampoo reviews you’ll know that I’m very picky when it comes to scents and my dog. SOOS manages to keep their shampoo smelling fresh and natural while not making it overpowering. There’s nothing worse than have an air freshener on four legs walking around your house!

I also noticed less sneezing from Bachaesh after he was bathed with SOOS compared to other highly scented shampoos. Clearly he prefers the subtlety of SOOS’s scents as well.

It works. It’s not overly frothy when lathered, but that doesn’t affect its ability to do its job. Bachaesh’s thin, wispy Yorkie fur was thick and fluffy after using SOOS, unlike some other shampoos that have left it looking stringy.

I even found myself testing it out on my own hair while vacationing when I realized I had forgotten to pack my own shampoo. It left my hair feeling clean and free of residue. Mo also told me later that night that he really liked the smell of my new shampoo! So there you go. SOOS- great for your pets, great for your love life!

The Verdict

I would definitely turn to SOOS again in the future for any of my dog’s skincare needs, and recommend to other pet owners who find themselves dealing with a skincare issue.

I really like how much care SOOS has taken in choosing their product’s ingredients and making them as natural as possible. The fewer chemicals being absorbed into my pup’s skin the better!

While the 250ml bottles do get a little pricey at between $17 and $20, I think they are worth the price. We don’t excessively bathe our dogs so I can see a 250ml bottle lasting us quite a reasonable amount of time.  The plus side of the smaller bottles is also that they take up less space than those huge bulk containers of shampoo, and they also allow you to try various scents without having to commit to one for a long time.

I am quite pleased with SOOS, and will be trying more of their products in the future.

If you’d like more information on SOOS, you can visit their website here.