West Marine Kicks Off The Dog Days of Summer Contest!

West Marine, the world’s largest waterlife retailer, recently kicked off its “Dog Days of Summer” social media contest. Starting July 29 and ending September 2, West Marine is honoring the water-loving dogs in our lives. They are looking for pictures of pooches enjoying the breeze on the bow, taking a nap on the dock, playing in the waves or riding along on stand-up paddleboards.

While my own dogs hate the water, I think this is such a cute idea! I know a lot of families bring their fur babies on the boat with them, because I’ve been seeing them all over Facebook and Instagram this summer!

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Five $100 Gift Cards to Winning Pooch Photos

To enter, post your photos through Instagram or Facebook facebook.com/westmarine. Each week during the contest period West Marine will select a winning photo and the entrant will receive a $100 West Marine gift card that can be used to outfit your furry friend, your boat or yourself! How fun is that?!

Contest Dates: Photo entries can be submitted between Tuesday, July 29 and Tuesday, September 2. Winners will be selected Tuesday, August 5, 12, 19, 26, and September 2.

Entry Process: Photos can be submitted through Instagram or Facebook. To enter on Facebook, post pictures towww.facebook.com/WestMarine with hashtags #dogdaysofsummer and #westmarine. To enter on Instagram, tag uploaded photos to WestMarineInc, with hashtags #dogdaysofsummer #westmarine.

Judging Criteria: Judges are looking for cute, fun photos of dogs enjoying life on or near the water. (Note: The dog in the photo doesn’t need to be owned by the entrant, but the entrant should have the rights to entered photos.)

Winner Notification: Winners will be contacted via the social media channel which the photo was submitted to. Electronic gift card will be sent by email.

How Your Pets Can Give You “You” Time

Aside from training, pets need both physical and mental exercise. Whether the former consists of putting them out the back door or going for a 3 hour hike, pets, like humans, will be lazy if you let them. So, why not kill two birds with one stone and set aside some time every day to spend with your pet. Sounds odd, but it’s the perfect excuse to get away from your phone, from the telly, from Facebook and from everything else demanding your attention. This article suggests you should “Be the person your dog (pet) thinks you are.” How does your pet see you? Are you the stressed out woman giving the tellybox in the corner all the attention, or are you the attentive owner who enjoys playing fetch as much as they do?

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There are many benefits to spending quality time with your pet, aside from building a strong relationship with them. Pets are natural mood enhancers, so just being with them can help the stresses of your day ebb away. They help with keeping blood pressure and heart rate in check, as well as helping owners fight depression. Having another creature rely on you and love you without question is truly a gift, so they really do deserve your time. Children who grow up in a house with a cat or dog tend to have less allergies and stronger immunity against, oddly, things like asthma. Then of course, there’s the obvious. Taking your dog (or cat!) for a walk daily works wonders for your health, in terms of fitness, bone strength, flexibility and getting some fresh air into your lungs.

Essentially, there are way more pros than cons when it comes to getting a pet, just make sure to take the time to let them work their magic with your life. Pets aren’t for ignoring, they are a member of the family! Take advantage of their need for attention, and use it to get some much deserved “you” time, whether that be going for a walk, teaching them tricks in the garden or even just having a cuddle in front of Lady and the Tramp!

Purina Waggin’ Train Treats Are Doggy Approved! #getemwaggin

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Anyone who knows me knows that I love my dogs. Of course I love my cats too, but dogs are just so much more…affectionate! I love giving Foxy, Bailey and Toby treats because they are so sweet and bring me so much happiness – it’s just a little way to give them back some of the happiness that they bring into our lives. I am always looking for new dog treats to give the pups, so when I learned about the new Purina Waggin’ Train Treats, I was really excited to try them out! Let me clarify: I was excited to let the dogs try them out.

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The problem with dog treats is that it can be hard to figure out what is healthy for your dog – sure, they might like the taste of a new treat, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it is good for them! Purina’s Waggin’ Train Treats are made with sinle-sourced, natural ingredients, so you can feed them to your furbabies without worrying!

All of Purina’s Waggin Train Treats are made with care and quality tested, and I can tell you from experience that these 100% high-quality, simple, and real treats will get your dog’s tails waggin’…or in Bailey’s case – jumping for joy!

Seriously, it is impossible to get a decent photo of the three of these guys all together with them doing what I want them to do. They get way too excited when they see dog treats!

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There are a few varieties of Purina Waggin’ Train Treats available in stores, and I found them pretty easily! The Jerky Duos contain 100% real chicken and sweet potatoes and the Chicken Jerky tenders contain 100% real chicken with a hint of brown sugar. Don’t they sound delicious?

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Even Tarzan thought they smelled good! Whenever I give the dogs treats, the cats immediately come running, they never want to be left out!

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Don’t worry, I didn’t give the cats any of these treats – they’re just for the dogs!

Now, we all know that doggy treats are an important part of your pet’s day, but it can be tricky knowing just how much and how often your dog should have treats. Foxy is quite the flabby pooch and her weight is something that we are working on. I want to be able to give her (and the other dogs) treats but obviously we can’t overdo it! You can check out the Get Em Waggin’ page and check out Purina’s helpful Treating Guidelines - and take a look at this helpful infographic!

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I always thought that Bailey and Toby should only have one treat a day because they’re little dogs (they’re both Shelties), but now I know that because they are over 20 lbs, I can give them two a day!

As you can imagine, Toby was very excited to hear this news!

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Foxy, Bailey and Toby were all very pleased with the new Purina Waggin’ Train Treats and I plan on buying them from now on. I love that they are a little more chewy so the dogs don’t just chomp them down like they do smaller treats. It makes me feel like I am giving them something more substantial as a treat, like a little snack!

Foxy liked hers so much that she even licked the floor when she was done eating!

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Win A Walmart Gift Card!

Click through to the Waggin Train Treats page on Walmart.com, watch our Get Em Waggin video and enter to win a Walmart gift card, so you can treat you pet right!

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Cat Fight Caturday!

This is Hazel.

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We have had Hazel for almost three months and what a sweetheart she has turned out to be!

She is so sweet and friendly, and I don’t know how this happened, but Tarzan and Gizmo love her!

Most of the time, they snuggle together and play….but then sometimes Hazel gets a little rambunctious…

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And won’t settle for just hanging out and snuggling.

Instead, Hazel wants to play.

A LOT.

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She doesn’t always win…

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Perhaps it’s the crazy cat lady in me talking, but I think Hazel just might be the most adorable kitten ever.

EVER!!

She’s fluffy and soft, which makes her a prime snuggle buddy. She’s sweet and playful, which makes for interesting mornings spent with her attacking my toes beneath the covers.

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Also…did I mention that she’s adorable?

Because she totally is!

She even gets along with Foxy…

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Protect Your Fluffy Dogs With PetArmor Plus IGR #petarmorprotects

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We have three dogs and until very recently, three cats. People always think that I am crazy for having so many animals, but with only one child, it’s pretty easy to manage a houseful of fur babies! Well, that was until we adopted the newest member of the family, Hazel. We have never had an issue with fleas with any of our pets, but Hazel was a stray and was infested with fleas…which meant that all of our other pets caught her fleas before we were able to get them under control. All I can say is thank goodness for PetArmor Plus IGR!

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All of our dogs are long haired, so it can be very tricky to get the fleas with a normal flea bath. Hazel is also really long haired and we weren’t able to get all of her fleas during her many flea baths!

Unfortunately, she was too young to give any kind of flea medication – we brought her in when she was only four weeks old. So we would wash her, hoping to get all of the fleas…then we would see that all of the pets had fleas again a few days later. She is obsessed with Foxy and is always trying to snuggle with her, and her fleas were apparently jumping ship for fluffier pastures…

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It was time to do something serious to handle the problem before fleas took over the house, and that’s where Pet Armor Plus IGR came in!

I have been using PetArmor Plus IGR on Bailey, Toby and Foxy for almost a month now and it seems that we have the flea problem under control now. I can’t find any fleas on them and they don’t seem to be scratching anymore. {Insert big sigh of relief}

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There are so many flea and tick products on the market, and believe me, as a pet owner, I know that the selection of different flea and tick medication can be really overwhelming, especially when you have more than one pet, like we do. We used to give Foxy a certain medication, but it was SO expensive that when we brought Toby and Bailey into the family, we had to find a less expensive alternative. Oddly enough, it never occurred to me to try PetArmor until this post opportunity came along.

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You may not realize how easily your pets can become infested with fleas, or how easily that same infestation can spread to your home. While talking to our vet the other day, he told me that a single flea can bite up to 25 times in one hour. Have you ever been bitten by a flea? I have and I can tell you, it sucks! I can’t imagine dealing with 25 bites in an hour, every hour…it’s enough to make your dogs miserable! Don’t even get me started on ticks, just the thought of them makes my skin crawl. Not only are they disgusting, but they can cause Lyme disease in humans!

Did you know?

The fleas and ticks on your dog are only a small percentage of the number in the animal’s environment. Fleas and their eggs can live outside in grass, soil and crevices in sidewalks and live inside in rugs and carpets, floor cracks and bedding.

Fleas and ticks multiply at an alarming rate and can threaten human health as well. Fleas can transmit tapeworms while ticks can carry the bacteria that cause Lyme disease. Getting control of these pests is vital and the solutions are easier than ever with PetArmor Plus IGR for dogs.

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About PetArmor Pet Care Products

PetArmor Plus IGR contains fipronil, the No. 1 veterinarian-recommended active ingredient used in FRONTLINE® brand products. It also contains Novaluron, an Insect Growth Regulator (IGR) that kills flea eggs and stops the reinfestation cycle. That is the most important thing (aside from killing fleas themselves) is that it kills flea eggs. Even if you kill all of the fleas during a flea bath or by picking them off with a flea comb, the cycle will begin all over again if you don’t kill the eggs too.

PetArmor Plus IGR is available at Walmart and Walmart.com, PetArmor Plus IGR kills adult fleas, ticks, flea eggs and chewing lice and costs less than FRONTLINE® Plus. To learn more, vist www.petarmor.com.

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Now, you can’t just walk in and grab any box of PetArmor Plus IGR for your pet, and that goes for any kind of medication for your pets – the same is true for humans too!

Before purchasing PetArmor Plus IGR:

  • Buy the right product for your pet’s species – dogs and cats have different medications.
  • Know your dog’s weight – too little won’t work and too much will make them sick!
  • Consider your dog’s age.
  • Don’t split tubes between dogs – one FULL application is needed for each pet!
  • Only apply 30 days following the last flea and tick application.

You can find out more about PetArmor Plus IGR, along with all of the other PetArmor pet care products, at PetArmor.com.

You can also follow PetArmor on Facebook and PetArmor on Twitter to stay up to date on new products and promotions!

Happy Caturday!

I thought I’d drop in during this busy Mother’s Day weekend with a little hello from our newest kitty, Hazel!

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Angeline brought Hazel home from school last month; one of her teachers found Hazel along with her litter mates in a bucket on the side of the road. She had a bacterial infection, worms and fleas, but with help from the vet, we have her nice and healthy now!

I’ll be sure to check in from time to time with new photos as Hazel grows up, but you can follow her on her very own Instagram account if you’d like! It’s @LittleFluffyKitties!

Every Pet Owner Needs a Neato XV Essential #NeatoXVEssential

With three long-haired dogs and now four cats in our home, vacuuming, sweeping and dusting is a daily requirement. You would think that with me working from home, I have all the time in the world to clean the house, but that’s just not the case. There are days when I wake up and have to make the decision; am I going to work today, or clean the house? Lunchbox asked to send me a Neato XV Essential bagless vacuum by Neato Robotics and as I looked around at the dust bunnies gathering in the corners of the living room, I replied with a very excited YES!

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Foxy was also very excited…probably because she’s a little tired of hearing me complain about all of the fur and dander she sheds on a daily basis. Foxy is our ten year old Alaskan Malamute and she’s a total sweetheart, but she requires A LOT of maintenance.

Even when I brush her several times a week, she sheds daily and if I don’t vacuum or sweep up her fur and dander, it spreads all over the house, settling on the furniture, coffee tables and shelves too. Then I have the added task of dusting on top of vacuuming!

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You see, we have all wood laminate flooring in our home, and fur and dander are a lot more obvious on wood laminate flooring than it does on carpet. If I don’t take care of the floors every day, it’s obvious. And embarrassing!

We used to have a robotic vacuum that I used on a daily basis, but during our home remodel a few years ago, parts of it went missing. Life has not been the same without it! One of the reasons I’ve been so excited to try the new Neato XV Essential Robotic Vacuum available at Walmart is that unlike my previous robotic vacuum, the Neato XV Essential is the BEST for picking up pet hair – which is exactly what I need!

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Neato XV Essential Bagless Vacuum Features

Advanced Laser Guided Navigation
This means that your Neato XV Essential moves automatically from room to room, cleaning close to edges, in corners, and carefully around furniture without any assistance from you! It knows exactly where to go so that you can turn it on and let it do its job!
Smart Sensor Technology
The Smart Sensor Technology automatically detects and avoids stairs, and doesn’t bump into furniture like other robots do. As we previously used a different brand of robotic vacuum, I can tell you that this is super helpful – we were pretty tired of scuff marks on our furniture from our old vacuum!
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The Neato XV Essential returns to the charge base and resumes where it left off. The Control Center lets you easily schedule daily cleanings, spot clean, or just push a button for instant cleaning. And since it’s the only robot that you can upgrade as new features become available, your smart robot can get even smarter!
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So what about the actual vacuum capabilities? The Neato XV Essential available at Walmart has the strongest suction available in a robot vacuum, and the blade brush cleans all floor types, but it does offer superior cleaning performance on carpet, so you can rest easy if you do have carpet in your home. It also moves seamlessly from one floor type to another and is smart enough to handle rugs too!

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Neato’s unique square front and low profile design keeps it close to corners and walls for maximum pick-up of dirt, dust, and debris – all without sacrificing suction power. It has a large, bagless dirt bin, making it easy-to-use and environmentally friendly.

The Neato XV Essential has patented Neato BotVision™ that scans and maps the rooms in your home, plans and methodologically cleans instead of just pushing the dirt around. It is a real vacuum, not just a sweeper, so you can be confident that it will actually suction up the dirt, dust and pet hair just like a normal household vacuum. With the one year warranty included, you really can’t go wrong with the Neato XV Essential!

Life – and maintaining a clean home – has never been easier. Now if only Neato would come up with a robotic dog-brusher…

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Even CNET agrees that Neato is the best robotic vacuum for homes with pets!

The Neato XV Essential is available at Walmart and Walmart.com for just $299 right now on RollBack! Walmart is currently even offering free shipping or free ship-to-store service.

Or…you can enter to win your very own Neato XV Essential right here!

Entering is simple, just retweet this Tweet to be entered to win!

Celebrate Grumpy Cat’s Birthday with the #1MMGrumpyFrowns Challenge!

There’s really only one thing Grumpy Cat wants for her second birthday – to spread grumpiness – and this year, that’s exactly what Friskies Party Mix is going to help her do.

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#1MMGrumpyfrowns Challenge

To help spread the grumpiness, Friskies Party Mix is running a super fun “Grumpy” Instagram sweepstakes! They want to collect one million frowns in honor of Grumpy Cat’s special day.

You can enter by taking photos of your cats, either by themselves or with you or another family member, making their best Grump face and share the photos on Instagram with the hashtag #1MMGrumpyfrowns.

I tried to get our cats to make a grumpy face, but what can I say? They’re pretty bratty and wouldn’t sit still. I think they’re too grumpy to even make a grumpy face!

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This was as close as I could get with any of the cats to a Grumpy Face!

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Friskies #1MMGrumpyfrowns Challenge Instagram Sweepstakes ends on April 7, and one incredibly lucky grand prize winner (plus a guest) will receive a 3-day, 2-night trip to New York City to attend Grumpy Cat’s birthday party on April 29!! Ten first prize winners will receive a Grumpy Cat plush toy and 50 second prize winners will receive Friskies Party Mix.

Also…one lucky reader is going to win a Grumpy Cat Party Pack to help celebrate!!

The party pack will include:

5 Birthday Hats
4 Frowns on a Stick (for humans)
2 Frowns on a Stick (for cats)
1 Grumpy Cat Plush
1 Cat Collar and tag (for Grumpy Cat plush – or your cat!)
1 Grumpy Cat Birthday Poster
2 Bags of Friskies Party Mix featuring Grumpy Cat

I did have a really cool package full of all of these goodies to show you guys…but Angeline found it and took most of the goodies. So…you probably know how that goes! When kids see a box full of Grumpy Cat stuff, they just dig right in!

To enter MY giveaway, just leave me a comment with the link to your Instagram photo showing you or your cat’s best grumpy face, and make sure that Instagram photo has the #1MMGrumpyFrowns hashtag! My giveaway ends on April 7th at midnight, so hurry and enter!

ALPO® Knows a Healthy Dog is a Happy Dog

This post brought to you by ALPO® Brand Dog Food. All opinions are 100% mine.

My longtime readers probably know by now that I am a total dog lover. Our three dogs, Foxy, Bailey and Toby, are spoiled rotten! One of the ways we spoil them is by feeding them dog food that they love, like ALPO® Chop House wet dog food with their regular dry dog food. While they would prefer to be fed only wet dog food, both of our little dogs, Bailey and Toby, are Shelties, and an exclusive diet of wet food isn’t so great for their teeth. That’s why the ALPO’s variety dog food are so perfect for us; we can mix them in with their dry dog food occasionally so that they’re still getting a delicious meal that they love, but we don’t have to worry about over doing it!

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When our dogs see the ALPO® Chop House cans, they get so excited! I tried to snap some photos of them jumping around and wagging their tails, but as you can imagine, that’s hard to catch on camera!

Foxy howls her furry little face off every time she sees me grab a can of ALPO®, can you tell how excited she is?

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ALPO® Chop House wet dog food is something that both dogs and their owners can get excited about: great taste, nutrition and variety too!

Every can of ALPO® Chop House wet dog food is 100% balanced, complete with quality ingredients like healthy protein sources, wholesome grains and accents of vegetables. All of these ingredients make a complete and balanced diet for each life stage. So we don’t have to worry about the age difference between the dogs; Foxy is nine, Bailey is four and Toby is three. It’s nice to only have one kind of food to feed all three dogs, instead of sorting through different foods for different ages. With the dogs going crazy every morning and afternoon at mealtime, it’s nice to not have one extra thing to worry about when I am trying to feed them!

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ALPO® dog food helps support a happy, healthy life, a shiny coat, strong bones and teeth. You know what they say, right? 

A healthy dog is a happy dog!

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That means that our dogs are more playful with each other because they feel good!

It’s so funny to watch Bailey and Toby wrestle around and play with each other, they act like puppies together!

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ALPO® Chop House comes in small cuts or finely ground that is great for mixing with dry food. We really like this because it allows us to treat the dogs with wet food but there’s no leftovers, so we don’t have to store any cans in the fridge. ALPO® Chop House 5.5 oz. is a compact can that is also a great mealtime option for smaller dogs!

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When I am feeling lazy and don’t want to mix their food, I feed Bailey and Toby their own can instead of mixing it with dry food. It’s the perfect amount for them! Foxy’s obviously needs more – which is fine because hey also come in 13 ounce cans, which is the perfect size for her (she weighs over 100 lbs).

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ALPO® Chop House 5.5 oz offers flavors that your dogs will love! They have T-Bone Steak Flavored Cuts, Tender Cuts With Lamb, Filet Mignon Flavor, and Rotisserie Chicken Flavored Cuts. I purchased a variety pack so that the dogs could try a few different flavors, and they all seem to like them the same. I don’t think my dogs are too picky when it comes to ALPO®, they love them all!

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Spoil Your Pooch With Luv-A-Pet Care Bears From PetSmart

Everyone knows how I feel about my fur babies, Foxy, Bailey and Toby. They fill my heart with love and fill my house with furballs, and I wouldn’t have it any other way! Well, I would love it if they didn’t shed so dang much, but fluffy dogs = furballs. I’ve accepted that my house will always be a little dusty and fully expect to see a furball under the bookshelf every time I dust it.

As much as I love fostering kittens for the Humane Society, I wish that I could help them with dogs too. Unfortunately, Foxy is far too territorial for me to bring another dog into the house. Luckily, there are other ways we can all help homeless pets, even if we can’t foster or adopt them ourselves!

Until the end of  February Luv-A-Pet™ Care Bears™ Dog Toys will be available at PetSmart and PetSmart.com, and 10% of the purchase price from each Care Bear product goes to PetSmart Charities to help save the lives of homeless pets! So not only can you totally spoil your little poochies with these adorable Care Bears that are specially made for dogs (they even have squeakers inside them!), but every time you buy one this month, you are helping a dog in need! PetSmart sent me a little care package for my own doggies and I was so excited when it arrived!

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I have to admit though, as a child who grew up with Care Bears as my own toys, it felt strange to hand these little Luv-A-Pet Care Bears over to the dogs!

Toby was thrilled when I opened the box and immediately set his sights on that little pink bear!

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He carried it around with him for at least an hour, chewing on it and hitting it with his paw to make it squeak.

As soon as he took a break from playing with it, Foxy took over and staked her claim. I haven’t seen her get so excited about a dog toy since she was a puppy! She’s going to turn 9 in April, so you can imagine it’s been quite a while!

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Bailey was far more concerned with the Blue Be Mine doggy treats that he was the toys.

Bailey is ALL ABOUT the food. Toys are an after thought to him!

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Don’t worry, even though Foxy has claimed our pink Luv-A-Pet Care Bear for her own, Toby still has the little blue guy and a green Care Bear to play with!

He loves to play fetch with the blue one…and of course, chew on its ears!

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You can find a whole assortment of Luv-A-Pet™ Care Bears™ Dog Toys at PetSmart! The ones in this post come in blue, pink, light blue and green, and there are other ones that come in yellow, dark pink, brown and purple!

There are even Luv-A-Pet™ Care Bears™ Plush Mini Dog Toys for your tiny pooches that come in yellow, purple and brown!

Right now you can even save $10 on an online order of $60 or more on PetSmart.com!

The New Swiffer Sweep & Trap is the Pet Lover’s Best Friend! #NewFromSwiffer

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I can’t imagine life without our menagerie of fluffy companions. In the absence of tiny tots running around the house, our cats and dogs bring so much joy into my life! But the downside to all of those fluffy snuggles is that they leave behind a big old mess. Whether it’s Foxy getting into the garbage…

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Or Tarzan and Gizmo just shedding all over the house…

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Or Bailey and Toby having a fur-pulling wrestling match, there is never a shortage of junk to clean up in the Quillen household!

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As you can imagine, I use a lot of Swiffer products around the house. I would be lost without their Swiffer Dusters, dry cloths and wet cloths – I use them in every room in the house to keep the pet hair and dander at bay! When the new Swiffer Sweep & Trap was announced, I knew I had to have it, so I was excited to be asked to do a review here on the blog! 

What is the Swiffer Sweep and Trap?

The Swiffer Sweep and Trap is like the regular Swiffer Sweeper combined with a manual vacuum, specially designed to be used on hard floors. we have wood laminate throughout the house, with the exception of the family room and bathroom, which are tiled. So this is pretty perfect for us. If you have carpet, this won’t be any different for you than the regular Swiffer products – it won’t really work on carpet.

The Swiffer Sweep and Trap uses rotating blades similar to a vacuum cleaner to pick up large particles, which it then flicks into a dirt bin. But at the same time, the attached Swiffer Sweeper dry cloth traps dirt, dust and hair that your regular brooms usually leave behind. It’s pretty genius, it’s like a Swiffer Sweeper and vacuum all in one!

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The Swiffer Sweep & Trap uses the same dry cloths as the Swiffer Sweeper, so you don’t have to start using anything new. It’s lightweight, compact and has an ergonomic handle that is really easy to use.

The rotating blades and dirt bin are easily removed for cleaning and just as easy to reattach. No batteries or power is required so it’s just as quick to use as a broom, but it’ll give you a much better clean because the dry cloths pick up all those tiny particles of dust that brooms always leave behind.

You can see in this picture the hairballs and pieces of leaves that it caught while I was Swiffering the office. Don’t ask how they got in there…with the dogs constantly in and out all day, I’m sometimes surprised by what I find on our floors! At least there aren’t any feathers this time…don’t ask! ha!

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The new Swiffer Sweep and Trap did a great job of cleaning up the floors. After being in Vegas for a week, they were in dire need of cleaning, believe me!

You can pick up your own Swiffer Sweep and Trap at your local Walmart, they are due to hit stores any day now, as they were slated for a mid-January release! You can even try the Swiffer Sweep and Trap risk free, with Swiffer’s fantastic money-back guarantee. You can find out more about that here.

Happy Starts Here with ALPO Funny Dog Videos! #HappyStartsHere

This post brought to you by ALPO® Brand Dog Food. All opinions are 100% mine.

Do you see this adorable little fuzzy face? That’s the baby of our little doggy family, Toby. Toby just turned three years old, and couldn’t be a happier, more well adjusted pup! We spoil Toby rotten (well, we spoil all of our pets rotten, but Toby is the baby of the family!) and I think it shows in that gorgeous, healthy and shiny coat! Part of the way we spoil Toby is buy providing a healthy diet full of nutritious, delicious food – like ALPO®!

#HappyStartsHere ALPO Dog Food

ALPO® wet dog food provides 100% complete and balanced nutrition for all life stages. So while I feed Toby, our baby, ALPO® wet dog food, I can feed the same food to Bailey, who is four years old, and Foxy, who is almost nine years old. It makes life so much easier when I don’t have to worry about which food to feed which dog, and because everyone loves their ALPO® wet dog food, I never have an empty bowl when mealtime is over!

Quality ingredients, like healthy protein sources, wholesome grains and accents of vegetables, contribute to form a complete and balanced diet for each life stage. ALPO® acquires all of the high-quality proteins and essential vitamins and minerals from suppliers who meets Purina’s standards for safety, sanitation and manufacturing, so you can feel confident in what you feed your precious pooches when you feed them ALPO®. You can find out more about the nutritional content of ALPO®’s wet dog food on ALPO.com’s nutrition page.

#HappyStartsHere ALPO Dog food

ALPO® has a motto: A healthy dog is a happy dog. As you can see, our dogs are especially happy! ALPO® wet dog food helps to support a shiny coat, strong bones and teeth so that your dog lives a healthy, happy life!

Toby is such a happy, healthy dog, that ALPO® made a little video about that shiny coat! I got such a laugh out of watching the focus group talk about whether Toby spends all day playing fetch…or licking toes! Check out Toby’s Happy Starts Here Video by ALPO® and I will give you a hint…Toby loves to lick toes!

Think that’s funny? See what else our focus group has to say about our favorite blogger dogs.You really should check out these hilarious videos by ALPO®!

If you can’t get enough of adorable, happy and healthy dogs, follow the ALPO® Instagram page and post your own photos and videos of your dogs using the #HappyStartsHere hashtag! You might recognize this face when you’re browsing the hashtag!

#HappyStartsHere ALPO Wet Dog Food

 

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