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Hilarious Target Ads

26 Jun

Really cute Target ads for animal lovers. I think all of us can relate to the dog video. Bailey started barking when she heard the door bell ring – she just couldn’t help herself.

Staying Cool this Summer

18 Jun

With Summer Solstice upon us this week, the days are definitely heating up. Heading out for a jog with Bailey requires a little more planning to make sure her paws don’t get burned on the road – or worse – she gets dehydration. Although it’s nice to take our walks anytime during the day – especially with Bailey’s unexpected burst of energy – being out in the blistering heat is no fun for pets or their parents.

In Northern California, temperatures have already reached 108 and summer’s just beginning. It’s important that Bailey and I stay active this summer, so here are some tips that help my fur baby stay cool.

  1. Try to exercise with your dog before sunrise or after sunset to avoid the hottest parts of the day. I prefer taking Bailey on her longest walk or jog in the early morning to try and drain her energy for the remainder of the day.
  2. Use a Cooling Dog Collar on walks if you have to take your dog out when it’s warm. KoolCollar is a frozen collar that drips cool water down your pooches core to help heat dissipate. You can find several other cooling dog products here.
  3. Make sure to have water available if you’re out on the town with your pup, or going for an afternoon walk. I love our portable water bowl, the Instant Dog Drinker. It’s also great to take to dog parks!
  4. Summertime is a great excuse to plan water activities for the family. Whether it’s setting up a baby pool in the backyard, turning on the sprinklers or heading to the lake, you and your dog is sure to burn off some energy playing in the water. If you have a Labrador, the only problem may be getting them out of the water. Click here to learn about common water toxins to make sure your pets are safe.
  5. Grooming and flea prevention are important especially in the summertime. Make sure your pet has flea protection during the summer and doesn’t get wet after two days of applying. Also, you can prevent dry and cracked paws by using PawGaurd Wax with Lanolin to protect against hot pavement and moisture pads during the dry weather.

We hope the help you stay cool this summer. If you have other tips or products you love, please let us know!

Man’s Best Friend

16 Jun

In honor of Father’s Day, we can’t forget the important role a human dad plays in a dog’s life – especially one as active as the Labrador. This sporting breed, or better known as a gun dog, is a certainly a man’s type of dog. They’re athletic and love to swim, run, play catch and retrieve. And, Bailey certainly has the energy for all the above in one day! She is an active family member and a trusted companion. Its no wonder dogs are known as man’s best friend.

Old Drum, the dog who inspired the catchphrase “man’s best friend,” might have been a Foxhound, but he was a sporting breed all the same. Thankfully, times have changed since 1870, but the relationship between man and dog have not. Below are the top ten reasons Bailey loves spending time with her master.

Top 10 reasons Bailey loves her Dad

  1. He is the one who feeds me dinner during the week when mom is at work.
  2. He doesn’t count how many treats I get a day.
  3. He plays tug better than mom.
  4. He runs faster than mom.
  5. He roughhouses with me.
  6. He gives me belly rubs & knows exactly where to rub my ears.
  7. He gives me kisses on my nose. (I really like those.)
  8. He doesn’t use a baby voice – I’m 3 now.
  9. He treats me like a dog, not a baby.
  10. I don’t hurt him as easy as mom.

While Bailey is definitely a mama’s girl, she is devoted to both her masters. And let’s be honest, sometimes she just loves being a crazy Labrador with her dad.

Bailey and I wish all the dad’s out there with furry babies a Happy Father’s Day!

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Easter Sunday Playtime

31 Mar

Bailey had a fun time playing with her Easter presents today. We hope everyone had a wonderful Easter Sunday.

Doggie Days During Winter

3 Dec

This past week was non-stop rain here in California.  Not only was the rain pouring down so hard that the streets were flooded, but the winds reached 40+ MPH, leaving it near impossible to brave the weather for quick walk – and by Bailey’s standards not even to potty. As each day past this week, we patiently waited for a break in the clouds, but our four-legged princess absolutely refused to get her paws wet in the rain (and yes, she is a Labrador who loves water). Bailey stubbornly glues her body to the indoor funground and struggles with all her might, refusing to take one step in the rain.

Needless to say, cabin fever has set in for both of us, which left me thinking what will I do with princess Bailey for the next several months to make sure she gets enough exercise and stays stimulated during these wet dog days of winter?

Below are a few ideas that have worked in the past and that we’ll be taking advantage of this season – actually, as soon as later this week when the next storm is expected!

  1. Doggie Daycare: Several pet hotels have indoor areas for small and large dogs and offer a day pass for up to eight hours of play. On average these cost $20 – $40 per day. You’ll need to call to make a reservation and ask about drop off hours. You’ll need to provide proof your pooch is vaccinated and conduct any temperament screenings needed. However, this can be a great option for your pup to burn off some energy.
  2. Use Your Garage: If you want to create your own indoor play area, turn your garage into a safe space for Fido to romp around.  There will be lots of new smells and a good size area for your pooch to run around.
  3. Have a Doggie Play Date: There’s nothing better than another dog to help burn off some energy. Have a play date at your house or a friend’s to change-up the scenery for your dog. This of course greatly depends on your dogs size and manners – I fear Bailey would never be welcomed back!  However, I’d gladly take her to our dog walker’s house for a day sit.
  4. Go for a Drive: Our Bailey loves the car. She gets so excited and exhausts herself looking out the window, wondering where she’s going. Whether it’s letting her come along to run errands or just to get out of the house, a simple car ride works like a charm.
  5. Visit the Pet Store: A guaranteed pet friendly place is the pet store! If you’re looking for an easy way to get your pup out of the house and to meet some friends, go shopping.
  6. Pamper your pooch with a spa day: Whether you send your furry baby to the spa, or create one at your house – grooming and pampering your pooch is a great way to keep them entertained. Even though Bailey hates the rain, she loves a warm bath and quality time lathering her up!
  7. Play “Find It”: Exercising the mind is a great substitution for physical play. Nothing gets Bailey thinking harder than a good game of “find it.” We make sure she’s not peaking, and hide treats throughout the living room for her to seek and find. Thankfully, this game never gets old and can be hours of fun!
  8. Tug o’ War: Tug is one of Bailey’s favorite games. Although it might take a toll on your arms, it’s a great workout for you and your pooch.
  9. Smash Ball: We’ve recently started playing smash ball in the house. If you try this in your home, you’ll want to make sure there is nothing breakable nearby. We use a regular tennis ball and throw it against our living room wall. Bailey loves chasing after it and trying to catch the ball in her mouth after it hits the wall. I think we came across this game by accident. 🙂
  10. Head to the Snow: If all else fails, head to the snow and let your pooch have some fun. We’re looking forward to introducing Bailey to the snow this year! Thankfully, the two-hour drive will be enough to tire her out if our first attempt isn’t successful.  Until then, we’ll be using many of the tips above to burn off some of her endless energy!

We hope you and your furry babies stay warm and dry during these wet winter months ahead. Let us know if you have any other tips to try.

Fashion On The Go

6 Sep

Whether you’re headed to the dog park or out for a weekend getaway, there are a few essentials every furry baby needs – and why not make sure you both are hitting the town in-style. As active (and destructive) as Bailey is – I never leave the house without a few staples, just in case we run into trouble.

Here are a few of our favorites to make sure we are both fashionable and prepared on the go.

  • Eco-chic b. Happybags:  This adorable bag is large, comfortable and good for the environment. It’s made out recycled water bottles, which makes it extremely durable and soft. It’s machine washable and comes in a variety of colors and designs.
  • Excel Ear Cleansing Pads: These pads are compact and easy to use. Bailey is not always cooperative with her ears, but doesn’t seem to mind these small wipes. You never know when water, dirt or slobber at the dog park might come into play.
  • Neosporin: Too much rough housing during playtime, hot asphalt, or a nip at the park can happen anytime. We always carry Neosporin with us.
  • Gentle & Tearless Vanilla Milk & Honey Wipes: A good wipe down after playing outside keeps everyone clean before getting in and out of the car – or entering the house.
  • Cynthia Rowley Towel: If there is water around, Bailey will find it. Whether diving into a mud bath, pouncing in a puddle or rolling on fresh dew – she’s there.  Thankfully, our Cynthia Rowley towel is highly absorbent, quick drying and lightweight.
  • Pinch Collar & Leash: We never leave the house without it! This is the ONLY way we can walk Bailey – it’s a lifesaver.
  • Extra Collar: You never know what Fido might get into… and a quick collar change might be needed if there’s mud or water involved.
  • Long Lead Rope Leash: Bailey’s not off-leash ready just yet. Our long lead rope gives her a little extra freedom if we find a quiet and open space (and Bailey is in her calm state).
  • John Paul Pet Full Body & Paw Wipes:  No one wants a smelly doggie around. Bailey is notorious for following her nose and rolling around in scents. Body wipes are a great quick fix.

What are your essentials that keep your pooch happy while away from home?

Dog Park Caution Tails

31 Aug

Dog parks are a wonderful way to get outside and exercise your dog, while also socializing them. Without our local dog parks, Bailey would never be able to sprint full speed ahead or meet other furry friends. They’ve definitely provided many wonderful afternoons (and a tired out pooch), but we’ve learned not every dog park is a safe place to romp around.

Not to sound like an over protective dog mom, but – it’s not Bailey I’m worried about – it’s the other dogs … and irresponsible owners … and unmaintained parks.  As State Parks and recreational services continue to diminish, there are several precautions pet owners should take before considering if Fido should go out and play.

Here are some photos and tips to consider for a safe and fun trip!

We hope you enjoy your trips to the dog park as much as we do! Below are other related posts you may want to read:

Ilovedogfriendly.com: 10 Tips for Your First Trip to a Dog Park

DogGeek.com: Dog Park Etiquette

DogGeek.com: Dog Park

New campaign emphasizes importance of dog health at off-leash parks

blogpaws Wordless Wednesday

22 Aug

Life is better with Baileys! #wordlesswednesday

Check out Wordless Wednesday Worldwide Wags here.

Man’s Best Friend

15 Jun

In honor of Father’s Day, we can’t forget the important role a human dad plays in a dog’s life – especially one as active as the Labrador. This sporting breed, or better known as a gun dog, is a certainly a man’s type of dog. They’re athletic and love to swim, run, play catch and retrieve. And, Bailey certainly has the energy for all the above in one day! She is an active family member and a trusted companion. Its no wonder dogs are known as man’s best friend.

Old Drum, the dog who inspired the catchphrase “man’s best friend,” might have been a Foxhound, but he was a sporting breed all the same. Thankfully, times have changed since 1870, but the relationship between man and dog have not. Below are the top ten reasons Bailey loves spending time with her master.

Top 10 reasons Bailey loves her Dad

  1. He is the one who feeds me dinner during the week when mom is at work.
  2. He doesn’t count how many treats I get a day.
  3. He plays tug better than mom.
  4. He runs faster than mom.
  5. He roughhouses with me.
  6. He gives me belly rubs & knows exactly where to rub my ears.
  7. He gives me kisses on my nose. (I really like those.)
  8. He doesn’t use a baby voice – I’m 2 now.
  9. He treats me like a dog, not a baby.
  10. I don’t hurt him as easy as mom.

While Bailey is definitely a mama’s girl, she is devoted to both her masters. And let’s be honest, sometimes she just loves being a crazy Labrador with her dad.

Bailey and I wish all the dad’s out there with furry babies a Happy Father’s Day!

Video: Bailey’s Chewing Time Lapse

12 Jun

Nothing makes Bailey happier than settling down with her rawhide retriever rolls. It provides at least 30 minutes to an hour of stimulation for her and quiet time for me!

Rawhide Rolls provide several benefits:

  • They help prevent and remove tartar build up
  • They massage your dog’s gums
  • They help prevents destructive chewing by satisfying their need to chew

It’s important to always supervise your dog after giving them a hide, or any bone. Small pieces should be taken away to prevent choking and should not be swallowed.

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