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2014 Holiday Gift List for Dogs & Their People PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Tuesday, 25 November 2014 00:00

We love the holidays! This is the time of good will, great products and cool weather. We've had an entire year to choose our picks for the holiday season. These are a few of our favorite items that we know you and your "big dogs" will love. From outerwear to rugged toys, especially for the "big dog" in the world.

This year, we’re focusing on keeping pets warm and entertained during Snowmageddon. So, without further ado, here are our holiday picks for 2014.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 19:46
The New Cargo Liner from #SeatCovers4Knines PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Friday, 21 November 2014 00:00

One of the challenges we all face is transporting our pets without coming back in a vehicle covered in fur. The 4Knines Cargo Liner is perfect for protecting your truck from fur and claws and any other manner of doggy disasters.

We tried one out on our Mitsubishi Montero and wish we’d had it years ago. Not only does it class up your SUV, it keeps your pets from scratching up the back bumper when they jump in.

This is a very easy-to-use cover. Simply roll it out in the bed of your truck. The extra padding makes it a favorite with pets, and the non slip backing keeps it in place no matter how you drive! They also include reinforced adjustable headrest straps with clips to make the install super simple.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 November 2014 17:50
PetsGEEKly: A look at the Neato Robotic Vacuum PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 00:00

Sometimes, I get a product in and no matter what I write, I really can’t find the words to explain how much I love something. The Neato Botvac 80 Robot Vacuum self-cleaning vacuum is one such product. With outstanding filtration and maneuverability, the Neato allows you to maintain clean floors without lifting a finger.

The Neato Botvac 80 Robot Vacuum is equipped with cleaning brushes that allow it to agitate and lift stubborn dirt and clingy pet hair. Its powerful suction motor then lifts what the brushes have loosened. It travels in a unique pattern to ensure it doesn’t miss a spot and is very different than iRoomba’s “randomized” pattern or other vacuums “back and forth” patterns. The NEATO system is very intuitive, intelligent and almost scary at how smart it is.

The Neato Botvac 80 utilizes a laser-guided navigation system to clean a room. It glides from bare floors to low-pile carpeting without any fuss, and it easily navigates around obstacles without “crashing” into them.

This is an ideal system if you have a lot of “nooks” that animals can get into and leave hair behind (such as the bed) and if your cat accidentally leaves her “mouse toy” behind the chair, you can trust the Neato to avoid it via nifty laser navigation. The pattern looks a lot like this:

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 November 2014 14:43
Blended Pet Families PDF Print E-mail
Written by Laura Scott Schaefer   
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 00:00

Kids and parents aren’t the only ones becoming part of blended families through marriage.  Our dogs often get new furry siblings too, which can be a big adjustment!

So how did my two rescue dogs with opposite personalities integrate with each other, along with a couple of rabbits, hamsters and frogs in the mix? Time, patience and positive reinforcement, just like in our own good human relationships. I am still not certain who trained whom but we got to a good place, humans and pets, in our new blended family. And you can too!

Manage Expectations

Don’t expect much from the first interaction. People don’t like pressure and neither do dogs.

My dog, Crumbles, was a nervous wreck even before another dog came on the scene. (He even narrated a kids’ chapter book about it called The Crumbles Chronicles: Battle of the Paper Bags).

Let the dogs meet outside in neutral territory so they can sniff, walk away, be aloof, sniff some more or whatever it is that makes them get a sense of each other. You may not be able to tell if they like or dislike each other at first. That’s okay - it’s like a first date. Positive tone and praise will help when they meet each other.

Tropiclean Gel Reduces Plaque #SmoochUrPooch PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Monday, 17 November 2014 00:00

I have two fears in my life: Vampires and dentistry.

I’ve mostly overcome my fear of vampires and I even write novels that have vampires in them (see Shepherd's Moon for a fun read!). But I have never overcome my fear of dentistry and in fact, the fear is getting stronger. My pets join me in this fear and I’m sure I’ve made their fear worse because I get so stressed out when we visit the vet for dentals.

So, brushing my pets teeth is important. I get that. But I have a lot of animals and it takes a very long time to convince them to let me put my hand in their mouth. I think a lot of people are like me in this regard.

So, we use alternative methods to keep our pets teeth in great shape. These include chews, toys, water additives and Tropiclean Fresh Breath Plaque Remover Pet Clean Teeth Gel.

Tropiclean developed their dental system for people like me. People who hate to visit the dentist, whose pets don’t have the luxury of a dental every month because we can’t afford it. People who love their pets and want to do everything they can to care for them.

Last Updated on Monday, 17 November 2014 15:58
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