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The ClickIt Utility Harness: Crash-tested for pets PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 17:44

There was a time in my life when I just loaded my dogs in the back of my SUV (and worse, the back of my pickup truck). Like many people, I didn’t know back then the danger my actions put my pets in until I was in an accident and I had 200+ lbs of dog propelled towards the front of the vehicle. Luckily, no one was injured, but it was a big wake up call for me...

Its happening less frequently, but it still occurs: people placing their small dogs on their lap while they drive (pardon the graphic image, but that action essentially turns your dog into an airbag), letting their pets crowd to the front of the car in an effort to reach the front seat (creating a HUGE distraction for drivers) and allowing their pets to wander in the back of pickups and SUVs (which can propel them forward towards you and the window at outrageous speeds if you have to stop quickly).

Over the years, we’ve all become more aware of the importance of keeping our pets safe while traveling. But, we’re all still on a learning curve when it comes to selecting the safest harnesses, crates and other travel gear.

Fortunately, we have some companies taking the lead on crash testing and safety while on the road. At no time is that more important than during the holidays. SleepyPod is one of those companies...

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 December 2014 20:21
Photographer Central Changes the Way You Take Photos PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Monday, 08 December 2014 00:00

The holidays are upon us and that means many will be seeking out reputable photographers to take family photos with pets. Photographer Central is changing the way that you do this by simplifying the search process, while providing specially designed search results and individual profiles to help you find the perfect photographer for your family.

We recently gave it a try and were able to locate a photographer in our area who specializes in action shots of people and their pets, in a price range we could afford. We also wanted a photographer to have enough experience to accommodate us for an “official” family photo, so we filtered our search to include photographers who work in a studio environment, but also know the intricacies of photographing pets (and have the patience to do so). Finally, we narrowed the results to find the right photographer to create the perfect head-shot for the back cover of my next novel (very much needed since mine are now 20+ years old!).

Last Updated on Monday, 08 December 2014 00:17
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 Tuesday, 02 December 2014 17:54
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 Friday, 28 November 2014 16:48
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
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