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Luggage for your Dogs: A look at the Mountain Smith K9 Cube

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Once, while on a camping road trip thru Colorado with my two wolf hybrids, my friend and I arrived at my very remote camping spot to find my dogs had consumed the steaks we had so looked forward to eating that night. Somehow, they had managed to lift the lid of my cooler and help themselves to a five-star meal, while I ended up eating Top Ramen in the desert at 8 pm.

Traveling with pets offers a number of logistical issues you often need to overcome. Dogs are usually able to get their snouts into any of your belonging. Which is why we were thrilled to look at some organizational items designed specifically for life on the road with your pets. Whether you camp, compete in dog sports, or just enjoy a day at the dog park, you’ll find something you’ll love in these modular hauler systems!

The Mountainsmith K9 Cube Dog Pack is a way of organizing your items into individualized, removable pockets. It helps to keep your food away from your pets’ food, toys away from the dog, and easy access to emergency supplies (like first aid kits, or – say, treats…)

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Is it Too Hot For Spot?

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It’s summertime here in the den of the pack leader. With desert temperatures soaring well into the hundreds, it’s become our very important mission to educate others on the dangers of keeping pets in hot cars and walking them over hot pavement. This time of year, the streets are like liquid hot magma and we hate to see any animal burn their paws. But, it happens every day. Whether it’s walking out in the late afternoon to grab the mail, or heading across pavement into the store, it’s too hot for Spot to be walking around out there!

More importantly, it’s FAR too hot to leave a pet in a car for any length of time. This is a given in the deserts of the Southwest, but in the Pacific Northwest or Eastern area of our great country, it may not be so obvious. That’s where this week’s featured product, Too Hot for Spot? Pet Thermometer , comes into play.

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Doggy Baggage

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If you’re looking for a way to carry all the accoutrements you need when going out and about with your canine friend easily and attractively—you have to check out the line of bags from Doggy Baggage.  Featured in PetsWeekly's Holiday Showcase in November 2010 newsletter (if you missed it, you can subscribe here), these bags are sturdy, roomy and extremely cute.

The bag that I got my hands on is the large tote in natural and cranberry with the “Paws&Bones” pattern.  I fell in love immediately - at a cost of only $49.95, how could you not love it immediately?  Besides how adorable the bag looks, and how affordable it is, it has plenty of room (and pockets) on the inside (18”W x 12”H x 6”D) to hold food, water, dishes, your own personal items (for those days when it would be easier just to have everything in one bag), as well as any other larger items you might want to bring along.

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Sleepypod Air

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sleepypod airAs most of you know, I’ve always been a fan of Sleepypod’s products. They do one thing and they do it well. Make perfect pet beds. Our first review was on the SleepyPod, and now they have the Sleepypod Air. This carrier is more than your average carrier.  It’s something that will revolutionize in-cabin pet travel. The Air adapts to your situation. It can be strapped to a pullman, stored under the seat, safely strapped into a seatbelt, or just carried. On top of that, it folds completely flat with just a flick of the wrist so when you’re not using it, it’s out of sight.

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The Buddy Bowl

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Have you ever had a dog who thought their water dish was a toy?  No matter what you seemed to try, no matter what bowl you used, no matter how much you Velcroed it to the floor, they still managed to tip it over, spilling the water all over the place.  Maybe you’ve even tried some other “spill-proof” bowl, only to end up with the same results as before—you mopping up water again.

You need to try the Buddy Bowl.  I personally performed extensive testing on the Buddy Bowl to see for myself if the “spill-proof” claims were true.  I shook and dropped it every which way I could think of, and it never spilled more than a tiny splash or broke open.  The splash only happened when I tipped the Buddy Bowl completely upside down in a rapid motion, and I only used half of a paper towel to clean it up—no mopping!

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