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Earth friendly dog toys

Cici has been enjoying these earth friendly new toys and she especially likes the squeaky ones. there is such diversity in the types of toys plus they are just plain fun and doggie mamas and papas can feel good about the ingredients that they are made with and how they are made. Affordable too. Every day is dog day, right.

 

Cici’s ears really perked up when she heard more about them.

 

CiCi

 

These Honest Pet Products dog / cat toys are all organic, all natural toys, your dog’s best friend. for him/her to carry around and snuggle with, fetch, chew, and play with. made from organic wool, canvas, heavy rope, etc. Machine washable and dryable.
Non-toxic! Lead-free! Chemical-free! naturally anti-microbial and anti-bacterial so they are healthier and safer for dogs.  with various prices and sizes Each one is made by adults with disabilities in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

 

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http://honestpetproducts.com/index.php

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Cats and cows and bells, oh my

The thing about both of these products are they are both equally good for use when traveing with your pet and at home. You can take them along with you on a trip, no muss, no fuss.

And these toys are just so doggone cute. Cici has been very gentle with chewing hers up, too… She has received the cat and the elephant and we have been playing tug of war with the cat. I have not allowed her to just chew it up on her own because it’s just so darned cute and it has a squeaky inside.  Kinda fragile, unlike most dog toys, but one of our favorites.  When you get one, be sure to supervise your dog so that they do not swallow the squeaky or other stuffing.

The Monkeez Makes a Difference pet toys feature a wide-variety of squeaky characters, including cats, alligators, monkeys, cows, dogs, elephants, frogs and dog bones. Each toy retails for $7.49.

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In addition to pet toys, Monkeez Makes a Difference features kid-friendly
toys and tools that teach children to give back, including the best-selling
Genuine Monkeez and FriendsT plush characters, online games, real-life Do
Good challenges and a special 10% donation on each child’s behalf to one of
three nationally renowned charities of his or her choice including Best Friends Animal Society.

“There are so many children, families and animals in need not only around
the world, but in our own communities,” Chrysti Carol Propes, director
of Monkeez Makes a Difference says. “Parents are looking
for ways to teach the values of thinking of others and believing every
person can make a difference, and Monkeez Makes a Difference fulfills that
need in a unique and interactive way. On behalf of the entire Propes family,
we believe that even though they may be small, kids can make a big
difference and by creating opportunities like Monkeez Makes a Difference, we
can instill philanthropic values to last a lifetime.”

There are more than 90 plush designs in multiple sizes to choose from, including monkeys, owls, bears, lions, dogs, cats, pigs, cows, octopuses, panda bears, kangaroos, turtles,
koalas, alligators, hedgehogs, elephants, hippos, zebras, frogs, bunnies and
raccoons. Each specially marked character comes with a unique online game
activation code on the tag.

For more info, go to:  http://b2c.monkeezandfriends.com/category/149-dog-toys.aspx

Another adorable product is the PoochieBells®, the original dog doorbell… It is a training tool. Cici is already potty/house trained, she is six years old. And I could see where the Poochie Bells could be a very useful tool for a dog / puppy who is learning and maybe not vocal nor persistent about their needs. All you have to do is train them to touch the bells to alert you that they want to go outside. Of course, hang the bells onto the door and voila. Instant alarm system. What I like about them is they are pretty, useful, and the bells have a nice sound and there are enough of the bells so that you would definitely hear them go ring a ding ding… but in a nice way.

Each PoochieBell comes with simple, clear training instructions.

PoochieBells are for any age, size or breed.

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http://www.poochie-pets.net/Training.html

http://www.poochie-pets.net/

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a very doggie holiday

Tis the season to be a dog… well, that is year round… but this holiday season, below are some fun activities and dog friendly places to enjoy with your number one best friend.

Have a dog Christmas Eve or Chanukah party! Invite all your friends and their dogs over. While you and your friends enjoy fresh-baked holiday treats and cookies, egg nog and/or hot chocolate, your dog and her furry friends can munch on peanut butter dog biscuits. Do a Secret Santa Paw Pal type gift exchange… ask friends to bring a dog toy for their favorite paw pal.

Take your dog to visit Santa! S/he may have been naughty or nice and have her own wish list. Plus, she’ll enjoy the fun of meeting Santa and you’ll get a photo of your pooch on Santa’s lap to cherish and send to loved ones!

Listen to holiday music, sing songs, go Christmas carolling with your dog and give out dog treats and cookies to your neighbors.

Kosher dog cookies?

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http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/holiday-gift-guide-2012/chanukah-gift-guide-2012-gallery-1.1212617?pmSlide=7

http://www.squidoo.com/dogchristmas

Dog friendly places to take your dog for the holidays

Carmel

http://www.sfgate.com/travel/undercovers/article/Hofsas-House-Carmel-Clean-comfort-at-great-value-2339756.php

Idyllwild

http://idyllwildtowncrier.com/2012/11/27/opinion-a-4-legged-christmas-wish-list/

Mendocino

MacCallum House, Little River Inn, Stanford Inn, all great places to stay

http://dogtime.com/ten-signs-a-bed-breakfast-has-tlc-true-love-for-canines.html

Newport Beach

From large Huskies to tiny Chihuahuas, every dog imaginable is welcomed in what many describe as the “Canine Coast.” With pet-friendly accommodations, stores, beaches and parks, Newport Beach is the ideal destination for a holiday getaway with your pet Fido, Fifi, Bolt or Lassie.

http://www.visitnewportbeach.com/things-to-do/holidaylights/

located in dog friendly Vermont…the perfect dog friendly winter wonderland vacation

http://www.pawhouseinn.com/

pet friendly mountain getaway in the countryside 30 minutes from Asheville, NC. no size restrictions.

http://www.pondercove.com/

pet friendly farm stay in Va

http://www.cornerstonefarm.net/animals.html

pet friendly poconos mountains with lots of fun activities for you and your pooch from canoeing, wineries, a blueberry farm, horse farm, state parks, trails, arctic paws dog sled tours, mansions, museums and more…

http://www.800poconos.com/vacation-packages/pet-friendly-vacations/hotels/

new england, new hampshire, vermont, connecticut, maine and massachusetts offer many pet friendly places to stay and activities

http://www.nhliving.com/lodging/petfriendly/index.shtml

  • Nothing’s more iconic than spending Christmas in New York. The Affinia Manhattan and Skyline Hotel New York are both dog-friendly and a short walk away from New York’s most pawpular attractions. To take in the holiday cheer, walk your dog to Rockefeller Center and view the enormous Christmas tree that’s on display each December.
  • Transportation for you and your pooch is easy in the Big Apple. Just hail one of the city’s k-9 cabs.
  • Those visiting the Big Apple can also take their dogs for a winter stroll in Central Park, grab a bite to eat at these dog-friendly restaurants or quench your thirst at one of these bars or coffee shops where wet noses are welcome.

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http://www.ilovedogfriendly.com/2012/11/dogfriendly-christmas-destinations/

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Chew on

Dog toys keep your dog occupied when you’re not around, and provide an outlet for energy and teach your dog and entertainment. Interactive dog toys with treats let dogs solve problems on their own and keep the mind and paws and mouth busy.

the Dog Miracle Puzzle from Nina Ottosson. This durable, cleverly constructed puzzle lets dogs seek out concealed treats by trying to move, lift or push aside durable, stackable bricks with their paw or nose. By changing the placement of the puzzle bricks and where the treats are concealed, pet parents can decide how difficult the game is going to be. The number of ways the bricks and hidden treats can be rearranged is virtually endless!

http://www.companyofanimals.us/products/toys-and-games/nina-ottosson-games/nina-ottosson-interactive-plastic-toy-dog-miracle

Cici was all gung ho for finding treats and eating them. She tore the bricks apart looking for them. Then she started chewing on the plastic bricks and I had to take the game away from her. Thankfully, I was there to supervise her. I would NOT advise leaving this toy alone with your dog for any length of time in case your dog enjoys chewing plastic (or anything she can get her paws/teeth on) as much as Cici does.

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Dog games develop cognitive ability in a fun way.

Enrichment toys were first implemented in zoos to eliminate boredom of captive animals. Every well-balanced animal needs stimulation and enrichment. Among the methods used to create stimulating environments are food puzzles. They encourage animals to interact with their surroundings while foraging for food. This allows them to use natural instincts that would help them survive in the wild…

http://www.kyjen.com/puzzle/

Again, Cici looked for the treats, was able to find them and within 2 minutes, she was done. There was no challenge for her. Maybe she has a mouth that just wants to chew and lick all of the time. Obsessed.  Her mouth keeps going and going and going.

I think the best “toys” for Cici are ones she can chew on…

and we finally found something safe she can chew on for hours and that lasts and lasts and lasts…  we tried Himalayan chews and she ate one in 10 minutes. I usually freeze soup bones but worry about her chomping off sharp pieces and swallowing them.  the antler does not do any of that. The antler does not break apart easily nor splinter.

The antlers are best for dogs that love to chew and aren’t picky…they keep your dog busy and out of trouble and will help to keep her teeth clean. The antler dog chews come right out of nature and are completely unprocessed.

  • Long-Lasting: Antler chews are long-lasting. They last much longer than bully sticks or chews made of compacted starch or rawhide.
  • Safe chewing: Deer antlers for dogs are much less likely to chip or splinter when they are being chewed than processed bones. The chewing action grinds the antler chew down slowly.
  • Healthy: Chew antlers contain many beneficial nutrients and nothing artificial.

  • Odor-Free: Antlers have virtually no odor or residue to get on your carpet or furniture.

  • Variety: Antler chews vary in shape, thickness and color. A benefit of purchasing multiple antlers for your dog is that no two are alike and your dog will enjoy the variety in his chews.
  • Antlers from Pet Expertise are the best quality: As antlers for dog chews are getting more popular and difficult to source, some other antler chew sellers are offering low quality, old, chalky, antler that is likely to splinter and crack. Other sellers offer antlers that are split down the center which can cause the antler to dry out quickly and become brittle. Rest assured that Pet Expertise antler is grade A, fresh antler from the USA only and will continue to be!
  • Antlers from Pet Expertise are economical: Pet Expertise was the first online retailer to offer high-quality, large antler chews and have been offering them since 2005 (they are their biggest seller.
  • Safe Chewing Hint: When giving your dog an antler (or any) dog chew, their trainer recommends the following: Supervise your dog. Do not allow your dog to attempt to break the chew in half with his back teeth. Do not allow your dog to consume more than 1/2″ to 1″ per day. If you need to get the antler away from your dog and he doesn’t know “drop it”, you can trade him for a tasty treat such as a piece of meat or cheese.

 

This is the XL. They are $16.75
http://www.petexpertise.com/dog-toys/antler-chews.html

clearly, Cici’s bliss is chewing an antler…  she has chewed on this one for the last few days, about 2 hours a day and there is no sign that this antler is any worse for the wear and tear of her chewing. She will have many more hours to enjoy this antler.  If/when we travel, I would take an antler with us for her to enjoy while I was driving.  HIGHLY RECOMMEND.   Four paws up !!!

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Happy birthday sweet Cici

Today my polka dot princess is six years old…

While I love this cartoon of Cici and think it is adorable, love the colors, the throne, her ears and spots, it does not quite capture the essence of my dog’s quirky and goofy personality…  so I posted it upside down, because that is how Cici most likes to be.

Here is the artist’s info…

web page: www.cutecartoonportraits.com
etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/CuteCartoonPortraits

Coupon code entitles you to 25% off the ENTIRE order… Put in the code 25OFF at checkout

and here is the princess herself… if you’d like to wish her a Happy Birthday, please feel free in the comments below…

 

here’s more photos of my girl…

https://celiasue.com/photos/

How shall I spoil her today??? how do you spoil your dog?  do you have a birthday party? bake a cake?  take your dog some place special??

if you’d like to send her a gift, please feel free to drop a few into our paypal account or email me for our address.
Thanks !!

 

 

 

 

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Crunchy treats

Clear Conscience Pet LLC has introduced a new line of dog treats designed to meet the needs of stomach-sensitive dogs, as well as appeal to picky pets.

CCP sent us the Ocean Dreams and Peace Berry treats to taste test. Cici definitely prefers the Ocean Dreams since she seems to enjoy kelp. She is not a big fan of fish but prefers meat/protein based treats and food in general. Overall,  I think that the Ginger Yaps would be good for her joints and Pumpkin would be yummy for her tummy, too.  Although I like the Peace Berry ones for her, so far she has not been eating them. Maybe this will change. She has been known to change her mind about treats so I will continue to offer them to her. I think she enjoys the crunchiness of these treats. She is not a big chewer, usually just gulps stuff down, but chewing these treats seems to be something she enjoys. The treats are not too hard, I can break pieces apart and feed her smaller bits which I like. I love the ingredients in these treats. Almost want to eat them myself. Blueberry and Lavender sounds so yummy.

Ingredients:
organic buckwheat flour, honey, organic canola oil, organic kelp, organic chamomile
 

The new line, Cruncherz Gluten & Grain-Free Dog Bakery, consists of four baked dog treat recipes formulated to be gluten-free and grain-free. The treats are made with a buckwheat flour as the base ingredient, in four organic recipes: Peace Berry with organic blueberry and organic lavender, Ocean Dreams with organic kelp and organic chamomile, Ginger Yaps with organic ginger and organic parsley, and Pumpkin Patch with organic pumpkin and organic sage.

Buckwheat is high in magnesium and has a complex array of amino acids.  Ginger helps aid in digestion and inflammation in the joints.  Chamomile and lavender help to provide a sense of calm, while sage is an herb that has been clinically proven to aid in cognitive function.  Pumpkin is full of fiber & antioxidants, and the blueberries provide a bounty of anthocyanins, while honey plays host to an amazing amount of minerals.  The cold-ocean kelp (from the North Atlantic Ocean) contains dozens of micro-nutrients that land-living beings need to thrive.

The ancient Celtic symbol that you see on our biscuits represents the power of 3 (like in Charmed, the TV series).  Some say it’s the cycle of life (life, death & re-birth), or it represents the Earth being the 3rd planet from the sun, or the foundation of all music, the triad.  3 is a powerful number in life and our 3 spirals on the biscuits represents all of that goodness in a healthy snack for your dog. Made in the USA.

Buckwheat is actually a berry.  In grains there are various parts of the kernel like the germ, endosperm and bran.  Buckwheat contains only the endosperm.  It’s actually related to rhubarb & sorrel, and not related to any cereal grains or grass.  Our buckwheat is milled in a dedicated buckwheat mill making sure that cross-contamination is not an issue.  Buckwheat adopted the “wheat” part of the name simply because of how it is grown, harvested and processed.  Rest assured, there is no wheat or grains in Cruncherz!

Cici has scarfed up the whole bag of Ocean Dreams. Am sure other dogs will enjoy these treats, too. Four paws up !

http://www.clearconsciencepet.com/shop/ocean-dreams/

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Doggone business Success

Doting pet owners keep pet businesses thriving

According to the American Pet Products Association, spending in the pet industry surged to a record $50.96 billion in 2011. The group expects spending on pets to continue rising to nearly $53 billion this year.

The animal-loving nature of the region, plus the wealthy clientele, has protected the multitude of businesses that cater to pet owners. Whether it’s pet fashion, diet, health or entertainment, there’s a glut of products and services.

Need a dog bowtie? They retail for $24 at pet boutique Diggidy Dog in Carmel. Perhaps you’d like to commission a portrait of your pet — watercolor or photograph? For pet baths, you’ll find $12.95 moisturizing massage goat milk soap bars among the line of Shampooch products made by Infusion Candles and Bath in Monterey.

http://www.montereyherald.com/local/ci_20335304/doting-dog-owners-keep-pet-businesses-thriving

In Monterey, Carmel, Pacific Grove, Marina and Seaside, there are also other pet businesses such as a gym for pets (Zoom Room), pet food and supplies such as chain stores Pet Food Express, Petco and Pet Smart and independently owned shops, pet sitters, doggie daycare providers, groomers, trainers and dog walkers.

In addition, there are numerous pet friendly hotels and inns, restaurants and businesses that welcome pets inside such as the Del Monte Shopping Center.

Have a bread bowl of clam chowder and calamari on Fisherman’s Wharf at Abalonetti or experience early Monterey Mission style ambiance at the Corkscrew Cafe where you and your dog can have a wood fire pizza on the garden patio…On your way out of town, stop at Tarpy’s Roadhouse and order a $27 Angus beef filet served with roasted red potatoes and garden veggies from the dog menu while you enjoy California-country cuisine yourself.

http://www.7×7.com/pets/dog-friendly-hotels-and-inns-around-san-francisco

here are a couple of blog posts I wrote about Carmel and Monterey…there are a few others, do a search if you want to read more info…

https://celiasue.com/2008/11/14/happy-tails-to-you-when-we-meet-in-carmel/

https://celiasue.com/2009/09/14/downtown-monterey/

Blog Hop time…  thanks to Life with Dogs,Two Little Cavaliers and Confessions of the Plume…  grab the blog hop code…

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