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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.




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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Got Squeaks?

wow, this was a very difficult box to open but once we did, Cici and I were beyond words excited and delighted, woof woof woof

we have received and reviewed a few of these monthly boxes and liked them. But this one has the MOST goodies of them all !!! Plus, you can customize the boxes. And  subscriptions start at $32/mo and go up to $61 depending on how many pets in your PawPack and how many months you commit to upfront.

Cici has been chewing on an old slipper that is threads basically, not much left to chew on (well, besides the other toys she chewed open to get to the squeaker in a few minutes)

and in this pawbox, are a few toys that she is chewing on that last longer than a few minutes…

happy dog !!!!

And these toys and treats are easy to take with you when you travel with your pooch. Keeps them busy chewing away.


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a very strong rope (twisted) toy, good karma rope toy

Steph’s mom, green puppy organic cotton “biscuit”  (well, she really likes the squeak squeak squeak of this one)

silver Planet Dog Orbee-tuff double sided tuff (fill with treats)

the “hot dog” she was able to chew up and yellow stuffing is falling out, oh well

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plus there were two kinds of treats

Buddy biscuits by Cloud Star, peanut butter soft chews

True chews, premium chicken jerky made in the USA

a water bottle

Harry Barker facial spray for that refreshing au d’canine scents

Ear wipe cleaner

a large clip for a dog food bag

Lavender stick

Organic doggie bar

Did we mention how much we love love love this paw pack ?   Your pooches will never forgive you if you don’t sign up to get them some.


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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!


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.

Star Spinner by Kyjen

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…


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

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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chew toys

cicimas aftermath… the destruction has begun…

do any of your dogs new toys look like this?  cici’s new toys are now wounded beyond repair…

missing an arm and part of tongue…


eyes and nose chewed off and to bits…


toy dog warfare…

has your dog ripped their toys to shreds?  have they demolished their treats?  please send photos and we will post them…



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interview with Mary Puppins…

1) tell me a little about you and your dogs and how you got started Mary Puppins Pet Sitting and dog blog…

was strolling through the park one day in the merry month of May, no seriously, I have always loved animals. Worked at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary (when it was a sanctuary not a society), Animal Foundation and other animal rescue organizations years ago when I had cats. Was sitting around one day brainstorming with my dog and she thought it would be great for me to pet sit and dog walk, earn money and she would be able to meet other dogs to play with. Writing a dog blog is also a fun labor of love. When you love animals, it is easy to write about the animals. Having a dog provides much fodder / grist for the mill. Every day things that happen become fun, interesting, educational and entertaining blog posts.

2) When did you start your blog, and what inspired you to get into blogging?

Started the blog in October 2007. Being cooped up with my dog and wanting to write about traveling with her was the initial inspiration. Plus, everyone kept telling me ‘you’re a writer, write a blog’ so I did and now lookie what we’ve got going on here!

3) What’s your favorite thing about blogging?

Meeting other bloggers, innkeepers, dogs and animals. Plus writing about our travel adventures ain’t too shabby either. And traveling to fun places, staying at wonderful inns is the icing on the cake.

4) Have you noticed a shift in attitudes towards bloggers, dogs, dog travel ?

People always ask me what is a blog whenever I tell them I have a dog blog. I thought everyone knew. It is an opportunity to educate folks about the Internet. People are techie in some ways, everyone has email (almost). Every day, new hotels and motels and inns and lodges, B&B’s are opening their doors to the dogs. They start realizing that a lot of people (millions of Americans and people worldwide) want to travel with their pets. And the manager/innkeepers realize, hey, am missing out on a lot of business. So they join the bandwagon… Jump on board ! And find out that the dogs are fun and not as much trouble as they might have thought. Most worried about people with allergies, kids and liabilities, which are understandable concerns. But find out through experience that dogs are a blessing and an addition. People love our fur babies ! And there are a lot of dog lovers out there who want to travel with their pets! So catering to the pet loving community can be a great source of REVENUE (ie, CASH), especially in this economy.

5) What are some of your favorite blogs ?

MinaandCeleste, Olga the traveling bra are so fun… K9 Chronicles, Mollitudes, and How to Raise a Green Dog.

6) If there was one tip that you would recommend that pet owners and/or pet business owners or pet bloggers follow, what would it be and why?

Animals are animals not furry humans. I do not really like most dog blogs where the human speaks for the dog or cat. Too cutesy for me. On occasion, some do it very well and it works. But the language is awkward. Let dogs be canines, bunnies be rabbits and cats be felines and humans be humans. Each specie is different and lovable in its own unique way.

7) You have different types of content on your site. What articles generally receive the best traffic/ reception?

People love to read about celebrities and their dogs, watch fun videos and check out silly photos as well as read about hot topics that every dog owner is concerned about (training, pet food, health care and playing with other dogs).

8. How do you cope with juggling all of the various balls you’ve got going in the air?

Cici juggles the balls while I watch her play catch on the beach… 🙂 She recently received a lovely new chewy ball… it’s like one of those braided toys only it is fluffy and a ball… she can chew and catch all at one time… which keeps her occupied which makes me happy.

9. As a dog lover, do you have a favorite product or service that EVERY dog owner MUST get for their pet (besides yours)?

That chewy fluffy dog ball toy… will have to find out the name of it and/or where to get it… (I think from the grocery store Ralph’s)…

10. Have you noticed any trends in the pet blogging/pet business recently related to the economy? In other words, are innkeepers more open to pets (or less), are pet owners still buying products (or not)?

I think that people are downsizing their shopping but not for their beloved furry friends. Dogs and cats gotta eat and play. And us humans are suckers for those cute, adorable, sweet eyes and faces. People constantly take photos of Cici when we are at a mall or wherever, and they just love to rub her belly and ears. Dogs and cats are warm loving creatures who we can learn a lot from and do on a daily basis when we are pet owners. Share the wealth ! Rent out your dog or cat to non-pet owners ! Am only kidding, but I did see an ad recently in the yellow pages, where you can rent a dog by the day, hour, week or month. Gimme a break, folks !

If you are in central California Carmel, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Seaside, California), visit Mary Puppins Pet Sitting and we will come to your house and play with your dogs and/or sit with your kitty cats !



just a spoonful of play makes dogs happy !

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socks are a dog’s best friend…



What your dog eats when you’re not home

November 2, 10:21 PM
by Hillary Richard, New York Local Travel Examiner

New Yorkers love their dogs. You can’t walk down any street in this city without seeing a dog on a leash, in a purse, or at an outdoor café. With over 200,000 dogs and counting (according to the 2005 statistics), it’s no surprise that it was a New York veterinarian who compiled a list of the strange things dogs eat.
Dr. Jennifer Mlekoday, the Co-Chief of Staff at West Chelsea Veterinary, created a Top 10 list of non-food items that most appeal to canines based on her work experience.

The top inedible pick for dogs? Socks. Yes, that’s right – the socks dirty enough to be relegated to the laundry hamper are Fido’s favorite. Other items range from the bizarrely unappetizing (rocks) to the strangely specific (corn cobs). Also on the list:

2. Underwear
3. Tights
4. Rocks
5. Balls
6. Chew toys
7. Corn cobs
8. Bones and rawhide
9. Hair ties
10. Sticks

Mlekoday theorizes that many of these items appeal to dogs because they smell like their owners, and that others are accidentally ingested during play.

Next time you find a sock without a partner after doing laundry, think twice before you blame the dryer.


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Getting inn touch with your inner K9 … innkeepers welcome




If you want to promote your pet friendly inn, let me know, perhaps I can help  you… win win win… for more info, visit this page… with helpful tips…  




Here’s our new free giveaway contest for the week…sponsored by Doggytug…Kelly now has an instructional video on how to use the toys… on the product page, upper right hand, click on the photo… 


Dottie the traveling bikini dog panties (you do remember Dottie) says: Answer this question and win… who played Bonnie Blue Butler in Gone with the Wind?  (hint: i recently had breakfast with her)… 





if no one gets the answer to that question, then the first person who names three of the nine inns I recently wrote about (in May 2008) will win the free weekly giveaway contest…  so you’ve got two shots at winning a great goodie bag filled with wonderful doggytug toys… send us your answer before Friday, May 16, 2008… 

Doggytug toys are the tug toys that dogs love to play tug of war with…  just ask Lainie… who is Lainie you ask, check her out playing with her tug toy… from her free giveaway package… she is playing with the floatie that is for swimming with, by the way… 





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