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Win a FREE Bag

You love your dog and your dog loves you. Fido shows you their affection with doggie kisses. You get a whiff of your dog’s breath and whew, stinky, smelly BAD doggie breath bowls you over. We’ve all had that experience, right.

Well, our friends at Pet Naturals of Vermont have a wonderful all natural solution. Breath Bars. And you and your pooch can enjoy a FREE BAG. Your dog will think it is a treat and will scarf it up like candy. At least Cici did. She loved them. The taste is made for canines and the ingredients are really good for them.

Pumice, is a natural abrasive that reduces plaque and bacteria in your dog’s mouth. Polishes the teeth naturally.

Parsley, a leafy herb known for its fresh, strong flavor, offers a deodorizing effect plus it has lots of chlorophyll which has antibacterial properties

Spirulina, blue-green algae which is also rich in chlorophyll

Champex, a brand of Champagnon mushroom which suppresses odor causing chemicals in the intestines

Directions for Use: Give 1 chewable bar daily.
Give 2 chewable bars daily for dogs over 50 lbs.
For best results use daily and give between meals.

Product Facts:
Active Ingredients Per Bar:
Spirulina                                                     100 mg      
  yielding Chlorophyll                                          2 mg
Parsley                                                        70 mg
Champignon Mushroom Extract (Champex™ brand)                   30 mg
Yucca Schidigera Extract                                       10 mg
Cinnamon Powder                                                10 mg <fontface=arial>
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In order to get your FREE BAG of Breath Bars, all you have to do is go to this link. The first 100 will get a FREE bag and valuable coupon.


Do so before THIS FRIDAY April 4, 2014 and you will make Fido happy plus you will not have to smell that doggie bad breath much longer.

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Holiday gift guide 2013

The holiday season is truly UPON us, jack frost nipping at our paws… chanukah and thanksgiving arrived around the same time this year.

Will you buy your cat or dog a gift for the holidays? How about a gift for your dog walker, pet sitter, pet rescuer or for that oh so very special pet parent/guardian in your life?

Here are a few suggested gifts for your four legged friends and a few human gifts, too.

1. A happy dog box:   Cici received a box filled with toys and treats and your dog can too. This should be called the happy people and dog box because it lasts for hours/days and makes everyone happy. There was a very nice selection and assortment of treats.

Monster mouth toy… I have never seen her play with a toy for as long as this one. You can hide treats inside the mouth and your dog will enjoy finding them.

Curly chew bully stick

Waste bag container

Jump your bones kangaroo treats

Cloud star hip and joint treats, bacon and cheese, grain free

Woofables gourmet dog cookies

Each monthly box, worth over $30, comes packed with high-quality dog treats, toys, and accessories specially selected for canine health and well-being.

You can find out more info at the link below:


2.  Lupine leash and harness. Cici received two sets that consisted of a step-in harness, leash and collar, one 3/4 wide and 1 inch wide. We LOVE THEM except the clasp is hard to open.

Lupine Collars and Leashes has been selling collars since 1991. They have developed a very successful line of woven patterned nylon collars, leashes and harnesses for dogs and cats. Not only are there great designs but the quality of the products is exceptional.   They even offer a lifetime Even if Chewed Guarantee, which really means that they will replace any product, no matter how or when it was damaged–even if chewed!! And no receipt or shipping fee required! In addition, all the products are made in New Hampshire.

Please visit the website (www.lupinepet.com)

3. Bravo raw food

Cici scarfed up the raw turkey and was licking the bowl and the floor clean, which means she really really loved the food. She was begging for more.

I like the ingredients…

The one drawback is that I wish it came in burgers rather than a big huge loaf because I had to defrost the entire thing, and then feed it to her quickly, so 1/4 of the loaf the first day which was too much food in one day… and too much food in a week…

4. Spring natural dog food



Turkey, chickpeas, peas, dried eggs, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), dicalcium phosphate, sun-cured alfalfa, flaxseed, sweet potatoes, natural flavors, salt, spinach, tomato pomace, calcium carbonate, blueberries, cranberries, apricots, carrots, potassium chloride, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, sodium selenite, calcium iodate, vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, niacin supplement, calcium pantothenate, biotin, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid, chicory root extract, dandelion greens, mixed tocopherols (preservative), rosemary extract, choline chloride.

Every recipe is made in the USA.

5.  Savannah Bee Doggie and Me Balm 

Sweetness from your pet deserves sweetness from the hive. All natural beeswax pulls moisture from the air and feeds the skin while providing a protective barrier from the elements. Subtle scents of Clary Sage and Basil are said to calm, soothe, and focus your pet.

Apply Savannah Bee Doggie and Me Balm to your pets nose, paw-pads, dry spots, hotspots, and sores. The easy to use applicator is pet tested and pet owner approved. Give your pet the very best in skin care.

Doggie and Me Balm is supposed to be good for pet owners, too. Use it on dry human elbows, hands, knees and heels. Feels soft and soothing. Doggie and Me Balm is made with 100% all natural ingredients. Has a kind of earthy herbal smell. Comes in a deodorant type looking jar or a candle jar without the wick.


6. Kurgo Auto barrier

Keep Fido in her place

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Cici loves to jump into the driver’s seat when I run into the store. I come back to find you-know-who drooling on the steering wheel and getting the front seat all hairy.

Here is where the Backseat Barrier™ comes in. Super stylish, this cloth barrier attaches to the back of your front seats, creating a soft wall between you and Fido…blocking that little space above your center console. She can still sit and peer through the mesh top; you can even reach back for a scratch if necessary. Most importantly, this barrier helps to keep you distraction free while driving, and keeps your pup safely out of the front of the car.

This products is versatile and simple to install and remove. See for yourself how just a tiny bit of separation makes you a better puppy parent and driver.

  • Protects passengers and cargo from roaming dogs
  • Protects dog from launching into the front during quick stops
  • No need to remove when passengers or cargo are in backseat
  • Front seat stays clean of dog hair
  • Universal fit for most vehicles from a compact to a SUV (does not accommodate 2 door cars or minivans)
  • Simple installation / removal

7. Perfect leash

Similar to the stereotypes people use about pit bulls, when I first saw The Perfect Leash, all plastic, and I thought it was one of those leashes with the retractable line, I was not impressed, but then I Looked Further and actually tried out the leash rather than base my review upon false premises.  I liked the way it kept Cici from pulling me down the street. Unfortunately, Cici lost the Walker leash so I cannot use it anymore.

Designed with both the dog and human in mind, the flexible Perfect Leash makes a great gift for dog owners who want to bring comfort and enjoyment back to their walks.

The Perfect Leash line of pet accessories includes a full-length dog walking leash (the Walker) that suits large and small dogs alike. Made of a proprietary polyurethane formula, the Walker’s flexibility provides an enjoyable walking experience for both the dog and handler. The ergonomically designed, patented, comfort grip handle is designed with adults and children in mind, so every family member can walk the family dog with ease, confidence and comfort.  Unlike cloth leashes, the Perfect Leash is odor resistant and easy to clean.


The Walker is the only full-stretch dog leash on the market! Its high flex capability provides an enjoyable walking experience for both dog and handler. The ergonomically designed, patented, comfort grip handle is designed with adults and children in mind, so every family member can walk your dog with ease, confidence and comfort. Available in Black, Blue, Red, Yellow, Blaze Orange, JD Green, Safety Green, Military Green, Tan, Pink and Purple.


8. Books


Dog Ambassadors

Dog lovers everywhere will enjoy the entertaining stories of the 24 dogs in this book. Dogs are ambassadors to the world and our own local communities. They serve and love us as only they know how. Accompanied by 175 color images, discover the remarkable connection between dogs and humans through the inspiring stories of 24 dogs and the owners whose lives they have made better. Meet Paddington, the official greeter at Thorncroft Equestrian Center , and Cody, a search and rescue dog. Learn the story behind Pals for Life, an organization that provides therapy animal visits, and Francisvale, a safe haven for abandoned dogs. The stories range from service dogs that make life easier for those in need to much-loved household pets that offer love and companionship each day for family members.

Author and dog enthusiast, Lisa Loeb, speaks here about her new book.


Size: 6″ x 9″ | 140 illustrations | 160 pp
ISBN13: 9780764344688 | Binding: hard cover |$19.99

Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. is a family-owned, independent publisher of high-quality, nonfiction books. Since 1974, Schiffer has published thousands of titles on diverse subjects.


Beautiful Old Dogs

This beautifully illustrated book features 44 color photographs of senior dogs taken by the late photographer Garry Gross and edited by David Tabatsky. An incredible tribute to the souls of elderly canines.

In BEAUTIFUL OLD DOGS edited by David Tabatsky, photographs by Garry Gross (St. Martin’s Press; on sale 11/5) the relationship between humans and dogs are explored in over 44 stunning color photographs from Gross and through short essays and poems from a range of writers, including Dean Koontz, Anna Quindlen, Doris Day and Marlo Thomas.


In BEAUTIFUL OLD DOGS, Gross showcases the beauty and soul of every dog he photographed, though it was the older, more senior dogs that most fascinated him. After retiring from the world of fashion photography, Gross established Dog Trainers of New York, a highly successful dog training business that has helped thousands of dogs enjoy better lives with their families and shortly thereafter decided to combine his two passions: photography and dogs.


Shake is a heartwarming collection of sixty-one silly dogs caught in mid-shake. This graphic photo book by award-winning internally recognized photographer Carli Davidson shows how funny dogs look caught with: hair wild, eyes darting, ears and jowls flopping every which way. You’ve never seen dogs looking like this.

A few years ago Carli Davidson was a volunteer at dog shelters. In 2010, she began photographing the rescue dogs in mid-motion, capturing their movements at a thirteen-thousandth of a second. She called the project Shake and posted a few pictures on Facebook—they quickly went viral, and she was covered on Huffington Post, The New York Times, and Vanity Fair Italy, just to name a few. In a 90-day period her site spiked to 8.5 million views.

One hundred adorable models posed for the book. Sixty-one of them, including Scooby the Rottweiler, Greta the Shi Tzu, Twinkie the Jack Russell Terrier, and the famous, mixed-breed Ramen Noodle were selected. Two photographs of each dog are featured side-by-side in the book to capture the motion of their shakes. One photo shows the dog beginning to turn; the other shows its wild hair and fabulous facial expression mid-twist. Many of the dogs are shaking off water and the high quality of the photo shows the droplets as well.


9. Do you brush your dog’s teeth? Nah. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. More than 60% of dog owners never brush their dog’s teeth. The main reason is that it’s just too difficult.

To help improve the state of canine oral hygiene Kissable has launched two new ‘Brushless’ Dental Solutions to make dental care easy for the owner and painless for the pooch. Instant Fresh Breath Foam adheres to teeth to gently clean, sanitize and loosen plaque build-up without using a toothbrush!  Oral Care Water Additive is a super-easy-to-administer liquid. Just add a capful to your pet’s water. No toothbrush required.


Instant Fresh Breath Foam

This all natural breath foamer combines the deodorizing powers of baking soda and peppermint with the anti-bacterial power of aloe vera. All promote excellent oral cleanliness which results in fresher breath. The sweet-tasting minty foam immediately adheres to teeth to gently clean, sanitize and loosen plaque build-up without using a toothbrush| 8oz

Oral Care Water Additive

Helps loosen plaque build-up and freshens breath while your pet drinks from the water bowl. Just add a capful to your pet’s drinking water when you refill the bowl and the ingredients in the product do the rest. When the pet drinks from their water bowl, the liquid will pass over the teeth and gums leaving behind ingredients that promote fresh breath and oral cleanliness| 16oz

I put the foam into her mouth. She gave me clenched teeth mouth, which was perfect, i moved her lip and put the foam on her teeth, used my fingers and rubbed it on.  i give her water with her food so not sure how to make that work … smells nice and pepperminty… Cici in general has pretty good breath for a dog, because I feed her high quality foods and treats, no kibble… raw foods and still it is nice to be able to give your dog a sweet smelling minty fresh mouth.

Ecowelldog donates a portion of proceeds from the sale of its products to Canine Companions for Independence, a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly-trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships.

Ecowelldog creates eco-friendly grooming and wellness products for the modern dog. They use the finest (“better than human quality”) ingredients to solve the toughest problems that dogs face, like itchy skin, tear stains and bad breath. Ecowelldog is sold and recommended by veterinarians aroun


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Whine Country Unleashed …

Welcome to K9ifornia, a state of mind as well as a dream whine country destination.

Meet the Whinemakers

Whinery dogs have been bred for centuries with a natural tendency toward making just the right heartbreaking sounds that evoke human sympathy  and generosity. Nature has  blessed these  distinctive dogs who innately know how to look and sound in order to attain whatever they want.

The premier whine-making regions of Northern California include the birthplace, Sonoma County, where it all begin, with one renowned pup named Napaw. Napaw’s whinemaking skill is famous worldwide. Napaw whined until all of the cows and sheep literally came home.

Growing up a Whinery Dog

Young puppies master the fine art of whining by the age of three months  (in dog years), in human years that is equivalent to the terrible two’s. Puppies whine to ensure their mom properly takes care of them. Whining is similar to the cry of human infants. Whining is an automatic response whenever the pup is cold or hungry. But pups soon learn to whine whenever they want attention.

Through mastering the whine, puppies are fed the most expensive food on the planet, have chefs cook for them, go for frequent walks, receive delicious treats from bankers, gas station attendants, and other strangers, obtain all of the toys,  belly rubs and head scratches and other attention they want. The whine combined with an adorable looking smile can lead to sleeping in the same bed as humans despite frequent woofing, paws kicking in the ribs, sleeping on the dog parents head and/or exuding doggie breath in the human’s face.

Whinery dogs have sensitive noses that pick up the aroma, scent and whiff of a cat, squirrel or chipmunk from miles away. If their hunger for chasing said prey is not satiated immediately, they will employ whining techniques until they get what they want.  Some whinery dogs (persistent bull dogs, pit bulls and terriers) are particularly known for this..

Essential forms of communication

Barking is an enthusiastic shout to canine friends near and far.

Growling is a warning or a way to express dissatisfaction. Some whinery dogs growl whenever their human caretakers aka as dog parents misbehave.

The howling of a hound dog at the moon, sun or whoever is in their vicinity has been known to drive humans mad but is an extremely effective long-distance communication alerting other hound dogs to express their inner wolf.

Whining can be a cry for help or a plea for care.  Answering your whinery dog’s every whine and whimper will ensure their lifelong devotion.

Whine Clubs and Whine Tours

Popular whinery dogs enjoy sharing the nuances of whining with like-minded packs of canines. Some of the most famous names in American whinemaking live in Sonoma County where you can enjoy the full range of whines from Napaw’s line including Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Zinfandel.

Tours are guided by well educated whine enthusiasts. Wannabe whinery dogs swirl the information around their palate,  testing out the latest  successful techniques such as the sad eyes and whimper combo, a deliciously fragrant red whine. White whines are much more subtle with just a hint of dramatic flair.  Imbibing complimentary sparkling whines while learning about the whinemaking process has become a favorite pasttime of savvy canines everywhere.

Types of Whines


Recovering from surgery or following a trauma is an innate and spontaneous reaction to pain. Milking sympathy for all it’s worth is learned later.

Nervous Whines

Whining to express separation anxiety is a way to alleviate stress and break down  barriers. Whinery dogs are very social creatures. This type of whining expresses the dog’s desire to be with you 24/7. Dogs just wanna be #1 in your life. You should feel flattered and act appropriately.

Animated Whines

Sometimes dogs whine as part of the adventure of life.  If they see another canine, they may whine until they can play together on the beach or at the park.

Whines For All Occasions

Praising and  petting your whinery dog constantly is the key to happiness. Responding to the demands of your whinery dog promptly instills a sense of security, purpose and power important for the dog’s  self-confidence, self-esteem and self-worth.

Dessert and Special Occasion Whines

Every whinery dog develops their own unique repertoire of whines.  Whines can be used to signal many different desires. Your whinery dog’s special whines are a passport to instant gratification.

Whine pairings

Food and whine pairings are natural. Staring at the humans and/or the food until said culinary delight is administered is a basic ploy. Whines can be joined with eye and body movements, paw touching, shaking and shivering until the perfect whine has produced the sought after outcome. Bones, treats, walks, toys and squirrels are all excellent reasons to whine.

To sample the best whines of expert whinemakers, visit an acclaimed whine show where all of the variations are represented. Becoming a fine whine connoisseur takes time but one can learn the delicate differences between a fiery red whine and a softer more gentle white whine.  Each whine bouquet offers its own  perfume.

Whine and you whine alone

Some humans do not appreciate whinery dogs. Whining should be viewed as a  communication device to achieve a canine goal.    Cater to your dog’s every whim and you will attain nirvana and peace of mind.   Pampering a whinery dog with treats, doggie ice cream and a steady diet of belly rubs, massage and spa treatments, dog yoga classes and attention will ensure a gratifying life.   If you employ the strategy of feed the dog not the whine then you are sending the wrong message. Your whinery dog has put a lot of effort into fine tuning just the right whines for your listening pleasure, the very least that you can do is respond favorably to their performance. Bravo, Fido, bravo !

here are some pet friendly wineries in napa/sonoma


and anderson valley has a few wineries that are also dog friendly, navarro was the best according to cici, not only did they let her in the wine tasting room but they also gave her treats…

oregon dog wine labels


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dogs just wanna eat nasty things…

tried to post this yesterday but could not … we finally left Oregon and are now in California, at the beach and going to the redwoods, yay !!!

found this post amusing… all you gotta do (mostly is substitute the word Cat with Dog and Feline Animal with K9, Big Woman’s House in Rosslyn, Virginia with Travel Writer Woman in the wilds of Oregon, ok, there are a few more substitutions to make and I will make them… this post is edited for the amusement of Cici the wonder dog… while working on this post, she has barked at me twice, licked my leg and now has resorted to sticking her head under the bed and growling at me… poor neglected dear, never gets enough attention, nor walks, nor treats, nor near enough food…  quick, someone call the ASPCA …  neglected dog on the loose… so far this morning, she has ONLY been on three walks, had her belly rubbed, played with her ball and stuffed bear, eaten, had treats, and head scratched 65 times… poor dear… it is already 8:30 am !!!

Note: for some reason, am not able to post any images this morning… perhaps it’s K9 Karma.. for all of those funny furry photos of other dogs besides Cici…


Official Notice of DOG Adoption

(Edited to say: If I didn’t love the ADORABLE animal so much, except when she eats poop, I might actually be serious. But I’m not…)

NOTICE IS HEREBY officially given that the K9 ANIMAL currently known by the alias Cici the Wonder Dog (hereinafter DOG) and whose date of birth is approximately August 1, 2007 and whose current place of residence is Traveling with Travel Writer Woman in the wilds of Oregon, is now made available for PUBLIC ADOPTION.

ANY PERSON(S) NUTTY enough to actually want to ADOPT said DOG (hereinafter APPLICANT) are hereby requested to contact the current CUSTODIAL DOG PARENT known by the alias Travel Writer Woman (hereinafter CUSTODIAL PARENT) via email, certified letter, or smoke signal no later than 9:00 a.m. EST on September 30, 2008. All applications received thereafter will be summarily dismissed. All applications must be made and submitted in GOOD FAITH.

ALL APPLICANTS shall be expected to DEMONSTRATE a working knowledge of proper DOG care giving abilities including, but not limited to:

2. Frequent dog walking and amusing the dog’s every whim
3. Treating the dog in the manner she has become accustomed ie, frequent treats from banks, gas stations, and fast food places
4. Ability to sleep in the same bed despite frequent woofing, paw kicking, sleeping on the head and/or doggie breath in the face

IN THE EVENT OF Hell freezing over and multiple APPLICANTS coming forward, the interested parties will be asked to submit an ESSAY of no less than 500 words, detailing the motivation(s) behind said application for custody. If the ESSAY is accompanied by a BRIBE, preference will be given to the application with the best BRIBE, as determined by monetary value and/or CUSTODIAL PARENT’s preference.

FAIR AND FULL WARNING is hereby given that all APPLICANTS must possess:

1. A sound mind
2. Sainthood
3. Vast financial resources for vet bills, replacement toys and large quantities of Treats (raw hide bones, raw bones and other bones)
4. Connections with Hollywood movie producers to film the DOG in action so it can become THE NEXT DOGGIE STAR

IN THE EVENT that this August and Official Body determine APPLICANT does NOT possess the items enumerated above, and knowing this CUSTODIAL PARENT still desires to relinquish custodial responsibility, and assuming DOG is still driving CUSTODIAL PARENT bonkers, the ADOPTION will proceed. CUSTODIAL PARENT will be under no obligation to resume care of DOG post-ADOPTION, regardless of MISTAKE, INSANTIY, or INEBRIATION at the time of application submission, ADOPTION, or otherwise.

DOG IS ADOPTED in “as is” condition. NO WARRANTY, GURANANTEE, or SURETY will be offered by CUSTODIAL PARENT. APPLICANT is also advised there is a NO Exchange Policy irrespective of DOG’s behavior or health. CUSTODIAL PARENT will NOT accept LIABILITY for any INSANITY, LOSS OF INCOME, DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY, etc. which may result from ADOPTION.

AT ALL TIMES, FULL RESPONSIBILITY for the DOG will reside solely with the APPLICANT. At no time in the future will the DOG or APPLICANT be deemed to possess any right to meet, contact, or otherwise HARASS the CUSTODIAL PARENT under any circumstances.


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I need air… gimme air…

here’s another thing about sleeping with your dog, when they hog the bed, breathe in your face, smother you with kisses, plop down on your head, as if you are their pillow, what’re gonna do? I think cc may need more air.


pit bull saves family from cobra and dies wagging his tail

pit bull adopts kittens


Regarding Flat Fido and Naked Pits, I think that the pits in the photos should be in a bed… a dog bed, human bed, some kind of bed… showing off and as far as Flat Fido, they should be pits…. pit bull nation… global pits… pits of all nations…

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