Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Making Life Easier for a Big Dog: Solvit Deluxe Telescoping Ramp Review and Giveaway

Neeko's hips do bother her on occasion.  Although I do all I can for her (keeping her lean, feeding a species appropriate diet, supplements), big girl does not have the best of hips, and sometimes it shows.  When this occurs, she can be reluctant to jump into the back of a vehicle.  She is 31" at the shoulder and about 90 lbs, so lifting her up is not easy to do safely.

Solvit  makes a variety of access and mobility products for dogs of all sizes, designed to make life easier for both dogs and owners.

Their Deluxe Telescoping Pet Ramp is perfect for us on these occasions.

The ramp extends from 39" to 72", has a surface that is easy to grip, supports up to 400 lbs, but is lightweight (13 lbs) and easily portable.  While the ramp is very durable and sturdy, it should only be used for pets.

Neeko was quickly comfortable with it.  I was able to easily acclimate her to it by having her walk on it on a flat surface twice, and she walks up it into vehicles with zero hesitation.  In fact, she is so comfortable on it that she will sit on the ramp.

The ramp locks itself in place once positioned, and has a safety snap to keep it from sliding apart while not in use.  I imagine it would fit easily in the trunk or cargo area of most vehicles.

I am very pleased with it's ease of use, and how quickly Neeko took to using it.  I will do anything I can to make life easier and more comfortable for her.  Sore hips will not keep her from going places, that is for certain.

 The Giveaway
Solvit is giving away one Deluxe Telescoping Pet Ramp to one reader.  Giveaway open to residents of the US only.  Enter using the Rafflecopter below.

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This post and giveaway are sponsored by Solvit Products.  Solvit Products is not responsible for the content.   

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Dog Tested, Dog Approved

Earlier this week, I retired my 2005 Mazda, which I purchased new.  130,000 miles and bushels of dog fur later, I decided it was time for a different vehicle.

The main reason I was looking for something different is that I drive anywhere from 300-500 miles per week with my job.  Winter is coming, and I wanted something with four wheel drive or all wheel drive.

I had narrowed my choices down to:  Mazda CX-5 or CX-7, Ford Edge, or a Subaru Forester or Outback.

I obviously wanted a hatchback that would allow at least one of my dogs to ride comfortably.

On Wednesday, I made a trip to beautiful Madison, Indiana (it's seriously gorgeous) to look at a 2012 Subaru Forester with 32,000 miles on it.  I came home with it...

The back seats fold down, and I love that my dogs can stand in the back.  If needed, I am confident that all three could ride comfortably back there together if needed.

After driving it for four days, I am already in love with it, and it has the dogs' seal of approval.

Monday, October 20, 2014

USA Made Chicken Jerky: Full Moon Natural Dog Treats Giveaway

Many know all too well of the controversy surrounding commercial chicken jerky treats for dogs...

I am excited to have discovered Full Moon Pet chicken jerky treats.  These treats are made in the USA, with USA sourced, cage-free chicken in FDA inspected facilities.  What's not to like?

Their Skin + Coat Health jerky treats were just released last week, and are available at many retailers, including Kroger, Walmart, and Tractor Supply.

The princess couldn't wait to try these out!
 Did my dogs like them?  Yes!  They loved these, and went nuts for them!  Treat snob Faolan's butt hit the ground immediately, and he was giving me his cute face in anticipation of a treat.  Neeko jumped up on me, which she very rarely does, and Bruce sang for some!

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Neeko eagerly anticipating a bite of jerky.

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Faolan giving me his best cute face in anticipation of a piece of Full Moon chicken jerky.
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I wasn't quite fast enough to capture the drool that was coming from him.
These treats have a distinct smell, which makes them that much more appealing to dogs.  Not only that, but these generous-sized pieces of jerky are easily broken into smaller pieces to make them last longer.  Not that I would do that or anything...

We are all pleased and impressed with these treats.  Find Full Moon on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
The Giveaway
Full Moon Pet has provided us with a prize pack for giveaway!  
It includes:
  • a 6 ounce bag of Skin + Coat Health Chicken Jerky
  • a tug toy
  • a tennis ball; and
  • a treat pouch
Giveaway is open to residents of US and Canada.  Enter using Rafflecopter below.

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This post and giveaway are sponsored by Full Moon Pet.  Full Moon Pet is not responsible for the content.  All opinions are strictly my own.