Thursday, February 23, 2017

Oh The Things You'll Chew! Barkworthies Root Chews

My dogs like to chew. Unfortunately, they aren't terribly picky about what they will chew on. Fortunately, they don't destroy too many things.

They chew on things meant to be chewed on - bully sticks and other edible chews, toys, long lasting treats, etc. They also sometimes chew on things that aren't necessarily meant to be chewed on...

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Bruce isn't the only one who likes to chew on wood. Neeko and Faolan enjoy their fair share of it. I love fairly rural, so wood is in abundance.

Barkworthies has recently released Root Chews, a new, sustainable, natural wood chew for dogs.

They are available in three sizes.

Neeko couldn't wait for me to get the wrapper off, and was trying to help herself.

These single piece chews are sustainably harvest from the root of the arrack tree. Only a limited number are cut down each year.

The chews are of interesting shape and texture. Neeko has a sensitive mouth, so the way things feel are important to her and her enjoyment of chewing. These fit the bill.

They don't leave a mess, and almost seem to absorb some of the drool that sometimes occurs with a good chewing session.

They are nontoxic and contain some trace minerals. They don't splinter, don't smell, and are surprisingly light weight.

February is National Pet Dental Health, so many are on the look out for ways to keep a dog's teeth clean. Giving a dog appropriate items to chew and eat is one of the best ways to keep their dental health at its best.

Maybe now Bruce will stop chewing on 2x4's. And bricks. And anything else he can sink his teeth into. Doubtful.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Black & White Sunday

She has the best smile. I have a new ottoman. It is 36" by 36". So basically the perfect size perch/bed for my dogs. At least they think that's what it's intended use is. My dogs are capable of taking up a great deal of space, but also of making themselves quite small when the situation arises. "Get in where you fit in" is one of their mottos. 12" left on the couch? No problem says Neeko.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Working Dogs Need a Job - Kurgo Big Baxter Backpack

My dogs all have some northern breed or combination of northern breeds in them. I have ran Wisdom Panels on both Neeko and Faolan, and both indicated the presence of Alaskan Malamute. I know Bruce's background, and he is at least half Alaskan Malamute.

Alaskan Malamutes, along with many other breeds, are considered "working dogs." They are built to pull. I work hard to keep my dogs from pulling while on leash. Mushing is not a viable option for us, partly due to their general disregard for my wishes most of the time. However, there are many ways I can keep them mentally stimulated and give them a job to do.

We do trick training and active lured behaviors outdoors. Believe it or not, all of my dogs know several tricks and behaviors. Another good way to put them to work is to have them carry things with a backpack.

I have tried various backpacks in the past. When Neeko was younger, I would load up a backpack with water bottles and take her for a walk. She tired out more quickly with the load. A tired dog is a good dog.

The other backpacks I tried were typically disappointing. They didn't fit well, weren't visually attractive, and seemed to be of poor quality.

We recently received the Kurgo Big Baxter Dog Backpack.

It is very well made. Tough nylon straps with saddlebags, contoured spine support and chest plate made of durable, resistant material. It is also attractive, available in a variety of colors. I chose red, because it is a color that contrasts beautifully with all three of my dogs fur.

The Big Baxter is made for dogs 50-110 lbs. That is a broad size range, but the backpack has eight different points of size adjustment. There is a 30 lb and 4" size difference between Neeko and Faolan, but with adjustments, the backpack fit both of them very well.

It was also comfortable for them, There have been times where my dogs would not sit or lie down wearing various backpacks or harnesses, because they were uncomfortable for them. That is not the case with the Baxter Backpack.

Faolan had no problem being his normal rambunctious self while on a snowy hike wearing the Baxter Backpack.

Other things I love about the Big Baxter Backpack from Kurgo:

  • It has a chest plate that connects by going between the dog's legs as opposed to just a strap across the chest.
  • Their is a handle on the back, for added control.
  • The saddlebags are roomy, plenty of room for other gear and goodies.
  • It has a leash clip on the back, so it can also be used as a harness.
  • Their is a bottle opener on the chest plate!
It has a bottle opener built in!
I love taking both Neeko and Faolan out and about. Sometimes it is a hassle to juggle a leash and a backpack (for myself) or a purse. I can put my dogs to work! They can carry their own stuff (treats, toys, etc) but also carry my stuff for me! Phone, wallet, keys and the like.

I am very happy with this product. It is well made, sharp looking, easy to adjust and apply. It can assist with giving my dogs a "job" to do, but also make my life a bit easier by having them carry my stuff for me!

Have you used a backpack for your dogs?

I was provided with complimentary product. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

My Furry Valentine

I love my dogs for different reasons, and I don't have favorites. But Neeko is my Valentine. She is and always will be my best girl.

Like a woman, she can be fickle and moody. But she is elegant, and appreciates the finer things in life.

She is calm when I am not, steadfast during turmoil. Always up for a challenge, an adventure, or a good time, she knows how to make me laugh. She is also excellent at eliciting exasperated sighs and eye rolls from me.

Her pushiness tends to get her what she wants, she knows how to work me.

Princess pretty girl.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Dog Poetry for Valentine's Day

Roses are red
I am the queen
A dog as pretty as me
Has yet to be seen.

Roses are red
I am forever sweet
I will trade kisses
For a scrumptious treat.

Roses are red
Sometimes I drool
Please feed me dinner
Before I think you a fool.

How would your dog's poetry read?