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Valentine's Day isn't just a time for showing our love to our human counterparts! Your pooch deserves a Valentine's Day gift, too! After all, it is a day to celebrate LOVE, and everyone knows your dog can be the greatest love of your life!
The Planet Dog Love Nook is the perfect gift that will keep on giving throughout 2018! It’s ultra-durable and includes a space to fill with your pup’s favorite treat. Simply fill the heart and pop in the freezer. Fido will have fun for hours trying to get every last bit of their treat out!
Also, the Planet Dog Love Ball is not only an adorable toy to have around the house, but is a sweet toy to keep your fur baby feeling loved for hours of playtime to come!
The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for the BEST Gifts for your Pets
This holiday season, don't forget about your four-legged family members! Below, I have compiled some of the very best gift ideas for our pets. Most of these products have been personally tried and tested by my pets, and I highly recommend each one.
1. Kurgo Baxter Pack/ Dog Backpack My dog, Banner is fourteen years old, but still enjoys going on hikes with us. He is still strong and hasn't slowed down yet. He is so cute when he wears his Baxter Pack! We keep it light, but Banner proudly carries his own snacks, a water bottle, and a portable water dish.
This was the first time I tried it on Banner, before we adjusted it to fit him.
Get your pooch packed up and ready to go with the lightweight, tough, custom-fit Baxter Pack. Great for everyday use or backpacking adventures. Built strong to withstand rugged outdoor conditions, it has 8 different adjustment points to get the proper fit for any dog. It includes a rear-mounted leash hook that works like a harness for pups that need to be on their lead. The ergonomic padded spine support contours to the dog’s back for a comfortable fit and provides weight distribution for the two saddlebags. The pack offers space to store all of your canine's travel essentials such as food, treats, toys, first-aid supplies and travel bowls. Includes a large handle to help dogs over rock scrambles or extract them from water.
2. Kurgo Loft Dog Jacket Banner gets pretty chilly in the winter. (Who doesn't, really?) The best gift Banner ever received is his Loft Dog Jacket. First of all, he looks devilishly handsome in it! (He is a bit shy when it comes to modeling, however.) I put Banner's coat on him as soon as I let him outside in the morning. It keeps him so nice and warm.
Banner's Loft Dog Jacket fits him perfectly!
Help your dog brave those chilly fall and winter months in this reversible, quilted shell. Made from rugged Microtomic ripstop material and 140 gsm Polytech fill, this lightweight jacket is just as city worthy as it is mountain made. The water-resistant shell has a zipper opening so you can access your pup's harness to attach a leash. This dog coat is designed for athletic dogs that are going to be running, hiking and adventuring in inclement weather. Therefore, it is a more fitted coat, allowing your pup to move freely. It does not cover the entire length of most dogs and is designed to keep the core warm and dry.
3. MuttNation Guitar Strap Gusset Bed~ Word has it that Santa is bringing Banner one of these luxurious dog beds. Shhhh! Don't tell him! Banner needs to new bed upon which to rest his weary ol' bones. His old bed is kind of worn out.
The Guitar Strap Gusseted Pillow bed features a luxurious long-pile plush sleep surface and extra filling – four pounds of recycled polyfill – providing superior sleep and support for your pet. This super-sized bed (40”x29”) is designed in blue tones and accented with Miranda’s vintage guitar strap print.
4. Paby GPS Tracker for dogs and cats~ This past July, my sweet cat, Carol went missing. I didn't even know that she had gotten out of the house. Someone accidentally let her out when they were leaving for school or work. The next thing I knew, Carol was found in the road, no longer alive. If I had a PABY GPS Tracker on her collar, she might still be alive today. At least I could have discovered she was outside before anything happened.
(This is not my kitty, but her PABY GPS Tracker looks cute on her, doesn't it?)
Paby keeps its eyes on your pets. Did you know that over 10 million pets are lost each year? Paby’s advanced features include GPS, Wi-Fi, an LED light, and sound alarm help provide you with peace of mind. The Paby allows you to monitor your pet’s location in real time, and learn from their activity through a tailored fitness program for your pets.
My newest cat, Patty will soon be wearing hers because when she gets a bit older, she too, is going to try to start venturing outside, and I will be able to keep track of her.
5. Purina’s Beggin Strips and Friskies Party Mix~ Banner absolutely loves his Beggin Strips! And my sweet little kitty, Patty, loves her Friskies Party Mix.
That’s why I can’t forget about Purina’s Beggin Strips, Friskies Party Mix for their stockings. These favorites are offered in 6 ounce packs making them great for stockings and even have a ‘To’ and ‘From’ tag, so pets know who to lick and thank. The Friskies specially designed Party Mix is holiday themed with snowmen, stars and evergreen trees. www.purina.com
6. Orbee-Tuff® Holiday Balls by Planet Dog. Banner loves to play fetch! He absolutely loves his Orbee-Tuff® Holiday Ball by Planet Dog. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes to fit all winter holidays. Banner has the Snowball ball, so whether we get snow or not this winter, Banner is set!
Owners can throw a snowball indoors and outdoors, stuff their pets’ stocking with coal or give them some peace and quiet. Orbee-Tuff® balls are chewy but durable that will keep dogs entertained all season long.
7. Dog Stockings by Pet Factory~ Banner has been such a good pup this year! He truly deserves this delightful stocking filled with special treats just for him!
Filled with colorful raw-hide bones and holiday shaped treats that dogs can enjoy by the fire while the rest of the family opens presents, this makes for a convenient option for any gift-giving owner this holiday. www.petfactory.com
8. Canine companions will be in style for the holiday season with the Snowman Party Premium Collar & Leash Set from Country Brook Design. This festive set is made of durable, comfortable polyester and the collar features a metal side-release buckle with a brilliant, shiny finish.
Did you know that 95% of dog owners have purchased Christmas gifts for their 4-legged furry friends? A survey from Rover.com indicates that our pets provide unconditional love and therefore are likely to be treated like family. I'd like to introduce PetPlate.com as a perfect last-minute gift for pet parents to return that unconditional love through fresh and wholesome pet meals.
PetPlate.com makes it easy for pet parents to nourish their pets with love by delivering freshly-cooked meals made from wholesome ingredients that do not contain any by-products, rendered meats or preservatives, and all proteins have passed USDA inspection. The meals are designed by a veterinary clinical nutritionist for nutritional balance and are pre-portioned and ready to serve. Cold-pressure technology is used to destroy any harmful bacteria and lock in nutrition and flavor – the same process used to preserve many human foods. The company offers a convenient subscription service that automatically ships the meals directly to the consumer on a regular basis, depending on the size of the pet.
Return the love this holiday season. PetPlate has set up a special discount code for my audience to receive 50% off their first order when they enter the coupon code HOLIDAY at checkout, or enter your email address on the PetPlate.com website.
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This holiday season, don't forget about your furry family members. They need gifts, too! And who could be more deserving of something special? Below I would like to share some of my favorite gift ideas for my own four-legged sweeties.
For my dog Banner:
Bravo — Homestyle Complete Dinners for Dogs
Bravo freeze dried raw diets offer you an outstanding combination of nutrition and convenience. There’s no need to keep them frozen, so you can serve your dog a great-tasting, nourishing meal anywhere you go. Freeze drying simply removes the water from meat and poultry while retaining every vital nutrient in its original, bioavailable form. Just mix with warm water, wait 15 minutes and serve. That’s all it takes to prepare a healthy meal your dog will simply love!
My dog, Banner loves the pork dinner. It is his favorite meal ever! http://www.bravopetfoods.com/
Look Who’s Happy — Treats
These treats are Banner's favorite! Made with USA-raised cage free chicken, Tempt’n Tenders chicken treats are crusted with yummy goodies like carrots, pumpkin, sweet potatoes and blueberries. Loaded with taste, texture and aroma that’s truly unique, they’re a joy for dogs to eat! www.LookWhosHappy.com
Barkworthies — Antler Chews
Barkworthies® Elk Antler Chews are naturally odor free and the most durable dog chews out there! The hard texture of these chews naturally scrapes away plaque and tartar while your dog chews. I gave one to Banner and he ran off with it to chew on it. I have no idea where it went after that, but I am sure Banner knows. http://www.barkworthies.com/
Here is Banner, accepting his gift.
I love this picture of Banner
For my cat, Luna:
Imperial Cat — Scratch ’n Shape
With designs available to complement any home decor, Scratch ´n Shapes products provide a very attractive and eco-friendly solution to destructive scratching. Not just a scratcher, these unique play centers are also designed for sleeping, rubbing and play! I got the hanging scratcher for Luna. I hang it close to the Christmas tree in hopes that she will use it instead of playing in the Christmas tree. She has broken many pretty bulbs so far.
The scratcher came with cat nip, and that makes Luna even crazier. http://www.imperialcat.com/
This is Luna. She looks innocent, doesn't she?
This is Luna pretending to be asleep under the Christmas tree after she broke four bulbs. She might be on Santa's naughty list this year.
Disclaimer: I received samples of these products to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
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BarkBox is a monthly subscription service that sends goodies right to your door each month for that special canine in your life. It is just as much fun for us humans as it is for our doggies to see what comes in each surprise box!
When you sign up for BarkBox, every month you will receive a box in the mail with four or more carefully selected products and presents for your dog – anything from toys, bones and all-natural treats to hygiene products and innovative new gadgets!
A portion of proceeds from each box will go to help doggies-in-need. What could be better than that?
My Experience: I received a BarkBox to review for the month of May. My dog Banner was truly thrilled with the contents! Our BarkBox included a Planet Dog toy, a package of meaty dog treats from Loving Pets, a big tasty bone from Barkworthies, and a yummy package of doggie cookies from Bocce's Bakery!
(This is Banner)
Planet Dog Toy
Orbee-Tuff toys from Planet Dog are USA-made, non-toxic, recyclable, and wonderfully minty (but can be rinsed clean after a play session!) Best of all, Planet Dog donates a portion of each purchase to canine service programs throughout the country.
Our Experience: Banner loves playing fetch with this minty, squishy, bouncy funny looking eggplant toy! It is a lot of fun.
Loving Pets Grill-icious Dog Treats
Grill-icious is 100% All Natural and Made in the USA Dog Treat. Grill-icious is made by taking 100% All Natural Chicken, Beef, or Turkey and mixing it with some anti-oxidant sweet potato that are than formed into patties. These Patties can be either bite size or normal size and they are placed on open grilling racks to help reduce fat and give them a delicious, fresh-grilled flavor. These treats are wheat free, gluten free, and do not contain any additives or preservatives.
Our Experience: Banner loves them, of course! He gobbled them right down, and even renewed some of his old doggy tricks that he learned as a pup just to wrap his jowls around these delightful treats!
Barkworthies Bully Sticks Dog Treats
Bully Sticks are 100% digestible, all natural, long lasting dog chews that are great for chewing, gnawing and inducing fits of puppy happiness.
Our Experience: Banner loved chewing on his Bully Stick! He took it into his favorite spot under the shade of our walnut tree, and blissfully chewed away until it was all gone.
Bocce's Bakery Green Juice Dog Biscuits
Disclaimer: I received a sample of the product above to review and to keep. The opinions are my own.
I love monthly subscription boxes! Especially ones for my pets. Pawbox is awesome. Each month you'll receive five luxury product samples of treats and goodies for your dog or cat based on the specific profile you fill out. I chose to review a Pawbox for my big black lab, Banner. I don't know who was more excited, me or Banner! It is so much fun because you get to test out new products on your pet, and if your pet likes them, you can order full-sized products on their website.
In our Pawbox this month, we received samples of the following items:
Pawbox toy of the month
In this case it was a pink wooly squeaky teddy bear. Banner LOVES it!
The first and only all natural, all American, super premium, true food bar with 27% protein for dogs you can take with you anywhere. Banner really liked this nutrition bar, so it is definitely something I will order for him.
Banner loves cookies! Bark Bars are all-natural cookie bar dog treats designed to look like candy bars for humans. Banner thought it was delicious!
Green Dog Natural Complete Calm
Banner is not a nervous excitable dog. He always has a calm nature about him, but I can see how this natural supplement would be good for taking your dog to the vet, or during thunderstorms or something that makes them nervous. I decided to give Banner one to test it out, and he gobbled it right up. I guess it was tasty. I noticed that he was soon napping happily in the sun on his back with his paws in the air, so I think this calming supplement helped him to chill out and feel good!
Emergency Pet Rescue Sticker
This sticker is a great idea for pet owners to alert emergency personnel and others that your pet is at home and needs to be rescued if you cannot get to them in an emergency.
To learn more about Pawbox or to place an order go to: https://www.pawbox.com/
Disclaimer: I received a sample box to review and to keep. The opinions are my own.