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Christmas Storytime With Monty And Friends

Recently I found this heart-warming children’s book by M.T. Saunders titled “Monty and Friends Save Christmas”.

The story is part of a series following the many adventures of Monty the dog and his friends. In this installment, Santa’s reindeer are scared and fly away on Christmas Eve! Thankfully Monty and is friends (and a few surprise pups) come to his rescue to ensure “hoomans” around the world have presents under their trees by Christmas morning.

The story is written in rhymes children will love, the words are easy so kids can read along, and the illustrations are engaging so there are lots to keep little readers engaged.

This book can easily become a seasonal favorite bright out each year to be a tradition every year.

Visit the authors page here and be sure to check out the latest price on Amazon.

Halloween Costume Party at Petco

Are you looking for something fun to do this weekend? Do you get into the Halloween spirit? Does your pup look cute in their costume this year? If you said yes to any of these, check out Petco’s Halloween Costume Party on October 14, 2018.

There are prizes for the winners and workshop, and experts available for everyone! Read the details below and find your nearest store!

Sunday | October 14 | 11am-1pm

11 am: Join us for our pet costume contest,
where your pet can compete to win a Petco gift card!

Noon: Trick for Treats Workshop
Who’s a good ghoul? Learn useful training tips from our experts.

12:30 pm: Pet and Parent Costume Contest
Be the best-dressed duo! Come coordinated with your pet for a chance to win a Petco gift card!

Find Your Nearest Store

Be Prepared For Emergency Situations Using These Tools

Ensuring you and your pet are ready for any emergency situation is essential. An emergency plan doesn’t have to be incredibly detailed but should include checklists and a small stock of supplies to last until a reliable source of food, water, and Shelley is available.

The Department of Homeland Security in conjunction with FEMA hear compiled this list to assist you. Check out their site www.ready.gov/pets

  • Include your pets in your emergency plans

  • Build a separate emergency kit for your pets

  • Make sure and keep digital records and/or pictures to identify your pet after a disaster in case you become separated

  • Create a list of places that accept pets if an emergency happens

Supplies for your emergency kit should include:

  • Food. At least a three day supply in an airtight, waterproof container.
  • Water. At least three days of water specifically for your pets.
  • Medicines and medical records.
  • Important documents. Registration information, adoption papers and vaccination documents. Talk to your veterinarian about microchipping and enrolling your pet in a recovery database.
  • First aid kit. Cotton bandage rolls, bandage tape and scissors; antibiotic ointment; flea and tick prevention; latex gloves, isopropyl alcohol and saline solution. Including a pet first aid reference book is a good idea too.
  • Collar or harness with ID tag, rabies tag and a leash.
  • Crate or pet carrier. Have a sturdy, safe crate or carrier in case you need to evacuate. The carrier should be large enough for your pet to stand, turn around and lie down.
  • Sanitation. Pet litter and litter box if appropriate, newspapers, paper towels, plastic trash bags and household chlorine bleach.
  • A picture of you and your pet together. If you become separated, a picture of you and your pet together will help you document ownership and allow others to assist you. Add species, breed, age, sex, color and distinguishing characteristics.
  • Familiar items. Familiar items, such as treats, toys and bedding can help reduce stress for your pet.

Follow FEMA at http://www.twitter.com/readygov for the latest updates and preparation tips.

It’s National Pet Day!

Today is dedicated as National Pet Day to remind us all to give some extra love, and a hug to our pets. It’s amazing how much joy they bring to our lives.

Therapy Dogs are pets that bring comfort and peace to others whether they are in hospital, senior residences, or even libraries for children to read with. Read about the special work that Joyce Akers does with her Shetland Charity at St. Anthony’s Family Center in comforting families in need.

Set aside some time today to give an extra treat or snuggle to a pet who brings you comfort.

Snuggling in the electric blanket

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Dog Toy Giveaway

I bought a few dog toys recently and decided to share with you, and to host a giveaway.

Assortment of classic dog toys

Nothing complicated here, just follow @bark4treats on Twitter using the Rafflecopter form below and I’ll email the winner asking for their postal address.

Entrants must have a U.S. mailing address to win. One qualify entry will be selected at random at the end of the giveaway period and the winner will be contacted within 24 hours. If they don’t rely within 24 hours, another qualifying entry will be chosen.

Follow this link to enter!

Update: This giveaway is now over. Congratulations to Lisa R! Your package is on the way!

In Search Of The Elusive BarkBox Squeaker

When the last BarkBox came, both dogs tore into the toys that arrived, and Dexter became attached to the beige spike ball. BarkBox has a signature spike ball that they include as a ‘hidden toy’ in a lot of their stuffed toys.

So far I have seen two variations. The blue one is translucent and, while durable, seems to be made of thinner plastic than the beige one below. Both have squeakers and get both dogs instantly excited when I squeeze them (or step on one!).

Two variations of the BarkBox spiked ball

The interesting thing is that the balls aren’t available for purchase separately on http://www.barkshop.com, and there is no indication on the product page which ball is included in the toy!

From regular Target runs, I am familiar with the selection of Bark! toys, so I made a trip there this weekend to see if I could squeeze enough toys to predict what ball is inside. I purchased two: Beamin’ Benny, and Bouncing Babbette.

BarkBox toy from Target

BarkBox toy from Target

While no toys are indestructible, these two seems to have lasting power, so I will update this post when they open them and reveal the ball. Hopefully I can solve the mystery, once and for all, about what ball is inside BarkBox toys!

They have a great customer service line that you can text, its an 800-number and the agent I was texting was very helpful and provided links back to the BarkBox site so I could see if any of the toys they suggested had the ball, but I had to give up because there wasn’t enough description or text about what what was inside the toys.

While at Target, I found their Destroyers Club line. They have identified four types of dogs and tailored toys to engage your dog the most. The four types are:

– Thrasher
– Shredder
– De-Fluffer
– Squeaker Seeker

The categories are very descriptive, but here is the full description from the packaging.

Thrasher – Thrasher toys have Flippin’ Floppy Grips that are easy for your dog to whip and fling.
Shedder – Shedder toys feature Tear That Hair that your dog will love to rip and rend.
De-Fluffer – De-Fluffer toys are Double Fluffed with extra stuffing to satisfy your dog’s urge to dig right in!
Squeaker Seeker – Squeaker Seeker toys are jam-packed with Squeakers Galore hidden in surprising places for high-frequency fun.

BarkBox Destroyer Club toy packaging

No doubt this category of toys will leave a giant mess for you to clean up, but your dog will probably love it.

Dexter Jousts With A Dragon (and wins!)

We are paid subscribers to the monthly toy and treat boxes from BarkBox.

Each month they ship two toys, two bags of treats, one edible chew, and an activity.

This month was Knights of the Hound Table.

In addition to the cutout crown for your pup to pose in, there was a Mad Libs style adventure story, and -probably the most fun- an interactive ‘battle’ where you can choose your own adventure! It worked by starting your mission by texting QUEST to 79987.

From there you reply back to the texts and take on dragons, joust with knights, and save the day.

There are several missions so keep texting back.