Collar Safety Awareness Week

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It’s sobering to think of all the things that could go wrong, especially when you think you are doing the right thing. That’s why it’s important that I share with you some information I was given on PetSafe’s Collar Safety Awareness Week (which is this week, October 18-24).


We’ve been lucky that as many times as Shadow and Rowdy play with each other or get in “trouble” out in the backyard that their collars haven’t resulted in a horrible accident.

Tenney Mudge was not so lucky when her dog, Chinook, got strangled due to a stick slipping through the collar that then got twisted. Even though her strory has a sad ending, Mudge turned her tragedy into the design of the PetSafe® KeepSafe® Break-Away Collar, with hopes to prevent entanglement and strangulation.

dog collar

According to PetSafe, the KeepSafe Break-Away Collar features a patented break-away safety buckle that releases when pressure is applied or it gets caught on something, allowing it to fall off harmlessly and reduce the risk of strangulation or injury to the pet. The KeepSafe collar also has a metal D-ring on each side of the breakaway buckle, which can be used to attach ID tags and can also be clipped together with a leash so pet parents can safely walk their dogs using the collar. (Information provided by


Our dogs, Shadow (who wears a large) and Rowdy (who wears a medium) started wearing the collars last week, just in time for Collar Safety Awareness Week, and as a precaution while headed to the doggy day care while we were away. We felt this was a good opportunity to try out the features because of the car ride (they bounce all over the back seat and often get in each others’ way), the crate time, and the leashes. Greg noticed that they disconnect easily when tugged on (but stay together for normal day-to-day use) – this is exactly what they were designed to do. His only concern with the collars was for dogs who don’t love taking walks and pull against a leash, however, Mudge and her engineering team were smart about this and created the collar with the D-rings for safety while walking.

You can find out more about the collar via this YouTube video or the infographic, below. My hope is that this information will help spread the word to fellow pet owners, especially those of you like us with two or more dogs who love to jump and play.

source: PetSafe
source: PetSafe

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Doggy Time Away

Disclaimer: This post contains a product that I received in exchange for a review. All opinions, however, are 100% my own.

When we go away, we literally have the Perfect place to take our pups. Just before vacation, they seemed to know they’d be going to “doggy camp”.

Shadow was clingy.


Rowdy was needier than usual, which omg. But how cute?

Just before they went on doggy time away, I wanted to give them a treat. They were treated with Newman’s Own Snack Sticks in Chicken and Rice.

Shadow never gobbles anything down, but she sure was ready to beg for another before Rowdy could even eat his.

These treats were perfect for the kids to give to the dogs, too. The length allowed for even Evan to hold one and let the piranha (Rowdy) to enjoy a treat.


If you’d like to give your dogs this (assumingly) delicious treat, head over to to get your paws on these organic treats for your pups. They retail for $4.99 and are suitable for dogs of all ages.

Our pups enjoy being spoiled, but they do pick up on when we’re going away. Coming home is always a joy for them, and I can say it’s obvious these two are glad we’re home. Aren’t you? 😉


Smooches Dog Treats

Disclaimer: For this post, I was sent product in exchange for a review. All opinions are 100% my own.

On Christmas morning, Shadow and Rowdy were giddy to open their stocking. Inside, they each had a new dog leash and a box of treats. They’d been sniffing up the stocking all night, but I made them be patient as if they were kids. The box of treats was a healthy snack, Smooches.

Smooches Dog Treats
Chicken & Cranberry Smooches

From The Honest KitchenSmooches are a treat that I feel good about giving my dogs. At 2.3 calories each, the treats are filled with ingredients that are good for them – barley flour, chicken, molasses, egg – and things we humans technically could eat. So that means I’m not filling my pups with things I can’t pronounce or consume myself. Yum (for them)!

The treats we got to try out were the Smooches Chicken and Cranberry Recipe – perfect for a holiday “dinner” dessert. All of the treats in this line are not only 100% natural, but they are also handmade. How gorgeous are these ‘lil hearts?

Smooches Dog Treats

Rowdy and Shadow didn’t so much care about the fact they were cute. Arianna could barely keep them in her hand before “Poof!”, they were gone. The dogs give these treats two paws up!

Smooches Dog Treats


Since I obviously am not going to try the treats myself,  I have to take the fact that they kept sniffing the box out and begging for more as a good sign. As their owner, I love that they:

  • Are 100% natural
  • Don’t leave an “oil” or smell on your hands at handling
  • Are made with love (each treat is handmade)
  • Can be shipped to my house

The treats are $7.83 for an 8 ounce box and $12.73 for a 16 ounce box over at There are other flavors in line such as duck & cherry, buffalo & blueberry, and catfish. Smooches to you and your pup!

Did your pups get anything exciting for the holidays? 

Orijen Freeze-Dried Dog Food

Disclaimer:  This post is a review of Orijen Freeze-Dried Dog Food. I was sent a sample in exchange for a review. All opinions, as always, are 100% my own.

Rowdy just got himself in some trouble. Let’s be honest, he’s more pot-bellied pig than dog (and I say that lovingly, I myself am a recovering food addict). This time around, he was more than happy to help me out with a blog review of Orijen Freeze-Dried Dog Food. So happy, in fact, that he decided to eat his own and then scarf down some of Shadow’s before she got inside. Clearly, he would promote this food any day.

Orijen Freeze-Dried Dog Food Medallions
Shadow’s Medallions before water

As for me, I have to tell you, I was a bit grossed out by the food. It comes in freeze-dried medallions and involves work on the pet owner’s part. Work = pouring 1/4 cup of warm water over each medallion and letting it sit for 3-5 minutes…or stirring to make the process go faster. Since Rowdy was quite impatient, I found myself needing to stir the “mixture” so he could eat sooner. Yuck! (Let’s be honest, dog food doesn’t smell great at all, so just imagine having to stir it and have it there under your nose for a few minutes.)

Orijen Freeze-Dried Dog Food
Rowdy’s food in progress

Regardless of how I felt about the extra work and smell, Rowdy and Shadow seemed happy with the food. They each can eat several medallions a day (Rowdy gets 7 and Shadow 8 based on calories and weight)–the only problem with this is that there are 12 medallions in the 6 oz. bag, so if they became addicted to the food, it could be costly for our budget. (A 6 oz. bag costs $12.99 on, and a larger 16 oz. bag is $31.99.)

Orijen Adult Dog Freeze-Dried Food

Our dogs got to try out the “Adult Dog” version, there is also a “Tundra” and “Regional Red” version of the food. Each variety is specially formulated, balanced meals made with fresh ingredients. The freeze-drying process locks in the flavor and the freshness. (I can attest that the food is fresh and flavorful just based on the smell as I mixed it up!) Even better, the food leaves out fillers and preservatives, leaving dogs with only the “good stuff” they would get in the wild.

If you’d like to learn more about any of the varieties or pick up some of your own to try, head over to to learn more.