Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Pups, Pats & That

It is seriously hard to believe that we are just one week away from Christmas Eve.... I truly have no words for this wordless Wednesday!

"My Mommy & Daddy went to the @patriots game yesterday and all they brought me was this stupid hat." #dogstagram #rescued #houndmix #instadog #patriots #gopats #adoptdontshop #ilovemydogs

Let's go Pats! #patsVsdolphins #patriots #gillette #areyoureadyforsomefootball @patriots

Lola lending moral support to Zeus while he sits after breakfast. #megaesophagus #seniordog #ilovemyseniordog #ilovemydogs #love #dobermanmix #labmix #ilovebigmutts #adoptdontshop

It was a great day to be at Gillette! #patsVsdolphins #patriots #gillette #AFCEastChampions

Tut was one of the @blogpaws October photo contest winners!! #dogstagram #coonhoundmix #rescued #adoptdontshop #houndmix #seniordog #ilovebigmutts #ilovemydogs #mybaby
Tut's leafy photo was one of the 3 winners
in Blog Paws' October photo contest!
 
Merry & Bright... #christmas #Poinsettia #toocute #planter

At the vet for a check up / recheck of xrays. He's beyond happy to see his favorite girls. I snapped this pic as he was all confused with the VERY vocal beagle who just came in. #dogstagram #instadog #ilovemyseniordog #seniordog #ilovebigmutts #megaesopha
 
Of course I'm behind on Christmas gift #knitting , aren't you? Thankful for bulky yarn and quick knit winter accessories! #knitterproblems #knitstagram #instaknit #getyourkniton

What I did at work today... Local businesses donate table top trees for a raffle which benefits Toys For Tots.   #ilovemyjob #toysfortots #christmas #tree

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

REVIEW: goDog Toys

goDog Toys

Where to Find: goDog


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While you're busy checking your list (and checking it twice), don't forget all of the nice pups longing for toys this holiday season.  We recently received two from goDog that we'd like to tell you about...
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The Green & White Peppermint



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The Purple Clam
from the Shellfish Collection






Both toys feature the awesome Chew Guard Technology that goDog is known for.  In case you've been living under a rock, or uh-hum, a clam shell perhaps, Chew Guard Technology is a special manufacturing process that adds a super tough, durable liner to soft plush toys, making them strong enough to stand up to even the toughest play.  (The technology is also being used in their new line of dog beds)

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These are not the first goDog toys to enter the Lapdog household, so we can truly attest to the durability of the Chew Guard Technology.  Other plush toys have come and gone (some quicker than I can blurt out "Nooooo... don't unstuff it!"), but goDog toys stand the test of time, and four large Lapdogs... including a couple who enjoy the unstuffing process a little too much.  Serious kudos to whomever came up with this amazing technology... it works! 

Sure, no toy is completely indestructible, but the bottom line is goDog toys are tough and they last much longer than most other toys.  They even offer a guarantee, via a one-time replacement if your goDog toy does not outlast a standard plush. 

2014-12-16_09-15-39Both the Peppermint and Clam are being well-loved in our house, and that makes me smile.  My pack has two overflowing baskets full of toys, and as they age they're not quite as playful as they once were... but Mr. Clam and Minty (ok, so I'm not very original... pffst) are being played with or carried around on a daily basis.  That speaks volumes to me, and as a result Santa has purchased a couple of other goDog toys this year.

The squeaker in the Peppermint has bit the dust, but other than that, it's held up just fine.  Sophie is extra tough on squeakers and seems to have "killed" this one, but amazingly without putting any holes or tears in the toy itself.  Normally when she "kills" the squeaker, it's dissected from the toy at the same time.  I'll call this battle a tie - Sophie .5 / goDog .5 - and honestly, what's the problem with one less squeaker in the house?

2014-11-24_08-49-13The clam is still squeaking and holding strong.  As a native to a small fishing town in Massachusetts, I smile a little bit more about my pack playing with a clam.  The fact that it's purple, well that's even more reason to smile. 

The Lapdogs give goDog toys their official 16 Paws Up Seal of Approval - and the humans toss in a couple of thumbs for good measure.  Forgo the $1 toy bin this year and get your dog a goDog plush toy for the holidays... neither of you will be disappointed!


Disclaimer: Quaker Pet Group sent the 2 dog toys shown above to Lapdog Creations for review purposes.  I was not compensated for this review. All opinions expressed in the review are my own.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Friday, December 12, 2014

REVIEW: goDog BedZzz

goDog BedZzz

Where To Find: goDog


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When we were asked if we'd like to review the new line of goDog BedZzz, I jumped at the chance!  I don't know about your household, but our 4-doggy household has beds in both the living room and bedroom (and, no, that doesn't mean dogs don't find their way onto the couches and human bed), and finding ones that hold up to large dogs has always been a challenge.

goDog BedZzz are designed to fit most standard size crates/kennels, which made them all the more intriguing to me (but of course, that doesn't mean you have to use them in a crate). Teutul is the only Lapdog who still spends time in a crate - mostly when we're at work, and only because, despite his age, he's still a bundle of energy and it's the easiest way for me to ensure Zeus has a peaceful day while I'm not home.  Plus, Tut doesn't seem to mind and goes right for his crate when he knows I'm leaving in the morning.

Stay tuned for our #review on the blog! #GoDog #dogstagram #dogbed #paw #instadog

Anyway, back to Tut's crate bedding.  In the past he's chewed holes in the beds and pillows to "de-stuff" them, so I had switched to blankets.  When I found out the goDog BedZzz were made to stand up to "tough love," I knew we had to try one!

goDog BedZzz are made with the same awesome Chew Guard Technology used in their toys (which I already know holds up to the Lapdogs).  This proprietary process adds a tear-resistant mesh lining that is guaranteed to stand up to even the toughest chewers!  It's super squishy too... and addictive.  They attach a sample to the tag and I find myself "squishing" it from time to time... like a stress ball, only better).
"goDog BedZzz are GUARANTEED to last longer than standard soft plush beds or we will give you a free one-time replacement! Guarantee valid for 30 days from purchase date. Shipping and handling fees apply."
goDog BedZzz are available in 6 sizes, XS (18" x 13") thru XXL (49" x 30"), and several color options.  I opted for the XL size, which is 43" x 28" and intended for 42" crates.  When the box arrived, I was a little skeptical as it seemed to be pretty small.  In fact, I had thought they forgot the bed (we also received some wonderful goDog toys for review  - stay tuned to hear about those next week)!  Much to my surprise, this really big, super squishy bed popped out when we opened the box!

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Oh my... I know many folks wish for scratch 'n sniff internet, but I wish we had touch 'n fluff internet.  I can't even begin to tell you how soft and squishy this bed is!  Not only were all 4 of the Lapdogs immediately interested in it, but I was too!  I *might* have even pushed a dog to the side and claimed it as my own for a minute... or five! 

I think Tut was a little confused at first.  He gave it a chomp and realized it had the squishy chew-guard stuff inside, then started trying to carry it around the house like a giant stuffed bear.  We had a little talk and I explained this was not a squeaky toy, but the most comfortable bed he will ever have... and he seemed to get the hang of it.

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We used our goDog BedZzz during the last bits of deck-lounging weather this fall, then moved it into the living room.  I wanted to ensure that Tut truly realized it was a bed and not a toy before moving it into his crate.  That will happen this weekend...

goDog BedZzz do not have a removable outer shell, however the whole bed is machine washable (air dry flat, then re-fluff). 

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If there's a special little - or big - doggy on your holiday shopping list this year, do consider a goDog BedZzz!  They will love you for it (after you get off of it and give it back to them, of course).

Disclaimer: Quaker Pet Group sent one Bedzzz XL dog bed to Lapdog Creations for review purposes.  I was not compensated for this review. All opinions expressed in the review are my own.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: 2 IS Better than 1

I'm not sure where time is flying, but it's Wednesday again... let's get wordless!  Lola wanted everyone to know that two beds are better than one!  Just look at the double-decker she created all by herself.  My girl's got talent... she carried that blue bed over from the other side of the room.

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Because 2 beds are better than 1...Lola did this all by herself last night. Pushed the blue bed on top of the white and fluffed it into a pillow. My girl's got talent! #dogstagram #rescued #dobermanmix #seniordog #adoptdontshop #dobiemix

Gorgeous colors in the #sky last night. #sunset #newengland #trees #fall #winteriscoming #newhampshire

Zeus is not impressed with this icky wet snow. #dogstagram #instadog #seniordog #firstsnow #snow #newengland #winteriscoming #ilovemyseniordog #notsohappydog #ilovebigmutts

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! So #thankful we still have electricity! #snow #thanksgiving #newhampshire #trees #clouds #sky #firstsnow #newengland #winterwonderland

Lola cried when she saw the #snow Not sure if that's good or bad... #dogstagram #instadog #dobermanmix #seniordog #newengland #rescued #dobiemix #firstsnow #winteriscoming

Think it's finally time to bind off my #JustEnoughRuffles #scarf It has been complete for months... 600 stitches waiting to be bound off purlwise...and I need the needles for another project. #knitterproblems #knitstagram #malabrigo #handknit #getyourknit

Find of the day!!!

Monday, December 08, 2014

Monday Mischief: Cake & A Good Check-Up

Happy ... yawn ... Monday!  I woke up this morning already thinking about going to bed early tonight.  That's bad, right?  It's cold, the humans are fighting off colds, and a certain Doberman mix is back to her 'ole midnight 2am snack and pee habit. 

With everything going on last week, I got into a little mischief of my own by forgetting to auto-set Sophie's birthday post.  Which meant it went up in the late afternoon early evening on Saturday.  shhh... 
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All was forgotten when she saw her peanut butter-banana cake from The Barkery...  

Happy 8th Birthday Sophie! #birthday #dogcake #dogstagram #ilovemydogs

I think it's safe to say she loved it...

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Nom-Nom-Nom ... Sophie tried her best to munch as much of the yogurt frosting off before I took the cake away to cut it up for sharing.

Sophie loves her peanut butter banana #birthday #dogcake from #thebarkery #happydog #instadog #dogstagram #rescued #houndmix #ilovemydogs #adoptdontshop

On another note, I'm happy to report :::knocking on wood::: that Zeus had a great weekend!  We had a check-up with Dr. C on Friday morning, which included a recheck of his chest x-rays.  It looks like the pneumonia has cleared up again, but we extended the antibiotics by 1 week just as a safety. 
At the vet for a check up / recheck of xrays. He's beyond happy to see his favorite girls. I snapped this pic as he was all confused with the VERY vocal beagle who just came in. #dogstagram #instadog #ilovemyseniordog #seniordog #ilovebigmutts #megaesopha

We talked in depth about his mega esophagus and feeding, as my biggest concern last week turned to finding a way to get him to keep his food down.  Even with 3-4 very small meals, we were still seeing regurgitation nearly each time we fed him, and while it wasn't a lot, it's still a concern and got me wondering if it was possibly something to do with his stomach and not mega-e.  Plus, the fact that he is at risk for aspiration pneumonia every time he regurgitates. 

Dr. C was pretty confident that what we were seeing is nothing more than his mega-e, and that his esophagus was probably not retracting at all. There's nothing we can "do" for that, except lots of trial and error to figure out what food works best at this point. I'd already increased his amount of canned food and decreased the amount of kibble.  On Friday evening, I went down to just a small handful of kibble mixed with nearly a full can... and guess what?  It's working! (still knocking on wood) So far, so good! Not even a single regurgitation episode all weekend!  Yes!  (We're officially at a full can with one small handful of kibble mixed in at each meal and will weigh in, literally, in a week or so to see if that's enough to keep his weight consistent or if we'll have to adjust for more canned).

Now, for the drawback..... Zeus is eating Merrick Senior Medley.  For a dog his size, this means a case of their 13.2 oz cans lasts only 3-4 days, and we're looking at a new expense of about $225 per month for his canned food alone.  It's going to be tough.  I'm trying to find some way to do something to get the expense cut back.  Wish us luck....