Wednesday, March 4, 2015

VIP Products Toy Tester: Tequila Worm

We recently received another VIP Toy Tester product: a tequila worm!

 Edison had fun playing with this new guy.  While he only had one squeaker, his body was one core that squeaked at all locations.  Ed loved this.

His fabric hat was an easy area of destruction that quickly brought down the tequila worm.

 Unfortunately, Mr. Worm quickly met his demise.

Of all the products we've reviewed our favorite is still the Mega-Tug Oval that is still in commission!

And here's a photo of Tesla...just because she's so darn cute!
What is your pooch's favorite toy?  Have you found any super-durable toys?

Monday, March 2, 2015

PEDs: Winter Wear

During our first winter as a group, only a few of our members dressed up their pooches.  But we've been spending more and more time outside each week.  As our group has been growing, so has our collective wardrobe.  

We share our favorite items, what works for us, and what our pooches seem to like.  Now, nearly all of our members have some sort of attire!

Does your pooch dress for the weather?  What are your favorite items?

Friday, February 27, 2015

Sleeping with Dogs

It's no secret that our dogs love comfort.

Or that we let them share our bed.

But what I find most interesting is how much more comfortable they look than me.

Do you share your bed with your pooches?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Birthday Gala 2015

In honor of Edison & Tesla's birthdays, each year we hold a Birthday Gala.  This black tie affair not only helps us forget about the tundra we live in, but also raises money for a local shelter!

We started this three years ago after wanting to host a holiday party.  But the holidays are so busy and there are so many parties, we couldn't justify the craziness.  We thought late January would be the perfect time to host a party -- at the start of the post-holiday blues and in the midst of sibERIEa.

We used our pooches January birthdays as our party purpose.  But not wanting anyone to think we take this too seriously, we decided to go all out with a "black-tie optional" party complete with cocktails and fancy hors d'oeuvres.

And the best part? We raised nearly $700!

Thank you to all our friends who joined us and donated in honor of our two best buds!

Monday, February 23, 2015

PEDs: Frigid Temperatures

Living in sibERIEa the past few weeks has made many things difficult, especially getting our furry friends outside.

Due to the frigid temperatures this month, we've had to cancel our walks.  We were so excited that it was finally warm enough for this week's walk -- double the right direction!

While it's not always easy to get out each week, we keep our weekly walks on our schedule to get out when we can.

We are routinely impressed with our members that brave the temperatures each week and come throughout the entire winter.

Have you been able to get out this winter?

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Ed & Tess's Favorite Things: Greenies Pill Pockets

Shortly after I brought Tess home, I started noticing she was "leaking."  A quick (but expensive -- so many tests!) vet visit confirmed she was spay incontinent.

To remedy this, we give her Proin.  While I'd love to ween her down even further, our sweet-spot seems to be 1 pill a day (at night with dinner).  When we started giving her this pill, we would put it in a glob of peanut butter.  After several months, this stopped working.  We moved to cheese which worked for about a year, until she would eat the cheese and spit out the pill. Then, we tried pepperoni.  This lasted the longest, but it too eventually stopped working.

Over the past year, we landed on Greenies Pill Pockets.  I never thought I would waste my money on these, but what a difference they've made!  For several weeks after the pepperoni stopped working, it was a constant battle trying to get the pill down Tess's throat.  These changed that completely. Tess actually gets excited when she hears the pill bottle opening, instead of slinking away.  We use the Duck & Pea variety which are super stinky (read: super yummy for pooches).

While they are a bit pricey, the stress they have relieved (on both parties!) is totally worth it.  We've also found that they are cheaper at our vet.  Does anyone else use Pill Pockets for medications?  Has anyone tried the homemade pill pocket recipe? I'm thinking if I add some fish oil they will be stinky enough for Tess's liking!

Friday, January 16, 2015

VIP Products Toy Tester: Mega Octopus

The past few days, Edison's new best friend has been Oscar Schwarzacreature, the latest of Tuffy Toys we received.

Even after losing his head (and all his guts stuffing), he still remained Edison's faithful companion.  Until Tesla got a hold of him...

Overall, the pups have really enjoyed playing with Oscar.  And while he's no longer a stuffy, per say, Edison has been carrying his carcass all through the house.