• Bitty,  My dog Cami

    Cami’s Favorite Things – Spring Edition

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    Hanging out with my mom! My mom came to visit us and help us move to our new house. Cami’s favorite thing is hanging out with her 🙂 My mom got her a toy that makes a pig honking sound! She never had any noise making toys before so she played with that endlessly until she broke the squeaker

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    Lazy Dog Restaurant! We found this super cute lunch spot with a dog friendly patio and dog menu too! They have various locations and we went to the one at the Town Square mall in Vegas.

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    After rolling around and getting hot all day, Cami loves sleeping on the bed with us. So that means so needs to have a bath before she does that!  We discovered Arm and Hammer Pet Shampoos and they are truly the best!

    For more than 165 years, people have chosen pure, versatile, effective, environmentally safe and economical ARM & HAMMERâ„¢ Baking Soda for baking and countless household & personal care uses. Arm & Hammer Baking Soda is an alternative to using harsh chemicals, which makes it great for use around food, kids, and pets.

     

     

     

  • My dog Cami

    Cami’s Favorite Things February Edition

    Cami is almost 9 months old now and so far she has been on a raw diet! We are open to letting her try various treats and foods out there as long as they are top notch quality! A lot of people have asked me what my ‘goals’ are and intent in feeding Cami such high quality food. I guess I have a few answers. One, I want to make sure she thrives and not just survives. I want her to be healthy, happy and eating what is BIOLOGICALLY appropriate for her. If I feed a bird Snickers bar instead of seed and worms that it’s suppose to have, you will feel strange right? I think dogs need what they are designed to eat, meat. Yet I know living in urban cities and homes, sometimes you need alternatives. So we have found a bunch of stuff that’s awesome, nutritious and accessible! Hope you enjoy our list for this month!

     

    1. Health Extension has been keeping pets healthy since 1963 by offering nourishing recipes that pet parents can feel good about serving to their pets. Each recipe is crafted with super premium ingredients to help support stronger bones and immune system. Made in the USA, their diets include:
    • Grain Free Dry Dog food varieties offer all the health benefits of the Holistic Health Extension System in a grain-free formula. You won’t find any added hormones – just high-quality meat as the first ingredient – because sensible protein levels are the first step to a healthy life. Available in: Buffalo & Whitefish, Chicken & Turkey, Salmon, Duck, Venison, and Buffalo & Whitefish Little Bites.

    • Grain Free Stews for dogs are a superb source of high-quality protein. The formulas also provide an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. Your dog will enjoy and benefit from the stew due to its lack of growth hormones, steroids, meat by-products, and allergy related fillers. Available in: Chunky Chicken Stew, Tasty Turkey Stew and Savory Beef Stew.

    We recently tried the Savory Beef Stew and I mix in a spoonful along with her breakfast. She loves it!

    We always read the ingredients label so here it is:

    beef broth, chicken, beef, Carrots, dried egg whites, potato starch, dried egg product, peas, Guar gum, salt, added color, Tricalcium Phosphate, dried potatoes, sodium phosphate, beet pulp, ground flaxseed, potassium chloride, natural flavor, Ferrous Sulfate, Xanthan Gum, Choline Chloride, Zinc Oxide, Vitamin E Supplement, Copper Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Manganese Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Niacin Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Potassium Iodide, Pyridoxine Hydrocloride, Vitamin D3 Supplement, folic Acid.

    2. We tried vension from Nature’s Logic! This brand is dedicated to offering diets that are made exclusively with whole foods and 100% natural ingredients. Available for both canines and felines, the diets:

    • Are free of common allergens and include no corn, wheat, rice, soy, potato, tapioca, peas, or sweet potatoes
    • Contain natural antioxidants from fruits and vegetables grown in the USA
    • Do not contain any man-made synthetic vitamins, minerals or amino acids, nor any genetically engineered fruits, veggies, nuts, grasses, or seeds
    • Have probiotics and enzymes that help increase nutrient absorption and aid in digestion
    • Are nutrient dense and highly digestible

    This one is more like a pate type of consistency and was easy to scoop out. It is moist and has no ‘gravy’. Cami loves this one too! One of the interesting ingredients in this food is clay. I know it has wonderful minerals and used often in products for detox.  This is probably the easiest way for me to feed and give Cami liver!

    3. Cami graduated from Puppy School! We decided to check out 2 schools in the last few months and I recommend them both! One is more of a formal class with 6-8 students and held at Smarty Paws and the 2nd one is by Tino (Peace Love and Pitbulls) held at a outdoors at Desert Breeze Park. What I liked about taking Cami is learn is that she can be around dogs without always being in ‘play’ mode and she learned a lot! Even though I had Jacob for 11 years, it is always good to get a refresher course for new puppies! Puppies are brand new and need a lot of exposure to various situations.

    4. Toy Store! One of our friends from school told us about the Dog Supplies Outlet store so we went to check it out.  It was filled with toys, treats and the best part was Cami got a chirpy ball from JW and an orange monkey fist knot rope. Very successful and tons of fun.

    5. Treats ++ This brand is so cool. I and Love and You dog treats are Nice Moist Jerky and can be used for training. We used these in school and Cami learned ‘down’. They are easy to tear into small bits and the Chicken and Duck are so yummy and considered a ‘high value’ treat that’s perfect for training. We also trained with their dry kibble… They are heart shaped! Grain free and filled with Probiotics for easy digestion.

    6. Uber for Dogs? No really. This is the first on demand Dog Walking App! I haven’t tried it yet because they don’t service Vegas but I’d love to be a walker. Check out Wag App.

    7. I saw this funny dog tag on BADTAGS.com. This is not Cami but it looks a lot like her! ha ha!

    8. One of the oldest brand of dog treats I recall is the Bil Jac Liver in the milk carton type packaging! I am so happy to see their brand update includes the ORIGINAL recipes still! This one is a fan favorite and Cami loves when I hide these in her toys and Kong! A word from Bil Jac:

    • Because of our unique processing, no fat is added to Bil-Jac Super Premium Dog Food.
    • We use much more REAL CHICKEN and REAL CHICKEN ORGANS than other leading brands.
    • We never use grain gluten meals or grain protein concentrates as a source of protein in our formulas.
    • Our use of carbohydrates is to provide nutritional balance and energy — not as a substitute for protein.
    • Our unique processing method may eliminate the perceived “allergic” symptoms dogs exhibit when carbohydrates in their diet are not properly processed.

  • Las Vegas,  My dog Cami,  My Dog Jacob

    Top Five Must Haves for National Dog Day

    So…. If you follow me on social media, you will know that we got a puppy!  After Jacob’s passing in June, the house just felt so empty and dogless. After 11 years of my best dog ever being my companion, it was time for us to celebrate him and apply all that he taught us to be a good pet parent again. Introducing my dearest puppy Cami! She has some big paws to fill and we love her to bits. Let’s Celebrate National Dog Day together.

    For National Dog Day on Friday 8/26, Thumbtack released new data on how Americans love their dogs, based on 240,000 requests for pet services across the U.S.  Thumbtack data on the most popular services for dog lovers shows that:

    • 35% hire a dog sitter to visit 2-3 times a day.
    • 40% request walks to be 30 minutes long.
    • 24% of dog training focuses on behavior modification — teaching old dogs new tricks.
    • 59% spend more than $50 to pamper their pooches with manicures, tooth care, and hair trimming.
    • New Mexico is the No. 1 state in the U.S. where dog owners pamper their pets with services, followed by Rhode Island, Arizona, and Nevada.

    Thumbtack offers a wide-range of pet services, including pet walking, grooming, sitting, boarding, training, photography, and even pet door installation.

    Here are some fun pet items that you can celebrate National Dog Day with!

    1. the KYON Collar -KYON announced the launch of the KYON Pet Tracker, the first all-in-one pet collar that provides a unique opportunity for owners to communicate with their pets. The KYON collar comes equipped with embedded GPS technology and an LED display that makes communicating with pets easier than ever before. The collar works together with a user-friendly mobile application that enables owners to monitor, track, and receive information or alerts about their pets. You never have to wonder or worry about how your furry friend again.

    2. The Petzi Camera –

    Petzi Treat Cam is a device that seamlessly connects to your home’s Wi-Fi network and allows you to (‘see’) video, (‘speak’) audio, (‘snap’) take pictures and (‘treat’) dispense treats to their pets remotely using any internet enabled smart device.

    Petzi Treat Cam is available for $169.99 online through Amazon, as well as Best Buy, Bed Bath & Beyond, and PetCo. It’s sure to be a Barktastic device for the days when your fur baby is out of reach.

    3. Kodak Pet Monitor – $99.99

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    Along with the app isecurityplus.com, this handy pet camera can be view on your cellphone, iPad and computer. It detects motion easily and night vision too. This came in especially handy since we are crate training Cami right now. With a puppy, they can never be left unattended. Pet parents, if you are anything like me, this cool little black camera will give you a peace of mind.

    4. Petshoppe Treats – $2.99+

    Training a puppy means you need treats! You don’t want to give them just anything that will fill them up. When I was at Superzoo, one professional trainer told me that the best treats do not stain, are compact, don’t crumble and won’t melt! The Walgreens new Petshoppe Pet Treat items made with quality ingredients from the Americas or Europe fit the bill for great training. Treats include Chicken Skins, Sweet Potato Slices, Pork Jerky, Crunchy Bites and more.

    5. Playa Pup – Sunwear for dogs

    When you live in Vegas, it is pretty much sunny everyday! This cooling mat from Playa Pup is an essential for inside and outside. It gets so hot here that often when we return from walks, Cami literally melts flat on to the kitchen tiles to cool off.

     

  • Las Vegas

    Pet Ownership: New York vs. Las Vegas

    We moved from NY (Ranked worst 100th!) to Vegas (Ranked 9th best)! Check out this interesting facts about pet ownership below.

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    With National Homeless Animals Day approaching and nearly 80 million American households owning a pet today — an all-time high — WalletHub took an in-depth look at 2016’s Most Pet-Friendly Cities.

    In order to identify the cities where our furry and slimy friends can enjoy the best quality of life without breaking our wallets, WalletHub’s number crunchers compared the creature-friendliness of the 100 largest cities based on 19 key metrics. Our data set ranges from the minimum pet-care provider rate per visit to the number of pet businesses per capita.

    Pet-Friendliness of New York (1=Best; 50=Avg.):

    • 93rd – Veterinary Care Costs
    • 100th – Dog Insurance Premium
    • 91st – Number of Veterinarians per Capita
    • 88th – Number of Pet Businesses per Capita
    • 82nd – Number of Pet-Friendly Restaurants per Capita
    • 76th – % of Pet-Friendly Hotels
    • 24th – Number of Dog Parks per Capita
    • 86th – Number of Animal Shelters per Capita
    • 58th – Number of Pet Caretakers per Capita

    For the full report, please visit: 

    https://wallethub.com/edu/most-pet-friendly-cities/5562/