The Shelter Dog That Changed Our Lives Forever- Who Rescued Who?

Buddy from They say things in life come full circle. Everything happens for a reason. You don’t choose your fate, it chooses you. And most importantly, never say “never.”

There are times in our lives when surprises, big or small, come our way unannounced with no warning. We make plans and imagine our future only to find it can all change in an instant, and our lives take a different course that we never saw coming. Things we “never” imagined for ourselves turn out to be the blessings in our lives that we’re most thankful for and never knew we needed. 

The surprising “never” of our family’s fate walked into our lives on four legs, covered in fleas and ticks, malnourished, battered and bruised, with a heart of gold and a tail that has never stopped wagging since the moment we met him. 

Buddy from Pet ProductsI was driving to a doctors appointment one Wednesday afternoon when a dog that reminded me of Jem walked across the road right in front of my car. I quickly pulled over to check if he had an ID tag for me to call his home. When I jumped out to look for him, I couldn’t find him anywhere! I was so worried that I missed my opportunity to reunite him with his family. After no luck finding him, I got back into my car and shut the door. In my rear-view mirror I saw big brown eyes staring back and me and heard the sound of a tail thumping against the seat. I had left my car door open when I was looking for him, and he jumped in!

Buddy from Pet ProductsHe chose me. I couldn’t believe how fateful it felt that he walked in front of my car and then made his choice to jump on in to join me on whatever road was ahead of us both.

Buddy from looking forward to a new futureMy first impression of him was “wag more, bark less.” He was such a sweet, quiet, gentle, obedient, and overly happy boy who never stopped wagging his tail. His unwavering positivity was so inspiring because I would expect a dog in his condition to be as emotionally damaged on the inside as he appeared to be on the outside, but he acted like he was the luckiest and most grateful boy in the world just to be alive and in the care of someone who could potentially give him a future. 

He didn’t have a collar or ID tag, the vet didn’t find a micro chip, and Animal Control and the shelters had no reports of a missing dog that matched his description. He was officially a stray without immediate hope of a family.

Buddy from on a walkI have seen lots of success stories on Facebook of pets being reunited, so I posted his picture with a description of where I found him and his traits such as gender, size, condition, and the fact that he had not been neutered.

Introducing Buddy To The Pack

I brought him home and hesitantly introduced him to Zoey, Jem, and Laci. They can be cliquey at times and unfriendly to new guests that threaten their pack, but I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw how welcoming they were to him. Laci jumped all over him like they’ve been best friends for years, Zoey wagged her tail as she sniffed him, and Jem only gave a few curious howls. Our dogs welcomed him so easily and accepted him in a way that felt like they knew him all their lives. I had a fateful feeling that was their way of telling us this new dog was always meant to be here with us. 

Buddy Meets The OthersI was also worried how he might react to them since I had no idea what kind of trauma he had been through in the past or if he had dog aggression. I was so impressed with how gentle and kind he was with our little dogs as he towered over them sniffing them curiously and wagging his tail.

Buddy from sharing dinner with LaciHis tail has never missed a beat since we met him. He could be standing outside all alone and he would be wagging as if to say he was happy and content no matter what he was doing or what the circumstances were.

I was sad for him when I noticed he didn’t seem to know how to interact or play with our dogs or their toys. It was like he had never learned how to be a dog, and maybe he was never given that chance. We would try to play ball, fetch, or tug of war with him and he seemed confused like a new puppy being introduced to a toy for the first time.

Buddy from didn't know how to play with toysHe was cautious, looked for approval, and aimed to please us. He would look up at us for permission before going inside the house wondering if he was welcome. He was extremely smart and attentive from the start. He even knew the general commands like “sit, stay, come, no, etc.”

Buddy from Knows "Sit"He loved being in the car more than any other dog I’ve met. We’d take him on as many car rides as we could, and when we got home he didn’t want to get out. He wanted to stay in there for hours by himself just parked in the garage. It was his comfort zone. He could only be coaxed out with a treat, and even then he needed a lot of encouragement before he would give in. We wondered if he felt most comfortable there because he associated it with being rescued. Maybe he figured if he stayed in the car we would have to take him with us if we ever left, and he wouldn’t be abandoned again. 

Buddy from wouldn't get out of the carHe had such a selfless spirit and gentle soul from the second he walked into our lives. We didn’t know what to call him or if we should name him. Naturally we would say, “come here Bud,” or “hey Buddy, good boy!” His friendly spirit led us to instinctually call him Buddy as a term of endearment, and after a few days the name stuck. 

Buddy’s Past In The Kill Shelter Is Revealed

 The day after finding him, two women came forward on Facebook saying he was their dog and his name was Elvis, but he may not know his name because they had only had him for less than a week. They said he dug out from under their fence while they weren’t home. They had just started a non-profit out of their house with a mission to rescue dogs from kill shelters. They arrived at the kill shelter 30 minutes before the dogs were scheduled to be euthanized and rescued them from that fate.
Buddy's rescue from the kill shelter

Minutes Away From Being Euthanized 

We called the kill shelter that “Elvis” came from, and the woman on the phone couldn’t speak more highly of him. She said he was such an amazing dog that they actually gave him two weeks longer than protocol before they are euthanized hoping that he would be rescued.

Every Creatures Salvation saved him only minutes before he was scheduled to be euthanized. I was speechless and numbed at the thought of how close this remarkable dog was to never walking out of that kill shelter.

Buddy from RadioFence.comBecoming His Foster Family 

The women who rescued him had saved multiple dogs at once and were tight on resources. We asked them if we could foster Buddy at our home. We were attached and didn’t want to see him leave, but mainly we knew it was in his best interest if we funded his journey to adoption. There was a PetSmart adoption event in one week that they originally planned for him to attend, and he needed to be neutered by then to be eligible.

Surprise Of A Lifetime On The Operating Table

 We scheduled Buddy to be neutered with a wonderful veterinarian in town, and we joked that we should get the operation at half price because he only had one testicle. The veterinarian laughed and warned us that it would actually be more expensive because they have to make an incision in his abdomen to go looking for the other testicle that hadn’t dropped.

Buddy from after surgeryWhen we picked Buddy up, the veterinarian said it was a miracle that he happened to make the incision in the location that he did, because as soon as he opened Buddy up he saw a large bubble on his bladder that was moments away from bursting. The vet said his bladder could have ruptured just from playing or rough housing with him and couldn’t believe it was still in tact. He said an injury like that is only consistent with being kicked in the stomach or hit by a car. Both scenarios were tough to stomach thinking about him in either of those dreadful situations. We began to feel like we should be calling him Lucky rather than Buddy!

Is Buddy A Boy Or A Girl?

The surprises didn’t stop there, when looking for his other testicle, the vet instead found a uterus and an ovary. Buddy was a boy on the outside but a girl on the inside! The poor thing went in for a routine neutering surgery and came out with a bladder repair, full hysterectomy, and neutering. We slept with him on the living room floor throughout the night to care for him after this extensive operation. 

Buddy from recovering from surgeryAdoption Event Cancelled

Buddy’s recovery time doubled once these surprises showed up in the operating room, and the plan to have him ready for the adoption event that weekend was no longer an option. We were going to be caring for him through his recovery for another week or two.

Buddy from recovering after surgeryWe had all been getting more attached and emotionally invested in him at this point, and on Valentine’s Day Buddy suffered from a seizure in the front yard which scared us half to death. We rushed him to the vet, and once we got there he acted like nothing had happened. The vet said he could just be epileptic, and this may not be the last time he has one. He took a long nap that day because he was so tired from the seizure.  Buddy from taking a nap

A Change of Heart – Or Was It?

It’s hard to pin point the exact moment when we realized we could never give Buddy up for adoption to another family, or if we somehow knew it all along. But after everything he went through at the kill shelter, getting rescued moments before being euthanized only to find himself on the streets again within days, his surgery, seizure, and how positive he still remained, my dad was the first person to utter the words that we were all thinking -“maybe we should just keep him.”

He had already been through so much and reshaped our family’s structure to include his resilient spirit. I don’t think we could have felt whole again with his absence, and we couldn’t imagine putting him through another huge life change of being re-homed. He is finally home, he has a forever family, and he isn’t going anywhere unless it’s in the backseat with us. 

Buddy and Laci going for a car rideBuddy’s Transformation 

There was a noticeable change in Buddy once we established that he was a permanent member of our family. When we were fostering him, it felt like he didn’t want to play with the toys and join in with the other dogs because maybe he was worried it was just temporary and didn’t want to get his hopes up or get too used to it. After we adopted him, we could notice him letting his guard down. I will never forget the night he opened himself up and learned to play with Laci and the toys in the living room.

Buddy and Laci PlayingHe and Laci have been inseparable and obsessed with each other ever since.

They sleep together…

Buddy and Laci from Sleep Together Cuddle…

Buddy and Laci from CuddleWatch TV…

Buddy and Laci watching TV!Laugh together…

Buddy and Laci from Swapping JokesNap…

napKeep each other company…

Buddy and Laci from Hanging OutAnd comfort each other

Buddy and Laci from Have A Strong BondThey have such a great bond and fun adventures. 

He has finally been given the chance to learn how to be a dog, and he’s probably the purest-hearted one we’ve ever known. He still loves going for car rides, but he trusts that he can go inside with us afterwards until the next ride without worrying he that will get left behind.

Buddy from Loves The CarWith all of the improvements he has made, our favorite thing about Buddy hasn’t changed since the moment he came into our lives – he still wags his tail constantly without fail. And now he goes to bed every night with a smile on his face.

smileThere are few people or animals in this life that are so wonderful they make you feel indebted to them. It’s like they have done you a favor just by giving you the honor of knowing them. That is how Buddy has made our family feel – blessed, gifted, indebted, uplifted, inspired, thankful. We didn’t choose our fate, he chose us.

Buddy from's Cheesy Smile

Is Canned or Dry Dog Food Healthier?

Canned or Dry Dog Food? Which One Is Healthier?

We are always researching what the healthiest and best diet options are for our three dogs Zoey, Jem, and Laci. Zoey eats only canned wet food because of her frequent urinary tract infections (the water in the wet food helps prevent her UTI’s). Jem eats dry kibble with a scoop of Zoey’s wet food because she sees Zoey’s food and is envious of the flavor. Laci is just a puppy and indulges in her dry kibble without complaint, but she never misses an opportunity to sprint over to Zoey and Jem’s bowls after they’ve finished to lick them dry! 


According to an article from, canned food may be a better option for dogs than the dry kibble – and no this article was not written by a dog who wants to convince his human to buy canned food just for the flavor of it! 

Why Can Canned Be Better Than Dry Kibble?

Canned foods typically have more meat protein and fewer carbohydrates than dry kibble. Because of the cans’ air-tight packaging, they usually don’t have synthetic preservatives, flavors, and colors. This means the fats and oils in the food won’t become rancid. 

Why Does My Dog Go Crazy Over Canned Food?

Has your dog ever had a taste of canned food? If she has I bet she went crazy over it! Our girls can’t seem to get enough. The smell lures them in and the taste gets them hooked. Laci fiends for Zoey’s wet food so bad that we have to put Zoey in a separate room to eat. Jem has become so spoiled by the scoop of wet food that we add to her kibble that if we don’t add it she looks up at us like we’re crazy and refuses to eat!

DSC02359One reason dogs go so nuts for canned food is because the meats are closer to their natural state. This makes canned foods tastier and more appetizing than the dry kibble. 

The Moisture Content Helps With Overall Health and Health Issues

PetMd explains that not all dogs drink as much water as they should and wet food can be a great source of hydration. This is one of the main reasons we feed Zoey wet food – she seems to be indifferent to drinking water. Moisture in a pet’s diet becomes increasingly important as the dog ages, whenever the dog is ill, or if the dog lives in a hot climate.

For our Zoey, the canned food is a must. The high moisture content is perfect for preventing her frequent UTI’s. If you have a dog with urinary issues, the water in the canned food helps significantly more than dry kibble. DSC02472Is your dog overweight? It’s much easier for an obese dog to loose weight by eating wet food because it makes him feel fuller quickly. Your dog can eat more canned food than dry food and still loose weight because the moisture in the canned food takes up volume that won’t contribute to weight gain. 

Canned food is great for elderly dogs or dogs with dental issues. Chewing dry kibble can be very painful and difficult for these dogs which may cause them to eat less which will contribute to poor health overall. You may have heard that dry kibble can be good for your dog’s teeth, but many believe that this is an old rumor.  

Advantages and Disadvantages To Both broke it down nicely for us to compare the advantages and disadvantages to both dry and canned dog foods:

Glancing at this comparison, you can quickly see that dry kibble is more convenient for the humans because of its lower cost, and it does’t take up room in the refrigerator. If canned food is believed to be better for your dog’s overall health, I know the convenience factor becomes an afterthought, because our dogs deserve the best!

Dogs can’t tell us what they want or need, as much as I wish they could, but our dogs make it as obvious as they possibly can that they prefer canned food. It’s impossible for us to ignore their not so subtle hints… so canned food it is! 


When Is Kibble The Better Choice?

When it comes to convenience and cost, nothing beats kibble. So if you’re on a tight budget (and who isn’t these days?!) then a quality kibble is the way to go, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

You can leave kibble in your dog’s bowl for an extended period of time. If your dog is used to grazing rather than eating full meals in one sitting, then you need to stick with the kibble. Because she’s a puppy, Laci eats multiple times throughout the day, so for these reasons dry kibble is the best option for her at this stage.


You should never leave canned food in your dog’s bowl for longer than an hour or two at the most. When wet food is exposed to the environment it easily grows bacteria and quickly becomes contaminated. Dogs with a predisposition to dental problems like excessive plaque and bacteria may need more dental attention when eating a wet food than a dry kibble. 

Kibble can be stored for much longer periods of time. Once you open that bag of kibble, you know it will last until your dog eats the last bit. Unlike kibble, canned food has a short shelf life once it is opened. It must be placed in the refrigerator right after it is opened, and should not be stored opened for longer than two to three days before its time to discard it. 

We Love Kibble and Canned Food!

I don’t want you to think we’re pro-canned and anti-kibble, because we are a huge fan of both. We believe in “listening” to our dogs and watching their behavior closely to determine what each individual pup specifically needs because no two dogs are alike. Like I said, we determined canned food was the best option for Zoey, Laci does great on dry puppy kibble, and our indestructible, healthy Jem still has a perfect bill of health eating mainly kibble with a spoonful of canned to satisfy her flavor cravings. 

Whatever type of food you believe is best for your dog’s health and lifestyle is the right choice for your family. If your budget can’t find room for canned dog food and it’s too much hassle for your lifestyle, the “Jem Method” works great – just add a little bit of canned food to the kibble to have the best of both worlds! PetMd explains that either canned or kibble will satisfy your dog’s nutritional needs as long as the food is well-balanced and you make sure it is made with quality ingredients. And always remember what foods are healthy, and what foods are toxic to your dogs!

Laci loves any kind of food!

Disturbing Lab Results Prove Top Dog and Cat Food Brands Are Unsafe

Our family is extremely concerned with the quality and safety of our food as well as our dogs’ food. We recently started making our own organic treats at home and posting our recipes to the blog for you to enjoy. The next step in our plan is to make our own homemade dog food, and after reading these lab results we aren’t going to wait any longer to get started! 

I can always count on for great content about pets, and this morning I was so happy to come across their article about unsafe pet foods. Pet food consumers just like you and I donated funds to The Association for Truth in Pet Food (ATPF) to test pet foods sold in North America. This test and it’s results are monumental because this is the first and only time a test of this size has been funded and controlled by concerned consumers themselves instead of a regulatory agency that is in charge of governing and selling pet food. Consumers of these pet food brands are left to wonder if these agencies that have conducted tests in the past were too close to the product and the profit to release accurate and honest results. 

Susan Thixton, Pet Food Safety Advocate at ATPF and author of “Buyer Beware” and co-author of “Dinner PAWSible”, was in charge of leading the test along with industry experts such as Dr. Tsengeg Purejav of INTI Service Corporation who lab tested the foods.

Susan explained that “this is history making. No one has ever taken such an up-close and thorough examination of pet food like this before – and most importantly, this was done by pet food consumers!” Thixton said the pet food testing results are “shocking and little did we know we’d find serious risks to ourselves and our human families too.”

The six top dog food brands tested include:

The six top cat food brands tested include:


Did you see any brands you’ve fed your dog before? Because I see two that I’ve fed to Zoey and one that I’ve fed to Jem before! Zoey has been eating Hill’s C/D Urinary Tract Health canned dog food for about a year after she had three consecutive UTI’s. Her veterinarian at Banfield at PetSmart recommended Hill’s brand and explained to me that it is one of the top two brands she would recommend because “they’re the only ones that actually lab test their dog food for health standards.” That feels like a very misleading and untrue statement now that these test results have come out and I see that it’s one of the most UNSAFE brands of food! I can’t believe I’ve been feeding her this food for so long. Jem was eating Blue for the first year of her life until we switched her because of her very stinky farts. Now I’m glad we switched her when we did! 


Test Results:

The tests conducted on the most popular dog food brands mentioned before indicate that many of these foods contain high levels of dangerous mycotoxins, nutrient concerns, bacterial contamination, and antibiotic-resistant bacteria that the FDA calls “Qualifying Pathogens.” None of these dog foods have ingredients from China, but they do have ingredients from other countries outside of North America. 

The Hill’s Prescription C/D Urinary Tract health canned dog food that my vet suggested was the safest, laboratory tested dog food option for Zoey tested to contain 7.72% calcium which is almost three times the legal limit of calcium allowed in adult dog food (AAFCO maximum is 2.5%). The Mycotoxin Risk Equivalent Rating was 16 (20 being High Risk), and it contained several bacteria including two bacteria that the FDA calls “Qualifying Pathogens” that pose a “serious threat to public health.” 

Now What Do We Do?

Thixton believes that consumers’ trust in pet food and the regulatory agencies responsible for “testing” these foods is rapidly declining and I believe she is right. I know my trust in them is completely gone after seeing these results. She explains that “it is truly sad that consumers found the many risks in pet food they did. Now we can hope – with this scientific evidence – that authorities will finally listen to the many complaints of consumers and make pet food safe. Not only for the pets, but for the pet people too.”

1. Find A Food That Is Lab Tested and Proven Safe:

Thixton created a list of the safe pet foods from her studies and lab tests that can be purchased for a small donation. What’s crazy and surprising about this list is that there are only 20 dog foods that make the “healthy” list, and NONE of them can be purchased in big box pet stores. They are only available at independent pet food stores, online pet food stores, or purchased directly from the manufacturer. That really makes you think about the integrity of the big box stores and makes me wonder why they are only making unsafe dog foods available for us to purchase and none of the healthy options are on the shelves!

We love to support small businesses any chance that we can since we are a small business ourselves, and this was the third strike for the big box pet stores like PetSmart where I have been buying Zoey’s C/D Urinary Tract food. I will definitely not be buying any more food or other items from big box pet stores after learning that they don’t sell any healthy of the healthy pet food brands. I’m happy to support the small businesses who are morally selling nutritious food.  

2. Feed Your Pet A Homemade Diet Using Balanced Recipes:

The other thing included in Thixton’s list that really excites me is the two homemade dog and cat food recipes! I’m so thrilled to use these recipes and rest assured that I’m providing Zoey and Jem a healthy, organic, homemade diet.

3. Speak Up To Make A Change:

Thixton also encourages us to make a change by sending letters to our representatives in Washington D.C. She only asks that we don’t send petitions – only letters: “No petitions (please) – representatives in government need to receive hundreds of thousands of personal messages directly from pet food consumers demanding change,” she explains. You can simply go to your state government website for the information on how to contact your representatives. She even created a sample letter for you to send without having to do any of the work! 

Sample Letter to Send to Representatives:

Consumers recently raised the funds to test 12 of the most widely-purchased brands of pet foods sold in the U.S. and Canada. What was found in this consumer funded testing were violations of pet food regulations (nutrient imbalances), dangerously high levels of mold (mycotoxins), and very concerning bacterial contamination (bacteria determined by the FDA and CDC to be antibiotic-resistant).

Consumers pay an estimated $1 billion dollars a year to states in sales tax revenue (for pet food purchases alone). Please explain to me what consumers are getting in return for that revenue?

Pet food consumers have been complaining about the condition of pet food since the 2007 pet food recall, complaints have fallen on deaf ears. For more than seven years consumers have waited on FDA to find the lethal contaminant of Chinese jerky treats – FDA has provided us nothing. In 2007 Congress told FDA to establish pet food ingredient standards and definitions, processing standards of pet food and provide updated standards for the labeling of pet food. This work was required – by Congress – to be completed by September 2009. More than five years after the deadline – consumers still wait for the FDA. I ask you, how much longer should consumers wait for safe pet food?

Testing of pet food that should have been performed by tax dollar supported regulatory authorities was done by consumers. Now, consumers – myself – are asking you Why? How? could pet food pose such a serious risk to the pets that consume it and the humans that handle it?

Please read every page of our Pet Food Test Report – you can do that here:

I await your response on this very concerning issue.


[your name]


Thank You For Listening

I hope this post helped open your eyes to how misleading dog food companies and big box retailers are when they claim their food is wholesome and healthy for our pets. We really can’t trust their marketing terms like “natural, no preservatives, non GMO, etc.” because they negate the tried and true results from the tests in the lab. Food is what fuels our bodies and our pets’ little bodies, and it’s so important that we are knowledgeable about what we are feeding them because they depend on us whole heartedly. For the full report and findings from these lab tests click here.


15 Gifts On Your Dog’s Christmas List


Christmas shopping can be a stressful and daunting task when you’re standing in the middle of a store with the pressure of finding the perfect gift for those special people in your life. But finding the perfect gift for your furry best friend has never been easier, and you can feel great about what you picked out from the comfort of your own home when you order online from our store –! With 100’s of pawsome dog-approved presents to choose from, you really can’t go wrong with anything you choose.

1. AutoSlide Automatic Door

For a lot of us, the holiday season is a great opportunity to spoil yourself and your loved ones with the newest and greatest invention or technology. The AutoSlide is the latest, brand-new dog product that you won’t find anywhere else! It doesn’t get any better than the AutoSlide automatic patio door system which turns your existing sliding glass, patio, screen, or even interior door into an automatic door that opens and closes using Infra-Red sensors much like the doors you walk through at the grocery store. Never worry about getting up and down to let your dog in and out of the house multiple times a day – because we all know as soon as they come inside they’re ready to go back out again! The simple do-it-yourself system can be installed in less than 30 minutes. You can also open and close the automatic door with switches on the wall or a remote that you control. Check it out:

2. Holiday Clothes

Dog clothes are not for everybody, but if you love to get festive with your dog around the holidays, then our holiday dog clothes are perfect for you and provide the comfort your dog craves!

We also have other holiday varieties including themed holiday dresses and holiday hoodie sweatshirts for a more casual Christmas all cuddled up with the family.

3. Dog Crate End Table

Having a dog crate is a necessity for some, but they often exist in our homes without much thought put into how they look, where they should go in the room, or how they go with the rest of our decorating theme. A dog crate end table has all of the luxuries your dog needs in a dog crate but is also extremely functional and attractive-looking for you and your family which makes it a great gift for you and your dog. No more wire crates that stick out like a sore thumb in the middle of the room!

4. Cozy Cave Pet Bed

A new bed will make your dog feel amazing this holiday season. We know they can get worn out after awhile, and there’s no better time to freshen up and get a replacement than Christmas time. We have such a huge selection of dog beds that it’s hard to choose just one as our favorite.

The bed we’re getting our dog Jem for Christmas this year is the Cozy Cave because of it’s unique design. It’s perfect for dogs that like the burrow or nest in bed. Jem nudges my arm for me to lift the blanket up so she can burry herself and feel warm and secure under the covers. This bed is perfect for her, and we can’t wait to see her reaction on Christmas morning!


5. Dart Interactive Toy

Everybody loves opening a new toy on Christmas morning, and your dog will love you for getting her the Dart Interactive Laser Toy to keep her occupied with fun for hours. Especially dogs that are stuck inside for hours at a time due to the harsh winter weather and need to burn some energy!

6. Car Seat

Dogs love and need car seats for so many reasons. Safety, comfort, anxiety relief, spacial awareness, etc. Imagine being in the car and being too short to see anything that is going on outside the moving car. That can make even the most relaxed dogs feel uneasy even if they don’t show it. Car seats boost dogs up so they can see out the windows. Dogs are very vulnerable in the car without the safety of a seatbelt like humans have. A car seat is the perfect place in the car for your dog to be safe and comfortable for even the longest road trips or just short errands around town!


We bought our Beagle Jem her first car seat two years ago for Christmas when she was just a small puppy and it made such a huge difference for her. She immediately relaxed, felt secure, and let loose for all of our car rides. I loved being able to strap the Console Car Seat to the center console and have her close to me while I drove, and she seemed to love our quality time just as much as I did.



7. Bicycle Basket

Your dog won’t be able to contain her excitement when you present her with a bike basket! Spending quality time with our dogs is priority number one, and any time there is a new opportunity to get out of the house and explore together is exciting. Going on walks is already so thrilling for your dog, but going for a bike ride with the family is a dream come true.  

8. Elevated Dog Bowl

With so many dog bowls to choose from out there, how do you ever know if you’re picking the right one? Veterinarians suggest elevated dog feeders because they allow dogs to eat using proper posture, promote good hygiene, alleviate pain due to arthritis, neck, or back problems, help dogs with megaesophagus that have difficulty swallowing, dogs with digestive issues, and dogs with disabilities. Comfort is so important, and your dog will love you even more for improving his eating abilities.

9. Automatic Meal Feeder

Automatic meal feeders are an amazing tool to have in the house that use timers to feed your dog his meal at the same times every day. Sometimes your schedule gets crazy, you find it hard to be home at the same time every day to feed on schedule, you feel guilty for having to stay late at work, or you get caught up with an emergency. You can have peace of mind knowing that you never have to worry about your dog missing a meal no matter what happens when life gets crazy. Automatic feeders also aid with preventing obesity and overeating.

10. Water Fountain

Research shows that one of the best ways to improve your dog’s health is to get her to drink more water. Water fountains are the best way to encourage dogs to drink more water and are much better than standard bowls. Humans don’t like to drink water that has been sitting out all day, and your dog is no different. Fountains provide your dog with fresh and filtered water all day every day and look beautiful in any kitchen with the variety of colors and styles available.

11. SUV Cargo Liner

SUV cargo liners are an awesome alternative for dogs that are too big for a car seat but still desire a comfortable place to call their own in the car. They’re great for you as well because they shield and protect the carpet in your car from dirt, dander, fur, spills, or accidents.

12. Strollers and Bike Trailers

If your dog is too big to fit into a bike basket, there’s nothing better than a bike trailer for your family. If you love to travel and explore with your dog, you definitely want a stroller that converts into a bike trailer. If you’d rather just have a stroller or just have a bike trailer, there are those options as well. You and your playful pup can have so much fun biking together!

13. Wicker Crates and Cozy Crate Covers

Wicker crates are a great alternative to traditional wire crates because they tend to go better with the rest of the decor in your home rather than sticking out like a sore thumb. If you don’t want to make the upgrade to a new crate, you can still accessorize your existing wire crate to make it more aesthetically pleasing with a crate cover. More importantly, crate covers provide supreme comfort for your dog far beyond what he can get with a traditional crate alone. They give you the style you want and the comfort your dog deserves. Even better, research shows that crate covers reduce barking because they ease stress.

14. Play Pen

Play pens are awesome to have whether you use it at home or on the go since they are very portable. Just when you thought you’d considered every option there is to entertain your dog, we found an amazing video of a pug having a blast with his playpen and about 100 plastic balls. Check it out and see why your dog needs a playpen too! 

15. Pet Steps

Pet stairs can provide life-changing relief for your dog. There are so many instances when we wish they could talk and tell us what they need, and if they could they would ask for a set of pet stairs! Your dog needs help getting onto the couch, bed, or into the car. Stairs are recommended by veterinarians for all dogs to prevent injury and arthritis from excessive jumping and are necessary for small, older, or disabled dogs. There are also pet ramps for easily getting in and out of the car.


There are so many amazing dog products that improve the lives of our furry best friends as well as our own lives tremendously. This holiday season is the perfect opportunity to spoil your dog and yourself. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from our family at to yours!

Our Dogs Jem and Zoey - Christmas 2013


5% Off Your Purchase PLUS We’ll Donate 5% to Pets for Patriots! Proudly Sponsors Pets for Patriots

We’re SO excited to announce that is a proud sponsor of Pets for Patriots!

This non-profit organization saves the lives of shelter pets by helping military members and veterans adopt “last chance” shelter dogs and cats that are most at risk of death or permanent homelessness.

Pets for Patriots is so near and dear to our hearts, especially on Veteran’s Day. We’re so thrilled to be able to help our veterans, the men and women currently serving in our military, and the dogs and cats in shelters that are in desperate need of homes.

Vietnam Veteran and Adopted Dog Save Each Other’s Lives

The most recent success story on the Pets for Patriots blog features Timothy, a vietnam veteran and purple heart recipient that describes the dogs and cats that he has rescued as “the only friends I had.” Timothy has found companionship in Melanie, a loyal and caring Pyrenees adopted through the Humane Society in Michigan thanks to Pets for Patriots. Timothy explains his need for a dog very simply: “I just like having company,” says Timothy. “They love you the way you are.” His life has improved tremendously since the adoption. He explains: “She gets me up walking and stuff where I wouldn’t,” he says. “I just don’t like to be around a lot of people. So if I take the dog with me, I stay away from people and have a friend.”

He is still unable to sleep at night, but Timothy passes the night hours by lying down beside Melanie who seems to truly enjoy his presence. When he falls down as a result of his neuromuscular difficulties, Melanie always lies next to him until he’s able to stand again. “That’s a friend,” he says proudly.

When Pets for Patriots asked him if he would encourage other veterans to adopt companion cats or dogs, Timothy’s response is immediate and positive: “Get one,” he urges. “Especially these young guys, you know? You’ve fought through a lot of it by the time you’re my age, but I still have problems.”

Timothy explains that a companion pet offers a different kind of friendship than another person can and may help a troubled veteran see him/herself more clearly. Something as simple as an adopted dog or cat can change everything.

“A dog will help you, because people don’t know. You can sit there and tell the dog your problems when nobody else will listen or they don’t understand. They listen, but they don’t understand,” he says, noting the magic of pets: “They make you forget.”

There are many more amazing stories like Timothy and Melanie’s on the Pets for Patriot’s Blog that show how much this amazing organization has touched and changed the lives of veterans and shelter pets.

You Can Help Without Donating A Penny Of Your Own Money

We know it can be hard to find the extra money to donate to charity, especially during the holidays. But we believe you should still have the chance to help and make a difference even if you can’t afford to donate their own money.

That’s why we are giving you 5% off your entire purchase PLUS we’re donating 5% of your order to Pets for Patriots at no extra charge to you!

You can feel great about making a difference in veterans and shelter animal’s lives. is happy to donate on your behalf. All you have to do is use the code RFP4P at check out! Thank you in advance for using our special code on your purchase and playing a critical role in donating to Pets for Patriots.