Hi everyone! It’s Dakota and am I ever excited to tell you about my latest find!!
As many of you know, doggies can be messy eaters, for that matter, kitties can be as well, but since this is a DOG BLOG we aren’t going to worry about THEIR mess today! It wasn’t so much that I was particularly messy with MY food, the problem in our house was the WATER!
You see, Shelties are pretty smart. If my Mom and Dad were
remiss slow on the uptake about filling my water bowl enough, I had an excellent way of reminding them. I used to knock my water bowl over on to the floor! It was sooo much fun! Occasionally there would be some water left in the bowl and it would make the prettiest patterns on my Mom’s Pergo floor!
Also, Mom does laundry in the same area that my bowl is in and she was notorious for knocking it over and spilling water everywhere! It was sooo much fun to watch! The same thing would happen when either Mom or Dad would fill my water bowl, they are too lazy to pick up the bowl, so they often lean over the baby gate, (we should have called it “Watergate” but I digress), to fill it and yep, you got it! They would overfill my bowl and I would have fun listening to them
bark curse and blame each other for HOURS!
Sadly the water show is over.
Back in May Mom was reading a favorite blog of hers called:
and she read about a give-away that was being held by a site called Sweep Tight and the give-way was for a fabulous product called
AND GUESS WHAT?
WHAT A ”LUCKY DOG”!!!
This is what it looks like
From the Neater Feeder website:
“The Neater Feeder is designed with protective walls to contain splashes and spills from an inadvertent kick or an excited pet. This revolutionary system holds spilled food in an upper reservoir while spilled water flows down a gentle slope through a patent-pending filtering system.
The spilled water drains into a lower reservoir that can safely contain more than an entire bowl of spilled water, keeping it off the floor until you are ready to dispose of it. Keeping the spilled food in the upper reservoir, off the floor, not only saves you work, but also keeps it clean for reuse.”
My Neater Feeder
Check out this video that shows how the Neater Feeder works (there is no music or sound so feel free to bark amongst yourselves!)
When Mom won the Neater Feeder there was NOTHING obligating her to have me tell you about this great product! Mom and I love it so much that we wanted YOU to know about it! We also wanted to share the great sites that enabled Mom to win this fabulous product that ACTUALLY DOES WHAT IT IS DESIGNED TO DO!!!
You may take a walk on over to Neater Feeder right here
While you are doing that, I am going to try to think of a NEW way to make a mess!!!! Wish me luck!!
Barks and licks and love, Dakota
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They’re interested in learning more about dog owners throughout the world, ahead of the launch of their new, larger SureFlap Microchip Pet Door, which will be released in October and is appropriate for small dogs.
All you have to do is take a short survey http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SureFlapDogs and one winner will be chosen!
MORE GOOD NEWS!!
Also, if you register to receive more information about the SureFlap Microchip Pet Door (http://www.sureflap.com/microchip-pet-door) when it’s released, you will be automatically entered into a giveaway for a Pet Door
(one will be given away FREE for every 100 registrants)
Barks and licks and love, Dakota
We were not compensated for this post.
My name is Agnes Bullock and I have an Etsy shop called Dachsies With Moxie Tapestries, Quilts and More. I opened the shop last fall, after I began making pet portrait quilts and place mats for friends on Blogville. I am a novice, self-taught quilter who lives in Ohio with my husband Geoffrey and our five dachshunds, Ginger, Chip, Thai, Tasha and Anna Rose.
I learned to sew over thirty years ago in Home Ec, but hated it! When I was honorably discharged from the Army in 1988, I bought a Singer sewing machine and tried teaching myself to sew- not until I moved back to NY four years later, did I finally conquer craft sewing and made wreaths and trees for my family for Christmas, and dipped my hand into the world of quilting. I became frustrated with that and gave up sewing for twenty years. Fast forward to the summer of 2011- thanks to the friends that I was beginning to make via the blogging world (which involved pets), I found myself compelled to purchase a couple of dachshund related quilting patterns, and then suddenly I had the idea to take the photo of a friend’s dachshund and make a quilt from the photo! My very first creation was of Frankie Furter, the Mayor of Blogville, a gorgeous black and tan long-haired mini dachshund.
Utilizing the first photo, I made an applique pattern with the help of Adobe Photoshop, cutting and fusing the pieces to the background of the quilt top, then embroidered each piece in place. I then completed the piecing the quilt top, then added the backing and batting before quilting and binding. Frankie was made as a thank you gift to new friends who have become a source of strength and inspiration especially since my husband was laid off without notice in mid August of 2011.
My second pet portrait quilt was for another Blogville friend, whose beloved dachshund, Twix, had crossed the Rainbow Bridge. I again used a picture of Twix the Twixerrific, and cut and pieced away, completing the quilt and mailing it the same day as Frankie’s went out. I simply wanted to help her Mom and Dad deal with the hurt of losing her so soon.
The response to Frankie’s quilt was huge- his Mom and Dad went crazy over it and she ordered a pet portrait of her daughter’s German Shepherd, Sarge!
Sarge was supposed to be a Christmas present, but was shipped off for Thanksgiving, and was loved by his peeps! (I took pictures of every step of the way for Lana)
While I was working on Sarge, Lana was talking me into starting up a little cottage industry, making the pet portraits for Etsy- I was quite unsure, since I am relatively new to quilting after a 20 year hiatus, and didn’t want to promise something that I could not deliver. I also tried my hand at making place mats- one of our Blogville friends was loving the quilts and I wanted to surprise her and so the Miss Amber Da Weenie place mat line was born-
With the advent of the place mat line, I soon had my first order (not through Etsy- a direct commission)- Sarge’s Mom wanted a set of six place mats of Frankie for Christmas! I found myself in the position of working on a gift for Lana, while working on another commission from Lana- who had ordered another quilt, this time with two portraits, of Frankie’s wives Ruby and Penny!! On top of that, I was turning my hand to pillows to see if they would be feasible a gift from me to Lana, a pillow of Ernie, Frankie’s puppy, and another of Frankie, which my dachsies insisted that I make!
I also participated in a couple of giveaways and auctions in Blogville, during November and December one for Pet Blogs United, and for Crossed Paws- both were of place mats that became Christmas presents! The Crossed Paws family also ordered a place mat for a friend in the United Kingdom-
I also received lots of encouragement from Blogville- Sugar the Golden retriever’s Mom created the banner for my Etsy shop and other friends gave me much-needed advice!
Right before Christmas, however, a tragedy struck our Blogville family- friends in Texas lost five of their pack to a terrible house fire just before Christmas. These heroic animals, now called The Fearless Five, gave their lives warning their peeps and no one was lost. Guero, Coco Chanel, Shelby, Lucky and Tiger perished saving their people, and will never be forgotten. I had just received a large commission, from the White Dog Army, and I now found myself torn I wanted to make a queen sized memory quilt, but with the WDA order and Christmas didn’t think that I could handle the work load. The Mom of the WDA, graciously allowed me to piece the top of the Fearless Five Memory Quilt. Donations of fabric poured in from South America, the UK, Australia, Canada, and all over the United States. A real quilter from NY, Cynthia Welch, volunteered her services and quilted and bound what became a king sized undertaking.
Accompanying the quilt were private commissions of love two pillows, a baby quilt, two bandanas for the surviving pack members, and two prayer shawls for the Mom and Grandmother of The Fearless Five pack. All told, the quilt and these items reached our friends at the end of February. Sixty people world-wide donated fabric to this undertaking without them, none of these gifts were possible.
Right after that, I started the White Dog Army commission- a large quilt, 70 X 55, with FIVE pet portraits! My husband helped he is my right hand and he is in charge of fabric choice and pattern making without him, DWM would not be possible. Sue received her birthday gift the weekend before and loved it.
Right now, I am working on three auction items a set of four place mats, a pillow and a quilt! These will be shipping this month!
While I have not had any Etsy orders, I keep my hand in quilting and taking online quilting classes. I make items for auctions and giveaways, and am hoping that my business starts to take off I can easily accommodate orders of up to three/four quilts a week plus 12 placemats per week. I am not limited to dog portraits cats, etc are welcome! My current Etsy listings are linked below:
From Dakota’s Den: we were honored and excited to feature Agnes on Dakota’s blog. When we stumbled upon her and saw her work we were just overcome with how talented she is. We hope you enjoyed learning more about her as much as we did!
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Mom and I were cruisin’ around the net one day and we found the MOST INCREDIBLE website for dog lovers! Here it is!
CHECK OUT WHAT MOM ORDERED!
That looks like someone you know doesn’t it? Yep! That “someone” would be ME! It’s a Sheltie Necklace! (It could pass for a Collie too!) You can check it out right here
Mom was ecstatic when she saw this and just had to order it because:
1) Shelties are very hard for Mom to find on ANYTHING
2) This is the MOST REALISTIC piece of Sheltie jewelry that Mom has ever seen!
When the necklace arrived, the first thing that blew Mom away was the painstaking care and attention to detail that was used for packing. Mom’s jewelry came packaged in rich chocolate brown boxes accented with red and green and had bows on them. The presentation was just spectacular and the quality of the items were superb!!
Ok doggy buddies I bet you know someone who would LOVE to have an item from this fabulous website! Grab your nearest human and jump online and check them out now!
You may just earn yourself some extra bones if you do!!
GUESS WHAT??!! For Love Of A Dog is offering ALL OF YOU A 10% DISCOUNT (and their usual FREE SHIPPING!!) on your order! Just enter this CODE at CHECKOUT: FLDNEW
Oh! I nearly forgot! They also have a blog and you can check that out here
Mom and I are certain you are going to love whatever you order just as much as she did!
Barks and licks and love, Dakota
Mom and I were not compensated for this blog post. Mom purchased every item that she received from For Love Of A Dog. Mom and I feel that when someone works as hard as they do in offering good, unique, quality products that are shipped with creativity and care, they deserve to be mentioned!
WHAT IS THE PET LOO?
Designed & developed in Australia in 2003 available worldwide as of 2006, The Pet Loo is your backyard in a box – A very clever solution for all your animal’s toilet problems.
- Forget those early morning toilet runs
- Say goodbye to those toilet walks in the rain
- Farewell to those stains on the carpet
Keep your feet up and enjoy having a pet as part of your lifestyle while The Pet Loo takes care of the toilet problems for you.
This innovative lawn toilet will contain your pet’s waste in one designated area and will ensure your peace of mind on those extended stays out of the home. Should you live in an apartment or a house, take your dog to the office or simply want to leave those toilet training headaches behind, The Pet Loo is a hygienic, convenient, simple and an environmentally friendly way to allow your pet the freedom to do its business without relying on you for an opportunity.
The Pet Loo has a uniquely patented draining system and is a pioneer in the category of Pet Toileting. Whilst other potties are as basic as a piece of grass rested on a flat plastic base – The Pet Loo has a base that is slightly angled to assist gravity in the catchment of urine. It has been reinforced specifically to support the weight of an animal and is shaped to channel the urine towards the collection jug. It is unmatchable in its design, structure, features and benefits as before launch the team behind Pet Loo protected their ideas with the registration of strong intellectual property.
They didn’t stop there; The Pet Loo has a range of value add products to make life even easier for pets and pet owners.
Train your Pet with “Skip To My Loo”
A unique attractant that has been designed to attract and encourage your dog, puppy or kitten to relieve itself in an area designated by you.
Absorb the waste with “Pee-Pods”
The revolutionary Pee-Pod is a biodegradable container that fits neatly inside the catchment jug of The Pet Loo. When Wee Sponge (powder) comes into contact with liquid waste it rapidly absorbs the urine and turns it into a solidified gel, also trapping any airborne odors.
Clean The Loo with “Wee Care”
WEE Care is the original Pet Loo Cleaner!
It is the only recommended cleaner for The Pet Loo and works to eliminate odors and soiling. The natural actions of enzymes leave no by-products behind which would attract dirt and bacteria. Leaving The Pet Loo free from problem causing organic contaminants and residue.
If & When you need – Replacement Pet Loo grass is also available
The team behind Pet Loo are highly passionate about pets and care about the world they live in.
With the success they’re having they never forget where they have come from along with the foundations on which they started this business - the drive to increase pet ownership, decrease pet surrenders, and promote the amazing benefits of animal companionship for people of all circumstances.
Their intention is to ensure that The Pet Loo brand not only solves pet owners’ toileting needs but also donates portions of profits to support pet shelters, charities, pets in need, and causes related to animal welfare.
Do you have a question about The Pet Loo?
Have a look at their Frequently Asked Questions and see if we have an answer. You can also get social with Pet Loo on Facebook, Twitter & YouTube:
THE PET LOO IS MORE THAN JUST A PRODUCT IT’S A SOLUTION!
To purchase The Pet Loo, which ranges in price from $99-$149, visit its online store at, http://shop.thepetloo.com/.
ABOUT TOBI SKOVRON, CEO and Founder of The Pet Loo:
At the tender age of 23, Tobi Skovron, (a self-confessed go-getter from Melbourne, Australia), literally came up with The Pet Loo business after standing in the pouring rain with his dog, wishing there was an easier way for him and other apartment dwellers with pets to take their dogs to the bathroom, otherwise known as the “loo.”
That soggy day was the catalyst that sparked an impressive entrepreneurial fire, with Skovron inventing The Pet Loo, a 100% chemical-free, odorless synthetic backyard in a box that can fit comfortably inside a person’s home, apartment, boat, RV or other small or limited dwelling. The Pet Loo is the only product that uses a uniquely patented drainage system that lets your pet do its business without having to go outside. If cleaned properly, the Pet Loo’s grass only needs to be replaced as needed, a drastic difference from many of his competitors who sell disposable products that last merely a month or two
From Dakota’s Den: In full disclosure we have not used this product but agreed to feature it because we thought that it would be useful and of interest to many people, and we think that a number of people will be interested in trying it! We received no compensation for Pet Loo appearing on our blog.