ChalkboardDogs! ™ Your reminders never looked so good! Enter to win!

Hi everyone and boy am I excited to share something really cool with you today! When I was first contacted to see if I wanted to review

ChalkboardDogs! ™

I admit that I was skeptical….my first question was, “Just exactly what ARE ChalkboardDogs!  ?

Photo courtesy of www.steadfastfriends.com Click on the photo to visit their website!

Photo courtesy of http://www.steadfastfriends.com
Click on the photo to visit their website!

From steadfastfriends.com, ChalkboardDogs!:

are large, repositionable chalkboard canine silhouettes that can be mounted on any flat surface such as a wall, door or refrigerator. You can write on them with regular chalk or with Chalk Ink®.

There are over 50 dog breeds to choose from!

The material that is used for ChalkboardDogs! is eco-friendly, it is a chalkboard film coated with  REPOSITIONABLE,  removable adhesive.

When mine arrived, it was rolled up and my first thought was “Uh-oh, will I rip this when I attempt to remove the silhouette from the backing?” Not a chance! I am all paws when it comes to these things (and this is Dakota’s MOM talking), and if I can do it, YOU CAN DO IT!

dog board no writing

I picked a Shetland Sheepdog (what else?) as my silhouette and removing it from the poly sleeve backing couldn’t have been easier!

To apply, simply remove the silhouette from the poly sleeve and peel off the white backing.  Carefully apply the silhouette to a clean, dry, flat surface taking care to be sure that any small bubbles or folds are flattened. That’s it!

dog board under clock 2

Here is how mine looks after I wrote on it. If you can’t read it, it says “Everyone loves Shelties” and there is a reminder from Dakota to “BUY BONES!”

The size varies between breeds due to the orientation of the silhouette, but on average, the  ChalkboardDogs! are 22″ long and anywhere from 15″ to 30″ high.

dog board kitchen with coffee cupMine works perfectly in our kitchen, but as I mentioned above, should I wish to move it to another room I can! Once again, the message can be wiped clean with an eraser, damp cloth or sponge and you can write on it with chalk or special

Chalk Ink® 

If you use your imagination there are countless things you can write on your ChalkboardDogs! silhouette! Everything from:

  • Grocery lists
  • Reminders
  • Have the kids draw on it
  • Vet Appointments
  • Just DOODLE!
  • Phone Numbers
  • Special Holidays
  • Just to say “I Love You”
  • These would make GREAT graduation gifts for students heading off to college in the fall! They can have a reminder of their canine friend in any room that they choose!

The options are endless!

Another thing I absolutely love about www.steadfastfriends.com is that:

Every time you purchase something from their website they will donate 10% of your purchase price to one of their Charity Partners, and importantly, they are going to let you choose which charity gets the donation.

I could not be happier with my ChalkboardDogs! silhouette and I am certain that you will be too!

dog board under clock

ENTER TO WIN! The kind people at http://www.steadfastfriends.com have offered ONE of our readers who resides in the USA the chance to win a ChalkboardDogs! silhouette and Chalk Ink®  of their own! (an almost $50 value!)

HOW TO ENTER: Just LEAVE A COMMENT telling me what breed you would select for your silhouette if you are the lucky winner AND be sure I have an email address for you should you be the lucky winner! COMMENTS THAT DO NOT FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS WILL BE DISQUALIFIED.

THE GIVE-AWAY IS OPEN NOW and will end at 5pm EST on June 24th. The winner will be chosen by http://www.random.org and will be announced on WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26th.

If you can’t wait to see if you are the winner, visit http://www.steadfastfriends.com NOW to order yours! THIS JUST IN! The kind folks at steadfastfriends.com are offering a 20% DISCOUNT to my readers! How cool is that? Just use the DISCOUNT CODE STEADFAST20%: 


Good luck to all who enter!

In full disclosure: I was not compensated for this review/give-away. I was given a Shetland Sheepdog ChalkboardDogs! silhouette and Chalk Ink. All opinions are my own!

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Friday Find! ModaPet Pet Bowls!

Hi all! Dakota’s Mom here and today’s “Friday Find” is courtesy of Pepper Pomeranian from the popular blog Pepper’s Paws. I would NEVER have learned about the fabulous ModaPet Pet Bowls if I hadn’t read a review on Pepper’s blog. Pepper also had a give-away and I was the LUCKY WINNER!

I can’t tell you enough how impressed and happy I am with the quality of this bowl, both visually and the sturdiness with which it is made. ModaPet bowls are BPA free and are made with food grade plastics (meaning they are safe for your pet!)

moda pet bowl

this is the bowl that I won, that I use as one of Dakota’s food bowls. The color is even richer and more beautiful in person! I LOVE the weight of this bowl, it isn’t flimsy, you can tell immediately upon touching it that this is a high-quality bowl. I couldn’t be happier!

moda pet bowl rear view

The stylish design of these bowls prevents tipping and slipping around the floor with TPE bottoms and solid construction as shown above and in the video below. The products are designed to integrate form and function, all at affordable pricing!

The ModaPet Bowl is:

  • BPA Free
  • Made from Food Grade Materials
  • Dishwasher Safe
  • Highly Durable
  • Skid Resistant
  • Tip Resistant
  • Fade Resistant

I have to say that this is now my favorite bowl that Dakota owns. I  am thinking of getting another in the 5 cup size that will better fit his feeder but I am thrilled with this one  regardless!

Thank you Pepper for hosting such a great give-away!

 

 

 

Angelina’s Avenue Online Pet Shop-Guest Feature

From DAKOTA’S DEN: Hi every furry it’s Dakota! While Mom is preparing for  yet another lithotripsy (that she will be having this Wednesday)  for her kidney stones, I wanted to show you some adorable pet beds. I wanted to completely disclose that I did not receive a bed, so rather than this being a REVIEW, Mom and I agreed to allow Angelina to appear as a guest. We cannot give an honest assessment of the products, not having used them, but we think they are completely ADORABLE!

All About Comfort

    

Angelina’s Avenue online pet shop was founded in October of 2012. I wanted to start a small business that I could run myself, making high quality products that would last, unlike what you’d find at a big box store.



 My 9 year old Lhasa Apso pup Spanky was my inspiration.

"Spanky"

“Spanky”

As you can see, Spanky loves to model for all of our products.  Mostly because he gets a treat after every picture! lol

I love creating for pets with modest to luxurious tastes.  All of our products are sold at competitive prices and filled with 100% recyclable/non-allergenic stuffing.  And for more convenience our beds are machine washable!

How long do you spend at the store trying to pick out the perfect mattress?

Well, dogs do the same when circling in their beds to find the right position.
We offer two different styles of beds, and blankets too!
  

Catered more towards curling up and sleeping comfort is our oval shaped beds.  They have bolstered sides that allow for any cat to curl up next to and have a soft and warm nights sleep.
Brown Paws Top Round

Our other style dog bed doubles as a pet bed/decorative floor pillow.  I know personally I spent a lot of time looking for a bed that Spanky would love but would look cute in my home as well.  I believe our flower shaped bed suits both my needs!

Green flower top view

All of our beds come in a variety of different soft blizzard fleece fabric designs to accommodate every home.

For our more luxurious dogs we’ve created faux fur pet blankets, made from the highest quality faux fur.  It is always important to make sure you dog is in a comfortable temperature while sleeping, dogs get hot and cold just as we do. So on those cold nights, lets help our dogs out with a snugly blanket to curl up under.

giraffe spanky sit (1)

We hope you’ll come check out our shop at www.Etsy.com/Shop/AngelinasAvenue or like us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/AngelinasAvenue



As a special treat we’re offering a limited time 10% off coupon with the code 10OFFAVE at checkout valid until March 30, 2013.  
Spanky hopes your dogs love our products as much as he does! WOOF!

 

Please Help Our Friends At Nipandbones.com

Hi everyone!

We wanted to join other bloggers and spread the word that our friends over at www.nipandbones.com are in danger of having to close their amazing website and we don’t want that to happen.

My Mom has pawchased a few things from them in the past and I have even tested a few, and we think they sell high quality merchandise and should stay in business!

Won’t you stop by and check them out? I am sure you will find SOMETHING for the special doggie or kitty in YOUR life!

Here is a video of one of the items that Mom pawchased for me there! They have all sorts of stuff! Please go and check them out! THANK YOU!!

 

Barks and licks and love, Dakota

“Instinct” Raw Boost Bites From Nature’s Variety

Hi Guys! Brrrr!!!  It’s C-O-L-D here in Michigan! When the weather gets like this sometimes a guy just needs something to boost his vitality and health!

I was excited when Mom told me that a nice lady from Nature’s Variety asked if I would like to taste and review  new treats that they have on the market.

 

"Treats?" You don't have to ask ME twice!

The treats I was given to test and review were:

Instinct ® Raw Boost Bites

They say that “the purest form of pet nutrition is a wholesome raw diet. ” The Raw Boost Bites are pure and healthy, minimally processed treats.

  Dogs and (cats )can benefit from a boost of essential natural nutrients anytime and anywhere with new Instinct® Raw Boost Bites.  The convenient, freeze-dried bites offer the same nutritional benefits of other Instinct Raw varieties – helping with increased energy, digestive health, lean muscle – and are ideal for training, traveling and treating. Made for both dogs and cats, these healthy treats come in 4-ounce packages of great-tasting varieties including chicken, beef, lamb and venison.

The flavors I was given to try were chicken formula and lamb formula! I was particularly excited about the lamb because I had never tasted lamb before!

Needless to say I LOVED THEM!

What Mom likes (in addition to the benefits listed above) is when she read the side of the box the ingredients are easy to pronounce meaning they don’t have strange things added that aren’t good for us. Some of the ingredients in the lamb formula are:

Lamb, Lamb Heart, Lamb Liver, Pumpkin seeds, Apples, Carrots, Butternut Squash and a host of other good-for-you tasty things!

Since I don’t always go through treats as fast as you would think  (I don’t eat ALL day you know!) Mom asked about the shelf-life of the Raw Instinct Boost Bites. The nice lady from Nature’s Variety said that “no refrigeration is required if closed properly”

Mom loves the size of these treats because she can break them up and put them in my treat toys, and she doesn’t have to give me an entire treat at once (that’s good for HER but bad for ME! BOL!)

ABOUT NATURE’S VARIETY

“Nature’s Variety is an independent pet food company in the Midwest. Our purpose is to empower people to transform the lives of pets. Freedom from allergies, improved skin & coat, weight loss, reduced incidence of ear infections and healthier teeth & gums are just a handful of the amazing pet transformations that Nature’s Variety customers experience. MADE IN THE USA.”

Anyway, I LOVE my Raw Boost Bites, by Nature’s Variety and Mom and I are hoping that you check them out too!

To find a pet specialty store or veterinarian  near you that offers Nature’s Variety click here

I was not compensated for this review. (Well, the TREATS were GREAT compensation! BOL!) Seriously, Mom and I were not given any George Washington’s (if ya know what I mean!) Just delicious treats for me to enjoy and Mom to feel GOOD about giving me! Thanks Nature’s Variety!

Barks and lamb/chicken filled licks and love, Dakota

Meet Three Dogz LLC, Featuring Upscale Apparel And More! For Pet Lovers! And A Give-Away!

You know how they say a “good man is hard to find?”

Well, I  have the man, and finding him wasn’t nearly as much of a challenge for me as my eternal quest for high quality T-shirts and sweatshirts that showcase the love I have for my furbabies was. That is, until I found Three Dogz, LLC!

I am all about proudly displaying my love for my furbabies but I am choosy about what I will wear. Much of the merchandise I had run into on the web was poorly made,  was unoriginal, didn’t allow me to showcase my love of Shelties, (many sites have a limited list of breeds that you can have put on a T-shirt,  and Shelties seemed to never make the cut!) and came in your basic BORING colors of white, black, blue and red.

Deborah, Joseph and their "furbabies" Mimi, Rita and Carli

Guess what? Those days are gone! Enter Three Dogz LLC,  an Internet-based business which is  owned and operated by Deborah and Joseph LaRocque of Livonia, Michigan (which happens to be about 20 minutes from where I live!) and specializes in selling high-quality products for pet lovers!

Have a passion for dogs, cats or horses? You have found the right place!  When  you visit their website be sure you have a bowl of snacks and a beverage by your side,  because this is NOT a quick-hit-and-run-website. I am certain you will become as smitten and engrossed when viewing their website  as I was.  They have a  vast selection of merchandise that will make YOU wag YOUR tail in sheer delight!

You will find everything from:

"Ms.Zoe"

T-shirts (some with rhinestone, Zebra print, embroidery, etc.)

Sweatshirts

Pawprint Rhinestone Necklace

Jewelry

Pet Bandanas

Desk sets (including Bone shaped Paper Clips, pens/pencils, mouse pads)

Kids Apparel

Couples Apparel

Gift Wrapping Items

AND MORE!

Did I mention these items are quality? Oh I did? Well listen again, I have yet to find T-shirts or sweatshirts for the pet lover that were of such superb quality.

Are you a hard-to-fit-size? No worries. When I was a Plus Size my frustration level used to be through the ceiling. I would find a T-shirt I liked that was only available in a 1X, that is NOT the case here! Plus Sizes are welcome and abundant here in many of their designs!  Where were these guys when I was a 2X or 3X?

Deborah and I live so close to each other that we met for lunch and she  gave me  an adorable “Wild About Shelties” T-shirt to keep and review.  (I have to say that Deborah is every bit as unique and vibrant as the designs featured on her website! It was a complete joy to chat with her in person and to be able to completely see and  feel the love and pride she has for her high quality products).

Here is the shirt that I chose:

My Shirt!!!!

Example of same shirt, showing sleeves and different breed on front.

I was so blown away with the custom design (all Deborah’s designs are created by their own in-house designer and are unique to Three Dogz LLC), you can have YOUR favorite breed featured on your shirt as well (most breeds are available). Your color choices are practically unlimited!

After receiving the T-shirt I proceeded to order the Pet Parents Pledge Sweatshirt (I PURCHASED IT because I LOVE THEIR MERCHANDISE, it was NOT given to me) which is the best-fitting, softest,   most unique and  comfortable sweatshirt that I own! My husband mentioned last night that I need to buy more of them because he had never seen me look so good in a sweatshirt! The attention to detail from the paw prints INSIDE of the hood, to the tiny paw prints on the top of the hoodie are the cutest thing I have seen in quite some time! (Many color choices are available!)

I also ordered Bone-shaped paper clips, a “Dog Mom” embroidered tote bag (that I am giving  to a lucky girl in our family for the holidays, shhhh…don’t tell!)  and some note pads (as a thank-you for my order Deborah threw in a couple of extra items which I was just tickled to receive!)

I am thrilled to let you know that Deborah has generously offered to GIVE one of my readers a T-shirt of their choice!

How can you win?   NUMBER 1 IS MANDATORY. IF YOU DO NOT COMPLETE NUMBER 1 YOU WILL NOT BE ENTERED. (U.S. and Canada only please)

1) MANDATORY: Visit the Three Dogz LLC website, then come back here and leave a comment telling us which T-shirt design you would like to win if you are chosen by www.random.org as the lucky winner!

2) “like” Three Dogz LLC on Facebook and tell them that Dakota’s Den sent you!

3) DEADLINE TO ENTER:  MONDAY, DECEMBER 5th at 11pm EASTERN. The winner will be drawn by www.random.org and announced WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7th.

How cute are these dog bone paper clips?

Good luck!!