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Neptune & CO. Collar and Leash Set Giveaway

We are pleased to bring you a great holiday gift guide pick for your canine family and friends. Collar and leash sets from Neptune & CO. are functional and stylish. Even better, when you purchase a matching collar and leash set today you can save $4! Every purchase helps save dogs in need! Neptune & CO. donate $1 or more to a non-profit rescue organization for every product sold. That’s a gift you can really feel good about.

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Check out my video below to see all the great features of these collar and leash sets.

We have added collar and leash sets from Neptune & CO. to our 2018 Holiday Gift Guide at Mommy Ramblings.

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Neptune & CO. is sponsoring a giveaway on Mommy Ramblings. One lucky winner will win the collar and leash set in the size and style of their choice (subject to availability)! Thank you Neptune & CO. for the review leash and collar set and for sponsoring this great giveaway on Mommy Ramblings. Open to US residents.

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Glass Vs Acrylic Fish Tanks. Which One Should You Buy?

When you are looking for a fish tank, the first choice you need to make, is whether you want glass or acrylic.  Acrylic tanks are more expensive than glass tanks, but they do last longer. Glass is more affordable, but it probably will not last as long. If you are not sure what to choose, check out our glass vs acrylic comparison below to decide what is best for you.

Scratch Resistance

Glass tanks are more scratch resistant than acrylic tanks. To scratch a glass tank you would need to use something hard with a good deal of force. On the contrary, acrylic tanks can scratch easily. With an acrylic tank, a cleaning pad that has sand or gravel on it, can scratch and blemish your tank walls.

Acrylic tanks may even get scratched during shipping from the manufacture to the store. Acrylic is much more delicate than glass. With an acrylic tank, you need to be careful about the types of cleaning solutions and products you use. Make sure all products are safe for acrylic surfaces.

If you do damage your acrylic tank, the good news is, they are easy to clean and repair. Kits to repair and polish acrylic aquariums are readily available. Never use any abrasive chemicals in an attempt to repair your tank.

Lightweight

The dense nature of glass means that acrylic tanks are much lighter, glass tanks are generally 4 to 10 times heavier than acrylic. If you plan on having to move your tank frequently, you might be better off with an acrylic tank.

An acrylic tank will put less stress on whatever is supporting it. Even though acrylic tanks are lighter, the water and aquarium decorations will add weight. Still, there is no doubt that moving an empty acrylic tank is easier than moving a glass tank.

Durability

Since glass is weaker than acrylic, it is more prone to breaks and cracks. If something crashes into the tank with force, it can crack or even worse, break. In most cases, a crack can make the whole tank useless. A leaking tank can damage any electronics stored under the tank as well.

On the other hand, you need much more force to break or crack acrylic. While light impact will not break an acrylic tank, it will probably scratch it.

Flexibility and Distortion

Since glass is dense and rigid, trying to create non-rectangular tanks is very difficult. Thus, buying a non-rectangular tank, is expensive.  Since glass has a different index of refraction than water, light gets bent four times when passing through the tank. This means the image that gets reflected back is distorted. So colors, position and size will not be as true.

Acrylic has nearly the same index of refraction as water. This means, when you look at the fish in an acrylic tank, light has only been bent once or twice. This makes the fish look true to their actual size and color.

Conclusion

As stated above, acrylic tanks cost more and are easier to scratch, but they don’t chip, crack and break like glass tanks. Glass tanks are more resistant to scratching but are heavier and have more distortion than acrylic.

You need to carefully weigh the pros and cons when comparing glass and acrylic tanks. While both tanks can create a beautiful aquarium, your own needs should help you decide between glass vs acrylic aquariums.

Regardless of which construction you choose, be sure you create the best possible environment for you fish to help them thrive. Tanks require regular cleaning, proper filtration and water testing. Fish and other aquatic creatures need proper nutrition and a healthy habitat. With some planning and research, your new aquarium can add beauty and tranquility to your life.

This is a collaborative guest post. The ideas and views expressed are not necessarily those of Mommy Ramblings.

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“Dog Days” Unleashed In Theaters Today & Dog Days Gift Pack Giveaway

Unleash the love! DOG DAYS hits theaters everywhere Wednesday, August 8th!

Dog Days is a hilarious and heartfelt ensemble comedy that follows the lives of multiple dog owners and their beloved fluffy pals.

Check out the official trailer below:

Dog Days is  directed by Ken Marino, stars Nina Dobrev, Vanessa Hudgens, Adam Pally, Eva Longoria, Finn Wolfahard and more!

Giveaway:

Enter below for your chance to win a Dog Days Gift Pack. 

Dog Days Giveaway includes:

  • Collapsible Dog Bowl (color may vary)
  • Doggy Bag Dispenser (color may vary)
  • Dog Bandana (color may vary) 
  • Adopt Love T-Shirt (size & color may vary)
  • $50 Fandango Gift Card to take your family to see DOG DAYS in theaters

 

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Pup Star World Tour Recipe Contest- Chinese Almond Cookies

We were thrilled to take part in the Pup Star World Tour Cuisine Contest to celebrate the release of Pup Star: World Tour on Netflix and Digital HD May 5th. Air Bud Entertainment’s PUP STAR is back, with an all-new movie that takes the popular singing dogs on trip around the world, where Tiny and friends find fantastic new songs and meet exciting new canine singers that prove music really is the universal language!

If you missed our video we made of our unboxing of the great Pup Star: World Tour Suitcase Goodie Box we received, you can check it out below:

In that box we found a recipe booklet filled with fun human recipes we could make to enjoy while we watch Pup Star: World Tour on Netflix. We just love all the Air Bud and Air Buddies movies, so we were super excited to make Chinese Almond Cookies and share them with you.

Check out our recipe tutorial video below for step by step instructions on how to make these great cookies.

We altered the recipe a little because it mentioned baking soda but there was no baking soda in the recipe and so I added 1.5 tsp. We also found that 1 cup of sliced almonds was much more than what is needed. A half cup of sliced almonds is more than enough. You can find the recipe with my tweaks below.

Pup Star World Tour Cuisine Contest- Chinese Almond Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 16 minutes

Total Time: 26 minutes

Yield: About 32 Large Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup of Unsalted Butter, Softened
  • 1 Cup of Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Egg White
  • 1 Tsp. of Pure Almond Extract
  • 1.5 Tsp of Baking Soda
  • 1 Tsp of Salt
  • 1/2 Cup of Sliced Almonds
  • 1/2 Tsp. of Water

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Whisk Egg White and Water and Set Aside
  3. Cream Butter and Sugar With Electric Mixer
  4. Add Egg and Almond Extract
  5. Gradually Beat in Flour, Salt and Baking Soda Mixture
  6. When Combined Remove From Mixer and Take 1 TBSP. of Dough
  7. Roll Dough Into A Ball and Place on Ungreased or Silicone Lined Baking Sheet
  8. Place Dough Balls about 2" Apart
  9. Flatten Dough Balls with the Bottom of a Glass
  10. Add Sliced Almonds To Top of Cookies, Press Them In Firmly
  11. Brush Tops of Cookies with Egg White Mixture
  12. Bake 14-16 Minutes or Until Edges and Bottoms are Lightly Browned.
  13. Let Sit 2 Minutes on Cookie Sheet Before Transferring To Baking Rack To Cool Completely
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Now check out the Pup Star: World Tour Trailer:

Air Bud Entertainment, the proud creators of beloved family entertainment, including ‘Air Bud’ and ‘Disney Air Buddies,’ announces the biggest doggone adventure of the year, with an exciting all-new addition to the hugely popular PUP STAR live-action film franchise — PUP STAR: WORLD TOUR.   Debuting on NETFLIX and Digital HD, May 5, 2018, the fantastic family film takes audiences around the world, as the action-packed spin on popular TV singing competitions goes global when ‘Tiny,’ the adorable singing Yorkie pup, packs her bags for far-away places from Africa to India and beyond.  Along the way, Tiny and her fellow judges find a rich tapestry of fantastic new songs and meet exciting new canine singers, including ‘Julio, a Mexican heart-throb who’s not all he appears to be, but ultimately helps them discover that music really is the universal language that brings us all together as one pack, one voice, singing in harmony!

Featuring a soundtrack of paw-tapping new songs, PUP STAR: WORLD TOUR is the newest feature-length addition to the popular dog-filled PUP STAR family film franchise.   The franchise launched in 2016 with overwhelming hit PUP STAR and continued in 2017 with PUP STAR: BETTER 2GETHER, which recently (3/23/18) had its world broadcast premiere on Disney Channel.  Both films are currently available on NETFLIX.

The PUP STAR: WORLD TOUR global adventure reunites the film’s live-action cast including Makenzie Moss (Steve Jobs) as Tiny’s owner, Lou; David Deluise (The Wizards of Waverly Place) as her father, Denisse Ojeda as the family’s loyal nanny ‘Ida’; Reggie De Leon (Disney’s stage version of Aladdin) as her manager ‘Shep;’ and features the return of Jed Rees (Deadpool) as the delightfully bad ‘Roland.’

A tail-waggin selection of talent returns to provide voices for the film’s canine stars, including top music icon Ziggy Marley (as ‘Dog Gnarly’); John Ratzenberger voices ‘Grandpa Growl; YouTube sensation Mackenzie Sol (The X-Factor) returns as ‘P.U.P’; and 13-year old singing sensation Kaitlyn Maher (America’s Got Talent) returns as the voice of Tiny and sister Scrappy.   The film also returns the voices of George NewbernDiedrich BaderNikki BlonskySteve ValentineBrian Hull and Jonathan Mangum.  Exciting new vocal talents include Maulik Pancholy (30 Rock) as ‘Raji,’ the slumdog crooner from India; and Jorge Diaz (Disney’s Elena Of Avalor) as ‘Julio,’ the Mexican heart-throb.

PUP STAR: WORLD TOUR is produced by Air Bud Entertainment, the creative force behind the #1 live-action, direct-to-home movies in the family category.  The film is directed by “Air Bud” and “Disney Air Buddies” veteran Robert Vince, produced by Anna McRoberts and written by Robert Vince.

About Air Bud Entertainment

Air Bud Entertainment is the premium brand for live action family movies and TV series. The Company has created over 22 family movies and five movie franchises that are licensed around the globe including the five Air Bud movies; seven Air Buddies movies with two Santa Paws movies in partnership with Disney, along with the new four movie Pup Star franchise for Netflix. ABE also recently announced its new series Puppy Prep Academy with Disney Channel in the U.S.

Stay In The Loop with AirBud On Social Media with the links below:

Website:          Airbud.com 

Facebook:       Facebook.com/AirBudOfficial

Twitter:           @AIRBUD   and    @PupStarMovie

Instagram:      @AirBudOfficial

YouTube:        Youtube.com/channel/UCHAL_UurzMKDyrpddriiuXA

 

Let me know if you try these cookies and what you think of Pup Star: World Tour on Netflix.

We partnered with a PR Company for this post and entering the recipe contest we hope to be a winner of a 7 day trip to Florida for our family!!!

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NurishPet Alaskan Salmon Oil Chews for Dogs #Giveaway

Do you consider your dogs members of your family like we do? If so, you probably want to make sure that you help them stay as healthy as possible. We have three dogs, a Maltese, a West Highland White Terrier and an American Bulldog.

I was excited to learn about, NurishPet Natural Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil Supplement Chews.  These heart-shaped salmon oil chews are gluten-free and  contain ingredients that benefit your dog’s health and wellness, enhancing your dog’s immune system, metabolism, brain functions and thyroid function. Best of all, they taste great and dogs love them. After all, what good is a supplement if your dog won’t eat it?

The supplements are heart-shaped which reminds me that they are made with heart healthy, all natural ingredients. These delicious dog chews are rich in Omega 3 and Omega 6 and contain fatty acids as well as Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Kelp.

All of the ingredients work together to improve your dog’s heart health, benefit skin and coat conditions, reduce hip and joint problems along with inflammation and protect your dog against free radicals.

You will love how they work to reduce shedding and improve coat quality. The Omega 3 and Omega 6 work to restore softness and brilliant shine to your four-legged friend’s coat. Supplements work well on all sizes of dogs from small to extra-large!

The soft chewable supplements are perfect for young or older dogs. Supplements are safe for teeth and gums and the no-heat manufacturing process means that your dog will get the full nutritional value of the raw ingredients.

Best of all, these supplements are made in the USA and come with a 100% no questions, money back guarantee. What have you got to lose? Enter below for you chance to win a canister of these great supplements for your dog.

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Barbra Streisand Cloned Her Dog Twice

It is so hard losing a beloved dog. They become such members of our families, who work their way deep in our hearts. When we lose our four-legged family member, the grief is real and raw. Some people need to wait a while before even considering getting another dog. Others feel that getting a new puppy helps them through the grieving process.

What if you could clone your dog? Would you do it?

Barbra Streisand did just that! Not only did she do it once, she did it twice! When her beloved Samantha, a Coton du Tulear died at age 14 in 2017, she had cells taken from the dog’s stomach and mouth. From those cells. she has two new puppies, Miss Violet and Miss Scarlett. Even though they are cloned from Samantha, they have different personalities. Streisand says she is waiting for them to get older, so she can see if they have Samantha’s brown eyes or seriousness. Besides the two cloned pooches, Streisand also has a third puppy who is a distant cousin of Samantha’s.

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A little research tells me that cloning your dog costs about $50,000, while cloning your cat is a bargain at only $25,000. Beyond cost, I have some concerns about cloning animals.

Dolly, the infamous cloned sheep, developed crippling knee arthritis at age five, and died at the age of 6 from lung disease and other health issues. Some speculated that it was because she was cloned from an animal that was nearly 7 years old,  that caused her to develop these conditions so early. The normal life expectancy of a Finn-Dorset sheep is about 11-12 years.

I personally would not do this, I don’t think it is worth the risk of bringing an animal into the world who may suffer and have a poor quality of life. There are so many dogs that need homes, and in this case, she already had a new puppy that was a distant cousin of her beloved Samantha. I imagine Babs could have bought 2 more puppies from that same breeder, if she wanted dogs that would be related to Samantha.

Coton du Tulear Puppy ( Not Barbara’s)

What do you think? Let me know in the comments.

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Rethinking Our Dog’s Diet After a Cancer Scare #NourishForLife #Petcurean

This past winter, our American Bulldog, Delilah, developed a growth on the side of her neck, that grew very rapidly over the course of a few days. Having lost one of our dogs years early to Mast Cell Cancer, we took her right to the vet. He believed that was what it was, but would not know for sure until it was removed and sent to pathology.

We were very upset. I did a great deal of research and started her on an antihistamine until her surgery. Antihistamines are recommended for Mast Cell Tumors, because it can help stop them from spreading.

She came through the surgery fine and came home with an inflatable donut on her neck. About a week later we got better news than we could imagine. Mast Cell Tumors are classified in different grades and by their mitotic index. A grade 1 or a grade 2 with a mitotic index that is less than 5 can behave like benign tumors. Delilah’s came back with as a grade 2 and a mitotic index of 0. That was fabulous news, especially since the vet had thought it was a very aggressive, high-grade Mast Cell Tumor.

This meant Delilah did not need additional treatment and the average life expectancy before a recurrence was 5 years. Since our sweetheart is 7, this was great news to us. Of course, we want her to have more than 5 years, but considering what we thought we were dealing with, we are ecstatic.

The cancer diagnosis got us thinking about all of our dogs ( we have a Westie and Maltese too!) and keeping them as healthy as possible. In speaking with my vet and other pet owners, it seems cancer is so very common these days. When I see that, it makes me think that it is coming from what we are feeding our pets. With so many pet foods on the market, it can be a challenge to know which are best.

I found a dog food I really like, and wanted to share it with you. Petcurean is a family owned Canadian company that manufactures premium-quality pet food recipes; Go!, Now Fresh, Gather and Spike Treats for dogs and cats. They took the time to speak with me and recommend the best food based on our pets’ needs.

Every Petcurean recipe is created using the highest quality, healthiest and most flavorful ingredients available, selected through a trusted network of farmers, ranchers and producers, who must meet or exceed very stringent health, safety and quality criteria. All ingredients are sourced from North America, New Zealand and Australia. Petcurean does not use by-products, un-named meat or any ingredients from China in their pet food or treats. 

Petcurean pet foods are sold exclusively through pet specialty retailers in the United States, Canada and more than 20 countries internationally.

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If you would like to try Petcurean Pet Recipes for you pets, we have an exclusive $5 coupon code for Mommy Ramblings’ readers. Just click HERE and  enter code PS105ZW997 to get your $5 coupon.

We ordered the GO! DAILY DEFENCE™ Whole Body Preventative Care for Life. The GO! DAILY DEFENCE™ recipes are nutrient packed and nutritionist-recommended to give our dogs the preventative care they need to stay strong. All 3 love the chicken flavor and we love that they have healthy food we feel good about.

Even the bag is different and has a very nice resealable strip that keeps their food nice and fresh.

Petcurean has many different pet food recipes and treats. With the wide selection of premium-quality food for dogs and cats, you are sure to find something that addresses your pet’s’ needs.

Giveaway:

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Top Vacuums of 2017 for Dog and Cat Owners

Do you share your home with pets that shed? If you do, you are probably well aware that you share your home with their hair as well. You may also find that their hair wants to go everywhere you do. Do you constantly find pet hair on your clothes and in your car? Do you keep pet hair rollers in your purse because it is a never ending struggle? Pet hair can be a real issue to vacuum too. Many vacuums simply do not get the job done. The last thing you want is for friends and family to find pet hair all over themselves after a visit to your home. Let’s take a look at some of the best vacuums for pet hair.

A recent Consumer Reports study rates the Miele AirClean Dynamic U1 Cat & Dog Upright Vacuum at the top of their list. This powerful AirClean pet vacuum features a unique electrobrush that follows the contours of your floor, automatically adjusting for different carpet depths and surface coverings. This vacuum provides even, constant suction and gentle cleaning. Accessories include a mini turbo brush, integrated dusting brush, upholstery tool and crevice nozzle.

The Kenmore Elite 21814 Pet Friendly CrossOver Canister Vacuum also earned high marks from Consumer Reports as a canister vacuum. From carpeting on stairs to your hardwood floors and even the space behind your fridge, this vacuum easily takes on your weekly floor chores. Stubborn pet hair and even the fluffiest dust bunnies, are no match for this powerful vacuum. Vacuum attachments like the Pet PowerMate and a 2 motor system that creates some serious suction, making vacuuming a breeze. The swiveling 8 ft. hose makes it simple to suck up cobwebs from your ceiling. If you like this model, you can purchase it from Sears.

The Shark Rocket Ultra-Light TruePet Deluxe Vacuum features a pet brush attachment, hard floor attachment and microfiber pad. The versatile design converts to a handheld vacuum for use in small spaces like vehicles and stairs. The lightweight stick design makes it effortless to use. I have this vacuum and I love it, it has great suction, is effortless to push and does an amazing job no matter what type of flooring I am using it on.

The Dyson V8 Absolute Vacuum Cleaner is one I personally own, and it works great! It has a rechargeable 21.6 volt Lithium ion battery and comes with a second bare floor brush roller as well as, a small motorized brush. There is a turbo mode for when you need extra power and a dirt cup that empties in one easy step. The cord free design allows you to vacuum anywhere. Get this vacuum on Amazon and live in harmony with your pets. This is another vacuum I own, and I love it. It has no cord so you can take it anywhere. It has great suction and works on all areas of my home.

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Eliminate Cat Litter Odor the Easy Way! #StopCatLitterSmell #LitterGenie

Do you love your cat but hate the smell of the litter box. If so, you should check out the Litter Genie Pail. The Litter Genie is a convenient way to dispose of used cat litter and helps to eliminate the stinky odor that goes along with it.
The three step process will keep your home fresh and clean. Just Scoop the litter with the Litter Genie Scoop that stores conveniently on the side of the pail. Then open the lid and toss in the used litter. Last, pull the handle and you are done. The litter is locked away and so are the odors.

A PURRFECT FIT
Have a small space? No problem. The Litter Genie® Pail fits in your bathroom, under the kitchen sink and in other small spaces. It’s great for apartments and basements.

AT A GLANCE: – INNOVATIVE, HASSLE-FREE CAT LITTER DISPOSAL SYSTEM

  • Locks litter and odor away in 3 simple steps
  • Easy and convenient to use
  • Pail holds up to two weeks of cat litter (for one cat)
  • Seven-layer refill bag with odor barrier technology locks away odors & germs
  • Compact pail design that fits anywhere
  • Added antimicrobial inhibits odors caused by bacteria on the pail
  • Meow

We love the Litter Genie for the ease of use and the great way it locks odors away. It makes our home a happy, fresh home for us and our cat Max. You can follow Litter Genie on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to stay in the loop with them. Have you tried the Litter Genie?

 
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Teaching Kids Empathy To Prevent Animal Cruelty-#TeachEmpathy

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In 2012 a 17-year-old boy in West Sacramento took a can of lighter fluid, dumped it on a cat, and lit the cat on fire. When people in the nearby park saw the ball of fire moving across the grass, they had no idea that there was an animal in pain under all those flames.

The cat was rescued by a non-profit organization headquartered in Sacramento, California called RedRover. Sadly this did not have a good ending for the poor cat who had to be put down as the extent of the burns was too great. The child was caught, and later when the police asked him why he did it, his response was “I just wasn’t thinking”.

#TeachEmpathy

I hate sharing such a horrendous story,  but it was the moment that made Nicole Forsyth, CEO of RedRover decide that the only way to prevent animal cruelty, was to stop it before it ever happened, and to do that – they had to teach children empathy for animals. The RedRover Readers program was born, and has since trained hundreds of teachers and educated thousands of students in classrooms across the country through stories and games to have compassion for animals.

This past May RedRover launched an innovative app that is designed to help kids ages 7-11 practice empathy skills. The Restricted Adventures of Raja includes an interactive graphic novel e-book and a game, both with English and Spanish language options.

The app uses curriculum from the highly successful RedRover Readers program. Parents and educators can use questions woven into the story to help kids identify the behaviors and emotions of animal and human characters and imagine how the characters are feeling, skills necessary for empathy. The app is available on iTunes and Google Play.

The innovative  has already helped kids understand the behavior and emotions of animals and people and has developed empathy skills in classrooms across the continent. You can stay in the loop with RedRover on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube and Instagram.
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I hope you check the app out and share this post so that we can help RedRover reach as many people as possible. Thank you for your support.

 

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