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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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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.


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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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Discover the New Comedy “Unleashed” #Giveaway

In UNLEASHED, a cosmic event turns Emma’s dog and cat into two perfect guys, forcing her to reconsider her outlook on dating,
hilariously work out her trust issues, and ultimately learn to love herself.


Emma, a brilliant but awkward app designer, moves to San Francisco after a massive betrayal by her boyfriend with only her beloved
pets, an adorable cat and an energetic mutt, in tow. One night, drawn by the light of a Supermoon, Emma’s pets escape into the
night and are transformed into full-grown men, forcing Emma to reconsider her outlook on dating and hilariously work out her trust

Enter our giveaway below to win a hard copy of the film or digital iTunes Code to download it. You can specify your choice but we cannot guarantee the format you will receive.


One lucky blog reader will win either a hard copy disc or iTunes Code for Unleashed (winner can submit choice, but we cannot guarantee that) Open to US Residents in the contiguous 48 states.
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“Max 2: White House Hero” on Blu-ray Combo Pack #Giveaway

**“Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.”**

Finding quality family films can be a challenge. If you are looking for a good movie for a family movie night, Max 2: White House Hero is now available on Blu-ray from Warner Bros Home Entertainment. Get the Blu-ray Combo Pack Today!

This brand new, original film features Max on a new assignment that takes him to Washington D.C. to work on a highly sensitive mission that will push Max’s specialized skills, intelligence and loyalty to the test.

Max 2: White House Hero is an adorable film the whole family will enjoy! We have three dogs who are members of our family and we love to watch movies that feature talented canine actors.

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I want to share an amazing game called Max 2: White House Hero Run Game, where you can help Max save TJ and Alex.

You can visit the Max 2:White House Hero website and follow Max 2: White House Hero on Facebook to stay in the loop about all things relative to this movie release. How would you like a chance to win a Max 2:White House Hero Blu-ray combo pack? If you would, enter below using the Rafflecopter widget.


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It Pays To Be A Dog Person

This post is sponsored by Rover.com and I was compensated for my participation in this campaign as a social media influencer and blogger who is part of the Mom It Forward Blogger Network.


Do you love dogs? If you do and you are looking for ways to earn extra income, you may be interested in working as a Rover Sitter with Rover. Rover is a website-based service that helps dog owners find professional sitters who will care for their pet at home while they’re away. Whether you want to be a full-time dog sitter or just want to dog sit when you have free time, Rover makes it easy to earn money doing something fun. Join their community of over 25,000 Rover sitters today!

Main Benefits of Becoming a Rover Sitter:

  • Extra income: Sitters earn on average, between $1,000-$3300 per month. Set your own rates and work as much or as little as you like.
  • Flexible hours: As an independent contractor, you get to make your own schedule. Offer part-time or full-time dog care, daycare, or overnight hosting
  • Outstanding support:Rover’s dedicated 24/7 support team is always ready to help. In addition, every stay booked through Rover is covered by premium pet insurance at no additional cost to you

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How does it work?

  • Create a profile and set your prices for the services you’re offering. You choose which dogs you want to care for and where.
  • Set your schedule. Work as much or as little as you like. Your Rover calendar makes it easy to manage your availability.
  • Launch your dog-sitting business! Rover gives you the tools to succeed and advertises to continually bring in new clients.
  • Book stays. Rover provides premium insurance, 24/7 emergency support, and online payments. All for only 15% of your fees!
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You can follow Rover on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. If this interests you, you can fill out the application on their site. Let me know if you are a Rover Sitter or plan to apply to be one.



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Give Your Dog A Loving Nudge With Nudges Wholesome Dog Treats-#NudgeThemBack

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.
#NudgeThemBack #CollectiveBias

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We love our dogs, they are more than pets to us, they are family members.  We have three dogs and they are each very unique in personality and size.  Delilah is our big dog, a purebred American Bulldog and a loyal protector.  Delilah will watch the kids and if any animal or person tries to harm them, they won’t live to tell the tale.  As parents we feel blessed to have a dog that will protect our kids, it makes us feel great to know she’s around since we live out in the country.

Next, we have Zoey, our West Highland White Terrier.  Zoey is always there to “help” with any project.  She is also a fearless protector of our family and our home.  In typical terrier fashion she will be tenacious and persistent if some critter starts hanging around that should not be.  This is not always a great thing, a couple of weeks ago she had it out with a skunk and she was on the losing end.  Those skunks have an unfair advantage!

Last but not least we have tiny Sassafras (Sassy), our Maltese.   Sassy is a sweetheart who does not understand she is tiny.  If the other dogs go off to bark at some intruder, she will go right with them and give it her all.  Her spirit is much bigger than her stature.

The way we love our dogs, we want nothing but the best for them.  We make it a priority to feed them wholesome food and treats that will allow them to live a long, vibrant life. The other day I was in Walmart and saw new dog treats called Nudges® Grillers.  The clear window package showed the treats and they looked just like cuts of steak and chicken that had been freshly grilled.  I am more aware of the ingredients in dog foods and treats and was pleased to see that Nudges® were made in the USA with only USA sourced protein! The number 1 ingredient in the treats was real meat and they did not have artificial flavors or fillers!  These were treats I could feel good about feeding our girls, I picked up a few bags and headed home!

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I was really impressed upon opening them, they smelled just like fresh grilled meat and they had a similar texture. One of my young sons asked if this was okay for him to eat, lol.  I told him no, but I think that is a great testimonial for how similar they were to beef or chicken fresh off the grill.  I like them because when we are grilling outside the dogs sit and sniff and want to be included.  Nudges® Grillers Beef and Chicken treats give us a way to include our dogs in our BBQ.  You can learn more and see the full product line up at nudgesdogtreats.com









The taste tests went over great and they just loved the beef and chicken Grillers.  Nudges® also has Sizzlers in Chicken Bacon and Beef & Cheese.  The Grillers and Sizzlers are available in 3 oz or 18 oz bags.  Given our brood, we went with the 18 oz. bags.  I noticed a value size of Jerky Cuts by Nudges® that I want to pick up the next time I am in Walmart.   Check out nudgethemback.com and see how other dog lovers are nudging their best friends and family members back.  You can also stay in touch with them on their Facebook page. So tell me, have you seen the new Nudges® dog treats?   Which ones do you think your dog(s) would like the most?  If you have tried them, I would love to hear what you and your dog thought of them.


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New CANIDAE® Life Stages, Dog Treats Review and Giveaway!!!

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We have three dogs; a 3-year-old Maltese, a 3-year-old Westie and a 4-year-old American Bulldog.  They are very much a part of our family and we want the best for them.  For optimal health it’s important to feed dogs healthy foods and treats. I recently had the opportunity to try New CANIDAE® Life Stages Bakery Snacks and Biscuits for dogs with our trio.  We tried two varieties, the Bakery Snacks with turkey, quinoa  & butternut squash which is made with only 7 nutritious ingredients and the Grain Free, Pure Heaven Biscuits with Duck and Chickpeas.  Both are crunchy and help keep dog’s teeth clean, they feature a snap feature that lets you break the biscuit into perfect proportions and as our dogs reaction told us, are delicious!  Resealable pouches keep snacks fresh.

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Duck Tape Craft–Super Easy To Make Hair Bows!!! #JollyVoxBox

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As an Influenster blogger, I was sent a Jolly Vox Box Full of great products. One of the included goodies was a Ducklings mini roll of patterned Duck Tape.  I have quite a variety of Duck Tape in large rolls and sheets but did not have any of the smaller rolls.  Now besides being adorable, this size is great to use  so you do not have to cut the larger rolls into strips when you need more narrow pieces.


I saw some bows online and it gave me some inspiration.  Without following a tutorial I just grabbed some Duck Tape and improvised and I can tell you the results look great.  If I did it on the fly and they turned out so well, anyone can do it!  I was getting ready to groom my puppies and my Maltese came to mind when I thought to make these.  With the rain and snow any bow in her hair gets dirty and yucky fast.  Bows made of Duck Tape would be super easy to wipe clean!

To make the bows, I started with a  piece of tape about 12 inches long from the big roll and then folded it in half on itself.

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The first one got a little wrinkle so I trimmed then end, this took care of the wrinkle and made a sweet petite bow for my petite puppy.

When I had the folded piece, I then took each side and folded inward making them meet in the middle.

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Now was the time to add some contrast and finish all the ends. I used the Little Ducklings tape and cut pieces as large as the sides and thenttaped them onto the folded large piece.

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After this I did an accordion or fan fold until it was all folded and took a piece of the tape from the Little Duckling roll and wrapped the middle.

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Then I grabbed a small hair elastic and taped it on with another piece.  You could use a clip too if you like but for dogs the elastic is what holds the top knot.  After it was attached you fluff the sides and it looked so cute that I immediately made another.

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How darling these are to also attach to collars for doggies that don’t have a lot of hair, you can make them bigger for bigger dogs of course.  The tape is very heavy duty and I pulled and pulled on the elastic to check if it would come off but it did not loosen at all.  So I hope you enjoyed this little craft.  It’s so super quick and easy, I hope you give it a try.  If you do please share how it turned out.


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Chicken Soup for the Soul: I Can’t Believe My Dog Did That! Review & Giveaway!!!

Having had dogs all my life, I feel I could contribute very much to a book entitled I Can’t Believe My Dog Did That!  There would be many funny stories, though I may not have felt like laughing at the time and many heartwarming tales from when my canine buddies did something very special or helped when there was danger.  Either way I would never dream of living without a dog in my life, which must be the reason we have three!

If you feel the same way I do about dogs, you will love Chicken Soup for the Soul: I Can’t Believe My Dog Did That! Book.  It is filled with 101 stories about the four-legged family members we share our homes with.  There are all kinds of stories in here from funny to heartwarming and I am sure there are more than a few you will directly relate to.  If you are a dog person you need to check this book out!

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We all rejoice in the simple absurdities, funny habits, and crazy antics of our dogs. They make us smile every day, but sometimes they really outdo themselves. You will love reading all the heartwarming, inspirational, and hysterical stories in this book. We know after reading the stories you’ll say, “I can’t believe a dog did that!”

Chicken Soup For the Soul Publishing is sponsoring a giveaway on Mommy Ramblings.  Three lucky blog readers will win a copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul: I Can’t Believe My Dog Did That!  Thank you Chicken Soup Publishing for the review book and for sponsoring this great giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!!!  Open to US residents.

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Sleepypod Luxury Pet Carrier Review & Giveaway!!!

The award-winning Sleepypod is more than a bed, it’s a lifestyle. It’s your pet’s personal space, designed to fit his or her individual needs. The beauty of the Sleepypod luxury pet carrier is its versatility. A dog that needs to be aware of his surroundings at all times can be just as easily accommodated as the cat who likes her privacy. Most cats and many dogs associate travel with negative experiences such as a trip to the vet or the kennel. Sleepypod allows pets to travel safely in the pampered comfort of their own bed made of luxurious ultra-plush and foam alleviating the stress associated with travel and confinement in hard, plastic boxes with limited visibility. Once your pet becomes accustomed to using the Sleepypod as an ultra comfortable bed; zip Sleepypod’s sturdy mesh top onto the luggage-grade ballistic nylon bed with machine washable liner and Fifi (or Fido) is ready to travel in their own bed. Strapping the seat belt around the Sleepypod turns it into a car seat in seconds. Whether it’s a two-week vacation or an errand across town, you can bring your pet without putting up with a fuss from even the finickiest of furry travelers since Sleepypod is already a trusted part of your pet’s life. Visit their safety page for more information about their commitment to your pet’s safety. The stylish Sleepypod comes in six fashionista-friendly colors.

I recently had the opportunity to review the Sleepypod Luxury Pet Carrier.  I chose the blossom pink and I really love the color even more in person.  The carrier is very well constructed.  We have 3 dogs and a cat.  2 of our dogs are toy size and our cat of course fits in the carrier as well.  I would love to have had this carrier when we took our 2 little dogs with us to Florida last spring.  On that trip we had to bring two carriers and a pet bed not to mention all the gear for two toddlers.  With this carrier we could have had them sitting in the third row, in just the bottom half as a comfy pet bed.  It would have all our bases covered with one unit serving as both the carrier and pet bed.  Less stuff, more comfortable pups and safety, you really can’t want more.  The pet bed is so comfy and plush, Sassy just loved it and when I put the bed on the couch, she jumped in and soon put her head down and snuggled in.  What a pleasure it will be now to travel with the little puppies now, we just have to get another so they both have one, and we will be all set for our next venture.  I think it is great that you can use the bottom half at home as a pet bed that they get comfortable with and know is theirs.  Then when you do travel and animals get stressed during traveling because they are not really sure what is going on, they will at least have that piece of home with them.  If you are looking for a quality, versatile pet carrier that will pamper your pet, check out the Sleepypod.  Your four-legged family member will be very glad you did.


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