The following statement comes as no surprise to people who know our family dynamics. We have two children. A two-legged one named Beckett. And, a four-legged one named Tucker. And, then there is the bun that is in the oven, too. Tucker was a serendipitous blessing that we found at the humane society and brought into our lives eleven years ago. He has a magical way about him that grabs a hold of your heart and doesn’t let go. People arm-wrestle for a chance to babysit him. The chickens cuddle with him like he’s one of the flock. The veterinarians “ooo” and “aah” over his personality. He was a doggie blood donor for nine years and wears a tag that says: “Inside this dog beats the heart of a hero.” Does it get any sweeter than that?
So, to keep this family blog just that, you’ll see things that are for each one of my children. And, this one is for the doggie fans out there.
A toy is not a toy if it doesn’t have a squeaker. Forget bones. Forget rubber chewy kongs. Forget peanut butter stuffed barrels. Forget tennis balls. It’s ALL ABOUT THE SQUEAKER. The squeaker had better be hardy because Tucker will test its limits within the first minute. And, the toy design needs to have some cute redeemable quality that makes it tolerable to keep around the house, on the carpet, on his bed, next to our bed and even in the bathroom. The toys are squeaking everywhere.
The SimplyFido line of organic dog toys has gained a permanent place in the doggie toy bin. I appreciate the endearing designs and the durability of the toys, but what I like most are the materials that are used in the construction. All fabrics, adornments and fillings are organic. For every bit of organic cotton that is purchased, the decision is made to keep more chemicals and pesticides out of our eco-system considering that almost one-third of pesticides are put onto cotton crops. Each SimplyFido toy is colored with all-natural plant-based dyes and set with a soy-water wash to ensure the color lasts.
The Lolly Lamb that has been Tucker’s new BFF for the past few months is still squeaking strong and shows nothing but love bites in lieu of wear and tear. My Tucker puppy deserves the best and the best organic toys come from SimplyFido.
Like most puppies, Tucker could take a perfectly landscaped, well-groomed yard and turn it into a ravaged pit of potholes and mud puddles. In a desperate effort to curb his enthusiastic forays in the garden while we were gone at work and college, we spent hours and hours at the off-leash dog park in town. One afternoon, when Tucker was six-months old, we brought him home from a day of running his wiggles out and he sacked out on the floor. When he came to, he couldn’t walk. Any weight that he put on his hind legs sent him into a fit of whining and painful cries and he slumped back to the floor. After a $250 visit to the vet and the entire rigmarole of tests, we were left with the following diagnosis: “Tucker has moderate to severe hip dysplasia in his right hind leg”. Our two options for treatment were: “Surgery to the heart-stopping tune of $1500” or “Supplements and limiting his physical activity.” These two broke college students picked option 2.
For eleven years, we have battled the hip dysplasia. We have learned to pull the plug on playtime when Tucker is still going strong, but is clearly pushing his limits. And, we have learned to rely on supplements to help his bad wheel. My new go-to source for his supplements is Pet Naturals of Vermont. Their Hip+Joint supplements are made with all-natural ingredients and their chewable formula makes them double as “treats”. The classic “hip” ingredients like chondroitin and glucosamine are present, but the formulation is such that the results are quick and noticeable. The price tag is affordable at around $16 for a bag of 45 chews.
Tucker is the perfect height for petting. At 85-pounds, his head is just at the height of your hand when you are standing and your arm is resting down by your side. This “perfect” height also makes for a one-on-one interaction with doggy breath when you are sitting on the couch or the floor. Even with regular teeth brushing (yes, we brush the dog’s teeth!) and very limited table scraps (these are chicken feed people!) – Tucker can still get breath that will peel paint or make your eyes water.
Treats that promise good dog breath abound, but there one key that is usually missing – the dog needs to CHEW the treats for them to work. Not swallow them whole. The Breath Bites from Pet Naturals of Vermont are just that. Bite size treats that are flavorful enough to keep them in the dog’s mouth for chewage and workage. And, they work. I mean they really work. The number one ingredient is spirulina and the algae-ruffage is key ridding the mouth of putrid-smells and bringing a smile to my face when Tucker wants to have one-on-one time.
We are family of four who is soon expanding to five. Tucker is one of our children and deserves the best. The best in toys and healthy supplements. Bring on SimplyFido and Pet Naturals of Vermont!
Looking for a cute new dog toy made with organic materials or an all-natural bad-breath-busting supplement? Good thing you’re here because we have a giveaway!!
• Breath Bites from Pet Naturals of Vermont
• Simply Fido Oliver Dog Ring Toy
Interested in entering the giveaway? Comment on this post and tell me: What is your pet’s/pets’ name(s)?
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Winners will be drawn on Wednesday, April 27th at 8:00pm PST.
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