One of my resolutions for 2014 is to blog more! I would be very open and happy to hear if you have any suggestions! In the meantime, I am going to struggle along with some topics and I hope you find them entertaining and useful!
Some of you know that as well as being a pet photographer, I co-own a pet food store called Tail Blazers (with my mom). It is a franchise that sells top quality food and specializes in raw diets. We own the Copperfield location in Calgary, AB, Canada.
Anyway – this gives me a bit of an inside scoop when it comes to awesome products, so I thought I would share a few of my favorites! These are things that I could not live without, and I LOVE them!!
1. Bowsers Beds
I absolutely LOVE these beds. I am not lying when I say they get better with age! Wash them, they are brand new all over again. They have very beautiful fabrics that have subtle dog designs. They look fabulous in any decor, and they have a design to suite any one’s taste. I have fallen asleep in a Bowsers Bed more than once myself!
2. Bully Sticks
Bully Sticks are to dogs, as cartoons are to kids! I work from home mostly, so I give my dogs bullies when I need to be left alone. It’s also great to have a few in the house for when it’s too hot or cold to go outside. Not all bully sticks are created equal. Some are irradiated. Always ask the manufacturer if they irradiate their bull sticks before purchasing them! A few of my favorite brands are Puppy Love and Aron. Both are Canadian brands.
Over the years, we have owned a lot of different dog jackets. I have Boxers and they have always been somewhat tricky to fit. One jacket that has fit virtually any dog that’s tried it on is the Chilly Dog Great White North Winter Jacket. They are warm, durable, and super cute!! Great for Alberta Winters!
They are made in Canada too which is super cool!
Just like with the jackets, we have tried just about every brand under the sun for boots. They either don’t fit right, or they fall off, or both! These boots when properly sized actually STAY ON! They have Vibram rubber soles which are extremely durable and have great grip. These all weather boots are even fabulous for running on rocks, or wading in the water. Great investment and they will probably last almost a lifetime!
These are the best treats I have found to date that almost every dog (AND CAT) love. Many are single ingredient which makes them great for allergies too. If your pet doesn’t have allergies, there are many flavours to try. These are made right here in Canada with regional ingredients. These treats are manufactured by Champion, the makers for Orijen and Acana dog foods. It’s an awesome company!
My three dogs are mostly raw fed, and when I say mostly, I mean about 98%! There are so many brands available on the market today, but the one ALL my dogs do well on is the Nature’s Variety brand. I feed my dogs 1/2 Lb patties, but Nature’s Variety offers a variety of sizes for every size of dog or cat. They even have raw that is nearly as small as kibble! It’s thaws really fast making is super convenient. In the patties, they have Duck, Lamb, Beef, Chicken, Organic Chicken, Rabbit, and Venison.
The other 2% of the time I don’t feed raw, I feed this! It’s freeze dried dog food that they just love! In fact, it’s so tasty that you can actually use it for treats too. This is also a great diet for cats – even the fussy ones tend to love it. The dog variety comes in Beef, Venison, and Lamb. You add water to this food, but only to hydrate your dog – the food does not need to be hydrated.
If I had my way, every dog would walk on one of these! They create no tension on the neck which can lead to damage to the trachea. They are more comfortable for your dog to walk on. They reduce pulling and reactivity. I love them!!
So, there you have it! A few of my favorite things!! If you like all these goodies, they are all available at our Tail Blazers store! 107 15566 McIvor Blvd SE, Calgary, AB, Canada.