Impulsive Pet Store Purchase

Borgia

Back in 2002 I went to a mall pet store to get my mom’s Miniature Poodle, Max, a dog toy as a peace-offering. I was not a fan of Max because I am a big dog person. I grew up with Boxers, Doberman and a German Shepherd.

A couple of years earlier my parents sold our Boxer when we moved to Arizona because they didn’t want fur in their new house (I being a reasonable person, would manage the fur because I see cats & dogs as family members). My mom bought Max with the reasoning being he wouldn’t shed as much as our Boxer would have. Max and I were off to a rough start considering he was a small dog, he was a replacement for MY dog who I missed greatly and my Mom didn’t even ask for our opinion.

Here I am in this pet store looking around and I see these kittens. At the time I was a “dog person” who thought cats were okay. Little did I know this was the start of my life with cats. An employee offered to let me hold a kitten and I was hooked. I no longer cared about the dog toy and I left the store with a $200 kitten.  The only problem was that I had to sneak the kitten into the house.

I should mention that months earlier I asked if I could get a cat and was turned down flat. It’s a good thing that my parents never went into my room because that’s where Borgia lived for a couple of months without my parents and brother knowing. Eventually my mom and brother discovered her but didn’t tell my step-dad (he didn’t find out for another month).

Fast forward to today, I have since adopted 2 cats and currently have 4 barn cats. Borgia will be turning 12 years old next month and is still going strong.

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Bela Has Arrived

Golden Bond Rescue Of Oregon

We got this sweet girl Bela from Golden Bond Rescue of Oregon as a foster dog. Since her arrival on Monday 2/10 we have made great progress in her training.

Bela lived with her mother and has come into our home with zero training, separation anxiety, cat and toy aggression, and inappropriate play interaction with our dog Marley.

Considering Bela’s background, all her issues are completely justified and these issues have improved greatly in just 6 days! She is super sweet and willing to please. Training started right away with Bela quickly learning sit. Down is consistent when treats involved and random without treats.

Bela is going to make a wonderful companion for someone in the near future because she is full of potential. I am confident that with a few more weeks of consistent training, we can prepare Bela for her permanent home.

I would like to thank the wonderful lady who cared enough to get Bela and her mother out of a bad situation. This woman took Bela and her mother into her home, loved these dogs enough to get the medical care needed and gave Bela the best chance of a full happy life by getting her into GBR’s care while keeping Bela’s mother who was a better fit.

I will keep you updated on Bela’s progress. This week will include more crate training, car training, stay, and playtime manners (Marley’s not a fan of dogs barking in her face).

Until next time!

Perfect Pet Fountain

(Originally posted on my old blog Jan 6, 2013)

Years ago I bought a pet fountain for my 2 indoor cats and at the time I was working at an animal hospital. I was regularly seeing cats coming in with medical problems and the doctor would tell the owners to encourage the cat to drink more water by adding wet food to their diet and/or use a pet fountain.

I picked up the best deal I could find at Petsmart and I did notice the cats were drinking more water thanks to my litter box observations. I liked that I didn’t have to fill the water bowl every single day but I hated that I could never fully clean the bowl. There were so many little crevices and sharp tiny corners that even a toothpick or q-tip couldn’t reach.

I continued using this fountain for years until it stopped working last year. As much as I didn’t want to spend more money, I’m glad I was done with “cleaning” the old fountain. So the researching began.

If I was going to fork over $50+ for a pet fountain, I wanted it to be THE right fountain. I must be able to sanitize it, ESPECIALLY the part that holds the water. If at all possible, no plastic parts. Don’t know if the old plastic fountain had anything to do with it, but our old cat Louie had feline acne (I got a lot of grief if I mentioned I used Stridex pads on my cat’s chin).

After lots of research I came across the Glacier Point Basic Fountain. I read all the information on the website which was very data driven and I wanted this fountain, but the price made me rethink this decision.

 

After hours of more research that included TONS and TONS of user reviews on countless pet fountains I found myself thinking of the Glacier Point fountain. All of these other fountains fell short when compared to the Glacier Point fountain so I decided I’d pay more for this higher quality fountain (husband…not so much).

My husband suggested that we hold off on purchasing a new fountain. During this time, I cleaned and filled the ceramic cat bowl daily while also logging the water consumption of our two cats. Daily the bowls were getting either fur, litter or both in it. There was a significant decrease in water consumption which was verified in the litter box which housed smaller pee clumps. It is very important to take mental notes of what is normal pee and poo of your pets so you can quickly spot problems!

After collecting and discussing this data, we decided that we were better off getting the Glacier Point Basic Fountain because the last thing we need is a vet bill because a cat has urinary or kidney problems. Borgia (our female cat) had a urinary track infection a couple of years ago and I want to do what I can to avoid any bladder issues. Heck, if the fountain can prevent a single vet visit it will have paid for itself!

It has been a couple of months since I received the fountain but so far:

Cats took to it right away

I was blown away by how easy and quick it was to clean/sanitize the bowl, pump and water jars

Fountain can be very quiet or quite loud depending on your (cat’s) preference

Haven’t “recharged” the carbon water filter yet because it is still going strong but the instructions look straight forward

Cat’s are back to their normal water consumption (compared to the couple of weeks they were stuck with regular ceramic water bowls)

Bowl is A LOT cleaner (I don’t see fur floating or litter that magically ended up in the bowl)

I have no regrets about buying the Glacier Point Basic Fountain. I am confident in the quality of this product. If something were to happen down the road, I like that there are replacement parts so the whole fountain doesn’t need to be trashed. I appreciate the owner’s customer service and brutal honesty.

I encourage you to read the information if the price is too shocking and keep an open mind. If you’ve had/have a pet fountain you will be able to appreciate how different (superior) this fountain truly is.

If You Live In Alaska, Idaho, Oregon or Washington…

You can help Golden Bond Rescue earn donations just by shopping with your Fred Meyer Rewards Card!

Fred Meyer is donating $2.5 million per year to non-profits in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, based on where their customers tell them to give. Here’s how the program works:

  • Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Golden Bond Rescue at www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards. You can search for us by our name or by our non-profit number 94391.
  • Then, every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, you are helping Golden Bond Rescue earn a donation!
  • You still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates, just as you do today.
  • If you do not have a Rewards Card, they are available at the Customer Service desk of any Fred Meyer store.
  • For more information and to link your card to GBR, please visit www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards.  Once there, click on the Link Your Rewards Card Now button. If you already have your sign-in set up with Fred Meyer, just enter your email address and password.  If your new to FredMeyer.com, click on Get Started and follow the simple instructions. Once your account is set up, you can link your card to GBR’s account number – 94391.

Best Pet Shampoo

(Originally published on my old blog Dec 23, 2012)

It has been over 4 years since I’ve purchased pet shampoo for our 2 large dogs and 2 house cats. About a year prior I was at our state fair where I stumbled upon a company called Touch of Mink. I was instantly drawn to their pet shampoo which claimed to be a safe, gentle, natural shampoo which naturally repelled biting insects. This sounded too good to be true!

Pet Shampoo

http://www.touchofmink.com/MinkSheen-Pet-Shampoo-p/ms.htm?1=1&CartID=0

When I got home I gave our dogs a bath. Boy was I pleased! The scent was nice, the dogs were clean, and my hands were SUPER soft (so soft that I not only ordered the largest 1 gallon bottle of pet shampoo, I bought the human lotion for myself).

The product website claims the 4-in-1 MinkSheen Pet Shampoo is:

  1. A gentle shampoo
  2. A coat conditioner
  3. An anti-bacterial formula
  4. A natural insect repellant

What I think:

1. The shampoo doesn’t dry out the coats of my dogs and cats

2. Their coats are very soft and shinier than they were with other shampoos

3. Even after the shampoo scent had faded, their coats didn’t smell like “dog” or “cat”

4. Didn’t rely on shampoo only to repel insects. Even though our indoor/outdoor cat was getting monthly Revolution treatments, he was coming in with ticks 3 days in a row. I put a small amount of shampoo in a squirt bottle filled with water and sprayed the cat before letting him outside for the day. When he came in for the evening there weren’t any ticks on him. I continued to do this the entire summer and fall with 100% success.

My husband and I weren’t the only ones who noticed how great this shampoo was. I was taking our dogs daily to the dog park and I had other owners approach me about how clean, soft and shiny my dog’s coats were. More than one person asked if they had gotten a bath that day when it had been over a month since they had a bath! Keep in mind they had been going to the dog park playing and getting drooled on by other dogs. I’ve been able to go longer between baths because of the shampoo which is an AWESOME bonus!

I hope this company stays in business forever! I support them with occasional human purchases (since a gallon of pet shampoo is lasting a LONG time even with 4 pets). I tell as many pet owners as I can that they HAVE to try this shampoo.

I’m truly excited to be sharing this info with you.

Must Have Door Mat

(Originally published on my old blog Dec 18, 2012)

Never in a million years did I think I would get excited over a door mat! Really?!?! All I know is that the Miracle Door Mat http://www.miracledoormat.com/ is one of my favorite, most useful items in my house (no joke). There’s a few reasons why I value this product more than others would.

+ I live in Oregon where the weather forecast says tomorrow will be rainy with a good chance of more rain

+ I live out in the country where there is dirt, mud (quite a bit of clay), and other misc stuff that gets stuck on the bottom of shoes until those same shoes touch carpet (at that point that misc stuff magically falls off onto the carpet)

+ I have 2 large dogs and 2 cats who go outside. Their paws also attract the same misc stuff as my shoes, but my shoes don’t go on the bed, couch or occasionally the dining room table

+ I don’t like having to bust out the carpet cleaner to clean up shoe and/or paw prints on our new light beige carpet

Miracle Mat

The Miracle Door Mat stays in place, washes up nicely, easy to vacuum, traps a lot more moisture than other mats, and you are able to cut it if you need a smaller mat (I am thinking of getting another large mat and cutting it in half to use out in our garage and maybe in the bathroom that is attached to our mudroom).

My husband and I discovered these mats at the state fair 2 years ago where the salesman was doing a demo.

Picture this: the man had a tray of muddy water with 2 different styles of door mats in front of him. In front of each of those mats was a sheet of white computer paper. The salesman rubbed the bottom of his shoes in the dirty water and walked on a “typical” door and then onto the piece of paper which showed a very wet, dirty shoe print.

The salesman now gets excited as he rubs his shoes in the dirty water and walks on the Miracle Door Mat and then onto the other clean sheet of white computer paper…this resulted in a faint shoe print. This was a simple step on and off the mat, no attempt was made to actually dry this shoes on the mat.

This seems too good to be true so my husband speaks up and asks if he can perform the same test with the boots he’s wearing (this have deep tread that gathers a lot of unwanted misc stuff). My husband first tests the “typical” mat and walks onto a clean piece of paper which made a bigger mess than the salesman’s shoe. My husband then tests the Miracle Door Mat and when he stepped onto the clean piece of paper all that resulted was a faint boot print.

Needless to say we walked away with the largest size mat they make to be proudly placed in our mudroom where we enter/exit the house!

After a few months of heavy use (including 3 rounds in the washer/dryer, and weekly vacuuming), I was at Costco where they had someone else doing a demo for customers. Being the person I am, I spoke up and told the customers looking at the mats how great they were. To really drive home the point, I ended up picking up another large mat!

Now when the dogs have wet paws I don’t have to put a lot of effort into drying them. Depending on the level of wetness I can either: let them walk the length of both mats or make them sit for a moment on the first mat and then walk the length of the mats. I only wipe their paws now when I know they have clay on them.