I’ve started an annual tradition of hosting a pet food and supplies drive to benefit The Doney Memorial Pet Clinic and this year was even better than last year! I donated the items yesterday and the reaction of the recipients is what motivates me to do this every year. People are so appreciative for the donations – the claps and cheers give me chills.
Seattle DogSpot recently posted an article about my drive which you can read about here. In addition, Rover.com was also kind enough to do a blog post to spread the word about less fortunate residents in Seattle. These two wonderful Seattle based companies genuinely care about all things dog and what a privilege it is to work with (and for!) them.
Thank you to all who donated or gave words of support. This cause is near and dear to my heart and I couldn’t have done it without you.
Packed and ready to go!
Packed to the brim!
Cat and Dog Food
Mike helping unload
Thank you everyone!
Recipients of the Doney Clinic
Part of the unpacked items
Big Basset waiting for some goodies
Gus’ BFF Squish works for P.L.A.Y. and they just released this awesome mustache bed. There is only a limited quantity so you better check them out! ALSO, if you purchase one, you can use the promo code HANDLEBAR to get a free small ECO Bone.
We recently purchased two beds from P.L.A.Y. and I can guarantee you they have been the best investments I have made for Gus’ beauty sleep.
Gus recently received a new bed from his BFF Squish in San Francisco and boy – was he in for a treat! Gus got the Kalahari Lounge Bed and the moment I took it out of the box, he jumped in for a snooze.
What I love about this bed:
- The fun, but modern print
- It looks like a piece of furniture, NOT a dog bed
- The plushness
- There is a nice edge where Gus can prop his head up on for maximum snoring
- It’s GREEN! Made from recycled material.
Why P.L.A.Y. thinks you should give it a try:
The Kalahari lounge bed features a fun giraffe print and lets your dog or cat remember that they are card-carrying members of the wild kingdom too. Elevated sides are the ideal resting place for your pup’s head and create the ultimate pooch retreat. Inner cushion and exterior can be flipped, allowing you to enjoy 4 different looks in one bed!
- Ultra-soft velvet material with custom-made P.L.A.Y. zipper
- Furniture-grade craftsmanship and even-basting stitching ensures dog-years of use
- Filled with the perfect amount and density of high-loft PlanetFill® filler
- Eco-friendly PlanetFill® filler is made from 100% post-consumer certified-safe recycled plastic bottles
- Machine washable and dryer friendly
Want to try one out for yourself? Use promo code REACCH11 for 20% off your entire order. The Snuggle Bed is next on our list!
A little bit ago, I helped my coworker Kiki write a little article for BuzzFeed. It went live a few days ago and if you love Boston Terriers, I suggest you check it out!
Gus is a Celeb
Gus and I, moments after I picked him up on day one!
It’s been hot here in the Seattle area, and Kenzo, one of my Rover dogs was struggling with the heat. With some leftover treats, a cupcake pan and/or small bowls and water, I made a nice cool treat for the pups to enjoy.
What you will need:
- Dog treats, the smaller the better
- Cupcake pan, or small bowls
Step 1:Place the treats in the pan. I tried to break them up a little bit to make them evenly spread when frozen.
Step 2: Fill the pan with water to cover the treats. Some may poke out the top, that’s ok
Step 3: Freeze. Put the pan in the freezer until fully frozen.
Step 4: Remove the tray from the freezer once frozen, let sit for about 30-60 seconds, pop the pupsicle out.
Step 5: ENJOY!! If you want to make a larger frozen treat, try using a cereal bowl or reusable lunch container.
It has been very hot here in Seattle, and during our last trip to the Magnuson off leash park, Gus showed some interest in the water, so I decided to bring him back. Yesterday something amazing happened… Gus SWAM. Not just feet in, up-to-his-belly wet, we are talking swimming with the big pups. I was so proud. Enjoy!
Gus is prone to ear infections. They first started after our camping trip last Labor Day weekend when we were down on the beach in Oregon. We came back and his left ear had mucus and an odor which prompted me to take him to the vet. I like to keep Gus active so we regularly attend BT meetups and a lot of the meetups take place in sandy areas or large, loose dirt enclosed fields which make keeping his ears clean a challenge. Now, after we come back from Boston Terrier Meetups, I usually give Gus a bath to clean him up and look presentable again!
It is commonly known that you want to avoid getting water down your dogs ears when giving them a bath. For a dog with such large ears that stand up straight, that is not an easy task. One day, a brilliant idea hit me and I’ve used this ever since: cotton balls! I wedge one cotton ball gently into each of Gus’ ears which prevents water from rolling into them. Once the bath is over, simply pull the cotton swab out and toss. Sometimes, if a little water makes the cotton swab damp, I use it to wipe any dirt out of his ears then follow up with his prescription ear cleaner. A simple trick which makes routine pet care that much easier.
Gus comes to work with me everyday, so this is nothing new but today:
He sports his new Rover.com shades (he is a host after all!).
His daily duties Include:
- Sprinting after a good poop
- Begging for treats
- Jumping high for the ChuckIt stick
- Sitting in my lap
- Chilling on his dog sofa
- Dreaming of Squish
- Poop, pee, repeat.