Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Mystery dog treats can set pet parents on edge

A car trip with the dogs today turned into a serious of deep thoughts.

I went through the bank drive-thru to deposit some money. The teller asked me how many dogs I had in the car.

"Two," I said, suspecting what came next.

As she sent me my receipt, she said "I sent your some treats too."

"Thanks," I replied. But I wasn't grateful.

Sure enough, two beige, nameless mystery dog treats arrive in my bank canister. I grab them and put them in a cubby away from nosy beagles.

Here's the thing: Jasmine is allergic to chicken. I also try not to give Lulu grains. So what are these mysterious treats? Are they ok for my dogs, or will I have to deal with Jasmine itching and Lulu having gross poop?

 Am I being rational, or am I being ridiculous?

Who says dog parents aren't real parents?

I mean lets face it. If we leave dogs to their own devices, they'll eat cat poop and left over chicken bones and half-eaten burritos found on the side of the road (true story -- Lulu got the burrito before I could stop her. Imagine her surprise when an army of ants came out. Did she learn her lesson? NOOOOOOO.).

I'm trying to make sure these dogs don't eat something stupid. I'm not perfect, but I try hard.

I would want the bank tellers to ask before giving cookies. Give me a chance to say no without putting me in a position to throw out the treats. And this goes for other places that keep pet goodies. Ask before you offer, because you never know what problems pets may have. 
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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

VIDEO: Playing Keep Away with your dog

How does your dog greet you when you come home?

Sometimes, Lulu walks up with the nearest toy she can grab. Sometimes she gives it to me. Sometimes she immediately plays Tug of War. Sometimes she plays Keep Away.


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Dog parents: Stop shaming people about dog food!

FULL DISCLOSURE: I am not being compensated for this post by Nutro or Merrick, though I have received food or compensation from both in the past.

I got into an argument in a beagle Facebook group.

It was over a new article by Reviews.com that claimed only 25 dog food brands were "safe." I disagreed with some of the article's assertions, including regarding certain ingredients and some of their methodologies.

I was basically told (passive-aggressively) that I was knowingly putting my dogs in danger by feeding them "unsafe" dog food.

People, I'm done. I'm over it. 


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Eat Your Vegetables Day! 6 veggies for your dogs

Lulu loves her veggies.

And I don't just mean her sweet pea toy. And it's not just because she's a beagle and beagles will eat almost anything. Dogs like veggies in general! And most are really good for them.They're great as treats, and if you need to get your pet to slim down they are great to use as a low calorie replacement if you have to reduce their food.

So in honor of National Eat Your Vegetables Day, here is some food for thought for dog owners every where.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Know before you buy dog toys! Check out #TTPM #sponsored

This post is sponsored by TTPM, however we here at Life With Beagle share information we only feel is relevant to our readers. TTPM is not responsible for the content of this article. 

Jasmine is in the market for a new toy.

Her owl is really, really shabby.
 So where do you go if you want to get the best understanding of a dog or cat toy? Time to check out TTPM.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Pet Bite Prevention Week: 5 things you need to share

Today we're talking about something extremely important that everyone should know about. And I'm asking that you share this info with everyone you know.

How many times have we all heard: "oh my dog is a good dog. I can't believe they snapped like that?"

How many times have we all said: "oh my dog is a good dog. I can't believe they snapped like that?"

Any dog can bite.

Let me repeat that.

Any dog can bite.

Any shape, any size, any breed, any age.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Serta pet beds: Your dogs may not want to share REVIEW *SPONSORED*

Branded Pet Beds is a proud sponsor of Life With Beagle and Lulu's Favorite Things, our annual fundraising campaign for Harbor House of Central Florida. Although we received compensation for the post, my opinions are my own -- and so are Lulu's. 

I am lying on a dog bed.

That's because while I have this wonderful Serta Quilted Pillow Top dog bed from Branded Pet Beds, my dogs don't seem to want to share it.