Sunday, August 2, 2015

REVIEW: Get cool pups with Portacool

DISCLAIMER: Portacool provided the unit to be reviewed.

The calendar may say August. But summer doesn't end just because the kids may be getting ready to go back to school. And the heat doesn't end in the South just because he calendar changes. Keeping cool is still important, especially for your pet.
Portacool makes portable cooling units. Yup, you heard right! This big black box is like a giant air conditioner on wheels, (except it's not, it's an evaporative cooling unit. Not the same) and it can keep you and your pets quite cool outside. 

My friend Lee Allport used three of these units, including this Cyclone 3200, at her outdoor vow renewal. In June. But these units kept her whole party cool. You can read her review to find out how. 

The Portacool is easy to use, and when empty it's easy to move.

First, fill the unit with water, direct from your regular garden hose. It's a 16-gallon reservoir. The water gets evaporated, cooling the air from the unit.

Then, plug it into an electrical outlet.  You can adjust the fan with the side controls.

The air comes out nice and cold. It's not "blow beagle ears up strong," but it is very cool nonetheless.

One unit can cool some 700 square feet. Imagine how you can use this around your home (NOTE: Not for an enclosed space like your house)?

Or better yet, imagine how pet businesses can use them: for outdoor events, for pet sitting and boarding kennels? Or maybe for rescues? It's a great way to keep pets cool!

There are some drawbacks: the units can be heavy once there's water. This particular unit can't be used in closed spaces (other units can). But you can use it in garages when the doors are open, or in the backyards.

Also, you need to have an electrical outlet. But you can manually fill the reservoir, so you don't need a garden hose.

You can get the Portacool units at Home Depot or Lowes or Tractor Supply.

Stay cool, folks!
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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Hallmark's newest Snoopy and pet ornaments

NOTE: This post is not sponsored by Hallmark and I am not getting compensated in any way. I just like ornaments.

I have a thing for Snoopy and the Peanuts for those who didn't know. lol!

Every year I look forward to the newest Peanuts ornaments from Hallmark. And I usually spend a little too much on them.

So this year I stopped by my area Hallmark and checked out the latest ones. Here are some pictures.

I picked this one up already. Had to! It apparently makes sounds of the plane taking off. 

"A Snoopy for Christmas!" This one is adorable.

One of the smaller Snoopys.
Oh and this awesome ornament, because who didn't love the scene were Snoopy dances on Schreoder's piano! I posted the video on Twitter, so just click the link in the tweet embedded below!

There are also some very cute pet ornaments for sale at Hallmark.



 You can find these ornaments at Hallmark stores. And you can find other great Peanuts and Snoopy merchandise as well.




Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Merrick bought by Purina: The Pros and Cons of mergers


Merrick will soon be owned by Nestle Purina.

To say people are disappointed would be an understatement. Hundreds of people on Merrick's Facebook and Twitter accounts are telling them they will stop feeding their dog Merrick.

I myself am a bit concerned. I am supposed to be working with Merrick on its new Limited Ingredient food line.

Jasmine sits with a bag of Merrick Limited Ingredient Diet food.
Jasmine sits with a bag of Merrick Limited Ingredient Diet food.
It's done amazing things for Jasmine so far. She's stopped scratching and her flaky skin is gone.

So now I'm left wondering if this wonderful food will stay that way.

Why would a company that produces high quality foods sell out to a big company that has a bad reputation?

There are benefits for the companies.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Almost Wordless Wednesday: Late night doggy zoomies

I have a weird work schedule, which means I don't get home until late. As a result, Lulu and Jasmine tend to need some exercise before bedtime.


So invariably there's always a case of zoomies and a lot of barking.

This is my first time trying to shoot the usual action. Hope you enjoy the video!



Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Traveling with dogs? Practice summer road trip safety

We do love to travel!

Lulu loves car rides. Jasmine does too, though not as much. And what beagle doesn't love to sniff out new places.

But if you're going to travel with your pet this summer, there are some things you need to know to keep your pets from getting lost.

After all, the question "how did they spend their summer vacation?" should never be answered with a tragic story.

July is Lost Pet Prevention Month

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Chicken's the treat for summer: Spot Farms Review and Giveaway

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

First off, we want to congratulate Donna Kozar, winner of  Jones Natural Chews Giveaway! You'll be contacted shortly with info to retrieve your prize!

It's summer time and your dogs are eyeing your grilled chicken.


So what about getting your dog some chicken of their own?


Spot Farms dog treats review and giveaway. Try the chicken!

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.