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Super Goodness on the Las Vegas Strip!

Yowza, we’re bad dogs, bad, bad dogs when it comes to blogging . . . thanks, everyone, for staying in touch via Twitter and Facebook. Dad travels a lot and we need help with all of this so we’ve found we can pretty much handle Facebook consistently what with the lack of thumbs and all, so that’s where we post most.

By the way – we only have 94 “Likes” on Facebook.  What is up with that? We get more hits on a daily basis, but it’s that hard for y’all to click “Like”? Hey, we’d appreciate the love and the sharing . . .

ANYWAY! Had to check in ’cause we just got back from SuperZoo 2013! This is the largest trade show for pet products, retailers, services, etc. and it’s at the Mandalay Bay right up the street from our house. And our awesome, bestest friend gets us passes ’cause she knows how much fun we have.

We had a blast this year – so we thought we’d put together some of our favorites, stand-outs and great ideas we came across.  The over-arching theme is, just like any industry, it’s like the majority of what you see is a re-interpretation of what you saw at the last booth.  There must have been at least 10 different manufacturers of poop bags.  Nope.  Not kiddin’.  So, you really start to crave the different, the exciting, the new or the completely different interpretation of an old standard.

This list is by no means comprehensive, just what we came across, and does not mean that anyone not mentioned was un-liked or we disapproved, these were just the stand outs.

Our always favorite – PrideBites.  These guys just get it.  Their toys are super cool and so versatile and it bummed us out hearing people saying that hadn’t sold well.  We blogged about them before and they’re even better now than they were then.  Here’s the thing:

  • They float;
  • They’re great for tug-of-war;
  • They’re machine washable;
  • They’re strong and sturdy;
  • The “mouth feel” is AMAZING!
  • They’re customizable
  • Their sales support rescue dogs
  • These guys are super nice, awesome guys . . . there’s a lot of love behind these toys.

What’re you waiting for?  Go buy one now . . . NOTE: don’t leave ’em unsupervised, ’cause, no, they will not hold up to being a chew toy.  That’s not what they’re designed for, though.

OK, next up – we loved everything at Dublin Dog.  COOL collars and leashes – unusual and different materials.  They call some of ’em the “no stink” collars, but we think they just look cool.  We think the Buddy Beacon is an idea whose time has come and we’re SUPER excited about the new toys they were showing off .  There’s one called the Gripple that we can’t wait to get our paws on! And wait’ll you see the line of beds and mats they’re coming out with — totally different design than we’ve seen before and we want one bad!

Found a new place called Fluff & Tuff that looks really, really promising. Really fluffy, adorable toys but sewn Labrador tough.  We are so itching to try these out, we can’t stand it.  That itching may be allergies, too, but we thought these were cool.

Yellow Dog Design is another one that has really cool, different stuff . . . just really neat, nifty fun collar designs and cool stuff.  We LOVE the Island Style collars.

The folks at Relief Pod are making pet-specific safety and first-aid kits for travel.  They’d be awesome for hiking, car trips, general around-the-house use — really neat, smart idea that’s one of those, “Why didn’t we think of that?!?” Sadly, the pet kits aren’t listed on their website, but they do sell them via SkyMall our dad happens to know.

The great food find of the month is Merrick . . . oh, man do we love this stuff.  We’re on the grain free stuff ’cause of our allergies – it is so wholesome and good and healthy and WOW do we love it.

OK, last but not least . . . the BIG FIND of the whole shebang: The Ultimate Dog Pool

Seriously, check this thing out:

Right?  RIGHT?!?!  For dogs that don’t have an in-ground pool (’cause their dads apparently hate them), how PAWESOME would this be?  We totally want one.  Right now.  Met the President/CEO – what a really nice guy, clearly stands behind his product and dads got to actually see it.  Super strong, super sturdy.  We’ll report more once it shows up.  Which it better do while there’s still summer to enjoy it.

OK, a lot of words, we know and not many pictures. But we wanted to share the really cool stuff we came across — look for it at your local pet store or via really good online retailers.  Remember, though, as much as you can, shop locally and support small businesses!  And if you’re in Vegas, head over to Barking Dogs Self Wash and Grooming ’cause we have a hunch they’ll have some cool stuff coming in from SuperZoo in the not too distant future.

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12 Days of Buck-White Christmas. Day 8

It’s kind of a Barclay-centric post today.  Poor little guy got into something and spent all night last night and all day today running outside every hour on the hour.  Which means it’s time for the perfect formula for poopy puppies:

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PLEASE BE SURE TO CHECK WITH YOUR VET before starting any kind of food supplement or treatment for your fur-kids; we’ve talked with our vet about the symptoms and issues and she agreed with us on the treatment.  We swear by The Honest Kitchen – if you don’t know them, they are definitely worth checking out.  And pumpkin can be very good for pups with digestive issues, but, again, check with your vet first.

So, without any further a-poo . . . uh, er, we mean . . . ado:

On the Eighth Day of Christmas, the Buck-Whites gave to me:

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Seven Labs a Swimming

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Six Cups of Kibble

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Five Ripped Up Toys

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Four Tennis Balls

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Three Food Bowls

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Two Chewy Bones

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And a Yellow Lab whose name begins with “T”

Whatever you do, don't say, "Awwwwww!"  Bet you can't avoid it.

Whatever you do, don’t say, “Awwwwww!” Bet you can’t avoid it.

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Toy Review Tuesday

Tucker asked to take Toy Review Tuesday ’cause it’s alliterative and he’s terrific like that.

Today’s tale is about the most tremendous, tantalizing toy ever.  It is, by turns, terrible, traditional, trivial and taxing.  It can tee off a train of truly tumultuous trips.  Its tincture is familiar to everyone but tempting to only a few.  It’s track record is a telltale sign of its trustworthiness.

It is . . . .

The humble Tennis Ball

Put quite simply, there is no other toy that elicits so much excitement.  Period.  The tennis ball is It.  If Tucker were stranded on desert island and could only take one toy, he’d take his tennis ball (but wonders if maybe a BAG of tennis balls would count as one toy).

What is it about the tennis ball that sets dogs a-drooling.  Well, for Tucker, it’s bonding time.  Tucker LOVES to have someone lay on the floor with him (while they’re watching TV or something else but he’d prefer they focus all their attention on him) and will chase the ball as often as anyone will throw it.

He’s very good at chasing after the ball and very good at bringing it back.  When he’s told to “Give!” he hikes his nose up in the air and throws it at you. And if you don’t throw it quickly enough he’ll nudge it ’til you do. This is all, of course, assuming Barclay and Oliver have been given strong sedatives or finally gone to Some Other Home where they belong (says Tucker).

Tennis balls can go ANYWHERE – they’re easy to transport, they fit in a lab’s mouth perfectly, they bounce, they roll, they’re fuzzy, they’re just, well, THE PERFECT TOY.  Period.

And they float!!  And they’re a great way to meet new friends!

There’s only one downfall about Tennis Balls.  SOME people can get rather greedy about them:

 

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Toy Review Tuesday!

We had a trainer once who told us “A dog should only have one, maybe two, toys.”  Truly it makes sense — it teaches the dog to focus, they assign value to THAT toy, etc. etc. etc. blah blah blah.

But then there’s also the philosophy, “He Who Dies with the Most Toys WINS!”  The Buck-White Boys ascribe to that.  And while death isn’t imminent, WE.  ARE.  WINNING!

So this is the first in our weekly series – Toy Review Tuesday – where we discuss the best toys.  Best means they can stand up to labs, heavy chewing and frequent use.  They have to be interesting (squeakers, rattle, crunchy, etc.), humorous (for the humans) and, above all, FUN.

This week’s toy is the penultimate toy, ’cause it’s the one that got Barclay in the pool.  The Buck-White Boys are proud to endorse and recommend —- the Flappy Dog Toy!  There’s a bunch of varieties and you can check them out at www.flappydogtoys.com.  Our favorite is the Floaty Flappy.

Barclay has always been a little stand-offish of the water — he’d much rather chase everyone around the pool and steal their toys from them when they’re trying to get out:  Barclay Steals Toys.

Then Barclay discovered the Flappy Toy and who knows what clicked in his little lab brain, but that was the toy he had to have.  But it was in the water.  With Aunt Denise.  Flappy Toy + Aunt Denise was too much to resist aaaaand . . .

And then he was all, “Aunt Denise who?!?”  Couldn’t keep the B-man out of the water and ever since then, as long as Flappy Toy is around, Barcle Bunny Foo Foo is a Water Dog.

The Buck-White Boys give the Flappy Toy a hearty A+ and think its a must-have for all homes with Labs.  Which should be all homes.

(photos courtesy of David Heck)

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