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Happy Halloween!

It’s that time of year again!  We just wanted to wish all of you a happy and safe Halloween!

Dads tried to embarrass once again this year.  Seriously, when will they ever learn?!?

Oliver is a Bee!  Bzzzzzz!

Oliver is a Bee! Bzzzzzz!

Tucker as The Red Baron

Tucker as The Red Baron

Barclay as The Headless Horseman

Barclay as The Headless Horseman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And OF COURSE, a reminder to keep your fur-kids and friends safe this Halloween — it’s one of the biggest times of year when pets go missing ’cause it can freak us out a little bit.

Ain't we cute?

Ain’t we cute?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s Barclay’s advice from last year:  https://buckwhiteboys.wordpress.com/2012/10/31/boos-halloween-advice/

And if you don’t trust him, here’s some good words from The Humane Society:  http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/halloween-safety.html

Hope you have a PAWESOME HOWL-I-DAY!!

BWBoys Halloween Greeting

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Toy Review Tuesday (and an Oliver Update)

Oliver had a good day today – very quiet and subdued, but that’s what he’s supposed to do.  The doctors do want him moving around a bit so that he can work out some of that edema and fluid build-up and he was feeling pretty spry at certain times of the day.  He does love his boiled chicken and rice.

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For the record, this is his pill dose – twice a day.

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And, also for the record,we can’t decide if he looks like a beached beluga whale or a baby albino hippo. Either way, and all kidding aside, we are seeing the swelling and fluid build up going down – slowly. Follow up appointments with specialists have been scheduled.

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Now on to the Toys . . . Dads went on vacation, as we mentioned, and had a brief stop in one of The Buck-White Boys’ favorite places, Seattle! And, even more specifically, Pike Place Market.

Three years ago they passed through Seattle and picked up the greatest dog toy at the Market – it was this rope tied in loops and knots. The guy who was selling it said that it was made from recycled or discarded climbing rope.  So, that’s cool.  We loved it immediately.  Check this thing out:

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We have chewed this, tugged it, dragged it around and every foster that came through took their time with it as well.  Sure, it’s a little frayed in some places, but it’s holding up REALLY well!

Well, we’ve all talked about that toy for three years and we’ve even sent people also passing through Seattle to pick ’em up.  We seriously love this thing.  And wanted more.

Guess what!  Looks like this has turned into a really good business for these people – they’re called Adventure Day Treats and they also make what sound really yummy, all-natural treats.  We think Tucker should try the Breath Nuggets and Barclay ought to have a crack at the Calming Nuggets, don’t you think.

But, of course, the real draw was THE ROPE TOYS!  They call ’em the “Monkey-Fist Tug” and they are just as much fun as we remember!

Dads picked up a couple and brought ’em home:

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You can tug ’em, you can chew on ’em, you can fling ’em around (gently and if you’re outside).  Here’s the thing, though, they are so well made they don’t fall apart.  A lot of rope toys come apart once you start chewing on them, or they get so frayed so quickly that they’re not fun and leave shreds all over the house.  These “monkey fists” are the real deal and are super, super awesome.

They also make other kinds of pulls and rope toys – different materials and different sizes.  There are also these really cool leashes.  And treats.  Did we mention the treats?  And gift baskets.  Of treats.  We might be hungry . . . . we’re labs and we’re awake, so, yes, we’re hungry.

Definitely go check these out on their website www.adventuredaystreats.com.  Looks like you can order them online – they’re worth getting your paws on, especially if you’re a big chewer or tugger.  Or, even better, make a trip to Seattle and visit them in Pike Place!

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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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Toy Review Tuesday – Suspicious Chicken

It’s been awhile since a Toy Review Tuesday, huh?  Today we get to feature one of our favorites . . . maybe even THE penultimate favorite toy.  Suspicious Chicken.

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We are on our fourth, or fifth, Suspicious Chicken and we keep getting them because they’re awesome!  We tug ’em, toss ’em, carry ’em around, fling them off of things, leave ’em in the dirt . . . really one of the toughest toys we’ve found.

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Suspicious Chicken is made by the fine folks at Fat Cat, which is a division of PetMate – they make all kinds of stuff, but Suspicious Chicken gets our vote for favorite.

We love their mission/focus statement:

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“Creative Design” and “Outrageous Humor” sound right up our alley!

In the description, they say SC has “Maximum Floppability”!  It does . . . it’s made out of a really tough canvas with really tight seams, but the legs and wings are sewn individually, so it holds up to tough chewing, tossing and tugging.

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It might fray around the ages, and bits might dangle off of it, but we’ve never seen the seams separate or stuffing come out (’cause we do love to vivisect our toys now and again).  It’s the right size to fit in our mouths, great to chase, great to drag around – this is just one durable, long-lasting, wonderful toy and no lab should be without one.  Pretty much any place that sells dog toys has ’em (even Target) so they’re pretty easy to find – let us know what you think when you pick one up!

But, hey, don’t just take our word for it . . . check out this picture we found when Google-ing “Suspicious Chicken”, click on it to go to that blog and see what they had to say about it.  We’re not alone in our love of the ol’ SusChick!!

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Honestly good stuff

Several months ago we were given the opportunity to test food from on our most favoritest companies – The Honest Kitchen.  We were not good stewards of the trust shown to us and it has taken us this long to post our review.  Marketing and communications theorists will tell you “Never begin with an apology!” Well, we’re going to anyway because we’re very sorry, Honest Kitchen, that it took us this long.

We love . . . like LOVE . . . The Honest Kitchen.  Read a little bit of their history and you’ll see why.  The concept is phenomenal – human-grade, dehydrated food for us!  But it’s not just the “human grade” part, it’s that it’s good, wholesome, natural ingredients in a variety of tastes and flavors. Very, very healthy stuff that’s very, very good for us. In terms of quality it just beats anything on the market hands down.

The nice folks at Honest Kitchen sent us three types of food to try:  Zeal, Love and Force.

 

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We have all kinds of food allergies – and all three of us have different allergies, so finding us one kind of food we can all eat is TOUGH!  (If you haven’t done a food allergy test from the amazing folks at Glacier Peaks Holistics, DO IT!  We’ve had amazing results because of it – and it’s (relatively) inexpensive, easy and quick).  The good news is we could all eat these three foods!

 

It’s dehydrated!!  You just add some warm water, stir, let it sit and . . .

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Looks great, right?  We LOVE this food!!  Hard to tell which one was better than the other or what they tasted like . . . there wasn’t time we ate ’em so fast!  Liked the bowls CLEAN and then came back for more.  This stuff is so, so, so good!!!  And so good for us.   Read the ingredients by clicking one of the links above – chicken, papaya, bananas, green beans, celery, basil, alfalfa . . . not a processed “food” or chemical in the bunch!

The kind folks at The Honest Kitchen also sent along some treats:

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They’re called “beams” and they’re pure Icelandic catfish skins.

Dads act like they have to put on a hazmat suit to get these things out but they are YUM-EEE-GOOD!  Ingredients:  Dehydrated Catfish Skin. That’s it!  How’s that for “honest”?

Before we got this wonderful box of yum, though, we were already Honest Kitchen fans.  We referred to them back around Christmas when Barclay got a case of the puppy poops.  And that Perfect Form stuff is AWESOME – nothing better for curing what ails you.  We also use their other supplements Sparkle and Invigor.  Go read more about them.  We swear by the stuff, especially Sparkle ’cause it turned Oliver’s coat from straw-like into soft, beautiful and gorgeous.

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The one drawback with The Honest Kitchen’s food — to be honest — is it’s pretty pricey . . . especially for a home with three hungry labs.  Definitely using this as a primary source of food would cut down on vet bills later on ’cause we’d be so healthy.  We went through one ten pound box in a week, so now we get one a month to mix in with our dry kibble or for special occasions — like when we all just had dental work done or it’s our birthday or something.  Oh, but it’s so good.

AND they’re always innovating and coming out with new stuff.  Like this new product – dehydrated, human-grade, edible, veggie undies!!  They’re amazing.

Thanks Honest Kitchen! Keep up the yummy, good work!

Oh – we almost forgot. They also make food for cats.

 

Oh.  And they also make food for cats

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Dirty Deeds un-done

Oh My Dog, January’s been cra-zazy . . . The Buck-White Boys pack is all back together after Travel-Dad’s “business trips” and we had a nice weekend of just being slugs together, but we’re looking forward to catching up on our blogging.

Hey, it rained in Las Vegas last week — pretty unusual for us! But at our house that means two things:

1) Tucker doesn’t go potty until it stops and the backyard dries ’cause he’s a big wuss;

2) Wet, muddy, dirty paws!

Good thing we’ve got Dirt Dog Doormats from Dog Gone Smart.  (How was that for subtle?  Didja like the way we turned this into a product review without your noticing?)

Seriously, these things are great — super absorbent, kinda cool looking and they feel really good on our ittle wittle paws.

We keep one at the back door that everybody has to walk across before coming in:

Oliver showing off his paw wiping skills.

Oliver showing off his paw wiping skills.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And one underneath our water fountain ’cause we’re super slobbery and messy drinkers (like dad was in college):

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Tucker at the Fountain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They come in cool colors and they really are super absorbent – we love ’em.  And we just heard that they got them in at Barking Dogs Self Wash and Grooming in Las Vegas, so that’s where you can get ’em in town.  But their website also has a way to find out where you can get ’em near you. If you don’t live in Vegas.  Which means we should say to you, “Stay warm!”

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Losers

We’ve heard that more dogs are lost during the holidays than other time – maybe because people are coming and going more, maybe because there’s more excitement and high energy, or maybe because all the lights and noise and stuff is really scary to us, or maybe because our fur-kid friends’ parents aren’t paying as much attention and are stressed and frazzled.  Trust us, we have pretty calm holidays around the Casa de Buck-White, but we get stressed and frazzled too!

We’ve seen SO MANY posts since January 1st on Facebook and Twitter about lost dogs that it makes us very sad.  We try not to judge, really, but there are some very, very simple things people can do to make sure our furry cousins don’t get lost at any time of year.  You can find similar lists all over the internet at dozens of different places . . . they all say pretty much the same thing.

1.  Spay or Neuter us

We’re happier and healthier and you’re helping to not contribute to the over-population problem.  It’s not true that a female dog should go through her first heat and your veterinarian can judge when it’s best for dogs of either genders – sometimes as young as 4 months, depending on the dog.  And, guys, it doesn’t make you more manly if your boy dog is swinging a pair — it makes you look kind of dumb, actually, cause you’re being selfish.  See?  Not “judgy” at all.

2.  Microchip

Why isn’t every dog microchipped?  We think it should be a law, actually.  It’s very easy to do – ESPECIALLY with the internet, now.  You can keep your info up to date and your dog can always be returned, or at least much more easily.  It doesn’t hurt, it’s inexpensive and it could save much emotional heartache.

3.  Training, training, training

Work with a reputable trainer, one you trust and that has good recommendations.  In Las Vegas we LOVE Mind Your Manners – there are plenty of inexpensive, reputable training programs all over the world.  Every dog needs a strong “come” and “stay” command.  Every human needs to be able to execute it.  It can save a life.  And it couldn’t hurt to focus on training to keep us calm and relaxed when someone comes to the door.

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4.  Collars

Every dog should have a collar with a tag that has, at minimum, name and phone number.  And they should wear it all the time.  No matter how good your dog is, anything can happen that they could get out without a collar.  No matter how responsive your dog, you don’t know what might cause them to run or get loose that “one time you didn’t have a collar on.”

5.  Leash

We should always be on a leash.  No matter how good we are, it’s other people and other dogs that can be a problem.  It’s a special treat sometimes to be off leash, but if there are other people or other dogs around, keep us on leash.  You may know US but you don’t know THEM.

6.  Exercise

Keep us exercised and having an activity and we’re much less likely to run away or get lost or get out or to want to run away.  Boredom is a dog’s worst enemy — it’s when we get destructive, naughty, mad, etc.  We need a job.  Remember – you have your job, your friends, TV, books, really awesome dog blogs (like this one) to read . . . we just have you.

7.  Inside vs. Outside

We know that not everyone is our Dads and that some people keep their dogs outside — we don’t understand why and we don’t like it, but we understand it.  But for pete’s sake, let ’em inside when it’s too hot or too cold.  This is a post about dogs getting lost, not dying, but that happens way too often.  Anyway — “dog-napping” is on the rise.  More and more dogs are being stolen, especially the more popular breeds like us (labs) and the pocket puppies – y’know, those designer dogs that fit in purses and stuff.  Never leave your dog outside unsupervised or provide some level of security to make stealing the dog harder.

8. Be Vigilant

Keep an eye on your dog — if you’re playing or working with us, put down the cell phone or whatever else and pay attention to US.  And if you see a dog lost or alone, call animal control or help in some way.

With a few simple tips we can cut down on the number of lost dogs, help us furry folk be safer and happier and drastically cut down on the number of animals in shelters.

Because we think people who don’t take precautions are, well, losers.

 

P.S.  There are a lot of dogs who get lost even though their humans are responsible and do all of the things above and more.  And that makes us even sadder and anything we can do to help, we will.  To them we say, “Thank you for being a great pet parent!”  And we don’t judge them at all.

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