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THE LANTHER’S TOP 5 FAVE FINDS OF ALL TIME

Greetings Lanther-iffic Friends!!!

The Human and I realized that I have a few tried and true pet products. Some of these items were clearly integral in helping to acclimate me to my new home when I was first adopted. Some came along later. But all continue to be staples in the home. These products are as loved by me as an old, beat-up teddy bear. What Human? Oh, right… she just said that ALL of my teddy bears are beat-up… and ultimately destuffed. True! BOL!!! Anyway, I present to you below, THE LANTHER’S TOP 5 FAVE FINDS OF ALL TIME.

(Please note that this list is based on my environment, habits, personality, abilities and likes, and may not be appropriate for all dogs. You will need to use your judgement about whether or not products are appropriate per situation and per pet, and additionally what sizes and types are best suited).

Onto the TOP 5!!!

1. KONG Extreme (in sizes Large and XL)

The KONG Extreme is a tougher version of the standard KONG (comes in the color black) for dogs like me who are formidable chewers with big strong jaws***. KONGs are fun as both a toy and a treat dispenser. Being a highly food-motivated dog, my favorite part is the treat dispenser feature. Humans fill the center hollow cavity with something dog-safe and yummy. Fillers can really be quite variable, and at the discretion of your Human. My Human likes to slather the inside with peanut butter, pack it solid with cooked chicken or lamb meat or jam in a bunch of on-hand dog treats. Sometimes she even freezes the whole KONG with its contents to make it tougher to extract. Not only is it a great treat for dogs, but it keeps canine minds engaged and stimulated while they systematically work to get the “yummy” out. My specific success story with the KONG is that The Human was able to use it to help alleviate my initial separation anxiety. She would fill up my KONG every time she would be gone for an extended period of time. Presenting me with something engaging and tasty equaled a reward and a positive thing when she left. I came to associate good things with her extended departures (plus I understood that getting a filled KONG and her walking out the door, meant I should not expect her back for a while).

***As with all toys and treat dispensers… be aware of your dog’s chewing habits and supervise them. If they do start to chew off bits and pieces, don’t let them keep the KONG. There are other versions available in red and blue, each with specific durability and intended use (see KONG’s product details).

2. Nylabone (multiple shapes and textures in size XL for Dogs over 50 Lbs)

Ah, the Nyalabone! There are many shapes, sizes and durability levels from which to select. And I am a fan of multiple forms. The Human sticks with the items from Nylabone’s “Powerful Chewers” category. My favorites are the standard, no frill products (no fancy spinner or attachments), which include:

DuraChew Bone – Original (textured design)

DuraChew – Monster Bone

Long Lasting Durable Chew – Original

 

3. Harness Lead

Yes, I am a spokesdog for Harness Lead, but I truly love and believe in this product. Harness Lead has been a wonderful tool for me during my exercise activities of hiking, traveling and swimming. The escape-proof (can’t wriggle free) feature is one of The Human’s favorite aspects. Secondly, I like to swim… in salty ocean water at the beach. So The Human loves that Harness Lead has no spring-loaded metal clips (as on leashes) that can rust or jam up with sand, and become inoperable or broken. It is comfortable around the girth of my body, rather than a collar pulling on my neck (LOVE!!!). It is machine washable and comes in various colors: black, blue, plum, red and pink. And it comes in two lengths, one for small and one for large breeds. I especially like that this product was an idea developed by the owner, an animal shelter volunteer, who was seeking a better solution for walking shelter dogs. The owner has also donated a large number of Harness Leads to animal shelters around the country, free of charge, so that they may benefit the animals residing in their care.  It’s a great product with a strong foundation in animal welfare.

www.HarnessLead.com

Baloo HL RockStream Animal Wellness

4. Tuffie Toys Ultimate Odd Ball  (Tuff Scale 8)

No toy is indestructible. Tuffie Toys makes an entire line of multiply stitched, layered plush toys. For the extreme dogs like myself who like to tear and shake toys to rip out squeakers and stuffing, these last much, much longer. Tuffie Toys are rated on numbered scales for durability and “toughness” against the determination and strength of us dogs (1 being lowest, 10 being highest). There are certain shapes of toys with high ratings that I have managed to kill off more quickly than The Human would like… BUT… the ODD BALL seems to be a formidable opponent. I have had it for several months now and have not yet ripped open a seam. Maybe it’s the shape. I haven’t quite gotten a fang into it to tear it open yet. Mine is red with paw prints, but if you click the link to the site you will see there are other color and pattern print options for your selection. I like to beat the snot out of my Odd Ball regularly. Even if I destroy it at some point, The Human said this will be a repurchase based on its durability and entertainment value.

5. SPOT Dura-Fused Leather Dog Toys (available in various animal shapes)

One day at our local pet store (a Mom and Pop type), The Human brought me inside to check out “the goods.” I’m a bit of a kleptomaniac in pet stores. I like to grab all the toys, especially if they are super fuzzy or squeaky. I especially like to help myself to the open bins of dried sausage treats (but that’s another story). On this particular day we happened upon this dog toy “in buffalo.” As noted in some other brand lines, flatter-shaped toys usually stand a better chance of lasting. Not only was this one mostly flat, but durably stitched and overall looked pretty rugged. We went home with it by my insistence, and now a month later it still lives with no seam tears or punctures. It was also very reasonably priced according to The Human. We happened to grab the buffalo, but other interesting animal shapes are also available. Online we found a squirrel, raccoon, fox, bear and rabbit. SPOT is part of Ethical Products Inc. You can look for them in your local pet stores or by doing a simple online search for this phrase: “SPOT Dura-Fused Leather Buffalo Dog Toy” which brings up multiple vendors of the buffalo and other animals. *OR… here’s a quick link to the Google search for simplicity: SEARCH FOR SPOT

Conclusion

Not all toys and products are for everyone or every dog, but this is a list of some of my super favorite things that work well for me all-around. I hope you found my Fave Finds useful. If you try anything out from the list, let me know how it goes!

***You will notice I did NOT get into favorite treats… I will save treats for another kind of FAVES LIST!!!

#SFF #WOOFRAH!!!

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General Baloo aka The Lanther

Commanding General, Special Food Forces (SFF)

Winter Fun Without the Sun

BARK BARK BARK!!!

Hello lovely Lantherites!!! It’s been a cold, overcast and fairly dreary winter so far in the Northeast. BLAAAH! It’s weather like this that makes Humans… especially THE Human… exceptionally lazy about getting us dogs out there into the wild!

If you follow my BUTT-BOOK… er… uh… FACEBOOK PAGE and/or my TWITTER page, you will see that SHE hasn’t been completely useless in getting me outside for winter activities.

I have done some snow running… like a lone wolf leading the pack through the great arctic! I ran like the wind, AWOOO! And if any Humans got in my way, I plowed them right over! I’m a steamroller, baby!!!

     

I have done some toll-taking… this was a 3-treat toll minimum for all those who wished to pass!!! During one of my walks I noticed that Humans wanted to regularly pass over this point in the road on their little machine thingies… I saw an opportunity. All those who wanted to pass needed to pay a treat toll. Much to my dismay, a traffic jam developed because some Humans were not prepared for the payment required. What?!!! I know, right? What Humans in their right mind don’t travel around with dog treats at the ready? UNSAT!!!

I did some winter sporting activities… LET’S PLAY BALL!!! Despite the efforts of The Human to find me a nice fenced in area, I like to punk her. There were two incredibly small openings in the fencing of the enclosed area. I knew where they were, and I bolted for them every time! BOL! You should see how SHE runs in the snow! Hilarious! You would think she had cement blocks tied to her feet! She was pretty exhausted by the time I was through making her chase me! 

I also went sledding with The Human… I don’t think The Human knew what she was in for when she decided it would be “cute” to take me on board the sled. Silly rabbit! Sleds are NOT for dogs! I tried my best for days to chew off one of those fuzzy balls dangling from her hat. They were taunting me.

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And when The Human was really hitting the winter weather blah mode, she managed to get me started on the indoor program with the treadmill. It’s quite an opportunity for me to get lots of treats, seeing as how that is the primary motivator utilized to get me to mount that goofy contraption. SEE VIDEO HERE: http://viddy.it/bB9dNG

Overall, a winter snowy terrain is awesome! But my favorite thing EVER remains a salty, sunny beach. There’s nothing like the shore! And there’s nothing like sunshine!

Dearest shiny orb, I look forward to seeing more of you as spring nears!

 

Humpty Dumpty Had A Great… Maul?

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.

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No, no, no… that’s not how it happened at all.  People tell the story over and over again, and each time the story changes just a little bit more.

Here’s what REALLY happened to ol’ Humpty…

Bed and Biscuit

My human dipped out on me this week. She hooked a dog up though, booked me a a room at a special doggy bed and biscuit. It is resorty… big playgrounds, a salt water pool and a spacious suite with a large plush bed, and no cages, just regular walls and picture windows to see out. She didn’t come through on the ocean view though (making note of that in her performance evaluation).

I get a lot of walks. I also meet and play with dogs several times a day in groups. There’s a Golden who is kind of a bitch, a Yorkie who keeps licking his privates and a Rottie who has dragon breath. But mostly cool dogs.

I got two new toys to keep with me on down time. New toys rock! I got a plush lizard which I taught a serious lesson… gangsta style… a new mini jolly ball that has a handle… AND… wait for it… the new iBone! It has Siri, so I can ask it to tell me where to find the closest peanut butter kong or how to say, “Can I lick your face?” in Pekingese, Weimeranian, Malamute and like 100 other languages!

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