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Turn Your Dog’s Bath Time Into a Spa Day

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Some dogs love getting a bath. Daisy is not one of those dogs. In fact Daisy dreads bath time so much that we’ve had to come up with some special tricks and treats to make it more fun and relaxing for her and for us. Since this often takes a bit of time and patience, I like to plan ahead and schedule her dog bath for when I’m not in a rush and I know there won’t be a lot of distractions. We treat it like a spa day.

If you’d like to treat your dog to a spa day, here are some tips:

Set the mood with pet-friendly spa scents, a pre-bath dog treat and some mood lighting.

Set the mood with the right lighting, either with candles (flameless are safest around pets) or by dimming the lights. I also have treats handy and like to spray the shower curtain and rug with a bit of pet-safe fragrance spray.

The treats for this spa day are grain-free Beef Jerky Bites from Isle of Dogs. They’re made with grass-fed beef along with green lipped mussels; a luxurious spa snack if you ask me! The spray is Violet and Sea Mist Repláscent, also from Isle of Dogs. It’s an odor neutralizer that is safe to use on and around dogs. It smells so lovely that I’ve been using it in my car and closet.

Choose the right grooming supplies for your dog.

We’re using Silky Oatmeal Shampoo and Conditioner from the NaturaLuxury Collection. Daisy has sensitive skin so we love that it’s free from sulfate and paraban, and that it’s mild and gentle. The oatmeal and Jojoba help soothe dry skin and give Daisy’s fur a nice, soft feel. The scent is a very light jasmine and vanilla. Just right and not perfume-y at all.

The conditioner is from the same collection and is the first dog conditioner we’ve tried. Using this conditioner helps to loosen up the old, shedded hair that gets caught up in a dog’s coat. It helps make the brushing process much easier and reduces tangles. Daisy has very short, thin hair so this really helps protect and moisturize both the skin and hair. Can’t have a spa day without a good conditioner treatment!

Talk or sing to your dog during their bath

I sing and talk to my dog all the time, but she still sometimes gives me the head tilt like I’m asking her a very important question. She really takes advantage of spa day for all the extra treats and attention, and I can’t blame her. A girl needs some extra pampering from time to time.

SMILE…your almost done!

Drying off and running around full zoomy-style is Daisy’s favorite part of bath time. She has her own set of big fluffy beach towels and loves a good rub down after a bath or rainy day walk. Do all dogs get the zoomies after they get wet? She goes crazy.

Schedule some lounging and nap time

Nothing is nicer after a long bath and some zoomies, than settling in for a nap. Although Daisy sleeps in our bed at night, she has her own cozy den especially for napping. I use the Violet and Sea Mist Repláscent on her bedding and the rug to help keep the area smelling fresh. I’m so happy with this scent that I’m already planning to order more in a few of the other fragrances!

Want to plan a spa day for your dog? Head on over to Isle of Dogs and check out the complete NaturaLuxury collection of health and beauty products for dogs.

August BarkBox Review + Coupon (Total Eclipse Edition)

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Not only is BarkBox the most popular subscription box service for dogs, it’s also out of this world…especially this month! The August BarkBox theme was Invasion of the Space Squirrels and that was perfect to go with this week’s spectacular solar eclipse. In addition to 2 amazing dog toys and 3 tasty dog treats, the BarkBox also included some Canine-O-Vision space glasses. Special glasses so your dog could watch the total eclipse of the sun? Not exactly, but I’ll get to later.

We hope you’ll stay for our monthly BarkBox review, but if you’re just here for the BarkBox coupon code, scroll straight down to the end and find out how to snag a FREE BarkBox with any order of 1 month or longer!

Daisy’s been getting her BarkBox deliveries for several years now, and it’s still something we always look forward to! Each month we show you what toys and treats are inside that month’s BarkBox, and how the total value of the individual items compares to the price of a monthly subscription.

Be aware that each BarkBox subscription is customized for your dog’s size and allergies, so individual items will vary. Here’s what we got in her August Space-Themed BarkBox:

August BarkBox Dog Treats

Double Pork Apple Bar ($3 retail value) We get super excited whenever Daisy gets Etta Says! dog treats in her BarkBox. They are always full of crunchy, meaty goodness and this time we got double the yum with 2 crunch bars of pork and apple. One to enjoy now, and one to save for later.

Astro Bacon Dog Treats ($6 retail value) Everyone loves bacon, even aliens! These tasty treats have bacon blended with pork stock and molasses in an oat-and-brown rice batter to create a chewy, smoky snack. Wheat-free and all-natural.

Koha Jerky Bites ($8 retail value) These wild game flavor dog treats are a blend of pork liver and venison. Their grain-free, and only 4 calories per treat. We like the small size of these for pocket treats and training rewards.

August BarkBox Dog Toys

Mighty Mort Space Squirrel Dog Toy ($12 retail value) Born on Planet Squirrelion, this cute guy is full of squeaks and fun. He’s got a long furry tail that’s ideal for shredding and thrashing, and four tentacles that are perfect for a pup who loves to fetch and carry their alien pal while they play.

Pup and Away! Spaceship Dog Toy ($12 retail value) This toy is perfect for fetching and a game of tug, thanks to the rope at the end.  Daisy’s been having a blast flinging it around and chasing it when we launch it into orbit.

I’d mentioned that this month’s BarkBox included a very special pair of glasses. Since everyone we know has been hunting to find a pair of eclipse glasses, that’s what I first thought when I saw them. The info card explained that these special glasses are actually decoder glasses and that the paper in the box is encoded with some special messages.

“Look at the paper with the Canine-O-Vision glasses to decode the epic battle of Star-Pup vs Space Squirrel!”

I love the clever extras and attention to detail that the BarkBox folks come up with each month and this is a great example!

BarkBox Cost and Value

By our calculation, this month’s BarkBox had $41 worth of dog toys and treats if you were to purchase them all separately. That’s a great value when you consider that subscription prices start at $21/month with free US shipping. In addition to saving money, we also love the WOW-factor and excitement of getting a new delivery of surprises each month. It’s a chance to discover new dog treats and toys that we might not have known about otherwise.

BarkBox Coupon Code

Even better, get a FREE Month of BARKBOX added to any plan with coupon code WOOFWOOFMAMA when you order a 1, 6, or 12-month BarkBox subscription using this link.

Want to see what was in previous BarkBoxes and read other reviews? Visit our BarkBox Coupons and Reviews page for more!

Vote for Your Favorite Dog #BJsGreatPetSearch

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What’s better than one adorable dog? FIVE! That’s how many dog finalists there are in the BJ’s Wholesale Club Great Pet Search Contest, and we need your help to choose the winner.

It’s super quick and easy, and after you vote for the dog of your choice, you can also vote to help choose the winning cat as well.

Winning cat and dog receive:

  • A special edition Berkley Jensen dog or cat food with their face on it
  • The winning dog and cat will be in various BJ’s pet marketing materials for up to one year
  • A year’s supply of Berkley Jensen line dog or cat food

Not sure who to vote for? Here’s a close-up of each dog finalist:

Click to vote for Moose

Click to vote for Baxter

Click to vote for Louie

Click to vote for Remy

Click to vote for Bandit

You’ve got until 8/18 to cast your vote. Winning dog and cat will be announced on 8/23.  Visit BJs.com/GreatPetSearch to cast your vote.

Be sure to also check out BJ’s pet food, treats and toys to snag some goodies for your own adorable dog!

BarkBox FREE Dog Toys for Up To a Year ($108 Value)

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GREAT news! Just got word that this offer has been extended thru Sunday so hurry on over and grab it!

 

What’s better than an extra dog toy? A FREE dog toy every month for the next 6 months or year!

This week only, get a FREE bonus premium toy added to every BarkBox when you sign up for a 6-month or 12-month plan. That’s a savings of up to $108!

The standard BarkBox always includes a monthly delivery of at least 2 great toys, 2 tasty treats and a chew.

By grabbing this special offer, you’ll be guaranteed an extra toy added to every BarkBox your dog receives for the next 6 months or year depending which plan you choose HERE.

Visit our BarkBox Coupons and Reviews page to learn more about BarkBox, see photos and read reviews of past BarkBoxes.