Daisy’s Taking a DNA Test and Here’s $20 OFF So Your Dog Can Too!

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We adopted our dog Daisy from a local shelter when she was about three months old. She’d been abandoned, and no one knew anything about her background, history or health. People always ask us what type of dog she is and I usually say she’s “a mutt.” Her daddy likes to call her an “American Dingo.” If we had to guess we’d say she’s part hound and part labrador, maybe a LOT of hound based on how she can howl and sniff.

In addition to wondering about her breed, we also wonder about her health. She’s been a bit of a sick puppy since we got her with everything from food allergies and digestive issues to two different types of cancer so far. Luckily, both cancers were detected early, and we do our best to remain vigilant about her health.

One step we are taking is to learn more about Daisy’s health and genetics with a dog DNA test from Embark. An Embark dog DNA test lets dog parents learn about their pup’s breed and health with a simple cheek swab. It looks at over 250 breeds and more than 175 genetic health conditions and traits.

Embark was our choice of dog DNA test kits for several reasons:

  • The most accurate breed identification on the market
  • Screens for over 175 genetic conditions
  • Includes your dog’s family tree back to great grandparents
  • The world’s only canine relative finder
  • One simple cheek swab

While we do her cheek swab and send it off to the lab to wait for the results, feel free to take advantage of a very special $20 OFF coupon so that you can learn about your dog’s DNA, health and ancestry too!

Just use this link and save $20 off your Embark DNA Kit with Coupon Code: STPADDY20 Valid thru 3/31.

Free shipping in the continental U.S. within 3-5 business days. Return shipping of swabs included.

Stay tuned for a follow up post once we get Daisy’s DNA test results. We can’t wait to tell you more about what we discover!

Embark Dog DNA Kit Coupon Code for $20 OFF

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Embark is the official dog DNA test of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and they are celebrating with a discount for dog lovers. We love our dogs no matter what breed or mix of breeds they are, and I know that many of you have rescued or adopted shelter dogs. If you’ve always wanted to learn more about your dog’s DNA, now is your chance.

An Embark dog DNA test enables you to learn about your dog’s breed, ancestry, health, relatives, and more with a simple cheek swab.

With a research-grade DNA genotyping platform, Embark looks at over 250 breeds and more than 175 genetic health conditions and traits.

You can discover and connect with dogs that share DNA with yours with the world’s only canine relative finder, free with purchase.

The most accurate & highest reviewed dog DNA kit on the market.

Free shipping in the continental U.S. within 3-5 business days. Return shipping of swabs included.

Embark Dog DNA Kit Coupon Codes

Celebrate the 2019 Westminster Kennel Club show with $20 Off Your Embark DNA Kit. Use coupon code: WKC20 (Ends 2/28)

Got multiple dogs in your pack? Save 15% when you buy 3 kits! Use Code: MULTIPACK

How to Choose a Really Great Dog Bed for a Really Big Dog

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If you’ve got a big dog, then you know that a regular, cheap dog bed won’t last and won’t provide the support they need. Buying a big dog bed is an investment, so we’ve done some research and we are really impressed with one company in particular. Big Barker is a US-based company that makes ultra high-quality dog beds designed especially for large, extra large, and HUGE dogs.

If you’ve got a Labrador, a Golden Retriever, Husky, German Shepherd, Rottweiler, Doberman, Newfoundland, Mastiff, Great Dane, Irish Wolfhound or other large dog breed then you will want to learn more about these large dog beds. If you’ve got two dogs who like to sleep in the same bed, or an older dog with orthopedic issues then you might also want to check out Big Barker dog beds.

How to choose the right size and style big dog bed

The Big Barker beds are all made in the USA with 7″ of American Made therapeutic foam and all come with a 10 year warranty covering flattening and shape, so it’s almost a no-brainer, but there are still a couple of decisions to make before getting one.

First, determine the size bed your dog needs. These beds come in Large, Extra Large and Giant. See the size chart above or use this link for more detailed information.

Next decide if your dog would prefer a dog bed with a bolster headrest or one that is completely flat. Our dog Daisy likes her flat dog bed and often hangs her head over the side when she sleeps, but also likes using the sofa arm rest as a head rest sometimes, so I’m thinking of getting her a second bed with a bolster so she can have both options.

Finally, choose a color. This is mostly a personal preference based on what you like and what color dog bed compliments your home decor. Practically speaking, also think about how much your dog sheds and what color their fur is.

All of the Big Barker bed covers are washable, but in-between washing some dog hair is going to show, so take that into account. Replacement bed covers are also available, so you can switch colors if you like.

They also offer optional Waterproof Dog Bed Liners designed to fit whatever bed you get, as well as SUV Dog Beds and Crate Pads for large dogs.

Go HERE to get the Headrest Edition Big Barker dog bed.

Go HERE to get the Pillow Top Sleek Edition.

Use this link to see all Big Barker dog goods and learn more about the company.

Better Everything for Your Pets from Brandless

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As pet parents we are always on the lookout for better and safer pet products for our fur kids. The new Brandless Pet Collection just launched with pet goods including Protein-First Treats, Premium Supplements, and Non-toxic Toys.

All items in the collection are required to pass the Brandless Just What Matters standards of high-quality and better-for-you goodness at a price-point that doesn’t break the bank. These high-quality products are almost all just $3-$9 each.

Check out the range of Protein-First Treats, Premium Supplements, Non-toxic Toys and Gear, Pet Cleanup Supplies, and Clean and Cruelty-free Pet Grooming Care that’s free of the same 400+ questionable ingredients Brandless has banned from their human products.

The Protein-First Treats are made without synthetic colors or flavors, and NO corn, wheat or soy. The Premium Pet Supplements are non-GMO as well. Brandless Non-Toxic Dog Toys are free of both BPA and Latex, making them safe for your pets and children.

Their sturdy dog collars are made with natural hemp, a strong fabric that resists mold and mildew, and infused with cotton for a comfortable fit.

Also be sure to browse the Brandless Cruelty-free Clean Pet Care and Pet Cleanup products for your home and family. Start HERE to learn more.

My Life Among the Underdogs: A Memoir by Tia Torres (Pit Bulls & Parolees)

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We are HUGE fans of Tia Torres and her pack from Animal Planet’s hit show Pit Bulls & Parolees, and are super excited to get our paws on her new memoir My Life Among the Underdogs. It’s a behind the scenes look at her life, her dogs, and her program that pairs parolees with rescue dogs.

Tia has devoted her life to shattering the stereotype that pit bulls are dangerous, vicious predators. As the top dog at the Villalobos Rescue Center in New Orleans, the largest pit bull rescue in the United States, she and her team have rescued, rehabilitated, and rehomed hundreds of animals that might otherwise have been destroyed. As she puts it, “Most of the stories in this book are about animals (and a few humans) that needed someone to believe in them and a purpose in order to show their true nobility.”

Get the Kindle and Audiobook or  Hardcover edition, all available now!

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