Would You Spend $140 On This Interactive Gaming Device for Dogs?

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As an extremely devoted dog mom, there are a LOT of things I will happily spend my money on for Daisy, but today I spotted something that made me do a double-take.

It’s this Wickedbone Interactive Smart Toy for Dogs. The list price is $160 but you can get it on Amazon for $139.99 w/ free shipping.

Now I’m a big fan of electronic gadgets. I LOVE my Roomba, have a Kuvings Cold Press Slow Juicer I use daily, rely on a pet camera like this one, and dare anyone to try and take away my Instant Pot!

That said, I’m just not sure how I feel about spending $140 on an electronic dog toy. First, I know how hard most dogs are on their toys. Would it even hold up? And I know that Daisy often loses interest in a new toy after a few days. Wobble Wag Giggle Ball I’m looking at you!

Here’s the description from the manufacturer:

Dogs love bones, but conventional bones are overrated. They quickly evaporate in a dog’s mouth, and they often cause gastric problems and one big mess, without offering any interaction or playing opportunities. Now meet Wickedbone, a bone-shaped interactive gaming device that performs like a truly smart, fun and excitingly wicked companion of your dog.

The Wickedbone is fully interactive. It can react to different actions of your dog with built-in emotional system. When your dog runs, Wickedbone runs after it; when your dog chases it, it turns around and runs away, making Wickedbone react in different and very engaging modes.

Wickedbone has been designed to be as safe, soft and strong as your dog needs it to be. Made of Polycarbonate, it feels sufficiently soft when your dog catches it. The material of the body, cover, and the tires are safe for humans and pets.

Here’s a video demonstration for the Wickedbone Smart Dog Toy:

While it does look fun and interesting, the jury is still out on this one for me. It would definitely make a cool gift idea for the dog who has everything! What do you think?

Wickedbone Smart Bone, Automatic & Interactive Toy for Dog at Amazon for $139.99

Celebrate National Margarita Day with Your Dog

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¡Hola! Did you know that today is National Margarita Day? Let your dogs join in on the celebration with some adorable dog toys that are perfect for the holiday, or any time you’re feeling festive.

Not only are these dog toys cute and fun, but they also make great photo props for Instagram…and don’t forget them as party favors for your dog’s next party!

How about a MUTTgarita?!? It’s always happy hour for pups with this squeaky, eye-catching plush toy take on one of the most popular drinks around.

Muttgarita Cocktail Dog Toy

Not a fan of Margaritas? Have a beer or two instead. Choose one or both of these popular Mexican beers as dog toys!

Grrrona Mexican Beer Dog Toy

Dogs Equis Beer Dog Toy

In the mood to play BARKtender? How about some top shelf tequila designed especially for dogs?!?

Dog Julio Tequila Dog Toy

Nothing goes better with beer and margaritas than a taco (or three)!

Taco Dog Toy

 

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.

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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New Dean Russo Art Book Release and Giveaway

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Dean Russo Animal Art Book

Animal lovers rejoice. There’s a new book release from artist Dean Russo. It’s a gorgeous retrospective spanning the artist’s entire career to date. From early cartoon character drawings to his iconic animal illustrations, this book makes the perfect gift idea and is certain to bring joy to everyone on your holiday gift list!

For those not familiar, Dean Russo is a wildly popular Brooklyn-based artist with a unique graphic style. Inspired by his love of dogs and animals, he uses vibrant pop art colors and bold patterns to portray the energy and soul of his subjects. Mixed media artworks include pastels, pencils, oils, Sharpies, spray cans, liquid acrylics and more.

Dean Russo Art Book Giveaway

The book, Dean Russo: A Retrospective, includes 200 amazing images, and is being officially released in hardcover on 11/13.

It’s available for pre-order now at an amazing price, including Amazon’s pre-order price guarantee.

Order now and if the Amazon price decreases between your order time and the end of the day of the release date, you’ll receive the lowest price. Also be sure to click the coupon on the book description page before adding it to your cart for an additional discount.

Dean Russo Book Giveaway (4 Winners!)

To celebrate the release of Dean Russo: A Retrospective, we’ve got 4 copies to give away!

Use the Rafflecopter contest widget below to claim your entries. The giveaway is open to US residents and ends at 11:59ET on 11/13/18 so our winners will be among the first to get their paws on a copy. Good luck everybody!

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