Summer Pet Safety ~ Why Your Dog Needs a Life Jacket

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Everyone knows that dogs can swim, and most dogs LOVE swimming so much that it can be difficult to get them out of the lake/ocean/pond/pool when it’s time to towel off and call it a day. So then why do they make life jackets for dogs?

Well, it turns out there are several very important reasons why your dog might need a life jacket. Now that Memorial Day is behind us and things are starting to heat up, be sure to take a sec for this important pet safety info.

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Why Get a Life Jacket for Your Dog

  • Some dogs can’t swim: It’s a somewhat well-kept secret that certain breeds of dogs are NOT build for swimming. For their own safety, you’ll want to make sure they are wearing a life jacket whenever they are near the water. Bulldogs are one example, but check with your professional trainer or veterinarian if you aren’t sure.
  • You’re on a boat: This one seems like a no-brainer but I’ll mention it anyway. Every family member needs their own life jacket whenever you are out on a water craft and that includes your dog. If your dog accidentally falls overboard, there is an emergency or accident, a life jacket could help save their life.
  • Your dog is elderly or disabled: Swimming can be both enjoyable and therapeutic for dogs of all ages and abilities. By putting a life jacket on your dog, they will be able to play safely in the water with their pals, regardless of their limitations.
  • Dogs get tired: Have you ever accidentally swam out so far from shore that you were almost too tired to get back? Luckily, most of us have learned to float or tread water, but dogs don’t know what to do if they get tired. In fact, most of the time, dogs are having so much fun that they won’t realize when they’ve become overly tired and might not be able to swim back to safety on their own. If your dog is going to swim and play in a large body of water where they might get distracted and swim out too far, consider putting a life jacket on your pup.

Regardless of whether or not you decide to get a life jacket for your dog, it’s absolutely essential that you never leave your dog unattended in or around the water.

If you do decide you’d like to get one, here are 3 top-rated life jacket brands for dogs:

  1. Paws Aboard makes life jackets and other aquatic products for dogs, including the super CUTE Lifeguard dog water jacket pictured at the top of this post. Go HERE to view all the sizes and styles.
  2. Kyjen makes several products for the active and outdoor-loving dog including the Kyjen Outward Hound Life Jacket for dogs. It comes in bright colors for great visibility, and in sizes for dogs from 11-90 pounds.
  3. Kurgo also makes a popular life jacket for dogs, the Surf n’ Turf Red Dog Lifejacket and Coat

Fun in The Sun with Warby Parker Sunglasses!

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Ready for some fun in the sun with your fur kids now that the weather is improving? Add some style and flair to your daily dog walks, your next trip to the dog park or the beach! Warby Parker is getting you ready for the beautiful, bright days ahead with their recently launched Sun Spectrum Collection.

A colorful collection of nine new styles, including the Warby Parker Sunglasses – Minnie in Eucalyptus and the Warby Parker Sunglasses – Hall in Whiskey Tortoise with their debut triple-gradient lenses, featuring three rich colors that are exclusive to Warby Parker. That added punch will help with those extra hours of daylight. You can view the full Sun Spectrum Collection, here:

There’s more exciting news: Warby Parker has opened a new New York storefront! The new store will be located on Lexington Avenue and will feature the original marquee, a photo booth to test out your new frames and and pneumatic tubes that move inventory through the store! If you are in or around New York, be sure to check it out!

Instant Canopy Pet Bed and Quik Shade for Outdoor Family Fun!

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canopy pet bed with daisy

It’s getting pretty hot down here this time of year but we still love getting outdoors for a hike and a picnic with Daisy whenever we can! It’s been raining every day for almost 2 weeks, and we’ve already had our first tropical storm of the season, but yesterday was finally a nice sunny day so we decided to head out to the park and test out some shade canopies we received from Quik Shade recently.

Quik Shade makes awesome instant canopy and chair sets for humans, and has also started making instant canopy pet beds that are super easy to carry, quick to set up and offer shade and comfy ventilation on a hot day. In addition to great features to keep Daisy cool and sheltered on a hot day, I also love that the canopy bed  folds up into an easy to store and carry tote bag with shoulder strap. We don’t have much room for storage, but it fits perfectly in the closet and doesn’t take up much room in my car’s trunk either!

Daisy and her pet canopy bed from Quik Shade

With temps reaching the high 80’s and low 90’s already in many regions, we pet parents need to be careful to keep the fur kids cool and hydrated when out for a day at the park or beach. Pets can get easily overheated and dehydrated so it’s super great to have a handy instant canopy for her AND for us when we go for a family fun day. This pet canopy would also be perfect for hanging out together in the backyard or on the patio!

Quik Shade instant canopy and chair set

Daisy isn’t the only one who needs shade on a hot, sunny day…luckily, Quik Shade also invited us to test out the instant canopy and chair combo set, too! The whole set fits in a handy backpack that takes up less than a foot of cubic space, and is super fast to set up and take down. The backpack is perfect for hand-free carrying, as you can Woof Woof Papa modeling it above for us. What I love about both the pet canopy and the Quik Shade combo set for people is that their portability makes it easy to get off the beaten path and find the perfect spot away from the crowds, and not be limited to where there are shade trees or picnic shelters…we just make our own shade wherever we want! We’ll definitely be taking these to the beach and out for plenty more fun summer picnics with Daisy and her pals!

Pet Shade:

Quik Shade Go Canopy:

  • $149; Backpack Canopy with two fold up chairs
  • $79; Just the backpack and canopy
  • Colors vary; available at 

We received product samples so that we could try them out for ourselves and give you our honest opinions. We were not obligated to write a review nor were we told what to say. All opinions are 100% our own.

Walgreen’s Photo Deal: Buy 25 Get 25 FREE on 4×6 Prints {Ends 8/4}

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Summer is a busy time of year for picture-taking, with vacation travel, graduations, weddings and so many great outdoor photo opps with your adorable fur kids and family! Don’t leave those memories trapped on SD cards, phones or computers…use this Walgreen’s Photo Deal and Get 50 4×6 Prints for the price of 25! Plus, there is NO shipping charge when you order online and pickup at a Walgreen’s location near you! Be sure to use Walgreens Promo Code: 25PRINTS25 when you upload your photos and order by 8/4/12.