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Have you ever had a problem with your cat going where he shouldn’t go? Or do you have a new kitten that needs encouragement to start using the litter box? Litter Getter is an all natural litter box attractant with odor control that clumps with standard clumping litters. Because it is all natural it is also safe to use and gentle on sensitive paws. Litter Getter attracts cats and kittens back to the litter box while also naturally reducing the ammonia smell.
We ran into a litter problem here in our house. We have a self-cleaning litter box. We hate it. We only have one cat, but we have to clean it almost every 2 weeks in order for it to stay fresh. Because you can only buy the specific litter trays that was costing almost $40/month! $40/month on litter! Outrageous! So I had to start cleaning out the self-cleaning litter box in order to make the litter (and our dollars) last longer. The problem was, the litter itself is still terrible for odor control. The ammonia smell really gets overwhelming quickly! We weren’t the only ones that were feeling overwhelmed – so was our poor Bartholomew.
Bart is a really awesome cat and is really easy going. He is always great about using the litter box. I had cats growing up that would do things like use the floor next to the litter box, use our laundry basket, etc., so what a relief to have a cat that actually uses the litter box consistently! Well, even an awesome cat can get overwhelmed by horrible odor control, and my husband made the unfortunate discovery that he had used the bathroom toy box to urinate! Eek!
So we needed another solution! We needed something that would both encourage him to love his litter box again as well as control the odor issue, so I was definitely eager to try Litter Getter. I love that Litter Getter has a really natural scent. It really does smell like being outdoors. Although it notes to work particularly with clumping litters it has worked fine in the crystal litter that must be used with the litter box we own. What a difference it has made! I am no longer bombarded with ammonia smell when I do laundry as the litter box is located in the laundry room. Plus, Bart seems to be happy using the litter box again and has no outside incidents since using Litter Getter! Did I mention I LOVE the natural earthy smell?
We are very happy with Litter Getter, and I’m so glad we found an all natural solution to our litter box issues!
I received a box of assorted Pork Chomps and Premium Pork Chomps products for our mastiff, Caprice, to review. Pork Chomps offer a rawhide free solution for your dog to enjoy.
One of the biggest concerns I shared with the pet parents who took my dog training classes was the fact that rawhide is dangerous. It takes a very long time to digest and actually expands in the stomach, so if your pup manages to swallow a big piece it could get stuck and cause a blockage which could result in surgery – or worse. Sadly, I heard stories all the time about this happening and many didn’t have happy endings. Not to mention most rawhide products contain nasty chemicals that can be dangerous to our pups as well since it is not regulated in the USA. Not only did I want to keep them away from my pup, I didn’t want them in our home where our kids could touch them either!
So when we received this big box of Pork Chomps products I was excited to give them to her to try! Having a large breed dog, what we give her is also a concern because it is more likely she could chew off a big piece. I felt comfortable giving her Pork Chomps knowing they are 99.9% digestible. I also love that there are different varieties and styles. For our review we received a variety Stripz, Knots, Twists, and Earz. Some had a bacon flavor, were wrapped in a sweet potato, or just had the natural pork flavor. So not only are there a variety of styles, but there are a variety of styles as well! Read more about the Pork Chomps difference.
Caprice seemed to enjoy all of the different flavors and varieties. There wasn’t one she wouldn’t try! She didn’t seem to favor one type or flavor over the others, though she does like to “bury” the 9″ Knot to chew some now and save some for later! She doesn’t gobble them up like some dogs, but she is very bizarre about hiding her things. She usually hides them under the kids’ beds, but my favorite is when she puts it by the front door and puts a toy over it (think small My Little Pony toy). It’s not exactly hidden!
Something else I really enjoy is that I feel safe about using Pork Chomps, and I feel safe letting my kids touch them (with supervision and still washing their hands after handling of course). This isn’t always possible with natural bones (which is what we had gotten prior) because they may have sharp points, splinter, or basting that makes a big mess that is hard to wash off. Pork Chomps doesn’t stain and actually didn’t leave any color on our hands at all. So they’re able to play with her, which is really nice for all of them!
Another disadvantage of the natural bones is once the basting was gone she wouldn’t touch it anymore. Because Pork Chomps has a natural flavor dogs enjoy there is no worry or need for basting!
Pork Chomps is really a great rawhide free treat that is safer for your pup (and your family). With the variety of styles and flavors there is something for every pup!
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Tomorrow is the day! We will be off on our trip to Houston with the Go Houston! Travel Bloggers. We’re getting everything packed and ready to go so we can leave in the morning. We’ll drop our pup off at our friend’s house and then we’ll be off on our 3-hour drive!
We actually visit Houston fairly regularly since we both have family there, though we usually stay at my grandparents’ lake house on Lake Livingston since there are no dogs there. Then we don’t have to worry about taking our pup with us and upsetting other dogs since some of our family have dogs that don’t always like big dogs. Houston is actually where my husband was born and raised. It’s where I met him when I decided to move there from Ohio for a change of pace. It’s where we got engaged, married, and had our first son. In a few months (or whenever his medical retirement with the military is complete) it’s most likely where we’ll be living again!
*Flash-back photo: Here we are right after we got married!*
The fun thing is, the kids will get to experience some of the best attractions and entertainment in Houston this weekend that they’ve never experienced. Actually, there are many I and even my husband haven’t experienced! So, we are beyond excited to take a vacation “home” and share it with our kids and experience even more of what Houston has to offer!
I can’t wait to watch the CityCentre fireworks from our beautiful Hotel Sorella. I can’t wait for all the wonderful food, movie, attractions, and more! If you’re not already following me via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram – I will be sharing our trip along the way. I will be posting reviews shortly after the trip! I can’t wait to share!
What are your plans for the holiday weekend?
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Saving money is so important. Having a large-breed dog costs can definitely add up. Here are some tips to help you keep those costs down.
Do the Grooming Yourself
It’s not an easy task to bathe a mastiff that hates water, but spending $50 for someone else to give her a bath isn’t ideal. Bathe your dog at home or find a facility that offers self-serve dog baths, which cost less than having a full-service groom. This is a great way to save a few dollars. If your dog’s breed requires more than bathing consider purchasing clippers and learning how to groom them yourself. It may take time and practice but is well worth the savings.
Skip the Expensive Treats
We love to spoil our pup, but dog treats can become a big expense. Many of those high-cost treats aren’t healthy for them either! Treats are great for rewards, so you definitely don’t want to skip them altogether. Consider making your own treats. There are many resources out there. Or use fruits and vegetables! (Though please be aware of those that may be dangerous to your pup like grapes and avocados.)
Take Them With You
Boarding costs can be extremely expensive. When you add on the “extras” like play time, treats, etc. costs can rise into hundreds of dollars for a week away! Because we don’t want the bare minimum for our dogs it’s expected to add some “extras” during their stay. Hiring a pet sitter can be just as costly as rates have risen over the past couple of years.
So what are we to do?
If you’re not able to have friends or family members care for your dog while you’re away – take them with you! There are many pet friendly hotels, and some don’t even charge extra to include your pet. We have stayed in multiple hotels with our mastiff at no extra cost!
Having been a dog trainer I often heard that most dog owners don’t take a training class or hire a trainer because of the cost. If you are unable to train them at home as well as provide proper socialization they may receive through a group training class you may find the costs of NOT having training far exceed the costs of training. Destroyed furniture, walls, carpet, yard, garden, etc. can be costly to replace.
If your dog isn’t socialized properly they may react negatively toward other dogs – or even other people, which can result in financial consequences (fines, court fees, etc.) – not to mention consequences beyond the financial consequences. So although training is an investment up front it is a money saver long term.
Keep Them Healthy
This may seem obvious, but it really is an important point. Make sure your dog visits the vet regularly for check-ups and is on preventive treatments for fleas and heart worms. Should they get fleas or heart worms due to not being on preventive treatment the costs to treat them can be steep. Many think of flea treatment as just a bath, spray, and/or collar, but you would actually need to treat your entire home and possibly even your yard. Costs definitely add up quickly. Heart worm treatment is very costly. It can cost over $1000 if you have a large-breed dog.
Beyond vet care and preventive treatment make sure your dog is eating well, getting plenty of water, and gets exercise regularly. These are all important to maintaining good health. Make sure when purchasing dog food you read ingredients carefully. This is an area where cheaper is not better. In fact, it can be far worse.
I actually suggest spending a little more for a high quality food because it will not only help them maintain better health, but they will eat less because it has more nutrients instead of fillers. My rule of thumb is – if corn is in the first five ingredients it is not a quality dog food as corn is a filler. They will eat more (and go to the bathroom more). So you may feel like you’re saving money by buying the less expensive food, but you’d do better to buy a food with better quality so your dog is healthier and happier.
Do you have any frugal dog tips you’d like to share?