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Dogs Rule, Nonchalantly

Dogs Rule, NonchalantlyHappy National Dog Day friends! Although, if you have a dog you already know that everyday is national dog day!

Dogs Rule, Nonchalantly is a lovely book full of art and words that celebrate everything that is awesome about dogs. Indeed, dogs do rule!

The book was created by renown illustrator Mark Ulriksen, best known for his work for The New Yorker, where he has been a regular contributor since 1993, with more than 40 magazine covers to his credit.

Mark’s paintings of dogs doing what dogs do best will delight anyone who loves animals. The truths about dogs will also make you smile. One of my favorites was about how dogs are always happy, until you try to leave without them. Boy isn’t that the truth?

I also loved this one, because I have always lived by the belief that dogs do indeed deserve to be quiet spoiled.

Dogs should be spoiled

This is a truly charming book that any dog (or animal lover) will enjoy. Be sure to pre-order your copy of Dogs Rule Nonchalantly now, and maybe pick up a few extras for holiday gift giving too!

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my review. Truly I have fallen in love with it, regardless of getting it for free.

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Sophia Maxim Design for the discerning dog owner.

It’s always great to learn of new dog products, especially when they are made in the USA! We were introduced to Sophia Maxim Design recently and fell in love. Not only are the collars gorgeous, the tag is too! The tag is also pretty genius, as it goes onto the collar!

Sophia Maxim Design Collars

The owner, Dawn Grana, started Sophia Maxim Design about a year ago when her dog, Max (a rescue), snagged his dangling collar on her berber rug and couldn’t get loose. Luckily, she was at home and able to free him immediately but she obviously wondered what would have happened if she wasn’t home. Dawn, being the enthusiastic dog lover, decided that she wanted to help make a difference in the lives of furry friends. Not just her own, but the lives of all dogs.

SleepyBabyCollar

Unfortunately, Baby wasn’t feeling like a photo shoot this day. In fact, all she wanted to do was have a nap. The collar looked really cute on her. I did get a few shots before she konked out, but since she was a bit fluffy (and on the move), they just weren’t that great. I decided to show off the collar on a ceramic bunny instead.

CollarBunny copy

What I loved most aside from the quality and design of the collar was the huggable tag! No more clinking her tag on her water bowl or dish. No more worry about her tag getting stuck!

Huggable designs come in Silver, Bronze (the two Original Fine Jewelry Tags), Nickel, and Black Nickel (the two Everyday Collection Tags) and slide easily onto Sophia Maxim Design collars. All collars are ribbon based and backed onto durable nylon webbing that is tough and attractive.

They also offer an Everyday Style Set that includes a nickel or black nickel tag and a coordinating collar and leash! Be sure to see all the gorgeous designs for your dog by visiting the Sophia Maxim Design website.

Disclosure: I received a collar and huggable tag for review purposes. As always, opinions are my own.

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Etched In My Heart

Etched In My Heart offers pet lovers a wide variety of personalized gifts. They were nice enough to send us personalized frames for our dog and bird. Not only are they unique, but the frames are high quality too. We were also impressed at how quickly they arrived, and the packaging.

Etched In My Heart

Another thing we love about Etched In My Heart is that they donate part of their proceeds to The PetSave Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by Bona Tucker in June 2000 as a rescue, rehabilitation, and adoption resource for domestic rabbits, cats and dogs. You can learn more (and see some adorable photos of the rescue at work) by clicking here.

Etched In My Heart was founded by Bob Tucker in 2007 based upon the need to provide pet lovers a custom gift or personalized frame that have beautiful designs specific to dogs, cats, rabbits, horses and birds. We loved that they included animals beyond just dogs and cats. As a bird owner we are always excited to find gifts that celebrate birds.

They offer a wide variety of pet lovers gifts and pet memorial gifts that you, many of which are one-of-a-kind designs that you will find nowhere else. Be sure to have a look around their website!

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Dogs love getting mail too! #BarkBoxGifts!

BarkBox Logo

BarkBoxForMe

Baby is a very picky girl, so sometimes finding a treat that she will love is hard. Enter the BarkBox! Each month you can surprise your furry friend with new treats and toys from this awesome subscription box for dogs! Baby’s BarkBox arrived on her birthday, and somehow she knew right away that the package was for her!

BarkBox

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Action shot!

We loved what came in our first BarkBox. The toy was a huge success, Baby was running around with it all day long, and she even tasted some of the treats (this friends, is saying a lot). Besides being filled with great items, we felt great about this dog box because the company donates 10% of proceeds on each box to animal welfare organizations!

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Every month, Scout, the head dog at BarkBox, picks out four to six treats, toys and hygiene products to send to your dog. All their products are sourced in the United States, Canada, South America and New Zealand. They never send products that they don’t feel comfortable giving their own dogs. They don’t send rawhide or anything that’s been processed with formaldehyde. They are trying to get products with minimal processing and are moving towards limited and single ingredient treats. We love that!

BarkBox Box

We also love that BarkBox customizes the boxes to fit different sized dogs. We got the small dog box, and it was a great fit for our girl. What was in our box:

  • Pet Lifestyle And You (P.L.A.Y) We were thrilled to find an item from P.L.A.Y in our BarkBox! The P.L.A.Y zucchini toy was a big hit!
  • N-Bone Always nice when something can clean and freshen dog breath! The all-natural Pearly Whites chew bone is wheat-, corn- and soy-free.
  • Bocce’s Bakery Baby wasn’t sure what to make of the Truffle Mac & Cheese delights! The truffle was a very new flavor for her, and this was a new item that BarkBox introduced to us.
  • Happy Howie’s Happy Howie’s treats are all-natural, and convenient. Break them into tiny-sized training portions for a real treat.
  • Etta Says The 7-inch Crunchy Deer Chew is a natural way to keep your pup busy. Great for dogs with allergies.

BarkBox Sizes include:

  • Small & Cute (0-20 lbs)
  • Just Right (20-50 lbs)
  • Big & Bold (50+ lbs)

They also offer a range of plan lengths:

  • 1 month – $29
  • 3 months – $72 ($24 per month – save over 17%)
  • 6 months – $114 ($19 per month – save over 34%)

Be sure to connect with BarkBox on Facebook and Twitter for more fun deals throughout the year.

I have written this post on behalf of BlogPaws Pet Blogger Network for BarkBox. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about BarkBox, as always, we only share information we feel is relevant to our readers.

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