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Do’s & Don’ts – Traveling with Your Pup

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Let’s face it, travelling with your dog can either be one of two things: a wonderful trip filled with blue skies and the open road OR a nightmarish experience where you have no control of the wheel, your life, or your pet. So let’s talk about ways to avoid the latter and get you (and your dog) feeling good about traveling.

What to expect

Tot is one of our two dogs that used to be GREAT at car rides. Most of the time, he would spend the whole time either looking out the window or conked out in the back seat. He would only be awoken if the car got to an eerily slow speed for which he thought we had arrived. However, in the past year his anxiety on car rides has turned 180 degrees – he spends every minute of the ride panting, climbing on things, letting out some natural fumes, and shaking beyond belief. It is miserable. We of course felt terrible taking him on trips because not only was it uncomfortable for him, but it was also very difficult for us to watch and control.

The Starter Kit

  1. Car Hammocks – Car Hammocks have been one of our favorite items when travelling with our dogs. Not only does it provide a comfortable “play” area for your pet as the ride gets bumpy but it also protects your car from unwanted scratches and hair. We love our AmazonBasic hammock because it has very useful pockets and is waterproof for any unwanted liquids that may come of the ride.
  2. Kong Dog Toy – Make sure that your pet has something to do on long car rides. It can get boring for them, and they’ll seek out your attention on a drive in any way possible.
  3. Leash Splitters – It’s a million times easier to handle one leash than to juggle two. A leash splitter is essential when you have two dogs and need to make potty breaks on the drive. When picking a leash splitter, it is imperative that you find one with a swivel to allow your dogs to switch sides as often as you’d like. It get extremely annoying when you’re having to untangle two energetic dogs.
  4. Carrier Bag – When travelling by flight make sure you have an approved carrier bag for your pet to sit under the seat in front of you. Look for high mesh content and bring toys to comfort their journey.
  5. Mutt Muffs – Mutt Muffs are a great way to drown out the noise at bustling airports. For many pet owners, loud noises and chatter can increase your dogs anxiety.
  6.  Bendaryl for Kids – Yup, that’s right. Benadryl. Antihistamine medication, such as Benadryl, has sedative properties to make your pets experience a bit more bearable. The rule for dog dosage is 1mg = 1 pound – meaning if Fido is 25 pounds you should only administer 25mg. Also, GET CHEWABLES. Your pet will very much dislike the taste of the liquid stuff.

Remember, administering medication is tricky. This has worked very well for us but please be sure to consult your veterinarian for proper medical solutions on anxiety

Get it on Amazon:


Tangle Free BungeeX2 Double Dog Leash Coupler


KONG Classic Medium Dog Toy Red Medium Pack of 2

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AmazonBasics Waterproof Hammock Seat Cover for Pets


Snoozer Roll Around 4-in-1 Pet Carrier

Mutt Muffs DDR337 Hearing Protection for Dogs



Children’s Benadryl Antihistamine Allergy Relief Chewables

Travel by Car

Travelling by car is probably the easier of the two methods, the other being aviation. But car rides can be tricky, too, if you don’t approach it correctly. Our first tip is to travel in the morning! You’ve probably heard this many times but leaving bright and early really helps ease a portion of the trip. If you leave early enough your dog will most likely still be low energy and can fall asleep faster on the ride. Secondly, as obvious as this may sound, let your dog out to do his or her business. And make sure they aren’t coming in afterwards and taking big gulps of water and eating food. If it’s a short trip (~2-5 hours) we would suggest just waiting till you’ve reached your destination to feed your dog. This will help prevent them from feeling car sick and potentially vomiting.

Travel by Plane

Traveling by plane is actually one of the more difficult options and we’ve only done it twice with Tot & Rupert. Make sure that you understand your dog’s anxiety buttons. What we mean by this is that we know Rupert is very sensitive to large crowds and lots of noise. Whereas Tot may be a bit more comfortable with that, he doesn’t like back and forth swaying motions. Knowing both of those things, we can better accommodate our dogs on the journey. Remember, they didn’t sign up for this! And as much as having them with you while travelling seems fun and exciting, they may have an entirely different perspective and need comforting. Our first tip on this is to make sure you pick the right carrier. We’ve seen and tested many different types of carriers and one thing to really look for is pull (roller) options with backpack functionalities. Also, make sure it has plenty of ventilation and mesh to avoid your dog feeling claustrophobic and to give them full visibility during the flight. Our second tip is accommodate their sensitivities. If you know your pet struggles with loud noises, then consider getting them the mutt muffs to avoid anxiety from the noise pollution of an airport. Our last tip is to pack a leash in your carry-on. There will be a fair amount of down time while waiting for the flight or going through security. Having a leash on hand allows you to take your pet out of the carrier as often as possible – but remember, the more times you take them out the harder it will be to get them back in!

Taste of The Wild

Meet Rupert and Tot (below), our two adopted fur balls. Lyndsey and I got both of them in college when we could barely handle figuring out dinner for ourselves. Naturally, we did what everyone would do to find the best dog food on the market – Google it!

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We started them off with Wellness, a brand of dry dog food that any good veterinarian would recommend. And don’t get me wrong, Wellness is a great choice for a lot of you out there – it’s packed with everything you need for a healthy dog with no fillers. But here’s the deal….Rupert wouldn’t eat it. It got to the point where the only option we had was feeding him wet canned-food so he’d stay healthy. We had to find another choice and we did – Rupert now comes back for seconds. Taste of the Wild was an easy contender for first place and here are the top 5 reasons we made the switch and think you should, too.

Head to the bottom for the TLDR (Too Long Didn’t Read) for a summary

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself”                                                                                                                                   – Josh Billings

1. Best Price for Quality

The price is really something to boast about. For a company that creates quality dog food with natural ingredients and tons of vitamins, they really don’t skim a whole lot off the top like your other top dog food competitors. We buy Rupert and Tot the 28 pound bag ($50) and that lasts us about a month and a half for both of them. You can do the math but here it is if you’ve got better things to do:

$50 / (2 dogs) = $25 per dog / 45 days = $.56 a day

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2. Real Ingredients

Venison. Peas. Lamb. Garbanzo beans. Yes, all of these in one meal sounds like a terrible dish to us, but it’s unbelievably appetizing for the little guys. From the second you open the bag of food to the very last scoop, you will always get a whiff of REAL smelling ingredients. What is REAL you may ask? It smells as if they took a home-cooked meal and jammed it into bite sized kibble bits. You can actually smell the venison in the kibble – and I don’t know about you, but its nice to know Tot and Rupert are enjoying the real deal.

Here’s what their website has to say about their blend:

“Modern science proves that your dog or cat still shares the DNA of the ancient canine or wild feline. Although their tastes demand something of the wild, your pet’s diet should provide them with all the best nutrition available today. And that is precisely what they get with Taste of the Wild: premium, complete, grain-free pet foods based on your pet’s ancestral diet.”

-Taste of the Wild

3. Variety of flavors

You have plenty of choices when it comes to flavors so your pup doesn’t get bored with the same old mix.

  • Roasted Venison & Bison
  • Smoked Trout & Salmon
  • Venison & Garbanzo beans
  • Venison & Salmon
  • Wild Boar
  • Roasted Lamb
  • Venison & Legumes
  • And More

4. Feel the results

I have some friends who introduced me to Taste of the Wild a while back. One of their wives said that when they switched to the salmon mix, they could noticeably see and feel the difference in their dogs’ coats. They were shinier, softer, and all-around healthier looking dogs.

5. “Can I have some more?”

The best part of our switch is that both our dogs devour their food. They’ve become foodies like their parents. Before, Rupert used to wait till his stomach was growling back at him to start munching on meals – often times even missing breakfast and dinner. Now, he’ll eat Tot’s bowl of food if he’s not quick enough.

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TLDR

  1. You can’t beat the price at $0.56 a day for quality food
  2. You can literally smell the freshness in ingredients – don’t take my word for it, try it yourself!
  3. Your pup can have a flavor of the week with all the options that are available
  4. Each kibble is packed with vitamins that will make your dog look and feel healthier
  5. They’ll eat it as you pour it into their bowls

Taste of the Wild High Prairie

3 Must-Have Products for Flea Season

Flea season is coming!

As Winter sheds its bitter cold days, spring brings with it sunshine, rainbows and….fleas. And yes, they will leave your dog itching through the day till they’ve beat themselves up. Nothing hurts more for a dog parent than to sit there, watching TV, while your pup scratches a hole where a flea may be biting.

Don’t be fooled, fleas may stick to just your dog initially, but they’ll eventually dig into your carpets, couches, and even your bed to lay their eggs. Do you want your house to be a breeding ground for these suckers?

The next 3 items I’ve listed are your best bet to avoid fleas without having to take a visit to your vet!

1. Flea Collars


Bayer Seresto Flea and Tick Collar for Small Dog

So yes, we were skeptical about flea collars also – but some of the newer ones really do work! Your traditional method of getting flea medication running through your dog is through a pill. And yeah, that will work just as well. But Lyndsey and I wanted to buy our dogs (Tot & Rupert) something we could see every day and comfort us in knowing we were doing our best to keep our dogs feeling itch-free. We did our research and the data backed it up! We found numerous reviews on Seresto ranging from new dog owners to clinics who had never trusted collars in the past, and all they had to say were positive things. And who are we to go up against a clinic who claims this stuff will work?

How it works for those of you unclear on the science: The collars have an extended release medicine that seeps into your dogs hair follicles and gets excreted through their skin. When a flea comes in contact with your dog, the medicine immediately kills on contact – NO BITE REQUIRED.

2. Flea Shampoo


Adams Plus Flea and Tick Shampoo with Precor, 12 Oz

Flea shampoo is a really important step in killing off any fleas or ticks that your dog may be carrying now (if you don’t opt in for the collars). Adams has a really great reputation in the community for dog products and the reviews for this shampoo speak for themselves. We immediately saw results in the itching department when we bathed both our dogs in this stuff.

3. Flea Fogger


Adams Plus Flea and Tick Indoor Fogger (3 Pack), 3 oz

YES, the flea fogger! What more is there to say about this beautiful thing? This flea fogger is something you can set up at your house to kill any stragglers your dog may have brought in. And remember, fleas lay eggs in the darkest corners of your house – so you may feel safe running around with a spray product, laying waste to the ones you see, but you will never really know if you got ’em all. So trust in the science and let the fog take care of the rest.

How it works You place the 3 spray cans upright in different areas of your house. The nozzle has a clip that, when activated, will release the spray upwards in a fog and spread throughout the vicinity. While this is happening (~2 hours) you’ll want to be out of the house with your pups to let everything set in. Go for a picnic, a long walk, or hangout at the park and let your house be cleansed of those pests.