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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Dogs In Black And White: Black And White Sunday Blog Hop!

Why not join the Black and White Sunday Bloghop, we thought! It's something we haven't done in awhile (mainly because we have a limited number of black and white photos), but we really wanted to join in today's fun. Many thanks to Dachshund Nola and Sugar the Golden Retriever for hosting this clever blog get-together.

              Cool photo of me by Rachel Lauren Photography

Here's the Black and White Sunday Bloghop for all to join!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Golden Retriever Love

Although we wish this joyous video had been shot in widescreen, you still get the idea: Sweet Golden Retriever is beside himself when his soldier "Dad" finally returns home. Think this dog is happy? Enjoy!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Sleepypod's Clickit Sport Dog Safety Harness: Review And Giveaway!

You could win this top of the line Clickit Sport dog harness from Sleepypod! See details at the end of this post to enter!

Warmer weather is in full swing, and that can only mean one thing for those of us emerging from a long, cold winter: Road Trips! And most of us these days want to bring our four-legged pals along for the ride, and rightly so. All dogs love riding in the car, don't they? Lets put it this way—dogs give new meaning to the phrase "Joy Riding".

                     I smell spring! Come on, let's go for a ride!

Whoa! Not so fast...there's a little something called "safety" to be considered before we take even the shortest car trip. You humans always buckle up before you start the car, and we pets deserve the same consideration. The seat belts you wear are specifically designed for each particular car, and are tested and re-tested by independent safety groups to ensure they meet all safety standards and have passed numerous crash tests—meaning that statistically, you are far safer wearing a restraint than not wearing one.

Finally, thanks to Sleepypod, there's a superior quality car restraint just for dogs that's not only great looking, it actually excels at its intended purpose—keeping your beloved pet safe while riding in a car. Sleepypod makes two dog safety harnesses: Clickit Utility and Clickit Sport. Both have been rigorously tested with the same frontal crash testing that ensures the performance of child safety restraints. And in late 2013, "the Sleepypod Clickit Utility Harness was the only one out of seven that protected all the [test] dummies in 30 mph crashes." Their second generation dog harness, the Clickit Sport, which we received to review and are giving away today, passed these same rigorous crash tests with the same flying colors as the first Clickit dog harness.

We received the Clickit Sport Size Medium, in Robin Egg Blue, and our one winner will receive a Clicket Sport harness in the color and size of their choice. Bocci's Beefs received no other compensation for this post, and all of our opinions are our own.

Notice that it comes with a sturdy card printed front and back with simple, photo enhanced directions for putting the harness on your dog, adjusting the straps, and attaching it to the rear seat. We also received a beautiful Sleepypod catalogue showcasing all of their cool products.

As noted on the Sleepypod ordering page, you must determine your dog's girth by measuring around his or her ribs, just behind the front legs. Then chose a size small, medium or large based on the measurement table provided. My girth was 21and 3/4 inches, just a touch below the minimum torso measurement (22") for a size medium. I rounded up, ordered a size medium and tightened the harness straps as far as possible to get a good fit.

                                    Here I am ready to go!

The Clickit Sport boasts an Infinity Loop web design and padded, energy absorbing (read comfy) vest that secures your dog's entire torso. This is the only dog safety harness that maintains three points of contact with your dog's body which "reduce forward and lateral movement in the event of a collision or sudden stop".

When properly fitted, and your car's seat belt pulled through the Infinity Loops and locked into place, your pooch should still be able to sit and lie down comfortably.

                                Hello? Can we leave already?

The big idea here is that properly designed and fitted restraints used on car passengers prevent injury and death. Your dog is a passenger in your car—therefore, he or she should be properly restrained when traveling. The car shouldn't be a free-for-all for your canine traveling buddy. While accidents are rare they do happen, and an unrestrained dog just like an unrestrained human passenger can quickly become a projectile missile in the event of an accident or even a short stop. And just think how frequently you make those short stops and successfully avoid full-blown accidents.

Here's a story to illustrate our point: A friend of ours happened to hear that we were reviewing a dog safety harness for our blog, but she said that she didn't need to use one because her dog was "good' in the car—she just lies calmly during the ride. While it's great that her dog is calm and relaxed in the car, restraints (like seatbelts) are used just in case of a short stop or accident when her calm dog is likely to be thrown about the inside of the car, or worse, through the windshield, if not properly buckled in. This safety harness is your dog's seat belt.

Two additional cool features of the Clickit Sport dog safety harness are it's reflective straps for nighttime safety, and the ability to use the harness for walking. If you're on a long road trip and you stop to take your dog for a walk, just unbuckle the seatbelt and attach the leash—and you and your pooch can quickly and easily go for a stroll.

Are we really going for a walk or is this just part of the photo shoot?

                                          Treat time!

A hearty thank you to Sleepypod for generously donating two Clickit Sport Dog harnesses (one for our review and one for a lucky Bocci's Beefs reader) and creating such overall superior products! Now you can win your very own Clickit Sport Dog Safety Harness from Sleepypod just by entering the Rafflecopter giveaway below! Good luck!

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop!

Today's Wordless Wednesday theme over at BlogPaws is "Birthday Buddy"— don't miss this adorable photo of nine years young Harley and his birthday guests!

Meanwhile, back at the Ohio ranch...

I once helped Ms. Bella celebrate her birthday...in my own way, of course. Parental Unit said I "helped" by looking sullen .

Now on to the BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Pet Blogger Hop to meet some new birthday buddies!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Pet Friendly Art Show Donates To Local Humane Society

"Ice Cream" by Catherine Redmund. Courtesy of the artist and The New York Times

A recent art opening at the Mark Miller Gallery in Manhattan, aptly titled,  Dogs & Cats: 21 Artists Unleashed and on the Prowl, went to the dogs—dogs at the Humane Society of New York, that is. According to this article in The Times, works in the show "present variations on the theme of how we live with pets and what they reveal about humanity." View a partial slide show of artists' work and enjoy reading more about this exhibition on the gallery website.

 Those who were lucky enough to attend the opening reception could bring their four-legged friends, and even browse for a new family member, courtesy of the Humane Society of New York, who attended with adoptable dogs and cats in tow. In an additional nod to this organization's good work, 10% of all art sales from the exhibit goes directly to them. We love to see a win-win-win situation, especially one involving homeless pets, non-profits and artists. Kudos to the Mark Miller Gallery and the organizers of this exhibition!
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