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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Rosie at PAWS #dogsofpawsct by oliver2day

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Review: Prime Pet Supply

I was contacted a while back to do a review of Prime Pet Supply. Serkan at Prime gave me a credit to spend any way I wanted - so I set off to shop, shop, shop! I ordered a few things that we needed, then asked my furry assistants to help me review them.

Prime Pet Supply has an attractive and easy-to-navigate site, offers auto-ship (ensuring that your pets will never go hungry again because Stupid Human forgot to stop and pick up food!), and free shipping on orders over $69.

It should be noted that Prime carries higher-end dog foods, and at very good prices (at least compared to what they'd cost in local pet supply stores in Fairfield County, CT). Couple that with free shipping over $69 and the fact that you won't have to go to the pet supply store and lug around heavy bags of food = excellent stuff!

My shopping booty!
My first purchase was a harness for Oliver. Prime carries lots of harnesses, and I went for the Puppia soft harness. Second, I went for the EarthRated eco-friendly poop bags - which happen to be lavender-scented. Since we bring our own reusable totes to the store, we have few plastic bags hanging around the house any more. I like that these are biodegradable and come in a small, handy dispenser that attaches to my leash. The last thing I chose was a set of PAWZ rubber booties for Lucy. She's having problems getting up on slippery floors, so I thought this would be a good solution for her. (She thought differently.)

My lovely model, Oliver, was happy to show off his new harness. I love the Puppia soft harness because it doesn't rub or irritate his oh-so-tender body. He likes it, too:

With a glint in his eye, and a smile on his face...

"Okay, I did my part, now let's go for a walk!"

Charlie is very happy with the scent of the poop bags from EarthRated. She's also thrilled that they're biodegradable!
"Hmmmm... smells like flowers, not poo."

Of course, Oliver had to get in on the action, too.

The PAWZ were less-than-popular with Lucy - who wouldn't even let me put them on her. But, I've seen dogs at the shelter wear these happily. They're comfortable, don't slip off, and give the dog a natural feeling of the ground beneath them. It's not like wearing booties which can be so foreign feeling to a dog. And PAWZ are water-, salt-, mud-, etc.-proof, and are easy to rinse off and keep clean.

"I think this is a cookie, but I'll have to wait and see."

Overall, I was very happy with the offerings at Prime Pet Supply. I placed my order on a Sunday and received it on Tuesday - not bad considering I didn't ask for expedited delivery. Based on reviews on the web, their customer service seems to be excellent - people LOVE Serkan! Although my brands of dog food (Wellness and Merrick) aren't on their site, as I said, they do offer higher-end foods, auto-ship, and free shipping over $69 - hard to beat.

We give Prime Pet Supply a huge thumbs-up. Visit them today and take a look at the great stuff they have to offer!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Dear Trouper, I love you and I miss you

Fifteen and one-half years. That's how old we think you were when we had to let you go. We rescued you from New England Border Collie Rescue in 1999. Were you a year old at the time? Older?

We lived in Guilford when you first came home, and you ran right into the brook and sloshed your way along in the water. A happy, silly dog. It's ironic that after you ran away last month we found you at the edge of a brook so close to home, exhausted and confused. Even at 15 1/2, with bad arthritis and weak legs, I somehow expected you to pull through. I never expected you to leave us five days later. You really were a Trouper. You were my Trouper, and letting you go was so hard but it was the right thing to do.

I could write 40 pages about you and our lives together. You were so very loved! And you gave so much love back! I'll start by saying that you lived a good, long life. I'm glad we could give you that; Almost 15 wonderful years filled with car rides, walks, playing in the yard with your dog siblings, and cuddles, lots of cuddles. You spent your days lounging on your human's beds and your nights snuggled against my chest, fast asleep in my arms. You were an expert cuddler, and you were so loving that I nicknamed you Casanova. You couldn't get enough attention from us! And it was easy to give it to you; such a handsome and loving boy, plopped on our laps even though you weighed 55 pounds - hardly a lap dog!

When you first joined the family, I took you for training and we were part of a class of about 25 dogs. You would sit patiently by my side, waiting for the next command (each of which, I might add, you perfected quickly and executed perfectly). At the end of each session the trainer would go around the circle, summarizing each pair - human and dog - and tell them what needed work. "You have to work on sit," "you have to work on down," etc., etc. How many times did she get to us and say "he's smarter than you and that will never change" and move on to the next pair? (She was right but it still wasn't nice!) You always anticipated my next move and, in synch, we moved through life complementing each other perfectly.

You did have a little bit of the devil in you, though. Remember when you first came home, ran into the kitchen and leaped up on the island? I couldn't stop laughing, staring at you, standing on the counter with that crazy tail wagging and a huge, happy grin, as if to say "d'ya like my new trick?" but you never did it again. You seemed to know it just wasn't where dogs belonged. Or, you got it out of your system. You kinda made your own decisions.

I have so many wonderful memories of life with you. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to love you, and for loving us back. You made each day a little more interesting, a little more amusing, and a lot more fulfilling.

Now, you're at The Bridge and your pain is gone - only happiness fills your heart! Chester, Rudy, Max, and all the others who've gone before you will show you the way, and one day we'll all be reunited.

I love you, Casanova, and I can't stop missing you.

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