November 24, 2017

Brentwood Home Pet Bed Giveaway

The Ginger Sisters are very happily spoiled: they have their own furniture as well as being allowed on mine. In addition to the biggest dog bed in the house (my bed), they each have beds in the dining area where they stay when I leave the house, beds in each of their dens (kennels) in the living room, and a bed in my bedroom.

Boca sometimes likes to sleep in the dog bed in the bedroom, particularly during the summer when it's too warm for dog pile cuddling. Both dogs use the bedroom dog bed as a launch pad onto the big bed since I have slippery laminate floors. I think it's important for our pets to have a variety of places to feel safe and comfortable in our homes, which is why I was delighted to partner with Brentwood Home for a pet bed giveaway!

Brentwood Home knows what they are doing when it comes to luxurious rest...they have been handcrafting mattresses for people and producing them in their California factory for many years. Their pet beds are made from those same non-toxic, high quality materials and stylishly designed to fit in with almost any decor.

I chose the Runyon Bed in Mocha for the Ginger Sisters, since they like the bolster-style beds with a place to rest their heads. The washable cover is sturdy but soft, and the orthopedic foam offers a supportive, cushiony place to curl up. Boca barely waited until the bed was unboxed to try it out, and she opted to sleep in the new bed several nights in a row once it was in the bedroom.

We are giving one of our wonderful readers a chance to win a Brentwood Home pet bed of their choice, as well an exclusive discount code for anyone wishing to treat their dog to a new bed for the holidays. Use code RUBI15 for 15% off on the Runyon and Griffith pet beds good through 12/31/17 11:59PM PST, one use per customer.

The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only, excluding Alaska and Hawaii. Good luck! 

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October 18, 2017

To the Woods

If you have ever gone to the woods with me, 
I must love you very much.
Mary Oliver

October 2, 2017

Omega 3 Benefits for Pets and Their Humans with OmegaBrite

I'm not the best at taking my vitamins, but I seem to do better with giving supplements to The Ginger Sisters. We've tried fish oil, coconut oil, and several different calming supplements. The research seems like it is always changing, but the benefits of omega fatty acids for both pets and humans are consistently backed by science. That's why I was excited to partner with OmegaBrite and incorporate their Omega-3 supplement that Ruby, Boca and I could all take together!

After obtaining proper dosage instructions for Boca's 32 pounds and Ruby's 18 pounds, I started giving the girls two capusles and one capsule, respectively, with their evening meal. This was an easy reminder for me to also take my two capsules each night! I've since discovered that Boca will happily eat her capsules plain and whole.

Here are some of the benefits for dogs:

  • EPA, one of the two omega-3 fatty acids in OmegaBrite, acts as an anti-inflammatory. This will help with any condition that causes inflammation of the heart, kidneys, skin, and joints—such as arthritis etc
  • OmegaBrite will ease inflammation due to allergies, and reduce itchy skin and dandruff. This can also be an effective way to potentially decrease the incidence of hot spots on your pet.
  • OmegaBrite promotes a shiny, healthy coat, and reduces shedding. (For cats, this may also mean fewer hairballs, since your cat won't pick up as many loose hairs while grooming.)
  • DHA, the other omega-3 fatty acid in OmegaBrite, is important in brain and eye development in puppies and kittens. Giving OmegaBrite to pregnant or nursing pets can benefit the babies once they're born.
  • In some studies, fish oil has slowed the growth of cancer. Though more studies are needed to reach conclusive results, some veterinarians recommend it for any pets with cancer.

  • August 16, 2017

    I Love Boca

    It's a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy
    Lucille Ball 

    August 14, 2017

    The Sweetness of Acceptance

    The upside-down perspective of this picture is a perfect representation of how Ruby changed my world, and how our trust and relationship has grown over time. Recently we celebrated four years together, having adopted her in August of 2013.  Just weeks prior, my previous dogs were still alive and adopting another wasn't even a consideration, but I had decided that Ruby Pearl would be a perfect name for my next dog based on a book that I was reading that summer. Life can change in a heartbeat. When I lost both 14 year old dogs within ten days I thought I would wait a while before looking again, but the house felt unbearably empty. I perused the adoption personals. I saw that very first picture. Her name was Foxy Roxy and she looked sharp as a tack - like she might know calculus - and skeptical, like she was holding back the softest parts of herself. She looked like she could be the best kind of trouble. She is everything I first saw and so much more.
    Losing and finding are two sides of the same coin. I lost my two old dogs and found Ruby. I lost the dream of a dog I could take everywhere (until I adopted the Queen of Chill, Boca, also thanks to Ruby). Instead, I found a dog that inspired compassion and creativity, patience and humility. Ruby gave me a deeper understanding of dog behavior and training, and thereby a deeper understanding of myself. Because of her, I started my blog, met countless other dog people and made new lasting friendships, taught her over thirty tricks, protested the sale of pet store puppies, and helped start a dog rescue. In the beginning, when Ruby's reactivity first began to surface, I was disappointed that we wouldn't be going to dog-friendly patios and participating in agility or flyball. I was frustrated that training wasn't a fast or surefire cure. It isn't that I have given up on training, but that I accept Ruby as she is and rely heavily on management. Once I did this, the frustration faded. Part of that initial disappointment was not being able to share all of her wonderful qualities, but Rubicon Days has allowed me to share her with all of you. Thank you. I'm so grateful to know there are others who stick with their challenging dogs, commit to their needs, forgive their sensitivities and recognize their strengths.

    Ruby will always be a reactive dog, but over the years she has become softer, sweeter. She wags her tail all the time: slow, sweeping conversational wags and blurry animated helicopter wags where a tug toy or ball is involved. She lets me hold her upside down for armpit scratches and paw massages. She communicates with what I call her "chicken barks" in addition to a hilarious assortment of grunts and grumbles. She makes sure I get out of the shower alive. She licks my face with an impressive fervor, all the more if I dare giggle. She melts my heart with her pouty lip that is exactly the color of an earthworm. She astounds me with her intelligence. She reminds me how to play, complete with play-growls. She taught me how big love can be. I've known so many animals in my life but Ruby burns the brightest, digging as only a terrier can dig, straight to my heart. I call her Punkin' Pie (it has to be said and spelled that way). I nibble her ears and say "I'll eat you up, I love you so," from Where the Wild Things Are. I emblazoned her onto my arm for all time. I've spent these past four years trying to describe what she means to me and I still haven't quite managed but I expect I'll keep trying. I'm not the least bit embarrassed by any of it - it's who I am, because of her. More than anything, Ruby has taught me that when we feel safe and loved, we can relax, roll over, show our bellies. When we feel accepted, we can be our most beautiful selves.