My favorite of the year is on it’s way and I am so excited! In celebration, we will be putting together a holiday gift guide to show you some of our favorite products, newly released products, and other gift ideas!
Readers: Stay tuned for our gift guide! We’ve already started trying out new products to see whether they are worthy of a spot. Feel free to comment with your recommendations!
PR/Brands: Do you have products that would make great Christmas presents or stocking stuffers this year? I would love to collaborate with you and find out just what you have in mind! Please email us at FamilyCentsability@gmail.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Types of gifts we would like to include:
Toys, kid’s apparel, accessories, etc (any age accepted, however we are most able to try and photograph those for boys aged 3-5) – superheroes are a plus!
Electronics, accessories (i.e. new releases of Xbox One games for teens/dads, games for the family and kids, etc)
My dogs are spoiled and they know it! If there is a pillow, couch cushion, my son’s Boppy or blanket bunched up for them to lay on, they are on it in an instant! With my husband and I, our 1 year old son, another baby on the way, and two dogs, sometimes the couch gets a little over-crowded in the evenings. Petmate sent me a Suede/Terry Pillow Bed to review and we all love it!
Microban Antimicrobial product protection
Suede bottom panel with plush micro terry top
Zippered removable cover – machine washable
36” x 45”
When I first opened the package from Petmate, I noticed that the caramel color sent to me is absolutely perfect for us! My dogs are both tan colored and shed like crazy. The pillow is suede on the bottom and plush terry on top which is even soft enough for my 1 year old to climb on and cuddle with the dogs. Cool enough on one side in summer, the other side will be warm in the winter.
Occasionally we get a spill around here – there is not much avoiding that with a 1 year old in the house. The pillow case being easily removable and washable is definitely a life saver for us. Microban will also help to prevent bacteria from living and growing on the pillow – another important feature for our family needs!
The pillow is 36″ x 45″ – perfect for both my dogs with plenty of space for them to stretch out. All but the largest of dogs will fit on this pillow with no problem. Occasionally my son even brings his Boppy pillow up and joins them for a quick cuddle…or he leaves it and they curl up in it, even on top of the pillow. The size of the pillow was the biggest surprise, and a good one at that. There is enough room for both dogs to enjoy it but not feel crowded or possessive of the pillow.
Overall, we really like the Petmate Suede/Terry Pillow Bed. The bed is a great fit for our needs and I would definitely recommend it. I have not found a single feature that I do not like. My dogs seem pretty happy with the bed and will continue to use it for years to come!
Firework Safety Tips for Dogs Guest post written by Lisa Carey
With the 4th of July approaching, many of us may be looking forward to enjoying a brilliant display of fireworks at a local park or possibly even shooting off some near our own homes. Wherever you are enjoying the fireworks there is one important thing to remember; “fireworks and dogs don’t mix.”
I don’t know what it is. Could it be the loud booms and pops? The echoing sound? A level of sound that is only detectable to a dog? Whatever it is dogs simply don’t like fireworks. One dog spends the entire evening barking, while the other whines unless he is close to a family member. Use this simple tips to make your family and your dog that much more comfortable during this special holiday celebration.
1. Going to the park? This is one time it’s best to leave your dog at home. Not only can your dog get lost in the crowd, they won’t enjoy the noise of the fireworks but add the excitement of the celebration and you may be creating a recipe for doggy disaster.
2. Firing fireworks at home? Make sure that your pet is carefully controlled inside the house avoiding dangers of burns or accidents.
3. Simply spending a quiet evening at home? Keep your dog inside with you. Dogs left outside could be injured by a stray firework or still hot spot on one that lands in your yard. (Yes, where I live private citizens can shoot off fireworks – except this year during a burn ban.) Another danger with your dog being outside is that they become too excited, over heated or even successfully attempt a “get away” not from the noise but from your backyard. In the house, keep your pet in an interior room and play music or have a television on to mute the noise of fireworks.
4. Make sure that your dog’s tags are up to date with information and hopefully they are micro chipped. This way should you take your dog out and about with you and become separated they can be as easily found, as they were lost.
5. The heat and noise are not the only dangers to your dog. The chemicals used in fireworks are toxic and according to Dr. Justine Lee, DVM, DAVECC, Associate Director of Veterinary Services at Pet Poison Helpline ““If ingested, fireworks can cause gastrointestinal signs like vomiting, a painful abdomen, and even bloody diarrhea.” “In severe cases, tremors or seizures can be seen, along with acute kidney failure, jaundice (yellowing of the skin), bone marrow changes and shallow breathing. If dermal exposure has occurred, then burns to the nose, face, lips, or inside of the mouth may be seen, due to the curious nature of our pets. Eye irritation or conjunctivitis can also occur from the chemicals and the secondary smoke,” he continues.
6. Place the contact information for your vet, an emergency veterinarian and the Pet Poison Hotline where you can easily find it. In my house that means next to the phone or on the fridge. This way in the event of an emergency you can quickly get your pet the help they need.
7. If you, like our family, know that your dog may need a little extra help staying calm during fireworks, contact your veterinarian in advance and get a sedative. Sedatives for people cannot be used and may even do more harm than good to your pet.
8. Clean up clean up, everybody everywhere. After the party is over make sure that all the trash, fireworks, foods and other items are carefully disposed of. Dogs love trash cans! Check the lawn for stray poppers and any other items that may have landed.
During this special holiday season, fireworks are not the only danger. Make sure gates are properly secured as it’s easy during a party to lose one of your “guests” including the four legged variety. Keep lighter fluid, matches, charcoal, sunscreen, citronella and other BBQ and outdoor party supplies away from your pets and make sure that they are properly hydrated during our hot holiday season. Make sure guests know not to feed Fido or Fee Fee. At one party, we quickly had to stop a guest from giving out pet a chocolate brownie!
As tempting as it may be to make your 4th of July fireworks a family event, this is one instance where you can make sure that for your dog, “There is no place like home.”