Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Rosie Might Have a Favorite Color - Wordless Wednesday

I'm beginning to wonder if Rosie's favorite color is blue!  Or maybe she just loves these cool dog toys.

Both are in our Holiday Gift Guide for Dogs and Dog Lovers.  On the left is the West Paw Design Toppl dog toy we won in a Go Pet Friendly newsletter giveaway.  (If you're not on their mailing list, you're missing out!)  On the right is the goDog Holiday T-Rex plush toy.  Rosie can't decide her favorite.

Dog Toys - Holiday Gift Guide for Dogs and Dog Lovers

My dogs love toys.  Jeffie loves to carry them around with him.  Rudy and Rosie like to play in a big way!  I'm too embarrassed to count them, but I will tell you that we have two huge baskets full of dog toys.  Not a holiday or dog birthday goes by that we don't celebrate with new dog toys at our house.  Here are just a few of our favorites.  Be the best Santa Paws ever with these products under the tree for your dog!

GoDog / Quaker Pet Group

The good folks at Quaker Pet Group recently sent us one of their brand new goDog T-Rex dog toys.  It's from their new Holiday Collection and it is adorable!

Not only cute, it's built tough for fun and features their Chew Guard Technology.  Double stitched seams are tougher and last longer than standard plus toys, too, and they guarantee it.

Our Holiday T-Rex is big, blue, and has a cute set of earmuffs and silly googley eyes.  Constructed of super-soft bubble plush, the Rosie loves the texture.  And, of course, there's a squeaker!  Available in both large and small sizes for all breeds of dogs to enjoy, our pack is pretty sure your dog would love Santa Paws to leave one under the Christmas tree.  Retails for about $10.00
Rosie loves her new Holiday T-Rex plush toy from goDog / Quaker Pet Group

West Paw Design

If you'd told me that this would be one of Rosie's favorite dog toys, I'm not sure I'd have believed you.  However, the queen of the plush toys LOVES the blue Toppl™ we won in a giveaway at Go Pet Friendly.

Made by West Paw Design, the Topple traps treats in it's inner ridges and tips over to keep dogs entertained and challenged.  Like all of their Zogoflex® dog toys, Toppl™ is recyclable, BPA-and-phthalate-free, FDA compliant (meaning it’s safe to eat off of), and Guaranteed to Last.  Large is 4" and retails for $19.95

Rosie loves her West Paws Designs Topple and her goDog T-Rex dog toys!


I suspect most think of dog food and treats when they think of Chewy    It's true, they're one of the leading companies in providing home delivery of those products.  However, they have an ever expanding selection of pet supplements, supplies, and... TOYS! is my go-to resource for high quality dog toys and you can see some of those at the left.  I want to be clear about this:  those really are our toys (that we purchased from

Shopping this year for my dogs has been easy peasy. So much so that I'll be Christmas shopping for dog toys (and treats) at Chewy, too.  Retails prices vary, but Chewy almost always has a lower price than anywhere else I've found.  Add in the customer reviews, frequent sales and the fast free home delivery on orders of $49.99 and you'll love Chewy, too!
Rosie was thrilled with her birthday dog toys from

* Talking Dogs received one goDog Holiday T-Rex dog toy for our honest review.  We purchased other products mentioned here and we only share information we feel is relevant to our readers.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Dog Treats - Holiday Gift Guide for Dogs and Dog Lovers

It's no secret, Jeffie, Rudy and Rosie love to eat!  They're very food motivated and especially love dog treats.  We've taste tested lots of brands and many different kinds, but these are some of their favorites.  Your dog would love to find these yummy products in their Christmas stocking!

Evanger's Dog Food

The Talking Dogs love Evanger's dog treat and dog food!  We've reviewed several of their products and their canned dog food is a favorite at our house as a kibble topper.

Because a full course Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey dinner is not altogether healthy for dogs, we were thrilled when this company sent us some of their Evanger's Organics Turkey with Potato and Carrots Dinner.  Jeffie, Rudy and Rosie can hardly wait!

Delicious and nutritious!  With only 104 kcals/can, I don't have to worry about the calories.  With organic martket-fresh vegetables, I don't have to worry about the ingredients.  In fact, Evanger's Organics are certified organic by Oregon Tilth.  Plus they're hormone, anitibiotic and grain free.

That's a lot of tasty goodness to bark about!  We highly recommend Evanger's Organics!  Best retail price we've found is $31.13 for a case of 12 (13 ounce) cans at

Paw Street Barkery

Make every day a party with gourmet organc dog treats from Paw Street Barkery!

We just discovered this boutique dog bakery this year and I'm so glad we did.  Paw Street Barkery brand organic dog treats use the highest-quality, human-grade organic ingredients and are made in a variety of shapes and sizes to satisfy any furry friend. Their gourmet dog treats are made on demand and in small batches to ensure the freshest product possible for their customers, without using artificial preservatives. The fresh-baked treats are then packaged in eco-friendly renewable or recycled materials.

The dog treats shown here are some of my dogs' favorites:  Blueberry Bone-anza Gluten Free Organic Dog Treats, Carob Peanut Butter Cup Dog Treats and Big Dipper (dog bone shaped) Dog Treats.  We served them at Rudy's birthday party and they were a big hit! Fetch our full review here.  Retail prices for each kind of biscuit vary.

Ledfoot's Pet Bakery

I love supporting small boutique businesses, especially when they're selling handmade products and Ledfoot's Pet Bakery is a great example of just that.

Ledfoots Pet Bakery begin in 2006 when their first puppy was getting sick from store bought dog treats.  After doing a lot of research, they arrived at a variety of homemade dog and cat treats that are healthy and safe. Ledfoots Pet Bakery dog treats are homemade with the finest human grade ingredients in Genoa, Illinois.  The treats are made in small batches and everything is done by hand. Just like homemade dog cookies, but without the hassle of kitchen cleanup!  Retail prices for each kind of dog treat vary.

Lincoln Bark

It may be shallow of me, but one thing I like about Lincoln Bark's Sweet Little Butterpup Dog Treats is the name itself!  It's been a few years since the first time we tried these, but they remain a firm favorite of the Talking Dogs.

Made in the USA, these dog treats contain gluten free rice flour and potato flour, soy free peanut butter, rolled oats, honey, canola oil, Chia seed and water.  They do NOT contain preservatives, additives, artificial colors or flavors.

We'd heard of Chia Seed and this motivated us to learn more.  Often called a superfood, Chia Seed promotes health with more antioxidants that blueberries and eight times more Omega-3 Fatty Acids than wild salmon.  

Lincoln Bark evolved after the owners dog was diagnosed with Addison's disease when she was two years old.  Needing to boost her food intake, they began researching canine nutrition and baking their own dog treats.  Today, Sweet Little Butterpup dog treats still are baked by hand in small batches with 100% natural, human grade ingredients.  Retail price: $11.99 

Talking Dogs has reviewed many different dog treats and you can find our recommendations in our product reviews

* Though we may have received dog treat samples from these companies in the past, only Evanger's sent us samples for this article (3 cans of their Organic Turkey Dinner for dogs.)   Talking Dogs only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers and the companies mentioned here are not responsible for the content of this article.

We're joining the Tasty Tuesday blog hop today.  This is a blog hop that celebrates good food, sponsored by Sugar the Golden Retriever and Kols Notes.  

Monday, November 24, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide for Dog Lovers Giveaway - Shaggy Chic T-Shirts

Our Holiday Gift Guide for dogs and the people who love them is full of our favorite things.  We've personally selected these barking good gift items.  Jeffie, Rudy and Rosie have tested the dog toys and treats, I've reviewed some of them, and we all recommend them. You'll find great ideas for secret Santa gifts, stocking stuffers, thank you gifts, and gifts for those special dog lovers on your holiday shopping list. 

Come back each day this week to snag our barking good gift ideas!  

To kick off our Holiday Gift Guide and the season, 
we've got a fabulous giveaway for you!  
Dog lover?  Check.  Cat lover?  Check.

Shaggy Chic Apparel is all about purr-fectly fun and fashionable gifts for animal lovers … their woofalicious and kittytastic tees for pet lovers.
Purr-fectly fun for cat lovers Shaggy Chic tee!

Pet lovers, as well as gift givers looking for unique holiday gifts, can put their paws in the air and celebrate that there are fun holiday tees from Shaggy Chic Apparel this holiday season, with proceeds benefiting Don’t Forget to Feed Me, a Fort Worth-based non-profit pet food pantry.  

Gift giving is easy with Shaggy Chic's free gift wrapping upon request during online checkout.  Packages are wrapped in high-quality, animal-themed paper prior to being packaged for delivery.

Purrfect as a wrapped gift under the tree, a Hanukkah gift or a stocking stuffer, Shaggy Chic offers tees that have a touch of modern sass and spunk that cannot be purchased at department retailers.  T-shirt collections include: 
  • Love in Any Language Tees
  • Celebrations! Tees
  • Fur Fun Tees
  • Kid POV Tees
  • Rescues Rock! Tees
  • Superheroes Soar Tees

Check out these two new fan favorites for the holidays - the Yule Dog and Purr Rum Pum Pum Pum cat t-shirts.  Tees are priced at $24.95 for women’s and adult unisex shirts, while youth sizes are priced at $18.72. 
New Yule Dog T-shirt at Shaggy Chic
New Purr Rum Pum Pum Pum Cat T-shirt at Shaggy Chic
In addition to individual t-shirts, Shaggy Chic Apparel offers a T-shirt-of-the-month Club.  Each month, subscribers will receive a new tee that has not been sold to the public as of yet.  There are two plans:  a six-month subscription, which is $125 (including shipping within the United States); and a twelve-month subscription, which is $215 (including shipping within the United States).
Shaggy Chic T-Shirt of the Month Clubs are available for 6 months and 12 months.

 You could be the lucky winner of a  6 Month Subscription to T-shirt of-the-Month Club 
(retail value $125)
Each month our giveaway winner will receive a howling fun tee that will leave others barking with envy.  Shirts ship out by the 15th of each month.

Rescue in the House Dog T-shirt at Shaggy Chic
 About Shaggy Chic 

Shaggy Chic is an online apparel boutique, targeting animal lovers with product that has a touch of modern sass and spunk.

Shaggy Chic wants to make a difference. That's why a portion of all sales go back to animal rescue groups. They want to make history by helping to put an end to animal cruelty, hunger and abandonment. It takes money and it takes teamwork.

 This year, Shaggy Chic is partnering with Don’t Forget to Feed Me, whose mission is to supply pet food to local food pantries in support of pet owners. By providing pet food for those in need during challenging financial times, they offer an option to surrendering – or worse, abandoning – a family pet. Don’t Forget to Feed Me helps to ensure that no pet owner ever has to make the decision between stay…or go. 

Giveaway Rules:
1. There will be one winner (chosen at random by Rafflecopter) and they will receive a 6 month subscription to the Shaggy Chic Apparel T-Shirt of the Month Club. 

2. This giveaway is open US residents only.

4. The winner will be announced here on this blog on December 3, plus the winner will receive an email from me that morning.   If I do not receive a response to that email within 48 hours, an alternate winner will be chosen.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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For those of you who expected this giveaway to be jewelry from For Love of a Dog - fetch our Talking Dogs Giveaway Page or our For Love of a Dog Giveaway page and follow us on Facebook so you won't miss our next giveaway!

Thank you to Snoopy’s Dog Blog, Alfie’s Blog, and My Brown Newfies for hosting Monday Mischief! 

We're also joining the Fido's Freebie Friday blog hop hosted by Dog Tipper, All Things Dog Blog, Doggies and Stuff and To Dog With Love. If you have a giveaway on your blog, join us! 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Chow Christmas Ornaments and Jewelry - Dog Lovers Holiday Gifts

The dog breed Christmas ornaments at For Love of a Dog are selling out fast, so you need to hurry if you want one of these Chow ornaments! Beautiful on a Christmas tree, they are also perfect for year round display.  They make fantastic holiday gifts for any dog lover.

Shown at top is the red Chow dog Christmas ornament.  True to AKC and UKC dog breed standards, these are fully handmade.  They're two dimensional (flat on back) and the details are exquisite.

The black Chow Christmas ornament is shown below

Be sure to check out the Chow dog jewelry.  Each handmade piece is one of a kind, so when it is sold it will not be duplicated.   

The Chow dog necklace shown below is a wonderful example. The Chow pendant can easily be removed to wear solo as a pin, so it's like two pieces of jewelry in one.  The pendant is hand sculpted porcelain and the details are wonderful.  This whimsical dog is surrounded by turquoise blue magnesite gemstone beads and some sweet three dimensional black glass dog bone beads.

Fetch more dog breed jewelry and dog Christmas ornaments at For Love of a Dog.  You'll find some great gift ideas for all the dog lovers on your holiday shopping list.  Plus, you'll get free standard shipping if you live in the US.