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My new favorite product – The Tick Lasso

October 8, 2015 6 comments

The Tick LassoQuite a while ago, I saw a product I had never heard of before at my vet’s office. It is called the Trix TickLasso.

What??? A lasso for ticks? Yup. It’s a real thing. And, the veterinarian staff wholeheartedly endorsed it. When they showed me how it worked, I was sold. I purchased it immediately.The Lasso

Of course, since I regularly use Frontline on the dogs, I have never had the chance to use it. It sat in my junk drawer for months. I had completely forgotten I had it.

But recently, I was a little late in applying Frontline on the dogs and Daisy got a tick. (I hate those damn little buggers.)

I was upset that my lapse in memory had allowed one to attach to her. Damn ticks.

I was also really worried about removing it and not getting the head out. In the past, I have tried to remove a rock using a tweezers. Getting the head out was usually futile. But, this time I had the TickLasso! So, I thought I would give it a try.

It was money well spent.It was really easy to use, and unlike a pair tweezers, it removed the tick intact, head and all. What a great product.

So how does it work?

  1. Like a ballpoint pen, you push the button on top of the applicator and a small lasso appears at the other end.
  2. You loop the lasso over the tick (down where the head is attached).
  3. Release the button and the lasso tightens around the tick (just like lassoing a bull).
  4. Twist the applicator and pull.

That’s it! The whole tick comes out and you’re done.

The lassoed tickJust make sure to dispose of the tick. (If you use a lit match to kill the tick, like me, make sure you let the tick out of the lasso before burning him otherwise you will ruin your lasso.)

You can see a video of how it works below.

If you want to purchase one for yourself, they are pretty much everywhere, including Amazon.

Note: I purchased this product myself and used it. I was not approached by anyone to endorse this product.

Dogs – Cool Finds on Pinterest

November 11, 2012 25 comments

I don’t know about you, but I find Pinterest is very addictive. Once I start, I can’t stop. Suddenly, it’s hours later and I wonder what I did with my time!

I you haven’t joined Pinterest yet, you may want to, especially if you are a DIY type of person. You can get some great ideas from others. You can also find some pretty amazing dog stuff on Pinterest, including art, clothing, collars, tags, etc.

People even have their future dogs pinned on their pages!

I thought I it would be fun to share some of my more strange, interesting and cool finds with you. You can click on the picture to learn more about the product or to go purchase it.

So what have been your favorite finds on Pinterest?


I love these dog bowls. They are removable and don’t take up a lot of space.

Pet Eatery Dog Food Bowls

Dog Sign

Okay, I admit it. I probably wouldn’t buy one myself, but it’s just quirky enough to be appealing.

Dog Lamp

I fell in love with this line of t-shirts some time ago. They carry quite a lot of breeds and the images are amazing. I’ve seen one in person, and they are just as beautiful as the images. Definitely getting one of these – well, two of these. One Lab and one Sheltie. 🙂

Dog T-Shirt

I think this is supposed to be a new concept in dog food packaging. It’s supposed to take up less space and more eco-conscious. Doesn’t fill up the landfills as fast.

Sausage Dog Food

A little out of my price range, but if I had the money you can bet I would buy one. I absolutely love this as an art piece.

Dog Blue Print Pictures

I’m not quite sure what to say about this product (having never tested it myself), but I have to wonder – is the hole big enough for Great Dane poop?

Dog Dung Vacuum

This one is for all my doggie friends who have dogs that won’t go out in the rain. Might be worth a try!

The Dogbrella

Oh yes, I absolutely HAD to include this one. It features Shelties!

Outdoor Dog Chaise Lounger

This is some luxury dog bed, but the story is a pretty cool one. It was designed by Swank Lighting as part of a fundraiser for the Dallas SPCA. Someone got a pretty cool dog bed!

Swank Lighting Dog Bed for SPCA

I just loved the look of this ring. it’s adorable. The best part? It’s only $10!


This isn’t something you can buy. I have no link to a page. But, it’s one of those things worth sharing.

Dog Boots or Fashion Statement?

February 13, 2012 15 comments

PugzOften on the way to or from the dog park, we will stop by a local feed and supply store in Rosemount called Fluegels. They carry all sorts of cat and dog supplies and often the premium dog foods you can’t find at the chain stores. Several times this winter I have seen a display for a new type of dog boots that I had not seen before – Pugz.

Immediately, I was reminded of the winter boots with a similar name that many of us humans wear (more as fashion statements than winter protection). I’ve got to be honest, I looked at these boots and laughed. First, for the clever name. Second, because I couldn’t tell if they were meant to be more of a fashion statement or function. They go up so high on the leg that I wonder about the dog’s comfort.

Of course, I could be wrong. Maybe they’re comfortable and a highly desirable item for the dogs that wear them.

What do you think? Have you tried these boots on your dog? What did they (and you) think of them?

My New Favorite Pet Gadget

January 26, 2012 10 comments

Nitize LED Light

In the past, I have mentioned my dislike of the whole “fall back” time change because it takes away my extra hour of daylight in the evening. Most of my dislike has to do with the fact that I hate walking my dogs in the dark. We have no sidewalks in my neighborhood and even though it’s a residential area, we often have people driving their cars way too fast. I am afraid one day me and my dogs, or someone else and their dog, will get hit.

But this weekend I found this wonderful little gadget at Chuck and Don’s Pet Food Outlet. It’s a little LED light that you attach to your dog’s collar. It’s low-tech; it turns on with a twist, and the battery is easy to replace. It’s definitely the best new pet gadget I have seen in some time. I was able to hook it easily to Lady’s collar to show you what it looks like. Yes. It’s really that bright. You can see it from quite a distance. In fact, we saw another dog at our dog park wearing one last night and I could see him way before we got close enough to hear him.

I think we’ll be taking more walks in the dark now that I have found something that allows people to see us more quickly and from further away. This is technology at it’s best, don’t you think?

Lady and her new light

If you live in Minnesota (or Denver) you can pick one up at Chuck and Don’s, and if not, you can order them online at – here’s the direct link.

The BlogPaws Stash

September 30, 2011 22 comments

A few weeks ago, Pamela and Honey over at Something Wagging This Way Comes had a contest to win some of her BlogPaws swag. There were two bags to choose from a Small-Medium Dog Swag Bag and a Medium-Large Dog Swag Bag. I entered Daisy, Jasper and myself for the Medium-Large Dog Swag Bag, never thinking for a minute that we would win. So imagine my surprise when we did win! All three of us were very excited. We just couldn’t wait to see what was in that bag! Jasper and Daisy Lady (available through Minnesota Sheltie Rescue))

Lady (our favorite foster dog) was lucky enough to join us before our bag arrived. Boy was she excited when we told her what was coming!

Well, now it’s time to reveal the stash. Is this seriously cool or what?

The BlogPaws Stash
Of course, we had to check some of this stuff out a little more closely.

Fido Friendly Magazine First, there was the Fido Friendly magazine. Totally cool! And, look who’s on the cover. Oogy! What an amazing dog and family.

Kong Toy Second, was a toy by one of our favorite dog toy companies of all time – KONG. Jasper was very interested in this new toy. Unfortunately, he was having too much fun for me to grab a good picture of him. So here is what it looked like.

We also tried the Savory Chicken flavored Lickety Stix from Pet Safe. Unfortunately, Lady’s reaction seemed to sum up the general feelings expressed by Daisy and Jasper. They were intrigued by the smell, but not so much by the taste. Lady' s Reaction to Lickety Stix

However, the freeze dried turkey heart treats by Oma’s Pride were a huge hit. Lady, Jasper and Daisy were still looking for more after we had emptied the bag! They gave a definitive 12 paws up on. We’ll definitely be ordering more of their treats.
Oma's Pride Pet Treats Freeze Dried Turkey Hearts - Oma's Pride

The decorative t-shirt from Martha Stewart Pets was pretty cute. The silver-sequined skull and cross bones would be perfect for Halloween, but I think perhaps Lady and Jasper would have a different opinion on that matter. Daisy was just grateful that she was too big to even try it on! 🙂
Martha Stewart Pets t-shirt

Lady in the dog t-shirt

Lady in the t-shirt from Martha Stewart Pets

Jasper in the t-shirt from Martha Stewart Pets

We were a bit puzzled by the mystery gift from The Pet Wiki. Jasper thought it was a chew toy. Daisy thought it was something best carried around in her mouth. Lady just wanted it to make squeaking sounds. Unfortunately, it does not seem to be or do any of the things they thought it would. We’re stumped. Can you help us figure out what it is and/or what it does?
The Pet Wiki Mystery Gift-front The Pet Wiki Mystery Gift - Back

There were lots of other great things included in our swag bag, and we’ll be sampling them over the next few weeks, but here’s a list of the other items in our swag bag. We are feeling pretty lucky. Thanks Pamela and Honey!

Petco Tennis Ball
Wellness Super5Mix Sample dog kibble
Back to Basics food scooper
Canidae TidNips dog treats
Bissell Stomp ‘N Go Stain Lifting Pads
TropiClean Clean Teeth Gel
Poop bag holder from
Life+Dog Magazine
Greenies Bumper Sticker
L.W. Bristol Classics Zipper Pull
FoundAnimals sticky notes
Food coupons from Royal Canin and Back to Basics

Welcome to the Saturday Pet Blogger Blog Hop. I encourage you to check out some of the other awesome bloggers out there. Much thanks to our most generous and interesting hosts, Life With Dogs, Two Little Cavaliers, and Confessions of the Plume!

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Wednesday Winner: The Thundershirt

May 26, 2010 2 comments

My dog Daisy can be skittish at times. Loud noises, such as fireworks and thunder are frightening to her. So are new situations and places. I’ve worked with Daisy to try and help her to be less fearful, but sometimes there are things that you just cannot cure with training.

Luckily, my friend Leslie from The Days of Johann: An Agility Dog! and, was a great help in this area. She introduced me to the Thundershirt. Both Daisy and I love it!

I have used it on Daisy just a few times. Once, just to try it out, twice when we went to the pet store and tonight, when we had a good sized Thunderstorm. In all cases, I noticed a difference. When outside, Daisy was less jumpy and less reactive. It didn’t make all her fears go away, but it took the edge off. She no longer jumped or skittered away when I moved suddenly. At the store, it was mixed, but that may be due to the fact that the store was busier one time and not busy the next time.

However, it was the difference it made during tonight’s thunderstorm that really made me decide to name it this week’s Wednesday Winner. As soon as the thunder started, Daisy started pacing. Even with the air conditioner on, she could hear it and began pacing back and forth between her kennel and the living room. I figured it was the perfect time to try it out. So, out came the Thundershirt!

It worked.

Guess where Daisy is right now (even as I write this post)? Asleep in her kennel.
With the Thundershirt on, Daisy stopped pacing almost immediately, went into her kennel, and promptly fell asleep.
Is there thunder still going on outside? Yes. It hasn’t stopped since I put it on her, and yet, my sweet Daisy sleeps.

That’s why this week’s Wednesday Winner is the Thundershirt. I highly recommend it!

(By the way, I did not get paid for this endorsement. I paid for the shirt myself and wanted to share my experience with any other dog owners who have dogs that are afraid of Thunder or Fireworks.)

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