If you haven’t noticed already, I’m a hardcore dog mom to the cutest black tricolor Australian Shepherd. I mean, who wouldn’t be obsessed with this face?
My husband and I were a long distance couple for many years, and Rascal was my BFF during those times. After long days at work, he was always wiggling his little Aussie butt to greet me when I came home and reminding me that everything would be alright.
And now that I’ve started blogging, he’s my little photo shoot pal (or #blogdog as they say!).
And in honor of National Dog Day, August 26th, I thought I would round up a few of my favorite items for pups and share them with you. First up is Rascal’s dog tag.
I love how unique this hand stamped dog tag is. The Etsy shop that sells them, The Wooden Willow, has different metal finishes and sizes, and you can switch up the lines of text to say whatever you need. I hadn’t thought of this before, but one of the examples on the site has the line ‘MICROCHIPPED’ on the bottom so people know to check for your lost pup’s information that way. Because the tag is brushed metal it handles wear really well and has an old school look to it.
Next is Rascal’s collar. I like to stick to patriotic accessories for Rascal. That way his red leash always matches and everyone in Europe knows we have an American pup (after we went to France I realized this collar could also represent the French flag…le sigh). This red, white, and blue collar is almost always covered by Rascal’s fur, but I still love it. It’s made from hemp, which is mold resistant, and we’ve thrown it in the washer to freshen up every once in awhile with no problems. The Etsy shop it came from, Collars with Color, has so many options for ribbons and sizes that it’s hard to pick just one!
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I don’t know about your pup, but Rascal loves to play fetch. Whether it’s a tennis ball or frisbee, he could play all day and then some. A normal frisbee can be hard on his mouth and even cause his gums to bleed, so we started purchasing these flexible frisbees. Despite being flexible plastic I have never had one tear, and only purchased a new one because I lost this orange one in a field of really tall plants. Rascal was not amused.
I do have to share one dog item fail with you guys. To prepare for our first winter in Germany I thought I should get Rascal some shoes to protect his paws from the chemicals put onto the streets and sidewalks to mitigate ice. Total dog mom move. I ordered these pet boots for Rascal and here’s what happened:
He hated them! I had to bribe him with treats to get him to actually walk in them, and even after a few tries he just wasn’t feeling it. They slipped off when he ran outside, and I had to stare at his feet to make sure I didn’t lose one. The only good thing about them was that if they stayed on his feet during a wet walk I didn’t have to dry his feet before coming inside. I think reactions to paw boots are so unique to the dog, as many of the reviews I read on this set (there are a full four, not two as pictured) were positive.
That wraps it up for my recommended items, but if you are looking for a blog dedicated to all things canine and adorable head over to Pretty Fluffy. They have training tips, DIY treats, and reviews on the latest four-legged friend products (like the ifetch!).
I’d love to hear your recommendations for pet items. Durable toys, tasty treats, or cute accessories, anything goes! Happy National Dog Day!