Friday, May 30, 2014

We Love PETBOX!

Hi everyone! Last week I had the pleasure of meeting some of the PetBox team as well as some of their office dogs :) In case you don't already know, PetBox is a subscription you can purchase for your beloved dog (or cat!) so they can receive a fun surprise every month! The moment I learned this company was based close to home I knew I had to check it out. Not only are they local, but they also provide quality products that my dogs are able to try out and they introduce us to awesome companies we have never heard of before.




What makes PetBox different from other pet subscription boxes is that YOU are able to choose what you receive in your box. However, if your are like myself and enjoy surprises, you have the option of choosing to have a box put together for your pet by the PetBox team.  What made me love PetBox even more is the fact that they give back. For every box that is shipped, they feed a rescue animal and partner with shelters and rescues all over the U.S. to help care for the neglected animals. They have teamed up with BOGO Bowl to donate food and supplies to shelters/rescues (nominated by us!!) each week.

Tuck and Jeice received their first PetBox this past weekend and got a bunch of fun treats! Everything sent this month was chosen for us and we are already excited to try choosing what comes in our box next month just to see what other awesome items they have available. They offer toys, treats, food, supplements and more...all made in the USA! I will have a review up shortly on the goodies we received in our May box.


*also included was a Hyrdo Ball but the boys were too busy playing with it at the time of this shot :p*

PetBox offers a variety of plans starting at $29/mo and you are guaranteed a minimum retail value of $50 in every box! Great deal if I do say so myself :) did I mention that shipping is free? (score!!!!) If you are interested in giving them a shot, use lovetuckblog at checkout to receive 50% your first month! If you have tried PetBox already or plan to soon, lemme know what you think in the comments below!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Snake bites, heat waves and wild fires OH MY!

Hi all! I am pretty sure a lot of you are familiar with Muprhy's Law where anything that can go wrong will go wrong...well, that pretty much sums up the last couple weeks! Remember that post a little while ago where I shared my horror story of Tuck being stung by a bee and learning that he is deathly allergic? Just a couple short days after that my little, sweet boy was bitten by a freakin' rattlesnake! What are the chances?! Rattlesnakes are very common in San Diego and 'tis the season. He was in critical condition for about 8 hrs and it was just a nightmare. I almost lost my little pumpkin!! It took about two weeks for Tuck to fully recover but I am very happy/lucky to announce that he is doing well now.

We had a crazy heat wave the past two weeks here in socal where it was miserably hot. I don't know about you, but I don't handle heat well. at all. Since Tuck was doing much better since his incident with the bee AND rattlesnake, we did make frequent trips to the beach which was really nice. Besides the sand being ridiculously hot where my dog was yelping in pain and hopping like a bunny it was a blast..my boyfriend had to carry him the rest of the way and we were forced to stay in the water but I have to admit, there was no other place I would rather be! :)


Lastly, we had some CRAZY wildfires here about a week ago! There were a total of I think 9 fires that were taking place all at the same time. The first one started a couple blocks away from my home!! I was at work at the time and was worried that the fire would spread...which it eventually did but the direction it was headed in didn't affect any homes or buildings. We were on alert the first 24 hours since we did not know whether or not we were going to be evacuated. Honestly, if we were asked to evacuate I was ready to just grab my dogs, my purse, and maybe my laptop. Needless to say we were thankfully not evacuated, however, the other fires that sparked caused some of my family and close friends to evacuate. They were able to return home this past weekend with no damages!! Considering the amount of acres that were affected, there was limited damage and I am so, SO very grateful for all the firefighters and officers that took care of my city <3 This situation could have been much worse than it was.

Now that everything is settling in again I am looking forward to being around the blogging world more often :)

Talk to you soon! xx

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Sweet Treats: Pupsicles

Hey everyone! It has been ridiculously hot all day and it is only supposed to get warmer the rest of the week.  I would like to consider myself as a fairly active person so I do get hot fast when I'm out and about. Tucker and Jeice love running their sweet hearts out no matter what the weather is but I notice their energy level doesn't seem to last nearly as long when temps are high so we usually head home to relax and cool down sooner than usual. I love sippin on iced tea or even [several] glasses of water to stay cool so I figured I would make something to help cool off my little pups too!

As a special treat, I like to spoil my boys with doggy friendly ice cream from a local pet store but I wanted to try something different today so I decided to make my own! It's incredibly easy and doesn't require a ton of ingredients.


Since this was my first time I just eyeballed everything. I used greek yogurt, bananas, creamy peanut butter and a dash of honey! Some of the puppy ice cream I made had to be eaten in the cup because I didn't think to include some sort of handle. The dixie cups I used were definitely durable for that. I added baby carrots to the rest of them which the boys really enjoyed! 

There are plenty of variations that I plan to experiment with going into summer :) If you have any puppy treats you like to make or use to keep your pets cool, I'd love to hear about them!

Talk to you soon!! xx

Thursday, April 17, 2014

What the bee sting?!

Well this morning was quite the experience! My boyfriend and I started off the day at the dog park with our dogs and they were having a blast. They were playing tug (which is a HUGE favorite :) ) with a toy they found when we walked in and were their happy, playful selves. Just a couple minutes later Tucker immediately stopped what he was doing, sat down in front of us and started acting completely different. We found a stinger in his mouth which we didn't think too much of because he had been stung before and didn't show any signs of an allergic reaction. I removed the stinger from his mouth and started walking with him to the water bowl when I noticed him walking funny and looking completely disoriented. I immediately knew something was wrong and it was when he started heaving that we picked him up and rushed to the vet because this sting was definitely more than we originally thought it was. Luckily Tucker's vet is located down the street from the dog park so we got there quick and they were able to see him immediately. It turned out he was going into anaphylactic shock! I don't want to get into what that is but it's definitely something pretty scary and could be life threatening if left untreated. Today we learned the hard way that Tuck is severely allergic to bees. Long story short, Tuck was given everything he needed to get better and is back home <3


Events like this are absolutely terrifying! As a pet parent, or parent in general, it is hard to watch your little one suffer. I have never felt so helpless. Knowing that Tuck is deathly allergic to bees makes me really nervous about letting him run around (chasing birds, rabbits, lizards & bees!!) as much as he does but after talking to the vet I feel like I am better prepared to handle the situation in case this happens again...although I do hope this situation never comes back around. Bee stings are brutal!!

Tuck back home and looking handsome with his bandana he got from the vet: 

Talk to you soon! xx






Thursday, April 10, 2014

Where have I been #2?!

Hi everyone! I know it has been quite awhile and I have been a horrible blogger the past couple of months but now that everything is settled, I am back and ready to jump right back into my blogging groove :)

I moved into a new place last month and I couldn't be more excited about it! Everything about it is perfect. Since I have been busy with work lately I haven't had the opportunity to furnish and decorate as much as I would like but I have so much planned and I am looking forward to decorating AND sharing the transformation with all of you.

During this little hiatus my boyfriend and I were foster parents to a sweet, little pup named Rook. He is 6 months old and a Brittany just like my dogs, Tucker and Jeice. Three dogs was definitely a handful but we all had a blast! Rook was part of our little family for about 2 months before he left for his forever home. It was bittersweet to watch him leave but he still lives in the area which will allow us to see him regularly.
 
In addition to those two major events, Tuck turned one!! My little guy isn't so little anymore but he's still the biggest ball of love that I know:) 
 
Like I mentioned earlier, life has been all over the place for me lately but I'm back and I hope you stick around!

Talk to you soon! xx


Thursday, January 9, 2014

Where have I been?!

Hi internet!! It has been SO LONG since my last post so first I must say, HAPPY NEW YEAR! The holidays definitely kept me ridiculously busy catching up with family and old friends but with life starting to calm down a little, I'm thrilled to announce that I am ready to come back to my little space on the internet :)

With it being a new year, I have a lot planned for this blog INCLUDING a new name, design, and content. Well, the content is going to sort of remain the same with a couple adjustments to make it a little more organized. You will start seeing random, little changes so I wanted to give you a heads up. During my little hiatus, I came up with a couple new ideas that I would love to incorporate in this blog to make it everything I want it to be and more! 



See you soon! xx

Thursday, December 12, 2013

It's Cold Outside! : Pets are people too linkup

Hi everyone! I live in southern California so it doesn't really get too cold here but when it does, a majority of us are wimps and complain about freezing when its probably only about 50degrees out. I say only because I'm pretty sure a lot of you live in places where it can be significantly colder. I'm not going to lie, I like the cold because it allows me to layer up BUT I complain about being freezing cold when the temperature drops below 60. My dogs aren't used to the cold either! Tuck in particular. I will open the door first thing in the morning to let him take care of business and he'll run outside, immediately run back inside, realize he can't hold it, run back out to potty then race back inside to the warm spot on the bed and curl up in a little ball. This has been his morning routine this past week. It has been really cold the past couple nights so Tuck and Jeice snuggled up together in the crate!
These boys haven't slept in a crate in months but with the cold weather they both decided to sleep in the same one willingly.

I normally don't put clothes on my dogs and they usually put up a good fight to not wear anything but haven't had a problem lately. They wear these sweaters like champs <3 handsome champs at that!
Luckily it's usually only cold in the morning and at night so during the day they are able to drive around with their dad with the windows down. They're both huge fans of putting their heads out the window! We invested in a Kurgo zipline with attachments, sort of like seatbelts, so they won't fall out:) The wind was a little cold at this moment, so they decided to pay attention to the road instead.
Afternoons are made for the beach no matter what the weather is! The boys had their own beach adventure the other day. Where else can you go to the beach around the holidays without freezing your tail off??

To the pet parents, how do you and your pets stay warm when it's cold out?

Check out more awesome pet posts here:
Jade and Oak


Talk to you soon! xx