Review – The Udder Rubber – #ecofriendly

Bain is a quirky dog when it comes to toys. He is much like Kisa and her food, very particular and it has to have all of the bells and whistles to their liking to enjoy it. Our previous tug toy has managed to disappear into the abyss, so I found myself scouring the internet in search for something new and exciting for Bain. After all, shopping for your pet is just as fun as shopping for yourself, right?

Introducing – The Udder Rubber by High4Pets

 

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You read that correctly – the Udder Rubber. An eco-friendly tug toy that is guaranteed to drive your dog banana sandwich. So what makes the Udder Rubber so special? This toy is actually made from recycled rubber liners used in machines to milk cows. Thus leaving an irresistible, drool-inducing scent your dog will love!

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We tried this out for ourselves and it passed the destruction test after 100 lbs of muscle had his way with it. Our Udder Rubber remained completely intact, and after handling it myself it did not leave me with any strange scents on my hands.

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Normally, milking machines are changed every 3 months and afterwards would be thrown into the trash. However, High4pets collects those rubber parts from dairy farms countrywide.

“We run them through a special cleaning and sanitization process, but they still maintain their fresh-from-the-farm essence that seems to drive dogs wild.” – High4pets

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High4pets is an Australian pet company that focuses on unique, eco-friendly dog toys, leashes, collars, and home-baked dog biscuits made from natural, high-quality ingredients and materials. By helping to provide farmers with extra income by purchasing their recycled materials, High4pets keeps your dog happy and satisfied while reducing the impact on the environment.

There are many styles and sizes of Udder Rubbers to choose from, including an assortment of colours for the rope / handles. We were lucky enough to also be able to try out the Two Knot Ball Udder Rubber.

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This can be used as a tug or fetch toy, and still has the same tantalizing scent your pooch will love. Udder Rubbers are meant to used as an interactive toy, so I’ve chosen to use this as our new training tool. We’ve been practicing fetch and retrieve, target, and holding the toy. We’ve had much success with this Udder Rubber for training and I’ve received less of Bain’s stink eye when tossing this around – he actually brings it back to me! The scent on these toys brings a lot of excitement to training, so I’m happy Bain is very eager to fetch and retrieve.

High4pets was founded in 2014 and has since been focusing more on their online presence, and we’re happy to support such an eco-friendly pet company. Bain was thrilled to receive some of their home-baked goodies! So thrilled, that the both of us got too excited and they disappeared before the thought of photos kicked in. High4pets dog biscuits are made from natural ingredients and do not contain any preservatives, artificial colours, or flavours. So feel free to have your pooch indulge without worry!

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We’re so happy to have such a sturdy and fun toy for playtime! Gogo Dogo tested, Gogo Dogo approved.

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Help Protect Your Pet from Fleas & Ticks – #NoBiteIsRight

Last year we experienced our first flea infestation, and I can definitely say it’s not something I want to go through again. The weirdest part? Neither Bain nor Kisa were showing signs of scratching, biting, or gnawing at themselves. How did I notice the fleas? When I was brushing Bain. Throughout the entire ordeal I was the one getting the brunt of the bites!

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This post is sponsored by No Bite is Right and the BlogPaws® Pet Influencer NetworkTM. I am being compensated to help create awareness about Summer Safety and Protecting Pets against fleas and ticks but we only share information we feel is relevant to our readers. The blogger is responsible for the contents and not the sponsors mentioned above.

Now that the weather has warmed up, I want to make sure pet owners, including ourselves, are extra prepared for fleas and ticks this year because No Bite Is Right™.

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Photo Credit: Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund

To help spread the word of flea and tick awareness, Crusuoe the Celebrity Dachshund is traveling across Canada for the No Bite Is Right Campaign to talk about the importance of flea and tick prevention. For details on the 2016 tour, visit Crusoe’s website and delve more into the world of a celebrity Dachshund!

Fleas are becoming a rising concern across Canada, and they can spread many harmful diseases. Due to the mild winter we just had, flea and tick seasons are extended longer than normal. Did you know fleas can live up to 100 days and lay up to 50 eggs a day? On top of that, those pesky buggers can bite up to 400 times per day! So it’s no surprise that last year’s infestation was such a nightmare.

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Bain, and Dogo Argentino’s in general, are commonly known to suffer from allergies and sensitive skin. Dogs can be allergic to flea saliva which can result in troublesome bald spots caused from scratching and chewing fur. If you have a flea infestation, those little insects can not only cause itching, discomfort, and open sores, but can also be a source of tapeworms and anemia.

Now that there’s been a shift in the weather, fleas are not the only issue. Ticks are another problem to look out for, and a situation I do not want to face with Bain in our lifetime. As with fleas, I’ve heard many horror stories that involve ticks. Lyme disease is one of the most well-known diseases transmitted by ticks, but did you know tick populations have grown 10 times in the past two decades within Canada? That leaves pets more susceptible to bites if proactive measures are not taken. If you feel that your pet has been bitten by a tick, symptoms to look for include pain, fatigue, and kidney failure.

According to a recent survey of Canadian pet owners, the #1 concern is avoiding the bite. So, what can do we do to protect our furry friends from these pests?

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Let’s take a look at the different methods available…

Systemic Products – Oral Treatment

– Taken orally, usually as a chewable treat
– Requires the flea / tick to bite your pet as the medication is running through the pet’s bloodstream
– The pest needs to keep feeding until it has ingested enough medication to be killed
– Leaves your pet vulnerable to diseases since they are transmitted through bites 


Non-Systemic Products –
Topical Treatment

– Does not require the pest to bite as it works on contact
– On contact, pests become uncoordinated allowing time for medication to kill the flea / tick
– Reduces the ability of fleas / ticks to bite or attach
– Reduces the chance of disease transmission 

After last year’s infestation, we hope to educate others so that no other pet owner goes through the same ordeal. The hardest part for us was not noticing it sooner, as there were no signs of what is now called the Great Flea Infestation of 2015! You can learn more about what the best method of prevention is for your pet by speaking with your veterinarian.

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Photo Credit: Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund

Follow the #NoBiteIsRight tour and enter for your chance to meet Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund! The winner will receive an appearance by Crusoe at their local vet clinic!

How To Enter

Tweet #NoBiteIsRight, your vet’s city, the name of your vet’s clinic, and tag @Celeb_Dachshund between April 18 – May 6th. Each tweet is one vote with a limit of one vote per person per day. However, for an extra vote – tag a friend!

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Help Support the CuBowl Kickstarter Campaign!

Hate scrubbing that nasty slime off of your dog’s water bowl? Help say goodbye with the CuBowl! The antibacterial, slime-free pet bowl!

We’ve recently stumbled upon this amazing product at just the right moment. I’ve recently tossed Bain’s old water dish, as it was becoming too difficult to clean. The slime and grime build up in no time! So I’m more than thrilled there is a product out there that can help save pet owners from dealing with such nasty business.

The CuBowl is a pet company based in Vancouver, Canada, and their Kickstarter campaign is ending SOON! So soon it’s over this upcoming Tuesday, May 3rd! They’re so close to reaching their goal of $30,000! They’re currently at $27,827!

For those interested in getting their pet their very own CuBowl – visit their Kickstarter link here!

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Gogo Dogo is a large supporter of small businesses. We also felt our readers may be interested in this very unique pet product. So if you’re not in the mood for a CuBowl, feel free to take a moment and share the link.

Stay tuned for our full review of the CuBowl!

Game of Thrones Pet Bandana Giveaway – #gameofthrones

King of Hodor. 
House of Hodor. 
First of His Hodor.
Long May He Hodor.

*Queue Game of Thrones theme*

Introducing – The Game of Thrones Reversible Pet Bandana & Treat Pouch Giveaway!

The long wait has arrived! Not only for the season premiere of Game of Thrones, but for these fantastic Game of Thrones inspired pet products!

I am absolutely thrilled to be working with Dog Hair INCluded. Today, we’re featuring their Game of Thrones Hodor bandana and the Treat is Coming pouch.

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Bain was in high spirits for this photo shoot, I was hoping he’d carry me on his back and bark “Hodor”, but he just wanted his snacks. This bandana features a reversible option, with the first being the Hodor side and the other being the yellow design side. The stretchy tie located on the bandana makes it easily adjustable for your pooch’s preference and growing puppies. Dog Hair INCluded uses high quality embroidery thread and quilting-quality cotton backings. The Hodor bandana is part of Dog Hair INCluded’s Say GRRR to Cancer campaign where all-year ’round 10% of the price will be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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All bandana’s come in 3 different sizes and are very easy to clean. Just pop them into the washer on cold and lay flat to dry.

Small bandanas fit: 7 – 13 inches
Medium bandanas fit: 11.5 – 25.5
Large bandanas fit: 14.5 – 35 inches

 

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Next up we have the absolutely adorable Treat Is Coming? Treat pouch in all of its glory with the Stark sigil. This pouch is perfect for storing treats on your daily walk. On hot summer days this can turn into a portable water bowl for your thirsty pooch. It comes with a clip on the back that can attach to your belt, leash, or anything you choose while you walk.

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There is always a treat coming with these quality, fashionable, and fun treat pouches!

Dog Hair INCluded began their journey in 2004 with their inspiration all-stars Fizzgig, Daisy, Pumpkin, and the late, but always loved, Lucy. Their goal – to meet all of your dog’s functional and fashion needs. They definitely deliver with their variety of bandanas, and a few of our favorites are shown below.

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Photo Credit: Dog Hair INCluded

 

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Dog Hair INCluded is not limited to canines, they’ve got something for the kitties too! They’ve got a wide range of cat collars with favorite themes such as Pacman, Ghostbusters, and Batman.

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Photo Credit: Dog Hair INCluded

If you’ve already got a handful of bandanas for your pup at home, Dog Hair INCluded also carries stylish dog collars, leashes, collar charms, and coats. They keep their cost affordable so that everyone can enjoy their products without the high price tag. They are continuously donating to charities and pet rescues in need such as National Mill Dog Rescue, Sweetpea F.O.R. Animals, Inc, and the Canadian Cancer Society.

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Dog Hair INCluded are based Montreal, Quebec and ship worldwide. So, who is ready for our special Game of Thrones giveaway!? Enter below to win your very own Hodor dog bandana and Treat Is Coming treat pouch!

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A Happy Celebration – Bain’s 3rd Birthday

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Today on the blog, we’re celebrating Bain’s 3rd birthday. This boy still acts like a puppy, and that will probably never change no matter how old he is. The search continues for finding new friends and treats for this pup, as he is always on a new adventure.

He has been the catalyst for many changes in my life. The ending and beginning of new relationships, weight loss, and creation of a new hobby and career. To celebrate this happy boy’s birthday I am giving him his most favorite dish – ground beef. Everyone knows how much I love this dog, so I’ll keep this short and sweet.

Happy Birthday Bain!

Celebrating 2 Years – Blog Anniversary

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“Celebrating 2 years by running around naked at the park.”

The month of April marks our 2 year blog anniversary. I can often be seen starting a lot of projects and never finishing them, but Gogo Dogo has been an ongoing exciting project. One that has opened many doors, opportunities, and experiences. It’s nice to say, with the help of Bain and Kisa, that I’ve built something from the ground up. That I can choose to write, post, and share what I choose to and not what someone tells me to do.

It’s been a continuous learning curve, and that is one of the things that has made it exciting. I’m thankful that everyone enjoys the antics of Bain, his photographs, and stories. I am also thankful readers and fans take interest in the products we share, as they are often carefully chosen. I’ve turned down a few opportunities as they did not jive with the blog, and if I feel they are not a match that will always be okay with me.

I’ve asked myself a couple of times over the last 2 years if I should have went with a different name for the blog. Then I say “nah”, because extremely I’m stubborn. Probably just as stubborn as the white popcorn pawed resident I live with. Gogo Dogo is what I started with, and that’s what it always will be. Whether or not it makes sense to others right away. The name Gogo Dogo was chosen because Bain is a dog who is always on the go, always ready for adventure, always pulling out enormous energy reserves. Plus, it’s fun to say. Though more often than not, it’s not as easily pronounceable as some might first read. Once you know it, however, you might find yourself thinking about things like “Gogo Dogo Gadget Copter!”.

I’d like to thank our readers, fans, fellow bloggers, and companies we’ve previously worked with and gotten to know over the last 2 years. There’s an exciting new blog schedule lined up starting this month, and many more great things to come this year.

Cheers!

Diagram of the Dogo Argentino – Part 1

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Today, we examine the head of the Dogo Argentino. Don’t let those eyes fool you, they’re often use as a hypnosis technique to get a treat, spot on the couch, or scratch behind the ears. Our specimen today is Bain, who can often be found bumbling around the house, searching for crumbs, keeping the neighbourhood in in check, and acting as head officer of the Fun Police.

Dogo’s have an interesting way to get what they want. They use their impressive tools at their disposal and can later be found in certain areas of the house enjoying their prize. Depending on the situation, different techniques are used. If the person on the receiving end is not aware, the Dogo will accomplish what he set out to do.

Step 1: Use of Technique
Step 2: Get the Treat
Step 3: Profit

The Dogo Argentino head consists of 5 major attack styles. Here we list the different techniques used.

1.) Bag Rustling Radar – This is normally what sets things in motion. It doesn’t matter how many flights of stairs you have, how sound proof the walls are, or if your Dogo is outside busying himself with the world. They will hear it. Once the bag rustling radar has been activated, the Dogo will then choose his next attack style.

2.) The Eye – Besides sleeping upside down, Dogo’s are famous for their eyes. Specifically “stink eye”, which we will get to in a moment. Normally, their first line of attack will be with the eye. They may give you a Puss N’ Boots kind of feel, or they may just stare at you as if they’re smiling with their eyes. Note that if all 5 techniques have been used and failed, the Dogo will then find a corner of the house and give you the stink eye. Proceed with caution.

3.) Boop Button – Sometimes, the Boop Button works. Maybe it’s a treat activator, or maybe it’s just so fun to boop, we’re not sure. The Dogo will normally sit or lay his head down in your lap. If on the receiving end, the owner might follow with a “boop”. Followed by, “Have you been a good boy today? You have?” Boop. “You want a treat?” Enough said.

4.) Whiskies – Ah, yes. The soft, endless amount of whiskies. While it’s neat to see whiskies move on their own when your Dogo is sensing the goings on around him, they are frequently used to gain access to treats. They are irresistible, fun to play with, and almost have a 100% treat rate.

5.) Jiggly Jowls – Last, but not least – The Jiggly Jowls. Just as good as a Swiffer Sweeper, these jowls often pick up the remnants of breakfast, lunch, and dinner that have made its way to the kitchen floor. Jiggly Jowls can sometimes be wet or dry, depending on temperature and time of day. The owner is left defenseless when presented with Jiggly Jowls, as one cannot restrain themselves from playing with them. Making faces, stretching them, squishing them. Eventually, the owner ends up feeling bad for handling such delicate jowls. Thus, this normally ends with a treat.

That wraps up our class for today. Dogo’s, while cuddly marshmallows, can be a deadliest treat assassin. We hope that future interactions with any Dogo Argentino’s will be positive.

GIVEAWAY! | City Leash by Barklyn Pup

Raise your hands and paws! It’s time to pawty with Gogo Dogo’s second giveaway of the year!

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We are giving away the versatile City Leash and LED Light by Barklyn Pup. Last year, we reviewed this reflective leash and it’s multiple uses for city living and camping trips.

Check out our full review here

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The City Leash has three separate handles, allowing you to choose how much length you give your pooch without having to wrap it around your hand. Along with it’s reflective material, the City Leash features three D rings, which allows for quick and easy tethering. Perfect for a trip to the store, camping or just hanging out at the park.

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With it’s unique design, the City Leash helps relieve tension in your arm and hand. So, if you have a pup who pulls, it will be easier on both of you for training during walks.

Included in the giveaway is LED Collar Light. Keep you and pooch safe on nightly walks with the LED light’s soft, white glow. This can be easily clipped to either D ring, and can be turned on and off at the user’s leisure.

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So, let’s get the pawty started! Enter below and tell us your pup’s favorite place to walk!

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Contest Ends:  January 25th

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Review & Giveaway! The Allagash Hammock – by Kurgo

If there’s one thing visitors to British Columbia will notice, it’s our rain. Dreary, damp, wet rain. From our brown, slush-filled winters to our spring and summer downpours. Bain doesn’t break out his umbrella and start singing in it, but he is instead goes on a mission to turn his white fur into brown.

A trip to the river on a not so sunny day will normally end with having his paws washed or a full bath. I was tired of putting towels and old blankets in the back of the car, only to have them fold over and still have mud from Bain’s paws get all over the seat. We won’t be able to survive the rainy valley with only old linens, so we snooped around for proper gear.

Introducing – The Allagash Hammock by Kurgo

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Inspired by water-tight gear used in white water rafting, the Allagash Hammock will protect your seats from happy wet dogs with it’s durable and waterproof Hydraweave™ material.

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The user can choose to prop this up as a hammock for muddy paw protection, or use conveniently just as a seat cover. What I like about the Allagash Hammock is that it features quick-release headrest buckles for quick set up and easy removal.

Another bonus is the very cool messenger bag the hammock can be stored in when not in use. Going camping? Travelling with a friend? Pack the Allagash Hammock in this stylish bag when sunny, and take it out when it starts to drizzle.

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What is the world’s most happiest creature? A wet dog, a muddy one even more so. For dirty messes, the Allagash Hammock needs only water for a quick wipe down.

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This hammock is also PVC free, and is made with environmentally friendly materials.

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Yes, Bain. We know you can get as grimy as you want without getting the car dirty now, you don’t have to be cheeky about it.

Measurements55″ wide X 56″ long

Want to see if your car is compatible with the Allagash Hammock?

Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima, Honda Accord, Ford Fusion, Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra, Nissan Sentra, Hyundai Sonata, Chevrolet Malibu, Kia Optima, Nissan Versa, Volkswagen Jetta, Kia Soul, Chevrolet Impala, Toyota Prius, Subaru Outback, Volkswagen Passat and more

Stain and fray-resistant, the Allagash Hammock is the ultimate protection from muddy paws!

Want to win yourself one for you and your pooch(s)? Enter below and comment by telling us what kind of dog you have!

Open to U.S and Canadian residents only. Contest starts at 12:00 am January 4, 2016 and ends at 12:00 am January 11th, 2016.

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Bullymake – For Power Chewers!

I just love pet subscription boxes. Sometimes, I feel that I get more excited than Bain does when our box arrives. Our only issue, however, is for the box to be suitable for strong, powerful jaws. When toys don’t have durable material, Bain destroys them immediately. For Bain’s furry friends who are also strong chewers, finding the right toy is an ongoing issue.

However, our problem has now been solved this year thanks to Bullymake – A dog subscription box for power chewers! Now we can enjoy our monthly subscription without the worry of toys being quickly taken out of their misery.

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Our Bullymake box arrived this month. We received so many goodies! Bain gracefully posed with his stash, though I’m sure those jowls are about to drip with drool.

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Go ahead, Bain! Dig in!

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Ordering your own Bullymake box for your four-legged family member is simple! In 3 steps, your Bullymake box will be ready to ship the next day!

Step 1: Select Your Plan

1 Month Subscription – $39
3 Month Subscription – $108
6 Month Subscription – $198
12 Month Subscription – $348

Step 2: Select the Size of Your Pet

Step 3: Get Your Bullymake Box!

Don’t forget, it’s FREE shipping within the U.S and $6.00 shipping to Canada!

So what kind of cool toys and treats did we receive this month? For your Bullymake subscription, you will receive 5-6 toys and treats for your power chewer.

Let’s check out Bain’s stash for this month!

Jolly Pets – Monster Ball 

Hide treats in this toy for your pooch to enjoy!

– 100% Rubber
– Helps clean teeth and gums
– Keeps your pup occupied for hours

This is now my favorite toy to stuff Bain’s treats into!

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N-BONE’S Chicken Flavour Chew

This all natural dog treat is low in fat and calories, helps clean teeth and freshens breath. This highly digestible chew also helps remove plaque and tartar build up. This was a great distraction for Bain today while we moved a new couch into the house!

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Fruitables Bio Active Dental Chew

This dental chew helps clean teeth and freshen breath. We received Sweet Potato flavour, it looks like Bain’s mouth will thank me!

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ARK NATURALS Brushless Tooth Paste

I always have an issue trying to brush Bain’s teeth, he squirms and moves his head around. This is treat is great for those in the same boat. Plus, this contains no wheat, corn, soy, artificial colours, flavours or preservatives!

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Mammoth Gnarlys

Bain’s favorite game? Tug, of course! I was so excited to receive this in our box this month. This toy is made from durable webbing and perfect for either tossing, tugging or general play!

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Fruitables Crispy Bacon & Apple Treats

How scrumptious! We love Fruitables, and we received a fantastic flavour for Bain to gobble down. These treats are made in the U.S and under 8 calories. Feel free to splurge, Bain!

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Jolly Pets – Flathead Toy

This fun toy crinkles and squeaks! Bain is going to have so much fun with this interactive toy!

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We received so many awesome items in our Bullymake box this month! We give them 4 very big paws up! We are heading into the new year with new treats, toys and fresh breath! Right, Bain?

Want to try Bullymake for your pooch? Order here.

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