It’s summertime, which means a lot of us share a mutual annoyance: fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and other vermin seemingly intent on making our lives miserable. In this month’s installment of Mingus & Dottie Try It, we check out Wondercide natural, organic pest-control products. Check out our review (and a special coupon code) below!
Here in the mountains we’ve had what I fondly refer to as The Rot over the past few days: rain, rain, and more rain. If you’re a dog owner, you know that means mud, mud, and more mud. Aggravating, yes, but also a perfect time for Mingus and Dottie to try out the Soggy Doggy Super Shammy and Doormat. Did the shammy and mat hold up to The Rot? Check out our review (and grab a special discount code) below!
This package design for the Oh My Dog! hair care line is nothing short of spectacular. The only disappointing part about it is that it’s not an actual hair care line for dogs! Bummed? Yeah, I was too. But I still appreciate the enchanting work of Martha Robertson and Alfonso Sotelo, who designed this packaging during a workshop at ELISAVA in Barcelona. Martha and Alfonso imagined dog washing as an “adventure” of running, splashing, biting, and a whole host of other things dogs to to avoid baths. They decided they wanted to add a bit of humor and fun to the process by designing this charming packaging in which dogs interact and play with the logo. I think it’s brilliant and well-done. If only all companies put this much thought into creating beautiful packaging!
The Booster Bath is an amazing product I was fortunate enough to come across while visiting my family in Los Angeles this past week. Based on my first hand experience with the Booster Bath, it’s a must have product for everyone who frequently bathes their dog at home. It’s especially useful if you have a dog who typically poses a challenge during bath time. The Booster Bath can be used indoors or out, and has a variety of features that make bath time a cinch! And the best part is not having to bend over, get on your knees, and get soaked while giving your dog a bath. Just check out the fun time I had giving my family bulldog, Lola, an afternoon bath.
Sticking to a budget can be a challenging thing for design savvy folks who like to surround themselves with well-designed products. Believe me, I am all too familiar with this challenge. More often than not, you end up getting exactly what you pay for, which is not great if you happen to be financially challenged. That’s why it’s truly a delight when you come across a product that looks great and is well designed, multifunctional, and affordable!
Tubtrugs are available in an array of colors, shapes and sizes. My personal favorite, the shallow Tubtrug, is perfect for a variety of dog-related responsibilities such as bathing and toy storage. Insert pillows and Tubtrugs also make adorable dog beds!
I recently bought some Earthbath Oatmeal and Aloe shampoo for our dogs because, as you now, their skin is very sensitive and Beans has very dry skin too. We purchased this because the ingredients are all natural and we didn’t want to irritate our pets’ skin in any way. We’ve only used it once so far, and noticed that Lulu broke out in hives a few days later. This could, of course, be a coincidence, but now I’m terrified to use it (or any shampoo) again! She’s only had these hives two times and I can’t remember if the first time she had them she had been recently bathed. This last time was really bad and we had to put her on antibiotics and steroids. Am I crazy to think that it could be related to the shampoo? Edit: Lulu’s bumpy allergy problem is likely due to shampooing, but we have not yet determined what specific ingredient causes her to break out.
Here are the ingredients: Purified water, renewable coconut-based cleansers, colloidal oatmeal (3%), aloe vera, almond and vanilla essences, olive oil squalene (natural preservative).
Could there be something in this shampoo and other shampoos we’ve used that she has a reaction to?
On another note, I’ve noticed that Beans had less dandruff afterward, so it seems to have worked well for him, along with the sardine oil we have been giving the dogs each day.