I survived BlogPaws 2018!
My favourite thing about writing a dog travel blog is dogs … and of course travel and what better way to combine everything than travel to a blogging event full of dogs (and cats, and rats and … that’s about it).
BlogPaws is a pet bloggers conference for those blogging, tweeting, posting and writing about all things pet – or at least it has been. Started as a grassroots initiative a decade ago, BlogPaws has pivoted into a corporate entity under the control of Chewy, an American online pet retailer.
Check out the first year I attended BlogPaws in Nashville, Tennessee where I was overwhelmed by the exhibition size.
This year, on a smaller trade show floor, creative, innovative and just plan fun caught my eye.
Reusable Pee Pads
My dog Victor is aging, which means he can’t hold it as long so pee pads laid out throughout the office are part of our décor. I’ve been going through pee pads at an alarming rate. Between buying and disposing, I need a solution.
Enter LennyPads (affiliate link) the washable pet pad company. According to the company (which is not run by Lenny) one washable, reusable LennyPads can replace 100 disposable pads if they are washed in warm or cold water and dried on a low setting (so the leak proof barrier doesn’t melt). We’ll be putting these to the test… again and again. Eight, yes 8, sizes available.
Dog Beer and Bar Munchies
Beer Paws is beer for dogs … sort of. Clearly, you can’t give your dog alcohol so the base of this liquid treat is beef broth, along with water, malt extract and glucosamine. Cute. Bottled in Kansas City, we took our sample up to cottage country Northern Ontario for taste testing. More on that soon.
Bake Your Own Dog Snacks
If you make your own birthday cake out of a box, why not for your dog too? Forget the dog treat recipes (unless you’re really into it then check out). Whisk & Wag (affiliate) is a 220-gram jar of dried all-natural healthy ingredients for you to whisk up one batch of about 25 dog cookies just by adding water and oil.
With careful measurement, the company says, you can use half the jar. Roll out the dough, and cut (just like people cookies) using a shape of your choice. Treats last about a week and can be frozen. Four flavours available: Honey and Oat, Apple and Cinnamon, Cheddar and Herb, and Sweet Potato and Spice.
DOOG Gear Outback Style
Dog Owners Outdoor Gear – or DOOG (affiliate link) – recently brought their Aussie style and durability to the US. Proudly designed in Sydney, Australia, DOOG sells its product in kits focused on training and walking or individually of course such as the ‘Walkie Bag’ that works great as a travel bag – that just happens to have a poop bag slot peeking out the front flap.
Use the bottle holder for The 3-in-1 Water Bottle & Bowl that’s a water bottle for you, wrapped in a flat dog bowl with pop-up sides allowing you and your pooch to share the same water – hygienically.
We’ve learned a lot about probiotics for both people and pets recently (and who hasn’t tried the yogurt?). Humarian has expanded its probiotic line to include Probonix for Pets – both cats and dogs. The formula includes a ‘tough’ probiotic that survives stomach acid and makes it the intestines where needed.
What’s the benefits? I’ll find out soon after Victor tries it for a week. Here’s the promise: firmer stools, boosted immune system, reduced plaque and bad dog breath, and fewer allergies. Spring is coming – I think – so we’ll soon see.
Teddy the Dog
You don’t need to tell Teddy the Dog (affiliate) that life is good, and just a little irreverent too. Teddy the Dog is a cartoon dog adorning t-shirts, hoodies, tote bags, mugs, magnets and more. Who doesn’t want to wear a shirt with sun-glass clad Teddy promoting a ‘Total Sit Show’ with sitting dogs; ‘Zero Fox to Give’ in a furry costume, or ‘I Make Pour Decisions’ surrounded by libations. No surprise, Teddy the Dog was the official BlogPaws t-shirt sponsor.
Check out Teddy the Dog and use BlogPaws18 for 20% off.
WIN! We Went to BlogPaws/dogtrotting.net Prize Pack Contest.
Leave us a comment below. (Here’s a prompt if you need it: What product surprised you the most?) A prize pack winner will be randomly selected by May 30, 2018 and contacted via email.
Prize pack (Approx. value $65 US):
- Teddy the Dog T-shirt (adult large) ‘Every Spring I Wet my Plants,”
- Lenny Reusable Pee Pad,
- two Whimzee dog chews,
- Canine Matrix Turkey Tail Holistic Organic Mushroom Powder (100 grams) , and
- medium-sized Chuck-it Breath Right ball perfect for those who carry their toys in their mouths.
What else dog-related did we experience in Kansas City, Missouri? Check out our KC Day 2 adventure here.
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