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There are some things this dog mom can’t live without. The first, of course, is a dog – specifically my personality-plus schnoodle Victor. The plus is attitude. The other five are listed here. And no, I’m not paid to promote this stuff. (But if you click on the links, I might be.) Yes, this is my honest to goodness list. Another five are on their way, because well, Victor loves to shop. 1. Kurgo Loft Dog Jacket Victor has more coats than I do, and I have a lot of coats. My favourite (for Vic) is his quilted Kurgo Loft Jacket (sold out last winter in common sizes) because it’s easy to put on, the under the belly Velcro is strong and adjustable and it’s reversible. Also, it washes well, which is important in Canadian winters and muddy cold springs. The back zipper allows me to hook the leash to a harness underneath so he can pull me through dog-friendly shopping malls and festivals. 2. Soggy Doggy Super Shamy I bought this online ages ago and haven’t regretted it. The worst part about bath time (for me) is squeezing enough water out of Victor’s poodle/schnauzer fur so I don’t have to wipe down the walls after the first post-both shake. The corners are sewn into triangles, so you can slide your hands in and really wrestle the pooch dry – a simple but game-changing design. The absorbent loops are what make this product work effectively. Next purchase: the doormat for muddy paws. 3. Stella and Chewy’s Meal Mixers Victor is a picky eater and generally the healthier more all-natural something is, the less likely he is to eat it. (Just like kids). So I’ve started adding a small scoop of Stella and Chewy’s raw freeze-dried meal mixers into his food to get him eating. Generally, what else is in the bowl gets inhaled too. There are four flavours, but Victor’s favourite is classic beef. 4. Handmade in the Hammer dog collars etc. Where would my best-dressed pup be without his novelty collars (Dr. Seuss, Rubber Duckies and now Spring time cupcakes) with coordinating bow ties? This spring we shook it up and added a flower. Looking dapper has gotten him more forgiveness than Sunday Morning Mass. These are handmade in Hamilton, Ontario. You can still win your own Star Wars version here at dogtrotting.net! Check out the contest before May 4, 2016. 5. Economical Road Trip Stays Ok, Red Roof Inn isn’t exactly an item, but it is one of my favourite road trip stops along American highways, or near major cities when I’m headed to conferences and festivals. Yes, the company is also a sponsor affiliate on this site. But the chain was already on my personal recommendation list. All members of the chain are pet friendly, so you know there’s a bed for Fido no matter what Interstate you’re on. Value is good too. Until May 29, 2016, Red Roof Inn is sponsoring a Battle Bots contest. Play the online game, or just enter – your choice:

There are some things this dog mom can’t live without. The first, of course, is a dog – specifically my personality-plus schnoodle Victor. The plus is attitude. The other five are listed here. And no, I’m not paid to promote this stuff. (But if you click on the links, I might be.) Yes, this is my honest to goodness list. Another five are on their way, because well, Victor loves to shop. 1. Kurgo Loft Dog Jacket Victor has more coats than I do, and I have a lot of coats. My favourite (for Vic) is his quilted Kurgo Loft Jacket (sold out last winter in common sizes) because it’s easy to put on, the under the belly Velcro is strong and adjustable and it’s reversible. Also, it washes well, which is important in Canadian winters and muddy cold springs. The back zipper allows me to hook the leash to a harness underneath so he can pull me through dog-friendly shopping malls and festivals. 2. Soggy Doggy Super Shamy I bought this online ages ago and haven’t regretted it. The worst part about bath time (for me) is squeezing enough water out of Victor’s poodle/schnauzer fur so I don’t have to wipe down the walls after the first post-both shake. The corners are sewn into triangles, so you can slide your hands in and really wrestle the pooch dry – a simple but game-changing design. The absorbent loops are what make this product work effectively. Next purchase: the doormat for muddy paws. 3. Stella and Chewy’s Meal Mixers Victor is a picky eater and generally the healthier more all-natural something is, the less likely he is to eat it. (Just like kids). So I’ve started adding a small scoop of Stella and Chewy’s raw freeze-dried meal mixers into his food to get him eating. Generally, what else is in the bowl gets inhaled too. There are four flavours, but Victor’s favourite is classic beef. 4. Handmade in the Hammer dog collars etc. Where would my best-dressed pup be without his novelty collars (Dr. Seuss, Rubber Duckies and now Spring time cupcakes) with coordinating bow ties? This spring we shook it up and added a flower. Looking dapper has gotten him more forgiveness than Sunday Morning Mass. These are handmade in Hamilton, Ontario. You can still win your own Star Wars version here at dogtrotting.net! Check out the contest before May 4, 2016. 5. Economical Road Trip Stays Ok, Red Roof Inn isn’t exactly an item, but it is one of my favourite road trip stops along American highways, or near major cities when I’m headed to conferences and festivals. Yes, the company is also a sponsor affiliate on this site. But the chain was already on my personal recommendation list. All members of the chain are pet friendly, so you know there’s a bed for Fido no matter what Interstate you’re on. Value is good too. Until May 29, 2016, Red Roof Inn is sponsoring a Battle Bots contest. Play the online game, or just enter – your choice: