Saturday, October 13, 2012

Enter to Win: A Smell This Gift Basket!

When I tried the Smell This! Aromatherapy Pet Line of doggy beauty products on my own pampered pooches, Pixie and Finnigan, I loved the products and I kind of think they did, too! The whole Smell This! line is infused with botanicals, our absolute fave being the lavender, but you’ll likely find your own favorites, as well.

I loved the whole line so much that I asked Arline, the owner of Smell This!, if she'd like to do a contest with us and she was thrilled to offer up a basket of their products.

The gift basket has a retail value of $180 and includes Scratch N' Sniff's London Dog Pawfume Spray, All Natural Insect Repellant, Pooch & Kitty Wash, Rxxxxxx Antiseptic & Healing Balm, Furrtastioc Shine & Detangler Spray and Chewy’s Dry Shampoo.

Enter to win by posting a comment on this blog post or on our Facebook page stating why you’d love this gorgeous basket a great smells for your canine pal.

Arline Trividic created Scratch N Sniff out of her own love for animals. When the production company for the movie, Marmaduke, called to order Smell This! SWAT Natural Insect Repellant, she thought it was for the crew. Instead, it was for the main cast, which was made up of dogs.

Trividic recalls, “The poor dogs were being bitten alive and my chemical-free insect repellant was their savior! I love animals as much as I love humans and this project was my inspiration to create the “Scratch N Sniff” line.”

Celebrity fans of the pet line include Fiona Forbes of Urban Rush (the dry shampoo is named after Forbes’ dog, Chewy), Real Housewives of Vancouver’s Mary Zilba, Top 40 Under 40 Entrepreneur and Steve Nash Fitness Club spokesperson Mashiah Vaughn and CBC host, George Strombolopolous. Retail prices range from $20-$35 CDN and can be purchased at Sale proceeds of the dry shampoo “Chewy” are going Forbes’ pet charity, the SPCA.

Remember: enter by November 30, 2012 by telling us here or on our Facebook page about why you’d like to win this fantastic prize.

The winner will be announced on December 1.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Growloween with Three Dog Bakery

Nobody does holidays like Three Dog Bakery. That’s why, it seems, without fail, come special celebration times, we here at Love on a Leash give this outfit a big shout. And here we are again.

This time out, the holiday in question is Halloween -- or, more accurately, Growloween.  And Three Dog Bakery is doing it up right with the three Cs: Cookies, Costumes and Car Seat Covers.

The fun gets underway in Port Moody on October 20th from 12 to 2 pm. The following weekend, join in the fun in Vancouver on October 27th.

When: Saturday October 20
Where: Suter Brook Village (11-201 Morrissey Rd, Port Moody)

When: Saturday October 27 2011
Where: Point Grey Village (4548 West 10th Ave, Vancouver)

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Pumpkin: Superfood for your Pooch!

Tis the season of the pumpkin and pretty soon jack o’ lanterns will be a common sight in neighbourhoods and fields in the Fraser Valley and in Delta will be so covered with the orange globes, it will be impossible to keep from smiling! As much as I love pumpkin season, one thing that may surprise you to learn is that pumpkin season for your dog should probably be all year round.

Pumpkin is so good for your pooch in so many ways. It is the perfect natural remedy for an upset tummy, plus it is loaded with antioxidents and fiber without the calorie content, so it helps keep your dog’s tummy full.  I mixed it into my Casey’s food for years to keep her full and satisfied especially when she was on a bit of a diet!

In so many ways, pumpkin is like a miracle food. It’s low in saturated fat, sodium and cholesterol and is also a good source of Vitamin E, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and is a very good source of dietary fiber.

In case all this pumpkin talk has you thinking about it: pumpkin is good for you, too! Some people even consider it to be a superfood and all the things that make it good for your canine pal make it a great addition to the human diet, as well. Along with a whole lot of other great pluses, pumpkin in your diet can help keep you hydrated and prevent the damage that can lead to wrinkles and even skin cancer.

For many people, the easiest way to use pumpkin is to buy canned at the supermarket. If you go that route, make sure you choose plain canned pumpkin and not pumpkin pie filling: the latter is filled with sugar, salt and other ingredients that aren’t that terrific for your dog or you!

Photo note: Pumpkin carving patterns like the one of the Jack Russel terrier shown above are available from Spookmaster.