Five Questions with Kimberly from Keep the Tail Wagging
That Mutt: What’s something you believe in that other people think is crazy?
Kimberly Gauthier: I believe that I’ve seen ghosts—a few times.
Sydney has growled at a spirit in the house; Scout has dropped a ball for one. A teenager died in a car accident near our property, I saw him walk across our porch that night. My father has visited me. And Blue comes back to visit us from time to time.
My boyfriend thinks I’m nuts and will mumble “this should have been a first date conversation.”
TM: What is the worst raw feeding advice you’ve heard?
Kimberly: The worst advice I’ve heard came out of my own mouth and I owe the person on the receiving end a big apology.
He messaged me about buying a family pack of chicken and planned to start raw feeding that evening. The worst advice was telling someone that they had to start their dog on a balanced diet and that’s not true. You want to slowly introduce some dogs to a raw food diet and he was doing it right by starting with one cut of meat—he could add liver, offal and new proteins every week or so as his dogs acclimated to the new diet. #KickingMyself
TM: What’s something weird that happens to you on a regular basis?
Kimberly: I hate the sound of people sniffing big globs of phlegm and swallowing.
I’m sure there aren’t many people who enjoy the sound, but I absolutely hate it because my mom had a friend who did this when I was a kid. It was so gross.
I must have said something horrible as a child, because Karma has arranged it so that I often end up sitting next to this guy who sniffles big globs of phlegm and swallows it. I’ve had to change cars to avoid him—it doesn’t always work.
TM: Do your dogs sleep in your bed?
Kimberly: Sometimes. My boyfriend and I sometimes work different schedules and if he has to get up early, I’ll sleep in our guest room so that he gets a full 8 hours of sleep, otherwise he’s kind of a jerk.
The dogs meet me at the bottom of the stairs on these nights because they know they get to join me when I sleep in the guest room.
TM: Anything you want to say to That Mutt’s readers?
Kimberly: Let’s improve our relationships in the pet lover community by keeping an open mind and asking questions before passing judgment.
And, when you finish reading this, please check out my new book, “A Novice’s Guide to Raw Feeding for Dogs,” which is currently now available on Amazon. It’s a book that covers everything I’ve learned about feeding raw to four dogs over the past 4-1/2 years.
The PooVault is a hard-sided container that can hold used poop bags until you get to a trash can. It’s hands free and odor free. It traps in the odor, and it really works. It also clips to your belt loop or leash. I prefer to use the carabiner to clip it to my belt loop.
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Here are 5 reasons you might want to use the PooVault:
5 uses for the PooVault
1. The PooVault for professional dog walkers.
If you’re a professional dog walkers or pet sitter, you might want to consider the PooVault for certain routes or clients. Some dogs poop more than others (Ace), and some routes have more trash bins than others.
The “vault” is also nice if you know you might be stopping to chat with clients or potential clients. Nothing like shaking someone’s hand while holding a used poop bag in the other! The PooVault is more professional!
One of my readers, Keith, is a dog walker and I asked him if he would send me a photo of his dog Emma Lou with their PooVault. Keith said he usually carries it, however Emma Lou is carrying it for the photo:
Thank you, Keith and Emma Lou!
2. The PooVault for walks with no trash bins.
I’m lucky to live in a very dog friendly area with trash bins and dog bag “stands” everywhere. However, there are a few parks and routes we take that don’t have as many garbage cans.
I keep the PooVault clipped to my belt loop with the carabiner it comes with:
3. The PooVault for hiking in rural areas.
There aren’t as many trash bins on the trails we visit compared to our urban walks. I try my best to get the dogs to “go” as soon as we get out of the car because there’s usually a trash bin there. Once on the trail, we might not see another garbage area for a couple of miles.
My dog Ace moves very slowly … and poops a lot, so it’s nice to have the PooVault handy until we get to a trash bin. With a slow-moving senior, that can take quite a long time!
Remember this beautiful photo we took last year in Yosemite?
Well … here we are about 90 seconds earlier …
My dog defiled Yosemite National Park.
Kind of ruins the moment, doesn’t it? Haha.
4. The PooVault for walking multiple dogs.
If you’re walking multiple dogs, you can only carry so many used poop bags along with your leashes. One of That Mutt’s readers, Janis, uses the PooVault for dogs Kee and Syd.
They sent us this picture:
Thank you Janis, Kee and Syd!
5. Bringing a “sample” to the vet
A few of That Mutt’s readers commented on our last post that they’d use the PooVault for bringing in a stool sample to the vet. You know, less smelly that way!
Believe it or not, but I’ve actually transferred used poop bags in the trunk of my car after a dog walk because there weren’t any trash bins where we were hiking. Call it dedication, I guess, but boy was it smelly without a PooVault!
It’s good for all dogs to be comfortable wearing a muzzle, not just aggressive dogs.
You never know when your dog might need to wear one, but if he does, you want the muzzle to be a positive or neutral experience for your dog.
Let’s face it, if a muzzle is needed it’s usually because the situation is already stressful in some way. That’s why it’s important that the muzzle doesn’t add even more fear or stress to your dog. You want it to have the opposite effect or at least neutral.
Some examples of why your dog might someday need a muzzle:
Even friendly dogs bite when they’re hurt or scared.
Your dog might act very differently during or after a traumatic event. (And “traumatic” to a dog could be something fairly simple.)
Some breed discrimination laws require dogs to wear muzzles in public based on breed, not behavior. You never know what breed or mixed breed will be targeted.
“Dangerous” dog laws are tricky. Your dog might legally be required to wear a muzzle in public someday based on one fluke experience that wasn’t his fault.
Why my dog Remy needs a muzzle
I have a stubborn young weimaraner who mouths and bites when I’m trying to do something basic like trim his nails. Annoying, but not a huge deal …
However, when Remy was hurt in July he would not let us clean his wound without trying to bite us.
We were backpacking in the mountains with some relatives and their dog. The first evening, the other dog attacked Remy and tore a hole in his ear. Going to a vet wasn’t a realistic option due to our location, but we needed to do our best to keep the wound clean.
You know all those articles that recommend you keep a muzzle in your first aid kit? That is good advice. We didn’t have one.
It took one person to hug him tight and try to hold his mouth shut while the other quickly put antibacterial cream on his torn ear.
This is not exactly ideal, but we made it work.
I decided it would be a good idea to buy a muzzle for Remy so I have on hand in the future. I haven’t gotten one yet. Let me know in the comments if there is a brand or style you recommend.
How to get your dog used to a muzzle:
I wish we’d had a muzzle with us in July, however a muzzle is even more useful if your dog has positive associations with it.
In our case, I would’ve just slapped the muzzle over Remy and called it good. That’s just what you have to do sometimes.
But ideally, you want your dog to associate a muzzle with FUN, AWESOME things like treats, peanut butter, steak, belly rubs, walks, car rides – whatever he loves! You don’t want him to associate it with the vet, nail trims, pain, medications, etc.
Here are my steps to help your dog get used to a muzzle:
You don’t have to follow these steps exactly. These are here to help you brainstorm.
I would wait a day or more between each step to slowly get your dog more comfortable. Practice each step for just a few minutes at a time and keep it fun.
VERY IMPORTANT: Don’t tease, laugh at or feel sorry for your dog when you train him to wear a muzzle. This will only make your dog feel anxious or bad about the muzzle. Instead, you should be SUPER JEALOUS of your dog’s awesome jewelry! Treat the muzzle like it’s an expensive watch or necklace. It’s something to be proud of!
“Wow, what a handsome boy in your new jewelry!”
“Wow, so pretty, What a good girl you are!”
Now, onto the steps:
Step 1: Let your dog sniff the muzzle, give a treat and praise.
Use steak, jerky or hot dogs. When the muzzle goes away, the treats stop. Your dog thinks, cool, I get treats when that thing is out!
Every pet owner can use a lint roller, but do you have a GIANT lint roller?
We tested out three products from Evercare, including the Extreme Stick Mega Surface Roller designed for removing pet hair from stairs, beds and other difficult to reach surfaces.
We also tried their small “Lint Flip” travel lint roller which fits easily into a purse or bag. I plan to keep mine in my car.
I know pretty much all of you could benefit from these products because, let’s face it, cleaning up pet hair is a constant battle!
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Evercare Lint Rollers Review
My thoughts on the Evercare lint rollers:
I like these products because they work well, and they’re more stylish and functional than an average lint roller.
Sure, they’re still “just” lint rollers, but Evercare has a variety of different options and sizes.
I’ll show you the three products we received:
Lint Flip Travel Lint Roller
The “Lint Flip” travel lint rollers are small enough to fit in a purse or bag or to keep in your car. I recommend them for pet sitters, dog walkers and dog trainers but they’d also be nice for people who work office jobs and need to “de-hair” before work.
The nice thing about these is you just “flip” it shut when you’re done to keep the new sheet clean or to hide the nasty hair already stuck to it!
This is the giant lint roller I referred to earlier. It’s a lint roller on an extendable handle designed for easily reaching stairs, rugs, beds or other difficult to reach surfaces.
It’s easier to use than a vacuum and saves time. The handle extends out to 36″. I use it when I don’t have the time to use the vacuum or Swifter or just want to quickly get the loose cat hair off our bed.
This is a reusable dry sponge for removing pet hair from clothes, carpets, furniture or your car. It works really well for removing dust and hair from our smooth couch and rugs.
It really is like an “eraser” because you use a little friction to rub the hair off the surface. The lint rollers mentioned above work great for removing hair, but the eraser is better at removing dust and lint.
The only downside is you have to eventually wipe the hair and dust off the sponge but it’s reusable.
The unique thing about Evercare is that it makes several different lint rollers and lint brushes in all sorts of different sizes. They’re also more stylish than your average lint roller. For example, the Lint Flip Travel Lint Roller comes in four different colors.
Pros of the Evercare Lint Rollers:
Many different sizes and options to meet your needs
Stylish and fun
Available on Amazon and various retailers
They work well
Replaceable rolls available for all products
The Mega Surface Roller comes with 25 sheets. It would be nice if it came with a replaceable roll but you can order more as needed.
I would recommend these products for …
The Lint Flip Travel Lint Roller is perfect to keep in your purse or car and I would recommend it for professionals who work with pets or any pet owner who needs to “de-hair” before work! Both these products would also make fun gifts for anyone who has pets.
The Fur Erase sponge is a product I never would’ve purchased but now that I have it, it’s really nice to have. I recommend it for wiping lint, dust and hair off your furniture or cloth car seats. Our couch finally looks clean without having to vacuum!
And finally, the mega stick lint roller is also an easier alternative to vacuuming. Obviously we all need to vacuum on occasion but the mega stick is nice to use in between. My cats sleep on my bed and it works well to quickly catch all the loose hair in a few swipes.
The rope toy has lasted over 2 weeks so far and I expect it to be around for at least a couple of months.
This is not a sponsored post. I just like this rope toy and wanted to share it with you.
Durable Rope Toys for Dogs – Mammoth Flossy Rope Toy Review
The rope toys from Mammoth come in all sorts of sizes ranging from the XS 10″ rope toy all the way to the 72″ toy I bought. View them on Amazon HERE.
I went with the largest toy because I wanted the strongest rope toy possible for my crazy, destructive dog. I was also hoping my two dogs might play nicely together with a longer tug toy. Turns out my older dog Ace the Lab mix still refuses to play tug with Remy. So we play separately but they both do enjoy the toy.
I’m happy with the rope toy’s durability so far. Remy is able to pull tiny threads from it if he sits and chews on it, so I don’t let him play with it alone unless he’s busy dragging it around or shaking it, which he loves to do!
He can easily pull the small threads off the end of the toy as he does with any rope toy, so this is not something I can leave out all the time or he’ll eat it.
The long length of this toy seems a bit over the top, but it’s more fun to play with! It’s almost like a “flirt pole.”
What is the cost?
The largest version of this toy, the one that we have, is $15.43 on Amazon. Get it HERE.
Prices range from $3.99 on up depending on which size you go with. The regular XL (36″) is probably best for most dogs. We just decided to go crazy and get the longest length.
I’ll probably buy another one of these ropes every six months or so for my dogs.
What’s unique about the Mammoth Flossy Rope Toy?
These rope toys are more durable than other rope toys I’ve tried, and I like the wide variety of lengths. You can choose the best length for your dog.
The company claims the rope fibers “floss” and clean the dog’s teeth, hence the name “Mammoth Flossy.”
I suppose it would floss the teeth a bit but that’s not why I bought this toy.
I got it because my dog LOVES tug of war and I thought it would be an extra way to exercise him and engage with him.
Pros of the Mammoth Rope Toy:
Comes in many different lengths
Durable and should last awhile
Fun for dogs!
Good price & sold on Amazon
Good way to engage with your dog
Longer length makes it easier for two dogs to play tug together
My dog likes to chomp up and down the rope, so the longer length allows him to be more careless and accidentally bite my hands. This is more about my dog’s poor behavior than the toy itself.
I would recommend the Mammoth Rope Toy for …
I would recommend this toy for heavy chewers and any dog that love to play tug!
If your dog tends to get overly excited or aggressive during tug of war, this might not be the best toy for her. Remy is pretty intense at everything he does, so we have to keep our tug sessions to five minutes or so. He just gets very rough and out of control!
I would not recommend the longer length if your dog tends to chomp “up and down” on the rope because it’s easy for the dog to bite your hands. It’s hard to explain but if your dog does this, I think you’ll know what I mean!
All in all, I really like these toys and that’s why I wanted to share it with you.
You can order this toy on Amazon. Prices range from $3.99 for the small size up to about $15 for the largest size.
If you decide to order one, let me know in the comments what you think of it.
Does your dog like to play tug? What other toys do you recommend?
Please share this post with anyone who might be interested in these tug toys. Thank you!
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