A broken heart.

I have been a bit disconnected for the past few days. The live-in boyfriend of 5 years- whelp, I guess I should say ex-boyfriend and I broke up. Don’t worry this blog isn’t going to become a space for me to vent about how heartbroken I am or how hard it is to live in the apartment we shared together (he moved out, LB and I stayed). The reason I am pouring this out to you is because I have a valid question – what happens to LuLu Bean?

We got LuLu Bean together. We were a little family. He said she will stay with me (duh), but it doesn’t mean I don’t want him to want to see her. She was like a child. She was the closest thing to a child he and I will ever have.

They say dogs can sense emotions. These last few days have proven that to me. LB is lethargic, the night it happens she puked. She licks my tears and stays by my side as I watch break up movie after break up movie.

When we get home from a walk she runs from room to room looking for him. When she realizes he isn’t here, I quickly grab a treat or throw a ball to take her mind off of it. She knows that our life is changing. I can’t help but wonder – who will get over the loss first? It is obvious that both of us are grieving.

The Fifth Paw will change your life! (seriously)

At first, I thought The Fifth Paw would be a novelty. Something I could show off at the dog park and people would ask me about it. This all changed after just one walk.

LuLu Bean and I set out on our nightly walk (hoping to tire her out for the evening), when something came over me and I decided to deviate from our standard path. We ended up walking 3 miles! As dogs do, LuLu Bean – um, how do I say it – doodied, number two’d, defecated. However I sugar coat it, I still had to pick it up. Since we were exploring unknown territory, I was lucky to have this unique piece of sanitary goodness attached to LB’s leash.  I tied a knot in the poop bag and slipped it into The Fifth Paw. Boom, it was that easy. I didn’t have to carry the bag for the next two and a half miles. There were literally no garbages in sight. The Fifth Paw made for a much more enjoyable walk. Once you have The Fifth Paw you can’t imagine your walks without one!

What We Liked: 

Easy to use. When looking at the package (which is really well designed too), I thought there was no way it would be simple, but it really was.

The Fifth Paw site gives a great how-to guide:

1. Slide the leash sideways into the clamping portion of The Fifth Paw. Two slots are available to accommodate the thickness of different leashes.

2. Slide on the rotating ring.

3. Slide holding ring in place and gently tighten.

Interchangeable. The Fifth Paw fits most medium and large flat style woven / velvet / print or leather leashes.

Convenient. Carrying a bag of poop for 3 miles is a thing of the past for me!

Sanitary.  The Fifth Paw opened my eyes to how nasty carrying your dog’s poop is. Think about it – it really is gross.

Want one of your own? Just check out their site http://www.thefifthpaw.com or their Amazon page: http://amzn.to/KzYn1J.

Bean enjoying The Fifth Paw!

Bean enjoying The Fifth Paw!

The Fifth Paw provided LuLu Bean and I with their product for a unbiased review. I will always be honest with you guys. 

Do Good Wednesday: Pits for Patriots

Every Wednesday, I will feature a story about a rescue, an organization, or someone doing good for dogs. This week’s feature was actually introduced to me by my Mom! 
 
This week’s feature is – wait for it, wait for it – Pits for Patriots! It has a very American name doesn’t it, makes you want to sing the National Anthem (no, just me)? Pits for Patriots is a Chicago based organization whose team trains rescued pit bulls to become service dogs for Veterans and First Responders in need. How cool is that? 
 
PFP does not receive any Government funding – its all private. If you want to help support the Troops, First Responders, Pit Bulls, and this great organization check out their 2nd Annual Motorcycle Ride on June 8th. I have included a flyer below with all of the details (notice the cute Pit Bull!). 
 
If motorcycles aren’t your thing and you still want to help, check out their site: http://www.pitsforpatriots.org. 
 
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Help Launch LB’s career!

LuLu Bean is a finalist for Pawsh Magazine’s April Pet of the Month contest! 

For her to win, we need you to post her name “LuLu” to Pawsh’s Facebook page. You can click this link and it will take you do the page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pawsh-Culture-For-Pets/161550427254829
 
Voting ends May 2nd at NOON. So please vote fast and share the link! 
 
Photo Submitted to Pawsh: 
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Sleepy Bean!

The Bean has interesting sleep habits, it starts with her eyes getting red, her ears and cheeks drooping, and the fight for her to stay awake begins. She can fall asleep ANYWHERE- by anywhere, I mean on toys, right on top of your head, but always – under a blanket or in-between our legs! She sleeps for hours and love it, then getting her out of bed is hard – about as hard as it is to turnover when she is in-between your legs (spoiled much). We have to physically pick her up from under the covers, she gives us a sigh and will try to find a place on our shoulder to lay her head (not even kidding). Often, we will be getting ready for work and think she is doing her Bean thing only to see her cuddled up under the covers again. I can’t help but think its from when she was a puppy and those extra cuddles in the morning were my favorite thing in the world. However, after researching it (and thinking this was another Bean ‘quirk’) it seems to just be a Boston Terrier trait – god, I love Bostons!

Here are a few of LB’s best sleeping/getting up moments!

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All Natural Treats – Bocce Bakery

I am on a constant quest to find delicious, socially conscious, natural and breakable treats for Ms. Bean. She is allergic to everything, its just easier to feed her good food. We got a bag of Elvis treats from Bocce’s Bakery and she LOVED THEM. I started to do some research on the company and dug what they stood for. Can’t wait to try the other flavors – they are often sold out, so if you see them in stock – GET ‘EM!

http://www.boccesbakery.com/

Dog’s Fork & Knife

I am on a constant search for cute dog bowls.We have found the LB doesn’t like the taste of stainless/plastic (yes, she is spoiled – we know that). Recently, I have fallen in love with buying ramekins from Target (see beaded bowl below). They are cheap, cute, and cheap. I also love to check out Etsy for unconventional bowls, I have captured a few of LB’s favorites below!

 

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You can find them here:

nom nom bowl: http://www.etsy.com/listing/118743928/nom-nom-nom-large-ceramic-dog-bowl ref=sr_gallery_5&ga_search_query=ceramic+dog+bowl&ga_order=most_relevant&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=US&ga_ref=auto1&ga_search_type=all

beaded bowl:  http://www.target.com/p/threshold-beaded-ramekin-set-of-8-white-small/-/A-14172115#?lnk=sc_qi_detailbutton

custom bone bowl:  http://www.etsy.com/listing/90500150/set-of-2-personalized-dog-bowls-dishes-7?ref=sr_gallery_25&ga_search_query=ceramic+dog+bowl&ga_order=most_relevant&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=US&ga_page=6&ga_search_type=all

mint green bowl:http://waggo.com/collections/eat

LuLu Bean’s Spring Leash Picks (<3 Etsy)

 

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Chevron:  http://www.etsy.com/listing/113106534/dog-leash-red-aqua-gray-and-black

Mint Stripeshttp://www.etsy.com/listing/125361046/bright-mint-stripes-dog-leash?ref=sr_gallery_10&ga_search_query=dog+leash+&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=US&ga_search_type=all

Lime Green Paracordhttp://www.etsy.com/listing/117061160/braided-paracord-lime-green-braid-puppy?ref=sr_gallery_7&ga_search_query=lime+green+dog+leash&ga_order=most_relevant&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=US&ga_search_type=all

Royal Blue Tribalhttp://www.etsy.com/listing/127462990/royal-blue-adjustable-1-wide-dog-collar?ref=shop_home_active