Pet Product Review – Tea for Spot


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Rolo and I are really excited for today’s pet product review! Did you know there was such a thing as tea for dogs? Seriously! I found them online as they were just about to launch their product at the Global Pet Expo (http://globalpetexpo.org) and have followed them ever since. As per their Facebook page (www.facebook.com/teaforspot) Tea for Spot is a 100% caffeine free, proprietary blend of tea, organic herbs & spices, and all-natural ingredients carefully crafted to provide your dog with the perfect cup of tea. NOW with Tea for Spot, you can enjoy a cup with your dog or even host your own doggie tea party.
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Company:
  Tea for Spot

Item:  Various Tea Blends
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/teaforspot
Website:  www.teaforspot.com
Shop: www.teaforspot.com/collections/shop
Twitter: @teaforspot

Want to learn all about the Tea for Spot company?
Read our exclusive interview with Heather from Tea for Spot here:
http://confessionsofarescuemom.com/2015/04/17/business-spotlight-tea-for-spot/

Let’s start this tea party!!

Appearance & Design
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Rolo received some single serve bags of tea for our pet product review, the packaging was absolutely adorable! The  thing that stood out to me the most is that each different type of tea had its own colored bag. The writing on the tea was clear, legible fonts and had easy instructions on the backside.

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Below is a photo of the actual tea tins and mug that Tea for Spot sells. One thing I love about the tea tins is that they are metal. Growing up I drank a lot of tea with my dad, and I still do. A lot of tea I have seen come in cheap looking paper boxes as well as plastic bags with plain labels on them. A tea tin is cute and not to mention can make a cute treat holder or collectable after it is empty. They are also adding 2 other types of cups & saucers to their collection too; plaid & zebra!

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(Photo Credit: http://www.teaforspot.com)

Smell
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After checking the mail, Rolo and I have a routine for opening packages adressed to us. I sit on the floor with him in the living room and we open it together. I took all the tea bags out and put them on the ground beside him. This was his reaction. Sniff, Sniff, Sniff, Sniff, Take, Try & Chew (he didn’t actually eat the tea bag, just stole it from the pile)

As I cant actually ask Rolo if he liked the smell of the product(I wish I could!) but by his reaction and sneakiness, I would have to say that he was definitely intrigued by the smell!

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Taste Test
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Rolo enjoyed drinking his tea, of course he was wondering why I was giving him this yellow water in a soup bowl but he got used it it right away! For the taste test Rolo tried out the Daily Brew Blend. As per the Tea for Spot website (www.teaforspot.com): The Daily Brew is a great way to provide daily nutrients to your dog, this blend has a mix of ingredients rich in anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, and essential oils
Contains: Rooibos*, Decaffeinated Green Tea*, Chicken, Turmeric*, Chicken Bone Broth, Basil*, Cranberries

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Creativity of Product
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Rolo loves to drink water, more than any regular dog (another side effect of his phenobarbital medication for his Epilepsy). Having something different to give him that still refreshes him while tasting different than plain water is great! Can you believe Rolo has been drinking plain water for…many many years! Talk about boring, why not spice up your dogs taste-buds with some tea.

The Testing Process:
Just like the back of the tea bag suggests, I boiled water until it was just a smidge warmer than boiling. I added the tea bag to our teapot and let it steep for 3-5 minutes. I also added a few ice cubes to Rolo’s teacup. Tested the water with my finger before giving to Rolo as you of course do not want them to burn their mouths.

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and just like that Rolo sat on the floor and enjoyed his cup of tea.

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Final Thoughts:
I really like the thought of being able to share my regular tea/coffee time with Rolo and of course the added benefits of the tea is a lot easier than having to give your dog medications and supplements, just let them drink the water. Easy Peasy!  Below I have posted some information from the Tea for Spot website (www.teaforspot.com) about each blend they make.

Types of blends (*certified organic):
Daily Brew (a great way to provide daily nutrients to your dog, this blend has a mix of ingredients rich in anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, and essential oils)
Contains: Rooibos*, Decaffeinated Green Tea*, Chicken, Turmeric*, Chicken Bone Broth, Basil*, Cranberries

No Worries, Mutt (Relax… This blend uses herbs that provide natural anti-anxiety and calming effects. It can be used as a calming drink for the evening, or for the dog that may experience some nervousness in the car, during storms, etc.)
Contains: Valerian Root*, Chicken, Chamomile*, Lemon Balm*, Rooibos*, Passion Flower*, Chicken Bone Broth, Scullcap*


Leaps & Bounds (For active and/or aging dogs. This flavorful blend promotes joint health with ingredients that provide natural anti-inflammatories and joint lubricants. Each bag contains approximately 200 mg of Glucosamine HCL.)
Contains: Tart Red Cherries, Rooibos*, Boswellia, Chicken, Glucosamine, Turmeric*, Chicken Bone Broth, Ginger*, Ceylon Cinnamon*


Kissably Canine (Pucker up! This is a blend of tea and anti-microbial herbs that combat lingering bacteria in your dog’s mouth and provide natural breath fresheners as well.)
Contains: Atlantic Kelp*, Peppermint*, Fennel*, Chicken, Parsley*, Rose Hips*, Decaffeinated Green Tea*, Chicken Bone Broth

Detailed version of blends with ingredients are located here:
http://www.teaforspot.com/pages/our-blends

Disclaimer: Confessions of a Rescue Mom received samples of the 4 tea blends from Tea for Spot for posting an honest review.  The opinions expressed in this review are our own and were not influenced in any way. There was no monetary compensation for this review.

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Business Spotlight – Tea For Spot


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On today’s blog we have an interview with the founder & CEO of Tea for Spot. You guessed it, tea for dogs! How amazing would it be to be able to drink tea with your dog; sitting out on your porch enjoying the morning sunrise or relaxing in the living room winding down after a long day….TOGETHER! As per their Facebook page; Tea for Spot is 100% caffeine free, proprietary blend of tea, organic herbs & spices, and all-natural ingredients carefully crafted to provide your dog with the perfect cup of tea.

*What is the name of your business?
Tea for Spot

*Who is filling out this interview?
Heather Norris, Founder & CEO

*How long have you been with the company for:
Created it! so from the beginning.

*How long has your business been around for?
Technically, about a month. We launched the company / product at Global Pet Expo but have been working on it for about a year. I came up with the idea in 2007 but with 3 small children, couldn’t get it off the ground until now.

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*Why was it started?
I thought it would be “cool” to have tea with my dog. Being a tea lover and perpetual student of herbal medicine, I thought it was a novel, fun way to add some “healthiness” to the lives of dogs.

*Do you have any animals? 
Yes! I have a little rescue mutt (terrier / Jack Russell mix) named Kinsley Jane. She loves stuffed animals & steals them from my daughter’s room. You can also find out more about Kinsley Jane by checking our her feature on our blog here —> http://confessionsofarescuemom.com/2015/04/07/pet-spotlight-kinsley-jane/

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*What do you specialize in?
Healthy drinks for dogs

*What types of services do you offer?
At the moment, we offer 4 blends of tea + a variety pack and cool, porcelain doggie teacups to serve the tea in.

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*What is the approx. cost?
Each tin of tea is $9.95 for (20) bags and the teacups are $19.95 each

*If someone wanted to get a hold of you?
Best bet is email: heather@teaforspot.com

*Any special events coming up this year for you?
Hopefully lots of tea parties!

*What inspires you?
Seeing happy dogs, food, photography & bringing a little joy into people’s and dogs lives. It’s always the little things!

*What do you plan to accomplish with your business in 2015?
I hope to create a Dog Tea Revolution! My goal is to educate people on the health benefits of tea for dogs and have canine tea drinking become a healthy daily habit.

*Do you do any charity work?
At the moment, we are donating product to auctions and fundraisers but are looking for charities that we think will be a good fit for Tea for Spot. Any suggestions?

Be sure to Follow Tea for Spot on Social Media!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TeaForSpot
Website: http://www.teaforspot.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/teaforspot
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/TeaForSpot/
Instagram:  https://instagram.com/teaforspot

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Pet Spotlight Interview – Zane, Quinn, Zara, Duke & Dexter


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Today’s Spotlight interview features all of Brads furbabies; Zane, Quinn,Zara, Duke & Dexter. Brad is one of the founders of FundMyPet.com – an online fundraising website for emergency vet bills. They allow pet owners to create online fundraising campaigns on our website for causes like pet surgeries, pet medication, pet treatment and more. How amazing is that! Coming soon on our blog will be posting a interview with Brad  explaining in detail all about fundmypet.com!

Let’s find all about Brad’s Pet’s!

*What is your name?
Brad Maver

*Where are you from?
St.Catharines, Ontario

*What are your pets — Age, Breed & Names?
Zane – German Shepherd – 2 years old
Quinn – mini Dachshund – 2 years old
Zara – Doberman – 11 months old
Duke – Tabby/Egyptian Mau – 2 years old
Dexter -Tabby – 4 years old

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*What are some interesting facts about your pet(s)?
* Zane – our German Shepherd loves water more than any else ( even sticks ). We’re convinced he’s part fish.
* Zara (Rescue) – our Doberman is shy girl but once she gets to know you, she’ll lick you to death.
* Quinn – our miniature Dachshund – he’s got one blue eye and one brown eye. He pretty much runs the show around here. He’s mighty and tough but somehow also winds up snuggling on my lap every night.
* Duke ( Rescue ) – our cat Duke is part Egyptian Mau. He hates being picked up but loves to snuggle up to me when it’s convenient for him!
* Dexter – our cat Dexter is one of a kind. He loves macaroni and cheese and requires alot of love and attention. If he doesn’t get his required attention, we hear about it.

*What is your pet (s) favorite treat?
Zane – he loves peanut butter.
Quinn – Cucumbers are his weakness
Zara – loves cooked chicken breast
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Duke – obsessed with catnip.

*What is your pet(s) favorite trick?
Zane – Spin – Zane will often spin without us asking to show us his spinning skills.
Quinn – Quinn loves Speak – Quinny is a vocal doggy so he takes advantage of any chance to speak.
Zara – loves through – Zara will often randomly go through our legs when she’s excited.
Dexter – loves to eat
Duke – can run swiftly from one room to the next

*Where is your pet(s) favorite place to go?
Zane – Obsessed with water so the beach is his paradise
Quinn – Quinn loves the dog park.
Zara – The dog park is also Zara’s favorite spot.

*Perspective on Adopting a Rescue?
Everyone should adopt at least one rescue. If we all chipped in and rescued an animal, there would be alot less animals euthanized or sitting alone in shelters.

*What’s your favorite thing to do with your pet(s)?
I love going on hikes with my dogs and exploring nature.
As far as my kitties – playing with the laser pointer is the best.

*What is your favorite quote?
You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.

*Favorite website to get pet information from?
http://pets.webmd.com/

*Do your pets (s) love to go for car rides?
Yes, all of my dogs do, even Dexter the cat! Not Duke though, he hides under the dash.

*What’s your favorite animal product?
I can’t recall the name but they are basically dog wet-wipes. They’re very convenient when you have dogs that love the mud.

*Why do you think volunteering at an animal rescue/shelter is important?
It’s important because it allows pets to have interaction that is so crucial in a time of distress. It’s a chance for us to become part of the solution rather than just looking from the side lines. It’s a great way to take some load off of the people who work hard everyday to try and tackle what probably seems like a never ending problem.

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Pet Stroller Training 101 (For Big Dogs)


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A few months ago, I decided Rolo’s life needed to change. Rolo was having major issues with his body (hind end weakness as well as weight gain) as results from upping his Phenobarbital (canine epilepsy medication) as well as the start of arthritis in his hips (not from the medication). Rolo went through a very rough patch where he couldn’t get up on the hardwood floor, needed help on the stairs, would fall down the stairs, limp, whine, squeak not be able to walk for longer than 10 minutes among other things. It was a dog moms worse nightmare as making his life comfortable and protecting him is my job! We are so thankful to Rolo’s “Stroller Angels” who helped him get his stroller as this will keep on improving his way life. Rolo can walk but not for long periods of time before he starts getting sore. We have been doing some leg rehab to get the strength back in them. He is doing great but as Rolo and I attend many pet events throughout the year that require a lot of walking, having a crutch to turn to is a must have for him to be comfortable and partake, rather than staying at the hotel or home.

I wanted to share with you all how I trained Rolo to ride in his stroller. Rolo is not a small dog, so I cannot just pick him up, put him in and buckle him up. He needed to be the one to  do it on his own, with my guidance of course. I believe ALL animals should be trained only using positive reinforcement only, this is how I train Rolo for everything. Rolo like to call it “praise & cookies”

I did alot of research before choosing a doggie stroller for Rolo as I wanted something with lots of great reviews! We went with purchasing a Doggy Ride Original Stroller in the Jogger Edition, which also comes with a memory foam mat (how comfy!). I believe its the Mercedes-Benz of doggie strollers! http://www.doggyride.com/us/en/P1273/DoggyRide-Original-Jogger-Stroller.aspx

Let’s get started!

1) Project- Get Him Inside:
Rolo doesn’t not like to be confined, he hates being under blankets, snuggling and has never been in a kennel before. This was going to be a challenge! I am very thankful that Rolo is treat motivated as I find it makes it just that much easier in training him to do something, Plus he loves getting praise and squeaks away in response. I didn’t want to make him uncomfortable or freak him out with pushing him around right away so my first task was just getting him inside and laying down.

On the metal bar attached to the front wheel, I locked my legs together around it to hold the stroller as Rolo is a big boy and I didn’t want the stroller to move and freak him out (Photos Below of the leg lock while outside). I grabbed a treat and lured him in. He jumped up through the back and out through the front. It took a few times before he would get in and lay down. He would sit there for a while so I would give him small pieces of cookie along with some praise and pets on the head until he could get in there no problem and sit right down. This took a few days of training for 10 minutes or so each day. Notice Rolo sitting there waiting for his cookie.

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2) I like to Move It, Move It:
Once we got the get in and sit down mastered it was time to move the stroller with Rolo inside. Rolo has serious issues with change, so it was best to keep it nice and slow as I didn’t want to startle him. I sat on the floor and pushed the stroller back and forth on the floor. He was only going about a foot away from me. Rolo jumped out. So it was back to #2 to practice getting in and sitting down, than we went back to slowly moving the stroller. I gave him tons of praise, pets and a few pieces of cookies… It was working. We practiced this each day for a few days.

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3) Ridin’ Dirty:
I picture Rolo singing the rap song “Ridin’ Dirty by Chamillionaire”  every time I see him sitting in his stroller and sometimes I even catch myself laughing out-loud. As we received the stroller when it was snow-covered grounds outside I decided to wait until all the snow was gone before I would take him outside to work on pushing him in the stroller. Well the first time I took him out, he was so excited to be outside with no ice that he wouldn’t go anywhere near the stroller. I decided to take him for a small walk and then try to get him inside. I got my legs locked, lured him inside with a treat, got him to sit down and then gave another treat (so much for his diet hey!)

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I broke the cookies even smaller as I knew I would be giving him quite a few as we tried to walk the path in front of our house. As I train Rolo he knows when he does something good that he will receive some sort of treat, which makes him always want to do good because he looooves food! As of this day Rolo isn’t full quite comfortable to ride in the stroller without the treats as we have only been out a handful of times for 15 minutes each session.  You can tell from the photos above that he is just staring at me waiting for his next treat. I also caught him looking back through the mesh watching what I was doing.  I believe that in just a few more sessions Rolo will be fully comfortable to go for longer walks with less treats.

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Pet Spotlight – Simba from Come Wag Along


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Good Morning Everyone! Today on our blog we have a pet spotlight featuring Simba. A few weeks ago we had done a pet blogger spotlight on the pet blog Come Wag Along. Well Simba and his Mom Kia run it. You can read all about their blog by clicking the link below:
http://confessionsofarescuemom.com/2015/04/02/pet-blogger-spotlight-come-wag-along/

Rolo has also been featured on their blog as apart of Simba’s Fashion Friday, You can read their post  about Rolo below:
http://comewagalong.com/fashion-friday-rolo-german-shepherd-x-husky/

*What is your name?
Kia Chambers

*Where are you from?
North Carolina

*What is your pet(s) (Age, Breed & Name)?
3 year old Mini Schnauzer named Simba

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*What are some interesting facts about your pet(s)?
Simba is very loving and playful. He loves to lounge around with his humans and he also loves to play with his dog toys or any type of game we made up to play with him. He’s also very silly and will make you smile and laugh all day by his personality. He’s super smart too! He learns tricks pretty fast and he poses for the camera quite well.

*What is your pet (s) favorite treat?
Simba’s favorite treat is…ANY treat! He just loves getting a treat in general especially if it’s something new he hasn’t tried yet. He is game to try any treat. Simba gets a dog subscription box in the mail every month so he is always able to try new treats. He also loves eating veggies and fruits or anything he sees on my plate! I’ll share with him sometimes as long as it’s safe for him to eat of course.

*What is your pet(s) favorite trick?
His favorite trick would have to be giving a high five.

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*Where is your pet(s) favorite place to go?

His favorite place to go is on my bed! He loves to lounge in my bed as if it is his own.

*Perspective on Adopting a Rescue?
I think adopting a rescue is awesome! I’ve never adopted a pet, but that doesn’t mean I never will. It’s great to help pets out in need and give them a place to call home with a loving family.

*What’s your favorite thing to do with your pet(s)?
My favorite thing to do with Simba is to curl up on the couch and watch TV.

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*What is your favorite quote?

My favorite quote when it comes to dogs is “A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself.” – Josh Billings

It’s my favorite because it’s amazing just how much my dog loves me! He loves me to the moon and back.

*Favorite website to get pet information from?
I usually just Google information…there isn’t any one particular place I go to on a regular basis to get pet information from. Google is my friend!

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*Do your pets (s) love to go for car rides?

Yes! Simba loooves to go for car rides! He doesn’t care where he’s going as long as he’s in the car and can look out the window.

*What’s your favorite animal product?
My favorite animal product is dog wipes to keep Simba’s eyes and paws clean.

*Why do you think volunteering at an animal rescue/shelter is important?
Volunteering at an animal rescue/shelter is important because it’s always important to give back. I’m sure the dogs really appreciate it and love to see some friendly faces.

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Adorable Adoptables – Maddie, Teddy & Mortemur



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If you are interested in today’s adorable adoptables, in each profile there will be contact information on how you can reach each rescue. Please feel free to share this post as you never know who may see it and fall in love with these three adoptables. Let’s get them into their forever homes! Adopting Rolo was the best decision our family has made! Second hand dogs make first class pets :)

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Meet Maddie & Teddy! These two are a bonded pair who have been together for since birth. Maddy is a fixed female and Teddy is a fixed male, both small Chow mixed breeds who are around 12 years old and they have great leash manners! The love everyone; kids, adults, males & females!

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*What shelter or rescue are these adoptables from and where are they located?
Best Friends FurEver, a 501 ©3 non-profit organization (in Humble, Texas – right outside of Houston) dedicated to saving lives by sheltering homeless or abandoned dogs and cats and adopting them into loving homes. All of our companion animals are spayed/neutered, microchipped, up-to-date on vaccinations, and on heartworm preventative, prior to adoption.

*Facts about the Adoptables:
This is a bonded pair – they have been together for 12 years, we think they might be siblings. They really need to stay together because they are inseparable. Although being fostered in the greater Houston area, they can be transported virtually anywhere in the U.S. because one of the volunteers works for United Airlines and regularly transports pets for this reason.

*Any interesting stories about this adoptable?
They are an owner surrender due to “extenuating circumstances” – the owner was hospitalized, the kids wouldn’t/couldn’t take them because they had no yard, etc. They describe Maddie and Teddy as “the perfect dogs” – very sweet, love people of all kinds including kids, great around other dogs and also cats. They are crate-trained, housebroken, fixed, up-to-date on all shots. Now all they need is a loving home so they can spend their twilight years knowing they belong to a family and are loved.

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*What type of home would this adoptable most suit into?
Really any type of home since they are good with all kinds of people, ages, and other pets

*Any other information you think we should know about this adoptable?
It’s important for people to know that though they are in the Greater Houston area in Texas, they can be transported almost anywhere in the U.S. thanks to a volunteer who works at United Airlines! J
No other info I can think of. They are senior citizen doggies, so understandably some people pass those up, but they are so sweet, I think they would bring a family a lot of love and joy.

*If someone wanted to put in an adoption application, how can they do that?
They would need to contact their foster “mom” – Dora LaBorde, at 281-682-5753, and adoption would be formally handled through Best Friends Furever.

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*Shelter/Rescue Social Media Information:
Website: http://www.furever.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Best-Friends-Furever/209435204469?fref=ts

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Meet Mortemur; a fixed, male shepherd mix who is 2.7 years old. He is doing wonderful with his leash manners as he has made a ton of progress since coming to Infinite Woofs but he does tend to pull sometimes, so just some more coaching needed. He’s good with men & women as well as kids of all ages, as his foster mom runs a dayhome. He plays best with female dogs. It takes him longer to warm up to male dogs and he is not a fan of felines!


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*What shelter or rescue is this adoptable from and where are you located?
Infinite WOOFS Animal Rescue Society. We are located in and around the Edmonton area.

*Any interesting stories about this adoptable?
Mortimur is super lovable. Very affectionate and loves cuddles. He jumps into bed first thing in the morning to get some love. He is definitely a mama’s boy. He follows his foster mom around wherever she goes. Loyal and devoted.

*What type of home would this adoptable most suit into?
Mortemur would do well with a family that has children. He would thrive in a home with a big back yard attached. He’s also always up for a walk or a jog. In the past he has become anxious in small places (car) and around new people. He’s become much more relaxed with the help of his foster family.

*If someone wanted to put in an adoption application, how can they do that?
An application can be filled out on our website: http://www.infinitewoofs.org/dog.html

or you can inquire at one of our many adoption events. These events are updated regularly on our website and Facebook Page.

*Shelter/Rescue Social Media Information:
Website:    http://www.infinitewoofs.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Infinite-WOOFS-Animal-Rescue-Society/433838880026029?fref=ts
Instagram: infinite_woofs_animal_rescue

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Hosting the Perfect Doggie Sleepover


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Rolo is the only dog in our household, this leaves him with an empty place in his heart where constant fur-companionship would go. A human and a pet can only bond so much, as the bond between two animals is amazing. Rolo has quite the list of doggie friends but his two most favorite friends are Beatrice, a black lab with a hint of gsd & Kit, a purebred chocolate lab, both girls.
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You see only till about 8 months ago Rolo came to work with me every single day for over a year. Beatrice & Kit are two dogs at work in which he bonded so greatly with them. Every time they see each other they greet with doggie kisses (Rolo doesn’t do this for any other dogs). I usually try to borrow Kit & Bea every few months for a doggie sleepover with Rolo as he doesn’t come to work with me anymore. The excitement he shows as soon as I open that door and he sees his friends is heartwarming. Last night I surprised Rolo with Bea & Kit for a sleep over! (Photo Below: Bea & Kit are loaded up at work and ready for a sleepover at Rolo’s)

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This sleepover sparked an idea in my head about blogging about how to host a doggie sleepover! Of course you may prefer to invite more guests to your doggies sleepover but 3 large dogs in a townhouse was just enough for me & Rolo!

Picking Your Guests:
I opted for only just bringing two dogs over for a small sleepover due to space but if you have a larger yard or house, pick as many as you are comfortable with. One thing I cannot stress enough is picking dogs who get along with each other as putting dogs who do not know each other into a small environment might stress them out or could spark what we don’t want; a doggie “tif” aka dog fight.

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                                    (Photo Credit: Kim Matchem – Rolo and his friends waiting for a treat)

Mealtime:
Normally with Rolo I fill his water up in the morning and than again when I get home from work as he doesn’t normally drink the entire bowl. With having more dogs in the house and nice weather outside I kept my eyes on the water dish and refilled when needed. It was about 3 times within a 5 hour period. For dinner I prepared their delicious meals of dog food. I spread them out so that each dog had their own area.

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                                  (Photo Credit Above: Kim Matchem – This is a photo from a
previous sleepover;
Noodles for me and dog food & noodles for them)

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                              (Photo Credit Above: Kim Matchem – all the dogs spread out
eating their meals downstairs)


Sleeping:

Well I must say that I am so grateful that Rolo is a great sleeper, doesn’t wake up in the middle of the night unless its an emergency. Well adding two other dogs into a bedroom makes a huge difference. I did get woken I may suggest that you have a dedicated sleeping area for them all, maybe a living room.To make everyone comfortable (except me) I slept with the windows wide open to cool down the room as I could tell that Beatrice & Kit were warm due to their panting and drooling. I spread out another blanket on the floor for the girls to sleep on.

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               (Photo Credit Above: Kim Matchem – I made them all jump up on the bed for a photo op)

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