From scared stray to proud big brother [Update]


When we adopted Rolo, I made him a few promises. One being, I will never give up on you. With Rolo being a stray and not knowing his full story, it’s hard to determine what modded him to be the way he was. I can imagine that Rolo has always been a fearful dog, I don’t want to think about what has made him that way but all I know is that I can’t change his past, I can only improve his future. I have worked very hard at molding him into the dog he is today. He has surpassed my expectations and I credit a lot of his improvement to positive reinforcement. He still has some things to work on, but that will come in time and we won’t be rushing anything. When we first adopted him in 2011, he was scared of everything including myself but he mainly had a lot of issues with men and children.  This was something  we needed to work on. 

As our bond grew he opened up to me and became my sidekick. It took a lot more time for him to get used to my husband, and still till this day if he is watching sports and cheers. Rolo gets startled and needs reassurance from Brett that he isn’t mad at him. What does Brett do?
♥ praise
♥ treats
♥ pets & scratches

All positive reinforcement. Just like his fear in kids, I have a step son and a young nephew and each of them both know that they are not allowed to hug Rolo. Each of them have taken turns giving Rolo treats with me beside them. He has done very well with that and I know what signs to look for to tell if he is getting uncomfortable. I only did these sessions in small doses. Now with having a new baby in our house, of course I was concerned with how Rolo was going to feel.  As far as I know, he has never been around a new born. 

With Rolo going from being a absolute spoiled dog with 100%of my attention to a dog who has to share his mom time with a new baby, of course it was going to be a definite change but He is treated the exact same, prior to baby.  Tenley takes time each day to spend bonding with Rolo, sometimes a few times a day. As I want Rolo to open up to her
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[WINNER ANNOUNCED] CheckUp Wellness Kit – Cat or Dog Version


Did you enter our giveaway to win your pet a CheckUp at home wellness kit? Hope so! For the past few weeks we have been running a giveaway on our blog. Now that the giveaway has ended, it is time for our rafflecopter app to pick a winner! The winner will be emailed right after this blog post is posted, they will have 48 hours to respond or Rafflecopter will need to pick another winner. Winner MUST reside in Canada or the USA in order to qualify. Thank you to everyone who participated in this giveaway ♥

Want to learn more about this at home wellness kit?
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What is the prize?
One (1)  CheckUp at Home Wellness Kit
(Cat or Dog Version, Winners Choice!)
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Due to the winner above not responding to email within 48 hours, we have redrawn..
The NEW winner is:
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Business Spotlight – Coastline Global Inc


checkup1Have you ever wanted a reliable, quick, non-invasive, in-home aka stress free and super simple testing method to check the general wellness of your pet in under a minute?  CheckUp™ has got you covered! CheckUp tests for the four common conditions affecting cats and dogs of all ages through urinalysis, including: High Glucose Levels, Kidney Conditions, Urinary Tract Infection, and Blood in the Urine. Today we caught up with Brittany the VP of Business Development for Coastline Global Inc to ask her a few questions about the company that has been around since 2010.

Check out our Pet Product Review  & Giveaway –> Click Here

*Why was it started?
Coastline was started when the company learned about the benefits of hydrophobic sand for animal urine collection (initially from felines – which also expanded to the laboratory industry). We wanted to provide vets with a reliable method for non-invasive urine collection in clinics to reduce stress for the pet, owner, and technicians. After learning that pet owners have a demand to collect urine from their cats and dogs at home, and to monitor them on a frequent basis, we created CheckUp (www.checkupkit.com). CheckUp is the best method to monitor your pets health at home through simple and easy urine collection and analysis. Coastline is dedicated to creating products that maintain the highest standards of animal welfare, and deeply consider and promote the general health and wellness of animals and companion pets.

IMG_9455*Do you have any animals? If so, name, breed and something interesting about them?
Sadly, my Persian cat passed recently and I haven’t added a new member of the family yet. (Rolo and I are so sorry to hear, we send out condolences)

*What do you specialize in?
Coastline specializes in noninvasive urine collection methods (Kit4Cat and LabSand), and at home detection and monitoring kits (CheckUp – http://www.checkupkit.com) that provide pet owners with a window into their cat or dogs health, even once they have left the clinic.

*What makes your company different from other companies?
CheckUp, created by CG, is the only all-inclusive at home urine collection and monitoring kit on the market. Our product is reliable, validated, easy to use, and highly recommended! Our hydrophobic sand is patented worldwide, and used in 44 countries!

*What types of services do you offer?
We offer the ability for pet parents to be engaged in their pet’s health year round. We provide innovative and easy to use urine collection methods, and reliable testing strips, which will allow you to monitor chronic conditions (High Glucose, Kidney Conditions (Protein), and UTI (pH) or to ensure your pet is staying happy and healthy in between routine visits. Since cats and dogs hide their pain, and can’t always tell us something is wrong, CheckUp is a perfect solution!

*What is the company’s mission?
Our mission is to provide quality products that maintain the highest standards of animal welfare, while being price sensitive and conscious of the environment.

IMG_9456*What is the price range?
CheckUp kits are sold online and in traditional pet stores like Pet Valu and Ruffins Pet Center for $14.99 (USD)

*How would someone contact you?
Please feel free to e-mail (brittany@coastlineglobal.com) or call me at 888-999-3050 if you have any questions about CheckUp for Cats and Dogs!

*Any special events coming up this year for you?
We just returned from Interzoo in Germany, will be at SuperZoo in Las Vegas (Booth 5157), AVMA in San Antonio (Booth 119), and other various buying shows to ensure that CheckUp is available worldwide for pet owners to purchase conveniently and use at home!

*What inspires you?
We are inspired by the countless positive feedback we get from pet owners and vets on a daily basis, about how much they appreciate our product. We have had a number of pet parents call to tell us that because of CheckUp, they learned their pet had Diabetes, Kidney Conditions, and UTI’s that could have become way worse without the help of our detection strips. Since pets health can change in-between annual visits, CheckUp ensures your pet is staying healthy year round.

*What do you plan to accomplish with your business in 2016?
We plan to have worldwide distribution and to keep bringing CheckUp to stores near you.

*Do you do any charity work?
We proudly partner with the Foundation For The Handicapped which assembles our products.

Come Connect with Coastline Global;
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Email: info@coastlineglobal.com
Website: www.checkupkit.com
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CheckUp™ – At Home Wellness Tests [Product Review + Giveaway]


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Have you ever wanted a reliable, quick, non-invasive, in-home aka stress free and super simple testing method to check the general wellness of your pet in under a minute? Today we are bringing you a pet product review from CheckUp™ and at the bottom of the page we also have a giveaway! CheckUp tests for the four common conditions affecting cats and dogs of all ages through urinalysis, including: High Glucose Levels, Kidney Conditions, Urinary Tract Infection, and Blood in the Urine.

Come Connect with Coastline Global;
Facebook:
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Email: info@coastlineglobal.com
Website: www.checkupkit.com

Purchase Dog Version Online –> Click Here
Purchase Cat Version Online –> Click Here

Check out our exclusive interview with Coastline Global!

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Let’s get this review started!

IMG_9455Appearance & Design
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Comments:
As you can see from the photo below, the kit isn’t big at all, it fits right into that box! Which means it doesn’t take up a lot of space, perfect for keeping a few of them on hand for regular monitoring as recommended by a veterinarian, or, for those who want to check on their pets health in-between their routine visits.The telescopic pole comes detached from the ring and with a quick couple turns, it attaches or detaches. The telescopic pole is very sturdy even once extended. Inside the box was an attached result card, it was perforated along the sides to tear off, and came off easily, no fighting with this box!

The CheckUp kit includes:
1 telescopic pole
1 detachable metal ring to hold 1 large, disposable cup
1 sample collection pipette
1 sample collection vial to hold small urine sample for testing
2 identical testing strips to dip into urine samples and compare results on card

Creativity of Product
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Comments:
I am all about convenience and let me tell you how much I appreciated the telescopic pole so I didn’t have to frantically chase Rolo around with a cup and possible getting his urine all over my hand (ick). It was so easy. So easy that I had Rolo’s sister in a carrier while I did this outside out hotel room this morning.

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Directions for Use:
Attach the metal ring to the telescopic pole by rotating it
Pull the metal ring to extend the pole and place the cup in it
Catch a sample while pet is urinating and bring home for testing
Fill the vial using the pipette to at least 3/4
Simply dip the strip into collected urine and make sure to submerge all of the squares
Quickly place the strip on the results card and read according to instructions
If necessary close the vial with the cap and keep in refrigerator
If test shows positive results, take the sample to the vet for further information

Final Thoughts:
I was really excited to test out this product as I knew how one of the results was going to come back without even taking the test. Rolo has Epilepsy and with that, he can never get enough water intake, resulting in protein in the urine especially in the morning. This sample was taken in the morning and you can tell he was dehydrated by  the color of his urine. Nothing I didn’t expect as we have been dealing with his Canine Epilepsy for over 5 years now. It was super easy to use and it eases my mind knowing that there is something out there that can be done in home in between vet appointments or for regular monitoring as recommended by a veterinarian.
IMG_9457Disclaimer: Confessions of a Rescue Mom received a Kit4Cat CheckUp at Home Wellness Kit (Dog Version) 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.

giveawayWhat you can win?
One (1) Kit4Cat CheckUp at Home Wellness Kit (Cat or Dog Version, Winners Choice!)
*Ends July 31, 2016

How Can You Enter??
1) First, you MUST be a resident of Canada or the USA

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[Winner Announced] $50 PetSafe Canada Prize Pack


sharethelovevideoDid you #ShareTheLove? We sure did! For the past few weeks we have been running a giveaway on our blog where YOU could win a $50 PetSafe Canada prize pack! Now that the giveaway has ended, it is time for our rafflecopter app to pick a winner! The winner will be emailed right after this blog post is posted, they will have 48 hours to respond or Rafflecopter will need to pick another winner. Winner MUST reside in Canada in order to qualify.  As I am not sure how this prize will ship, if by chance it is by Canada Post please allow extra time for this prize to get to you due to their possible strike. Thank you to everyone who participated in this giveaway ♥ Stay tuned as we have another one for Canada & USA residents coming up on July 5th!

Ding Ding Ding, The Winner has been CHOSEN!
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KURANDA BEDS – Orthopedic, Chew-Proof & Easy to Clean [Pet Product Review]


Orthopedic, easy to assemble, durable, chew-proof and easy to clean! These are just a few selling points that put Kuranda Dog & Cat Beds at the top of our must have list (and you should too!). Kuranda was established back in 1987 (a great year I might add, as I was born that year) and they have been producing high quality beds that have been filling homes and animal shelters ever since! Rolo’s former shelter; the Fort McMurray SPCA is a big supporter of Kuranda. If you walk into any of the dog or cat kennels you will find a Kuranda bed in each stall. Also inside the cat room you can find towers made from Kuranda beds that allow the cats to lounge in while they roam around out of the cages. We were so excited when we were given the opportunity to review one! Find out what we thought of it below!

kurandaCompany: Kuranda
Item: Large Standard Kuranda Dog Bed in with heavy-duty vinyl fabric in smoke color.
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Let’s start this product review!

Appearance & Design
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Comments:
This loft styled dog bed is perfect for getting your pet elevated and off the ground. With the bed being elevated it keeps Rolo up off the ground or the hard flooring while inside. It evenly distributes his weight which eases his “old man” joints and allows air to flow freely all around him. Now lets talk installation! With only 8 nuts & bolts to install it was super easy to assemble, I didn’t even need any help! With it being so easy to install, it makes it easy to take apart in case you want to disassemble it to bring it somewhere else.
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Creativity of Product
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Comments:
Like I mentioned above, we love how this is a loft style bed, which gets Rolo up off the ground easing his joints. We all know Rolo sometimes has problems with his joints so this bed is perfect for him and his aging body. I love that you can also purchase a fleece topper for the bed which adds even more comfort to the bed. Rolo choose to also add his handmade blanket from his grandma. As you can see! No pillow required on this bed for this DIVA dog!
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Did you know that you can donate a Kuranda bed to a shelter of your choice?
Just visit their page –> https://kuranda.com/donate

IMG_8476Durability(if applicable)
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Comments:
Although I am very happy that Rolo isn’t or has never been a chewer, if you have a chewer in your family, the Kuranda bed frame is CHEW-PROOF! The frames are made from poly-resin (**What is Poly-Resin? See Below). There is also a UV resistant finish put onto the frames that makes them resist fading along with stainless steel fasteners used for strength and are corrosion resistant. With the Kuranda beds you can also choose not only the type of frame but also the fabric for the bed that suits your pets needs. See below for the different types of fabrics available.**Poly-resin one of the forms of resin materials that are especially flexible when heated. This quality makes it the ideal material to use in any instance where molds are used to great goods. Because it dries to a durable material that is virtually unbreakable. (Paragraph Credit: http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-polyresin.htm)

Types of Fabrics available for the Kuranda Beds;
Heavy Duty Vinyl
Our most durable option, ideal for determined diggers and larger, heavier dogs.

Outdoor Mesh Great for outdoor use, the open waterproof weave allows air and
water to flow through, helping dogs stay cool and dry.

Smooth Nylon  Abrasion resistant high-denier nylon but with a smooth finish.
Textured Nylon  This canvas is ideal for older dogs as it provides plenty of traction getting on and
off the bed. It’s also the best fabric choice for dogs with sensitive skin or allergies.
(Information Credit: https://kuranda.com/dog-beds/standard-dog-bed/walnut/large)

let's shop
Dog Beds: https://kuranda.com/dog-beds
Cat Beds & Towers: https://kuranda.com/cat-products
Fleece Pads: https://kuranda.com/fleece-pads
Slip Covers: https://kuranda.com/slipcovers

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#ShareTheLove with PetSafe® [Plus Giveaway]



5477_Share_the_love_logo-02Where is all my Canadian’s at? PetSafe® wants you to #ShareTheLove! Below we have a giveaway where you can win a $50 PetSafe Prize pack and to increase those odds of winning, if you participate in the virtual game of “Catch & Throw” you will get more points! PetSafe is asking people to upload their YouTube videos to it’sShare the Love page of themselves and their pet catching a toy and passing it on. For every video that is uploaded, PetSafe will add money to it’s virtual pot. At the end of the campaign, the money will be donated to a nominated pet charity from the country that has uploaded the most videos, SO we want CANADA to win!
Sample video below and also available  –> Here
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Disclaimer: This is a #Sponsored Post. The opinions expressed in this post are our own and were not influenced in any way. There was no monetary compensation.

What you can win:
A $50 prize pack filled with PetSafe Prizes,

How Can You Enter??
1) You MUST be a resident of Canada
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*You will get bonus points for uploading a video to the #ShareTheLove campaign.

Giveaway Disclaimer: No purchase necessary. Giveaway is open to Canada Residents Only, except where prohibited by law. Giveaway will run from June 9th, 2016 until June 30, 2016, 2016. One(1) winner will be randomly selected and announced on our social media pages (Facebook, Twitter & Email). The winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize; failure to do so will result in forfeiture of the prize. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest do not sponsor, administer, or endorse this promotion.

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