Sharing the Swiffer Love with Pet Parents Everywhere #SwifferEffect #ASPCA


With two small children, my house is messed up faster than it can be cleaned. However, I have a great helper in Bella Notte, who is always around to help clean up any speck of food that finds it’s way to the floor! However, she isn’t big on cleaning up after herself- especially the mounds of fur that she leaves in every single corner of the house. Luckily, we have Swiffer products to help with that!

Bella helping to clean up

We use Swiffer products quite often in this house. It’s amazing how much one short-haired dog can shed! I feel like I could vacuum every day and still find fur- but who has time to vacuum every day, especially with young kids at home? In between sessions, we use our Swiffer Sweeper to pick up everything from big clumps of hair to stray furs. We even use the Swiffer Duster to wipe down toys, furniture and even sometimes walls {how her fur gets on the walls, I will never know}. I especially appreciate that using Swiffer products are a safe way to clean up after her without using chemicals- perfect for a home with a dog that licks the floor constantly and a baby who is crawling all over the place!

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I’m not the only one who struggles with cleaning up after a pet. According to the Swiffer Cleaning Index, half of Americans say that concerns about pet hair and shedding in their home is one of the top reasons they worry about getting a pet, wouldn’t get a pet or don’t have one! More than one third of pet owners also say the leading source of “pet cleaning tensions” in their home is hair, dust bunnies and/or shedding. Whether you already have a pet or are considering a new one, Swiffer can help with the every day cleaning challenges!

Surprising my friend with a Swiffer Big Green Box!

Recently, I surprised my friend Kathryn {who has the cutest little pup herself} with a big green Swiffer box! Inside held everything she could need to help clean up after her pup and the various pets that she helps to “dog sit”.  She was so excited- with three young children, one cute little pup and several dogs that she helps take care of when family and friends go out of town, she will definitely get some use out of her Swiffer products!

ASPCA and Swiffer Partnership

Swiffer isn’t just a great brand because they have great products- they also have great heart. Last weekend they donated big green boxes to over 100 shelters nationwide and donated a free Swiffer to each person who adopted a pet at the ASPCA’s Mega-Match-A-Thon last weekend! While the Mega-Match-A-Thon weekend has passed, the partnership between Swiffer and the ASPCA is a year-long one, so there is still a whole lot of good to come! I’ve shared before about how I love to support our local shelter whenever possible and I donate to the ASPCA, so I was so excited to hear about this perfect partnership! You can read more about it here.

Whether you’re sweeping up after your own furry friend or just dusting your kid’s room, every family needs their own set of Swiffer products- and a pet or two to love!

Who puts your Swiffer products to work?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

5 Tips for Keeping Your Dog Happy This Summer

Dogs are family. Before Shane came along, Bella Notte was our only child. She slept in our bed and got to lick my plate when I was done. We went to the dog park every evening and she even had a first birthday party!

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Bella may not be an only child anymore, but she’s still a part of the family. Whether she is giving the baby way too many kisses or chasing Shane around the yard, she’s like a sister to the boys and like another kid to us. So of course we want to make sure we are taking the best care of her!

Between the heat, more time spent outdoors and the prevalence of unwanted creepy crawlers, summer is a hard time for dogs. Below are my top 5 tips for taking care of dogs in the summer:

5 Tips to Keep Your Pup Happy in Summer

1. Time your walks. If you live somewhere that’s very hot, like I do, make sure you are not taking your dog for walks at a dangerously hot time. Not only can they overheat, but they can very easily burn the pads of their paws. If it’s too hot for you to walk barefoot, the same goes for your pup! (Don’t have a choice? Get some puppy boots or walk them in the grass only.)

2. Keep their water cold. You can easily make a block of ice to place in their water bowl by freezing a smaller bowl full of water. Just place it into their dish and ta-da: cold water all day long.

3. Go swimming. Most dogs love the water and will enjoy hanging out in a (shallow) kiddie pool filled up with water! Just make sure you don’t fill it so high that they have trouble walking in it.

4. Never, ever leave your dog in a hot car. If they can’t come inside with you, leave them at home.

5. Protect and treat them. Use K9 Advantix® II to keep fleas and ticks at bay! No one wants to be itchy or to have yucky bugs on them, including your dog. Be sure to treat them with the best! You can watch a short video on the K9 Advantix® II​ website that explains why ticks are a problem and how K9 Advantix® II​ works- it’s really fascinating!

Keep your dog smiling this summer

How do you keep your pup smiling during the summer?

The bond between you and your dog is a special one, and you’ll go to great lengths to keep your furry family member safe and healthy. K9 Advantix® II is a once-a-month topical application for dogs and puppies that REPELS and kills ticks, fleas, and mosquitoes.  Visit http://petparents.com/products  to learn more.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of K9 Advantix® II. The opinions and text are all mine.

Bella Notte Turns 6 & Petcurean Pet Food Giveaway

Note: This post is part of an ambassadorship with Petcurean. Compensation was not received, however Petcurean donated to my local shelter on my behalf & I received product coupons for participating.

Our first baby, Bella Notte, turned 6 last month! Since she’s part lab, she still acts like a puppy most of the time, but she’s starting to act her age a little more lately. She loves a good nap & loves to carry around her stuffed animals everywhere- not to mention she’s getting a white beard!

Bella Notte on her 6th birthdayBella on her 6th birthday with her present!

It’s always been important to me to feed her good food, but now so more than ever. If you’re looking for a healthier food for your dog {or cat}, be sure to check out Petcurean! They have three great lines- “Go!”, “Now Fresh” and “Summit Original”, all of which are made with wholesome ingredients. Each of those lines is broken down into specific formulas so that you can find the exact right food for your furry friend!

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Bella Notte’s New Year’s Resolutions

Note: This post is part of an ambassadorship with Petcurean. Compensation was not received, however Petcurean donated to my local shelter on my behalf & I received product coupons for participating.

Everyone tries to better themselves this time of year. With the clean slate that comes with a brand new calendar, it’s the perfect time to focus on the things that you want to achieve or improve on. While I don’t like to set specific resolutions, but rather try to focus more on the things that I care about, I do have some resolutions this year when it comes to the pup:

Shane and Bella

1. Go for real walks. While she plays in the backyard regularly, poor Bella doesn’t get to go on actual walks very often because she tends to be a little crazy whenever she sees another dog, a person, a tree, a blade of grass or a speck on the ground. Normally I don’t mind & use the million distractions to enjoy the fresh air, but with being pregnant I didn’t want to risk her pulling me roughly toward the object of her desire as she tends to do. Once baby comes- and after I’ve recovered- I plan on dusting off the old leash.

2. Give her more baths. For a lab, Bella sure doesn’t like the water. She fights us every time, so we always put off giving her a bath a little too long. That said, she needs them, so it’s my goal to find a way to make her less stressed out so that she can be clean all the time. {Now if only I could figure out how to clip her nails…}

3. Feed her {even} better food. While we have always cared about the food we give her, we’re taking it up a notch this year & feeding her Petcurean. Petcurean uses only the best ingredients {no by-products, added growth hormones or artificial preservatives} &offers several varieties for dogs with sensitive skin, which is something Bella struggles with.

Bella is a member of our family, and I want to make sure that I’m doing all that I can for her. That includes taking care of her physical & emotional needs, and feeding her a good diet. Here’s to a tail-wagging 2014!

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What are you doing for your pup this year?

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Making Time for the Fur Baby &Getting Active Together #GreatDog

With all this talk of the upcoming baby lately, I feel like I haven’t been sharing much about our first baby- Bella Notte! Lately I’ve been thinking about when we brought her, our first little bundle of joy, home.

Bella came into our lives as a tiny pup about 5 & a half years ago. While browsing Craigslist one day, I decided to torture myself by looking at the animal section. I say “torture” because when I look at adoptable animals, I immediately want to adopt every single one of them. {Seriously- whenever my mom took me the mall’s pet store as a kid, I’d be miserable the rest of the day because I had to leave them all alone.} I’m not entirely sure what led me to look at the pets section on this particular day, but when I came across Bella’s photo, something clicked:

This was my dog.

I called Justin, who somehow lacks the need to save ALL the animals, mostly expecting him to talk me down from making the rash decision to adopt a 10-week old puppy. Obviously, this did not occur. Instead, we drove across town to be interviewed by her first set of adoptive parents, who needed to rehome her because she was just too crazy for their family of three kids. Justin & I didn’t have any kids &they could see we immediately bonded with her, so they sent us on our merry way!

Justin & Bella NotteJustin & Bella both look so young!

The puppy weeks were not easy for her. She was teething on everything, and needed to play more than my full-time work, full-time college schedule would allow. I couldn’t sleep at night because her favorite sleeping spot was literally on my chest, and as she grew that became more & more problematic.

One day, though, I looked at her resting at my feet &realized she wasn’t a puppy anymore. She had stopped chewing up my stuff in the middle of the night &was content to cuddle next to me on the bed instead of crushing me in my sleep. She had learned some basic commands & even a few fun tricks. She was still up for an adventure, but she was just as happy to just be in the same room as me.

It’s easy to forget to make time for our pets when we live crazy busy lives as it is. I know some days I don’t even have time to take a shower, let alone run around in the backyard with my dog. But she gives me unconditional love &I show her that I love her by making time for her whenever I can.

If you like to go for walks, consider taking your dog with you next time! Purina® Pro Plan® has a new fitness group that encourages owners &their pups to get active together! To get you started, they’re holding the Leash On challenge from now until November 13th, and whenever you sign up for a challenge you’ll be entered to win prizes! Plus, you’ll be getting quite a few tail wags, and if you ask me, that’s a pretty great prize.

How do you show your pet you care?

Purina® ProPlan® has partnered with MapMyFitness and created the Purina® ProPlan® Fitness Group Page to get pet owner’s more active with their dogs.  Check out the Fitness Group page here and start getting active with your dog today!
 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Purina® ProPlan® . The opinions and text are all mine.

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