“Best for Pets” Sweepstakes from Neato Robotics®


If you follow my blog on a regular basis you might recall the review I did for the Neato™ Robot Vacuum. In case you missed the post here is the link – Hate to vacuum? Let the Neato Robotic Vacuum do the work for you.

We have five cats and a dog (not to mention a couple of fish). I know a thing or two about pet hair and how it gets all over EVERYTHING – furniture, the carpet, clothing and more.

I do my best to keep my home clean. I am proud of the fact that you can’t smell that we have pets. I even have some real estate agents and neighbors tell me that you would never know we had pets with the exception of seeing my pets or their accessories (toys, cat tree, pet beds…).

I can keep the pet odor out of my home, but the pet hair is another story. No matter how much I clean the hair does tend to get everywhere. It either sticks to the carpet or it balls up and blows around the wood flooring. We refer to it as “tumbleweeds”. LOL!

Our Neato helps me out a lot – especially when I’m not at home. I can set the vacuum to go off during the day to vacuum up pet hair and other debris while I’m not at home or while I have other things I need to do.

This little powerhouse goes from room to room and sucks up all the loose pet hair.

I tend to use the Neato when I’m at home because due to the amount of pet hair I need to clean it out frequently so that it performs properly.

To give you an idea of just how well this vacuum cleans, check out these photos.


Please note that in this incident (above) I had just received the Neato and I didn’t know that I should empty the collection container frequently. Most people should be able to clean their whole home without emptying this out but if you have a lot of pets like we do you’ll need to clean it out a few times when you vacuum your whole home. We are used to doing this. We do this when we use our regular vacuum too.

Just look at all that hair! And I vacuum (regular vacuum) 2-3 times per week. I use our Neat on the days I don’t vacuum or simply don’t want to vacuum.

Neato robotic vacuums are super easy to use. You can schedule what day/time you want the vacuum to clean for you. Or you can have it vacuum whenever you want.

The vacuum makes its way from room to room. It knows where it’s already cleaned and once it’s done in one room it moves on to another room.

It’s smart enough to know when it needs to recharge and will make its way back to its charging dock. Once it recharges it continues vacuuming and picks up where it left off. Talk about a smart robot!

What I love about Neato is that it helps me keep on top of the pet hair. Even when I don’t have time to do a full cleaning the Neato helps keep the pet hair in check so it doesn’t get out of control.


Of course Neato is great for picking up other things on the floor and carpet including crumbs, kitty litter, people hair and dust.

If you have pets and would like more tips on what to do about pet shedding please visit the Neato Pet Shedding Solutions page.

For more information about Neato products, including their newest vacuums models BotVac 80 and 85, please visit Neato.com.

Neato Robotics have been recognized as being the “Best for Pets” (indoor dogs and cats) and busy, pet loving households like mine.

Publications such as PCMag.com, CNet, PetGuide.com and Daily Tekk recognize Neato vacuums as one of the best products around for dealing with pet hair.

Neato is hosting a “Best for Pets” Sweepstakes. You could win a Neato Robot Vacuum!

Entering is easy. You enter with your name and email address. You can get extra entries by tweeting about the contest, sharing on Facebook and more.

If you would like to enter the “Best for Pets” Sweepstakes please visit the official contest page.It’s so easy to enter. And if you win you’ll be glad you did especially when you see how well Neato vacuums help you deal with pet hair.

Will you be entering? I hope so!




Visit Neato for more information on why the Neato Robot Vacuum is best for pets! And be sure to enter our sweepstakes for a chance to win your own Neato Botvac™ Robot Vacuum!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Neato Robotics® Best for Pets Vacuums. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Celebrate Hello Kitty’s 40th Anniversary with PetSmart


Hello Kitty image

Did you know that the loveable and super adorable Hello Kitty character is celebrating her 40th Anniversary this year? She does’t look a day over five. LOL!

Hello Kitty’s humble beginnings began in 1974 when she first appeared on a coin purse. She first started out in Japan and made her way to the United States in 1976. Now the brand brings in an estimated $7 billion dollars. Who would have imagined that.

These days Hello Kitty is marketed towards children and adults. You an find the adorable little Kitty on just about everything from stationary to clothing and from toys to housewares.

PetSmart has teamed up with Hello Kitty to bring you super adorable Hello Kitty toys for your pet.

PetSmart sent me some of their Hello Kitty products to review with our dog Espn including a really cute Hello Kitty shirt. The shirt is a bit too “girly” for our dog so I gave it to our neighbor. She since moved to Florida with her little dog Willow. I don’t have a picture of her wearing it but I do have a picture that I took before I gave it to her.

Hello Kitty Shirt

It’s hard to tell from the photo but the colorful Hello Kitty image almost seemed iridescent. It’s super cute and very colorful.

PetSmart also sent some great Hello Kitty toys that our dog Espn (pronounced Es-pin) likes a lot. I made sure to take pictures BEFORE I gave them to him since he has a tendency to slobber all over his toys and make a mess out of them. I wanted you to see how cute they were before getting covered in dog spit. LOL!



Epsn Hello Kitty

Plush squeaky bone. I also included a photo of our dog Espn playing with it (excuse his appearance, he’s in dire need of a grooming. He gets groomed at PetSmart too).
Crinkle Flat


Flat plush toy that makes a crinkly sound when you move it. My cats actually like to lie on top of this toy. They enjoy the crinkle sounds that it makes.



A cute plush toy with a rubber teething-like chew toy attached to Hello Kitty’s paw.

Our daughter loves Hello Kitty too. She kept one of the toys for herself. She thought it was a stuffed animal for people. That is until I showed her that it had a squeaker inside. :-)

Hello Kitty dog toy from PetSmart next to a Hello Kitty lamp.

Hello Kitty dog toy from PetSmart next to a Hello Kitty lamp.

Doesn’t the toy look like a plush for people? It’s a large toy too, almost as big as my daughter’s Hello Kitty lamp.

These toys are really cute and sure to be a huge hit with not only your pet but also the Hello Kitty fan in your life. In fact a die hard Hello Kitty fan might get upset seeing their pup chewing on Hello Kitty’s head. Ha Ha.

Look for this wonderful toys both in PetSmart stores as well as online (www.PetSmart.com). Be sure to check out PetSmart on social media too.

What do you think of this delightful toys?

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*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Book Review: My Very, Very, Busy Day!


My Very Very Busy Day

Not too long ago we took our dog to Banfield Pet Hospital for the first for a regular check up and to receive his heart worm preventative medicine.

While we were waiting I saw an adorable book on the counter where the receptionist sits. The children’s book is from Banfield Pet Hospital. It’s titled “My Very, Very, Busy Day!”

This is a super adorable book that is mean to not only entertain children but also to educate them on what it means to be a responsible pet owner. The book also touches upon the importance of pet receiving regular preventative veterinary care, just like why we were at Banfield Pet Hospital that day – getting our dog Espn preventative health care.

Contributing to the forward in the book is Quvenzhané Wallis. She’s a pet lover and star of the upcoming musical movie “Annie.” In the forward Quvenzhané shared her love of animals, including her two dogs, Sammie and Shuga. She also aspires to be a veterinarian one day.

I also thought about being a veterinarian because I love animals so much. I just couldn’t get past the gross stuff like surgery. LOL!

“My Very, Very Busy Day” follows a day in the life of four-legged friends, Captain Noodles, a feisty, energetic dog, and Kitty, a wise cat, as they keep very, very busy eating, sleeping, playing, getting a bath – and most importantly – receiving a very important six month check-up at the veterinarian. The book also includes Banfield’s “Best Friend Promise,” which lists the responsibilities of pet ownership and asks readers to sign, signifying their understanding of what is needed to keep pets healthy and happy.

I have a copy of the book that was sent to me to review. Not only is it a cute story book (with an important message) the illustrations are absolutely adorable. I LOVE all the creatures seen in the book (not just dogs and cats).

“My Very, Very Busy Day!” is available at Banfield Pet Hospital locations nationwide for a suggested donation price of $10.00. The proceeds will go to Banfield Charitable Trust to help provide preventive care to pets in need. Talk about a “win-win” situation – your family get a delightful book about animals that teaches pet responsibility to children and pets in need get preventative healthcare.

To find a Banfield Pet Hospital near you please visit Banfield.com.

To read more about my experience with Banfield Pet Hospital use the search box on my site (upper right side) and do a search for Banfield.

Banfield Pet Hospital Book


*I received a free copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Enter the FreshDance Challenge for your chance to win great prizes



Do you have pets (specifically a dog or cat)? What kind of food do you feed them? Do you feed them dry, canned or both?

Have you ever fed your pet fresh food? One of our former neighbors only fed her dog fresh food. I think that is wonderful. I would love to do that for my pets but with five cats and a dog that is easier said then done, especially when it comes to the cats since they tend to eat at different times.

Our youngest cat, Bella, has sever asthma. Before it was officially diagnosed I thought she had some kind of a food allergy. She would wheeze a lot after eating. I was on a mission to find a food that didn’t make her wheeze. I tried just about every food I found at PetSmart and Petco – grain free, GMO free, loaded with fruits and veggies – even the most expensive foods I could find and nothing stopped her from wheezing. These days the only way to stop her from having asthma attacks is her inhalers (actual people inhalers given through a special device called an AeroKat).

One of the foods we tried that she LOVES is Freshpet. Have you tried this food with your pet yet?

Freshpet is a line of natural, freshly made pet foods. They have to be kept in the refrigerator since they are fresh.

Our cat loves the Freshpet brand Vital cat food. It’s made with real beef and chicken, real vegetables and real fruit. It’s also grain free. After all, why put grains in cat food, or dog food for that matter. In the wild do you see dogs and cats chowing down on wheat? Of course not!

We’ve only tried the Freshpet Vital with our one cat. One day I’d like to try different Freshpet products with our other cats and dog too.

Freshpet Select


Freshpet is excited to announce the #FreshDance Challenge. Freshpet knows our pets dance to celebrate fresh food. Let’s follow their lead for wellness, and get dancing.

Our dog dances whenever he knows he’s going to get fed. He’s in need of being groomed so his nails are a bit longer than usual so when he dances in the kitchen it sounds like he’s tap dancing. It’s funny.

Here is a little more information about the contest.

Taking time out of the day to get moving is beneficial for both our minds and bodies, and doing this with our pets is a great way to get healthy together. So, Freshpet is asking you to do a little experiment with us, and show us you and your pets’ dance moves before, during, or after any meal. Then, share a photo, video, or text of your #FreshDance experience- the point is to get active and feeling good.

“We know that fresh food isn’t only healthier for our families, it tastes better too. The Fresh Dance Challenge highlights how pets naturally celebrate fresh meals.” says Scott Morris, Co-Founder and President of Freshpet. “We are excited to contribute to the Pet Therapy Research at Vanderbilt University, because we know first-hand the wellness benefits pets give us each day.” 

Pet parents are invited to enter the #FreshDance Challenge by simply visiting Freshpet.com/Dance or Facebook.com/Freshpet. You can also submit on Twitter, Instagram, or Vine using the hashtag #FreshDance.

Winners will be chosen by the team at Freshpet to receive the following prizes:

  • 1 Grand Prize winner will receive $500, a custom Freshpet refrigerator, and Freshpet food and treats.
  • 5 Runner-up Prizes will receive a FreshDance gift pack filled with Freshpet goodies and a Whistle Activity Monitor.
  • First 100 entries will receive a $2.00 off coupon.

In addition to this contest, Freshpet is also going to make a donation to Vanderbilt University’s Pet Therapy Research Program. This wonderful program that provides ongoing visit with pet therapy dogs for children undergoing cancer treatment. Their goal is to prove the positive effect therapy pets can have on wellness, especially during treatments.

The contest begins TODAY (November 3, 2014) and ends November 21, 2014.

I’d love to win a new fridge. :-) Plus $500 would be great this time of year with the holiday season upon us.

Will you be entering?

Look for Freshpet in the refrigerated section of your local pet and grocery store. For more information visit Freshpet.com. You can also find the brand on Facebook and Twitter.

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*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Do you love dogs? Check out how you can make money with DogVacay


DogVacay Facebook

If you read my blog on a regular basis you already know that I am a big time animal lover. We have five cats, a dog and some fish. I would love to have another dog but our condo is not big enough for another pup or I would get one in a heartbeat. One day if we are ever blessed to buy a house with a yard I would certainly consider getting another dog. I think our dog would enjoy having someone to play with. Our cats sometimes get annoyed with him when he wants to play. Plus cats are not really into playing catch.

I have always had animals in my life, and I always will. They bring a lot of love and joy into our lives.

Sadly there is a “downside” to having pets – they can hinder you from going away on vacation. That is the biggest issue we have with our pets.

We’ve looked into taking our pets to a kennel but the cost would be astronomical. With five cats and a dog at an average of $25 a day we wouldn’t have any money left over for a vacation. We also have two cats with health issues and we need people who are able to care for their medical needs.

We were fortunate to have a lovely neighbor who would watch our dog for us whenever we were going to be gone for a long time (several hours – not days). If it wasn’t for our neighbor coming over to walk our dog a few times and feed our pets we would have had to miss our cousin’s Sweet 16 birthday party in Pennsylvania (we live in New York).

To be honest, I wouldn’t want to put my pets in a kennel anyway. Our dog is especially sensitive to things. The poor little guy freaks out going to the groomer. He is so excited to see me when I pick him up that he races (literally!) out of the store and into my car. He doesn’t like being away from home. For that reason I couldn’t imagine leaving him some place where he’s be in a cage and missing the comforts of home.

Have you heard about DogVacay? It’s a great option to kennels for dog owners.

Featured in the Wall Street Journal, the NY Times, Forbes and The Today Show.

DogVacay is an online community that connects dog owners with wonderful pet sitters across North America. All of the pet sitters are vetted and insured. They are waiting to welcome your pup into their home and treat him/her like a part of their family.

DogVacay Pet Sitter

I love this idea!

Which would you rather do with your dog when you go away on vacation – leave him/her at a kennel to spend their time in crate or drop them off at a pet sitter’s house where they can enjoy all the creature comforts of home. a yard to run around in and plenty of pets, scratches behind the ears and belly rubs? It’s a no brainer! It’s like your pet is going on their own little vacation.

DogVacay is simple to you. Simply visit the site, enter in your zip code and DogVacay will pull up providers in your area.

DogVacay will provide you with information about providers in your area. You’ll be able to read about the family, see actual photos of their homes and four legged family members, and learn about the services they offer. You can also read reviews from other pet owners who used their services. For me, reading reviews is important. I love to hear about other’s personal experiences. It would make me feel better knowing my pet is staying with a family who will take great care of him.

I also like that all reservations include FREE pet insurance, 24/7 customer support and a daily photo update of your dog enjoying his time at his DogVacay pet sitter’s home.

Once you find a sitter that interests you simply make arrangements for a “meet and greet” to help you decide if it’s the right place to leave your pup with.

I’m glad I learned about this service. The next time there is an opportunity for my family to go away – even if it’s just overnight – I am going to look check out our local DogVacay providers.

You can even make money with DogVacay.


Whether you are a professional pet sitter, or simply someone who loves dogs, you could become a part of the DogVacay community and open your heart and home to dogs. Best of all you’ll earn money. Who wouldn’t want to make money playing with dogs? :-)

If you would like to learn more about how you can make money hosting please visit the Why Host? page.

I would LOVE to become a DogVacay provider, but sadly our home is too small and we don’t have a yard. If/When we are ever fortunate enough to have a house I would do this in a heartbeat!

If you are interested in opening up your home to dogs from your community simply create a free profile on the DogVacay website. You can decide your own rates, decide on what types of dogs you are willing to care for and create your personal profile to let people in your community know that your home is available for their pet.

If you find that you need help setting up your profile DogVacay’s Host Happiness Team is happy to help you with everything from changing profile pictures to handling emergency situations. Call us 24/7 at (855) 364-8222, or email concierge@dogvacay.com.

Remember, each DogVacay pet is covered with FREE pet insurance 24/7 too.

If you have questions about becoming a host you can check out the FAQ page too. You can find it here.

For more information please visit DogVacay.com.

What do you think about DogVacay? Do you think you’ll check out the services the next time you need to board you pup?

Do you like the idea of making money caring for dogs in your home?

Feel free share your thoughts. I always love to hear from my readers.

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*I have partnered with DogVacay to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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The importance of regular vet visits


Our dog Espn at Banfield Animal Hospital for a check up and vaccinations including ProHeart 6 heartworm injection.

Our dog Espn at Banfield Animal Hospital for a check up and vaccinations including ProHeart 6 heartworm injection.

We have five cats, a dog and two fish that we love. We try to provide for them healthy food, clean water, plenty of exercise, a lot of love and a warm and comfy bed to sleep in at night. People who know us personally know how much we love and care about our pets.

Sadly… I’ve been a bad pet mother.

We took our do Espn (pronounced Es-pin) to Banfield Animal Hospital this morning. We have their  Banfield’s Optimum Wellness Plan® . The plan provides pet owners with the following benefits;

  • Unlimited free office visits
  • Routinely recommended vaccines
  • Comprehensive physical exams
  • Early screening for serious illnesses
  • Discounts on most Banfield products & services
  • Predictable, reasonable monthly payments
  • Convenient drop-offs, evening & weekend hours
  • Online access to your pet’s health records

We took Espn in this morning for a check up, his routine vaccinations and to get  ProHeart® 6 which is a heartworm preventative.

I wrote a post about heartworm disease several weeks ago. If you haven’t read it yet, and you have a dog or cat, I would recommend that you read it and learn more about this deadly and costly disease that all dogs and cats are susceptible to. You can find the post here – Protect your pets health with Banfield Pet Hospital and ProHeart® 6.

It was important to use to have Espn not only get the  ProHeart® 6 injection, but also to be tested for heartworms too.

We arrived at our appointment on time and we were quickly whisked into an examining room. This is the first time I have ever gone into a waiting room upon checking in. Normally when I take our pets to other vets we have to sit in the waiting room for a while.

I was glad to go into the room right away. Our dog is very nervous about being at PetSmart because when he goes there he gets groomed and he must have thought he was getting groomed because he was very anxious.

Our dog was seen by the vet tech assistant right way who briefly examined Espn. Then he went to get the doctor.

Someone is not too happy to be at the vet today.

Someone is not too happy to be at the vet today.

The doctor went over all her recommendations for the various vaccinations she felt that Espn needed. Like a dork I neglected to bring in his records from his other vet. The Banfield Pet Hosptial vet told us up front which vaccinations she wanted to give our dog as well as what tests they wanted to do on him such as a fecal test and blood tests.

The vet was clear and concise on what vaccinations and blood tests she wanted to perform on our dog and she was happy to answer any questions and concerns we might have.

We were concerned about our dog’s weight. He was around 22 pounds at one point now he’s down to around 16 pounds. She said he was a healthy weight. I guess he was overweight before. I’m relieve to know his weight is OK.

What made me feel horrible is that our dog has a really bad issue with tarter on his teeth. It’s really bad.

We take him to get groomed every 2-3 months. When he gets groomed I have them brush his teeth too. I thought that was enough. The vet said to me “Would you only brush your teeth when you got a haircut?”. When she put it that way it made me feel bad that we haven’t been taking better care of his teeth.

The procedure they would need to do to fix his teeth costs $250+, however if we upgrade to a different Wellness plan it would be covered. Needless to say my husband and I are going to save up so we can upgrade our plan so we can save his teeth before it’s too late.

I feel like a bad “mom” now. :-( I always nag my kids about brushing and flossing twice a day, yet I don’t think about our dog and cat’s teeth.

There was a lot done with today’s visit and it’s all part of their Wellness Plan. Everything combined came to almost $550 but it didn’t cost a dime because we have the Banfield’s Optimum Wellness Plan® .


Banfield Pet Hospital offers different plans based on the type of pet (dog or cat) and their age. Other factors are taken into consideration too such as your location and if the pet is spayed or neutered. There are also different options depending on the types of services you want/need. Therefore the price varies too much so I can’t give you an exact quote. If you can visit Banfield’s Optimum Wellness Plan® to get a quote on how much it will cost. The plans are monthly. I played around with the different plans for our dog Espn (just for the fun of it) and they are much less expensive then a regular office visit. We are a family that lives on a tight budget and I feel like the plans are very “doable”, even for us.

I was surprised the vet checked on our dog’s dental health. None of the other vets we’ve ever used did that before. I’m glad they did. Now we know there is something we can do to help save our dog’s teeth. If we didn’t take him for regular visits his teeth could have got worse.

Seeing how much we had done in today’s visit and how much money we saved being a  Banfield’s Optimum Wellness Plan® member it’s clear to me that this is the best option for almost all of our pets. One of our cats needs specialists, so she has to go to an animal hospital in New Jersey. I would have to see about a Wellness Plan for one of our other cats who is old and has a pre-existing condition (Diabetes).

If you have a dog or cat I would strongly recommend you check out all the benefits of being a  Banfield’s Optimum Wellness Plan® owner. During the cost of  year the plan more than pays for it’s self. In fact just today’s visit alone saved us almost $550!

Our dog has to go back in three weeks for a booster shot and again in six months for another check up and more vaccinations. They even gave us paperwork on all the tests that were performed and why so we knew exactly what was done with our dog today (another words we have complete records of everything that was done).

I’m glad he had his ProHeart® 6 heartworm injection too. After writing my other post about heartworm I am more determined than ever to make sure all our pets are protected. Heartworm is a horrible, painful, costly and even fatal disease.

If you would like to make an appointment at your local Banfield Pet Hospital you can make an appointment online at this link – Banfield Pet Hospital Online Appointment.

Banfield Pet Hospital can also be found on Twitter (@Banfield) and on Facebook.

Do you take your pet on regular vet visits?

Has your pet been tested and/or received preventative medication for Heartworm?

What do you think about Banfield Pet Hosptial and their Banfield’s Optimum Wellness Plan® ? Do you think it’s something you are going to look into for your pet?

Feel free to share your thoughts. I love to hear from readers.



*The Optimum Wellness Plan and information have been provided by Banfield Pet Hospital®. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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