Here’s what we love…
This month we decided to just have fun and try out some toys!
We work hard. We play hard. And we have great gear!
When you live in the Pacific Northwest, you have to be ready for anything the weather can dish out. And people in the NW love their pets. Spot recently searched out pet stores in the area and their customers for what is top-selling and most popular, from apparel to beds, bowls to food and toys. The good news is we found several companies providing extraordinary products are based right here at home.
Nylon Turnout Coat — Foggy Mountain Dog Coats
A nice parka/ski jacket-style coat originally designed for horses. These coats will have your dog toasty warm in even the most severe weather. “This is our top-selling ‘go for broke’ coat,” says Suzanne Losch, owner of Urban Fauna pet supply and doggie daycare in NW Portland. The coats are made with tough water- and wind-repellent nylon, insulated with warm polyfil, and lined with plush fleece. Because of its unique design, it stays put on even the most rambunctious dogs. Machine washable in sizes to fit all dogs in plaids and solid colors. Available at Urban Fauna or www.dogcoat.com.
The sun peeked out briefly this afternoon, so I decided to take my two furry friends on a much-deserved excursion to the river. I grabbed my keys and loaded the thrilled mutts into the car. In my haste I forgot “the ball” — the toy we always take along. Turns out I needn’t have worried. My big guy immediately glommed onto a knotty stick that sent him into a frenzy of digging to the center of something. My little girl discovered a semi-deflated balloon snagged on a branch just out of reach. She jumped and lunged in crazed excitement to get at it.
The thing about dogs is it doesn’t take much to entertain them. In fact, as long as I’m there engaging in their play, they enjoy themselves. An added bonus is the enlightenment I get watching them revel in the moment of a found prize. I rarely buy expensive toys. I learned long ago that for my dogs, a stick, a tennis ball or a balled up sock is just as prized.