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Week 3 of our Annual Shopping Spree is here and it’s already shaping up to be pretty yummy! We have four featured brands again, and they’re so popular in our stores, it’s likely you already purchase these on a regular basis. We still encourage everyone to branch out and try new things, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy what’s familiar to you and your pets, too!

If you have no idea what we’re talking about, then you should definitely visit twobostons.com/spree to learn how purchasing products you love can boost your chance to win a $1,000 shopping spree at Two Bostons! In the meantime, get your shopping lists ready for this week’s featured brands:

Fromm Dry Food

A lot of you are pretty familiar with Fromm. It is, after all, one of our customers’ favorite kibbles! Not to mention the fact that with their huge variety of dry food, they’re pretty hard to miss when you’re perusing the Two Bostons shelves. And guess what? ALL of their dry food counts for extra entries this week!! It’s finally time to try that flavor you keep eyeing (and maybe a few more for good measure!). Or maybe you’re just curious to see what the hype is all about; trust us when we say it’s well-deserved. Part of why we love Fromm so much is that they have something for every taste and size, plus formulas for pets who require a bit of a specialized diet like seniors or pets who need some help with weight control. They’re family owned and never release a product they aren’t confident is top quality. We also love that they’re local! All of their facilities are just a few hours north of us in Wisconsin.

Fussie Cat Food

The pickiest member of your family has met their match! With dozens of variations to choose from, you’re sure to find something your kitty can’t resist. The secret is in their meat first, grain-free formulas. Their proteins are so top-notch you’d think your cat picked them out themselves, which is why they’re always the first ingredient in Fussie Cat’s line of dry food. But what about the wet food? We’ve all opened a can of tuna just for our kitty to appear from thin air and start meowing like crazy. The wet food has the same effect, especially because one of the recipes is exactly what they’re always craving: tuna! Granted, there are plenty of other recipes your cat is sure to love–the tuna with mussels is a must-try!–but if your kitty has a tuna addiction, the Premium Tuna meal is the best place to start. It’s full of big chunks of, you guessed it, wild-caught tuna! Plus, the 50 extra Shopping Spree entries per can and bag you purchase makes Fussie Cat even more delicious.

Barkworthies Bully Sticks

Get excited, Pet Parents, because your dog’s favorite chews just got better! Many of you know Barkworthies Bully Sticks as the baskets of chews your pup beelines for as soon as they get through our door, but have you ever wondered why your dog is so obsessed? It’s probably because they have great taste…literally! Barkworthies Bully Sticks are made from premium all-American beef as their single ingredient which makes our four-legged friends naturally attracted. They’re highly digestible and great for supporting dental health while being long-lasting, plus, there’s no icky odor! At 50 entries per chew, now is a better time than ever to stock up. If you’re new to these chews, know what level chewer your dog is so you can pick the proper type. If you’re feeling unsure, ask a Team Member and they’ll be more than happy to help out!

Small Batch Treats

If there’s one thing we’ve learned over the years, it’s that everyone has a soft spot for jerky, especially our pets! That’s why Small Batch’s Jerky Treats are a must-have for all Pet Parents. We carry them in four varieties ranging from chicken to pork, and their glycerin-free, salt-free, single ingredient goodness is sure to have your pup’s mouth watering! They’re great on their own, but they can also be easily broken up to make for a yummy training treat. In addition to the jerky treats, Small Batch also has an amazing line of freeze-dried hearts, another single-ingredient snack that’s not only high in taste, but taurine, too! There are five different types–chicken, beef, turkey, lamb, and pork–which means if you give each one a try you can quintuple your entries and your taurine!

We know there are so many options that you might not know where to start, and that’s okay! Browse our website to get a closer look at many of these products ahead of time (but remember: you can only earn the extra entries if you purchase them in-store!), or you can visit any of our locations and ask a Team Member for help. They’re experts in all things pet food and would be more than happy to point you in the direction of something you and your pet both love!

Shopping Spree Week 3 goes from 8/18/19 – 8/24/19. Check out the video below to learn even more!

So you want to delve into the world of cat toys, but have no clue where to start. Cats are picky. We get it, and the thought of going to all the trouble of picking a new toy for kitty just for them to ignore it is frustrating! The issue is that cats—like humans and dogs—need stimulation and exercise to stay healthy. Some cats are naturally energetic, and that’s great! But with age, that energy can start to fade, so it’s important to encourage regular play. Needless to say, that’s where toys come in. But how do you pick what’s best for your feline companion?

Step one is easy. Watch your cat! Do they love shoelaces and string? Do they go nuts over cellophane wrappers? Pay attention to objects your kitty is naturally drawn to; AKA the things you’re constantly scolding them for chewing. Every cat has their own, unique preferences on what they consider to be a toy, so take that into consideration. Wand toys are great places to start.

We suggest the Curlz Teaser Cat Toy by Kong. What’s great about this particular wand toy is that it’s more than just a bit of string tied to a rod. The “dangly” part is a stretchy, springy curl which adds in a new level of fun, and attached to the end are boa feathers to make it extra enticing! What’s most important, though, is that this toy encourages social behavior.

It might be surprising to some, but even the most aloof cats can be more drawn to playtime if it involves you! Plus, it’s pretty tough to ignore something that’s being dangled in front of your face. That being said, if wand toys aren’t working, then you can always step it up a notch with every cat parent’s secret weapon: catnip.


Catnip infused toys work wonders for drawing your kitty in. Our customers’ favorite is the Yeowww Banana! When you think of cats, bananas might not be the first thing that come to mind, but it’s more about the shape. The rounded shape is great for your cat to grab and “rabbit kick”! Plus, it’s stuffed with irresistibly potent, 100% organic catnip.

But what if the wands and the catnip don’t work? Is it hopeless? Is your cat doomed to do nothing but lie around and sleep??? No! It’s just time for a little bribery. That’s right, folks. We’re talking treats.

We have yet to meet a cat who says no to their favorite snack, and there are actually products that will make them have to work for it a bit. For kitties new to puzzle toys, we like to point them in the direction of the Catit Play Treat Spinner. Simply place a few treats inside and let your cat do what they do best: knock it over! The inside has puzzle-like “barriers” and the bottom is similar to that of a toy top, which encourages kitty to use their paws and their brain to figure out how to get to the treats within. It can also be used as a slow feeder for cats who get a little overexcited about their food. The silicone cover is easy to remove and the toy itself is a snap to clean.

For those of you who have picky cats, older cats, or cats that are a little (or a lot) on the lazy side, remember to be patient. You might find the perfect toy right away, or you might have a little trial and error, but toys are about more than spoiling your kitty. They’re about keeping them healthy, happy, and stimulated so they can live their best nine lives.

Welcome to week 2 of our shopping spree event! As you know, every week up until the week of September 28th, we’re going to have featured brands and products that can earn you extra entries for your chance to win a $1,000 shopping spree to Two Bostons! If you’re a little behind, you can find more details in our previous blog.

A lot of you have been taking advantage of those 50 extra entries per featured brand/product purchased, and 15 of you have already won some cool prizes! The best thing to us, though, is that we’re seeing a lot of people try out new things for their dogs and cats which is a key to giving your pet a long and happy life!

This week is extra special because instead of three featured brands, we actually have four! So even if you only tried one of each, you’d earn 200 extra entries.

Ark Naturals Brushless Toothpaste

There are a lot of myths and misconceptions when it comes to the dental hygiene of our furry loved ones, one of the most common being that kibble acts like a toothbrush when it comes to removing tartar and plaque. That’s the same as saying all we need to do is eat cereal to scrape the gunk off our teeth. Yuck, right? That’s where Ark Naturals Brushless Toothpaste comes in! It’s rough and grooved on the outside to act like toothbrush bristles, and on the inside there’s a patented toothpaste to clean and freshen your pet’s breath. If you want to learn more, check out our blog post where we delve deeper into the world of Ark Naturals and dental hygiene or simply see how amazing this product is for yourself while also earning 50 entries per purchase!

Open Farm Kibble & Freeze-Dried

This brand is a favorite of Pet Parents because of their transparency. They do a great job of keeping their patrons in the loop of what is in their pet’s food and where they’re sourcing it from. A favorite feature of ours in the unique lot number on each bag. If you’re ever looking to dig a little deeper into what’s in your furry friend’s bowl, simply type the number into their site and instantly get a detailed report about where every last ingredient comes from. Needless to say, everything they use is top-notch and responsibly sourced. They also recently came out with new puppy and senior formulas so there’s something for every pet no matter their age or stage of life!

Grandma Lucy’s Treats

Treat your pets to some yummy goodies just like grandma used to make. That is…if grandma made freeze-dried raw protein snacks! They carry a great variety so there’s something for every pet’s palate, all of which are grain-free, GMO-free, and good for earning those extra entries for your chance to win our shopping spree! Their single-ingredient snacks are amazing, but if you’re looking for a great introduction to their treats, we love their Organic Oven Baked treats. To let you in on a little secret: they’re so good that even Team Members and customers eat some when they need a treat themselves! The amazing aroma and the bear biscuit shapes are just too good to resist whether you have two legs or four! There are a range of yummy organic flavors to try, all the way from coconut to blueberry, but our personal favorite is the pumpkin.

Open Farm Kefir & Broth

In case you couldn’t tell, we just can’t get enough Open Farm! If you haven’t tried their bone broth or kefir yet, you’re missing out. Both are tasty toppers that give meals an extra healthy boost of nutrients using only simple, natural ingredients. The broth is made by simmering the bones of ethically raised and sourced proteins with non-GMO, locally grown superfoods like pumpkin, carrots, and turmeric. It comes in three flavors for cats and dogs: turkey, beef, and chicken, which means if you treat your pet to all three, you get an easy 150 extra entries to our shopping spree contest. It’s extra great for our pickier furry friends because it appeals to their natural, meat-loving instincts. Mix it with dry food, wet food, or fresh food and watch your pet come running! As for the kefir? We have an entire blog post dedicated to its amazing benefits that you can find here. The short version is that it’s amazing for gut health, especially during these summer months when your pets are a little more prone to diarrhea and nausea…and did we mention the extra entries?

Don’t forget: you’re more than welcome to order these on our website, but you’ll only be able to earn entries if you purchase them in-store! Week 2 goes from 8/11/19 – 8/17/19.

Looking for even more reasons to get excited about this week’s featured brands? Check out AdreAnne’s Week 2 video!

With long days and beautiful weather, everyone is itching to get outside as much as possible; especially our pets! But before you leave the house, it’s important to make sure it’s safe for your furry family. Don’t worry, it’ll only take seven seconds! All you need to do is put your bare hand on any surface you plan to walk on with your dog and count to seven. Easy enough, right?

You might even feel a little silly doing it…but isn’t it worth making sure your pet is safe?  Some days will be fine and other days you might not even make it past two seconds before you need to yank your hand back! That’s when it’s best to stay on the grass.

Singed paws in the summer are a bigger issue than people realize. That’s partly because the air temperature can be misleading. A sunny 77°F day might feel great, but it also means the asphalt is closer to 125°F –a temperature that can damage skin within 60 seconds. At 87°F asphalt temperatures can climb to 143°F –the ideal temperature to cook a medium rare steak–and so on. Needless to say, you don’t want your pet’s paws on that sort of heat!

Keep in mind that different surfaces absorb different amounts of heat. Asphalt, metal, and roof shingles tend to be the worst with concrete coming in a close second. Unfortunately that means a lot of your favorite walking spots might be out of commission for a bit, but on the bright side, grass is pretty reliable for staying a safe temperature. You might not be able to get in that evening stroll you love to take with your pup, but that doesn’t mean you can’t play a game of fetch in a grassy area to get some exercise!

That being said, we know sometimes walking on asphalt is unavoidable. Those who live in apartment complexes or don’t have garages to park their cars in might be landlocked by hot surfaces, but don’t worry, that doesn’t mean your pet has to be trapped inside all summer!

Carrying your dogs over asphalt is certainly an option, but bigger dogs and animals who don’t like being carried make things a little trickier. Laying out a path of towels works well for short distances, and winter booties work great in a pinch, but one product we really love is Musher’s Secret Paw Protection. We aren’t sure why it’s a “secret” when every pet parent should have some on hand!

It was initially developed to help dogs in the snow, but we’ve found it works just as well in the summer, too! Simply rub a bit onto your dog’s pads weekly and a wax barrier will begin to build. It’s completely food grade and organic so there’s no harm to your dog, and absorbs right into the paw so there’s no harm to your flooring, either! It even has moisturizing properties for paws prone to dryness. Keep in mind, this won’t make your pup’s paws invincible, however, Musher’s can still make a huge difference!

Summer has a way of flying by fast, and we want to make sure everyone enjoys it while they can! The last thing we want is for pets and their parents to stay locked indoors because they’re nervous about injuries. Just remember, keeping your pups safe is as simple as counting to seven!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas? Not quite. More like that time of year where we give away a $1,000 shopping spree at Two Bostons to one lucky winner! While there is no purchase necessary to enter, we know that with a Two Bostons shopping spree at stake, you’re going to want to earn a few extra entries. There are a bunch of different ways to get ahead of the competition, and you can check them out in more detail at twobostons.com/spree, but right now, we’re here to talk about the easiest way to enter: spoiling your pet! Since it’s something most of us already do, you shouldn’t have to make too big of a change to score extra entries.

Every week we will have featured brands and for each one of these products you purchase, you will get 50 extra entries. That’s right, 50! Two Bostons owner, AdreAnne, explains it in more detail in the video here, but in short, there’s no limit to how much you can buy! If you want to by 2 items? You get 100 entries! If you want to buy 10? That’s 500!

But believe it or not, it gets even cooler than that.

Every week we’ll also be doing giveaways of the featured products, which means in addition to possibly winning the $1,000 shopping spree, you’ll also get chances to win more of our customers’ favorite products! Needless to say, with five stores and 3 – 4 brands a week, you have a ton of chances to win!

This week we have three featured brands that you’re probably already familiar with. However, they all have items that are sure to be new to you. This is a great time to grab something you haven’t had before or to stock up on your favorites.

The Honest Kitchen Whole Food Clusters

Some of you might have caught on that our previous blog post was a bit of a spoiler for this week. You can check it out here to get a little more detail about one of the tastiest things The Honest Kitchen has brought from their kitchen to yours! This is the brand that literally invented the term “Human-grade” so you know everything they make is top-notch. The Whole Food Clusters are especially amazing because if you take a look at them, you can literally see the whole ingredients! Meat, veggies, you name it; if it’s healthy, it’s in these clusters. Not to mention the fact that they’re great bowl boosters for picky pets. There are three flavors and if you try them all, that’s an easy 150 extra entries!

Trying all three yummy flavors = 150 extra entries!

Super Snouts CBD Products

Have you always wanted to try CBD but never quite got around to it? Now is your chance! The entire line of Super Snouts CBD products is fair game–including their “Soul Vibe” line for humans! If you’re unfamiliar, CBD products are known to work wonders with anxiety, pain, and sleep, along with about a dozen other things. All Super Snouts products are human-grade and free from THC. They’re also 100% sourced from responsible local farmers, so you know your pet (and you!) are getting a top quality product. Hint: try their new Nutty Dog peanut butter with CBD. One word: Amazing!

Super Snouts has a great line of human-grade, pet-safe products!

Stella & Chewy’s Treats

Here’s something to get your mouth watering: all Stella & Chewy’s treats are eligible to earn you extra entries this week! Is your dog addicted to Wild Weenies? Have you always been curious about the raw coated biscuits? Now is the time to stock up! The great thing about Stella & Chewy’s is that they’re made from high-quality proteins to mirror a prey diet, so all of their treats are super healthy. Obviously we suggest you sample a little bit of everything, but if you’re not sure where to start, you should check out their freeze-dried chicken or beef hearts. They’re single ingredient treats so they’re as simple as they sound, and a great way to treat your pet with an extra boost of taurine!

We bet you can’t say “My dog loves wild weenies” with a straight face!

Remember: you’re totally welcome to order online at twobostons.com, however, the extra entries only count if you buy them in-store!

If you’ve ever come into Two Bostons, there’s a high chance you’ve left with something from The Honest Kitchen. There’s an even higher chance your pet went nuts over the goodies you brought home! If you have yet to try it, you’re missing out on some top quality products. So top quality, in fact, that they actually coined the term “Human Grade”! That’s right–The Honest Kitchen paved the way for the standard we all expect our pets’ food to have. But whether you’ve been feeding The Honest Kitchen for years or you’re still a newbie to the brand, we have the perfect product to boost your pet’s bowl: Whole Food Clusters!

It might sound like the name of a breakfast cereal, but it couldn’t be more different. For starters, there are no grains–or by-products or preservatives, for that matter–and everything is made and sourced in the USA. If you take a closer look, you’ll find that each cluster is a different shape and size. That’s because they’re truly made with whole foods! Keep looking closely, you’ll even see all the protein, fruits, and veggies used! It’s more than just a gimmick. Whole foods in general are proven to retain more vitamins and nutrients which would otherwise get broken down the more they’re processed. To keep the ingredients whole, meals are prepared in minimally processed small batches. After getting cold pressed, the clusters are slow roasted and dehydrated to preserve the taste, texture, and nutrients of the ingredients.

These are great to add a boost of nutrients to your pet’s bowl since they have the convenience of being able to “scoop & go”. It’s especially useful for picky pets who tend to be more drawn towards crunchy food. Mix in a scoop or two with their meal and they won’t suspect a thing, but they will be getting a huge nutritional boost! Meat is always the first ingredient, with options like chicken, beef, and turkey, mixed with locally sourced fresh produce, like antioxidant rich blueberries and carrots so you can be assured that every bite is both delicious and nutritious.

Is your pet’s mouth watering yet? Is yours?? No judgement here! It’s tough not to get a little hungry at the thought of all the yummy human-grade ingredients. Stop by any of our locations to boost your pet’s bowl with The Honest Kitchen Clusters today!

Have you caught the bowl boosting bug? Check back on our blog regularly to learn even more simple and easy ways to add some extra nutrition to your pet’s next meal!

Here’s the thing about Ziwi Peak: it’s so good that your pet most likely thinks they’re getting a bowl of treats for dinner! This is definitely one of our go-to foods for picky eaters. Most pets LOVE the taste and if they eat just a little bit, you know they are getting a mouthful of super high nutrition. The jerky-like consistency is great to use as a food topper or as an entire meal.

 

All Ziwi Peak food comes straight from, you guessed it, New Zealand! We know that might be a little confusing since we usually stick close to American-made food, but New Zealand actually carries some of the highest quality livestock in the world. In fact, a lot of the brands we carry source their lamb from New Zealand for that very reason. All of their animals are free-range, and eat only high quality organic food. They also tend to be generally healthier than animals in other areas of the world since New Zealand is virtually free of diseases like rabies; one of the many benefits of living on a remote island!

Speaking of living on islands, Ziwi Peak fully utilizes both the land and sea to source their ingredients. Fresh green tripe is used to make food more palatable and support healthy digestion while green-lipped mussels add in an extra boost of natural glucosamine for joint health! Even though they only make up about 4% of what’s in the actual food, it’s still good to know that Ziwi is making every last ingredient count.

What’s the other 96%, you ask? Meat, organs, and edible bones. That’s it! No grains, legumes, fillers, or nonsense. Just delicious New Zealand protein that goes through a natural air drying process to become the food your pets can’t get enough of. It’s the closest you can get to feeding raw without actually feeding raw! In fact, it’s so close that we even suggest pet parents who exclusively feed fresh use it as a “backup” for when they’re out of town and trying to make feeding as easy for the sitter are possible.

Whether you’re thinking of switching over completely, using it as a fresh feeding backup, or simply looking to add a little New Zealand flavor to your pet’s bowl, it’s always good to have a bag or can on-hand!

Have you caught the bowl boosting bug? Check back with us every Wednesday to learn easy new ways to pack some extra nutrients into every meal!

 

Summer is in full swing here in Chicagoland, and everyone is feeling the heat! In our last blog we talked about ways to keep your dogs cool and important signs of heatstroke to look out for. If you missed it, you can catch up here!

Today we’re all about hydration, and cat owners – we want you to listen up, too! Dehydration is a huge issue with pets. Most people aren’t aware of how much water their furry family needs or just assume their pets are drinking enough on their own. That being said, think about it this way: how many of us really drink as much water as we’re supposed to? We’re just as guilty as our dogs and cats and we can fill our glass up anytime we want!

It goes without saying that in hot weather you need to pay extra close attention to your pet’s water intake, but luckily, it’s not as tough as you might think to encourage more hydration.

Make sure you always have fresh water available! We put emphasis on the “fresh” because standing water is a haven for bacteria to develop. Even if your pet hasn’t emptied their bowl yet, you should change it at least once daily and wash their bowl regularly. If you’re looking for an extra convenient way to keep your pet’s water fresh, we suggest getting a Drinkwell Fountain. Those of you who have visited our stores are probably already familiar with this handy device since it’s likely your dog has taken a gulp or two from the ones we have out!

Drinkwells intimidate some people because they look like there would be a lot of gadgets and gizmos to figure out, but they’re actually very easy to set up and maintain. In fact, it’s so easy that there’s no assembly required! The fountain helps aerate the water which keeps it staying fresh longer. Think about how water tastes when you first pour it into the glass versus when it has been sitting out for a while. It starts to taste stale. The Drinkwell helps prevent that! It also makes it more difficult for bacteria to develop, so not only does it stay fresh; it stays clean.

Cat owners, we all know: you can lead your kitty to water, but you can’t make them drink it! We also know that if your cat sees something moving even a little bit, they’ll probably want to check it out, and that’s the Drinkwell’s secret weapon, so to speak. Cats (and dogs) will be attracted to the movement of the water which can encourage them to drink more! Thirsting to get your own now? Visit us in-store for a demo or grab one for yourself online here!

Now let’s talk about keeping water fresh outside. For as many times as you swap out your indoor water bowl you should do it twice as much outdoors. You should also never let pets drink water that has been sitting overnight. There’s no telling what sort of yucky things get in it while you aren’t looking! Keep in mind, other animals get thirsty, too, and you never know what diseases they carry. Plus bugs–especially mosquitoes–like to lay their larvae in still water. Needless to say, if you wouldn’t drink it, neither should they!

If you’re on the go, it’s important to have some water available for your dog, too. Long walks or trips to parks and beaches can be tough on your pup in the heat. Some public areas will have water available for dogs, however, it’s better to be safe than sorry. It’s always smart to bring a portable water dish with you, and yes, that’s a thing! We always point our customers in the direction of the Gulpy Water Dispenser.

It’s possible you’ve seen us mention this on previous blogs, and that should show how much we love this product! Simply flip the “bowl” down to hydrate your dog in a matter of seconds. The bottle is designed to make sure the well doesn’t overflow, and when you’re ready to put it away there’s an automatic locking feature to prevent spills. It’s about the same size as a standard water bottle and comes in two different sizes, making it a must-have for every pet parent. They’re available in-store and online to order!

This may feel like a lot of information, but it all sums up to this: you can really never have too much water available for your pets. Keep their bowls full and fresh. Pay attention to their intake to make sure they’re drinking enough. And remember: a hydrated pet is a happy pet!

We’re pretty sure if we asked our dogs what their favorite time of year is, they’d say summer. After all, summer is car windows down, jumping in pools, taking longer walks, sprinklers, and bunnies to chase season! But even though your pup might be loving the outdoors, it’s important to closely monitor them for possible overheating. If your dogs are anything like our Beamer, they just might not know when to stop and take a break before it’s too late.

First, familiarize yourself with the signs of heatstroke:

  • Heavy panting
  • Drooling
  • Vomiting/diarrhea
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Labored breathing
  • Color change in gums (either very red or very pale)
  • Bright red tongue
  • Agitation/restlessness

If you see your dog have any of these symptoms, get them inside and call a vet as soon as possible.

Always keep an eye on your dog! While this goes without saying, it’s especially important to remember during extreme weather conditions. Outdoors time should be limited but not taken away completely. While you should be cautious about keeping your dog out for long periods of time, that doesn’t mean you should be afraid to let them out at all! It’s important to their quality of life to allow as much outdoors time as possible without risking their health. If you have things to do in the yard–especially if it involves a sprinkler–or just want to enjoy the sun for a bit, let your dog join you for a little!

Dogs are pretty good about trusting their instincts, which means they’ll typically find a spot to sit that’s nice and cool. However, if your pup insists on following you–which is sort of the opposite of a problem!–encourage them to hang out in the shade by placing their favorite chew or toy under a tree. You should also make sure you have fresh water readily available at all times.

Sometimes natural shade doesn’t quite do the trick, especially if you have bigger dogs with heavier coats, so it’s a good idea to pick up something to help regulate your pup’s temperature.

The Coolaid Cooling Bandana (right) is one of our favorite summertime products because it’s so simple, effective, and easy to use on the go. Did you just set up the perfect picnic spot only to realize it’s a little hotter than you thought? Did the sun come out on the beach when it was supposed to be partly cloudy? Grab your cooling bandana! Here’s how it works: wet it, wring it, shake it, tie it! You can use any water you have on hand, even if it’s warm from sitting in the sun. Get the bandana thoroughly soaked, then wring the excess water and shake it to activate–like how you’d shake out a sheet or rug. Tie it around your dog’s neck with the long side covering their chest, and that’s it! The Coolaid Bandana will lower your pup’s surface temperature by 30% and comes in three different sizes. Get your own in-store or order online!

The Cool Pet Pad (left) is another amazing solution to beating the heat. It’s filled with a special, non-toxic gel that creates a cooling effect when activated by your pet’s weight. The future is now, folks! It stays cool for up to three hours and only requires a fifteen minute recharge period so your dog can stay chill even when it’s hot! We’ve got plenty at our stores with your dog’s name on it so you can see how cool this product is, yourself!

There is one important thing to keep in mind when it comes to summer days. These cooling products work amazingly when they’re used in open spaces outdoors, and indoors. However, there is no cooling product in the world that will keep your dog, cat, child, or any other living being safe in a hot car…even if the windows are cracked. 

Looking for more hot tips to keep your pets cool? Check back often or visit a Two Bostons near you!

 

 

 

Welcome to Kefir: 101, the crash course about one of our favorite bowl boosters! See that cauliflower-ish stuff up there? That’s what is commonly known as the kefir “grain”, but actually, it’s not a grain at all. It’s a culture made of billions of helpful bacteria and yeast which work in combination to give your pets some amazing health benefits.

The kefir grain is typically not consumed on its own, but rather made by infusing it with a dairy product. For humans, this dairy base can range anywhere from traditional cow’s milk all the way to almond milk, however, we usually recommend that pets drink it as cow or goat’s milk. It’s a natural process with very few steps, meaning you won’t be left with additive-filled chemical goop. Essentially, the grain is left in the milk for a period of time to let it ferment. Once the required time is up, the milk gets strained and bottled while the kefir grain is recycled to make another batch.

But what happens when it goes from the bottle to your pet’s bowl, or more importantly, their stomach? The bacteria (remember, it’s healthy bacteria!) works to do things like regulate your pet’s digestive system, relieve allergy symptoms, and support their immune system. It’s also known to have antibiotic and anti-fungal properties, as well as extra skin, coat, and teeth support!

When you start your pet out, we suggest doing it gradually, just as you would with any new food. It’s easiest to use as a meal topper, but you could feed it on its own as well! Just mix a teaspoon – tablespoon’s worth (depending on your pet’s size) with their food a few times a week, and voilà! You’ve got yourself a yummy, natural supplement that also adds variety to your pet’s diet.

Whether you’re a first time user or an old pro, we always recommend Open Farm kefir as our go-to brand! The milk itself is 100% Certified Humane®, and only comes from cows that are pasture-raised, hormone-free, and antibiotic free. You’ll also find organic cinnamon and turmeric for some extra antibiotic and anti-inflammatory benefits!

You can take a closer look on our website here, however, we only sell it in-store to ensure proper refrigeration.

Have you caught the bowl boosting bug? Check back with us every Tuesday for easy and effective ways to add extra nutrients to your pet’s diet!