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Top Tips and Products for a Clean Start this Spring

We love this time of year. The days are longer, our walks with our pets are longer (and warmer) and for whatever reason, Spring makes us want to clean!

As you plan your Spring Cleaning projects, include your best friend in your planning.

Here are some great tips and great products to freshen up your pet’s life – and yours as well!

 

Wash it!

Your pet’s “stuff” could use a good cleaning. All of it. Toys, beds, dishes, collars, winter clothes, carriers, you name it.  Most of your pet’s products should be washed frequently, and Spring is a perfect time to start fresh.

Toys –  Clean ‘em off, spruce ‘em up. Wash most soft, plush toys in your laundry with a mild, unscented detergent, and hard toys in either the dishwasher or sink (try a 50/50 mix of vinegar and water or water and a mild dish soap).

Too many toys? Time for a few new ones? Consider donating your used-but-nice toys to pets who aren’t lucky enough to have a Two Bostons pet parent. Your pet probably deserves a new toy or two, anyway, right? (Bring your clean, used toys to any Two Boston store and we’ll make sure they find a good home.)

Collars and Leashes – Clean nylon web and cloth collars and leashes by soaking in a bowl with warm water and a tablespoon of your dog’s shampoo for 15-20 minutes. Rub the collar against itself to remove ground-in dirt. (Need a new look? We have a rainbow of fun colors and styles to match your pet’s personality. Stop in and see what’s new for Spring).

While you’re at it, be sure to check your pet’s tags as well to make sure they’re secure and readable.

Beds & Clothes – Wash removable bed covers and clothes in the washing machine with an unscented detergent (and much more frequently than once a year). Bed still looking or smelling a little suspect after washing? It’s time for a new one. She’d love a comfy new crib from Two Bostons.

 

Out with the old, in with the new

Check your pet’s wellness and grooming products to make sure they’re there and you’re ready when the time calls. Out of date medications and wellness products? Toss them and get new. Set with shampoos, wipes, and conditioners? Stock up – Spring means rain and rain means mud.

Our customers love our line of Bobbi Panter shampoos  Good selection of delicious scents, tear free, gentle, and made with natural ingredients for clean, thick, soft coats.

Want a quick, easy way to keep your pet clean and smelling great between baths? Our Earthbath Dog Grooming Wipes provide a convenient waterless touch-up solution for muddy paws, removing dander, pollen, and dirt, and leaving your pet smelling fresh and clean. Great for cats as well. Be prepared – have them on hand for when you need them.

Do a quick check of your other grooming products – toenail clippers, ear and dental wipes, brushes and whatever else you use – even occasionally. You should also take a gander at your treat drawer and toss any old treats.

Keep your space clean

Dog Gone Smart Brown Dirty Dog Doormat

 

Our versatile Dirty Dog Doormat isn’t just for inside or outside the door anymore (although you’ll want one there for muddy paws). Our customers tell us they love them under water/food bowls, in crates, in their cars, or even just to lay on (well, not the customers, but their dogs love to lay on them). The plush, velvety-soft microfiber is super absorbent, sucking up 7x its weight in water, mud, and mess, and its non-skid backing keeps it where you want it. It’s a great product, is available in five colors, and it’s even machine washable.

 

Spring is the perfect time of year to do a comprehensive clean of your pet’s stuff and make a list of what you need for the summer ahead. You’ll feel great for being a good pet owner and your best friend will certainly appreciate having everything looking and feeling and smelling clean and fresh.

When you’re done with your Spring cleaning and summer prep, celebrate the season! Take your best friend out for a long walk, and feel free walk in to any Two Boston store so you can treat your buddy to a new toy, natural chew, or a yummy Spring-themed cookie from our gourmet bakery.

And we’d love to see you again, both of you.

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This is Tilly, and she approves this message!!

 

 

Spring is just around the corner!  So, I figured it was time for Tilly’s “Spring Sprucing.” When the warm weather rolls around, she is ready to be outside and that means it’s time to stock up on some grooming products!  I have gathered a few of my favorite products from Two Bostons, that I truly believe in full heartedly…from on true and trusted dog lover to another, allow me to elaborate on these amazing products that your pets will simply love!

Blueberry Facial Dog Shampoo by South Bark:

DSC06274Oh my goodness, gracious, blueberry galore!  I’ve had my eye on this shampoo for about a year…some call me indecisive, and they are probably right.  I’m an analyst, I want the facts, no assumptions allowed.  After hearing so many great things about this shampoo, I decided to give it a go!

I was amazed…Trust me, you want to try this one!

Blueberry facial is gentle, soothing and it brightens all coats.  It did not leave any residue at all and she actually licked the shampoo from her face while I was lathering her up.  What makes this shampoo so tasty? Well, lets take a closer look shall we? Blueberries, Jojoba, coconut oil, avocados and aloe.  Jojoba oil, the ONLY oil that resembles sebum (naturally produced by the oil glands below the skins surface) making it INCREDIBLE for your pets skin and coat.  Coconut oil, fights yeast and fugal infections.  Best of all, it is incredible for soothing joint pain.  It gets better, avocados and aloe: two ingredients that soothe and moisturize at the same time!

Mineral Spa Shampoo by Reliq:

alll the gooooddsLet’s talk about Reliq for a moment…this is a shampoo with NO oil residue, leaving the coat moisturized and soft.  Think clay masks but for dogs. The benefits of Aztec clay masks are endless, many naturopaths use clay masks for healing skin aliments and even arthritis.  Reliq has a nano-enhanced mineral which acts as a medicinal powdered clay.  The clay absorbs excess oils, toxins, dirt, etc. It’s no wonder this shampoo stimulates your pups skin and removes odors instantaneously.

Zymox Enzymatic Shampoo by Pet King Brands:

Last by certainly not least, Zymox.  Unlike humans who start sneezing and coughing during Seasonal changes, dogs usually get itchy dry skin. Zymox works tremendously well for itchy skin.  It is safe for puppies and kittens as well as adult dogs and cats.  If you notice your dog itching and he is already on a healthy grain free food, it’s possible that the seasonal changes got the best of him.  Zymox will help soothe and moisturize the skin.  There is absolutely NO harsh chemicals, steroids or detergents used in Zymox, also refferred to as the naturalistic approach to medicated shampoos.

No bath, No problem…Earth Bath Grooming Wipes:

greeeeeeenBath time is not always doable.  Earth Bath Grooming wipes are gentle on your dogs coat because they are hypoallergenic (my favorite word)! The wipes come in scented and unscented depending on your preference.  This is a great item to pack in your doggy diaper bag for trail hikes, overnight stays and the dog park!  They are also safe for humans.

 

 

Come on by to any of our Two Bostons stores and let the spring sprucing begin!

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It’s official, because it’s actually on the calendar – Spring arrives this week!  After the loooooong, snowy, frigid winter we’ve endured, just the idea of sunnier days and balmier temps provides a much-needed mental break. If your family’s like mine, nicer springtime weather means longer walks, new trail discoveries, and more trips to the dog park. Yet it can also mean grimy paws and muddy underbellies that threaten to track dust and dirt all over the carpet and furniture. We all know that bathing our pets too frequently can be messy, time-consuming, and extremely harsh on their skin and coats. So does this mean we’re stuck staying indoors after all?

Not a chance! That’s because the smart folks over at Earthbath have developed Earthbath Grooming Wipes. These large, thick, pre-moistened wipes – manufactured in the U.S.A. with only the safest, most natural botanical ingredients – are great to use between baths as a touch-up grooming aid. We tote them along in a backpack, where they’re super-handy for cleaning dirty paws, legs, ears, snouts, undercoats, and um … bottom areas, too. They’re designed to help remove the animal dander, eye discharge, enthusiastic drool, clinging plant matter, mud stains, and/or general fuzz that just seem to accumulate whenever your pup charges through an open field after being snowbound all winter. They’re also ideal for wiping down paws after every walk. This helps reduce the number of outside allergens that get tracked through the house.

Besides all-natural cleansers and conditioners, Earthbath Grooming Wipes also contain shine-enhancing extracts plus healing aloe vera and moisturizing vitamin E (as an added bonus: notice how soft they make your fingers and hands feel after wiping off your pet!). They’re free of animal by-products, lanolin, and skin-drying alcohol; they won’t remove spot-on flea and tick control products that have been applied per manufacturer’s directions; and they’re safe for daily use on animals over 6 weeks old.

 

Earthbath Wipes

Don’t let springtime dirt, dust, and allergens rain on your pet’s parade! Earthbath Grooming Wipes are the safe, gentle, all-natural way to keep your furry friend’s skin and coat in soft, shiny, pristine condition all season long.

 

Here’s another benefit I especially like: Earthbath Grooming Wipes can be a real life-saver when you own a cat and have friends who are allergic. Our Ben was a total neat freak who bathed himself whenever he wasn’t eating, staring at birds, visiting his litter box, or napping. These wipes helped to cut way down on the amount of dander and cat saliva on his fur, so our pet-loving neighbors could give him some kitty TLC. The natural ingredients also provided great peace of mind, because we didn’t have to worry about Ben ingesting harsh toxins during one of his numerous daily “spa breaks.”

Earthbath Grooming Wipes come in several varieties:

  • Green Tea – scented with fresh-smelling green tea leaf extract, a natural antioxidant
  • Hypo-Allergenic – totally fragrance-free and allergen-free, with a moisturizing blend of all-natural conditioners. Great for pets with sensitive skin or skin allergies. Also great for pet parents who are sensitive to perfumes.
  • Mango Tango – beach-yummy tropical scent, with conditioning Hawaiian awapuhi extract
  • Especially for Puppies –allergen-free with a blend of all-natural conditioners, plus a sweet wild cherry fragrance
  • Regular and Hypo-Allergenic for Cats — uniquely formulated to give our kitty friends safe, special pampering

Earthbath Grooming Wipes come in a convenient travel size as well, and the company also makes extremely effective Ear Wipes and Eye Wipes. These are a huge help when it comes to keeping your pet’s eyes and ears clean, clear, and comfy no matter what the season. There’s also a full line of great-smelling, natural Earthbath shampoos, spritzes, and grooming foams that can keep your pet’s skin and coat in prize-worthy shape. Stop by any Two Bostons store with your furry friend, and ask us to suggest some of our favorites!