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Mine, Mine, Mine….How you feed your pet is just as important as what you feed them!  We are excited to introduce a new product “The Original mine Pet Platter”!  This is a pretty cool product…it might not look like much when you first look at it, but give it a try and you will be amazed at what it does for your pets, especially if they gobble up their food you wonder if they even tasted it.

What is it?

The Original mine Pet Platter is the way nature intends for dogs and cats to eat. The makers of the mine Pet Platter studied the instinctive feeding habits of pets and designed the platter to maximize the natural eating experience. Your pets will eat in ways you never imagined — exploring, sniffing, pacing and licking their way through the last bite.

Every detail is crafted to unleash your pet’s natural instincts — promoting a healthy mind and body while making eating fun and indulgent. Nature knows best!

 How does it work?

The patented design encourages dogs to eat healthier and stimulates their minds in a way that is entertaining and psychologically rewarding.

  • Scoops, ridges and curves encourage licking, sniffing, foraging and other instinctive, natural and stimulating feeding behaviors.
  • Scoops, ridges and curves collect food and juices to naturally adjust the pace of eating.
  • Surface provides a hunting adventure to engage even finicky eaters.
  • 360-degree views and movement offer meal “security”.
  • Altogether promotes a happy and positive relationship with food!

How to use it?

  • Spread food around the surface of the pet platter.
  • The pet platter can be used with any type of meals and treats including dry, canned, raw, and freeze-dried.
  • The platter is knife and utensil safe so it can be used to prepare meals.

Why is it important?

The mine Pet Platter was designed for pet parents looking to give their dogs and cats healthier and more natural diets.

The Pet Platter is made of an amazing new material that is great for dogs and the planet!

  • A year-long search for the perfect Pet Platter material led to THRIVE, an extremely strong, food safe, dishwasher-safe, non-toxic, BPA-free, eco-friendly, recyclable, cellulose fiber reinforced thermoplastic composite.
  • The Pet Platter is 100% sourced and made in the USA, and was invented by two Pet Parents from Chicago. Their inspiration came from how they prepared and presented food for their own dog, Pip.

The Pet Platter was “taste tested” by more than 100 Pet Platter All Stars. See some of them in action on YouTube – The Original mine Pet Platter Allstars.

 

 

Before the weather outside gets to unbearable we want to make sure our pups have what they need to stay warm…Coats!

It is not the easiest thing to buy for our furry friends because they are all different sizes, and shapes.  And they probably won’t sit or stay the best for you as you try on two, four or even five different styles and sizes.   At Two Bostons you can find one of the best-fitting and warmest coats available!

Apache-Coat-Big-DogApache River Coats ranked #1 by Whole Dog Journal for superior design and fit, are made from Polar Fleece 300 – the most insulating variety – then lined and bound with four-way-stretch Lycra Spandex so they hug your pet like a second, streamlined layer of fur.  What is so awesome too is that they are incredibly lightweight and breathable, to avoid overheating.  Apache River Coats are offered in 19 sizes (and 10 colors), and for even the hardest-to-fit hound, you can have them custom-tailored…we can even get your pup’s name embroidered on them!

 

Apache-Coat-Tiny-DogAnother thing that you will love about these coats is that they are a cinch to take on and off.  If you have a skittish or touch-shy breed at home, you know what a huge help this can be.  The special neckline keeps the chest area fully covered, and it prevents the coat from riding down in the snow.  It has rear leg stirrups that hold the coat in place, but you can easily snip these loops off if your runner-and-romper prefers it.

 

These coats are made in the U.S.A. by an company in Arkansas with 25 years of experience in hand-crafting top-of-the-line saddle jackets for championship horses.  In other words, they know a little more than something about keeping your dog cozy-warm and dry during the cold months in Chicago!

Here are 10 reasons to stop in today and try out the Apache River Coats:

  1. Made in the U.S.A.
  2. Super-easy to put on and take off
  3. Made of insulating, stretch, body-hugging materialApache-Coat-three-dogs
  4. Lightweight
  5. Water resistant
  6. Highly breathable without overheating
  7. Fully lined and bound with black Lycra Spandex
  8. Available in custom-fitted sizes
  9. Offered in 19 standard sizes (even Longs!)
  10. 10 great colors

Any of our highly trained Team Members can help you find the perfect fit for your perfect pup any day or time during store hours!  We look forward to keeping your pets warm this winter.

Dogs need exercise and so do humans.  This summer get happy and healthy with your personal-trainer motivator, and best friend — your dog.  Whether walking, hiking or running, take along an American made, Guaranteed tough and Floatable Zogoflex® dog toy to add excitement to exercise!zogoflex-blog1

In a study conducted by Northern University, overweight people were given a sensible diet and advised to take daily walks with their dogs.  A control group without dogs got the same diet and exercise recommendations.  Not only did the dog owners lose more weight, they were happier. (source: ModernDog.com)

ZISC® A Frisbee that flies through the air with speed and accuracy.  Its pliable material allows dogs to pick it up from flat surfaces easily.  In backyards, at the park or on the water (it floats!) Zisc will get you and your dog moving.  Zisc is also available in glow-in-the-dark, for fun without the sun – no more excuse that it’s too dark outside to exercise.  TIP: Flip it over and fill with water when you dog needs a drink!

BUMI® Pull it, flex it, stretch it, love it!  Large Bumi stretches to 20″ and is an easy-to-throw toy that will keep people and pets entertained and active for hours.

JIVE® Designed with a groove to give an extra fun bounce, Jive helps to improve a dog’s physical and mental fitness.  Small Jive fits in a standard ball thrower for an extra workout for your dog and your arm muscles!

TIZZI® Lively, fun and excitable, the oh-so-entertaining Tizzi helps you and your dog release pent up energy.  The spiral design helps propel this toy further for some extra-calorie burning fun.  TIP: Unlock the handles to dispense low-fat treats in the hollow center when dogs need a snack break!

Zogoflex comes in bright, easy-to-spot colors, are guaranteed tough, floatable and pliable.  Perfect for trips to the park and lake or to toss down the trail.  West Paw Design’s proprietary Zogoflex material is one-hundred-percent sourced, designed and manufactured in the USA! Made in America with the planet in mind, and pets at heart®

 

 

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As we celebrate our nation’s birth this month, our Team also decided to celebrate something that benefits YOU. It’s something that drives every single decision we make at Two Bostons, and it makes us very proud: We’re an independent, locally-owned business.

This means that whether you shop, work, or volunteer with us, YOU are an active contributor to local charities and Naperville civic life. YOU help create financial stability for our local community. YOU establish a training ground for generations of future entrepreneurs. YOU assist local shelters with supportive programs that help pets in need find loving forever homes.

 

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We’re a proud member of indieboundnaperville.org, and we’re also a featured retailer on shopindieretail.com (check out the Thundershirt segment)! We recognize that as our customer, you place a huge level of trust in the experience and service capabilities of our Team Members. It’s a responsibility we never take lightly. After all, every time you make the conscious choice to shop at Two Bostons, YOU make sure that:

  1. Community nonprofits receive ongoing support. It’s a proven fact that local business owners donate more to community charities than non-locals. At Two Bostons, we’re dedicated supporters of The Naperville Area Humane Society, A.D.O.P.T. Pet Shelter, and numerous others.
  2. Environmental impact is reduced. Local organizations make more local purchases that require less transportation. Two Bostons currently has 59 product lines that are exclusively MADE IN THE U.S.A. – and within those lines, we offer many different products including treats (like Sojo’s, Cloud Star, Stella & Chewy’s, and Bravo); toys (like Planet Dog, West Paw Design, Ruff Dawg, and GoughNuts); and foods (like Fromm, Pure Vita, Zignature, Nutrisca, Merrick, and Raw Bistro). In addition, many of our supplements and ALL of our collars are U.S.A.-made.
  3. More value is created within Naperville. Studies show that a dollar spent at an independent retailer is normally re-spent 6 to 15 times before it leaves the community. When you spend that same dollar at a national chain store, 80% of the money leaves town immediately. So by choosing to shop at an independent retailer like Two Bostons, you create $5 – $14 in value right here in Naperville for every dollar you spend! This helps give Two Bostons the resources we need to keep expanding our U.S.A.-made product line, provide community volunteers, and develop programs that directly benefit local organizations.
  4. Two Bostons owners invest in Naperville. Local business owners live in our community. They’re less likely to leave and they’re more invested in the community’s future. Our Two Bostons owners, for example, are members of the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce. They’re active in the Downtown Naperville Alliance. They periodically attend Naperville City Council meetings. They’ve led Two Bostons to develop a comprehensive cause marketing program that allows local organizations to receive vital sustaining funds. Our owners inspire our entire Team to partner with these organizations and participate in numerous community outreach events every month.

On August 16th , for instance, we’re partnering with popular Naperville eatery Crosstown Pub & Grill to bring you Pints 4 Paws! Stop by either of our locations through August 15th, and in return for a $20 cash donation to NAHS you’ll get a glass that you can fill with $2 pints or $3 craft pints from 12 noon -4 p.m. on the day of the event. Plus, of course, your pup’s invited to join us on the patio! Visit our Facebook page or web site for more fun summer happenings that are making a difference!

Why do YOU shop with Two Bostons? We’re always interested to hear your feedback!