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Shopping Spree week 7 has arrived and we’ve got tons of great things for pets and even a little something special for humans! If you need a quick refresher or you’re just joining us now, check out this post to learn how you can gain hundreds of extra entries for your chance to win a $1,000 Two Bostons Shopping Spree! You can also head over to twobostons.com/spree for some more detailed info about even more ways to enter!

Stella & Chewy’s Freeze-dried and Kibble

We’re starting things off with a brand many of you are already familiar with: Stella & Chewy’s! If you’re new to Stella & Chewy’s, or feeding raw in general, then you should start out with any of their freeze-dried food. They have lines for both dogs and cats that are super easy to prepare. All you need to do is rehydrate the pellets by mixing in water! Beast & Disco (the cats of Two Bostons) eat Stella & Chewy’s freeze dried daily. If dinner is a little last, you can find Beast meowing at the pantry – no joke! Their dog kibble is amazing, too, and not just because it counts for those 50 extra entries per purchase this week! It’s baked at a lower temperature for a longer amount of time using the same quality ingredients as their raw food, making for a protein-dense, highly nutritional, one-of-a-kind kibble!

Weruva Wet Food

One of the few things that dogs and cats can agree on is that Weruva (rhymes with “Aruba”) is amazing! What makes them stand out is their extra careful attention to detail and love for all things tasty. While their ingredients are all human-grade, they prefer the term “Weruva-Grade”, because that’s how confident they are that your pet is getting the absolute best. Every formula takes the approach of high protein, high moisture, and low fat, and they do it with their huge library of handmade meals. Do you have a cat who won’t eat anything but shredded protein? Will your dog only eat pate? Weruva has you covered! Most of their wet food even comes in both a cans and pouches so your preferences are taken into account, too! But at 50 extra entries per product purchased, who needs a preference when you could try it both ways to earn an easy 100 entries!

Primal Toppers & Bones

If you think you’ve seen your dog’s tail wag when you give them a new bone, just wait until you give them a Primal bone! They still have a little protein on them which takes chewing to a whole new, delicious level. But hey, while you’re at it, you might as well bump up their bowls a bit, too! If you’re a pet parent who often re-hydrates food, try doing it with bone broth rather than water next time! It’s still technically water, so you won’t lose any moisture, but you’ll gain all the crucial nutrients absorbed from having been simmered for 24 hours with fresh protein bones and locally sourced produce. Bone Broth is also a great way to help stimulate your pet’s appetite since it’s pretty hard for them to resist their “primal” carnivore instincts when they get a whiff! Edible Elixirs are great for that, too, and if you still haven’t tried them, then what are you waiting for? They come in three protein-packed formulas, that you can learn more about here. Finally, it’s never a bad idea to top things off with a bit of Raw Goat’s Milk! It’s full of important vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and electrolytes to keep your pets going strong. Cats, especially, will be licking their bowls clean, but dogs can’t get enough, either!

Puppy Kisses

If you haven’t heard already, humans love Puppy Kisses as much as dogs do! In fact, we even have some customers come in to buy a tub for their pets and a tub for themselves; they’re that good! Needless to say, all the ingredients in our signature treat are human-grade. They’re made from a yogurt base and come in three flavors: vanilla, peanut butter, and carob. It’s basically a three-way tie when it comes to which one is yummiest, so if you–er…your dog–can’t decide or just want to try them all, we suggest grabbing our trio pack! Or, you could get a full container of each for a total of 150 extra shopping spree entries. That means you’d have one for you, one for your dog, and one to share!

Here’s your weekly reminder that while you are free to order any of these products at twobostons.com, in order for them to count for extra entries for your chance to win a $1,000 Shopping Spree, you must purchase them in-store! They’re eligible for entries from 9/15/19 – 9/21/19, so grab them while you can! To get an even closer look, check out AdreAnne’s video below:

We can’t believe it’s already Week 6 of our Shopping Spree! Time really does fly when you’re having fun and we think you’re going to have a blast trying out this week’s featured brands!

If you’re a little late joining us or need a reminder about how our Shopping Spree works, you can check out this post for a quick summary, and twobostons.com/spree for a calendar and tips on even MORE ways to gain extra entries!

Until then, get out your lists because here are this week’s must-haves!

Earth Animal No-Hides

One of our most popular chews can earn you 50 extra entries for your chance to win a $1,000 Two Bostons Shopping Spree…for each one purchased this week! That means while you stock up on chews for your dog, you’re also potentially stocking up on hundreds of contest entries! As many of you know, traditional rawhides are anything but raw. They’re exposed to a ton of toxic chemicals, artificial preservatives like formaldehyde, and glue. No-Hides are the American-made, hand-rolled, all-natural alternative! All the proteins used are humanely sourced in the USA. To add some flavor, the No-Hides are basted with a slurry made from a matching protein to the chew itself. It then hardens and becomes the familiar chew so many dogs have fallen in love with! They’re not only amazing for keeping your pup occupied, but they can also promote dental health and (unlike rawhides) digest easily. No-Hides come in six delicious flavors like beef, chicken, and peanut butter, and four different sizes so you can find the perfect chew for your dog’s breed! They’re so good we’ve even gotten word that occasionally cats like to nibble on them when their canine siblings aren’t looking!

Zignature

If we had to make a list about why we love Zignature, the first seven items would be meat. That’s because in every Zignature recipe, the first seven ingredients are delicious, premium quality meats! To ensure every formula is the best it can be, Zignature is even willing to literally travel to the ends of the Earth to source the greatest of what the world has to offer. All their fish is wild-caught, while their duck is imported fresh from France and their lamb all the way from New Zealand! They even traveled to Australia for their kangaroo (that’s right, kangaroo!). When it comes to produce and proteins like beef and chicken, Zignature stays in the USA to help support local farmers. But why does this matter? Because ingredients always make a difference! Low quality formulas lead to low quality food which means your dog gets less nutrients and a higher chance of having an allergic reaction. By going the extra mile to make a meal that mirrors what your dog might eat in the wild, you can feel peace of mind that your pup’s diet is perfectly balanced with every bite.

Fromm Treats

If you’re looking for a crunchy treat with an explosion of flavor then look no further because Fromm’s Crunchy O’s are one of the yummiest treats to hit our shelves! They come in three different flavors–or 150 extra entries if you try them all–that your dog is sure to love. Which one is our favorite, you might ask? It’s definitely a three-way tie between Pumpkin, Cheese, and Blueberry! Each “O” is slightly bigger than a dime, making them easy to toss in the air so your pup can leap up to catch it! If you’re looking for something a little larger, you can give their oven baked line a try–we suggest starting out with the Parmesan Cheese treats. They’re made from yummy veggies, a touch or oregano, and, of course, Wisconsin Cheese! Since they’re crunchy and crisp, they’re even easy to break apart for smaller mouths or an extra special training treat.

The Honest Kitchen

Did you know The Honest Kitchen was the first ever pet food brand to be human grade? In fact, they even coined the phrase! Needless to say, they have some experience when it comes to making sure your pet has the best, and if you haven’t given any of their amazing products a try, now’s your chance, because their dehydrated food is worth 50 entries per purchase! It’s a great place to start for a lot of reasons, but one of our favorites is that all the ingredients are very finely ground which actually helps your pet absorb more of their nutrients! We also love that you can easily adjust the moisture content. Every one of our pets is unique in both their meal preferences and dietary needs, and with The Honest Kitchen, you can easily cater to both! As we know, moisture is a big deal with our pets, and some just don’t get enough. The dehydrated food is similar to oatmeal in the sense that you have the freedom to add as much or as little water as you’d like and the only thing that really changes is the consistency–the flavor and nutritional value remains the same! Plus, with the huge variety of flavors, you’re pretty much guaranteed to find something your dog can’t get enough of!

Before we go, we want to give you our weekly reminder that while most of these products are available on our website, they only count for entries if you purchase them in-store! To get a closer look, check out our weekly video below:

We all want the best for our dogs, and that includes more than food and daily walks. Toys can often make or break your pup’s happiness and health. Without toys, it’d be harder to keep your dog active and stimulated, but a huge problem is that one of the most popular ones is actually very dangerous, with many cases resulting in death. It’s always good to occasionally clean our your dog’s toy box, so the next time you do, make sure you toss out the tennis balls!

One of the most important things to remember is that just because something is popular doesn’t mean it’s good. Think about the big name pet food brands that source ingredients from China, or the rawhides that are made with bleach and glue! Using tennis balls as toys falls into a similar category. That being said, just like rawhides and big name pet food, a lot of people don’t know that they’re bad because they’re so popular. So if you just came in from a game of fetch with a tennis ball does that make you a bad Pet Parent? Absolutely not!

When a tennis ball is made, it’s made with the intention to be hit back and forth with a racket, not chewed on. The rubber isn’t made with natural, non-toxic ingredients because it doesn’t need to be. In fact, some tennis balls even contain trace amounts of lead. Think of it this way: tennis balls are like chocolate. They’re great for humans but not for pets!

In addition to the toxicity of the rubber, they can also pose as a choking hazard. Believe it or not, there have been instances of dogs swallowing tennis balls whole due to the way they’re made. Air is injected into them to help give them some extra bounce, and if a dog makes a big enough hole, the balls can shoot backwards in their mouths as a result of the pressurized burst (similar to a balloon.). That being said, more commonly, when the rubber starts to break apart from chewing, it tends to come off in large chunks rather than smaller pieces, which can cause blockage. Even just ingesting the fuzzy part can lead to issues. The material is extremely abrasive and a haven for bacteria, dirt, and grime to build up on.

Luckily, there are plenty of great alternatives to tennis balls, and we suggest you start with Planet Dog. Their toys are all non-toxic, recyclable, and easy to clean. In fact, a lot of them are top shelf dishwasher safe! That’s already a huge upgrade from tennis balls, which, like we mentioned, acquire dirt and grime if you even look at them the wrong way. What’s really important, though, is that they’re durable. Remember, one of the biggest risks tennis balls pose is how easy it is for them to break apart and become choking hazards. While we don’t ever suggest using fetch toys as chew toys, Planet Dog produces quality products that will last through rough treatment. They’ll also save you money! Where an average tennis ball lasts a week or two, we’ve had reports of Planet Dog toys lasting years!

A great introduction to Planet Dog products is the Orbee Tennis Ball. Since it has the same shape and coloring as a traditional tennis ball, many dogs won’t even notice the difference while you’re transitioning them! Plus, they’re infused with peppermint oil which acts as a natural attractant.

The “Rando Ball” by West Paw Design it another great durable alternative. It comes in two different sizes, both only slightly larger or smaller than a tennis ball which means your pup can not only have something more appropriately sized for their breed, but it’ll have roughly the same feel in their mouths. The Rando Ball also has notches and a flat bottom in order to make it move more erratically when thrown, making for a game of fetch that’s even more stimulating than it would be with a tennis ball!

You can find both of these products in-store or online at twobostons.com. But that’s not even the best part! What’s really cool is that we haven’t even scratched the surface of fun alternatives to fetch toys! There are so many fun, durable, and safe toys to choose from. Give us a call or pay us a visit and we’ll be happy to help you find something extra perfect for your pup!

Hello, September, and hello, Week 5 of our 2019 Shopping Spree contest! We’re getting closer and closer to finding the lucky winner of our $1,000 Shopping Spree at Two Bostons, and we’re crossing our paws for all of you! If you haven’t been following along with our blogs, you can check out this post and head to twobostons.com/spree for more details.

This week’s lineup is definitely a good one and here’s why!

Tiki Pet Raw

If your pet isn’t already Tiki obsessed, then you’ve probably at least seen their products stocking our shelves. After all, it’s hard to miss those bright colors and fun graphics! But did you know this past spring Tiki Pet released their first line of raw food for cats and dogs? If you haven’t tried it already, then you have to get your hands on a tub the next time you pay us a visit; especially this week since they’re worth 50 extra entries for your chance to win our $1,000 Two Bostons Shopping Spree! It goes without saying that Tiki Pet only uses top quality ingredients to make their food, like American-raised pork and chicken, or lamb imported directly from beautiful New Zealand. What’s even cooler, though, is that the texture is uniquely velvety thanks in part to the bone broth added to each recipe! Serving it will feel closer to scooping ice cream, which is a yummy idea we can all get behind, but picky cats especially won’t be able to resist the smoothness of their meals!

Wild Meadow Treats

We sometimes find ourselves treating our pups multiple times a day because obviously we need to reward them for good behavior, and maybe one or two while we work on that new trick, and maybe a few more just because they look so cute we can’t resist. The next thing we know, our treat bags are empty and our dogs are looking a little rounder. If that sounds at all familiar, then Wild Meadow Treats are for you! They’re grain-free, sugar-free, salt-free, and guilt-free. Like any treat, we still suggest you feed in moderation, but with 100% American-raised, minimally processed proteins and only three ingredients, you’ll find a little more peace of mind as you reward your pup “just because”. They’re available as soft jerky bites that are easy to break apart for training, and minis for smaller dogs or an even more convenient training treat. Try them in turkey, duck, beef, chicken, bison, and lamb, and enjoy 50 extra Shopping Spree entries per bag!

Earth Animal Health Nuggets

No, you’re not seeing double, Earth Animal has made a featured appearance once before! Last time you tried out their flea & tick products, but this week it’s all about boosting your pet’s health in a single bite! Health Nuggets are the small supplement packed to the brim with big health benefits! Each soft chew contains optimum daily levels of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, essential fatty acids, fiber, and antioxidants crucial for keeping your pet’s immune system, skin, and coat in tip top shape. Simply feed them as a treat or easily mix them in with your picky pet’s food to provide a daily dose of essential nutrients. They are available for both cats and dogs, with unique formulas catered to each.

Essence Dog & Cat Food

With a tagline like “The Embodiment of Superior Nutrition” you know Essence isn’t kidding around when it comes to your pet’s health! It might seem like a no-brainer, but don’t forget that as cute and cuddly as our pets are, they are natural carnivores and need to have a diet that mirrors what they’d eat in the wild. Essence does an amazing job making grain and legume-free kibbles that not only fulfill your pet’s dietary needs, but do so with carefully made recipes designed to provide optimum nutrition. Proteins make up about 85% of their dry food and 96% of their wet food to create a “wholeprey” diet, which leaves no room for fillers or byproducts, and their variety of recipes ensures that there’s something for every pet’s palate! But why choose one flavor when at 50 extra entries per bag…you might as well try them all!

Remember: these products are all available on our website but they’re only eligible for extra entries when you purchase them in-store from 9/1/19 – 9/7/19! To learn even more, check out the video below!

Week 4 of our Shopping Spree is here which means we are officially at our halfway point! This first portion has been such a blast for all of us, and we’d like to offer a special congratulations to the lucky winners we’ve had so far! These next four weeks are sure to be just as exciting with even more amazing products, deals, and (most importantly) winners! To those of you just joining us, check out twobostons.com/spree for more details–you can also get a sneak peak of what brands will be featured next week.

Additionally, if you’re looking to win even more, you can share this video on Facebook to be automatically entered for your chance to win a $100 gift card to Two Bostons!

But first you’re going to want to get to know Week 4’s featured brands a little better because they’re all eligible to earn you tons of easy extra entries!

Ziwi Peak

We have a lot of great things to say about Ziwi Peak, and so do our Two Bostons regulars! With a brand that exclusively sources their ingredients from one of the most beautiful places on Earth, it’s tough not to. We’ve gushed about Ziwi in a prior blog that we suggest you check out, but the short version is that everything used to make Ziwi Peak food is the best the world has to offer, and it shows in your pet’s health! The proteins are all grass-fed and humanely raised in pastures while the fish is wild-caught by local fishermen. New Zealand native Green Lipped Mussels have a heavy presence in Ziwi Peak food, as well, because of their abundance of crucial nutrients like Omega-3 fatty acids. Their wet food is velvety and indulgent, while their dry food is made with a unique air drying process that creates a sort of ultra-healthy jerky rather than traditional kibble.

Earth Animal Flea & Tick

Skip the chemical pesticides and repel pests naturally with Earth Animal Flea & Tick! There are several different products in the line, so whether your pet is outside on the regular or prefers to stick around in the A/C, you can find something that offers the perfect level of protection. Organic preventative supplements come in drops and powder form, and are great to use year-round. Regular usage can help build up natural repellents in your pet’s bloodstream which means when warm weather rolls back around, you’re already a paw ahead of the pests! Make sure you also grab a bottle of Flea & Tick Spray. It’s super effective against insects, smells amazing, and was designed with both dogs and humans in mind! Cat people shouldn’t feel left out, though, because in addition to the supplements, Earth Animal also makes collars that work for up to 3 months and easy-to-apply topical drops! This is the ONLY flea and tick collar Two Bostons’ owners will use on their cats!

Cloud Star Treats

It’s hard to believe that some pets are picky about their treats, but it’s more common than you might think! One of our go-to suggestions is Cloud Star, because when it comes to treats, these are about as straightforward as you can get. They’re grain-free and made in a variety of flavors from meat first recipes chicken & sweet potato to yummy peanut butter. Another great thing to note is the texture. Just like humans, pets often have preferences in the texture of what they eat, and while your dog or cat might not like a crunchy biscuit, they may go nuts over a soft chew! Cloud Star makes delicious versions of both varieties in addition to their great line of training treats, which means not only could your dog finally master that trick you’ve been working on, but with 50 extra entries per treat purchased, you could be celebrating with a $1,000 Two Bostons Shopping Spree! Make sure you also give their meatballs a try. For yet another 50 extra entries, you could also have the yummiest treat that’s perfect for hiding pills!

Himalayan Toys

We all know that when a pup loves their chew, they want to nibble it down until there’s nothing left! Check out the new Jughead toy to make those favorite chews last SO much longer! Not to mention, it increases safety since most dogs can’t fit the toy all the way in their mouth. Longer lasting chew PLUS increased safety??? That’s a huge win in our book! Ease your anxiety and earn 50 extra entries into our $1,000 Shopping Spree contest by trying out Jughead and Blockhead by Himalayan! Simply place your chew in the center, and that’s it! You’ve got yourself a super simple safety device that’s specially fit to keep your pup safe while making the chew last longer.  (Of course, we always recommend you supervise your pets while they’re playing/chewing.) It works best with a Himalayan chew, but we’ve found that as long as the chew can fit through the hole, Bonehead and Jughead toys do a great job keeping your pup busy and safe! There are several different sizes to choose from, and all are made from a durable nylon that is top shelf dishwasher safe!

As always, we want to remind you that you are more than welcome to shop these products on our website, however, they will only earn you extra entries when you purchase them in-store! To learn even more about this week’s featured brands, you can check out AdreAnne’s weekly video below. Products are eligible to earn extra entries from 8/25/19 – 8/31/19 so come earn while you can!

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!