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As part of growing our blog community, Dublin Dog Co will start to test and review products submitted from our fan base. Our goal is share great products, be those for humans or for our dogs that we may all benefit from. First on the list is one that I have personally been trying over the last 3-4 months, the Kuranda Dog Bed. As many of you know, I'm the proud owner of a 65lb female German Shepherd Dog, "Kona" as well as an 85lb lab mix named "Jake" (the profile for our logo). Both dogs have started to crest the proverbial "hill" into old age with Kona being 9 and Jake being 10. As with many GSD's, Kona experiences some hip and joint issues, yet she is still as spry and puppy-like when it comes to chasing sticks and running after bunnies. However her recovery can take longer after extended days of play and romping.

Jake on the other hand has what I like to refer to as a sprinkle problem. That's right, he's a leaker. It appears in his older age he has become incontinent. While we have him on an aggressive regimen of Proin 3x a day, the positive effects are starting to wane. The result is the frustrating and disconcerting reality that he leaks all over his bed, our oriental rugs, the hardwoods, and everywhere else he decides to rest. While we certainly don't blame him for his malady, there is no getting around the constant struggle to keep the house clean, Jake clean, and mopping up everywhere he goes. While "male wraps" have been employed, we hate to have that on him all the time. And his bed, oh dear heavens. It was becoming a sponge for odor and urine, as even his wrap would eventually bleed through.

Welome the Kuranda Bed. These beds offer both orthopedic comfort for the dog by keeping them elevated off the ground through a supportive woven fabric that is supported by an indestructible PVC pipe frame that comes in both Almond and Walnut, or aluminum  if you so desire. There other benefit of these beds are the fact that they breathe, in that they allow air to flow through the material based on which material you choose from their selection of 40 oz. Vinyl, Ballistic Nylon, Cordura, or a vinyl weave all in a variety of colors. We chose the vinyl weave as it allows for the most air flow and is extremely easy to clean with a hose. While it can't cure Jake's incontinence, it does allow for a more sanitary environment while also doing wonderful things for his joints. 

While they did not initially take to sleeping in the beds for long periods, they have grown to really enjoy them. There are also fleece covers that you can purchase for the beds (think pillow top) to make them even more comfortable. These are a great option for dog owners who would like an alternative to traditional mattress style beds, or who may have dogs with joint problems, allergies, or incontinence. We're big fans of these beds and this company as they do a lot for shelters and rescues as well. Kudos to Kuranda!


At Dublin Dog Co, we realize our business and our products are only as good as the retailers and distributors who help promote them. So going forward, we want to help put the spotlight on those business who do it right and live out the Dublin Dog philosophy of creating your own luck and making a difference to our customers and dog lovers everywhere.

Our first feature is on Ketchum, Idaho's very own, Thunderpaws Pet Shoppe. Nestled right in the heart of main street Ketchum, owner Hurley Hamilton has spent the last twelve years catering to dog lovers and outdoor enthusiasts all around the Wood River Valley. Hurley focuses on giving back to her wonderful surroundings as much as she can by supporting the Wood River Valley Animal Shelter as well as the Environment Resource Center (ERC). Being a lover of the outdoors herself, Hurley loves skiing in the Winter with her granddaughter and hanging out at her cabin in the Summer. Being that Ketchum is a small town, Hurley has the benefit of walking to work with her dog and is only 5 minutes away  from the forest. So when pressed about her favorite place in Ketchum, she quickly responded with "everywhere".

Thunderpaws focuses on environmentally sustainable products and tries to rely on those made in the USA whenever possible. They share the Dublin Dog passion for getting out and getting active and Hurley Hamilton and her team do that with flare. Just take a look at their "Paw and Pole" event and you tell me if they're committed to making the most of your surroundings. Ineed, Hurley Hamilton and the staff at Thunderpaws have the right outlook on life, on their customers, and their pets. " I love having earned my grey hair, I no longer have to try so hard to be right about so many things. Age does mellow a person", says Hamilton. We know one thing for sure, when it comes to being RIGHT about great products and great nutrition, Thunderpaws in Ketchum Idaho is the place to go. We appreciate you and your great team!


Check out Mickey with his Roxxter from Dublin Dog Co. The more videos we get on this, the more we find that dogs just go nuts for the wild action of this toy. They are a lot of fun, both with & without treats. We especially love the ending of this video where Mickey shows off his skills. Great fan contribution, we love it, and of course we love Mickey!


Two cockers plus one sunny afternoon and a big back yard. The ball has been played with, the pool sits silent, the two cocker buddies await their next move. Enter the Roxxter.

Roxxter is a fun toy for dogs from the Dublin Dog Company. Made in the USA, it is designed to make Fido think, try to dispense the treats and have a rolling good, intellectually stimulating time doing so.

Our trusty testers went tally ho and em”barked” (pun intended) on the Roxxter toys. We filled them with a few of their favorite treats and made certain the treats would not get stuck inside. The idea is to have the dog toss the toy around, get the treats out, and in the meantime, get a pretty fun cerebral workout doing so. Double cockers, double fun, two Roxxters and a yummy vanilla scent provided a half hour of giggles to the human pet parents. Supervision is recommended with this and any toy so Fido does not chew through it. However, the super tough material of the Roxxter did not get damaged by the cockers. Actually, after the treats were dispensed, these two buds decided to flip the toy in the air (no doubt, looking for more goodies).

The Roxxter is available and a variety of stores and online. Check out the Dublin Dog Company website at Dublin Dog Company. They retail at about 13.95 and wash clean quite easily; available in a variety of colors.
Note: We accept no monetary compensation for reviews. Review is NOT sponsored Dublin Dog Co and is the sole opinion of the reviewer for FIDO Friendly magazine. We welcome your feedback and comments.


You’ve heard it a thousand times, that over time, owners and their dog(s) start to look alike. True? Who knows? What I do know is that dogs will start to match the energy level of their owners, be that for good or bad. So if you live a sedentary lifestyle, then over time your dog too will learn to adapt to that lifestyle, as will their metabolism. With that comes an expanding waistline and a whole host of related issues.

The solution: Get Active! Not all of us are in the best shape of our lives, however there are tons of ways to get back into it, especially now that the weather is finally getting cooler in some parts of the US. Here are a few quick ideas to step it up in the energy department.

  1. Human’s best friend- the dog; A Dog’s best friend- the walk. That’s right, one of the best things you can offer your dog is a brisk 20-30 minute walk. Not only do you get exercise during the walk, but you establish pack rules and obedience training opportunities while your buddy’s behind (not in front of you pulling) the leash. Use that time to reconnect with your dog and to use stop signs, other dogs, and all things furry that scurry out in front of you as training opportunities.
  2. Get involved in various types of obedience & agility trials. There are so many wonderful groups that can be found on sites like Meetup or local blogs that can direct you to well established groups. This week alone I have heard of two great classes,  one was on agility and the other was an urban scent class. How much fun would that be! One class even had a “bring me a beer” retrieval command. I saw it first hand and was so envious!
  3. Finally try something brand new. You don’t have to walk laps around your neighborhood, those sights and sounds can get old after awhile. Go for a hike at a new park, make a go of Dock Diving, or take your dog geocaching for the first time. Keep it fun & fresh and the experience will be great for both of you. Just remember, if your heading to the water, just grab your Original All Style, No Stink collar to stay as fresh as your new found spirit for exercise.

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As many of you have noticed we are currently out of stock of 90% of the Original All Style, No Stink dog collars? "What's the deal with that?" you say. Well, unless your dog has drug you into the closet or buried you in the backyard you've probably heard a little something about Dublin Dog Co now producing our world renowned collars in the USA. That's right, starting the first full week of July, we'll begin selling our newest version of our versatile All Style, No Stink collars. However, while we've been in production with our new E3 formulation (see blog below), new tooling, and new hardware, we had to deplete our existing stock without manufacturing new inventory from our former factory, using our previous methods. Our success has been predicated on "going for it", taking chances where others were afraid to go. The result; a really good product that makes a lot of sense. However, through your feedback, comments, and wonderful stories, we've found ways to correct our mistakes, improve where we could, and make some advancements. The result is a brand new facelift to our tried and true product line. So thank you for your patience and we hope you love what you see, and feel. As a way of saying thank you for reading this blog, enter "blowout" at checkout to receive 50% off your order from June 29th-July 7th, 2011 on whatever Original All Style, No Stink dog collars are left in stock. It never hurts to have a few on standby. (supplies are limited) Lucky day to you and yours.


So the swing of Spring is certainly here, with days in the Carolinas (Dublin Dog’s Headquarters) already reaching the mid 80’s. That’s got me thinking, how do I get out there and enjoy the wonderful weather, while at the same time giving the dogs a new form of exercise and excitement?

While many of us are already contemplating bathing suit season, and “finally” getting in shape, let’s discuss some new ways of doing just that with your best exercise buddy, your dog.

Bikejoring- Think urban mushing on streets or trails versus snow. This is a great low impact exercise for you; bicycling, and some wonderful running for your dog. This may take some getting used to, however for those breeds, human and canine alike that want to get out there, this could be your calling.

Rollerblading- Now don’t go and pull out your walkman, knee high socks, and daisy dukes, this is active blading. I’ve found this to be a blast, however ensure that your brake pad is in good shape and that you’re in control of your own actions before introducing a dog into the equation. I’ve also done this with a longboard style skateboard and have had a great time. My dogs love it, however I've found it easier to do the longboard while only having one dog pull, versus both. With two big breed dogs, I've picked up some serious speed and got the speed wobbles. Should have been on youtube, you would have died laughing.

The main thing this Spring is to find activities that make you sweat and increase your heart rate while allowing your dog(s) to get some much needed exercise in the process. Be sure to check with your vet to ensure your dog is in good health prior to establishing a routine.

What’s your favorite routine? How many times a week do your exercise with your dog? Below is a video from youtube showing a bikejoring club up in Boston.


You’re at the park, enjoying the sunny afternoon and your four-legged friend is having the time of her life. Then, as if being pulled by some invisible lasso, she makes a b-line to that dark area in the grass over by the tree. Suddenly, she stops, drops and rolls as if trying to put out a small fire set by worker ants (it must be a big fire, cause there's a lot of rollin' taking place). Then just as unexpectedly she trots over to you as if looking for a merit badge for her accomplishment. Then it hits you, like an uppercut to the nose. “The Funk”.

So why do dogs roll in the nasty nectar of dead things, poop, and all things gross? Here’s three explanations:

1)Dog’s use the scent or odor of what we would otherwise find disgusting as a type of perfume for themselves. Many times, we clean our dogs with perfumed soaps and sprays, however that can smell horrible to them. In return, they shop down a slightly different aisle and go for the scent that is most pleasing to them, like the nasty tidbits left laying in the field.

2)The dominant theory is that this is a trait carried over from their wolf ancestry, whereby canines would use these scents to cover up, or disguise their own scent as a way to sneak up on their prey. In some cases, they could almost be invited by their prey to come closer if they chose the most appealing scent.

3)Getting covered and smothered in nasty goodness can also be a way of alerting their pack or pack leader “hey look what I found over here, take a whiff”. It’s a way to communicate that they’ve found the booty, and you’re missing out. No really, you are.

It’s for this reason I created the Original All Style, No Stink dog collar for Dublin Dog Co.. Dogs will be dogs, and that’s why we love them, for all their quarks, traits, and characteristics. But leave the funk in the field and keep your collars clean. Did you know you can put your waterproof ASNS Dublin Dog Collar in the dishwasher? Try it.


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