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New “Travel with Dogs” Book Helps Plan Your Dream Getaway

October 13th, 2016 · No Comments · Books

Are you following Eurydice’s European Escapade? Do you love watching Jasper Lily’s road trips with Alison? If these packs have given you the travel bug, now’s the time to pick up the helpful new book, Travel with Dogs.

Travel With Dogs Book Makes Adventure Easy

Written by the world travel experts at Lonely Planet, you’ll love how this adorable guidebook explains the ins and outs of air, land and sea travel with dogs.

This cute little book caught our eye because we were inspired to hit the road with Jerry when he got bone cancer. There were many things about traveling with him that we had to learn along the way. If only this book was around then!

Travel with Dogs teaches the most essential tips for having a good time seeing the world together. The authors explain how to:

  • Understand your dog’s needs while traveling.
  • Be a great traveling pooch ambassador.
  • Find places to stay, eat and have fun together.
  • What documentation and vaccines are needed for each kind of travel.
  • Which gear items to pack.
  • And so much more!

If you’re in the early stages of dreaming up your perfect travel itinerary with your pup, you need this book. For starters, you’ll learn the pros and cons of each type of transportation. The authors strive to teach you what kind of travel your pet will be happiest doing. For example, not all dogs are happy air travelers, even those who can fit beneath a seat!

The book also provides realistic insight on the various ways you’ll need to modify your travel activities in order to keep your pooch happy. For instance, you’ll have to be realistic about sightseeing with your dog, and when you’ll need to have a good quality boarding kennel as a backup plan.

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Learn what kind of trip will make your pup happiest,.

An extra little feature we really love in the book is this no-nonsense list about the benefits of traveling with our favorite canine. It’s all true!

The 10 best things about traveling with your dog

1. You see more when you explore on foot
2. You make new friends
3. Dogs make the most agreeable travel companions
4. You spend quality time with your pooch
5. Dog make things more fun
6. You can travel with other dog lovers
7. You’ll never be alone
8. You go places you otherwise wouldn’t
9. It’s good for your dog
10. And it’s good for you!

As permanent RV travelers with Tripawds Spokesdog Wyatt Ray, we can vouch for the spot-on advice provided in Travel with Dogs.

Wyatt Ray only knows the travel life. He's been doing it 7 years now!

Wyatt Ray only knows the road dawg life. He’s been doing it 7 years.

If you’ve been bitten by the wanderlust bug, pick up this little pocket guidebook and get started planning your trip of a lifetime!

Win a Copy of Travel with Dogs!

Would you like to receive our press copy of Travel with Dogs? If so, just comment below and tell us more about the dream trip you’d like to take with your pooch. We’ll choose a winner at random on midnight on 10/28. Contest is open to U.S and Canadian residents only.





Pill Cutter for Pet Medication Makes Pilling Easy

September 29th, 2016 · 1 Comment · Products

Anyone who has a Tripawd going through amputation recovery or chemotherapy* knows that giving pet medication is a challenge. And that’s especially true when your dog or cat needs a half pill. Forget the old way of using a knife to cut your pet meds, why not try a pill cutter?

See how easy it is to use a pill cutter for pet medication:

Just ask Princess Reign’s Mom about pill cutters:

We finally purchased a pill cutter ( under $2) since getting those tiny pill into forths was impossible. Best purchase ever! I wish I would’ve had 1 when dealing with the pain meds!! So I’m recommending anyone with a smaller dog to get 1 and make life easier lol — “Monday Blahs, May 9 2016”

Although we couldn’t find any that cheap, we did find some handy dandy pill cutters for pet medication (people too!) on Amazon. Check ’em out:

Apex Ultra Pill Splitter

This is the one you see in our video. We really like ours!

  • Contoured design for comfort and security while splitting
  • New self-retracting blade guard for added safety

Multiple Pill Cutter

This is the Cadillac of pill cutters! If you have a small breed dog, you’ll especially love it:

  • Splits pill halves into quarters
  • Splits multiple pills in one operation
  • For use with round or oblong pills
  • Medical grade stainless steel cutting blade
  • Blade guard protects fingers
  • Made in America!

Now all that’s left is figuring out how to give pills to a dog or cat! Never fear, however: check out these previous Tripawds posts:

Hide Your Pet’s Pills with Food, Pastes, Pockets, Masks and Treats

How to Give a Dog Pills (Video tutorial)

How to Pill a Dog or Cat

Pill Taking Treats, Strategies and Secret Recipes

Make Your Own Pill Pocket Dog Treats

Do you have a favorite way to give pills that your dog or cat doesn’t mind so much? Share your pill giving strategies below, we’d love to hear your secret!

*Never cut chemotherapy pills without consulting with your veterinarian.





Wifi Pet Cam Basics for Recovering Tripawds (and more!)

August 15th, 2016 · 9 Comments · Products

Are you worried about leaving your cat or dog at home alone after amputation surgery? Do you have a dog with separation anxiety? If so, then maybe it’s time to learn about wifi pet cam basics.

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Wifi pet cameras didn’t exist when Tripawds Founder and Chief Fun Officer Jerry was recovering from amputation surgery. If we had one, it might have made us a little less anxious when we left him alone to go to work. When we investigated wifi pet cams to help Tripawds Spokesdog Wyatt Ray overcome his separation anxiety, things didn’t turn out as we had hoped. Read on to find out why.

Wifi Pet Cameras Option 1: Repurpose Smart Phones and Tablets

It’s nice to see how technology has adapted to the needs of pet parents like us! You’ll find two kinds of ways to watch your dog or cat while you’re away. The first way is by downloading a pet cam app onto your smart phone and an extra tablet, laptop or smart phone. Once the app is installed, one device acts as the camera’s remote control and viewing device, the other as the monitor.

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Two popular pet cam apps for both Android and Apple phones include:


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Dog Monitor

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We tried one pet cam app that wasn’t made specifically for cats and dogs but it was free and gets great reviews. It’s called “Presence.” Overall it worked as it should and we were satisfied with its performance.

The downside of this kind of wifi pet cam? You must have a robust internet connection to use these apps.

Wifi Pet Cameras, Option 2: Wireless Camera Devices

Meet the modern nanny for pets (and kids too!), the wireless camera monitor. Today’s wifi cameras are much cheaper way to go than installing a home security device. Plus, they can do so much more than call the cops if a burglary happens. Today’s wifi pet cameras can do everything from track your pet’s daily exercise to monitor their health and even dispense treats!

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Wifi connectivity doesn’t seem to be as big of an issue for these as it does for the apps we investigated. Amazon has some of the most honest and accurate wifi pet camera reviews on the web. According to Amazon reviewers, here are the top three wifi pet cameras:

Petcube Interactive Wi-Fi Pet Camera

Petcube is an interactive pet camera that lets you watch, talk to and play with your pets from your smartphone when you’re away from home. Beautifully designed with an interactive laser toy, your pets will enjoy regular playtime and exercise. No more sad goodbyes! Now your furry friends are just one tap away.

  • View live video in HD with a wide angle lens
  • Chat and listen using 2-way audio
  • Exercise and play with a built-in laser toy
  • Customize access for friends and family
  • Capture and share photos and videos
  • Engage with pet lovers worldwide
  • Requires free Petcube Mobile App.
  • iOS and Android compatible. Android (4.0 or greater)

Petzi Treat Cam: Wi-Fi Pet Camera & Treat Dispenser

  • A fun and easy way to connect with and treat your pet from anywhere
  • Watch the excitement on your pet’s face when you pop in
  • Dispense your pet’s favorite treat with the Petzi treat launcher for a big smile
  • Say hello to your pet through the high quality audio
  • Capture candid photos of your pet to save or share on your favorite social site

Pawbo Wi-Fi Pet Camera, 720P Interactive Wireless Pet Treat Cam & Treat Dispenser

  • Two-way communication and 720p stunning live streaming, easy to connect with your pets and family anytime, anywhere
  • Video recording capability: directly downloaded into drop box cloud storage
  • Built-in interactive laser dot chasing game, multiple sound effect, treat dispensing system through one touch function, play & interact with your pets
  • Instant social sharing: snap photos and share your pet and family’s adorable images on Facebook, twitter and Instagram
  • Easy to set up Pawbo app: support iOS 6 or above (iPhone, iPad, iPod) and android 4 or above (smartphones & tablets)

Wifi Pet Cam Downsides

After investigating all of our options, we came to a couple of sad conclusions. If your pet has separation anxiety you may want to consider:

Conclusion #1: No amount of monitoring can prevent Wyatt from doing what he’s going to do. He is still a lonely dog who is very unhappy when the pack is apart. See for yourself:

Conclusion #2: Watching him be lonely while we’re away is worse than not watching at all.

The best scenario for a wifi pet cam in any household is when you have someone who can run home to aid your pet, should they get into trouble. Without that luxury, a pet cam may cause you more stress in the long-run. Just something to keep in mind.

If you use a wifi pet cam we’d love to hear about your own experience below.









The Teachings of Shirelle

June 30th, 2016 · 4 Comments · Books

For all animal lovers, there is usually one special pet who touches the heart, who becomes—and always will be—your heart and soul dog. For us, that would be Jerry—our first dog, and the inspiration for the Tripawds Community.

For author, director, and psychotherapist Douglas Green, that was Shirelle.

The Teachings of Shirelle: Life Lessons from a Divine Knucklehead

Shirelle was not a three legged dog, but like the beloved dogs and cats of so many Tripawds members, she shared a very special connection with her guardian.

Teachings of ShirelleHer story struck a chord with us, as the life lessons she taught Green felt so familiar to those we learned from Jerry throughout his cancer journey.

For starters:

  • Live life to the fullest, and love thoughtlessly.
  • The meaning of life is passion.
  • Every second is new, everything is rebirth.
  • When mired in misery, joy is all that can save us.
  • Miracles happen.

“The greatest warriors win, not by fighting, but by ending the fight.”

The Teachings of Shirelle is more than just another favorite pet memoir. It delves deep into the amazing impact Shirelle’s presence had not only on the author, but on everyone she met. She deeply touched his family, friends, and the clients of his child and family therapy practice, many of whom would request she be included in their sessions.

This book is filled with endless stories, professional insights and personal reflections on the life lessons we can all take away from the special bonds we share with the pets in our lives.

Green uses his expertise as an actor and director to paint vivid pictures of his life together with Shirelle. As a psychotherapist, he is able to analyze the meaning of her oftentimes destructive behavior. His writing style includes breaking up the narrative with short anecdotes and interjecting poetry for an easy, enjoyable read.


Shirelle was known as “Knucklehead” in the shelter from which Green rescued her. Mischievous antics earned her the name, but it is not derogatory in the least. Green actually defines it as a bizarre form of genius…

” A knucklehead is someone who might be perfectly smart, but their sweet explosive emotions take over, above and beyond their intelligence.”

Sweet explosive emotions—yeah, that’s our Jerry.

Read more reviews for The Teachings of Shirelle on Amazon.



Natural Flea and Tick Protection for Cats and Dogs

June 20th, 2016 · 3 Comments · Products

Natural flea and tick protection for your pets can do a good job at repelling and eliminating parasites. And they’re a safer option for dogs and cats with immune systems weakened by cancer.

But unlike those convenient single-dose “spot-on” flea products, natural flea and tick protection requires diligence on your part. Using these products means remembering to spray your pets a few times a week (more if they frequently swim), keeping a close eye on their fur for signs of parasites and thoroughly fighting fleas around your home too.

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What me worry? I use natural flea and tick protection.

But the results are worth it. Because if any dog is proof that these holistic-minded products work, it’s Tripawds Spokesdog Wyatt Ray. He’s seven years old and has never been exposed to conventional flea and tick products. And he’s never had fleas. Since we spend summers in the mountains, ticks have occasionally latched on, but they’ve never been a real problem and Wyatt’s never contracted any tick-born diseases. Maybe we’re lucky: some dogs are more susceptible to tick-borne illnesses like lyme disease. Wyatt is apparently not one of them.

Why Spot-On Flea and Tick Products are Risky

Obviously we took a chance to find out that these products work, but to us the risk was worth it. Why? Because conventional flea and tick products can keep our pets healthy — or they can make them incredibly sick.

In her blog post “Advanced, Non-Toxic Pet Pest Repellent System That Works,” holistic vet Dr. Karen Becker shares:

Every day, I see dogs and cats suffering from the side effects of drugs or other toxic chemicals they’ve been given.

In April of 2009, the EPA issued an advisory about “spot-on” chemical pesticide products. These are products applied to the neck or back of dogs and cats as a flea and tick preventive.

The advisory was issued due to a significant increase in reported adverse reactions – everything from mild skin irritation to seizures and death. In 2008, over 44,000 reactions presumed to be tied to spot-on products were reported by pet owners, veterinarians, and other animal caretakers.

And the 44,000 reported incidents in 2008 was a significant jump from the 28,000 the prior year, and included 600 deaths. In my opinion, the risks of these products are simply too great to warrant their routine (monthly) use. I encourage dog and cat owners to avoid these pesticides in favor of safer alternatives.

Fight Fleas Naturally with Flea and Tick Defense

Dr. Becker recently introduced a Mercola product called “Natural Flea and Tick Defense.” We think it’s worth a try. Here are the natural Brazilian oils and ingredients found in Flea & Tick Defense spray:

  • Lemongrass oil – When formulated into a spray for pets, promotes a shiny, healthy coat, and helps repel fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes.
  • Cinnamon oil – A versatile essential oil widely used in the household. It is an effective environmentally-friendly ingredient that helps deter mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, and other pests from attacking your dog or cat.
  • Sesame oil – A rich, almost odorless oil derived from tiny sesame seeds. When combined with other essential oils it helps protect against pests and promotes the health of your pet’s skin and coat.
  • Castor oil – Castor oil has been used for years by veterinarians. When combined with other oils, helps to repel a variety of pests.
  • Purified water – Only the purest water is used to help blend and properly balance the unique formula of essential oils.

Dr. Becker goes on to say that if you’re thinking of making this formula yourself (trust me, we thought about it too!), here’s why that’s a bad idea:

“There’s one very important point I want to make about these ingredients… it’s not the individual elements that make Flea & Tick Defense so effective, it’s the expert blending and balancing of the Brazilian oils with the pure water.

You need to be very careful when selecting a pest preventive for your pet. If too much of any one ingredient is not blended properly, your pet’s skin could become irritated.”

Natural Flea and Tick Defense looks like a great natural flea and tick protection product. We haven’t tried it yet because we’re currently using Wondercide cedar oil spray on Wyatt, but if you give it a try, let us know.

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