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The matching collar and bracelet combo has been a popular trend among pet owners in recent years. Who wouldn’t want to match with their furry best friend? It is a super cute trend that I see continuing for some time to come. More and more makers are coming out with different designs and options for you to match with your pup.

I had the opportunity to try out two matching collar and bracelet combos from Pack Leashes. I chose to try one cloth and one leather alternative with Enzo and Yoshi.For Enzo, I picked the Native Bestie combo, a green and white patterned cloth collar and bracelet. When taking this collar out of the box, the shiny gold hardware snap buckle was the first thing I noticed. It appears to be high quality and is very striking. The fabric is stitched onto what looks like nylon for durability. Overall, it looks really well made and I really love color combo of the white and green with the gold. I would definitely purchase a collar in another pattern made the same as this one.For Yoshi, I picked the Flower of Life combo, a blue leather alternative collar and bracelet. This collar is a traditional buckle and has the design printed on both sides of the material. While I do like the look of the first collar more, this one would probably be a better every day collar and for outdoor activities because the material is easier to clean. This collar also has gold hardware. The website does not list the exact leather alternative on the product description, but when I asked Pack Leashes they said it was faux leather. The most common type of faux leather is pleather. My prefered leather alternative for collars is BioThane, because it is more durable and typically looks nicer than pleather. However, pleather is still more durable and scratch resistant than real leather and is also waterproof.  Priced at over $40USD, I would prefer to see the higher quality leather alternative material being used, but I will continue to use this collar for Yoshi and I do like that it is easy to clean.My overall take on Pack Leashes’ Lifetime Bestie Bracelet and Collar combos is that they were well made and appear durable. The patterns available are cute and trendy. While I do prefer BioThane over pleather, these collars are high quality. I loved the cloth one a lot and the price point is about industry average for specialty collars, especially considering the price includes the bracelet as well. All of Pack Leashes’ Lifetime products have a lifetime guarantee and they donate two pounds of dog food for every purchase. Their website includes high quality photos of the products and is easy to navigate, but I would like to see more product descriptions with information on the materials and design. You can check out Pack Leashes’ selection of bestie collars here, as well as their other products.What do you think about the matching collar and bracelet trend? Do you prefer cloth collars or leather alternative collars for your dog? Let us know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading,

Katie, Gracie, Echo, Yoshi, and Enzo

Disclosure: All thoughts and opinions shared in this post are my own. Pack Leashes sent me Lifetime Bestie Collars and Bracelets in exchange for an honest review of their product. A Girl and Her Husky is not receiving compensation for any purchases from Pack Leashes. All photos are property of A Girl and Her Husky and may not be used without written permission. 

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Dog health, nutrition, and general well-being are all things that I am passionate about. I love learning about different ways I can help my own dogs live healthier and happier lives. Thanks to technology and research, companies and veterinarians are constantly coming out with new products and techniques to help our pets. Even things like digestion, dental health, coat health, and activity level can be improved by just adding in different nutrients to your pet’s diet. I recently had the opportunity to try out a new supplement called Total Digest by Thomas Labs with two of my dogs to help improve nutrient absorption and digestive health.

What is Total Digest

The more I have learned about dog food, the more it has become clear that dog food is not one size fits all. Different dogs need different levels and types of nutrients in their diet and dogs respond to ingredients in different ways. Because of this, nutrient deficiencies in dogs are fairly common. Some signs that your dog could be lacking in certain nutrients are dull coat, poor dental health, low energy in a normally energetic breed, skin issues, and even digestive issues like loose stool or excess gas. Total Digest adds enzymes and other nutrients into your dog’s diet to help them break down the nutrients in the food you are already feeding, as well as support their digestive health by adding in probiotics.

Why I tried Total Digest with Echo and Enzo

I decided to try Total Digest out with Echo and Enzo since I thought they would benefit the most from it out of my dogs. You can use Total Digest with any dog, especially since it aids in nutrient absorption, which any dog could benefit from. However, I felt Echo would specifically benefit from Total Digest since he is taking additional supplements for his hips and joints and the enzymes in Total Digest could help him in his absorption of the nutrients in those supplements. Echo has also always had a sensitive stomach and could benefit from the extra digestion support from the probiotics in Total Digest. I also felt Enzo, our four month old puppy, would benefit from taking Total Digest. Puppies’ stomachs do get upset or unbalanced easily since everything they are trying and eating is pretty new to them. A probiotic helps the good bacteria in their digestive system stay balanced and happy, even when trying something new or switching foods. For Enzo, I wanted to see his stools firm up more, which is a sign of good digestive health. I think Total Digest will also be great for the puppy to aid in absorbing all the essential nutrients he needs to grow up strong and healthy!

After trying out Total Digest for two weeks

After having Echo and Enzo on Total Digest for two weeks, I have seen some definite changes. Enzo’s digestive health has improved and his stools are much more firm. This was one of the major things I was wanting to see improve for Enzo with Total Digest, so I am very happy that it happened. Echo has not had any digestive upset in the last two weeks, but I will have to continue to use it with him to know for sure if it has had an impact since he does not always get stomach upset every week or so. As far as his absorption of his hip and joint supplement, while I do not have proof via blood work or anything, I can say that I have seen him whining and hesitating less when getting up and down. Because of that, I do think his hips are feeling better than they were. This could be due to the Total Digest helping him to absorb more of the glucosamine and chondroitin in his supplement and food.

Conclusion and Giveaway 

Overall, I have been happy with Total Digest and the impact it has had on Echo and Enzo. I do want to continue to use it for them to keep Enzo’s digestive health regular and see if it continues to improve Echo’s sensitive stomach and nutrient absorption. Even if your pet doesn’t have a specific issue with digestion or isn’t on another supplement, Total Digest can help them to absorb more of the nutrients in their food while helping to maintain a healthy digestive system. Thomas Labs is giving away a container of Total Digest to one of our readers for you to try with your dog(s) or cat(s). To enter our giveaway for Total Digest, click here and follow the instructions in the new window. If you are interested in purchasing Total Digest to try with your pet, you can find it on the Thomas Labs site here and be sure to use the coupon code DIGEST2 at checkout or you can buy it on Amazon here.

How do you think your pet could benefit from Total Digest? Leave a comment below and let us know!

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Thanks for reading!

Katie, Gracie, Echo, Yoshi, and Enzo

Disclosure: All thoughts and opinions shared in this post are my own. Thomas Labs sent me Total Digest and compensation in exchange for an honest review of their product. A Girl and Her Husky is not receiving compensation for any purchases of Total Digest through Thomas Labs or Amazon. Giveaway product is being supplied directly from Thomas Labs and not A Girl and Her Husky. All photos are property of A Girl and Her Husky and may not be used without written permission. 

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A Girl and Her Husky by Agirlandherhusky - 6M ago

I know I’ve been away from my blog for a minute. 2018 was a year of learning and adjusting to a new life for me. Some good and some not so good. However, I am still as passionate about Siberian Huskies as ever! I love my dogs and that is one thing about me that will never change. I spent the last year figuring out what I want to do in my career and what I want my adult life to look like. One thing I am sure of is my involvement with Siberians. I had the opportunity to foster five different dogs from Releashed Rescue, the husky rescue I adopted Echo and Yoshi from. Yoshi was one of my fosters that we ended up keeping. However, as Gracie is getting older, it is harder for her to continually have these other adult dogs that she has never met come through the house. As some of my readers may know, Gracie has been attacked a few times in her past unprovoked by other dogs, which has left her wary of strange dogs. My hypothesis, since this has happened several times to her, is that it could be linked to the other dogs sensing her epilepsy and them being unsure what it is. She still really enjoys playing and running with other dogs after she gets to know them, she is totally in love with Yoshi, but the initial meeting is really nerve wrecking for her and I want to protect her from having any more attacks at her age. I would like to foster dogs again once we have a bigger house where I can easily separate any dogs that need their own space to feel comfortable, like Gracie or a nervous foster dog. For now we will not be fostering dogs, but I still love Releashed and all they do for huskies in need.

Our Yoshi has really blossomed into a wonderful dog since adopting him last spring. When we adopted him, he was a little nervous and unsure of everything. He acted like he had never been an inside dog before and did not respond to any basic commands. He was also underweight and recovering from heartworm treatment. Through lots of love and training, Yoshi is now a very sweet cuddle bug with lots and lots of energy. Yoshi and Gracie are best buds and love playing together. Echo prefers to play with me and his toys- LOL. I’ve started training Yoshi for dry land mushing and canicross. He is learning the directional commands, but the pulling and running part came naturally to him. If he sees me pick up his harness, he gets so excited and goes crazy running circles around the house. It is definitely his favorite activity! I am hoping in 2019 that we get to do a lot more mushing and hopefully buy our own dry land cart!

Unfortunately we found out that my sweet Echo has mild hip dysplasia in 2018. Because of it, he is not able to continue with any high impact sports like agility or mushing. I am looking into possibly doing nose work with him, since he enjoys the nose work games we play at home. He is also learning plenty of new tricks and will hopefully be ready for his next trick dog title soon! Echo is currently on Nupro Silver and salmon oil for his hips. They seem to help and he is not showing any symptoms of pain.

A few years ago I got in contact with a wonderful lady near me that breeds and shows Siberian Huskies in AKC conformation. She has been in the breed for many years and is also a professional handler, meaning she shows other dogs besides her own professionally. Last year, she started teaching conformation classes at a training facility near me so I started going and learning how to show Siberian Huskies and learning more about what makes a healthy and conformationally correct Siberian Husky. The Siberian Husky standard is all about being a well structured sled dog. You can check out the AKC standard here. I had the opportunity last year to show two of her dogs in AKC dog shows. This last November she had a litter of really beautiful puppies from two amazing parents with great pedigrees behind them. I had been waiting for a puppy from her and from this specific dam (mom dog) for a while and was very excited. A few days ago, we got to welcome home our show prospect puppy and new pack member, Enzo! Enzo is 10 1/2 weeks old. He is the sweetest little guy. He loves to play and is learning very fast. I am very excited about Enzo and am looking forward to his future in conformation and sports! I am hoping to teaching him mushing like Yoshi once he is older. We also plan to do the working pack title from the Siberian Husky Club of America, which is in simpler terms, backpacking for Siberian Huskies. I am also excited to share our new journey in the show world with my readers. There is so much that goes into it and I am very excited to continue to learn.

Thanks for reading!

-Katie, Gracie, Echo, Yoshi and Enzo

Disclosure:  All images are property of A Girl and Her Husky- please do not use without permission.

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If you read my previous post on dog food and what I am looking for when I choose a food for my Siberian Huskies, I mentioned that I believe that the best way to feed your dog is a raw or homemade diet. Feeding raw or;l homemade, you can avoid all the additives and artificial ingredients that dry dog food contains.  However, many people do not have the time or feel comfortable making their own dog food. Some people may also not like the idea of handling or feeding their dog raw meat. When The Simple Food Project approached me and told me about how they are giving a solution to both of those issues, I knew it was something I had to try out with my huskies and share with my readers.

Echo is ready to dig in!

What I liked about The Simple Food Project: Helping owners find the best diet suitable for their dog is one of my passions. Just like in our own human food, the pet industry is filled with foods that are heavily processed and filled with artificial ingredients that are completely unnecessary and harmful for dogs. Eating simpler and healthier foods is not only good for you, but for your dog too. The Simple Food Project uses fresh whole food ingredients in their recipes. One of the first things I really liked about their dog food is that all of the ingredients are fresh foods you could find in a grocery store. All of their vitamins and minerals come from these natural sources and meet the AAFCO requirements for adult dog food. There is not a need to add in extra synthetic vitamins. I am a big believer in giving your dog variety in their diet. The Simple Food Project offers three different recipes that provide that variety. You can read about their recipes and why that variety is important on the Simple Food Project website: recipes and variety.

How did the huskies like The Simple Food Project? When it comes to dog food, one of the most important things after the nutrition and ingredients, is will your dog eat it happily. Siberian Huskies are one of the dog breeds known for being picky eaters. Their metabolisms are different from most other dogs due to their original purpose as long distance sled dogs. If they do not favor a food, they are perfectly fine not eating and they will continue to not eat to even dangerous lengths. When Gracie was a young dog, a vet told me that she would not starve herself and if I do not add anything or change her food, she would eventually eat her food. Dogs naturally do not starve themselves. However, Gracie disagreed. I told the vet that she would go days without eating and the vet told me to not switch out her dry food, again saying she will eat when she gets hungry enough. Long story short, this did not work and Gracie went way too many days without eating on the vet’s advice and I ended up switching her to a new food that she liked better.  Now that I know more about dogs and nutrition, I know that the real cause of Gracie’s issues was that I was feeding her too much and she would overeat and then fast herself. If your dog is not eating, do not try to starve them. They may naturally fast themselves if they have an upset stomach or, like Gracie, ate too much. Anything more than a day is too long though. Food, just like with humans, is a dog’s source of energy and nutrients. They need a balanced diet. Fresh foods, like in The Simple Food Project, are much more appealing to dogs’ taste buds. Also, switching up what your dog is eating will help keep them interested in their next meal. I give my dogs different food for breakfast and dinner. My huskies loved eating the food from The Simple Food Project. I tried all three recipes with them. I tried The Simple Food Project dog food both by itself as a complete meal and mixed with dry dog food. I understand that not everyone can afford freeze dried raw food for their dogs, especially large and giant breed dog owners or people with multiple dogs. Mixing it in with your usual dry dog food can also give your dog the benefits of whole foods. If you are going to add something to your dog’s food, like fresh foods or freeze dried dog food, be sure to lessen the amount of dry food you are giving accordingly. I did a 50/50 mix, meaning I gave them half of the amount of dry food they would normally eat and half of The Simple Food Project food.

A Girl and Her Husky’s overall thoughts on The Simple Food Project:

Overall, I really loved The Simple Food Project. If I could afford to feed it all the time to my dogs, I would. While it is cheaper than most of the other freeze dried and whole food dog foods on the market, it still is pricey to feed three Siberian Huskies! However, I can afford to add a little bit in with my dry dog food and still get the benefits of having some whole foods in my dogs diet. This food meets all of my big requirements that I look for in dog food (you can check those out here.) I would definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to feed their dog a better whole food diet, especially if you do not have the time or desire to make it yourself. The Simple Food Project gave me a coupon code to share with my readers as well. Enter the code AGIRL at checkout for 10% off of their 1.5, 3, and 6 pound boxes of food.

Have you considered supplementing your dog’s diet with fresh foods? If so, what do you add?

Thanks for reading,

Katie, Gracie, Echo, and Yoshi

Disclosure: A Girl and Her Husky received dog food from The Simple Food Project in return for an honest review. All opinions in this post are my own. All images are property of A Girl and Her Husky – please do not use without permission.

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With so many different dog foods on the market today, it can be hard to find the right food for your dog. Everyone seems to have a different opinion about what the best dog food is and how you should feed dog. Rather than saying that one food is the best food out there, I follow strict guidelines of what I look for in food for my huskies. Several different brands and types of food can match these guidelines, so it gives you several options of what to get.

Nom Nom Now

1. Protein and Fat content

Siberian Huskies are very active and high energy dogs, but they can still become overweight if you do not feed them correctly or do not exercise them enough. To help keep my huskies at a good weight and have the appropriate nutrients in their diet, I look for a protein level over 30% and a fat level of at least under 20%, preferably under 18%, in dry dog food. This does not apply to all breeds of dogs. This is specifically geared towards high energy working breeds. However, if you were running your Siberian Husky on sled team, you would want a higher fat percentage since they would be burning it off. Most pet Siberian Huskies do not run over 10 miles or get over 2 hours of exercise though. I like for my Sibes to get around an hour of physical exercise a day, more if possible. You can find the protein and fat percentages of your dog food under the guaranteed analysis on the bag. If you are looking at canned or raw food, these percentages will be different because both of those foods have high water contents. High water content is a good thing since your dog will be getting more moisture in their diet, which helps with digestion and helps prevent bloat. When comparing raw and canned to kibble, you have to figure out what the protein and fat is without the moisture. This is where some math comes in. You first subtract the moisture percentage from 100. So, if your moisture is 60%, 100 minus 60 is 40. Then you take the protein or fat percentage and divide by the number you just found (so, using the previous example, it would be protein/40 or fat/40) then multiply it by 100 to turn that number into a percentage. You will then have the protein percentage based on dry matter and can accurately compare dog foods. If you don’t want to do all this math, typically raw food is the way to go. Raw tend to be higher protein and lower fat. In the case of the sled dog above, you could add more fat or feed a meat that is naturally higher in fat, like duck.

2. The meat ingredients

I like for the first three ingredients of my dry dog food to be some sort of meat and for it to always be a named meat. I avoid anything that does not state what animal the meat is coming from. Nobody wants to eat mystery meat, and when it comes to feeding your Siberian Husky the right way, mystery meat is not the way to go. Ingredients like Animal Meal, Blood Meal, Bone Meal, Animal By-Product, etc should always be avoided. However, “meal” is fine if the type of animal is listed, such as Turkey Meal or Lamb Meal. Meal is simply the meat with the moisture removed and ground down. By-products, on the other hand, should be avoided. By-product is basically the parts and meat that is left over after all the meat for human consumption has been removed. In other words, its the stuff that we wouldn’t want to eat, such as feathers, organs, feet, fur, heads, etc. I do not have a certain type of meat that I prefer to feed my Sibes. I like to mix up for them and give them a different flavor with every bag. If I had to pick some of my favorites, I’d pick Game Birds (quail, duck, pheasant), Salmon, Beef, and Lamb.

Darwin’s Raw Pet Food

3. No artificial ingredients

Artificial colors are added to make the dog food bright colors, such as red, yellow, and green, that make humans feel that the food is healthier because it looks like the colors of fresh vegetables and meats. It is just a marketing scheme. Your dog does not care if his kibble is green or brown. However, many artificial colors and dyes are listed as possible carcinogens (cancer causing agents) or can create issues with your dog’s immune system.

Artificial preservatives are commonly used in lower quality dog foods. However, many people do not recognize them on the ingredient list because they do not know what they are. Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), tert-butyl hydroquinone (TBHQ), propyl gallate, and ethoxyquin are some of the most commonly used artificial preservatives used. Artificial preservatives can have a negative impact on your dog’s liver and BHA and BHT have both been linked to causing cancer in lab animals.  These two preservatives are banned in many countries, including all of the European Union, but are allowed in the US in both human and dog food.

Holistic Health Extension Dog Food

When talking about artificial ingredients in particular, I often hear people say that they have fed their dogs x brand for years and that their dogs have all been fine. My opinion is that you do not know what could have been had you been feeding your dog a healthier option that did not put such strain on your dog’s liver or had a chance of causing tumors or cancer. A dog that lived 12 years, could live 15 and be active and healthy for longer. Even a dog that lived 18 years, may have been physically healthier during their senior years. My senior Siberian Husky, Gracie, will be 11 this year. I used to feed her a food with artificial ingredients before I knew all of this information. My mom switched her dogs to something better and I started using that food too when she was about 4 or 5 years old. Even just feeding her better the last 6 years, I see a big difference between her and other Siberian Huskies her age. Gracie did not come from a great breeder that health tested their dogs or had great show dog or anything. She has genetic epilepsy. Genetics are not on her side. However, because of her healthy diet she looks and acts like Siberian Huskies three years younger. I had her bloodwork done recently at our vet and he said if he did not know her age, he would think her results were of Siberian Husky much younger than her. Her joints are healthy and her teeth are white.

4. No corn, wheat, or soy

I avoid any dog food with these three ingredients. Dogs thrive off meat protein and fat. You may look at the protein on a dog food bag and it seems good, but if that protein is coming from vegetables, it is not necessarily good. Soy ingredients often boost the protein level of the food and is cheaper than meat. Some dog foods will add in soy ingredients because of this. Wheat is one of the most common allergies for dogs and can cause symptoms such as hot spots, ear infections, and itchy dry skin. Corn is also a common allergy (my Echo is allergic to corn), but it is mostly used a source of carbs and vegetable protein. Dogs do need carbs and corn is a source of carbs, however dogs do not digest corn very well, which can lead to stomach troubles and put them at risk of bloat. This is especially important if your dog is over 50 pounds, lives in a warmer climate, or eats quickly, as both of these things also add to the risk of bloat.

Wellness Core RawRev Dog Food

My Preferences

The four above points are my absolute requirements when picking out dog food for my huskies. However, I do have a few other things that I prefer in dog food. While corn, wheat, and soy are an absolute no for me, I do prefer grain free over grain inclusive. However, if I did get a grain inclusive food, I would prefer oats, brown rice, and barley over other grains. Typically foods that are grain free have more peas and potatoes, which not all dogs do well with. Based on this, my ideal food for my dog is either raw or homemade. Grains, peas, and potatoes are not necessary for a dog to have a balanced diet, but kibble needs them for carbs and to bind the food together. An advantage to kibble is the price and convenience. Raw can be pricier and takes up room in the freezer. I have gotten a second refrigerator just for the dogs for whenever I do have raw food.  As I have mentioned in previous reviews of raw dog food, raw nutrients are healthier and easier for your dog to absorb than cooked nutrients in kibble. I would say my last preference in dog food is small batch made kibble over large batch. This means that the kibble itself was cooked and created in smaller groups rather than a bunch of kibble all at once. This means that the quality can be monitored more closely and any defects or issues are easier to detect.

I would encourage you on your journey to find the right food for your Siberian Husky to use this list and knowledge to compare different brands of kibble on the market. I always tell people that there is not one perfect kibble that works for every single dog ever. Different dogs have different needs.

Do you have any other questions about what to feed your Siberian Husky or want to know about a specific food? Leave me a comment below! Be sure to visit our reviews page and check out some of the dog food reviews I have done in the past.

Thanks for reading,

Katie, Gracie, Echo, and Yoshi

Are you new to owning a Siberian Husky or thinking about getting one? Check out my post on Advice from Husky Owners!

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During our road trip to BlogPaws in Kansas City, we stopped overnight in Nashville for a break. I decided to stay at the Red Roof PLUS+ since I knew it was both pet friendly and affordable. This was my first experience staying with Red Roof.

Red Roof PLUS+ Nashville

The check in process was very easy. We arrived around 5pm and I left the windows cracked for the dogs in the car and went into the lobby area. The staff at this Red Roof PLUS+ location was very friendly throughout my stay.

The rooms at this location are outside, which I found very convenient for unloading my car. I was on the bottom level and parked in front of my room and brought all my bags in. The room was very nice and clean. Everything looked modern and updated. There was a TV with the channels listed, a microwave, mini refrigerator, coffee maker, and a safe. The bathroom was small, but clean. They also had four different pillows on the bed, labeled soft and firm so that you could pick the kind of pillow you like to sleep with. I thought that was a nice touch.

There was some grass nearby where I walked the dogs to use the bathroom. On one side of the Red Roof PLUS+, there were some doggy bags you could use, but on my side there was not any. I brought my own so that I could clean up after my dogs. I would suggest, if you are planning on staying at the Red Roof PLUS+ in Nashville, to bring your own doggy bags just in case.

Dog Parks in the Area

While we were in Nashville, we of course had to visit some dog parks. The Two Rivers Dog Park was a short drive from the inn and was a great place to take the dogs to run some energy off. Two Rivers Dog Park is a huge fenced in dog park for dogs of all sizes with walking paths, fields, woods, and bushes for your dog to explore. Many people were walking around the paths and their dogs were following. I really enjoyed this since I do not trust my huskies off leash without a fence. We got to experience walking together with no leashes. Echo and Yoshi really enjoyed the freedom to sniff around and explore. Echo did stop to play with some other dogs in a field and Yoshi found a little boy he liked that he followed around for a while. We spent about two hours at this park because there was just so much to do and explore. If you are staying in Nashville with your dog, I would highly suggest checking it out!

We also visited the Percy Priest Dam Dog Park. This one was also nice and very clean. However, it is not as big as the Two Rivers Dog Park and not nearly as busy. This park may be a good option if you like less crowded dog parks. Dogs of all sizes were together in this park as well.

Final Thoughts

The Red Roof PLUS+ did offer breakfast, but I was not hungry and just got coffee. There is also a Panera Bread Company right next door, so you could also walk over there for breakfast or even lunch or dinner.

I honestly really enjoyed my experience at this Red Roof PLUS+ and would definitely stay here again if I was visiting Nashville. Pets stay for free and they have free wifi, which are two big pluses for me. I was really impressed at how friendly all of the staff was too. As a young woman traveling alone, I also felt safe staying here, which is a major factor for me. I would recommend Red Roof PLUS+ in Nashville to anyone looking for an affordable and pet friendly place to stay!

Want to see more from our road trip to BlogPaws? Follow us on Instagram or Facebook!

Thanks for reading,

Katie, Gracie, Echo, and Yoshi

Disclosure: A Girl and Her Husky received a free night stay at Red Roof PLUS+ in return for an honest review. All images are property of A Girl and Her Husky – please do not use without permission.

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One of my favorite fashion accessories for boy dogs of any size is the Tail Trends Formal Bandanas! They are a really cute and easy way to make your pooch look dapper! Using a bandana is a great way to dress up a dog that does not like wearing outfits too.

Tail Trends calls them Formal Bandanas, but they really have one for any occasion! They have everything from a leather biker look to camo to formal black tie event styles! Echo has about five of these bandanas at this point. Of course, I’d love to have the entire collection for him so he could wear one every day! LOL

Having larger sized dogs, it can be difficult to find fashionable accessories for them outside of collars and leashes. These bandanas will fit up to a 24″ neck, which unfortunately means dogs over about 100 pounds are left out. However, Tail Trends does have bow ties that attach to the collar, so they would work for even giant sized dogs.

Be sure to watch out for Echo and Yoshi’s red carpet outfits at Blog Paws 2018! They will be styling two of Tail Trends stylish Formal Bandanas. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for our most current updates and photos!

What is your favorite fashion accessory for a dapper dog or cat? Share in the comments below!

Thanks for reading,

Katie, Gracie, Echo, and Yoshi!

Disclosure: A Girl and Her Husky did not receive any compensation for this review, it was inspired by my own love for Tail Trend’s products.  All images are property of A Girl and Her Husky- please do not use without permission.

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A Girl and Her Husky by Agirlandherhusky - 10M ago

I was reflecting on my life the other day and began to think about how my dogs have impacted my life and how each dog has come along right when I needed them.

I got Gracie the summer before I started high school. She was exactly the dog I needed during high school and college. She has such a sweet and loving personality, but she is very independent. Gracie was perfectly happy being home without me while I was in school, but also was there to play and cuddle in the evenings. Gracie was the companion that I needed during those years. We would go hiking, to the park, and to many festivals. Having Gracie during that season of my life is the reason I became so involved with dogs and she is the reason I fell in love with Siberian Huskies. When I think about Gracie’s impact on my life, I think about how she is the reason for where I am now in life and the reason I am in school to become a vet. She is my inspiration and I will always remember how she was by my side during such an important time in my life and introduced me to my passion.

I got Echo a month before I graduated with my undergrad degree. He, too, came along right when I needed him. Not even six months later my mom became very sick. Echo is a very loyal and caring dog. He is very sensitive to others’ feelings, whether they are mine, my husbands, or even other dogs. He is the peace keeper in our house. If two dogs have a disagreement, he is there to check on both and make sure they are okay. Echo is always by my side. He follows me everywhere around the house and just wants to be near me. The year I spent with my mom during her sickness was not easy and losing her was extremely heartbreaking for me. She was my best friend. Having a dog like Echo by my side has been such a comfort. If he sees me hiding in my bed or crying, he will be there cuddling in the bed with me or licking away the tears. I look into Echo’s eyes and I see his loyalty and dedication to me. Echo also brought me a step further into the dog world. Together we have learned so much more about dog training, sports, and the professional dog world. When I think of Echo, I think of the term “heart dog.” Before he came into my life, I did not truly understand the term. “Heart dogs” are supposed to be a dog that you share a bond or connection with that is unlike any other dog you have owned. Echo is my “heart dog.” I know the bond I have with him is something special and doesn’t happen with just any dog.

Considering the impact that Gracie and Echo have had on my life, I can’t help to wonder how Yoshi is going to impact it too. Yoshi is a very happy and energetic dog. I have worked with him on training some already and he is a lot of fun to train. I enjoy having him around. Seeing his happy face and getting a million kisses from him constantly makes it hard to ever not smile! I know the future holds something special for Yoshi and I am excited to see what that future is.

How have your pets impacted your life? Leave a comment below!

Thanks for reading,

Katie, Gracie, Echo, and Yoshi

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A Girl and Her Husky by Agirlandherhusky - 10M ago

A Girl and Her Husky has added a new member to our pack- Yoshi the Siberian Husky! Yoshi is about a year and half to two years old. I adopted him from the same rescue I adopted Echo from- Releashed Rescue in Georgia! Releashed rescued Yoshi from a shelter in Georgia where his time was up. Yoshi unfortunately had heartworms, but Releashed treated him and now he is all better!

Yoshi’s history is pretty unknown. He did not have a microchip and no one ever claimed him at his local shelter. Animal Control had found Yoshi as a stray dog. When I brought Yoshi into my house for the first time, it was clear that he hadn’t seen many normal house things before. He did not know what the TV, coffee maker, or phone ringing was. He tried to jump on counters and wanted to put things like candles and picture frames in his mouth. Yoshi is very smart and loves people, so he is quickly learning how to be a house dog!

Yoshi loves chasing tennis balls, playing with Echo, and getting belly rubs. He acts like a big puppy and just wants to play and give kisses. Yoshi seems to love food, but he can be picky if something seems too plain. He is a goofy ball of energy and quickly won over mine and my husband’s hearts. Yoshi is a perfect fit for our family and we are so excited to have him!

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Thanks for reading,

Katie, Gracie, Echo, and Yoshi!

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A Girl and Her Husky by Agirlandherhusky - 10M ago

Did you know that keeping your dog’s teeth and gums healthy can have an impact on your dog’s overall health? Gum disease and too much plaque build up can have a negative impact on your dog’s organs and digestive health. Dog’s need to have their teeth cleaned just like us humans do in order to keep them healthy and decay free. If your dog’s teeth get especially bad or you notice any cavities or decay, you may need to take your dog to a vet for teeth cleaning.

Luckily, I’ve always kept up with Echo and Gracie’s dental health so neither one has ever required a teeth cleaning at the vet. To keep my two pup’s teeth healthy, I brush their teeth and give them plenty to chew on. Feeding your dog dry food does not help with keeping their teeth plaque free. This is a big myth that has been going around for many years. Think about it- would just eating hard food keep your teeth healthy? No! You have to brush them too. The same goes for dogs. Brushing your dog’s teeth at least several times a week (preferably every day if  you can) is an important part of keeping your dog healthy throughout their lifetime.

One of Echo and Gracie’s favorite dental treats are Whimzees! Whimzees are all natural dog treats without any artificial colors or preservatives. They get their red, brown, and green colors from natural extracts that are healthy for your dog. They make their treats with ingredients that will help your dog’s dental health and the shape of their treats help to remove plaque. Both of my dogs love the flavor of the Whimzees dental treats too. Check out their natural ingredients here.

Do you have any questions about keeping your dog’s teeth and gums healthy? Ask in the comments below!

Thanks for reading,

Katie, Gracie, and Echo

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