I have said it a lot but I’ll say it again, Toby is a big part of our family, he is one of our family members, an important one. When Andrew and I talk about our family we always refer to it as a family of 3. There will be times when Toby is shipped off to my sister because we are going out for the day or away for the weekend or sometimes my sister just wants to have him. Whatever the reason, our home without him is always so silent, our wolf pack is no longer complete. It’s funny how a small fur ball can bring so much light and energy into a home, you don’t realise how big their presence really is until they are gone.
So yes, I belong to a family of 3. A condition of being part of this family is that you don’t smell, and if you do, you need to go have a shower, brush your teeth or just put in a little effort to smell a little better. Toby has a shower once a week on a Wednesday after Daycare because he plays hard outside of the home all week and lives inside and we don’t want the lovely smells that make up our home to be overpowered by a stinky dog.
Dogs bring a lot of oders into the house thanks to bacteria and yeast normally found on the skin which start to break down surface oils. The oxidation of fat creates the foul smell. It’s the same thing that causes body odor in humans. This is why we humans wash regulary so we don’t end up in the same stink department that our furry loved ones can sometimes find themselves in.
It is important for your family and dog’s health that you bathe them whenever they stink. As long as you use a proper shampoo and rinse thoroughly, don’t worry about drying out their coat. Today’s canine shampoos are gentler than ever before, allowing you to lather your pooch up as often as necessary. For some dogs that means once a week; others, once a month.
Finding the right shampoo and conditioner isn’t difficult thanks to a new range by Fresh Dog. Fresh Dog’s line of products uses only natural ingredients. A few weeks ago Toby was asked to try out 4 of their products which he gladly did. Here is Toby’s review on the Fresh Dog Natural Oatmeal Shampoo and Conditoner, Fresh Dog Freshen Up! Dog Mist and Fresh Dog Clean Mouth Water Additive products.
Fresh Dog’s Oatmeal Shampoo and Conditioner
^ Let’s see, what do we have here? Oh, they look so pretty and fun.
^ I’ll try the Oatmeal Shampoo and Conditoner first. According to the labels these products are made up of gentle ingredients to combine for an amazing shower experience that calms, cleans and soothes me. I like the sound of that.
^ Oh My! What is that divine smell? I can smell natural colloidal oatmeal and pure extracts of sweet almond oil, coconut and echinacea. I can also smell light hints of shea, olive oil, and green tea. What a wonderful party happening inside my nose right now!
^ All done! I can already tell that as soon as I am dry I am going to smell too good, which means mum won’t be able to stop smelling, kissing and cuddling me.
^ Mum come quick, get a whiff of me!
Fresh Dog Freshen Up! Coat Mist
Our fuballs can bring so much joy to life, but they can also be a lot of work. Sometimes our lives are so busy it just isn’t realistic to make time to give our smelly pooch a bath. I’m lucky that my life isn’t too hectic just yet to find showering Toby a burden. But for those people who just don’t have time to bathe their pooch this is where Fresh Dog Freshen Up! Coat Mist comes in. All you do is spray the mist, which is infused with sweet almond oil, over your pooch for instant odor relief while rehydrating, soothing and adding shine to their coat.
^ Mum, I’m more than happy for us to skip showers from now on and just use this spray to make you love me when I smell.
^ Mum explaining to me why we can’t skip shower time, which makes me a little bit sad.
^ However, mum is pretty in love with how quick and easy this mist is to use which makes me smell exactly like the Fresh Dog Oatmeal Shampoo. Maybe mum will change her mind after all.
Fresh Dog Clean Mouth
One thing I just don’t have time for is putting up with the fuss Toby creates when I try to brush his teeth. We get no where. When I try and brush his teeth, Toby gets annoyed, I get annoyed and it just puts a damper on our evening. So basically, we just don’t brush teeth. However, there is now a quick and easy way to combat bad breath and promote good oral hygiene between vet visits. Based on the same technology used to treat human drinking water, Fresh Dog Clean Mouth mixes odorlessly and discreetly with water. It attacks odor causing bacteria in the bowl and mouth without disrupting normal drinking habits. It’s oral care made easy, like brushing your best friend’s teeth each time they drink.
^ Mum says this will help me keep my teeth clean. I’m not sure, I hate anything to do with keeping my teeth clean.
^ Mum says that if I drink this water with this additive we can say goodbye to toothbrushes.
^ This already looks much better than a toothbrush.
^ Oh yes! I’m more than happy to drink water than brush my teeth. This way of brushing my teeth is delicious, it tastes like my favourite drink, water!
Those who know me or have been a reader of this blog for a while now, know that I hate anything with nasty chemicals or products that claim to do something but hidden over all those promises are ingredients that only damage the health of our furry loved ones.
What I love about these products is that they are full of natural ingredients free from parabens, phthalates, GMOs, triclosan, synthetic fragrances, and artificial colours and dyes which is better for everyone involved.
I have to say my favourite products are the Oatmeal Shampoo and Conditioner. You need to buy them just to smell them. Hand on my heart, Toby has never smelt so good before and his coat has never felt and looked so silky.
For those busy people, the Coat Mist is for you. Spray your pooch once a week and brush to spread the scent and shine. It really is a heaven scented coat refreshment infused with sweet almond oil that is aromatherapeutic. The Coat Mist rehydrates, soothes & adds shine to your pooch’s coat.
Finally, the Clean Mouth Wash is such an easy way to clean teeth and freshen breath just by adding it to drinking water which also combats tartar and plaque buildup.
These products definitely made Toby smell better and when Toby smells better, I love him just that little bit more.
For those of you who are looking for quality, natural products that Toby and I give the tick of approval, take a look at the Fresh Dog products and use FRESHTOBY to receive 10% off your purchase.
Go on, treat yourself and your pooch and let us know what you think!