One Basic Household Item You Need if You Have a Pet

I’ve teamed up with Clorox to bring you some pet health and safety tips for the summer. Over this week and the next I’ll be sharing some info on Facebook and Instagram about household germs and infectious disease prevention. Bottom line for me is, keep it simple!

This post is sponsored by Clorox.


“Simplify the problem of life, distinguish the necessary and the real.” – Henry David Thoreau, 1848

We spend a lot of time in our lives looking for the next biggest thing that’s going to make our lives easier. What’s more efficient? Safer? Better? In doing so, we ironically end up making life ever more cluttered and complicated, piling up more things and creating increasingly complicated rituals that are anything but easy.

I work every day to help make animals healthier, but a big part of doing that means giving people recommendations they’ll actually follow through on because they are easy and effective.

I can give you a textbook on preventing the onset and spread of diseases, but do you really want that? You lead a busy life. It’s hard to follow a 15 page cleaning handbook when you have dogs, kids, and soccer practices to deal with. Let’s simplify things:

  1. Keep your pet safe through routine veterinary care and vaccination.
  2. Keep your environment safe with regular cleaning and disinfecting.

Dogs are messy. They get into messes and spread messes and sometimes that includes bacteria and viruses. Gross. The good news is, you don’t need a closet full of specialized Doggie Cleaning Solutions and Fido Wipes to keep the bugs at bay. All you need is ten minutes of your time and an item you probably already have in your house (just like the one in the photo, which was in my laundry room long before I started this campaign!)

There’s a reason animal shelters and humane societies across the country list bleach as one of their top wishlist items: It works, on everything from nasty bacteria like Salmonella and E.coli to the dreaded viral disease canine parvo. It’s inexpensive. It’s easy:

10 Minutes To a Safer Home

Did you know that a study by NSF International showed pet bowls and  toys were in the top ten most germy items in the house– worse than toilet bowls and cutting boards? If you have pets, you can use Clorox® Regular-Bleach1 at home to sanitize their crates, pet bowls and toys.[1]

  • Disinfect hard non-porous surfaces and accessories with a solution of 1/2 cup product in 1 gallon of water. For pre-wash surfaces, soak or wipe with bleach solution. Allow solution to contact surface for at least 10 minutes. Rinse well and air dry.
  • To sanitize pet food containers, wash bowls with detergent and rinse. Fill bowls with a solution of 2 tsp of Clorox®Regular Bleach1 per gallon of water. Let stand 2 minutes, drain and air dry.

For more pet tips, check out my 5 Steps to Keep Your Furry Family Safe From Germs.

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[1] Clorox Master Label

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Dexter the Cat is “Feeling Like a Normal Kitty” Thanks to Halo Natural Cat Food

Mary and Dexter the CatHalo Facebook Fan Mary Neuendorf from MN shared with us her story about her cat named Dexter and his Halo natural cat food experience. She says:

This is my sweet boy named Dexter!

“I wanted to leave a post to say THANK YOU HALO, and I’ll explain the reason why.

I rescued Dexter back in October from an amazing No Kill animal shelter named Lucky’s Place. When I first got him home, he had a couple of loose stools, which I thought was normal because he was in a new environment. 

Well a couple of weeks passed and he still had loose stools, and was throwing up just about every morning. I got very concerned and took him to the vet and they said he just had worms. After giving him the dewormer, I was hoping that would clear everything up. Turns out, he still was having loose stools, and throwing up.

My vet said he could just have IBS or a sensitive stomach. I was determined to find a better solution so I wouldn’t have to pick up puke every day, and have to wear a mask when I scooped the liter box.

This is when the hunt for a new food started…

I don’t know why it took me so long to try Halo Grain Free Spot Stew but within 2 DAYS the puking stopped and so did the loose stools! I have had Dexter on this food for 2 months now and he has so much more energy, coat is sooooo soft, and most importantly, he is feeling like a normal kitty!!!

If anyone has a cat with a sensitive stomach or possibly IBS I really recommend this food! It has changed Dexter’s and my life completely.

Thanks again Halo Pets!”

Mary, thank you so much for sharing your story and we are happy that Dexter is happy and healthy.

Read Mary’s original Facebook testimonial.


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Dog Runs Away Back to Doggie Daycare


Photo courtesy of Happy Dog Cafe Daycare


Lots of dogs love to go to Doggy Daycare. One dog, however, loves daycare so much that he ran away from home to go visit his friends there!

According to CNN, Riley the golden retriever and his owner were out for a drive one morning when they drove past a group of dogs from the daycare he attends. Riley was excited and happy to see them, reports his owner, Tonia Mosteller. “Riley was crying because he loves to play, he loves happy dogs,” Mosteller told CNN.

But the two went on their way, with Riley whining the whole way home.

Mosteller thought that was the end of it but Riley had other plans. A short time later, Riley was playing in the backyard and decided to take matters into his own paws.

Read the rest of Riley’s trip to Doggie Daycare.


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10 Great 4th of July Themed Recipes

10 Great 4th of July Themed Recipes // Bubby and Bean
1. 4th of July Rice Krispie Treats, Say Yes  //  2. Berry Tart with Dairy-Free Vanilla Bean Custard, Against All Grain  //  3. Blueberry, Strawberry & Jicama Salsa, Two Peas and Their Pod  // 4. Red, White, and Blueberry Yogurt Popsicles, The View From Great Island  //  5. 4th of July Fruit and Cheese Platter, Say Yes  //  6. Birthday Cake Pie with Chocolate Mousse and Berries, Foodie Crush  //  7. Red, White, and Blue Quinoa Salad, Lemon Tree Dwelling  //  8. 4th of July Treat Cones (more of a DIY than a recipe, but anything involving hidden candy is okay by me), Oh Happy Day // 9. Wave the Flag Cupcakes, Blueberry Council  //  10. Bomb Pop Shots, A Beautiful Mess   

The Fourth of July is one week from today, and I can’t wait. It’s one of my favorite days of the year. To me, it represents everything I love about summer – celebration, friends, sunshine, fireworks, and food. I’m especially excited this year because Robbie gets to stop home from tour on the fourth, so we’ll all be able to celebrate with our friends as a family. And while the plan is to continue to focus on my clean eating routine into July, I will absolutely be taking the fourth off to fully savor as many delicious foods as possible. While searching for some fun food ideas to create and bring to the party we’ll be attending (I am a sucker for holiday themed foods), I came across these delightful looking recipes, so I thought I’d share them here for this summertime edition of 10 Great. While all of these are vegetarian, you could easily incorporate meat into the savory dishes. Enjoy!


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