Friday, February 8, 2013

Doggie Snood from "A Cache of Jewels"

My English Cocker Spaniel Shelly has super looooooong ears that get dirty and stinky when I feed her anything wet (canned food or raw food). Her beautiful ears end up with dried up food if I don't clean them immediately after dinner. I got tired of cleaning her ears every day. Shelly eats mostly raw food or a combination of grain free kibble and raw food. It is neither fun nor sanitary to get bits and pieces of food off your dog's long, hairy ears after dinner. Luckily I was able to find a great solution to this problem. A Doggie Snood! And I got Shelly's Snood custom made so it fits her perfectly! 
This beautiful Snood was made by Sandra from A Cache of Jewels
Sandra makes fabric custom made dog Snoods. You can choose from a huge variety of fabrics, designs and colors. She makes knitted dog Snoods, too. She donates $1 of all sales to the English Springer Spaniel Rescue which is awesome! You can even use your own fabric if you like because Sandra is great and tries to make the perfect Snood for each and every dog. 

Sandra makes cloth and knitted snoods so the customers have the option of using one for feeding and the other for warmth for their dogs. All snoods are custom fitted and colors are the choice of the customer (and the dog, of course) once you sent Sandra your information and the measurements she requires for the custom fit. 

As our winters have changed to be much colder and stormier over the past few years, people need to be reminded that their dogs need protection around their ears and jaws in the wind and cold, even if they have doggie coats. Sighthounds and those with thinner skins and shorter coats (and older dogs) such as Greys, Bassets, and even Poodles who are kept in the shorter clips can easily be hurt in the winter. Sandra's knitted Snoods keep them warm and cozy. She creates interesting designs and color combinations with the knitted snoods as well. Many dogs don't need a full jacket, but most need snoods. 
If I lived up North I would order a knitted Snood for Shelly made with non-wool yarn. 
If you have a long-eared dog and want to keep his ears out of the dinner bowl, get him a fabric doggie Snood. If you have a dog who is cold in the winter while going out on walks, get a custom made knitted doggie Snood. 

I wanted something girly, green and pink so Sandra picked this beautiful design :-) 

No more messy, stinky ears after dinner! No more after dinner cleaning!

Knitted snoods (picture source) 

Friday, December 14, 2012

The purrfect kitty toys from "Fido the cat"

My kitties are very lucky because they received some beautiful, adorable and fun cat toys from "Fido the cat". Fido the cat has an online Etsy shop with the cutest catnip cat toys. Abbey and Bear got a catnip strawberry frosted donut with rainbow sprinkles, and a couple of catnip fortune cookies. 
These toys are handmade in USA. Each cat toy is individually handmade from 100% polyester felt, 100% polyester filler, cotton/polyester thread, and filled with organic very potent catnip. And the best part? The fun food shapes! Fortune cookies, donuts, toaster tarts, and more. Here are some other shapes and colors available: 

 Strawberry, mint and lemon frosted donuts with sprinkles. Photo source 

 Love message fortune cookies. Photo source 

Chocolate frosted donuts with sprinkles. Photo source 

As soon as I unwrapped these toys, Abbey grabbed the donut and started licking it, biting it, kicking it with her back legs while rolling around like a maniac, all at the same time :-) It was hilarious to see her going bananas! Bear was more reserved when it was his turn to play. He grabbed the fortune cookie, licked it a few times and then ran with it under the table, as if it was a prey that he just caught. We have had these toys for about a week now and they did not lose interest in them yet. The toys are holding up very well given the fact that Abbey and Bear play rough with them. 

Cute strawberry frosted donut with fun rainbow sprinkles 

Isn't this catnip donut absolutely adorable? 

Bear totally "high" on catnip after a long play session with his strawberry frosted catnip donut at 2 a.m. :-) 

Fun catnip filled fortune cookies 

Abbey is being greedy and does not want to share her fortune cookies with Bear........

   Abbey and her "Happy" catnip fortune cookie 

Fido the cat (picture source) 

Here is Fido the cat and his little story. 

"I am a brown, black and white Tabby cat just wandering around on a fire escape and pounced into my mom’s life about 10 years ago. I was determined to stay. With my adorable charm, and soothing meows, mom agreed and the next thing I knew, I was adopted. I didn’t want my name changed, so Fido it is.

Some say, I am bit of a character. Charming, witty and loving. I purr pretty loud. Mom describes me as her little “diesel engine that could”.

I like to do everything with my Mom. I sit on her lap while she types her emails and even when she uses the sewing machine. I help by putting my paw on the fabric to help keep it straight. I’m good like that.

Mom and I were playing one day. I wasn’t too happy with the toys we were playing with. Mom had a few scraps of fabric left from a project and she made me a toy.

I smelled the catnip and my eyes got large. I got very excited! You should see my Mom’s smiles. The toy she made is my favorite toy to this day!

When the holidays came along, Mom made some toys to give to our friends as gifts. They were thrilled. They thought Mom should make more toys and sell them. Taking their advice, Mom and I created Fido the Cat."

Like Fido the cat on Facebook and visit Fido the cat Etsy shop

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Green Sprout Kit with organic sprouting seeds review

I like sprouts, especially alfalfa sprouts in my sandwiches and salads, but I don't like paying $3-$5 for a small container of sprouts. I have always wanted to sprout my own seeds and legumes but I never got the courage to do it. I was lazy and worried, but it turns out that sprouting at home is not complicated at all and it does not require too much of your time or energy. It does require some planning if you want a daily supply of fresh, delicious and nutritious sprouts though. Vegan Cuts sent me this awesome Green Sprout Kit that makes sprouting easy. 
This kit (gift set) includes two-quart glass sprouting jar (similar to a Mason jar) with stainless steel screen and solid cap. The screen cap is for draining and sprouting and the solid cap is for keeping sprouts fresh in the refrigerator after they are fully sprouted. There is also an organic cotton produce bag included. This bag is great for covering your sprouting jar to keep the light out. The kit also contains a sheet with instructions and a recipe, and a 4 oz container with organic lentil, mung and garbanzo sprouting beans. The sprouting jar is completely reusable and BPA-free. You can buy refills online or get any of your favorite legumes, beans or seeds locally. 
Embark on an exciting new culinary adventure when you sprout scrumptious lentils, mung, garbanzo beans, and more. You will discover easy to follow recipes for delicious new salad, smoothies, stir fry and stew creations. The Green Sprout Kit includes everything you need to sprout seeds and legumes, including recipes. The protein packed superfoods you grow will energize your body with enzymes and nutrients, while providing anti-aging antioxidants to make you glow from the inside out. Did you know that ounce for ounce sprouts contain more nutrients than any other whole food know? 

Get your Green Sprout Kit via Vegan Cuts for a special price with free shipping and handling! This kit makes an awesome Christmas present for your relatives, friends, coworkers, or yourself. You can have fresh sprouts for a fraction of the cost that you would pay for fully sprouted seeds at the grocery store. This Green Sprout Kit comes with 4 oz bag of lentil sprouting seeds, 4 oz organic mung bean sprouting seeds and 4 oz organic garbanzo bean sprouting seeds for more variety. 

Look at these little lentil babies, they don't know what transformation is awaiting them :-) 

My lentil blend rinsed and soaked, waiting to be drained and sprouted :-) 

This is how my sprouts will look like in a few days :-) 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Lupine Dog and Cat products review

When it comes to dog collars and leashes I learned over the years that many companies offer either a great quality but boring design and colors, or a beautiful design but poor quality. My observations come from years of experience as a holistic pet nutritionist, store manager, and from volunteering at various animal shelters and from having my own animal companions. 
I would like to introduce you to a company that offers both, high quality and a beautiful design. Lupine company has been making colorful collars, leashes and harnesses for over 23 years. They build their products in USA (in New Hampshire). Their products are guaranteed even if chewed or scratched. I don't know any other company that would do that, other than Lupine. Their lifetime guarantee is amazing! If your puppy chews up his new collar, or your kitty scratches her collar, you can simply mail the damaged product to Lupine company and they will mail you a replacement free of charge the next business day after they receive the damaged item. No receipt, no questions asked! 
I have been buying Lupine collars and leashes for my Shelly, for friends and for shelter animals for years. Lupine products are inspired by the durable components found in climbing and hiking gear, ensuring that you can count on Lupine time and time again. However, even the best collar or leash can be chewed up by a dog so therefore Lupine's lifetime guarantee gives you peace of mind. 
Lupine offers lots of colorful patters, sizes and options when it comes to collars, leashes (I love their padded handle leads!), harnesses (they have "Step in" and "Roman" harness), matching keychains, and other pet accessories. 

Some of their beautiful, colorful patterns are peacock feathers, lizards, various flowers, bones, paw prints, turtles, apples, butterflies, planet Earth, peace sign, etc. 

They add new patters during the year so you and your doggie or kitty never get bored :-) 

Lupine kindly sent me a few of their beautiful products for review. 

Roman Harness, Collar and padded handle Lead (Leash) in "Puppy Love" pattern 

I love this pretty pattern with three different pink shades and beautiful heart design. Very girly! The collar fits snuggly and comfortable and it is easily adjustable. It is easy to put on and to take off. 
My English Cocker Spaniel Shelly likes to pull on her leash sometimes which puts too much pressure on her trachea. I started walking Shelly in this Roman harness several weeks ago and she no longer pulls as much and her neck is great. She would pull so much on a leash sometimes that she sounded like she was choking and this harness prevents her from doing that. Many vets and I recommend harness for small dogs since a harness is designed to eliminate pressure on their delicate trachea area. Harness can prevent small dogs from getting collapsed trachea which is common for small dogs, especially the ones who pull on their collar and leash often. My Shelly is not a small dog but she benefits from wearing a harness. This harness is also designed to help larger and older dogs up and down stairs. It is very easy to put on and take off after you do it once. The adjustable shoulder straps help to reduce strain on the neck and back. This harness is so comfortable that Shelly can sleep in it or play while wearing it. We love going to the park with this harness! We get so many compliments about the beautiful design :-) 

I keep a collar on Shelly all the time because I think it is important to have a tag on her collar in case if anything happens. You never know if she accidentally slips through the door and gets out. I think that everyone should have their dogs and cats microchipped and also make them wear collars with tags that have a phone number in case if the animal gets out. 

The leash with padded handle is strong and comfortable to hold,  and I trust it when walking around the busy road. 

 Shelly busy getting a peanut butter out of her toy. 

Shelly sleeping after a long walk :-) 

 Ready for a walk 

Shelly "reading" messages from other dogs :-) 

Leash with padded handle and adjustable collar in  "Moo Cow" pattern  

Aaaaaaaah, this pattern is absolutely adorable and perfect for me, the cow lover and vegan :-) 
I bought a keychain in that pattern many years ago so when I got the collar and leash I was thrilled! A beautiful, strong collar and leash with a message? Yes! Unfortunately this pattern has been "retired" but you can still buy it online if you search for Lupine Moo Cow collar. 

 Shelly taking her cows for a walk  :-) 

                              Shelly LOVES watermelon! 

 My very old matching keychain that still looks like new! 

Cat Safety Collars with Breakaway Buckle in "Big Easy" and "Peace Pup" patterns (one with added bell)

Lupine Cat collars are cute! I like the option of added bell for the kitties that go outside because the bell alerts wildlife about the kitty predators. Therefore kitties cannot easily sneak up on birds and chipmunks and kill them for fun. Yes, cats are strange, they are one of the very few (maybe the only one) animals who kill for fun not just for food. Many domestic cats and feral cats who get fed daily still kill little birds, mice and other animals, mostly for fun and to bring you a "present". The bell can save lives! Also the bell is handy if you have mischievous kitty under your feet so at least you know his/hers whereabouts. It is extremely important that you only use breakaway (safety) cat collars on your cats, because a dog collar can kill or hurt your cat. Cats get into bushes, under things and jump from place to place and if you use a collar that does not have a breakaway buckle, your cat can strangle itself if the collar gets caught on a branch or elsewhere. Also as kitties play together, they can easily strangle each other if the collar does not release when a pressure is applied. I have witnessed a horror story at one of the shelters I used to volunteer at. I was the first person to open the shelter in the morning just to find half dead cat due to a collar that did not release. I mentioned several times before that I did not like those plastic collars on the cats but nobody listen to me. The kitty was an orange tabby. I opened his cage and saw his collar stuck around his head, around his mouth (I guess he was grooming himself and his chin got underneath the collar and got stuck). He was foaming out of his mouth, his mouth was bleeding and gums pale. I grabbed scissors and cut the collar off.  I checked on his breathing and cleaned his mouth and rushed him to the vet. Luckily he survived this but since that day nobody was allowed to put any plastic or other regular collars on the shelter cats. They can only wear breakaway collars now. 

My kitties are strictly indoors but for their safety I like to keep a collar on them with a small tag. I was not able to take a good picture since their long hair camouflage the collars, but at least here is one picture of Bear wearing his collar :-) 

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Ombar-raw superfood chocolate review

Few weeks ago I received a beautiful package with organic raw vegan chocolate from The Raw Chocolate Shop all the way from Britain :-) 

Ombar is no average chocolate bar. 
Ombar is superfood chocolate that is loaded with antioxidants due to raw cacao. The fruits that Ombar uses are dried using a low temperature technology to preserve as much of the natural goodness as possible. 
Some of their chocolate bars even contain probiotics (friendly bacteria) for healthy digestion. 
Ombars are sweetened with organic coconut sugar which is a low-glycemic, unrefined and incredibly sustainable sugar, ethically sourced from the sap of the coconut palm tree. 

The Chief Ingredient in Ombars is raw Ecuadorian Cocoa. Needless to say, this is the most important ingredient: The quality and origin of the cocoa define the character of the chocolate. The cocoa Ombar uses is from Ecuador, a country known for growing some of the world's finest quality cocoa beans, known as Arriba Nacional. The cocoa they use has a beautifully deep and complex flavor and, unlike most cocoa butters available, theirs has not been deodorized so it retains a rich and indulgent aroma.
Cocoa is a food that is rich in nutrients and a complexity still being discovered. However, probably the most well known health benefit is the remarkable antioxidant capacity of cocoa, due to the high polyphenol content. Polyphenols are delicate, heat-sensitive compounds that are largely destroyed in the chocolate-making process, often intentionally as the polyphenols are responsible for the bitter taste of cocoa. However, in line with SKS Farms' commitment to offer the very best of the Arriba Nacional cacao bean, they have developed a method of processing the cocoa beans- from harvesting through to chocolate-making - where the cocoa does not reach high temperatures which ensures that the 'cooking' process does not begin which would change the structure of the food. The aim is to make sure that you are taking as much of the benefit nature has packed into the cocoa bean as possible even after it's been made into a chocolate bar.

Ombar takes junk food to superfood! 

Here are the bars that I tried. My absolute favorite are Probiotic Strawberry, and Probiotic Coconut. 

Acai & Blueberry 

This bar is a nutritional powerhouse due to raw cacao, acai berries and blueberry. The rich chocolate flavor has appealing blueberry notes and lovely acai touch. It is like eating chocolate covered blueberries :-) Very good! 

Probiotic Dark 72% 

This divine robust chocolate is very strong and has deep, almost smokey cacao notes with a subtle coconut touch. It is so rich, even a small piece satisfies my chocolate cravings. 

Cranberry & Mandarin 

Sweet rich chocolate infused with distinctive mandarin and tart cranberries. This is a very interesting combo. I usually love orange and cranberry combo, and orange and chocolate so I thought I would love the mandarin & cranberry chocolate, but I did not. This bar was not my cup of tea. 

Probiotic Strawberry 

This bar blew my mind! It smells and tastes like chocolate covered strawberries that have been topped with whipped cream. Very fresh strawberry flavor is blended with smooth and rich chocolate. It is amazingly silky and creamy. I love this bar! 

Goji Berry

Deep complex chocolate flavor with gentle, extra sweet and tangy goji berries. Very good! 

Probiotic Coconut 

This excellent chocolate bar is creamy and silky and has a very exquisite coconut flavor. I love it! 

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Cinnamon- New gluten-free vegan online bakery

I am excited to announce that my friend Geanna Marek has recently opened a new, online vegan bakery! Her bakery has a sweet name "Cinnamon". Cinnamon is 100% vegan, gluten-free and allergen-free which makes it a really good news for all vegans and gluten-free foodies. 

Cinnamon was founded in 2012 by Geanna Marek, who had suffered for years from various allergies and intolerances. After realizing there really wasn't anything on the market that she could safely and comfortably eat, she sought to create delicious foods for everyone - no matter what their dietary restrictions or preferences may be. She succeeded with making baked donuts, cinnamon rolls and cookies that are free from the top 8 common allergens (milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy and wheat), but are tasty, too.  
Cinnamon products are baked in a 100% gluten-free and vegetarian commercial kitchen that has been licensed by a state health inspector from the Department of Agriculture. Cinnamon products are baked with separate utensils and dishes, and are stored in enclosed containers to ensure that no cross contamination occurs. 
Cinnamon is located in Portland, Oregon. Contact Geanna at 971.258.2995 Tuesday-Friday, or email for more information. 

I was lucky to receive a few of her baked goodies right after my surgery. I received plain donut with cinnamon sugar, seasonal pumpkin donut with pumpkin glaze, and bite-sized "classic" chocolate chip cookies. 

The plain donut with cinnamon sugar was everything but plain. It started with the beautiful cinnamon aroma. Mmmmmmm. The donut was pleasantly soft and it was not greasy or overly sweet. It had a distinctive donut texture and flavor. It was very good! 

The pumpkin donut with pumpkin glaze was more dense and less soft which was a good thing since it was holding up well under a   generous layer of pumpkin glaze. The pumpkin glaze reminded me of pumpkin butter. A perfect autumn treat! 

Chocolate chips cookies were sinfully delicious! These sweet cookies very infused with strong vanilla and loaded with rich and decadent chocolate chips. The cookies had a nice crunchy texture. 

If you order baked goodies from Cinnamon, you will not be disappointed! Support a new vegan business and order now on Cinnamon's website.  
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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Sweaty Bands Giveaway Winner

The beautiful Sweaty Bands fitness headband winner is a comment number 29. It is a comment by "mommabosnick" aka Faith Amber Bosnick. Please, email me your address at 
czech.vegan (at) so I can ship you your prize. 

( I used random number generator on )