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Alcott Adventures Makes Travels with Wisconsin Doggy Safe and Fun! #dogsloveadventure

alcott textWe are coming up on our third summer with Roofus (aka Wisconsin Doggy).  One of the things we love to do with him once the weather warms up is taking him with us when we go geocaching.  We love that it combines the excitement of a scavenger hunt with the fun of a hike.  Most of the places we choose allow dogs and Roofus loves tagging along and exploring along with us.

I’ve always been careful to make sure we have emergency supplies for LJ and I – his inhaler in case of an asthma attack, benadryl in case I get stung by a bee – but what about Roofus? What items should we be bringing along to keep him safe?  Alcott Adventures specializes in products that help with just that dilemma!  I was thrilled to be asked to pick out a few items from their online catalog to review.

Since many of our adventures require a car ride to get to them, I chose the car safety belt first.  One end clips onto Roofus’ collar (like a leash) and the other clips into the seat belt buckle.  It’s quick and easy to hook up and it keeps me from worrying about Roofus roaming all over the car or jumping out when we make a stop.

Roofus now rides safely secured with his own belt.

Roofus now rides safely secured with his own belt.

Next, we choose the cooling bandana.  While it’s hard to imagine now, at some point it is going to get hot again.  I am always worried that Roofus will get overheated since he is a dog and not able to verbally tell us when he is getting too warm.  The cooling bandana allows Roofus to stay cooler during our warm hikes and looks pretty stylish as well!

The cooling bandana is functional and stylish.

The cooling bandana is functional and stylish.

The last item we chose was a first aid kit.  While I always have band-aids and other items that work well for little boys, I never really knew what items I should have on hand in case Roofus was injured.  Alcott’s first aid kit is chock full of everything you might need for your pet, your kids, or even yourself in the event of an injury.  The compact style of the kit makes it perfect for a backpack or car.

first aid kit for dogs

We hope you’ll come back and read more about our adventures in the upcoming weeks!  If you are planning some adventures for yourself and your furry friend, you’ll want to be sure and enter this giveaway for a $25 Alcott Adventures giftcard!

How to Correct the Hidden TV Danger in Your Home

SANUS wall mount giveawayI remember when I was growing up we had one TV in our house. Yep – one.  And it was the kind where you had to adjust the antenna AND get up to change the channel.  (Yes, I really am that old!)  These days, the average American home has more TV sets than people.  I know in our house, we have 3.  Parents are constantly reminded of the effects of letting their kids watch too much TV, but that isn’t the only danger TVs can pose in the home.

With many homes having at least one flat screen TV (and many having more than one), today’s ultra thin tvs can easily topple over when pulled causing injury or even death.  Check out these statistics from a 2011 US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) report on flat panel TV safety:

·         A child is killed every three weeks from an unsecured TV

·         Every 45 minutes a child visits an emergency room due to a TV tip-over related injury

·         Between 2000 and 2011, 215 fatalities have resulted from TV tip-over

·         An estimated 17,000 people each year, the majority of which are children, are treated for injuries from TV tip-overs

·         Reported cases have increased almost 25% from 2006  to 2010, and over the last 10 years, injuries have increased by 31%

You can easily protect your family by securely mounting your flat panel TV to the wall.  SANUS manufactures sturdy, easy to install wall mounts that can keep you and your family safe from a falling TV injury.  In an effort to bring awareness to this issue  - and how easy it is to prevent – SANUS is giving one lucky Wisconsin Mommy reader their own flat panel SANUS TV Vuepoint Mount F180.


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