Ruff Land Review

A lot of dog guardians create a “safe space” for their dog by crate training them. When I adopted our samoyed Freja, she was immediately obsessed with crates/kennels. If she sees an open kennel door, she’ll go right inside to take a nap.

We take frequent trips to our vet (that’s an hour away), so I needed a strong kennel for travel that is more durable than a traditional collapsible one. I did a lot of research to decide which design would fit our needs.

What I was looking for:

A kennel that could be used in a car or inside
A lightweight but sturdy design
Easy to clean
Color options

Freja was visiting our vet every week for hip, skin, and eye issues, so she needed to be protected while we were on the road.

Freja enjoys having a safe space to relax in.

When the dogs are at home, the only one who needs to be kenneled while we are gone is Bibbin’. She has a lot of anxiety and FOMO (fear of missing out), so she can get into a lot of trouble if she’s having a meltdown while she’s unsupervised.

Ruff Land‘s design doesn’t seem like a cage, it’s relatively easy to move around, and the dogs prefer it over a traditional metal crate.

Ruff Land is releasing more colors!

Designing A Bunny Space

I have had several foster rabbits over the years, but I was never in the position to foster fail any of them…until now.

I always used inexpensive, temporary setups like a large dog XXL x-pen lined with $3 fleece blankets.

My foster failure Quinoa became extremely clean and tidy shortly after she was spayed. She isn’t destructive and doesn’t have a habit of chewing inappropriately because she has plenty of bunny-safe things to chew on.

Quinoa enjoys having velvet blankets, bunny rugs, and cat beds in her space. I am planning a major upgrade so we can finally bond her with a bunny friend!

She currently has a setup that includes a transparent playpen, a castle by Bunny Beds & Beyond, an XL litter box with my favorite litter & plenty of timothy hay, bunny-safe things to chew, and a variety of interactive toys.

My current foster Chia is very particular about what litter she will use. She was only 9 months and was not spayed when I took her in, so training her has been a difficult process.

A lot of bunny experts recommend using untreated wood pellets as litter, but Chia did not like them. I finally found this wheat litter, and it’s fantastic.

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The Design

I fell in love with The Legend of the Jackalope wallpaper by Walls Need Love, so it’s going to be the main focus.

Quinoa already has this bunny rug that I got on clearance last year.

Until I can build a bunny-safe area with glass, Quinoa’s space will be enclosed in a durable (and expandable) x-pen that I used to use as a mobile fencing area for my dogs.

Things That I Don’t Need (But They’re Cute)

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Bibbin’s Review: Pomppa Jackets

This is not a sponsored review. Josie aka Bibbin’ had to wait patiently for her human to purchase the coat that fit her needs.

Bibbin’ is a Southern California native who ended up in a cold climate after her life was saved from a high-kill animal control facility. She is used to the desert heat and is not a fan of anything under 75 degrees.

She needs outerwear that is easy to put on and take off, doesn’t irritate her sensitive back (she gets the heebie-jeebies from certain materials), and fits our color-coordinated organization.

The Human’s Thoughts:

I did quite a bit of research before I chose the ToppaPomppa jacket for her. I was searching for plain, pretty, warm, and durable outerwear. This jacket comes in 8 different colors/patterns too!

The ToppaPomppa is warm enough for our cold climate and has important features like a waterproof outer layer, a soft teddy lining & a well-insulating filling. I could tell that it’s durable as soon as I unwrapped it from its package.

Dog-Friendly Features:

  • It’s easy to do zoomies and run through the woods because of the front slits and durable material that doesn’t easily snag on branches. The snug belt holds the coat in place, and the tail slit doesn’t restrict her from wagging her tail when she’s doing her daily ritual in *her* yard.
  • She only has to stand still for a few seconds when we have to put it on and take it off. This jacket doesn’t have any extra parts that could get caught on a branch or irritate her legs. When she feels uncomfortable wearing a jacket, she lets us know by rubbing on a tree as soon as she gets outside. The Pomppa design is simple: it’s comfortable and warm!


Muzzles are helping thousands of dogs and their guardians.

KPA, a leader in the field of animal training and in the science and application of marker-based positive reinforcement, supports muzzle conditioning.

So does Patricia McConnell, Ph.D., a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist (CAAB) Emeritus.

Fear Free courses are developed and written by the most respected veterinary and pet experts in the world, including boarded veterinary behaviorists, boarded veterinary anesthesiologists, pain experts, boarded veterinary internists, veterinary technicians (behavior), experts in shelter medicine, animal training, grooming, boarding, and more. Here’s their guide for muzzle training!

The Muzzle Up! Project is a wonderful community full of responsible dog lovers.

I have two reactive dogs, but they aren’t the only ones who are muzzle trained.

Muzzle training/conditioning is a great skill for all dogs to have. I use a muzzle to prevent kleptomaniac behavior when the “leave it” command is being practiced…or ignored.

Muzzles are also a great tool to use on walks for dogs who have PICA like Freja (pictured above).

Like kennel training, I like to desensitize all of my dogs to muzzles “just in case” they need one in the future during an emergency. If they were sick or injured and had to be muzzled, they would feel comfortable because they associate it with positive things. A dog who isn’t muzzle trained would feel anxious or turn into a potential bite risk.

Cats Are Poopin’ but I’m Not Scoopin’

I purchased our first Litter-Robot 3 Connect in 2019 when my mom’s health started to decline. I knew that my time was going to be even more valuable than normal, so I needed extra help with cat care while I was away from home for an extended period of time every day.

I was worried that our semi-feral Bamboo would have a hard time adjusting to it, but she LOVED it right away! The Litter-Robot is in the same room as a top-entry litter box and two Curver basketweave litter boxes, so five cats have a variety of options. All five of them definitely prefer how spacious (and clean) the Litter-Robot is.

I get an alert through the AutoPets Connect app when the bag in the drawer is full, so all I have to do is replace the bag and throw the old litter out — it takes less than a minute! Since my five cats prefer to use the Litter-Robot over their other boxes, I usually replace the bag every other day.

I am a huge fan of efficiency, so being able to focus on other responsibilities every day makes the investment worth it for me. Without the Litter-Robot, I would have at least two other basic litter boxes. That would take up more space, and I would spend at least ten extra minutes per day cleaning litter boxes when I could be spending quality time with my cats.

A Festive Foster Failure

Vinnie was bonded to his sister Milana who we lost to nasal lymphoma this summer, so everything has been a bummer. They were Emily’s first foster failures in 2010.

He used to travel with Milana as her support system during her long struggle with IBD, but he has been stuck at home for months.

Today he hopped in our Sleepypod and took a trip to the backyard for some holiday photos! We love this carrier so much. It helps cats feel more secure than other carriers we have tried in the past.

He has been very comfortable on a harness and leash in all different types of environments because we trained for years, so doing an outdoor photoshoot was not risky.

Meet Bibbin’!

Josie (aka Bibbin’) got her nickname from the show Bojack Horseman

Josie was found when she was loose in San Bernadino, CA and ended up at animal control. The shelter was full, so she was at risk of losing her life for space when no one claimed her.

She made it out alive because a local rescue pulled her. Unfortunately, she ended up with people that did not deserve to have a dog, so she and other dogs were severely neglected.

She made it safely to Wisconsin to be our foster…but she never left and became an official foster failure.

Nickname: Bibbin’ Bib, Bibbler, Bibblin’ & Jo

Hobbies: Snoring, snuggling, being a kleptomaniac, yelling BAAARRROOO, and searching for food.

Fun Facts: She is 100% American Bully — our 2nd purebred rescue! She is missing quite a few teeth and has a pretty obvious overbite.

Meet Frychops!

Fry joined the pack when the humans met. He was obviously meant to be!

Fry was Issac’s foster failure when he was a puppy after he was abandoned in an apartment in Arkansas.

Nickname: FryFry

Hobbies: Watching for the mail, playing with his friends, and watching out for his #1 human Issac

Fun Facts: He is a certified service dog and loves every dog he meets! He is an APBT x AST x boxer mix.

Meet Freja!

Freja was adopted from Playing Again Sams, a Samoyed rescue in Wisconsin.

She is loud, bossy and a sensitive cloud monster.

Nickname: Lil Sh*t, Fluffy Cloud Monster, Fre, Floofree

Hobbies: Yelling, trying to steal paper from the garbage, patrolling her land, cleaning Fred’s ears thoroughly, and herding Fry and Fred if they don’t listen to the humans

Fun Facts: Freja was adopted 2 years after Fred. She has been living with severe hip dysplasia for years and was the first dog to start a raw diet. She loves to play fetch and get ALL of the attention. She prefers goofy male dogs so she can boss them around — Fred and Fry are perfect for her!

Productivity + Time Blocking

When you have multiple animals to care for, you usually have a to-do list that’s larger than a male Caucasian Ovcharka!

Almost everyone has a list of things that takes longer than time allows them to complete. When you use the time blocking method, you know exactly how long to spend on each priority.

I had a habit of saying “yes” to everything, so I became overwhelmed easily. Time blocking is an easy way to remind yourself that do not have time for additional tasks that aren’t your priorities.

Every day, I set aside 5 minutes to tidy my cat area. If I don’t keep up with it, it can easily become a mess.

Track your time with a kitchen timer like this cat one.

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