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Alpha Bitch Update: Progress!

To those of you who know of my problems with my dog Evee from an earlier post, I thought I may want to give you a positive update!  It’s actually been going really well these last couple weeks through a consistent effort from both me and my husband.  So, what have been doing differently? Read more…

Being an Alpha (Bitch) Leader

June 25, 2011 1 comment

For those of you who know me in real life, most of you know that my dog Evee is one of the most important things in it.  She is the first dog I’ve had as an adult, and though I love her beyond words, she has been an utter handful.  Her previous owners, acquaintances of ours, had not done a good job of socializing her with people and other dogs when she was a puppy, and we have been dealing with consequences of their bad training.  It does not help that no one is with her for 10+ hours per day recently, and let’s just say  — someone thinks she’s leader of the pack  and has an incredibly strong body, sharp teeth, and piercing claws to go with it…her ancestors are wolves, you know!

When we first got her, my husband and I tried to do our best of balancing training/discipline with having fun with being in our family.  However, a slew of bad luck which resulted in an injury made my greyhound/lab mix sort of crazy making me feel that instead of starting from square one with her, I’m starting at square -99.  Evee is smart and highly trainable but fixing bad habits has been an issue.

To give you an idea, these are the commands Evee knows Read more…

Your local pet store!

December 15, 2009 1 comment

(Well, my local pet store!)

I’m not one of those people who will *only* buy from local and independent retailers.  Supporting my local business isn’t my top priority.  I like it when I can do it, sure, but that’s just not the first the thing that comes to mind when I go shopping.  It’s price.  (I’ll say it again: STILL IN GRAD SCHOOL!)  And frankly, often the big chain retailers can buy items in such mass that they can afford better discounts than smaller stores.

The best example comes from a colleague who gave me a hard time for buying a bike from REI (which acts as a co-op, BTW).  She sung the praises of the local bike shop.  One weekend, I agreed to go shopping with her.  The last place, at my urging, was Sports Chalet, which had a Diamondback bike she’d bought previously… only she’d paid 25% more for it.

Now, when the local store carries special product lines that you can’t get at the bigger chains, exceptional return policies, and outstanding service — sure, it’s worth more!  But is the same exact bike really worth 25% more (so we’re talking more than $100 here) at your local bike shop that doesn’t give any additional guarantees?  To some people, it sure does.  Not to me, and I think in this economy, that’s most people as well.

But imagine my delight when I can both save like the competitive shopper I am and STILL support my local businesses!  I’ve been lucky to find a couple places like that since I moved; today, I’d like to share with you my local pet store, Centinela Feed and Pet Supplies. Read more…

My Black Friday Scores

November 30, 2009 Leave a comment

I didn’t do so great this year, but I did get a couple things that I thought I’d share. Read more…

Review: Kong is King

November 4, 2009 Leave a comment

In light of my experience with Orvis, I felt I should jot down a couple notes on the companies and products that have done wonderfully by my tenacious Evee.  In this post, I’d like to focus on the Kong company and a couple of the products they make that have made it into the Pet Toy Hall of Fame in this house.

Who is Kong? Kong is a company founded in 1976 with the purpose of providing strong rubber toys for pets.  They look funny at first, but these toys are the best for even the toughest of chewers.  The company has the slogan, “Your dog will love you for it,” and they aren’t kidding.  The Kong product line has grown from dogs to cats to other animals, including horses.  This review will focus on Evee’s three favorite toys: classic Kongs, tennis toys, and their new donut.

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Orvis = Osh*t

October 23, 2009 4 comments
Tough Chew Nest

Tough Chew Nest

Orvis = Osh*t

Orvis is a family owned business that specializes provided quality items to the fishing and hunting community.  I do not fish or hunt so I can’t attest to the quality of their products in that specialty.  I found myself shopping at Orvis because they apparently make excellent “Tough Chew” products for dogs.  My dog, bless her soul, likes to rip apart everything with those teeth of hers.  I’m very lucky in that she never chews things that are not deemed “hers.”  So, I never have to worry about sofas or pillows or wires.  Normally, I wouldn’t care if she just obliterated her items but we have a problem with regard to her dog bed.  We have hardwood floors in our house and the floors bother her more than they bother my barefeet.  On top of a recently diagnosed luxating patella problem, I’ve been trying to make sure she has enough padding for her to lay about by giving her old blankets we don’t use anymore.  The Tough Chew Nests from Orvis were touted on the Internet for their guarantee for the most avid dog chewers.  I don’t particularly like spending almost $100 on a dog bed (still in grad school!), but I wanted my baby to be comfortable so I bit the bullet.  And then the nightmare started.
Going to the brick and mortar store.  I’m lucky enough to be close to the Pasadena Orvis store.  The first time my husband and I went, we went to go look at the beds ourselves to find that they didn’t have any beds *in* the store but just the liners.  Needless to say, we were unimpressed.  The first saleswoman we spoke to really treated us nicely and explained that at bigger stores they have them in the store.  Well, that does make some sense — the shop was in a bit of a tight location.  But, they had Tough Chew Toys so we picked up one to see how well Evee would like it.  Well, Evee did indeed love it…even after it was torn to smitherines after 20 minutes.  After the battle of picking up all the plastic pieces off the floor and out of her mouth, we found the receipt and prompty readied ourselves to return it.  When we went back for the return, a new saleswoman (actually a manager) very rudely tells us there’s no guarantee on Tough Chew.  My husband and I look at each other — “yes there is.”  She then tells us its only the bed.  Ok, well, I was smart enough to print out the item from the Orvis website (because it was actually cheaper online and I wanted to know why we were charged the higher price).  On the webpage for the item it talks about how the gurantee the product against the toughest chewers.  The manager just looks at us, grabs the item, and tells us there’s no point in doing a return (we had mentioned that it may have just been a fluke) because our dog was just going to chew through it and she wasn’t going to refund us again.  I was so annoyed I just kept on blinking.  Here we are in this premium store that prides itself of customer service and there’s this woman who doesn’t know the products sold in her store and lacking any manners.  I WILL pay more for higher quality and service but this was neither.
Going online.  I took a deep breath and decided to try the website instead.  I was able to get a Tough Chew Nest on sale even so the price of the whole thing came right under $100.  Now, I noticed that there was a backorder.  I’m glad they told me that ahead of time.  What I wasn’t happy about is that they kept on changing the backorder date.  In fact, they didn’t even email me when the date was changed on the order status page.  I found this out by going ot the page myself every day once the original ship date had passed…for over two weeks.  I finally contacted them where they told me it was processing and would ship any day now.  Five days later I get confirmation of the shipment to find out that they had not bothered to even send me the right package.  The bed comes in two parts — the polyfill nest and the liner.  They had only sent the nest, and the liner was actually the expensive part.  After waiting for well over a month, I find out they can’t even put two things in a box together.  So, they contact me to tell me that *I* had to place a new order.
Excuse me?  You screw up and I have to do more work?
After not letting go of this, they finally told me the problem was that I had used Google Checkout — THAT’s why they couldn’t do it by themselves.  Sure, thanks for telling me this after I’ve been asking for a reason for ten minutes.  Why do you offer Google Checkout if you can’t serve your customers well with it?  ::silence::
Ok, ok – whatever.  Where’s this customer service they tout?  You see, they’re very clever.  In the email where they told me to reorder the item, they make it sound like I’m getting a discount because of this coupon code they give me.  By giving me this coupon code, they are making everything right and understand my time is valuable.  Unfortunately for them, I can do arithmetic in my head.  I then pressed the CS agent that for all the time and headache this caused me, they weren’t going to give me a single dime for my time.  In their attempt to make it sound like they were making it a better deal, I had realized I was still being charged $100 in the end.  After pushing for sometime, I finally got them to lower the price.  Good.
I go to order the liner (AGAIN) per the instructions given by the CS agent.  He tells me to order it normally and then forward the receipt so he could 1) get the expedited shipping in and 2) adjust the price.  I order, get the email, and forward the email in seconds.  My response email — 1) We cannot give you expedited shipping as the item is already processed to ship (you’re kidding me — it took me over a month to get anything from you and now you’re telling me you processed it so damned fast I can’t get expedited shipping?  What you can’t call UPS and tell them to change the kind of shipping it is?), and 2) We can’t adjust the price as the order went through.  We’ll give you a refund.  It’ll be processed in 5 days.
::headdesk::
Getting the dog bed.  When we eventually get the liner to the dog bed, we put the whole thing together.  I look at the liner with some puzzlement.  Sure, its stronger than the cheap stuff we see in the stores but I wasn’t sure how it was chew proof.  But I inspect further and the stitching is very good and the dog usually gets in through the stitching.
Evee first afraid of everything gets readily acclimated to the bed.  She likes it, she really does!  But fast forward <24 hrs later, I hear a ::RIIIIIP:: Evee has gone through the bed and she didn’t use the stitching at all!  She just tore a big hole into right in the middle of the bed.  She got to the polyfill on the inside too.
The good news is they were quick to offer the refund.  I guess they’re used to that though.

Orvis is a family-owned business that specializes in providing goods for the fishing and hunting community.  I do not fish or hunt, so I can’t attest to the quality of their products in that specialty.  But I found myself shopping at Orvis because they apparently make excellent “Tough Chew” products for dogs.  My dog, bless her soul, likes to rip apart everything with those teeth of hers.  I’m very lucky in that she never chews things that are not deemed “hers.”  So, I never have to worry about sofas or pillows or wires.

Normally, I wouldn’t care if she just obliterated her items, but we have a problem with regard to her dog bed.  We have hardwood floors in our house, and the floors bother her more than they bother my bare feet — which is a lot.  I’ve been trying to make sure she has enough padding for her to lay about by giving her old blankets we don’t use anymore.  The Tough Chew Nests from Orvis were touted on the Internet for their guarantee for the most avid dog chewers.  I don’t particularly like spending almost $100 on a dog bed (still in grad school!), but I wanted my baby to be comfortable, especially in light of her recently diagnosed luxating patella problem, so I bit the bullet.  And then the nightmare started.

UPDATE, 10/30/09: Since writing this post, Orvis contacted me regarding my experience with their company.  To see what happened, please click here.

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