Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Pawing it Forward with Swiffer BarkBox #ShedHappens

This post is sponsored by Swiffer® and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am helping spread the word about Swiffer but, Just Jesse the Jack, only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Swiffer is not responsible for the content of this article.  

Bringing home a dog can be challenging. Bringing home two is a little more work. But bringing home two dogs, with three children in the house?
You’ll need all the help you can get!
This very scenario played out when my friend adopted two pups from the shelter. She named the two fur balls; Sadie and Rigby.

When dogs come into the house, who are used to life in the shelter, there can be more messes than usual. This is the transition period from shelter to home. It is important to not give up on your new family member. It is your job to teach them the new rules of the house.
I wanted to help out in any way possible, so Jesse and I gifted a Swiffer® BarkBox  to our friend; to warmly welcome their newest additions to the family!
The Swiffer BarkBox is a collaboration between Swiffer and Bark & Co. to help make the adoption transition easier for dogs and their people.

In the box, there was a variety of content to help make the transition to pet parenthood run much more smoothly. The Swiffer BarkBox included: 1 Swiffer Duster with two refills, Swiffer Sweeper refills, No Grainers Peanut Butter Pleaser dog treats, a plush BarkBox Welcome Home squeaky postcard toy, Fresh Pet baked dog food sample, a Welcome Home Pamphlet filled with many tips and tricks on bringing home a dog, and a coupon for a free Swiffer Sweeper Starter Kit, $2 off Fresh Pet food or treats, and a free Febreze.
In addition to the BarkBox, I gave my friend tips on how to decrease messes in her house, even with the addition of two dogs. I encouraged her to regularly brush her dogs; this will drastically reduce dog hair on the floor, furniture, and clothing. Also giving a bath every couple of weeks will keep dirt off of the pups, and the floor. :) Putting shirts on the doggies will also help catch falling hair; keeping less off the furniture and the jacket you are wearing.

I also let her know that Swiffer’s products are easy to use; allowing her to do a thorough clean in minutes, so she can enjoy playing with her dogs, and making them a part of the family. :)

Jesse and I wish this family many happy years together! :D I hope they all enjoy the Swiffer BarkBox filled with BarkGoods :) Jesse loved the treats and toy in his box. His favorite was the Peanut Butter treats :)

Find out more about the collaboration between Swiffer and BarkBox and their mission to find shelter dogs homes this Christmas!

Stay Happy and Healthy!
~Heather and Jesse~

If you add a new puppy or dog to your family, and adopt them at one of these participating shelters, please share a photo of your new forever family and everything in this box with @Swiffer and @BarkBox to show how ready you are when #ShedHappens.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Limited Edition Holiday Treats for Dogs #BLUESantaSnacks

This post is sponsored by Blue Buffalo and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about BLUE Santa Snacks, but Just Jesse the Jack only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Blue Buffalo is not responsible for the content of this article.

When it comes to Holidays, Jesse and I love celebrating! Whether we dress up, give gifts, decorate the house, or make special treats for the different Holidays, we love being festive!

One of my favorite parts of the Holidays is to make Jesse special meals~

Special treats go along with that too. :) I like to make Jesse themed treats to go along with the various Holidays. Over the years I have made him many treats ranging from carob chip cookies, frosted cookies, chicken jerky, and beef jerky, to milk drop cookies, and chicken strips with a dash of rosemary and oregano
(all of these made with ingredients that are safe for dogs to eat, as well as being human-grade).
When I heard about the BLUE™ Santa Snacks, I had to try them with Jesse!

I think it is awesome seeing a great selection of Holiday-themed treats in store to choose from.

The BLUE Santa Snacks are limited edition, holiday-themed treats, from Blue Buffalo .

Each bag is made with natural ingredients including Oatmeal, Cinnamon, Pumpkin, Carrot, Barley, and Flaxseed; free of any by-products, corn, soy, or wheat. These are healthy dog treats, made with natural ingredients. :) Blue Buffalo also has a special edition stew for the Holidays called BLUE Santa Stew Holiday Feast .
We will have to try this food next time we go to the store. :)
Both the snacks and stew are a part of Blue Buffalo’s Seasonal Sensations line; including celebration items for Independence Day, Halloween, and Valentine’s Day! Each recipe is available for a limited time, so Jesse and I will have to go shopping for the Holiday Feast before Christmas.
Although it isn’t time for Santa Paws to give out these treats yet, I did let Jesse have a few. :) Just like I get an advent calendar counting down to Christmas, I give Jesse a special treat each day leading up to Christmas.

The BLUE Santa Snacks are crunchy dog biscuits that come in different shapes; doing a great job getting us in the Holiday spirit already! :D The treats are shaped like a Christmas tree, a star, and a gingerbread man.
Jesse gobbled up the treat with delight, and licked his chops; drooling for another. The treats did smell delicious, so I took a bite of one. I already knew the ingredients were good, and the treats were made in the USA. The snacks tasted just like a human Holiday cookie, just without the strong taste of sugar. The treats are naturally sweetened with cinnamon and cane molasses, giving them a slightly sweet taste. If you didn’t know they were dog treats, it would be hard to tell they weren’t for people to eat! Haha
I am definitely going to be buying some more BLUE Santa Snacks when it gets closer to Christmas, to pass out to Jesse’s doggie friends, as well as use as a stocking stuffer for Jesse. These treats make perfect stocking stuffers for dogs!
What I love about Blue Buffalo is that the company was inspired by their dog, Blue. Blue is the reason behind the BLUE Santa Snacks. Blue loved sniffing out his presents, and ripped the wrapping paper off of them. :) Knowing there is a dog behind this company, and him being the reason they were inspired to start making healthy dog food and treats, makes the company relatable and not a distant big corporation, which I like. I also really love the principle behind BLUE, “Love them like family. Feed them like family®.” Jesse is my family, and I give him the best food and treats I can find.
Jesse does love opening up his own presents on his Birthday and during Christmastime!
He knows which presents are his, searching them out on Christmas morning, and carrying them to me as if to ask if it is time to open them yet. :)

Christmas is a wonderful time, full of family time, delicious food, and exchange of gifts. It is one of our favorite Holidays of the year! I will be writing a post in a couple weeks’ time about how I incorporate Jesse into the Holiday celebrations :)

If you haven’t tried the BLUE Santa Snacks yet with your pup, we definitely recommend you give it a try. The treats were a big hit here! Jesse shared some of his treats with Lucky and Kaine, and they both were begging for more. :)

You can learn more about BLUE Santa Snacks, or Stews, by heading over to Blue Buffalo's Facebook Page or visit their Official Website .
Stay Happy and Healthy!
~Heather and Jesse~

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Lure Coursing at WoofStock!

We went to the 2015 WoofStock event in Chandler, AZ today, and had a wonderful time! :D
Jesse had a blast running the lure course, and ran 3 times :3
He did such a great job on the course; flying with ease over the jumps
I took video, and will be adding the clips into one of our videos currently in the works :)
The course was hosted by Arizona Brittany Rescue, and all proceeds from the lure went to help the Brittanys in the rescue's care.~
Kaine and Lucky also ran the course. ^-^ Jesse and I played on the agility course too, and met a lot of sweet and adorable dogs at the event!
Stay Happy and Healthy!
~Heather and Jesse~

Friday, November 20, 2015

My First Dog, Jesse ♥ #ShedHappens

This post is sponsored by Swiffer® and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am helping spread the word about Swiffer but, Just Jesse the Jack, only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Swiffer is not responsible for the content of this article.

I will always remember bringing home Jesse, my first dog, when I was a kid, at 16. Ever since I could remember, I had wanted a dog, and fell in love with the Jack Russell breed when I lived in England back in the year 2000.
The little dog, who started it all, was named Fraiser.
Fraiser was a Jack Russell Terrier who I found wandering the streets. I had known who he belonged to because I had seen him walk in the neighborhood with his person before. Upon taking him to his house, no one answered the door, so my sister and I went to the side of his house, only to see that he was being kept in the backyard, with a flooded bed, and no food or water in his bowls. We later found out his owner had been deployed on a TDY assignment back to the States, and the person who was supposed to be watching him fell through; having Fraiser living on his own, in the backyard, for about a week.
The weeks I got to take care of Fraiser were the best!
He was always by my side, ready to play at a moment’s notice. His favorite toy to play fetch with was an orange porcupine rubber squeaky toy. When I was watching TV, he would curl up on my lap, and at night on the foot of my bed, on my feet.
Fraiser was an excellent fly hunter. He would jump on the furniture to chase a fly, only to leap into the air, off the back of the couch, to catch one in the air.
Of course Fraiser’s owner returned, and we had to give him back… I did see Fraiser a couple times on walks after that; each time he would run up to me, wagging his tail so hard his whole body wiggled. He even escaped his yard to come to our house. Shortly after, my Dad was stationed back to Arizona, and we had to leave. I was heartbroken that I would never get to see Fraiser again, and still wonder to this day what happened to him.
I had always begged for a dog of my own since I was a young child, and after meeting Fraiser, I knew exactly what breed I wanted; a Jack Russell Terrier.
Every Birthday and Christmas passed since coming to the States, and each time I would ask and hint at getting a puppy. Of course, these fell on deaf ears for many years, then for my 16th Birthday, I asked again. My Mom was already on board with getting a puppy, but my Dad was the one who needed convincing. I wrote my Dad a long, heartfelt letter, telling him I would do everything myself to take care of my puppy; buying all his food, toys, and vet bills using my allowances, and even taking on more chores to take care of him. I put the letter on his pillow that night, and went to bed crossing my fingers and hoping for the best. The next day, my Dad made the biggest announcement of my life; I was finally getting my very own puppy! :D
I was so happy; I could hardly contain my excitement
The next week, my Mom sent me a picture to my cellphone of a puppy who was looking for a home.
The little puppy was so cute! We were set to meet him in a couple of weeks, when he was 3 weeks old and his eyes opened up.
The weeks couldn’t go by slower!
Finally on March 26th, 2005, I got to meet this adorable puppy for the first time.
It was love at first sight!

He suckled my finger, and fell asleep on my chest. When asked by my parents if this was the puppy I wanted, there was no question, this little guy was destined to become part of the family!
I named my puppy, Jesse. The lady taking care of the puppies said she would start calling him by that name. I visited Jesse every week after that, until the day I could bring him home when he was 8 weeks old, on May 2nd, 2005.

~Bringing my puppy home was the best day of my life~
We started our journey together, becoming best friends from the start. Jesse went everywhere with me, and we were known as “Heather and Jesse” by all our friends and family. I always made sure to sign Jesse’s name on all cards from us; with his paw print sometimes following his name.

Jesse followed me everywhere, slept on my bed at night, from the first day I brought him home, curling up right next to me, sometimes with his head on the pillow like a little human.

Jesse loved playing games with me, and of course going to for walks around the neighborhood; stopping at the parks to play with a ball in the grass, or dig in the sand. When Jesse was 9 weeks old, he taught himself to sit up. He would come up to me, and sit up on his hind legs. He had the cutest little expression on his face, and I couldn’t resist how adorable this behavior was! I picked him up and cuddled him
I started teaching Jesse tricks, and we both learnt a lot from each other. Jesse loved learning tricks, and kept picking up each new one quickly, and happily. He had a big smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye when he was learning, and mastering a trick.
My whole life became all about Jesse. I learned as much as I could about dogs, so that I could give Jesse the best life I possibly could. Jesse taught me responsibility. It was up to me to take care of this little beautiful soul. He depended on me to fulfill all of his needs. I loved doing all that I could to make sure he was happy. Feeding him his breakfast and dinner, going for walks with him to get exercise, grooming him, bathing him, and playing with him were all great activities to me. I felt accomplished by taking care of Jesse. I loved it all
We started playing fun dog sports, at home with home-made equipment. Jesse didn’t seem to mind they weren’t “official”, all he cared about was the fun we both would have when playing together.
All my spare time was spent with Jesse. When I would finish my homework, I would play with Jesse, or go for a walk.

Jesse was a part of every special occasion; Birthdays, Holidays, Valentine’s Day, Halloween, and Christmas- all of them.

On weekends we would go hiking, or to a dog event; having so much fun trying out the professional equipment at the venues.

~Jesse's 1st time running the lure course!~
When I went on a trip, I brought Jesse with me. He was the perfect traveler; sleeping or looking out the window of the car, enjoying the sights.
Jesse and I stumbled into “fame.” I created a YouTube Channel for Jesse to share his personality with the world. I loved this little dog so much, and thought it would be a fun way to share his adorable antics and talents with those around us. I created fun videos of Jesse enjoying life, travelling, doing tricks, and other adorable videos for different Holidays.

Jesse and I got contacted by animal agents for Jesse to star in media work. I was nervous at first, but Jesse was right at home on set. With his talents he starred in many print ads, commercials, and even in a couple of movies.
Image by David Radler for PetSmart.
I was very happy that I could get the word out there about how amazing Jack Russells are, and people could love them, as I had for many years.

Jesse and I got the opportunity to appear on The Rachael Ray Show to jump rope with me, and The Late Show With David Letterman to do his suitcase trick, because of our YouTube videos.
Many people write to me and tell me how amazing it is that I live with a famous dog, but I don’t think of Jesse that way. Jesse is my best friend, who is just so happens to get great opportunities to star in exciting projects. He is first and foremost a member of the family, all the stuff we do is just a fun way to play~
Jesse is now 10 years old and is still my best friend, heart dog, and constant companion. He loves playing and still has the energy of a puppy. He continues starring in the videos I create, and acting as an animal actor. Jesse loves all the attention and we will continue having a lot of fun together as a team, until Jesse lets me know he doesn’t want to do it anymore.

Of course all these wonderful years living together with a dog, have come with their fair share of messes :)
That’s where Swiffer® products come in handy!

Swiffer reminds us that #ShedHappens, but it doesn’t have to be the end of the conversation when deciding to bring home a dog, because cleaning a pet household is a lot easier than most people realize.
When Jesse was little he loved playing with Swiffer Dusters, and would chase them as if they were a lure, and carry them around proudly when he caught them. Now that Jesse is an adult, he has learnt to help “dust” by holding the handle of a Swiffer Duster, and brush the dusty teapots.
After a romp at the park, Jesse sometimes gets very dirty, and does bring the mud back home with him.
The Swiffer Wet Jets pick up the wet mud, and for the dry dirt the Swiffer Sweepers take care of the mess.
Swiffer has teamed up with Bark & Co. to create a special BarkBox for new pet owners to welcome home their new dog family members. The campaign aims to help spread the word that cleaning concerns should never be an obstacle in adopting a family pet.

Swiffer and BarkBox held a special live media and adoption event on November 12th in New York City for the “Welcome Home” Child’s First Pet Campaign.

Scott Foley was front and center at the event. He is a big advocate for adopting dogs and children having a dog while growing up.
During the event, five dogs found their forever homes! :D
To celebrate the launch, Swiffer and Bark & Co. distributed 10,000 “Welcome Home Kits” to shelters nationwide! They also donated up to $50,000 to help various animals who need it at select shelters in the US.
At these participating shelters, if you adopt a dog from them, you will receive a BarkBox full of Swiffer products, treats, and toys to welcome your new member to the family, home!
Included in the Swiffer BarkBox is a Swiffer 360 Duster, 2 free coupons (one for a Febreeze, and the other for a Swiffer Sweeper Starter Kit), an adorable dog toy in the shape of a post card that says “Welcome Home” on it, peanut butter dog treat, a sample of Fresh Pet’s new baked food, refills for the Swiffer Sweeper, and a Welcome Home Guide.
The “Welcome Home” guide is full of useful information and tips for bringing home a new furry family member, and making living with dogs easier.
Here are a few of the tips:
v  Pet-proof your house. When babies come into the home, the house is baby proofed to make sure they don’t get into any trouble when they start crawling around. A similar thing people should do when puppies come into the home, is to puppy proof the house, by putting away the dangerous stuff – harsh cleaning products, medications, floor level hazards and breakables. Also keeping a tight lid on the trashcans is a good idea!
v  Start with the basics. Before puppy comes home, you should create a checklist of items you should have to welcome your new family member. These include a collar, leash, ID tag, food and water bowls, a bed, puppy food, and any other essentials to make new life with your puppy go smoothly.
v  Consult your vet. When your new puppy comes home, you should take him to the vet soon after for a check-up. The vet will talk you through how to keep your puppy healthy by educating you on immunizations, proper food and treat choices and overall wellness of your puppy so they can be happy and healthy.
v  Be prepared for the messes. Having a new furry member of the family comes with some messes. Puppies don’t yet know where the proper place to eliminate is, and just like a baby, they need to be house trained with lots of positive praise. To help minimize shedding, giving your puppy a daily grooming session will reduce the number of hair tumbleweeds throughout the house. When #ShedHappens, you can reach for the Swiffer Sweeper to help trap pet hair with a quick swipe.
The “Welcome Home” pamphlet has many more useful tips to help you start off on the right paw with your dog. You can read the full version here.
It would have been cool and helpful to have something like this available when I first brought Jesse home. :)
We hope you enjoyed our post, and stay tuned for our next Swiffer post where we give a Swiffer BarkBox to a deserving pup parent! :D

Stay Happy and Healthy!
~Heather and Jesse~

If you add a new puppy to your family, and adopt them at one of these participating shelters, please share a photo of your new forever family and everything in this box with @Swiffer and @BarkBox to show how ready you are for when #ShedHappens.