SoCo the German Shepherd

Who could say no to that face? (19 mos. ago)

My parents have a dog.

Thrilling, right?

He is one of the most adorable creatures ever. He will cock his head ever so slightly when you are talking to him. And if you use the words "ball" or "bed", he knows exactly what to do. Justin has even worked with him on commands like "sit", "stay", "lay down", "shake", and "roll over". He's not too good at the last one… Sometimes Justin even changes it up and works with him using the German language. We always assume that if he's not obeying commands it's because he's a German shepherd … not an English-speaking one. Clearly we are the ones speaking the wrong language!

Technically, the dog is actually my brother's. When he bought the dog about two years ago, my parents adamantly exclaimed "NO! We are not taking care of him for you!" But of course after a few months when my brother got busy with college exams and volunteering, my parents were all too happy to take on the dog for a few weeks. Those few weeks turned into a year … going on one and a half. Now every time Justin and I go on vacation we contemplate bringing home a new pet for the sole purpose of sharing with my parents. It's only fair, right? We could always offer up a hermit crab, a gerbil, or some fish…

Anyway, along with the dog, came smells. This is a 90 pound inside-dog. The wood floor is permanently damaged by sharp claws and there will always be fur everywhere, but what could they do to eliminate the dog odor? They've tried nearly everything. First they got some pet sprays from Wal Mart. Then they moved on up to Yankee Candle, Febreeze, and even borrowed some of my Anthropologie candles. Nothing worked.


Insert Renuzit Scented Pearls… which showed up on my doorstep a few weeks ago.

In an effort to make nice and be helpful, I offered it to my mom to try. She loves candles and fragrances far more than I do, and I know, without a doubt, that she desperately wishes she could have the clean house smell she had prior to her fun-loving, cutie pie, 90lb. lap dog. The After the Rain scented pearls were just what she needed. They were nice and contained so that they wouldn't spill and make a mess in the living room … and the smell they added to her home in a very short period of time was nearly overwhelming yet wonderful. It was definitely refreshing to smell something not dog. Plus, the pearls are so pretty, you don't have to hide them in your decor! When the pearls run out, you simply buy some more! Renuzit Scented Pearls come in a variety of scents like blue sky breeze, seductive pineapple,  tranquility, and serenity. After seeing how well this is working for my mom, I can't wait to try some of the other smells!

Do you want to try renuzit scented pearls? If so, enter my giveaway by June 4th for your chance to win one of two coupons!

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* I received this product (and giveaway coupons) for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

108 comments:

  1. I brush my dog's teeth every night. Not only is it good for her health, it combats bad doggy breath too. (and she likes it because it is "beef" flavored. - Its not beef flavored, really. I accidentally grabbed it instead of the people toothpaste. Its pretty awful tasting and NOT BEEF).

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    1. Eww!! I'm sure you won't make that mistake again!

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    2. DEFINITELY! It was pretty gross.

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  2. I don't have any specific plans. I'll probably work in the garden. Your parents pup is adorable, btw.

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  3. Visiting from A/Z road trip :) I don't think I had a chance to visit your blog during the challenge ;)

    What a cute dog! Isn't that how it works out? The kid gets the dog, the dog is going to be the kid's and then the kid gets a life and the parents raise the dog :) It happened with our corgi; supposed to be son's dog but you know the rest of the story. Sounds like an interesting product with the Renuzit Pearl Scents. Good luck with the giveaway!

    betty

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  4. I bring dog treats to the vet with me. It helps to distract my dog while she is getting her shots.

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  5. Still no Memorial day plans.

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  6. Looks like the garden is calling to me this weekend. Otherwise, no plans

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    1. Anything in particular that you are gardening?

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    2. I have dahlias (I doubt I'll show any this year though), tomatoes, squash, petunias, pansies, gryphon begonia, kohlrabi, carrots, kale, garlic, onions, shallots, leeks, chocolate mint, canteloupe, watermelon, persian shield, etc....its kind of an addiction

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  7. Fortunately, I can run my dog's dishes through the dishwasher.

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  8. I have a couch cover for my dog to lay on so that she doesn't scratch up the couch with her nails.

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  9. I am just planning on having a cookout with family.

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  10. I am planning on taking some time to go for a hike

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  11. My dog says that she needs a dirt bath to keep clean. I disagreed. So, she got a regular water bath today.

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  12. We took the dog for a fairly vigorous hike today! (about 5 miles and lots of elevation changes)

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    1. Wow! That's awesome! And challenging for both dog and owner! Kudos to you! :)

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    2. Thanks! We enjoyed ourselves :-)

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  13. My sister made a denim quilt to go in my car. It covers the back seat and protects it from muddy dog paws.

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  14. I took the dog for a short walk then worked in the garden today.

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  15. I try to sneak in and clip one or two nails when my dog isn't paying attention. Its less traumatic for her than trying to do them all at once.

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  16. I use the best shampoo money can buy for my dogs. That way it gets the smell out the first time and I don't have to keep buying other shampoos.

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    1. Do you have any shampoo in particular that you recommend?

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    2. I love buying Organic Mediterranean Sea Breeze Shampoo from Royal Pet Club. That stuff is so amazing and it makes them smell wonderful for a week. I like using the conditioner, too. It really makes their hair soft!

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    3. Cool! I'll keep an eye out for that next time I need shampoo

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  17. I plan to keep a nice yard this summer by watering the grass daily and working in the flower garden.

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  18. planning lots of pool time and even more biking!

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  19. my tip for cleaning up after pets is to keep it regular, don't put it off, it just builds up. The hair, the mess in general....consistency is always good.

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  20. No retroactive or future Memorial Day plans. It did make me want to go out and BBQ something though.

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  21. My dog has floppy ears. Every so often, I need to go and clean out the excess wax. It is getting harder to think of something to say! :-)

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    1. You have commented a lot! I'm not surprised! :)

      The people I babysit for have problems with their floppy-eared dog getting ear infections. Hopefully this isn't the case with your dog. :-/

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    2. Not yet! Knock on wood! (I do try to keep her ears clean though - I'm sure that helps. Or so I tell myself!)

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    3. I have the link saved. I guess its not that I am desperate for a renuzit coupon, its just that if I don't then it sits there in stark black instead of "you did it grey"!

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    4. I wouldn't be surprised if you win with all of your comments… (Rafflecopter decides, not me.) It sounds like you have a busy summer ahead and your dog has a fantastic owner!

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  22. I am hoping to go camping this summer. (with the dog, of course!)

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  23. I clean up after them daily.

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  24. We have cats and I have found Peroxide works well for cleaning up stains (test your color fastness first)

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  25. I want to make some movies with my kids this summer. I have some crafts I want to try as well.

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  26. I have a towel by the door for wiping muddy paws.

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  27. I am planning on watching the symphony at their free performance in the park this summer.

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  28. I plan to take the canoe out often this summer

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  29. My dog gets regular vet checkups and is up to date on her vaccinations.

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  30. I often make my own dog treats - this way I can use organic ingredients, no preservatives, etc. The main ones that I do are banana chips, chicken jerky, and peanut butter biscuits (If I am really ambitious, I'll even use the Star Wars cookie cutters for the biscuits!)

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    1. Does your dog have an allergy? Or some digestive problem? Or is he just spoiled? ;) I love that you use Star Wars cookie cutters for the dog biscuits. And you must feel so good knowing that your dog is eating healthy. Who knows what the big companies put into packaged dog food? It's frightening enough what they include in people food!

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  31. We planned on hiking today, but halfway through it started to rain. :-(

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    1. I feel you. We were planning on getting some stuff done outside last weekend and it rained pretty much the whole time. Nothing throws a wrench into outdoor plans like rain. :-/ Hopefully you did something else fun instead. :)

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  32. this summer i plan on road tripping with my hubby

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    1. Road tripping where? Will you be staying somewhat local or will you be traveling all across the US?

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  33. Everytime we come back from a hike, I check my dog carefully for any ticks. She is on frontline, but I'd still rather catch them before they bite her.

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  34. Marnie G (Derrick Todd)June 1, 2015 at 8:10 PM

    My favorite scents are tropical --- pineapple, coconut and mango.

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  35. Marnie G (Derrick Todd)June 1, 2015 at 8:12 PM

    This summer we'll be going on a couple long road trips to visit family. I'm mostly looking forward to staying home swimming, BBQing and bon fires.

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  36. My tip would be to brush them outside
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  37. This summer we plan on going to museums for Summer homeschool
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  38. I read labels before I buy dog food or treats.

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  39. I'd like to do a geocaching trip this year if we can squeeze one in.

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    1. I've heard awesome things about them, but I've never actually done one myself. They sound like a lot of fun. Would you take your dog with you? ;)

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  40. I have 3 dogs -- Fang is a Westie, Queenie is a Border Collie and Gunner is an Australian Shepard.

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  41. We are not going on a summer vacation this year - taking a week off in July to do things around the house and to relax. In September we are going to Las Vegas for a week.

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    1. Wow! September is probably a better time to vacation anyway with all of the kids back at school. Are you planning anything in particular to do in Las Vegas?

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  42. My dog is a Boxer so she doesn't shed. But her jawls makes eating a very messy daily occurrence. I got a Messy Mut Food and Water Bowl for her and she loves it and its easy to clean up after her.

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  43. We are staying home and grilling on the grill a lot this summer.

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  44. I'll be catching up on sleep!

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  45. No pets so I love anything fruity!

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  46. My favorite scent is the smell after it rains!

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    1. I love lavender! :) I wish these pearls came in that scent…

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  48. i am planning to go home for the summer to visit my family.

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  49. I like to keep my dog brushed every week so he wont shed as much.

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  50. We did not do anything lol. I just worked. :)

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  51. I no longer have a dog, but when I did I would wash him each week and try to leave a little bit of the safe, vitamin D, scented dog applicant on top to make him smell good.

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  52. I plan on spending as much time as I can redoing our yard this summer.

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    1. Ugh! That sounds like a lot of work! Do you enjoy working outside?

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  53. For my dog it is a lot of baths, combing and then lap time.

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  54. I use an oatmeal shampoo for my dog. It's gentle on the skin and has a fresh scent.

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    1. I bet it feels good on your dog's skin too. What brand is it? Or where do you buy it?

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  55. I plan to smoke some ribs in the smoker. Mmmm.

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  56. I pick up the dog toys that are "dead", so that my dog doesn't choke on the small pieces.

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  57. No pets. My favorite scents are coconut, cinnamon, mint, peach or citrus.

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  58. My husband and I are going on an Alaskan cruise later this summer.

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  59. My favorite scents are lotus, orchid, cucumber and mango :)
    Thank You

    Fiona N

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  60. We visited some temples for Memorial Day weekend

    Fiona N

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  61. i have 2 dogs and the only way i find to keep the home fresh is to clean daily

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  62. I potted up a bunch of plants (about 50!) today to donate to the Meals on Wheels plant sale.

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  63. I made my dog a jacket for the winter time since she has short fur.

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  64. Marnie G (Derrick Todd)June 4, 2015 at 2:43 AM

    I don't have a pet. My favorite scents are tropical -- coconut, pineapple, mango, etc.

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  65. Marnie G (Derrick Todd)June 4, 2015 at 2:45 AM

    For Memorial Day Weekend, we got together with family and BBQd. This summer we'll be swimming, BBQing and having bon fires.

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  66. I have two dogs so I'm always looking for a way to keep my home smelling fresh.

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  67. I don't have any plans for memeorial day weekend

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  68. One thing I do to help take care of my doggies is once a week, I wipe them down with vinegar on a cloth. Believe it or not, it helps to repel fleas and ticks!

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  69. No major plans for the summer so far, but my son was just home for a visit. He lives in Guadalajara, Mexico

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  70. I have a dog and a cat and my best tip for keeping our pet area smelling good is I put a cup of Downey in a glass and let it "soak" up the smells! It really works, you just have to keep it up high so your pets don't drink or spill it!

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  71. One of my favorite scents are beach scents.

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  72. I plan on sitting on my Sun Porch and reading a great novel this summer.

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  73. Our plans include taking day trips to Grandmas so my kiddo's can swim in her pool! It's a far drive, but we have such a good time that is worth the trip!

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  74. I have 4 dogs in my house, so needless to say, you have to stay on top of cleaning up after them. Hair and smells could be everywhere if you try to take a day off.

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  75. For Memorial Day my husband will be fishing at the lake while I am swimming in the pool. We will also be grilling out.

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  76. My best secret is that I keep the Little Green Machine loaded and ready for action -- clean up all messes really quick and completely.

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  77. We are planning a 2 week vacation out west this summer.

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  78. My favorite scents are vanilla & lavendar!

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  79. We will be going to Gulf Shores, Alabama for vacation this summer! Can't wait!

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