Monthly Archives: November 2011


When ChazzTheDog & AdoptedMomToChazz were presented with the opportunity to review a safety collar we were not exactly rubbing our paws together in excitement. Treats, toys, beds, puzzles, aww right! But ho-hum a lighted collar, okay.

Well, we are definitely barking a different tune now. Brought to you by the folks at The Company of Animals this illuminated safety collar has an innovative & revolutionary design.   It looks sharp too!


3 in 1 -Flashing, Reflective, & Glow in the Dark Modes

4 Light Setting Options – Visible 1,000 Ft. / 300M

Comfortable, Padded Design

Water Resistant

OPERATION: The VIVID Illuminating Safety Collar was simple to use, straight out of the package. It comes with its own USB cable for charging. Before initial use, it is recommended to charge unit for  2 hours. Red light indicates unit is charging, Green lilght shows unit is charged. Fully charged, the VIVID collar  is good for up to 15 hours of continuous illumination.

The collar itself is strong and durable, yet comfortable on your dog, with a nice metal buckle. Once the unit is charged; place the collar around dog’s neck and adjust buckle to desired tightness for proper fit. Fully charged, the collar emits a super-bright white LED powered light –  from the strip embedded in the collar. The small box on the side has the ON/Off Button. You simply depress button to select one of the four light settings.  In addition, the collar itself has light reflective, glow in the dark strips.

PERFORMANCE : This is a good, solid, well-made product. The L.E.D. light is bright white  & makes locating your dog in a darkened backyard or any open space…a snap. The metal buckle looks good, and keeps the adjustment in place. Chazz wore it in addition to his “regular” collar & had no complaints.Even in the various flashing & glowing modes – the dog had no negative reaction nor appeared disturbed by the light surrounding his neck.

 “Keep Your Dog Safe and Visible”

VIVID Illuminated Safety Collar - RED


VIVID Illuminating Safety Collar available in BLUE, RED, & Mystery Color

SIZING: NECK  (Inches/Centimeters)

Small         10-14″  25-35 cm

Medium    14-18″   35-45 cm

Large         18-22″   45-55 cm

GUARANTEE:  1 Year Guarantee against manufacturing defects.  This does not cover usual wear and tear or water ingress. Proof of Purchase required.

Opinion: ChazzTheDog has worn several of the clip on to his collar /LED type units – but we believe this to be a superior product. While more costly at the outset; it is well worth the investment. No additional batteries to buy & replace.

ChazzTheDog gives this a 3-Paws Up Rating.

Adopted Mom says you will be reassured that you are helping make your dog safe, when the  forecast is :   DARK

If you want more information on this or any of the innovative products available, go to

Review Attribution:  AdoptedMomToChazzTheDog received a sample collar to use for the purpose of this review. Adopted Mom received no type of compensation for this review. All opinions expressed are those of AdoptedMom without influence from any outside source(s).

11.19.11 Chazz & Adopted Mom Start Training -WooHoo!

As I’ve previously posted, Chazz while he loves men, women, kids,  does not hold his furbros in the same esteem. Translation, Chazz is Dog/Dog Reactive. This has hampered our walks in the park, and just generally been inhibiting to his life overall.

I recognized this soon after he came home to live with me. ChazzTheDog is smart, and handsome, loving, and cute as a button – but he imagines himself  as a large dog trapped in a small body..and he’s just not havin’ it!! (Note: I verified this in reading up on his breed mix, and finding this right in the literature)

So, I have been on a journey to get him training for some months now. I “audited” several training classes offered near & far. I eventually picked out and  arranged for Basic Training.  The day of the first class as we waited for instructions to go to the site of the class; Chazz got out of his new collar & leash (purchased for class) and ran over to engage in provoking (read barking, growling, leaning in..but no biting or contact, thank goodness) another  dog easily 4 times his size that was walking by.  This incident ended badly, and I was so upset I was unable to get us to the class – & simply drove home.

Well, I’m happy to report that that situation has finally changed. Let me start with the fact that as new or inexperienced dog owners we need to be educated.  So to that end, my local independent dog store, Blue Collar Working Dog was hosting a 3-Hour ” Pack Leadership 101 Seminar” delivered by Urban Dog S.T.A.R. Dog Training. I along with my roommate, the previously mentioned “Uncle Bill” went on a Sunday evening, sat on some not the most comfortable chairs, and to the tune of a $40.00 couples fee, learned & gathered all sorts of valuable information about dogs, dog behavior, training tips, and probably most importantly insight into our dogs & the challenges we were faced with behaviors we were unhappy with & wanted to change…yesterday!!! This information was delivered in a relaxed, sometimes humorous, easily understandable way by Tanya, Dog Trainer Extraordinaire – & I believe everyone got their money’s worth.

I am not going to detail the seminar’s content. I encourage you to go to the website linked above. I do want to say that one of the most important things I got was that…it wasn’t my fault. I want my dog to be a happy, well adjusted dog who can do all the things dogs do sniff, go for walks, visit friends, eat, nap, play…and that wasn’t the case. And I didn’t have the knowledge or skills to fix that situation.  And I felt like a bad adopted dog mom.  Well not anymore.

Chazz & I had our first inhome training session with Tanya. It was good. I learned much, and Chazz had his little doggy world turned upside down for 2 hours. But he did well, and we both survived the whole thing, and it didn’t cost an arm & a leg.  I am looking forward to the next training session. There is a plan in place now to help Chazz learn new patterns and to correct problem behavior.

And you know what, it’s not Chazz’s fault either. He was not given guidelines  in his first three years, he had to fend for himself.  Anyone who knows me or even sees me with this dog knows I adore this little guy. Now, I have a renewed positive outlook that he is going to be helped. (yes it will probably get worse before it gets better) But in the long run he will be a happier, healthier dog living a great doggy life.


Howl’oween 2011 Parade Wrap-Up

Official 80Lb. Pumpkin Drop Starts Parade

I realize Halloween has come & gone and we are moving on to Thanksgiving as far as holidays go, but I want to offer one last goodbye post. All in all, we had a great time, and hope to be back next year.
MuttMania participated in the Long Beach, CA 11th Annual Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade, Vendor & Adoption Fair on Sunday October 30,2011. This was so much fun, a lot of hard work, loaded with important messages to get out in the community regarding dog homelessness, adoption & rescue work…not sure where to begin…so gonna say it with some images.

These are a mere handful of  pictures, photographed by a good friend of mine, Andrew Potts,  at the site , Lincoln Park a public space. Al vendors were required to have a special item, AdoptedMom decided to do a Holiday Dog Boutique – XMAS, Chanukah, New Years!

What goes up must come down, Splat!

CHATO was a star!!

Howl'oween Closeouts at MuttMania

Did I really bring & setup all that stuff...yep!

Gomez Addams & Wednesday paraded with this Spider

Setting up MuttMania Booth

Who says dogs can't make a political statement!

Open Letter Regarding This Blogsite 11.08.11 ID = 685683 Alatosse Agustin Hooe

Ladies & Gentleman:

This is an Open Letter that I am directing to certain appreciaters of The blogsite.

It is my belief that some of you do not understand & fail to respect the time, energy, heart & soul, all aspects of work that some of us put into our blogs.

In addition, it is my belief these same individuals do not respect the laws of copywrite & intellectual property that govern the use of material found on the internet – the location of this blog .

So, I must direct the few to the notice I have posted on every page of my blog. This legal notice is to declare to all, far & wide, that the writing on this blog, the words, the images, this material belongs to me. It has been originated by me from my brainpower, unless otherwise attributed. The exception to that is in the case of a Guest Blogger – who of course retains the rights to his or her material. And in point of fact, I have not hosted a guest blogger to date. I hope to in the future. I would dislike intensely that person finding that their material had been “borrowed”, “used”, “copied”, or co-opted in any way whatsoever from my blogsite- without previous written permission.

So to those of you, who want information about my blog here is what you need to do. Instead of leaving cryptic, semi-mysterious comments at the blog, take 3 extra minutes and email me with your questions about content, layout, etc. My email address is also printed on every page of my blog.

If you are willing to tell me who you are, I would probably be more inclined to respond to your inquiries.

For the majority of you, I apologize with taking up time & space with this issue. I love that you read AMTCTD & choose to leave a comment. Let’s face it, bloggers want to know they are reaching people. If you like it, don’t like it, it’s all important feedback – that I for one appreciate & value.

What I don’t appreciate are comments like. “oh thanks, this will work just fine. “i am starting a blog, and i come back to your blog for fine work”, and “did you use regular layouts, could you email me and tell me what you use?”

That’s theft, robbery, plain and simple – if you take my or anyone elses material and post it as your own without correct attribution. And frankly, I refuse to sit idly by and watch that happen to my blog, with my work. When as one person observed in a comment they left, “You can really tell when someone puts effort into their posts.” Thank you for that. I do put effort into my work to make it interesting, educational, fun, silly, a decent read if nothing else.

So please, read it enjoy it, dislike it, comment on it, email me about it…..just don’t steal it.

Product Review: pupCHIPS


CATEGORY – Snack Food

It’s 3 o’clock and you’re starting to feel those familiar little hunger pangs. Lunch was hours ago; and you just have that hollow feeling, like you could eat a little something…

Of course a snack! Some fruit, an energy bar, a handful of nuts/pretzels, yogurt, trying to keep it healthy of course.

Well, why not enjoy that snack while your best furbabie has one as well? Take time out and share snacktime with your pooch. Just open up a bag of crispy, crunchy, pupCHIPS for your four-legged friend.

PupCHIPS is a new snack for your dog, “just because you love them”. Different than a treat earned in training, for doing a trick, for behaving politely when company is over, or any of those reasons – this is a snack for fido…just because you want to.

pupCHIPS - Chicken Flavor

PupCHIPS come in flavors of Chicken, Liver, Salmon, and Yogurt & Berry.


CHICKEN: Ground Rice, Ground Corn, Chicken Liver, Ground Barley, Chicken Powder, Chicken Meal, Sweet Potato Flour, Chicken Fat, Dried Brewers Yeast, Ground Flax Seed , Salt, Beta Carotene, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), Chondroitin Sulfate, Hydrolyzed Poultry Liver,Tapioca, Natural Flavors, preserved with mixed Tocopherols, Vitamin E Supplement.


Honestly, my dog, Chazz does not like crunchy. He doesn’t care for food that is hard or snappy. So when I gave him the “chips” to taste test…he wasn’t very interested…at first. He kind of pushes at it with his nose, but the chips never get near his open mouth. Later, I had an idea and I got out one of his bowls. Poured some chips in and added a little water to soften them up. I placed the bowl on the floor & returned to my computer & some work that needed finishing. When I came back downstairs the bowl was empty, pupCHIPS were gone! So the flavor was yummy! Chazz liked them and gives them a 3 paws up rating!!!

And your dog will like them too. PupCHIPS come in easy portable snack size packs that fit in your purse, backpack, or dog carrier. You no longer need to drag a travel bowl, can or bag of dog food with you when you’re going to be gone a short while. Convenient & easy to bring along pupCHIPS is the answer.

 For more information or to purchase online go to


Review Attribution: AdoptedMomToChazzTheDog did not receive any kind of compensation for this product review. AdoptedMomToChazzTheDog did receive sample packages of pupCHIPS for the purpose of feeding to ChazzTheDog and doing a Product Review. The opinions expressed are strictly my own, one individual; and were not influenced in any manner from the outside.