I started going through the Healthy Stuff pet list again, which was just released this week, determining which products were the most dangerous. Believe it or not, pet bedding and food/watering products contained the highest amounts of lead, arsenic or PVC. That's really scary when you think about how much your pet drinks out of their bowls and sleeps in their beds! The best thing to do is to research Healthy Stuff to see if any products you own are on the list. If they haven't tested them, do a little bit of research on the manufacturer of your pets products. It might seem like a pain, but would you want your child drinking out of a cup that could have lead in it? Think about how expensive vet bills already are! I've watched a friend of mine go through cancer with 2 dogs and skipping a toy that you don't know about is worth your pets health.
There weren't as many toys as I thought there would be, but most of the tennis balls they tested came back positive for lead. There were quite a few chew/tug toys as well. The first thing that came to my mind after reading everything was how many children play ball with their dogs! Making sure your pets gear is safe is not only for your pets, but for all that come into contact with them.
For me, I know in the future I will only be buying my pet products from companies I know I can trust, like The Soft Landing. I did a review for their bath toys not too long ago and found out they also carried pet products. All of The Soft Landings products are BPA, Phthalate, PVC and lead free. They carry tons of safe plastics that aren't harmful to you or the environment. The Soft Landing has quite a few balls for those of you who will be throwing out your tennis balls after reading this.
The Soft Landing sent Priscilla a Eco Bones Plush Toy Bone, which is her favorite toy. She's not into balls or stuffed animals. It's all about the plush bones. So she was super excited when I pulled it out of the bag and she realized it was for her. The bone is for larger dogs, it's about 10 inches long, but she was still happy and found a way to pick it up. She has been running around the house with it, not letting it out of her sight. And definitely not sharing with the other dogs.
The Eco Bones Plush Toy is made with re-engineered recycled IntelliLoft fibers. It has a squeaker in the middle for your dogs pleasure. Maybe not so much yours... but I don't mind as long as she is running around happy. The toy is non-toxic and totally safe for your doggie or child for that matter. Eco Bones are made in Montana, USA so you will be supporting an American company by making a purchase. :)
The Giveaway: The Soft Landing would like to give 2 of my lucky readers a Eco Bones Plush Toy in the brown and willow color (blue)
The Rules: You have until 11:59 p.m. EST October 4, 2009 to enter. The winner will be chosen by random.org and announced after they respond to the winning email. The winner has 48 hours to respond to the winning email, or a new winner will be chosen. You must leave your email address! This contest is open to the US
How to Enter: Go to The Soft Landing and tell me something else your pet would like. Click on "Comments" to leave your post. Make sure to leave your email address!! I cannot contact the winner without it!
EXTRA entries: You must complete the "How To Enter" before making any extra entries. Make sure you leave a comment for each extra entry and tell me which one.
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