My furbabies and I have been so fortunate to work with Petmate several times now, so I was very excited when they sent me their new See & Extend Carrier last Spring to product review! Unfortunately, we received it right around when our orange kitty Eva unexpectedly died, and so this review and others were put on hold. We have been using it, and now I’m feeling like I can write some reviews here and there as I have been. Honestly, this one was especially hard for me to do because Eva would have been the perfect kitty model for it due to her coloring and attitude. But as you’ll see, Basia did just fine modeling. She learned from the best.

Thus, this See & Extend Carrier is a secure carrier with an extra side vestibule, which is what drew my eyes to it in the first place! It’s a colorful combination of both navy blue and lime green. The large zip-out mesh vestibule provides pets with extra room and comfort with an extra 9″ of space for him or her to relax, and the carrier’s overall size is 18″ x 11″ x 11″. It also has two tote straps and a padded shoulder strap for easy carrying during travel, a side pocket to stash toys and treats, an interior safety tether, and a top and side access for easy pet entry! Petmate sells lots of other great products for dogs, cats, and birds, like bedding, toys, treats, collars, and feeders, just to name a few.

Here are a few photos of our new See & Extend Carrier:

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Petmate's See and Extend Pet Carrier product review
Petmate's See and Extend Pet Carrier product review

And here’s a video where I take a look at what we received:

Included in the package:
- 1 See & Extend Carrier

Here is some more information about what the See & Extend Carrier contains that comes directly from the box itself:

- secure carrier with extra side vestibule
- holds up to 15 pounds, like miniature dachshunds, Pomeranians, shih tzus, and similarly sized dogs and cats
- two tote straps and padded shoulder strap for easy carrying during travel
- large zip-out mesh vestibule for extra pet room and comfort at destination
- vestibule provides 9″ of extra space for pet to relax at destination
- side pocket for toys and treats
- interior safety tether
- removable interior fleece floor for protection
- top and side access for easy pet entry
- see and go coated mesh for safety and comfort
- meets most air travel requirements
- carrier size: 18″ x 11″ x 11″

And in this quick video, we show you all the features that are mentioned above:

Here are some photos and two little videos of Basia modeling our new pet carrier:

Petmate's See and Extend Pet Carrier product review
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Petmate's See and Extend Pet Carrier product review
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Petmate's See and Extend Pet Carrier product review
Petmate's See and Extend Pet Carrier product review
Petmate's See and Extend Pet Carrier product review
Petmate's See and Extend Pet Carrier product review
Petmate's See and Extend Pet Carrier product review
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Petmate's See and Extend Pet Carrier product review
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Petmate's See and Extend Pet Carrier product review
Petmate's See and Extend Pet Carrier product review
Petmate's See and Extend Pet Carrier product review
Petmate's See and Extend Pet Carrier product review
Petmate's See and Extend Pet Carrier product review

The verdict? I really like quite a few things about this See & Extend Carrier from Petmate. First off, I like the colors a lot! It seems that I get sent mostly black and grey carriers to review, so this was definitely pretty, fun, and different! I can imagine that while traveling that the bold and bright lime green would never be able to stray far from your line of vision. I also like the strong mesh that surrounds part of the carrier. I don’t feel that most pets would be able to chew through it easily, so that’s a definite plus with regards to safety. Speaking of such, I also like the sturdy zippers that I feel wouldn’t get loosened while you’re out and about with your pet as well as its interior safety tether just in case they were to. And I think the best part, obviously, is the amazing side vestibule itself! I’m always worried about my furbabies being safe and about what I can do more in that arena, but this is something that can give them extra room and comfort in a snap! So if I can easily provide that to them, then why not, right? My only issue with this carrier is the size limit. I don’t think that it holds fifteen pounds comfortably; I think up to ten pounds is more accurate. If you purchase this product, please let me know what you think!

** Please note that the See & Extend does not have seat belt loops, and the icon and wording on the box was a mistake on Petmate’s part. It has since been corrected and will be fixed going forward, but older versions of the packaging will still have that feature mentioned.

(Full disclosure – Petmate provided this item to us free of charge in exchange for a product review. Thanks!)

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Happy National Ice Cream Day! This is what I just inhaled. Again.

Basia spends a rare moment upstairs

I’m telling you that I’m so glad Basia and I are much closer now! She runs up to me when she sees me, and I get so happy when I hear her little squeaks! Her favorite toy is one that’s shaped like a banana and stuffed with catnip. I put it by her favorite bed, and she’s always rubbing her little head against it. It’s sooo cute! So today she came upstairs to potty since Mark accidentally blocked off an entrance to one of her other boxes, and she actually hung out up here for a moment! She said hi to me twice, went under the master room bed, investigated the toy pile, and thought about going into the guest room but went downstairs instead. This was a huge deal because she never comes up here all that often! Not long after, I was watching the Big Brother live feeds when I heard her chirping above them. I went downstairs to the second floor to see what was going on, and she ran right over to me and squeaked. Of course I just had to get out some treats for her and rub the banana on her tiny head. She was so hyper and cute today which I obviously loved because it allowed us to bond and make up for lost time when she didn’t like me very much.

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July 18, 2014 | View Comments

Sam rests and observes

Sam will probably always be vigilant due to spending his early years outside, but this past week he has impressed me with his cuddling skills! One day he came up here at morning nap time when Lulu wasn’t around and took the spot next to me. He rolled around right into me and snuggled up against me! It reminded me of the time months ago when he shared a pillow with me which is something I wish he’d do again! And at night Pacey always cuddles with me on one side of the bed and now Sam has been getting on the bed again more often. When he goes on the other side of me, I like to joke that I’m in the middle of a kitty sandwich. I like when he stretches out and kicks me in his sleep. I really do. It’s important for this cat to relax and be calm, so I love to see it and feel it when it happens.

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We babysat last weekend Friday into Saturday, and I think that may have been our last time doing it. It was just physically so difficult for me to manage it, and it isn’t fair for me to dump a lot of her care onto Mark’s shoulders when it isn’t even something he wants to do to begin with. We took her Friday night because she always acts grumpy as hell when we first get her but then wakes up just fine. I don’t know if it was my mood or my perceptions or what, but I just didn’t get the feeling that this time she had all that much fun. And she’s starting to do this thing with her face that her siblings do where they scrunch it up when they’re mad, annoyed, or unhappy, and it’s a look that I can’t help but read as ungrateful. There’s a local lake I never knew about that you only pay $6 to go to that has bunches of stuff to do. It was crowded but not too bad, and it was hot but not too hot. She came with a filthy bathing suit. I couldn’t believe my freaking eyes. I texted her mom about it because I was so grossed out when I should have just shut my mouth without saying anything about it at all. Mark was already going to kmart to look for things for the cooler so he tried to find another suit for her, but they didn’t have anything in her size, so we ended up quickly washing it. Some of the stains were just set in there for life. Ugh. I didn’t want people to think she was dirty because of me. And prior to going I had to face my own bathing suit hell. It was so very depressing. I came across the cute set I wore all those years ago when we went to Mexico and one from way before even that. How did I ever fit into those? Oh my gosh. I still fit into the suit I got a couple of years ago for when I was assigned aquatic physical therapy for my chronic pain in my lower back, so I just wore that, all the while wishing I could still fit into my super cute suit from Mexico. Anyway, she fell asleep for the twenty minute ride back here in the car which meant that she was fighting her nap when we carried her from the car to the bed. Eventually I laid my arms across hers so she’d stop clapping them together and told her to keep her eyes shut so she’d relax. She and I finally did nap together. Then we all played with chalk and bubbles until her mom came for her, with the bubbles being the biggest hit of the day. I already knew that she didn’t like water all that much, but she did okay at the lake. Sitting on my lap in the water was her preferred way of being wet as she wouldn’t sit on the lake floor herself. I was so relieved after she left and my house was put back to normal. I could tell the pets were happier after she was gone too.

That being said, if I were to win millions of dollars, I’d still apply to be a foster parent to babies ages infant to three. I’d definitely need assistance, hence that kind of money would be needed for someone else’s salary. I’d need help driving to therapy appointments, visits, and fun activities. I still read that foster forum at minimum twice a day. I feel so badly for those babies who experience trauma and neglect at such a young age. In my dream world, I would wake up one day and my debilitating chronic pain would be gone, a thing of the past, a distant memory, and I would be able to be a foster parent without even having to win the lottery. But then again, I guess I’d be winning a lottery of a different sort, right?

Speaking of, my pain has been pretty freaking atrocious the past few days, the taking-my-breath-away and leaving-me-alone-to-cry kind. I’m feeling especially worthless. It doesn’t help that Mark is back to yelling at me a lot again, pointing out that he does everything and that I do and contribute nothing. That’s great for my self-esteem. And each time he yells, my pain levels increase. And there are little comments that gut me too, like how he needs to get clothes but doesn’t want to go shopping with me. I thought he used to like my taste, but now I know he thinks I’ve lost my judgment since all I wear are nightgowns now. He also said I slow him down when shopping. I guess that’s true because I’m in such pain that I can only move at a snail’s pace now. Also, the past few days my grief over Eva’s death has been hitting me hard all over again, and I find myself questioning it all once more. She was a beautiful firecracker, and I hope she forgives me for not recognizing before it was too late that she had cancer and was dying. I’ve always prided myself on being overly attentive, so I feel like a giant failure in this regard as well. The house is still very, very quiet and lonely without her giant orange amazing presence.

I guess I’m hoping this weekend that we can get him some new work clothes anyway and me a manicure and pedicure. What is irritating me about having nice nails and fingers now is that I have to stay on top of the color because it’s constantly chipping. One tiny chip looks trashy to me, but it’s so much work to be doing all the freaking time. I try to paint them between manicures, and I totally suck at it. Maybe it’s just my polish choice? Mark’s birthday was Monday, so we should try to celebrate that too, even though his attitude towards me makes me want to smother him with a pillow rather than share a meal with him.

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July 14, 2014 | View Comments

Lulu & I touch paw to hand!

Earlier this morning during our morning nap, Lulu put her tiny paw on my hand/arm. I opened one eye when I felt her do that, and that was right when she turned her little head to look at me. I’m glad she left her sweet paw there and faced me long enough for me to take this photo. Seriously, I just can’t help but be totally and completely in love with her!

product review packages - all dropped off in one day, don't I feel fancy!

These product review boxes ended up getting all dropped off on the same day last week, a day in which there was a threat of rain and thunderstorms. When it got cloudy, I went down to bring them in myself and wow wow wow was one of them especially super tough on my back! And, it never ended up even raining here, of course! If I had waited for Mark to get home from work, I just know that it would have definitely rained. Ha! Speaking of, I hadn’t realized when I asked to review one of them that it required assembly. We all know Mark has no patience for that and that I get called a variety of loving phrases while he puts things together. I wish he could see past it and see twenty minutes into the future when Sam is finally lounging inside something that he’s been unable to ever really do because he’s such a big boy. Gee, when they say you marry someone just like your father, well, they were definitely wrong about me. My dad is a retired contractor, and Mark would be thrilled if he never had to pick up another screwdriver ever again. I guess such is life. I’ll take being called names and sitting through the yelling about the accumulation of boxes that need broken down because I generally feel really quite lucky that my furbabies get to check out and keep such great products, like treats, toys, and bedding. I feel very fortunate in that regard. I love them so much, so I am happy for them. And once we do move out of this three-story and into a one-story that’s better suited to the needs I now have due to the chronic pain I experience in my lower back, shelter pets will benefit because we will donate whatever pet stuff we have that won’t be making the move with us. We’ve donated several times, including this big trip, so doing it again is a definite no-brainer. What I’d really like to product review next is right around $200,000 so that I can get into a house I can call a home before Christmas. Or who wants to build me a home near Philadelphia? Any companies interested in that type of exchange? Anyone? Bueller?

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July 12, 2014 | View Comments

Pacey loves to lounge on the hot DVR

Speaking of staying warm, this is another way Pacey has been keeping his little tushy toasty! I don’t even know how he can stand it because it gets so, so incredibly hot. He doesn’t seem to mind and will even fall asleep on it!

Spenser recently had the opportunity to check out some new jerky treats from Betsy Farms! Their company headquarters is located in Eagle, Idaho and their dog jerky is produced at their manufacturing facility in Springville, Utah, where it employs a unique dual heating process that eliminates potentially harmful bacteria. Since quality comes first for Betsy Farms, they use real poultry, which is pulverized, mixed with other ingredients, and cooked again. This helps assure product safety while avoiding the use of harmful ingredients. Thus, all Betsy Farms products are made here in the USA with ingredients sourced from right here too. This allows them to confidently stand behind the quality of each product they sell. Speaking of products, Betsy Farms currently offers jerky treat fillets that are available in three savory recipes: chicken, turkey, and duck. Each is made with wholesome ingredients and real poultry for protein that all dogs need. They’re also free of wheat, artificial colors, and artificial flavors. Spenser was sent the chicken and duck jerky to try!

Here are some photos of what we received, some shots of the jerky, and some pics of Spenser investigating his new yummies:

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And here’s a video where I take a closer look at our package:

Included in the package:
- 1 package of chicken jerky
- 1 package of duck jerky

Here is some additional information about Betsy Farms straight from its FAQ page:

Q – What are Betsy Farms Jerky Recipes for Dogs?
A – Betsy Farms Jerky Recipes for Dogs are tasty and healthy treats your dog will love. These treats fillets are made in the USA with wholesome ingredients you can feel good about.

Q – Are there different varieties?
A – Yes, there are three varieties: Chicken, Turkey, and Duck. All use real chicken, turkey, and duck poultry.

Q – Does Betsy Farms Jerky Recipes for Dogs have ingredients I should be concerned about?
A – Betsy Farms Jerky Recipes for Dogs are made with wholesome ingredients and are free of wheat and artificial colors and flavors. Visit the product page for a full list of ingredients.

Q – Are Betsy Farms products safe?
A – If you’ve followed the news lately, you’ve noticed some concerns with imported pet treats, including dog jerky. Betsy Farms Jerky Recipes for Dogs have a unique process that first cooks the poultry at a temperature high enough to eliminate potentially harmful bacteria. Then, the poultry is pulverized, mixed with other ingredients, and cooked again. This helps assure product integrity while using wholesome ingredients your dog will love.

Q – Are Betsy Farms products made in the USA?
A – They are! As part of our commitment in providing quality treats your pet will love, we source ingredients and manufacture Betsy Farms products right here in America.

Q – Where can I buy?
A – Betsy Farms Jerky Recipes for Dogs are exclusively available at Walmart and Sam’s Club.

Here are some photos and videos of Spenser trying out his new treats from Betsy Farms!

First up, the chicken jerky:

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And then, the duck jerky:

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The verdict? Truth be told, the first time we tried to give these Betsy Farms Jerky Treats to him, Spenser turned his little beagle nose up at them – but it isn’t why you think! See, he has these little tummy issues every now and again, and he had just gone through a little spell. He was just being careful and picky, which are very anti-beagle behaviors when it comes to him and his food. And it’s hard to see him like that too – old age stinks! But we took these photos and videos the very next day, and you can see that he was back to his normal self! Out of the two, he looooved the duck jerky over the chicken jerky which, at the time, surprised me. But as I thought about it, it did make total sense. He gets a lot of chicken stuff around here and must have enjoyed the novelty of eating duck! As for me, I like knowing that I’m giving him a healthy treat. Also, be sure to check out the packaging because it tells you how many pieces to give to your dog based on their weight. You never want to feed your pet too much, even if it’s good stuff! If you purchase any of these products, please let me know what you think!

(Full disclosure – The opinions in this article are my own. I do not work for, or with, any brand mentioned in this article, nor do I have any official relationship with them. I have a relationship with GigaSavvy, for whom I create original editorial content.

Lulu shows her crazy side!
Lulu shows her crazy side!
Lulu shows her crazy side!
Lulu shows her crazy side!
Lulu shows her crazy side!
Lulu shows her crazy side!

Sometimes Lulu just kills me with her cuteness! There have been many times that I’ve wondered how she hasn’t managed to fall off of that thing!


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