How I Became Re-Inspired To Blog Again | Welcoming A New Chapter


We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day.” - Edith Lovejoy Pierce

Happy January, loves! It has been forever since I've posted! I've been a very bad blogger, I'm sorry! But I have so many amazing things to share with you that I have been working on while I was away!

Surprisingly enough, I actually considered closing this blog, for 2018. After three years of blogging on here, I thought it was finally time to move forward with my life. BUT, obviously that didn't pan out, because here I am! I'm really glad I didn't because I'm more inspired than ever to blog, right now!

My break from blogging began with a slump (like most bloggers, I find). I was having trouble finding things to write about that I was passionate about. I couldn't find a topic that grew fire in my heart as I wrote and took photos for. It just wasn't working. I was beginning to incorporate more and more stock photos into my blog posts and write posts because I had to, not because I was inspired to write. Ugh, isn't that the worst? 

Soon after, I launched Pack Alpha Pack with my boyfriend Adam and I was busier than ever. With raising/training a husky puppy, growing a small business, and juggling other personal priorities, I just had no inspiration or passion to write here. 

As the new year approached, I began to reflect on my lifestyle. As you know, reflection is so important to me. I began to remind myself that this last year (2017), I let the blogger world consume me. I was so concerned with becoming successful, working with a bunch of brands, and getting big. It took this reflection period to remind myself to start living.

I needed to be reminded that I should collect memories and moments; not things.

My whole life, I was constantly pushed by everyone around me to finish university, get into an entry level job, grow in the company, eventually make lots of money, get married, have children, etc. I felt like I needed I needed to work my butt off to follow this predetermined path for myself to be successful. But, reflecting back, I knew this wasn't the lifestyle I wanted to live my whole life. I don't want to waste my life away following everyone else's footsteps ending up 65, retired, and feeling no real accomplishment in life. None of that stuff mattered to me if I had no amazing memories to back it up with. I'd just have a day-in, day-out life that consumed me. I knew I needed something different for my future.

So alongside our local/online shop, Adam and I started vlogging. Not to show off what we have, but to archive where we were, where we are, and where we could be one day. We're collecting the memories, day by day, one by one. 

And after a month of vlogging, this inspired me to come back to Jennibearrxo - where it all started. But from here, we'll be taking a turn for the better.



From here on, Jennibearrxo is no longer about what you could have - its about making the best of what you do have to grow. My mission is to help inspire others learn from being humble, to get creative with their current situation, and grow from where they used to be to reach where they want to be.

I'm very excited to see where this change could take this blog and my relationship with all of you. I can't wait for all the amazing ideas I have in store for the future of this blog! Thanks for joining in on the ride!

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November Puppy Update & Favourites | Hiking & Training

Happy Tuesday, Loves! It's been quite a while since I've posted on Jennibearrxo, but I promise there is an exciting reason why! But I will get to that later in the post. It has been yet another month with Echko in our lives with lots of experimenting with products. So, I thought I'd share with you some of Our November Favourites! I also thought I'd add a little Puppy Update section to this series, because so many people have been inboxing me for updates of our pup! While Instagram kind of gives you a visual update, posts like this will share more so learning progress achievements. I'm so excited to share it all with you!


NOVEMBER PUPPY UPDATE
November definitely has been an extremely successful month for us and Echko.

He started Puppy Kindergarten earlier this month and has been extremely quick at learning obedience and new tricks. Adam and I have learned that he is very food motivated, which has definitely been helping us train so quickly and efficiently.

This month, we have especially been working on recall training (alongside all of the curriculum our trainer has given us). This was so important for us to teach him early on because we go on hikes at off-leash dog parks very often. Because he is a husky, they are very well known as escape artists. Obviously, we would never want him to run away, but we wanted to provide him with some independence and respect. So training him good recall seemed to be a happy medium--where we can feel peace-of-mind while allowing him to have some independence as a curious dog. We are happy to share that Echko is almost fully trained to walk off-leash (but, obviously needs a reminder with a treat here and there).

This month, he also finally got his 4-weeks shots to be able to socialize with other dogs at the dog park. Adam and I couldn't wait for this day because exercise and socialization are two necessities Huskies need on a daily basis. At first, we were kind of hesitant because we were scared he would get hurt by the bigger, older dogs; but it turned out to be one of our favourite things to do with Echko on a daily basis. He has been learning from the other dogs proper play behaviour while getting in lots of exercise and socialization. We take him to a local off-leash, fenced dog park and we couldn't be happier with the park. The city of Pickering maintains it very well (by providing multiple waste cans, free waste bags, lots of seating for the owners, and stainless steal bowls for dogs to share if you forget your bowl at home) and all of the other owners are very friendly.

We are so proud of him and all of our hard work training him!

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NOVEMBER PUPPY FAVOURITES
For November, most of our favourites are based on training or hiking/walks gear.

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TREATS
Our first favourite of the month is Benny Bully's Beef Liver Dog Treats. Our vet actually recommended we give these a try after we mentioned to her that we didn't enjoy training Echko with very smelly treats. Benny Bully's are made with a single ingredient: Freeze Dried Beef Liver. We loved how easy it is to break these liver chops into small pieces, they have a neutral aroma, and they are low calorie. They are also a product of Canada, which is amazing! We typically use these treats primarily for training. Echko loves the taste and they definitely motivate him to continue training.

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Echko absolutely LOVES the Merrick's Fresh Kisses. He has tried both Coconut Inflused and Mint Infused. He loves them both so much and gets overly excited once I pick up the bag. We have a very hard time brushing Echko's teeth (because he just wants to eat the whole tooth brush with all the tooth paste), so we needed an alternative. Lucky for us, we found these on sale at Ren's Pet Depot. We love how they clean his teeth, they freshen his breath, they right tartar and plaque, they are all natural, and they are easily digestible. They are also grain-free and potato-free. We are glad that he can't finish these all in one bite, but they don't take all day to finish. He typically finishes one Fresh Kisses bone within 15-30 minutes.

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TOYS
One of Echko's favourite toys this month has been the Holiday Christmas Caterpillar from Ren's Pet Depot. It has 10 squeakers (all at different pitches), it is super soft, and fun to play tug-of-war with! Sometimes, we will even catch him snuggling up to it like a pillow. It's adorable.

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Another toy Echko has been loving this month is the Kong Squeaker Ball. Surprisingly, Echko loves playing fetch. To those who have very little knowledge about huskies, they actually don't typically like playing fetch or enjoy learning how to play. But, Adam and I are finding because the other dogs at the dog park enjoy playing fetch, he is learning how to play as well.

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OTHER FAVES
Hiking has been a shared favourite between all three of us! It is a fantastic way to exercise along side Echko while enjoying the beauty of Canadian nature. We love visiting different conservation areas and hiking trails and seeing which ones we love doing the most. Some days we may be gone for an hour; some days we may be gone for 4 hours. Its the rush of adventure that really gets us going. And at the end of the day, Echko is knocked out cold for the next couple of hours because he has such a great workout!

Since hiking has been such a big part of our lives; we are so excited to finally be able to share the experience with Echko as well. Trails can sometimes be very rough on dog's paws, so it was very important for us to find a way to protect his pads, especially since winter is coming very soon. This inspired us to make our own Premium Organic Paw Wax at Pack Alpha (*Hint Hint: is the announcement!). I know it may sound bias to "love" our own products, but we are so happy with the results this recipe has had for our pup. We love that we know what is going on our dog's paws (no chemicals, no artificial preservatives or scents), that all the ingredients are organic and delivered from Canada, and that they leave Echko's paw's super soft after ever hike.

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We recently invested in the Flexi Vario Retractable Leash and couldn't be happier that we did! We find that this leash makes it extremely easier for us to let Echko explore on hikes while still being able to control him when we would like to keep him on-leash. It has also been one of our #1 tools in teaching re-call training before allowing him to practice off leash. We love how it allows 8 metres of flexability while being strong enough to control him at far distances.

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Our last puppy favourite for November is the RC Pets Cirque Harness. We recently invested in this hardness and are pretty happy we found it. Echko's old harness, although it was stylish, looked very comfortable for him so we decided to find another one. This one allows for so much protection and control over your pet. We never worry about hurting Echko when hugging on the leash. Plus, it is still a very stylish colour and has has breathing holes all around.

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These are all of our November Puppy Favourites! Let us know in the comments down below what some of your dog's favourite products are this month!

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3 Fun Ways To Exercise WITH Your Dog Outdoors + Dog Exercise Essentials

Happy Wednesday, Loves! One of the biggest struggles I've found while raising a puppy is keeping him exercised. Because he is a husky puppy, he is just a constant ball of energy and always gets himself into trouble when he's bored. I've found that the only way to keep him under control is to exercise him multiple times a day. They always did say: "A tired husky is a happy husky". Because of his constant need to be exercised, I found this the perfect opportunity to exercise along side him to try to get more fit, lose some extra weight, and start living healthier.


If you have a very overly hyper pup and/or are looking for some fun ways to exercise with him/her, here are 3 suggestions from my home to yours! I also added in some awesome exercise essentials that we love that definitely help all of us stay motivated and prepared!

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GO FOR A WALK/RUN
This is probably the most generic way most people exercise with their dogs. Nevertheless, taking your dog out for an hour walk/run definitely gives you both some awesome cardio. Even if you just go on a walk, if you and your pup walk at a speed that makes your heart beat raise slightly, you are getting some good cardio in! We love taking Echko on walks (for about an hour) two or three times a day. We are lucky because we live right by the waterfront; so a walking path is always available. Nevertheless, walking your dog through your neighbourhood or even through your city streets is the perfect opportunity to keep them exercised while teaching obedience and recall.  



GO HIKING
Our pup loves hiking! We took him on his first hike at the Greenwood Conservation Area last week and he couldn't get enough of it! Because of the different terrain available (forests, hills, rocky paths, flat plains, sandbanks, muddy stream paths, etc.), you both really get to work your legs and get some great cardio at the same time! We also love taking our pup hiking in places that don't really have a defined trail because it gives us the opportunity to teach re-call training. Although he is always on a leash, we give him more leniency with a 8 metre retractable leash so that we are able to teach him to stay relatively close to us even if he wants to explore. This is also a great opportunity for your dog to socialize with many different people and breeds. If you go to a trail that is specifically for dogs, you will meet so many owners who are very friendly, helpful, and will teach you a thing-or-two; all while your dog is able to play with their dogs. This is a great opportunity to make new friends and have your dog/puppy learn how to play gentle with others. 

Some of our essentials for hiking include: Beaver Canoe Checkered Dog HarnessFlexi Vario Retractable Leash (Large)Earth Rated Waste Bag DispenserEarth Rated Lavender Scented Waste Bags, Messy Mutts Collapsible Dog Bowl, Water, Espree Paw Wipes, a backpack, comfortable hiking shoes, Off! Clip-On Mosquito Repellent, a coffee (to keep me warm during our fall/winter walks) and a plastic bag to hold all of your filled puppy waste bags (just in case there aren't many garbage cans throughout the trail).


PLAY TAG OR FETCH AT AN EMPTY OFF-LEASH DOG PARK
This is kind of a hard one, depending on your schedule. If you are lucky enough to be a regular at your local dog park, you may know the best times to visit when it is completely empty. For us, it usually mid-day on the week days. Because Echko is only 3 months old, we don't like exposing him to dogs that are not fully vaccinated and prefer to only take him to dog parks when it is completely empty or if we've already chatted with the other dog owners and they have already ensured us that their dogs are all vaccinated. We love this idea because since Echko is a husky, he is a runner at heart. This gives him the opportunity to run all of his stored energy out while being in an enclosed environment. He loves to chase us in the dog park and go fetch toys we throw for him! Definitely a fun fall afternoon together! I definitely would recommend, if you bring any toys for fetching, that you avoid any stuffed toys (so you don't bring any bugs home). Instead, bring rope toys, balls, or toys made of silicon. 

Some of our dog park essentials include: Earth Rated Waste Bag DispenserEarth Rated Lavender Scented Waste Bags, Rope Toys, KONG Ball Dog Toy, and Comfortable Shoes. 

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These are my absolute favourite ways to exercise with my Husky Puppy! I hope these gave you a couple ideas of how to exercise with you dog! What are some of your favourite ways to exercise with your dog?

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