Easy To Make Envelope Bed For Fido

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Dog beds are quite popular in my house.  I have two little dogs, Faith and Ralph, who both enjoy not only the comfort of their own dog bed, but both have a thing about wanting to be under blankets.  Over a year ago, my daughter made an “envelope” style dog bed for Ralph that has both a blanket and a pillow attached.  He absolutely loves that bed.

Over a year later, that bed is still in great shape, and because of the way she made the seams, it is still in one piece.  Which is a major accomplishment for anything stuffed in my house.  Unfortunately, though, Ralph does not like to share it.  So poor Faith has been having to fend for herself over the last year.  My daughter has decided to remedy that, and made a pink one for Faith this week.  Want to know how to make one?

For this project we used:

3 Yards of heavy fleece
Poly-Fil Pillow Stuffing
Sewing Machine

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Begin by cutting the fleece into three pieces.  You can make your dog bed any size you would like.  We made our bed big enough for both dogs if they choose to share.  For our bed, we cut (2 ea). 39″ x 28″ pieces, and (1 ea). 30″ x 28″ piece.  Fold the top edge of the smaller piece over 1″ on the top and sew a seam, creating a finished edge.

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With right sides together, place the shorter piece over top of one of the bigger pieces and sew a 1/2″ seam around the sides and bottom.  Clip the corners, and turn the entire piece right-side-out.  You now have a pocket.

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Of course, my daughter’s dog, Bam Bam had to get in on the action.  Always jealous!  We told him pink was so not his color!

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For the next step, cut the leftover large piece down a bit to match the size of the sewn together pieces.

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With right sides together, place the pocket piece over top of the back piece and sew a 1/2″ seam around the entire perimeter, leaving about 6″ unsewn so that you can add the poly-fil.  Now, flip it right side-out using the open section of seam.  Stuff with poly-fil, and machine stitch your seam closed.  (We do machine stitch here even though a blind hand stitch would probably look better, but a machine stitch is much more dog proof).

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And looky here!  Faith loves her new dog bed!

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Hey, that’s not Faith!  Ralph, you already have a bed!

Well, at least the beds are well loved, right?

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Better Clothing For Dogs

Protection Against the Elements

Your dog may not be adequately acclimated to winter cold or summer heat. On the coldest of days, even indoors, you may find him seeking warmth, cuddled on top of a favorite throw, or next to a heat vent. Exposed to the cold, it may take only a few minutes for him to become dangerously chilled. Under the hot summer sun, and under a hotter fur coat, he can suffer heatstroke, while the scorching pavement can burn his paws. Rain-soaked, his coat can be a misery. Fortunately, because owners across America are waking up to the benefits of clothing, dogs no longer have to tough out the extremes of weather on their own. In fact, even on the nicest of days, clothing can keep your dog cleaner, safer, and more comfortable.

The Advantages of Clothing Your Dog Better
There is more to clothing than protection from weather extremes. Day in and day out, your dog can benefit from the protection of clothing, just as much as you do. Good clothing can help your dog better adapt to seasonal changes and enjoy more time outdoors, while costumes and sportswear can add fun to holidays and events. Also, good clothing will…

  • Warm your dog
  • Keep him dry
  • Protect his paws
  • Keep his coat clean
  • Reduce insect bites
  • Repel fleas & ticks
  • Cool him in hot weather
  • Protect him against sunburn
  • Keep him safer on the sidewalk and on the water

The Advantages of Better Dog Clothing

Outerwear
No pet enjoys being over-chilled, over-heated, or just plain filthy. Outerwear – jackets, sweatshirts, sweaters – work effectively to conserve your dog’s body heat. If he runs in brush, outerwear will help prevent mosquito and spider bites, and repel fleas and ticks. If treated with a flea and tick topical spot on that repels, these pests seldom come near. Outerwear will also help keep burrs and thistles out of his coat to simplify grooming.

Your dog does not sweat through his skin. Instead, he pants and releases heat through his paws and nose. If your dog is outside, light protective clothing, like cotton jersey, can help cool him by reflecting the hot rays of the sun, and also help prevent sunburn.

In cool, damp fall or spring weather, an added layer of protection can make all the difference. A lightweight sweatshirt, sweater, or coat is the perfect warm-up. An easy-care Basic Sweater is a great choice.

London Slicker Dog RaincoatWhen the temperature drops even further, your dog needs a heavier sweater. He’ll stay warm and dry in a Kodiak Coat. Click here to see all of our jackets, sweaters, and dog clothing.

When it’s raining or sleeting, a Packable Rain Poncho will save you from toweling off a soaked and shivering companion, or it will help protect your dog from high wind gusts. It’s lightweight, so it won’t weigh your pet down, yet it can keep your pet dry, especially around his ears and head.

Boots
Remember the pain of walking across hot sand at the beach? Your dog faces situations like this all the time on sizzling summer sidewalks. Winter is no kinder to his paws, especially if he must wade through snow or walk across ice. Boots provide excellent protection from these extremes, and can also be a good idea if you walk your dog regularly on hard, abrasive pavement, or off-road where he might encounter glass, thorns, or other hazards.Aussie Boots Leather soled Aussie Dog Boots take only moments to put on, and come in all-weather and lined, cold-weather styles to provide year-round protection.

Sleepwear
Because your dog cannot easily keep a blanket over him throughout a chilly night, pajamas are a good solution. My Favorite Dog Jammies are poly/cotton jammies that keep pet dander and hair to a minimum in your home. Jersey-style cuffs on all four legs help keep cold air out, which older pets are sure to appreciate.

Sportswear
If you run or walk after dark, you know to protect yourself with reflective gear. What about your dog? For optimum safety, dress him in a Reflective Coat. For added style, remember that many of our sporty sweatshirts, sweaters and jackets can be personalized.

Waterwear
Hiking near water? Boating? Swimming? If yes, always safeguard your pet in a pet life preserver.

Putting on the dog
Most dogs readily accept and appreciate clothing. For others, it may take a while. With experience, they usually come around. Offering treats will reinforce and speed cooperation. Also, to avoid problems, never mock your pet verbally when he is clothed. If you do, he won’t understand the words, but he will understand your tone.

Drs. Foster & Smith offers a wide selection of clothing for your pet. Whether you simply wish to make a fashion statement, or want clothing to keep your pet warm, dry, and comfortable, we have the right apparel.

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Personal Grooming At Home

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Wash, cut, brush and dry. You can keep your dog well-groomed!

If you have seen your dog rub or roll on the rug, or chew and lick at her fur, you have witnessed her attempt at self-grooming. Have you ever tried to give yourself a haircut? Then you know we can all use a little help sometimes, even Fido.

Grooming should be a pleasure

A grooming session could be a challenge for you and your dog, especially if she is excitable or not used to you touching her. Here are some methods to help pave the way for an enjoyable experience for both of you:

  • Only groom your dog when she is calm, perhaps after a walk or a play period.
  • Keep your first grooming session short (maybe 5 to 10 minutes) until your dog becomes used to being handled this way. Slowly add more time to the sessions until there is enough time for you to do a proper grooming.
  • You can get a head start on making her at ease by petting all over her body, including touchy areas like tails, paws, stomach and ears.
  • Praise your pup all throughout the grooming and be sure to offer a tasty treat when you are through. She’ll soon come to think of it as a pleasant experience.

Combing and brushing

Dogs naturally gather dirt, grass, weeds, and other irritants in their fur. Brushing or combing regularly will help keep your dog’s coat and skin clean and healthy. Different coats require different tools and procedures.

Smooth, short-coat dogs like Chihuahuas, Beagles, or Doberman Pinschers only need a weekly grooming:

  • First, loosen dead skin and dirt by using a soft bristle brush (like those made for puppies) made of rubber or plastic.
  • Next, use a stiffer bristle brush to take out dead hair.
  • Lastly, rub a chamois cloth over her body to give it a nice sheen, and your easy-grooming dog is ready to go.

Short and/or thick–coated dogs like retrievers and huskies can be prone to matting. Here is a weekly routine to help control those irritating mats:

  • Use a slicker-style brush to remove tangles.
  • Pick up dead hair with a bristle brush.
  • Don’t forget to pull a comb though her tail.

For a long, luxurious coat, such as that of a Cocker Spaniel, you need to perform some grooming steps each day:

  • Daily use a slicker brush to smooth out tangles and remove matting.
  • Next, brush the coat with a bristle-style brush.
  • For dogs with very long hair, like an Afghan Hound, include the area around her feet known as the hock. You may also need to trim this area regularly.

Baths and grooming

Veterinarians and other pet specialists recommend that you bathe your dog at least every three months. Your dogs may require more frequent baths, especially if she spends more time in the yard or outside.Shampoos should be mild and approved for use on dogs to avoid skin irritation.

Follow these simple steps to bathing success:

  • Before bathing, brush your dog to remove any dead hair or mats.
  • A bath mat made of rubber should be placed in the tub to keep your pooch from slipping and sliding. Use lukewarm water, filling the tub to a maximum of four inches.
  • If the tub is equipped with a hand-held shower head, use it to dampen your dog from head to tail. Be careful not to aim the nozzle directly into her ears, nose or eyes. If you don’t have a hand-held shower head, a large pitcher or plastic container will do fine.
  • Lather in the shampoo all over the coat.
  • Thoroughly rinse the shampoo again steering clear of the ears, eyes and nose.
  • This is a good time to check your dog’s ears for odors or dirt. Use a vet-approved solution on a cotton ball to clean the ears. DO NOT insert the cotton into the canal.
  • Use a large towel and, if needed, a hair dryer set on low heat to dry your dog. Many dogs will want to run outside and rub all over the grass or dirt right after a bath. Confining her to the house for a little while will prevent having to repeat the whole process immediately.

Many dogs squirm and wriggle during a bath, especially young puppies. Puppies may also nip at you as you try to bathe and brush them. Toys and treats can help redirect their focus during grooming.

Trimming Nails

As we mentioned earlier, handling your dog from tip to toe to tail from the time they are very young will help you accomplish this sometimes unsettling task. Through gentle massaging and reassurance, you can get your dog used to you touching them in some of the most sensitive areas, including their nails. By doing this for at least two weeks before attempting to trim your dog’s nails, they will probably be open to it.

Here are the steps for a successful nail trim:

  • Examine each of the paws for grime and weeds, especially burs and foxtails, cleaning as needed.
  • Using sharp, guillotine-style dog nail trimmers, snip the tip of each nail at a slight angle, just prior to where the nail curves.
  • Stay away from the quick, a vein that runs into the nail. On many dogs you can see the quick as a pink area within the nail. In some dogs, the nail may be too black to see the quick so trim carefully. A smaller cut may be in order in this case.
  • If you do unintentionally trim into the quick, bleeding may result. Keep a styptic powder or cream on hand to stem the bleeding.
  • Use an emery board or file to smooth any jagged ends on cut nails.

Some breeds have unique needs

Breeds such as Pugs and Shar-Peis have loose skin and wrinkles. These dogs will require more attention during the grooming process.

First, to prevent grime and even bacteria from becoming a problem, clean in the folds of their skin with damp cotton and then dry well. Keeping these areas dry is also important after a bath or a walk in the rain.

Long droopy ears such as those on a Basset Hound or Cocker Spaniel must be checked weekly for buildups of wax and dirt. A cotton wad with a little water or mineral oil can help keep the ears clean and dry. Drops specifically designed to clean and dry the canal should also be applied for these ear-infection prone dogs. Hair that grows around the canal entrance should be kept trimmed. You can check with a professional groomer or veterinarian for instructions on how to properly and safely do this. Special tools may be available for this unique task.

Source: Adapted from the ASPCA

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Our product covers dogs of all ages and breeds, which encounter joint problems with age, need some post-op help to regain mobility or highly active dogs suffering from joint inflammation and pain after a hard day on the job or the trail. FidoActive Advanced Hip and Joint Supplement for Dogs supports joint health for dogs to get your four-legged friend back on their paws again. Get Fido active again the simple, safe way and treat your dog to a long & active life! Shop now and enjoy 10% off!!!

Last Few Days To Take Advantage of 10% Valentine’s Discount

Coupon Code : K37RCTMZ

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Learn More About FidoActive- here

Personal Grooming At Home

 

Give Your Dog A Little Happiness This Valentine’s Day!

In honor of Valentine’s Day and our favorite four-legged family member, we pulled out the heart-shaped Ikea ice tray again this year to whip up some super simple and natural frozen treats. Peanut butter and Greek yogurt are some of Basil’s favorite goodies, so we came up with this fun twist on the frosty paws recipe we like to make for him. What’s great about these treats is how simple they are to make and store. They require minimal and completely natural ingredients, can be made in large batches to store in a freezer bag.

For those unfamiliar, a frozen dog treat might sound a little odd. We’ve found that Basil loves cold treats and when frozen, they take a little longer for our big guy to enjoy. Our doggie daycare actually tipped us off to their age old trick of putting a peanut butter stuffed kong toy in the freezer to make it last twice as long.

You’ll need plain organic Greek yogurt, natural peanut butter, a heart shaped ice tray (really any ice tray will do, we got ours from Ikea) and a spoon. Also — can anyone tell me exactly how Basil knows every time we’re getting ready to make something especially for him? It’s like his spidey canine senses kick in and he beelines for the kitchen:

Spoon a small amount of peanut butter into the base of the ice tray. You can heat up the peanut butter first to make it easier (and not so messy) to spoon in. The more you add, the thicker the top layer on the treats will appear. You can play around with different amounts to get varying final results:

Next up, dollop heaping spoonfuls of the yogurt to cover the peanut butter in each mold:

Press yogurt down into the molds using the back of your spoon to make sure they’re packed. This will help seal the peanut butter and yogurt together in the final treat. You can even gently “drop” the tray a few times in order to encourage further settling. If you have excess yogurt in any of the molds, gently scoop away until level with mold and pop into the freezer for at least 4 hours:
Once frozen, remove tray and pop out individual frozen treats — voila!

I love how the peanut butter layer adds some dimension and depth without looking perfect.

 

Somebody couldn’t wait to give them a try:

 

He definitely felt the love and has been enjoying these bite sized treats. You could easily change things up by layering in more of your pup’s favorite ingredients, like the crushed up dog treats or even oatmeal.

And for anyone wondering — while we made these for use as pet treats, they could easily make for a protein-packed people snack. Sweeten them up by tossing a few in a bowl with drizzled honey:

Yeah, we tried them! Have you been making any special heart-shaped or Valentine’s themed treats for your four-legged friends this time of year?

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Give Your Dog A Little Happiness This Valentine's Day

 

 

 

Homemade Valentine’s Dog Treat!

Show Fido how much you love him on February 14th (and any day!)1 with this easy and adorable Valentine’s Day dog treat recipe! It’s super easy to make with ingredients you’ll find right in your grocery store. If you’re looking for hypoallergenic dog treat recipes, I’m going to say that this one probably isn’t the best bet because of the beef broth. You could use one of our other hypoallergenic recipes as a base, then follow the rest of this recipe for the frosting (as long as your pooch doesn’t have a dairy allergy).

VALENTINE’S DAY DOG TREAT RECIPE

This Valentine's Day dog treat recipe is such a cute way to show Fido how much you love him on February 14th! It's easy to make! Check it out!

 

Treat Ingredients:

Frosting Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2  packs (12 oz) nonfat cream cheese, room temp
  • Two tsp honey *see note about honey below
  • One tsp vanilla

Treat Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Blend flour and oats.Add  1/2 cup beef broth and peanut butter to the flour & oat combination. Mix well.
  • Add more beef broth if needed to make a thick dough.
  • Using your hands form the dough into a ball.
  • Cover a cutting board and rolling pin with flour.
  • Roll out to  1/4 inch, using the bone cookie cutter, cut out the dog treats.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for  10 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
  • Cool completely on a wire rack.

Frosting Directions:

  • Add the ingredients together.
  • With a hand mixer beat until fluffy.
  • Scoop the frosting into a piping bag with a #2 tip to outline the treats or make designs on them.
  • Set them aside until the frosting has dried.

This Valentine's Day dog treat recipe is such a cute way to show Fido how much you love him on February 14th! It's easy to make! Check it out!

*Note about the honey: We research every ingredient in our dog treat recipes, even though they’re created by experienced “dog chefs.” While honey is safe for dogs and, based on research, can even be beneficial to them for certain illnesses, I found quite a bit of information related to honey harvested from bees that pollinated Oleander trees. Oleander is poisonous to dogs. While it’s uncommon for honey to be made from Oleander-drunk bees (sorry, I can’t think of a better way to phrase it), one way to be certain that you’re avoiding it is to buy honey from the Midwest or East Coast. Even better, go with local honey producers, get to know them and ask them questions. They’re usually happy to answer!

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You and your best friend don’t have to live with pain!

Our product covers dogs of all ages and breeds, which encounter joint problems with age, need some post-op help to regain mobility or highly active dogs suffering from joint inflammation and pain after a hard day on the job or the trail. FidoActive Advanced Hip and Joint Supplement for Dogs supports joint health for dogs to get your four-legged friend back on their paws again. Get Fido active again the simple, safe way and treat your dog to a long & active life! Shop now and enjoy 10% off: http://www.amazon.com/Best-Glucosamine-Joint-Supplement-Dogs/dp/B00V3C2BJ2

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