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?

http://www.17apart.com/2014/02/valentines-pets-diy-natural-frozen-dog.html

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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!

http://www.dogvills.com/valentines-day-dog-treat-recipe/

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Boarding Your Dog

Puppy in an outdoor kennel

You’re all packed and ready for your much-needed vacation when your faithful companion jumps in the suitcase and gives you the sad puppy-dog eyes.

This time he can’t come with you, but the right dog boarder can still give him the love and care he needs while you’re away.

Here are several essentials to consider before boarding a dog.

Choosing a Boarding Option
The days of imagining your dog locked in a cage are over. Today there is a wide range of boarding options designed to keep you and your dog happy.

Whether you choose a pet sitter, a boarding home or a larger pet resort, there are questions you need to ask to make sure your dog has everything he needs:

  • Water
    Will your dog have access to clean, fresh water all day?
  • Food
    Does the boarder use a specific food or can you bring the food your dog is accustomed to eating?How often will they feed your dog?
  • Sanitation
    How often is the suite disinfected? The bedding? Is the air purified to prevent kennel cough or other airborne infections?
  • Exercise
    How often will your dog get exercise? Will he be able to run both indoors and out?
  • Social Needs
    How often will people interact with your dog? How often will your dog play with other dogs? Can your dog be kept away from specific breeds or genders of dogs?
  • Grooming
    Will your dog be brushed daily? Will the facility be able to bathe and clip your dog’s coat and nails?
  • Checking in
    Do you want the sitter to check in with you on a regular basis? Does the facility have a camera that lets you watch your little buddy online or from your phone?

Packing for the Big Trip
Whether this is the first time your pet has been away from you or she’s a weekly member of the kennel club, there are a number of things you should pack to ensure that her stay is happy, healthy and secure:

  • Vaccination Papers

    Most kennels and pet sitters require proof of vaccination from your vet. It’s a good idea to show proof of vaccination against rabies, parvo and kennel cough.

    Many also require proof that your dog has been using regular flea and heartworm medications.

  • Medications

    Pack any medication that your dog needs along with clear dosage instruction.

    Check your dog’s schedule for flea and heartworm treatments so that she doesn’t miss a dose while you’re out of town.

    In addition, be sure to pack any medication that you keep on hand and your dog might need, such as eardrops or lotion for heat spots, along with clear dosing instructions.

    Label every bottle with both your name and your dog’s name.

  • Emergency Numbers

    In addition to your contact number, make sure your pet care provider has access to your dog’s regular vet.

    Also ensure that there is a local person the kennel can call in case of emergency.

  • Food

    Whether the kennel offers food or not, you may want your dog to continue her regular diet. Be sure to pack enough to last your dog for the entire stay.

    And don’t forget to pack her treats! Include any feeding instructions, such as “she only gets a treat when she sits.”

  • Bedding

    Pack machine-washable bedding so that your little buddy can sleep on a familiar surface. Label each piece of bedding with your name and your dog’s name.

  • Toys

    Pack durable, washable toys. Mark the toys clearly with the names of both you and the dog.

  • Familiar Scent

    Add a T-shirt that you have worn sleeping or exercising. The familiar scent will help your dog feel your presence, even if you’re on the other side of the world.

https://www.care.com/a/what-to-keep-in-mind-when-boarding-a-dog-20151215010109

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Military Working Dogs Facts

A military dog sitting down in front of soldiers

Military dogs are unsung heroes who protect and serve alongside the brave men and women in the armed forces.

From going through basic training to serving veterans who are home from combat, these amazing canines do their part without question, with only love and companionship as their reward.

Here are the stories of two amazing military dogs:

Jud, the Wounded Warrior Service Dog
In 2004, Mike Morrison fulfilled one of his life’s dreams by enlisting in the army.

Then, at the age of 19, he went from basic training directly to Iraq, where he served as a recovery specialist.

Unfortunately, Mike developed severe anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In 2008, he made his way home after receiving an honorable discharge.

Upon his return, Mike was plagued with nightmares, and he found it nearly impossible to keep a job.

But the veteran was able to find joy when he met and married Tiffany, a wonderful, supportive woman who helped him through his darkest days.

But Mike still struggled to cope with his everyday life.

Finally, someone suggested a service dog. When the veteran was first presented with the idea of getting a service dog, he was hesitant.

“I had always thought service dogs were for the blind and the mobility-impaired,” he says.

But after speaking with other veterans who relied on their service animals, Mike quickly warmed to the idea and set out to be paired with a canine companion.

Unfortunately, he faced a road block. “I did some research and discovered that the average wait time to get a service dog was 2 t o 5 years,” he explains.

That’s when Mike discovered Mutts with a Mission, a nonprofit organization that trains pairs of veterans and dogs.

He soon set out to find the perfect service canine for him. “I’ll never forget the first time I saw Jud,” Mike recalls.

“He was a two-year-old lab. He stood beside me and wouldn’t leave.”

It was doggie love at first sight! “By the time we finished our first walk, I remember telling myself ‘this is the dog for me,'” says Mike.

During his first night in his new home, Jud jumped into action by waking Mike up from two different nightmares.

That was all it took for the veteran to know that his new canine companion was the perfect support system. The pair finished their training program and passed with flying colors.

Before he met Jud, Mike could barely leave his house and rarely spoke to anyone. But today, with his service dog by his side, Mike has found a new lease on life.

In fact, the veteran devotes most of his time to volunteering at Mutts with a Mission. He speaks in front of groups of people and even marches in parades, promoting the program and sharing his story.

Senna, a Mine Detection Dog (MDD)
Senna was born in 2006 in the Netherlands. When she was just a year old, she was selected by the Marshall Legacy Institute (MLI) Children Against Mines Program (CHAMPS) to train as a Mine Detection Dog (MDD), the highest echelon of explosives dog.

This program trains dogs to sniff out land mines, creating a safer place for children, families and troops to work and live in war-torn countries.

Senna served the US Air Force in Afghanistan for two years by clearing areas so that airplanes filled with troops and supplies could land safely.

The military dog then cleared land for the US Army in Kandahar for two more years. MDD Senna’s final assignment in Afghanistan was to work with the UN for six months.

After more than five years clearing about 1.5 million square meters of land, Senna retired from active duty, becoming the Canine Ambassador to the CHAMPS Team in 2012.

The service dog traveled with her handler, Kimberly McCasland, to visit and perform simulated minefield demonstrations at schools, the State Department and the UN, until she died in October 2015.

One of the most important parts of the MDD Training is to teach each dog how to bond to his or her handler. After all, only the handler takes care of the service dog in the field — the pair is together at all times, until the MDD returns to the kennel each night.

This special relationship is what keeps them alive while working in dangerous conditions. “The love and the bond between dog and handler is incredibly strong,” says McCasland.

“These dogs bless our lives, and then go on to save so many others.”

https://www.care.com/a/military-dogs-soldiers-heroes-and-trusted-companions-20151223045839

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Pet Sitter’s List Of Stuffs To Remember

A beagle with a dog walker in the background.

A pet sitter checklist can include the standards: walking your pet, feeding him and playing with him, cleaning up after him and of course, giving him a lot of love.

But often, pet sitters are willing to take on a few extra chores, which allows you the opportunity to get a few things off your to-do list.

Talk to your sitter about the type of duties she’d be willing to take on and you’d be surprised at just how much more your sitter can do for you — besides taking care of your four-legged friend, of course.

The key is having an open and honest talk with your sitter about what she is — and isn’t — interesting in doing.
For example, see if your pet sitter is able to help you with these common chores:

  1. House Sit

    If you’re going away for a vacation or long weekend, who better than your pet sitter to watch the house while you’re gone?

    She can bring in the newspaper and mail when she takes your pup on a walk.

    If it’s cold out, she can shovel the drive, and indoors, she can water the plants.

    Just having someone home, to turn on the lights, run the water, and make sure everything is okay in the house, is a huge peace of mind for you while you’re away.

  2. Clean the Litter Box and Pet Areas

    In the same way that child care providers take care of not only the kids, but things related to the kids — for example, doing the laundry, making beds or picking up toys — your pet sitter checklist can include things directly related to your pet.

    That could include things like cleaning the litter box, washing the food and water bowls, brushing the pets, making sure all the animal toys are clean and checking food supply (to make sure you don’t run low).

  3. Make Playdates

    Playdates aren’t just for kids. If your dog enjoys the company of another dog, your pet sitter can schedule time at the park for an activity with all your canine’s friends.

    Your pooch doesn’t have to be lonely just because you’re on vacation or at work.

  4. Teach Your Pet Tricks

    Not only is it valuable to keep your pet mentally alert by teaching him tricks, but you can also have your pet sitter work with the kids in the house to allow them to share in this experience.

    That way, the pet sitter is involved with both the kids and pets, which can free up some of your time.

  5. Feed the Fish

    Your pet sitter should be able to take care of little things around the house — like feeding the fish or light dusting.

    Some pet sitters want the extra money, so they’ll gladly take on additional responsibilities.

    Talk to your sitter and see what she’s most comfortable with.

  6. Taking in the Mail

    It’s never a good idea to let your mail pile up. Overstuffed mailboxes are a sure sign to burglars that no one is home.

    If you don’t want to put an official hold on your mail, but you don’t want your mailbox to overflow, ask your sitter to collect the mail and leave it in a neat stack inside your home — away from the elements and prying eyes.

    https://www.care.com/a/pet-sitter-checklist-5-things-you-can-delegate-20151222035558

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