• Pet Products,  Pets

    Canine Crash Tests

    Canine Crash Tests In 2013, the CenterForPetSafety.org partnered with animal loving car company Subaru to perform crash tests with dog dummies for the different dog safety harnesses available for automobiles on the market. Spoiler Alert: The video’s are horrifying and of the dozens of brands these tests were preformed on, only ONE brands harness performed to standards. Videos are available here. Facebook Pinterest

  • Halloween,  Pet Recipes,  Pets

    Pumpkin Dog Treats

    Your pooch deserves lots and lots of treats for being such a good dog! These sweet potato pumpkin treats will be his/her new favorite and won’t add too many calories to their diet.  INGREDIENTS 1½ cups brown rice flour 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1 cup mashed sweet potato 1/2 cup 100% pure pumpkin purée 1/2 cup water 1 egg 1 teaspoon organic maple syrup 45 Minutes Lotsa Treats 350ºF Grain-Free, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegetarian RECIPE Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together brown rice flour and cinnamon. In a separate bowl, mash sweet potato. Add pumpkin, water, egg, and maple syrup to sweet potato and mix until thoroughly combined. Add wet ingredients…

  • Pet Recipes,  Pets

    Crockpot Dog Food

    Another fantastic reason to use your crockpot. This dog food recipe will delight your dog and provide her with a well balanced meal. Homemade dog foods are great for dogs with food allergies and/or specific dietary needs. You are what you eat and that applies to your poochie too!  INGREDIENTS 3 lbs lean ground chicken 1 cup butternut squash I use frozen, precut 15 oz can kidney beans drained 1 cup peas 1 cup green beans 1 cup carrots sliced or diced 1 1/2 cup uncooked rice 4 cups of water Add egg shells for extra calcium  Add chicken liver for extra iron 5 Minutes Prep 4 Hours Crock 1 Pot Full Freezeable Grain-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Nut-Free RECIPE Mix all ingredients in the crockpot Set it to cook for…

  • Pet Recipes,  Pets,  Thanksgiving

    Muttloaf

    If you are looking to start making your own dog food, this recipe is a great place to start. Made with fresh ingredients, this “meat-loaf” spinoff is a great way to bake and slice your pets portions. You can serve it fresh daily for big dogs, slice it up for smaller dogs, and even make a few batches and store in the freezer. Be careful! This could spoil your dog into not wanting to eat kibble anymore.  45 Minutes 1 loaf Freeze Dairy Free, Sugar-Free, Nut Free, Wheat Free, Freezable INGREDIENTS 4 cups turkey mince  1 cup rolled oats, cooked  3⁄4 cup ground flaxseed  2 eggs  2 cups frozen vegetables,…

  • Cruelty-Free,  Pets

    Animal Testing Rehabilitation

    Even in the United States, cruel methods of animal testing are used for preliminary trials of many products we use on our bodies. In the fiscal year ending in 2005, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported a total of 1,177,566 primates, dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and other species used for research. The breakdown by species was: 66,610 dogs, 57,531 primates, 58,598 pigs, 245,786 rabbits, 22,921 cats, 176,988 hamsters, 32,260 sheep, 64,146 other farm animals, 221,286 guinea pigs and 231,440 other animals. It seems shocking that such a barbaric practice is happening to the same animals which are in our homes and farms which we often have companion relationships with. Even the…

  • Pets,  Training

    New Puppy Training

    It’s no wonder than dogs are considered companion animals; they depend on us for their lively hood and they provide a unexpected level of company and friendship. If you are the owner of a new puppy, Congrats! You are about to embark on a great journey in life, and we are here to help you start that journey off on the right food. Use these guides to get going on their training. The earlier you start the better, it makes your life easier now and in the long run if you start to establish healthy habits which last a lifetime. NPTE 101 The first thing you will want to do…

  • Pets,  Training

    Puppy Training 104

    Already mastered the 101,102 and 103? Good Boy! Youre’ well on your way to responsible pet parenting.  Let’s double check your skills: crate training house breaking socialization keeping your cool appropriate chewing and playtime Alright, you are on to the next stage of New Puppy Training Essentials – Exercise!  Training Essential #5: Exercise How is exercise different from playtime? Exercise has intent. Dogs need both physical and mental exercise to be full-filled and relaxed.  If it starting to sound like raising a puppy is a lot of work. . . IT IS, but it is also very special and once you get the hang of communicating with your dog, life becomes…

  • Pets,  Training

    Puppy Training 103

    Already mastered the 101 & 102? Great, lets get started… Great job Dog Boss, you are just checking off the list to helping your pup live a happy life!  Let’s double check your skills: crate training house breaking socialization keeping your cool and appropriate chewing Fantastic! Now for the funnest of all activities for making sure your pup is a good boy. . . playtime! Playtime with people and other animals is an essential tool for draining all that puppy energy and having a well mannered pup. Training Essential #5: Appropriate Play Playing with your new pup is essential for the bonding experience, but it also teaches the pup how…

  • Pets,  Training

    Puppy Training 102

    Already mastered the 101 Course? Great, lets get started… Now that you are on your way with crate training, house breaking, socialization, and have mastered the art of keeping your cool, lets dive into how to keep your pup off your naughty list. Puppies have loads and loads of energy and only have a few ways to burn it off. They are chewing, playing, and exercise– in 102 we will focus on Chewing but follow through with 03 and 04 for more ways to appropriately release that energy. Training Essential #5: Appropriate Chewing Chewing is a great release of energy where appropriate. Dogs explore the world with their mouths (as…

  • Pets,  Training

    Puppy Training 101

    There are an infinite number of benefits to training your dog– a stronger bond, a more harmonious living situation, a well behaved companion, just to name a few. The advice in this article will help you train your new puppy using only positive training methods which will set them up for life. Spending time on training your new companion is time well spent that you will benefit both of you in the long run. The first thing to remember is that your dog looks to you for leadership. Just like a child, you are in charge, and if they are not sure what they should be doing, they are likely…

  • DIY Projects,  Pet DIY,  Pet Products,  Pets

    Ikea Hacks for Pets

    Not only can pet supplies be expensive, they aren’t always easy on the eye. One way to spruce up the look is by using Ikea “hacks” to either build or camouflage common pet items. What is an Ikea Hack? Similar to Life Hacks you see on Buzzfeed etc., Ikea Hacks are those which originate from Ikea products but are then altered to suit your need. This ultimately results in a well designed solution which fits into your home decor rather than sticking out like a sore thumb.  Crate Dog Bed Simple and shabby-chic this crate style dog bed makes a perfectly cozy place for your pooch to rest. Follow this…

  • Pet DIY,  Pets

    Cat Care Tips

    After owning a cat for a few years, you might wonder what his behavior is trying to tell you. Cats are excellent communicators, when something is wrong they will let you know, but its often not as direct as you would expect with a dog. Cats tend to be a little more reserved and independent, so instead of waiting for them to tell you, you may need to watch and learn to figure out what behaviors are present or absent in order to figure out whats going on. Use this resource guide to make sure that you understand what your cat is trying to tell you and that he is getting…

  • Pet DIY,  Pets

    Dog Infographics

    All dog advice is not created equal! Just because you read something on the internet, ahem, doesn’t mean that its true– this actually goes for all of life and not just pet advice. Nonetheless, the guides below are from trusted sources and I’ve collected them all so you don’t have to do all the hard work. Infographics are great visual tools for getting to know the basics, but you should always do further research and consult your veterinarian before trying anything new with your pup. Natural Remedies are great, but just because its human-grade doesn’t mean its animal-safe.  Coconut Oil Uses Coconut Oil is a fantastic natural remedy for pets and…

  • Pet Products,  Pets,  Self-Care

    Dog Mom Essentials

    In 2018 the New York Times reported that younger generations are having less babies siting financial insecurity and better career options for women. Call them the experts if you like, but I think its because being a Dog Mom is the new Mom. We love our furbabies as if they were our children– we make them meals from scratch, buy them clothes, take them to the park, push them in strollers, have birthday parties, put them in PJs and even make our own natural remedies for them. We consider them more like companions than pets and make sure they are included in family vacations and get to go out to eat.…

  • Pet DIY,  Pet Products,  Pets

    Pet Remedies

    Holistic living isn’t just for people anymore. . . everyone is including natural remedies into their pet care regiments. Everything from hip & joint care to flea control has herbal alternatives that reduce the amount of chemicals and “processed ingredients” that your pet is exposed to. People are turning to Coconut Oil, Garlic, and limited ingredient diets to solve skin and coat issues. Dogs also have mental health needs just like people– its difficult to diagnose what is causing anxiety and phobias in pets, so its always better to look for a holistic alternative such as aromatherapy or thunder vests before adding pharmaceuticals (with their own set of side effects) to…

  • DIY Projects,  Pet DIY,  Pet Products,  Pets

    D.I.Y Doggo

    Controlling the amount of chemicals and “processed ingredients” which go into your dogs system are essential to their long term health. Just like people dogs “are what they eat” and since their grooming habits are a little bit more “mouths-on” that that of people, we have to make sure that they aren’t ingesting harmful chemicals. These chemicals may temporarily solve problems, but in the long run the side-effects can have far more impact than the solution they provide. Check out these DIY guides for making your own whole ingredient supplies for you pets; and always remember to consult your veterinarian before starting your pet on anything new.  Paw Balm This…