The Best Shampoo for Dogs

best shampoo for dogs

The best shampoo for dogs is out there, you just have to look for it. It’s such an overwhelming process, isn’t it? There are so many options on the market nowadays, it’s hard to know which one is best!  We’ve narrowed down some of our favorites to help you start your search for the best shampoo for your dog. [Read more…]

Pumpkin is a Miracle Food for Dogs

Pumpkin is a miracle food for dogs.  Did you know that? Well, Tis the season for pumpkins and lots of them.  From Benefits of Pumpkin for dogs. the pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin pie and bread, pumpkin cupcakes, and even pumpkin cereal, there’s no shortage for ideas to use this festive gourd this time of year.  In addition to just tasting really good to people and their dogs, Pumpkin also has many health benefits for your dog. [Read more…]

Frozen Dog Treats to Make with your Kids

Looking to cool down this summer? Your dog probably is, too.  So why not gather the kids and make some frozen dog treats? Not only will your dog appreciate a taste of frozen goodness, but you can bond with your kids all the while teaching them some good old fashion life skills. Frozen dog treats are easy to make so why not give it a try?

Frozen dog treats are easy to make.

Frozen dog treats are easy to make! Your dog will be begging for more!

Making frozen dog treats with or without your kids has never been easier.  Hundreds or recipes are available right at your fingertips. Here’s your starting point! [Read more…]

Happy Labor Day!

Labor Day

Labor Day Weekend is here!   Either to your delight or dismay, the unofficial end of summer holiday has finally arrived.  Soon the days with get shorter and cooler temperatures will make their way into the forecast. Whether you’re happy or sad to see summer go, Labor Day weekend is a great occasion to spend time relaxing with family and friends.  Here are a few ideas in case you don’t know what you want to do this weekend.

Take a break at the pool – The sad reality that comes with this holiday weekend is that most pools will be closing until next year.  So this may be your last chance to soak up some poolside fun in the sun.  Find some friends or get the family together, grab some good food to grill and you are all set to have a great time.

Go on a Day Trip – Chances are, if you haven’t already made plans to go on a Labor Day weekend vacation, then it’s a little too late.  However, that that doesn’t exactly mean that it’s too late to hit the road.  Find a nearby town or park that you’ve always wanted to visit, grab a few snacks and enjoy a little road trip.  The best part about this is your four-legged friend will love it just as much you will!

Local Events – One of the greatest things about holiday weekends is all of the free events that usually come with it.  A lot of towns celebrate Labor Day by having parades and festivals.  What’s even better about this is you can usually have a fun filled day without breaking the bank.  *Side note: If you’re going to a parade, you may want to leave your dog at home if sirens and loud noises bother them.

Go Shopping – Labor Day Weekend is full of fabulous sales.  What a better way to celebrate your labors than with a little retail therapy?  You can buy a few new things, but know you’re getting a great deal and making every cent of your hard earned dollar count.

These are just a few ideas of how you can spend your holiday weekend if you’re looking to get out of the house.  You may just want to lounge around in PJ’s and cuddle with your fur baby and that sounds pretty nice too.  I will probably be doing a little bit of both.  However you choose to spend your weekend, I’m sure it’ll be fantastic, since hopefully you won’t be at work!

 

HAPPY LABOR DAY EVERYONE!!!

 

 

 

How to Keep Your Pets Happy While You’re Away

In today’s world there are many of us that simply can’t afford to stay at home, no matter how much we’d love to! Most of us have to work for a living and for many that means working outside the home. For those of us that have pets at home there’s the added worry of keeping them happy and occupied while we are away. From dogs to cats to small mammals to birds it’s easy to find a way to keep them busy.

Dogs: In my personal experience I’d say dogs can be one of the easiest pets to keep entertained simply because of the selection of products out there. The easiest way to keep your dog occupied is to start by finding what motivates them. Do they like toys? Do they like to sleep all day? Are they food motivated? It’s a good idea to have a decent selection of toys for your dog. That being said, you don’t want to have all of the toys out at all times. Rotate them on a daily basis so there’s always something fresh and new for your dog to investigate. If you have an older pet, or perhaps one that just isn’t all that active, sometimes a comfy bed will do the trick. Now, whether that bed is YOUR bed is completely up to you! It can be a little more tricky if your pet is food motivated only because treats are edible. If you want something longer lasting try a bone specially made for dogs (these can be purchased at a variety of retail establishments but make sure to do your research and pick the one that is right for you!). Kong toys are awesome since you can fill them with peanut butter and freeze them enabling the treat to last longer.

Cats: Just like with dogs there is a large assortment of products on the market to keep cats entertained. My top two choices are cat trees/towers and toys. Within each of those categories there is a huge selection. You can get cat trees that stand just a foot or so tall and accommodates one cat all the way up to one that stands 6 feet plus and can accommodate multiple cats. The selection of toys is endless! There are crinkly toys, feather toys, jingle bell toys and more. That being said I found that occasionally an old sock with a crinkled paper ball in it would do the trick as well! You can also find special platforms designed to attach to your window for your cat to be able to watch the world go by out the window. (Please keep your cats’ safety in mind and secure any loose hanging strings, blinds etc when using a window seat or putting a cat tree near a window.)

Small Animals: We can’t forget about the little guys in the bunch! They deserve the same love and attention as their larger counterparts. I always found in a pinch that an empty paper tower roll will keep a small mammal such as a hamster or mouse entertained for hours. You can also find specially made habitats that include mazes of tubes through which they can climb and play. While I don’t have a lot of personal experience with reptiles I know there are options out there for them as well. They may not want to catch a ball like a dog but a nice habitat will go a long way in keeping them happy and entertained. Make sure to provide the proper housing, water, substrate and hide away spots to ensure your reptile stays happy while you’re away. Even a fish will appreciate a good play structure in their tank!

I usually like to remind my readers that all pets are different. Whatever you choose to make your pets happy make sure you do your research because they are all different and in the end only you can make the best choice for your baby.

See you next blog!

Jaime