July 22, 2013 | Giveaways
Check out Modern Dog this week for a great giveaway – a ZUCA Pet Carrier! The carrier doubles as both a rolling carry-all and “car seat” for small pets, enabling safe transport in the car or on the street. You’ve got from now until July 31st to enter to win – so don’t wait to check it out. It would definitely come in handy for small dogs and cats.
If you have a few minutes to browse the site, do that, too! Modern Dog has lots of interesting articles – anything from recipes for your pet, to training tips, to celebrity pets! It’s worth the look.
July 18, 2013 | Pet-Friendly Recipes
It is HOT outside! Here is a tasty treat you can make for your dog to help them cool down a bit during these hot summer days.
Peel the bananas and slice into 1/2-inch thick disks. Place the slices in a bowl or ziploc bag and freeze the slices solid (about 2 hours or more). Put the frozen slices of banana into a food processor or a blender and pulse to break down the fruit until it’s a soft-serve consistency. If using a blender that just spins its blades, you can add a little liquid (like chicken broth) to help it along. When the ice cream is smooth, add the peanut butter and blend for a few seconds. Stir in the carrot and bacon (or other mix-ins). Divide the soft ice cream among in an ice cube tray and freeze. Makes 3 cups of ice cream.
Check out the original recipe post here for step-by-step details and pictures!
July 9, 2013 | Helpful Tips
Charleston summers are filled with thunderstorms – and if your dog is anything like mine, thunder equals a very scared pup. We’ve tried lots of things… treats, cuddles, playing, bones, a thunder shirt… and nothing was doing the trick. Before I even heard the slightest rumble from the horizon, Indy knew it was coming and would come let me know with a scared whine. Then he would disappear into our closet for the next few hours and whimper. It made me so sad, especially since I just couldn’t figure out how to soothe him. Our vet mentioned that Benadryl might help, but I wasn’t ready to resort to drugs just yet.
With the 4th of July just a few days away – and knowing my husband would be enjoying some cool fireworks in our yard – I read up online to see if I could find a way to help Indy before the big day. I stumbled across a few things that said to try playing some soothing music for scared pets and decided to give it a shot.
I checked Youtube and found this video. As soon as the next thunderstorm rolled in and Indy retreated to his “safe spot” in the closet, I pulled it up on the laptop and turned up the volume as loud as it would go to try and drown out the thunder. I gave it like 30 minutes and went back to check on him. Normally he would have been whining and pacing, but this time he was asleep! It was amazing!
I tried not to get my hopes up… but it has continued to work. For the 4th of July we set up the music a few spots around the house and Indy seemed to handle the evening pretty well. I’m sure this won’t be a solution for every dog, but if you’re still trying to find a way to soothe your pet, I highly recommend you give it a try!
July 3, 2013 | Curious Pet of the Month
Meet Princess Katherine Sparkle – aka Kate
Kate is one of the sweetest puppies around and she’s happy to play any day of the week! Kate is full of energy and loves to stop and smell the flowers (or anything else around). This little girl may only be 7 months old, but she has a big personality and lots of love to give for anyone who stops to meet her!