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How to Make a Dog Friendly Gingerbread House

How to Make a Dog Friendly Gingerbread House

Believe it or not, it’s December! With the holidays quickly approaching and the temperature dropping, we are all looking to keep ourselves busy by eating of course. Building a gingerbread house is the perfect way to stay busy and have a treat too! Although your pet can’t help you decorate, you can make sure gingerbread animal friendly. Using Chewy’s dog-friendly gingerbread recipe you and your pet can enjoy December’s fun together.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ginger

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 320 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Whisk together the molasses, egg, and peanut butter
  3. Add the flour, cinnamon, and ginger
  4. Knead until the dough is stiff
  5. Roll the dough on a lightly-floured surface and cut into your preferred shape
  6. Bake for about 15 minutes or until lightly golden
  7. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes before moving them to a rack

Once your cookies are dry, it’s time to get creative! For decorating, training treats are a great option. They are small enough to be incorporated on your house. They also come in a variety of flavors and shapes to keep your house aesthetically pleasing. It will be hard to build a house for your pet and not for yourself, so make sure you make extra dough to create your dream gingerbread house! Enjoy your activity and don’t forget to share your creation with us!

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Fall Activities for the Whole Family

5 of Our Favorite Family Activities

It’s the time of the year when we can pull out our sweaters and jackets for good. The air is cool, but the sun still shines brightly making this the most ideal weather for outdoor activities. We all associate Fall with apples, pumpkins, and of course foliage, and there is no better way to spend this season than with your family and friends. Here are some of our favorite ways to appreciate Fall.

  1. Hike

Hiking is a great activity for the whole family, pets included of course. You can alter your hike based on time, age, and stamina. It is an easy, free way to make sure everyone stays active when it becomes chilly. Make sure to check the weather first and dress appropriately.  

  1. Apple Picking

Before leaving, confirm that the orchard is pet friendly. Your pet will love running up and down the aisles of apple trees. Apple picking is a fun – and delicious – way to stock your home with fresh apples. There is nothing better than an apple picked right off the tree!

  1. Make a pie

Pie is definitely the signature Fall dessert. The possibilities are endless: pumpkin, apple, pecan. Pair up with a family member and pretend you are a star on Food Network. This way not only will you be able to show off your competitive side, but you will get to try a bunch of seasonal pies.

  1. Host a pet holiday party

It is not often that you and all your friends can have a party with your pets! Pick a Sunday, cook a potluck dinner, and make sure all your guests bring their pet’s favorite treats. Seeing all your pets play together and enjoy dessert will make you believe they really are human!

  1. Explore a local small town

We are creatures of habit and tend to enjoy the same stores, restaurants, and areas that we are used to. Make a pact to pick a small local town that you have never been to before. Bring your pet and explore! You’ll be surprised how many places are pet friendly and how easily you fall in love with another town.

Life gets busy, but this Fall make sure you get the chance to make time to enjoy the company of your friends, family, and pets. Spend as much time outside now because soon you’ll be in front of the fire with a cup of hot chocolate.

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It’s Time to Get Into the Halloween Spirit!

Halloween (and pumpkins, of course) certainly defines October. It is the perfect excuse to dress up, eat candy, and feel like a little kid again! The only way to make this holiday better is to include your pet. Here are five of our favorite pet friendly costumes

1. Superhero

This costume is super easy for both you and your pet! You and your pet can either match as your favorite superhero or you can decide to take the superhero and sidekick path. The sky’s the limit.

2. Princess

For your female pets, a princess is an adorable option. A pet friendly dress will certainly make your pet feel like royalty. If you are lucky, maybe you can even get your pet to wear a crown!

3. Policeman

A police costume can be rather ironic. Rather than dressing up as your human police counterpart, make your pet the one in charge of stopping crime. Get creative as you dress up as your pet.

4. Athlete

Your pet totally completes your family team, so dressing up as an athlete is a great way to show this. Each family member can be a different player on your favorite sports team – pet included of course!

5. Cowboy/Cowgirl

Yee haw! If y’all want to get into the country spirit, dressing up as a cowboy or cowgirl will certainly make you feel like you are in the South. Tie a bandana around your pets collar, hope he or she will wear a hat, and you are all set for the rodeo.

 

However you choose to celebrate Halloween this year, make sure you include your furry family member! Just think about how much more candy you will get when you trick or treat if your pet is in costume too.

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A Tribute To Peanut Butter

A Tribute To Peanut Butter

We have yet to meet a dog that doesn’t like peanut butter. It is the best way to sneak a pill into your dog’s mouth, and the taste will definitely make your dog love you even more. We want to share with you our favorite ways to give our beloved pets their favorite snack.

1. Kong

The Kong can be purchased at any pet store and is something every dog owner should have. The hole provides ample space for peanut butter and it not just a great treat, but also a great activity. Your dog will spend as much time as it takes to get every last bit of peanut butter out of the toy. A little peanut butter will go a long way!

2. Spoon

This is certainly the least fancy way to give your dog peanut butter, but arguably their favorite. Feeding your dog off a spoon will make him or her feel like royalty and have them licking their lips for minutes afterward. Make sure you feed your dog off of silverware because he or she may think the plastic spoon is a toy and cut their mouth.

3. Food

Do you ever feel bad that your dog eats the same food every meal, everyday? If you want to spice up their daily kibble, add a scoop of peanut butter to the bowl. That dry food will go faster than ever before and your dog will certainly be happy.

4. Homemade dog biscuits

If you are in the baking mood, this is one of the easiest biscuit recipes. These treats will look gourmet without the high price tag, and it is also fun to do with your children! All you need is 2 cups of flour, ½ cup of peanut butter, 2 eggs, and ¼ cup of water. Mixed together the flour, peanut butter, and eggs in a large bowl, and once it is slightly combined add a little bit of water (one tablespoon at a time). Once the mixture becomes thicker, roll it out as dough and use your favorite cookie cutters to make cookies. Throw them into the oven at 350 F for about 15 minutes, and tada, you have homemade biscuits!

However you choose to use peanut butter to reward your dog, make sure the peanut butter you choose does not contain Xylitol. Xylitol is a sugar substitute that can be deadly to dogs. Most peanut butters do not contain Xylitol, but double check to make sure. And if you have any other fun ways to use peanut butter, feel free to share them with us too!

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Room Collection 2.0

Room Collection 2.0 by A Cat Thing

Cats are always looking for someplace new to explore or a new hiding spot to play in. They enjoy small quarters because it makes them feel safe and secure. A Cat Thing has read your mind and created Room Collection 2.0, which consists of connectable boxes that create an 100% recyclable cat house. The boxes allow you to put together a dynamic cat playground with endless combinations that you and your cat will both love. The mini-building will make your cats happy without ruining the interior of your home. Unlike a typical cat tree, the Room Collection requires no tools for building and can be easily cleaned. The Room Collection will definitely be an asset to your home, rather than an eye sore.

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Your Perfect Dog Based on Your Zodiac Sign

Your Perfect Dog Based on Your Zodiac Sign

If you’re like me, you’re indecisive and look to anyone or anything to make a decision for you. This time, the stars may have your answer for what type of dog to welcome into your family next!

Taurus – Poodle

Just like a Poodle, Taurus are very reliable and devoted, but also known to be possessive. Poodles are loyal to their family, which may cause them to act aggressively every once and a while. Both Poodles and Taurus are responsible and would never let their families down.

Gemini – Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

Geminis are known to be gentle and affectionate as are Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels enjoy spending time with their human family, which is why they get nervous, like a Gemini, when left alone for extended periods of time.

Cancer – Doberman Pinschers

Cancers can be both loyal and sympathetic or moody just like Doberman Pinschers. Doberman Pinschers have the reputation of being a great watch dog, but people often forget they love their human families and enjoy socializing and cuddling. Some Doberman Pinschers, like Cancers, can be moody and show dominant or aggressive characteristics at times.

Leo – Lab

Like Leos, Labrador Retrievers are both passionate and warm-hearted. Even though they are good-natured and want to please their family, sometimes they too can be stubborn.

Virgo – Border Collie

Virgos and Border Collies alike are hardworking and loyal. Sometimes Virgos can be overly critical in the same way Border Collies are. Border Collies sometimes are difficult to train because they are always thinking and analyzing. This duo would certainly work hard!

Libra – Newfoundland

Libras are known to be diplomatic and cooperative, just like Newfoundlands. Newfoundlands and Libras are very social and enjoy the company of others, which makes them a great pair!

Scorpio – Beagle

Beagles and Scorpios are true friends! They both are passionate and independent. Just like Scorpios, Beagles can be distrusting, and should never be left unwatched.

Sagittarius – Corgi

Corgis and Sagittarius have many traits in common. Both are friendly and generous, but can be very impatient too. Corgis are known for being an extroverted dog breed, which makes it difficult for them to stay calm and still. Sagittarius are perfect owners for Corgis because they will keep them entertained!

Capricorn – German Shepherd

Just like Capricorns, German Shepherds are disciplined and responsible. German Shepherds are known as the greatest service dogs. They take commands well and are extremely smart and confident. Capricorns and German Shepherds also both prepare for the worst situation.

Aquarius – Chow Chow

Although they are independent and original, Aquarius can sometimes be reserved, just like a chow chow. Chow Chows are very loyal to their human family, but can also be stubborn and aloof around strangers. Aquarius and Chow Chows make a perfect match!

Pisces – Golden Retriever

Pisces are known to be compassionate, gentle, and intuitive, just like Golden Retrievers. Goldens are one of the best family dogs! They have a heart of gold and will make a great companion for a Pisces.

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Meet Jennie Garth

Meet Jennie Garth

Jennie Garth is not only a talented actress and mother, but she is also an avid animal lover. Her career took off with her role as Kelly Taylor on Beverly Hills, 90210; To this day the show is remembered as one of the most beloved and iconic series of all time. In the following years, Garth starred in the series What I Like About You, The Street, and Mystery Girls as well as dozens of television movies. In 2014, she starred in The Jennie Garth Project on HGTV, which documents the renovation of her Hollywood Hills home. Between all her acting, Garth finds time to write books and support causes like Kids Vision for Life, Stand Up to Cancer, The American Heart Association, and Autism Speaks. She also enjoys spending time with her daughters, Luca Bella, Lola Ray, and Fiona Eve, and, of course, her animals. We had the opportunity to chat with Jennie and learn more about her love for animals.

  • Q: Did you have a lot of pets growing up?
  • A: Yes, I grew up on a horse farm in rural Illinois, so lots of pets! Over the years I had horses, cats, dogs, goats, pigs, chickens, and rabbits.
  • Q: Who (if anyone) inspired your love for animals?
  • A: I’d have to say my dad really made me a farm girl, and my sisters. There were always kittens or puppies everywhere; who doesn’t love kittens or puppies!
  • Q: What was your most memorable experience with one of your animals?
  • A: When my goldendoodle, Pearl, was about 2 years old, we had gone on a hike and then met my friend for lunch. Pearl was tired from the hike so I thought she would just chill under the table while we ate, but apparently she got hungry as well. She ate the leg off the chair I was sitting in! Oops!
  • Q: How many pets do you have now, and do your daughters have a favorite?
  • A: We have 3 dogs, 3 rabbits, 4 horses, 2 cats, and 2 piggies. I’d have to say Buddy (our very old and very fluffy pony is probably our favorite…don’t tell the others).
  • Q: How do you pick activities in the summer that are both animal and human friendly?
  • A: I like to go RV’ing. I like being able to load the dogs in there and just hit the road without having to worry about planes and hotels that will accommodate pooches. The dogs love those adventures… finding a great hike, or a lake or by the ocean where they can run free.
  • Q: If you could have any animal as a pet, what would it be?
  • A: A horse or a dog, I think. They both have a way of looking right into your soul, and I like that sense of connection and kindness.
  • Q: Going off of the last question, what is your spirit animal and why?
  • A: A bear. The bear’s spirit is grounded in nature and is strong but calm. He also has the courage to stand up to adversity and likes his alone time.
  • Q: What inspired you start your show The Jennie Garth Project?
  • A: I wanted to document the building of my home that I was in the process of building for myself and my girls. It was sort of a transitional time in my life and building a house felt like the right thing to spend my energy doing.
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Fourth of July Dog Safety

Fourth of July Dog Safety

Fourth of July is arguably the best summer holiday. Friends, family, food – what else could you ask for?! We know how easy it is to get caught up in the fun of America’s birthday, so we are here to remind you of four simple ways to keep your pet safe this Wednesday.

  1. Fireworks

Fireworks are definitely the trademark of July 4th. And, let’s be honest, who wouldn’t want an entire country putting on a show for your birthday? Although we all love fireworks, like our younger human children, our pets may be frightened by the loud sounds. If you leave your pet home while attending a firework show,keep music or TV playing for him or her. This way the sound of the fireworks will not be as startling. Sometimes it is inevitable to be outside with your pet during a firework show. We recommend keeping your pet on a leash with an identification tag so if he or she runs away out of fear, you’ll be able to find your pet quickly and easily. Our advice is to leave your pet home and enjoy the show without worrying about your pet.

       2. BBQs

Barbeques are the most pet friendly meal, but not just because it’s likely a hamburger falls off the grill. BBQs allow family and friends to enjoy a meal together outside with all of America’s favorite foods. Pets that aren’t used to the BBQ will be drawn to the smell of the meat on the grill, which may result in a type of hot dog you do not want to have. While the grill is turned on, make sure your eyes are on your pet and your pet is away from the flames. You can even give them a treat while the grill is on to keep them distracted and happy.

     3. Heat

The July heat is no joke. With high temperatures, most of us are just concerned about keeping our bodies cool. Your pet cannot get him or herself water or turn up the air conditioning, so as pet owners, we have to be more attentive to our pets during this month. Always make sure your dog has water in his or her bowl, and it is a good idea to bring an extra water bottle on your family activities. Dogs love ice cubes, so while you are enjoying fresh watermelon give your dog an ice cube; he or she will stay cool and hydrated!

  1. The Aftermath

After entertaining, we spend most of the time making sure the kitchen is clean, but often forget about our backyard. Once all the festivities end, make sure to check your yard for garbage. It is possible that firework debris is lying around, and it is definitely likely that someone dropped a popsicle stick. If you don’t check your yard, your garbage may end up in your pet’s mouth.

These four simple safety tips will help you ensure that your Independence Day celebration is memorable in the best way possible! Just a little caution can go a long way. We hope you and your pets have a great July 4th!

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Dog Friendly Exploding Cake

Dog Friendly Exploding Cake

It’s no secret that the Exploding Sprinkle Cake is all the rage this summer. Just because your dog cannot eat it, doesn’t mean he or she needs to miss out on the trendy cake craze. This Exploding Dog Friendly Cake will keep your dog hydrated and happy all summer long!

Ingredients

  • Cake pan
  • Water
  • Your dog’s favorite toys and treats
  • Chicken broth (optional)

Instructions

Making this cake could not be easier, and may even get your creative juices flowing! First, gather your dog’s favorite treats. We love to use chew toys, the Kong with peanut butter, Milk Bones, and other small treats. Once you gather your treats, fill up the cake pan with water and chicken broth (optional) about two thirds of the way. Next, you throw in your dog’s favorite treats, but be careful and make sure the water doesn’t spill out of the cake pan. Finally, stick your liquid surprise-filled cake into the freezer for a few hours. The freeze time will vary based on the size of your pan.

After a few hours, your Exploding Dog Friendly Cake will be ready! Make sure to give your dog the cake outside because the last thing you want is water and treats all around your kitchen floor. This cake will keep your dog occupied for hours as he or she eagerly will be licking the cake in hopes of finding his or her favorite toy. This easy cake recipe may not be as aesthetic as the Exploding Sprinkle Cake, but we think it is the next best option!

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5 Dog Friendly Outdoor Activities for this Summer

5 Dog Friendly Outdoor Activities for this Summer

The sun is shining, skies are blue, and summer is finally in full swing! There is officially no excuse to avoid planning an outdoor family activity (dogs included of course!). We get it, more often than not “No Dogs Allowed” make it difficult to plan a family and dog friendly activity. These five dog friendly activities will keep you and your canine busy all summer long!

   1. Hike

Most of us walk our dogs everyday, but a hike is a great way to change up the scene; plus, it’s great exercise for you and your dog! You can even challenge your dog’s listening skills by letting him or her off-leash. Dogs love running free, and this is the perfect opportunity to do so.

2. Beach

Let’s face it, who doesn’t love the beach in the summer? There is nothing quite like the ocean breeze and warm sand. We often forget that dogs are natural swimmers, hints the term “doggie paddle.” When the sun is unbearable, grab your sunscreen and dog, and head over to your local beach. Your dog (and summer tan) will love you!

3. Farmer’s Market

Grocery stores are sooo winter! This summer spend some time at your local farmer’s market. It is the perfect place to get your fruits and vegetables for the week. The local vendors often have other great treats like homemade pie, jams, and dog treats (some may even call it a culinary experience). Your dog will definitely love the scents and the chance to make new friends.

4. Hide and Seek

Hide and Seek never fails to keep us entertained! And, it will do the same to your dog. Get your kids involved and have them hide small dog treats around your backyard. Searching for treats will keep your dog occupied for longer than you think, and your kids will love watching your dog search too! We call that a win-win.

5. A Dog Park

If your dog loves socializing, a dog park is a perfect activity. Like hiking your dog will have the chance to be off-leash, and well, be a dog! It is the perfect place for you to socialize with other pet parents and maybe find the breed of your next pet. It is always fun to watch dogs interact too.

Hopefully, this list helps you decide where to spend next Saturday afternoon. So have fun, enjoy the company of your family outside, and don’t forget to get your dog a treat!