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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 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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Exploding Dog Friendly 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

 

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!

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What do Cheers, Pixar and The Subscription Box Industry Have in Common?

Actor, director and entrepreneur John Ratzenberger (best known as Cliff on Cheers and the only actor to voice a character in every Pixar film) a co-founder in our company, has announced a whole new concept we’ve just launched: TheGiftBox.com.  There’s nothing like it on the web:  a one-stop shop for all your subscription box gift needs.  The launch was announced last week – check it out the video below!

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Instead of having to search the web for a monthly box or a gift box, you have the choice of multiple categories all on one site.  Want to switch up your gift box from month-to-month?  No problem!  You can change, pause or cancel at anytime.  There’s one monthly flat fee, no yearly upfront payments like a lot of the others and a very cool rewards program that adds up fast to free boxes for you!

Phase one of the launch includes Pet Gift Box, PawPack and Sweets Gift Box with many more themes in the works. Get a Sweets Gift Box filled with delicious and decadent confections one month, then switch to a gift for your BFF (that’s Best Furry Friend) the next month, packed with toys and treats. We have created the only platform to give you that choice with just a click of the keyboard.

Sign up now and share the love with your friends and family. To celebrate the season, John is offering a 50% discount off of a Pet Gift Box, Sweets Gift Box or PawPack by clicking HERE through midnight Dec 18th for delivery by the Holidays!

Stay tuned for Golfers Gift Box, Fishing Gift Box, Escape Gift Box, Chefs Gift Box, Outdoor Box and Wine Gift Box (after all, they say a glass of wine is like an hour at the gym, so we will be working hard to get you in tip-top shape).

We are so happy to have you join The Gift Box Family,
Best wishes,

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Alexandra
P.S. If you have any questions about a specific box,
let us know! We are happy to answer

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