As some of you may know I recently started working at a doggy day care and it’s made me fall in love with even more breeds. And one of those is the Golden Retriever. Before, I never got why everyone is so Golden obsessed. I thought they were cute sure, but I never got what the big deal was. Well my friends, I get it now. Every single Golden I’ve met there is nothing but love. They are big, snuggly babies. So I decided to channel my newly found love into making them the featured breed.
Life Span: 10-12 years
Weight: 55-80 pounds
Furry Scurry 2016
*Last year I put this article under Featured Charities but this year I'm putting it here since I just posted a new Featured Charity last week and I want to give that charity a fair amount of time before I switch it out for a new one. So this is where our Furry Scurry page will be living this year.
The Furry Scurry is an annual two-mile walk in Denver (more specifically Wash Park), its purpose is to raise money and awareness for the Dumb Friends League and their homeless pet population. It's on Saturday, May 7th and we will begin walking at 9am.
The Dumb Friends League helps to take care of more than 20,000 read more...
New Years Resolutions From a Dog
Doggy Arts and Crafts: Paw Ornaments
If you’re a regular around here you’ve probably seen my paw finger painting and I felt it was time for some more doggy arts and crafts. Given that it’s the holidays I thought we’d do something for the festivities. So I present to you, paw print ornaments.
They’re quite simple although of course because I’m Katie, not everything went as planned but I improvised and it still had a happy ending.
To start I just got a tub of your run of the mill air-dry clay.
No I did not need nearly this much but it’s the only size they had*flat face*. If anyone knows of any other clay crafts, dog related or not, PLEASE let me know. Or else this tub will read more...
Thanksgiving Dinner Meatball Treat
1 ½ cup cooked ground turkey
1 ½ cup bread crumbs (I got sliced bread from the bakery and cut it into little cubes. I didn’t trust the prepackaged crumbs as they may have herbs and what not that aren’t safe for our furry friends.)
½ cup chicken stock
1 ½ Tbs flour
¼ cup cranberries
Couple Costumes... For You and Your Dog
Couples costumes for you and your dog, the most acceptable form of couples costumes. Step aside boyfriends and hubbies, the dogs are what's up. I’ve always invested in costumes for my pups for good ole’ Hallow’s Eve but this is the first year we’re coordinating and I’m pretty jazzed about it.
So I’m here to spread the joy and give you guys some ideas for a smashing matching getup, starting with mine and my pups’ ensembles.
The three of us are not actually part of a trio costume but rather I have a two separate costumes to match each of them. Why would you get two different costumes you ask? Because I can. When will you wear two costumes you ask? That part I have yet to figure out, we’ll just have to see how things pan out.
And let the list commence, starting of course with our bad selves.
Service Dogs... There's a Dog For That
September is National Service Dog Month so naturally an article is in order. If you’re like the majority of people when you think of service dogs, seeing eye dog is your first thought but; but there are so many more layers to it.
Service dogs are broke down into three categories, Emotional Support Dogs, Therapy Dogs, and your true blue Service Dog. Title wise, they all sound about the same, but oh contraire mon frère.
We’ll start with Emotional Support Dogs. They can help with conditions such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, panic attacks, read more...
Bring Back Your Pup's Appetite
Your first step is also the most important, and that would be to figure out the issue. It could be anything from a sick fur baby, anxiety from a change in their environment (like moving, new pet, or like my case the owners are away), or maybe they are just picky. They also may just not be vibin’ food that day so give it a day before you get concerned, humans have those days and the same goes for dogs.
It’s up to you to judge whether it’s something the vet needs to handle or if it’s up to you to solve the issue. If you even a little concerned, call your vet.
If they are picky…
· Naturally your first thought would be to simply change their food. Dry food, wet food, different brands, try em’ all. Or maybe you have some sort of strange attachment to their food, or you don’t want to throw in the towel right away, or read more...
Shit Happens: How To Help a Dog With an Upset Tummy
As a dog sitter, a dog mom, and a general dog enthusiast I have dealt with my fair share of sick doggies. Whether it be from separation anxiety or they got into some spicy jalapeño chips, it blows for both you and your dog.
Disclaimer. I am not a vet or a professional. So if your dog is having diarrhea don’t just take my word for it, try my remedies and pray for the best. Call your vet, dummy. This is merely advice and tips on how I handled my situations after I knew they weren’t serious.
Step One: Assess the situation
· Use your judgment. You know your dog better than anyone else. If anything seems off (aside from them ruining your carpet) call your vet, better to be safe than sorry.
· The very first thing I observe is their energy. Are they their normal happy go lucky probably pain in the ass selves? Or are they lethargic? Lethargy is something read more...
How To Safely Adventure With Your Dog
It only feels appropriate with how many adventures I plan on sharing with you all that I give you some tips to keep those adventures fun, stress free, and safe. Although the majority of these are most important for hiking, they probably couldn’t hurt to keep in mind on most adventures.
· Pack all the essentials like a first aid kit for you and your dog, along with the rest of my Pack List for Adventures guide.
· Don’t go on these thing solo dolo. If trouble strikes, things are going to be safer with help. Buuuut if you truly insist on going alone (which again, I do not advise) alert the presses. Tell a few people where you are going so people at least know read more...
Pet Friendly Employers
More and more offices are inviting dogs into the work place. Many studies suggest that dogs decrease stress, which in turn makes people enjoy their jobs more. Here is a list of companies that have gotten with the program!
· Etsy Offices
· Tito’s Handmade Vodka
Tummy Soothing Pumpkin Dog Treat Recipe
½ cup canned pumpkin
2 Tbsp. dry milk (I stupidly bought condensed milk instead but it’s not bad for dogs so I just added a little extra flour and it worked just fine. Granted I think they potentially would have been a little crunchier if I hadn’t fudged up, but oh well.)
¼ tsp. sea salt
2 ½ cups brown rice four
1 tsp. dried parsley (optional… I skipped it.)
· Preheat oven to 350 F
· Whisk together eggs and pumpkin till smooth in a large bowl
· Stir in dry milk, sea salt, and dried parsley (if you choose to use it)
National Mill Dog Rescue
The National Mill Dog Rescue is a none-profit whose purpose is to rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home dogs from puppy mills. Furthermore they raise awareness to the public about the harm that puppy mills do. If you are unaware of the kind of harm I’m talking about Google puppy mills and prepare to be horrified.
Here’s their official mission statement:
“To rescue, rehabilitate and rehome discarded breeding dogs and to educate the general public about the cruel realities of the commercial dog breeding industry.”
They began read more...
Doggy Day Care Or Petsitter/Walker?
It has come to my attention that for many, deciding between using a doggy day car or a petsitter/walker while you’re at work can be a struggle. Being someone who has worked as both a petsitter and now a doggy day care attendant, I thought I’d share with you my observations from the two options.
For starters it doesn’t just come down to one option being superior to the other. They are both simply circumstantial to both yours and your dog’s preferences. So here’s how I’m going to break it down for you, I’ll list the pros and cons of each option and read more...
10 Ways To Decorate Your Dog For the Holidays
By now you’ve probably dug out your old holiday décor and began to decorate, so why not spread that festive spirit to your furry friends? I am here today to share some ideas on how to bring your holiday decorations to your dog.
1.A Sweater! What’s more festive than a dog in an ugly sweater?
2.A Stocking For Your Dog. Because if you’re reading this I’m going to assume you give your dogs Christmas presents.
3.Festive Dog Toys.
4.Humiliating Yet Oh So Necessary Hats.
20 Gift Ideas for Dog Lovers/Your Dog
It’s that time of the year folks; holiday shopping. Some love it, some tear up just thinking about the hassle, but no matter you’re stance I’m here to hopefully make things a little easier for you.
I’m making you all a list of gifts dog lovers will be stoked about. Hell, you could even get some of these for your dog if you one of those weirdoes who buy gifts for their dog… like me.
Here we go!
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How to Prep for a Dog Sitter
As much as we’d love to, we simply can’t always take our dogs with us on trips. This leaves you with two options depending on you and your dog’s preference, boarding or hiring a dog sitter. These days more people are going for the personal touch of a dog sitter, and it can be hard to know how to prepare for them.
As many of you may know I am a dog sitter so it felt suiting I help a brother/sister out and write out a prep list for y’all.
This list is geared for none-agency/self employed sitters, that’s what I am so that’s what I know and I’m not sure how different things are for agencies. Also the majority of my jobs entail staying at the owner’s home and since that involves the most prepping that’s what the focus will be. Although most of these still apply to read more...
Dog Names That Aren't Fluffy and Fido
You got a new dog, yay! Now to think of a clever name that suites you and your new family member.
Foreign languages, for those of you who want to feel cultured.
*If there’s no, “prouncounced” example it means it’s pronounced exactly how it looks.
Canis - means, “dog” in Latin
Madra - means, “dog” in Irish (pronounced maw-drah)
Cane – means, “dog” in Italian (pron. can)
Kutta – means, “dog” in Hindi (pron. koo-tah)
Skylos – means, “dog” in Greek (pron. ski-lows)
Doggy Arts and Crafts: Finger Painting
Quick survey, how many of you are familiar with Jenna Marbles? If you’re not, A. you should probably get your life together and B. all you need to know is she is a Youtuber/ my spirit animal. In one of her videos she finger painted with her dogs and my initial reaction was, “Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. I am 100% doing this.” So here we are folks, finger painting with my dogs.
Step one of course was going to one of my favorite places… Hobby Lobby! Yay for arts and crafts and a whole bunch of other crap I don’t need. I was concerned about staining my puppies so I hunted down read more...
Cranberry, Coconut, Chicken Biscotti Treat Recipe
1 chicken breast, cooked and chopped
¼ cup dried cranberries
½ cup coconut milk
1 cup brown rice flour
2 Tbs dried coconut
1 Tbs dried peppermint leaves (Soooo this was nonexistent at the store I got supplies at so I skipped this ingredient. It’s not one of my recipe reviews unless something goes wrong. Its just part of the fun.)
· Preheat oven to 400F (or forget and wait till last minute, then sit around and wait for it to preheat like I normally do *sigh*) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
· Combine all your ingredients and knead by hand until all the ingredients are well mixed.
· Form dough into flat logs about 3in wide and 1in high I was very confused by this. Somehow what I gathered from this description was this read more...
Pack List For Adventures
At one point or another we’ve all left something we need for our dog adventures at home. For me it’s the poop bags, one of the worst things to forget as when your dog “does its business.” You don’t have many options if you are bag-less than to just awkwardly walk away and pray nobody, saw especially the authorities.
So here’s a checklist to help keep you a little more organized. “The necessities” are the bare minimum things that you will always need. The, “Other Suggestions” are things you may want to either keep in your car or keep with you depending on the adventure. For those you just need to use your judgment on whether or not they’ll be necessary.
· Water (Don’t let your dogs dehydrate or over heat! Stay on top of giving them water no matter the difficulty of the adventure. This is vital people!)
· Traveling water bowl (mine is collapsible and has a carabiner so I can hook it to my bag for easy access, it’s perfect.)
Taking Your Dog Off-Leash
If you read my blog chances are you take your dog on your fair share of adventures, or you hope to. But I’m curious how any of you take your furry friend off leash where you’re not supposed to… While I’m all for giving your dog a sense of freedom and excitement, I’m also all for the safety of your dog and others.
I know what a lot of you are thinking, “my dog is well behaved and friendly, I’ve spent the last year training it to come to me and I’m not about to let this chick lecture me about the leash laws.” Well my friends, this is not a lecture. I merely want to share some things with you to think about before you let you’re do off leash in an un-permitted area.
Oatmeal, Peanut Butter, and Banana Treat Recipe
1/3 cup peanut butter (chunky or regular)
1 cup whole wheat flour
½ cup oats
½ cup mashed banana
· Preheat oven to 300 degrees F
· Combine all the ingredients into your bowl. There’s really no method here, you just chuck em’ all in there.
· Knead the dough till everything is completely mixed together and it forms into a large ball
Gluten Free Peanut Butter Dog Treat Recipe
½ cup natural peanut butter (I just used regular peanut butter)
2 Tbsp. peanut or canola oil
1 cup water
3 cups gluten free flour
Chopped peanuts *optional ( I just threw in a tad of crunchy peanut butter instead)
· Preheat oven to 350F
· In a large bowl (no seriously use an offensively large bowl, I had to switch to a larger bowl halfway through. Don’t make my mistake.) Mix together peanut butter, oil, and water till smooth