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  • Posted on February 18, 2015 by Meeko ThePooch

    Friends of Meeko the Pooch: Blog Posts #PuppyShowers #DogBirthdayParties #PuppyPawties

    WinterTipsOh, the weather outside is…weather. Sadly, I don’t have the Weather Channel, so I’m not sure how cold it really is outside, but I can feel it. My paws hit that frosty grass in the morning and I just know dreaded winter is coming. It’s the time of year where puppies like me are stuck in the house because our tails might freeze off out there. Although it’s chilly, it’s still important to get in your physical activity even in the winter, so I like to get walks in when I can. Here are a couple of tips for your wintry adventures outside:

    Whoa Nelly - Don’t stay outside too long and make those pee breaks quick! Prevent frostbite on your ears, tail and feet by limiting your exposure. Also, take it easy! Your heart is working extra hard to keep you body warm, so don’t be running up a storm. Just like people, a run in the cold is a lot more strenuous than a run when it’s warm.

    Gear Up – Dog boots are not silly! Believe me; you will thank me when you feel the warmth of fleece around your toes. Boots will not only keep you tootsies warm, but they will protect you feet from ice and salt. Also, consider a sweater or coat, especially if you have short hair. Your body needs to keep in all of the heat it can and sometimes your natural coat just won’t cut it.

    Keep Shinin’ – Winter can be harsh on my sensitive skin! The chilly air can make my skin and coat so dry and brittle. Not only does it look bad, but it also reduces my coat’s effectiveness at protecting against the elements. Obviously, drink lots of water (snow doesn't count) to stay hydrated, but also limit your baths and brush regularly to distribute your natural oils. If you get a little stinky, try some pet wipes or pet mist to keep smelling fresh.

    20° or Below, Please Don’t Go - As a rule of thumb, I stay inside if it’s under 20° F. If you are elderly, under 6 months old, sick or injured, you should skip your daily walk routine in any cold weather.

    It OK to be inside if it’s too cold! Make it fun! Play games indoors, learn a new trick, or play with your toys. I heard some dogs even walk on treadmills! Whatever you do, stay safe and warm my pooch friends!

    This post was posted in Puppy Parties, Christmas & Winter and was tagged with Holiday Tips and Tricks, Dodger's Point of View

  • Posted on February 4, 2015 by Meeko ThePooch

    Meeko the Pooch Blog Posts #PuppyShowers #DogBirthdayParties #PuppyPawties

    I like to give all my friends a special treat so I gathered my buddies, Lulu, Buttercup and Hank to bake some fun dog treats to share at the dog park. This was super simple as it began as a box of Puppy Cake mix. I added a few special touches and hot diggity - pawsome treats to share with all my friends!

    Valentine's Day Dog Treat Ideas #PoochPawty

    First, I made the cake batter according to directions. I poured it into a 9x13 pan so it was a really thin layer. After baking for 15 minutes, it was ready! I let it cool then used a small heart-shaped cookie cutter to make the treats.

    To complete them, I mixed the frosting (it's included in the box!) and used a small piping bag to decorate. After drying, these treats were ready to put into baggies and top off with an adorable Valentine's Day sticker I found here on Etsy. They were personalized with my friend's names so they made each treat bag extra special!

    This post was posted in Puppy Parties, Valentines Day, Recipes and was tagged with Do It Yourself Puppy Party Ideas, Pet Nutrition, Holiday Tips and Tricks, Meeko's Point of View, Get Party Trained

  • Posted on December 5, 2014 by Meeko ThePooch

    Meeko the Pooch Blog Posts #PuppyShowers #DogBirthdayParties #PuppyPawties
    Kids don't have all the fun - Get your pooch's wishes into Santa Paws before time runs out! Use this free Official Letter to Santa Paws so your furbabies are sure to get exactly what they want under the tree. Just think about all the tail wags on Christmas morning...

    Letter to Santa Paws - Free Printable from WhenPoochComesToShove.com #PoochPawty

    This Santa Paws letter is also a great way for shelters to ask for much-needed items during the holidays. Since it is a free printable, please download and use as many as you like to get all of those adorable shelter pups taken care of!

    ~Meeko

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    This item is for personal use only. Big Dot of Happiness retains all rights. This item may not be copied, shared, forwarded, sold or distributed.

    Copyright Big Dot Of Happiness, LLC.

    This post was posted in Puppy Parties, Free Printables, Christmas & Winter and was tagged with Puppy Care, Holiday Tips and Tricks, Meeko's Point of View

  • Posted on October 8, 2014 by Meeko ThePooch

    We are happy to host Brandi Elliott, author of Death by Chocolate Lab, with her tips on including your pup in all of life's celebrations.

    There are so many benefits of owning a dog, it is no wonder we would want to share our lives with them, and that can include our parties. Here are some easy ways to make sure that your four-legged friend is included in your next get-together.

    1. Location, Location, Location!

    This really is the cardinal rule for so many things. If you want to include dogs at your party, make sure that you host the party at a dog-friendly locale. Places like backyards, beaches, or safe parks can be ideal. Just make sure to do your homework to ensure that both pup and guests will be happy.

    Leopard Dog Party Supplies #PuppyShower #DogBirthdayParty #PoochPawty

    2. Include Fido on the Invite

    When sending out your invitations, make sure it is clear that everyone is welcome to bring their best friend, furry or not! Check out these cute invitations.

    3. Make Puppies Feel at Home with Toys!

    Don't forget your manners. You've invited them, you should make sure they are having a good time. Guests will love to see them running around playing, not to mention it will be a good conversation starter.

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    4. Don't Forget to Feed 'em!

    You wouldn't throw a party and not have food and drinks for your guests, would you? That includes your canine guests, too. Time to break out those treat recipes. Try this no bake recipe. Remember to provide plenty of fresh water.

    No matter what you are celebrating, you can include your favorite pooch at the party. Just keep these things in mind when planning and all your guests will have a blast!

    Hot Diggity Dog Dog Party Supplies #PuppyShower #DogBirthdayParty #PoochPawty

    About Brandi Elliott

    I am the mommy of one rambunctious yet loveable mutt, Coco, and an old cranky kitty, Spooky.  I love cooking and baking treats and have a passion for learning new things.  I love Westerns, reading, and giving quality belly rubs. I can usually be found relaxing with my husband, watching sporting events–mostly against my will.  You can read more about my crazy life with Coco and Co. at http://deathbychocolatelab.blogspot.com/

    This post was posted in Puppy Parties, Everyday Parties, Tips and Tricks, Birthday Parties and was tagged with Get Party Trained

  • Posted on September 17, 2014 by Meeko ThePooch

    Meeko the Pooch Blog Posts #PuppyShowers #DogBirthdayParties #PuppyPawties

    You know the basics of planning a dog party - Invitations, party favors, and some snacks and water to keep everyone happy. But what happens if you forget something? And your guests start showing up? And you don't have time to run to the store for the last-minute party supplies? And your dog party is a disaster!!!

    Don't risk it by relying on memory to get your party planned. This free printable dog party checklist will keep you on task and ready for anything - because we all know, "it" happens and you better have some poopoo bags to take care of it.

    Free Printable Dog Party Checklist #PoochPawty #Printables #Free

    Click here > to open a printable version of our checklist and get your party started!

    As you check off your to-do list, you may end up with a few more questions about planning a pawsome dog party. Get party trained with this blog post and feel free to ask us anything - we are here to help you host a memorable pooch pawty!

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    This item is for personal use only. Big Dot of Happiness retains all rights. This item may not be copied, shared, forwarded, sold or distributed.

    Copyright Big Dot Of Happiness, LLC.

    This post was posted in Puppy Parties, Free Printables, Tips and Tricks, DIY Party Ideas, Birthday Parties and was tagged with Hank's Point of View, Get Party Trained

  • Posted on August 6, 2014 by Meeko ThePooch

    Meeko the Pooch Blog Posts #PuppyShowers #DogBirthdayParties #PuppyPawties
    You don't want your dog party to be a barking bore with the same dog party supplies you can find everywhere BUT you also don't want to spend your entire weekend crafting - That's precious dog park time and we know you will never give that up!

    Creating a pawsome dog party doesn't have to be a ton of work and now it has gotten even easier. These shaped cut outs will help you create all the do it yourself party favors you can imagine!
    Do It Youself Dog Party Favors: Shaped Cut Outs #PoochPawty

    Shaped paper cut outs come in three designs, 12 large puppy cut outs, 6 medium paw cut outs and 6 medium bone cut outs, all perfectly coordinated with the Puppy Girl dog party theme.

    Party Craft ONE // Punch two holes in the center of a bone-shaped cut out. Thread with ribbon and tie around a doggie treat bag for a fun party favor.

    Party Craft TWO // Cut a length of thin ribbon and attach a gold brad to the center. Punch two holes just beneath the puppy's chin and thread the ribbon though so the brad is in the middle-front, like a dog tag. Tie around a rawhide or bone treat.

    Party Craft THREE // Attach any of the paper cut outs to a toothpick and insert into your cupcake treats - both puppy cakes or human cupcakes.

    Party Craft FOUR // Wrap your party utensils in a fun napkin and tie off with a ribbon that has been threaded through a hole in one of the paper cut outs for a super fun napkin ring!

    **All holes were punched with a small, 1/8 inch hole punch, like this one.

    Do It Youself Dog Party Favors: Shaped Cut Outs #PoochPawty

    Want to make your own pawsome dog party favors? Click here to order your paper cut out kit! (pssst - they are also great for scrapbooking!)

    This post was posted in Puppy Parties, Birthday Parties and was tagged with Do It Yourself Puppy Party Ideas, Meeko's Point of View, Get Party Trained

  • Posted on July 9, 2014 by Meeko ThePooch

    You know how excitement feels? That uncontrollable tail wagging that happens when you wait all.day.long. for Mom to come home and then she finally shows up - with TREATS! Yeah, we were that kind of excited when we were asked to appear on the Fox45 Good Day Baltimore morning show.

    Fox 45 Baltimore Puppy Party: Host Megan Gilliland and Big Dot Owner, Sherri Yukel, show how to celebrate man's best friend #PoochPawty #Baltimore

    Host Megan Gilliland and Big Dot of Happiness owner, Sherri Yukel, help you get party trained. Watch the video to learn how you can celebrate your pooch with a puppy shower or bruffday party.

    With snacks for the 4-legged friends and 2-legged friends, party favors for everyone and yummy cake to celebrate, this puppy party will make everyone drool. Get party trained with WhenPoochComesToShove.com and out partner, BigDotOfHappiness.com!

    Fox 45 Baltimore Puppy Party: Host Megan Gilliland and Big Dot Owner, Sherri Yukel, show how to celebrate man's best friend #PoochPawty #Baltimore

    This post was posted in Puppy Parties, Meet Big Dot and was tagged with Do It Yourself Puppy Party Ideas, Chevron Boy Party Ideas, Videos, Meeko's Point of View, Get Party Trained

  • Posted on June 27, 2014 by Meeko ThePooch

    Friends of Meeko the Pooch: Blog Posts #PuppyShowers #DogBirthdayParties #PuppyPawties

    Adventurous pups never pass up a good time so when we had the chance to sponsor a pooch in the Wiener Dog Race at the Menomonie SummerDaze Festival, the answer was YES! Our team looked fabulous in the bright shirts and our racer, Ella, was ready to run in a When Pooch Comes To Shove party hat and cape created by crafty pawty trainer, Jessy.

    SummerDaze Wiener Dog Races in Menomonie, WI - WhenPoochComesToShove.com #PoochPawty

    Ella strutted her stuff in the costume contest then got down to business as she prepared to blow the competition away with her speedy little legs. Running in multiple heats, the crowd had a great time watching these adorable dogs racing down main street.

    SummerDaze Wiener Dog Races in Menomonie, WI - WhenPoochComesToShove.com #PoochPawty

    She may not have won the race, but this little girl is always top dog in our hearts. Can she be any cuter?!? This little lady and all the other racers definitely earned themselves a gift bag full of goodies from WhenPoochComesToShove.com. We put together the perfect summer treat bag in our Hot Diggity Dog party theme, complete with decorated water bottles and a bow tie, a Bark Bar treat and gift certificate for their own pooch pawty.

    SummerDaze Wiener Dog Races in Menomonie, WI - WhenPoochComesToShove.com #PoochPawty

    A special thanks to Main Street of Menomonie Inc. for the fun evening and Custom Ink for the marvelous shirts. We KNOW that cape gave our pooch super hero speed.

    Do you want to see more of the pups? Click here for the SummerDaze video.

    This post was posted in Puppy Parties, Real Parties and was tagged with Dodger's Point of View, Get Party Trained

  • Posted on June 25, 2014 by Meeko ThePooch

    When Anna's furbaby turned one, it was time for a celebration - a Hot Diggity Dog Party that everyone would want an invite to. For Pollyanna's first birthday party, Anna hosted a sausage fest that got all the neighborhood dogs drooling. From her epic grill-out to local brews and of course, custom dog party decorations, the event was a success. Everyone enjoyed the sunshine, the food and the fun - especially Pollyanna!

    Pollyanna's Sausage Fest: Hot Diggity Dog Party Ideas and Decorations #PoochPawty

    Pollyanna's Sausage Fest: Hot Diggity Dog Party Ideas and Decorations #PoochPawty

    "Thanks for coming, guys!"

    Pollyanna's Sausage Fest: Hot Diggity Dog Party Ideas and Decorations #PoochPawty

    Check out the photo album of my barking-good party here. I can't wait to see what Mom plans for my birthday party next year...

    Pollyanna's Sausage Fest: Hot Diggity Dog Party Ideas and Decorations #PoochPawty

    This post was posted in Puppy Parties, Real Parties, Birthday Parties and was tagged with Hot Diggity Dog, Do It Yourself Puppy Party Ideas, Meeko's Point of View, Get Party Trained

  • Posted on June 9, 2014 by Meeko ThePooch

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    Decoration Kit DIY Ideas #PoochPawty #PuppyParty

    My mom loves to save some money but always want so put on a great pawty for me and my furry pals.  That's why she got so excited when she found these Centerpiece Kits from WhenPoochComesToShove.com. With 1 large centerpiece, 2 scalloped circles & stands, and 36 confetti pieces, the possibilities for are endless on how mom can make my pawty YOU-nique for me!

    1. Rosette Fans are a Breeze // Dress up a simple tissue paper rosette by hot gluing a few pieces of confetti in the center. It helps to carry the them around the room and adds a punch of color!
    2. Dress Up Your Drinks // With a small hole punch, turn your confetti into themed hang tags and add them to your glasses with some twine. It's all in the details!
    3. Pin It Details // Take a mini clothespin and attach the scalloped confetti to your napkins. This simple detail can also be added to favor bags or other goodies too!
    4. Divide and Conquer // Split up the stand and the accordion centerpiece to get more bang for your buck! Add a few piece of confetti around the base of the stands to help fill in some table space.

    Mom was able to decorate the whole party under budget and it everything looked pawsome! The centerpiece kits made is so easy for mom that she had a ton of extra time to spoil me with love!

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    This post was posted in Puppy Parties, Birthday Parties and was tagged with Do It Yourself Puppy Party Ideas, Lulu's Point of View, Get Party Trained

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