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Holiday Tips and Tricks

  • Posted on February 18, 2015 by Meeko ThePooch

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    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

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    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 17, 2014 by Lindsey Mattson

    The countdown has begun and we are getting ready for a fab Christmas celebration with the family pups. This easy no-sew bow tie is the perfect gift from Santa Paws but, with some fun fabric in different colors, you can quickly have an entire wardrobe and be ready for any occasion!

    DIY No Sew Bow Tie For Dogs #PoochPawySanta Paws came early this year and brought two festive bow ties wrapped with JOY tags in blue and red from the holiday collection at our partner site, BigDotOfHappiness.com.

    Follow these easy instructions to create your own no-sew bow ties for all of your favorite pups! Then print out this Letter to Santa Paws and you have an adorable -early- Christmas gift for all the dogs in your life.

    Once you have the steps down, get crazy with color and patterns. There are custom tags for all of your bow tie gifts!

    DIY No Sew Bow Tie For Dogs #PoochPawy

    THE SUPPLY LIST:
    - Fabric Scrap, cut into 3 pieces
    - Small Ponytail Holder
    - Hot Glue Gun & Scissors
    - Tag & Ribbon with Bag for Gifting

    STEP 1 | Cut 3 pieces of fabric:
    2 - 5” x 7”
    1 - 1.5” x 4”
    On the 2 large pieces: Glue the long sides onto each other.  Overlap one piece more than the other for two rectangles, one with a slightly smaller width than the other.

    STEP 2 | On the 2 large pieces, glue the short sides onto each other. Overlap one piece more than the other for two rectangles, one with a slightly smaller length than the other.

    STEP 3 | On the 1 smallest piece: Glue the long ends onto each other, similar to how you did it on the first large piece.

    STEP 4 | Stack your larger pieces, smaller rectangle on top. It is starting to look like a bow tie now. Wrap with smallest piece under as the center band and lay ponytail holder across the stacked pieces.

    STEP 5 | Snip the ends of the smallest center piece so they just slightly overlap and glue, being careful not to glue the ponytail holder.  Fluff and shape to be the perfect bow tie!

    STEP 6 | Slide collar through the ponytail holder so your pooch can proudly wear their new festive bow tie - or wrap for gifting.

    To gift, slide into a bag (we used clear), and tie off with a tag and ribbon.

    DIY No Sew Bow Tie For Dogs #PoochPawy

    This post was posted in Puppy Parties, Tips and Tricks, DIY Party Ideas and was tagged with Do It Yourself Puppy Party Ideas, Holiday Tips and Tricks, Get Party Trained

  • Posted on December 5, 2014 by Meeko ThePooch

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    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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    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 June 23, 2014 by Stephanie Pronschinske

    4th of July celebrations are just not for your two-legged friends, include your pooch and their four-legged friends in your party. Have special treats, games, and refreshments for the dogs to enjoy. The dogs and their owners will have a blast celebrating together.

    Free Printable 4th of July Dog Treat Tags

    I used free printable 4th of July tags from our partner, BigDotOfHappiness.com to decorate treats for the pups that will be attending our 4th of July party. I bought different types of rawhide sticks that I slid through the tags and will use them as décor on our buffet until the pups are ready for a snack. I also used the bottle tag available on the printable to decorate dishes for the buffet table. Check out BigDotOfHappiness.com's blog for more 4th of July party ideas, we love what they did with their blue chevron and red chevron designs to decorate a 4th of July party.

    4th of July Dog Treats

    Psst...Don't forget to download the free 4th of July printable and send us your 4th of July pictures!

    4th of July Tags Printable(click to download and print)
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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, Fourth of July, Free Printables and was tagged with Do It Yourself Puppy Party Ideas, Holiday Tips and Tricks

  • Posted on January 9, 2014 by Stephanie Pronschinske

    Don’t forget about your fur-babies this Valentine’s Day. They want a special treat, too! Whipping up a Valentine's Day Treat for your pooch will be a cinch with this no bake Puppy Peanut Butter Balls recipe from Pretty Fluffy and our bone-shaped cut-out tags. The recipe is easy, fast, healthy and the perfect puppy treat.

    Valentine's Day Treat For Your Pooch

    Puppy Peanut Butter Balls Recipe
    credit // recipe inspiration from Pretty Fluffy

    What You’ll Need:

    ½ Cup Low Fat Milk (or dairy-free soy/almond milks for dogs with allergies)
    1 Cup Peanut Butter
    3 Cups Rolled Oats

    How To Make It:

    1. Combine milk and peanut butter until it forms a paste - a mixer will help speed up the process.
    2. Slowly add the oats so that they are fully coated and no dry spots form. You will have a thick mixture - and you will be glad you used a mixer.
    3. Scoop out with a tablespoon and roll into little balls.
    4. Place balls on lined tray and refrigerate.

    Pawsome Tips:

    This recipe makes 20-25 Peanut Butter Balls.

    The Peanut Butter Balls can last up to 2 weeks stored in the fridge.

    Add some extra love:

    Use our Chevron Girl Bruffday Bone-Shaped Cut-Outs to add an extra Valentine's Day touch to the Peanut Butter Balls. Using a hot glue gun place glue around the edges of one of the bone-shaped cut-outs and place a white lollipop stick on the cut-out. Then on top of the lollipop stick place a matching cut-out and tada you have festive Valentine's Day decor to stick in the middle of the Puppy Peanut Butter Balls.

    Pssst...Treats are not only for Valentine's Day, they are also an important part of keeping your two-legged and four-legged friends entertained at puppy pawties.

     

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    This post was posted in Puppy Parties, Recipes and was tagged with Holiday Tips and Tricks, Recipes

  • Posted on November 18, 2013 by Meeko ThePooch

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    Well, I am officially shunned to the DOG HOUSE - Mom is not at all happy with my actions today. She baked some tasty brownies for the family and I decided to take it upon myself to have a treat too! Luckily I got my paws on one sitting on the table and not the whole pan from the stove because she told me my tummy wasn’t going to feel O.K. and boy is she right.

    Dog Shaming - Bownie-Eating Pooch #PoochPawtyAs soon as she found me outside, you know, doing my thing… she hopped onto www.petmd.com to check out the dog chocolate toxicity meter and make sure I didn’t need to go to the vet. Thank goodness I don’t - I really do not want my temperature taken until I feel better.

    Click here to see the Dog Chocolate Toxicity Meter.

    Using this chocolate toxicity tool is really easy. Simply enter in your dogs weight, type of chocolate consumed and the amount. It then tells you what to expect as far as behavior and if you need to take your dog to the vet. As always, if your gut tells you to take your pooch in because he isn’t acting like himself, please do!

    Now for my fellow pooch friends, please, please stay away from the baked goodies - I had enough for all of us today!

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

  • Posted on November 4, 2013 by Michelle Thatcher

    With Halloween over and all of the ghouls and goblins carefully packed away for another year, I’m sure many of you are shifting your thoughts to the fast-approaching Thanksgiving holiday. As you gather this year with your family and friends to give thanks for your many blessings, I thought I would share a few easy ways to make the day fun and festive for your furry friends as well.

    Start by taking your pet for a walk and a little exercise, this will help relieve some of the anxiety your pet may experience with a house full of guests. While many guests will want to ooh and ahh over your four-legged friend, letting your pet set the tone when it comes to interacting with your guests is probably a good idea. Many pets love the attention, but providing a quiet place where they can retreat and escape the excitement of the day is also a very good idea.

    EOS Turkey Pumpkin Dog Treats - Grain-Free Dog Treats for the HolidaysWhen it comes dinner, I’m sure many of you will enjoy the traditional turkey, dressing, potatoes & gravy. What sounds like a delicious Thanksgiving dinner for you and your guests, can actually be poor food choices when it comes to your pet’s diet. A good way to keep your furry friend from nibbling on table scraps that may be harmful to their health is to provide him or her with a suitable snack in the same Thanksgiving theme. I found this bag of Turkey with Pumpkin dog treats by Plato Treats.

    While this is just one of the many healthy choices out there, keeping a few close to the dinner table will keep your pooch from begging for that unhealthy table scrap.

    Zanies Football Dog ToySo the meal is over and it’s time for some football right? Whether you plan to relax and watch the game on TV or gather outside for a little backyard fun, your pet will want to be in on the action too. Dogs love things they can play with and chew on - and in keeping with the theme of the day, how about a football chew toy. You’re guaranteed to score some points with this Sports Star football Dog Toy by Zanies.

     

    A couple other things to keep in mind when entertaining this holiday season:

    *Keep candles out of pets reach, an innocent wag of a tail could prove dangerous.

    *Pets are attracted to bright colorful things, aluminum foil and other food wrappings, and if ingested, can lodge in your pet’s throat.

    *Keep garbage containers closed, animals are curious creatures and many food scraps found in the garbage can be harmful to their health.

    *When traveling over the holidays, check to make sure your pet is welcome. What’s allowed at your house may not be acceptable at others.

    *Lastly humans aren’t the only ones with things to be thankful for over the holidays, animals of all kinds are thankful for a warm house, a good meal and a loving owner. So give your pet an extra hug and keep the Happy in Thanksgiving this holiday season.

    This post was posted in Puppy Parties, Halloween, Fall & Thanksgiving and was tagged with Holiday Tips and Tricks, Get Party Trained

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