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  • Posted on January 12, 2016 by Lindsey Mattson

    When Pooch Comes to Shove - Dog Party Ideas

    This post was posted in Puppy Parties and was tagged with Get Party Trained

  • Posted on April 22, 2015 by Lindsey Mattson

    Humane associations are always looking for donations as they are in constant need for their furry friends trying to find a fur-ever home. You can help with these fun ways to raise money for your local humane association. From friends and family celebrations to huge community events, every little bit helps!

    1. Host a Dog Party

    Diesel's Mom, Iris, has been planning dog birthday parties for him his whole life. Each of these events is hosted to raise money for their local animal rescue. This year, they used our Chevron Boy Bruffday party theme to style this fantastic event. What an amazing way to gather friends and family for a celebration while honoring a charity that is close to everyone's heart. Happy Birthday, Diesel!

    Fundraising Ideas for Humane Associations: Bruffday Party

    SHOP Chevron Boy Bruffday // SHOP Photo Booth Props

    2. Organize a Car Wash/Dog Wash

    If you have a local business who is willing to offer outdoor space - or better yet, at the shelter parking lot to bring even more awareness - You and some friends can offer up your services to clean pups and trucks! Just be sure to promote your event on social media early enough so you get the word out about your event.

    3. Holiday Ornaments

    During the holidays, you can sell handmade ornaments at your local pet stores or other animal-friendly shops. Think about coffee shops that cater to dogs, local retailers who love pups and cruelty-free cosmetic or beauty shops who care about animals.

    4. Host a Dog-Friendly Run-Walk

    Run/walk events are super popular for everyone but a lot don't allow for dogs to also attend. Host a pooch-friendly event through a park or at a hiking trail so everyone can participate. With the right promotion and a reasonable entry fee, you are sure to get a good turn-out AND have a nice donation to your local rescue.

    Are you trying to raise money for your local charity? What kind of events are you planning? Tell us below!

    This post was posted in Puppy Parties, Everyday Parties, Real Parties and was tagged with Do It Yourself Puppy Party Ideas, Chevron Boy Party Ideas, Get Party Trained

  • Posted on March 4, 2015 by Lindsey Mattson

    In our previous post, Feeding Fido: Safe People Food for Dogs, we gave a short list of what is -and is not- safe for your precious pooch to eat. This additional list of unsafe people foods for dogs is another quick reference of what to keep out of Fido's reach. These foods can make your pup very sick and many are toxic. Being diligent of what you have in front of your pup will keep them healthy and happy as well as give you peace of mind when you leave them alone in the house.


    Alcohol // This should be obvious given the effects it has on adults. If consumed, your dog will experience weakness, vomiting and low blood pressure. It can even cause coma and death.

    Apple, Apricot, Cherry and Plum Seeds or Pits //  The problem with these fruits is the inside pits or seeds. They contain cyanide which enables the red blood cells to properly carry oxygen to cells. This causes vomiting, irregular and fast heartbeat, seizures, coma and even death.

    Avocado // These have a toxic compound called Persin that causes vomiting and diarrhea.

    Broccoli // This vegetable is dangerous in large doses but should still be avoided. It  contains isothiocyanate.

    Caffeine // The methylxanthines in caffeinated foods cause potentially fatal diarrhea, vomiting, seizures and irregular heart beats.

    Chives // This is dangerous to both dogs and cats as they may cause anemia.

    Chocolate // This is dangerous for the same reasons as caffeine with the same effects of potentially fatal diarrhea, vomiting, seizures and irregular heart beats.

    Garlic // This is dangerous to both dogs and cats as they may cause anemia

    Grapes and Raisins // This fruit has the potential to cause fatal kidney failure.

    Ham // The fat content of this meat may cause pancreatitis.

    Macadamia Nuts // Although it is unknown why, this nut causes vomiting, weakness, joint pain and inflammation.

    Milk & Dairy Products // Though not fatal, these foods may cause diarrhea and gas if your dog is lactose intolerant.

    Mushrooms // May cause kidney and liver failure, vomiting, diarrhea, hallucination and damage to red blood cells. Although this only pertains to certain varieties, it is best to avoid all to be safe.

    Nutmeg // This spice may cause hallucinations and severe vomiting.

    Onions // This vegetable has the potential to cause fatal oxidation of red blood cells leading to anemia.

    Salt // This includes rock salt and homemade playdough as excessive amounts can cause tremors, seizures and coma.

    Spicy Food // Increasing the spices of any dish your dog may get into has the potential to cause vomiting, stomach ulcers or diarrhea.

    Sugar-Free Gum & Candy (Xylitol) // This chemical causes a potentially fatal drop in blood sugar followed by severe liver damage.

    Tobacco // Nicotine will cause excitement leading to vomiting and tremors that are usually followed by fatal paralysis.

    Yeast Dough // Yeast will create a buildup of gas in a pet’s stomach, leading to severe pain and life threatening torsion or rupture of the stomach.


    Infographic and food information via www.petsbest.com.

    This post was posted in Puppy Parties, Recipes and was tagged with Pet Nutrition, Pet Safety, Puppy Care, Get Party Trained

  • Posted on February 11, 2015 by Lindsey Mattson

    There have been a lot of things going on at Big Dot Of Happiness, our partner party supply store. One is the addition of a retail store where you can be inspired by the window displays, pick out the perfect party supplies and order custom printed decorations that will be ready the same day with in-store pick-up*. We are all crazy for our pups and the party experts over at Big Dot aren't any different. It isn't odd to see Karma, the little brown poodle, running about scavenging for treats. Or the larger-than-life Great Dane puppy who now stands much taller than any of our desks, George, who stops by for visits on snow days.

    Favorite dog friendly stores that allow you to shop with your dog.

    With all of the fun happening, it was easy to start to wonder what other retail stores are dog-friendly. We decided to dig in and figure out just what stores allow you to shop with your dog.

    The Standards // These are the stores you would expect to find on any dog-friendly store list.

    Petco, Petsmart, That Pet Place, Doctors Fosters and Smith, and most local pet stores - These are retail stores that focus on pet products and supplies. They love seeing your dog's fuzzy little face and probably even have a treat or two behind the counter for them.

    The DIYers // These are stores for you and your furry best friend as you shop for the perfect home improvement supplies or try to complete that DIY project you started waaay tooo long ago.

    Lowes & Home Depot - That furry face has watched your struggle through that DIY project or dodged the demo part of the home improvement project so he probably deserves to go for a ride and help you pick out the rest of your project supplies at one of these stores.

    The Man Malls // This is what The Hubbs calls these stores but I like shopping here too. The fact that I can bring my pup makes them that much more awesome!

    Bass Pro Shop & Tractor Supply Co. and other local hardware, farm, feed stores - You could probably find a cute hat for you and a dog treat for Fido so you all leave happy!

    The Unexpected // These shops surprised me but mostly it is up to the manager so as long as they don't serve food, most will be OK with Fido helping you pick out an outfit!

    Macy's, Bloomingdale's, Nordstrom's, Sak's Fifth Avenue, Old Navy - You are even more likely to be welcomed by these stores if they are located in a strip mall as shoppers typically come to these areas to walk their pup and window shop.

    The Tricky // I commend these stores for welcoming Fido but I don't think I would bring a large dog as their swishing tail may get you purchasing something you would rather not!

    Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware and other home and fixture stores - since they don't serve food, they are typically dog-friendly.

    Their may be many more local options depending on your location. Your best bet is to call ahead and confirm so you don't wind up someplace Fido isn't welcome.

    And, if you find yourself near Menomonie, WI, stop in at the Big Dot Local Party Store and let us help you plan a dog party. We promise to keep your pup occupied with lots of pets and snuggles while you shop!

    Big Dot Party Store and Events in Menomonie, Wisconsin // Contact us to see how we can help make your party remarkable! funevents@bigdotofhappiness.com*Same-day printing and pick-up of personalized party supplies applies to local orders received before 12 pm CST. If we receive your order after 12 pm CST, your order will be ready for pick-up the next day.

    This post was posted in Puppy Parties and was tagged with Window Shopping Wednesday, Get Party Trained

  • 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 31, 2014 by Lindsey Mattson

    Hot Diggity Dog Party Ideas and Decorations #PoochPawty #DogParty

    1. Do It Yourself Craft Tags // Craft tags are a great way to bring your dog party theme to life. They add the little extra-special touches to your event that everyone will remember. Pollyanna's mom used they to dress up her utensil holders and floral centerpieces.

    2. Custom Dog Hat // Nothing is cuter than a dog in a hat - and these are personalized to make them that much better! Order one for your furbaby or a bunch for all of your guests. Both human and dog friends won't be able to resist wearing them.

    3. Bone-Shaped Cut Outs // Bone-shaped cut outs are another great DIY party essential. Use a hole punch and some ribbon to dress up your utensil wraps; attach them to fishing line to make a fun banner or scatter them like table confetti.

    4. Gold Sixlets Candy // Gold Sixlets party candy will be a fab addition to your buffet table. The shimmering gold candy coating will add some party pizzazz to your event. They look amazing in clear containers and can be eaten alone or used to top off an ice cream sundae. And, because they are carob, you don't have to worry if one of the pooches accidentally nabs one (just be sure to keep it out of reach so they don't get into them on purpose).

    5. Pooch Bow Tie // Make sure your guest of honor is dressed to impress. A Hot Diggity Dog bow tie will make your pooch look pawsome and give plenty of photo ops for your guests. Who wouldn't want a picture with an adorable pup in a bow tie and party hat?

    6. Custom Dog Party Banner // An impressive addition to your backyard or at the front door, a custom dog party banner is a must have! Not only will it make your event perfectly themed and festive, it will give your guests a great place to gather for photos.

    Now that you have your dog party foundations, it is time to celebrate your pooch and
    SHOP Hot Diggity Dog Party >

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    see ALL of Pollyanna's party here >

    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 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

    - 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 November 19, 2014 by Lindsey Mattson

    Do you have a fuzzy little fur-baby who has been at your side through thick and thin? Maybe they let you dress them up for the holidays (or maybe just because it is Tuesday) and maybe they dance around pulling out all of their tricks to entertain you. Maybe they are so excited to see you they can't.even.bark. Then maybe your furry friend deserves a puppy party!

    If you have just started researching how to host a puppy party, it could be overwhelming. It is one of the newest trends in puppy love so it can be hard to find information let alone dog party supplies especially for your pup.

    Begin by printing our free How to Throw a Puppy Party downloadable and then don't be afraid to get dirty digging around our dog party website. You will find a ton of free printables, recipes and even personalized dog party supplies to give your pooch the celebration they deserve. Now - Sit. Stay.

    Free Dog Party Printale - How to Host a Puppy Party #PoochPawtyTERMS OF USE:
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    This post was posted in Puppy Parties, Free Printables and was tagged with Do It Yourself Puppy Party Ideas, Get Party Trained

  • Posted on November 12, 2014 by Lindsey Mattson

    Dog Cake Ideas: Where to get a Dog Cake #PoochPawtyWhere do I find a dog cake? This is a question we have heard numerous times and there are many great options to fit your time and budget. From fancy treats to feed the whole pack to single cupcakes for one special pup, here are a few ideas of where to start when you are looking for a dog birthday cake or a puppy shower cake.

    1. Order It & Ship It
    If you have it in your dog party budget and if you have the time to wait for it to arrive, there are numerous online options for ordering a puppy cake. Etsy or Dog Cakes for Dogs are great sources. Dog Cakes for Dogs offers cakes for all dog party occasions. They have custom dog cakes that look like your pup which are perfect for dog birthday parties or puppy showers. They also have Bark Mitzvah cakes and pupcakes. Too fun! Of course, there are other options for online ordering but Dog Cakes for Dogs had a great variety.

    2. Order It & Pick It Up
    Finding a local bakery that will make a dog cake isn't an option for everyone. If you are lucky enough to have one nearby, you will be able to work directly with the baker to create a custom cake, with choices of flavor, decoration and shape. Three Dog Bakery is a popular chain and you might but be lucky enough to have one by you! Go to the bottom of the page and search your state to see if there is a local bakery.

    How to host a dog birthday party #PuppyShower #DogBirthdayParty #PoochPawty

    3. Make It Yourself - From Scratch!
    This may seem like a huge task at first but making your own dog cake is actually quite easy. There are numerous recipes online and you can even use a fun bone-shaped baking pan to bake it in. You can even make pupcakes for individual treats. There are a lot of dog cupcake recipes as well but we found this one and simply couldn't resist the adorable pup being celebrated. Check out Calvin and his Easy Peanut Butter Cupcakes for Dogs.

    4. Make It Yourself - From a Mix, shhhh...
    Your last option is to make a yummy dog cake from a box mix. These work just like a people cake mix with similar ingredients, minus the sugar. They are super easy and can be made into a cake or cupcakes - we won't tell it came from a mix!

    After you have decided on the right dog cake for you, it is time to make sure your puppy knows just how to eat it!

    How to Properly Eat a Puppy Cake #PuppyShower #DogBirthdayParty #PuppyPawty

    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 November 5, 2014 by Lindsey Mattson

    Style a dog-gone fun pooch party with a Leopard dog party theme. This fun animal print is great for any occasion and will look perfect with your favorite accent color. This event used pinks to make it super girly for Ruby's first birthday.

    Animal Print Dog Party Ideas: Leopard Party Theme #PoochPawty

    1. Die Cut Tags // One of the most versatile craft supplies for any event, die cut tags looked fabulous tied to treat jars. The personalization is just one more reason to add them to all of your buffet containers and doggie treat bags.

    2. Poster // Custom posters fill you party space with a grand statement - and they look great afterward hung above food and water bowls or above your pooches bed.

    3. Water Bottle Labels // Every pooch party is going to have fresh water for the pups. You won't want to ruin your table display with the ugly store labels so be sure to dress up the bottles with these fun wrappers.

    4. Banner // Greet guests at the door when you hang a custom banner at the entrance. This impressive party banner can even be hung outside on a fence or balcony if the forecast doesn't call for rain.

    5. Treats // Don't forget about your people guests! Offer them some sweet treats in your party's accent color - just be sure to keep them away from the pups.

    6. Pooch Bow Tie // And of course, everyone should come dressed for the pawty. A fun bow tie on all of the pups is sure to elicit some photo ops!

    Now that you have your party foundations, it is time to celebrate your pooch and
    SHOP Leopard Dog Party >

    This post was posted in Puppy Parties, Real Parties, Birthday Parties and was tagged with Do It Yourself Puppy Party Ideas, Get Party Trained

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