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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.


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

  • 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 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!*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 January 21, 2015 by Lindsey Mattson

    There may still be snow on the ground here at When Pooch Comes to Shove headquarters but that doesn't mean the gardening hasn't begun. From yummy vegetable gardens to fabulous floral displays, the delicate little seedlings are being started. Nestled in the tiny greenhouses, soaking up sunshine from the warm indoors, each little guy will find a home outside as soon as the threat of frost is gone. BUT - then the threat of d-o-g is upon them.

    The soft ground and smells of spring are hard to resist for any pooch. With a little planning and these tips, you can easily dog proof your garden so everyone can enjoy the backyard.

    Dog Proof Your Garden


    When you are planning your dog proof strategy, it is important to make choices that are first, best for your dog, and second, healthy for the plants. Start with landscaping and ground cover that is easy for dogs to walk on and doesn't imbed in the fur of long-haired pups - but also one that will let the ground transfer moisture so mold doesn't grow and your plants can thrive.

    After choosing the base of your gardens, decide on plants that are going to be tough enough to stand up to a romp by Fido. Smaller pups can probably romp through the violets once or twice without a lot of damage but a Labrador may not be so gentle. If you have a rambunctious pup, your best bet might be a hearty foliage garden full of hostas with just a few special annuals scattered about.

    And finally, decide on a grass that will withstand your pups outdoor visits. Artificial lawn will wash up in the rain or with a pressure washer while sturdier grasses can handle the urine burn better than delicate grass varieties. There is also food additives for your pup that will reduce the nitrogen in the urine, stopping the lawn burn and topical treatments  for after Fido does his duty. It is best to review all of your options and make the choice that is best for you and your family.

    Vegetable gardens will typically have a fence to keep out all the critters so it isn't quite as important to follow all of these tips but they are still good to keep in mind.

    Most of all, make it a priority to not choose any plants that could be toxic or cause allergic reactions in your dogs or cats.

    This post was posted in Puppy Parties, Tips and Tricks and was tagged with Pet Nutrition, Pet Grooming, Pet Safety

  • 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.

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    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,

    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 December 10, 2014 by Lindsey Mattson

    With gifts to wrap, meals the plan, and lists to complete, it is a fun but overwhelming time of year. In the weeks leading up to Christmas, my house turns into Santa's workshop with gift wrap, tape and ribbon on the dining room table; a tree full of festive decorations in the living room; and a guest room hiding spot for super-secret toys. With all of the crazy happening, it is easy to forget the pet hazards that all of this holiday fun leaves behind.

    Pet Safety: Holiday Hazards for Dogs #PoochPawty Pet Safety: Holiday Hazards for Dogs #PoochPawty

    My furbaby is an old guy who lays around most of the day, gets up to eat and has to be coaxed outside to potty. He doesn't play much and doesn't get into too much trouble anymore. BUT - this time of year he rolls the age-clock back and turns into a puppy. I don't know why - maybe it is just the hustle and bustle that gets him excited, but once every year we get blindsided and come home to a living room disaster reminding us of the dangers this time of year brings.

    This weekend we came home to candy wrappers ALL OVER! St. Nick arrived on Friday, treats were opened on Saturday morning, and then we left for the parade. That furmonster tore into packages of peanuts and wrappers of taffy - Thankfully it wasn't anything on the list of holiday hazards!

    Please, share this list so everyone know of the holiday dangers in their home. It is a good reminder of what to keep away from your dog and a great reference in case an accident happens so you know the signs and symptoms.

    For our complete list on safe and harmful people foods, click here.

    This post was posted in Puppy Parties, Christmas & Winter, Halloween, Fall & Thanksgiving and was tagged with Pet Safety, Dog Training, Elderly Dog Care

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