Christmas is right around the corner and I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty excited to give my beloved Border Collies their Christmas presents. Their stocking are hung by the
chimney laundry room with care, in hopes that dog bones and tennis balls soon will be there!
Today’s fun fact? According to Petfinder.com 40% of dog owners hang stockings for their pets and 63% will give them presents.
Maverick and Kinsey are ready for Christmas!
What did you get your babies for Christmas this year?
Did you know that dogs have a third eyelid? It helps keep the surface of their eyes clean and protects them. I tend to notice it the most on Bloo when he’s falling asleep. As his little eyes are slowly closing, the third eyelid starts to close as well. It comes from the tear-duct area. Most mammals, in fact, have a third eyelid except for humans and pigs.
Sometimes our fun facts are a bit random, too. 🙂 Oh, and a word to the wise. Never search “canine third eyelid” on Google Images. Trust me.
Happy Friday, everyone!
Are you starting to get into the holiday spirit? Cooler weather is just around the corner (high of 59 on Monday!), and decorations are starting to pop up across Houston. For me, part of getting into the spirit of things is to plan out my baking. Pfeffernusse, Pumpkin Bread, and Chrismas Wreath Cookies are all on my to-bake list. But why not bake a little something for Fido, too? This recipe for Bacon Bark Chips from the adorable Spoon Fork Bacon blog will be a huge hit with your little fur babies!
Bacon “Bark” Sticks (Makes 24)
1¼ cups fat free milk
1 tablespoon honey
4 tablespoons bacon fat
¼ cup bacon, crumbled
2¼ cups whole wheat flour
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, honey, bacon fat, and bacon.
3. Stir the flour in, ½ cup at a time until full incorporated.
4. Knead the dough until fully combined.
5. Roll the dough out onto a lightly floured surface into a 4” by 12” rectangle.
6. Using a pizza cutter, cut out 4” by ½” sticks until all the dough has been used.
7. Line the sticks on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 30 to 35 minutes.
8. Cool completely before serving.
9. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.
(Be sure to check out the delicious recipes for humans at the Spoon Fork Bacon blog. Honeycrisp and Bourbon Spiced Cider, Mashed Purple Sweet Potatoes with Maple Butter and Toasted Pecans, YUM!!)
Have you made homemade treats for your pets before? What are some of your favorite recipes?
Given that my Maverick baby was deathly ill this week, I thought I would share some tips for calming an upset tummy.
- Replace Fido’s regular food with boiled chicken and rice. This is easy to digest and the rice will “bind him up,” as my vet says. Also, the rice has a lot of water in it, so that’s a great way to keep your baby hydrated if he’s not interested in water.
- A few of my Facebook friends told me things like squash and pumpkin puree are easy on the tummy. Thanks guys! I didn’t know that 🙂
- Look into adding vitamin supplements to his food if he’s loosing a lot of fluids. I’ve been told you can give your dog Pedialyte to replace lost electrolytes.
- Lastly, plain yogurt can help aid in digestion. A spoonful will do. Too much dairy can make a problem worse.
Stay tuned for Halloween inspired post by Lindsay, coming soon!
Have you heard of a group call Paws on Patios? Interested in learning about their fight to make Houston a more dog friendly city? Check out (and Like!) their Facebook page here.
For your further reading pleasure, here is the current list of dog friend patios!
Food Establishments with HDHHS Approved Dog Patioss
Ziggy’s Bar & Grill – 302 Fairview, 77006
Barnaby’s Café/Baby Barnaby’s – 604 Fairview, 77006
Barnaby’s Café – 1701 S. Shepherd, 77019
Barnaby’s Café – 5750 Woodway, 77057
Tila’s Restaurante & Bar – 1111 S. Shepherd, 77019
Hugo’s – 1600 Westheimer Rd, 77006
Back Street Café – 1103 S. Shepherd Dr., 77019
Canopy – 3939 Montrose Ste C, 77006
Little Big’s Montrose – 2703 Montrose, 77006
BlackFinn American Grill – 1910 Bagby, Suite 100
Ziggy’s Bar & Grill Downtown – 702 Main
The Grove – 1611 Lamar, 77010
The Lake House – 1500 McKinney, 77010
The Front Porch Pub – 217 Gray St., 77008
Pub Fiction – 2303 Smith St., 77006
Celtic Gardens – 2300 Louisiana, 77006
Inversion Coffee House – 1953 Montrose, 77006
BRC – 519 Shepherd, 77007
Starbucks – 2029 West Gray, 77019
Starbucks – 2050 West Gray, 77019
Ruggles Café & Bakery – 2365 Rice Blvd. Suite A, 77005
Berryhill Baja Grill – 3407 Montrose, A-8, 77006
Brick House Tavern and Tap – 12910 Northwest Freeway, 77040
Natchee’s Supper ‘n Punch – 3622 Main, 77002
Petite Sweets – 2700 W. Alabama, 77098
Christian’s Tailgate Bar & Grill II – 2000 Bagby, Suite 106, 77002
Christian’s Tailgate Bar & Grill III – 2820 White Oak, 77007
J. Black’s Houston-Washington Avenue, LLC – 110 S. Heights Blvd. 77007
The King’s Head – 1809 Eldridge Parkway, 77077
Today we examine the daily routine of a simple walk. Picture it in your head. Is your dog constantly dragging you or does he walk politely by your side with plenty of slack on the leash? If you find your dog pulling a lot, it may be because you don’t have the right type of collar or simply that you are not using it correctly.
I recommend a choke or prong collar. When used correctly these tools do not harm your dog in any way. Correct positioning of the collar during the walk is the key to controlling the dog without hurting him in the process. You want to position the collar as high up on the neck as possible. The higher the collar, the more control you have. This is especially important for training. Ever notice how handlers position the collar for showing dogs? It’s the same principle.
To maintain this collar position you will need to keep a very short lead. Try it out next time you take a walk. For me, the change was instantaneous, like magic!
Yeah yeah, we know. We usually post our fun facts on Fridays, but this week you’re getting it on Sunday instead!
Did you know that your dog should always ask politely for things that he wants? The human/dog dynamic works best when the human is well-established as the pack leader. And this means your pup should be looking to you for permission to do things. You can teach him to politely ask permission by having him obey a command prior to getting what he wants. For example, our dogs know they have to sit before they get their dinner. Sometimes I’ll ask Bloo to shake or spin instead just to keep his focus on me. Having your dog sit before going out a door is a great idea, too. Not only does this keep you, the pack leader, in control of when he goes in or out of the house, it also sets the expectation that we don’t just run through the door which can help limit escapes. Anytime your dog gets a treat or a reward, lays on the couch (if you let him), or goes on a walk, he should ask politely for it. If you’re not doing this already with your pup, start adding this to your routine, and your dog will start seeing you more as his leader instead of his servant.
Watch for our next fun fact this coming Friday, promise!