Sunday, December 5, 2010

Unique Pawliday Toys

Every pup deserves a toy under the tree. The Girls and I have put together our favorites for you to check out! 

Set of 3 Plush Light Bulbs $19.95 set Available At: In The Company of Dogs
If your pup likes your tree lights why not give them some of their own. 

Peppermint Patty Candy Toy $8 Available At: USA DOg Shop 
This fun latex toy gives your pup something safe to chew on during the day instead of your decorations. 

Squeaker Mat $9.99 Available At: Pet Care Base 
It's both a toy and a mat. You pup can drag it around all day playing and when they get tired sleep on it too. 

Plush Gingerbread House $16.99 Available At:  Hands N Paws 
Weather you celebrate the holidays or not, a ginger bread house is a fun way to play. The removable pieces have internal squeakers and your pup will be entertained while they try to get the toys out of the house. 

The Snowball $13.95 Available At: CNS Stores 
Does you pup love playing fetch, well this year do it will a little festive spirit. 

If you've found a unique, silly or super fun dog toy share it with the group and put a link in the comments below. 
Yappy Pawlidays! 

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Pampered Paw Themed Ornaments

Each year those who follow the tradition, get out all their stored boxes of ornaments and decorate their tree. This year, why not add a little paw related detail to honor your fur-baby friend. The Girls and I have gathered our favorite paw themed tree ornaments for your viewing pleasure. We hope you and your pampered pet enjoy them. Yappy Pawlidays! 

Hand Made Dog Breed Ornaments by: The Magic Sleigh at Etsy  
We've all seen dog breed stuff, but these were too cute to ignore. Hand made from creator Pamela FLeming, each ornament is sculpted from porcelain and intricately detailed. Each pup will melt your heart for the pawlidays. Categories include Working Dogs, Terrier Dogs, Toy Dogs, Herding, Sporting, Non-sporting, hounds, cats, angels, and unicorns + dragons. They range around $17-18 each. 
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Swarovski Rhinestone Paw or Bone Bulb by: Designer Ornaments 
These fun bulbs are available in 20 colors and will cost you $12.99 each. They are 2 5/8 inchs across x 8 1/4 inches around.

Australian Crystal Pet Silhouettes by: Glitter 4 Your Critter 
An assortment of crystal decorations, Papillon, Pomeranian, Italian Greyhound, various paws, bones, cats and more. Prices range from $25 - $50.
Crystal Picture Frames by: Shop Bibi 
A fun way to remember each christmas, fill it with a new picture each year. You can choose from bones, dog houses, paw or kitty face. Prices vary from $18 - $24.

Set of 6 Blown Glass Dog Breed Ornaments by: GrandinRoand
These super cute antique looking dogs have incredible details and will be a fun conversation starter on your tree. Each boasting 4 1/2 inches, they are $69 for the set. 

Yule Poop by: Poop Products at Cats N Dogs 
I actually gave one of these little poo ornaments to my mother-in-law one year and she thought it was hilarious. They are only $5.98. What a bargain for some poop.

Fat Cats by: Sterling at QVC 
For the kitty lovers out there here are 4 handpainted glass cats. Each cat is 3 1/2 inches and you can buy them for $29.52.^H183248,RecTypeInd^IOFFER,navlist^H183248*H180974*H180986*,cp^detail,tmp^related,cpprod^H180984,cm_scid^dtlr&walk=&cmtags=

Also, check out a few other fun options. 



If you know of a great pet related ornament feel free to put the link in the comments below. 

Friday, December 3, 2010

2010 Westminister Dog Show

Dog shows are fun, but if you've missed this year's National Dog Show here are the groups videos. Have fun.




Emergency #'s & Data for the Holiday's

Each year pets are brought into emergency rooms for a variety of holiday ailments. This year, make sure you are aware and prepared. Here is a list of helpful numbers and data so that your pampered pup can enjoy the holidays. Just like anything else, be aware of where your pup is and what they have in their mouth. The holidays are excited for everyone and we've tried to put the most common items on our watch lists. However, when new things come out with new smells, you pup is going to be extra interested in everything. It is your responsibility as a pup parent to keep their world safe. Here is what to look for. 

Consult your vet for your breeds specific allergies, but these common foods can seriously harm or be potentially lethal to your pampered pooch. 

Potentially Toxic Holiday Plants:  
Christmas Tree 

Hazardous Household Chemicals:
Lye - the key ingredient in soaps 
Christmas Tree Water (you can swap the toxic powder with normal sugar instead) 

Potentially Harmful Holiday Foods: 
Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, White Chocolate, Especially Bakers Chocolate 
Hard Candy (chocking hazard)
Large amounts of garlic
Real, fresh bones without proper cooking 
Sodium (salt)

Dangerous Holiday Decorations: 
Ornament Hooks
Holiday Light Electrical Cords
Extension Cords
Candy Dishes (put them up or keep only the style with a lid on low tables) 
Ribbons, String, Bows, Curly Ribbon, Tape, Tape Dispensers 

Important Numbers to Have Programed in Your Phone:
Animal Poison Control Center 1.888.426.4435
VCA Vet Specialty Center  425.697.6106
Your Personal Veterinarian 
Your Local 24 Hour Vet 

Have a fun and safe holiday season. From all of us to you.
The Girls 

Fantastically Funny 12 Videos of Pawness ~ YouTube

We've collected our favorite fantastically funny YouTube videos that relate to the paw. Some are for kitty fans, others for puppy fans, but they are all too cute to miss! 

If you have a funny paw video link, feel free to share it in the comment box below.

Check them out ... ENJOY!

The 12 PAWS  of PAWNESS 

1st day of Pawness Armstong Christmas Dog & Feliz Navidad 

2nd day of Pawness ReinDog Sings Jingle Bells 

3rd day of Pawness A Singing Dog Holiday Greeting

4th day of Pawness Dog Sings Christmas Carol

On the 5th day of Pawness Christmas Jingle Cats ...

6th day of Pawness The Christmas Labrador Dog Sings Jingle Bells

7th day of Pawness I'm So Sorry 'Bout The Puddle

8th day of Pawness Christmas Cats

9th day of Pawness Santa Dog Sings Here We Come A-Wassailing

10th day of Pawness The 12 Dogs of Christmas - Singing Live from the North Pole

11th day of Pawness Dogs Sining Christmas Song

12th of Pawness Funny Dogs Singing Christmas Songs (Medley)

Yappy Pawlidays! 
The Girls

Brain Building Toys For The Pawlidays!

The pawlidays are just a woof around the corner and with the weather slowly turning from moderately rainy to downright freezing we’ve collected a few indoor activities that will keep you and your fur-baby warm and amused for hours. 
This pawliday season, splurge for more than just a bigger bone, check out the links to see what type of play thing your pup or pups may enjoy. These toys all have a little something special in common; they are interactive brain-builders for your precious pup. They are skill building, confidence boosters that allow your pup to engage their surrounds while enjoying play time. 
For physical indoor activities, there is the indoor Pull 'n Play Gym features a variety of neat sounds imbedded into the soft mat, while giving your pup the ability to pull and remove toys from the overhead plush arcs. Plus, when your fur-baby gets sleepy, she can curl up and snooze right under the dangling toys. For price and shipping visit:  Happy Little Boutique

For pups that require crate time for days you go to work, try giving them something to stimulate their active brain while you are away. This crate attachment comes with a variety of detachable toys and the cute face may make your furry friend less lonely. For price and shipping visit:  Happy Little Boutique

You can also look into the Indoor Agility Toy Set, complete with running mat, barbells, zig-zag poles and tube all made from soft plush fabric that can teach your pup brain enhancing motor-skills while staying active. 
For price and shipping visit: FIve Star Fido

By now, mostly everyone has at least heard of the Hide-a-toy interactive toys that look like bees in a hive or birds in a house. However, albeit cute, these neat little wonders actively stimulate the ‘search and discover’ mode in your pups natural instincts proving to be both challenging and rewarding. Plus, the powers that be, have created new designs that now include snakes, turtles, rabbits in a hat and penguins or an eagle with eggs. For additional options and price details visit: All Pets Considered

The most interesting, interactive toy I’ve discovered this year has been a variety of puzzles coming from Sweden and designed by Nina Ottoson. These toys boast that not only are they designed to both stimulate your fur-babies brain they also help reaffirm their relationship with you, the owner. Which is refreshing to see since most toys are made for dogs to engage with alone. These puzzles are literally a game for you and your fuzzy buddy. To me this brings a whole new meaning to the concept of play time. Each one is unique and offers a different way to stimulate and engage your dog. Made from a variety of materials, they all have moving parts and many offer spaces to hide treats. Not to be mistaken with toys you can fill with treats and leave, these are meant for people and pet to interact. The Nina Ottoson toys actually help reaffirm commands, define pack hierarchy as well as teach simple discipline and reward strategies that help your pups learn and play at the same time. To view additional designs visit: Fun Interactive Games

Whatever you do this winter, give a few interactive toys a try. No matter what you choose, your fur-baby will greatly appreciate the attention and play time. 
Have a safe and happy pawliday season! 
Woof, Woof! As a friendly reminder Ivy, Mistletoe and Poinsettias are all popular indoor plants from November through February and they are very harmful and potentially lethal to a fur-baby. If your pup ingests anything dangerous contact your personal vet or call poison control. 
Animal Poison Control Center 1.888.426.4435
VCA Vet Specialty Center  425.697.6106
Yappy Pawlidays!
Woof, Woof, 
(C) SI, Inc. Researched & Written by: S.R.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Holiday Treat Recipes

This year we sent our holiday cards out with a fun recipe to try at home. Here is a collection of the fun treats we thought that your pup would enjoy! 

Fruity Yogurt Treats

2 mashed kiwis or a jar of fruit baby food
 8oz. strawberry(or any other flavor)yogurt
Mix together, freeze in ice cube tray. serve. Plus: these don't dmage gums and teeth like ice does! 

Peanut Butter Cookies 

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees                                       

1 cup white flour
1/2 cup peanut butter 
1 cup whole wheat flour
3 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon wheat germ
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup milk
2 eggs

Combine and mix all ingredients.
You can use cookie cutters to create shapes or cut the dough into squares.
Bake for 8-12 minuets. 
Allow time for cooling before giving them to your pup.

Crunchy Beef Flavored Bagel Dog Treats

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 package yeast (1/4 ounce)
1 cup beef broth (or chicken), warmed
1 cup unbleached white flour

Preheat oven to 375°F (190° C).
In a large bowl combine the whole wheat flour with the yeast. Add 2/3 cup beef (or chicken) broth and beat for about 3 minutes. Gradually add the remaining flour. Knead dough for a few minutes until smooth and moist, 

but not wet (use reserve broth as necessary).

Cover dough and let stand for 5 minutes. Divide dough into about 15-20 pieces, rolling each piece into a smooth ball. Punch a hole into each ball using your finger or end of spoon and gently pull the dough so that the hole is about 1/2" wide. Place dough on a greased cookie sheet and allow to rise 5 minutes. Bake for 25 minutes.
Turn heat off and allow bagels to cool in the oven.

Also check out these two great recipe websites we discovered ...