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Blogmas Day 24/25: Winter Tips

If you live in the snow  or you want to visit the snow with your pup here are some winter tips and tricks.

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Paw Prep-

Before using the balm make sure your pups paw is ready to go. Be sure to trim all the hair   in-between the paw pads now you can use scissors or a beard trimmer with the smallest clip guard, plus trimming the hair that would normally touch the ground will help prevent ice balls from forming. Also keep those nails short this is very helpful because it again helps prevent un necessary ice balls.

Once you have prepped the paw now is a great time to put the balm on your pups paw pads. The balm will keep the paw pads from drying out, cracking and further injuries. If you can’t find Bag Balm then Vaseline is a great alternative. There are also so many DIY paw balm incase you want to make your own and pick your ingredients.

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Puppy Boots

This is another great option, this provides protection to the paw it’ll help them stay dry and safe from salt and de-icers. Depending on what one you want to buy your pups it can also give them traction.

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Salt and de-icers

These can be very toxic for our fur babies do try and keep those lil guys away from the roads and sidewalks that have been treated. A great precaution is making sure your pup doesn’t drink from puddles or eat any slush incase it has chemicals from the de-icers. Now there are pet friendly de-icers available for pet owner to use so keep an eye out for them when you go out shopping.

After that walk be sure to wash those paws with warm water to help prevent them from ingesting any salt and chemicals.

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Bundle Up

Winter coats are not just for you, but can be for your fur baby as well because they are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia. So as you bundle up make sure those fur babies are bundled as well and keep an eye out for how long you’ve been out as a precaution to you and your pup.

I hope the tips help you especially if its going to be your first time to the snow! Trust me when my pups when to the snow for the first time I over packed for them…i completely overpacked. I had two heating pads, four coats, two boots for double the protection, hand warmers to stick in-between there two coats. It was intense..but i mean they had fun and they stayed warm. Have your pups been to snow? Let me know in the comments below.

-Dezi

Blogmas Day 22/25: Holiday Pawty!

Only three more days until Sandy Paws is coming to town, which means Holiday Parties are three days closer! If you are like me than you will be hosting the annual Family, friends and puppy party.

Now like any party especially in my house it becomes very loud and pretty crazy especially when the games start going, there are things flying everywhere and people shouting and jumping its crazy so here are some tips and tricks on how i keep the pups safe, calm and relaxed.

  1. Safety Spot

I have a spot in my room that is called a Safety Spot this is a spot where the pups know they can go to get away from the hustle and bustle from the party life. When they enter this place everyone knows not to bug them. Its a play pen that has access to my bed, they have a bed toys, pee pad and water bowl. This is a place that gives them sense of security

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2.  Levender

Lavender is a calming, relaxing scent so i always make sure to put some lavender oil in my humidifier to keep my room smelling like lavender to keep them calm and relaxed through the crazy party.

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3. Walk

Taking the pups for a nice long walk helps keep all the unwanted energy away, meaning you will get a calmer and more relaxed pup when the party comes. I know it seems impossible but i promise you this is the GREATEST thing you can do for your pup when there normal routine is going to get disrupted.

-Dezi

 

Blogmas Day 20/25: A Christmas Meatball!

There are only 5 more days until Christmas and the pups and i are so excited to spend the day at home in our PJs watching the Disney Christmas Day parade opening presents and stuffing our faces.

Here is a little Christmas dinner i like to whip up for my fur babies.

The things you will need are:

1pound  ground turkey

1 egg

1 sweet potato

1 c oats

1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp honey

Pre heat the oven to 350º

poke 4-5 holes in the sweet potato and microwave for 8-10 minutes

Scoop the sweet potatoes into a bowl and add the ground turkey, oats, cinnamon, honey and egg and mix until combines.

Form into a golf ball sized balls and place on a cookie sheet

bake for 15-12 minutes

This is a hit with my pups and their cousins they are gone just as fast as i put them in their bowls. What special food you make for your pups? Let me in know in the comments below!

-Dezi

 

Blogmas Day 18/25: Holiday Food To Keep Away!

 

Here are some foods you should make sure you keep away from your furry friends of yours.

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  • Chocolate
  • Macadamia Nuts
  • Turkey, chicken and duck bones
  • Onions
  • Rasins and grapes
  • Alcohol

These are only a handful of things that are usually spilled in my house from all the kids…its great to make sure you know where your pup is and what can possibly be a hazard for them if spilt on the floor. What things are typically spilt during the holidays for you guys? Let me know in the comments below.

-Dezi

Blogmas Day 16/25: Baby Its Cold Outside

The winter is here and the temperature in the city has dropped. Although I love the cold and cuddling inside a nice warm house watching Christmas movies, drinking hot tea and wrapped in a blanket…the pups and I still need our exercise, so here are somethings the pups and i do when its cold outside.

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Hide and Seek

This is a great game to play and it will also a great mental stimulation for your four legged friend. Sometimes I hide treats BUT majority of the time we hide from each other.

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This is a great stimulation for the pups nose, what i do is i hide the food with the pups in the room (one at a time) and than i take them out of the room of the for 30 seconds and then release them to find the treats.

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Facing the Cold…

Although i LOVE the comfort of the blanket in my nice warm house watching Christmas movies, i do layer up the pups and i and go for a walk with the pups because honestly nothing beats the nice fresh air.

What are you cold day activities you like to do with you pup? Let me know in the comments below. I would love to hear them.

-Dezi

Blogmas Day 14/25: Holiday Paw-tivities

In all honesty I think holidays are way better with a dog, for me it makes the holiday that much more special and magical…so here are ways I like to include my furry friends in all the holiday festivities.

Family Photo

There is always room in the family photo to add a sweater or two and two adorable fur babies.

Puppy Stocking

Just because they are fur babies why not including those cutie pies in the amazing stocking fun! I put there names up along with hanging them up next to mine!

Holiday Cookies

Our holiday is never complete without making holidays cookies for my pups and their furry cousins. There are so many easy recipes and i know i have a ton of easy puppy cookies on here so be sure to check them out.

Holiday Lights

Not only do we walk around different neighborhoods every Friday night to take in the holiday decorations BUT i decorate the puppy playpen with lights and a tree!

These are my top favorite traditions my pups and i have, and i would love to hear what you like to do with your fur baby? Let me know in the comments below.

-Dezi

Blogmas Day 10/25: Puppy Gifts

What do you get a fur baby that has EVERYTHING? It simple really your pups and your pups friends will love a hand made gift or something super thoughtful here are some puppy gift ideas for our furry friends.

  1. Minni Tennis Balls

You can find these almost anywhere and especially my little guys love playing with         these, they are super in-expensive(depending where you buy them from)

2. DIY Toy

If you have old shirts or towels dont throw them away, cute them into strips and tie, braid and weave the strip together to create a simple easy DIY dog toy.

3. DIY Custom Dog Bowl

Now you can either buy a custom dog bowl or DIY it yourself all you need is a dog bowl and some safe paint or markers depending on the surface and you can create your very own custom dog bowl.

Here are my top three dog gifts that I make almost every year, i love customizing a dog bowl especially when one of my friends gets a new puppy its a great way to start them off. What is your go to puppy gift? Let me know in the comments below.

-Dezi

Blogmas Day 8/25: Christmas Sweater Haul

Christmas sweaters get better and better every year, but if your like me you make sure your furry friends are part of the sweater weather action so here are my pups Christmas sweaters!

Petco Sweaters:

PetSmart Sweaters:

These are this years ugly Christmas sweaters that i bought for the pups…now this was only the things I liked that i could find. Where are your favorite places to shop of your fur babies?? Let me know in the comments below!

-Dezi

Blogmas Day 6/25: Pupcakes

Every Christmas morning I get up extra early because I LOVE watching the Disney Christmas Parade and since I wake up the pups super early on this special occasion, its been a tradition to make a special breakfast for them…which are pupcakes and they LOVE them. So i thought I would share the our recipe.

Ingredients:

Cake:

  • 1 C Flour
  • 1 Tspn Baking Powder
  • 1/4 C Peanut Butter
  • 1/4 C Vegetable Oil
  • 1/3 C Honey
  • 1 Egg

Frosting:

  • 4 oz Cream Cheese (Softened)
  • 1/2 C Peanut Butter
  • Mini Dog Bones

Instructions:

    Cake:

  • Preheat oven to 350º
  • Line your muffin cups with parchment paper
  • Whisk together Flour and Baking Soda then set aside
  • In a separate bowl beat PB, Vegetable oil until smooth. Add in Honey and Egg and continue to beat
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and beat it until combined
  • Bake for 22-25 minutes or until they cooked through than set aside to cool

    Frosting:

  • Beat cream cheese until light and fluffy
  • Add in PB and beat until thoroughly combined
  • Frost and decorate

I hope your pups love it just as much mine little ones do. What is a tradition the you and your pups do? Let me know in the comments below.

-Dezi

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