Happy Badger Day

 


National Badger Day for 2012 is Saturday 6th October.  It is designed to raise awareness of badger protection issues, spread information about badgers and to raise funds for the Badger Trust.


Just for Jason the Classic Honey Bagder!


AKC Responsible Dog Owner Day

Check out all the fun we had at this years AKC Responsible Dog Owner Day!





A Few Tips for New Dog Owners


  1.  Teach your puppy manners right from the begining - Dogs will be dogs and puppies will act like puppies.  You have to use positive reinforcement.   Start with basic commands, get some help enroll in an obedience class or hire a trainer.

  2. Learn about good dog nutrition  - Feed your dog a high quality food. Do some research and understand what is in the food and where it is made.  Like humans, put bad and bad health will result.

  3. Keep up on regular veterinarian appointments - Have your dog checked out by a vet as soon as they join the family, and then follow your veterinarians recommendations on yearly check ups. Being proactive will check problems before it is to late.

  4. Socialize your puppy - Dogs who are exposed to a variety of people, other animals, sights, sounds while young will be less fearful of new experiences as they grow older. It is said that your dog should meet 100 people of different ages in their first 6 months.  Don't forget to take them on a fun car ride.  This way they will not associate the car with a trip to the vet.

  5. Have patience and consistency when potty training - Some will take to potty training right away, while others need more time.  Be consistent in praise, time and effort and it will happen.

  6. Protect your dog from household hazards - Dog proof your house, by tucking electrical cords away, place household cleaners away on a high self or locked cabinet, pick up small toys or objects that could be a choking hazard and remove household plants that mat be toxic to you dog.

Signals we all should know from our Dog

Doggie Language Poster by Lili Chen.

September is National Chicken Month


For over two decades, the National Chicken Council has banded together all of the major chicken producers in the U.S. to promote chicken sales in September.  I says lets celebrate the chicken just for being an amazing animal. There are over 175 breeds of chicken.  I think they are beautiful, so take a minute and admire some of this photos I took of some inspiring hens and rosters.









Random Video Fun

Please throw the stick, PLEASE!





Did you know that Doggie Cakes is on Pinterest?



I don't know about you, but I am still hooked on Pinterest.  We started pinning some great pet and animal related items.  If you are browsing around there, make sure you check us out and follow our boards.


Photo of the Month Contest - Starting September 1st


On September 1st we are starting a monthly dog photo contest.  You will be able to submit a photo of your fur kid or kids through our Facebook page.  The lucky winner will receive one of our Celebrations Bones, with the pets name.

To learn more about the details and updates, be sure to like Doggie Cakes Facebook Page.




Book Review of "Rescuing Sprite" by Mark R. Levin


At the beginning of  the summer I had selected a few books to read.  I have only finished one, so far.  Rescuing Sprite, A Dog Lover's Story of Joy and Anguish, by Mark R. Levin.  I know that this was going to be a sad story, however I did not know what would soon happen in my life after I began reading it.

After a few characters in, our family lost are beautiful Luna after 15 years.  So, I like the author was grieving.  Every time I pick it up to read I had to put it down knowing that the ending was to close to my own story.  I finely sat and finished it.

It is a simple story of a family who adopts a dog, and only is granted his love for a few short years.   You are introduced to Sprite, as a somewhat older, ailing dog, who has nothing but love for his new family.  It is mundane at times as it details the everyday events of a dog owner's life.  The dog smelling the breeze and barking at visitors to the house.   

The real lesson it is trying to achieve is to let you know it is OK to be heartbroken and grieve for your pets.  I would have liked the book to have more stories about the relation to the entire family not just the author and the advise he gets from so well-known friends. The author does do a fair job of keeping his politics out of it (google him if you have never heard of him), except of the name dropping.

It is a quick and easy read.  It did make me cry for I identified, with Mr. Levin's loss.  However, I was disappointed that the book dwells's on the author's turmoil, more then the story of Sprite.  It is not one of the best dog story's but gave me the cry I need at this time in my life.



I remember these lines from a Dog's Prayer ..... "And, my friend, when I am old and no longer enjoy good health, do no make a heroic effort to keep me going. I am not having fun.  Please see that my trusting life is taken gently.  I will then leave this Earth knowing my fate was always safest in your hands."

Please adopt a dog in need of a home, thank you.

Happy National Dog Day!



National Dog Day has two goals: to honor dogs, and to rescue dogs from homelessness and abuse. It's an opportunity for us to recognize and appreciate the value and importance of dogs in our lives.
This day is intended to honor dogs for all that they do for us. In addition to giving love and companionship, dogs help us out in countless ways. They are watchdogs for our safety. They lead the blind. Dogs aid in search and rescue, and they seek out bombs and drugs.

The second goal of National Dog Day is to rescue dogs in need. On occasion, dogs need us to save them from homelesness and abuse. The goal of the National Dog Day foundation is to rescue 10,000 dogs a year. Lend a hand to help a dog in need today, or any day.

5 Tips to Help Settle your Dog's Upset Tummy

You know that it is bound to happen sooner or later, your doggie kid will get an upset stomach.  It usually only last for a short amount of time, but as parents you want to help ease their tummy's.



Here are 5 easy tips


  1. Fast your dog.  Remove their food bowl and limit their access to food.  Let their stomach settle. This does not mean starve, but if the are vomiting everything you give them, give them a chance to rest.  If they can not hold any food past 12 hours, consult your veterinarian.

  2. Try some plain boiled rice and chicken, no spices and no skin on the chicken.

  3. Give them 1 to 2 tablespoons of pumpkin puree.  You can use canned pumpkin, but make sure it is not pumpkin pie puree.  Pumpkin is high in fiber, which helps in digestion and elimination.

  4. Given them 2 to 3 tablespoons of plain yogurt.  The good bactria in yogurt helps to add in digestion.

  5. Keep them hydrated.  If they can not keep down water, try filling their water bowl with ice chips or cubes.

Please remember, don't treat your sick dog at home, if they are lethargic, have server diarrhea, vomit continually or have blood in their stool.  Take them to a veterinarian as soon as possible.   

Random Video Fun

Enjoying a game of ball with some friends.





Happy Elephant Appreciation Day - Aug 22th

Image: FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Happy Elephant Appreciation Day

The obscure holiday was created in 1996 by a Sarasota, Fla., businessman who liked elephants.  The Holiday is meant to honor, and enjoy this wondrous animal, while bring awareness to their dwelling numbers.

Elephant populations in Africa and Asia have fallen by roughly 85 percent and 65 percent, respectively, since the turn of the 20th century, according to the conservation group Defenders of Wildlife.  Lets not forget that their get threat is man, pouching them for their ivory.
What a beautiful creature, I am amazed every time I see one.
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Meet GiGi Nibbler

 

GiGi Nibbler was born July 12, 2007 to a fawn pug and a tuxedo Boston terrier.  In the designer dog world she is know as a Bug, to our family she is known as monkey face. She is full of energy and is either in play mode or asleep.  Every toy is her favorite as along as you are playing.  

She loves all people, but has a fear of dogs taller then her, which makes thing tough for her.  At the house she is in charge of telling her brothers and sisters to be quite, of course she does this by barking at them.  



At Doggie Cakes she is the kitchen manager.  She always stays close by to make sure no treats are lost or go to waste.  






Make your Own Doggie Peanut Butter


For the last few years Doggie Cakes has been making its own peanut butter to bake into our treats.  I wanted there to be not extra added salts, sugars and all things we can't pronounce.  The taste is scrumptious, you might never buy peanut butter again.

Ingredients
3 cups Raw Unsalted Peanuts
1/8 cup Peanut Oil (Optional)
Honey or Cinnamon (to Taste)

1. Shuck your peanuts.
2.  Roast the peanuts without any seasoning, in 350 degree oven for about 10 mins.  Keep an eye on them, you don't want them to burn.
3.  Let peanuts cool if you have roasted them.
4.  Place all 3 cups of peanuts into a food processor.  Pulse them 3 to 4 times.
5.  This is where you need a little patience, let the food processor run for 10 to 15 minutes.  This will continue to grind the nuts and release their nature oil.  After about 10 minutes you will start to see a paste form, continue until you get the texture you desire.  If paste it to dry you can add 1/8 cup of peanut oil.



 

6.  Add the honey or cinnamon to taste.  I recommend add a small amount at a time until you find the flavor you like best.  Pulse the peanut butter 2 more times to mix thoroughly.

When using the peanut butter to make dog treats, I do not roast the peanuts or add in the extra flavoring.  The treat recipe contains the extra for flavor and the peanuts are cooked during baking.

Eat, enjoy and safe to share with your doggie kids.

21st annual International Homeless Animals' Day


21st annual International Homeless Animals' Day

Organizations around the world come together on the third Saturday of August to raise awareness about the pet overpopulation epidemic. International Homeless Animals’ Day activities often include candlelight vigils, adopt-a-thons, microchip clinics, and blessings of the animals.  Remember adopt don't shop.

Black Cat Appreciation Day - Aug. 17th

Black Cat Appreciation Day!

 Did you know that Black Cats are the least likely to be adopted and more often killed than any other fur color, 5 times more. Sharing our home with two black cats is an honor and they truly are very special.

Random Video Fun

Make sure to pass it back.




Mark your Calenders' - ACK Responsible Dog Ownership Day is coming


 Let the count down begin 30 days until the ACK Responsible Dog Ownership Day.  
Fun for you and the fur kids.  Doggie Cakes will be their.

  








Dog Days of Summer - Keep your Dog Cool







August is know as the "Dog days of Summer".  Don't forget your fur keeps need your help in keeping cool.


  • Keep water ready available for your pets.  Make sure there water bowls are full and easily accessible.  Try adding ice cubes to outside bowls to keep them cooler longer.
  • Take walks during cooler hours.  If you have to go out during the peak heat time, take a shorter walk.
  • Move playtime to the shade and take lots of breaks to cool down.
  • Go for a swim.



10 Cancer Warning Signs in your Pet

 

Cancer is the leading cause of death in cats and dogs.  Early detection and treatment can increase their chance for survival.  Ten possible warning signs include:

  1. Lumps and Bumps - Not every lump is cancerous.  It  you notice a lump consult with your veterinarian.  Monitor it for changes in size and color, you and your veterinarian can determine if a biopsy should be preformed.
  2. Abnormal Odors - Certain cancers, such as mouth, nose, and colon can produce foul and unusual odors.
  3. Abnormal Discharges - Blood, pus,and prolonged vomit or diarrhea need to be check out by your veterinarian.
  4. Wounds that don't Heal - Any wound that will not heal may indicate an infection, skin disease or cancer.
  5. Sudden Weight Loss - Unexplained and sudden weight loss can indicate trouble.
  6. Change in Appetite - There is always a reason your pet stops eating.  Don't wait to long to have them check out.  A decreased appetite can mean an oral tumor.
  7. Coughing or difficulty Breathing - Often this is a symptom of heart and lung disease, but can point to lung cancer.
  8. Lethargy and Depression - Many pets with cancer develop depression, sleep more and become less active.
  9. Changes in Bathroom Habits - Frequent bathroom use, difficulty urinating, or blood in the excrement / urine are all warning signs.
  10. Evidence of Pain - Limping or crying in pain when touched are evidence of pain and could be a sign of bone cancer.

Don't panic is your pet demonstrates and of theses signs.  Always consult with your veterinarian when there is a change in behavior or injury.  You know your pet best and can tell when they are not themselves. The key is not to wait to long when you notice a change, before you have the treated.



Relax Aug 10th is Lazy Day

Enjoy, Relax it is Lazy Day!



Lazy Day is your chance to goof off, and definitely not work. And, it definitely comes at a good time. Hot, muggy weather makes it easy to kick back and be lazy for a day. If summer chores are not done by now, they can just wait one more day. It is best spent on a hammock, along with your favorite summer beverage.

5 Ways to Celebrate "National Spoil Your Dog Day" - Aug. 10th


National Spoil Your Dog Day




  • Dish out the "treats" - This is the perfect opportunity to prepare a special meal for your pooch. Keep it healthy by combining their favorite foods with some flavorful fruits and vegetables or natural dog treats.
  • Head to the dog park - There are few better places to find other dog owners spending time with their furry BFFs. Mix and mingle and have your dog play with other dogs. Simple social interaction can be important for the development of your dog, not to mention a great deal of fun.
  • Find a special "doggy" event - Summer is full of events where you can take your dog. In fact, around this time of year, some baseball parks have "Bark in the Park" events, when baseball fans can bring their pets to the game. 
  • Give him/her new dog toys or fashion accessories -  Change your tail-wagger's look, or give her a shiny new accessory to show off.  Buy a new one and watch your pet have a blast. 
  • Get wet - It can be as simple as taking a walk on the beach or along the edge of a lake or fill up the kiddie pool and have a splash in the back yard.


  • Keep it special - No one knows your dog better than you. You probably know what he or she loves even more than they do. The most important thing is that you make the day extra special. After all, it is Spoil Your Dog Day.

    Let's Celebrate World Cat Day - Aug. 8th


     
    Happy World Cat Day!

    World Cat-Day, also known as International Cat-Day, was first celebrated in 2002 by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and other animal rights groups. 

    Despite being solitary, cats are a social and use a variety of vocalizations, pheromones and body language for communication. These include meowing, purring, trilling, hissing, growling, and grunting. Interactions with cats may improve health and reduce physical responses to stress: for example the presence of cats may moderate increased blood pressure. Cat ownership may also improve psychological health by providing emotional support and dispelling feelings of depression, anxiety and loneliness. Their ability to provide companionship and friendship are common reasons given for owning a cat.

    Gives some love to a Kitty today!

    Random Video Fun

    Everyone loves some summer fun in the pool.






    Plants Poisonous to Our Pets - Guest Blog by Sandra Lindstedt

    Plants Poisonous to Our Pets

    Each year thousands of pets die from poisonings that could have been prevented.  This month I will review some plants that our poisonous to our pets.

    Many of us love to celebrate the holidays by displaying lilies in our homes but did you know that they are highly toxic to cats?  Even ingesting a very small amount can cause serious kidney damage.

    Sago palms are a very popular tree in Florida and many of us have one or more in our yard.  All parts of this tree are poisonous but the seeds are the most toxic.  When walking your dog, always be aware of what they pick up in their mouths.  Signs of sago palm poisoning are vomiting, diarrhea, depression, seizures and liver failure.

    Another common Florida landscape plant includes the oleander.   These beautiful bushes provide privacy but when ingested can cause gastrointestinal tract irritation and abnormal heart function.

    Back to holiday blooms – amaryllis contain toxins that can cause vomiting, depression, diarrhea, abdominal pain, hyper-salivation, anorexia and tremors.  While they add beauty to our homes, make sure your holiday plants are safely out of reach of your pets (and children, too!) and pick up any dead blooms that may fall within reach of your dog or cat.

    If you suspect your pet has been poisoned, whether it be from ingesting a toxic plant, liquid or food, immediate action is necessary.  The ASPCA offers a toll-free number, 888- 426-4435, to call for assistance.  You will need to supply them with the species, breed, age, sex and weight of your pet, the animal’s symptoms and information regarding the exposure, including the agent (if known), the amount of the agent involved and the time elapsed since the time of exposure.   Keep in mind that there is a $60 fee involved but it is much cheaper than a trip to the local vet.  However, if your pet is having seizures, losing consciousness, is unconscious or is having difficulty
    breathing, IMMEDIATELY call your vet or nearest emergency clinic and notify them you are bringing your pet in.

    National Watermelon Day is Aug 3rd

    Happy National Watermelon Day!


    Share some with your four legged kids.

    Random Video Fun

    I wish I could sleep so deeply.







    Does your Dog get a New Do for the Summer?

     

    This summer has brought a lot of hot, scorching days.  Many of us wanting to be good doggie parents will get our long haired fur kid a a short cut. I know that we would not be happy in a fur coat on a 90 degree day, but a dog's coat is their insulation from the sun.  

    Dog's fur have several layers, each layer working as a system to help you dog from overheating.  Their fur also protects from sunburn.

    Trim your long haired dogs fur, but try to stay clear of the buzz cut.

    Mutt's Day is July 31st

    Happy Mutt's Day!

     

    This annual event was created to celebrate lovable, loyal, and one of a kind mutt.
    Celebrate Mutt's Day by giving your fur baby some extra special love.

    Dogs get Sunburn, Too



    Dogs can suffer from sunburn.  Light colored, short hair and hairless dogs are more prone to burn.  The signs to look for are red skin, fur loss and even sores. Seek veterinary care for treatment of these symptoms.

    When enjoying a day of sun with your fur kids, remember to play in a well shaded area.  Think twice about getting them groomed to short.  The fur can help insulate and protect from the  sun's UV rays.
    Also consider sunscreen specifically made for pets.  Human sunscreen contains zinc oxide, which is toxic to dogs when ingested.  Lets face it your dog will lick sunscreen off.

    Be safe and have fun in the sun this summer.

    The Growing Waistlines of Our Pets

     
    Like many Americans, many of our pets have an expanding waistline.  A survey conducted by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) show some scary statics.  54% of the nation's pets are overweight or obese.  



     This equals 93 million pets.  Crazy as that is, apparently we not notice our pets unhealthy weight.  22% of dog owners and 15% of cat owners think their pet is normal weight, while a veterinarian would classify their pet as overweight. 


    These overweight pets are developing more and more health problems, including osteoarthritis, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, breathing problems, kidney disease ans shortened life spans. It is our responsible to take care of our pets, we choice what to feed them and how much, lets choice better healthier. 

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