Monday, August 29, 2016

DIY Frozen Yogurt Peanut Butter Dog Treats

I love making treats for my dogs when I can, but I usually don't want to spend tons of time on my DIY dog treat projects.   I like my dog treat recipes easy and quick, while still being a delicious and special snack for my dogs!


Here's a really simple DIY dog treat that takes very little time and uses just two ingredients:

PEANUT BUTTER YOGURT DOG TREATS:
5 Tbsp. Yogurt (I used Greek Yogurt)
2 large scoops of Peanut butter

THAT'S IT!! 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Don't Let Fleas and Ticks Feast On Your Dog #12Bravecto

Not long ago, I found something on my dog that freaked me out.  Although I regularly use flea and tick prevention for my dogs, I must have missed a month or been a few days late in giving them their monthly dose of topical flea and tick protection. 


My Siberian Husky, Icy, communing with nature in the backyard, but she could be communing with fleas and ticks too!
I was rubbing Icy's belly and she was in heaven.  I started massaging her neck when suddenly I felt something.  Something that shouldn't be there.  A round, smooth thing that was stuck to her neck.  Panic set in, I knew immediately what it was.  A tick!  My poor, sweet dog had a tick on her neck!  I frantically dug into her thick Husky fur to get to The Disgusting Thing.  It was a tick all right.  A fat, full tick that had attached itself to Icy's neck, and had obviously been feasting on her blood!

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Here's a photo of the hateful tick I pulled out of Icy's neck.  You can see stains from the blood that came out of the tick when I squished it, YUK!

The ugly tick I pulled out of Icy's neck
I felt so guilty, how could I have been negligent with her flea and tick protection?  After I thought about it for awhile, I remembered that we spent a month packing up our house and moving across the country from Phoenix to New York.  Then we had a family crisis and that month was kind of a blur.  Well, life happens and stuff falls through the cracks, right?  The scary thing is, Fleas and ticks carry diseases that can be harmful to you and your pet so effective flea and tick control is a must! 

I knew it was time for longer lasting prescription flea and tick control!  When I heard about BRAVECTO® (Fluralaner)  it sounded like just what I needed to make flea and tick protection a whole lot easier, so I asked my Veterinarian about it (see 5 Key Questions to ask your Vet about flea and tick control below).  We talked for awhile and decided that BRAVECTO was a good fit for my lifestyle and for my dogs, so I got a prescription and started both my dogs on it. I already knew that:

> BRAVECTO is a tasty chew that provides up to 12 weeks of protection against fleas and ticks* 
 
> BRAVECTO starts killing fleas within 2 hours and kills 100% of fleas in 12 hours

> BRAVECTO is easy and convenient to use.  1 tasty chew provides up to 12 weeks of flea and tick protection*

> BRAVECTO is FDA approved and only available by prescription.  BRAVECTO is only approved for dogs 6 months and older since it's prescribed based on weight and puppies under 6 months grow so quickly their weights change too much over the 12 week treatment period.

>>> Follow this Veterinary Product link to Learn more about BRAVECTO (Fluralaner)

Visit your Veterinarian and ask about flea and tick control.  It's a good idea to bring a list of questions with you to ask about what flea and tick control is best for your lifestyle and your pet.   Here are 5 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR VET to get your conversation started:
 
1. What's new in flea and tick control?
This is important because many products currently being used have been around for 10 to 20 years or more and you may not know the differences or benefits of some of the newer products.  For instance, there are now oral products that kill both fleas and ticks.  One such product, BRAVECTO®  (Fluralaner) lasts for up to 12 weeks* with just one tasty chew!
 
2. What product is best for my dog and my lifestyle?
There are many products available and your veterinarian is the right person to ask which product is best for your specific pet.  Some products are easier to administer, dosed more or less frequently, have different types of side effects and even different expectations for effectiveness.  You should feel comfortable asking your veterinarian to explain some of these differences.
 
3. Should I use a prescription product or just get a product over-the-counter?
Your Veterinarian can explain some of the differences so you can make an educated decision.  For instance, prescription products have  more in depth safety and effectiveness study requirements for approval.
 
4. What should I expect from my flea and tick control? 
You may think your current product is not working because you see fleas and ticks on occasion, but should that be expected with the product you are using?  On the flip side, you may think your current product is doing a great job because you don't see ticks and fleas that often.  But can you expect more?
 
5. Lastly, ask to get more information on BRAVECTO if you are interested in treating less often with a tasty chew without compromising on safety or effectiveness.
 
I'm SO glad I switched my dogs flea and tick control to BRAVECTO®It's so easy and convenient.  Icy and Phoebe think it's a treat, they love the taste!  I feel more confident using a prescription flea and tick product because of the increased requirements around safety and effectiveness for prescription products needed for FDA approval.

Boxes of BRAVECTO, which I now give to both my dogs, Icy and Phoebe.

BRAVECTO tablet in it's individual packet

A BRAVECTO chew, in the size for dogs 44 - 88 lbs.  One tasty chew provides 12 week protection against fleas and ticks*.

Don't let FLEAS & TICKS make a meal out of your precious dog, ask your Veterinarian about BRAVECTO today!  Click here to find a Veterinarian near you that can provide BRAVECTO .

* BRAVECTO  kills fleas, prevents flea infestations, and kills ticks (black-legged tick or "deer tick", American dog tick and brown dog tick) for 12 weeks.  It also kills lone star ticks for 8 weeks

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION:The most common adverse reactions recorded in clinical trials of BRAVECTO  were vomiting, decreased appetite, lethargy, diarrhea, polydipsia, and flatulence.  BRAVECTO  has not been shown to be effective for 12 weeks' duration in puppies less than 6 months of age.   BRAVECTO  is not effective against lone star ticks beyond 8 weeks after dosing.

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If you enjoyed this blog post, you may also like these two posts on BRAVECTO :
Learn more about the 4 stages of the Flea lifecycle and see why just a few fleas on your dog can mean there are many more are hiding!

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Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information published. However, it remains the responsibility of the readers to familiarize themselves with the product information contained on the USA product label or package. More product information is available here: https://intervetus.naccvp.com/product/view/1047512?e=d97b22ed63e734e84c1a5910a9c8f531z1688

Sunday, August 21, 2016

My Dog's Jungle

I can't get enough of this photo of my Husky, Icy.  I just love it!



If you want to see it in color, click here ----> Wordless Wednesday, Welcome To My Jungle

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Summer Will Soon Be Over

WE CANNOT BELIEVE THAT SUMMER IS JUST ABOUT OVER!  IS IT REALLY MID-AUGUST OR ARE GREMLINS MESSING WITH OUR CALENDAR??
Mom grows tomatoes and lots of flowers!  The veggies are all grown organically; no pesticides & only organic fertilizers

I GUESS FALL IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER AND THAT MEANS OUR DAYS OF PUTTERING IN THE GARDEN AND PLAYING ON THE BEACH WILL SOON BE OVER.

I love to lounge in Ma's garden, it's so cozy!

WITH ALL SUPER HOT WEATHER WE'VE BEEN HAVING IN THE NORTHEAST AND ALL THE HEAT & HUMIDITY WE'VE HAD A RECORD NUMBER OF STAYING INDOORS DAYS.  IT WAS JUST TOO DARN HOT TO GO OUTSIDE & PLAY!

I love these pretty flowers, they're SO tall!
OH WELL, WE WILL HAVE TO MAKE THE BEST OF THE LIMITED SUMMERTIME FUN WE HAVE LEFT.  HIGH ON OUR LIST IS ONE MORE ROAD TRIP AND POSSIBLY GETTING AT LEAST ONE OF US OUT ON THE WATER IN SOME KIND OF BOAT.  THAT'S BEEN A GOAL OF MOM'S FOR QUITE SOME TIME, LET'S SEE IF SHE ACHIEVES HER GOAL THIS YEAR! (We're betting No, we are so NOT the canine versions of Michael Phelps, LOL!)

Beautiful Springtime flowers near our former home in Arizona.
WE WILL SOON SAY GOODBYE TO SUMMER AND HELLO TO  THE BEAUTY OF FALL!

No too many more beach days for us.  They'll be replaced with romping in the leaves instead of on the beach!
 Are you sad that Summer is almost over, did you do all the fun stuff you wanted to this Summer?  What's left on your Summertime fun Agenda?  Leave us a comment & share, we love hearing from you!

Friday, August 12, 2016

From Adorable Puppy to Invaluable Service Dog

Every now and then while sitting at the local Starbucks gazing out the window, people watching, I see an extraordinary thing.  There is a group of people who routinely utilize the bustling town as practice for Guide Dogs in training.  Guide dogs fascinate me.  In fact all service animals fascinate me, it’s astounding that they can be trained for a life of service involving such complex tasks and decision making.

Max, A Service Dog in training
You can imagine my delight when I was given an opportunity to share a wonderful Info Graphic and companion article about Service Dogs, provided by Petco.  If you’ve ever wondered how Service Dogs help people and what it might be like to be a Service Dog trainer, this Info Graphic provides a snapshot of what that might look like.

By now we’ve probably all seen service dogs in action.  Service Dogs help sight-challenged people navigate the ins and outs of daily life.  They offer comfort to returning service people.  They are even able to alert some individuals with chronic conditions such as diabetes when they might be in danger and need medicine.  But training a dog from puppy to lifesaving companion isn’t an easy task.  It’s unlike raising a pet that will be part of a family; Raising a service dog is helping instill the necessary traits and ethic to be a hardworking animal that is specifically attuned to the needs of an individual.  If you’ve ever thought about becoming a service animal trainer, or are interested in what service animals can help with, use this graphic to learn more.


You'll find more detail in the companion article that goes along with this Infographic, TrainingService Dogs: From Puppy To Invaluable Partner,  written by Keagen "Kea" Grace.  Kea is a writer who specializes in training professional working dogs.  She also serves as a consultant for service and working dog programs across North American and Europe.  If you want to learn more about Service Dogs and the vital role of service dog Puppy Raisers, you’ll really enjoy Kea’s article.

My dog Icy, a Pet Partners Therapy Dog
My dog Icy and I are a Therapy Dog team.  The terms "Therapy Dog" and "Service Dog"are sometimes used interchangeably, but a Therapy Dog is very different from a Service Dog.   To learn about Therapy Dogs and read some heartwarming stories about how Therapy Dogs help people, check out the section on THERAPY DOGS on my  blog's Home page.

If you enjoyed this blog post, I think you'll really like my post on Service Dogs being raised in prison for a life of service. In this post I interview a friend of mine who spends her weekends socializing these dogs outside of prison walls.



Monday, August 8, 2016

Cool Your Dog Off With The Cool Pet Pad Self Cooling Mat!

The Dog Days of Summer have certainly been upon us haven't they?  We've had SO much hot weather and high humidity in the Northeastern U.S.  With a Siberian Husky, I'm especially mindful of her becoming over-heated, particularly when there's high humidity.

I've always wanted one of those cooling mats for dogs to help my active Husky stay cool on those hot Summer days.  I was delighted to have the opportunity to review the COOL PET PAD Revolutionary Self-Cooling Cushion, from The Green Pet Shop.

My Husky loves her Cool Pet Pad, Self Cooling cushion for dogs
I wanted a cooling mat I didn't have to plug in, add water to, freeze, or do anything to make it cool.  I wanted to just put the cooling pad on the floor and have it start cooling my pet down right away. 

Friday, August 5, 2016

Dogs Howling Loudly

My husband has been away for 3 weeks and my Siberian Husky, Icy, is NOT a happy dog!  She expresses her discontent verbally in this 30 second video.


Wow, 'nuff said, huh?!?

Icy rarely howls like this.  Thank DOG my husband comes home tonight!  Don't worry sweet dog, Daddy will be home in a few hours.  We'll go together to pick him up at the train station!  He'll be overjoyed to see his sweet little Husky.  Oh, and he'll be happy to see Mommy too, LOL!

Does your dog get a little crazy when you go away?  Leave us a comment and share, we always love hearing from you!!

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Get Rid Of Odors The All Naural Way With Fresh Wave

Let's face it, sometimes life stinks.  Literally, sometimes you walk into the house or into a room and your hand instinctively flies up to pinch your nose!  With pets in the house, the odor problem can be even worse.  Between litter boxes, pet bedding, toys, and pets lounging on the rugs and furniture, household odors can quickly get out of control.  Here's something that can help. 

Fresh Wave is an all natural line of odor removing products.  Enter our giveaway below to WIN a Fresh Wave Natural Odor Removing Product Package!


We want to stamp out odors without dousing our homes with cleansers or chemicals.  Fresh Wave offers an all natural line of odor removing products.  Fresh Wave's philosophy is about removing odors using natural ingredients. No harsh chemicals. No heavy perfumes. No toxic ingredients.


FRESH WAVE's natural odor removing products use simple, pure and natural ingredients to get rid of organic and inorganic odors.  Check out the natural ingredients used in Fresh Wave products:

* Water
Natural extracts of:
* Lime
* Pine needle
* Aniseed
* Clove 
* Cedarwood

This post is being sponsored by Fresh Wave.  I'm being compensated to help share information about Fresh Wave natural odor removing products, but Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers.

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Fresh Wave has a natural odor removing product for every area of your home! 

Fresh Wave Odor Removing Gel Removes odors from pets, smoke, trash, mildew, food, bathrooms and more.  Just open the plastic jar to release the fresh scent and odors disappear.  I'm using it in my home's entryway so it smells great as soon as you walk in the house.


Fresh Wave Odor Removing Spray is great for removing odors from clothing, pet bedding, backpacks, sports gear, shores and trash cans.


One of my favorite products in the Fresh Wave product line is the Fresh Wave Odor Removing Packs.  They're great for car interiors, gym bags, shoes, closets, boats, campers, bagless vacuums, trash cans, diaper pails and more.  I love the packs because they take the pet hair stink out of my bagless vacuum!  Our vacuum always had a bad smell because of all the Husky hair it sucks up around the house.  I hated that, we'd clean the house but as soon as the vacuum turned on it stunk!  I tossed one of the Fresh Wave packs in my vacuum's bagless container and immediately, no more vacuum smell!  One pack lasted through several cleanings over a 3 week period.


Other Fresh Wave products:

Fresh Wave Fresh pod.  Eliminates big odors in small places like garbage cans, closets, diaper pails, lockers, boats and RVs.  Place it in a small space to continuously control odors.  The Pod adheres to any clean, flat surface using removable adhesive strips.  The Pod comes with 1 Fresh Wave Odor Removing Pack and a plastic refillable case.











Fresh Wave soy based candle is great for removing cooking odors, smoke, pet odor and more!  The candle looks pretty, burns cleanly and is environmentally friendly.  Candles come in several sizes.












Fresh Wave Laundry Booster gives your laundry detergent a boost by removing difficult, set in odors.  Add 2 to 4 capfuls during the wash or rinse cycle.  It's safe for High Efficiency machines.












Fresh Wave products are available in Bed, Bath and Beyond, Sur La Table, Target, and Ace Hardware stores.  Use the Store Locator on the Fresh Wave web site to enter your Zip Code and find a store near you that carries Fresh Wave products.  

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