Showing posts with label health. Show all posts
Showing posts with label health. Show all posts
Monday, 5 June 2017
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We're #WithNature - World Environment Day 2017

Dalmatian dog on NZ beach sitting beside driftwood shelter

Today is World Environment Day, and the 2017 theme is all about connecting people to nature, encouraging everyone to get out there, explore, and enjoy. One of the great (although it might not always feel that way at the time!) things about life with dogs is that we're always out and about for exercise, no matter what the weather. Dog's are great pawsonal trainers, aren't they? It is a miserable stormy rainy day in our part of the world today, but we hit the local beach all the same. Check out Oli with the cool driftwood forts - someone had fun building on the beach over the weekend!

Friday, 5 May 2017
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Behind the Scenes: Homemade Dog Breakfast of Champions!

Make it in May! Our final post of this week's special mini series is a peek at our healthy homemade dog breakfasts.  It's not a treat, but it is something homemade that our dogs enjoy every day.  If you've ever though about switching to homemade dog food or mixed feeding (this is what we currently do), why not make this the month that you look into it further and see whether it might be right for you and your dog?  Mixed feeding is honestly much simpler and more economical than I thought before we made the transition, and our dogs are wild about breakfast. Their general health has also improved with our changes in diet - both bought and homemade.

Grated vegetables in a food processor for making homemade dog food

Monday, 23 January 2017
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{RECIPE} Yogurt Gelatin Healthy Heart Gummy Dog Treats

Homemade yogurt and gelatin dog treats, heat-shaped, on a red and black background

These little hearts are so easy and our dogs LOVE them.  Made in two steps to protect the probiotic content of the yogurt, these gummies are quick healthy treats that you can feel good about sharing with your dog... even literally if you'd like to sample! I'm not into eating gelatin myself, but it's great for humans as well as dogs. When made with plain yogurt, these gummies are naturally a creamy white. The mixture can also be tinted with compatibly flavoured natural colourings (or a dog-safe food colouring) before pouring the prepared gelatin mixture into your molds, if you wish.

Monday, 16 January 2017
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Happy New Year! Holiday Blog Break Catch Up + News

Smiling Dalmatian dog in a red and white bandana

Happy New Year!  We hope that you all has a safe and enjoyable holiday season.  Our own little holiday blogging break has been a great relaxing family time-off together and now we're refreshed and ready for a whole new year of fun!  
Monday, 7 November 2016
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{RECIPE} Healthy Gummies for Dogs: Scratch + Shortcut

If you don't know where gelatin comes from you may want to turn back now before it's too late...  If you're brave and love your dog, read on. :) As noted in our post on ingredients we use for homemade dog treats and why, bone broth is a healthy homemade treat for dogs (and humans, if you're keen) and quality gelatin has some of the same health benefits.  Here's how we use bone broth for our dogs as well as a (much quicker!) healthy gummy dog treat.

Heart shaped homemade gelatin gummy dog treats

Thursday, 29 September 2016
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How to Create a Pet-Friendly Home Garden {Guest Post}

Smiling Dalmatian dog in front of hydrangea bushes

A dog-friendly home includes more than just the house, it's shared outdoor living spaces too.  In collaboration with Green in Real Life, here are some tips for creating, maintaining, and sharing a garden space with your furry family members.


Friday, 5 August 2016
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Olympic Inspired Sports to Enjoy with Your Dog

Adult Dalmatian dog and puppy playing with rugby balls

With the Olympics about tho start, here are some summer Olympic sports that you and your dog can enjoy together, because nothing beats having fun together! What's your favourite dog-friendly sport? 

Friday, 17 June 2016
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Chill Out! DIY Ideas for Keeping Dogs Cool this Summer

Collage of summer DIY ideas for dogs

This are cool, grey, wet, and wintery here, but many of our readers will be celebrating the arrival of summer next week.  In lieu of our usual Friday DIY, we have a round up of summer pet DIY ideas to help stay cool and healthy during hot weather.  We also have frozen dog treat recipes in the archives if you need a frosty snack or no-bake treats if you can't stand the thought of turning on the oven. :) Keep cool, furfriends!


Friday, 10 June 2016
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Homemade Natural Dog Paw Balm

Homemade dog paw balm with natural ingredients

Paw balm is handy for helping dry cracking, scrapes and cuts from fun at the beach and on our rocky trails, tenderness from playing a little too hard, or a little extra paw TLC in hot/cold conditions.  Many dogs (ours included) try to lick tender paws and other sore spots, so keeping things natural makes me more comfortable.  All the more so since our dogs often try to lick any cream or lotion that we apply, no matter how good/bad it might taste or what's might be in it!

Friday, 20 May 2016
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Creating a Home First Aid Kit for Our Pets

Making a first aid kit for pets

In follow on to last week's Free Pet Emergency Information Sheet Printables and reader comments/questions, here is a peak at our home first aid kit for our dogs and cat along with some handy links on assembling your own pet first aid kit.


Friday, 13 May 2016
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Free Emergency Pet Information Sheet Printables


We keep a binder of records for each of our pets; however, in the event of a medical emergency, home emergency, or natural disaster, it helps to have essential information readily at hand in your first aid kit or go-bag. I also recommend keeping a copy on your mobile phone along with a safe back-up location with either a trusted person or secure online file (or both).  You may not be at home when an emergency strikes and even if you are, access may not be feasible/safe.