Showing posts with label safety. Show all posts
Showing posts with label safety. Show all posts
Monday, 30 March 2020
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Isolation and Lockdown Life with Pets

Hibernating? Us too, and it's  not just the onset of our cool, wet, autumn weather. If you're following us on social media or are a fellow kiwi furfamily, you'll already know that New Zealand implemented a nationwide lockdown last week as a proactive measure to (hopefully) stem the spread of COVID-19. Here's what that means for upcoming posts on the blog, our furfamily life behind the scenes, ideas for maintaining a fun mental/physical stimulation for dogs, and links to other helpful resources for fellow pet owners 

Monday, 30 September 2019
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Using a Dog Stroller for Better Senior Quality of Life

Two dalmatian dogs on a walking trail with a large dog stroller

Life with a senior dog is filled with love, but also the sadness of watching them struggle or miss out on things that used to bring them joy.  When Oli started slowing down and retired from being my running buddy, we adapted to life by taking him on a separate walk if Humphrey and I were running.  As he slowed further, separate walkies become our daily norm. It's time consuming, but it gives both dogs the types of exercise they need and enjoy. Now the time has come to include a stroller in our exercise equipment for a better (and safer) senior quality of life. Here's the scoop on our stroller (good and bad) and adjusting to stroller life.

Wednesday, 25 September 2019
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Shelf-Life and Storage for Baked Dog Treats

Homemade dog treats in containers for storage

Our current FAQs, Tips, and Troubleshooting mini-series is all about DIY dog treats and today we're wrapping up the series (and the treats) with a look at the shelf life and storage of homemade baked biscuit dog treats. 

Monday, 9 April 2018
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Senior Dog Love - DIY Emergency Dog Mobility Support Sling

This is not the most exciting or glamorous DIY post, but if it helps another dog owner at some point then it's totally worth it. As shared in our post cataract surgery summary, Oli's temporary vision loss meant that we needed a pet sling urgently.  We have steps at both entrances, so no matter what, potty time would require assistance and there was zero chance of finding one in our small city nor time for a special order. Oli is a big boy and lifting is no easy task. So I quickly made one with materials on hand while they were on the drive home from surgery.

Owner holding homemade emergency dog mobility sling

Wednesday, 10 January 2018
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Houseplant Safety for Pet-Friendly Homes

Today is Houseplant Appreciation Day, and if you're a nature-loving animal-loving person (like me!) then you're keen to share you home with both plants and pets. With a little extra knowledge and some strategic placement to avoid unwanted nibbling, knock-overs, or (eek!) potty problems, indoor plants and pets can safely share your space. Not only can houseplants beautify your space, they can also help to purify the air (always helpful with pets...hehehe...), regulate humidity, and boost your well-being.

Red peace lily flower on a green background

Friday, 28 April 2017
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A Pinteresting Problem: Spam, Copyright, and Pinterest

Dalmatian dog looking a Pinterest on an iPad with though bubble about Pinterest

Hey there furfriends!  Some of you may have recently received an email from Pinterest letting you know that a pin had been removed from your boards because of a copyright compliant from us. Don't worry! We LOVE it when you pin our content! Unfortunately, there are a few users who take images/pins and use them to create identical pins misdirecting people to unrelated websites. Here are is a quick summary along with a few tips from Oli and Humphrey on how to play safe and fair on Pinterest. 

Friday, 21 April 2017
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Earth Day DIY Dog Toy Hospital Ideas for Longer Lasting Fun!

Dalmatian dog dressed as a doctor with a stethoscope

It's no secret that we love to spoil our dogs, but we're also conscious of our environmental pawprints.  In honour of Earth Day this Saturday, we're sharing some of our own DIY "Toy Hospital" methods for extending toy life for longer lasting fun as well as how materials can be repurposed before becoming waste. 

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, 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, 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.