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The Daily Brush

It is day 14 of blogmas and i thought it would be fun to talk about The Daily Brush.

  
As you can probably tell from the title i brush my dogs daily and when it comes to brushing its a daily thing that i do twice a day, Once in the morning and once at night. Depending on how rough the pups play is how many tangles they will have.

I spend about 5 minutes on each pup brushing them out, making sure there are no more tangles, and what makes it easier is my pups actually enjoy getting their hair brushed so they lay there until i am done.

  
This is something that works for me and my pups and I’m not saying you have to do this, again it works very well for my pups and I in keeping the matts away. If anyone was wondering I use a Chris Christiansen butter comb. It is on the more pricey side but it lasted 15 1/2 years with my moms dog and so far 3 years with my dogs and it still looks brand new. 

-Des

Frontline Plus

Welcome back to blogmas day 12! As you can probably tell by the title today i thought it would be fun to talk fleas….Or what prevents our furry little friends from getting bugs! 

  
Now As you can tell from the title, I use Frontline Plus for dogs. Its says it kills fleas, flea eggs and larvae, ticks and chewing lice. Its fast acting, long lasting, and water proof. Kills ticks, including those that may transmit lyme disease. Its only for Dogs and puppies 8 weeks or older and 5-22 pounds.

  
I started using this brand because of my mom. She used it on her yorkie Lil Bear who lived 15 1/2 years bug free. So when i got my two littles i wanted to use the same one. My pups are three years old and never had bugs (knock on wood) and never had a reaction to this.

  
When you apply frontline to your pups, you open up the applicator and apply it to the skin in-between the shoulder blades. I like to apply it every month to prevent any little unwanted guests from catching a ride.

  
Frontline is definitely a brand that i trust and will continue to use throughout my pups lives. This is also a brand i suggest to other dog owners because its really the only brand i know and it works the best for us. My question is what do you use to keep the bugs away and how did you come across it?

-Dezi

Kennels?

Welcome to blogmas day 10!

  
Today i thought i would share why i “kennel” my pups, when the pups use it, and what is in it. I get questions about this all the time, so i thought it would be a blog worthy subject. So lets get digging! 

  
I call it a Safety Spot which is a safe place for my pups to go to when they are feeling a bit overwhelmed. Like a kennel its enclose and can be opened and close whenever. This allows the pups to have time to themselves and when they enter this spot everyone knows not to bug them and when they are ready they will come back out and socialize.

  
This area is a carpeted place with their pee pad, toys, water bowl, beds and blankets. They always go in and out because this is where they go to the bathroom, and drink. The only time i close the door is when i go to the grocery store, but they have plenty of room to run and play if they wanted to. My pups don’t sleep in here over night, they sleep in my bed with me. 

  
This is something that works for me and my pups and I’m not saying you have to have one, this is just something that works for us, i thought i would share because we get asked about it all the time. What do you guys do with your pups? Do you have a safety spot? let me know in the comments below.

-Dezi

Puppy Christmas Cookies

Day 6 out of the Christmas countdown and its time for a puppy blog, so i thought it would be fun to share some puppy cookie recipes. So here is Peanut Butter Oatmeal.

INGREDIENTS:

2 Cups Flour

1 Cup Rolled Oats

1/3 Cup Peanut Butter

*Make sure your PB is Xylitol free

1 1/4 Hot Water

*Additional flour for rolling

INSTRUCTIONS:

Pre Heat Oven to 350º F

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set it aside

Mix dry ingredients together

After you combined the dry ingredients mix in PB and Hot water

Once you kneed the dough, roll it into 1/4″ thickness, cut into holiday and place onto your lined cookie sheet

Bake cookies for about 30 minutes or until it become golden brown

Let them cool and serve to your puppies and their guests

STORING:

You can store the cookies in the refrigerator for 3 weeks and in the freezer for  6 months. i like to cut the recipes and if it still makes a lot i hand them out to the neighborhood pups.

These are super simple to make and the pups really do enjoy it a lot.I also love giving these to our neighbors pups, puppy friends and puppy cousins, it is the season for giving!

We hope you guys enjoy!

-Dezi

 

 

Photos With Santa

 
Day 4 of the 25 days till Christmas countdown and did you know your pups could take a photo with Santa?

  
Well you read right! At your local pet smart and petco store your pup can get a picture with the big guy! Be sure to mark your calendars because they only do it for three weekends so be sure to make time to take an adorable puppy picture with the one and only. My pups and I have our date and can’t wait to take a picture!  

I think it’s a super cute way to get a photo of your pup with the big guy! You can also help an animal in need if you buy a photo, it is the holidays and it’s a great time to give back!! Will your fur baby sit on Santa’s lap this year? 

-Dezi 

Advent Calendars

 Its day two of December, which means another piece of chocolate for me and a special treat for the pups!

  
Did you know there are advent calendars for dogs? I found this out last year so of course its now a Christmas tradition in my family to get an advent calendar for the pups! 

  
I havnt seen them in stores BUT if you look on amazon they have some! I thinks is more in the UK because that’s where I find a lot more variety. I think its the cutest thing in the whole entire world! Just like regular advent calendars each square has a little puppy treat, so each night before we go to bed we open the little door and get the goodies! 

  
Some of the calendars have special little gifts inside, which is pretty exciting! Will you be getting an advent calendar for your furry friends? 

-Dezi

Pumpkin Pie Puppy Treat

Thanksgiving is all about being thankful and sharing, last year i decided to find a puppy safe pumpkin pie recipee that i can give to my little ones as a treat on thanksgiving as a gratitude of my love and because why cant puppies celebrate thanksgiving with you? So this is a Pumpkin pie Puppy Treat, but make sure you moderate how many you give them, you dont want them in a little pumpkin pie coma!

  

INGREDIENTS: 

  • 3 Tbsp. Peanut Butter

          (make sure it doesnt contain xylitol in it, some companies have been adding this into the PB)

  • 1 Cup Flour

          (you can use whatever flour is safe for your pup)

  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Cup Pumkin Puree

          (NOT pumkin pie filling)

  • 1 Tspn. Honey

           (Optional) 

      

    DIRECTIONS:

    • Pre Heat oven to 350º 
    • Lighty spray a tray of 24 mini muffin tin with pupy friendly spray.
    • Combine PB, Flour, Water and Egg in a bowl and stir well
    • Divide the dough evenly throughout the tray, be sure to press to the bottom and up and along the sides.
    • Add the honey to the pumkin puree and mix well
    • Add your honey pumpkin filling to your crust.
    • Bake for 18-20 minutes until the tops begin to brown.
    • Let the pies cool and serve.

    You can place in an airtight container and refrigerate them for a week or you can freeze up to three months. This recipee will make 2 dozen mini puppy pumkin pies so what i like to do is cut the recipee in half or package them and give them to all our puppy friends!

    -Dezi

    Puppy Talk

    I have had pups my whole life, and ive come across tips that work and that dont work. BUT i am always on the lookout to  best help out my furry friend. So here are some recent discoveries and older discoveries that i use! 
      
    1. If your pup eats fast, try putting a ball in their bowl to help slow them down. This definitely worked on one of my dogs but the other one just sat anad looked at it.

      
    2. A carabiner makes it a quick and easy way to secure your pups leash when you are out in public. I showed this trick to my aunt and uncle and they use it all the time.

      
    3. Doggy CPR. This is very helpful in a scary situation, luckily i have never had to use it on my pups and hopefully you will never have to use it on yours but it is very helpful thing to know just incase.

      
    4. Play fetch down hill. My pup Bambi(RIP) loved playing fetch, he was also very hyper and this worked out very well for us and he loved it.

     
    5. Easily remove pet hair from your carpet by usuing a squeegee. I have never tried this one personally but my aunt has and she says it works.

     
    6. Know your pups language. If you can read your furry friends body language than its easier for you to help them and know what they might do next and you can stop the situation before it even becomes a situation. This goes for other dogs as well. Read other pups body language.  

      
    7. Baking soda and vinager helps get pet urine out of your carpet.

      
    8. Know what harms your pup, this is helpful in so many ways because it can keep your furry friend safe.

      
    9. If your pup hates when you brush their teeth squeeze some dog toothpaste onto a nylabone or a rope toy.

      
    10. If your pup isnt feeling too well, just add some low sodium chicken broth to their drinking water.

         *this helps with puppy dehydration and if they cant keep the food down.

      
    Another fun little suggestion i have done with my pups is make sure i have the vet number in my phone and a 24 hour vet number and address in my phone just to be on the safe side incase anything were to happen.

    -Dezi

    Packing A Pup Bag: Disneyland

      
    Its that time again, a Disenyland trip with my pups! This is what we pack for the littles! 

    CERTIFICATION OF VACCINATION:  The first ting we do is make sure the pups Certificate Of Vaccination is up to date. This certificate is important espceially if you are going to board them or put them in the Disneyland Kennel Club you need to make sure there Bordetella, DHPP and Rabbies are up to date.

    FOOD:

      

    I have my whole system when it comes to packing the food. 3days times 2 pups=6 cups of food than just to be on the safe side i add 2 more cups. 

       
    I also like to pack them there treats which are just the milkbone  bones. This doesnt have a process i just grab two handfulls and toss them in a different bag.

    PEE PADS: 

    The pups both know how to go outside BUT when they are trained to go on the pee pad, so i use the same equation as the food 3days x 2pups = 6 pads and just incase i add another 4 to get 10 pads because we use one for when they are in the kennel along with the hotel room.

    BLANKETS &TOYS:  

    Since they do go in the kennel i bring a blanket from home one for each of them, and the week we are going to leave i make sure to sleep with it in the bed so when i leave them they have my scent with the blankets, i do this because ive read it helps keep them calm and its something familiar they have in a new enviroment  

    I like to pack 2 toys. When they were younger they each got a little stuffed bear that my cousin and i gave them and that is the ups all time favorite toy so i make sure to bring the bears and i than pack one small rope toy, because they like ropes.

     LEASHES & COLLARS: 

    To be honest i just pack one set for each pup because i dont want to worry if i lose the extra set.

    BAGS:

    I am the crazy bag lady.. i pack two different bags.

      

    Bag #1 is there rolling kennel. I use this incase its gets too crowded or overwhelming when we walk to Disneyland  or in Downtown Disney and they just need a place of reassurence.

      

    Bag #2 is just a small little bag that holds EVERYTHING so pretty much a puppy suitcase

    FOOD & WATER BOWLS:

      

    I pack two pop up water bowls, one for the kennel and walks and the other for the hotel room. It makes it easier because one will always be availablefor them. 

    Food bowls i only have one set of pop up bowls one for each pup, because i will always be with them to feed them so the food bowls can stay in the hotel room.

    BOWS & BOW TIES:

      
    Everyday is dapper day especially in Disneyland. So i make sure to pack all there Disney bows and bow ties.

    -Dezi

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