December 9, 2013
December 6, 2013
1. Cat-on Le Ver cat scratcher / 2. Mungo and Maud knitted mouse toy / 3. Lily’s kitchen Merry little cat treats / 4. West Paw Design Ho-ho hairball toy / 5. Trixie Cat activity fun board / 6. Fuzzyard Adventurer reversible bed / 7. Waggo Metallic dipper & Specktacular bowls
Cats don’t really care about holidays, but this is the time of year when we can all spend a little extra without feeling weird. Maybe your cat doesn’t need a new toy or a new bed, but it is nice to spoil them every now and then, right? This is as much a shopping guide as it is a personal wish list for me. I even added a few “dog” products, that are good for cats too. Because we all know cats are really the size of smaller dogs. And if I think of my Fergie, she could take a Chihuahua down. But joking aside, I love every single item and I’m sure any cat would too.
December 5, 2013
I can’t remember the exact first time I made these, but I had to be around 5 years old. And I don’t remember the last time I made them either, but it has been a while. Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about ornaments that are safe for pets. Overall, I think none are perfect, but dough ornaments are still a lot safer than the ones made from glass. So, I decided to make some. These ornaments are really easy to make and this is definitely one of those DIYs that can be a family one. I think kids of any age would love to participate.
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 cup (fine ground) salt
- 3/4 cup water
- cookie cutters of any shape
- yarn, twine or any other string you like
- plastic drinking straw
- baking paper
- Preheat your oven to 80°C (175°F).
- In a bowl, combine the flour and salt.
- Add half of your water and mix all the ingredients together (use a spatula or a mixer with the dough hook). Then gradually add water and continue mixing the ingredients. The dough should stick together and be hard to the touch, but not sticky.
- Slightly flour your working surface, knead the dough on it for a minute or two and roll it out to about 1 cm (about half an inch) thick or less.
- Cut out the desired shapes and transfer them on a baking sheet, covered with baking paper.
- Cut out the smaller holes (for hanging the ornaments) with the straw (just firmly press it into the dough).
- Put the ornaments into the oven, but don’t fully close the oven door. I let mine slightly opened. This is important because we are drying the ornaments. If the oven is too hot, they will cook. Let them dry for about 15-20 minutes.
- Turn the oven off, flip the ornaments over, close the oven and let the ornaments in, in case they haven’t dried completely. The amount of time needed depends on the thickness of the ornaments.
All you have to do next is let them cool off and thread through the twine.
December 2, 2013
November 18, 2013
November 16, 2013
1. Hurtta waterproof fleece overall / 2. Hurtta ultimate warmer / 3. Ruffwear Summit Trex boots / 4.Mungo & Maud cashmere pullover / 5. Ruffwear reflective rope leash / 6. Cain & Able paw and nose rub / 7. Opie & Dixie Snoutstick nose balm / 8. Happytails fur butter
It’s that time of the year when it’s only getting colder and colder. Just like during the summer months, dogs need some special care during the winter too.
Whether it rains or snows, a lot of dogs are sensitive to that so a rain coat is always a good choice. If you live in an area that gets a lot of snowfall a fleece overall is even better. Smaller dogs and dogs with short hair get colder a lot easier, but apart from polar breeds, dogs with long hair are no exception. And what happens often with dogs that have longer hair, is that the snow gets stuck in their fur and your dog can end up looking like a snow man. Hurtta do amazing overalls, that will really protect your furry friend.
Because days are shorter during the winter months, chances are you’ll be walking your dog in the dark. A great safety solution for that is a reflective leash, that makes you and your pouch more visible. You can also find reflective jackets or collar pendants, and any of these is a good choice.
There are a few ways you can protect your dog’s paws. If your dog is okay with wearing boots, that is a bonus, because boots really protect the paws not just from salt, but from anything that could be hidden in the snow. But because boots are not for everyone, applying some paw rub before going out will help. A quick solution would also be some great old Vaseline. Once you come home, first clean your dog’s paws with a warm cloth, and then apply some paw rub to all the paws. Dogs’ paws can get dry and cracked, so some moisturizing will solve that. But always buy things that are safe for dogs.
A dog’s nose is very similar. Not only is that a very sensitive area, it’s also exposed to everything. So if it gets dry because of the cold dry air, you should rub some balm on it too.
How sensitive your dog’s fur is, is something only you know, but I was happy to find a Fur Butter that is made for moisturizing the fur. We all know how damaging chilly weather can be, so investing in a product like this is always beneficial in my opinion. This can also be a bonding and relaxing experience for you and your pouch.
But speaking of paws, noses and fur, you should always keep in mind that if nothing helps your dog and its problems are persistent, you might want to talk to your vet. Poor looking fur could be a sign of an underlying disease.
Once you are all ready for the colder months, the most important thing to do is just enjoy and have fun with your fur buddy!