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I’ve always been a bit jealous of people who have pets that don’t mind playing dress up. My uncle has a Pomeranian that LOVES playing dress up. She figured out a long time ago that dressing up got her extra treats and attention, so now she patiently waits for you to dress her, then proceeds to prance about so in an “I’m so pretty” fashion. I tried to put an elf hat and jingle collar on Octavian once and he refused to do anything but glare and lay on the floor in a melted boneless kitty lump. The offending hat was later mysteriously shredded. Since all my fur babies are indoor only cats they don’t even wear collars anymore. Which I didn’t mind until I got an email from Bauble Bar featuring their latest batch of baby bling.
I want to buy my babies bling so badly! They would be fashionable as well as adorable.
All images from Bauble Bar.
Many of you have adopted furry friends from various rescue organizations and/or animal shelters, and you know how important these places are to giving our four legged friends a second chance at finding a family. Artist Hannah Evelyn Rowlands has a fantastic idea to help raise funds for a non-profit animal shelter in her area. For £12 (that’s about $19.50 US) she will draw a sweet custom portrait of your dog, and will then donate £10 of the proceeds to help dogs while they are waiting to find their forever homes.
I know $20 for a sketch might seem a little strange, but believe me when I tell you how much of a difference it will make. Your donation could save someone’s life. My furry ones may not be the biggest fan of dogs, but they still give this idea four paws way up.
Images from here.
And yes, I totally stole the title of this post from the original blog Simmer Till Done, it was just to good to pass up. I’ve been thinking of expanding my baking into pet friendly foods, with the holidays coming up I try make sure all of my fuzzy nieces and nephews have a little something special too. Something to help with the tummy troubles that are the result of pilfered snacks, “edible” decorations and over indulgent guest, seem like it might be just the thing. Blogger Marilyn came up with these little biscuits as a way to trick her four year old retriever Cleo into consuming the vet prescribed table spoon of pumpkin. She had a few shots of the patients pitiful reaction to her owner trying to “force” her to eat the vile gunk, this one was my favorite.
Pumpkin!? No! Please? I am adorable and you don’t really want me to eat that. Look, tummy, wanna forget this whole pumpkin mess and give me belly scratches instead?
Hey, whattucha got there? Is that food? For me?
Cleo’s Pumpkin Dog Biscuits
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
2 tablespoons dry milk
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 1/2 cups brown rice flour *
1 teaspoon dried parsley (optional)
Preheat oven to 350.
In large bowl, whisk together eggs and pumpkin to smooth. Stir in dry milk, sea salt, and dried parsley (if using, optional). Add brown rice flour gradually, combining with spatula or hands to form a stiff, dry dough. Turn out onto lightly floured surface (can use the brown rice flour) and if dough is still rough, briefly knead and press to combine.
Roll dough between 1/4 – 1/2″ – depending on your dog’s chew preferences, ask first – and use biscuit or other shape cutter to punch shapes, gathering and re-rolling scraps as you go. Place shapes on cookie sheet, no greasing or paper necessary. If desired, press fork pattern on biscuits before baking, a quick up-and-down movement with fork, lightly pressing down halfway through dough. Bake 20 minutes. Remove from oven and carefully turn biscuits over, then bake additional 20 minutes. Allow to cool completely on rack before feeding to dog.
* Brown rice flour gives the biscuits crunch and promotes better dog digestion. Many dogs have touchy stomachs or allergies, and do not, like many people I know, tolerate wheat.
Makes up to 75 small (1″) biscuits or 50 medium biscuits
Please note: This is not professional medical advice. These biscuits are a healthy everyday treat, and useful for a dog with a sensitive stomach, or minor digestion issues. If your dog is showing any signs of serious distress, remove all food and contact your veterinarian immediately.
I personally agree with Cleo, pumpkin? Gross! But that just means more pie for the rest of you.
Images and recipe from here.
I’ve always considered myself to be a “cat person”. I still love dogs, there is a little corgi in St. Pete named Ruby Louise who steals my heart every time I see her, but like children I never really thought owning a dog was for me. Obviously, if you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time you know I’ve since changed my mind on the subject of having children and within the last year or so I have been toying with the idea of having a dog. I love my fuzzy little felines, but they are stubborn and spoiled and they have no qualms about letting me know how little they need me. While that is all well and good, there are sometimes, every now and again, when I would really love to have a pet that was happy when I came home, who would sit for treats or tummy scratches and who would let me get away with doing this.
Blogger Amanda Wright, from Wit & Whistle fashioned these adorable crowns from toilet paper rolls, twine and a little metallic paint, to celebrate the 4th and 6th birthdays of her fuzzy children Mable and Oliver. Although the duo weren’t wild about their birthday head gear, they were willing to indulge their mom for a few moments in exchange for treats. I tried putting an elf hat on Octavian a few years ago for Christmas….yeah 3 blurry photos and two seriously scratched up forearms later, I decided we didn’t need a Christmas card after all.
Images from here.