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Monday, December 29, 2014

Resolutions for the New Year and your Dog

As 2014 comes to an end and we look to the new year to improve ourselves, we should consider resolving to spend more time with our dogs and doing things to improve their quality of life.
The American Kennel Club offers the following tips on how we can start the year off right by resolving to do more with our dogs in 2015:
1.  Whether you have a puppy that has yet to start training classes or an older dog that has forgotten his manners, training classes teach important commands and socialization needed to help both dog and owner to be responsible members of society, not to mention that training is a great way for dogs and owners to bond.
2. Resolve to train your dog to compete in fun events in the new year. Agility, obedience and rally competitions are a fun and rewarding experience for all dogs. You'll meet new people with a similar love for dogs and watch your pup grow into a well-behaved, even-tempered, physically fit companion.
3. Exercise is extremely important for your dog's health. Daily exercise is good for your dog's heart, lungs, circulatory system and muscles, in addition to helping him maintain a healthy weight. Obesity causes many health problems in dogs, and being overweight can shorten your dog's life.
4, Dogs love helping others, and they're invaluable in providing service to humans - visiting the sick, helping the disabled, locating missing persons and much more. There are many ways dog owners can put their special skills to use in their community. Contact the volunteer director at your local hospital to find out how you can volunteer or visit a home-bound neighbor.
For more information on all of the things you can do with your dog, visit the AKC at www.akc.org.





Read more here: http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/12/29/4050664/resolve-to-do-more-with-your-dog.html#storylink=cpy
Sunday, December 7, 2014

Dog Care: Tips to Keep Your Best Friend Healthy

This is a great article about feeding your dogs that I wanted to share.  It comes from Pets.WebMD - they have a ton of great information on whatever you might be looking for.  Have some fun, take the quiz and see what you know about feeding your dog!  http://bit.ly/1w3P2cl



Saturday, October 25, 2014

Halloween Safety for Pets

1.  Making sure your pet has proper identification will increase the chances of his safe return should he become lost or wander away.

2.  Keep pets indoors for Halloween.  There are people out there who choose to do harm to our precious pets and this tends to increase on Halloween.  Outdoor cats and especially black cats are at risk of being harmed, so if possible keep them indoors during this holiday.

3.  All the doorbell ringing and scary costumes can be stressful for pets, so keep them contained and away from the door for the evening.  If possible, find them their own long-lasting treat (a Kong frozen toy or Antlerz dog chew) to keep them occupied.  It might even help to play some relaxing music to help cover the sound of the doorbell and trick-or-treaters.

4.  Make sure all Halloween treats are kept away from pets.  Candy and especially chocolate can be deadly to pets.

5.  If you choose to put your pet in a costume, choose something that fits properly and doesn't restrict mobility or breathing, and never leave your pet alone in a costume.

BE SAFE AND HAVE A HAPPY HALLOWEEN!


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Celebrate Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week

September 21-27, 2014 is Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week.  According to PetFinder.com, many factors can make a pet seem less adoptable.  According to their survey, the less adoptable pet waits nearly four times longer than average pets to find a home, sometimes as long as two years.

According to PetFinder, the pets that have the hardest time finding a home are:

28% Senior Pets
21% Pit Bull Type Dogs
19% Special Needs Pets
19% Adult Cats

To learn more about the different kinds of "less-adoptable" pets, check out these links from PetFinder.  Then consider making one of these special pets a part of your family!  If you're not at that point in life at this moment, you can help by liking and sharing to get their info out there for others to see!

Senior Dogs:  https://www.petfinder.com/videos/video?id=19084320

Sully

Senior Cats:   https://www.petfinder.com/pet-adoption/cat-adoption/10-reasons-senior-cats-rule/

Chewy's happy tail

Pit Bull Types:  https://www.petfinder.com/pet-adoption/dog-adoption/reasons-why-pit-bulls-rule/

Jemima thinks she's a lap dog and loves attention.



Special Needs/Health Concerns:  https://www.petfinder.com/dogs/dog-health

Tanzy makes a sweet poster kitty for Adopt-a-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week.



For more information see PetFinder.com:  https://www.petfinder.com/less-adoptable-pet-week/
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Just Pet Me! Why Your Dog Wishes You Would Stop Talking And Start Petting

This is a fun story from Petguide.com written by  Photos by: Will Marlow/Flickr. 
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!  http://www.petguide.com/blog/dog/just-pet-me-why-your-dog-wishes-you-would-stop-talking-and-start-petting/

Scientists have discovered something many dog lovers may already know, at least intuitively: our canine companions prefer petting over vocal praise.

Two researchers from the University of Florida wondered which type of praise dogs would prefer, and whether it mattered who the petting or praise came from: their owner or a stranger. So, they devised a study to find out.
They tested three different sets of dogs for their experiment, alternating the type of praise given out in each session. Group 1 was made up of shelter dogs. Group 2 consisted of dogs who had owners but received their petting and praise from strangers. Group 3 was made up of dogs with their owners giving pets and praise. Then, the scientists measured how long the dogs stayed in close proximity to the humans based on the type of praise being given. The result? All of the dogs in every group stuck closer to the human test subjects when being petted; they all preferred petting over being given vocal praise.
The second part of the experiment placed the dogs into two groups: one consisting of shelter dogs and strangers and another consisting of dogs with their owners. This time, the dogs only received one kind of praise per session: either petting or vocal praise (or no interaction at all). Again, it didn’t matter whether they were a shelter or “owned” dog: all the pups stuck closer to the humans when the type of praise they received was petting, not words.
Somewhat surprisingly, the dogs hung around their human companions for the same amount of time when they received vocal praise versus when there was no interaction at all! Not only that, but the dogs had a seemingly endless appetite for petting. They never got sick of being petted, no matter how long the session or who was dishing it out. Basically, if your dog could talk, he or she would be screaming, “PET ME, HUMAN!!!” to you and everyone else.
Oddly enough, the same researchers did a previous study of dogs and determined that the only thing that motivates them more than petting is food. Dog parents everywhere are letting out a collectively sarcastic “No way! Are you serious?!
The moral of the story? When it comes to pooches, actions seem to speak louder than words. Feel free to issue all the “Good dogs!” you want, but make sure you add some behind-the-ear scratches to your repertoire, too. Or just ply them with treats. Your dog will thank you for it.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Cuddle Clones Now Available through SimplyDogStuff.com


Have you ever wished you could clone your pooch and keep her with you forever?  Now you can keep her memory alive forever in your own Cuddle Clone.  

Top 10 reasons for cloning your precious pet according to past customers:

  1. Your pet is so cute or unique looking that you must clone him or her immediately. 
  2. Can’t find a unique gift for that crazy pet-loving friend of yours? Cuddle Clones make great gifts for dog lovers and cat lovers.
  3. Your pet has passed away and you miss hugging him or her.
  4. You must have every pet product known on Earth.
  5. Your daughter can’t bear to leave her best friend behind when she leaves for college or the military.
  6. You lost the pet custody battle in a breakup.
  7. You love to support a pet-friendly business that is devoted to having a positive impact on the pet community.
  8. You’ve wanted to scientifically clone your pet for some time now but can’t quite afford the $50,000 price tag.
  9. Cuddle Clones can go places real pets can’t go (work, vacation, the grocery store, nursing home).
  10. You want to memorialize all the pets you’ve fallen in love with over the years.

Check them out!  For 10% off use coupon code "SimplyDogs."
Sunday, June 29, 2014

FOURTH OF JULY PET SAFETY

We all know pets can be unpredictable during stressful or noisy situations.  So the following are a few tips to help our pets stay safe during the holiday celebrations.

  1. Make sure your pet has up-to-date identification tags.
  2. We all like to be with our pets during fun family events but where fireworks or firecrackers are involved it's best to leave your pet safely at home.
  3. Make sure windows and doors are securely closed.
  4. You could leave some music playing for comfort purposes as well as to help mask noises they may hear at home.
  5. If you are concerned that your pet may become uncontrollably anxious while at home alone, you could discuss with your vet the possibility of sedation.
  6. There are other products available that may help.  Rescue Remedy is a natural herbal formula that has had good results.  A few drops are place on a pet treat or in your pet's water or even rubbed on their belly and it will last 8-10 hours. There are also Anxiety Wraps or Thundershirts which have had good results.  These are only worn when needed and work by using pressure points to help with calming.
  7. If you do happen to lose a pet, make sure to put out some food and water as well as a blanket or bed that will provide comfort for them in case they return while you are away.
  8. While it's always smart to check with your local shelters, we've also had great success networking through facebook to help reunite lost pets.

 Happy Independence Day!

Be Safe!

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Minimizing Pet Stress During Moving



Let’s face it, no one likes to move.  It’s one very stressful situation for the whole family and that includes the family pets!  I recently watched my friend struggle through a very stressful move across the country with her family which included one dog, three cats, and four goats.  There were so many things to consider I thought I’d share some of the things I learned.


If at all possible plan ahead, and start your packing early to avoid last minute panic.


For out-of-state moves, talk with your veterinarian or the state vet about entry regulations for your particular state.  Make sure this is done early so everything is in order in plenty of time for your move.  You will also want to schedule a visit with your vet to make sure all your pet’s shots are up to date.  You will also likely need a health certificate and rabies certificate for crossing state lines.


Get updated tags with your new phone/address before the big move and make sure your pets are wearing them at move time so if anything unforeseen happens, you can be contacted.    

In the weeks leading up to the move, prepare your pets by gradually acclimating them to their crates. Leave the crates open with a little food inside and a blanket.  When they are comfortable spending time in the crate it will make traveling in the crate less stressful.

Keep your pet’s routine with feeding, walking, playtime as normal as possible.  Even if you need to take a break from your packing to get in a little puppy playtime, this will help minimize their stress.

Before movers start showing up, make a pet room.  Place their crates, food, water, some toys, whatever they need to make them feel comfortable in the room.  Place a sign on the door that states, “Pet Room, Do Not Open.” This will keep anyone from getting stressed and running off at the last minute.

When you arrive at your new home try the same idea.  Set up one room as a pet room where they can have a quiet space with their food, water, and toys.  Leave that door closed and let them get acclimated to that room while all the unloading is going on.  Dogs actually adjust better than cats.  Once you arrive in your new home, only let your pet out on a leash, at least until they become familiar with their new home.  You may want to keep cats in the pet room for as long as a week or two until they adjust to the new home. When they seem comfortable, gradually introduce them to other rooms in the house, while keeping some doors shut so as not to overwhelm them by turning them loose with access to the whole house.


Remember animals will pick up on your anxiety and stress and act accordingly, so the more you can try to relax and just roll with it, the better off they will be also.



Thursday, May 22, 2014

MEMORIAL DAY STOREWIDE SALE

CHECK OUT SIMPLYDOGSTUFF.COM FOR OUR MEMORIAL DAY SUPER SALE!


While planning your Memorial Day activities don't forget a visit to SimplyDogStuff.com.  We are having a Super Sale from Friday, May 23 through Monday, May 26, with 25% off your entire order as well as our always low $5.95 flat-rate shipping.  Use coupon code "holiday" at checkout to obtain discount and don't forget to hit recalculate.

We have a lot of new items to check out for your furbaby. 
We have a large selection of super cute new collars.  

http://simplydogstuff.com/item_1720/Pink-Ice-Cream-Dog-Collars-and-Leads.htmhttp://simplydogstuff.com/item_1734/Flower-Fashion-Metallic-Leather-Dog-Collars.htmhttp://simplydogstuff.com/item_1731/38-Pearl-Dog-Collars.htm




http://simplydogstuff.com/item_1377/Woof-Ceramic-Bowls-Treat-Jars.htmhttp://simplydogstuff.com/item_1372/Houndstooth-Bowls-Treat-Jars-Collection.htm    
We have darling dog food bowls and treat jars in cute styles to complement any decor.



If you're looking for a great micronutrient support for your pooch try our Qpets from Qsciences.  It supports brain and mood health, easing aggressive and panicked behavior. 


supporting brain and mood health. It's a great option for easing aggressive or panicked behavior - See more at: http://simplydogstuff.com/item_1747/QSciences-QPets-Micronutrient-Support.htm#sthash.JrmGG10t.dpuf











So while your out and about having a great holiday weekend don't forget to pick up something for your sweet pooch.




They fell, but o'er their glorious grave
Floats free the banner of the cause they died to save.
~Francis Marion Crawford

 

We hope you enjoy your time spent in remembrance of loved ones lost this holiday, 

as well as time spent with loved ones remaining.

 

 

Sunday, May 18, 2014

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE DOG NAME?



In my grooming business I hear a lot of different dog names which I always find fun and interesting, so I thought I’d check out the most popular dog names and share them with you.  According to Vetstreet.com and Cuteness.com I compiled the following lists of top names.  I originally set out to list the top 10 girl names and top 10 boy names, but there were so many cute names, that I took the top 10 from both sites and threw out the duplicates, leaving me with a few more than 10 each.  I would love to hear your opinions.  What’s your favorite?  Do you agree or disagree?  We would love to see and post your pup’s name and photo on our website.  Just email a picture to SimplyDogStuff@gmail.com along with his/her name and where you live if you wish to have that included and we will share it on our site, SimplyDogStuff.com.

Check out our post on Facebook and chime in with your opinion.  We always love to hear interesting dog names!


Top Girl Dog Names

  1. Bella
  2. Daisy
  3. Molly
  4. Lucy
  5. Sadie
  6. Maggy
  7. Sophie
  8. Chloe
  9. Roxy
  10. Zoey
  11. Lola

Top Boy Dog Names

  1. Buddy
  2. Max 
  3. Bailey
  4. Charlie
  5. Rocky
  6. Cooper
  7. Jack
  8. Duke
  9. Bear
  10. Peanut
  11. Jake
  12. Bentley
  13. Toby
  14. Lucky


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

NATIONAL PET WEEK

May 4-10, 2014 is National Pet Week and Be Kind to Animals Week!  



 
For being your best friend, your confidante, your protector, for all the cuddles, snuggles, for all the laughter and tears, for all the love and devotion they show,  let's do a little something extra for our pets this week!  Here are just a few ideas from SimplyDogStuff.com...

  • Schedule a trip to the vet for a wellness exam - update immunizations.
  • Go for an extra long walk and enjoy the outdoors!
  • For their safety, have your pet microchipped!
  • Have some extra play time with Fido!
  • Adopt a homeless pet from a shelter or rescue!
  • Volunteer your time at a shelter or rescue!
  • Give your furbaby some extra cuddly snuggle time!
Whatever you choose to do with your time remember...




Monday, April 28, 2014

Spring Shopping Boutique - Join Us!


We've been busy getting ready for the Big Bodacious Spring Boutique Shopping Expo in Spanish Fork over Mother's Day weekend.  It will be held Friday and Saturday, May 9 and 10 at the Spanish Fork Fairgrounds.  We've gathered some of our best selling doggy products as well as some new items for everyone to check out.  So if you're interested in seeing the quality of our products or just chatting about what we have available at SimplyDogStuff.com, come on over and visit.  Attached is a ticket for the door prizes.  Feel free to print it out as many times as you wish to pass on to friends.  Here are a few of the items you might see at our booth at the Expo.

         http://simplydogstuff.com/item_1641/Hot-Pink-and-Lime-Green-Plaid-Lady-Bug-Fabric-Dog-Harness-and-Leash.htm

http://simplydogstuff.com/item_1661/Deluxe-Pet-Tote--Pink-Plaid.htm

















Saturday, April 12, 2014

SPRING SALE AT SIMPLYDOGSTUFF.COM

Spring has Sprung at SimplyDogStuff.com so Hop on over and take advantage of some Great Savings!

Spring is upon us and at SimplyDogStuff we have been busy adding some great new products for your pup! Through Sunday, April 20,  you can save 20% on all your purchases and as always save with our low $5.95 flat-rate shipping.  Just enter "spring20" in the coupon field at checkout and click recalculate to obtain your discount.  

If your little diva needs some bling for spring you'll find it here.  Take a look at our Fabuleash collars and matching leashes as well as our adorable harnesses.
http://simplydogstuff.com/item_1690/Fabuleash-Beaded-Dog-Collar--Fireball-Collars.htm










 We also have some fantastic new cozy dog beds and dog blankets that are perfect for nap time.
http://simplydogstuff.com/item_1701/Black-Fancy-Leopard-Embossed-Dog-Bed.htm


 And if you don't like to go anywhere without your little furbaby, we have a great selection of dog totes.   
http://simplydogstuff.com/item_1661/Deluxe-Pet-Tote--Pink-Plaid.htm

Thursday, March 13, 2014

St. Patrick's "Save Your Green" Sale

from SimplyDogStuff.com

 

 


To "Save Your Green" this St. Patrick's Day, head over to SimplyDogStuff.com and check out the savings available on our great selection of Pet Products.  All Sports Apparel is marked down as well as Winter Coats, our Tug and Fetch Toy Collection as well as many of our Dog Harnesses.

Also through Sunday, March 23, when you spend $100, you save $15.
Enter CouponCode "Save15" at checkout and click Recalculate to obtain discount.



 http://simplydogstuff.com/category_22/Dog-Sports-Bandannas-.htm
 http://simplydogstuff.com/category_60/Dog-Coats.htm
 http://simplydogstuff.com/category_48/Dog-Toys.htm
 http://simplydogstuff.com/item_1647/Gingham-and-Bows-Cool-Mesh-Dog-Harness-and-Leash--Green.htm
 http://simplydogstuff.com/item_1655/Lady-Bug-Cool-Mesh-Dog-Harness-and-Leash--Green.htm
Monday, February 24, 2014

Dog Treat Recipes – Hits and Misses



Like a lot of people I’m always looking to save money on the grocery bill and the cost of dog treats, especially with a houseful of dogs, is one way to do it.  There's always the safety issue to worry about as well.  So I like to check out new dog treat recipes and try them on my dogs.  Some turn out to be winners and some are big flops.  So today I thought I’d share a couple I’ve tried as well as my dogs’ opinions on the outcome.


Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dog Treats
2-1/2 C whole wheat flour
2 large eggs
2/3 c pumpkin puree, canned or fresh
3 Tbs peanut butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix all ingredients in stand mixer with paddle attachment on medium about one minute or until dough looks like a bunch of little balls.  If you pinch it and it crumbles, add  a little water.  Form the dough into a ball.  Place on lightly floured surface and roll to about ¼ inch thickness.  Use cookie cutter for cute shapes or use knife to cut squares or strips.  Whatever shape you choose, the dogs won’t care!  Place cookies on baking sheet.  They can be crowded pretty close as they don’t expand much.  Bake 15-20 min for softer treats or 30 min for hard treats.  Makes 100+ 1-inch heart-shaped dog treats.

I had to add several tablespoons of water to get my dough to stick together and felt like they still were a little too dry.  My dogs prefer soft treats so I only baked them for 15 minutes which was just about right.  The dogs were a little hesitant at first, but did seem to enjoy them, however, they were a little dry and crumbly.  I would definitely not be afraid to add more water if I did them again.


No Bake Dog Treats
3/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup water
1 1/4 cup oats

 Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or plastic wrap, set aside.  In a medium bowl, vigorously stir together the peanut butter, cinnamon, and water until combined. Slowly add the oats, 1/4 cup at a time, until completely mixed in. Roll into desired size treat balls, place on prepared cookie sheet. Chill in the fridge for 1 - 3 hours before feeding to your dog. I like to freeze them on the cookie sheet and then put them into a Ziplock bag in the freezer so I can just take out one or two at a time.

This one was definitely a hit with the dogs and the kids as well as me.  It was super easy, the dogs loved it and the kids thought I was making no bake cookies for them because the kitchen smelled so good. My kids even tried them and decided the dogs had it pretty good!

The last one I’ve tried several times is dehydrated sweet potatoes.  You just wash and peel a sweet potato, slice into desired shape and sizes and dehydrate in a food dehydrator to desired texture.  If no food dehydrator is available you can dehydrate in the oven at 145-155 degrees about 6-8 hours or to desired texture.  The thicker cuts you have, the longer it will take to dehydrate.

This one seems to be kind of an acquired taste.  At first they wouldn’t touch them, but now I only have one dog that turns up his nose at the sweet potatoes.

I have a lot of recipes pinned on Pinterest, so check them out and see if you find anything your pups might enjoy.  http://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=dog%20treat%20recipes