Sunday, March 29, 2015

Banana Carrot Dog Treats



Banana Carrot Dog Treats Ingredients:

    1 cup Whole wheat flour
    1 cup quick cook oatmeal
    1 banana
    2 carrots
    2 Tbsp. coconut oil
    1 Tbsp. brown sugar
    1 Tbsp. parsley
    1 whole egg
Banana Carrot Dog Treats Directions:

Shred carrots on grater, or you can finely chip in processor.

Puree banana in blender or processor until smooth.

Combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl and stir until well combined.

Flip dough out onto a well floured surface.

Press flat with your hands to 1/4” to 1/2” thickness, cut out dough using a cookie cutter in your desired shape.

Place carrot cookies on greased baking sheet and bake in oven preheated to 350° F for 30 minutes.

At this point you can pull cookies out for a slightly soft cookie, or turn off oven, crack door and allow cookies to remain in oven for an additional 20 minutes to become hard.

Store in airtight container in refrigerator for a week or freeze for up to 3 months.

Friday, March 20, 2015

This Guy Is Taking Goofy Photos Of His Dog Posing On Chairs To Raise Money For Cancer Research

This is Luna, a 9-year-old labrador and husky mix. For the past 2.5 years, she’s been doing silly poses on chairs with the help of owner Robert Pacey.
Whenever he takes Luna on a walk near their home in Vancouver, Canada, the two look for chairs or other items people are constantly leaving in a nearby alleyway.

“It’s an underground chair economy,” he told BuzzFeed News. “They’re literally gone the next day. It’s truly bizarre.”

His wife, Diane Gagné-Pacey, was recovering from breast cancer at the time, and the Luna On Chairs series made her laugh.
 
Now, Pacey wants to use his blog to raise money for cancer research.

He’ll gift a shirt with Luna on it to anyone who donates $50 or more to his Workout To Conquer Cancer campaign.

“It’s our family raising money for something that means so much to my wife,” he said.
Luna might not know her efforts are helping charity, but she does enjoy the work, Pacey said.

“She hops up, she poses, she can hear my camera and she knows when she’s done,” he added. “When she’s done, we have to celebrate. She gets super excited. She knows that she’s done something we do together.”

More than 150 photos in, Pacey doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon.
“I’m just really glad this is making a lot of people smile right now,” he said.


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Singing to your dog has an effect


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Yes, you read this correctly! No I am not going off my rocker! The senses for animals are different than human sensory abilities as we know specifically from the sounds the dog hears that we don't. It is not just the pitch, but the flow of tones that catch a dog's attention. Try singing "Yankee Doodle" to your canine and see what the response is. Then sing "Brahms Lullaby". You know the one that mamas sing their little ones to sleep with when they are cranky.

Now one must really get into the depth of the meaning of those songs as you are singing, because if you don't the effect will not be accurate. As we sing a gentle flowing, calming song, we produce serene surroundings for our dogs. Try it the next time you know your dog does not like to visit a certain place. Yes, the trip to the veterinarian is the great place to practice this concept. Choose the song you will be singing each time you are going to the Vet.

 You can change the tune, but you will then be changing the effect since the dog will not be guided by your familiar song. Words in songs have great meaning for dogs. If you stick into your chosen song, a familiar word you use for their treat, watch the attention that gets. You might well have lost your audience since the dog is on his way to the cookie jar you mentioned. Producing agitation can be done by repeating a word or series of words over and over again. Sing "Row Row Row your boat" without saying any other words, but row.

 Your dog has a definite response of annoyance if it is repeated long enough. High notes might produce a lap landing dog, so be ready for that lunge effect. Many breeds of dogs react in a strong manner to singing, while others take it in stride or internalize your behavior and your singing. You don't have to be a vocal success with your canine, so give it a try to see the effects of singing. You might be embarking on an entirely new concept of communication with your dog.
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Monday, March 09, 2015

How to Keep Your Pet Safe This St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day is coming up! (St. Pawtrick's Day for all the pet parents and animal lovers out there!) Shamrocks, rainbows, leprechauns -- this holiday has it all. Named after Saint Patrick, the most recognized patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick's Day will be paw-sitively event-filled. For pet parents out there, St. Patty's can mean a lot of craziness and can be overwhelming for pets (and pet parents)! Here are some great tips for keeping your pet safe this St. Pawtrick's Day.
1. What are you going to be drinking this holiday? Well whatever it is, remember dogs absolutely should have no alcoholic beer or beverage! No matter how much they might beg for food and drink, alcohol is toxic for your pets and can make them extremely sick. If your pooch insists on joining in on the festivities, then buy a beer that's safe for dogs, like Dog Beer or Bowser Beer. These non-alcoholic, non-carbonated treats are purr-fect for pets. (For more information visit: bowserbeer.comor dogbeer.com.au)
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2. Wear green or be pinched! Unfortunately your four-legged friend was not blessed with a green coat, but you can help them out. If you're going to dye your dog's fur green, make sure to use non-toxic, all-natural vegetable dye. Make sure that the coloring won't affect their sensitive skin and is okay if they lick it off. But beware, if your dog doesn't like their coloring, they won't be showing you any puppy love!


3. Don't want a bad fur day disaster? Try a St. Patrick's Day dog (or cat) costume instead! They can be the most fur-ocious Irishman roaming the streets this St. Patty's. Or maybe they're feeling more like the cutest little four-legged clover, after all it's good luck!
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4. Parades, bars and parties will be happening all around town. The city might be going to the dogs, but you and your dog should go for your walk away from bars, parties, and parades. They can be hazardous to your pet and too overwhelming. Take a detour! If your pets are in the house where there is going to be a party, make sure there is a no-disturb area for your pet to relax and stay away from trouble.
5. Looking for an Irish dog? Maybe an Irish Water Spaniel, Irish Red and White Setter, Irish Setter, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, Kerry Blue Terrier, Glen of Imaal Terrier, or an Irish Wolfhound? Whichever you might be looking for as your next four-legged companion, adopt an Irish breed at your local shelter. You'll both be in luck! For more information about Irish breeds and Irish breed adoption and animal rescue, check out sites like The Irish Setter Club of America, Irish Setter Breeders Club, or the Irish Terrier Club of America (irishsetterclub.org or itca.info). Other Irish breeds can be found at your local shelter or animal rescue agency. For example, Gentle Giants is a non-profit working with large breeds, like the Irish Wolfhound. (for more information visit gentlegiantrescue.com).

Your Dog Actually Does Love You: Man’s Best Friend Shows Affection From The Same Part Of The Brain We Do



New research confirms that dogs experience feelings of love and affection and do not just attach themselves to their owners for the need of food and security.

According to Zee News, researchers at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, have discovered that the part of the brain associated with positive emotions is similar in dogs and humans.

The team trained over a dozen dogs to undergo noisy MRIs, allowing them to obtain clear images of the dogs’ brains without sedating them.

Gregory Berns, a neuroscientist who trained two young dogs to lie in a MRI machine, said:

    “We can really begin to understand what a dog is thinking rather than infer it from their behavior. I thought that if military dogs can be trained to jump out of helicopters then surely we could train them to sit still inside an MRI scanner.”

Using hand signals to indicate that the dogs were about to receive a treat, Berns and his team found that the caudate nucleus, a part of the brain associated with positive emotions, reacted the same as a human’s would if put in the same situation.

Berns said that the next part of their research will analyze brain activity from dogs offered treats by strangers and machines.

    “If, as many scientists have argued in the past, it is all simply about [getting] food for dogs then the reaction in their brains would be the same no matter who or what is offering them the food,” said Berns.

    “We hope to show that they love us for things far beyond food, basically the same things that humans love us for, like social comfort and social bonds.”

Berns’s findings were published last year in a book called “How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain.”

The book details Berns’s argument that dogs can empathize with human emotions and therefore value friendship just like their owners do.