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It’s National Pet Day!

Today is dedicated as National Pet Day to remind us all to give some extra love, and a hug to our pets. It’s amazing how much joy they bring to our lives.

Therapy Dogs are pets that bring comfort and peace to others whether they are in hospital, senior residences, or even libraries for children to read with. Read about the special work that Joyce Akers does with her Shetland Charity at St. Anthony’s Family Center in comforting families in need.

Set aside some time today to give an extra treat or snuggle to a pet who brings you comfort.

Snuggling in the electric blanket

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When the treat bowl is empty, but Dexter wants more

Unfortunately, the word ‘last’ doesn’t mean much to Dexter. His idea of an empty bag of treats is that another new one will be opened soon!

Don’t worry buddy, there are plenty more!

Time for more treats from Bark Bos

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Easy Options For Fresh Dog Treats

I like to spoil my dogs with homemade dog treats from time to time. The ability to choose, and know, what ingredients go in to what they are eating puts my mind at ease. Losing all the additives and preservatives makes me feel like I am in taking responsibility for my dogs health.

The kitchen isn’t a strange place to me, and I have some baking skills, so whipping up a batch of treats in an afternoon is fun and relaxing, although with so many things on the ‘To Do” list, finding time can be difficult.

One of my favorite discoveries in the last few months has been Big Paw Treat Club. I pay full price for the shipments I receive. They are a dog treat subscription service which sends out one package of freshly made homemade dog treats right to your door each month. You can also order individual bags without a subscription. This ‘Treat Of The Month Club” ensures your pantry is always stocked!

Having the option to either bake my own – based on recipes I find online, or have them shipped to my door is a great option for when I feel like being adventurous in the kitchen, and the times that I’m not!

The most recent shipment was for Beef Barkers which are Grain Free, made with tapioca flour, and have flax and parsley. My dogs absolutely devoured these! I was able to find this recipe online for a similar treat from Kelly at her Primally Inspired blog.

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Each shipment from the treat club comes packaged nicely and with care. I know that if even half the thought that went into the packaging and presentation goes into the baking of the treats, that they will be absolutely delicious.

Do you like to bake your own treats? Or do you prefer to have them made for you?

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Dog Toy Giveaway

I bought a few dog toys recently and decided to share with you, and to host a giveaway.

Assortment of classic dog toys

Nothing complicated here, just follow @bark4treats on Twitter using the Rafflecopter form below and I’ll email the winner asking for their postal address.

Entrants must have a U.S. mailing address to win. One qualify entry will be selected at random at the end of the giveaway period and the winner will be contacted within 24 hours. If they don’t rely within 24 hours, another qualifying entry will be chosen.

Follow this link to enter!

Update: This giveaway is now over. Congratulations to Lisa R! Your package is on the way!

In Search Of The Elusive BarkBox Squeaker

When the last BarkBox came, both dogs tore into the toys that arrived, and Dexter became attached to the beige spike ball. BarkBox has a signature spike ball that they include as a ‘hidden toy’ in a lot of their stuffed toys.

So far I have seen two variations. The blue one is translucent and, while durable, seems to be made of thinner plastic than the beige one below. Both have squeakers and get both dogs instantly excited when I squeeze them (or step on one!).

Two variations of the BarkBox spiked ball

The interesting thing is that the balls aren’t available for purchase separately on http://www.barkshop.com, and there is no indication on the product page which ball is included in the toy!

From regular Target runs, I am familiar with the selection of Bark! toys, so I made a trip there this weekend to see if I could squeeze enough toys to predict what ball is inside. I purchased two: Beamin’ Benny, and Bouncing Babbette.

BarkBox toy from Target

BarkBox toy from Target

While no toys are indestructible, these two seems to have lasting power, so I will update this post when they open them and reveal the ball. Hopefully I can solve the mystery, once and for all, about what ball is inside BarkBox toys!

They have a great customer service line that you can text, its an 800-number and the agent I was texting was very helpful and provided links back to the BarkBox site so I could see if any of the toys they suggested had the ball, but I had to give up because there wasn’t enough description or text about what what was inside the toys.

While at Target, I found their Destroyers Club line. They have identified four types of dogs and tailored toys to engage your dog the most. The four types are:

– Thrasher
– Shredder
– De-Fluffer
– Squeaker Seeker

The categories are very descriptive, but here is the full description from the packaging.

Thrasher – Thrasher toys have Flippin’ Floppy Grips that are easy for your dog to whip and fling.
Shedder – Shedder toys feature Tear That Hair that your dog will love to rip and rend.
De-Fluffer – De-Fluffer toys are Double Fluffed with extra stuffing to satisfy your dog’s urge to dig right in!
Squeaker Seeker – Squeaker Seeker toys are jam-packed with Squeakers Galore hidden in surprising places for high-frequency fun.

BarkBox Destroyer Club toy packaging

No doubt this category of toys will leave a giant mess for you to clean up, but your dog will probably love it.

Dexter Jousts With A Dragon (and wins!)

We are paid subscribers to the monthly toy and treat boxes from BarkBox.

Each month they ship two toys, two bags of treats, one edible chew, and an activity.

This month was Knights of the Hound Table.

In addition to the cutout crown for your pup to pose in, there was a Mad Libs style adventure story, and -probably the most fun- an interactive ‘battle’ where you can choose your own adventure! It worked by starting your mission by texting QUEST to 79987.

From there you reply back to the texts and take on dragons, joust with knights, and save the day.

There are several missions so keep texting back.

Homemade treats: Peanut butter “donuts” with carob

November’s BarkBox included a fun recipe for Homemade dog treats. Titled Protein-Packed Peanut Butter Mini Donuts (recipe on BarkPost through the link) the treats are very easy to make, look great!, and certainly passed the (many) taste tests.

The recipe has just seven ingredients (flour, egg, baking soda, milk, peanut butter, carob powder and water). 

Mixed together, the dough is quite stiff. The recipe recommends using two spoons or a pastry bag to fill the mini donut pan. My Ziploc bag with the corner cut out wasnt strong enough and the dough popped through, so I reverted to using spoons.

I doubled the recipe, and in three amout of time the first pan of donuts took to bake, the remaining dough had risen so the second batch was fluffier than the first.

Rather than create a mess by drizzling the carob-water glaze on the donuts, I made the glaze thicker and dipped the donuts in. This gave me the classic donut look without glaze being all over them.

Happy baking!