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National Hug Your Dog Day

April 10 is National Hug Your Dog Day! Does this mean you should rush home and hug your dog? Maybe, maybe not. There are quite a few studies out there showing that dogs don’t like being hugged. This doesn’t mean you have to believe the studies, but do a test with your own dog to see how they react before you, or anyone else (especially kids!) give them a hug. Here are a few things to look for: Some signs you have a dog who doesn’t mind a hug are: their body relaxes their breathing slows they may lean into…
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Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treats

It’s time for Nikki to share the new treat recipe she whipped up for Koda and his friends in the Kitchen! Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treats (from Allrecipes.com) 2 ½ cups whole wheat flour 2 eggs ½ cup canned pumpkin 2 tablespoons peanut butter ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon Nikki added Glucosamine into these treats to give Koda a little help with his old joints. Check out our Instagram page to see his reaction to these treats! Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Whisk together the flour, eggs, pumpkin, peanut butter, salt, and cinnamon in…
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10 Things You Didn’t Know Are Poisonous to Dogs

Both Steph and myself were recently certified in pet first aid, and wanted to share some of the information that we learned in class so you can be a little more prepared when the unthinkable (a pet emergency) happens. With March 19–25 being National Animal Poison Prevention Week we figured there couldn’t be a better time to share this post! We often hear that chocolate, grapes, and antifreeze are poisonous for our pets, but here is a list of 10 things you maybe didn’t know would be poisonous for them: In any event where you think you’re pet has consumed something they…
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10 Costs You Should Consider Before Getting a Dog

Getting a new dog (or puppy!) is an extremely exciting time! No matter what the age of your furriest new friend, there are many costs that come with getting a dog and the financial commitment can be draining if you are not prepared. We ask that you take the time to consider if you can afford all the costs, as it is always sad to hear that dogs have to be surrendered or euthanized when the owners can’t afford to keep them. Here are 10 costs to be aware of before getting a pet: Adoption or Breeders Costs — Adoption fees usually range from $150–$500…
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