Wordless Wednesday – Garden Posing

Welcome back to this weeks Wordless Wednesday hosted by BlogPaws.
This week we tried to make Alfie more photogenic. I think it worked a little too well! He was posing like a proper diva dog in the garden!

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Vanilla Dog Treats

Here is another recipe. Vanilla Dog Treats that I found on Allrecipes.
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Vanilla Dog Treats

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Cool Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients and Equipment:

  • 2 and a 1/4 Cups of whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 Cup of cornmeal
  • 1/2 Cup rolled oats
  • 1 Teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 Cup of water
  • 1/2 Cup of unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 Teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 2 Eggs, beaten
  • 3 Tablespoons of low-sodium peanut butter
  • 2 large baking trays
  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Rolling pin
  • Shape cutter
  • Wire rack – for cooling

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C, Gas mark 6)
  2. Lightly grease 2 large baking trays
  3. Mix the whole wheat flour, cornmeal, rolled oats and baking powder together in a bowl
  4. Lightly mix the water, applesauce and vanilla extract into the flour mixture
  5. Stir the eggs and peanut butter into the mixture
  6. Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead until no longer sticky
  7. Roll out the dough to 1/4-inch thickness; cut into shapes chosen
  8. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Turn the oven off and allow the treats to sit in the oven as it cools for another 30 minutes
  9. Remove the treats from the oven; allow the treats to cool on the baking tray for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely
  10. Serve and enjoy!

If you have followed the recipe, give me feedback! Let me know if your dog loved it or hated it. What you changed and what you kept the same. I’d love to know!

Dog Book

I recently found out about an app called Dog Book. It is basically facebook for your dog, very silly but very fun! It’s also free which is an added bonus!
Let me tell you a bit about it;
appThis is the symbol for the app

loadingOnce the app has loaded it will look like this. It will ask you to log in with facebook, unfortunately this is the only way you can sign up but if you are worried about it  posting things on your wall then you could always make a new one.

profileYou will then be asked to set up a profile. You can see that it is basically like facebook. You can set a profile picture and a cover photo and fill out details!

PicturesThere are so many things you can do. You can press each icon on the bar underneath your profile information. The second icon is all your pictures.

FriendsThe third icon is your friends.

check into placesThe fourth icon is where you have checked into. I have gone nowhere at the moment!
To add to these sections press the icons at the top of the screen.

badgesThe last icon is badges you have won. There are challenges you can complete to win these badges!

write status'sYou can write status’s of things your dog may say which makes it the most like facebook! Its so funny reading things people have put!

so much more to do
If you press menu there are so many more things you can do! It is so fun!
If  you do download it feel free to add me! You have to fill in some details like name breed etc
Name: Alfie
Gender: Male
Breed: Beagle
Dog Tag: 10595586
That is all the information it will ask you for.

I hope you enjoy this just as much as I do!

Travel Crate

Seeing as I will be bringing Alfie home in the car and I may drive to places for walks, I thought it best that I bought a travel crate.
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I got this crate from Pets at Home for £39.00. It is size ‘Small’ which is 61 x 41 x 48cm. It is soft sided and the grey colour you can see in the picture. Click here to buy online.
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Here is the crate from 3 different angles. In the second picture you can see a long pocket which is actually storing some poles which you will need to set up. In the third picture you can see a handle which makes it really easy to carry, much like some kind of brief case or folder.
I thought I would put in a step by step instruction of the set up. So here it is:
Set up

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The first step is to undo the plastic buckles on each side
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Next lift up the sides like shown in the picture to create…
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…this shape!
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Then turn it over to open the long pocket I mentioned in the second picture. Inside will be two long poles. Make sure there are grey springs on the end and they are not left in the pocket. This happened to me and I could not put in the poles and had to awkwardly push out the springs.
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Unzip the top so you can put the poles in
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They simply snap into each other and are sturdy enough to hold the hole crate together.
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They should be parallel to each other as shown above
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This is the crate once fully assembled
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Here is the crate in the boot of my car. I had a bit of a stupid moment and put the crate on its side…so as you can see the bottom of the crate is the side in this picture.
There are three doors, two small and one large. This means you can have it at almost all angles and your dog can still jump in. There are also little clips that you can attach to places in your car to hold the crate in place so it is not flying around at every corner!
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I also purchased this rug for the crate. I got it for £5 and it is a black and purple fleece rug. It is huge! I had to fold it quite a few times to fit in the crate but its exactly what I was looking for. Maybe more boyish but exactly what I was looking for! I wanted something he could snuggle into but also get muddy from walks. Click here to order online.
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As you can see it fits perfectly into the crate and I hope Alfie likes it!

Now for the before use rate, I am going to combine the Travel Crate and Blanket into one rate because they will both be staying together.
ImageImageImageImageImage 5 stars! The crate has so many aspects to it that I like! The fact that I can clip it to bits in the car to hold in place is perfect seeing as my boot is quite large and the crate looked lost in it. The blanket is so soft and I hope that Alfie agrees!

Saturday Pet Blogger Hop – Driving dogs?

 

Welcome back to this weeks Saturday Pet Blogger Hop! Hosted by Two Little Cavaliers.
This week I am going to share with you a video of the worlds first Driving Dogs. Yes, you read that right, Driving Dogs.
The SPCA (Scotland’s Animal Welfare Charity) chose 3 incredibly smart dogs from their shelter, to teach how to drive. These are the 3 chosen dogs:
driving dogs

Here is Porter driving a Mini around a track

Enjoy that? Check out their facebook page to see Monty and Ginny complete the track and watch each of them train right from the beginning. Click here to read the page.

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Now its your turn! Share with us your stories, pictures and videos and read other blogs. We all need help to get more readers so read, comment and like each others posts! It helps! Click here to view the BlogHop and add yourself.

Lead, poop bags and cat treats?

The amount of shopping trips I have done seems ridiculous! I don’t know weather it’s a good thing or a bad thing! Either way it doesn’t stop me.

First product is the lead. If you have read my other posts you will know that I have already purchased a lead. However I still needed to buy an extendable lead. You may have heard that hounds are particularly hard to train and while I am training him to come back when I call, I would like to know he will always be at the end of that lead!
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Here is the extendable lead I chose. It was £17.49 from Pets At Home. To order online click here.
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I chose the blue lead from Flexi. It is the Comfort Long 2. Basically that means it is size Medium and it is 8m/26ft long. The maximum weight it can hold is 20kg/44lbs. I am hoping this is the right size. I was reading up and they recommend this size but I can’t help thinking it is a little too long. But it gives more space to run if I am having a hard time training him to come back when I call!
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For the issue of a long lead, that is easily resolved. If I do feel like he is going too far I can restrict his distance. This picture shows what the lock should look like when locked and unlocked. To lock it you press the large button and while you are holding it you move up the slide above. To unlock you simply press it down again.
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This is the clip. It is a simple metal clip looped through the leather. It is stitched in tightly and good quality.
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This is the cord. It is a tightly knotted yet thin wire of string. It wouldn’t easily break or come undone but it would be a lot easier than a rope cord. However this does the job fine and thousands of people use these leads every day.
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These are the poop bags. I got them for £2.50 from Pets At Home. To buy online click here.
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They are the scented bags made by Pets At Home. I chose the Lavender fragrance just so it didn’t smell quite so bad! The packet says about the Lavender fragrance, the handles to tie with and the extra thickness of the bag. You don’t want it splitting and…leaking!
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The last item I bought may seem a bit strange. It is some cat treats which I bought for £1.99. To order online click here.
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I got the Hi-Life Chicken soft and tender treats.
I know it seems a bit odd to get CAT treats for a DOG but honest, I have an explanation! Joanna told me that beagles are completely food orientated. This means that training them involves a lot of food. A lot of food means more weight making an unhealthy beagle. She said that Cat Treats have less fat in them for a dog so they are healthier to train with. Hopefully pup will like them and training will be a breeze!

Now for the before use rate
Lead: ImageImageImageImageImage 5 stars! This lead looks good quality and exactly what I was looking for. Hopefully Alfie will be able to run around and enjoy himself on this lead!
Poop bags: ImageImageImageImageImage 5 stars! These bags have a scent that will – fingers crossed – hide the smell of poop! That’s pretty much all I was hoping for!
Cat treats: ImageImageImageImageImage 5 stars! These look very similar to what she used so I am hoping that they will be a healthy alternative for dog treats.

Saturday Pet Blogger Hop – Adopt a dog this valentine?

Welcome back to this weeks Saturday Pet Blogger Hop! Hosted by Two Little Cavaliers
Since this is Valentines weekend I thought I would make the theme of this bloghop, valentine.

Adopting a dog can save a dogs life. Most of them are abandoned and giving them a caring, loving home can be all that is needed. I would have adopted but unfortunately there were no dogs that were right for me and I think it is unfair to travel hours distance with a dog, bringing it home.

Have a look at this ‘Valentines Parade’ by DogsTrust and see 5 of their dogs up for re-homing.

Were any of those right for you?
If not there is still hundreds more dogs you can look at and visit.  Click here to view their website. They are also in the blogging community! Click here to view their blog!
If adopting is definitely not for you then there is still more you can do! DogsTrust are a charity so they rely on donations to keep them going. They run a service where you can sponsor a dog. You donate just £1 a week which goes to the whole charity but you can also pick a dog which you can get letters, magazines and more from. Click here to read more about their sponsor service.
There are thousands more dog rescue centers in fact there are thousands more animal rescue centers which need donations and help from the public. DogsTrust is just one of them. See what you can do to help!

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