Hippity Hoppity Easter’s On Its Way! #WordlessWednesday

easter egg hunt

I see something

It's a tiny garden dog!

Daisy & I didn’t find Peter Cottontail on our morning walk today, but we ended up having our very own Easter Egg hunt and “met” a very cute little garden dog! What surprises have you and your fur kids found on your walks recently? Leave us a note to let us know, and then be sure to visit the other great pet blogs on the list below for more Wordless Wednesday photos!

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Blueberry Venison & Sweet Potato Gelatin Gummy Paws Dog Treat Recipe

Gummy Paws dog treat recipe

Since learning about the health benefits of natural gelatin, I’ve been experimenting with adding it to my own diet. In case you haven’t heard, gelatin is said to be great for healthy skin, hair, nails, joints and digestion. I really like the Kosher Grass Fed Beef Gelatin and usually buy this brand. You can  add it to smoothies, cereal, yogurt and other foods, but my favorite thing to do with it is to make gummy snacks. You basically add hot water and whatever else you like, refrigerate overnight and create super fun and highly nutritious gelatin gummy snacks that even the pickiest hubby or kiddo will love!

After having success making them for myself, I decided I’d try creating a dog treat recipe so that Daisy could enjoy the health benefits and yummy gummy goodness, too! You’ll want to make sure to use flexible silicone molds like these because I’ve learned the hard way, that these treats are super difficult to get out of the hard kind of mold trays. With the silicone ones, you can push them out easily. Molds are fun because you can make cute shapes for different holidays and occasions, like Easter if you find cute bunny or egg-shaped ones. And they are multi-purpose since they are oven-safe, so you can bake with them, too. But if you want, you can also just pour the mix into a brownie pan and then cut them with cookie cutters or a knife once the have gelled in the fridge overnight.

gummy treats for dogs

Blueberry Venison & Sweet Potato Gelatin Gummy Paws Dog Treat Recipe

Once you learn this technique, you can experiment with any ingredients you like. You need the gelatin, a liquid, plus some fresh or frozen fruit (try pumpkin puree or ripe bananas), canned dog food (optional) or even veggies like you’d use in a green smoothie. You can also add herbs and seasoning to make it fancy, but remember NOT to use these people foods to avoid feeding your pets!

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup of blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1/3 cup of natural canned dog food (I use Natural Balance L.I.D. Venison & Sweet Potato)
  • 1/2 cup chicken or beef broth (make your own unseasoned, or check label carefully and avoid onion and garlic)
  • 4-5 Tbsp Great Lakes Unflavored Beef Gelatin
  • 1/2 cup boiling water

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients except the boiling water and gelatin, in your blender or food processor until mixed/pureed completely, like you’re making a thin smoothie. I like to use my NutriBullet Mixer for this.
  2. In a bowl, mix the gelatin powder and boiling water until completely dissolved.
  3. Add pureed mixture to the bowl and stir well.
  4. Pour into square pan or silicone molds and refrigerate 2-3 hours or overnight if possible.
  5. Cut shapes from pan or remove from molds and enjoy!

Let us know if you try making your own Gummy Snacks and what ingredients you used. The recipe is super flexible, and measurements don’t have to be exact, so experiment and tell us how it goes. We’d love to hear from you!

Also be sure to check out these great blogs for more Tasty Tuesday recipes for pets:
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Get Up To $50 FREE Doggyloot Credit with Purchase!

free doggyloot credit

To celebrate the return of spring, the fun folks over at doggyloot.com want to give you and your pup a gift. Starting now and through Wednesday, you’ll earn a free credit for every purchase of $30 or more. It’s a great chance to try shopping with them for the first time, or to snag some new deals if you’re already a member. Either way, it’s free to join and get access to their great daily deals for dogs. Free Shipping is included and you’ll earn shopping credit as follows:

  • Spend more than $180, get $50 in credit
  • Spend more than $95, get $25 in credit
  • Spend more than $50, get $10 in credit
  • Spend more than $30, get $5 in credit

The credit will automatically apply to your next order. Pick up a new chew, treat, or toy now! Or check out the products available on subscription, including Toy of the Month or Treat of the Month. Start shopping now!

Tips To Keep Your Dog Happy and Healthy #LiveFree4Life

Daisy and her pal Fin are two happy dogs!

As pet parents, it’s our job to help ensure that our dogs are healthy and well-cared for. That also means giving them opportunities to play and enjoy life! Because our pals over at Dogswell are dedicated to helping all dogs live happy long lives, they’ve sponsored this post to help us share some great tips for you and your dog:

Tips To Keep Your Dog Happy and Healthy

 

Daisy and pals at the Dog Lake

  • Socialize your Dog: Socialization is one of the keys to a well adjusted pooch. Check your community for local dog meet-up groups, visit a dog park, or schedule a doggy play date with pals. Since Daisy sometimes gets anxious with too many new dogs at once, we love play dates the best so everyone can feel relaxed and have FUN!

dogs being dogs

  • Let Your Dog Be a Dog: Let your dog enjoy nature, outdoor activities and the freedom that comes with being a dog. That means getting dirty playing in the mud with friends, running free in a safe off-leash space, or just frolicking in the grass with a favorite toy. Embrace your fur kid’s playful, uninhibited spirit—these are the things that make dogs special.

relaxing with Daisy

  • Cuddle With Your Pup: According to research, pets improve your heart health, decrease stress levels and help improve overall mood. Petting and cuddling up with your dog is good for your blood pressure and they love it, too!

livefree nutrition

  • Good Nutrition: Providing your dog with healthy food is the best way to ensure their nutritional needs are met. Choose food made of healthy, high-quality ingredients to help dogs live a long, happy life like Dogswell’s LiveFree line of holistic food for dogs. The ultra-low glycemic recipes are made without grains and potatoes and are packed with protein to align with a dog’s natural diet. The dry food contains DigestiBits that contain pumpkin, eggs,prebiotics and 11 antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables to deliver digestive fiber. Dogswell’s LiveFree products are available in a variety of recipes including chicken, lamb, turkey and salmon.

  • WIN Free Dog Food For Life: imagine how happy both you AND your dog will be if you win them a lifetime supply of Dogswell’s new LiveFree holistic dog food! Contest ends 4/15 so hurry. It’s super easy and fun to enter:  just post a photo (to Facebook or Instagram) of your dog cutting loose, living free and doing fun dog stuff. Be sure to use the hashtag #LiveFree4Life to be eligible AND to check out all the other entries! CLICK HERE to visit Dogswell’s LiveFree sweepstakes page on Facebook.

Pet Treat Jars, Dog Snacks and Puppy Cake Kits 40% OFF

dog treat jars

I just spotted some really cool and unique pet treat jars on sale over at Zulily today! It’s part of the Pet Shop Bakery Sale and everything is up to 40% OFF. If you’ve been following the blog, you’ve probably heard about Zulily and how much we love their members-only 3-day sales.  In addition to the pet treat jars, you’ll also find Puppy Cake gift kits, KONG Chewy Dog Treats, Bully Sticks and more yummy snacks and treats for your fur kids.

dog snacks and treats on sale

Popular items sell out quickly, so head on over to Zulily.com to check it all out for yourself. If you haven’t already done so, you can sign up for FREE here and get daily access to all their awesome deals for pets and people.

Printable Pet Coupons: Nutro Ultra, Meow Mix, PetArmor + More

Looking to save money on pet food and other stuff for the fur kids? Here are the latest printable pet coupons for you to snag now! Save on Ultra Dog Food, Meow Mix for Cats plus PetArmor Products and more:


$2.00 off (1) bag of ULTRA™ Food For Dogs
Buy (4) ULTRA™ BOOST trays, get (1) Free
$1.00 off any bag of GOODLIFE™ Dry Food for Cats
Buy any Meow Mix wet cat food, get one free
$1.00 off one bag Meow Mix Dry Cat Food
$2.00 off Vetscription Calming Diffuser for Cats
$3.00 off any one (1) PetArmor Plus IGR product
$2.00 off ONE Dry IAMS Cat Food
$2.00 off ONE IAMS SO GOOD Dry Dog Food, 6.3 lb 

Don’t see what you’re looking for or want even more money-saving coupons? Search the printable coupon database to find more printable grocery, household and pet coupons.

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