Top Ways To Help Animals + WIN an ASPCA #FightCruelty Prize Pack!

We’ve got a very special giveaway for a GREAT cause and we hope you will all join in AND share this post with your friends, family and followers! This is an opportunity to WIN a cool ASPCA #FightCruelty Prize Pack, but even more importantly, it’s a chance to learn about lots of ways to get involved and help make a difference in the lives of animals.

ASPCA Top Ways to Help Animals

The ASPCA has put together a super helpful list of Top Ways To Help Animals In Your Community:

  • Learn how to report animal cruelty. One of the best things you can do to help animals in your community is to keep a list of people, including a humane law enforcement officer, a teacher or your veterinarian, who can help you report animal cruelty. Every state is different. In some areas, the police department investigates animal cruelty; in others, that job falls to local animal control or another municipal agency. If you aren’t sure where to report cruelty, visit ASPCA’s Report Animal Cruelty section.
  • Start a neighborhood watch program. Get to know the animals in your neighborhood and invite your friends and neighbors to do the same. Together you can keep an eye out for any suspicious behaviors—abuse and neglect of companion animals, the mistreatment of local wildlife, dogs left in hot cars and other signs of abuse.
  • Volunteer at your local shelter or animal rescue organization. Volunteering at your local shelter is a great way to make a difference in the lives of many animals. From walking dogs and organizing fundraising events to fostering abused or frightened animals, shelters across the country are in desperate need of volunteers. Be sure to visit Ten Ways to Help Your Local Shelter for more suggestions.
  • Become an animal activist. Visit the lobby section at ASPCA to find out everything you can do to raise awareness for animal rights.
  • Read the full list to discover even more ways you can get involved and help!

WIN an ASPCA Fight Cruelty Prize Pack!

aspca fight cruelty prize pack

As a way of saying Thanks to our fans and readers for helping to raise awareness, the ASPCA has put together this super cool prize pack. One lucky winner will receive a gift pack with:

  • Anti Dog Fighting T-Shirt
  • No One Wins in a Dog Fight Magnet
  • Orange Fight Cruelty Tote
  • ASPCA Pet Frisbee
  • ASPCA Orange Wrist Band
  • ASPCA Action Magazine: Inside the Dog Fighting Ring

This giveaway is open to US residents ages 18+ and ends 11:59pm ET on Sunday 4/27/14. Enter using the Rafflecopter below and complete as many or as few of the optional entry methods as you wish. The more you enter, the more you help to spread the word AND increase your own odds of winning. Good Luck everybody!

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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!

wordless wednesday pet 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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Win $2,500 In The My Favorite Person Book Contest!

Make a Book About Your Favorite Person and You Could Win $2,500 from Blurb

Did you know that Blurb might give you $2,500 to read about your favorite person? All you have to do is make a book about a loved one filled with all sorts of kind words, creativity and insight, and if selected, you could win the grand prize!

For every book you make (there are seven different categories, so seven different chances to win) you will receive a 30% discount on the printed product. Go to Blurb to check out the details of the contest to see what the categories are and when the entries are due. The 7 categories include Favorite Teacher, Favorite Family Member and My Favorite Anything and Everything Person (that’s anyone in the world) which would be great for your favorite Veterinarian, Dog Sitter, Rescue Volunteer, Foster Mom or any other special person in your life!

The 30% discount on My Favorite books will be applied at checkout when you use the Blurb promo code: MYFAVORITE. (And, even if you don’t enter, you can still get 30% off on all My Favorite books or save 15% on all printed orders through April 30th!)

Great Mother’s Day Gift Idea: Custom Photo Blanket ($21 OFF)

mother's day blanket deal

Fur kids, here’s a very special deal on a cuddly warm surprise for your Woof Woof Mama! Why not have your dad or grandparents help you create a personalized photo blanket for a truly unique Mother’s Day gift?!? They are on sale right now for $18.99 with InkGarden promo code BLANKETMOM (that’s $21 OFF the regular price).

beautiful blanket

Here’s the details:

  • Customize each blanket as much as you like.
  • Add as many photos as you want.
  • High quality photo reproduction.
  • Start with one of the templates or design your own from scratch.
  • Lightweight poly-fiber material. 40″ by 60″ inches.
  • Take full control of your designs with  easy-to-use online tools.
  • Machine washable.

Mom is going to LOVE curling up with you under her new blanket…especially if it has photos of YOU on it! (If you have human siblings, you should probably include them, too).  And pet parents, there are several CUTE designs if you want to make one just for your fur kids and take advantage of the special discount, too. In fact, you can use this deal to create a blanket for dad, grad or any other special person.

blankets

Check out all the cool design options and start creating your own custom blanket in time for a very special Mother’s Day surprise! Visit InkGarden for more Mother’s Day gift ideas.

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!

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