Doggie Pumpkin Pie

November 12, 2011

I have blogged previously about how good pumpkin is for dogs. So, why not make your doggie a special pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving?

You'll need:
- 1 can of pumpkin (NOT pie mix)
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 cup of skim milk (or unsweetened soy milk)
- 1/2 cup brown sugar (it IS a holiday, after all!)
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1 wholewheat pie shell

Whip all ingredients together until thoroughly mixed. Pour into a wholewheat pie shell and bake at a preheated 375 degrees F for 60 minutes or until a knife comes out clean.

This puppy pumpkin pie will be rich, but not too sweet for your pooch to enjoy!

(Thanks to The Daily Dog Tip for this recipe!)

(Thanks to www.juliaicenogle.com for the picture!)


Homemade Fleece Dog Toys

November 6, 2011

Not too long ago, I was shopping in the pet department at my local dollar store. I saw a box of simple dog toys that were being sold for $2 each. These toys consisted of three different colored strips of fleece that were braided together and knotted at each end. I loved this easy-to-DIY idea for a washable dog toy and decided to see if I could expand on this simple idea to come up with other slightly more intricate patterns. Following are two examples:

The "LEGS" Toy
I call this toy "Legs", because, as you will see, it seems to have four legs that hang down from a center knot.

Start with six 3.5" x 30" strips of fleece in three different colors.

Knot the end of each set of three strips.

Braid each set and knot the other ends to hold the braids in place. Remember, the tighter the braids & the knots, the more durable the toy.

Bend each braid in the middle and then loop the bends together.

Knot the center using Leg #1 & Leg #2. Then, tie another knot in the center using Legs #3 & #4. Next, tie a center knot using Legs #1 & #3. Lastly, knot the center by using Legs #2 & #4. The result should be one very large center knot.

"Legs" toy - Finished product.

This is a great toy for larger dogs. I call it the "Double Knot" toy due to the two large knots used to make the shape.

Start with three strips of fleece. Each strip should be a different color and approx. 4" x 60" long.

Knot all three strips together at one end.

Braid the three strips together and knot the other end to hold the braid in place. Remember, the tighter the braid & knots, the more durable the toy. Then bend the braid at the center.

Tie a knot about 4-5 inches from the top, to create a loop.

Tie a second knot approximately 5 inches down from the first knot. And there you have it - the "Double Knot" toy!
Our dogs thoroughly enjoy their fleece toys! And when they get dirty, we just throw them in the washing machine! If you find that you have plenty of extra fleece left over, why not make 5, 10, or even 20 of these toys for your local animal rescue or Humane Society. I'm sure the dogs would appreciate it!

Just remember, as with all toys, these toys are for supervised use only. If you see that your dog is able to chew off and swallow pieces of the fleece toys, it is time to replace them.