Bone Apetit!

Hi Humans, 

I hope you had a great weekend.

The holidays are just around the corner, so I want to start by inviting you to DOGTV’s “Dogsgiving” week –  a full week of programs for you and your dog, free on DIRECTV, starting Monday, 24th.

Lots of great new shows are waiting for you over there, so don’t miss it. DIRECTV, channel 354.

Speaking of the holidays, I bet you, like everyone else, will be spending lots of time in the kitchen. Correct?  But what about your dogs? What will they eat this holiday season? Well, according to Lisa Hennessym they are going to eat really delicious meals!

Lisa is the owner and creator of Your Pet Chef.

She has been making food for her dogs for more than 5 years and now shares that love of food making with her customer’s dogs. Check out yourpetchef.com for more info.

I’ve asked Lisa to share with us her thoughts about feeding your dog the right stuff this holiday season. Here you go:

We include our dogs in every holiday celebration.  We make them special dishes so they are part of the festivities and have their own traditions. I’ll share a couple of those recipes later. Most dogs will eat anything that is put in front of them, so we need to be careful during those holiday dinners. Here are some quick tips to help keep your dog healthy and happy during the holidays:

  1. Stay away from sharing the dinner rolls with your pet. Grains aren’t part of their natural diet and can cause skin irritations and digestive issues. I love a buttered crescent roll on Thanksgiving – who doesn’t? We just need to be sure our 2 legged guests are the only ones enjoying the bread and rolls.
  2. Steer clear of dishes with lots of fat. My mom makes a great baked mashed potato dish that has a couple of sticks of butter in it.  It’s fabulous.  While my dogs would love this dish too, it’s what comes out on the back end that can be a problem.
  3. Not sure what to do with that bag of goodies inside the turkey? Drop it into your dog’s bowl and watch it disappear!  If you don’t have the stomach for that, lightly baked the contents for about 15 minutes at 350 degrees, allow to cool and serve. You’ll make this Thanksgiving the best ever for your dog!
  4. Green bean casserole is a staple at most holiday gatherings. Most dogs enjoy green beans, but some need to have them pureed a bit prior to eating. A little bit of bread crumb topping won’t hurt them. Put a couple of spoons into your food processor and give it a quick mix. This makes a great treat on top of your dog’s kibble.
  5. Cranberries, a holiday favorite, are a great addition to your dog’s diet. They are packed with vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, and can help prevent urinary tract problems. I’m talking about real cranberries here, not the stuff that is jellied in a can as that has way too much sugar. Most grocery stores carry fresh cranberries during the holidays for about $1 per pound.  Grab a pound or two, add a couple of spoonfuls of plain yogurt, puree in your food processor, fill up an ice cube tray and freeze. Now you have “Canine Cranny Cubes” that you can drop into your dog’s food as often as you’d like!

Here are a couple of recipes that are sure to become a tradition at your holiday gatherings.

“Collieflower Chip and Dip”

Equipment needed: Food processor, slicing knife, 4 quart saucepan, cookie sheet, measuring cup, measuring spoons, spatula, spoon, 8” x 8” square baking dish

Canine and Company Chips

3 sweet potatoes, cleaned, peeled, and sliced into 1/8” slices

3 rutabagas, cleaned, peeled, and sliced into 1/8” slices

 

Spread chips on cookie sheet and bake at 250 degrees for about 3 hours.  Set aside to cool.

 Collieflower Dip

½ head cauliflower, sliced into florets

1 bunch fresh spinach, washed, dried, and chopped

½ cup Monterey jack cheese

½ cup Parmesan cheese

½ tsp. garlic powder

Place the cauliflower in the sauce pan with 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil and cover. Simmer for 20 minutes or until soft. Remove from heat and cool. Combine the cauliflower, spinach, cheeses, and garlic powder in your food processor and puree until creamy.  Take mixture and spoon into greased baking dish. Bake at 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.  Allow to cool slightly and serve with chips.

This recipe contains 915 total calories.

“Turkey Gobbler”

Equipment needed: Food processor, slicing knife, 4 quart saucepan, measuring cup, measuring spoons, spatula, spoon, cupcake pan to bake or freeze

 

3 apples, peeled, cored, and sliced into quarters (or 8 oz. of fresh cranberries)

1/8 tsp. cinnamon

1 lb. ground turkey (or leftover Thanksgiving turkey)

1 cup peas

½ cup carrots, washed, peeled, and sliced into 1” pieces

 

Place the apples and cinnamon in the sauce pan with 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil and cover. Simmer for 20 minutes or until apples are soft. Remove from heat and cool. Combine the turkey, peas, and carrots in your food processor and puree until creamy.  Take mixture and spoon into greased cupcake pan and fill to about 2/3. Transfer the contents of the sauce pan into your food processor and puree until smooth. Top off the meat mixture to fill.

 

To bake, cook at 350 degree oven for 35-45 minutes.  Allow to cool, remove from pan with a small spatula, and store in a plastic container or bag. They will last about a week in the refrigerator and 3 months in the freezer.

This recipe contains 980 total calories.

 

We hope you enjoy preparing these quick and easy recipes for your 4 legged family members (your 2 legged family members will love them too). For more recipes, check out our new holiday books. Your Pet Chef Presents the 12 Days of Christmas and the 8 Days of Hannukah share recipes for our dogs based upon traditional holiday dishes. These recipes are all grain and gluten free. Recipes include Muttzo Ball Soup, 4 Collie Birds, and many more. Go to yourpetchef.com to get your copy today. $1 from the purchase of each book goes back to the animal rescue of your choice. Enjoy!!

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SENA Animal Rescue Center and Sanctuary in San Diego.

Hi Humans, 

I hope you have a pawesome weekend.

Today I’d like to tell you about SENA. Better yet, I will let SENA  tell you about SENA:

“SENA Animal Rescue is a no-kill organization established in October 2012. Our mission is to stop euthanasia, neglect and abuse towards animals that are scheduled for euthanasia in our shelters. Our goal is to build a no-cagecomfortable, condominium style facility, for the less fortunate cats and dogs, and comfortable stables for horses. They will be staying with us indefinitely until responsible loving homes can be found.

We will have NO CAGES and NO BIAS AGAINST BREED, HEALTH OR AGE.

Imagine walking through a hot, humid animal shelter filled with crates that are holding three to four dogs per cage.  Some dogs are cowering because they are too tall for the crates. They look at you with their big brown eyes, pleading to be set free. We don’t know their life before this cage, or how they got here, but it’s not because he or she had a loving home. The leash is put on the dog that was once someone’s pet.  It wags its tail-a walk!-and bounces along happily to “The Room”.  Once in The Room, the dog is lifted onto the table by a couple of veterinary technicians.  Apprehension is in those brown eyes.  Sensing something is not right, the dog starts to struggle. The pink stuff is injected and the dog goes limp, but not without struggle, spasming and gasping for air.  Those brown eyes half-close and become lifeless.  The tail will never wag again.  The body is stacked on top of the corpses of other dogs and cats whose lives have been erased today.

One animal is euthanized every 8 seconds in the United States, extinguishing forever the precious live of a pet that would have made a wonderful companion. Unfortunately 70% of cats and 60% of dogs that enter the shelters are euthanized. It is sad to say that 90% of these pets are adoptable.

SENA is an all-volunteer non-profit organization and stands for Stopping Euthanasia Neglect and Abuse.  Our mission is to put an end to euthanasia, and stop neglect and abuse of those who cannot speak for them selves.

SENA’s Animal Rescue’s goal is to build the largest No-kill, condominium style animal care center and provide thousands of animals in years to come, with clean, comfortable quarters while they wait for their forever home in our beautiful sanctuary.  Dogs and cats will have condominium living quarters, a large climate controlled room with access to their individual fenced yard, while rescued horses will be accommodated with top of the line stables. The facility will also include exercise and socialization and training areas for the animals. SENA Animal Rescue also plans to provide educational programs for both adults and children to inform them of the correct and humane way to care for and train their companion animals. Our pets that are too traumatized to be adopted will live out their life in the peace of SENA’s sanctuary.”

SENA are  holding their 2ND Annual 5K fundraising event on November 1st, 2014, This weekend. Wanna join? CLICK HERE!

 

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Are you ready for Halloween?

Hi Humans, 

I hope you had a pawesome weekend!

With Halloween only 10 days away, I wanted to ask you: Are you dressing up your pooch for Halloween?

If you are, we’d love to see some photos!

Next week’s special Halloween blog will be dedicated to your dogs, so please email us your best photos to dogstar@dogtv.com, and we will feature them on our special Halloween blog. We will also give a free month of DOGTV to anyone who sends us a cool photo.

Are you ready?

Good luck, and have a happy Halloween!

p.s – check out this coool video!

 

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October – Adopt a dog month

Hi Humans, 

I hope you had a nice weekend.

October is “Adopt a dog month“. This month is a great way to remind people and encourage them to adopt a rescue or shelter dog and add some extra love to your life!

Your local shelter is the perfect place to find dogs of every type, size, age and personality — all waiting for a loving home. Or, if you prefer a particular breed that isn’t currently available at a shelter, go online to find a breed-specific rescue group in need of adopters like you. You can also go to the great app PETMATCH and adopt the dog of your dreams!

There is no better time to adopt a dog. October may be adopt a dog month, but it’s adopt a dog year all year long, so go out, and get a new friend!

Good luck, and enjoy!

Have a pawesome week,

Ron

 

 

 

 

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Meet The Tiger Frances Foundation

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, its the only way it ever has.”
- Margaret Mead   

Hi Humans, 

Today I’d like to share some words from the awesome Tiger Frances Foundation, because I really think you should all meet them!

Here we go:

 

“The Tiger Frances Foundation is a non profit 501(c)(3) organization. Our purpose it to eliminate the abuse of animals. We believe that animals are the world’s purest embodiment of unconditional love. Yet this very nature makes them the target for abuse. Many animals suffering in undesirable situations and shelters are deemed unadoptable. We disagree. More often that not, these animals just need a little more time, a little more patience, and a little more love. Our work has proved this.

TTFF will provide a safe haven of love and support for animals in need. With your help, we will educate and promote our philosophy and experiences through publications, products, public programs, and politics. We want to be the pebble in the pond, the first action that inspires ripples of kindness and love”

The Tiger Frances Foundation was born from the hearts of two animal lovers, Jude McVay and Maggie Lawson!

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Jude McVay
(323) 252.7971
squirtyhanky@tigerfrances.org
Above, Jude is with her first rescues, Tiger and Frances.
They were rescued in 1996 from an abandoned pet
store.
Maggie Lawson

Here is Maggie with her first rescue, Popcorn.  Popcorn was found in a dumpster at a Hardee’s fast food restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky on Christmas Eve 1990

Feel free to visit The Tiger Frances Foundation here

See dogs for adoption here

 

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Meet Harley

Hi Humans, 

I hope you had a great weekend. We’ve recently packed up our successful “My Dog is Cool” contest, and announced Munster as our #1 winner. I’d like to congratulate Munster on his victory, and wish him joy, happiness, and success as the new star of DOGTV.

Today, however, I would like to write about Harley, the second place in the “My Dog is Cool” contest. Harley is a true hero, and  the spokesdog against puppy mills.

So on today’s post, I would like to ask you to take a few minutes, and read Harley’s story:

“Hello! My name is Harley and I’m a spokesdog against puppy mills. Please read my biography, I worked long and hard to write it. Thanks!

Biography

 

It’s true, as many of you may have suspected, I was born in a horrible puppy mill. I started out a cute little brindle colored Chihuahua pup, but in a very short time I was pretty grungy, I suppose I looked the color of dirt. I had my own wire cage to live it, it was small, the wire floor made my feet hurt, but I got used to it. I didn’t wish for a bed, a toy, a bone or even clean water, I didn’t know what those things were. Humans were my enemy, never a kind word, never a loving hand – actually, I didn’t know what those things were. My job was to help make babies – not sure how many kids I have out there, maybe hundreds, thousands? The years all ran together, nothing ever changed, I got older, more crippled and then the cough started. I was in heart failure. The puppy mill people didn’t want me anymore, they considered tossing me in a bucket, as is, still breathing… but I was lucky because a woman (who had a heart) and worked for the puppy mill, took me away and turned me over to a rescue.Everything changed! My rescuer, Barbara, wrote about my first night in freedom, March 18, 2011: “He is small, but also badly crippled on the back legs and walks with his elbows out on the front legs, and he carries his head low to take weight off the back legs. His nails are so long. He has one eye missing, etc. His mouth is full of rot. He is so very sweet. As soon as I got him I bathed him, he was frightened, but stood still. I soaped him up 3 times to get the stench off him. I then towel dried him and put a sweater on him to keep him warm. I cleaned his ears, which were nasty and clipped his nails as much as I dared. He is about 5lbs and sable colored. He’s loved me since the moment I took him. He slept with me, the first time he’s ever slept in a soft place, or bed. He wanted to snuggle so close and he licked me over and over, I let him even though his breath was so bad! He will go to the vet the first of the week to see if he is strong enough to withstand anesthesia for a neuter and dental. In anticipation, I started him on antibiotics.

He has diarrhea, parasites and some other issues. This boy has waited a long time for this freedom, and while we have to play games and be nice to the breeders who so badly neglect, it is necessary in order to save the dogs. We will find him a wonderful home, with someone who will adore and love him for whatever time he has left.”

The vet worked on me a few times, I got neutered, most of my teeth were pulled, I was x-rayed so they could figure out my spinal problems – the cramped cage I’d live in most my life was hard on my bones. I have congestive heart failure, my stomach and lungs were filled with fluid, it was even coming out my nose, and I have a level 4 murmur. Plus a few other things… broken tail, my toes are a little deformed since my nails were never cut, arthritis in a few places, my eye has cataracts, yep, I was a basket case. You may have noticed that I only have 1 eye? They don’t take us dogs out of the cages to clean ‘em, instead they just power wash us along with the cages. I had a couple buddies with no eyes.

When my mom and dad heard about me they knew I was meant to be with them. So mom did her best to convince Barbara to let them adopt me. They drove to the middle of Kansas and met Barbara. Two of my sisters, Cricket and Zoie (rip sweet one) came along too. They cuddled with me during the long ride home. They didn’t care that I was a bloated, sickly old mill dog, my entire family loved me instantly and I loved them back.

My new vet didn’t think I’d live 3 months, but I’ve proven her wrong. It’s been over 3 years already and I’m still goin’ strong. Sure, I have my slow days, but don’t we all?”

Love, Harley

If you wish to contact Harley, feel free to write to him here.

 

 

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Doggie Play Time

Doggie Play Time: Creative Ways to Use Your Smartphone for Your Dog

Dog owners are always looking for new ways to make their pups happy. Getting your dog outside and moving is good for their health, and taking your dog on walks, playing chase in the yard and getting out their excess energy is fun for you. But daily life can be draining; we don’t always have time to run around the yard with our dogs. However, technology is reinventing the way we play with our dogs through creative apps and games. Here are a few to download with just one click:

Apps for Dog Dates

DoggyDatez is the perfect app for owners who want their dogs to interact with others. The app uses GPS location to track where you take your pup in the real world. You can “mark your territory” to put your location into the app for other dog owners to find. The app also is a fun game for the owners through the accumulation of “dog miles,” which allow you to go into other marked territories for play dates. Search for users by owner age, owner gender, dog age, dog gender and dog breed. This allows you to chose the dogs you want to interact with based on your dog’s behavior. This app is a great blend of person-to-person and dog-to-dog interaction.

Dog-Friendly Apps

Using the well known website, the dogfriendly.com app is the one you need to find dog-friendly hotels, B&Bs, parks, attractions, beaches, stores and off-the-leash stores in your area. Whether you are going on vacation and need to find a hotel that will allow you to bring your dog or you are just looking for a dog-friendly restaurant, this app will give you the freedom to explore and bring your dog on a new adventure.

Toy Apps

Is your pup full of energy? Get the Dog Teaser app to play different sounds that will get your dog moving. Sounds included are dog barking, door bell, door knock, meow, squeaky toy and dog whistle. Be sure to pair these noises with a toy or bone for your dog to play with. You’ll get Fido’s attention with each of the noises and can play however you choose.

SQUEAKER! Dog Toy Noise Maker is another dog toy app. This one opens up a squeaky toy on your screen that will make noise as you shake your phone. Your dog will love the noise, so be sure to be ready to play. You can choose from a variety of options in your virtual toy box, so your pup can play in different ways.

Apps for Dog Tricks

52 Dog Tricks is the app for any owner looking to teach their dog impressive and practical tricks. New owners with puppies will love the app because it starts at the basics: teaching your dog its name, to sit, to stay and to lie down. Designed as a year long program, you can teach your dog a new trick once a week. Or, go at your own pace and teach your dog a few tricks each week. Instructions are step by step and will give you tips on how to get your dog to follow your commands.

Technology for Playing

Each of these apps are easy to download and easy to use. Technology is making it easier for us to interact with our pets, so get out there with your pup and try these apps today.

 

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Monitor your dog!

Hi Humans, 

I hope you and your dogs had a pawesome weekend!

We all want to improve the well being of our fury friends. It is especially true since the can’t tell us how they feel so it is up to us to be proactive about tracking signs of health or sickness, content or discomfort. We want to make sure they are happy when they are left alone. We want to have the peace of mind that they are feeling well even if we are not always there to watch them.

Vital signs are measurable physiologic parameters that relate to basic body functions. They are recorded routinely when you take your pet to the veterinarian as a part of any physical exam. No health evaluation of a dog or cat is complete without the measurement of vital signs, but wouldn’t it be cool if you could track the vital signs continuously, even when not at the vet?

Why is it important to track or measure vital signs?

Since vital signs relate to basic body functions, disease states or emotional stress very frequently alter these parameters. Therefore, measuring vital signs or tracking them remotely when the dog is left alone will help detect the presence of a medical condition, anxiety or stress.

What exactly are your dog’s vital signs?

In veterinary medicine we mainly deal with 3 parameters, commonly referred to as TPR:

  • Temperature
  • Pulse
  • Respiration

Additional complementary data is routinely collected, including activity level, appetite, pain score, and more.

Is there a way to monitor my dog’s vital signs when I’m not with my dog?

DOGTV’s partner PetPace provides a smart collar that continuously, remotely and non-invasively monitors your dog’s vitals and other health related parameters and provides alerts when a suspicious condition is developing. The alerts and data also go to your veterinarian to help you get that peace of mind.

To learn more or to purchase a collar go to petpace.com.

For a limited time, DogTV viewers will receive a special discount on PetPace subscription.

 

 

PetPace will provide 3 months of monitoring subscription to all our blog readers who have purchased their collar. Please act fast as the deal expires on 9/15/2014.

To learn more or to purchase the collar and receive the offer go to petpace.com

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Is your dog COOL?

Hi Humans, 

I hope you had a great long weekend!

I wanted to invite you all to join DOGTV and Zynga’s super cool contest – MY DOG IS COOL.

There is still plenty of time to submit your photo, so please submit it now.

We have amazing prizes for the coolest dogs, including tablets and a flight to San Francisco!

Here what you have to do:

I wish you and your dog – good luck!

Ron

 

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How dog friendly is San Francisco?

Hi Humans,

I hope you’re having a pawesome week!

I wanted to share with you today a little story:

Recently me and the rest of the DOGTV team have moved to San Francisco. One of the reasons we chose San Francisco as our headquarters is because we learned, during the past few years, that it is extremely dog friendly. It even topped Animal Planet’s top 10 list of dog friendly cities! “San Francisco is not only one of America’s best-loved tourist destinations - it’s also a great getaway destination for dogs and their human companions” according to Animal Planet in their  Top 10 Pet-Friendly Destinations guide.

So all is great? well, not quite. Arriving in SF,  I was really surprise to learn how difficult it is to find an apartment, which allows dogs in it. My wife and myself have seen so many beautiful apartments, which we both loved – but non of them allowed dogs.

Errr…Another dog-less apartment!

Rental search website Lovely reports that just 17 percent of the rental apartments on their site specifically indicate that dogs are accepted, compared with 40 percent in Los Angeles and 48 percent in Chicago. When you look at other cities and metros across the United States, San Francisco is on the extreme low end in terms of listings that allow pets,” says Lovely co-founder Blake Pierson. “Which is odd, because you see so many pets in San Francisco. It’s such an outdoorsy area. You wonder where all these pets live.”

This situation is both sad an annoying. I guess wherever demand exceeds supply there is an opportunity for landlords to charge more money, ask for crazy guarantees – and refuse pets. Dogs cause enormous damages, they say, and strictly ban pets in their apartments.

And we? all we really wanted was a small chihuahua…Maybe in the next apartment :(

What do you think? Do you find it easy to find an apartment for you and your pooch? Do you have any tips for me? Please, share in the comments!

 

Have a nice week,

Ron

 

 

 

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