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News: Guest Posts
App Review: Dog Food Hazards
Quick access to list of foods our pups should avoid.

Although we're inundated with apps these days some information is worth carrying around with us for quick access. The newly released Dog: Food Hazards app (android, free) is a very simple app dedicated to one topic, as you might have guessed, hazardous foods dogs should avoid.

Featuring a simplified layout for quick navigation, one can refresh their knowledge of dangerous foods for dogs and get information on symptoms caused by each featured food type. As a bonus they’ve prominently placed access to ASPCA’s pet poison hotline so it is quickly accessible too.

Unfortunately, the list of food hazards is limited, so it may not be helpful for people looking to delve deeply into the topic. While Dog: Food Hazards is a fairly barebones app, we enjoy the peace of mind that comes with its ease of access to information that every dog owner should know.

News: Guest Posts
Thanksgiving Pumpkin Dog Treats

“Squashing” the benefits out of a pumpkin!


Digestive Health

  • Excellent source of fiber.
  • Helps with constipation.
  • Helps with diarrhea.

Urinary Health

  • Fatty acids and antioxidant source.
  • Contains vitamin A, beta-carotene, potassium and iron to prevent cancer.
  • Oils around the seed help keep the urinary tract clean.

Weight loss

  • Fiber keeps them full for longer periods of time.
  • Replace food with some pumpkin.
  • Adds additional flavor, naturally.


Let’s get cooking!


Pumpkin peanut butter treats


  • 2 ½ cups of whole wheat flour
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup of pumpkin puree
  • 3 tbsp. all-natural peanut butter


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Mix all ingredients on Low, until dough comes together.
  • ½″between treats is enough.
  • Bake 30 minutes.
  • Makes 75+ 1″treats.


Pumpkin-cinnamon treats


  • 2½ cups whole wheat or all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup 100% canned pure pumpkin
  • 1 tbsp. of cinnamon
  • 1 egg


  • Combine pumpkin, cinnamon and egg in the bowl.
  • Add flour ½ cup at a time into the bowl until stiff dough forms.
  • Roll dough to about ½ inch thick.
  • Line dog treats ½ inch apart.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until treat is golden brown.
  • Store treats at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.


No bake peanut butter pumpkin rolls


  • ½ cup peanut better
  • 1 cup 100% pure pumpkin, canned
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp. honey
  • 2½ cups oats


  • Add peanut butter, pumpkin, cinnamon and honey in a bowl and mix.
  • Roll batter into balls and place on prepared baking sheet.
  • Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks (3 months frozen)


Peanut butter, pumpkin apple pup-cake


  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup 100% canned pure pumpkin
  • 3 tbsp. peanut butter
  • ½ apple finely chopped
  • ½ tsp baking powder


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Mix all ingredients together until smooth.
  • Grease a ramekin or a jumbo muffin tin.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden and a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Cool on a rack for 5 minutes.
  • Frost with the mixture with either: a spoon of peanut butter, spoon of plain greek yogurt or a spoon of honey.


Pumpkin and molasses treats


  • ½ cup canned pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
  • 4 tbsps. molasses
  • 4 tbsps. water
  • 2 tbsps. vegetable oil
  • 2 cup whole wheat flour
  • ¼ tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (optional)


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • Blend all of the wet ingredients (pumpkin, molasses, vegetable oil, water) together.
  • Add the dry ingredients (wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon) and stir until soft dough forms.
  • Grab the dough by teaspoonful’s and roll it into balls with your hands.
  • Drop the balls onto the cookie sheet or pizza pan and flatten them with a fork.
  • Bake until hard (approximately 25 minutes).


Facts about doggy treats

  • In 2014, 16% of US pet food spending went to treats.
  • In 2016, 26% people spent $5-$9 on pet treats every month.
  • Pumpkin is 4th in the most recommended ingredient in dog treats.
  • Treats and snacks should only make up 10% of a dog’s daily calories.
  • Low calorie veggie treats include: baby carrots, a green bean or some broccoli.

This is a cross post from Kuddly.co. 

News: Guest Posts
Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon (and Dog Lover)
National Portrait Gallery exhibit reminds us why we love her
Featured in the exhibition Portraits of an Icon is a photograph of Audrey Hepburn and an unidentified dog by Bert Handy, 1950 (left).

A riveting photographic exhibition, Portraits of an Icon, recently opened at London’s National Portrait Gallery illustrates the life of actress and fashion maven Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993). This exhibit features photographs from Hepburn's early years in London as a dancer to her later years as an impassioned philanthropist. From the museum’s description:

“A selection of more than seventy images defines Hepburn’s iconography, including classic and rarely seen prints from photographers such as Richard Avedon, Cecil Beaton, Terry O’Neill, Norman Parkinson and Irving Penn. Alongside these, an array of vintage magazine covers, film stills, and extraordinary archival material complete her captivating story.”

Hepburn is revered for her performances in a string of films produced in ’50s and ’60s including: Gigi, Roman Holiday, Sabrina, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Charade, My Fair Lady and Funny Face (my personal favorite). Along with her acting and humanitarian work with UNICEF, Hepburn was also an avid animal lover. Dogs were an important part of her family for much of her life. Her dog, Mr. Famous, is one of her best known companions. He traveled with the actress to film locations and photo shoots, and even had a cameo in 1957’s Funny Face. It was a common sight to see Hepburn and her beloved Yorkie bicycling around studio lots during breaks in filming.

The camera loved Hepburn’s natural beauty and inimitable style. The best images on display in Portraits of an Icon radiate an inner quality seldom captured on film. Like the subject herself, the portraits display a wide range, showing Hepburn as a young ballerina, Hollywood actress, fashion model, humanitarian. For those fortunate to attend the exhibit, they will find more reasons to fall in love with Audrey Hepburn (and her canine co-pilots).

Portraits of an Icon appears at the National Portrait Gallery in London through October 18, 2015. For more information visit www.npg.org.uk.

News: Guest Posts
Beagle: Free to Good Home
Man posts Craigslist ad rehoming his girlfriend

Several days ago a man posted a Craigslist ad that seemed to be offering a free Beagle to a good home. In the post he explains that his girlfriend wants to get rid of the dog. He proceeds to describe his Beagle pup saying "I have had her 4 years. She likes to play games. Not totally trained. Has long hair so she's a little high maintenance, especially the nails, but she loves having them done." However, by the end of the post we learn that he is in fact rehoming his girlfriend and keeping his dog!

As the ad went viral he updated the post saying it was all a joke and that in reality he's a pitbull owner and his girlfriend loves his dog. He ended his post encouraging one simple message—that adoption is a life long commitment, not just while convienent. It's great that he is using his viral fame to continue to push his message and promote pet adoption.

Way to go, dude!

News: Guest Posts
Jedi Surfs
Surfers get furry

We were first introduced to Jedi through our Smiling Dog submissions, and we think Jedi Seja may be the next worldwide furry celebrity. Born on a puppy mill farm and surrendered to a rescue, Jedi had a rough start. Luckily he was then adopted by his parents Katie and Patrick Seja, and they’ve turned his life upside-down. His surfing career started in 2011, and has taken him across the nation for many surf competitions. Jedi’s interests include surfing, being an advocate for animals, working with charities, and smiling while having fun.

Wellness: Recipes
Simple Frozen Yogurt Treats
A perfect recipe for summer
Dogs Licking Ice Cream

Stepping out with our furry friends during the sunniest time of the year makes for hot and hungry dogs. This quick, simple recipe is designed to cool off your pup, while providing a delectable, tasty treat! Makes 30-40 cubes, enough to last the summer. Feel free to add other tasty items like raspberries and strawberries, or any of the superfoods listed here (yogurt-fish-honey pops, anyone?).


4 cups yogurt (flavored or plain, non-fat if needed)
½ cup creamy peanut butter
2 tablespoons honey
1 ripe banana, mashed


  • Melt peanut butter in microwave for about 30 seconds

  • Place all of the ingredients into a blender, mixer or food processor and mix well (until smooth)

  • Pour into ice cube trays or Popsicle trays.

  • Freeze until firm.

  • Pop out of the tray (you’ll need a knife) and let your dog enjoy this frozen treat!

  • Recipe from Pet Guide