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Happy B-Day, George, You Dog Lover, You!!

As we celebrate the birthday of our nation’s first president, George Washington, let us reflect not only on his achievements as Commanding General of the Continental Army and U.S. president, but his life-long association with dogs. That’s right.  You mean, you didn’t know? Well, sit back and hear the tale!  It starts with Washington, the avid hunter. You see, fox hunting was one of Washington’s great passions. (NOTE: Before you consider taking your furry friend fox hunting with you, please consult your Boca Raton pet care specialist.  She will surely have some helpful advice on the subject!)  Anyway, during his years in Virginia, Washington would ride out with his dogs to hunt foxes every week and sometimes two or three times a week. A New Nation, A New Breed of Dog As an educated farmer, Washington was well versed in animal husbandry. With the unrivaled passion he put into everything, he began to build a pack of hunting hounds. In case you haven’t read them, Washington's diaries are filled with his accounts of his dog breeding and eventually, he created a unique breed of foxhound that he called the "Virginia Hound."  Believe it or not, Washington's diary even documents the names he gave to his beloved hounds; there was “Sweet Lips”, “Venus”, and “Truelove”. These shared a kennel with “Taster”, “Tippler” and “Drunkard”, no doubt named after some of Washington’s more riotous acquaintances. Washington meets Howe’s Terrier in Battle Washington's affection for dogs is vividly illustrated in an incident that occurred during the Revolutionary War. On or around October 6, 1777, during the Battle of Germantown, when American forces were trying to contain British General William Howe's troops near Pennibecker's Mill, a small terrier was [...]

By |February 20th, 2017|Categories: Dogs, History, Holiday|0 Comments

Happy Valentine’s Day, Fido!

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, a big day for chocolatiers and card companies, but it can also be a memorable occasion for your furry best friend.  Granted, a romantic dinner at a favorite Mexican restaurant may not be on the dance card, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t treat your dog or cat to a truly special Valentine’s Day dinner. Make it even more fun by having your furry friend help with the preparation, fetching the olive oil from the pantry or the eggs from the fridge… okay, maybe not…   Salmon Cat Treats Fish provides your pet with necessary omega oils that will keep his coat and skin in great shape. What you’ll need: 1 lb. salmon, pureed in the blender 1 cup whole wheat flour 1 cup corn meal 1 T. olive oil 2 T. garlic powder   Instructions: Add all ingredients to the pureed salmon. Mix thoroughly until it’s the consistency of cookie dough. Roll with rolling pin until 1/4 inch thick. Cut out the treats with a heart-shaped cookie cutter. Place on non-stick cookie sheet and bake in pre-heated oven at 250F for 30 minutes or until the dog treats are golden brown. Tip: These salmon dog treats can be frozen.   Valentine Liver Nibbles Nothing says “Be my Valentine” like a blender full of raw beef liver! Okay, your significant other might disagree, but your pampered pooch certainly won’t. What you’ll need: 1 lb beef liver or chicken liver 3 medium eggs 1/4 cup canola or other vegetable oil 2 cups instant oats 1 Tbsp applesauce (optional) 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast (optional) 3 Tbsp powdered kelp Filtered water sufficient to make a batter Instructions: Process the liver in a blender [...]

By |February 13th, 2017|Categories: Dogs, Feeding, Holiday|0 Comments

4 Awesome DIY Dog Treats for Valentines Day

With Valentine’s Day just right around the corner and many making special plans for that day, consider making these awesome DIY dog treats for your pet this year. Below are some fun doggy treats to consider for 2015! […]