Are you looking for a great gift idea for a pet parent or dog lover in your life this Holiday Season?
The LICK book by Ty Foster is a great gift idea to consider. The title of the book says it all- LICK features over 50 dogs being photographed mid-lick. The photos range from sweet & endearing, to downright hilarious and everywhere in between. I was happy to see there were a wide range of breeds represented in the book, and this also made it supremely difficult to choose a ‘favorite’ page in the book.
Scooter thinks it’s a great book to curl up with and have a good browse & I couldn’t agree more! It was fun to flip each page and be greeted with a new photo featuring pups licking their chops. There’s no text in the book, the photos do all the talking, but we could also see this being a book that a dog-adoring child would really enjoy.
Being a dog blogger, I’m sure it comes as no surprise to you that I really love these types of companion animal related ‘coffee table books’, and LICK is certainly one I’m proud to add to my collection.
The photographer & author of the book, Ty Foster, is internationally renowned for his work with dogs. He’s got some incredible collections of work on his website, and if you’re interested in seeing a Behind the Scenes look at how these LICK photos were captured, there’s a great blog post here.
LICK can be purchased directly from the publisher, or wherever books are sold.
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Are there any more perfect plans for a Sunday afternoon that a bit of snuggling and a good movie?
In case you haven’t heard, October is the American Humane Association’s Adopt-A-Dog-Month!
Every October, American Humane Association encourages animal lovers to consider adopting a dog from a local shelter or rescue group in honor of its yearly “Adopt-a-Dog Month®.” This year, American Humane Association is launching a national initiative to bring awareness to a particularly important issue: The need to provide safe, loving homes for the thousands of older pets that often face the highest risk in animal shelters. Bear and Scooter are both senior dogs, and needless to say, senior pets are very near and dear to my heart.
Each year, an estimated 3- 4 million shelter animals are euthanized in the United States. Many potential pet adopters overlook older animals, but there are so many reasons why senior dogs make ideal furry family members:
Here are a variety of ways to celebrate Adopt A Dog Month:
Adopt from a shelter or rescue group
When you’re ready to open your heart and home to a new best friend, adopt from your local animal shelter or rescue group. Talk with shelter staff to find the perfect dog for you and your lifestyle, and remember that older dogs make excellent pets too.
Spay or neuter your dog
Have your dog spayed or neutered, thus preventing the possibility of unexpected, and potentially unwanted, puppies. Spayed and neutered animals have been shown to lead longer, healthier lives and have fewer of certain behavioral problems than animals who have not been spayed or neutered.
ID your pet
By putting identification on your dog, either in the form of a tag, a microchip or both, you will reduce the possibility that your pet will become one of the presumably “homeless” dogs that end up at your local shelter. Only 15-20 percent of dogs who enter a shelter are reunited with their owners. Make sure your dog is one of the fortunate few by outfitting him with proper identification!
Support your local shelter
Show the pets at your local shelter or rescue group that you care by donating time, money or supplies like pet food, leashes, beds and toys. Call the shelter to see what supplies or services are needed most. Even the smallest effort can make a difference.
As many of you know, both Bear and Scooter are rescued. Rescued is our favorite breed! We also love to volunteer for our local animal rescue organizations, and we also foster dogs on occasion for a special needs rescue in our area- Panda Paws Rescue.
Now I’m curious about you? Do you live with an adopted fur friend? Do you volunteer with your local shelter? Did anyone adopt a dog this month??
We’ve been doing our Bravo Raw Food trial for just about two weeks now. Bear and Scooter have been super willing participants in this trial, because of course being dogs, they think taste testing is the best! When we left off, we had just introduced you to Bravo Pet Foods, as well as the two varieties of their raw food offerings that we’ll be working with: Bravo HomeStyle Completes & Bravo Frozen Blends.
Bravo Pet Foods makes frozen raw dog food that comes in a few different varieties, depending on your personal preference & feeding style. The options are: Boneless, Basics, Blends, and Balance. Additional details on each are provided in the chart below, or here on the Bravo site. We have been feeding the Bravo Pet Food Blends- in Lamb flavor- which has been great! As you can see, the blends include meat, bones, organ meat, and veggies all ground together in an easy to feed form.
Bravo All Natural Lamb Blend Diet for dogs:
Pet parents have the option of purchasing the Bravo blends in chubs or as patties. The chubs are available in2lb, 5lb, or 10lb sizes and the patties are 8oz each- individually wrapped. Feeding two dogs of vastly different sizes, I certainly appreciate having these different options. Larger sized chubs can be defrosted in the refrigerator and cut up into appropriate portions while there are still ice crystals in the center. We have re-wrapped ours with saran wrap and put into freezer bags for storage. The defrosted portion should be fed within 2-3 days.
Bear weighs 55lbs = 20 oz day OR 10 oz breakfast + 10 oz dinner
Scooter weighs 5 lbs = 4 oz/day OR 2 oz breakfast + 2 oz dinner
When feeding a larger dog of Bear’s size, the chubs make a lot of sense. The dogs eat quite a lot more volume-wise- and it is more cost-effective to buy in bulk. Small breed dogs like Pomeranians though, would be most easily fed on the patties in my opinion. With 1 patty being 8 oz- defrosting a single one could feed Scooter for two days. Bear and Scooter will be trying the Beef blend next week and we anticipate it being as big of a hit as the lamb has been.
Have your dogs ever taste tested any of types the Bravo Pet Foods?
Foster dog Zoie and Scooter have taken to snuggling together in the base of the Sleepypod Mini recently. I assure you, it’s even cuter in person!