Monthly Archives: January 2013

  • In Our Pet Recipe Box!

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    We wanted to share this  easy, nutritional and pet-friendly recipe for you to try with your favorite furry companion!

     Dried Cheese

    This easy recipe is a great way to create training treats, or just something extra special for your pup.

    1. To begin, slice a firm cheese like Cheddar or Monterey Jack into 1/4" or smaller cubes.

    2. Spread cheese in a single layer on paper towels on cookie sheets or trays and place in a room temperature, dry, protected location where the dogs cannot get it. Run a fan on the cheese for 24-72 hours. The exact amount of time depends on the cheese, the size of the pieces and the ambient humidity. Stir the pieces daily so all sides dry evenly.

    3. The cheese is done when it turns a darker color and has a hard texture. The oil in the cheese will come to the surface. Roll the cubes in paper towel to rid them of excess oil. The cubes can be combined with kibble or other dry food which absorbs the oil and makes the food more appealing to the dog.

    3. The cheese will keep for up to a month at room temperature, depending on ambient humidity, for six months in the refrigerator or a year in the freezer

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  • WINTER FUN FOR YOU AND YOUR DOG!

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    Depending on where you and your pet live, the weather outside may be cold, snowy or wet. But, that doesn’t mean you have to remain cooped up inside and avoid the fresh air!

    We’ve compiled our three favorite activities you and your dog can do throughout the winter months:

    PLAY IN THE SNOW!

    Live in a snowy part of the country? Great! Most dogs love running, jumping and playing in the snow! Use a bright colored visible toy for playing fetch, or even create a fun obstacle course by building “snow jumps” for your dog to master! Just be sure to remove built up snow balls on your dog’s coat when you return home, so they are comfortable and not tracking in snow through the house!

    It is important to keep in mind that winter is a popular month for lost pets, when playing outdoors. Always be sure your pet is properly identifiable with an I.D. tag or microchip.

    VOLUNTEER

    While anytime is a good time to volunteer your time, winter can be a great time for you and your pet to spend time with others who may not have very much company.

    Most of the time, residents of senior centers or nursing homes love the attention and comfort a pet can provide. Call your local nursing home or animal shelter to see what volunteer opportunities are available. Some pets may need to pass a behavior assessment test to make sure they are behaved and comfortable enough around others to visit a home.

    GET SOCIAL!

    Just as people like to get together… dogs do too! Schedule a play date or offer to watch a friend’s dog for the afternoon. The increased activity will provide your dog with plenty of action and attention. You can even offer a dog-watching exchange so you and your pooch can get in some quality time with friends.

  • PET QUIZZES!

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    Dog person or cat person? How much do you really know about your pet? Is adding a pet the right step for your family?  If you’re aching to test your pet knowledge and know how you are in the right place! We’ve gathered some fun pet themed quizzes for you to try! Don’t worry… We will give you an “A” no matter what!   Have fun!!

     

    Ever wonder if you are a dog or a cat person? Maybe you already know but want some validation? Take this to find out!

    http://www.quibblo.com/quiz/1FXP1H/Are-You-A-Dog-or-Cat-Person

     

    Considering bringing a pet in the family? This quiz from Parents.com assesses what animal would be the perfect addition!

    http://www.parents.com/parents/analysis.jsp?quizId=/templatedata/ab/quiz/data/100.xml

     

    Dog expert? Test your dog knowledge with this Animal Planet Quiz!

    http://animals.howstuffworks.com/pets/dog-quiz.htm

     

    And, don’t think we forgot about our feline friends! See how much you know about cats with this quiz from National Geographic.

    http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/cat-quiz/

  • IT’S GOING TO BE AN AMAZING YEAR!

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    Yep, that’s right! Thundershirt will be joining our friend Harrison Forbes for a few stops at the Amazing Pet Expos! Ever been to an Amazing Pet Expo? They are a blast! If you and your pet love a day filled with fun shopping, activities and educational presentations, you’ll love attending one of the many Amazing Pet Expos!

     

    Thundershirt will be at the following 2013 Expos!

     

    Bay Area Pet Expo, Santa Clara County Fairgrounds- January 12th

    Southern California Pet Expo, Long Beach Convention Center- February 2nd

    Vegas Pet Expo, Cashman Center- February 9th

    Tampa Bay Pet Expo, Florida State Fairgrounds- March 23rd

    Houston Pet Expo, Reliant Center- April 13th

    Phoenix Pet Expo, University of Phoenix Stadium- April 20th

    San Antonio Pet Expo, San Antonio Event Center- April 27th

    Greater New York Pet Expo, Nassau Coliseum- May 4th

    Miami Pet Expo, Miami Airport Convention Center- May 11th

    Charlotte Pet Expo, The Park Expo Center- May 18th

     

    Hope to see you there!

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