Baby Sock Cat Toy

What you will need:

  • a newborn baby sock
  • some dried catnip
  • yarn

Your cat won't be able to resist this DIY toy made out of a sock! ~~~~This one was super easy...I made 3 for my cats and they fought over who got to play with them first!!  A must DIY cat toy!!~~~~ Veronica

How to make this fun kitty toy:

  1. Insert a paper tube into the sock and press down the dry catnip into the sock. Be sure to pack it tightly, as catnip likes to settle. Crunch up any large pieces you get into it. Also be sure to use dried catnip so you don’t get mold inside of your new toy.
  2. Tie the yarn along the top of the toy, be sure to make the knot tight so the cat can’t get it undone.  (I’m not 100% sure where the feathers come in to play here)
  3. Have fun with your newly found cat toy.

This idea came to us from the lovely people over at: http://www.marthastewart.com/264732/baby-sock-cat-toy

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Minty Vanilla dog spray

For those times when you have company coming over and your dog smells like a dog, this stuff will make him/ her smell like less of a dog.

What you need:

  • one 2.5 ounce spray bottle ( 60 ml)
  • 2 ounces water (59.25 ml)
  • 2 drops peppermint oil
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract (1.25 ml)
  • 1/4 tsp. coconut/ argon oil (1.25 ml)

How to make:

  1. Add all ingredients to the spray bottle
  2. Shake vigorously to blend all ingredients together
  3. Test on your arm first to see that you like the scent before spraying Fido
  4. Spritz away

Information from: http://addapinch.com/living/minty-vanilla-dog-spray/

Very Vanilla Dog Treats

What is needed for this recipe: (it makes about 75 treats)

  • 2 1/4 cup (.53 L ) whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup (.11 L) cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup (.11 L) rolled oats
  • 1 tsp. (4.9 ml) baking powder
  • 1/2 cup (.11 L) water
  • 1/2 cup (.11 L) unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tsp. (9.8 ml) vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs, (2)  beaten
  • 3 tbsp. (44.3 ml) peanut butter

Steps to make:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (204°C)
  2. Lightly grease two larger sized cookie sheets
  3. Mix the flour, cornmeal, oats, and baking powder in a bowl
  4. Lightly mix in the water, applesauce, and vanilla to the dry mixture
  5. Stir in the eggs and peanut butter to the mixture
  6. Put the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead it until it is no longer sticky (should take about one minute)
  7. Roll out the dough to 1/4 inch (2.54 cm) thickness, cut into 75 squares and place them on the cookie sheets
  8. bake for 15 minutes, turn the oven off and allow them to rest in the oven for 30 minutes
  9. Once you remove the treats from the oven, allow them to sit on the pan for approximately 30 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack.

This recipe is from: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Bries-Very-Vanilla-Dog-Treats/Detail.aspx?evt19=1&referringHubId=853

Fun ball rope toy

I have a couple dogs who will do anything for a tennis ball.  If you have one of these crazy pups then this is the toy for you.

You will need:

  • A tennis ball (any size will do, just make sure the dog can fit it in his mouth)
  • some rope
  • a drill, or something to make a hole in the tennis ball

How to make this fun toy:

  1. Drill (or cut) a hole in the sides of the tennis ball make sure that the holes are even, and you can see through them from one side to the other. (you should be able to look through the hole and see through the ball)
  2. put the rope through the hole that you have made in the tennis ball
  3. This video will show you how to tie the ropes so they will be dog proof, the toy should last a while if the instructions are followed:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhWZlUBMvOk&feature=youtu.be&t=2m57s

A cuddle buddy for Fido

Pets love stuffed animals almost as much as kids do. The problem is that the pets love to pull out the stuffing and leave it all over your living room rug.

A simple solution is to the above problem is to :

  • purchase an inexpensive stuffed toy and remove the stuffing
  • after you have removed the stuffing be sure to sew up the hole that you have removed it from
  • after you have sewn it up you can give it to your little four legged friend to love on and cherish until he/she can no longer.

(idea from: http://www.wisebread.com/10-diy-dog-toys-you-can-make-for-pennies)

Dog Days of Summer

The dog days of summer are hot, humid and not enjoyable for anyone. However, there are things you can do to make those days seem not so bad for your little four legged friend. Make sure to keep your dog(s) well hydrated and watch for signs of heat stroke (https://kennelboy.wordpress.com/2015/02/07/signs-of-heat-stroke-in-dogs/)

  1. Make Pup-Sicles– Sort of like the popsicles that everyone loved as a kid, from the ice cream man, but dog friendly. The recipe can be found at: https://kennelboy.wordpress.com/2014/12/06/making-pup-sicles-for-your-dog/
  2. Make a frozen sock toy– These your dog(s) are sure to love. They are basically just frozen old socks that the dogs love to chew on. And the best part is they are reusable as many times as your see fit. This cool toy can be found at: https://kennelboy.wordpress.com/2015/01/11/making-a-cool-dog-toy-for-summer/
  3. Dog Safe Ice Cream– Dogs love going for ice cream almost as much as the kids do (that is if you have kids). Here is a simple and dog safe recipe- https://kennelboy.wordpress.com/2014/07/26/dog-safe-ice-cream/
  4. Go For a Dip in the Pool– Not all dogs can swim, so to be safe, I would recommend a kiddie pool for your pup just in case he/she doesn’t know how. Fill it with water and watch your pup dip into it as many times as he/ she wants. Have a stubborn pup that won’t go in the pool?? Try the sprinkler.
  5. Frozen fun- Put water in a soda bottle ( about 3/4 full) and place it in the freezer. Wait a few hours and when you remove it from the freezer you will have something your dog can cool off with. (idea from: http://www.drsfostersmith.com/pic/article.cfm?aid=1375)

Signs of Heat Stroke in Dogs

Signs to watch for when playing with your pup outdoors include but are not limited to:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Excessive panting
  • Increased salvation
  • Bright red tongue
  • Red or pale gums
  • Thick, sticky saliva
  • Depression
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting (sometimes with blood)
  • Diarrhea
  • As it progresses it can cause: seizures, coma, cardiac arrest, and death

If you notice any of these signs while playing with your dog outside:

  1.  take him/her inside and out of the heat
  2. Put cold, wet  wash cloths on your pup and monitor the temperature (check it every five minutes, rectally, yes, that means up the butt, once it reaches 103°F (39.44°C) then remove the cold cloths and start drying your pup)
  3. Take your pup to the vet to check that everything is alright and he/she didn’t injure anything internally

How to prevent heat stroke:

  • keep pets with predisposing conditions like heart disease, obesity, older age and breathing problems in the shade, normal activities for these dogs can be especially harmful
  • Allow your pet to get water at all times
  • Do not ever leave your dog in a parked car when the seat belt buckle burns your skin when you first get in the car ( above 70°F (21.11 °C))
  •  Make sure that outside dogs have shade
  • On a hot day, try to keep the amount of exercise down at least until the sun goes down, too much exercise in the sun can be dangerous
  • Try not to muzzle your dog in the heat of summer, they can’t pant and that can lead to over heating
  • Avoid places like concrete and asphalt areas, heat is reflected and there is very little access to shade
  • Wetting down your pup with cool water can help him/her maintain a normal body temperature

Information from: http://www.drsfostersmith.com/pic/article.cfm?aid=1375