Monthly Archives: November 2015

Avoid these gifts when Shopping for your Doxie this Christmas

It’s that time of year again.  I don’t know about you but I am completely organized when it comes to Christmas. I make a spreadsheet of everyone’s name, what I will buy them and how much I am spending.  Every year I do this, and every year I never stick to it and lose track of not only what was on these spreadsheets, but even where I saved them.

So, we know the average person spends $1000 on Christmas gifts every year and we also know the average dog owner will spend $40-$50 on their pooch (and some much more).

There is an overwhelmingly amount of different varieties of gifts for dogs these days.  Cute sweaters (which they hate by the way), Santa and Elf outfits (which I guarantee they will hate more than the sweaters), little designer booties (which they 100% will hate the most).

So what’s the best gift for your dachshund?  From the years of owning a Dachshund here are a few things NOT to buy them this year. Got your pen handy? Cross these off your list and save your money…

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Not a happy Doxie…

  • Sweaters – I know they are necessary especially for the short haired doxies, but as a gift? They hate getting clothes as much as kids.
  • Little Santa or Elf costumes – they hate it at Halloween, and Christmas is no different.
  • Booties – I love getting boots as a gift, Dachshunds, not so much.
  • A bag of dog food – you have to feed them, why would they be excited?
  • A new leash – really? Do I need to explain?

Things to get your Dachshund overly excited on Christmas morning

  • Toys and more toys! – I think we all agree they’ll be all over this one…
  • Dried Chicken Feet – yes you heard me correctly. You can buy them at the Bulk Barn. Dry chicken and Duck feet and boy do they love them, and good for their sharp Dachshund teeth too.
  • Treats – I have never met a Dachshund that doesn’t love their treats.
  • Beef Bones – buy these at the grocery store or ask your butcher if you can’t find them. Pop them in the oven for about 20 minutes and let them scoop out the marrow. It’s the perfect treat for Christmas, try to find small ones if you have a mini Doxie.
  • Special baked treats – whip up your own dog treats for an extra special Christmas
  • Love & Time – there is no better gift than this. Take your Doxie out for a Christmas Eve stroll to look at the lights, or Christmas Day walk in the park…there is no greater joy, especially for a rescue dog.

Happy shopping to all, and to all a good night.

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Ten Foods You Should Never Feed Your Dog

It’s November (already-sigh) do you believe it? Yet, a few weeks back, I found myself slicing up some tropical Papaya (yes I miss Summer already and it’s hardly been cold yet!), when I stepped in something I thought was water but turned out to be Dachshund saliva.  Both dogs were at my feet madly salivating over this tropical fruit.  I thought I knew everything there was to know about what foods are safe for dogs and what aren’t, however I was at a loss with Papaya.  I quickly stopped myself from slicing off two pieces for each of the girls to enjoy and had my husband Google “is Papaya safe for dogs?”- answer, absolutely! Papaya is rich in fiber and used to treat digestive problems in our furry friends such as bloating and flatulence!
Who knew this tropical delight was so healthy for fido?
papaya
We are forever hearing conflicting reports of what’s good for us and what isn’t, the same is true for the animal world.  There are some things that react badly with dogs that are perfectly fine for us humans (to devour) and many others that are fine.  Heck, haven’t dogs been around for centuries? Haven’t they survived on their own without kibble and little bowls of filtered water with their little names on them? Didn’t they survive on berries and raw meat, streams and pond water?  Just like us, everything in moderation is the key to not only a happy life, but also a healthy one.

10 Foods You Should NEVER Feed Your Dog
Chocolate
Sugar
Onions/Garlic
Avocado
Macadamia Nuts
Raisins/Grapes
Apple Seeds (Cores)
Yeast Foods
Alchohol
Dairy

No you can’t give dogs Chinese fried rice, not even in moderation, but there are certainly some healthy and tasty snacks that they can have in moderation that will give them a break from their boring kibbled or canned food lives.

10 Healthy Snacks for Dogs (In moderation)
Cucumber Slices
Sweet Potatoes
Apple Slices
Cooked Rice
Cooked Lean Meat or Fish
Bell Peppers
Carrots
Papaya
Pear Slices
Plain Oatmeal

Try this super easy “100% Dachshund approved” snack.  These snacks can keep up to a week in an airtight container. The rest can be frozen and thawed as needed.

Dachshund Approved” Harvest Doggie Drop Cookies

1 ½ cups all purpose flour
1 cup rolled oats
1 tbsp flax seeds
½  tsp salt
½ tsp cinnamon
1 egg
½ cup canned pumpkin (pure not pie filling)
½ cup applesauce

Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix
STep 1 final

Combine wet ingredients in a smaller bowl and mix
Step 2 final

Mix wet ingredients into wet until just combined
Step 3

At this point you can refrigerate or freeze and bake later J
Bagged to freezer final

Drop into about  ½ inch balls (for mini doxie) and bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
Baked final

Once completely cool, these can be stored in an airtight container for up to a week.
Freeze what you will not use in a week and thaw and serve as needed.
Final Jar

Enjoy! I guarantee your doxie will J