Final Post but Not a Farewell post

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Blogging has been a great experience for me. It has sparked new ideas and topics for me. To discover and write about from a single idea of what I want this blog to be about. I want to keep up with this blog; to have a outlet to take a break and write. Even though creating a habit to post and write up something can be a challenge when life comes busy. I will do the best as I can.

FDOM was a interesting class to take. It opened up my mind to why its important to take advantage of social media and have it benefit me for my career and professional profile. I hope to improve my writing skills, learn how to write code and HTML. On behalf of some students or all, I myself can agree that this course can be taken online. The course content: slides, videos etc will still be apart of the class but not having a physical lecture.

This spring semester has been enjoyable and creating this furbaby/pet owner blog has been a fun. This has been the most creative assignment that I have received to date.

 

DIY Dog Shampoo

Owning 5 dogs takes up a day worth of bathing and shampoo. When I run out of doggie shampoo, I usually make a quick run to the kitchen sink to get DAWN. If its safe for washing away oil from birds off the gulf it should be good for my mud soaked pup, right?
Anyways, I found a quick DIY tutorial to make pup friendly shampoo for bath time. I just love how quick it is and how simple the ingredients are! Another great reason is that college students can save a few dollars by making this shampoo. Who doesn’t love saving money??

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DIY Natural dog shampoo

This is a great sunday project; can’t wait to try it out on my dogs!

Why excising your dog is important

Excising your dog is very beneficial not just for your pet but for you too. Keeping you both in shape and having a time to bond and relax in the great outdoors.

ASPCA has some benefits of excising your dog:

  • Helps to reduce or eliminate the common behavior problems listed above, such as digging, excessive barking, chewing and hyperactivity
  • Helps to keep dogs healthy, agile and limber
  • Helps to reduce digestive problems and constipation
  • Helps timid or fearful dogs build confidence and trust
  • Helps dogs feel sleepy, rather than restless, at bedtime or when you’re relaxing
  • Helps to keep dogs’ weight under control

Excising with your pet doesn’t limit to dog owners. Cats can get on the fun too. Blue buffalo, pet food company, shares their list for cat owners. 

Here is a clip of my dog, Melanie playing with her tennis ball.

melanie playing ball from clip.

melanie playing ball from clip.

DIY Dog Treats

Dog snacks and treats can be filled with unhealthy additives and ingredients for your pet. Scrolling though the internet one day I came across this site, The Novice Chief, with cute and easy recipe for your puppy.

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Instructions can be found on The Novice Chief

Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits

Yield: 24 medium bones

I have this set of bone cookie cutters and used the medium size for these biscuits.

ingredients:

  • 1 cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup water

Optional:

  • 4 squares white almond bark
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • sprinkle

directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper, set aside.
  • In a stand mixer, combine all ingredients (peanut butter, egg, honey, oats, flour, oil and water), beating until a stiff dough forms.
  • Pat out dough into a rectangle, about 1 inch in depth. Using a bone shaped cookie cutter, cut into bones. Use all dough.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, flipping half way through. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.
  • To Dip/Decorate:
  • Melt almond bark and oil in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds. Once melted/smooth, dip half of bone into almond bark and lay on parchment paper. Decorate with sprinkles or chopped peanuts and let cool completely.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

I love how you can decorate them and they are a great gift idea for any pet owner.

 

Pet Friendly Festivals & Activities

Being a college student, money is already tight and a furbaby parent you want to have a great time with your pooch. Bring Fido is a great site to see what is going on in your area that is pet friendly. Here are some in the Austin Area that is coming up! These events may have an admission fee and pet leash rules so plan it out before hand.

Another tip is check out local rescues and humane society websites sometimes they host free, fun and pet friendly events.

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This may not look like much but there are other activities that are free and close to your area. If you aren’t sure where to start check out my other blog post, “The places you can go with your pet.”

Cat Comments: DIY Cat Tree

I love Pinterest there are so many ideas and crafts that anyone can take on as a project. I can understand how cat scratching posts can get expensive, but I came across an inexpensive way to make your own!

All you need is an old wooden stool (you can get this at thrift shop) and sisal rope.

 

DIY cat post

DIY cat post

Around the legs of the stool wrap the sisal rope that creates a layer on the stool legs. You can even go across to make a little net (as seen pictured above) so your kitten can sit and scratch!