Saturday, December 24, 2011

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Paw it forward this holiday season, today and everyday!

This is JayJay, one of many, many dogs looking for their furever home.

JayJay was rescued by the Southside Animal Shelter in Indianapolis in April of this year, after being dragged behind his former owners car. The great folks at the shelter nursed him back to health and he is now a well adjusted, happy, loving lab/shepherd mix ready to join a loving family!

Living a green, healthy lifestyle includes giving back to our planet and those that inhabit it. What better time to give back to those less fortunate than this Holiday season?

With so many homeless and shelter/rescue bound dogs that don't yet have their furever home; we've put together our top 10 list of how you can help dogs in need:

1. Gather up some gently used collars, leashes, toys, beds, unused crates and more dog related items and donate them to your local shelter or rescue. You can find worthy rescue and shelter organizations through Petfinder.com.

2. Shelters and rescues are always in need of household items to keep them running and reduce operating costs. Consider donating old towels, cleaning supplies, office supplies (like paper, pens or even an unused computer), blankets, laundry supplies, rugs and more.

3. Have a few hours available? Why not take a trip to your local animal shelter/rescue and take some time to play with the dogs or take them for a much needed walk.

4. Contact your local shelter/rescue and find out what type of food and treats they provide, pick up some at your local pet store and donate what you can!

5. Provide a much needed monetary donation in the name of your pet to help ease their financial burden.

6. If your local shelter/rescue sells items, why not buy locally from them for your gift giving this year.

7. Consider donating your time and making a regular, monthly commitment to help your local shelter/rescue organize fundraisers.

8. Why not sponsor a dog in your local rescue and give them a better chance at getting the help and new furever home they desperately need. Or if you can, consider fostering a dog in need.

9. If you are online, have a blog, or participate in social media, help your local shelter/rescue get the word out about the animals they have available for adoption.

10. Several organizations online have 'Click to Give' programs that help animals in need. Visit them everyday to make a difference. Learn more about Click to Give programs. Visit the Animal Planet R.O.A.R (Reach Out. Act. Respond) website, type in your zip code and find local shelter/rescue organizations that need your help.

And last, but most importantly, if you are considering adding a new 'green' dog to your family, consider adopting from your local animal shelter. Shelter pups make pawsome pets, just ask my Mum. I was adopted from the Southside Animal Shelter, a no-kill shelter in Indianapolis back in 2004. (That's me on the left in the photo above :).

'Paw it Forward', today and everyday, and take the time and effort to help a dog in need, and help their life be a happy one!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A pawsome winter stew for your dog!

It's starting to get cold outside! Time to take in a treat and take the chill off!

After a a good Fall hike, a nice romp and fetch in the snow, a little sledding with the family; who doesn't want to come home to a nice pot of stew. I know I do!!!

Every year and sometimes several times a year, Mum will whip Gracie and I up one of our favorite Fall/Winter stew treats. So we wanted to share our recipes with you.

We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!!!

Marrow Stew

Raw marrow bones are one of my favorite chews, along with deer antlers. The marrow in the bones is super healthy for us dogs and contains some pawsome health benefits. They are an excellent source of amino acids and essential fatty acids. To mix it up when Mum gets a good quantity of marrow bones, she likes to whip us up some Marrow Stew!

Ingredients:
  • Marrow bones (we get our marrow bones from Whole Foods. If you can't find marrow bones you can use chicken or turkey parts, necks and backs are are very good for this recipe!)
  • 2 cups brown rice (pre-cooked)
  • A nice handful of each:
  • Green Beans
  • Carrots
  • Zucchini
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Water (filtered is best!)
Directions:
  • Cut the vegetables into chunk sized pieces. Put all the ingredients into a big 'ole stainless steel pot and fill with filtered water to cover. Cook on low heat for a couple of hours.
  • Once cooked, remove the bones and extract the marrow and add back into the stew. Then throw out the bones, 'cause cooked bones aren't good for us pups!
  • Pour into a stainless steel bowl and you've got a great Fall stew. And you can add a dollop of pure pumpkin puree, we love that!

Chicken Stew
 
Here's another one of our favorites, 'cause we love chicken:
Ingredients:
  • Whole chicken
  • Nice big handfuls of coarsely chopped:
  • Carrots
  • Sweet potato
  • Zucchini
  • Yellow squash
  • Green beans
And any other veggies you'd like that are healthy for us pups (but be sure and do your research, not all veggies are good for us!). You can add in a cup of brown rice if you'd like too - cook it first, then add water - filtered is best!

Instructions:
  • Add all the ingredients to a big stainless steel pot, and add enough water to cover everything. Bring to a boil, then simmer for a couple of hours. We like to add the veggies about an hour in, so that they aren't cooked to death, and carry more nutrition. BOL!!!
  • After it's all cooked, let it cool a bit, then remove the chicken and debone it ('cause, remember, cooked bones aren't good for us dogs!
  • Once you have all the chicken deboned, throw it back into the pot, and serve!
You can freeze these little stew treats for later. We bet that even your pawrents will like it too - both are great Fall/Winter treats you can share together!
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