Dog Blog!

Happy Halloween! October 20, 2016 13:30

Here is one of our our favorite homemade dog treat recipes and a great thing to have on hand for the dogs in your neighborhood who like to "trick or treat!"

Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Biscuits 

  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
 
Personalized Dog Treat Jar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Whisk together the flour, eggs, pumpkin, peanut butter, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl. Add water as needed to help make the dough workable, but the dough should be dry and stiff. Roll the dough into a 1/2-inch-thick roll. Cut into 1/2-inch pieces.

Bake in preheated oven until hard, about 40 minutes.

"HAPPY HALLOWEEN" from Alan at PersonalizedPooch.com
Happy Halloween from Personalized Pooch

Attention, children and husbands of a pet mom, mom doesn’t want another bathrobe this year! April 20, 2016 20:34

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and, let me be frank, mom doesn’t want another bathrobe this year. And don’t even think about getting her a hammock that is secretly a gift for you! (I may be speaking from experience, here).  Mom deserves the very best, and here are 5 personalized gift ideas that moms will really love this Mother’s Day:

  1. Hand-painted wine glasses. We’d be willing to bet that mom deserves a glass of wine for all of her hard work. Let us create a beautifully hand painted wine glass, personalized with her much-loved companion, to let her know how much she is appreciated.
  2. Something comfy to cuddle up with. Make curling up with a good book or watching a favorite show even better by giving her a comfy photo pillow, micro fleece blanket or a woven throw blanket personalized with a photo of her dog or cat. This year, give mom or grandma a unique, personalized gift that she will never forget! Visit personalizedpooch.com for these and many other great ideas for mom or any pet lover in your life.
  3. Personalized travel accessories. If mom likes to travel give her a set of personalized travel items, like our makeup bag and luggage tags, personalized with “Mom’s best friend.”  These gifts let her take her beloved pet with her wherever she travels.
  4. How about something fun to hold her coffee or tea? Who needs a strong cup of coffee or a relaxing cup of tea more than mom? We have a wide variety of customizable mugs, as well as mugs with heartwarming sayings for dog and cat lovers. Create a set with multiple sayings and colors!
  5. Let’s face it, moms have the superhuman ability to be prepared for anything, and they often carry it in their bag. Give her a personalized woven photo tote bag, made just for her with a photo of her dog or cat.

Mother's Day Personalized Pet Gigts 

This year, give mom or grandma a unique, personalized gift that she will never forget! Visit personalizedpooch.com for these and many other great ideas for mom or any pet lover in your life!


Valentines For My Two Best Friends February 10, 2016 08:04

Every year, I write valentines to my two best friends, my companions and confidants: Phoebe and Alan.

Happy Valentine's Day 
  • Phoebe, My Great Big Doodle Some of the reasons why I love you:
  • Your soulful, big brown eyes express so much.
  • You display so much happiness when I come in the door.
  • You have the ability to guilt me into taking you for a walk, which I need more than you!
  • You put your big white paw on my arm and stare into my eyes.
  • You show affection for Alan by bending down and kissing him on the nose.
  • Without using words, you can communicate exactly what you want and how you feel.
  • Alan, My Little Dachshund Some of the reasons why I love you:
  • You protect me from every man that has ever walked in our house, even the two year olds!
  • You are by my side always, guarding me, even when I’m in the shower.
  • You can’t wait to get into bed at night and snuggle quietly by my side.
  • When I come home, you are always waiting for me at the door and cover my face with welcome kisses.

Is My Dog Really Getting Older! November 11, 2015 09:47

The love of my life is almost twelve years old.  Twelve is not a number you typically associate with old age, unless of course you are talking about a dog. And if you happen to have a dog of large breed like I do, this age starts weighing on your mind. Wanting to make Phoebe’s senior years as happy and comfortable as possible I did some research.  The following is an excerpt from an article on Vetstreet.com about caring for your senior dog.

“By the age of 10 to 12 you most likely have noticed signs of his getting older. Obvious aging indications are often more noticeable in larger dogs. Depending on the breed and size of the dog, 10 to 12 years is considered late middle age and the beginning of the elderly years. A 10- to 12-year-old dog, depending on his size and individual variation, is roughly the equivalent of a 60- to 90-year-old person.  By now, you’ve likely realized that your dog is slowing down. He may still enjoy a long walk, but he is not quite as zippy as he used to be. You might even notice that he sleeps more or takes a bit longer to rouse or respond to commands. Regular veterinary visits can help determine whether those changes are normal aging or signs of illness.

Though your dog is no longer a young dog, he still needs a good dose of activity to stay healthy, both physically and mentally. Play a game of hide-and-seek with a treat to help keep him on his paws.  At this point in your dog’s life, it’s important to watch for behavioral changes. Some are normal with age, but others may indicate health issues. For example, a dog that no longer likes to jump around or climb the stairs may have pain or stiffness in his joints. “

Phoebe, my senior golden doodle, has been diagnosed with arthritis.  With the help of our wonderful vet, Phoebe is living a relatively pain free life. Exercise is so important.  The walks are shorter, but Phoebe still looks forward to them. The walks have helped so much with the stiffness caused by arthritis. 

According to Vetstreet.com, “If you haven’t done so already, you may need to modify your dog’s feeding regimen. As dogs age, they can develop a number of conditions, such as diabetes and kidney or liver problems, that respond favorably to dietary adjustments. Ask your veterinarian to recommend a diet tailored to your dog’s health needs. 

Create a comfortable environment for your aging best friend with easy access to food, supportive bedding, and fresh water whenever he needs it. In addition, plenty of regular attention and affection is good for morale, both yours and your senior dog’s.”

Every moment with Phoebe has been precious to me.  I spend as much time with her as I can, comforting her and taking photos. Here she is featured with her pal Alan on our beautiful woven throw. It’s these memories and photos that inspired the idea of personalized gifts for pet lovers, and brought Personalized Pooch to life.

Phoebe My Senior Dog

 


Personalized Pooch Halloween Pet Costume Contest on Facebook! October 25, 2015 08:56

Head over to the Personalized Pooch Facebook page and enter our pet costume photo contest!

To enter, simply comment on the Facebook contest post with a picture of your pet in their Halloween costume.

The photo that receives the most likes will be selected as the winner. The winner will receive a personalized 11oz photo coffee mug featuring the winning photo of their pet.

Make sure to share the post and tell your friends and family to like your photo for increased chances of winning! The contest will end 10/31/2015 at 11:59pm. Winner will be announced on Facebook on 11/2/2015.

Halloween Pet Costume Contest


Photographing Your Dog October 14, 2015 10:59


French BulldogCreating the perfect gift for pet lovers is a two- step process and it includes you, the customer!
It’s really the photo that makes the gift stand out, and once you get that perfect photo of your pet, we at Personalized Pooch, turn it into a one of a kind gift. Here are a few tips to help you get that perfect shot.
  1. Sit Still! The first step to getting a great shot of your pet is to make sure they are sitting still. If someone is available to help, have them stand behind you with a favorite treat or toy to get your pet’s attention and to keep them attentive.
  2. Composition There are a few things to keep in mind when you are composing the perfect shot. What else is in the frame with your pet? If you don’t have a nice backdrop, try to fill the frame with your pet’s entire face or body. Remember, you want your pet to stand out, not blend in.
  3. Light Try to find a spot with lots of natural light. If shooting outside, a day with a bit of cloud cover is best as it creates the most even light. If you are indoors for a picture, place your pet by a door or window. It’s not a good idea to use a flash, as that will cause eye shine.
  4. Get level The best shots of your pet will be taken on their level, so it’s important to sit, kneel or lay on the ground so that you can be eye level with them.
  5. Focus It’s very important to focus on your pet’s eyes. With a point and shoot camera, you can usually hold down the button half way to focus the picture before snapping it. If you are using a cell phone, you can touch the screen where you want to picture to be focused.
  6. Help! If all else fails, call in a professional! These pictures were taken by Marc Andrew of 306 Studio in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 
  7. The perfect gift! And finally, peruse all the wonderful gifts on Personalizedpooch.com and create something truly unique.
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Gift Giving Is In The Air September 23, 2015 09:59


There’s a touch of fall in the air. Yellow school buses are back on the street and I swear I saw an orange leaf. What does it mean to us at Personalized Pooch? We are starting to think about those really special gifts for your pet loving friends and family. Gifts that take a little extra time to produce. Gifts that make a lasting impression and warm the heart.

Have you started thinking about that perfect holiday gift for the pet lover in your life? Here are some fabulous gift ideas featuring their pet’s picture on our custom and hand-painted items. These are perfect gifts to give a person who has that special bond with their dog or cat.


  • Wine glasses for the wine connoisseur with their adorable pet hand-painted on it will be a great conversation piece at any cocktail party. Add their favorite bottle of wine to complete the perfect gift.

  • Our woven throw is a beautiful and useful gift. Your photos reproduce perfectly on these soft, washable throws. Available in three sizes.

  • Hand-painted Christmas tree ornaments are our most popular gift item. Our frosted 3” ornament with their “best friend” beautifully painted on it will be a special gift that will be remembered. Request to have the pet’s name and date painted on the ornament to mark a special year or start an annual gift-giving tradition.

  • We haven’t forgotten about the star of the show, your pooch! We’ve created a hand-painted glass treat jar with seal to hold your dog’s favorite treats. For an additional charge we can fill the jar with treats. What a great way to remember your special friend on Christmas.

All it takes to show someone you care this holiday season is to order in time for Christmas giving.

 

 


Pets and Senior Citizens May 18, 2015 12:43

I often think about how my life would be without Phoebe and Alan, my two dogs. As a woman in her early 70’s, I depend on the companionship of my pets more than I ever did as a younger woman. I decided to do some research:



The Pets for the Elderly Foundation had many good articles on the subject.  In the article “The Love That Cures (Solving the Mystery of How Animals Keep Us Healthy)” (Don Wallace, Self/July 1992), Mr. Wallace says “If this were a drug, it would be marketed tomorrow,” says Roger Lavelle, Vet. MB, a senior lecturer at the University of Melbourne 's Veterinary Clinical Centre. Dr. Lavelle isn't talking about the latest in high-tech surgical procedures, gene splices, implants or radiation treatments. He's referring to a study…that may add to medicine's dazzling repertoire of tools something decidedly low-tech – even, shall we say, warm and fuzzy.

Lavelle is talking about pets. The study…makes sensational claims for pets…the results are the strongest evidence yet of a connection between animals and human health – one that has been puzzling scientists for more than a decade…pet owners have significantly reduced levels of known risk factors for cardiovascular disease…pet ownership helped not only the lonely or socially isolated, but everyone.” In the article “What You Already Knew – Fluffy and Fido Are Good For You” (Vol. 10, No. 1, Interactions) the author says, “…It's becoming increasingly evident that pets benefit their owners physically, psychologically and socially. It may sound like a tall order for a small bundle of fur to fill, but there's apparently a lot to be said for the snuggling, laughter and unconditional love that pets provide…and…while human best friends can be evaluative or judgmental, pets are not.

 I could go on and on about the many benefits our pets provide us. From my research I learned that my two dogs provide companionship which is a wonderful prescription for healthy living. So now that I understand the benefits that Phoebe and Alan bring to our lives, what CREATIVE FATHER'S Day GIFT could they give my husband, my favorite senior citizen?

Personalizedpooch.com specializes in fabulous custom gifts for the man in your life.


This year Phoebe and Alan are ordering a CUSTOM TIES with their photos proudly displayed. What pet lover wouldn’t be so proud to show off his companions on a tie a true conversation piece! .

View all of our products at Personalized Pooch!


A Festive Birthday Party for Your Dog April 06, 2015 12:00

What could be more fun than planning a party for your best friend! Phoebe, our wonderful Golden Doodle turned 11 years young on April 1st. She loves a good party & so does her roommate Alan, the longhair miniature dachshund. To honor our much loved doodle I went about planning a soiree for her. Last year I made her birthday cake, this year I went to the local pet boutique & bought a darling cake. I then went to the bakery & purchased a cake display board & wrote Phoebe’s name on it. What party would be complete without dog themed paper plates, napkins, table cloth & candles?

I made treat bags out of the napkins, filling up a plastic baggie with dog treats, putting the baggie inside the napkin & tying it up with red curling ribbon. If I do say so myself, everything looked pretty cute!  

After singing a rousing HAPPY BIRTHDAY♫♫♫ & of course a photo opt, the dogs had their special cake made of whole wheat flour, carrots & frosted with a yogurt frosting. They loved it! A good time was had by all including the adults who were served people cupcakes with a frosting Phoebe on top!

 


Here are a few recipes for dog cakes, including the one I made last year.

"A Carrot Cake to Celebrate Your Favorite Pup

This easy cake combines shredded carrots with peanut butter, oil, vanilla, optional honey, and wheat or all-purpose flour."
INGREDIENTS:
1 egg
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup cooking oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/3 cup honey (optional)
1 cup shredded carrots
1 cup whole wheat or white flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
DIRECTIONS:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 6 cup ring mold.
2. Combine the egg, peanut butter, oil, vanilla, and honey, if desired, in a large bowl; blend well. Stir in the carrots and mix thoroughly. Sift together the flour and baking soda and fold into the carrot mixture. Spoon cake batter into prepared pan.
3. Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes. Let cake cool in pan for 10 minutes; then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.


Easy Peanut Butter Cupcakes for Dogs

Level: Easy
Ingredients
• ½ cup brown rice flour (or whole wheat flour or rye flour)
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• ⅓ cup organic canola oil
• ⅓ cup organic applesauce
• 1 organic, pastured egg
• 2 tablespoons organic honey
• 3 tablespoons organic plain Greek yogurt
• 1½ tablespoons organic peanut butter

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. In a mixing bowl, stir the flour, baking powder, canola oil, applesauce, egg, and honey until well combined.
3. Insert cupcake liners into a muffin or cupcake pan. Spoon mixture into cupcake liners, filling each about halfway.
4. Bake for about 10-12 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean.
5. Allow cupcakes to cool to room temperature.
6. Meanwhile, in a bowl, stir yogurt and peanut butter until mixture is smooth and creamy. Use a small spatula or butter knife to smooth a thin layer of the peanut butter frosting over each cupcake.

Storage: cupcakes should hold up for 4-5 days if stored in an airtight container in a cool, shaded, dry spot. Peanut butter frosting should be stored separately, covered and refrigerated. Frost cupcakes immediately before serving. Yields 6 cupcakes.

Total Time: 15 minutes
Hands-On Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes