Archive for September, 2016

  • 8 Things You Should Do With Your Dog Before Summer REALLY Ends!

    It may be September but the weather and this calendar say that summer doesn’t end until the 21st of this month! That means you get two weeks to really go all out and enjoy the tail of summer weather with your best bud, your dog! Here are some ideas to make the most of the sunshine, before the leaves change color.

    1. Go on a road trip.

    If your dog loves the car, this could be the perfect way to bond! Research hotels and bed and breakfasts that allow dogs along your route, and then take to the open road with your best friend.

    2. Find a dog-friendly beach.

    Dogs love splashing in the water just as much as the rest of us, especially on a hot day. Just make sure you aren’t breaking any rules by taking your dog to a “No Dogs Allowed” beach. If you take your dog to a beach but are afraid they could run too far, consider trying a long leash to let them play and have their freedom, but still stay safe.

    3. Have a photo shoot.

    Lazing around on a hot summer day? Have a photo shoot! Dogs and humans are both pretty low-energy in the summer, especially in the heat, so an activity where your pup can lie down is the best kind of activity. Also, useful photography secret: the shade has better lighting than direct sunlight.

    4. Take a trip to the dog park.

    If you typically just take your pup to a regular park, go a little out of your way to get to a dog park while the weather is nice! Your dog will have a blast with his four-legged friends, and you can enjoy the time chatting with other dog owners.

    5. Go on a hike.

    Dogs will surprise you when it comes to hiking. Their bodies are made to climb up rocky terrain, so if your favorite mountain has a difficult course, just remember that Fido has four paws to your two! Just make sure you and your pup have plenty of water to stay hydrated.

    6. Make your dog Instagram famous.

    Do you think your dog has what it takes to stand up against Marnie and Boo?! Make that account already and use some of those photo shoot pictures from above! At the very least, people with similar breeds in your area could see your hashtags and plan meetups and playdates.

    7. Dine out with Fido.

    Summer is the best time to dine al fresco. Find a restaurant or cafe in your area that allows dogs to sit outside on the patio with you. Then sneak all the good dog-friendly human food to your pup under the table.

    8. Set up a kiddie pool for your pup.

     This is the perfect way to cool off your hot doggy in the late summer heat.

    Here at Petland, we have all the things you’ll need for making the most of the last two weeks of summer! When it comes to toys, treats and collars and leashes, we stock the best and the brightest pet supplies the pet industry has to offer. Stop by the store today and treat your pup!

     

  • Hamster Treats – Show the Love the Homemade Way!

    Don’t forget that the smallest of the small animals love treats too! Here are a couple of recipes for homemade hamster treats so you can show these tiny family members how much you care! Now, it’s always best to give treats in moderation, so keep that in mind when giving treats out.

    1. Sesame Seed Delights:

    Ingredients:

    Cheerios (sugar-free kind)

    Honey

    Oats

    Directions:

    1. Add sesame seeds and oats into a bowl
    2. Crush the Cheerios in a small ziplock bag, don’t crush them into dust, just small pieces
    3. Add the Cheerios to the seeds and oats and mix around
    4. Drizzle honey over the mixture and coat well
    5. Use your fingers to mold the mixture into small balls that your hamster can hold
    6. Put them on a baking tray and into the fridge for 15 minutes
    7. Heat your oven to 375 degrees and bake treats for 10 minutes
    8. Let cool completely and store in a cool place, give to your happy hamster treats occasionally when they are being awesome!

     

    1. Hamster Cookie Treats:

    Ingredients:

    1/4 cup oat meal

    3 tbs water

    1 tsp peanut butter

    2 tbs + 1 tsp whole wheat flour

    A few drops of vanilla (optional)

     

    Directions:

    1. In a small bowl, mix water, flour and vanilla.
    2. Add oat meal then mix in peanut butter last.
    3. Roll and knead the dough in your hands. Next make little balls or take small cookie cutters and make cool shapes.
    4. Then, get a cookie sheet ready with parchment paper and put cookies on it. And pre – heat your oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
    5. When oven comes up to temperature place treats in. They should cook for about 18 minutes, but leave them in the oven until it cools, this will cause them to be crunchy.

     

    3. Peanut Butter Crunches:

    Ingredients:

    whole wheat flour – 1 cup

    crunchy reduced-fat peanut butter – 1 tbsp

    1 T. honey

    1/3 cup water

     

    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
    2. Grease cookie sheet (or use a spray).
    3. I like to use a mini-muffin pan because it makes them little hamster muffins!
    4. Mix all ingredients with a pastry blender.
    5. Shape into 1/2″ balls and place on cookie sheet. These do not spread so can be placed close together.
    6. Bake 45 minutes; leave in oven until oven cools to dry out and be crunchy.

    Now, everyone has a busy life every now and then so if homemaking hamster treats is not in your schedule, we have a ton of different treats and toys for your favorite hamster (or hamsters!). Let us help you pick out something special for your pet today!

     

  • Bunny Treats – We Found Some Great Homemade Recipes!

    Following along with the two previous homemade treat blogs, we’re now moving on to the small animal world! Not everyone has a dog or cat, bunnies need love too! And the best way to show them you care is by homemaking bunny treats for them.

    This can be a great activity for the whole family to spend time together and showing love to their animals. We hope you (and your pets!) enjoy this list of homemade bunny treats!

    Banana Oatmeal Carrot Granola Bunny Treats:

    Ingredients:
    5 cm ripe banana
    5 cm carrot, shredded
    1 pandan leaf, cut into strips (you can also add cilantro or other leafy greens)
    3 tbsp instant oatmeal

    Directions:
    1. Mush the banana into purée. Add in the shredded carrot and pandan leaves
    2. Add in the instant oatmeal and mix into a dough
    3. Take a small teaspoon of the dough, press hard into a ball shape.
    4. Shape the dough into a bowl shape. The shape allows the rabbit to bite on its own without having us to hold on to the snack.
    5. Lay the small doughs onto a baking sheet lined with non-stick baking paper.
    6. Bake the doughs in an oven set at 300 degrees for 30 minutes. Then allow the snack to cool down in the oven for at least 1 hour to allow most of the moisture to escape.
    7. Store the cool down biscuits in an air-tight container. Give your rabbits one or two biscuits per day!
    Via: http://mymindpatch.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/banana-oatmeal-carrot-granola-for-rabbit.html?m=1

    Special Bunny Cookies:

    Ingredients:
    ¼ cup mashed banana
    1 tsp honey
    pureed pumpkin -¼ cup
    ground pellets – ¼ cup
    ¼ cup ground oats

    Directions:
    1. Gather and mix all ingredients together
    2. Roll out to ¼ inch thickness
    3. Cut dough out into cute shapes and bake for 30 minutes at 325 degrees
    4. Turn off oven, but let cookies dry in warm oven for another hour
    5. Let cool completely, then give 1-2 cookies per day
    Via: http://www.thebunnyhut101.com/2014/01/bunny-cookies.html

    Bunny Cilantro Squares:

    Ingredients:
    1 Banana
    1/2 c. Pineapple, crushed (Do not drain juice. If you are using canned pineapple, make sure it is just pineapple in juice. Do not use pineapple in syrup.)
    2 c. Cilantro, chopped
    1 c. Rabbit pellets
    1 c. Oats

    Directions:
    1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
    2. Puree banana, cilantro and pineapple until consistency is smooth.
    3. Grind oats and pellets into a powder (a clean coffee grinder works best for this).
    4. Mix the puree, oats and pellets together in a large bowl, and knead the dough until it is stiff enough to form a ball. Divide the dough in half, and place on baking sheets or stones, and roll to about 1/8th of an inch thick.

    Hint: When you are rolling out the dough, put plastic wrap over it. This will prevent the dough from sticking to your rolling pin.
    5. Cut the sheets of dough into small squares (a pizza cutter works well).
    6. Bake for 30-35 minutes. Be careful not to brown them too much, especially if you are using baking sheets (metal sheets brown faster than stones).
    7. Turn the oven off and let the treats sit in the warm oven for several hours to dry out and harden the treats
    8. Let cool completely before giving them to your bunny and store in an air-tight container
    9. Only give these occasionally, as they are loaded with sugar!
    Via: http://www.amysedarisrocks.com/simpletimes/simple-times-crafts/

    Another good idea for very simple treats is putting your bunny’s favorite fruits and veggies, cut up, in ice trays with just enough water to bind the chunks together and freezing overnight. Viola, instant cooling bunny treats for your favorite small animal!

     

  • Cat Treats – Some Homemade Recipes for Your Beloved Felines!

    I know we’ve done several blogs about homemade treats for dogs, one that was pumpkin spice inspired just last week, in fact! But I don’t want to leave out other beloved pets that would love, love, love some homemade cat treats! This week will be a couple of great cat treats that you can make for all the cat lovers out there, so take a look! Make sure you check the ingredients with your vet to make sure everything is okay to give to your four-legged friend.

    Catnip Cat Treats:

    Ingredients:
    5 oz tuna in water, drained
    1 egg
    flour – ½ cup
    wheat germ – ¼ cup
    cornmeal – ½ cup
    wheat flour – ¼ cup
    ¼ cup water
    ½ tablespoon catnip

    Instructions:
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
    2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
    3. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until combined
    4. Form into a dough, it will by sticky!
    5. Place dough onto a floured surface
    6. Pull off small pieces of dough and roll into small balls
    7. Push the dough down so the treat is the size of a nickel and place on parchment paper
    8. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes, allow to cool completely and serve!
    Via: http://www.messforless.net/catnip-cat-treats-recipe/

    Homemade Organic Spinach and Chicken Cat Treats:

    Ingredients:
    1/2 pound steamed organic boneless and skinless chicken thighs (You can sub with salmon or tuna!)
    fresh organic spinach leaves – 1 cup
    organic quick-cooking oats – 1 cup
    1 organic brown egg
    1 tablespoon organic catnip
    1/4 cup flour

    Directions:

    1. Preheat your oven to 350ºF. Steam the boneless and skinless chicken thighs until cooked through.

    You can swap for boneless and skinless organic chicken breasts, salmon, or tuna with cat-loving results too. Let the chicken cool for 20 minutes before the next step.
    2. Place the chicken, oats, spinach leaves, egg, and catnip in a blender or food processor, and pulse on low until the mixture blends together.
    3. Pop the mixture into a bowl and add the flour. You can also add a dash of salt or sugar to mix up the flavor. Use your hands to knead the dough until it’s no longer sticky, then place on a flour-dusted work surface.
    4. Use a rolling pin to create a rectangle of dough around 1/2 inch thick. With the help of a small cookie cutter, create small shapes for the treats.
    5. Place the kitty treats on a parchment-lined sheet tray, and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven, cool until room temperature.

    Via: http://www.popsugar.com/pets/Homemade-Organic-Cat-Treats-30776974

    3 Ingredient Salmon Cat Treats:

    Ingredients
    10 oz canned salmon (undrained)
    1 egg (beaten)
    2 cups whole wheat flour

    Instructions:
    1. Heat oven to 350°. Pulse 10 oz canned salmon (undrained) in a food processor and chop as finely as possible.
    2. In a stand mixer, combine salmon, 1 egg (beaten) and 2 cups whole wheat flour until dough forms. If dough is too dry, add up to 1/3 cup water. If dough is too wet or sticky, add a bit more flour. Dough should be tacky but not sticky.
    3. Roll out dough on a floured surface until about 1/4 inch thick. Use a 3/4-inch cookie cutter in the shape of your choice to create your treats.
    4. Place treats on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 350° for about 20 minutes. When they’re slightly browned and crunchy, they’re done.
    5. Allow to cool before serving cat treats.
    6. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
    Via: http://www.thecookierookie.com/3-ingredient-salmon-cat-treats/

    Goat’s Milk Cat-Sicles:

    Ingredients:
    Instant goat’s milk
    Water
    Silicone tray

    Directions:
    1. Mix goat’s milk packet with water as directed
    2. Pour evenly into the silicone ice tray
    3. Put in the freezer for at least an hour
    4. Serve cat treats to happy kitties!
    5. You can leave in freezer for up to a week
    6. As an extra additive, throw one of your cat’s favorite treats into each cat-sicle as a little surprise!
    Via: http://www.catster.com/cat-food/

    Here at Petland, we also carry a variety of cat treats, supplies and toys for our feline friends! Don’t have a kitten or cat to spoil? Try our available kittens page to see if there’s a perfect companion for you!

  • Dog Treats …Time for All Pumpkin Everything this Fall Season!

    I know, I know! We are about to be inundated with pumpkin spice as fall is about to be within our grasp, but I just couldn’t help myself! Pumpkin makes such a good ingredient for homemade dog treats as it is very easy on sensitive tummies and is scrumptious for our furry friends! Take a moment to treat your pups today!

    Pumpkin Peanut Butter Oatmeal Dog Biscuits:

    Ingredients:

    3 cups oats

    ½ cup peanut butter

    pumpkin puree – 1 cup

    1 teaspoon cinnamon

    1 teaspoon baking powder

    2 eggs

    Instructions:

    1. Place the oatmeal into a food processor and pulse it until it’s not so coarse, but it doesn’t need to be a fine as flour.
    2. Add oatmeal, pumpkin, peanut butter cinnamon baking powder and eggs to bowl on mixer and blend on medium until it’s all mixed.
    3. Roll out with a little flour and cut with cookie cutters.
    4. Bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
    5. Cool on rack until completely cooled.
    6. Place in airtight container to keep them fresh, or in the freezer. I keep them in the freezer, they don’t freeze solid as there is little liquid.

    Via: http://www.createdby-diane.com/2012/10/pumpkin-peanut-butter-oatmeal-dog-biscuits.html

    Blueberry Pumpkin Dog Treats:

    Ingredients:

    1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

    1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree (not pie filling)

    2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

    1/2 cup ground pumpkin seeds (unsalted)

    1/3 cup blueberries

    * Water as needed

    Directions:

    1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
    2. In a blender or food processor, grind the pumpkin seed finely. Empty grounds into bowl, and then add blueberries. Grind to a pulp.
    3. Blend together the applesauce, pumpkin and blueberries. Once the applesauce and pumpkin are well combined, stir in the flour and pumpkin seed meal. Knead into a stiff dough, add water if necessary.
    4. Roll out on a floured surface to 1/2 inch thickness and cut with cookie cutters.
    5. Place on parchment paper lined cookie sheets.
    6. Bake for 30 minutes and let cool. Refrigerate or freeze in Ziploc bags or airtight containers

    Via: http://www.petguide.com/health/dog/beautiful-blueberry-and-pumpkin-dog-treat-recipe/

    Pumpkin Yogurt Easy Frozen Dog Treats Recipe:

    Ingredients:

    100% Pure Pumpkin

    Plain Greek Yogurt

    Banana

    Supplies:

    Silicone Mold

    Directions:

    1. Slice a banana into thin slices
    2. Layer each section of the mold with pumpkin, yogurt and tip with a banana slice
    3. Tap the mold on the counter to try and eliminate any air bubbles and then press down on the banana slice to push the ingredients into the mold
    4. Freeze overnight
    5. Pop the treats out of the mold and serve to very happy pups! You can store in the freezer for up to a week.

    Via: http://amagicalmess.com/2016/08/yogurt-frozen-dog-treats-recipe.html

    Pumpkin & Molasses Dog Cookies:

    Ingredients:

    ½ cup organic canned pumpkin

    4 tablespoons molasses

    4 tablespoons water

    2 tablespoons vegetable oil

    2 cups whole wheat flour

    ¼ teaspoon baking soda

    ¼ teaspoon baking powder

    Instructions:

    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
    2. In a large bowl mix the pumpkin, molasses, vegetable oil, and water.
    3. In a separate, medium bowl combine whole wheat flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Slowly stir dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until the dough softens.
    4. Scoop out small spoonful’s of dough {about 1 inch wide} and roll them into balls with your hands.
    5. Set the balls onto a lightly greased cookie sheet and flatten them with a fork.
    6. Bake for 20 minutes
    7. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 months

    Via: http://betsylife.com/easy-homemade-dog-treats/#_a5y_p=4440262

     

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