Monday, December 31, 2012

Yummy and Bright

From our kitchens to yours--especially with helpers like these--we wish you a yummy holiday and hope that all dogs without homes find theirs very soon.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Pooch

Talk about a potentially deadly case of the munchies. This pup, Charley, ate a string of Christmas lights and lived to tell the tale thanks to quick thinking by his owner and good work by a veterinary surgeon.

As the Brits like to say, "Brilliant." Literally.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Holiday Party Dos and Don'ts

You can substitute "posh pup" and "crass canine" for "classy cat" and "messy kitty" but the message is the same. Behave nicely at parties before and after Christmas!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry and Bright

We couldn't have said it any better ourselves. And watching this page just helped feed some homeless pups.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Bo Inspects White House Decorations

And why can I not imagine this happening at my house? What a well-behaved angel that Bo is!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Boo Does Christmas

The world's cutest dog and his Buddy have released their Christmas adventure! Pretty cute....but you already knew that!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Four Letter Words

Oh those four letter words! Jackson seems to now the difference between two "biggies" in his world. Wonder how he reacts to "food?"

Monday, December 17, 2012

PhDogs Teach Chemistry

They can teach science but can they cook? Smartest golden retrievers I ever saw!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Yummy Human Appetizer

Here's a yummy human recipe for holiday appetizers from Chef Carmen Gonzalez. There is garlic in it so I wouldn't recommend it for your pup.

Bacalao Fritters

Recipe adapted from Carmen Gonzalez, Carmen at the Danforth, Portland, ME

½ pound bacalao (dried salt cod)
1½ cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1½ cups water

1 garlic clove, minced

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Canola oil, for frying


1. In a large pot, cover the bacalao with water. Bring the water to a boil, then continue boiling for 15 minutes. Remove the saucepan from the heat, drain and check the bacalao for saltiness. (It should taste like the ocean. If it’s too salty, boil for 10 minutes longer, then drain and taste again.) Let the bacalao cool slightly, then transfer it to a small bowl and break it into small pieces with your fingertips. Set aside.
2. In a medium bowl, use a wooden spoon to mix the flour with the baking powder. Slowly add the water and mix until a smooth batter forms. Gently mix in the reserved bacalao, the garlic and black pepper. Set aside.

3. Line a large plate with paper towels. In a deep saucepan, heat 1½ inches of canola oil until it reaches 350ยบ. Working in batches, use two spoons to scoop up about 2 tablespoons of the batter. Quickly drop the batter into the oil and cook, turning a few times, until the fritters are golden brown on all sides, about 3 minutes per batch. (Reheat the oil between batches as needed.)

4. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the fritters to the prepared plate and let cool slightly. Serve warm with desired accompaniments.

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Safety Tips for Holiday Season

We've said it before and we'll say it again: keep the holiday season safe and fun for all. Here are some great reminders form the North Shore Animal League, where there are lots of wonderful dogs up for adoption especially in the wake of Sandy, if you are so inclined.

1. Fatty Foods: Too many fatty, rich, or unfamiliar foods can give your pet pancreatitis or gastroenteritis; two medical conditions that can be very painful and even life-threatening.

2. Diet and Exercise: Maintain your pet's regular meal and exercise schedule and avoid too many holiday leftovers. A disruption in his dietary routine can cause stomach upset, diarrhea and/or vomiting.

3. Bones: Make no bones about it. Certain bones can lacerate or obstruct your pets' insides. Save the bones for the broth - not your dog.

4. Onions: Onions and onion powder, widely found in stuffing and used as a general seasoning, will destroy your dog or cat's red blood cells, which can lead to anemia.

5. Grapes and Raisins: Grapes and raisins contain a toxin that can cause kidney damage to both dogs and cats.

6. Chocolate: Chocolate can actually be fatal to your dog or cat; so all those sweets must be kept well out of reach.

7. Food Wrappings: Aluminum foil, wax paper and other food wrappings can cause intestinal obstruction. Make sure to place these items securely in the garbage.

8. Fresh Water: Make sure your pet always has fresh water. When there are more people in the house, there's more chance to bump into the water bowl leaving your pet dry.

9. Quiet Time: Make sure your pet has a quiet retreat should the holiday festivities be too much for him. Watch his behavior to make sure he is not stressed.

10. Garbage: Keep an eye on the garbage and keep it securely fastened! If your dog gets into it, he may think he's hit the jackpot, but all he'll be winning is health problems from something as simple as gastric disturbance, vomiting and diarrhea to the worst-case scenario - death.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Holiday Eating--Or Not

Hear it from Dr. Marty Becker himself: no grapes, raisins or macadamia nuts for your dog.


Sunday, December 9, 2012

Early Warning system

No Zeus is not singing for his supper; he is imitating the tornado sirens that they test every Wednesday at noon where he lives. And he is doing a pretty good job of replicating those sirens!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Its A Dog Push Dog World

Check out these Australian cattle dogs from down under engaged in stroller races, doggie style. Pretty amazing!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Monday, December 3, 2012

Brotherly Love

One golden retriever, lost for two weeks, leads his owner to find his brother. All are reunited and happy at home. But here is the bigger question: who leaves their dogs tied together with a double leash in the yard?

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Puppy Power

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The mama dog, looking for her puppies, found them and the little boy with special needs they helped keep warm.