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Healthy DIY Cat Treats That’ll Make Your Cat Meow with Joy:

Our feline friends bring us so much joy and love. Here’s a little something we can do to show them we care, in an extra special way. In this blog are 3 healthy, DIY cat treats that are super easy to make at home! Whether you’re in the market for a healthier alternative to kitty treats you can buy in-store, or are looking to show how much you love your cat; these recipes are for you!

By Abigail Brown

 

CRUNCHY TUNA CAT TREATS

RECIPE: Crunchy Tuna Cat Treats #catlover

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To start off our list we have an awesome 6 ingredient tuna cat treat recipe from adventures-in-making.com. It’s a quick and easy recipe; taking only half an hour to prep, bake, and let your feline enjoy!

You will need:

  • 1 (5 oz) can tuna in water, drained
  • ½ cup oat flour*
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 heaping tablespoon catnip

And last but certainly not least, you’ll need a little bit of you time to dedicate to fun in the kitchen

 

 

CHEESY HOMEMADE CAT TREATS

Two cats testing homemade cat treats

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This inventive treat is for all of the dairy loving kitties out there. It is a 6 ingredient recipe, that makes approximately 55 treats. Thank you CowboyWay.com for such an interesting twist on cat treats!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt, vanilla yogurt, or sour cream Note: We used vanilla yogurt.
  • 3/4 cup flour Note: We used white whole wheat
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup water, more or less

 

3 INGREDIENT SALMON CAT TREATS

A glass jar filled with a homemade cat treat recipe

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We’re excited about this recipe! They are so simple, yet cats find them so yummy. This recipe requires only 3 ingredients, and with the help of cute cookie cutters… they can be made into endless adorable shapes!

You will need:

  • Salmon
  • Egg
  • Flour
  • And nothing more!

These are super simple. Roll the dough out 1/4 of an inch thick, and your cookie cutting paw-ibilities are endless!

 

 

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10 Simply Hilarious Dog Haircuts:

Having the same old hairstyle can become repetitive, maybe even a little boring. There is only one thing to do when your pup is tired of their look…shake things up! Here are 10 of our favorite, eye-catching, and just a tad laughable pups who surely know how to work their snazzy new looks.

Abigail Brown 

 

The “I want it poofy and think… space!”

Marie Antoinette dog hairstyle

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We admire this pup for their confidence and dramatic flair. But one question, how did their groomer get those fluffy spheres so darn perfect?

 

A solution to the age-old “Only my head gets cold” dilemma

 

Sphinx dog haircut

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This pup combines style and functionality, allowing their body a cool breeze; whilst keeping their head all nice and toasty. We give them a gold star.

 

The “2000s were true fashion”

 

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This look is an artistic take on the hairstyles that once adorned the heads of many pop icons in 2000-2005. We love the pop of pink, and can’t get over how cute this little fashionista is.

 

The “Humpty Dumpty”

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Right here is a pup who clearly knows what they want. Clean edges and a very defined shape, the “Humpty Dumpty” brings a childhood classic to life in an oh so cute way. Just look at that little smile!

 

The perfect bun

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Such a cute pup, with an equally cute hairstyle. Her updo perfectly accentuates her eyes and is undeniably charming. Someone get that dog cuddles ASAP!

 

The “No…I didn’t get this idea from Justin Bieber”

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The perfect look for an aspiring pop sensation! Just enough drama to keep you hanging onto his every word, with a side of cuteness that’ll have you coming back for more.  Now that’s a doggie heartthrob if we’ve ever seen one!

 

The “Half in, half out”

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For the pup who wants to go all-in and make a drastic change…but is a little hesitant about the all-in part. This look is a perfect way for them to dip their toes in the water and decide if a fully shaved look is truly for them.

 

Heavy metal isn’t a music preference, it’s a way of life

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This orange mohawk shows everyone just how hardcore a pup you are. That right there is a doggo who means business and won’t take no for an answer. We wish we were that cool!

 

An all-new take on the “Cold shoulder”

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While we are not entirely sure this pup and their owner achieved their desired outcome with this look, we applaud them for their risk-taking. It certainly is quite a look, to say the least. On chilly days, may we suggest a sweater?

 

The “Ms.Maybell, from next door”

17 Times Pet Haircuts Went So Wrong, It’s Hilarious

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For the final spot on our list, we leave you with this adorable hairstyle. We love the vintage undertones of this pup’s look. Charming and classic, this pupper is heartwarming to look at and oh so precious.

 

 

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Amendment 13: What this Means for the Future of all Greyhounds Involved

 

Florida recently passed amendment 13, banning Greyhound racing. But what happens to the pups removed from these racing grounds? Below, we discuss the importance of amendment 13, and what comes next for all the Greyhounds involved.

Abigail Brown

What exactly is Amendment 13, and what does this amendment impact?

For many years Florida was home to the remaining, legal, Greyhound racing grounds. This amendment bans any Greyhound racing tacks from operating in Florida. Successfully eliminating 11 out of 17 dog tracks in America by 2020’s end. The treatment and conditions these dogs dealt with for many years, is what recently went under the microscope in Florida. While not all kennels that house these animals have been found to be cruel, a large fraction does not meet the standard of care considered healthy for their dogs. (The Negative Effects Of Greyhound Racing.) 

Greyhound like dogs has been depicted since Roman, Greek, and Egyptian times. They originate from Great Britain and are known for their long legs, arched back, and ability to sprint with high intensity. Something that often sets Greyhounds apart from other dog breeds, is their temperament. In general, this breed of hound dog is laid back, intelligent, quiet, and well mannered. In other words, Greyhounds are absolute sweethearts; the perfect addition to so many families’ homes!

Within these improperly run dog racing facilities, dogs who are unfit to race any longer are at times “phased” out. This often means they are put to sleep after their racing value has diminished, or they become too injured to continue racing. The companies who race and mistreat these dogs, then bring in more pups who live their lives in cramped, small cages with shredded paper or pieces of carpet as bedding. Caring organizations are in the process of figuring out the best method to rehome these dogs, and keep them from simply being moved to other states where dog racing is still legal or ending up in the hands of a poorly run racing company. In addition to the poor conditions some kennels house these dogs in, dog racing is no longer a sport that has the level of interest it once did. Now proving costly for those who operate them. “We lost $3 million a year to keep open greyhound racing,” Said Manager Danny Adkins in his interview with First Coast News.

 

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Who is working to help these dogs?

The answer to this question lies with caring organizations who are working tirelessly to better the lives of these Greyhounds. I had the pleasure of corresponding with Gay Latimer, the adoption representative for Old Dominion Greyhound Adoption. She has worked there for 25 years! They are a non-profit organization in Southeastern Virginia, the Eastern Shore of Virginia, and Northeastern North Carolina, which works to find loving homes for Greyhounds in need. I was able to ask Gay a series of questions at this time.

Upon asking her favorite part of working with an organization such as Old Dominion Greyhound Adoption, her response was “Rewarding to know I can place these beautiful creatures in a great home and giving them a new lease on life!”

Old Dominion Greyhound Adoption gives these pups a second chance at the happy lives they deserve. In case you are considering adopting a greyhound from Old Dominion Greyhound Adoption, here is how Gay Latimer says you’ll know if a Greyhound is a fit for your home.

“If you want a loving companion. A quiet laid back dog that just wants love…. then a greyhound is for you.”

 

What can I do to help?

No action is too big, nor too small. There are many organizations accepting donations, volunteer applications, etc.  Old Dominion Greyhound Adoption has even partnered with Bonilla Pet Studio!

Because of the ban on dog racing, nearly 8,000 Greyhounds will need new homes. Bonilla Pet Studio is offering a $99 Portrait Session to raise money to help these amazing doggos find new homes. For every portrait session booked, $50 will be donated to the Old Dominion Greyhound Adoption. $200 has been raised for them already!

 

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To look into booking your own portrait session to support Old Dominion Greyhound Adoption,

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To visit the Old Dominion Greyhound Adoption website,

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To read more about this amendment and the lives of Greyhound race dogs– take a look at the resources below,

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foxnews.com

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Visit  wbr.org/onlyagame for a glimpse into the word of properly managed Greyhound racing, and the reasoning behind why some individuals highly encourage it.

 

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4 Great Dog-Friendly Trails/Parks For Winter Walks:

     Outside time isn’t just for when it’s warm out. Here are 4 locations that have beautiful scenery and fun so plentiful, it makes freezing your tail feathers off more than worth it!

By Abigail Brown

 

Grandview Nature Preserve

A beautiful 2.5-mile trail to the beach. This gem is located in Hampton VA and the surrounding beach makes for a gorgeous morning walk with your pups. Bring hot cocoa to keep warm, and enjoy!

Gorgeous day!
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Elizabeth River Trail

An adorable 10.5-mile trail to walk/run, that gives you an amazing view of the Norfolk Waterfront! Bike, run, walk, or be tugged along in a wagon if that’s your style– either way this area is endlessly pretty and worth visiting at least once.

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Shirlington Dog Park

Located in Arlington VA, Shirlington dog park is quite a bit of fun for pets and pet owners. Inside the dog park is gates that lead to an adorable stream and this fenced area allows your dog free space to run around to their heart’s content.

Shirlington Dog Park

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Mount Trashmore Park

Fun for kiddos, pups, and parents! Mount Trashmore Park has something for everyone. Not to mention the 60- foot tall, 800- foot wide mountain made of solid waste–being quite the eyecatcher, to say the least. This park is located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Off-leash areas are limited for pups, but the walking areas make it quite the experience for your pup.

A photo of dog-friendly Mount Trashmore Park in Virginia Beach.

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Cutest Winter Clothes For Your Pet This Holiday Season:

   Brrrr… This winter weather is darn chilly. Time to show off our cutest sweaters, jackets, and more! But why should our pets be excluded from the fun? In this article, we’ll get into some of the best winter clothing options to keep your pet stylish and warm

By Abigail Brown

Feline Friends

Keep in mind that while not every cat will love wearing clothes, and they just might turn into a Roly-Poly when you put them in a sweater– some kitties love the added warmth. Pay attention to your cat’s body language/stress level, and have fun!

For the most festive kitties around XS-XXL

Cute cozy knit that comes in five colors, and XS-XXL

Canine Buds

Dogs are quite a bit easier to dress as most have no problem being put into clothes. In case your pup is hesitant, a few yummy treats on hand can help persuade your pet.

A sweater so cute you’ll never want to leave Ya Filthy Animal home alone, S-L

A snazzy turtleneck for colder weather, XS-XL

For our more prestigious friends

In case your buddy is tad fancier than other pets can keep up with, here are some options that will help them stand out in a crowd.

Fendi Look-alike dog sweater, XS-L

Insulated dog coat, XXS-XL

Sherpa lined coat for XS-XL pets 

But wait, there’s more!

Adorable sweater for a chilly guinea pig, 11 colors

Dinosaur knit sweater for small dogs, cats, and piggies!

A sweater and hat set for your lovely bearded dragon

A holiday snuggle sack for your hamster

 

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5 Ridiculously Funny Pet-Related Buys:

 

    Online shopping is a spectacular way to both kill time, and drain your checking account. Offering a world of goods at your fingertips, some of which being eyebrow-raising to say the least. Here are our top 5 silly pet-related finds, that pet lovers may absolutely love

by Abigail Brown 

Umbrella Leash To Keep Your Pup Dry

Now, in theory, this could work very well. But whether or not your pup stays dry heavily depends on you holding the leash straight up, how windy it is, and if your pet is prone to walking through puddles

 

A set of 6 adorable cat butt magnets

Some people may not be too crazy about these, and those who are– just might be self-proclaimed crazy cat lovers. There is no shame in that, who wouldn’t be driven a little kooky by adorable furballs?

 

A day-to-day calendar full of naughty dogs who were caught in the act

Nothing is chicken soup for the soul quite like a guilty pup holding up a sign that calls them out for exactly what they did wrong. If photos up that alley give you a chuckle, this is the calendar for you!

Chicken diapers for your sassy bird friends

A particularly interesting find is yes… diapers for your chickens. Brightly colored, ruffled, and soft. These nappies, while sure to give you a chuckle, make it possible for you to bring chickens into your house and avoid any mess that comes with them. 

Keep your kitty close to your heart with this cat carrying hoodie

Available in sizes S-4XL, just about everyone can tote their feline friend around all day long. Now getting them in there…we’ll leave that up to you. 

 

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Picking The Best Buddy For You When Visiting A Shelter:

By Abigail Brown

Picking the best pet for you is an important process. So how do you know you’re getting a pet that pairs well with you and your family? Today I’ll list some tips and tricks, to help make this process easier. 

 

Before you visit the shelter: 

  • Be sure that everyone in your household is keen on the idea of adding a new furry family member.
  • Think about the needs of a new pet, and where you can carve out the time to care for them.
  • Be aware of any allergies in the house, so you can look for a pet that is the best fit for everyone’s needs.
  • Plan where you will put your supplies for them within the home.
  • Consider going into this process open-minded. No harm in knowing what you want– just keep in mind that if you go into your search with a limited range of options in mind, you may overlook some very sweet furry friends.
  • Take a peek online at what documentation your local shelter requires for pet adoptions.

At the shelter: 

  • Take a minute to look at the animals in their kennels before walking up to them, if they don’t yet notice you this could be a great time to get a glimpse of their temperament.
  • If the animal walks over to where you are and seems excited, feel free to kneel down and get on their level.
  • If you visit a few furry guys and one seems to stand out above all the rest, ask a member of the staff if you can meet with the dog/cat one-on-one in a private room.
  • Remember to not overlook the shy buddies, sitting down outside the kennel calmly can help lessen any hesitance they’re experiencing. And help their personality show through more with every minute you spend together. 

Integrating them into your home:

  • Don’t worry if your new friend is nervous right off the bat, it may take them some time to warm up.
  • Initially giving them a space separate from other pets in your home can be very helpful, they’ll adventure out when they’re ready. Start off with the door closed for a few hours/the majority of the day, and gradually open it for longer amounts of time– when they’re ready to explore, they will. 
  • Feed new pets in an area separate from the normal eating space of your current pets, so no competition arises.
  • Show equal love, and make playtime fun for everyone

For additional tips on introducing new pets into your home, check out the links below:

 

 

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ZOOMIES

Does your dog ever start running around the house like a crazy creature, for absolutely no reason at all? Say hello to the zoomies.

Wait…the what??

The term “zoomies” is used to describe the quick, random bursts of energy that many dogs seem to experience. To get technical, these episodes of high energy are called “Frenetic Random Activity Periods” and they are usually just your dog releasing pent-up energy. More often than not, these episodes seem to come out of nowhere, but they can be brought on by excitement. If your dog sees someone they know, or maybe just had a really good poop, they can then suddenly get the zoomies!

Speaking from experience, depending on the size of your dog, the zoomies are potentially dangerous for innocent bystanders. My neighbor has both a Golden Retriever and a sprained ankle. She had the misfortune of stepping into her dogs path during a post-poop zoomie, and was knocked right over into her pool.

Most cases of the zoomies only last a couple of minutes, and they are very entertaining to watch, but be warned – many dogs seem incapable of hearing their owners and following commands while racing around. Zoomies seem to put dogs into their own little worlds.

So the next time your dog has got a case of the zoomies, just make sure you stay out of their way and wait it out. The zoomies are a natural part of being a dog, so sit back, relax, and (most importantly) enjoy the show.

Meghan, Bonilla Pet Photography

Everything You Need to Know about Catnip

What is Catnip?

Catnip (or, Nepeta Cataria) is a species of plant that contains a substance called nepetalactone, which cats find to be very appealing. Cats can detect catnip, and their consumption of it causes behavioral changes in our furry friends due to its chemical composition. Which leads me to my next point…

Why Does Catnip Affect Cats?

Some believe catnip triggers receptors that mimic feline pheromones, and that it can act like an aphrodisiac. Catnip can result in behaviors ranging from bouncing off the walls to getting sleepy, and also has several health benefits for cats. But don’t worry, catnip is non-addictive, and your cats behavior should go back to normal within 10-15 minutes. It’s estimated that about 30-50% of cats don’t even have a reaction to catnip!

Can Cats Eat Catnip?

Catnip is completely safe for your cats to ingest, is supposed to have a lemony or minty taste, and is related to oregano and basil. That being said, with all of the options on the pet market today, concerned cat owners should definitely do their research before offering any catnip treats to their feline friends.

What to Keep in Mind:

When considering buying catnip for your fur-babies, be sure to take into consideration how many cats you have as catnip can affect them all differently (and we certainly don’t want anyone to end up upset or hurt.) Also, be sure to take any health related issues into consideration, as catnip may be able to work wonders for their health! Most importantly, search for quality products. With catnip, you’ll want to look for something 100% natural, fresh, and with no hard stems that may potentially cause injury.

So, now you know everything there is to know about catnip.

Meghan. Bonilla Pet Photography

Dyeing Your Pets Hair: Cute or Completely Crazy?

There’s no denying that a perfectly styled and dyed dog is beyond adorable, but I’m sure we’ve all had the lingering thought of whether or not it’s totally good for the dog’s wellbeing. I recently saw a discussion about this very topic in a Facebook page I’m a part of, so here’s what I’ve come up with on the matter:

If you’re reading this and thinking “But my dog would look so cute with purple hair!”, the good news is, there are quite a few completely safe ways to bring some color into your pets lives. Food coloring, or even natural dyes from foods (like beets for pink tones) are natural and non-toxic ways to add some color to your pets hair. There are also dyes made just for pets, like gels, hairsprays, and fur chalks that come in all sorts of colors and tend to wash out with soap and water.

Now, I don’t know if these safe options means you should dye your pets hair. Pet experts like Cesar Milan have cautioned against the idea, noting that it could potentially add unnecessary stress to your pets.

Personally, I think it’s super cute when people dye the tips of their dogs ears or their tails. However, I know my dog would never stand for it, and she already hates baths enough as it is. She would never sit still long enough to let dye take!

So I say, you know your dog better than the rest of us. If you think it’s cute to style and dye your pups and you know they’ll be fine with the process, and you do it SAFELY, then let them rock some purple hair!

What do you guys think?

Meghan, Bonilla Pet Photography

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