Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Dogs on Deployment

I would like to share with you one of my favorite 501(c)(3) organizations: Dogs on Deployment (DOD). This organization helps military members find foster homes for their animals while they are on deployment. This is a need that most of us that are not in the military probably don't even think about. But often, if a military member cannot find someone to look after their pet while deployed, their pet ends up in a shelter.

DOD was started in 2011 by husband and wife, Shawn and Alisa Johnson, after they ran into their own obstacles while trying to find a way to keep their dog and fulfill their military commitments. (Read full story here) Since then, DOD has successfully place over 500 military owned pets into foster care. AND:
  • Have awarded over $15,000 in financial aid to military members to help with pet care during times of hardship or emergency. 
  • They help active duty, veterans and Wounded Warriors. 
  • Assist all branches of the Armed Forces.
  • They are open to all animals (not just dogs!)
  • Promote awareness for the benefits of service dogs for those suffering with PTS.
  • Advocate standardized military pet policies.
  • Promote lifelong companionship between owners and their pets.  
For more information, please visit their website or "like" them on Facebook!  

Monday, June 9, 2014


The summer heat is slowly creeping up on us and it's time to remember to keep your dog cool during these next few months. Last summer, I wrote a post on ways your can Keep Your Dog Cool. Today, I am going to list a few of my favorite pupsicle recipes:

There are actually five different recipes on this link from The Dogington Post. There is whole fruit pupsicles (featured above), Apple-honey, bacon, chicken and Banana Peanut Butter.

These Gourmet Pupsicles are from Wear. Wag. Repeat. and have THREE ingredients: peanut butter, yogurt and blueberries.

Another simple three ingredient recipe for doggie ice cream brought to you by  Dog Milk. The Ice cream pictured above is strawberry, but they also have a recipe for peanut butter. If you are feeling a little crazy, you could probably add carob chips to make it peanut butter, "chocolate" chip! (Remember to always use carob chips for dogs! Actual chocolate is poisonous to our four-legged friends.)

I think the giant label on the the photograph speaks for itself... but here is a clickable link for the recipe.

On the same topic of keeping our dogs cool, we also have the winner of last month's photo contest!

Meet Barney the sweet St. Bernard that ALMOST takes up the whole pool. (We need a bigger pool, I guess...) You can see another dog's paws politely waiting their turn in the corner.

Remember to vote for your favorite picture every month! These pictures are taken by our employees. The employee who takes the winning photograph gets a gift certificate to a local business of their choice! Like us on Facebook and VOTE!