Launching Our Monthly Newsletter

20 Apr

Remember at the end of 2014, we had a little survey? We released the results from that survey to kickoff 2015, and we’ve been busy working away at bringing you—our fantastic community here at Good Dogs & Co.—more of the things you want to see!

Today, that means we have a survey launching.

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What Can You Expect?

Well, our aim is for the first monthly newsletter to hit your inboxes on Friday, May 1st. In it, we plan to have a roundup of our best content from the month before, combined with a preview of what’s to come in the current month (and how you can get involved). We’re in the process of working with some great partners about offering you some exclusive Good Dogs & Co. Newsletter-only offers, too. We’ll have newsletter-exclusive giveaways from time to time as well.

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Quite simply, we want a newsletter that will be informative, awesome, and offer exclusives. We don’t want you to worry about exposing your email to more spam. We plan to do newsletters right, and we always want your feedback.

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3 Easy Kong & Dog Bone Filler Recipes You Can Make At Home

17 Apr

If there’s one thing that every single dog owner loves having in their arsenal when company comes over, it’s some kind of treat that will keep the dog entertained longer than five minutes. For us, this usually comes in the form of a bone or a Kong filled with treat goodness.

However, many of the store bought filled bones and Kong fillers are not only super processed, but pricey! And short of using peanut butter, I haven’t found a dog bone filler recipe that doesn’t require being frozen to keep from making a mess. That’s why I went ahead and whipped up three easy dog bone fillers you can make with only two ingredients each!

Blackberry Filler

  • 1/3 cup blackberry puree
  • 3 tablespoons quinoa flour

Sweet Potato Filler

  • 1/3 cup sweet potato puree
  • 3 tablespoons quinoa flour

Peanut Butter Filler

  • 1/3 cup natural peanut butter
  • 2-3 tablespoons quinoa flour

For the blackberry and sweet potato fillers, I decided to use organic baby food instead of blending my own, simply because it would be less cleanup. The choice on what to use is yours, but you can use almost any kind of baby food with dog safe ingredients to make a filler similar to these! You can also trade the quinoa flour for another dog safe flour (like coconut!), though you may need to adjust how much you mix in to get the same consistency.

For all recipes, combine your ingredients in a bowl and mix until well combined. If the mix is still too runny, add more flour until the consistency is to your liking. Too much flour, and your mix will become crumbly and won’t stick inside the toy or bone. Then, take a spoon and fill your toy or bone!

You can put the filled toy or bone in the freezer to make it last longer, or serve it to your dog at room temperature. Either way, they’re sure to love it!

Bonus Filler: Dog Treat Dough!

The trick to any bone filler is having a sticky dough that doesn’t contain any ingredients that need to be cooked. That means any of our egg-free dog treats can be used as filler instead of being baked into treats! Check out the treat index to get more filler ideas.

How To Sew A DIY Dog Collar Bow Tie

16 Apr

We’ve brought you a DIY dog collar bow tie before, one that requires no sewing skills whatsoever. However, for dogs that are a bit more active (ahem, Topher) no sew bow ties don’t tend to last very long—one good shake from Topher started the fraying process on the bow tie, and then it was retired. I had some extra fabric left over from our dog collar, so I decided to make a new bow tie. This DIY dog collar bow tie is a perfect beginner project for anyone looking to work on their sewing skills.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Sewing Machine

Making Your Dog Collar Bow Tie

1. Cut out three rectangles from your fabric. The first two pieces will be the same size, and the third, for the middle, will be slightly smaller. The size will vary depending on the size of your dog. Here are the sizes we used for Topher, and you can adjust to your dog.

  • Bow pieces: 4 inches wide by 14 inches long
  • Middle piece: 3 inches wide by 8 inches long

2. Place your two bow pieces together so the right sides of the fabric are facing inwards, and sew together on three sides. Turn your fabric right side out, turn the final raw edge in, and iron it into place.

3. Fold your fabric in half again, and sew the ends of the shorter sides together to create a tube. Turn the fabric “inside out” so the ends of your seam are on the inside of the bow tie. With your fabric laying flat, your seam should be on the back of the bow tie, in the middle.

4. To create your bow shape, pinch the folded fabric together in the middle, then stitch down the center so the bow shape will stay in place. The stitching is optional—this time, I decided to keep the bow loose so I could adjust it more.

5. Next, you’ll create the center “knot” of the bow tie using the other piece of fabric. Fold this piece in half, then sew down the raw side to create a long tube. Iron so the seam and fabric lays flat.

6. Similar to your bow, fold your fabric in half again, and sew the ends of the shorter sides together to create the full circle. Turn the fabric “inside out” so the ends of your seam are on the inside.

7. Slip the loop back around the bow and your bow tie is done! Slide the collar through the middle loop and put it on your dog!

How cute is my dog? So cute!

4 Ways to Treat Yourself & Your Dog This Valentine’s Day

12 Feb

valentines-day

Will you be going out on the town this Valentine’s Day weekend? Not me! While I do love a good excuse to shower my husband in helpful gifts and affection (what can I say, acts of service is one of my love languages), both of us are veterans of the restaurant industry and share a mutual loathing of being anywhere near most restaurants on this particular holiday. Instead we’ll stay in, make a delicious meal, and cuddle on the couch with Topher.

But whether you’re single, recently coupled up, or in it for the long haul, why not use Valentine’s Day as an excuse to treat any special someone in your life to something nice, even if that someone equals you or your dog! Here are a few ways you can treat your pup (or yourself!) this Valentine’s Day weekend. Pick out one or two, or have a whole Treat Yo Self weekend. Who needs to wait until October?

High Quality Pampering

Your pet might look forward to their grooming appointments the way you look forward to a day at the spa, but they’d still enjoy a vigorous round of brushing or a nice relaxing massage. I think I’ll be treating Topher to his own curry comb this weekend, we’ve been meaning to get one for a little while now! He loves a good brushing and a rubdown, just no full baths, please.

Feed the Body

Valentine’s Day usually means an abundance of chocolate around the house, so make sure all those goodies you might buy for your own indulgence are safely kept away from your pets. Meanwhile, indulge your dogs with fare more suited for them, like these Ducky Tenders—the breakout hit from our latest BarkBox, Topher adores them!

Or, make your dog something special right in your own kitchen, like our cranberry love dog treat recipe from last year, or our new beet and carob hearts.

Feed the Soul

Physical goods are no match for the simple pleasure of good company. Spend some time with friends new or old this weekend, and consider letting your dog do the same—even if they prefer the company of a human friend over other canines.

Sometimes holiday weekends leave us with fewer options for companionship than we’d like. If you can’t seek out friends or family, pack up your pup and head out to find the beauty in the world around you.

Buy Some New Digs

Look good, feel good. The same applies to our pets. Let your pup strut his stuff in a new bowtie collar, or perhaps a fine looking new shirt.

Or A New Toy (or Two)

One for your dog and one for you, of course! For your pup, I like these squeaky conversation hearts way more than I ever enjoyed their chalky candy counterparts. But that’s just me. If you like them, you can have first dibs on any box I get.

Beet & Carob Valentine’s Day Dog Treats

5 Feb

beet carob valentine

Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day with that special someone, or waiting patiently for February 15th (AKA The Day After Valentine’s Day AKA Discount Chocolate Day), you may want to spread the love further and do something special for that special pup in your life. No, not chocolate! That’s for you! But your pup most certainly deserves a Valentine’s treat of their own!

In my quest to find a delicious treat for Archer, I ended up combining the natural sweetness of beets (plus a natural red food colouring that will stain everything if you’re not careful!) with carob—that is, dog-safe “chocolate”. It was win-win!

I used coconut flour in this recipe, but feel free to use another kind. Archer loves anything coconut, but admittedly it is a more difficult flour to work with and produces a more crumbly dough. But you can’t argue with the end result!

Ingredients

  • 1 beet (roasted and left to cool)
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup ground carob
  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • ½ whole wheat flour
  • ~6 tablespoons water

Steps

Preheat oven to 350º F

  1. Roast a beet (medium sized) in the oven until tender.
  2. In a food processor, add roasted beet and blitz until fine. Add eggs and continue to blitz until everything is well incorporated and smooth.
  3. Switch to a dough hook if you can (or do it by hand) and add carob until combined.
  4. Add coconut flour. Because coconut flour tends to be very dry and not elastic (as a regular flour would be), it’s easier to do this by hand. Be sure to wear gloves! The beets will stain.
  5. Add whole wheat flour and gradually incorporate the water until the dough comes together and isn’t crumbly.
  6. Roll dough out to about a half inch thickness and cut into desired shapes.
  7. Bake for 13–16 minutes, flipping after 7 minutes.