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Moose Plush

Blankets are very comforting for animals, but so are plushie toys. This one comes in different sizes to accommodate the size of your pet. These toys even comes with a squeaker, so it may become their favorite play toy too.
You can find it on Amazon: http://a.co/bh3CXuZ

Merry Products Dog House

This winter is an excellent time to get your pet a new play and lounge house. It’s designed for smaller pets, but that just means they get to look cute perched on the balcony. The roof and bottom panels even remove for easy cleaning.

You can learn more about it here: http://a.co/7IEmD5Y

Kong

Looking for a new dog toy for your favorite furry friend? You can’t go wrong with a classic: the Kong. This hollow toy can easily be filled with treats at any time and helps with portion control. There are even different version of the original design for different kinds of chewers! Your pet will thank you.
Check it out on Amazon: http://a.co/byakA4Z

Maine Coons

For our next installment in the cat breed series, we’re featuring the Maine Coon.

The Maine Coon has become rather popular due to shared images of huge cats weighing up to 30 or sometimes 50 pounds. While these behemoths are real, they are the extremes of the breed. Maine Coons are large cats, however they usually stay below 20 pounds.

There are several myths about where the Maine Coon came from. The most impossible theory being a cross breed of a cat and a raccoon, but the more probable is that domestic shorthair breeds were mixed with foreign longhairs brought in from sailors or, better yet, Vikings. The first mention of the breed was in 1861 from a captain.

No matter where they came from, Maine Coons are loved by their people. They are typically sweet and friendly cats. A Maine Coon is likely to follow and spend time with you; they might even be coaxed into being a lap cat. This breed also enjoys being outdoors and since they love being with their owners, they make excellent travel companions. Just as well, Maine Coon are not extremely vocal. In fact, they aren’t likely to meow, but they do enjoy chirping from time to time. Of course, they would do so while giving you head butts. This big lug is just a love-ball.

Maine Coons are somewhat healthy, with the normal concerns like heart disease and hip dysplasia. Unfortunately, there is another problem that can occur with this breed: Spinal Muscular Atrophy. This condition leads to muscle weakness and degeneration from the death of spinal cord neurons. As always, talk with your veterinarian to know how to check for problems and what you can do.

There’s one other thing we need to talk about before you run to get your own Maine Coon: there will be grooming. Maine Coons have heavy and shaggy fur that needs to be brushed at least once a week. If not, your cat will be likely to catch more loose hairs as they bath themselves and you’ll have hairballs over the house.

Despite the hairy mess, these lovable giants as excellent pets.

What do you love about your Maine Coon? Share with us below.

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Beagle

Next up in our dog breed series is the Beagle.

This recognizable breed originated in England as hunting hounds. Out of all the hound breeds, this one is probably the hound-iest. Beagles love to snoop around and always try to follow an interesting scent. This breed is interesting since it is easily adaptable, not only as individual dogs, but as a breed. Across England, Beagles had slight differences that were advantageous for their area. In the Southern border of England, the breed was slower, but more curious and at the border of Scotland, Beagles were more agile and enduring.

We aren’t quite sure of where the name “beagle” came from, however the more probable theory is that it’s from a French word meaning “loud mouth”. This is also probably the most well-known feature of the Beagle: the barking and howling. Beagles, while not territorial, are very vocal. They love to tell you when anything is near the house. It doesn’t make them a good dog if you live in an apartment, but it does if you don’t want anyone sneaking up on you.

Aside from the urge to constantly bark and sniff, this breed is also very affectionate. They’re likely to enjoy the whole family since they’re a pack animal. Beagles are child and animal friendly, so everyone belongs in their little domestic pack. Unfortunately, the pack doesn’t really have a leader or that’s what the Beagles selective hearing would have you think. This is a stubborn dog and is notorious for only listening when they choose, but that doesn’t mean you can’t train them. While for most dogs, you want to use toys, Beagles might respond better to food.

These dogs are generally healthy, but common problems include hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, diabetes, cataracts, and allergies. Because diabetes is common for Beagles, you’ll want to be careful about their tendencies to steal food. If necessary, your veterinarian can help you develop a nutrition plan for your pet. Less common problems to be aware of are deafness, heart disease, and dwarfism.  Research before getting your pet and make sure to talk with your veterinarian.

What do you love about your Beagle? Share with us below.

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Coconut and Cranberry Dog Treat

Here’s another festive Doggie treat! This recipe comes from Amy Tokic on Petguide. This has been slightly modified since the original recipe calls for cinnamon, but that specific ingredients is not good for dogs.

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Ingredients

  • ½ cup dried, shredded coconut (unsweetened)
  • ½ cup dried cranberries (unsweetened)
  • 1 tbs vegetable or coconut oil
  • 2 cup flour
  • ¼ cup nut butter
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup bran
  • ½ cup water (or as much as needed)

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line your baking sheet with parchment paper. If your dog is on the smaller side, you’ll want to make sure that cranberries are cut proportionately. 
  • Add flour, bran, shredded coconut, and cranberries into a large bowl and mix together. Add nut butter, egg, and oil to dry ingredients and combine well. Slowly add water into the mix until dough is stiff; this may be more or less than ½ cup of water. 
  • Flour your work space and roll out dough to ¼ inch thick. Cut out shapes (these can be festive or whatever cookie cutters you have around) and place on your prepped cookie sheet. 
  • Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool for 3-4 hours and store in air tight containers.

Happy snacking!

Wisdom Panel Canine DNA Test

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Did you know that DNA ancestry tracing isn’t just for people? Wisdom Panel makes a DNA Test Kit that works on the same premise as human DNA test. 

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You’ll need to take a swab of your pet’s saliva and send it in to be analyzed. Now you’ll be able to know the exact make up of your pet and understand their needs better!

You can learn more here: https://www.wisdompanel.com/wisdom-panel-4-0/default.aspx?ref=HOLIDAYS2017

Star is this week’s Spotlight Pet!

Star is a Husky. Here’s what her owner had to say about her little fur baby:
“I fell in love with Star the moment I saw her. I got her from my sister at 12 weeks and couldn’t love her more. When she got out, I lost it. We searched high and low. I bawled when she went missing and again when the gentleman brought her back. It was like I lost a child. I’m happy she’s home safe.”

Adorable!
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IQ Treat Ball

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We’ve found another cool food puzzle! This is a round one that releases small treats as they play which can help with portion control for your pet. The Pet Zone IQ Treat Ball had different levels of difficulties for your ever-learning pet.
You can learn more about it on Amazon: http://a.co/fxHq3ei 

Scottish Fold

Up next in our cat breed series is the Scottish Fold.

This breed is identified by their unique recessive trait: folded ears. Kittens are not born with folded ears, but they begin to fold after they’re a few weeks old. All Scottish Folds can be traced back to Susie, a barn cat that a Shepherd began breeding in 1961. To keep the gene pool big, Persians, American Shorthairs, Exotics, and Burmese cats were bred in.

Scottish Folds’ curiosity makes them follow their owners around and be involved in every activity. This breed is incredibly affectionate and will want to play, despite being a little lazy. Scottish Folds are also astoundingly dexterous and mischievous; you’re likely to find your Scottish Fold getting into your cabinets or stealing bits of food from you whenever they can. Food puzzles are probably your best bet to keep this kitty from getting into too much trouble.

These cats are generally healthy, but be wary when looking for one. Of the few things that lurk in the Scottish Fold’s genetics, there is a big one: ostwochondroddystrophy. This condition s a skeletal abnormality that is very painful and even crippling. Noticeable symptoms include stiff or inflexible legs or a short, thick tail. Talk to your veterinarian to know more and find ways to adjust lifestyles for you and your pet.

What do you love about your Scottish Fold? Share with us below.

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Sherpa Blanket

Looking for a comforting winter gift for your pet? Here’s a blanket that might do the trick. This plush Sherpa blanket will help keep your pet warm when you’re away from home. Most pet’s also find blankets comforting during storms or loud noises, so this would be an excellent addition.
You can find out more about it here: http://a.co/8l5R7Va

Cat Massager

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If you’re having a hard time finding a holiday present for your cat, try a massage center. This product has bristles and different edges for your cat to rub against and keep them entertained for a while. You won’t have to feel bad about being out since your kitty will be able to get chin scratches on their own!
You can check it out on Amazon: http://a.co/5CUaoZT

Poodles

Our next breed to feature in our dog series is the Poodle.

Poodles were originally from Germany were they were called Pudels. They were used as water retrievers which is also how their notorious haircut came from. Since Poodles were in the water, they need their core and joints kept warm in the Germanic cold. The cut provided warmth without impeding the animal. They are very smart and that trait is true amongst all sizes. The standard is the oldest and besides size and energy, there isn’t much difference between it, the toy, and the miniature.

This breed is incredibly intelligent and they can learn tricks easily. Because of this, miniature Poodles became popular in the circus. They love to learn tricks and prefer company. If you never want to be left alone again, this is a breed you should investigate. Poodles love to be the center of attention, thus making them excellent therapy dogs.

One of the few exceptions in personality across the board for poodles is with children. As they decrease in size, so does their tolerance of children. Standard are very child friendly, while toy are at their best with children under careful supervision. The same is true for how much exercise they need. Standard Poodles are very energetic and need lots of exercise, while the toy is fine with a walk or two every day.

Health issues for poodles are for every size and there are a lot. If you’re considering getting a Poodle, you’ll want to do extensive research on your breeder, store, rescue, or wherever you get it from. This breed is prone to Addison’s disease, Cushing syndrome, hypothyroidism, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, gastric dilation, Sebaceous adenitis, and hip dysplasia. Addison’s is when the adrenal gland doesn’t make enough cortisol and shows with no energy, depression, not handling stress, and digestive problems. Cushing Syndrome is the opposite and manifests with weight gain, panting, excessive hunger and thirst, and bladder infections. Legg-Calve-Perthes disease reduces the flow of blood to the head and thigh bones resulting in degradation. Talk with your vet about any odd behavior or concerns that you have about your pet.

A Poodle’s health isn’t the only thing that’s high maintenance. Their fur knots easily, so they must be brushed regularly to avoid large mats. Poodles should have their coat trimmed every 6 to 8 weeks, but it doesn’t have to be that distinct poodle cut. Toy and Miniature varieties may have trouble with their teeth, so be sure to clean them regularly.

Poodle sure are amazing. What do you love about your Poodle? Share with us below.

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Chicken Raspberry frozen treats

Here’s another recipe from Gemma’s Bigger Bolder Baking. This recipe is more festive for the winter season and is super easy to make. Recipe makes 8-10 servings.

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Ingredients

1 cup chicken stock
1 cup fresh or frozen defrosted raspberries

Directions

Mash raspberries and pour in chicken stock. Mix ingredients together until mixture is uniform in color. Pour mixture into mold (you can use molds specifically for dog treats, or any kind that is appropriate size for your dog).
Freeze in the mold for at least 5 hours, but preferable overnight. Take the treats out of the mold and you’re ready to treat your pup. You can store these treats in the freezer and are good up to three months.

Happy eating!

Attention Fort Worth, Texas!

There was a French Bulldog found near you. He did not have a collar on when he was found, but is waiting to go home. We’d love to help!

If you know this dog, contact us at 866-699-3463  OR check out our Lost and Found Classifieds http://petkey.org/pet-recovery/lostfoundhome.aspx
Reference number: 48885

Water Bottle!

Water is always important for your pup, but we know you love to take them with you. 

This bottle is safe for your dog while being convenient. The cap acts as a cup for your pup when they’re ready for water while you’re out. This durable bottle has an easy twist lid. The bottle is 9.5 oz, so there’s plenty for traveling.
You can check it out on Amazon: http://a.co/eVPcf2m

Attention Saint Pete, Florida!

There were 2 pups found in your area. The people who found them say that they seem to be familiar with each and that the one not pictured is a chocolate lab. They are both friendly, but neither had a collar on when found. The dog pictured is older and the Labrador is young. We’d love to get them home!

If you know either of these dogs, contact us at 866-699-3463  OR check out our Lost and Found Classifieds http://petkey.org/pet-recovery/lostfoundhome.aspx
Reference number: 48877

Hey Apopka, Florida!

Someone found a Chihuahua near you. He’s mostly white, but has tan on his back. This little guy was found with a red collar and a green rabies tag. We’d love to get him home. 

If you know this dog, contact us at 866-699-3463  OR check out our Lost and Found Classifieds http://petkey.org/pet-recovery/lostfoundhome.aspx
Reference number: 48878

Hey Los Angeles, California!

This pup was found in your area. She is a German Shepherd and was found outside near the dog park. The people who found her say that she is very friendly and came over immediately. We’d love to get her home!

If you know this dog, contact us at 866-699-3463  OR check out our Lost and Found Classifieds http://petkey.org/pet-recovery/lostfoundhome.aspx
Reference number: 48876

Attention Hendersonville, Tennessee!

This cat has been found near you. The people who found her say that she’s been around for a while with them and their neighbors feeding her. She has a black collar with jewels on it and a flea collar. Help us get her home!

If you know this cat, contact us at 866-699-3463  OR check out our Lost and Found Classifieds http://petkey.org/pet-recovery/lostfoundhome.aspx
Reference number: 48871





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