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DOG FASHION: VALENTINE’S DAY DOG SWEATERS

stylish-dog-sweater-heart-dog-sweater-3This Valentine’s Day let your dog where his heart on his sleeve — or sweater! A holiday themed jumper is a wonderful way to add some cheer to an otherwise dreary winter, plus it’s practical to keep the chilliness at bay.  A crisp modern heart design won’t ever go out of style either, making a Valentine’s dog sweater a really great purchase! The only question that remains is which sweater do you like best? Sweater #1 is a TopPaw Fuzzy Heart design and sweater #2 is a Polkadot Fleece design. Both are very, very cute!

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DOG WELLNESS: EASY ROUTINES TO ADD FUN TO YOUR DOG’S LIFE

stylish-dog-magazine-poodlesOver the years I have been lucky enough to interview a variety of dog trainers and behaviourists and a common thread of wisdom that I gleaned from these conversations is that dogs thrive on structure and routine. So recently, I created this little dog-friendly ritual…

At the end of the day when I’m getting ready for bed I take off my socks and toss one to each pup to catch, which they do oh-so gleefully! I know, I know, this sounds a little odd, but it is a fun, simple activity that has over time taught Rory and Lucy that the day is winding down.

They sit patiently and wait for their toss. Then they roll around on the rug for a moment and maybe play a quick game of chase before happily bounding away to their beds for a good night’s sleep (without the socks — I can’t have them chewing those!)

Don’t ask me how this little routine started, but it is a sweet way to wrap up an evening and something the dogs seem to look forward to. It is a final little play session for the day then off to bed for some sweet dreams!

What daily rituals do you have with your fur-kids? I would love to know!

PAWSH PERK: A fantastic dog-friendly game to play while you watch tv.

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DOG TREAT RECIPE: CHEESY CHICKPEA CHIPS

Easy dog treat recipesYour pups will say cheese for these Cheesy Chickpea Chips — an easy dog treat recipe that makes crispy little chips of goodness for your hungry hound!  They take 10 minutes to make and 20 minutes to bake! Here’s how:

INGREDIENTS
– 1 cup of drained, rinsed tinned chickpeas
(you can also use dried as long as soak them before hand)
– 1 tbsp peanut butter
– 1/4 cup of rice or almond flour
– 1 tbsp coconut oil
– 1/8 cup of shredded cheddar cheese

DIRECTIONS
1. Use a fork to crush and squash the chickpeas.
2. Mix in the remaining ingredients. The batter will be a bit chunky so it may be easiest to ‘knead’ the mixture using your hands until firm.
3. Use a rolling pin to roll out the mixture on a flat surface.
4. Grab your trusty cookie cutter (something ‘bite-sized’ or approximately the size of a bottle cap) and cut out as many cookies as you’d like.
5. Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 350F for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.*
6. Allow to cool and fill up the dog treat tin for future spoiling!

*Feel free to melt a bit of extra cheese on top of these crispy biscuits if you feel like making them extra special!

A yummy treat for any dog you meet! These are becoming a must-have staple in Pawsh Studio and our furry visitors go bonkers for them!

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TORONTO PET PHOTOGRAPHER: SOULMATE PET PHOTO SESSIONS

Toronto pet photographerOne of my goals this year is to give back more. So I am launching a year long project called Soulmate Sessions which will offer fine art pet photography sessions for pets with a terminal diagnosis absolutely FREE.

Soulmate Sessions are designed to celebrate an animal’s life and memory. The session can be for the animal only or for the animal and their family. All sessions will take place in Toronto, although there will be a few Ottawa dates available as I do travel there a few times of year. All that is needed to book a Soulmate Session is a formal letter of diagnosis from a registered vet.

Our pets are beyond precious. They are beyond incredible. They are the true definition of a best friend and these are the qualities that Soulmate Sessions will strive to capture.

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