Spring Clean Your Pet

Spring is here and so is that compulsive cleaning urge they call Spring Cleaning. I’ll be honest I’m a victim to the need to spring clean … but I’m also a victim of needing to enjoy the weather before it gets too hot. I love sitting in the shade and reading a good book, or taking the kids to the park. I really love after dinner walks with Max, now that the sun stays up until 7:30!
In between all the fun stuff though I know that some cleaning still has to be done. That said, here’s a few things you can do to make sure your pets are spring cleaned. This is a great weekend project. so take this weekend to get your pets and their stuff nice and clean and then download my printable pet cleaning schedule so you can keep everything Spring fresh all year long.

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Wordless Wednesday – Just Goofing Around

So I was trying to take good photos of Max with a product, but he decided to lie on the floor and be a goof instead.

This post is part of the Blog Paws Wordless Wednesday blog hop. Don’t forget to check out the other awesome bloggers this week.

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Spring Collar Slip – Accessorizing your dog’s collar

Spring is in full swing. The weather is warm and it’s even raining today. I wish it were tomorrow so I could call them April showers, but it’s close enough I guess. I think Spring is my second favorite season. First fall, then spring, and winter vs summer is a wash.  I love spring because of the flowers, and butterflies, and the super cute clothes. So, as any pet parent would do, I decided to share that love with my dog. As usual this outfit isn’t very masculine, but Max is a good sport and really doesn’t care what I dress him in. I did buy some steel colored buttons with stars for another project, but these flower buttons were so cute I had to use them first.

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Pop Up Outdoor Lizard Pin

Now that the weather is warming up and the sun is getting stronger, it’s a perfect time to get outside. Better yet, it’s a perfect time to get your reptiles outside. Natural sunlight is so good for reptiles. Not only does it provide that warmth they love and need so much, but it also provides essential UVB rays and Vitamin D3. These are necessary for things like development and  digestion (you know those things that help you live), and also your pet’s mental health.  There are some great synthetic lights that simulate sun exposure, but in the end, it’s not the same thing. Think about yourself, would you rather go out and feel the sun or sit in an office with a vitamin D lamp on the back of your legs…exactly.

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Wordless Wednesday – Just Hanging Out

The post is part of the BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday blog hop.

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Wordless Wednesday – Max day out

This post is part of the Blogpaws Wordless Wednesday blog hop. Don’t forget to check out all the other awesome bloggers this week.

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Five ways to keep your pets active when you’re not

With warm weather on its way everyone seems to be talking about exercise recently. For those of you who love a good run that’s great, but I, myself, personally… don’t. In truth I’ve always been one to avoid physical activity when possible. In middle school I was known not to dress out for P.E. so I didn’t have to participate, and in high school I lucked out and got to take P.E. with the physics teacher who made all sports optional. And now that I’m grown I do what I need to, to stay healthy, but no more.
Many people are not physically active whether as a habit or through some situation such as health problems, a broken leg, recovering from surgery, ect. The problem is, good exercise is so important for your pet, and maintaining your pet’s health is an important part of truly pampering your pets. Giving your pet good exercise helps them maintain a proper weight, reduces stress levels, and stimulates their minds to prevent boredom (just to name a few benefits).

Side note: I should say that if it’s out of habit (like me) you might want to let your pets help you be healthier. Try out different activities, when you find the right one you’ll find that your pets are some of the best exercise partners. For me, it’s hiking. Paced shaded walks through beautiful natural scenery; I can do that, and my dogs enjoy it too.

Even though I’m not an active person I want my pets to be as happy and healthy as they can be, and I know you guys do to. So if you’re just not a physically active person, or if you have something that keeps you from being active, even temporarily, here are a few things you can do to still get your pets the exercise they need.

 

Take short walks and go slow


If long walks are taxing on you, or you just don’t like them, try taking more short walks. Some dogs can walk for miles, but most dogs (also cats, small mammals, and reptiles) are very happy with a ten minute walk a few times per day instead.

 

Buy toys

Toys such as puzzles and pull toys are a great way to keep your pet’s mind sharp. If you are unable to go for walks and see new places, these toys will give your pets a chance to think and get excited.

 

Buy play assist toys


Ok, so I don’t know if this is actually what their called, but I’m talking about tether ball here, or those automatic ball throwers, bubbles are also a great option. If you’re not able to get out an exercise with your pet, provide them with something that can play against them. No, it will never be the same as playing with you, but it’s better than nothing.

 

Go to a store

If the idea of the coming summer heat has you dreading the outdoors, then don’t go outside. Well, you’ll have to go outside to walk to your car, but then you can take a drive to pet friendly store and walk around inside. Walking inside will keep you comfortable, while allowing your pets to get the physical and mental exercise they need.

 

Set up a play date


(Not all pets are friendly with strange animals: this tip is mostly for dog parents, but if this works for your other pet than great.) Does your pet have friends? What about the pooch next door? Getting your pets together means that they will play with each other, thus taking the work off of you. This also gives your pet a chance to play their way (because I never let my dog wrestle with me as rough as he would with another dog). If your pets are very young, consider socializing them with other young pets so they’ll have lifelong friends. *Bonus you get someone to enjoy some afternoon tea with.

Whether you’re unable to stay physical, or you’re just not a very physical person I hope this gives you some ideas to keep your pets active and healthy. Let me know if you have more ideas!

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Wordless Wednesday – Easy Dog Tie

This post is part of the Blog Paws Wordless Wednesday blog hop. Please enjoy this (almost) wordless tutorial, and don’t forget to check out all the other great pet bloggers.

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Reptile hand print keepsake: with reptile safe paint recipe

Paw prints are the perfect keepsake craft to do with your pets. They are literally the pet version of preschool handprints. You can even color things around them to make more elaborate artwork. This post is not about making fancy paw prints, but about making safe paint so you can get creative with your pets, or just make a simple keepsake.

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DIY flavored wooden chew sticks

I always have a lot of fruit in my house, but we don’t always eat in in time. So when it starts to get a little over-ripe, I’m always looking for something to do with it before it goes bad completely. It’s usually smoothies, or milkshakes, but today, I decided to try making my own fruit flavored wood chew sticks. You can buy these at the pet store, but it’s so easy to make your own, and a great way to use up those last few berries.

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