Leashless in Seattle-Photobook

I finally made and ordered TnT's Shutterfly Photobook.
I am a major procrastinator. I waited for the last possible day to make it white I had my special offer.

Special thanks to Dogster for this special offer :D
I've ordered several of these before, they turn out FANTASTIC (and this is coming from a very picky person) The pictures are sharp and clear and the book itself is very high quality.

It's like Scrapbooking of the future! No more sticky glue, paper cuts, etc.
Super FAST and EASY.

Can't wait until I receive the book! I'll take some pics of it when it arrives.

Banana Biscotti

Banana Biscotti

  • 5 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup peanuts, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups banana, pureed
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • water

Place dry ingredients in large bowl. Make a well in the center. Blend egg, oil and banana together. Add into the dry ingredients in well. Start combining together.

Add water, one teaspoon at a time as needed. Knead by hand on table until mixed thoroughly. Form into logs approximately 2 to 2 1/2-inches high. Flatten so that log is 6 to 7-inches wide by 1-inch high.

Place on non-stick baking sheets or lightly greased sheets. Bake 30 to 40 minutes.

Remove and cool for 10 minutes. Slice into 1/2 to 3/4-inch slices. Place on baking sheets and bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool. Store in airtight container.
birds & parrots also love this one…

Keeping Your Dog's Teeth Healthy

Yes, it's true-- dogs needs regular dental care too! I thought I'd post this article about doggie dental hygiene. I have recently seen older dogs suffering because their owners never did anything for their teeth...It is quite sad watching them struggle to eat--so here are a few tips on how to keep your dog’s teeth healthy!

According to the American Veterinary Dental Society (AVDS), 80% of dogs have some sign of oral disease by the age of three.

You can help to keep your dog’s teeth healthy by:
1. Having professional dental exam and care provided by your veterinarian
2. Providing dental care at home based on your vet’s recommendations
3. Maintaining regular professional check ups
4. Treating any symptoms quickly

Symptoms of Dental Problems
If your dog is displaying any of the following symptoms, please seek professional dental care:
• Bad breath (halitosis)
• Broken or missing teeth
• Changes in eating (usually decreasing)
• Chewing habits
• Depression
• Gum issues – red or swollen or painful (gingivitis, periodontal disease)
• Nasal discharge
• Pawing at the face or mouth
• Swelling or tearing below one eye
• Weight loss
• Yellow teeth

Why is Dental Health So Important?
Dental health also affects other parts of the body. Plaque which is made up of bacteria, saliva and cellular debris builds up on the enamel of the teeth. When combined with food particles, it becomes calcified and is now tartar. Tartar can lead to tooth decay and other oral diseases if not treated. In addition, it can cause a bacterial infection which then travels through the blood to other vital organs and can result in serious illness and even death.

I highly recommend giving RMB's (Raw Meaty Bones) often. I give TnT things such as turkey necks or drumsticks one or twice a week. Due to the act of pulling, ripping, shearing, and shredding of the meat, connective tissue, and fat that cling to the bone--their teeth brighten and lose plaque, eliminating the need for cleaning. The dental benefits of RMB's are unbelievable...We highly recommend 'em!

Variety and Rotation

Yay for rotation! I rotate TnT between dry, wet AND of raw with different meat sources, such as Chicken, Turkey, Duck, Buffalo, and Lamb. Gotta LOVE that variety! Turkey and Duck are my main meat sources. I use Nature's Variety Instinct-Turkey and Duck kibble (dry), NV Duck canned (wet), NV medallions, Turkey Necks (raw) and Natural Balance® Dog Food Roll- Turkey formula for training treats!

I like Turkey because it
is an excellent source of highly digestible, lean protein. Tt contains all essential amino acids, and is is a very good source of selenium, as well as riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, phosphorus and zinc.
I like DUCK because it is is a single premium quality protein source not commonly used and it builds strong bones and muscles. I especially like it for Tracksie because it is a healthy solution for her allergies to more common proteins.

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Variety and Rotation
Rotating the foods that your pets eat is one of the best things that you can do for their health and well being.
Contrary to popularly held beliefs, keeping your pet on one food for his or her lifetime can cause more harm than good. Here are some of the “hows and whys” of offering your pet a variety of healthful mealtime options.

Why Switch?
Just like people, dogs get bored with the same food day in and day out. Imagine if you had to eat the same kind of cereal for months, or even years- you’d get bored, too! Another important reason to switch foods is that it helps prevent allergies from developing. Dogs that eat the same food for an extended period of time often develop allergies to one or more of the ingredients in their food. Varying their diet prevents the body from being overexposed to potential allergens. Pets also develop a stronger, tougher stomach and digestive system by being exposed to many different kinds of foods- a great way of eliminating stomach upsets. Finally, by varying the protein sources and brands that you feed, you are providing your pet with a wider spectrum of vital nutrients like trace minerals and vitamins that keep your pets their healthiest!

Kinds of Foods
There are four basic types of food that that you can offer your dog:
  • Dry: Cost effective, convenient to feed, easy to store
  • Canned: Nutrient dense, palatable, high in moisture, helps overweight pets shed excess weight
  • Frozen Raw: Closest to the ancestral diet, healthiest option, cleans teeth, offers natural enzymes
  • Freeze-Dried: Lightweight and great for travel, works great as a treat, less mess than raw

How to Switch?
Don’t be intimidated- switching your pet’s food can be an easy and positive experience. Puppies and kittens are the easiest to transition, as their digestive systems are more adaptable. To start your puppy or kitten off right, introduce lots of different kinds, flavors and textures of food at an early age. Older pets, especially those who have been on the same food for an extended period of time, may need a little more time to adjust to their new food. Make a gradual switch to a new food by starting with 10-20% new food and increasing the amount over the course of four to seven days. Digestive aids such as our own Good Digestion or probiotics like acidophilus can help aid in the digestion of new foods as well. After a few months of switching gradually, your pet’s digestive system will toughen up and you will be able to decrease or even eliminate the transition period altogether.
While dogs often transition easily from dry food to canned or raw foods, it can be trickier for cats to switch if they are used to a dry only diet.

Some tips for making a smooth transition:
  • Try many different flavors and textures of canned food
  • Offer twice daily feeding and remove dry food when the wet is offered
  • Try dipping kibbles into the canned food to get your cat used to the taste and smell of canned
  • Put some delicious toppings on the canned food like Bonito flakes, salmon oil or chicken bits
  • Be patient! It takes some cats weeks or even months, but they will come around eventually
Dogs usually take to raw food very quickly- just be sure to phase it in gradually since it is so much more nutrient dense than cooked foods.
By introducing your pet to the various kinds of foods available, you are helping to make sure that he or she is getting the most nutritious and well-rounded diet possible for a longer, happier life!

If you have any questions concerning our diet, feel free to ask!
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About Tiggles

I was just visiting Petfinder.com when I somehow stumbled onto a page of this precious little face. Turned out, she had been at the shelter quite a while...was adopted and returned, and then adopted again and returned. I went to the shelter on that cold Sunday morning to find her in that small cage, smudged in the corner, very frightened and shaking. She just gazed up at me, needing me so. And as I looked into her eyes I saw her story. It was pretty obvious she had been abused by men--she was/is petrified of them! I knew that it would be difficult taking in such a timid little girl, but I adopted her in an instant. From her sadness, our happiness grew. Now, she definitely has gotten a second chance at a better life. She is making up for all that love that she never had. From her sadness, our happiness grew. And I now realize, that I needed her too. I will never regret adopting her; yes it was very hard at sometimes, and we went through a lot of extensive training and socialization, but it was worth it--She is just that funny type of dog that always puts a smile on your face!

When I first got her, she was completely unsocialized, unleash trained, very skittish and terrified of everything. Now she is happy, healthy, and lively Beagle girl! She is high-maintenance, but I wouldn't trade her for anything in the world.

She's out to show what this shelter dog can do! She has completely turned her life around and is going into bigger and better things--competitive in Agility and Freestyle, working on Rally-O.

About Tracksie

Tracksie was found by animal control on the side of a highway. She was then admitted to a high-kill shelter, where she spent her days searching for a forever home. One day while visiting the shelter, I spotted her...a Beagle, the breed I adored and admired. The second she saw me, she ran up to me. I prod my finger through the cage opening...she licked it. In the short time I got to know her behind those bars, she was the most sweetest, lovable dog I had ever met. After paying an adoption donation of only $20, I brought her home and there began our everlasting friendship.

She's a tiny little purebred beagle, just 12 inches at the withers. She is incredibly smart, knowing over 50 tricks, one of her nicknames is "Skidbootie" She participated in agility & tracking and is currently in freestyle and Rally Obedience. She has earned her CGC certification, and is a TDIT.

I can't imagine life without Tracksie. The relationship I have formed with her has taught me an earthy wisdom about living in the world. -I couldn't ask for a better dog. She is very intelligent, affectionate, and sweet, with an outstanding personality.

Best $20 I've ever spent, and probably will ever spend in my entire life.