CUPID strikes again
Do you remember the moment when you locked eyes for the first time with your furry friend? It was love at first sight!
Valentine’s Day is coming up and since it is the day of love, why not celebrate it with the one that gives the best cuddles!
Check out some suggestions on how to make the day extra special for your fur baby.
Pick a nice spot for a picnic
Walks and snacks are the two things a dog likes best. Why not combine them? You get to get out of the house for some fresh air and your furry friend gets some extra miles in! It’s a win-win situation. Don’t forget to pack something to keep him busy, like a ball or frisbee. Top off the experience by packing some peanut butter, carrots, or pineapple slices to snack on. Good for both of you!
Spa Day treat
A trip to the groomer can work miracles not only for your furry friends’ self-esteem but also for those little odours hanging around them. Try doing it early in the morning so that you still get to spend the rest of Valentine’s Day together!
Spread the love
Not all furry friends are being spoilt on Valentine’s Day and have parents that love them. Think beyond the love you share between the two of you and consider donating to a shelter or organization that helps animals in your area.
Book a date
Many coffee shops with outside seating areas allow for furry friends to join their pet parents for a coffee. It would be even better if you can get a place that caters to pets so that you can make a meal of it.
Romancing the stars
If you live in an area that has outdoor movie theatres, what a treat that could be for both of you! With any luck, they might even be featuring Lady and the Tramp.
If you have a dog that loves to socialise, take him to the park to meet some new friends. You never know, it might be a perfect time for you to meet your dog-loving match. Ever watched that movie – MUST LOVE DOGS?
Don’t get too carried away and forget that safety comes first
No Chocolate. It is a stimulant and a common cause of toxicity in dogs. Darker chocolate contains more toxins than milk chocolate, and you could end up in the Pet ER if your beloved fur baby eats just a small amount of chocolate. So even if they give you the puppy eyes don’t buckle, there are many other treats that are good, tasty, and not harmful.
Don’t reach for the sugar-free. Sugar-free candies and gums that contain high volumes of xylitol could have a severe impact on your pet’s health.
Don’t let the scent fool you. Dogs and cats are enticed by the smell of floral arrangements and even a little nibble could cause a severe reaction. Lilies are especially harmful so stay clear of them. Keep your floral arrangements out of reach.
Finally, if you are a master chef in the making, try out our recipes below as an extra treat for your pet.
Delicious doggy biscuit:
3 cups all-purpose flour or whole wheat flour
2 large eggs lightly beaten
1/3 to ½ cup of water
Preheat oven to 180 ˚C Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
Mix eggs and water in a large bowl, forming a stiff dough with your hands. Add more water if necessary.
Dust surface with flour. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough until about ¼ inch thick. Using a cookie cutter, cut dough into shapes (or use a pizza cutter wheel or knife to cut into small strips).
Place onto a prepared baking sheet and bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until lightly brown and cooked through.
Cool on a wire rack and bon appėtit!
You can store the biscuits in your fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Delightful kitty tuna treat
1 can tuna in spring water, well-drained and flaked
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon dried catnip
1 large egg
Preheat oven to 180 ˚C. Process all ingredients in a food processor until a smooth, thick dough forms.
Form dough into 80 (1/4 teaspoon size) balls. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and slightly flatten each ball.
Bake in a preheated oven until golden and crisp, for about 15 minutes. Cool completely and chow down!
You can store it in an airtight container for up to 5 days or freeze it.
Most importantly, spoil and love your furry friend on Valentine’s Day just as much as they love you 24/7, 365 days a year.
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