Celebrate National Cookie Day With These Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Cookies

National Cookie Day is here and it is not only for humans! Allow your dog to join in the fun with this simple and easy recipe for peanut butter dog cookies. They are easy to make and much healthier for your dog than store-bought cookies. So give them a try and let us know how your dog likes them!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 – 3 cups whole wheat flour

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prep a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  2. Mix pumpkin puree, peanut butter, and eggs until well mixed. Gradually add 2 1/2 cups flour. Add an additional 1/4 cup flour at a time just until the dough is no longer sticky.
  3. Knead the dough 3-4 times until it comes together. Roll the dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out desired shapes and place them onto the prepared baking sheet.
  4. Place into oven and bake until the edges are golden brown, about 20-25 minutes.
  5. Let cool completely.

 

Once you make them, take a picture and share it with us on social media. We would love to see your dogs enjoying them!

Support Local Pet Businesses on Small Business Saturday

How to Support Local Small Pet Businesses

Supporting small businesses is especially important in 2020 when so many have already been hard hit. Thankfully Small Business Saturday gives us a chance to really focus on local businesses and bring them some holiday cheer, and sales! If you are wondering how you can help this year, here are some ideas for you:

  • Presents – Which of your friends have pets, or just like animals? Many stores sell novelty items as well as pet supplies. Consider which gifts you can purchase at a local store instead of from a big-box competitor.
  • Presents for the Pets – Sometimes it is easier to get presents for the pets than for the people, and the people appreciate them just as much! So check out those dog beds, scratching posts, toys and treats.
  • Get a Gift for Yourself – Have you been holding off on a purchase? Maybe now is the time! Since many stores run sales, check out the deals to see if anything is of interest. If not, buy that special item anyway. You are supporting a local business!
  • Gift Cards – If you don’t know what to buy, always go with a gift card to your favorite local shop. Then your friend or family member can pick their own present! Gift cards do not have to be large amounts and can make fantastic stocking stuffers for those hard-to-buy-for folks.

Northern Colorado Small Businesses to Support

Not sure which business to support? You want to find something locally owned that appeals to you. Think about all types of pet business when looking for presents. Groomers, dog trainers, pet sitters, etc. The easiest local businesses to support are pet supply stores since they offer a wide variety of products and have items that appeal to all the people on your list. Here are local pet supply stores in Northern Colorado:

Need gift ideas? Check out these ideas and then contact your local store to see if they carry these items, or can order them:

Thanksgiving Dog and Cat Coloring Sheets

Thanksgiving is coming up! Do you have some free time and want to do some coloring? Or give the kids something fun to do today!

You can download pages individually or all 4 at once Thanksgiving Coloring Sheets!

When you are done share pictures with us on social media!


 

 

 

Tuna Yum Yums – Homemade Cat Treat Recipe

Cats love their treats and it is nice to give them something fresh, homemade, and healthy. These are especially good around the holidays when we are all getting yummy food and do not want to leave out our feline friends!

Tuna Yum Yums

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup of non-fat milk
  • 1/2 can of tuna
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil or fish oil
  • 1 beaten egg
  • Optional: a teaspoon of catnip, mint, or parsley

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and place parchment paper on a cookie sheet
  2. Mash or cut the tuna into small pieces, mix in the flour and milk
  3. Pour in water and vegetable oil, then mix well
  4. In a separate dish, beat the egg
  5. Mix the beaten egg into the tuna mix
  6. Mix well, until the mix becomes dough-like
  7. Shape the dough into small balls, about the size of blueberries, and place on the baking sheet
  8. Cook the dough for 12 minutes or until golden brown. Stick a toothpick in to check that the treat is fully cooked
  9. Cool for an hour before feeding to your kitty and make sure not to overindulge them

 

Mother’s Day Dog and Cat Coloring Sheets

Mother’s Day is coming up and we are all stuck at home! Want to do some coloring? Or a free present. Or give the kids something fun to do today!

You can download pages individually or all 4 at once Mother’s Day Coloring Sheets!

When you are done share pictures with us on social media!


 

 

 

 

Saint Patrick’s Day Dog and Cat Coloring Sheets

Saint Patrick’s Day is coming up! Do you have some free time and want to do some coloring? Or give the kids something fun to do today!

You can download pages individually or all 4 at once Saint Patrick’s Day Coloring Sheets!

When you are done share pictures with us on social media!


 

 

 

 

Most Popular Dog and Cat Names from 2019

 

It is hard to believe that 2019 is over and we are moving into the New Year! We thought it would be fun to take a look at our most popular dog and cat names for 2019. These are names of pets we worked with over the year in the areas we work in: Fort Collins, Loveland, Windsor and Greeley, Colorado.

I did take the liberty of combining a couple of names that were spelled differently, such as Lily and Lilly.

Most Popular Dog Names of 2019

  1. Lucy
  2. Zoe
  3. Aspen
  4. Bailey
  5. Bella
  6. Charlie
  7. Daisy
  8. Ella
  9. Luna
  10. Abby

Close runners up: Cooper, Murphy, Penny, Riley and Sophie

 

 

 

 

 

 

Most Popular Cat Names of 2019

  1. Lilly
  2. Leo
  3. Lucy
  4. Bella
  5. Charlie
  6. Chloe
  7. Max
  8. Sebastian
  9. Thomas
  10. Zoe

Close runners up: Boo, Boots, George, Hank, Luna, Milo, Olive, Oliver, Oscar, Pearl and Pepper

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are curious to see what new names make the list in 2020!

Meet the Kittens!

 

 

Wet Noses Pet Sitting owner Liana now has 3 kittens and it is time to show them off! Meet Rhys, Pax and Fitz. They are foster kittens from Animal Friends Alliance that we decided to keep and they are going to help us teach everyone about kitten care. Now it is just time to watch them have a good time!

Events You Don’t Want to Miss in Northern Colorado This Halloween

 

Halloween is almost here. It is time to enjoy the scary holiday and have a fun time out in the world. These events are fun for you and for your pets!

Our Top 7 Halloween Events That Involve Your Pets:

 

When: October 19th, 12-2pm

Where: Wellington Veterinary Hospital, 7837 6th St, Wellington

We had so much fun last year we are doing it again this year! Dress your pup up and come down for some great beer and good times! Prizes for the top costumes!

 

When: October 25th, 3-4:30pm

Where: Gunter Field UNC Campus

Join us for our annual fun halloween themed festival sponsored by University of Northern Colorado’s FETCHLAB!  There will be several events for you and your dog to participate in! We will have prizes, raffle tickets, and treats! Participate in our fun events, including best trick, costume contest, obstacle course, 25 yard dash, home run commands, frisbee catch, toy retrieve, and more!

This event is open to everyone (with or without a pup) and is FREE to attend and participate!

 

When: October 26th, 9am-12:30pm

Where: Biergarten at Anheuser-Busch, 2351 Busch Dr, Fort Collins

The Phantom 4 Miler is a dog-friendly, Halloween themed 4-mile run/walk open to the whole family.

 

When: October 26th, 12-1pm

Where: Lee Martinez Farm, Fort Collins

Bow Wowvania is a dog-friendly trick-or-treat event at The Farm. Hundreds of dogs and dog owners will take a stroll down Trick-or-Treat Street dressed in costume and eager for treats. All dog owners will receive a doggie bag for treats and travel between storefronts hosted by our sponsors.

 

When: October 26th, 12-2pm

Where: Bath Garden Center and Nursery, 2000 E Prospect Rd, Fort Collins

Costume Contest! Pet costume contest! Pumpkin carving demonstration! Crafts! Fun!

 

When: October 27th, 2-4pm

Where: Oak Street Plaza, 201 S College Ave, Fort Collins

Dress your pug in the spookiest, silliest, cutest costume you can find and come join the fun as we “parade” around Old Town. Humans are encouraged to dress up, too, and we LOVE theme costumes. And if your pug has a sibling who’s not a pug, they are welcome too!

 

When: October 31st, 7am to 6pm

Where: The Dog Pawlour, 2005 S College Ave, Fort Collins

Come and celebrate Halloween with at the Dog Pawlour. Bring your pup in their best costume for a costume contest! Winners get to take home a tasty prize!


If you’re going to be heading out to one of these events make sure you are being safe and that your dog will be comfortable. Not all dogs love visiting people who are dressed up in scary costumes!

We hope that everyone has a happy and healthy Halloween!

 

How Do I Raise Mealworms at Home?

 

 

Have you ever considered raising mealworms at home? Mealworms are a great supplement to feeding your backyard chickens or to be fed to reptiles and wild birds. Thankfully it is cheap and easy to raise them at home! For the cost of a small container of mealworms you could instead set up your own colony.

What are Mealworms?

Mealworms are the larval form of the mealworm beetle, which is a type of darkling beetle. The beetles lay eggs, which when larger can easily be fed as a yummy snack to your reptiles and birds.

Container

A small Tupperwear container will work well for homes with a handful of backyard chickens. If you have more chickens you may choose to get a larger container or multiple small containers. A normal cheap container will work great. It does not have to be airtight but it does need to have a lid. In Colorado we have an issue with small moths getting into food and they will destroy a mealworm colony, so you need to ensure they cannot get into the container. I tried a 3 level system but the moths were able to get in right away. I also tried putting netting over the container but it was a hassle to deal with when I needed to get into the container to feed or collect the worms. After I got my container I lined the edges of the container and the inside of the lid with double-sided tape to ensure the moths would get stuck when trying to climb into the container.

*** Edit note: During humid times I started to have a problem with the bedding molding when the lid was on. I switched to putting a screen over the top of the bin, attached with either double-sided tape or a large rubber-band, which eliminated the humidity problem.

Bedding

You can use a variety of bedding types but the one I have found that works best is wheat bran. It is inexpensive and easy to find. I purchase my wheat bran at Sprouts for 99 cents a pound. After I get a couple of bags I put them in the freezer for at least two weeks to make sure any insects in it are killed off. Then it is ready to be used! Mealworms will need at least a couple inches of bedding but it does not have to be deep.

After your colony is established you will want to change the bedding out when needed. I change mine about every 3 months, but you may find the need to change it more or less often. Check your bedding every month or so as the fecal matter (a very fine particle) can be mistaken for bedding unless you look closely. When you are ready to change the bedding, filter out the fine waste particles from the wheat bran, beetles and worms. Use this time to dispose of any dead beetles and clean out any food remnants. But don’t throw away the waste particles just yet! Set them aside for a few weeks to allow any eggs to hatch. Add the tiny worms to your colony and toss the waste.

Starter Worms

After you have your container and bedding you are ready for your worms! You can purchase them in bulk online or just go to your local feed supply store. Most places sell 50 mealworms for around $5. I started my colony with around 80 worms and it took off quickly! If you happen to know someone who already has a colony see if you can get a cup of worms, beetles and bedding from them to give your colony a jump start. The bedding will most likely contain eggs and will get the process moving quickly.

Food

The mealworms will eat the wheat bran bedding but they also need a food source that contains moisture. I typically give mine lettuce because it is easy and they seem to like it best, but other foods like watermelon rinds, apples and potatoes would work. Be sure not to let moist foods lead to mold in the wheat bran, so if you are using a very moist food put down a piece of thick paper first to keep the moisture from the bedding. The worms may eat through the paper but it will not hurt them – it was discovered in 2015 that mealworms can degrade items like polystyrene so a little paper will not make a difference.

Time Frame

A typical colony takes about 6 months to get up and running. Give your worms time to propagate before taking some out for feeders. If you keep the balance of beetles and worms, feed them regularly and change their bedding and you will have a wonderful food source for your chickens, birds and reptiles for years to come!

 

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