Thursday, October 31, 2013

Congratulations To Artie & Bradley

The votes have been counted! We're excited to announce the winner of our Halloween Contest...the pumpkin spider duo!  A huge congrats to Artie & Bradley of Woodstock. These two cuties will be receiving a basket of fresh made, gourmet doggy biscuits made by our gal Lisa. And...word has it there may be a sweet treat in the basket for Devlin too!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

More Halloween Entries Trickling In...

It's been a busy week setting up shop!  The excitement is bubbling over for our Halloween contest and so far we have a tie!  There's still time to vote so get on over to our Facebook page and give your favorite costumed pups a "like"...make sure to scroll down to view some of our earlier entries.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Part 2 Of Dog Shaming At Its Best...

A while back we posted some hilarious "dog shaming" pics and since then...we've come across a few more that have tickled our funny bone. This is proof that every dog is unique with their own personality. 

Monday, October 28, 2013

Paw Lickin' Good Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Treats

Some of y'all carve pumpkins. Others wait until after Halloween to gut out the seeds to roast. There's a handful of folks (Ohhhh Leeeee-Saaaaaaa) who uses the entire pumpkin. This involves roasting halved pumpkins until soft and making homemade pumpkin puree.

Aside from making a winter's worth of pumpkin bread and muffins, there's the lingering question of "what else is there to do with all the pumpkin?"  Did you know pumpkin is a common ingredient in all natural dog treats? Dogs love the flavor and it's super healthy to incorporate into homemade dog treats.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

We've Been Hard At Work Setting Up Shop!

We've been SO busy as of late setting up shop, getting the details situated and everything between. People keep asking about the progress of our shop construction and other general questions. Today, we had our "duh" moment. Of course you're asking...we haven't posted any photos! 

Friday, October 25, 2013

Take Dog Photos Like A Pro

Getting a great picture of our furbabies is often a challenge to say the very least. Once the camera comes out, they get a case of the zoomies or won't sit still for any length of time. We've been known to get down on our hands and knees (or tummy) to get that perfect pic. And, there's always the tried and true method of treat bribery...although that's touch and go.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

DIY Skeleton Bones Dog Treats

We're always scouring the web for interesting tidbits, recipes and everything between. The other day we stumbled on this really cool recipe for Skeleton Bones Dog Treats. With Halloween a week away, it's a festive treat to give your furbaby.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Monday, October 21, 2013

Batman Was Spotted!

The K9 1-ON-1 Halloween contest is in full swing!  Today we received another entry and we are lovin' the photos!  Meet super handsome Yoda of Dayville, CT. He's a lovable pup who's sporting his best superhero pose  Good luck Batman and thank you Tanya and Justin for sending this in!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Miss Beckett Says, "Trick Or Treat!"

We've got another entry for our Halloween contest!  Yay!  Meet Miss Beckett from Putnam.  She enjoys playing in the park, swimming and adores her tennis balls. Thank you Brenda and Rob for sending in the photo.  Good luck!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Reiki For Pets

Yesterday, we gave a warm welcome to the newest addition to our K9 1-ON-1 family, Sharon Cooper. She was kind enough to pass along some valuable information on Reiki For Pets so we could share it with you.

Reiki is a hands-on healing method that originated in Japan.  The practitioner channels healing energy through their hands to the animal through a light touch either directly on the body or from a distance.  The word Reiki (pronounced "ray-key") is a Japanese composite word usually translated as "universal life energy".

It is based on the idea that all living beings have life energy flowing through them. When life energy is high, your pets are healthy and balanced, more relaxed and less likely to get sick. When it is low, they'll often be more easily affected by stress and less resistant to illness. Reiki is a safe complement to conventional Western medicine, Chinese medicine, herbal medicine, homeopathy and all other forms of healing.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

A Warm Welcome To Sharon Cooper

Let's give the newest addition to the K9 1-ON-1 family a warm welcome!

A little about Sharon...

" I have been practicing Yoga for 15 years, and teaching for 9. I obtained my Advanced Reiki certification in April 2013 and I am scheduled to graduate from Massage Therapy school in December 2013. After spending over 30 years in the restaurant business, I decided it was time to follow my heart and the path towards holistic care for both people and animals alike. With a compassionate heart, I look forward to working with each individual, to bring balance back to the body, mind and spirit.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Holiday Plants That Are Toxic For Dogs

It's hard to believe we're halfway through October already!  Most stores have their Halloween merchandise on sale and the shelves are fully stocked with Christmas decorations, ornaments, stockings, inflatables and...Christmas trees. 

There seems to be a great divide separating the people who cringe at the mere site of Christmas stuff and those who are already stringing up lights.  Whether you started the process a week ago or you're one that waits until the day after Thanksgiving...there is common ground among pet parents.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Say Hello To Cody!

We have another great pic to add to "From Our Readers."  Meet Cody...a handsome 5 year old Golden Retriever.  His favorite pastimes are chasing tennis balls (or just chewing them) and chasing the cat. 

Monday, October 14, 2013

The K9 1-On-1 Halloween Contest Begins!

We were going to wait another day or so to announce our contest however, we're too excited to hold off.  It's official, the first K9 1-On-1 Contest has begun and the theme is...Halloween!  Entering this one is super easy and the prize is DELISH...

Cupcakes not included.  We just had to tease you with another photo. 

To enter, here's what ya have to do...

Saturday, October 12, 2013

The First K9 1-On-1 Contest Is In The Works...

Yes. You read correctly. We're in the process of putting together the first K9 1-On-1 Contest and it's going to kickoff in the next couple of days!  We are super excited about this and it's all about the dog! We're not going to give all the details away just yet, but we'll let you in on a few tidbits...

Friday, October 11, 2013

DIY First Aid Kits For Pets

Last year I needed a new First Aid Kit. I searched several stores and was shocked by the price!  Like with a lot of things...attached to the word "convenience" comes a hefty price tag. Sure, I could have opted for the smaller versions however, I wasn't going to waste my money on a few generic bandages and Q-Tips. I made my own.  In addition to saving over 50%, the one I created was bigger, better and properly stocked to the brim.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Adopting A Puppy?

This was too adorable not to pass on.  If you've every had a puppy in the house, you are probably all too familiar with a few chewed shoes, tiny puddles, sleep deprivation, loads of cuteness, etc.  Of course, you can't forget the constant charging of the camera because there's an endless amount of photos to take.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Rawhide Bones...Yay Or Nay

Last week, during a conversation with friends (and proud pet parents), the topic of rawhide bones came up. I had asked if they gave their furbaby rawhide.  Their answer was a quick and firm no. In late spring of this year, their furbaby became sick on the overnight with blood speckled vomit and melena.  After an emergency visit to the veterinarian, tests, x-rays, medicine and fluid treatment, it was determined there was a mild blockage in the intestine.

The next 24 hours were critical. If the blockage didn't pass or the symptoms progressed, their furbaby would require surgery.  As each hour passed, things improved. The vomiting ceased, the melena passed, his appetite returned and it appeared he was on the road to recovery.  Within 72 hours, he had made a full recovery.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Dog Shaming At Its Best...

Day after day we search for photos, interesting articles, funny memes and other dog related stuff to post on our site and the K9 1-ON-1 Facebook wall.  Lately, we've been noticing the rise in popularity with dog shaming. We'll admit, most of 'em give us a good chuckle. As pet parents, we recognize that our furkids have their own unique personality.  With that, comes a little mischief at times.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Operation Special Delivery

This story restores our faith in humanity...and it required a few Kleenex.  Imagine 400 dogs rescued from high kill animal shelters in Georgia and flown to the east coast. Some of these sweep pups were just hours away from being euthanized.

"Pilots N Paws volunteers donated their time, gas money and their planes to pick up the shelter animals on Saturday and give them a second chance at life..."

Friday, October 4, 2013

This DIY Tugga Toy Is Made From Old T-Shirts

We've talked a lot about the high cost of gourmet dog treats, dog beds and other novelty gift items. What about toys?  Finding reasonably priced toys isn't that difficult. You'll find dog toys ranging anywhere from $1 to $50 or more. As with most things, it all depends where you shop and the brand you opt for.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

DIY Holiday Gifts For Dogs

We know. We're only into the first week of October and when the "C" or "H" words are mentioned, people tend to shudder.  Christmas. Holiday. It's early, however, there is evidence people are already stocking up for the season. White chocolate chips have disappeared from the shelves. Holiday treat bags are picked over at retailer locations that have put them out early. Plain white mugs are hard to find. Etc.

With that being said, we thought it was the perfect time to bring up gift ideas for dogs. We have a lot of friends who are pet parents and we're not the type to forget their furbaby during the Holiday season. Over the past few years, the availability of pet gifts have soared through the roof.  There's everything from prepackaged holiday dog cookies to Christmas stockings filled with treats and toys.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

A Few Things You May Not Have Known About Dogs

There's a lot of work that goes into finding interesting stuff to write about, tweet on our Twitter account and post on our Facebook page. We're always searching for funny memes, helpful articles for pet parents, homemade dog treats, DIY projects and other interesting tidbits.

The other day we came across something cool that caught our attention and it's rather interesting.  Did you know that dogs have been domesticated for over 30,000 years yet they still gravitate towards primal instincts like howling at the moon and territory marking?  Or that, despite misconceptions, dog actually see in color?