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Watch The Adorable Chubby French Bulldog Try to Roll Over…Awww!

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French Bulldog Can’t Roll Over

*It’s so stinkin’ cute how he just stops at the good part, then repeats!Lol.*

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10 Frozen Treats For Your Pets To Eat via [apartmenttherapy]

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10 Frozen DIY Pet Treats

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  • Sarah Rae Trover

072210-dogicecream.jpg Although our main focus is usually on food for human consumption, with the weather oh-so-toasty lately, our four-legged friends are also in need of a little refreshment. Snacks for pets are always less expensive to make yourself and we’ve rounded up 10 ideas to keep them cool and your wallet full all at the same time!

Without getting into the world of what’s actually healthy for dogs to eat, we’d like to give you a few options of great frozen snacks for dogs and cats alike. We’re not big on adding fruits and vegetables to this mix, but you’re welcome to do so (though we suggest researching it first). We’ll be sticking to meats and proteins and staying away from sugar.

Here are a few of our favorite frozen treats for pets:

1. Ice Cubes: Plain, simple and easy.
2. Frozen Yogurt: You can buy pre-made or simply freeze regular yogurt containers. It’s as good for their digestive tracks as it is for yours. Helps those animals that are especially gassy! (older animals might require less dairy, try mixing half yogurt/half water for those who need a little help)
3. Frozen Liver: Cut chicken/beef liver into small bite size pieces and place on a sheet pan covered in parchment paper. Feed 2 or 3 pieces daily (unless raw feeding and then you may feed regular daily amount). They keep well in a zip lock once frozen.
4. Frozen Egg: Although this one is best eaten outside, toss an egg or two in a blender (including shells) and blend till smooth. Freeze in an ice cube tray (half way full) for easier dispensing. Do not feed more than 1 per day to ensure proper nutrient absorption.
5. Tuna: There isn’t much a cat or a dog won’t do for tuna. For them, it’s just as tasty cold, so freeze in small bite size pieces or mounds on parchment, or even blend with any of the ingredients above before freezing.
6. Organic Low Sodium Broth: Broth is a good base to mix in all sorts of things. Add a bit of peanut butter or assorted meats. If you tape off the end of a Kong toy (for dogs or cats) and fill the toy with broth, they’ll be able to slowly lick at it as it melts.
7. Cheese Chunks: You can freeze them as is, or try freezing them in something else (broth or water) for extra visual appeal.
8. Hot Dog Bits: Although you can freeze almost any meat and we’re believers that raw meat is better than cooked, we still don’t know a dog who says no to a hot dog. We do suggest cutting them length wise (in strips) so your animal doesn’t try to swallow it whole and choke.
9. Baby Food: Try to find one that doesn’t (or shouldn’t) contain onion powder and your pets will do almost anything for it! Freeze in mini muffin cups for easy feeding.
10. Commercial Retail Popsicles: If you check your local grocer, they often sell doggy popsicles right next to the human ones. We’ve tried them on several occasions and our pups won’t go near them, but we know many who do. We have personally taste tested them ourselves (what, we were curious?!) and we’re pretty sure the options above will be far tastier!

Do you have a favorite frozen treat to feed your pet? Just in case you’d like to experiment on making your own, here’s a list of items that are toxic to dogs and cats, so make sure to review or check with your vet before you begin!





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15 Unique Dog Houses via [thepetscentral.com]

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Are you a pet lover? Want to provide best house for your pet dogs? Before shopping for a new dog house, look at these comfortable and stylish dog houses for your pets.

1. Zen Haus Dog Crate

The Zen Haus Dog Crate, a new DenHaus design, is one of the most modern options for you and your dog to live in comfort and style. These dog houses blend in with your furniture, no matter what your style is. No one would know the side table beside your bed or couch is actually a dog house!  Not only will your dog of any size love his new home, but you no longer need to find a place to hide that unsightly metal cage!

The new Zen Haus Dog Crate offers stylish furniture for you and a comfy home for your pet. Not only will your dog be happy, but DenHaus offers a variety of styles and colors that are the perfect accent to any furniture style.

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2.Green Roof Dog House

Not only is the Green Roof Dog House environmentally friendly, but any dog is sure to love it! A green roof is a vertical extension of the roof of a structure that uses a layered system made of vegetation to provide a warm, waterproof home for man’s best friend.

Just a few benefits of the Green Roof system: it provides insulation from temperature and sound, filters dust and particulate matter for cleaner air, and it soothes your dog due to its natural materials and plants. The Green Roof Dog House is a beautiful, environmentally-sound dog house that any dog would love to call home.

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Buy at: Sustainble Pet

3. Magis – Orange Dog House

The Magis Orange Dog House is a super-sturdy outdoor home for man’s best friend. It is made from the best technology available: molded polyethylene and a steel rod base, which offers the sturdiness required of an outdoor dog house, while the fun design is aesthetically pleasing.

Appropriately, the name plate above the door boasts “AMICUS FIDELIS PROTECTIO FORTIS”, which is latin for faithful, strong, protector friend.  The Magis Orange Dog House offers a protective, comfortable home that will please any faithful four-legged friend.

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Buy at: Surrounding

4. Tee Pee Hound Lounge Dog House

Any hound would love this indoor  hide away. The soft, fluffy, sleeping pad covered in fleece offers a great spot for cuddling up and taking a snooze. The sleeping pad is removable and machine washable, making it super easy to keep clean. It holds all dogs up to 40 pounds, and is small enough to tuck in a corner or beside your bed.

The Tee Pee Hound Lounge Dog House comes in khaki green with orange trim or camouflage with orange trim. Your dog may never want to leave his soft, comfy Hound Lounge!

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5. Hunde Hus Indoor Dog House

The Hunde Hus Indoor Dog House is a modern, handmade dog house that is custom made just for you! Built for smaller dogs, it is the perfect modern home for a furry friend complete with a walkout terrace, sheepskin, and a cushion to match the custom color chosen by you.

Not only is it the perfect spot for your diva dog, but it can also be used as the perfect nightstand or end table to accent your original style. Choose your own custom color and the Hunde Hus Indoor Dog House will be handcrafted just for you!

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Buy at: Etsy

6. Bark in the Park Doghouse

Check out this original, unique dog house submitted by Moira of Dog Art Today. This is an example of an inexpensive way to build your own dog house that Fido will love! Made of leftover lumber, cedar siding, salvage panel windows, and a traffic sign, this dog house is sure to be the envy not only of the dogs in your neighborhood, but your friends and neighbors as well.

Constructed by the design team Graypants, this industrial, modern-looking house was donated to be auctioned off at Bark in the Park to help raise funds for mistreated animals.

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7. Pet Pavilion Dog House:

You won’t be sending your dog into outer space, although it may appear so!  The Pet Pavilion Dog House is a new invention displayed at the Korean Trade Show. This small pod has features never heard of before for dogs or humans!  It contains a carbon heating element which allows you to set the temperature and humidity to your dog’s demands.

Believe it or not, it also boasts an antibiotic air filter for dust-removal and a carbon filter for those nasty odors dogs are known to leave behind! Check out all the benefits of the Pet Pavilion Dog House to see if it meets the standards of your four-legged friend!

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8. Cool Pet House:

The Cool Pet House is an innovative, technologically advanced hangout for your small pet. It won Best New Product for 2008-2009 at the Australian Pet Expo and comes equipped with an optional web cam! The Cool Pet House comes with its own thermostat you can use to control the temperature and humidity settings to your pet’s preference.

The optional web cam allows you to keep an eye on your furry friend no matter where you are in the world! All this, along with LED interior lighting, can be controlled by a wireless remote or a timer, both of which are included with purchase of the Cool Pet House.

This is a great way to save money and power, as you can set the Pet House to desired settings instead of your entire house to make sure your pet is comfortable while you are away. The power cord is made of flexible metal, which makes it almost impossible to sever. The Cool Pet House assembly is simple, no tools required. It can be transported with ease and assembled and disassembled within minutes. Get the latest in 5-star luxury for your pet with the Cool Pet House!

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9. Travelling Dog House

Here’s a travelling dog house for the jet-setting lifestyle of the dog living life in the fast lane! A summer and a winter version are available, both made of baked clay. Platinum hardware adds the perfect accent for your dog to travel in style.

The winter version has a warm, soft fur lining to keep every diva dog warm while traveling. The travelling dog house is one of six creations by Italian artist Marco Morosini in his line of dog houses appropriately named “Dog Is A God”. Every dog will be traveling in style with Morosini’s traveling creation!

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Designer: Marco Morosini http://www.marcomorosini.com

10. Sport Alu Cage

The Sport Alu Cage is a versatile, portable home for man’s best friend.  Created by Pet Ego, the Sport Alu Cage is an over sized home perfect for larger dogs. Comfortable and roomy, it is made with aluminum making it able to support up to 400 pounds of weight!  It is not only sturdy, but it folds up almost flat in one simple step.

Complete with a super-wide front opening, light reflectors, and a huge pocket in the front, this is the perfect portable home for any furry friend. The entire system is lightweight, and is available in orange and gray.

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11. £250,000 Dog House

Imagine a palace built for two with two bedrooms and a day lounge, temperature controlled daybeds, self cleaning dishware, temperature controlled spa, an outdoor shelter with TV outside, and a 52 inch plasma television inside.

There is also an outdoor play area, and to top it all off a retina-scanning security system. Ready to move in? The only problem is, it’s for the dogs!  This £250,000 Dog House also includes a doggy web cam and controlled access to the main house! Luxury and comfort are taken to the extreme in this dog house, fit for a king or queen. In this house, a four-legged companion has all the luxuries most of us only dream about!

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12. 21st Century Eco-Friendly Dog House

The 21st Century Eco-Friendly Dog House is a unique way for your dog to relax. This original creation is partially buried underground which provides natural cooling in the summer and heating in the winter. Not only is this dog house environmentally friendly, but the outer shell is virtually indestructible. The underground design allows your dog to follow its natural instincts.

The Eco-Friendly Dog House requires no assembly, and it is made from 20% recycled material, which is an added bonus. Save money on heating and cooling while providing your dog with a lifetime home he will love.

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13. Outdoor planter with dog house

Here is a cute, amusing piece that you would never guess is a small dog house. A bright purple outdoor planter is actually a bright, comfy place for your furry friend to lay his head! This outdoor planter is from De Castelli, an Italian take on outdoor high end designed dog houses. Not only will your dog love his new home, but this planter is sure to be a conversation piece every time you step outside!

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14 .Dog House

James Sun has given us two of his designs based on the modern dog house.  Both structures are basically identical, with the difference being the design of the siding around the outside. There are openings on each side that offer your furry friend the ability to check out the surroundings. The roof offers protection from the sun and rain.

The floor is large enough for any cushion or bedding, if your dog prefers. The large size of the houses allow for plenty of room for any size dog to be comfortable. This is the perfect outdoor doghouse with just the right modern touch.

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15. Modern Wire Dog Crate

The Modern Wire Dog Crate is perfect whether on the go or at home. Also known as eiCrate, it’s the perfect modern home for any dog up to 25 pounds.  The steel wire is designed in a sleek, modern criss-cross pattern, and the liner is not only leak proof but is removable as well for easy cleaning.

This durable yet lightweight crate is great for traveling and, with its ultra-modern look, is the perfect accessory for any fashionista. Designed by Peter Pracilio for designGo, it is available in black, white, silver, and 22.5k gold for those diva dogs that want only the very best. Check out the eiCrate now.

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Book Review: Chowhounds by Dr. Ernie Ward via [LifeofaBusyMom.com]

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“Chowhounds: Why Our Dogs Are Getting Fatter—A Vet’s Plan to Save Their Lives”

About a month ago I was given the opportunity to take a sneak peek at the book, “Chowhounds: Why Our Dogs Are Getting Fatter—A Vet’s Plan to Save Their Lives” by Ernie Ward D.V.M. Dr. Ernest Ward, DVM, or “Dr. Ernie,” is a practicing veterinarian who is dedicated to helping pets and their humans live healthier lives. He appears regularly on the Rachael Ray Show, and has been featured on Animal Planet, NBC Nightly News, and CNN.

As soon as I read about him, I was interested in seeing what his book was all about. As most of you know, almost six months ago Dinsmore became extremely ill and after a lot of painful appointments, we discovered that he suffers from canine colitis, which is very similar to colitis that humans get. He was on tons of medications, needed lose about five pounds, and his entire diet had to change. Because of the illness, his weight came off quickly (and not all by choice), but for other dogs that have issues, it is not that easy. I mean I can barely lose five pounds so how was I expected to make my 25 dog lose five pounds. We were very lucky with Dinsmore, and he is now on a strict diet regime integrated with activity, and stress management techniques.

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After reading this book, I became aware of how much I did not know about taking care of my little guy. This book is broken down in an easy to read format that gives you the opportunity to see why your dog could be overweight, and healthy ways to change its life with food, exercise, and gives the owner a greater understanding about your four legged friend.

The book was extremely easy to read, and really opened my eyes about a lot of things. What has stuck with me is chapters he wrote about dog food regulations, and what the different types of food (entree, flavored, etc.) really mean, and my friends it was not as pretty as you think. This book is completely fascinating, and there are even tasty recipe treats for your fur-baby.

I wish I had read this book a lot sooner. It made me reflect on how many things I could have done differently if I had just known. Even though I finished this book a couple weeks ago, I have gone back and checked with it a couple times when talking or looking at things in Dinsmore’s life. Even if you think you know everything there is to know about keeping your pup healthy, I can guarantee you are missing big things. Even when it comes to working out your dog, it explains how animals burn calories, and how to do it in a safe manner, and things you make think are safe really aren’t. Totally interesting right?

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Woman in China Buys the Most Expensive Dog in The World

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Tibetan Mastiff becomes world’s priciest dog: Chinese woman pays $600,000

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A woman from Northern China has just taken delivery of what has reportedly become the most expensive dog in the world for which she paid 4 million yuan, or about $600,000. …

The millionairess has reportedly been searching for the perfect dog for years. This dog, which she spotted in Yushu made the grade. “Gold has a price,” she said, “But this Tibetan mastiff doesn’t.”

Upon its arrival in Xi’an airport, the 18-month-old Tibetan mastiff,Yangtze River Number Two was greeted by dog lovers waving welcome banners. According to reports, the dog’s owner, identified only as Mrs. Wang, arranged for a motorcade of 30 black Mercedes-Benz cars led by two sports utility vehicles to transport the canine to its new home in style. The dog’s welcome crowd was so large and lavish, that passersby gathered round thinking a human celebrity was in their midst.

In China, this ancient breed goes by nicknames such as “Miraculous Beast”, “Number One Dog” and “Antique Dog.” Buddha and Genghis Khan kept them as companions. Marco Polo wrote of seeing them in the Orient. They are fabled to play a huge part in maintaining ecological balance (both spiritually and physically) in their native habitat, the Tibetan Plateau, where sadly, they are now quite rare. They are reputed to be one of the oldest breeds still in existence and archaeological evidence suggests they served as guard dogs in China as early as 1000 B.C..

With fewer than 160 pure bred descendants of the original Tibetan mastiffs currently in existence, these dogs are certainly rare. …

Chinese dog-watchers are certainly a new phenomenon in a land where keeping dogs as pets was banned under the reign of Mao Zedong who described dog owners as time-wasters. Large dogs are still outlawed in Beijing where it is illegal to register a dog larger than 35 cms (13 inches). Dog ownership in general is reserved for the wealthier population in cities like Beijing, where the annual license fee can run as high as 1,000 yuan or ($150) – an astronomical sum for the city’s blue collar workers (textile workers’ salaries averaged averaged less than 20,000 yuan or $5,689 in 2008).


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