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Review: Dog Treat Cookbook: 27 Pooch-Approved Homemade Recipes

dogtreatsIf you are owned by four-legged children, you know how expensive pet treats can be. Especially the good quality ones! For example, a pound of sweet potato treats I found online is $14.95. That is a lot of money – especially when you can buy a sweet potato, or several pounds of them, for dirt cheap. And if you grow your own, well, you are making out like a bandit! And the Sweet Chews recipe in The Dog Treat Cookbook is dead simple. Cut up a sweet potato (or more than one) in 1/4” slices, dry, enjoy.

There are 27 recipes in this lovely little book in all, and all of them are healthy, fresh and homemade from human quality foods. This is much better and safer than buying treats which come out of China, where there are apparently on controls on production of anything – especially dog and cat treats!

Speaking of cats, though this is a dog treat book, I am looking at the Pick of the Sea Biscuits and thinking that my two whacked out cats would love those, and the Tuna Treats would have their ears perked up. Maybe they will even come out of their hidey-holes to get a treat (Nah. One lives in a closet, the other lives under the bed. I don’t see them coming out any time soon, but I can certainly chunk treats to them I suppose!)

Pumpkin Pie Cookies, Carrot Poppers and Doggy Breath Busters (Hey, Bella! The Breath

Cookie Good!!! Give Cookie To HiJinx! Now!!
Cookie Good!!! Give Cookie To HiJinx! Now!!

Busters are going to be the first thing I make – your breath is Rank, girlfriend!)

This is a well laid out book, with warnings about what NOT to feed your dog, what TO feed them, and why. Storage and baking tips are included.

Looks like I will be pulling out the mixing bowl and cookie sheet very soon!

Recommended. Most of these recipes look like they wouldn’t take 10-minutes to mix up and pop into the oven. How easy is that? Of course the Dogrios (The filling between the two cookies is cream cheese) are darling, and the Tutti-Fruity Dogsicles will be much appreciated in this hot weather!


Cat Cafés Offer Coffee With a Side of Kitties by Samantha Drake

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If cat lovers could design their own heaven it would mostly likely have a least one cat café—a quiet retreat where warm beverages and sweet treats are in plentiful supply and a variety of affectionate cats roam about, graciously accepting your attention.The cat café concept is a reality in many parts of the world. At these kitty havens, patrons can relax with a beverage and a snack while watching and interacting with the cat café’s feline residents. The concept is very popular in Asia and is catching on in Europe as well. CNN reports that Japan has approximately 150 cat cafes, more than anywhere else in the world.

Paris, London, Munich, Vienna, Budapest, Madrid, and Dubai also have their own cat cafes. Melbourne, Australia, is set to welcome its first cat café soon. And while the United States is lagging behind a bit, it could catch up to the cat café craze very soon.

Pop-Up Café

The first cat café in the United States was a limited venture that opened in New York in April. Sponsored by Purina One, the pop-up cat café was open for four days. It was intended to raise awareness about pet health and show people what healthy, happy cats look like, explains Niky Roberts, a spokesperson for Purina One.

The cat food company partnered with the North Shore Animal League America, a rescue group that provided 35 adoptable cats for visitors to meet and interact with at the café. The good news is that all 35 kitties have been adopted, either during or after the event, says Roberts. In addition to cappuccino and baked goods, the event featured speakers throughout the four days including a veterinarian, cat behaviorist and a pet shelter director.  “We had a great experience,” says Roberts.

Because the cat café was an event and not a long-term business, the biggest challenge for Purina One, notes Roberts, was working out the logistics of being the first in the U.S. to bring kitties and a café atmosphere together.

Long-term establishments for felines and those who love them may follow. In North America, the promise of cat cafes in cities including Boston and Toronto has generated a lot of press, but so far few are close to opening.

Vive Montreal

However, a Quebec cat lover is preparing to open Café Chat L’Heureux in Montreal as early as this summer. Clement Marty, the owner of Café Chat L’Heureux, says he became intrigued by the cat cafés he saw on his travels around the world. He decided to launch his own cat café in Montreal to educate the public on how to properly care for cats while providing a resource for cat lovers who can’t have a pet of their own. An Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign is providing the start-up capital, says Marty.

The café will have eight to 12 cats in residence, an optimal number for the space that takes into account cats’ territorial needs, he explains. “The cats will come from different shelters in Montreal, with each one a sort of ambassador for the shelter,” says Marty.

Location, Location

In San Francisco, all software developer David Braginsky and entrepreneur Courtney Hatt need to do is find the right space for their cat café, to be called KitTea.

KitTea will be be a “cageless adoption center” where visitors can spend quality time with the resident cats and also have a cup of tea and something to eat, explains Braginsky. Local regulations require that the two functions be strictly separate, so the food prep area will be in a completely different space than the cats’ area, says Braginsky. Local cat shelters will provide adoptable cats with the right personalities for the environment.

“A cat café seems like a valuable thing to have in the city,” notes Braginsky. He expects a lot of interest in KitTea because San Francisco is home to lot of people who live in apartments that don’t allow pets or live with roommates who don’t want cats.

The real estate search has been difficult, Braginsky says, because he and Hatt want KitTea to be located in a neighborhood that caters to residents, not tourists. Rent and renovation costs are also important considerations. A crowdfunding campaign is powering the launch of KitTea, but private investors are also needed, he adds.

Britannia Rules

Braginsky says he was inspired by London’s very successful cat café Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium, where kitties with names like Artemis and Carbonelle lounge around soaking up the attention. Lady Dinah’s is so popular that the establishment is booked solid through October 2014.

The British cat café set ground rules that eliminate many concerns surrounding a venture that combines cats and the public. First, Lady Dinah’s has a booking system that permits only a limited number of people in the space at one time. It also has a small cover charge. The establishment has banned children under the age of 8 to eliminate concerns about what very young children might do to the cats.

As for allergies, Lady Dinah’s states on its website that staff are able to provide only basic first-aid attention in the event of an allergic reaction.

The cat café phenomenon doesn’t appear to be slowing down, and it will be exciting to see where these fun feline locations open next.

Photo credit: Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium via Facebook

It’s Wednesday! WonderFunder Day!!

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There are many blind cats living in shelters today. More times than not, these cats are deemed unadoptable and euthanized. If they are adopted out, the are often returned as their owners are unable to provide the care they need. Blind Cat Rescue was formed in 2005 to address the need for a safe place for blind cats. In 2011, they constructed a building to provide a safe sanctuary for FELV+ and FIV+ cats. Once a cat enters Blind Cat Rescue’s care, they are immediately taken to a vet and given complete physicals, including blood work, dental exams and cleaning, parasite checks, appropriate vaccinations, and spay or neutering. Medical expenses are ongoing as these cats live out their lives at the rescue. Blind Cat Rescue’s mission is to provide shelters and rescues with blind cats who are not able to find a suitable adoptive home for these animals an alternative to euthanizing them. And to give people who are unable to continue caring for their blind cat a sanctuary where their cat will receive a lifetime of love and care.

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May is Pet Cancer Awareness Month

blue buffalo cancer awareness

And I didn’t even know it. I saw a banner ad today from Blue Buffalo, which says that they are for more information). 

My big-hearted Tolkein

Several years ago I lost my big blue lovebug, Tolkein, my Chow, to cancer. No matter that I gave them all their shots, fed them well, they got plenty of fresh air and exercise, they still got taken out by this horrible disease. He was with me for eighteen years, so we had a long run, but it was a horrible way to lose my poor baby. 

More recently, while I went through my own treatment for stage-three breast cancer, I also lost my beautiful Lily, a 105-lb white boxer, whom I adored.

The beautiful Lily Belle.
The beautiful Lily Belle.
Satie, with his best friend Charlie.
Satie, with his best friend Charlie.

To add to the pain, my gorgeous Satie, a Lilac Point Siamese, died from the same horrible disease. Lily passed in her sleep thanks to big doses of pain meds, but my wonderful veterinarian, Dr. Valori, from Table Mountain Veterinary Clinic, was kind enough to come out in the night and allow me to hold Satie while she took away his pain for the final time. I was at one of my own lowest points at that time, and Dr. Valori’s kindness was an incredible gift. (More about Charlie later, he has his own story.)

Please, help fight the horrible scourge of Cancer in our beloved friends and family members. Please visit the link above, or any reputable organization for more information. Also, don’t forget to check out  for this and other ways we can help our four legged friends. Thank you!

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