December Dog Toy Drive

Santa Paws is coming to town!

Our December dog toy drive will be held at Woof Gang Bakery[there is a map included in the link] here in Austin, located at 1204 North Lamar. Our bins will be there Saturday, December 3rd [sometime in the afternoon – I will be driving back from Houston earlier in the day] until Saturday, December 17th. Woof Gang has chosen the Austin Humane Society as the beneficiary for the month, so stop by and pick up a tasty treat for your furry friend and drop off a dog toy in our bin!

Happy 2012 Everyone!

Lo Mein Update

Well as you can see from the video, Lo Mein is completely healthy and has [who knew!] a naughty streak! Here he is trying to get Teeny and Tootsie to play with him.

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2011

Dog Friendly Thanksgiving Dinner

I can’t wait to make this recipe for Teeny and Tootsie with our Thanksgiving leftovers!
Ingredients
1     sweet potato, peeled and coarsely chopped
1/2  cup leftover skinless roast turkey meat, shredded
1/2  cup leftover stuffing* or 1 piece toast, coarsely chopped
1     teaspoon finely chopped fresh sage
2     tablespoons prepared cranberry sauce
*Do not use stuffing that contains onions and/or garlic, which can both be toxic to cats and dogs.
Directions
1. In a small pot of boiling, salted water, cook the sweet potato until tender, about 5 minutes. Drain and let cool.
2. In a mixing bowl, stir together the sweet potato, turkey, stuffing, and sage. Top with the cranberry sauce and serve.

Dog Friendly Thanksgiving Dinner

I can’t wait to make this recipe for Teeny and Tootsie with our Thanksgiving leftovers!
Ingredients
1     sweet potato, peeled and coarsely chopped
1/2  cup leftover skinless roast turkey meat, shredded
1/2  cup leftover stuffing* or 1 piece toast, coarsely chopped
1     teaspoon finely chopped fresh sage
2     tablespoons prepared cranberry sauce
*Do not use stuffing that contains onions and/or garlic, which can both be toxic to cats and dogs.
Directions
1. In a small pot of boiling, salted water, cook the sweet potato until tender, about 5 minutes. Drain and let cool.
2. In a mixing bowl, stir together the sweet potato, turkey, stuffing, and sage. Top with the cranberry sauce and serve.

Happy 2012 Everyone!

Halloween Pet Safety Tips

Halloween Pet Safety Tips

Halloween is only a few days away and I could not be more excited! My jack o’ lanterns are carved, my house is decorated, and my costume is ready to go. It’s my favorite holiday! We live on a busy street so I doubt we’ll get many trick-or-treaters. Just in case our doorbell starts ringing I am prepared with plenty of candy and these Halloween pet safety tips!

*The bowl of candy is for trick-or-treaters! Chocolate in all forms is dangerous for dogs or cats.

*Seasonal fall plants, like pumpkin and corn, aren’t toxic to animals but can cause upset stomachs.

*Wires and cords for electric decorations should be kept out of reach so that your pet cannot chew on them.

*Keep an eye on your jack o’lantern when lit! If a pet knocks over the candle it could cause a fire.

*Don’t dress your put up in a costume [no matter how cute it is!] unless they honestly like wearing it so as to not cause undue stress.

*If you do dress your pet up in a costume, please make sure they can move, breath, and bark/meow properly.

*Look over your pets costume and make sure there aren’t any small or dangling pieces that could be chewed off and choked on.

*Unless your pet is very social, keep them in another room during peak trick-or-treat hours; too many strangers can be scary and stressful.

*When opening the door to pass out candy, make sure your dog or cat doesn’t dart outside into the street.

*Make sure your dog has an ID tag with identification and your phone number so that if they do get out they will be able to get in touch with you.I included these tips in my November 2011 newsletter but figured they were worth repeating again. Hope everyone has a great Howloween!

Happy 2012 Everyone!

September Wrap-Up & October News

September Wrap-Up & October News
No one get in between me
and my bonies so you better
get outta my way!!!

September was an extremely busy [but fun!!!] month for Teeny’s Friends. We participated in two events so we were able to raise twice the toys – and even a little dough for a worthy organization.

The Hound Hunt [a city-wide dog-centric scavenger hunt] was a total blast. A picture with Teeny and a toy donation were both on the passport, which was completed to win the hunt. We raised a ton of toys at the event, and all donations were sent to the Austin Humane Society – who took in quite a few of the animals displaced by the Central Texas wildfires earlier this month.

September Wrap-Up & October News
Uh, Mom? We’ve been pretty
busy lately. How do we put
in for some vacation time?

Our small dog playday at Southpaws Playschool was a ton of fun. The admission was either $5 or a dog toy and all proceeds went to Austin Pets Alive! At the end of the event we had $55 in cash donations and a big box full of toys to send off to APA. Teeny was so pooped from all the fun he could barely keep his eyes open on the ride home.

Our October toy drive will be held during our pals Party Animal’s dog Rugby’s Teen Woof barkday partyon October 15th. Our bins will be there and we will be raising toys for Emancipet. If you are in the Austin area you should come to MetroDog[who also hosted Teeny’s 7-Year Itch Barkday Party!] and check it out!

Small Dog Playday This Weekend!

Small Dog Playday This Weekend!

I’ve mentioned our upcoming small dog playday at Southpaws Playschool a few times, but now that it’s only a few days away I am ready to reveal more details!

The playday will be indoors [from 1-5pm] and will be open to dogs 20 pounds and under. Thank dog for air conditioning! Bottled water will be provided. Admission is $5 OR one dog toy to be donated. All dog toy donations will benefit Austin Pets Alive, who have gone ABOVE and BEYOND to help the pets displaced by the recent Texas wildfires.

There will many activities for you and your pooch to enjoy: goody bags, door prizes, a treasure dig [Which sounds pawesome! Teeny is very excited about this.], a beauty pawlor provided by Dirty Dog, dog cookies, and even doggy yoga and massage demos provided by Austin Doga & Wright Vibes Animal Massage!

Who’s coming? Hope to see you all there!

Happy 2012 Everyone!

Texas Wildfires

Texas Wildfires
Bastrop State Park, about 30 miles
outside of Austin, on 09-05-2011.

This week I have been getting lots of emails/messages/tweets asking if we are being affected by the central Texas wildires. The fires are too close for comfort but far enough that we are safe. Bastrop is about 30 miles away from us, and the fire in the Steiner Ranch neighborhood is about 12 miles away. My boss lives in Steiner Ranch and his house burned to the ground on Sunday night. He and his wife were out of town for the day and did not even have a chance to save any of their belongings. Thank goodness they don’t have any pets…

Outside the air is thick with smoke and it smells like someone is barbequing about five feet away. The TCEQ is recommending that everyone stay indoors, windows and doors shut, and limit their exposure to the smoke. For an active city that loves to be outdoors, especially running Town Lake, this is a big deal. Still, we all know it could be worse. In Bastrop [see picture above] 35,000 acres have burned and 1,386 homes were destroyed. It hurts to see Austin, my city that I love so much, so wrecked. Still, I feel good about the people I am surrounded by: we have contacted various shelters to see if fosters are needed for animals evacuated from Bastrop shelters, and SO many people have volunteered none were needed at the time of my call.

Amazing!

The only thing left to do is to help our friends & family with the rebuilding process. This weekend’s Hount Hunt benefits the Austin Humane Society, which has taken in a lot of displaced animals from Bastrop shelters. Our small dog playday at Southpaws Playschool on 9/24 will now benefit Austin Pets Alive!, who have gone out of their way to help shelter and care for the dogs transferred to them.

Thank you to everyone who has contacted me to make sure we are ok and out of harms way. I’ll post  more updates as I get them.

Happy 2012 Everyone!

More Info About The Hount Hunt

More Info About The Hount Hunt

September is shaping up to be a busy month for us! On September 24th we have our small dog playday at Southpaws Playschool and I’m excited to announce that on September 10th we will participate in The Hound Hunt! We mentioned this pawsome event before, but we have more details now. I’ve been sworn to secrecy, but Teeny will be a V*I*P part of the hunt.

If you need a refresher of what The Hound Hunt is, here is the description on the official website:

“Party Animals and It’s Pawsitively Irresistible are proud to bring you The Hound Hunt, a city wide, dog-centric scavenger hunt benefiting the Austin Human Society!

Teams may have up to 4 Humans and up to 4 Dogs. You’re not required to have a Hound during the hunt, but we think it will add for a FANTASTIC time! Plus, there are a few extra points for doggy activities… 

Sniffin’ Registration for the hunt begins at 2pm at Jo’s Coffee on South Congress, and Pawsports will be handed out at 3pm on a first-in-line-bases.  You will visit several Hydrant Stops throughout the city, where your team will need to sniff out the clues & participate in barktivities included in your Pawsport. You can hunt in any order, and not all clues must be solved. There will be a mix of clues, activites and photos to be taken – so make sure to bring a camera!

At 6pm, teams will check-in at the Hound Round Up at metrodog and join the after PAWTY!  Points will be tallied, winners will be announced and prizes handed out. Your entire team must be present to win. After pawty will be from 6-8pm and is free & open to the public!”

Teeny and I will be involved in the hunt ~ not as participants, but as part of the clues. We hope to see all your smiling and drooling faces there. After all, it’s for a good cause; the Austin Humane Society! So put on your detective caps and head on over to the website to register. See ya on the 10th!

September Small Dog Playday & Dog Toy Drive

It looks like we won’t be having a toy drive for the month of August. I contacted several local organizations and have yet to hear back from anyone. After 2+ years of having monthly toy drives we may be starting to run out of hosts. I knew this would happen eventually! I’ll keep working on it, but in the meantime I wanted to tell you what we have planned for September.

On September 24, 2011 from 1-5pm we will be co-hosting a small dog playday [small dog in this case means 20 pounds and under] with our friends at Southpaws Playschool. Southpaws is a free range doggy daycare here in Austin, Texas. They also offer a range of products and training/obedience services. Bring your little furbaby for an afternoon of fun and we will have a few other fun things to announce as the event gets closer.

Teeny and Tootsie are really excited about the playday and hope to see you there!