Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Tertius and Pliny

Frankel's first picture book introduces Tertius, a stuffed Scottish terrier, and Pliny, a toy monkey with one glass eye, who for years have sat on the shelf in ``the small cubbyhole that served as Mrs. Kay's shop.'' Though Pliny is content to stay in the dark store and swing by his tail among ``the things that people call antiques,'' Tertius longs to escape to the outside world. He gets his chance when the uncle of two siblings, Bruno and Rebecca, agree to buy them the stuffed dog. Tertius makes friends with a wooden toy in his new home, ``a daredevil red airplane named Baron Hendrik von Krug,'' who agrees to fly him to Mrs. Kay's shop to rescue Pliny from the shelf. Though Frankel infuses his well-intentioned narrative with a certain Milne-like drollery--and the adventurous flight adds considerable zip--youngsters may find the overall effect wordy and slow-moving. They'll doubtless delight, however, in Clark's ( Listen to This ; The Queen's Goat ) richly hued, waggish renditions of these winsome toys and the wide-eyed children who befriend them. Ages 4-8.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Poochie Pupsicles

Sweet and savoury pupsicles
Beat the heat. Whip up these quick frozen treats for your dog and his canine pals with food you have on hand. All you need is 5 minutes, a few ingredients, and a freezer.

1 ripe banana
4 cups orange juice
1/2 cup plain yogurt
Puree all ingredients in a blender—or simply mash the banana by hand and combine with the juice and yogourt—then pour into a popsicle mold, freeze, and serve to your favourite hot dogs.

Switch up your fruit. Try subbing in:

Blueberries, Strawberries, Peach, Watermelon, Or mix in some peanut butter.

You can also vary the juice you use. Try pineapple juice or apple juice; just check to be sure the juice you use is all-natural and has no added sugar.

Modern Dog pup-approved combinations include:
* watermelon, strawberry, pinapple juice, and yogurt
* peanut butter, banana, apple juice, and yogurt

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

7 Ways Fish Oil for Dogs Can Boost Your Pet’s Health

Perhaps better known as omega 3’s, the essential fatty acids of ALA, DHA and EPA are required for your dog's cellular health. They also inhibit the development of prostaglandins. Left unchecked, prostaglandins can lead to chronic inflammatory diseases like arthritis.
In short, fish oil is highly beneficial for dogs.
Here are 7 ways Lucy can benefit:

•Soothe dry, flaky skin
•Give your pet a shiny, healthy coat
•Reduce inflammation
•Heart health
•Boost immune system
•Even healthy adrenal function

According to health guru Dr. Andrew Weil, veterinarians now recommend fish oil for dogs with allergies, kidney disease, arthritis and high cholesterol.
It’s a natural anti-inflammatory which is crucial for disease prevention. \
What’s the Right Fish Oil Dosage?

The right fish oil for dogs dosage is based on weight.

For example, if you used this fish oil, you’d give a larger dog (more than 20 lbs.) ¾ of a capsule each day for a 1500 mg dose.
For smaller dogs, you could puncture the capsule and squeeze some of the oil onto the food.
Of course, you should always check with your veterinarian whenever you add something new like a supplement and to get the right ratio for your pet.
Some dogs may require a higher dosage to reap the biggest benefits.
For example, dogs with allergies or other health concerns may need more omega 3’s for the greatest health benefits.