In the spirit of the holiday season I would like to take this moment to thank all the members of The Mutt Strut Club! Keep taking care of yourselves & your dogs and as always, you have my help & support in nuturing your relationship with your dog.

Since most of us will be in the kitchen whipping up delicious entrees to share with family & friends on Thanksgiving, how about making something for your dog as well? Here’s a very easy treat recipe you can make just for them and you don’t even need to use the oven!

Peanut Butter Oat Balls

Ingredients:
– 1/2 cup milk, low or fat free
– 1 cup peanut butter, natural or organic
– 3 cups rolled oats

Instructions:
1. Stir vigorously to combine the 1st two ingredients in a large
bowl.

2. Slowly stir (and mash) in the oats, about a 1/2 cup at a time.
The mixture will be very thick.

3. Scoop out the peanut butter balls with a cookie scooper.
Then roll with damp hands until you create a uniform ball
shape.

4. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

5. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Storing & Yield: These treats will last in the refrigerator for up to
3 weeks & you can freeze them for up to 4 months. The yield is
approximately 32, 1″ balls.

HAVE A WONDERFUL THANKSGIVING!

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Today it seems we are busier then ever. Multi tasking is now the norm and there are days where all the different “hats” you have to wear all seem to be on at the same time. We really do want to the best for our pets but we know those bills don’t get paid by themselves! The solution? Set up a Date for you and your dog. Set aside a day that is filled with nothing but activities that your dog will love. Go on trail walks, frolic in creeks & streams, call your friends and set up playdates with their dogs, or have a picnic with some of your dog’s favorite goodies.

One of my most memorable dates was driving Mambo & Matilda down to Assateague Island near Ocean City. We spend the day in the surf & sand, checking out the wild ponies, and having a lazy lunch on a dune while watching the waves. Watching my dogs experience a place new with great smells & foreign objects to check out- Mambo found a dead horseshoe crab on the beach and approached it with great trepidation, was just as much fun for me as it was for them. By the time we got back to route 50 to head home both were knocked out in the back of the truck sleeping soundly. That wasn’t just a good date but a great one!

So as the onslaught of fall activities and winter festivities get added to our “To Do” list be sure to pencil a date for you and your dog’s date-Enjoy!

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The process it took to put this website together was a labor of love but its finished and I’m so excited to share it with you! I would like to take a moment to dedicate the launch of the new webpage to 3 four legged family members who have passed on but are still very much loved: Quincy, Cody, & Buster. All 3 of these dogs mean so much to not just myself but to people that I love with all my heart!

This webpage would’ve still been a thoughtful ” One of these days” wish in my head without all the great work of one person, Kristin Linde. Kristin, all I can say is WOW! It’s better then I could have imagined, and you were extremely patient with me so I THANK YOU VERY VERY VERY MUCH!!!

In honor of my very 1st Blog I want to hear from you past, present & future Mutt Strut Club Members and ask this question: What items/products do you use for your dog that you just can’t live without?

For myself, its a few things: The European leash or multi funtional leash, the Furminator,my Soggy Paws dog towel, and my Black & Decker cordless hand held vacuum with pet hair removal attachment.

The mutli leash is a 6 1/2 ft nylon leash with metal clips at both ends and has 3 D-rings built into the leash. You can be convert the leash so it has several practical uses. It can be used as a over the shoulder sash to keep your dog close in a heel postition, a quick clip tie-out for trees, benches, etc which makes it handy for me when I need to work with more then one dog at a time. You can walk 2 dogs on one leash, and you can also shorten it to a 4 ft leash as well. It comes in several solid colors & most pet supply stores carry them.

The Furminator: OMG! Try to take mine away from me & I might just growl at ya! It’s a grooming comb like no other to get all the undercoat out of your dog’s fur. I hate to sound like an imfa-mercial but it truly is amazing! My dogs, Mambo & Matilda have thick coats. Matilda has a Rottweiler coat that’s slightly curved but thick & Mambo has Akita in him so his undercoat is very dence! When I get done combing my dogs out I have removed enough fur from their undercoat to fill a standard pillowcase! Can’t live without it!

I got to use the Soggy Paws towel at a client’s house that had it for her dogs. Its available in 2 sizes, large & small. My client has the small ones that’s shaped like an stretched out oval with built in mittens on the ends. It’s a super absorbant towel that sucks up the moisture off your dog after rain soaked walks or baths. The mittens makes it super easy to clean muddy paws too! I recieved a large one as a gift from the same client & its shaped like a ginger bread man minus the head with built in mittens on the 4 rounded corners. I like laying the towel over my dog’s back while using the mitten corners to clean their paws and legs.I just love it!

And lastly the Black & Decker cordless vacuum has been my latest investment. I’ve had other cordless hand helds but the motors never last long. What I like about the B&D is it can handle the dog hair! The charge lasts for quite a while and the suction is powerful but my favorite thing is the pet hair removal attachment. Its designed to grab & gather the hair into the hose which is a must on carpeted steps & for my SUV.

So these are the musts I have for my dogs that I can’t live without, what’s yours?

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