Fierce Fashion for the Vegan Dog Lover

Fierce Fashion for the Vegan Dog Lover

Fierce Fashion for the Vegan Dog Lover! My husband and I went vegan about three years ago. It was the next natural step in our journey to exploring our human-animal bond relationships. For us, animals are sentient beings, and as such, we try to live a truly cruelty-free life. Luckily we live in Seattle, where living a vegan lifestyle is easy. We often pack up our little camper and travel up-and-down the West coast, from Vancouver, Canada to San Diego, CA with no concerns of finding vegan restaurants. Food is a bit easier than fashion when you are a vegan. And, I admit it…my heart goes thumpity-thump when I see a lovely pair of hand-made Italian shoes. Leather, for me, is hard to part with as a vegan, mostly due to very few, if any, fashionable alternatives. So, I make myself feel better by clinging on to my last bit of leather shoes and handbags, while not introducing any new leather items into my life. One thing I noticed, quality, sturdy dog collars are hard to find, some of the best ones are made of leather…so what is a vegan to do? We have an ‘in’ for you! We discovered some fierce fashion for the vegan dog lover – namely with the new FriendshipCollar line! We absolutely adore the FriendshipCollar vegan line – and to be honest with you, my husband and I have given solid thought to starting our own line of vegan dog collar and leash items, but with FriendshipCollar, we feel that this has become a moot point! Isn’t that the way it always happen….you have a brilliant idea only...
The Best Dang Dog Cookie Recipes Even You Will Love

The Best Dang Dog Cookie Recipes Even You Will Love

It’s Thin Mint time… Wanna know how I know? My husband makes excuses to go to the grocery store where the Girl Scouts gather to sell boxes of their yummy, yet evil, goodness. I say evil because I’m trying to lose some of the love that’s clung to me post holidays. My husband doesn’t work out and he gets thin…and eats Thin Mints. Put that in perspective for me? I don’t work out and get plump and eat plums… Hormones! So, while we figure out who can and can’t eat Thin Mints, we’ve discovered a really cool Seattle Humane Girl Scout cookie recipe contest for the tastiest dog cookies – these are for sure the best dang dog cookie recipes even you will love! You may read this post a bit too late to vote in the dog cookie recipes contest, but that’s okay – that has nothing to do with you and your dog enjoying these recipes! You and your dog? Sure, why not – one benefit of cooking, or in this case baking, for you and your dog is that wholesome food is tasty as long as you use animal safe ingredients. We often cook or bake for our dogs! So, here are our recommendations for making your dog some tasty goodness, a’la Girl Scout cookie style! Quick note, because we’re vegan and we wanted to taste these goodies, we replaced all items with vegan product, including eggs – which you can replace with ground flax and water, because all it’s doing is ‘binding!’ Doggie Samoa by Arihanna Loves Cookies These little Samoa recreations were yummy in the tummy!...
My Embarrassment of Buying My Dog Condoms

My Embarrassment of Buying My Dog Condoms

I consider myself a responsible pet parent. I take my job seriously. Beyond food and shelter, I am accountable for my fuzzy one’s emotional and physical health. And, just like human parents – queue mood appropriate background music – that includes having ‘the talk’ with my pups. The dreaded, yet inevitable, birds and the bees talk. Can you imagine my embarrassment of buying my dog condoms? February is National Prevent A Litter Month The month of love, is also the month of protection. For your animals that comes down to a couple of choices. Teach your pet how to use condoms Spay and neuter your animals I’ve attempted to have ‘the talk’ with Mattie. He didn’t seem that interested. Or at least he didn’t when he was young and fully intact….and humping one of his stuffed toys that was about his height. Poor stuffed sheep…that toy still looks a little horrified, even to this day. So, the decision was mine so it would seem. Mattie, like all dogs, doesn’t have thumbs and thus can’t drive a car or hop on a bus to go get dog condoms, and so off to the vet we went. The Facts and Myths Facts: Spayed female pets typically live longer and healthier lives! Spaying helps to  prevent uterine infections and breast tumors, and that’s good as tumors are typically malignant or cancerous in about 50% of dogs and 90% of cats. Spaying your pet prior to first heat protects from these diseases. Spaying means your female pet won’t go in to heat, which can be horrendous for you, your pet, and your neighbors...
Love Is Grand When Its Fuzzy and One Foot Tall! #LoveYourPetEveryDay

Love Is Grand When Its Fuzzy and One Foot Tall! #LoveYourPetEveryDay

MattieDog® a proud member of the BlogPaws® Professional Pet Blogger Network and we use all proceeds for helping create Brand awareness to aid animal welfare, adoption and spay and neuter programs. This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Chicken Soup. The opinions and text are all mine and comments submitted may be displayed on other websites owned by the sponsoring brand. We hope you enjoy, Love Is Grand When It’s Fuzzy and One Foot Tall!#LoveYourPetEveryDay Back in November our book, “MattieDog Gets Adopted,’ was published. The book tells the story of pet adoption from a dog’s point of view. When we adopted Mattie two sad events came together to create a confluence of love. Mattie, a little one year old Shih Tzu, was somehow left on his own to make his way in this world…and he got pretty far – for about a week. I was recovering from a traumatic event, just beginning to feel less fragile. We met in an animal shelter, and I fell in love with Mattie…all 14 stinky, filthy, matted pounds of him! I’m sure I didn’t look too great to Mattie either…probably a bit shabby with my hair tucked under my baseball cap. But when you love a dog….these things don’t matter. Ain’t love grand when it’s fuzzy and one foot tall! Back then I was a nervous, new pet parent – Mattie was our first adoption. Since then we’ve taken in many other dogs, everything from pup to senior, we’ve provided hospice care to dying dogs, trained deaf and blind dogs, and even adopted ex-show dogs. Through it all our dogs and...
Looking For A Love Magnet, Get A Dog!

Looking For A Love Magnet, Get A Dog!

Now that Valentine’s Day is in our collective rearview mirrors, let’s be honest….could your love life use a little boost? Or how about your just a shy person. Well, some good news came out this last week that points to pets being good for all matters of the heart. Staying current on all matters relative to exploring the human-animal bond, you can imagine my interest in a new survey that found 50 percent of respondents saying that they have found pets to be beneficial in helping strike up a conversation with someone they are interested in[1]. Hubba, hubba – looking for a love magnet, get a dog! Looking For A Love Magnet, Get A Dog! Okay, so while love is important, getting a dog to expand your circles of intimacy is not a good idea in and of itself – unless of course you are a true animal lover. While that ‘special someone’ may come and go, your dog never should – so, be in it for real before you think of adding a pet to your life. So let’s say your good with all of that, and you and Fido are scootched up together on your sofa perusing Match.com… and your wondering to yourself, “hmmmm….what did that survey find out about pets and potential love interests?” Here you go, the survey found[2]: 54 percent of people have found their pet as an instant conversation starter with someone they are interested in 63 percent of people are likely to date someone who has a pet Nearly 6 out of 10 surveyed say that they are likely to consider a person with...

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