Vegan Dog Biscuits Your Dog Will Love

Vegan Dog Biscuits Your Dog Will Love

A lot of dog treats are both unhealthy for your pooch and unnecessarily contribute to animal cruelty (by containing animal products). Thankfully, there’s an easy vegan dog biscuit recipe your dog will love AND it’s healthy for them! Pumpkin dog biscuits are a common homemade dog treat, but often they contain eggs or other animal products. We’ve put together a vegan version of pumpkin dog biscuits to create these delicious and nutritious vegan dog biscuits.

The flax is full of healthy omega-3s that are great for their coat. They’re wonderful as a daily snack, a training treat, or anything else! You can even eat them yourself (though, they don’t have sugar so they may not be to your liking – but add a drizzle of maple syrup and they’re truly not bad!).

So, without further ado, here are vegan dog biscuits your pup will devour!

Image by PourquoiPas from Pixabay

2 cups of whole wheat flour
1/2 cup sweet rice flour
1/2 cup of sweet potato flour
2 tbsp potato flour
1 1/4 cups of oats
1 tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt
1 1/3 cup of pure pumpkin
2 tablespoons ground flaxseed mixed with 6 tablespoons water (to form 2 “flax eggs)
1/2 cup peanut butter (without sugar)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Combine all ingredients in a mixer and mix until thick dough forms.
Press the dough into a thin sheet and cut out the desired shape of your biscuits (you can use cute dog bone cookie cutters or any that you like!).
Lay cookies onto lightly oiled baking sheets and bake at 350 for 12 minutes.
After 12 minutes, turn off the oven and allow dog biscuits to set for 3-4 hours until hard.
Store in an airtight container and let your pup enjoy!

This particular recipe was adapted from Our Little Homestead. They share a video on making pumpkin dog biscuits. Though the recipe is slightly different than ours, the directions are about the same! If you’re a visual learner, check out their video below!

If You’re Not Cleaning Your Dog’s Leash, Here’s Why You Should Be

If You’re Not Cleaning Your Dog’s Leash, Here’s Why You Should Be

We all have items that could be cleaned more often, like our phones, water bottles, and even pajamas. But for the dog owners, then chances are there’s one particularly dirty item in your home that desperately needs cleaning: your dog’s leash. Reader’s Digest reminds dog owners that leashes get dirty fast. If you can’t remember the last time you cleaned yours, it’s past due to be sanitized.

Leashes get overlooked when cleaning things, despite how easily they get soiled. Like anything you touch on a regular basis, your dog’s leash will develop a buildup of microbes and oils from your hands. Plus, let’s be real, your dog is probably contributing to the grime and grub as well, with his/her fur, saliva, mud, and maybe even poop or pee (I’ve seen leashes be dragged around and peed on more than once!). This creates a lovely concoction of germs and nastiness that’s regularly hanging beside your front door.

If you want to determine if your leash needs a cleaning, first think back: when was the last time it was cleaned? If you can’t remember or it was a long time ago, it could use proper sanitization. Or, simply look at it closely. Is it visibly dirty, with mud or hair? If so, it definitely needs to be cleaned. Regardless of how a leash looks, it should be cleaned once a month to prevent germ build-up. How you clean your dog’s leash will depend on what it’s made of!

Image by Mabel Amber from Pixabay

For rope and nylon leashes…

Let it soak in hot, soapy water for around 10 minutes. Rinse it and hang it to dry. For tougher messes, like caked-on dirt, you may need to gently scrub the leash with a soft brush.

Other leashes…

For sturdier leashes, you can easily and safely clean them by throwing them in the washing machine in a delicates bag.

When was the last time you cleaned your dog’s leash?

Photos Of “Quarantine Cats” Are Making Self-Isolation A Bit Easier

Photos Of “Quarantine Cats” Are Making Self-Isolation A Bit Easier

To help slow the spread of COVID-19, people across the globe are stuck in self-isolation and quarantine. It’s recommended to stay inside, regularly wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, and use hand sanitizer when you’re unable to access soap and hot water. During this pandemic, many of us are bored, having been laid off or having the office moved to home. We’re stuck indoors with little contact with others.

Thankfully, cat parents are taking to social media to share photos of their #quarantinecats and they do not disappoint. “Quarantine cats” are sure to lift all of our moods amidst these uncertain times. The photos and captions alike are hilarious!

Annoyed Home Owners

Cats are truly acting like annoyed homeowners now that their owners are home – Many cats are sick of their people ruining their routines!

Sick of you already!

They’re even practicing social distancing…

If you’re bored at home and want a chuckle, search #quarantinecats on Twitter or Instagram!

Man Brings Home Fox After Mistaking It For A Puppy

Man Brings Home Fox After Mistaking It For A Puppy

In the UK, a construction worker thought he was doing a good deed by rescuing a puppy from a building site. Later, he discovered the puppy was actually a fox cub.

The worker took the little critter home where he quite quickly discovered it wasn’t a puppy he’d rescued at all, but a baby fox who only resembled a small little dog.

The worker got a hold of the RSPCA when he realized it wasn’t a puppy in his care.

“The worker was on a building site in Speke when he came across what he initially thought was an abandoned puppy and as he could see no mother around he took him home,” Matt Brown, an animal welfare officer, told Metro.

The fox cub was taken in by an animal care organization. The organization took the cub to the vet where it was confirmed he was both a fox and only less than a month old!

According to the Metro, the little fox cub is going to be housed at the RSPCA’s Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre in Nantwich. There, he’ll be able to grow a little and be released back into the wild.

Shelter Needs Help Knitting Blankets For Cats In Need

Shelter Needs Help Knitting Blankets For Cats In Need

When the RSPCA Friern Barnet Adoption Centre welcomes a new cat into its arms, they’re immediately gifted a knitted blanket. Because the London-based center rescues cats from abandonment and neglect, many of these cats have had rough home lives or a traumatic few years – having their own blanket allows them a sense of security.

“It’s something warm and cozy for them to curl up on in their pods and when they find their forever homes it means they have something to take with them with a familiar scent,” said Nicole Grover, an employee of the RSPCA.

Because the hand-knitted blankets go with the cats from the shelter to the furrever homes, the shelter is always in need of more. Every cat that’s taken in needs its own brand-new blanket – just for him/her. Because of this, the RSPCA Friern Barnet Adoption Centre is asking the public for help. They’re asking for knitted blanket donations for these cats.

Even if you’re new to knitting, this self-isolation/quarantine period is the perfect time to learn the craft! And making blankets is totally beginner friendly.

Because of COVID-19, all RSPCA locations in the UK are closed to the public. No fosters or adoptions are being had at this time, though more cats are still being rescued. The organization could use your help and blanket donations now more than ever.

Common Questions About The Blankets

What size should they be? A4 or bigger – in Inches, that’s 8″ by 11″ or larger.
Where do I send the completed blanket(s)?
RSPCA, Inside Pets at Home
Friern Bridge Retail Park
Pegasus Way, N113PW
Is there a certain material the blankets should be made with? Any machine-washable yarn is great. Avoid delicate, hand-wash yarns (like most “natural” fibers, including wool, silk, cashmere, etc).
I crochet, but I don’t knit. Is that ok? Yes! Crochet blankets are welcomed.
Do they need/accept any other hand-made items? Yes! They welcome knit or crocheted cat toys (pictured below). As with the blankets, the biggest requirement is that they’re made of machine-washable yarn.

Here are some photos of donated knit blankets:

A big thank you to Sue for her beautiful hand knitted blankets she donated to our centre today 😺These blankets are…

Posted by RSPCA Friern Barnet Adoption Centre on Thursday, August 29, 2019
Cat Who Sticks His Tongue Out Is Going Viral

Cat Who Sticks His Tongue Out Is Going Viral

Trending internet cats have been a thing since the dawn of time – or, at least since the dawn of social media. People love Grumpy Cat, touching cat stories, and unique and rare cats. The latest cat? His name is Ikiru.

According to Ikiru’s Instagram bio, he’s an “exotic shorthair boy cat.” Being an exotic breed isn’t the only unique aspect of him. Though not formally diagnosed with an underlying cause for this behavior, Ikiru often forgets to shut his mouth all the way – resulting in his tongue hanging out of his mouth.

This unique trait creates adorably funny photos and Ikiru has gained over 50,000 Instagram followers in the last 30 days alone. Many are raving fans, creating artwork of the goofy, yet adorable, cat.

Check out these photos of Ikiru for yourself!

Ikiru puts on quite the pouty face, but it’s hard to be mad at something so cute. And who could take him seriously with his tongue hanging out?

Check out this fan art created in his honor. These artists are truly talented!