Friday, July 29, 2011

Vacation Starts Monday

Monday I will be leaving for Destin, Florida. I can't wait to be laying on the beach! My friend, who is already in Destin, took this picture. Beautiful.

LuckyPups Shop will still be open while I'm gone. All orders will be shipped the week of August 8th. I will still answer all Etsy convos and emails while I'm gone.

Because of the small vacation delay use the code
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Sunday, July 24, 2011

The Wedding Dog

Image from

Being recently engaged, I have been looking through lots and lots of bridal magazines and websites. I have noticed that many brides are including their dogs in their wedding.  Dogs are part of the family, right? So why wouldn't they be included in the wedding ceremony?

Image from WedShare

 Even before I started the planning part of my own wedding, I knew that I would like to include Koda in some part of this life changing even. It's going to change his life too. He will be moving to a new home, getting a new black lab sister and a new human dad to play with.


I have been trying to decided exactly what role Koda should play. I was thinking that I could include him in the engagement photos. That way if the venue I choose doesn't allow pets he could still be there in the photos I use for decoration.

My other option is to use him in the actual wedding ceremony. I have seen other brides use there pups for ring bearers and flower girls. I also thought maybe he could walk with one of the ushers.

They have lots of cute doggie wedding outfits to choose from - fancy collars and ties, doggie tuxes, and ring bearer pillows. So many decisions to make before the big day. I'm leaning toward the bow tie collar or collared neck piece with a tie (shown in the top photo).

Image from MAUI Wedding Photography

I have never been to a wedding where there was a dog in the ceremony. I would love to hear about your experience with doggie wedding attendants. What's your opinion? Leave your dog at home and  include them in a few photos or let them join in on the wedding celebration fun?

Hopefully something like this wouldn't happen...

Koda after playing in the mud

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Friday, July 15, 2011

Doggie Paddle

This summer Koda has been loving the pool.  Laying on the steps and floating on rafts are his favorite water activities. He doesn't care too much for swimming.  Maybe he should go to Doggie Swim Lessons? If only they were offered in our area :(

Before you think of letting your dog jump in your pool check out these breeds aren’t as water-friendly as Koda.

Basset hounds
Scottish and Boston Terriers

Even a dog that knows how to swim can jump in a pool and not be able to get out, which could lead to drowning, so always keep an eye on your pup when they are near the water.

Here are a few doggie swimming tips to keep in mind when teaching your dog to swim: 
  • Avoid excessive noise 
  • Use encouragement - treats and toys can be used to encourage your dog to enter the water.
  • Never throw them in
  • Support their weight until they paddle - even if the dog is wearing a life vest support its midsection and hindquarters in the water until they start paddling and feel comfortable.
  • Show them how to get out of the water
  • Keep an eye on them

What do you think about Doggie Swimming Lessons? Do you or would you let your dog attend?

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th of July

Please remember that more dogs run away from home this weekend than any other time of year because of the loud noise from fireworks.  Even the echo and sound of fireworks several miles away can terrify a family pet if it doesn’t have a safe place to hide.
• DO NOT take your pets along to the fireworks displays.

• Bring your pets indoors before fireworks displays begin.

• Make sure that your pets have access to their favorite, “safe place” or find a quiet, comfortable, enclosed room where your pets can, “hide” if necessary.

• If you go to a fireworks display and leave your pets at home alone, leave the radio or television on so there is some, “normal” background noise.

• Microchipping saves lives. Many of the pets that run away during the fireworks will escape by slipping out of their collars. Microchip identification can assure that your pet is returned if it ends up at a shelter.

Hope you all have a fun and safe holiday with your pets! Let us know if you used our 4th July Treat Recipes for dogs. We would love to see photos of your dogs eating their summery treat!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Meet Our July Sponsors

This month we have some great sponsors who would love to share their blogs, Etsy shops, and websites with you! 

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Friday, July 1, 2011

4th of July Treats

Don't forget to your dog during this years 4th of July celebration. Check out these fun summer recipes that your LuckyPup will be sure to enjoy.


2 cups low salt beef or chicken broth
2/3 cup water
2 or 3 ice cube trays
Small rawhide sticks

Mix water with beef or chicken broth and pour into popcicle trays. Place in freezer and serve cold. Add a rawhide stick halfway through the freezing. This recipe is quick, easy, and fun. It's probably best to serve this dish outside.

Dog Ice Cream Peanut Butter Banana Freezies

1 Cup Plain Yogurt
1 Banana, peeled
1/2 Cup Peanut Butter
1 T Honey
1 T Brewers Yeast

Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and mix/blend until fully combined. Spoon batter in to desired containers and freeze. You can use three 4 ounce ramikens for this recipe. An ice cube tray will also work. These treats freeze very solid. It is recommend to slightly defrost before giving them to your dog.

Bite Size Doggie Ice Cream Treats

2 cups vanilla yogurt (or plain low-fat)
Mashed bananas
2 tablespoons honey

Mix ingredients and freeze in ice cube tray. Voila...sweet, cool bite-size treats for your pooch!

Use these bone shaped ice cube treys to make your pup feel extra special!