Happy Labor Day!

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by Publisher on August 29, 2014 · 0 comments

in Fun Friday

Labor Day Weekend-the last big hurrah of summer!

Have a Great Weekend!


Happy Trails

by Publisher on August 27, 2014 · 0 comments

in Health and Wellness


Healthy Cat Treats:

Tuna Treats (for cats on the go!)
These biscuits may be tiny, but they are big in FISHY FLAVOR!
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup tuna oil
Preheat oven to 350.
Mix all ingredients. Dust hands with flour and form small, ½-inch thick round biscuits.
Set on greased cookie sheet. Bake for 30 minutes (or until lightly browned). Remove to cooling
racks or loosen on cookie sheet. Cool for at least 30 minutes before serving


Back-to-School Treat

by Publisher on August 25, 2014 · 0 comments

in Special

Peanut Butter and Jelly Dog Treat


  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter, creamy
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth, low sodium
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup strawberry jam, sugar free


  • Preheat oven to 325° F
  • Whisk together the flour, oats and cinnamon.
  • Place the peanut butter, chicken broth and water in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for 15 seconds. Stir together the warm peanut butter and liquids. If needed, microwave again for 10 to 15 seconds. Stir again until all of the liquid is incorporated into the peanut butter.
  • Make a well in the dry ingredients.
  • Pour the peanut butter mixture into the dry ingredients and stir, using a fork, until a dough forms.
  • Lightly spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Using a tablespoon sized cookie scooper, scoop out rounded balls onto the prepared baking sheet.
  • Create an indentation, and flatten each cookie.
  • Bake for 15 minutes. Leave the peanut butter dog treats in the oven, once it’s turned off, to cool.
  • Once the dog treats are completely cooled, place the jam in a microwave safe container.
  • Microwave for 10 seconds. Then stir the jam. If needed, microwave for another 10 seconds and stir. You want a smooth liquid consistency.
  • Using a 1/2 teaspoon, gently spoon the jam into each cookies indentation.
  • Let the jam cool completely before moving the dog treats.



Have a Great Weekend!

by Publisher on August 22, 2014 · 0 comments

in Uncategorized

Enjoy some rest and relaxation before the back to school craziness.



It’s almost back-to-school time in Washington DC! Sale flyers fill our mailboxes, store aisles burst with school supplies, and soon those big, yellow buses will rule the roads each morning painting-287403_150and afternoon. Formal education is required for all children as part of the process of teaching them to become good citizens; but what about our animal friends? If we expect them to be good companions to humans, shouldn’t we spend time and effort training them as well?

In 1989, the American Kennel Club began a certification program designed to encourage proper training and behavior for dogs at home and in the community. The Canine Good Citizen Program has two parts stressing responsible pet ownership for humans and basic good manners for dogs. All dogs who pass the ten-step Canine Good Citizen test may receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club.

Once a dog is ready to take the Canine Good Citizen test, owners sign the Responsible Dog Owners Pledge. By signing, owners agree to take care of their dog’s health needs, safety, exercise, training and quality of life. Owners also agree to show responsibility by doing things such as cleaning up after their dogs in public places and never letting their dogs infringe on the rights of others.

In Washington DC tests are offered by veterinarians, groomers, kennel owners, police K-9 officers, and more.

Items on the Canine Good Citizen Test include:

  • Accepting a friendly stranger 

Allowing a friendly stranger to interact with the handler while dog remains calm

  • Sitting politely for petting 

Allowing a friendly stranger to touch the dog while with its handler

  • Appearance and grooming 

Exhibiting an attractive appearance and willingness to be groomed

  • Walking on a loose lead

Demonstrating handler’s control of the dog, while dog walking

  • Walking through a crowd 

Behaving politely and under control in public places when dog walking

  • Following commands such as “sit, down, and stay”
  • Coming when called
  • Reacting to another dog 

Behaving politely with no more than casual interest in the other animal

  • Reacting to distraction 

Showing confidence when faced with common distracting situations

  • Supervised separation 

Maintaining training and good manners when left with evaluator while handler goes out of sight

When your dog passes the test, he is rewarded with a certificate, and your dog’s name is recorded in the AKC Canine Good Citizen Archive. So have fun with your dog; go dog walking in Washington DC and show off his perfect behavior!

 Becky O’Neil is a pet expert and owner of Becky’s Pet Care a professional pet sitting and dog walking services provider in the Washington, DC area.



Dogs with a fever will often have a warm dry nose. This does not mean, however, that all dogs with warm noses are sick. A nose can be dry or warm just because of the weather.  If your dog has a warm nose but is alert and acting normally, he’s probably in perfectly fine health. So contrary to the popular myth about cold, wet, warm or dry nose, it isn’t a sign your pet is ill unless other symptoms are present, for example, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, or lethargy. If your pet has any of these symptoms it’s time to call the vet—regardless of how the nose feels!


Socializing your Pet

by Publisher on August 19, 2014 · 0 comments

in Training Tuesday

It’s great for your dog to meet and see new faces. Every time your dog meets a new person or fellow canine, they are introduced to new sights, sounds and smells. Taking your pup to places like the dog park will provide him with ample opportunity to engage his senses. There are many dog parks to choose from in the Northern Virginia area. Click here to choose a dog park close to you. http://www.doggoes.com/parks/virginia/alexandria


Black Beauty

by Publisher on August 18, 2014 · 0 comments

in Rescue Monday


Yesterday was National Black Cat Appreciation Day! King Street Cats in Alexandria, have many black cats looking for their forever home. One of their supporters, Jamie Stephens, has offered to donate $20 to KSC for every black cat adopted by September 30th! Awesome Jamie!

So today’s lovebug is Black Beauty. This declawed sweetie was found wandering around outside and no one claimed her. She was taken to another shelter but they were overcrowded and her time was up quickly. She LOVES people and will give you lots of joy…. her forever family will be VERY lucky! Email contact@kingstreetcats.org to find out more about this great girl.


Happy Friday!

by Publisher on August 15, 2014 · 0 comments

in Fun Friday,Funny Stuff

The weekend is here….Take some time to relax



Robin Williams and KoKo

by Publisher on August 14, 2014 · 0 comments

in In the News Thursday


Robin Williams had a very special gorilla friend named KoKo. They laughed and tickled each other and became instant friends.

This video will make you sad, but it’s amazing that KoKo apparantly understands what happened to his friend. Watch and see:

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