Is your dog a hitchin’ pup?

SAN MARCOS, Texas – OH MY! I think I may have found the best place in town to bring my pup, Elsie, on a hot Texas day.

Right off the well-known San Marcos Square, lies a food truck park called The Hitch. The Hitch contains six different food trucks with an array of gourmet food to choose from. The coolest part of all, is that The Hitch is pet-friendly! They even call the dogs that come by “hitchin’ pups!”

IMG_5543But wait, it gets better. One of the food trucks, called Mambo Freeze, is a snow-cone stand and they serve Pup-Cones! Now what is a Pup-Cone, you may ask? It is shaved ice, chicken broth and yummy treats to top-it-off! My pup absoluetly loved it. We have been back many times since then and it never fails to get Elsie spinnin’ in circles!

As a plus, it’s within a mile radius of the San Marcos Dog Park and the San Marcos River. Sounds like a perfect bonding day with your furry friend, if ya ask me! Give it a try and let me know what ya think.

Much Ruv,

Kristen

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Why you should keep your dog on a leash

Let me fill you in on the my biggest pet peeve ever..

Have you ever been walking your dog (on their leash, of course) and a dog comes from around the corner or across the park at full speed to “greet” your dog? This kind of thing drives me bonkers!!

Let me tell ya my perspective on the issue.

dogs on leashTo begin, this does not apply to the few people who own dogs that have gone through advanced training and no matter if they see another dog, they will stay at your side. This is to those who have your dog off leash – and don’t get me wrong, I’m sure they’re good dogs – but as soon as they see a dog, they bombard the other pup. Please take a second and imagine how the dog on the leash feels. First, it makes them feel inferior. A dog who is sniffing, jumping and running circles around a dog who is on a leash does not make most leashed dogs very happy. Secondly, you never know how the dog on the leash is going to react. The owner may have his or her dog on a leash because the dog is very dog-aggressive. Not to mention, you never know when something may catch your pup’s eye across the parking lot or street while a car is heading the same direction.

Therefore, in my opinion, I don’t find it worth it to have your dog off-leash. I believe that it is for the safety of your dog and others that they are kept safe on a leash at all times. I hope that I brought a different perspective to at least a single person, because I mean really, nobody wants their furry friend getting hurt! And to those of you who fall victim of this issue, I received a lot of helpful tips from Paws Abilities blog.. I definitely encourage y’all to give it a read!

Much ruv,

Kristen

DIY dog treats

So is it just me or does anyone else wonder what’s all  in a dog treat? The fact that it is packaged up and can last months is a little unsettling to me so I decided to make my own. In all honesty, I really thought that it may be a little complicated but it was surprisingly easy!

I found my recipes on the ever-so-convenient, Pinterest, typing in “Easy Dog Treat Recipes” in the search bar, and I found two recipes that only consisted of FOUR ingredients!! The first recipe is below.

“Cheesy Sweet Potato”

IMG_1283Ingredients

1 Sweet Potato

1/2 cup Shredded Cheese

1 tablespoon Dried Parsely

1 cup Flour

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. In a large bowl, add all ingredients and mix well
  3. Knead dough into a ball and roll onto a floured surface 1/4 inch thick
  4. Place on a greased baking sheet and bake for about 10-15 minutes
  5. Once cooled, cut with a cookie cutter of your choice (I used a cute, little bone-shaped one)
The second recipe is:

“Peanut Butter Apple”

IMG_1285Ingredients

1/4 cup Apple Sauce

1/4 cup Peanut Butter

pinch Cinnamon

1/2 cup Flour

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until well combined
  3. Knead dough into a ball and roll onto a floured surface 1/4 inch thick or thinner
  4. Place on a greased baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes, until the edges are brown
  5. Once cooled, cut with a cookie cutter of your choice (I used the bone-shaped cookie cutter again)
Viola!
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Both, the Cheesy Sweet Potato and the Peanut Butter Apple, made a dozen or so dog treats and the dogs absolutely LOVED THEM!! It definitely was an awesome feeling giving such a yummy treat to my pup and knowing exactly what was in it! So next time you’re feelin’ like cookin’ up some dog treats, give these simple and easy recipes a try! Your furry friend will jump for joy and bark for more!!

Much ruv,

Kristen