Sunday, 31 March 2013

DIY Dog Treat Jar

Dear Pet People,

I've got a cheap and cheerful dog craft to share today.

This dog treat jar took under 20 minutes to make and cost less than $5 (fancy dog id tag not included!). 

I bought the glass jar for $2 at the dollar store, but you could easily recycle a jar you already have.

Chalkboard adhesive ($2) (to make the bone and paw shapes) and black star ribbon ($1) are also from the dollar store. Chalkboard adhesive paper is also available at craft stores, but will cost more.

Six Easy Steps 

1. Sketch a bone shape and paw print shapes onto cardboard and check to make sure the shapes will fit the size of your jar.

2. Trace the bone and paw shapes onto the chalkboard adhesive and cut out enough shapes to decorate the jar.

3. Attach shapes to the jar.  If you are using removable chalkboard paper you will be able to adjust the position of each shape if necessary. I chose to put the bone shape on the lid and paw prints on the sides of the jar.

4. Measure and cut a strip of ribbon to decorate the rim of the jar. Hot glue the ribbon into place.

5. This next step is optional, but since I happen to have extra designer pet id tags around the house, I also hot glued a red glitter paw tag to the base of the jar lid. 

6. To finish this project, use chalk to write a pet appropriate word on the chalkboard bone. I chose 'sit'. Some other suggestions are: 'treats', your dog's name, 'yum', "good boy', etc.

Fill the jar with yummy cookies and this dog treat jar would also make a terrific new puppy welcome gift or birthday gift for dogs or their owners.

Enjoy your pets,


Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Spring Cleaning Tips For Pet Owners

Dear Pet People,

After a long winter, spring feels like the perfect time to clean, de-clutter and refresh our homes.  Pet owners know that once the "muddy season" leaves for good, the spring cleaning supplies can emerge from hibernation.

After years of living with a very hairy dog, there are a number of hot-spots in my house that need deep spring cleaning:

The Dog.  Once the yard no longer resembles a mud pit, I take my dog to the groomer for a professional bath, brush and grooming session.


Towels and Bedding.  While my dog is at the groomers, I use the time to wash his bedding, winter coat, and the towels I use to dry his paws and under belly.  I also pare down the number of towels I keep by the doors.

Toys.  Spring is a great time to do a quick inventory and inspection of the dog toys. I wash those that can be washed and toss the toys that show too much wear.  This is another job that's great to do when your dog is away from home so that he doesn't confuse you sorting his toys with an invitation to play!

Food and Water Area. Hopefully you wash your pet's bowls every day, but spring is a great time to wash the walls, floor and feeding mat around your pet's food and water dishes.

Doors.  My dog leaves muddy prints on the sliding glass doors, so those need a thorough cleaning.  Also, dog hair loves to collect in sliding tracks, so that area needs to be cleaned as well.  

Floors, Carpets, Furniture. A thorough vacuum and scrub will wipe away built up hair, paw prints and odors in the home.  If you choose to have the professionals do the job for you make sure the products they use are safe for pets.

Fresh Air. I love to open the windows and let the fresh spring air in! Doors and windows tend to be open longer in the warmer weather and pets often spend more time outside.  Be sure your pet's id tag has up to date information in case she escapes through the front door or backyard gate!

Once your house is spring cleaned and your pooch is looking "fresh as a daisy", you may want to treat her to a new designer dog collar.  

Daisy dog collar made by Up Country now available at has a beautiful selection of designer collars to complete the springtime transformation! 

Enjoy your pets and have a wonderful Spring!


Friday, 8 March 2013

Saint Patrick's Day Pet ID Tags

Dear Pet People,

Saint Patrick's Day is just around the corner and has some terrific dog id tags to help your lucky puppy celebrate in Irish style!

Four-leaf clovers are a universal symbol of good luck and our Rockin' Doggie four-leaf clover id tag is sure to give your dog an extra dose of good luck this year!
Four-leaf clover id tag from

Rockin' Doggie id tags are handcrafted in the U.S. from lead-free pewter.  The four-leaf clover is slightly raised and the background is glittery green. This tag can accommodate two lines of engraving. Custom engraving is always free at!

Your dog would also look fabulous wearing a beautiful Irish Flag bone shaped tag.

Irish Flag tag from

PetBling's Irish Flag tags are imported from the UK and are made from stainless steel.  The green, white and orange painted sections are slightly recessed for a more high-end look!  Three lines of engraving are available on this tag.

Your little leprechaun might also choose a glorious green id tag to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day.

Green crystal heart tag from

Green crown tag with accent crystals from

These designer id tags are handcrafted in San Francisco from lead-free pewter and feature clear Swarovski crystals.  They can accommodate either 2 or 3 lines of engraving.

Whether your dog is Irish, or wishes he were, our id tags are perfect for St. Patrick's Day and for every day!

Enjoy your pets,