International Akita Day

In Japan, the Akita is considered a national treasure, and each year on March 8 — International Akita Day — the breed that is treasured by anyone who has been fortunate enough to welcome…



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Black Friday 2013 $100 #Giveaway ~ Ends 11/22

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Yes, it is approaching. Some people love it and some hate it. It's Black Friday and the sales will be mind blowing! Start it off right with an extra $ 100 in your pocket!

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Batman Dog Names!

Are you a Batman fan who has just become part of a Dynamic Duo by adopting a dog?  If you are looking for a DC-themed name for your new canine sidekick, there’s no need to send up the bat…



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Playstation 4 #Giveaway ~ Ends 11/30

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It's November and that means it's time for Playstation 4 Giveaway. This event is Hosted by A Little Bit of Everything So make sure to stop over there and say Thanks.

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Dog Mom T-Shirt Giveaway!

Whether you celebrate on Mother’s Day (May 8 this year) or on May 14, the pet holiday that marks National Dog Mom’s Day, one thing’s for sure: being a dog mom is something to…



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National Newfoundland Dog Day

Standing tall on the American Kennel Club’s list of the world’s biggest dog breeds, the Newfoundland also holds a big spot in the hearts of dog devotees! In fact, the Newfie is so beloved…



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Spicy Black Bean and Avocado Nachos

Nachos are one of my all-time favorite foods and I’m not ashamed to admit it. They’re delicious. Plain old cheese and tortilla chip nachos will always be at the top of the list for my, but spicy black bean nachos are my favorite. Recipe is below! 

Spicy Black Bean and Avocado Nachos
Serves 1-2
INGREDIENTS
1/4-1/3 bag quality tortilla chips  
1 cup pepperjack cheese
1/2 cup black beans
1/2 avocado, cubed
1/2 lime
Chili powder, to taste
Cumin, to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a small to medium cookie sheet with tortilla chips in a single layer. Sprinkle with pepperjack. Top with black beans and sprinkle with chili powder and cumin. Bake for 5 minutes or until cheese is full melted. (I sometimes broil for a minute too to make the cheese nice and brown.) Remove from oven. Use a spatula to move onto plates. Top with avocado cubes, fresh squeezed lime, and another sprinkle of chili powder.  

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Three cheers for nachos!

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Some Facts about the Boston “Bull” Terrier Dog

The Boston terrier is a well-muscled and compact breed. This is not really surprising since the Boston terrier was first bred by people who wanted to use them in dog fights. Now some people may read all sorts of implications from such a violent past. Some people might think that the Boston terrier dog would make a bad pet because of its aggressive nature. However, you should know that as a pet, the Boston terrier can actually be pretty mild mannered.

The temperament of the Boston terrier can be described as enthusiastic as it often loves to play. Most people comment that the Boston terrier actually has a great sense of humor. Another characteristic that people find delightful with this breed is the fact that they are intelligent and are very much easily trained. This fact is also enhanced by the dog’s natural curiosity and love for learning.

Of course, people who own pets know the importance of training. Having a well-behaved pet increases the enjoyment for you both. Having a well-behaved pet means that you can have more fun with that pet.

One thing that owners have noticed with a Boston terrier is the fact that it can be very sensitive to the tone of a person’s voice. This may be described as a sort of emotion detector. Because of this sensitivity to the tone, a Boston terrier will be able to respond to how you are feeling when you are talking. This means, however, that you need to take care when training your dog. You need to make sure that anger and frustration do not find their way into your voice.

They also make excellent watchdogs as they do not bark indiscriminately. This means that you won’t wake up in the middle of the night because your Boston terrier saw a butterfly. There are some cases, though, when a Boston terrier will not bark at all.

Regarding the living conditions, Boston terriers can do well enough without a yard as long as they get regular exercise. This means that they are suitable for apartment living. However, you should also know that they are very sensitive to the extremes of weather. This means that you should keep it in a place that’s neither too hot nor too cold.

Unlike other terrier breeds, the Boston terrier is an average shedder. This means that you should be wary of keeping it indoors as it can shed fur over your floor. We all know how much of a fiasco that can be.

Bostons have a variety of common health problems. They easily get overheated when they are pushed too hard. As said before, they can also be sensitive to extreme weather and any weather that’s too hot or too cold can leave them with breathing difficulties. Skin tumors and heart tumors are very common with this breed. So you need to bring the dog to a vet regularly.

Another disorder you should watch out for is a skull defect. If a Boston terrier is badly bred, it often develops a bone defect that prevents the brain from growing. This, naturally, will lead to a retarded dog.
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10 Fun St. Patrick’s Day Activities to Do With Kids

How to Celebrate St. Patricks at Home

When I was a kid growing up in Chicagoland, a highly Irish area of the country, I always felt like I didn’t quite belong this time of year because I wasn’t Irish. Many years later, after my grandmother passed away, we discovered that we are not only Irish, but very Irish. Maybe that’s why we admittedly go over the top when it comes to St. Paddy’s Day these days.  

If you celebrate, here are some fun St. Patrick’s Day activities my kids love.

1. Wear green.
The easiest way to celebrate!

2. Go to a St. Paddy’s Day parade.
After a couple of years of these parades (understandably) being canceled, many are back.

3. Make a leprechaun trap.
You can find ideas for these all over the internet.

4. Get crafty.
My kids love to paint shamrocks, make rainbows out of construction paper with cotton balls, make green jewelry, and draw leprechauns.
5. Make an Irish meal.
A friend from Ireland told me last year that no one in Ireland eats corned beef and cabbage, which I thought was hilarious. I do love to make and eat vegetarian shephard’s pie though.
6. Color your drinks green.
A little green food coloring can make everything from milk to juice turn green.
7. Read St. Patrick’s Day themed books.
We love a good holiday-themed book, and we have a handful of St. Patrick’s Day themed books we love.
8. Make your own Shamrock Shake.
Put Greek yogurt, spinach leaves, avocado, mint leaves, ice, and honey in a blender for a shamrock smoothie! You can find a bunch of at home recipes with ice cream online as well.
9. Have an Irish dance party.
Irish music is so fun! My kids love to awkwardly attempt Irish dancing too. 
10. Have a coin hunt.
Leprechauns bring and hide chocolate coins in our house on St. Patrick’s Day, but our kids think it’s so fun when we also hide some ahead of time and have a hunt. 

Happy St. Paddy’s and may the wind be at your back!

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How to Make Pancakes for Your Dog! 2 Easy Recipes

Does your dog eye your pancakes when you sit down for a relaxing breakfast? Thanks to the recipe development team at tails.com, we’ve got two easy recipes for pancakes specially formulated for…



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