Monday, July 27, 2015

Animal Friends' Jurassic Bark in the Park

Paleontologist’s log: Sun., Aug. 23 – Footsteps rumble behind you as you fall forward through the thick, dense underbrush. You’re tired and thirsty. You stumble out of the woods and come across … a dog dressed as a Velociraptor?

“Welcome to Jurassic Bark!” a man greets you, handing you a bag. Still a bit confused, you rustle through the bag to find a pamphlet declaring you’ve arrived at Animal Friends’ Jurassic Bark in the Park.  

“Sounds like a good place to hide from those raptors,” you think, as you start walking toward the tents!

While our guests won’t really be chased by raptors, Animal Friends returns to North Park with this year’s Jurassic Bark in the Park, our annual end-of-summer dog walk – guaranteed to be a dino-mite time! We’re going back to our classic format of a morning dog walk and summer festival.

Visit our adoptable dinos animals but beware – you might just meet your match! You’re sure to find something to please the whole family at Jurassic Bark this year, including a wide variety of vendors in Dinosaur Alley, games, activities and dogs in dinosaur costumes!

While we might be Barking in a different park this year, prepare for the same fun and a great morning full of adoptable animals and smiles!

Visit to register now and start raising funds for the homeless animals at Animal Friends! Winner of the fundraising contest gets to have their pup be the face of next year's Bark in the Park!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Make Peanut Butter Pup-sicles

The thermometer reads 98 degrees Fahrenheit, and your dog sprawls belly-down on the kitchen floor, panting. It's supposed to be like this all week. 

While you're sucking down iced coffees, help your pooch beat the summer doldrums. These easy-to-make treats will keep her occupied (and cool!)

How to make peanut butter pupsicles:


- 1 cup peanut butter, preferably unsalted and unsweetened (Check your peanut butter's label to make sure it doesn't contain any kind of xylitol, which is toxic to dogs.)

- Half a ripe banana, mashed. Water as needed

In a small mixing bowl, combine peanut butter with a little water or half a mashed banana. (The water and banana aren't essential, but they help with freezing consistency.)

Line a cookie sheet with wax paper, or use Kong-style rubber toys that have a cavity you can fill.

Spoon the mixture onto the tray just like you would cookie dough, or stuff it into the toys. Freeze the tray or toys for several hours or overnight. If you need to reuse the tray right away, pop out the cubes and store them in a bag or container in the freezer.

Serve, and turn any hot dog into a happy camper.


Pet popsicles can be made out of all kinds of things your dog (or cats) eat normally, so experiment to see what your dog likes best.

The frozen Kong-style toys make a great cool-down treat for when you will be away for a few hours.

Try treats suspended in water, watered down wet food and favorite frozen veggies.

Avoid: onions and onion powder, grapes and raisins, salt, macadamia nuts, tomatoes, potatoes, rhubarb leaves and stems, avocados and anything else on this list.

(Recipe courtesy of Loren Drummond and the Humane Society of the United States.)

Friday, July 3, 2015

Fourth of July Pet Safety

Special thanks to Banfield Pet Hospital for this holiday themed blog. Keep your pets safe this holiday weekend!
With July Fourth weekend just around the corner, many Americans have begun to plan their Independence Day festivities. Celebrations would not be complete without family, friends, outdoor fun and fireworks. While most of us love the colorful displays, not every family member does – especially the furry, four-legged family member.
Pets don’t associate the noise, flashes and burning smell of pyrotechnics with enjoyment. Terrified pets panic and try to run and hide from the loud whizzes and bangs that fireworks produce.
The American Humane Association reports that July 5th is the busiest day of the year at animal shelters. Many companion animals flee the night before and are found miles from their homes, disoriented and exhausted. Pet owners end up searching their neighborhood streets and shelters looking for their beloved family member whose fear drove them to break a leash, dig under a wall or jump a high fence. Regrettably, these terrified animals wind up lost, injured or accidentally killed.
Banfield Pet Hospital identifies four keys to keeping your pet safe this Fourth of July holiday:
  1. Have your pet properly identified – make sure your pet is wearing a collar and the identification tag is current and readable. Proper identification tags will help local neighbors contact you should they find your pet. It’s also a good idea to make sure that your pet has a microchip that’s up to date with your current contact information. Most shelters, veterinarians and animal control centers have scanners that can read the information contained on the microchip.
  2. Food safety –holiday food favorites are hamburgers and hotdogs on the grill, but it can be a dangerous attraction for pets. The smell of delicious food is hard to resist for all of us and especially pets. To avoid accidents and fire hazards, keep pets away from matches, lighters, and outside grills. Dispose of all meat trays, bags, tin foil, or other food containers to prevent your pet from eating the plastic or Styrofoam. Tasty foods for humans may be toxic to pets, so be aware. Check out this list of Summer Toxins foods from Banfield Pet Hospital’s website.
  3. Fireworks – we all want to share holiday celebrations with our furry family members, but its best to resist that urge during Fourth of July. Protect their sensitive ears and eyes by keeping your pet in a quiet, sheltered and “escape-proof” area of your home. Prevent harm by creating a safe environment. Create white noise and block outside sights and sounds by lowering blinds, turning on the TV or playing soothing music. If your pet is known to have anxiety, it’s a good idea to check with your veterinarian before the 4th for recommended products or medications.
  4. Be prepared – Have a plan so that you know what to do in case your pet escapes or becomes lost. Keep your veterinarian number handy and familiarize yourself with local animal care facilities, shelters and emergency veterinary hospitals. If your pet does run away, immediately post flyers with a photo of your pet around the neighborhood, especially at schools, parks and dog parks.
The best way to enjoy your Fourth of July celebration with your pets is to exclude them from the holiday festivities. Finding a safe, secure location in your home ensures they will be there when you get back. Your pet will thank you.