Recipe for Easy to Make Homemade Doggie Treats

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup melted bacon fat
1 large egg
1/2 cup cold water

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Combine ingredients in a bowl and mix by hand until dough forms. Add more flour if the dough is too sticky. Add more bacon fat or water if the dough stays too stiff.

Roll out onto a floured surface, to a thickness of just under 1/2-inch. Cut into 1x4-inch bars and transfer to a cookie sheet. Poke divots into the bars and bake in a preheated oven for approximately 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Turn the oven off, flip the treats, and place back in the oven until cool. The recipe makes 2 dozen treats. 

Treats can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature.

Dogtoberfest Austin at the Domain

Dogtoberfest Austin is an Austin based, 501c3 non-profit organization, created for the purpose of instilling awareness about dog rescue, as well as raising much needed moneys for local dog rescue organizations. This group has no paid staff and all proceeds benefit local dog rescue organizations. Over the last eight years, Dogtoberfest Austin has raised over $215,000 for our beneficiaries.  For the sixth year in a row, Dogtoberfest Austin at the Domain was named "Most Awesome-ist Pet Related Event" in the Austin Pets Directory Annual Readers Poll. 

Dirty Dog Self-serve Dogwash and Grooming was happy to be present for this event and be visited by so many of our wonderful regulars. We shared more photos on our Facebook page

Alligator in her Dog Costume
Jake the Therapy Dog
Superman owner and dog
Cowboys
DIa de Los Muertos

 

 

National Pit Bull Awareness Day

Join Love-A-Bull for its 8th Annual National Pit Bull Awareness Day Festival at Rosewood Park in Austin, TX! We are excited for this year’s NEW venue, as its location is right in the heart of East Austin. Rosewood Park has ample space for vendors, activities, demonstrations, as well as lots of shaded areas to catch a break from the heat!

Dog Walk: This year’s festival will start off with a dog walk around the park ( approx. 3/4 mile) to get all the dog wiggles out and will end where all the festivities begin! There will be multiple vendors, including dog and people apparel, kid’s activities, dog treats, food trucks (come hungry!), Love-A-Bull merchandise and much, much more!

Entertainment: There will be demonstrations from Sit Means Sit Austin (Trick Training), Zoom Room Austin (Agility Course) and Officer Mullenax and K9 Peaches! Peaches was pulled into the Love-A-Bull program after being found as an injured stray and she has now become part of the 1st K9 team for Troy, TX. Love-A-Bull’s own training team will be hosting small groups of basic obedience for you and your dog to participate in.

Chloe’s Clinic: Thanks to an incredibly generous donor, we are thrilled to be hosting “Chloe’s Clinic”! Chloe’s Clinic will offer vouchers for FREE spay/neuter (redeemable at Emancipet), vaccinations, and microchipping which will be done on-site. If you know of someone that has a pup that could benefit, send them our way and look for the big Chloe’s Clinic sign.

For Children: The Pit Crew Therapy Dog teams will be hanging out, waiting to be read one of the kids favorite books. There will also be coloring books for the kids to use and take home that tell the story of one special Pit Crew pup, Mocha. Outside of “Kiddie Corner”, Rosewood Park host a large playscape for children to burn some energy on.

Find out about the efforts across the country and locally HERE. 

Caring For Your Best Friend's Feet

Written by Amber Kingsley

A friend of mine, a veteran of the military, shared this mantra with me, “Take care of your feet, because your feet take you everywhere.” I always remembered that fact and for us humans, it can often be associated with many types of medical issues, particularly those that are connected with a number of conditions like diabetes and circulation problems, since our lower extremities are the furthest from both our hearts and brains.

In another chapter from my personal adventures associated with my beloved canine companions, during the dog days of summer, in the quiet suburb neighborhood where I live, I always walk my dog with bare feet during the hotter months. Although my neighbors tease me about this  relentlessly, my mind tells me that, if the sidewalk or asphalt is too hot for MY FEET, it must most certainly torture my dog’s sensitive little paws. Anyone who has ran quickly across a hot beach with no shoes can certainly relate to this circumstance. OUCH!

The same is true for our pets, especially dogs, whose paws propel them everywhere in life. Taking care of these delicate extremities is vitally important for their mobility, health and overall welfare. When they have issues with these tissues, sometimes they can chew, lick and irritate these sensitive areas, which only makes the matter worse. Here’s some ways to watch and protect the paws of our beloved four-legged pets:

Paws Don’t Come With A Preventative Care Manual

Although there’s no such thing as “perfect” when it comes to preventative care, there are some steps that we can take to help our pets with better paw protection:

  • Trimming their nails is a daunting task at best, but taking some preventative measures when you’re a DYI kind of pet owner is essential. Consider taking some of these steps to prevent excessive bleeding from cutting too close to the quick.
  • Check your dog’s footsies regularly for signs of irregular abuse, cracking, peeling, redness, swollen areas and other areas of possible irritation and infection. Consult your veterinarian if these problems look serious or you see limping and excessive licking, chewing or favoritism, which can complicate matters.
  • Some dogs that have anxiety problems, or they are particularly stressed for some
    reason, others are aging with arthritis and other muscular conditions can be more prone to issues with their legs and paws. Again, see your veterinarian for solutions and relief that go beyond the “cone of shame.”
  • In extreme climate conditions, both hot and cold, pet owners should resort to protective devices such as booties, to protect their pets from unnecessary harm from the elements.
  • Younger dogs that are more fast moving and are therefore particularly vulnerable to paw injury and abuse, especially on rough surfaces. They should be monitored more closely and watched for signs of increased wear-and-tear that can occur with higher incidences with these more active individuals.
  • There’s another idiom for the care of feet and delicate paws that that goes along with our human endeavors that goes, “Take care of your feet because they’ll carry you for life.” Extend the years you spend with your pet by ensuring their paws, legs, heart and soul, will be with you for life. Both yours and theirs.

     

July Mud Bath Special

Is your dog overdue for a mud bath to exfoliate the skin, coat, and open the pores? The minerals from the mud bath absorbs into the body to remove impurities. This adds shine and gloss to coat with soothing Tranquil Mist fragrance. The proven therapeutic properties in the mud bath have dog owners saying goodbye to their dog's itchy skin and appreciating healthy exterior! 

July's Prices/discounts:

Self serve:

Regular price: $10 + cost of bath

July’s price: $8 + cost of bath (20% off)

MVP July’s Price: $5 + cost of bath (50% off)

 

Full Serve:

(Cost depends on size and condition of coat)

Regular Price $10-25 + cost of groom

July’s Price $8-20 + cost of groom (20% off)

MVP July’s Price $5-12.50 + cost of groom (50% off)

(Please mention special when making your grooming appointment! ) Discount on mud bath not on full grooming. 

Pollydoodle at SXSW

By @hardluckhoundsaustin “Pollydoodle is playing her #CutiePatoodie #SXSW show at TLAC (1156 Cesar Chavez in  #ATX) all weekend, so come enjoy the great weather with her! #mutts #dogsofaustin #atxevents #brindles #muttsrule #pitties #staffies #lovebugs #smiles #flopdontcrop #winners #adoptme #cuties #sxsw2014 #austinanimalcenter” via @PhotoRepost_app–posted by helpingshelterdogs on Instagram

By @hardluckhoundsaustin “Pollydoodle is playing her #CutiePatoodie #SXSW show at TLAC (1156 Cesar Chavez in #ATX) all weekend, so come enjoy the great weather with her! #mutts #dogsofaustin #atxevents #brindles #muttsrule #pitties #staffies #lovebugs #smiles #flopdontcrop #winners #adoptme #cuties #sxsw2014 #austinanimalcenter” via @PhotoRepost_app–posted by helpingshelterdogs on Instagram

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Meet the Mutts, part 4 (AND FINAL)

Since these guys were heavily featured yesterday, I figured I should introduce them to you…so:

Finley is most definitely my brother’s dog.  A few years ago, my brother was bemoaning still living in Dallas so I talked him into bringing himself, his son and his dog to Austin.  We’re still all living together 3 years later, so you know, best laid plans and all.  In any case, back to Finley.  My brother, Mac, got Finley from a shelter in Dallas when he was a puppy (that picture is from the first week they brought him home–he’s 6 now) When Finley moved here, he was by far, the best behaved dog in the bunch.  My brother had actually taken the time to train him, but really they were just very bonded so Finley watched my brother and seemed to guess his next move.  He still is a very good dog and very sweet.  He has, however, picked up a few bad habits from my pups.  Whoops.  It’s amazing that he doesn’t have a HUGE ego as my brother tells him everyday, “You’re the best lookin’ dog in the WORLD!” and means it.

Which brings us to Luke.  So, if you’ve ever talked to me on the subject, you would know I’m a big believer in having two dogs.  Notice I said “two”, NOT five.  In any case, my business partner Alesha has one dog, Nigel, and he’s seriously one of the best dogs I know–he’ll sleep until noon if there’s nothing going on, but he LOVES to go bike riding, searching out squirrels and ignoring all other people, kids and dogs…so he’s no bother to anyone.  However, she would bring him over to play with my dogs and I kept bugging her to get him a sister/brother.  One of the girls that works for us (HEY TARA!) was helping out a rescue group by fostering and training pups that were looking for homes.  As part of the socialization process, she would bring these pups to the shop so that they could meet people and dogs.  Well, she brought Luke in one day and as you can see, he’s very, very cute….looking.  Alesha fell in love and decided to give it a shot.

Very long (about two months worth) story short, it didn’t work out.  Since I was the one that kept forcing the issue, I felt responsible, so I said, “What’s one more dog at this point?  Bring him over."  I figured he, like all dogs before him, would learn from his elders and would fit right in.  What I didn't take into consideration is that he is part Boxer.  What I have since learned is that the first two years of a Boxer’s life can be rough–on the humans.  They have a TON of energy, can be stubborn and in Luke’s case, he decided he should be Alpha upon arrival.  My other dogs were/are very mellow…sleeping  most of the time and a few times a day going outside to run around, bark at squirrels, etc.  Luke has changed all that.  He rarely sits down, is IMPOSSIBLE to wear out and in fact, I recently purchased a treadmill to try to do just that.  (Once he has it down better, I’ll post a video of it–he’s not ready for his "big break” just yet.)  He constantly is bugging the other dogs by nipping at their ears, tails or whatever he can reach, basically saying, “COME ON!  COME ON!  PLAY WITH ME!!!!"  They don’t think it’s amusing in the least bit.  However, when he’s not being a COMPLETE freak, he’s very, very sweet and loves to cuddle….which is pretty lucky for him :)

meet the mutts, pt two:  
  Jessie (shepard/rottie mix?) Born 05/2001  
 Jessie belonged to my brother and when he was going to move out of state for a few months, he asked if I could keep her for a little while.  Of course I said sure, but then his move fell through.  By that time, it was too late…she was mine.  She is probably the sweetest of all the mutts here, but is scared of her own shadow (typical shepard trait–sorry shepard owners).  Since Luke moved in (more about him later) her confidence has really increased…she’ll even hop on the couch while people are sitting on it.  We’re so proud.

meet the mutts, pt two:

Jessie (shepard/rottie mix?) Born 05/2001

Jessie belonged to my brother and when he was going to move out of state for a few months, he asked if I could keep her for a little while.  Of course I said sure, but then his move fell through.  By that time, it was too late…she was mine.  She is probably the sweetest of all the mutts here, but is scared of her own shadow (typical shepard trait–sorry shepard owners).  Since Luke moved in (more about him later) her confidence has really increased…she’ll even hop on the couch while people are sitting on it.  We’re so proud.

and we're off....

I thought I’d come up with some clever new title to this post, but thought it kind of describes what this post is…my first baby steps into the world of blogging and a very short intro of what I think I’ll do here. 

So, quickly, I’m a chick “of a certain age” (girl, lady, woman…whatever) that lives in Austin, Texas that owns some grooming and self-serve dogwashes: www.dirty-dog.com.  I personally own five dogs (I’ll intro them later), so the title of the whole thing describes what I feel like my life is like.  I wake up with dogs, then I go to work with dogs, I talk about dogs all day…dogs, dogs, dogs. 

Because of that, I’m not sure how much I’ll technically write about dogs, but because of the way my life is set up, dogs will probably be involved in most of my stories.

Of course, if I learn something new about dogs, or new products or whatever, I’ll share them with you.  Otherwise, I’ll probably talk about owning a business, being *my age* and single and whatever else is going on.  Truly can’t imagine why anyone would care, but here goes!