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Easy homemade Halloween Dog Treats!

Last year when we baked pumpkin peanut butter cookies for our pooch Jasper, he went crazy, over-the-moon, happy over them, so this year, we decided to share the goodness and happiness with you!

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For those of you who don’t like to bake because it involves too much science, don’t worry! This recipe requires few ingredients and is easy to make. So even if you mess it up, your pup will still appreciate the love. Also, it will make your house smell delicious, so you still win.

Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Pooch Treats

2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup fresh or canned pumpkin (not seasoned pie filling)
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup water as needed

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, pumpkin, peanut butter and cinnamon in a bowl.

3. Add water as needed, but the dough should be stiff and dry.

4. Roll to 1/2 inch thick and cut with holiday cookie cutters. (or just break up the dough into little pieces and flatten.)

5. Bake for about 40 minutes, or until hard.

Let the treats cool completely, then watch as your pup gobbles them down! We won’t judge you if you’re tempted to try them, too. Go ahead and share one with your best furiend!

These will be great to have on hand for any furry trick-o-treaters who come knocking this year! You can package them up in cute jars for a fun holiday gift, too. Just swap out the Halloween cutters for Christmas ones, and they’d make a pawfect stocking stuffer for the ones you love most.

Special Note: These treats should not replace your pet’s regular meals. Please check with your veterinarian if your pet has special dietary needs or food allergies.

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Celebrate National Dog Day!

Today, August 26, is National Day!  JasperandZoe.com would like to offer some thoughts to get your dog to howl with glee.

  • Remember why you have a dog – Make your dog a part of your family. Spend time with him and train him so he’s a pleasure to be around. Love him unconditionally, and rejoice in the love and trust that is returned to you ten-fold.
  • Commit to walking your dog – Walking your dog is not only important for the physical well-being of your dog, but it’s important for your relationship with your dog. It’s opportunity to bond. It’s also good for your own personal well-being to get out, take in some fresh air, and take a break from the hectic human life.
  • Evaluate the canine diet – Is your four-legged best friend getting all the nutrients he needs? Make sure the kibble you feed is high, premium quality. Research and read the ingredients to make informed judgments. Also remember that their ancestors are wolves that live in the wild, so there’s nothing wrong with cooking high-quality meat and offering it with kibble to your dog. At home, we always cook for our Jasper organic and natural foods and serve with high-quality kibble. Please consult with your veterinarian before changing your dog’s diet and to understand any allergies and food sensitivities your dog may have. Just as every person is different, every dog is different.
  • Take care of those canine teeth – Your dog may devour everything you put in his bowl or beg nonstop for treats, but he won’t be able to enjoy everything you offer him if he develops dental issues. There are dental gels in the stores that you can apply on your dog’s teeth daily. Consult your veterinarian for a routine that will ensure your dog’s dental hygiene.
  • Develop a good relationship with your veterinarian – Just like people, dogs need regular medical care; semi-yearly checkups can often result in the early detection of a health problem.

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Our website is Heartbleed Free!

Your personal and private information is of the utmost importance to us.

You may have heard that an Internet bug by the name of Heartbleed was discovered and disclosed through major news outlets a few days ago. Reports have indicated that the bug could affect many popular websites and services.

Rest assured the JasperandZoe.com website is free of the bug!

In response to the Heartbleed bug, we have completed a scan of our Internet site with an industry-standard toolset to verify that our website is free of the Heartbleed vulnerability. In addition, we constantly monitor our environment to ensure the safe use of our website.

As an added measure of safeguard, we would like to offer some suggestions to help you check your personal and private information when you are on the Internet. Your first step should be to check websites you commonly use for their responses to the Heartbleed bug. Follow their instructions for updating your protection. You can check whether your commonly used websites are vulnerable to Heartbleed bug by using this tool: https://lastpass.com/heartbleed/. In addition, it’s always good security practice to establish unique passwords for each website or service and to change these account passwords every ninety days.

Thank you for trusting our website and we appreciate your business.

Sincerely,

Lillian
Founder
www.JasperandZoe.com

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February is National Pet Dental Health Month!

Celebrate with your dog by starting some daily oral health habits that will benefit your pet for life.

A healthy dental routine includes:

  • Veterinary wellness exams with oral assessments twice a year;
  • Teeth cleanings as advised by your veterinarian;
  • Daily brushing or a daily dental treat.

You see your dentist on a regular basis for your overall health.  Shouldn’t your dog get the same attention?

Consult your veterinarian for your dog’s dental needs.

Woof!

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Foods Your Dog Should Never Eat

Most of us know that chocolate is like poison to your dogs, but did you know that coffee, milk, and raisins are bad for your dogs too?  See this important slideshow we found that hopefully will be useful to you!

http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/ss/slideshow-foods-your-dog-should-never-eat

(Source: Webmd.com)

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Happy Holidays

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We at JasperandZoe.com want to wish you and your family a very happy and peaceful holiday season.  We have greatly appreciated your business over the past year and look forward to bringing you new and more exciting new products in the year ahead.   We will send another note at the beginning of the new year with announcements for new products and plans for 2013.  Meanwhile, we wish a wonderful holiday season!

From your family at JasperandZoe.com

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Thanksgiving 40% Storewide Sale and Safety Tips!

We at JasperandZoe.com wish you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving.  As an expression of our gratitude for your business, we are offering 40% of everything in our store from Friday, November 23 through Monday, November 26 – while supplies last!  Apply code “THANKS40” at checkout for the discount.
Don’t miss this incredible once a year sale!  As always, all orders ship for free and a portion of the proceeds go to support ASPCA’s fight against animal cruelty.
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To ensure you and your pets have a safe Thanksgiving, check out the following tips from ASPCA experts for a fulfilling Thanksgiving that your pets can enjoy, too:
Talkin’ Turkey 
If you decide to feed your pet a little nibble of turkey, make sure it’s boneless and well-cooked. Don’t offer her raw or undercooked turkey, which may contain salmonella bacteria.
Sage Advice 
Sage can make your Thanksgiving stuffing taste delish, but it and many other herbs contain essential oils and resins that can cause gastrointestinal upset and central nervous system depression to pets if eaten in large quantities. Cats are especially sensitive to the effects of certain essential oils.
No Bread Dough 
Don’t spoil your pet’s holiday by giving him raw bread dough. According to ASPCA experts, when raw bread dough is ingested, an animal’s body heat causes the dough to rise in his stomach. As it expands, the pet may experience vomiting, severe abdominal pain and bloating, which could become a life-threatening emergency, requiring surgery.
Don’t Let Them Eat Cake 
If you’re baking up Thanksgiving cakes, be sure your pets keep their noses out of the batter, especially if it includes raw eggs—they could contain salmonella bacteria that may lead to food poisoning.
Too Much of a Good Thing 
A few small boneless pieces of cooked turkey, a taste of mashed potato or even a lick of pumpkin pie shouldn’t pose a problem. However, don’t allow your pets to overindulge, as they could wind up with a case of stomach upset, diarrhea or even worse—an inflammatory condition of the pancreas known as pancreatitis. In fact, it’s best keep pets on their regular diets during the holidays.
A Feast Fit for a Kong
While the humans are chowing down, give your cat and dog their own little feast. Offer them Nylabones or made-for-pet chew bones. Or stuff their usual dinner—perhaps with a few added tidbits of turkey, vegetables (try sweet potato or green beans) and dribbles of gravy—inside a Kong toy. They’ll be happily occupied for awhile, working hard to extract their dinner from the toy.
Happy Gobbling!
JasperandZoe.com

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September is National Disaster Preparedness Month!

You can’t disaster-proof everything, but you can be prepared, and those preparations should include safety and comfort measures of your pets in case a catastrophe hits.  We recommend keeping the following items in your pet care/emergency kit:
  • A secure carrier for safe transport, preferably with bedding or a blanket
  • A reflective collar, leash, and harness
  • Dry food (more compact and lightweight)
  • Water
  • A supply of plastic bags
  • A toy or two to help ease the stress
  • Pet first aid kit
  • If your pet is on medication, make sure it is in your kit, along with details of your veterinarian and health records
Having these items ready in case of a disaster could be vital and help minimize stress and panic.  You may also want to pre-research places that will accommodate you as well as your pets, if the need arises.  Being prepared now will provide you with the peace of mind later!

 

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August 26 is National Dog Day!

Did you know that August 26 is National Dog Day? The special day has two goals: to honor dogs for all that they do for us and to rescue dogs from homelessness and abuse.
The day honors dogs for things that humans can sometimes take for granted.  In addition to giving love and companionship, dogs help us out in countless ways. They are watchdogs for our safety. They lead the blind. Dogs aid in search and rescue, and they seek out bombs and drugs.
The second goal of National Dog Day is to rescue dogs in need. On occasion, dogs need us to save them from homelessness and abuse.
At JasperandZoe.com, we honor dogs everyday, and lend a hand to help dogs in need by contributing a portion of all sales to ASPCA to support the fight against animal cruelty.  Join us in our efforts today by shopping with us!

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It’s Pet Appreciation Week through June 16!

This week through June 16 is pet appreciation week! How do you show your pet you appreciate him/her?  Let us know!  To show our appreciation for you and your pets for simply being wonderful, we are offering 10% off all purchases on JasperandZoe.com through June 16.  Use code “TEN” at checkout!  Have a woofy, happy week!

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