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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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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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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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Kick off 2012 with 12% savings on all orders!

JasperandZoe.com  wishes everyone a healthy and happy new year!  To help your four-legged friends start 2012 on the right paw (pun-intended!), take 12% off all orders this month using code “2012” at checkout!  So tell your family and friends, and use the code over and over again throughout the month before it expires!

Happy New Year from our family to yours!

Woof –

JasperandZoe.com

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JasperandZoe.com Adds Merrick to its Product Lines!

JasperandZoe.com is thrilled to now offer Merrick treats in our online store!

We decided to add Merrick to our products, because it fits with our philosophy of providing high quality, all natural treats to our four-legged best friends. Merrick’s innovative and unique treats have been given to pets by the owners that love them for over 10 years now. Merrick prides itself on being a leader in the treat industry, starting with the highest quality cattle, and a lot of imagination.

One of many Merrick treats our Jasper loves, which we are confident your dogs will love too, is Merrick’s bones and bully stix.  They are smoked, cooked, natural, stuffed, wrapped, plain and meaty.  They come in all shapes and sizes, just like our four legged friends.

  
And ears.  Really?  Yes, ears!  They are a favorite among many dogs.  Jasper can’t get enough of them.  Dogs of all sizes and ages enjoy packing these things around the yard.  Merrick ears come in smoked or natural flavors and are available in lamb, beef, and even pork.  Merrick’s natural ears will keep your dog entertained for hours on end.  you will keep them out of trouble as long as you keep these original Texas treats on hand!

The Flossies Spiral Chews still turn dog’s heads.  These are the bestsellers.  This is the one treat Jasper always treasures.  The Flossies help fight plague build up as well.  This is just one example of many of Merrick’s all natural products that are fun for the dog while being healthy at the same time.

We hope you will enjoy the Merrick treats as much as we have, especially Jasper!

From your family at JasperandZoe.com

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Wanted: Your dog tips and stories!

We are looking for stories and experiences to share with the JasperandZoe.com community on this blog.  If you have something that could help other dog lovers or simply have a funny story or a question, please feel free to post or email us at info@jasperandzoe.com, and we will be happy to post for you for community feedback!  All posts will receive 10% off your next order on JasperandZoe.com!

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Understanding your dog’s body language and verbal cues

Have you ever wondered why your dog makes those strange muttering sounds at the dinner table? Or why he lays his ears back when confronted with a stranger?  Dogs speak to us, but in a different language. Unfortunately, there’s no Rosetta Stone DVD to help us learn “dog talk.” So, instead, we must analyze it ourselves, keeping it in context, avoiding asserting our own interpretations, and remembering that dogs were once wild animals.

The best way to start is to look to the dog’s ancestor, the wolf. Wolves live in packs and dogs do the same with other pets in the household and their humans. There must be a leader of the pack and that leader should be you. And to be an effective canine leader, you need to know what your dog is trying to tell you.

Dogs communicate in many ways with each other, using verbal cues, body language and facial expressions. They also try to communicate with humans using these methods. Humans, of course, communicate with dogs with commands and phrases. Dogs can learn hundreds of human sounds but they can’t string them together. Thus, the need for short commands such as “Sit!” and “Come!” Many of our communication tools are lost on dogs, such as sarcasm (to indicate frustration) or closed body language (to indicate you’re uncomfortable) or a look of surprise. So, to enhance our communication with our canines, we must learn to get back to the basics and speak “dog.”

Dog Body Language/Facial “Expressions”

Confident and Relaxed

  • Stance – erect
  • Tail – wagging slowly
  • Ears – pricked up but with a relaxed look
  • Eyes – small pupils
  • Mouth – closed or slight parting of lips

Fearful or Anxious

  • Stance – lowered
  • Tail – tucked under
  • Ears – down
  • Eyes – a wide-eyed look with the whites showing
  • Mouth – panting

Aggressive

  • Stance – rigid
  • Tail – straight up or out behind, very rigid
  • Ears – pricked up
  • Eyes – intense, focused stare
  • Mouth – lips are pulled back and some teeth show
  • Hackles – this is a line of hair that starts at the base of the neck and runs down the shoulders. It is raised if a dog is feeling aggressive and lowered if he is relaxed.

Fear-Aggressive

  • Stance – dog is pulled into himself
  • Tail – tucked completely under
  • Ears – lying down
  • Eyes – wide-eyed and trouble focusing
  • Mouth – lips pulled back slightly or heavy panting

Relaxed

  • Stance – lying down or standing without any alertness
  • Tail – up and wagging or lying naturally
  • Ears – at their normal state, depending on the breed (A Terrier’s would be up but relaxed, a Hound’s would be down)
  • Eyes – normal pupil dilation, focused but not staring
  • Mouth – open and lightly panting or closed

Dog Verbal Cues

The Howl
This is an attempt to locate someone, perhaps you or the dog down the street. When you leave for work, it’s very possible your dog howls in an effort to get you back. When one dog starts howling in the neighborhood, usually many others join in – it’s sort of like a conference call.

The Growl
This means “back off.” You’ll see a dog growl when another dog gets interested in his food. Your dog may growl at a stranger he doesn’t like or he may growl at you when you try to take his toy away. It’s actually a very effective way of communicating and actually signals that you can probably negotiate that toy away. When a dog is in an aggressive stance and silent, there is the most danger.

The Grunt or Mutter
This is usually to indicate that your dog wants something. It’s an interesting sound because it’s almost manipulative – your dog knows if he barks, he’ll get into trouble but the more subtle “grunt” might get him wants he wants. It is also heard when dogs greet other dogs or humans.

The Whimper
Dogs whimper when they’re anxious or hurt. Sometimes they figure out that they get attention when they whimper and use this to their advantage.

The Whine
This indicates frustration. They are in a sense “complaining” about something.

The Bark
There are many different types of barks. A high pitched bark indicates excitement and happiness. A low pitched bark indicates aggression and is possibly a threat. Dogs bark to get attention, to respond to other dogs, to indicate that they’re happy, and to alert their human to a problem. Unfortunately, your dog may detect a “problem” that you can’t see or hear, such as a siren miles away or the neighbor’s cat hiding in the tree outside the window.

Remember when Lassie sprinted off down the road to find help because Timmy had fallen into a well? Through her verbal cues and body language she was able to lead the rescuers back to the disaster scene. By understanding our dogs’ language, we can better communicate with them and avoid common misunderstandings. And you can be assured that your dog isn’t going crazy when he’s muttering to himself all the time.

(Source: Dogster.com)

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JasperandZoe.com Offers Free Shipping and New 365 Day Return Policy

In celebration of JasperandZoe.com’s one year anniversary, the company has permanently changed its shipping and return/exchange policy to enhance customer service. To top things off for a limited time as an anniversary special, get 50% off everything by entering code BDAY50 at checkout.

JasperandZoe.com believes strongly in making the customer experience as positive and easy as possible. So if a customer is not 100% satisfied with a purchase, for whatever reason, she can return it for either a full refund, exchange, store credit, or have a donation made to the ASPCA.org, which is an option that is unique to JasperandZoe.com. The donation to help fight against animal cruelty can be made in the customer’s name in the amount of the items being returned. Time frame for return? 365 days. The company understands that life happens, and you may need more than the two weeks or 30 days that traditional retailers offer for returns and exchanges. All they ask is that the items are returned in the same condition in their original packaging.

The company also appreciates the fact that the economy is challenging, but dog care and service do not need to be compromised in today’s environment, so they are also offering free shipping all orders – regardless of order size. Unlike many other online retailers, there is no fine print or exceptions. What is free at JasperandZoe.com is indeed free.

In addition to the generous new shipping and return policy, customers can feel good about their purchases – 10% of profits goes to support ASPCA to fight against animal cruelty. Happy shopping, and keep your dogs happy and safe!

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Celebrating Fourth of July with Dogs

Fourth of July is about celebrating and appreciating the freedom we have today.  We usually celebrate with our family, friends, food and fun.  Of course, we want our dog to be around for the festivities.  But like any other summer celebration, the 4th of July holiday comes with some potential hazards.  Here is what you can do to keep your dog safe.

Fireworks. Fireworks and dogs do not agree with each other.  Even the bravest dogs can be terrified by their sound.  Keep your dog away from fireworks displays, and if you plan to go see fireworks, leave your dog at home.  If fireworks can be heard near your home, keep your dog indoors, and give him/her a safe place to curl up.

Heat. The heat of the day can be detrimental to your dog’s health.  Exercise your dog during the cooler times of the day, and keep him/her in a cool environment during hot times of the day.  Make sure to keep your dog hydrated.  Always carry dog-dedicated water and foldable water bowl on walks and hikes.  At JasperandZoe.com, we love the Water Rover bottle.  You unplug, lay it flat, and the water automatically flows into the round bowl, then you tip the extra water back into the bottle, and close the bottle – very easy and convenient.  We carry the Water Rover with us when we are out with Jasper with ice cubes inside, and he is cool and happy.

Check out the different sizes and colors.

Water Rover Bottle

At JasperandZoe.com we wish you and your dog a very happy and safe 4th of July holiday.  To help you celebrate, we are offering you and your family and friends 35% off all orders from now through July 5, 2010.  Enter code “JULY4” at checkout.  As always 10% of our profits supports ASPCA to fight against animal cruelty.  Happy Independence Day!

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Fantastic Art Bark Fest at Lake Tahoe – Plus Opportunities to Adopt a Dog!

September 19, Lake Tahoe, CA  – I accidently came across this wonderful festival during my vacation at Lake Tahoe.  It’s the 6th annual Art Bark Fest September 19-20, 2009  – Animal Art and Wine Festival at the Village at Squaw Valley.  The event was well attended by dog lovers and dogs of a wide variety of breeds – several were up for adoption by the Humane Society Truckee.  I fell in love with Charleston – the beautiful cocker spaniel who was even-tempered and well-socialized (see pictures below) – but my significant other and I could not adopt him today, and the Humane Society couldn’t hold him for us for a couple of weeks until we are ready.  If he’s not adopted by then, I definitely plan to bring him home, but the Humane Society is pretty confident that Charleston will find a home before then.  If you would like to provide a loving home for Charleston or other dogs, please contact the Humane Society Truckee, or contact me, and I will email you the info.

Now that I know about this annual festival, I will make every effort to return every year!

Lillian

Founder, http://www.JasperandZoe.com

Art Bark Fest 2009 at Squaw Valley, Lake Tahoe Dogs socializing with other dogs and peopleArt Bark FestCharleston - a cocker spaniel I wanted to adopt but couldn't - he was a beautiful, well-tempered and well-socialized dog.Charleston - one of several dogs who needs loving parents.Charleston

10% of all artwork sales at the event goes to The Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe so buy some great art at Art Bark Fest and help a great cause!

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