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How to Make A TeePee for Pets

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This week, Tractor Supply Company invited us to visit their store and challenged us to create a unique Do-It-Yourself project that would benefit shelter animals.

This is a tougher assignment than you may think for several reasons. First, it’s hard to create something that is easily cleaned, yet still serves a purpose. Second, we had a budget of $25. Third, I’m not very crafty. But, I accepted the challenge and sought creative inspiration by embracing Arizona's Native American heritage. I decided to make a pet teepee because of it's unique ability to provide shade, calm pets, and mostly because it's different... After buying all of my supplies at Tractor Supply, I came in so drastically under budget that I even had enough left over from my $25 budget to buy: THREE giant smoked Jones Knuckle Bones for my dogs, as well as a new brush, and I even picked up a bonus project that shelters can use to make money during the upcoming holiday season! (More on that at the end of the article).

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Three Healthy, Homemade Cat Treats Your Feline Will Adore

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What cat doesn’t like some sort of a treat every once in a while? However, those store-bought treats are nutrition-limited, weighed down and unhealthy for your beloved feline. They’re loaded with preservatives, high-calorie ingredients, miscellaneous food parts and artificial coloring. Not to mention that these store-bought treats are expensive if you figure the cost per pound rather than the two or three ounce containers they’re sold in. You probably could get a high-quality steak at your local supermarket for what you pay for all those packages of treats. In fact, you probably have items right in your kitchen to make yummy treats. It’d be less expensive for you and much healthier for your kitty—it’s a win, win situation! These cat treats are very simple to make and you could make three or four batches at a time, freeze two or three batches for several weeks and then bake them when you need to. You can bake them right after taking them out of the freezer, just be sure to increase the baking time by 8-10 minutes or you can thaw the dough and bake as the directions indicate. It’s that easy!

Here are three great recipes for homemade cat treats: 

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Feline Design - DIY for Cat Homes

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The Cats RoomThinking of creating a special room or perfect pet project for your favorite feline? You’re not alone. From custom cat enclosures to homemade cat condos, design is going to the cats. Whether you have one cat or ten, every cat should have a room of their own, and the furnishings to go along with it.

Advantages of DIY cat furniture, rooms, enclosures and furnishings are numerous; the most obvious being cost savings.

But there are other reasons as well. Items from other countries have been under scrutiny in recent years, with quality often being sacrificed for quantity. When you create your own products, you know what you’re getting.

The good news is that this doesn't have to be an expensive ordeal.  A little sweat equity and some basic supplies is all it takes to create unique furniture, a complete room or even an outdoor enclosure like this...

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DIY Dog Spa: 10 Easy Steps

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We all love to spoil our pets and nothing says love like a DIY Dog Spa. Grooming your pet is not only good for them, it’s a great way to save money, bond with your pet, and lower your own stress levels. Pets are natural mood enhancers and it’s been scientifically shown that grooming your pet can lower your heart rate as well as lower your own stress levels.

Remember that you don't need to bathe your pet often. Unless your dog has gotten into something smelly or dirty, they will only need to be bathed only every two to four months. Bathing too frequently will dry out their skin and strip the natural oils from their coat. This is just one more reason why you should make bath day extra special for your pet. Here is a little DIY Dog Spa Day Primer that we put together.

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Pumpkin Pretzels for Hungry Pups

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We're always on the hunt for new dog and cat treat recipes. These delicious pumpkin flavored pretzels are a must-make for the Fall holidays.

Tip: If your dog is sensitive to rice flour, you can use wheat or white flour. There are also other types of flour, such as tapioca and potato flours!

Ingredients

1 package active dry yeast
1 C warm water
1 T honey
4 C rice flour
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup plain canned pumpkin (we recommend using Fruitables Pumpkin Dog Digestive Supplement with vitamin, fiber and ginger)

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