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Wild DIY Treat Containers for Dog Parks with #NaturalBalance

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We’re always hunting for new ways to give away treats. This is a fun way to stretch a bag of treats to give out to a number of dogs or cats (it was a big hit at the dog park)! So if your dog has lots of buddies and you want to celebrate a special occasion or just bring some extra joy to the dog park. we hope you’ll make up a few of these treats with your favorite pack of Natural Balance treats.

One reason we like using Natural Balance® treats is because they are healthy, nutritious rewards with limited calorie options. This means, we’re not contributing the obesity problem in the United States. Since their products are formulated by expert nutritionists, we can give it to their doggy friends with confidence.

These little treat holders wind up looking like those "sour cream" holders that you used to get at Potato places. They are super cute, a perfect size for a day at the dog park (they hold exactly the right number of treats) and best of all - it's a great way to re-purpose those empty toilet paper holders and/or paper towel holders (which makes life better in our landfills for a little while). Even the non-craftiest of people can make these fun holders.

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Halloween Yards You Won't Want to Miss

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I've never been a fan of Halloween. To me, it symbolizes a time of year when I have to stress out over ways to Keep Pets Calm as the doorbell rings for hours on end, and worry incessantly about the small colony of feral cats I feed every day.

But even I must admit that these clever folks brought back my holiday spirit with the way they decorated their yards! They sure have gone above and beyond to make Halloween a more interesting time of year (and far more humorous!).

Here are some of the best decorated yards we've seen this year (and information on how you can find the materials to make your own fun Halloween display...

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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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This DIY Pet Bed is the Cat's Meow

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I don't know about you, but we're always looking for ways to improve our pets lives. We're also always on the hunt for new Do It Yourself projects that are fun, creative, and something that just about anyone can do.

That's why we were super excited to find this DIY Pet Bed. It requires almost no skill to put together, kids can do it for shelter animals, and it's something that can be done with scraps of fabric - so it's very inexpensive.

We hope you'll consider making one of these pet beds not only for your pets, but for shelter pets. Cats in particular love to curl up in this nest of soft fabric, and we think it's something that the shelters will welcome because they are machine washable and easy to care for.

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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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