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Saturday, January 01, 2022

How to celebrate your dog's birthday | Rascal turns 3 today! 🐶🎂

January 01, 2022 0 Comments

Hello everyone, Happy New Year!

Today, the 1st of January is Rascal's third birthday! For those of you who do not know, Rascal is my stubborn Maltipoo. He is my first dog, and to be honest, I never thought I'd be one of those pet guardians that celebrate their dog's birthday. But, since Rascal is a New Year's pup, and my family and I always celebrate at home, we don't pass the opportunity to also celebrate his birthday. My father's birthday is on the 30th of December, so it's a three-day celebration at our house! My dad is Rascal's favourite person; it might have something to do with the fact that they are both Capricorns!

photo of @rascal.the.maltipoo

Birthdays are celebrated to make someone feel extra special on the anniversary of their birth. Dogs don't get it, so any birthday celebration is only for our amusement. Our dogs are part of the family, so when it comes to their birthday we want to make it special. There are plenty of fun and easy ways to make your dog’s birthday unforgettable. Here are some ideas:

Host a birthday party.

Invite some of your friends and family over, along with their furry friends. Make sure the dogs get along before inviting them to the party.

Let your dog pick out a gift.

If you are getting your dog an extra special present for their birthday, try letting them pick it out themselves.

photo of @rascal.the.maltipoo

Make a dog-friendly cake or treats.

You can show your dog some extra love on their birthday by making them a special treat. You can find plenty of recipes on the internet.

Prepare a homemade meal for your dog.

Rascal is a very picky eater but, he devours every meal I cook for him! Most dogs will prefer a home-cooked meal over kibble or wet food any day.

Explore a new trail with your dog.

You can make your walk extra special on their birthday by taking them somewhere brand new. Explore a new hiking trail together or take your dog to a new park. 

photo of @rascal.the.maltipoo

Pamper and spoil your dog.

Spoil your dogs and give them some extra love and attention on their birthday. Give them a nice homemade meal, an extra-long walk, a new toy, a relaxing massage, and extra cuddles.

On his birthday Rascal gets some presents, a homemade meal, a long walk and lots of cuddles! 

How do you celebrate your dog’s birthday? 

Monday, November 29, 2021

Holiday gift ideas for your dogs

November 29, 2021 0 Comments
Hello everyone!

Since the holiday season has officially started, I want to share a few gift ideas with you. This year, I'm starting with holiday gift ideas for your dogs!

I always buy Christmas presents for Rascal and, I know that the majority of dog guardians (I don't like the word owners) do the same for their pets.
Rascal at Christmas 2020
Rascal - Christmas 2020

I always dress Rascal in cosy sweaters during the colder months, so a warm outfit is always number one on my list! Dogs can get cold, just like us! Small dogs, as well as dogs with short coats, feel the cold more sharply than larger dogs or breeds with thick coats. These dogs may need a sweater or coat when outside for extended periods during the winter.
Maltipoo in sweaters
Check out my picks:

Collars and accessories are a perfect gift for dogs that do not need or want to wear clothes.

Toys and treats are always good gift ideas that your furry friends will surely enjoy.

These are just a few gift ideas I wanted to share with you today. If you have pets, let me know if you buy them Christmas/holiday gifts?

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Canine beauty routine | DIY tips for grooming your dog at home

November 17, 2021 0 Comments

 Hello everyone!

All dog guardians know that our pups need a beauty routine too. Dogs are more than just man’s best friend; these furry companions are members of our family. And what proud pet guardian wouldn’t want their family to look their best?  Grooming consists of several tasks. Rascal (my Maltipoo) needs regular grooming! I brush his coat daily, and at least two or three times a week, I need to clean his teeth and remove tear stains. He hates having his face touched, so this is a nightmare every time! Then, once a month, I bathe him, trim his nails, clean his ears and give him a haircut! Keep reading to see Rascal's before and after pictures...

Here are ten (10) tips to help with at-home grooming:

dog resting its head on a pillow

  1. Stay calm and give treats. Start with short sessions and reward your pet with praise or high-value treats. 
  2. Brush your pet regularly. Just a few minutes of brushing helps remove dirt, excess hair, tangles and mats while distributing oils that help keep the skin and coat healthy. Use a dog hair detangler, if needed.
  3. Bathe regularly. You should bathe your dog about once a month unless it seems smelly or dirty.
  4. Do not skip the conditioner. If your dog has long hair, then a dog conditioner is a must. Long coats can quickly become tangled and prone to matting, so conditioning will make brushing easier.
  5. Remove tear stains. White dogs are more likely to have visible tear staining on their faces because the pigments in their tears can easily dye light-coloured fur. Also, dogs with long hair on their faces may be more prone to excessive tearing. I use a cotton disc to wipe Rascal's tear stains with Optrex Eye Wash. I tried tear stain remover wipes and pads but found that Optex is just as effective and less expensive. And it's perfectly safe to use on your dog.
  6. Trim nails regularly. Regular walks on cement roads and sidewalks can help wear down your dog’s nails. However, when you can hear your dog’s nail clicking on the floor, it’s time for a trim. Start by handling each paw and rewarding your pet with treats or praise when they remain calm. Then begin to touch the paw with the nail trimmer and follow with a reward. Work your way up to trimming a single nail. Then gradually trim more nails as your pet allows. 
  7. Use a scratch board. A scratch board is like a giant nail file for your dog! It's a flat board with sandpaper glued to it. Most dogs are comfortable dragging their nails across 30-40 grit sandpaper, which files down nails fast. This can be an alternative for dogs who are afraid of nail clippers!
  8. Avoid the quick. You’ll want to avoid cutting the quick, it includes a blood vessel and nerve and is easier to see on light dog nails. If your pet has dark nails, trim the very tip of each nail and continue making small cuts until you see a black dot in the centre of the nail. If your dog is using a scratch board, keep the sessions short to keep the dog from accidentally quicking his nails.
  9. Use ear hair powder. Shih Tzus, Poodles, Maltipoos and Bichon Frises are just some of the breeds that grow thicker hair inside their ears. Unfortunately, hair growing inside the ear can impede the flow of air that is needed to keep the ear passages dry. It can also trap excess ear wax, dirt, and debris. All of these can increase your dog’s risk of infection. Dog ear powder is used to make the removal of excess hair easier, by making the hair inside a dog's ear easier to grip. It can also help control ear odour and keep ears dry, helping to prevent infection.
  10. Do not neglect oral hygiene.  Not all dogs will accept a toothbrush in their mouth. Rascal hates his dog toothbrush and toothpaste, he runs away as soon as he sees them. As an alternative to brushing, rubbing coconut oil on your dog’s teeth and gums can assist with reducing plaque-causing bacteria. I use a finger toothbrush for dogs to massage the coconut oil on Rascal's teeth. Do not use human toothpaste!

This is a photo of Rascal before grooming!

And this is a photo of Rascal after grooming! He looks like a different dog!

Do you have a furry companion as well? Leave a comment with your pets' names below!

Talk to you soon!

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

DIY: Dog calming spray

November 10, 2021 0 Comments

Hello everyone!

Today, I want to share a simple, all-natural dog calming spray recipe! This DIY is inspired by Rascal, my Maltipoo! Puppies and young adult dogs are known for having too much energy. Some breeds are also known to be more high energy

This spray is ideal for dogs with anxiety. This all-natural, homemade dog calming spray works to calm dogs with mild anxiety. However, for more severe cases, you'll need to consult your vet.


  • Lavender essential oil 
  • Chamomile essential oil
  • Spray bottle

I use lavender and chamomile because they are natural calming agents, and my dog and I like the scent. However, you can use other oils, with calming properties, such as; cedarwood, frankincense, orange, lemon, sandalwood, rose, and bergamot.


  • Fill the spray bottle with water (I use a 75ml bottle). 
  • Add 6 drops of lavender essential oil and 6 drops of chamomile essential oil into the bottle.
  • Shake the mixture well before every use.

If you are reusing an old spray bottle, clean and dry it before mixing the solution.

How to use:

two dogs sleeping on a bed

You can either: spray the solution on your hands and then massage your dog's coat, or you can apply it directly. If you are spraying directly onto the pet's coat, spray from a distance of 15cm (6 inches). Apply the solution from the neck down to the tail only, never near your dog's face, eyes and nose. 

Directly applying essential oils to the dog's skin or coat may irritate their skin and cause side effects. For more information, read this post: Aromatherapy for animals.

You can also spray this calming spray around your home or in your car. If you have a particularly anxious or hyper dog, try spraying it on the dog's bedding or his favourite blanket. You can even spray it on your dog's favourite plush toy.

If you don't want to use commercial products, this homemade calming spray for dogs is natural and safe to use on dogs. Rascal and I recommend you give it a try!


Monday, June 08, 2020

DIY: Vegan dog paw balm 🐾

June 08, 2020 0 Comments

Hello everyone!

Today’s post is a little different then what I usually write about.  If you are a regular reader, you know that last year I became the proud guardian of a handsome Maltipoo!  Today’s post is a DIY recipe for our four-legged friends.

dogs paws

 If you want to see more of him go follow rascal.the.maltipoo on IG.

If you are a dog owner or guardian, as I like to call myself, this is a DIY recipe just for you.  

What is a paw balm:

The term paw balm describes the category of skin care products designed with your dog's foot health in mind.  These balms, creams, waxes, butters, and lotions protect, and in some cases, help heal your dog's dry, chapped, or cracked skin.  They form barriers and moisturise the feet.  A paw balm can help prevent damage to the skin on your dog's paw pads, but it can also help to soothe and repair sore, damaged and cracked pads with its healing and moisturising properties. 

When to use a paw balm:

Dogs that go outside in the hot summer weather can injure their paws.  In high temperatures always check the paved or sandy surfaces.  If it’s too hot to the touch, it’s too hot for your dog.

Additionally, winter climates can be brutal on our dog’s paw pads.  Exposed to the elements and toxic chemicals (harsh irritants like rock salt and other chemicals used to deice roads), the paw pads are at risk for drying, cracking, trauma, frostbite and chemical burns.  Having a barrier between your pup’s paws and the ground helps keep the salt from sticking to your dog’s feet, all while nourishing the paw pad skin.

Hers’s my recipe for a DIY vegan dog paw balm.  All you need are five simple ingredients!


  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons vitamin E oil
  • 4 tablespoons shea butter
  • 8 teaspoons soy wax


  1. Put all of the ingredients into a glass jar.

  2. Using a pot as a double boiler, add water and then place the glass jar in the pot.

  3. Heat on low until the wax has melted and all ingredients are mixed well.

  4. Pour the mixture into individual containers and let harden.

How to use:

Before using the balm, make sure the paw is ready.  If your dog has long hair, like my Rascal, use a clipper to keep the hair between the paw pads short so that it is even with the pad.

Apply a thin even layer of balm just before going out for a walk.  After the walk, wipe your dog’s paws with a warm washcloth in the winter or a wet wipe during the warmer months.  Then apply another layer of balm to soothe any irritation and to keep them from drying out.

You can also massage it into your pup's paws to treat dry, cracked, chaffed, chapped or damaged paw pads.  Plus, because it's all-natural, there's little to worry, should your dog lick it off.  It's also safe to use on your pup's skin and nose.  Apply this protective balm to your pup’s sensitive nose skin before going out and afterwards to soothe the snooze. 

Just as harsh weather can do a number on human skin; extremely hot and cold temperatures can also be rough on your dog’s paws and nose.


Are you a pet guardian/“owner”?  Did you enjoy today’s post?  Leave a comment and let me know whether or not you want more pet-related posts in the future!

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Friday, March 29, 2019

Aromatherapy for animals 🐾

March 29, 2019 2 Comments

Hello everyone!

Last month I adopted my very first puppy!  He is an adorable, champagne and white coloured Maltipoo, who I named Rascal.  He was only 7 weeks old when I brought him home and now he is almost three months.  Today's post was inspired by this little furball!  

photo of Rascal

He was so tiny in this photo.  If you want to see more of him go follow rascal.the.maltipoo on Instagram.

I've posted about aromatherapy and essential oils many times before and I'm sure you're already familiar with how beneficial they can be to our health, but did you know that essential oils can also be used on your four-legged friends?  

If you're wondering about the safety of essential oils for pets, there are a number of essential oils that are considered, not only safe but also beneficial to pet health.  However, there are also many essential oils toxic to animals.  

I came across a very helpful infographic that lists the best essential oils for dogs and cats and when to use them.  It also lists some oils that are toxic to animals and therefore you should NEVER use on your pets.  Check it out and keep reading to find out how to use these oils on your pets!

How to use:
  • Essential oils can be applied topically to your dog or cat.  Dilute the essential oils; approximately two to six drops of oil in an ounce of carrier oil.
  • Or add about 10-20 drops in eight ounces of shampoo.  Use less for cats and small dogs.  
  • You can also use a spray bottle with a few drops of oil mixed with water to apply topically. 
  • Massage your diluted oil to the area where it’s needed.  You can also apply by ''petting'' - rub the diluted oil in your hands, then pet your dog or cat with both hands. 
  • Use a diffuser for aromatherapy or put a drop of oil on your pet's collar or bed.  If you don’t have a diffuser, a bowl of hot water with a few drops of essential oils will do the trick.   
  • Keep away from your pet's eyes, nose, inside of his ears, and private area. 
  • Only use essential oils that are safe for animals. 

That's all for today!  This post was a little different.  If you want me to post more pet-related tips and DIYs in the future let me know in the comments section below.  

Do you have any pets?  Did you know that essential oil can also be used on your pets?

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