Apple Crunch Pupcakes

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Just in time for summer (or even your dog’s birthday)! Apple crunch pupcakes will be the perfect treat for your pup. They are a simple and delicious snack, great for anytime of the day! Here are the ingredients to start your baking:

Ingredients

2 3/4 cups water

1/4 cup applesauce

1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 medium egg

2 tablespoons honey

4 cups whole wheat flour

1 cup dried apple chips

1 tablespoon baking powder

 

After you gather your ingredients, continue with these baking instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Spray a large muffin pan with vegetable spray (recipe makes about 12 to 14 pupcakes).

3. Mix the water, applesauce, vanilla extract, egg and honey together in a bowl.

4. Combine the flour, apple chips and baking powder in a separate bowl.

5. Slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Mix thoroughly. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl to be sure no dry mixture is left.

6. Pour the mixture into the muffin pan. Bake for 60 to 75 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the centre of a pupcake comes out dry.

7. Store pupcakes in a sealed container in the fridge.

 

Frosting is optional but is always a delicious EXTRA!

12 ounces fat-free cream cheese

3 teaspoons carob powder OR 1 teaspoon beet powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

In a small bowl, stir all ingredients together until smooth. Then, spread over cooled pupcakes.

Recipe courtesy of http://www.spca.bc.ca/assets/documents/youth/activities/apple-crunch-pupcakes-recipe.pdf

 

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Shetland Sheepdog

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This is Shelbie! She is a Shetland Sheepdog (also known as a sheltie). She is very sweet and gentle. Shelbie loves to play outside and be with kids. Her favorite toy is her frisbee. She can be shy at first but once she gets to know you she is super friendly and sweet. Shelbie is about 30 pounds which is the average weight for the Shetland Sheepdog.

Most are medium size and medium energy. They are the 24th most popular dog breed according to the American Kennel Club. They are bright, playful, and energetic. Sheltie’s are devoted family pets that love to spend time with their family. They will often follow family members around the house. They are emotional animals that tend to feed off the mood of their owners and are not shy to speak their mind (this breed likes to bark). Because of their history as herding dogs, Shelties love to run around an enclosed yard and love to be given a job to do.

They have naturally long coats that must be brushed and groomed regularly. Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip and elbow dysplasia and eye disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Shetland Sheepdogs are healthy dogs.

For more information about the breed visit http://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/shetland-sheepdog/

7 Things You Can Do To Keep Your Pet Healthy

Everyone wants to keep their pets healthy so they can live long, happy lives! Many times, we are told certain things like what to feed our pets, certain shampoos to wash them with, and what/who veterinarian they should be seeing in order to live their happy lives. I am here to tell you there are simply seven steps you should know in order for your pet to stay healthy.

  1. Keep your pet at a healthy weight.
  2. Exercise your pet.
  3. Feed your pet a balanced, nutritious diet.
  4. Have your veterinarian examine your pet at least once a year to make sure your pet is healthy and to help detect problems earlier.
  5. Vaccinate your pet against potentially deadly diseases such as distemper, parvo, panleukopenia and rabies.
  6. Keep your pet free of parasites (fleas and ticks, heartworm, etc.) – consult your veterinarian for the best product for your pet.
  7. Spay or neuter your pet.

By following each step, not in any particular order, your pet will live an energized and joyful life. Both of my dogs visit the vet regularly for check-ups and are vaccinated against all harmful and potentially deadly diseases. For more information visit https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/pet-health.aspx

 

Groom Genie

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The groom genie is great for pets who do not like to sit still and fuss while they get their hair brushed! It is easy on knots and smooth on the fur. It works on any fur, hair, and pet type. The groom genie was designed by the same brush originally designed for humans – the knot genie!

Many people had actually purchased the human brush for their pets because of how great it was on their pets fur. Eventually, the groom genie was invented just for pets and it was a huge success! It became the first grooming brush that not only detangles and beautifies coats, but reduces a pet’s grooming anxiety while strengthening the bond between owner and pet.

My pets both love the groom genie! I have a miniature Poodle and a Portuguese Waterdog. Even though they have completely different fur types, the groom genie works great on both!

For more information of the groom genie and where you can purchase your very own, visit http://groomgenie.com/about/

 

Monmouth University Fundraiser

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Love Dogs, Love Cookies? Come to Monmouth University and support the Monmouth County SPCA. The Puppy Protectors will be hosting a bake sale fundraiser on Wednesday, April 5 from 11 to 3pm in support of the MCSPCA. All proceeds will go their organization.

In addition, B98.5 Jersey Shore’s #1 Hit Music Station will be playing music and giving out prizes for every donation made. There will be certified therapy dogs as well to greet everyone who comes to the fundraiser. They love attention so come and join in on the fun!

The Monmouth County SPCA is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to protect and advocate for all animals. They are dedicated to enforcing animal cruelty laws; providing a safe haven for homeless, abused and abandoned pets while they await adoption; reducing pet over-population through spay/neutering; and cultivating their humane treatment through education and service as a valuable community resource.

For more information about their mission, vision, and even pet adoption, visit their website at http://monmouthcountyspca.org/about/

 

Jane Goodall

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Jane Goodall was born on April 3, 1934. She had always been a lover of all animals. As a child, she had spent her days outdoors watching birds and animals, taking notes and sketching them. From an early age, she had always dreamed of traveling to Africa to observe exotic animals in their natural habitats. She never knew that one day, her dream would soon come true.

On July 16, 1960 Jane, accompanied by her mother and an African cook, traveled to a camp on the shore of Lake Tanganyika in the Gombe Stream Reserve. Her first attempts to observe a group of chimpanzees failed; she could get no nearer than 500 yards before the chimps fled. After finding another suitable group of chimpanzees to follow, she established a nonthreatening pattern of observation, appearing at the same time every morning on high ground near a feeding area along the Kakaombe Stream valley. The chimpanzees soon tolerated her presence and, within a year, allowed her to move as close as 30 feet to their feeding area. After two years of seeing her every day, they showed no fear and often came to her in search of bananas.

Goodall used her newfound acceptance to establish what she termed the “banana club,” a daily systematic feeding method she used to gain trust and to obtain a more thorough understanding of everyday chimpanzee behavior. Using this method, she became closely acquainted with more than half of the reserve’s 100 or more chimpanzees. She imitated their behaviors, spent time in the trees, and ate their foods.

By remaining in almost constant contact with the chimps, she discovered a number of previously unobserved behaviors. She observed chimps having a complex social system, complete with ritualized behaviors and primitive communication methods, including a primitive “language” system containing more than 20 individual sounds. She is credited with making the first recorded observations of chimpanzees eating meat and using and making tools. Tool making was previously thought to be an exclusively human trait, until her discovery, to distinguish humans from animals. Ethologists had long believed that chimps were exclusively vegetarian, as well. Goodall witnessed chimps stalking, killing, and eating large insects, birds, and some bigger animals, including baby baboons and bushbacks (small antelopes). On one occasion, she recorded acts of cannibalism. She also noted that chimpanzees throw stones as weapons, use touch and embraces to comfort one another, and develop long-term familial bonds.

For more information about Jane Goodall, visit http://www.biography.com/people/jane-goodall-9542363

 

Goldendoodle

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This is Rosie! She is a fun-loving, playful, and kind goldendoodle. She is energetic and loves to play outside. Doodles are highly trainable and very intelligent. They are great families with children, singles and seniors, and houses with yards. Goldendoodles can be highly active so daily exercise is needed. They are great with agility training as well as obedience training (this comes from their poodle genes) and are very sociable with people as well as other dogs!

The Goldendoodle came into existence by breeding a Golden Retriever to a Poodle. This combination is called a crossbreeding. There is some controversy as to where the Goldendoodle originated. Those in England assert that the Goldendoodle originated there however; breeders in the United States swear that the first Goldendoodle was bred in America. This hybrid was created to be a hypoallergenic and active family pet.

Goldendoodles come in a variety of sizes. The Standard Goldendoodle should weigh between 50 and 90 pounds and stand 20 to 29 inches tall at the withers. Mini Goldendoodles tip the scales between 25 and 50 pounds and are from 13 to 21 inches high at the shoulder. Goldendoodles can be predisposed to all of the health issues faced by Golden Retrievers and Poodles because they are a combination of the two breeds. The average Goldendoodle lives between 10 and 13 years.

For more information, visit http://www.petguide.com/breeds/dog/goldendoodle/