Maltese

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This is Pupino! She is an 8 year Maltese with a wonderful personality. She loves to play with balls and her favorite thing to do is go on walks! Pupino is always sleeping under the covers, hiding from her owner and can never be found! She cannot go down stairs and has to be picked up because she is afraid.

Malteses are a small dog breed with a medium energy. They are the 32nd most popular dog breed and known to be charming, playful, and gentle. They are the most gentled mannered  of all little dogs, but also full of energy and very playful- great family pets! If kept long, Maltese’s should be brushed daily to prevent mats from forming in their long, white coats.

Maltese are highly intelligent and know very well how to use their charm to get their way-they can become easily spoiled. It is not recommended that Maltese go to homes with young children, where as tiny puppies, there is the possibility of being stepped on or dropped by a child. Maltese, like all other dog breeds, may have health issues but the majority of the breed are healthy. If you have any questions about this breed consult with a breeder!

http://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/maltese/care/

 

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Portuguese Water Dog

oliver.jpgThis is Oliver! He is my dog and the most lovable, sweet and kind dog I have ever owned. Portuguese Water Dogs typically have high energy level and are medium size, Oliver not having too much energy but being medium size. They are the 53rd most popular dog breed; many people are not too familiar with this breed! They are extremely affectionate, adventurous and athletic. Oliver falls short on the athletic part; he can be a little goofy and unbalanced at times but that is why I love him!

The breed is distinguished by two types of coats, curly or wavy. They have large heads and are ruggedly built. The Water Dog is hypoallergenic, but requires regular maintenance. Oliver is wavy and curly! He is always in need of a bath so from time to time someone in my family will give him one before he is due for his haircut at the groomers! Usually they are every six weeks or so, depending on the season or if he really needs one.

An athletic, active breed, the Portuguese Water Dog requires daily vigorous exercise. They are very intelligent and respond well to obedience training. The Water Dog is demanding of attention and human contact, requires positive training, and daily mental and physical exercise. They can challenge his owner’s will, think independently, voice own opinion, and greet friends and family with unbridled enthusiasm.The Water Dog has a lifespan of 11 to 13 years.

For more information about this breed or to find a breeder, visit http://www.akc.org/dog-breeds/portuguese-water-dog/care/

 

MCSPCA Dog Walk & Pet Fair

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Come out and support Monmouth County and the local SPCA at Brookdale Community College! The 2017 Dog Walk and Pet Fair is now in the works and accepting ANY and ALL sponsors and vendors. Registration will start soon, so any questions please call the MCSPCA directly.

This is an amazing and lifesaving event. Last year, this same event made over $140,000 for homeless animals and had over 2,000 people and pets walking for the cause! So come on over and support the cause- bring your pet, family, friends, colleges- whoever wants to support this wonderful event!

For more information about becoming a sponsor, vender, or just participating in the event, visit monmouthcountyspca.org. Under the events tab, you will find all information about this event as well as previous events. Hope to see you there!

Homemade Peanut Butter & Banana Dog Treats

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Ingredients: (Makes 2 Dozen)

1 banana, peeled
1 cup oat flour
2/3 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup dried parsley
3 tablespoons peanut butter
1 egg, beaten

Method:
Preheat oven to 300°F. Put banana in a large bowl and use a spoon or potato masher to mash it thoroughly. Add oat flour, oats, parsley, peanut butter and egg and stir well to combine. Set aside for 5 minutes.

Roll mixture into 24 balls, using about 1 tablespoon dough for each; transfer to a large parchment paper-lined baking sheet as done. Use the back of a spoon or the heel of your hand to press each ball into a (1 1/2- to 2-inch) coin. Bake until firm and deep golden brown on the bottom, 40 to 45 minutes. Set aside to let cool completely.

Storage note: It’s best to store these in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Or, freeze them to give to your pal later; just be sure to thaw the treats befor handing them out.

The parsley in the treats makes them a great breath freshener. You can also substitute dried mint for the other half of the parsley as well for the same affect. The treat sizes can be adjusted to accommodate small or larger dogs, just cook them longer or shorter as needed!

For more information go to http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/homemade-peanut-butter-and-banana-dog-treats

 

Jackson & Tika

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Jackson Lukacs, at only seven years old, decided to save his very own kitten, Tika. Jackson is already fully invested in the needs of animals at such a young age! In the fall of 2015, Jackson, along with his brother, Alex and their friend were playing outside when this small kitten approached them looking for a home. They immediately noticed something wrong with her eye and their first reaction was not to play with her but to help her!

They took her to the vet and after she was healed, their next step was to propose the idea of adopting her to their parents; but after 72 hours, the answer was YES! Father, Eric Lukacs, said “She couldn’t be a better decision, and I am very proud of my kids for helping her.” Tika’s name was chosen by Jackson, based on his favorite childhood book featuring “Tika Tiger.”

Even though Tika’s eye was infected and caused her to go blind in one eye, she has still been saved thanks to the compassion of young community members, Alex and Jackson Lukacs. These two young boys are my cousins and I could not be more proud to call them my family. They are very kind and compassionate to not just animals but all nature. Way to go boys!

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