Parsley for Pups – Natural Herbal Benefits

foodiesfeed.com_homemade-chicken-broth-vegetables1Parsley is often a staple on the side to brighten & decorate main dishes, appetizers – but it is simply just for looks? Of course not! Parsley contains many vital nutrients that can be a beneficial addition to any diet – human or animal!

*Parlsey is rich in vitamin A, C, folic acids & antioxidants

*A natural anti inflammatory helps arthritis & swelling

*Also helps lower blood pressure & prevent bad breath

-> How to get natural benefits from parsley: -Add fresh chopped parsley (1-2x wk) to food (or) -Steep and serve as tea (1/2 tsp 3-4xday) 

*Parsley Tea recipe: -Boil 4 c water, remove from heat -Add 4 large tsp full of fresh, chopped parsley -Let steep 20 mins -Strain, & drink hot or cold

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Pup-a-chino! Dog Inspired Latte Art

At EcoDog, we are not just fans of coffee…but fanatics! Living on the West Coast we get to enjoy the abundance of easy-access coffee drive-thus, endless amount of local roasters and delicious new concoctions whipped up by the neighborhood baristas!
Portland, Oregon, being a hub for the coffee trend, has opened up a whole new world of coffee exposure to me!

Latte art is one of my favorite surprises when you order your drink only to discover a hidden treasure! Enjoy it while it lasts though, your one of a kind art piece is about to be destroyed with your first sip! Most commonly seen in the “rosetta” or flower/leaf shaped pattern, or, sometimes your barista will get creative.  At one of my favorite Portland coffee shops, Random Order, I’ve gotten everything from a skull and cross bones to my favorite heart with wings (and a rosetta! ooo!).

If you aren’t yet familiar with Latte Art, we won’t blame your barista for being lazy ( perhaps just uninspired?).
EcoDog dug up a few fun and inspiring animal-themed latte art pieces to help inspire your Monday!


Want to try your own hand at latte art?
Visit the websites below for some tricks and tips on how to create your own special designs!

RateMyRosetta.com – “How to Make Latte Art; Tutorials”

CoffeeGeek.com – “Frothing for Newbies & Intermediates”

Ehow.com – “How to Pour a Rosetta: Latte Art”

Giving Back: Guardian Angel Medical Service Dogs

Today’s Giving Back highlights a hard-working charity, dedicated to helping provide trained canine companions for the disabled. Guardian Angel Medical Service Dogs is committed to changing lives through connecting loyal service animals with those in need.

buddyatpanpoint*Approx. 20% of our population, over 52 million in the U.S., suffer from mental or physical disabilities that prevent them from participating in normal, routine activities.

*Dogs are trained and fostered to provide assistance for medical watch and physical tasks. After passing training and education courses, Guardian Angel Service Dogs are then placed in a forever home where they will be making a difference in the daily life and spirit of a person in need.

*Guardian Angel Service Dogs uses donations to rescue, raise and train service dogs.


How to help:

*Many different ways to donate – from $ to tax-deductible donations from donating used goods – Click the image below to find out more on how to donate!

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Don’t forget to share the link on your own social media sites! By helping to spread the word about this unique non-profit, you can make a difference!

http://www.medicalservicedogs.com/

Pet Photo Contest – Enter to Win!

And now, our first Winner of the howliday Pet Photo Contest! Our lucky winner gets 3 bags of Plato Pet Treats: Turkey & Cranberry, Turkey & Pumpkin and Turkey & Sweet Potato!

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The winner is……….

Sontino!

Congratulations!!


If you didn’t win – don’t worry! You have 2 more chances to win from Plato Pet Treats!

ENTER TO WIN:

Send a pet photo along with your answer to this week’s question:

How many pets do you have?

Email to : ecodogpdx@gmail.com


**2 more chances to win! Winner for this week’s questions chosen on the 19th and one more chance to win, final prize winner announced on the 26th.


treats.jpgAnother big THANK YOU to Plato Pet Treats for hosting our howliday Pet Photo Contest as well! Plato Pet Treats are one of our top picks for healthy, quality treats that you can feel good feeding your best friends!! 🙂 You are what you eat & your pets deserve to eat well too! Plato Pet Treats line of holiday inspired treats are fun because they make your pet feel like part of the family meal – Turkey & Cranberry, Turkey & Pumpkin and Turkey & Sweet Potato! More info online at: platopettreats.com

Himalayan Dog Chew Review

Today I’m featuring a top pick for a durable, natural dog treat – Himalayan Dog Chews!

imageThis eco-forward treat features an age-old recipe that creates a long-lasting chew for lucky pups. Yak and cow milk is combined in a traditional Himalayan method to create a hardened “cheese” which is actually less than 1% fat per chew and safe for your pup to enjoy.

Ruby,my sisters 5 mo. old puppy, has been “taste testing” these treats

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and gives it a high-flying review. Ruby is one busy puppy and she has chewed on Himalayan Dog Chew for over a week! They are definitely a great value for how long they last! Dogs of all ages and sizes can enjoy this eco-treat and owners can feel good because of its natural ingredients!

More reasons to ❤ Himalayan Dog Chews:

-All Natural

-No Chemicals / Preservatives

-Lactose free / Grain Free / Gluten Free

-Long Lasting

To shop online or find more info. on these eco pet treats, visit the official website: www.himalayandogchew.com

Clevercat Top-Entry Litter Box

A litter box is an obvious must-have in a cat owners home and there are several styles that are pretty standard. Unless you’re lucky enough to have a cat that uses a doggie door to do it’s business outdoors, you’re probably familiar with the classic rectagular litter pan option – it’s the one we’ve been using for years. For some reason, last week – we decided to switch.image

I don’t know if this style is something I will stick with long-term but I wanted to feature it and it is working so far! (*Note the surprise, it just seemed like an ususal style!) Also, my concern was that my cats were too large to fit inside but again, not the case. *I will mention that this would not be recommended for cats with joint or mobility issues.

Benefits to a top-entry litter box:

-Cats must hop in & out of the top, “wiping” their paws on the built in mat on the top of the litter box

-Less kicked litter because of the high sides & less tracked outside of the litter box

-Easy clean, liners available

-30 day money back guarantee


For more info, visit the Clevercat main website: www.clevercatinnovations.com 

Photo Contest – Plato Pet Treat Giveaway!

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Send a picture of your pet to Win!!

Show us your holiday spirit with a photo of your four-legged friend!


*1 Winner EVERY FRIDAY in December!

Winners announced on the 12th, 19th & 26th

->Winner receives 3 bags of Plato Pet Treats: Turkey & Cranberry, Turkey & Pumpkin, Turkey & Sweet Potato

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You are what you eat! It’s important to remember this when it comes to our four-legged friends as well! After all, they are part of the family too, right? 🙂

Plato Pet Treats gets a tail-wagging 5 stars from us with its eco-forward attitude and commitment to quality ingredients.

Plato’s line of treats features holiday inspired recipes with ingredients that make your pup feel like they are part of the family meal! …or maybe a great reward for staying away from that all-too-tempting holiday roast? 🙂 Whenever my lucky pups get a treat, I like to know it’s something made with real ingredients by a company that cares!


TO ENTER:

Send a Photo of your Pet, along your answer to the Question of the Week:

Do you hang an extra holiday stocking for your pet?

Send to: ecodogpdx@gmail.com


A big THANK YOU to Plato Pet Treats for partnering with EcoDog Blog to make this GiveAway possible!

More info on Plato Pet Treats: www.platopettreats.com