Freezing and below freezing temperatures are finally over! My dogs and I cannot be more excited! The bored looks, the begging at the door to go outside and then the disappointed looks when I don't go with them, are gone! Spring is so close we can smell it, and all of our moods are better for it. Now, what to do? Same old park you usually walk? Maybe it's time to find somewhere new.
But what about dog parks? If your dog is a social butterfly, then check out these dog parks and see which they like best!
Overton Bark - at Overton Park. They have a large dog side and a small dog side. There's many great trails too if you like to walk on leash. Stop over at the lake and let you dog take a quick dip (on leash of course) and cool down after a few laps around the Bark.
The Outback at Shelby Farms Park - Over 100 acres for off leash activities for you and your 4 legged friends. There are several lakes for dog paddling and trails to walk/run/bike. There are many bikers that ride through so this may not be a good spot if your dog is afraid of bicycles. It also is not completely fenced, so if your dog gets super excited and takes off when he's let off leash, this may not be the best place. But the rest of the park has great trail options for on leash walks too. They often have food truck rodeos on the weekends, so you can hike or drive over to the visitors center and grab a bite while you're out!
The Barking Lot - a new downtown dog park! Completely fenced, it's a small refuge for downtown dogs to get their social fix.
Avery Dog Park - near the board of education, this is a convenient, completely fenced location. They also have a large dog and small dog side. It's next to the skate park so owners can watch the skaters while their dogs get their exercise. This is a large area, plenty of room to run and chase balls till their hearts content!
There are many pet friendly patios at local restaurants, check out our website for a few favorites. We'll also share upcoming pet friendly events on our facebook, instagram and twitter pages. So follow us to stay up to date on the latest pet fun in Memphis!
Backbeat Tours dog playing with dogs at Overton Bark!
My pets Thanksgiving Thanks List: (they each have a cause this season! What's yours?)
Ringo: Thank goodness for people adopting a turkey instead of eating one. That means more for me. Support Farm Sanctuary Here!
Macy: No work? Then I get to go for a ride and a walk! Donate or volunteer for The Memphis Humane Society! You can donate monthly, donate your car or volunteer to walk their adoptable cuties!
Vinnie: All I want is to sit in your lap and give attention. (well, and get it) Check out Mid-South Therapy Dogs!
Guthrie: I'm grateful for my temporary foster, but I'd love a home for the holidays! See him at Streetdog Foundation!
Dixie and Hendrix: Bring on the toys! (hey we're the babies) We can't forget about the 2 legged kids either, we love Toys for Tots. And Hollywood Feed for giving to the military's four legged friends, donate in any store!
Since I love to experiment with cooking and baking, spoiling my dogs is easy! And they always love my cooking, even if it doesn't look perfect the first time around! I had lots of oats and a couple bananas that were getting very ripe. And since we stockpile peanut butter, that got added into the recipe too.
4-5 handfuls of dry oats 2 heaping tablespoons peanut butter 2 mashed very ripe bananas
Combine everything in a bowl, I used my hands. Spray a foil lined pan, whatever size you like, with a spray oil. Form the mixture to the pan to later be able to cut into bars. Mine were about a half inch thick.
Bake at 275 degrees for 45 minutes. Let cool. Cut into bars. Ice with yogurt frosting if desired.
We've all heard of Chicken Soup for the Soul and all it's animal versions. November 12th is the day to celebrate your inspirational four legged, furry or feathery companions. Well in my version it does! My dogs and I will all be enjoying chicken soup, well a vegetarian version for me. It's perfect timing that it's supposed to be cold!
Despite having to keep track of 6 perfectly cute and cuddly dogs, and the constant laundry, and the constant attention and activity, I wouldn't trade it for a quiet, calm (or clean!) house.
Free Perks of Pet Companions:
Dependable alarm clock: we're up at promptly 7am (my dogs can be late sleepers, depends which one) to go out and play and beg for breakfast.
Walking buddy (always making keep up the pace! No lazy Sunday morning strolls here!)
They always love my cooking
Dance partner when no one else is around
Can't be in a bad mood around them. Impossible.
They remind you to enjoy the simple things
They bring you presents! (That chewed up stick is amazing, and the dead possum, wow! That beats the snake they brought me last month.)
They're always up for a sharing a midnight snack. No need for guilt.
Do we have to wear these to the party? I'd rather stay home and nap.
We've heard a lot of tips over the years, but maybe it's been a while since you've had a pet that is new to the holidays. Or new holiday guests that aren't used to having pets around at the holidays!
Or like me, it's been a while since you've had 6 dogs to keep up with in the house, outside, and around food and guests!
A couple things I've learned the hard way...
Guest's purses and coats/coat pockets: Contents: medications, hair ties, make-up (and their plastic containers) and the fabric the purse is made out of. Plastic and string like material are the worst combinations for your pet to ingest. They can get wrapped up in their intestines and be very difficult and costly to remove. Hair ties can get wrapped up as well.
Everything IN the kitchen sink: Any food scraps you are throwing in to put down the disposal later. Human food is not always safe for dogs. Find a list of non-dog friendly foods here. And just in case, Animal Poison Control: 888.426.4435. Call them if you think your pet has ingested anything.Plastic utensils, like above, if they eat the plastic then the really good smelling dish rag, they could be in trouble.