Thursday, May 23, 2013

Real Men Wear Purple

We now offer purple seersucker in the Pecan Pie Puppies shop! I asked Quincy to model the latest version of our seersucker bowtie in the new purple color. He was well compensated with liver treats.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

New chicks!

The girls the day they arrived at Five Dog Farm... Top left clockwise: Opal, Fern, Winnie and Clara
I've had my hands full here at Five Dog Farm because four new babies arrived on April 24th. They received their names the first day they arrived and have been dubbed Opal, Clara, Winnie and Fern. Three of the four girls (and they're supposed to be girls) are bantams - a Mottled Cochin Bantam, a Mille Fleur D'uccle and an Easter Egger bantam. The fourth gal - Opal - is a standard White Cochin... and she'll be a very big, fluffy girl when she grows up.

They're now three weeks old and entering that awkward yet very adorable phase where they look like little, tiny T-rexes. They had their first trip outside this past weekend and enjoyed snacking on the clover. I'm a total spaz waiting for them to get bigger so that I can confirm their gender. I'm not allowed to have roosters so anyone that turns out to be a boy will have to find a new home (and that will make me sad).

Monday, May 13, 2013

How to stuff a Kong... Elvis Presley style

We love our Kongs here at Five Dog Farm. The dogs love them because, well... what could be better than a bright red, bouncy toy filled to the brim with tasty food? And I love them because they will occupy my dogs for hours on end... keeping them quiet and occupied when I need them to be on their best behavior.

And since I also love to spoil my dogs rotten, I enjoy coming up with new combinations of tasty things to fill up their beloved Kongs. Around here, we call this particular combo the "Elvis Presley." I named it after the King of Rock n' Roll because I based it on his favorite and famous sandwich that combined peanut butter, bananas and bacon.

What you'll need:

  • A Kong in the size appropriate for your dog
  • Sliced banana(s)
  • Peanut butter
  • Bacon-flavored treats (I used the Itty Bitty Buddy Biscuits in bacon)
  • Greek yogurt (good for a pup's tummy and cuts down on the amount of peanut butter you'll need to use making this a little better for the pup's waistline as well. Those sparkly jumpsuits aren't very forgiving...)
I always recommend starting with a spoonful of peanut butter because it seals up the Kong and keeps the other goodies from finding their way out of the bottom hole, but once you do that, the method of stuffing madness is entirely up to you. But this particular combo turned out to be a big hit... as you can tell from the picture of Oliver below. 

Tip #1: If your dog is a Kong Master and has become very skilled at emptying the goodies at lightning speed, pop the Kong in the freezer after you stuff it. It will make it sooo much more challenging for little Fluffy or Fido. 

Tip #2: Listening to a little Hound Dog during this process will make it much more fun.

So that's it... go get stuffing! Ollie says "A little less conversation, a little more action please..."