Wagging Wednesday – Fall Inspired Treats


wednesdayNext week happens to be the first day of Fall(September 23rd) and that got me thinking as to some yummy fall inspired treats for you to make for your dogs. I love summer but there is something about fall that I love more. The leaves are beautiful, Starbucks starts selling their yummy pumpkin spice latte, walking my dog isn’t so dreadful due to high temperatures outside and the fresh chill is in the air when it blows.

(Photo Below) Doesnt Rolo look hilarious as a pumpkin! He is also wearing his witches hat from the dollar store and Halloween inspired Bandana from his friends at the Bone & Biscuit in Thickwood. He is just such a good sport when it comes to dressing up a 100lb GSD x Husky!
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Here are some recipes for these Fall Inspired Treats; Pumpkin & Peanut butter treats, Apple Cheddar Biscuits & Fall Ice Cream

PUMPKIN & PEANUT BUTTER TREATS (From Pinterest)
Ingredients
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2 eggs
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions
-Preheat oven to 350F.
-Whisk together the flour, eggs, pumpkin, peanut butter, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl.
-Add water as needed to help make the dough workable, but the dough should be dry and stiff.
-Roll the dough into a 1/2-inch-thick roll. Cut into 1/2-inch pieces.
-Bake 40 minutes, let cool and serve.
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APPLE CHEDDAR BISCUITS (from Pinterest)
Ingredients
2 cups flour
½ cup rolled oats
1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 tablespoons olive oil

Directions
-Preheat oven to 350°F.
-In a large bowl, mix all ingredients plus about 3 tablespoons of water to form a dough.
-Roll dough to ¼ inch thickness and cut out biscuits with cookie cutter (this is when a bone-shaped cookie cutter might come in handy).
-Space biscuits about 1 inch apart on parchment covered baking sheet.
-Bake for 30 minutes, or until golden brown and firm.
-Store in airtight container or freeze until ready to eat.
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FALL ICE CREAM (from Pinterest)
Ingredients
1 (1 oz) Natural Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix (see note below)
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 cup milk, low or fat-free
1 (15 oz) can pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)

Directions
-Whisk the vanilla pudding mix, pumpkin pie spice, and milk together until dissolved. Approximately 2 minutes.
-Fold, or gently stir in the pumpkin puree.
-Scoop pumpkin pudding into small paper cups, small plastic cups, or a plastic Popsicle mold.
-Place in freezer, and let freeze completely, about 3 hours.
-Take out desired serving size and let sit on counter for 5 minutes. Then release from the mold and serve.

Rolo and I will be trying out some of these recipes as he loves when I make home-made items for him! We hope you enjoy your Wednesday!

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Tuesday Shelter Spotlight – Playa Animal Rescue


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*Who is filling out this interview?

Patricia Faulstich

*What is your position for your Animal Rescue/Shelter?
Social Media Director

*What is the name of your Animal Rescue/Shelter?
Playa Animal Rescue
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*Where are you located?
Playa del Carmen, Mexico

*Do you offer any awareness programs to your community?
Every Saturday we have Charm School, where visitors can interact with our dogs, teaching basic commands, leash training and help bathe them. This interaction helps socialize the dogs, making the transition to an adoptive home easier.

We try to educate locals in the importance of spay/neuter and regular check-ups and vaccinations for their dogs
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*How long has your Animal Rescue/Shelter been around for?
Playa Animal Rescue was founded in October of 2011

*What types of animals do you have at your Animal Rescue/Shelter?
We mainly focus on dogs/puppies, but we work together with other rescues to aid in the rescue of cats and other wildlife.

*If someone wanted to become a volunteer, how could they?
We welcome any and all volunteers. Our volunteers are invaluable and we couldn’t function like we do without them.
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*What types of items do you take as donations?
Just about anything dog related. Towels, shampoos, metal bowls, strong toys, leashes, collars and medications and preventatives like Frontline and Heartgard. We also welcome cleaning supplies for the shelter like bleach and laundry detergent.

*Do you have any fundraisers coming up that you want my viewers to know about?
Our annual fundraiser will be the end of February 2015. The exact date and venue is still to be decided.
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*What is the adoption process like?
We do have strict adoption protocol requiring references from friends as well as a reference for a vet if possible. We will do a home check if it’s a local adoption making sure there is a secure fenced in yard. If not a local adoption we welcome photos of the home and yard. We have homed dogs in other countries, mainly Canada and the US, where we find an escort to travel with the dog to its new home.

*What does your shelter/rescue hope to achieve in 2014?
We are constantly working to finish and equip our on-site clinic. Dr Mauricio, our vet, lives on site and we hope to open a low-cost clinic to help the local population be able to afford the cost of care for their pets.

We also hope to someday enlarge our quarantine area.

*Anything else you want to add?
Playa Animal Rescue has a very strict protocol when it comes to taking in new dogs. The dog will have to spend a minimum of 15 days in our quarantine area, separate from the general population. This is to ensure that the dog is free of one of the many serious diseases that are unfortunately common in the area. We often ask locals to foster an animal until a space opens in our quarantine.
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*Social Media Contacts:
Email: pat@playaanimalrescue.org
Website: http://www.playaanimalrescue.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PlayaAnimal
RescueTwitter: https://twitter.com/playaanimal

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Adopt Me Monday – September 15th


mondayWell this weekend was super busy in my books so I wasnt able to head up to the shelter on Sunday but I did get to attend the Paws in the Park on Saturday. The event took place at Howard Pew Park in Fort McMurray from 11am-3pm. I was only able to attend the event until about 130, So I did miss some of the event, like the bow wow beauties contest :(
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When I woke up in the morning I looked outside and it looks horrible, it was foggy and the air was cold. We put on some warm clothes and went down to the park. I was so excited at about noon the weather made a turn for the better! The fog disappeared and the sun was shinning down on us! It was such a beautiful day and we had a ton of fun at the event! If I had to ask my step son what his favorite part would be he would say the firetrucks. The fire dept brought 2 trucks and an ambulance for kids and adults to climb around in. He loved it! Rolo even got his photo with a firefighter and the fire truck!(Photo Below)IMG_4854They had about 12 different booths set up with different things at each one, This booth had FMSPCA swag available for sale as well as new animal items (cat scratching posts, dog toys etc.)
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IMG_4836Superstore was the sponsor for the BBQ and it wasnt just your typical BBQ, there was juice boxes and fruit roll ups and candy too! (Photo Below)
IMG_4837 IMG_4848   IMG_4868It’s not an event without some selfies of my and Rolo! (Photo Above & Below) IMG_4869 IMG_4872(Photo Above) There was face painting, This is my little nephew Chael who got his face painted for the very first time, He makes an adorable cat I might add!
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I really liked the layout of the event this year, everything was all spread out amongst the paved pathways at the park. I really look forward to next years event too! and HEY! Paws in the Snow will now be in the works so look for more information on that as soon as it starts.

Enjoy your Monday everyone!


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Fundraise Friday – PAWS in the Park Tomorrow!


fridayHappy Friday to all of you! I hope you all enjoy some time outside and enjoy the lovely fall like weather outside (or at least where I live it seems like fall already). Tomorrow is the day that everyone in the Fort McMurray Dog Community have been waiting for; PAWS IN THE PARK. Rolo and I are so looking forward to this event again! If you happen to see us, we have Confessions of a Rescue Mom Swag to give away :)
paws in park logoEvery year they always find some way of out doing the previous year. The list of things going on at this event is amazing and I don’t think there will be a free moment between 11am-3pm to sit down, which I love because being busy is something that keeps me happy :)

I wanted to share a few photos from last years Paws in the Park event with you all :) I have a whole huge album on my facebook page as well http://www.facebook.com/rescuemomblog

526331_297615807047340_1437176398_n(Above Photo) At the event that had the Bow Wows Beauty Contest for dogs to enter, top winners in each category took home a super awesome basket provided by Kathy at the Bone & Biscuit in Thickwood.
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1175590_299147320227522_210169915_n(Above Photo) Such a proud moment for me! We got Rolo as a older dog and I have been working with him alot to teach him new tricks. We entered the Bow Wows Beauty Contest for best trick. Rolo had only learned this trick a week ago and I wasnt sure if he woudl do it with a crowd around, but he did. Cant you see the shock on my face!!! I was laughing saying OMG!!!

I hope to see you all out there supporting the Fort McMurray SPCA :) 11am-3pm at Howard Pew Park (in waterways)
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Thursday Business Spotlight – Mema Pets


thursday*What is the name of your business?
Our business is called MEMA pets.
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*Who is filling out this interview?
My name is Patricia Ochoa, Co-Founder of MEMA pets.

*How long have you been with the company for:
I’ve been with the company since it started at the beginning of this year, when we started this company, January 2014.

*How long has your business been around for? *Why was it started?
Mehdi Malek (the founder) and I met at a dog park about 3 years ago, we were each walking our own dog and our dogs became dog park friends, and every time we saw each other we would talk about what kinds of dog products we would invent to improve the lives of dogs. So we decided enough with just talking about what we would invent let’s just do it. Mehdi’s favorite quote is, “action cures fear.”

*Do you have any animals? If so, name, breed and something interesting about them?
Where do I begin!  let’s start with the dogs: We have a Chocolate Lab/pit-bull/Rhodesian Ridgeback mix named Renzo that we rescued from the local shelter, he pulls like crazy, loves diving for sticks, and still acts like a puppy even though he’s three years old. We also have a cute little Boston Terrier girl named Tesla who is hilarious, and is probably the most spoiled dog I’ve ever met, she’s never been alone a single day in her life, as I’m typing this she is literally sitting on my lab… spoiled!

We also have a black kitty named Kugi, she was in a litter of feral kittens that we adopted from the shelter, when she was a kitten she was always looking out the window wanting to be free, would never drink water out of her bowl, she preferred to hunt for water, drinking from the sink tap or from water left on the counter. After about 3 years of being strictly an indoor cat, we finally let her outside, and she loved it; she was in kitty heaven smelling everything and hunting the gophers in the front yard, and chasing lizards. That night she came back in for dinner and then wanted out again, meowing at the door for me to let her out, and that’s been our routine ever since, she hangs out in the garden all day, sunbathing, and living the good cat life, and only come in for dinner or if it’s raining outside.

Speaking about sun bathing, we also have a Russian Tortoise that I found while driving! He was walking across the street and I almost ran him over thinking he was a rock in the middle of the road! I canvassed the neighborhood with “Found Tortoise” flyers and put an ad on Craigslist saying I had found a Tortoise in such and such neighborhood, but after a couple of weeks with no response it was decided that we would keep the Tortoise, he now lives in big clay pot on wheels and I put him out during the day so he can sunbath and get fresh air, at night he comes back in, I’ve heard that people just keep them in their backyards letting them run around freely, but this guy is a digger! That’s probably how he got out in the first place, so no running loose in the backyard for Mr. Tortoise.

Next is our bearded dragon who lives in the living room where he gets to watch TV and is protected from the elements, he loves crickets and eats more salad than I do, he swims in his water bowl and basks in the heat of the heat lamp, he’s always active when we are home, I imagine it’s because he’s been napping all day.

And last but not least is our Betta, the Betta fish lives in the kitchen by the sink and window, he gets a lot of attention, since we’re always in the kitchen, he has a great view and sleeps in the roots of the peace lily that’s in his tank, he uses them as hammock, sometimes I think he’s tangled in the roots but then he wakes up and shakes them off and swims over to say hi.

*What do you specialize in?
At the moment we only have one product, and that is the ALU dog collar. The ALU collar is the traditional dog collar re-designed with three goals in mind, ease of use, quality materials, and longevity. This collar is made with aircraft grade aluminum hardware that has been chamfered, bead blasted, and hard anodized. The webbing is made from sustainable materials such as cork and hemp. Our ease of use design features magnets in the buckle to ensure that the two pieces fit into each other easily, and the buckle itself is held together mechanically, metal to metal, so the harder the dog pulls the greater the clamping force gets, preventing the buckle from coming loose. Simply put, the ALU collar is a new modern dog collar that’s fun and easy to put on.

Watch how the collar works!:
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*What types of services do you offer? *What is the approx. cost?
If people pre-order on Kickstarter the first 50 people will get this collar at $65, the next 100 people at $75, and then it’s $85 for everyone after that, after the Kickstarter campaign is over we will finalize our MSRP.

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*If someone wanted to book an appointment with you how do they get a hold of you?
Email is the best way to get a hold of me
patricia@memapets.com

*Any special events coming up this year for you?
I’m glad you asked, we are going to be launching a Kickstarter campaign around the second week of September that will run for 30 days. During that time people will be able to pre-order the ALU collar at special just for Kickstarter prices.

*What inspires you?
All our pets especially our own two dogs inspire us every day; we love simple, modern and high-tech products. Combining our backgrounds and our shared love for animals we want to make smart products that combine technology with minimalism. Our ultimate goal is to make owning a pet easier, in the hopes that more people will adopt. That’s why we came out with the ALU Collar; it’s a simple product, it’s modern and elegant and a perfect combination between low tech and high-tech.

*What do you plan to accomplish your first year in business?Within the first year, we want to establish our business, get our name out, and make sure pet owners and pet industries know about us. That’s another reason why we came out with the ALU Collar; it shows people the quality that we’re after and our capabilities. We will be launching a Kickstarter campaign for the ALU Collar this year, and plan on coming out with a lot more products in the future; we highly recommend that people get on our mailing list to stay updated on when we launch our Kickstarter, and be the first to hear about our upcoming products.

*Social Media Information:
Facebook: facebook.com/memapets
Email: patricia@memapets.com
Website: memapets.com
Twitter: @memapets
Pinterest: pinterest.com/memapets
Google+: plus.google.com/memapets
Instagram: instagram.com/memapets

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*Do I have permission to use the photos from your site?: yes, please do, if you need any other photos don’t hesitate to ask.


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Tuesday Blog Spotlight – Dolly The Doxie


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*Who is filling out this Interview?

The Lady who rescued Dolly, her name is Sandra Townsend

*Where are you from?
I am from Chicago but as a military brat I grew up all over the place.

*Tell me a little about yourself?
I’ve been married for over 21 years. My husband and I own a 1920s 2 story apartment building that we are STILL rehabbing. I lost my job at a large bank in 2008 and never returned to work full time. This is despite me finishing up my Bachelor’s degree, doing an internship with 20-year olds, completing a social media marketing certificate and internship then working as a part-time contractor for a pet products company.

*What is your blog called?
Dolly Doxie: A stubborn rescue mix living healthy in a big city. It’s not on my blog yet, should be in a few days. I am still in the process of rebranding from: Adventures of a Doxie mix rescue and the Lady she rescued.

*When did you start blogging?
September 2009Dolly Toy

*Why did you start blogging?
Long-term unemployment and boredom, then I adopted Dolly and she literally changed my life in a few months. I had done some blogging for the pet products company and decided to try it on my own. I loved to write so decided to write about my adventures with Dolly and how she was changing my life.

*How often do you blog? Is it a set schedule or random posts?
I am just coming off of a several week break due to major back surgery at the end of June. I am not quite back to blogging what I consider full-time, which is at least 5 – 7 days a week. I try to plan out some blogs a few weeks in advance depending on the APPA calendar, otherwise its random posts on what I do with Dolly or what blog hops I decide to join.

*What is your blog about?
I started blogging for fun and entertainment about my adventures with Dolly. With the new branding, based on a lot of what I had been writing about, it focuses on the human animal bond, urban dog fitness and pet health and safety along with product reviews and giveaways.

*Do you have any animals?

Yes, Dolly, she’s four years old, mostly Dachshund in personality, looks and characteristics. Until her I had always been a cat person having up to 3 at one time.dolly

*Fill In Your Social Media Contact Info:
Website: http://www.dollythedoxie.com
Email: dollythedoxie@gmail.com
Facebook: facebook.com/dollythedoxie
Twitter: @dolly the doxie
Instagram: dollythedoxie
Pinterest: dollythedoxie

*What do you hope to achieve with your blog in 2014?
I am planning to focus more on pet health and safety by encouraging regular vet visits, and helping to spread the word against puppy mills which there has been a lot of regulation passed recently in Illinois, also to promote adoption from shelters and how I am keeping Dolly healthy and fit living in a large city.

*Have you ever attended any Blog Conferences? If so what ones and how was it?:
Yes, BlogPaws 2013 and BlogPaws 2014, and I’ve purchased a ticket to Barkworld but not sure I will go yet.

*What do you get inspiration from?
Dolly

*Any advice for someone wanting to start their own Animal Blog?
I had no clue what I was doing when I started, there were blogs that started the same times as me or even after and they have done way more than I have. I would recommend having a self hosted site and to read other blogs.

*What are some of your favorite pet blogs to read?
Reilly and Denny
Cowspot Dogs
Molly the Wally
Glogirly
Oz the Terrier

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Adopt Me Monday – September 8th


 

mondayIt’s Adopt Me Monday and I’m going to fill your day full of wonderful animals available for adoption at the Fort McMurray SPCA. As we were in town this weekend I was able to head up to the shelter on my usual Sunday for a visit with all the furries! I spent some time with Toby too, As soon as I sat on the floor he came and sat right up on my lap. I am a human couch for Toby(photos are on my twitter account @RescueMomBlog)

Here are some of the photos I took yesterday at the shelter!
photo 3Top Left: Victory, Top Right: Shyanne, Bottom Left: Molly, Bottom Right: Luna
photo 4Top Left: Fender, Top Right: Reno, Bottom Left: Rover, Bottom Right: Socks
photo 5Top Left: Tika, Top Right: Toby, Bottom Left: Sasha, Bottom Right: Iggy

Also our family got spoiled with FMSPCA shelter swag by my husband! Now we can all wear SPCA clothing together! (even thou I have quite a few shirts and a hoodie already) Thanks Hubby!!
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Rolo is even rocking some shelter swag too! An adorable silicone bracelet!
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Be sure to check out Paws in the Park THIS WEEKEND 11am-3pm at Howard Pew Park (in waterways) and get your very own shelter swag too!

If any of these adorable adoptables got your attention you can visit them at 155 Mac Alpine Crescent in Fort McMurray, Alberta

ANIMAL VIEWING HOURS
Sun, Mon, Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat 12:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Closed Tuesdays, Statutory Holidays


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