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September 12, 2019

Homemade Dog Food Recipes

It happened after 7 years hours of begging, pleading, promising, we brought home our newest family member.  We researched and we spent hours of our time trying to figure out what the best type of the puppy would be for our family.

We brought home Joy. She is so popular in our home that she has her own Instagram Our Beagle Joy.

She was a tiny bundle of energy. She bounced from person to person. She licked your face and opened the heart of even the most anti-dog person. We couldn’t just feed her what was found in a bag. We began to create homemade dog food recipes.

We found that making our own treats was a great way to save money. It also is a nice way to spend time together. I find that making food always creates memories. The best part of homemade dog food treats is once you get to know what your puppy likes you can use those ingredients in a recipe for them. I know our Beagle Joy likes almost anything that isn’t nailed down. I think that is the breed. She does tend to like things that she can chew on for a long time. I think the Kong fill recipe is one of her favorites for that very reason. She enjoys eating it. I highly suggest kong training if you haven’t heard of it. It helped us get her into her crate and stay there without whining.

These are a couple of Joy’s favorite dog food recipes. Please, share your dog’s favorite.

Dog Treats Apple Muffins

Delicious Dog Cake 

Gluten Free Dog Snack

Butternut Squash Muffin Treats

Oatmeal Peach Cookies

Low Fat Dog Treats

Doggie Apple Roll-Ups

Simple Gluten Free Dog Treats 

No Bake Dog Treats

Frozen Dog Treats

March 20, 2019

How to Travel With A Dog By Car

How to Travel With A Dog By Car

Read my tips on how to travel with a dog by car. Check out my dog travel must haves.

You are going across town or across the country. You need pet transport. You need tips on how to travel with a dog by car. I understand. I just traveled with three kids and a dog from Virginia to Florida and not only did we survive but we had a great time. It required planning on my part but once I implemented my plan our puppy was happy and so were my children.

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October 24, 2018

3 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Got a Beagle

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Food Lion for IZEA Worldwide. All opinions are 100% mine.

How to Take Care of a Beagle Puppy

Tips on how to take care of a beagle puppy and how to choose the best dog food.

If you follow me on social media you know about Joy. Joyful is our other daughter. She is spunky, smart, caring, naughty, and boy is she picky. She has all the traits of a toddler and requires a lot of patience, understanding, education, and exercise. When we got our beagle I wondered just how to take care of beagle puppy.

I knew the basics like feed her, walk her, take her to the vet, give her water, give her exercise and a lot of love. What I didn’t anticipate were these three things:

  1. She would chew anything and everything. She would chew things I wouldn’t think are appetizing like the stairs, shoes, and she even chewed her blanket.
  2. She would require a bedtime routine. I am not sure why after having 3 children I didn’t think that I would also have to sleep train a beagle puppy but I did. I have to walk her at the same time, give her a treat, tell her to go to bed, close the crate, turn off the lights and go upstairs. If I didn’t do all those things, she would whine.
  3. The third thing I didn’t realize was how picky she would be when it came to eating. I figured you buy your dog some food. They eat the food. Game over. That was not how it is or was with Joyful. She likes what she likes. I have spent hundreds of dollars on dog food she didn’t like. She lets me know she doesn’t like it by moving it piece by piece out of her bowl and placing it on my rug.

That is why I was so excited to try what we now call the Best Dry Dog Food.

I know seeing is believing so here is Joyful eating her Companion brand dog food from Food Lion. She normally plays with her food. She relocates her food. She pushes it out of the bowl with her nose. She leaves it in the bowl refusing to eat it. That is how you know she likes Companion! As soon as I scoop it out of the bag she is right there by her bowl. We make her sit and wait and use the command “stay” before she can eat. This allows me to measure the right amount for her. That is part of how to train a beagle puppy. You must have a routine, food schedule, and the perfect amount of food.

Why is it the Best Dry Dog Food?

Companion is a brand of high-quality pet products that is a conversion from the original Home 360 Pet brand. Companion products span across food, toys, treats, and accessories for your cat, dog, and bird. My dog loves it. I love the value and the nutrition it offers her. That huge bag was really affordable! The treats were also inexpensive, she loved them. They are great to use when trying to reinforce good behavior.

Tips on how to take care of a beagle puppy and how to choose the best dog food.

Tips on how to take care of a beagle puppy and how to choose the best dog food.

Good behavior is hard to come by sometimes, that is why having a treat your puppy/ dog loves is important. When you think about training a dog you have to remember it is like having a baby.  I know how to train a beagle puppy because I remembered all the things I did with my children. I teach her every day by having a routine, giving praise,  reinforcing her with a treat and love. It is also important to me to live within in our budget. Having a pet is expensive if you do not manage your costs. That is why making sure your pet gets the proper nutrition will enable them to perform to the best of their ability. Companion offers that with their products they are affordable and apparently tasty!

Right, Joy?

Tips on how to take care of a beagle puppy and how to choose the best dog food.

Joyful loves Companion and I love Joyful. The price and convenience of buying her food where I do my grocery shopping at Food Lion makes me want to jump for Joy. Visit Food Lion to learn more about Companion brand.

Tips on how to take care of a beagle puppy and how to choose the best dog food.

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What Not to Feed Your Dogs

What Not to Feed Your Dogs

Keep your dogs safe. Check out this list of foods that you should not feed your dogs.

We all want our dogs to be healthy and to eat good food, but a lot of us needs to be reminded that not all human foods are good for them. That’s why I want to share with you my list of foods not to feed dogs. This list is very important so that our precious pooch are safe. Don’t feed your dog human food until you check out the list of What Not To Feed Your Dogs.

Keep your pets healthy when you follow this list of what not to feed your dogs

What Not To Feed Your Dog

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June 22, 2017

How To Potty Train Your Dog

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PurinaPetPack #CollectiveBias

Do you want to potty train your dog? Read my tips on how to train your dog to potty outside by using a bell.

I hear bells, and I couldn’t be happier. That means there will not be a puddle. We have a puppy. We love our puppy. The children have dreamed of this puppy for years, and now she is here. That is why it was so important to teach our puppy how to go potty outside.

I forgot the following things when we got a puppy.

1. They are a lot like babies, and they are learning non-stop.
2. They do not sleep at night.
3. They chew everything.
4. They need help learning the rules.
5. You can’t leave them home alone for a very long time.

All of these reasons and more are why I am an avid Amazon Prime Subscribe & Save user. I even buy her Purina® ONE® SmartBlend True Instincts Real Salmon and Tuna on Amazon. I do so because it is cheaper with the Subscribe & Save option.

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I do not have to worry about running out of food because you can set it to deliver when you need it. You can tell she knows when it arrives on my doorstep.

Save money and have more time playing with your dog by making sure they always have food in stock. Save big by getting Purina on Amazon Subscribe & Save.

Having Amazon Prime allows me more time to focus helping my pet learn all the skills she will need to stay safe and happy. She is learning to sit, stay, release, heel, roll over, lay down and potty training.

She even rings a bell to let us know she needs to potty.

How to Train a Dog to Go Potty Outside

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March 20, 2017

Top 5 Tips on How to Exercise Your Dog

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Our sweet fur baby has packed on a few pounds this winter and we are sharing our plan to help him trim the fat so you can learn how to exercise your dog too

If your dog or dogs are anything like mine they have spent the past few months of winter eating and sleeping. They are only outside long enough to relieve themselves and they are back seeking the warmth of the house. This has left them with some “Extra” Winter weight that they need to lose in order to stay healthy.  Yes, even our pets need to stay in shape in order to help them live a long happy life. While many dogs would prefer to sleep they do need to get up and get moving. With these Tips on How to Exercise Your Dog you will help your furry companion lose his Winter weight and be excited to get up and get moving. The best part is you will get in some exercise also.

Help your pooch lose his pooch by learning how to exercise your dog

Top 5 Tips on How to Exercise Your Dog


Tip #1Make your dog’s exercise fun. People don’t like to do boring workouts so why would your dog. Purchase a new ball and set aside time each day to toss the ball. They will enjoy chasing the ball and playing with you they won’t even know you are helping them get a work out. You can also use a new rope toy or their favorite toy to play with.

It is so important to keep your dog healthy check out our tips for how to exercise your dog

Tip # 2Take daily walks. Your dog is lonely while you are gone during the day or even if you work from home they have not had your attention. They will love seeing you get out the leash and use it to take him/her for a walk. If you dog gets tired easily then start slow and go a little farther each day. This is a double bonus because you will get more exercise too!

Tips #3 Provide Adequate Water Supply. Once your dog is up and moving more he/she is going to get more thirsty so make sure to provide plenty of fresh water. If you are going on long walks carry a portable collapsible water bowl with you so they can get a drink on the go.

Tips #4 – Offer Healthy Rewards. Dogs are very reward driven but giving them their favorite sausage treat or dog biscuits can defeat the exercise your dog has accomplished. In place of these high calorie treats, give them healthy options such as small pieces of green beans, carrots, apple pieces or  skinless chicken.

As our dog gets older we are amking some changes to eep him healthy including Healthy Weight Food choices and more exercise

Tips #5 – Feed Them Well. This means measured amounts of dog food with regular meal times and high quality food. As a puppy, we started feeding our dog: Dog Chow® Puppy Chow® Complete. From Puppy Chow, we moved onto feeding him Dog Chow® Complete Adult. But since our dog is closer to being an old man than he is a young pup, we have switched him to BENEFUL® Healthy Weight. With 10% fewer calories that BENEFUL® Originals with Real Beef, this dog food will help us manage his weight because let’s face it, we all slow down a bit as we get older. I also love that it is made with real farm raised chicken as the first ingredient and whole grains and vegetables. 

Target has a wide variety of Purina Dry Dog Foods

Target has a wide variety of Purina Dry Dog Foods

While I think it is safe to say that learning how to exercise your dog is important because every dog benefits from lots of healthy exercise and activity,  however every dog is different and needs different types of nutrition. No matter which food you buy there is an amazing variety of Purina dry dog food products available at Target in the pet aisle. You can also take advantage of these special cartwheel offers:

20% off Dog Chow (all sizes) – 3/5 – 3/11

20% off Beyond Dry (all sizes) – 3/12 – 3/18

20% off ONE dry (all sizes) – 3/19 – 3/25

Purina Dry Dog Cartwheel Offer at Target will help you feed your dog well

Before long you and your dog will notice that these simple Tips on How to Exercise Your Dog has you both feeling better. Use these as a stepping stone to get your dog active and discover how great you both feel. The sky is the limit when you get up and get moving.