“Spoiling” your dogs with Pawstruck

As dog owners, we all love to spoil our dogs. It’s just part of being a dog owner.

I use the term ‘spoil’ very loosely, like how I call all dogs ‘puppies’, no matter their age. A 10 year old dog will still get a ‘ooo puppy!’ from me when out in public.

I have found that the best way to spoil my dogs, Kemper and Brinkley, is to head over to Pawstruck for some shopping.

I discovered Pawstruck when browsing for cow hooves on Amazon. They were listed as a seller, so I started to search them out more online.

Guess what, they have plenty of their own products and they sell other favorites of ours as well, like Red Barn. But the best thing was that buying through their online store meant that I was saying money as their products were significantly less money on there than on Amazon. And when Kemper and Brinkley go through hooves as fast as they do, I am in need of saving some money!

Natural Dog Chews

When Kemper was a puppy we picked up a bag of Cow Hooves for him to try and it’s been true love ever since. Brinkley loves them just as much so now we go through our bags of them twice as fast. The best thing about getting them from Pawstruck is that they don’t smell. We picked up some other hooves in the past and they would smell so, so horrible from their processing that I would toss them even before Kemper got to really enjoy them. Kemper and Brink aren’t allowed on the sofa with them, but at least they are enjoying them without making me gag.

Every now and then we give them an extra special treat of the filled hooves. Oh boy!!!

Besides the hooves, they really enjoy bully sticks. We get the braided ones for them as they take their time when chewing on them. They tend to get a bit more slobbery with them so I generally make them sit on the lanai with them. They don’t mind! Fresh air and a treat is the perfect way to spend an afternoon in their books!

 

Dog Treats

Earlier this spring, we had Kemper and Brink boarded at Tampa Bay K9 Solutions for a 3 week training course. Kemper had previous training when he was a puppy and, since we had gotten Brink right before we moved, we had just hoped she would pick them commands  and behaviors from us and Kemper, but that wasn’t the case. They both really needed to have a major refresher in training. We have been working hard to continue to reinforce what they learned so having plenty of treats on hand is really helpful.

Pawstruck has a variety of dog treats including training treats, crunchy treats, jerk, and dental chews.

Side note- we can’t use the dental chews since Kemper doesn’t understand they are to be chewed so once he munches on them and they break in half or so he tries to swallow them. We learned this a few years ago when Price had to fish it out of his throat a few times when he was choking. ooph!

Dog Food

While at training, Brinkley fell in love with the Red Barn Dog Food Rolls. The trainer would cut up pieces of the roll and use it as a training reward as it was healthy, grain free, and an affordable alternative to dog treats. I would check in to see if they dogs needed me to drop off more food and I’d hear how Brinkley was refusing the ($$$!) food I packed and would only eat the food the trainer was providing as a reward. Thanks Brink…

At least she got hooked on a great product and I soon discovered that I could pick it up affordably from Pawstruck. Again, like the cow hooves, I was finding the dog food rolls for significantly less on Pawstruck than on Amazon.

Supplements

To go along with their daily fish oil pills, I was looking for another supplement that would benefit them. Pawstruck has a new Joint and Hip Supplement that we have added to their daily routine.

They are both highly active dogs so wanting to maintain good joint health is key in them remaining happy and healthy. Brinkley already has a funny gait where her front legs pop out a bit when she walks so keeping her joints flexible and healthy is really important.

We get to continue to take plenty of long walks out of these two for many years to come!

Wellness

One of the things that Brinkley has battled with since moving to Florida is a dry nose. I have found that the best solution to manage and treat it is with Pawstruck’s Ruff Relief Moisturizing Nose & Paw Balm. I apply some every few days to the top of her nose and it has cleared up really well. It’s also great for their paws.

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While I was provided with product from Pawstruck for this review, all opinions are my own.  Post contains affiliate links. 

 

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Peanut Butter and Banana Frozen Dog Treats

I know that everyone is like “OMG!!! Bring on Fall!!! Pumpkin Spice All The Things!!!!” but it’s still hotter than the surface of the sun here in Florida. In fact, we have just 2 seasons: Hot and Hotter.

Here, these frozen treats will be a welcome reprieve to the heat for most of the year. And even it it’s cold out, I bet your dog will enjoy them.

These Peanut Butter and Banana Frozen Dog Treats are super simple to make so whipping up a batch will be quick and easy for you. And before you know it, your dog will be giving you extra kisses to thank you.

These treats just need 3 ingredients: Bananas, Peanut Butter, and Coconut Oil.

And you just need to beat everything together until smooth, pour into some paw and bone shaped molds, and freeze.

The best is that they are super healthy for your doggo.

 

We all know that bananas are a great source of potassium, but they are also packed with Fiber, B6 Vitamin, Biotin, Manganese, Vitamin C, Copper. No wonder they are the world’s most popular fruit!

The peanut butter is a good source of protein and fiber. As well, peanut butter is full of antioxidants, heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, and resveratrol. Did you know that resveratrol has anti-aging and anti- cancerous properties? So one of their favorite treats is not only delicious, but it’s good for them too!

Lastly, the coconut oil helps with digestion, immune support, and improves their coats. Coconut Oil is a good fat, that is packed with Medium chain triglycerides (MCT), which is composed of Lauric Acid, Capric Acid, Caprylic Acid, Myristic Acid and Palmitic. The Lauric acid has antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties, which help boost their immune system. Similarly, Capric and Caprylic Acid also best known for their anti-fungal effects. Coconut Oil is a great super food for you and your dogs!

Plus, they naturally are dairy and gluten free, which is great for a lot of dogs with allergies.

While they are healthy, they are treats so we treat them as such. We give these treats to Kemper and Brinkley only 1x a week as they are high in fat and calories from the coconut oil and the peanut butter. As I explained, the coconut oil is a good fat, that even helps in weight loss, but we still don’t want to overload them with treats in general, especially since we do watch their weight so closely.

Kemper and Brinkley are super excited when we take these guys out of the freezer. They rush over to the back door to get outside as quickly as possible. They sit well, Brink wiggles in place) and wait for a treat to come their way.

Peanut Butter and Banana Frozen Dog Treats

Makes approximately 24 treats, depending on size

Ingredients

  • 4 large ripe bananas
  • 1 1/2 Cups creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Oil

Process

  1. Beat all of the ingredients together until very smooth.
  2. Fill the cavities of a ice cube tray or mold.
  3. Freeze for several hours.

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Peanut Butter Pupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

PEANUT BUTTER PUPCAKES

Maybe you didn’t know but our 2 Boston Terriers are super cool. Super, super cool. They are way cooler than me.

How do I know?

Well, they have crossed the 40K follower mark on Instagram. They have more than 2x the number of followers than me. (yay!/ugh!)

PEANUT BUTTER PUPCAKES

I have been having tons of fun with them and building their account. Thankfully, they don’t know how successful it has become or they would be even more demanding of treats, bacon, and belly rubs.

They were super spoiled when I made Pup-cakes for Brinkley’s 2nd birthday.

PEANUT BUTTER PUPCAKES

Our sweet, derpy dog just turned 2 years old. She is such a peanut, although she is fully grown, so everyone thinks she is a puppy. She might be small but she has a mighty appetite. I think she would have eaten them all had I let her.

But she  just gobbled up 1 and shared another with Kemper. They both really enjoyed their extra special treat.

 

I swear our dogs know the moment when we open a jar of peanut butter. They can sniff out peanut butter in a 1/4 mile. So they were in their glory with the peanut butter in the cupcake and in the frosting.

PEANUT BUTTER PUPCAKES

So this yummy pupcake recipe is the first in a new series of features from our dogs Kemper and Brinkley! Hope you and your dogs will enjoy them as much as we enjoy the treats and adventures that we will be sharing.

PEANUT BUTTER PUPCAKES

Peanut Butter Pupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

Makes 6 Pupcakes

Ingredients

For the pupcakes

  • 1 Cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 Cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 Cup vegetable oil
  • 1 Cup shredded zucchini/carrots
  • 1/3 Cup honey
  • 1 egg

For the frosting

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 6 small dog bone biscuits

Process

  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line 6 muffin cups with paper liners.
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour and baking soda. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat the peanut butter and vegetable oil with an electric mixer until smooth. Add in the zucchini, honey, and the egg; beat well. Add the flour mixture and mix until just combined.
  4. Divide the batter into the 6 prepared muffin cups.
  5. Bake for 22 – 25 minutes or until cooked through. Cool completely before frosting.
  6. To make the frosting, beat the cream cheese and peanut butter until smooth. Top the cooled cupcakes with the frosting. Decorate with a dog bones.

Slightly Adapted from Fake Ginger

Happy 2nd Birthday Brinkley

Hey, Mom… this hat… not cool…

Yeah, I couldn’t resist this for Brinkley’s 2nd Birthday.

In fact, it was from Autumn’s 1st birthday. ha!

 

Our sweet Brink turned 2 on the 30th. Autumn and I wanted to celebrate the occasion with a fun treat for her. We made pupcakes for her and Kemper to chow down on.

I think that Brink just tolerated dressing her up with the hat since the big jar of PB was out and she was looking forward to some. They can’t resist pea nut butter!

I mean, how can a sweet little doggo not love a Peanut Butter filled and frosted pupcake?! And a tiny treat to top it off, perfect!

 

Both Brink and Kemper enjoyed the pupcakes. They were a wonderful treat for them. Brink basically dove for it (see how her foot is off the ground!?) and Kemper was licking his chops waiting for me to give him his pupcake.

We are so thankful that our derpy little Brink is in our lives. Love her affection, spunk, silliness, and kisses so much!

Recipe for those scrumptious Peanut Butter Pupcakes will be on the blog soon!

Meet Brinkley!!!!!!

Meet Brinkley

This is Brinkley!!!

We got a puppy this weekend!!

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She is a 7 month old puppy from the same breeder from where we got Kemper. She is his younger half sister as they have the same father. Love it!

This was a sudden/long time in the works sort of thing. And kinda crazy/awesome considering we’re moving. Eeek!

Price and I had been talking about getting another dog for about 6 months now. We had reached out to the breeder but he didn’t have any puppies available. It was a big bummer as we wanted to get another dog before we moved, and ideally from the same breeder as we had such a great experience with Kemper.

Meet Brinkley-3

Then I saw a FB post 2 weeks ago saying he had 7 month old female available! YES! I immediately messaged him. I didn’t even ask Price, I just jumped at the opportunity. It worked out since I was the first person to reach out to him. He explained that he had originally kept her from one of his litters for his breeding program. But, she just ended up being too small, it would not have healthy for her to have liters of puppies.

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So last Tuesday night we visited her and, thankfully, things went really well!

Gucci, as what she was originally named, was very affectionate with us and got along with Kemper. Kemper was a wee bit too distracted with the cats in the house as well. “Cats! CATS!! CATS!!!!!! Oh, hey, other dog, whatever.” Thankfully, Kemper is pretty cool with other dogs, except for standard poodles and greyhounds. Weirdo.

Meet Brinkley-6

Our biggest hurdle was how she would do with Autumn and how Autumn would do with her. That was key in all of this.

We picked up Brinkley on Friday night so we could supervise everyone for the weekend. Friday night was great with us hanging out, but the real test was Saturday morning when Autumn was added to the mix since we got her after she went to bed on Friday night.

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We had been telling her we would be getting a puppy so she wasn’t exactly surprised but she was excited. They took to each other right away. Autumn got jumped on and got knocked over 2x and then I think Brinkley learned who is boss and let Autumn give her tons of hugs and cuddles.

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The rest of the weekend was pretty laid back as we let Brinkley figure the new routine out and get settled. We’ve had a few accidents but nothing major. She is super mellow, playful, and sleepy. It’s been great!

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So the name change?

While Gucci is cute, I have wanted to name a dog Brinkley for the loooongest time. Price wanted a boy dog and to name him Kemper so we went with that when we were selecting out our first dog together. So I got to pick this time around. I picked Brinkley because it’s the name of the dog in You’ve Got Mail- my fav movie!

But we are so happy with our teeny tiny Brinkley. Gotta love her and her funny underbite!

Meet Brinkley-10

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Be sure to follow along to Kemper and Brinkley’s grant adventures on Instagram by following: Kemper.and.Brinkley