I believe that most animals are happier in the company of another. When Samus found herself suddenly without feline companions for the first time in her life, I could tell she was bored. While I enjoyed the extra attention she paid me whenever I returned home, I couldn't stop thinking about how alone she must be when I am away for most of the day at work. She's always been a playful cat, and I knew she would prefer to have a playmate.
Who doesn't love to cool off on a hot day with a frozen treat? Well, our pets love this too! You can make endless tasty combinations for your dog or cat, and they'll love you for experimenting with new things. Ingredients like yogurt, banana, peanut butter, fruit, meat broth, meats and even their wet food can all make delicious popsicles for your furry friends.
Many cat owners have come to the conclusion that their cats need to be 100% indoor cats for their own safety. I totally agree that this is safer, because the risk of my cats getting eaten by some animal, hit by a car, or any other potential danger is reason enough to keep the doors shut. However, cats were made for the outdoors! They deserve to nap in the sunshine, chase bugs and feel the wind lift their fur. Keeping them from that is cruel in its own way, I think. So what is the solution?
Clicker training is awesome. I can 100% vouch for that, because I see the results firsthand every day. But like all things, it can be a bad thing in the wrong hands. The bad reputation that clicker training has earned is due to the technique that uses a clicker, not because of the clicker itself. Just like the classic "the bit is not a weapon, it is the hand that wields it" or however those things go! Here is some information on how to keep clicker training a positive experience, and some stories about some struggles I've had to figure out.
It started with an intense desire to have a second dog. I tested the waters with Odin, who we rehabbed for a few months and rehomed. I wanted a dog that Loki could play with, and always have around so he was never totally bored. My heart had already been set on a pit mix, since the dog I had growing up was a pit mix. Knowing that black dogs are overlooked, I knew I had to seek out a black colored pit (though I wasn't really going to select on color if it came down to it). With a lifestyle like mine, a dog needs to fit a certain set of criteria to make the cut. They must be friendly, with dogs and people! They must not be protective or possessive, and they must be accepting of horses. Having three cats at home only complicates the matter more.
Are you ready to make some fun, wholesome cookies for your dogs and horses? I made this base recipe up as I went, and it turned out great! Depending on how long you cook them, they can be soft and chewy or crispy on the outside with a soft center. If you let them sit in the oven after you turn the oven off or bake for longer at a lower temperature, or make them extra thin, they will become crunchy all the way through! We like the chewy centers 😉