Thursday, December 11, 2014

$200 Pet Blogger Holiday Giveaway!


We are excited to be partnering with seven other awesome pet bloggers to give away a $200 PayPal Cash prize this holiday season! You only need to enter once for a chance to win, but if you visit each blog, you will have 8 chances to win!
Comment in the entry form below to enter!

Be sure to visit with Cascadian Nomads, The Lazy Pit Bull, MyGBGVLife, Dolly the Doxie, My Rotten Dogs, It's Dog or Nothing, and Tenacious Little Terrier to see the wonderful posts they have to offer and to enter for more chances to win!

Here are the rules:
No purchase necessary. Giveaway is open to those 18 and over with an e-mail or mobile number that PayPal recognizes as able to accept the $200 prize in US funds. Participating bloggers are not responsible for PayPal issues with or delays in prize fulfillment. Void where prohibited. Giveaway will run from Thursday, December 11, 2014 through Friday, December 19, 2014 at 11:59pm PT. One (1) winner will be randomly selected by Random.org and notified via email. Winner will have 24 hours to claim their prize; failure to do so will result in forfeiture of the prize. Participants must read and agree to Promosimple.com Terms of Service and Privacy Policy before entering and participating in this promotion. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+, YouTube and PayPal do not sponsor, administer, or endorse this promotion. Participating bloggers paid an entry fee to cover the cost of the prize.

Good luck!

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Holiday Gift Ideas for Pets and Their People 2014


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Christmas is just 14 days away, and while Delia and I are busy getting ready to celebrate, we want to share a few of our favorite gift ideas with you. Whether you're shopping for pets or pet lovers, when you purchase most of the gifts below, you are also giving back to animals in need.

Have you met Mona Pants? Mona Pants is a Boston Terrier who lives in Raleigh, NC. Her hilarious videos about her daily life have gained her a large following, which has resulted in Mona starting her own foundation to help rescued animals, the Mona Pants Foundation. Mona's Mama's shop, Cat Banjo has a section dedicated just to Mona. The Mona Shop at Cat Banjo features lost of fun gifts and a portion of each purchase goes to the Mona Pants Foundation!


 Two of our favorite Mona Pants gifts are her Deet Deet Dog Collar Charm...

...and her Mona Deet Deet tee.
    If you've always wanted a horse, cow, or pig, but don't have the farm to house them, sponsor a Barn Buddy. Your sponsorship of a Barn Buddy at Longmeadow Rescue Ranch in Union, Mo. will help feed, board and provide medical care for the animal of your choice. Longmeadow Rescue Ranch is a safe-haven for horses, cows, chickens, goats and many other farm animals in need.

    I sponsored a pig named Walter for my Mom for Mother's Day this year, and the sponsorship is a gift she truly cherished. She's wanted a pig for years. Now she has Walter!

    Dazzling Paws Jewelry creates a vast line of dog-themed jewelry that is 100% handmade in the USA. They have  many wonderful options for dog lovers, including memorial items, breed-specific jewelry, paw print jewelry, agility-themed jewelry, dog sport themed jewelry, birthstones....so many options. A percentage of purchases from their Charity Jewelry pieces is donated to charitable organizations.
    Two of our favorites Dazzling Paws Jewelry pieces:
     The Heart Dog Slide Pendant 

    The Chasing My Tail Bone Pendant

    Norbert. Oh, my goodness, Norbert. If you're not already following him on Facebook, you MUST! Norbert is an adorable 3 lb registered therapy dog who brings smiles and happiness to people all over the world. He delights his fans daily on his Facebook page and has won numerous national and international awards for his first picture book, Norbert: What Can Little Me Do? Inspired by his life, Norbert: What Can Little Me Do? tells a tale of how you don't have to be big to make a big difference in the world.
    Norbert with his first picture book Norbert: What Can Little Me Do?

    For Tails Only™, an exclusive pet boutique carrying treats made in the USA, grooming & bath products, unique pet toys, gifts and more, has a lot of fun gifts for pets and their people. (I am an Independent Handler with For Tails Only and the following product links lead to my personal Independent Handler website.) 
    I will be donating my personal sales earnings for the month of December to National Mill Dog Rescue

    Nice pups deserve a reward of a Nice Pup Pack full of goodies. Available at http://www.fortailsonly.com/heartprintspets under Dogs/Gift Packs. (Affiliate Link)
    "Naughty" pups need presents, too! Available at http://www.fortailsonly.com/heartprintspets under Dogs/Gift Packs. (Affiliate Link)
    For Tails Only has a ton of fun gifts for your pets and pet lovers. http://www.fortailsonly.com/heartprintspets (Affiliate Link)
    My personal favorite are the Paw Print Heart dangle earrings available at www.fortailsonly.com/heartprintspets under Pet Lovers Accessories and Gifts. (Affiliate Link)

    For pet lovers who love photographing their pets and sharing their images, PicMonkey is a fun and easy tool to help create masterpieces with your photos. I use PicMonkey regularly and it has become my go-to editor of choice for blog photos. (Like the banner at the top of this post.) I've even used it along with Photoshop for adding a little extra "fun" to a few of my formal photography session photos and my clients loved them! PicMonkey is FREE for a basic account, but if you want more options, a PicMonkey Royale subscription is available for $4.99 a month or $33 a year. For a limited time, anyone who signs up for a Royale subscription gets a FREE 30 day trial.
    The best photo editing features for free.
    (Affiliate Link)

    We're also pinning some of our favorite gift ideas on Pinterest!
    Follow Heartprints Pets's board 2014 Holiday Gift Guide for Pets and their People on Pinterest.


    Happy holidays to you and your pets!

    Stop by the blogs participating in the Holiday Guide Blog Hop hosted by Beagles and Bargains and Kol's Notes for more gift ideas!





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    Saturday, December 6, 2014

    Invest in Pet Pampering for the Holidays Inforgraphic

    BlogPaws recently surveyed its Pet Blogger Influencer Group members about the holidays with pets and shopping for pets. The results of this survey are provided in the infographic from BlogPaws below.

    How do you plan to celebrate the holidays with you pet?

    BlogPaws Holiday Pet Blogger Influence and Christmas Gift Spending


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    Tuesday, October 28, 2014

    The Honest Kitchen Gluten-Free Halloween BonBons


    We have been trying recipes from  The Honest Kitchen's Made With Love recipe book. For Delia's Halloween treats, we made the Gluten-Free Halloween BonBons featured in the book. The recipe was easy and quick to make and Delia LOVES them. This recipe book is full of healthy recipes for dogs, cats AND people. We haven't tried any of the people-friendly recipes yet, but this is the third recipe Delia has tried and so far, they are all a hit. 
    The Honest Kitchen Gluten Free BonBons
    Ingredients
    1 Cup The Honest Kitchen Force dehydrated dog food.
    1/2 cup ground beef
    1 cup canned or fresh cooked pumpkin
    1 free range egg
    1 small handful of quinoa or buckwheat flour

    Instructions
    *Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
    *Mix equal parts of the Force and pumpkin together in a medium sized mixinng bowl. Add in the beef, quinoa flour and egg, and mix until well blended.
    *Shape into balls of a size appropriate to your dog, and place it on a greeased cookie sheet.
    *Bake for approximately 15-20 minutes or until slightly; golden on the ourside, but soft in the midd.e
    *Cool
    *These treats will store for about a week in an airtight  container in the refrigerator.
    Recipe included with permission from The Honest Kitchen.

    We'll be sharing more of our experiences with recipes from this recipe book as we try them. If you're looking for a recipe book with healthy, easy to follow recipes for your whole family, I highly recommend The Honest Kitchen's Made With Love recipe book

    Check out The Honest Kitchen's website for more recipes. Here are a few Halloween treat recipes your pup may enjoy.



    Happy Halloween!

    Disclaimer: We received a box of Force dog food and a free copy of The Honest Kitchen Made With Love recipe book from The Honest Kitchen for our honest review. 
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    Sunday, October 26, 2014

    DIY Paw Print Pumpkin Fall Decor


    Carved pumpkins aren't just for Halloween. I like to incorporate a pet-themed pumpkin into our Halloween and fall decorating,and my favorite decoration is my paw print carved craft pumpkin. This year, I decided to add both real pumpkins and artificial carvable craft pumpkins.

    Paw Print Carvable Pumpkin Fall Decoration
    Delia's paw print pumpkin decorations. The artificial pumpkin for our fall decor is on the left, the real pumpkin for Halloween is on the right. ;)
    I created a paw print template in PicMonkey using their Design feature and paw print Overlay. I sized the paws to fit the pumpkins, saved the image, re-opened the image in a photo editor, and printed. It was super easy and customizable. If you want to skip straight through the design process and just print, feel free to download the template I created. Downloadable paw print template.



    The printed template and Delia's pumpkin, ready to be carved. 

    Cut the template to fit your pumpkin and position as desired. 

    I used a craft stylus to score the template onto the pumpkin. 

    One paw print complete....one more to go....

    Both paw prints are scored....now on to carving. Carve your pumpkin as you normally would, then carve the paw prints using the holes as a guide. I used a pumpkin carving kit I found at our local supermarket.
    I used battery-operated tea lights to illuminate the pumpkins. Do not use real candles in artificial pumpkins!


    Artificial carvable craft pumpkins are available at many craft/hobby stores and online. These are my personal favorite since they're not as messy, they last forever and the design possibilities are endless. I found the tea lights at our local dollar store. 

    Do you add any special pet-themed decor pieces to your holiday decorating? We'd love to see what you do!


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    Saturday, October 25, 2014

    Delia's First Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze Adventure

    Delia went on her first pumpkin patch and corn maze adventure. She is always happy to go on adventures, but the fact that her young cousin was going along excited her even more.

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    As we waited for the hay ride to the pumpkin patch, Delia checked out the scenery.
    This one is a little bit too big.
    We finally made it to the pumpkin patch. "There are are pumpkins as far as I can see, Mom."
    "I know I saw my cousin run into this corn maze. Which way did he go?"
    "I found him!"
    Off they go....
    Catching her breath on the tractor after her run through the corn maze.
    Enjoying the ride back to the farm.

    Delia had a great time on her first pumpkin patch and corn maze adventure! Now it's time to carve her pumpkin! 
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