Saturday, March 8, 2014

Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with Your Dog

Whether you are Irish all the time, or just for one day every year, make sure to include your four-legged friend in the happy festivities of St. Patrick's Day. Here are five ways to celebrate this fun holiday with your GREEN dog.

 Green Pepper Breakfast- cut a bell pepper the fat way so you get a thick shamrock shaped piece. Put a little olive oil in a small skillet on med/low heat and place the green pepper slice in the skillet. Scramble an egg and pour it into the green pepper. Make sure the egg is cooked and cooled completely before serving to your dog. You could also just give your dog sliced green peppers as a healthy, green, and crunchy treat.

Attend a Parade Together- Many cities hold St. Patrick's Day parades and allow dogs to attend and even be part of the parade. Consider making your dog a festive bow tie (he can wear to parade) from old green or shamrock material you have around the house or can find at a thrift store.

 Make Minty Dog Treats-treat both you and your dog to homemade minty dog treats that will leave his breath minty and fresh! You could also wrap these treats in gold foil and give them to other dogs to help them celebrate being Irish for a day.  I like this recipe from
2 cups of whole wheat flour.
1/2 cup of cornflour
1/3 cup of freshly chopped mint.
1/2 cup dry or chopped parsley
1 cup water
6 tablespoons olive oil. 
Mix flour, cornflour, and herbs.
Add 3/4 of you cup of water and save the rest. Also add the olive oil and mix thoroughly.
Roll out on floured board and roll to about 1cm thick (if the dough does not stick together add some of the water until mixture is less crumbly.
Use knife or cookie cutters and put on a baking tray. Bake for 40 minutes at 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
Cool completely before serving.

Go Green and Glamorous for the Day- Consider giving your dog a pedicure with eco-friendly dog nail polish! You and your dog can have beautiful green toenails to tap to some Irish tunes. For a full at-home spa treatment, bathe your dog in homemade oatmeal soap and finish off her paws with homemade all-natural paw balm prior to the nail painting.

Play Rainbow Tug-of-War-Make a braided tug-of-war rope from a colorful variety of old t-shirts or colored jeans. (Look under the Pupcycled craft tab for directions on creating a braided rope toy for your dog). Another fun homemade toy idea is to get a large rainbow soccer sock (think Rainbow Brite) and put an old flat tennis ball in the bottom, tie it off and get ready for a game of fetch and tug.

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