Celebrate your dog in style
August 21, 2018
Every dog does indeed have its day, and it’s August 26, National Dog Day. Celebrated since 2004, National Dog Day (NDD) recognizes all dogs, mixed breeds and pure breeds, and the role that they play in our lives. Dogs bring us companionship and comfort, of course, but often, in the case of dogs that work in emergency services and law enforcement, they keep us safe, too.
National Dog Day also seeks to bring attention to the number of dogs that need to be rescued from shelters. In fact, August 26 is significant because that was the day that the family of NDD founder Colleen Paige adopted her first dog, “Sheltie,” when Colleen was 10 years old.
At MacKenzie-Childs, we love our dogs and we know that you love yours, too. Here are some ways to celebrate your favorite furry friend on National Dog Day and every day with a touch of MacKenzie-Childs:
- Assist an elderly friend or neighbor and walk their dog. An elderly person who is no longer mobile might need the comfort of a dog more than ever, and their dog needs the benefits of daily exercise. A daily walk can help with weight control, make their digestive system more efficient, and might curb destructive behavior like chewing, digging or scratching. Might we suggest giving your friend or neighbor one of our pet collars and leads to walk their pooch with some panache?
- Just as walking is important for your dog, so is regular play. Activities like fetching a stick or a ball provide exercise and a way for you to bond with your dog and just might reinforce good behavior. On National Dog Day, buy your dog a fun new toy. We’d like to suggest our Courtly Check Squeaky Bone, an interactive toy featuring our signature pattern that is perfect for a game of fetch with a larger pup. And, yes, it does squeak.
- If your dog travels well, plan a road trip—maybe a day at the beach. Get them there and back in comfort with our On-the-Go Pet Bed, which you can put on a car seat to give your dog a fluffy place to rest its head and keep your seats clean. You can have an extra bed on hand when you host a friend’s pet at your home, too. And as its name implies, it rolls up and stores easily until you need it again.
- Have a National Dog Dag party and invite some friends and their dogs. You know, we’re up for a party just about any time and certainly NDD qualifies. Prepare treats for both the humans and canines and serve them with MacKenzie-Childs style on our wide selection of enamel servingware.
- And speaking of treats, whip up a batch of Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Biscuits, made with canned pumpkin, and present them in our Courtly Check Canine Cookie Jar. Pumpkin is a nutritious addition to your dog’s diet, containing vitamins A and C, and can promote digestive health. In fact, many commercial dog foods are now adding pumpkin to their formulations.
Here’s the recipe:
Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Biscuits
Makes up to 50 individual, bite-sized treats, depending on the size of the biscuit.
2½ cups whole wheat flour
½ cup canned pumpkin
(Be sure to use canned pumpkin and not pumpkin pie mix, which includes added sugar.)
2 tablespoons peanut butter
(Read the peanut butter label and avoid the ingredient Xylitol, a sugar substitute that is extremely toxic to dogs.)
½ teaspoon salt
- Prepare two baking pans with parchment paper.
- Whisk together the flour, eggs, pumpkin, peanut butter, and salt in a mixing bowl. Dough should be stiff and dry.
- Roll dough out. Use a cookie cutter to cut out decorative shapes.
- Bake biscuits in a preheated 350-degree oven for 40 minutes. Biscuits should be hard and not have any give in the center. Soft biscuits should be avoided because they can get stuck in your dog’s teeth.