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October 27, 2017

3 Ways to Turn an Old T-shirt into a New Toy for Your Pup

If you’re a dog owner, you’re probably aware that having a dog isn’t cheap. From quality dog food, to surprise vet visits, our furry friend often cost us a pretty penny. Dog toys can also end up costing you (especially if your dog tears through one or two a week), so we want to share a few easy projects using old T-shirts that are durable, easy, and that you can do yourself!

Braided T-Shirt with Ball.

This is a favorite of ours. All you need is an old t-shirt and a tennis ball.

  1. First, grab your tennis ball and carefully make a hole about an inch in diameter on opposite ends of the tennis ball (so you can see through the ball to the other side). An Exacto-knife is a good tool for this - but remember to be careful cutting - those things are sharp!
  2. Grab an old t-Shirt and flatten it out in front of you. Carefully cut three 4-5 inch strips lengthwise from your t-shirt.
  3. With all the of strips lying lengthwise, knot the three strips together at one end. Braid the strips together until you get to the end. Before knotting the other end of the braid, slide your ball onto the braid.
  4. Secure the ball by knotting the other end of the braid.

That’s it! You and your pup now have a new favorite tug and fetch toy. Prepare yourself for hours of fun!

DIY T-Shirt Ball

For this project, you're only going to need a ball (a tennis ball is ideal), two large strips of fabric, a long small strip of fabric, and a pair of Scissors.

  1. First, carefully cut the fabric into two large strips about 5 to 6 inches wide and the length of the t-shirt.
  2. Lay the two pieces of large fabric in an X formation and place the ball in the center.
  3. Pull the fabric around the ball and use the small piece of fabric to secure the ball inside the fabric. Cut the small piece of fabric down so there isn't excess hanging off the toy. You can use the excess small fabric to tie the ends of the braids.
  4. Cut the large sections of fabric into three even strips.starting from the bottom to the base of the ball.  
  5. Braid each section tightly. The tighter the better because it’s harder for dogs to chew through. After the section is braided, use the remaining small piece of fabric to tie the ends of the braids.

There you have it! Now your pup has more than a ball, they have a ball with legs!

The Four-Legged Friend

A four-legged friend for our four-legged friend? Yes, please! This one is perfect for a pup to play tug of war or a chew on with a few playmates.

  1. Start with cutting six strips of cloth in three different colors. Preferably 5 inches wide and the shirt's length from neck to bottom.
  2. Braid each set of three and knot them at each end to hold the braid in place. The tighter the better!  
  3. Bend the braids in the middle and then tie them together at the bend.
  4. Knot the two braids together in the center.

Voila! You have a brand new (and very durable) toy for your furry four-legged friend!

 There you have it! You don’t need money to give your dog the coolest new toys, just lots of old t-shirts! If you get a chance to make one of these toys, be sure to share with us on social using our #buckleypet hashtag! We would love to see how your dog likes them!

 ***Also, don't forget that October is Adopt-A-Dog month and we’re pretty sure there are plenty of furry friends in need of a home and some homemade toys! Even if you’re not in the position to adopt right now, consider making some of these toys and donating them. Stop by your local animal shelter to learn how you can get involved!

October 02, 2017

Adopt-A-Dog Month: 4 Tails of Adoption

Sometimes all you need is a second chance. When you adopt, you're saving a life and opening up room in shelters for other pets in need. To celebrate Adopt-A-Dog Month in October, we are sharing the ups and downs of adoption from the perspective of four families.  

Chelle, Clint, and Buckley Pet Ambassadors Whitley, Alfie, and Morrie from Inwood, WV.

 “We always wanted to adopt but also had a specific breed in mind so it sounded awesome for us to rescue our favorite breed. We have three Jack Russell Terriers, two of them are rescues. Whitley is a rescue (he was from a puppy mill and then given to us by his first owner who said she didn't have time for him). When we got him, he was skin and bones, timid, and very independent. He's been with us for over a year now and his personality has completely morphed into the way that we love him. He is now a snuggle bug, playful, and just has a wonderful zest for life. Our oldest dog, Alfie was severely abused. We were told that he was locked in a crate, muzzled, and then stuffed in a closet for many years. When he got to us, he was terrified of windows going down, brooms, and the sound of traffic. It took a lot of time and patience to teach him that our hands were for love and that what he was experiencing in his life now was normal and nothing to be scared of. There were tough times with both of our rescues even though Alfie was the hardest. We know he counts on us to give him happiness for the rest of his life. Be patient, very patient and just give love - all a dog really wants in life is love.”

 Leah and Buckley Pet Sachi from Seattle, WA.

“If you buy a purebred puppy from a breeder there’s no guarantee that it’s personality/style will match yours. Every dog is different and is going to have different needs. If you go to a shelter, you at least have the opportunity to look at/interact with adult dogs to get an idea of their personality and energy level and decide if that dog would fit your lifestyle. I knew that I wanted a pit bull or pit mix and there are so many of them in rescues and shelters waiting for a forever home that it was not hard to find the kind of dog I was looking for (on the smaller side, housebroken, etc) without going to a breeder. I met and played with a few dogs at the shelter before finding Sachi, the one I ended up taking home. I saw Sachi in a kennel and thought she was cute so I decided to take her out to the field and throw a tennis ball for her to fetch.  When she brought the ball back, instead of dropping it for me to throw again, she laid down in my lap with it and was much more interested in me than playing fetch. How could I say no to that?!

Ronnie and Buckley Pet Chloe from Salem, OR.

“Chloe is a big, beautiful dog. She is actually a Staffordshire Terrier mixed with boxer. People are drawn to her personality, probably the smile and the way she dances when she meets people. I call it "puppying". She can be very protective but not aggressive. Three years ago my first grandchild came along and Chloe loves that little girl. I became convinced that all Chloe needed to make her life happier was to have a kid to call her own. We now have a two-year-old at home who adores her and they are inseparable. It never occurred to me to buy a dog because there are so many dogs out there who needed a home. Who’s to say that a purebred puppy is going to match your personality or lifestyle any better than a sweet dog who has never experienced the joy of a fur-ever home? The joy Chloe has brought to me and to the family is much greater than any of the difficulties we have had. When a great big dog climbs into your lap and tries to curl up like a lap dog, you know they love and trust you. They are finally experiencing love and joy for the first time in a long time.”

 Emily, Miles, and Buckley Pet Lady Bird from San Francisco, CA.

“We love dogs and initially wanted a Golden Retriever or Aussie, but after our friends had positive dog adoption stories, we widened our scope to other breeds that were available in shelters. We both grew up with purebred dogs but agree that rescue mutts are just as, if not more, awesome and deserve a second shot at life. When I first saw Lady Bird (she was Birdie back then) she was crying and trying to shove her face through the gap in her pen to lick me. I was first on the waiting list to meet with her, and she ran out into the meeting area wiggling, soft, and full of personality. You know your rescue dog is yours when you can't imagine living another second of your life without them! The first few months were a perfect storm with everything from giardia to kennel cough and even her sucking the ink out of a ballpoint pen. It felt like we were living with a coyote. Since then, her personality has bloomed and she’s transformed into a furry potato dog that thinks she’s a Shih Tzu. With lots of work, my boyfriend and I have learned when to give her space and what works to nix her bad behavior. She loves small children, peanuts, yogurt, and has claimed all our dirty socks as her babies.”

Thank you to all our Buckley Pets and their humans for sharing their stories with us. Tune into our social accounts for more adoption stories throughout the rest of Adopt-A-Dog month!

August 30, 2017

Holistic Medicine: What Is It and Is It Right For Your Dog  

For Holistic Pet Day, we're taking a closer look at the practice and its benefits

Maybe it was four years ago, maybe it was four days ago, whenever it was, you’ll never forget the day you brought home your four-legged fur-ever friend. With all the joy that comes with owning a new pet, comes many uncertainties. But if there’s one thing you're absolutely sure about, it’s giving your pet the best life possible. The decision to bring them to a traditional vet versus trying a more holistic approach is an important one, so we took a closer look at the practice.

What is holistic pet care?

In a nutshell, holistic medicine studies the overall health of a person or animal. This means a balance of the mind, the body, and the spirit for a healthy life. Holistic vets search for ways to treat the causes of a disease or ailment, rather than just the symptoms. With holistic medicine on the rise, more and more veterinarians are analyzing pet’s environments, nutrition, daily physical activity, and emotions. When a vet has a better understanding of a pet as a whole, they can treat them with diet, massage therapy, acupuncture or herbal remedies.

What’s the deal with raw food?

Holistic vets usually encourage a change in your pet’s diet to fight off obesity, cancer and other serious diseases. The hard part is, most of the food you find at your local market is made with soy, wheat, corn, and other ingredients that aren’t necessarily great for your dog to consume on a daily basis. If you do your research and feed your dog more raw food, you can give them the wholesome nutrients that they need for a healthy stomach, skin, and bones.

Photo: @loki_adventures_

How can you incorporate these things into your dog's daily life?

Let’s be honest, not everybody has the time or money to feed their dog raw food and take them to a holistic vet, but this doesn't mean you can’t make little changes in your dog's daily life to help their overall health. Try using our Liberty Freeze Dried as a meal topper - It's a great way to incorporate raw food into your pup's diet without breaking the bank. By feeding them whole animal nutrition with antioxidant rich vegetables and healthy oils and by doing your research when picking a vet, you’re on the path to supporting optimal health for your dog.


Photo: @bernesebentley

If you want to give holistic medicine a try, we recommend you go into your local holistic veterinarian to learn more. You can also reward your pup with our wholesome, all-natural dog food and treats, made to give your pup a happier and healthier life.


For more info on holistic pet care, check out the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association online.

July 28, 2017

7 Tips for Traveling with Dogs

Photo: @greywolf.blackfox

 

Traveling with pets can be a lot of fun, but it can also be a bit stressful (particularly if your pet can get anxious when you deviate from routine). There are pet-specific logistics to arrange and some extra considerations to take into account, but if you plan properly, your trip with your furbaby can be much smoother!

 

  1. International Travel - Documents and Vaccinations 

Photo:@celinewestie
  • Check out pettravelstore.com - they’ve got great information about what you need to bring your pet to a lot of destinations, even without paying for the paperwork packages.
  • Talk to your vet - most vets know what each country requires or can at least direct you to where to look.
  • Check the country’s website for rules related to bringing pets across the border.

 

  1. Travel Arrangements

Photo: @greywolf.blackfox
  • Call the airline in advance
    • Let them know you’re traveling with a pet. Some airlines only allow a certain number of pets on a flight, so be sure to call as soon as you can.
    • Find out what their rules and requirements are.
  • In-Cabin vs. Cargo
    • In-Cabin
      • Make sure you know the rules and requirements for in-cabin pet transportation and abide by them.
      • Bring treats and chews to distract your pet during the flight but don’t be surprised if they don’t seem interested in them.
      • During the flight, gauge the water you give your pet to ensure that they stay hydrated but don’t end up with an uncomfortably full bladder.
      • Be prepared for the plane’s environmental conditions. The plane might get cold, so bring a blanket or some old t-shirts to give your pet during the flight.
    • Cargo
      • Make sure you understand how the airline handles pet transport (e.g. where will your pet be while the plane is being loaded and boarded? Is the cargo hold temperature controlled?).
      • Plan your route carefully.
        • For long trips, try to include a layover to give your pet a break mid-trip.
        • If you have a layover, keep in mind that airlines won’t transfer your pet to the next flight, so plan for lots of time between any connections.
      • Get appropriate gear.
        • A large enough crate for your pet to be comfortable
        • A crate with a secure lock
        • A dripless hydration system
      • Include visible identification on your pet’s crate, noting your pet’s name, your name and phone number, any temperament or behavior issues, and a picture of your pet. You can also include your pet’s veterinary information.
      • When boarding, tell the ticket agent at the gate that you would like to get confirmation that your pet has been loaded on the plane.
  • Pre-flight preparation
    • Consider pre-flight preparations (e.g. exercise your pet beforehand, talk to your vet about potential reactions to flying and how to deal with them).
    • Have all airline-required documentation ready (most require a health certificate from a vet, issued within 10 days of the flight).
    • Make sure you have an airline-compliant carrier.
    • Don’t feed your pet the morning of the flight and take away water bowl two hours before departure -- while this may seem cruel, your pet will be fine without food and water for a few hours and the flight might upset your pet’s tummy.

  1. Pet-friendly accommodations 

Photo: @celinewestie
  • Airbnb and Booking.com, among other sites, allow you to filter by pet-friendly accommodations.
  • Call your accommodations in advance to let them know you’re bringing a pet.

  1. Pack for your pet

    Photo: @bernesebentley
    • Don't forget to bring all the essentials!
      • Bowls
      • Food
      • Treats
      • Toys
      • Chews
      • Any medications
      • Any trip-related gear (e.g. if you're planning to take your pet hiking, pack accordingly; if you're going somewhere with a high tick population, pack a tick remover)
    1. Plan for non-dog-friendly activities 

    Photo: @2kutehuskies
      • If your pet is crate trained, think about bringing a crate with you for when you need to leave your pet alone.
      • If you’ll be gone for more than a few hours at a time, consider looking into getting a local pet sitter while you’re away. Remember, this is a new and stressful environment for your pet and the last thing you want is for your relaxing vacation to be their worst nightmare.

      1. Plan for the worst before you leave

        Photos: @theofficialbuckley and @leashyourfitness
          • Make sure your pet is microchipped (your pet should be microchipped either way, but you definitely want them to be even more so if you’re traveling with them) and record their microchip number somewhere accessible while you’re away (e.g. your phone).
          • Look up a local vet at your destination and have their contact information handy -- you never know if you’ll need it and it’s better to have it ready in the event you do.

          1. Enjoy!

          Photo: @greywolf.blackfox
          • Taking your pet on a trip may seem like a lot of work, but it will be well worth the effort to get to share those special, once-in-a-lifetime moments with them!

           

          Written by Buckley Ambassador Dog-Mom, Taly Matiteyahu (@greywolf.blackfox)

          June 23, 2017

          Summertime Staycations With Your Buckley Pet

          Dog-Friendly Places You Can Take Your Pup This Summer

          Summer’s officially here! There are plenty of things going on, so why not build your outings around the dogs? Whether it’s opting for staycations, hitting the trails, or finding a pet-friendly hotel, bringing your dog can be easy with a bit of planning. You'll be pleasantly surprised with where you end up…. And lucky for your pup, we’ve got a few new flavors for them to try on your next adventure.

          Washington native, Will, for instance, took his two dogs Sissy and Arthur to a furr-iendly eatery and ale house in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood, Norm’s (named after the owner’s dog). The walls are adorned with portraits of pups, the couches are worn from years of canine cuddle piles, and you’ll find they have a menu made especially for dogs. The best part is Norm’s is almost always filled with other furry friends.

          Find more places like Norm’s by checking out online services like BringFido.com, that make finding places to stay, play and eat with your dog easy. If you’re looking for an adventure out of the city, also try websites like Tripswithpets.com and gopetfriendly.com. Stay tuned for more tips on traveling with your pets on next month’s blog...

          Try our new Rotisserie Chicken Ruff Puffs and Bacon Trainers today! Whatever you're doing, don't forget to bring along your pup's favorite Buckley treats.

          November 02, 2016

          Monty_ PB_Trainers
          We know your pups love our treats - your Instagram feed tells us so! But we still love hearing from you and reading just how much our treats have bettered your pups life.
          Like Monty and Addie here:
           
          I found a bag of your Trainers Peanut Butter flavor today, and they're perfect.
          He's a little picky, and it's so hard to find a training treat that's peanut butter WITHOUT chicken in the list of ingredients bc he starts to itch with chicken.
          Plus they're grain free, soft, no wheat, corn or soy; it's every single thing I was looking for in a training treat. 
          Thanks for making such an awesome, healthy, and tasty treat, I'll be ordering some soon - Monty loves them! :)
           
          Thank you, Addie, for sharing with us how our grain free trainers tuned into your little Monty’s specific needs and wants! We’re beyond happy to accommodate small details that, all too often, get over-looked. 
           
          If you have some stories about our treats and trainers that you’d like to share, please send them, and pictures, to sayhello@buckleypet.com

          August 26, 2016

          Vacations are the best, right?! You're away from home, surrounded by new things, smelling new, unfamiliar smells/butts…. That all sounds great if you’re a human, but that’s not always the case for our furry family members. Making sure your next trip is enjoyable by everyone is easy when you follow our Doggie Vaycay checklist:

          1. Bed from Home: Who doesn’t love coming home to their own bed after a long day of exploring? Bring along their bed for a little scent of home and they’ll curl right up.

          1. Favorite Toy: Kind of like if you forget your child's favorite bear, blanket, or binky; remembering your dog’s favorite playtime toy will be a great comfort tool while jumping from place to place or help while they’re missing you while you’re on dog-restricted adventures.

          1. Buckley Treats: Rewarding, sometimes over-rewarding your pup, on vacation is never a bad thing. Let them know how good they’re handing changes and it will only reinforce their positive behavior. And with Buckley treats, skip the guilt knowing that their positive reinforcement is also healthy.

          June 24, 2016

           

          Buckley Pet ProductsNothing says “Happy Fourth of July” like knowing your treats are 100% made in the good ‘ol US of A. That’s why you should include our top picks of Buckley treats in your pup’s festivity goodies! From sunny BBQs and lounging by the pool to firework shows and sparkler dancing, 4th of July is one of the best holidays of the year. Make sure to have some extra dog treats on hand to help calm them down during all the commotion or as a reward for their best tricks. From jerky to our new Ruff Puffs, Buckley offers an array of flavors to keep every tail wagging!

          While you smother your hot dog in mustard and relish, relax knowing your pup is enjoying guilt-free treats. Buckley’s new Ruff Puffs are a mere 4 calories per puff, and trust us, they’re as delicious as they look.Buckley Pet Products - Ruff Puffs

          We take pride in providing not only our own pets with the best treats but sharing them with you as well!

          Happy 4th of July!

          #madeintheUSA

          June 21, 2016

          Nothing calls to us during the warmer summer months more than the outdoors and we love to bring our dogs along with us. In addition to packing their food and favorite toys, it’s important to bring plenty of water and if they’re not getting enough, to be aware of the signs.

          We’ve compiled a checklist of signs to keep an eye out for while enjoying the summer heat:

          • Skin: Lack of elasticity. Just like our skin, it can indicate when Our body is low on water. Pinch the skin on their neck and see how quickly it bounces back. If the skin is dry and slow to recover, this may be a sign of dehydration.

          • Gums: Sticky or dry. When a dog hasn’t had enough water, their saliva becomes increasingly sticky and thick. This sticky saliva can build up on the sides of their mouth and your dog may have trouble swallowing it.
          • Urine: Without enough liquids in the body, your dog will not pee as often and their urine may appear very dark.
          • Demeanor: Very lethargic, visibly tired
          • Stomach: Vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite
          • Feet: Wobbly and unsteady
          • Lungs: Excessive panting.

            When you’re sure your pet is in good shape, after and even during your adventures, be sure to reward their hard work with Buckley treats!

            May 06, 2016

            Watch these dogs embrace their maternal instinct this Mother's Day.
            1. The foxes and the hound.
            These three must've missed the memo and the movie - and thankfully so. Who doesn't love an ironic love story with a happy ending?
            2. One by one.
            Part of being a mom is knowing how and where to raise your family and making the necessary changes to ensure everyone's safety.
            3. Dog of another color.
            When these kittens came in orphaned and alone, Molly didn't miss a beat in adding them to her already large litter of 7.
            4. Second set of eyes.
            Like most human mom's, this motherly mutt saves her pup while trying to cross the street after clearly not looking both ways!
            5. Reunited.

            We all miss our moms, sometimes, but for the most part puppies never see them again after being adopted. Thats why this mom and pup duo wagged their tales right into our hearts.