DIY- Painted Dog Paw Print Craft

One of my favorite things to do it craft with my daughter.

She is 4 and really creative. We paint just about every day. Watercolor butterflies on paper to rainbows with acrylics on stretched canvases. It’s always so much fun.

I figured that since I have so much fun with her that I would enjoy crafting with my dogs. So silly.

But it was a lot of fun to do this with Kemper and Brinkley.

I think they are currently plotting how to get back at me, but at least I have some cute artwork from the activity.

When you try this, be sure to use non-toxic paint, work quickly, and immediately wipe off or wash off you dog’s paws so any paint does not dry on the paw. It’s fairly low mess, but if you are using acrylic paint, wear clothing that you wouldn’t mind getting paint on as your dog might squirm and then you will get a stray print on your pants or top.

 

The best thing about this is that the possibilities to create  with the paw prints is endless.

I decided to make butterflies with Brinkley and Flowers with Kemper.

To make the butterflies, make 2 paw prints with the pads just about touching. Then use a different color and make another 2 paw prints below the first two paw prints. All 4 paw prints need to have the toes on the outside of the image, as if you mirrored the paw prints. Once all the butterflies have been created, paint the body and antennae.

The flowers can be done with 1 single color or several colors. Stamp all the paw print flowers on the canvas. Then using a brush, paint the stems and leaves. Then using another color, preferably yellow, paint the center of the flower.  You can have the flowers coming up from the ground, or in a bouquet, or in a vase. Even the variety of flowers can be as varied as pansies, lilies, daisies, and sunflowers- all depends on the colors and the details you paint.

This activity is so fun because it’s simple to do and there are so many different ways to create a one of a kind piece.

While it would be fun to do this with any dog, this activity works best with short haired dogs as paint on the hair between the toes and on the feet will take away the detail from the pad and toes.

As well, you don’t want to use too much paint. Too much paint will also reduce the detail of the paw print. Lightly cover the pad and toes, then slowly, evenly press the paw onto the canvas for best results.

Have fun painting!

Painted Dog Paw Print Craft

Supplies Needed 

  • Canvas Panels, I used 12×12 panels from Artist Loft (purchased at Michael’s)
  • non toxic paint, such as water based or acrylic paints
  • paint brushes
  • paper plates
  • paper towels
  • baby wipes, soap

Instructions

  1. If desired, paint the whole canvas to create a colorful background. Let dry.
  2. Place a thin layer of paint on a paper plate. Lightly cover the pad and to with paint, then slowly and evenly press the paw onto the canvas. Repeat as many times as needed to create the design you are creating.
  3. Once the paw prints are complete, quickly wipe off or wash off your dog’s paw. This needs to happen before the paint dries.
  4. Paint the details to complete your picture using paint and brushes. Let dry completely before displaying.

 

 

Sunny Days ahead- Today Show’s New Guide Dog in Training

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For the 3rd year in a row, The Today Show (NBC) is featuring a puppy that will be trained to be a guide dog.

Previously, Today featured Charlie and Wrangler, now it’s Sunny‘s turn for the spot light for their Puppies with a Purpose program.

He is an 8 week old yellow lab, who will be trained by Guide Dog Foundation for 16 months to be a guide dog for a teenager.

Charlie went on to become a service dog for a Veteran, living in North Carolina.

Wrangler was originally intended to be a guide dog, but now he is training for detection of drugs and bombs, working with an officer in Connecticut.

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It will be really fun to follow along with Sunny’s adventures in the Orange Room, on the Plaza, and other places the Today Show features, but the real focus is remembering how it important service dogs, of all kinds, are to people of all ages with all kinds of needs.

There are dogs that have been trained for various needs, like becoming guide dogs for the visually impaired and other dogs that have need trained to help people with seizures.

If you are considering fostering a guide dog or service dog, then reach out to local organizations near you. It is a very rewarding program to be a part of.

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Homemade Dog Breath Fresheners

Did you know that February is National Pet Dental Health Month?!?

There is a month, week, day for everything!

Obviously, it’s super important to take care of our dogs’ teeth. Oral hygiene is connected to so many other things like digestive and heart health. Plus no one wants their dog to have stinky breath!

I thought I would make something fun and yummy for our dogs that is both beneficial to them and us. Good breath and digestive health for them;  happy and healthy dogs for us!

I made these Dog Breath Fresheners with just a few ingredients, a food processor, and a ice cube tray. I used fun dog bone and dog paw ones, but a regular ice cube tray will work just fine. They are simple to make so you’ll be making them for your dogs all the time.

I bet they will love them as much as my dogs.

So what’s in these awesome Dog Breath Fresheners?

These whip up really quickly with plain yogurt, coconut oil, parsley, and mint.

The yogurt provides great cultures that help with digestion and good gut health. If your stomach is ‘off’ then there is a really good chance that your breath is stinky. Same goes for dogs, so some yogurt in their diet can be really beneficial.

Be sure to get sugar free, plain yogurt. (Note: The yogurt will have sugar in the nutrition facts, you want not ADDED sugar or flavorings)

Coconut oil is great for your overall health, but just focusing on digestion now, it helps with aiding in digestive disorders like inflammatory bowel syndrome and colitis, helps with nutrient absorption, and can help with killing parasites.

Parsley contains chlorophyll, which can help neutralize bad breath. Chlorophyll is a natural deodorizer so chewing some will help neutralize stinky breath odors. Potentially, it can even help with digestion, which will help address bad breath odors from the gut .

Mint leaves behind it’s signature fresh breath smell, but it does more than that! It helps with digestion and can help fight the bacteria in your dogs mouth that causes bad breath. As with parsley, mint contains chlorophyll, so that give it an extra boost in fighting off bad breath.

Be sure to give your dog lots of sweet kisses after they have a mint. xo

Homemade Dog Breath Fresheners

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Ingredients

  • Large bunch of parsley
  • 1 ounce of fresh mint
  • 1/2 Cup of water
  • 1/2 Cup of Coconut Oil
  • 1 1/2 Cups plain, sugar free yogurt

Process

  1. Trim off the bottom rough edges of the parsley and mint stems. (you can still have a lot of stems, just take off the rough, woody parts) Add to a food processor/blender
  2. Combine the coconut oil and water in a measuring cup/bowl. Microwave until warm enough to melt the coconut oil. Add to the food processor.
  3. Add the yogurt.
  4. Blend until the herbs are completely chopped.
  5. Pour into the ice cube molds. Freeze.