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National Make a Dog’s Day 2021

French Bulldogs playing

This Friday, October 22, 2021, marks the 3rd Annual National Make a Dog’s Day. National Make a Dog’s Day is not only a day to celebrate your dog, but also a day to bring awareness to the “less adoptable” shelter dogs. Subaru started this tradition in 2019 in hopes to help “The Underdogs” as they call them. It is an unfortunate reality that when people look to adopt, they are looking for the youngest and healthiest pups to adopt. While it is certainly a good deed to adopt any shelter pup, the older and disabled pups often get overlooked. If you are currently considering adopting a dog, I would like to follow Subaru’s lead and encourage you to consider adopting an “Underdog.’ An “Underdog” is a dog that requires just a little more care and maybe even a little more love. They may be blind, deaf, incontinent, have behavioral issues, have neurological issues, or may have a physical impairment requiring wheels. Whatever the case may be, these underdogs are assuredly looking for love and companionship. You may believe that you are ill-equipped to take on a special needs companion. However, special needs dogs are very adaptable and may do better at your home than you think. You can always speak to the rescue or the shelter and ask for detailed care instructions.

How to Celebrate Your Dog on National Make a Dog’s Day

As I mentioned, National Make a Dog’s Day is also a day to celebrate your dog so get out and do that special thing your dog enjoys. If they enjoy walks, take them on an extra long walk. If they enjoy car rides, take them on an extra long car ride. If they enjoy the park, take them there. If you are interested in finding some of the best dog parks in the United States, click here: https://thefrenchiemamablog.com/2020/12/12/best-dog-parks-in-florida-and-the-us/

If they love the beach, plan a beach day. For information about some of the best dog beaches in the United States, click here: https://thefrenchiemamablog.com/2020/12/05/how-to-keep-your-frenchie-happy-and-well-behaved-dog-friendly-beaches/

Finally, be sure to shower them with plenty of treats and toys. You can find all-natural organic dog treats that are sure to please your pups tummy here: https://thefrenchiemamablog.com/product-category/organic-dog-treats/

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Some other ideas to celebrate your dog are planning a doggie play date, organizing a doggie barbeque, buying your dog a pup cup and/or baking them a doggie friendly cake.

Whether you decide to adopt an underdog or to celebrate your dog or both, be sure to share the celebration on social media with the hashtag #MakeADogsDay.

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Healthy Treats for Your Dog

Organic dog treats

Just as it is important to choose quality ingredients in your dog food, it is important to choose quality ingredients in dog treats so I am dedicating this post to reviewing my favorite dog treats. Every treat I carry in my online shop contains all natural ingredients and each of these ingredients are purposeful, meaning they are chosen for a reason. I will list each treat, list all the ingredients in order of predominance, and describe the purpose of each ingredient. Towards the end of this post, I will let you know some of my favorite human foods that are beneficial to feed your dog as treats. Some of these foods are already added to the ingredients of the dog treats I will review now.

Dog Mamma’s Berry Banana Coco Chunk

Organic Brown Rice Four: Brown Rice Flour is a great source of fiber and aids in digestion. Best of all, it contains no corn, gluten, dairy, or soy.

Organic Blueberries: Blueberries are full of antioxidants, fiber, Vitamin C, and Vitamin K. They are great for the immune system and overall health.

Organic Bananas: Bananas are high in potassium, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin C. Bananas have many benefits for dogs such as muscle maintenance, strengthening bones, and improving brain function.

Organic Coconut and Coconut Oil: Coconut contains anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties and aids in healthy skin and coats.

Organic Honey: Honey contains many vitamins and minerals and has anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial properties.

Organic Cinnamon: Cinnamon is packed with antioxidants and contains anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties.

Organic Chia Seed: Chia Seeds are a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids which aid in brain function and heart health.

Dog Mamma’s Pumpkin Snaps

Organic Brown Rice Four: Brown Rice Flour is a great source of fiber and aids in digestion. Best of all, it contains no corn, gluten, dairy, or soy.

Organic Pumpkin: Pumpkin is often touted as a superfood and is great for digestion.

Organic Carrots: Carrots are rich in Vitamin A and beta-carotene and help with healthy eyes, skin, and coat.

Organic Coconut Oil: Coconut contains anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties and aids in healthy skin and coats.

Organic Honey: Honey contains many vitamins and minerals and has anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial properties.

Organic Chia Seed: Chia Seeds are a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids which aid in brain function and heart health.

Organic Ginger: Ginger contains anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, and anti-fungal properties. It aids in gut health and boosts the immune system.

Organic Cinnamon: Cinnamon is packed with antioxidants and contains anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties.

Dog Mamma’s Peanut Butter Banana

Organic Oat Flour: Oat flour is full of antioxidants and fiber and does not contain wheat, corn, or gluten.

Organic Peanut Flour: Peanut flour is packed with protein with the only ingredient being peanuts and let’s face it, dogs love the taste of peanut butter.

Organic Honey: Honey contains many vitamins and minerals and has anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial properties.

Organic Coconut Oil: Coconut contains anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties and aids in healthy skin and coats.

Organic Peanut Oil: Peanut oil is packed with essential fats and aids in skin and joint health. It is also said to be good for the heart.

Organic Chia Seed: Chia Seeds are a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids which aid in brain function and heart health.

Winnie Lou’s Minty Breath Bones

Organic Garbanzo Bean Flour: Garbanzo Bean Flour is full of fiber and protein and is a much healthier alternative to wheat flour.

Organic Unsweetened Applesauce: Unsweetened applesauce contains antioxidants, Vitamin A, and fiber and is great for digestion.

Organic Rolled Oats: Rolled Oats are full of antioxidants and fiber and do not contain wheat, corn, or gluten.

Organic Coconut Flour and Coconut Oil: Coconut contains anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties and aids in healthy skin and coats.

Organic Flax Seeds: Flax seeds are full of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids and aid in digestion as well as healthy skin and coats.

Carob: Carob is high in B vitamins, Vitamin A, and is also a great source of fiber.

Organic Spirulina: Spirulina is great for the immune system and contains many health benefits. To learn more about the health benefits of Spirulina, read this post: https://thefrenchiemamablog.com/2021/07/07/the-health-benefits-of-spirulina/

Organic Parsley: Parsley helps freshen breath and is rich in antioxidants.

Organic Spearmint: Spearmint helps freshen breath and is good for digestion.

Another favorite treat of mine not listed here are these Tylee Salmon Treats from Chewy. The only ingredient is Salmon which is great for the immune system, skin, and coat.

Now let’s go over some human foods that are good for your dog.

What Human Foods are Beneficial to Feed as Treats?

Strawberries: Strawberries are full of fiber and Vitamin C and are great for the immune system.

Bananas: Bananas are high in potassium, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin C. Bananas have many benefits for dogs such as muscle maintenance, strengthening bones, and improving brain function.

Apples: Apples contain Vitamin A and fiber and are great for gut health.

Blueberries: Blueberries are full of antioxidants, fiber, Vitamin C, and Vitamin K. They are great for the immune system and overall health.

Carrots: Carrots are rich in Vitamin A and beta-carotene and help with healthy eyes, skin, and coat.

Pumpkin: Pumpkin is classified as a superfood. It has many health benefits including aiding in digestion.

These are just some of my favorite human foods to give as treats because of their health benefits. There are many other fruits and veggies that are OK to give your dog. If you have questions, feel free to send me a message or post a reply.