9 Things to do this National Mutt Day July 31

Happy National Mutt Day!!

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What is a Mutt?

A mixed-breed dog is a testament to nature. Without any input from humans, the mixed breed defies description. Available in all sizes, shapes, colors, and patterns, he might have a long snout or a short nose. He may display prick ears or floppy ones. He could have a stubby tail, spindly legs, a giant spot over his left eye or all three. Drawing from a broader, more diverse gene pool, his intensity is softer than his pedigreed cousins, his drives and compulsions mercifully muted.

Or in simpler terms just the cutest dogs ever! Proof:

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How can you celebrate national Mutt day?

1. Adopt a Mutt from your local shelter or rescue organization. Volunteer at your local shelter and offer to walk a Mutt or play with a  Mutt, clean cages or anything else they need help with.

2. Are you prepared for a new Mutt? Make sure you have all the items necessary when bringing a new mutt home.

3. Donate blankets, food and toys to animal welfare organizations.

4. Offer to walk the Mutt of an elderly neighbor.

5. Write your Congressman and ask that he/she support the ban of Puppy Mills and Gas Chambers in your state.

6. Buy some all natural, organic dog shampoo and give that Mutt a bath!

7. Have a National Mutt Day party and invite all your friends and their dogs!

8. Join the Facebook page and post pics of your  Mutt for the world to ooh and ahh over!

9. Order your collectible National Mutt Day tee here!

For more celebration ideas check out nationalmuttday.com

What did you do for National Mutt Day?

Share your beautiful dogs with us on Instagram @hachiko.me #hachikome

Comment below!

Hot Dog? Not Cool!

Walking on the street and see a poor pooch melting away in a sauna of a car?

Call to action: What would you do?

By now we all know the rule: do not, by any means, leave your dog in your car- especially in the summer! According to the Humane Society of the United States, when it is 80 degrees fahrenheit outside, the inside of a car can rise up to 99 degrees fahrenheit within only 10 minutes! This can be life threatening for your dog!

This helpful infographic created by Dr. Marie Haynes illustrates the danger and effects of leaving your pooch in a hot car:

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Want to relate? PETA enlisted Arizona Cardinals player Tyrann Mathieu to illustrate just how sweltering a vehicle can become after sitting for just a few minutes in the sun. Watch the video here:

Also check out this article from BarkPost on what to do if you see a dog locked in a hot car.

Comment with any stories or experiences you’ve had:

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What Food is Dangerous for your Dog and Why?

Brought to you in honor of Pet Safety Month: DANGER FOODS

We’ve all heard it before:

“This food is bad for your dog…”

“Don’t feed them that…”

Do we know exactly what foods to steer clear of, and better yet, what harm they could cause to our precious puppies?

The photo brought to you by www.caninejournal.com shows what foods to place up high on your shelves away from your dog to keep them safe.

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An extended list of foods that are dangerous for your dog include:

  • Alcohol
  • Apple Seeds
  • Avocado
  • Baby food
  • Cooked Bones
  • Candy and chewing gum
  • Cat food
  • Chocolate
  • Citrus oil extracts
  • Coffee
  • Corn on the cob
  • Fat trimmings
  • Fish
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Hops
  • Human vitamins
  • Liver
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Marijuana
  • Milk and dairy products
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions and chives
  • Persimmons, peaches, and plums
  • Rhubarb, and tomato leaves
  • Raw fish
  • Salt
  • String
  • Sugar
  • Tobacco
  • Xylitol
  • Yeast (on its own or in dough)

For a fun printout to hang on your fridge check out our previous blog post!

Some healthy dog foods to stock up on at the supermarket are:

  1. Peanut butter. Protein, heart healthy fats, vitamin B, niacin, and vitamin E. Choose raw, unsalted peanut butter.
  2. Cooked chicken. Add it to your pup’s dog food for extra protein.
  3. Cheese. If your dog isn’t lactose intolerant (check before feeding) cheese is a great snack that is high in protein.
  4. Baby carrots. Great for your canine’s teeth, carrots are low calorie and high in fiber and beta carotene/vitamin A.
  5. Yogurt. High in calcium and protein and good for your dog’s digestive system.
  6. Salmon. The omega 3 fatty acids found in salmon keep your dogs coat nice and shiny while also boosting their immune system.
  7. Pumpkin. Fiber as well as beta-carotene/vitamin A. Helps with digestion.
  8. Eggs. An extra boost of protein in the morning. Like chicken, this can be added to dog food to up the protein level so when your scrambling up yourself an egg, make one for your furry friend as well.
  9. Green beans. Beans are good for the heart, and very low in calories.
  10. Apple slices. Freshens dog breath as it cleans your pups teeth as he chews. High in fiber, vitamins A and C, an apple a day will most certainly keep the doctor vet away.
  11. Oatmeal. When cooked, this breakfast food can be a great grain alternative that is super high in fiber and great for your dog’s digestive system.

In case of emergency:

If your dog eats something you aren’t sure about or starts to show symptoms of being sick after eating something Call your local vet or call the ASPCA animal poison control center at 1-888-426-4435.

If you know of anything that needs to be added to this list, leave us a comment:

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Chic Canines

 While diamonds will always be a girl’s best friend, dogs are giving all sparkly gems a run for their money in the fashion world. Some of fashion’s biggest models have been photographed with furry little accessories and the results are beautiful:

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Photo: Platon for Garage Magazine

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Photo: Henry Clark for Vogue

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Photo: Herb Ritts for Vogue

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Photo: Emily Shur for Paper Magazine

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Photo: Karen Radkai for Vogue

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Photo: Mario Testino for Vogue

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Photo: Steven Meisel for Vogue Italy

Can’t get enough of these fashion-forward pups? You can purchase the full book of dog’s in Vogue here.

Take any fashionable shots with your dog? Pupload them in the comments below:

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8 DIY Summer Snacks Your Dog Will Love

We love sharing with our dogs, but when it comes to iced cream, we don’t like to share with anyone:

Make your dog their own refreshing summer snack with our top summer recipe picks:

1. Your pup will love these healthy and refreshing Blueberry Dog Cookies.

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3. Let your pup experience the delicious and healthy mix that is fruit and nuts with these easy-to-make Apple and Peanut Butter Dog Treats
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4. Pupsicles: Frozen dog treats are great for keeping pups occupied and cool in the summertime, better yet they can be used to soothe teething pain in puppies.

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  1. Berries and cream, berries and cream, I’m a little pup who likes berries and cream.

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6. Add in some veggies with these Spinach, Carrot, and Zucchini Dog Treats.

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7. Your dog have a summer birthday? Celebrate with these creative and festive pupcakes.

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8. No time for cooking? Pop it in a blender and in the freezer like these easy to make frozen Dog Smoothies.

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Comment with any fun family recipes you want to share!

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Translate that Bark

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Language barriers are hard! Especially between species! Understanding your dog’s wants and needs can be ruff. How can a dog be man’s best friend if they cannot understand one another?

It is imperative that every dog parent communicate with their dog and learn to understand what it means when their pup runs to the door or wags their tail. Our dogs have minds of their own and it is our job as parents is to try and understand the speechless conversation that goes on every day between pups and their parents.

Use this handy infographic to decipher your pooch’s body language:

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Unfortunately no dog-human translator exists just yet but until then we’re loving October Jone’s blog Text From Dog. Check out his book being sold on Amazon!

Until doggy translator’s exist, Hachiko is the closest we’ve found to giving your dog a voice!

Remember, to listen to your pup:

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Do Dogs Dream?

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Man’s Best Friend. One of the smartest mammals on the planet. They eat, they sleep… but do they dream?

Have you ever spotted your pup taking a snooze and suddenly let out a woof as his legs twitch? Is he dreaming? What is really happening when dogs move and make noises in their sleep?

While no dog has ever woken up for a dream to tell us about their crazy nightmare, there is tons of scientific evidence to prove that our dogs are in fact dreaming!

Researchers have compared brain activity and sleep patterns between humans and canines. Like people, dogs enter what is called the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) stage of sleep in which dreaming occurs in humans and seemingly in dogs as well. During this deep sleep your pup may move their legs as if running, whimper or bark, or change breathing patterns from deep to rapid breathing.

Check out this cute dog dreaming away:

Now lets answer a few questions:

Q: What could they be dreaming about?

A: They’re most likely dreaming about their doggy days like running, digging, chasing, or chewing at their favorite bone.

Q: Do all dogs dream the same?

A: Research has shown that smaller dogs actually dream more than larger dogs. Puppies dream a ton as well! Incidentally, adult dogs spend about 10 to 12 percent of their sleeping time in REM sleep. Puppies spend a much greater proportion of their sleep time in REM sleep, no doubt compacting huge quantities of newly acquired data.

Q: Are dogs the only animals that dream?

A: Recent evidence suggests that animals even simpler and less intelligent than our genius dogs seem to dream

Q: Is this normal?

A: It is perfectly normal and healthy for your dog, and means that they’re in a deep sleep. It is best not to wake them up, just cover them with a blanket and “let sleeping dogs lie.”

Share your best doggy dreaming story with us in the comments below:

Want to know more? Here are some great sources from:

Cesar Millan 

Psychology Today

Dogster 

Pet Place

And we just couldn’t get enough of these dreamy dogs:

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