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Favorite Dog Treat Recipes

The two following recipes are dog tested and dog approved. Both ingredient lists require similar prep work, and both recipes involve varying quantities to achieve proper consistency for dough.

 

Peanut Butter & Pumpkin Dog Biscuits

  • 1 C peanut butter
  • 1/2 C pure canned pumpkin
  • 2 C whole wheat flour
  • 1-2 eggs

 

Sweet Potato & Pumpkin Dog Biscuits

  • 1 C mashed sweet potato
  • 1/2 C pure canned pumpkin
  • 2 C whole wheat flour
  • 1-2 eggs
  • 1 T coconut oil

 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Mix ingredients together (adding flour last and a half cup at a time) until dough resembles the consistency of a thick pizza crust.  Add another half cup of flour if dough is too gooey or sticky.  With a rolling pin and two pieces of wax paper, roll into a flattened pancake.  Using cookie cutters, create treat shapes and transfer to a lightly greased aluminum baking sheet.  Bake for 20 minutes, remove from oven, transfer to a cooling rack using a spatula and let cool before serving.  Bake longer for crunchier treats.  As a tasty additive, you can sprinkle and press turkey bacon bites into the treats before baking.

 

Big win for small business

When I was in wedding planning mode for myself and was trying to find something amazing for Greta to wear in our wedding photos, I stumbled upon Hello Hazel Co.  Note: They are featured first in my blog post FURawst Yourselves AND Your Pets because I am so confident in the quality and craftsmanship of the products, similarly refining a niche for weddings and pets.  Hello Hazel Co. also makes pet gear for other big life moments (i.e. “Big Sis” or “Big Bro” bandanas when the pawrents are expecting their first human child).

I knew when I started WedPets, I would have to feature Hello Hazel Co.’s pet gear.  And of course, as a small business womentrepreneur with obviously similar passions, I would need to credit Hello Hazel Co. when my dog is featured in photos wearing her I DO TOO bandana!  It’s a two-fold marketing move – I can attach my brand to hers in small ways.  Her followers can potentially tap in to my business, and then any followers of mine can tap into hers.  So it’s free advertising.  I also reached out and asked Michelle (the designer – who is incredibly humble and kind) for express permission first just to make sure.  I also got the opportunity to explain how I had scoured the internet for my wedding and then double-scoured for my business, and I knew that her products were hands-down the best in the biz.  Whether it was her experience and years in the game, or her SEO skills, or her exclusivity, it was obvious within my research efforts that her label stood out from any others. I’m drawn to the look, but when you receive one for yourself (er, your dog), you know it’s made with quality materials and love.  It doesn’t look homemade and it doesn’t look mass produced.  The custom bandanas are special and unique and perfect.

But then something really weird happened just last week.  Something that would be a total nightmare for a small business owner.  Whether or not you know the ins and outs of becoming one, you can imagine that you wouldn’t want to ever steal someone else’s business model or intellectual property (or even be accused of it!), and you certainly wouldn’t want anyone to steal yours!   The latter is what happened to Michelle.  You can find her blog post and explanation about it here.

Michelle writes that she was furious, confused, and shocked.  She decided to courageously write them.  She expressed how she has been in the business since 2013, and she did her research to know that she wasn’t copying anyone else’s idea.  The product, the look, and the words made for a rougher version of a Hello Hazel Co. original.  What David’s Bridal posted on Instagram (which I saw with my own eyes due to it being a sponsored ad; and given my own search trends, it showed up in my personal and business account feed), I knew it was a clone of Michelle’s.  Turns out, David’s Bridal was very apologetic to Michelle and seemed genuinely surprised by the accusation.  They had outsourced and hadn’t done their research.  Whoever was making the David’s Bridal bandanas tried to run with Michelle’s brain child,  calling it their own for profit; and they needed to be stopped. That’s not okay.  However, David’s Bridal did the right thing and that also deserves acknowledgment.

This is a big win for small business.  The products that resemble Hello Hazel Co.’s have been removed from David Bridal’s website.  Small businesses matter and we have to support each other!  This happens more than it should, and we need to protect ourselves.

Collaboration > Competition.

Support small businesses.

Support each other.

FURawst Yourselves AND Your Pets

Having your pet in your wedding means finding appropriate wedding garb for your pet!

Check out the following ideas for inspiration!

 

Hello Hazel Co.

Hello Hazel Company LLC is a family-owned business specializing in unique accessories for your dog.  Like me, they believe pets are family, too!  Based out of Eastern Pennsylvania, they started in 2013 on Etsy with bandanas featuring a handful of fun sayings for weddings like I Do Too and Dog of Honor.  I LOVE when I see dogs in weddings on social media and I spot a Hello Hazel bandana!

https://hellohazelco.com/

Here is WedPets model, Greta (@greta_the_german_shepherd) sporting the high quality, hand-crafted burlap “I DO TOO” bandana on her pawrents’ wedding day!

 

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Photo Credit: Jill Cook, Wagging Rights

 

Trig & Rae

https://www.etsy.com/shop/TrigandRae

You can find Trig & Rae on Etsy!  They specialize in collars and detachable bow/ties in whimsical prints and thick, durable fabrics!

Here is Greta looking fly in her Trig & Rae tribal print collar in her pawrents’ engagement photos!

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Photo credit: Sal Cincotta Photography

 

Usagi Team

Based out of San Francisco and virtually located on Etsy, the Usagi Team hand makes the most perfect formalwear for your pet! If you have boy dogs, you’ll want to check out their tuxedo-themed accessories!

http://www.usagiteam.com

Here are Chico (@chicothepompom) and Zeus (@great_dane_zeus) looking regal in their bow ties!

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Photo credit: Summer Leigh Photography

 

BARX + BLOOMS

Barx + Blooms is not only an amazing designer of dog fashion merchandise, but its socially conscious message about animal welfare hits close to home.  As a foster for a local dog rescue, I respect all e-shops who have a deeper message with their mission.  Barx + Blooms donates 10% of profits to a different bully breed rescue every month and are specifically dedicated to securing equal treatment and opportunity for dogs labeled as “pit bulls.”

After Barx + Blooms co-founder, Allyx, adopted her pit bull, Cleo, she felt extreme breedism and negativity as a pit mom.  Allyx began to try to find ways for her sweet and loving dog to be well received by society.  Allyx designed the first BARX + BLOOMS Flower Collar with the hopes that it would encourage positive reception of Cleo. The collar exceeded every expectation and in an instant, Cleo was viewed as approachable. Many people’s inherent fear and timidity of the breed was replaced with joy and acceptance and they were able to see Cleo for the wonderful dog that she is.  What we love most about the BARX + BLOOMS Flower Collar is that it is the first influencer for many people to give a new and compassionate look towards pitties!

Barx + Blooms makes my heart wag!

https://www.barxandblooms.com/

 

About Nicole

Hi!  I’m so happy you’re here.  My name is Nicole, and I am the owner/operator of WedPets.  On August 12, 2017, I married my husband, Dane.  A year prior, we had adopted our first child – Greta, a German Shepherd rescue.  Greta quickly became the light of our lives, and we couldn’t imagine not having her at our wedding.

It was upon seeking inspiration in how to include her that I determined there was a need for a pet sitting service exclusive for couples on their wedding day.  There are so many moving parts on a couple’s wedding day that making sure your pet is fed, walked, and ready to be present in whatever capacity should be only a forethought. That’s why you should have a trusted petsitter who is giving your pet their undivided attention on what will be the biggest day of your life!

This is what I call “happy business” and as a life-long animal lover, it would be my honor to help make this idea a reality for you.  My 9-5 job is a Communications Compliance Analyst at the home office for a reputable financial firm.  I completed the coursework to obtain the Canine Pet Care Provider certification from International Boarding and Pet Services Association.  I am a foster and volunteer for Stray Rescue of St. Louis, an animal rescue that is near and dear to my heart.

In 2017, my husband and I fostered 11 dogs (if you count a litter of 9 nursing puppies).  Our last foster was a hurricane rescue, named Hurricane Ike, a chocolate lab mix.  As love would have it, we “foster failed” – adopting him to be our own.  We are now a family of four.

It was upon adopting our first fur child, Greta, that my heart was opened to all dogs needing forever homes.  I want to save all the dogs, and will happily donate 10% of proceeds to Stray Rescue of St. Louis, or another animal rescue of your choice.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

Pet Friendly Wedding Venues

It is my effort to provide a continually updated pet-friendly wedding venue list.  While this list may not be all-inclusive, it will be a work in progress.  It will feature facilities with both an indoor and outdoor element in the St. Louis, Missouri area and beyond.

 

Bogey Hills Country Club – Pet-friendly ceremony site | Pet friendly photo terrain

Cave Vineyard & DistilleryPet-friendly ceremony site | Pet-friendly pavilion | Pet-friendly outdoor photo site

Cedar Creek – On-site pet-friendly rooms | Dog-friendly ceremony site

Chaumette Vineyards & Winery – Pet-friendly ceremony site | Pet-friendly outdoor restaurant | Pet-friendly villas on site

Defiance Ridge Vineyard – Pet-friendly facility

Les Bourgeois Vineyards– Pet-friendly ceremony site

Little Piney Lodge – Dog-friendly property

Mount Pleasant EstatesDog-friendly ceremony site

The RiverHouse – Pet-friendly outdoor venue

Seven T Farms – Pet-friendly venue

Silver Oaks ChateauPet-friendly outdoor area

Stone Hill Winery – Pet-friendly ceremony site | Pet-friendly deck

Twin Oaks Vineyard & Winery – Pet-friendly venue

Valley Mist EventsAnimal-friendly | Accommodates horse-drawn carriages

Villa Marie Winery – Pet-friendly winery | Pet-friendly veranda | Pet-friendly ceremony site

The White Owl – Pet-friendly private outdoor event venue

Wicked Pony Ranch – Pet-friendly ceremony site | Dog resting area

 

 

Pet Friendly Hotels

I thought it would be a good idea to dedicate a post to pet-friendly hotels in St. Louis.  This might not be an all-inclusive list, but it will be a continual work in progress.

 

Millennials and the Pet Boom: a niche with a need

It’s not a secret that Millennials are getting married later.  It’s a trend that the generation of up and coming young professionals are putting relationships on the back burner.  That could be a cause or effect or both to the new avenues of convenience dating these days rather than the organic old school style.  And that’s not a dig.  I prefer convenience to effort 100% of the time.

And a recent article has even shown that we are currently in a baby bust, which is the exact opposite of the more familiar term “baby boom.” Source: Millennials Enhancing Susceptibility

But, we are in what I’m going to call a Pet Boom.

According to this article, published a day after my husband and I got married, affirms this notion: 44% of millennials see their pets as starter children

This insightful article suggests pet owners (specifically, millennial pet owners) are willing to splurge on their pets over themselves.  And some view these furry kids as practice kids or *gasp* real kids.

Another article found here Millennials are picking pets over people says that “young Americans are less likely to be homeowners, car owners or parents than their predecessors, but they do lead in one category: pets.”

It’s time to recognize that when Millennials are getting married, the likelihood that they have pets is far higher.  WedPets is available to help with the convenience – because that’s what we want.