Archive for April, 2013

The 10 Most Pet-Friendly Buildings In Manhattan

Monday, April 29th, 2013

You may not realize it by the amount of dogs you see in NYC’s streets, but it’s actually very hard to find a pet-friendly apartment in Manhattan.

Point2Homes, the sister division of PropertyShark, analyzed the Manhattan apartment listings on their website as well as city property records to determine which buildings were the most likely to allow pets in the city.

Read more including the list of the top 10 buildings, streets and neighborhoods for people with pets in Manhattan.

A New Twist – A Dog-Friendly Vacation Without The Owners?

Sunday, April 28th, 2013

Northward Hound, Offering a Unique Twist on NYC Pet Care, Announces Changes for the 2013 Season

Northward Hound makes changes to their unforgettable weekend adventure for dogs. Pups will travel 250 miles away to scenic New Hampshire, where they enjoy hiking, swimming, exploring, basking, and relaxing. New hiking trails, beach spots and pet friendly spots pepper the 2013 season.

Two young women from the same tiny New Hampshire town met on a park bench in New York City completely by chance. Leeland Allen and Jennifer Bowen grew up 8 miles from one another yet barely knew each other before their fateful meeting in New York City. Both had thriving pet care businesses on their own and before long they joined forces to create Northward Hound a small business that would blossom into something they had always dreamed of but had not thought was possible.

Now, six years later, Leeland Allen and Jennifer Bowen, co-owners of Northward Hound continue to offer New York City dogs unique weekend adventures to serene locations in rural New Hampshire. Their success has introduced them to some of New York’s friendliest pups and their owners. With 15 years of combined experience in New York City, the ladies of Northward Hound have truly made a name for themselves in the growing field of Pet Care.

“This year we are offering new perks to repeat travelers. We will also be taking advantage of more ‘dog friendly’ hikes, park locations, and swimming areas. We are thrilled to travel to different places within New Hampshire and enjoy more of the dog-friendly locations it has to offer,” Allen explains.

While on vacation, Northward Hound dogs will be doing anything but roughing it. Their weekend getaway begins with round-trip transportation from New York to New Hampshire, starting with door-to-door pick up. During their stay, dogs will live in the lap of luxury with private sleeping quarters at a countryside estate. Daily adventures allow each pet to explore and experience activities that will truly stimulate their senses. “Our dogs enjoy car rides, mountain hiking, lake swimming, seaside play with wave jumping, explorative nature walks, running in wide open fields, visiting with barnyard animals, and unforgettable seasonal activities throughout New Hampshire,” says Bowen. Allen adds that, “Safety is our top priority. Every weekend is carefully modified to encompass the activity level and overall disposition of each group of dogs. We are not just for super agile, active pups. We have the ability to make these adventures accessible to every age group and personality.”

One of the many perks of traveling with Northward Hound is that they offer exclusivity — no more than eight dogs are allowed on each excursion. At the end of every vacation travelers enjoy a complimentary full-service bath, blow dry, and brush out before heading home.

While on vacation, owners can track their pup’s progress with real-time status updates and photos via Facebook and Twitter (@NorthwardHound). “I always look forward to capturing the sheer enjoyment on a dog’s face when they do what dogs innately love to do most,” Bowen exclaims. This inside look into the pet getaway gives owners the security of knowing their four-legged friends are being cared for with the utmost compassion and kindness.“I’m so happy that I can send ‘Brinkley’ to New Hampshire where she can get plenty of fresh air, swim in the ocean, hike up a mountain and play with other dogs. What’s more important is that I know Jennifer & Leeland are professionals and will take excellent care of ‘Brinkley’, so I can relax and have a worry-free weekend,” adds Helen, Brinkley’s owner.

2013 Dates include:

Friday, April 26th – Monday, April 29th – Sold Out!
Thursday, May 23 – Monday, May 27th
Friday, June 14th – Monday, June 17th
Friday, June 28th – Monday, July 1st
Friday, July 12th – Monday, July 15th
Friday, August 9th – Monday, August 12th
Thursday, August 29th – Monday, September 2nd
Friday, September 20th – Monday, September 23rd
Thursday, October 10th – Monday, October 14th
Friday, November 8th – Monday, November 11th

To schedule a Northward Hound weekend getaway, email: info(at)northwardhound(dot)com or visit: http://www.northwardhound.com for more information.

Recipes for Dog Treats from Excalibur Dehydrators

Sunday, April 28th, 2013

Here are some Basic Recipes from Excalibur Dehydrators to get you started for natural and delicious treats your dogs are sure to love:

Chicken Jerky Strips

These all natural chicken jerky strips make the perfect snack for your dog, plus they are so good you can even eat them yourself! A few quick tips for easy preparation: Popping the meat into the freezer for about 15 minutes beforehand makes the meat much easier to slice thinly, and the thinner you slice the meat, the less time it takes to dry.

1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast tenders, sliced into strips about 1/4 to 1/8 of an inch thick
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tbs. salt
Dog Friendly seasonings including parsley, rosemary, and sage

Rinse off chicken breast and remove any fat. Slice the chicken with the grain. This will help make the jerky even chewier for your dog. Fat slows down the dehydrating process and will make your chicken jerky spoil faster. Next coat the chicken slices with the vegetable oil and a few dog friendly seasonings including parsley, rosemary, sage.

Place the chicken breast strips evenly throughout the tray, leaving an equal space between them and making sure that they do not touch each other. This is because there needs to be air flow in between them while they are drying out.

Once they are all in the food dehydrator turn it on and set the temperature for 140 degrees. It will probably take between 3 and 12 hours for it to fully dry, depending on how thick you cut your slices and the exact temperature of your food dehydrator. It is a good idea to start checking it once every hour after the first hour. To check it, simply open up the tray and take one slice out. Cut it open with a sharp knife and exam the inside. You should see no moisture at all and if it is properly dried it will have the same color throughout. If it is not finished put it back in for another hour. Once it gets close start checking once every half hour.

Once your chicken jerky is done store it in sealed containers, zip lock bags work great for this. Write the date you made it on them. You can also store it in the refrigerator for even longer shelf life. There, you are done. Enjoy your healthy snacks!

Sunflower Horse Treats- not only for Horses. Dogs and Cats love these treats also

1/4 cup sunflower seeds
2 cups flour
½ cup chopped apples
1/4 cup carrots, peas, or other vegetables
1/4 cup oats ground to powder
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup molasses

Combine ingredients into a large bowl, add molasses until dough is stiff. Additional oats may be added to make the dough stiff.
Roll out dough & cut into shapes or squares
Dehydrate at the highest setting 145 – 155 until done.
Approximately 4 hours. Add time if needed as treats should be VERY dry.

Sweet Potato Dog Chews

This is a very simple dog chew/treat- your dog will love this one and it is easy to make.

Thoroughly wash and peel sweet potatoes. Slice the sweet potato into 1/4″ slices- you can also cut down the middle lengthwise and slice into 1/4″ strips.

Dehydrate at the highest setting 145 – 155 until done. Drying approximately 6-8 hours will leave them with a chewy texture. For crunchier treats dehydrate longer until the desired consistency.

Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits

1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup oil
3 tablespoons peanut butter –we recommend natural peanut butter – no sugar added
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup oats
1/4 cup Honey Crunch Wheat Germ

In a large bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, oats and wheat germ. Stir in oil, peanut butter, vanilla, and water.
Knead till smooth, adding more flour or water as needed. Roll out the dough to about 1/4″ thick.
Shape into bars or cut with bone-shaped cookie cutter or any cutter shape your pet will enjoy.
Dehydrate at the highest setting 145 – 155 until done.
Approximately 6 – 8 hours. Add time if needed as treats should be VERY dry.

For more snack recipes, images or information on Excalibur Dehydrators (www.ExcaliburDehydrator.com), please contact me at 212.584.4342.