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Dressing Up – Pet Costumes from

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

We just got wind that just updated their costume and costume accessory for pets or other creatures (like the strange ones that include humans and cats!). They say they’ve been collecting info about the newest pet costumes to be had for Halloween and other times of the year.

Did you play with the Chick-fil-A Cow Appreciation Day event? Maybe, you’re thinking a little more fun like sexy belly dancer or the devil look!

Cow Costume -     Sexy Belly Dancer Dog Costume -     Devil Dog Costume -

I want one of those glow-in-the-dark ones – see the video below – but I don’t know that they make ‘em for dogs! [sigh]

Halloween Street seems to have quite an inventory of halloween costumes. So, if you find something you like… buy it at Halloween Street then… take a picture, we’ll post it here for fun. If you don’t find anything fun, let us know we will try to find out from them if what you need is actually available.

Oprah Goes to the Dogs and Puppies Behind Bars

Friday, May 15th, 2009

We love how so many celebrities are advocates for helping puppies and dogs. As you know our house is full of rescued dogs so we love to hear how others get that need!


Oprah Winfrey is one of those wonderful celebrities. A few months ago Oprah added to her pack by adopting a couple of shelter puppies. We are sad to report that the adopted puppies were both diagnosed with the deadly parvo virus. One of the puppies didn’t make it, but one of them did. This month, and next, Sadie will help Oprah out with alerting the public to all sorts of animal needs both for dogs as well as for humans!


Tomorrow, May 15th, Oprah will air her TV show and dedicate it to the dogs. Actress, Glenn Close will also be on. She is a huge dog advocate – we know this from the website she is affiliated with! Both celebrities will be promoting all sorts of topics around puppies and dogs. Our favorite one, for the moment, is on the topic of service dogs. A wonderful organization, called Puppies Behind Bars, focuses on helping dogs and people. The puppies are actually behind bars with prison inmates. The inmates are trained to raise these puppies to become service dogs for wounded US veterans. We love the intertwining of needs and issues all addressed by this one program.


Anyway, to help promote the Puppies Behind Bars organization, we wanted to give you information on how and where you can help the dogs and people involved in these projects.


One is going to the Puppies Behind Bars site and donating directly:

puppies behind bars - donate

The other is with some great new dog and puppy chew toys. They are called DogTags and they are chew toys for both puppies and dogs. And, you know our dog and puppy safety concerns! These dog chew toys are made with safe all natural, non-toxic rubber. What’s also cool is that they are molded using the same shoe molds used to make the soles of military boots. We like that connection!

dogtags from fetchdog

FetchDog is donating $2 of their proceeds from sale of each chew toy. Pretty nice!

Oh, and if you have a special project or item that helps our dog and puppy community, let us know, we’ll gladly create a post about it at

8 Tips for an Organic and Environmentally Friendly Dog Lifestyle

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Considering organic, natural and eco-friendly as a lifestyle is a choice. With so many options, even for our dogs, can cause us to not notice what might make something bad for us or our dogs. Knowledge is always going to be the first step to making better lifestyle choices. At DogToyStuffz we want to share not only our research and knowledge but also give you specific product ideas and choices. We hope this information helps!

1 – Organic Dog Toys – Of organic and eco-friendly concerns, DogToyStuffz is passionate about our dog and puppy toys. Not only can natural and organic dog toys help with pet allergies but, if digested, is a little easier on the body’s system and the eco-system. Organic dog toys also have green-living aspects of being biodegradable and earth-friendly. Look for natural fibers such as those made with cotton, wool, hemp or fleece. Ideally organic dye-free fabric are great too but a little more difficult to find in a dog or puppy toy. And … you all know that we prefer those without the plastic squeaky toy part too. It not only makes the dog toy safer but also adds to its organic and eco-friendly nature!

2 – Bugs, Pests and Flea Control – Use environmentally-friendly, toxin free, natural and organic pest control products – those are made from guave fruit, orange oil, clove oils – safe for us, our children, dogs, puppies, other pets and even birds, lizards and your water too! Flea control can be managed organically as well. Consider, organic soaps with mild insecticides, natural products that feature natural, organic ingredients such a eucalyptus, spearmint, peppermint oil, cinnamon oil, lemon grass oil, thyme oil or neem oil.

3 – Organic Dog Bedding – non-toxic, allergen free dog bedding is not only recommended for your pet but helps with human allergies especially if the dog bed is located in the house. The most popular organic dog beds seem to be those made with cotton and hemp materials.

4 – Water Control and Preservation – Learn to properly collect water. Rain and ground water collection systems are great for all aspects of green living. Water collection systems should not be used for drinking water even for your pets but can be used for bathing purposes for yourself and your dogs. Use this water for garden and lawn care too.

5 – Dog Poop and Cleaning – turn it into biofuel. Well, maybe not so easy to turn your dog poop into biofuel but they are doing it in San Francisco! So, in the meantime, stay eco-friendly here by using biodegradable doggie poop bags. We even found some eco-friendly, flushable dog waste bags. Use products that contain safe enzymes for home cleaning accidents and odor eliminators like Pure Air that is earth-safe too. Consider a doggy septic system. These use natural enzymes to break down the waste and allow it to return to the soil without any environmental damage.

6 – Holistic approach to Health – Over the years we still find that grandma’s home remedies can also help our dogs and puppies. Stomach aches, cuts and scrapes need to be attended to for our dogs as much as they do for us humans. Consider doing your research on natural and holistic remedies that avoid chemicals and preservatives. We love simply boiling chicken and rice with a lot of water (no salt or any special flavoring needed) for tummy aches and managing diarrhea and/or vomiting. If vomiting or diarrhea lasts for more than a day or two definitely seek the attention of your veterinarian. Note the natural products mentioned above for flea control for your dogs. We also believe strongly in physical therapy for certain types of care for our pets. Massage and joint exercise helps with so many ailments and helps with all sorts of recovery situations. We found some good additional information at

7 – Dog Foods and Treats – Natural and organic dog foods and treats means there are no added chemicals, no artificial preservatives, flavorings or fillings. Look for foods and treats with no butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), no butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and no ethoxyquin (cancer causing preservatives) – no added grains either which our dogs really don’t need for their diet. There are natural preservatives such as Tocopherols (vitamin E) and ascorbic acid (vitamin C) which are ok for dogs or puppies. We like those that include nutritious proteins, fats, carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins and minerals. Healthy natural and organic pet foods and treats can help manage allergies, skin ailments, digestive disorders, immune system, and help maintain proper weight for a happier, healthier and long-living dog. There is a ton of information online about natural, organic foods for dogs and puppies. For training and special occasions we select from a variety of natural, organic dog and puppy treats. Zeus loves chicken treats, Sydney prefers the taste of salmon treats and Charlie will eat them all! All are considered human-grade foods – so set the table and let’s eat!

8 – Fuel Economy – Forget the car – walk the dog! A simple solution to an environmental concern – and the best for you both!

Know that this list of tips for an organic and environmentally friendly dog lifestyle could go on and on. We would love to hear your views. We may add some more later. Keeping up on health and making our environment safe for all of us, including our dogs, is a number one priority!

What are your eco-friendly concerns? organic or natural considerations? non-toxic suggestions? Do you know of special dog toys, products or supplies that others would love too? Let us know.

Safe Dog Toy Recipes for Added Treats

Saturday, February 14th, 2009

We found some great recipes suggested by Kong dog toys that go great with some of their fun dog and puppy toys. If you don’t have anything special for your dog or puppy for Valentine’s Day consider whipping up one of these simple recipes for added treats and lots of love from your pets. Kong also offers some easy squeeze dog toy treat stuffing too. You’ll love the added play time created by adding these safe dog treats to almost any plastic or rubber dog toy.

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Cheesy Dental KONG Delight:
3 Slices of your pet’s favorite cheese.
Any Dental KONG dog or puppy toy

A very simple and creative way to make any dog or puppy drool in delight. Just place the three slices of cheese directly into the grooves of your dog’s Dental KONG (if model has rope – make sure cheese does not get onto it). Melt in microwave for 20 to 30 seconds. Give to your pet after it cools.

Philly Steak Dog or Puppy Toy Treat:

Steak scraps
1 ounce cream cheese
Appropriate KONG dog or puppy toy

Place small scraps of steak inside KONG toy. Spread cream cheese in large hole to hold scraps.

Aunt Jeannie’s Archeology KONG (for advanced dogs):

Fill your KONG toy (the larger the better!) in layers and pack as tightly as possible. LAYER ONE (deepest): KONG Stuff’N Beef and Liver treats. LAYER TWO: KONG Stuff’N Tail Mix or dry dog kibble, Cheerios, sugar-free, salt-free peanut butter (picj a safe brand), dried banana chips, apples and apricots. LAYER THREE: carrot sticks, turkey or leftover ravioli or tortellini. The last item inserted should be an apricot or piece of ravioli, presenting a smooth “finish” under the main opening. – by Jean Donaldson

KONG on a Rope:

KONG Stuff’N Tail Mix or dry dog kibble
Appropriate KONG dog or puppy toy

Pull the rope through the KONG toy and knot it. Hang this upside down from a tree, deck or post. The small hole should be facing the ground. Fill the large hole of the KONG toy with KONG Stuff’N Tail Mix or dry dog kibble. Make the toy hang just high enough that it is out of your dog or puppy’s reach. Your dog will spend hours trying to retrieve the treats from the KONG toy. At the end of the day, take the remaining treats and give to your pet as a reward. This is advanced work for your dog. – by Ian Dunbar

Frozen Jerky Pops:

Peanut butter (make sure it’s a safe brand!)
Jerky Strips • Water
Appropriate KONG dog or puppy toy

Muffin tin. Smear a small amount of peanut butter over small hole in your KONG toy. Fill with cool water and add a pinch of bouillon. Place a Jerky Stick inside KONG toy and freeze. This can also be put (once frozen) in a children’s size swimming pool for a fun day of fishing for your dog or puppy. – by Terry Ryan

Simple, Tried and True Yummy Treat:

Peanut butter or KONG Stuff’N Peanut Butter Paste (always choose a safe brand, pls!)
Appropriate KONG dog or puppy toy

Smear a small amount of peanut butter or KONG Stuff’N Peanut Butter Paste inside the cavity of your KONG toy. It’s that easy! KONG Stuff’N Liver Paste, KONG Stuff’N Breath Treat or KONG Stuff’N Puppy Treat also work great. – by trainers and vets worldwide

What makes the ‘squeak’ in a squeaky dog toy

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

Some of you have asked why we decided to point out the difference between dog toys that have squeakers in them and those that don’t. The diagram below shows the different sound elements that can be used in various interactive dog toys.

Squeakers in Dog Toys

You’ll also see many of them in most stuffed and soft plush dog toys too. The main thing to note is the size of the squeakers for these dog toys. Depending on the size of your dog, you will want to be careful in choosing the toy that has a noise maker or interactive part. There are a couple of reasons you may choose or not choose a particular interactive toy and that’s to help with our own sanity. If the noise the dog toy makes is too much, too loud, or just plain irritating after a while then I think you might want to stay away from it – even if Charlie thinks it the best! The other and main safety issue is that the noise or squeaker part could be swallowed if your dog likes to pull toys apart. These plastic, and sometimes metal, objects can lodge in the air-ways or intestines of your pet. – We’ve seen it first hand and had more than physical and emotional upset but also a bank account upset!

Anyway, we at DogToyStuffz want you to be informed and knowledgeable about your personal needs and mainly for the safety and consideration towards your puppy or dog. So, we hope our information and experience with a variety of dog and puppy toys will help you make the best decision for your own.

Other Dog Stuff Too!

Friday, January 9th, 2009

Yes, this particular site is supposed to be devoted primarily to dog toys but, if you’ll notice, the actual name DT Stuffz also implies other stuffs, like dog stuff that may not be a dog toy. Ok??!

Mascot Firehouse Dog SweaterAnyway, today we were actually talking about dog coats and whether or not a dog really needs the added warmth in winter. Well, I say yes! Think about it, your dog feels you when you scratch or tickle. One of my dogs loves to leave his head out of the window of my car and you know it’s to feel the wind rushing of his face. Why in the world would anyone expect that your dog or puppy wouldn’t feel the cold? Sure, most have a skin covered with fur or hair. Hey, I’ve got a head full of long blonde hair but my head still gets cold!! Why wouldn’t your dog?! I have 3 dogs – don’t tell anyone ’cause I think I’m only allowed 2 – and they are all completely different.

Zeus would kill me if I tried to cover him with some sort of dog coat or dog sweater considering he is covered head to toe with at least 6 inches of thick fur. But, Charlie, he’s my short-haired crazy mutt dog and he tries to curl all 65 lbs of himself in my lap especially in the winter. I got him a special dog sweater for Christmas. He absolutely loves it. You’d think he was dressed to go to the Opera the way he prances around. I found a wonderful one that looks great on his multi-colored coat at It’s called the Lucky Mascot Snowflake Dog Sweater and it’s on sale now too.

Anyway, our whole reason for being is not just about play and dog toys but for safety and consideration to our dogs and other pets. Take care of yours and consider their feelings, physical and mental!