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Homemade Dog Food Recipes

Homemade Dog Food Recipes

Have you ever considered making your own dog food after seeing those commercials about all the nasty ingredients in their store bought chow? Or perhaps your pup has a special diet and you are spending a fortune on expensive dog food. Homemade dog food has a ton of benefits and is honestly not that difficult or time consuming. First, make sure to consult this list of foods your dog should not eat, and be aware of any allergies your dog may have. It is also a good idea to introduce new foods to your dog slowly in case they are sensitive to certain ingredients. Here are 3 yummy recipes to help you get started!




1 1/2 cups quinoa

2 tablespoons olive oil

3 pounds salmon fillet (boneless)

1 large sweet potato, shredded

2 cups green beans (canned or frozen)

¼ cup apple, cored and chopped


  1. In a large saucepan, cook quinoa according to package instructions; set aside.
  2. Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil over in a pan medium heat. Add salmon until fully cooked (3 to 4 min each side). Remove from heat, flake apart and double check for and remove any bones.
  3. Heat another tbsp of olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add sweet potatoes. Cook until soft.
  4. Stir in green beans, apple, flaked salmon and quinoa.
  5. Let cool completely.



1 1/2 cups pearled barley

1 tablespoon olive oil

3 pounds ground chicken

1/4 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)

1 small corn cob (fresh, shucked)

8 oz. canned pumpkin (no salt)


  1. Boil water in pot. Add corn for 5 min. Remove and let cool before cutting kernels off the cob.
  2. In a large saucepan, cook barley according to package instructions; set aside.
  3. Heat olive oil in large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add ground chicken and cook until browned crumbling chicken as it cooks.
  4. Stir in barley, corn, pumpkin and blueberries.
  5. Let cool completely.

Source: @purewow

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10 Best Pup Friendly Patios in Houston

10 Best Pup Friendly Patios in Houston

Who doesn't love a good patio? In Houston there is a very small window that the weather cooperates for the ideal patio situation, and right now we just happen to be in that window! With sports back on, it is so nice to be able to get together and socially distance ourselves with friends and pups and enjoy these glorious days. I'm a bit snobby when it comes to a good patio, so I have rounded up a few of my favs! @samsonthedood

a’Bouzy @abouzyhtx

If you love bubbles, a’Bouzy is the place to be! It’s one of those special places that you can go for your first drink of the night, or the next day after the “one more drink” you suggested turned into three. This River Oaks spot has a big (PUP FRIENDLY) patio, a bar that’s always packed, and 1,000 different wines to choose from, including more than 250 types of Champs. They also have a fabulous menu, complimentary truffle popcorn and 25 cent oysters on Mondays! 


Down the Street @downthestreettx

My husband and I discovered Down the Street by accident one day when we lived in Cottage Grove. We were just walking our dogs one evening and literally stumbled on this adorable neighborhood bar with a big pooch friendly patio. To this day is still one of my favorite spots in town! 

Tiny Boxwoods
Nestled among tiny boxwoods in the middle of a River Oaks nursery, you will feel like you just stepped into a Nancy Meyers movie when you walk in to Tiny Boxwoods. Quaint, beautiful soace with great food, great coffee drinks + cocktails, delicious fresh baked chocolate chip cookies and dog friendly...what else could you ask for! 
Great outdoor bar with Texas pub fare and occasion live music featuring craft cocktails and 42 beers on tap. Super laid back and always plenty of pups to pet! 
The Dunlavy @dunlavyhouston
Love this charming, gorgeous spot lit by 40+ chandeliers and set in the midst of Buffalo Bayou Park overlooking Lost Lake and the Buffalo Bayou. Breakfast and lunch served all day and a deck patio for your furry friends. Also available for private events. What a treat! 
This Montrose hideaway is the perfect getaway for the wanderlust soul! The beautiful historic building is filled with mementos from destinations around the world collected by the owner during his travels, in addition to a 6000 sq foot garden patio that welcomes pups! And y’all I cannot stress this enough...get the Vietnamese fries!!! Great food and libations round out this Houston establishment to make it a top patio year after year.
One of my tried and true go to spots is Postino. Not only does this lovely wine cafe have a fantastic and dog (and pig!) friendly patio, they have $5 (wine) before 5! And their bruschetta boards are TDF!!
Backstreet Cafe
A Houston staple, Backstreet is the OG of dog friendly patios with 35 years under it’s belt. This award winning restaurant is famous for its Sunday brunch, complete with live Jazz, great food, and eye-opening cocktails! The wine and spirits program is well-known throughout the city and beyond for its depth and creativity, a perfect accompaniment to the menu.  Their New Orleans-style patio under the spreading camphor tree in the midst of flowering shrubbery is legendary and often hosts the finest furiends in town! 
Karbach Brewery @karbachpub
My favorite local brewery, Karbach Brewing Co., delivers a brewery experience unlike the others. The Karbach culinary team has created a menu of dynamic, world-class cuisine that just so happens to pair really freaking well with beer! Plus their huge patio accommodates more dogs and their people than any other patio in town! Check their website for fun events for you and your pooches throughout the year (Halloween is my fav!).
Studewood Cantine
I discovered Studewood Cantine during Covid when I heard this new delicious Tex-mex spot was open for takeout and selling margs to go! Both were awesome, and now we’re excited to finally be able to enjoy the patio with our pups!

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Dogs + Covid

Dogs + Covid

In the time of Covid, there is a lot of misinformation out there regarding social distancing and mask wearing. We are here to clear up any confusion for you guys!

@bark              @littlecooperbear

Luckily, the CDC is only aware of a very small number of dogs (and other pets) reported to be infected with Covid-19. Just to be safe, limit your snuggles with your pups if you are displaying symptoms of Covid-19. Be safe and take care of yourself and others. We are in this together!

📷: @bark @littlecooperbear

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