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Homemade Dog Biscuits Recipe

by Kathryne on March 23, 2017

Have you ever wanted to try making your dog treats from your own kitchen but were intimidated to try it? Well don’t be! Making treats at home for your pup is not only super easy, but also a ton of fun! This recipe was found on a blog called Pinch of Yum (link to original post can be found here), but the simplicity and beauty of these dog biscuits were so awesome we had to share them. Also, making treats at home also guarantees that no nasty, unwanted ingredients get fed to your dog without you knowing, so Fido can enjoy his fresh-off-the-oven, homemade cookie that is both safe and healthy.Dog-Treats-2

Just look at these beauties! Don’t you almost want to try one, too?

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

INGREDIENTS
Dog biscuits:
  • 1 cup pumpkin
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup oil*
  • 2½ cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
Glaze:
  • 2 tablespoons bacon grease, melted
  • ¼ cup smooth peanut butter

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INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine pumpkin, peanut butter, eggs, and oil in a bowl. Add in baking soda and whole wheat flour. Stir until a stiff dough forms. Knead dough or mix just until flour is incorporated.
  3. Roll out dough with a rolling pin and use a cookie cutter to cut out dog bone shapes, or just bake into little circles like cookies. Bake for 15 minutes.
  4. Whisk the bacon grease and peanut butter until very smooth. Drizzle over the treats and cool till glaze hardens (it does best in the fridge or freezer).
NOTES FROM THE AUTHOR
“We just used a basic canola oil, but we also give Sage coconut oil for her fur/skin, and I think coconut oil would work nicely here. You can also use coconut oil in place of the bacon grease in the glaze, but, I mean, come on. It’s bacon grease. SO YUMMY.”
There’s also a great video you can check out on the making of these pooch-approved works of art:

Happy Baking!

 

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Slater: the Total K9 Package

by Kathryne on March 19, 2017

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As if that face wasn’t enough, this handsome boy has a winning personality to boot!

Slater is a 4 year old male golden retriever mix. He is a larger sized dog, weighing about 70 lbs. Yet Slater is a quiet, introspective kind of pooch who is a little shy whenever he meets someone new, but as soon as he gets to know and trust someone, he will be their new best friend for life! In his current foster home he is quite the snuggler, and is overall a very quiet and gentle dog. He is also extremely friendly with other dogs and loves to play with his K9 foster siblings, as you can see in the video below.

This handsome devil had a little bit of a rough start in life. He was living on the streets before he ended up at the city pound. Thankfully, he was saved by Red Collar Rescue and found safety.slater2

Hi, I’m Slater! Don’t you think I’m gorgeous? I had a bit of a rough time living on the streets, and did not like being at the city pound either. Luckily, Red Collar Rescue saved me and got me out of the pound to safety!

 

I can’t wait to meet my new forever family! Contact info@redcollar.org to get it started.

Age: 4 yrs
Weight: 70 lbs
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Cats? unknown
Kids? no young kids
Needs Foster? no

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1975 Chevy Corvette Stingray 350

by Kathryne on March 7, 2017

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This is apparently the time of year for the ever-classic Chevy Corvette. This is our second blog post in a row featuring this sporty car from the 70’s, but we think you’ll agree sometimes a little repetition is not always a bad thing.

Not75 corvette2 only is this particular car insanely good looking and in great condition, but it is also currently being offered at a reduced price! The seller is asking $18,900, and is also open to trades for 51-52 Chevy Pickups.

Make: Chevrolet

Model: Corvette

Year: 1975

Condition: Excellent

Features:75 corvette3

  • fresh red paint with t-tops
  • 4 speed
  • tinted windows
  • all-matching numbers
  • new tires
  • new battery
  • new door panels
  • new carpet
  • only 46,000 miles

Check out the ad on our site by clicking here to see more photos, contact info and for more features!

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1977 Chevy Corvette — $14,500

by Kathryne on February 14, 2017

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If you have an imaginative mind, you can easily see the potential this 1977 Chevrolet Corvette holds for an incredible restoration. Ocorvette4r even if you are not so imaginative, this car is a beauty all on its own.

Either as a fixer upper or in it’s current condition, this car is definitely
a steal. Its pricetag of $14,500 has been a reduced price makes it even more appealing. And it’s also corvette 3important to mention that this corvette also features:

  • custom leather and paint
  • rebuilt 350 engine
  • 400 auto transmission
  • new suspnsion
  • new tires
  • new brakes
  • L-82 with T-Tops

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If interested in giving this great find a once-over in person, check out the Recycler.com ad here for contact information and more photos!

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This is Tiger Lily. tigerlily 1

 

She is a three year old calico cat from West Covina, California. This kitty, sadly, was the victim of an owner move, and they were unable to take her with them.  Tiger Lily is a vetigerlily 2ry sweet and calm girl . She is great with kids and is fine with other cats that don’t force her to play with them. She would be great as an only cat also and she deserves a chance at a forever home. She is very affectionate with people.

tigerlily 3Tiger Lily is:

  • spayed
  • house-trained
  • current on vaccinations

If you think this affectionate kitty could be a good next addition to your family, check out her page on the Recycler.com by clicking this link.

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The Recycler.com is home to many sweet, furry faces eager to meet their people they can love for the rest of their days. When you are looking for a pet, it is important to have an idea of the qualities you are looking for in a pet you will be sharing your home with for years to come. Are you an athlete looking for an adventure buddy? Are you older and would prefer an easy-going companion? Or perhaps you have a family and need a calm, patient animal that does well with other animals and children. Whatever the case, finding that perfect new addition to the family takes time and exploration to find the right fit.

Looking at ads for rescued pets online can be a wonderful tool in finding your next pet. A great benefit to looking for animals on the Recycler.com is that you can narrow down your search by finding plenty of adoptables in your area that have personality and behavior information on their pages. Save plenty of time finding your perfect match, and feel good about getting a complete search in your area, without having to commute to multiple rescues.

Rex, Roxie rexand Bastit are 3 adoptable dogs (of thousands) whose profiles are visible from our website.

This handsome boy to the left is Rex from Ojai, California. This boy arrived at the shelter at the beginning of December. He was very thin and unsure of his new surroundings, but quickly improved with the love and care from staff and volunteers. Rex is now looking and feeling great and ready for his forever home! The shelter he is at is still getting to know this charming guy and will keep everyone updated when they learn more.

To view Rex’s ad, click here.roxie

 

 

Roxie is a very sweet girl from West Covina, CA. She is a chihuahua mix who is smaller in stature for those with limited space or prefer smaller dogs. What makes Roxie unique is that she is a young dog with a very sweet dispostion. She loves other dogs and does really well with children! She would make a great addition to a family with kids, other pets, or for someone who sees themselves taking their social pup out to the park frequently.

To see Roxie’s page, click here.

 

 

Lastly we have Bastit, the stunning black and white beauty. A boxer – American Staffordshire Terrier mix, you can tell just from her photo that this girl is 100% athlete. Named after the ancient Egyptian cat, this sleek beauty will turn heads. Still young (approx. 2 years old) and is small for her breed but she is mighty in stature. She is full of energy and will bastitrequire someone who is familiar with the power breeds. Despite her high energy, Bastit is still very puppy-like and loves to play with toys. But her favorite thing in the entire world is cuddle in everyone’s lap. Bastit is a VERY VERY affectionate dog…as long as you don’t have a tail to wag or bark at her. She is very dog aggressive and cannot be adopted into a home with any existing dogs.

If you are an experienced owner who can provide Bastit with the environment she needs, you can see her ad here.

 

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Foods You Should Never Give Your Dog

by Kathryne on January 10, 2017

Many people love to share food with dogs for many reasons. Sometimes as a treat, sometimes out of love and a desire to improvedogfood3 our dog’s nutrition, or sometimes as a way to boycott conventional dog food. Whatever your reason for introducing whole foods to your dog’s diet, there is one very importan
t fundamental rule to be aware of: just because it is good for you does NOT mean that it is good for your dog.

We aren’t just talking about chocolate. Many “human” foods that we consider to be very healthy can negatively impact a dog’s health.

 

Here’s a video of 5 foods commonly given to dogs that are commonly mistaken as harmless:

Surprised? Understandable. We normally would never percieve these foods as harmful to humans and wouldn’t expect them to be to our dogs, either. But if you are going to pass the plate (or bowl) to your pooch every now and then, here is a good starting list of things you will want to keep out of your dog’s reach.

List of Foods Not to Feed Your Dog

Here’s an alphabetized list of foods that are unsafe and unfit for canine consumption, many of which are toxic for dogs. We’ll be updating it and adding foods as we learn more. The ones in red italics are especially dangerous and often poisonous for canines.

And be sure to look below this list for a helpful and sharable Infographic to print out and keep on your fridge.

Alcohol – I’m sure you’ve heard of the birthday parties where the dog accidentally gets into some of the spilled keg beer, and then gets all silly to the amusement of the crowd. While it may be funny to you, it’s not funny to your dog. Alcohol can cause not only intoxication, lack of coordination, poor breathing, and abnormal acidity, but potentially even coma and/or death.

Apple Seeds – The casing of apple seeds are toxic to a dog as they contain a natural chemical (amygdlin) that releases cyanide when digested. This is really only an issue if a large amount was eaten and the seed were chewed up by the dog, causing it to enter its blood stream. But to play it safe, be sure to core and seed apples before you feed them to your dog.

Avocado – Avocados contain Persin, which can cause diarrhea, vomiting, and heart congestion.

Baby Food – Baby food by itself isn’t terrible, just make sure it doesn’t contain any onion powder. Baby food also doesn’t contain all the nutrients a dog relies on for a healthy, well maintained diet.

Cooked Bones – When it comes to bones, the dangerpets4s that cooked bones can easily splinter when chewed by your dog. Raw (uncooked) bones, however, are appropriate and good for both your dog’s nutritional and teeth.

Candy and Chewing Gum – Not only does candy contain sugar, but it often contains Xylitol, which can lead to the over-release of insulin, kidney fa

Cat Food – Not that they would want this anyway, but cat food contains proteins and fats that are targeted at the diet of a cat, not a dog. The protein and fat levels in cat food are too high for your dog, and not healthy.

Chocolate – You’ve probably heard this before, but chocolate is a definite no no for your pup. And it’s not just about caffeine, which is enough to harm your dog by itself, but theobromine and theophylline, which can be toxic, cause panting, vomiting, and diarrhea, and damage your dog’s heart and nervous systems.

Citrus Oil Extracts – Can cause vomiting.

Coffee – Not sure why you would give your dog coffee, but pretty much the same applies here as to chocolate. This is essentially poison for your dog if ingested.

Corn on the Cob– This is a sure way to get your dog’s intestine blocked. The corn is digested, but the cob gets lodged in the small intestine, and if it’s not removed surgically, can prove fatal to your dog. Additionally, too much corn kernels can upset the digestive tract as well so be cautious to not feed too much.

Fat Trimmings – Can cause pancreatitis.

Fish – The primary fish that you need to be careful about are salmon and trout. Raw salmon can be fatal to dogs if the fish is infected with a certain parasite, Nanophyetus salmincola. The parasite itself isn’t dangerous to dogs, but is often infected with a bacteria called Neorickettsia helminthoeca, which in many cases is fatal to dogs if not treated properly. If diagnosis occurs early on, the dog has a great chance of recovering. Cooked salmon is fine as it kills the parasite.

Garlic – While garlic can be okay for dogs in very small amounts (and even beneficial for flea treatment), larger amounts can be risky. Garlic is related to onions which is toxic for dogs so it may be best to just avoid it.dogfood2

Grapes and Raisins – This is one that lots of dog owners are unaware of. Grapes contain a toxin that can cause severe liver damage and kidney failure. We’ve heard stories of dogs dying from only a handful of grapes so do not feed your pup this toxic food.

Hops – An ingredient in beer that can be toxic to your dog. The consumption of hops by your dog can cause panting, an increased heart rate, fever, seizures, and even death.

Human Vitamins – Some human vitamins are okay to use, but the key is comparing the ingredients (all of them – active and inactive) to the vitamins your vet subscribes for your dog (often you can get the human equivalent for much less money). Make sure there’s no iron – iron can damage the digestive system lining, and prove poisonous for the liver and kidneys.

Liver – In small amounts, liver is great but avoid feeding too much liver to your dog. Liver contains quite a bit of Vitamin A, which can adversely affect your pup’s muscles and bones.

Macadamia Nuts – These contain a toxin that can inhibit locomotory activities, resulting in weakness, panting, swollen limbs, and tremors as well as possible damage to your dog’s digestive, nervous, and muscle systems.

Chihuahua with big boneMarijuana – Not that you would pass the bong to your dog, but if you do, you should know that marijuana can adversely affect your pup’s nervous system and heart rate, and induce vomiting. Read more about Dogs and Marijuana.

Milk and Dairy Products – While small doses aren’t going to kill your dog, you could get some smelly farts and some nasty cases of diarrhea. Why? Dogs are lactose intolerant (as are an increasing number of humans today), and don’t have enough of the lactase enzyme to properly digest dairy foods. If you really need to give them dairy, look into lactose-free dairy products.

Mushrooms – Just as the wrong mushroom can be fatal to humans, the same applies to dogs. Don’t mess with them.

Onions and Chives – No matter what form they’re in (dry, raw, cooked, powder, within other foods), onions are some of the absolute worst foods you could possibly give your pup (it’s poisonous for dogs, and its even worse for cats). They contain disulfides and sulfoxides (thiosulphate), both of which can cause anemia and damage red blood cells.

Persimmons, Peaches and Plums – Peach pits are not only a choke hazard they contain amygdalin, a cyanide and sugar compound that degrades into hydrogen cyanide (HCN) when metabolized. Pear seeds also contain trace amount of arsenic and are dangerous. So if you live in an area that is home to persimmon, peach, or plum trees, look out. Persimmon seeds and peach and plum pits can cause intestinal obstruction and enteritis. You’ll want to make sure there aren’t any wild persimmon or other fruit trees that produce seeds growing in your backyard. If you notice your dog pooping all over the place, and see a bunch of seeds or pits in their waste, you’ll need to break out the saw and chop down some trees.

Rhubarb and Tomato Leaves – These contain oxalates, which can adversely affect the digestive, nervous, and urinary systems.

Raw Fish – Another vitamin B (Thiamine) deficiency can result from the regular consumption of raw fish. Loss of appetite will be common, followed by seizures, and in rare instances, death.

Salt – Just like salt isn’t the healthiest thing for humans, it’s even less healthy for dogs. Too much of it can lead to an imbalance in electrolyte levels, dehydration and potentially diarrhea.

Spices containing Capsaicin – Capsaicin, found in chili powder, paprika, and just about any other pepper (bell, chili, etc.), is an irritant for mammals of all shape and size.

String – While not a food itself, foods can often contain or be similar to string (ie. meat you’ve wrapped for the oven). If your dog were to eat a string, it could get stuck in their digestive tract and cause complications.

Sugar – This applies to any food containing sugar. Make sure you check the ingredient label for human foods – corn syrup (which is a less expensive form of sugar or glucose) is found in just about everything these days. Too much sugar for your pup can lead to dental issues, obesity, and even diabetes.

Tobacco – A major toxic hazard for dogs (and humans). The effects nicotine has on dogs are far worse than on humans. Nicotine can damage your pup’s digestive and nervous systems, increase their heart rate, make them pass out, and ultimately result in death.

Xylitol – A sugar alcohol found in gum, candies, baked goods, and other sugar-substituted items, Xylitol, while causing no apparent harm to humans, is extremely toxic to dogs. Even small amounts can cause low blood sugar, seizures, liver failure, even death for your pup.

Yeast (on its own or in dough) – Just like yeast rises in bread, it will also expand and rise within your pup’s tummy. Make sure they don’t get any. While mild cases will cause gas, lots of farting, and discomfort – too much of it could rupture their stomach and intestines.

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Have you ever wanted a Chinchilla?

by Kathryne on January 9, 2017

Chinchillas are quick, perky little animals. If you have never met the acquaintance of one, they have a personality similar to a park squirrel.

Obviously adorable, Chinchillas have many characteristics that make them great pets. However, they are not suited for everyone, especially not for children because they are small and fragile and if they are squeezed too tight – they will bite. Many find them preferable to all other rodents because of their lack of unpleasant smell and unusually long life spans.

What Are Their Good Qualities?

Their good qualities include a beautiful soft lush fur, an inquisitive, boisterous nature and no objectionable noises. They are very low-maintenance pets.

What Are Their Not-So-Good Qualities?

On the down side, chinchillas are somewhat high-strung, and they have relatively short attention spans. They also do not tolerate hot weather or high humidity well.

Where Do These Animals Come From?

Chinchillas originated in the Andes Mountains of South America where they inhabit crevices in the rocks. Chinchillas come in a variety of colors. The most common color is silvery gray; but the also come in white, beige, ebony and sapphire (super-violet) color.

What Are Some Characteristics Of Chinchillas?

Adult female chinchillas weight about a pound-and-a-half and are a bit bigger than males. Chinchillas can live 12 to 20 years – an exceptionally long life span for a rodent. They also have an exceptionally long pregnancy, 111 days. So babies pop out ready-to-go like their distant cousins, the guinea pigs. Chinchillas will not thrive above 78 degrees Fahrenheit (25.8C) or in humidity over 40%.

Buying A Chinchilla

Unfortunately, pet stores are in business to make a profit – not to provide you with a friendly, healthy pet. Pet shops are the worst place to obtain a chinchilla. If you have not yet obtained your pet, go to a reputable breeder such as those that are members of The Chinchilla Club and ask the breeder for the phone number of satisfied clients in your area.

Chinchilla personalities are determined during their first month of age. They need to be handled and petted frequently after they are born or they will grow up skittish and aggressive. An ideal age to purchase your chinchilla is 10 weeks of age.

If possible, check both the parents and the youngster for problems before you become attached to a Chinchilla. Be cautious of watery or pasty eyes, drooling (tooth alignment problems), wool pulling or missing areas of fur. Buying directly from a breeder who willingly supplies satisfied contacts who have purchased her animals is a good idea. Most of the problem animals are purchased through pet stores. Common problems in pet store purchased chinchillas are wool pulling due to boredom and stress and malocclusion due to improper diet and genetics. Aggression is a problem in animals not socialized to people at a young enough age.chinchilla-2

The Rechinchillacycler.com has many animals available to browse, including these baby chinchillas! (so cute!)

Click HERE for the link to their page!

Also, if you still aren’t sure these are the right pet for you, watch this video for some extra information about chinchilla ownership:

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No, your eyes do not deceive you! This 1968 Ford Bronco Classic on the Recycler.com is a great opportunity to own an original Bronco. These can be a bit tough to find in this kind of condition, so if you are into the $19,500 asking price, you might want to put in any inquiries sooner rather than later.bronco

Broncos were produced from 1966 through 1996 and so this (obviously) was one of the earliest years ever made, adding to the rarity of finding one restored to this level.

This particular vehicle is 90% restored, and in very good condition. Runs like a champ, starts right up and is ready and able to be a daily driver.
Some new editions in the past 2 years include:
Power steering, front disc brakes, rebuilt carburetor, electronic ignition, springs, shocks, tires, transfer case, auto, transmission, stainless steel brake lines, master cylinder & more

If interested, check out the Recycler.com ad here!

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Starting a new year can mean a great many things to a lot of people. While infamous for being the month of initiating new diets and exercise regimens to setting personal, career and financial goals, it can also be a great time to find new sources of simple joys. And if you’re goals for the year entail just that, you may have cuddly, furry little critters on your mind.

Recycler.com is a great place to find thousands of puppies, kittens, reptiles, rabbits, and more for sale from reputable breeders. But possibkona1ly even better, you can make 2017 a great year for both you and an adoptable animal looking for a forever home. Simply search for adoptable pets in your area to find a variety of pets in either shelters or in foster homes nearby so you can find your perfect pet-match!

Take Kona — one of many adoptable sweethearts that can be viewed on the Recycler.com — for instance! This tabby girl is one of many kitties living in a foster home awaiting the day to make someone a very lucky human.  A beautiful red Tabby, Kona is an outgoing, very active and playful young adult. She and her brother Perry (the black cat in the background) were both rescued from a shelter and now live in a multi-cat foster home.kona3

She is a very sweet and gentle girl who runs around her foster home. She spends her days playing with the other cats and two medium size dogs, so she would do kona2well in a home with other existing pets. She is not, however, good with young kids — kids must be teenagers or older.

If you are interested, you can find Kona’s page here on the Recycler.com.

 

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