Great Kong Ideas for Your Dog
At Second Home we know dogs love their Kong toys, especially when they are stuffed with delicious treats or food. The Kong is safe and nontoxic for dogs and provides lots of stimulation.
“When stuffed with food, it provides dogs with a healthy outlet for their natural desire to chew and lick,” according to the article, “How to Stuff a Kong Toy” at Fetch by WebMD. A stuffed Kong can provide a dog some “work” to do so he doesn’t get bored or destructive, the article said.
A Kong can be filled with a variety of food including your dog’s meals of kibble mixed with canned food or even yogurt, cottage cheese, or a mashed banana, the article said.
At Second Home, one of the Kong treats we offer to our dog guests includes rubbing peanut butter on the toy. Sometimes we place little treats in the peanut butter to make it special.
Other times we use pumpkin on a Kong, which is for dogs with allergies. Then we also use canned food for dogs who won’t eat peanut butter or pumpkin.
We are careful not to shove peanut butter inside a Kong and only place it on top or around it to avoid a tough cleaning process.
Please note that Second Home Pet Resort does not use peanut butter with xylitol in the ingredients. While peanut butter is great as an occasional treat for dogs, remember that not all peanut butters are alike. “Xylitol is an increasingly common sugar-replacement sweetener that’s in hundreds of products, including some brands of peanut butter,” according to the article, “What Kind of Peanut Butter is Safe for Dogs?” at Preventive Vet. “It’s an ‘all-natural’ sugar substitute that’s fine for people, but it’s extremely poisonous to dogs and poisons thousands of dogs each year.”
How to Celebrate National Rescue Dog Day
Rescue dogs have a special day on May 20. It’s National Rescue Dog Day and there are many ways to celebrate the special rescue dogs who are out there needing homes.
Founded in 2009, National Rescue Dog Day was meant “to bring awareness to the countless number of amazing dogs waiting in shelters for their forever home and to recognize all the amazing ways rescue dogs impact human lives,” according to the article, “National Rescue Dog Day 2021: What is it and how can you make a difference?” at PetsRadar.com. Additionally, this special day “looks to promote humane education for young children, and to encourage spay/neuter.”
According to the article, some of the things you can do to promote the day include:
• Donate to your local shelter by providing financial donations or even pet supplies needed at the shelter.
• Put together a fundraising event for your local shelter, which can include a bake sale or concert night.
• Make sure to spay/neuter your pets and that your pets wear a collar with ID tags.
• Foster a dog before a home is found.
• Volunteer at your local shelter or rescue.
• Educate young children about “the importance of kindness, unconditional love, and responsible care of all animals,” the article said.
• Adopt a new pet for your family. It’s so rewarding!
When you adopt a dog, remember that they “are dependent on us for food, shelter, medical care, and quality of life, but they definitely pay it forward!” according to the article, “National Rescue Dog Day: May 20th” at MetLife.
Get the family together, do your research, and plan before you adopt and bring home your new best friend.