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    We spent 4 years naming the dog we were never going to get.  The kids went through a plethera of ideas from Chewbacka to George Washington.  I am allergic and didn’t want a dog, the fur, the extra work.  My brother in law, Tully, has a labradoodle, Dutch, who is super chill, hypoallergenic, and cuddly.  We fell in love with his puppy at a holiday visit and decided to get a designer dog.  Now I spoil him rotten, as do the kids.  IMG_8332I love this character!  There is so much joy in having a dog.  Scientists recently found out why we love them so much.  Oxytocin is released when you look into your furry friend’s eyes.  That’s the bonding hormone and the same hormone that is released when we look at our own human babies.  Soooo, if you want to show the love back to your best friend, here are some unique ideas.

    1.  Home made treats – WHOOFie Pies

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    • 1 egg
    • 1 mashed banana
    • 1/3 cup smooth peanut butter* (low sodium is a healthier choice for pets)
    • 2 tsp honey
    • 1 ½ cup whole wheat flour
    • 8 oz cream cheese + 1 TBS honey for filling and piping

    Preheat oven to 300.  Lightly beat the egg then mix in the peanut butter, mashed banana and honey. Blend thoroughly. Add the flour a little at a time, until mixture is evenly combined.  Bake 15 minutes.  Cool.  Blend cream cheese and honey in mixer.  Layer cream cheese on bottom of a “bone.”  Add a “bone” top.  Put cream cheese in a plastic bag and cut a small hole in corner.  Pipe the outline of the bone.  Viola!

    2.  PAW THERAPY – find a spa for your pup.

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    In DC, we have – http://doggiestylebakery.com/ – They offer mud baths, blow outs, and facial scrubs.  Plus they do b’day cakes for your dog!

    3.  Walking Tour Doggie Time

    Take your dog on walking tour with Carol Bessette in DC for the Spies of Capital Hill. http://www.spiesofwashingtontour.com/Walking_Tours.html

    4.  Yappy Hour  IMG_2760

    Lots of places have patios where you can bring along your dog for happy hour.  Later this Spring, Hotel Monoca has Yappy Hour on Tuesdays.

    5.  Canine Cruise the Potomac

    Take your dog on a ship and cruise the Potomac.  Saturdays, starting in mid May.  http://www.potomacriverboatco.com/canine-cruise.php

    Here’s to coming home and having someone be always happy to see ya.

    Whoop it up,

    Cyndy