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Celebrate Easter With Your Pup

Posted by Alex Bilbo on

Easter is a time for togetherness and creating new lasting holiday memories with your loved ones. Who says your dogs can't be a part of your wonderful family traditions? There are so many different ways to involve your pups, here are some tips to have a blast with your fur friend!

Activities:

1) Easter Egg Hunt:

Where to hold the event:

  • In a backyard
  • A park
  • A beach
  • If the weather does not work out, hosting in a smaller group indoors will work

What to Hide:

  • Place dog treats or small dog safe toys inside plastic eggs or small gift boxes
  • The best eggs are the ones that have connected halves with a tiny hole in them so dogs can sniff them out
  • Scatter eggs in areas where dogs are allowed and is safe
  • Ensure there are supervisors keeping an eye out and beware of not mixing up the chocolate you use for children's egg hunts with your dog-treat eggs

2) Create a Gift Basket: Surprise your dog with an Easter surprise! Fill it with dog treats and toys and your pup will go wild!

  • Buy a cute basket
  • Put down tissue paper on the bottom for fluff (don't use smaller filling that the dog can eat or swallow)
  • Add in delicious cookies
  • Little treats inside plastic eggs
  • Squeaky and fluffy toys
  • Bandanas, harnesses, bowties, and other accessories

3) Dress Up:

  • Bunny ears (headbands, hair clips, etc.) - a classic!
  • Bowties
  • Easter themed bandanas
  • A cute sweater or shirt for Easter dinner
  • Props like carrot, duck, and Easter egg toys

4) Bake Goodies for your Pup:

Recipe for Peanut Butter and Pupkin Cookies:

  • Ingredients for dough:
    • 2/3 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
    • 1/4 cup natural peanut butter
    • 2 large eggs
    • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour, plus extra for dusting your surface
  • Ingredients for icing:
    • Cream cheese
    • Fresh raspberries
    • Fresh blackberries
    • Turmeric powder

Step 1: Place the pumpkin puree, peanut butter, and eggs in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixture until well combined, about 1-2 minutes. Add the flour, beating until just combined. If the mixture is too dry, add up to 1/4 cup of water.

Step 2: Transfer the dough to a floured surface and knead a couple of times until it comes together. Roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thick and cut out with mini Easter cookie cutters.

Step 3: Place the cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 350°F for 20-25 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.

Step 4: Melt the cream cheese in the microwave for 5-10 seconds, until it has a yogurt-like consistency. To make pink icing, microwave some fresh raspberries until bubbling. Strain to remove any seeds. Add a couple of drops to the cream cheese.

Step 5: Use the same technique with the blackberries for purple icing. For yellow icing, add a pinch of turmeric powder to the cream cheese.

Step 6: Spread onto the cookies and enjoy!

    Do's & Don'ts during Easter:

    • Do's:
      • Watch out for Fido sugar-free candies and cookies
      • Keep Chocolate bunnies out of reach
      • Avoid Grapes and Raisins
      • Beware of Macadamia Nuts
    • Don'ts:
      • Don't leave harmful candy wrappers and objects in the dog's reach
      • Don't' forget where you hid the eggs
      • Don't share Easter dinner with your pup

    We are wishing everyone sunshine, good times, and a very happy Easter! With spring here, we are so excited for all the outdoor activities. Tag us on Instagram @sassywoof if you plan on doing anything listed above!

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