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DIY Eat- Bacon and Cheddar Muttfins

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Bacon and Cheddar Muttfins Dog Treats Ingredients:

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 slices of bacon
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. bacon grease or vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp. Baking powder
  • 2 Tbsp. ground Flax seed
  • ½ cup skim milk
  • 2 large eggs

Bacon and Cheddar Muttfins Dog Treats Instructions:

Chop bacon into very small pieces.

Combine all the ingredients in a medium sized bowl, and stir until thoroughly combined.

Spray muffin tin well with non-stick spray.

Scoop approximately 1 Tbsp. of batter into each muffin cup using a measuring spoon.

Preheat oven to 350 °.

Bake for 20-25 minutes until tops are lightly golden brown.

Allow to cool completely.

Store in an airtight container in refrigerator for 7-10 days or in freezer for up to 2 months.

Makes 2 dozen mini muffins.


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Manor Lake on Pinterest!

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Have you been following us on Pinterest? Our Pinterest is full of dog safety tips, articles, DIY dog related projects and recipes, pictures of Manor Lake dogs and customer testimonials. Check out our Pinterest boards by clicking the logo below:


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Easy Dog-Friendly Banana Cupcakes!

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

We love to share dog-friendly recipes out with our families so they can treat their furry friends! Check out this easy (and tasty) recipe for dog-friendly banana cupcakes!

Dog-Friendly Banana Cupcakes

Author: Emily ~
Recipe type: Dog-friendly
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Serves: 6
These banana cupcakes for dogs are the perfect treat for your pet. Top them with their favorite snack for a bit of extra fun!
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 overripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 T baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 3 T honey
Frosting (optional)
  • 6 oz cream cheese
  • 2 T plain yogurt
  • 2 T honey
  • Flour
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine water, bananas, vanilla, flour, baking powder, egg and honey. Mix until thoroughly combined.
  3. Spoon into cupcake liners.
  4. Bake for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely.
  5. When cupcakes are cool, you can frost with cream cheese frosting if desired.
  1. In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese, yogurt and honey until smooth. Add enough flour to thicken until desired consistency.


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Dog Recipe: Homemade Chicken Jerky & Sweet Potato Chews

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Our dogs just absolutely love chicken jerky, not to mention anything with sweet potato involved, so we had to share this delicious and easy recipe for Chicken Jerky & Sweet Potato Chews.

The Bark Magazine- Homemade Chicken Jerky & Sweet Potato Chews

Homemade Chicken Jerky

Dehydrating food is all the rage these days — great for summer’s fruit, berry and vegetable bounty, and for making sumptuous, healthy treats for your dogs (not to mention yourself). While it’s possible to dehydrate food in an oven, it’s much more efficient and convenient to use a dehydrator. And making it in your own home means you don’t have to worry about contaminants or adulterated ingredients. (We hear you can also make yogurt in a dehydrator — wouldn’t your dog love that!)

Here’s a recipe for every dog’s favorite: chicken jerky. Before you start, make sure you have a very sharp knife. Also, partially frozen meat is easier to slice, and the thinner the slices, the less time they take to dry.

• 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast tenders
• 1/2 cup vegetable oil
• Your choice of dog-friendly seasonings: parsley, rosemary, sage (preferably fresh and chopped very fine)

• Rinse the chicken breasts and remove any fat, which slows down the dehydrating process and will shorten the jerky’s shelf life.
• Slice the chicken into strips about 1/4- to 1/8-inch thick; slicing with the grain will make the jerky even chewier.
• Coat the strips with oil and seasonings.
• Place the strips on the dehydrator tray, spacing them evenly; make sure they do not touch. The drying process depends on adequate airflow between the strips.
• Put the tray in the dehydrator, turn it on and set the temperature for 140 degrees.

It will probably take between 3 and 12 hours for the strips to fully dry, depending on how thick you cut them and the exact temperature of your dehydrator. After the first hour, start checking the strips on an hourly basis. To determine the dryness level, remove one strip from the dehydrator, cut into it with a sharp knife and examine the inside. When the meat is completely dried, you won’t see any moisture and it will be the same color throughout. If it needs more time, put it back in for another hour. As it gets closer to being finished, check every half hour.

When your chicken jerky is done, store it in air-tight containers; zip-lock bags work great for this. Refrigerate the containers for an even longer shelf life.

Sweet Potato Chews
Thoroughly wash and peel sweet potatoes. Slice the sweet potato into 1/4- inch slices by cutting down the middle lengthwise.

Dehydrate at the highest setting 145-155 until done. Drying approximately 6-8 hours will leave them with a chewy texture. For crunchier treats dehydrate longer until the desired consistency.


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10 Tips to Clean Up After Your Dog-

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014
We all know that although our furry friends mean well, they aren’t always aware of their messy behavior. Here are some great tips for cleaning up after your dog that we found on which is perfect for Spring cleaning!
10 Easy Tips for Cleaning Up After Your Dog
Cleaning Confidential


  • 1. Store everything you need for outings– leash, pick-up bags, paw wipes — near the door. Reuse plastic shopping bags or plastic bags your newspapers come in; store them in an empty tissue box for one-at-a-time dispensing.
  • 2. Make it easier to hook up for walks by attaching a large carabiner to the  clip on your dog’s leash.
  • 3. Divvy up food into smaller, sealable containers for storage, this decreases mess and pests!
  • 4. Assign baskets or bins into which you can quickly toss those well-chewed balls, bones and other assorted playthings.
  • 5. To keep food and water bowls from sliding, place them on a rubber-backed mat or piece of rubberized mesh.
  • 6. Use a self-refilling water bowl to cut down on your trips to the sink.
  • 7. Toss a few handfuls of cat litter into your garbage bin to neutralize odors from full pick-up bags.
  • 8.  Position the dog bed away from your home’s main traffic flow and cover it with an easily removable “doggy duvet” that you wash regularly.
  • 9. Create a file folder or binder dedicated to your dog’s paperwork: vet visits, vaccination records, medication lists, insurance info, license receipts, microchip code number.
  • 10. Scan all these important records– plus photos of your dog — and store them on your PDA or a small flash drive so that you can have this info at hand while traveling.
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This article first appeared in The Bark,

Issue 61: Sept/Oct 2010
Tom McNulty is the author of Clean Like a Man, which is full of guy-friendly housekeeping tips and tricks. Visit for more.
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Dog Friendly Home

Monday, April 7th, 2014

How adorable is this dog station? We came across this on Pinterest and had to share this adorable home setup that is an easy way to organize all your dog’s treats, bones, toys, and more!dog station

Photo Credit: Sarah Dorio


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Clipping Nails: A How-To Guide for Puppies (and Dogs)-Petmd

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

This is a great article from that gives you a tips and guidelines for trimming your puppy or dog’s nails. 

An important part of a puppy’s grooming is the regular trimming of his nails. Allowing your dog’s nails to grow too long can cause his toes to spread, which in turn puts stress on the ankle joints. If this happens, he may experience some difficulty in walking around. A dog with long nails is also more prone to scratching floors, furniture and even people.

Most owners are apprehensive about clipping their dog’s nails, but if you begin doing this soon after you bring your puppy home, you will find it is very easy to do and you will get the puppy used to being still for this part of the grooming process so that it is not something to dread.

Before You Begin

Start off by just clipping the very tips of his nails. This will allow your puppy the experience of having his nails clipped, and at the same time will help you to become more confident. If you still are nervous about clipping your pup’s nails, you can visit a professional groomer or ask your veterinarian to show you the proper technique.

It is best to clip your puppy’s nails once a week, and only when using professional nail clippers that are designed for the shape of a dog’s nails (they are markedly different from human or cat nails). You may even want to ask another person to help you out the first few times. The other person can hold the puppy still while you clip the nails. As your puppy becomes accustomed to this kind of grooming, there will no longer be any need to restrain him.

Getting Started

To clip your puppy’s nails, place his paw in your hand and hold each toe with your index finger and your thumb. Do not squeeze the toe, but hold it firmly. If the puppy tries to pull his paw away from you, or struggles to get free, give him the “No, stay!” command, and praise him immediately when he follows your command. Hold the nail clipper with the other hand. This position will give you more precision and prevent you from clipping the nails too short.

It is important to avoid cutting into the vein that runs halfway through the nail. This vein is called the “quick” and it is quite easy to spot in nails that are white or nearly transparent. Just as human nails have a white part of the nail above the fingertip, dogs have a section of white, nerve-free nail, and below it, an extension of the toe that is a light pink color. You do not want to cut into the pink part of the nail, as this is full of nerve endings and blood.

If your puppy’s nails are not clear — they may be brown, grey or black in shade — the quick may be more difficult to spot. You will just have to be extra careful that you do not cut through it. It is best that you clip off only the tips of the nails once a week if this is the case.

If you do accidentally cut the quick by mistake, be prepared for some bleeding. This is not something serious, but it can lead to an infection if it is not treated properly. Just apply a small amount of styptic powder or alum to stop the bleeding.

Image: Melissa & Bryan Ripka / via Flickr

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DIY Eat- Mix & Match Dog Treats!- Modern Dog Magazine

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014
We always LOVE to try new recipes for our dogs and this one is easy, low in cost, and gives you the option to choose between many different ingredients. This is especially good if you have some leftover ingredients (such as brown bananas) that you want to use up.
DIY Eat – Mix & Match Dog Treats
Healthy, fast and budget-friendly, these mix and match treats are sure to please
By Maxine Matishak

Step 1: Choose your add-in (choose just one)

  • 1/2 c sweet potato, cooked and mashed
  • 1/2 c tuna or salmon
  • 1/2 c canned or cooked pumpkin, puréed
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 1/2 c sardines mashed
Have too-ripe bananas stored in the freezer? Thaw one to use in this recipe! (Peel bananas & throw them in a Ziplock bag before freezing for ease of use)

Step 2: Choose your healthy flavour booster (choose 1 – 2)

  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 2 Tbsp shredded, unsweetened coconut (soaked for 1 hour)
  • 1 tsp chia seed (soaked for 1 hour)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp fresh mint, chopped

Step 3: Mix 2 cups all-purpose flour (or one cup whole wheat and one cup all-purpose if preferred), 1 egg, your choice of add-in and healthy flavour booster in a large bowl.

Step 4: Roll mixture into 1 – 2″ balls and place onto lightly oiled baking sheet. Press flat with a fork if desired.

Step 5: Bake at 325° F for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned on the bottom.

Step 6: Cool and share! Store in an airtight container. Treats will keep for up to a week (freeze any extras).

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DIY Leash Craft- Modern Dog Magazine

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014
As we all know, leashes can be pretty expensive sometimes. If you’re looking for an inexpensive and fun craft for your canine companion, Modern Dog Magazine has a great tutorial! Happy Woof Wednesday!
DIY Ombre Leash
DIY Craft – Dip-Dyed Ombre Leash
Make your own ombre rope leash in a few easy steps
By Capree Kimball

We simply swooned over this DIY dip-dyed leash, so we asked the very cool Capree Kimball, blogger/crafter extraordinaire of and fame, to show us how it’s done. Turns out it’s not as tricky as it looks—a length of rope, some fabric dye and you’ll be the envy of the dog park! Take it away, Capree…

Colourful rope dog leads have been all the rage in the pet accessories world lately—and I am obsessed! But with prices ranging anywhere from $70 to over $150, they’re a little outside most people’s “dog stuff” budgets. If you’d still like to get your paws on a stylish leash for your pooch (in whatever colour your heart desires) without breaking the bank, give this easy DIY rope leash project a whirl!

Many rope leads use traditional nautical splicing and whipping techniques, but today we’re going to employ a bit of a shortcut! (If you want to learn how to splice rope, there are tons of video tutorials on YouTube.) So, are you ready to make your own rope dog leash? Awesome. Pawesome. Here’s what you’ll need!


  •  2 – 2 1/4 yards of ⅜ thick cotton rope
  • Fabric dye
  • 2 Rope clamps
  • 1 Snap hook
  • Rubber mallet
  • Large cooking pot


STEP 1 Determine about how long you want your leash to be (anywhere from 4 – 6 feet is pretty standard) and cut it accordingly. Be sure to tape or tie off the ends so your rope doesn’t unravel.

STEP 2 Soak your rope in some warm water. Meanwhile, prepare your dye according to the instructions on the bottle. You won’t need very much! A bottle of RIT Liquid Dye will go a long, long way.


STEP 3 Now for the fun part! For an ombré/gradient/dip-dyed effect, quickly dip and remove your rope from the dye. Then re-dip at different heights/levels, until you’re happy with the gradation. Want your rope all one colour? Submerge the whole rope in the dye, stirring constantly until the desired colour is reached.


STEP 4 Remove your rope and hang it up (outside or in the garage), dark end at the top, to allow the dye to creep down the rope. You can help it along by squeezing the excess dye/water down the length of the rope.

STEP 5 Once you’re happy with the way the gradient is looking, rinse the rope in cold water until the water runs clear or use some RIT Dye Fixative before you rinse out the rope if you want to super-seal the colour.


STEP 6 Allow the rope to dry thoroughly. This may take up to 24 hours.

STEP 7 Now that your rope is dry, it’s time to attach the clamps and snap hook. Decide which end you want to place the hook. Feed the end of the rope through the ring then fold the rope over, creating a small loop.

STEP 8 Place the clamp on a flat surface with the prongs facing up. Lay the base of the rope loop inside the clamp, between the prongs. With a hammer or rubber mallet, hammer all four prongs securely over the rope.


STEP 9 On the other end, fold the rope over to create a 6 – 7″ loop (bigger or smaller depending on how big your hands are and what feels comfortable to you). Then repeat step 8.

Now, after you’ve attached the rope clamps, you could call it a day—you have a perfectly functional leash at this point. (Heck, you could skip the dyeing altogether and just attach the clamps and snap hook and—BAM—you’d have a leash.) If you really want to take this project into über-stylish territory though, you’ll want to add some finishing touches and cover those ugly clamps up!

There are multiple ways to cover the clamps: you could wrap them in twine/yarn/string/ leather cording/etc. I chose to use some scrap leather and create a sleeve with some colourful stitching. If you’d like to do the same, get the how-to for the leather finishing here. Then sit back and await the compliments!

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Dog Recipe-Peanut Butter & Banana Doggy Bites!

Friday, January 17th, 2014
Looking for a fun weekend recipe for your dog? These peanut butter and banana frozen doggy bites are easy to make, not to mention delicious! Happy Friday and we hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
  • 2 – YoBaby Banana Individual Yogurts
  • 6 oz. – Planters Banana & Granola Nut Peanut Butter
You could change the flavors out easily by using a different yogurt flavor, or even using pureed fruits.
  • Mix ingredients together with a fork until well blended.
  • Use a butter knife to transfer mixture into Easy Push Out Ice Cube Tray. You could use a regular ice cube tray, but they might not come out as easily, with this one you can pop them right out.
  • It can get a bit messy, so use the knife to run over the top on the tray and remove any excess. Also, be sure to push mixture down so that they are nice and full.
  • Freeze and enjoy! Just kidding… though it wouldn’t hurt you… this one’s for the dogs!
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