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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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Quirky Pet-Friendly Pit Stops!

Monday, June 16th, 2014
Looking to take a road trip with your canine companion? We found this wonderful list full of quirky and fun pit stops that you can visit with your dog! A great idea for a Summer road trip!
1. Dog Bark Park Inn, Boise, Idaho A three-story freestanding hotel room in the shape of a Beagle. Enough said.
2. Dog Mayor Sunol, California In 1981, a dog named Bosco was elected mayor in a town just an hour outside San Francisco. Thirty years on, you can visit his animatronic replica at the local bar—lift his leg and he pees beer!
3. Charles M Schulz Museum, Santa Rosa, California For all things Snoopy. The documentary film is particularly charming; apparently the real life Snoopy loved nothing better than riding in cars.
4. Mutt Lynch Winery Sonoma, California Canine connoisseurs are welcome at this laid-back vineyard offering Fou Fou Le Blanc Sauvignon (featuring a chi-chi white Poodle on the label), Merlot Over & Play Dead (gruff Bulldog) and a great life motto: Bark Less, Wag More!
5. Drive-thru tree Leggett, California Dogs love to pee on trees, humans like to drive through them. My dog Bodie and I actually did the similar Tour-thru Tree three hours north.
6. Bobbie The Wonder Dog mural Silverton, Oregon This is so touching: in 1923 a family were on a road trip in Indiana when they lost their beloved Collie. Broken-hearted, they returned to Oregon without him. Six months later he turned up all scrawny and tattered of paw, having walked nearly 3,000 miles home. What a legend.
7. Wizard of Oz Museum Wamego, Kansas Cairn Terrier lovers will find an abundance of Toto memorabilia and cheeky treasures in the gift shop, not to mention Toto’s Tacoz next door.
8. Wild West portrait with your dog Breckenridge, Colorado What can I say? Bodie is such a natural-born outlaw. Breckenridge Old Time Photo, 326 South Main St. Tel: 970 453 4444
9. Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Carolina If you’ve always felt that you and your dog were “to the manor born,” you have to visit the wondrous Biltmore Estate where you can spend the entire day strolling the elegantly landscaped grounds—8,000 acres complete with fountains, woodlands, and sunflower-trimmed bicycle paths—with a silver-topped walking stick and a monocle, if you fancy. At $59 per person it’s not cheap, but this does include entry to the grand 250-room French chateau and though your dog is not permitted inside, they do have kennels where he can kick back while you are marveling at the priceless artifacts. Afterwards you can dine at Cedric’s Tavern, named for George Vanderbilt’s beloved St Bernard, Heaven.
10. AKC Dog Show Many locations throughout the US Never mind the parade of purebreds, check out the astounding range of doggie beauty products. I got myself a great dogprint salon robe for when I wash Bodie!

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Summer Dog Checklist- The Bark Magazine

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Summer is almost here and we know our dogs love to play in the sun! We found this great article full of a summer checklist to keep your dog safe in the hot months to come.


Summer Dogs Checklist
It’s time to get out, kick back and have fun with dogs—safely!


Homework: Before you set off on your summer road trip, check out rules and regs and make a list of dog parks, vets and doggie hang-outs at your destination (and stops along the way). There are apps for that—BringFido (, for example.

Be Ready: Put together a “go-bag” for your dog, which can also serve as an emergency kit; include basic first-aid supplies, an extra collar with ID tags, a leash, bowls, a couple of old towels or a blanket, and perhaps food with a good shelf life.

Overheating: It’s nice to have company when you’re running around doing errands, but this time of the year, it’s best to let your co-pilot snooze at home rather than in your car. Even if it’s “not that hot,” even with the windows down, even in the shade, cars heat up fast, and heatstroke kills.

Humidity: And it’s not just the heat, it’s the humidity. Dogs pant to cool off, evaporating body heat by moving it across their wet tongues, and high humidity slows down that process.

Car Safety: If you don’t already use one, invest in a canine restraint device for your car. A loose dog can distract you, or worse, become airborne if you suddenly hit the brakes.

Water Safety: Before taking your pooch on the water, be sure she can swim (not all dogs do). Buckle her into a canine lifejacket if you’ll be on a fast-moving river or open water. Too much water might also not be a good thing. Swimming, diving for balls or even playing with a water hose can lead to water intoxication that can result in life threatening hyponatremia (excessively low sodium levels).

Splash: A rigid kiddie pool is a perfect place for a hot dog to cool off. A floating toy or two will make 
it even more irresistible.

Frosty Treats: Or cool her down with frozen treats. Some dogs like plain ice cubes, but practically any food your dog likes can be frozen (try easy-release silicone ice trays or cupcake pans). More recipes online;

Fear Less: Tis the season of thunderstorms and fireworks. If your dog is upset by their noise and flash, get good advice from dog-behavior pro Patricia McConnell at Or check out Thundershirt.

Stung: Some dogs love chasing bees— until they catch one. Be prepared; before that happens, review

Good Host: Doing some outdoor entertaining? Plan ahead with your dog in mind. Start with keeping the yard gate closed and secured, then make sure that all those tasty picnic classics—bones, skewers, corn cobs—don’t make their way into Fido’s stomach.


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Dog-Friendly Chicago!

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

We found some wonderful dog-friendly restaurants for all of our families in Chicago, IL! Enjoy!

Feast Restaurant & Bar (Chicago Gold Coast & Wicker Park/Bucktown): Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Feast is a great dining choice any time of the day. The Gold Coast Feast location provides ample outdoor seating, the food is exceptional, and the atmosphere is chic, yet casual. I try to hit Feast at least once a week for lunch and I strongly recommend you do the same.

P.J. Clarke’s (Chicago Gold Coast & Streeterville): If you’re in the mood for a burger and a beer, drop by P.J. Clarke’s, with two separate locations located at 1204 N. State Parkway and 301 East Illinois. The food at this classic Chicago bar and restaurant is delicious, the games are always on the HD TVs, and the drink menu is extensive. What else do you need?

Penny’s Noodle Shop (Wicker ParkDepaul & Wrigleyville): With three locations in Chicago, Wicker Park, DePaul, and Wrigleyville, Penny’s Noodle shop is a local favorite for tasty Asian cuisine. Patrons can get anything from Vietnamese spring rolls and Japanese Gyoza to signature Pad Thai and Fried Rice dishes. If you’re craving Asian food, Penny’s is always a great choice.

Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House (Chicago Gold Coast): Serving arguably some of Chicago’s best sea food should be reason enough for you and your pooch to make a trip over to Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House. However, the upscale vibe around the restaurant and the surrounding Gold Coast neighborhood make this a must visit, no matter where you live in Chicago. And while you’re there, don’t forget to try the crab cakes-you’ll be glad you did.

The Kerryman Irish Bar & Restaurant (River North): As a true Irish pub setting, the Kerryman outdoor dining space is absolutely spectacular. My favorite time to visit this one-of-a-kind place is for brunch (the Bloody Mary’s are terrific), but no matter the time of day or night, the Kerryman won’t disappoint, and the menu offers a wide-variety of Irish and American dishes.

The Fifty/50 (Wicker Park): The three-level Fifty/50 restaurant and bar is a great place to catch a game, mingle with friends, or simply enjoy a drink out on the front patio. As the Fifty/50 website says, the menu centers around three main sections: smoked food, fried foods, and sandwiches. Need I say more?

O’Briens Restaurant & Bar (Old Town): As one of my favorite Old Town joints, O’Briens offers casual dining in the heart of one of Chicago’s most historic neighborhoods. The menu at O’Briens features seafood, sandwiches, burgers, salads, steaks, and more, so there’s definitely something for everyone at this long-standing Old Town restaurant and bar.

Frasca Pizzeria & Wine Bar (Lakeview): Located almost directly off the Paulina Brown Line stop, Frasca offers delicious specialty pizzas, endless pasta dishes, and a very extensive wine list. The pizzas at Frasca are very reasonable priced, the selection is tremendous, and the atmosphere is true Italian. If you haven’t been over to the Frasca Pizzeria & Wine Bar, make a trip this weekend and try the Spinaci-it’s AMAZING!

Bar on Buena (Buena Park): If you haven’t been to Bar on Buena before, shame on you. The beer and whiskey menu here is long enough to fill a book, and the atmosphere is quite relaxing. In addition, the patio is nicely shaded, which is an absolute must during some of these hot Chicago days we’ve seen over the past week. If you’re a beer lover, you have to check this place out.

Here are some other dog-friendly restaurants in the Chicago area also:

  • Bad Dog Tavern & Grill
  • Scozzi
  • Harry Caray’s Tavern Navy Pier
  • Cody’s Public House
  • Big Star
  • Wrightwood Tap
  • 90 Miles Cuban Cafe
  • Super Dawg
  • The Grill on the Alley



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Snuggle Puppy

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Why Manor Lake Likes The Snuggle Puppy

SnugglePuppies™, with a new and improved heartbeat, will capture your pet’s heart! All ages of animals love our adorable SnugglePuppie™ because they connect with the “real feel” heart beat and gentle warmth. Remember that children and seniors love to cuddle them too! Heart beat with batteries and two types of heat included.

We like Snuggle puppies at Manor Lake because they can make our Australian Labradoodle puppies more comfortable when they are transitioning to their new homes.  The young puppies really like the heart beat and warmth of the SnugglePuppy, it reminds them of their litter mates and mother and comforts them through this separation.

We carry the Snuggle Puppy in our Manor Lake Dog Boutique, check them out!

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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.
dog station

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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ALAA’s Grooming Tutorial

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Have you seen the Australian Labradoodle Association of America’s (ALAA)’s grooming tutorial video yet? The ALAA has uploaded a video going over the basic grooming techniques for your Australian Labradoodle. Check it out!

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