Easy DIY Tug Toy For Your Dog

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Is your dog a fan of the traditional tug toy? Here's a #DIY way to make one, using items from your house - a t-shirt and a tennis ball. #FeedDogsPurina #ad

Athena had her annual well visit at the vet late last week.

I actually get as nervous for it, as I do for my kids. She’s my kid. She’s my world! I work at home and spend long days at home after the kids and Cassidy are at work and school. While Juniper is good company, she can’t go outside and play like Athena. Athena goes on road trips with me, weather permitting, and is solely responsible for getting me to exercise regularly for the last year or so. She always looks so excited to see me, and she is quite photogenic. Just look at this incredible cuteness:

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Is your dog a fan of the traditional tug toy? Here's a #DIY way to make one, using items from your house - a t-shirt and a tennis ball. #FeedDogsPurina #ad

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I was relieved that everything went well at her checkup. Des accompanied me for “moral support” and to grab a goody bag and a bag of snacks from the baskets they leave for kids. We spent some time on questions and concerns I had – about food and play. I’m going to share a few cool things here! For one, Athena’s favorite toy is a tug toy. I experimented at home and found out that you can make one using items you have around your house – like old t-shirts, a tennis ball, scissors and a ruler.

Is your dog a fan of the traditional tug toy? Here's a #DIY way to make one, using items from your house - a t-shirt and a tennis ball. #FeedDogsPurina #ad

This tug toy is EASY! I wasn’t as diligent as I could have been, but I tried hard! We’ve been having weird weather, and I want to get Athena outside today for some play and running, before the Great Blizzard of 2017 hits! So I gathered my supples:

1 – You will need between 1-3 old t-shirts. I chose the softest ones I could find that I don’t wear anymore. Then I gathered a tennis ball, a ruler, a marker, and the strongest scissors I could find that would cut neatly through the cloth.

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2 – Next, using the ruler, I cut out strips of t-shirt that were about 25 inches long and 3-4 inches wide. I used two t-shirts to have different colors in the eventual braid, and ultimately used about 9-10 strips of t-shirt to be woven into the toy.

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3 – Then I gathered my 9-10 multi-colored t-shirt strips together and made a STRONG knot at one end.

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4 – Then I wove all of the pieces together in a braid, and tied a strong knot on the other end.

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5 – Next, I carefully cut holes in both ends of the tennis ball to add the ball! This is optional but I loved the idea.

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*Lastly, enjoy!

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Now, let’s talk about FOOD! It’s an important one.

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We go on a weekly trip to Target, because as you probably know, it’s a wonderful place for one-stop shopping. Especially before a blizzard! Target has a wonderful variety of Purina dry dog food products available in the pet aisle.

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No matter which food you buy at Target, the variety is amazing. We love Purina Beyond® – Superfood Blend Salmon, Egg & Pumpkin Recipe Natural Dog Food. Real meat, poultry or fish is the #1 ingredient in Purina Beyond, and there is no corn, wheat or soy. There is also no poultry by-product meal and no added artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

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Take advantage of great Purina savings at Target using the Cartwheel app!

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The Only Bacon-Wrapped Quail Recipe You’ll Ever Need

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What else can I say except quail? Quail. I did not see it coming.

Who knew that buying quail meat would be one of the most colorful experiences of my life? We were having guests over for a special occasion – after they had been through an ordeal – and we wanted to make something comforting yet fancy. Familiar yet exotic. So then I wound up at one of the most interesting meat shops in the world with a half dozen employees helping me and giving me cooking advice. It was awesome. And how did it turn out in the long run? Or rather, short run. Let me show you.

Quail cooks quickly because it’s so small, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t require some love. I sprinkled mine with salt and pepper, and brushed a garlic butter on it before cooking. Through trial and error and a lot of help from my various friends from the best meat store ever, I learned the best cooking procedures. What made it fantastic was the high flavor and the ease of cooking. I honestly impressed myself, and I swear I don’t impress myself that often! When I do, I can admit it though!

I paired my quail with Cassidy’s beet and pear salad (so good) and wild rice.

So what do you think? Are you ready to try it out?

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Bacon-Wrapped, Spice-Rubbed Quail

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 55 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Bacon-Wrapped, Spice-Rubbed Quail

With game recipes gaining in popularity, this recipe is sure to be a crowd pleaser. For a special note, pay attention to the timing of covering and uncovering the roast pan, so that the bacon is evenly cooked.

Ingredients

  • 4 quail, dressed
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 4 bacon slices
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Parsley
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425
  2. Combine melted butter, garlic powder, onion powder and dried parsley and set aside
  3. Sprinkle salt and pepper on the quail
  4. Wrap each one in 1 (or 2) bacon slices
  5. Place them breast side down in a roasting pan
  6. Brush with garlic butter
  7. Bake for 10 minutes uncovered
  8. Reduce heat to 325 and cover pan
  9. Bake for 40 minutes
  10. Uncover, and bake for another 5 minutes to evenly cook bacon
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Awesome, right?

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Now, let’s talk about Athena.

Did you know that my active girl is a quail fan too?

It’s true! She eats the NEW Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® PEAK Northern Woodlands Recipe™ with Turkey, Duck & Quail. I call her my daytime life partner because she sleeps near me while I work, and then when we’re both really lucky, we take a daily hike. I chase the wind and a good song on my headphones, and she’s a fierce chaser of squirrels – but she never catches them!

She’s part Husky, (we think) part Basenji, and all-around adventurer. She’s afraid of our cat, but goes to NJ, CT, and Cape Cod with us like it’s nothing. I take her feeding as seriously as I take my own, which is how I discovered NEW Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® PEAK Northern Woodlands Recipe™ with Turkey, Duck & Quail while shopping at Target for my weekly family trip.

Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® PEAK Northern Woodlands Recipe™ with Turkey, Duck & Quail and Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® PEAK Open Range Recipe™ with Beef, Venison & Lamb are both protein-rich, grain-free recipes to satisfy Athena’s cravings. Real U.S. farm-raised turkey is always the #1 ingredient in the Northern Woodlands Recipe, and real U.S. farm-raised beef is always the #1 ingredient in the Open Range Recipe. 30% high-quality protein and 0% grains, glutens or filler. Made for dogs of all sizes!

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A portion of proceeds go to Rachael’s Rescue® – created to help shelter pets in need. To date, she has donated over $17.5M to pet charities and other organizations that do good for animals. The funds are used for food, medical supplies, treatments, and more – to help animals in need. Together we can make a difference for dogs – our best friends and hiking partners!

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My girl:

Now tell me – if you could cook with turkey, duck or quail, which would you choose and why?

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And..Enjoy!