Dog Treat Recipes to Treat Your Pup

A dog is a man’s best friend for a reason. They follow you everywhere you go, are always happy to see you, and give you lots of (slobbery) kisses. And if there’s one thing they love as much as you, it’s food!

With just a few simple ingredients, you can create a quality snack that your dog will appreciate. It’s the best way to show your furry companion how much you care! From making pupcakes for your dog’s next birthday to treating them to a yummy doggie donut for breakfast, the options are endless.  

Our friends at Personal Creations put together a list of easy-to-make dog treats so you can always keep these delicious recipes on hand (or paw!).  

Ways to Participate in Responsible Dog Ownership Month

Owning a pet is an amazing experience, but it also takes a lot of work. September is Responsible Dog Ownership Month, so we thought this would be a great time to go over a few ways that you can participate the rest of the month. It can be easy to get caught up in everything else going on and let the small, but significant, things slips. Here are a few of our favorite ways to remain a responsible pet owner benefitting both your dog and the public:

What is a Puppy Mill?

Tomorrow marks Puppy Mill Awareness Day, a day dedicated to improving the lives of dogs and ending puppy mills. But what exactly is a puppy mill?

For starters, a puppy mill is a large-scale commercial dog breeding operation where profit is placed above the well-being of animals. Breeding dogs can spend their entire lives in cages, living in dirty, unsanitary conditions and never getting the chance to feel the sun or breathe fresh air.

Wagging Tail Wednesday: Tiny

Sometimes love can be achieved in the most unexpected ways. This story follows one of our amazing fosters, Kelly Salisbury and how she fell for the cutie, Tiny. Their bond became so strong after many visits to the vet and simply nurturing the sweet Tiny into good health.   When you go through something like that, there’s no way you can’t have a strong and loving bond. In this case, there was no way these two could be separated. Learn more about their heartwarming story below:

Spend Labor Day at These Dog Friendly LA Beach Spots

Wow, it’s already September 1st. With that, Happy Labor Day Weekend everyone! We have had a crazy and amazing summer at Wags and Walks, and we cannot believe the summer is coming to a close. That said, if you’re an Angeleno, you know that summertime doesn’t really end until October - as far as the weather is concerned at least. With the heat wave LA has been experiencing this week, we hope you have some beach days planned for your long weekend!

Get Rid of Pet Odors Naturally

We love our dogs, smells and all, but unfortunately not everyone feels the same way. From puppies to old family favorites, having dogs in the home just leaves a lingering pet odor that can be hard to get rid of. Most of the time, you probably don’t even notice it, until you have guests coming or get in a deep cleaning mood. Instead of waiting until that point, here are a few of our favorite tricks to getting rid of pet odors that you can use every day:

Wagging Tail Wednesday: Russell

When you find your pup soul mate, you just know! This story is about Remy and her instant bond with Russell, a pup with so much personality.   Russell’s lovable personality and funny quirks are what completely won Remy over! They do say that personality is the key to a lasting relationship. The bond that these two peas in a pod share is ever so special and we are thrilled to share this wonderful story with you today!

Why We Love Our Senior Dogs Today and Every Day!

While everyone recognizes today as the first total solar eclipse to sweep across the nation in decades, August 21st marks another day in America - National Senior Citizen’s Day! A day to celebrate the wisdom and love that our family and friends who are senior citizens bring to our lives. We are taking a break from the solar eclipse madness to show our love for another kind of senior citizen today, those senior dogs in our lives.

Top Tech Products For Pups

Technology has become essential in every aspect of our lives, and that includes how we care for our pets! It’s important to give our pups happy and fulfilled lives, and we can harness technology to help bring us all closer together. Today, we’ve pulled together five of our favorite futuristic pet products you didn’t know you needed.

Wagging Tail Wednesday: Benny

This is the happy story of Sarah, Alex and Benny.

Sarah and Alex moved to Los Angeles, engaged, and agreed they wouldn’t get a dog until after the wedding. When they stumbled upon a Wags and Walks kissing booth one night in Venice, Sarah was instantly drawn to our mission and wanted to support in any way possible.

The couple started fostering dogs, taking care of them while they were in the process of finding their furever home. Benny was their third foster dog, and they had no idea that he would turn into a permanent part of their family.

Meet Our Mutts on National Mutt Day

Today is a holiday to celebrate our favorite dog breed here at Wags and Walks - mutts! Mixed breed dogs tend to be healthier and better behaved, they live longer, and each and every one of them is unique. There are millions of loving and healthy mixed breed dogs sitting in shelters, patiently waiting for their forever home.

We all know that the best dogs are those that have a little bit of everything in them, so on National Mutt Day, it’s only fitting to highlight some of our favorite (and adoptable!) mutts.

5 Reasons Dogs Make the Best of Friends

This Sunday, July 30, marks International Day of Friendship; a day coined by the UN to encourage people of all countries and backgrounds across the world to put aside their differences and come together as friends.

While the UN started this day to bring people together, at Wags and Walks we thought it obviously necessary to include our furry friends in the celebration! We are celebrating friendship the only way we know how - sharing 5 reasons (out of many) why our furry friends are great!

Wagging Tail Wednesday: Cash and Bowie

Two of anything is better than one, especially when you’re talking about puppies. Today we’d like to introduce you to Mia, who knows just how amazing it is to add not only one new puppy to your life, but TWO new puppies. She is a girl after our own hearts. We know exactly what it’s like falling in love with two puppies at the same time like she did with Cash and Bowie...we’ve all been there at one time or another. When you know, you know and that is just what happened that fateful day in Encino. Learn more about their journey together below:

Dog Boarding in Los Angeles This Summer

Summer is one of the best times of the year. It’s full of fun holidays, fresh food, and amazing vacations. While many of us try and bring our dogs everywhere we go, sometimes it just isn’t possible; vacations can be one of those times. It also can be hard, especially if you’re new to a city, to find a reliable pet sitter or boarding facility. If you’re in Los Angeles, here are a few of our favorite boarding facilities to get you started on your search for the perfect spot. Not only are these places amazing and trustworthy, they are also top partners of ours that give back to rescues!

Wagging Tail Wednesday: Bart

Happy Wednesday! This week, we’re excited to share the sweet story of Mindy Magaña and her perfect pup, Bartholomew JoJo Simpson Magaña (Bart for short).

While Mindy didn’t think that she was a “dog person”, everything changed when her mom got a Belgian Shepherd a few years ago. Mindy fell in love and finally got a taste of what it’s like to have a pet. She got a cat to fill the void, but was soon looking for something more friendly and cuddly - enter Bart!

Foster Friday: Amy Disston

July is officially upon us and we hope everyone had a wonderful and safe 4th of July holiday.   Another month of summer brings us so much joy and happiness as the weather gets warmer and the days grow longer. Summertime isn’t the only thing that makes us smile, however. Our wonderful fosters that dedicate their time to love and care for our pups who are looking for their furever homes keep us grinning all day long.

Today, the spotlight is on Amy Disston, who is beyond amazing as she’s fostered over 50 pups for us! Her story is a reason to make you smile. Without further ado, please meet Amy Disston. 

Pucker Up For International Kissing Day!

International Kissing Day isn’t just a holiday for humans to celebrate. Anybody with a four-legged friend knows that the best kisses come from your furry, wet-nosed, slobbery pup.

Today is a day to celebrate love, friendship, and happiness with one of the most simple gestures - kissing! To get into the spirit, we wanted to share some of our favorite doggy kisses from our wonderful alumni, fosters, and volunteers. Enjoy, and pucker up!