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Holi-Paw Party

Posted by sitstaydogs

Dec 12, 2013 10:17:52 AM

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This holiday season, make sure to share the love with your 4-legged friends! We've assembled some ideas and goodies for you so that you can host your own "Holi-Paw Party"! Yes - a dog party, a HOLIDAY dog party! (Okay, it may just be more fun for you, but how cute will it be to get all the 'fur-babies' on the block together?)

First, start off with a game of "Hide the Cookie", followed by some good ole' fashioned "Tug Of War" , and by now, the crew will be ready for a chewin' snack, so open up a Brown Beggers Chew Sampler to satisfy everyone's craving. Just incase anyone gets too excited, it would be a good idea to keep some clean-up supplies on hand.

It wouldn't be a legit party if there weren't party favors - so, everyone at your party with 4 legs should walk away with their own SitStay stocking and holiday tag!

dreamstime_s_29609262Food & Drink for Humans:
1) Holiday Martinis 
2) Red Velvet Santa Hat Mix 

Food for Dogs
1) Christmas Day Dinner
2) Merry Chewmas Bully Sticks
3) Meaty Holiday Feast Puppy Chow

 

We've even put together an invitation you can print out, and also a header for a Facebook event.
Download Printable Invitation >
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Spiked Christmas cheer (martini recipes)

Posted by sitstaydogs

Dec 12, 2013 10:14:47 AM

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We would also like to offer our two-legged friends some special drinks to share with family and friends round the fire during the chilly holiday season! There are three different varieties (feel free to mix it up with your own favorite beverages, or add your own flare).

Wet Nose
This easy-peasy quick recipe is simple but delicious. Take a few minutes out of the hustle and bustle, and enjoy this yumminess!!

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. amaretto

  • 1 oz. heavy cream (OR low calorie: vanilla soy/almond milk)

  • 1 oz. vodka

Directions: Mix all ingredients with ice in a shaker. Strain and serve in chilled glasses. Sprinkle a little nutmeg on top for garnish, flavor, and aroma. Drink up!


Twisted Bone

(for the semi-homemade types, takes a little extra time and a few more ingredients)

Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce peppermint schnapps

  • 3 ounces of vanilla vodka

  • Crushed candy cane for garnish

Directions: Use a rolling pin or a skillet and hammer the candy cane into rough pieces and add a pinch to each glass. Pulverize some even further to use as a rimmer for your cocktail glasses. (tip: don’t use water to rim, use lemon or lime juice for margaritas for instance, in this case I would use some yummy chocolate or vanilla flavored vodka--to round out the peppermint schnapps of course). Next, add the remaining ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously before straining the contents into the martini glass. Enjoy!


Yellow Snow

(for you all-out Martha Stewart-ers, or those that want to take a little extra time for in-laws or party-goers)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1/4 cup cornstarch

  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin-pie spice, plus more for garnish

  • 8 cups whole milk

  • 6 large egg yolks

  • 3 cups brandy

Directions:

1. Set a large fine-mesh strainer over a bowl. Place the bottom of the bowl in an ice bath and set aside. Off heat, in a medium saucepan, whisk together sugar, cornstarch, nutmeg, and pumpkin pie spice. Slowly mix in four cups of milk. Whisk in the egg yolks.

2. Whisking constantly, cook over medium heat until the first large bubble sputters, 10 to 12 minutes. Reduce heat to low; cook, whisking constantly, 1 minute more. Remove from heat; immediately pour through sieve into bowl. Stir in remaining 4 cups milk. Let cool completely in bowl still set in ice bath.

3. Just before serving, stir in brandy, and ladle into glasses; garnish with pumpkin-pie spice.

 

Happy Pawlidays,

teamsitstay

 

 

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Holiday party mix--for dogs and humans

Posted by sitstaydogs

Dec 12, 2013 10:12:21 AM

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Holidays are sometimes about throwing a little bit of what you have together. Whether it is your wacky in-laws, second cousins, and your sister and her 5 kids all in the same house, or the ingredients in the pantry for a last minute dinner party, you have to be quick on your toes.

When you are throwing the PERFECT Holiday Party you absolutely need the perfect recipes--for two & four legged guests alike. At SitStay we are ALL about the healthy & nutritional benefits, but also just winging it sometimes. So add your own flare to the recipes, & don’t forget to put in a lot of love and holiday cheer.

Puppy Holiday Mix Recipe: (this is a trial and error recipe, so add a little, take a little away, put YOUR flare on it, you know your pooch best)

Meaty Holiday Feast Puppy Chow

  1. In a large bowl combine all dry ingredients (treats and chews listed..or those of your choice)

  2. Add the Pumpkin Seed Oil (this stuff is unbelievable! Read more about it)

  3. Garnish with the Bacon Roll (or your pup’s favorite chew)

  4. Make sure to only serve minimal amounts to furry friends everywhere--this mix is packed with a lot!

Human Holiday Mix Recipe: original recipe found at CHEX

Red Velvet Santa Hat Christmas Party Mix

  • 6 cups Chocolate Chex Cereal

  • ½ cup packed brown sugar

  • ⅓ cup butter

  • 3 tablespoons corn syrup

  • 1 drop red gel food coloring

  • 1 cup Devil’s Food Cake Mix (use the leftovers to make a mini batch up cupcakes..cut the recipes on the box in half)

  • ½ cup cream cheese frosting (or make your own, SUPER easy)

  1. In large microwavable bowl, place cereal; set aside. In medium microwavable bowl, microwave brown sugar, butter, corn syrup, food color and cake mix uncovered on High 2 to 2 1/2 minutes or until mixture is boiling. Immediately pour over cereal; toss until well coated.

  2. Spread on waxed paper. Cool 5 minutes.

  3. In small microwavable bowl, place frosting; microwave uncovered on High 20 seconds. Drizzle over cereal mixture. Store loosely covered.

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Holiday Feast for Fido - Brown Beggers Chew Sampler

Posted by sitstaydogs

Dec 6, 2013 9:32:00 AM

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There’s nothing like sitting down to an amazing Holiday Dinner with the family. Dad is carving the beautifully roasted turkey while the side dishes are being passed around the table. It smells like home, Christmas, & food that needs to get in your belly.

You glance down, NO, you shouldn’t have. Those puppy dog eyes so innocently staring back up at you. Your normally rambunctious dog is acting strangely angelic, you tell him to go sit down. He has his own meal to eat (and sharing scraps is a NO NO). At that moment you realize you didn’t shop for anything special for the most loyal member of your family!

Don’t let this scenario happen to you this holiday season, instead give Fido his OWN holiday feast. Brown Beggers™ Chew Sampler has gone to the dogs this season and includes limited edition chews selected specifically for Fido’s Christmas Feast!

Brown Beggers™ Chew Sampler was inspired by CEO, Sara Dreamer’s, nostalgia of picking out the perfect meat selections at the local butcher with her grandmother. Just as those hand-picked delicacies were picked years ago, the Brown Beggers™ tradition lives on with USA select, high-quality, hand-picked natural chews for your dog. Each is packaged to order and especially for dogs ranging from small to large breeds.

Healthy Holidays to You & Yours!

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2013 Annual Product & Brand Awards Winners Announced

Posted by Sara Dreamer, CEO

Nov 26, 2013 11:17:00 AM

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SitStay's 2013 Annual Product & Brand Awards Winners

The votes are in and we are excited to share this year’s Annual Product & Brand Awards winners - just in time for the holidays.

We can honestly say the SitStay.com team didn’t see any surprises with this year’s winners but we did have a few “firsts”. One brand won two awards, we had one award with a tie and we introduced a new award this year – “Paws Down Good Product Award”, which represents that well-rounded product that no dog owner can live without.

THE 2013 WINNERS ARE (drum roll … dog howl…):

  1. Most Innovative Dog Toy of the Year Kong On/Off Squeaker Toy

  2. Favorite Dog Treat of the YearPolka Dog Bakery Cod Skin Twists

  3. #1 Best Selling Dog Product of 2013 - Elinora’s Fish Skin Chews

  4. Best Dog Chew of the YearJones Natural Chews Curly Q Bully Sticks

  5. Favorite Finds of 2013Max & Ruffy’s Organic Vegan TreatsDistinctive Dog Functional Treats

  6. Most Cuddled Dog Toy of the YearAli the Plush Alligator

  7. Highest Brand Integrity of the YearScout & Zoe’sFront Porch Pets

  8. Favorite Brand Story of 2013Brown Beggers™ Deli-Style Chews

  9. Paws Down Good Product AwardEarth Rated Poopbags Dispenser 

  10. Most Unique Treat of 2013Polkadog Bakery's Sfizi’s

Kudos to all winners. And thank you to our loyal and voicetress, barking good dog customers who keep us in line and most importantly keep us kindhearted and thankful. 

Thank You 2013. We are looking forward to a wonderful year ahead! 

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Most Innovative Dog Toy of The Year

Posted by sitstaydogs

Nov 26, 2013 11:15:03 AM

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MOST INNOVATIVE DOG TOG OF THE YEAR WINNER

The Most Innovative Dog Toy of the Year is the most revolutionary, exciting toy of the year. SitStay loves to recognize creative ideas and designs, especially if they satisfy our favorite furry friends and above anything else make them happy & active. Here at SitStay we strive for innovation everyday, and we feel it is necessary in all aspects of life (especially our dog’s) to give them the the toy they won’t be able to put down.

This years Most Innovative Toy of the Year goes to: the Kong On/Off Squeaker Toy.

The Kong On/Off Squeaker Toy is one of those palm-to-forehead, “why didn’t I think of that” favorites! This innovative toy can function as a normal squeaker toy for the pup that loves his noises, but mom or dad can switch the squeak to OFF for instant quiet time! Ahhhhhhhh...

It’s simply brilliant! This is the perfect gift for that dog that already has it all! 

Two cute designs: whale & pooch

See the full list of 2013 Annual Product & Brand Award Winners

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Most Unique Treat of 2013

Posted by sitstaydogs

Nov 26, 2013 11:14:19 AM

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2013 MOST UNIQUE TREAT OF THE YEAR: POLKADOG BAKERY - SFIZIS

The SitStay dog treat category is our favorite category by far, it is also our largest.

That means the winner of the Most Unique Treat of 2013 is up against steep competition. This year’s winner came to us late in the year and almost snuck by the final ballot count of this years Annual Product & Brand Awards.  Polkadog Bakery's Sfizis have the potential to get overlooked in the crowd (they’re so darn little) but once you meet these little guys you will fall in love with their versatility and your dog will fall in love with their flavor! 

“Sfizio” is an Italian word that means "to satisfy a whim" and was the inspiration for these protein-packed, unique morsels.

These all-natural treats are baked in a Boston bakery using organic ingredients that are all sourced in their backyard; made in the USA. The healthy dog treats are packaged in a convenient container that is dainty enough to fit in your purse, pocket, treat pouch, glove box or fanny pack during a morning dog run - perfect for the active dog lifestyle. The ingredients are minimal but the conveniences are tremendous. Sfizis are low-calorie and ideal for training rewards. And, with a little shake, these treats serve as an attention grabber to create teaching opportunities for your dog or new puppy. Sit. Stay. Shake! 

Sfizis satisfied our whim and quest to find the Most Unique Treat of 2013.

Evviva!  Find your whim! 

 

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Favorite Dog Treat of the Year Award Winner

Posted by sitstaydogs

Nov 26, 2013 11:14:00 AM

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2013 FAVORITE DOG TREAT OF THE YEAR WINNER

The Favorite Dog Treat of the Year is given to the tastiest, most nutritious, drool & bark provoking treat of the year. Probably one of the most difficult awards to recognize--as SitStay is your treat headquarters for all things delicious and nutritious--we tried our best to hit all categories that the perfect treat entails:

  • Satisfaction (Spot is begging for more, after every morsel is licked up)

  • Eco-friendly (Green, minimally harmful to the environment)

  • Health Beneficial (added nutritional benefits, gives Spot MORE than satisfaction--ranging from digestion, heart health, vitamins, supplements, etc)

  • Sourced Well (Aim for organic, pasture raised, locally grown and harvested, USA if possible)

  • Wholesome (preservative/antibiotic/color/filler/additive FREE)

The Favorite Dog Treat of the Year goes to: Polkadog Bakery's Cod Skin Twists

Polkadog Bakery Cod Skin Twists foot-long wonders were hands down the favorite treat of the year, not only with their added health benefits, but the flavor & crunch dogs beg for! This treat favorite also made it into SitStay’s favorite TEN under $10 Holiday Gifts. We highly encourage pup’s that love flavor, crunch, and fun to try these treats (and parent’s that want to offer heart health benefits from the omega-3s).

Whatcha waiting for!? 

Take a peek at this year's full list of product award winners!

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#1 Best Seller of 2013

Posted by sitstaydogs

Nov 26, 2013 11:13:43 AM

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#1 BEST SELLING DOG PRODUCT OF 2013

We love this award because it truly is a great indicator of our customers' favorite product! The winner of this award competes against all 5,000+ products in the SitStay.com store, ranging from doggie diapers to service dog vests.   This year's best seller is favored by so many thus the recommendation comes straight from loyal customers and good dogs. Drum roll ...

The #1 Best Seller of 2013 goes to: Elinora’s Fish Skin Chews.

Elinora’s Fish Skin Chews was not only a favorite, but almost seemed to take on a cult-like following. After a dog owner introduces these to their four-legged friends they quickly inquire about our bulk discounts! The omega-3 filled, nutritious chews are a great alternative to bully sticks and have a fresh fish taste that keep dogs megging for more. When we asked our customers for holiday gifts for dogs recommendations, Elinora's Fish Skin Chews gift sets were top on the list. 

We source these chews directly from Elinora, the founder and avid dog-lover, in Iceland. Our long-standing partnership with her helps us ensure quality in every bag. Nutritious, affordable, award-winning. What more can we say?

Dogs across the globe have barked. And, this is their favorite!

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Best Dog Chew of the Year

Posted by sitstaydogs

Nov 26, 2013 11:13:23 AM

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2013 BEST DOG CHEW OF THE YEAR

The Best Chew of the Year is awarded to the treat that is tasty, can stand the test of time for your monster chewers, are healthy & safe! Because chewing for pups is so important for gum and teeth health, our four-legged friends need great products to literally sink their teeth into. We choose a treat that can keep your pooch satisfied for a lengthy amount of time, but is also safe and healthy. We also enjoy chews that are easy for the two legged variety to maintain: don’t splinter to worry about choking, dye free, stain free and odor free.

The 2013 Best Chew of the Year is awarded to: Jones Natural Chews Curly Q Bully Sticks

The shape of the Jones Natural Chews Curly Q is probably why pooches love this chew the most. The Curly Q’s swizzled design makes it a fun task for dog’s to work on for a while. We also know dog’s absolutely love the flavor of the Curly Q’s all-natural beef pizzle. Jones Natural Chews always supplies us with high-quality products that we can count on and they offer a plethora of chews of different varieties. We've tried other brands but proudly continue to pack & pick these daily from our natural treat deli bar.

Sit. Stay. Twist & Curl. 

Full list of 2013 winners

 

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