Holiday "No, no's" for Fido

Posted by sitstaydogs

Dec 12, 2013 10:39:34 AM

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Food around the holidays is the FIRST thing on everyone's mind. A very close second on your mind should be food safety! Especially when your four-legged family members have joined the party.

Animal Planet offers a great article on foods to be wary of feeding Fido! A few we thought you needed to be especially careful when in the full swing of the holidays are:
  • Raw meat or meat with bones--choking hazard and possible contamination/bacteria (* We suggest when buying chews opt for bones not rawhide, but bones specially dried and approved for doggy consumption! Try a few HERE that we absolutely love!

  • Alcohol, although this one may seem like a no brainer, spiked holiday cheer should be spread to all, except for puppies *also those 2-legged friends that are not legal age! It is very digestion for them to consume alcohol.

  • Yeasts and doughs: be especially wary when baking! You shouldn’t be licking the spoon and Spot definitely shouldn’t be either! Keep them out of Paws way
The American Veterinary Medicine Association also offers some helpful tips to follow during the holidays!
  • Secure trees and holiday decor. Sharp and heavy objects DON’T want to be falling on your pooch..and dangerous objects are clearly the most fun looking ones to play with!

  • Be careful of open fires and candles..those tails are flammable, especially on low tables and fireplaces.
  • Keep Holiday plants away--Holly and Mistletoe are dangerous to dogs health *call the vet if ingested

Offer Alternatives to your pooch, instead of just "NO, NO, NO". Here is an awesome idea for a Holiday Cookie Exchange Party that is safe for pups, OR a great recipe for Meaty Holiday Feast Puppy Chow. If your thinkin cap is really on you could take this Meaty Holiday Feast Puppy Chow to the Cookie Exchange ;)

Here at SitStay we truly want the best, safest, & yummiest holiday season & new year for YOU and your Good Dog!! As always, we would never offer a product or information that we wouldn’t give to our own pets!

From the SitStay Family,

Happy Holidays

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Topics: Mealtime, Holiday

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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Topics: Holiday

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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Topics: Treats, Holiday

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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Topics: What's New, Holiday

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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Topics: What's New, Holiday

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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Topics: What's New, Holiday

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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Topics: What's New, Holiday

#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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Topics: What's New, Holiday

Most Cuddled Dog Toy of 2013

Posted by sitstaydogs

Nov 26, 2013 11:12:18 AM

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MOST CUDDLED DOG TOY OF 2013 WINNER

The Most Cuddled Dog Toy of the Year always brings a comforting smile to our faces and absorbs gallons of slobber coast to coast. There are many plush toys on the market and in your doggie toy box but this year’s winner stood out from the rest.

Winner of the SitStay.com Most Cuddled Dog Toy of 2013: "Ali" the Plush Aligator

Ali, a durable plush toy made by Kong, was spotted in more photos and invoices than any other plush this year and was the first product nominated for the 2013 Holiday Gift Guide.

 

Perhaps it’s great because it is suitable for a good boy or good girl. Maybe it’s the bright Kermit the Frog green color. It could also be the affordable price or its “fit right under your chin during a nap” size and shape.

No matter the reason - Thanks Ali for cuddling, napping, bearing the bites and absorbing the slobber for so many of our four-legged friends this year! 

See all the winners at SitStay.com!

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