We hope this holiday season finds you well and happy! We LOVE to see all the pretty lights on the houses when we drive home in the evenings. Have you seen the tree in downtown Punta Gorda!? It just makes Taylor and I feel all cheery! And our store is decorated with lots of fun. There are lots of really cool gifts and treats, many on sale for this month’s gift giving. C’mon in to say hi!
Our New Friend Sadie
Recently we met a new friend named Sadie. She is a beagle mix and has a VERY interesting job that we thought you would like to hear about. Have you ever heard of Bed Bugs? Sounds yucky, and they can be a problem. Sadie is trained to smell them; she is a Bed Bug Detection Dog.
Taylor: Welcome Sadie – thanks for talking to us today!!
Sadie: Thanks guys, and Happy Howlidays to you. Did you know our doggy noses have 125-220 MILLION scent receptors? We can detect smells 100 MILLION times more accurately than most Human noses. Like when our canine friends come into your store – Ooooo, the yummy smells are almost overwhelmingly wonderful! I was trained to smell bed bugs, nymphs, and their eggs. And I think I’m the only doggy in Southwest Florida that can do this. My Human dad, Randy of Ace Pest Management, and I go to homes, hotels, care facilities, and businesses to do this. Randy does the business stuff; I do the sniffing. Here is a picture of a bed bug. They are usually found in beds or chair cushions where Humans don’t move around a lot. They bite and feed on the blood. It makes itchy bumps on Humans that they don’t like.
Buddy: Wow Sadie, that sounds like important work! Did you go to school for this?
Sadie: Yes, I did! I was born in north Florida and was trained there by special trainers. It took about 3 months and I got certified by NESDCA. That is the National Entomology (Insects) Scent Detection Canine Association. They also oversee Termite and Rodent detection training. I can sniff out bed bugs 3 times better than Humans can look/find them. And much faster too. So, I can help our clients more quickly and accurately. It also means that treatment by chemicals can be used accurately and effectively.
Taylor: Canines to the rescue!! What a great service you provide!
Sadie: Thanks guys. I love what I do. And Randy & I continue training and bettering our skills all the time.
Sunshine Kitty: Hi Sadie, I was wondering what you like to do when you are not working? Where do you live?
Sadie: Hi Sunshine, what a cool name. I live with Randy and his family in Port Charlotte. After a long day riding around in the truck and visiting jobs, I like to take walks around my neighborhood. We visit a few friends, I leave a few p-mails. My favorite game is Tug with Randy. And I LOVE getting biscuits for being a good girl.
Sunshine: Do cats have a good sense of smell too, like dogs?
Buddy: I can answer this Sunshine – I googled it. Cats have exceptional smell sense!! You have 2 ways to smell. The regular way, similar to a dog’s sense, and a 2nd “nose” in the roof of your mouth that helps you hunt and socialize.
Taylor: Thank you Sadie for being in our blog. This has been great fun! And thank you Randy, and Ace Pest Management. Ace is a full service, residential and commercial pest control in Port Charlotte which serves all of Southwest Florida. (941) 888-5238
Who likes savings?! The Cats n Dogs Store is having a Huge Holiday Sale!
Come in and see the newest treats, toys & foods for your Cats n Dogs! Lots of stuff is on sale too.
And with that – Buddy, Sunshine Kitty and I, Taylor, will end this with a BIG THANK YOU for your loyalty and support this year! We wish you the Best Holiday Season of Celebrations – and look forward to serving you in 2023.
With a Wuf Wuf and a Meeooowww,
Taylor, Buddy, Sunshine Kitty & Mango
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Just in time for Christmas, check out this home made treat you can make (I’m talking to you mom.)
Home-made Candy Cane Dog Treats
- 3 cups whole wheat flour
- ½ cup powdered milk
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 2 large eggs (set one aside for egg wash)
- 1 tsp. Peppermint oil (optional)
- Red food coloring (Alternatives: beet juice, beet powder,
pomegranate juice, cranberry juice or sauce. Lessen the chicken
broth if juice is used.)
1. Whisk all your wet ingredients together until well combined. Add dry
ingredients, one at a time, stirring between each addition to incorporate.
Knead dough on floured surface for 2-3 minutes.
2. Divide dough in half, make a well in one half and add the peppermint and
food coloring – working it in and adding food coloring until desired color is
3. Place both dough rolls back into bowl, cover, and refrigerate for 1 hour to
4. Preheat oven to 350°. Cover a cookie sheet in foil and spray with nonstick
5. Whisk egg for wash in a small bowl.
6. Remove dough from refrigerator, break each dough color up into an equal
number of pieces- about a Tbsp. or so in size-depending on the size of the
7. Roll each ball into a small snake-like shape. Work on a long sheet of wax
paper creating candy canes to prevent sticking- dough will still be somewhat
sticky and that is normal.
8. Twist one of each color together and bend the end to create a hook shape.
Place your “Candy Cane” on the foil lined baking sheet.
9. Brush each with egg wash. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
10. Cool completely and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.