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Top 5 Dog Trails in Texas

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Texas has some of the most beautiful dog trails, and the best part is, we can visit them year round! Which one is your favorite?

1. Spring Creek Forest in Garland

There are several trails in Spring Creek Forest that feature guided hikes. The trails are only 15 minutes outside of Dallas and offer a beautiful hiking path away from the city for dogs and humans alike.

2. Trinity River Trail in Fort Worth

This 4.5 mile trail connects Dallas County’s Joppa Preserve and the Trinity Lake Audubon Center. The trail offers panoramic views of Little Lemmon Lake and the Trinity River.

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4. Barton Creek Greenbelt in Austin

Even though Barton Creek is inside Austin, it offers a secluded hike away from the bustling city. Along with hiking, Barton Creek has a swimming pool and rock climbing opportunities.

4. Davey Dogwood Park in Palestine

Davey Dogwood Park consists of 254 miles of beautiful forest. Palestine and the surrounding areas have the highest concentration of Cornus Florida (a type of Dogwood) in Texas.

5. Arbor Hills Nature Preserve in Plano

This 200 acre park is a great family friendly option. With 3 miles of paved trails, this park is perfect for every member of the family.

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Have you ever attended one of these trails?

Puppy Bowl XI Recap

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Team Fluff or Team Ruff? Puppy Bowl fans had to choose a team for the first time ever in Puppy Bowl history. Also new this year, fans were able to follow along with an official scoreboard.

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Cara, a MVP candidate and Team Fluff player, ruled in the first half with her slight aggression and two goals. It was clear she was a strong candidate for MVP (Most Valuable Puppy).

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Cara’s draft card for the Puppy Bowl fantasy football league at AnimalPlanet.com.

Cara’s reign soon ended though, with Team Ruff pulling ahead in the second half with Falcor, another MVP candidate, scoring. In the end, Cara won MVP (Full disclosure: We voted for her).

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The show featured fun highlights such as the Kitten Halftime Show with a performance from Katty Furry (a parody of Katy Perry), looking very uncomfortable in her blue wig. Apparently her ensemble was created by a famous pet clothing designer who is known to have worked with Paris Hilton’s pets. Kitty Purry (Katy Perry’s cat) was originally approached but wasn’t available. We were disappointed with this year’s entertainment, last year’s Keyboard Cat was much better in our opinions.

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The game also featured Dwarf Goat cheerleaders, who got a little rambunctious and ate the playbook (knocked over by a suspicious crustacean like leg, we suspect Patrick Star).

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And how could we forget Henri, the French existential cat? While kittens hacked the control room during the halftime show, Henri shared his very dim views about humans and dogs. The kitties also showed funny cat videos before the puppies kicked them out. All in all, not the worst hack we’ve seen this year.

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The Halftime show was sponsored by Bissell and their newest pet vacuum that magically cleans spots. What do we need to do to get one of those?

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Photo from Animal Planet.

Other highlights included Bryan Adams scoring the second field goal in Puppy Bowl history. It was also the highest scoring Puppy Bowl game with 19 touchdowns. Meep the Bird was live tweeting the event, like he does every year.

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The Puppy Bowl was refereed by Dan Schachner who recently did a Reddit AMA on his work. He joked about the recent “Deflategate” scandal.

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Schachner also commented on his favorite camera- the waterbowl cam.

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Team Ruff pulled ahead in the second half and ended up wining 87-49 against Team Fluff. We were sad to discover this year that the Puppy Bowl is a prerecorded event and not live. I know. #PuppyBowlScandal2015.

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The Puppy Bowl, per usual, was a fun, “warm up” game to the Super Bowl. We enjoyed watching and tweeting about the game. Did you watch?

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from all of us!

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We have a special surprise for our Instagram friends. We’re introducing a new Instagram account for our Spanish followers. Our “not so secret” account @texaspups on Instagram will now be sólo en español (only in Spanish). It will feature the same pictures, but with a Spanish caption. We are only doing this for our other Instagram account (@texaspups), and will not be translating our blog or other social media accounts.

Tenemos una sorpresa especial para nuestros amigos de Instagram. Estamos introduciendo una nueva cuenta de Instagram para nuestros seguidores españoles. Nuestros cuenta @texaspups “no tan secreta” en Instagram ahora serán solo en español. Se contará con las mismas imágenes, pero con un título español. Sólo estamos haciendo esto por nuestra otra cuenta de Instagram (@texaspups), y no será traduciendo nuestro blog u otras cuentas de medios sociales.

How are you celebrating the holidays?

Holiday PetBox Review

Happy Holidays everyone! Today we’re featuring an extra special PetBox, our Holiday PetBox!

This month’s PetBox features many holiday themed items, and the PetBox elves even crammed in a few more goodies as an extra present!

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We received the following products in our Holiday PetBox:

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Jingle Jangle P-Nuttier Treats ($2.79): These peanut butter flavored treats are perfect for the holidays! These treats are made with real peanut butter and are shaped like snowflakes. This is a great Christmas gift for our pups!

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Flingball ($7.99): This was Tahoe’s favorite pick, he kept picking it up! This ball is good for “flinging”, tug of war, and more. While it may look simple, the rope goes inside the tennis ball instead of around, to avoid it slipping off.

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Merrick Lil’ Brush Bones ($11.67): Dental hygiene is important to us and our pups, these Lil’ Brush Bones are the perfect size for Tahoe. We’d recommend these for families with one small dog.

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PawGanics Toy Cleaner ($1.99): We’re a fan of PawGanics, this cleaner is all-natural, fragrance free, and non-toxic. This cleaner is useful for when the pups sneak outside and get their toys all dirty, especially for this next product.

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Spot Treat Ball ($4.80): We were excited to try this out this ball. There are small holes that allow treats to fall out when the ball is rolled or shaken. The pups were a bit confused at first, but slowly figured it out.

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Sadie’s Sweet Potato Chips ($2.00): All natural, wholesome, and made out of only sweet potatoes, these treats are the perfect stocking stuffer for your pup.

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Puppy on Board Sign ($7.75): This adorable signs alerts others that you’ve got a furry friend in your car and makes a cute gift. The sign felt a little thin but durable, it was a proper size and attached easily.

 

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PetBox is a monthly subscription service for dogs and cats. You can select to be surprised every month or choose which products you want in your box. Use the code TXPUPS for 20% off your first box!

 

Disclaimer: TXpups was provided with a year subscription to PetBox. TXpups helps to promote PetBox’s goods and services. TXpups only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. All opinions are our own.

4 Holiday Plants to Keep Away From Your Pets

While holiday plants may seem pretty, they can be deadly. Read up and print out our free printable to help keep your pets safe this holiday season!

 

Poinsettia– The poinsettia’s leaves contain a sap that, when ingested, may cause nausea and vomiting. While your pup may look adorable among the brightly colored red leaves, choose another scene for your holiday card.

Mistletoe and Holly– Poisonous to both dogs and cats, mistletoe contains toxalbumin and pharatoxin viscumin. Holly also contains harmful substances. Keep these plants up and away from your pups, because ingestion may cause severe intestinal upset, a sudden drop in blood pressure, breathing problems, hallucinations, and in severe cases, seizures or death.

Amaryllis– The Amaryllis contains Lycorine and other dangerous substances that can be harmful to your pet. The bulb of the plant is even more dangerous than the flowers, keep these up and away from little noses!

Christmas Tree– Oil produced by fir trees may irritate your pet’s mouth and stomach. The water can also contain harmful substances.  We’re not saying to forgo the tree, but sweep up the leaves regularly, keep an eye on your pets, and don’t let them use the tree as a water bowl.
Use our free printable to remember what holiday plants to stay away from this holiday season:

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Have a safe and happy holiday!