February Happenings At Doghouse TeA

We are excited to add Mrs. Saluki Time to our line of teas. If you enjoy a relaxing tea in the evening or right before bedtime then this is the tea for you. Saluki Time has dried chamomile and lavender flowers, that's it....pure and simple.

Saluki Time Mug

We are adding a new mug to our collection. Saluki Time loves to sip her tea in fields of chamomile and lavender. "It makes for some really peaceful nights", Saluki Time says.

#BRANDMYDOG CONTEST

Boy do we have a special contest in store for all of you in February. This is Doghouse Tea's 1st annual #brandmydog contest. To enter, simply submit a photo of your dog with a witty tea name in the post section on the Doghouse Tea’s Facebook post https://www.facebook.com/DoghouseTea/posts/. It is really that simple! At the end of the contest the entry that gets the most likes will be our winner. Make sure to invite all your family and friends to push that infamous like button on your picture and comment on our page in order to be counted. The winner will be announced on Valentine’s Day and have their dog branded on a new flavor of tea. Additionally, they will receive a free bag of tea and mug featuring their dog on it, not to mention bragging rights for the year! There is no fee to enter so what do you have to lose?

Contest will run from 2/1/2017 12:00am PST until 2/14/2017 9:00pm PST. Official contest rules will be posted to www.doghousetea.com once the contest is formally announced to everyone on January 16th.

#valentinesdayisforthedogs

February 14th comes but once a year and here at Doghouse Tea we believe that this is a day in which to love and honor all dogs! We feel so passionately about our mission that 100% of the profits for February 14th will be going to the dogs. Now that's something to bark about!

Ginger's Pet Rescue Mission. Donate or visit them at https://www.gingerspetrescue.org/

Doghouse Tea's Interview with Ginger's Pet Rescue

Ginger's Pet Rescue, founded by Ginger Luke of Seattle, WA is one of the largest non-profit pet rescue organizations in Washington State. Since its inception in 2006, Ginger's has placed over 10,000 dogs in forever homes, many of which have been rescued from struggling local families, high kill shelters and overseas rescue groups. Over 90% of every dollar donated goes directly to the rescue and care of Ginger's animals.

Interview between Doghouse Tea and Ginger's Pet Rescue:

Doghouse Tea: In the last 10 years Ginger's has placed over 10,000 dogs in forever homes. What are your projections for the next 10 years?

Ginger's: In the next ten years, Ginger's Pet Rescue would like to establish a physical shelter so we can help even more dogs in the Seattle area and beyond.

DT: What are some of the most common reasons a dog is surrendered to Ginger's?

G: Sadly, the most common reasons dogs are surrendered have to do with circumstances beyond the dog's control such as financial hardship, lack of access to dog-friendly housing, or changes in family dynamics (divorce, new children, etc.). Other common reasons include dog health issues and personal health issues.

DT: How does Ginger's make unadoptable dogs adoptable?

G: Very few dogs are unadoptable. With enough patience and effort, we can usually find the right home for every dog. Certainly, some dogs take longer than others. Some dogs just need to learn to trust (which takes time), others need training, but for the most part dogs live in the moment and want to be bonded and connected with people. We just have to create the right circumstances to make that happen. Foster families play a large part in the rehabilitation and rehoming process.

DT: Ginger's rescues from high kill shelters and overseas animals at risk, in the past 10 years, how have your efforts helped to reduce the euthanasia rate in local and/or out of state shelters?

G: It is hard to quantify how we have reduced euthanasia rates locally or out of state. Sometimes the problem seems so insurmountable that it is overwhelming. All we know is that we cannot save every dog, but for every dog we save, that is a life that matters (not only the dog's life, but the forever family's life too!). We just have to chip away, one dog at a time -- rescue, respect, repeat.

DT: How can people help Ginger's in their mission to give homeless animals hope?

G: The biggest way families can help us to save dogs is to open your home as a foster for a dog in transition from surrender/shelter to forever family. Foster families are the crux of our organization, and it's not so hard as you may think! Most dogs are in foster for a few days up to a few months. We cover veterinary costs and can provide food, and have mentors available to provide guidance with any questions and concerns! If you cannot foster, please consider volunteering or even just spreading the word about adoptable rescue dogs!

Adoptable Dog Spotlight at Ginger's Pet Rescue

Meet Livingston. A sweetie-pie that's looking for his forever home!

Meet Livingston

Livingston is the perfect apartment sized dog at just about 30 pounds and has traits most associated with terrier and pointer breeds. Livingston came to Ginger's from a high kill shelter in California where he was a distemper survivor. Miraculously he has no physical ailments from his near-death experience.

This young dog has flourished in his foster home. No longer is Livingston the nervous dog they first met. Through the love and stability of his foster family he has blossomed into a confident young boy who is sweet, affectionate, mellow and house-trained.

He still gets nervous with other dogs and has some leash reactivity. For that reason, he would do best in a home with another balanced large dog. Alternatively, he would also do well to be the only dog.

Livingston will pay you back in a lifetime of kisses for giving him a forever home!

Meet Brooke. A very intelligent Doberman Belgian Malinois mix!

Meet Brooke

Brooke is a 9-month-old Doberman Belgian Malinois mix saved from a high-kill shelter in San Bernardino. When she came to Ginger's in August the staff quickly realized just how intelligent she is. Couple that with Energizer Bunny like stamina and the agility of a deer this girl has it all!

For the past few months Brooke has been training to be a disaster relief dog with the National Disaster Search and Rescue Foundation. While Brooke excelled in focus and drive, she ultimately failed the rubble tests.

Brooke would do best in a home with a VERY active family with working dog experience to exercise her and give her the leadership she needs to thrive!

If you are interested in meeting Brooke, Livingston or any of the other dogs at Ginger's please email info@gingerspetrescue.org

Doghouse Tea's Recipe Corner

Sweetbeets Dog Treats

Doghouse Tea's Sweetbeets Dog Treats

Enjoy these naturally colored beet treats with your 4-legged sweetie this Valentine's Day!

Sweetbeets Dog Treats Ingredients:

1 C Cornmeal

2 C Flour (white or wheat)

1 C Water

8 T Oil

6 Beets

Instructions:

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Rinse beets of dirt and trim roots. Spray a baking sheet and arrange quartered beets. Bake for 50 minutes or until tender.

Mix cornmeal, flour, water and oil in a large bowl until thick. In a food processor combine cornmeal mixture with beets until well processed.

Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper and use an icing spatula to evenly distribute mixture. Bake for 60 minutes.

Remove from oven and use cookie cutters or knife to cut out treats. Allow to cool and store in an airtight container.

*Always follow veterinary advice regarding feeding and dietary guidelines to avoid allergic reactions.

Doghouse Tea's Tea and Sweetbeets Dog Treats!

Saluki Time Tea Bath

Lavender/Chamomile Flowers

Whoever said tea is just for drinking hasn't tried bathing in it. Tea has so many health benefits for the skin and Saluki Time's lavender and chamomile flowers makes for a relaxing bath time! So what are you waiting for? Give it a try!

Saluki Time Tea Bath Ingredients:

1 cup of fine dead sea salt

1 cup of fine Epsom salts

1 cup of Saluki Time dried flowers

10 drops of lavender essential oil

1 tablespoon of pure sweet almond oil

Muslin Bags 4″ x 6″

Directions:

In a large bowl, combine salts and Saluki Time's dried flowers. Stir until well blended.

In a small measuring cup, combine 1 tablespoon of almond oil and 10 drops of lavender essential oil. Stir until well blended.

Drizzle the oil mixture over the salt and Saluki Time's dried flowers. Stir to evenly distribute the oil throughout Saluki Time.

Store in an airtight container.

To use: Add 1/4 cup of Saluki Time mixture to your muslin bag and soak in warm bath water to steep. Soak for as long as desired!

Other Uses

Wet your bag of Saluki Time flowers and use it to cleanse your skin, with or without soap.

Add a small amount of Saluki Time mixture to hot water to make a relaxing foot soak.

Apply the soaked bag of Saluki Time flowers as a warm or cool compress on your temples, neck or other sore areas that need a little extra TLC.

After your bath, you can place your muslin bag into the dryer to add a fresh scent to your bed sheets or linens.

* Discontinue use if you see any negative reactions to your skin.

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