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Lizzie asks…

Any ideas to help a bored dog?

i have a doberman/border collie mix and he is absolutly the most adorable friendliest dog i have ever met, no joke, the only problem is that he gets bored during the day while everyones gone and finds things to chew… i would to if i were a dog! i need some ideas to keep him intertained during the day…. any ideas? oh and i should mention he has a friend a pitbull/boxer but he dosent seem to have the bordem problem like the dobbie.

LoveKnots answers:

Provide Safe Pacifiers for “alone times”:

Kongs – rubber toys that look like rattlesnake tails and bounce which way and that. Add a bit of peanut butter, a square of cheese, a big biscuit too large to fall out and a few that will. Fill several and hide them in the house or yard and they will keep your dog busy for hours.

If I have something of my own to chew,
I’ll be less likely to chew things that belong to you!

Nylabones – they come in a variety of shapes and sizes and hardnesses, from the “edible” varieties which are intended to be eaten, to the dental bones designed to massage gums and clean teeth, to the Galileo version for the most powerful chewers. If your dog isn’t interested, roughen the edges so it looks like another dog enjoyed it first, and then rub peanut butter or squeeze cheese into the crevasses. Mmm mmm good!!

Chew toys – Hooves, rawhide, pig ears, knuckle bones etc. – Chosen carefully (the right size and hardness for your dog’s particular chewing style) can provide hours of chewing satisfaction. If your dog bites off chunks or consumes them quickly they could cause digestive upset or intestinal blockage. Real bones can be safe for some dogs and not for others, depending on how powerfully they chew – heavy chewers can suffer from tooth fractures. There is much debate over raw vs. Cooked.

Knotted ropes – Chewing a knotted rope can massage gums and keep your dog’s teeth clean, plus the added play value of shaking, tossing, pouncing and “killing”. Some come with rubber toys or tennis balls added for even more fun. You can hide biscuits in the knots to encourage your dog and add interest. If your puppy is teething, you can soak the rope in broth or water and freeze it to soothe aching gums.

Dental devices – various shapes and sizes of flexible, nubby edges massage gums and clean teeth. Some are designed so you can put doggy toothpaste in the grooves and let your dog brush his own teeth!

Fleece toys – Many retrievers and “mothering types” seem to find comfort in carrying a soft toy with them, and frequently present them to their owners upon their arrival home from a long day at work. Squeakers may encourage “disemboweling” and your chew man might soon be without his insides, but most dogs continue to enjoy them even without their stuffing.

Does your dog chew up EVERYTHING? Try these ZOO toys -
if a tiger or a gorilla can’t destroy them …

Brain Toys / Self-amusement

Buster Cubes – This durable plastic cube gives dogs mental stimulation, exercise and relief from boredom. It is designed to be filled with bite sized dry pet food or treats. The food is released as the dog rolls the cube with its nose or its paws.

Tricky Treat Balls – a soft rubber ball with a specially designed food dispensing hole in one side. Dimpled so it’s easy to carry, quieter on wooden floors than the Buster Cube, and easier for younger and easily frustrated dogs who might give up on a more difficult toy.

Huge balls – herding breeds especially love playing soccer alone or with you. Jolly Balls have handles, Indestruciballs can be filled with sand or water for more challenging fun!

A suspended ball – remember playing tether ball as a kid? Many dogs also enjoy this game, especially boxers and bull dog breeds. The ball should be suspended from a horizontal pole, not a vertical one for safety.

A kid’s wading pool – water loving breeds will love spending hot summer days splashing in a shallow kid’s wading pool.

A sandbox of his own – If your dog loves to dig, make him an appropriate place to do it. Bury his favorite toys, bones and a biscuit or two before you turn the dog out to play.

Need more ideas? Visit this wonderful German site
Fun-For-Dogs.com!

Lisa asks…

How do i tie my mom to a wall?

i hate my mom. and she hates walls. help?

LoveKnots answers:

I’m in love with you! Cover a wall in industrial adhesive, push her into the wall, and this will buy you the time to apply the duct tape which will allow you to apply the rope and drill the holes so that you can thread the rope through. I suggest a square knot as it’s simple and effective.

Paul asks…

What should I get my boyfriend for valentines day?

-We have been together 2 months and we are both 16

LoveKnots answers:

Make a bunch of origami hearts (ehow) and folded roses (bloom4ever) and fill a ‘love jar’ with a love note.

Laminate a photo of the two of you, made into a bookmark – so it can be a few small pics or just one, glue it to construction paper with hearts, then hole punch the top and put a piece of twine though the hole and tie a knot in it.

Make Cookies

Quick Banana Chocolate Chip Bars

1 Medium Ripe Banana, peeled
1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
¾ Cup Brown Sugar, packed
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
½ Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
¼ Teaspoon Salt
1/3 Cup Olive or Vegetable Oil
2 Tablespoons Milk
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 Egg
¼ Cup Chopped Nuts (optional)
½ Cup Chocolate Chips (or what feels good)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray small rectangular or 9×9 square baking pan with non-stick spray.

Chop or mash banana. Combine with flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, oil, milk, vanilla and egg in large bowl. Stir in nuts and chocolate chips to this mixture OR save them to add as topping, sprinkling on top of mixture after poured into the pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes.

Isabellas (Oatmeal Cookies)

1 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cups flour
1 1/2 cups oats
Dash salt, optional
Powdered Sugar

Cream butter and sugar until light. Mix in vanilla, then flour, oats and salt. Chill thoroughly. Shape into small balls and place 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Flatten with a fork, crisscrossing. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-18 minutes (depending on your oven). Sprinkle with Powdered Sugar

Richard asks…

Which of the following would be simple for you to accomplish?

1. writing a poem for the one you love
2. design your dream home
3. create your own business
4. pass a lie detector test
5. rescue or save someone in turmoil
6. win a foot race
7. tie a square knot
8. rubik’s cube
9. crash a party
10. walk away from temptation
More than one answer is cool…=)

thanx~

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Nancy asks…

Homemade Christmas gifts for my boyfriend?

Sooo, background…. I met him back in March through work. We quickly became bestfriends and have talked constantly each day since but we only recently started dating. I’ve no idea what to get him but I want whatever it is to be homemade. I already got him a buildabear dressed up as his favorite super hero which he has an extreme obsession with & the recording is me and some other friends singing the theme song. Any ideas of something simple yet sweet I could make for him?
I’m open for all ideas.

LoveKnots answers:

Made a CD
Frame a picture of the 2 of you

Make a laminated (or non-laminated) bookmark: find pictures of the two of you or pictures he would like out of a magazine or inspiring words- it can be a few small pics or just one. Get stock paper and cut the paper to the size you want and start gluing the pictures on, then take it to Staples/Office Max, Office Depot or a store like that and get it laminated, then cut it. After hole-punch the top and put a ribbon or twine of some kind through the hole and tie it in a knot. You can even skip laminating it.

Make a ‘love jar’ and fill it with origami hearts, flowers and slips of paper with notes of appreciation written on them or ‘I love you’ written in different languages (on the back write which language it is).

Http://www.ehow.com/how_2061320_fold-origami-heart.html

http://www.bloom4ever.com/how-to-make-origami-rose.php

Say I love you in different languages

http://www.links2love.com/i_love_you_languages.htm

Fudge

2 Cups Sugar
2 1/2 Tablespoons dry Hershey’s Cocoa
2 Tablespoons of butter or margarine
1/3 coup white Karo Syrup (corn syrup)
1/2 cup condensed milk
1 cup walnuts (shelled and chopped)
1 teaspoon Vanilla

Combine all ingredients except nuts and vanilla. Stir together well. Bring to a vigorous boil and boil for 5 minutes.

Remove from flame. Allow to cool for 10 minutes. Beat vigorously to make it creamy. Add walnuts and vanilla. Stir and pour out onto waxed paper lined square pan.

NOTE: Do not attempt to make cooked candies (this fudge recipe) when the weather is rainy, very cloudy or wet fog.

Quick Banana Chocolate Chip Bars

1 Medium Ripe Banana, peeled
1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
¾ Cup Brown Sugar, packed
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
½ Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
¼ Teaspoon Salt
1/3 Cup Olive or Vegetable Oil
2 Tablespoons Milk
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 Egg
¼ Cup Chopped Nuts
½ Cup Chocolate Chips (or what feels good)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray small rectangular or 9×9 square baking pan with non-stick spray.

Chop or mash banana. Combine with flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, oil, milk, vanilla and egg in large bowl. Stir in nuts and chocolate chips to this mixture OR save them to add as topping, sprinkling on top of mixture after poured into the pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes.

Isabellas (Oatmeal Cookies)

1 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cups flour
1 1/2 cups oats
Dash salt, optional
Powdered Sugar

Cream butter and sugar until light. Mix in vanilla, then flour, oats and salt. Chill thoroughly, about ½ hour in the refrigerator. Shape into small balls and place 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Flatten with a fork, crisscrossing. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-18 minutes (depending on your oven). Sprinkle with Powdered Sugar

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