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Happy Howlidays From Arrfscarf

What's better than being a pet parent? Well, for me it’s being a pet Santa to my pup Ms. Maru. It's true she hasn't asked to go see Santa Claus or given any thought to whether she's been naughty or nice. But seeing her eyes sparkle when she gets her special holiday treats, that's pure magic.

I confess to being one of the 75% of pet owners who buy Christmas gifts for their dogs. But, thank goodness I’m not one of the 66% that spend more on their pet than their partner. Research shows owners spend an average $46.00 and one hour shopping for their furry friends.  And, according to a recent poll, Americans spend some $5 billion each year buying Christmas presents for their pets.

Here are some of my favorites:

Pet Peek

Pet Peek

Dog Umbrella

Dog Umbrella

Custom Stuffed Dog

Custom Stuffed Dog

Pez for Petz

Pez for Petz


That’s a lot of sales and a lot of pet product choices. That’s why this year I'm having a hard time deciding on that one perfect gift… the one that lets her know how much I really love her.

Who wouldn't want one of these? Hmmmm.... maybe a dog! So i think again about what Maru would like, not me.

I knew right away. It’s not designer, high tech, or expensive. In fact, it’s something she already has. It’s her little pink purse that I got on sale a couple years ago.  She carries it everywhere and treasures it like it was an Hermes Birkin bag.

So while I may want to over indulge her, Maru reminds me that it’s really not about things shiny and new.  It’s about cherishing those gifts given with love. That’s the true spirit of Christmas.

Looks like she’s already got her perfect present!

Maru Xmas

Maru Xmas

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

The Arrfscarf Team

Yammin' it up with Green Beans for Dogs

After I made this simple recipe for Ms. Maru I read about the “Green Bean Diet” for dogs. I had never heard of this, but Ms. Maru is highly active and naturally lean. “The Green Bean Diet” seems to be well known in the world of overweight dogs and there is a lot of opinions about it. Green Beans are used as a partial meal replacement because of the high fiber content making dogs feel full faster while being low in fat and calories. Here are a few articles that explain it further; Petmd and Fox News.



Benefits of Ingredients

Yams: Contain Vitamins A, C, B6, Manganese, Copper, Potassium and Iron. Yams are a great source of nutrients and studies have proven that they help stabilize blood sugar levels and lower insulin resistance in dogs. 

Green Beans: Low-Fat and high in fiber.

We do not intend this recipe to be part of a meal replacement. We suggest you add a 1/2-1 C to their normal food regimen for added nutrients and flavor! Yams are high in starch, so do not feed daily if your dog has a weight problem.



Prep time: 5 Min.

Cook Time: 1.5 Hrs.

Total Time: 2 Hrs.

Level: Easy


C FRESH GREEN BEANS Chopped (if not use frozen, canned are very high in sodium)

1 t OLIVE OIL (optional)

PINCH OF SALT (optional)

1. Wash yam, wrap in tin foil and bake for 1.5 hours at 375 degrees. Cook chopped green beans in 2 Cups water for 20 minutes.

2. Rinse green beans and take off the skin of the yam (pulls right off once cooked). Combine in bowl and mash together, adding the olive oil and salt for flavor if desired.    

Make sure cooled before serving


Top Nutritious People Foods and Super Foods for Your Dog

 Here is a list of top “People Foods” and some “Super Foods” that pack a big punch when it comes to your dog. Research has shown that in most cases dogs get the same benefits from eating them as people do. These types of foods are rich in antioxidants, nutrients, and proteins that provide your dog with many health benefits and a balanced diet.

 Our Dog Treats and Dog Ice Cream are handmade locally in Chicago in small batches so we can control the type and quality of ingredients that are being used in our products. All of the meats used in our Dog Ice Cream are sourced from a local Chicago Butcher and the jerky in our treats is sourced from a small farm in Michigan. We do not add one single preservative, not even natural ones. And we don’t use flavorings, you can see every ingredient. This is what makes our treats different. Just because it is a treat, doesn't mean it can't be nutritious.

Our handmade Dog Treats and Dog Ice Cream contain one or more of the following People Foods.

The Food
The Food

Carob Chips (PB&CC’s)- 

Comes from a tree and boasts vitamins B1, A, and Iron. Naturally sweet, rich in protein, and high in fiber. They contain no caffeine, are lower in fat then chocolate and dog friendly.

Dried Cranberries (Macaroons)- 

High in antioxidants, especially vitamin C. Just like in humans, cranberries can help with dogs having kidney issues and urinary tract infections.

Fresh Blueberries (Twists)- 

"Blueberries have been touted one of the top “Super Foods”, because it contains a high level of antioxidants it can help prevent a vast array of diseases. Antioxidants prevent cells from free radicals which can cause cancer, heart disease, and many other illnesses". The following link gives you more in depth information on what berries can do for your dogs health

Fresh Carrots (Dog Pizza)- 

One of the greatest treats for dogs and is loaded with powerful phytonutrients. Full of Vitamins A, K and C, carrots have a ton of antioxidant power. Additionally, carrots help a dog’s vision, heart, and blood sugar levels. They are a great treat cut up or cooked a little to soften. 

Lean Meats (Dog Ice Cream) (Dog Pizza)- 

Lean meat is an excellent, balanced source of amino acids, the building blocks of muscle in your dog’s body. Meat is also a great source of B vitamins (Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pantothenic acid, Pyridoxine, and Cobalamine). These vitamins are involved in energy metabolism in the body. 

Organic Flaxseed (PB&CC’s, Twists, Dog Pizza)- 

Rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, which are essential fatty acids for your dogs skin and coat. You can find a whole article on the benefits here

Peanut Butter (Dog Ice Cream, PB&CC’s)-

High in Protein. In our treats we use peanut butter that has no added salt or sugar.

Pineapple (Pumps)- 

Contains calcium and potassium which are good for their bones.

Pumpkin (Pumps)- 

A good source of fiber and beta carotene (vitamin A). All dogs need fiber in their diet.

Unsweetened Organic Coconut (Macaroons)- 

An excellent source of fiber, another factor in cancer prevention.

Unsweetened Yogurt (Dog Ice Cream)- 

A great source of calcium and protein. The active live bacteria found in yogurt is good for their stomachs, especially if your dog is on antibiotics. We only use a low-fat unsweetened one because the added sugar and calories are not necessary. On our site we go in to a little more detail on why our Dog Ice Cream is dog friendly v.s. regular ice cream made for people with milk.

 To further reading about human foods you can incorporate in to your dogs diet here are a few articles and sources that talk more about the benefits.