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Eight Things Your New Puppy Needs

We’ve been getting a daily puppy-fix at The Happy Beast! Spring and summer are popular times to get puppies and we LOVE meeting your new furry family members. Here are eight smart and useful buys for you and your new puppy.



1. Inexpensive (but Still Cute!) Leash & Collar

Most likely, your new puppy will either quickly outgrow his first collar or chew through his first leash. That’s why I always recommend starting out with a basic, inexpensive option.  I especially love these neoprene collars from Sublime!


2. Kong Classics and PetSafe Squirrel DudessquirrelPTY00-13745_e

I call these stuffable, rubber toys “puppy babysitters.” Fill with peanut butter or canned food and freeze. Keep a couple in your freezer and pull one out when you need a break.


3. Rope Toysrope-toy

Ideal for teething puppies. Ropes are inexpensive and help soothe the gums when those sharp puppy teeth start falling out.


4. A Snuggly Bed


I got a Midwest Bed for my dog when she was a puppy and four years later, it’s still her favorite place to sleep. Perfect fit for a kennel, easy to travel with and it holds up well to frequent washings.



5. Training Treatspuppy-training-treats

Reward good behavior with lots of praise and tasty rewards! Variety keeps your new pupppy interested. Try Tricky Trainers, RealMeat Treats and Waggers’ My Little Wolf.



6. Sheepskin Toyspetsafe-sheepskin-bone-dog-toy-medium-6

Tuck one of these in your pup’s kennel and she’ll feel like she’s sleeping with a littermate. As she gets older, the toy will stand up to sharp puppy teeth and rough puppy play.



7. Tendons, Cheeks and Earsp-5406-16762

Stock up on natural chews! We prefer chew things that are made of edible materials as opposed to plastic or rubber chew toys. (It can be hard for a puppy to distinguish which plastic things are ok to chew on and which ones are not…like a tv remote.)



8. Fizzion Pet Stain & Odor Remover5b85a0e3-303d-4b16-a548-ed904e576954_300

We’ve tried all of the pet stain and odor removers, and this one is our absolute favorite! Totally safe to use around animals and humans and the toughest at cleaning up after potty training accidents. I’ve even used it to get a red wine stain out. (From an especially enthusiastic tail-wag!)



9. Bonus! Looking for a new puppy friend?

Be sure to check out our local shelters and rescue groups! is an awesome resource if you’re looking for a certain breed, mix, age or just want to browse cute puppy faces.

Live catnip plant

Catnip. Why does it make cats so wild?

What makes cats so wild about catnip? The plant contains a chemical called nepetalactone which enters the body through the olfactory system (the system responsible for our sense of smell.) When your cat sniffs catnip, the nepetalactone stimulates sensory neurons in the brain and causes a euphoric “high.” The sensation usually lasts about ten minutes with wild chasing, playing and hyperactivity and ends with your cat falling into an hour-long catnap. (Check out the awesome infographic below from

Catnip affects ~80% of cats and has no effect on young kittens.  It’s safe for cats and humans to consume. (But it just makes the humans sleepy, like chamomile tea.)

Catnip comes in many feel-good forms, but these are The Happy Beast’s cats very favorites. Try a couple and see which makes your cat the craziest. Watching your cat go nuts is part of the fun!

1. Live Catnip Plants

The BEST catnip is fresh! Our live plants are locally grown and can be left in the plastic pot or transferred into the ground where they will grow into your cat’s very own, private catnip jungle. Most cats enjoy chewing on the plant, but you can also harvest and dry the leaves.


2. LoveNips Wild Birds and Mice

Hand-sewn, locally made, and packed with local, organic catnip, these bright, wool birds with feather tails are a favorite among The Happy Beast kitties!


3. Yeowww! Bananas and Cigars

Filled with 100% organic catnip and the perfect size for tossing, batting and attacking!


4. Kong Catnip Spray

Make any toy a catnip toy with a spritz of Kong’s Catnip Spray. The oil is steam-distilled making it the most concentrated and potent form of the herb. The spray is convenient and leaves almost no mess.



5. PawBreakers

A ping pong-sized, solid ball of all-natural catnip. Cats go crazy chasing a Pawbreaker around their house! The balls last a long time (but may get trapped under the fridge or behind a couch!)




An awesome infographic from Catnipsum.comCatnipsum Catnip Infographic | The Happy Beast

You’ve Got To Try This: Frozen Yogurt for Dogs!

Your dog definitely wants to try this – frozen yogurt for dogs – a healthy and fun treat!

The Bear and The Rat’s frozen yogurt for dogs is loaded with probiotics to support their digestive and immune systems and decrease stinky dog breath. The Happy Beast dogs did the taste test and they approve! 

Ok, so this froyo is not intended for human consumption, but we had to try the Banana Peanut Barker flavor. The ingredients are super simple- just yogurt, bananas, peanut butter and a few food-based stabilizers.  No sugar and nothing artificial. And guys, it’s pretty tasty!