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Don’t Forget Your Favorite Pet This Halloween!

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Birds are beautiful, geckos are gorgeous, cats are cuddly, cute and quite charming. But for me, there is only one animal that upon sight alone causes me to break into a smile, and that animal is the delightful dog.

From the enthusiastic wag of their tails to their wide, happy eyes full of wonder, I think dogs are as close to perfect as living beings get. For starters, they are adorable. And they stay adorable their entire lives, from plush puppyhood to the time their fur turns gray. They are also loyal, compassionate, always up for enjoying the simple pleasures in life, and oh-so-excited to see you. Every. Single. Time. Now, I know there are exceptions to the rule, as there are with all other animals and people as well. But for the most part, in my many years on this planet I have been lucky enough to meet oodles more awesome dogs than grumpy dogs or mean dogs. And one of the things that I find cutest about them is one of the things that is also most annoying: their propensity to beg.

Before you go thinking I’m a bad pet parent, please know that whenever I’ve had a dog, I have done my best to train it well and treat it with respect at all times. As much as a dog begging at the table can make for a tricky lunch, it’s also really not fun for the dog, especially if they never get a piece of whatever it is they’re after. But in my experience, even when they have stopped leaping at the table and barking for a bite – even when their training has been as successful as you hoped it would be – if you glance in their direction while you’re eating something tasty, you can see that irrepressible hunger in their eyes. Maybe it’s because I am most often in the company of beagles, and they are notorious food hounds. But whatever it is, that look of longing for a taste tugs at my heartstrings. Certainly if it were me sitting at the foot of the couch and my human was noshing on something nummy, I would want some!

Every now and then, I do give my pooch a sampling of my meal when it is dog-appropriate food. I am careful not to feed her when I am eating, or from my plate, instead putting the food in her dish. And on holidays especially, a time for sharing your love with those near and dear, I make a special dish for my dog. Always careful to keep it simple and dog-friendly, I know she enjoys this break from her usual fare as much as I enjoy giving her something really good to eat. For those of you who aren’t ‘dog people’, you might think I’m crazy. But I think the fellow dog lovers out there understand where I’m coming from!

One of my favorite holidays is Halloween, and as such I like to go all-out. That said, it’s not your traditional food holiday. I don’t prepare anything extravagant in the way of a meal as I’m usually handing out candy to Trick-or-Treaters or attending a Halloween party. But that doesn’t mean I don’t do anything special for my beagle baby – after all, she would surely win any competition for ‘cutest costume’ before I even put on her Halloween collar! So instead, I’m always sure to bring home some Halloween dog treats from Bisket Baskets. She doesn’t always like when I bring my work home with me, but when it’s Halloween dog treats she doesn’t seem to mind at all!

Make An Effort To Go Organic This Earth Day

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We couldn’t be more excited for Earth Day, on April 22nd, this year! We’re based in picturesque Parker, Colorado, and although living in a location surrounded by beautiful mountains makes it a little easier to appreciate Mother Nature, we’ve been long supporters of Earth Day initiatives. In fact, we made a commitment to ourselves that in the 13 years we’ve been in business, we would make an effort to reduce our carbon footprint as much as possible – after all, even simple commitments, like recycling paper goods, can result in a big impact on our environment over time. We’ve also put a focus on including Organic Gift Baskets on our website, filled with organic products to help you stay healthy and enjoy these gourmet goodies and products the way nature intended.

Here’s a snapshot of just some of our much-loved organic gift baskets:

  • Picnic Basket with Cider: Filled with sumptuous assorted fruits and cheeses, this organic gift basket boasts Theo Organic Mint Dark Chocolate and Theo Organic Orange Dark Chocolate.
  • Dog Pound Gift Basket: Dogs should be healthy, too! Treat a pooch (and show a dog owner you care) with the Zukes Superfood Organic Dog Biscuits and Organic Banana Sweet Potato Dog Treats in this dog gift basket.
  • Monkey Business Baby Gift Basket: Encourage an organic lifestyle from the very start for the new baby in your life! Created by Kara Nessian, this super cute gift basket is made from 100% Organic Cotton products.

Thinking about integrating more organic products into your life? Earth Day is the perfect way to kick this lifestyle change off! Besides choosing organic gift baskets, here’s a few easy ways to think organic:

  • Milk: A recent study done by the United States Department of Agriculture found that pesticides existed in about 30% of regular milk. Don’t chance it – switch to organic milk.
  • Peanut Butter: Do you pack a PB&J sandwich for your child? More than 99% of peanut farmers use fungicide in their crop treatment – something you certainly don’t want in your child’s lunch box!
  • Apples: Pesticides run rampant in apple production, and as they’re a very popular fruit and juice, skip the risk of pesticides and go for organic apples.

We’d love to hear from you – leave a comment on how you plan to add more organic products into your everyday lifestyle!

Three Dog Lovers Gift Ideas To Guarantee Smiles And Tail Wags!

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We (and our dogs!) couldn’t agree more with the quote, attributed to Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy, “Dogs are miracles with paws.” If you have a dog yourself, or a friend, family member, or colleague or client has a dog, they likely have photos of their darling dog around, or mention Baxter in conversation. When it comes time to gift shopping, even if it’s a simple thank you gift, you’re going to be thinking hard about their interests. If their dog pops into your mind, well, you’ve got it made!

Think: Dog Gift Baskets

We know you’re short on time, and running out to the mall, selecting the right gift, going home, wrapping it, and writing a card out doesn’t exactly fit into your schedule well. That’s why we’re here – we were one of the first companies to create and offer Dog Gift Baskets, and we’ve only enhanced our Baxter-approved gift baskets since then. It’s a cute way to show the dog’s owner that you appreciate them – and are listening to them, too!

Dog Gift Baskets

Think: Dog Photo Frame

Visit your local gift store and pick up a dog-themed photo frame. If you can find a photo of the dog owner with their dog, perhaps on Facebook, print it out, place it in the frame, and wrap the frame in tissue paper. No need to fret if you don’t have a photo – the dog-themed photo frame is certainly thoughtful too, and they’ll appreciate that you have paid attention to their interests!

Think: Dog and Owner Spa Day

Are you able to splurge a bit more? Think of this gift as a “two-parter” – a spa gift certificate for the dog owner, and a gift certificate for Baxter to a local dog grooming spa. It’s a cute way to help both dog owner and dog relax and enjoy some pampering!

One of the keys to successful gifting is choosing a gift that really means something to the recipient – a gift that embraces their interests or reflects their personality. If they’re over the moon about their pooch, a Dog Gift Basket is a great way to show them you’re paying attention and care about what they care about, too!

Holiday Dog Treat Recipes and Dog Gift Baskets For Our Four-Legged Friends

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Dogs just seem to add even more holiday happiness to the holiday season, and we couldn’t imagine a Christmas without Baxter or Fido “helping us” open our gifts under the tree. Of course, we need to use common sense and keep our dogs away from holiday “n-o’s” like tinsel, poinsettias, tree water, chocolates, and any small gifts and objects they can choke on. That’s why whipping up dog-approved treats and wrapping them up for your pooch, or a friend or family member’s dog, is a fun way to show that special dog in your life some holiday love, too! Oh, and gifting Holiday Dog Gift Baskets helps you do just that without taking the time to bake your own treats, and many of our holiday dog gift baskets include people-approved gifts, too.

Frozen Peanut Butter Yogurt Treats, from BullWrinkle.com

  • 1 large thirty-two ounce container of plain vanilla yogurt
  • 1 cup of peanut butter
  • Cupcake cups and cupcake papers

Place the peanut butter in a microwave-safe bowl, and microwave it until it is melted. Add the yogurt to the peanut butter, and mix. Pour the combined mixture into the cupcake papers, and freeze until solid. Gift to Fido, and enjoy!

Dog Gift Baskets

Canine Cookies, from Starisles Bearded Collies

Blend the following, in a bowl:

  • 1 cup of hot water or hot broth
  • 1 envelope of dry milk
  • 2 teaspoons of bouillon

Then add ¾ cup oil, 2 eggs, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, and 5 cups of whole wheat flour to the bouillon mixture. Stir it all to form a very tough dough blend. Roll the dough out, and use holiday-themed cookie cutters to cut the dough into shapes. Cover a cookie sheet with foil, and place the holiday-themed cookie shapes onto it. Bake at 300 degrees F for 40 minutes. Turn the cookies over after 20 minutes. Place the cookies in a cute gift bag for Baxter, and help him open it on Christmas morning!

Our Holiday Dog Gift Baskets, like our Holiday Pizza Pals Dog and Owner Gift, include scrumptious morsels for the dogs in our lives, and the people, too! We’ve heard from our loyal customers how unique they are for gifting to families with dogs – the Christmas gift basket is large enough to gift to the entire family, and there’s healthy treats in there for their dog, too. It’s thoughtfulness, in the form of a gift basket 😉

Tips To Keep Baxter Barking Happily Away As The Temps Heat Up!

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We’re based in Parker, Colorado, where the winters are quite chilly and the summers are pretty sweltering. We’ve grown up with dogs our entire lives, and have even rescued a few of our own. The summer is a fantastic time for both dogs and their owners, but we know firsthand how vital it is to keep an eye on your dog’s health in the summertime. So while we’re crafting our signature dog gift baskets, we’re also out there making sure Baxter isn’t too hot in that summer heat. Here are just a few tips to make summer fun for both you and your dog:

  • Take note of how long your dog is outside. If you’re lucky enough to have a yard your dog can safely run around in, it’s nice to let your dog outside in the summer and just let him or her enjoy the warm weather and exercise! Yet, most dogs have trouble calling it quits, even if they’re panting and breathing hard in the hot weather. Limit your dog’s running time to fifteen minute increments.
  • Lifeguard on duty. Most dogs love to swim in the summertime and are natural swimmers, but any dog can get scared in suddenly deep waters or be taken with a wave or the current of a river. Pet stores do sell life jackets for dogs, and it’s vital that you only allow your dog to swim in shallow, calm water. Preventative safety and supervision is key to happy canine swimming.

  • Keep the water bowl filled! Fido can’t exactly tell you when he needs water, so it’s our duty as loving dog owners to ensure his water bowl always has H20 in it. If you’re traveling and bringing him along, be sure to pack a water bottle and portable bowl to bring along with you.
  • Hot cars, stuffy houses, and dogs don’t mix. Just as you know not to leave your dog in a hot car for any amount of time, the same goes for your home in the summertime. If you leave Baxter home while you’re at work, imagine how hot your house can get as the sun beats her rays down on it. You wouldn’t be comfortable in it, and neither will your dog. Position fans around your home, and turn your air conditioner’s energy saver function on to keep your pooch cool!
  • Keep critters out of your dog’s fur. We all know how important it is to search our dog’s coat for fleas and ticks every time our dog comes in from outside, but there’s also the risk of beetles, spiders, and flies. Sure, they may not harm your dog like a flea or tick can, but having a critter in your coat doesn’t exactly feel great for your dog, and you certainly don’t want bugs inside your home. Take a few minutes to “pet” (examine) your dog when he or she comes in from outside.
  • The way to a hostess’s heart is through her dog. The holidays feel like the busiest time of the year, but summer is a close second. You’re going to cookouts and parties almost every weekend, and you want to bring something more interesting than another dip or dessert. Good dogs deserve healthy treats, so gift the host or hostess with dog gift baskets for their pooch! They’re filled with healthy goodies and toys for Fido, making his summer a fun one, and gifting the hostess with a very memorable gift.

The sunny days and blue skies make the summer season a favorite for us, especially out here in beautiful Colorado. By keeping an eye on the amount of time Baxter is outside, and following summer dog care tips, we can make sure we’ll have a summer that’s filled with only sun and laughter! Feel free to share your own summer dog care tips by leaving a comment!

Curious About The Inquisitive Canine?

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We had the pleasure recently of being able to connect with Joan the Dog Coach and Poncho the Dog over at The Inquisitive Canine – dog training, workshops, and even virtual dog training! Joan is known for her simple, but lasting dog training techniques that will withstand the test of time, ensuring you have a well-trained dog at home. Her training isn’t simply helping your dog be “good”, it’s all about helping dog and dog owner connect better together and understand each other.

Be sure to check out their “Out of the Box” dog training game that helps you establish dog training techniques that add a positive approach to dog training – it’s even available as an iPhone app! The Inquisitive Canine Blog is a great resource for learning more about Joan and Poncho and their approach to dog training, along with tons of great tips. We hope you’ll head on over to their Dog Training website and check out their services!

Is Your Canine Sick As A Dog? Here’s How To Give Your Dog His Medicine!

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Ever heard the expression “sick as a dog”? Dogs will eat and get into just about anything, resulting in a sick pooch here and there! Just like you, your dog may feel a little blue from time to time, and if you notice a change in your pet’s behavior or appearance, such as your dog feeling sluggish or having skin irritations, a visit to the vet is certainly due. Your vet will likely prescribe your dog medication in a tablet or pill form, and well, your dog may not exactly love taking that pill! We’ve been around dogs our whole lives and were one of the first companies to debut Pet Gift Baskets filled with healthy treats to lift the spirits of sick pets, and we’re here to give you our tried and true pet medicine experience!

Step 1: It’s important to first calm your dog. We suggest working in pairs, with one person giving your dog medication, and the other calmly stroking your dog’s coat throughout the process. Be sure to have your dog sit.

Step 2: Using two fingers, hold your dog’s mouth from above his upper lip.

Step 3: Tilt your dog’s head back. Unfortunately, your dog’s lower jaw usually does not open enough to just stick the pill in your dog’s mouth at this point.

Step 4: Your dog will want to close his mouth, so take care to fold your dog’s upper lip over his teeth. This way, if he should bite down, he’ll be biting his lip, and not your fingers!

Step 5: Securely hold your dog’s lower jaw with your thumb and finger and open your dog’s mouth, using another finger to drop the pill as far back inside your dog’s mouth as possible.

Step 6: Close your dog’s mouth and gently blow on your dog’s nose to encourage him to swallow the pillow.

Step 7: Once your dog has swallowed, be sure to reward your dog for a job well done! The healthy and delectable treats in our Dog Gift Baskets are perfect for rewarding Fido for working with you to get him on the path to good health once again.

Giving your dog medication isn’t the easiest process, but it does get easier as your pooch gets more comfortable with it. Many of our dog gift baskets come with Greenies Pill Pockets Treats inside – they come in several different dog-friendly flavors, and you simply stick your dog’s tablets inside them. The Pill Pocket treat tastes delicious to your pup, so he just woofs it down like any other treat!

Have a sick pooch of your own, or have a friend, family member, or client with an under-the-weather canine?  Dogs are just like members of our families, so sending a dog gift basket, such as our Back On Your Paws Dog Gift Basket, or one of our Pet Lover Gift Baskets that includes goodies for both pet and owner, is a great way to show that you care about them and what means so much to them – their dog.

What are your tried and true tips for giving your dog his medication?

Celebrate National Dog Week with Dog Gift Baskets and More!

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Dog Gift Basket

The fourth week of September is National Dog Week and to celebrate, we have these 10 great ideas! Your dog deserves a little extra lovin’ and attention this month, and we have the perfect ways to give it. You can:

1.) Spend extra time going for walks with your pooch. Walking isn’t just great exercise for you both, but it’s also tons of fun!

2.) Make sure that you keep up with your dog’s regular vet appointments. We all know that things get busy and schedules get hectic, but you should never let your dog’s health fall by the wayside. Keep your dog happy and healthy!

3.) Try to spend at least a 1/2 hour every day playing with your dog. Break out the toys, wrestle, or play fetch in the yard – it’s all up to you!

4.) Give your pup an extra belly rub…or two…or five. You know he deserves it!

5.) Bake your pup some homemade dog treats. It’ll be a great weekend activity and most dog treat recipes are super simple and fast! Then, you’ll have something truly special and made with love to give to your pup during this special week.

6.) Get your dog groomed. He’ll look his best, feel his best, and it’s a way to give your dog a lil’ extra pampering!

7.) Give your dog a gift basket! At BisketBaskets.com, we have a great selection of dog gift baskets that are perfect for gifting during National Dog Week. Choose the one that’s best for your dog!

8.) Have friends that love dogs just as much as you do? Then send a Pet and Owner Gift Basket from our selection too! It’s a great way to show you care while ensuring that every dog in your life gets a little extra lovin’.

9.) Get your dog a new toy or collar. A gift can always get two paws up from your pup!

10.) Cuddle with your dog! It’ll lift your mood while letting your dog know just how much you care. Plus, there’s nothing more perfect than puppy cuddles!

Do you have any other suggestions on how to celebrate National Dog Week? Let us know!

Introducing Shylo Country Club For Dogs

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We know it’s not easy leaving your dog at home while you go away on vacation or a business trip. Sure, you can have a friend or family member check in regularly, but your dog is alone for the rest of the day, and dogs are of course very social creatures. The Shylo Country Club for Dogs created a place for dogs to have fun while you’re having fun on vacation, too!

Located in Aurora, Colorado, the same great state we’re proud to live in, Shylo Country Club For Dogs boasts impressive Facilities, with 12 different play yards, including two separate play areas with one just for puppies and one just for the senior dogs. They even have a swimming pool for dogs! Your dog will be spending much of his or her time playing outside, rather than cooped up inside in a kennel. They feature a great array of Dog Boarding Services, and we hope you’ll check them out! It’s so refreshing to see such a novel approach to dog boarding!

Where is your favorite spring break travel destination?

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Now is the time of school spring breaks and many of us are traveling the country and some even the world looking for that special relaxing location that lets us get away from it all.  White sandy beaches in the Caribbean with temperatures in the upper 80’s are just what the doctor ordered after a long cold winter; while for others it’s that last trip to the Rockies to get in some final skiing of the season.  With BisketBaskets.com being located just outside of Denver Colorado, we know all about the latter!  We are always bathed in bright warm sunshine here but the snow seems to not want to let go in April either so among beautiful 70’s and 80’s we get that gentle reminder that it’s not summer yet with a fresh coating of white snow every now and then.

Many of us hit the condos and hotels directly on the ocean or tucked away in the mountains while still others are fortunate to have family and friends in all the right locations!  Be sure you let them know just how much you appreciate their hospitality by sending them a very delicious thank you gift basket.  We send a lot of thank you gifts during the spring break season to thank people for sharing their home and putting up with them for the week’s break but we send even more to the family dog and cat that have shared their backyard or litter box!  So if you’re wondering what would be a great thank you for your hospitality gift; look no further as we have a vast assortment of thank you gifts that would be perfect for recipients of any age.  We offer sweet candy bouquets made with only the most awesome candy like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups or M&M’s and even Skittles or how about a festive cookie bouquet or pet gift baskets along with the traditional gourmet food gift baskets that everyone just loves!  You can select from chocolate gifts, tea baskets, soup baskets, wine themed gift baskets and so much more.  Drop on by and take a look at what we can send to that great bunch of people you just shared their place with.

We ship throughout the USA and Canada so there is no need to leave anyone out and our ground shipping delivers to about 75% of the USA in just 3 business days!  Say THANK YOU today and let us know your favorite spring travel destination!

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