DIY Easter Basket for Your Dog

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We wanted to show you how easy is can be to create an Easter basket for your dog or other fur kids! Children aren’t the only ones who can enjoy a surprise from the Easter bunny and search for eggs hidden around the house!
We started with an Easter basket and grass, which you can find at your local drug, grocery or craft store.
For the goodies in the basket we have a variety of toys and treats we picked up at local pet stores, including Greenies from Your Pet Stop and treats from Northview Pet Food.
To fill the Easter eggs, we made homemade dog treats in the shape of bones and bears. If you’d like to make these for your dog’s Easter basket, here is the recipe:
Dog Biscuits
2 ½ C. Whole Wheat Flour
2 Eggs
1 ¼ C. Pumpkin
¼ C. Water
½ Tsp. Cinnamon
Mix all ingredients together. Flour counter & rolling pin. Roll out to ¼ inch thick. Cut out shapes. Bake 20 minutes at 350º. Keep in air tight container in the fridge.
Arrange the toys, treats and goodies in the Easter basket and whoa-la, it’s done!
Hide Easter eggs throughout your house in places your dog can find easily. Their strong sense of smell will lead them to every treat-filled egg you have hidden. (Please watch your dog carefully as they search for eggs so they do not chew on or ingest any plastic eggs.)
We also filled some little Easter baskets with homemade dog treats for our 4-legged friends and neighbors!
Have fun making your pet’s Easter basket! Share your basket ideas and tips in the comments or post photos on our facebook page!


Daisy’s Favorite Getaway

While walking my Basset Hound, Daisy, on her daily walk in our neighborhood, I could sense that she was somewhat bored and uneasy with the surrounding activity of traffic, barking dogs and people working in their yards.
As we finished our walk, I determined it was time for a change of scenery once in a while and I decided to take Daisy to the Outdoor Campus at Sertoma Park. It was there that I discovered the walking trails for myself and my Daisy to enjoy.
The abundance of wildlife smells and sounds gave Daisy an enthusiasm in her walking pace that I hadn’t seen before. As we continued our walk, we met other dog walkers and people jogging. It was a comfort to realize that bicycle riders were not allowed on the walking trails. Daisy can wander from side to side on the six foot wide trail that is very well kept.
On one of our walks, a squirrel ran across the trail in front of us and I’m sure it made the walk that day a lasting memory in her mind. Daisy and I have decided that woodland is our favorite trail and we walk it every time we are there. Daisy responds very enthusiastically every time I grab her leash and I say to her, let’s go in the car. She knows it is probably a trip to the walking trails at the Outdoor Campus.
The Outdoor Campus has a map available of the two miles of trails for you to take with you on your walk. The map will assist you in choosing a trail to walk your dog, on one of the best kept secrets for us dog walkers.
Daisy and I hope to see you at the walking trail someday.
{submitted by Jerry T.}

Jingle Paws Food & Gift Drive

What is Jingle Paws?
Jingle Paws is a food and gift drive fundraiser for shelter and rescue pets in the Sioux Falls area. “Fur” angel trees are placed at participating locations with paper ornaments where the public can take one or more, purchase the item(s) requested by the non-profit and bring it back to place under the tree.
Rescue groups and animal shelters have the responsibility of caring for many pets at once. Volunteers put a lot of their own money into taking care of these pets. Especially during the Christmas season, we want to help those volunteers with some of the costs of fostering a pet and also give the dog a fun, new present!
 1st Annual Jingle Paws - donations for Sioux Falls Area Humane Society & Second Chance Rescue Center
The 1st Annual Jingle Paws took place at four locations in Sioux Falls and Brandon. Together we raised money, blankets, dog & cat toys and treats, 85 lbs. of food and kitty litter! All donations went to help shelter pets at the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society and Second Chance Rescue Center.
In 2011, we organized the 2nd Annual Jingle Paws with the help of five locations in Sioux Falls and Tea. Food, treats, toys, leashes, collars and even grooming supplies were donated for Northern Plains Boxer Rescue.
All Cats Rescue of Sioux Falls was the beneficiary of the 3rd Annual Jingle Paws. Four locations in Sioux Falls and Tea participated in the collection of many items including 60 lbs. of food, 135 lbs. of litter, beds, toys & $220.
This last season, the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society was chosen again for the 4th Annual Jingle Paws fundraiser and had five locations in Sioux Falls, Brandon and Tea with fur angel trees. The Sioux Falls Area Humane Society’s wish list this year included more cleaning and office supplies. Check out all those cleaning supplies!!
We appreciate everyone who has donated to the Jingle Paws Food & Gift Drive. It makes us so happy to see people come together to help the pets in foster homes or at the shelter!

Felony Animal Cruelty is Law in SD!

Today {March 14, 2014} Governor Daugaard signed SB 46 into law, providing felony level penalties for the most egregious acts of animal cruelty. Animal abuse is a heinous crime but it can be much more than that. Sometimes it’s a sign that people are also being abused or soon will be. The proven link between animal cruelty and human violence is well documented, and passing SB 46 is a crucial step in deterring violent offenders, ensuring community safety, and protecting animals.

As of July 1, prosecutors and judges in South Dakota will have tools they need to deal with the most malicious, willful and intentional acts of animal cruelty. We celebrate this milestone and thank you. After more than 5 years of discussing the issue and introducing legislation only to see it fail, we were able to sit down with other stakeholders and find a compromise.

As Winston Churchill said, “Never give up on something that you can’t go a day without thinking about.” We’ve certainly seen more horrific cases of animal cruelty happen in our state and stuck in our minds. So today we honor the animals that motivated all of us to advocate and change South Dakota animal cruelty laws. Maysie, Buddy, Shy and countless others provided us with the determination to see it through. We are South Dakotans Fighting Animal Cruelty Together (SD FACT) and we did it!

Thank you to the South Dakota Legislators who supported SB 46 and Governor Daugaard for signing it into law. Most of all, we thank you, the South Dakota animal advocates who never gave up. It is a good day for animals in South Dakota when we know communities and animals are protected.

SD FACT: South Dakotans Fighting Animal Cruelty Together




The Painted Paws Project

Since childhood I’ve been an animal lover and an artist. At a young age I talked of wanting to be a veterinarian and an artist. I went to school for Graphic Communications and later a private college studying Visual Fine Arts.
While I didn’t pursue veterinary medicine I did fulfill professional work in the companion animal industry for more than a decade. I enjoyed the hands-on and administrative work of marketing, fund-raising and public education for two humane societies followed by clinical work as a veterinarian assistant. I owned and operated a successful home based pet care business up until I left South Dakota on military orders for the US Army. Upon my return from active duty, I dove into my passion of painting full-time.
Exhibitions of my abstract collections were thrilling and I was filled with gratitude as my work sold, but I found myself internally auditing my purpose. I donated original works of art to the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society’s annual wine tasting event raising charitable funds during live auctions. I also included fund-raising objectives during dual and solo art shows. Still, something in my vocation was lacking.
I was raised in a multi-dog household and have enjoyed the same in my adult life. In January 2013 I lost my dearest friend, “SnoopyDogg” – my 14 year old yellow lab. A separate ongoing blog of it’s own could be dedicated to the companionship we had but for this purpose it can only be summed up as ‘She was the dog of my lifetime’. My studio work and exhibit participation paused for a while during my sorrow.
Through my heartbroken grief, the first piece of art I did to “get back into it” was an ink pen drawing from an endearing snapshot of me, and her playfully dolled up with a feather boa and silly flower clipped to her ear. It took days, pecking away with little pen strokes through my flooded eyes. Following that was an artistic-stylized portrait of her in oils on canvas. I can’t say as creating her art was healing on account of my state of loss, but I am certain it brings visual beauty in her memory.
As my art-following seen the work of my sweet yellow friend, I received more commissioned requests for pet paintings. The void, that vocational ‘something’ that was lacking – became as clear as a slap in the face: My love of working with people who adore their pets. The over 10 years of interacting with people that embrace and enjoy a close bond with animals. Whether it’s dogs, cats, birds, horses etc. pet owners prioritize the stewardship of their pets, cheerfully exchange stories of pet’s antics and mourn their passing.
In February 2014 I painted the memorial of a mastiff I paired up and adopted out ten years prior. Talk about coming full-circle?! I decided to center the subject nature of my artwork to cater to pet owners. March 2014 I launched an ongoing fund raising campaign called The Painted Paws Project. I donate a portion of every pet portrait to the Sioux Falls Humane Society. This project extends to other animal welfare non profit groups as well with charitable proceeds going to the group that is the referral source.
My wonder of purpose seems to be obvious now. I want to make art that is meaningful and I want my art to contribute to the community. I also want interaction with other animal lovers. I can achieve all of this by making beautiful art of beloved pets for the people who love them, while financially contributing to agencies that care for pets until they find homes. The only thing missing is the petite yellow lab that once rested at my feet on the studio floor. This all is for her, and pets like her.
Tanya Beckman-Claussen,  aka “Tawni”
Visual Fine Artist, Painter
Tawni Art Studios

Xylitol Poisoning

Everybody knows how much dogs love going for car rides! My dog, Nellie, gets so excited, I hardly ever refuse to take her along with me if I’m going on an errand. The one thing I always make sure of, is that there is nothing for her to get into or tear up. It doesn’t take long at all for a mischievous dog to get into trouble.

This last spring {*2010}, one car ride changed how much more careful I am when taking Nellie with me… I left Nellie in the car and came back out within 30 seconds. When I got in my car, I smelled cinnamon. Nellie was in the back seat, chowing down on my pack of gum. She had taken it out of my purse and ate 4 or 5 sticks.

Nothing really concerned me at first, but then something made me decide to call her vet. Laura Yost, Receptionist at All City Pet Care West asked if it contained xylitol. There it was, in capital letters on the package. “…CONTAINS XYLITOL…” She told me xylitol is toxic to dogs and I need to get her there right away so they can induce vomiting.

Dr. Angie Plahn at All City Pet Care West informed me that it only takes 15-30 minutes after ingestion before clinical signs of hypoglycemia can be seen. “When their blood sugars are low, you will see weakness, disorientation, tremors and potentially seizures,” Dr. Plahn says. “Severe cases can cause coma and even death. Acute liver failure shows up slower, typically around 8-12 hours.”

A dog showing signs of hypoglycemia should be monitored at least 24 hours after ingestion. Blood work to evaluate liver values, in case of any damage, should be performed every 24 hours for the next 2-3 days by your vet. Dr. Plahn says, “the prognosis is good for uncomplicated hypoglycemia cases when treatment is instituted promptly.” The mechanism on how xylitol causes liver failure is unknown at this time.

Some people have no clue that gum is a problem for pets. I’ve told several people about Nellie eating gum and they were surprised that gum was so toxic to dogs. Pet owners should pass this information on to their children so they know not to give gum or anything else to their pets. As tempting as it may be to give in to those puppy eyes, it’s best to not give dogs anything except food and treats made especially for them.

Most pieces of gum will contain 0.2-0.4 grams of xylitol. 1-2 sticks of gum could cause hypoglycemia in a 20 pound dog. Xylitol is not found in just sugar-free gum. It can be found in candy or foods and there’s also a granulated form used for baking. “So far the National Animal Poison Control Center has no reports of xylitol toxicity in cats so feline toxicity is unknown,” says Dr. Plahn.

If you suspect your dog has injested gum or other foods containing xylitol, don’t hesitate to contact your vet right away.

Written by Lori Schnabel

*Editor’s Note: This article ran in 2010 in fetch! Sioux Falls Pet Magazine.

Future Framed Photography : Guest Blogger

I grew up on a small farm outside of Ethan, SD. After graduating, I took a job at the Daily Republic in Mitchell. I worked six years for them as a sports photographer, writing and helped with the sports page layout each night.
After getting married, I moved out west to be with my husband. We have lived in Sturgis for 6 years. We share a beautiful daughter and two completely different dogs. Our high energy, ball loving Australian Shepherd, Addy, and our lazy, rather-be sleeping on our bed all day Great Dane, Daisy.
Future Framed Photography started out as South Dakota Action Sports. After shooting sports in the Mitchell, SD, area, I moved out west and started shooting sports. A couple of years into sports shooting, I was asked to take senior photos. As time went on, I was asked to take different types of photos. I started thinking of changing my business name to help let others know, I don’t “only” shoot sports. That is how Future Framed Photography came to life. I always say, ‘Yes, I want to see my art up on your walls’.
After having our daughter, I began slowing down on shooting sports and really focused on newborn photography. I attended a couple of mentoring classes. I really enjoyed newborns, but my heart wasn’t 100-percent into it. I’m not the kind of person who will walk to friends/family and ask to hold their babies. But I kept on photographing them. Until one day …
I was talking to a close friend out here. One of their friends had a dog that was just diagnosed with cancer. The vets gave Cooper 6-months to live. For some reason, this really struck home for me. It had been a while since we lost our family’s Skipper, our Border Collie/German Sheppard mix, but I still thought of her every day. I still remember the heartbreak I felt when we had to put her down. To me, this dog was my everything. It was hard planning a wedding the year before when she came down with old dog syndrome and thinking we would lose her. I spent hours on the concrete floor just lying with her and it was harder moving 4 ½ hours away from her. It was even the hardest having the overall vote to have my parents take her in … from across the state.
So when I knew that Cooper would not be around much longer, I had our friend ask the owner if he wanted a free session of Cooper. And bless his heart; he took me up on the deal. While editing that session, my heart and soul just felt so happy. Something I have never felt before while doing a ‘job’.
After Cooper’s session, I ran a pet contest on my Facebook page. And everyone that entered got a discounted session. From this, I was able to photograph Dusty. What a cutie he was. A couple of weeks after Dusty’s session, he had to be put down. This is one of the most heartbreaking things about my job. But at the same time, I love that owners think of me to let me know what happened.
When I think of my business, yes, I understand I am capturing their pets, but I always think of it as giving the owners something to remember their furry loved ones by.
Just a couple weeks ago, I had another past pup that was put down. And just getting this little message warms my heart. And I know I’m on the right track with my business.
“Becky, I just wanted to tell you how happy I am that we got our two girls’ pictures taken a few years ago. We had to put Lizzy down a couple of weeks ago and because of the pictures you took we have some amazing memories of her forever now. Thank you for what you do for us pet loving people.” – Tiffany
To be honest, I love giving my clients something they will always treasure.
Future Framed Photography

National Severe Weather Preparedness Week

March 2-8 is National Severe Weather Preparedness Week. 3 out of 4 tornadoes in the world happen in the United States and with South Dakota being at the top of Tornado Alley, it’s important to be prepared.

Spring is just around the corner, and with that comes tornado threats. Make sure you and your family are prepared and don’t forget about your furry friends. Follow this checklist as a guide.

Being prepared can save your pet’s lives.

We’re Hiring : Independent Sales Consultants

Independent Sales Consultants
fetch! Sioux Falls Pet Magazine is a locally owned and growing company based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and we are currently looking for highly talented and enthusiastic Independent Sales Consultants to join our team.
This is a part time position with flexible scheduling that can create a GREAT second source of income! Generate new client accounts and provide consulting to existing clients by discussing their needs.  
  • Develop new relationships and leads through networking
  • Contacting sales leads, setting appointments, discussing the client’s needs and closing sales
  • Managing client accounts to maintain a business relationship
  • Provide outstanding customer service
  • Goal oriented
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Pleasant personality
  • Self-motivated
  • Reliable transportation
  • Excellent presentation and negotiation skills
To Apply For This Position:
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Behind the Scenes : Life Under the Sea


If you’ve ever wondered what life is like under the sea, visiting the Marine Cove at Sertoma Butterfly House is the place to go! On these bitterly cold South Dakota days, taking a dive into the underwater world at the Marine Cove is a refreshing escape.

Thousands of gallons of freshwater and saltwater aquariums with a fabulous variety of aquarium life can give you hours of enjoyment. There’s just something so peaceful and relaxing about it!


One of the things I didn’t know was how many different corals the Marine Cove had and the process the corals go through.

Not only is there plenty to look at, but you can also get hands-on with sharks and stingrays. Although I have to admit it took me a while, I finally touched a stingray – and received a sticker to prove it!


We also got a “behind-the-scenes” look at what it takes to keep the Marine Cove functioning. JD Pratt was kind enough to show us around, talk about each aquarium and show us what keeps all the aquariums running. You can see JD’s debut article in the Spring Edition of fetch! Sioux Falls Pet Magazine out the first week of March 2014.

The wonderful photos you see here and in the Life Under the Sea article were taken by the very talented Bill Van der Hagen. You can see more of his work at



If you haven’t been to the Butterfly House & Marine Cove, I highly encourage it! They are located in Sertoma Park. They also have education programs available, a pretty amazing gift shop and you can even have a birthday party or wedding there. Check them out online at