Category Archives: Pets

Hiking Essentials for Your Dog

dog on trailThere are few things that can beat a great summer hike with friends and your trusted dog by your side. With so many great trails to explore in the greater Lewisville area, it makes sense that our residents love to get out and explore. Whether you’re new to hiking in Texas or you consider yourself a bit of a pro, hiking with a dog can be a bit unpredictable. Make sure you’re ready for any situation and that your dog has the best time ever with our list of hiking essentials!

Hiking Essentials Every Dog Needs

Bring a dog pack. Since you’ve already got your own pack full of water, snacks and clothing essentials, give your dog their very own pack to carry some of their essentials with them. Find a pack that fits their size and frame and be sure to load it evenly to avoid any aches and pains. Fill their pack with treats, extra poo bags and a water bowl so that you can rehydrate them every time your group takes time to rest on the trail.

Try trail boots. Depending on the weather and the terrain of your hiking trail, it may be necessary to outfit your dog with hiking booties as well. They may look silly to you, but dog boots can protect your dog’s paws from extremely hot and cold surfaces and help to give them traction as they climb rocks and other obstacles on your hike.

Implement leash training. It’s important to pay close attention to the trail rules on each hike you take. If the trail allows your dog to be off-leash, make sure that you feel comfortable enough to let them go and quickly call them back as needed. For trails that require dogs to be kept on a leash, you’ll want to avoid lots of tugging and dangerous situations where their lead can become tangled.

Enjoy the Trail with Your Pup This Summer

With so many great trails nearby, our residents love getting outdoors! Visit us online today for more information on the available floor plans at our pet-friendly apartments in Lewisville.

3 Holiday Treats to Make for Your Dog

DogYour family, friends and holiday party guests aren’t the only ones who appreciate great holiday treats. Your dog is sure to enjoy great holiday treats as well. Following are three great dog treat recipes for the holiday season that you won’t want to miss out on.

Homemade Dog Biscuits

Mix one cup of flour, 1/4 cup of wheat germ, 1/4 cup of brewer’s yeast and 1 tsp. of salt in a bowl. Pour 1 1/2 tbsp. of canola oil into another bowl and then alternate pouring in the flour mixture and 1/2 cup of canned chicken stock. Roll the dough out and use a dog bone cookie cutter to create biscuits. Place the biscuits on a tray and bake for about 10 minutes. This recipe makes about 5 dozen dog treats.

Apple Mint Christmas Cookies

Mix 1 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour, 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup of oats, 1/3 cup of oat bran, 2 tablespoons powdered milk, 1 1/2 tsp. of dry baking yeast, 2 tbsp. chopped spearmint leaves, 7/8 cup of water and 1/2 cup of applesauce. You can also add 2 tsp. of food coloring if you wish. Once the mixing is done, roll the dough out, use a cookie cutter to create bone shapes and bake the cookies for about an hour. Allow the cookies to completely dry out before offering them to your dog.

Sweet Potato Treats

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Next, mix one cup of canned or freshly cooked sweet potato with 1 3/4 cups of whole wheat flour and one egg. Roll the dough into small balls, place on a cookie sheet and press the dough down slightly. Bake until golden brown and make sure they cool off completely before your dog gets ahold of them. This recipe makes about 2 dozen doggie treats.

If you and your pet pooch need a home this holiday season, consider getting in touch with Lakes at Lewisville apartments in Lewisville, Texas. We are conveniently located next to the Dallas/Fort Worth area and offer a plethora of features and amenities you and your dog are sure to enjoy year-round.

3 Places to Take Your Dog Near Your Lewisville Apartment

Here at Lakes at Lewisville, we know that your pup is very important to you. That’s why we chose to be a pet-friendly community! Did you know that Lewisville, TX offers a number of places where you and your dog can have fun and enjoy the outdoors?

These are just a few dog-friendly places in and around the city.

Oakbend Park

Oakbend Park, located a little over half a mile off of Stemmons Freeway, is a quiet park that gives you a chance to experience a bit of the great outdoors inside the city limits. You and your dog can walk along the .62-mile paved trail that runs throughout the park. This trail is surrounded by thick vegetation on each side, providing you with beautiful scenery during your stroll. Bring some water for you and your dog, and keep in mind that there are benches and picnic tables along the trail if you need a rest.

Railroad Dog Park

Railroad Dog Park, located in the Toyota of Lewisville Railroad Park at 1301 Railroad Street, features six acres of space for your dog to run and play with other pups. Five of these acres are for larger dogs, while one acre of separate space is available for smaller dogs. You can stay in the shade at one of the covered seating areas in the park while watching your dog burn off energy and make new friends. The park also includes drinking fountains and wash stations for your convenience.

Tierney’s Cafe and Tavern

Tierney’s Cafe and Tavern, located at 208 East Main Street, welcomes dogs on the outdoor patio. Bring your dog with you when you want to have a burger, some potato chip chicken or baby back ribs.

Our Lewisville apartments give you convenient access to these dog-friendly places. Call the Lakes at Lewisville to find out more about our pet-friendly community.

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Tips to Organizing Your Pet Supplies in Your Apartment

When you share your home with one or more pets, there’s going to be supplies and accessories that need to be stored appropriately so that they don’t become a source of clutter. The following tips can help you establish an organization system for your pet supplies.
A good starting point in your organizational plan is to group supplies and accessories into specific categories. Keeping similar items together in the most accessible and logical locations saves you some time and eliminates the frustration of searching for items you need. A basket such as one designed to hold garden tools or cleaning supplies is a great storage option for your pet’s grooming supplies. You can store it in a bathroom cabinet or linen closet.

A rolling cart with drawers or a stationary storage bin is a good place to store food, bowls, treats and similar supplies. If you have extra space in the cart, you can store doggie sweaters and extra leashes in one of the drawers. A small cart can often be tucked into the laundry area in an apartment, an entryway or in the kitchen.

You can create an organization station near the door. Decorative baskets or a tote bag hung on an entry way wall provide a place to store a leash, harness, sweater and any other items you need to accompany you and your dog on a walk.

Your pet’s collection of toys can easily become clutter in the apartment. You can purchase a decorative container to designate as a place for toys. Experts recommend that you rotate the toys your pet has to play with so that they don’t become bored with them.

It’s best if you can store supplies such as cat litter or shavings for a small animal cage in a closet. If closet space is limited, you may have to get creative and find other ways to store it out of sight. A decorative chest or trunk that you’re using as a coffee table could serve a dual purpose and become a storage area for pet supplies.