The Beginning of Something Wonderful! 1

At For the Love of Dogs, we don't just love our pets. We love to cook, and we also love tradition. It's a gloomy, rainy day here in Ohio....a day just calling for Apple Crisp. While many people enjoy apple crisp, it's more than just a dessert in our family. As a child, my mom made this all the time in the Fall and it was something we always enjoyed. As an adult, I tried many different apple crisp recipes and they just never lived up to the one Mom made. I finally asked her for her tried-and-true recipe and I have never looked back! I now make this for my own family during the Fall and they LOVE it! It's become a comfort food (I'm actually making it today because one of my kids is having a bad day and asked for apple crisp for when he gets home from school), it makes me think of my Mom, and it's just DELICIOUS!!!!

So, throw away all of your apple crisp recipes and try this one. You won't be sorry!

Apple Crisp

8 c apples, peeled and sliced

1/4 c white sugar

4 t cinnamon

1 c butter, melted

1 t vanilla

2 c oats

2 c flour

1 c brown sugar

1/2 t salt

Combine apples, white sugar and cinnamon. Mix oats, flour, brown sugar and salt. Stir in butter and vanilla til combined. Pat half of oat mixture in 9x13. Top with apples, then remaining oat mixture. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes.


  • Amy Hagan

All Things Fall! 0

We love everything about fall! The brilliant colors, the bright crisp days and the holidays. Raking leaves with our dog, Murphy, is always a fun job since Murphy loves to "help" so much as you can see in the picture :)

One of our other favorite things to do is decorate our house for Halloween and Thanksgiving. Bringing all those rich fall colors inside warms up our home when things are starting to get cool outside. We offer so many beautiful products to help you decorate your home for the holidays too! From amazing throw pillows to beautiful dish towels and gorgeous art glass. Shop today and start decorating your home! See all of our fall products here.

  • Amy Hagan

The Water Bowl 0

We all know that our dogs need fresh water every day. They should have a constant water supply that is available to them whenever they feel the need.

Most people, though, forget to properly clean their dog's water bowl. Guilty of this myself, I pick up the bowl each morning, dump out the old water, fill it with new water and set it back down. Have you ever felt the inside of the bowl, though? If the inside has a slimy feel, that bowl needs to be washed! The slime in the bowl is biofilm - a sticky substance where bacteria thrive and multiply. Some of the bacteria is good, but some is bad. The bad bacteria can lead to urinary tract infections, bladder infections and middle ear infections.

The solution is an easy one. Use stainless steel bowls since they do not scratch and are easier to clean. Get multiple bowls so that one can be in the dishwasher while the other is being used. Wash the bowl EVERY DAY in the dishwasher to thoroughly clean it.

Go check your dog's water bowl now to see if it's really clean!

Can My Dog Eat This? 0

We all know that our dogs should only eat food and treats made for them, but from time to time it's fun to give them a special treat. There's also those dogs that, try as we may, are determined to steal food from the counter, the pantry or the trash any chance they get! I speak from great experience on that kind of dog :) 

This is a great infographic from that clearly shows what is ok and what is not ok for your dog to eat. I have printed a copy to hang in my kitchen so I always know!




  • Amy Hagan

National Black Dog Day 0

October 1st is National Black Dog Day. A day to celebrate the most often overlooked dog - the black dog. In shelters, black dogs are typically passed over. Their beautiful faces do not show up as well as light colored dogs in photographs and some people feel they hold a stigma the same as black cats. Please consider bringing home a stunning black beauty the next time you are at the shelter!


Check out our most popular Pinterest Board;  Home Design with Dogs in Mind!  Dog lovers share their homes with their beloved companions....and love unique ways to work their passion for dogs into good design.  Check out this amazing board just loaded with links and pictures for your next home improvement project!