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Frosty Paws!


Harper B. / Small Poodle at Large / Doggles / Haute DogueWow, pooches! I just found out from my friend, Delaney, there is a specially formulated ice cream just for dogs – Frosty Paws! How did I miss this?

They have an original flavor and peanut butter. I think I’d go for the PB! But I’d love it if they developed a liver flavor.

And for those of you with humans who like to prepare your food, I found a Homemade Frosty Paws recipe on The Daily Puppy. Just e-mail it to your human and I’m sure they’ll get right on it.

Enjoy your ice cream, dogs!

Dogwart’s: Herbology for Hounds


Small Poodle at Large | Harper B. | Dog Blog | Dogwart's HeaderSmall Poodle at Large | Harper B. | Dogwart'sDuggles! The new term at Dogwart’s has started. I was so busy with the holidays, I never told you about what happened with Hairy Pawter’s midnight Hippogriff joy rides or when coach called me into her office. I’ll get to all of that, but first I want to tell you about what happened this morning.

One of our new classes is Hounds and Herbology. We Ravenpaws get to take this class with the Hufflepups; I’m so relieved to have a break from the Slytherhounds. Well, when Professor Bark marched in, we all stared at her in amazement. She is green from her nose to the tip of her tail, even her fur, which is covered with a long cape that looks just like a lawn.

"Professor Bark's grass cape is so amazing...I just hope I don't get the urge to mark it."
“Professor Bark’s grass cape is so amazing…I just hope I don’t get the urge to mark it.”

“Welcome to Herbology for Hounds,” she announced. “Follow me to the planting area.” We all pranced along behind her to a large plot of fresh dirt. Honey and I sat beside each other while we waited for directions.

“I’d like you all to work in groups of three,” the Professor continued. A small apricot poodle pranced over to us. “I’m Jewel…from the Hufflepup house.” She smelled good, so we wagged and sniffed, and got to know each other.

“Today we are going to work with Horehound. This herb is a cleansing lung tonic, very good for chest colds and to help restore your bark should you lose it.” The Professor brought out a tray of small leafy green plant stems. “We will be planting these cuttings in the garden, then casting growing spells so they take root and grow immediately.” I glanced at Honey and wagged. With the holiday vacation, it had been a while since we were allowed to practice magic.

It turns out, we were all very good at digging holes. There was dirt flying everywhere, and in a matter of minutes, the whole area was ready for planting. A number of dogs, perhaps myself included, were pulling bones out of their back pockets to bury in the holes. “Pups! We’re not here to bury your loot. Remove those bones immediately, place a clipping into your hole, and dig the dirt back into place.” We all followed directions this time. Then came the good part.

“Now for the growing spell.” We all wagged. You might remember, at Dogwart’s we cast spells with our tails, because we’re all too tempted to chew the wands. Professor Bark demonstrated the proper flick of the tail for the growing spell. “First like this,” she barked, “and the roots take hold.” We saw the horehound she was working on begin to perk up. “Then, wind your tail up and point just so. If you cast correctly, your plant will grow.” As Professor Bark completed the spell, the Horehound stems widened and stretched, and the plant slowly bloomed with beautiful green leaves.

What happened next really wasn’t my fault. It was Honey’s. Our rooting spells had gone splendidly, but just as I was taking a turn with the growing spell, Honey barked, “Look, Harper, here comes Hairy Pawter and Chase!” I lost my concentration and started to wag just as I cast the spell. Unfortunately, the spell landed on Jewel. The next thing I knew, she had sprouted!

"I felt really bad about accidentally growing a plant on Jewel. At least the leaves were healthy and green."
“I felt really bad about accidentally growing a plant on Jewel. At least the leaves were healthy and green.”

When Professor Bark turned and saw Jewel, she howled, “And who did this?” Honey put her tail between her legs. “I suppose someone wagged while casting?” she continued.

“Yes, Professor,” I admitted.

“You’ll be fine, Jewel. Now off to the veterinary department of the hospital wing for you. They may need to use a muggle artifact to give you a good mowing, but it shouldn’t hurt at all. You’ll be back to yourself in no time.”

“Honey and I will go with you,” I volunteered.

Jewel looked at me like she didn’t know if that was a good idea. I really can’t blame her.

Numerology goes to the Dogs…finally!


Numerology | Small Poodle at LargeHappy 12th day of the 1st month of the 2015th year A.D., pooches! I was going to start off the New Year by finally taking the Dognition assessment, a scientifically based on-line tool designed to give insight into each dog’s genius. I’m always up for hearing more about my genius! www.dognition.com.

But then my friend Lisa sent a link for pet numerology. I come from a bit of a woo-woo family, so I decided to go for the numerology before the science.

If you want to get your numero-scope, you can go to: www.visiblebynumbers.com/pet_numerology.html. It turns out, I’m a 3, so my result is:

Get out the toys because this one is a playful one. They love to meet people and go places because of their friendly social nature. They may be extra talkative so be prepared for some serious barking. You better be prepared for extra trips to the doggie park because this dog is an energetic one.”

Well, I do like toys, going places, and meeting people. But I have to take issue with the barking comment…Maybe if I want some deep insight into my nature, I’ll have to go check out Dognition after all.  I’ll keep you posted!

New Year’s Eve for Dogs


Small Poodle at Large
“Samba is my specialty, but I’ve been known to enjoy a good foxtrot.”


Dogs! I know a lot of us have been practicing our cool moves for when we go out dancing on New Year’s Eve. It’s a great time to get out to those parties to see and be seen.

see and be seen
“I’m planning to wear shades so I look cool and sophisticated. I just hope I don’t trip…I can’t see my own paws.”









Make sure you follow these safety tips, so you can have fun and stay safe!

1.  Buckle up, and have a designated driver.

buckle up
“I always buckle up for safety. Plus all these harnesses are considered stylish in some communities.”









“I’m a terrier, so it only makes sense I provide security for the poodles.”

2. Take security with you. This year, my friend Curtis is coming along.







Happy New Year’s, Pooches! Now go party likes it’s 2015!

Buckle up photo by Amy Neil.

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