We all love our animals. Pets of shapes and sizes can complete any home and help you teach your children about responsibility, compassion, and love. Cats, dogs, birds, and even pet fish make great companions and one of our favorite streaming services is celebrating four-legged friends this month. So cuddle up on the sofa and celebrate furry friends with Netflix and treats you can both eat!
Cats rule the roost in our home. Our feline friend loves to cuddle on the couch or chase her tail. She is always kicking our German Shepherd off of her pet bed, but they do love to play together! If you get a laser pointer involved, it is hysterical to watch them both chase the little red light.
But, nothing beats cuddling together with a good show. Netflix has a ton of pet-related programing suitable for all ages.
For tinier tots try these fun shows:
1. Pet Party
2. Clifford’s Puppy Days
3. Littlest Pet Shop
4. The Adventures of Milo and Otis
5. Snow Buddies
6. Sabrina, The Animated Series
‘Curious George’ is another favorite. My 3 year-old loves her “Georgy Boy” mini-marathons. That monkey is a cuddly creature I grew up loving and, thanks to Netflix, I can share him with my kids.
For the bigger kids indulge in one of these family favorites:
1. The Adventures of Puss in Boots
3. Step Dogs
5. Hachi: A Dog’s Tale
6. Air Bud
7. Monkey Trouble
The classic version of ‘Annie’ would be great to watch before watching the recent reboot. Also, ‘Air Bud’ is just one of the films featuring the sports-loving pooch.
For those older teens and adults alike, give these Netflix offerings a try:
1. Anchorman 2
3. Family Guy
5. Red Dog
Eddie from ‘Frasier’ is one my personal favorite TV K-9s. I love the relationship he has with Marty and the jealousy he sparks from Frasier is incredibly amusing.
While you watch your pet-friendly programming, you have to have a snack! It’s always so tempting to share “people” food with pets, but it can be unhealthy for your begging pet. Resist the urge to share some popcorn and try this easy, homemade treat that both you and your puppy can eat.
Homemade Pet-Friendly Peanut Butter Banana Cookies
2 cups coconut flour (avoid what flours as dogs can be allergic)
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup of all natural peanut butter (you can substitute with nut-free peanut butters for allergies)
3/4 cup water
1 ripe, squished banana
2 tablespoons honey
1 large egg
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Mix coconut flour and baking powder together.
3. In a separate bowl, mix peanut butter, water, banana, honey, and the egg.
4. When your wet ingredients have a smooth texture, fold them into the flour mix.
5. Roll the dough out onto a surface dusted with coconut flour. Use a cookie cutter to make fun shapes.
6. Bake for 18-20 minutes.
Let these treats cool before serving and make sure you store any leftovers in an airtight container. They are safe and healthy for the entire family. They’ll be a great addition to your Netflix movie night and your kids will love getting creative in the kitchen!