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Pinterest for pets

Virginia Chavez is a Phoenix-based freelance writer covering pets and lifestyle in the Southwest. In addition to regular contributions both online and in-print, Virginia locally owns and operates two pet care and supply businesses. For t...

Pins for paws

Chances are you've discovered and spent unspeakable amounts of time on the virtual pin board we've all come to know and love, Pinterest. Now that you've planned your wedding, furnished your home and designed your spring wardrobe, it's time to place a few pins for the paws in your life.
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Follow these top 5 tips on how to get the most out of Pinterest for your pets.

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Stand out from the crowd at the next puppy party (or spoil your own pet) with a unique gift fit for all modern paws. Pinterest helps you find the cure for the common dog bone with one-of-a-kind ideas for pet lovers like you. Here, you can find gifts that not only fit every budget but are satisfaction guaranteed. From DIY dog tags to pet gift baskets, by keeping a pet gift-giving pin board, you'll always be the life of the paw-ty.

Four-paw furnishings

It's time to give your furry friend a home makeover. Pinterest is full of ideas for crafty pet furnishings including lavish doghouses and chic pet beds that are far from ordinary. For creatively minded pet owners, fill your pin boards with DIY ideas to spruce up a vintage suitcase turned doggie dish or convert your kitty's play room into a modern indoor jungle. For artistically challenged pet owners, let others do the thinking while you do the shopping. Pinterest can help you find unique pet furnishings from innovative crafters on etsy.com or lead you to otherwise undiscovered shopping sites.

Pet-approved recipes

Combine your pet's two greatest loves -- you and food -- with a pin board made specifically with Fido's taste buds in mind. Pinterest helps you find great tutorials, blogs and books filled with information on pet-approved ingredients and cooking basics. Learn to make a cake, treats and even healthy dinners from human-grade foods.

Breed research

Looking to bring a pet home to join your family? Searching through hundreds of breeds and mixes can be overwhelming and often confusing. Remembering the traits and qualities of each potential pet takes time and thorough research. Pinterest provides a visual organizational platform to help you remember the difference between a pugle and a labradoodle. Future pet owners can use Pinterest to catalogue favorite breeds in one location that's easy to get to and can be used for daily reference.

Photography

Pinterest is the hot-spot for irresistibly adorable pet photography. Create a pin board filled with creative ways to document life with your pet. Even if you don't become the next Annie Leibovitz of pet photography, snapping shots of your furry friend can be a fun bonding experience that's all about them. If you have a camera-shy pet, take a minute to simply ooh and aah at the incredible photos -- we promise they'll put a smile on your face just when you need it the most.

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