Thursday, December 31, 2009
1 pound beef liver
All you need are beef livers. Try your local meat packers; they often throw them away. Or you can buy fresh liver from the supermarket.
Cut the liver into approximately 1 inch slices.
Place in your food dehydrator for 24 hours*. Use Pam or the equivalent on the drying racks, so the liver won't stick. Let dry for 24 hours.
*OR place them on a cookie sheet and bake in a 325 degree oven for about 45 minutes to help dry them out.
Monday, December 21, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
- Grapes and raisins: They can cause kidney failure in dogs. As little as a single serving of raisins can kill a dog.
- Chocolate: Can cause seizures, coma and death. Baker's chocolate is the most dangerous. A dog can consume milk chocolate and appear to be fine because it is not as concentrated, but it is still dangerous.
- Onions: Destroy red blood cells and can cause anemia.
- Coffee, coffee grounds, tea and tea bags: Drink/foods containing caffeine cause many of the same symptoms chocolate causes.
- Bones: Cooked bones can splinter and damage a dog's internal organs. Raw bone should always be supervised as a piece can always break off and cause problems. Try frozen oxtails or frozen knuckle bones then take the bone away before the dog can swallow the last small piece whole. It's also a good natural way to clean teeth.
- Tomatoes: Can cause tremors and heart arrhythmias. Tomato plants are the most toxic, but tomatoes themselves are also unsafe.
- Avocados: The fruit, pit and plant are all toxic. They can cause difficulty breathing and fluid accumulation in the chest, abdomen and heart.
- Nutmeg: Can cause tremors, seizures and death.
- Apples, cherries, peaches pits: and similar fruit are great for your dog - HOWEVER, the seeds of these fruits contain cyanide, which is poisonous to dogs as well as humans. Unlike humans, dogs do not know to stop eating at the core/pit and easily ingest them. It can also become lodged in the intestines and kill the dog in 24 hours with no warning.
Raw eggs: Can cause salmonella poisoning in dogs. Dogs have a shorter digestive tract than humans and are not as likely to suffer from food poisoning, but it is still possible. BEST to use ORGANIC EGGS if you do raw. Scrambled lightly is best.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
3/4 cup Beef stock -- *see Note
3 tablespoons oil
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup Bulgur -- *see Note
1/3 cup Bran
1/4 cup nonfat dry milk
1 1/2 teaspoons yeast
Place ingredients in bread pan according to manufacturers directions and press "Dough" cycle.
When machine beeps, remove dough to lightly floured countertop and with a rolling pin, roll dough out to 1/4" thickness.
Using a dog bone cookie cutter (or any small seasonal cookie cutters), cut out dog biscuits and place on a lightly greased cookie sheet or one sprinkled with cornmeal. Re-roll scraps and repeat till all dough is used up. Place in a warm location and let rise 30 minutes.
Bake at 325 for 30 minutes until brown and no longer soft. Place on a rack to cool. Store in an airtight container.
* Chicken, Vegetable Or use hot water and 2 or 3 -bouillon cubes.
**If you don't have bulgur try substituting something like a 7-grain cereal
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
* A litter of kittens is called a kindle, and a group of cats is called a clowder.
* Cats are the only animals that purr. They can purr at around 26 cycles per second, which is the same frequency as an idling diesel engine.
* Purring doesn't necessarily mean a cat is happy. Sometimes cats will purr when they are scared or hurt.
* A cat's nose pad is as unique as a human fingerprint. No two nose prints are identical.
* Petting or stroking a cat has actually been proven to help in lowering one's blood pressure.
* One way a cat shows they trust you is by rolling over on his/her back.
* A cat's hearing is much stronger and more sensitive than a dog's or a human's. Our hearing stops at 20 khz; a cat's at 65 khz.
* Cats have 32 muscles in each ear and can turn their ear very quickly to catch noise. Much faster than a very alert watchdog.
* A cat's sense of smell if about 14 times stronger than ours.
* Cats have five toes on their front paws and four on their back paws. If a cat is polydactyl, they have extra toes.
* Cats have over 100 vocal sounds, while dogs have only 10.
* Normal body temperature for a cat is between 100.5 F and 102.5 F.
* Cats drink liquid from the underside of their tongue, not from the top.
* Cats use their whiskers to determine if the space they are entering if big enough for them.
Friday, October 9, 2009
Apple Crunch Pupcakes
2 3/4 cups water
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 tablespoons honey
1 medium egg
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup apple, dried
1 tablespoon baking powder
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, mix together water,
applesauce, honey, egg, and vanilla. In a large bowl, combine flour,
apple chips, and baking powder. Add liquid ingredients to dry
ingredients and mix until very well blended. Pour into greased muffin
pans, Bake 1 1/4 hours, or until a toothpick inserted in the center
comes out dry. Store in a sealed container.
Makes 12 to 14 pupcakes
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Pet Party Mix
2 cups Cheerios®
2 cups Chex mix
2 teaspoons gravy, dry mix, brown
1/2 cup Bacos®
2 cups Shredded Wheat® -- spoon size
1/2 cup melted butter -- or margarine
1/2 cup American Cheese -- grated
1 pieces Beef Jerky -- dog treats (pupperoni, Jerky Treats, etc.)
1. Preheat oven to 275 .
2. Pour melted butter/margarine into a 33x23 cm baking pan. Stir in
cheese,bacon bits, and gravy mix. Add cereal and stir until all pieces
3. Heat until crisp, approx. 45 min.
4. Let cool and store in tightly sealed container.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Gingham Dog and Cat Biscuits
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons wheat germ
1/4 cup bran flakes
1/4 cup soy flour
1 tablespoon molasses
2 tablespoons oil -- or fat
1 tablespoon kelp -- or salt
1 teaspoon sage
1/2 teaspoon bone meal
1/3 cup milk -- or water
Mix all ingredients together. Knead and shape into crescents, rounds
or sticks for dogs. For cats, roll out and cut into narrow strips or
ribbons. Bake 25-30 minutes in a moderate oven (350 degrees) until
lightly toasted. Watch the narrow strips as they tend to get done
sooner than the others. If the biscuits are not hard enough, leave
them in the oven with the heat turned off for an hour or as long as
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
16 ounces plain nonfat yogurt
3/4 cup water
1 tablespoon chicken bouillon granules
Dissolve bouillon in water, Combine water and yogurt in blender and
blend thoroughly, Pour into small containers for freezing, cover and
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup unbleached flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1 apple -- chopped or grated
1 egg -- beaten
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon brown sugar, packed
3/8 cup water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray cookie sheet with vegetable oil
spray. Lightly dust work surface with flour. Blend flours and cornmeal
in large mixing bowl. Add apple, egg, oil, brown sugar and water; mix
until well blended.
On floured surface, roll dough out to 7/8-inch thickness. Cut with
cookie cutters of desired shape and size. Place treats on prepared
Bake in preheated oven 35 to 40 minutes. Turn off oven. Leave door
closed 1 hour to crisp treats. Remove treats from oven.
Store baked treats in airtight container or plastic bag and place in
refrigerator or freezer.
MAKES 2 to 2 1/2 dozen
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
- World's tallest dog on record was named Shamgret Danzas. He was 42" tall (at the shoulder) and weighed 238 lbs.
- World's smallest dog was a tiny Yorkie from Blackburn, England. At two years old and fully grown, this little dude was 2.5 inches tall by 3.75 inches long! He weighed only 4 ounces and was approximately the size of a matchbox.
- Worlds oldest dog that has been reliably documented was an Australian cattle-dog named Bluey. He passed away at the age of 29 years and 5 months.
- Worlds Best Drug Sniffing Dog...A U.S. Customs Labrador names "Snag" has made 118 drug seizures worth a canine record $810 million. The greatest number of drug seizures by dogs is 969 in 1988...all in one year. The team of "Rocky" and "Barco" patrolled the Texas and Mexico border, alias "Cocaine Alley". They were so good that Mexican drug lords put a price of $30,000 on their heads.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Fido's Favorite Treats
1 cup oatmeal
1/3 cup butter
1 teaspoon beef bouillon granules
1/2 cup hot water
3/4 cup powdered milk
3/4 cup cornmeal
1 egg -- beaten
3 cups whole wheat flour
Combine oatmeal, butter, and bouillon granules in a large bowl. Pour
hot water over this and let stand for 5 minutes. Stir in powdered milk,
cornmeal, and egg. Add flour 1/2 c. at a time, mixing well after each
addition. Knead for 3-4 minutes, adding more flour if needed to make
a very stiff dough. Pat or roll out dough to 1/2" thickness, then cut
into bone shaped pieces. Place in a greased baking sheet.
Bake at 325* for 50 minutes. Allow to cool and dry out till hard.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Service Dog Eye Exam
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup warm water
1/2 cup white flour
1/4 cup cornmeal
Mix well. You can also add about 1/4 tsp. either vanilla or mint flavor.
Roll out to 1/4" thick. Cut into shapes using a 3-4" bone-shape cutter.
Bake on lightly greased cookie sheet for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
A: Queen of spayeds.
Q: What do you call a contrary German Shepherd?
A: A K-nein.
Q: What do you call a dog owned by Count Dracula?
A: A bloodhound.
Q: What does a Chow Chow say when you turn it inside-out?
A: "Ouch, ouch!
Q: What do you call a dog with a cold?
A: Germy Shepherd.
Q: What do you call a dog with no legs?
A:It doesn't matter because he won't come anyway.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup soft butter
1/2 cup corn oil
1 jar baby food, meat, beef, strained
2 strips beef jerky -- (2 to 3)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour an 8x5x3 inch loaf pan.
Cream butter until smooth. Add corn oil, baby food, and eggs. Mix
until smooth. Mix dry ingredients into beef mixture until batter is
smooth. Crumble beef jerky and fold into batter. Pour batter into loaf
pan. Bake 1 hour and 10 minutes. cool on wire rack 15 minutes. Ice
with plain yogurt or cottage cheese. Store uneaten cake in
refrigerator. (If there is any!)
Send me a picture of your party and I will post it here.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Thursday, April 30, 2009
I get lots of questions each week from folks who are new to Twitter about the phenomenon called “Follow Friday,” so here’s a quick overview.
Follow Friday has become one of the weeks most popular Twitter “events” - and it’s an easy way to start getting involved on Twitter and building your Twitter network. It’s essentially a recommendation service - you are recommending other Twitter users that you like by making a tweet that includes both their user name (with the @ in front) and the hashtag #followfriday. More about hastags here.
It’s also a great way to find new people to follow - just follow the users your friends are recommending. How do you know who to recommend? Everybody does it a little differently. I recently posed that question for my #twitterguy hastag - you can see the responses I received here. Here’s the RSS feed for all #twitterguy questions.
A new site called Top Follow Friday popped up recently and is a good way to track the most endorsed Twitter users each week for #followfriday. You can also click through and see a top users endorsement list - worth a glance.
So give it a try - just make a tweet and add your favorites and be sure to add the hashtag #followfriday, and before long you’ll be tweeting like a pro!
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
To help prepare for this scenario, the following steps will help you avoid potential problems when faced with a jealous puppy and a newborn baby:
1. When you bring home a new baby, you need to have the dog used to having the baby around, so that he does not mistake it for a toy. You can start preparing ahead of time before your baby is born by going through your daily routine with a toy doll. Take time each day to pretend to change the doll's diaper as if it were a real baby so that you can practice teaching your dog commands in front of the “baby” such as sit and stay. Also, place the doll lying down as if you were going to give it a nap each day (like you will have your baby do) and allow your dog to be in the same room, but make sure he obeys you and stays away.
2. Get your puppy used to being around toddlers and children by taking him to a playground or other public area that has children visiting often. Be sure to keep him on a leash, but allow enough room to walk around, at least 6 feet. Kindly let the other children pet your dog slowly so that he can understand that the kids are friendly. This will help to reduce any tension or aggression your puppy might feel when you bring home the baby.
3. If you are making an attempt to socialize your puppy with small children as suggested in step two above, but he is showing aggression, then you should contact a professional who specializes in dog behavior. Some dogs may need a some specialized dog training techniques to relieve this tension that is caused by young toddlers and children.
4. Several weeks before the baby is due, prepare the baby's room with all of the baby furniture and accessories that will remain in the house, especially the baby's crib. Allow your puppy to be in and out of the room under your supervision and be sure that he sniffs all of the items that you are bringing into the house for the baby. Watch him closely as he sniffs at the crib. Should the puppy try to paw at the crib then be sure to say "NO!" and teach them to back away and respect your command.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
3 jars baby food, meat, beef, strained -- *see Note
1/4 cup cream of wheat -- *see Note
1/4 cup dry milk
Combine ingredients in bowl and mix well. Roll into small balls and
place on well-greased cookie sheet. Flatten slightly with a fork. Bake in
preheated 350 degree oven for 15 min. until brown.
Cool on wire racks and STORE IN REFRIGERATOR. Also freezes well.
NOTE: Carrot, Chicken or Beef baby food. Or you can substitute wheat germ for
cream of wheat.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
1. Once your new baby comes home, the puppy is going to experience times when he will be ignored. It is just unstoppable and he must get used to it. Your baby will need your full and undivided attention and sometimes your dog may not be able to participate.
In order to start helping your puppy adjust to these times, start by ignoring him at least one full hour every day. This exercise should be practiced a few weeks before the due date of your baby. Be sure that you are in the house doing something simple such as watching TV or folding your clothes, etc.
2. Keep in mind that you're going to have a lot of baby items laying around the house, especially toys. While you can do your best to keep your home clear of these toys, there are times when your dog may make an attempt to grab them. Therefore, you must try to discourage your puppy from eating the toys.
You can do this by having a few baby toys laying on the floor next to his play items. When he goes and reaches for the baby toys, give him the "no" command and then shift his attention to one of his own toys. One way to make your dog remember the difference in the toys is to mark all the baby's toys with mouthwash. Soon he will associate the "no" command with the smell and taste of mouthwash and ignore the toys altogether. Needless to say, dogs hate the smell and taste of mouthwash products.
3. You are going to have to allow your puppy to sniff and get used to the baby. However, keep in mind that babies love to tug and pull at everything they see. This may startle your puppy when the baby goes to tug at him. So in order to get your puppy used to this behavior, start by tugging and pulling at your puppy whenever you praise him. For example, give his ears a quick tug when you pet him. Grab at his coat when you go to praise him. And for extra training, perhaps make some baby sounds as you go along. Remember, your goal is to have your puppy desensitized to the new sounds and actions that your baby will display when he or she arrives at the home.
Check back for next blog post: How to Handle Your Jealous Puppy When the New Baby Arrives