Thursday, December 31, 2009

Liver Treats

Try this recipe for a New Year's treat for your beloved furry friend(s):

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

Cute-dog winner a champion for homeless animals

"Cutest" pooch $1 million prize will go to shelters in the Denver area. Heart warming story on how a pint-sized Chihuahua won an on-line cutest dog competition and the prize money will help the shelters to fund programs in cruelty investigations, foster care and classes, as well as assist "special case" animals who require surgeries or treatment.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Dogs Should Not Eat These Foods

Some of these people foods could be deadly to your dog:

- 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

Bread Machine Dog Biscuits

Bread Machine Dog Biscuits
3/4 cup Beef stock -- *see Note
1 egg
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

Reading Program

Do you know students that are shy or have learning disabilities about reading books. The American Humane Association has a program where kids can read aloud to dogs. Check out the American Humane Animal-Assisted Therapy program @

Great Reading Material

When it comes to your dog(s) can you speak their language. Read this great book "How to Speak Dog" by Stanley Coren. This book is generally considered the Bible of dog language books and in it he makes the case for dogs having their own language. Dogs use their body and other behaviors to communicate. For instance, leaning on another dog is one of the behaviors of dominance. This would make a great Christmas gift for any dog owner.