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Dogs Gone Green

Earth Day is a good day to support eco friendly and green companies and organizations. Fido,  your best friend, will appreciate putting on the green, too

Share Earth Day with Your Dog:

Attend a dog-friendly Earth Day event

Organize a dog park clean-up

Take a nature hike on a dog-friendly trail

Shampoo your furry friend with an eco friendly shampoo (organic, biodegradable) in a bone fido bottle, squish squish, even if your dog doesn’t like a bath, they’ll enjoy the suds, www.organicoscar.com

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Cook your hound one of the 125 yummy healthy homemade meals from the Healthy Hounds cookbook which includes raw recipes, grain-free and Paleo by the folks over at dogtipper.com   http://www.dogtipper.com/books/healthy-hound-cookbook

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Compost your dog’s waste

Share pet food with pets of the homeless   http://www.petsofthehomeless.org/

Put Dog Rocks into your dog’s bowl of water and save your lawn from urine burn, easy to use,   http://dogrocks.org/about/

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Use an herbal flea prevention powder and drops such as Earth Animals Herbal Internal Powder

Clean the dog’s bed and crate (and spring clean your home) with Miracle II Soap (all natural and refreshing)

Pour an ounce of your liquid nutritional supplement filled with redox signaling molecules (ASEA) into her bowl every morning and watch Fido’s energy soar to new heights, zoom, zoom, zoom     http://asea.myvoffice.com/suemagic/

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Dog Pies

In honor of Pi day, thought we’d give some pie recipes for dogs…the first one is good for Thanksgiving or any time of the year. Pumpkin is good for doggies.  There is some variety, so enjoy. If you make any, let us know how they turned out.

 

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Mini Pumpkin Pies

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz. can of pumpkin (plain)
  • 8 oz. plain low-fat yogurt
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour, or a mixture of all-purpose and whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup applesauce, unsweetened
  • 3 – 4 Tbsp. water

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375
  2. Mix oatmeal and flour together in a food processor.
  3. Add applesauce slowly, continuing to run the processor.
  4. Add water slowly, using only enough to make a ball (too much will make the dough sticky).
  5. Spray wax paper and muffin tin with olive or vegetable oil cooking spray.
  6. Roll out dough onto wax paper and cut out 8 circles, about 4″ across (or divide dough into 8 small balls before rolling out).
  7. Press individual circles into bottom and sides of muffin tin.
  8. Bake for 8 minutes.
  9. Let crusts cool, then remove from the muffin tin.
  10. Fill each crust with about 1/4 cup (2 ounces) of canned pumpkin.
  11. Top with a dollop of yogurt.

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http://adventuresofadogmom.wordpress.com/2012/11/19/mini-pumpkin-pies-for-dogs/

 

Sweet Potato Pie for dogs

You can make the sweet potato or pumpkin puree blend anyway you want. If your pie filling recipe calls for milk, a good substitute is coconut milk. Coconut oil does the job of the butter and is safe and very healthy for most animals. A touch of cinnamon is a healthy spice as well that is enticing for dogs to throw into the mix. A little honey can provide more flavor in the mix if desired and approved for your pet. Sweet potato pie filling may also be combined with pumpkin puree. Sweet potatoes can be given to animals raw, boiled, or in the form of a full pie. It might sound intimidating and time consuming, but it’s actually rather simple.

Crust

Typical pie crust is not healthy for dogs, but a crust made with coconut flour (as opposed to grain-based crusts) can actually be a fun way to cook for your pets and give them added nutrition. Coconut flour is high in fiber and does not raise blood sugar levels, optimizes gastrointestinal health, and is gluten free.

To get the right size (if you want a smaller pie) and desired texture may require some experimentation, but the good news is that pets tend not to be too discriminative. You simply need something to place the soft sweet potato (or pumpkin) mix on. Simply add wet ingredients until your dough is moldable, and not too loose.

Here’s a good starting point (adjust as needed):

Ingredients for Pet Safe Pie Crust

  • 2 tablespoons Virgin Coconut Oil
  • 1 cup Coconut Flour
  • 3 Eggs (for carnivores and omnivores), or ice water/fruit juice/coconut milk)
  • 1 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar (if you have it), (Apple Cider Vinegar is very healthy)
  • 1/2 cup Shredded coconut, (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon Honey, (optional, not for young animals)

 

could make a Sloppy Joe’s type Shepherd’s pie for dogs

 

with one pound of ground beef or turkey

a can of tomato sauce

1 cup of chopped veggies, celery, carrots

mashed potatoes with cheese

burger buns or pie  crust

 

Cook up the meat with the veggies and sauce. Make the mashed potatoes and cover the meat with the mashies. Serve on burger buns or bake in oven in pie crust.

http://www.wagthedoguk.com/shepherds-pie-for-dogs/

 

Chicken Pot Pie treats for dogs

Ingredients
1/2 cup Chicken (cooked and shredded)
1/2 cup Peas (cooked and mashed)
1/4 cup Carrots (shredded)
1/2 cup Chicken Broth
1 1/2 cup Whole Wheat or coconut or all purpose Flour

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.
2. In a large bowl combine all ingredients until well mixed.
3. Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 inch thick. Cut into shapes with the cutter of your choice.
4. Place cookies on an ungreased cookie sheets and poke with a fork to prevent air bubbles. Cook for 15-20 minutes.
Cool and refrigerate.
* I brushed the treats before baking with an egg white for the shiny affect.

 

http://doggydessertchef.com/2010/05/15/chicken-pot-pie-biscuits/

 

Quiche for dogs

 

CRUST
Mashed potatoes (try to save some before you add all the butter and salt – or make them fresh for your tarts!)
1 egg
Pinch garlic powder
Olive oil

FILLING
5 eggs
½ cup milk
2 cups “stuff”
• We use lean ham, chicken, turkey, salmon or steak, along with bell peppers, broccoli, spinach, asparagus, sundried tomatoes – whatever you have in the fridge that is tasty and dog friendly. Remember, you should never feed onions to your dogs, so leave those out.
1 tsp. finely chopped fresh herbs
• We like parsley (great with ham or steak) , basil (yummy with chicken or turkey) or dill (totally delicious with salmon)
1 cup, shredded cheese

Preheat oven to 350F.
In a medium bowl, mix together mashed potato, egg and garlic powder. Brush a tart pan with olive oil. Press mashed potato mixture into the pan, making sure it is as even a thickness as possible. Brush with olive oil. Place in oven and bake for 20 – 30 minutes or until lightly brown.

While the crust is baking, finely chop your “stuff” and set it aside. In a bowl, whip together the egg and milk. Once crust has baked, fill the tarts with your “stuff” and fresh herbs. Pour egg mixture into the tarts and top with cheese.
Bake for 25 minutes or until the tops have “puffed” slightly and the cheese is golden brown.
Your dogs will be begging for a bite – and you don’t have to feel bad about giving it to them

http://twolittlecavaliers.com/2012/05/cooking-for-dogs-potato-crust-quiche.html

 

Frozen Peanut Butter and Banana pie

 

Ingredients

2 large bananas

4 cups Plain Mountain High Yoghurt OR Vanilla Mountain High Yoghurt

1 cup salt free, sugar free peanut butter

Directions

Take all ingredients and place in a blender.  Pulse until just blended.

 

Pour into pie pan and freeze for at least 3 hours or overnight.

 

Let thaw at room temperature for one hour before slicing, or put in microwave on medium heat for 2 minutes.

When ready to serve, put knife under hot water to make cutting easier.

 

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http://yourdogsdiner.com/recipes-2/recipes-person-and-dog-friendly/frozen-peanut-butter-banana-pie/

 

 

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New diet for Cici

 

well, I decided that I could not give Cici the antibiotics and steroids. I was getting anxiety attacks every time that I did. She was acting strange so that was that. And I also realized that the Neutralizer gel makes growths, warts and skin tags seem worse before they fall off so that is probably what the vet was concerned about, that the growth looked worse.

Now, am giving Cici a new diet. An anti-growth on the toe diet.

She is getting Nori seaweed with her food, quinoa which is an amazing food for dogs and humans, avocado, almond butter, and raw tripe as well as Bio-Preparation with her food… In addition, will continue to topically spray ASEA on her toe, give her ASEA internally and also put Miracle 2 Neutralizer gel on her toe (not at the same time as when I put the ASEA on her toe).

BioPreparation for pets from Optimum Choices, check out their web site at BioPreparation_for_animals The founder of the company believes that the anti-cancer properties are due to realignment and re-balancing of the body through the metabolism of the algae.

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Nori seaweed, amazingly, I got some for her already and she will not take it plain but sprinkled into her food, she scarfs it all up. surprise surprise.

Nori contains porphyran which has been shown to cause the death of cancer cells. (Nori is a red seaweed. Red seaweeds are the source of carrageenen and agar agar.) Algae are also an important emergency food. Spirulina contains compounds which help the body extract toxins (similar to brown seaweed) and in a variety of ways assists in killing cancer cells.

10 sheets of nori a week for cici

will be cooking up the Quinoa and mixing it up with other food, too.

Right now, we still have Dr. Harvey’s K9 Health. We may get some of the new Oracle dog food with raw tripe. She loves their Power Patties (tripe). There is a price factor to consider but I think it will wind up being six of one half a dozen of the other. The K9 health (10 pound bag) lasts two months and I have to add meat/protein to it. Oracle comes in a 6 pound bag, do not need to add protein to it.

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http://www.drharveys.com/blog/post/52-dr-harvey-s-oracle-tripe-for-dogs

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Quinoa (keen-wah) is not a grain; its actually a seed related to the spinach family. When cooked, it is light, fluffy, a bit crunchy and has a pleasant subtle flavor. It cooks and tastes like a grain, thereby making it a great replacement for grains that are difficult to digest or feed.  It is used in many hypoallergenic foods for dogs.

Some of the great things found in Quinoa are:

  1. Protein – It contains the 9 essential amino acids that help to build muscle
  2. Magnesium – Which helps relax muscles and lower blood pressure
  3. Fiber – Aids with proper elimination
  4. Manganese and Copper  – A great team of antioxidants and cancer fighters

By far, Quinoa is higher in potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron and copper than wheat and barley.

1. Quinoa is rich in protein and can be a good substitute for meat-based-proteins in your dog’s diet.

2. Quinoa works as a good filler. Mix it with other foods and the dog may find it an interesting mixture. Several dog owners have been experimenting with adding quinoa with other ingredients like salmon and boiled eggs.

3. Quinoa is rich in Vitamin B12 essential for dogs. In fact there are a number of other important nourishment that quinoa packs as well.

4. The magnesium in quinoa keeps blood pressure under check.

5. Quinoa is quite filling and packs in proteins in place of carbohydrates. This keeps the dog’s obesity levels under check. Labradors, some retrievers and a few other breeds have a natural tendency to gain weight.

6. Quinoa has a nutty flavor and (at least) some dogs quite like it.

Quinoa for Dogs – the Againsts

1. Quinoa has a lot of fiber and dogs find it hard to digest. Dogs have shorter intestines, unlike us humans, and cannot digest cellulose or fiber. A number of owners reported observing complete quinoa seeds within their dog’s excreta.

2. A few dog owners said that their dogs had digestion problems to the extent of diarrhea and vomiting. However, in most of these cases, the dogs seemed to have been fed with uncooked quinoa. It may be that the quinoa in a few cases may not have been rinsed properly as well and the dogs may have lost their digestion because of saponins.

Useful tips and agreements

1. Nearly everyone agreed that quinoa may be given to dogs but in moderation. Instead of making quinoa a part of the dog’s daily diet, it may make greater sense to feed him the food twice a week.

2. Uncooked quinoa is a big no-no. While a number of owners give raw meat to dogs, raw quinoa is not a good idea. Dogs find it difficult to digest it. Nearly all owners who reported seeing whole quinoa seeds in their dog’s excreta had fed raw quinoa to their dogs.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/7645421

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Hare today: rabbits in the raw

If you live in the Monterey Bay area from Carmel to Pacific Grove, Marina to Gilroy, there is a rabbit farmer in Hollister who delivers raw ground rabbit food for dogs for FREE in the area with a minimum purchase of 10lbs..

He feeds them native grasses, each package is 2 lb. which can be fed to a 60 lb. dog for a week, approximately.

Cici has been scarfing up the raw rabbits. She loves it.  I try not to think about the bunnies. The 2 pound package lasts about a week, so five packages should last the month, if you mix the ground rabbit with kibble or Dr. Harvey’s as I do and feed twice a day. Longer, if your dog is smaller than Cici. She weighs about 53-60 pounds. She has stopped itching, too. No more allergies… allergies be gone dog food !

It is all natural raw dog food, ground rabbit with bone and organ meat included. It has NO preservatives, additives or antibiotics. It is all fresh and healthy. It comes frozen in 2lb packages. And it is very affordable. I did some research on other sites and found prices of $100 for 10 pounds of raw rabbit meat.  Feed your dogs rabbit tartare. Or you can cook the meat and feed your dog cooked rabbit. Either way, it is a nice change of pace (see health benefits below).

Check out the Rabbit in the Raw facebook page

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If you have any Questions feel free to call Charly at 831 673 2287. He can answer your questions and will enjoy meeting you and your dogs!

Rabbit Meat:  Is classified as poultry.  Like chicken or turkey but is extremely lean with more protein and significantly less fat.  But unlike the common proteins of chicken and turkey dogs and cats that are allergic to poultry can usually digest rabbit without allergy symptoms.  Other benefits of rabbit meat include the following:  there is no cholesterol found in rabbit meat making it a fantastic option for dogs that have a history of cardiac disease.  Rabbit meat contains fewer calories when comparing ounce per ounce of chicken, turkey, beef, and lamb making it a fantastic option for dogs needing to lose a few pounds without significantly cutting the portion size.  Rabbit meat is a very “heart-friendly” protein source, and makes a great choice for allergic, overweight or sensitive pets.

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turkey day feast for pooches

ok, this year Thanksgiving and my birthday are one and the same day…

so what are you and your dog up to for turkey day (remember, be good, it’s a day to be thankful and grateful and appreciate all you have…

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/11/23/dogs-dressed-like-turkeys_n_786977.html#s188391

Genetically modified ingredients can be an unwelcome and hidden guest at your Thanksgiving celebration. This year, GMO Inside, a new coalition that advocates for increased consumer awareness of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in foods, is offering tips and suggestions for consumers on how to remove unwanted GMOs from their holiday feasts. From identifying GMO–laden products and offering non-GMO alternatives to giving tips on how to help spread the word on genetically engineered foods, GMO Inside hopes to give consumers the information they need to celebrate a non-GMO Thanksgiving.

Alisa Gravitz, president, Green America said: “Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate with family and friends. Consumers should be able to do this without worrying about feeding hidden GMOs to their loved ones. GMO Inside’s Thanksgiving campaign allows people to make educated decisions about what will be served at their holiday gathering.”

Some common Thanksgiving products that are suspect for GMOs include: Campbell’s Tomato Soup, Wesson Canola Oil, Bruce’s Yams, Hershey Milk Chocolate, Pepperidge Farm Crackers, Kraft Classic Ranch Dressing, Rice-a-Roni chicken flavored rice, Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce, and Kraft’s Stove Top Stuffing. GMO Inside provides alternatives to these foods here:  http://gmoinside.org/launch-thanksgiving/.

If you already purchased holiday food containing GMOs, you can check to see if food containing GMOs has money-back guarantees. If it does, you can send food back to the manufacturer and ask for your money back.

Sixty countries around the world have labeled GMO foods. GMO Inside believes that all U.S. citizens have the right to know what is in the food they eat. Genetically engineered foods have not been adequately tested for human consumption. It is unethical to put an experimental technology into the food Americans feed their families without providing information on the label that allows Americans to choose whether or not their food contains GMOs. Americans deserve to know if there are GMOs inside.
and here are some no no foods to not feed your pooch

http://www.ilovedogs.com/2011/10/10-thanksgiving-foods-dangerous-to-your-dog/#.UKPSAxW-amA

and instead of and/or in addition to eating turkey, you could adopt one… Adopting a turkey is a great way to give “turkey day” a new, kind meaning.

http://thekindlife.com/blog/post/farm-sanctuary-adopt-a-turkey-2012

Anyone want to adopt me??? LOL…

here are some yummy sounding recipe items…

http://thekindlife.com/blog/post/my-thanksgiving-menu-2010

a turkey day feast for pooches

http://www.rachaelray.com/recipe.php?recipe_id=3678

If you’re looking for a delicious grain-free treat for your pooch, follow a standard turkey meatball recipe and omit the breadcrumbs. Here is one of our grain-free personal favorites:

1 lb. ground turkey
1 egg
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. sweet basil
1 1/2 tsp. parsley
2 cloves minced garlic
1/4 cup romano or parmesan cheese

Mix all ingredients together and roll into small balls. Place shaped meatballs on a baking sheet and bake for 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

http://dogs-a-jammin.tumblr.com/post/1659924222/thanksgiving-dog-treat-recipes

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Pumpkin is good for dogs

    • Pumpkins are everywhere… I got some pumpkin butter from Trader Joe’s, have not tried it yet…Pumpkin is good for dog tummies…

      “adding two teaspoons of canned pumpkin in you dog’s food helps the digestion process”

      http://raisinghealthydogs.com/discover-the-health-benefits-of-canned-pumpkin-for-dogs

      I made my own version of this pumpkin meat loaf with ground turkey for cici and she loved it…Healthy Digestion Pumpkin Meatloaf

      AllNaturalPetCare.com

      1.5 pounds lean ground beef
      1 cup mashed or unseasoned canned pumpkin
      1 egg
      2 TBSP plain active yogurt
      1 tsp aloe juice
      1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
      1 cup of finely chopped parsley
      1/2 cup peas
      1 cup finely chopped cooked greens, such as turnip greens
      1.5 cups rice infant cereal
      1 tsp seaweed/algae
      1 tsp calcium montmorillonite clay
      1 tsp paprika
      1/2 tsp cinnamon
      * Optional supplements

      Preheat oven: 350F
      Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.
      Pack firmly into loaf pan greased with extra virgin olive oil.
      Bake for about 1.5 hours.
      Cool & slice.
      This meatloaf freezes very well in convenient, single-slice portions

      this sounds yummy and I think can be adapted for dogs, too…

      Pumpkin Whoopie pie

    • This Wicked Pumpkin Whoopie Pies recipe is adapted from the recipe printed on the 207 Show’s web site on WCSH6.com (the NBC TV affiliate in Portland, Maine). I have not changed the substance of the recipe, but I have revised the wording a bit for clarity and added some of my own helpful tips and notes in italics.
  • I have broken out this recipe into two parts — the pumpkin whoopie pie shells recipeand the cream cheese whoopie pie filling recipe — to make it easier to follow since the cake shells and filling are made separately and then sandwiched together.

Ingredients

  • 1 15 oz can of pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups brown sugar (firmly packed)
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (heaping)

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350 °F (177 °C). Grease a large cookie sheet or line it with parchment paperand set it aside.

I always have needed two or more cookie sheets for mine, but it depends on the size of the scoops you use (which also determines the number of whoopie pies this recipe will make).2. Beat pumpkin, eggs, oil, and brown sugar together until fluffy with an electric mixerStir in the molasses.

A handheld mixer is fine.3. Combine the dry ingredients together and mix them into the pumpkin mixture until well blended. The batter will be thick (it should hold its shape when placed on the cookie sheet).

Make sure you measure 3 heaping cups of flour (approximately 3 1/2 level cups) and 2firmly packed cups of brown sugar so you get the correct amounts of each in the batter.

Also, feel free to use different spices if you prefer. For example, if you don’t care for ginger, you could substitute a smaller quantity of nutmeg.4. Scoop large, rounded spoonfuls of the cake batter onto the prepared cookie sheet(s), spacing them at least 2 inches apart.

Feel free to make your whoopie pie shells larger or smaller by changing the size of the mounds of batter. Remember to adjust the baking time accordingly and keep a close eye on the cakes so you don’t under- or over-bake them.

Both Amy and I recommend using an ice cream scoop to remove the same amount of cake batter for each whoopie pie shell and to form the batter into neat, uniform mounds. Using the ice cream scoop to portion and shape the batter helps you make cake shells that are uniformly sized with round edges that are easy to match up in pairs, rather than the unevenly sized shells with wonky edges that often form when anything other than a scoop is used.5. Bake the whoopie pie shells for 10-13 minutes (depending on the size scoop or spoon you used to portion the batter).

6. Cool the whoopie pie shells on a large wire cooling rack while you make the cream cheese filling with marshmallow creme / fluff (see recipe below).

7. When the whoopie pie shells have cooled, turn over half of them (flat side facing up) and place a scoop of cream cheese filling in the center of each cake shell. Top with the remaining cake shells.

Use the same ice cream scoop you used to portion out the cake batter to top half the cake shells with a mound of the cream cheese filling.

Ingredients

  • 6 oz. cream cheese
  • 1/2 stick (1/4 c.) unsalted butter (softened)
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 3 heaping tablespoons marshmallow creme (such as Marshallow Fluff)
  • 2 teaspoons water

Instructions

1. Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer until fluffy.

Note: 3 heaping tablespoons of marshmallow creme is equal to approximately 4 level tablespoons of fluff.2. Sandwich pairs of cooled pumpkin whoopie pie shells together with scoops of this cream cheese filing.

http://www.squidoo.com/pumpkin-whoopie-pies-delicious-halloween-and-fall-treats#module162356029

Pumpkin Bread Recipe

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 cups (200g) flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup (200 g) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup (240 ml) pumpkin purée*
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) olive oil
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) chopped walnuts

* To make pumpkin purée, cut a pumpkin in half, scoop out the seeds and stringy stuff, lie face down on a foil or Silpat lined baking sheet. Bake at 350°F until soft, about 45 min to an hour. Cool, scoop out the flesh. Freeze whatever you don’t use for future use. Or, if you are working with pumpkin pieces, roast or boil them until tender, then remove and discard the skin.

METHOD

1 Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Sift together the flour, salt, sugar, and baking soda.

2 Mix the pumpkin, oil, eggs, 1/4 cup of water, and spices together, then combine with the dry ingredients, but do not mix too thoroughly. Stir in the nuts.

3 Pour into a well-buttered 9x5x3 inch loaf pan. Bake 50-60 minutes until a thin skewer poked in the very center of the loaf comes out clean. Turn out of the pan and let cool on a rack.

Can easily double the recipe.

Yield: Makes one loaf.

http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/pumpkin_bread/

http://icanhas.cheezburger.com/dogs/tag/pumpkin/page/4#post-3514484736

Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dog Treats
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2 large eggs
2/3 cup pumpkin purée, canned or fresh
3 tbsps peanut butter

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place all ingredients in the mixing bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix on medium for about a minute or until the dough looks like a bunch of little dough balls. If you pinch a piece and it crumbles, add a little water. If it’s really sticky, it’s too wet and you’ll need to add a little flour. Gather the dough together and form into a ball. Place on a lightly floured work surface and roll it out to about 1/4-inch thickness. You can either use a cookie cutter to cut out cute shapes or use a knife to cut squares or strips. I am pretty sure the dog doesn’t care, but I rather prefer the cute shapes. I gather the scraps together and roll them out again and again until I’ve used up the dough. Place the cookies on a baking sheet. They can be crowded pretty close together since they don’t expand much. Bake 15-20 minutes for softer treats or 30 minutes for hard treats (Kaweah likes crunchy treats, just like her person – me). Let cool completely. Makes 100+ 1-inch heart-shaped dog treats.

http://userealbutter.com/2012/04/18/pumpkin-peanut-butter-dog-treats-recipe/

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Prayers for Wallace and Angus

Hector the pit bull’s much beloved brothers are having serious health challenges… please pray for them all and the entire Yori family…

Wallace has hemangiosarcoma, an aggressive cancer.  his best friend Angus tore his cruciate ligament.

I suggested the Conservative Manage Protocol for Angus and Jeff Stanford’s healing plan for Wallace.

http://celiasue.com/2012/09/08/conservative-management-for-acl/

http://celiasue.com/2008/10/12/5-tips-on-helping-a-dog-heal/

However, people have to do whatever they think best for their dogs.

How to help 

Here are some ways that people can help.

1.  ChipIn.  So far the vet bills total almost $6000.  If we can get help with even a portion of that we would feel so grateful. ChipIn For Wallace and Angus

2.  Buy Wallace’s book.  Wallace: The Underdog Who Conquered a Sport, Saved a Marriage, and Championed Pit Bulls– One Flying Disc at a Time   Make sure your local bookstores and libraries have it.  Read our story.  Share it with others.  Wallace has made a positive impact on this world and he has more to do.

Send stuffies or treats.  Wallace loves to destroy stuffed toys, with or without squeakers (they will be destroyed immediately so don’t bother purchasing expensive ones).  Treats must be grain-free and poultry-free.  Good brands for him are ZiwiPeakRaw Bistro Stix,Wellness Pure Rewards (venison/salmon)Pure Vita (beef liver/sweet potato).  No chews except for Zukes Z-Bones (he hardly has any teeth left).  You can send them to him at 4712 19th St SE, Rochester, MN 55904.

Continue to send him positivity and love.  Say prayers, wish him healing light, reiki, good thoughts… I believe all of that good energy is good for him.

Clara is currently doing a painting of Wallace and will be selling prints online to help with his medical bills.  Those should be ready next week if you are interested.

Hug your pets and be glad for every moment you have with them.  Their lives are too short and they deserve every ounce of goodness possible.

This is Wallace on his 10th birthday this year. He knows how to live life to the fullest and we want to help him do that for as long as he wants to.

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Books have gone to the dogs

There’s a wide world of dog books to explore… here are a few very different ones…  each make great gifts for animal lovers.

Fistful of Collars, 5th in the Spencer Quinn series, with Chet the dog narrator/sleuth… Chet and Bernie the dynamic duo of the Little Detective Agency encounter a cat, Hollywood and are off on another funny action adventure. Hollywood has gone to the dogs and Chet and Bernie’s new assignment is a self-proclaimed cat person, and his feline friend Brando has taken an instant dislike to Chet. And a fun tale ensues.

We drove deeper into the desert, Bernie at the wheel, Thad riding shotgun with Brando on his lap, me still in back. After not too long, Bernie turned off the blacktop and followed a dirt track up toward some big red rocks, a track that petered out before we got there. Bernie stopped the car.

“What’s going on?” Thad said.

“Want to see something interesting?” Bernie said.

“Like what?” Thad checked his watch.

“Let’s make it a surprise.”

“I hate surprises.”

Bernie smiled, one of those smiles of his that’s just for himself—and me, of course, goes without saying—and we all piled out of the car, me hitting the ground first. We walked up toward the red rocks, me in the lead, then Bernie, Thad, and Brando, actually moving under his own power. Once—this was back on our trip to San Diego—Bernie said that the fog came in on little cat feet, a remark that I’d never been able to forget no matter how hard I’d tried, and that was how Brando moved along, like he was made of cloud, weighing nothing, although in fact he looked pudgy to me.

- From A Fistful of Collars

http://www.chetthedog.com/tag/a-fistful-of-collars

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Royal Treatment, a Natural Approach to Wildly Healthy Pets by Dr. Barbara Royal is a handy encyclopedia of the world of pets including what wild animals teach us, ailments including cancer with suggested cures, alternative ones and how to deal effectively with pets. Handy charts, tips, facts and info about diet, dog foods, raw food recipes, cat litter, what to do if your pet is hit by a car, bleeding, vomiting, experienced a trauma and so much more. There are specific stories of particular pets to illustrate the topics.

Dr. Barbara Royal is a passionate, dedicated, and innovative veterinarian with a unique approach to medicine. Her patients have included countless different species from German shepherds at her private practice, to baby owls in the wild, to zebras in the zoo. Her clients are the humans who live for their pets, much like she does. Her ability to lend a voice to sick or injured animals and carry out the best treatment for them is unmatched.

An expert diagnostician with a background in zoo and wildlife medicine, Dr. Royal has learned that adhering to the teachings of Western medicine is often not the best way to fully cure her patients. With the clinical experience to know when to use surgery, medications, and alternative methods, plus an observant and empathetic understanding of the evolutionary needs of her patients, she individually tailors the Royal Treatment to ensure that each pet (and owner!) lives as happily and healthfully as possible.

The knowledge she has gained from wild animals gives her valuable insight into the cat in your kitchen and the dog in your living room. Our pets have all evolved from wild species and adapted to domestic life in many ways, but their natural characteristics are genetically fixed. In order for our pets to meet their full health potential, we must be mindful of these natural nutritional, emotional, and physical needs. Applying common sense in this way, along with the support of medicine, nutrition, elements of Eastern medicine, and physical rehabilitation, fosters an animal’s natural inclination toward optimal health and immunity. There is no placebo effect in animal medicine, and Dr. Royal has seen amazing results with her integrative approach, time and time again.

A must-have for all pet owners. Dr. Royal empowers animal lovers to lift their pets into a realm of natural health and happiness that will be palpable from shiny coat to bouncy step.

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The Divinity of Dogs by Jennifer Skiff, True Stories of Miracles Inspired by Man’s Best Friend…

FromThe Divinity of Dogs: “As much as we look up at the stars and know there is more than life on earth, the divinity of dogs is just as unexplainable and profound. They may be the purest example of divine love in an earthly soul many of us ever experience. If we take their lead, open our hearts and embrace their love, we may just find our own journey a lot more enlightening.” Jennifer Skiff

“Whether you believe dogs are divine or a gift from the Divine, The Divinity of Dogs gives you permission to accept what you know: dogs provide us with a clear example of all that is good. They are healers, educators, protectors, and tangible examples of divine love. For those of you who agree with this philosophy this book confirms all we know and puts an exclamation point on it!

‘My dogs have been the reason I have woken up every single day of my life with a smile on my face. They have protected me from mean people and have given me insight into potential partners. They have been my children and my parents. They have loved me the most. I am among the ranks of millions of people who appreciate the souls of dogs and know they are a gift of pure love and an example of all that is good. More than anything, they have taught me how to be a better person. I’m not alone. The world is filled with people who have reached the same conclusion and are happy to share why.

• Scott Thornsley thought his life was over. He lost his job of 19 years, and his wife left him. He felt no one loved or wanted him. He decided to kill himself. At the very moment he chose to act on his decision, his Rottweiller Emma ran into the room, grabbed his hand ferociously, and pulled him to the front door. What happened next, in the darkest moment of his life, saved him.

• Joy Peterkin lost her home and belongings in Hurricane Katrina – but she still had her Chihuahua, Little Bit. Just as Joy was finding some normalcy in her life, Little Bit began persistently nudging a spot on her breast. In this book, we find out what Little Bit knew that doctors didn’t.

http://www.jenniferskiff.com/

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Suzann Yue’s Snort’s Special Gift is a very special book, one that transcends the death of a family pet and shows young ones the possibilities of life after death. Based upon the author’s family and their dog, Snort, with whom they all had a  good time, I must admit that I was touched reading the author’s daughter’s class essay on her best friend, Snort, after he had died. Apparently good writing skills run in the family!  Lin Wang’s nicely flowing watercolors add real depth and meaning to the poignant words of both the author and her daughter. I think that they were the real reason that my tears flowed so copiously.
Winner of a Mom’s Choice Award, this is a book to be treasured. The last page even includes a place to which you can affix your own personal pet photograph, along with suggested inscriptions.
Snort’s Gift, the only thing is the story started at the ending… there was no beginning or middle, so readers don’t really get to know the dog or family. How/when did they get the dog? how old was the dog? happy memories ? funny quirks of the dog?  Would have liked more info, specific details to fill in this important story.

http://www.suzannyue.com/

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The Lucky Dog Matchmaking Service by Beth Kendrick

A different take on a dating service. matchmaker matchmaker make me a match… a total sucker for mutts and down-on-their-luck rescue dogs, this book is Beth Kendrick’s love letter to canines everywhere.  Bad dogs and the women who love them will adore this funny and heartwarming tale about true love with a four legged furry friend.

Lara Madigan has a gift. She can help you find your soulmate—your canine soulmate, that is. As a dog trainer with a soft spot for strays, she’s found perfect homes for sulky Shih Tzus,  broken-down Border collies, and diabolical Dalmatians. But while she’ll always make room for one more rescue mutt, she’s not sure she’s ready to commit to another human being. Especially after her live-in boyfriend drops the bomb: He’s not a dog person.

Horrified and temporarily homeless, Lara and her furry pack move in with her mother, a wealthy fashionista who forbids even a single drop of drool. As word gets around the exclusive gated community, Lara is overwhelmed with demands for her services. A model wants personal training for her overweight “flabrador”; an aging socialite preps her pedigreed puppy for dog show domination… If Lara can survive the breakup, the outrageous requests of her high-maintenance clientele, and her dogs’ systematically destruction of her mother’s McMansion, she might finally find the rescue dog who rescues her in return– leading her straight to the guy who could be HER perfect match.

Read an excerpt here:

http://bethkendrick.com/portfolio/lucky-dog-matchmaking-service/

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Pet food recalls

Recent Dog Food Recalls

Just expanded to Louisiana

http://www.klfy.com/story/18224646/pet-food-recall-expands-includes-louisiana

Brands included in the recall are: (see below)*

Kirkland Signature products 

Natural Balance
- Canidae
- Chicken Soup For the Pet Lover’s Soul
- Country Value
- Diamond
- Diamond Naturals
- Premium Edge
- Professional
- 4Health
- Taste Of The Wild
- Wellness
- Apex
- Kaytee Fort-Diets

Solid Gold

http://www.solidgoldhealth.com/news.php

Ingredients

Beef meal, cracked pearled barley, ground rice, peas, egg product, rice bran, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), fish meal, dried plain beet pulp, pea protein, millet, flaxseed, natural flavor, potassium chloride, salt, choline chloride, vitamin E supplement, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, thiamine mononitrate, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, ascorbic acid, vitamin A supplement, biotin, niacin, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin, vitamin D supplement, folic acid.

http://www.diamondpet.com/information/

Pet owners who are unsure if the product they purchased is included in the recall, or who would like replacement product or a refund, may contact Natural Balance Pet Foods Customer Service at (800) 829-4493 (8am – 5pm, PST). Consumers may also go to www.naturalbalanceinc.com for more information.


this is a people problem… the people who manufacture pet food should be held accountable…

“…The individuals became ill either through handling the tainted kibble or having contact with a dog that had eaten it. The outbreak has now spread across (more than) nine states…” (Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, DC, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Wyoming and Canada).

“Although Diamond has claimed no dog illnesses have been linked to the outbreak, Food Safety News reports the claim may be leaving some pet owners with a false sense of security because state and federal agencies don’t track pet illnesses. So although no dog illnesses have been reported, that doesn’t mean no dog illnesses have occurred, it says.

“…Pets with Salmonella infections may have decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain, according to the FDA. If left untreated, pets may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans.”

Contact your vet if your pet has these symptoms. 

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/tailsofseattle/2018161654_pet-food_recall_expanded.html

*For the entire list of pet foods recalled, check out Two Little Cavaliers excellent blog post.

“…People infected with Salmonella should watch for nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and fever. Diamond Pet Foods is working with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which has received a limited number of reports of salmonellosis, the illness caused by Salmonella.”

http://twolittlecavaliers.com/2012/05/more-dog-food-recall-2012.html

If you are not sure if your pet’s food has been recalled, check the production codes on the back of the bag, check on the company website and/or call the company.

Don’t know what to feed your pet? Fresh, homemade dog food is the best way to go. And one way to make sure your pet has all the nutritious ingredients they need, we recommend Dr. Harvey’s Canine Health.

THE RECIPE:

1. Add Canine Health to boiling water.

2. Simmer for 8 minutes.

3. Let cool.

4. Add your choice of protein. (beef, chicken, turkey, soy, lentils, etc.)

5. Add your choice of oil. (Health and Shine, flax, borage, olive, hemp)

6. Watch a happy and healthy dog eat.

*Detailed instructions are included in every bag of Canine Health.

Compare this list with the list on your pet’s food…

INGREDIENTS:  (no wheat, corn, soy, natural flavor, ingredients that you cannot pronounce)  

Organic Brown Rice Flakes, Organic Kamut Flakes, Organic Spelt Flakes, Organic Rolled Oats, Organic Barley Flakes, Organic Triticale Flakes, Sweet Potatoes*, Carrots*, Potatoes*, Zucchini*, Peas**, Green Beans*, Beets*, Broccoli*, Parsley Leaf, Lecithin Granules, Garlic Granules, Bee Pollen Granules, Nutritional Yeast Flakes, Alfalfa Leaf, Rose Hips*, Red Clover Blossums*, Oat Straw*, Flax Seed Meal*, Papaya Leaf*, Rosemary Leaf*, Dandelion Root*, Peppermint Leaf*, Ginger Root*, Spirulina*, Foenugreek*, Basil Leaf, Fennel Seed.

*Dehydrated **Freeze Dried

http://celiasue.com/2012/03/26/top-10-reasons-to-feed-your-dog-fresh-whole-food/

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Top 10 Reasons to Feed Your Dog Fresh Whole Food

Below are the Top Ten Reasons to Make the Switch for Your Pet: (from Dr. Harvey)…

http://www.drharveys.com/blog/post/35-top-ten-reasons-to-feed-homemade-food-to-your-pets

1. Ability to control the quality of the ingredients
2. Increase longevity
3. Ability to avoid synthetic ingredients
4. Ability to avoid toxicity caused by preservatives
5. Avoid dyes and coloring agents
6. Maintain healthy weight-increase energy
7. Improved skin and coat
8. Avoid allergies
9.Improve dental health
10. Avoid common degenerative diseases (Arthritis, Kidney Disease, Cancer)

All of these benefits can be achieved with a minimum of effort and the results are so rewarding.

You CAN do this for your dog!

Dr. Harvey and I just had a conversation about this topic. I had told him that Cici was not wanting to eat her soup (raw dehydrated food) and I asked for his advice. He said over and over that it is best to make your own food, that way you know what your pet is eating.

His words:

Fresh is Best and Here’s why…

We think fresh is best. Would you want to eat boxed cereal or canned food as your daily diet? No, of course you wouldn’t. And we don’t think your companion wants to either. We know that fresh is best and our pre-mixes make fresh possible. Even with a busy schedule it is possible to make a fresh meal for your companion every day. You can also make enough for a few days and keep it in the refrigerator. Our foods will stay fresh for 2-3 days in the refrigerator and can be frozen for traveling or for a sitter.

http://www.drharveys.com/pages/homemade_fresh

Treats should be chemical-free and safe too. So many are filled with preservatives and tainted meat products. Check here for preservative-free, dye-free and healthy treats!

Power Patties, yum yum yum, Cici’s favorite treats !!!

http://www.drharveys.com/products/line/17-dogs

just for laughs…

Another day, another blog hop, what do you know.   This Blog Hop is bought to you by Alfie’s Blog, Snoopy’s Dog Blog, My Brown Newfies and Luna, A Dog’s Life……. catch the code

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