Pets

I love all animals! They impart such joy and teach us that words are not needed to communicate love and dedication. I am particularly fond of Golden Retrievers. I have three of them. My husband and I laugh about having more pictures of them than any other family member. Of course, they are here all of the time but that is beside the point. We love them…period. There is no telling what you might find in this section.

‘Crazy Good’ Dog Treat Recipes

‘Crazy Good’ Dog Treat Recipes

With the continual scares regarding pet treats we are making our own.  You can, too!!!  Here are a couple of easy recipes to get you started…

cheese, please! (This is Gabe’s favorite!)*

  • 1½ C          oat flour
  • 1½ C          brown rice flour
  • 1 C               shredded low-fat cheddar cheese
  • ½ C            grated parmesan cheese
  • 1                   egg
  • ½ C            water

Preheat oven to 350°.  Combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly until a dough forms.  Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to ¼” thickness.  Use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes – I found a dog bone cutter that is adorable.  Place on an ungreased cookie sheet (they can be close together as they don’t spread much while cooking.)

Bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until golden brown.  Remove from the oven and let cool completely on a wire rack.  Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. (We put ours in the freezer to make them extra crunchy for our big dogs!)

plumpkins*

  • 1½ C          oat flour
  • 1½ C          brown rice flour
  • ½ t             cinnamon
  • ½ t             ground nutmeg
  • ½ t             ground ginger
  • 1                  egg
  • 3 T              applesauce (unsweetened)
  • ¾ C           canned pumpkin or fresh, pureed pumpkin
  • ½ C           water

Preheat oven to 350°.  Combine all ingredients together and mix thoroughly.  Spoon mixture out with a tablespoon and drop onto an ungreased cookie sheet.  These cookies will not rise or flatten so if you want a flatter cookies press it down before baking.

Bake 18 – 22 minutes or until golden brown.  Let cool completely on a wire rack.  Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Venison Jerky  (This is their all-time favorite!!!)

If you have access to venison and a dehydrator this one is super easy.   Cut strips of venison and dehydrate until desired consistency.  We usually do ours for 8 – 10 hours dependent upon the thickness of the strips.  We store these in an airtight container in the freezer.

These treats are all it takes to keep our four-legged children following commands and begging for more. 😉  If they are doing something they aren’t supposed to be doing while they are outside, I will go to the door and whistle once (and being a ‘girl’ I don’t whistle very loudly)…it stops them in their tracks and they come flying into the house for a jerky treat!!!  Yes, they get pretty serious about their treats~9 2011

If you have a favorite homemade treat that your pups love please share in the comments section or send me an email and I will post!  DO NOT BUY STORE BOUGHT TREATS IF YOU LOVE YOUR PETS!  You cannot be certain what is in them unless you make them yourself!!!

*The first two recipes are from the book, organic dog biscuit cookbook, Bubba Rose Biscuit Company.  Made with all-organic ingredients and no wheat, corn or soy!

Pet Vaccination Overkill

Pet Vaccination Overkill

There has been a lot of controversy as of late regarding whether or not to vaccinate children.  What about our four-legged children???  Do they REALLY need vaccinations every year for as long as they live???  My opionion?  (yes, you know by now that I am free with my opinion 🙂  )  NO, they do not!!!

We made the decision about five years ago to offer our four-legged family members the same courtesy we, as two-legged folk, afford ourselves.  We steer clear of doctors unless there is an emergency requiring immediate attention.

 If you have four-legged family members, watch/read this article by Dr. Karen Becker about pet vaccinations and decide for yourself.

http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2009/08/04/when-it-comes-to-vaccinating-your-pet-less-is-more.aspx

Golden Love…Retrievers, That Is!

Golden Love…Retrievers, That Is!

Since I was talking about an inexpensive form of therapy yesterday (crocheting) I felt compelled to share another one today…our Goldens!

Now,  I have had dogs and, yes, in my younger days…those apartment years… I even had cats.  As I have said before I love all animals but there is one breed that stole my heart about sixteen years ago…Golden Retrievers!

Just look at these babies!!!

Bailey, on the left, is our girl and answers to Bailey, Bailey-Boo, Boo, Bailey-Marie, Bay, Boo-Boo…believe it or not I could go on…  Gabriel, on the right, is our boy who answers to Gabe, Gabey-Baby, Goob, Ba-Donk-A-Donk…    😉 Everyone in our family has  a multitude of nicknames, dependent upon the situation, and our four-legged family members are no different.

These two are by my side every single day.  If I am in my office working, they work with me.  Most days, Gabe actually gets under my desk and Bailey sleeps in my office doorway…no coming or going without them knowing it.

If I am working in the garden or yard, they are out there helping me.  Gabe is always intrigued by the good bugs crawling around in the garden.

When we are happy, they are right there with us, smiling and in a playful mood.

If we don’t feel well, they stay right by our side sharing their positive energy and trying to make us feel better.  Gabe is especially good at this!

When we are down we get right in the middle of them and soak up their love – feeling better in no time!

There is no limit to their dedication or love of our family members.  It is for this reason that they are THE BEST form of therapy there is…

Dog really is GOD spelled backwards.  They are the purest form of love and connection to Source  in this realm.  Humans, take note!!!

Dear me, I need to go smooch some puppy noses!!!  Here’s to a lovely day~