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adoption day pup-cakes

Hey everyone, its Anna again!

So Devon’s getting adopted. We’re going to the Humane Society today to get his paperwork all finalized, and then he’ll go home with his new owners…US!!!  He fits in super well with our family, and we all absolutely love him.  And it really was my Mom’s idea!!

To celebrate, I’ve made our dogs some peanut-butter and carrot pup-cakes with a strawberry cream-cheese frosting. August 24th will be Dexter’s (we decided to change his name, Devon just didn’t fit him) official adoption day (it’s a rescue dog’s birthday).

Peanut-Butter and Carrot Pup-Cakes

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 egg

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease muffin pan. In a bowl, mix flour with baking soda. In another large bowl, add the remaining ingredients and mix well. Slowly add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients, stirring well until everything is combined.

Pour batter into prepared muffin tin, filling each cup about 3/4 of the way high. Bake for 30 minutes. Cool on rack. Makes 6 pup-cakes.

Strawberry Cream-Cheese Frosting

  • 8 tbsp low-fat strawberry cream cheese
  • 2 tbsp plain, low-fat yogurt
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour

Mix ingredients well, and then frost the pup-cakes. Top with shredded carrot.

I hope your dogs enjoy these pup-cakes as much as ours did!

 
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Posted by on August 24, 2012 in dog treats

 

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pup-sicles

Hello everyone, Anna here!

I would like to start out by saying that these frozen treats do not contain real pups :). But they will make your dog go absolutely bananas, and are a great way to keep them cool in the late summer heat.

My interest in doggie popsicles started with purchasing relatively expensive dog ice-cream from a supermarket in Chelan. While our dogs loved them, it would have been ridiculous to buy them all the time.

Enter Devon (pronounced “Dev-in”, not “Dee-von”), our new foster dog. Devon is a black lab mix who dwarfs our Australian cattle dog mix, Zippy. I’m convinced he could eat Charlie, our Westie, in two bites. My mom is continually amazed by his size, and exclaims “he’s so big!” every time he walks into the room (in reality, he’s not that big. We just have tiny dogs). He heats up quickly, because of his black fur coat, and I needed a way to keep him comfortable in the heat.

So, after some research on the interwebs (as my mom calls them), I whipped together these three recipes.

Frozen Banana and Peanut Butter Cubes

  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1 banana
  • splash of water
  • ice-cube tray

Combine ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and mix (I used a potato masher). Dish into ice-cube tray. Freeze. Run warm water over tray to loosen cubes. Makes about 8 servings.

Frozen Strawberry and Banana Cubes

  • 1 banana
  • 5 medium-sized strawberries, crudely chopped
  • splash of water
  • ice-cube tray

Mix ingredients in a medium-sized bowl, and then dish into ice-cube tray. Freeze. Run warm water over tray to loosen cubes. Makes about 8 servings.

Breakfast Pops

  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 5 strawberries, cut small
  • 4 Beggin’ Strips (my dogs are crazy about them) or other type of thin rawhide
  • popsicle mold

Put eggs in the blender and blend until smooth. Pour into the bottoms of the popsicle molds and place the Beggin’ Strips or rawhides in the middle. They will be like the popsicle stick. Freeze. When completely frozen, mix the yogurt with the strawberries and fill the rest of the molds to create a second layer. Freeze. Run warm water over the molds to loosen the popsicles. Makes 4 servings.

Be careful about serving your dogs too many raw eggs. I would limit giving your dog this treat to once a day.

Another great thing to try is a Kong. Peanut butter, small treats, cheese, broth, and wet dog food make great Kong stuffing. Just throw together whatever your dog loves the most and freeze. Kongs are a great way to keep your dog entertained.

When stuffing a Kong or making frozen treats, keep in mind that there are plenty of foods that humans eat that are poisonous to dogs. To keep your dog healthy, avoid using things like onions, garlic, chocolate, macadamia nuts, grapes or raisins, avocado, bones, and raw meat or fish.

I hope your dog enjoys these tasty pup-sicles!

Anna

 
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Posted by on August 17, 2012 in dog treats

 

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pumpkin oatmeal dog biscuits

I’m not sure if you saw the election results over the weekend, but I won “Mother of the Year Award”!  I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the people who have helped me get to this point……wait, where’s my tiara? and where’s my sash?

My daughter Anna, the aspiring vet and dog fanatic, recently completed training at the Tacoma Humane Society so she can volunteer in the kennels. She also, after much begging on her part, completed the “Dog Foster” training, which means we can now open our home to shelter dogs who need a break from the kennels until they are adopted. Mainly, I don’t want her saying in vet school “well, I never had a dog…but I’ve wanted to work with them my whole life.” Which, coincidentally enough, was how we started down this doggy road with our Westie, Charles.

Enter Pablo, a.k.a. Dewey (since we hated the name Pablo and we adore the show Malcolm in the Middle). He is a year and a half Pit Bull Terrier mix who was lucky enough to land in our house because our female Cattle Dog would tolerate him. Sorry, Dudley!

It says something when a shelter dog is better behaved than your own dogs. He is calm, easy-going, knows “shake”, and is basically a big softie. It goes to show that Pit Bull profiling is unfortunate; it’s not the breed that deserves the bad rep, just the idiots that train them to be overly aggressive.

But I’ll step off of my soap box. Dewey hasn’t been eating at the shelter and has been having some…intestinal difficulties. An employee of our local pet store recommended this recipe as a cure. Super easy to make, and our dog pack loves them.

Dog Biscuits

  • 3 1/2 cups old-fashioned oatmeal
  • 1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Combine all ingredients by hand or with a KitchenAid.  Form into patties or desired shapes (they don’t really spread during baking).  Bake 12-15 minutes.  Let cool.  Freeze for long-term storage.  Unfrozen cookies should be refrigerated and used within 4 days. They can be served frozen or straight out of the fridge.

 
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Posted by on March 4, 2012 in baking, dog treats

 

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