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Recipe Friday – Homemade Wet Dog Food To Make Them Drool

This homemade version of wet food (canned food) for dogs is sure to make them drool and want more and more.  Just don’t feed this to your dog exclusively, they need more vitamins and nutrients that they get from the food you do feed them on a regular basis.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 5-6 lbs. ground beef (you can substitute with ground chicken or turkey if you prefer)
  • 2 cans chicken broth (or beef broth, veggie broth, whichever works)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 3-lb bag brown rice

Directions:

1. Brown the meat with the olive oil.

2. Add broth, water, when meat is cooked and bring to boil.

3. Mix in rice and bring to a boil.

4. Lower the heat and simmer, covered, for an hour.

5. Let cool overnight.

Makes 40-45 cups of food.  Freeze the leftovers; only keep out enough in the refrigerator that you can use for one week at a time.

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Recipe Friday – Doggie Burgers

These “burgers” sounded so good and smelled good, I was tempted to keep them and eat them for myself!  Your dog is sure to love these tail banging treats!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup pearl barley (If your dog is allergic to gluten/wheat, substitute 1-cup white or brown rice.)
  • 2 cups fat-free chicken broth (if your dog is allergic to poultry, you can use beef broth, or vegetable broth)
  • 2 slices lean bacon
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup dried bread crumbs (if your dog has a gluten/wheat allergy, you can use gluten free bread crumbs, or buy a loaf of gluten free bread, dry it out and make your own bread crumbs.  I leave the loaf out overnight, until it is dry, then put it in a ziploc bag, and use a rolling pin over the slices in the bag and it makes decent bread crumbs).
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese (or any cheese you have on hand will do, those were the cheeses I used when I made this recipe).

Directions:

1. Over high heat, bring barley and the broth of your choice to a boil. (If you are using rice, cook the rice using the broth of your choice).

2. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until barley is tender (about 20 minutes.) Drain excess liquid and let cool in a medium bowl. (of course, if you are using rice, you can omit this step, but do put the rice in a bowl to cool).

3. While the barley (or rice) is cooking, cook the bacon over medium heat in a large nonstick pan until bacon is crisp (usually about 4 minutes). Keep bacon fat for cooking the burgers.

4. Finely chop bacon and add to the cooled barley (or rice).

5. Mix in egg, bread crumbs and cheese.  After mixture is evenly combined, divide into 4 patties. (If you have a smaller dog and want to make smaller patties, that is fine.  Or if you just want bite size burgers for any size dog, that will work as well).

6. Reheat the bacon fat and cook the burgers for 4 minutes per side on medium heat. (Less time for smaller bite-sized burgers).

7. Store any leftovers in your refrigerator in an air tight container.  Keep for no more than a week.

Recipe Friday – Kitty-Kat Kisses

You are sure to receive some great kitty kat kisses (or headbutts) from feeding these wonderful treats to your fur baby.

Ingredients:

  • One can of your cat’s favorite cat food.
  • Catnip (how much you use all depends on how much you want to use.  I use a few pinches, you can use more or less).
  • One Ziploc bag, with the corner cut (you will be using it like a piping bag, like frosting, so cut the size of hole you want in the corner of the bag).

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 300F.
  2. Grease a cookie sheet (I use Olive Oil as it is good for cats, rather than other kinds of household cooking oils).
  3. Take the cat food and Catnip and put them into a blender and blend until it is the consistency of frosting.  If you do not have a blender, use a medium mixing bowl and use a hand mixer and if you do not have that, use a medium mixing bowl and a spoon and mix until it is like frosting.
  4. Take the Ziploc bag  and place the mixture into the Ziploc bag (wait until you have all the mixture in the bag, THEN cut a hole into the corner of the bag).
  5. Now, on the greased cookie sheet, squeeze or pipe out little “kisses” (like Hershey’s Chocolate Kisses) onto the sheet.
  6. Depending on the size of the kisses, bake them for 15 minutes, for small kisses.  They shouldn’t be too hard to the touch when checking them after baking.  You may increase time until it suits you and for the size of the kisses you make.
  7. Let cool and serve in moderation to your cat (I give Isis one a day when I make them).
  8. Use a plastic container and place them in the container with lid and store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Recipe Friday – Meaty Grass Meat Treats for Cats

This is a great treat for any cat who loves a bit of variety in their diet.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Ground Beef (I use lean ground, if you have more than one cat, you may want to use more.  Of course you can use chicken, or pork or fish as well, as long as it is ground up or minced very fine).
  • 3 Tablespoons of broth (chicken or beef, or veggie broth, whatever will work for your cat)
  • 2 Tablespoons of COOKED oatmeal (you can buy gluten free oats if your cat has a gluten allergy)
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Grass Powder (This can be found at your local Pet Shop or Supermarket)
  • 1/4 cup of your cat’s favorite vegetable.  Carrots are popular or pumpkin (which I use, I know it is technically a fruit, but I consider it a vegetable)  Mince it up or put it in a blender, whichever you prefer.

 

Directions:

  1. Cook the beef or chicken or pork or fish until just done, it’s best not to overcook as it might not work well in this application.
  2. Pour broth on the meat.
  3. Add in the vegetable and mix well, using a fork to kind of mash it in together with the meat.  It will probably start to look like canned cat food.
  4. Once that is mixed well, add the dried grass powder.  Mix in well.
  5. Finally add the oatmeal into the mix and make it into a bit of a firmer wet food mixture.  You can then scoop out little portions with a melon baller or a small scoop.  I make these about the size of a quarter.  You can mix them into little balls or however you want to feed them to your cat.
  6. Store the rest in the refrigerator in an air tight container for about a week.  If you would like, you can freeze any leftovers.

Baby Burger Bites For Cats

Here is a great recipe for some unique cat treats.  Remember to feed in moderation.

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz Sausage or finely ground beef
  • 2 Tbsp. Oatmeal (you can buy gluten free oatmeal if your cat has food allergies)
  • 1 Egg (eggs from free range chickens are best)
  • Catnip (small amount) finely chopped

 

Directions:

Knead the ingredients together with your hands, forming the whole mixture into a flat oval.

Broil under medium heat for 5-9 minutes, turning often, until the outside is nice and crisp.

Let the mixture cool thoroughly, then slice into bite size chunks for your cat.  Use as a training treat or give as a treat anytime in moderation.

 

Food Aggression In Dogs

Many dogs have had to deal with “hoarding” their food or having to protect their food so that they have something to eat at the end of the day.  Depending on whether your dog was in an abusive situation, your dog could have had to eat with several, or hundreds of other dogs.  Breaking your dog of this habit should happen immediately so that the problem does not fester and possibly become worse.

Food aggression usually means your dog growls when he/she is fed, they can snap and snarl, or even bite.  Some will have major issues and may even try to chase or attack someone if they come near their food bowl.

In order to rule out anything physical with your dog, it is a good idea to take your dog to the vet to rule that out.  Also, if possible, you may want to hire a professional trainer that can help you work with your dog to alleviate this issue.

Working with your dog to stop this behavior will take time, patience and help from ALL family members.  Each family member must be involved so that your dog associates the family with good experiences and it helps them to establish their place in the “pack.”

If you need more information or some tips or tricks on how to work with a dog that has food aggression, here is an article to help you on your way.

 

Recipe Friday – Chicken Cookies For Cats

This recipe is sure to tempt any cat!  I will list substitutions for those whose cats have allergies.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups cooked chicken, shredded (if your cat is allergic to fowl, you can try using beef)
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour (if your cat cannot have wheat or gluten, use 3/4 cup of rice flour instead)
  • ½ cup chicken broth (use beef broth, same amount if your cat cannot eat fowl)
  • 1/3 cup cornmeal
  • 1 tbsp. softened margarine

 

Directions:

Preheating to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Combine the chicken (or beef), broth and margarine, then add the cornmeal and flour. Knead the dough into a ball and then roll it out to ¼ inch.

Cut into one-inch pieces and bake for 20 minutes on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Cool on a baking rack and store in the fridge for one week, freezing what is not used after that.

The High Price of Cheap Cat Food

Trying to save money by buying cheap cat food will only create larger vet bills as your cat ages.  Immune systems become compromised, dental issues occur, and health declines rapidly, kidneys can shut down, all because we do not buy (or make) the best cat food we can afford for our furbabies.

That is not to say that people do fall on hard times and budgets need to be cut here and there, just be careful when this does happen that you are not totally compromising your cat’s health.

I have an article that explains what can happen to cats that are fed a cheap diet.  Some of the information is graphic, but I do believe that people should read this information so that they understand and know just what some of the consequences are of a cheap or “junk food” diet.

This information does apply to dogs as well.  Let’s take care of our furbabies so that they can live long and happy and healthy lives.

 

 

Recipe Friday – Doggie Birthday Cake

Is your dog’s birthday coming up?  Want to give them a cake that they can happily chow down?  Here is a great and fun recipe that is sure to delight doggies everywhere!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup white or whole wheat flour (if your dog has a gluten, or wheat allergy, you can substitute with brown rice flour, white rice flour, sorghum flour)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 egg (or egg replacer if your dog has allergies to eggs).

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C)

Mix together flour and baking soda. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Pour into a ring mold sprayed with a nonstick spray for 40 minutes.

Frost this cake with low fat cottage cheese and decorate with carrot pieces. Store in refrigerator.

Remember to give in moderation, this cake usually stays good in the fridge for about a week after baking if kept in an airtight container.  Or you can have a doggie birthday party and they can all share slices of the cake, you’d be hard pressed to have any left over!

Recipe Friday – Doggie Meatballs

Yes another recipe for doggie meatballs, these have more veggies and sound even good enough for us humans to eat!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 1 stalk celery, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese (you can omit this if your dog is allergic)
  • 1 large egg (this is not necessary if your dog is allergic, the meatballs will still form properly)
  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric

 

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Grease a muffin pan or a baking sheet.
  • In a medium bowl, combine all of the ingredients and mix well. Fill each muffin tin with about 1/4 cup of the mixture, or form the mixture into 10 balls and place on the baking sheet.
  • Bake about 15 minutes to ensure the meatballs are cooked through. Let cool completely on a rack.

Recipe Note: Makes about 10-12 meatballs (depending on the size you make the meatballs, for smaller dogs, smaller meatballs would be better).

Remember you can omit any ingredient if your dog is allergic to something.

Also, remember to feed in moderation.