Making The Dog Decision is scheduled for publication in the spring of 2013.
PUMPKIN WAFERS DOG TREAT RECIPE
· One 15 oz. can mashed pure pumpkin (NOT the spiced pie filling)
· 3/4 cup cream of wheat (or rice cereal if wheat-sensitive) You can mix this dry--no need to cook it first
· 1/2 cup dry powdered milk
Directions: Preheat oven to 300 F.
Mix all ingredients together. Drop small spoonfuls (I use about half of a tablespoon) onto a lightly greased cookie sheet and bake at 300 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
If you'd like to make bite sized cookies for small dogs, training rewards or just small treats, you can use a pastry bag and squeeze out rosettes about the size of a dime for tasty bite sized cookies!
It’ll make about 2 dozen treats and keep around 2 weeks in the refrigerator. You can also freeze them for later.
One reader said she made these for her overweight pooch to replace her fattier treats. Her dog lost more than 10 pounds!
MEATLOAF WITH VEGETABLES (This makes a great birthday cake for your dog's birthday party. You can freeze left-overs, or double the recipe to make an extra loaf and freeze for later.)
1/2 cup barley
4 cups lowfat, low-sodium chicken broth
1-1/2 pounds ground chicken or turkey
1/2 cup lowfat cottage cheese
2 whole eggs
1/2 cup rolled oats
3/4 cup finely chopped vegetables such as carrot, spinach, and zucchini
1 tablespoon olive oil
Add barley and broth to saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 50 minutes. Set aside to cool.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, add meat, cottage cheese, eggs, oats, veggies.
Mix thoroughly. Add cooled barley broth and the olive oil. Mix well.
Do you have a dog that can’t eat grain? Try this...!
PEANUT BUTTER DOG TREATS
· 3 cups Garbanzo & Fava Bean flour*
· ½ cup of organic peanut butter
· 1 cup water
· 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Preheat the oven to 350 F.
Combine all your ingredients into a food processor and pulse for 20 seconds, scrape down the sides and pulse again until everything is mixed.
Then, using a spoon, just spoon out the dough onto cookie sheets.
These are like drop cookies. You can make them larger or smaller as you like.
If you have a big dog, make them bigger, maybe even using two spoonfuls per dog treat.
If you have a small dog, use less dough to make smaller dog treats—you're in control of the size :)
Bake for 20 minutes.
You can store these at room temperature for 2-3 weeks or in the refrigerator for up to 6 weeks. You can also make extra and freeze them!
For more dog treat recipes, and excellent information about the power of a natural diet for your dog, visit Jen's website: http://www.all-natural-dog-treat.com
Freelance direct response writer, social media consultant and dog treat baker Jen Phillips April loves sharing healthy tips for people and canines. She has offered some tips for CPB readers.
If you are what you eat then many of our dogs are in trouble. Processed kibble, even the “better” brands, can’t provide our dogs with all of the vitamins and nutrition they need for optimum health - no more than a steady diet of fast food could for us.
The processing of fresh meat reduces, and can even eradicate, important enzymes. In addition, the longer dog food sits on the shelf, the more nutritional value lost.
Think about it. You know the benefits of “real food” for your health, so why would food for our dogs be any different?
Vets are seeing dogs fighting cancer, thyroid disease, and dozens of other chronic and life threatening illnesses unheard of in the pet population until recent years. Some veterinarians think this may be, in part, due to the chemical preservatives and the cast-off materials used in commercial pet food.
So what is a dog lover do? It is very simple. Boost the nutritional value of your dog’s kibble by adding fresh food to it’s diet. You don’t have to take the plunge into raw or completely home cooked meals for your pet to benefit from these simple and healthy additions.
Healthy “Dog Food” exists right in your kitchen
You can mix in these common ingredients into your dog’s kibble:
Remember the “incredible, edible egg” commercials? It’s true. Eggs are packed with vitamins and proteins, plus a little healthy fat to keep your dog’s coat smooth and sleek. Just crack a raw egg onto the kibble for a super quick health boost.
Worried about salmonella? Holistic veterinarian Dr. Pitcairn, author of Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats says he’s never seen raw eggs be a problem in his practice. Healthy dogs have a digestive system that will accept raw eggs with no problem. If you are concerned, you can lightly cook the egg before adding it to the kibble.
How many eggs? Consider the size and activity level of your dog. A large egg has about 70 calories, so a daily egg is fine for an active medium to large dog. For a less-active small dog that can put on weight easily, 3-4 times a week, with a reduced amount of kibble will be fine.
You’ve probably heard plenty about healthy omega 3’s for your skin, hair, and heart. But did you know your dog would benefit from them too? Omega 3’s are essential fatty acids for all of us, and they provide health benefits from protecting your eyesight to improving skin conditions. It’s not hard to get some omega 3’s into your dog. A squirt or two of salmon oil over your dog’s meal will provides a daily dose of vitamins hard to get from any other food source.
This leafy green is a powerful antioxidant which may help to prevent cancer. Steam or sautee it, and put it over your pet’s food when it cools. You might have to start small. Kale has a distinctive taste that can take some getting used to.
Many veterinarians recommend feeding broccoli to your dog. Most dogs will happily eat it if it’s steamed or sauteed. Another powerful antioxidant, broccoli is a “superfood”.
These are full of beta carotene to help your dog’s eyesight. They also have plenty of Vitamins A & C. Steam them or bake them and add them to your pooch’s dinner when cool.
The next CPB post will have some of Jen’s great and easy pet treat recipes. Since we are making the kibble healthier, let’s take the next step of substituting the “fast food” treats with healthier ones.
You can find Jen at http://www.all-natural-dog-treat.com where she shares dog treat recipes and natural remedies for your dog.
The average dog owner spends over $600 per year keeping their dogs healthy. This is only for veterinary care. Multiply this by 10 or 15 years - the average life span of our furry best friends.
I wonder how many of us think about this before we get that sweet little puppy or that dog with the adoring eyes.
Given this, you might want to consider creating your own little Medical Savings Account for your dog. Contribute every month, to cover annual shots and well-dog visits and to save up for more expensive treatments that might become necessary.
There were two very interesting discussions on Marketplace Money a few weeks ago on this topic. You might want to visit the links to read the transcripts or hear the podcasts.
There has been some media focus lately on how dogs evolved from wild to domesticated. The NPR show Talk of the Nation Science Friday recently had a very interesting interview with evolutionary biologist Susan Crockford on this topic. Ancient Skull Holds Clues to Dog Domestication. Click on the link for more about this interview and to get some other great Science Friday podcasts about dogs.
Consider a dog walker if you:
Not every dog is happy being walked by someone else. Take a very realistic and objective assessment of your dog to confirm that it:
Be honest with yourself! The dog walker is going to figure it out anyway, so best to go into this with an objective perspective.
How do you start finding the person who is right for you and your dog?
A reputable dog walker will be happy to answer your questions, will want to come to your home to meet your dog, and will want to take your dog on a "trial walk". If anyone hesitates about any of these three things, take that person off your list.
Treat this as a job interview. You are the boss and the interviewees are potential employees.
What information will help you make the best decision?
Here is a list of some of the important information you should understand clearly before making a decision:
If you are not absolutely clear about something, keep asking questions about it until you are. If you don't like the answers to your questions, then take the person off your list. This is a business decision, and has nothing to do with whether or not the person is really sweet or in need of extra cash or anything else. Even if the person is your best friend's cousin's daughter or was strongly recommended by your mom, you do not have to hire that person if he or she is not right for you and your dog.
Do keep in mind, though, that some Dog people are not People people. If someone adores your dog, handles it beyond amazing, manages to have it happily obey every command, and is adored by your dog, that is the right person - even if they are somewhat of a curmudgeon around you.
Also keep in mind that if you become dissatisfied with the arrangement, you can end it and find another dog walker. If you hire a service, and don't think one of the walkers is right for your dog, but another one is - speak up to the owner of the service.
It is your dog. Your dog is your best friend. Your best friend deserves the very best.
In this season of celebration, we again celebrate independent authors who have written books about dogs, books for dog owners, and books with a dog as the main character.
The title of each book below is a link that takes you directly to the book on Amazon. On the Resources page, you will find another link - just click on the picture of the book cover.
We hope that you enjoy these amazing books!
People who know me know that I am rarely speechless. This beautifully illustrated book left me speechless. What words to describe it? Heartwarming. Memorable. Must Read. Touching. All of those are too trite for the story of Sadie, her life, and her philosophy of life: SMILE Seeing Magic In Life Everyday
Available on Amazon in paperback.
Linda Boulanger is a volunteer at her local animal rescue foundation, a writer, a book designer, and leader of TreasureLine Publishing co-op, in addition to being mom to four children and four rescued pets. Her work with the animals at the rescue foundation inspired her to write this book - and we are so glad that she did!
In his autobiography, Gunther Denali, the black lab, takes us along with him as he reminisces about some of the many (mis)adventures during his 15 years. His philosophy of living every minute to its fullest is evident as he recounts his life from puppyhood into advanced age. Gunther Denali has lessons for all of us. What a life! A word of caution: don’t let your dog read this book. Some of Gunther’s antics may not be things you want your dog trying. And you will need to explain to your dog why you don’t throw lavish birthday parties complete with wrapped birthday presents for it every year.
Crystal Frakes Brown, an independent author, was inspired to write this book by the love and loyalty of her black lab Gunther, who stuck by her side throughout the many sleepless nights of her pregnancy.
Available on Amazon in paperback and for the Kindle.
In this fascinating detailed narrative, we trek across the country from Ohio to California with the Stephens-Townsend Paty of covered wagons from February, 1844 to March, 1845. OK, the dog - named Dog - was not a central figure in this book. But we were completely hooked by the story and decided to include the book anyway. If you are a history buff, this book is for you. If you, like me, have never given much thought about what it might be like to travel across the United States in a covered wagon, this book is an eye-opener, and will bring a new appreciation for a hot shower and a refrigerator.
Celia D. Hayes is a freelance writer/editor, retired Air Force radio/TV broadcast NCO, blogger, and author of six historical fiction novels. She was inspired to write this book when she heard the story of the very first party of early emigrants to bring their wagons over the Sierra Nevada in winter, two years before the more famous Donner Party.
Available on Amazon in paperback and for the Kindle.
Those of you who have recently graduated from school and entered the world of temp jobs in our current economy will connect with this book. Those of you who have full-time work will thank your lucky stars as you read through the chapters (or maybe you will find yourself in one of the chapters, hanging on to that job in spite of it for fear of the dreaded temp circuit). In any case, you will chuckle your way from one job story to the next. The last chapter, Walking (with) the Dogs was, reportedly, the most fun to write. It has Jass thinking about expanding it into a full book. (We hope she does!)
Jass Richards, a philosopher and "sit-down comic" was inspired to write this book after pondering all the road-to-nowhere jobs she has had. She has recently published her first novel, The Road Trip Dialogues.
Available on Amazon in paperback and for the Kindle.
This is a great activity and coloring book to have on hand at family gatherings or on road trips where childern of all ages can enjoy the book together, with the older kids helping the younger ones. It is also great for parents and grandparents to enjoy with the little ones. There is a lot to learn for people of all ages. We hope that Gail Forsyth will give us at least one sequel with more dogs.
Gail Forsyth, a mother and grandmother and dog lover, never passes up an opportunity to provide children with fun experiences while learning something new. Be sure to look for Gail’s next book about traveling with your dog, scheduled for publication in 2012.
Available on Amzon in paperback.
Not your typical “cook book” style dog training book, Andrew Ledford introduces us to RenChenZa - human/dog wisdom. He gives us seven “points of reference” and five “life rules” to help us understand and work with our dogs. His philosophy is that understanding dogs can be a great working model for understanding life and how we function as individuals. The purpose of his approach is to “make the world a better place through the human/dog experience.” Those of us who have dogs in our lives already know our own world is a better place. Andrew Ledford’s book offers a lot to think about in our relationship with our dogs.
Andrew Ledford, our enigmatic author of the year, was reluctant to share any personal information about himself. What we do know is that he is completely committed to his philosophy of dog training, and to helping others work with their dogs with love and a positive approach.
Available on Amazon in Paperback.
Something’s Lost And Must Be Found
These six short stories (Short Tails of Inspiration on a Long Leash) show us how our dogs give us hope and find those things in life that we sometimes lose. The dogs in these tales of tragic loss, family connections, teen-aged angst, joblessness, self-worth, and a very special dog finding his way to “la casa verdad” help us see our lives with our dogs with a new perspective.
A former Human Resources Associate, author Lisa Begin-Kruysman is presently writing a biography of the late Captain William Lewis Judy, publisher of Dog World Magazine and Founder of National Dog Week. She is also the author of several published short stories. The stories of Something's Lost and Must be Found were inspired by the subjects of her blog posts, and celebrate the search and rescue dogs of lost souls.
Available on Amazon for the Kindle.
. . . talks with us about harness collars for pet safety.
Bob has been involved in the animal care field for over twenty years. He has an Associate of Science degree in Animal Science from Santa Fe Community College, and over 100 additional semester hours in animal-related coursework. He has been a zoo-keeper, an Alachua County Animal Services Officer, and a veterinary technician. He is now a full-time pet sitter, and is certified by, and a member of, the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters.
With this introduction, we'll turn it over to Bob.
"I have seen dozens of dogs needlessly hit by cars and attacked and killed by other dogs whose owners never thought it would happen to them. I have seen the suffering that dogs experience, and the heartbreak their owners go through.
You can save your dog's life by following five simple steps:
Important Points About A Harness:
Remember, you can control your own actions. But you cannot control the actions of those who may harm your pet, like speeding cars, other dogs, or predators.
Think your dog is so well trained that you don't need to keep it on a leash? Please read this article about the tragic death of a canine officer. It just proves that, 'No matter how well-trained any animal is, it is still an animal. There will always remain a degree of unpredictability in their behavior.' If this can happen to a very highly-trained officer and a trained law enforcement dog, it can happen to you and your dog.
SIDEBAR: Please don't buy a family member. ADOPT! If you prefer a particular breed, contact a purebred rescue group like The Bulldog Club of America's rescue group for Bulldogs or the American German Shepherd Rescue Association. You can also go through The American Kennel Club to fid a specific breed to rescue: http://www.akc.org/breeds/rescue.cfm or contact me at http://bobspetsitting.com and I will be happy to help you."
We want to thank Bob for sharing his expertise with us. Visit his website http://www.bobspetsitting.com for more pet safety tips.
The views presented above are the views of the author, and not necessarily the views of City Pet Books.
CPB POV We agree 100% with Bob about keeping our dogs safely right by our sides unless they are in a fenced yard or a dog park. We have seen too many dogs running loose in city parks, with cars whizzing past in all directions. In the past two years, we have seen several dogs hit by cars, a few people injured by being run into or knocked down by dogs running loose, and a couple of car accidents because the drivers have swerved to avoid hitting dogs racing into streets. When incidents like these happen, the most common response of the dogs' owners is something like this: "My dog has never done that before!" Or like this: "He always stops running when I yell STOP." The response is always one of complete shock that their dogs behaved so unpredictably and out of control. Bob's solution would prevent accidents like these!
If you object to using a harness, at least use a sturdy collar with a sturdy leash. Very sturdy collar. Very sturdy leash. That is not perfect, but it is better than letting your dog run loose. (Beware of retractable leashes when you are out and about with your dog. Two of the many reasons: 1. You cannot be in full control of your dog with a retractable leash. 2. They break easily and when least expected.)
You've been at school or work all day. You are tired. You are hungry. When you get in the door, your best furry friend is greeting you with as much enthusiasm as any creature can muster up - smiling, tail wagging, spinning around. Here's the question: How do you show your dog that you love it just as much as it loves you when your brain is fried, you are cranky, and all you want to do is nothing? Don't delegate this to the kids or the sig-other - you and your dog need to bond for a little bit every single day.
We do not advocate only tiny bits of affection on a daily basis. Our dogs need lots of loving. But some days are just worse than others. So, here are some short and simple ways to show your dog you love it. And which, by the way, will make you feel treat, too! (See the Resources tab for some books that support this theory.)
Naturally, the more attention you give your dog, the better. But the reality is that many of us come home after a long day and have others to cook for and care for and attend to. Sometimes we go through an entire evening without really focusing on our dog at all. So CPB wanted to offer a few easy tips for giving our dogs love every single day, no matter how busy or tired or grouchy we are.
Tubs will still need to get some exercise if he has been home alone all day. We’ll talk about that topic another time. Today just show Tubs you love him. And tomorrow. And the next day. And every single day.
CPB POV: The resources listed in the Resources Tab regarding the historic bond between humans and animals discuss theoretical points of view. We realize that they are highly controversial. However, we subscribe to the idea that people should read a variety of points of view and make up their own minds.
copyright 2011 Katherine Kane
Cold weather is around the corner, and it’s time to make sure our dogs are ready. If your dog is like mine, when the snow is flying the tail is wagging. But not all dogs love to play in the snow and stick their noses up into the north wind. Even if you live in a place where snow is rare and freezing weather never happens, there are some things to consider about our dogs and cooler weather.
Boots and Wax:
Sweaters, Jackets, and Coats:
MORE WINTER TIPS
Copyright 2010 Katherine Kane