This week is a very special week in our house. It’s both Max’s birthday and his adoption anniversary. We actually adopted him just a few days after his birthday, so last year I called adoption his present. This year we got to celebrate properly though, with Pupcakes and Presents and all.
I know pumpkin season is pretty much over, and that makes me sad, but the good side is that stores are putting their left over stock on great sales. While at Target last week I found 20oz cans on sale for $1.41, and I had to buy a few. Not only does my family love pumpkin, but so does my dog. Now I’m left with too many ideas on what to do with all this pumpkin. Of course pie, bread, and cake make the cut, but I can’t leave my Max out of the deliciousness. With Valentine’s day coming up tomorrow I thought it would be a great time to make some heart shaped treats and try out a new recipe.
If you’ve been here for long, I’m sure you’ve heard about Gus. He’s my cat; a super sweet, kind of shy, always hungry, sensitive tummy boy. It’s the always hungry, sensitive tummy part that pushed me to make my own cat treats. Gus currently eats three cans of food a day, but he still meows relentlessly around 4:30am and 7:30pm. It’s like he just needs a little snack to hold him over until meal time (6:00am and 9:00pm), but finding a food that doesn’t make Gus throw up is easier said than done. Unfortunely, with his food we went through trial and error to find an acceptable food, but that’s not fun for Gus or me, and so I thought for treats I would skip right passed all the store stuff and go straight to simple and homemade.
The result: Gus loves his new snacks. He actually smelled them while I was baking and came over to check it out (It’s a pretty big deal for Gus to leave his cozy bed). But the better news is that these treats don’t make him sick! I feed them in moderation, about four a day, but he’s doing great. Even if your cat doesn’t have a sensitive stomach these treats are still delicious and simple, and I can’t think of better reasons to pamper your cat with them.
1 5oz Can of Tuna
1/8 C cheddar cheese
1/3 C Water
1 ¾ C Flour – add more 1 Tbs at a time if needed
Step 1: Pre-heat your oven to 350o and grease your baking sheet well
Step 2: Mix all of your ingredients in a bowl
- Your dough will be firm, but very sticky when it’s done.
- Don’t add too much flour. Your dough will be sticky and that’s okay
Step 3: Place small circles on the baking sheet.
- Tip – I found that greasing my fingers best kept the dough from sticking to me
Step 4: Bake for five minutes
Step 5: Let cool and enjoy. I store all leftover treats in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
Do you make treats for your cat? What do they like best? I’d love to know what you think of this recipe (or what your cats think).
Saturday, February 4th, is “ice cream for breakfast day” and not even your dog can resist that. I mean really, who doesn’t want to start their day off with ice cream? So in honor of the holiday, and since lots of you are in the middle of snow season right now, I have created a snow ice cream recipe for dogs.
If you’ve never made snow ice cream it is super easy. The main ingredient of course is snow, so you’ll have to step outside and grab a cup of it, but I promise that’s the hardest part.
Onto the recipe
1 Cup Snow
½ Cup Vanilla Yogurt (If you’re worried about the sugar you can opt for plain yogurt)
¼ Cup Pumpkin or Peanut Butter (pumpkin puree , not pie filling, just pure pumpkin)
- Combine your yogurt and pumpkin or peanut butter in a small mixing bowl
- Go outside and get your snow. You don’t want to do this step first because snow will melt quickly inside
- Add the snow to your yogurt mix. Stir until combined
What I learned
- If your ice cream gets a little slushy while you mix, just put it in the freezer for about half an hour
- If you need to make your own snow and it doesn’t come out smooth, freeze it. When it is solid scoop it into a blender and blend until smooth
- Make some extra. Scoop a bowl for yourself and add in some pumpkin pie spice. It’s delicious. (don’t add the spices to your dog’s dish).
If your dog loved this recipe let me know in the comments.
When I was in high school New Year’s Eve was one of my favorite holidays, right after Christmas. Four of us used to go to my friend Mary’s and we would play board games, sing, and snack well past midnight. The best part about New Year’s Eve though is midnight of course! Mary’s mom would make these drinks for us with 7-Up and maraschino cherry juice, and they were so good; they’re still good. Well, high school is long since over, and all four of us have gone different ways. I for one, had kids which makes going out until 2:00am a little difficult. But that’s ok because I have a great time at home with my girls, making the same drinks for them. This isn’t a kid blog though, it’s a pet blog, and so I’ll get to the real point of this post.
This year is Max’s first New Year’s Eve with us and I don’t plan on leaving him out of all the fun. Of course, dogs aren’t usually big fans of surprise poppers and fireworks, but Max is a fan of good food and drink; which is really what we all look forward to during the holidays right? So this year, as I started thinking about those 7-Up drinks again I started thinking about how I could include Max in the timeless tradition of toasting in the new year. I can’t give him soda, and cherries are not good for dogs so I thought of some other options that look equally festive and will be both safe and delicious for any mammal to enjoy this year.
Infusing your pet’s water with any safe fruit is a super easy way to make a holiday drink. Plus, if you make a combo you enjoy too, this is perfectly shareable.
Dogs and cats cannot eat all fruits, but here are some safe ones that would be great to use and combine: watermelon, apple, blueberry, pineapple, strawberry, kiwi, oranges
- Cut your fruit and place in a pitcher or glass
- Muddle the fruit to release the juice and flavor
- Let the water sit for about 24 hours. If you don’t have 24 hours you can still make this, the flavor just won’t be as strong.
Smoothies are not a typical New Year’s toasting drink, but clinking glasses with your dog isn’t typical either so…
You can use the same fruits as listed above to make a smoothie of course, but here is one of my family’s favorites (yes the whole family, smoothies are shareable too)
Apple, Peanut butter, and banana smoothie
- 1 apple
- 1 ripe banana
- ½ Cup of peanut butter
- 1 Cup of ice
- Cut the fruit
- Place all ingredients into a blender
- Blend until smooth and enjoy
Dog Friendly H’ordeuvres
And just in case you’re interested in sharing some of the New Year’s snacks with your dog too, here are a few dog friendly items to add to your menu. After all, if you’re going to toast with your dog you really should include them in all the good stuff right?
- Unflavored meat balls
- Bread squares
- Apple slices
- Cheese squares – in moderation (warning cheese does give some dogs pretty bad gas)
- Cooked fish on crackers or bread
I had some overripe bananas in my house today, and whenever that happens I feel like I have to use them! One; it seems such a shame to let bananas go to waste. Two; there are so many great things to do with a ripe banana, who wouldn’t want to use them. So, with three browning bananas and a little extra time on my hands I decided to make some treats for Max.
Max loves it when I make him treats, and I love the feeling of giving him fresh food so it’s a win-win.
To come up with this recipe I simply threw together what I had in the kitchen with some background knowledge of what dogs can eat and how to make baby cookies. So I’ll just be honest with you guys I am not a creative cook, and often my recipes originate out of my being to lazy to get on Pinterest and look up a real one. Today was one of those days. I have made enough dog treats and baby cookies to know that peanut butter and banana is an awesome combo, flour helps hold everything together, and honey makes things sweet. So that’s what I used. I pulled out all four of said ingredients, mixed them together until I liked the way it looked, and put it in the oven to bake. The result: a light and fluffy sweet dog cookie. I didn’t try one myself, but Max told me they’re delicious.
- 1 Ripe Banana
- 1/4 Cup Peanut Butter
- 1/4 Cup Flour
- 1 Tbs. Honey
- Place a peeled banana in a bowl and mash
- Add the peanut butter, flour, and honey to the bowl and stir until well blended (If needed mix in more flour. The dough should be soft but not goopy)
- Spoon out small dollops onto a greased cookie sheet (To get the meringue look I used a fork instead of a spoon)
- Bake a 350 for 10 minutes
Recently I wrote an article about homemade dog food, and I realize it can be a bit overwhelming if you’ve never done it before. Even after reading over the charts that I posted I still got the feeling that one could get lost. Then I thought; there is no better way to learn than through example. So, that said, here are my two favorite homemade dog food recipes.
Just like the people in our homes, we want to make sure we are giving our pets the best. One of the most important ways we can take care of our pets is by taking care of what we feed them. We’ve all seen the advertising spiels on dog food and know that having meat as the first ingredient is important and that you shouldn’t see corn meal or other fillers too high on the list. But, even if you buy the best food on the market, nothing can replace simple homemade. It’s no different from making your own bread or laundry detergent; nothing can replace the good feeling of knowing, you know, what’s inside.