Saturday, 22 August 2009

Dog Day Afternoon

Go ahead and press play. This post is for the dogs.

Oh yes, sing along, you know you want to!

I'd like to introduce you to some of my favourite neighbours. Of the canine persuasion of course!

Bird is a country sort of dog, he lives for the weekends when he can spend his time swimming and running around in the woods. He is rather proud of his golden coat.

Rosie is an enthusiastic kisser and loves to entertain visitors on her front deck. She has excellent hearing, as you might imagine.

Bear fancies himself a diminutive guard dog and is currently trying to organize a neighbourhood watch program for our block.

Precious lives to lift the spirits of those around her, she believes there are very few problems that can't be solved with kisses.
For these great doggies, and my own, I made homemade doggie treats. These are all natural and as such should be used up within a couple of weeks or up to 30 days. The recipe makes enough to share, but ask about allergies before gifting them to any of your canine friends.

Dog Treat Recipe – Peanut Butter Cookies
From Better Food for Dogs

NB:This recipe is for doggie treats. It should not constitute the primary diet of your dog, and is not suitable for cats.

Makes about 1 lb (500 g) of cookies

Preheat oven to 350 F (180 C)
- Nonstick baking sheets
- Rolling pin
- Pizza cutter

1 cup +1 tbsp water
1 cup smooth natural peanut butter
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla
4 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1. In a large bowl, whisk together water, peanut butter, egg and vanilla. Stir in flour and cornmeal until well incorporated.
2. In the bowl and using hands, knead until dough holds together. Transfer to lightly floured surface. Using a rolling pin, roll out dough to about 1/8-inch (3 mm) thickness.
3. With a fork, poke holes all over the surface of the dough. Using a pizza cutter or a sharp knife, cut dough into bite-size rectangles or squares. Place about 1/2 inch (1 cm) apart on baking sheets.
4. Bake in preheated oven, in batches if necessary, for 18 minutes or until firm. Place pans on racks and let cool completely. Reduce oven temperature to 300 F (150 C). Bake for 20 minutes longer or until hard. Transfer cookies to a rack and let cool completely. Store in a tightly sealed container for up to 30 days.
On another doggie subject, I was given the opportunity to try K9 Klear Up. It is an all-natural dog balm for relief of hot spots, flea and mosquito bites, eczema, skin rashes and all sorts of irritating doggie conditions.
The balm contains only six ingredients, all of them natural; Shea butter, Tepezcohuite,Vegetable emulsifier, Aloe Vera, Caprylyl Glycol, and Sorbic Acid.
I thought I would be sitting on this review for a long time as I have never had to deal with any of these skin problems before, but low and behold Merlin got an ear problem. Such an accommodating doggie!
In addition to the cleaning and care for his ear, I did find that the balm was very soothing and aided in the speedy relief of his itchy and pained ear. I am very happy with the balm, especially as it is all natural, the only drawback for me is the price. I find it rather expensive, but that's just me. A poor blogger! They do offer a money back guarantee though, so that's nice.
K9 Klear Up is available in Canada and the US. Please check their website for more information.