Treats!!

Thought I would share a couple recipes for doggy treats that I make.  Max prefers them over the store bought kind!  The Pumpkin Treats are lower in fat and the other recipe is for Low Protein Treats, great for dogs with kidney issues. (Used to make these for Hobbes when he was still with us.)

Low Protein Veggie Treats

  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 6 Tablespoons low sodium, low fat chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 cup cooked vegetable (sweet potatoes, zucchini or winter squashes—cooked and smashed or pureed)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine flour and garlic powder. Mix in chicken broth and vegetable(s). Add enough cold water to form a ball. Roll out dough to 1/2″ and using a cookie cutter, cut into shapes (love the bone shaped cutters!)  Place on a non-stick cookie sheet & bake for 25 minutes. Let cool.

Pumpkin Dog Biscuits

2 eggs
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
2 tablespoons dry milk
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 1/2 cups brown rice flour *
1 teaspoon dried parsley (optional)

Preheat oven to 350.

In large bowl, whisk together eggs and pumpkin to smooth. Stir in dry milk, sea salt, and dried parsley (if using, optional). Add brown rice flour gradually, combining with spatula or hands to form a stiff, dry dough. Turn out onto lightly floured surface (can use the brown rice flour) and if dough is still rough, briefly knead and press to combine.

Roll dough between 1/4 – 1/2″ – depending on your dog’s chew preferences, ask first – and use biscuit or other shape cutter to punch shapes, gathering and re-rolling scraps as you go. Place shapes on cookie sheet, no greasing or paper necessary. If desired, press fork pattern on biscuits before baking, a quick up-and-down movement with fork, lightly pressing down halfway through dough. Bake 20 minutes. Remove from oven and carefully turn biscuits over, then bake additional 20 minutes. Allow to cool completely on rack before feeding to dog.

* Brown rice flour gives the biscuits crunch and promotes better dog digestion. Many dogs have touchy stomachs or allergies, and do not, like many people I know, tolerate wheat.

Since there are no preservatives, I would highly recommend storing all homemade dog treats in the refrigerator

 Woof!!!  (Enjoy!)

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The Santa Hat

Saturday morning, a day to sleep in…NOT!!  Max and Emmet wanted to get up at 5:30.  I guess they thought letting me sleep an extra half hour was enough.  So, we got up and started our day!   After we finished breakfast, I had this great idea. I had found my Santa hat in one of the bins of decorations. Why not take a picture of Max in a Santa hat that I could use on my blog and Facebook?   That would be so cool!

I got the hat out, found my camera, put a bunch of dog treats in my pocket, said a prayer and began my quest!

First I got him to sit still; then I put the hat on him, backed away to take the picture….he shook and the hat flew off.  Okay, that was only the first time, so I tried again.  Maybe if I held up a treat while I was going backwards he would sit and wait?  Nope, he shook off the hat, grabbed the treat out of my hand and took off.  All I could do was laugh.

I took him outside for a break; to work off the excess energy.  When we came back in, I tried to sit him down, he was having no part of it.  Emmet was watching me, thinking: Emmet is always thinking.  By the time I got Max seated again, Emmet was posed to pounce.  I hoped I could get the picture taken before he pounced on Max.  I put the hat on Max, stepped back, he shook the hat off and WHAM…in came Emmet!   He grabbed the hat and ran behind the couch.

I was so shocked that I sat down and laughed. Max came over, sat by me and gave me a big kiss, as if to say, “I love you, can we stop now?”   I got the hat and decided to try one more time.  If it didn’t work this time, we were done!  Max saw me coming and sat down.  Hmmm…maybe he would let me take the picture this time with the hat on.   I put it on him, offered a treat, told him he was so good and that if he let me take the picture, I would make him a burger for lunch!  As I backed away, it almost looked like he smiled at me and with a shake of his head, you see where the hat ended up!!!

Oh well, maybe next year!

 

Brrrr….

I was startled out of sleep by a whine and something pushing on my legs.  It took a minute to realize what it was.  It was Max, my golden retriever, trying to get cuddled under my blanket.  He wanted to get under the covers with me.  I tried to wiggle my toes and was hissed at.  Emmet was under the covers on my feet and was now biting my toes.  OW!  What the heck was going on here?  I turned on my flashlight.

Max pushed his nose under the blanket and looked at me with sad eyes.  So, I let him under, at which point Emmet crawled up and waited for Max to settle in.  Emmet settled in between Max and me.  This was nice and snuggly!  I guess we were going to sleep like this tonight.  And so we did.

When my alarm went off at 5 am and I crawled out of bed, I knew why I had a cat and dog still under the covers.  It was freezing in the house.  The furnace had quit.  Hmmm.  This was a dilemma.  I had to try and make some heat happen!  I really wanted to crawl right back under the covers with Max and Em!

I went out to the living room to check the thermostat….53 degrees.  UGH, that was cold!  I opened up the furnace door and switched off a couple switches; that usually worked.  Today…not so much!  I swore at it a few times and that didn’t work either.  I got my mittens out of the closet and put them on. At least my hands would be warm!

Did I dare call my landlord at this early hour?  No, perhaps a text message would do it.  So, I texted him and 15 minutes later he was outside!  Now that is an awesome landlord.  He worked his magic to no avail!  The furnace was not going to give me heat!  He said he would come back later and fix it.  Till then I would be wearing mittens while I got ready for work!!  I threw my robe in the dryer to warm up and took the fastest shower of my life!!

I am hoping that when I get home tonight, there will be heat!!  So are Max and Emmet!

Super shooter Sue and the raccoons!

I opened the front door at 10 pm, leash in hand, Max ready to go do the nightly duties and HELLO…….there they were!  Sitting in front of my door, looking longingly at the dumpster still in my driveway from the new roof, were two HUGE raccoons.  They turned around and looked at Max and me.  Max barked, I knocked on the window, yelled “BOO” to scare them, but they just sat there looking at us like we were two crazy things making a lot of noise!  What to do?  I turned the porch light on and off, thinking maybe that would scare them.  No such luck.  These guys were brave!  I had to think fast!  Max had to go!!!

Out came the super soaker and I filled it up!  I should probably just have it filled up and ready at the door!  I opened the window on the screen door and soaked those critters!  They ran away and I thought, “GREAT!!!  Now Max can go do his thing!” I waited a minute and then started out the door, when all of a sudden a little masked face appeared around the dumpster corner.  I stopped, pulled Max back in and all of a sudden the other face appeared around the wheel.

This was a challenge; these little dudes were challenging me.  And they were not going to beat me.  Not this time.  They have dumped my garbage, scampered all over my roof, watched me through my bathroom skylight and scared me to death; but they were NOT going to stop me from going out in my front yard with my dog.  This was Sue vs. the coon duo. I was not going to lose.

By this time, they had come out of hiding and were sitting in front of the door again.  Brazen fellows. I grabbed my super soaker and filled it up again.  Very slowly I walked to the door.  I pulled the soaker back and started spraying.  I soaked and soaked.  Probably looked like a mad woman.  I ran back to the kitchen and filled up again.  When I came back to the door, they were just coming back around the corner of the dumpster.  Again, I soaked and they ran away.  My super soaker was empty, but I had an idea….my next fill up I put some vinegar in it mixed with the water and sprayed again, till it wouldn’t spray anymore. In fact, I think I wore the thing out; it wouldn’t work when I filled it again.

The raccoons were gone, but for how long?  I hurried out with Max, he did his duties, we ran back in and waited.  They didn’t come back while we waited, so I am declaring the win for Team Sue!!

I’m sure we will do battle again, but for now, time to go to bed and tomorrow it will be time to buy a new super soaker!

Happiness is…..

I woke up to a purring right next to my head.  Guess who??  Emmet!  He was all snuggled up under the covers!

All of a sudden a cold nose was sniffing me and WHOOSH….a huge Max kiss!!!

I love Saturday mornings when I can wake up and my two furry buddies are all warm, cozy and thinking about starting the weekend!  Not quite ready to get up yet, but very ready for some serious “Mom snuggles!!”

Happiness is….weekend cat purrs and dog kisses!