Monday, February 16, 2015

Delia's Dish: Peanut Butter, Bacon and Banana Dog Treat Recipe

It's Spoil Your Pet Month, and even though I spoil Delia every day, I baked some special treats for her with three of her favorites...bacon, bananas, and peanut butter. She loved them so much she actually begged for more! 

I followed this recipe from Epicurious with a little tweaking. (I didn't have any flax seeds, so we skipped those, and we didn't baste them with the honey mixture before baking because I was going to dip them in carob, but changed my mind after baking. She still loved them.)

Here's what I used:

1 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour
1 tbsp of honey
3 strips of bacon finely chopped
1 large egg
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup natural peanut butter
1 mashed banana

I mixed the mashed banana, peanut butter, honey, bacon, and egg; then added the oats and flour until well blended. I chilled the dough in the fridge for a little over an hour, then kneaded, rolled and cut. The dough was easy to knead and the cookie cutters cut the dough cleanly. The cookies baked for about 15 minutes at 350 degrees. Delia sat at the table waiting for them to cool. She could hardly stand the wait, but it was worth it. 

How do you spoil your pet? Do you like to bake them special treats?


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Thursday, February 12, 2015

My Failure at Delia's Dental Care Routine and How I Plan to Fix It

Delia has horrible breath. It is my fault. We used to brush her teeth at least three times a week, but she put up such a fight, I felt terrible, so I stopped, which was worse for her in the long run. I've bought countless dental treats, water additives, and numerous flavors of toothpaste. I'm convinced she's got to be one of the pickiest dogs on the planet. She won't eat any of the chews, stops drinking the water with the additives and runs at the sight of a toothbrush. It doesn't matter if it is a brush, a finger brush, or what. She wants no part of it. The only thing she accepts is swabbing with Arm & Hammer Clinical Pet Care Swab Tooth Treatment swabs. This works in a pinch, but I know she needs regular brushing.

Groomers and veterinarians have all said she's an angel for them when they brush her teeth. Thankfully, PetSmart gooming services offers walk-in teeth brushing, which we use twice a month. I recently watched her groomer at PetSmart as she brushed Delia's teeth. She didn't know I was watching, but I saw her standing there, oh, so nice and quietly, letting the groomer brush her teeth as if it were her most favorite activity in the world. She was indeed angelic. I couldn't believe it. I was proud of her for being such a good girl, but a wee bit irritated, too. Why couldn't she be as good for me, her mom, as she is for a woman she sees a couple of times a month? I even mentioned this to the groomer. Her answer, "Because you're Mom." Yep, it was my fault. I'd let her get away with teeth brushing tantrums.

So, I'm following Fidose of Reality's 10 Tips for Dogs Who Hate Teeth Brushing to re-introduce regular brushing into our routine. We're going to go slow and easy. It may not be much fun for either of us at first, but I'm determined to make it a positive, healthy routine for the best dental health for my best girl.

I love this smile, so I'm going to do my best to take care of it from now on.

Do you follow a dental care routine with your pet? How do you tackle teeth brushing?


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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The Mission to Bring Randy the Pig Home

Photo courtesy of Dawn Blackburn.
An animal is surrendered to a shelter. This animal has a loving home to return to. The animal is being held in quarantine for 30 days, then will be evaluated for adoption. Again, this animal has a loving home waiting, with a woman who WANTS to care for him. A woman who knows his needs better than the organization currently in possession of him. An organization that admitted to her to not being able to properly care for this animal before transferring him to Longmeadow Rescue Ranch. An organization that stated that it did not have room for this animal at the ranch due to a wait list. Yet, he’s being held alone, in a strange place, when he could be at home in familiar surroundings being cared for by people who love him.

Why? Because this animal is a pig, Randy, who was surrendered to the Humane Society of Missouri by his owner, who had taken him there in a panic when faced with eviction, rather than return him to the woman whom he had contractually agreed to return him if he was unable to keep him. Randy’s micro chip led the HSMO to contact her when he was surrendered to them. When she stated her relationship to Randy she was refused. The HSMO refuses to release Randy to Dawn Blackburn because she is a breeder. A responsible, reputable breeder of Juliana pigs. Dawn has two pigs she breeds once or twice a year in order not to over-breed them and cause them harm. Her pigs are not tools abused for income. They are well cared for members of her family.
Photo of Randy courtesy of Dawn Blackburn.
Though Dawn has a legal contract stating Randy is to be returned to her if his owners were unable to care for him, she has been denied. Because they don't deal with breeders. When Dawn asked to see their policy, The HSMO refused to provide proof of their policy not to deal with breeders.

The animals at Longmeadow Rescue Ranch are well cared for. The concern about Randy is that he is being treated as livestock. Randy has been raised and trained as a family pet, not conditioned to the life of a livestock animal. But, because it is their policy to not deal with breeders, Randy is left in limbo.

How do we help animals like Randy who have fallen victim to the unfortunate bad reputations of breeders, whether the breeder is good or bad? I've dealt with puppy millers and witnessed the horrors of puppy mills first hand. I know how awful disreputable breeders are. I have also dealt with reputable, responsible breeders who love their animals and only want the best for them. Breeders who care about the good of the breed as well as the individual animal. Unfortunately, because of the bad, the good suffer. Is it Randy’s fault that because of the bad, he is homeless?

I understand the policy of not dealing with breeders, but also understand that, though Dawn Blackburn is a breeder, she has stated she will never re-sell a pig and would not re-sell Randy. He will be given a loving home with her or with family knowledgeable about caring for a pig, that she is confident can give Randy a great home.

My purpose with this post is to share Randy's story, not to disparage the HSMO, or choose sides, but to be another voice for Randy.

To learn more about Randy and the mission to bring him home, and ways you can help, visit the Facebook page Bring Randy the Pig Home. petition to bring Randy home.

Lincoln County Journal article about Randy.

Join the discussion on social media with the hashtag #‎bringRandythePigHome‬.


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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

One Dog Organic Bakery Treats Giveaway and Review

I'm always on the lookout for healthy treats for Delia, so I am happy to have the opportunity for her to try One Dog Organic Bakery treats to review. One Dog Organic Bakery is also giving away  two or our readers.

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One Dog Organic Bakery was created after the owner, Veronica, lost a beloved feline family member due to kidney failure caused by melamine found in a food recall. After seeing so many pet food and treat recalls, Veronica started cooking and baking her pet's food and growing One Dog Organic Bakery. With treats baked fresh in small batches to ensure freshness and quality with GMO-Free, 100% human-grade, fresh ingredients from the USA, each batch is human-tested and approved by One Dog Organic Bakery's own, Milo. They can also customize treats to your dog's needs if your dog has allergies.

These healthy treats DO NOT contain: Chemical preservatives, fillers, by-products, hormones, salt, or artificial colorings or flavorings. This makes me, as a dog mom, happy.

We received one bag each of the Ginger Snaps with Joint Mobility, Pumpkin Spice with Flaxseed, and Peanut Butter with Chia Seeds flavors to try. She tried them all, but the Peanut Butter with Chia Seeds was her favorite.

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The treats are crunchy and easy to break into pieces for small mouths or to use as small training treats. This is a big plus for us, because Delia prefers small pieces.

Follow One Dog Organic Bakery to keep up with all the latest news about their products:


One Dog Organic Bakery is giving away two prizes to my readers and has also given us a special discount code for you to get 15% off of your order if you place an order on their website:  HEARTPRINTS15

Enter to win a gift certificate and treats from One Dog Organic Bakery:

We will have TWO winners!

The first prize winner will receive a $25 gift certificate and a 4 oz bag of treats.

The second place winner will receive a $10 gift certificate and and 8 oz bag of treats.

Enter the giveaway by completing Rafflecopter form below with as many entry options as you like. Only the comment as to which flavor your dog would like to try is mandatory. This giveaway is open to US residents only, ages 18 and over and ends on February 10th, 2015 at midnight CST. 
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We received treats to sample at no cost in exchange for our honest review. All opinions are our own, and One Dog Organic Bakery is not responsible for the content of our review.


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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Rescued Animals Win at #TheLucyBowl #DogsvsCats on The Hallmark Channel

This Sunday, Feb. 1 it's dogs vs cats during The Lucy Pet Foundation's #TheLucyBowl commercial airing during the Kitten Bowl on the Hallmark Channel. (check your local listings for times!)

The Lucy Pet Foundation was founded by Joey Herrick with a goal to help end pet overpopulation by offering free national mobile spay/neuter and adoption mobile clinics, as well as educating the public on the importance of spay/neuter, educating children about pet care, and helping to make shelter animals more adoptable with training and grooming. Your donations to The Lucy Pet Foundation can help make these goals a reality.

Don't miss the hottest game this Sunday and please visit The Lucy Pet Foundation website to learn more and donate to help their missions.


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Monday, January 26, 2015

52 Snapshots of Life Week 4: Dream

This is week 4 of the 52 Snapshots of Life photo challenge hosted by The Lazy Pitbull. This week's theme is DREAM.

This photo is actually a couple of months old, but it is the first thing I thought of when I saw this week's theme. As Delia snuggled with her favorite dragon toy, I like to imagine she's having magical dreams of dragons and fairies and unicorns. 

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52 Snapshots of Life is a weekly themed photo challenge for anyone who loves to take photos and would like to share them with us!

Join in and check out the other bloggers participating below.


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