Back To Basics On Feeding Your Dogs

As I was watching cooking shows as I always do this morning, I heard the terms “back to basics” and “comfort food” numerous times. I saw people taking and MAKING the time to cook for their families and quality ingredients being of prime importance. When did this way of thinking become unnecessary for dogs? When did people decide that what they fed their dogs was any less important than what they were feeding their families? Many of us have had pets that made a huge difference in our lives. I know I did. When I think back to these pets,...

Why Take A Chance With Your Dog’s Health? Cook For Them!

    Some nights when I am cooking for the dogs, I ask myself if I am going overboard.  Sometimes I get the “looks” from people who ask me if my dogs really like home cooked meals better.  They say, “I don’t cook for myself, so why would I cook for my dog?”.  I can’t answer that question, and it’s true that we are all busy.  But let’s take a look at the news from just 2012. The FDA confirmed PAGES of dog food and dog treat recalls.  There are just too many to mention here.  But take a look...

Dehydrated Chicken Jerky Recipe For Dogs On Daytime NBC

Dehydrated Chicken Jerky For Dogs On Daytime NBC Television Ingredients • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast tenders. Soft frozen makes them easier to slice • 1/4 cup vegetable oil Juice from one lemon 2 Tablespoons Honey Your choice of dog-friendly seasonings: parsley, rosemary, sage (preferably fresh and chopped very fine) Directions • Rinse the chicken breasts and remove any fat, which slows down the dehydrating process and will shorten the jerky’s shelf life. Fat may also go rancid quickly in dehydrator. • Slice the chicken into strips about 1/4- to 1/8-inch thick; slicing with the grain. This will make the treats...

Why You Should Cook For Your Dog

Let’s face facts. We are all busy, whether it be at work, at home or at play. We barely have time to cook for ourselves and maybe we haven’t entertained the thought of cooking for our dog too. But if you knew that your dog’s longevity and overall well-being depended on the food that you fed him or her, would that change your mind? What if you had some help, some guidance to get you started? Maybe it’s too much to think about changing your dog’s main diet and too overwhelming. That is why we are here. We are here...

My Heart…My Pappy

Today as I was making my dogs their dinner, I got a little teary eyed. You see, this time of year is hard for me. My grandfather, Pappy, died a year ago tomorrow. He was my best friend and my life long companion. He taught me how to garden, how to take care of our orange trees, how to cherish family and he passed to me his love of all animals. We raised cows when I was a child, and every evening, I would ride in the back of his truck filled with hay and old, rotten oranges and feed...