Planting A Dog Friendly, Summer Garden

Summertime is upon us and that means a lot of things to many people.  For us, one of our favorite summertime activities is planting a garden. But no, not just any garden.  A dog friendly garden that we can share with our dogs! Yes all you dog parents, you should do this. Even veterinarians are beginning to advocate gardening for our furkids.  Fruits and vegetables added to your dog’s diet can provide endless benefits.  One of the reasons we started Your Dog’s Diner was to show that there were safe and healthy ways to “treat” your dog.  That’s why you...

How To Have A Truly Happy Dog

                    Are my dogs happy? I asked myself this today.  I had to think about it.  I hoped they were happy.  But were they..really? And how do we know? Every dog is different, this I do know.  Before Peanut Butter Brickle and Digby Pancake came along, I was dogmom to two rescue dogs, Skanky and Mr. Scottie.  They were content to roam the orange grove all day, visit my grandparents for lunch, and come home for dinner at exactly 5 p.m. everyday.  Take a ride in the car?  No way, not...

Is Cooking For Your Dog Crazy?

Is Cooking For Your Dog Crazy?                 I have had dogs all of my life.  I have bought dog food all of my life.  Whatever was on sale, whatever looked good, whatever was convenient.  Dog food was just dog food, right? A few years ago, if someone would have told me that I would be cooking for my dogs, I would have been quite confused.  I loved my dogs, but never entertained the notion that I could feed them something else besides what was in their dog food bag.  It’s not that I...

Big Game Chicken Bite Appetizers For Dogs

  Let’s face it. The Big Game is just awesome!  Time to get together with friends and family. Time to have fun. And TIME TO EAT!  Don’t you dare even think of leaving your dogs out of the party!  We have a great appetizer recipe for your dogs that is so easy you will think you got a touchdown without even leaving your kitchen! Start with our Mutt Meatballs Treat Mix. Yep.  It says its for meatballs, and it sure is.  But it is so versatile!   And made with all organic ingredients, so you can’t go wrong. Get out...

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...