Propylene Glycol in Dog Food?!

Being involved in “everything dog”, sometimes I think that I have heard it all.  Sure, I know that there are ingredients in dog food and dog treats that are less than edible, unhealthy and unappetizing.  But after researching an ingredient I found in a dog food on our supermarket shelf, I was floored.  Propylene Glycol? Isn’t this the stuff they use in some anti-freezes?  Sure.  Is.  Although the websites of the food containing this ingredient state a long explanation skirting around the issue,  likening this ingredient to salt.  Is this acceptable to you?  It’s not to us. Why do dog...

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...

A Clean House May Be Killing Your Dog

  I am the kind of person that you may call a “clean freak”.  Having two large, shedding, active dogs in my home presents a challenge to my sanity.  I used to buy every household cleaning product on the market that claimed to deodorize, sanitize and get rid of every bacteria know to man.  After having two of my rescue dogs die from cancer, I began to question everything.  One of the things I questioned was of course what I fed them (part of why I started Your Dogs Diner), and the second was the environment they lived in.  No,...

Are You Feeding Your Dog Fast Food?

  It’s no secret that I love to cook.  I cook for my friends, my family, myself and my dogs.  Yes, my dogs.  I love them as much, if not more, than some people I must say.  And their happiness, nutrition, and overall well-being depends on me, their caregiver. When I started on a road to healthier eating for me and my husband, that is when I started really researching what I was feeding my dogs.  I was a person that was shopping for organic and healthy food for us, but then would head over to the dog food aisle...

How To Get Your Older Dog To Eat

When I was first married, we had two rescue dogs, Skanky (yes, that was his name) and Mr. Scotty.  These two fellows were as different as night and day, but were the best of friends. Skanky was a labrador retriever mix with a ferocious appetite for…everything!  Mr. Scotty was a distinguished mix of who knows what breeds with a discriminating palate.  I sure did love these boys. As they got older, the way they aged were as different as they were.  Although Skanky had an aggressive form of cancer, his appetite never waned.  The day Skanky passed away, he still...

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...