So, here is the mat I’ve been working on for my dog’s crate. Despite the quickness of knitting, it took FOREVER! Mostly because I just don’t get into rug knitting that much.
Yarn: Old Peaches ‘n Creme double worsted cotton in Newport, held triple.
Needles: size 15 circulars
Pattern: five rows of purling, then knit forever with three stitches of purling on either end (slip the first stitch of every row), end with five rows of purling.
Easy-Peasy Dog Treat for Hot Dogs:
- a shot glass ice cube tray
- beef and/or chicken broth
- peanut butter or eazy cheese
What you do
- pour broth into the shot glass ice cube tray
- freeze your broth shot glasses
- take your frozen broth shot glasses out of the freezer and out of the shot glass tray
- fill with peanut butter or eazy cheese
- give to hot dogs
- watch the hilarity (at least my dogs are pretty funny when they eat these)
Make your sweet pup a vest that uses evaporative cooling and/or ice packs to keep them cool.
I love baking homemade treats for us, which includes treats for our dog, Shombay. This is one of the latest treats I have been making for him lately. I am trying to monitor his protein intake, so I wanted to make some healthy veggie treats for him. As you can see from the pictures, he loves them!
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup plus 7 tablespoons homemade vegetable broth (canned and leftover from this recipe - but made without the ham)
1 cup cooked carrots
I started by pureeing the cooked carrots in my food processor. Then I added everything together into my stand mixer, until it had the consistency of cookie dough. I rolled it out with a rolling pin, and cut it into fun little shapes with cookie cutters: hammers and wrenches because he’s daddy’s helper! :) Then I baked them on cookie sheets lined with silpats in the oven at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. I kept them in a baggies in the fridge, and he loved them so much, I even caught him trying to open the fridge a couple of times!
Via Alicia in Wonderland
Good Breath Soft Dog Treats
- 2 1/2 cups VERY strong mint tea
- Chopped mint leaves
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/2 cup wheat bran
- 1 cup oats
- 3 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon yeast
- 1 teaspoon salt
Note on tea and mint leaves: I have mint that grows in my garden. When I make these treats, I pick a good handful of mint, make tea with it in the morning and let the tea steep until afternoon or evening. Then I take those leaves and stems and put them in the food chopper and add them to the dough. If you don’t have fresh mint leaves available, use an herbal mint tea in bags or loose-leaf. Use at least two tea bags to make the tea. You can then rip open the tea bags and put those leaves in your dough or omit the leaves.
Put the ingredients in your bread machine in the order specified by your manufacturer or mix the ingredients like you would for bread.
Let dough have at least one rise. I left this batch over night.
Roll out the dough pretty thinly (1/4 inch-ish) and cut into shapes or just form into flattened balls like drop cookies.
Let the cookies rise another few hours. These ones were left to rise for ~2 hours.
Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes.
Remove from oven and cool on wire rack.
Remember: There are no preservatives in these dog treats. They will get moldy. For that reason, I keep a few days worth out and freeze the rest.
Crunchy Dog Treats
- 1 15 oz can of pumpkin puree
- 1 cup plain yogurt
- 1 cup cream of wheat (you can substitute cream of rice or corn meal)
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 packet of Knox unflavored gelatin
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- you may need 1/4-1/2 cups broth (chicken or beef)
Mix it all together (I used the bread maker, even though this didn’t need to rise). Depending on the moisture level of your puree and yogurt, you may need some broth to get a good roll-able dough. Use your discretion there.
Roll out. It is not hugely important how thick, these are dog treats. The thinner they are, the less baking time you’ll need. Cut with cookie cutters or a knife.
Put on greased or lined cookie sheets (I use parchment paper).
Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for ~40 minutes. Check periodically to make sure they are not burning. You want them to be mostly hard when you tap them.
Let cool in the oven. I usually bake these in the evening and let them cool in the oven over night. This lets them dry out completely.
Remember: There are no preservatives in these, so they will get moldy (how fast depends on your climate). I keep out a few days worth and freeze the rest.
I started this yesterday. After initially trying a few recipes online, I started making dog treats with whatever I felt like (and knew was safe and nutritious). First, let me tell you about our house:
We have three dogs and we “free feed” as it is called. This means there is always food out in their bowls. This has been fantastic because we do not have meal time squabbles and our youngest dog, Willie, has food guarding issues that we have been able to all but eliminate. All three of our dogs were at a healthy weight until my exercise routine changed this spring. Instead of hiking as my only form of exercise, I added swimming, which meant the dogs went out on hikes less. Willie and Girl adjusted just fine, but Mooch didn’t. Luckily, the problem is completely manageable. We switched to weight management formula and the dogs are in their crates when we aren’t home (and don’t have access to the open bowls then), so we have become more aware of their eating habits and will engage Mooch in other activities when she has had enough. It takes a while for her three brain cells to catch up to her stomach. ;-)
I also started making dog treats. Mooch is highly sensitive to corn products as well and it is amazing to me how often corn is a main ingredient in pet products. With home-made treats I am able to make healthy, cheap, low calorie treats that they adore and that are corn free.
Now I’m thinking about making dog food as well. This is a much more daunting task and given how little useful information I’ve been able to find so far on the internet, I thought I would keep a record of my efforts and eventually share them. I will also start writing down some of my dog treat recipes and share them as well.