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August 2002 Issue
Puppy Love
by Patty Waage
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I'm pleased to announce we have a new member of our family. Her name is Smooches; she weighs about 2 pounds. Ok about now you are going HUH? Let me explain she's a Shih Tzu (that's dog for those that don't know.) She is cute as a button.

Poor Snarf, my cat objects to her mere presence in my house. So I've been making him treats so he knows he's still loved. They deserve a little pampering, and home cookin'. After all, our pets are members of the family too!

Check with your vet before feeding any of these recipes to your pet. There may be certain requirements they need that I do not know about. Now that I've said that, let's move onto the recipes. Puppies just LOVE the puppy formula or, as I like to call it, gravy. Be sure to cool it a bit before feeding it to the puppy ... just as you would a child. You wouldn't want them to burn their mouths. Pour it over their dry food to soften the food a bit.

 

Puppy Formula

  • 4 tablespoons Karo syrup
  • 2 eggs (yolks only)
  • 2 cups milk
  • 4 tablespoons Lime Spring Water
Mix the Karo syrup with the yolks of the eggs only. Bring the milk to a quick boil. Add the milk to the eggs and Karo syrup. Mix it and then add the spring water to it. When the formula is ready to use, pour it over the pup's food and watch him eat. Your pup will love it.
  • Yields: 2 1/2 cups
  • Preparation Time: 10 minutes
 

For a bit of a treat, try the peanut butter puppy poppers. Dogs just go crazy for peanut butter. These make a good and tasty treat you could use for training. They are easy to make ... more like cookies really. You could feed them to your kids too!

 

Peanut Butter Puppy Poppers

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 cup peanut butter (chunky or smooth)
  • 1 cup milk
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

In a bowl, combine the flour and baking powder. In another bowl, mix the peanut butter and milk, then add it to dry ingredients and mix well. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and knead. Roll the dough to 1/4-inch thickness and use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes on a greased baking sheet until lightly brown. Cool the cookies on a rack, then store them in an airtight container.

  • Yields: 2-3 dozen cookies - depending on cookie cutter
  • Preparation Time: 30 minutes
 

Garlic is a special ingredient for removing fleas from your pet. See the garlic puppy treats below for a great no-flea home remedy. Be careful with them, since you can feed too much garlic to your pet and that could cause gastric problems.

 

Garlic No-Flea Dog Biscuits

  • 2 cups unbleached flour
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 1/2 cup brewers yeast
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup chicken stock
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Oil two or three baking sheets.

Combine first four ingredients. In a large mixing bowl, combine garlic and oil. Slowly stir flour mixture and stock alternately into oil and garlic, beating well, until the dough is well-mixed.

Shape dough into a ball. On lightly floured surface, roll out dough 1 to 2-inches thick. Using a 2-inch biscuit cutter or knife cut dough into rounds.

Transfer biscuits to prepared baking sheets. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until they are well browned. Turn off heat and allow biscuits to dry in oven for several hours.

Store in refrigerator or freeze.

  • Yields: 26 cookies
  • Preparation Time: 30 minutes
 

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