Whitefish dinner

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Here’s a perfect one for summer!

Whitefish Dinner with Fire Roasted Mash and Charred Green Beans. As seen on “At the Beach” with Fido & Wine. This recipe was lovingly perfected by Laura and Jason Ducharme. The entire meal was prepared on a fire pit during our awesome day at the beach in Meaford, Ontario! If you’re going camping or at the cottage, this is a recipe you must try. It’s easy and truly a crowd pleaser.

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Doggone Good Stew

Here is a delicious and healthy stew that features mixed meats and colorful veggies that are sure to make your dog’s mouth water! Like we need more drool, right? :) I developed this recipe in season one of Fido & Wine. This is a big batch recipe to save time for those of you who home cook on a regular basis. Just be sure to add the dog appropriate calcium/supplements if you do home cook on a regular basis. Enjoy and try some yourself!

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Homemade Kibble

Homemade kibble

Homemade Kibble is a lot of work but the end result is rewarding.  I’ll be honest – this is way too many ingredients and takes too much time to make on a regular basis, but I recommend you make this at least once! It really says “made with love”.

Everything but the Kitchen Sink Kibble as seen in Fido & Wine’s “Basic Meals”.
2 cups of Rye Flour
2 cups Whole Wheat Flour (Do NOT use white flour)
1 cup cooked brown rice
1 cup rolled oats (not the instant kind)
1 cup wheat germ
2 cups of dry milk powder (or non-fat milk powder)
Tsp salt
3 cups of water
4 eggs
1/3 cup olive or canola oil
Up to 4 cups of cooked ground meat – we are using lamb and turkey
(about a 1lb package of each, cooked)
3 cups of mixed vegetables (peas, carrots, broccoli, whatever appropriate ones you have in fridge)
Optional – 1 tbsp of brewer’s yeast, they love the taste and it helps keep fleas away
*Dog appropriate calcium supplement if on a home cooked diet

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St. Patrick’s Day Dog Treats (classic holiday)

St. Patrick's day dog treats

ShamBowWow Treats:  I’ve got my Irish on (not up), so I thought it might be fun to make a green treat for My Dog’s Breakfast. I don’t like using food coloring, so I used two of nature’s emerald beauties to naturally color them. Spinach and Peas!! They turned out well, and they actually taste like those roasted pea snacks. The dogs love them (surprise, surprise).

Happy St. Patty’s day and I leave you with my favourite Irish saying:

“Don’t give cherries to pigs or advice to fools.”

1 cup of whole wheat flour
I cup of cooked peas (from frozen, they’re greener than the canned ones)
1 cup of spinach
1/4 cup canola oil
1 egg
tsp sea salt

Optional – 1 additional egg for egg wash to make them glossy.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a big bowl, add the cup of flour and tsp of sea salt.

Now, puree a cup of peas and a cup of spinach with the canola oil. If you don’t have a power tool – get one. Ok, if you don’t, just mash your peas and chop chop chop that spinach like a chump. Er, champ!

Add the green mixture to the flour, and crack in your egg on top. Blend together until dough forms – it will be a damp dough. Now, I like to wrap in parchment paper and put in the fridge to chill for about 20 minutes, but you don’t have to.

Look at how beautiful this emerald dough is!!

Now, sprinkle dough with flour and roll out to about a 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. You don’t want them too thin or they will turn brown on the edges in the oven. Use your shamrock cookie cutter to cut out your shapes, or use your wily ways with a knife to make them look like a shamrock. OR…you can make circles or squares, they’re still gonna be green and be festive for St. Patty’s day.

*Optional – lightly beat an egg and brush it on top of the treats to make them glossy. You don’t have to do the egg wash, they’ll still look great without it.

Bake in the oven for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.

“Sláinte!” (Cheers!)

xo/J – be sure to check out my new show Ask Me Anything!


I’m neither a vet nor an animal nutritionist. This recipe is not meant to replace a proper and balanced diet for your dog. You should speak to your own vet before trying new recipes or feeding any home cooked foods to your dog.

Breath Busting Dog Treats!

Hi guys, hope everyone’s doing well, and resting up before the busy holiday season!

I created these treats after reading the ingredient label on some popular “breath busting” packaged dog treats – no thanks.   These feature fresh mint and parsley, plus coconut oil – they promote digestion and good breath.  Add some wholesome grains in there and you have a treat the entire family will appreciate!

breath busting dog treats

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Esther’s Protein-Packed Vegan Snacks!

Esther's Protein-Packed Vegan SnacksHey guys!  Hope everyone had a great summer.  Mine seemed to fly by, and work was really busy as we try to film as much as we can while it’s lush and green out there.         I created these treats in honor of my new best gal, Esther The Wonder Pig!   This was one of the most fun shoots I’ve ever had. For those of you who haven’t heard of Esther, her parents, Derek and Steve thought she was a mini-pig – but it soon became clear that she was a commercial pig, she’s tipping the scales now at 600+ lbs! She’s become an internet darling with the help of her witty folks and her 2 canine and 2 feline sidekicks, people around the world have fallen in love with the pink princess. The family’s found that they’ve become “accidental activists”, and Esther’s inspired many people to become vegans. Their two rescued dogs, Shelby and Rueben have been on a vegan diet for a while and are thriving…hence the Protein-Packed Vegan Snacks!  We had such a good time and had so much good footage that I decided to make this one a two-parter for my show, Fido & Wine.  This one is not geo-blocked, so anyone from anywhere can see my show!  Part Two features our kitchen segment with host Laura Ducharme – she does an amazing job of showing you how to make these delicious vegan dog treats.  That is my kitchen by the way, where all the dog food magic happens, lol :)  You can watch the show here: Esther the Wonder Pig.


Esther the WonderpigFido & Wine Esther shoot
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Doggy Meatza

Doggy MeatzaHi guys! Hope all of you and your pooches have been well. This is one of my fave recipes I’ve done for Fido & Wine. It’s in the Woofstock episode (the largest dog festival in North America). If you’ve never been and you live in Canada, here’s your chance to see what it’s all about (We have to “geoblock” the episodes online, it’a bummer for my international followers – I wish you could see the show!) This is truly a recipe that your ENTIRE family will love. This dish is very popular with meat lovers, those who can’t tolerate gluten, and people on the paleo diet, to name a few. Think of it as pizza, only instead of dough, the crust is made with meat. It’s a grain-free version that satisfies hearty appetites and offers a wide variety of toppings!

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Surf ‘n Turf Fur You And Your Dog

Surf 'n Turf for dogs

Sorry it’s taken so long to post a new recipe…anybody else have this crazy never ending cold?! Oh…and there was that trip to Jamaica, feels like a lifetime ago now. But I’m back – and here’s one from my show, Fido & Wine – from one of our episodes we shot in February down in Southern California.  Unfortunately we can only air it online in Canada, despite the many requests we’ve had from the US, hopefully we can get a broadcaster down there to air it!  – click here to watch “Surfing Dogs”.  We met some amazing people from the Socal Surf Dogs and the world famous special Surf Dog, Ricochet.   This dog and her guardian, Judy, do the most amazing work. Ricochet is a world famous, award-winning surf dog with a purpose! She’s the only SURFice dog™ in the world who surfs with kids with special needs, people with disabilities, wounded warriors and veterans with PTSD as an assistive aid. There’s a reason this dog is so popular, especially on Facebook.

Here’s the recipe!

Surf ‘n Turf for Dogs

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Wolfberry Burgers

From Fido & Wine

From Fido & Wine

Hello everyone! This is a super simple recipe I developed for Fido & Wine. We were exploring our dog’s ancestors, the intelligent and elusive wolf, and bison is definitely on their menu. Because bison’s so lean, it can be dry, so I thought, why not add some berries to it – after all, wolves eat berries in the bush. The combo was a winner! The apple butter jam is easy as well – and can be used to elevate other dishes, like grilled cheese. If you Watch A Wolf’s Dinner you can watch Laura make the “Wolfberry burgers”. You can also use ground turkey and make Turkey Berry Burgers to save money as bison is expensive.

bison berry burgers

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Baby Food Dog Treats

Baby Food Dog TreatsSay what?  Sounds odd, but think it through…a lot of the food that’s pureed for human babies is great for the fur babies.  And we know that it has to meet human standards and the organic ones don’t seem to cost much more.  I learned this trick at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park when I was filming there earlier this month with the amazing Animal Training Supervisor, Janet Rose Hinostroza.  I’ve had a lot of great days over the years, but this one was at the top of the list.  We’re doing an episode of Fido & Wine on The Cat Ambassador program – dogs paired with cheetahs! This is my favourite pic from the day.
Cat Ambassador San Diego Zoome on setDo you like my cheetah pants??!! LOL. Cheetahs are solitary creatures by nature, and the dogs help them with their anxiety and this in turn helps these endangered beauties to breed. Janet showed us what they feed the cheetahs and the dogs.  The team of nutritionists at the zoo plan menus for each of the animals, and even devise individual diets for the dogs.  I was immediately thrilled to learn what treats they make for the cheetahs – “Bloodsicles” – basically they mix some blood from raw meat (that will later become the cat’s meal) with water, and then freeze it.cheetah My boys are big fans of blood, so although the dogs at the zoo don’t get the bloody good treats, they’re perfect for my guys!  However, the dogs do get really cool ice pops themselves – baby food mixed with water!!  Chicken  was the flavour that the dog we filmed with got – and I thought to myself – now that’s super easy and healthy!


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Steel Cut Oatmeal Bones

Steel Cut Oatmeal Bones

Well it’s that time of year again…the pants are WAY too tight and we’re all trying out our “lifestyle changes” for the new year. Mine is pretty difficult, aside from more exercise, (all right, I admit it – I haven’t done any since the summer!),  I’m doing a 75% vegan/raw diet. Basically, two meals & snacks per day are raw & vegan, and often the third meal is vegan. My dehydrator has been on as much as the furnace lately! I’m really loving raw breads and crackers, but that’s a whole other blog.  Vegan meals are no problem – one really great vegan meal is steel cut oats. I can’t stomach regular oatmeal, the texture just grosses me out for some reason. But I love chewy steel cut oats; I just cook them in water, then when they’re finished, I add about a cup of berries and a handful of raw pumpkin or sunflower seeds and hemp hearts. It looks like this before I stir it:

Leftover Steel Cut Oatmeal

I had a cup and a half left over, so I thought I’d make The Boys some bones out of it. All of the ingredients are awesome for dogs, and they of course were spoiled at Xmas along with the rest of us, so these are some great vegan treats for them too!  I only added flour and water to make these bad boys. I love when leftovers from my meal can be repurposed for my number one fans – I highly recommend these!
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Twist n’ Licks


Hi guys!  I know it’s kind of annoying when bloggers say they’ve been too busy to post often, so I’ll skip that part and simply thank you for your ongoing support! For those of you who don’t know much about me, I also produce a show for a Canadian specialty channel, The Pet Network.  It’s called Fido & Wine, and in each half hour episode, we explore dog themed events, topics etc, and then our host Laura cooks up dog friendly meals and treats.  It’s obviously been a dream job for me, and I’m excited to be heading into a third season!  However, this means that when I’m not at the office or filming, I’m in the kitchen, knee deep in dog drool as I develop recipes for 13 more shows…so far I’ve got “A Wolf’s Dinner (bison berry burgers) for our Wolves episode, and a beautiful array of bakery style treats for our “Best in Show” episode.  These Twist n’ Licks are a by-product of my recipe development for the latter.  Inspired by the ever popular Oreo cookies, these are dog-friendly treats that look like a pro made them – but the truth is they are not hard to make!  I can’t wait for the episode to be ready **spoiler alert, LOL, we’re making cannoli, dipped pretzels and bone-shaped cream sandwiches.  Oh yeah, baby.

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Halloween Tips & Treats

Can you believe that Halloween is next week?  I hope that it doesn’t rain again this year.  In anticipation of one of our favourite days – Laura and I focused our ON THE GO Magazine column on Pet Safety Tips for Halloween, so I thought I’d share that, along with some classic recipes from my blog. PS you might recognize The Boys aka the Bee and The Mailman. BOO xo/J

On the Go Halloween

Fido & Wine’s Scary Bone Treats!
Halloween Dog Treats Fido & Wine

Icy Pumpkin Bones

Icy Pumpkin Bones
It’s Pumpkin Patch time :) I use pumpkin puree all the time, whether it’s in treats or just straight up with The Boys’ meals. It can be pricey for these big lugs – so I will be roasting myself some big pumpkin and getting out the hog of a food processor in the next few weeks. Here’s a SUPER SIMPLE recipe for frozen treats. one minute or less!

Pumpkin Puree

I like to use silicone baking molds for my frozen goodies, but an ice cube tray will do the trick. Simply mix the pumpkin puree with some water. I did about half and half – but you could use more or less, even pure pumpkin would work I’m sure.

I’m neither a vet nor an animal nutritionist. This recipe is not meant to replace a proper and balanced diet for your dog. You should speak to your own vet before trying new recipes or feeding any home cooked foods to your dog.

Superfood Scooby Snacks

Superfood Dog Treat

I’m trying to fall in love with Superfoods like Kale and Quinoa..it’s a battle. On the vegan/vegetarian blogs I read, everyone seems to have a love affair going on with them…is it just me or are they a little harder to love than broccoli and pasta? Anyway, there’s no doubt that they are powerhouses in the nutrition arena, so here are some high end treats I made for The Boys!

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Honey Bear Paws (grain free)

Honey Bear Paws (before baking)

My friend & host of Fido & Wine, Laura Ducharme, is honey bee crazy these days…and for good reason.  Raw honey has some wonderful benefits for our dogs – check out a post by one of my favourite interviewees in my upcoming doc “Acting Out: Canine Nutrition & Behaviour” – Dr. Jean Dodds. Dodds also talks about local honey – which is what I used in this recipe. Apparently, eating local honey may help us all with seasonal allergies – any my littlest one gets the runny eyes so this is an extra super spesh treat for him. In theory, bees from your local area are likely to collect pollen from the local flowers in your area. That pollen will end up in small amounts in the honey produced. By ingesting that honey on a regular basis, , the person eating the honey will build up immunity to the pollens from the flowers in their local region.

Laura gave me this jar of local buckwheat honey, she raved about and hinted that she’d love to see a recipe on the blog with this buckwheat honey – so this one’s for you, honey buns :) I also put some cinnamon and ginger in there, these are some sweet smelling Honey Bear Paws. Of course my favourite flour to use these days is buckwheat flour, the best of the grain free options IMHO.

Honey Bear Paws ingredients
1 cup water
local honey (I used one cup for my dogs – read comments section for recipe adjustments if you think this may be too much for your dog)
6 cups buckwheat flour (or other flour mixture)
2 TBS ground ginger
2 TBS cinnamon
1/4 cup carob chips

This is pretty easy. Preheat your oven to 250 degrees.

Place the dry ingredients — buckwheat flour, ginger and cinnamon — into a mixing bowl first and mix together. Then add the wet ingredients, water and honey. I used the stand mixer but you could mix by hand. Mix it until it forms a dough ball. This is a “wetter” dough, so sprinkle some flour on it before taking it out of the bowl. It does roll out easily and beautifully…I like mine between 1/4″ and 1/2″ thick. I used a paw print cookie cutter and then stamped them with this “welcome to bear country stamp” I picked up at Michaels. Then I used carob chips for the paw pads. (a good replacement since you can’t feed dogs chocolate chips) Bake at 250 degrees for 45 minutes to an hour. You could probably bake them at 350 for 20-25 minutes, I just wanted to keep my carob chips pretty solid.

The buckwheat flour gives it that gorgeous dark brown colour you see in the final baked goods below.

Honey Bear Paws Dog Treats


I’m neither a vet nor an animal nutritionist. This recipe is not meant to replace a proper and balanced diet for your dog. You should speak to your own vet before trying new recipes or feeding any home cooked foods to your dog.

White Mockolate Stuffed Raspberries

White Mockolate Stuffed Raspberries Hey all, hope you’re having a great summer! This decadent dish for our dogs is actually a fresh and healthy treat.  It’s berry season, and raspberries are one of the lowest sugar fruits, so I thought why not let The Boys share the bounty.  I’ve been seeing chocolate stuffed raspberries in magazines lately, (I’m sure you know that chocolate is toxic for dogs)  so I thought I’d do a twist on it that’s dog-friendly.  You could use carob chips instead of chocolate, but I’m big on plain yogurt which doesn’t have any sugar added to it and offers many health benefits for our four-leggers. There are only two ingredients:

Plain Yogurt
**You could also add a touch of honey to sweeten it up for your pooch.

Wash and dry your berries. Simply spoon some yogurt into a sandwich bag and snip off one of the bottom corners. This is your piping bag (of course you could use a pastry bag if you have one). Now, just inject some yogurt love right into the berries! You could freeze these first before feeding to Fido for some frosty goodness, but I wouldn’t keep them in the freezer for any extended period of time.


I’m neither a vet nor an animal nutritionist. This recipe is not meant to replace a proper and balanced diet for your dog. You should speak to your own vet before trying new recipes or feeding any home cooked foods to your dog.

Poochy Pumpkin Granola

Poochy barsHope everyone is having a good summer so far…is it as hot where you are?  Looks like the heat wave around these parts is over – which means we can use our ovens again!  Here’s a super easy treat recipe.  I always have big cans of pumpkin puree on hand for The Boys, and I often add scoops of the leftover pumpkin to their meals.  It’s such a super healthy & tasty vegetable, plus it’s a real digestion booster.  I’ve also given an option here to use some scottish oats – I’ve been baking with these a lot lately as the oat is less processed and therefore has more to offer nutritionally.

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“Red, White & Blues”: Frosty Fourth of July treats!

Red, White & Blue Dog treats fourth of julyThe long weekend to celebrate Canada Day has arrived, last year I did some maple leaf cookies to mark the occasion. It’s also coming up on Independence Day for our friends to the South, so here’s a recipe to help celebrate the Fourth of July!

1/2 cup to a cup of plain yogurt
1/2 cup to a cup strawberries (I used frozen)
1/2 cup to a cup blueberries (I used frozen)

Thaw your berries if you’re using frozen ones.
Puree the berries with a stick blender or blender, or even your fork and some effort will do it if they’re from frozen, because they’re so soft.
berries and yogurt
Layer them into your mold. I used a silicone bone mold, you could even use muffin tins. Fill each slot 1/3 full with strawberry puree. Freeze for an hour. Add yogurt to make it 2/3 full. Freeze for an hour. Scrape off any excess white yogurt from sides so you will be able to see all three layers. Fill to top with blueberries and freeze for at least five hours. You can reverse the strawberries and blueberries for some extra fun times, lol.

Cheers and let’s celebrate!
I’m neither a vet nor an animal nutritionist. This recipe is not meant to replace a proper and balanced diet for your dog. You should speak to your own vet before trying new recipes or feeding any home cooked foods to your dog.