Puppermint Dog Treat Recipe

A healthy diet of whole foods keeps The Boys’ breath fresher than kibble would, but who among us doesn’t get some dog breath now and then? Greens are the key to getting some fresh breath happening from the inside out. I bought a NutriBullet (loves it!) and I’ve been experimenting with smoothies, so I’ve always got lots of greens in my fridge. Peppermint and Parsley by the Pound, the Perfect P’s for Puppy breath.

I developed a recipe for both a gluten-free version, and a wheat variety. The GF ones are greener, but both are great treats.

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Grain-Free GoodBites


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This recipe was featured in Modern Dog Magazine.  I know a lot of you are looking for recipes for dogs with allergies, so I’ve come up with this grain-free duck and potato treat. I did my best to stay away from other food items that some dogs are allergic to, such as eggs. Instead, I used some “no sugar added” applesauce in place of the egg as the binder in the recipe. It’s a sticky and wet dough without flour – but the results are worth it, especially if your little one can’t handle grains.

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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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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.

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!


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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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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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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.

PB & J Bones – Grain Free

pb&j bones -grain freeIt’s getting hot in here! Kicked off the summer season by filming Woofstock, North America’s largest dog festival. I saw so many different dogs in one day; it was a series of constant “wows”. By the end of the day I was overwhelmed! From wiener dog racing to fashion shows to stupid pet tricks, it was a blast and I highly recommend it. About 300,000 people pass through each year. I’m sharing some photos below, along with this easy, go to recipe I developed for our latest episode about Lure Coursing, a popular sport for sighthounds. The most insane racers are the Whippets, you should see them chase after the “bunny” (a plastic bag!) I’m talking to you Andrea, time to get my fave whippet Teddy off to the races!


2/3 cup strawberries *thawed from frozen is best
½ cup natural peanut butter
1/3 cup canola oil
1/3 cup water
1 egg
TBS apple cider vinegar
2 ½ cups buckwheat flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Strawberries mydogsbreakfastAll of the wet ingredients go straight into your stand mixer bowl if you have one. If not, you can mix by hand.

First you need ½ cup peanut butter. Dogs love peanut butter. Try to use natural as there’s no sugar or other additives. Next I’m adding the jam part of these bones – 2/3 of a cup of strawberries. Thawing strawberries and mashing them with a fork is the easiest way to go – but of course you can use fresh strawberries, just chop them up first. Next add 1/3 cup of canola oil, ½ cup of water, one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, and finally, one egg. Mix the wet ingredients together. Now for your only dry ingredient – buckwheat flour, 2 ½ cups. Now we let the mixer do all of the work or do it the old fashioned way! Mix until dough forms. Now simply flour your surface. The strawberries can make this more of a wet dough – so you may need to be very liberal with the flour so it’s not too sticky to work with. Roll out to your desired thickness. They should be somewhere between ¼ inch and ½ inch thick and cut into desired shapes. Place bones on your non stick baking tray and it goes into the oven at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

Let cool before feeding to your dogs.

xo/J Cheers to Summer!

I just might have to get some shades for The Boys!
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Miko’s Rice Crackers

Miko's Rice Crackers for DogsI had no idea how easy it is to make your own crackers! I’m constantly trying to cut out anything processed, and snack food is the one area where I struggle. Lately I’ve been addicted to plain popcorn with melted coconut oil and lime squeezed on top (takes the dryness out and makes it super tasty). A “people” version of these home baked rice crackers (no kelp, add a little salt) dipped in edamame hummus just might get me out of the popcorn rut. Miko is my youngest, and that was his name when we took him in. Miko is actually a Japanese term, and since rice crackers are too, I thought I would name these crackers after him.  With brown rice flour, sesame seeds and oil  and kelp (good for dogs), there’s a whole lot of goodness and flavour for the fur babies.

2 cups of brown rice flour
1/3 cup sesame seeds
TBS kelp
1/2 TSP rosemary
1 cup warm water
3 TSP sesame oil
TSP honey

Miko's Rice Crackers for Dogs
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Tuna Treats & Cat Food

Tuna Treat for Cats RecipeBecause Cats are People Too! Well, you know what I mean.

It’s busy times for this chick – filming like mad, opening up & working at the cottage – this year our dock (our big beautiful 10 X 16 dock, boo hoo) was taken away  by the “once in a hundred years” crazy high water level.  So it’s planning and rebuilding among the many other tasks that go along with getting the property ready for the season. The Boys are happy, though, Labs and water, fresh air and freedom! So, I haven’t had much time in the kitchen, but do I have some purrfect recipes from my show, Fido & Wine, to share! We often get viewers writing in asking about recipes for cats, so we did heed the call and Fluffy & Wine came to be. This is a great show (free for now online in Canada) if you want to watch our host Laura make these tuna treats, or our vet expert Dr. Anya showing you how to make a home cooked meal.  And as if that isn’t enough – if you’re interested in feeding raw to your cat – we even have a guest showing us what she whips up for her cat, Casey! Here are the recipes for both the Tasty Tuna Treats and Dr. Anya’s home cooked cat food. Meow.

½ can tuna
1 cup breadcrumbs
1 egg
TBS catnip

First, preheat your oven to 350. This is so easy – just mix all four ingredients together. Start with ½ a can of tuna. Just break apart the chunks of tuna. Add all of the liquid from the can to it. Next, add in a cup of breadcrumbs. Then one large egg…and finally, the ingredient that makes these so irresistible to cats – CATNIP!  Mix together and form these into a bit of a dough ball using some parchment paper. This is a bit crumbly, so the easiest thing to do is to use the parchment paper to help you form it. Once it’s come together, just roll it out to about a 1/8th to a 1/4 inch thick. Then use your knife to gently cut them into little squares. Simply place on a baking tray (you can leave them on the parchment paper – less mess) and pop these in the oven for 6-10 minutes. You just want them to get a little brown.

Since we aren’t adding preservatives, keep these in the fridge for 3-5 days and you can always freeze some for later if you like.

Cats are obligate carnivores – they have to have meat. Dr. Anya’s recipe tries to recreate what they would eat in the wild: 75% meat/bone, 25% roughage. Here’s how you do it:

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Salmon Sweet Potato Snaps (grain-free)

Salmon Sweet Potato SnapsHere fishy, fishy, fishy…The Boys are fish freaks! And nothing helps their coat get a full lustre going on like some omega rich salmon.

This recipe is super easy, and only 4, count ’em 4, ingredients! I know my mom would say, geez salmon is expensive for dogs, don’t you think, but hey ma, to buy small packets of these types of treats is super high, you should see how many you get for about 7 bucks! Happy mother’s day by the way to all you awesome moms out there.

1 cup of cooked salmon (I used two small filets)
1 cup cooked & cooled sweet potato
2 cups of fresh spinach, chopped
1 2/3 cup of buckwheat flour (if you care about grain-free, otherwise use whole wheat or rye flour)
P.S. those are blueberry eyes, not raisins – raisins are a no for dogs.
Salmon Sweet Potato Dog TreatsSimply cook your salmon filets plain (350 for 12 minutes or so) or if you are using canned salmon, you are ahead of the game. You can pre-cook 2 small sweet potatoes in the oven (400 degrees for about 45 minutes) or microwave them for about 10 minutes. Let them cool before using.

In a large mixing bowl, flake in your salmon, then squeeze in the insides of your sweet potatoes. Add the chopped spinach and give her a good mix & mash. Add your flour until you are happy with your dough. It’s a wetter dough, so you will need lots of flour to roll out. I don’t like adding a ton of flour to my treats to make them drier unless I’m really looking for a hard treat. Less is more for our furry friends. Cut into desired shapes or squares.

Bake long and low at 250 for 40 minutes or give ‘er at 350 for 25 minutes.

May the fish be with you.


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.


Leftovers à la mode

Leftovers Dog Treat RecipeThere’s always a fridge purge when I get back from the grocery store – any wilting vegetables etc. that I just have to admit aren’t going to get eaten, must go to make room for the fresh stuff! As hard as I try each week to buy what will get eaten – it’s not that easy to predict as I’ll have rough menu planned but I’m prone to going off course if we get a hankering for a certain meal. I don’t feel guilty about it because I can make dog treats out of just about anything! This is what happens when you toss a bunch of things together and try to make some good treats. The dough ended up being too wet and I didn’t want to keep adding tapioca flour, so I put it into a pie mold et voilà! It worked. Add a dollop of greek yogurt and a dehydrated pear chip and you have Leftover Pie à la mode.
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