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Tonight we had Pupple Sauce for a treat. The best, easy-peasy, au natural apple sauce. Simply peel, core and cut four – five small apples into small chunks. Ours were Georgian Bay spys bought from Almonds in Meaford (where else!?!?).
Place in sauce pan with a splash of water. Simmer on low until apples are tender. Mash until only teeny-tiny “chunks” remain. Allow time to cool before serving! Place remaining amount in fridge. Also freezes well.
Tips from Ashleigh in South Africa:
1. I like to give raw food to my dogs as often as possible – fresh ground meat (typically with good innards) i.e. heart, liver, spleen. It’s hard to find a butcher who will give you this kind of mixture here, but this is a good mixture to give to your dogs at the change of season to help with coat changes. Good quality mince.
2. Cow hooves are great as a teeth cleaner if they are available, should be soaked in warm water for an hour before giving it to them as they can splinter.
3. Animal grade chondroitin MSM added to kibbles provides the necessary joint support.
4. Omega 3 Salmon oil liquid/ capsules can be fed daily to dogs who will tolerate it (fabulous for coats), or ask your fishmonger for heads/ tails and bones of fish and cook up a good fish stock with some organic vegetable stock (I use powder). Drain, sieve and remove all bones etc., makes a fabulous nutritious gravy/ jelly for kibbles etc.
5. NO cooked bones. Ever. They splinter and can kill your dog. Don’t use lamb/ sheep or pig bones raw.
6. Some dogs like lemon grass in their food. It’s great for chasing fleas and is good for arthritis. Put the leaves (slightly crushed) under their bed cushions for an nice clean smell and no fleas!
7. Raw long bone of the cow (femur or radius) cut down the middle and halved makes a great treat (not too often as its fatty) and has lots of calcium.
8. Brown rice is great with stews – if you can’t find brown rice, I add soup mix (split peas, lentils, barley and wheat) soaked beforehand and added to the rice before cooking.
9. Un-cleaned tripe is great at the change of the season – I like your idea of “crack” but you can also dry it like jerky which is a super boredom beater.
10. Add the vegetable juicer waste to your dog kibble mixture (i.e. when I make carrot and beetroot juice, celery etc.) the leftover grounds are great in the mixture to be cooked up for kibbles.
11. Low/zero fat milk powder can be expensive, but if you look for whey-powder in the health shop it can be cheaper (whey is a by-product of cheese making and is pure milk-lactose).
12. Pumpkin is a great addition to stews and kibbles along with sweet potato and apples. Pumpkin is great for sensitive tummies and dogs prone to diarrhea.
Barbara Ince: (I developed Skinny Muttloaf for her dogs) SKINNY MUTT MUFFINS: Barbara and I have stayed in touch since she began feeding them variations of the muttloaf to her boys – she says that they love it, seem satisfied – and they are definitely leaning out although they aren’t really that heavy to start with, she can see that their waists are even more defined now. She doesn’t track their weights but as she tells her private clients, weight is only a number it is the inches that count!
Barbara: Jen, I made the loaf this week with organic ground turkey, I replaced the spinach with bok choy (like you suggested), the asparagus with ½ cup broccoli and ½ cup grated carrot and then mixed it all with the 1 cup quinoa and 1 tsp coconut oil. It turned out fabulous. The calories may have changed a little but minimal so I didn’t worry too much.
Ingrid’s Pupsicles for Chino
Ingrid, who runs a dog walking service, made these blackberry & banana pupsicles! Thanks for sharing Ingrid!
Working Lunch for Teddy
Andrea Stewart has made this amazing lunch for herself and her whippet – Teddy! This is a super fantastic way to use salmon.
Thank you for sharing, Andy!
Laura Ducharme – Mac N Cheese
Jen, I have a great mac & cheese recipe I want to share. As you know, Phoenix is a hard core carnivore but the kids and my husband go crazy for my Mac & Cheese, and tonight, Phoenix was right in there. It’s our Friday, Family Fav. I can’t believe how much she loves this.
-450g elbow macaroni, preferrably whole wheat
-1/4 Cup finely grated parmesan
-1/4 Cup grated mozzerella
-1Cup grated Cheddar
-1/4 Cup butter
-1/4 Cup of milk.
-1 tbsp garlic powder
-1 tsp of sea salt
*add meat and veggies if you want
After pasta is cooked, drain and rinse. Keep element on low and add all the rest of the ingredients, stiring constantly with a spatula to keep everything from collecting on a spoon.
I make this for my kids once periodically because they love it so much, but tonight, decided to add some to Phoenix’s bowl of beef and veggies as a friday night special. I put the mac & cheese in first then added her beef and veggie stew on top. She turned her dish upside down to get to the mac & cheese so I took it as sign and decided to give her more. She loved it!
Calcium from the milk and cheese. Carbs from the whole wheat pasta, protien from the beef, vitamins and minerals from the veggies. A great once and a while special fun meal. I wouldn’t serve her pasta everyday. It makes me happy to see the whole family enjoying a meal together. XO