I Found My Favorite Treat Recipe


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Oh Boy . . . More Treats for Me!

Grain-Free Peanut Butter Treats

2 1/2 c gluten-free flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 c natural peanut butter (*)
1 c water (**)
2 tbsp honey
1 egg

Preheat oven to 350 degrees (***).
Mix all ingredients together and roll into balls or drop by teaspoon on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. The dough will be sticky. Press each biscuit down slightly w/a fork. Bake 20 minutes and let cool. Makes about 2 dozen semi-soft treats.

* Peanut Butter & Co Smooth Operator (All Natural Creamy)
** I substituted SO DELICIOUS Coconut Milk (USDA Organic, Unsweetened, Soy & Dairy-Free).
*** I baked this batch at 325 degrees for 30 – 35 minutes. Then, I turned the oven off and let the treats cool down inside the oven. This makes them crunchy.

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- Homemade Grain-Free Peanut Butter Treats

http://www.thecookierookie.com/easyrecipe-print/2921-0/

Basic Dog Biscuits
(This is my favorite recipe so far!)

2 1/2 c gluten-free flour
1 tsp salt
1 egg
1/2 c hot water (*)
+ Optional add-ins include bacon bits, flax seeds, beef or chicken broth, oats, pumpkin, shredded carrots, shredded cheese, sweet potatoes, unsweetened applesauce, etc.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees (**).
Mix all ingredients together and roll into balls or drop by teaspoon on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. The dough will be sticky. Press each biscuit down slightly w/a fork. Bake 30 minutes and let cool. Makes about 2 dozen semi-soft treats.

* I substituted SO DELICIOUS Coconut Milk (USDA Organic, Unsweetened, Soy & Dairy-Free).
** I baked the sweet potato batch at 325 degrees for 40 – 45 minutes. Then, I turned the oven off and let the treats cool down inside the oven. This makes them crunchy.

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- Homemade Grain-Free Basic Dog Biscuits w/Sweet Potato

** I baked the banana & peanut butter batch at 200 degrees for 120 minutes. Then, I turned the oven off and let the treats cool down inside the oven. This is like dehydrating them in the oven, and it makes them last longer.

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- Homemade Grain-Free Basic Dog Biscuits w/Banana & Peanut Butter

http://www.cesarsway.com/dog-care/dog-nutrition/Recipe-Ideas-for-Quick-and-Healthy-Homemade-Dog-Treats

And, check out this site for some awesome-looking dog treat recipes. They look good enough for me to eat!

http://doggydessertchef.com/

Did You Know These Interesting Pet Facts?


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The 10 Biggest Myths About Cats and Dogs Debunked

1. My dog seems to run in his sleep. Could he be dreaming?
2. Why can a cat always land on its feet?
3. Why do dogs like to have their bellies scratched?
4. Do dogs and cats have a sense of humor?
5. My dog likes to lie in mud puddles and other icky places. Why?
6. Can a cat be trained the way a dog can?
7. One of my cats loves catnip; the other couldn’t care less. What gives?
8. Why does my dog like to smell other dogs’ behinds?
9. Why does my cat like to sleep in weird places, like atop keyboards or inside cardboard boxes?
10. I have a ‘knead-y’ cat. What’s she up to?
11. Why do cats like to nap so much?
12. Can dogs and cats get colds from us?

Short Answers:
1. Yes
2. Flexible spine but not always
3. Not all do, but human fingers are softer than doggie toenails.
4. Dogs have a sense of fun instead, but cats definitely do. After all, they let us live w/them.
5. Mud puddles are like air conditioners for our furry friends; and as for icky, it’s all in the nose of the beholder.
6. Yes, as long as there’s something in it for them.
7. The catnip high only affects about 1/3 to 1/2 of all cats.
8. Sniffing tells the sniffer all about the sniffee’s sex, reproductive, & social status.
9. They love sleeping in or on something that their human owner touches all the time.
10. Attention & contentment
11. So they can be night owls
12. No, but it’s best to keep your distance to be on the safe side.

Long Answers:
http://parade.condenast.com/317088/alisongwinn/your-pet-explained-the-truth-about-cats-and-dogs/?utm_source=parademagazine&utm_medium=print&utm_campaign=vanity20140720

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What does a dog’s tilted head mean?

Short Answer:
Heard a sound like car keys or a familiar word . . . go, potty, etc.

15 more signals from the language of dogs:
http://parade.condenast.com/340711/parade/what-does-a-dogs-tilted-head-mean-language-of-dogs-author-explains/?utm_source=parademagazine&utm_medium=print&utm_campaign=vanity20140921

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5 Reasons Dogs Expose Their Belly

Short Answers:
1. Love & attention
2. Scratch assistance
3. Security
4. Cool off
5. Show respect

Long Answers:
http://www.petsbest.com/blog/5-reasons-dogs-expose-their-belly/

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Why Man’s Best Friend is Man’s Best Friend

Physical benefits of dog companionship
♡ Increase longevity after heart attacks.
♡ Lower cholesterol and triglycerides.
♡ Decrease blood pressure and reduce stress.
♡ Increase physical activity and functioning.
♡ Reduce medical appointments and minor health problems.
♡ Predict seizures.
♡ Alert to hypoglycemia.

Emotional benefits of dog companionship
♡ Adjust to serious illness and death.
♡ Be less anxious and feel more safe.
♡ Relax and reduce everyday stress.
♡ Have physical contact.
♡ Lift our mood.
♡ Feel less lonely.
♡ Have something to care for.
♡ Keep active.
♡ Have consistency.

Social benefits of dogs
♡ Create a sense of closeness and well-being.
♡ Offer a topic of conversation.
♡ Promote interaction.

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/pic/article.cfm?c=3307&articleid=1201&d=155&category=474

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This last article is from WOOFipedia by The American Kennel Club and is titled,

Ten Surprising Truths About Life With Dogs.

http://www.woofipedia.com/articles/ten-surprising-truths-about-life-with-dogs/

Part 4: Healing Time


I got my staples out on Wednesday, and it was at least 3 inches (maybe 4) of staples. I’m in another cast, so I have 4 more weeks of healing. Red, my fave color . . . isn’t it pretty? I’ll have a boot next, but it’s going to be interesting to try walking after 6 weeks of no walking.

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Darn Motel 6 & their uneven parking lot in Raton, NM!

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Well, this will give me a lot of time to write some posts from articles I’ve saved, catch up on blogs I follow, and say thank you to all my blog readers & followers.

First though, I want to share some images from the Washington State Fair. Fair food is always awesome, and Washington’s was no exception. There were Krusty Pups (or corn dogs), Piroshkies, & Fisher Scones (a WA State Fair fave) to name just a few of all the yummy goodies!

Now for 2 inspiring pet stories from Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & WOOFipedia by The American Kennel Club.

The first is a story about a 5-year-old Golden Retriever, who miraculously survived 20 months in the wilderness after being separated from her owner on a camping trip in California’s Tahoe National Forest. They were reunited in June 2014.

http://www.healthypawspetinsurance.com/blog/2014/07/09/lessons-from-one-dogs-miraculous-survival/

The second is a story about one of Michael Vick’s fighting dogs from the infamous Bad Newz Kennels in Smithfield, VA. Chesapeake 54902, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, is now known as Audie and earned an advanced AKC agility title, Excellent A Preferred, in August 2012.

http://www.woofipedia.com/articles/from-vick-to-victory/

MY PET PEEVE


Why can’t people pick up after their pets? It seems like we always pick the places where the lazy or irresponsible pet owners live.

And, did you know cat poop is actually a delicacy to dogs? Gross & disgusting but true!

Funny, but this hasn’t been a problem since we left OKC. Of course, we live in a much nicer apartment complex now. Cesar Milan, The Dog Whisperer, suggests using Habanero Sauce. I substituted just regular Tabasco. The trick is to sprinkle the hot sauce on whatever your dog tries to eat before he actually eats it. With Casey, I had to be super quick.

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http://www.cesarsway.com/dog-care/dog-health/dog-eating-feces