Sweet potato dog treats!

I tried out the other recipe for dog treats! They came out pretty well this time over last. The original recipe calls for egg. My dog is allergic to egg. Every time he eats egg he ends up throwing up for a few hours. I read where you can substitute egg for apple sauce, bananas, yogurt, and a few others! I used apple sauce. I thought that it would go nicely with the sweet potato. My dog loves both sweet potato and apples! The treats are a nice texture I think, a long with the cheese ones I tried the other day. The apple sauce made them a little soft however I think they work for dogs because they are only a little soft on the inside. Nobody wants to eat a hard and brittle treat! The last picture is  of the finished treat.

1 cup of canned sweet potato

1 3/4 cup of wheat flour

1 beaten egg ( or 1/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce)

Roll dough out and use a cookie cutter for 1/4 inch thick treats. Bake at 350 for 20 – 25 minutes (mine took a little longer).

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Recipe from : http://www.mybakingaddiction.com/homemade-dog-treats/

Egg Substitute Options : http://www.dogtreatkitchen.com/dog-treat-recipe-without-eggs.html

Trying homemade dog treats!

I tried making my own dog treats for the first time yesterday! They are so simple to make and came out really well. I didn’t use a full 1/4 cup of vegetable oil and had to add a lot more water to get a consistency to roll out. That might be because I didn’t add it slowly! 🙂 It’s up to your dog if they are able to handle dairy! My dog loves cheese and it doesn’t seem to upset his stomach. Next time I’m going to use a smaller cookie cutter and make them a little thinner but they came out pretty well for the first time! You might want to refrigerate them because of the cheese. I’m about to try sweet potato and apple sauce dog treats. Tried them yesterday but they didn’t turn out so well.

1 1/2 cup flour

1 1/4 cup of grated cheddar cheese

1/4 cup vegetable oil

4 tablespoons of water

Mix the ingredients and slowly add water. When you can roll the dough into a ball roll it out and use your cookie cutters! Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Makes up to 30 biscuits. ( If I made them smaller it would have! )

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Recipe from : http://www.all-natural-dog-treat.com/cheesedogtreats.html

Bearded Dragons ; Awesome additions to the family

Ziggy is our friends Bearded Dragon! Eveytime I look or photograph him he always is alert and being a great model. He is pretty amazing to look at and makes a personable pet. Personality is in all creatures and Ziggy deffinantly has one! When he is looking at me I feel like he is studying me and is curious of why I’m there. Sometimes he looks as if he’s interested in the sound of the television. He will close his eyes when you pet him softly with a finger tip on is head. They let him run around everyday and he always likes to go to the cool tile area, or behind the tv ! (which isn’t safe, obviously!).

As much fun as Ziggy is he does take a lot of care. He is fed twice a day with crickets mostly and a few mill worms. He also has access to fresh lettuce or other vegetables daily. They bathe him frequently and make sure his cage is always clean of feces and vegetables that have been out for a while or wasn’t wanted by Ziggy. He has a set time schedule for lights and his bedtime. At night he goes to bed at 8:00 pm and wakes up at 7:00 am ! That is very important to Ziggy to insure he is happy and healthy.

Bearded Dragons can be awesome pets. If anyone ever is thinking about having a bearded dragon as a pet make sure you have to time to care for them as well as any  other reptile. This is just a few things I’ve noticed about Ziggy and his family. For all the information you need please check out : http://www.beardeddragon.org/

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What is catnip?

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We had our first experience with catnip last week! I never really understood what it was other than a natural herb for cats. The first thing I learned was that catnip is in the same herb family as mint. It was imported from Europe and now grows here in North America. The reaction causes a cat to become excited and then more relaxed. The chemical in the scent is what give them this reaction called nepetalactone. Some cats can be affected by catnip while others aren’t!

For more information go to http://animal.discovery.com/pets/question303.htm