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Hi Suzie, welcome to the team. I'm sorry I'm just now seeing this post from you. I don't make my dog's food but others on both this team and the Dog Lovers team have mentioned that they have experimented with doing just that. Check out some of the older threads on the team page and see if you can find any help there.

Good luck with getting the weight off your pups. My Zoey's thyroid was out of kilter and that caused her to gain. Even after it was regulated it was hard getting it off.

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Hi I am new to this board. Suzie, Corgi Mix, rescued me about 10 years ago. She is pretty active even though she was diagnosed with Arthritics. She is now about 12 years old. I rescued Peanut from a puppy mill and she is 3 1/2 years old. Due to Joint problems both dogs are overweight and I am trying to make their food. Does anyone have any suggestions. I know if I can get some weight off of them they will have an easier time walking with me.

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Both of my dogs can't have grain so they eat an all natural, high protein, dog food. Treat wise I give them peanut butter, banana, pumpkin (canned), real meat treats.

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I'm also glad that Bella is with you now CLIPSTERDAD. That "stew" sounds extremely nourishing and it's no wonder they are doing better on it.

Now Maggs is gone I don't have the worry of a fussy dog, Bruno and Ladybird will eat just about anything. Although I'd have all the food snubbing for more time with Maggs emoticon

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That is so sad that someone would starve any animal, that makes me so mad! Glad you have Bella now and that she is doing well.

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My baby Bella (14 month old St. Bernard 130lbs) was starved and suffers terribly from "hot spot" her fur just falls out to the point that when we got her she had a bald face and legs.

We found that making a stew by boiling a whole roasting chicken and basmait rice removing the bones and adding some apple, carrot and oregeno seems to help keep her skin healthy. We scoop about 1/2 cup on top of her kibble at dinner every night and her skin has healed very well. If we miss a couple of nights it starts to go back again.

It also seems to improve my Newdles coat although he doesn't really need the help.

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Most of the time Zoey is a good eater and just gobbles it down then other days she leaves half of it but will usually finish it up later in the day. I use to make treats for my Lab but Zoey needs the ones that helps with her teeth and breath!

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Somtimes your dog won't eat what you lovingly bake for them. Two of mine are pigs and will eat just about anything, Maggs on the other hand can snub food she doesn't like. She just turns her little face to the side as if to say "I'm not eating that crap"!!

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For my last dog Katie I bought a doggy treat cookbook have made some, but I only bake on occasion since some of the store bought treats have tartar control and teeth cleaning ... Katie's teeth were reall good until she died at 14 yrs old.

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Zoey would love to try some but we will be leaving to go back to the cabin next week so you would need to send them there. I'll Spark mail you the address when we get back up there. You and Jasper are so sweet to share!!!!!

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I can mail you some if you'd like to have her try them before you bake them. I'm sure Jasper doesn't mind sharing.

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Knowing Zoey she will be demanding those too once she tastes them. She will have to wait until I have time to bake!!!LOL!!

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You're welcome! If she's a peanut butter fiend, like Jasper, she will love them. Jasper won't eat other treats anymore--only the ones I make. Ha ha!

Enjoy!

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Pattie, thank you so much for the recipe. I can't wait to make them for Zoey, I know she will love them!!!!! emoticon

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Here is the recipe. Jasper loves these, and I no longer buy treats:

Peanut Butter Dog Treat Recipe

Ingredients

2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1 cup peanut butter (smooth)
1 cup milk
1/2 cup oatmeal

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and lightly grease baking sheet or pizza pan.

In a medium mixing bowl, add flour, baking powder and oatmeal. Once that's mixed, add peanut butter and milk. Stir together until dough forms. (I use my KitchenAid mixer with the dough hook to mix--I think it mixes up better)

Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface, knead and roll it out until it's 1/4 inch thick. Using bone-shaped cookie cutters (I have an assortment of doggie cookie cutters), cut the dough into desired shape and size.

Place on lightly greased cookie sheet and cook for 20 minutes or until they're golden brown. Once cool, store in an airtight jar or resealable freezer bag). Depending on the size cookie cutter, they make a good amount of biscuits, and I find they freeze nicely.

If your pups like peanut butter, they will be begging you to make more. Have fun!

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That's okay, Pattie, you are a busy gal. I will also look forward to seeing your recipe. Zoey says she knows she will enjoy them if Jasper does!!!!!

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OMG--I completely forgot about this! I made Jasper's treats yesterday, and it reminded me. I will post the recipe tonight when I get home. I'm so sorry!

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Pattie, looking forward to the recipe

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Great Pattie, Zoey will look forward to me making her some of Jasper's treats!!!!

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Oh, I have a really good recipe with only 5 ingredients. Jasper loves them. I'll post it when I get home tonight.

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I want to try those for Zoey, I'm sure she would LOVE them!!!! Thanks!

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These sound wonderful, I'd have to be careful that my eldest brother didn't eat them, he's a vacuum when it comes to biscuits

The addition of cinnamon makes it great for upset tummies, indigestion and diarrhea, as well as being mildly anti inflammatory as well

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My dogs love these. I've never gone through all the trouble of using cookie cutters as the recipe suggests, I just spoon them into little mounds on the cookie sheet. My dogs don't seem to mind as they wolf them down!!

Crunchy Honey Cinnamon Dog Biscuits

Ingredients:
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
2 tablespoons milk
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:
1.  Preheat your oven to 375 and lightly grease a couple of baking sheets.
2.  In a large mixing bowl, add the oil, honey, vanilla, cinnamon, milk and egg.  Once you’ve got that mixed, stir in the flour and baking powder.  Mix until a dough forms.
3.  On a lightly floured surface, dump out the contents of the bowl and then knead it until all of the ingredients are incorporated and it can be spread using a rolling pin.  Roll the dough out to about a 1/4″ thickness and then either cut using cookie cutters or a pizza cutter.
4.  Place the uncooked biscuits on your baking sheets and bake for 13-15 minutes.

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I'm browsing through this thread and I love it! It's great to see so many ideas for DIY pet spoiling- my husband is constantly complaining that I make too many trips to Petco!! emoticon

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I will be anxious to hear how the pumpkin treats turn out too. I'm sure my Zoey would love them.

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Looking forward on the result of your baking.

My furries are all inside, two sleep on the recliners and Maggs the little one is never happy unless she's sleeping on my bed


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I just found a recipe that I have to try for pumpkin biscuits. My redbone coonhound suffers from anal glands that don't express fully and these are supposed to be great for that. Our vet said that a couple tablespoons of pumpkin twice a day is great for dogs-apparently helps with both diarrhea and constipation. Any way the biscuits look great and when I make them I'll post how well they went over.

On the subject of how we spoil them-ours sleeps in a crate in our room but won't go to bed at night until he is "tucked in" with his blanky!

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Geez I wouldn't mind suffering from the "old skinnies"!!!

I like to get tins of dogs food (the loaf variety and a good brand) slice them and dry the slices in the oven. The dogs love these treats.

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Most greyhounds enjoy wearing a cuddly warm jacket in cold weather. Not my Rio, though! When I make her wear a jacket and we head out for a walk, she spends half the walk trying to rub it off on my leg and the other half crouching down then trying leap out of her jacket. Makes the walk a bit difficult, to say the least.

Now, since this is the treats thread....

Here's a treat mine love:

1 pound ground beef
1 large-size container creme cheese
1 large (24 oz) jar peanut butter
4-6 cups old fashioned rolled oats

Combine all ingredients in a huge bowl, kneading like bread. Roll into balls about 1 1/2" diameter. Place on a cookie tray lined with wax paper, freeze. After they are frozen, you can bag them into freezer ziplock bags or into a plastic container. Remove 4-6 at a time (per dog) to thaw in the refrigerator.

We call them fat balls, as they are very high in fat. These treats are excellent for a dog who is either underweight, or has a poor appetite. Not so great for the tubby pups.

Since greyhounds tend to suffer from "old-dog skinnies," I usually end up feeding these treats when my dogs hit their senior years.

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I know what you mean Jules. We have carpet here in Tallahassee house but at the cabin all downstairs is either wood floors or tile and she doesn't care for that much! Poor little Maggs she and Zoey should be able to cuddle together!!!!

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Sandi, Maggs is a shaker!!! When you talk to her one on one sometimes she'll sake for no reason. She also likes a jacket

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My Zoey is very spoiled, the only clothes she wears are her sweaters/jacket when it's cold. She is very cold natured and just shakes. I think she feel "secure" with them on!

Julia, that is a very funny story about the liver cake! Oh my, I can't imagine eating that!!!

When I had my yellow lab, Honeybear, I use to make her treats. She was on a vet food, duck and potato for her allergies and I use to the the canned food and mix a little instant potatoes with it and roll it into little balls and bake them. She thought they were awesome! I haven't made Zoey any food or treats yet.

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There's spoilt and there's spoilt. Dressing up dogs and parading them around as little humans is way too much, never mind giving them their own TV's etc.

Mine are spoilt but no TV's emoticon emoticon

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Good Morning Jules,

Yes mine are more than spoiled!! My husband told me yesterday I am treating my newest "Little Lady" that she is human not a dog; just like I have my oldest.

He doesn't agree with this but o-well. I also mentioned to him that "how does he know what goes on in their minds, I believe they know exactly what I am saying and expressing.

I consider them two "Very Large" Blessings from God emoticon

We CAN Do It Together !!

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Hi Susie!!

It's great to do little things for our beloved pets, I know mine are spoilt rotten.

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Thanks for the tips, I'm gonna try the garlic. I have two rescues now. The first one rescued me almost six yrs ago. The young un, I just got her a little over a week ago. She is only 5 1/2 months but my "two girls" are already best buds.

I call them the daughters I never had as all my human children are boys.

Hope you have a Very Blessed Wknd
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Yeah I could imagine it'd be a little on the nose!!! emoticon

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Glad you got some laughs from my liver-cake recipe & story, FLOWERDALEJEWEL. I always get a kick out of that one when I re-tell it and remember the look on Sherry & Rick's faces.

Will have to get the ingredients and make it again soon. It's a big hit for the hounds. I prefer to make it in the cool season because I have to ventilate the kitchen. The liver smell is a little overwhelming for me, the vegetarian. :D

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emoticon Julia, my brother and I just cracked up reading that.

That's what you get for being a pig and eating something when you have been told it's yours.

Bet it tasted just great emoticon

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My two greys love their duck jerky. No, I don't make it!

I do make their birthday cakes, though. Here's the recipe:

1 box cornbread mix
1 pound chicken livers
1 egg

Puree the chicken livers and egg in your blender. Place cornbread mix in a large bowl. Stir in the liver-egg puree until just mixed. Bake according to cornbread instructions on the box.

The funniest story ever: I was visiting a friend when it was my heart-hound Baran's birthday. I was an early riser and up at the crack of dawn. Made his liver birthday cake. As soon as it was out of the oven, the dogs and I left on our walk.

When I came back, my friends were up. Sherry said, "Julia, I think you forgot an ingredient in your coffee cake. It tastes kind of funny."

I told her what it was and Rick's face turned red and he ran into the bathroom. I found out he'd already spit out the piece he'd tried to eat and had hidden it down in the bottom of the garbage can so he wouldn't hurt my feelings.

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I tried my hand at making the dog treats, but I just don't seem to have the time lately.

We are really lucky here in Australia as we have excellent quality dog treats along with a couple that come in from New Zealand there's no end to what I can get from them.

They love Liver chips, roasted rib bones (the soft ones) Roo sticks and chicken tenders. They are so spoilt as if you couldn't tell emoticon

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i really have to take pride with all my pugs - they are trim and active which is the exact opposite of what most people think about pugs.
they are industrious little mounds of love, licks and fun. they make me laugh every day.
so i would say that 80% of the time they are fed high quality organic dog food which i buy at the pet store. it is delivered very fresh and none of the stock sits very long on the shelves.
the other 20% i make them their treats and additions to their diets. fresh fruits - mostly apples, but they like pears and others in season. veggies also - fresh mostly - carrots - but they like raw string beans, and every so often they get a dollop of 2% cottage cheese which is what mommy is eating.
both of them remain constant in their weight. if it goes up at all i know there is something wrong with their tummy.
having said all that- i have to mention that there is the HEREDITY factor same as for people. my first little pug 'COOKIE' was a little round furry mound of 'cellulite' (for lack of a better word). she was a sweetheart - but always had a little flabby mid section.
all the rest of my pugs never have -
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ha, mine are too fat to get treats--the most treat-like thing they get is 'nip' and pill pockets

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Hi! I have 3 dogs...I make their treats with water, whole wheat flour, and peanut butter. They are baked and delicious! I feel it's better to make your own food and treats as much as possible.

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Nobody on this team would ever call anyone nuts for spoiling your furbabies. We are all the same!!

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I'm pawsitively giddy! I make home made dog food and treats for my 2 dogs as well as my friend's dog. Its nice to know i'm not nuts!

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Here is a link to a site that has dog and cat treat recipes. Hope it helps someone.


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Clover Gal you are really industrious!!!

This is all telling me that our little hairies are spoilt rotten by all of us ...... as it should be.

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Right now i'm making boiled chicken and rice for Lucy Bella. Saving the rice water as well. She seems to really like the chicken or else it's because she didn't eat for 36 hours after being sick.She is to eat small meals several times a day so she's happy to see me cutting up some chicken for her.

She also loves apples, cheese, carrots, cucumber and would like to eat steak - so far starting hasn't worked on us.

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I cook beef hearts in the slow cooker with garlic for my brutes, we also dehydrate liver. I have also sliced hot dogs boiled them twice, sprinkled with garlic and then slow cooked in oven. Our newest rescue loves bananas and apples and I usually sneak cheese into the treat menu too...soup bones are also a must in my house.

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I will have to try making chicken tenders. Sara loves the store bought ones. Treats are expensive.

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We have a brand of liver chips over here that the dogs love, it's the best way to get the little buggers insided when they don't want to come.

You can also make your own Chicken Tenders by slicing a chicken breast finely and drying slowly in an oven until the moisture is gone.

I have a bottle of silica gel that I can put into a bag to keep the moisture out, but the ones you get with other things will do the same job, just keep them when you have finished with whatever they came with.

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I was just saying on the Dog Lovers team that I hardly buy dog treats anymore, so many of them have been recalled or found to have E-coli or toxic bacteria. ! I'm afraid to give them any. I've been giving mine carrots, apples, rice cakes pieces, animal crackers, & other things trying to make up for the loss.

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emoticon for the tip on home made treats. My dogs are all rescue and have survived starvation, abuse and lack of food plus abuse. I cook for them twice a week. I make brown rice with chopped turkey with vegetables and garlic and onion which I mix with there regular dry and wet food mix. I use the garlic because most of my pack are getting to be seniors and get upset stomach's easily. The quality of there food is often better then mine, but don't we all give to our kids first! They often get some treat from my dinner.. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I don't really do anything very unusual or creative for my animals - I cook brown rice [or sometimes quinoa] and lean turkey for my dogs, mixing it with some high-quality kibble I get at the vet's - they love treats but consider almost anything a treat so sometimes I just slip them a piece of ordinary dog food, tell them it's a treat and they don't know the diff, haha! Other healthy treats I give them are carrot pieces, apple pieces and sometimes other hard veggies or fruits - but I only give them a super-tiny piece. For some reason, they don't seem to be able to tell the difference between a huge piece and a tiny piece, they just 'count' the number they get.

As for beds, there seems to be nothing better than an ordinary box - especially for my cats! They love any box, esp when they first come home from the store and have 'good smells' in them. Sometimes I put a pillow in them but they don't really seem to care - other than that, all my animals like 'people furniture' so we don't have a lot of use for actual beds. The cats seem to prefer a jacket or other clothing item dropped on a chair or couch, haha! Oh, they also love to sit inside suitcases and sometimes paper bags.

One of the best cat toys around here is just a shiny bow or this decorative wire-like stuff we use to decorate gifts. I don't know what it's called but it can be bent into different shapes so we make a wad, similar to a ball, and they absolutely love playing with them.

I'm sure others will have much more creative things to say so I'm very interested in hearing about them.


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This should be a great thread, (I think!!) if you have any tips, recipes, patterns etc for food, treats, clothing, beds etc for your pet post them here. I'm sure all of us are on the look out for easy things to make for our little hairies.

My tip is for treats. My Maggs has kidney problems and shouldn't eat high protein, highly coloured food and treats. You can slice prescription dog food like Hills (or other food) into thin slices and dry it in the oven at around 90-100C (195-210F) until it is crisp and break it up for nibblies. You can also cut it into dice and do the same.

Looking forward to seeing everybody elses tips.

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