Thursday, October 22, 2015

Canning dog food your dogs will love

                                     homemade canned chicken stew for dogs
Chicken meatball dog food
Chicken veg dog food

This year I started making and canning homemade dog food and my girls love it. It's not quite as difficult to make as you might think.
You will need:
A pressure canner( I have a presto 23 quart and love that I can stack pint jars)
Canning utensils(funnel,bubble remover tool,jar lifter,tongs or magnetic lid wand)
Canning jars( I used pint jars, but depending on how many dogs you have and their size you could use quarts or half pints)
Chicken(boneless skinless would make your work a lot easier but I had about 40 lbs of chicken leg quarters I got on sale for 49 cents a lb)
I used 2 sweet potatoes, 1 butternut squash, 1 pie pumpkin, celery, bell peppers(Daisy loves red pepper), 1 lb baby carrots, 1 lb peas, 1 lb green beans,
Chicken broth
Wash and sterilize your jars
Cook your chicken and debone unless using boneless skinless chicken breast( the first time I made dog food I used my pressure cooker it took forever so the next time I baked it but didn't have enough room for all of it so I grilled some and put some in the slow cooker,the easiest way to debone the chicken is when it is baked of grilled is what I have found you can do it any way you like or even raw pack if using boneless skinless breast.)
Peel and cut your vegetables
add all your vegetables to the jars then chicken then broth making sure to leave headspace
Put sterilized lids and bands on your jars put in pressure canner and pressure can at 75 minutes for pints and 90 for quarts for my altitude it was 11 pounds of pressure

The first time I made the food I mixed everything together in a stockpot but have since found it simpler to raw pack the veggies as they do cook in the canner

I also had used my meat grinder to grind chicken and make meatball to can
Roxy Molly and Daisy loved the homemade food

Friday, April 11, 2014

The cutest Beagle Hoodie Sun Frog Shirts Review

As you all know I love beagles, Roxy is a beagle Jack Russell Mix and Molly is a Beagle Corgi Mix and I adopted a little senior beagle, Daisy in July from my local animal shelter. She is a little lover girl and so sweet. Sun Frog sent me a Beagles: Cheaper than therapy purple hoodie. It is so cute. It is also very comfortable. It is high quality, nice and thick, perfect for these still chilly days and really perfect to wear year round, for those of you that live were its hot all year round they also have the same design on t-shirts. Even if you have a different dog breed I am sure you will find a hoodie or shirt you will absolutely love.Feel free to check out the t-shirt review here. Also check Sun Frog out on Facebook and twitter.
My Daisy beagle girl loves my new hoodie

Beagle cuddle session time

Beagles really are cheaper than therapy!

Sun Frog Shirts has hundreds of pet designs and many other awesome designs. Check them out, they have multiple colors and styles to choose from I am sure you will find a hoodie or shirt that you will love!

Disclosure:  I received the shirt for purpose of testing and review. all opinions are my own and may differ from those of yours.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Most Popular Dog Breeds in the UK

The Most Popular Dog Breeds in the   


Yellow Labrador Retriever

1. Labrador Retriever
The Labrador Retriever stands out as the most popular dog breed in the
 whole of United Kingdom. The dog is of Canadian origin and is believed to have been brought to the UK in the early 1830s by a fisherman from Newfoundland. 

Labradors can have yellow, golden, chocolate, brown, or black coats. They are known to be extraordinarily intelligent, good natured, gentle, and friendly, allowing them to be very good companions for human beings of all ages. They are very cooperative and loyal when being trained and are considered to be some of the most obedient, dependable, and multi-talented dog breeds not only in the UK, but also in the world.

2. English Cocker Spaniel
The English Cocker Spaniel is a special type of gun dog that was originally bred by hunters to help in hunting small game such as woodcock pigeons. Cockers have coats of many shades including blue roan, chocolate, black, sable, silver, copper red, blue tick, black and white, buff, lemon roan, apricot, and white. They are noted for their intelligence, adaptability, and optimism. Even though they are very stubborn and short-tempered in nature, they can be trained and made good family pets.

Just like other dogs, the Cockers do experience health problems. They are vulnerable to eye and ear infections. To take good care of them, it is advisable for dog owners to get dog insurance to cover for their health.
 Why not check RSPCA pet insurance today on how you can grant a safer home to your pet.

3. English Springer Spaniel

English Springer Spaniel puppy
The English Spaniel is believed to have originated from Spain where it was used by hunters to flush and retrieve game. The coat comes in a variety of colors including white with liver or black markings, blue roan, and dark brown with white markings. 

English Springers are generally quick learners, intelligent, obedient, energetic, friendly, easy to please, and very playful. They like playing with simple things such as shoes, towels, and empty plastic bottles. Due to their playful nature, they should always be watched to prevent them from damaging valuable property in the house. They are vulnerable to ear and eye infections and dysplasia.

4. German Shepherd
German Shepard
Also referred to as Alsatian, the German Shepherd, is a wonderful large-sized dog breed with German origin. The dog was originally bred by German herders in the early 1700s to help them in herding their sheep. The dog's coat can be white, grey, gold, black, or tan. Apart from being amazingly strong, intelligent, obedient, aggressive, and agile, the dog is also easy to train, explaining why it is always given military and police roles in many countries around the world. It is often used to detect bombs, track criminals, patrol troubled areas, and to uncover illegal drugs in airports and borders. 
The German Shepherd usually experiences health complications such as bloating, congenital heart disease, panosteitis, skin disease, and hip dyslexia. With the help of dog insurance, these health complications can be controlled for a long time. 

5. Staffordshire Bull Terrier
The Staffordshire or the Nanny is a medium-sized and short-coated dog breed that originated from Staffordshire, England in the early 1800s. It was originally bred for the purpose of hunting mice and rats. The dog can have a white, black, black and white, fawn, dense red, or bluish coat. It is naturally muscular, obedient, fearless, and intelligent. Due to its quiet and friendly nature, the dog can serve as a good family pet. Its health complications are commonly cataracts and dysplasia.

6. Boxer
The Boxer is a stocky, short-haired, and medium-sized breed of dog of German origin. Its coat comes in a variety of shades including mahogany, black with white markings, brindle, fawn, white, and tan. The dog is energetic, friendly, curious, obedient, playful, eager, highly intelligent, and quick to learn. It is known to get along well with kids and other pets at home. It is prone to cancer, cardiomyopathy, thyroid, skin diseases, and epilepsy.

Disclaimer: This is a guest post. I thought you would be interested in the above information.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Iams Love Tails Contest

Molly with her Grandma

Roxy and Me
Through March 3, 2013 animal lovers can send in stories about  their feline or canine friend for a chance to star alongside their canine or cat companion in Iams’ next national advertisement.
To enter Visit Iams Facebook page and Share a photo and tell Iams in 500 characters or less about the unique relationship you have with your dog or cat and how Iams helps you show your love.
Once the submission phase has ended, Iams will select 50 stories (25 dog and 25 cat) as semi-finalists.
From the semi-finalist Love Tails, Iams will select 10 finalists (5 dog and 5 cat), with each winning a cash prize and free Iams food for a year.
In April, Iams will ask its Facebook fans to choose their favorite Love Tail from the group of finalists and one grand prize winner will be selected.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Are your dogs getting the vaccines they need?

Every pet’s lifestyle is unique. That’s why it’s important for pet owners to understand which vaccines are right for their pet. At, pet owners can take a risk assessment to find out what diseases their pet may be at risk for and how to protect against them.

The first steps in pet protection
  • Every pet should visit his or her veterinarian regularly and receive regular vaccinations in order to stay healthy
  • Core vaccines are generally recommended for all pets. Lifestyle vaccines are designed for pets that are at risk for certain diseases based on their daily routines. 
  • The risk assessment on helps educate pet owners about what diseases their pet may be at risk for and what to ask their veterinarian about at their next visit
Other activities for pet owners to take part in at
  • Upload photos of their pets to the interactive campaign ma
  •   See what clinics in their area are supporting the campaign
  •   Enter a caption contest and win a prize
  •       Watch videos of Mutt and Kitty in action on the campaign trail as they talk about ways to keep their pet healthy

Friday, November 23, 2012

Turkey sweet potato oatmeal cranberry dog treat recipe

I made my dogs turkey sweet potato oatmeal and cranberry biscuits and  dehyrated sweet potato treats

Everyone at my house only eat turkey breast, so the dogs always get the dark meat of the turkey. They had some turkey with gravy and still had plenty of leftover turkey so I decided to find a recipe. I ran across a recipe for Turkey Tasties but I only had white all purpose flour and dint know how it would work so I put some oatmeal in my food proccesor and turned it into flour and created my own recipe based off of the Turkey Tasties recipe.

Turkey, sweet potato, oatmeal and cranberry biscuits recipe
I used turkey, pumpkin, leaves and bone cookie cutters

2 cups of cooked turkey
1/2-1 cup chicken broth
1-2 sweet potatoes(mashed sweet potatoes would work too as long as they don't have brown sugar)
3 cups of oatmeal
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 tsp garlic powder(optional)
1/4 stick of margarine(optional)
1 tsp parsley flakes(optional) I didn't think of the parsley until after I made them but parsley would be a nice addition if I make them again I will add parsley
flour for rolling the dough out I used all purpose but you can use whatever kind you have on hand as long as your pups aren't allergic
the biscuits before going in the oven

Put turkey and chicken broth in blender or food proccesor and puree,microwave sweet potatoes and removed the skin and mash. Add mashed sweet potatoes to blender and puree.add melted butter if needed. add garlic salt and parsley if desired. pour mixture into bowl and wash your blender a cup at a time put the oatmeal in your blender and mix the oatmeal flour into the turkey sweet potato mixture until you gets a desired texture(these are treats you roll out and use cookie cutters) stir in dried cranberries. Roll out dough and cut with desired cookie cutters bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown, time varies if thinner dough and smaller shapes check on them often.

The biscuits are done and cooling on wax paper

Lets see what the Taste Tester think
Molly just waking up from a nap  smells yummy homemade treats                                                                 

what 1 do I want? I want all of them, please, oh pretty please! 

Roxy with a leaf in her mouth

This is so delicious mommy! more please!