Treating your pet to some love
I recently wrote a post on getting through the winter months with your four legged little loves. I would never consider getting rid of them when there are ways to co-exist with them. They are my family, my loves and good for my health as well as bad for it.
Good for your health too
Yes my babies are bad for my health as I explained ways to cope with them in the winter, but they are also very good for my health. They are great companions; someone has to listen to me when I come up with new ideas for you guys. They are great listeners. But seriously, they are awesome little friends. They comfort when sick, sense when you’re upset and give love, and you take them in them outside to get fresh air and exercise, they are happy to see you when no-one else is. They aren’t even very demanding, a bit of food, water and love and maybe some yard time and they will love you forever. That is why they are considered companion animals by doctors; they actually do make people feel better. They have helped in hospitals, with sick people, ones battling depression, children, veterans and many more. There are thousands of videos on YouTube about animals being silly and doing some very off the wall things that would make you laugh, and laughter is the best medicine there is. Laughing gets your blood moving, your mood gets better. Pets truly are wonderful.
True little hero’s
They are smart as can be and can sense things, they are true little hero’s, they have saved thousands of lives by getting people to safety from fires, floods, toxins in the home. I have even read where they have gone and found help when their momma’s or papa’s were sick or injured. They have stayed by a lost child’s side until they received help. There were articles how one got bit by a snake protecting a small baby. Dogs help the blind and they have gotten millions of dollars in drugs off the street and are some brave fighters helping our police and military. They are a keen judge of character and can tell when someone is bad.So with all they do for us, here is a few recipes that you can make to give back some love to your little babies. If you don’t have any SkinSoSoft (SSS) from Avon then try this to help your babies with fleas.
Dog Flea Spray
4 ounces Luke Warm Water
6 ounces ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar)
¼ tsp. SEA Salt
Mix all the ingredients well. Pour into a spray bottle. Gently spray on your pet and slightly message in.
The fleas hate ACV. I use on my girls at least once a week, sometimes two depending on how bad fleas get to be.
Or you could try this one as well. I have not, as of this post, tried this yet. I am planning on it though in the next week and I will let you know how it goes.
½ cup ACV
½ cup Brewed Green Tea, cooled
1 cup Distilled Water
Pour each into a spray bottle, shake well. Make sure it is cool enough to apply to your pets coat.
I do not know for sure, but I have been reading that ACV is okay for your dog or cat to ingest and several places recommend adding a teaspoonful to your pets’ drinking water as the ACV repels fleas and the vinegar will work from the inside out. I do know that ACV works for the fleas on the outside, but have not tried getting my girls to drink it and do not know how it would affect their little tummies. Too much isn’t healthy for a human. So if you try it, watch your pet to see how they handle it or check with your vet as some breeds can’t have certain things to eat.
Here is a great treat for you little ones.
Peanut Butter Cookies
2 TBSP Oil
½ cup Peanut Butter
1 Cup Water
1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
2 Cups White Flour (I’ve used Oat Flour without a difference to them)
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Combine your oil, peanut butter, and water until well mixed. Add the flours 1 cup at a time, incorporating well. Knead into firm dough. On a lightly floured area, roll the dough to ¼” thickness and cut into shape you want. Bake for 20 minutes. Makes 2 ½ dozen cookies roughly 3 ½” x 1 ½”
Not really, but pretty healthy treat, so they can have more.
2 Beef Bouillon Cubes
1 Cup Warm Water
¼ Cup Skim Milk
1 TBSP margarine
½ Cup Shredded reduced fat Cheddar Cheese
3 ½ Whole Wheat Flour
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Dissolve bouillon cubes in warm water mix cheese with flour. Add milk, margarine, and broth. Knead dough until firm, and roll to ¼ inch thickness on a lightly floured board. Use cookie cutters and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 20 minutes. Makes 2 ½ dozen cookies.
Paw Lickin chicken
3 Cups Flour
¾ Cup Yellow Corn Meal
1 Cup Chicken Broth
4 TBSP Soft Margarine
1 TBSP Milk
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Combine flour, cornmeal, broth and margarine. Knead dough for 3 minutes. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured board to ¼ inch thickness and cut out with cookie cutters. Whisk egg and milk together and apply with a brush to the top of the cookie. Bake for 35 minutes on an ungreased cookie sheet. Makes 2 dozen or so depending on the shape.
I have used cookie cutters in various shapes or one of my favorite ways since I have small dogs, I roll it into a big square and take a ruler, just like you would buy in the school supply section, and make them as wide as the ruler cutting with a knife and baking like it says. If they aren’t as hard as you want leave them on the cookie sheet a few minutes to cool and harden a bit more, for softer remove from cookie sheet right away. My girls are older so I make them softer.
I hope your pup likes the treats, feel free to let me know what you or they thought about these tasty little goodies or if you would like to share something of your own, I would love to hear from you.