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Are Yappy Meals in Your Future?
November 18, 2008
Dear Fellow Dog Lover,

  • 1. Welcome

  • 2. Feature Article: Yappy Meals?

  • 3. Reader’s Write: Icing Dog Treats

  • 4. Recipe: Turkey Treats
  • 5. Wrap Up

  • Happy November! The holiday season gets off in earnest here in the States as we get ready for the annual satiation of turkey on Nov. 24.

    Please remember, cooked turkey bones can shatter just like chicken bones so Fido shouldn’t indulge. He can eat the turkey however, no problem. If you have a lot of leftover turkey, you can make tasty turkey treats.

    I’d like to invite you all share pictures of your dog(s). It’s easy and fun! Don't forget to tell us where you live! You can click the link below and add your four-legged joy.
    Send Pictures of Your Dog!

    Yappy Meals?

    I’m not sure what this says about us Americans, but I came across this and had to share with you.

    Advertising Age magazine did an article on the possibility of McDonald’s adding “Yappy Meals” to its menu.

    The comments from the public have been mixed but overwhelmingly positive. One poll showed 24% of respondents would buy a yappy meal for their dog and another 36% said they might.

    I wonder what kind of toy would be included?

    Reader’s Write

    Hi Jennifer,

    I just came across your site, and read your About me which I can totally relate to, but I love making the treats.

    Anyway... I have looked at a lot of recipes and do you know what people are making the icing from? They say yogurt, but I think they are using white Chocolate in most. I have heard white chocolate is ok becuase it does not contain caffine and an ingredient that is in chocolate. Also is Vitamin E the natural preservative?

    Thanks !

    Hi Alison,
    Thanks for writing.

    It’s theobromine in chocolate that can be poisonous to dogs. White chocolate doesn’t have as much. Basically, the darker the chocolate the more theobromine so the rich dark stuff is the most dangerous to your pets.

    From what I've read, it can take a good bit to harm your dog (esp. larger breeds) but play it safe and keep chocolate away from the canines.

    You could frost your dog treats with cream cheese, peanut butter, yogurt or carob. I hear carob chips are messy and I haven’t tried them but I did try mixing yogurt and peanut butter. Here’s what happened.

    I mixed one 6 oz. container of yogurt (I used banana but you could use plain) with a tablespoon full of peanut butter. I used the food processor so it would be good and mixed. Then I spooned it onto some treats. I stored them in the fridge and the yogurt has hardened a little but not completely. They definately don't look bakery ready. But Baggins likes them just fine.

    As far as natural preservatives go, you’re right that vitamin e will preserve your dog treats but you should be sure to get a type of vitamin e that is made for eating. Some vitamin e is only made to go on your skin but not in your body, so read the label.

    Flaxseeds are also a natural preservative. They offer other health benefits as well. They’re loaded with healthy fats (those omega 3’s) and they’re help your dog have a shiny, healthy coat, skin and nervous system. Flaxseeds have a nutty flavor so they’re tasty too and a little go a long way.

    Hope that helps Alison! Happy Baking!

    Jen & Baggins

    Turkey Treats

    If you've got too much leftover turkey, you can bake up some treats for Max. Turkey Treats for Your Dog

    Well, that's it for this month's edition of Baggins' Bites

    Thanks so much for reading. Don’t forget, you can always write me by hitting “reply”. Give your dogs lots of love and remind them of their wonderfulness. ‘til next time,

    Your in health and treats,
    Jen & Baggins

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