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Baggins' Bites: Pumpkins! And Grain Free Treats
October 19, 2010
Dear Dog Lover,

Now that it's officially Fall here in Pennsylvania, you can't go far without encountering a pile of pumpkins just waiting to go home with you and mix with all the red and yellow leaves falling in your yard.

So a couple of weeks ago, Sammy, new boyfriend M. and I picked out two lovely pumpkins. We’re planning to carve jack 0’lanterns while Sammy supervises.

Being one to always try and repurpose ingredients, I was thinking of what we could do with the insides of the pumpkin after we scrape it all out.

I mean, no sense in throwing all that lovely pumpkin away when we could make dog treats!

Pumpkin is rich in vitamins C and E, magnesium, potassium, zinc, iron and those famous beta carotenoids which are excellent for your dog’s eyesight.

Plus, pumpkin lowers cholesterol and supports healthy kidneys and bladder functions. Excellent!

So, why not give your dog some pumpkin?

(And if you’re not carving pumpkins, you can still make dog treats using canned pumpkin.

If you do have pumpkin insides to use—go for a cup and ½ for the recipe.

Alternatively, you could just warm it up and mix it in with your dog’s kibble for an extra boost of vitamins.)

Here's a pic of Sammy sleeping on the pumpkins

Reader's Write--The Power of Aloe

Reader Anjil wrote in a few weeks ago and wanted to share with you the healing benefits of aloe vera.

Having grown up with a mother who cut the leaves off the aloe vera plant for nearly every cut and scrape I've experienced these benefits myself.

Thank you Anjil for sharing your knowledge and for your kind words!

"Hello and thank you for this wonderful website. I really hate seeing people buy unnatural things to put on their animals. It is really nice to have access to your site's resources.

I would like to mention something that few people know about using aloe vera on themselves or their animals.

You can use aloe vera everywhere on the animal or yourself, except the eyes. This is an area you must keep it away from at all cost. It swells the veins in the eyes and can damage them quickly.

I have worked with aloe vera for over 40 yrs and this is the only negative thing that I have ever known about the plant. I hope this helps your readers who may be more inexperienced with natural remedies.

One other fact that you might want to know is that animals that ingest 1 ounce (this is the maximum dose per day) of Aloe Vera juice daily show less fleas on them for longer than those who don't.

Aloe Juice also elevates oxygen in the blood, and helps to heal the internal organs especially digestive organs...I have studied ancient natural cures for humans and pets for 30+ years."


Thanks Anjil!

And of course, if you'd like to share your experiences and knowledge with other dog lovers through this ezine, just click "reply" and let me know. Thanks!

Grain Free Pumpkin Treats Recipe

I substituted garbanzo and fava bean flour in these pumpkin treats. They're easy and Sammy loves them.

Grain Free Pumpkin Pupcakes

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Yours in Treats and Health,

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