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Baggins' Bites Maintaining a Green Lawn
July 10, 2007
Dear Fellow Dog Lover,

  • Welcome
  • Feature Article: Fidoís Killing my Grass!
  • Readerís Write
  • Recipe
  • Wrap Up
  • Happy Summer!

    Is There a Struggle Between
    Your Dog and Your Lawn?

    Itís Mid-summer here in the States and the time of year to have outdoor parties grilling and relaxing with friends and family in the backyard.

    But if your doggie friends use the yard as a wide-open bathroom place, not only do you have to contend with little land mines but youíll also have brown patches in your lawn.

    Where do those brown patches come from? It's the nitrogen in the urine that kills the grass and creates those ugly brown spots.

    So, what can you do?

    If you see Fido lifting his leg on the lawn, you can counteract some of the nitrogen by hosing it down with water to dilute it immediately.

    Beyond that, there are many products on the market to help--from supplements to feed your dog to balance the PH in his urine to synthetic grass. Though I havenít tried these-- living in the city I havenít much yard-- Iíve also heard the best thing you can do is train your dog to only use one section of the yard as the bathroom and save the rest for the green expanse of a beautiful lawn.

    Good luck!

    Readerís Write

    Reader Kassandra wrote to say she made

    Ēsome treat recipes for a puppy playgroup last month. (apple pupcakes and bacon dog bones)

    Turns out they were a HUGE hit!

    The only problem was I put them in cute plastic bags with ties and ribbon and they were moldy after a day or two...I also put some in a Tupperware container and those were moldy too! How should I store them and how long are they good for? Can I freeze them?Ē

    Storing fresh baked treats for dogs isnít any different than storing them for people.

    A lot of the treat recipes on my site are moist treats like pupcakes or muffins and they will need to be dried out a bit before being put away. I usually leave them on top of the counter or stovetop for a few hours or even overnight. (If itís humid in your house, this obviously wonít workótry the fridge instead.) Then I put them away in covered containers in the fridge. If Iíll be shipping them immediately, I may go ahead and put them in the plastic bags but I make sure theyíre completely cool beforehand.

    Freezing them? Absolutely! Cool the treats down, put into plastic containers or even Ziploc bags and freeze. Viola! Fresh treats when youíre ready.

    Easy Frozen Doggie Treats

    Frozen Doggie Treats

  • 1 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 ripe banana --
  • 16 ounces plain yogurt
  • Mix the peanut butter, honey, and fruit together until well blendedómash with a fork or use the blender. Add the fruit mixture to the yogurt and mix well. Freeze in ice cube trays. Crack trays and release treats as needed!

    Easy Frozen Doggie Treats

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    Whether itís health, attitude or something else dog related send your most burning questions.

    Your question may turn up in a future issue of Bagginsí Bites!

    More All-Natural Dog Treat Recipes

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    Your in health and treats,
    Jennifer and Baggins

    Your stop for all-natural-dog-treat recipes and tips on improving your dog's health and happiness all naturally.

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