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Baggins' Bites What Else Can You Feed Your Dog?
May 09, 2007
Dear Fellow Dog Lover,

Greetings! Whether you’re fed up with the pet food recall or you’ve been exploring the home-prepared option for awhile, I have some resources to make the switch easier for you and your dog.

1. Home-Prepared Dog Food Made Easy
2. Hope lost 20 lbs. with all natural dog treats!
3. Reader’s Write--Dog pouts over store-bought treats
4. What’s Your Dog Question?
5. Recipe
6. Wrap up

Home-Prepared Dog Food is Healthy and Simple

The recent pet food recall has changed a lot of minds about commercial pet food.

I’ve gotten lots of emails from readers concerned about the food they feed their pets and looking for alternatives.

In past issues I’ve recommended Dr. Pitcairn and still do. His book on Natural Health for Dogs and Cats is a classic and belongs on every pet guardian’s bookshelf.

Everyone knows your diet affects your health.

After all, you can’t expect to live on bags of chips and maintain a healthy physique. And feeding the same processed diet day after day can’t be entirely healthy for your dog either. After all, a lot of the vitamins and minerals are lost when the food is baked at a high heat. This is true for even the higher quality kibble.

Also, as we’ve seen with the pet food recall, you’re not able to control many of the ingredients that goes into commercial food. So, just as it is for us, so it is for our pets. Whole, fresh foods are healthier.

Not all veterinarians like the idea of us taking more control over our pet’s diets. Maybe they think we're going to feed them a steady diet McDonald’s or something.

It does take a little bit more work to make sure your dog is getting the necessary nutrients. If you’re preparing the meal yourself, you’ll need to add supplements to make sure Fido is getting all that is needed.

But it’s not that difficult and it doesn’t take that much more time than pouring out kibble or opening a can. (Not if you do it once or twice a week and store in meal-size portions.)

But it can be confusing to figure out where to get some of those ingredients.

I know when I first read Dr. Pitcairn some of the ingredients seemed really odd, Group I bonemeal? I wondered, maybe it was just late at night when I was reading and my brain was fuzzy but it took me a few times of going back to that recipe before it clicked that he had a list on another page and Group I or II bonemeal meant a brand he’d listed later in the book.

So, to simplify your life and help you get started on the home-prepared way, I’ve put together those unusual ingredients together into Dr. Pitcairn's Shopping List to Make Healthy Dog Food at Home to make it easy. Bonemeal, Leicthin granules, Kelp powder, Brewer's Yeast and the rest.

Just click on each, add them to your shopping cart and they’ll be on their way to you.

Following Pitcairn’s recipe add ground chicken or turkey and have healthy, nutritionally complete meal for your pet ready in a few minutes.

Give it a month.

You’ll see a difference; your pet will have a gleaming, silky coat, bright eyes and a very happy disposition!

Hope Loses 20 Lbs.!

Hope lost 20 lbs.! Read this note from reader Sherri in Louisiana

Hello Jennifer,

Just wanted to drop a line to thank you for your great site. With all your tips and help from your site and newsletters, Hope has lost almost 20 lbs. since that last photo we sent you. Her coat is beautiful and her new size helps her in agility class. Her old owner (my friend) was just amazed at how healthy and happy she is. We will send more pictures soon. Thanks for all you do.

Thanks Sherri! Glad Hope is doing so well!

See Pre-Weight Loss Hope and Get Herbal Dog Treat Recipe

Has your dog lost weight or recovered from an illness due to a diet change? Let me know!

Share your success today!

Reader's Write

Another Reader recently sent this funny anecdote about her dogs.

Seems one will only accept home-baked treats these days!

You might find this funny.

I bake dog treats every Sunday to give to the dogs during the next week. This Sunday I was too busy and didn't bake any.

When I tried to give the dogs a commercially made dog treat Monday, one of the dogs actually turned away from it. He looked at me and then walked into the dining room, laid down and let out this big sigh. I was really surprised.

I'll make sure I always bake something every Sunday. (The other two dogs gobbled the store bought treats down. Of course, they'll eat practically anything.)

What's Your Biggest Dog Question?

What’s your most burning question about dogs?

Whether it’s health, attitude or something else dog related send your most burning questions.

Your question may turn up in a future issue of Baggins’Bites! (please include where you live)

Carrot Cheese Puffs Dog Treat Recipe

  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese—shredded

  • 1/4 cup butter

  • 1 jar baby food carrots (organic or natural—avoid added salt or sugar)

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder

  • 1/4 cup milk—or more if needed

    Melt cheese and butter in a saucepan, stirring frequently. Take off heat. Add carrots, flour, and garlic powder. Stir until well blended. Add enough milk to form into a ball. Transfer to a mixing bowl and chill for one hour. Roll dough on a lightly floured, flat surface to 1/4” thickness. Place on a greased cookie sheet. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 20 - 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool completely.

    More All-Natural Dog Treat Recipes

    I hope you enjoyed this issue of Baggins' Bites. Keep those letters coming! You may find yourself in an upcoming issue of Baggins' Bites. Please include where you live!

    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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