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Recipe for Tasty Dog Treats and much more Baggins' Bites Newsletter
February 10, 2006
Dear Fellow Dog Lover,

Happy Chinese New Year: The Year of the Dog! Welcome to Baggins’ Bites the fr*e monthly ezine that features pet tips, occasional recipes and much more. February 2006 Edition

As always, I’d love to hear from you on your most burning pet related questions, comments and whatever else is on your mind. You may end up in a future issue of Baggins’ Bites!

In this month’s issue:

  • Recipe for tasty dog treats

  • Greenies Controversy

  • Diamond Pet Food Recall Update

  • Cell Phone for Fido

  • Recipe:
    Top Dog Biscuits

  • 3 c Whole wheat flour

  • ¾ c Hot water or meat juices or broth

  • ½ c Powdered milk

  • 1 Egg, lightly beaten

  • Pour hot water, juice or broth into a bowl. Add powdered milk and egg. Gradually add flour, about 1/2 C. at a time till you have a stiff dough. Knead 3-4 minutes. Add a little more water if needed to make a good dough. Roll out 1/2" thick and cut into shapes.

    Bake in 325 degree oven for 50 minutes.

    You might like to use a food processor to mix the dough.

    Makes about 24 treats


    No doubt you’ve heard of the controversy by now about Greenies, the popular green, toothbrush shaped dog chews that are reported to be dental hygiene for your dog. And in case you missed it, there have been lots of concerns that these chews can be lodged inside a dog’s esophagus or gastrointestinal tract and cause major internal difficulties, maybe even death. Some of these have been documented to be true.

    But, before, you rush to throw out any Greenies you have hanging around, it might be useful to probe deeper.

    If you’ve fed them, you know your pets love them. And they have been documented by the Veterinary Oral Health Council for tarter and plaque removal. But, if your dog tends to gulp food and not chew, you may have reason to be concerned. This disclaimer is on the wrapper,"Caution: As with any edible product, monitor your dog to ensure the treat is adequately chewed. Gulping any item can be harmful or even fatal to a dog." And of course is true. Anyone, person, dog or goldfish may choke to death on an inadequately chewed food substance or a food item lodging itself inside us.

    And greenies do feature chlorophyll, which those of you non-science types might remember as “the stuff that makes plants green” but turns out to be an important food stuff for people and—I guess--dogs. According to my research, It makes plants green and serves as the stuff of life, i.e., turning sunlight into food or energy for the plant. I’m a little fuzzy on how it works on dogs—or people—but I imagine it’s of similar importance.

    I’m not advocating for or against the greenies.

    Use your judgment, know your pet, make sure you feed the right size if you feed them. You might be interested in check out the greenies site too. Keep in mind, it is the greenies site,

    Update on the Diamond Pet Food Recall

    I understand the Gaston, SC facility where the contaminated food products originated has been cleared through cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Here’s the link if you want to know more.

    In the what next category: A Cell Phone for your dog

    I know, you’re thinking "and who does Max need to call?" But I guess it makes a little more sense that first glance. It turns out that this phone is also a voice enabled GPS system so if your pet should get out of the yard or the dog park unseen, you can call him and talk over the speaker.

    You can also track him through the GPS system. It’s waterproof, approximately 3 inches long and clips onto your dog’s collar. And did I tell you its bone shaped? It is.

    The people at PetsMobilityTM PetsCellTM the makers of the Fido phone, say it’s the solution for lost pets. But you’ll have to wait, it won’t be available until March 2006.

    What do you think of the greenies and/or diamond pet food recall and/or the cell phone for dogs—what sort of ring tone would Max want? Meows? I’ll post all responses in the next issue of Baggins’ Bites )

  • How You Can Treat Your Pet While Helping the Animals of New Orleans

  • Announcing, Baggins’ Best Biscuits Launches Effort to Help the Pets of New Orleans
    Or, Tails Wag When New Orleans is On Your Mind

    How can you help NOLA pets and treat your own dog at the same time?

    Break out the feathers and masks, it’s carnival time and despite the hurricanes of last summer, New Orleans has launched the 150th Mardi Gras season.

    As a former resident of that great city, I can understand the need for a Mardi Gras like no other time, yet the basic needs are still very real on the Gulf Coast. The Louisiana-SPCA lost their building and are operating out of temporary quarters now and is approximately half-staffed. Though the animals were evacuated during Katrina, the offices and shelter was lost.

    So, in honor of New Orleans and the very real needs in the pet community there, I’m pleased to announce the launch of Baggins’ Mardi Gras Biscuits, so new, they aren’t even pictured on the website yet!

    But you can order them here

    These treats are apple cinnamon flavored and shaped like a trumpet (for the music) a crown (for king of carnival) and a fleur de lis, (for the French heritage). The treats are $8 for a 7 oz. bag and $2 of every bag sold will be donated to the Louisiana-SPCA to help them help the animals of New Orleans.

    The LA-SPCA rescued over eight thousand pets in the days immediately following Hurricane Katrina. Help them to continue to help the animals by ordering some today!

    Just use this link to go straight to the ordering page.

    Because it’s not just a party ya’ll!

    Hope you enjoyed this issue of Baggins’ Bites. Pass it on to a friend!

    Have a great month and give your dog lots of love!

    Best, Jennifer

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