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Recipe for Tasty Dog Treats and much more Baggins' Bites Newsletter
June 15, 2006
Dear Fellow Dog Lover,

June ’06 Welcome to Baggins’ Bites the fr*e monthly ezine that features pet tips, occasional recipes and much more. June 2006 Edition

In this month’s issue:
I. Traveling with Rex
II. Natural Flea and Tick Preventive
III. Recipe: Buckwheat Pancakes
IV. Great Resource –Housepet Magazine

I. Traveling with Rex

In the Western Hemisphere it’s summer and summer dog troubles include ticks, fleas and sometimes, overheating.

So, make sure your pet gets plenty of water.

Don’t leave him in the car on hot days, I know you’ve heard this before, but the interior of a car can heat to 120 degrees F. in minutes—even with the car windows open.

This bears repeating, since every summer it seems someone leaves their dog or child in the car and returns to a very sad sight.

If you’re traveling with your pet and plan on taking in afternoon stops here and there that aren’t dog friendly, like theme-parks, museums, allergic relatives, etc. Check into local doggie day care or kennels where you can leave Fido for a few hours.

It’s worth it for the piece of mind. Along that note, be sure to pack your pet’s recent vet records and that Princess has your cell phone # on her tag.

If you want to spend lots of time with your pet, see these suggestions of dog friendly places to including; hotels, outside dining, and off-leash parks and more, check out http://www.dogfriendly.com/.

II. Natural Flea and Tick Preventive

It’s flea and tick season and while you brush your pet regularly and keep her groomed, you do have to be vigilant about watching out for the pesky things.

And if you’re ready to move away from the chemical flea treatments and are looking for an all-natural tick/flea preventive, here are some ideas for sprays and even, “make your own flea collar”
http://www.all-natural-dog-treat.com/naturalfleapreventive.html it’s simple and effective.

III. Recipe
Buckwheat Pancakes

2 C. Whole Wheat Flour
½ C. Buckwheat Flour
½ C. Brewer’s Yeast
1 C. Bulgur (cracked wheat—optional)
½ C. Cornmeal or Cream of Wheat
¼ C. Parsley Flakes
¼ C. Non-fat Dry Milk Powder
1 tsp. Active Dry Yeast
¼ C. Warm Water
1 C. Low Sodium Chicken Broth
1 Egg, Beaten
1 Tbls. Milk or water

Directions:
Combine first seven ingredients in a bowl.

In a small bowl, mix warm water and dry yeast. Stir until yeast dissolves, then add chicken broth. Add the liquid mix to the dry ingredients and stir well until dough is very stiff. Add more water as necessary.

Roll out dough to ¼” thickness and shape into small round “silver-dollar pancake” shapes. Or, if you prefer, use a cookie cutter of your choice. Place cut out shapes onto cookie sheets and brush with an egg glaze. (Just the beaten egg, you can use a fork, or a pastry brush if you have one.)

Bake in a 300 F. degree oven for 45 min. Turn off the oven and let them sit overnight to harden.

The parsley is good for fresh breath!

Buckwheat and Bulgur are healthy sources of whole grains and are available in most larger groceries or health food stores.

Makes 5-6 dozen.
Should keep for weeks if hardened. If, you have an older dog and need softer treats, you could skip hardening them overnight in the oven and instead, let them cool on the counter and keep in the ‘fridge when cool.

Generally, my carrot power muffins are softer and good for senior dogs. http://www.all-natural-dog-treat.com/All-natural-dog-treats.html

Other Stuff:
If you haven’t seen this wonderful online magazine yet, take a look. Based in NYC, it covers health issues in our pets and is beautifully made. This article discusses feeding your dog a natural diet http://www.housepetmagazine.com/June/Dog_Health.htm

Well, that’s it for this issue. A dog treat recipe and natural flea preventives. Take care and give your dog a pet for me.

Barks,
Jennifer April www.all-natural-dog-treat.com

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