Mattie Dog http://mattiedog.com "I'm a friendly little male Shih Tzu wanting to share my life stories! Likes: running, playing, snuggling, eating, sniffing, sleeping, and falling in 'lub.' Dislikes: empty dog bowl. Woof!'© Thu, 23 Feb 2017 13:00:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Write A Killer Adoption Letter To Get The Dog of Your Dreams http://mattiedog.com/killer-adoption-letter/ http://mattiedog.com/killer-adoption-letter/#respond Thu, 23 Feb 2017 13:00:16 +0000 http://mattiedog.com/?p=6878 Learn how to write a killer adoption letter that will help you get the dog of your dreams! We've done it 6 times - so we know it works!

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Have you ever been turned down for an adoption by an animal rescue? Did you get beat out by someone that was faster, or who wrote a killer adoption letter? While there are still pockets of animal shelters and rescues that place animals with the first person who shows up, most reputable groups do a series of checks and balances to ensure a good, stable fit between adoptee and adopter. Almost sounds like a human baby adoption doesn’t it? Well, perhaps it should – it is intended to be a life-long commitment.

Background

Rescuing and placing animals is hard work. Annually 3.4M cats and 3.9M dogs are placed in shelters (read more: Animal Adoption Figures) – that’s M as in millions people! The volume of animals coming out of California alone is staggering. Animals brought to shelters have a specific number of days before being euthanized – but – fine print in the laws allow immediacy if the shelter is full. While the law may be 3 days, if the shelter has no room, an animal is considered lucky if it lives for one day… Dogs in an L.A. shelter have a 1 in 3 chance of living. This is where no-kill shelters and rescues come in by placing ‘pullers’ at or near shelters and they pull adoptable dogs/cats for rescue – in essence they save their lives.

Why So Hard?

You’d think with all of these animals that need saving, it would be easy to just adopt. A number of factors come into play that are geared toward helping the animal. Health and safety is a primary concern. Rescues ensure that the animals are in, or cared into, optimal health and that they are not ‘adopted’ by individuals who could cause harm. It’s hard to believe, but sometimes animals are sought out for testing, or for fighting, or for resale. There are some unsavory things that happen to unwanted animals…let’s leave it at that, because, to be frank, they aren’t just unsavory, they are horrific. And this is why reputable groups put a lot of effort into ensuring their animals are adopted by dog lovers, cat lovers, you name it lovers! They want to be sure that the adopters are good people. Which I know you are if you are reading my blog! So let’s get on with it and tell you how to write a killer adoption letter so you can add a dog to your family.

Write A Killer Adoption Letter To Get The Dog of Your Dreams

Write a Killer Adoption Letter to Get the Dog of Your Dreams, by Rebecca Sanchez, The Pet Lifestyle Guru at MattieDog.comBe clear that when you are writing a letter to a rescue, telling them your story in hopes of obtaining one of their beautiful animals, you are telling them about you – in the adoption world this is called a ‘parent profile.’ Here are some great tips that will help you shine:

  1. Be Authentic. You want to be who you are, not someone you wish you were. There is no one perfect type of person for all animals. Don’t like to jog with your dog? That’s okay, there are older dogs, and couch potato dogs looking for adoption too. Be yourself at all times so you will end up with the right dog.
  2. Don’t Beat Around the Bush. If you want a dog, by golly, get to the point and declare it! Say why you want that dog. Maybe the time is right, you just retired and now have time. Whatever your reason, describe it clearly with a balance of honest emotion and friendly intelligence.
  3. Describe Your Ideal Dog. What type of dog do you want? Old, young, middle age? An exercise buddy, or maybe one that needs medical attention. A lot of reward comes from adopting a ‘less-than-perfect’ dog. Whatever you are looking for be clear and decisive.
  4. Outline Your Future Together. Talk about who you and your dog will be together. Will you go for walks, car rides, have a fenced yard, take trips to the park, celebrate ‘gotcha’ days? Remember it’s not a wish list, it’s how you vow to live, forever, with your new buddy.
  5. Healthcare Routine. Let the rescue know that you take your animal’s health seriously. Whether it’s holistic or traditional, either is fine – it’s more important to convey the importance you place on your pet’s health. Here is also where you might add how you plan to feed and groom your new dog.
  6. What Makes Me/Us Special. Here’s where you get a little ‘me’ time. Maybe your a little league coach or you and your spouse volunteer – whatever it is, talk a little about what makes you…well, you! Talk about why something makes you feel special – typically it comes down to giving back, feeling like you are contributing.
  7. Thank Them For Their Work. Whether or not you are selected, be thankful. People involved in rescue groups work tirelessly toward an unselfish cause – saving animals. Thank them for their work. Thank them for taking the time to ensure the best fit possible – because every animal’s life matters.

What you will write – your killer dog adoption letter – is, in part, a letter to yourself. You must know these things before you adopt a dog. This letter serves as your commitment to your future dog.

We’ve adopted a number of dogs and with each one wrote a compelling adoption letter. Well, except for Mattie. We found him at a kill shelter, he only had a certain number of days before his time was up. When we saw him, we knew. So I did what any sane would-be-dog-adopter would do….I threw my body in-front of his holding cell, blocking anyone else from seeing and wanting him, while my husband went to find us help. Hey, I’ve never been accused of being classy. Just crazy about my dogs – and for me, that’s good enough!

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I hope you are able to use these tips – they have helped us with our 6 other dog adoptions!

Rebecca Sanchez, The Pet Lifestyle Guru at MattieDogThanks for reading, and until next time – take care and keep on lovin’ your dog! MattieDog A little dog making a big impact in this world, MattieDog, social media superstar, animal advocate, animal author


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How To Tell If Your Dog Is Depressed http://mattiedog.com/dog-is-depressed/ http://mattiedog.com/dog-is-depressed/#comments Sun, 19 Feb 2017 13:18:38 +0000 http://mattiedog.com/?p=5857 Did you know that dogs can get depressed? Do you know the signs of pet depression or how to treat it? We share our journey and what we learned!

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Doesn’t it seem that dogs are always happy? It certainly seems as though they are the poster child for happiness. Their little smiling faces always looking up at you. Of course I know that dogs can get cranky… Once, when we went on an 18-day camping trip, after we returned home and went to work the next day Mattie was so frustrated by not being with us (or perhaps in our camper) that he tore apart all of the toilet paper in our bathrooms. Cranky with a capital C! But I didn’t know that dogs could get depressed until a few years ago.

How To Tell If Your Dog Is Depressed, and what to do about it! By Rebecca Sanchez, The Pet Lifestyle Guru at MattieDog

Our Dog Depression Story

I had heard that pets can get upset when another pet passes. We’d had dogs pass prior, with other dogs in the house. While there were speckles of confusion, akin to “where is Fido” moments, none of our dogs appeared to be too sad when one of their pack died…I think dogs have a better comprehension of the cycle of life. Until Spike and Kiki. Kiki, our only black and white Shih Tzu, and Spike, our little 4 pound Chihuahua, were bonded. Like a mother and child bond. Kiki was 6 years older than Spike, and when we got him as a pup, Spike fell in love with Kiki and she with him. At 12 Kiki developed cancer and, after a very brief battle, passed – her pain was clear, she wouldn’t eat and just wanted to be cuddled. I was worried about Spike and completely unprepared for what happened after Kiki’s passing. Spike wouldn’t eat, he would shiver, his eyes were always wet, dripping wet, and he developed diarrhea. This went on for days and I became so concerned that I took Spike to the vet where he received IV fluids for dehydration. There was no ignoring the fact that our little Spike was heartbroken, he was sick from losing his best friend. Our dog was depressed

How To Tell If Your Dog Is Depressed

When a dog gets depressed, there are clues…just like with humans. Dogs become withdrawn and inactive when they are depressed.  Their eating and sleeping habits are off and they simply don’t participate in the things that use to bring them joy. Sudden changes can trigger the blues in dogs. Things like moving to another house, or moving from a house with a backyard to a condo with no yard. Dog walker changes can create a bit of a blue dog – looking back, now that I’m armed with information, I can see that when Mattie’s favorite dog walker moved away from Seattle, and he didn’t get to see her every day, he was slightly depressed. I should have gotten him another dog walker, or walked him myself at lunch time. Eased him into the change. I feel like a bad mom. Death is a primary depression trigger for dogs – like Spike where the death is of a favored companion animal, or perhaps it could be a dog’s owner or family member. Dogs, by their nature are social, and they bond, so death is often a key trigger for dogs getting the blues.

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What To Do When Your Dog Is Depressed

How To Tell If Your Dog Is Depressed, and what to do about it! By Rebecca Sanchez, The Pet Lifestyle Guru at MattieDog

Now that you know the triggers, you are better able to identify when your dog is depressed. And, while it’s rare, it can happen. So, let’s say it happens, what do you do? There are some pretty simple and actionable things you can do:

  1. Be present with your dog, spend more time hugging and cuddling – let your dog tell you when he’s had enough. A broken heart often needs continual hugging.
  2. Keep one hand on your dog when sitting, watching television, any time the dog is around you. The act of touching sends a signal that things are as they should be, and can calm your dog.
  3. Take short, frequent walks outside. Exercise is great for depression and whether walking or just sitting on your porch, the sunshine will help stimulate serotonin, the ‘feel good’ hormone in both your dog and you. Your mental health is important too (click here for more info: mental health in the new year).
  4. Reward typical dog behavior with small treats. Depressed dogs often limit typical behaviors like wagging their tail. When your dog does these things, reward him with a treat to help re-imprint the good association of normal happy-dog activities.
  5. Visit your vet. Sometimes your dog’s depression could be due to pain, such as arthritis. You just never know. Your dog’s vet can help you suss out and properly treat your dog, including in the very rare case of depression drugs.

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It took Spike a good couple of weeks for him to come back around. Honestly, I was desperate so I tried a lot of things, including taking him to a doggy day care so that he was around other dogs…but all he wanted was to be held by the people working there. So I would pick him up, we’d drive home and then we’d just cuddle together. Cuddling really helps, particularly when both you and your dog are grieving. Things are fine now, a little time, a big dose of love, and eventually adopting another girl Shih Tzu seemed to put things back into alignment for Spike. He’s a ‘lady’s man’ kind of dog I guess!

Rebecca Sanchez, The Pet Lifestyle Guru at MattieDogThanks for reading, and until next time – take care and keep on lovin’ your dog! MattieDog A little dog making a big impact in this world, MattieDog, social media superstar, animal advocate, animal author


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10 Must Have Tools When Cooking For Your Dog http://mattiedog.com/10-must-have-tools-when-cooking-for-your-dog/ http://mattiedog.com/10-must-have-tools-when-cooking-for-your-dog/#comments Mon, 13 Feb 2017 03:11:12 +0000 http://mattiedog.com/?p=6881 Cooking for your dog is not hard with the right tools. Here are our top 10 tools you need when cooking for your dog! Bonus recipes!

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We live in the Pacific Northwest. Often times when I say that, in my mind I hear the call of trumpets and envision fish jumping about in a glacial stream while glorious pine trees billow in the mountain wind. Yup, I’m in love with the beautiful PNW, truly an awe inspiring part of this glorious country. We value organic farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, and ranchers are allowed to graze cattle in national forest land free of herbicides and pesticides – and our salmon are some of the best you’ll ever taste, fresh from ocean and rivers. The abundance of high-quality food is one of the reasons we cook for our dogs.

Cooking for Your Dog

Cooking for your dogs is easy with the right tools - here are the 10 items you must have!

The main source of protein for one of our dogs is fish. Lulu’s diet consists of a majority of fish protein if mixed with other sources. We often make her salmon or sardine-based meals and treats. Mookie on the other hand can eat any protein, including salmon, beef, lamb, buffalo, turkey, duck and chicken. We cook and un-cook meals for our dogs. Un-cook? Yup, raw. Our dogs eat a wide-variety of high-quality food that we cook and un-cook for them. The trick with raw food is proper handling techniques and to freeze it all, and safely thaw the portion you serve each day. Don’t save left overs in the fridge. Put them back in the freezer (only once) and serve what remains in a few days (again follow safe thawing protocol). Cooking for your dog is fairly simple: cook like you would for yourself, using dog-safe ingredients, and again freeze. Don’t give your dog cooked bones, period. It’s really not that complicated – even though you may hear that it is. And, you may want to add a high-quality supplement to your dog’s meals – we use Dr. Harvey’s Herbal Multi-Vitamin and Mineral Supplement for Dogs.


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10 Must Have Tools When Cooking For Your Dog

When you have had dogs in your family since you were a kid, you learn a few things about how to cook for them. When I was a kid I tried feeding my dog a cake from my Easy Bake Oven. You can put that down under ‘bad idea’ – hey I was nine! Since that time I’ve learned a few things, and just like cooking for a human it often comes down to having the right tools. Here are some of the best tools we’ve discovered for making your dog’s meals and treats:

Cooking for your dog is easy when you have the right tools. Here are the 'must have' items when cooking for your dog! By Rebecca Sanchez, The Pet Lifestyle Guru at MattieDog

1. Vitamix Blender | 2. Excalibur Dehydrator | 3. Heart Shape Mold | 4. Cuisinart Mini-Prep | 5. Silicone Mason Jar | 6. Dog House Cookie Cutter | 7. Bone Shape Cookie Cutter | 8. Dehydrator Liner | 9. Porsche Small Knife | 10. I Like Dogs Dish Towel
  • Vitamix Food Blender. A must have for making green veggie mix for your dogs. Sure a kale leaf is healthy, with this patented tool you’ll be able to pack in 100 times more green anti-cancer, free-radical fighting veggies, making for one healthy, kick-butt mix that your dogs will love. Here’s our much asked for green veggie mix recipe. And for storing our pup’s green mix we now use the Brew Armor Silicone Mason Jar.
  • Excalibur Dehydrator. This gadget is the key to making healthy dog treats. Select what items are fresh, and dog-friendly, from your garden or local farmer’s market, clean and trim, dehydrate and treat! We use ours quite frequently for making green bean snacks, carrot and apple rings, and salmon jerky. Say what? Yup, salmon jerky – here’s the recipe. To make dog-friendly fruit and veggie leathers, and to keep your dehydrator clean use a liner. Also, make sure you have good knives – we use Porsche knives, I’m a real stickler when it comes to high-quality knives.
  • Baking/Freezing Trays. We can’t get enough of these little trays that can be used in the oven as well as the freezer. Want to make a little dog muffin, bake with these and for those cool treats packed full of gut-friendly probiotics just mix up your recipe, pour into a mold, freeze and serve one a day. Don’t have a recipe? Here you go! Also, have some fun making your dog cookie treats with dog-themed shapes.
  • Cuisinart Mini Prep Plus. This sturdy and compact tool makes small-job chopping and mixing a breeze. We use the Mini Prep almost every week, whether we’re making the dogs some salmon sliders or a dog-friendly burger this tool makes mixing easy and clean up a breeze. Speaking of clean up, you’ll want to stock up on dog-themed cleaning towels – while any towel will do, come on, dog-themed cleaning towels make the world a happier place!

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We give away our anti-cancer, green veggie mix for dogs recipe - an easy DIY recipe!

Green Veggie Mix
Yummy salmon jerky recipe to make for your dog's treats!

Salmon Jerky Dog Treats
Isn't this dog paw print mold the cutest? Get it along with our recipe for making gut friendly frozen yogurt treats for your dog!

Frozen Yogurt Dog Treats
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Salmon Slider Dog Treats

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Preparing food for the one you love is very rewarding – and that’s why we make our dogs their meals and treats. In some cultures food preparation is a labor of love, and that’s true for me as a Latina – but with these gadgets, it’s less laborious and more love-orious. Ha – I just made up a word!
Rebecca Sanchez, The Pet Lifestyle Guru at MattieDogThanks for reading, and until next time – take care and keep on lovin’ your dog! MattieDog A little dog making a big impact in this world, MattieDog, social media superstar, animal advocate, animal author


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Can a Childless Mother Have Fuzzy Children? http://mattiedog.com/fuzzy-children/ http://mattiedog.com/fuzzy-children/#comments Wed, 08 Feb 2017 13:00:47 +0000 http://mattiedog.com/?p=6811 Do you wonder if you're a pet parent? Here's my moment of clarity when I knew that I was a mother to fuzzy children!

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Ever since I was young I knew I didn’t want to have children. I never got that pang, that hormonal urge for the pitter patter of little baby feet. When my sister had her son, I was the go-to baby sitter – that all worked out well. No child was hurt in the making of my babysitting time. Well…there was that one time that I gave too much candy to my neighbor’s child. Kids can throw up…a lot. Think Linda Blair in ‘The Exorcist’ throw-up. In all honesty, seems I wasn’t cut out for children. Human children. But I’m definitely cut out to be a pet parent with fuzzy children.

Some people are offended by the concept that I would call my dog my child. But in all honesty, I’m not taking anything away from anyone, and I’m not picketing for paid stay-at-home time whenever a dog is adopted. A child is a little one that needs nurturing, guidance, and love. My child happens to be fuzzy. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I’ve seen fuzzy children. When one of my nephews was born he was a fuzzy little guy. But, unlike my nephew, my fuzzy children retain their fuzz. They also bark, chew things, require kind corrections, and need potty training.

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The first thing that made me think of my dog as my ‘child’ was the overwhelming feeling of love that came over me when he came into my life. Mattie was adopted from a local shelter. From the moment I got him I had this instant bond. He trusted me with his life. His life! That’s pretty big stuff for someone who never wanted a child. But there I was…and there he was. He needed immediate care as he was sick from being on the streets. In the time that I spent syringe feeding him and nursing him back to health I knew that something had changed… Changed in me. I was acting in a completely selfless way. I was a mom.

A dog is the one thing that you bring in to your life knowing you will have to say goodbye.

And Like a Mom, the Pain…

Life is fleeting isn’t it. It goes by with such boundless joy that we think it’s endless. But it is not. Each cell has a lifecycle and you can only generate so many new cells…aging happens. Even to children. Including fuzzy children. My fuzzy child developed renal issues. My fuzzy child stopped existing on this worldly plain because his little body could not co-exist with his kidney disease…and I lost my Mattie. I had no idea that grief could wake you, shaking, sobbing and gasping for air, from a complete sleep. Not just once, but night after night for months. Or that the sound of a banana (Mattie’s favorite treat) being peeled could freeze me – shocked, unable to move or blink, tears silently pooling only to fall over the top of my lower eyelid, drip down my face and neck and leave my shirt all wet. I had no idea the human body could ache so intensely…and so relentlessly. Today, after numerous years without my boy, it doesn’t hurt any less. I have just learned to cope, to recognize the triggers that stir up the pain.


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How Do You Love Again?

It’s a unique decision I’m sure. I read books (listed above). I talked to a therapist – I felt guilty for my grief, as though I shouldn’t be so grief stricken. Slowly I healed some… Little-by-little. Ultimately it was Mattie who inspired me to seek happiness again. I came to understand that I liked who Mattie helped me become. I liked me when I was with Mattie. He taught me how to love, how to be selfless, how to be generous, how to be less serious, and ultimately how to be vulnerable. He changed me. And I welcomed the change, and I didn’t want to lose the new me by being afraid to love again. So, after some time, me and my Better Whole sought out more fuzzy children to adopt! Are they Mattie? Heck no, he’s so special I wrote a book about him. But, here’s the thing…they are unique and wonderful in their own way. No two are alike – just like human children. Fact is, I love being a dog mom!

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Childless Mother Has Fuzzy Children! Fur moms do it better!

In some venues I’m childless, but in my world I’m mom to a fuzzy son, and now mom to numerous fuzzy children. My special one who taught me how to be a mom – he’s the best dog that’s ever lived, my little Buddha dog! Every pet parent has their own unique and special Buddha dog – and if you are lucky, you’ll have a few in your lifetime. Just like a human mom – each child is unique and wonderful, so you can’t just love one…you love them all. I’m proud to be a mom to fuzzy children and while my kids don’t bring home elementary school art projects to hang on my fridge, they do bring me love…lots and lots of love. Maybe I will petition after all – yeah, I think I’ll ask Hallmark to add a few pet-parent cards for Mother’s and Father’s Day!

Rebecca Sanchez, The Pet Lifestyle Guru at MattieDogThanks for reading, and until next time – take care and keep on lovin’ your dog! MattieDog A little dog making a big impact in this world, MattieDog, social media superstar, animal advocate, animal author


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What in the Heck Makes My Dog’s Mouth Staink? #OrateneOralCare http://mattiedog.com/dogs-mouth-staink/ http://mattiedog.com/dogs-mouth-staink/#comments Mon, 06 Feb 2017 13:00:35 +0000 http://mattiedog.com/?p=6741 Sometimes your dog's mouth just stainks, no two ways about it! No worries, we've got you covered, without brushing! #OrateneOralCare

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You ever bent down to smooch your pooch, only to get a face full of funk? Staink….what in the heck is going on? My dogs eat organic raw or food that does not upset their tummies. So, I know that they are getting the best of everything to help with their nutrition, and ultimately their gum and teeth health. But what in the heck is all the teeth staink about? To be honest, I have not found staink with my raw eaters too much – that diet can help with pH balance of their tummies, so their breath smells decent. But, they can still get funky teeth. So what gives? Tartar! Yup, dog’s teeth are just like humans – tartar, build up, typical day-in-and-day-out eating, it’s all going to go into your dog’s daily tooth health and…well, you’ll want to make your dog’s mouth more of a wonderland!

What Causes My Dog’s Mouth to Staink?

What in the Heck Makes My Dog's Mouth Staink? #OrateneOralCareLife…life has made your dog’s mouth a stainkland. But why? Just like your mouth, you can’t just go day-after-day, not brushing your teeth and think your breath won’t smell! Ultimately your dog, just like you, will develop gum disease. Tooth decay leads to a lot of diseases…heart disease to name one. And yup, dog’s develop heart disease. So whether your dog likes it or not, brushing your dog’s teeth is a must for dog parents. Brushing reduces your dog’s mouth staink! But you don’t want your dogs to hate you, so don’t just dig in and brush their teeth, it’s a bit of an art. Also, your dog take medication? It can be a bummer, because it make’s your pup’s mouth dry… Dry mouth equals staink! Not only staink, but a dry mouth leads to tooth decay. Don’t give your dog medication? Think again – even their monthly flea and heart worm meds can lead to some staink and pH unbalanced unhealthy toothiness or toothlessness!


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How To Brush..or Brushless the Staink Out of Your Dog’s Mouth

In a word…slowly. Slowly give your dog reason to trust that you want what’s best for him. But how do you do that when you’re putting a foreign object in their mouth? Sometimes a dog will just go grrr when you’re trying to help! Don’t worry Oratene® has a line of oral care products that doesn’t require brushing, and eliminates your pet’s dryness, irritation, inflammation and redness in his/her mouth. Yup, a brush-free oral pet care line: a gel and water additive and a breath freshener that doesn’t mess with your pet’s water flavor! Squirt in their water, and then a little quirt in their mouth twice a day – and that’s it. I’m not kidding! Enzymes are rather magical – well, scientifically magical.

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We have a long history with Oratene, so we trust them. We use them for our dog’s ear health – and after going to the vets, time after time, each time paying quite a bit for each visit, we know that their enzymes work to get the gunk out. Same with their brushless dental. Check out how their enzymes work – you could call it magic, and we call it ‘healthy ways to save money!’ It works! We’ve tried dog toothpaste and toothbrushes with a variety of success. Our dogs do well with brushing, we’ve tried a bunch of them… That’s why for us, it comes down to quality.

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Rebecca Sanchez, The Pet Lifestyle Guru at MattieDogThanks for reading, and until next time – take care and keep on lovin’ your dog! MattieDog A little dog making a big impact in this world, MattieDog, social media superstar, animal advocate, animal author


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How To Save Money Making Homemade Dog Treats! http://mattiedog.com/save-money-making-homemade-dog-treats/ http://mattiedog.com/save-money-making-homemade-dog-treats/#comments Mon, 30 Jan 2017 12:05:41 +0000 http://mattiedog.com/?p=6650 Learn how to save money making homemade dog treats using our DIY tips! Easy and nutritious - just like you want things. A must read!

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You want to know a secret? We save money making our own homemade dog treats. We’re learning to live more thriftily as soon we’ll leave city life for full time cozy cabin living, where we’ll grow our own food. Thanks to 1960’s and 70’s we Americans became fascinated with fast food and now many of us take for granted that dog treats are prepackaged and purchased from a grocery store. But they don’t need to be. Particularly when you want to save money and be in charge of your dog’s health. Seriously, who doesn’t what those two things?

How To Save Money Making Homemade Dog Treats

We help you save money by teaching you how to make homemade dog treats! By Rebecca Sanchez, The Pet Lifestyle Guru at MattieDog! homemade dog treats, DIY dog treats

Fruits Dogs Can Eat

  • Apple
  • Apricot
  • Banana
  • Blackberry
  • Blueberry
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cranberry
  • Honeydew
  • Mango
  • Orange
  • Peach
  • Pear
  • Pineapple
  • Raspberry
  • Strawberry
  • Watermelon

Veggies Dogs Can Eat

  • Asparagus
  • Beet
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel Sprout
  • Cabbage
  • Carrot
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cucumber
  • Egg Plant
  • Green Bean
  • Greens
  • Kale
  • Potato
  • Squash
  • Sweet Potato

Proteins Dogs Can Eat

  • Beef
  • Bison
  • Buffalo
  • Chicken
  • Duck
  • Egg
  • Exotics
  • Lamb
  • Legumes
  • Ostrich
  • Salmon
  • Sardines
  • Turkey
  • Venison
  • Whitefish
  • etc
  • Make sure the money saving, homemade treats you give your dog are foods that he or she can tolerate (we learned this the hard way), and that pit-based fruit are sliced generously (leaving some flesh on the pit).Peel skins where appropriate and par-steam some veggies (e.g. broccoli, brussels, etc.).
  • Follow safe raw meat handling procedures.
  • Start by feeding your dog in little amounts – not Manwich™ size meals!
  • Use ingredients from the meals you prepare for yourself to make small portions versus a big bag of treats.
  • Dehydrate homemade dog treats, ensure they are moisture free, and store in the fridge in airtight containers (up to a week or two).

Homemade Meat Jerky Treats

Oven: Preheat oven to 175 (or lowest setting your oven has) and once temperature is achieved, open the oven a crack throughout the entire cooking session. You are dehydrating the meat, not baking it – the moisture must escape. Dehydrator info is below.

Select the protein your dog will love. Ours dig salmon. Which is easy, we just ask the fish guy to give us a bit more and when we get home we toss the little extra in the freezer. When it’s time to make the homemade treats we simply thaw the piece (keeping it slightly frozen for easier slicing), cut into Shih Tzu-sized jerky treats and place in our dehydrator. Freezing the protein prior to treat making helps kill bacteria and makes it easier to cut. Trim away all fat – fat halts dehydration. Remember: moisture free!

  • Slice partially frozen meat into long, even, thin slices (less than ¼”) – all the same size and thickness, no cheating
  • Place a cooling rack on top of a lined cookie sheet (to catch moisture from the meat, and keep your oven tidy)
  • Arrange the slices on the cooling rack so that they do not touch one another
  • Dehydrate in oven for 2-3 hours (depends on altitude, protein selection, etc., you’ll know when they are done when they look and flex like jerky – they should not be moist, bend or feel spongy, and they should be completely dry)
  • Turn every 20 minutes to ensure a good jerky
  • When done, remove the jerky from the oven and allow to cool on the racks

Dehydrator: With a food dehydrator (we use an Exaclibur® with an automatic timer – use our affiliate link to check it out) you’ll want to follow the same recipe, place the strips on the dehydrator racks, and follow manufacturer directions. We set ours at 140 degrees and the jerky is done in 8 hours (but it will vary depending on thickness – just keep checking when in doubt). It’s pretty cool for our dogs to go to bed and then wake up to salmon jerky dog treats for breakfast! Easy peasy, that’s why recommend the dehydrator method.


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Fruits and Veggie Treats

Now that you’ve read the protein jerky instructions, the fruit and veggie treat recipe will be easy. Same concept – as low on the oven temp as possible and leave it cracked open – your dehydrating, not baking. Dehydrator method, follow the manufacturer’s directions (will vary depending on ingredient). Key here is that when you slice the fruits or veggies, make sure they are the same length and width. Tip: sweet potatoes should be done when they are just a bit chewy, not crunchy. Your dog won’t dig crunchy as it will be too hard and could hurt him.

  • Wash and dry your selected item(s)
  • Slice into thin pieces, ½” thickness is good with the exception of those darned sweet taters (we suggest ¼”)
  • Place a parchment paper on a cookie sheet, don’t use oil, and place the fruit and veggies apart so that they don’t touch (don’t want any cuddling fruit and veggies now do we!?!)
  • Move the oven rack up so that it’s at least 4″ away from the top
  • In the oven, fruit and veggies will not take too long, check every 10-15 minutes and turn – you want them dry and firm, and be careful because ovens are a bit too hot and can burn the goodies, eye on the prize people
  • Dehydrator method is much easier, just set it and forget it – we do ours over night and again, the fuzzy ones wake up to a joyous treat (and truth be told, so do we – seriously, dehydrated pineapple is good!)

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Storing Your Money Saving Homemade Dog Treats

One of the benefits of making your own money saving homemade dog treats is to be in charge of what goes in your dog’s body. No junk, preservatives, fillers or byproducts with your whole food selections! And because of this you want to store your pup’s goodies in an airtight container or freezer bag in the fridge or freezer. We use some FoodSaver™ products that we’ll list below (with affiliate links that help us raise a few bucks, at no additional cost to you, for our dog mission). We really love FoodSaver and recommend them because they make things easier for us – a lot. Store in the fridge up to 10 days, and in the freezer for three months and again, up to 10 days in the freezer once opened. Tip: keep these items free of moisture, so do not store in plastic without using an air removal process because that little bit of air will create moisture.

Items We Use for Air Tight Storage
FoodSaver Vacuum Food Saver | FoodSaver FreshSaver Handheld Vacuum
FoodSaver Seal Quart Bags | FoodSaver Plastic ContainerFoodSaver Jar Sealer

If you already have a vacuum food sealer/saver then all you need is the handheld sealer adapter thingy that goes on to it. We use a large food saver for our gardening and freezing – and we purchased a cute little handheld red one for smaller things like our dog’s treats. These little gadgets cost about the same as a few bags of dog treats, and that means the investment you make will help you save money in a short amount of time. And the treats that you make will be healthier and more tasty for your pup. These are our simple tips for how to save money making homemade dog treats – now share your tips with us!

Coming soon: step by step, food specific food dehydrator dog treat recipes – with DIY videos.
Rebecca Sanchez, The Pet Lifestyle Guru at MattieDogThanks for reading, and until next time – take care and keep on lovin’ your dog!

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Valentine’s Day Has Gone to the Shih Tzus! http://mattiedog.com/valentines-day-shih-tzus/ http://mattiedog.com/valentines-day-shih-tzus/#comments Wed, 25 Jan 2017 05:11:23 +0000 http://mattiedog.com/?p=6542 Yup, we're crazy for Shih Tzu's! There, I said it! We're so crazy for them that we celebrate Valentines Day with our Shih Tzus - with a competition!

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Ah Valentine’s Day! The day we have elected, or Hallmark elected for us, to celebrate our love for that someone special. But what if your someone special is also someone else’s someone special? Me and My Better Whole (a.k.a. my husband Joe) were married on Valentine’s Day – eons ago – and we use this special day to celebrate our mutual love for our dogs. I know, a bit cray cray, right? Well, no not really – they are our family and we love them. In our house, Valentine’s Day has gone to the Shih Tzus!

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We’ve had Shih Tzu’s for decades, and My Better Whole was raised with them. Well, not literally with Shih Tzus… although, one might argue that he was raised by wolves. Speaking of that, the Shih Tzu breed has been linked via DNA to the ancestry of wolves. I know, go figure…from a wolf comes a little fluff ball! On Valentine’s Day we celebrate our ‘little lion dogs’ because we’re inspired by their super loving nature. Thought to be from Tibet, the little Shih Tzu was bred for companionship for the monks and slept at their feet in order to keep them warm. You have to dig that on a cold night. Plus Shih Tzu’s are truly affectionate, happy, outgoing little house dogs who love to follow their family members around wherever you go – making a point to tilt their head and watch your every move. Playful, silly, and affectionate – that sums them up fairly well.

Our Valentine’s Day Gift to our Shih Tzu’s

Admittedly, we’re a little coo-coo for Shih Tzus. So, it should come as no surprise that we have a little Valentine’s Day ritual we like to experience together with our fuzzy ones. Every Valentine’s Day my Better Whole and I reaffirm our love for our pup’s breed through a bit of a competition: Who can find the cutest Shih Tzu trinket! Oh, yes, and we make a special meal for our dogs – but honestly, we just love playing a one upsmanship of finding some unique items that pay homage to Shih Tzus. What can I say, our college years are behind us and our Medicare years before us…we get our competitive yahoos where we can find them!

Celebrate Your Dog’s Breed

I know, not everyone can have a Shih Tzu (but if you do want one, make sure to check out a Shih Tzu purebred rescue group). And, well, you may have your own breed for which you are truly dedicated. Say like a Dachshund, or Weimaraner, or Pug. But whatever breed you go ‘coo-coo’ for – do it with pride! Don’t let anyone make you feel like you don’t have the right to be totally, full-on, in love with your pup – even so much so that you celebrate Valentine’s Day with him or her. Heck, we do – we include all of our dogs in our anniversary celebration! We’ve done everything from trips together to having dinner at a fast food drive through restaurant – because it doesn’t matter what we’re doing, it matters who we’re doing it with. And for me and my Better Whole, that means we include our fuzzy pups. So…without further ado, let’s see what we’ve selected to celebrate our dogs this Valentine’s Day!

This Year’s “Valentine’s Day Has Gone To the Shih Tzus” Competition

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Snow Cone Coffee Mug | Snow Cone iPhone Case | Dog Days Shih Tzu Print | Rolling Pin
No Attention Shoulder Bag | Nutella in Paws iPhone Case | Namast’ay Coffee Mug

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Who Won?

Can you figure out which ones I picked? Yup, all the little round headed Shih Tzu iPhone and ice cream coffee mug things. Aren’t they too cute – I mean it, like too, too cute! Honestly my Better Whole did a good job too – actually, he won the competition. Drum roll…….rolling pin, takes the cake! I just loved it, and I can’t wait to make a blackberry pie with a Shih Tzu imprinted crust. Life, it’s fun when you make it fun 🙂 and, I kind of dig the Namast’ay mug, which is a good thing because my Better Whole ordered that for himself and you know what they say, “what’s mine is mine, and what’s his is mine.” Know of any cute Shih Tzu-themed gifts – share them with us!

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Why do I call my husband my Better Whole? Because, all joking aside, he’s much more than my better half, he is my complete better whole. Happy anniversary babe!
Rebecca Sanchez, The Pet Lifestyle Guru at MattieDogThanks for reading, and until next time – take care and keep on lovin’ your dog!

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What is the Deal With Human Grade Dog Food? http://mattiedog.com/human-grade-dog-food/ http://mattiedog.com/human-grade-dog-food/#comments Fri, 20 Jan 2017 04:36:41 +0000 http://mattiedog.com/?p=6406 Know what you are feeding your dog? Human grade dog food? Feed grade? Somewhere in-between? We break down some terminology that might help you!

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If you are a pet lover you are seeing more ‘human grade’ labels on pet food. Human grade…for dogs. As though human grade means something. Cheetos are human grade. So are pizza rolls. Did your eyes just glaze over there? Okay, but these human grade items aren’t even human. So don’t get all highfaluting that dogs are somehow getting in on your shtick, stealing your special food thunder. Is human grade dog food a thing or is it just marketing?


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What is the Deal with Human Grade Dog Food?

 

Pet food labeling, pet nutrition, dog nutrition, human-grade pet food, pet food labelingEveryone wants to know what they are eating…until they don’t. I really want to know what’s in my Wendy’s Asian Cashew Salad, but you really don’t have to tell me what I’m eating when I elect to eat a potato chip. My guess is there’s very little potato in it. La la la la…ignorance is bliss. But ignorance can hurt you. Pet owner’s demands for more transparency has caused angst in the commercial dog food industry. What human grade really means is that it is fit for human consumption. But… I just told you that I, like you, would eat a potato chip. So really, is there a big difference?

What Does Human Grade Mean?

Human grade also means that the entire process has regulations to ensure strict standards for how the food is prepared – ensuring quality, cleanliness, and safety. In a nutshell, human grade also means that the food is prepared in a facility that complies with the FDA’s standards for human food. There are over 100 standards a food company must meet to receive the official “human grade” label. A pet food label might claim human-grade since they’re using USDA approved meat. But the meat may or may not be edible (e.g. human grade).

Is There A Dog Grade

Read: What is the deal with human grade dog food, by Rebecca Sanchez, The Pet Lifestyle Guru at MattieDog.comYup. There appears to be different regulations for pet food. These ‘regs’ (found in the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA)) focus on limiting adulteration and misbranding. The FDA ensures therapeutic claims (e.g. weight loss, cognition, etc.) and, along with the USDA, performs site and food inspections. The FDCA is designed to quash poisons and product found to injure a pet. If you really want to get the skinny on ‘dog-grade’, read this article, and this HHS Pet Food Label article, and the FDA’s Regulation on Pet Food report. In general, pet food is ‘feed’ quality – meaning the animal that comprises your dog’s dog food protein can eat the same dog food…and it’s not human-grade so you shouldn’t eat it. Is this the circle of nonsense? Maybe. One thing for sure, there’s plenty of room for antibiotics in this cow-eat-cow world. You don’t want to eat antibiotics by the way…and you don’t want your dog to eat them either.

Important Facts About Human Grade Dog Food

Human grade is not just a labeling term, and while you may see these words on pet foods…dig in. Read. Research. Understand if it is a marketing term or actually meets the FDA’s regulations on human food consumption. Do pet food companies want to cause your pet harm? No. I honestly believe that pet food companies care about pets. Keep in mind that it is a business, and they drive their price point to a location where the general public has tolerance. Meaning, most people grew up paying very little for their dog’s food (recall this?) and so to go from that to coming out of pocket for an official human grade dog food could be challenging. Remember, it’s not just about the ingredients…it’s about the whole system of the food (from preparation, packaging to distribution that must comply with human grade regulations). This is why most pet food companies settle for using human grade ingredients. Pet food is an evolution, and we’ve come a long way baby!

Tips for Getting Human Grade-Like Dog Food

Ideally you want to seek out companies who affiliate with human grade accreditation. When in doubt, make your own dog food and be in control of the quality of what your pup eats (we have some resources for you below). Make sure the first ingredient of the dog food you serve your pup has a high quality and well-sourced protein. Don’t accept a protein from a country you do not understand or condone their pet-food sourcing. Ideally, the first 1/3 – 1/2 of ingredients should be whole foods, not chemicals or names you can’t pronounce. We avoid ‘meal’ products such as poultry or corn meal, as they can include 4-D animals (dead, diseased, disabled or dying prior to slaughter), as well as by-products (hair, hoofs, etc.).  We also avoid corn and soy ingredients. As I always say: go organic! Organics are growing in popularity in the pet food industry, and are a good way to ensure that your dog is getting whole foods good enough for you to eat!

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Food is one of the most important things we need to pay attention to when it comes to our dog, and ourselves. So is water. Food and water…simple things really. Isn’t it funny how simple things can get so darned convoluted? We’d love to know what you make of all of this human grade dog food labeling stuff – leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

Rebecca Sanchez, The Pet Lifestyle Guru at MattieDogThanks for reading, and until next time – take care and keep on lovin’ your dog!

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Our Dog Has A Magical Butt…Time For Fish http://mattiedog.com/dog-diarrhea/ http://mattiedog.com/dog-diarrhea/#comments Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:22:37 +0000 http://mattiedog.com/?p=6270 Dog diarrhea...it's gross, but hey, it's real. Our little girl had food-related dog diarrhea - here's how we solved it!

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I love coconut. My sister hates coconut. I love it so much that as a kid, I ate an entire bag of flaked coconut. It was good! My sister had a spoonful and threw up. How can two people, from the same parents have such dissimilar tastes? Memories from a long time ago recently came back while feeding our dogs. Our boy Mookie? I can feed him anything. Duck, turkey, beef, buffalo, sardines, you name it, he eats it with no problems – pretty sure he’d eat sasquatch and be fine. Our girl dog, and Mookie’s sister, Lulu? Everything but the sardines gave her the runs…dog diarrhea! Then it hit me, our dog has a magical butt…time for fish!

Magical Butt Dog – or – Dog Diarrhea

It really didn’t matter what I gave our sweet little Lulu – she gave it right back…from a different end of her body. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes she’d give it immediately back just like my sister with her coconut aversion, most times it was the other end. I became a purveyor of dog shampoo. Washing my Lulu’s magical dog diarrhea butt became a lather, rinse, repeat deal. It didn’t start this way with Lulu – it began eight months after we adopted her (from CA). Lulu never gave me a hint she had issues with her meals other than her diarrhea. She happily gobbled down anything. And it wasn’t constant. If we rotated the protein in her meals she’d do okay for a little while, but eventually that would be it. Break open the dog shampoo.

Why Our Dog Has a Magical Butt

Tips for Managing Your Sensitive Tummy Dog, by Rebecca Sanchez, The Pet Lifestyle Guru at MattieDogIt took some time to figure out what was causing issues for our pup. Pet supplements, yogurt, and bone broth added to her diet helped, but long-term progress never came…. Until we took Lulu to a veterinary nutritionist and had her undergo a comprehensive DNA analysis. Honestly, neither the vet visits nor testing were invasive and we should have taken her sooner. I think we were fearing the worst. Scans turned up nothing, but the DNA analysis… Bingo! We were given a PetMedella© testing kit and within 10 days we had our answers: Lulu was allergic or sensitive to nearly all protein sources except fish!

30 Days Post Fish Diet – No More Dog Diarrhea

Whitefish can be a magical cure for dog's with sensitive tummies! Read more from Rebecca Sanchez, The Pet Lifestyle Guru at MattieDog.com!What a difference a month makes! After all the testing and DNA results we put Lulu on a fish-based diet. We tried a variety of fish dog foods and found that whitefish was the key. Lulu no longer has a magical butt and I have a cache of partially used dog shampoos available for the taking. Lulu now eats organic eggs two times a week, our homemade green veggie mix, and has whitefish with every meal. For a pet parent who takes her fuzzy one’s care seriously, this little diversion into ‘what the heck is going on with my dog’ was a bit concerning. But thanks to our vet and DNA testing we figured it out! PetMedella’s DNA testing is now available online – check them out here.


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Tips for Managing Your Dog’s Sensitive Tummy

  • Tips For Managing Dog's Sensitive Tummies, by Rebecca Sanchez, The Pet Lifestyle Guru at MattieDogUncover the source of your dog’s stomach issues. If your dog is sensitive to food they tend to regurgitate. Yup, there it is. Regurgitation involves the small intestines, whereas vomiting is tube-shaped (esophagus) and more serious. See your vet to ensure no underlying cause and obtain specific information through DNA testing.
  • Food elimination. Use minimal ingredients during this 4-8 week phase. Introduce a protein not previously eaten, our personal favorite: whitefish (omega-3 helps fight allergies). Control the ingredients your dog eats during this period by making his/her meals and treats: organic potatoes/sweet potatoes and protein source.
  • Reintroduction. After the elimination phase your dog’s tummy should be calm and happy. You can test your dog’s tolerance to a different protein (e.g. chicken or beef) and if the tummy issues reappear, viola you know – immediately return your dog to the elimination diet. We personally skip this step and go directly to the permanent solution.
  • Permanent solution. Now that you know your dog can handle the whitefish/novel protein diet, find a long-term solution using the same source. Pet food is advancing every day. You are likely to find a good quality ‘commercial’ brand that uses your dog’s ideal protein source.

Whitefish Dog Food Recommendations and Our Thoughts

How Its Going

Now that we have Lulu’s magical butt (and more importantly, her sensitive tummy) under control we have her on a solid whitefish-based diet rotating between two of the three above. She can eat salmon dog treats, green lipped mussels dog treats, and even fresh and dehydrated fruit treats. Now that she keeps everything down, and we no longer relive coconut flake flashbacks, we think all of her is pretty magical, not just her rump. Yes, dog diarrhea is a gross subject…but somebody had to do it!

Rebecca Sanchez, The Pet Lifestyle Guru at MattieDogThanks for reading, and until next time – take care and keep on lovin’ your dog!

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How To Make Sweet Potato Ice Cream For Your Dog http://mattiedog.com/sweet-potato-ice-cream-for-dog/ http://mattiedog.com/sweet-potato-ice-cream-for-dog/#comments Sun, 15 Jan 2017 13:27:27 +0000 http://mattiedog.com/?p=6148 Scrumptious, nutritious and delicious sweet potato ice cream for your dog - our #DIY #recipe have your dog going crazy!

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Did you catch the NY Times this weekend? Sweet potato ice cream! Yup, it’s a thing. Go figure. Well, it does make sense… I guess. I can’t get past the ‘too close to Thanksgiving, sweet potato/pumpkin pie’ goodness. I need a break. But, since all the holiday recipes have sugar and cream and that mean’s I don’t feed it to my pups, my dog are drooling for some sweet potato treats . So I tweaked the NY Times recipe to make Sweet Potato Ice Cream For Dogs! Check it out – it’s easy, yummy, nutritious and your dog will love it.

Sweet Potato Ice Cream for Your Dog, by Rebecca Sanchez, The Pet Lifestyle Guru at MattieDog

How To Make Sweet Potato Ice Cream For Dog – DIY Recipe

Bake sweet potatoes until soft – use your own imagination here. Oven, microwave, toaster oven. They’re all good, just don’t season. The trick? Once cooled, remove peel and place the potatoes in a food processor, we use Cuisinart Mini-Prep, and puree. I like to have a little fun, so I played Whip It by Devo while I spanked some goodness into my sweet taters. Add one cup of kefir or yogurt, some turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, molasses and two egg yolks. Put it all in your little mini prep food processor, turn Devo back on and whip it good!

Whipped Stuff, Now What?

Sweet Potato Ice Cream for Your Dog, by Rebecca Sanchez, The Pet Lifestyle Guru at MattieDogGood, you got this far and so now you’re wondering, ‘what in the heck do I do with my mixed sweet potato pudding?’ Well, you can do a couple of things. Because I like to give my dog’s the authentic stuff, I put the sweet potato mix into an ice cream maker and prepare according to manufacturer instructions. Viola, it’s sweet potato ice cream time! It is so good I can eat it – it’s not sugar sweet like American ice cream. It’s like the Asian flair we pick up at Uijamaya, and I like that. If you don’t have an ice cream maker handy you can pour (or as my Better Whole, e.g. husband, says: ‘plop,’ he’s a classy guy) into ice cube trays, freeze and serve. The texture is different, like a dense ice cube.

Recipe and Stuff To Make Sweet Potato Dog Ice Cream

2 Organic Sweet Potatoes

1C Organic Kefir or Yogurt (non-sugar, no fruit)

1/3C Molasses

1/2tsp Cinnamon

1/4tsp Ginger (fresh, grated)

1/4tsp Turmeric (fresh, grated)

2 Egg Yolks (organic, free range, humane certified)

Breaking Down This Sweet Potato Ice Cream Recipe

Sweet potatoes are a powerhouse for dogs, as they are packed with potassium, fiber, vitamin A, vitamin B6 and B12, vitamin C, vitamin D, calcium, iron, and magnesium. Molasses have all that sweet potatoes do, so they’re no slouch. Cinnamon is anti-inflammatory, ginger and turmeric are wonder supplements, and raw egg yolk is a nutritional powerhouse (include the egg shell in the recipe for calcium benefits). For real ice cream you’ll want to add a nice rich, creamy substance. Milk is not ideal for dogs (or humans) and so substituting kefir is truly ideal! Kefir is the key, based on my experience, to solving the mystery of “what is making my dog throw up!” Well, kefir and a white fish-based diet. I’ll get into that later, after you come down from the sweet potato dog ice cream high you’re currently riding.


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Now Go Feed Your Dog Some Sweet Potato Ice Cream!

Seriously, if you’ve made it this far without making this ice cream…shame on you! But since scolding someone, including a child and a dog, has never really done much good, let me try again. Go ahead – make our sweet potato ice cream, your dog will think you’re the bees knees! And, by the way…the knees of bees are pretty great. Still interested in the NY Times human-based sweet potato ice cream recipe? Well, here ya go: NY Times Sweet Potato Ice Cream Recipe!

Rebecca Sanchez, The Pet Lifestyle Guru at MattieDogThanks for reading, and until next time – take care and keep on lovin’ your dog!

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