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cheesy dog treats

Making Cheesy Dog Treats

cheesy dog treatsDogs love cheese, so even the most discriminating dog ought to love these cheesy dog treats.  Because they’re homemade and you will choose the ingredients, you know they contain nothing insidious — something you can’t be sure of with commercial treats.  They’re easy to make, too!  Because they’re made with real cheese they add protein to your dogs diet, but they ARE treats: so dispense responsibly.

Ingredients

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Universal K9 Turns Pit Bull Death Row Into 2nd Chance

Universal K9Universal K9 is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization in San Antonio TX and Richmond VA that pulls dogs from kill shelters and rescues and trains them to work with police officers as narcotics dogs, pursuit & take-down dogs, or as dual-purpose dogs.

They also train dogs to work as business drug/explosives/weapons search dogs.  These are useful in airports, jails, schools, oil fields, warehouses, trucking companies, and similar.

They have a special program for veterans on the GI Bill to attend a two week Dual Purpose Handlers course.  All students who complete the course are eligible to receive a FREE single purpose narcotics or explosive dog.

Universal K9 Favors Pit Bulls

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honey as medicine

Using Raw Honey as a Topical Antibiotic

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The use of honey as a topical antibiotic has a long history.  In fact, it is considered one of the oldest known wound dressings.  Honey was used by the ancient Greek physician Dioscorides in 50 A.D. for sunburn and infected wounds.  He described honey as being “good for all rotten and hollow ulcers” [1].   Honey’s healing properties are mentioned in the Bible (Prov 24:13), Quran (16.68-69), and Torah.

Wounds infected with Pseudomonas, not responding to other treatment, have been rapidly cleared of infection using honey as a topical antibiotic, allowing successful skin grafting [4], [5].

Honey as a Topical Antibiotic?

Some of the compounds in honey kill certain bacteria and fungus.  This is why honey is the one natural foodstuff that won’t spoil.   No one knows how the bees do that, but we know it works.  When applied to the skin, honey also serves as a barrier to moisture and keeps raw skin from sticking to dressings.  Honey also provides nutrients that speed healing. Continue reading Using Raw Honey as a Topical Antibiotic

Food Guarding In Dogs and How To Deal With It

Dogs tend to protect or “guard” things they feel are most important to them, things they feel they can’t do without.  Some will guard toys, some food, some will “guard” or become vicious when others approach their people.  Guarding is rarely a desirable trait.  Food guarding is dangerous to other dogs and to the people who care for the dog.  It needs to be corrected.

Why Is the Dog Food Guarding?

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Some dogs just have a greedy nature, even (perhaps especially) as a puppy.  They don’t share well.  Working with them as a puppy is needed to correct this early.  Some dogs guard food because they came from an environment where food was scarce and they had to fight for every scrap they got.  Some dogs guard because, although food is plentiful, others steal theirs.

Discovering why the dog guards is the key to undoing the behavior. Continue reading Food Guarding In Dogs and How To Deal With It

Canine Fostering: What It Is and How It Works

Before I get started, let me just say that what I’m about to say will also apply to fostering other animals: cats, rabbits, horses, guinea pigs, whatever.  I do canine fostering, have for a long time, so that’s the soap box I’ll stand on to pontificate.

What Is Canine Fostering?

fostering, rescue, canine, dog, JosephineFostering is the short term care of an animal you don’t own.  Programs vary: some will provide everything you could need: equipment, bedding, food, medications, everything.  Some provide only veterinary care.  Most are somewhere in between these.  Before joining a fostering program ask what is provided to you and what you need to cover.  Get it in writing.

Purposes of Fostering

There are four main flavors, or purposes, of fostering programs: Continue reading Canine Fostering: What It Is and How It Works

Being Busy vs Being Productive

More and more I encounter people who talk about how much they’re involved in and how many things they do.  Quite often this is delivered in the form of complaint.  I have to wonder, who is it that puts these burdens upon them?  Is it not they themselves who choose to engage in so many activities?

I also note that some of these people are not especially good at some of the things they do.  Some seem to be forever working toward things they never actually achieve: chasing after something that eludes them because they’re weighed down with too much detritus not related to that goal.

too many projectsOur modern world sets this scenario as being the norm and anyone who is not over-burdened is lazy.  I see sayings like, “If you want something done, give it to the busiest person you know.”  At first glance that seems to make sense, but upon deeper examination it falls apart.  Is that person “busy” because as soon as they finish one task they take on another or because they accomplish little: just trying to keep all the plates spinning?  Too often it is the latter. Continue reading Being Busy vs Being Productive

The Phases of Canine Rescue

canine rescueI have on occasion heard dog owners proudly state, “Oh, yes: we rescued this dog.  She was going to die in a shelter.”  Sometimes this statement is perfectly true: they went to a kill shelter, adopted a high-risk dog, and trained her: thus rescuing her.  Many other times people adopt a dog from a canine  rescue agency.  In this case, the story is far more complex — and interesting.  While the adopter may claim to have rescued the dog, that credit must be shared with many who played a part along the way.

Where Canine Rescue Begins

Canine rescue almost always begins with someone being a jerk.  Continue reading The Phases of Canine Rescue

Giving People Medicine to Your Dog

Benedryl uses and dose diphenhydramine
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If your dog has mild allergies, you can treat them with over the counter medications intended for humans (people medicine) and avoid the risks and cost of prescription drugs like Prednisone.

There are a number of reasons you might want to give your dog Benedryl (diphenhydramine – also available in many generic brands).   Diphenhydramine is an antihistamine, so it helps in relieving itching from contact allergies or bug bites or stings.  It can be used to reduce swelling and pain from a snake bite.  It will calm a hyperactive dog or reduce “terrors” during fireworks or thunderstorms.

The usual dosage of Diphenhydramine for dogs is 1 mg per pound of dog every 8 to 12 hours (two to three times daily), but a single dose can be doubled to 2mg/lb if needed in an emergency such as a snake bite. This suggested dose is for formulations containing the active ingredient diphenhydramine only — NO Tylenol. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is poisonous to dogs.  Overdosing on diphenhydramine for an extended period can be lethal, but there is a wide margin of safety.

If you need something stronger, Cetirizine (Zyrtec) and Loratadine (Claratin) are also safe for canine use and available in affordable generic forms. Continue reading Giving People Medicine to Your Dog

Social Security Shell Game: File Early or Wait?

social securityThe Social Security program in this country has undergone many changes over the 82 years since it’s inception, but I’m not here to decry manipulation or the theft of public monies by corrupt politicians.  I’m looking at whether I should “retire” at age 62 or wait until full retirement age of 67 (yes, it’s 67 now).  To run the numbers I used:

Retirement Calculator

This calculator gives you a personal estimate of what your average monthly Social Security benefits would be, based on if you retire early (age 62), at full retirement age (age 67) or at the latest age of retirement (age 70).  This one accesses your S.S.A. data to give you an accurate payment amount.

And

So. Sec. Benefits by Year of Birth

This chart uses “average” numbers to help you make a decision without going into your personal info.  Here’s how it shakes out for me.

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Frozen Yogurt Dog Treats Recipe

It’s (almost) summer time again and the heat of summer will be upon us once again.  Your fur-friends don’t like the heat any more than you do, so as a special treat on those hot days, try making up a batch of these.

Makes 30-40 Cubes or around 12 Dixie cups

Ingredients:

4 cups yogurt, plain
½ cup creamy peanut butter (Xylitol free of course!)
2 tablespoons honey
1 ripe banana, mashed

Directions:

frozen yogurt dog treats
Dixie cup version

Melt the peanut butter in a microwave for about 30 seconds.

Place all of the ingredients into a blender, mixer or food processor and mix until smooth.

Pour into ice cube trays or Dixie cups – depending on size of dog(s).
Freeze until firm.

Pop out of the tray (you may need a table knife if using an ice cube tray) or peal the paper cup away and let your dog enjoy this frozen treat!