Showing posts with label herbs. Show all posts
Showing posts with label herbs. Show all posts
Monday, 4 November 2019
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{RECIPE} Calming Chamomile Gelatin Gummy Dog Treats


Chamomile gelatin gummy treats for dogs shaped like paws and bones

Keep calm and snack on! I've been meaning to post this recipe ever since chatting with an Instagram furfriend about their pet's travel stress, and with Guy Fawkes fireworks imminent (call us party poopers, but we hate it!) it seemed like a great time to post about calming chamomile. These gummies are a simple way to make chamomile tea more palatable and (if needed for travel) portable by infusing it into yummy gelatin gummy dog treats. 

Friday, 23 August 2019
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{RECIPE} Beef and Carrot Meatball Puppy Party Snacks

Homemade meatball dog treats on a birthday party buffet table

I have a tendency to go a bit (just a wee little bit...) overboard on birthdays. Haha! My package of beef was bigger than needed for the turf layer of the Surf'n'Turf Dog Birthday Cake and I already had pre-cooked ground beef on hand in the freezer so in an effort to be slightly practical, I baked dog-friendly meatballs with the extra beef instead.  Meatballs are quick to make, easy to handle/serve, freezer friendly, and can be defrosted as individual extra special treats or used to top/crumble onto food. Since carrots are Humphrey's favourite veggie, I included some grated carrot in his birthday meatball mix.

Monday, 29 July 2019
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{RECIPE} Strawberry Mint Chicken Jerky Dog Treats

Chicken jerky dog treats in a bowl on polka dot napkins

We've been DIYing a lot recently, so here is something tasty to break things up on the blog! Mmmm...jerky! Jerky is doggone irresistible to our boys, no matter what the flavour.  Homemade dog jerky is very easy to make it is a great healthy treat option. There is absolutely no need to marinate at all - straight up plain jerky (usually beef) is our go-to meaty dog treat, but experimenting with marinades can be a fun sometimes as well. I've been trying to channel "What would Oli do?" inspiration on treats recently, and this jerky combines chicken with strawberries, which are one of his favourite fruits. You've got to be very quick to beat the dogs to a berry in our garden!

Tuesday, 7 May 2019
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{RECIPE} Crunchy Dehydrated Fish Jerky Dog Treats

Copper bowl filled with homemade dehydrated fish jerky dog treats

Stinky fishes? Oli and Humphrey's favourite dishes! So delicious! Fish treats are very attractive high-value goodies for our boys, and homemade dehydrated fish treats take the drool factor to the max. I'm a-ok tasty treats being a little smelly since fish are nutritious and delicious, plus there are numerous low(er) purine lean fish options, which is great for moderating purines for our Dalmatians.

Monday, 29 April 2019
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Oli's 13th Birthday (Plus Surf'n'Turf Dog Birthday Cake!)

Elderly Dalmatian dog wearing a "Happy Birthday" bandana

Wowzas! Our beautiful boy is 13!  Thanks for all the social media love and birthday wishes you've shared with Oli for his birthday. We're always grateful to celebrate another milestone together, but after Oli's medical emergency last year and Tiger's recent passing, we've been feeling extra mindful and thankful this time around.  Now that our little blogging breaktime for Easter celebrations and ANZAC Day commemorations is past, we're back with photos from Oli's barkday and the details on our latest crazy cake: a doggone droolworthy surf'n'turf layer cake!
Monday, 25 March 2019
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{RECIPE} Dehydrated Cottage Cheese Dog Treats / Toppers

Seasoned dehydrated cottage cheese in a jar

This simple treat idea can be as basic as a single-ingredient or as fancy as you'd like with optional add-in ingredients. Our dogs LOVE cottage cheese and it's a nutritious lower purine goody (see our notes at the end of the post on purines) that I happily share by small spoonfuls or let them help clean out the empty container. Unfortunately, it's something that's often quite expensive here and has a short fridge life. So how to take advantage of those sales? Hmmm. Freezing is one way to extend the storage, but after experimenting with the dehydrator, crunchy little nuggets of dehydrated cottage cheese have fast become a doggy favourite! Humans might also enjoy them as well. 
Monday, 25 February 2019
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{RECIPE} Cream Cheese Chicken Dog Treats

Dalmatian dog staring at a bone shaped green dog treat

These treats combine the irresistible flavours of grilled chicken and tangy cream cheese with tasty herbs, and use healthy add-ins to make a naturally green treat - just because! They are perfectly yummy au natural, but cream cheese dough is great for tinting and I felt like playing. As we were pre-prepping our St. Patrick's Day posts at the time, I went for green, but this dough would also make a great base for other tints. I may try a pretty pink beetroot powder adaptation next time!
Monday, 8 October 2018
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{RECIPE} Marinated Rosemary Ginger Beef Jerky Dog Treats

Mmm....jerky!  It's so doggone irresistible to our boys, yet homemade dog jerky treats are super simple to make and are a healthy treat option. Perfect! It also happens to be one of the few homemade treats that our very picky senior cat is keen to share with his dog brothers.  For simple DIY dog jerky treats there is absolutely no need to marinate at all - straight up plain jerky is our go-to meaty treat - but by special reader request we're often asked about ideas for marinating so we've created two quick and easy lightly flavoured dog-friendly marinades to help get your kitchen creativity flowing. Here are the delicious details on the first marinade.

Strips of beef marinating in glass dish

Monday, 17 September 2018
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{RECIPE} Pumpkin and Herb Puppy Paw Print Dog Treats

Pumpkin dog treats stamped with a paw print design

These pawesome paw print dog treats combine the yummy tastes of pumpkin with healthy herbs and irresistible cheese.  The dough works well for roll-and-cut treats, but you can also make simple flattened balls or use our shortcut for making "cut" dog treats en masse. Easy peasy!

Monday, 25 June 2018
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{RECIPE} Puppermint Patty Frozen Yogurt Dog Treats

Bone shaped carob dog ice cream treats

Happy official first week of summer to our northern furfriends!  It's winter here (brrr...) but this is one of our very special prep-prepped and schedule posts for during the current moving chaos.  Puppermint patty frozen yogurt treats were one of the many frozen snacks made and eaten during our sizzling summer past. Yummy yogurt pops, happy dogs, and minty fresh(er) breath. Yes, please!

Monday, 18 June 2018
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{RECIPE} Cranberry and Herb Gelatin Gummy Dog Treats

Cranberry gelatin gummies shaped like paw prints

It is early winter here, and autumn harvest time had cranberry on my mind (and in my freezer...mooohahah). Thanksgiving isn't celebrated here, but these would be doggone delish for a special Thanksgiving doggy treat.  They were also a great opportunity for me to put my "suspended solids" gummy experiments to the test with a combination of chunky berry puree and light floating herbs - details below on how to beat the sinking/floating problem that often plagues non-soluble add-ins during gummy making!  Woohoo!

Monday, 28 May 2018
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{RECIPE} Blackstrap Barbecue Meatball Dog Treats

Meatballs on a stone table with red bowls of spices and polka dot napkins.

Mmmmmmeatball treats! These treats aren't actually barbecued (although you could use your grill or pop one briefly to defrost while your making human snacks) but the meatballs are seasoned with BBQ sauce inspired blackstrap and herb/spice mixture to be extra doggone irresistible... although let's face it, my dogs would never turn down a meatball no matter how plain or how fancy it may be. Hehehe.

Monday, 5 March 2018
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{RECIPE} Naturally Green Kale and Herb Gummy Dog Treats

Dalmatian dog begging for a green paw shaped dog treat

Gummies are some of the simplest treats we make, but they're also some of the healthiest. Pawesome! A batch of gummies takes only a few minutes to prepare, most of which is hands-off for blooming, and then they're off to set in the fridge. Easy peasy! In the spirit of our Year of the Dog pledge to always have gummies on hand in the fridge as "treats" we're playing with lots of flavour combos and mixtures, so you'll be seeing plenty of pawesome gummy ideas here on the blog. 

Friday, 12 January 2018
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{RECIPE} Sardine and Cheese Dog Treats (Naturally Pink!)

Pink bone shaped homemade dog treats

With the chaos and fun of Christmas behind us, it's time for us to start our Valentine's posts, yay! Feel the love, furfriends!  Nothing says love to our boys quite like something super stinky and delicious, and fishy treats are particularly irresistible. Sardines puree to a not-so-appetising greige colour, so these treats get an all-natural colour boost from beetroot powder.  Delicious and nutritious!

Monday, 20 November 2017
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{RECIPE} Bacon Bone Dog Treats with Pumpkin and Herbs

Homemade pumpkin dog treats shaped like bones

It is a rare thing for my poor deprived dogs that there would be bacon cooking in the house (I'm a vegetarian), so when there was bacon for one of my husband's grilling recipes, how could I not take a little and make a few special dog treats? Oli was still very vision-impaired in his cataract surgery recovery, but he could definitely smell the doggone delicious scents of sizzling bacon, baking treats, and...sniff sniff sniff....taste testing!


Monday, 13 November 2017
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{RECIPE} Tasty Turkey and Turmeric Meatball Dog Treats

Bowl of meatball dog treats on black and white polka dog napkins

Tasty turkey? Yes, please! We may not have a Thanksgiving holiday feast to plan in our part of the world, but any time of year can be turkey time. It's a dog's life indeed!  These simple turkey meatballs get a big boost of fragrance and flavour as well as added healthy goodness from their savoury seasonings.

Monday, 25 September 2017
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{RECIPE} "Lamburger" Meatball Dog Treats with Rosemary

Homemade meatball dog treats in a bowl on a table with napkins

Did somebody say lamb??? Cue the doggy drool! These bite-sized mini-meatballs are a snap to make and can easily be frozen to defrost for individual tasty treats at anytime. Yum!  Lamb is commonly available here in New Zealand, and my dogs are wild about it; however, you can easily substitute another lean ground meat to make these meatballs, if you (or your dog) prefer. 

Wednesday, 8 March 2017
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Using Natural Colourings for Homemade Dog Treats

Bowl full of small gelatin gummy dog treats shaped like hearts in a rainbow of colours

Since we've been including lots of interesting natural colours/flavours in recent posts (more to come!), I thought I would slip a bonus post into our cycle about natural food colouring options. A full St. Patrick's Day rainbow of treat ideas! I personally have absolutely no issues whatsoever using food colourings in homemade dog (or human!) treats and I occasional do so, as animal experts currently advise that standard human food colourings (not alcohol based ones of course) are pet safe. Of course, just like with humans, there can be individual sensitivities and expert advice is always subject to possible change and new information emerges. Dogs couldn't care less about how pretty their treats are - as long as they smell and taste great - all that pretty prep is just for us crazy humans. Whether you are not keen on artificial colourings or just want to mix things up, here are some natural foods and add-ins to create colourful dog-friendly treats.

Monday, 17 October 2016
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{RECIPE} Harvest Pumpkin and Rosemary Dog Truffle Treats


Homemade truffle dog treats on a wooden table with drawstring treat bags

Packed with harvest flavours and healthy add-ins, these truffle-style homemade dog treats are very easy to make and pretty doggone healthy too.

Wednesday, 13 January 2016
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{RECIPE} Strawberry Banana & Mint Dog Muffins

Homemade strawberry banana mint muffin dog treats

Yesterday we shared a special post all about the healthy fruits, veggies, and herbs for dogs, so it seemed only fitting that our weekly recipe be a deliciously fruity treat.  This small-batch muffin recipe is quick and simple, and smells AMAZING.  Go ahead and taste one yourself if you wish - they aren't sweet like many of our human muffins, but they are packed with nutritional goodness and flavour.  Added bonus: these made our dogs' breath smell awesome!  Perhaps a recipe to bake up before sharing any Valentine's Day puppy dog kisses?  Strawberries and mint are readily available here at the moment, including straight out of our garden, but you can also substitute - see the tips at the end of our post.