Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Guess What??

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Homemade Summer Squash and Zucchini Dog Treats

This time of year, many people, including myself, have zucchini and summer squash coming out of their ears.  I was making yet another loaf of zucchini bread when I thought to myself "I can make dog treats out of this!"

Zucchini and squash are both safe for dogs, and many dogs seem to enjoy them.  I tasted these treats myself after making them, and actually enjoyed them.  My dogs LOVED them, as they do anything homemade.

The Ingredients
  • 2.5 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 small zucchini, shredded
  • 1 small summer squash, shredded
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (optional)
  • 3 strips cooked bacon, crumbled (optional)
  • Other optional additions-chopped Brazil nuts, dried cranberries. 
Two squashes or two zucchinis can also be used, as opposed to one of each.
The Process

I had the bacon leftover from human breakfast, which is why I used it.

Cube squash and zucchini, and shred using a food processor, or grate using a cheese grater. 

 I know what went on with these vegetables during the growing process, so I left the skin on.  If you are not comfortable doing that, they are easily peeled using a potato peeler.

Combine all ingredients, and mix well.  Turn dough out on floured work surface (I am a huge fan of using parchment paper for this), and add more flour if dough seems wet or sticky.  

Roll out to approximately 1/2" thickness, and flour the cookie cutters.  Cut into desired shapes. Place cut cookies on parchment-lined or greased cookie sheet, and roll out remaining dough.  Repeat.

Place cookies in 350 F oven, and bake for 20 minutes.  After 20 minutes, flip the cookies over, and bake for additional 20 minutes.  After 40 total minutes of baking time, turn the oven off and leave the cookies in there for another 20 minutes.  Remove and let cool.

The finished product.
Like other homemade goodies, I store these in the fridge or freezer.  

It's a great way to use up the bumper crop of summer squash and zucchini, and treat your dogs at the same time!

Friday, July 18, 2014

July 2014 BarkBox Review

We received our July BarkBox today!  Reviews of previous and/or the most recent BarkBox can be read HERE.

The Goods

Healthy Dogma Coconut Flavor Barkers.  Approximate retail value $13.29.  Gluten and grain-free biscuit treats.  I think these sound tasty, and the ingredients are fairly limited and decent.  But...Bruce is allergic to coconut, and Faolan doesn't like most biscuit type treats.  These will be donated or gifted, though I am sure most dogs, including Neeko, would love them.

Mrs. Barksmith's Pina Colada Smoothie.  Approximate retail value $1.27.  These are a cute concept, and fun to give to my dogs.  We have received a couple of these is different flavors in past BarkBoxes, most recently in our April BarkBox.  Pop in the freezer, give to pup, watch pup enjoy.

Loopies Floppy Fish Bone toy.  Unknown value.  We have received another toy from this company in the past, also in our April BarkBox.  Cute toy.  Made in China...Boo.  It has at least one squeaky in it, and feels relatively tough.  I am still on the fence about whether or not I will offer this to my dogs.

Etta Says 12" Duck Chew.  Approximate retail value $1.99.  We have received many products from Etta Says in the past, and they all go over very well, no matter what the flavor.  The hard part is deciding which dog gets to enjoy this.

Bixbi Daily Essentials.  Guesstimated retail value for the size bag we got-$9.99.  Chicken breast jerky treats that are made AND sourced in the US.  Yay!  These also contain blueberries, cranberries, and reishi mushrooms.  This is easily my favorite thing in this month's box, and I know these treats will be a huge success with my dogs, even picky turd Faolan.  Jerky treats are always well-received here, and it is very nice to have some that I am comfortable offering to my dogs.

To me, this month's BarkBox was just okay.  I am disappointed about the toy being made in China.  The Healthy Dogma treats look great, but one of my dogs cannot eat them, and another probably won't eat them.  The smoothie is fun, and the duck chew is appreciated.  As mentioned, the jerky treats are easily the best item in the box for my household.

If you are interested in trying BarkBox for yourself, and want to save 10 percent off of your order, click HERE.

I am a BarkBox subscriber.  I am not affiliated with BarkBox, nor am I asked to do these reviews.  All opinions are strictly my own.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

DoggyLoot Products Review and Giveaway! helps dog owners to find unique and tasty products for their dogs, with free shipping and no minimum purchase.  They sell everything from dog beds, dog supplements, to chews and customized dog products.  None of the treats/chews that they sell are made in China, and most are made in the USA.

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The Loot

Most dogs enjoy chewing, and my dogs are no exception.  These tendon chews are a nice, reasonably long-lasting "snack" and provide my dogs with some chewing and dental benefits.  They are made in the USA, and unlike bully sticks, they have no odor.  They are slightly greasy, so I am giving these as outside treats.  I knew even before offering them that everyone would love them, and I was not proven wrong!

These lamb gullets are a nice little bonus treat.  Larger and more long lasting than a typical treat, and more satisfying as well.  They are also a natural source of chondroitin, and made in the US by Superior Farms Pet Provision.  Neeko got to try them first, and she woo-wooed me, and danced around.  Needless to say, these are a hit.

Pork Skin Rolls

These are not rawhide (which is not allowed in my house) but 100 percent digestible pork skin with no flavoring or preservatives added.  These rolls are good sized, 10" long and with a decent thickness.  Bruce was the first to try one out, and he couldn't have been happier about it.  Bruce is a power chewer, and never gives up on anything unless he has to.  I would say this lasted him about 20 minutes, which is pretty impressive.  He then looked at me as if to say, "That was tasty, can I have another?"

Beef Trachey Chewz

I chose to let picky Faolan be the first to try the Beef Trachey Chewz, made in the US by Clear Conscience Pet.  They are dehydrated beef trachea (a natural source of glucosamine, chondroitin, and collagen) and coated with organic flaxseed, dried tomato, spinach, and carrot.  If picky turd Faolan loves them, they must certainly be delicious!  This lasted him a respectable length of time (after he did his obligatory scent-rolling on it), and I am very pleased with them as well.

Pizzle Puffs

So cool.  It is kind of ridiculous how excited I am about these.  It is no secret that bully sticks are favorite here.  These treats, made in the US by Himalayan Dog Chew, are bully stick slices that have been puffed.  They do not have the normal bully smell, and are crunchy/crispy treats that my dogs ADORE.  Seriously you guys, it's like doggy crack to them.  Butts instantaneously hit the floor when these come out. 

Doggyloot has graciously provided us with a coupon code for readers to use as well.  Use coupon code ROTTENDOGS to save 20 percent off your next order!  That is a nice discount!

The Giveaway

You've seen my loot, and Doggyloot wants to give one reader their own prize pack of all natural chews and treats, valued at $150!  Giveaway open to US residents.  Enter using the Rafflecopter below.  If viewing from a mobile device, and would like to use the Facebook commenting option, scroll to bottom of screen and click/tap "View web version."

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