Carrot is one of mum’s ultimate easy training treats. While she really does love baking up treats for me there are times when she just runs out of time…. And out come the carrots.
Last week we kicked off the A to Z of Dog Treats with A is for Apple. We are working through the alphabet of healthy and easy dog treats. This week is B is for Blueberry.
Humans often refer to blueberries as a “superfood”… well that all sounds well and good. Hmm turns out these yummy little fellas are well known for their nutritional and antioxidant qualities and they are as good for dogs as they are for you humans.
So what to do with them?
I often get blueberries as part of my breakfast. Mum will put frozen blueberries, oats and a bit of low fat yoghurt in my bowl and mix it up.
A simple and healthy blueberry breakfast…
A fav during summer here are frozen treats. They taste great, keep me cool and keep me busy. Blueberries are pawsome frozen so there are a couple of frozen treats mum makes with the recipes over on my 1st World Dog Recipe Book. Blueberry, Kibble and Yoghurt Ice-cream is perfect for a summer breakfast after an early morning walk.
And Banana & Blueberry Freezies are great for those summer afternoons when mum is chilling out in the backyard with a glass of wine.
Well hope this inspires some B for Blueberries yummy and healthy dog treat goodness as we work through the 1st World Dog A to Z of Dog Treats.
If you have any great blueberry dog treat ideas or recipes we would love to hear them.
Enjoy the blueberries.
So we thought we would give Foodie Friday a theme for the next few weeks… Well 26 weeks if all goes to plan. Yep we are going to work our way through the alphabet with a Foodie Friday treat or food fact each week.
Let’s start with A… A logical place to start… Like the start of an agility course really which is why I get confused at the start of Strat Pairs when mum walks me out to the middle of a course… Anyway back to A.
A is for Apple. A super easy and handy treat. Readily available in our house as Toddler often starts an apple and just ears all around the outside and then hands it back to mum. Rather than waste it mum then cuts it up into little cubes (1-2cm in size) and they are perfect little treats for training. Besides tasting good they are also full of Vit C and K as well as Calcium.
There are a couple of watch outs though with the good ol’ Apple.
The first is timing. You know the deal… They can go brown and yucky pretty quickly. Better when fed immediately… A perfect excuse to practice some watching backwards around the house.
Apple seeds aren’t so good. Seeds contain cyanide which can cause an upset tummy and in large quantities can cause serious issues. No apple cores please.
Along with the core another watch out is whole apples being a choking hazard .
So the best bet is to chop up the apple into perfect treat size pieces and enjoy the fun.
Today is ANZAC Day in Australia. It is a day where we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the war.. The 25 April is of particular note as the day the Australian and New Zealand troupes landed on the shores of the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey in what was to be a long battle that took a dreadful toll.
It’s Easter Long Weekend. While Easter brings lots of chocolate treats for the family chocolate is a big no no for us puppy dogs. Chocolate can be lethal for us dogs. A big No No.
But don’t worry us dogs don’t need to be left out. Mum has come up with a super yummy treat where we stole the carrots from the Easter Bunny (opps sorry about that Rabbs).
An important meal of the day to top up my energy after my morning walk.
While some days consist of more ‘doggie’ meals there are some times I get a special treat.
A Foodie Friday which is also a ‘ahhhh need some training treats for this weekend’. I love when mum has those moments. A really easy treat to put together in a hurry and really yummy (just ask my Sheltie friend Kelly who managed to get through the zipper of mum’s backpack, a plastic bag and then the plastic container that these treats were in to snaffle the WHOLE lot one day before training…. Impressive).
So what you need from the fridge or cupboard:
* 1 large tin of salmon
* 1 1/2 cups of precooked brown rice (you can use other rice but mum thinks this brown stuff is a bit healthier or something).
* 1/2 cup of grated carrot
* 2 eggs
What you do with it all:
* firstly preheat the oven to 160oC
* then get out a flat baking tray and line with baking paper… Easier to clean up later.
* put the salmon, rice and carrot in a bowl and mix them together.
* add the eggs and mix in throughly.
* pour the mixture into the baking tray and flatten out so 1 1/2 to 2 cm high.
* pop in the over for about 20 mins (allowed to check on it between ball throwing and scratches).
* once it has cooled cut it into about 1cm square pieces and you are ready to go.
A super easy way to have some yummy (important for me) and healthy (mum looking after me) training treats.
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Have a great Friday!
Well it is not every week that Foodie Friday coincides with Valentine’s Day so in honour of this event we have made a special sweet treat for you owners to spoil your dogs with.
Just in case you missed it… It was my Birthday this week. Had an awesome week with one of the highlights being my birthday cake… or birthday balls as they were. Mum & toddler made these especially for me and my sister.
What you need to get out of the cupboard and fridge:
- 1 carrot grated.
- 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
- 1/2 cup of rice flour
- 1 egg
What you do with the stuff:
- Preheat the oven to 160oC
- Simply combine all the ingredients together in a bowl finishing with the egg.
- Mix together well.
- Mum & toddler put them in cupcake wrappers for me because it was my birthday so toddler placed the wrappers into the cupcake tray and then mum spooned in the mixture.
- Alternatively you could simply spoon little balls onto a tray lined with baking paper.
- Only needs 15-20mins until it is just slightly hard…. but not too hard!
- Let them cool and share around with your friends (ensuring you get your share!)
To check out more 1st World Dog Treats check out my Recipe Book page.
It’s summer time here and that means lots of BBQs. I love to snaffle a snag from around the BBQ (not really off as it is too hot) but where I have found these BBQ are really good is with the leftovers. There are usually more sausages cooked than eaten and hence I normally get leftovers in the days that follow. However mum is concerned that sausages themselves aren’t really that good for me so she came up with this combo….