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There is no treat like a natural treat

Modern dog food, including treats, are high in simple carbohydrates, low in protein, and full of unfavourable fats which is the perfect recipe for your dog to gain weight.

So why not feed your dog a more traditional, natural diet, and natural treats? That’s a diet high in protein, low in carbohydrate and with the right amount of good fats.

Every species needs to eat biologically appropriate food. For example, pandas must eat bamboo and dogs, like wolves, need high-quality animal protein to thrive. So the next time you buy your dog food, check the labels. How much and what kind of protein is in your dog’s food? And how much are carbohydrates (rice, wheat, potato, corn)?

Here is an easy change you can make today to help your dogs. Ditch the rawhide chews for natural treats. Do you know how a rawhide chew is made? Producing rawhide begins with the splitting of an animal hide, usually from cattle. The top layer is generally tanned and made into leather products, whilst the inner portion, in its “raw” state, goes to the dogs. Removing the hair from hides often involves a highly toxic recipe called sodium sulphide liming … nasty stuff. And the rawhide chews are actually pretty dangerous, containing carcinogen FD&C Red 40, along with preservatives like sodium benzoate and others … really, nothing can beat a nice juicy raw bone for goodness and dogs love them best! Bones such as a cow’s femur or shoulder-blade, for example.

My dogs like Benyfit Natural treats. These yummies are utterly irresistible for my dogs. Free from any grains these chewy little bites are easily transportable and make a great training treat. They come in different flavours like turkey, beef, duck, black pudding (pork).

Black Pudding is more of a softer sausage-like consistency compared to the others and so makes them ideal for the softer mouth dogs including puppies. Totally natural these bite-size rewards come in a resealable tub for ultimate convenience.

All these treats are 100% natural, perfect for a smaller mouth, and gently dried to lock in the freshness.

If I don’t have any special treats at home for my doggies, then I go for things like cheese, a small piece of apple, broccoli, berries … these do the trick for my dogs.

And sometimes I make them a ‘to kill for’ LIVER CAKE

Ingredients:
300g lamb liver
1 Crushed garlic clove
1 Egg
150g oat flower, coconut or qinoua flower

You will need:
Food processor
A greased medium sized baking tin
Method:
Pre-heat oven to 180°C

Put all the ingrediencies (liver, crushed garlic and egg ) into the blender and blend until smooth or until the liver is in very small pieces. Then lowly start to add the flour,
and the mixture will start getting gloopy consistency, like a brownie mixture. Just a different smell 😊
If it’s a bit too thick, add some goat milk, or if it is too runny, a little more flour.
Poor the mass to the baking tin, the mixture should be about 2 cm deep.
Put in the oven for about 15-20 minutes. Stick a knife in the middle, if it comes out clean, it’s done.
Let it cool, cut it up to smaller pieces and put them in bags or tubs to freeze. And then you can use them when needed.
Otherwise keep them in the fridge up to 3 days.

 

Ps: Do you feel confused or need more advice about feeding your dog? Ask the pro! Moddie Lambert is a qualified canine nutritionist who works with holistic vets and she will be happy to help. Check Moddie’s Facebook group.

Jitka xx

Muddy Dog Challenge

Tinker and I had a fantastic day , on the 10th June! We took part in the Muddy Dog Challenge to raise money and support for Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. It was the first one of a few of these events and took place in the grounds of the spectacular Wollaton Hall, an Elizabethan mansion, on a hill in Wollaton Park, near Nottingham.

The first group started at 9:30 am and then 10-15 people were sent off in batches every ten minutes thereafter. Tinker and I were in the second group, and after a short warm-up we shot off! I was so impressed with Tinker’s speed … normally she is just comfortably, slowly trotting next to me (maybe because I am too slow for her? Lol), but because she was running with other dogs she was more keen. On the track, there were 14 under and over obstacles, like a dog maze of muddy tunnels, a doggy ball pit, a tyre wall, A-frame, trampolines and lots of other fun obstacles! During the run, we both had a chance to refresh with plenty of drinking stations.

While we were running, our stand was in the capable hands of my lovely friend Sam. When they showed us our stand location that morning, we were really excited, next to the vegan food stand and not far from the loos … how perfect is that?!

If you fancy doing something different with your four-legged friend and supporting a good cause, don’t hesitate to visit the Battersea event page, there are still Muddy Dog Challenges running across various locations until the end of September: https://muddydog.battersea.org.uk/all-locations

 

Dog Breeds for People with Allergies

I found out I’m allergic to dog hair!! Me?! The owner of multiple dogs, dog groomer, boarding kennel owner?! My entire life revolves around dogs!

Since I was about 5 years old I’ve suffered from really strong allergies to grass pollen. I’m happy to say it’s getting much better with age, however, I was always a bit snotty and have to have a tissue with me all the time. It’s a bit annoying but I’m used to it now.

A few years ago my mum told me about something called Bioresonance therapy. It’s a very complex topic so I don’t want to write about it, as I don’t know enough, but what I do know is that the amazing machine called BICOM can find out what you’re intolerant to, what you’re allergic to, where there is inflammation in the body, etc. As I mentioned earlier, to my big surprise, I found out that I’m allergic to dog hair!! After a few lifestyle and diet changes both my allergies became less prominent … and I didn’t have to swap my dogs for hypoallergenic breeds! 😊

Hypoallergenic Welsh Terrier Rosie

Apparently, hand stripped terriers are hypoallergenic and I know a few people who can’t have breeds like Golden Retrievers and Border Collies for example, but can easily cope with breeds such as Welshies, Airedales, and Lakelands.

People use the term ‘hypoallergenic breed’ for breeds that are more compatible with people with allergies and I even read a research article that claims that allergen levels vary in individual dogs more than in the actual breeds.

I also think (from my experience) that sometimes we can get a reaction that depends on what is in/on the dog’s coat. This time of the year when I have a dog for hand strip, and that means, I hand strip before bathing, I get all sneezy from the excessive amount of pollen in the dog’s coat. If it is a scissored or clipped breed, I bath it before the styling and everything is fine.

According to my online research the most suitable breeds for people with allergies and asthma are:

1/ Poodle

2/ Yorkshire terrier

3/ Miniature Schnauzer (Standard and Giant are not mentioned which is interesting)

4/ Shih Tzu

5/ Havanese

6/ Maltese

And others …

What’re your thought on this? What breed do you have, and are you affected by seasonal allergies?

 

Are you ready for a dog?

Having a dog was my childhood dream for as long as I can remember. I would dream about having a dog, I would walk my imaginary dog, buy treats for my imaginary dog. Even though I didn’t have a dog yet, I already had the dish, brush, collar and lead… just in case he/she appeared in my life! And he did… when I was 13. A beautiful, tiny Miniature Schnauzer puppy from my aunty.

Was I ready? Was my family ready?

I was as ready as I’d ever been! I’d read as many books as possible, and I knew I would do anything to make it work. My dad wasn’t ready at all because he didn’t even know the puppy was coming. He was in shock and confused, bless his cotton socks. I remember he was cuddling the puppy, talking to him sweetly and the same time shouting at my mum and me, “what the hell is a dog doing here”? The monologue was something like this: “you are sooo cuuuutee…” “what a stupid idea to have a dog in a flat” “you are little cutie pie” “you are not responsible enough to have a dog” “do you want a biscuit, sweet” “you will get bored with him soon, and what are we going to do then” “you are so small, so, cute, so gorgeous…” And on and on and on… And my mum and I just stood there trying to make sense out of it.

In the end, we had this fantastic little dog for over 15 years, we had an amazing time, we learnt a lot from having him, he bonded us together, and he taught me a few very valuable life lessons.

So, are you ready for a dog in your life?

Here are a few things you need to consider:

1/ Finances – I didn’t consider that as a child, so it was all on my parents and I’m ever so grateful to them for all their support. You need some extra cash for emergencies, especially with puppies; you need finances for vets, insurance, dog food, toys… and then on top of that, depending on your lifestyle, a dog sitter, dog walker, kennelling when you go on holiday….

2/ Enough room – Once I had a client who had a Newfoundland in a flat on the 5th floor in a busy town centre. I don’t think that was a wise choice. Washing a dog after a walk in their small bathroom was a challenge when he shook after walks, water and dirt went everywhere. They couldn’t have a coffee table as he knocked everything down with his tale… but he was gorgeous and so well behaved.

3/ Enough time – owning a dog will take over your life. Literally! Especially in the early days when you have to get up early to take the puppy out, feed it, take it out again, play, train, go out, feed, go out, play, train, nap, go out, clean the little accidents on the floor, watch the puppy so it’s not destroying anything, go out, feed, go out, sleep (hopefully all night!) 4/ General knowledge – do your research before you get a dog. Having a dog is a long-term commitment and we are talking years, sometimes decades of dedication, patience, and love. Do your research on breeds, go to dog club events, dog shows, discover dogs at Crufts, training classes, agility classes, talk to people, and find the most suitable breed for yourself and your family. Research the food… do you want to feed using dry food, tinned food, raw food, what are the pros and what are the cons? Learn about basic training so you are prepared when the new member arrives. Are there any puppy classes in your area?

A lot of homework needs to be done beforehand but it will be well worth it once they arrive 😊

So, ARE you ready then?


Jitka xx

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