Showing posts with label animals. Show all posts
Showing posts with label animals. Show all posts

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Healthy Homemade Dog Treats with Carrots and Turmeric

This little guy has my heart.  He's been with me for 6 years now and ever since I've had him, my life has never been the same. He's been with me through ups and downs and to me he is literally my baby.  Obviously I want the best for him and I know how important nutrition is for these little fur babies, even though sometimes I must confess that I give in to those sweet eyes and table feed him every once in a while (I know, I know..), I just can't help it.

When I got him he was a small puppy and was sick with distemper, a terrible even fatal viral disease with no known cure. My little guy got better thank God with the help of a great veterinarian in Naples.  

Because he was a puppy when he had this disease, I wasn't able to train him as puppies should be trained because I was afraid he would get sick again, so I kept him indoors most of the time and I never let him socialize with other dogs because distemper is a very contagious disease and even a recovered dog can shed the virus for up to 2 to 3 months in the environment. 

He also didn't eat much so I gave him all the things that he liked the most just so he would eat and get better so I pretty much spoiled him rotten.  As I said, he eventually got better and today, 6 years later, he's become a very picky eater, he'll bite if he's on my lap and someone gets too close and he's a barker... I had him neutered when he was 2 and he's calmed down a bit since then but not completely. Nevertheless, in my eyes he's perfect as he is and I wouldn't want him any other way :-) He gets along great with our cat, Gigia and I'm glad they have each other when they are left home during the day since they keep each other company. Gigia absolutely adores Billy and follows him wherever he goes.

So now you can better understand why I want to give my little guy the best nutrition possible and some of the store bought treats aren't the best health wise. Billy's vet told me to try to incorporate some turmeric in his diet and by giving him one of these dog biscuits a day, I am able to do that. 

Turmeric is great for dogs and helps by boosting the immune system, it promotes heart, liver and digestive health as well as help with allergies, epilepsy and liver disease.  

I had to test the recipe out a couple times to get it right so I'm happy to share it with you today and hope that your dog can enjoy it as a treat as much as mine does. 

 - 300 grams rice flour
 - 3 grated medium sized carrots
 - 2 tablespoons of turmeric
 - 2 tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese
 - 1 egg
 - approximately 1 cup of water 
 - 3 tablespoons of olive oil

It's really quite simple. Incorporate all of the ingredients mixing well the dry ingredients first and then add the water, egg and oil until you reach the right dough consistency. Add more water if you find the dough to be too dry.

Bake for about 25 minutes in a  200° preheated oven until dried. 

The treats will keep for about 3 weeks stored in a closed container. 

When he really likes something, whether it's a toy or a treat (or something bad that he steals...) he'll take it under the dining room table LOL. I don't know why he does this. So when I gave him the treat and he took it under the dining room table I knew it was a winner! 

Hope you enjoyed the recipe!



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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Fall Decorations and Scented Candles

Hello friends! I hope everyone is well and that my American friends are safe and sound from the bad weather that has hit the South. I have been getting news from my father down in Florida and I know there was a lot of damage but thankfully everyone is OK now and the worst seems to be behind us.  

I have been fully back to the grind since I last posted. I am also trying to recover from a nasty flu bug that is still lingering unfortunately... I was on antibiotics and still have a bad cough that I'm trying to get sucks. But I am getting better and for this I'm thankful. 

All the beautiful blogs I follow are filled with fall decorations, pumpkin spice and everything nice. So obviously I was itching for some fall decorations  in my own home.  In Italy unfortunately fall decorating isn't that popular so there aren't many decorations available in stores as much as there are in the States so I have to make the best of what I have. 

I love scented candles and when fall comes around, I go nuts over pumpkin spice scented candles.  I bought a little pumpkin spice scented candle when I was in Pennsylvania last year when I visited the Amish village. I would light that little candle every day when I got home from work and when the wick was completely consumed my heart wouldn't let me throw it away. I know...dumb right?

So I set it aside in a drawer and today I decided to remove the wax left in the candle and heat it in a ceramic incense burner. I just scooped it out with a fork and let it melt in an incense burner.  

The house smelled amazing! I love scented candles and now I know what to do with the wax that remains when the candle wick ends. 

 I also finally got around to finishing the slipcovers for my dining room only took me about four months... but I think they look great and that's all that matters!  

I actually found a really pretty fabric on sale that had more of a fall/winter look.  The fabric I had before was too summery I thought so I decided to switch things up a bit. 
I also added this cute ceramic garden stool that I found online and I love it! 

A little update on my baby girl Gigia... I took her to a veterinary dermatology specialist this past week. She has been diagnosed with Eosinophilic granuloma complex and the only thing that has helped her thus far were cortisone shots.  Obviously she can't go on with cortisone shots for the rest of her life since she's only 4 years old so he has put her on Atopica (cyclosporine) which is an immunosuppresent but with fewer side effects than cortisone therapy. 

Her upper lip is still a bit swollen but she is doing much better.  He also prescribed a prescription anallergenic diet so we will see if she does better with the diet so that maybe we can ween her off the Atopica. 

She eats and plays normally thank goodness so I'm not that worried.

I don't know about you guys but I spoil my pets so much... I'm experimenting on a homemade healthy dog treat made with turmeric and carrots.  The recipe still isn't perfect yet but it's getting there and I'll hopefully be able to share the recipe with you soon. 

These two are my rescue babies and I'll do all that I can to make them feel better and live a better life. 

I hope you all have a wonderful week ahead and thanks for reading!


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Furbaby Momma

I am what you would call a fur mommy. I have two fur babies that I take care of, cuddle, raise, discipline, feed, nurture, protect and love with all my heart. These two little rascals are considered my adopted children in every way.


That's the cat sitting on my thigh and the dog is glued to my side. I took this picture the other day. I was watching tv and had to get up but they wouldn't let me move... literally. Until my leg started cramping up... When I'm home this is pretty much the situation. These two become my shadow.

They give me so much love and affection that I am not even able to describe it in words. I can have the most terrible of days but when I come home the dog starts jumping up and down tail wagging uncontrollably and the cat is rubbing against my leg purring. The dog brings me the ball and wants only to play with me...he wants to kiss my face and wants me to pet his head and the cat wants me to rub her ears and that is all. They don't want anything in return. All they want is to give me unconditional love. Nothing more... And in a split second I forget about my terrible, no good, very bad day.

"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened".

- Anatole France

I get the side eye a lot from Italian woman for a number of reasons. The main reason and the reason that makes me so stabby is "because animals are dirty and your house will get dirty." Uhhhhh...what? So I can't have a pet because my house will get dirty? First of all my house is cleaner than most people's home because I keep it that way and my pets are cleaner than most of the children I see anyways because I BATHE them.... well... not the cat. I tried that once and it was a complete and total NIGHTMARE.  For those of you who, like me, knew nothing about cats when I rescued mine....let me just say this: NEVER TRY TO GIVE YOUR CAT A BATH....EVER.  I have just saved you from a life threatening situation. You're welcome. 

Then there are those people that tell me, "oh yes, I too love animals but I keep them outside. They're not allowed in the house". I could never keep my babies outside. I mean I understand if it was maybe an allergy related issue that developed later on or something like that but I would never actually go buy a dog and keep it outside in the heat or cold. I'm the person that puts pajamas on their dog in the winter. Yes, I'm THAT person.  

Another reason I get the side eye is because I treat them too much like children. "It's just a dog", they tell me. "When you have children you will understand", they say. "Animals don't have the same feelings that people do". This couldn't be any farther from the truth.

It's weird because whenever I talk to my friends who have children I can't help but compare their children to my dog. Is that really weird? LOL. Like in the things they do, for example when kids do devious things becasue they want attention. My dog does that ALL. THE. TIME. Like when I see toddlers that want to be held because they're scared or they're tired of walking around and they tug on your leg. My dog does that too. And it is a total crock of BS that animals don't have the same feelings we do.

Sometimes my aunt will take my dog to her house for the weekend because she loves him just as much as I do and my cat will cry for days and sit behind the front door waiting for the dog to come home. I have a vase on my kitchen counter with wine corks and when the cat knocks one on the floor, the dog usually comes running and steals it. So when the dog isn't there, she deliberalty knocks the corks on the ground in the hopes that the dog will come running back. How sweet is that? She really loves him (heart eyes)...

This meme above is totally me... I would love to have children some day but I really highly doubt that my relationship with my fur babies will be much different after my babies are born. I know I can't say that for a fact right now but I will always love them and take care of them no matter what. I might not have all the spare time that I have to cuddle with them but they will always be spoiled and loved no matter what.
Some people also say that when there are small children in the home animals shouldn't be present.
This is wrong for so many reasons and this is why:
Reasons Why It Is Important to Raise Kids Around Animals
  •  A study in the Journal of Pediatrics shows that kids who had a dog during the first year of their life had higher immune response, with 31% fewer respiratory tract infections than those without.

  •  Having a furry friend in the house can help instill a sense of responsibility in children.

  • Children with autism, other spectrum disorders or ADHD can experience lowered blood pressure and better cognitive and communication gains when able to participate in therapy dog programs.

  • Kids with a dog are more likely to get out and play, taking the dog on walks and throwing a ball or toy for some catch.

  • Pets can be there for comfort when things get real tough. For example when there is a divorce or illness in the family.

We had a beautiful dalmation growing up. His name was Prince Pongo of Puglia. Hahah. We called him Pongo for short...or sometimes Roy Boy or Skoochie Bear. He was my cuddle buddy. My pal. We had him for 13 years. He was the smartest dog ever. He even said "Mamma". He did I tell you! He was the most beautiful dog I have ever seen. The sweetest most loving dog. We even took him to Italy with us... he was definitly a part of the family. He was loved by everyone. He had multiple sclerosis and we had to put him to sleep because he couldn't walk anymore on his hind legs and it was the worst day ever... I couldn't go... I couldn't watch him leave us. I'm getting teary eyed right now writing about this because he was like a brother to us. I could never imagine my childhood without him.

That day when my parents came back from the vet I didn't want to talk to anyone, I locked myself in my room and didn't want to come out. My father let me read a poem that stuck with me and that I have never forgotten. I'll share it with you because this little poem really helped me cope with the loss and I hope that it might be able to help others too.

The Rainbow Bridge
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....
Author unknown...