Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Brenda's Quick Deco Tip

How are my favorite readers? Have I a tip for you! Grab your dog (or kid, if you don't have a dog) and put on his Santa hat then snap some shots. Here's a pic of "my boys" Andy & Opie. I raised Andy then gave him to my older daughter. Opie (the one in the back with space eyeballs) is mine. They love Christmas because of the extra crumbs of food that fall to the floor while I'm baking or the extra guests who come to our home. Of course the dogs thinks people come just to see them!

Seriously, remember your pets during the holidays. Include them in family pictures or take them in the car when you drive around to look at pretty Christmas lights. Because dogs today are domesticated, they really aren't meat eaters like their ancestors, so you can "treat" them with a baby carrot, an ice cube to gnaw on, a piece of fruit or small piece of cheese. But don't overfeed your dog. . . or you may be cleaning up a mess you don't welcome in your home! Dogs have simple digestive tracks so they do not require a diet of variety, rather one of routine.

Here's one more pic of Andy and Opie . . . awwwwww

AND for your four-legged friends at Christmas, try this Doggie Biscuit recipe:
  1. 3 Eggs, slightly beaten
  2. 1/3 Cup milk (can use leftover chicken broth)
  3. 1/4 Cup molasses
  4. 2 Tbs cooking oil (use leftover chicken fat)
  5. 2 2/3 Cups whole wheat flour
    In a large bowl, combine eggs, milk, molasses and oil (or fat). Gradually stir in flour to form a stiff dough. Place on a floured surface and roll out to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut with bone-shaped cookie cutter or any preferred shape. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. To make treats harder, leave in oven with heat turned off for additional 1/2 hour. Place your treats in an airtight jar or in a plastic freezer bag and store in the freezer.
Now it's your turn. Share how you involve your pets in the holiday hoopla.


Terra Hangen said...

Brenda, I love your little doggies and their Santa attire.
Nice dog biscuit recipe but my cats say, no thanks, a simple can of tuna is fine.

Cathy Messecar said...

The doggie treats would be a neat thing for little ones to do through the holidays, too.

Parents could even share a discussion with their kiddos about this scripture from Proverbswhile mixing and baking the treats: "A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel"

Brenda Nixon said...

Thank ya both. Tuna for your cats, Terra, and a perfect scripture for kids, Cathy. Thanks for your comments and I can't wait to see what each of you have penned in upcoming blogs.