Friday, February 20, 2015

“Love Your Pet Day” Celebrate With A “Pupcake Recipe” & “Homemade Cat Treats”

            “Until one has loved an animal, part of one’s soul remains unawakened”
                                                          By Anatole France

Most of the homes in the world have at least one or more pets. It may be a cat, dog, fish, or even a rabbit. In many rural areas, pets may include chickens, pigs, ducks, or even a horse. Pets give us valuable friendship and love. Our pet’s continual presence is the owner’s solid companionship. In return pets need love and care.

So with this being said today, February 20th is, “Love Your Pet Day” which is observed worldwide. The purpose of this day is to remind all pet owners to show their pet, appreciation and a day dedicated for their love. This special day gives us a perfect excuse to focus their time to their pets needs. They give us unconditional love and many health benefits which include stress relief and lower blood pressure.

In return for the pets loyalty this day may be spent giving gifts, such as a biscuit or treat, saloons for grooming, bathing them, a long walk, and playing with them, would be a wonderful way to celebrate the day. Make sure your pet has the proper vaccinations or a check up at your local veterinarian, which is very important, not only for your pet’s health but for your family as well. Also remember especially now that winter and the sub freezing temperatures are upon us, so please keep your pet inside and protected from the cold.

For those of my readers, who have no pets, it is a perfect time to adopt a pet from a shelter or if that is not possible may be you can help these rescued pets by making a donation to animal shelters or the ASPCA association. I know that would be so appreciated for some of these animals. Try to spread awareness of lost animals and abused pets.  Don’t forget these special days:
National Cat Day” is October 29th, 2015
National Dog Day” is August 26th 2015
St. Francis Day-”Blessings Of All Animals” October 4th 2015.

"Puffy" 1977

I remember when I was a young child, my family did not have any pets. As the years went on, we had fish in a tank, and I remember my brothers having small turtles. When I was about 15 or so I recall I had found a small kitten behind our local grocery store. I took it home and asked my mom if we could keep her. First she said no, but we could keep her till we found a home for her. As the days went into months and then years we keep her, and named her Puffy. So you can say that was my first experience with a fur baby. She was white and black and my whole family loved her very much. She became ill at some point and the veterinarian said that she had to be put to sleep. Well you can imagine how that felt. So one day when my brothers were in school, my mom and I drove to the ASPCA and they put Puffy down. It was so devastating for my whole family, and we never forgot our first kitten Puffy.
As the years went by, we lived in a rural area in upstate NY, and had many animals cats, dogs, and fish. Among the many pets we had there were two that were very special to me, my cat called Angel Kitty, and Gizmo, the dog. Beautiful, loving, and extremely rewarding to have had these fur babies in our lives. Gizmo was my husband’s dog and she was so sweet and loving. My cat Angel Kitty was also very sweet, loving, and understood every word I would tell him, but like most cats he was very independent. Just like humans and all the other animals’ time and illness takes over. Gizmo became ill and my Angel Kitty also became ill with cancer, so they both are in pet heaven now. It is so hard to have lost many pets in my life. The years that we had them were years of love, happiness, comfort, and also the most rewarding years in this short life that we all live. Being a religious person, I do believe that someday I will be reunited with all of my pets I have had in my lifetime.
"Angel Kitty"
Humans shouldn’t eat processed junk food all of the time, so why should your dog or cat? Show your pet some love by whipping up one of these surprisingly simple and healthy treats. This recipe for your dog is courtesy of Paris Permenter and John Bigley, authors of the book, The Healthy Hound Cookbook” 


Pupcake Recipe

1 cup all-purpose (unbleached) flour
1 egg
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup Pumpkin Purée (not pie filling)
1 teaspoon baking soda
4 tbs (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup water

Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray or grease a large cupcake tin. In a large bowl, combine all cupcake ingredients, mixing thoroughly. Divide mixture into cupcake tins. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.

Frosting: (optional)
4 oz cream cheese, softened nearly to room temperature
2 tablespoons plain yogurt
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons peanut butter (optional)

In a large bowl, add yogurt and flour to cream cheese, mixing until smooth. Frost cupcakes as desired. For peanut butter-obsessed dogs, add two tablespoons of creamy peanut butter to frosting.

Recipe yields: 4 large treats for dogs 65 lbs & up, or cut into pieces for smaller dogs.



Homemade cat treats with coconut oil, coconut flour, egg, gelatin and tuna will be a big hit with the felines in your life! These homemade treats contain coconut oil and other healthy ingredients that cats love. They are simple to make and store really well in the fridge. Author: Wellness Mama 

                                                    “Homemade Cat Treats” 

2 medium size sweet potatoes, mashed
1/2 cup coconut flour
1 egg 
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup gelatin powder
1 can (drained) tuna or sardines

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients in a medium size bowl. Use a fork to mash everything together until evenly mixed and until all large pieces of fish and sweet potato are mashed up. Add a little extra coconut flour if needed to get the dough resembling roughly the consistency of play dough. Roll into 1 inch balls and mash down with a fork to form little "cookies." Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from heat and let cool completely. Store in the refrigerator for several weeks or in the freezer for several months.

Till Next Time………………………………..

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  1. This post is so sweet!! I have one cat called Lilli and she is now 11. I am kind of obsessed and besotted with her and I miss her when I don't see her. She is so beautiful: she is grey with some ginger too and has a very thick and silky fur. She is a typical British cat. When I am blogging she often sits on my lap.
    I find your "pet recipes" really cool! I didn't know you could bake for your pets. I understand when you said you were really sad when your cat had to be put down. I don't know how I will feel when Lilli will go but like you, I believe we might be reunited with them one day.
    Have a nice weekend Dottie! x

    1. Dear Alida,
      Thank you, dear friend, so glad that you enjoyed this post. Yes, as you know with Lilli that pets are a part of the family. She sounds beautiful. A British cat, so cute...I'm surprised that she isn't a little Italian..I love when they want to be near you, especially when you are working on the PC. My cat used to do that as well...He used to come and sit on the keyboard. He wanted me to play I guess. These recipes are purely for dogs and cats. You know that some foods are poison to these animals, but if you have the right ingredients, there is nothing like giving them special treats that are homemade. Yes, it was very hard to loose my cat, he is gone now from 2008 and I still think of him everyday. Yes, we will see them again, just like our family. Have a great weekend.
      Dottie :)

  2. Hi Dottie ,
    As Alida say , this is a very sweet post and I know how you felt when your you lost your pets . Not ling ago , the kids lost one of their beloved pets , Maxy the dog on the Blog , he was my mascot when I started and still is , we have his sister and brother , but Maxy was the only one that smiled at you . He was a character , he was like a child , if he didn't get his way , he would pout . (giggling) .
    I have heard about snacks you can bake for your pets , I think I will try your recipes , sounds easy . Thanks for sharing and you have a wonderful weekend , stay warm and safe my friend :) Nee

    1. Good evening Nee,
      Thank you for your visit and your sweet comment. Yes, I remember when you lost Maxy. I felt so bad. You are correct they always have their own personality, but he was so sweet looking. I have never made these treats, but I know they must be good. Only certain types of foods are allowed to be given to animals..others are toxic. These are easy and I can tell cats or dogs will love them. I am so glad that you enjoyed this post. Hope that you have a blessed and good weekend.
      Dottie :)

  3. Hi Dottie:)
    It looks like this day just passed me right by which is kind of strange since I did have Dog Biscuit Day on the calendar.

    We had dogs when we were growing up. Like many kids we always promised to care of them but I don't think we always did. I didn't have my first cat until the late 90s. Her name was pellet and I rescued her from a shelter. She was always sick but I adored her.

    of course, Iggy would be thrilled if I made him this Pupcake. I better save it for National Dog Day lol...thanks for sharing, Dottie...

    1. Dear Louise,
      Thank you for your comment. I can understand, some days just go right by. That was nice that you had dogs growing up. My parents God Bless them, they really never liked animals so we didn't have them until I found that kitten. I know when you are young you promise to take care of them, but that never happens, as I know with my son. You were so kind to get a cat from the shelter. I always did that. There are so many animals that need homes. Sorry that she was so sick. I know my cat Angel Kitty was so ill as well from the minute I had him. Asthma, thyroid condition, heart problems, etc. I always had a chart for him for his medication, then I had a chart for my medication as well. It was funny...Iggy is so sweet, I bet he would love this Pupcake. Thanks for your visit. Hope that you have a great week...
      Dottie :)