Daily Archives: December 22, 2011
Chicken and Kibble
3 to 4 chicken breasts (no bone, no skin)
1 1/2 cups non-sticky rice (we use basmati)
Microwave the chicken breasts until fully cooked. Cut into tip of the finger size pieces. Reserve the juice for the first meal. Steam the rice until fully cooked. Combine the chicken and rice. Add a pinch of salt if you didn’t already salt the rice. Add any other seasoning your dog likes. (Ours have severe allergies, so we season with Feverfew.)When ready to feed the dogs, combine half their recommended kibble with sufficient chicken/rice mixture to make up about 1/3 their ration. Make up the rest with fat free cottage cheese.
This makes a very low fat diet, typically less than 10%. You can add vegetable fats or fish oil to improve vitamin absorption, but do be sparing. In the first batch of food, add the cooking juices from the chicken to the kibble.
This recipe makes enough food for several feedings, so don’t put the chicken drippings in the storage container: it will only hasten spoilage. Also, don’t leave the mix down: it will spoil very fast.
We make a batch of chicken/rice every other day. Our two dogs combined weigh over 200 pounds. If you have one or smaller dogs, you can reduce the recipe. The vets say they have never seen healthier dogs.
By Melissa Breyer,Care2 Healthy Living
My cat had such an expressive tail, I sometimes thought she was spelling out letters in an effort to communicate with me. Although she couldn’t form letters as well as, say, the cowboy or Indian chief could make a YMC or A, she could certainly say a lot. As it turns out, a cat’s tail does more than act as a rudder and provide balance–like dogs, cats use their tails to signal their moods.According to Arden Moore, author of The Cat Behavior Answer Book (Storey, 2007) recognizing the messages delivered in tail talk can help you better communicate with your cat. Here are some key tail positions and what they mean.
A confident, contented cat will hold her tail high in the air as she moves about her territory. A tail that is erect like a flagpole signals a happy mood or a friendly greeting. Cats often send this message as they approach a welcoming person. If the top third of the tail twitches as the cat nears you, this means he totally adores you.
A tail looking bent in a question mark often conveys a playful mood. This would be a good time to engage in a five- or ten-minute play session.
A tail positioned straight down, parallel to the legs, may represent an aggressive mood. Be wary. That said, there are exceptions to this rule. Some breeds, such as Persians, Exotics, and Scottish Folds, normally tend to carry their tails lower than their backs.
A tail curved beneath teh body signals fear or submission. Something is making the cat nervous.
A pipe cleaner of a tail reflects a severely agitated or frightened cat whi is trying to look bigger to ward off danger.
A tail that whips rapidly back and forth indicates both fear and aggression. It is a warning that says “stay away.”
A tail that swishes slowly from side to side usually means the cat is focused on an object. Cats often swish their tails right before they pounce on a toy mouse. It is part of their predatory positioning.
A tail that twitches just at the tip is a sign of curiosity and excitement.
A tail wrapped around another cat is equivalent to a person casually putting her arm around a favorite pal. It conveys feline friendship.
Here at NEPG we love a happy ending and this sure makes us smile.
A Wisconsin rescue dog has a new, loving home — all because of the unusual name shelter employees bestowed upon him.
A three-year-old, 80-pound coon hound named “L.L. Bean” was recently featured on a local television station’s “Pet of the Day” segment, which caught the eye of an employee from L.L. Bean’s corporate office in Maine. The Dunn County Humane Society in Wisconsin had been unable to find a home for the dog for more than a year — until word of his existence got around the L.L. Bean offices.
Four applications were soon submitted for L.L. Bean, but it was Pam Burt of Windham, Maine, a customer service representative, who was chosen to welcome the hound into her home next month.
She told the local TV station, “I fell in love with L.L. Bean as soon as I read the story and saw his picture. My family can’t wait to get him.”
Employees at L.L. Bean’s Maine offices collected more than $800 to pay for the dog’s transportation from Wisconsin to Burt’s home in Maine.