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Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This past year was filled with changes and many new friends have been made 🙂
I may not have computer access the next couple of days so I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year!!!!
May this year bring you much love and happiness with your furry friend, you know the one who loves you unconditionally and always has your back 🙂
If you haven’t checked us out on Facebook please do and let us know about your four legged family.

Your friends at NEPG
April & Valentina



1 large apple
1 1/2 cups wheat flour
1/4 cup oatmeal
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons honey 2 eggs
1 cup grated cheddar cheese

For the Frosting
8 oz Neufchatel Cheese (lowfat cream cheese)
2 tablespoons plain yogurt
2 tablespoons honey
2-3 tablespoons flour

Preheat oven to 400 ° F (200 ° C). Grease muffin tins.

Core, slice and mince the apple (use a food processor if you have one). Set aside. In a large bowl, mix together flour, oatmeal, baking powder, and baking soda. In a medium bowl, blend together the yogurt, water, oil, honey, and eggs, then stir in the apple and cheese. Add to the flour mixture and stir until mixed.

Spoon into the muffin tins, filling each cup about three-quarters full. Bake for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Let rest in the muffin tins for a few minutes, then remove and set aside to cool.

For the frosting, combine the Neufchatel cheese (at room temperature), honey, and yogurt until smooth. Add enough flour to thicken the frosting to a good spreading consistency. Frost the pupcakes and you’re ready for a doggone good party!

Makes 16-18 pupcakes. If you prefer a single-layer cake, spoon the batter into a sheet pan and bake for an extra 15-20 minutes (or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean). Let the cake cool, then frost and decorate.

Love it when our readers email recipies to share 🙂
I will have to try this one out.

Happy National Bird Day

Today is National Bird Day..There is even a site for this..Who knew 🙂

Birthdays and Memorials

I hope everyone had a great weekend and soon we will be entering 2012. One of the new features NEPG will be adding to our site is a birthdays and memorials section. You do not have to be in New England for this, we wish animals world wide happiness and love. Have you lost your best friend than let us help you honor them in our memorial column. Bless you all and may this New Year be everything you and your pets wish for.

How to Cure an Upset Stomach

How to Cure an Upset Stomach


dogs and bonesIf your dog has the symptoms of an upset stomach such as:  diarrhea, vomiting, no appetite, mouth odor, burps or excessive thirst, you should not give them food for the next 12 to 24 hours. Puppies should only fast 12 hours maximum. Just like humans water may aggravate an upset stomach so just give your dog ice chips.

After the fast you may give your dog small meals of either cooked ground meat and rice or cooked chicken (skin removed) and rice. One article I read, the vet recommended chicken because it is more easily digested. Holistic vets recommend you add a tablespoon of plain yogurt.  The probiotics contained in yogurt help introduce good bacteria into your dogs digestive system.

Other recommendations for natural cures on how to cure upset stomach are mint tea (small dogs one mug/day large dogs/3 mugs per day) or Ginger Root. You can get it in capsule form at the health food store or you could also make the tea. If your dog eats grass he/she may be curing themselves because grass will help reduce nausea as well as soothe the stomach.

When your dog is able to drink water again, consider adding some Gatorade to their water to restore their electrolyte balance. Being  ill causes dogs electrolytes to get out of balance (same goes for humans).

If after a day or so your dog seems better, gradually phase them back into their regular diet. If your dog still does not seem right, take him/her to the vet. The symptoms could indicate a more serious problem than just an upset stomach.

To prevent further episodes of upset stomach you might want to consider a digestive supplement for your pet. Native Remedies offers PetAlive Digestive Support to maintain a healthy digestive system. The capsule can be opened and mixed in with your pet’s food. PetAlive Digestive Support in addition to helping your pet’s digestive system function better will soothe gastric mucus membranes,maintains health energy levels and general well-being and supports routine absorption of nutrition. If you want to find out more about PetAlive Digestive Support, click on the highlighted text or the banner above or below the post.

If you want to know how to tell if your dog is dehydrated which sometimes happens when they vomit, check our post Dog Dehydration on this site.

Please note you should always consult your Vet first for advice and discuss measures to help you pet.


Fruitcake for Dogs

WE love this recipe….

You can easily customize this gourmet dog treat recipe by using different dried fruits, nuts, and flours. See the tips and techniques for ideas.

3 cups dried fruit (see tips below)
3 cups slivered almonds
2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 tbsp molasses
2 tbsp canola oil
2 tbsp water

Soak the dried fruit in enough water to cover for 30 minutes.
Drain the fruit and roughly chop.
Preheat oven to 350° F
Pour the chopped fruit into a medium bowl.
Stir in the almonds, coconut, and whole wheat flour and set aside.
In a small bowl lightly beat the two eggs.
Then add the molasses, canola oil and water. Stir until combined.
Add the liquid mixture to the fruit and nut mixture.
Stir until thoroughly combined. The dough will be loose.
Press the dough mixture into a 2 inch cookie cutter (see tips for choosing cutters).
Lightly spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.
Release the fruit cake from the cookie cutter mold, place on the greased cookie sheet, and bake for 25 minutes.
Storing – This homemade dog treat will last in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks and in the freezer for 4 months. Read our other tips on how to store homemade dog treats.

Yield – Using a 2 inch cookie cutter that is approximately 1 inch to 1 1/2 inch thick will give you at least 12 fruit dog cakes.

Tips & Techniques

A Cake? – This dog treat recipe is not quite a cake. Since it is pressed into a mold or cookie cutter, it’s more a cake in looks than it is in technique. But that won’t change the way your dog looks at her new treat.

Dried Fruit – You can use several different types of dried fruit, but no raisins. Mix and match dried bananas, apples, cranberries, apricots, papaya, blueberries, and cherries. If possible, choose the unsweetened variety of these dried fruits.

Nuts – You can also use hazelnuts or pecans. But remember that nuts are very high in fat and should be given sparingly.

Flour – If your dog is sensitive to wheat, substitute it for a wheat or gluten free flour like brown rice flour.

Cookie Cutters – If you choose a cookie cutter that is smaller or larger than 2 inches, you will need to adjust the cooking time. This dog treat recipe lends itself to a dog cookie cutter that does not have a lot of detail. The chunks of fruit and nuts fit better into a basic shape. This dog bone cookie cutter set is a good example of a cookie cutter to use.

Using the Cookie Cutters – You will use your cookie cutter like a ring mold. Firmly press the dough into the cutter and then gently squeeze it out. Be careful to not squeeze the cookie cutter while filling it because the tin is usually very flexible and the final shape can be different.

Rescued Piglet and Rescued Boxer Are Soulmates

Tabitha, the piglet, and Susie, the dog, at play

A 2-day-old piglet was found shivering and near death on the side of a country lane near Norwich in eastern England last month and brought to an animal sanctuary. There, she met up with a 5-year-old Boxer who had been rescued from life as a breeder at a horrendous puppy mill farm two years earlier.

The dog, Susie, must have had many puppies in her years as a breeder. Her maternal instinct kicked right in. She immediately took charge of the pig, Tabitha. And the pig revered her new friend.

“They just took an instant shine to each other, and whilst Susie wanted to mother Tabitha at first as she’s grown older they seem to be the very best of friends,” Wendy Valentine, the founder of Hillside Animal Sanctuary , told The Telegraph.

“They are constantly with each other and don’t like being separated … They go to sleep with each other and eat next to each other. It’s lovely to see them playing with each other. Susie is very gentle with her and seems to know she’s only young.”

This YouTube video is really worth watching for a little holiday cheer. The pig, now 5 months old, seems to think she’s a dog. I’ve never seen a pig play like that. I love how, toward the end, she grabs Susie’s collar as if to pull her up to get her to play. They do often play a little rougher. “They go racing around the room, rolling on their backs playing — it’s very funny,” Valentine said.

What happens in a few weeks when Tabitha far outweighs Susie? Let’s hope their sensitivity to each other continues. I’m sure Susie will let Tabitha know what works for her and what doesn’t. And apparently they can remain playmates. The article in the Telegraph said Tabitha will be staying on at the sanctuary for the rest of her life. And it seems her canine best friend is also there to stay.

Chicken and Kibble

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.


Clever Name Leads to Shelter Dog’s Adoption

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.


Homemade Holiday Treats for Cats

  • Loki turned a year old on February 18th. She got a yummy birthday dinner of some random seafood.Loki turned a year old on February 18th. She got a yummy birthday dinner of some random seafood.

There’s not much more that a cat loves than a tasty treat. This year for Christmas, I’m making my own healthy, homemade treats for my pets. When making homemade treats, it’s important to useingredients that will benefit your cat’s health, while giving him a taste he will love. Also, remember that treats are not meant to replace mealtimes; feed your cats good, quality food and share treats in small amounts. You can make the holidays special for your pets, too, simply by making them a special treat of their own.

Tuna Crackers

You will need: six ounces undrained tuna, one cup cornmeal, one cup flour, one third cup water. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix all the ingredients thoroughly in a bowl using your hands. Roll out the dough into a fourth-inch thickness and cut it into small, bite-sized pieces. Place them on a greased cookie sheet. Bake 20 minutes, or until golden. Let cool.

Poultry Treats

You will need: one and a half cups cooked chicken or turkey, one large egg, two tablespoons chicken broth, one cup cornmeal, one half cup whole wheat flour. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Blend poultry, egg and broth in a blender or food processor. Transfer to a bowl. Add cornmeal and flour, stirring until moistened. Cover the dough and refrigerate two hours. Roll out to one-fourth inch thick on a lightly floured board and cut into small squares or triangles. Spread them out onto greased baking sheets. Bake 15 minutes, or until golden. Let cool and refrigerate up to two weeks (freeze for longer-lasting treats).

Chicken Dinner

You will need: five ounces chicken chunks, half cup cooked rice, half cup cooked broccoli, one-fourth cup steamed carrots, chopped, and chicken broth. Put all the ingredients except the broth into a food processor. Process on high, slowly pouring in the broth until it becomes a pasty consistency. Refrigerate for up to one week.

Help your cats feel special this holiday season by giving them a tasty treat, such as a chicken dinner or tuna crackers. By making your own snacks, you will know what is in them, and you can ensure only the highest quality ingredients are used. They will never know that it is healthy for them, as long as it tastes good. Make your own healthy, homemade cat treats during the holidays and your pets will love you for it.

by Tonya Hillukka