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Raw Goat’s Milk Ice Cream – for dogs April 17, 2012

Martin eating his Birthday Raw Goat's Milk Ice Cream - yummy!

 

Yesterday was Martin’s 1st birthday.  Martin is a Dogue de Bordeaux who was born in my family room.  Martin’s mother, Bailey, was taken to the Gloucester County Animal Shelter a week before she was due to have her puppies.  The shelter, not knowing Bailey was pregnant, contacted the Dogue de Bordeaux Society of America Rescue and they contacted me.  I had a friend who was interested in adopting a Dogue and she was all too excited to adopt Bailey.  And then we found out that she was pregnant with four puppies!  So I brought Bailey to my home so that she could have a loving and comfortable environment in which to have her puppies.  Maybe it was the stress of the situation, but Bailey rejected her puppies and myself and my husband, Tom, became “parents” to four newborns.

Martin at one week of age

 

I decided to raise my puppies naturally and chose to bottle feed them with what nature intended – raw milk.  I used raw goat’s milk from a company called Answers.  Their goat’s milk is amazing – all it contains is raw goat’s milk, bacterial cultures to help keep the milk safe, honey and organic cinnamon.

 

To commemorate Martin’s Birthday, I made him some raw goat’s milk ice cream using Answer’s milk that he was raised on.

 

 

This recipe makes 2 quarts, or so.

5-1/2 cups Answer’s raw goat milk
6 egg yolks from pastured, naturally raised chickens – important!
1/2 cup of honey
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
1 avocado, peeled and sliced

Blend all ingredients until smooth in blender or Vitamix wet container. Chill thoroughly. Freeze according to your ice cream maker’s instructions.

Serve immediately to your favorite furry friends!

 

Please consider joining me today in celebrating Martin’s Birthday by making a donation to your local animal shelter.

 

peace, love, and plenty of tail wags~

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Irish Puptato Dog Treats March 18, 2012

 

Muffin, enjoying her Irish Puptato Treat at Street Tails Animal Rescue.

 

I decided to adapt the popular Irish Potato Candy recipe into a dog treat to help celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day at Street Tails Animal Rescue (STAR).  Today was a junior volunteer day at STAR and the kids had a blast chasing down clues that would help lead them to the pot of gold that a leprechaun had hidden late last night.

 

Irish Puptato Dog Treats

The Street Tails Animal Rescue's Junior Volunteers following clues to find the pot of gold.

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)
  • 1 cup plain not fat yogurt that was strained overnight
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 1/2 cups unsweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flour

Directions

In a medium bowl, beat the coconut oil and yogurt together until smooth. Add the vanilla and honey; beat until smooth. Using your hands if necessary, mix in the coconut. Roll into balls or potato shapes.  Mix the cinnamon and coconut flour together and roll the balls in the cinnamon flour mixture. Place onto a cookie sheet and chill to set.

Substitutions: Butter can be used instead of coconut oil, low fat cream cheese can be used instead or yogurt, any type of flour can be used instead of coconut flour.

 

Please consider making a donation to STAR, volunteering to help walk or foster the rescue dogs, or best of all – adopt

 

This is absolutely adorable Spencer! He's a 2 month old terrier mix currently residing at Street Tails Animal Rescue.

Peace, love, and plenty of tail wags~

 

Valentine’s Day – A Love Story February 14, 2012

Filed under: Rescue Groups — Jennifer Forsyth, VMD @ 10:30 am
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Macy eating her Valentine's Day Pupcake

 

Foreword (AKA more of Dr. Forsyth’s philosophies): Valentine’s Day is all about love.  And I’m sure some of you out there haven’t bought anything for your sweetheart yet.  Here is my suggestion to all of you last minute shoppers: give some love to a homeless dog or cat!  Just think of how awesome you will be when you come home with a dog or cat that just needed a home … just needed some love.  You would be the best boyfriend or girlfriend ever!  And if you can’t adopt, forget about the cliché dozen roses and/or bottle of champagne.  Give your sweetie a card with a message about how you love them so much that you just couldn’t spend $50 on roses that would be dead in a week or bubbly that would be gone in an hour, but instead donated that money to an animal rescue to help give a pet some love.  Please join me in donating $50 today to Street Tails Animal Rescue (you can use the STAR logo over to the right) or your own local rescue group.  

 

After making my pupcakes this past Sunday, I packed up the extras and headed over to Street Tails Animal Rescue (STAR) to “feed the homeless.”   They had a table set up for children to make Valentine’s Day cards for the dogs in the rescue.  And I let the kids feed each rescue dog a Valentine’s Day pupcake … it was unbelievably cute!

Making Valentine's Day cards at STAR

 

So onto the love story that you’ve all been waiting for…

Peter and Teeny - what a cute couple

 

Peter and his main squeeze, Teeny, are a bonded pair of beagles.  They were adopted together 7 years ago and had a loving home up until several weeks ago when their owner passed away.  Peter is a very cool dog.  He is the more outgoing of the pair and he is super gentle.  He loves to snuggle and sit in your lap to be petted.  Teeny is a little more shy, but still a sweetie.  My wish for Valentine’s Day is that this cute couple find their forever home where they will have a warm bed to sleep in every night, yummy food to eat, and most importantly – love.

 

I think this Valentine’s Day card (the smaller one in the corner) that was made by one of the kids at STAR this past Sunday says it all:

  

I’m beggin’ you to be mine! Woof

Valentine's Day card for Teeny at STAR

 

How to bake a healthy dog birthday cake February 2, 2012

Margaux's Adoption Day Celebration (1 year)

A year ago today I met Margaux.  I was called by the Dogue de Bordeaux Society of America rescue about a dog that was at the Gloucester County Animal Shelter.  They wanted a veterinarian to evaluate her as far a health and temperament.  She was picked up by Animal Control after the police were called because she was trying to escape the winter’s cold by attempting to enter an apartment building.  When I met her she was shy but so sweet – my husband and I fell in love.  She needed a bath, eye surgery, and more importantly a warm loving home.  So today I am celebrating Margaux’s adoption day by baking her a birthday cake.

Ingredients

Ingredients for a natural dog birthday cake

* 3 cups organic spelt flour
* 1 Tbl aluminum free baking powder
* 1/2 cup unsalted organic butter, softened
* 6 organic free-range eggs, beaten
* 1/2 cup organic coconut oil
* 2 jars organic turkey baby food
* 2 cups finely shredded organic carrots
* 2 32 ounce containers organic plain nonfat yogurt (strained overnight through cheese cloth or a fine mesh strainer)

Notes about ingredients: I used spelt flour instead of wheat flour because it is a healthier choice, but you could use white flour or whole wheat flour.  I used melted coconut oil instead of canola oil to make this recipe healthier, but feel free to substitute oils if desired.  If you forget, or don’t have time to strain yogurt, you can use cream cheese, but I like getting the probiotic benefit from the yogurt.

Generously grease and flour two 8″ round cake pans; set aside. Combine flour and baking powder; set aside. In a mixing bowl, beat softened butter until smooth. Add eggs and coconut oil; mix well. Add baby food and shredded carrots and mix until smooth. Add flour mixture and mix thoroughly. Pour batter into the 2 prepared 8″ cake pans. Bake at 325° for 25-30 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes before removing from pans. Cool completely on wire racks.

Healthy Organic Dog Birthday Cake

Place one layer on a serving plate and spread yogurt over top. Place second layer on top, then spread yogurt on top and sides of entire cake.  Use Plato Thinker sticks for candles.

I’m donating $100 in honor of Margaux today, please consider joining me in making a donation to the Dogue de Bordeaux rescue.

 

 

 

Just in case you are wondering the star cookies are from Wet Noses and the round cookies are from Barkwheats.


 

Bubba – the newest Street Tails adoptee January 17, 2012

Filed under: Rescue Groups — Jennifer Forsyth, VMD @ 10:23 pm
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This is Bubba, he’s the latest Street Tails rescue.  This guy is super sweet and affectionate – and his mohawk is adorable!  I saw him today and he is now officially neutered, vaccinated, heartworm disease free, and up for adoption.  I’m guessing he is around one year of age and that he’s a Dachshund Terrier cross.  If you are interested, fill out an adoption form on the street tails website.

Bubba (Dachshund Terrier cross)

 

 
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