Pumpkin Pies

With Thanksgiving around the corner, I had to figure out what I was going to do for the dog’s special treat.

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Of course, Emmett was ready to help lick the spoon after I was done. 

Usually, I bake a cake since it’s Duncan’s birthday. This year, I decided to make pumpkin pies for the boys. I could not be more happy with the way they turned out. After, I also made mini pumpkin pies for my mom to hand out to people at work!

The recipe was super simple to make. I used Honest Kitchen to make the crust. This makes the pies extremely customization. The bigger pies are made with the Whole Grain Turkey Recipe and the mini ones were made with the Grain Free Turkey Recipe. I just finished up the whole grain box I had on hand then used the grain free for the rest. If you don’t already feed Honest Kitchen (which I highly recommend), they sell a 2lb box in all of their recipes that you can order online or see if a store near you sells it.

Ingredients:

Crust:

  • 3 cups Honest Kitchen
  • 2/3 cups melted coconut oil
  • 3 eggs
  • Cupcake liners (for the mini pies)

Filling:

  • 1 1/2 cans 13oz cans of pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup goats milk (optional)
  • 2 eggs
  • Pumpkin seeds (optional topper)

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These amounts yielded three of the small pies which I put in these pie dishes or 1 dozen of the cupcake mini pies.

Steps:

Mix melted coconut oil and eggs into honest kitchen. Divide into three even size balls. Place ball in bottom of pie tin. Use your fingers to push down and evenly spread the crust around the tin. Move to the side.

In medium mixing bowl, mix pumpkin, eggs, and goats milk together. Scrape into pie crust. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes afterward. Refrigerate or freeze if you’re not using them that day.

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For the cupcake mini pies, mix together the crust then flatten in cupcake tin (I recommend liners) Scrape in filling on top. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Let stand for 10. Refrigerate or freeze if not used that day.

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Let us know if you give this recipe a try! We would love to here your adjustments/ improvements.

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xx

Jordyn & Emmett

Dog Moms: What does it all mean?

Last night, my mom and I were cooking ten pounds of ground turkey that we got on sale at the grocery store. Amidst this, we began talking about how insane it is that we spend so much money and time on our dog’s diets. She recalled giving her dog a cheap can of dog food when she was a kid.

This got me thinking about the pet industry. Think about it. Dog Instagrams, doggy day care, dog walkers, acupuncture, holistic diets for your pets, bandannas, dog birthday parties, sweaters, and the expensive handmade collars. Where did this all come from? Since when are dogs in engagement pictures and weddings? Why do I continue to go to the same coffee shop every week? The only reason is that it’s dog friendly. 

 

 

 

Millennials (I hate to generalize) are waiting to have or not having kids. Dogs (or other pets) seem to take place of that. Young couples will get a dog then buy a house for their dog to have a yard.

When Forbes writes an article on something, it has to be true. Erin Lowry dissected and answered the question “Why Are So Many Millennials Opting For Pets, Not Parenthood?”  Fifty-seven percent of millennial households own a dog versus 51% of all U.S. households.

The reasons? Erin lays them out for us. 

  1. Money 
  2. Freedom 
  3. Parenting Practice

For those of us who are in a point in our lives where we are not ready, or don’t want to, have a baby while being financially restrained, a dog makes the perfect companion. 

In 2018, 72.13 billion dollars will be spent in the pet industry. In 1994, the year I was born, the pet industry was valued at 17 billion dollars.

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After learning the amount of money that was being spent on pets, I set out to find out what is a dog mom? Hopefully, you’ve all seen the dog mom anthem!

And they’re absolutely right, if I scroll through my camera roll, all you’ll see is pictures of my dog. Dog moms don’t seem to be synonymous with “crazy cat lady”. But in truth, most of us are crazy dog moms. Our dog’s schedules seem to come first, my dog’s food gets bought first, and he has a better wardrobe then I do.

An article from National Geographic scientifically backs up the dog mom fad. They showed mothers images of their children and dog and observed the areas of the brain that lit up.

“On an intellectual level I understand that having a dog is not the same as having a human child. Still, what I feel for him has got to be something like maternal attachment. And a new brain-imaging study backs me up on this. . .  As it turned out, many areas of the brain involved in emotion and reward processing — such as the amygdala, the medial orbitofrontal cortex, and dorsal putamen — were activated when mothers viewed their own children or dogs, but not when they viewed unfamiliar photos.”

Here are some of my dog mom friends and what they think being a dog mom means to them.

Tayler and Jax

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“The best part about being a dog parent is the bond that is shared with your pup. Every day when you come home your dog is just as excited to as the last to see you. Dogs don’t concern themselves with issues and stresses of the outside world – they just love more and more every single day and remind you that life can be rather simple”

 

 

Anna and Dakota

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“To me, being a dog mom is about reflecting my dog’s unconditional love back to her. I also try to absorb Dakota’s unadulterated joy and excitement – for her it’s usually caused by food or walks – even if it’s just for that moment. No matter how I am feeling, or what she is doing Dakota’s mere existence makes me smile. She makes my life to much better, and this is coming from a former ‘cat person’!”

 

Janeé and Sweetie

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“Being a dog mom means more than people know. You are truly loved unconditionally and you are never alone, there is always a presence that makes what feels like a bad day into a great one!”

 

Molly and Daisy

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“Being a dog mom to me is what I can only imagine is the next closest thing to human mother hood. All of the nice things I own have been destroyed. Impromptu vacations are practically impossible. I cannot pee alone, I am allotted one quarter of the bed, and I cannot eat a meal without watchful eyes. Literally everything I own is covered with dog hair. I have actually pulled shit covered strands of grass/hair (the jury is out) out of my dog’s ass. I wouldn’t trade a single minute of it for the world.”

Carrie & Tippy and Peyton 

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“Being a dog mo gives me purpose. I know it sounds corny but coming home everyday and having my cavalier give me her famous jump into my arms hugs from the arm of the couch and smother my face because she’s so happy to see me kind of greeting, is just simply something you don’t get from a human. My husband of course loves me, and we both strive to give Tippy and Peyton the best possible care and life that we can.”

After asking my friends what being a dog parent meant to them, it was time for some inner reflection on what being a dog mom means to me. It’s November 15th and my Christmas shopping for the dogs is done, but I haven’t even thought about any people yet. When I was buying a car, one of my highest priorities was the dogs being comfortable in it. I am constantly researching ways to improve my dog’s health and happiness. Toys are always in abundance. We go on hikes and trips to the dog park. 

I can sum up what being a dog mom means to me in one simple story. 

One night a couple of weeks ago, I needed light bulbs. I brought my dog to Lowe’s with me to work on being brave and getting used to people. We are not in the store for 30 seconds and Emmett pooped on the floor. I was mortified but when I looked at him he was shaking and terrified. I had to stand there for 10 minutes comforting my dog while the man found me something to wipe the floor down with. 

I’m sure all parents have stories like this one. And I believe that is what being a parent is. It’s loving your child (dog or human) unconditionally. 

 

 

 

 

xx 

Jordyn & Emmett

Liver and Vegetable Cubes

Since I started feeding raw, one of the biggest problems I have is that Emmett turns his nose up at organs. I strolled through the usual support groups and the advice was to sear the outside of the organs. I hate the smell of liver cooking, so I set out to find a different way to get him to eat it.

Emmett loves pumpkin and peas (I was surprised about the peas). In the past I have made a vegetable puree with canned carrots and peas that I had left over from something else.

Using that concept as my base, I pureed the veggies with the beef liver and some vegetable broth. He loved the puree. I then froze it into cubes that could easily be given in his meals.

The recipe is below. Changing this recipe to fit your dog is extremely simple. You can use beef or chicken broth if you think your animal will find that more appealing. Use vegetables your animal prefers, or maybe even some fruits (just watch the sugar).

I chose to use canned peas instead of fresh or frozen. They already come a bit mushy and are easier to blend together with the other ingredients. A substitution of fresh or frozen could be made.

My ninja bullet held up fine to this test, but a food processor could also be used.

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices of beef liver
  • 1 can of peas
  • 1 can of pumpkin
  • Vegetable broth (no sodium)

Steps:

  1. Cut up the beef liver into bit sized pieces.
  2. Layer beef liver, peas, and pumpkin into the ninja.
  3. Continue to layer until the bullet is filled 3/4 of the way.
  4. Add vegetable broth until it reaches to just about the top of the bullet.
  5. Blend.
  6. Add more broth if needed.
  7. Spoon into ice cube tray
  8. Freeze
  9. Enjoy, hassle free!

In the end I had left over peas and pumpkin. I used this to make a quick vegetable puree that I can add into his meals or feed as a separate treat. This could also be frozen but I keep it in the fridge and use it within the week.

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Give this a try, let us know what you think! Did you change any ingredients? Do you have any suggestion for improvement?

xx

Jordyn & Emmett

DIY Dog Teeppee

Scrolling through Instagram last week, I saw a beautiful dog teepee in someone’s living room. I decided that Emmett absolutely NEEDED one!

Pricing them out online I found that they were more then I wanted to pay for them and they weren’t quite the boho chic look I was going for. So as any dog mom would do, I took to Pinterest to help me.

I found this article from  Sweet Teal a blog run by Jenny Bess. It is a blog started to help people get their DIY on. And my mom and I did just that.

I wish I better photo-documented the project but it was an all hands on deck type escapade. The finished project is perfect for what I wanted and the space I had.

I used some left over molding from my parents house, an old dog bed, and old duvet cover to go over the dog bed, a painting canvas, and lights from Walmart. The project in total cost me about $25.

If you want to build your own, I suggest heading over to Sweet Teal and reading DIY 10 Minute Teepee.

 

xx

Jordyn & Emmett

The Developmental Stages in Dogs

People always tell you to socialize your puppy, and you should. But have you ever wondered why? I am taking a deeper look into why that socialization is just as vital in puppies as it is in human babies and children.

My dog trainer, a fabulous woman, always talks about the different stages of development in dogs (for example, the fear stage). I want to take a closer look at the stages, and see what the best things are to do with your puppy at depending on their age.

I will also take a look at what happens if your dog missed out on those stages and how to overcome the resulting issues later in life.

The Stages:

The Neonatal Period (0-2 weeks)

Right after the puppies are born before they open their eyes. They mostly eat and sleep.

The Transitional Period (2-4 weeks)

The puppies eyes open and they begin to gain control of their motor skills. Tails will wag and they will start to bark.

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My parent’s border collie Fergus in the transitional period. 

The Socialization Period  (4-12 weeks)

Keep in mind most puppies are picked up in between week 7 and week 9. In this stage puppies begin to explore the world around them. Their curiosity is piqued. Socialization during this period is extremely important.

This socialization begins with the litter mates and mothers and for the second half of the stage extends out to humans. When looking at breeders, it is essential to ask how they will go about socializing the puppies.

During this period, the puppies can start to be house broken and learn simple commands such as sit. Boundaries are developed during this period along with learning the strength and pressure with which they bite. The inhibited bite is the dogs ability to control the pressure of his mouth when biting to cause little or no damage.

Fear Impact Period (8-11 weeks)

This falls at the end of the socialization period. It is also right as puppies are coming home to new surroundings. Puppies will find things to be more frightening during this period. This period can lead to long term behavioral effects. Keep socializing and ensure that the puppy is viewing its surroundings in a positive manner during this time.

Puppy classes are a great tool during this period. Look for a trainer that takes a positive reinforcement approach with a heavy focus on socialization. Remembering that your puppy is extremely impressionable at this age.

People often skip the socialization period due to their puppies not having their vaccines completely done. I usually er on the side of preferring the socialization in a safe contained manner.

Ranking Period (3-6 months)

The puppy begins to think in terms of submission and dominance. This is when they will figure out the hierarchy of the pack that is your household. Positive reinforcement works well during this period. Advice I often give people is that nothing should be free.

If your dog wants dinner, they should sit and wait first. Does your dog need to go outside, then they sit before the door is open. Treats are always used as a reward, especially during this period.

Adolescence Period (6-18 months)

Social behaviors are already developed. During this time, energy levels will increase so structured exercise and socialization are important.

This is the time it is usually recommended to spay or neuter your dog. You will begin to see sexual behaviors and the lifting of the leg while peeing.

Unfortunately during this period, your puppy will get its adult coat.

How to Socialize Your Adult Dog?

As some of you may know, Emmett is very nervous of people. He loves other animals, but would rather live in a world sans humans.

When I adopted him, I did a lot of research into socialization for adult dogs.

The first thing I always recommend is a trainer. If you are having serious problems, seek out help. Ask the trainer questions and listen to their responses. There are many different approaches and what works for one dog will not always work for another. Do your research and then pick the one you feel is right for you and your dog.

Emmett has been enrolled in classes since the week I brought him home, that is 7 months of continued classes. We still have so much more work to do, but the classes help with the socialization so much. It also ensures I carve time out every week to help him.

When socializing an adult dog, your are not starting at scratch as with a puppy. You have to take the time to over come their fears. Work with your dog on becoming comfortable in situations they find scary. Treat or a toy can help with this.

One step at a time. Pick one new thing and work on that. I live near a college, so sometimes I will take Emmett and we will go sit on a bench and just watch the people go by for 10-15 minutes. Feeding treats while doing an exercise like this helps to reinforce to your dog that the situation is a positive one.

If your dog shows his or her fear in an aggressive manner, then it is time to reach out to a trainer. If you aren’t sure where to start, reach out to your local rescue groups and explain your problems. They should know a trainer in the area they would recommend for you.

Be relaxed, be positive, and be consistent.

 

xx

 

Jordyn & Emmett

Feeding Raw

 

A  few months ago, I made the decision to transition Emmett to a raw diet. My decision to do this began when I decided to test out a new product, Primal Pronto, made by Primal Pet Foods Inc.

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Available in beef, chicken, lamb, duck, pork, and turkey & sardine.

Primal Pronto is kibble size nuggets of  a complete balanced raw diet for dogs or cats. It is stored in the freezer and thaws in minutes. For anyone looking to add raw into their animals diet, I could not recommend it more! Additionally, I always keep a bag in my freezer for the times when I am a bad dog mom and forget to thaw out food for Emmett.

After about a week of adding the Primal Pronto into Emmett’s already high quality diet of Nulo Freestyle kibble and The Honest Kitchen I noticed his coat get more shiny and him shedding a bit less.

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Making breakfast the night before.

Then I was off to the races. I consumed an unbelievable amount of information over about a week  long period. The problem with researching something like this is that there are a variety of views on feeding your dog a raw diet. I will list some websites I used to help me along the way. The best advice I can give to you is to do your research first. Avoid joining all of the raw feeding Facebook groups until you make sure a raw fed diet is right for you and your dog. I believe there are several high quality options out there that may work better than raw feeding for you, your family, and your pet. It is a common theme that raw feeders try to make this pet owners that do not feed raw feel guilty for doing so. I am not one of those people.

Perfectly Rawesome has become my favorite resource for everything you need to know about raw feeding. The website explains how much your dog should get, what your dog should get, and most importantly what your dog should not get. They explain both models for raw feeding the BARF Diet and the PMR Diet. I decided to use the BARF model. This stands for Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods. The biggest different is that in feeding the BARF model, I give my dog a small amount of fruits and vegetables. (Usually blueberries and spinach)

 

I took what I learned, and created a cheat sheet which I keep hanging on my fridge so I can refer to it whenever I need. The only other tool I would advise to get when starting is a kitchen scale. I bought mine as a return from Amazon for $11.  You may also want to stock up on some disinfectant. I use Clorox wipes everyday with raw feeding in addition to a disinfectant spray.

 

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Raw Goats Milk and Kefir and great for the belly and immune system!

I now bulk order raw food from Farm Dog Raw  which delivers every other month. I add farm fresh eggs, goats milk, and kefir as extras to Emmett’s diet.

 

 

 

 

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What do you feed your dog? What do you think about raw feeding?

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Jordyn & Emmett

Emmett Passed!

Last night we passed the Therapy Dog test and the Canine Good Citizen. We celebrated with a late dinner of sirloin! 41763520_265032650810028_7498400

I couldn’t be more proud of my little rescue dog. He works everyday to over come his fears. Last night was a huge accomplishment. There is a lot of work ahead of us still, but Emmett will continue to get out there and see the world. We try to take it a day at a time.

 

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Where do you like to bring your dog to socialize them? Are there any dog-friendly coffee shops or bars near you? Does your dog enjoy the dog park or daycare?

 

xx

Jordyn & Emmett