A Dog’s Christmas Story

’Tis the season for friends and family, holiday shopping and spending lots of time in the kitchen cooking and baking cookies.  As we embark on the Christmas season, it is important to keep our ‘Bumpus hounds’ involved in the fun (without eating ALL of the Christmas turkey) as we create the outline for our very own Christmas Story of 2018.

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Randy Hates Meatloaf

While Randy Parker can’t wait to put his arms down until he gets to school, he also hates meatloaf for dinner.  After all, there are starving people in China.  This Christmas let’s give our pups a break from the usual kibble and mesmerize them with a Marvelous Mutt Loaf by DIY Network.  Yum!

 

 

Makes 8-10 portions

Preparation time: 25 minutes

Cooking Time: 1 – 1-1/2 hours

Ingredients

5 ounces carrots, finely sliced

4 ounces fresh or frozen peas

1 pound minced beef

3 ounces fresh wholemeal breadcrumbs, made with wheat and gluten-free bread

2 tablespoons tomato puree

1/2 ounce parsley, chopped

2 eggs, beaten

4 ounces low-fat Parmesan cheese, shaved

3 eggs, hard-boiled and shelled

Preparation

1. Steam the carrots and peas until just tender and set aside to cool. Mix the minced beef with the breadcrumbs, tomato puree, parsley and beaten eggs until well combined. Stir in the carrots and peas.

2. Roll the mixture into a ball and divide in half. Place half of the mixture in the base of a greased 2 pound loaf tin, pressing firmly down into the corners. Make a slight dip along the center.

3. Sprinkle with the shaved Parmesan. Then place the boiled eggs in a row down the center of the tin. Place the remaining mixture on top, and press firmly around the sides and on top to completely cover the eggs.

4. Cover with foil and bake on the middle shelf of an oven preheated to 350 degrees F, for 1 1/2 hours.

5. Turn out onto a plate, and leave to cool. Cut into slices, sprinkle with chopped parsley, and serve. Store any leftover Mutt Loaf in the refrigerator for up to a week.

And don’t forget to drink your Ovaltine!

The Leg Lamp Catastrophe

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If you are expecting to get a major award this month, you will want to protect it and avoid having it accidentally broken by your dog when the doorbell rings when your holiday guests arrive.  Here are a few steps on how you can offer some wisdom and teach your dog to be calm according to Dog Training Advice Tips:

  1. Clear the yard and establish an area where they can play and chew their stresses out.
  2. Consult with the vet about stress reliever toys like bully sticks, carrot sticks or wooden sticks that your dog can manage.
  3. Practice door exercises.  This part of the training will take long. You are now going to start to establish authority by making your dog follow your lead instead of letting him rush first. All you have to do is to show the intention that you are going to go outside.  Reach for the door. If your pup rushes in front of you even if you are there, then do not open the door. Sit down and do another thing again. if your dog calms down, then you can try again. But if your dog reaches out to you and plead, do not pet him. This will just reinforce the behavior that he did near the door.  Repeat this step until he manages to stay behind and let you walk first through the door.
  4. Try leash training.
  5. Establish authority to reinforce good behavior.
  6. Recreate situations that make them excited to desensitize them.

The Bunny Outfit

We all have an Aunt Clara that thinks we are perpetually 4 years old and sends us a pink bunny outfit or something of the like for Christmas.  Be sure to give your dog a chance to meet with Santa at your local Higbee’s so that they can ask for what they really want this Christmas and not end up with Tinker Toys or a nice football (well maybe they do want a football).  Just make sure they don’t ask for an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle (they’ll shoot their eye out!).  Here’s some smart, hand-picked toy suggestions from Smoochie Pooch that are great stocking stuffers:

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Earth Animal No-Hide Chews, a healthier alternative to rawhides, are made with rice flour, bananas, flour and eggs. They are long-lasting and easily digestible.

WAG Kangaroo Bones are a great alternative for dogs that are allergic to chicken and helps promote dental health and are long-lasting.

Grandma Lucy’s Treats are a kosher, natural nutrition source that are minimally processed, freeze dried, grain-free and made with whole food ingredients.  Maybe Santa’s Little Helper will share them with you!

 

And Santa won’t forget the most wonderful gift of all: Saltsox!  Shop the Saltsox Winter Collection and choose from these Christmas colors: Ice Fire Red, Blizzard Black, Frozen Fuchsia, Arctic Blue and Glacier Bay.  The ideal cold-weather boot for the urban dog when it comes to protection from salt, snow, ice and freezing temperatures.

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The F-Word

Oh Fudge!  Daddy’s gonna kill Ralphie.  But not before he has dessert!  Try these Peppermint Holidog Christmas Treats from Bark Post (we promise it won’t taste like Lifebuoy soap):

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp molasses
  • 2 Tbs peanut butter
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, mix flour, molasses, peanut butter, water, olive oil and peppermint extract until smooth.

Kneed flour on a floured surface and roll out to ¼ inch thickness. Cut with festive cookie cutters and place on non-stick cookie sheets.

Bake for 30 minutes. Cool on wire rack. Store treats in a sealed container and refrigerate or freeze.

From all of us at Saltsox, have a very Merry Christmas!  We double-dog dare you!

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