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WHAT??? Our Dogs are ingesting remains of euthanized dogs????

I could not believe my eyes when I recently read, with horror, that the FOOD and TREATS we give our dogs from certain companies, JL Smucker to be exact, are contaminated with the remains of euthanized dogs….

HOW CAN THIS HAPPEN?? We place so much trust in companies who supply food and nutrients to our babies, our pets,Ā  and ourselves that something like this is incomprehensible! What astounds me more, is the passing off of responsibility, or actually, the irresponsibility of these companies. I’m not sure how the purchase of products used in these foods don’t have additional quality control by these manufacturers…..oh yea….more overhead and less profit…

Gone are the days when we had Ralph Nader and his “Nader’s Raiders,” would expose these kinds of atrocities. Have we resigned to take for granted that companies protect our interests and actually care about the quality of the goods and services they provide?

The J.M. Smucker Company, famous for Smuckers Jam, has responded to this report by issuing a voluntaryĀ recallĀ of the tainted pet foods. Pet food with the labels Gravy Train, Olā€™Roy, Kibbles Nā€™ Bits, or Skippy Premium, can beĀ returnedĀ to the store for a full refund. The FDA asked pet stores to stop selling theseĀ brandsĀ immediately. The same goes for the dog food brand Against the Grain,Ā which also issued a recall last week for theĀ same concern.

For a complete list of Smucker’s products, CLICK HERE.

For those of us who love to cookĀ AND consider our pets familyĀ members, I think that preparing homemade meals for them is a great idea!

My dear friend, Gina, has a 16-year-old doggie named Jackie who is soon to be 17! Her secret to Jackie’s long and happy life is her private chef….her mommy, Gina! Here is Gina’s recipe for Jackie’s delicious 16th birthday cake and a few other nutritious doggie recipes…homemade, delicious and vet approved. Homemade doggie meals must contain protein, fiber and carbohydrates. It is always a good idea to ask your vet about necessary supplementsĀ as well.Ā  Enjoy!

GINA’S DOGGY BIRTHDAY CAKEĀ 

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Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup cooking oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup honey (optional)
  • 1 cup shredded carrotsĀ  I used 1 cup applesauce instead
  • 1 cup whole wheat or white flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Add all ingredients to list

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 6 cup ring mold.
  2. Combine the egg, peanut butter, oil, vanilla, and honey, if desired, in a large bowl; blend well. Stir in the carrots and mix thoroughly. Sift together the flour and baking soda and fold into the carrot mixture. Spoon cake batter into prepared pan.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes. Let cake cool in pan for 10 minutes; then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

SCOOBY’S ORGANIC FOOD FOR DOGSĀ (Pinterest)

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 2 cups sweet potato, cubed
  • 2 large chicken breasts, cut into 6 pieces each
  • 2 pounds frozen mixed vegetables (corn, peas, green beans, carrots)

Instructions

  1. Place ingredients in slow cooker in order listed, covering chicken completely with vegetables
  2. Cook 5 hours on high or 8 hours on low
  3. Remove from slow cooker, shred chicken and stir into rice and veggie mixture until evenly distributed.
  4. Store covered in fridge for up to three days or freeze in single-serve portions.

DOGGIE STEW(From Damn Delicious)

“This recipe has a balance of 50% protein, 25% veggies and 25% grains, but the ratios can easily be adjusted to suit your pupā€™s breed and/or needs.”

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1/2 cups brown rice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 pounds ground turkey
  • 3 cups baby spinach, chopped
  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • 1 zucchini, shredded
  • 1/2 cup peas, canned or frozen

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a large saucepan of 3 cups water, cook rice according to package instructions; set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add ground turkey and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the turkey as it cooks.
  3. Stir in spinach, carrots, zucchini, peas and brown rice until the spinach has wilted and the mixture is heated through, about 3-5 minutes.
  4. Let cool completely.

Dear Friends,

As always, thanks for swinging by! I wanted to share this important information with all of my pet loving friends. I have been so fortunate to have had 16 years with my dog, Britty, but after this recall, I wonder just how long our pups can live with real food…

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Cheers to the pets who give us so much unconditional happiness and love.

šŸ’•Laura

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