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dog treats – peanut butter banana

Published November 26, 2017 by lisaolisa
We don’t give our dogs glutenous food, but they can eat anything they want for treats. These idiot-proof treats were a big hit with our three, but two of them will eat poop, so their tastes are not discerning. They no doubt would eat these with water substituted for stock. Because these have fruit in them, they need eating up fairly quickly.
  • 1 bananas
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup stock
  • 1 cup flour
Drop by spoonfuls onto a baking sheet that you’ve either not greased or greased for easier cleanup.

Bake 16-18 minutes at 350 degrees.


why i stopped supporting peta

Published July 7, 2013 by lisaolisa

Pit bull looks to PETA for helpPETA does a lot of good to raise awareness of the barbaric way humans treat the powerless. But their philosophy that no animal should be captive on principal is warped to a degree that every animal once captive should be dead. Their shelter is merely a waiting room for the kill chamber.

Dragging a reporter to 3 locations where dogs are mistreated does not support their rationalization; every shelter and rescue in every town could do the same. I don’t accompany them on rescues, nor do I conduct behavioral assessments of their intake, but, statistically, their survival percentage does not correlate with other established rescues.

Animals we’ve created who can’t survive on their own or lack habitat that we’ve destroyed deserve our protection. Domesticated animals are by the nature of their engineered domestication born with our original sin, but that does not make their existence inherently miserable. A living happy dog that used to be sad is a greater moral victory than a dead sad dog never given the chance to know happiness, warmth, love, and care.

PETA people, have any of you ever created their own little domesticated animals in your own image? Should I raid an orphanage full of human animals, give them the needle, and end their sadness? You say death is the only antidote to abuse. Child abuse has made them screwed in the head and irreparable, hasn’t it? Besides, if I wanted to heal them, I’d need to devote time and money.  I’d rather devote both to spectacle.

At least they don’t gas them.

New York Times: PETA Finds Itself on Receiving End of Others’ Anger

yay, cardinal!

Published July 5, 2013 by lisaolisa

Northern CardinalBeyond giddy to have gotten a peek-a-boo view of a male Cardinalis cardinalis (Northern Cardinal) on the cedar fence two mornings in a row. I haven’t seen one since I moved, and I don’t know how many years it was before that I last did. I don’t know if I’m more unlucky than average, but for the amount of years I lived in their year-round territory, I’ve seen almost none of them. Like, twice before 1980 and not again.

cleo’s pumpkin dog biscuits

Published December 8, 2012 by lisaolisa

2 eggs
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
2 tablespoons dry milk
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 1/2 cups brown rice flour *
1 teaspoon dried parsley (optional)

Preheat oven to 350.

In large bowl, whisk together eggs and pumpkin to smooth. Stir in dry milk, sea salt, and dried parsley (if using, optional). Add brown rice flour gradually, combining with spatula or hands to form a stiff, dry dough. Turn out onto lightly floured surface (can use the brown rice flour) and if dough is still rough, briefly knead and press to combine.

Roll dough between 1/4 – 1/2″ – depending on your dog’s chew preferences, – and use biscuit or other shape cutter to punch shapes, gathering and re-rolling scraps as you go. Place shapes on cookie sheet, no greasing or paper necessary. If desired, press fork pattern on biscuits before baking, a quick up-and-down movement with fork, lightly pressing down halfway through dough. Bake 20 minutes. Remove from oven and carefully turn biscuits over, then bake additional 20 minutes. Allow to cool completely on rack before feeding to dog.

* Brown rice flour gives the biscuits crunch and promotes better dog digestion. Many dogs have touchy stomachs or allergies, and do not, like many people I know, tolerate wheat.

Makes up to 75 small (1″) biscuits or 50 medium biscuits

“Why parsley, you ask?” To freshen Fido’s breath.

Nicely done step-by-step: Cleo’s biscuits