Monday, November 28, 2016

The Mutt and his new foods

I think this is the month of change for my mutt.  He got some new raised dinner bowls, which he wasn't quite sure what to make of at first.

I've also changed his diet, hopefully for the better, after a friend said that he should be avoiding wheat and carrots...... he doesn't think much of veg anyway.  But his current food contained wheat, as did the treats, all of which come from the pet shop not the supermarket.  I hunted down a couple of options and requested samples, 1 didn't respond. 1 sent them but they were too big and the 3rd sent a whole box of samples (same flavour).  He liked the last lot so I went with them and ordered the different flavour for small dogs.  I got great value and delivered to the door..... much excitement ensued, my dog loves deliveries, oh how he adores the postman!! Of course he can smell the good stuff and was dying to get into the box.

As you can see he couldn't wait to get stuck in! Now this is a dog afraid of boxes and he jumped right in there on his own and wouldn't come out!!  Josera Miniwell all the way from now on.  It was a smooth transition from one to the other over 5 days.  Wheat, soya, gluten, yeast free and no artificial colours, preservatives or flavours.  You can check out Josera Ireland here to see what they offer and find out more.

Next step was to find treats.  In the end I decided to try my own.  I made cheesy biscuits using violife cheese for pizza, which were a hit. Here's the recipe

1 cup of doves gluten free self raising flour
1 egg
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon margarine
1/4 cup of violife cheese for pizza

Rub butter into the flour and mix all ingredients together except water until it forms a dough. Add water if needed.  Roll our to 1/2cm thick and cut into bitesize pieces or use a cutter.
Bake at 180 C for 15 - 20 mins until risen and lightly golden.  Once cooled store in a plastic container.

I also made Tuna flatbreads the recipe I found here, I baked in the oven at 180 for 15 -20 minutes and used a 50/50 mix of gram flour and doves plain gluten free, with 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder.

OMG! the tuna smell drove him nuts when it was cooking and he goes totally mental for a treat,  I tried one and it was super tasty........ and it didn't upset his sensitive tummy.... hooray!!  That's them ready for the freezer.  I can take out as many as I need every couple of days and they defrost in no time.

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