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Sweet Brandy Girl ~ 2000-2012

Sweet Brandy Girl

My childhood dog, sweet Brandy girl, went to the Rainbow Bridge yesterday morning. Our family is devastated because we thought she had more time but comforted knowing she was not in pain. With tears in my eyes, I write this while Scarlett licks away my tears. Dogs just know.

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Crunchy Wheat-Free Turkey Dog Treats

Here’s a dog-worthy turkey treat recipe that is healthy and irresistible! Crispy golden turkey treats are mouth-watering and packed with protein and nutrients, meaning extra nutrition for your dog. Like all of our recipes, this is wheat-free and especially healthy for your four-legged pooch. Though this recipe takes more time than most, the yummy meat squares will have your dog jumping in circles!

Crunchy Turkey Delights

We love homemade treats!

Makes approximately 20-30

½ cup plain oatmeal
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 lb. ground lean turkey
1 sweet potato, large
2 organic eggs
½ teaspoon parsley or 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 ½ teaspoon flax seed oil

>>Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
>>Cook and cut sweet potato into ½ in. cubes.
>>Mix oatmeal in food processor
>>Mix all ingredients in a bowl and add to food processor, mixing thoroughly. If mixing by hand, mash sweet potato first.

>>Spread into pan about ¼ in. thick and pre-score into 1 in. squares. This will make it easier to cut after baking but be sure not to cut all the way through.

>>Bake for 45 minutes.

>>Remove, cut pre-cut slices all the way through and return to oven at 250 degrees for one hour or until crispy and browned.

>>Store in refrigerator. Will stay good for 2-3 weeks if kept in the freezer.

You can also modify this recipe with any other lean meat, including chicken or even lamb as a special treat!

Wheat-Free Breath Saver Treats


This is an easy grain-free recipe for natural breath-freshening dog treats. Your pups will love the fresh minty taste and the golden crispy texture of these lifesaving Breath Saver treats. Read more about why wheat-free is a healthier option for your dog. There are many substitutes for wheat in addition to the recipe here. Click here to see them and learn the conversion rates.


Makes approximately 12-20, depending on the size of the treats.

1 ½ cups oatmeal
1 cup rice flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
1 ½ tablespoons canola oil
1 egg
½ cup mint, freshly chopped
½ cup parsley, freshly chopped
¾  cup water


>>Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
>>Mix ingredients first in bowl then blend in a food processor.

>>Spoon mixture onto lightly greased cookie sheet in a round cookie shape. Dough will be very sticky.  The smaller the treat, the shorter the baking time. We make ours bigger so we can use one treat for all three pups.

>>Bake for 15-25 minutes or until cooked throughly. Cool 20 minutes before serving to your pup. Stays good for up to 3 weeks if stored in the freezer.


If you like making doggy treats for your four-legged family member, check out our Wellness/Recipes section for more tasty homemade recipes!

Honey Delight Dog Treats

Here’s a recipe I got from a friend for soft, irresistible dog treats. They are modified to be wheat-free and natural! Wheat-free treats are healthier for dogs; many breeds have wheat allergies and studies show dogs don’t process wheat they way we do and it may actually be bad for them. Homemade dog treats are a great way to show your dog how much you love them as much as they love you. Besides being much healthier than store-bought treats, pups will gobble them up! Try these Honey Delight dog treats for your pooch during this holiday season. Don’t be surprised if humans in your house try to sneak a few :)

Makes 15-25

3 cups oats, plain
1 cup rice flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 egg
1/2 cup organic honey
3/4 cup organic applesauce
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cloves
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon flax seed oil (not necessary but great for skin)

*Check out a list of wheat flour substitutes and measurements here.

>>Preheat oven to 375 F.
>>Puree oats in food processor
>>Mix oats, baking soda, cinnamon and cloves together.
>>In larger bowl, add egg, honey, applesauce, brown sugar and flax seed oil together and stir until well mixed.
>>Pour flour mixture in this and stir until evenly mixed, adding water or rice flour if necessary.
>>Mold with hands to form round treats. For best results, try treats no larger than 2 in. Keep in mind the bigger the treats, the longer they need to bake.
>>Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden. Cool at least 15 minutes before serving.

Homemade Diets: Diabetic Dogs

Diabetic dogs must be fed specially designed diets to maintain a healthy lifestyle and combat the disease. Homemade diets can be especially beneficial in that they are easy to modify according to your dog’s specific needs. My parents’ dog, Brandy, is a diabetic Miniature Schnauzer, who was hanging onto life by a thread until she was detoxed and started on a homemade diet catered to her unique needs. She has lost weight (around 10 lbs) and our pup who had been sent home from the hospital to die is now acting like a young puppy. Diet really can change everything! All diabetic dogs require different ingredients, dosages and amounts, so it is imperative to talk to your veterinarian before changing or adding anything to your dog’s diet. Your vet will be able to tell you what ingredients are best and help you design a diet suited to your dog’s needs. Here are some ingredients I have found beneficial for diabetic dogs on natural, homemade diets.

Brandy, Diabetic Mini Schnauzer who benefits greatly from a homemade diet!

Brandy lost 10 pounds by detoxing, adding the correct supplements and getting on a homemade diet.

Protein (25-50%, ask vet for correct instructions)
Boneless, skinless chicken breast, boiled
Ground chicken
Raw, ground or chopped turkey
Lean, ground beef
Reader tip from Krista of SC: To save time and money, you can also use canned chicken

Carbohydrates (usually 50%)
Raw oats (rolled)
Brown rice
Whole-wheat pasta

Vegetables (usually 25%)
Green Beans
Raw Cabbage

Ingredients Most Diabetic Dogs Benefit From
½- 1 tablespoon corn oil (per feeding)
¼- ½ teaspoon Morton Lite Salt (per feeding)
¼- ½ teaspoon bonemeal (per feeding)
500-1000 mg Vitamin C (per day)
100-600 mg Vitamin E (per day)
Omega-3 EPA gel caps (per day)
**Read about benefits of adding Omega-3’s here.
1-2 GlycoFlex tablet (per day)
**Read about Glycoflex here.