Fido and Mittens Deserve a Seat at The Thanksgiving Table Too!

Posted by Pia

Thanksgiving is a time when many gather with those they cherish as family. We at the Wag know full well that family can come in a variety of sizes, shapes, ages, breeds and species. How many legs one has is of little importance when it comes to those we choose to love with all of our hearts.

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Recipes in Lucy's book have been thoroughly taste tested by a team of seasoned experts...

1 Recipes in Lucy's book have been thoroughly taste tested by a team of seasoned experts...

I'm thinking of giving this to my pet-sitter friends so when they petsit they can make meals that are safe and yummy for themselves and their furry clients!

2 I'm thinking of giving this to my pet-sitter friends so when they petsit they can make meals that are safe and yummy for themselves and their furry clients!

Hard at work...

3 Hard at work... "Really Lucy? Is there no end to these treats?" Lucy's colleagues taste testing yet another treat...

4 "Ah yes... this is some of your finest work Lucy... has Zagat's done a review yet?"

Given that the majority of this holiday is spent eating... a favorite pass time of our furry friends and family....it seems fitting that they too get to share in the festivities. While most humans end up kvetching on Aunt Rita's couch after one too many pieces of pie, it's important that we critter moms and dads shield our companion animals from ingredients that cause such gluttonous discomfort.

Thankfully- just in time for the holidays, author and animal nutrition expert, Lucy Postins has the perfect resource for human companions who set a place at the table for Fido and Mittens. As a health conscious mom to both humans and critters, Lucy realized she could use many of the same healthy ingredients in the home cooked meals she was making for both her two-leggers and four-leggers respectively.

After much research, and with the help of some eager taste testers, Lucy wrote, Made out of Love, a recipe book with 65 meals and treats to prepare for -and many to actually share with- our animal companions. An easy-to-follow color key delineates which recipes are suitable for those who meow vs. those who bark vs. those who complain after eating too much at Thanksgiving... humans that is.

The book not only offers fun recipes (see below) for the WHOLE family- but it is packed with useful information on how to maximize health and minimize potential hazards. Lucy offers valuable information on the medicinal benefits of specific foods and how to manage certain ailments through diet.

I had the good fortune to interview Lucy about her work and related interests....

Q. What motivated you to write the Made Out of Love recipe and reference book?
A. I really feel that food can be a powerful part of the bond we share with our animals and I believe that food that's been prepared with love and good intention can have a healing effect on our animal companions. I wanted to create the book as a resource to inspire people to think more about their animals like they do the human members of their families; pets deserve real food just like we do.

Q. Is there an animal welfare issue that you feel strongly about?
A. The puppy mill problem is a big concern and something I really think needs to be addressed. We're working hard to help people understand the difference between a responsible breeder and a "backyard breeder" or a "puppy mill."

When asked about her own animals, Lucy shared, "We have many rescue dogs on staff at our company. Our newest dog Johnson is an eight year old blind Pug from a local Pug Rescue."

Hmmm... are you thinking what i'm thinking?... A canine culinary reality show with host Johnson, pug taste-tester extraordinaire...

Here's wishing a Happy Thanksgiving to all creatures everywhere.

In kinship,
Dr. Pia Salk

Butternut Bites
From Made Out of Love: Recipes to prepare (and sometimes share with) your animal companion. By Lucy Postins
These goodies are easy to make and taste delicious! The cranberries also make them well suited to pets (and humans) who are prone to urinary tractinfections.

Ingredients:
1 cup boiled and mashed butternut squash (You could substitute mashed pumpkin or sweet potatoes if you don't have butternut squash available.)
1½ cup uncooked oatmeal
¼ cup dried cranberries
1 tsp nutritional yeast
1 tbsp honey

What to do:
1. Preheat the oven to 370°F and butter a large cookie sheet.
2. Combine the cooked, mashed butternut squash with the oatmeal, cranberries, yeast and honey.
3. Mix well so that all the ingredients are very thoroughly combined.
4. Using a teaspoon, scoop small balls on to the buttered cookie sheet.
5. Make sure they are evenly spaced out about 1 inch apart and bake for about 10 to 12 minutes.
6. Allow the bites to cool.
7. Fetch...

Comments (6)

  • YUMMMMM!
    Hey Basil, could you eat this without the cranberries?
    Enjoy the day everybody!
    your pal
    Rebel

  • ..double yummy..I have to have some of these...Gobble, Gobble..Cora-belle

  • Hi Dr. Pia, I commented earlier, but I see it didn't come through-I guess I hit the wrong button. Thanks so much for this delightful blog! Love the photos and the special website is super! I'm always concerned about the best foods to feed by sweet little Dudley Do Right and I can get some terrific ideas from that website! Hope you are having a fun Thanksgiving day! Happy Thanksgiving to all of our wonderful friends connected to The Daily Wag! Love to all, Jan and DDR

  • Happy Thanksgiving Dr. Pia and all my friends
    on The Daily Wag
    love ya,
    Maddox

  • Hello Dr. Pia,
    Hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving. I sure did, even though I did not get to have the treats as I have in the past. Rebel, you are sooooo thoughtful of my special diet. No, nothing in the cookbook could I eat, but I am planning on ordering the book for all my friends. Thank you for sharing it with us Dr. Pia. Mom and I thought we would get a lot done today towards Christmas decorating, except we are in R & R mode still from yesterday. It was a great day, and I give thanks for all my family and especially my Daily Wag friends.
    Love & licks,
    Basil

  • Hello Dr.Pia, This is great, we had a conversation yesterday about feeding food that we humans eat, and then this post came...what great information! I won a disagreement about this subject because the post backed me up ;)
    I hope everyone had a Wonderful T-Day.
    Heartfelt greetings!
    delia & >^..^< Kitty loves Turkey and this is what bought her back daily, she would not come in the house because of the guest grandogs...

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