The things we have done for the love of this dog! Sugar (a boxer, named after Sugar Rays Robinson and Leonard) has cost us a small fortune in dog food, veterinary bills, consumed Kleenex, new rugs, prescription drugs, and squeaky toys. Last January, we even bought her a bionic knee. I used to think that people who had surgeries performed on their pets were nuts--now I guess I'm nuts right along with them.
|Sugar after a puppyhood Kleenex massacre|
You see, from time to time, our Sugar dog has tummy troubles. Some mornings, for no apparent reason, she will wake up acting bizarre. She'll back into any small corner she can find, refuse to eat, and serenade all of us with strange gurgles from her innards. As soon as she eats, she feels better, but it takes some convincing to get her to take the plunge.
Saturday was one of those days. I remembered a story that I'd seen a while back about making dog biscuits with pumpkin, because pumpkin can soothe puppy tummy troubles, so I Googled "dog pumpkin digestion" and found this article on "How to Aid a Dog's Digestion Naturally" by Ryn Gargulinski on eHow. http://www.ehow.com/how_2364021_aid-dogs-digestion-naturally.html
One tip suggested giving a queasy dog a mixture of cooked rice and cottage cheese. We just happened to have a little leftover rice and some cottage cheese in the fridge, and voila! She was feeling better much faster than usual. The article also confirmed that small doses of pumpkin given regularly to dogs can help prevent minor canine tummy trouble. So I looked up the pumpkin dog biscuit pin on Pinterest, gathered the ingredients, and today, baked for my dog.
Time will tell if regular consumption of these biscuits "aids our Sugar dog's digestion naturally." They were pretty easy to make, though, so I figure it's worth a try. Here is the link to the original blogger's post, which is a fun read--love the pictures of her dog watching her bake! http://simmertilldone.com/2009/10/07/retriever-retriever-pumpkin-eater/ Instead of cutting out adorable dog bone-shaped biscuits like she did, I sliced mine into rectangles using our pizza cutter. (If you read my Christmas cookie post, you know that as much as I love to bake, cut-out cookies are not my bag. What I'm not willing to do for humans, I'm certainly not planning to do for our dog.) I don't think our beloved Sugar will mind my taking the cuteness down a notch, though, especially if it helps her tummy feel better.