Sunday, January 22, 2012
It's a lazy Sunday morning at our house. Jiminy and Venus woke up at their usual 5:00 am feeding time and came to knock on my bedroom door as they always do.
That's right, I said knock on the door. Jiminy puts his paw on the door and runs his foot down the door to make that clunkety clunk sound that wakes me up -- it's breakfast time!
Jiminy and Venus go outside and romp around in the snow for a bit and then it's a race to see who can get to the back door first! Of course they assume the "sit" position immediately in front of the refrigerator to receive their reward of a morsel of chicken.
I bake off about 5 pounds of chicken every two or three weeks. After baking I cool it in the refrigerator so that it's easier to cut into those tasty little morsels that Jiminy and Venus love so much. Once it's cut up into very small pieces I put it into quart size freezer bags and keep them in the freezer. A bag of frozen chicken breasts costs $5 - $7 and this makes enough treats to last for several weeks for Jiminy and Venus....and they get treats A LOT!
It doesn't take a large treat to satisfy a dog - most people think they have to give a large treat and this contributes to obesity. When giving your dog treats you should remember to take this into consideration when feeding your dog. Yes, those treats have calories too! Obesity shortens a dog's life just like it does for a human. It makes their heart work harder, impacts their joints since they are carrying extra weight around and it's just plain not healthy for them. You should be able to "just" feel your dog's ribs while the dog is standing. If you can't then it's time to put your dog on a diet. Cut back on the amount that you're feeding. If you are one of those people that thinks your dog HAS to have all that food try supplement the kibble with green beans while cutting back on the kibble. Be sure to consider that dogs with allergies might have issues with this, also whenever changing any components in a dog's diet you must do it slowly so that you don't cause them to have problems with their digestive systems. That's not fun for anyone!
While Jiminy and Venus are in taking their naps on the cool tile floor in the kitchen I'll be baking off more chicken today!
Enjoy a happy moment with your dog each day!