Kai shares her Drizzly Day Delights!

Helping my dad

Helping my dad

It’s been raining cats and dogs these past few days, so I asked my dad if we could maybe bake some cookies!  I figure that it would be a good idea since Koa and Leo (my 2 little brothers are always getting into trouble).  Besides, I LOVE helping my dad in the kitchen.  He says that I’m a beater licking specialist.  Mmmm….  So after we all looked through a few recipe books, we decided on this awesome, paw-some drop cookie (which i figured all cookies that land on the ground are “drop” cookies!) w/bananas!  One of my favorites!

We picked this one from Cooking the Three Dog Bakery Way.  It’s super easy and incredibly tasty!

Ingredients:

Sharing with my little brothers!

Sharing with my little brothers!

1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
3/4 canola oil
1/2 honey
1 egg
2 ripe bananas, mashed

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Lightly spray 2 baking sheets with nonstick vegetable spray (or use those really cool silicone baking sheets!)

3. Stir together the flour, baking paw-der, cinnamon and oats in a bowl and set aside.

4. In a large mixing bowl, mix the oil, honey, egg, bananas and vanilla.  Make sure it’s mixed really well!

5. Slowly stir in the dry ingredients to the wet until combined.

6. Drop in teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart on the baking sheet

7. Bake about 15 minutes or until brown.

Smudge gets in on the action too

Smudge gets in on the action too

Results: OMG!  Me and my brothers LOOOOVE this cookie! They are so good just out of the oven, but make sure you wait for them to cool a bit before giving them to your fur-kids. I just can’t get enough of these darn cookies, but dad says that it’s important that I share w/my little brothers (oh and dad seems to like them too.  He said it’s the perfect sweet treat for humans without all of the bad stuff to make him fat-ter!)  Being a pitbull responsible for two 10 lb dogs is a lot of responsiblity, but I do love these bossy little guys!  It’s a good thing that they’re cute.

I hope that you get a chance to bake these with your pack too.  Let me know what you think!

Until next time- Be Well and Be Active :)

Woof! The Active Dog Adventure Pack: Kaimana, Smudge, Koa and Leo

Ready to eat!

Ready to eat!


Cool Canine Concoction to Beat the Heat!

Hello Adventurers!

Koa on his first packwalk

We’ve welcomed our newest pack member: Kekoa (but his friends call him Koa). After Koa’s first packwalk with his new Active Dog Adventuers Pack  Smudge and Kai asked that we make something wonderfully cool for the entire pack & a healthy treat for humans too!  Much to our delight we made this Super easy & incredibly yummy for all to have, you just gotta try this AWESOME snack!

Koa waits for his frozen fun!

So here it is … a little Peaches and Cream from our fave doggy cookbook – “Doggy Desserts”

Ingredients:

2 cups vanilla yogurt

1/2 cup sour cream (but I use nonfat greek yogurt!)

1/4 cup honey

2 cups peaches (I used fresh peaches that i had actually froze a month ago, but you can used canned as well)

Ready to Rock!

DIRECTIONS: Place all of the ingredients in a blender, cover & blend until smooth.  Pour mixture

poured and ready to serve or freeze

into a freezer safe container or into small separate cups/ 1/2 C Glad containers.

SERVE: You can serve this as a frozen fun concoction or as an amazingly yummy smoothie style treat!

In either case, my taste testing analysts were clearly impressed with the results and I even put a little aside for me too!  Try it out and let me know what you and your pack thinks!

Be well. Be active!

Koa approves of his special welcome treat!


A Holiday Treat

Hello Canine Kitchen Adventurers! 

I hope you all had a wonderful howl-i-day season with your furry family & human ones too!  Life has been busy in the Active Dog Adventure Pack & my pups wanted to share a wonderfully yummy treat that’s even picky Primadonna approved! So, read on!  This quick favorite recipe comes from The Organic Dog Biscuit Cookbook by the Bubba Rose dog biscuit co. 

JUST PLAIN CHEESEBURGER

Ingredients:

1 cup oat flour
1 cup brown rice flour
1 egg
1cup lean ground beef (pre-cooked & drained)
1/2 cup shredded low-fat cheddar cheese
1/4 c tomato paste
1 cup water

Directions:  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly until a dough forms.  Dough may be sticky, so use flour liberally when rolling out dough.  Use round cookie cutter to cut out 2″ circles.  Place the rounds on a cookie sheet lined w/aluminum foil.  Bake 20-25 minures or until tops are golden brown.

NOTES: Instead of taking time to roll & cut out shapes, I added about 1/2 cup or little more flour to the dough and made Just Cheeseburger Bars, but placing all of the dough into a `13 x 9 x 2 glass baking dish.  Bake for 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.  I prefer the bars because 1) it’s less time consuming 2) I can cut out the appropriate size for my dogs!  

Store in an airtight container & be sure to refrigerate any leftovers.  You can heat up left overs in the microwave for about 30 seconds.

RESULTS: Oh My!!  Kai, Smudge & Donna were absolutely in heaven with this special treat! It was like a party in their mouths! They all oved the wonderful aroma of ground turkey and melted cheese.. & kept coming back for more! 

Give it a try & let me know if your fur-babies love it as much as mine do!


Frozen Fun For Fido!

This is all you need .. notice, no oven!

Hello Summer Adventurers- (well, depending on which part of the world you live in)

For those in So Cal -it’s a warm one today!  After an active morning of hitting the dog park & walk before it reached in the 80 degree temps…We’re doing our best to beat the heat by scheduling our physicaly activities when it’s not as hot!  Please see “hot-hot-hot” on some tips for keeping your favorite doggy a cool pup instead of a hot dog!  So after our activities, the pooches convinced me to make a little frozen fun that’s lick-o-licious!! 

Check out what’s on the doggy soft serve menu:

Strawberry Frost

2 3/4 cups frozen strawberries

1 Cup low-fat vanilla yogurt

1/4 cup honey

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Blend It!

Directions: Place all ingredients in a blender.  Be sure to cover it!  Blend ingredients until smooth. You may need to stop the blender & stir it so all of the strawberries are blended.  

Pour soft strawberry mixture into a freezer safe container.  I used 1/2 cup GLAD containers with lids, which worked out perfect!  Freeze these little babies until firm or a little more firm than soft serve.  If firm when you remove it the freezer, give a few minutes to thaw slightly, the consistency of soft serve and watch your dogs go ga-ga!

Pouring happiness..

Perfect serving size for both canines & humans!Ready for the freezerReady for the freezer

 RESULTS: Oh MY!  This will DEFINITELY be a frequent summer treat!  This recipe received the “all-4-paws” up rating from my research team, along with 2 hands up from me!  It’s absolutely LICK-O-LICIOUS!!!  I dare you NOT to like this frozen treat.  If you can press a button .. you can make this treat!  It’s just so darn easy.

All three of my dogs took turns sharing one serving, but they wanted more so they shared another one!  Although I’m a huge ice cream lover, this will definitely save me on the calories and the fat!  Once again, the doggies end up giving me that look of  “Uh, hey Pop — why are you eating OUR treats .. AGAIN???”

Did we hear Frozen Fun?

 Let me know what you think & how yummy it is by leaving me a comment!  Happy Blending & stay cool!

Kai would jump INTO the container & eat her way out if she could...

Smudge is lick-O-meter is at full wags!

Not sure at first, Donna quickly changed her mind & couldn’t get enough.

From the Lick Monsters….

David, CPDT
Kaimana, Smudge & Primadonna

HOT-HOT-HOT!

Hello Adventurers!  Well, summer is here in this part of the world, which means that the heat is ON! Dogs are more sensitive to heat.  If you’re not paying attention, they will & can overheat/become dehydrated. So here are some helpful tips for you & Fido as you go about your summer activities: 

Trying to beat the heat w/a morning hike

1) Check the weather forecast for the day/week

2) If you’re expecting hot weather, plan your pooch’s walks early in the morning or later in the evening to beat the heat!

Our Favorite Water Container-we never go on a hike without it! H204K9

3) Be sure to bring plenty of water for you & your dog – allow them to drink!  Check out the coolest water container http://www.activedogadventures.com/Shop  look at our featured item: H204k9 My dogs love & so do I! no wasting water!

4) When going on an afternoon excursion, check to see how hot the surface is by touching it with your hand.  The ground may seem all good & well since you have shoes to protect your feet, but the hot ground may burn your dog’s pads & be super uncomfortable.

The trail got warm fast & with Hina's thick coat, she looked for the nearest shade to cool off!

5) If your dog has thin white fur or patches of thin white fur, like on their muzzle – you may need to apply sunscreen.  Dogs do burn – Donna loves to sunbathe, so when summer rolls around, she gets the sunscreen spray!

 6)Be cognizant of your dog’s breathing.  If they are panting a lot & their tongues are hanging out, find the nearest shade & allow them to rest.  You can also help cool them down by wetting their underside/chest.  Don’t force them to walk further.. they’re trying to tell you that they’re hot & tired! If your dog is having a hard time keeping their balance or can’t stand, then you should take them to get immediate medical attention. 

7) Walk with a group or another dog pal & their human.  Just in case anything happens, you’ll have someone with you to help. 

8) Please DO NOT leave your fur-baby in the car when it’s warm, even with the windows rolled down, they may be in grave danger!

I usually take a Hydro-backpack or Camelpack with the water bladder.  I’m able to carry my dog’s water or Smudge will sport a backpack, depending on how hot it is.  The dogs also have a Cool Koat, which I soak in water prior to our walk.  They wear it during the walk which helps keep the sun off their backs and cools their torso with the moisture. 

Keep your dogs safe & heatstroke free this summer by taking small precautions! Don’t forget to bring a first aid kit too!   Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure (at least I think that’s the saying….) 

Smudge & Donna take a much needed break from the sun!

Happy Trails!

David, CPDT

Smudge, Kai & Primadonna

Active Dog Adventures

“Because every dog deserves a COOL Adventure”


Go Bananas!

Hello Canine Kitchen Adventurers!

Recently, I was looking around my kitchen.. & low & behold, there were these brown speckled things that used to look like bananas!  Ok, maybe they weren’t that baaaad, but still when they start turning brown & freckled, I start throwing them out!  But why waste food & money when I can take advantage of making a wonderfully healthy treat for me & my pack?  Besides, it’s also a better choice than to make banana bread that’s packed with sugar! 

Baked to perfection

Here it is, something extremely delicious that passed the PrimaDonna taste test with FLYING colors! 

Banana Wheat Germ Muffins

Ingredients:

2 cups unbleached white flour

1/2 cup bananas, mashed

2 TBSP wheat germ

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1/4 honey

1 cup water

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1 egg

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

Cookie scoops double as muffin scoops too!

Directions: 

In a large bowl, mix all ingredients well.  Spoon the batter into muffin cups, about 3/4 full.  Bake at 400 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.  The muffins are done when inserted toothpick in the middle comes out clean.  Remove muffins to wire rack and let cool completely.

NOTES: I used wheat flour instead of white.  I used about 1/4 cup more mashed bananas (i needed to get rid of the ripe ones!) & instead of using standard sized muffin tins, I prefer bite sized mini muffins.  If you choose to go the mini route, you’ll need to REDUCE the baking time to about 12 minutes.  It yields about 72 muffins… enough for all of us!  Make sure you refridgerate these babies, because they will spoil after 3 days if left at room temperature!

Kai wonders if the muffins are cooled down enough...

Muffins? Do we smell freshly baked Banana Muffins??

RESULTS: All 3 pooches were all too excited & really went “bananas” (pun intended) for this bite sized piece of heaven!  What’s more is that my friends, family and I really enjoyed these naturally sweetened muffins too! 

"Great - now we have to actually WAIT while food is on the ground?"

The process was extremely easy, with the most time spent spooning the batter into the tins, which was a piece of cake since I used my handy-dandy cookie scoop for easy transfer to the muffin cups!  So if you have some freckled bananas starting to get browner by the day, why not give this recipe a whirl and see your dogs go bananas too?  Let me know how it goes! 

Finished product, cooled & in an airtight container.

Happy Baking-

David, CPDT

Active Dog Adventures
“Because every dog deserves an adventure!”


Bring on the Carob PB Crunch Balls!

Hello Canine Kitchen Adventurers!

It’s been quite sometime since I’ve posted a new recipe & the pooches have been bug’n me to get back into cyber space to share a new creation with you all!  We’ve been a busy, busy pack – with Smudge competing in various agility events and earning his novice titles in Jumpers & Standards!  GO SMUDGE! The girls have also been having fun training and doing all kinds of packwalks with our Active Dog Adventures group too! 

But it was time to get back into the kitchen for some yummy, easy to make, no bake treats!  This selection is a variation of a recipe from one of my favorite doggy recipe books: Doggy Desserts by Cheryl Gianfrecesco… I highly recommend jumping on amazon & purchasing this MUST have cookbook!   Read on & ck out my twist on this special treat….

Carob Peanut Butter Crunch Balls

Ingredients:

3/4 cup all natural, organic peanut butter (no salt or sugar)

1/4  cup+ 3 TBSP honey

1 cup puffed rice cereal (no sugar- I use Kashi’s 7 whole grain puffs)

1/2 cup carob chips

1/4 cup uncooked oatmeal  

Directions: 

In a large bowl, beat the PB & honey until well blended & smooth.  Stir th rest of the ingredients until mixed well.  Using a small cookie scoop or teaspoon, shape into 1″ or 2″ balls & place on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper.  Chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hr or until firm.

OK- so here’s the warning… these little babies are TASTY for both human & canines!!  You will easily end up popping 3, 4 or 5 in your mouth… so make sure you make enough for the dogs too!!  haa haa.

I especially love this recipe because it’s SUPER EASY to make & as it gets warmer, not having to turn on the oven is a big plus!  The dogs are bonkers for this first time treat … & darn it- I AM TOO!  

RESULTS: Kai, Smudge & I love these wonderful bite sized sweet treats!  Donna on the other hand, isn’t so crazy about peanut butter necessarily…. & she’s also big into texture.. so after much deliberation on whether or not to try these treats (& a hopeful Kai waiting for her to walk away from her allotted treat) Donna ate the first one reluctantly, but then came back for seconds!  Success!!  Give it a whirl & let me know how it turns out for you & your pooches!  Check back next week for something new, fun & yummy!

Happy Creating!

David, CPDT

Active Dog Adventures – “because every dog deserves an adventure!”


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