My boxer-pit bull mix; Ella, has made some small cameo appearances on 5andwhine. Most likely they involve Ella’s paw’s creeping into my craft photo’s. One year ago in late February Michael and I were strolling through the Strip District with friends Meagan and Earnie. It was that day we met our pup, knew it was a match – made somewhere between here and heaven ;), and made our way through the adoption process. She had a lot of what we wanted in a new family member- we wanted a pup to start training as early as possible, we wanted to adopt, we loved her look, and most importantly her demeanor. At the time she was the calm one in the liter, quick to respond to commands, and the cutest wrinkly puppy face.
The day our lives changed, A LOT.
Life is hard!
We love our Ella dearly, we call her baby often. Though those who know her also know she is a handful. She is ‘driven’ as our trainer likes to say- and that drive has taken wrath over lipsticks, high heels, and lots of newly installed molding. Although we are happy to have found a trainer that is teaching us how to communicate better with our high energy pup, we also deal with some health concerns.
Poor baby “L” cant stomach regular dog food. And poor mama has to make her homemade dog food to avoid the disaster of what happens if Ella eats traditional dry food. Over time I have perfected the recipe and shortened the prep and cook time. I appreciate the fact that we know where Ella’s meal comes from, each and every ingredient. She is slim (too slim by the Dr’s orders, but lucky for her that means more table scraps), her coat is incredibly soft, and she never has itchy skin. Down the road I will post a recipe for easy-ish and affordable homemade dog food.
Today I will feature the new treat recipe that is SUPER FOOD for Ella, and she is SUPER excited to eat it.
Super Foods add-ins:
Flax Seed Powder: I use this to cut the amount of grains with oats and flour- just like us, a dog shouldn’t bulk up on filler. Flax has many health benefits :omega fatty acids, flax seed contains alpha-linoleic acid, which offers benefits to your dog’s immune system. It also has an anti-inflammatory effect, so it might aid your dog if he shows signs of arthritis or other joint problems. Lignans in flax seed contain antioxidants.
Coconut Oil: You will find several articles on how coconut oil is great for dogs. This improves dry skin issues, adds moisture and shine to the coat, helps digestion, helps with dog-breathe, and many other remedies – including a digestion aid and brain health!
Blueberries: Just like the benefits for people- blueberries are chalked full of antioxidants and vitamin C. They contain silicon which can aid in the pancreas process, controlled blood sugar levels, and more!
Carrots: Low cal, nutritious snack for your pup! Most dogs seem to love carrots! Tip: frozen carrots are great for teething pups.
The Super Food shopping list!
It is essentially baked oatmeal for a pup. Here are the ingredients:
- 1 Cup – Flour (whole wheat is best if you have it)
- 1 Cup – Old Fashion Oats, milled.
- 1/4 Cup – Flax seed, milled.
- 1 Cup – Coconut Oil
- 1/2 Cup – Dried Blueberries
- 2 Cup – Carrot, shredded or fine chop (about 6 carrots)
- 1 tsp – Baking Powder
1. Mix all dry ingredients: Flour, Oats, Flax Powder, Baking Powder
2. Add remaining ingredients: Blueberries, Carrots, Coconut Oil. Incorporate ( I basically knead with my hands).
3. Press flat to even distribution on parchment lined baking sheet.
4. Bake in preheated 400 degree oven for 15 minutes.
5. Cut and let Cool.
pressed, packed, ready to bake!
Although I understand the novelty in hearts and bone shape cookie cutters, I realize Ella does not know what a shape is.
Ella will do just about ANY command for this yum-o snack !