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Spunky And The

This is the story of Spunky, a shetland sheep dog, who was an early victim of pet food poisoning.  Spunky survived to tell the tale and his doting owner began to research recipes for dog food recipes that can be made at home for a dog food cookbook.

My dog, Spunky, was put on a new diet last fall by our veterinarian who sold us the food. After five days Spunky became very ill. He was vomiting, eating less, became listless and staggered when he tried to walk. His veterinarian refused to admit that the new food was causing his illness. Spunky became so ill that he was hospitalized for five days and came to the point where we were told he was dying.

I insisted that we try to feed him some of his old food before we gave up on him. We visited the animal hospital and fed him small amounts of his old food. Within hours his bloodwork was back to normal and he recovered very quickly. Some damage to his liver, kidneys and gallbladder remained but these are problems that can be monitored. In my anger and despair I decided to publish an all natural cookbook of dog food recipes. Several months later the very food that made Spunky ill was added to the recall list and this only served to make me more aware that pet owners need to consider feeding their pets human grade food.

An Apple A Day Dog Treat

2 cups whole-wheat flour1/2 cup unbleached flour1/2 cup cornmeal1 apple, chopped or grated1 egg, beaten1/3 cup vegetable oil1 tablespoon packed brown sugar3/8 cup water

Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray cookie sheet with vegetable oil spray. Lightly dust work surface with flour. Blend flours and cornmeal in large mixing bowl. Add apple, egg, oil, brown sugar and water. Mix until well blended. On work surface, roll dough out to 7/8-inch thickness. Cut with cookie cutters of desired shape and size.

Place treats on prepared sheet. Bake in preheated oven 35 to 40 minutes. Turn off oven. Leave door closed for 1 hour to make the treats crispy. Remove treats from oven. Store baked treats in airtight container or plastic bag, and place in refrigerator or freezer.

Recipe makes 24 servings.

Pet owners who love their pets will no doubt be searching for new food sources.  Remember that when changing your dog's diet (no matter what the food source) that you need to introduce the new food carefully and in small amounts before actually making the switch.  If you have any concerns about allergies and food sensitivity please consult your veterinarian before introducing human grade food.

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Bonnie Jo Davis is the publisher of niche recipe cookbooks such as dog food, baby food, fudge, holiday meals, leftovers and more. Purchase Fifty Fantastic Dog Recipes at

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