Sheepie Snack Sunday – Gingerbread Cookies Recipe

Sheepie Snack Sunday – Gingerbread Cookies Recipe (R. Woodford)

In the holiday spirit, let’s make some Gingerbread  cookies! Remember to gauge your serving size appropriately if you are shaping these into gingerbread men, a typical serving might be just an arm or a leg for a small dog depending on your cookie cutter.


  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/3 cup chicken stock or water
  • 1/3 cup blackstrap molasses
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil or safflower oil
  • Nonstick cooking spray


  • Preheat oven to 325F
  • Combine the flours, baking powder, cinnamon, and ginger in a large bowl.
  • Add the stock, molasses, and oil to the dry ingredients and stir until fully mixed. (Wipe the inside of the measuring cup for the molasses with a little of the oil first to prevent the molasses from sticking).
  • Knead briefly to gather the dough into a ball.
  • Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface into a 10-inch square. If making shaped cookies, cut out with a cookie cutter and place onto the baking sheet, separated by 1/2 inch. If making squares, transfer the dough to the baking sheet and cut into 1-inch squares with a pizza cutter.
  • Bake for 25 minutes, or until crisp and dry. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet and then break them apart at the cut lines if necessary.

Yield: 100 cookies.

Allowance Per Day (- 1 inch per square cookie)

  • 10- pound dog: 2 cookies
  • 20- pound dog: 4 cookies
  • 40- pound dog: 6 cookies
  • 60 – pound dog: 8 cookies
  • 80- pound dog: 10 cookies


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Making the fur fly,

Danielle & Riggs

The Pet Professionals: Cert. Vet Assist, Professional Dog Groomer, Canine Nutritionist.

Riggs Turns 10!

Today is Riggs’ 10th birthday! We are celebrating Birthday Month!

We don’t take for granted one moment that you are here with us today!

Thank you for all the joy, support and laughter you bring to our lives. You have no idea how many people you have on your side and how many people love you…worldwide!

Animal’s lives are short and precious; we must always celebrate them!

Sheepie Snack Sunday: Birthday Beefcake (or Pupcakes)

Sheepie Snack Sunday: Birthday Beefcake (or Pupcakes) –R. Woodford

We have a birthday boy in the house! Riggs’ birthday month has begun, so this Sheepie Snack Sunday is a Birthday recipe, of course! It even contains all of Riggs’ favourite ingredients! The frosting is made with the mashed potatoes; this makes it look the same and easier to frost but avoids cream cheese, sugar filled frostings often found in other pet frostings filled with calories.


  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • ½ ground beef (85% lean), turkey or chicken
  • ¼ cup shredded carrot
  • 1/3 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 medium russet potatoes, cleaned of eyes and green spots, peeled and quartered
  • 2 tablespoons 2% milk


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Mix the egg with the parsley, and then add the meat, carrot and oats and mix well to combine.
  • Pour the mixture into a 1-cup ovenproof baking dish or ramekin.
  • Bake for 45 minutes, then remove from the oven and allow cooling.
  • While the beefcake is cooking, bring the water to a boil, and add the potatoes. Decrease the heat to medium and cook for about 15 minutes, or until the potatoes can be pierced easily with a knife.
  • Drain the potatoes well and allow them to cool for 10 minutes.
  • Add the milk and mash with a potato masher or handheld mixer until smooth, about 2 minutes. Do not over mix, or the potatoes will become gummy. If you have a few chunks, I don’t think your dog will complain.
  • Remove the cake from the pan and place on a plate. Frost the cake with the potatoes.
  • Happy Birthday!

Yield 1 cake = 900 calories

Portion for 1 Meal:

10lbs Dog 1/6 cake

20lbs Dog ¼ Cake

40lbs Dog ¼ Cake

60lbs Dog 2/3 Cake

80lbs Dog 1 Cake

Welcome to Our Newest Guests!

Mutt Makeovers would like to welcome our new, four-legged guests, #609 Moe, #610 Peanut, and #611 Sandy the cat. Also a huge thank you and appreciation to our returning fuzzy faces.

Making the fur fly,

Danielle & Riggs

The Pet Professionals: Cert. Vet Assist, Professional Dog Groomer, Canine Nutritionist.

Sheepie Snack Sunday – Winter Weight

Sheepie Snack Sunday – Winter Weight

The cold is here and with winter officially on its way, your dog may need some adjustments to their diet. I have many embarrassed, grumpy, sad, “I know I shouldn’t, but…” clients in the Spring mention it’s been a long winter and their vet says their pet needs to lose weight. Avoid “the talk” with your vet (or me!) in the Spring about how your pet may have gained some winter weight.

Each pet is an individual. Know your breed. Know your pet. The environment your pet lives in can have a tremendous effect on them. We bring them into conditions they were not originally bred for, and then ask them to live in this environment to be our companions. This puts our pets in a terribly demanding and stressful position.

For instance, Chihuahuas living here in our harsh Canadian winters are breeds that are accustomed to the heat. They cannot tolerate the cold therefore these pets need more heat, concentrated diets including lean meat and chicken.

Some dogs can burn a lot of calories just trying to keep themselves warm, like Pointers.

You need to manage your pet’s caloric intake. This amount again will depend entirely on your pet whether they need the extra amount of calories to consume for the extra energy burnt fighting the cold, or if it needs to be decreased as other pets become less active and gain winter weight.

Either way, feed your pets accordingly (measure always!) and weigh your pets regularly to track their weight.

Don’t forget to watch those treats; they add up! You may not realize how much you are actually giving. Try for a day, set aside how many you are actually feeding your pet. The amount may astound you. You should be deducting from your pet’s meal amount each time you feed a treat. Those treats can be a lot of additional calories.

Just because it is winter does not make it an excuse to not exercise. Believe me, I am the worst Canadian when it comes to the cold and snow, but I do it for my Riggs if I want him to continue to thrive and keep him here with me for as long as I can. He also gets cabin fever and we try mind stimulating play games, but as Dr. Mary-Anne has told us, “motion is the lotion of the joints”. Find what works for you, whether you bundle up outside (protect those paws and nose!), an indoor place to run that allows dogs, perhaps a treadmill, be creative, or maybe I’m just the wuss!

Remember, nutrition and exercise go hand in hand!

All of our Sheepie Snack Sunday blogs & recipes can be found on our Facebook page in our album here.

Making the fur fly,

Danielle & Riggs

The Pet Professionals: Cert. Vet Assist, Professional Dog Groomer, Canine Nutritionist.

November 11: Remembrance Day in Canada

Remembrance Day in Canada:

November 11 marks Remembrance Day, in which we show respect for the sacrifices people made in all armed services, including World Wars and thank them for our freedom. It was first perceived in 1919 throughout the British Commonwealth and originally called “Armistice Day” to celebrate the armistice agreement that ended the First World War which was on Monday, November 11, 1918, at 11 a.m. on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

To this day we continue to show respect on this date and time, and by wearing a poppy in the weeks leading up to the date. The poppy is the chosen symbol as it was a common sight during WWI on the Western Front where there was war and turmoil. Canadian doctor John Mcrae was inspired to write his poem In Flanders Fields’ while serving in Ypres during 1915. Poppies were later made the symbol of remembrance for those who had died in war. Furthermore, they were sold to raise money to support the families of those who had fallen.

While we remember the men and women who have made their sacrifices, we must not forget the animals that have bravely been by their sides. Dogs risked their lives in wars; they were responsible for being mascots, transporting messages, search and rescuing the wounded, digging trenches and chasing rats out; protecting humans, and alerting humans of bombs!

The Animals in War Dedication was unveiled in Confederation Park in Ottawa in 2012. This was dedicated to animals that have served in war! Super neat! The AinWD has footprints of dogs, horses and mules. This is to remind us of the mark they left on the battlefield. In addition, The Animals in War Dedication also has three bronze plaques that have carved images also with interesting facts about the animals, including their sacrifices and loyalty to their humans. There is also a life-size bronze dog, and as he sits he is wearing a medical backpack just as war dogs carried in the World War I.

A neat fact is that canines are employed by the Canadian Armed Forces still today. Their job is to find explosives, they are also trained in search and rescue operations due to their impeccable sense of smell and hearing.

It is estimated that a shocking eight million horses and mules were killed in the past century alone while providing transportation and carrying equipment to the soldiers.

On the battlefields, horses served in the cavalry. They also hauled supplies through treacherous conditions while trying to escape the bullets and explosions.

We can’t forget our jungle friends. Even elephants carried men through jungles and over mountains, hauling ammunition.

Animals played a big part in battle. We all know what a comfort our pets are to us, they sure were a special help to the soldiers in the worst of times.

It is fantastic that this new monument recognizes the presence, courage and the loss of these animals.

Making the fur fly,

Danielle & Riggs

The Pet Professionals: Cert. Vet Assist, Professional Dog Groomer, Canine Nutritionist.

Sheepie Snack Sunday – Halloween Edition: Pumpkin

Sheepie Snack Sunday – Halloween Version: Pumpkin


We all hear to “add pumpkin” for dogs with upset stomachs or diarrhea as it contains blends of soluable and insoluable fibre and creates balance. Adding pumpkin contains 25% the caloric content contained in kibble and also provides vitamins and minerals beneficial for the whole body, not just the digestive tract.

You can used canned (buy pure pumpkin, as pie filling contains nutmeg and mace which are toxic to dogs) or fresh pumpkin as an alternative to commercial food as it is great for pets with sensitive stomachs in situations where you’d want to cut back on your calories and fat content, leaving your pet feeling full.


Key nutrients found in pumpkin are:

Calories: 3%

Protein 3%

Total fats 1%

Carbohydrates: 10g

A 129%

B9 11%

K 66%

Antioxidants 14%


Recipe “All the Guts and All the Glory” of Pumpkin provided by R. Woodford


8 cups pumpkin flesh, seeds, and strings


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking dish with a silicone mat or parchment paper.
  2. Cut any pumpkin flesh into ¼ inch thick slices and spread the flesh, pumpkin seeds, and strings in a single layer on the baking sheet.
  3. Bake for 30 minutes, stir, and then bake for another 30 minutes, or until dried and crispy.
  4. Remove the dried pumpkin from the oven and allow it to cool.
  5. Use a blender or food processor to grind to a fine powder.

Yield 2 cups

Key Nutrients:

626 calories per cup

Protein 4%

Carbohydrates-to-protein 3:1

Total fats 6%

Antioxidants 2 %


10lbs Dog ½ tsp

20lbs Dog 1 tsp

40lbs Dog 1 ½ tsp

60 lbs Dog 2 ½ tsp

80 lbs Dog 1 tblsp

100 lbs Dog 4 tsp


All of our Sheepie Snack Sunday blogs & recipes can be found on our Facebook page in our album here.

Making the fur fly,

Danielle & Riggs

The Pet Professionals: Cert. Vet Assist, Professional Dog Groomer, Canine Nutritionist.


Sheepie Snack Sunday: Three Weaknesses of Modern Dog Food

If fed better, our pets could thrive and live much longer lives, but the food that comes in a bag is lacking the nutritional needs in more way than one.

Three weaknesses of modern dog food are not enough protein, unbalanced and incomplete fats, and without adding fresh foods, they cannot be completely nutritionally balanced.

Protein provided at least 49% of the calories in the dog’s ancestral (wild) diet, however today’s pets eating dry kibble get approximately half as much protein (only 25% of the calories) and seven times the amount of carbohydrates (no wonder obesity is on the rise, that’s 43% of calories) as their ancestral diet provided in the wild. Even dogs being fed a homemade raw diet are getting fed less protein and more fat due to the sources the meat are coming from; domesticated, feedlot animals as opposed to the meat off of their wild prey animals they hunted.

Unbalanced and incomplete fats, and often, rancid fats are also a weakness of modern dog food. Your dog will be much happier and healthier if eating the proper balance of fats and range of fatty acids. Science has proven that these canines learn faster, are more coordinated, remember more, have fewer skin, coat, and other inflammatory issues; see and hear better, are less likely to be obese, and will most likely live longer, healthier lives than pets that eat a diet of unbalanced fats.

Dog food is anything but complete and balanced, as they may advertise  and have you to believe.

The NRC does recognize all five fatty acids as “essential fats” for dogs. However, it started in 1985 as linoleic acid (LA) being the first essential acid listed being essential for dogs. By 2006, alpha linolenic acid (ALA), arachidonic acid (ARA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and DHA joined the list, making the total five essential fatty acids recognized by the NRC.

There may be more added in the long-range future when studies see that other fatty acids are essential as they were consumed in the dog’s wild diet. They include gamma linolenic acid (GLA) along with linolenic acid (CLA).

These are essential for your dog but is your dog getting them? No. Even though the NRC and nutritional experts consider all these fats to be essential and beneficial for the health of your dog, the AAFCO (pet food regulator) has not updated their regulations and only sees LA to be the essential fat in your dog’s food. DHA is tentative as it is fragile, and no DHA is better than a rancid DHA. However, some dry foods do contain fish oils as a primary source of omega-3 so do be careful of proper storage techniques if your bag contains this.

Adding fresh, whole foods to your pet’s diet is just as important as it is to our diet. Although kibble contains synthesized forms of some vitamins and minerals, the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants from fresh, whole foods are far more beneficial and nutritious. The synthesized forms lack the cancer-fighting nutrients found in fruits and vegetables. What canines evolved on, gave them nutrients including carnitine, taurine (important for heart, eye and brain nutrient), alpha lipoic acid, coenzyme Q10 and many more nutrients important for brain and body health scientists are learning, that commercial food is lacking.

When we know better, we will hopefully do better.

All of our Sheepie Snack Sunday blogs & recipes can also be found on our Facebook page in our album here.

Making the fur fly,

Danielle & Riggs

The Pet Professionals: Cert. Vet Assist, Professional Dog Groomer, Canine Nutritionist.



Data: S. Brown



Our First Poll Results Are In: Is Your Pet Obese/Overweight?

My survey results are in from last week’s poll! (I would’ve liked a third option “I don’t know” but it wasn’t capable).

88% NO 11% YES

According to a worldwide survey, however, over half of all dogs and cats weigh too much, yet only a QUARTER of owners would describe their pet as overweight. Do you know your pet’s body conditioning score? Do you know what to look for when checking your pet’s score? Can you feel your pet’s ribs and see indentation?

More about this survey:

  • Over half of cat and dog owners always or often give their pet food if they beg for it (54 percent)
  • Almost a quarter (22 percent) of cat and dog owners sometimes overfeed their pet to keep them happy
  • Only 20 percent always measure how much food they are giving them
  • 87 percent always or often give their pet roughly what they think it needs at each serving

There is actually surprisingly little understanding of how much food dogs and cats need or what they are allowed to eat for pet parents. A common question that comes up in a groups is, “how much do you feed your dog?” This shouldn’t be based on what others are feeding their pets, nor should it even be based on the guidelines on the back of your kibble bag. Those are, in fact, exactly what they are – just guidelines, and usually intended for intact males. There is no set carb amount to feed a dog, which is determined by you. You need to calculate the kcal required per each individual animal, according to your pet’s weight, activity level, and body type. Each pet is an individual. Most pet owners have no clue whether their pet is overweight or not.

According to the survey, estimates suggest that as many as 59 percent of dogs and 52 percent of cats worldwide are overweight. Yet in the survey, only a quarter of dog and cat owners (24 percent) describe their pet as overweight. Though, when asked if their dog or cat displayed any signs of being overweight, 64 percent pointed out that their pet had at least one sign of being overweight, For example not being able to feel their pet’s ribs or having to loosen their collar.

Because pet owners and their pets have such a strong emotional bond, this may be part of the issue when it comes to admitting a problem. Owners express their love for their animal through feeding, which leads to overfeeding and consuming more calories than needed.

The survey also concludes that 59 percent of dog and cat owners said that they felt rewarded when treating their pet. 77 percent said their pet gets excited when they see food.

Many owners are not mindful of the consequences of over-feeding their pet. People are unaware that overweight pets are susceptible to diseases such as diabetes and orthopedic issues, 61 percent surveyed in fact. Similarly, that lack of awareness for their pet’s poor quality of life equaled 53 percent, the risk of heart disease at 53 percent and reducing their pet’s lifespan by 51 percent.

“The survey results were announced ahead of the Royal Canin Weight Management Congress taking place in the UK on 21st and 22nd February. Cat and dog owners in Brazil, China, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States were questioned for the survey which aimed to illuminate the growing issue of pet obesity. Alongside the well-publicised human obesity epidemic, companion animals have similarly been getting heavier and heavier.

“Like humans, pets need to be at a healthy weight,” said Alex German, Professor of Small Animal Medicine at the University of Liverpool. UK. “This is a very complex issue though and one that requires understanding and commitment from both pet owners and vets”.

Continuing on with survey results. We as humans monitor our on weight regularly, yet 40 percent do not know how much their own dog or cat weighs and 22 percent surveyed said their pet has never been weighed!!!

72 percent said their veterinarian had even spoken to them personally regarding the health benefits of diet and exercise for their pet. However, “two-thirds of dog and cat owners said they would like their vet to more actively advise them on their pet’s weight (67 percent) and 82 percent would like to be given healthy weight guidelines for their pet and advice on keeping them fit and healthy.”

About the Survey The survey was conducted online during January and February 2018. The total sample size was 5,309 cat and dog owners who were responsible for their pet’s health and well-being (Brazil 1,068; China 1,036; Russian 1,111; United Kingdom 1,023 and United States 1,071).


The thing I find with our area is people come in my shop and they either do or don’t know their pet is overweight or even morbidly obese that the pet can’t stand on the table. I hear it all the time, “yes we know, we need to cut back on the treats,” but people don’t want to do the work. You are only hurting your pet. We have control over our bodies, but you are responsible for what goes into theirs.

Danielle & Riggs

The Pet Professionals: Cert. Vet Assist, Professional Dog Groomer, Canine Nutritionist.