Make Your Own Eco-friendly Dog Food

Make Your Own Eco-friendly Dog Food


Dog Food Recipe

Ingredients: 1lb ground chicken (or lamb, beef, liver or tuna) 2 cups brown rice fresh spinach fresh carrots


Brown and cook the meat. Boil the rice Finely chop the vegetables in a food processor and combine.

*Editor’s Note: Always check with your veterinarian to ensure your pet’s diet is healthy and nutritionally complete.


Most Important: Always consult your veterinarian when you are changing your pet’s diet to make sure you pet gets proper nutrition.

Dogs don’t chew like humans, so vegetables must be finely chopped for them to get valuable nutrients.

You could add bone meal or powdered milk to ensure your pet gets calcium.

Small amounts of garlic can help prevent tape worms.

Add cod liver oil in small amounts for Omega 3’s and a shiny coat.

This recipe was featured on the Big House Big Waste Episode of Wa$ted!


Homemade Dog Bones

by Annie B. Bond

By making your own dog bones you are providing your pet with wholesome food and are assured that you are not feeding them animal byproducts of unknown origin. Keep your eyes out for dog bone cookie cutters; they are frequently
sold in kitchen supply stores.

(Adapted from Rodale’s Book of Practical Formulas)

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup corn meal
  • 1/2 cup soy flour
  • 1/2 cup ground seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon linseed oil (available in health food stores)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup unsulfured molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk

Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. Mix to blend. Add the liquid ingredients.

Stir, adding more milk if necessary to make a ball that can be kneaded and rolled out on a cutting board. Roll out dough, and cut out dog bone shapes using a cookie cutter or knife. Place on a well-greased baking pan, and bake at 350 F for 25-35 minutes, or until browned.

FDA: Nearly 1,000 Pets Sickened by China-Made Dog Treats (Again)

FDA: Nearly 1,000 Pets Sickened by China-Made Dog Treats

The Food and Drug Administration has received hundreds of complaints from owners and vets over certain brands of China-made chicken jerky products.


Suddenly, “sick as a dog” isn’t so colloquial.

According to updated records kept by the Food and Drug Administration, chicken jerky pet treats from China have sickened nearly 1,000 dogs in the U.S. in recent months.

The FDA has logged 900 reports of illnesses and deaths from vets and concerned pet owners since November, when it issued warnings about health problems associated with the products known variously as chicken jerky strips, treats and nuggets.

Recorded problems stemming from the treats range from vomiting and diarrhea to kidney failure and death. The complaints have contributed to mounting pressure on the FDA to address the issue.

Despite repeated tests, however, FDA scientists have been unable to detect any toxin responsible for the animal illnesses, officials said. And no results of a review conducted at Chinese treat manufacturing plants earlier this year are yet available, according to FDA spokeswoman Tamara Ward.

China’s spotty record on food safety only complicates the issue: in recent years the country has dealt with numerous food scandals, involving toxic baby formula, tainted pork products, rice contaminated with heavy metals and the reuse of discarded cooking grease nauseatingly known as “gutter oil” . In 2007, more than 100 pets in North America reportedly died after eating pet food whose China-sourced ingredients were tainted with the plastic melamine, prompting a massive recall. No wonder folks are quick to worry.

The three top brands of chicken jerky treats among those most recently cited in complaints included Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch brands, produced by Nestle Purina PetCare Co., and Milo’s Kitchen Home-style Dog Treats, produced by the Del Monte Corp. According to the report, Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch are both produced and supplied by JOC Great Wall Corp. Ltd. of Nanjing, China.

Both Nestle Purina and Del Monte brands have insisted their chicken jerky treats are sound and that any illnesses are unrelated to the products. Officials from Milo’s Kitchen admitted paying at least one owner who complained about a sick dog $100 in exchange for a release of all liability, but it also said a veterinary evaluation revealed the dog’s symptoms “were not related to consuming Milo’s Kitchen chicken jerky treats,” according to spokesperson Joanna DiNizio.

FDA officials have said companies are free to recall the treats at any time, but regulations do not allow for products to be removed based on consumer complaints alone.


Daily Feng Shui Tip for Thursday, May 24th

I have two brothers. My older brother, Bob, is one of the best friends a girl (or guy) could ever have. He has my back on every conceivable front and I love him for that. I am also fortunate enough to say that my younger brother, Dave, is also one of my best friends. Both of these men play very important roles in my life. I am exceedingly grateful that my brothers and I have so much in common, get along so wonderfully well and love each other as much as we do. But that doesn’t mean that we don’t have normal family squabbles and even some knock down fights. On those rare occasions when we’re not seeing eye to eye, I step back and trigger the energies of my home’s Family/Friends/Ancestors area in order to set the agenda right. One way I do this is to place a photo of the three of us together in a wooden frame. Wood is the element associated with the Family area in Feng Shui. It speaks to and symbolizes roots and the family tree. I will then, in efforts to bring back the brotherly love, place three small and healthy green plants in the vicinity surrounding that family photo while waiting for all animosity to disappear! This fabulous Feng Shui cure never fails to bring friendship back to the family agenda!

By Ellen Whitehurst for

Your Daily Number for May 24th: 9

Love and Romance rule the day, and you’re at your creative best. You may suffer a minor disappointment due to the disloyalty of a friend or family member, but worry not. This too shall pass. Good news may arrive for you in the evening hours.

Fast Facts

About the Number 9

Theme: Encompassing a love for all, Compassion, Patience, Selfless
Astro Association: Virgo
Tarot Association: Hermit

Today’s I Ching Hexagram for May 24th is 55: Great Abundance

55: Great Abundance

Hexagram 55

General Meaning: A time of abundance comes into full flower when the powers of leadership and teamwork are at their peak. The situation is like that of the sun at midday — a high noon of clarity, insight and progress. Such peak periods can be brief. Whether this refers to a national cycle, a business boom or a period of abundance, it is important to bale your hay while the sun is shining.

During a period of abundance, it benefits one to show benevolence, to share the fruit of one’s good fortune. Think of good deeds now as a hedge against times of scarcity in the future. This reading bodes well for expansion in love, the raising of children and the nurturing of a healthy family or any close-knit group.

Today’s Runes for Thursday, May 24th is Algiz


Jade Runes are most commonly used for questions about love, friendship, and relationships. Algiz can be easily recognized as the antlers of the elk that it represents. The elk can represent victory, but is much more appropriately associated with the thrill of the hunt itself. This rune therefore can portend vigor and success in active endeavors. Also, this rune seems symbolic of a hand with outstretched fingers – a protective hand. This hand may suggest that you will be shielded from things negative – the problems still exist, you are spared the brunt of their force.

Today’s Tarot Card for May 24th is The Emperor

The Emperor

This Tarot Deck: Tarot of the Witches

General Meaning: In the most practical terms, what has traditionally been called the Emperor card represents the highest leadership, a head of state or the most exemplary and powerful person in the realm. This archetypal ruler is responsible for the positive working out of affairs of a society or community, which are directly proportional to his well being and happiness.

The more enlightenment and cosmic perspective this energy brings, the better life is for all. The Emperor archetype masters the world of matter and physical manifestation. When you apply this card to your situation, acknowledge your potentials for mastery. Reinforce a sense of sovereignty within yourself, despite any self-limiting beliefs, habits or appearances to the contrary.

Your Daily Horoscopes for Thursday, May 24th

We are able to think faster and engage in clever repartee now that communicator Mercury slides into interactive Gemini. The lingering effects of several planets in practical Earth signs is fading quickly with four planets moving through intellectual Air signs. Unfortunately, it may be nearly impossible to keep our thoughts focused for the next few weeks as the planetary emphasis on flighty Gemini increases our curiosity about everything.


Aries Horoscope
Aries Horoscope (Mar 21 – Apr 19)

You may have a conflict between your desire to hang out with friends and the simplistic need to stay true to yourself. Although you really want the camaraderie that comes from being with your peers, you might not be willing to risk your emotional security by spending too much time away from your home and family. You could try to rationalize your behavior, but ultimately you believe it’s easier to hold yourself back. Fortunately, if you stop struggling you can get the most out of the present moment.

Taurus Horoscope
Taurus Horoscope (Apr 20 – May 20)

Oddly enough, you have very little resistance to change now, yet too much flexibility can get in the way of your happiness. You must take the credit or the blame for your present condition, but don’t waste your energy regretting previous actions or trying to complete unfinished business. Don’t wait for a better time to take action; this is it. Let go of your past so you can embrace your future.

Gemini Horoscope
Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – Jun 20)

Your ruling planet Mercury returns home and this may stimulate a higher level of mental activity. Unfortunately, the hectic pace of your life is picking up even further, even if you’re already busy. It’s best now to take the sweet moments as they come, for it might be difficult to make a decision and then stick to it. Take time to think about what you could learn. Pursue your interests without committing to any one particular path just yet.

Cancer Horoscope
Cancer Horoscope (June 21 – Jul 22)

You can feel the tension build as the necessity of change confronts your current plans. Take whatever time today you need to consider what you really want to do, or you could end up making the situation even worse. You might not be able to separate fantasy from reality now, so avoid making any significant decisions for a couple of days. There’s nothing wrong with waiting until you clearly know how you feel before making your next move.

Leo Horoscope
Leo Horoscope (Jul 23 – Aug 22)

Your social life is re-energized by talkative Mercury’s move into your 11th House of Groups. Instead of being overly concerned with your personal calendar, use the next couple of days to increase your involvement with the larger problems of your community or even humanity itself. But remember there’s no right or wrong when it comes to your life path. Instead of worrying about trivial things now, just focus on alleviating the pain and suffering of someone close to you.

Virgo Horoscope
Virgo Horoscope (Aug 23 – Sep 22)

You may be temporarily distracted by one thing after another now that your ruling planet Mercury is in restless Gemini. But rather than trying to force an issue by placing yourself right in the middle of a complex situation, seek solitude instead. Relax your concentration and follow your thoughts wherever they may take you. Unfortunately, trying to constrain your mental process only leads to frustration. Combine tolerance and patience and you will find the right solution.

Libra Horoscope
Libra Horoscope (Sep 23 – Oct 22)

Loquacious Mercury joins the willful Sun and romantic Venus in your 9th House of Adventure. You might want to escape and take an extended vacation now. Unfortunately, you could use up all your time and energy talking about your ideas instead of actually going anywhere. Don’t just get lost in your dreams; make practical travel plans that can bend a bit with the changing circumstances of your life.

Scorpio Horoscope
Scorpio Horoscope (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

Messenger Mercury joins the cosmic party that’s already spicing up your 8th House of Intimacy and Transformation. You might be confused by someone’s inconsistent feelings, especially since they are slippery and may morph into something else if you attempt to address them. You could even make an error in judgment while assessing the current situation and then take an ineffective course of action. Don’t waste time worrying about what went wrong; just rethink the problem and try again.

Sagittarius Horoscope
Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

You may feel real conflict between your work duties and the personal circumstances of your life. Your rational mind is quite purposeful now, but don’t overlook the needs of your friends and partners, too. However, don’t be fooled by someone’s emotional appeal unless it’s also based upon facts. Be gentle with your own self-criticism, even if you must re-evaluate your position again and again.

Capricorn Horoscope
Capricorn Horoscope (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

Although you want to find time today for personal enjoyment, there’s too much on your plate now even for a quick escape. Practical responsibilities might require that you reschedule your playtime. Cover as much ground as you can on all your projects, but don’t worry if you have unfinished business when the workday is over. Just make sure to take care of your need for pleasure before the day is done.

Aquarius Horoscope
Aquarius Horoscope (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

There may be little you can do to prevent someone from going through his or her own discomfort now when adapting to a new situation. You are usually comfortable with the notion of making big changes in your life when necessary. However, just the thought of having to deal with a major shift might upset you today because of all the uncertainty in the air. Stay attuned to your own process and don’t project your fears on to anyone else.

Pisces Horoscope
Pisces Horoscope (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

What worked well for you in the past isn’t necessarily useful now. Don’t try to hold on to memories that only bring you sadness. Let the thoughts bubble into consciousness one last time and then leave them in the past where they belong. Conjure up some of that famous Piscean compassion so you can judge yourself less harshly. Being kind to others starts with accepting who you are first.

New Moon Report for May 24th – Mercury in Gemini


Mercury in Gemini

Thursday, May 24, 4:12 am PDT, 7:12 am EDT

Chatty Mercury is more talkative than ever in its airy home sign. Minds open and words flow with ease, perhaps too much at times as thoughts may be spoken carelessly and data accepted uncritically. Getting the most out of the intellectual richness and verbal skills of this transit requires some discernment. All ideas are not equal and all information is not useful. Keeping one’s purpose and priorities in the foreground helps to avoid these tempting distractions.