Hardly a day goes by that I don't think of Ben, he's been gone 4 months now. We miss his sweet little face and I've still not got used to preparing dinner without him being underfoot. A part of lives, in a short time our pets are also a part of our family. Ben was a rescue dog, he was a Cocker Spaniel with Cocker Spaniel problems. Inherently, some breeds have health issues that make them more prone to costly vet visits... Cockers are one of those breeds. All his life he suffered with reoccurring ear infections. Those eventually turned into immune problems that affected his eyes and skin. Steroid use to cure the ear infections caused him to develop Cushings Disease.
There was a time when dogs rarely suffered from immune disorders. The Cocker we had when I was a kid ate tablescraps, I don't think Mom ever bought dog food. Blackie lead a long healthy life with no ear infections, vet visits were just yearly shots.
Go back another generation and the farm dogs that Mom and Dad had as pets NEVER saw a vet. They lived outside, ate whatever my Grandparents had leftover from meals and probably hunted on their own for extra food. They didn't get sick, their stomachs digested even raw meat. That was then, we have bred out healthy immune systems that fight off disease.
Our daughter Amy works in a vet clinic and there's hardly a day that they don't see an animal that isn't affected by immune system problems. You may have noticed the changes being made in pet food, almost every manufacturer offers a formula without wheat or corn now, culprits in the yeast cycle that builds up in a dog's gut. One thing leads to another and then you have a health issue that requires expensive, long-term care. Fido is miserable and your wallet is empty. What you feed your pet really matters.
The Farmer's Co-op offers many choices for your pets. One of their most popular brands is
Precise Holistic Complete, wholesome nutrition without the use of corn, wheat, soy, dairy or grain sorghum.
Taste of the Wild is another premium pet food that is grain free. Bison, venison, smoked lamb, chicken and salmon combined with antioxidant rich veges and fruits make this a good choice for the most finicky pet. They also carry a full line of pet grooming supplies and hard to find products that really work.
In the Kitchen this week... new recipes have been added to the Farmer's Co-op site!
Peach Country Bread
3 Cups fresh Peaches, peeled and sliced
6 Tablespoons Sugar
2 Cups Flour
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1-1/2 Cups Sugar
1/2 Cup Butter
1 Cup Pecans, chopped
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Blend peaches and 6 tablespoons sugar in a blender until pureed. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a medium bowl and set mixture aside.
Combine 1-1/2 cups sugar and butter, creaming well. Add eggs and mix. Add peaches and dry ingredients, mixing until dry ingredients are moistened. Stir in nuts and vanilla. Spoon batter into two well-greased and floured 9-inch-by-5-inch loaf pans.
Bake at 325 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes or until toothpicks inserted in the center come out clean. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan.