Fur Baby Foodies….The Recipes!

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I always post how important it is to me to feed your pets like family.  The idea of feeding my children from a big bag I buy once a month is outrageous and I feel the same way about my other kids.  We like to provide real foods for our pups as well as our fish.  Nice frozen mealworms and live plants keep our fish happy and healthy just like real meat and veggies keep our pups in the right frame of mind.

 

My love language is through food. I put a lot of love into the foods I feed my family and if you’re like me you’ll appreciate these awesome recipes!

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Doggy Dining

10 lb ground beef  or  de-boned chicken

1 lb wild brown rice

4 -5 lbs mixed vegetables with corn, green beans, carrots, peas

2 large sweet potatoes

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In a large stock pot boil your chicken until it falls off of the bone.  Slice your sweet potatoes and in a second pot boil your sweet potatoes.  After your potatoes are softened and your chicken is tender transfer each of them to a separate bowl.  Mix the chicken stock and potato stock.  Bring 32oz of the stock to a boil (freeze and save remaining stock)  then add rice and cook as directed.  Using a food processor chop the mixed veggies and transfer to a separate bowl (this makes it easier for your pups to get the nutrients from the vegetables).  You can also use the food processor for your meats if you want to make it a little easier on a smaller pup. After the rice has absorbed all of the stock you can now begin mixing all of your ingredients.  Stir well and transfer to a mason jar and freeze.  I take 6 jars out each night to be sure two meals are thawed for my pups.

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Beef-

In a large pot brown and chop your ground beef as you would for tacos.  Using a colander drain the beef and transfer to a bowl.  Follow the chicken recipe from this point.  You will only have sweet potato stock for your rice unless you have saved chicken stock from previous meals.

I use a

4oz jar for my schnauzer (he’s 16lbs)

8oz jar (I only fill to about 6 oz) for my pug mix (30lbs)

32oz plastic container for my Doberman mix (70lbs)

 

 

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Kitty Meals

I like to use fish for our adopted cat Posá at our beach house.  She is a feral cat but we feed her and keep her healthy and she keeps the mice and rattle snakes away!  When I don’t plan to make her fish I just throw a extra jar of chicken based dog food and she loves it as much as she does the fish! Cats typically eat a lot less than dogs so its a lot easier to buy a bag of salmon or tilapia or fish of your choice (I like to use the bait fish that goes unused on the island from our neighbors).

2lbs of fish

2lb of chicken liver

1lb wild brown rice

1 cup fresh parsley

2 carrots

1 butternut squash

Lightly season your cat food with fresh (your or your cats choices through trial and error) basil, dill, lavender, catmint, oregano and rosemary

In separate stock pots boil your chicken livers until they turn into mush, this will be your rice stock.  Bake your fish until flaky enough to break up with a fork. Bake your carrots and squash until softened as well.  Boil 32oz of stock (save and freeze for next meal) add rice and cook as directed. When rice is  cooked use a food processor to blend rice carrots, squash, parsley and herbs of choice.  Use one herb in addition to parsley with each batch of food.  After all ingredients are processed use a fork to flake your fish into the mixture.  Then use a 4oz jar to freeze and store.

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Always remember never add salt or seasonings.  In the wild these creatures would be hunting fresh meat.  Lets keep it as close to natural as possible.  Use real cuts of meat and nothing canned due to the sodium.

Some of the benefits of homemade foods

  • better absorption of nutrients so less poop!
  • healthier coat and skin
  • fewer food related health issues
  • healthier weight
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But one of the best things of all is your pet will know they are family and not just a pet!

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Stay at Home Parents

Before becoming a mom, I remember wondering what all of those ladies did when they shipped their kids off to school.  I would imagine they would go home and kick their heels up and look at all of their successes as a parent and wife.  Boy oh boy the things I know now!!!!

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I don’t think anything could have ever prepared me for what was coming next when I was pregnant.  I mean I was a soldier in the USArmy so I can handle being a mom.  I owned a 10,000 sqft facility that was home to my business and non profit so being a mom will be a cake walk.  I’ve renovated countless properties and had to deal with the emotions of the city permitting offices so a kid will be a breeze.  Well, I have since found out that I was wrong!  Being a mom and particularly a stay at home parent comes with a lot more emotional stress and ridicule because “all we do is ship our kids off to school then kick our heels up” so we have no reason to complain.  It took me a while to adjust to the worlds view of our kind but I’ve since found a way to make it amazing and fulfilling without feeling the need to explain!

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The biggest thing I have learned is that I am the CEO of the White House.  Since I do not have a job outside of the home I treat nothing about my home casual.  I have a set time for cooking, cleaning and house work just like I would at a job.  I have a set hour for my blog, play time for the kiddos, walking time for the dogs, a set day to clean our Beta tanks, set workout time with a schedule attached.  Theres also the technical hours when I manage our real estate, our finances, the kiddos school and activities, etc…

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All this being said, I now know the reason these hard working ladies looked as though they lived a life of leisure.  Its because they started every day, week, month and year with a plan and that is my main message in all of my blogs.  When you plan your life you will live more fulfilled.  You will always know whats coming and you will be prepared and able to appreciate the surprises in life.

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Keep up the good work being the CEO of your home!!

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The real woman and moms guide to finding time to workout

As the summer approaches we all begin thinking about the weight gain that came along with the joy of the holiday season.  This is the time to get serious about that holiday weight, weight loss.  You still have time.  Spring is the time I begin focusing on my push backs a little more than a push up.  Push back is when you push back from the table before that extra side of cake.

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Never forget your Beach BOD

 

My goal on this post is to teach you about balance.  So lets start with a realistic approach to your diet.

  1. Drink plenty of water!!!!!!  Water is the source of all things living and will keep your body at its optimal performance.
  2. Have a salad before every meal or drink a meal replacement shake so you won’t have enough room in your tummy for those 3 pieces of chicken but you can still eat one and be satisfied
  3. Pick the meal you’re going to go all out.  You can’t have donuts for breakfast, fried chicken for lunch, bacon cheeseburger with extra fries and dessert everyday and expect to be in shape, but you can pick one of these and have discipline with your meals for the rest of the day
  4. When drinking alcohol, stop when you feel good.  Don’t try to keep going and just know the best way to recover from drinking the next day is to not drink too much.  Also the ratio is 2:1 for water and alcohol.  So if you have 2 cocktails you need to drink 4 glasses (the same size as the cocktail) of water.
  5. I keep a bag of nuts or sunflower seeds and a half gallon of water in my car so the munchies never get the best of me.  Its a great way to keep your protein up and stay hydrated

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So now that we have our eating under control lets talk about keeping firm.  If you need to lose weight lets focus on cardio and fat burning.

fat burning

  • 20 minutes of running or the treadmill or the elliptical machine
  • 25 minutes of 3 reps of 12 for each light weight exercise
  • Day 1 arms, shoulders  and core
  • Day 2 legs, booty and core
  • Day 3 back and core

 

 

Don’t think you have to be in the gym or have access to fancy machinery a workout is as close as running in your neighborhood then coming home finding something that weighs 5lbs and using that as weight.

Now if you already have your diet down and your weight where you want it but you want some definition you will want to focus more on strength building by increasing the weight with the same workout regimen.

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Hope this helps you get in the right lane! From Lisa’s Lane!!!

 

Who Rescued Who, Lani’s Lucky Shepherds or Lisa

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Who rescued Who is often a phrase used when referring to adopting a new pet but it took on a whole new meaning for me!  I was driving down the street when I saw this awesome van wrapped with images of German Shepherds.  Those that know me, know I am a crazy animal lover and my favorite breed of dog just happens to be the amazing German Shepherd.  I fell in love with this breed after raising a pup I named Chyna.  She was an amazing companion, but after 14 long years she went over the rainbow bridge.  She had a brother that named Cairo (he was a Labrador) that passed away two years later which left me with a empty heart.Chyna and Cairo were my first children.  God blessed me with 14 years with each of them.  I think about them everyday and feel so lucky to have raised two amazing pups!Lisa's Lane

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Before Chyna and Cairo left me I filled my need to be surrounded by furry animals by owning and operating a doggy daycare (A Tail and 4 Legs) and running my own rescue group by the name of Yappy Tails (I’m sure many of you remember Yappy Hour).  Well, by the time I was preparing to welcome my less furry babies (Kingston & Mila) I had to sell my business and reduce my rescue work to donating my time and resources to other rescue organizations. I am happy to report I am back in business thanks to the newest German Shepherd rescue group  that has welcomed me into their pack.

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Lani’s Lucky Shepherds of Houston rescue was started about two months ago and that wrapped van gave me an opportunity to make their mission my mission!  lisa's lane

 

Dale Bible is the founder and he has the talent and compassion that makes me excited to follow his lead as we rescue one of the most magnificent and intelligent breeds ever introduced to the world.  As we grow as a group I hope each of you will take some time to donate a piece of yourself to this great cause.  German Shepherds are an amazing breed but because of their strength and intelligence they are often tossed aside as being difficult to deal with.

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Remember if you want one of these fur babies, we have them ready for adoption but a few key things to remember…

  • German Shepherds are a working breed so they will need exercise and structure, unless you are super active apartment living is probably not the best option
  • Not only do they require physical exercise they need plenty mental stimulation
  • They require a moderate amount of grooming
  • These dogs are as powerful as they are smart so if you are planning to add one to your family you need to be prepared to dedicate a good amount of time to training
  • German Shepherds are natural guard dogs and can be very protective
  • If not properly exercised boredom can will turn into destruction

A German Shepherd is an amazing breed to own if given the proper attention.  The reason most relationships with this breed fail is not because of a bad dog (no such thing) but its because of an owner that was not prepared to deal with such a strong and intelligent breed.

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German Shepherds are at the top of my list when it comes to pups and this is one dog that can be trained to do anything.  If you’re interested in being a parent to one of these amazing creatures rescue is the best way to go!  Check out www.luckyshepherds.com to see whats new in the world of rescue!

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