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Review: Whisk & Wag Peanut Butter & Berry Treat Mix

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Baking dog treats with the pups!

One of my favorite things to do when I have the time is to be in the kitchen with Fira waiting at my feet. Weston is always unbothered and saunters away to his bed but Fira is like my barnacle and her eyes are ever gleaming with anticipation.

I didn’t have time to make homemade dog food for them but I did try a new cookie recipe!

Whisk & Wag is a new brand of ready-to-bake dog treats with natural, real ingredients. It comes in a cute clear jar with the treat mix and just add water

Well, actually a bit of vegetable/canola oil too. I threw it in a bowl, mixed it into dough with my hands, pressed it flat and used a little cookie cutter to make bite-size bone-shaped treats for the pups. Easy! This makes it super convenient to make healthy treats for the dogs but fast—minus the preservatives. 

The newly released flavor Peanut Butter & Berry is made with only eight ingredients and is full of antioxidants from the cranberries + blueberries and high in protein from the dog-friendly yeast and peanut butter. 

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Ready to go in the oven!

I made a selection of bone-shaped treats and mini balls for Weston + Fira to enjoy. They have a nice crunch and are light and compact. I did some training with these treats and the pups just loved ’em!

Weston’s bag of tricks: sit, down, stay, roll, jump, paw shake, spin.

Fira: sit.

Did you know August 1st is DOGust?

DOGust 1st celebrates the universal birthday for shelter dogs! Whisk & Wag will be donating $1 for every jar of Peanut Butter & Berry sold through Amazon for the entire month of August to a local non-profit called My Furry Valentine.

The perfect reason to shop for some treats with yummy new flavors for your dog and bake together. My kitchen smells delicious!

 

 

[ Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Whisk & Wag. Where's The Frenchie received product for our honest review and experience. Where's The Frenchie is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program and this post does incorporate affiliate links. ]

DIY: Rosé Gummy Bears + More

How cute are gummy bears?!

Well, when I found out you could make gummy bears for dogs and that gelatin is indeed safe, I knew I had to make pink rosé gummies!

I made mine with pureed strawberries + coconut water. There are sooo many varieties you could make too—bone broth treats like this recipe on This Dog’s Life, pumpkin + cinnamon + more. I also ordered a gummy bear mold on Amazon which comes with an easy-to-use dropper.

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INGREDIENTS

DIRECTIONS 

  1. Purée strawberries with ¼ cup of coconut water (or cold water).
  2. Strain the purée + keep liquid.
  3. Sprinkle with 1 TBSP gelatin.
  4. Pour in ¼ cup of hot water and whisk.
  5. Pour into ice cube trays, molds or a glass baking pan. 
  6. Cover + chill for 3 hours. Must keep refrigerated or it will melt. Will keep refrigerated for up to 4 days. 

 

OTHER RECIPES

Beef Broth + Parsley 

  • Tbsp fresh parsley (chopped) 
  • 1 cup low sodium broth 

Pumpkin + Cinnamon 

  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree 
  • ¹⁄₈  tsp cinnamon 
Chicken Broth + Turmeric
  • 1 pinch turmeric powder
  • 1 cup low sodium broth

 

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Can My Dog Eat Fermented Vegetables? Yes!

why fermented foods are better

Who else loves fermented foods? Pickles, kimchi, sauerkraut, jalapenos—literally, some of my favorite foods. Did you know some of your favorite foods are probably fermented too? Beer, some cheeses, wine and cacao beans are all fermented to make into chocolate.

Why fermenting?

There’s just something about the sour-salty and extra layers of flavor that make fermented foods so delicious and so much healthier for our systems. Microorganisms break the cells down so our bodies digest them better and absorb nutrients. From Dr. Heartway: “Cats, and to some degree dogs, eat mostly fresh meat “in the wild”. However, their consumption of plant matter is mostly in the form of gut contents from prey. These contents, such as from the rumen of a deer or intestines of a mouse have already been partially broken down by bacteria… ie, fermented.”

How does it work?

When vegetables are sealed without air with a preservative like salt, natural bacteria and enzymes break down the raw vegetables into a more digestible and nutritious form. 

“For those who have apprehensions about food safety, fermented vegetables can be safer than raw vegetables, thanks to the ability of lactic acid, which forms during fermentation, to hunt down and kill any harmful bacteria that might be present.”

I found someone on Instagram posting about fermenting vegetables for dogs and I immediately knew I had to start. The thing with fermented veggies is that it is SO easy to make (just let it sit for days!) and turns good foods into super foods. I try to eat something fermented everyday so that I know I’m getting those good probiotics for my gut. My mom also said when she was pregnant with me she ate only rice + kimchi everyday, so you know I will neverrrr tire of kimchi. 

It’s the same reason why yogurt is good for your gut and also for your dog’s digestion. Weston is allergic to dairy unfortunately so he doesn’t get to have yogurt too often. But with fermented vegetables, they’re getting all that good flora, it’s inexpensive and they have been devouring every bit! I’m so excited about it!

 

fermented vegetables healthier for dogs

 

 

  • a handful of vegetables (carrots, radish, cabbage, green beans, cauliflower, broccoli, kale)
  • sea salt or himalayan salt
  • filtered water
  • air-tight jars
  1. Chop the vegetables finely or throw into a food processor. 
  2. Fill the jars with the tiny adorable veggies and fill to the top with salted water—just enough to cover the tops of the veggies. You can do anywhere from 1-3 TBSP of salt per 1 liter of filtered water.
  3. Store in dark place (warmer is better–fermentation takes a bit longer in a cool place).
  4. Open everyday to let air out. It creates pressurized gas and even “pops” when you open it. You can even buy lids specifically for fermentation that will release pressure on its own. 
  5. Let sit for 7-10 days.
  6. At max, store one year in cool place. Once opened, it will last two weeks in fridge. You can freeze (which stops the fermentation process). 

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how to ferment vegetables for dogs

This is after 10 days of fermentation. I drained all the water and store them in the fridge in a container. I give the pups a spoonful per meal (breakfast + dinner). They have eaten every crumb and I think this will definitely become a regular thing. BTW, these are human-friendly too! 

Next time I think I will shred the veggies so they are softer and even easier to chew. Hope this was helpful and do let me know if you give it a try!

 

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Where's The Frenchie is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program and incorporates affiliate links.

Grain-Free Strawberry Almond Cake Recipe

 

Guess what?

It’s my birthday today. So, of course the pups get their own dog-friendly cake!

I found this recipe on my fave DIY dog blog Pretty Fluffy–it’s just soo photogenic and sounded delicious. It’s even grain-free as it’s made with almond flour and full of clean ingredients like coconut oil, strawberries + honey.

I really like to cook. I have several homemade dog food recipes on here and cook for the pups all the time + for myself etc etc but BAKING? I just suck at it. Hate the measuring, hate the exactness of it. When I cook, I like to throw around things with a flourish like #saltbae.

So, this is what the cake is suppose to look like; courtesy of Pretty Fluffy:

Gorgeous, right?

Well, let’s continue…

The ingredients are relatively simple:

CAKE:
1 3/4 cup almond flour
1 – 2 TBS honey (preferably raw)
3 eggs
2-3 TBS melted coconut oil
1 cup chopped organic strawberries + couple of extra for topping

ICING:
1 cup of organic plain yogurt
2-3 TBS almond butter or organic peanut butter

Preheated the oven to 350 degrees and greased the ramekins like the recipe said to…

Blended up all the ingredients in my handy Nutribullet.

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Bake for 20 minutes. Ta da! Adorable little strawberry cakes.

Then…

This happened (this ALWAYS happens).

They didn’t just slide out of the ramekins. I had to scoop them out with a spoon, crumbling the bottom in the process. The photo actually doesn’t look that bad now that I’m looking at it but they were lumpy and not as pretty as the original photos. I will never be master baker. lol.

Salvaged what I could and of course, the dogs didn’t care. They loved these little gluten free treats and they smelled so good!

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DIY: Healthy Homemade Dog Food

Updated 4/17/2018.

Any frenchie owners out there?

As a french bulldog owner, we know with this breed they can be finicky with food and can be prone to food allergies.

So, when Weston was a puppy, I started cooking him food myself because of his super sensitive stomach (aka: vomit central) and he LOVED it. He got leaner, farted less and hardly ever vomited. He also looked forward to his meals and licked his bowl clean—woohoo! Fira’s the lucky one and has been eating cooked foods since we brought her home, so she has no idea what kibble is and am sure would stick her nose up to it. Weston has become quite the food snob and will only eat cooked foods—I even tried to get them on a raw diet and they refused the raw! Picky pups.

As he got older (he’s seven now), new companies started coming out with cooked, human-grade foods so it’s nice to have options when I get lazy. We love Pure Dog Food, which is nutrionally balanced (get $20 off your first order with our code: wtfrenchie.)

A couple years ago, we got Weston and Fira an allergy test–I haven’t even gotten one myself even though I’ve wanted to for years but yep, they got one first. #whocanrelate? Weston didn’t really show too many symptoms (only licked his paws occasionally) but knowing how many frenchies have allergies, it seemed like a logical idea…

WELLLL, Fira is only allergic to pork but Weston is allergic to chicken, turkey, pork, dairy, white fish, sweet potatoes and a few other things. We were feeding him almost all of those ingredients on the daily, EEK.

That reeeally limits our choices and he gets bored eating the same thing over and over, so I decided to mix up his feeding regime and do homemade dog food again to alternate. I reallyyy love cooking so this was actually fun for me. But it’s easy too, promise! Just put aside a couple hours to make a HUGE batch and fill up your freezer so you don’t have to cook again for awhile.

INGREDIENTS:

3 lbs ground turkey (or any protein)
1 cup uncooked millet (or any other whole grain: quinoa, rice, pasta)
1 tbs olive oil
1 carrot, shredded
1 zucchini, shredded
1 squash, shredded
1 apple, chopped
1 tbs calcium powder
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes or coconut oil
1/2 cup pumpkin puree (canned or homemade)

Optional: I also added in a few heaping tablespoons of Digest All probiotic supplement. The same brand makes a supplement called Canine Complete which also has great reviews and I see it being recommended a lot.


1. Bring 1 cup of whole grain to boil in a pot of water. I overcook it so that it’s soft and easily digestible. Drain.

2. While that’s boiling, shred/chop the veggies.

3. Cook ground turkey with olive oil and drain excess juices.

4. Mix everything together! No need to cook the veggies. The cooked turkey and whole grain will warm them up a bit.

Olive oil:  adds healthy fats
Coconut flakes: healthy fats, aids in digestion, great for skin/coat
Calcium: bone growth and health
Pumpkin: high source of digestible fiber

Store in tupperware or ziplock bags and freeze! Makes enough for around 2 weeks of meals (Fira weighs 14 lbs).

Disclaimer: use your own judgement and of course, speak to your veterinarian if you have questions/concerns.

 

Pure Dog Food is a natural, organic, preservative-free dog food company. Shop online or pick up in store at: 2150 Westwood Blvd, LA CA 90025.

$20 off your first order (over $40) with our code: wtfrenchie

 

Grain Free PB+J Cookie Recipe + Our Fave Dog Treats

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Do you remember in elementary + middle school coming home excited about a peanut butter + jelly sandwich? I used to eat four in one sitting and was hungry again an hour later. #thatyoungmetabolism

Well, I thought making a dog-friendly version of a PB+J would be adorable and delicious! These grain-free dog treats are all natural, preservative-free and so yummy. The pups just loooved these. I found the recipe here but made them into little “drops”—they came out looking like toasted meringue cookies!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup of peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup of mashed blueberries
  • 1 mashed banana
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup of warm water

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1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. In large bowl, combine the coconut flour, peanut butter, crushed blueberries, mashed banana, eggs + water. Mix + add more water if needed.

3. Create bite size drops (using your fingers is best) + arrange on baking sheet.

4. Bake for 20 minutes.

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[ Note: these should be refrigerated in an open container. I stored mine in a zip lock bag on the counter and after a few days, the bag was all moist and mold had grown! I had to throw them all away. Next time, I’m thinking of leaving them in the fridge on parchment paper. ]


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Fave Dog Treats To Buy

Now we don’t always have time to make homemade treats so I put together a list of my favorite all-natural dog treats that have the least amount of ingredients possible and tasty.

Sojos treats are natural and comes in yummy flavors like PB+J, Blueberry Cobbler, Chicken Pot Pie + Apple Dumpling.

cheese puffs for dogs

Bark Pops: cheese puffs for dogs! Light, pop-em-in-your-mouth + only 3.3 calories per treat!

Brutus & Barnaby: only one ingredient. Dehydrated sweet potatoes.

Snif Snax Salmon cutlets are made with Scottish Salmon, organic sweet potato + natural hardwood smoke.

Pure Dog Food treats made of dehydrated chicken + parsley! If you haven’t tried Pure Dog Food yet and want to, use our $20 off code (orders over $40): wtfrenchie


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Make Your Own Sushi The Dogs Can Eat!

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This may be one of the craziest things I’ve ever done.

Well, actually my crazy list is looong and everyone knows I’ll do anything for my pups—cook for myself? Nope, but cook 8 pounds of dog food? Hand me my veg peeler.

This is definitely just a snack and it’s not daily, weekly or even monthly. And it’s not raw. I’ve been reading that it’s a definitely no on feeding your dogs raw salmon because they can contain bacteria and parasites.

BTW, did you know there is an actual sushi bar for dogs in New Zealand? They get it. Anyways, salmon is full of good omega-3s, as we all know, and we feed the pups salmon at least every other week. Throw in some veggies (carrots + cucumbers for this recipe or add zucchini + green beans etc), plain rice with no sugar or salt and wrap it all up in seaweed paper which is full of good dog-friendly vitamins + minerals.

Let’s start the recipe!

You’ll need:

  • cooked salmon fillets
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • carrot, peeled + sliced
  • cucumber, peeled + sliced
  • seaweed/nori paper

1. Spread a small amount of rice evenly on the seaweed paper. Leave about an inch of empty space on one side of it (this is where we’ll apply water later to seal the roll).

2. Put a few pieces of veggies and a thin line of salmon pieces right in the center.

3. Start rolling! Yes, I bought a sushi mat especially for this occasion. If you’re going to be making sushi rolls, YOU NEED ONE.

4. Apply some water at the edge of the paper and seal the roll tight.

5. Slice with a verrry sharp knife!

Don’t they look DELISH?

I don’t know why I had so much fun making these for the pups—like, absolutely giddy over it. Weston + Fira gobbled them up but did leave some of the rice and a few of the veggies here and there. They have been known to leave little green peas in their bowl when finishing a meal.

A thought: stirring in some coconut oil in the rice would probably make it similar to sushi rice and stick better. These make cute, bite-size treats but they don’t keep in the fridge too well. The rice hardens and falls apart a bit. But they’re definitely human-friendly too. So, just make a handful, invite some four-legged friends over + have a sushi party!

Sushi party over here…

We invited our friend Sushi (yes, her name is Sushi!) over to show you guys how to make these rolls!

 

Disclaimer: use your own judgement and of course, speak to your veterinarian if you have questions/concerns.

Pure Dog Food: What The Dogs Eat When We Travel

Pure Dog Food is usually our food of choice for the pups at home so when I found out they also ship nationwide, I was pumped! We were in NYC for over two weeks, so that was the perfect time to ship over a bunch of food. Delivery is free for Los Angeles area but I was a little worried it would be pricey for Overnight shipping to NYC but to my surprise it was less than $50. Shipping charges vary by how many you buy etc (for example: shipping for 3 quart size containers of food is less than $33 cross-country). A quart size has about 4-5 meals, depending on the size of your dog.

You can order a la carte or do a subscription and get it delivered every 1, 2, 3 or 4 weeks. Make sure to use our promo code: wtfrenchie to get $20 off your first order.

The pups’ fave meals are Salmon with curly pasta (it’s seriously pretty) and Beef and pumpkin. It’s all cooked with all-natural ingredients so it actually smells + looks like FOOD–not dog food. It’s all nutritionally balanced and the dogs love it!

 

 

 

Recipe: Salmon Quinoa Homemade Dog Food

 

Try this healthy homemade dog food recipe for your pups! It’s full of antioxidants, healthy fats and omegas. My frenchies do so well on salmon–it’s definitely become their favorite.

Salmon for dogs?

Salmon is so beneficial for dogs with its high protein, amino and omega-3 fatty acids that they need. It helps boosts their immune system, reduce inflammation and even reduce skin allergies. Amino acids are a must in an animal’s diet. Dogs that do not get enough of the essential amino acids can have healthy issues ranging from: weakened immune systems and skin and coat allergies.

This recipe includes baked salmon, raw shredded veggies, cooked quinoa and pureed pumpkin (lots of fiber). This one’s a variation of the original recipe I’ve posted before. Weston can be really picky and has been known to skip meals but with this version, he hasn’t missed a meal yet!

RECIPE:

6 lbs salmon
2 cups quinoa
3 zucchinis
2 yellow squash
4 carrots
2 cans pureed pumpkin
7 oz melted coconut oil (almost a cup)
Any supplement/vitamin you like or recommended by vet (try Canine Complete)

  1. Bake salmon in oven 375 degrees for 20 minutes.
  2. Cook quinoa with water until quinoa soaks up all liquid and fluff with fork. You’ll have over 4 cups of cooked quinoa.
  3. Shred all veggies with grater.
  4. Mix all ingredients together!

I feed Weston (22 lbs) about a cup of food per meal, breakfast and dinner. Fira (14 lbs) gets 3/4 cup per meal. I store all the food in quart size ziploc bags and freeze them. They’re easy to thaw (usually transfer a couple in the fridge the night before) and easy to portion. This recipe should last about 2-3 weeks!

 

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