Don't Forget About Fido When Making Holiday Dinner!

May it be an elaborate Christmas dinner or families get together during the holidays. One thing is certain, there’s always going to be an emphasis on food to eat during this time. While your friends and family already have their heart set on that juicy holiday ham, let’s not forget about our four-legged companions during the holidays. They bring you joy and happiness throughout the year and they should be included in the holiday festivities.

Peanut Napping

My dog; Peanut, waking up from her nap

One way to do this is to give them a special meal. This could be something you make homemade for them or splurging and getting them some really fancy dog food. If you plan on making a homemade dish for your dog, here is a recipe I found that my dog enjoys having on special occasions:

Buffaloaf (Courtesy of Dog Training Central)

20 minutes prep. time and 40 minutes cooking time.

Ingredients needed:

  • 3 cups ground buffalo (lean)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 and a half cups old fashioned oats
  • 3/4 cup grated mixed vegetables
  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese

Cooking directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Hand-mix all ingredients and press into a loaf pan. Bake for 40 minutes. May be refrigerated, or frozen in slices for easy serving.

Substitute ground turkey, chicken, or beef, if desired. Mixing meats is not recommended.

If your skills in the kitchen aren’t the best, there are plenty of tasty options you can find at your local pet store. Since it’s going to be a special meal for your dog, go all out. One of my favorite special go to meals for my dog is a dog stew from Natural Balance. They come in little bowls that you can serve them out of and it makes cleaning up dishes a piece of cake!

Dogs get excited when given something special.

Everyone should be happy during the holidays and food is one of the best ways to achieve that, so give your dog something tasty!

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