Monthly Archives: August 2013

It’s Christmas in July

A little while back Matilda pawticipated in an annual event, Christmas in July!

Originally known as the Doggone Dog Swap, (no, you don’t swap your dog) it’s now called Christmas in July! If you follow Sprinkles and Finn & Charley Too, you most likely know all about it, if not, hop on over and check them out!

Christmas in July! is over for this year, but you must, whatever you do, mark it on your 2014 calendar, so you and your pet/s can also get to pawticipate!

I wasn’t sure how many pawticipants would register from the land down-under, so I asked Marianne, she’s the International Pawticipants Coordinator, if she would be happy to ask a pawticipant, if they would be willing to donate a gift to a local shelter, in their neck of the woods, in Matilda’s name and we in return, would donate to a local shelter, in our neck of the woods, in their pet’s name.

We were so happy when we found out Matilda got matched with Finn, such a beautiful female Golden Retriever, who lives in NY, USA – yeaah!
Matilda and I decided we needed to make a donation to the RSPCA, Lonsdale, South Australia. They do such a great job looking after all the pets waiting to find their furever homes, as well as helping sick and injured pets and re-uniting lost pets with their owners. RSPCA Lonsdale is where we found our new kitten Meg waiting for us!

RSPCA - Lonsdale

RSPCA – Lonsdale

We spent our dollars on some thirsty bath towels and warm bed sheets (all thanks to our local Goodwill store), puppy blankets, rope toys and balls. We also baked some Nut and Flax Seed Cookies to bring along too!

Finn and Matilda Christmas in July 2013

Finn and Matilda Christmas in July 2013

Our kitten Meg conducting a quality assessment!

Our kitten Meg conducting a Quality Assessment!

Matilda doing a quality assessment!

Matilda conducting her own Quality and Taste – maybe I can steal this toy and no one will notice – Assessment!

Elaine says Thank you Finn and Matilda

Elaine says Thank you Finn and Matilda

Elaine said, on behalf of all the pets at the RSPCA Lonsdale

THANK YOU SO MUCH Finn and Matilda! 


There you have it – Finn and Matilda’s Christmas in July 2013 was a great success on both sides of the world!

Today’s Dog Treat Cookie Recipe

Did you know?
is incredibly nutritious and truly deserves the “superfood” label. Chia contain more calcium than whole milk, more iron than raw spinach and more magnesium than broccoli. Chia is non-allergenic too and an excellent source of phosphorus, potassium, copper, iron and zinc. Chia has 3 times the amount of Omega-3 fatty acids as salmon! Omega-3 is important to balance out Omega-6 fatty acids. Two tablespoons of Chia seeds provide a 3 to 1 ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6 fatty acids. Chia supports normal insulin function and sensitivity, blood sugar regulation and glucose tolerance. The added benefit of slowing down digestion enables full absorption of nutrients, dogs feel satiated longer.
Chia is also know to reduce inflammation too.


2½ cups Rye flour
2 tbsp. Chia seeds
1/2 cup Nut Butter (Sunflower or Peanut)
1 cup Hot Water
2 tbsp. Coconut oil
Preheat your oven to 190° C (375° F) and line a cookie tray with parchment paper.
In a bowl, whisk together the flour and seeds to combine.
In a small bowl, mix together the nut butter, hot water and coconut oil.
Add wet ingredients to dry and mix well to combine.
Turn out onto lightly rye floured work surface and knead to bring mixture together.
Roll out dough to 1/4 – 1/2 inch thickness and using a cookie cutter of your choice, sharp knife or pastry cutter, cut out shapes and place onto cookie tray.
Repeat process of knead, roll, cut and place until all dough is used.
Bake for 18 – 20 minutes (depends on your oven) or until lightly browned.
Remove from oven and place cookies on wire cooling rack to cool completely.
Yield: 48 cookies (1 and 2 inch cookies)

Storage, Refrigeration and Freezing instructions:
Store in zip lock bags or air tight containers in your refrigerator.
Allow to come to room temperature before feeding.
Home-baked dog treats contain no preservatives, so they can mold or spoil the same as home-baked people cookies/cakes do. Other variables, ingredients/moisture content of the treat and climate conditions will also determine the storage time.
Refrigeration will prolong the life of home-made dog treats.
Freeze for up to 6 months – Always allow treats to thaw completely before feeding.

Feed these CHIA AND NUT BUTTER COOKIES only as a treat.
Treats should not make up more than 5 – 10% of your pet’s diet.
As with any treat, always provide fresh water after feeding.

Be sure to check the recipe for any known foods or ingredients your pet may be allergic to. If in doubt, check with your Vet.

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