The perfect collision – curiosity, knowledge, and food …

All living beings need the whole enchilada, an integrative life, in order to feel balance, to be healthy inside and out, to the core, our essence. All of it. Social, emotional, physical, and nutritional well-being. Unifying separate things. Creating a whole from different parts. Integrative. Fifteen years ago I realized that the pretty dog food…

raw food raw talk II

I’m inviting you all into my home, specifically my kitchen, so you can see what it actually looks like to make a raw meal for your dog. It’s pretty much like a regular cooking demonstration, sans stove and wine! Raw feeding is referred to as biologically appropriate or species specific. Giving your dog the food…

saturnalia bread

We added the celebration of Saturnalia to our winter kitchen in 2005, and pretty much never looked back. It’s an old, ancient, Roman celebration to Saturn, the deity of agriculture. ‘Saturnalia’ was a festival of light leading to the winter solstice. From roughly December 17-24, the Roman Empire became a giant festival of sorts. During…

mince ‘meat free’ pie… AWESOME!

I don’t post many ‘people food’ recipes, but it’s that time of year when I step out and try new dishes, new techniques, new everything in the kitchen. This I had to share! OK, so when I was growing up, mince meat pie use to be my favorite holiday pie, as in all time favorite,…

lavender and rosemary roasted meaty gems!

If those organs, gizzards, or random turkey parts freak any person out in your home, PLEASE don’t toss them. Dogs love these little meaty gems, and they are a vital source of nutrients! Gizzards, also referred to as the ventriculus, gastric mill, and gigerium, is an organ found in the digestive tract of some animals….

love, bliss, family … I am grateful

Autumn is my season. Hands down it’s when I feel most me. The colors, the food, the way the air smells, getting under down comforters, snuggling with my dogs on chilly mornings, pulling my sweaters out of the closet! I could live in a cool, crisp, light breeze, blue bird sky kind of place year…

freestyle in Santa’s hood … an Alaskan Adventure

Mickey was a reluctant freestyler, her dog Tassie was all for it! She came to me for owner focus work, to help her in her agility training, but I directed her towards freestyle. The first thing Mickey told me was, no. I pushed again, and heard no. I said, just try it. There was silence…

dirt for the soul kind of day

If you can garden this time of year in the mountains, it’s a treat. Harvesting the last of the chard, delicada squash, and herbs. Collecting seeds for next years garden dreams, transplanting, moving, and degrassing flower beds. It’s more or less playing in the dirt, a soul kind of day. The only thing that makes…

whirling liver, fish fudge, and more – home made dog treat recipes

Last night after our adolescent class, Amanda, better known as Alice’s handler, brought out some baked goods to share with us humans. Holy Yum Fest!This little glass container held the most perfect, beautiful, and tantalizing treats. This recipe must be similar to what she made, Pistachio Lemon Cream Macarons. Just looking at these macarons you…

FOOD

Accurate information is something that’s important to me, especially when it comes to nutrition and behavior. All to often I work with people that were given advice by a well meaning person at a dog park, a colleague, or hearsay during a card game. This type of advice is only good if you can double…