Me & My Animals

In our family we also always had animals, mainly dogs, but we had other strange critters too. A raccoon that would pull open every drawer in the house if we left him alone and would wash his apples in the sink. A pet goat named Feebee that played hide and seek with me. Goats are really smart. And a little ram named Bucky. My brother was afraid of him and that delighted me.
My grandmother guessed early on that I had a special affiliation with animals. I was about six when she handed me a sliced aloe plant and told me that a wild cat had her paw caught in a trap in the back field and had chewed her paw off. She said for me to find the cat and doctor it. Funny, that wild cat found me and let me put the aloe on its paw. She lived and brought her many kittens to my bedroom window and let me play with her babies.
So it’s no surprise that I realized that health, food and animals were my passions and I could put them all together in a book.
Mimi and Casper are the dogs in my life now. They give me love and enjoyment every day. They inspired me to write this Dog Gone Good Cookbook. This book fulfills my need to give love and caring to them and to share it with all their buddies – human and furry.


Chicken Breast “Jerky”


2 chicken breast fillets, cut in thin strips about 1 to 2 inches wide and 1/8th inch thick
1 Tablespoon of turmeric (anti-inflammatory)
1 quart of water
1 teaspoon of coconut oil

Preheat oven 175.

Add turmeric to a bowl of water with chicken strips and let soak for about 20 minutes. Pat dry. Using coconut oil, lightly grease baking sheet or place lightly greased parchment paper on baking sheet. Place dry strips on baking sheet and bake for about 2 to 2-1/2 hours. Cool on a wire rack. When cool, place in a plastic bag and store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or in freezer for 6 months.


Jerky is an ancient meat preparation technique with a broad history. Native Americans sun dried their meat with salt and herbs. The Spanish Conquistadors cut the meat into strips and hung the strips up in their ships to air dry. They called their dried meat Charqui. The natives tried to say Charqui but with their accent it came out ‘Jerky’.

A yummy bite of history:

In the 13th century, Mongol horsemen led by Genghis Khan would place strips of meat between the horse and their saddle. The Mongols would ride sometimes for days without dismounting. When dinner time came around they would reach up under the saddle and take the meat out. It would be nice and warm, salty, and tenderized. Just thinking, a nice Cabernet Sauvignon would go nicely with that seasoned meat. Just don’t serve the wine to your canine buddy.

Casper, Mimi, and I prepare our jerky a little differently. It would be faster in a dehydrator but we use the oven. None of our friends own a dehydrator and they can be expensive.


Sweet Potato “Jerky”


2 large sweet potatoes, washed and sliced in ¼ inch slices leaving skin on
1 teaspoon cinnamon (helps with blood sugar)
½ teaspoon of fenugreek (optional; good for digestion)

Preheat oven to 175.

Mix cinnamon and fenugreek together and sprinkle over sweet potato slices. Put parchment paper over cookie sheet and arrange slices on parchment. Cook for 3 hours or until totally dry and leathery.

Take out of oven and allow to cool; then and place in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. This jerky will keep for about 2 weeks (but they will be all gone by then).


Normally I love a good thick steak very rare or maybe a well prepared Steak Tartar and wash it down with a little bottle of Bling H20. But there are times that nibbling on a delightfully cool, and delicious bite of a perfect gelatin is what is called for, especially after a long walk in the park on a typically hot steamy day in Texas.

Gayle and Chef Mimi do make a wonderful gelatin called Red Beefy Hearts. They use a special beef broth and pureed roasted red peppers with a special herb blend. They use a heart shaped cutter to make perfect little hearts. It’s really quite lovely. This is a three paw review… Picture blow:
 red bites of joy

Mister Casper Dog Food Critic

Top Dog Food Critic in the country. He is starting his own blog section. He will be writing about his dining experiences. This  Canine has an amazing palate.

Mister Casper  should be blogging soon……

Stinky Dog

Stinky Dog: Digestive Problems in Canines
by Gayle Pruitt CN

Did your best furry buddy ever have gas or should I say ‘flatulence’ (a much nicer term), or diarrhea or vomiting? That could mean that your cute little doggie ate something dead like a yummy rat, bird or a little bug. But it could also indicate a digestive disorder that might be more alarming. Dogs can have IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome), colitis, even a peptic ulcer just like humans. These disorders can result from many different causes so if your Fido is experiencing any signs like gas, vomiting, diarrhea, or loss of appetite, then it’s always best to take him/her to the Veterinarian to be checked out.

There are a few things you can do that may prevent some of these issues from even manifesting. First, feed him good human grade quality food. I don’t mean human food as in fast junk food! I mean really good high grade meat, fresh vegetables and a little fruit. And you can get a good digestive enzyme from your Veterinarian. Mix the proper amount in with their food along with a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. This will help do some of the heavy work of breaking down the food.

Friendly bacteria – probiotics – are a critical ingredient for keeping you and your canine kid’s immune system strong, healthy, and absorbing nutrients properly. The best probiotic I have ever found for humans or for dogs is Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics. If your dog is like my two hungry hounds all you would have to do is pitch the capsule to them and they would gobble it up. If yours is a little more finicky then open up the capsule, push out the good tasting paste and either place it in their food or just in their mouth. Dr. Ohhira’s tastes great, plus it’s even good for their gums (your gums too!).

Stress is a main factor causing dogs and humans to start having digestive issues. Why not have a little Bach or Chopin playing in the background? Classical music has been shown to soothe animals and humans alike, especially Bach. Once the stress level goes down and your dog is eating right and his flora is flourishing, it’s time to think about your dog living a long and healthy happy life. One way to help ensure that your little guy lives as long as he is supposed to is with the Gift of Life supplement. It’s delicious and it brings out the puppy in your dog at any age.

Just remember – if your dog is stinky and hasn’t been near a skunk or there are no rotten eggs around then you may need to check with the Vet. Start feeding him/her high quality food, use digestive enzymes and give Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics – the very best for dog or human!

Article submitted by Gayle Pruitt, CN.

For questions about Probiotics and the Dr. Ohhira Probiotic Supplements email Gayle at gayle@drohhiraprobiotics.com or call 800-605-5032 Ext. 3.

Keeping You and Your Furry Buddy Healthy, Happy and Enjoying Life.

Keep your weight and your dog’s weight under control. Obesity in you and in your dog is a prescription for trouble. When overweight, both humans and dogs are more at risk for many lifestyle illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, and even certain cancers. Being overweight is also hard on your joints, messes up your hormones and depletes your energy. So exercise, and eat the right foods to be able to enjoy life to its fullest.

When you exercise, it doesn’t take long before you and your dog feel the benefits. The right kind of exercise strengthens the heart and lungs, builds muscle, and helps rid the body of toxins including the bad estrogens that can cause trouble. Exercise increases circulation which brings more oxygen to the cells and tissues. Increased activity burns calories which in turn burns fat and you lose weight. But that’s not all! For a big bonus, exercise affects the brain in many different, positive ways; it helps with perception, memory, judgment, and reasoning. It lifts your mood, and eases your pain.

When you and your dog buddy have more energy and are excited about life, you burn calories. When you burn calories, you burn fat.

Next in the equation is water. Remember, pure water for you and your dog keeps the toxins away. Please don’t let your best buddy drink from puddles on the street. It’s not just the bacteria that are the problem. Lead, arsenic and other poisons could be out on the road. They are all carcinogenic. Change your dog’s water at least once a day. Get a good water filter. The money spent is well worth it in the savings on your veterinarian and doctor bills.

The quality of the air that we breathe is also very important. The air in the parks and in the backyard is great, but stay away from walking close to the highway. The toxins in the air from cars and trucks and could cause some issues. The air in our home needs to be as pure as possible, so nix those toxic cleaning chemicals. Get an air purifier. If you can’t afford a good air purifier then invest in some plants that also take many toxins out of the air and will help with allergies too.

Next, use natural products for you and your dog. There are so many wonderful natural flea and tick powders, shampoos, and sprays that do not have side effects. There is no reason now to use harsh chemicals on yourself or your canine kids. Same goes for lawn products. You don’t need to use toxic chemicals in your yard and landscaping. There are many natural alternatives that do a wonderful job.

Keep your life and your dog’s life as simple as possible. Try to delete as much stress out of your life as you can. There could be people in your life that are toxic. Stay away from them. Life is too precious and too short; you must make smart choices. You will never be able to change toxic people. They are who they are and if they want to change – great, but you can’t do it for them. That’s not your job. Your job is for you to be happy and healthy and make a happy healthy life for your dog.

One more little thing before we get to the fun stuff – food! Ask yourself do I run to the doctor every time I get the sniffles and ask for a medication? If you do, you are contributing to the toxic impact on your life. Our immune system can handle most of our issues. Of course, when you do get sick by all means go to your doctor. And if your dog is really sick, go to the veterinarian. But if you don’t have to have drugs, don’t press your doctor or the veterinarian into giving you or your dog one. If the doctor does prescribe a drug, it doesn’t hurt to ask your doctor what the side-effects are and how necessary is that drug. Remember every single drug has a side-effect and the more drugs you take the more side-effects you will have and the more drugs will be prescribed to take care of the side-effects. What a vicious circle!

And now for the best part – food. Food for you and your dog needs to be as clean as possible. By that I mean buy organic and/or locally grown meat and eggs. Find pasture fed or, at the very least, antibiotic and hormone free. Buy organic vegetables and fruits to help keep toxic chemicals and pesticides to a minimum. Also, you and your little furry guy needs to be able to digest all that good food so a digestive enzyme and some friendly bacteria is always a good choice.

Have fun, eat healthy and have a great life!