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Our parting gift to the Community.

Most of you will now be aware that we are taking a huge step and relocating to Cambridgeshire. We wanted to leave the Community something to remember us by. As animal lovers and a Dog Walking and Pet Services Business it had to be animal related. That's when I did some research and came across Smokey Paws Ltd, who's mission is to raise enough money through public donations, to equip every first responder in the UK with lifesaving oxygen masks.

On Thursday 22nd September Bark'n'Bound aka Kev and Deb, along with our dog Daisy, were invited to Faversham Fire Station. We were met by Chris Wheal KFRS Volunteer and Wayne Burney KFRS Crew Manager. Then we went into the Fire Station, where Wayne gave us information about the pet oxygen masks which we had donated. Chris also showed us some photos of the masks in action. Since November 2015 not only have they have been used successfully to help save pets caught in fires but also for animals caught up in RTA's or unfortunate incidents. A bit of oxygen also helps give, animals suffering from shock a boost to their system.

After that we had a tour of the Station's Pumps, which we both found really interesting. They carry so much equipment behind their compartment doors. Daisy was a little apprehensive of the noise but was very well behaved.

Before we left we had a look around their Animal Rescue Unit, which is a huge Unimog, complete with winch. Kev really loved this vehicle and had lots of questions which Wayne was able to answer. He also told us about recent emergencies which it had attended.

Finally we had our photo taken in front of the Animal Rescue Unit, with Wayne holding the set of oxygen masks. We left knowing that we had donated to a worthy cause and would be helping to save the lives of not only pets but other animals too.

For more information about Smokey Paws, please visit their website www.smokeypaws.co.uk

Who else is guilty of this?

On Sunday 3rd April one woman, one man, one dog and quite a bit of luggage, went on their annual holiday to Sayers House, Wisbech, St Mary. We had a great journey, stopped off to do a small food shop for a few days, then arrived at our holiday cottage by 3.00pm.

Monday morning came round and it was pretty miserable weather wise so after walking Daisy we spent the day chilling. Kev and Daisy find this difficult but me, well I have it down to a fine art.

The forecast for Tuesday was looking okay. After breakfast we ventured out in the car and drove to Boston. The traffic was kind to us and we arrived in just over an hour. There is a lovely Park in the centre of Town, even though we only visit once a year Daisy knows exactly where she's going. She started to get excited and began to pull on her lead but first we had to walk through the High Street. That's where it all started when Kev stopped off in a department store, to buy a Wok. Cue a very large bag which we then had to carry around with us. A quick visit into Wilkinson's for sandwiches, drinks and water for Daisy, then off to the Park. We settled down on a bench to eat our lunch while we played ball with Daisy.

I won't bore you with the rest of our holiday but safe to say more unnecessary purchases were made. A Veggetti (Google it if you're not familiar with the name) a ratchet and some other tools, a bathroom mat set, poo bags, a beaker for warming soup, oh and not forgetting non-stick kitchen tongs because we mustn't ruin the Wok.

We're back home after a lovely week away. Now, where am I going to put it all?

Ginger biscuits for motion sickness.

Does your dog suffer with motion sickness? Then get out to the kitchen, preheat the oven and bake this tried and tested recipe which includes ginger. Not only is ginger known to be very effective at combating motion sickness in humans but it's great for dogs too.

You will need:

A mixing bowl, fork, tsp, tbsp, rolling pin, foil and two baking trays.

85g of peanut butter, 170g self raising flour, 4 tbsps of hot water and 2 tsps of ginger.

1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 6, 200°c.

2. Line both baking trays with foil.

3. Place the peanut butter in a mixing bowl. Add 4 tbsps of hot water and mix.

4. Add the self raising flour and 2 tsps of ginger.

5. Now add a splash of water and mix into a dough.

6. Roll out onto a floured surface, a 1/4 inch thick, cut out carefully with your chosen biscuit cutter. We chose gingerbread men cutters.

7. Place on baking trays and bake in the oven for 15 - 20 minutes or until golden brown.

8. Leave to cool on a wire rack and store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

 

Daisy gave this a big paws up

Liver Cake Recipe

I've not blogged for a while now. To be honest there's only so much that you can write that's interesting about the dogs you walk and the places you go. So I've decided to share with you a tasty, easy to make, homemade treat that our dogs love, with their Owner's permission of course.

Please research and decide for yourself whether or not to include Garlic Cloves.

Liver Cake Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1lb (450g) lamb or ox liver
  • 1lb (450g) self-raising flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • milk or water

Method

  • Crack the eggs into a measuring jug
  • Add an equal volume of milk or water to the measuring jug and whisk
  • Blend the liver and garlic in a food processor
  • Add the egg mixture and blend to a sponge mixture consistency
  • Empty contents into a greased baking tray
  • Bake at 180 degrees or (350F) for 35 - 45 minutes
  • Allow to cool and cut into bite size pieces
  • Freeze when completely cool and use within 6 months

 

I'm sure your dogs will enjoy them as much as ours do. Makes a great alternative to shop bought treats. Please feel free to visit our Facebook Page Bark'n'Bound and leave a review or post a photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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