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Bubbah’s Birthday Cake – Vegan, Gluten-Free Dog Cake Recipe

If you don’t already know, I am completely and totally obsessed with my dogs. They are my World and I treat them like my children. To me, they are my children. So when their birthday rolls around, I get a little crazy and treat them to the best of the best! Bubbah turned 8-years-old today, and it makes me so proud to know how healthy and happy he is. I cannot wait for the next 8 years with him :)

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I knew I wanted to make something that was healthy, wholesome, vegan, gluten-free, and sugar-free that included pumpkin, bananas, peanut butter, and coconut oil – because those are the only things that don’t give him explosive diarrhea (TMI?). So, I came up with a pumpkin cake topped with a PB & Banana Coconut frosting that is full of amazing ingredients for your best friend’s special day :)

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Dog Birthday Cake Recipe

CAKE
INGREDIENTS
1 cup Organic Brown Rice Flour (gluten-free!)
1 cup Organic Pumpkin Puree (tons of fiber!)
1 tbsp Cinnamon (anti-fungal, great for dogs with allergies and dogs prone to yeast infections)
1/2 cup Organic Coconut Oil, melted (helps with skin and internal health)
3 tbsp Organic, Local Raw Honey (helps relieve allergies)
1 tsp Vanilla
1/4 cup Water
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar (a bagillion benefits here)

DIRECTIONS
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees farenheit and line a pie pan with parchment paper (NOT wax paper).
2. Combine the flour, cinnamon, and baking soda in a large bowl.
3. Mix in the pumpkin puree, coconut oil, honey, water, and vanilla.
4. Stir in the apple cider vinegar last to team up with the baking soda for the rise!
5. Bake in the oven for 50-60 minutes. Allow cake to cool.

FROSTING
INGREDIENTS
2 Organic Bananas, mashed
1 tbsp All-Natural Peanut Butter
3/4 cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut

DIRECTIONS
1. Mash bananas in a large bowl
2. Stir in peanut butter and coconut
3. Spread on top of the cake!

Bubbah (and Bodhi) loooved the cake and  they haven’t had any digestive issues from it, which tells me it’s a great recipe to make in the future! Thanks so much for tuning in :) Feel free to send us photos of your dog enjoying their birthday cake!

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Johnny Apple & Seeds Treats

These all natural dog treats are packed with protein, vitamins, and lots of love! As always with the #VeggieBoys, these are wholesome, organic, vegan dog treats that even humans could eat!

What you’ll need:

1 Organic Apple (I used fuji since it’s not very tart)
1 1/3 Cups Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
1 Cup Almonds
1/2 Cup Chia Seeds
1/2 Cup Hemp Seeds
1 Heaping Tbsp Almond or Peanut Butter
2 Flaxseed Eggs (2 Tbsp Flax Seed Meal & 6 Tbsp Water)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375° Fahrenheit
Chop apple into cubes, be sure to cut further away from the core as apple seeds can be toxic to dogs.
Grind apple cubes in a food processor until it becomes a mush.
Place apple mush into a large mixing bowl.
In the food processor, grind 3/4 cup rolled oats and 1 cup almonds to create a flour texture.
Add oat & almond “flour” to the large mixing bowl.
In a small pan on medium-low heat, add 2 tbsp flax seed meal and 6 tbsp water and heat for about 5 minutes, or until ingredients combine to create an egg like consistency.
Combine the chia seeds, hemp seeds, almond or peanut butter, and flaxseed eggs with the apples and flour mixture to create a dough.
On a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, spread out the dough to about 1/8″ thick. Use a pizza cutter to create square treats, or use cookie cutters if you prefer different shapes.
Place the pan on the top shelf of the oven and bake for 30-40 minutes, depending on the crunchiness your dog prefers. Some people have called me crazy for saying that before, but some dogs need softer treats :)

I usually leave several treats out on the counter to cool and dry, then I stick the rest of them in a ziploc bag and put them in the freezer so that they don’t mold in the dog treat jar. They are very moist and fresh and can go bad within a couple of days.

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Dream it. Do it.

On February 10th I was winding down for the night, watching the Olympics… such an inspiring event… all of the passion and drive these athletes have for the sport and for life, how much pride comes from all of the countries, how many heartwarming stories about the athletes and their families… They are so persistent and ambitious. The World is literally their stage. They are so on point, that the difference between Gold and last is the blink of an eye. (I’m actually watching again right now and it’s really hard to write this because these pair skaters are so captivating.)

I had to do something. In my line of work, everything revolves around inspiration and passion.

Where do you find passion?
My passion is something I am incredibly outspoken (and probably quite annoying) about. If you didn’t already know, it’s the planet – you, me, your dogs, the trees, the sky… all of us. My most emotional passion is four-legged beings. Calling them “animals” puts them in the same category with some of the terrible human beings we’ve shared this planet with, and I wouldn’t want to do that. So, I prefer the vernacular: beings.

As I watch these humans perform in the most insanely competitive environment, I dreamed I could challenge myself to that extent, mentally at least. I also dreamed of  spreading lots of love on Valentine’s Day.

Boom! That’s why I’m good at my job. I combine passion (beings) and inspiration (amazing Olympic athletes) to create a movement. That night, I searched for a secure way to create a fundraiser and be able to see who has donated. Then, I asked my facebook friends what animal related charity is doing good for the World.

Enter: Crowdrise & The Pixie Project.

Crowdrise is a great resource for everyone involved in a fundraiser: the host or “leader”, the donors, and the beneficiary of the fundraiser.

183251_10151211433205751_523165770_nThe Pixie Project is a wonderful animal rescue located in the heart of Portland, OR ran by selfless, caring people. They take in dogs and cats from overcrowded shelters and give them love and exposure to an urban environment. All the pets – including those of the homeless – receive food, toys, blankets, medical care, and a warm place to sleep. Yup, they got my heart!
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The goal, I decided, would be $1,000 and we would donate it to The Pixie Project on Valentine’s Day, February 14th.

I threw together some graphics for Instagram & Crowdrise that would hopefully capture the hearts of our followers, and went to bed, excited to wake up and start the “competition”. The top donor would be named our Valentine and be featured on Valentine’s Day.

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On February 11th at 9AM, I posted the photo and announced the competition to the [virtual] World. The first donor was the man who is responsible for changing my life, @dakkydak, of Bonsai Kennels. Long story, short: He wrote on my Instagram one day, I went to his profile and followed him, he posted a photo of two unbelievably adorable mini bulldogs who were expecting babies, and my boyfriend immediately staked claim to one. That one was Bodhi, the littlest ball of Joy that took @Bulldogstuff from 8,000 amazing followers to an entire community of so many special people I am now happy to call friends.

25 of those friends, some even family (thank you Kaleigh, Jaimie, and Barbara!) came together and raised $1,100 in less than 36 hours! It was even more inspiring and touching than I ever thought possible. Asking for people’s hard-earned money is never easy, I was thinking we would need 99 people to donate $10. I was astounded when I saw people opening their hearts and wallets – donating $100, $125, even $215!

By 4:49 on February 12th we reached our goal of $1,000!

Thank you so, so much to:
Dak of Bonsai Kennels
Connie & Sons
Irina
Spartacus & Zoey
Griff
Jordon & Bunny
Wendy, Mack, Holly, and Daisy
Nancy, Rocky & Percy
Sierra
Alison
Jaimie
Ashley & Luna
Colleen & TurtleBatPig
Kaleigh & Olive
Jenna
Susan & Buttercup
Alyssa
Anna
Tracy
Pibu Skincare
Kellie
Barbara
Joel & Beth
Scarlet & Gray & Cindy
Glenda
Annalee & Allie Cat
Sir Duke & Trixie

Screen Shot 2014-02-12 at 4.59.56 PMAll of the dogs and cats residing at The Pixie Project are going to have such a love-filed Valentine’s Day thanks to all of these extraordinarily compassionate people! They all have inspired me to dream bigger, to do more. What’s amazing is that all you have to do is put a little more than thought into what you want to do, and it can happen.

I hope this inspires you to give love to someone this Valentine’s Day –  dogs, cats, and humans… anyone! Let me know if there’s any way I can help :)

Thank you again to the beautiful souls who made this dream a reality! You are the light in this World, especially for these loves:
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UPDATE: MORE incredible people have donated to this wonderful cause and we have exceeded the goal by 25%! THANK YOU!!

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#VeggieBoys Food Recipe

Call it what you want: crazy, weird, obsessed, insane. I choose to make the food my dogs eat to ensure quality for their health and well-being. In the past year I’ve been feeding Bubbah Natural Balance Vegetarian Formula, after hours & hours of research for vegan dog foods. However, I just recently found out that the company is actually owned by a conglomerate corporation which also produces “Kibbles ‘n Bits” and “Pup-Peroni”. Sure, that’s a fine food for someone who has a pet and considers them just that, a pet. But, my boys are my children and I want them to have the best life possible. Also, I am very selfish and never want to outlive them :)

So, this is a food I just started making for them since Bubbah has only been eating when I spoon-feed him now… Spoiled? Understatement.

Ingredients
7-10 cups water
3 Organic Sweet Potatoes, cubed
4 Organic Carrots, sliced & diced
1.5 cups Lentils
1.5 cups Quinoa
1 cup Rolled Oats
1 can Organic Peas
1 Organic Acorn Squash
3 tbsp Hemp Seed
3 tbsp Flaxseed Meal
3 tbsp Chia Seed
1 cup Apple Cider Vinegar (for gassy dogs)
VegeDog Multivitamin Powder

Directions
-Cube sweet potatoes, dice carrots
-In a large pot, add sweet potatoes, carrots, lentils, quinoa, and oats, mix.
-Add 7 cups water and bring to a boil for about 30 seconds. Reduce to a simmer and cover pot. Stirring occasionally, cook for 40 minutes. I added about 3 additional cups of water when the sweet potatoes were exposed and didn’t seem to be cooked fully.
-Meanwhile, cut acorn squash in half and remove seeds. Cover both halves with a paper towel and microwave for 13 minutes. This will soften the squash so that you can scrape out the meat from the outer shell.
-Once ingredients in the pot are fully cooked, turn off the burner and remove from the stovetop.
-Incorporate squash into the mixture. Add hemp, flaxseed, chia seeds, apple cider vinegar, and VegeDog – mix into the food.

Let the food cool before serving (if your dogs stare at you the entire time and need food, you can place their serving in the freezer to cool faster), and place the remainder in an airtight container to store in the fridge. I just started using this recipe, so I’m not sure how many servings it will provide for my two dogs. I will update the post when I know!

To find out what servings you need to feed your dog: enter their weight, age, and activity level into this calculator.

This food is loaded with protein: lentils (75 g), quinoa (36 g), peas (16 g), hemp seeds (10 g), sweet potatoes (6.3 g), flaxseed (5.1 g), chia seeds (4.4), carrots (4g)… do you really want me to continue? The essential amino acids come from the seeds and the VegeDog supplement. The debate over dead-animal protein and plant-based protein is absurd and sponsored by government agencies to keep the hell (a.k.a. slaughterhouses) alive.

I’d love to know what you think your dog thinks of the recipe (’cause yes, we all speak to our dogs). I’ll be posting lots more #VeggieBoys recipes in the future! Enjoy!

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#VeggieBoys PB & Pumpkin Treat Recipe

If you’re not already following my bulldogs and I on Instagram, get out of here. Not really, but it’s my World… I post at least once, each and every day. Every once in a while I post a dog treat recipe that I’ve created. Today, I posted this Peanut Butter & Pumpkin Deliciousness dog treat recipe that is vegan, gluten-free and Bubbah & Bodhi approved:

Ingredients
2 cups rolled oats, + 1/4 cup
3 tbsp chia seeds
3 tbsp hemp seeds
1 tbsp flaxseed
2 tbsp flaxseed meal (ground flaxseed) + 6 tbsp water
3/4 organic pumpkin purée
1/2 cup organic peanut or almond butter

– Preheat oven to 350° (f)
– Create a flour in the food processor with 2 cups rolled oats
– Place in large mixing bowl
– Add seeds, except for the 2 tbsp flaxseed meal
– In a skillet on medium heat, add 2 tbsp flaxseed meal and 6 tbsp water, heat until mixture reaches egg consistency
– Add to bowl
– Add pumpkin & peanut/almond butter
– Mix all ingredients to create a dough
– Roll out to 1/4″ thickness and cut with a pizza cutter, knife, or cookie cutter
– Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper
– Bake for 20-30 minutes, longer for crunchier treats.

Enjoy!

Let me know in the comments below how your dogs (and maybe even you) liked them! I’m always open to constructive criticism. If you have any great grain-free, vegan, gluten-free recipes for dog treats, I’d love to hear them! Having so many followers on Instagram, I only like to post recipes that are safe for all dogs and all diets they may be on.

If you like the song in the background of the video as much as I do, go listen to all Singularity’s amazing music on SoundCloud, then buy all his shit on iTunes!
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5 Reasons Bulldogs Are The Best

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1. The Wrinkles

Seriously, have you ever looked at human wrinkles and thought, “Wow, I wish I had some of those in my life”. No, no you have not. This is only the case if you were staring into the face of one of the wrinkliest creatures on the planet. The phrase, “The face only a mother could love” gets used often regarding bulldogs. But, whoever says this is admitting that they DO love their face, and that they are completely jealous of you being their mother, or father, same shit.

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2. The Laziness

You can own a gorgeous weimaraner, or a lab, or a border collie. But what if you avoid running like we all avoid the common cold? Well, that would mean that you’re S.O.L. and stuck in your own living quarters with a natural born marathon runner. And besides all the really athletic people, who would want that?! The prescription for hyperactive canines: BULLDOGS. They can take a walk down the driveway, then stop, and look at you like you’re clinically insane for wanting to go any further. This makes them the ideal dog for anyone who plays into the turn of the century stereotype of couch laden awesomeness.

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3. The Cuddles

So you like to cuddle? Have we got a treat for you. Say hello to your new living, breathing body pillow! Bulldogs will cuddle you so hard, you will rest assuredly wake up on the right side of the bed, every single morning. Oh, what about the snoring you ask? That’s just a side effect. If you can’t handle the snoring, you don’t have a heart.

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4. The Bodyguard

When have you ever been able to walk down the street and successfully have every person staring your way murmuring, “Ooooh my goooosh! Soooo cuuute!”? That’s right, never. Unless you have had a bulldog. This can get annoying if you have somewhere to go, but there is an upside to this. Bulldogs have a sixth sense and can sniff out a soulless human in seconds. If you don’t see someone oogling over your bulldog, steer clear. They are monsters, and they are probably plotting to murder you.

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5. The Loyalty

You want a best friend that no one judges, that everyone can laugh at, that can say absolutely nothing and make you feel better about getting fired. Sure, any dog can make you feel this way, but a bulldog is so extremely persistent about making you feel good, they will whine until you forget all about whatever it was that was bothering you.

Thank you baby!

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