HAM LEFTOVERS

When I cook a whole ham, I always freeze the leftover meat and the ham bone. With the bone, you can make many great broths and soups—

This casserole can be refrigerated for 4 days or frozen for 3 months in an airtight container.

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Most dogs eat twice a day. However, this can vary. Puppies are usually fed three times a day— morning, noon, and night—until they are 6 months old. Some adult dogs are fed only once a day, and others have access to a constant supply of food and can eat whenever they are hungry (known as free-feeding). I suggest feeding twice a day. The problem with feeding once a day or free-feeding is that you are not able to monitor what your dog is eating as well. If you feed twice a day, you are less apt to end up with an overweight dog, and because he is eating more often, he is less likely to raid your garbage can out of hunger. I also suggest putting the food bowl down for 20 to 30 minutes and picking it up after that if your dog hasn’t eaten.

Not only does he get put on a schedule, but he is less apt to become a picky eater. If possible, serve food and water to your pets in stainless-steel bowls, which are virtually break-proof, dishwasher safe, and easy to keep clean. I am not a fan of glass or ceramic bowls for this simple reason: Glass and ceramic can chip, get into your pet’s intestines, and cause a big problem. And plastic bowls can release toxins into food and water that sit in them all day.

Remember, too, that fresh water should be made available to your pet 24 hours a day.

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dog breeds

 Chihuahua
 Labrador Retriever
 Shih Tzu
 Pug
 Dachshund
 Golden Retriever
 Yorkshire Terrier
 German Shepherd
 Mixed
 Boxer
 Pomeranian

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When it comes to tuna, the dog does not come to mind first. But just like cats, many dogs love tuna. Tuna is a great source of protein, B vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, and several minerals, like potassium, selenium, and magnesium. In Japan, tuna and other fishes are the most popular main source of protein. This casserole will keep for 3 days in the refrigerator or 2 months in the freezer in an airtight container.

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This recipe will keep for 3 days in the refrigerator or 2 months in the freezer.
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In the United States, lamb was originally introduced as a substitute for beef or chicken, often combined with rice, for dogs with allergies. The use of a previously unfed protein is how veterinarians typically determine the presence of a food allergy. Lamb is no longer effective in isolating food allergies in dogs because it is now found in most commercial dog foods.

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Pumpkin is one of my boys’ favorite veggies, and I have the late Governor to thank. A few years back, while I was working on another cookbook, Governor was my main taste tester. When the book was finished, I took him for his yearly shots and found out that he had put on a few too many pounds. (This is why I now spread the job among friends and family members, and of course my three dogs.) My vet suggested adding plain pumpkin to Govey’s meals and offering it as a snack. Pumpkin is loaded with fiber, is low in calories, and has lots of beta carotene and vitamin A. It’s also naturally sweet, which dogs love. Within a few months, and with a few extra walks, Govey was back to his regular weight. This kibble will keep for 2 weeks in the refrigerator or 3 months in the freezer in an airtight container.

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This is my basic kibble recipe. I keep the first 8 cups in a sealed container in the refrigerator and freeze the rest in vacuum-sealed food storage bags. With the vacuum-sealed food storage system, you can take out only what you need and then reseal the bag. The kibble will keep in an airtight container for 2 weeks in the refrigerator or 3 months in the freezer.

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This layered casserole is fun to make, and cats love its creamy texture. Do not freeze this dish. It will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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If you like to use a ring mold for this recipe; it looks cool and is fun to use. This dish freezes well for up to 3 months and will keep in the refrigerator for 3 days.

purrfect pasta

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