The weather outside is frightful, so why not stay in and bake dog treats? This dog-friendly recipe, via Babble.com, is easy, your dog will love it, and (added bonus) it will fill your house with the scent of cinnamon!
Cinnamon Bun Bites
2 cups (500 mL) whole wheat flour
1 tsp. (5 mL) baking powder
1/4 tsp. (2 mL) salt
1/2 cup (125 mL) water or milk
1/4 cup (60 mL) canola oil
1 large egg
2 Tbsp. (30 mL) honey
1 tsp. (5 mL) cinnamon
1/4 cup (60 mL) finely chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
Cream cheese drizzle (optional):
1/4 cup (60 mL) light cream cheese
1-2 Tbsp. (15-30 mL) milk or water
Preheat oven to 350°F.
In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. In a small bowl stir together water, oil and egg. Add to the dry ingredients and stir just until you have a soft dough.
On a lightly floured surface, roll or pat the dough into a rectangle that measures roughly 8×14 inches. Drizzle with honey and sprinkle with cinnamon and nuts, if using. Starting from a long edge, roll up the dough and pinch the edge to seal. Using a sharp serrated knife or (even better) dental floss, slice half an inch thick and place slices cut side down on a cookie sheet that has been sprayed with nonstick spray.
Bake for about 15 minutes, until springy to the touch. Wait until they have cooled completely before you spread them with cream cheese.
Makes about 2 dozen biscuits. Store extra in a tightly covered container of freeze. If they are frosted, store the container in the fridge.
Here is a colorful and fun poster for dog owners with walking tips in winter. We think it can be especially helpful for families in which kids or teenagers may be responsible for walking the dog. Visual reminders are helpful, and can keep you and your pets safe this season. Enjoy (thanks to Vetstreet.com for allowing us to share it)!
We took a series of photos for a holiday ‘Angel Tree’ project we participated in with a local business. We had to do the shoot indoors because it was raining. Normally, this isn’t ideal because the fluorescent lighting casts an unflattering light on everything. But this time–not sure if it was the dogs we photographed, or the corner we used– we quite like the effect. We love to see animals in action-jumping, fetching, woofing, etc., but it was nice to capture them in this quiet moment. Here are a few of our favorites…
Danya is the veterinary technician (“vet tech”) for Associated Humane Societies’ mobile unit, and has been with AHS since June. She and the mobile unit team travel throughout New Jersey performing spays, neuters and wellness checks for pets. It is a service that people who cannot get to a veterinarian office really like, because they are still able to keep their pets healthy in a way that is convenient for them.
Kira T., a fourth grader in New Jersey, animal lover and one of AHS’ young friends, e-mailed us questions for Danya. We sat down with Danya to get her answers.
Hi Danya! Why did you decide to be a vet tech?
Hello! I’ve always loved animals, and have wanted to work with them since I was 4 or 5 years old. But, because I had a family, I decided it would be easier and less expensive for me to attend school to become a veterinary technician rather than a veterinarian. Vet techs are like “animal nurses,” and we know how important nurses are—so this was a good career option for someone like me!
Where did you go to school?
I went to LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City, New York.
Is your work difficult?
It can be. Sometimes there are animals that are difficult to restrain, and it can be hard to see animals that are very sick or in pain.
Where in a vet office do you work?
My “office” is on wheels! Our mobile unit is a complete pet clinic, and we can perform everything from surgeries to wellness exams and micro-chipping on it. But, no matter where a vet tech does her job, it is always alongside the vet, under their direction.
What kind of school did you have to go to learn what you know about animals?
I went to college for a two year program in veterinary technology.
Were there real animals at the school?
Yes. Mice, rats and rabbits in research class. In my internship, there were pigs, monkeys, fish and frogs; in my nursing class, there were cats and dogs; and in my farm animal class, there were goats, llamas, sheep, horses and chickens.
Do you help in surgeries? What do you do?
Yes I do. I monitor the animals’ oxygen saturation, heart rate, respiratory rate, mucous membrane color (an indicator of whether they are receiving enough oxygen), and I make sure they’re not bleeding. Throughout the surgery I am making sure they’re responding to stimuli, and that they’re okay.
What kinds of animals did you grow up with as a child?
As a child, I had cats, hamsters, chinchillas, mice and a fish.
Do you have any pets now?
Yes, my family and I have two cats. Their names are Penelope and Clove.
What would you say is the best part of your job?
The best part is knowing that the work I do is helping to keep animals healthy. And because the mobile unit travels somewhere different each day, I get to meet new and interesting people and see different towns throughout New Jersey.
What would you say is the most important part of being a good pet owner?
I would say that having your dog or cat spayed or neutered, feeding them quality food, and giving them love and attention are the most important parts of being a good pet owner!
We just had to reblog this post from Cat in water. There are some amazing images here that surprisingly, we’d never seen before (and that’s saying a lot!). Some are adorable, some are just plain weird, but as we like to say, if it were in trouble, “we’d still try to rescue it.”
We are counting down to #GivingTuesday, which takes place on Tuesday, December 3rd. #GivingTuesday is the answer to ‘Black Friday’ and ‘Cyber Monday,’ and AHS is happy to be a participating nonprofit animal shelter. As a friend to Associated Humane Societies, you would like to know how you can help. There are many ways:
- Starting on December 3rd, visit our Drive Page at You Give Goods (http://www.yougivegoods.com/drive.php?id=2178) and make an individual purchase from our list of much-needed supplies. YouGiveGoods will deliver the donated items all at once.
- Your group (friends, religious organization, scout troop, work colleagues) can collect money that can be used to make a large purchase from our list of goods. Or, start a collection of shelters supplies on your own and deliver them to us–our animals LOVE presents!
- Make a monetary gift to AHS through our website here: http://www.ahscares.org/shop/item.asp?itemid=30&catid=0
- VOLUNTEER at one of our shelters! Visit http://www.ahscares.org for the locations of our Newark, Tinton Falls and Forked River shelters, or call 973.824.7080 ext. 101 and ask about our volunteer opportunities.
- SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT AHS. Encourage friends and family to “Adopt, Don’t Shop,” when considering adding an animal to their family and visit our shelters to meet the great adoptable animals waiting for a new forever home.
- SHARE YOUR SUPPORT of AHS on social media: