Nutrition for Dogs, Tips

Tuna Patties

A really easy snack I put together that is full of protein. I created it while making us tuna salad for lunch and just grabbed what we had in the fridge!

This recipe yields approximately 4 (depending on size)

Level : Easy

Prep Time : 5 minutes

Cook Time : 20-25 minutes



1 can solid white albacore tuna (rinsed and drained)

1/2 slice of bread (use a wheat or gluten free one if your dog has allergies)

1 egg (we like cage free)

1 teaspoon fresh minced garlic

2 fresh chopped mint leaves (optional)

Olive oil


1. Turn on the oven to 350 degrees.

2. Chop bread into tiny pieces and whisk the egg.

3. Place everything in a bowl and mix.

4. Lightly grease a cookie sheet or casserole dish with the olive oil.

5. Take the mixture and create small patties. .

6. Place in oven for 20-25 minutes, or until slightly browned.

Take out and let cool. Refrigerate and serve as a treat.

P.S.- Ms. Maru is on a few antibiotics right now and discovered that because of the texture and smell of the patties they make a great treat to hide pills in.

News, Nutrition for Dogs

Is it Really American Made?

What do you think when you see the name “American Rawhide”? If you are like me, you probably assume that it is made in the U.S.A. This is why I always, always, always check the back of the packaging to confirm it was american made, except for last night. Maybe it was the long day at work I had, or the freezing cold that was getting to me outside, but either way, I didn’t. Victor and I went into the brand new Petco Unleashed on Western Ave. in Roscoe Village to check out their goods. We wanted to see the quality of products they carried in this concept store that began in 2009 in San Diego.

Usually my parents bring Maru her favorite from Michigan, but she was out and needed some. I just kept hearing Victor say “not those, they smell, these are American”. I think this went on for a few minutes and up to the counter went. When I got home, I tore them open, threw away the receipt and tossed one to Maru. I then read the back of the packaging, USA Hide- Processed in Mexico. EKKK! I was not happy. Companies know the laws and how to manipulate wording that lets them to call it American Rawhide, because technically it is, though it was shipped to Mexico to be made. But with all of the recalls lately on pet sticks, treats, etc. I feel a little more comfortable buying U.S.A. made products.


I dug that receipt right out of the garbage (which you think would be clean, except I just poured food on it) and today they will be going back. 

If you want to know exactly the quality of food you are getting, know your local pet store and please read the packaging every time very carefully.


Prep Time: 5 Minutes

Cook Time: 30 Minutes



1/4 C Coconut Flour

3 T Canned Pure Pumpkin

1 T Vegan Carob Chips (ground)

1 t Chia Seeds

2 T Water

1  1/2 T Organic Unsweetened Coconut

1 t Coconut Oil (grease baking sheet)



1. Set the oven to 380 degrees.

2. Mix the coconut flour, pumpkin, water, & 1/2 T of coconut in a bowl. The texture will be a little crumbly, that's ok.

3. Lightly grease the cookie sheet with coconut oil before placing your heart shaped cookie cutter on it. Scoop about half of the bowl into the heart and press the mixture down firmly. Leave the cookie cutter in place while you sprinkle the heart with the remaining coconut, carob chips, and chia seeds.

4. Place in oven for 30 minutes. Take out and let cool. We cut ours into quarters and served. 

*you can also place the mixture in mini cupcake molds.



These are a quick and easy treat. We use coconut flour a lot as a base for baking because even the most sensitive of dogs can usually tolerate it. It is grain, wheat, and gluten free for all the pups that have allergies. The carob chips are a great alternative for chocolate and pumpkin is good for the digestive system, especially when they are having problems. 

Happy Valentine's Day,

Ms. Maru and the Arrfscarf crew.