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- Marie Hulett
- Animal Files columnist of the Orange County Register; Emmy Award winning producer of Educational Television Programming; Host of "The Pet Place Radio Show" heard world-wide at www.blogtalkradio.com/petplace; click the player below to listen. Producer/Director/Editor of "The Pet Place TV Show" during the 18 years it ran on KDOC TV in Los Angeles and Orange Counties; Wife, Mother of five kids, Grandmother of one baby boy, and pet parent of three cats, two dogs, and a cockatoo.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Pet Therapy & Peanut Butter Treats
I have adopted a five year old Papillon mix named “Mikey.” He’s only 13 pounds; but I see a lot of potential in him and I plan to socialize and train him and use him as a therapy dog. I think that there is a therapy dog association in Orange County. Do you know how I can get in touch with them? Also, I can’t find a recipe for healthy peanut butter dog treats. The recipes that I have seen call for lard and bacon grease and awful stuff like that. Do you know of a good recipe?
Orange County Paws 4 Healing is an organization that provides “pet therapy” for patients in care facilities in this area. Their website is http://www.paws4healing.info/orange_county_chapter.htm. PAWS, Orange County SPCA is another great group to look into and they are always looking for volunteers. Visit their site at http://www.paws4healing.info/orange_county_chapter.htm
The Delta Society’s Pet Partner is more national in scope, but they can still provide a lot of resources to get you pointed in the right direction. They can be found here: http://www.petpartners.org/
It is wonderful that you plan to do this. Individuals confined to convalescent hospitals and other long-term care facilities greatly enjoy and benefit from visiting pets. Animals provide a special “therapy” that doctors and drugs can never give.
As far as healthy peanut butter treats...try this one out:
(Preheat over to 400 degrees)
1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup soy flour
1 tbs. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup peanut butter (sugar free; smooth or chunky)
3/4 cup milk.
Combine wheat and soy flour, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together peanut butter and milk until well combined and smooth. Fold peanut butter/milk mixture into dry ingredients. Mix well to form a soft dough. Turn out dough onto lightly floured surface. Knead easily. Roll dough out to 3/8”-1/4”. Cut with a bone shaped cookie cutter or make small squares with a knife. Place biscuits 1/2” apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake fifteen minutes or until lightly browned. Store cooled biscuits in refrigerator. Share with your canine friends, ....mmmmm! (And healthy too!)