Save more on USA Sourced chicken treats

From August 28th through September 3rd, you can save more on USA sourced Chicken treats

Buffalo steak Baguette biscuits II

Order over $40* (merchandise subtotal after all the discount must be over $40) on Saturdays,and you will receive: one count of free   4 oz Buffalo steak baguette biscuits

** Dehydrated chicken feet 10 oz

Dehydrated chicken feet 10 oz,made in USA.

This treats comes in 10 oz bag with approx 20 feet in average.

Dehydrating process removes moisture out from feet, and it makes dehydrated feet treats crumble rather than splinter sharp like when dogs chew cooked bone.

Poultry feet is great source of natural glucosamin/chondroitin and, good for joint. I give our dog “Palette” fresh poultry feet regularly, but when I ran out of fresh ones,I give this treats.Palette literally drool over my hands, anxiously wait for my release call. This is small nice snack for dogs as well.

Due to natural products, each feet size can vary.

th dehydrated chicken feet

Normally,it is $11.59,with sales price,it will be $9.27

** Dehydrated Chicken breast 8 oz

Dehydrated Chicken breast 8 oz made in USA.

This treat is made from Bell and Evans brand Chicken breast.The chicken breast is thinly sliced and dehydrated.

th Dehydrated Chicken breast 8 oz

Normally,it is $16.28,with sales price,it will be $13.23

*** Bulk treats of the Month ~August 28th through September 3rd~ ***

** Grass-fed Moo!Odor Free bully sticks *standard * 11″-12″ 6 oz  3 bags $60.87

** Grass-fed Moo!Angus beef junior bully skin twists 1 oz 5″-6″ 15 packages $29.97

*** Palette’s K9 Foodie Mystery bag ~ August 28th through September 3rd~ ***

** Palette’s k9 Foodie Mystery Bag Beef deluxe $39.26

Palette’s K9 Foodie Mystery Bag Beef deluxe is the mystery bag that consists of all natural beef dog treats.

Each bag contains 6-9 products per bag and, shipping and handling is already included in the price.The shipping method will be determined by us.

This offer is valid while supply lasts. These menu can be found under “Bulk treats of the month&Palette’s K9 Foodie Mystery bag” category.

** Selected Dog toys on sale.Please click here to visit Dog toys page.

** You can get Free shipping with order over $100 (No coupon code required)

** We ship the order on every Monday,Tuesday, every other Wednesday.

** You can get FREE one count of Buffalo trachea strip (Buffalo version of Moo-tubes sliced into strip) with every order

** Watch how much Palette enjoy her Buffalo Trachea strip below.

** Watch how much Palette enjoy her Buffalo Trachea strip below.

Palette and Buffalo Trachea strip

** We accept only US order,no international order please.

**If you become a fan of our Facebook page,you can get “Fan only” offer,and discounts.
Please find “Yassy’s Gourmet Dog Kitchen” on Facebook.

To visit our store,please click here or paste and copy the link below into your browser.

http://yassysgdk.com/main.sc

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Aug 28, 2015 | 0 | Yassy's Gourmet Dog Kitchen

Thai cooking; Thai Peanut sauce

I am originally from Japan. Many dishes that I have eaten here over the years is something that were new to me. I had never tasted Mexican food, I had never tasted Thai food etc..

Years ago, I was working at the Airport for Japanese Airline and one of our co workers was from Thailand.

One day, she brought Thai coconut chicken soup and Papaya salad and I got to taste test them and I was hooked with Thai food since.

It was very very spicy but it was good.

Since I was interested in learning more of Thai food through her, she even took me to ethnic store where I get to see what she would buy to cook her authentic Thai food.

That is how I could learn basic flavor combination of her country. I started enjoying cooking Thai food at home since then.

One other lady’s husband, who is from Thailand, was working for Thai restaurant, and I got to try variety of Thai food at the restaurant as well.

One of my favorite dish is garden roll or sometimes called “Thai spring roll”; salad ingredients and Thai basil and shrimp or ground chicken are wrapped with rice paper and you are to eat it by dipping the roll with Thai peanut sauce.

I think it is very refreshing hand feeding friendly salad and I love the flavor of Thai basil.

The other day, I made peanut sauce and used it for chicken stir fry, and it came out good.

All you need to do is to cook the chicken, set it aside, cook the vegetables you have in the fridge and then,put the chicken back in the skillet. Then, drizzle peanut sauce to coat the ingredients. Then garnish it with toasted coconut flakes with chopped cilantro and serve it with Jasmine rice.

The leftover sauce can be used as base sauce for Thai pizza or  salad dressing or maybe you can make chicken burger and use the sauce instead of cheese etc.

You can find many ways to use one simple sauce.

I thought I would share the recipe here with you so you can be creative to make your own peanut sauce anything.

I would have sprinkle crushed peanut on top of the sauce but it was out so, I  used cilantro only for the garnish.

You do not want to overdo the crushed peanuts on top of the Thai peanut sauce or on the dish but a little bit of crushed peanut will give you the nice crunch and it is tasty.

Thai Peanut Sauce

Yassy’s Thai peanut sauce..

Ingredients for Yassy’s Thai peanut sauce:

Ingredients;

1/4C plus 2.5tsp Creamy peanut butter
1/8 Chicken broth
4 tsp rice vinegar
1 tbs plus 1/4tsp dark brown sugar (if you can get palm sugar, use that instead
1.5 tsp Soy sauce

1.5 tsp grated ginger
1 clove garlic grated
1/4 Thai chili
sriracha
extra virgin olive oil

1. In the small bowl, add 1/4C plus 2.5tsp Creamy peanut butter
1/8 Chicken broth, 4 tsp rice vinegar,1 tbs plus 1/4tsp dark brown sugar (if you can get palm sugar, use that instead),1.5 tsp Soy sauce

2. Heat the pan and drizzle extra virgin olive oil and add grated 1 garlic clove, 1.5 tsp grated ginger, 1/4 Thai chili and let it become fragrant

3. To that, add peanut butter mix, and adjust the heat with sriracha

4. Cook it till thicken. Garnish it with chopped cilantro and chopped peanuts.

Enjoy!


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Aug 25, 2015 | 0 | Asian cooking 911

Save more on selected Odor Free beef bully sticks

From August 21st through 27th, you can save more on selected Odor free beef bully sticks

Buffalo steak Baguette biscuits II

Order over $40* (merchandise subtotal after all the discount must be over $40) on Saturdays,and you will receive: one count of free  4 oz Buffalo steak Baguette biscuits

** Grass-fed Moo! Odor-Free bully sticks Supreme 5″-6″

Grass-fed Moo! Odor-Free Angus beef bully sticks “supreme” made in Argentina.

Supreme” is one level down from “Super Monster” bully sticks,as far as thickness goes.

“Supreme” is available in 2 sizes; 5″-6″ and 11″-12″ size.

These are made from grass-fed Angus beef that received No antibiotic, No growth hormone in their life.

**Due to natural treats,thickness of the bully sticks can vary.

th Grass-fed Moo Odor Free Angus Beef bully sticks Supreme 6 inch

Grass-fed Moo! Odor free beef bully sticks Supreme 5″- 6″..

5″-6″ Single: Normally,it is $3.23,with sales price,it will be $1.72

5″-6″ 10 pieces: Normally,it is $30.14, but with sales price,it will be $15.07

** Grass-fed Moo! Odor-Free bully sticks Supreme 11″-12″

Grass-fed Moo! Odor-Free Angus beef bully sticks “supreme” made in Argentina.

“Supreme” is one level down from “Monster” bully sticks,as far as thickness goes.

“Supreme” is available in 2 sizes; 5″-6″ and 11″-12″ size.

These are made from grass-fed Angus beef that received No antibiotic, No growth hormone in their life.

**Due to natural treats,thickness of the bully sticks can vary.

th Grass-fed Moo Odor Free Angus Beef bully sticks Supreme 12 inch

Grass-fed Moo! Odor free beef bully sticks Supreme 11″-12″..

11″-12″ Single: Normally,it is $6.60,with sales price,it will be $3.52

11″-12″ 10 pieces: Normally,it is $61.57,with sales price,it will be $30.79

*** Bulk treats of the Month ~August ~ ***

** Grass-fed Moo!Odor Free bully sticks *standard * 11″-12″ 6 oz  3 bags $60.87

** Grass-fed Moo!Angus beef junior bully skin twists 1 oz 5″-6″ 15 packages $29.97

*** Palette’s K9 Foodie Mystery bag ~ August~ ***

** Palette’s k9 Foodie Mystery Bag Beef deluxe $39.26

Palette’s K9 Foodie Mystery Bag Beef deluxe is the mystery bag that consists of all natural beef dog treats.

Each bag contains 6-9 products per bag and, shipping and handling is already included in the price.The shipping method will be determined by us.

This offer is valid while supply lasts. These menu can be found under “Bulk treats of the month&Palette’s K9 Foodie Mystery bag” category.

** Selected Dog toys on sale.Please click here to visit Dog toys page.

** You can get Free shipping with order over $100 (No coupon code required)

** We ship the order on every Monday,Tuesday, every other Wednesday.

** You can get FREE one count of Buffalo trachea strip (Buffalo version of Moo-tubes sliced into strip) with every order

** Watch how much Palette enjoy her Buffalo Trachea strip below.

** Watch how much Palette enjoy her Buffalo Trachea strip below.

Palette and Buffalo Trachea strip

** We accept only US order,no international order please.

**If you become a fan of our Facebook page,you can get “Fan only” offer,and discounts.
Please find “Yassy’s Gourmet Dog Kitchen” on Facebook.

To visit our store,please click here or paste and copy the link below into your browser.

http://yassysgdk.com/main.sc

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Aug 21, 2015 | 0 | Yassy's Gourmet Dog Kitchen

Yassy’s note; Liam in NICU; Day 8- Day 14

In the previous entry titled “Yassy’s note: Liam in NICU;day 1- day 7“, I wrote Liam came to our family about 3 weeks early and he has spent next 3 weeks in NICU. The entry was about his growth day 1 through day 7.

At the NICU, Liam was very sleepy boy, and he had poor feeding.

Since he did not suck well to nurse himself, plus he looked sleepy all the time, he usually did not take milk much on his own.

Usually he took about 10ml or so and done with it to take on his own,and rest was fed via feed tube.

Originally, his stay at the NICU was estimated to about 1 week when he was born but since he had poor feeding, the doctor at NICU told us that the goal he needs to achieve to come home with us was that he could take certain amount of milk on his own by himself for 2 days back to back.

Feeding tube and poor feeing …

2nd week, the doctor in NICU showed up to talk to me about his (Liam’s) poor feeding.

He got this *food in take chart* thing and he explained that he would wish to see the gradual improvement in the amount of food Liam takes via mouth.

However, the last 2 days, it seemed a little down and then up and not as much as he wish to see.

Therefore, he was talking about he would wait and see over the 2 weeks (closer to original due date) and see if his intake would improve.

If it did not improve, then, we should think about long term feed tube through the stomach..then at the same time, teach him to eat food via mouth,and once he learns, then takes the tubes out.

Then, he would consider having the DC hospital in the loop and would like to look genetic side, and neurological side..for the cause of poor feeding.

The tube in the stomach sounded a little invasive stuff to do, but the doctor said that if we keep him with feed tube through the nose, generally, babies do not like to have feed tube inserted through nose and they could associate the uncomfortable feeling with whatever coming into the mouth and it could make aversion to eat food via mouth later on..

I thought about it.. but to me, if he could be awake and alert more, he could eat the food via mouth more.With a lot of practice on my side and lot of learning on his side for the breast feeding technique..

In fact, when I tried to breastfeeding for the afternoon feeding time, when I used the little trick I learned from the lactation nurse;a little chin support, and he actually sucked my breast for a bit.

It was probably 3-5 minutes long and it was not long time as much as other babies would have been working on, but for me and Liam, it was a big improvement and I was happy about it.

After that 3-5 minutes feeding time, he fell asleep and, he had to be feed tube again but at least, it was the biggest improvement we could make so far..

Also, on that day, his both eyes were slightly opened when feeding.

July 22,2014 Liam eye open

Both eyes were opened when feeding….

I remember I was hoping that he gets more alert as time goes on, and being awake longer and that feeding becomes natural to both of us.

From NICU time, we were taking one day at a time, and appreciated his a little progress. It still is the same. One little thing he does as new skill from pivoting, crawling,sitting without support, pulling to stand etc… makes me smile.

When 2nd week was about to end, when we went to go see Liam at NICU,the nurse put 55ml milk, and he took 23ml via mouth.

It is not great number but, he took more than we have seen and I was happy about it.

A day or so ago, the guy NICU doctor gave us a chart telling us how many % Liam took his milk via mouth over the week and it has been around 25%.

But, that day’s intake was 42%:-)

As the day passes by, the total ml he has to take was up and up so, even if he was drinking more, sometimes, % of oral intake could drop because of that.

After he took 23% of what he had to drink per sitting, he was out soon, and the rest had to be tube fed but, I was glad to see the little improvement.

Next day, new NICU doctor stopped by. She said she wanted to get to know him for the next few days and see how he does with bottle/breast feeding. Her opinion was that, it does not need to hurry to decide the feeding tube in the stomach. Therefore, we were wait and see situation then.

If we agreed to the stomach tube thing or if he greatly improve in his intake of food by mouth, guy doctor at NICU we spoke to the other day would have thought that Liam could come home in about 2 weeks.

Since I wanted to keep my parents in Japan in the loop in care decision of Liam, we did skype with them (family meeting with them,us, and my mother in law)..

My mother mentioned that my sister’s youngest son had the same issue with breast feeding (was born in 37 or 38 weeks) and he was always sleepy at the hospital but she convinced doctor to discharge them in the condition they can ask her and her son to come whenever necessary because they live only 5 -10 minutes walk away from hospital and they can come right away.

With Liam’s case, if he were consistently 25% food intake each feeding time, doctor would probably not going to discharge him without back up method to give him necessary amount of food per feeding.

My mother also said that feeding schedule for Liam could be off with his own sleeping cycles.

One of the advantages to have him at home will be able to work with him for the feeding issue when he is up, not on the clock.I can see what she meant by that.

At NICU,one nurse care for 5 babies or something so, it is not one vs one care. It would definitely be a good advantage of having him come home sooner.

I asked the nurse how much Liam weigh at the 2nd week at NICU.He was 5 lb 7 oz:) One ounce over the birth weight. I was glad to hear that.

The last day in his 2nd week at NICU, he took 25ml out of 50 ml (50% of total intake he needed). It is the largest amount he has ever took via mouth.

I was so happy to see that.Also, he gained weight and that day, he weighed 5 lb 8 oz:)Gained 1 oz a day.

With the bottles, I tried my custom made trick to Liam; rotating or wiggle bottle when he was about to stop sucking and it seemed work.

The same nurse to one day before that last day in his 2nd week at NICU said she tried bottle fed him in the morning and he took only 10ml. However, afternoon feeding was much better.

I was then started thinking that really, his sleeping cycle and feeding schedule was somewhat off..

Breast pump machine and insurance company…

Did you know that insurance company will buy you a breast pump if you ask your OBGYN for prescription for it and submit it to the insurance company?

Our insurance company had that program and asked our OBGYN to write prescription and got us our own breast pump for free,which I had to pick from 4 styles/brands choices.

At the hospital, I was using medela breast pump symphony and I really liked it.Therefore, we got us medela breast pump in style (one of the choices from the insurance company).

I thought I would like it because it is made by the same company with the one from hospital but I was wrong.

It seemed to give me about 30% less milk amount than the one pumped by medela symphony and it has loud noise with rough suction (it hurts) and I tried weakening suction a bit but if I do so, much less milk in the bottles…even if tried longer time.

I looked up the price for medela breast pump symphony thinking I maybe should invest some for the good pump since pumping the milk would continue longer.

I was surprised how expensive it is;over $2,000.

I saw that babies r us does have renting program, and I was  thinking about looking into it.

In the end, I have rented medela breast pump symphony from lactation nurse for a few months for free, and then, after that, we rented it from pharmacy with monthly charge. It was about $75 every month.

My thinking was that if Liam needs bottles all the time,then, I need to pump frequently and if I use long term, I wanted the pump to work better than the one we got through the insurance company even for free.

For us, 2nd week at NICU was more of learning for the breast feeding technique and the worry about possible surgery to put the feeding tube in the stomach,although it ended up not needed. And, battle with Liam’s poor feeding.

Stay tuned.More Liam’s NICU story continues.

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Aug 18, 2015 | 0 | parenting

Save more on selected Lamb treats

From August 14th through 20th, you can save more on Selected lamb treats

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Buffalo steak Baguette biscuits II

Order over $40* (merchandise subtotal after all the discount must be over $40) on Saturdays,and you will receive: one count of free  4 oz Buffalo steak Baguette biscuits

** Puffed USA Lamb ear

Puffed USA Lamb ears made in USA.

This American Lamb ear is soft texture, and it has been one of our k9 executive chef “Palette’s favorite chew since when she was a puppy. She still get this old time favorite chew as jackpot treat sometimes.

puffed USA lamb ear

single:Normally,it is $1.05,with sales price,it will be $0.83

10 pieces: Normally, it is 8.85, with sales price,it will be $7.43

*** Bulk treats of the Month ~August ~ ***

** Grass-fed Moo!Odor Free bully sticks *standard * 11″-12″ 6 oz  3 bags $60.87

** Grass-fed Moo!Angus beef junior bully skin twists 1 oz 5″-6″ 15 packages $29.97

*** Palette’s K9 Foodie Mystery bag ~ August~ ***

** Palette’s k9 Foodie Mystery Bag Beef deluxe $39.26

Palette’s K9 Foodie Mystery Bag Beef deluxe is the mystery bag that consists of all natural beef dog treats.

Each bag contains 6-9 products per bag and, shipping and handling is already included in the price.The shipping method will be determined by us.

This offer is valid while supply lasts. These menu can be found under “Bulk treats of the month&Palette’s K9 Foodie Mystery bag” category.

** Selected Dog toys on sale.Please click here to visit Dog toys page.

** You can get Free shipping with order over $100 (No coupon code required)

** We ship the order on every Monday,Tuesday, every other Wednesday.

** You can get FREE one count of Buffalo trachea strip (Buffalo version of Moo-tubes sliced into strip) with every order

** Watch how much Palette enjoy her Buffalo Trachea strip below.

** Watch how much Palette enjoy her Buffalo Trachea strip below.

Palette and Buffalo Trachea strip

** We accept only US order,no international order please.

**If you become a fan of our Facebook page,you can get “Fan only” offer,and discounts.
Please find “Yassy’s Gourmet Dog Kitchen” on Facebook.

To visit our store,please click here or paste and copy the link below into your browser.

http://yassysgdk.com/main.sc

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Aug 14, 2015 | 0 | Yassy's Gourmet Dog Kitchen

Yassy’s Skinny Almond Meringue cookie

As you know, I have been making our little son solid food menu each day.

When I was making one hand feeding friendly stuff, I only needed egg yolk just enough to brush his sweet potato medallion cake.

Therefore, our stubby Corgi *Palette* got to taste test the Egg yolk as snack and.. I was left with Egg white.

I could make egg white omelet for our son *Liam* but then, I thought, I would like to make something for us this time.

Then, I looked around our pantry and decided to make meringue cookie.It does not have many ingredients needed plus it was quick snack.It was a perfect fit.

My Meringue cookies are light,crisp outside and melt in your mouth kind of texture and there is some chewiness but not too chewy. The Sliced almond used for the garnish will add the right amount of crunch in one bite and, I should warn you that you would not be able to stop eating them:-)

This turned out to be that good.

I did not bake the cookie at really low temperature like most meringue cookie recipes. I baked it like Macaroon cookies.

If you know me through baking/cooking entries on this blog, you can notice that I love cooking food with liquor or wine.

I think liquor or wine added to food deepen the flavor and makes great tasty dish,rather than one dimensional dish and I love using them.

Just about finished cooling the cookie, my husband came to the kitchen, peeked at it and I had to tell him to wait for the nibble.

He patiently waited until I place the plate nicely to take the picture and when he thought it will be more than it can fill the plate with, his hand reached over and took one off from the rack.

He loved it!

He then left the kitchen a bit but came back and said to me that it was so good that he wanted one more.

It ended up with 4 Meringue cookies nibbles plus some more to bring to work:-)

I do not expect it to survive to his workplace without being eaten by him. He really loved them.

Looking at his reaction, I thought that I would share the recipe with you.

I named this *Skinny* because it git about half the sugar than regular recipes you see on the net. I do not like sticky sweet snack and, I think this treat is very light  and airy and has nice crisp texture outside, right amount of a little chewy texture inside with right amount of crunch from the sliced almond used for the garnish.

I myself enjoyed nibbling them too.

This cookie is made with Amaretto,which is Italian Almond liquor. Great snack to go with a cup of coffee.

Yassys Skinny Almond Macaroon

Yassy’s skinny Almond meringue cookies..

Ingredients for Yassy’s skinny meringue cookies:

Ingredients;

1  Egg white
1/6 C white sugar
1 tsp Amaretto (Almond Liquor)

About 2 tbs Almond slices crushed in zip bag to garnish the cookie

1. Preheat the oven at 325F

2. In the dry clean bowl, add 1 Egg white and beat till it gets foamy.

3. Add a little bit of white sugar and beat to soft peak;  it is when you upside down the beater, you see the tip fold down a bit.

You can also recognize that any dropped beaten egg white into the bowl gets melt down in the egg white in the bowl and does not leave any mark on it

4. Add 1 tsp Amaretto and keep beating by adding some more sugar (a little bit at a time)

5.Beat until stiff peaks; it is when you upside down the beater, the tip would not drop down and can hold perfectly.Tip should staright up and hold the state.

Also, you can notice that the mark in the beaten egg white would not melt into the egg white. The beaten egg white in the bowl would look like very shiny,thick and heavy looking.

6.  Place the egg white into the zip bag (sandwich bag) and cut the one side corner so you can pipe out the meringue onto the non stick cooking sheet.

7. Pipe the meringue onto the non stick foil about 2″ apart and sprinkle rough crushed almond slices .

8. bake about 25-30 minutes or it gets brown around the edges or on the bottom gets nice light brown.

9. Let it set about 5-10 minutes and then peel the cookie off and  transfer it to the cooling rack

10.Enjoy!

Makes: About 20 cookies

Enjoy!


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Aug 11, 2015 | 0 | Miscellaneous (Cooking)

Save more on selected Odor free bully sticks

From August 7th through 13th, you can save more on Selected Grass-fed Moo!Odor free bully sticks

Buffalo steak Baguette biscuits II

Order over $40* (merchandise subtotal after all the discount must be over $40) on Saturdays,and you will receive: one count of free    4 oz Buffalo steak Baguette Biscuits

** Grass-fed Moo!Odor free bully sticks “Select” 5″-6″

Grass-fed Moo! Odor-Free bully sticks Select 5″-6″, made in Argentina.

These are made from Grass-fed beef that received No antibiotic,No growth hormone in their life.

Due to natural treats,thickness of the each treats can vary.
Grass-fed Moo Odor Free Angus Beef bully sticks Select  6 inch

single:
Normally,it is $2.67,with sales price,it will be $1.60

10 pieces: Normally,it is $24.95,with sales price,it will be $14.26

** Grass-fed Moo!Odor free bully sticks “Select” 9″

Grass-fed Moo! Odor-Free bully sticks Select 9″, made in Argentina.

These are made from Grass-fed beef that received No antibiotic,No growth hormone in their life.

Due to natural treats,thickness of the each treats can vary.
Moo!odor free bully sticks Select 9 inch

single:
Normally,it is $3.40,with sales price,it will be $1.81

** Grass-fed Moo!Odor free bully stixks “Select” 11″-12″

Grass-fed Moo! Odor-Free bully sticks Select 11″-12″, made in Argentina.

These are made from Grass-fed beef that received No antibiotic,No growth hormone in their life.

Due to natural treats,thickness of the each treats can vary.

Grass-fed Moo Odor Free Angus Beef bully sticks 11-12 inch Select

Single: Normally,it is $5.07,with sales price,it will be $2.70

*** Bulk treats of the Month ~August ~ ***

** Grass-fed Moo!Odor Free bully sticks *standard * 11″-12″ 6 oz  3 bags $60.87

** Grass-fed Moo!Angus beef junior bully skin twists 1 oz 5″-6″ 15 packages $29.97

*** Palette’s K9 Foodie Mystery bag ~ August~ ***

** Palette’s k9 Foodie Mystery Bag Beef deluxe $39.26

Palette’s K9 Foodie Mystery Bag Beef deluxe is the mystery bag that consists of all natural beef dog treats.

Each bag contains 6-9 products per bag and, shipping and handling is already included in the price.The shipping method will be determined by us.

This offer is valid while supply lasts. These menu can be found under “Bulk treats of the month&Palette’s K9 Foodie Mystery bag” category.

** Selected Dog toys on sale.Please click here to visit Dog toys page.

** You can get Free shipping with order over $100 (No coupon code required)

** We ship the order on every Monday,Tuesday, every other Wednesday.

** You can get FREE one count of Buffalo trachea strip (Buffalo version of Moo-tubes sliced into strip) with every order

** Watch how much Palette enjoy her Buffalo Trachea strip below.

** Watch how much Palette enjoy her Buffalo Trachea strip below.

Palette and Buffalo Trachea strip

** We accept only US order,no international order please.

**If you become a fan of our Facebook page,you can get “Fan only” offer,and discounts.
Please find “Yassy’s Gourmet Dog Kitchen” on Facebook.

To visit our store,please click here or paste and copy the link below into your browser.

http://yassysgdk.com/main.sc

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Aug 07, 2015 | 0 | Yassy's Gourmet Dog Kitchen

Yassy’s note: Liam in NICU; day 1- day 7

In the previous entry titled “Yassy’s note: Pregnancy week 35th week – 37th week“, I wrote Liam came to our family about 3 weeks early and he has spent next 3 weeks in NICU.

Since he was in NICU, after delivering our son, as long as room is available, I was allowed to stay 3 days maximum at the hospital.

Back in Japan, usually, mother stays at the hospital for 1 week and nurse comes to check the mother every so often and provide aftercare and tips on how to care the newborn babies for mothers.

I was surprised that mothers delivering babies here gets discharged so quickly compared to mothers back home in Japan.

Anyway, on the day Liam was born, I was very tired, but I remember I could not sleep that well in the room.

Now and then, I heard babies cry from next room or on the same level and I kept wondering how our little Liam was doing at that moment at NICU.

We were so close each other where we were, but I could not see him on my bedside. Therefore, I got extra excited when we visit him in NICU to nurse him.

Visiting Liam in NICU..

The very first day I visited Liam was next day.He was so tiny and so frail looking and I was very nervous about holding him.

I had never hold babies before, except once my sister’s kid was on my lap when we visited my family in Japan. Therefore, right from the basic holding, it was the new thing to me to learn.

At the NICU, Liam was very sleepy boy, and he had poor feeding.

Since he did not suck well to nurse himself, plus he looked sleepy all the time, he usually did not take milk much on his own.

Usually he took about 10ml or so and done with it to take on his own,and rest was fed via feed tube.

We hold him taking turn between me, my husband, and my in law mother while he is being fed. It was our routine during the feeding time.

We really did not see him opening both eyes until later.

Liam 1 day old feeding time NICU  July 15 2014 blog

Liam 1 day old opening one eye a little….

When eyes are opened, often times, one eye was opening more than the other and looked sleepy.

At first I thought his eye color looked like ocean blue color but, now, he is more like  green.

I wonder if his eye color,hair color would change later on.

After 3 days stay at the hospital, I was discharged without Liam.

Next day after discharged day, me and my husband visited him everyday, and fed him at least one or two feeding time out of 8. Then went home without him in our car.

Back and forth between hospital and home for the feeding Liam was somewhat tiring for both of us but, when we sees Liam in NICU,all the tired feeling went away..

Now and then,he was more awake than other days and when that happens, we enjoyed bonding time with him.

When he is more wake, he is more alert and do better luck with opening mouth wide.However, most of the time, he got sleepy soon and it was a little difficult for me to wake him up and then make him open his mouth wide.

Liam 4 days old  Ultraman pause b July 18 2014

Liam 4 days old.. fell asleep with ultraman pause after milk time…

I was being patient and over time, he mastered the sucking skill.

Each NICU visit, we started off by changing diaper, try nursing him by breastfeeding and if that did not work. sometimes, we could try  bottle,then if that did not work, feeding tube for him to grow.

I remember when I was trying to changing a diaper one day in NICU, I wiped his butt clean and nice, he started producing more poop:-)

Sometimes, he only did poop when diaper change but as soon as he was ready to be on the new one, he gave my husband pee pee fountain and my husband had to shield himself with wipe.

When we went to NICU, me and my husband was changing diaper in turn so both gets it right and understand how to change a diaper.

We also learned how to take Liam’s temperature each day.

Each day, we learned one new thing at a time there..

One time during Liam’s NIU stay, I was told he got chilly over night and got cold and he was sick with big throw up..

It got worried me but the nurse told us that the temperature came back to normal by the next morning and he took good amount of milk that morning. Plus, he was more alert,responsive and he had been doing good.

However, the NICU doctor wanted to check nothing is going on like infection and ran the blood test and urine test and all came out fine and we were relieved.

I am glad that he had medical specialist nearby so they can respond to his illness right away.

After the feeding time, we both attended breast feeding class,which was quite helpful.I was surprised that there were many August due date couples. We were the only one who already gave birth to with August due date then.

Other than the breast feeding class, we took baby care classes where we can learn how to bathe the baby to how to change diaper etc;things that needs to know for daily routine stuff to care for the babies.

Then,we also took another class where you get to learn how to bathe babies,baby’s sick time care, and more along with infant CPR with baby doll.

The class was informative, and it was good class to take.

I think it was great opportunity to learn about infant CPR most because I did not know how to CPR for infant.We learned what to do when babies got choking as well.

Babycenter website has a good illustration and instruction how to CPR infant younger than 12 months old here, and how to CPR babies older than 12 months old here.

However, I think we will be more comfortable putting what we learned in the class into practice with supervision of elders (mother in law or possibly my parents if they come) for knowledge/keen eyes to pick up subtle cue for maybe 1 week or so at home at first and then, we wanted to try on our own.

My mother in law was with us for longer than a month but,she flied out the states for the family trip right around when Liam was about to come home.

If Liam did not decide to come out earlier than my original due date, she would not have been here with us since she flied out around my original due date.

I remember I worried and nervous thinking what if I got my water break when I was alone after my mother in law went to annual family trip around early July when Liam was still in my belly.However, he chose the good time to come and even though my own mother,father were not with me when  he was born, my mother in law was with me along with my husband.Maybe he heard my worry in the belly and decided to come early:-)

Because Liam was  in NICU, we had opportunity to take preemie care class. We stopped by NICU to feed Liam after the class and I saw him sucking his pacifier like a champ!

Then, he was looking more alert that day, and I had a bit of high hope he would be able to suck to nurse. However, when the time comes, he did not like to be breastfed and bit later, he was out like a  light…Therefore, he was fed via feed tube again.

When I found him sucking the pacifier NICU was providing, I remembered the breastfeeding class taught us that not to offer the pacifier until you will establish good breastfeeding.I wondered if pacifier was preventing him from sucking the real thing?Good thing about learning to nurse at the hospital was that  now and then,we got lactation nurse coming and tried to teach me how to nurse him.

The hospital had two lactation nurse.One of them came for me two times but both times, Liam was fussy, crying loud trying to stretch backward away from breast while consultant put her hands over my hand to guide through;both time did not work out.

However, when the other consultant who taught the class for the breastfeeding came, he took the breast like a champ even though each side was simply for a few seconds just enough to gives me an ideas as to “how”.

It was good improvement. That pacifier champ day,Liam was more awake one of the feeding time and more alert and, he showed wanting to suck my pinky finger,hold my hands and bring my finger close to his face,as if he is asking something to suck on..but breastfeeding itself did not work out then.


We both needed more practice to master the skill of breastfeeding.As for nursing, I got lactation nurse coming to help me once again next day visit.

This time, he sucked my nipple pretty good and, the lactation nurse gave me a little tip; support his chin with finger.The lactation nurse noticed that he stoops sucking if she let go the finger underneath his chin and put her finger back on to support his chin and he starts sucking again.

It was strange to find that but it seems to be a little trick I needed to notice for the nursing issue.

After the nursing time, the nurse let us learn how to bathe him so, we had to try bathing practice and it was quite informative learning day for us.

We are the first parents and having visual guidance to learn from was such a big help.

Liam 6 days old NICU July 20 2014 with cute hat blog

 Liam 6 days old with cute knitted hat at NICU..

I still have the hat. Every time I see it, I cannot help thinking how big he became over the year. He or babies for that matter grows up so fast right in front of our eyes.

So I do not miss any precious moment of his *First* everything, I am trying to take pictures when he mastered new thing each time.

One small ordinary thing we adults do in regular basis is what babies learn a little by little. When Liam gets it and master something new, I get super excited. It puts a huge smile on my face.

NICU doctors told us that goal for Liam was that he should gain his weight and could take milk via mouth not via feed tube for 2 days back to back and then he could come home with us. Until then, he had to be monitored in NICU.

I gave birth to Liam but not having him at home was strange feeling. Every day,we could go see him and very first thing that I always asked nurse was  how he was doing. He seemed to be very good baby who does not fuss and easy one to take care of.

He was well cared by NICU doctors and nurse.

At NICU, I could ask questions  regarding baby care which we had never experienced before. Therefore,it was a good opportunity for us to learn the baby care basic one vs one at NICU.

I think learning from the nurse there gave us some good guidance and some confidence to be a parent.

Our feeding choice; Breastfeeding..

From the day 1, my preferred method to feed him has been breastfeeding.

It was a natural choice for me because breastfeeding sounded more natural to me and better choice to give Liam better nutrition possible.

Not only that, since my sister was breastfeeding all of her kids in Japan, and I did not think of other way to feed our son

We  mothers can have control of those things to some extent since breast milk is ultimately made from mother’s blood and what ones had for breakfast,lunch,and dinner effects the breast milk quality. Therefore, if you eat healthier, it is not only good for you but also goo for the little ones as well..

Only problem for me was that I could not produce enough milk Liam needs, and I had to feed formula,which was not my first choice to feed him, to catch up with his demand..

The benefit of breast feeding includes..

1. better health; the more breast milk the healthier the babies would be

2. less risk of prolonged/heavy virginal bleeding

3. helps uterus to shrink back to normal size

4. can loose pregnancy weight easier

** After a year since Liam was born, I lost about 2-3 lb or so from pre pregnancy weight.

5. reduce the risk of uterus,virginal, breast cancer

6. improve bone thickness and reduce the risk of osteoporosis and hip fracture in older women

7. creates special skin to skin relationship

8. can save you money in feeding cost

** Formula is expensive!

9. Breastfed babies does not get sick easily

**surprisingly, Liam did not have fever or cold or any other illness so far except the one he had at NICU

10. Breast milk contains over 200 nutrient plus antibodies that protect the babies from the illness

11. Breast milk changes to meet the needs of a growing baby

12. easier for babies to digest compared to formula

** Liam had gassy/burp/spit up problems when he had formula back to back.His main food was breast milk so he did not have formula all day long

13. reduce the risk of food allergy, asthma, colic, and eczema in infants with a family history of allergic disease

However, one thing that I learned was that breastfeeding is actually harder than I had imagined.

For me, I had to learn proper holding from lactation nurse who came to help us in NICU and for Liam, he had to learn to suck properly.

Breastfeeding does not come easily and both mother and babies needs practice and patience.

For Liam, he was born 36 weeks and 2 days and he was not quite acquired the sucking skill which babies acquire in the week of 37th week.

Lactation nurse told us that Liam would probably become good at it right around the original due date and she was right.

Right around the original due date, he could master sucking skill much better and he became better and better each time.

If you are a mother, did you / do you breastfed your baby?

If yes, why did you decide to breastfeed your baby?

What benefit do you think breastfeeding has besides the benefit written above?

More NICU story continues. Stay tuned….

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Save more on selected salmon treats and chicken treats

From July 31st through August 6th, you can save more on selected Chicken treats, and Salmon treats.

 

Beef steak snaps

Order over $40* (merchandise subtotal after all the discount must be over $40) on Saturdays,and you will receive: one count of free    4 oz Beef Steak Snaps

** Dehydrated chicken feet 10 oz

Dehydrated chicken feet 10 oz,made in USA.

This treats comes in 10 oz bag with approx 20 feet in average.

Dehydrating process removes moisture out from feet, and it makes dehydrated feet treats crumble rather than splinter sharp like when dogs chew cooked bone.

Poultry feet is great source of natural glucosamin/chondroitin and, good for joint. I give our dog “Palette” fresh poultry feet regularly, but when I ran out of fresh ones,I give this treats.Palette literally drool over my hands, anxiously wait for my release call. This is small nice snack for dogs as well.

Due to natural products, each feet size can vary.

th dehydrated chicken feet

Normally,it is $11.59,with sales price,it will be $9.17

** Dehydrated Chicken breast 8 oz

Dehydrated Chicken breast 8 oz made in USA.

This treat is made from Bell and Evans brand Chicken breast.The chicken breast is thinly sliced and dehydrated.

th Dehydrated Chicken breast 8 oz

Normally,it is $16.28,with sales price,it will be $15.26

**Surf Turf Jerky 1 oz

Surf Turf Jerky is made with American fully grass-fed buffalo meat with wild-caught salmon with skin on. We do not use the grass-fed buffalo meat with grain finished.

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Normally,it is $7.69,with sales price,it will be $7.32

You can read more on Surf Turf Jerky in the taste testing entry titled “Palette’s note:Surf Turf Jerky”. Please click here to read the entry.

Surf Turf Jerky will be made to order approx. 16 hrs before shipping time,and we offer freshest Jerky on the market.

Please store this Jerky in freezer for longer shelf life in your air-tight zip bag after receiving your order.

Surf Turf Jerky is lab tested,and registered with department of agriculture.

** Greek biscuits 4 oz

Wild caught salmon biscuits made with gluten free,grain free Garbanzo bean flour.This 4oz package contains approx 15 biscuits.

Greek biscuits blog

Normally,it is $5.15,with sales price,it will be $4.49

You can read more on Greek Biscuits in the taste testing entry titled “Palette’s note:Greek biscuits”. Please click here to read the entry.

Greek biscuits will be made to order approx. 12 hrs before shipping time,and we offer freshest Biscuits on the market.

Please store this biscuits in freezer for longer shelf life in your air-tight zip bag after receiving your order.

Greek Biscuits is lab tested,and registered with department of agriculture.

*** Bulk treats of the Month ~ July-August 6th ~ ***

** Grass-fed Moo!Odor Free bully sticks *Supreme* 11″-12″ 1.5lb (approx 9-12 bully sticks) $43.98

** Grass-fed Moo!Odor Free bully sticks Twisted bully Junior 5″-6″ 15 packages (3 sticks – package) $52.38

** Grass-fed Moo! Odor free bully sticks select 5″-6″ 25 count $44.55

*** Palette’s K9 Foodie Mystery bag ~ July – August 6th~ ***

Palette’s K9 Foodie Mystery Bag is the mystery bag that consists of all natural dog treats and toy.

Each bag contains 4-6 products per bag and, shipping and handling is already included in the price.The shipping method will be determined by us.

** Palette’s k9 Foodie Mystery Bag Beef/Fish (salmon or herring or sardine) $39.35

This offer is valid while supply lasts. These menu can be found under “Bulk treats of the month&Palette’s K9 Foodie Mystery bag” category.

** Selected Dog toys on sale.Please click here to visit Dog toys page.

** You can get Free shipping with order over $100 (No coupon code required)

** We ship the order on every Monday,Tuesday, every other Wednesday.

** You can get FREE one count of Buffalo trachea strip (Buffalo version of Moo-tubes sliced into strip) with every order

** Watch how much Palette enjoy her Buffalo Trachea strip below.

** Watch how much Palette enjoy her Buffalo Trachea strip below.

Palette and Buffalo Trachea strip

** We accept only US order,no international order please.

**If you become a fan of our Facebook page,you can get “Fan only” offer,and discounts.
Please find “Yassy’s Gourmet Dog Kitchen” on Facebook.

To visit our store,please click here or paste and copy the link below into your browser.

http://yassysgdk.com/main.sc

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Save more on selected beef bully sticks

From July 24th through 30th, you can save more on Selected beef bully sticks

 

Beef steak snaps

Order over $40* (merchandise subtotal after all the discount must be over $40) on Saturdays,and you will receive: one count of free    4 oz Beef Steak Snaps

 

** Grass-fed Moo!Odor free Junior Twisted Bullys 5″-6″

Grass-fed Moo! Odor free Junior Twisted Bullys 5″-6″ made in Argentina.

These are made from Grass-fed beef that received No antibiotic,No growth hormone in their life.

One Package contains 3 bully sticks.

Due to natural treats,thickness of the each treats can vary.

 

Grass-fed Moo Odor Free Angus Beef Junior Twisted Bullys 5-6 inch

 

Normally,it is $4.89,with sales price,it will be $3.14

** Grass-fed Moo!Odor Free Junior Twisted Bullys 11″-12″

Grass-fed Moo!Odor Free Junior Twisted Bullys 11″-12″ made in Argentina.

These are made from Grass-fed beef that received No antibiotic,No growth hormone in their life.

One Package contains 3 bully sticks.

Due to natural treats,thickness of the each treats can vary.

 

Grass-fed Moo Odor Free Angus Beef Junior Twisted Bullys 11-12 inch

 

Normally,it is $10.72,with sales price,it will be $7.40

*** Bulk treats of the Month ~ July ~ ***

** Grass-fed Moo!Odor Free bully sticks *Supreme* 11″-12″ 1.5lb (approx 9-12 bully sticks) $43.98

** Grass-fed Moo!Odor Free bully sticks Twisted bully Junior 5″-6″ 15 packages (3 sticks – package) $52.38

** Grass-fed Moo! Odor free bully sticks select 5″-6″ 25 count $44.55

*** Palette’s K9 Foodie Mystery bag ~ July ~ ***

Palette’s K9 Foodie Mystery Bag is the mystery bag that consists of all natural dog treats and toy.

Each bag contains 4-6 products per bag and, shipping and handling is already included in the price.The shipping method will be determined by us.

** Palette’s k9 Foodie Mystery Bag Beef/Fish (salmon or herring or sardine) $39.35

This offer is valid while supply lasts. These menu can be found under “Bulk treats of the month&Palette’s K9 Foodie Mystery bag” category.

** Selected Dog toys on sale.Please click here to visit Dog toys page.

** You can get Free shipping with order over $100 (No coupon code required)

** We ship the order on every Monday,Tuesday, every other Wednesday.

** You can get FREE one count of Buffalo trachea strip (Buffalo version of Moo-tubes sliced into strip) with every order

** Watch how much Palette enjoy her Buffalo Trachea strip below.

** Watch how much Palette enjoy her Buffalo Trachea strip below.

Palette and Buffalo Trachea strip

** We accept only US order,no international order please.

**If you become a fan of our Facebook page,you can get “Fan only” offer,and discounts.
Please find “Yassy’s Gourmet Dog Kitchen” on Facebook.

To visit our store,please click here or paste and copy the link below into your browser.

http://yassysgdk.com/main.sc

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