Save more on Caribou Antlers

From September 19th through 25th, you can save more on Caribou Antlers.

It means, if you place an order on Saturday, then if your order subtotal after all the discount was applied was between

$0-$50, you will receive $2.69 off coupon code for your next order.

$50.01 through $75 order subtotal will receive $4.44 off coupon code for your next order

$75.01 through $100 subtotal order will receive $7.67 off coupon code for your next order.

Orders over $100 subtotal order will receive $10.24 off coupon code for your next order.

For next 1 month, I will be putting “made to order treats” on hold and, all the Saturday orders will be receiving the dollar value coupon codes instead of Yassy’s Gourmet Dog Kitchen brand biscuits/Jerky.

We are sorry for the inconvenience.

**Caribou Antlers

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Gnaw-worthy 100% natural Caribou Antler
harvested in US. Antlers last lot longer than bully sticks. These are great as long lasting chew.

Current Caribou Antlers in stock is much heavier than previous delivery,and they are about approx 4″-7″. No flat Caribou Antlers available at this time.

We offer this only when we can get them.

Let’s watch how much Palette enjoys Caribou Antlers. If you are a blog subscriber, please click here to watch the video clip.

Palette and Caribou Antlers

You can read more on Caaribou Antlers in the taste testing entry titled “Palette’s note: Caribou Antlers.To read the entry, please click here.

To read more on long lasting chews,please click here.

Normally,it is $21.90,but with sales price,it is $20.34

Please enjoy treat hunt for your furry friends!!

*** Bulk treats of the Month ~ September ~ ***

** Grass-fed Moo!Odor Free bully sticks mix bag; Select 9″ 9 count and 6″ super monster, variety bag deal $62.72

** 6″ USA beef trachea 20 count $36.81

** Hare ears 10 packages (6 ears/pack) $31.33

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

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 Grain Free Buffalo/Rabbit $35.70

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.

Palette and Buffalo Trachea strip

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

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Sep 19, 2014 | 0 | Yassy's Gourmet Dog Kitchen

Greek cooking:Spanakopita (Greek Spinach Pie)

I love Greek Food from Gyros, souviaki, Spanakopita (Greek Spinach pie) to green beans simmered in the tomato sauce etc… They are very delicious.

Back home in Japan, I had never had Greek food. It is something I have tried here in the states and came to like them.

Very first Greek dish I have tried making was Spanakopita.

Spanakopita is the pie made with spinach and feta cheese filling and, they are wrapped by phyllo dough and , shaped into triangle shape or crescent shape and baked in the oven.

Handling the phyllo dough was a little intimidating, but once you learn how to handle such a delicate phyllo dough, I could handle the delicate phyllo dough better.

Unfortunately, since I am an expecting mom, I cannot make them now, but I really like these.

Once I tried making them myself and done good, I have made it again for my in law family gathering and they loved them too.

Therefore, I thought I will share the recipe with you here. My version has 2 kinds of cheese; fresh feta cheese and shredded mozzarella cheese. Traditionally, only feta cheese is used.

Before going in to the detail of how to make the dish, it is best to learn the important handling tips on delicate phyllo dough.

Phyllo dough handling tips..

** A day before you plan to make this dish, take the phyllo dough box out from the freezer and thaw it in the fridge.

** I also find that if you take the thawed phyllo dough box on the counter when you are making the filling to come to room temperature, it bakes well.

** Also, when you are not ready to wrap the filling, and still making the filling, then, it is wise to keep the box closed so the phyllo dough would not dried out while you are making the filling.

** Personally, I like to make my working section and, I like to unroll the phyllo dough on far left, and I like to place silpat mat to work on the shaping the filled phyllo dough and I like to place big clean dry plate on my far right so I can put wrapped pie on them. I like to cover the shaped pie under the wet cloth as well while working on filling,wrapping,shaping to make the pie so it would not dried out.

** Unlike other type of dough such as pastry dough, these phyllo dough is paper thin dough and, when it gets dried out, it gets broken very easily and, you would want to cover the unused phyllo dough under the wet clean cloth to keep them moist,preventing them from drying out.

** Another thing is that, the dough gets dried out very quickly, you would want to cover the unused dough under the wet cloth every time you take one phyllo dough from the pile.

** Once all the pies are made and if you had leftover phyllo dough, roll it up right away and, I usually like to wrap the roll with plastic wrap to make sure it is air tight in the box.


Spanakopita (Greek Spinach pie)..

Ingredients for Spanakopita;

1/8C chopped green onion
4 oz feta cheese crumbled (I like seasoned one too)
4 oz Chopped steamed fresh spinach
1 whole egg lightly beaten
1 tbs chopped fresh dill
2 oz low moisture shredded mozzarella cheese
pinch of ground black pepper
Extra virgin olive oil
Melted butter
8 sheets Phyllo dough (1 sheet per pie)


1. In the medium size bowl, add 1/8C chopped green onion, 4 oz feta cheese crumbled (I like seasoned one too), Chopped steamed fresh spinach 4 oz, 1 whole egg lightly beaten, 1 tbs chopped fresh dill, 2 oz low moisture shredded mozzarella cheese, pinch of ground black pepper and stir

** Make sure to squeeze out the water from the steamed spinach very well

2. Wrap the filling with phyllo dough and shape it into triangle as the picture shows.

** How to shape the pie into triangle shape

1. Unroll the phyllo dough

2. Cover the dough with wet cloth

3. Place silpat to work on the wrapping the filing, and shaping

4. Place the clean large dry plate on your right so you can put the filled pie there. Make sure to cover the wrapped pie under the wet cloth so it would not dry out

5. Take 1 sheet of phyllo dough from the pile and brush the dough gently with Extra virgin olive oil and then, fold them into half to make rectangle shape,and rotate it so the most closest part of the phyllo dough is short side.

spanakopita wrap step 1

6. Brush the dough with extra virgin olive oil and,place the filling on the very bottom of the rectangle sheet and wrap it up as followings.


spanakopita wrap step 2


spanakopita wrap step 3

Fold the left corner over the filling..


spanakopita wrap step 4

fold it up..


spanakopita wrap step 5

Fold it to side..


spanakopita wrap step 6

Fold it up..


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Fold it to side..

7. Place all the filled pie on the non stick foil lined baking sheet

8. Brush the melted butter on the each pie

9. Bake the pie at 375F for 20-25 minutes or until top gets golden

Makes: 8 pies with the amount of filling. Use 1 phyllo dough sheet per pie.


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Jul 08, 2014 | 0 | Miscellaneous (Cooking)

Calcium oxalate bladder stone in dogs

 Dogs are just like people and, they can develop stones in bladder and kidney.

  The rock-like bladder stone is more common than kidney stone in dogs,and there are two forms. One is called “Calcium oxalate bladder stone” and the other is called “struvite stone”.

When dogs have stones, it is not always the case where the vet has to remove the stones.Hoewever, if you did not know which types of stones your dog got, your vet would not know what type of approach he/she should take to get your dogs feel better, how to prevent it to happen again..

Therefore, often times, surgically removed stones are sent to lab to analyze it.

In this entry, I would like to write about calcium Oxalate bladder stone in dogs.

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Palette playing with Ms Snuggie bunny..

How these oxalate stones are formed?

According to VCAhospital website, normal dog’s urine is slightly acidic and contains waste products from metabolism  including dissolved mineral salt. These mineral salts will be remain dissolved in the urine.

 The current research shows that urine high in calcium,citrate, or oxalate is acidic and predisposed them to develop calcium oxalate crystals and stones.

Also, diet that causes high urine acidity (urine PH <6.5) may predispose the dog to form the calcium oxalate bladder stone.

Interesting thing they write is that, the dogs on antibiotic too much,too long may reduce the number of intestinal bacteria Oxalobacter formigenes,which  has sole nutrient of oxalate.

In dogs with low number of intestinal bacteria “Oxalobacter formigenes”, the excess oxalate will be secreted in urine and increase the high possibility of calcium oxalate crystals stones can form if the urine is highly concentrated or acidic.

  Another point to note is that the dog with Cushing’s disease produce more cortisol (cortisone) and predispose them to develop the calcium oxalate stone.

According toveterinarypartner website ,cortisone increases calcium excretion in urine,and extra calcium in urine promote the formation of the stone.

What are the symptoms for calcium oxalate stone?

Typically, you may see blood in urine, straining to urinate, frequent urination.

What can you do to prevent them to develop calcium oxalate stone in the future?

With this type of bladder stone, you can feed them customized meal to control the likelihood of developing another calcium oxalate stone.

It is very helpful if you know which food has most/least calcium oxalate in it to provide the diet that makes their urine less acidic.

Often times, grain, vegetables are high in oxalate, and since many kibble is made from grain and vegetables as the base, switching their diet to homemade diet or raw diet might help.

If you were not ready to switch their diet to homemade diet or raw diet, you can switch them to canned food to start. The canned food has more protein than dry kibble and it got more moisture in the food compared to the dry kibble.

To read the full article at vcahospital website,please click here.

To read the full article on calcium oxalate at ceterinarypartner website,please click here.

Foods/supplements known to have high level of calcium oxalate ..

Spinach, beets, eggplants,asparagus,sweet potato,okra,green beans,collard green,kale, beans, berries,nuts such as peanuts are some of the few known for having high level of oxalate,but you can check the chart designed for people who has developed oxalate bladder stone and use that chart to make your dog’s customized meal.

Often times, leafy green vegetables such as spinach,kale,collard green etc are high in oxalate amount.

Here are a few websites you can check the food high in oxalate.

Chart from ohf website here.It will open with pdf form.

List of oxalate amount found in various food in chart. The chart is from Childre’s Medical Center of Dayton here.This document also open as pdf form.

Another helpful read..

** 2nd chance website article on calcium oxalate stone here.

** Dogaware website article on oxalate stone here.

If your dog is prone to form the calcium oxalate stone, it is always a good idea to make sure they are getting plenty of water and, getting customized food if possible made with low oxalate in the ingredients.

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Jul 01, 2014 | 0 | Dog Health

Zesty Lobster roll

I love seafood. I do not eat lobster frequently, but I like them a lot.When the summer comes around the corner,I get excited for the restaurant’s menu such as lobster rolls.

 It is something that I had never eaten before back home in Japan.It is something that came to love here in the states and I love them very much.

 Last month, my father came visit us in the states and, since Japan does not have “lobster”,I thought I would make Lobster roll for him to enjoy. He told me he would love to eat something he would not be able to eat back home. Therefore, lobster dish was the perfect choice for me to serve and let him try with.

 He loved the roll and commented that the crunch in the filling from onion and celery are real good and lobster tastes so good and, he was eating with big smile and, I was very happy with it.

 Therefore, I thought I will share the recipe with you here.

 If you love lobster, you would also like the recipes I have shared with you in the past.

 Here is “creamy lobster risotto” recipe.

Here is “Lobster bisque” recipe.

 Here is “Lobster risotto” recipe.

Lobster roll blog

Zesty Lobster roll..

Ingredients for zesty lobster roll;

1 steamed lobster (20 oz wt) or 6 oz cooked lobster meat
2 oz chopped red onion
1 oz chopped Celery
2 tsp chopped chive
1/4C mayonnaise
1 tsp horse radish mustard
2 tsp prepared horseradish
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/8 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tbs butter
1 boston lettuce leaf per roll
New England roll
1 Lemon wedge per roll

<Zesty Lobster roll>

0. Purchase steamed lobster,and remove all the meat from the shell.

** 20 oz wt lobster yield 6 oz lobster meat

1. In the large bowl, mix 6 oz cooked lobster meat, 2 oz chopped red onion, 1 oz chopped Celery, 2 tsp chopped chive, 1/4C mayonnaise, 1 tsp horse radish mustard, 2 tsp prepared horseradish,1/4 tsp kosher salt, 1/8 tsp ground black pepper, 1 tsp lemon juice and mix well

2.  Melt 1 tbs butter in the measuring cup in the microwave (15-20 seconds)

3. Brush the butter on the outside of the New England roll

4. In the skillet on medium heat, place the buttered New England roll to brown the both sides

5. When browned a bit, open the roll in the middle, lay one Boston lettuce leaf, put the lobster salad (filling), and serve with lemon wedge

Makes:3-4 serving


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Jun 24, 2014 | 0 | Miscellaneous (Cooking)

Kids vs Dogs: The effect dogs have on kids

In the previous entry titled “How to introduce the newborn baby to your dog“, I wrote that I would like to spend time to learn more about how you can introduce your newborn baby to your dog in the house. Then, if there were something we can practice before our little son will come join us, I thought, it will be great to have practice time with Palette.

In it, I also wrote that once baby can move around, of course, as always, supervision is important but also it is important to teach your baby how to interact with/approach to your dog.

 Not only dog needs to learn to interact with baby, baby also needs to learn how to interact/approach to the dog.

 Kids sometimes do what dogs do not appreciate;pulling fur, step on the tail, hugging etc and no matter how calm,gentle dog you have, there will be a threshold and dog could snap at the kids and it may end up with injury.

In another entry titled “Kids vs dogs;How to prevent the dog bite“, I wrote it is important for people to look for the cause and realize what trigger the act of biting and prevent that to happen again.

 It is not always the dogs that should be blamed for the incident.Unsupervised kids can do things that could trigger the incident. Therefore, if you have a kid in the house, from the early age, you should teach them how to interact with your dog and learn the manner. And you should make it a habit to be with the kids when they interact with the dog,not sitting 10-20 feet away from the kids.

 To understand why the biting happen, you should see things through their point of view,not ours.

 When dogs interact with kids, they have to tolerate all the strange, unpredictable behavior, and we should not expect them to react the way we human do and, we should not expect them to understand how they should react to kids’ behavior.We need to teach them as we should teach the kids.

 In this entry, I would like to write about effect of having a pet on kids.

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Palette says “Lets go for walkie!”

Kids grew up with a pet vs kids who did not grew up with a pet, do you think there would be something kids without a pet missing out something that they could have learn from having a pet?

 I myself grew up with various pet;hamster.parakeet, rabbit,gold fish… although we did not have a cat or dog. I loved animals, and loved to visit zoo, aquarium etc.. as well.

  Having a pet was not what parents set us up for better/positive effect on us but rather, I wanted to have a pet. It was me that begged them to have a pet. The very first time I was about having a pet, mother asked me what pet I was thinking of. Well, I wanted “parrot” and told her about it but, we were told that kids cannot take care of big bird like that and we were suggested to have a smaller bird “parakeet” instead. So, our first pet was parakeet.

Just recently, I came across interesting articles regarding effect of having a dog on kids, and I thought I would share it with you.

Effect dogs have on kids..

According to petplace website, Robert Bierer Ph.D. found out through his study on effect dogs have on kids was positive one on emotional and physical benefit from pet ownership.

  I can see that the dogs require exercise and they love to play and the kids with dogs might be more motivated to go out and play and might be more active than the kids without dogs.

 For the emotional positive effects,the study showed that most positive effect dog have on kids were with kids age between 10-12. His findings are..

1. Unconditional love comes from a dog that allowed the children to feel valued in the unique way, and the kids can become the dog’s parent and they can take care of many of things dogs need.

 In a way, the kids learn to have a sense of responsibility and respect for others. In return, dogs depends on the kids for love and attention.

  Therefore, kids learn to read the dog’s body language and become sensitive to the dog’s emotion,which leads to #2 finding

2. Kids will learn to be aware of the feelings of others (empathy)

  In conclusion, the study found that kids grew up with pet has more self esteem,empathy.

  To read the full article at the petplace website,please click here.

3. Another website optimum website writes that the researchers found that the kids who grew up with a dog for their first year are less allergic later in life. They find that early exposure to pets are associated with reduced risk of asthma and other allergies.

You can see the study page at ncbi website here.It shows how the study was curried as well as the finding.

Besides all of the emotional, physical effect on kids, there are more benefit of having pets at home.

According to the article written by Shannon Emmanuel at wolfweb website, looking through therapy dogs’ effect on kids also show the positive effect especially on improved social and reading skills.

Obviously, dogs cannot teach them how to read the book, but kids will be more calmed without the presence of pressure from teachers and friends and kids can read to the dogs, and “reading to the dog” improved the skill of reading.

You can read Shannon’s full article on effect dogs have on kids here.

Many of you would have grown up with a pet. What life lesson did your pet teach you?

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Jun 17, 2014 | 0 | Miscellaneous (dogs)

Japanese unique traditional craft; Wajima nuri Lacquerware

 In the previous entry titled “Japanese unique pottery:Arita yaki (Porcelain products in Arita,Saga prefecture)“,I have introduced one of famous potteries called “Arita yaki” in Saga prefecture,which is located in the northwest part in the Kyushu island.

In this entry, I would like to introduce another famous traditional crafts in Japan called ” Wajima Nuri (Wajima Lacquerware)”.

I think Wajima nuri lacquer is very Japanese and represents our traditional crafts very well.

The technical used to make this durable lacquerware was developed by the discovery of jinoko (powder obtained from the soil in Wajima city, Ishikawa prefecture).

Ishikawa prefecture is located in the main island “Hon shu”.

How Wajima nuri (Wajima lacquerware) is made..

1.  Wajima nuri lacquerware making starts from wood called “Ke ya ki”. Forming this wood into a bowl will be the first step done to make the beautiful lacquerware.

The wood used to curved and shaped into a bowl has been left and dried for many years.

2. Next step is nu-no ki-se step; A piece of fabric is plastered onto the fragile breakable parts of the bowl.

3. Then, Jizuke step; Lacquer (which we call U-ru-shi”) , mixed with ji-no-ko  (powder obtained from the soil) are applied to the bowl and then polished. They repeat this process.

U-ru-shi (lacquer) is obtained from sap of the u-ru-shi tree. The sap is collected,refined and aged. Hardened/dried U-ru-shi (lacquer) is water proof and protect the object from the heat. It makes them very durable lacquerware.

4. Then, Uwa-nuri step; Good quality lacquer is applied to the bowl with brush

5. After that, Chi-n-ki-n (gold foil)/Ma-ki-e step;It is the step where lacquerware is drawn on with a brush,engraving with a chisel is done,and gold,silver is embedded in the lacquerware.

6. Last step is called “ro-shi-ro”. Polishing the bowl with charcoal or applying more lacquer to make the finished  product

 You can view various kinds of Japanese Lacquerware at Nihon Ichiban website here.

You can watch how Wajima lacquerware are made via video at Japanese Government Internet TV website here.

Also, if you had a chance to visit Wajima city, Ishikawa prefecture, you can visit Wajima Lacquerware museum. You can find the information on the museum here.

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Jun 10, 2014 | 0 | Japan

Kids vs Dogs; How to prevent dog bites

In the previous entry titled “How to introduce the newborn baby to your dog“, I wrote that I would like to spend time to learn more about how you can introduce your newborn baby to your dog in the house. Then, if there were something we can practice before our little son will come join us, I thought, it will be great to have practice time with Palette.

In it, I also wrote that once baby can move around, of course, as always, supervision is important but also it is important to teach your baby how to interact with/approach to your dog.

 Not only dog needs to learn to interact with baby, baby also needs to learn how to interact/approach to the dog.

 Kids sometimes do what dogs do not appreciate;pulling fur, step on the tail, hugging etc and no matter how calm,gentle dog you have, there will be a threshold and dog could snap at the kids and it may end up with injury.

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Palettes pause for camera..

 Just recently, I came across the post with the picture a little kid is hugging the dog from behind and,clearly, the small dog seems not comfortable when you look at his body language. The post asked viewers “Have you hug your dog today?”.

For some people, the picture may look “cute”, but for those who understands dogs, it is a scary picture something not good such as snapping at the kid or biting waiting because dogs generally do not like to be hugged. Hugging for people and hugging for dogs has complete different meaning to it. The poster should have known that and should not encourage people to see that the act of hugging the dogs being “cute” or good things to do.

Also, in the past, one of the shows on animal planet focusing on one popular vet in MI ran one episode that include the vet had to euthanized the old dog because dog bit his farmer friend’s grand daughter.

 The farmer friends said that his grand daughter was gently caressing her dog and pet.Then,one point time, the dog snapped at her. When the incident has happened,he said luckily, he and his wife,his son were at the porch about 10 feet away from the grand daughter. He then continued saying that if they were not at the porch,it could have been a lot worse,he said.

 For the incident, the vet says “The dog should not attack the kids. When pets become pest like this,taking the dog to the dog pound is not an option. Having the kids bitten again is not an option. So, only alternative is to euthanize the dog. “

The farmer friends say “There is no reason for the dog to be aggressive and turn on the child.”

When I watched the episode, I was shocked to see it happened because family members were not right next to the kid to supervise the interaction between the two so they know anything dogs would not like such as poking,pulling,aggressive petting etc are going on, and they were 10 feet away from the kid and let the kid interact with the dog alone,which I feel how they can supervise the kids well from that far distance.

Also, as vet’s son says in the episode, older dog sometimes have sore spot and they do not like to be touched so, I think that the family should have take that into more consideration and should have close monitor the interaction.

Another thing I was shocked to see was that the family labeled the dog as “aggressive” with this one incident,and they saw the dog as only being bad without considering there might have been something kid did to the dog and the dog did not like.Then, they decided to euthanize the dog.

 They did not examine the dogs to see if the dog had health problems they did not recognize before, or if the health issue was not the cause of snap then, they could seek out other alternative ways; teach the kids how to interact with dog, teach themselves how they supervise the kids vs dog interaction or if the family could not stand having the dog in the house from one incident, then,the dog could have another forever family to be with etc..

 No matter how good the dog is, especially if the dog was old, if the kid touched sore area or startled etc.., they could snap at the people and more close supervision is necessary.

 Biting is not good but,at the same time, I think it is important for people to look for the cause and realize what trigger the act of biting and prevent that to happen again.

 It is not always the dogs that should be blamed for the incident.Unsupervised kids can do things that could trigger the incident. Therefore, if you have a kid in the house, from the early age, you should teach them how to interact with your dog and learn the manner. And you should make it a habit to be with the kids when they interact with the dog,not sitting 10-20 feet away from the kids.

To understand why the biting happen, you should see things through their point of view,not ours.

When dogs interact with kids, they have to tolerate all the strange, unpredictable behavior, and we should not expect them to react the way we human do and, we should not expect them to understand how they should react to kids’ behavior.We need to teach them as we should teach the kids.

Dr Sophia Yin DMV has a great article explaining on this very topic;dog biting incident vs kids. I would like to share her article here.

 According to the article written by Sohia Ying DMV, often times, biting happens because humans,especially kids are extremely rude to the dogs.

She gives one case where the baby bitten by a dog ended up tragic death in the end. According to the article, the parents decided to take a vacation and left the baby with the baby sitter. The baby was allowed to crawl after the dog even though the dog tried to get away from the baby. The dog gave the warning;barking, growling, snarling but all of those were ignored and the dog had to resort to the last option; the bite.

She agrees that most cases of biting incidents, these biting could have easily been prevented from the start just by understanding the types of actions that makes dogs feel teased,bullied,pestered so much that he feels the need to bite.

I remember Palette and kids (my brother/sister in law kids) loved playing together and I was right there monitoring the interaction between them and at one point time, I saw Palette trying to be away from the kids but kids still coming after her and, after that, Palette sneaked out to other room when kids were not watching to be alone. Dogs tolerate the kids’ rough petting to some point or maybe on going tailing but at some point, it can be too much and they wants their own time away from the kids and we should respect that.

Cause of the dog bite and the common sense

1.When dogs are eating food, they would like to eat the meal in peace. However, kids sometimes reaches over to grab the dog’s food or put their hands in the food bowl,and bite happens

2.  When dogs are playing with toys, kids could grab the toy trying to take it away and bite happens.

** She recommends that teaching the dog “give” cue is good way for them to gives up their toy without feeling possessive and bite

3. Kids putting their face into dog’s face.

4. Bothering the dog when they are at the private space. Dog needs their own space to feel relaxed,away from the kids.

5. Dog do not like to have their ears,paws,tail pulled. Kids needs to learn how to interact with dog in polite manner.

6. Dogs do not like to be stepped on, climbed on.

7. Loud screaming of kids can make dogs worn out.

8. Dogs do not like to be hugged.Kids should learn even if family dog could tolerate what they do not like, other dogs would not react to the hugging the same way the family dogs would.Let kids learn what dogs do like, do not like.

9. Teach kids how to read the dog’s body language (ears,posture understand if the dogs being fearful or anxious) and let them learn to interact with dog polite manner and know the dog’s limit and back off.

10. Make the dog to have the positive association with kids by kids giving rewards for good behavior etc..

11. Accidents can happen in the split second. Make sure to supervise all the interaction between kids and dogs.

As I wrote in the previous entry titled “How to introduce the newborn baby to your dog“, she agrees that  supervision is important but also it is important to teach your baby/kids how to interact with/approach to your dog.

 Then, dogs also needs to learn how to interact with kids.

You can read the full article by Sophia Ying DVM article on “kids and dogs” here.

To the list above, I might add if the dog were older dog especially, then, the kids need to learn that the dogs have painful spot and learn to not touch the area at all.

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Jun 01, 2014 | 0 | Dog Training

Bonefish Grill Menu:Bacon wrapped scallop Yassy’s version II

 As you already know, I like re-creating meals from restaurants or eatery places that I have visited. It is fun to brain storming what is in the dishes I like.

One of the restaurants I like to go to is Bonefish Grill. Some of the reasons I go there are for their bang bang shrimp (spicy shrimp tempura in chili flavored sauce), Crab chowder, Bacon wrapped sea scallop, and more.

 I like their seafood dishes because they do pretty good with fish dish. Many restaurants has fish dishes on the menu but,they tend to overcook the fish and, I do not care for as much as the fish dishes from this Bonefish restaurants.

 In the past, I have attempted to recreate the bacon wrapped scallops with spicy mango salsa (You can see the recipe here), but I could not figure out how they wrap the bacon around the scallops so, I have left it out for the dish.

However,this time around, as second attempt, I think I came to a little closer to what it is served at the restaurant although since I wanted to explore the other kind of great sauce, I have made up the different sauce to go with the dish.

My suspicion as to why their bacon wrapped around the scallops comes out so crispy and scallops stay so tender and juicy is that, I think the key is in the thickness of the bacon (very thin bacon strip) ,and deep frying them.

 To make the crispiest bacon you have ever tasted, you should deep frying the bacon strip.It never comes out greasy at all and, very very crunchy. If you make burger next time, try deep frying the bacon and see how it comes out.You will be surprised the bacon is really,really crispy.

In this entry, I would like to share the recipe of Bacon wrapped scallops with garlic sweet chili lime sauce as my second version of their dish. With my version, I will use the marinade that I normally use for shrimp preparation because it makes super tender in its texture and they are tasty.

 Bacon wrapped scallop with garlic sweet chili lime sauce

Bacon wrapped scallops with garlic sweet chili lime sauce..

Ingredients for scallop marinade;

1/4 tsp Kosher salt
1 tbs corn starch
1 tsp sake
1/4tsp Baking soda
3 tbs water 

Ingredients for bacon wrapped scallops;

8 scallops (3-4 scallops per person as side dish)
4 strips of bacon (1 bacon strip per 2 scallops)
vegetable oil
Butcher’s twine to tie the scallops

Ingredients for Garlic Sweet chili lime sauce;

extra virgin olive oil
1 clove of garlic grated
3 tbs sweet chili sauce
1 tsp Dijon mustard
fresh lime juice from 1/2 lime (about 1.5 tbs)
1/2 tsp chopped cilantro

<How to make tender scallops>

1. In the small container, mix 1/4 tsp Kosher salt, 1 tbs corn starch, 1 tsp sake, 1/4tsp Baking soda,3 tbs water well.

2. Add cleaned scallops (trim off the scallop ducts;the rectangle muscle that is attached to its side) and stir and put the lid on and keep in the fridge for 4-6 hours

3. Rinse the scallops well under cold running water and pat them dry with paper towel and follow the recipe.

 <Cooking tips for scallops>

** When you cook scallop, pick the sea scallops, not bay scallop.

** When you purchase scallops on the fish counter, you may sometimes see rose pink colored scallops and pale white scallops. Do you know the difference between the two?

It is the difference between if the scallops are treated with STP (sodium triphostate),  sulfite or not.

STP or Sulfite is sodium preservatives to keep the moisture in the seafood products such as scallops, shrimps and makes the shelf life longer.

Often times, STP treated scallops are pale white and if you test with microwave; place a scallop on the paper towel and microwave it for 15 seconds and you will see a lot of water will be coming out from the scallops.

Rose pink scallop is not treated with STP and it would not give out as much water as STP treated scallops if you do the microwave test.

This is something I learned from America’s Test kitchen TV shows. I think this is good thing to keep in mind.

Therefore, I personally prefer to have food preservative free so, I pick the rosey pink scallops over pale white scallops.

** When you cook scallop, a few things to consider.

1. Make sure scallop is fully thawed, marinaded in the recipe above and be at the room temperature. This same rule applies to cook steaks too.

2. Make sure scallop is not wet.

When I cook scallop, I usually place a paper towel over the plate and place scallop on top and place another piece of paper towel to take moisture out from the scallop.

By cooking moisture free scallop, you can cook scallop with nice seared mark on it.If the scallop was wet,you would not get any seared mark.

3.Season the scallops right before you place the scallops on the skillet.

4. Make sure the skillet is hot enough.

<Bacon wrapped scallops>

0. Marinade the scallops (recipe above)

1.Cut one strip of bacon into half per scallop you use. I usually make 3 -4 scallops per serving.

2. Cut the butcher’s twin to about 7″ or so per scallop

3. Pre cook the bacon strips in the skillet to render some fat;to the stage the bacon is still floppy but not cooked through. About 70-80% doneness

4. Take the bacon strips out from the skillet and set them aside on the paper towel to drain the oil

5. Wrap the scallop with bacon and secure it with butcher’s twine

6. In the skillet that are deep enough to shallow frying the scallops, pour the vegetable oil just enough to cover the scallops (about 3/4″-1″ depth of oil )

7. Drop the scallops and cook about 2 minutes and flip and cook about 3-4 minutes in the oil

8. When the scallops are cooked, bacon is fully cooked, take the scallops out from the oil and place them on the paper towel to drain the oil

<Garlic Sweet chili lime sauce >

1. Drizzle extra virgin olive oil in the skillet

2. Add 1 clove of garlic grated, and let it come to fragrant

3. When it got fragrant, add about 3 tbs sweet chili sauce and stir

4. Add 1 tsp Dijon mustard

5. Add fresh lime juice from 1/2 lime (about 1.5 tbs)

6. Add about 1/2 tsp chopped cilantro in the skillet and stir

7. taste the sauce and adjust the flavor

<How to assemble >

1. Pour the sauce in the center of the plate

2. Take off the twine from bacon wrapped scallops and place the bacon wrapped scallops around the sauce

3. drop some of the sauce on top of the each scallop

4. Serve

Makes;2-3 servings


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May 25, 2014 | 0 | Restaurant Challenge

Dog Training methods vs Dog’s behavior

As you already know, our dog “Palette” has been clicker trained all of her life. She knows she did right when she hears the click sound and she gets super excited. 

 During the training time, her body does not get tense up, does not look anxious, and her response to the each click is tail wagging with huge Corgi smile,and I can feel that she is eager to learn the new thing and she enjoys that.

balancing squeaky egg

Palette balancing the squeaky egg toy..

 One thing I noticed during the clicker training is that, since clicker’s click sound can capture the exact moment you like, it seems that communication between us got better and that lead to the faster learning for each behavior.

 For example, ringing the bell for the potty seemed to be complicated at first but fear not. Palette learned what the bell means, what she needs to do to go to potty in less than half a day! I was surprised to see she understands what I would like her to do.

 However, depending on what to teach, sometimes, it takes time to get it complete. Training is not an over night fix,and rather continuous work throughout their life and, we need to be patient,be calm, and be consistent to make it work.

People has their own method to teach things to their canine family members. Some use electric collars,some uses water spray, some uses the philosophy ” you are the leader of the pack and let the dog be submissive to you”, and some uses more gentle effective approach-clicker training.

Have you ever wondered what impact would each method make in terms of dog’s behavior/dog’s mind?

Just recently, I came across interesting articles on the training method and dog’s behavior after the specific training method and I thought I would share with you here.

How your dog training technique influences your dog’s behavior…

According to science daily article written by University of Bristol in UK, using misplaced ideas about dog behavior and dog training is likely to cause the unwanted behavior rather than phasing it out.

The new study shows that despite the popular belief told by the popular TV dog trainer, the aggressive dog is not trying to be assertive over the canine furriends or human packs,according to the research published by University of Bristol Department of Clinical veterinary science in the Journal of veterinary behavior .

The researchers spent 6 months studying dogs and reanalyzing the data from the feral dogs and concluded that the individual relationships between the dogs are learnt through the experience, rather than not maintaining the place in their pecking order in their pack.

They think that training targeted at “dominance reduction” are far from helpful and rather, it can be dangerous and worsen the behavior.

The training technique; pinning the dog on the floor, grabbing the muzzle, blasting noise maker (idea was coming from the theory that we must become the assertive leader of the pack as it would have been in the wolf pack) , would make dogs anxious about the owner, and escalate the level of the aggression  of the dog in the question.

In the article, Dr Rachael Casey says that dogs often learn to show aggression when such technique is used to avoid the punishment. Some dogs are fearful and show aggression towards people.

The article says that many technique used to train dogs his owner is the leader of the pack will either end up with a dog so fearful that it surpass all the natural dog behaviors or the one so aggressive that it is dangerous to be around.

You can read the full article at science daily website here.

Another interesting fact how the technique;being assertive over the dog, influences dog’s behavior is that, another researchers in UK claims that each series of the technique put back the dog’s behavior by 10 years.

From the study done in University of Bristol, experts there says that it was far more effective to train the dogs with reward rather than punishment.

You can read the full article at telegraph news paper article here.

Dr Sophia yin DVM has a great article on what does “dominance” mean, what behavior response you would see in dogs when punishment/force based training techniques are used as well as how you can teach your dogs what to do under certain situation without relying on the old training technique.

You can read her full article at her website here. I find it very informative and I think you would too.

I think whichever training method you would use for your dogs, you would need to set up the rules and need to teach them what they should do on the certain situation. Question rises when how you teach the rules to them.

I find that teaching your dog  “what to do” ,rather than “what not to do” is much easier and, using force free training technique is more effective and dogs enjoys them because they think it is the game and fun.

Next time you train your dogs, you can review yourself, and see how your approach is making an impact on your dog’s behavior.

The training should not have to be the doggie boot camp.



May 19, 2014 | 0 | Dog Training

Bonefish Grill Menu; Lemon Kissed Quinoa Yassy’s version

 As you already know, I like re-creating meals from restaurants or eatery places that I have visited and loved. It is fun to brain storming what is in the dishes I like.

 One of the restaurants I like to go to is Bonefish Grill.

 This restaurant would have been one of the first restaurants I was taken to when I came to the states.

 If you ask me what they do best, I think they probably do great on sauce that goes with dish they serve, along with seafood dishes.

So far, the best dish I have eaten there would be “Rhea’s Icelandic Arctic char; wood grilled and topped with sauteed spinach,lump crab,and lime tomato garlic sauce”,which is on May special menu.

 I think it is a seasonal dish and,I cannot get it all the time but when they have one, it is the dish I would order.

Arctic char is meaty fish with mild taste of.. cross between salmon and trout and, I really like them. Even my husband,who is not a big fan of fish said he could eat it because it was not tasting fishy at all.

 I love salmon, and Arctic char dishes served there. Many restaurants have Grilled fish on the menu but, many of them tend to serve over cooked dry fish or under or over seasoned fish.

 However, their fish is beautifully cooked without over cooked, and they are juicy and moist with a bit of char on the fish. They really do good on seafood menu.

 If you like to taste best salmon dish from restaurant, I think Bonefish Grill comes top on the list and, 2nd would be Firebirds Wood Fired Grill.

 When it comes to steak battle, Firebirds Wood Fired Grill wins over Bonefish Grill hands down, but both great restaurants to check out if you have never visited them.

Anyway, the Bonefish Grill has interesting side dish (cold dish) on the menu called “Lemon kissed Quinoa”. It got red quinoa,lemon, olive oil,tomato etc.. and, when my husband ordered it, I got to taste test some of their Quinoa dish and I thought it was tasty.

Also, my husband who does not like raw tomato, raw cucumber could eat it without any problems and loved the dish.Therefore, I thought I would recreating the dish so we can serve at home as well.

Then,recently, I have tried recreating the Quinoa dish from Bonefish Grill restaurant and I think it came out pretty close.

 Since I like more lemon taste in mine, mine is has more citrus flavor to it,but it came out great and my husband ate it all.Nothing left on his plate:-) He loved it.

Therefore,I thought I would share the recipe with you.

Lemon kissed quinoa yassy's version

Lemon kissed Quinoa “Yassy’s version”..

Ingredients for Lemon Kissed Quinoa Yassy’s version:

1/2C Red quinoa
1/2C frozen edamame
1/4C chopped vine tomato (chopped to 1/4″ dice)
1/8C chopped red pepper (chopped to 1/4″ dice)
1/4C chopped cucumber(chopped to 1/4″ dice)
2 tbs fresh lime juice
5 tsp fresh lemon juice
3/8tsp kosher salt
1 tbs chopped cilantro
1/2 tsp Extra virgin olive oil

<Lemon Kissed Quinoa Yassy’s version>

1.  Rinse 1/2C red quinoa in fine meshed kitchen sieve

2. Add 1 1/4C water in the sauce pan and let it come to boil

3. Once water is boiled, add red quinoa, pinch of kosher salt, and put the lid on and cook the quinoa at medium low heat for about 10 minutes

4. Lower the heat to simmer and cook about 5 more minutes

5. While quinoa is cooking, prepare another sauce pan with bit of water enough to cover 1/2C frozen edamame

6. Bring the water in the pan with edamame to boil and cook for 3 minutes and drain

7. Once red quinoa is cooked, take it off from the heat, stir and add 1/4C vine tomato chopped to 1/4″ dice, cooked edamame, 1/8C raw red pepper chopped to 1/4″, and put the lid on and let it sit for another 10 minutes

8. While waiting for the 10 minutes is up, cut the cucumber into 1/4″ for 1/4C worth

9. Once 10 minutes is up, add 2 tbs fresh lime juice, 5 tsp fresh lemon juice, 3/8tsp kosher salt 1 tbs chopped cilantro and 1/4C chopped cucumber, 1/2 tsp Extra virgin olive oil and stir

10. Taste and adjust the seasoning

Makes; 4-6 servings



May 14, 2014 | 0 | Restaurant Challenge