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Happy Thanksgiving Day!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving day is the day to thank family,friends, meal and the time to see the family traditions in activities,meals served etc.. and it is a great holiday to make and keep the memories together.

To thank all the great furry furriends and their mom and dad who have been using Yassy’s gourmet dog kitchen as “go-to” store for your furriends’ healthy treats,and toys, here are the great limited time deals for this year’s Thanksgiving day week.

** Nov 27th through 28th; Save 20% off on your entire order* with the coupon code “TURKEY

* The orders with free shipping (Orders over $100) with 20% off will be shipped via Standard Post unless our brand of made to order biscuits or Jerky are purchased.

** Nov 29th through 30th; Free shipping with order over $45* with coupon code “CRANBERRIES“.

* The merchandise subtotal must be over $45

** December 1st through 2nd;Save $10 off on your entire order with coupon code “PUMPKINPIE

*** Shipping method information for orders placed on Dec 1st,2nd ***

Orders under $55 merchandise subtotal without our made to order biscuits or Jerky in the order: will be shipped by “Standard post

Orders under $55 merchandise subtotal with our made to order biscuits or Jerky in the order: will be shipped by “Priority mail

Orders over $55 merchandise subtotal: All with/without our made to order biscuits or Jerky
will be shipped by Priority mail unless the order is large volume.

If the order were large volume (more than 1 cubic foot), they will be shipped by standard post.


  The coupon code box will appear on the payment page after typing in the shipping information.

 Offer starts and ends with US Eastern time clock.

** The codes cannot be combined with other coupon codes.

 Have a great Thanksgiving!!

*** Bulk treats of the Month ~ November ~ ***

** Dehydrated Duck feet 10 oz 3 bags$31.29

** Dehydrated Fish (sardine) treat 8 oz 3 bags $31.29

**  K9 executive chef Palette’s Choice; Free Range Natural Cow ears with base 1 lb $8.76

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

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.

**  Palette’s k9 Foodie Mystery Bag Grain Free Buffalo/Venison $40.02

** Palette’s k9 Foodie Mystery Bag Regular Buffalo/Venison $37.65

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.

Please enjoy treat hunt for your furry friends!!

** 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.


Nov 27, 2013 | Comments are off | Yassy's Gourmet Dog Kitchen

Palette’s note: Grass-fed Moo! Odor Free Bully Sticks “Standard”

 When you pick up treats for your
dogs, what would you look at?

 Ingredients? Fancy looking
pictures?Description of the products?

 Have you ever wondered if you
could actually see how other dogs are enjoying them? Not pictures, but in
the video so that you can actually HEAR and feel the treats’ textures?

 Some of you may have already
recognized I have been putting up treats’ video on youtube so that
people can hear the sound, see Palette in action and get more detail on
products we offer through Yassy’s Gourmet Dog Kitchen.

 With “Palette’s Note” series, I would like to put Palette’s taste test videos.

 This time, “Grass-fed Moo! Odor Free Bully sticks “Standard” 6 oz.”

Grass-fed Moo! Odor Free Bully Sticks standard 11″-12″..

Grass-fed Moo! Odor free bully sticks “Standard”
is Moo! Odor Free line products, and they are made in Argentina. It is made from
beef that received no antibiotic or growth hormone in their life.

 Our K9 executive chef “Palette” the Corgi, loves this bully sticks, and she gets so excited and chew on them very enthusiastically with very wet nose and some drool bubbles around her mouth.

 The Grass-fed Moo! Odor free Bully sticks “standard” comes with 6 oz bag, and number of bully sticks in the bag can vary.

 However, in average, 11″-12″ 6 oz bag contains approx 6-7 bully sticks.

 Many dogs adore bully sticks.

 Palette is one
of them, but don’t underestimate her. She actually is a tough judge. She
gave me nosed up, paws down on some of bully sticks I gave her to try out to decide whether we carry at Yassy’s Gourmet Dog Kitchen or not.

 Paws down bully sticks did not make it to the store to offer others.

 After all, she is k9 executive chef who control the quality of menu to
be served to others, along side with me. And, only Palette’s approved
menu is served to others.

 What I like about this bully sticks, and
what separate this bully sticks from other bully sticks is that, it does
not emit stinky odor when dogs chew on these.

 I can sit right next to
our dog while she is working on her bully sticks.

 Before giving this
bully sticks to our dog as taste test, I sniffed at it, and I feel it has a little smell
to it, but to me, it is not stinky bully sticks.

 People smell
things differently but, if you compare this bully sticks and other brand of bully
sticks from pet supply store, you would find the difference in the smell.

 Especially when your dogs start chewing on it.

 Some brands’ bully sticks stink up the room so badly.

 If you have read the previous entry titled “Long lasting chew/recreational bones for dogs“, you would already know that what makes the bully sticks less odor.

 For those, who haven’t, not all bully sticks are made the same way. Some are made vertical, some are made horizontal.

 The one made flat tend to have stronger smell to it. Reason why is that, by hanging and making
the bully sticks vertical, the fluid in the bully sticks drain more, and
the longer baked bully sticks has less odor than the one made flat.

 In the past, I personally purchased bully sticks of other brand,beef and buffalo ones,  to try out. It was awful. Both bully sticks were free range bully sticks, but the smell.. even before being chewed by Palette, it stunk!

 The smell was so offensive that I even did not try with Palette and tossed it to the outside trash bin. It was that bad.

 I think, in dog’s opinion, stinkier the better – case in point; dog loves stinky green tripe treats. However,it was just too strong smell and I did not like it.

 Although I generally do not give bully sticks daily,
I give her this bully sticks as occasional jackpot treat, or quick snack.

 She really loves these bully sticks, and she whines, and she gets so excited for this.

 What usually happen is that, she does something good, and she comes to claim these bully sticks and,I hand it to her saying “On the bed”.

 Then,she grabs it with her mouth, and trots to her doggy bed designated for her to use as “chew bed”; the bed placed outside the crate.

 The chew bed is used for her to chew her treats on, and she flops down on her chew bed and start chewing the bully stick treats.

 For her, these bully stick is more of lighter snack than long time consuming chew, but she loves them.

 How long it would last will be
depending on each dog’s jaw strength.

Which bully sticks are thinnest and thickest of the bunch?

 Among the Moo! line bully stick products, “Select” bully sticks thickness is in between “standard” and “supreme”.

 The thinnest of the bunch is “Junior 12″”, next up is “Standard 12″”, then, “Select 12″” then, “supreme 12″”,then thickest one “super monster 12″”.

 The thickest one is called “Super Monster”. We carry both 6″ and 12″ Super Monster.

 If you were specifically looking for long lasting chew, then, I would recommend Deer Antlers.

 With our Corgi “Palette”- moderate chewer, with L size Deer Antler, it
is with her for more than one year with the same Antler.

 She religiously
spend about 15-20 min 2 sessions per day but still gnawing the same
one. Antlers are more economical overall and one Antler lasts much

 Since she now got variety of Antlers:Regular Antlers, Antler with some velvet left on, Moose Antlers, Caribou Antlers etc..,
the time she spend on regular one is less than before (she seems to
gnaw one by one alternating among the three Antlers) , but she enjoys
her gnawing time.

 Often times, she decides to chew on Antlers while we are having dinner.

 No matter how long/thick the bully stick is, one bully
stick will be gone much faster than Deer Antlers would. Therefore, Deer
Antlers will be more economical in the long run for long lasting chews
for your dogs.

 That being said, not all Antlers offered for dogs on the market are the same. Some brands of Antlers are sanded and boxed up, and give dogs no variety of shapes with less aroma to start with.

 Some variety of Antlers are harder than others.. Even though some places that offer the Antlers makes people give impression that bigger,thicker,heavier the better, but it is not true.

 Choosing the right size,right variety of Antlers that matches with how your dogs chew are critical.

 Elk Antlers are hardest. The softest Antler is Deer Antler with some velvet on,which is softer than regular Deer Antlers. It does not last as long as regular Deer Antlers, but they are great as starter chew, plus the dogs get to strips off the fuzz called ” velvet”. The velvet is good for joint health due to glucosamine/chondroitin and it is a great chew with benefit that last a bit longer than regular bully sticks.

 Moose Antlers are unique in the way of its shape;some are flat,some are straight,and watching how Palette is chewing, it makes me feel that Moose Antler is probably tad softer than regular Antlers and what makes her not chewing as much at a time with Moose Antler is because of its flat shape.

 Now, the Caribou Antler is lighter in weight,lighter in density in average although some of them are a little dense,heavier than previous delivery from our supplier, compared to the regular Antlers.

 When it comes to which size to pick for Deer Antlers, pick the one that are recommended for your dog’s size not picking the largest,heaviest possible. The longer,heavier,thicker are not necessary be the better pick.

 At the same time, if your dog has never tried Antlers, just get one to see how your dog would chew them. If your dog’s chew style is to put their whole body weight and trying to break into half, rather than gnawing,then, the Antler is not a good chew for your dog.

 Anyway, I think these are great bully sticks for all sizes to enjoy. For the big dogs, it will be the light snack, and for the small to medium dogs, it will be a  good chew.

 If you would like to give quick bully sticks snack daily, I think “junior” are perfect fit to that purpose.

 Ingredients: Beef

 Let’s watch Palette in action with Grass-fed Moo! Odor Free Bully sticks “Standard” taste test.If you are a blog subscriber, please click here to watch the video Part 1, please click here to watch the part 2 video.

 Palette and Grass-fed Moo! Odor Free Bully sticks “Standard”

Palette and Grass-fed Moo!Odor Free bully sticks “Standard” Part 2

 Can you see how much she is excited for the Grass-fed Moo! Bully sticks “Standard”? You could hear her whining.

 With this taste test video, the bully sticks “Standard”, she was munching on is 12″ long one.

 She really loves these bully sticks!

Hmm…. GOOD!

Now, is serious chew time..nom,nom,nom… with wet nose!

Pausing with tilted head to be cute in da picture

This tweats is mine, Pal mark all over it

Hmm…. Pawsome tweats!

Close to da finish!

This is da most important part; making sure nothing is left behind..

Woof,woof, smize…

Translation; I know you got more of woofy sticks.

One more,please!

I being a good,mom…

How can you resist my cuteness?

 Please note that due to natural products,
thickness of the bully sticks can vary.

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


Nov 26, 2013 | Comments are off | Yassy's Gourmet Dog Kitchen

American cooking: Bacon Jalapeno Meatloaf with Jack Daniel’s BBQ sauce,Bacon smoked gouda cheese Mashed potato and green beans

 If you were asked to name a few classic comfort foods in America,what would you name?

 Macaroni & Cheese? Meatloaf? Chicken Pot Pies? Chicken and Dumplings?

 I would think that many people would say “Meatloaf and potatoes”,because it maybe one of those dishes that many kids grew up with and remind them of their childhood memories here in the states.

 Back home in Japan, I have never had meatloaf, but my husband once told me that Japanese style hamburger with sauce makes him remind of America’s meatloaf in the pattie shape.

 I think he may be right because we tend to put variety of vegetables in them and served with sauce on top. It would be popular kids menu in Japan.

 Classic Meatloaf in America was something that I learned after coming to the states.

 Since I did not know how to make the meatloaf, first thing I did was relying on many recipes of meatloaf on the internet to find what I like.

 The recipes that I tried including ones from food network TV Channel were okay, but for me, the sauce was sticky sweet although I liked the meatloaf itself.

 One other problems that I encountered was super salty meatloaf.

 One of the restaurants we go to does really good job on steak;juicy,tender,consistent in texture and seasoning and, one day,I noticed their menu had meatloaf.

 I knew I liked meatloaf by then, and I have ordered their meatloaf and… it was super super salty and I ended up eating only one bite or two and done with the plate.

 It seems, just like “Eggs”; cooking perfect omelet for example, meatloaf seems to be one of those “they are easy to make one but difficult to make the perfect one”.

 That being said, meatloaf overall is easy to make,budget friendly, and crowd pleaser dish and it is a great dish to have in the repertoire in your recipe files.

 Here is my version of “Meatloaf”.

 When it comes to meatloaf, very first key component to decide the flavor of the meatloaf is “meat”.

 I love using mixture of ground veal,ground pork, and ground beef 80-20 when I make meatballs so, I decided to mix those.

 Next thing I thought of was things to add in the meat mixture. I personally like including variety of vegetables but I do not like sticky sweet Meatloaf.

 BBQ sauce is sweeter side already so, I decided to put something that gives the dish dimension in flavor;garlic,ginger,jalapeno,and bacon besides vegetables.

 Because of Jalapeno, it gives a slight kick to the meatloaf and, it goes well with sweeter BBQ sauce.

 Next thing I thought of was how to bake them.

 It seems, popular method is to bake the meatloaf,and then after finished cooking, pour the sauce over and then cook to finish it up.

 I do not know about you,but when I make meatballs, I love to cook in the sauce. It makes meatball super tender and sauce picks up the flavor from the meatball and it makes nice meatball and tomato sauce.

 Therefore, I decided to make the sauce itself in one container and taste it and adjust the flavor and pour right in the bottom and then, place the meatloaf in the center as if cooking in the sauce.

 For the tender texture, another thing you can do is to add milk soaked panko bread crumbs or add grated onions but since I wanted to put chopped onions in the meatloaf, I decided to use the milk soaked panko bread crumbs.

 Then, for the bacon, as you know, bacon give off quite lot of fat as it cooks. Therefore, it could make the sauce super greasy,super watery and I cooked the bacon to crisp first on the skillet and then added the bits in the meatloaf later.

 At first,I was not sure how it comes out but it actually came out great.

 So,I thought I would share the recipe with you. Since we are small family, this meatloaf is smaller than regular meatloaf recipes you find on the internet.

 I would call it “Bacon Jalapeno Meatloaf with Jack Daniel’s BBQ sauce”, and I like to serve with our house’s specialty “Smoked Gouda Bacon Mashed potato”.

 The Smoked gouda bacon mashed potato is my husband’s favorite.My mashed potato is less fatty and it has good texture to it.

 Many restaurants serves mashed potato, but they seem to use a lot of butter and it tends to be fatty, and some whips potato too much and too fluffy or too gummy,and I rarely order mashed potato at the restaurant.

** What type of potatoes I like to use for Mashed potato..

 I do not use regular Russet potatoes. I use Yukon Gold Potatoes. It is more creamy texture, and  it definitely
taste much better than regular Russet potatoes.

Bacon Jalapeno meatloaf with Jack Daniel sauce

Bacon Jalapeno meatloaf with Jack Daniel’s BBQ sauce..

Ingredient for the Bacon Jalapeno Meatloaf with Jack Daniel’s BBQ sauce;

2 strips center cut bacon
3 oz ground veal
3 oz ground pork
6 oz ground beef 80-20
1 egg lightly beaten
3/4 tsp kosher salt
1/8 tsp ground black pepper
1 clove garlic grated
1/4 tsp grated ginger

1/8 red onion chopped
1/4 carrot chopped
1/4 Jalapeno chopped
1/8 celery chopped
3/8C panko bread crumbs
3 fl oz milk
1/4C Ketchup
1/4C crushed tomato
1/3C dark brown sugar
1 tsp sweet chili sauce
2 tsp Jack Daniel’s whiskey
1 tsp hot sauce

Ingredients for smoked gouda bacon mashed potato;

1 strip crispy center cut bacon chopped
24 oz Yukon gold potato (About 4-5 potatoes)
2 tbs butter
1tbs sour cream
3/4C milk
3 oz shredded smoked gouda cheese
pinch of kosher salt
pinch of ground black pepper
1 tsp Italian flat leaf parsley

Ingredients for green beans;

14.5 oz canned fresh cut green beans drained
1.5C Beef broth
Morton’s Natures Seasons

<Bacon Jalapeno Meatloaf with Jack Daniel’s BBQ sauce>

1. To the skillet, place 2 strips of center cut bacon directly and cook them to crisp.

2. Set it aside on paper towel on the plate

3. Preheat the oven at 350F

4. In the bowl, add 3 oz ground veal, 3 oz ground pork, 6 oz ground beef 80-20, 1 egg lightly beaten, 3/4 tsp kosher salt, 1/8 tsp ground black pepper,1 clove garlic grated, 1/4 tsp grated ginger, 2 crispy bacon strip chopped,1/8 red onion chopped, 1/4 carrot chopped,1/4 Jalapeno chopped, 1/8 celery chopped

** When you go to grocery stores, you will see 80/20, 85/15, 90/10 etc on ground beef label. Do you know what it means?

– 80/20 label means 80% lean meat, and 20% fat, usually from chuck cut.

– 85/15 label means, 85% lean meat, and 15% fat and usually from round cut.

– 90/10 label means 90% lean meat, and 10% fat and usually from sirloin cut.

5. In the small container, add 3/8C Panko bread crumbs and soak them with 3 fl oz milk and set it aside

6. Add the milk soaked panko bread crumbs to the meat mixture and mix thoroughly

7. In another bowl, add 1/4C Ketchup, 1/4C crushed tomato, 1/3C dark brown sugar, 1 tsp sweet chili sauce, 2 tsp Jack Daniel’s whiskey, 1 tsp hot sauce, and mix well

8. Line the loaf pan with non stick foil

9.  Por the BBQ sauce to the loaf pan

** Make sure to spread the sauce over evenly

10. Shape the meat mixture into loaf and set the meat mixture in the center of the loaf pan

** Meatloaf log is about 7″ x 3.5″

11.  Drizzle 1 tsp bacon fat over the meatloaf log and bake them at 350F for about 1 hour or until when the juice runs clear

12. Let it cool for 10-15 minutes

13. grab the non stick foil carefully and place them onto the plate and cut the meatloaf into slices

** I recommend to cut at least 1/2″ – 1″ thick

Makes: 7″ x 3.5″ meatloaf (3-4 servings)

<Smoked Gouda bacon mashed potato>

1. Wash the 24 oz yukon gold potatoes, and wrap them in plastic wrap and put it on microwaveable plate and cook them.

*** 1 potatoes needs 3 minutes plus one minute.

 If you use 3 potatoes, 3 potatoes x 3 minutes+1 minutes=10 minutes. It depends on size of the potatoes but, usually I use 3-5 medium size potatoes for 2 adult serving.

 It yield probably 3 adult serving worth, but my husband likes it so much that he eats it a lot so,it is usually a good amount for us to make.

2. With oven mitten,grab the plate and toss the potatoes onto bowl, and carefully remove the plastic wrap

3. Peel off potato skin

*** I use chopstick to peel off the potato skin

4. To the hot steamy potatoes in the bowl, add 2 tbs butter, pinch of Kosher salt,pinch of ground black pepper, 1 tbs sour cream, and mash them

** Heat from the potato will help butter melt easily

** My choice of cheese is imported Smoked Gouda cheese from Holland.
American Gouda cheese lacks flavor a little compared to the one from Holland. You can find the Smoked Gouda cheese at specialty cheese area in local grocery store.

5.  Add about 3/4C milk,3 oz shredded smoked gouda cheese and stir

** Don’t over whip mashed potato. Over whipped mashed potato let more
starch out from potato and,it turns gloppy mashed potatoes.

6. Add 1 center cut crispy bacon chopped, 1 tsp chopped Italian flat leaf Parsley and mix

7. Serve

Makes; 2-4 serving

<Green beans>

1. In the sauce pan, add drained 14.5 oz canned fresh cut green beans,1.5C Beef broth,and season it with Morton’s Natures seasons and stir

2. Let it come to boil and turn the heat down to simmer and cook for 20-30 minutes and done

Makes; 2-3 servings



Nov 24, 2013 | Comments are off | Miscellaneous (Cooking)

Cindy with Corgi “Darby”;November 19th,2013

is almost near Thanksgiving day, and soon after, we will have Christmas coming around the corner.

Many dogs will be so exciting to see UPS/USPS/FedEX
guys frequently walking toward their house carrying box-ful of goodies
for moms and dads to place under the beautiful Christmas tree for them.

We, Yassy’s Gourmet Dog Kitchen, have been busy re-stocking all the treats and chews for everyone to shop for their precious paws.

k9 Executive chef “Palette” sees UPS/USPS/FedEX guys walking toward our
house with high pile boxes from top of the stairs,and she gets so
excited. Her little nub going right to left,right to left with big loud
greeting “Woof,Woof” to let me know they are here with the boxes.

The other day, we were out for walking and, Palette suddenly stopped,looking at one direction with her ears straight up,and she looked very anxious to welcome whatever she felt from that direction.

I stood at one spot,looked around but I did not see anything but then soon after,I noticed what made her super alert mode.

It was FedEx guy’s van. He knows us and,he stopped the car, rolled down the window and said that he got something to deliver and, he drove off.

Whole time we were talking, Palette’s nub was going left,right,left right with her ears fold with woof.

She knows that the FedEx guy sometimes bring boring boxes,which she is not interested in finding out what he brought but he brings lots of boxes that smell yummy and she tend to get excited for FedEx guy’s van.

Have you picked special present for special furriends already?

am sure they are very anxious to find out what are in the boxes with
their names on, and would be counting down the days to the Christmas.

With their super nose, they would already know which boxes are theirs and, every single day til the Christmas, they will be so tempted to tear it open to find out what are in their boxes

Today,I would like to introduce the Corgi furriend “Darby”.

we have
received feedback from Corgi furriends Darby’s mom “Cindy” from MO
with very cute taste testing videos for dehydrated Duck feet,and we wanted to share the videos with you.

Darby is a really handsome Corgi,and he will puts you a big smile on you. I thought it was very cute when he did “sit pretty” for the treats

By the way, Palette used to
limp before and,now she is limp free and runs like wind,but I make sure
she gets natural source of Glucosamine, Chondroitin such as gullet,
cartilage ( such as poultry feet) , and trachea in her main diet and,
now and then, I give her dehydrated poultry feet such as dehydrated duck/chicken feet treats as well.

I know there are Jerky
treats targeted for joint health with added glucosamine and chondroitin,
but I prefer to give Palette Glucosamine, Chondroitin through natural
source rather than synthetic forms.

 If your dogs have joint problems, feeding raw/dehydrated gullet,trachea,poultry feet are good things to feed. Those are also great source of natural

You can find gullet treats,trachea treats at Yassy’s Gourmet Dog Kitchen also. Available in beef,buffalo,venison,and lamb.

 Palette loves dehydrated duck feet,too. She gives me big cow
eyes with excitement and her nose get wet instantly. This is small nice
crunchy snack for dogs.

  Darby’s mom “Cindy” told us that it was his very first experience with Dehydrated Duck feet.

Lets find out how he thinks about his very first dehydrated duck feet treats.


Darby the Corgi with very first dehydrated duck feet treat Part 1

Darby the Corgi with dehydrated dick feet Part 2

If you are a blog subscriber,please click here to watch the video Part 1, please click here to watch the video Part 2.



***Feedback videos are used with permission***

 We always enjoy
reading/watching feedback mail/videos/pictures from furry friends and their mom & dad

We love to make furriends smile with healthy chews!

Please let us know how your furriends enjoyed their treats from us.

If you have your dogs’ taste testing videos or pictures, please e-mail the youtube video link with its title or picture file to

Now and then, we pick the customers’ taste testing pictures,videos to be featured on our blog.

This year, if you were featured on our blog, we are giving away $10 off  VIP Thank you coupon code as a token to thank you.

I hope everyone will have a great Thanksgiving day!


Nov 19, 2013 | Comments are off | Paw up?Paw down? Treats from Yassy's Gourmet Dog Kitchen

Yassy’s Japan Trip Diary November 2012; Good luck animals in Japan Part 2

 In the previous entry titled “Yassy’s Japan Trip Diary;November 2012;Good luck animals in Japan“, I wrote that living in the
states, I now realize that our culture back home has great number of
superstition especially based around animals than I can find in the

 Then, I wrote about what beckoning cats,Kaeru (frog),Fukurou (Owl),Tanuki(Racoon dog ),Kitsune (fox),Tsuru (Crane), Kame (turtle),and Usagi (rabbit).

 Besides them, there are a lot more that means “good luck” in Japan.

Kasuga Taisha shrine (one of national treasures)..

 Ten-tou-mushi (ladybug) is also one of animals that brings luck to you in Japan. In the case of ladybug, it seems that they are considered “good luck” in many parts of the the world.

 For example, in Europe, when you find ladybug lands on you, it means it brings luck to you. In Australia, if you ask ladybug, they will bring good weather,and in Sweden, when ladybug land on lady’s hand, it means that the lady the ladybug landed on will marry soon etc..

 In Japan, since ladybug climbs up the stem of flowers;from bottom to top, the ladybug is called “Ten-tou-mushi”. “Ten” mean “heaven”, “to-u” means “road”, and “mu-shi” means “bug”.

 The ladybug is considered good luck animals and you will find many fashion accessory with ladybug in Japan.

 Another one is pig,which is called “bu-ta” in Japan. Bu-ta is said to bring wealth, prosperity every new year,and considered one of “good luck animals” .

 I wonder we see many piggy bank with pig because of pig is being considered as the animal that brings wealth and prosperity.

 Another one is dragonfly.

 It is said that when emperor went for hunting, he got stung by a horsefly around year 456. But then, a dragonfly swooped up the horsefly and flied away.

 Since then, dragonfly is called strong insect, good luck insect and the drawing of dragonfly often used on armors, and shield.

 Also,since dragonfly does not fly backward but only forward, they are thought to be a brave insect that brings winning.

 Believe it or not, snake, especially white snake is considered to be good luck animals in Japan because the white snake is the symbol of god of money.

 At this moment these are things that come to my mind.

 What animals considered to be a good luck animals in your country?


Nov 17, 2013 | Comments are off | Japan

Palette’s fall treats diary;November 12th,2013 Special edition-Meringue Cupcake and Buttercup cake recipes

 For Palette, last month was another super,super exciting month.

 For one thing, she got zillions of new treats that was made to tweak the new recipes of the new treats 2014 for Yassy’s Gourmet Dog Kitchen,and she gets to sniff each selected bags and pick what she wants for small snack before bed.

 Then, she saw a lots of baking action in the kitchen last month.

 I was quite busy baking all kinds of stuff.

 If you follow my blog entries, you know that I was trying to create the simple treats recipes for new lines of biscuits and Jerky treats for K9 restaurant “Yassy’s Gourmet Dog Kitchen” for coming 2014 treats.

 I am done with recipe creation now and, now working on the labels to submit to department of agriculture to register all of these treats.

 One of the fun I get to have besides creating the recipe is brainstorming the name of the products. I do not want to name the biscuits with the name people would get confused what they are getting so, it is somewhat hard to have light bulb moment.

 In a blink of eyes, soon December and new year will be just around the corner.

 As the year 2014 approaches, I am getting very excited to be able to offer wide variety of treats made with superior simple ingredients at small batch to order by hands rather than factory machines.

 I know that some companies who does not use big factory for processing make treats ahead of times,freeze them,pull out one day before the shipping time and then ship it to customers but, I do not want to do that.

 I would like to offer truly fresh made superior treats made with simple ingredients to furriends.

 Whether it is the treats made by us, or by others, I am picky about what to offer and we have some stadard before putting those on the website for you to purchase.

 The bag of 2014 experiment treats in the freezer I mentioned earlier weigh actually  7.2 lb! So,you can imagine how much she has got in her freezer.

 She picked gluten free grainy free plain cake last night for the snack before bed. It has been real good motivator for the quick potty

 When I am not baking things for dogs, I am baking something else for people.

 I baked/made quite a few yummies last month.

 I made ..fresh pumpkin ravioli (You can view the recipe here ), Annin Doufu Almond Jelly (Recipe here), Molasses burger buns,Drunken Apple caramel pecan tart (recipe here),which by the way, it was the huge hit for my husband and it was my favorite too.

 And,just because I love everything chocolate, I made Banana foster chocolate chip cake bites that is shape of cookie…

 Oh, and when I made seared herb Ahi Tuna, I made the new dipping sauce which I call it creamy ginger sauce,which my husband commented that the sauce remind him of ginger dressing from Japanese steakhouse…

 As you can see, I made many new stuff last month.

 This month, I made Polish doughnuts called “Paczki”. It is something that caught my eyes and made me hungry when we were watching Amazing race season 23.

 One of the challenge in Poland we watched was to visit selected numbers of people living in the longest apartment complex in Poland, and eat the Polish doughnuts “Paczki” they serve to them and they had to find the correct flavor.

 Since it looked so delicious, I thought I had to make one.

 I was thinking of making ones with lemon,and maybe espresso flavor. Both came real good and my husband’s workmate loved it too. Later I will share the recipe

 Here is Polish doughnuts (baked) Paczki plain.

Polish doughnuts Paczki..

 Pillow soft dough and I loved them very much!

 I love baking/cooking and I enjoy all the process from recipe creation to the final presentation and sharing the recipes with you. Adding the layer of made up flavor is really fun.

 Making pasta is easy and it does not require long list of ingredients and they taste better, cook faster and, you should try making fresh pasta with your family. I think making something with family is a lot of fun!

 For Palette, I made a few; dehydrated sweet potato treats (recipe here), Steamed Apple pie bun (Recipe here), and a few more for this treat diary series.

 She really liked it! Believe it or not, you would need only less than 3 ingredients.

 It is very easy to make one. You can try and see if your dog loves these.


 One last big fun I have been experiencing this month is that I got to participate recipe contest at PF Chang’s.

 The rule was that I had to pick 3 ingredients from list of selected ingredients. It was,in a way, was like a mystery box challenge without timer.

 I spent some time brainstorming what I like to make and entered into the recipe contest with the dish I created;Drunken Thai Curry with Green Onion coconut rice. You can find my recipe at PF Chang’s facebook page here and make it at your home.If you liked the dish,please vote. You can vote one time a day.

 I ended up playing with Mango salsa and Thai curry that I like, and I have added my twist with brandy, and garlic and ginger chips to give the dish some crunch.

 Surprisingly, my husband told me that he liked this dish better than other Thai curry that I make or he gets at Thai restaurants I am glad he liked it that much with my made-up dish!

Anyway, I have been making/baking more yummies from homemade ravioli to Drunken caramel pecan apple tart and lots of baking action is going on in the kitchen.

 Holiday is more baking month for me, and in this “Palette’s treat diary” entry,I have decided to do some special edition during holiday months and you will find unique treats recipes here besides regular baked treats recipes such as cake or pupcake recipes.

 This month treat recipe that I am going to share with you is probably the first you would see for dog treats,again.

 This one is ” Meringue cupcake”, and “Buttercup cake”.

 The “Meringue cupcake” was inspired by Australian dessert called “Pavlova”,which is meringue is used in place of sponge cake in the recipe and often times, they are decorated with cream and served berries on top.

 The “Buttercup cake” was inspired by Japanese sweet potato cake. Originally I thought of making one with American sweet potato but it is too wet than Japanese sweet potato which is the texture of Russet potato here in the states.

 Therefore, I decided to use the squash.

 Palette went nuts over this, and it turned out to be a great snack.

 I hope your dogs would like them as much as Palette did.


 Now I will pass a pen to Palette to write a dairy here.

November 12th,2013

 Last month was super,super exciting month. I still got zillions of cookies, cakes, Jerky.. The treat bag is bigger than my head!

 I know mom brings me 4 bags at night so I can pick the one for the snack before bed but I wish she could teach me how to open the freezer door.

 She taught me how to close the door to help her, but not teaching me how to open the freezer door.

 Anybody there can help me learn how to open the freezer door? I desperately need the help,bol.

 Besides doggy biscuits baking,mom made many for mom and dad like ravioli,which smelled so good and pumpkin ravioli would be something I would have enjoy. They forgot to make seat for me to dine in on the table for the pasta night..

 And.. yes, mom made pizza too!I love mom’s fresh made pizza.I normally spend time gnawing Antlers when my dad and mom having dinner but not on the pizza night. I jump up to pop my head above the table so they know I am here for the nibble and show them how much I want it.

 Endless drool does the trick but I think whining helps best. This time,what she made was Margherita pizza so, there are nothing I cannot eat. If she let me, I would have enjoyed a whole pizza to myself!

 One thing that was new last month was that the neighbor
across our house’s dogs (3 dogs;1 boxer,1 black lab, 1 JRT) came
running to our yard unleashed and each dog tried to squat in our yard
for potty!

 I was like “What is happening!”-Woof,woof,woof!

 I had to alert my mom.

  Where is their mom? Across the street inside the car
with the back door open, waiting for them to come back and hop on to
their car to go somewhere….

  We had unfamiliar poop in our yard problem,which feels ewww especially step on it not knowing it is there..

  Mom did not want to watch until they are done, so she clapped hands to interrupt them doing potty.They ran to the backseat of the lady’s car that was parked at their driveway.

 Why they do not let them use their own fenced yard for potty spot..

 I do not know.. When I find unfamiliar dog’s poop, I tend to lift my front paw up and stare, so, I helped my mom to find the strange poop in our yard a bit.

 My nose will be a big help and she would not have to step on it again.

 Anyway,here is the Meringue cupcake. Sooo good! Ask your mom to make these. you would love these.

Meringue Cupcake..

Ingredients for Meringue Cupcake;

1 Egg white

<Meringue Cupcake>

0. Preheat the oven at 425F

To the clean,dry bowl, add 1 Egg white and whisk to soft peak

2. Scoop meringue gently up and pour into muffin tin cup

3. Bake the Meringue for 15 minutes, rotate and bake another 5 minutes till brown

Palette and Meringue Cupcake

Makes: 1 cupcake

 Over here is the Buttercup cake.

Buttercup cake with basil …

Ingredients for Buttercup cake;

1 Buttercup squash
1 Egg Yolk
Fresh basil leaves chopped

<Buttercup Cake>

1. Slice the buttercup squash, and remove all the seeds and preheat the ove at 425F

Roast the buttercup squash cut side up for 50-60 minutes or until tender

3 Scrape the squash out from the rind and mash them

4. To the mashed buttercup squash, add 1Egg yolk lightly beaten and whip it together

** If the mixture was too wet, add some unbleached all purpose flour to it just enough to keep the shape

5.  To the muffin tin, put the oval shaped squash-egg yolk mixture and bake them for 15 minutes, rotate the pan,bake another 5 minutes till outside is not too wet to touch, almost dry

6.Cool it down and put some chopped fresh basil on top and, serve.

Palette and buttercup cake

** Meringue cupcake whole amount is roughly
about 16 kcal (you can see more detail at
website here. Look the recipe for 1 large egg white,not 1 cup for serving size. ).

** Buttercup cake whole amount is roughly 137 kcal,(you can see more detail at
website here.
So, each cake given will be about 27 kcal.

**Mom wanted rough kcal to be as close to real one, and she used
Nutrition fact food label on the back of products she used.


Makes: 5 cakes 

Nov 12, 2013 | Comments are off | Dog Diet

Campanelle pasta with spicy creamy roasted red pepper sauce

 When fall/winter comes around, I think about soup. The soup that makes your body warm and enjoy every sip of it.

 If you ask me what kinds of soup I love most, I would say it would be “Lobster bisque”.

 Bisque is type of French soup that are often creamy,velvety texture and since it is made from strained broth using shell of lobster,crab,shrimp etc, the soup has full of flavor in one sip.

 One of the restaurant we love to go to has very rich,flavorful lobster bisque and I got hook with the soup,and every time I visit their restaurant, I always order them along with the main meal.

 After the lobster bisque, I say I like roasted red pepper soup.

 When I make roasted red pepper soup,it always starts from roasting the red peppers on my own.

 When you roast the peppers yourself instead of reaching out to the roasted pepper in a jar, and use it in your cooking, it gives fresh, deep flavor in the dish and I like roasting peppers on my own.

 Roasting pepper is very easy, and it is probably cheaper than paying for a jar of roasted red peppers,for example.

 The same restaurant that offer delicious lobster bisque “Bravo!” has my husband’s favorite pasta dish called “Shrimp or chicken Fra Diavolo”,which is spicy shrimp or chicken is sauteed in creamy tomato sauce with campanelle pasta.

 The other day, I was looking at the fridge and I had fresh mozzarella cheese, red peppers,and tomato,basil that I can use so, I decided to do my take on their dish “Fra Diavolo” with roasted red peppers.

 My twist is that, the dish will be made with the concept of “roasted red pepper bisque” meets “tomato caprese”,which is normally fresh mozzarella cheese tossed with fresh tomato, basil and pasta.

 My take of this dish will be campanelle pasta with spicy creamy roasted red pepper sauce.

 Bravo! does great on shrimp dish, calamari, and flat bread appetizer.

 At first, I was not sure how it comes out but turned out to be a great one.I will have this recipe as “keeper recipe”. My husband loved it too.

 This dish does not have any meat in it, but I think you can toss this with tender plump shrimp or grilled chicken too,just like the restaurant’s menu!

 Campanelle pasta is a little bell shaped pasta. “Campanelle” means “a little bell” in Italian.

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

Campanelle pasta with Spicy creamy roasted red pepper sauce ..

 If you use shrimp in the dish, marinade the shrimp (recipe follows), cook it shrimp alone first.Then, set it aside and toss it back in the dish later.

 Here is the great marinade recipe I use all the time. It makes very very tender,plump shrimp.

 Marinade the shrimp at least 3 hours and rinse it under cold water,pat it down and season it and cook in hot skillet.

<Tender plump shrimp marinade>

Ingredients for the shrimp marinade;

1 tbs     sake
1/4 tsp table salt
1.5 tbs  corn starch
12 shrimp (6 shrimp per person)

1. In the small container, add 1
tbs  sake,1/4 tsp table salt,1.5 tbs  corn starch and mix well and add
peeled,divined shrimp and massage shrimp with your hand and marinade
them in the refrigerator for 3-4 hours.

** Marinading shrimp make shrimp crisp tender

2. Wash the shrimp very well under running water, pat them dry and season it and cook them in the hot skillet with extra virgin olive oil

<Campanelle pasta with Spicy creamy roasted red pepper sauce>

Ingredients for spicy creamy roasted red pepper sauce

2 whole roasted red peppers
Balsamic Tomato (recipe follows)
2 cloves of garlic chopped
1 shallot chopped
1/4C dry sherry
4.5 tsp lemon juice
1.5 tsp marinade from balsamic tomato

1/4C heavy cream
Extra virgin olive oil
2 basil leaves chiffonaded
 7 oz wt Dry Campanelle pasta
Pinch of Kosher salt
pinch of ground black pepper
ground red cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp white sugar

Ingredients for Balsamic tomato;

1 vine tomato
1 tbs balsamic vinegar
1/4 tsp white sugar
1/2 tsp fresh basil chopped

1. Roast 2 red peppers,cool it down and remove the skin off

****  How to make a roasted red pepper ****

1. Set the broiler “High”

2. Line the baking sheet with non stick foil

3. Wash the red pepper and place them on the lined baking sheet

4. Place the baking sheet with red peppers under the broiler and wait
till the skin gets blisters. Time to time, rotate the pepper and wait
till all sides are with blisters and bubbly, take it out from the oven
and toss them into a bowl and seal it with saran.

** Usually it takes about 15-20 minutes on Broil HI

5. Cool it down a little and when it is at temperature you can handle,
uncover the bowl and take the pepper out and peel the skin off, take
seed off and cut off the stem.

** After a while in the sealed bowl,your red pepper would be looking
like the picture below.The picture is before the skin and seed are

Roasted red pepper..

** You can make roasted red pepper with big batch
if you prefer, and you can puree them and freeze them in the ice cube
tray and pop it out as needed.

** Also,you can keep the roasted red pepper “as
is” after skin and seed removed, you can just thaw them and cut to
strips to use for your homemade pizza or puree them if you need to get
it puree as needed.


2. Make Balsamic Basil tomato

** How to make Balsamic basil tomato **

1. In a  clean, air tight jar, add 1 vine tomato seaded and chopped to 1/4″ dice

2. Add 1 tbs balsamic vinegar,1/4 tsp white sugar, 1/2 tsp fresh basil chopped

3. Mix it well and marinade them for 5-6 hours in the fridge


3. In the skillet, drizzle extra virgin olive oil and add 2 cloves of garlic chopped, 1 shallot chopped and stir

4. When it got fragrant, add 3 tbs of basil tomato, rough chopped 2 roasted red peppers, and 1/4C dry sherry and stir

5. When liquid is almost gone, carefully pour it in a blender,add 4.5 tsp lemon juice, 1.5 tsp balsamic tomato marinade, 1/4 tsp white sugar, pinch of cayenne pepper, pinch of kosher salt,pinch of ground black pepper and puree them

6. After taste testing the puree, if flavor was fine, pour it back to the skillet and add 1/4C heavy cream and cook the sauce on low heat to thicken

7. Cook 7 oz dry Campanelle pasta

** About 3-4 oz dry pasta per serving

8. To the cooked, drained pasta, off heat, add 3 tbs of roasted red pepper sauce and cut up fresh mozzarella cheese, rest of balsamic tomato without marinade juice, and mix gently

9. Let it stand for about 3 minutes

10. Adjust salt and pepper

11. Garnish the pasta with chiffonaded 2 basil leaves

Makes 2-3 serving; use 3oz wt -4 oz wt dry pasta per serving


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Nov 10, 2013 | Comments are off | Miscellaneous (Cooking)

Raw feeding 911 Part 22:Omega 3 fatty acids,Omega 6 fatty acids, Omega 9 fatty acids and Chia seeds

 In the previous entry titled “Raw feeding 911 Part 16:Feeding fish“, I wrote about how I feed fish to Palette,which oily fish that are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids to feed, what other fish I feed as variety as opposed to omega 3 fatty acids source.

 In the other previous entry titled “Fish body oil for dogs“, I wrote about optimum ratio of Omega 6 fatty acids which is abandons in poultry vs Omega 3 fatty acids which you find more in cold water oily fish;salmon,mackerel,herring and sardines, and showed you how much of omega 3 fatty acids in those cold water oily fish,how much of omega 3 fatty acids are in the white fish that dog food company seems to love to use just to  be able to say more omega 3 fatty acids in the food,which in reality, they should have used the salmon,mackerel,sardine or herring to make the best food with the maximized benefit from omega 3 fatty acids delivered from those oily cold water fish instead of using white fish if they want to claim “more omega 3 fatty acids” in their food and great for dogs.

 In recent years, chia seeds seems to be becoming hot in the dog food industry as it is in human nutrition world.

 Now and then, I come across food/treats/article on chia seeds health benefit;high in Vitamin B,and also they are praised for omega 3,6,9 fatty acids plus antioxidants.

 Here are some example of chia seed in the dog food. When media talks highly of any super food for human,it seems to catch on in dog food industry as well.

 I am not certain whether dog food/treat companies really know a lot about or at least research about them and know what specific ingredients do to dogs nutritionally or they are simply trying to put whatever what they hear is good for dogs thinking that it would make the best and popular food on the market..

Product 1 (Canned dog food); Buffalo, Buffalo Broth, Buffalo Liver, Organic Blueberries, Organic
Yams, Organic Pumpkin, Organic Tomato, Organic Cheese, Organic Chia

Product 2 (kibble);

Wild Salmon, Whole Barley, Whole Brown Rice, Oatmeal, Freeze
Dried Mussel, Freeze Dried Pumpkin, Freeze Dried Squash, Freeze Dried
Parlsey, Freeze Dried Papaya, Freeze Dried Chia Seed, Freeze Dried Kale
Sprouts, Freeze Dried Broccoli Sprouts, Freeze Dried Barely Sprouts,
Inulin, Suncured Alfalfa Meal, Yams, Blueberries, Cranberries, Parsley,
Artichoke, Rosemary, EnzymesAmylase, Protease, Cellulase, Pectinase, Lipase, Phytase, Xylanese, Hemicellulase, Alpha-galactosidase, Invertase), ProbioticsLactobacillus
Acidophilus Fermentation Product Dehydrated, Lactobacillus Rhamnosus
Fermentation Product Dehydrated, Lactobacillus Casei Fermentation
Product Dehydrated, Lactobacillus Plantarum Fermentation Product
Dehydrated, Bifidobacterium Thermophilum Fermentation Product
Dehydrated, Bifidobacterium Longum Fermentation Product
Dehydrated,Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product Dehydrated,
Bacillus Subtillus Fermentation Product Dehydrated),Wild Salmon Oil,
Parsley, Articoke, Rosemary,VitaminsLecithin,
Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement,
Vitamin B12 Supplement, Thiamone Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride,
Riboflavin Supplement, Niacin Supplement, Folic Acid, Biotin),
DL-Methionine, MineralsCalcium Pantothenate,
Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acids
Chelate, Manganese Amino Acids Chelate, Cobalt Amino Acids

Product c (Dog treats);Oats, lecithin, rice bran, rice flour, chicken, duck and pea, chia seed, flaxseed, cod liver oil.

** Be careful of anything with cod liver oil;they are high in Vit A & D and these fat soluble vitamins are stored in the body if not used.Therefore, they are easy to get over dose amount when you supplement with cod liver oil.

 If you were feeding raw diet, meat is great source of Vitamin B, high amount of Omega 3 fatty acids are found in oily cold water fish (salmon,mackerel,herring,and sardines) and poultry provides great amount of Omega 6 fatty acids already.

 Food that are rich in Omega 9,often called “non essential fatty acids”, is usually plant source items;Olive oil,sesame oil, nuts like almond,and seed.

 However, according to wellness food website, we can convert beef fat, for example, into oleic acid (Omega 9 fatty acids).

 Omega 9 fatty acids is called “non essential” just because in human, it is created by human body from unsaturated fat such as beef fat.

 Omega 3 fatty acids, Omega 6 fatty acids are called “essential fatty acids” because human cannot create those nutrient in body without relying on the food directly as a source.

 Also, according to peteducation website, Omega 9,which dogs can make their own as we can without relying on the food directly, actually decrease the concentration of Omega 3 fatty acids and omega 6 fatty acids in the blood and skin.

 Therefore,despite the all the hype on Omega 9 fatty acids or Chia seed, what you really would like to concentrate on providing to your dogs are Omega 3 fatty acids and Omega 6 fatty acids;the essential fatty acids,which dog cannot make their own and have to rely on food directly to get those nutrient like us human.

 For the antioxidant (Vit E), food that are high in Vit E (Antioxidants) are generally vegetables and fruits but dogs cannot digest them well “as is” due cellulose cell and if you do feed fruits and vegetables you should puree them to break down the vegetables cells for them.

 Also, you should understand what vegetables are good/bad under certain circumstances as well besides the knowledge of what vegetables are toxic to dogs/cats.

 Some vegetables such as night shade family vegetables;eggplants,potato,peppers, tomatoes etc..are not good for dogs with joint problems since those would aggravate the inflammation.

 Some vegetables fed excessive amount could cause problems.

is one of the vegetables that contains oxalate, and it should not be
fed frequently in large amount, especially to dogs who are prone to make stones. If spinach was fed excess amount, it can
interfere with calcium absorption,also.

family vegetable such as broccoli,cauliflower, kale, bok choy, cabbage
etc.. can suppress thyroid function if fed in excess

 Besides vegetables and fruits, sardines,cod,halibut,Turkey,beef liver, egg etc are high in Vitamin E.

 As you can see, there are natural wholesome whole digestible food dogs/cats needs to get wide variety of nutrient from.

 Sometimes, what are good for people are not necessary be better for dogs/cats.

 Especially,chia seed seems to be eaten without ground for human,for example. Therefore, if it were given chia seed “as is”, I would expect it to come out as it went in just like corn kernel especially dogs do not have flatten teeth to grind food.

 If it were fed ground in the form of treats or dog food,I wonder how much concentrated it will be for the “good nutrient in the seed” as people open food/treats bags and close them many times. Also, every time they open the bag, the food contacts with air plus it may also contact “heat” during the processing.

 Fish body oil, for example, is sensitive to air,light and heat.I would expect it to be the same especially when chia seeds are ground to be used in the treats or dog food.

 Either way, despite all the hype you hear, I do not think Palette needs Chia seed in her diet to boost nutritional level of meal she eats.

Omega 3 fatty acids in oily cold water fish..

example, lets say you have 3 oz of cooked wild caught Atlantic salmon.
That 3 oz contains 2198mg of omega 3 fatty acids, 187mg of omega6 fatty

 You can see the nutrition profile here at here.

 What about white fish (whiting)? They do have more omega 3 fatty acids
than Omega 6 fatty acids, but the amount in the same weight of the fish
is very low compared to oily fish like salmon.

 In the 3 oz of cooked whiting fillet, it got omega 3 fatty acids 466 mg,omega 6 fatty acids17 mg.

 As you can see, the amount of omega 3 fatty acids in the white fish is almost 25% of what 3 oz of wild caught salmon can offer.

 Therefore, fish variety matters,especially if you were trying to up the Omega 3 fatty acids your dogs get.

 You can see the white fish (whiting nutrition profile) at the here.

 If you are going to give fish menu in the diet or as treats, wouldn’t it be much better to offer something with more benefit??

 I would consider whiting as “variety”, and not as “source of omega 3
fatty acids”. Personally, I much prefer to give salmon or any other oily
cold water fish over the white fish or other non oily cold water fish.

 With Palette, my rule for her is that all fish fed are wild caught and no farm raised whether they are oily fish or fish for variety.

 You can read more on difference in farm raised fish vs wild caught fish in the previous entry titled “Raw feeding 911 Part 15:farm raised fish vs wild caught fish” here.

 Then, I keep wild  caught sardine,mackerel herring,and salmon as staple fish and rotate over a month. I feed her 2 times per week as part of her combo meal and,since she is a seafood lover, I feed her non oily wild caught fish that looked great on the fish counter one time per week as part of her combo meal.

 Recent fish she had was wild caught bluefish,swordfish,flounder,and cod.

I love herring!So good for you!

I find it is tricky to find about nutrition profile for fresh whole sardine,not canned, but I came across this website on how good
sardines are for you or for your dogs because of concentrated form of
Omega 3 fatty acids.

 The WHFoods website says that sardine 3 oz weight (3 oz usually the weight of one whole sardine in average) provides 55% of daily value and very good nutritional food.

 You can read more on sardine, and its health benefit at the WHFoods website here.

 Mackerel has 2991mg omega 3  fatty acids in 4 oz fillet. Wild salmon in 7 oz has 3996mg as you see here.
So, that means, 4 oz of wild salmon has about 2797mg of Omega 3 fatty acids, a
little lower than mackerel.

 Wild caught coho salmon has 413mg Omega 3 fatty acids:57.7mg Omega 6 fatty acids in 1 oz fillet.

  It brings about ratio of omega 3 fatty acids:Omega6 fatty acids  7:1

 So, in the wild caught coho salmon, omega 3 fatty acids is about 7 times more of Omega 6 fatty acids.

 Often times, if the diet was the cause of
dull,dry coat,or itchy skin, I would imagine it can be off balance of
ratio between Omega 3 fatty acids vs Omega 6 fatty acids (good ratio of
Omega 3 fatty acids: Omega 6 fatty acids is 1:4).

 In other word, too
much omega 6 fatty acids,not enough omega 3 fatty acids in their diet.

 As mentioned above,great source of omega 3 fatty acids are cold water oily fish;salmon,sardine,herring,mackerel plus grass-fed meat also has higher omega 3 fatty acids compared to feedlot meat.
 When you start feeding fresh food diet,a.k.a. raw diet or homemade diet, and if you would like to add fish to your dog’s diet, start from the fish that you know there are great nutritional benefit of feeding them;salmon,herring,sardines,and mackerel instead of starting with other fish that you can find at fish counter.

 That way,you know you are feeding nutritionally great fish not just for variety.

 My personal way to feed more omega 3 fatty acids rich food to Palette is to feed cold water oily fish and grass-fed meat as best as I can.

 You can bump up the omega 3 fatty acids by supplementing the diet with fish body oil but since Palette gets itchy paw with treat preserved with mixed tocopherols which sometimes used as natural preservatives in treats,fish body oil capsule and,I try to reduce the frequency of feeding fish body oil capsule and try to give more omega 3 fatty acids through the form of food.

 Not all fish body oil are made the same and some brand uses rosemary to preserve the oil,some brand add omega6 fatty acids in them while if you are feeding poultry in their diet, you must  be feeding more than enough amount of omega 6 fatty acids and you would not need any more omega 6 fatty acids to supplement the diet.

 Read the label and know what it got as ingredients. If you have any questions regarding the products,ask the manufactures directly and educate yourself.

Flaxseed,canola oil for Omega 3 fatty acids source..

 Among all dog food, dog treats, dog supplement available on the market, sometimes, you come across flaxseed in the ingredients.

 Flax seed is rich in omega 3 fatty acids but, it is good for us human, not for dogs.

 It is not always the case to assume
what is good for human is good for dogs.

 Flaxseed is high in omega 3 and
it is also being able to use as natural preservative so,many treats have them as well.

 However, dogs cannot
convert ALA to EPA and DHA well. Flaxseed has Alpha-linolenic Acid; ALA.
They need to be converted to EPA and DHA, the form of omega 3 fatty acids the body
uses. Then,flaxseed must be milled to get the benefit out of it but
within hours,it goes rancid.

 Not only that, if flaxeed was used in dog food, dog treats, it must have been heated during the process to make the food/treat.

 I am not certain about flaxseed, but fish body oil is very sensitive to air,heat and light.

 Oil is very delicate thing.

 If we
wanted to
give omega 3 fatty acids in our dog’s meal and ensure they are getting
Omega 3 fatty acids and utilize well, then,we rather should use fish
body oil;fish body oil has
EPA,DHA which dogs can easily use in the body.

 Or simply put fresh
sardine, fresh salmon, fresh Mackerel in front of them. Getting the
Omega3 naturally from fresh food is the best. If not, giving fish body
oil is another choice.

 One thing to note on the topic of fish body oil is that, if your dogs
have scheduled surgery, then, you should stop giving fish body oil
supplement about 1-2 weeks before the surgery because fish body oil thin
the blood.

 Consult about the supplement with your vet.

 Another one I see now and then is canola oil. I find canola oil in the dog treats,dog food, sometimes recipes provided on the internet as well. Sometimes, I find products that instruct you to add sunflower oil,canola oil etc.. before feeding them.

 Are they good?

 Canola oil is the oil extracted from rape plant (mustard family).

 The ratio of omega3 vs omega 6 is said to be 1:2 and if you simply look at the ratio it looks great but is it?

 Canola oil nutrition profile is here.

 In 1 oz of canola oil, you find 2559 mg of omega 3 fatty acids and 5221 omega 6 fatty acids.

 In wild caught salmon,as mentioned above, it got 413mg Omega 3 fatty acids:57.7mg Omega 6 fatty acids in 1 oz fillet.

 It brings about ratio of omega 3 fatty acids:Omega6 fatty acids  7:1

 So, in the wild caught coho salmon, omega 3 fatty acids is about 7 times more of Omega 6 fatty acids.

 As you can see, salmon fillet has less omega 6 fatty acids in the same 1 ounce with much better ratio with omega 3 fatty acids level than plant based oil like canola oil.

 I can see why dog food companies,bakeries picked it up as ingredients in the products;probably cheaper than using the real wild caught fish in their products.
 Even then, dogs digest better animal sourced products than plant sourced products and, I think it is still best to use fish body oil or fresh oily fish,or grass-fed meat is much better in terms of quality for the omega 3 fatty acids.

Which fish on the fish counter has more omega 3 fatty acids than others?

 I wrote that I feed non oily wild caught fish as “variety” for Palette 1 times per week, keep oily fish as staple and rotate over a month.

 If you happen to wonder which fish are best among the bunch of fish offered to you, here is the article you may find it useful and interesting.

 This article is from Startribune and it talked about how to differentiate better fish;the fish that has higher amount of omega 3 fatty acids among other fish offered to you at the fish counter.

 According to startribune article written by Karen Youso, here are things you can look at.

** Have some color in the meat (like salmon has very bright orange color for wild caught variety)

** Oily (as in mackerel.they are oily touch)

** Comes from cold water (like lake superior)

 Farm raised fish’s omega 3 fatty acids level are decided by how much of omega 3 fatty acids are in the feed.

 Other fish such as perch,bass,pikes,whitefish etc.. do have omega 3 fatty acids just like feedlot beef meat has both omega3 fatty acids,omega 6 fatty acids, but the level of omega 3 fatty acids are much lower compared to known oily fish.

 You can find the article by Karen Youso here.

Why Omega 3 fatty acids are good for you and for your dogs?

 Among both for human and for dogs,many highly talk of Omega 3 fatty acids but what Omega 3 Fatty acids are good for?

 According to Paleodiet website, omega3 fatty acids are heart healthy fat and, it reduces the risk of coronary heart disease and it reduced the cardiovascular events.

 What omega3 fatty acids does are reducing the heart beat irregularity, reducing the blood clots, reduce blood triglyceride, and reducing overall inflammation.

 Therefore, it is often recommended to dose the dog with heart problems,arhtritis problems etc with therapeutic dosage of 1,000mg fish body oil per 10 lb body weight. 

 When you wonder how much healthy fat is in the fish you feed, paleodiet website has good omega 3 fatty acids with fish variety in the form of chart here. The chart shows how much omega 3 fatty acids in 100 grams (3.6 oz) of fish.

 It is a good time to review your dog’s diet, and see if you are feeding good amount of omega 3 fatty acids through form of food.

 If not, tweak the diet so the diet would not become poultry heavy diet plan and feed more oily fish,grass-fed meat or supplement fish body oil.

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Nov 05, 2013 | Comments are off | Dog Diet

Yassy’s Japan Trip Diary November 2012; Good luck animals in Japan Part 1

 In the previous entry titled “Yassy’s Japan trip diary November 2012;Day 6 Part 8“,I wrote about animals considered to be lucky charms in Japan.

 Living in the states, I now realize that our culture back home has great number of superstition especially based around animals than I can find in the states.

 I have written about “Maneki Neko (Beckoning cat) before;If
you visit Japanese business such as restaurants, at the cashier
counter, you would see a white cat ornament with red ears that can move
one of his/her front paw front to back or the one posture is set to one
raised front paw with palm side facing toward you.

 This cat ornament is  called “Maneki Neko”. “Maneki” means to invite in Japanese, and “Neko” means cat. The Maneki neko usually made with ceramic.

 The Maneki neko is a lucky charm for good luck and for good business.
Some people say that if the cat had left paw raised, it is for inviting
customers,and with right paw raised for fortune/money/good business, but
I am not certain whether side of raised paw really means something.

My grandmother’s handmade Owl and frog ornaments..

 Another one is frog. Frog
is called “ka-e-ru” in Japanese and it has the same pronunciation to
mean “return”. It was for the safe return to home and, we had the frog
thing long time.Frog is also the lucky symbol in Japan.

 Some people keeps tiny frog ornament in their wallet hoping to have money and fortune to “return” to them.

 Owl is also considered to be a good luck animals in Japan.Again in Japanese, “owl” is called “fu-ku-ro-u”.

 “Fu” in Japanese means “not”. “Ku-ro-u” means “hardship” in Japanese.So, if you translate the word as it is, it means “no hardship”,which leads to mean life would not have hardship in the way.

 The” fu-ku-ro-u” can be written as in “fu-ku” means “luck”,” ro-u”  means “coming” and it can also means “bring the luck to you”.

 If you look around gift shops,you would find many owl items because they are considered to be one of good luck birds.

 “Ta-nu-ki” (Racoon dog) and “Ki-tsu-ne” are both considered to be the animals that are very good at transforming themselves into human and trick people. However, they always forget to hide the tail in many Japanese folklore stories.

 On its own, it sounds like they are not good luck animals, but they are good luck animals as well.

 Take a look at the picture below.It is the picture taken at Toyokawa Inari shrine in Toyokawa city in Aichi prefecture.

 Inari is god of agriculture,rice,fertility and industry and often times, near to-ri-i (gate), you find fox statues.

 The reason why fox statues are always seen at shrins is that, it is said that foxes eats mice that eats rice and, shrine regarded fox as “protector/god of rice”.

 Therefore, fox is considered to be good luck at shrines,so you can find many fox statues there.

Fox statues in Toyokawa Inari shrine,Toyokawa city in Achi prefecture..

 Ta-nu-ki (Racoon dog) is good luck for money. You would find Tanuki statute most likely at shops just like beckoning cats.

 Also,you would notice that most often, ta-nu-ki is wearing hat.The hat symbolize protection from bad luck/troubles.

 Ta-nu-ki statue also has distinctive big eyes.It is to be able to see things well,which leads to make a better decision. The sake bottle which we call “to-kku-ri” can mean acquire “to-ku” (virtue) and it is good luck.

 The bank book means “to trust customers” and it protects stores.

 The big belly means “to be calm”,and big tail means “to achieve the work steadily”.

Japan, crane is believed to be a lucky bird that brings luck to you
and, also, there is an old saying that goes “Tsu-ru wa se-n ne-n, Ka-me
wa ma-n ne-n” ; Crane is 1,000 years, turtle is 10,000years, and they
are the symbols for the longevity.

As for u-sa-gi (rabbit), when I was a kid, it was Jyu-go-ya night (full moon in the fall) and I remember that my father asked me to tell him what I see in the moon.

 He said that many people says rabbits are making Mo-chi (rice cakes) in the Jyu-go-ya night because of the mark you see on the Moon at the day.

 There is a folkrore about rabbit and Jyu-go-ya moon in Japan.

 The Jyu-go-ya moon and rabbit story goes..

 Once upon a time,there were fox (ki-tsu-ne), Monkey (Sa-ru) ,and a rabbit.

 One day, 3 animals met an old lady who seemed to be very tired.

 The old lady said “Would you give me some food?”

 Therefore, the 3 animals went for hunting for the food for the old lady.The monkey climbed up the tree,picked some fruits and gave them to the lady.The racoon dog (Ta-nu-ki) went to temples and stole the offering and gave those to the lady.

 No matter how hard rabbit tried, he could not find anything to bring back home for the old lady.

 After a while, rabbit decided to back to the home,telling the others to make fire and go hunting for the food again and, wait for his return and the rabbit left the home again.

 Fox and monkey made fire and waited for the rabbit but they thought rabbit was telling a lie because they did not bring anything back to home then.

 Rabbit said “I do not have ability to hunt for food.Please eat me”, and jumped into the fire and offered himself for the old lady.

 The old lady that visited the animals’ house was god “te-i-sha-ku-te-n” and,she wanted to test the 3 animals.

 Te-i-sha-ku-ten transformed herself into real self and pitied for the rabbit.

 She then let the rabbit raised from the dead, and let him be in the Moon to be a good model for others.

 The reason why many are told that rabbit is making mo-chi (rice cake) in the moon is because rabbit is making mo-chi for the tired old lady he has met to give food.

 Jyu-go-ya Moon (full moon in the fall) is the day to cerebrate great harvest and some believes that the mo-chi is probably to cerebrate the good harvest of rice.

 Rabbit is related with Moon,which we call “tsu-ki” that can also mean “luck” that way.

 Therefore, rabbit is considered to bring good luck to you.

 Also, rabbit has short front legs,long hind legs and hops ahead,which lead to mean “to act positively”. Then,their long ears is said to collect good lucks, and also they are known for good fertility luck..

 There are many more to tell about animals with good luck charms.

 Stay tuned.


Nov 03, 2013 | Comments are off | Japan