Thursday, August 16, 2012

Chicken Soup for the Dog's Soul

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Our sweet Jozie had to go in and have dental surgery yesterday. It was a bit devastating for Chris and I - we knew that her teeth were bad - but we didn't realize how bad. So, as a result she had to have them all removed. Apparently it is common for small dogs to have teeth issues - and especially for Maltese's. For our Magnum - we have been brushing his teeth religiously every night. He growls and licks his chops at the same time - I guess that chicken-flavoured tooth paste is deelish.

Please. Please. If you have a small dog - BRUSH THEIR TEETH! It will give them a better quality of life. It breaks my heart, because we love our dogs, and wish that we had prevented it. 

For the next couple of weeks - she is on a strict diet of liquids and very soft food. We have been giving her egg whites, soft bread, her kibble soaked in homemade chicken stock and I tried yogurt tonight - but she wasn't into it. Homemade chicken stock was a huge treat for her - and it helped make our dinner too.

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Chicken Salad Sandwiches

2 bone-in chicken breasts
1/2 onion
3 celery stalks

3 celery stalks
1/4 cup of mayonnaise
1 tbsp of mustard - dijon or yellow
Kosher salt 
Pepper

Peppers
Lettuce
Cucumbers
Buns/bread

In a large pot, add in the chicken breasts (keep the skin on for more flavour), the onion and the celery. Fill the pot about 2/3 of the way. Cover. And let simmer for about 1.5 hours. Remove the chicken from the pot and let cool. Drain the celery and the onion and let the stalk cool completely. Then top your dog's food with it :) Or freeze it. 

Once the chicken has cooled, remove the chicken from the bone and with your fingers, shred it. It will fall apart - because it is so moist. In a large bowl, mix in the mayonnaise, mustard, kosher salt and pepper. 

Place a generous scoop on a bun or bread, top with whatever vegetables you like - romaine, peppers cucumbers and even some cheese.

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 It was a lovely dinner for hot summer night. 

The pretzel buns that we used are from the Portofino Bakery - that you can find at The Root Cellar. They are so deelish!

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For breakfast this morning, we sliced the bun as if it was a loaf of bread. Served it with Stephanie's homemade raspberry jam. Yumma in my tumma.

Alright - keep cool friends. Stay frosty. 

Loves.

Enjoy!
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