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About Tails Around the Ranch

The inspiration behind this blog is one goofy Standard Poodle named Yosemite Sam (Sam). I'm Monika, his upright. We live near downtown Denver in a 1950's style ranch house. I have a passion for big dogs and keeping them healthy through exercise and nutrition. In my copious spare time, I create all-natural organic treats. Sam is the the official 'taster' and quality control officer. Nothing comes off this 'Ranch' without his official paw of approval. Our main focus of late is being part of a hospital and hospice Pet Therapy team since Sam is the sweetest fur baby around (even if he's a little ADHD). Patients, staff and visitors alike adore him and if he can bring someone very ill a few moments of happiness, then we've done our jobs. So stick around and read about our adventures, grab a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and be prepared to BOL (bark out loud) following our adventures. Life with this goofball is a paw-some hoot. :) And don't forget to sniff or bark a comment; we love to hear from you.

Fab Friday ~ December 15, 2017

Although we’ve been away taking care of unexpected family business the past few days, we didn’t want to miss our good friend, Friday. You did realize there are only ten days left to the big day, right? Yikes! Have a great Friday and an even better weekend. 🎄

Live, love, bark! ❤︎

Treat Tuesday

After a recent training class I took to help with Elsa’s meet and greet issues with little dogs, I’ve started carrying around high value treats in the pockets of all my jackets. Elsa really loves the dehydrated lung treats and really focuses on me when cued. Lately I’ve been seeing these long stringy drool bombs (ick-gag). The first time I laughed out loud thinking how funny it was. Now I’m starting to wonder what the…?? So much for ‘girls being all girly and dainty,’ eh? She didn’t seem to mind having this hanging down since she was insanely focused zeroed in on a squirrel across the street.

Do your dogs drool at the thought of high value treats?

Live, love, bark! ❤︎

Monday Musings ~ December 11, 2017

Yikes…just 14 days before Christmas! Are you ready? Wishing you a week of productive stick-throwing.

Live, love, bark! ❤︎

Fab Friday ~ December 8, 2017

Our favorite day has arrived and can I just say color me happy! Although time seems to be whizzing out of control toward Christmas, I’m starting to make a little bit of progress with the howli-day baking though Sam and Elsa keep staring at an empty treat jar hinting that I’m not as far along as I think. What about you? Any plans for the weekend?

Live, love, bark! ❤︎

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday ~ December 6, 2017

It’s midway through the week and I find myself day-dreaming lallygagging…instead of baking treats and mailing out howli-day cards. How’s your week been? Hope you’re ‘getting ‘er done’ better than I am.

Live, love, bark! ❤︎

For the Health of It ~ Treat Tuesday

Commercial vs. Homemade ~ Always a dilemma isn’t it? We want the very best for our pups and sometimes we think we don’t have the time. I can tell you this is one of the quickest handmade treats you can make. Not only is it quick and easy, it contains healthy ingredients too. We’ve shared homemade snacks made with peanut butter before, but this one has the added benefit of banana. I don’t know about you, but my best intentions of using the beautiful, yellow fruit before it gets too ripe seem to fail on a regular basis. What do you do with that last banana that is past its prime? How about making some of these?

Oatmeal Peanut Butter and Banana Dog Treats

  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 medium, peeled and quartered banana
  • 1/2 cup of creamy peanut butter

Preheat oven to 350º F. Pulse oatmeal, banana and peanut butter in a food processor until a dough ball is formed. Roll out on a lightly floured surface to 1/2 to 1 inch thick. Using a cookie cutter, cut out and place on a non-stick baking sheet or parchment paper. Bake 12-15 depending on thickness until golden brown on top. Allow to cool 5-10 minutes. See what I mean…easy-peasy. These treats will stay good 3-5 days in an air-tight container (unrefrigerated) or you can freeze them to last longer. The trick is waiting until they’ve cooled off enough to taste. After all, quality control is big around our kitchen and burnt tongues are definitely frowned upon. Happy noshing!

Live, love, bark! ❤︎

Monday Musings

With 21 days till Christmas, we hope to begin our howli-daze baking this week. Coincidently, today is National Cookie Day. Let’s just hope the cookies aren’t too dark and the chips plentiful. Have you started your Santa snacks yet?

Live, love, bark! ❤︎