Hello Hesperia...I love the holiday season. I know how hectic it can be and we run out of time to get everything done. This month I would like to honor our furry friends - our pets. They love us under any condition and are always there for us. They really care about us, so we must remember they need us more than ever - we are their care-takers.

I would like to wish you a wonderful holiday season and to a few of my friends having a hard time, you are in my thoughts so much - love you guys. It takes time to heal.

Soft Dog Cookies 3 small (2 1/2 ounces each) jars baby food; beef or chicken
1/4 cup dry milk powder
1/4 cup wheat germ or cream-of-wheat

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine ingredients and mix well. Roll into small balls and place on greased cookie sheet. Flatten slightly and bake for 15 minutes or until brown. Cool on wire rack and store in refrigerator or freezer.

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I've had my little dog, Kydo, since he was 6 weeks old. He will be 15 years old in March. He used to fit in the palm of my hand, weighing only a few pounds. He loves my Christmas parties and would go begging to everyone for food. He is slowing down a lot now and my grandson, Brock, adores him. When he comes over, he always has to see Kydo first. Kydo is family!

Christmas Cookies for your Favorite Dog 1 package dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water
3 cups chicken or beef broth (try the unsalted kind)
1 cup water
3 1/2 cups regular flour
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup rye flour
1 cup corn meal
2 cups cracked wheat
1/2 cup non-fat dry milk
4 tablespoons salt (or less)
1 egg
1 tablespoon whole milk

Mix the yeast with 1/4 cup of warm water; add to broth and 1 cup water.

Combine dry ingredients and mix well. Add dry mixture to liquid ingredients and mix well. Knead for four minutes. Roll out dough to a thickness of 1/4 to 1/2 inch. Use cookie cutters to make cookie shapes. (Most cookware shops carry cookie cutters in the shape of dog bones, animals, hearts, etc.) Place cookies on baking sheet. Mix together egg and whole milk; brush on cookies.

Bake in a 300 degree oven for 45 minutes. Turn off oven and let cookies remain in oven overnight. The next morning let your dog give them, the old canine taste test!

Spring Filly
Spirited spring filly
Flicking your head
Sniffing the warm
Newness of the breeze
What a beauty you are
Running free over the fresh green earth...
Don't you know to be of use to your master you must be broken?
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Thank you, Tina Hann, for this super recipe. Jeff and Tina live in Hesperia and love their animals. They have five horses, three dogs, five cats inside plus feral cats outside, one parrot plus geese, one turkey and chickens.

Horse Treats 2 1/2 cups pellet crumbs
1 cup honey
1 to 2 cups bran; as needed to give body

Mix together and roll into melon size balls; air dry on cookie sheet. You can also add "organic" peanut butter. Molasses and soy bean oil can also be added if needed. Your horse will love these!

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We have a feral cat that showed up about four months ago. We cannot get near her but I've been able to get her to come to the patio to eat. We hardly see her but the food is gone every day. I'm hoping she will become tamer, as we continue caring for her. Our feral cats need a home too!

Cat Cookies 7 ounces sardines; mashed
1/4 cup dry non-fat milk
1/2 cup wheat germ

Pre heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix ingredients. Roll into 24 small balls. Place on greased cookie sheet and flatten with a fork; bake until brown. Makes two dozen cookies for your kitty cat.

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When you thought I wasn't looking you fed a stray cat, and I thought it was good to be kind to animals.
Christmas Treats for your Cat 1 can salmon or minced turkey
1/2 cup pumpkin; cooked and mashed
1 teaspoon cold pressed oil
1 teaspoon kelp

Mix together and roll into balls. Feed as treats - they will think you are purr-fect!

Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing is so gentle as real strength - strong and gentle, loyal and faithful, are our four legged companions.