We may have mentioned in the past that our Weimaraner, Fudge in his old age is beginning to suffer with his hips. He now has trouble going up & down stairs and needs to be carried over stiles when we go walking in the hills.
One of the other symptoms is that he drags one of his rear paws as he walks; so much so that he has worn his toenails down to the quick. We’ve bought him some dog boots (#2 above) which should allow his nails to slowly regrow.
They’re also good for allowing cuts on paw pads time to heal – and indeed, to prevent injury in the first place if walking terrain is likely to be jagged, rough or strewn with sharp objects.
- Alcott Botas Explorer Adventure: £21.15
- Ruffwear Grip Trex boots for dogs, 3-inch, Granite gray: £32.54
- Grip Trex dog boots – obsidian black: £79.95
We received a surprise cheque in the post last week. Not a lottery style win or anything, but a couple of hundred pounds that we weren’t expecting. So, only one thing for it – ‘save half, spend half!’. Adelle got a pair of new shoes, Justin needs some new jeans – and Fudge got a lovely new collar & lead set.
They were ordered from Suzy Q based in Hove. Not on the High Street give 5% of the sale price to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. Lovely attention to detail in the packaging – nice tissue paper wrapping, pretty labels and a dog treat!
The collars are very well made – and customised too which is included in the price. Just one word of caution – if you have a dog that pulls very hard, we have known this type of clip-in fastening to pop open suddenly. This might be an issue if your dog has an aggressive streak, runs into busy roads or heads off into the hills as soon as it gets chance!
We went for the vibrant orange – he might be ten years old, but Fudge still likes to turn heads. You can almost hear him saying, “Don’t I look handsome… not bad for an old man”. The George Clooney of the canine world!
We must have published at least 100 Cakes & Bakes recipes. This is the first one that’s specifically for our canine friends. Peanut butter & banana dog treats are Fudge’s idea of heaven. They contains all the things he loves the most; egg, honey, peanut butter and bananas.
He hung around the kitchen the whole time I was making these – it must have been the smell of the bananas and the peanut butter. Torture when you’ve got a dog’s super-sensitive nose!
He must have known they were for him – “Are they nearly ready yet?” he was thinking!
It was worth his wait. He sat to attention putting on his best behavior as the treats were unveiled.
….and then the first taste. Wow! Things will never be the same in his little doggy world ever again!
Cakes & Bakes: Peanut butter & banana dog treats
- 2 ripe bananas
- 75g peanut butter
- 2 tbsp runny honey
- 1 large egg
- 225g rolled oats
- 40g wholemeal flour
- Preheat oven to 175ºC/350°F
- Mash the banana with a fork until smooth
- Mix in the peanut butter, honey and egg
- Add the oats and flour and stir until well combined
- Drop the dough (I moulded them into bone shapes using a cookie cutter) onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment/greaseproof paper
- Bake for 15 minutes or until just turning brown
This isn’t a regular fudge recipe – there’s no need for a thermometer, no need for all that arm-aching stirring. This peanut butter chocolate fudge recipe takes 20 minutes to make… tops! Because of the high butter content (let’s not even mention the sugar content!), this fudge is best kept in the fridge.
It’s sweet, smooth, buttery and very, very naughty! It made two big jarfuls and there wasn’t enough room in there for that last piece – oh well, I guess I’ll just have to eat it then! 😉
Cakes & Bakes: Peanut butter chocolate fudge
- 250g peanut butter, creamy or crunchy depending on your preference
- 250g butter, cubed
- 1tsp vanilla extract
- 450g sifted icing sugar
- 100g roughly chopped dark chocolate or chocolate chips
- Line a 22cm/8inch square cake tin with parchment/greaseproof paper
- Put the peanut butter and cubed butter into a large microwave-proof bowl and cook on high for 30 seconds
- Stir the mixture and microwave again for another 30 seconds
- Stir in the vanilla extract and chocolate before adding the icing sugar. The consistency should resemble cookie dough
- Using a spatula, put the mix into the lined cake tin pressing it down to level it out. Use the back of a spoon if needed
- Cover the tin with cling film or foil and refrigerate for at least 4 hours
- Remove from the tin and slice into squares. Keep refrigerated in an airtight container
The first & last time I made fudge I was about 12 years old. The only way I could get it to set was to stick it in the freezer for a few hours. It wasn’t exactly inedible, but it was bad enough to put me off attempting it again until now.
Just like our taste in ice cream, Justin & I differ in our taste in fudge. He likes it plain, I like mine stuffed full of fruit, nuts, chocolate and alcohol! To please us both, I made a normal portion of basic mix, divided it into two and made one half into rum & raisin fudge.
I used the basic recipe I found on the Carnation website. I’m already thinking of folding some of this fudge into some of my home-made vanilla ice cream – what do you think?
Fudge needs a new dog bed. His current wicker one is falling apart. It’s probably because it gets carried up and down the stairs numerous times per day. Fudge doesn’t know the feeling of bare floorboards against his bare backside – and he’d like to keep it that way!
- Danish Design Heritage houndstooth snuggle bed 89cm (35″): £45.19, PetShopBowl
- Divan Wellness dog sofa – brown: £89.90, Zooplus
- Earthbound luxury tweed & waterproof bed: 94.99, Muddy Paws
- Beaumont large pet bed by Plush Pet Beds: £159, Notonthehighstreet
- FleeceLock™ wraparound dog bed: £125, Orvis