Friday, August 8, 2014

Satin Balls Recipe

A few months ago when we started prepping Kenna for the ICKC show in Austin our trainer had mentioned that we should consider putting some weight on her. Being the OCD person that I am as soon as I got home I immediately started doing research on the best way to accomplish this. After reading and trying to process the information overload I remembered seeing a post about this on a Facebook group and finally tracked down a recipe for Satin Balls (or as my Mom calls them...Satan Balls lol).

They did not disappoint! Not only did Kenna LOVE them and fill out a little they have also been great for Charm who hasn’t a great appetite since we got him home. He now follows me around every morning until he gets his “meatballs”.

This is the original recipe:

10 pounds hamburger meat (the cheapest kind)
1 lg. box of Total cereal
Charm and Kenna hoping that I drop some goodies!
1 lg. box oatmeal
1 jar of wheat germ
1 1/4 cup veg oil
1 1/4 cup of unsulphured molasses
10 raw eggs AND shells
10 envelopes of unflavored gelatin
pinch of salt

However, if you just want to try them out or have a small dog, you can start with this recipe. (1/10th or the original)

1 pound cheap hamburger (for high fat %)
1 1/3 cups Total cereal
1 1/2 cups uncooked oatmeal
1 raw egg
6 tablespoons wheat germ
1 package Knox unflavored gelatin
2 tablespoons oil
2 tablespoons unsulphured molasses
Pinch of salt

When you make these I would recommend wearing the molasses stinks and overall it is pretty gross to mix with your bare hands.

I start by putting in all the dry ingredients (a little tip here for the Total cereal - I take the whole bag out of the box and before opening it I crush up the pieces a bit. This makes measuring it and mixing it a WHOLE lot easier!)

Next add in the liquids and hamburger meat

After you have everything in the bowl...start mixing! This takes a while but make sure to get everything mixed up evenly.

Once you have mixed up all the ingredients you can split it up however you like. Some people make patties or just fill ziploc bags to go in the freezer. I make mine into 2" balls to freeze then thaw them out as I need them.

When using these be mindful that they will put weight on your dog VERY quickly! Make sure they are getting plenty of exercise as well. We use these for supplemental only.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Aussie Coloring

Let’s talk about COLOR! Everyone has a preference when it comes to Aussie coloring…what is yours? Whether you are looking for a blue merle female, red tri male or anything in between you have probably wondered exactly what crosses produce what colors. This is a great example that has been floating around online and will show you the many different crosses that can be accomplished.  (Red dot + red factored) Want to know more? The Basics of Aussie Color – is a great source for all the info you could ever want on Aussie colors!

Basic Colors - All Aussies are either Black (dominant) or Red (recessive).  Each parent contributes one copy of the two markers that determine coat color. Since red is the recessive gene the red puppies must have two copies of the recessive gene to express the red coat color. You can see from the chart that if you have one red gene and one black you could likely get a black dog that is red factored. The red dots indicate that the resulting puppy could carry the red factor or one copy of the red gene.

Merle - This is expressed when there is a merling gene present in one of the parents. Coat colors are either blue merle (black base) or red merle (red base). This gene causes the solid color to break up into a pattern of different shade variants thus producing a merle.

Trim - White and copper are the two variants of trim allowed in Aussies. Copper can vary from a light tan to dark copper.

Self - Solid color dogs with no trim such as a solid black or solid merle. Again, no white or copper trim.  

Tri - Can refer to a solid or a merle coat pattern. All three colors must be present – base, white and copper to be considered a tri.

Bi - Refers to a solid coat with only one trim variant. Most often this is seen as a black bi or a black base coat with white trim. However, it can be any combo of two.