Cheap Chow For Bow Wows

March 20th, 2012


A salmon dinner for just $1.25? A French omelette for 97 cents? Yup, you read that right. Tonight’s episode of FIDO & WINE (airing at 8 pm ET/PT) reveals the secrets of making “Doggie Dinners On A Dime.” Producer extraordinaire Jen Mitchell has the scoop in the latest post on her must-bookmark blog, My Dog’s Breakfast:

Our latest episode of Fido & Wine, Dog Dinners on a Dime, set out to bust the myth that it’s too expensive to home cook for your dog. My team (Hey-yo Melissa Auger!) went on a mission to pet stores and grocery stores in our area and calculated the average cost of a half a can of wet food and a cup of kibble. (The amount of food each of my labs would need to eat twice per day). The processed meal averaged out at $1.45, so it was a challenge to create some divine dinners with wow factor for less than this!

In the first part of our episode, Kim Clancy of the popular website shared cost saving tips with our hostess with the mostest, Laura Ducharme. She had a lot of great suggestions, and the one that worked really well for us in this case was to check the flyers for sales. We found a great deal on frozen wild salmon filets: Four bucks each. Portioned into four, and served with two sides,  this dinner deal rang in at even less than the average processed meal. TAKE THAT PROCESSED FOOD!

Fresh, wild salmon, pot barley (a better carb for dogs than rice), and vibrant green peas that we always have kicking around – topped with dollop of plain yogurt. I know a lot of people say that salmon is too expensive to eat often, and yes, the unfrozen, thick ruby beauties at the seafood counter are more appealing and cost more than these – but you can turn the less expensive frozen filets into a beautiful meal – just look at the picture! The trick, which I learned while developing this recipe, is to dry the bejeezus out of the filet first with some paper towels. You will get a mushy result if you simply thaw and broil, but a dry fish to roast will give you a nice crust on it like you see in the picture [above].

The other dinner Laura Pants will show you is a Fluffy French Omelette – only 97 cents! KA-CHING!! Get cooking for your dog already – and don’t let me hear you say it’s too expensive! OK, sure, if you’re feeding cheap kibble only, it’s going to be cheaper than these meals … but if you’re buying even a medium priced kibble and mixing with cans or feeding a can as a meal, you will not be breaking your bank with these dinners! Real food for your dog IS an option.

Find recipes and more from tonight’s episode HERE. Follow Jen’s blog HERE.


Video Blog: Travel Tips

March 14th, 2012


Looking forward to a spring getaway? Make sure your vacation plans include provisions for your pet while you’re away. In this video blog post, The Pet Network’s Melissa walks you through the best options, from posh doggie hotels and spas to professional dog walkers and nannies.


Fido & Wine Preview

September 15th, 2011

Check out the video preview, below, for Fido & Wine, our new Pet Network original series.

Your Pet Won’t Be The Only One Licking The Plate!

Fido & Wine is the world’s first cooking series dedicated to sharing ideas and recipes for meals that both people and their pets can enjoy. Join host Laura Ducharme as she searches out inspiration for a fine meal that humans and animals alike will savour, and then returns to her kitchen to demonstrate how to prepare these mouth-watering recipes.

Premieres Tuesday Sept. 27 at 8 pm ET/PT. Stay tuned for more info.

More “In Memoriam”

June 28th, 2011

As we noted in an earlier post, there seems to be growing recognition in our society that the emotion pet owners feel over the loss of a loyal animal companion is a legitimate form of grief. Here’s a further example: the Animal Compassion Network, a non-profit animal welfare organization in North Carolina, is launching a monthly “pet loss and grief support group” called Paws on the Heart. The facilitator, a longtime chaplain at Asheville, NC’s Mission Hospital, is “an avid animal lover and strong believer in the importance of honoring the pets in our lives.” Read the whole story here.

A couple of decades ago, people who held memorials for beloved pets or had them interred in pet cemeteries were regarded as kooks. Not anymore. Our evolving views on animal welfare have clearly brought changes in how we look upon a companion animal’s life and death. It’s reasonable to assume we’ll be seeing support groups like this one springing up more and more commonly in the near future.