Snow Dogs for a Snowy Albuquerque

The farmers almanac is predicting a cold winter this year! If you are looking to get a dog that likes cold weather, here may be some good breeds to chose from.

Samoyed

These cuties are originally from Siberia, and seem to be built for the snow. Used for herding reindeer, pulling sleds and helping to keep their owners warm, Samoyeds are renowned for being able to thrive in harsh conditions and were used to help traverse and explore the north and south poles. Because of their remote origins, Samoyeds are bred independently of other dogs, making them one of four dog breeds to be considered directly descendant of wolves. If you live in the Sandia Mountains, these would be great dogs for you.

Great Pyrenees

These dogs are named of the Pyrenees mountain range, so they do pretty well in the mountains and snow. A great Pyrenees has a special double coat that is particularly weather resistant which made them great dogs to protect herds of sheep from predators while keeping them safe from the cold mountain climate. Good for herding sheep or small children on sleds.

Newfoundland

Newfoundlands or Newfies have been the breed of choice for many people, Beyond the major awwwww factor and the fact they come in colors other that white, which makes them easier to find in the snow, the strong, sleek coat of a Newfoundland makes it an ideal choice for colder climates. Newfoundlands are also incredible strong swimmer and love water. They will jump in water pretty much any time they see it. These dogs are great to have in Placitas and Bernalillo, or even the foot hills of Albuquerque. They make excellent family dogs.

Alaskan Malamute

These gorgeous pups are one of the oldest and largest breeds of the Arctic sled dogs. Malamutes, not only being a hardier breed of dog, also have a thick coat to keep them warm and are recognizable by their fluffy, plumed tails. They do better in places that stay colder, so if you live in the Sandia or Manzano mountains, these would be a great dog for you.

Siberian Husky

When most people think of a snow dog, the husky is one of the first breeds to come to mind. Huskies built for the snow, with a dense undercoat, their hunting instincts makes them a perfect choice for a winter hunters. New Mexico has a lot of great winter hunting, so this may be a good dog for you if you like to hunt.

Recipe: Diabetic Dog Treats

Ingredients for dog treats
Ingredients for dog treats

This is a time of year that is all about food. It is about rich, delicious, savory food. If you have a diabetic dog, you know the trouble with giving them anything sweet or savory. Here is a great recipe to give them a treat that will still be healthy and delicious.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 pounds beef liver, cut into pieces


Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
  • Line a 10×15 inch pan with parchment paper.
  • Place the liver into a food processor. Pulse until finely chopped.
  • Lightly whisk the eggs.
  • Add the chopped liver into a bowl and stir in the flour and eggs and stir until smooth.
  • Press the mixture into the pan and spread evenly. 
  • Let it cool for 15 minutes.
  • Cut into squares and serve.

If your dog is on a special diabetic diet, it is important to talk to your Albuquerque vet about any potential dietary issues or needs before introducing new foods. Consult your vet before feeding them these treats to make sure it is fine with your dogs needs. 

Recipe: Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dog Treats

If you have leftover pumpkin or just want to make your dog a festive seasonal treat, this peanut butter pumpkin treat is delicious and nutritious!

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin (fresh puree is better but canned works well too)
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter (you can substitute almond butter)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Lightly whisk the eggs.
  3. Stir together the flour, eggs, pumpkin, peanut butter, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl until is become a dough. You can also do this in a mixer. If you are doing it by hand, you may need to finish the mixing with your actual hands, that can sometimes be easier than using a spoon.
  4. If the dough is dry and hard to work with add water a little bit at a time. The dough should be dry and stiff but not unworkable.
  5. Roll the dough into a 1/2-inch-thick roll.
  6. Use a cookie cutter or glass to cut the treats into small pieces. The pieces should be sized appropriately for your dog. The bigger the dog, the bigger the biscuit. If you are not sure, then we recommend cutting it into 1/2 squares.
  7. Bake in preheated oven until hard, about 40 minutes.