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Your Questions About How To Find A New Home For Your Dog

Steven asks…

recepi for home made hot dogs?

how to make home made hot dogs or frankfurters

New Niche Finder answers:

I have never made them,but these sound good….


Her mom has to be cautious about high-sodium foods, can’t eat them as often as she would like. So, I decided to take on the challenge of making a homemade version. It has been quite a task. Surprisingly, getting the correct flavor was fairly simple. It was the texture that posed a problem. The first time I used the grinder attachment to my stand mixer. The grinding disk just wasn’t fine enough. We had very tasty, but very coarse sausages. Then I decided to use the food processor and its steel blade. It worked well. You can process it very fine, though it is still not quite as fine as store-bought. I also added the egg whites to help bind the mixture. Although I have a sausage maker attachment for the mixer, I have not dealt with using casings, mainly because I want to perfect everything else first. But that’s a good thing, because anyone who owns a processor can make these hot dogs. The doggies are precooked in boiling water, just like those you purchase. The process may seem complicated, but it is really quite easy. If you use lean ground pork and turkey, these hot dogs are low-fat, as low-sodium as desired, completely free of additives, and delicious.


1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1-1/4 pounds lean ground pork (see notes below)
1 pound lean ground turkey (see notes below)
2 large egg whites, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
4 teaspoons ground dry mustard
1-1/2 teaspoons dried thyme leaves
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg (I use freshly ground)
1 teaspoon ground mace
1 teaspoon ground sweet paprika
1 teaspoon salt (see notes below)
1-1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
Grind the oats in a large processor until fine. Remove. (If you have a mini-processor, use it for this step. It might grind this small amount of oats with greater ease.) Place the ground pork and turkey in the processor. Process until very fine, using the pulse button occasionally. Add the oats and remaining ingredients. Continue to process until a paste, making certain the mixture doesn’t start to heat. Form a small amount into a little patty. Cook the patty, either in a small skillet or in the microwave, until thoroughly cooked. Taste for seasoning. If needed, add more salt, pepper or spices and process again. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl, stirring well to make certain all of the sesonings are combined. Cover and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours.

There are several choices for forming the hot dogs. As stated above, they may be passed through a sausage maker using hot dog-sized casings, twisting at about 6-inches to form links. (I will try that soon, because I do miss the “snap” when biting into a store-bought hot dog.) Or you could just shape the meat into patties for use in hamburger buns. That would be a little easier to handle, but I like the traditional hot dog shape in a hot dog bun. Take 2 ounces of the meat and shape into a ball. Roll each ball between your hands until it forms a log about 5 inches long, making certain it is fairly uniform from top to bottom. (Without the casing, if you roll the hot dogs too thin, they might break apart when cooking.) Place on a baking sheet lined with waxed or parchment paper.

Place half of the hot dogs in a large skillet. Add enough water to come almost halfway up the meat. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium and simmer, gently turning occasionally with tongs, until thoroughly cooked, about 15 minutes, depending on size and thickness. Place on a clean baking sheet lined with paper towels to dry. Proceed with the remaining sausages. At this point, the hot dogs may be grilled, browned in a skillet with butter, or microwaved, as preferred. Alternately, they may be individually wrapped, placed in plastic bags, and refrigerated for several days, or frozen for up to 6 months, just like you would do with store-bought hot dogs.

Notes: If you are concerned about using the oats as a filler, don’t be. They only help to bind the meat and add no noticeable flavor. You may substitute quick oats, but not instant. Both the pork and turkey I use is 93% lean. You could use leaner if preferred. Also, in my store, the ground pork is packed in 1-1/4 pound packages. Certainly, you could use a 1 pound pack. As for the salt, I always cook with kosher salt. A teaspoon of that salt is less that a teaspoon of table salt since the grind is coarser. Furthermore, you may, as always, adjust the amount of salt to your taste, using less if you are on a very strict low-sodium diet or more, if you prefer a saltier hot dog. The same applies to the pepper. I use a pepper grinder, which produces a coarser grind than canned black pepper and, therefore, less pepper per teaspoon. Don’t forget, you may add any of the seasonings after tasting, but you can’t take them out, so start with less.

Lisa asks…

Debating becoming a foster home for dogs…?

I have one dog, 4 years old, well behaved, love of my life. For the last few years, I have been thinking about volunteering to be a foster home for needy dogs.
Does anyone have any experience with this?
I wonder if the sadness of giving up a dog I’ve been fostering would be out weighed by the knowledge I’m doing good in the world?

If you’ve done this, how did it go? Is it harder than you expected? Easier?
I’m afraid I’m going to get attached to every dog I foster and end up adopting them all.Thanks!

New Niche Finder answers:

Congratulations on the possibility of becoming a fellow foster homer :) It absolutely has its ups and its downs, but I really feel as though the pros out weigh the cons and it is worth every effort!

Foster homes eliminate the stress of being kenneled in a shelter and helps to socilaize the dog. Additionally, the foster volunteer has the opportunity to work with the dog to correct some of the behavior problems that may have led to the dog’s surrender.

It seems that medium-to-large, adolescent, untrained dogs are prime candidates for foster homes. They may be overlooked at the shelter because they are too big, unruly, or ordinary-looking. They are past the adorable puppy stage, but still have plenty of puppy energy that needs an outlet. Given enough time, and some basic training, these dogs that might otherwise be euthanized for lack of space now have a chance at finding permanent, loving homes.

Aside from regular day-to-day care (feeding, grooming, exercise), the responsibilities of a foster home may include basic training (housetraining, walking on leash, sit, down); behavior modification (to correct problems such as jumping, mouthing, barking, destructive chewing, dashing through doors); socialization and temperament evaluation (to determine whether the dog is good with different types of people and other animals); medical care (dispensing medication, taking the dog to vet appointments), and of course plenty of playtime and snuggling.

After the dog has been nursed back to health, evaluated, and trained, the search begins for a permanent home. Possible Prospective adopters will have the opportunity to come and meet the dog in a home setting (your home). All adoptions will take place at the shelter. (If you are placing dogs directly from your home, a kennel license may be required before dogs can legally be transferred. This is usually dependent on the number of dogs transferred per year. Check with your local bureau of dog law enforcement.)

Fostering a dog may seem like a formidable task, but it is a very tangible way to make a difference. Everyone benefits: The foster volunteer gets to spend time with a special dog, and the kennel gains space for a new dog. The foster dog gets a break from kennel life and a second chance at becoming a cherished pet. The new owners get a dog that is better adapted to home life, and therefore has a better chance of remaining in the new home permanently.

I DO get very attached to all my fosters, but that is a great thing!!! It makes me that much more picky when it comes to finding the pefect forever home for them. Once you do find the perfect family… You will be surprised to see how happy you are to see him/her go to their new family. I stay in contact with every family that adopts one of my fosters (email and pictures) and enjoy seeing how happy they are with their new families!! It is a great experience!!! You will enjoy it! Just make sure you have the time and patience :) Good luck!!!!

If you are interested in becoming a foster home, contact your local humane society, animal shelter, or breed rescue, it is a wonderful act!

Sharon asks…

Home made dog food bad?

okay I was reading the dog food ingredents on my dogs food and i said a few thing I wasn’t so pleased with So i decided to make her own Food. I’m worried becasue people say not to give your dos human food. Is this true I mean they are nutritious food they are really healthy. or am i just hurting her and going to clog up her arteries.

I don’t want to switch foods. after some of te things I read She will never eat dog kibble again, So is it hurting or helping her.?

New Niche Finder answers:

In my opinion, home made dog food is best!! I wouldn’t feed my dog packaged dog food for anything in the world. Do you know that they actually put uthenized pets in dog food? Seriously, google it. You can also feed a raw diet (uncooked meats), which is what my dogs eat. You can find all kinds of recipes for home made dog food, treats, biscuits, either cooked or raw. Just make sure your dog is getting the calcium it needs if you decide to feed raw. You can achieve this with pulverized (into powder form) egg shells. Google home made dog food and read, educate, & make a choice. You or your dog will not be sorry! You will be helping her tremendously with home made dog food. Also, their are human foods that dogs CANNOT eat and you will also find lists of these as well. Onions, grapes, raisins, ect…

Jenny asks…

Can i train a diabetic service dog at home?

Can i train a diabetic service dog at home?
my father wants to know if he can train his own diabetic service dog at home, he is on chemo which causes his blood sugar to be all over the place….please send links or ideas to help to reillyjohn2000@yahoo.com
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New Niche Finder answers:

You can train a diabetic service dog at home, but it is not a fast process. First, the dog needs obedience training. A service dog is allowed to go anywhere its human partner goes, so it has to be far better behaved than most dogs. In addition to obedience training, I recommend the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizenship training http://www.akc.org/events/cgc/index.cfm. After the obedience training, and when the dog is old enough to start the service dog training, you need to work with the dog every day. If you start with an eight to twelve week old puppy, it should be completed its training by the time it is two years old.

Although I trained my own hearing dog, I always advise people to consider getting a trained service dog for the following reasons. It takes two years, working every day, to train a service dog. Professional service dog trainers screen potential dogs before they go into a service dog training organizations program, and even with this screening, only about a third of the dogs graduate. If you buy a dog and live with it for a year, will you be able to evaluate it impartially and stop training and start again with another dog if the first one, no matter how lovable, is not doing well? Many organizations provide trained medic alert dogs for free or for a nominal fee. A Google search will provide a list of organizations in your area.

If you decide to train a dog on your own, I suggest you join a Yahoo group for owner-trained service dogs. I did this, and the advice I got helped me immensely.

To train a medic alert dog, first you need to teach the dog to alert your father. There are several ways a dog can do this alert. My hearing dog alerts me to sounds by nudging my hand with his nose, then going to the source of the sound when I say “Where?”. I taught him to nudge my hand by putting a small treat on the back of my hand and saying “Touch”. When he got good at this, I would say “Touch”, and give him the treat after he nudged my hand. The next step was to make a sound I wanted him to alert to, like my text telephone ringing, and say touch. After a while, he learned to touch when the phone rang without being told to. I then trained him to go to the phone after he nudged me and I said “Where?”. Your father will need to go through a similar process to train a medic alert dog. It will need to know signals for high and low blood sugar, how to alert other family members (barking?) in an emergency, and possibly how to push a special button on a phone to send a recorded message to the 911 dispatcher.

Diabetic medic alert dogs are trained to respond to a change in the way a person smells when his blood sugar is too low or too high. In a service dog training school, this is done with chemicals. At home, it has to be done with real blood sugar level changes. Your father needs to monitor his glucose levels more often than normal. Whenever the level is high or low, the dog should be told to alert your father. When the dog does this reliably, you need to teach the dog to alert other family members if your father needs help. This will involve simulating an emergency, and will have to be practiced frequently.

Although certification is not required, the dog will need to be trained. I suggest you use Assistance Dogs International standards for public access http://www.adionline.org/publicaccess.html, and for service dogs http://www.adionline.org/service.html, http://www.adionline.org/Standards/ServiceDogStandards.htm to see if your dog is adequately trained.

In addition, you may want to review the laws. A summary of the Americans with Disabilities Act is available here http://www.deltasociety.org/ServiceAccessLaw.htm, and state laws are available here http://www.servicedogssavelives.org/statelaws.html.

Good luck if you decide to go this way, but think seriously about getting a trained dog first.

James asks…

Leaving a dog at home while working?

I’m thinking of adopting a dog in awhile (probably at least three years old, will probably be older) from the pound, however, of course I have to go to work. If I am the only one living in the house, how will the dog deal with this? Can I “make up” for being gone by spending extra time with him/her when I am home?
Is there a certain kind of dog that does better on it’s own for periods of time?

New Niche Finder answers:

Getting an older dog avoids the problem of having a puppy that needs to pee every 2 hours. If at all possible, get the dog when you have some time off, like during your vacation. The more time the better, so you and the dog can get used to each other, the dog can learn what life is like at your house, and you can slowly get the dog used to being left at home when you go out, test the waters before you have to go back to work.

What you might run into, and which can’t be predicted by breed, age, gender or anything else, is a dog with separation anxiety. It just can’t handle being alone. This can usually be handled by containing the dog in a small space when you’re gone, either one room or a crate. This works because the dog feels secure in a small space but feels overwhelmed with a whole house to look after. If you don’t know about crate training, google it. It really works. I have an anxious dog. He’s fine in the bedroom all day, with a peanut-butter filled Kong, but left in the rest of the house, he will go to incredible trouble to get at food, so we don’t do that any more. I don’t think he really wants the food so much as he gets worried at home alone and uses the food to distract himself. When I’m home, he prefers to be in the same room as I am and will wake up from an apparently sound sleep to follow me into another room, so he’s definitely a bit anxious. My other dog won’t wake up till I pick up the car keys.

Most dogs will spend the day sleeping while you’re gone and will simply wake up when they expect you home, especially if they’ve had sufficient exercise. A tired dog is a good dog. Don’t worry about ‘making up’ the time, but at the same time it isn’t fair to get a dog if you’re at work all day and out most evenings. I find I just don’t do a lot of things that can’t include my dogs. Take the dog for a little walk in the morning, or a long one if you’re a morning person, take it out when you get home, play with it inside in the evening, train it so it’s well-behaved enough that you can take it places with you. Even a drive to the grocery store counts as time spent with your dog. If you can, get someone to come in mid-day to take the dog out for a bit, but most dogs don’t need that. Dogs love routine. If they know what to expect at certain times of day, it makes their lives much better. If you can’t be home at your usual time one evening, it’s good to have a back-up person to take the dog out at the usual time.

There are some breeds, such as Border Collies and many terriers, who need a lot of exercise and need to be kept busy or they go nuts and will eat your couch for entertainment. Stay away from those. If you’re getting a mutt, it’s a little harder to predict temperament and energy, but very often the shelter staff have a pretty good idea what the dogs are like.

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