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Tender Tuna Treats

At the last Rally Obedience Trial we attended in Regina, Saskatchewan, I borrowed some of my friend Dayna’s tuna fudge for one of our runs and Bear just about lost his mind. Tuna is not something Bear gets on a regular basis so I got to thinking I should make some grain free tuna treats for him and so, after a bit of experimenting in the kitchen, I came up with these.

Here we go…

Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.

In a blender or food processor, puree tuna (water included) and eggs until smooth. I pureed one can of tuna and one egg at a time because my blender is kinda small.

Once your eggs and tuna are pureed smooth, add in sliced garlic and puree until smooth again.

Pour your pureed garlic, tuna and eggs into a bowl and mix in tapioca flour, making sure to whisk out lumps. I used my mixer but a whisk works well too.

Line a loaf pan with parchment paper or lightly coat it in cooking spray and pour in the batter. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes.

Once the loaf is finished baking, remove it from the pan immediately to cool upside down on a cooling rack.

Once cool, cut your loaf to whatever size you prefer.

Store in a sealed container in yourfreezer, taking out what you need for training on a daily basis.

Download a Printable Version of this Recipe Here. 

Have a dog-friendly recipe you’d like us to feature? Send us your recipe and we’d be pleased to share it!

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Making a Cart – Part Three:Behold! The FrankenCart!

I’m not sure what I was thinking when I planned to attend 2 seminars and 2 rally trials within 4 weeks. Add in the fact that Sean was away for  a week of that time, and the fact that I was planning one of those seminars and POOF! There went the time.

Lack of time made for a furious week of cart completion which went right up to and including the Saturday evening before Our Weekend with Sue Ailsby. The complications seemed endless:

  • I did not have the proper saw for cutting the very expensive aluminum angle but eventually realised that I needed a hacksaw. Once I found the right saw, I purchased a Mitre stand when I really needed a Mitre Box. and now I know more about mitre-ing than anyone should know.
  • Once I had the aluminum angle cut for some reason, it did not fit the boards (bottom and sides) I had prepared. Since wood is relatively inexpensive, and easier to cut I decided to cut the boards down so that they would fit the angle.

By this point I gave up all pretence of following the instructions – since I had clearly not followed them to begin with.

  • Since I wasted so much time cutting aluminum, I thought I would get ahead of the game and drill holes in the angle before I assembled everything and, of course, I drilled holes in the wrong places the result is aluminum angle that looks somewhat swiss cheesy.
  • Where the wheels and shaft were concerned, things went relatively well. The threaded steel rod that Sean procured for me was a bit long but using my newly acquired hacksaw skills I was able to cut it down. Once the wheels were mounted on the shaft, I could tell that the turning of the wheel was going to wear on the sides of the cart but I have a plan to fix this. I will also have to find a way to secure the wheel to the cart from the outside.
  • The cart shafts were probably the most stressful part to complete – I had no clue where to find a tube bender and no desire to purchase one (I’d never need one ever again). Luckily Sean and a coworker of his suggested cutting and welding the tubing into a 90 degree angle creating the same basic shape that was called for in the plans. They did this after work, on their own time and I shall be eternally thankful because the shafts are the best looking part of the cart!
  • If all of the above was not enough, the eye bolts I purchased to serve as the brakes on the shafts were too short and the end caps that I purchased for the shafts keep falling off.
  • and Finally, I never did find the ½ u channel to ‘finish the top edge of the cart but it’s a relatively minor issue compared to anything else.

*SIGH*

Behold! The FrankenCart! Do you thnk Bear looks impressed or worried?

With a few weeks hindsight I have decided that the cart is not all that bad. I have lots of ideas for how to improve it which are as follows:

  • Cut boards and the aluminum angle to make the cart a more manageable size – I have experience with this now!
  • Purchase washers for both bolts that attach the shafts to the cart to prevent the shafts from wiggling so much.
  • Purchase washers and possibly lock nuts for mounting the wheels.
  • Find some appropriately sized bolts to use as brakes.
  • Use plumbers tape to help seal the end caps onto the shafts.
  • Look (again) for ½ U channel to finish the top edge of the cart.
  • I am also going to install some more eye bolts onto the cart to provide anchors for bungee cords and tie-down. Apparently the load n a draft test can be anything and if you lose it – you automatically fail!

Stay tuned for photos after FrankenCart’s makeover!

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Making a Cart – Part Two: Wheels on a Budget!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted about our cart building progress. This weekend I was finally able to take some decent photos! I just added the last coat of stain to the cart boards and put the wheels back together which means by next weekend, I should be able to assemble the cart.

Last month I visited a great store in Winnipeg called Casterland that has everything from cart wheels to chair casters and anything else that rolls. They had a really nice BMX-style wheels with a pneumatic tire and plastic spokes but the cost was nearly $40 per wheel! I’m not sure about you, but $80 for wheels for a cart that may or may not ever be used for competition sounded ridiculous to me…and so I put my thinking cap on…

What I needed was a bicycle wheel. After a quick online search I decided that a new wheel would also be cost prohibitive but then I got to thinking about how the wheels on a used childs bike would be just perfect! I had a look on our local buy/sell site and found a used boys bike with 20 inch tires for $20!

I brought the bike home and took off the wheels but soon realised that the gears on the rear wheel were impossible to remove. Another quick online search told me that I needed a special tool (apparently everything on a bike needs a special tool). Since I don’t have that tool or any friends with that tool, I took the wheel down to A & L, the local bike shop. The nice young man there took the gear off for me in about 10 seconds for free!

Next, I wanted to recondition the wheel as there was some rust showing and scratching/wear from the brake pads. Since I’ll be using aluminum trim, I went for handy dandy metallic tremclad (in aluminum gloss) which costs around $5 a can. 

I took the tires and tube off the wheel, scrubbed it down with some steel wool and then gave it two coats of paint. Apparently there’s a special tool to take tires off and put them back on but I used two screwdrivers to get the tire off, and Sean’s strong hands to get the tires back on!

Now I have a great looking pair or wheels for less than $30 which is much, much better than $80!

Next Up…Axles, trim and assembly!

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