Saturday, 26 July 2014

Sardine Cake for Dogs!

When my brother's lurcher found our missing tortoise recently I made him a sardine cake to say thank you.  I posted a photo of it recently and a few people have asked for the recipe so here it is!

Sardine Cake for Dogs

2 tins of sardines 
225g self raising flour or wholemeal flour
225g Porridge oats 
3 eggs
2 – 3 cloves of garlic
1 tablespoon oil
Soft cheese for the topping (optional)

  1. Blend together the sardines, oil, egg and chopped garlic using a fork.
  2. Mix in the flour and oats.  The mixture should be a reasonably firm consistency.  Add more flour if necessary.
  3. Pour contents into a loaf tin and spread evenly.   Make sure the tin is greased or lined. 
  4. Bake at 180 degrees for 25-30 minutes, until springy when pressed and when stabbed with a knife, the knife comes out clean.  Allow to completely cool before removing.
  5. If you wish to use the cake for a birthday or other celebration, top with soft cheese and decorate as required.
  6. If you are using if for treats divide it into the required size pieces and freeze.

Review - Ozeri CardioTech Pro Series BP5K Digital Blood Pressure Monitor

Several years ago my parents bought a blood pressure monitor to use at home as my father had high blood pressure, however it wasn't always accurate in its readings.  So when I was asked to review a blood pressure monitor I was a little sceptical about its accuracy, but these worries soon proved to be totally unfounded!

The Ozeri CardioTech Pro Series BP5K Digital Blood Pressure Monitor is very easy to use and has proved to be accurate and a very useful gadget over the last few weeks.  You simply fit the Velcro strap around your wrist and press the power button.  Then comes the extra clever bit - a voice instructs  you to place your wrist in the correct position and guides you through the whole process of taking your blood pressure.  Both the voice and a diagram on the screen makes sure that your wrist is at the correct height in relation to your heart - this precision is what helps make this gadget so accurate.  Once correctly positioned the monitor gently inflates around your wrist and calculates your blood pressure.  The results of your blood pressure and your pulse are displayed on the screen and the voice speaks them aloud too.  It also tells you if your results are normal/high/low etc according to the World Health Organisation Standards, so this helps you to understand the results.

Testing my blood pressure.

I kept getting consistently high blood pressure readings so I mentioned this to my GP when I saw her for other reasons.  Blood pressure tests on this visit, and subsequent visits to the nurse confirmed that my blood pressure is too high and I've now been put on medication.  If it wasn't for the Ozeri monitor I wouldn't have mentioned it to the doctor and it would have been left untreated, so I'm very grateful that I had this handy gadget at home.

The Ozeri CardioTech Pro Series BP5K Digital Blood Pressure Monitor is a fantastic addition to your medicine cabinet.  It comes in a stylish black case, is small enough to fit in your handbag and  most importantly it produces accurate results.  Because it is voice guided it is ideal for people with vision problems, although if you prefer you can switch off the sound.  It has a built in memory for two users so you can use it with another  family member.  I was really impressed with this gadget and would definitely recommend it!

Disclosure: This product was received free charge for the purposes of a review.  I received no monetary compensation and my opinions are 100% my own and were not influenced by the sponsor.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Terry's Great Escape and Skipper the Hero Dog

Recently I experienced one of my worst nightmares - one of my pets went missing for nearly 24 hours!  .  I was ill in bed so mum put Terry out in his outdoor enclosure for a few hours in the sun.  She checked on him every hour and he was happily eating his weeds, but the next time she checked him he wasn't there.  At first she didn't panic as he is tiny (he's only 11 months old and just 2 inches long) so she thought he was hidden in the grass.  After searching every inch of his enclosure she still couldn't find him and called my brother and my sister in law in to help.  By the time it got dark they had been searching for hours. 

Obviously I was extremely upset, nearly hysterical as I was so worried about him being out overnight.  It made it even more frustrating as I was stuck in bed and unable to search for him myself.  I didn't sleep at all that night, I was numb with shock and worry.  My family was up early the next morning to begin searching, but I thought it was a hopeless cause.  Our garden is huge, Terry is so tiny.  I was convinced he'd either been taken by a predator or he had perished overnight.  He needs to be kept warm and has a heat lamp in his indoor enclosure, he couldn't survive outside for many nights on his own.

Later that day my brother was searching for Terry when his lurcher suddenly started barking and digging under the hedge.  My brother went to look and crawled under the hedge - and there was Terry!  When they brought him into my room, I'd never been so glad to see anything in my life!  Thanks to Skipper we had Terry back!  There was no way we would have found him without Skipper, and Terry wouldn't have survived for much longer as we had an awful storm that night.  Thankfully Terry suffered no ill effects and his enclosure is now like Fort Knox so that he can't dig out again!  

This is Skipper with his thank you cake and Terry.

I'm back! Plus competition winner announced

I've not been able to blog over the last couple of weeks as I've been very unwell.  Unfortunately for most of the last two weeks I've been stuck in bed dosed up on morphine.  I'm alot better now and able to get up and about using my wheelchair, so I should have some blog posts for you this week - a photo competition, some recipes, some reviews and more.

Thanks to everyone who entered the jewellery competition.  I've just chosen a winner at random using the rafflecopter app - and the winner is Richard Tyler. Well done!