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Our Love Smells Like A Hot Tuna Melt

This past weekend we celebrated Birdie Day at our house. Five years ago we brought Birdie home to live with us (her full adoption story is coming…stay tuned!) and she’s been making our home a much funnier place ever since. Mostly because she farts really loud while watching us eat dinner. It never fails to make us laugh. We are a simple people.

Birdie is the world’s easiest dog to live with and has been since the day she arrived. Because she lived the first six years (that’s right YEARS) of her life at a shelter, Birdie gets to do whatever she wants. That’s the deal. If she had any issues, we’d certainly work with her on them, but she doesn’t, so we don’t. Birdie is polite, sweet, likes naps, and doesn’t poop in the house. My dream dog.

And now she’s 11 years old. So what do you give a silver fox(y) lady like Birdie on her 5th Gotcha Day and approximately 11th Bird-day?

Hot Tuna.

Thanks to our friend Teri who runs Canine Kinship here in Portland Maine, we happened to have the world’s stinkiest dog treat recipe on hand. It took just minutes to whip up these uber-smelly tuna treats.

Here are the deets:

Tuna Fudge

(2) 6 oz cans undrained tuna (or salmon or mackerel)

(2) eggs

1 and1/2 cups of flour

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

Tuna Treats

Mix all that greatness together, then press it into a greased 9×13″ pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

tuna fudge

Let cool. Cut into strips, then dice. Makes approximately one ton of treats.  Give or take. Refrigerate or freeze treats.

tuna treats

Super easy, super cheap, super stinky. Birdie thought it was an excellent Birdie Day gift.

Especially because I let her lick the bowl.

birdie licks the bowl

These treats came in handy for the Nose Works class Birdie and I have been taking recently at Canine Kinship. It’s our Girl’s Night Out and Birdie thinks it’s thebestthingever since all she has to do is wander around smelling stuff and eating treats. Stinky treats like Tuna Fudge. What more could a Birdie Dog want?

birdie finds the treat tube

Our pal Nola is also in the class (read her blog here) and was gracious enough to sample our treats this week. Nola gave them a snarf of appreciation.

So there you go: two out two dogs in our class give these treats their drool of approval.

p.s. more on how awesome Nose Works is later. If you’re not doing it with your dogs yet – sign up. It’s a hoot.

Birdie w/the treats in Box

Well, that’s all for now kids. It’s just this one thing: I love this dog.

And our love smells like a hot tuna melt.

Thanks to Teri for the treat idea and to Nola’s mom Danielle for snapping some photos of Birdie working hard in class!

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  1. Happy Birdie Day! The tuna fudge sounds so good, I’ll definetely try them :)

    March 6, 2013
  2. Happy birthday Birdie!! Those look like some treats even I might be tempted to make. And I am super excited because Delilah and I start nosework next Tuesday! It is our girls night out. :-)

    March 6, 2013
  3. Happy Gotcha Day Birdie! You are a rockstar in Nosework class! Nola says thank you for sharing your stinky treats! See you next week. :)

    March 6, 2013
  4. Happy Bird-day (haha, love that). These treats look fantastic (or so say Ed & Tess) – they can’t wait to try them out!!

    March 6, 2013
  5. Happy Birthday, Birdie!

    March 6, 2013
  6. BJ PUP #

    Happy Birthday, Birdie. I hope you had a special day.

    Licks and Rruffs, BJ

    March 6, 2013
  7. You had me at farts!! Happy every day Birdie!!!

    March 6, 2013
  8. Happy Birthday, Birdie! Just an FYI, I’ve always heard that dogs shouldn’t eat tuna because of the mercury, but they can eat other fish like salmon. Just wanted to let you know. =)

    March 7, 2013
  9. Happy Birthday, Birdie! Just an FYI- I’ve always heard that dogs should not eat tuna because of the mercury, but can eat other fish like salmon. Just wanted to let you know. =)

    March 7, 2013
  10. Birdie thanks all of you for the Bird-day wishes! *toot*

    March 7, 2013
  11. Kathy #

    Can’t wait to make some of those treats for Molly! Happy Bird-Day, today & everyday!

    and that NoseWorks class looks AWESOME! Wish we had one around here!

    March 7, 2013
  12. Molly McDoodle #

    I do something similar, but I like to add grated carrots (a favorite of my dog), and I use garbanzo bean or coconut flour. Grain free!

    March 7, 2013
  13. Lea #

    I’ve also heard tuna isn’t great for dogs – though only the canned stuff. And only because of the high sodium content. So, if you’re getting the better canned stuff you could avoid the sodium and it’d be fine (and still cheap – I mean, canned tuna can’t get too expensive!). I also make a meat brownie/fudge treat for my pup – I use 1 lb pureed liver (suuuuper cheap), 2-3 eggs, 1.5 c cream of wheat, 0.5 c milk, and a little cheese or garlic powder. Cook at 250 for 20 minutes. Pretty similar and definitely a favorite of any dog that gets one (i.e., any dog that sits for me in agility class)! I’ll have to try the tuna recipe – the stinkier the better when it comes to dogs!

    April 9, 2013
    • Good to know about the sodium in tuna– I just always heard that dogs can’t eat tuna, but I didn’t know it was only due to the salt in canned tuna. And yes, the stinkier the better when it comes to dogs! Our dog loves to eat stinky salmon! =)

      April 19, 2013

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