Green Eggs and Red Ham – My First Blog!

I decided to start blogging so I could share my love of pets and animals with other people who share that passion.  So I did what most of us do when we want to learn how to do something . . . I googled it.

They (whoever “they” is??) told me I had to introduce myself, but be careful not to bore people.  Only tell them 1% of what you really want to say so you don’t lose their interest.  So here goes:  My name is Kim (Geraghty) Wilke, I was born in New York, grew up in Maine, moved to Iowa in 1999 to start veterinary medical school at Iowa State University, I graduated in 2003 and have loved being a veterinarian ever since, I have a great husband, two amazing kids, and am truly in love with my dogs.  Whew! I know that was a run-on sentence but it’s all out there. Now I can stop boring you.

Another thing “they” said I should do is to write about what I love.  Well, that’s easy.  I love my “job.”  I meet some of the best people and pets in the whole world.  I love sharing what keeps pets healthy and I learn new things from pet parents every day.  I will share some of those experiences in the future.

The other thing I love is my dogs: Charlie (my eleven year old Miniature Poodle) and Teddy Bear (my ten year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel).  Yes, there are a lot of jokes at my house about the French vs. the English.

So how did I come up with the title, you ask?  Well, that brings me to my passion both for humans and pets – nutrition.  It can be a complicated subject.  The way I learn about it is to be curious.  What is in this English muffin?  How did they make this bag of dog food?  I think we all should know what we are eating and feeding to our loved ones.  I started by not purchasing anything that had dye (artificial coloring) for both my family and my pets.  In other countries food must be labeled with warnings if it contains dye.  Not in the United States.  It is up to you to read labels so that you do not feed green eggs or red ham to your loved ones.

Don’t get me wrong.  I love to spoil my dogs.  I hope you do too.  I am going to share with you a treat recipe that contains real, healthy food that they go berserk for.

  • 1 cup dehydrated dog food (like Sojos)
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup ground turkey

Mix until well blended.  Shape into balls and place onto greased cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.  Cool and serve.  Keep refrigerated.  (They freeze very well.)

Stay tuned.  I have more recipes and tips to follow in upcoming blogs.

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