Holiday Menu at Luxury Kennel Includes Healthy Yuletide Recipes

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Lucies Farm shares recipes for "Gifts of Good Taste" for dogs

They say there's no place like home for the holidays. For dogs, however, Christmas (and Christmas dinner) at Lucies Farm Luxury Kennel comes very, very close. For the 12 days of Christmas, dogs will enjoy a menu of "gourmet holiday meals" that has been created just for them.

Lucies Farm Kennel is the premier resort destination for man’s best friend. Nestled on 57 acres in sunny Worcestershire, this warm, friendly and exclusive facility accommodates only four guests at any one time. This ensures that each dog receives personal attention and plenty of affection. "All of our guests get the royal treatment," says Craig Walsh with pride.

Walsh and wife Marjorie own and operate Lucies Farm, one of the leading breeders of pure Highland cattle in the U.K. With regular massages and a beer and grain diet, Lucies Farm turns Highland and Aberdeen Angus cattle into Scottish | Kobe beef. Lucies offers a premium line of Scottish | Kobe beef and Kobe dog food/treats, as well as providing dog kennel facilities.

Happy Holidays Mean Healthy Holidays

Now that Christmas is here, the Walshes are really "putting on the dog" with a bounty of holiday taste treats guaranteed to start tails wagging at the kennel.

Many people understandably want to share the fun of festive eating with their dogs, but worry about feeding them rich scraps from the holiday table. "And they should," says chef Marjorie who created the special dog-friendly recipes. "Giving your dogs unfamiliar foods can turn into a holiday horror story."

Marjorie urges owners to resist the "need to feed" from the table since many human treats can spell disaster for dogs. Take raisins for example. Ubiquitous in holiday food, the sweet little fruit morsel is poisonous to dogs. "And even though some foods may not be life-threatening, they're just not good for your animal," Craig explains, "and can cause real gastric distress."

Recipe for Success

Unfortunately, many commercial dog treats that are offered for the holidays are made with unhealthy, unnatural, non-nutritious ingredients such as animal by-products, derivates, and filler. Even so-called "natural foods" may have pure ingredients, but the total recipe can lack canine nutritional balance.

State-of-the-art ESHA nutritional software enables the Walshes to properly formulate and balance all dog products made at Lucies Farm and served to kennel visitors. But Marjorie is quick to point out that like many "for-people" holiday recipes, Christmas Eve Dog Nog, Stew-licious Christmas Dinner, Chomper's Spice Cookies, Bow-Wow Balls, Poochie's Plum Pudding, Boxing Day Egg-stravaganza and Bowser's Gingerbread Biscotti were not intended as a year-round diet.

"These are special treats. They don't provide the right balance of nutrition to be eaten regularly," says Marjorie. "They are, however, perfectly healthy and a wonderful way to indulge dogs at 'family' holiday celebrations.”

Spreading Joy to the World

In keeping with the spirit of giving, the Walshes are sharing their "family" recipes with dog owners and pet lovers everywhere.

The full "menu" of holiday recipes is available at http://www.luciesfarm.com. At the site, visitors may also browse a selection of healthy treats, nutritious meals, and gift ideas that are perfect for beloved canine pals. All products may be ordered online and are shipped promptly by overnight courier. (Sorry, delivery via reindeer-drawn sleigh is not available.)

About Lucies Farm Luxury Kennel

Guests at Lucies immediately feel right at home in private raised "cubby holes" with underfloor heating, a private inside area (separate from the cubby) and an outside fenced, locked run. The kennel is staffed around the clock and emergency veterinary assistance is available 24 hours a day,

The Walshes pay careful attention to the comfort and well-being of the dogs they board, but it was their concern for "Mom and Dad" that prompted them to provide several truly unique services. Owners may request daily emails with one or more digital photographs and a diary of activities including when they were walked and by whom, when they were fed, etc.

Additionally, web cams have been placed in each cubby to allow "bed checks" at any time of the day or night from any where in the world.    It's just one of the extras that distinguish Lucies Farm as a true "luxury" hotel for canine visitors and the people who love them.

For media inquiries and further information, contact Marjorie and Craig Walsh at 01905-830-380 or craig@luciesfarm.com. Alternatively visit Lucies Farm online at http://www.dog-hotel.co.uk

Check out these recipes

Christmas Eve Dog Nog

Stew-licious Christmas Dinner

Bow-Wow Balls with Turkey

Boxing Day Egg-stravaganza

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