Pampered Pets Merit Badge, Intermediate Level

The adorable, always humorous MBA Jane is my way of honoring our Sisterhood Merit Badge program, now with 6,346 dues-paying members who have earned an amazing number of merit badges so far—9,010 total! Take it away, MBA Jane!!! MJ 

Wondering who I am? I’m Merit Badge Awardee Jane (MBA Jane for short). In my former life   

For this week’s Outpost/Pampered Pets Intermediate Level Merit Badge, I took my love for Mr. Darcy even further.


Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bingley. London: George Allen, 1894, via Wikimedia Commons.

No, not that Mr. Darcy, though I do love him, too. But no, it’s my Labradoodle, Mr. Darcy, who keeps my feet warm at night and who keeps my hearth and home protected (from slightly gusty evenings, small birds, the ringing of the doorbell, and postal carriers).


Photo by Searchtempo via Wikimedia Commons

After switching from his usual old, dry dog food—loaded with animal by-products, soy, grains, GMO corn, and enough additives to stop a train, so to speak—and supplementing with all-natural concoctions of my own, my furry friend was happy, healthy, glossy, full of energy, and (dare I say it) not making visitors’ eyes water with the strength of his manly flatulence.

And all the people said Amen.

Anyway, I wanted to share some of my favorite finds and recipes with my fellow pet-loving pals and earn my Intermediate Level badge to boot, so I got cracking with filling some gift baskets. I just know that my animal-adoring acquaintances will love all of these almost as much as their pooches, kitties, and pot-bellied piggies will!

Buckwheat and Mint Doggy Biscuits

1½ cups buckwheat flour
4 T fresh parsley, finely chopped
2 T fresh mint, finely chopped
2 T olive oil
1 T pure honey
1 egg, beaten
1-3 t water

Preheat oven to 400°F. In a large bowl, stir buckwheat flour, parsley, and mint together until combined. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil and honey; pour into the flour and stir. Add egg and stir until well combined. Knead dough with hands to thoroughly mix the ingredients together. Add 1 t of water at a time to help the dough come together. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out to approx. ¼” thick. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutter. Bake for 15 minutes. Store biscuits in an airtight container in the fridge to keep fresh.


DIY Flea and Tick Spray

20 drops essential lemongrass oil and 20 drops essential eucalyptus oil
4 oz water

Combine in a spray bottle and shake well. Works well for people and horses, too!


Oatmeal Cinnamon Bun Pet Shampoo

1 cup oatmeal
½ cup baking soda
1 T cinnamon
1 qt warm water

Pulse oats in food processor until they’re a flour-like consistency. Stir in soda and cinnamon. Mix in water.


Dry Shampoo for Smelly Pooches

Mix one box baking soda with several drops of your favorite essential oil. Shake well. Apply liberally to Fido and brush through coat. Much better!


Pet Ear Wash Solution

Combine equal parts water and witch hazel (or apple cider vinegar), a little melted coconut oil, and a few drops of tea tree oil in a squirt bottle. Cleans pet’s ears, wards off infections, washes out foxtails, and makes them smell better, too.


Homemade Doggy Toothpaste

  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1 t organic chicken or beef bouillon granules
  • 3 T baking soda
  • 6-7 mint leaves

Combine in food processor; store in fridge.



  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    I love this post with all natural dog recipes for important care products. I wish I had known about them when we had our big yellow Lab. Of course, I am the worst when it comes to spoiled pets. Just ask anyone of mine. They get everything they need and want. But, I just cannot resist their adorable personalities and all the companionship they bring!

  2. *****Do be aware that essential oils can be lethal when ingested.**** For instance the old school oil to use for fleas is pennyroyal, way way poisonous!! also cats lick themselves all over and some remedies are dangerous for them as well. Please do your homework and research what it safe for your pet, cats especially. And birds are also very sensitive to oils and sprays.
    For our horses ( in a former life) we used diluted Avon Skin So Soft sprayed on them for the flies, etc. It is a secret formula so not sure how natural it is. Do know its works great for humans too to repel bugs. My garden helper Bill, young at 78, always smells really good due to SOS.

    • Karlyne says:

      True, Lisa, that over-use of oils can be harmful, but they really are helpful, too, when used in moderation! And I agree that if you’re going to go beyond a couple of drops in a box of baking soda, you need to do some research. Also, as you say about Skin So Soft, a lot of the products out there for pets (and humans!) are, if not secret formulas, at least written so that it’s almost impossible to know what’s in them! At least when you’re making them yourself, you’ve got a bit of control.

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