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SOUND PETS: Do animals have feelings? I'm sure you've ruminated on the subject at least once or twice before. I don't have any answers, but there is a cookbook for pets, published by Pet Sitters International. Eats 'N Treats for Pets and Their People is a 54-page book filled with recipes for you and your most loyal friends, as well as helpful hints, entertaining tidbits, and pet-care information. Aren't sure how to choose the best chew toy for your dog? Eats 'N Treats tells all, including this little-known fact about pig's ears: "Pig's ears should be considered a treat, as they are actually ingested. If a dog eats them too often, they can cause loose stools." Other valuable advice concerns how to "pet proof" your home, how to keep your pets safe during the holidays, how to find a quality pet-sitter, and what to do if your pet is lost. Here is a recipe for your dog, or you if you be so inclined.

Irresistible Homemade Liver Treats

* 1 cup flour

* 1 cup cornmeal

* 1 tsp. garlic powder

* 1/2 cup wheat germ

* 1 lb. raw beef liver

Put liver in food processor and liquefy. (If using a blender, cut the liver into cubes and add one-quarter pound at a time.) Add dry ingredients and mix well. On greased cookie sheet, drop one teaspoon of mixture and flatten with the bottom of a glass dipped in corn meal. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes. Store in freezer until ready to use. Makes about four dozen.

And for the cat in your life:

Canoes on the Water

* 1 cup chicken broth or low-fat milk

* 1/4 cup shredded cheese strips
(any mixture, but most cats prefer
mozzarella and cheddar)

Pour broth into a pet dish. Sprinkle cheese mixture on top. Stand back and watch cat devour the treat. Give only as an occasional special treat. Says recipe inventor Linda Tanner, "I call it 'Canoes on the Water' since the strands of cheese can look like little canoes floating on water." Copies of Eats 'N Treats can be ordered by using VISA, Mastercard, personal check, or money order in the amount of $7.95. Send the dough to Pet Sitters International, 418 E. King St., King, NC 27021, or call them at (910) 983-9222. Monies raised from the sale of the cookbook will help PSI in its efforts to support, promote, and recognize excellence in professional pet-sitting.

AFGHAN NEW YEAR: Looking for something extraordinary to do this weekend? Celebrate Nauroz, the Afghan New Year, at the newly remodeled Khyber Pass Café (1399 St. Clair Ave., St. Paul) this Friday and Saturday, 5-9 p.m. Traditional Nauroz specialties will include qabeli pilau, rice and lamb with carmelized onions, carrots, raisins, cardamom, and cloves; sabzee pilau, green rice made with spinach, lamb, and spices; and haft mewa, a dessert prepared with seven fruits and nuts in natural syrup. If all this isn't exotic enough for you, come for the live music, which features KFAI's Dan Rein playing various lutes on Friday, and Bill Stille on sitar on Saturday. Call 698-5403 for reservations.

GALLONS AND POUNDS: Not sure where you'll find yourself come Easter Sunday, this March 30? Jax Cafe (1928 University Ave. N.E., Mpls.) will be preparing for brunch in bulk from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Some quantities planned for you: 80 gallons of heavy whipping cream, 60 pounds of jelly beans, 170 pounds of leg of lamb, 900 eggs for eggs benedict, 90 pounds of Polish sausage, and 16 pans of bread pudding, to give you a few numbers. But that's no way to think about a holiday: Maybe the idea of rooms filled with flowers, balloons, colored eggs, ice carvings, and the Easter Bunny (alive and visiting your kids that is) will perk you up. Children 10 and younger will have a chance to win a prize in Jax's special Easter Contest, and we hear that the Bunny is more than willing for photo-ops. Reservations are necessary, so call 789-7297.

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