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Recipe Friday – Candy Cane Peppermint Treats For Dogs

Just in time for the holidays, you can make a yummy treat for your dog!  I will include recipe items for dogs with gluten allergies.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups whole wheat flour (about 2 1/2 -3 cups of rice flour for dogs with allergies)
  • ½ cup powdered milk (most powdered milk is gluten free, but check the label just in case)
  • 1 cup chicken broth (some broth contains wheat, so make sure you read the label, and make sure it is gluten free, or if you cook chicken for yourself, you can save the broth from cooking it).
  • 2 large eggs (set one aside for egg wash)
  • 1 tsp. Peppermint oil
  • red food coloring (optional)

Directions:

  1. Whisk all your wet ingredients together until well combined.
  2. Add dry ingredients, one at a time, stirring between each addition to incorporate.
  3. Knead dough on floured surface for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Divide dough in half, make a well in one half and add the peppermint and food coloring-working it in and adding food coloring until desired color is reached.
  5. Place both dough rolls back into bowl, cover, and refrigerate for 1 hour to firm dough.
  6. Preheat oven to 350F.
  7. Cover a cookie sheet in foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  8. Whisk egg for wash in a small bowl.
  9. Remove dough from refrigerator, break each dough color up into an equal number of pieces- about a Tbsp. or so in size-depending on the size of the recipient.
  10. Roll each ball into a small snake-like shape.
  11. .Work on a long sheet of wax paper creating candy canes to prevent sticking- dough will still be somewhat sticky and that is normal.
  12. Twist one of each color together and bend the end to create a hook shape.
  13. Place your “Candy Cane” on the foil lined baking sheet.
  14. Brush each with egg wash.
  15. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  16. Cool completely and store in an airtight container.  Keep in fridge for a week and if there are leftovers, freeze them in freezer bags for up to six months.

 

 

Recipe Friday – Christmas Peanut Butter Banana Parsley Dog Treats

These are great stocking stuffers for your dog.  I have included ingredients for a gluten free recipe for those dogs with allergies.  Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium banana, peeled
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour (or try 3/4 to 1 cup of rice flour, or 3/4 to 1 cup of almond flour)
  • 2/3 cup rolled oats (if your dog has allergies, Bob’s Red Mill has a gluten free version of rolled oats)
  • 1/2 cup dried parsley
  • 3 T creamy peanut butter
  • 1 egg, beaten

 

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 300F. Mash banana in large bowl. Add all additional ingredients and mix well. Let sit for 5 minutes.

2. Roll out mixture to desired thickness and cut with cookie cutters. Bake on parchment lined-baking sheets for 40-45 minutes.

3. Let cool completely, and then enjoy!

 

Keep in airtight container in fridge for one week and freeze any left overs.  Depending on what size cookie cutters you use and the thickness of the dough you want, this recipe can yield 1-3 dozen treats.  Remember to feed in moderation.

Weekly Trick – Roll Over

This trick seems easy, but for some dogs, they don’t like to roll on their back, so you may have to take this trick very slowly.

First, make sure your dog is in the down position.  Treat them and make sure they are comfortable in that position.

Next, start to move your treat to the side of the dog, so that they will start to move onto their side.  Once they are comfortable on their side, you can move on to the next step.

Now, move the treat to the dog’s rear end.  The dog should move like they are going to roll over.  Treat them to get them used to doing this.  As you are doing this, you should be using the command “roll over” in a playful tone to encourage them to complete the trick.

Then, once the dog is starting to try to roll over, move the treat to the dog’s opposite side so that they complete the “roll over” motion.  Once they have completed it, give them tons of praise and treats.   To get them to roll the other way, complete the trick the same but on the opposite side of the dog.  Once they complete this trick five times, the trick is considered learned.

I have a video of this trick to help you teach your dog.  This is NOT ME in the video.

 

And now, because it is Christmas, here are some very talented doggies singing jingle bells!

And we wouldn’t want to leave out the kitties!  Here they are singing their rendition of I’m Dreaming Of A White Christmas!

Happy Holidays to all, whichever you are celebrating, I hope you have a wonderful time with your friends and family.

 

Pets as Presents for Christmas – Just Say No

This is one topic that many people just don’t understand.  Buying or adopting a pet for someone at Christmas does not give that person the choice nor the idea of lifetime commitment that a pet truly is.

A pet is forever.  A pet is not an “until thing”, meaning that you don’t get a pet UNTIL you have a baby and then give it back, or UNTIL you get bored of the pet, or UNTIL you move.  A pet is not something to throw away when you feel like it.  When you give someone a pet as a present, even if they say they can handle it and they were going to buy themselves a pet anyway, it still is not a good idea.  What if that person doesn’t want the pet that you gave them, then the pet gets returned to the shelter, or they try to give it back to a breeder and what if they don’t take it back?  That poor pet is stuck without a home, without a family and without the love and kindness the pet deserves.

Christmas is not the best time of year to introduce a new pet to the house.  Everyone is too busy and the house is usually in chaos.  Animals don’t really enjoy chaos and this can cause them severe stress.  They can end up going missing and then you have two issues on your hands.  A missing pet and an animal that you really didn’t want in the first place.

Another thing to consider: would the pet get along with children in the home?  It is such a personal choice when choosing a pet, it’s better left to the person wanting the pet to begin with.

Christmas and New Year’s are one of the worst times for pets being returned to the shelters they came from. People say they didn’t realize the commitment and that they just don’t have the time for the pet, or that they didn’t get the chance to pick out the pet and bond with them.

Please reconsider giving a pet as a surprise Christmas present.  It’s always best for the whole family to find the pet of their dreams together, the bonding process is the most important aspect of the pet selection process.

I hope that everyone has a wonderful holiday season and that you take a look at this article.  Get a pet after the holidays, that’s when all the unwanted pets that were given as Christmas presents are now at the shelters.  You’ll give a very deserving pet a home that otherwise wouldn’t have one.  You can pat yourself on the back for taking in a pet that someone got as a present that they didn’t want.  That’s the greatest feeling of them all – taking in a pet that needs love and attention from people who have thought things through.  Happy Holidays to all.