Treats For Our Pups

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10390912_10203209790386024_2197031151739522133_nAt dishing we love our dogs and like to spoil them with delicious treats as much as we spoil ourselves. A typical treat for my pups is an antler chew or a kong filled with peanut butter, but I felt like jazzing up their treats this week. After doing some research and chatting with some dog lovers around town, I tried out a few different recipes.

The first is a great way for our pups to beat the heat and is super simple to make. I took some antler chews, globs of peanut butter and milk bones and put them in a bowl filled with half water and half chicken broth. I froze the bowl and the next day took the ice mixture out and let my pups enjoy licking it until they got their treats.

IMG_5367editThe next treat that I made was a bone shaped peanut butter and pumpkin cookie. Of course, you don’t have to use a cookie cutter and could just roll these into balls, but using the bone shaped cookie cutter was so much fun. This recipe is super easy to make and includes 2/3 cup pumpkin puree, 1/2 cup peanut butter, 2 large eggs, and 3 cups whole wheat flour. Bake these for about 20-25 minutes at 350 F.

The last treat I decided to make was inspired by a conversation I had with some other dog mamas at Teton Tails. My dog had terrible breath when we adopted him, and between milk bones, chicken flavored toothpaste, and changing his diet to Merrick dog food we couldn’t figure out how to make it smell less stinky. I was told that adding some parsley to his dinner might help, and sure enough it did. These dog treats include parsley to help freshen breath and are irresistible because they include bacon fat. See the recipe below.

Make sure to swing into Teton Tails and chat about other treats for your dog and browse their selection of different bones, chews, and reusable treat toys.

Parsley and Bacon Dog Treat

Ingredients

  • 2 cups King Arthur white whole wheat flour or premium whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats, regular or quick
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley or 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup Baker's Special Dry Milk or nonfat dry milk
  • 1/4 cup bacon fat
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup peanut butter, crunchy or plain
  • 1/2 cup, plus 1 tablespoon cold water, enough to make a cohesive dough

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 300 F. Lightly grease a couple of baking sheets, or line them with parchment.
  • Mix together the flour, oats, parsley, dried milk, and bacon fat.
  • Add the eggs and peanut butter, stirring to combine; the mixture will be crumbly.
  • Add enough water to bring the dough together.
  • To make biscuits using a dog-bone cutter, roll the dough about 1/4 inch thick, and cut with a 3 1/2 inch cutter (or the size of your choice).
  • To make dog "cookies," drop the dough in walnut-sized balls onto the prepared baking sheets. Flatten them to about 1/4".
  • Bake the biscuits for 45 minutes. When finished, the biscuits will be dark golden brown, and will be dry and crisp all the way through.
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Mollie is a native Cape Codder who learned at an early age how to put a lobster to sleep, harvest cranberries, and dig for clams. After high school she followed her sense of adventure out west to the University of Wyoming where she graduated with marketing and communication degrees. She found herself making roots in Jackson, her fiance’s hometown, and using her sales skills combined with her love of anything delicious to join the Dishing sales team. She loves baking from scratch, large glasses of red wine, and hiking with her heeler, Newton. She’ll try anything, but remains a stuck up Cape Codder when it comes to seafood. If she didn’t catch it or see it come off the boat, don’t even try tempting her.

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