Yup, Little Dude is now three years old! I guess I can't blame his crazy antics and spaz-tasticness on being a puppy anymore.... *sigh*
His birthday is 3.17, and well I just love putting the $1 Target headbands on him for holidays (the pictures are totally worth the $1 in my opinion), so he got to be a happy little Irish dog for his birthday!
So, we were off for Spring Break, and I really just wanted some downtime before returning to the crazy world of school psychology, so I decided the best way to do that was to make homemade dog treats while listening to the Doo Wop station on Pandora. It was fannnnnnntastic! I only felt a small twinge of guilt for staying inside on such a beautiful and warm (well, Fairbanks in March warm...) day. :o)
So here's what I did for the dog treats. I made a pumpkinesque treat and a minty treat. I picked these because 1) I love all things pumpkin, and so does Rudder. 2) I thought minty treats would be good for his dog breath [gotta love that in the morning...] and 3) They would be orange and green which just happens to be PERFECT for St. Patrick's Day!
|What's in them|
- 3 T oil (I used olive oil)
- 1 Egg
- 2/3 c. milk
- 1/2 c. fresh mint (I probably used closer to a full cup...)
- 1/2 c. fresh parsley (again, probably more like a cup)
- 2 c. brown rice flour
I have brown rice flour at home, but didn't at my parents, so I went out and bought some more. After some googling about why brown rice flour instead of the whole wheat I had, I learned it has to do about the amount of moisture needed to go with the flour. Well, I didn't really feel like playing around with that (goodness knows that I didn't need to make rock hard treats that would chip a tooth... Rudder is only allowed one astronomical dental vet bill a year, and he already had one...) and I had to run out to the bank with my dad, so we just picked some up. :o)
Not being a believer in adding ingredients in recipe-specified order [well typically], I just threw everything in the food processor (you were right Mom, they rock and I should use mine more often). You end up with a nice stick ball of dough (sidenote: it is super helpful to get your hands and surface nice and flour-y before touching it).
I went pizza dough style and stretched in out, then rolled it out to about 1/4".
|Less than amused at my cooking antics (and naturally parked right in front of the stove)|
Pumpkin Peanutty Butter Treats:
- 1c. Pumpkin (canned)
- 2 Eggs
- 2 T Peanut Butter (Again, I probably put in more)
- 2.5c. Whole Wheat Flour
- 1/2 t Cinnamon
- 1/2 t Salt
For fun, I have pictures of the process. Woo hoo!
|Super sticky peanut buttery dough|
|Orange dog bones to go with green clovers|
I REALLY wanted yogurt chips, or even white carob chips, but the two main grocery store in Fairbanks had none to be found. Once again, disappointment from the bulk foods sections... Soooooo, you CAN use white chocolate, because it lacks the caffeine that is no good for pups, but then you're giving them lots of sugar... So, I used just a wee bit. Instead of using food dye, I thought it'd be fun to try coloring the "frosting" with natural ingredients. Again, the bulk food sections failed me, so I punted. I tried carrots with melted white chocolate chips (double boiler style)...
I made Rudder a big four leaf clover too:
So much so, that I had a hard time getting anything but a blurry picture of him...
All the other pups liked them too. :o)