This morning I woke up like most mornings. A giant heaping puppy spooning The Bike Man, pushing me out of bed with 100 lbs of force. I love mornings with Ridley. Ever so gently he awakes us ready for a trip outside, and his breakfast. He literally goes from zero to 60 in seconds all without a cup of coffee and a cold shower. Every afternoon when I come home from work, I can tell trusty Ridley has been waiting for me all day. He knows the smell of my running shoes from a mile away, and knows exactly what is on our to do list next. Ridley is a great trail running companion, and rarely leaves my side except for quick dips into the lake. When I trip over a root and fall, Ridley is right there waiting to see if I am ok, and I know if I wasn’t ok his Lassie instinct would take over. Occasional snakes on the trail are always warned off by Ridley before I approach them, and when stranger danger arrives my pouch sniffs crotches just to be sure.
When the Bike Man and I went on our 100 mile hike across the Alps last Saturday , and near the end I was moving at a snail’s pace, when he and the Bike Man got to far ahead of me Ridley refused to go any further till I caught up. Every meal that I partake in is shared with pup, whether I want to or not. If I am not looking at my plate his tongue sneaks up and grabs the remaining food.
Ridley is a huge part of our lives, and I love every inch of him and his personality. He is always a good boy, that does bad boy things on occasion, and if you let him he will love every last inch of you.
Todays Pet Post is a few homemade dog treat recipes. Hopefully, these can help you stock your pets stocking this year with carefully made treats from the heart!
Whole wheat flour, creamy peanut butter, vanilla, rolled oats, white lour, eggs, vegetable oil.
Yield: About 30, 3inch treats
I N G R E D I E N T S
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cups safflower oil
2 medium eggs
3 tablespoons peanut butter (sugar free if possible)*
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/4 cups unbleached white flour
1/2 cups cornmeal
1/2 cups rolled oats
Additional flour for rolling
I N S T R U C T I O N S
Preheat oven to 400 F.
Mix water, oil, eggs, peanut butter, and vanilla with a wire whisk. Add flours, cornmeal, and oats. Combine with a mixer.
Take one-third of the dough and place on a floured surface. Flour top of dough. Gently knead, adding more flour as necessary to form a pliable dough (This will require
a substantial amount of flour). Roll out to 1/2 – 3/4 inch thickness and cut shapes using cookie cutters. Repeat until all dough is used.
Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake 400 F, 20-25 minutes, depending on thickness of biscuits . Leave in oven 20 minutes after turning oven off to crisp. Store in an airtight container.
2 cartons plain or vanilla yogurt (32 oz each)
1 small can tuna in water (8oz.)
2 tsp. garlic power
24 3 oz. plastic cups (not paper)
Open yogurt, if they are full to the top use a spoon & scoop out one cup (these will be frozen as plain yogurt). Put half of the can of tuna in each yogurt container add the garlic power (1 tsp. in each) & stir thoroughly.
Use a spoon & scoop the mixture into the cups. Place on a tray & freeze overnight.
Makes about 24 treats.
If your pet is suffering from any kind of dog food allergies, then hypoallergenic dog food is a great choice. If that’s the case, then it stands to reason that hypoallergenic dog treats aren’t a bad idea either! Try this quick and easy dog biscuit recipe. Feel free to alter it in any way you see fit to make sure that you are not using ingredients that are known to cause your pooch to start feeling all itchy and scratchy.
1 c. oat flour (makes the biscuits wheat-free)
1/2 c. oats
1/2 c. water
3 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. molasses
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and lightly spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.
Combine all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir until a dough forms. At this point, you can either roll out the dough and cut it into fun, bite-sized shapes or you drop it by teaspoonfuls onto the baking sheet.
Bake for about 15 minutes to get a nice, crisp dog biscuit. If your pup prefers a “chewier” treat, then bake the treats in a 300 degree oven for only 10 minutes.
Let them cool before treating your dog to your home-baked love!
Preheat oven to 325 ° F (165 ° C).
In a large bowl, combine the dry milk, egg, parsley, oil, honey, baby food, and broth. Gradually blend in the flours and cracked wheat. Add enough wheat flour to form a stiff dough.
Transfer to a floured surface and knead until smooth (about 3-5 minutes). Shape the dough into a ball, and roll to 1/2-inch (12 mm) thick. Using bone-shaped cookie cutters, make biscuits! Transfer to ungreased baking sheets, spacing them about 1/4 inch (6 mm) apart. Gather up the scraps, roll out again, and cut additional biscuits.
Bake for 30 minutes. Whisk together the egg and broth for the glaze. Brush biscuits with the glaze on both sides. Return to oven and bake for an additional 30 minutes. Let cool overnight.
Makes several dozen small bones that freeze well. Or 2 1/2 to 3 dozen large bones, depending on the size of cookie cutter you use.
* Be sure to look for baby food with no onions in the ingredients list!
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