Nearly every household in my neighborhood has a dog, including mine. A couple of my neighbors have pugs, a few houses down lives a Husky and a fancy standard poodle lives on the block too.
My dog, Molly, is a Morkie; a combination of a Maltese and Yorkshire Terrier. Whenever the other dogs in the neighborhood pass by on their daily walk, Molly is sure to let us know.
I got Molly about 10 years ago after my other dog, Otis, passed away. I got Otis in Hawaii, where I went to college, and moved him back to New Hampshire when I graduated.
Otis left us with many stories of his adventures, including the story of the first night I brought him home and he chewed up a pen and got ink all over my new Berber carpet.
He had ink all over his face and paws, and tried to look innocent when I woke up and saw the carpet. He was guilty as charged, but I had hope he would turn out to be a good pet so I gave him another chance.
As Otis got older, I became more aware of the potentially harmful ingredients that can be put into pet food and started making food and treats for him. The quality of his coat greatly improved and he ended up living for about 16 years.
I’ve continued to make homemade dog treats for Molly. She especially likes the bacon puppy cookie treats I make.
I love that I can make a big batch for under $2 and will have four times as many treats for her than I would if I bought a package at the store. Chances are they’re much healthier for her, too.
If you have a dog, don’t forget them this holiday season. We have a little Christmas stocking we put out for Molly in case Santa Claus has some treats to slip inside.
So far, Santa hasn’t forgotten to leave a little extra snack for my precious fur baby. We just have to be careful where we leave the plate of cookies for Santa in case Molly decides to sneak downstairs on Christmas Eve and snatch them up for herself.
Peanut Butter Puppy Hearts
1 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup peanut butter
2 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup milk
Add flour and baking powder to a bowl and whisk together. In a separate bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, egg and milk. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir until a stiff dough forms.
Scoop a teaspoonful of dough and roll it into a ball, then shape into a heart 1/4- to 1/2-inch thick. Set on a parchment-lined baking sheet and repeat with remaining dough.
Set in an oven heated to 325 degrees and bake for about 7 minutes, until light golden brown. Remove from oven and cool before serving.
Delicious Dog Bones
2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 cup chicken or beef broth
Add flour, baking powder and salt to a bowl and whisk together. In a separate bowl, combine the egg and broth, and whisk together. Add the dry ingredients into the wet and stir until a dough ball forms.
Sprinkle a work space with flour and set the dough ball in the center. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough to about 1/4-inch thick, then use a bone-shaped cookie cutter to cut out the biscuits.
Set on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 325 degrees for 7 to 8 minutes or until the bones are light golden brown. Cool before serving.
Bacon Pumpkin Puppy Cookies
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup quick cooking oats
1 cup pumpkin puree
3 Tbs. bacon bits
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
Add flour, oats, baking powder, salt and cinnamon to a bowl and whisk together. Add the pumpkin and eggs to a separate bowl and whisk together. Stir the dry ingredients to the wet, then add the bacon bits and mix well to combine.
Scoop out about a teaspoonful of dough and roll in the palm of your hands to form a ball. Set the cookie ball on a parchment-lined baking sheet and press the center with your thumb to slightly flatten the cookie (you can also use a fork to press the cookie down).
Repeat with remaining dough, then set in an oven heated to 325 degrees. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until cookies begin to brown. Remove from oven and cool before serving.