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Homemade Dog Treats & Strange Sites

octplumbloomLoving these wonderful fall days and enjoying the cool mornings and just-right afternoons. We’ve seen a lot of things here we’d never have seen in the city, but what we saw the other day was one of the most unusual.

While out raking leaves,  just happened to look up and there over head, in a clear blue sky were hundreds of birds swarming. That is the only word I can think of to describe what we saw. Must have been hundreds of them. To us they looked a lot like geese – white with some black – and we’ve already seen geese flying over this year. But instead of flying in the traditional  V  formation, these looked disoriented – just flying around in big  circles like they didn’t know where to go. With my wild imagination,  all I could think of was that sun spots had disrupted their instincts. They were quite beautiful.  As the sun glinted off  their white feathers they were sparkling just  like diamonds.    Really an amazing site.

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As a follow-up to the birds, we had the most unusual sunset the other evening. The clouds were black. They weren’t the traditional storm clouds you’d expect to be black but were shaped just like puffy white clouds that should have been white but instead were as black as ink. In fact, they looked so out of place you could imagine someone had just hung them in the sky . . . strange 3-D appearance on top of a peach-colored sky. And if those things aren’t strange enough – the plum trees are blooming ?!!!    black-clouds

Homemade Dog Biscuits

 

We’d read a year or so ago about dog treats from China making pets sick and killing some. That being said we were surprised to read another article just last week about more pets dying -500 or so with many more being sick  . . . again from imported treats. [1]

We’re very careful to read where toys, treats, food, etc. are made with regard to Bear. That’s why we were pleased to find an article that had recipes for 11 different dog treats you could make at home. No preservatives, no artificial ingredients.

The recipes were:

  1. Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits 1
  2. Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits 2
  3. Dog Treats 1 (w/oats, Cheddar cheese)
  4. Dog Treats 2 (w/graham cracker, cheese)
  5. Homemade Dog Biscuits (w/wheat, juice)
  6. Dog Biscuits 1 (w/oats)
  7. Dog Biscuits 2 (w/pork, carrot)
  8. Doggie Biscuits 2 (w/bulgar, chicken broth)
  9. Best Doggy Biscuits
  10. Best Friend Doggie Biscuits
  11. Brie’s Turkey & Cranberry Dog Bones (w/turkey, cranberries)

The following is a recipe for peanut butter treats [2] followed by a link to the other recipes for those that may be interested.

Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits 1 

peanutbuttertreatsingredientsIngredients:

  • 2 cup whole-wheat flour (if allergic to wheat, use rice or potato flour)
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1-1/4 cup hot water

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

  1. In large bowl, mix together the flour and oats.
  2. Mix in peanut butter and hot water. If dough is too sticky, add flour a little at a time.
  3. Knead dough well. (Flour your hands to keep it from sticking)
  4. Cover with plastic wrap and let it rest for 15 minutes
  5. On floured parchment paper roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness
  6. Cut with cookie cutters, small glass, or cut with sharp knife into thin rectangles
  7. Place on cookie sheet (use left-over parchment paper so treats won’t stick). No need to worry about spacing as these will not change size.
  8. Bake for 40 minutes. Turn oven off and leave in oven to cool overnight. (The dryer the better)

Yield depends on size of treat.

peanutbutterdogtreatsShelf life: 

1 week room temperature (air tight container)

3 weeks in refrigerator

6 months in freezer

For the other treat recipes above, visit this link.

Update: Made the Peanut Butter Biscuits 1  and Bear loves them. They were easy to prepare and have half of them in the freezer for later.

As you can see, I didn’t have any  ‘doggie’ cookie cutters but rather cut them into rectangles. However, I’ll probably get some bone shaped cutters for next time.  The following links to Amazon are for some really cute cookie cutters and some ingredients you may not find  . . . .

 

 

 

[1] http://standeyo.com/News_Files/Pets/homemade.dog.treats.html

[2] Recipe courtesy Kristi Honas via Stan Deyo

 

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