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Homemade doggie delectables

24 Dec

Dogs. I don’t know about you, but Laura and I are pretty obsessed with our pooches. Nothing beats coming home and having big slobbery Denali kisses, while Kai wags her little wee tail and dances around by my feet. It’s quite the welcoming production, and I get to have it whether I’ve been gone for 10 minutes or 10 days, its fantastic!

Laura holding Max and his girlfriend Kai

With all the love these little guys unconditionally give, we thought it appropriate to do what we love to do…BAKE! Not just any baking either: doggie treat baking to show our lil’ furry friends how much we love them. ‘Tis the season of giving, and that includes pups too!

Label reading for dog treats, just like dog food, is essential. You want to know what ingredients you are feeding your little pup. I wouldn’t want to eat fillers, animal by-product, or additives and preservatives, so I’m thinking Kai and Denali probably wouldn’t want to either. With that being said, you can be a careful label reader, or try your hand at some easy-to-make doggie treats!

By making your own dog goodies, you’ll know exactly what is in them, plus this recipe I’m about to share with you is EASY. Trust me, it’s a boda bing boda boom recipe and you’ll have fresh treaties in no time! Laura and I were pretty impressed at how quick the whole process was. So don’t blink your eyes at this recipe…you might miss it!

-1 (15 oz.) can of mashed pure pumpkin (not the spiced pie filling)

-Heaping  ¾ C. garbanzo  & fava bean flour ( we just used garbanzo flour)

-½ c. dry powdered milk

All whipped up!

Directions: Mix all ingredients with a kitchen aid or hand mixer until blended. It will look very wet, no worries – it should look like that! Grease a mini muffin tin. Spoon or pastry bag the batter into the muffin tin. We wanted to make bite size treats as well, so we pastry bag piped the batter into a baking sheet as well. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes for the mini muffins and about 15 minutes for the bite size treats. Nutmeg is poisonous for dogs, so make sure to buy the pure pumpkin and not the spiced pie filling. Also, the garbanzo bean flour we used is the Bob’s Red Mill brand which can be found at most grocery stores in the baking or cereal isle.

I'm getting all of our little bites piped and ready to cook

Bob's Red Mill garbanzo bean flour

Finished little bites and Monster bites

These little muffins will not rise like regular muffins; they will turn slightly golden brown looking. We found it easiest to just give them a little push with the finger to see if they felt “doughy”.  Neither Laura nor I own a pastry bag at this time, so we made a make-shift piping bag out of a ziploc bag.

They have a new “evolve” style now that uses 25% less plastic and is made with wind energy.  If you have to use them, this is a nice alternative.

We found this recipe online at www.all-natural-dog-treat.com , if you are looking to use a specific ingredient just do an online search and you will get numerous potential recipes. You can always modify them or combine them to make just what you are looking for.  If Lassie enjoys salmon, whip up some salmon treaties!

Did I mention pumpkin is a great healthy snack for your pup!?  It is loaded with fiber, beta carotene, and vitamin E and C. Plus, our pictures can prove just how much Kai and Max enjoyed munchin’ on these goodies, once they were done baking.  Laura and I taste tested these as well. Now, you may be thinking gross, dog treats?  Hey, it’s all stuff we might eat or bake with, so we cheersed our bite size treaties and tried them. Soft and chewy, but a little bland for us humans, boy oh boy did the doggies like them though!

Sharing a monster bite

Since these treats are so moist they will last on the counter for a few days and in the fridge for a little longer. We recommend storing them in the freezer and then bringing out a few at a time to share with the pups. That way they won’t go to waste if you don’t use them up fast enough. We had a great time baking up these treats and watching our little guys dance around us looking for a taste. Next time you are thinking about buying a bag of doggie treats, consider a fun night of making your own! Your pups with thank you!

Max & Kai with full bellies :)

What kinds of homemade doggie treats have you made your furry friends?

Clean Diggity Dog

29 Oct

We are always talking about great products to use, ways to improve your home or food, but how about our pooches!? Yeah, the cute, little fuzzy guys we love oh-so-dearly!  Not only do we love to use products that are healthy for our skin, but our dogs love it too! Going into a pet store and looking at the dog wash aisle is a bit like looking at the shampoo and conditioner aisle at target; so many choices you don’t even know where to start.

One of my favorite doggie wash products is called Buddy Wash, scented in lavender and mint by the Cloud Start Corporation. Not only does this product smell absolutely amazing, but it is made with all natural ingredients that us humans love as well. Looking at the label - you won’t find long unfamiliar ingredients, only those that sound just as lovely as they smell, such as coconut, aloe vera, lavender, mint, chamomile, sage, nettle, rosemary, wheat protein, tea tree oil, and vitamins E & C.  This gentle, non-irritating formula is hydrating for the dog’s coat and skin, and leaves them smelling wonderful without using chemicals or additives. Our dogs definitely pass the whiff test after a sudsy bath in these bubbles. Because these ingredients are so natural and basic, you may even decide you like it enough for yourself!

This product was definitely created with your pooches best interest in mind, but what’s also great is they donate 10% of their sales to non-profit organizations that benefit animals, women, children, and the environment. You can feel great knowing you are safely washing your pooch along with helping other awesome causes! Now if only every company modeled by this example…talk about the difference that could be made in our world. Okay, back to dog wash. Due to how natural this product is, it is completely biodegradable and phosphate free, a plus for the environment and us! I found this wash at world market and have seen it at Whole Foods as well. Let us know if you find it at any other locations.

So go lather your furry friends. Denali and Kaiyuh give it 2 paws up!

Any bath products your pooches get yappy happy for?