I'm a sucker for my dogs.
I'm not a dog-in-the-purse sort of dog girl (though if you were to meet me, I so closely resemble Paris Hilton, you'd be confused... I trust, much like Paris Hilton is, most of the time)... but I am a go-ahead-and-run-amuck-in-my-house-cause-I-love-you-so-much kind of dog girl. And so these dogs, do just that.
Meet Wyatt and Abby.
Wyatt -- that one on the right -- LOVES produce. Carrots, broccoli (oh how that boy loves broccoli... oddly enough though, not a huge fan of the Bush family?), bananas, apples, celery, and PUMPKIN. Many weeks ago, when I was cooking and gutting thousands of pumpkins... he was my trusty sidekick. Pacing by the oven as batch after batch after batch was cooked perfectly in it's water bath, sitting on my feet as I scraped away (*starry eyes*), licking up spills before they even hit the floor...
This is the life of a dog. Taxing.
So, given their lot in life, I decided to make some dog treats for the kid-o's... and they are eaaaaasy peeeeeasy!
What you'll need:
2 1/2 Cups whole wheat flour (some dogs have allergies to wheat products; consider this a disclaimer)
1/4 Cup Corn meal
1 Cup pumpkin puree
2 Tablespoons peanut butter (doesn't need to be exact)
1/4 Teaspoon salt (leave this out if you're using a peanut butter that's high in salt, which most pre-packaged jars, are)
1/2 Teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pre heat your oven to 350* and lightly flour your counter (for easy rolling purposes later). Throw all the ingredients into your mixer and let it do all the work. When it has the consistency of pie crust dough, roll it out on your counter top to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes and bake for about 30-40 minutes depending on the size and thickness or until they've hardened on the edges.
It appears Abby and Wyatt would give these an A+! To be fair though, my girl dog also eats (what we call) poopcicles* with winter-regularity, and the boy dog has his morning hankering for (used) kleenex. Please keep this in mind, when trying to understand the result of my very scientific and complicated, grading system.
Regardless, hug a dogs neck today... it's proven to reduce blood pressure. You'll feel better for it!
* I don't know why some people think dogs are gross? Weird.