Just before Valentine’s Day, February 13th in fact. We adopted a 2 year old Boxer. Her name is Macy! She’s the sweetest dog you’ll ever meet and so much fun to have around the house. She’s my first pet EVER and a little spoiled But she did have a rough life before we came along so I figure she deserves it. When we brought her home, she was having salivary gland issues which was causing the formation of a mass in her neck. When the vet went in to remove a couple of her salivary glands, he discovered a bullet! Yes an actual bullet! Our poor pup had been shot at some point in her life and survived! Unfortunately, removing the bullet didn’t solve the problem. She went back in for surgery almost two weeks after she came home. Poor pup had to wear a protective collar for two weeks after… although it didn’t keep her from getting into too much trouble considering she still managed to get out of the backyard one night! Luckily she’s a pack dog and just stayed by the house on the other side of the fence! 6 weeks after coming home she is 100% recovered and the perfect addition to our family! We feel so blessed to have such a sweet and loving dog! And here’s the pitiful face as a result of being allowed to eat three treats when no more appeared!
I plan on making her treats regularly cause she’s worth it! I figured I’d start with something peanut buttery. She loved them! And I didn’t feel too bad giving her a few knowing that they aren’t too bad for her! Next time I want to try making some savory treats using bacon… I’m sure she’ll gobble those up as well!
Natural Pumpkin & Peanut Butter Doggie Treats
2 c whole wheat flour, plus flour for dusting
1/2 c rolled oats
3/4 c canned pumpkin
3 Tbsp natural peanut butter
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 c water
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Combine all ingredients in stand mixer with paddle attachment. Mix until ingredients combined. Flour work surface. Roll dough to 1/4″ thickness. Cut into 1″ to 1.5″ pieces.
Bake in preheated oven for 25-35 minutes (depending upon size). You want them firm but still a little chewy.