Gluten-free peanut butter dog treats

 

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Here’s another tasty homemade dog treat from the folks at The Chopping Block! These yummy tidbits are gluten-free, so they’re perfect if your pup is on the sensitive side or if you’re going to be giving them as gifts.

Ingredients

  • 1 can sweet potatoes, drained and mashed
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup peanut butter (you can use other nut butters, if you prefer; make sure it’s not sweetened with xylitol.)

Directions

  • Step 1 – mash the sweet potatoes.
  • Step 2 – mix eggs, peanut butter and oats until combined.
  • Step 3 – use an ice cream scoop to scoop out your treats. Pick a size appropriate for your dog. (If you don’t feel like scooping a ton of little tiny cookies out then you can also break them into smaller pieces as you dole them out to your dog.)
  • Step 4 – take a fork, dip it in water and smash the treats down like you would a peanut butter cookie, partly because it looks cute, but mostly because these cookies do not spread on their own.
  • Step 5 – bake at 350 degrees until the treats really dry out so they don’t spoil. Feel the bottom of the cookie and make sure it isn’t soft at all; if it is, bake it longer. If they seem to be browning too much before they are hard, turn the oven down. The baking time will depend on what size scoop you use and how much you flatten them. These take about 40 to 45 minutes, so figure on 30 minutes for very small treats and maybe an hour for larger ones.

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This recipe was originally posted on The Chopping Block blog. Their next Homemade Dog Treats class will be offered on Saturday, February 24, at the Chicago-Merchandise Mart location. Register here.

 

Put your paws up for Elvis Pupcakes!

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This weekend we went to The Chopping Block in Chicago for the homemade dog treats demo with Chef Leah Stuckey. All of the treats were pretty tasty (of course we tried them ourselves), but the Elvis Pupcakes were the biggest hit with our four-legged family members. Because from a dog’s point of view, you can’t go wrong with bacon and peanut butter.

Elvis Pupcakes with Banana Cake, Peanut Butter Frosting, and Bacon Sprinkles

Yield: approx 12 cupcakes | Active time: 30 minutes | Start to finish: 50 minutes

For the cupcakes:

  • 5 eggs
  • 2 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Water as needed, to thin batter

For the frosting:

  • 2 cups natural, smooth peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt

For the topping:

  • 6 strips of bacon, cooked until crisp and crumbled

Instructions:

  1. Preheat over to 375 degrees F and line a muffin tin with paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, bananas, and coconut oil until well combined. Fold in the coconut flour and baking soda.
  3. Evenly portion the batter between the muffin tins, and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the tops spring back when lightly touched. Allow to cool.
  4. While the cupcakes are cooling, prepare the frosting. In a medium size bowl using an electric mixer, beat together the peanut butter and yogurt until smooth and fluffy.
  5. Frost cupcakes with the peanut butter-yogurt mixture, and sprinkle the tops with bacon.

Your dog will say “Thank you, thank you very much!”

Chef pupcakes
Chef Leah Stuckey with homemade Elvis Pupcakes. Yum!

Note: check with your vet before giving your pets new foods or treats. A special note about peanut butter and other ingredients – read the labels carefully to make sure they don’t contain xylitol, which is very toxic to pets.

A tale of two collies

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By Jamie Migdal, CEO of FetchFind

Most of you have seen pictures of my two rescue collies, Whisper and Mimsy.

But you probably don’t know their backstories.

I got Whisper when she was about four years old, rescued from a breeder who wanted to get rid of her because she wasn’t a good show dog and they didn’t plan on “continuing her line”.

What I didn’t know, until about a month after I got her home, was that they really wanted to get rid of her because she had a buttload of health issues – irritable bowel syndrome, allergies, thyroid, spondylosis, hip dysplasia – you name it, Whisper had it. Needless to say, merely determining the extent of her problems was hideously expensive, never mind the cost of the medicine and treatments. It took us about two years to get all of her conditions under reasonably good control, so that she wasn’t suffering and we weren’t running her into the vet every week with a new symptom.

Mimsy joined the family about a year or so after Whisper. She was the last of a handful of adult collies belonging to breeders in Indiana; her elderly owners had moved into a no-pets facility, and their neighbors rallied to find all of the dogs homes – except for Mimsy. No one wanted her (to this day I don’t understand why, because she’s awesome), so she lived in a garage for a few months while the neighbors took turns caring for her. A FetchFind Academy graduate got wind of the situation, and the next thing you know I had a message – “Wouldn’t you like to meet this beautiful collie, Jamie? She needs a good home.”

And…suddenly Mimsy was ours.

Her subsequent vet workup revealed that she has lupus and is mostly blind in one eye. After a few months of vet visits and sorting out medications and dosages, she was in a much sounder state than when we brought her home.

But I thought that they could both be better, healthier, and happier dogs, so I started tweaking their diets. I tried supplements, raw diets, allergen elimination, and paleo kibble. I even tried making their food myself, which was a total fail because it took forever and I couldn’t be consistent with the preparation or ingredients.

And then, just when I was about to give up and settle for “good enough” – I discovered pawTree.

I first “met” pawTree when they posted opportunities on our job board. A FetchFind team member started buying pawTree food for her dogs and loved it so much that she became a petPro; then she recommended it to me. So I looked at the ingredients, did my research, and placed my first order.

I kid you not – within two weeks Whisper was a new dog. Her coat was shinier, her skin was more supple, and the best part… her bowels started working normally (as in her first solid poop, ever. EVER.) I literally reached out to the company immediately and told them I had, for the first time in three years, a solid poop in my hand. (Ok, in a bag.) And because she wasn’t in constant discomfort, she started interacting more with people, displaying appropriate interest in her surroundings, and even playing with toys. (!!)

Mimsy also saw immediate benefits from the pawTree diet – her lupus flare ups decreased in severity and frequency, her digestion (and breath!) improved, and she now has the most beautiful Lassie-quality collie coat you’ve ever seen.

In general, I don’t recommend products I use to a wider audience – but I’m making an exception for pawTree. I’ve had a lot of dogs, and I’ve bought a lot of kibble, but I think this is the best pet food product line I’ve ever used. You can get food, treats, and supplements from pawTree, as well as the pawPairings seasonings (which are an absolute godsend for picky eaters).

Of course, you should always follow your vet’s recommendations when considering your pet’s dietary needs, but with that having been said – I proudly recommend that you try pawTree.

#solidpoopsforthewin

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