Saturday, December 20, 2014

What's Santa Bringing Your Pet This Christmas?

by Mary Kennedy                               
 
I asked book reviewer and all-around great guy Fred Yoder what he was giving Duncan (pictured above) for Christmas. Since Duncan is a fan of the Cozy Chicks blog, we figured discretion was in order, so at the moment, Duncan's gift is a secret.  By the way, I love this picture of Duncan.  He looks like he's straight out of an LL Bean catalogue in his adorable little parka, as he braves the elements to go on a daily walk with Fred.
 
In case you're wondering, most Americans do buy presents for their pets, to the tune of $5 billion annually. 63% of dog owners and 58% of cat owners have a present under the tree for their pets.
 
Since I've talked so much about my cats in this blog, I thought it would be fun to share a recipe for a great home-made doggie treat. (And yes, I made a box for Duncan and they are winging their way to him right now.) They're delicious and nutritious (at least I hope they are, I haven't tried them myself) and you'll be surprised at how easy they are to make.
                                                        
 
Homemade Peanut Butter and Banana Dog Treats
 
Ingredients: one banana, one cup oat flour (I used regular flour) 3 Tablespoons peanut butter, one beaten egg, 2/3 cup rolled oats and 1/2 cup dried parsley. (You can substitute 1/4 cup of mint and 1/4 cup of parsley--either way, it gets rid of "doggie breath.)
 
Instructions: preheat oven to 300. Place banana in mixing bowl and mash with a fork or a potato masher. Add all the other ingredients and stir to combine. Set aside for 5 minutes. Roll mixture into 24 balls and place on parchment lined cookie sheet. (I didn't have parchment paper, but I had that paper from Reynold's wrap that has tinfoil on one side and paper on the other, and it worked out fine.) Use the back of a spoon or your hand to press each ball into a 1 and 1/2 to 2 inch cookie. Bake until firm and rich golden brown on the bottom 40-45 minutes. Set aside to cool and store in airtight container. Your dog will love them! 
 
Hope you and your pets will have a great holiday and I hope Duncan likes his doggie treats!
 
Mary Kennedy

14 comments:

Fred said...

Thank you, Mary for this wonderful blog today. Duncan isn't much of a fashion dog, well he does have a bow tie, but the winters can be brutal in Northern Indiana so he does tolerate a warm coat while he hunts for that "perfect spot". Duncan can't wait to chomp his toofers in those treats. He sends Westie hugs and kisses. Only for the ladies, no men. That goes for me too.

Anonymous said...

Duncan is a really cute dog, and the coat rocks! Love the fact it has a hood to keep his ears and head warm.

mary kennedy said...

I just love Duncan in his parka and think he would make a great "doggie model."

mary kennedy said...

Big smooches right back at you and Duncan from the Chicks!! We love you and Duncan.

Peg Cochran said...

Reg says Merry Christmas to Duncan and all the dogs out there! I will be making these for him. I recently made him some pumpkin treats that he LOVES!

Fred said...

Merry Christmas, Reg and likewise to all the pups and kitties, too.

Grandma Cootie said...

That parka is terrific but Pep says he wouldn't wear it with the hood up, turns into "ceramic dog" with a hood on his head. He would, however, love a box of those treats in his stocking (yes, he not only gets a present or two but has a stocking). Merry Christmas!

mary kennedy said...

Hi Peg, you'll have to give me the recipe for the pumpkin treats! I know a couple of deserving dogs who would love a holiday treat (any time of the year.) Thanks for stopping by.

mary kennedy said...

Hi Fred, the kitties are glad you mentioned them. I'm persona non grata for ignoring them in this blog. Oh well, I'll have to make it up them!

mary kennedy said...

That is so cool that Pep has a stocking, love the idea!!

Fred said...

WOOF WOOF. Duncan here, having my secretary type this little message. I'm giving the Peanut Butter and Banana treats a four paws up rating. Thank you, Miss Mary.

mary kennedy said...

Duncan, I am so glad you like them!!

Lynda Turpin said...

Duncan is adorable and I'll definitely try this recipe the next time I make treats for the shelter dogs, The last time I made two different types - peanut butter an veggie. I rolled them out and used a bone shaped cookie cutter. They were a hit!

mary kennedy said...

Lynda, they sound wonderful, thanks for stopping by!