Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Pumpkin dog cookies

Over the hols, we must remember our furry buds. Not that they would let us forget. My cat was SQUACKING like mad this morning.

So while you are whipping up holiday treats, make some Pumpkin Treats for Fido (how come no dogs are ever named Fido or Rover, yet those are the typical go-to name for dogs?).

Some veterinarians at Colorado State approved this recipe.

2-3 slices of bacon (if your dog is chubby, you can omit)

1 cup pumpkin puree (not pie filling)

2 eggs

1 cup whole oats

2-12/ cups whole wheat flour

Preheat oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat (lets me out--no idea what that is)

Heat a large skillet. Add bacon and brown it  until crispy (6-8 mins).

Crumble it up and keep the extra fat.

In a large bowl, mix pumpkin puree, eggs, and bacon fat. Add the oats and 2 cups of the flour. Mix, then add the rest of the flour until dough is no longer sticky.  Blend in the bacon.

Turn the dough out on a lightly floured surface. Knead it few times to make it pliable, then roll out to 1/4 inch thick.  Cut out shapes with a cutter or knife and place them on the baking sheet.

Bake until edges are golden brown--20-25 mins.  Cool before "serving" to er...Fido.

As for the human treats--no chocolate for dogs! No raw dough--uncooked yeast can upset their insides.

No grapes, raisins or nuts! Grapes can even cause kidney failure.

No xylitol--this sweetener can lead to liver failure in dogs.

No ham--too salty.

Keep the turkey carcass away from pets. Wolfing down fatty leftovers can lead to pancreatitis.

Oh, well--the mutts can console themselves with the special cookies. Doesn't sound too bad.

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