When we adopted our Labrador puppy a year ago, I never could have imagined what an integral part of our little family she would become. Maddie is the best-behaved, most affectionate pupster we could have asked for and is always up for an adventure, be it a walk to the beach or a run in Golden Gate park. For Maddie, every day is the “best day ever”. I watch her unbridled joy for every experience and everyone she meets and it reminds me to have that mindset too.
A little over a month ago, we were faced with the awful possibility that our time with our adventure partner might be cut short. Maddie didn’t seem quite like herself and refused to eat her dinner, something that has never happened before. Then, in the middle of the night she started having bloody stools that continued through the next day. We were both at our wits’ end and had no idea what to do to help her feel better.After doing some informal online research, it seemed that most likely she had either eaten something, like a rock, or had a bad infection. We took her to the pet emergency room where she received the same treatment that I have given to many patients – an x-ray, IV fluids and antibiotics. Thanks to this care, she slowly started to get better. It was our first experience with Maddie being sick and it was a little shocking how strong the emotions it caused were. It clearly didn’t take long for her to make our family of two into a family of three.
To celebrate Maddie’s health, I made a batch of her favorite homemade dog treats. Maddie goes crazy for these all natural dog biscuits. Even though they smell like human food, I swear she knew they were her even before I popped them in the oven.
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Homemade Dog Treats
Homemade all natural dog treats for Man’s Best Friend.
- Yield: 5 1x
- 2 1/2 c. whole-wheat flour
- 2 c. old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/2 c. toasted wheat germ
- 1/2 c. honey
- 1 T. baking powder
- 1 c. peanut butter
- 1 c. water (more as needed)
- 1/2 c. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
- 1/2 c. chopped fresh mint leaves
- 1 large egg + 1 T. water for egg wash
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- Combine flour, oats, wheat germ, baking powder and salt in a food processor and pulse until combined. Transfer to a mixing bowl.
- Stir in peanut butter and honey. Add 1 cup water, plus more as needed, and stir until the dough comes together.
- Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead in the parsley and mint. Divide the dough into two balls. Optional: I wrapped one ball in plastic wrap and put it in a freezer bag to freeze until I run out of the first half.
- Roll the dough balls out, one at a time, until 1/3 inch thick. Cut out biscuits and arrange on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Gather scraps and reroll to make more biscuits.
- Whisk together the egg and 1T. water. Brush biscuits with egg wash. (Optional)
- Bake at 350°F, rotating halfway through, until golden brown, about 30 minutes.
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