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A Boy and His Dog

March 10, 2015Danita
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Today, I’m cooking up something a little different….dog treats!

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I talk about my family often here but there are a couple of “members” I haven’t talked about much…our dogs. 

Meet Bella.  Her name means Beautiful in Latin. (and Spanish and I’m sure other Romantic languages) and she’s an Aussiedor.  In case you’re not familiar, that’s half Australian Shepherd and half Labrador…. So, Aussiedor.  Really, just a fancy sounding name for a mixed breed.  

We got her several years ago from a neighbor whose dogs had 10 puppies!  Yes, ten!  

These puppies had escaped from under the fence one day.  We saw them, returned them and somehow, the next thing I know….we had a new puppy!  

We already had two dogs!  Pugs, small, lap dogs.  I wasn’t sure I was ready for a big dog, or any puppy for that matter.  Puppies chew things and big puppies chew big things…like sofas and chairs.  We had only been in this home a couple of years and all of our big stuff was new!  I didn’t really have anything I was ready to part with.  

But, our son was about six and he very much wanted a “big dog”.  Boys need big dogs.  Haven’t you read Old Yellar?  So, Bella became “his” dog.  

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They do school together…

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They play together…

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Go for walks, even in the rain…

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She watches him when he’s outside….

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And, she loves to have her belly rubbed.

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Recently, we made a trip to PetSmart for Purina® Pro Plan® food and Bella came with us.  She loved riding in the truck.  At PetSmart, they welcome well-behaved pets so it was fun to have her along.

Purnina® Pro Plan® is a new food for Bella and she can be a little picky.  There were several varieties to choose from and it was super easy to find.  We saw it right away when we walked in.  We decided on “Savor” because chicken is her favorite.  Chicken was the #1 ingredients so we were confident this would be a good choice.  The goal with Purina® Pro Plan is to give your dog the nutrition to be his absolute best, to be energetic and resilient, and maintain an ideal body condition, healthy skin, and a stunning coat.

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First, she was curious about this new food 

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Then she let us know she was anxious to try it!  

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Sure enough…she LOVED it!

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Because Bella is picky about her food and treats I decided to try making some homemade dog treats.  They were really easy, used simple ingredients and she loved them.  Confession….I tried them…a little bland for my taste.

Here’s the Recipe:

  • 1 banana, ripe
  • 1 cup shredded carrot
  • ¼ cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • ⅛ cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup oats

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees

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Mash banana and add to shredded carrots, mix well

Add applesauce and water stir until well combined

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Add oats and stir

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Gradually add flour, stirring until soft dough forms

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Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface

Pat to about 1/2 inch thick

Using a cookie cutter (I tried to find a bone shaped but couldn’t) cut in shapes and place on lightly greased cookie sheet

Roll remaining dough and repeat

Bake in preheated oven 25 minutes

Turn oven off (don’t open door) and allow them to stay in for another 2-3 hrs, or longer

This removes most of the moisture and makes them crunchy as well as prolongs their shelf life.

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Banana Apple Dog Biscuits
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Ingredients
  1. 1 banana, ripe
  2. 1 cup shredded carrot
  3. ¼ cup unsweetened apple sauce
  4. ⅛ cup water
  5. 1.5 cups flour
  6. 1 cup oats
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mash banana and add to shredded carrots, mix well
  3. Add applesauce and water stir until well combined
  4. Add oats and stir
  5. Gradually add flour, stirring until soft dough forms
  6. Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface
  7. Pat to about 1/2 inch thick
  8. Using a cookie cutter (I tried to find a bone shaped but couldn’t) cut in shapes and place on lightly greased cookie sheet
  9. Roll remaining dough and repeat
  10. Bake in preheated oven 25 minutes
  11. Turn oven off (don’t open door) and allow them to stay in for another 2-3 hrs, or longer
  12. This removes most of the moisture and makes them crunchy as well as prolongs their shelf life.
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15 Comments

  • gloria kersh

    March 11, 2015 at 7:08 PM

    What a beautiful dog and a very handsome boy!!!

    1. Danita

      March 11, 2015 at 10:36 PM

      Thanks Gloria! They are both pretty special.

  • Tonya @ Not Your Average Athlete

    March 11, 2015 at 11:01 AM

    My dog has major allergies but this looks like something he could actually eat!

    1. Danita

      March 11, 2015 at 1:18 PM

      Tonya, they might be. We also have a Pug and they can be pretty sensitive to foods and she loves them and no issues at all.

  • Stephanie Pass

    March 11, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    What a lucky doggy! I had a black lab who passed away about 3 years ago. She was definitely a big dog, one of those huge labs that stood a head taller than any other lab we met. I used to love to make her homemade dog treats. She was so funny. She’d always want to steal your banana until she got it in her mouth, and then she’d spit it out. That dog hated bananas, lol.

    1. Danita

      March 11, 2015 at 1:16 PM

      I know exactly the kind of Lab you’re talking about. Bella’s dad was 90+ lbs and we were a little concerned she was going to be like that. She’s the same way with some food. She wants it, you give it to her then she spits it out. She’s worse than my kids. LOL! Thanks for stopping by.

  • Meagan

    March 11, 2015 at 9:07 AM

    This is awesome! You are so talented. The pictures are so cute with the puppy. If I can ever convince my husband to get a dog, I’m definitely going to try to make them these doggy treats. So healthy for them and fun too!

  • Jenna Wood

    March 11, 2015 at 9:04 AM

    I’ve never made dog biscuits before but I bet my pup would love these- I think it’s so cute how you note ‘boys need big dogs’ haha! It looks like they have a great bond! #client

  • Old World New

    March 11, 2015 at 8:34 AM

    Such a sweet bond!! There’s a new dog in my family so I’ll be testing out home made dog treats soon! This looks great for pup.

  • aimee fauci

    March 11, 2015 at 8:26 AM

    I have thought about making home made dog treats but never have. i was not sure what I was ‘allowed’ to feed our dog instead of feeding her dog food. Great coat on Miss Bella by the way.

  • Melanie

    March 11, 2015 at 8:07 AM

    I made dog treats back before Christmas and couldn’t believe how quickly our dogs gobbled them up!

  • amindfullmom

    March 11, 2015 at 7:31 AM

    My kids are so in love with our puppy, that they would LOVE to make these treats for her. I think they may even sneak a few to try themselves!

  • Kirsten

    March 11, 2015 at 7:17 AM

    Danita,
    I’ve made a liver & rice concoction for my dogs which they adore. It was instrumental in bringing our newest addition, Robert Barker, from a raggedy neglected rescue to the fine Basset that he is today.
    These treats look tasty–I’m sure our dogs will love them!

  • Stacey

    March 10, 2015 at 9:09 PM

    awww, he is adorable! We have some doggie friends who would love those. May need to make them soon for them!

  • Saidah

    March 10, 2015 at 9:06 PM

    What a creative idea. I didn’t know people made treats for their pets. This is so cool.

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