A four-legged family member
I never thought I was a dog person until I met Maddy. A wiggly little ball of fluff, the Labradoodle puppy stole our hearts before we knew what hit us. As she grew, she quickly became a full-fledged member of our family! We now have two “Doodles” and they bring a lot of joy to our family. We want them to be around a long time, and the more I looked into what goes into dog food and dog treats the more I became convinced that our furry friends deserve to eat well, too. Apparently I’m not alone: There are some excellent doggy cookbooks out there! It’s not hard to make your own homemade healthy dog treats and you’ll feel better about what Fido’s eating when you know only real food went into it.
Dogs can eat most of what we eat, with a few exceptions. Never give your dog chocolate, grapes and raisins, macadamia nuts, onions, or raw eggs. Aside from that, dogs enjoy a variety of different foods as a treat and if you watch how they react when they taste something, you’ll quickly learn what your dog enjoys most! My dog loves raw carrots, so when I found this recipe in The Ultimate Dog Treat Cookbook I knew we had to try it. My daughters and I had fun preparing these Carrot Crunchies, and the dogs had even more fun eating them!
Maybe it was just my imagination, but it seemed to me that our dogs were lingering in the kitchen much more than usual while the dog treats were in the oven. The dough looked a lot like gingerbread, and the end result looked good enough to eat! In fact, my youngest daughter did dare to take a little nibble of one, and pronounced it “Tasty! A little dry, but tasty.”
Note: If you'd like to make other dog treats later, you might want to grind a few cups of dog food and save some in the freezer for another recipe. No use exposing your food processor to dog food twice!
For crunchier treats, place the finished treats on a cookie sheet after the last batch is out of the oven. Turn off the oven and put them back in, leaving them for a few hours or overnight.
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Do you have a dog? Does your real food lifestyle carry over to your pets?