I firmly believe in knowing what is in my food. I don't like eating things I can't pronounce, and I don't like having to detect the fructose, glucose, and high fructose corn syrup that everyone's eating these days.
It doesn't make me feel much more comfortable when dogs are eating unknown substances that are supposed to make them learn how to sit and stay and shake. In these easy dog treats, if you use natural, unsweetened peanut butter, they contain: peanuts, salt, water, rolled oats, and flour. You might want to add a bit of honey to satisfy their sweet tooth. Here's the one of a kind recipe that takes aproximately two little whiles to make:
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup peanut butter
1 1/4 cups hot water
Mix (in case you haven't taken the hint). Add more flour if the dough is too sticky, and more water if the dough is too dry. Knead well. Roll it out to 1/2 inch (the original recipe's one flaw; the dough kept tearing) and cut with cookie cutters or take spoonfuls of dough and make cross hatch marks or thumbprints in each one. Bake until golden-ish-brown-ish.
Depending on the size of the shelter, you might want to make a half batch. This used three cookies sheets. (I know. Wowza.)
That and many other dog treat recipes came from http://www.dogtreatkitchen.com/peanut-butter-dog-biscuit-recipe.html. You can also get a few others from http://www.signaturepetservices.ca/treats.html. We made the Brownies to Barkfor on that website. Just in case you care, this is one Nature Army member, Rank Something-Or-Other, making dog biscuits.
Don't blame me. My lighting was bad.
These are dog biscuits, ready to go in the oven. Yum, yum, or whatever dogs say when they're about to eat. Actually, we don't know if they're good or not yet. I'll check back when a certain Nature Army member has tested them on a certain willing Black Labrador.
These dog treats were delicious and extremely crunchy. I had some difficulty chewing them, because they were giwumbanous. The Brownies to Barkfor were about the same, but obviously less crunchy. Definitely worth sitting for!
It's me again. Hello. I would recommend getting a good dog bone cookie cutter. They're harder to find than you would think. Wegmens grocery store has them, but you might want to get a mail order one that's smaller. According to Moxy, you definitely want to get one that's smaller. Or just break them in pieces.
This is a fun, easy way for people to get into the Nature Army or continue their efforts for animal shelters. People who want to help dogs but can't interact with them because of allergies can easily do this activity. In order to get into the Nature Army by doing this activity, give the dog treats to a low-income pet owner, an animal shelter or hospital, a person fostering an animal, or an obedience school that feeds into an animal shelter. Or you can have a bake sale to benefit an animal shelter or other nature related organization (preferably nonprofit).
This is post number 5, and it's almost finished. By the time you're reading this, it is finished, and a certain human is volunteering to raise awareness about our blog about raising awareness about volunteering. That makes about as much sense as this righteous quote of another Nature Army member: "Today which is tomorrow's yesterday is yesterday's tomorrow." (Say that 3 times fast.) I'm starting to babble about tongue twisters and volunteering and awareness and levels of completion, so I'll just be quiet now.