Over the holidays, I decided to make healthy dog treats. This may seem odd considering I don’t own a dog (for the record, I regularly wish that weren't the case) but I tend to live vicariously through my friends’ furry critters. Enter Brando and Ollie.
Brando, a dark grey Schnauzer mix, is what most would consider a senior citizen but was once the life of the party. Adopted while his mom was still in University, he embraced the Bishops life one sorority party at a time. Nowadays, Brando’s rock and roll days have been replaced with people watching from his living room window, honey glazed Timbits, plush toys, taking rides in his grand-mother’s convertible and destroying his mom’s decorative cushion arrangements.
Ollie, a white Terrier mix, had a very different start to life. Ollie was adopted from the non-profit organization Redemption Paws located in Toronto, ON. Her mom had been looking to adopt for some time and discovered the organization through a neighbour. The volunteer-run charity focuses on rescuing dogs in areas affected by climate change and disaster situations, most of which have come from Texas. Ollie’s mom submitted an adoption application, was approved and the rest is history. Since her adoption, Ollie has been building confidence, becoming more trusting of strangers and loving life. Her favourite things are treats, snuggles, squirrel watching, chasing her cat sister Tuna, early morning roaming around the park and trying to win over Brando’s approval. Thanks to Redemption Paws, as well as the foster parents who house the pups waiting for adoption, dogs like Ollie get a new lease on life. They often come from stressful backgrounds and have been let down by at least one but likely several humans by the time they go into the organization’s care. Stories like Ollie’s are a prime example of why adoption over shopping is important when looking for a dog. For more information on Redemption Paws, click HERE.
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Here’s what you’ll need:
- ¾ cup pureed pumpkin
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- ½ cup peanut butter
- 1 egg
Here’s what you’ll do:
- Preheat oven to 350° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.
- Beat together pumpkin, peanut butter and egg with an electric mixer.
- Add flour and mix until well combined.
- On a floured surface, roll dough to ¼” thick. Cut out treats with a cookie cutter.
- Baked for 30 to 35 minutes, or until dough has hardened.
- Let cool completely before serving.
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