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Going to the dogs

Yesterday I had planned to spend my day editing a wedding video I have yet to finish.  I had really great intentions.  I even sat down and worked on it for 3 hours.  But, just like most edit projects, I hit a rough patch and needed to walk away for a little bit to collect my thoughts.  Dan had gone into work, and Kyra was playing at “grandma’s” house.  I was home alone and bored… 

Experiment number two:  Homemade dog treats!

I was a little worried about this one, just because my dog happens to be one of the pickiest eaters on the planet.  I didn’t know dogs could be so fussy! 

Now, there are TONS of different recipes for homemade doggie treats out there.  I spent a little time looking up different ideas, but settled on this one since I already had all the ingredients.  I keep baby food in the house for Kyra.  Yeah, my dog gets baby food.  I stuff her kong toy with it since it is much healthier and cheaper than the kong stuffing you can buy. 

*You’ll notice that the recipe calls for garlic salt, but it isn’t in my picture below.  I’ve read varying things about garlic and dogs.  Some articles will tell you its okay for dogs to eat, and others tell you to avoid it.  I felt it was unnecessary in the recipe, so I just omitted it. 

*Baby food is another one of those “human foods” that dogs are supposed to stay away from.  After researching, I’ve learned that it is because a lot of baby foods have either onion or garlic powder in it.  Just read the ingredients before you purchase it, and you’ll be fine.  I used Kyra’s favorite food for this recipe…turkey.

*Lastly, the recipe calls for gravy.  I had just purchased this “Vita Gravy” from petsmart as a mix-in for Kyra’s dry food.  (Picky, I tell ya…)  I used this as a substitute for regular gravy and it worked perfectly!

Basically you just add all the ingredients into a bowl and mix well.  Flour your countertop and roll the dough out to about 1/4 of an inch.  (The recipe says 1/2 inch thick, but I liked the way they looked better at 1/4 inch.)  I skimped a little on the flour because that canister was almost empty.  Bad.Idea.  I mixed up the stickiest mess ever.  Once I stopped being lazy and opened the new bag of flour, the results were much better.  The first batch of treats didn’t keep their shape very well because they stuck to the counter.  Note to self:  listen to the instructions and don’t be lazy…

I used a cute little dog bone cookie cutter that I found at a hardware store for around 60 cents.  I cut out the treats, placed them on a greased cookie sheet and baked for around 20 minutes.  (Except for that batch I forgot about and left in too long…)

After they cooled down it was judgement time.  All of this hard work would be a total waste if Kyra hated them.  Dan was on hand to dish out the treats so that I could get photographic evidence.

She likes them!  She REALLY likes them!  I was pretty stoked!  Just to make sure it wasn’t a fluke I gave her another treat, and made her sit and wait for it like a little lady.  She was in agony…

She practically pounced on it when I told her it was okay.  Yup….she likes them.

I haven’t done any of the math, but these treats have to be cheaper than ones you can buy in store.  Also, I would imagine they are a lot healthier! 

Oh, and in case you are wondering what they taste like, we convinced my brother to try one.  Really, he practically decided to do it on his own.  He said they taste like “stale crackers, but they aren’t terrible.”  In fact, he told me he’d eat another one.

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About betweenarockandahobby

Hello, my name is Erica. I am a 27 year old wife to Dan, and furbaby mom to Kyra. I have a degree in Radio/TV/Film and an unhealthy obsession with taking pictures. I am currently a system administrator searching for creative outlets.

2 responses »

  1. You are too funny! I’m pretty sure you might be the only one I know who would ‘wonder’ what dog treats would taste like. Glad it went well!

  2. (Diaper duty) for the day….I peed my pants laughing when I read this…Yep…that’s just about everything I would expect from my kids….You and the lazy steps 🙂 kyra trying to be patient….and Cody ACTUALLY trying the treats yep you are my kids ❤


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